Welcome back! Bella Blvd is teaming up with Craftwell and Tombow for a week full of inspiration. Several of our Creative Team members were sent the eBrush tool from Craftwell and markers from Tombow to incorporate into their projects. We will be sharing their creations right here, all week long. Today we have designer Laurie Schmidlin sharing cards with us, as well as showing a few ways to use the eBrush and markers on our favorite Bella embellishments.
“Count Your Blessings” card, by Laurie Schmidlin.
I have always loved Bella's crochet hearts, and often add them to many of my projects. After playing with the eBrush system for a while, I wanted to try using it to add some custom color to the crochet hearts that I love so much! I started by adding some Color Chaos patterned paper and vellum for the background. I chose one of the Just Write Journaling stickers for the focal image. I used three Tombow markers combined with the eBrush machine to custom color a white crochet heart.
Color Chaos: Ice Strandz, Just Write Journaling Stickers; Crochet Hearts: White
“Follow Your Heart” card, by Laurie Schmidlin.
I really love the different looks that I can achieve using the eBrush system. By focusing the color more, the effect is more of a solid color. By holding the pen out more, the effect is more splatter looking. I happen to absolutely love the splatter look and decided to use that look here on this card. I chose two Tombow markers to create a "sky" and "grass" look. I embellished the card with stickers from the Just Add Color collection.
Just Add Color: Passcode, Treasures & Text; Enamel Dots: Oreo Black
“Rainbow Hello” card, by Laurie Schmidlin.
I think my favorite way to use the eBrush system so far, is to create backgrounds using stencils! Not only did it take me only minutes to create this colorful background, but I think the finished look is just gorgeous! I embellished the card using stickers and ciao chip chipboard pieces. I attached the embellishments using Tombow adhesive dots.
Color Chaos: Just Write Journaling Stickers, Trinkets; Ciao Chip Elements: Hearts & Stars; Enamel Dots: Oreo Black
“Star Student” card, by Laurie Schmidlin.
To create the background on this card, I started with a piece of Passcode patterned paper (from the Star Student Collection). I sprayed on some color using the eBrush system along with a combination of Tombow and Spectrum Noir markers. I embellished with some coordinating Star Student stickers and ciao chip chipboard pieces. I attached them with Tombow ddhesive dots.
Star Student: Chemistry, Passcode, Borders, Geek Chic, Chipboard Icons
When I first received my eBrush system, I started to think about all of the fun things I could use it on! I immediately thought of all of the Bella Blvd embellishments that could be custom colored! I started with a Cotton Candy Bella Feather, two of the pink Tombow markers (included in the Tombow Brights set), and the eBrush system. I started by spraying the lighter pink marker, making sure to leave some of the original pink color on top. I then added in the darker pink color towards the bottom, creating an ombre effect. Even though the Tombow markers are water based, they worked well to color the Feathers!
After the pink Feather, I wanted to try making a blue ombre one. I started with a white Bella feather, a couple of Copic markers, and the eBrush system. Much like the pink feather, I started with the lighter color, making sure to leave some white on top. I then added in the darker blue towards the bottom. I found it helpful to add a bit of temporary adhesive underneath the feather so it didn't blow away while airbrushing it.
The next embellishment I dyed using the eBrush system is some of the Bella Blvd enamel dots! I used a large white enamel dot, a blue Spectrum Noir marker, and the eBrush system. You do need to use a permanent, alcohol based marker for this as the water based markers would not stick to the shiny surface of the enamel dot.
Another of the embellishments that I dyed using the eBrush tool is the crochet heart! The crochet hearts already come in so many pretty colors, so to compliment that, I decided to give it an ombre look like I did with the feathers. I found that both the Tombow markers and alcohol markers worked well for this. For these, I started with a bell pepper crochet heart and a gulf crochet heart.
For more inspiration, head on over to both the Craftwell blog and the Tombow blog to find creations from their design team members. Make sure and stop back throughout the rest of the week, as we have a ton more projects to share with you. And we'll also be having a fun Instagram hop tomorrow, involving all three teams, that will include a giveaway!