Hi there, For today I have Mother’s Day mini slimline cards to share with you using gorgeous images from Curvy Girls Holding Hands stamp set by Stamping Bella.
I also used Mini Slimline Rectangles dies by Simon Says Stamp, essential for a clean cut.
What is fun about these cards is that I used only 12 colours from the Tombow Retro marker pack. I mixed and matched to create skin tones and new shades.
I also tested the performance of the Tombow markers on different papers.
The Cardmaking Process
- First, I die cut the panels using Mini Slimline Rectangles dies by Simon Says Stamp out of Bristol smooth paper, Arches Hot Pressed, and Strathmore Watercolor Paper.
- Using the Misti, I stamped the image on the panels Versafine Black Ink.
- I applied colour to the images using markers from Tombow Retro marker pack.
- For the background, I applied the marker on my craft mat and sprayed water to then lift the inky mixture with a piece of acetate and smooch it over the blank areas of the panel.
1. Blending Tombow
I bought Tombow Retro marker pack and I have been trying the pens to apply colours to stamped images.
This is a pack of 10 water-based markers that don’t include browns or skin tones.
You can create brown shades by mixing red + green and by adding more water to any of these combinations you can create skin tones.
I have to conferss that I lacked patience to try a blend the Tombow markers to make a very dark brown so used a brown zig marker to add some finishing touches ( shadows and to tone a little bit more the hair of the girls in all my cards).
2. The Paper for Tombow
So although the 3 cards in this post are stamped and coloured in very similar ways my objetive was finding the paper to use with this pens
- Arches Hot Pressed
- Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper 270 grams
- Strathmore Cold Press Watercolour Paper 300grams ✔️
In my opinion, the winner is … Strathmore Cold Press Watercolour Paper
arches HOT PRESS
This is a gorgeous paper to use with watercolour paints but when using water-based markers directly on this paper, you might need to consider the fact that Arches is 100% cotton.
So that this is a very absorbent paper. It will absorbs the ink quickly allowing very little time to do the blending.
As a result, you could have unwanted patches of colour and when attempting to blend the colour with extra water the paper could melt. I was shocked! it never happened before using any Arches paper.
The best way to work with Tombow over Arches Hot Pressed watercolour paper is to apply the ink on a glass mat or a clear block, then mix it with water or apply it using a water brush.
Bristol Smooth is a good paper to use with any water-based markers completely opposite to Arches Hot pressed this paper will hold ink over the surface for longer easing the blending.
When using Tombow on this paper I noticed the ink’s vibrancy is slightly lower than when using watercolour paper from the same brand.
Strathmore Watercolour Paper
Because the Tombow inks glide, blends easier and they also looks more vibrant on Strathmore Cold Press Watercolour Paper 300 grams this was my fav paper to use for today.
Thats all for today
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