Marie Browning

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Winter Wonderland Blog Hop with Tombow & Stampendous! November 23, 2014

Filed under: Cards,Irojiten Color Pencils — mariebrowning @ 3:00 am
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Welcome to the Tombow and Stampendous Winter Wonderland Blog Hop! If you just came from Janelle’s blog, you are on the right track! If not, you may want to start here at the Stampendous Blog so you are entered to win a prize! This is a three day blog-hop that started on Friday.


For this project, I choose two stamps from Stampendous; ‘Snow Bird’ and ‘Tis the Season’. I’m also trying out Stampendous’  new ‘Spoonful of Snow’ which is a mixture of embossing powders and elements.


From Tombow I used Irojiten Colored Pencils, Color Pencil Eraser, Ippo Sharpener, Glue Pen and Dots Adhesive.


I stamped the Snow Bird onto blue pastel paper with a black ink pad. I then used the Irojiten Colored Pencils to color the bird. The colors blend and layer beautifully, and you get that added bonus of having them work so nicely on colored paper.


I then used the ‘Spoonful of Snow’ to add the snow. I am really excited about this product, pure genius! Watch this video on how to use it! The Glue Pen was used on the snow on the berries and branches to keep the snow to stay in place, and the rest was sprinkled over the panel. I used a dry, clean brush to remove any bits where I didn’t want it and then embossed from the bottom with my heat tool. The results were spectacular!


Here is the completed card. I also added a few plastic snowflakes on with the glue pen. The edging was done with a VersaMark stamp pad and dark blue chalk. I really liked how nicely the snow and Irojiten colors look on the blue colored panel!


Here’s my attempt to show you how sparkly the card is! It’s very sparkly!


In order to be entered to win this amazing prize, Tombow Dual Brush Pens, 10 set Bright and Stampendous! Jumbo Cling Rubber Top Hat Snowman, please comment on all the design team’s projects as well as LIKE both TombowUSA and Stampendous! on facebook! We will be anouncing the winner on Monday, Nov. 24 at 3:30 pm est.

Your next stop is Asia King’s blog to see what she has created for you!


Jennie’s Book Challenge September 15, 2014

Work with book pages? Challenge accepted! This is an easy challenge Jennie as I LOVE working with book pages! IMG_1182

This Roster tag features a technique I developed called Subtractive Stamping. It uses book pages that have been scanned and printed (actual book pages are too delicate to use). The images are stamped on very lightly, then erased with the Colored Pencil Eraser  to remove the print. You then stamp again with black ink and color with the Irojiten Colored Pencils.



It’s all explained in my new book, Pencil Magic, hot off the press from Design Originals, Fox Chapel Publishing! It’s just one of the many different graphite and colored pencil techniques I share. This book is excellent for beginners, as well as experienced artists, with many new techniques for you to try.


The subtractive stamping technique works with other ephemera such as vintage journal pages, documents and music sheets! This bird card is done with a scanned and printed Italian document from 1836.



What can you create using book pages? If you haven’t guessed, the challenge for this month is BOOKS! Anything related with books; altered books, quotes from your favorite books, library cards, book paper, mini books! The sky is the limit! Create a book inspired project for your chance to win Jennie’s Book Challenge! Check out the great prize! It will include Xtreme Adhesive, Mono Multi Liquid Glue and Foam Tabs! Winner will be announced Sept 24. 

Go to the Tombow Blog for more information!


Blog Hop with Guest Designer Anna Wight June 13, 2014



Welcome to the Blog Hop with our talented guest Designer Anna Wight! If you just came from Jennie’s Blog you are on the right path! If not, you may want to start at the Tombow blog!


For this blog I am going to show you a technique that uses both the Dual Brush Pens and Irojiten Colored Pencils. These two colorful products play well together and you get the benefit of quick color blocking with the markers and simple shading to create beautiful images with the colored pencils. This is a perfect project if you are a beginner to coloring your stamped images or Zentangle inspired drawings! Here I have started with a simple flower design filled with tangles drawn with the Mono Twin Permanent Pen.


Next, use light colored Dual Brush Pens and the brush tip to simply fill in the main areas with color. Don’t worry about blending colors! Let these colors dry a few minutes before the next step.  The markers used here are: 703, 991, 603, 553, 126 and 195

IMG_3611Now using the Irojiten Colored Pencils, here I am using the Vivid Tones, shade in the drawing to give it depth. Start with using the same colors, for example, the red colored pencil on the pink parts. I then add blue for the shadows on all the parts to create deep shadows.


Here are some more colorful examples using this technique! Quick color coverage provided with Light hues of the Dual Brush Pens, then controlled, easy shading using the Irojiten Colored Pencils!

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The prize for this blog hop includes Xtreme Adhesive, Mono Adhesive Removable and Mono Aqua Liquid Glue!

In order to enter to win this prize from Tombow, please comment on all the Design Team’s projects this weekend! Now go to guest designer Anna Wight’s blog to see what she has created for you!


My Mind’s Eye and Tombow Blog Hop March 30, 2014

Welcome to the My Mind’s Eye and Tombow Blog Hop! If you just came from Lea Lawson’s Blog you are on the right track. If not, you may want to start here.

IMG_3471I LOVE the ‘Now and Then’ Collection from My Mind’s Eye and I especially love all the coordinating embellishments that make designing  pages a breeze! IMG_3470I started with my chosen photograph and hand colored it to fit the color theme. I used Irojiten Colored Pencils to adjust and change the coloring to make it fit perfectly. I printed out the photograph onto Canson Mix Media paper. I also cropped the photo and faded the color before printing. IMG_3472Next I choose the Irojiten colors to match the collection’s palette. I didn’t use every color, but it was nice to develop a complete palette for future creations. The Irojiten colors to match the Now and Then collection are as follows: D-1 Crimson, V-2 Tangerine, P-3 Shell Pink, P-13 Gamboge, Lg-7 Quartz Green, Lg-8 Porcelain Blue, DI-7 Jay Blue and P-10 Pigeon Gray. Choose from  any of these palette colors and color your photo with a light blending.

IMG_3469To put the page together, I started with the paper panels and arranged them using the Removable Adhesive. This allows me to move them around but stay in place as I create. After permanently adhering the pages down with Dots Adhesive, I added the ‘Now and Then’ Embellishments. I used Chipboard Elements, Label Stickers, Small Flair Pins, Decorative Brads, Word Stickers and the 3×4 Cards. I especially loved the My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots to add that finishing touch! For some pieces I used Foam Tabs to create a very dimensional arrangement.

IMG_3467IMG_3468I decided to mount this page onto a canvas. I edged the canvas by cutting 2″ strips of cardstock, scoring them and attaching them with Xtreme Adhesive. I added details with some Now and Then Washi Tape to give the corners a finished look. I then mounted the page onto the canvas with the Xtreme for a strong and permanent display. Remember when using the Xtreme to ‘slide to the side’ after applying the adhesive and before lifting.

Blog Hop_MMELook at the fabulous prize you can win for playing with us! My Mind’s Eye Charmed Collection, Tombow’s New Xtreme Adhesive, MONO Multi liquid Glue, and  Irojiten Colored Pencils!

To be eligible to win, please comment on each of the designers projects and don’t forget to “Like” My Mind’s Eye on Facebook Page and “Like” the Tombow Facebook Page. If you don’t have a Facebook, still comment on the projects and Tombow will select someone to win a prize just for playing! Commenting for your chance to win this blog hop prize will end March 30th at Midnight EST! We will announce the Winner on March 31st via our Social Media outlets!


Tombow and Stampendous Blog Hop March 21, 2014

Welcome to the Tombow and Stampendous Blog Hop! If you just came from Jamie Martin’s blog you are on the right track! If not, you may want to start at the beginning at the Tombow Blog!

House mouse chart IrojitenFor this hop, I started by making a new House-Mouse Color Chart using Tombow’s Irojiten Colored Pencils! All the super-cute mice from this very popular Stampendous collection are here! The Irojiten Colored Pencils are so easy to use and blend to add the colors, you will love them for the mice! Here are some cards I made using the House-Mouse Stamps and the Irojiten Colored Pencils. The paper stamped with the images is Mix Media paper from Canson, the decorative paper is ‘My Sunshine Stack’ from DCWV  and the solid colored cardstock from Bazzill.

IMG_3461This card used the ‘Knit Gift’ Stamp and features Amanda and Muzzy. I also used the ‘Friendship Assortment’ Stamp Set for the sentiments. The wool wrapped around the card was a nice extra touch. I love coloring Muzzy with the Irojiten Pencils, it’s fun to add long strike strokes to his fur to make him extra fuzzy! I used the new Xtreme Adhesive to attach the yarn wrapped panel to the card. Tombow’s Foam Tabs and Dots Adhesive was also used.

IMG_3462Isn’t this card cute? I loved coloring it! The stamp is ‘Balloon Trio’ from Stampendous and features Mudpie, Maxwell and Amanda. To make the shiny balloon embellishments, I glued flat clear marbles onto scraps of paper with Multi Liquid Glue. Let dry, cut them out and attach to the card with the Xtreme Adhesive. I also used the Dots Adhesive for the paper panels and added a bit of washi tape for added accent.

IMG_3463My final card was created using the ‘Warm Cup’ Stamp. Here little sweetie Mudpie relaxes in a nice warm mug. I followed the coloring theme and picked nice paper and embellishment colors to match. Again the Dots Adhesive holds the paper panels and a little drop of Multi Glue for the rhinestone.

We will have three lucky winners for this blog hop! The prize includes a Stampendous! Jumbo Cling Stamp, Jumbo Perfectly Clear Handle and a Retro 10 Dual Brush Pen Set!

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To be eligible to win, please comment on each of the designers projects  and don’t forget to “Like” the Stampendous! Facebook Page and “Like” the Tombow Facebook Page. If you don’t have a Facebook, still comment on the projects and Tombow will select someone to win a prize just for playing! Now onto Krissy Fossmeyer’s Blog to see what she has created for us!


100 Days of Tombow November 28, 2013

IMG_2147This is the time of year that we start to look for ideas for gifts for the holidays. I am going to give the gift of creativity by giving art journals. To make them special, I stamped and colored a label for the fount cover. The pen nibs are a stamp from Stampers Anonymous that I stamped onto gray cardstock. I used Pale colored Dual Brush Pens for the base colors and then added darker shading over top using Irojiten Colored Pencils. I also used Eggshell VP-4 Irojiten pencil to add highlights to the stamped pen nibs.

IMG_2148The sketch books I found had a pencil at the top held on with a piece of black elastic. I will be changing these out with my favorite ‘Art-on-the-go’ Pen from Tombow. It’s the Zoom 414 Multi-Funticon Pen. It is a beautiful fine pen that write in black ink, red ink and also includes a mechanical pencil. Perfect for sketching and writing in an art journal.

I am also celebrating the 100 days of Tombow with this post. Since its launch in March 2013, more than 60 crafting bloggers have joined forces in contributing to this amazing movement in crafting and scrapbooking history. Every submission for the “100 Days of Tombow” blogging program will result in a $100.00 product donation to the Council for Arts Education.  Each of their projects have contributed to Tombow’s goal of donating up to $10,000 in product to the Council for Art Education and have been featured worldwide on social media outlets such as Pinterest, Facebook and YouTube. Not to mention, the campaign has been recognized by multiple national crafting media outlets, resulting in more than 3 million media impressions amongst craft bloggers. Wow! This is definitely something that you do not want to miss!”


I also thought I would show you what I carry for creating in my journal when traveling. It looks like a lot, but it all fits into a 8″ x 6″ pouch and with the sketchbook, takes up very little room in my suitcase. Maybe these will give you some ideas for putting together a travel art kit for your favorite artist on your list!

Starting from the top right;

Blending Palette – for creating even more colors with the Dual Brush Pens by mixing them together on the palette and then picking up with the colorless blender.

Power Tabs – perfect for adhering ANYTHING into your sketchbook! The tabs are also handy for posing the mini manikin into places for a photo op!

Dual Brush Pens – I carry pale colors, so I can quickly color a base and then add detail with the Irojiten colored pencils! I also carry a few neutrals such as brown and gray for shading and sepia toned drawings mixed with graphite pencil. And of course, the colorless blender.

Glue Pen – For gluing in small objects and for using as a resist with the Dual Brush Pens.

Permanent Black Pens – The Mono Twin has two different nib widths for drawing and writing and I LOVE the new Fudenosuke Brush Pen that gives me a beautiful varied black line. Perfect for sketching and produces gorgeous writing!

Drawing Pencils  – My most used grades; B, F and 2H for drawing in journals

Zero Eraser – I like the Rectangle Tip Zero Eraser in my travel pouch

Irojiten Colored Pencils – A great set with the basic colors; Primary 5 Pencil set.

Dot Adhesive Runner – for all my basic ‘sticking down’ needs

I also like to carry a tag with twine and clips, a mini manikin and a pair of sharp scissors. Want your scissors hand engraved? Check it out on my website!

What do you carry in your art pouch?


Blog Hop with Michelle Woerner November 11, 2013

The fabulous Tombow Design Team is blog hopping this week with talented guest designer Michelle Woerner If you just came from Jennie’s blog you are on the right track! If not, and you want a chance to win a prize, go back to Tombow’s Blog and follow the projects!

IMG_2125I am featuring two stamped tags using a new technique I call “Subtractive Stamping” It’s where you take a piece of patterned cardstock and erase an area using Tombow’s Sand Eraser to prepare an area for the stamped image. The Girl with the Muff was done on a piece of cardstock from Fancy Pant’s Merry Little Christmas collection. I used the Dot Stamp Runner Adhesive to attach the panels together.

IMG_2126Here is a close-up of a stamped bird on sheet music. The stamped image is from Crafty Secrets and the coloring was done with Irojiten Colored Pencils. I accented the branches with MONO Multi Liquid Glue and White Flock powder to simulate the snow.

IMG_2127Want to read all about my new technique and step by step instructions for the tags? make sure to pick up the Winter issue of Paper Creations Magazine available now where you buy your favorite crafting magazines.

Blog Hop_MWTo enter to win the MONO Multi Liquid Glue, Mono Adhesive Removable and Removable refill make sure to comment on all the Design Team’s projects as well as “Like” the TombowUSA and Spellbinders pages on Facebook!

Now go to Michelle’s blog to see what wonderful project she has created!


Taylored Expressions & Tombow Blog Hop October 23, 2013


Welcome to the Taylored Expressions and Tombow blog hop, if you just came from Stephanie’s Blog you are on the right track!

IMG_2054I sure had some great fun with Taylored Expressions Toil & Trouble Stamp set! There were so many elements to have some wicked fun with! I created this invitation for an evening with friends using the stamp set and colored with Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencils.  The invitation details are computer generated, printed out and shaded with the Irojiten Pencils.

IMG_2055The panels are attached using the Dots Adhesive Stamp Runner and Foam Tabs for a dimensional look. Look closely at the bottles, they were outlined with the #977 Dual Brush Pen (a color which matched the background paper) before cutting out. This results in a ‘shadowed’ image that blends into the background beautifully. IMG_2057It’s easy to be creative when you start with excellent products! Now go an see what Jen has designed on her blog!

TE_hop_pTo get you into the Halloween spirit, we’re giving away a fa-BOO-lous prize! To enter, leave a comment on each hop blog post. One winner will be randomly chosen from all hop comments to win a prize package that includes a Tombow Permanent Adhesive Runner, a Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set of 6 Groovy, and a Taylored Expressions Halloween stamp set of winner’s choice! Comments close at 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, October 27, 2013.


Blog hop for a cause with Guest Designer Ema Perez September 23, 2013

Filed under: Cards,Irojiten Color Pencils,Tombow Dual Brush Pen — mariebrowning @ 6:07 am

Today TombowUSA is having a very special blog hop with Guest Designer Ema Perez!

Ema is a on a mission to create 300 cards for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitals.

If you are coming from Jennie’s Blog then you are on the right track, but if not just start back at the TombowUSA blog.

This week I wanted to show off the other card that I created last week at Scrapfest.
This was at the Mall of American in Minneapolis.
SF_2I did a workshop during Scrapfest called “Watercolor Garden Tangled Cards.”
I taught people how to create Zentangle-inspired motifs and adorn a set of four cards.

Add gorgeous colors to adorable …designs with Tombow dual brush pens and Irojiten colored pencils.

Which card is your favorite?
cat_1 dragonfly_1 flower_1 owl_1Now, you can hop on over to Ema’s Blog to see the beautiful card she created!
Don’t forget to leave a comment on all of this week’s blog projects for your chance to win this GREAT Tombow Adhesive Package:


Blog Hop with Stacy Julian September 16, 2013

This week I am blog hopping with the talented Stacy Julian and the fabulous Tombow design team! If you just came from Jennie’s blog you are on the right track!

IMG_1845This week I travel to Mall of America in Minneapolis for ScrapFest! I will be teach two different card classes; here’s a card from the Holiday Card class that uses cardstock from Fancy Pants Etcetera Collection.

IMG_1832We start by learning how to draw a snowman and then add the doodles. We then jazz them up with brilliant color using Irojiten Colored PencilsRetro Dual Brush Pen set and Blending Kit.

IMG_1827I like to use a light blue Irojiten Pencil for shading the snowman, a nice soft effect and easier for beginners to shade.

IMG_1828I then use the brush tip of the Dual Brush Pens to color in the accessories. The snowman gets a light blue ‘halo’, and then cut out and attached to the card using Foam Tabs.

Blog Hop_SJNext go to Stacy’s Blog and see what she has created for you using Tombow products! Be sure to like both Tombow USA and Stacy Julian on Facebook! Then comment on the posting to win a new Blending Kit, Retro Dual Brush Pen Set and Irojiten Color Dictionary Pencils Volume 2.


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