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Today a video tutorial featuring the Calligraphy markers by Zig. I’ll be showing you around the pen and then some techniques for using them.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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A good friend of mine pointed me at some lovely budgie stamps on Joanna Sheen’s website. They were drawn by Jayne Netley Mayhew, I just couldn’t resist them. This pair are quite small and lent themselves well to the domino sized stampbord.

Budgie hugs necklace

Budgie hugs necklace

Stamps; Joanna Sheen; Jayne Netley Mayhew Collection; Budgerigar JNM514. Crafty Individuals; swirl

Inks; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Adirondack Dye ink, Tsukeniko Versafine

Look out for the other stamps in the Jayne Netley Mayhew range, there are birds and a selection of other animals too.

This is one without the glaze

Budgie Love necklace

Budgie Love necklace

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share a picture of a card I made recently.

Vintage Floral Card

Vintage Floral Card

Stamps: Anna Griffin, sentiment & corners. Katzelkraft Floral stamp

Inks; Tim Holtz Distress inks

The base card is hammered so it is a textured surface, the text stamp I used was clear and the ink I stamped it with was Distress ink, for these reasons, in some areas the ink skipped out (didn’t stamp). Rather than ditch the card, I chose a similar toned pigment ink and stamped the text again. The pigment ink, clung better to the stamp and stamped perfectly. Rather pleased the original ink went a bit wrong, as this new technique looks a lot like a shadow and makes the text look 3d.

Shadow stamping

Shadow stamping

I should add that shadow stamping wasn’t a technique of my own invention, Barbara Grey has shown it on C&C a few times, and it was remembering that which gave me the idea of trying to add a pigment ink to the background. Looks good though, doesn’t it.

Have fun and don’t forget, there’s no such thing as a mistake in stamping, just a new opportunity to try a different route :) Even if some elements of a card go terribly wrong, you are sure to be able to save some parts to use again on another project.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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For today’s post, I made a video tutorial to show you around the new Wink of Stella pens by Zig. Earlier in the week I shared a finished project and a review of the pens. In this film I’ll also show you some techniques using them.

These are some simple techniques, to get you started and I do hope you give both the pens and the techniques a try. I’d love to hear how you get on with them and see your finished projects too.

Links

 For stockists near you, check out the Kuretake website for more details.

  • Kuretake UK; Manufacturers of Zig Memory System products.

Here are my earlier posts about Wink of Stella pens

Many thanks to Kuretake for giving me the opportunity of trying these pens, they are superb and have become among my firm favorites.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Wink of Stella

Wink of Stella Pens by Zig

Wink of Stella Pens by Zig

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Kuretake; Zig Memory System
  • Range; Wink of Stella

Reason For Buying

I was lucky enough to be sent some samples of these new pens, from Kuretake to try out. I have to admit, I was going to be a hard sell on glitter pens. I have a love hate thing with glitter, I love the bling but HATE the mess. Currently the only way I’ll get near glitter is with Ranger’s Stickles Glitter Glues.

Pros/Cons

Make your lettering pop with Wink of Stella

Make your lettering pop with Wink of Stella

Pros

  • Acid Free
  • Archival
  • Pigment Ink
  • Colour base to the ink, with glitter running through it.
  • Colours co-ordinate with other Zig pens in a variety of ranges; Calligraphy markers and Brushables.
  • Works great on; Smooth card like the Rymans one I use for stamping. Also perfect on water-colour card and on stampbord.
  • Works well with; other Zig markers, including Calligraphy and Brushables.
  • Great for adding highlights to detailed stamps and for vintage projects.
  • Super smooth to use, no begging it to work, or keep working like you get with gel pens.
  • The brown, gold and silver are perfect for vintage projects as they are more subtle than other metallics, really nice. The black is also a soft black so if you use it with a black calligraphy pen it looks like a shadow.
  • The clear pen is great when you want to add sparkle without a colour base. Also perfect for snow ;)
  • You can watercolour with them too!!!

Cons

I tried to find some, honest! But I couldn’t find any, these pens did what they are supposed to and more. I have no complaints.

Build Quality

Zig: Wink of Stella pen

Zig: Wink of Stella pen

Excellent! The lids are well-fitting but not to hard to remove. The nibs are 0.8mm perfect for writing and also for adding detailed highlighting to lettering or stamped projects. Ink flow is superb! No scratchy nib over the writing surface, no clogging. You need to store them flat, but I had a miracle revival on a pen! The silver one arrived without its lid on and didn’t work. However when I put its lid back on and left it lying flat on the table for a few hours, it came back to life and has continued to work perfectly! I think this was lucky and don’t recommend you do this but it is a testament to a well designed pen. 

Value for Money

Can’t actually rate this, as at the time of writing the pens have yet to be launched and I have no details of the rrp or the pack sizes they will be sold in.

Would I buy it Again?

YES!!!!! If I’d seen them, I probably wouldn’t have bought them, written them of as glittery and eww BUT I would have missed out! They are so much nicer than glue pens as you can get fine detail, when you first apply them you don’t notice the glitter. When you tilt your project into the light the glitter really pops. They don’t disturb the ink below them, unlike glitter glue. Below is an image where I used them over Distress ink. I love how subtle they are, and would buy more.

Close up of Vintage Floral ATC

Wink of Stella pens, add some sparkle

Summing up

LOVE these pens. I never thought I would like anything glittery, but I love them.

  • Versatile; work as highlights for fine detail images, enhancing lettering or on larger areas by water colouring with them.
  • Subtle; at first glance you don’t notice the glitter, till the light hits it then POW
  • All the bling without the mess; the results are beautiful (if hard to photograph). Stunning glittery finish without gunky residue that comes with glitter glue. The glitter doesn’t shed, for the amount of sparkle these pens pack, the glitter doesn’t rub off! Even when you watercolour with them! Very impressed.
  • Reliability; They work! Simple as that, they do what they say on the tin. Not everything does but these DO!
  • A joy to use and write with.

Links

At the time of writing, I am still awaiting details of colours that will be available & prices, so I’ll update this review with that information, when I recieve it. In the meantime, for stockists near you, check out the Kuretake website for more details.

  • Kuretake UK; Manufacturers of Zig Memory System products.

Come back on friday to see the video demo I made for these pens and some techniques for using them.

Many thanks to Kuretake for giving me the opportunity of trying these pens, they are superb and have become among my firm favorites.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

***Update***

Latest news from Kuretake;

  • There are 13 colours in the range.
  • Create & Craft have these pens for £19.99

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In today’s post something a little different. A vintage style ATC that features glitter! Yep you did hear that right I’m using glitter! Now before you think I’ve lost the plot entirely I should say that this is no ordinary glitter. Oh no, this is unlike any product you’ve seen before. This features Wink of Stella by Zig!

Vintage Floral ATC

Vintage Floral ATC

Wink of Stella are a fabulous new pen range by Zig, I’ll be reviewing them on Wednesday and on Friday you can see a video tutorial I made, showing you round the pens and some techniques using them. It’s tricky to get the light right to show the twinkle, can you see it in this one?

Close up of Vintage Floral ATC

Wink of Stella pens, add some sparkle

 

Get your wish lists ready, its gonna be a very exciting week!

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Brushables by Zig Memory Sytems

Kuretake Brushables

Kuretake Brushables

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Kuretake; Zig Memory System
  • Item: Brushables
  • RRP at time of writing: around £9 for set of 4

Reason For Buying

These pens have been on my wish list for some time, especially after seeing how flexible the nibs were, on a demonstration show on Create and Craft TV. I was lucky enough to be sent some samples and asked to review these pens by Kuretake. 

Pros/Cons

Being a rubber stamper at heart, I put these pens through their paces, not just for lettering but for a whole range of crafting situations. Here’s how I tested the pens and the results

  • For lettering these pens excel, they have super smooth flexible nibs that make expressive styles possible.
  • Colouring Rubber Stamps; Excellent for multi coloured stamping. Resulting stamped image was clear even from a detailed stamp. As when using other pens for this purpose, you will need to huff on the ink before you stamp to keep it wet.
  • Colouring Clear Stamps; These pens work well on clear stamps. I found it best to colour entire image, stamp on scrap card, then re-ink the stamp to use on actual card. This resulted in less beading on clear stamps. Again, they worked well on detailed images.
  • Colouring Stamped Images; On some cardstock the ink did bleed, so do a test on scrap card first. Great on small areas but although the brush tips are great for filling in large areas, as with all pens of this type they did leave lines if you over lap previous strokes. Also being quite so juicy they did saturate the card. Try on card over 160 gsm.
  • Heat Embossing images. I had mixed success with this, small text stamps worked ok if you get the powder on FAST. A lot depends on the paper/card you use and how quick you are with the powder application. Heat immediately as the powder dries fast on the ink.
  • Easy Clean Up; After using the pens on the rubber stamps, if I cleaned the ink off immediately they left no residue on rubber and only slight staining on clear stamps. If you have coloured a larger stamp and the ink has partially dried, you will find some residue of ink. Try using stamp cleaners and it should come off fine. (Not yet tested that).
  • Colour & Ink Quality: Excellent. Bright vivid colours and very juicy pens. Although the pens say they are non bleed, do test them on the card you wish to use them on before you use them on your main project. There was no bleed when colouring a rubber stamp and then stamping onto the card. But for colouring in a stamped image there was some fuzzing 7 bleeding. The same was true if I tried lettering. Just do a scribble test on spare card first ;) There are currently 24 colours in the range.
  • Storage; Big advantage over ink pads, in that the pens are easy to store. Keep them stored flat, so the ink doesn’t all flood to one end or you will get a pen where only one end works! These pens feature double ended nibs, you get a tint of the colour from the other end of the pen. So 2 colours for each pen!
Kuretake Brushables feature double ended brush nibs

Kuretake Brushables feature double ended brush nibs

Build Quality

Brush Tip: The nib is flexible and perfect for lettering, it is forgiving on rubber stamps. The pens just glide over paper making them a joy to use. Some of the pens I received were ex demo and had a furry tip to the pen, this suggests over time they may wear a little. My suggestion would be to keep a separate set for letting than the ones you colour stamps with, as the abrasion from the stamp may cause wear over time.

Lids: The lids fit well and stay in place.

Value for Money

These pens are good value for money, especially as you get two colours per pen. There are 24 colours in the range making a total of 48 (one at each end). Plenty of scope to play with. I would recommend these for new stampers as a top quality product that will last well. A good way to have a generous collection of inks to stamp with.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, and I definitely want to explore more of their range of pens. Especially the calligraphy markers. I use their Zig Writter for Art Journalling and the Zig Glue pens all the time and find them excellent. These are a quality product by a well-respected company.

Summing up

Great value for money, great for travelling as you can take a large selection of colours in a small space. They compare well to the Tsukeneko pens I have, with the advantage of a much more flexible nib. The only downside I can really find is that, although the manufacturers can supply individual colours to retailers, I’ve only been able to find them for sale as sets of 4, in colour tones. I would have bought these pens before If I could have bought them individually or in sets of say 12 in mixed colours.

If you love lettering you’ll love these pens :) I’m off to practice some calligraphy :) :) :)

Links

Kuretake The UK Website with full range of products. You can download a catalogue which will show you entire product range with visual of the entire pallet of colours in the range.

Zig Brushables This is the Brushables page on the Kuretake Website. It includes a video demo of lettering

Lettering Demo; Featuring Brushables

In the coming months, when there is better light. I hope to make my own tutorial video featuring these pens and show you how to use them with rubber stamps. At which point I’ll add the link to the demo here.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

**UPDATE**

When I posted this review on Twitter this morning, Kuretake sent me this message:

KuretakeUK   

@billiecraftroom Great review! Just to let you know that @Hobbycraft now stock a set of 9 different colour ZIG Brushables in a set.

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