Friendship Card | Arteza Real Brush pens and Neat & Tangled

Today I’ll be sharing a friendship card featuring Arteza Real Brush pens and an older Neat & Tangled stamp set. Let’s dive in!

First I cut some Canson XL watercolor paper as a A2-sized panel. I used Hero Arts White embossing powder and Versamark ink to heat emboss the large background stamp from the Neat and Tangled Faceted stamp set. I used my MISTI to help me with stamping, since it was so large (and honestly… my Versamark inkpad was a little dry so I had to do some repeat stamping).

For the watercoloring I’ll be doing, I pulled out my 48 set Arteza pens. I purchased these in December off of Amazon where they have fluctuating sales prices They actually just came out with a 96 pen set, but I won’t be purchasing those anytime soon because I already have the full set of Zig Clean Color Brush pens. They are comparable to the Zig pens but more affordable. You’ll see at the end of my pens there are swatches because these pens aren’t labeled with any numbers or names the ways Zig Real Brush color pens. That’s the only drawback, in my opinion.

I chose to heat emboss this image because the raised edges of the images act as “wells” to contain the watercolors so they are less likely to run and blend into one another. I used my heat tool to speed up the drying process and used a paper towel to lightly buff any leftover watercolor from my embossed resist image.

Next, I took the sentiment, “You Dazzle Me” and heat embossed onto some heavyweight black cardstock. I use the same paper towel to buff away the leftover EK Success antistatic powder from my sentiment piece.

I took a Sizzix circle (sorry I don’t have the exact dimensions of the circle diameter) and ran my dry watercolor panel through my Big Shot. I cut down my sentiment too using my paper trimmer.

I took another A2 sized panel made from 110lb. cardstock and used my scoring tool to score lines about an ½ inch apart. I was inspired to do this card front technique from a very inspiring cardmaker, Yana Smakula. She is one of the cardmakers I am constantly in awe of, and some of my card designs were drawn from what she has created in the past!

To finish up my card,I adhered that scored panel onto my card base.I used foam tape on both the watercolor portion and the sentiments to add some dimension.

This is the crossroads where you could leave the card as is OR add some embellishments. I added some Pretty Pink sequins using Zots Bling glue dots. The sequins I used were Sparkling Clear, Pink Blush, Pansy Purple and Pink Peonies.

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Hope you enjoyed and you get to craft this weekend too!

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