Now I know how to use the pens……


Do you have things in your craft cupboard that you bought way back when, never really knew what to do with, forgot about and then re-instated when you found the right way to use them?

I do exactly that. πŸ˜„

I can’t remember exactly when it was but a few years ago I bought a pack of Papermania Metallic brush pens from the DoCrafts range.

They are lovely colours but at the time I didn’t really know what to with them except ‘colour in’ πŸ˜‚

They lived in the cupboard and in a draw and I recently remembered I had them whilst working on a project with my other TomBow brush markers.

If you are a new reader of my blog (welcome, thank you for taking a look) I am teaching myself Calligraphy and have been using various books for reference on the different letter styles.

Calligraphy is so diverse and you can also use the technique of “thin line on the upward stroke and thick line on the downward stroke” with brush pens too.

So….getting to my point….. having remembered I had my metallic pens I decided to try out a few Christmas cards with brush lettering, using the calligraphy tips I have been learning.

I think these have worked out quite well, what do you think?;

Trial run on purple card

I created these pieces on various coloured card, first writing out the main message.

Once the lettering was dry I then went around one side of each letter ‘dabbing’ small dots in a line around the edge of each letter, using a contrasting colour.

I had seen similar styles on Instagram so thought I would try and put my slant on it, I’m really pleased with how they’ve come out.

Which craft products do you have that were bought but not yet used, popped on a shelf for another day/project?

Thank you for reading and happy crafting!

Blending hand lettering

Hello πŸ™‹πŸ»

I recently made a birthday card for a friend who had commissioned me to make a 60th birthday card.

As well as the Watercolour painting of a glass of red wine I decided to hand letter a sentiment direct onto the card.

To achieve the look I wanted I blended 2 different colours to get a gradient effect.

Handmade birthday card by mariebxmastree

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Just wanted to say……

Lettering created using 2 shades of purple, Tombow dual brush pens, blended together.

Shading & β€˜happy’ created using light grey Tombow dual brush pen.

Highlights created using a Uniball White ballpoint pen.

Background material is my good old Ikea craft chair πŸ˜‚

*please note there are no affiliate links & I will not receive any commission or anything from this post, these are just the products I have in my crafty stash πŸ™‚ 

Happy Crafting!

I’ve designed myself a logoΒ 

Hello πŸ™‹πŸ»

I’ve been toying with the idea of creating myself a logo for a little while now. And yesterday inspiration struck!

And so I have created my own logo to hopefully create a bit of a brand for myself. 

I craft as a hobby with the occasional sale but long term I would really love to make something more if it, either via my crafty projects or through my blog.

I’m going to keep creating and see where it goes 😊

Do you have a logo for your projects/work? Did you create it yourself? 

Have fun creating and happy crafting!

Christmas production in full swing


It’s always nice to have a birthday or Β event to make things for but I have to admit I love making Christmas things! 😁. Could you guess by my account name and blog theme πŸ˜‚

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