review of Zig clean color markers - Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/review-zig-clean-color-markers/ #watercolor #watercolour #zig #clean #color

Recently I saw a couple of good friends trying out the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers; recommendations from friends as well as liking the Zig products I currently have intrigued me and I indulged in a little shopping! If you want to see a couple of in depth reviews of these markers please pop over and see Jennifer McGuire and Sandy Allnock who enabled my little shopping spree :D While filling my shopping cart I thought this gorgeous Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Addie’s Garden set would work really well for a bit of watercoloring. So with new supplies in hand I set to. I stamped the large bloom in Versamark on watercolour card and White heat embossed. I also stamped the same image on masking paper, trimmed out and adhered over the top so that I could add some more of the images from the set. I continued in this vein until I had a little floral scene ready for colouring.

I used just four of the Zig Clean Color pens (22 Carmine Red, 40 Green, 50 Yellow and 31 Cobalt Blue all available in the 12 pen starter set); using plenty of water to dilute and mixing the colours too to create new colours. I started with a wash of water over the large flower and then dropped in Carmine Red into the areas which would be naturally shadowed. The colour spread through the water creating a light pink at the flower tips compared to the darker shadow colour. I repeated this process using Green for the leaves bottom left, mixing Green and Yellow for the sprig of leaves in the middle and for the flower on the left I mixed Carmine Red with the Yellow to give a peachy colour. Once dry I went around the images with a water wash and then dotted in touches of Cobalt Blue, blending out with more water as need until I had just a hint of colour for the background.

I must admit to loving these pens! The colours are gorgeous, the brush tip unique and the colours move beautifully. The colours I used today are quite vibrant but by using only a touch of colour and plenty of water I was still able to get the soft results I like. I’ve since gone and bought more colours and can see my collection of these growing over time LOL.

review of Zig clean color markers - Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/review-zig-clean-color-markers/ #watercolor #watercolour #zig #clean #color

Once the watercoloring had dried I cut the piece with one of the Stitched Circle dies from Simon Says Stamp and mounted on panel of Fog card White heat embossed with the Tiny Alphabet Background. I used the Misti for this to make it easy to get a good impression first time with this large 6×6 stamp. To accent, I cut the Wishing die from Slate card and White heat embossed a sentiment from the coordinating Sending & Wishing set on Fog card, trimming into a banner shape and foam mounting. No card of mine is complete with out a little embellishment in the form of a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins :D

My conclusion? Well I’m happy to give these markers a home! Yes, there are lots of markers already out there that do a fabulous job but each is unique in its own way and personally I love these :D Don’t forget to check out Jennifer’s and Sandy’s reviews too :D

Supplies

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  • Betty - May 20, 2015 - 1:29 pm

    i too love these new watercolor pens – they are so easy to use and the blending in so painless – and i have tried many watercolors from really cheap to pretty expensive. and your card is gorgeous. thanks for the inspiration and input!ReplyCancel

  • vicki dutcher - May 20, 2015 - 1:37 pm

    Beautiful coloring and card~ReplyCancel

  • caryn - May 20, 2015 - 1:55 pm

    Wow Debby – if I hadn’t already been swayed after Sandy and Jennifer and swiftly ordered them that day – this would have definitely sealed the deal, lol!! Just gorgeous – mine are coming from Japan so got a wee while longer to wait but am so itching to try them!!ReplyCancel

  • Diana K - May 20, 2015 - 2:18 pm

    I hadn’t heard about these yet; thanks so much for making me “need” them :) Your card is swoon-worthy! I’ll visit Jennifer and Sandy’s blogs to see more, but in the meantime would love to know if the Zigs would be easier for a beginner than the Gansai Tambi watercolours. Thanks for always inspiring!ReplyCancel

    • Debby - May 20, 2015 - 9:17 pm

      Buying one or two pens would certainly be more affordable than the paints. Some techniques you could use either media but equally each media has their own strengths. I love them both. I’d reach for the paints for big washes of colour and when I want something more intense. I’d reach for the pens for more detail, portability, blending directly with the pens etc.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - May 20, 2015 - 2:22 pm

    This is SO lovely! I bought a 24 set of the Zig markers and am having fun playing with them :)ReplyCancel

  • Mirna - May 20, 2015 - 2:25 pm

    Beautiful, love the color combination is so serene…ReplyCancel

  • Dot Freel - May 20, 2015 - 2:29 pm

    Your card is so beautiful! I sure want to try those Zig brush pens also.ReplyCancel

  • Tess Hackett - May 20, 2015 - 2:57 pm

    What a stunning card!!! I love it. Makes me want some of these zig clean color brush markers even more. Guess that means I need to start saving. : )ReplyCancel

  • Dottie J - May 20, 2015 - 3:31 pm

    Thanks for the product review. I loved hearing your perspective since I like softer colors, too, and I probably wouldn’t invest in the larger set. I have also been curious about how well they would mix new colors. Looks like the perfect addition to a cardmakers tool box.

    Only now, I must have that W&W stamp set, too! Gorgeous designs for all sorts of coloring media.ReplyCancel

    • Debby - May 20, 2015 - 9:10 pm

      Yes that W&W set was a must have for me!ReplyCancel

  • TK - May 20, 2015 - 4:25 pm

    Beautiful! I love the softness of the colors, and the whole package really!ReplyCancel

  • Jill Smith - May 20, 2015 - 4:39 pm

    Wow! This amazing colouring! And to do this with so few colours. I think I may have to purchase!! A beautiful card.ReplyCancel

  • conil - May 20, 2015 - 5:10 pm

    As usual, your card is just gorgeous. Love the softness of the watercolor and the use of the alpha background. I’m so glad this card was made with the Clean Color 12 piece set. I wasn’t quite sure that I wanted it but it appears that the range of colors in it will work well. Of course, I’ll probably need more (hahahaha).ReplyCancel

    • Debby - May 20, 2015 - 9:09 pm

      Don’t we always conil ;)ReplyCancel

  • Carol Mc - May 20, 2015 - 5:29 pm

    The colors due look beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Marianne - May 20, 2015 - 9:53 pm

    So pretty, Debby. I actualy gasped when I saw your card. I watched Jennifer’s video yesterday and was already impressed with these new brush markers, but now I’m sure that markers these need to go onto my ever growing wish list…ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Lara - May 20, 2015 - 10:41 pm

    WOW this is beautiful how you used the markers on that flower image Debby.ReplyCancel

  • jan metcalf - May 21, 2015 - 2:24 pm

    Beautiful floral colors!!!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Winiecki - May 21, 2015 - 3:44 pm

    Love this card. Can you tell me what watercolor paper you used? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Debby - May 22, 2015 - 11:20 am

      I used Canson cold pressed 140lb. I bought a large pad of it the other day as I’ve been doing so much watercoloring and now I just cut the pages down into card sized pieces :DReplyCancel

  • Mandy LaCroix - May 21, 2015 - 4:03 pm

    This is just gorgeous, Debby! I love it – it’s making me want to go buy it all! I’ve been itching for something new to break up the monotony I have in my craft room – FABULOUS INSPIRATION — Love your blog! :)ReplyCancel

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The winners of the giveaway for a spot on the next Online Card Class: Mask-erade are ………

Dottie J

Looking forward to this class. I realized the other day that I almost never mask, and it is a technique that opens up more possibilities with my stamps. Looking forward to some inspiration from you, Debby!

Lynn Hardy 

Great! I love their classes and have taken two of them before. Thanks for the chance to win a place 😊

aag_t

Could be my last OCC before our baby comes. 😊👍🏻 Thanks for all 3 opportunities! 💕

 

Congratulations Dottie J, Lynn Hardy and aag_t! Please send me an email (limedoodle@gmail.com) and we can get you set up for class :D

If you’ve not won on this occasion but would like to join us for class you can still register here, class starts on Tuesday May 26th :D

 

  • barb macaskill - May 18, 2015 - 9:35 pm

    Congratulations to all three incredibly lucky winners! I am oh so jealous but very happy for all of you!! Have fun, learn lots and create beautiful things!ReplyCancel

  • aaga - May 19, 2015 - 8:27 am

    Thank you so much, sending you an e-mail right now! Congrats to the other two ladies too and see you there!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Mc - May 20, 2015 - 5:27 pm

    Congrats to the lucky winners!ReplyCancel

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Bringing a little sunshine with this cute tag. Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/june-card-kit-smile-tag/ #tag #summer #sun #smile

Bringing a little sunshine to the blog today with this cute smile tag made with the June Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp! The Doodlebug Enamel Shapes sunshine is so adorable I couldn’t resist his sweet smile; he’s foam mounted over a Cloud Bank cut from White card and then also some of the outline shapes from Silver Glitter card and finally one small cloud was cut from card covered with the fabulous Rainbow Washi Tape included in the kit. The sunshine and clouds are mounted on a Large Tag cut from the Doodlebug Sunkissed pattern papers.

Bringing a little sunshine with this cute tag. Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/june-card-kit-smile-tag/ #tag #summer #sun #smile

I also cut a hill from green paper using the Stitched Slopes and Hills dies and foam mounted that too. The Smile die is cut from White card and adhered before adding a few enamel dots and threading the tag with Twine to finish.

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You can subscribe to this (no obligation) card kit of the month program for $24.95 plus shipping and handling. Kits can also be purchased individually at Simon Says Stamp store for $29.95 plus Shipping and Handling where you can also buy many of the elements of the kit separately. Clicking here takes you directly to this June edition of the Kit :D

Supplies

You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. Where available affiliate links are used which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support towards the costs of running this blog.

  • Diane - May 18, 2015 - 2:09 pm

    This is so CUTE, I just love this kit!ReplyCancel

  • Janet D. - May 18, 2015 - 3:52 pm

    Super cute!! (as usual) :)ReplyCancel

  • Tara Chaussee - May 18, 2015 - 4:21 pm

    What a bright and happy tag! Definitely makes me smile! Love your creations!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi R - May 18, 2015 - 4:58 pm

    Beautiful and cheery tag! Love the colors and your design. The glitter cloud outlines are a yummie addition. So much character in this tag….LOVE it ♥ReplyCancel

  • Leni - May 18, 2015 - 6:02 pm

    Such a colorful and sweet card! Lovely!ReplyCancel

  • katrine - May 19, 2015 - 4:04 am

    this card is so colorful and you put the pieces together so well. you always know when to quit. you tip toe to the beautiful edge and just stand there, looking so cute. I love the little silver card, the colors, all of the little touches you use. I really think you might be the queen of embellishments! thank you so so much for sharing your work with us. TreenReplyCancel

    • Debby - May 20, 2015 - 9:18 pm

      Blushing Treen, thank you :DReplyCancel

  • katrine - May 19, 2015 - 4:05 am

    lol, in my last comment I meant the little silver “cloud” not card. sorry, treenReplyCancel

  • Diana K - May 20, 2015 - 2:29 pm

    Love how you do cute and sweet – like no one else really!ReplyCancel

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Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/june-card-kit-…id-die-cutting/ #card #circle #bright #smile

For today’s look at the new June Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp I thought I’d go with an inlaid die cutting technique. Inlaid die cutting is not new and neither is this circular design – I’ve used similar several times before. In fact I used a very similar design with last month’s card kit. This type of design allows for many different patterned papers to be used which really shows the coordinated range well and also can mute the brightness of bold patterns by using just a touch of the stronger ones among more of the subtler patterns. Last month my circles were added with lots of dimension, this time it was all about the inlaying!

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/june-card-kit-…id-die-cutting/ #card #circle #bright #smile

Starting with a White 3¼ x 4¾ panel cut a Stitched Circle from the top left. Cut a circle matching circle from orange patterned paper and pop in, keeping in place by using printer paper with adhesive on the backside of the panel. Add the Smile die cut from White and then position a Nested Circle to cut into the orange circle. Repeat going down the panel, with different patterned papers and combining the Stitched Circles and Nested Circles dies to vary the presence or absence of stitching for a little extra interest. On the final pink circle add the Smile die cut again. Run through the die cutter one more time with no dies. The process of running the panel through the cutter flattens the die cuts, so the top Smile die cut on the orange circle has been flattened by the subsequent die cutting. By running through one more time, the Smile die cut on the pink circle will match. Finally, stamp the sentiment from Happy & Smile in Versamark on a Lovely Day banner die cut from Black card and White heat emboss, foam mount and add a sprinkling of enamel dots.

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You can subscribe to this (no obligation) card kit of the month program for $24.95 plus shipping and handling. Kits can also be purchased individually at Simon Says Stamp store for $29.95 plus Shipping and Handling where you can also buy many of the elements of the kit separately. Clicking here takes you directly to this June edition of the Kit :D

And if you are interested, here’s a link to last month’s circles card so you can see that a similar design can give totally different results!

Supplies

You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. Where available affiliate links are used.

  • Betty - May 16, 2015 - 1:59 pm

    your cards are always such an inspiration for me – love the soft colors and creative designs – thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Paula Ireland - May 16, 2015 - 2:18 pm

    Such a cheery card, can’t wait to get this month’s kit! I’ve read your instructions on how you created your card, but not fully understanding. If you ever felt inclined to make a video to share with us visual learners, that would be awesome! Besides, I love to listen to you & watch you create.
    Have a wonderful day, Paula.ReplyCancel

    • Debby - May 18, 2015 - 7:31 pm

      Will put it on my to do list Paula :DReplyCancel

      • Becky Reynolds - May 18, 2015 - 11:56 pm

        I agree! Would love to see a video of how you did the inlaid die cutting of this. I’ve never overlapped it before. I’ve only done words. Thanks. Great card and color combos.ReplyCancel

  • Karen King - May 16, 2015 - 2:53 pm

    The papers in this months kit are perfect for this happy, bright card. I love the inlaid technique, thanks for the inspiration. I love your style!ReplyCancel

  • Marlou McAlees - May 16, 2015 - 3:24 pm

    fabulous card Debby ♥ReplyCancel

  • geri - May 16, 2015 - 3:56 pm

    What a beautiful burst of color!!! Love the softer version, too!ReplyCancel

  • Janet D. - May 16, 2015 - 8:03 pm

    I love your card design, It is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • TK - May 16, 2015 - 10:19 pm

    Your cards are beautiful – really loving that last one though!ReplyCancel

  • Eveline - May 17, 2015 - 8:30 am

    Lovely sunny card. These circle dies are awesome
    EvelineReplyCancel

  • Betty - May 17, 2015 - 10:33 pm

    Your cards are always great–thank you!ReplyCancel

  • jan metcalf - May 18, 2015 - 2:03 pm

    Cute cards!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Mc - May 20, 2015 - 5:25 pm

    More great cards from the kit. Love the inlaid
    die cutting.ReplyCancel

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Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/june-card-kit-card-envie-duo/ #card #gift #envelope #children #party

It’s June Card Kit time from Simon Says Stamp and it’s a fun and colourful one this month! I think people know how much I love soft, muted colours so a few of you have commented how interested you are to see what I make this month LOL. Well, yes I am drawn to a muted colour palette but I love all colours and delved into this new box of goodies with glee :D When I peeped in the box I knew this was a great kit for creating projects for kids and that’s my advice when you are working with something outside of your norm to think of the person you will send your cards to. Recently my youngest’s class was asked to design a new school top and the designs included rainbows, bright colours and unicorns! And so I planned a small card and envelope duo perfect for a children’s birthday.

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The Doodlebug Sunkissed Papers in the kit are perfect for children with bright colours and cute icons mixed in. Not only that but some of the papers come with ready-made tag and card topper type scenes. I cut the ice cream cone and ice cream van scenes from the papers and matted them on yellow polka dot paper. For the card I matted further with White and Island Blue Stitched Squares before adding to the card base. To make the image pop I added Glossy Accents to the ice cream, a coat of Wink of Stella to the cone and added one of the flowers from the Doodlebug Enamel Shapes in the Kit. The sentiment from the Happy & Smile set is stamped in Black and trimmed out.

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/june-card-kit-card-envie-duo/ #card #gift #envelope #children #party

The Ice Cream Van image makes the perfect addition to a Gift Card Envelope cut from the Island Blue card and again, although you can’t see it well in the pictures, I added lots of detail with Glossy Accents to the ice cream and Wink of Stella to the cone and metal pieces on the van and finally Star Dust Stickles to the flowers. A party banner from Baby Party Animals accents both pieces – stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, coloured with Copics and die cut with the matching dies before foam mounting.

These projects are quick and easy with all the hard work being done by the patterned papers, but you know what, that’s just fine and these will go down a treat with one of my son’s friends :D

You can subscribe to this (no obligation) card kit of the month program for $24.95 plus shipping and handling. Kits can also be purchased individually at Simon Says Stamp store for $29.95 plus Shipping and Handling where you can also buy many of the elements of the kit separately. Clicking here takes you directly to this June edition of the Kit :D

Supplies

You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. Where available affiliate links are used.

  • Gini K - May 14, 2015 - 12:52 pm

    Love your bright, summery colours. But don’t stop making soft-coloured cards – that’s what makes you different from the rest! This new kit from Simon Says is going to fly off the shelves, I’m sure – I’m putting my order in today! Thank you for your sweet inspirations.ReplyCancel

  • Janet Swanlady21 - May 14, 2015 - 1:46 pm

    So lovely and bright – really cheerfulReplyCancel

  • Ruby N - May 14, 2015 - 2:39 pm

    wow these are soo cute!!ReplyCancel

  • Debby - May 14, 2015 - 2:44 pm

    OMG!! I always wait for your posts when you show the next SSS card kit. I AM IN LOVE with this one!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary-Anne V. - May 14, 2015 - 2:59 pm

    such fun cards and what a great bright kit!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Lara - May 14, 2015 - 5:57 pm

    How fun Debby. What a gorgeous kit.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Holt - May 14, 2015 - 9:18 pm

    Oooh – look at all that fun stuff – bright and cheerful! Can’t wait to get mine!ReplyCancel

  • jen - May 15, 2015 - 4:09 am

    Very cute cards. i love how you used the patterned papers. i’d love to see a tutorial from you on how to photograph cards. your photos look amazing. mine never look like the card looks like in real life.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Mc - May 20, 2015 - 5:23 pm

    Your cards are adorable.ReplyCancel

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