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Chameleon Art Pens A Review

Chameleon Art Pens A Review

Chameleon Art Pens A Review.

Last week I got my first order of Chameleon Pens into the store, so I though I’d give you a little insight as to what I think about the pens..both the Pro’s and Con’s of course!

I have been a Copic lover for around 3 years now and absolutely love using them! The Chameleon pens are probably the closest I have come across to being like a Copic Marker…however it does not replace the Copic!.

I love the Chameleon pens for their juicy nibs, the brush tip is more like a paint brush and the nibs seem to let quite a bit of ink out which makes it feel like you are painting rather than colouring. The other feature I love is that it comes with a bullet and brush nib..not like the Copic that has the chisel end! (I never use that end!). Having the bullet tip means you can work in small areas easier and it writes really nice.

Like the Copic Marker the nibs and inks are replaceable and in terms of cost, pretty well much of a muchness.

I like the fact you can get several shades from the one Chameleon pen, making blending really easy from light to dark.

Thinking about being a first timer wanting to try out alcohol markers, I actually think I would have gone for the Chameleon pens if they were around…..why you ask? The outlay is less. It is $150 for 20 pens and a blender and detail pen…making one pen approx $7 worth. This pen gives you approx 10 different colour shades in the one pen, because of the use of it’s own blender attached to the pen. So in Copic language I would need approx 3-4 Copic markers (maybe more) to get the same effect the Chameleon pen does. A Copic is approx RRP $9 for a Ciao..so that means you would have to pay somewhere near $30-$40 for the entire blending colour range of 1 $7 Chameleon Pen.

Chameleons are a much more affordable way if you are not sure about getting in to alcohol markers. (plus you can buy Chameleon’s as singles and smaller packs)

The instructions and information that come in the 22 Set and on the Chameleon website is an awesome resource, giving you lots of inspiration and ideas on how to use your pens! The instructional videos are clear and well thought out to guide you through how to colour with the pens.

Now to some Con’s…I don’t like the fact that there is only 2o colours (hopefully they will come out with some more)..it seems a little limited…but in saying that the colours given are a great variety of bright and basic colours (which is great for a beginner). You can also layer the colours on top of each other to get new colours which also gives some interesting effects and new colours.

You can’t FULLY control the blending shade….It has taken a bit of practice to work out how long to fuse the marker with the blender to get the same shade.

It also is a little time consuming…usually I would have 3 Copic markers open in my hand that i can swap. With the fuse system waiting for 15-20 secs (sometimes longer and sometimes shorter) seems to take forever.

Using the markers is pretty straight forward, and I certainly will be using mine. In particular when travelling in the car (my hubby hates me taking Copics with me as i need so many!). The Chameleon Pen will certainly stop my colouring in cravings while i am away! As a beginner, this is a great way to start, to see if you like using them…If you do you can always invest in Copics later, and the best thing is the Chameleon Pens are designed to blend with any alcohol marker which means they won’t go to waste!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my review on these pens!

P.S A few days later i did a live broadcast on Periscope using these colour tone pens…you can check the video out on You Tube!

Kerry

 

 

 

 

 

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Quick and Easy Stationery Set

Quick and Easy Stationery Set

A quick little project to share with you! A quick and easy stationery Set! Our local school, that my boys attend are having a fundraising night tomorrow. They wanted local business’ to contribute for a raffle. Realising I was short on time I got stuck into a quick and easy stationery set.

Stationery Set

This is the quickest and easiest project ever!

Quick and Easy Stationery Set Tutorial

Firstly you will need a piece of boxboard about 600 – 1200 um. Cut it to the size you want. This Set I cut the box board 10.5 inches x 4 inches. When you cut it measure your cards and envelopes you want to use and make it fraction bigger.I was originally going to go for a 6×4 card but changed my mind after i made the cover.

Leaving about an inch around the outside so your cards and envelopes don’t stick out. You will also want to leave an extra 1/2 inch on the longer side for the middle fold. Don’t forget to double the horizontal or long side so you can make the cover. Score your 2 lines 1/2 inch apart in middle using your scor board.

Next I found some patterned paper in my stash. It is an old 3 bugs in a rug paper collection. I wanted basic and birthday theme and this matched perfect. I then measured my paper I chose for the cover and added on 1/2 inch on each side so i could cover the edges neatly. I scored the paper 1/2 inch from each side and again measured the 2 lines at 1/2 inch in the middle.

Next step is to cover the box board with your patterned paper. I used x press it tape to stick it but you can use glue.

Cover the Inside

Next is to cover the inside. I used a co ordinating colour and measured the paper out with 1/2″ less than the box board I cut out on all sides (so 1 inch less each side altogether). Measured with the scor board  1/2″ lines in middle. I stuck that with tape to the centre. (before doing that I added some photo corners, but you don’t need to)Decorate the front as you see fit..you could add perhaps a ribbon or twine to keep it closed as well if you like.

Decorate the Cards

I then took my cards and decorated them very simply with a stamped “happy birthday” and some Doodlebug Glitter sprinkles.I made 5 for this set.

Next I measured a piece of matching Kaisercraft cardstock about 2/12″ wide and 8″ long to fit around my envelopes and cards. I placed the cards in the middle of the strip and measured where the sides ended and scored 2 lines 1/4″ apart so the cards would fit in nicely. I then stuck the two outside sections onto the inside of the chipboard covered section so I would be able to fit the cards in. I repeated using the same method for the envelopes, only scoring 2 lines on either side about 1/8 apart. I then added some Doodlebug Washi Tape along the card stock to decorate!

Bingo! A cute little stationery set for our raffle! You may also like to add a pen inside as well down the middle, and you can use any theme you like for your cards. It would make a great gift for anyone!