Friday, May 27, 2016

Tombow USA and Altenew Blog Hop!

Hello and Welcome to the Tombow USA and Altenew Blog Hop! We have a great day of inspiration ahead of us. Make sure you leave a comment on all the blogs for the chance to win one of 4 prizes!


I was blown away by the detail in the Beautiful Day stamp set from Altenew and just knew I wanted to do a Tombow Dual Brush Pen watercolor technique - so, on to my project!

I am always looking for inspiring ways to wrap a gift as I think the packaging should be as special as the gift inside.  I have several friends who have daughters graduating from high school this June and thought that these sewn book page "pillows" would be the perfect way to wrap such a milestone gift.
Altenew features high quality photopolymer stamps that produce a crisp and clean image, even on the thinnest of detailed lines within the image.  I started out by stamping each image four times on smooth white card stock with black archival ink.

I always start my coloring projects with a color chart.  This way I can make sure that I like all of my color combinations before I start coloring my images.  I have included my color chart in the photo above.  Then I begin coloring with the lightest colors first.  Tombow Dual Brush Pens # 761 and 993.
Next I accented with Tombow Dual Brush Pen # 703.



I finished the main Peony flower with the darkest pink Tombow Dual Brush Pen # 815. 



The leaves and greenery were colored with Tombow Dual Brush Pens # 192 and 312.


And the berries with Tombow Dual Brush Pens # 553 and 533.


The next step is creating the watercolor effect, which is super easy since Tombow Dual Brush Pens are water based markers - you just add WATER!  Check out my Instagram video HERE to see the water color process!


Select your book pages.  Mine are vintage, so they are a bit heavier and approximately 8" by 10".  I gave the edges a fancy touch with my scallop pinking shears.  Place two book pages together and sew three edges.  Gently open and fill your "pillow" with your gift of choice.  I have included a gift card, some tissue paper and confetti.  Then sew the fourth side, closing the pillow.



Fussy cut your stamped and colored images, then arrange them on the top of the pillow with a lovely Altenew Antique Trim frame.  Attach with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  Wrap with stain ribbon and finish by tying on a tag created with one of the sentiments from the Beautiful Day stamp set - "Wish You the Most Beautiful Day".

I think that this makes such an elegant presentation for a simple item like a gift card.  This packing would be perfect for a Bridal Shower or even a Wedding Gift.  The possibilities are endless!



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Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

150 comments:

Susan Lang said...

So pretty. Love the coloring.

Jackie Parkins said...

That is such a creative and thoughtful way to wrap a gift, I love it!

Lori B said...

Truly an innovative way to give a gift card. Lovely use of color!

Verna Angerhofer said...

How clever of you to make pillows to hold gifts. Those are beautiful too!

Olga Direktorenko said...

That's a very unique gift packaging idea! Love it and love your coloring! Thanks for sharing!

Karen B. said...

Wow what gorgeous packaging!

BunnyD said...

What gorgeous packaging! Love the softness of the scalloped edges. The stamped image makes a lovely embellishment.

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

what a fun way to wrap a gift, I will have to remember this, beautiful coloring on the images
thanks for sharing
Barb Housner

Mom and wife. said...

Love your wraping idea.new , thanks for sharing

Julie Quin said...

I would love to be on the receiving end of this - that makes me want to make a gift wrapping, amazing talent

Cheri said...

Incredible!!!! I love this idea and it's so unique!

joy said...

What a wonderful way to present a gift - to ANYONE! Love this project - Altenew and Tombow are a match made in heaven.

Betty Keefe said...

such a pretty gift - and will have to get my Tombow markers out and give this a try!

Daria Z. said...

This is a beautiful way to wrap a gift! A gift in itself!

Angelique Vela said...

Love this idea! I can, already, see doing a card version of this.

conil said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this wrapping. You're brilliant. The coloring is just gorgeous. You're going to have one delighted recipient of this package.

Nikki said...

What a creative way for a package. Love your coloring.

Brandi R said...

Super creative idea! Gorgeous way to present a sweet gift. Thanks for sharing ♥

Karthikha said...

Lovely idea! Too good!

D.Ann C said...

What a lovely gift idea!!

Lindsey said...

Beautiful coloring and such a fabulous idea for wrapping a gift!

Stir Your Creativity said...

Great wrapping idea. Coloring is fantastic.

Cyndee Scholet said...

Such great projects on this blog hop. I just got this set,so I am looking forward to seeing different techniques using it.

RobiW said...

This is a beautiful project!

Evelyn said...

Love your rose, the coloring, and the wrapped package idea. It is lovely! Thanks!!

judy said...

I love your coloring and beautifully wrapped package--that in itself is a gift!

Pat said...

What a clever idea with the book pages sewn together as a parcel and that pretty peony flower on top coloured so beautifully, and then the ribbon to finish. x

Clara K said...

I love your idea of starting with a colour chart. The Beautiful Day stamp set from Altenew is so gorgeous. I love the colours you chose from the Tombow brush markers. I think your friend's daughter will love this beautiful gift.

I Card Everyone said...

Your darling little pillow-gift would be welcomed under any pillow for a guest!
=]

Barbara said...

Wow! I have never seen anything like this before. What an amazing way to wrap a gift.

Christine Canfield said...

gorgeous coloring!

Kathy H said...

So pretty! A wonderful gift!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your color match hints. The little pillows are a sweet touch!

Judie said...

Gorgeous project!

Sharon Roselli said...

This would be so awesome as a gift card tag! Beautiful stamps and coloring.

cghundley said...

Awesome creation!
Love the use of
the paper for the
pillow. Very pretty
coloring.
Carla from Utah

Dee Earnshaw said...

Wow, this is a gorgeous piece of art work. Thank you for sharing it with us:)

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

Thanks for detailed technique lesson. I just got some markers an appreciate the instruction!

Colleen said...

What a beautiful and creative way to give a gift! Thank you!

Adrianne Fane-Hervey said...

gorgeous project

Alicrafter2016 said...

really love the colouring, must try this with these stamps, very creative way to wrap presents too

Amy C. said...

What a beautiful project! The coloring on the flowers is lovely.

Karen B said...

A lovely pocket for a gift. I really like the way you colored the flowers rather than stamping the layers. A nice variation.

Sande said...

Fantastic! Great way to wrap a small gift or a gift card. Thanks for the inspiration.

Rowena Miniaci said...

Brilliant!! Thanks for the detailed view of this product!!! Love it

Sarah Biswabic said...

What a pretty way to wrap a gift.

Donna Phelan said...

Gorgeous! LOVE Beautiful Day.....just bought it!

Diane Bruce said...

Elegant and unique. Anyone would love to receive your lovely creation. Thanks for sharing some great ideas.

Ericka Strange said...

What a fun project so neat and I love the flower and the colors you used!

Janet Zeppa said...

What a gorgeous way to wrap a gift!!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Very creative, so pretty!

RORO world said...

What an a great idea for gift wrap

Shirley N said...

Beautiful project! Love your stamp set and your beautiful coloring!

Sue said...

What a unique gift wrapping idea! The project is just so pretty and I am sure anyone would be so pleased to receive this. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

Martha Harris said...

I am so impressed with this gift package! so very lovely...

Sharron said...

Beautiful bloom and lovely sentiment! Love the idea of your pillow package! This is such a charming way to present a gift for a special occasion.

A Crafty Person said...

Lovely project! These tombow markers are amazing.

McStamper said...

Love your beautiful project.

Jenniferk said...

What a great idea and it looked so beautiful when it was all finished. I agree with you about the packaging of a gift, it should be just as lovely as the gift!

gardener said...

What a fun gift idea. Well done.

pcm said...

What a fun way to package a gift!

Donna Baker said...

This was a great idea especially with graduations and weddings coming in June. Your water coloring was beautiful

Mary-Anne V said...

Wow you really made such a beautiful way to dress up a gift.

Jennie Hilligus said...

Oh I love this! So clever!

Linda Rubarski said...

Great way to package a gift.

madhvi shah said...

Luv the packaging

Tracy Lustick said...

So pretty !

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Awesome idea for a gift presentation.

Jean Bullock said...

So pretty and original! Well done.

Wahnita Hammond said...

Love your creative style!! Gorgeous!

Karen @ Misplaced Mojo said...

What a great project and a different way to use these products! You have us all thinking of new packaging ideas, for sure!!!

Denise Bryant said...

Love the watercolor technique you used on this amazing project! Lovely flowers and a beautiful presentation!!

Deb Kerns said...

love this watercolored card- so pretty!

Lynne B said...

What a creative and beautiful project!

K Eddington said...

★☆★☆ I gotta start using a color chart. Especially if I want to mimic your technique. ★☆★☆ Beautiful.

Kim A said...

What a beautiful & clever idea

sweetcheeks said...

Love the book page pillow idea, unique and lovely

sharon said...

Wow wow wow!

Aileen Ryan said...

Beautiful colouring, love hwat you have done, the flowers look so soft and pretty.

Mirella said...

Beautiful project and fabulous coloring! Gorgeous! :-)

Susi K. said...

These gift wraps would definitely make a gift even more special - it's a fabulous touch and your project is delightful!

Izzy Scrap said...

WoW, very beautiful and unique project ! It's a great idea and it is so special ! I love this stamp set too. Thanks for sharing.

Bev Wilkinson said...

What a great idea! Love the coloring

Kathy S said...

Love the tombow coloring.

TracyM #6773 said...

BEAUTIFUL colouring and DELIGHTFUL way to wrap gift cards - WOW - LOVE IT!!!
... I confess that I would hesitate to tear one of these beauties open :)
THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION!!!

Carolyne Garris said...

Beautiful colouring and set!

stephanie said...

Thank you for giving all the numbers for your coloring. I love the coloring!

Traci said...

I love your use of stitching - your creation is very unique!

Gretchen Wilson said...

This is such a gorgeous project, you did the stamp justice and the markers too! Thanks for sharing!

LauraJane:) said...

Innovative idea of creating a sewn gift sachet!

Lori Ingraham said...

Your coloring is super. Love the card and the stitching.

Jan Castle said...

Beautiful project...great job on the coloring and the stitching!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

MyDiwa said...

Those colors are really vibrant, especially against the book page background!

Miriam Prantner said...

What beautiful packaging! Your coloring is just lovely too!

Nan G said...

A beautiful gift wrapper!

Candy Rude said...

Love the coloring and stamp set!

Georgee said...

An unusual and beautiful project! Love it! I would hate to have to tear it though to get to the gift.

Carolee McCaslin said...

Wow what a beautiful project!!!

Sue McRae said...

Who wouldn't be delighted to receive a gift with this beautiful packaging!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

This is so pretty I love it!

Rebecca Ednie said...

This is such a clever gift giving idea!

Toni C said...

What an awesome idea. I always use brown paper for wrapping but book pages is a great idea, could even combine the two. I also love your idea of the colour pallet - it makes perfect sense!

Super Stick Chick said...

Beautiful and clever idea. Can't wait to try it.

Blog Voyage said...

Lovely! I wouldn't want to open it. Thanks for sharing your color picking technique!

Cheryl B said...

Clever ideas, and so pretty!!

Valgerdur R. said...

Amazing detailed elements combined in creating a beautiful gift. Thank you for your sharing your process and fueling endless inspiration!

Cassandra Noyes said...

Beautiful work!

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow!!! Love your wraping idea!!! Absolutely stunning!!!

Bev Karolak said...

Gorgeous project! Lovely colouring! :-)

Connie MacFarlane said...

What a wonderfully creative way to wrap a gift! Love it. Your colouring is beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration!

Alaska .Kris said...

What a lovely and unique idea!

Lisa Stolp said...

What a great idea! Your project is just beautiful. You are great at coloring and shading. So talented.

barbara macaskill said...

Such a lovely way to wrap a gift! You could use different images and make it a masculine gift so easily too! Thanks for the inspiration!

jen said...

I inked this set up last night- and you're right it is so detailed and lovely! Your packaging is indeed beautiful!

Olga said...

Beautiful vintage gift wrap!

Andrea1702 said...

Gorgeous! Your "wrapping paper" is beautiful enough to be a gift all by itself!

Denise S. said...

What a great way to package a gift card.

Teresa Doyle said...

A fantastic project Beth. Love the stamp set you've used, its beautiful!

Kathy S said...

Love the colors!

BeverlyBL said...

What a cool way to package a gift. Also thanks for the make a color chart tip. Simple idea, but I never thought to do it.

Joan M said...

The flowers you colored with the Tombow Brush dual watercolor pens are absolutley amazing. Beautiful wrapping paper

Gypsy 2 said...

Beautiful use of this fantastic stamp set....well done.

Marianne said...

Such a great way to dress up a gift package. Also like your tip about creating a colour chart first.

Nana Griffin said...

I love this stamp set. A great job creating with it.

Helen Gullett said...

What creative way of dressing up your pocket! LOVE IT!

sawgy44 said...

I have the stamp and die set and the brush markers too! Now just need to dust off the sewing machine. Very cute idea.

Marsha Stehle said...

What a creative way to wrap a gift! Love the vintage pages. I must try the brush pens from To bow.

Rubycat said...

Such a unique and lovely project!

lostinpaper said...

Stunning! I absolutely love the way that you have coloured these flowers!

Chelsea Cooper said...

loving finding new creative gift wrapping ideas!

QuilterLaura said...

Wow! Amazing way to wrap a special gift!

Kraftychick said...

Awesome gift idea! Don't you just love the Peony Bouquet stamp set! But, I love how you colored the images with the Tombow - the shading is excellent! Really nice idea! TFS!

Sue D said...

What a beautiful and unique way to give a gift.

KimberlyRae said...

Marvelous!!!!

KimberlyRae said...

Marvelous!!!!

Marcia said...

Soooo cute!! What a great gift idea!!

Linsey R said...

What a lovely card, Beth! Your flowers are colored so beautifully!!! Thanks for the fabulous inspiration for this special hop! I'm really enjoying it!

Daylene said...

What a lovely gift! So creative; it will certainly be something the recipient will treasure and keep! Thanks for the inspiration!

Amber H. said...

What a pretty gift! I'm sure the recipient will feel so special when they get this.

Uto4ka Юлия said...

My favorite set of stamps! Interesting solution

ann greene said...

This is such a beautiful presentation. So pretty.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Wonderful coloring. TFS

Susie Sonnier said...

What a HAPPY card!!!

Liz said...

Always excited to get inspiration from new designers.

Piroska Czakó-Radványi said...

Lovely card, love those colours and the stiching

Taunya Butler said...

What a tremendous and lovely idea. The coloring is spot-on AMAZING!!! The idea is precious and the outcome of your design is just so gorgeous and beautiful!! Love this - so much!!!

Berina RGA said...

I love your book page pillow!! Awesome idea!! Beautiful work!!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Tina Z. said...

great idea!

Lydine Arriola said...

What a fabulous project! Thanks for sharing!love tombow products!

Kelly Holt said...

What a pretty and feminine card, I have never sewn on paper before.