Hi! Thanks for checking this tutorial out :) We will be creating a card but more focus is being put on the Chameleon pens / markers, how to use them and how to use Chameleon markers / pens to color your own embellishments! The possibilities are ENDLESS! The Chameleon pens / markers are alcohol based markers. They have numerous uses two of which I am going to share with you today.I am going to be showing you how to use the Chameleon Markers / Pens and how to SAVE MONEY on embellishments by coloring them with Chameleon Pens. There are so many different things you can do and it is really amazing how great the rhinestones look once you have colored them. It is one of the EASIEST techniques with the fastest gratification! LOVE IT! I have also created a card using the Speech Bubbles Mini Set using the Chameleon Pens. It really came out cute! If you like to learn by video, check out the video above, if you prefer a pictorial, check out the pics below and let me know what you think! Thanks for joining us and let’s get started!
Step 1: Get Your Supplies Together
Here is the list of supplies you would need to recreate this card:
Paper to stamp sentiment & image on
Step 2: Stamp Your Image
Step 3: Stamp Sentiment and Other Speech Bubbles
Adhere Sentiment to the stamp block, ink and stamp sentiment inside the speech bubble. Repeat stamping on paper per your personal design choice until satisfied with the number of designs to be placed for your card.
Step 4: Getting Familiar With Your Chameleon Pens / Markers
Take out your Chameleon markers. You can use either the brush tip (picture) or the bullet tip (like a felt tip) to color your images. Above is showing the brush tip which is what I have chosen to color the image.
Step 5: Mixing Chamber
This is the tip for the mixing chamber (blending solution.) I have used it with red before as you can see there is a tint of red/pink on it. This will not change the nib or effect of the blending solution mixture and it’s effectiveness at all.
Step 6: Holding Your Marker Properly
Once you have taken off the cap off your marker tip preference, place your tip so that the mixing chamber is touching your colored tip. Make sure that your colored tip (nib) pointed toward the sky and the mixing chamber tip (nib) is pointed toward the floor. The pen will be upright and is what your marker / pen will look like when it is in front of you.
Keep your pen upright so the blending solution can transfer to the colored nib as shown above in the overhead shot.
Step 7: How Much Blending Solution
The amount of time you would like to keep it like this varies depending on how light you want the color to be to start with. The darker the color marker, the longer it will take to saturate the color with solution to make it almost opaque. I have kept it on for as short as 3 seconds for a very light difference to 10-15 seconds for a drastic color change. For the above creation, I kept it on for at least 12 seconds. As you can see, it is almost translucent as I begin to color.
Step 8: Coloring, Coloring and MORE Coloring!
As I continue to color, you can see in the pictures where the blending solution is more prominent and being used with the color. As the blending solution is running out a little bit, more and more color starts to show. The more I color, the more the color then starts to come through more as the blending solution is no longer saturating the nib.
Step 9: Close Up
Here is a close up of the variance of color from the bottom where I started to the top where the color was most saturated and no longer had blending solution and the pigment is coming through.
Step 10: New Mixing Chamber
This is the mixing chamber with a nib that hasn't been used yet. As you can see, there isn't any pigment/color on it at all. This will change with use as shown with the red mixing chamber in a previous picture and will not effect the mixing chamber and effectiveness.
Step 11: What the Mixing Chamber Should Look Like When Adding Blending Solution
This is what the mixing chamber looks like with both nibs (tips) touching to transfer the blending solution to the colored marker. This picture is just for visual purposes. When using the chamber the marker should be upright for it to be effective.
Step 12: Holding Your Chameleon Pen / Marker Upright for 6-8 Seconds
After using the mixing chamber for approximately 6-8 seconds, I started coloring above as you can see the progression.
Step 13: Close Up
Here is a close up shot of the coloring. I didn't do a perfect job but thought it was important for you to see the variance in color with just ONE marker!
Step 14: Get Out Your Chameleon Pens / Markers and Rhinestones
Take out your rhinestones and Chameleon pens.
Step 15: Pick Your Color
Pick a marker color that you want to color your rhinestones. Color the top of the rhinestone to your liking.
*NOTE* Unless you want a translucent color on your rhinestone, do not use the blending solution or else the color may not be strong enough for it to be obvious.
Step 16: The Colored Rhinestone
This is the rhinestone fully colored with the Chameleon marker / Pen.
Step 17: More Colors!
Here I have colored more of them in for demonstration purposes. The possibilities are ENDLESS!
Step 18: Adding Your Colored Rhinestones to Your Creation
I use my QuickStick from Quickutz to take them off of the sheet of rhinestones and place them on my card. Many other companies have a tool similar to this and they work well also.
Step 19: Close Up
This is a close up of what the rhinestones and colored speech bubbles I created in the video for example purposes.
Step 20: The Completed Project
This is the finished card I created for an example of this technique.
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