This week we are thrilled to welcome back Faber-Castell! In today’s spotlight you’ll learn more about Faber-Castell, see a fantastic project by Margie Higuchi and have the opportunity to win a jar of Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gesso and the Metallic Gelatos – Gold and Silver (details at the end of this post).
Founded in 1761, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft is a leading manufacturer in high quality crafting supplies. 2011 was a milestone year for Faber-Castell USA as we celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Faber-Castell. We are proud of our longevity and what it represents – consistent delivery of a quality experience in all areas of business. In keeping with Lothar von Faber’s quote, “to rise to the highest rank by making the best that can be made in the whole world” Faber-Castell USA is committed to staying true to this vision of quality, tradition, and innovation now and in the future.
The 8th generation behind Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft: Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell
Faber-Castell Designer – Margie Higuchi
Today we welcome Margie Higuchi. We are so excited to have her showcase her work today on Paper Crafter’s Library. You can see Margie’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about her:
Residing in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago with my husband and our two sons, I enjoy different types and styles of paper crafting from creating scrapbook pages to making cards to dabbling in mix media! I was fortunate to have been a product designer for a line of chipboard and acrylic products, a design team member on several craft manufacturers and scrapbook retailer teams, published artwork and articles in several online and print magazines in the U.S. and overseas. I am thrilled to be a part of the Faber-Castell® Design Memory Crafts® Guest Design Team! The Design Memory Craft colors are amazing and their textural accent mediums are fabulous. It makes showcasing them SO EASY!
Today I am SUPER EXCITED to showcase Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® amazing Textural Accents Glass Bead Glitter Gel! It sparkles like no other and it doesn’t flake when dry. In a one word description = WOW!
Using Glass Bead Glitter Gel in three different ways, I created this sparkly holiday card. It not only has wonderful texture, it: 1) highlights the stamped image underneath; 2) gives chipboard die cut an extra “something” and 3) stays on hard surfaces like the trinket pins!
I started by cutting chipboard with Spellbinders® Die D-Lites™ S2-120 Peace Sentiment holiday die template.
To prime the die cut for some fun, I covered it with Textural Accents Gesso – two coats with dry time between coats.
When dried, I colored the die cut with Design Memory Craft® Silver Ice Gelatos® stick and blended with my fingers to completely cover the edges. This amazing acid-free pigment stick glide on a creamy brilliant shimmering color that blends beautifully with or without water. Add another color or textural accent medium for a WOW! factor like I did below.
Lastly, I spread Glass Bead Glitter Gel over the die cut with my fingers to control the coat. Make sure it doesn’t get in between the letters so it dries crisp words.
Set the die cut aside to dry and work on the card front. I stamped JustRite Papercraft’s Winter Wonder Cling Background Stamp with Nautical Blue ink. Let dry or use a heating tool to dry.
Once dried, I spread Glass Bead Glitter Gel over the stamped image. Depending on how thick you apply the gel, dry time varies so I left mine overnight to dry. Below are images to show the before and after…note: do not use a heating tool to dry – the texture will bubble.
To embellish more, I added self-adhesive rhinestones to the card front and die cut. Even textured, the stones stuck with no issues. Love the solid surface the gel becomes when dried. The sparkle from the glitter is stunning…
OK….so I had to add more embellishment! It’s the holidays! LOL! I dipped these trinket pins into the Glass Bead Glitter Gel jar and then scraped the excess off. Let dry for an hour and both turned out amazing!!
I tied a white organza ribbon bow on the side of the card front over the rhinestone border, added the pins into the bow, adhered the die cut and it’s ready to send! Here’s a second look at the finished card…
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft – Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gesso and Design Memory Craft® Silver Ice Gelatos®
JustRite Papercraft Stamps – Winter Wonder Cling Background Stamp
Spellbinders® Creative Arts – S2-120 Peace Sentiment
Ink – IMAGINE Craft®/TSUKINEKO® (Memento Luxe – Nautical Blue)
Cardstock – Darice
Bling – Want2Scrap©
Trinket Pins – Maya Road
Adhesives – ScraPerfect (Best Glue Ever) and SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L® (Dodz™ medium)
Other – Chipboard; White Organza Ribbon
We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Margie Higuchi for her fabulous project and Faber-Castell for sharing their company with us. Be sure to visit Faber-Castell to see more of their products and their blog for some inspiration!
In order to enter the give-away to win the prize shown above, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post. One winner will be announced next Wednesday on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog!