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  • Debbie Gaetz, Bella Carta

Chameleon Color Tone Pens

The weather here may not reflect it's the first of May but I know it in my heart. What better way to welcome the month of May than to celebrate the beautiful colors of nature. I've been wanting to find the time and patience to discover how well the Chameleon Color Tone pens work . . . using one pen for various tones. I am just beginning and I made two cards over the weekend using them.

Chameleon Color Tones, Altenew, Spellbinder Nestablities Dies

Altenew Stamps & Dies:

Beautiful Day Stamp Set (including sentiment)

Beautiful Day Die Set

Chameleon Color Tones

Spellbinder Nestablilities Die Set - Deckled Rectangles

Tsukineko's Memento Ink in Summer Sky (background color) & Tuxedo Black (floral images)

Ranger's Archival Ink in Black (sentiment)

White Linen Heavy Card Stock (Inked Panel)

100# Extra Smooth White Card Stock (stamped, colored & die-cut images)

118# Conqueror Heavy Card Stock in Diamond White (base A2 Vertical Fold card)

What separates the Chameleon Color Tone pens from other alcohol markers is the mixing chamber and inside nib that allows the one pen color to highlight, shade, blend and allow different tones. I had to learn how long to let the colored nib (brush or bullet nib) to touch the mixing nib and how much area would go without color or a very light tone of the color before the fuller color would start to come back in. I also have to keep learning how much pressure I need to use on the brush end and the bullet nib. It does become challenging and fun very quickly. It's a refreshing change from holding 4-5 Copic markers in my hand to switch between to achieve the same effects on one image for the same color.

I stamped the open full flower stamp image onto 100# white card stock with Memento in Tuxedo Black. I used only one Chameleon color pen for the petals of each blossom and the foilage.. The blossom centers were colored with an orange color. The blossoms and foilage were cut with the matching die set*. The blossom die cuts were then lightly outlined with the light grey Chameleon brush end.

The white linen card stock was trimmed to 4-1/8" x 5-3/8". On a same size white card stock, the largest deckled rectangle die was placed in the center and cut. The frame was then used as a stencil over the linen card stock; after it was taped down with removable tape, a sponge dauber was used to apply the Summer Sky ink. After it was dry, the sentiment was stamped with archival ink. The die cuts were layered on the panel with double-sided adhesive; the red blossom was adhered with foam mounting tape to add a little dimension. The panel was then adhered to the A2 vertical fold base card.

I'll share my second card with you tomorrow.

Please keep sunshine in your thoughts and your heart. Cards like this one will be donated to the infusion clinic for the staff to give to patients undergoing chemotherapy who might need a little "surprise" to brighten their day.

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