Monday, April 25, 2011

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Giveaway!

***This giveaway has ended - scroll down to see who won!***

Faber-Castell, a company whose name I've long associated with quality art products, has developed a product collection called Design Memory Craft. Mix and Match Color Gelatos, Stamper's Big Brush Pens, Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, PITT Pastel Pencils, and Metallic PITT Artist Pens provide a fine selection from which to choose. The variety of color palettes and mediums make it very easy to try one's hand at new techniques.


MIX & MATCH Color Gelatos are just plain fun to use... they come in mess-free tubes from which creamy color swivels up, similar to a lip balm stick. The opaque product glides easily across the paper leaving a trail of glorious color, and is odor-free, acid-free, and non-toxic. Most of the Gelato sets include a paintbrush with a triangular handle that prevents it from rolling off a work surface - love that! - as well as a floral clear stamp.


The MIX & MATCH Mixed Media Sampler contains a metallic Gelato, along with a Stamper's Big Brush Pen, Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil, PITT Pastel Pencil, and Metallic PITT Artist Pen, all in a coordinated color palette.

Color Gelatos are packaged in a variety of color combinations, including black and white, silver and gold metallic, colored metallics, neutrals, blue/green, and red/yellow, which is the collection I received. The colors can be blended with your fingers - it washes right off - or transformed into a watercolor painting by stroking the colored paper with the dampened brush.


The product information suggests coloring the clear stamp with a Gelato for traditional stamping, or coloring paper with a Gelato first, and then using the stamp to remove some of the color. I have to say I didn't have a lot of success with either of these methods (although adding water may have done the trick), but instead enjoyed using the color sticks to create card backgrounds.


I created the striped effect on this card with a pink Gelato, coloring over that first layer of color with a coral metallic Gelato on matte finish photo paper. I love that the paper's slick surface resulted in crackles, giving a weathered look.. In this case, the surface needed to be sprayed with a fixative to preserve it, but when using Gelatos on regular, textured, or flocked paper, the color stays firmly put unless water is applied.


I've been an avid doodler since way back... well, actually more of a scratcher. In school I would fill the margins of notebooks with little V-like scribbles. I still do it to this day while on the phone or at a meeting, so to test out each of these pencils, I set to work making backgrounds for cards using variations of my johnny-one-note scribble skill.

Squint for a moment at this paper on which I used a PITT Pastel Pencil and then smudged the lines to soften the look:


Don't the squiggles give the effect of wood grain? Maybe a tiny bit? Humor me. Wood grain is very popular in the stamping world at the moment and I enjoy being in style.

For this bookmark I used the purple Metallic PITT Artist Pen (India ink) on photo paper. The ink has such a nice shine in real life and the color doesn't budge once it dries.


I found that the Metallic PITT Artist Pen also did a wonderful job of inking the clear stamp, which I stamped on orange vellum to create this card. The pink and orange background was done with an Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil and a PITT Pastel Pencil on white cardstock.


And then just because I'm first and foremost a quiller, I felt compelled to try my hand at recreating the flourishes on the clear stamp... a quillable design if ever I saw one! The background was more squiggles, this time on pale yellow cardstock with the Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil to which I applied a bit of water via the paintbrush to blur the lines.


The Design Memory Craft site has lots of information and also a blog where you'll find many more ideas for using all of these tools.


Faber-Castell sent me the supply sets pictured above for review purposes, and is offering two All Things Paper readers (U.S. or Canadian residents only; so sorry, all of you international folks) the chance to win the very same sets (color selection may vary). Leave a comment to enter. If you would like additional chances to win, just spread the word about the giveaway via your blog, Facebook page, Twitter, and/or any stamping/scrapbooking forums you might belong to, and tell me if you've done so in your comment. The giveaway ends at the end of this Friday, April 29, and winners will be selected at random and announced the next day on this post. Good luck!

And the winners are: Congratulations to Deb Plapp and Aurora! They were chosen by the random.org number generator. Faber-Castell's contest organizer will see that you each receive your art supplies - I hope you'll enjoy using them! Thanks everyone, for all of the lovely comments and for spreading the word about the giveaway.

117 comments:

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

Playing with these would be such fun...pick me!!

cg said...

Ooh, I didn't even know about these new products! I've put it on my blog and facebooked it as well...
Thanks so much. Love love your tutorials.

sudukc said...

I love to play with new things...and I'm in the mood. Are these in art stores now?

Ann Martin said...

sudukc - Yes, they are!

chillin with Quillin said...

love the back grounds, it's cool how you can make so many designs. love your quilling to, they go well together!!
Paula

Melanie said...

I so want a set of these wonderful items! I have only heard great things about them and I must try them out ... but can't find them in stores!!! At least near me ... would love to win the sets!

Anonymous said...

Ann,
Love how you merged the quilling with the background!! They look very fun to play with.

Sue Custer

Stephanie said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I can think of the mother's day card I'd make with them.

Claire said...

Oh! I would love to win!

Claire

claire.negus@gmail.com

Melissa said...

Neat! Love your quilled flower, too. (And yes, it looks like wood grain to me! ;)

Tiffany said...

Those look like so much fun! Pick me, pick me!

Kathy said...

Ooh these are gorgeous and yes wood grain definitely.. didn't see these when I was looking for new things either.. I shared this on my blog and on my Facebook page..
It does look lovely with the quilling too.. when are you going to try tangling???? you will love it..
Have a lovely day.. and please pick me...lol
Kath
xx

Rischa said...

The first thing I thought about your creation was that it looked like wood grain. Nice work! The new products look like lots of fun. I'd love to try them out and would love even more to win them! Thanks for the opportunity!

Rischa

Jennifer said...

I love that some of these products are being offered as "sample packs"!

I wish more companies would do that.

Tahnks for the info - I will have to get some of these to play around with!

- Jennifer L

Kittie said...

Great projects. I am a huge fan of Faber-Castell artist pens and brush markers. I love to scenery images around stamped images and watercolor. Thanks for the opportunity to win this fun product.

Kate said...

Great giveaway. I'd love to win. I'll post about it on my blog too!

April B. said...

Oh the fun I could have with these! Can't wait to get my hands on them!

april @ scrappingthemagic.com

cards by cara said...

What a generous giveaway! I love the samples you created - so creative. I have been eyeing these products but can't afford them right now so am corssing my fingers ... I am posting a link on my blog to share with my readers ...

upstateLisa said...

Oh I have heard about these and have been dying to try them! Just tweeted it too!

Dot said...

I haven't seen these in stores here yet! The sets look like they offer alot of new things to try out!

kim said...

How cool! I haven't tried these yet...they look like fun!!!! And I LOVE your quilled card...

Cathy said...

I've heard that these products are wonderful. Please count me in and thanks!

CheckerBeads said...

Wow, interesting products! Love how you made such cool backgrounds.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Anne

Jan said...

good luck everyone!!! In case you need to contact me because I won: cre8now@att.net thanks for the opportunity!!

leef said...

I'd love a chance to win these!

komnatachista said...

Ann, this is one of your best writing pieces! I love the Gelato! Count me in. - Karren

Leeann said...

Wow, nice gift! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this!

Janet said...

Saw this on Kate's blog....I would love to win. Thank you so much!!

Ann said...

what an awesome giveaway. I would love a chance to win

Nikkee said...

I'd love a chance to play with all those new toys! <3

Fine Lines said...

These look really intriguing. I'd love to try them out!!

Nancy C. said...

What a great giveaway! I love how you merge your quilling and backgrounds together! Thanks so much!

ncichocki at ptd dot net

Carolina said...

Great giveaway! I am international but have a US shipping address, lucky me!

Aimee said...

I love my Pitt India ink pens. The Gelato medium is intriguing.

Piali said...

Great new product!! I would love to try it out.Thanks for the chance to win!!

Deb Plapp said...

They look yummy! Thanks for the chance to win. Deb thebee52@frontier.com

Linda Lou said...

I love new products! Hope to win!

Anne Temple said...

Your samples are gorgeous! Would love to win a set and try out these fun looking products.

La Alicia said...

oooh, those look like so much fun -- a great inspiration for Spring! Pick me, pick me! :)

Anonymous said...

what fun, i'd love to be enterd to win!!
linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

Teddie Seeley said...

Ann,

I love the way your quilling turned out with the background.

I could use a set of those myself.

Thank you for the chance to win,
Teddie

stephanie said...

dear Ann,
i'm not commenting for the give-away (even tho would love to :)); the quilled card is wonderful, love the color & the swirls!

Wendy TC said...

Thx for giveaway. One cannot have too many of such supplies.

Jan Castle said...

Love your backgrounds and quilling...I have a few of the Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils but have never tried to do backgrounds - will be playing with them for sure! Not familiar with the other products, but would LOVE to win and give them a try!!!!
Thank you Faber-Castel for the chance!
Jan Castle

scarlettred41816@aol.com said...

I would have a blast with these!! Ty for the chance to win them!

cards by cara said...

oops, apparently I can't spell 'crossing' properly - sorry about my typo above!! :)

Marissa said...

Such pretty pretty pens

Meg said...
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lisa said...

very cool giveaway!!

Marija said...

Those gelatos look wonderful! I'd love to give 'em a whirl.

marija.majerle at gmail dot com

Maybaby said...

These look very cool!

ArtsCraftsandScraps said...

thank you so much for this giveaway, I hope I am the lucky one :)

Aurora said...

These are so nice!!! Would love to win!

Aurora said...

I just tweeted about the giveaway :)

Jennifer ~ Mi Vida Loca said...

What a generous give-away! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

Domestic Diva said...

Thanks for the chance.

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Carolina said...

Great giveaway! Thanks! So happy to have a US shipping address!!!

Donna said...

This looks like some great products that I will have to try.

Donna Smith

vwestermeyer said...

These look like so much fun

The Teacher said...

I love it!
jessicajhennings@gmail.com

IctoRude said...

I've heard such amazing things about all their products! :)

laurel said...

Would love to win these! Love all your great ideas

ana @ i made it so said...

fun giveaway ann!

Beverly said...

I'd love to experiment with these products! Love your blog, also. I'm a faithful reader.

Kris said...

I've wanted to try these since I first saw them advertised. I saw Suzi Blu using them, and now you're using them for a totally different effect. They look awesome! Love the super creamy colors!

Your backgrounds are neat looking. Who knew scribbles could look so artsy?

Cynthia said...

I would love to try them out.

sandyandcosmo said...

I could have so much fun with these products! Thanks for the giveaway!

I am Jamie Sue! said...

My obsession with paper runs as deep as the Mississippi. PLEASE!

Erin said...

I love crafting! I'd love to win these!!

jasmine said...

Ooh la la! What a great package for the nifty crafter!!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Rachel said...

My fave art products ever! PICK ME! LOL Spreading the word via facebook! Thanks for the chance to win .. :)

Rachel :)

Jennie said...

Love their products and what great cards! Thanks for the chance to win.

Brian S. said...

I would love to win.

'cine said...

Would love love love to win this fantastic set :)

Linn said...

awesome water coloring wow i love em'
it would be really great to win some
thanks for the opportunity

Lisa Somerville said...

Wonderful BG's you created! Thanks for the chance to win!

Elaine S. said...

These look like great fun. Would love to give them a try.

Ying said...

I'm for multi-media! I'm learning so much from everyone. Feel like a newbie all over again when goodies like these come out.
I'll share on facebook, Justcards and Cards yahoo group.
Thanks!!!

She's Crafty! Studio said...

Your creations are beautiful. I would love to play with these mediums. Pick me, LOL.

Amber said...

Great review of a new product!! I'll be looking for them in the stores now. These art supplies look like a lot of fun & I love your quilling of the stamp!! Thanks for the chance to win :)

LaLa said...

Looks like I could really makes some pretty things with these!

~Lauren
queen_lade at yahoo.com
scrappinwithlala.blogspot.com

jensphotography said...

I've been eyeing these for a long time. Would love to win them!

Heather Strenzwilk said...

Thanks for the opportunity!

Tracy said...

I love these, I hope to find them in my art supply store!

a rose is a rose said...

Great giv-away! Also blogged it at thereformedpirate.blogspot.com

Megan: said...

What a great giveaway! I'm excited to try those new tools!

Barbara Cortez said...

I love the ideas you've posted here. What a great crafting resource!

kimi said...

Great review! It's nice to see how they work and get a firsthand opinion of new products. Perhaps I'll try them on the programs for my sister's wedding... Thanks for the giveaway opportunity ~ I mentioned it on twitter, too! <3

momzilajn said...

Would love to try these! Thanks!

Carol Paints said...

This look like many happy hours of creativity!

AND

I shared this on Facebook.

c.paints [@]yahoo[dot]com

Veronica said...

I would absolutely love the chance to work with this!!! I love trying new products and love to make cards!!! I have five kids who are into it just as much as I am!!!

Carol said...

I love your creativity. Sometime would you share how long it takes you to complete an average project? Thanks for a chance to win!

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Carol! A stamped card can be made pretty quickly, but if I add quilling, I usually spend an an afternoon or evening on one.

Brandi said...

I would love to win! brandimthompson (a) gmail.com

Magpie Shinies said...

These are so cool! I'm a letter writer, so I'm always looking for something to snazz my stationery up with.

Kimberlee @ Magpie Shinies

Faye said...

Looks like a wonderful product!

Neha Jain said...

lovely....count on me....posting ur candy on side bar too :)

Frøken Fogh said...

Oooh waht a nice giveaway. I would so enjoy that price =)

McVic said...

love the cards! would be very happy to get to play with these!!
thanks for the chance to win
kacee
mcvicwif at yahoo dot com

sara said...

great giveaway!

Denise S. said...

Never having worked with any of these products I would love to win them!

Kristen said...

OMG, these are fabulous. I had a chance to play with these at a class I took, and they are amazing!!!

Kristen said...

ooopss. I shared on FB as well. Thank you!

Liz, love. said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Hope I win.

Lnordquist(at)Live(dot)Com

Jacqueline said...

these are so cool! thanks! jmmccarr@gmail.com

Jacqueline said...

these are so cool! thanks! jmmccarr@gmail.com

Kathy of KZ Embroidery said...

Wow, these look so cool! I would so love to win these, but I would have to share them with my daughter, LOL

Kathy of KZ Embroidery said...

I tweeted about this too! But I don't want anyone else to enter because I want to win! hehehe!

Manasa said...

These are so cool...would love to win them !

Ashley said...

Great giveaway!

mrs.marcus2 at yahoo dot com

Sue McRae said...

I've seen these products around and they look like such fun!

donaville said...

fab giveaway :) would love a chance to use them!

katja said...

i've just uncovered a lost stash of papers and this would be a wonderful way to use them up!

Jani said...

I have been looking at these sets for a while. I would love to win one and play for a while:)

Jani
papercompulsions@gmail.com
papercompulsions.blogspot.com

tencraftyfingers said...

I have been hearing so much about these lately. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Ann Martin said...

The giveaway has ended. Thanks to you all for your lovely comments and for spreading the word about the giveaway!

Aurora said...

Thank you again. i can't wait to try these out!

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