Clearly Besotted – Prickly Plushies

One benefit to a quarantine is there’s more time to craft. And, what better way to send a smile to your friends or family than sending a card stating, “You Can’t Touch This?”

I love my Copic markers, and I’m always curious about other brands. Back in my bullet journaling days I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens (water-based) all of the time, and when I saw that they released alcohol markers I really wanted to try them out, so I purchased about 15 greens, yellows, and browns of the Tombow ABT PRO Alcohol-based Markers. I love coloring in greens, so this sweet Prickly Plushies stamp set from Clearly Besotted seemed a good match for my new pens.

I first stamped the cacti onto masking paper and cut them out. Then, I stamped onto Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock using Gina K Amalgam Ink in Obsidian and colored with the Tombow markers.

Tombow ABT PRO Alcohol Markers

  • Pots: P026, P947, P987, P991, P907, P76
  • Cacti: P126, P127, P131, P133, P158, P177, P192, P249

After coloring, I adhered the masks and inked a portion of the background using Distress Ink in Barn Door and Dried Marigold.

I then stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and adhered the background to a white card base.

To finish the card I embellished with PPP Sparkling Clear Sequins.

I will say on the whole, I enjoyed the Tombow markers. They for one made me realize how much of a crutch the Copic color families can be for me, and with these Tombows you need to find your highlight, mid-tone, and dark color sets that work together. Granted, it wasn’t that difficult as I was working in mostly greens, but I liked building my own combinations and it’s inspired me to rely less on the obvious color families when I use my Copics. I did purchase the blender as well, but I didn’t need it as these blended very well together on the Neenah Classic Crest cardstock.

See you on the next project!

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