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Vicki Boutin Art Crayons from American Crafts

Teri Anderson |


By Teri Anderson

Vicki Boutin Art Crayons from American Crafts

Hi, everyone!
I'm here to talk to you today about the Vicki Boutin Art Crayons from American Crafts.
These crayons come in packs of eight, and there are three collections available: Warm; Cool; and Neutral.
They are essentially crayons for adults. You can use them on cards and scrapbook pages (and art journals too)!
They are oil pastel art crayons, which means they are super creamy.
And here's something cool about them: They can be used wet or dry. You can use them on their own or you can pair them with stencils and stamps!

What I liked:

* The size of these crayons. They aren't too big and they aren't too small. 
* A little bit of coverage goes along way. They are going to last awhile.
* The packaging! They come in a box, which has a plastic holder that holds the crayons safely. Love this because none were open broken when I opened the boxes. Plus the plastic is great for long term storage for one who doesn't like their crayons rolling around in a box.
* Great assortment of colors. 
* Good tool for those wanting to get their hands wet in mixed media. Affordable and easy to use! 

What I disliked:
* I wish I had even more crayons to work with. I loved the these ones and hope there will be more colors in the future! (Are you listening, American Crafts?)

What I made:

Here I scribbled the crayons onto watercolor paper and then spread the colors with water. Once the paper was dry, I die-cut the leaves from it. 

For this card, I cut a thank you word from some of the Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Foundations Paper and applied color to it with the crayons and water. The paper is 140lb and super study. The crayons took wonderfully to it. 

For this card, I drew lines with the crayons onto it to create the rainbow. I used my finger to spread the colors completely across the card. 

MRSP: $14.99


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What do you think?
Have you tried of the Vicki Boutin Mixed Media products? Have you done any Mixed Media before?


Fancy Pants Winners!!

That is 2 winners actually.   So the winner of The Bright Side Collection is:

Patricia said...
Wow! They both are so awesome but Brightside calls my name a little louder! Thanks for the chance!

And the winner of Poolside Collection is:

Some Lucky Dog said...
They're both such fun collections! I think I'd chose the Poolside because we spend a lot of time around the water in the summer.

Be sure to check your email for happy mail!!   Congrats!


Fancy Pants Designs GIVEAWAY!!!

Hey there all and HAPPY FRIDAY!! 

So the lovely Jodi from Fancy Pants Designs is being super generous and is giving away one collection kit each of The Bright Side Collection:

And Poolside:

To clarify, there will be 2 winners.  One winner will receive The Bright Side Collection Kit and the other will receive the Poolside Collection Kit.  Clear?   Fantastic!  If you would like to win, comment which collection you would like to win and why.   This will be open until midnight PST Thursday, May 17th.  Goodluck!!  


Fancy Pants Designs Poolside

{By Jennifer Larson}

Hello! It's Jennifer Larson, sharing a new Fancy Pants Designs collection called Poolside. With summer around the corner (finally!), this collection will make you ready to enjoy the outdoors, for it's bright and colorful with lots of summertime images. Here's what I had to play with:

The collection included the 12x12 paper, the ephemera pack, and puffy stickers. (Each item in the collection can also be purchased separately.) I also worked with the 6x6 paper pad, chipboard, and clips.

What I liked: First, cards on the table: I have been on the design team for Fancy Pants in the past. Regardless, I am a sucker for colorful products, and this collection had plenty. I also love using different textures of embellishments, and the embellishments added a lot of dimension and texture. Finally, though the patterned papers were themed, they generally had non-themed B-sides, which made them versatile.

What I disliked: The biggest issue with me was the heavy focus on "pool" as opposed to "water." I live in Minnesota--land of 10,000 lakes!--so I visit plenty of beaches but not so many pools, which left me with some product I couldn't use. I was also sorry that the collection didn't include an alpha. I have a die-cutting system, but I don't have that when I go to crops, so an alpha would be helpful. Finally, I struggled with the clips. They might work better in a pocket-page album than a traditional scrapbook page, which is what I tend to do.

What I made: First, I made two cards with the ephemera pack, the 6x6 pad, the puffy stickers, and the chipboard.

Since the products were heavily themed, I challenged myself to make non-pool related products. This card uses the chipboard and die cut flowers from the ephemera pack, leaves from the ephemera pack, dots from the puffy stickers, and paper from the 6x6 pad. (Cardstock is Stampin' Up!) I used a cup to trace the circle and hand-cut the notches in the banner. This card I will probably send to my mother for Mother's Day.

This card again uses the ephemera pack and the 6x6 pad. I adhered the sun with dimensional stickers and tucked the saying behind it to hide words I didn't want. Easy peasy! I think I'll use it when I visit open houses for graduating seniors this summer.

Like I said, we tend not to go to pools, but to beaches. This one took place in Hawaii last summer.  I used the 12x12 papers Cool in the Pool, Pooling Around, and Fun in the Sun, the puffy stickers, the chipboard and ephemera. The cardstock is Bazzill and the floss is DMC. I hand drew lines every 1/4 inch for the journaling before I hand journaled and wrote in cursive for the word BEACH before I punched holes and stitched it. And the circles were made with my very ancient Coluzzle.

Finally, another page from Hawaii. I used the 12x12 papers Cool in the Pool, Pooling Around, and Summer Lovin' as well as the ephemera and puffy stickers. I used a lot of dimensional stickers for layers, I hand cut some scallops out of the pool paper, and stitched some stuff down. My EK Success circle punch also helped me add some splashes of color and pattern. Pun intended.

What I think: Overall, this is a perfect summer product line. It is obviously more serviceable for people who have a pool or go to them a lot, but hopefully I showed you how versatile it is for anyone. Time to jump in and have fun!

What do YOU think? Are pools a part of your life? How versatile would this product be for you and your time in the water? Do you see any other uses for the products that I missed?