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Learn how to create and bejewel your own, personalized, hand lettered Christmas ornaments with this free video tutorial and fully linked supply list from Amanda Arneill of amandaarneill.com

Bejeweled Hand Lettered Christmas Ornaments

When I was preparing for last week’s hand lettered Christmas ornament tutorial, among my art supplies I stumbled across several packages of flat-back crystals that I had purchased awhile back because they were shiny and on sale (my two weaknesses). I’ve found the odd use for these jewels here and there – making hair bows…

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Find all of the tips, tricks and best pens to use to create your own, personalized, hand lettered Christmas ornaments with this free video tutorial and fully linked supply list from Amanda Arneill of amandaarneill.com

Personalized Hand Lettered Christmas Ornaments

For my girls’ annual holiday card and treat exchange last year, I wanted to go a bit outside the box. The teachers and the other students’ parents consistently come to the table with amazing and creative ideas for all the yearly holiday exchanges, so the competitive fire within me was ignited for this one. Then…

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Learn everything you need to know about foiling using the Heidi Swapp Minc machine in this 4 part video tutorial series from Amanda Arneill, hand lettering artist and teacher.

Gettin’ Fancy with Foil – Part 4: Double Foiled Holiday Cards

I’m going to be honest, this last hand lettered foil project in our “Gettin’ Fancy with Foil” series was a very happy accident. I was planning on having the last part of this series be a holiday card, but my initial intention was to do a technique similar to last week’s “Thank You” card –…

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Learn everything you need to know about foiling using the Heidi Swapp Minc machine in this 4 part video tutorial series from Amanda Arneill, hand lettering artist and teacher.

Gettin’ Fancy with Foil – Part 3: Greeting Cards with Foil Lettering

So far in our “Gettin’ Fancy with Foil” series we’ve tackled the basics and personalized foil bookmarks. Now that we’re running headfirst into greeting card season, I figured it was about time we tackled those! So, our next hand lettered foil project in this series are greeting cards that juxtapose a non-foiled, black design against…

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Thanksgiving Printable

Sometimes it’s the final touch that goes the extra mile. To help make everyone ooh and ahh at your thoughtful touches, I’ve created a free printable available in a variety of formats – 8×10 print, 5×7 print, cards and stickers or labels. You can choose to print the full color blue version or the white…

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Learn everything you need to know about foiling using the Heidi Swapp Minc machine in this 4 part video tutorial series from Amanda Arneill, hand lettering artist and teacher.

Gettin’ Fancy with Foil – Part 2: Personalized Foil Bookmarks

A few months ago, I was asked to create some name cards for a small, summer wedding. The special couple didn’t have an idea for their wedding favors yet, so I figured we would kill two birds with one stone (which, by the way, is a horrible saying in my opinion. There’s gotta be something…

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Learn everything you need to know about foiling using the Heidi Swapp Minc machine in this 4 part video tutorial series from Amanda Arneill, hand lettering artist and teacher.

Gettin’ Fancy with Foil – Part 1: Your Supplies and the Basics

For months, I let the Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Application Machine sit in my Amazon cart while I debated with myself over purchasing it. Couldn’t I just use a laminator to get the same heat activated foil result? (Spoiler alert: NO!) Would I really use the machine enough to make it worth the investment? (Second…

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Learn how to create beautifully blended letters with the new colored Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens in this free tutorial from Amanda Arneill on amandaarneill.com

How to Create Beautifully Blended Letters with the New Tombow Fudenosuke Colors

Since the release of the Tombow Fudenosuke Colors 10-pack this past month (and since my very honest review of them), I’ve been having so much fun playing around with these brush pens and testing out new techniques! One stunning technique that I’ve been trying out with the Tombow Fudenosuke Colors is a 2-color blend that…

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Get your free, downloadable, hand lettered "It's my first day of school" with a variety of "first" options from amandaarneill.com

Free Hand Lettered “My First Day of School” Printables!

“It’s the moooost wonderful time, of the yearrrrrrr” (for parents at least)! I don’t think I fully appreciated how magical the “back to school” time is until I became a parent of a school-aged child. Yes, of course, we love our children and spending time with them, but there is just something so wonderful about…

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Organize your Tombow Dual Brush Pen 96 Color Set with this free printable template from Amanda Arneill of amandaarneill.com

Tombow Tidy-Up: Printable Tombow Dual Brush Pen Organizer Chart

This has been a common occurrence lately – I’m in the creative zone and the next thing that I know – all of my Tombow Dual Brush Pens have made their way out of their neatly organized desk stand, they’ve been mixed in with my extras (just a few favorite colors that I run through…

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Learn how to create two color blended "unicorn" lettering within a single brush marker stroke using your Tombow Blended Dual Brush Pen (N00) with this free video tutorial and supply list from amandaarneill.com

How To: Unicorn Lettering

As an 80’s baby who grew up loving “The Last Unicorn” (which, looking back, is not exactly a child-friendly movie) and the original “My Little Pony“, I love the unicorn trend that is everywhere these days. So, when I was playing around with my Tombow Dual Brush Pens to get ready for the upcoming release…

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A Free Mother's Day hand lettered printable from Amanda Arneill of amandaarneill.com Available in greeting card, 5x7 and 8x10 formats.

A Free Hand Lettered Mother’s Day Printable for You!

This morning, my wakeup call was my 3 year old yelling “I’M POOPING AND YOU’RE WIPING IT!!” at me from the bathroom. Yup…a great reminder of the joys of motherhood a few days before Mother’s Day. But we all know that “mother” or “mothering” is much more than just wiping butts. Just out of curiosity,…

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Just for Fun! My 5 Year Old’s Painting Tutorial

Last month, I had just finishing filming the “LOVE” watercolor tutorial for the blog, when my oldest daughter, Lauren, asked me if she could make her own video. I told her she could and she happily gathered her painting supplies, sat down at my desk and launched into her tutorial. My initial thought was that…

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Customize your Valentine's favorite candy bar with this easy DIY tutorial and free printable candy bar covers (of all sizes) from amandaarneill.com

Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Candy Bars Tutorial and Free Printable Wrappers

Whether you’re on the hunt for a special Valentine’s Day treat for your Valentine or multiple Valentine’s Day treats for your little one’s whole class, you’ll end up facing the same conundrum – an aisle of Valentine’s Day candy that has all been overpriced just because someone has repackaged it by slapping a few hearts…

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Learn how to create this "LOVE" watercolor piece using Serif lettering. Find the full blog post and free printable tracer for the design on amandaarneill.com

DIY Valentine’s Day Serif Lettering “LOVE” Watercolor Tutorial with Free Traceable Design

I’m pretty sure that when most people think of the love associated with Valentine’s Day, our minds tend to go directly to romantic love. But February is a month to celebrate any and all kinds of love in your life!  With this watercolor tutorial, I hope you’ll be able to use a hobby that you…

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