Video: No-Clog Fine-Tip Adhesive Solutions

Hello! Today I have a video I have been promising for some time now – my suggestions for no-clog fine-tip liquid adhesive.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

For a long time now, I have used Ranger’s Glossy Accents and Multi Medium Matte for my cards. However, I have also wanted to find a fine-tip applicator to use with them. So for the past few months I have bought and tested many options. Many. And I finally feel comfortable with my suggestions on what I feel works best.

NO-CLOG

In the video, I talk about a few tricks to simply keep your bottles from clogging. There are two options I have found work well:

  • “Burping” the bottle before adding the cap.
  • Adding a plastic tag fastener in the nozzle instead of a cap.

Both of these options work well. And it is always important to store the bottles upright.

NO-CLOG & FINE-TIP

I also share some options for fine-tips… for more precise application:

Supposedly there is a chance that these tips can rust. I had that happen with other applicators I tried, but not these. So far, so good… and I have been using them for months now. You can also clean your parts once and awhile with the Best Cleaner Ever. (I have not done this yet, but they say it works. This is a great safe cleaner – I use it to clean stencils off, etc.)

Please keep in mind that these are what work for me and I am sure other crafters out there have had different experiences. I hope that you can share yours – good and bad – in the comments below.

And a few people asked why I don’t just use glue pens, etc. instead for easier application. I have found that they don’t hold as well in the mail. Therefore, I stick with the adhesives mentioned here. They are strong.

I hope this info was helpful!

SUPPLIES

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Mannie’s Legacy

Hi!

Most of you know my dear friend Kristina Werner. And if you know Kristina and watch her videos, you likely also know Mannie, her adorable cat.

On Friday, Mannie passed away after suddenly becoming ill. Over the years, Mannie made many of us smile through his pictures and guest appearances in videos.

After many requests, Jana Millen (another dear friend) and I decided to start a small “Mannie’s Legacy” fundraising page. The money goes directly to an organization near Kristina that helps animals in need.

If you are interested in donating, you can find information HERE.

Thank you! (I will be back soon with a video. I just felt this was a bit more important today. :)

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You Must Check Out… + GIVEAWAY

Hi! Today I wanted to give a shout out to some of my friends in the industry. There are lots of folks doing lots of awesome, inspiring things… and I wanted to make sure you don’t miss them. I am so proud of these great people.

30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE

My talented and fabulous friend, Kathy Racoosin, is in the middle of hosting a 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

The idea? Do a bit of coloring every day for 30 days. It can be a big project… a happy card… or a doodle on a napkin. Anything. It is amazing to see on Instagram (#thedailymarker30day) the number of people playing along! There are prizes and videos and lots of eye candy. For more info, head HERE.

SCRAPBOOK & CARDS TODAY

Scrapbook & Cards Today is a seasonally inspired print magazine dedicated to scrapbooking, card making and papercrafting. Showcasing the latest techniques and products with interesting and easy-to-follow ideas and instructions you can subscribe to the beautiful print version HERE (click the “subscribe” tab – a very low price) or you can download it for free! Scrapbook & Cards Today can also be found on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

I am so very proud to be a Contributing Designer… but even more proud of the amazing work done by two of my friends on this issue. Megan Hoeppner is the Editor and Cathy Zielske is the Art Director. Both are wonderful people and put together a fabulous issue. And a big thanks to the publisher, Catherine Tachdjian. Proud of you all!

Isn’t the issue gorgeous? I have three cards in the and a link to a how-to video…

Head over HERE to see the newest issue and learn more.

KERRI BRADFORD STAMPS

My dear friend Kerri Bradford has been keeping me inspired for years… offering great downloads. So I was really excited when she announced she is now creating stamps! Kerri will be releasing new stamps each month. You can find more info HERE. I can’t wait to use them!

GIVEAWAY

So Kerri Bradford said I could give away one of her stamp sets away to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/25/17 telling me someone who has made YOU proud lately. (After all, couldn’t his world use a little more kindness?) Good luck! (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

See you soon with a video!

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Video Q&A with Kristina Werner + MASSIVE ($3000) Erin Condren Gift Card GIVEAWAYS!

Welcome!

So I am a co-founder/owner of Online Card Classes… along with Kristina Werner. I can honestly say I have never known of a better working relationship. We have so much fun together and support each other. (Well, to be honest, she does more for me because she is a tech and design guru, but I try to reciprocate as much as I can! LOL.) It is a great honor to work with her and an even bigger honor to be her friend. I have never ever ever met a woman that I respect more. She is pretty fantastic.

So… enough sappiness! I am here to share a Q&A video that we did this week. Oh, and a HUGE giveaway!

(Click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube)

Here are links that we mentioned in the videos:

ERIN CONDREN GIVEAWAY

Kristina and I have been collecting ErinCondren.com credits and we’re ready to give away 30 – yes, THIRTY! – $100 gift cards! Whenever you use this referral link and order from Erin Condren, we receive $10. We save these credits to be given back to you guys with giveaways. We have given away lots in the past and will do more in the future.

Due to the awesomeness of these giveaways, we are using Rafflecopter. It is SUPER easy to use. You don’t have to do all the things mentioned, but you get one entry for each thing you do. If you are only comfortable doing the “leave a comment” thing, that is one of the options. And if you already follow/subscribe to us, you can just check those options – easy!

So fill out the Rafflecopter area below for your chance to win a $100 gift card to ErinCondren.com!

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Good luck.

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Video: Coloring Texture Paste + GIVEAWAY

Hi there! Today’s video revisits a fun technique – - coloring texture paste.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Coloring texture paste (or any other paste) is simple. For this card, I used a drop of reinker in a small bit of texture paste… resulting in vibrant color. I mixed it together with a palette knife and applied it to a stamped Peep image with a microbrush. (If you don’t have a microbrush, you could use a toothpick or even a fine-tip paintbrush.)

I used My Favorite Things Dye Ink Reinkers for coloring my paste because the colors are oh-so-lovely…

Before the paste dried completely, I also added a pinch of Cool Highlights Glitter from Elizabeth Crafts Design. The results? Very real-Peep-like!

Oh – and that fun stitched rectangle? I created that with a My Favorite Things Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die. The sentiment is also from My Favorite Things – the Candy Jar Companions Stamp Set – and is heat embossed with Ranger’s Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder.

By the way, I like the My Favorite Things Dye Ink… especially when they’re “juicy” and well-inked. I usually do not reink my dye ink pads but this one I do (every 6 months or so). And the reinkers are affordable! One big perk of this ink: it is easy to clean off stamp,  leaving little-to-no transfer of the previous ink.

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION

Here are a few more videos on pastes:

GIVEAWAY

I have a My Favorite Things stamp and die set for a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/17/15 telling me what the theme was of the last card you made. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Thanks for the stamps, MFT!) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), My Favorite Things (MFT), etc.

 

 

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Video: Coloring With Pigment Ink + GIVEAWAY

Hello and welcome! Today’s video shares how to do quick and fun coloring using pigment inks.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Getting a blended colored image is something many cardmakers (including me!) want so much on our cards. Today’s trick is perfect for this and it uses something many of us already have – pigment inks.

For these cards, I first stamped the fruit images from the Avery Elle Berry Good Stamp Set with VersaFine black ink and heat embossed with clear powder. Now it is time to color… with my fingers! I dabbed my finger in various colors of Avery Elle pigment ink and applied the color to the images, layering to blend. Don’t worry if you get too much color in certain areas -  you can use a cloth to wipe it away.

(Speaking of cleaning, it’s very easy to wipe the ink off your finger. I know some of you don’t like to get your hands inky, but this is an easy clean-up because pigment ink “sits on top of the surface” and doesn’t absorb and stain your fingers.)

Since pigment ink stays wet for a bit, I added clear embossing powder to the fruit… giving them a bit of shine and texture.

I used a die from the Avery Elle’s Just A Note die set to add a dotted frame around the fruit images. I like this die because it doesn’t cut but rather pierces dots… creating a focal point for your card.

I adhered the finished pieces together on a few Avery Elle top-folding-notecards using fun foam for dimension. By the way, I LOVE these notecards. You’ll be seeing me use these a lot in the future.

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION

Here are some other fun links for you:

  • Looking for more ideas using these products? My friends at Avery Elle have a great blog HERE.
  • HERE is another video showing coloring with pigment inks.
  • Watch THIS and THIS to learn more about these pigment inks.

GIVEAWAY

I have TWO chances for you to win a great prize today! Super simple…

  1. For your chance to win TWO fabulous Avery Elle stamp sets, leave a comment here by 11:59pm EST on 3/17/15. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)
  2. Head over to the Avery Elle Blog for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate! Just go HERE.

Good luck!

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Thanks to Avery Elle for these products!) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), Avery Elle (AE), etc.

 

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