Video: Faux Detail Letterpress & Giveaway

Hi there! Today’s video shares a faux detailed letterpress technique. I haven’t done this technique in awhile, but it is definitely a favorite of mine.

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This faux detailed letterpress technique is a great way to get a new use out of any detailed wafer thin dies you may have. Gotta love that!

The fabulous Waffle Flower Doily Circle and Doily Square dies worked perfectly for this technique… thanks to their great detail. I lightly inked the cutting edges of the dies with dye inks. (I recommend using dye inks, but you can try anything you have. Just be light-handed when applying them.) After the die was inked, I placed them on top of some watercolor paper and ran it through my die cut machine with an embossing pad, so it would emboss instead of cut. (If you don’t have an embossing mat, you could try felt or craft foam. Oh – I use watercolor paper because I like the thickness of it for this technique.) The results? Ink pressed into the paper with great detail.

I added Glossy-Accent-covered-die-cut sentiments by Waffle Flower, some hearts from a Simon Says Stamp die set, and some bling from Lucy Abrams. I really like these sequin packs – so many shapes and sizes included in one.

For my last card, I wanted to do something a bit different so I used VersaMark ink to ink up the die and heat embossed the image using gold embossing powder. I also heat embossed a piece of cardstock with the same gold embossing powder so I could die cut my finishing touches from it and have everything match perfectly.

I wish my photos could capture the dimension and shine!

This technique stretches the use of your dies and gives such beautiful, detailed results. I hope you give it a try.

GIVEAWAY

Aren’t those sequins from Lucy Abram just gorgeous?! I have three packs for a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 5/28/15 telling me your favorite color. Mine is pool! (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

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New Online Card Class GIVEAWAYS!

Happy day, everyone!

I wanted to pop in to let you know that we have a new class starting Tuesday at Online Card Classes. It’s called Mask-erade and it’s all about the wonderful world of masking. Masking is one of the best techniques for a stamper to master as it opens to the door for getting new looks with the supplies you have. Masking is also helpful for making easy-to-mail cards with the look of dimension.

Here is a bit of info about the class:

Masking is one of the most magical techniques in crafting—there’s nothing like peeling away a mask to reveal a cool design! And now Online Card Classes has created an entire class dedicated to this amazing technique: it’s time to unmask our creativity with Mask-erade!

Our all-star line up of instructors is ready to take you on a masking adventure! Join Kristina WernerJennifer McGuireShari CarrollDebby Hughes, and Laura Bassen for a week of techniques, cards, inspiration, and—of course—fun with masks! Gather your supplies (or take advantage of our student-only exclusive shopping discounts) and get ready to try everything from simple paper masking to liquid masking to freezer paper. Plus, we’re here to help you navigate the dos and don’ts of masking so you can achieve the best results possible!

Class begins May 26, 2015, and registration is open now!

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to join us for class? I have a free spot for THREE winners! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 5/24/15 telling me your plans for this weekend. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! If you have already paid for class, you will be refunded.)

MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day is coming up here in my neck of the woods. I really enjoy going with my family to the city parade for a chance to honor those who lost their lives. (We haves lots of veterans who take part in the parade.) I am thinking of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect us… and sending a hug to the loved ones left behind. xo

Take care!

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Video: DIY Personalized Shirts with Die Cutting

Hi there! Looking for a fun way to use your die cutting supplies for something other than paper crafts? Today’s video shows how to use dies to create custom DIY t-shirts and more.


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My business is the sponsor for my son’s baseball team. Therefore, I decided to do something special for all 12 boys and make them t-shirts with their team name and player numbers. They loved them! And thanks to die cutting, they were simple to make. I used alphabet dies for the examples I give here, but you can die cut any shapes you may have.

My favorite heat transfer material is from Silhouette. You can use this product with your electronic die cutting machine… but you can also use it with traditional dies! I used the green flocked material and the new-and-oh-so-wonderfully-big My Favorite Things Decor & More dies to create the team name, and the black flocked material with the Big Numbers dies for the player numbers. After ironing it on, I have fun custom shirts!

While I had all the supplies out, I also decided to make a special “three” dress for my Lila for her birthday. I used the Silhouette glitter heat transfer material and the My Favorite Things By The Letters and Staggered Hearts Border dies. From the look on her face, I think she liked it. What do you think?! :)

By the way, I bought the t-shirts and dresses on big-time sale over at Old Navy. However, you can get good deals on shirts at Amazon, second hand stores, etc.

I really like using these large alphabet dies for custom shirts, school projects, bulletin boards, gifts and more. However, if you don’t have them, you could trace/cut printed letters or use other die cut shapes. I would love to hear your ideas!

Next up? I purchased some inexpensive-yet-high-quality canvas bags that I plan to customize for teacher gifts. Can’t wait!

SUPPLIES

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More Favorites

A few weeks ago, I did a quick post sharing some of my favorite things. I got lots of emails asking for more posts like this, so I am back with another! (Don’t worry – this isn’t taking the place of a card/video post. Just an occasional bonus. :) )

I really should come up with a better word than “things” since some of the “things” mentioned aren’t “things.” LOL. Sometimes it will be a video, blog, charity, sale, or site worth visiting. Some are crafty. Some aren’t. Just a fun mix.

Here are links to the products featured above. Affiliate links are used in some cases.

(1) New Mini Distress Ink Colors – Finally! Yay! The four newest colors of Distress Ink are now available for pre-order in mini size. I personally like the size and am thankful for the lower price point. These colors are divine.

(2) Instagram – If you aren’t on Instagram, I highly recommend it. Unlike some other social media, it is a happy place. No drama. No negativity. Just people sharing happiness. (Doesn’t the world need a little more of that?!) I have met some awesome crafty folks over there.

Are you looking for some new folks to follow? Try these:

  • mintarrow – deal-sharer.
  • dallasclayton – a happy illustrator.
  • starofmay – my dear friend – she shares awesome handwriting pieces.
  • hiitmax – great exercise moves. (Warning – he posts a lot.)
  • harlowandsage – dogs that will make you smile big time.
  • By the way, you can find me there, too – just head HERE.

(3) Food Rules – I am a big believer that it is incredibly important to eat the right foods and to take care of your body. But – like you – I don’t have time to keep up with all the “rules” for eating healthy. This book? This was what changed my life several years ago. It is super short and to the point. It literally is not filled with tons of words but rather simple sentences that are easy to understand and remember. It is a life-changer. Everyone has time for this book.

(4) Kelly Latevola’s Blog – I have always said that this industry is filled with great people. Well, Kelly Latevola is one of those people… and her blog focuses on sharing the work of other great crafters. It is very inspiring, happy and giving. Check it out.

(5) Mask-erade Online Card Class – Our newest Online Card Class is coming up and it is all about masking. I will share more about it soon. Hope to see you there!

(6) Mama Elephant Doggy Stamps – I know lots of you are cat lovers and there are many great stamps out there for you. But those of us who are dog people? We are always looking for more doggy stamps. This new set from Mama Elephant has won my heart.

I would love to hear of any of your favorites – crafty or non-crafty. Feel free to leave them in the comments below.

Have a great day!

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2 Videos: Clean Color Real Brush Markers + Giveaway!

Hello! Today I have two videos. The first gives an intro to the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and the second shows 6 ways to use them. There is a lot of info… but I think you will really like this product!

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the videos in HD on YouTube, click HERE and HERE.]

VIDEO 1: INTRO TO PENS

VIDEO 2: SIX WAYS TO USE PENS

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens are very unique. They have an actual brush tip with a water-based ink inside. You can blend the colors effortlessly with or without water, so there are many fun techniques they can be used for.

For any and all techniques with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, I highly recommend using watercolor paper. My favorites are the Tim Holtz (4.25″ x 5.5″) and Ranger (8.5″ x 11″) papers… which are the same exact paper but in different sizes. The ink in the pens simply blends better on watercolor paper.

If you are interested in seeing the options available for purchasing these pens, you can check the thumbnails at the end of this post. You can get them individually at Ellen Hutson or in packs at Simon Says Stamp (they will have more options next week) or Amazon. They are also available at Dick Blick. I would recommend picking colors and getting them individually or make an investment and try the 36 pack. However, the 12 or 24 would be great, too!

Here is a closer look at 6 different ways to use the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.

#1: BASIC WATERCOLOR

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens are fantastic for basic watercolor. Simply lay down a bit of color and use water and a brush (I like a waterbrush) to pull the color to blend in an area. While the paper is still wet, you can bring the pen tip back to add more color – it will not damage it. This is by far the best experience I have had with watercolor – very easy to control and blend. If you want more of a watercolor look, you can use more water to blend. I like having the option! (Yes, I still like my Peerless and Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. This is just another option.)

#2: SHIMMER WATERCOLOR

A fun way to make the first technique even more fun is to use a Wink of Stella shimmer pen to “watercolor” instead of water. The bit of added “thickness” in the Wink of Stella fluid allows even more control than a waterbrush… and results in gorgeous shine. (By the way… if your Wink of Stella runs out, simply add more water and you can give it more life. A lot of the shimmer settles and can be “revived” with the added water.) You can also use any shimmer mist you may have on hand with a brush.

#3: SOFT WATERCOLOR

I have always struggled to get super soft watercolor looks. However, the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens are available in very light colors. Therefore, you don’t have to add a ton of water to get a soft look. Or you can put down just a tiny bit (thanks to the fine tip) of bold color and blend it out to be soft.

#4: MULTI-COLOR WATERCOLOR

Blending two different colors with water is also very simple with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I can’t even begin to describe how effortless this is. I use this technique a lot when I am on the go.

#5: NO-WATER BLENDING

Love the look of Copic Markers but struggle with blending or the high cost? The Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens can be used *without* water, also… with wonderful blending capabilities. Check out the bold color and smooth blending. I am so tickled by how this works. This technique is a huge reason why these pens are so very unique from others.

#6: NO-WATER MULTI-COLOR BLENDING

It is even possible to blend multiple colors without water when using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.

Fun, huh?

I finished off all six cards by die cutting the stamped piece with the WPlus9 Love Showers tag die. I created 5.5″ x 3.75″ notecards and stamped either the new Hero Arts 6×6 Woodgrain or Forest Floor backgrounds. Since the card is narrow, the tag can hang off the edge but still fit in an envelope.

CLEAN COLOR REAL BRUSH COLORS

There are 80 colors of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens available… which can be bought individually or in packs of 4, 12, 24, 36, 48 and 60. (See thumbnails below for the various sources that have these available.) These pens are not super cheap (although they are less than half the price of Copic) but you do not need many to have a great experience with them.

Below are ink swatches of the colors included in the Clean Color Real Brush 48 pack. (Once I receive all the 80 colors, I will share my updated swatches. I bought them all so I can share them with you.) My favorites? 28, 25, 22, 50, 41, 36, 37, 94, 64, and 65.

NOTE

As always, I was not paid, sponsored or even asked to do this post about this product. As a thank you for using many of their other products, Zig had sent me 12 Clean Color Real Brush Pens to try. I fell head over heels immediately and purchased the 48 pack on my own. I assure you that my excitement about product stems completely in their quality and unique properties… and that they are so easy to use that I feel like a “real artist.” :)

GIVEAWAY

When I told the folks at Zig that I really enjoy this product, they said I could give a 24 pack of Clean Color Real Brush Pens away to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 5/20/15 telling me your favorite tool for coloring (watercolor, Copics, etc). (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

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Foil Stamping and New Inks + Giveaway!

Hello!

Just wanted to pop in to let you know about a few fun things that are happening. And do a BIG giveaway!

FOIL STAMPING VIDEO

I am a guest today over on the Ellen Hutson blog HERE… showing more examples of adding foil to stamped images. (You can see my original video HERE.) I just adore these flower and “hello” sentiment stamps from Julie Ebersole. They look great with the DecoFoil!

To see the video, head on over to Ellen Hutson.

GIVEWAY

Ellen said that I could give away some of the products I used in the video! This is an awesome prize pack – a laminator, stamp set, adhesive and 3 packs of foil! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 5/19/15  telling me a bit of good news in your life. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

Check out this giveaway!

Good luck!

NEW ALTENEW INKS

My friends over at Altenew are releasing a new line of inks and are celebrating with a blog hop. The hop starts HERE at 9:00amEST today (5/15/15)… so be sure to check it out.

I am really excited to play with their new ink line… which are formulated to be perfect for stamp layering techniques. I wanted to do a video for you today showing how to use them… but I am honestly having trouble keeping up with it all at the moment! (Being a momma comes first here.) But I promise to show them to you in the future and get you some ink swatch downloads. :) In the meantime, you can see the new inks HERE.

See you soon. Have a fabulous weekend. Audrey has prom this weekend and we are celebrating Lila’s 3rd birthday – can’t wait!

 

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