Video: Texture Paste vs. Embossing Paste… + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video shows a comparison between Embossing Paste and Texture Paste. If you have been to my blog before, you know I love the Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste. Recently, Ranger has come out with Texture Paste. Many folks were emailing me about it, so here is a close comparison…

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It turns out Embossing Paste and Texture Paste are very similar and are both incredible products. However, there are a few key differences. I go through these in the video in more detail (be sure to watch it!), but at the end of the day, I like both products. A lot. However, there is one factor that I think will be a big deciding factor for many – the Texture Paste is several dollars less per jar. I would highly recommend giving Texture Paste a try. I know you will love it! And I will be using it here. A lot.

If you are interested in the products I show in the video, please scroll down to the thumbnails below. Enjoy!

GIVEAWAY

Interested in trying out both Embossing Paste and Texture Paste? One lucky winner will get both! Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 7/26/14 for your chance.

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Live Class: From App to Archive: Social Media Scrapbooking

Hello! I am honored/excited to be part of a special guest panel in an upcoming class that I think you might like.

My incredible friend Megan Hoeppner is having a FREE live class over at CreativeLive July 23 and 24. Her class is called From App to Archive: Social Media Scrapbooking. I *love* the topic. Check this out…

Rescue your memories from the social-media shuffle in App to Archive: Social Media Scrapbooking, a free course from CreativeLive. Learn app advice, printing pointers, and crafting ideas from creative professional Megan Hoeppner, as you pull your life’s moments out of the “cloud” and place them securely in your hands in the form of meaningful projects, sure to last long after your newsfeed has refreshed. Plus, receive savvy tips from a panel of crafting experts (Elise Blaha-Cripe, Jennifer McGuire, and Cathy Zielske) on making the most of your social media moments from both a personal and professional standpoint. Enroll today and bring the workshop right into your home from your computer for free with live streaming on July 23-24, or purchase the extended version to watch and enjoy anytime.

As it mentions, I will be on a guest panel on one of the days, along side Cathy Zielske and Elise Blaha-Cripe. (These are two other ladies I have great admiration for.) Would love to have you join us! For more information, click HERE. Class starts soon… July 23!

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Video: Watercolor & Stamping… + Shop For a Good Cause

Hi! Today’s video shares some tips and tricks for using watercolor with stamping and die cutting. The project uses some great products from Mama Elephant… and below I have some information on how you can shop for these goodies while earning money for a good cause. Yay!

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Ahhh… my love for watercolor with stamping is still going strong! It is such fun. Because of this love, I have bought and tried pretty much all of the watercolor mediums out there. My favorite has been the Peerless Watercolor, which you can see in my video HERE. (And I have several more videos coming up.) I love how creamy and vibrant the colors are… and they seem to do the blending for you. Well, a few weeks ago I got an email from my friend Kryssi who is one of the owners of Mama Elephant. She told me about another watercolor and insisted I try it. Boy am I glad I did. I now am donating all of my watercolor mediums except two – the Peerless Watercolor and the Gansai Tambi that I am demonstrating today.

Gansai Tambi is a high-quality Japanese watercolor that goes on very creamy and vibrant… much like the Peerless. I like that the big set has a gold, bronze, white and pearly white, and that the light colors even show up on dark cardstock! Swoon. I will be using these (and the Peerless) from here on out. Love. I just wish I would have found these in the beginning! (Oh, and for pencil form, I still love the Inktense.)

So! Back to this card and video. For the heat embossing of the images, I used one of my favorite tricks. I first stamped the Mama Elephant In My Heart little girl and sentiment (what a GREAT set!) with Hero Arts Black Dye Ink. I then stamped right on top of it with Versmark Ink and added clear embossing powder. I find that I get the best “black heat embossing” results this way since black powders can be messy and black pigment ink is often not crisp. (And one less product to buy!) The Gansai Tambi watercolors were perfect to add the coloring, and also for the sky-wash background. I also used the Mama Elephant Landscape Trio cloud die to create a background with dimension.

RELATED PROJECTS

Here are some other videos you might find helpful with watercolor:

SHOP FOR A GOOD CAUSE

I am a huge fan of Operation Write Home, who collects and distributes loads of handmade cards for soldiers overseas to send home to family members. Well, from now until 7/31/14, 20% of the profits of the In My Heart stamp set purchased through the Mama Elephant site goes to Operation Write Home. So, please support this wonderful cause! Also, this stamp set was designed specifically with the efforts of Operation Write Home in mind. Love!

Thanks for your time. Have a great day!

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Video: Q&A With Kristina Werner

Hi!

I am with my dear friend Kristina Werner this weekend and we decided to do a couple Q&A videos together. Here, we answer six questions that some of our readers asked us on Facebook. And over on Kristina’s channel, we answer six others. Be sure to check them both out!

Enjoy. See you soon!

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For All You Scrapbookers…

Hello!

I know many of you are scrapbookers, so I wanted to give you a heads up on a class that may be of interest to you. My dear, talented friend Kelly Purkey has a new class over at Craftsy called Scrapbooking With Style: Clean & Simple Layouts.

Here’s more about the class:

Create gorgeous backgrounds, layer photos, add embellishments and more, for layouts as timeless and unique as your memories. Join designer Kelly Purkey as she guides you through seven alluring scrapbook pages, as she demystifies design principles for well-balanced layouts you’ll love. She’ll also share a fun new misting technique to create your most beautiful backgrounds yet! Then, work with neutral color schemes and monochromatic pages for a fresh look that keeps the focus on your photos and the faces you love so much in them!

For more information – and $10 off! – click HERE. The class is a bargain… you will always have access… and it is a ton of fun.

Enjoy!

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Video: Letterpress With Wood Embellishments + BIG Giveaway

Hi, everyone! Today’s video is packed full of ideas… including doing letterpress with wood embellishments and changing the look of wood embellishments with color. I also give a peek into a Freckled Fawn OHDEERME Embellishment Kit. Keep reading… I have a special offer and big giveaway!

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch the video in HD on YouTube.]

I absolutely love the look of letterpress and have shared many techniques in the past that give a kinda-like-letterpress look. (Check out one HERE.) But I have to say, today’s technique gives the best results I have seen yet! I am so excited.

This technique is so easy. First, I generously added yellow pigment ink to the back of a Freckled Fawn wood piece (more on that below). Next I created this sandwich with my Big Shot: cutting plate, embossing pad, heavyweight cardstock (or watercolor paper), inked-side-down wood piece and cutting plate. Finally, I ran this through my die cut machine as I would an embossing folder (all tabs open on my Big Shot platform – but you can do this on a Cuttlebug, too). It is amazing how well this works to leave an impression into the paper with bold color! (I am sure all wood pieces and die cut machines are different. Please play around with your products. You may need a different sandwich or need shims. Start with less and build up to more until you get the results you like. I was so excited that the wood didn’t split and lasted through many runs.) You could make a ton of cards with one piece!

I also decided to use the wood piece itself on a card, but wanted to give it a different look. So I covered the front of the wood with yellow and orange pigment ink and a layer of my favorite sparkle embossing powder. I love the new look!

For the background of the card, I created a cloud background with the Judikins Clouds stencil and Mini Ink Blending Tool with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I will definitely be doing this background again!

I also showed in the video a quick card I made with the stamp set that was included in the Freckled Fawn Kit this month. I stamped with pigment inks and used the same sparkle embossing powder. Easy and fun!

FRECKLED FAWN KITS

For these cards, I used the July Freckled Fawn OHDEERME Embellishment Kit. The kit is available alone or you can subscribe and get a unique embellishment kit each month. I have to say, I enjoy these kits so much! (I share quick cards I have made with these kits over on Instagram often.) The kits come in the cutest container and are stuffed full of unique embellishments. Oh! And a stamp set is included! I am in love. (You can see a previous post I did with a FF kit HERE.) For information on subscribing, click HERE.

Note: As usual, I was not asked to do this post, nor paid for it. When I told the folks at Freckled Fawn that I liked their products, they were happy to do a special offer and giveaway.

SPECIAL OFFER

Freckled Fawn has a great offer for my readers. Subscribe to the OHDEERME Embellishment Kits and receive a wood chip grab bag! Simply enter the code “McGuireSub” during checkout. (While supplies last. Code must be entered at checkout and expires 7/31/14 at Midnight MST.)

GIVEAWAYS

Giveaway time… and it is a good one! One lucky winner will get a THREE-month subscription to Freckled Fawn. (July, August and September.) For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on  7/18/14. Good luck. (Thanks, Freckled Fawn!)

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