Gold and Silver Inks

Howdy.

Just a quick share using my favorite gold and silver inks. Thanks to these metallic inks, some glitter chipboard stars and an embossed glitter background, this card is pretty eye-catching without being too time-consuming to create.

It is really hard to capture these inks in a photo. A nice gold and a nice silver with a touch of shine. It works great with this My Favorite Things stamp. Oh, and the technique I used to get the different ink colors on one stamped image? I will be sharing this technique in the upcoming Summer Card Camp 2

That background is fine glitter paper… that I ran through a new dot embossing folder. Great texture…

A little shine is always good. :)

Enjoy!

(The winner of the Stamp Pockets giveaway is Suzanne Watanabe.)

SUPPLIES

Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH and for My Favorite Things, click MFT…

MFT Chalkboard Greetings (MFT|SSS)

 

Tsukinkeo Delicata Golden Glitz Pigment Ink (SSS|EH)

 

 

Lifestyle Crafts Spotted Embossing Folders (SSS|EH)

 

 

 

Hero Arts Tide Pool Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|SSS)

 

Hero Arts Snow Notecards (SSS|EH)

 

Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)

 

 

 

Paint Splatter + 25% off

I love the look of messy paint or mist splattered backgrounds… a technique you see lots of cardmakers doing these days. However, I have ruined one to many cards trying to get good results! So when I saw the new My Favorite Things Abstract Art stamp set, I was tickled. It has lots of paint splatter and brush images. So delightful…

This card was super simple to pull together. I just inked and stamped a few of the paint platter images from the Abstract Art set with Mint Julep, Green Hills and Fresh Peach Ink. They look like the perfect paint splatters… but nicely controlled. :) I even added some Wink of Stella glitter marker for a touch of shine.

And that butterfly? Wow. I LOVE butterfly stamps, but it has been awhile since I have seen one I just must have. This one? So fresh and fun. And having matching dies makes it even better.

Oh – here is the Abstract Art stamp set so you can see all the images it has in it…

For the background, I used the new Art Expression Text stamp set. The quotes about art are prefect for any card.

DISCOUNT CODE

Remember – My Favorite Things is having a 25% off Summer Sale from 6/27 – 6/29. Just used the code SUMMER2013 when shopping HERE. (All details can be found on the MFT Blog. Excludes Brand Spankin’ New products.)

Enjoy!

SUPPLIES

Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH and for My Favorite Things, click MFT…

MFT Blissful Butterflies Stamp Set (MFT|SSS)

 

MFT Blissful Butterflies Dies (MFT|SSS)

 

MFT Abstract Art Stamp Set (MFT|SSS)

 

MFT Art Expression Text Stamp Set (MFT|SSS)

 

Hero Arts Mint Julep Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Fresh Peach Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Green Hills Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)

 

 

 

Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)

 

 

 

 

25% off + Trendy Triangles

Hello. I have a card to share with you today… and a 25% off discount code to go with it! (See below.)

I adore the folks over at My Favorite Things and the fabulous products they make. Oh, and I can’t forget their excellent, heavy-weight cardstock collection and delicious dye inks. Yes… lots of good stuff.

Here is a card I created using their new Trendy Triangles stamp set

I used a mix of MFT Dye Inks and Hero Arts Shadow Inks on this one. I have been looking for another ink to fall in love with, and I think the MFT Dye Inks may fit the bill. They are bolder and more vibrant than the HA Shadow Inks. But together? You have the whole rainbow… everything you need. I have ordered all the MFT colors and will show comparisons when I get them. But so far, so good!

I also used a greeting from the Blissful Butterflies stamp set and created the background borders with the Washi Patterns Stamp Set. Oh, and that bright pink cardstock? It is from MFT… super nice, smooth, heavy-weight cardstock… perfect for card bases and stamping. (I would recommend trying their sampler pack.)

DISCOUNT CODE

So My Favorite Things is having a 25% off Summer Sale from 6/27 – 6/29. Just used the code SUMMER2013 when shopping HERE. (All details can be found on the MFT Blog. Excludes Brand Spankin’ New products.) This sale is a great opportunity to try out their inks and papers as they are only available on their website.


Enjoy!

SUPPLIES

Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH and for My Favorite Things, click MFT…
MFT Trendy Triangles Stamp Set (MFT|SSS)

 

MFT Blissful Butterflies Stamp Set (MFT|SSS)

 

MFT Max Alphabet Stamp Set (MFT|SSS)

 

MFT Washi Patterns Stamp Set (MFT|SSS)

 

 

Hero Arts Fresh Peach Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

 

 

Hero Arts Green Hills Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Tide Pool Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

 

Hero Arts Cornflower Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Simple Sentiment Stamp Tips

Sometimes the simplest tips are the best. Today? Today I have 3 tips for sentiment stamps. They may not be new-to-you tips, but worth a reminder.

3 Simple Tips for Sentiment Stamps

Tip #1: Try stamping your sentiment in a color besides black.

Often black is best – so that the greeting is bold and attention-grabbing. But if you have a card with a softer look – or one that is supposed to send a gentle, loving message – a softer color may work better. My favorite? A grey ink, such as Memento London Fog or Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink (which I used on this card).

(By the way, I colored the flower and the colored strips on this card with Wink of Stella glitter markers. The subtle shine really makes it pop.)

Tip #2: Stamp a sentiment repeatedly to create a “supportive” background.

Using a sentiment stamp to create a background can help “support” the main greeting. I often do this by stamping repeatedly with a light ink, such as Hero Arts Soft Sand Ink. This is also another way to get more from your sentiment stamps. Want to find the perfect “supportive greeting” for a background? Check out the other sentiments on the stamp set your main sentiment comes from. There are often a few that fit together, like here…

Tip #3: Cut up your sentiments.

One great way to get more life out of your cling and clear sentiments is to cut them! (No, you won’t hear them scream.) Then you can rearrange the words to be multiple lines or even a shorter greeting like “thank you” instead of “thank you very much.” In this example, I actually cut the sentiment and replaced part of it with the large globe image. It totally makes this otherwise-nothing-special card a bit more interesting.

(For more information on this last card, head over to the Hero Arts blog HERE.)

And there you have it – three random, simple sentiment stamp tips. :)

SUPPLIES

Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

 

 

MFT Cheerful Blessings Stamp Set (SSS|EH)

 

MFT Inspired By Flowers 4 Stamp Set (SSS|MFT)

 

 

 

 

Hero Arts Pool Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Tsukineko Memento London Fog Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Soft Sand Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Cup O Joe Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

 

 

 

Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)

 

Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)

 

 

Shopping Heads Up! Move Quick – 20% off!

Hello! Just a few heads up for you today.

First up – Simon Says Stamp has 20% your entire purchase! Move quick – it ends today. Just go HERE and use the code “SUMMER20″ for your deal.

And if you are a Project Lifer, you can use this discount to get all the new Becky Higgins Project Life products HERE. I am at the beginning stages of doing Project Life (anyone want to babysit so I can make some progress? LOL) and can’t wait to get more.

Also, I have an AWESOME new product for all you Sizzix die cutting lovers out there. They just came out with an Extended Multi-Purpose Platform! I love the regular tabbed platform that the machine comes with, but this is longer so it works with longer dies… or lets you die cut more at once. It has all the tabs on it to let you use different types or dies and embossing folders. This is all you need. AND! If you use a Vagabond like me, this replaces the adapter plate, etc. So happy. It works with all the Sizzix Big Shot machines, too…

While we are shopping, here are a few random new goodies that made my heart skip a beat…

Adore this sequins-gone-classy pack from Studio Calico. Navy? Wood grain? Yes, please…

I haven’t seen a great butterfly stamp set in awhile. But this new one from My Favorite Things is gorgeous and unique…

You know I adore kraft cardstock… and love any kind of texture. Put them together and you have wood-grain-textured-kraft-cardstock. Yay!

That’s it! Off to shop. Happy Sunday.

 

Video: Clear and Cling Stamp Storage + Giveaway!

Hello!

The sweet Ali Edwards asked me if I would be interested in guest blogging for her. Honored, I created a video of my clear and cling stamp storage since I had been getting lots of questions.

Head HERE for all the details.


Here are links for the products featured. Again, for more information, head HERE or HERE.

See you soon!

GIVEAWAY!

 

Interested in trying out some Avery Elle Stamp Pockets? Want to win 50 pockets? For your chance, leave a comment here by 6/27/13 at 11:59pmEST.