Video: More “Watercolor” Die Cuts

Recently, I had the honor of sharing a video over on the Lawn Fawn blog. One of the Lawn Fawn owners, Kelly Marie, is a dear friend of mine and one of the sweetest people to ever walk this crafty world. So, it truly is was an honor.

This video shows another example of “watercolor” die cuts. I am very addicted to these techniques! And who said Distress Inks couldn’t be used for “cutesy” cards?

(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

I am a big fan of dies that not only cut but add the what-looks-like-perforated finishing touch, such as the Lawn Fawn Spring Showers dies. Those little dashed lines absorb ink a bit better and therefore give great results.

After using the cloud dies to cut watercolor paper, I smooshed them around in some Salty Ocean Distress Ink and water on a craft sheet. After they dried, I pounced them with a paint brush covered with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and water. The results? Lots of texture. Lots of watercolory color. Little effort. I also created the background, sun and hearts in the same way. I finished the card front with that adorably adorable “hello sunshine” message. Oh – and see the subtle shimmer on the whole card? I did that quickly with my Shimmer spritz.

The card is actually a 4-bar card – only 3 1/2″ x 4 7/8″ – which is smaller than most. I am really enjoying this size as it is such a nice change of pace. I used one of the new Lawn Fawn polka 4-bar notecards inside out. (You could always cut your own 4-bar notecard and use the Lawn Fawn 4-bar white envelopes. These envelopes are thick so they hold up very well in the mail.)

Here is some more inspiration for you:

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Video: Watercolor Backgrounds

Hello! Today’s video shows one of my favorite techniques… creating faux watercolor backgrounds with stamping

(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

I am in love with the Hero Arts Birthday Grid stamp! There are so many fun techniques you can do with it… but the faux watercolor look is my favorite. The grid and letters create little pools in which the Distress Inks or Markers and water can collect, dry and give lovely results. So fun. (By the way, the stamp also comes in thank you and hello.)

And the Yay stamp set offers a great finishing touch.

I really like that all Distress Inks or Markers colors blend together well. This makes picking combos so easy! But if you don’t have either, you can try this with watercolor paints or crayons. (However, I will say that Distress Inks are the best investment I have ever made in stamping. Hands down.)

So easy and fun. This is a great way to make several cards at once in no time at all.

SHOPPING DISCOUNT

Interested in any Hero Arts products? Just head over HERE to Simon Says Stamp and use my exclusive discount code “CHA14HERO” for 15% off ALL Hero Arts products! This includes the newest products (HERE – including the co-branded Hero Arts / BasicGrey products) and old favorites (HERE – including their fabulous Shadow Inks). Enjoy! (Code is good through 2/28/14. Thank you, SSS!)

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Hero Arts + BasicGrey Blog Hop… and Giveaway!

Today I am part of the Hero Arts + BasicGrey Blog Hop and we are focusing on the new Spice Market line. I have a video showing tips for combining patterned papers and stamping, along with a giveaway!

My card is super simple. Sometimes that is the best way to go…

Whenever I want to have several different patterned papers close together on a card, I find it is very helpful to softly ink all the edges. This gives a more defined edge to the pieces… keeping the patterns from fighting with each other. I just love love love BasicGrey 6×6 paper pads and this Spice Market pad is a great one.

After inking and arranging the patterned paper strips, I white heat embossed the matching Spice Market stamp images. (Isn’t that greeting adorable?) However, I didn’t feel the white popped enough off the lighter patterned papers. So I did one of my favorite tricks – I traced it lightly with a soft grey Copic (or any) marker to create a bit of a shadow. It did the trick!

Looking for more ideas for using patterned papers with stamping? Try these:

Next, please hop on over to Audrey Pettit’s blog. (If you happen to find a link that doesn’t work, you can hop back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in today’s hop.)

GIVEAWAYS

Hero Arts and BasicGrey will be giving away two complete Spice Market collections — including paper, embellishments, clear and cling stamps. The two winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the all the blogs in the hop. (Comments must be received by 11:59pm PST on 3/2/14. The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning!)

DISCOUNT CODE

Just a reminder that I have a discount code for all Hero Arts products (including the stamps I used here). Just head over HERE to Simon Says Stamp and use my exclusive discount code “CHA14HERO” for 15% off ALL Hero Arts products! Enjoy! (Code is good through 2/28/14. Thank you, SSS!)

I would love to hear and suggestions you have for using patterned papers on cards. Please share below. Thank you for visiting!

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Video: Studio Calico Ink + BIG Giveaway + Shopping Discount

Hello! Today I talkin’ about the new Studio Calico Color Theory Inks (and other goodies). And to make it even better, I have a set to giveaway along with a free shipping discount! (More below.)

This video with *a lot* of information, including a look at these inks, new embellishments, a card example, tips for stamping straight and more. (So even if you aren’t looking to get any new inks, there are tips at the end of the video that may interest you.)


(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

First, here is a look the colors in the Studio Calico Color Theory family. There are 12 colors… and a nice mix. The video talks more about my favorite colors.

Again, the video shares a lot of information on these Studio Calico inks. But here are some key points:

  • These are dye inks so they will be fast-drying and absorb into the paper. (To learn more about dye inks vs. other inks, check out this video.) These do *slightly* smooth out with time after stamping, but not nearly as much as Hero Arts Shadow Inks or SSS inks. When stamping outline images with the SC, the results are pretty crisp. For solid images, I get good results.
  • Non-staining! Yes, you heard me right. Most dye inks stain clear stamps and this bugs people. Stained stamps don’t bother me as it doesn’t effect the use of the stamp, but I know many people will be thrilled by the essentially non-staining feature.
  • The ink pads are smaller than most, but stack nicely for good storage and have a low price point.
  • The colors are a pretty close match to the ink pad lid which is very helpful. (This seems unusual for many inks.)
  • These inks work with Copic Markers once they are completely dry. Woot!
  • These inks are ideal for second and third generation stamping. I have never seen an ink work this well with this technique. This is the coolest property!

I also did a quick card using these new inks, along with the adorable Color Theory sequins and enamel dots. (These are my new favorite enamel dots because they aren’t thick. Great for mailing!)

Lining up all those greetings was very easy with the help of a t-ruler. Oh, and the best way to adhere sequins? Matte Multi Medium. Hands down.

SHIPPING DISCOUNT

Interested in these inks? You can find them HERE. Use the code “JMSHIP” for free shipping when you buy all 12 colors of the Studio Calico Color Theory Inks all at once. Code expires 3/31/14. (Just put each ink in your cart – not the bundle.)

GIVEAWAY

I have a complete set of all 12 Studio Calico Color Theory Inks for one lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 2/28/14 telling me which of the new ink colors is your favorite. Good luck!

FREE DOWNLOAD

In the video, I gave a peek at my new ink swatch system. In a few days, I will be back with a more complete look at the system, along with printable downloads for my other inks. But in the meantime, I wanted to share the PDF I used for creating the 2″x2″ ink swatch squares for the Studio Calico Inks. All you do is open the link, right click to save, print it (don’t resize) and cut as instructed. These little squares fit perfectly in coin pocket pages. (Again, more on this soon. But I LOVE it.) In the meantime, here is the download…

CLICK HERE FOR THE STUDIO CALICO COLOR THEORY INK SWATCH DOWNLOAD

(Just FYI… I was not asked to do this review. I bought the inks and spent some time getting to know them. After liking them and telling Studio Calico, they offered to give me the discount code and giveaway. If I did not truly like these inks, I wouldn’t have done this video! And yes, there are many great inks that I use on this blog. And no, you don’t need them all. I just hope by sharing with you the best of the best, you can better decide which are best suited for you.)

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Video: Watercolor Die Cuts

Hello! I am head-over-heels in love with two techniques right now: watercoloring and inlaid die cutting. So why not combine them? I created this video for the Hero Arts blog, but wanted to share here since I have the Hero Arts discount code for my readers. (See below.)

(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the bottom of this post.)

After lightly inking my favorite watercolor paper with Distress Inks, I misted it with water and let it dry. I used the Hero Arts Spring Branch die to cut from the inked piece and also from a clean watercolor piece. On the clean piece, I added various colors of Distress Inks and misted… allowing it to blend on it’s own. Finally, I put the inked branch in the open sky background. Done!

Oh wait, I did also white heat emboss the greeting from the Enjoy Today stamp set.

The best part about this technique? You can use it with any die you may have. If you don’t have Distress Inks, you can use other watercolor methods, like crayons or paints. Give it a try!

Here are some more links to check out if you are interested:

DISCOUNT CODE

Interested in any Hero Arts products? Again – just head over HERE to Simon Says Stamp and use my exclusive discount code “CHA14HERO” for 15% off ALL Hero Arts products! Enjoy! (Code is good through 2/28/14. Thank you, SSS!)

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Video: 1 Background Stamp, 3 Ways… + Giveaway & Shopping Discount

Hello! Today’s video shows 3 ways to use 1 background stamp. I also have a 15% discount code for Hero Arts products… and a giveaway!

First up – the discount code! For 15% off ALL Hero arts products at Simon Says Stamp, use my exclusive discount code “CHA14HERO”. (More details below.)

Let’s get started…

(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

So let’s take a closer look at 3 Ways to Use 1 Background Stamp… featuring the new Hero Arts / BasicGrey Large Petal background stamp

#1: Layered Background

This one is obvious but boy can it make an impact. I just love the look of a background made up of lots of layering.

After white heat embossing the background on four shades of cardstock (Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue, Surf Blue, Green Apple and Mint), I cut out parts from each piece and layered it up with foam adhesive.

The sentiment in the center is from the Hero Arts What’s Up set. Such great greetings that are perfect to stamp on a circle. I used the fab Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder on it. Nom nom!

#2: Faux Watercolor Resist

One technique that works great with every background stamp is watercolor resist. You can make it elaborate or simple…

After white heat embossing the background on my favorite watercolor paper from Tim Holtz, I added super quick and messy coloring with Distress Markers. (Any watercolor medium would work.) I then gave it some spritzes with water and let the water do the work for me. Once dry, I have a colorful background that is sure to wake anyone up. LOL.

#3: Simple Embossing

Grab a favorite embossing powder and get stamping! Sometimes simple embossing can create the best impact with a background stamp.

I used Ranger’s Verdigris embossing powder on SSS Mint cardstock for this simple card. I love the mix of golds and greens in this powder! There are lots of great specialty embossing powders out there, but you could also mix your own. I did also add some pearls for interest…

There are a million and one more things you can do with background stamps. If you are interested in more ideas, check these out:

  • Pop Up Stamping – This technique works great with any background stamp and is a great way to add dimension.
  • Double Stamping – Have a simple and graphic background stamp? Try double stamping. It would work great with the new Prism stamp.
  • Cut It Up – A simple way to stretch the use of a background stamp is to cut it up. The results can be fun!

SHOPPING DISCOUNT

Interested in any Hero Arts products? Again – just head over HERE to Simon Says Stamp and use my exclusive discount code “CHA14HERO” for 15% off ALL Hero Arts products! This includes the newest products (HERE – including the co-branded Hero Arts / BasicGrey products) and old favorites (HERE – including their fabulous Shadow Inks). Enjoy! (Code is good through 2/28/14. Thank you, SSS!)

GIVEAWAY

I have some stamps to give to a lucky winner! Up for grabs are the Large Petal, Prism, Flower Symbol and What’s Up stamps. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 2/28/14. I would love to hear which of the new products are your favorites. (You can find them all HERE.) Good luck!

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