2 Videos: Marker Watercolor + Release Close-Up + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I have TWO videos. The first has three cards… all showing more of the easy shimmer marker watercolor technique that I shared a few days ago. The second is a “product release close-up video” give you a close look at the newest and very awesome My Favorite Things release.

[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.]

I started off by die-cutting some square, oval, and rectangle Stitched Stax dies from My Favorite Things out of some Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock and stamped some adorable new MFT Jingle All The Way images in the center of them using Hero Arts Black Ink. This is a great ink to use when using watercolor because it is a permanent ink.

Want an easy way to get a shimmer watercolor look? Try using your Wink of Stella pen for watercolor instead of water. To color the image, I started by laying some color down to the outer edge of my image using some Tombow markers. Then I use my Wink of Stella marker to pull color to the center of the image. I like to work in small areas drying in between with my heat gun. I also find that tracing around the image with a black marker really makes the image pop and gives it a finished look.

Another fun element I used on this happy Santa image is an Action Wobbler. It is a spring with adhesive on both sides that can make your images come to life with movement.

Here’s a cool tip: I found that you can reactivate your Wink of Stella marker when the liquid of the marker runs out by adding water to the shimmer that is still inside. Woot! Perfect for this watercolor technique.

Oh – and you don’t damage your Wink of Stella by getting color on it. You can easily just scribble it off.

For the frames around my stamped pieces, I nestled the Stitched Stax die together like a puzzle and ran it through my die-cut machine. I find this really draws attention to the stamping.

Don’t have Tombow Markers? No worries. You can always use Distress Markers or any other watercolor marker. You can also substitute the Wink of Stella with plain water and a paintbrush. (All the products for these cards are listed at the end of this post.)

PRODUCT RELEASE CLOSE-UP VIDEO

Since this newest My Favorite Things release is so good, I decided to do another “product release close-up” video… sharing a close look at the product. I only do these videos if I like a release a lot. (Please note that I was not asked to do this video, nor paid to.)

[Click HERE to watch on YouTube in HD.]

Remember – if you shop HERE at My Favorite Things and spend more than $60, you get a free gift – the Christmas Tree Cut-Out die set.

GIVEAWAY

I have a great giveaway for you today! One lucky winner will get TWO stamp sets and TWO die sets from My Favorite Things! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/26/14 telling me your favorite product in this release.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), My Favorite Things (MFT), and Amazon (AZ).

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Video: Shaker Window Stamping + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAYS

Hi! Today’s video shows stamping on shaker card windows. I am also very honored to be part of the Mama Elephant 2-year Anniversary Stampede (blog hop)! Lots of sales, giveaways and more.

[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.]

Shaker cards are very popular right now. And although I don’t make them often, I was really wanting to make one with stamping on the window. And it is very easy! I stamped the greeting from the Mama Elephant Alpine Carolers with White Staz-On ink on a piece of acetate. (You can either use a clear piece from recycled packaging or from Hero Arts Acetate.) I also added two cute little Arctic Penguins… after altering their little mouths so they could sing. :) The Mama Elephant Peek A Boo Frames are perfect for forming the shaker card with sequins inside. (You can find all the products linked at the end of this post.)

I also created that background inside by blending various Mama Elephant Pigment Inks with a jumbo sponge dauber. I then heat embossed it all with sparkle embossing powder… creating a fun glitter paper.

For a video showing a closer look at these new great products from Mama Elephant, click HERE.

STAMPEDE

As I mentioned, this post is part of the Mama Elephant Stampede celebrating their 2 year anniversary. Check out the fun details…

The next stop on the stampede is the Mama Elephant Blog HERE. And a big congrats to my friends at ME. I love you.

GIVEAWAYS

Mama Elephant is giving away THREE $25 gift certificates each day of the Stampede — 9 winners total. So be sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs including this one. Winners will be chosen and announced by Mama Elephant on 10/20/14 on the Mama Elephant blog.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Mama Elephant (ME), and Amazon (AZ).

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS | ME )

 

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Video: Mama Elephant Product Release Close-Up + GIVEAWAY

I have a couple “product release close-up” videos for you this week. Today’s shows a close look at the newest Mama Elephant release and ideas on how to use the products. I only do these videos if I feel a release has a lot to offer, and this one does… including stamps, dies and 16 new inks! I also have a giveaway.

[Click HERE to watch on YouTube in HD.]

I will have several videos coming up with these products. Stay tuned. Oh, and please know that I wasn’t asked or paid to do this video. I just did it because I like the products and thought you might, too. If you want information on Mama Elephant’s 2 year anniversary, click HERE.

INK SWATCH DOWNLOAD

As I mentioned in the video, I have a free Ink Swatch Download for these inks – just click HERE and HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads along with a video on how I use them, please go HERE. If you want to learn more about Mama Elephant inks, click HERE.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will get a stamp set from Mama Elephant! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/26/14 telling me your favorite product in this release.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

Here are links to the products I featured in the video. Click a favorite store to find out more: Simon Says Stamp (SSS) or Mama Elephant (ME).

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Free Printable & Fun Contest & GIVEAWAY

My friends over at Studio Calico are always coming up with unique and fun ways to inspire people. This month they have a free download and a huge contest — all centered around INSPIRATION.

Check out this free printable. I can’t wait to put it up in my kitchen. You can download it HERE for free…

Studio Calico is also having a fun contest with HUGE prizes – over $1,400 worth in prizes. For your chance to win, just download the printable above. Next, share on any social media a photo of anything inspiring and tag it #scinspires. In your photo caption, explain why it is inspiring. The more uses of the hashtag #scinspires, the more prizes they will give away! (For more info and rules, click HERE.)

GIVEAWAY

Since Studio Calico is being so generous, I thought I would be, too. :) Leave a comment here telling me what inspires you and I will pick a lucky winner of a Studio Calico stamp set, die and other goodies. Ends 11:59pmEST on 10/20/14. Good luck.

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Video: Embossing With Dies + Pink Power Blog Hop

Hello! Today I have a video showing how to emboss with dies. I am also participating in the Pink Power Blog Hop… to spread breast cancer awareness and to support loved ones going through treatment.

[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.]

Clean and simple cards are actually my favorite, but I struggle with them. Every once in awhile I am able to pull one off… and still incorporate some fun techniques. Dies are my favorite (am I allowed to say I love them as much as stamps?) and I love the look of embossing with them. Here, I used the Lawn Fawn Small and Large Stitched Rectangle die sets to make a double-stitched-frame impression onto watercolor paper. This is very easy to do with an embossing pad, but you could also use fun foam.

After heat embossing the awesome Pink Power stamp images with Liquid Platinum embossing powder, I did a bit of watercolor with a pink Tombow marker and Wink of Stella glitter pen. It works so well… and is quick. I also covered a tiny heart die cut with the silver powder and added it for a touch of dimension.

PINK POWER BLOG HOP

My friend Chaitali has rounded up some of her crafty friends to help spread breast cancer awareness with this Pink Power Blog Hop. This is a cause close to her heart after her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. She designed the Pink Power set and Verve is selling it and I couldn’t be more proud of her for doing this. You can purchase the stamps HERE.

I also encourage you to check out the SCS Hope You Can Cling To challenge HERE. What a great cause.

The next person on the hop is Amy’s blog HERE. You can also start at the beginning at Chaitali’s blog HERE.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), and Amazon (AZ).

 

 

 

CLICK A SHOP:
( SSS )

 

CLICK A SHOP:
(SSS | EH | AZ)

 

 

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( SSS | EH )

 

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( SSS | AMZ )

 

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New Holiday Class

Hi!

Just wanted to give you a heads up about an upcoming class that I am a contributing to…

Here is more about Send Joy from Studio Calico:

The Yuletide season is upon us and that means it’s time to send hand-crafted greeting cards and tags to those you hold nearest and dearest. In Send Joy, Lisa Spangler will show you how to create 15 cards and 5 tags in bulk so that you can send them to 100 of your closest friends. There are 5 videos – 4 from Lisa Spangler and 1 from Jennifer McGuire – sharing tips and tricks for well designed cards that you can make for everyone on your list. You will also get sketches, printables, and more lessons from guests.

Send Joy is enrolling now through October 31st at 11:59pm EST and all class content will be posted on November 1st.

While supplies last, Send Joy students will receive an exclusive 4×3″ stamp set. This stamp set will ship for free, no matter where you live. Quantities are limited, so enroll now to reserve yours!

Here is the stamp set you will get free – too cute:

Move fast! Also, they are offering this deal for students. It is worth checking out because there are some great holiday stamps and dies.

I am curious – have you started making your holiday cards? I love making lots of unique ones to send throughout the season, then I mass-produce a handmade photo card to send to my list. I love doing it!

Happy Sunday.

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