Video: Layered Heat Embossing + GIVEAWAY

Hello. Today’s video is one I did for the Hero Arts blog, but I wanted to share it here also. It shows how to do layered heat embossing.

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There is just something so very striking about bold colors against a dark/black background. I find the fastest way to achieve this look with with heat embossing. Thankfully, embossing powders are not expensive and last a very long time.

The Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies and Color Layering Bird and Branch stamp sets are perfect for this layered heat embossing technique. By simply stamping/embossing the images on top of each other, you get a mini masterpiece. I used various Wow opaque embossing powders for bold, solid color.

I gotta say – these two stamp sets are two of my favorites from Hero Arts. That bird – wow! So perfect for this technique. And the embossing gives a bit of texture. Bonus!

I finished off the cards by heat embossing a greeting from the Hero Arts Graphic Flower stamp set and mounted the embossed piece on to a white note card, with foam in between for dimension.

Here are some embossing tips that I find helpful with this technique:

  • Using an anti-static tool is important with each layer of stamping so you don’t end up with stray bits of colorful embossing powder. You can use an anti-static tool, cornstarch, or a dryer sheet. (I much prefer the Powder Tool for this. It lasts a verrrry long time!)
  • When tapping off the embossing powder, tap lightly. If you tap off too much, the black cardstock will show through the embossing.
  • Heat up your heat gun before bringing it to the paper. I usually let mine heat up for 30 seconds and this helps prevent the paper from warping.
  • A good heat gun makes a HUGE difference when it comes to embossing and preventing warping. I *highly* recommend the Milwaukee.
  • If you don’t have the right color of embossing powder, try mixing embossing powders together to create your own.
  • If you’re using a dark colored cardstock, use an opaque embossing powder so the color is nice and bright. I recommend colorful powders from Ranger and WOW… and the basics from Hero Arts.

Enjoy!

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win BOTH the Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies Stamps and Color Layering Bird and Branch Stamps stamp sets? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/6/15 telling me if you have ever tried dark backgrounds on your cards. (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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Update and Sale Alerts

Hello!

Just popping in to say that I am still on vacation but will have a video up again soon. I had one to share but something is wrong with it so I gotta get some time to fix it. (I only work on vacation a very tiny bit here and there when the kids are sleeping.)

Right now we are in the British Virgin Islands in my favorite spot in the whole wide world – Spring Bay on Virgin Gorda. It is amazing.

In the meantime, I wanted to share info on two great sales going on right now so you don’t miss out.

20% off Sizzix

Simon Says Stamp has all Sizzix products for 20% off HERE with the code SAVESIZ. This includes the new Sizzix Big Shot. (Ends July 1.)

20% off at My Favorite Things

Hurry! My Favorite Things is having 20% off their entire store and it ends today (6/27/15). Use code SALE20 when shopping HERE. (Check out THIS video if you want to see a close look at their newest products. I also recommend checking out their great cardstocks, including their variety packs HERE and HERE. They even have the MISTI stamping tool Deluxe pack that you can get with the discount!)

Enjoy! See you soon. xo

 

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Video: 6×6 Background Stamp Storage

Hi there. Today I am (finally!!!) sharing my 6×6 background stamp storage.

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I have been using this system for all my cling background stamps (6×6 and smaller) for awhile now and am very, very happy with it. Therefore, I felt it was finally time to share! (I like to live with a system a bit before I share it, just to be sure I would recommend it 100%.)

SLEEVES

I keep my background stamps in THESE sleeves that are approximately 6 3/4″ x 6 3/4″. The thin sleeves actually come with an adhesive flap which I cut off. They are a little larger than the stamps, but I like the slightly loose fit for easy access. I labeled the sleeves in the same way I label all my stamps and dies – - using my favorite label maker. (Click HERE to see a video of the label maker in action.) I cut white cardstock inserts for support inside the pockets.

CATEGORIES

I keep the sleeves in categories with plastic dividers. The dividers are cut from inexpensive plastic folders. (You could recycle cardboard or laminate cardstock if you wanted.) I just added category titles using clear label in my label maker and rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper.

STORAGE

If you’ve seen my previous storage videos, you know I’m a big fan of the InterDesign Linus Storage Containers. I find that there are various 8″-wide containers is that work great for holding these background stamps. Here are some options:

Please look closely at the sizes before ordering. There are many options! Any container that is 7.5″ to 8″ wide would work well.

I hope you give this organizational system a try. It is really working well for me – - I find I’m using more of my background stamps now!

RELATED VIDEOS

Here are some additional helpful videos:

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Guest Artist Video: Creative Masking with Yana Smakula + GIVEAWAY

Hi there! I’m still vacationing so I have another guest video today. Yana Smakula – one of my all-time favorite cardmakers – is here to share an idea for creative masking.

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I’ve followed Yana‘s work for some time and she is incredible. She is great with color and uses stamps in unexpected ways. Her videos are perfect, too! I think you will be seeing a lot of Yana.

She used a Pinterest image as inspiration for her designs. And I really like the Hero Arts Pattern Stripes stamp she featured… so it is fun to see it used so creatively.

MORE FROM YANA

Yana makes some of the best videos out there. I encourage you to check out her blog and YouTube channel for more amazing inspiration. (Thank you, Yana. I am your biggest fan and honored to have you here.)

GIVEAWAY

Interested in winning the Hero Arts Pattern Stripes stamp Yana used for her masking? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/1/15 with some kind words for Yana. (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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Video: Dye Ink Watercolor

Hello. Today’s video shares how to use dye inks as watercolor. (You gotta love a technique that lets you get more out of what you already have, right?)

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Watercolor is very popular right now. There are so many watercolor products available – and that can be overwhelming. Using dye inks often works well for “watercolor” of stamped images… and you likely already have it on hand. For today’s video, I used the new Lawn Fawn dye inks. (These inks are excellent inks – click HERE for a video with more info on them. And another HERE.)

Aren’t these images from Lawn Fawn’s Fintastic Friends and Party Animals stamp sets adorable? So fun. I stamped them with VersaFine Black Ink on watercolor paper and clear heat embossed them. After pressing the new Lawn Fawn Dye inks (Lobster, Celery Stick, Peacock, Fish Tank, and Juice Box) on to an acrylic block, I used a water brush to pick up the color and watercolor the images.

The new Lawn Fawn wave border dies offer three “wave” sizes – small, medium and large. The small is perfect for the little scene I created on a small white panel for the center of the card.

For the background of the cards, I die-cut the new Lawn Fawn Cloud Border dies (again, three sizes in the set) several times out of yellow cardstock and adhered them together like a puzzle for an inlaid look.

I encourage you to try this technique with whatever dye inks you have on hand. Just experiment with different amounts of water and practice for a bit. It will work great!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Adding Dimension to Cards + GIVEAWAY

Hi there. Today’s video is a bit different than my other videos. It’s more like a crafty service announcement. :) I’ve received lots of questions about why I use craft foam instead of foam tape for adding dimension to my cards. Here’s why…

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Over the year, I have been noticing that cards sent through the mail with lots of foam tape pieces don’t hold up well. So the engineer in me wanted to do a bit of research. I sent two cards to myself (the mail lady thought I was a bit crazy). One card had a panel with foam tape strips behind it and the other with craft foam. The card using the craft foam for dimension held up much better in the mail. The one using foam tape was bent and had creases. Proof! So for large panels, I use fun foam.

When I purchase my fun/craft foam, I cut it into pieces slightly smaller than a standard note card so they’re ready to go. When adhering the fun foam to a card, I use a tape runner (and also squirt some Multi Matte Medium with a fine nozzle under the corners), Stick-It or Scor-Tape (aka Be Creative Tape).  There is adhesive backed fun foam on the market, but I have found that it doesn’t always die-cut well.

Fun foam can also be used with your dies. They make great embellishments and can even be heated with a heat gun to be made smaller. I usually use THIS white foam but I have found THIS multi-color pack that I like as well. The colors in it are actually pretty!

I do still use my big roll of foam adhesive tape for adding small pieces. I really like it and it lasts forever.

I hope this gives you a better explanation of why I use craft foam for dimension of large pieces on my cards. I put a lot of time and love into my cards and I want to make sure they get to the recipient in good shape!

GIVEAWAY

I have THREE prizes for a luck winner: a pack of white craft foam, a pack of colored craft foam, and a huge roll of foam adhesive – - all of my favorites! (I love to share.) For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 6/30/15 telling me what your favorite adhesive is. (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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