Video: Spotlight Die Cutting + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today’s technique of spotlight die cutting is a fun way to combine your stamps and dies to create a unique look.

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

The technique of spotlight stamping has been around for a long time. Here, I did a spin on that technique by adding a die cut with dimension. Using the Waffle Flower Loved stamp set and Waffle Flower Starter Tag die, I was able to create three cards at once…

This technique is easier to demonstrate in a video then explain in text, so be sure to watch the video above. Spotlight die cutting would work with pretty much any stamp and die, but I feel it works really great with stamp sets like this one from Waffle Flower where you can “build” complicated images. You could also use any inks!

On all three cards, I “spotlighted” the stamping on the tags by heat embossing with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I love how the embossed images line up perfectly with the stamping behind it.

On the first card (shown above, I used three new fabulous WPlus9 ink colors – Mojito, Miami Spice and Flamingo. On the next I used pool colors – Hero Arts Soft Pool Ink and the new WPlus9 Ocean Drive Ink

On the last card I used two shades of grey ink (Simon Says Stamp Fog and Smoke) along with pops of color with enamel accents.

(Sorry that I didn’t get the best photos of these cards. Something is goobery with my camera. Shoot.)

Looking for another example of spotlighting with stamping and die cutting? Check out THIS video.

GIVEAWAY & WINNERS

Giveaway time! One lucky winner will get the Waffle Flower Loved stamp set I used above. Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST 8/4/14 for your chance. Good luck!

I have some winners: KathleenDolls (texture and embossing paste), barbara macaskill (Freckled Fawn 3-month subscription),  Larissa Heskett (SSS Card Kit), Lisa H ($30 Winnie and Walter gift certificate),  Ruby C ($30 Winnie and Walter gift certificate), and  Nandini ($30 Winnie and Walter gift certificate).

See you soon!

SUPPLIES

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Hurry! Online Card Classes FLASH SALE!

Hi!

Just a heads up that we are having an awesome flash sale over at Online Card Classes. For three days only, you can get any of our independent classes for $5 off! (Tim’s Creative Chemistry 101 and 102 are included.) This is a great deal as some of the classes will be as low as $7.

Keep in mind that you can buy classes now and go watch them at a later date. You will have lifetime access to the content… which always includes loads of videos, many cards and pdfs for every project.

I know many of you have taken OCC classes. Which is your favorite? Not sure which mine are… maybe Stenciled? Clean and Simple? Ack! I can’t decide!

Enjoy. :)

 

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Video: Small & Large Clear Stamp Storage

Hello! Several months ago I shared how I store my clear and cling stamps. (And I still *LOVE* this system!) Since then, the question I get asked the most is about how I store small and large stamp sets. Today’s video answers this question…

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

Click HERE to see my original stamp storage video. It has some helpful info, too.

Several companies are coming out with stamp sets that are bigger or smaller than the average size stamp set. In this video I address these sizes. For me, my organization is best when all the stamp sets are stored the same. This means putting all the stamps in Avery Elle Stamp Pockets. For large stamp sets, I have to “convert” them a bit. Yes, this takes time, but not much. For small sets, I put two in one pocket. This works best for me since I like a uniform look. And I still store all my stamps in a Fridge Binz. Man I love those things! (Click HERE for more information on this storage system.)

If you really want stamp pockets that are bigger or smaller, here are some options:

  • For tall and narrow stamp sets, try the Office Depot 5″x8″ pockets. I used to use these (you can see them in THIS video) but have since switched to the method I showed today.
  • I know many people also like the large stamp pockets offered by Tim Holtz HERE. I haven’t used these because I have to have so many stamps (since this is my job) and they have a higher price point. But the quality is amazing. (I didn’t mention in the video, but I keep my larger Tim Holtz stamp sets in a drawer by themselves due to their bigger size.)
  • If you want a smaller pocket for smaller stamps, try THESE. These pockets are the same ones I use for wafer thin dies, which you can see in a video HERE… and they fit smaller stamp sets perfectly.
  • If you are looking for a much more cost effective option, you can try THESE 5″x8″ bags which work with many stamp sizes. I would also put a white insert in these for support.

So in the end, I recommend going with whatever works best for you. For me? It is all about the uniform look. But I hope you can find something that works well for you from the options I shared.

Good luck and happy organizing!

SUPPLIES

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Stretch Your Stamps 2 Class Giveaway + Cool Links + GIVEAWAYS

Hello! I am just popping in to share a few things with you today, including a video that gives some insight into our newest Online Card Class called Stretch Your Stamps 2. And keep reading after that – I have some fun links for you.

Here is a bit about the class…

Look at your stamps in a whole new way! Back by popular demand, join Online Card Classes for another great installment of Stretch Your Stamps!

Join instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Debby Hughes, and friends, to discover just how far you can stretch your stamps—whether you’re an expert stamper or just getting started. In Stretch Your Stamps 2, you’ll learn how particular styles of stamps can be used in a variety of creative ways to expand your card-making skills. Over the course of this two-week session, you’ll be introduced to techniques and concepts through expert instructor videos, and then build on your new knowledge with the help of inspiring guest artist examples. Stretch Your Stamps 2 includes over 30 videos and 40 card ideas, along with instructional PDFs, a forum, galleries, shopping discounts, prizes and more.

For more information Stretch Your Stamps 2 from Online Card Classes, click HERE. Class starts August 4, 2014, but you will have lifetime access to the content and can view it anytime. It is not necessary to take Stretch Your Stamps 1 first.

We hope to see you in class!

OTHER FUN LINKS

Just some other things I thought you might like to check out:

OTHER FUN LINKS

I have THREE spots to give away to the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class! Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 7/29/14 for your chance.

And I will be back to announce other winners soon.

That’s it for today. See you soon.

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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…

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

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.

SUPPLIES

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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!

See you soon!

 

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