Video: Ink Layering + Giveaway

Hi there! I am always looking for ways to use my inks creatively to get new looks. Today I show how to layer pigment and dye inks to create incredible patterns with the help of stencils. I also have news to share about a great new challenge and some giveaways.

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I created six different cards using this technique and found that vibrant and dark colors of cardstock work best. I chose some cardstock colors by My Favorite Things and inked each one with a different stencil by Hero Arts using their Unicorn White Pigment Ink and a sponge dauber. Since I used a pigment ink, I heat set the ink until it was dry. I then placed the stencil back on top of the pattern, shifting it slightly, and applied a Hero Arts Shadow (Dye) Ink. Since dye ink absorbs into the paper, you get a soft color on top of the white.

The results? A pattern that looks like it has three colors. First, you have the bright white. Second, you have the tone-on-tone of the colored ink on the colored cardstock. And finally – the best part – a muted third color where the two inks overlap.

This is an excellent technique to use with pretty much any stencil. Today I use six new fab stencils from Hero Arts. (Check the thumbnails below for each stencil.) They were perfect for this technique…

I find you get the best results by using the pigment ink first and then the dye ink on top. Since pigment ink “sits on top” of the paper, it would just cover up any ink underneath it if you did it second.

For the greetings, I die cut white circles and stamped greetings from the new Ellen Hutson/Julie Ebersole Hello Gorgeous, Love You So, and Bold Blooms stamp sets. I also die cut a larger circle from vellum to frame the white circle and adhered messy-triple-bows of DMC thread behind it.

This technique is great for backgrounds, but would also work to create a highlighted area behind a main image. In the past I have done a similar technique of overlapping white pigment ink with colored dye ink, but with stamps instead. You can find that post HERE.

MIX IT UP CHALLENGE

This post is part of a new challenge over at Ellen Hutsonthe Mix It Up Challenge.

For this challenge, the folks at Ellen Hutson feature one manufacturer… and use that company’s products along with Ellen’s products together on one card. Because I do work with Hero Arts, they asked me to create a card with the new Hero Arts (the stencils) and the new Essentials By Ellen (the stamps).

You can play along also! Just head over HERE to upload your projects using Hero Arts and Essentials by Ellen by 3/17/15. There will be a $50 gift certificate awarded to a random participant! Head HERE for more info.

GIVEAWAY

I also have a giveaway for one lucky winner! For your chance to win THREE new Hero Arts stencils, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/17/15 telling me if you have ever used stencils for cardmaking. (Winner’s name will picked randomly and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

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Video: Copic Markers + Distress Ink + Giveaway

Welcome! Today’s video shares how to add color to your stamped images using Copic Markers and Distress Inks. This method saves me a lot of time and gives good results.

[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.]

Oh my… aren’t these new You Make My Tail Wag and I Knead You stamp sets from My Favorite Things the cutest? I love that they released both at the same time… keeping both the dog people (like me) and the cat people (like most of my friends) happy! The images are perfect for the technique I shared today – mixing Copic Marker coloring with Distress Ink shading.

I started by quickly coloring the cat and dog with light brown Copic Markers. After cutting out the images, I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges, which gives quick shading. That extra step really brings the images to life.

For the cat card, I added Copic colorless blender on his tummy to lighten up that area and cut slits around the cat’s paws to hold the string that I wrapped randomly around the card. I also applied Ranger’s Multi Matte Adhesive to the end of the string to make it curl up. To tie it all together, I stamped a coordinating yarn image repeatedly on to the note card… and used a playful sentiment.

OK… so this dog card? It cracks me up big time. I just love that you can see the back of the dog on the inside of the card! On the front of the card, I clear heat embossed the Paw Print Background and added a faux-stitched green border cut with an Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die.

Look at that cute image on the inside. So fun! And check out the good shading I got with Distress Inks on that dog‘s behind. :) It would also be fun to have him hanging on a window card or on a tree branch. Oh – and for you cat people (hee), the cat set has a sleeping kitty with front and back images so you can create a similar card.

Fun, huh? My Favorite Things knocked it outta the park with these sets! Be sure to check out their whole new release HERE. Lots of good stuff!

ADDITIONAL COPIC MARKER INSPIRATION

  • THIS post shares basic info on Copic Markers. It is an old post but the info stays the same!
  • THIS video focuses on Copic coloring.
  • THIS video shows a Copic colored background.

GIVEAWAY

I have a My Favorite Things stamp set and die set to giveaway to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/12/15 for your chance. Good luck. (Winner’s name will be randomly picked and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: More Stencils + Masking + GIVEAWAY

Hi! The other day I shared a video showing how easy it is to mask stencils with rubber cement. Today I am back with more on this technique.

[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 will admit – I am a big dork and get really excited when I find a technique that is simple, inexpensive and awesome. Rubber cement is incredible for masking… and works so well with stencils. Today’s cards are perfect examples of this technique.

I will also admit – although I love the look of splattery/messy/artsy cards, I struggle with making them. But by combining rubber cement masking and with a bold stencil, I am able to somewhat control my watercolor splatters. This works for me!

When doing this technique, I found it very helpful to temporarily adhere the large “hey” stencil (from the current Studio Calico Card Kit) to my watercolor paper to keep it still. After applying rubber cement over the entire piece, I removed the stencil and splattered lots of watercolor… dabbing between colors to prevent too much of a mess and to keep the colors soft. (I created my watercolor with Color Theory inks and water.) I also added a bit of blue ink with an ink blending tool before rubbing away the rubber cement. So much fun and so very easy.

I added an “awesome” border die cut (that comes with great coordinating stamps) and a heart covered with shimmer and Glossy Accents. Have to keep it simple to balance out that busy background!

The second card is just a variation of the first, minus the rubber cement masking.

On another note… I rarely make one card at a time any more. I find it so rewarding to create two or more of the same  card (or variations) at once. I feel like I get more value out of the supplies I have purchased… and I have more cards to share with loved one. After all, this hobby really is about sharing handmade kindness. :)

MORE INSPIRATION

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GIVEAWAY

I have an extra (previous) Studio Calico Card Kit that is looking for a new home! For your chance to win it, leave a comment here telling me if you are like me and have trouble “embracing mess” when crafting… or if you love it. Do so before 11:59pmESt on 3/10/15 and I will randomly pick a winner. Good luck. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Surprise Card

Hello. Today’s video shares a surprise card. No fancy techniques, just a fun card with fun products.

[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.]

The Diagonal Window Die I used on today’s card is one of those products that made me scream “GENIUS!” when I used it for the first time. So clever! I love that you simply adhere the die cut on the front of a card and add a bow through the holes to cue the recipient to untie it, revealing the surprise inside.

Inside the window, I stamped a scene from the Wish Big Stamp Set (by Julie Ebersole and Ellen Hutson) and quickly colored it with my Copic Markers.

I can’t get enough of this Diagonal Window die! I plan on using it to create my son’s birthday invitations.

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Video: Easy Gold Foil

Hello. In a recent video, I shared five ways to add gold foil to your projects. (You can find the post HERE.) Today’s video shares more of my favorite (and the easiest!) method in more detail.

[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.]

Warning: Today’s technique is addictive.

You will need two things to do this technique. First – a laser printer. I have an inexpensive laser printer that I use for my everyday printing. (It needs to be a laser printer because it uses toner. An ink jet printer will not work for this technique. If you don’t have a laser printer, you can take your images to a place like Kinkos and have them print them with toner. Just be sure to print in solid black with no greyscale.) Second – you need is a laminator. I use an inexpensive one that works great and works for many other things, too.

To get started, you need to find something to print out. There are many awesome sites out there where you can find free or inexpensive downloads (see below)… or you can create your own. All of today’s printables are from Studio Calico.

There are also many ways to manipulate the images or text in order to print – Photoshop, etc. (I usually use Photoshop.) However, in this video I wanted to show a way to do this with Word since many of us have it. Please keep in mind that this is not the ideal way to do it, but it works!

Once I printed the images on my laser printer, I cut a piece of Deco Foil and placed it over my image. I folded a piece of copy paper and placed my pieces inside to go through the laminator. The laminator applies pressure and heat on the image to create the gold transfer.

The foil comes in many beautiful colors and you could do multiple colors on one piece. The results are gorgeous and it’s so easy to do!

I turned these pieces into cards and added simple embellishments cut from DCWV foil cardstock.

I hope you give this a try…. but I must warn you again… this technique is extremely addicting. Once you start, it’s hard to stop foiling everything in sight!

DOWNLOADS

There are a TON of places you can download images to print for this technique. Heck – in the video I showed Hello Kitty valentines… which I found on the internet while searching “hello kitty valentine coloring page.” However, here are some specific places to look – some are free and some have a small charge:

OTHER FOIL INFO

Remember – there are many great ways to get gold foil on your cards… 5 of which I shared in THIS post. I am also getting a lot of questions about the Heidi Swapp Minc machine and accessories. I have heard it is awesome so I can’t wait to try it. (I am getting mine soon – it shipped!)

Also, many people mentioned that they have seen the Deco Foil on clearance at Michaels. My Michaels didn’t have any, but apparently it is the same product. However, there is one big difference! The packs on clearance at Michaels only have one sheet of foil in it. The ones I link to below have 5 sheets per pack.

If you are having trouble getting this technique to work, here are some things to look for:

  • Make sure you aren’t low on toner.
  • Make sure you are printing in FULL black – not grey scale.
  • Try printing at high quality.
  • Make sure your laminator is hot. I sometimes wait 15 minutes to be sure.

SUPPLIES

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Dry Embossing With Die Cuts + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video shares yet another way to stretch your dies… to dry emboss with die cuts. I think you will love this technique. This post is also part of the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2015 Release Blog Hop … and I have a fun giveaway.

[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 honestly think dies are the most versatile tool a crafter can have. Here, I show how to dry emboss with die cuts. Check out those backgrounds…

For this technique, I really like to use Essentials by Ellen Magentic Paper because it is thick, durable and die cuts easily. I die cut several of the new Bold Flowers and leaves to dry emboss these backgrounds.

Embossing with the thick die cuts is simple. Between your die cutting machine plates, I position a few pieces of cardstock shim, an embossing mat (you can also try felt), cardstock and thick die cuts. I then run this through my die cut machine as I would an embossing folder. The thick die cuts press into the paper… leaving a lovely impression.

I really think the new “you are my favorite” sentiment is a new favorite of mine and the perfect greeting on these cards. I also added silver-embossed heart die cuts and gemstones.

I hope you will give this technique a try. It is one of those that makes your jaw drop. :)

BLOG HOP

Today’s post is part of the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2015 Release Blog Hop

I am so in love with the new fabulous products designed by my dear friend Julie Ebersole – she is a rockstar! You can see all the new products HERE and below. And I will be back soon with another video using some of the other products. Stay tuned.

There are some awesome folks in this blog hop! Be sure to next head over to Donna Mikasa’s blog – I am her biggest fan! (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head to the Ellen Hutson blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Interested in winning a free Essentials by Ellen stamp set (see below)? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/3/15 and I will randomly pick a winner. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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