Holiday Card Workshop 2014 GIVEAWAY!

It’s that time of year again! Time for another Holiday Card Workshop over at Online Card Classes. All new. All cards with videos. Woot!

Holiday Card Workshop 2014 starts this Monday.

Here’s a bit more info about class…

Making a card list and checking it twice? Online Card Classes is here to help you send handmade holiday cards to everyone on your list this year (plus a few extra… just in case). That’s right, we’re back with ALL NEW holiday card inspiration for the 2014 holiday season!

Join instructors Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire—plus special guest artists—for a very merry card class packed with ideas, techniques, and card-making know-how. We’ve been busy little elves, and you’re going to love all the die-cutting, layering, coloring, clean-and-simple cards, elegant designs, and so much more that we’ve packed into our sack of goodies for this class! Over 17 videos!

Class runs November 3 – 14, 2014, but you can take it anytime. Head HERE to register.

GIVEAWAY

I have three spots in Holiday Card Workshop 2014 to give away! (If you win and have already registered, your class fees will be refunded.) For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/2/14 telling me if you mass produce cards for the holidays. (Winners will be emailed and added to my “Winners” page.)

UPDATE ON GIVEAWAY WINNERS

I have come up with a new way to announce winners for giveaways. I get a lot of emails asking who won certain prizes. So I am keeping “Winners” page that I will keep updated. That way you can see at anytime who winners are for all my giveaways. I will have a link to this page on every post with a giveaway. (Please do know that I also always email winners.) Hope this helps!

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25% Off!

Just a quick heads up that Simon Says Stamp is having a great sale right now – 25% off Copic Markers. I am taking advantage of this deal and getting some refills. Yay!

Head on over HERE and use the code “Markers” for 25% off.

Have you taken the Copic plunge? If so, what is your favorite color? Mine is YG17. Or maybe R22. Or BG13? Hmmm… :)

 

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Video: Colored Pencil Highlights, Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video is all about taking a solid stamped image and bringing it to life using colored pencils highlights. This post is also part of the Altenew Blog Hop with a 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.]

One of the most effective ways to add the look of dimension to an otherwise flat, solid stamped image is with colored pencils. For today’s cards, I started by stamping the new flower image from Altenew (one of my favorite stamp companies). I then colored different areas of the petals with my Prismacolor White Colored Pencil to add highlights… and a good eraser to soften and blend it. I really love the velvet look this gives! It is amazing how effective that one white pencil can be.

You could stop at this point, but I kept going. (As I tend to do – lol.) I added a touch of coloring with a darker colored pencil for even more dimension. I also traced over the white lines of the image using my white colored pencil to make it pop. I did the same thing with the peach flower but used my white Gelly Roll pen instead. It comes out very fine and thin, which makes it perfect for this technique. I think these kind of small details really add up and make a big difference in making your image stand out.

To create my background, I drew lines on a white note card using my pencil and t-ruler… to help me keep my stamping straight. I added two sentiments onto one acrylic block to save time and stamped them using three different shades of gray ink. I started with the darkest (Charcoal from Hero Arts), then a medium shade of ink (Silver Lining from WPlus9), and then finished off my stamping with the lightest shade of gray (Fog from Simon Says Stamp). You could instead do generation stamping here.

This technique gives such a nice ombre effect and I love that I can stretch my sentiment stamps to create backgrounds. I wanted to make sure the main sentiment stood out from all that stamping on the background, so I stamped it in VersaFine Black ink and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. To finish off my card, I attached my flower using some foam adhesive and tucked some silver thread behind it.

Like this colored pencil technique? Click HERE for another video showing a variation. Oh, and you can get a great deal on the large Prismacolor pencil sets HERE.

BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Altenew Blog Hop celebrating their third release. (I love new companies!) You can see all their new products HERE.

The next person on this hop is the adorable Pamela Ho. You will love her blog! (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, go to the Altenew blog.)

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate, I will choose a winner from comments left on this post and the prize will be two Altenew stamps sets of your choice! You have until 11:59 EST on 10/31/14 to leave your comments for your chance to win.

Also, Altenew is giving away five stamp sets of choice to three lucky winners! The winners will be chosen from comments left on the Altenew 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), Dick Blick (DB), Altenew (ALT), WPlus9 (WP9), and Amazon (AZ).

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Video: Coloring Embossing Paste + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi there! If you have been to my blog before, you know I am a big fan of new stamp companies. New companies means that we have a growing industry – such a good thing! Today I am taking part in the Create A Smile Video Hop. Create A Smile is a newer stamp company based in Germany. Using their stamps, I created a simple card that shows you how to add some color to an embossing paste background.

[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.]

Sometimes it is fun to create a simple card with a simple stamped image and a simple background. Today’s card is just that! I started by heat embossing the Create A Smile Smiling Snowflake image with a new WOW Platinum Glitter Embossing Powder. (Perfect for the holidays!) I wanted to protect the image from the embossing paste so I tore pieces of tape to create a mask. I then applied some Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste on top using the Falling Snow Stencil from Simon Says Stamp.

After the white paste dots dried, I went back with my Copic markers and colored some of the raised dots… and added shine to others with my Wink of Stella Marker. I also added the same embossing powder to a few of the circles using a VersaMark pen. I really like the look of the all the different colors…

I also stamped a word bubble image from another Create A Smile set (available 11/4) using VersaFine Black Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. This gives it some shine and draws your eye to the sentiment. I cut out the sentiment and went around the edge with a black marker to give it a finished look.

I love using holiday themed stamps and stretching them for any occasion. This will be the perfect happy card to send to a friend I am missing this winter.

BLOG HOP

Today’s video is part of the Create A Smile Video Hop. Yep – every stop is a video! Gotta love that.

The next stop on the video hop is Vicki’s video. She is fabulous.

GIVEAWAYS

Interested in getting your hands on the Create A Smile Smiling Snowflakes set I used today? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/28/14. ALSO… be sure to head over to the Create A Smile blog for even more giveaways.

(By the way – I have some winners from previous giveaways. I have emailed the winners, as always: Studio Calico goodies - Linda Johnson and Waffle Flower stamp – berryblue.)

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).

 

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Custom Stamp Discount Code + Giveaway!

Hello! A few years ago, I found a seller on Etsy who creates adorable “handmade by” custom stamps. I have several designs from her and wanted to share my newest, along with a discount code and giveaway in case you want one of your own…

Isn’t that the cutest design? I wanted something without my blog address, etc. to use on cards for close family and friends. I thought this was perfect! Karissa at Twig & Linen has many designs I have and love.

In the past I have used many of these other options below. However, I also have the scissors design on the top right and the initial design on the bottom left… (You can see that last one HERE.)

And by the way – I found Karissa and contacted her. She didn’t pay me to do this post. I just like her products. :)

DISCOUNT CODE

Karissa of Twig & Linen is a sweetie – she is giving my readers 20% off with the code JMINK20. Also, she is currently offering a holiday special in her shop – spend $75 and get a free stamp.  You can combine the two sales for a really good deal!

GIVEAWAY

Karissa of Twig & Linen is letting me give away two wood handled stamps. Winners will get to chose their designs! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/31/14.

Good luck!

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Video: Vellum Shaker Card

Hello! Today I have a short video (can you believe it!?) on how to create a vellum shaker card. It’s just as much fun as a regular shaker card, just simplified.

[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 have recently fallen back in love with vellum… especially when it is heat embossed. For today’s card, I stamped the gorgeous Mama Elephant “Peace On Earth” sentiment on my favorite vellum using VersaMark Ink. (I just love this sentiment because it’s bold and creates the perfect focal point on a card.) Because the sentiment is bold, I was able to use Silver and Gold Ultra High Embossing Powders for a raised image with extra dimension.

Mama Elephant also has a fun die that creates small hearts, stars, and sequin shapes. These tiny flat pieces are perfect for shaker cards! I cut some of the star shapes to go behind my vellum and used a sewing machine to trap them inside. (I recommend using an inexpensive sewing machine that is intended for clothing such as THIS one. Most paper craft sewing machines don’t hold up over time.)

This card is a time saver and eliminates all that extra dimensional bulk of traditional shaker cards!

SUPPLIES

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