VIDEO: Three Masking Alternatives + Giveaway

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Masking is a powerful stamping technique. However, sometimes images are just too difficult to create fussy-cut masks for. Today’s video shows a peek at THREE masking alternatives that you may like.

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In this video, I show three masking alternatives – - ways to mask when using a fussy-cut paper-mask just doesn’t make sense. Here they are:

Masking Alternative #1: Glossy Accents

I have a very strong love affair with Glossy Accents. And another great use for this product? Masking. Just stamp and color your stamped image and cover it with Glossy Accents. Once it is dry, you can apply dye inks, pigment inks and mists for a fun background… all while your stamped images are protected.

For my example, I colored the adorable Mama Elephant panda images with Copic Markers. After adding the Glossy Accents, I used an Ink Blending Tool to apply the colorful background with Distress Ink. Oh – and on all of these cards, I layered those awesome rectangle die cuts from Avery Elle. I love the finished edge these dies offer!

To mask around the edge of the die cut, I used my new favorite tape – Micropore tape. You can get this in 3-packs or 12-packs.

A nice perk of using Glossy Accents? You end up with a fun, dimensional clear coat on your stamping.

Masking Alternative #2: Clear Embossing Powder

If you are looking to mask a very intricate stamped image with elaborate outlines, I would recommend my second method – using clear embossing powder. After stamping and coloring my images, I use a VersaMark Pen to draw over it and then clear heat embossed. The embossing will resist any dye ink, pigment ink or mist you put on top.

For this example, I again started with the deco-edge Avery Elle rectangle die cuts. After masking the edge, I stamped and colored the Celebrating You Clearly Besotted flower images. I traced over the flowers with my VersaMark Pen and then added clear embossing powder. After heating it, I applied Distress Ink with my Ink Blending Tool. The embossing resists the added ink… successfully masking my images. Oh – and the sentiment is a favorite of mine from Hero Arts.

This technique also results in images with a shiny finish, but with less dimension. If you wanted to, you could remove the embossing powder with the iron-off embossing techniques I show HERE.

Again, I think this second technique is best for images with lots of details like these flowers.

Masking Alternative #3: Rubber Cement

Of the three masking techniques I share today, this third one is definitely my favorite. Why? Because you end up with a smooth, non-shiny image when you are done. And it uses rubber cement… a product I remember using as a kid!

After stamping and coloring the adorable My Favorite Things You’re Super girl, I used an old paint brush to “paint” rubber cement over the entire image. After it dried, I applied Distress Ink, mists and water for a dark, inky background. Once that dried also, I used a cloth to rub away the rubber cement… revealing the perfectly clean image below. LOVE IT.

Rubber cement is inexpensive and works great. One big tip: Don’t leave the bottle open as you work. It dries up quickly.

Fun, huh? I promise I will use these techniques more in the future.

SPLITCOAST STAMPERS

This video was a guest tutorial over on Splitcoast Stampers. They have technique videos often – you can find mine HERE.

GIVEAWAY

I have a giveaway for a lucky winner! The winner will get THREE stamp sets – one from Clearly Besotted, My Favorite Things and Hero Arts. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/29/14. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

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Video: Distress Ink Watercolor + Embossing Folders… and GIVEAWAY

Hi! Today’s video shows how to combine embossing folders and watercolor (via Distress Inks) for soft, textured backgrounds. And! I am giving away THREE sets of Mini Distress Ink Pads

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

A couple days ago, I shared a technique where I applied ink to the inside of an embossing folder. (Click HERE to see the video.) Today, I am back with a spin on this technique. This technique results in a watercolor effect with lots of texture.

I started by applying Distress Ink to the inside of an embossing folder. I decided to use the Mini Distress Ink pads (more on these below) because I could directly apply many colors to a small area. I then misted the inked area with water – 10 to 12 times. After putting watercolor paper inside, I ran it through my die cut machine. The results? A watercolor look with texture…

This next example uses the same Tim Holtz Lattice embossing folder that I used above, but I inked the other side of the embossing folder…

By the way, for these cards, I used Distress Ink + water for a watercolor effect. You could instead apply watercolor directly to the inside of a folder for a similar look. You could also try Gelatos + water, other inks + water, etc.

I really am loving the Tim Holtz embossing folders because of the small patterns. Check out this one – the Trellis – it is so cool with this technique…

For this next example, I did something a bit different. I first used the embossing folder on plain watercolor paper. Then I used my Mini Ink Blending Tool and Distress Ink over the embossed area… then misted it generously with water. This gives a more “controlled” look. (Or, as I prefer to say… “less artsy fartsy.” Hee.)

I also used a Tim Holtz Diffuser on this so that I could have an un-embossed area on the card. Worked great!

And finally, a look at the final cards. I once again kept them very simple since the backgrounds have so much to offer. For the banner die cuts, I used the Avery Elle Dotted Dies. (Really liking the embossed dots it gives around the banner.) The sentiments include “oh happy day” and “all smiles” (from the Mama Elephant Bountiful Blessings set), “miss you” (from the Mama Elephant In My Hearts set), and “birthday wishes” (from the Avery Elle Sending You set). I used Liquid Platinum embossing powders on all of these… and on the mini die cut hearts and stars.

Here are links to other projects that you may like:

I tell ya… there is no ink as versatile as Distress Ink. Love it!

GIVEAWAY

So… how would you like to get your hands on the newest THREE sets of Mini Distress Ink Pads? (The newest sets are 7, 8 and 9.) Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 6/28/14 for your chance. Good luck! (And thanks, Tim.)

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Video: Clear Card with Die Cuts

Hello! I am back with a video showing how to create a clear card with floating die cuts. This is such a great way to create a unique card and make good use of your dies. (This card is featured over on the Avery Elle blog today, too.)

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video on YouTube, click HERE.]

Well, today happens to be my birthday (shhhhhh) so I thought I would celebrate by sharing a card with cheerful balloons. I started with a Hero Arts acetate notecard for my clear card base. For the bold colorful balloons, I used Avery Elle inks in Aquamarine, Raspberry and Celery to stamp the new Avery Elle balloon images. Cutting them out was quick, thanks to the easy-to-position matching balloon dies. (I am not one who usually buys matching dies. But these dies can be used on their own, too, with colorful cardstock. Therefore, this set seems to be a good investment to me.) I love the big, round, happy balloons!

I added black string to the knots of the balloon and used a small touch of Multi Medium to keep them from coming undone. I also stamped little stars with White Staz-On ink on the clear card. This white ink works great on clear cards!

The only thing you have to be careful of with clear cards is hiding the adhesive on the other side. But this is easy! I die cut three of the same balloons from white cardstock and adhered them to the backside of the stamped balloons. I also added white balloons on the inside of the card (where you can add a message) and the back of the card (for your “handstamped by” image)… being sure to line them all up. Easy!

I love clear cards. Here are some links to others I have done in the past:

Thanks for stopping by. Off to have cake! XO

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Video: Inks for Copic Markers + Giveaway!

Hello! Today I am part of a fun challenge (more on that below) and have a video showing lots of tips and tricks… including my favorite inks to use with Copic Markers. (Yep! I found one I am liking!)

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I get a lot of questions about the best ink for Copic Markers. I have three that I think work well – Memento Dye, Studio Calico Color Theory and My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink. Most people (including me) have been using Memento Dye Ink and they are good inks. Studio Calico’s new line is great for Copics, but they do not have a black ink. The newest? That is the My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink. The black ink is my new favorite for Copics! It is nice and dark and works well for many other techniques, too.

I used this new MFT Hybrid Ink to stamp these adorable Avery Elle images before adding quick coloring with my Copics. I also added tiny dots with a white pen… totally inspired by Kathy Racoosin.

For the background, I used a fun stencil from Tim Holtz and added white embossing paste and Enchanted Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder. I love the texture it gives!

This card was created as part of a fun challenge hosted by a sweet new friend of mine – Taheerah. Every Monday she has the “Cure For the Monday Blues” challenge and I am the guest this week. (Be sure to stop by her blog – she will be giving away a spot in the Watercolor for Card Makers class!) You have a week to go and enter your card, too. Here is the photo that inspired the card above. I loved the soft grey, touch of peach and yellow and baby theme. (Source.)

GIVEAWAY

I have two fun Avery Elle stamp sets to give to a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on  5/17/14. Good luck!

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Video: Quick Balloon Cards + Cool New Product + BIG Giveaway!

Hello! Today’s video shows how to make quick balloon cards (only 25 minutes for 5!) showcasing a few tips and tricks. I also show a bonus card and a close look at a new product that has knocked my socks off – the Avery Elle Custom Panels Die Set. Oh! And I am giving away a whole collection of inks and die set! Let’s get started – lots to share today.

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I adore products that help me save time. Adore them. Therefore I am very excited about the Avery Elle Custom Panels Die Set since it has so much to offer and many short cut options. I also really like the Avery Elle Pigment Inks since they go on like butter and match their cardstocks so nicely. I used both of these products today… and am giving them away, too! (See below. No, I don’t work for them. I just like this product. :) )

I used the arch in the die set to create the bottom of a balloon for a set of five birthday cards. (If you don’t have this die set, you can trace any large circle and hand-cut.) This was so quick and easy!

I then sprayed the balloons with Glitter Dust. This puts down a subtle-but-fun shimmer. I like this for covering an entire card or a large piece of paper, embellishment, etc. (I use the Wink of Stella shimmer pen for small areas.) This really adds a lot to these simple cards.

It is easy to add simple loopy strings to cards by using touches of Matte Multi Medium.

I stamped the “happy birthday” message (which is from the same set where the “hello” greeting came from on THIS card) with matching shades of Avery Elle Pigment Ink. This is a great line of ink and the colors match the cardstock pretty closely. (For some reason, many inks don’t match their coordinately cardstocks well.) Fast and easy!

In the video, I also showed this “hugs” card that I created using the Avery Elle Custom Panels Die Set. Aren’t those windows fun?

I stamped the Avery Elle Rounded Diamonds stamp set with AE Aquamarine and Celery Inks on white cardstock pieces. The pieces are behind each window with foam tape and added it to a card. I covered the SSS Hugs die cut with my new Black Wink of Luna Metallic pen (see this pen in action HERE) and popped it in the middle.

Want to see some more inspiration? Here are a variety of things that relate to this post:

  • More Die Ideas – Here are some more ideas from JJ Bolton on how to use this die set. Amazing cards and a video, too.
  • More Ink Ideas – This video shows a closer look at this great ink line.

GIVEAWAY

In this video, I used the Avery Elle Pigment Inks. I really love this ink line – it is a great pigment ink. So… I am giving a set away! But since I also loved on the Custom Panels Die Set today, too, I think I should also give that away. Sound good? Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/26/14 for your chance. Good luck! (Thanks to Jamie and Avery Elle for donating this great prize.)

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Video: Faux Texture Inking + Mini Distress Ink Pad Giveaway!

Hello! Today I have a fun faux texture inking technique along with a peek at the newest colors of Mini Distress Ink Pads. Oh, and a giveaway!

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Again, my apologies for the poor video lighting!]

I don’t think I have any one product I use more than Distress Ink. The number and type of techniques you can use this ink for is incredible! Today I used various Mini Distress Ink colors along with my Mini Ink Blending Tool over a flower stencil for fast and smooth coloring. I then laid the Dreamweaver Stencil Screen over the stencil and inked some more… creating the grid-like texture you see on the leaves and flowers. Such a fun way to stretch your products.

I also did this technique to the edge of my card… and added a black and white stamped strip for contrast. Oh, and that greeting? It is a new one from Avery Elle. So fun!

Distress Inks have always been available in full-size ink pads but are now also available in a mini size. This size is great for anyone who wants to get their hands on a lot of colors, or just likes the convenience of working with a small size. There were originally 12 mini colors, but today Ranger released 12 more. I store my mini ink pads in little sandwich containers (love this line of containers), along with a Mini Ink Blending Tool and replacement foams. This works so very well! I have three containers for my inks and they store easily.

Want to procrastinate a bit this Monday morning and check out a few more of my Distress Ink videos?

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to try the 12 newest colors of Mini Distress Ink Pads? Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/21/14 for your chance to win.

SUPPLIES

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