Video: Mixed Embossing Powder + SSS Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video shows a fun way to mix embossing powders… and is part of the Simon Says Stamp Late Spring Release Blog Hop. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention giveaways!

[Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]

I love a good die. So I was thrilled to get the new Simon Says Stamp Butterfly Drift die. So many things you can do with it! I covered all the little butterflies with Versamark Ink and added a bit of Ranger Magenta and Liquid Platinum embossing powder. After heating the powder a little extra than normal, the powders start to blend together and give a unique look. Just another way to use any embossing powders! I saved my extra mixed powder in a little clear jar.

I used new Simon Says Stamp Mother’s Day stamp sentiments on both the inside and outside of the card with the Liquid Platinum embossing powder. That sentiment on the outside? Perfect for my momma.

I also cut the butterfly die from the front of a notecard to create a window and actually adhered the butterflies to the inside of the card…

I will be back soon with another way to use this die… for a completely different card.

You can find all the new Simon Says Stamp products HERE. Lots of great dies and stamps… be sure to check them out.

BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, we are celebrating the new product release with a fun blog hop. Next be sure to stop by the blog of the wonderfully talented, incredibly kind-hearted Debby Hughes. (If you want to start at the beginning, head over to the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAY

What’s a hop without giveaways!? SSS will randomly pick a winner from each stop on the hop to win 2 brand new, not-yet released ink pads and coordinating packs of cardstock from the new collection! So be sure to leave a comment below. The giveaways will close at 6:00pm EST on Thursday April 10, 2014 and a complete winners list will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday April 11, 2014.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Amazon, click AMZ…

 

 

 

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Video: Watercolor Backgrounds & Iron-Off Embossing + Birthday Hop + Giveaway!

Hello! Today I am part of the A Blog Named Hero 2nd Birthday Celebration Blog Hop. (More on that below.) I also have a video showing how to easily create eye-catching watercolor backgrounds with Distress Ink and water… along with iron-off embossing. Don’t get scared – it is easy! And I have 6 birthday cards to prove it. :) Oh, and a giveaway!

[Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]

Watercolor backgrounds are so incredibly easy when you team up awesome background stamps with heat embossing, Distress Inks and pearlized water. Add a bit of ironing, and you have “how-did-they-do-that?” watercolor backgrounds.

All of these cards were done with the same technique. I started with my favorite watercolor paper and clear heat embossed a Hero Arts background. (I used six different ones – they are all linked in the thumbnail images at the end of this post.) I then applied Distress Inks in various colors. Next, I very generously sprayed the pieces with pearlized water. (I make my own by putting approximately 1/2 teaspoon of Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder into a mist bottle full of water. I have stored it this way for years! But you could just use regular water or another shimmer mist.) Once it was dry, I ironed off the embossing and am left with interesting, one-of-a-kind watercolor backgrounds.

For some of the backgrounds, I applied the Distress Ink with my Mini Ink Blending Tool. For others, I just went direct to paper with the new Mini Distress Inks. These little ink cubes are easy to use and especially great if you want to get lots of Distress Ink colors without breaking the bank.

I kept the sentiment simple, using a fun one from Hero Arts with Liquid Platinum embossing powder on a label die cut.

By the way… I used a cutting board for working with this background. This was so helpful!

Here is a closer look at each background…

Fun, huh? If you like this technique, be sure to also head over to the Hero Arts Blog HERE. I showed in a video how I did the iron-off embossing with watercolor technique to create this card…

Want more ideas for iron-off embossing? Check these out:

  • By Marion – I love Marion’s stunning use of this technique. Such bold color!
  • By Laura – Laura (who is only 16!) used soft watercolors for a simple but stunning look. She has a video, too!
  • Another Example – Here is another from me. This technique is addictive!

BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, these birthday cards are part of a celebration of A Blog Named Hero’s 2nd birthday. A Blog Named Hero is one of the best challenge blogs out there with some of the nicest gals. There are lots of incredible cardmakers participating today, so I encourage you to check them out! ***** Next be sure to hop on over to the fabulous blog of Cristina Martinez. ***** (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head to ABNH.)

GIVEAWAYS

As a thank you for sticking with this long post (ha) and hopping in the ABNH Blog Hop, I have giveaways! There are TWO ways to win. First, leave comments on all the blogs on the hop as ABNH will be picking winners of Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp prizes. Also – from me – one lucky winner will get two of my favorite Hero Arts background stamps. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/6/14. Good luck.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson click on EH

 

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Hero Arts + BasicGrey Blog Hop… and Giveaway!

Today I am part of the Hero Arts + BasicGrey Blog Hop and we are focusing on the new Spice Market line. I have a video showing tips for combining patterned papers and stamping, along with a giveaway!

My card is super simple. Sometimes that is the best way to go…

Whenever I want to have several different patterned papers close together on a card, I find it is very helpful to softly ink all the edges. This gives a more defined edge to the pieces… keeping the patterns from fighting with each other. I just love love love BasicGrey 6×6 paper pads and this Spice Market pad is a great one.

After inking and arranging the patterned paper strips, I white heat embossed the matching Spice Market stamp images. (Isn’t that greeting adorable?) However, I didn’t feel the white popped enough off the lighter patterned papers. So I did one of my favorite tricks – I traced it lightly with a soft grey Copic (or any) marker to create a bit of a shadow. It did the trick!

Looking for more ideas for using patterned papers with stamping? Try these:

Next, please hop on over to Audrey Pettit’s blog. (If you happen to find a link that doesn’t work, you can hop back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in today’s hop.)

GIVEAWAYS

Hero Arts and BasicGrey will be giving away two complete Spice Market collections — including paper, embellishments, clear and cling stamps. The two winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the all the blogs in the hop. (Comments must be received by 11:59pm PST on 3/2/14. The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning!)

DISCOUNT CODE

Just a reminder that I have a discount code for all Hero Arts products (including the stamps I used here). Just head over HERE to Simon Says Stamp and use my exclusive discount code “CHA14HERO” for 15% off ALL Hero Arts products! Enjoy! (Code is good through 2/28/14. Thank you, SSS!)

I would love to hear and suggestions you have for using patterned papers on cards. Please share below. Thank you for visiting!

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

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2014 Hero Arts Catalog Blog Hop – Videos + Giveaways!

Today I have yet another reason why this is the most wonderful time of the year…

Yep! It is the time for Hero Arts’ annual BIG release. Tomorrow is the day when stores will start selling the new Hero Arts products. Yay! So we are celebrating with a blog hop showcasing some of our favorite new stamps.

And me? I will be sharing fun projects with new Hero Arts stamps all this week. So this is just the start! And today, I have a couple videos for you…

(Supplies are listed in the thumbnails at the bottom of this post.)

I so wish each and every one of you could see this card in person. The shimmer and dimension makes me do a happy dance…

The new Hero Arts Nicest Thoughts stamp is a great one for many techniques, including coloring and paper piecing, as I did here. You could do the paper piecing with scraps of patterned paper or cardstock… but I chose to use some fun not-so-glittery-but-rather-a-soft-shimmer-that-doesn’t-rub-off glitter paper. I love this stuff.

I have one more card to share using this awesome Hero Arts Nicest Thoughts stamp

I don’t have a video showing the making of this card. However! For the main image on this, I used the paper piecing technique I shared in the video above, but skipped on cutting out each letter for “nicest”…

Now that cool background? That is done by taking the fabulous new Hero Arts Tiny Flags background stamp and stamping it three times in three different inks (Soft Pool, Green Hills and Tide Pool Shadow Inks)… just slightly offset each time. This “triple stamping” is very easy to do! I show how to do “double stamping” in this video I shared a few weeks ago. Just do the same thing but stamp a third time…

Now it is time to keep hopping. I am one happy girl because I get to link to one of my favorite people – Laura Bassen. She is next on the hop, so be sure to head to her blog HERE. (Remember, if you find a link that doesn’t work, you can always hop back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in the hop.)

By the way… I have a little hint for you. Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for a special offer on Hero Arts new products. Yay!

GIVEAWAYS

Hero Arts will be giving away several prize packs during this hop, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by 11:59pmPST on 12/22/13. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

Simon Says Stamp Valentine’s Blog Hop + Video + Giveaway

Hello!

Today is the Simon Says Stamp Valentine’s 2014 Blog Hop. There are some fabulous new products – a lot of them! – and I am excited to get to use my favorite stamp set and stencil.

Here is a video showing two cards. Please forgive me – I had a cold earlier in the week and once I was feeling better, I got hit with a stomach bug. (My first one ever. So horrid.) I sound off – sorry.

Here is a closer look at my cards – both using the fabulous new Simon Says Stamp Blessed stamp set. Being a Christian, this stamp set is perfection. It couldn’t be any better.

Isn’t that sentiment perfection? I also used the new Falling Hearts Stencil. I added Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi or Dreamweavers) over the stencil for a fast background with dimension. After taking off the stencil, I added various colors of Zing embossing powder. I let this dry for about 15 minutes and then came back and heat embossed the powder. (I think it gives better results if the paste is allowed to dry before heating the powder.)

I love the raised color. The embossing paste under the powder gives more of a raised look then just using ink under the powder

And that greeting? Again… it is perfect.

Now, remember when I added that rainbow of embossing powder along the card above? When I tilted that paper to take off the excess powder, I didn’t want it to go to waste. So I quickly stamped the Tiny Flags Background with Versamark Ink and poured the powder right on to it and heat embossed. Two cards with one technique! Both were fast to do. Oh – and I added a tiny heart with a black pen.

Love a rainbow of embossing powders. Something you can’t get with ink…

You can check out all the great new products here (and the supplies I used are at the end of this post)…

The next person on the hop is my dear bestie, Kathy Racoosin! (Or you can start the hop on the SSS blog.) Thanks for stopping by. Means a lot to me.

GIVEAWAY

Great news! Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 gift certificate to the SSS store to one commenter on every blog in the hop… including here. That’s 16 different chances to win! For your chance, leave a comment by 6pmEST on 12/12/13. A complete winners list will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday December 13, 2013.

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We Love You Cath! Video + Hop + Giveaway

So the wonderful Cath from Moxie Fab World is leaving her gig. Cath has been a wonderful influence in the cardmaking world for some time now and will be missed.

Cath was so very kind and supportive to me – no matter what – when I was a GTG. I love that about her! So I am not surprised that so many people have gathered to form a GIANT hop in her honor. And I am honored to be one.

This is a big hop, and I believe I am at the end of it. If you want to start at the beginning, head HERE.

In the meantime, I have a video for you, showing a “missing you already card” with embossed metal

Changing the look of metal is easy with embossing powder. Just press the metal embellishment onto a Versamark ink pad and shake on some embossing powder. After heating it with a heat gun, quickly dip it back into the powder to add another coat. (It will stick to the hot, melted powder already on it.) Heat one more time and you are good to go! I really like the look of the Stampendous Aged Aqua Embossing Powder.

And the little banner greeting is from the Simon Says Stamp Life is a Journey stamp set. I also covered my die cut clouds with Multi Medium and Rock Candy Glitter.

Again, a big hug to you, Cath. You will be missed.

If you want to start at the beginning of the giant hop for Cath, head HERE.

GIVEAWAY

Cath has always been generous, so I thought I would be too! A lucky winner will win the Simon Says Life is a Journey stamp set and Flat Bottom Clouds dies I used above. For your chance, leave a comment by 11:59pmEST on 11/12/13. Good luck!

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