2 Videos: Partial Die Cutting + Release Close-Up + SSS Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! I am back with lots of fun for you again, including TWO videos — one on partial die cutting with a zig zag fold card and one with a product release close-up. I also have a Simon Says Stamp new release blog hop and giveaway! Let’s get started…

[All supplies are linked below in the thumbnails. Click HERE to watch on YouTube.]

Partial die cutting is a great technique for getting unique looks from your dies. All you have to do is only have part of your paper and die between the cutting plates and having the rest hang out… allowing the cutting pressure to only be applied to part. I combined this with a zig zag fold to create a fun butterfly “pop up” type of card.

I used the new SSS Friendship Butterflies stamps and matching dies for the partial die cutting and a two-tone stamping technique on the butterflies. (You can see another video showing this type of stamping HERE.) Zig zag fold cards are always a fun surprise and unexpected.

On the back of the card, I used the new SSS Made By stamp set for personalization. On the front, I added super cute and super tiny flower sequins with Multi-Medium.

So I tried a new type of video and I would love to hear what you think of it. It isn’t your typical “look at these products” video but rather a “here is a close-up look at these products AND ideas for using them.” I thought this might be helpful and inspiring… at least I am hoping it is. Please let me know what you think! I am always trying to think of new ways to inspire in videos. (Click HERE to watch on YouTube. If you don’t see the links mentioned in the video, you can find them in the YouTube description.)

Here is a look at all the new products. (The supplies I used are at the end of this post.)

BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Simon Says Stamp Pure Sunshine Release Blog Hop where we are celebrating their newest release of stamps, stencils and dies. SSS will be giving away a goody bag to one commenter on every blog in the hop. That’s 15 different chances to win! Be sure to next hop on over to Nichol Magouirk’s blog HERE. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, click over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Want to win an awesome goody bag? Just leave a comment here by 6:00pm EST on Thursday May 22, 2014 for your chance. (There will be a giveaway on every blog along the hop!) Winners will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday May 23, 2014.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Coloring With Pigment Ink + Mama Elephant Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi, there. Today I have a few fun things – a video showing a creative way to color with pigment, a blog hop and giveaway!

[Supplies are linked in thumbnails below. Click HERE to watch on YouTube.]

I really enjoy finding ways to stretch my products and get more from them. Today I show how to color with pigment inks. I first stamped parts of the floral arrangement with my favorite white pigment on my favorite kraft paper. This white acts as a light “foundation” on the dark background… to which I could add color. I used the handy Fantastix inking tools to “draw” pigment ink color over the white. So very easy to do and I think the soft results are very unique.

The images are from the new Mama Elephant Sweet Havana stamp set that was just released. Such an elegant set. I also used the Mama Elephant pigment inks.

Today, Mama Elephant is releasing several new products, which you can see HERE. My favorite set? It is the Splendid set, which I recently used in the Watercolor for Cardmakers Online Card Class. Here is a peek at the project from class, along with the fab stamp set…

This post is also part of the Mama Elephant May Stampede blog hop where we are featuring their newest product release…

Ready to head to the next blog? Just click HERE for the blog of the wonderful Pamela Ho. (Click HERE to start at the beginning.)

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the new release, Mama Elephant is giving away one of each of the new stamps released! Winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the Stampede. Winners will be announced on the Mama Elephant blog on the last Stamp Highlights day. You have up to 3 chances to qualify to win: 1. Leave a comment on this blog post, 2. Like/share Mama Elephant on Facebook, and 3. Follow/tweet Mama Elephant on Twitter. Just leave a separate comment for each. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Mama Elephant (ME), and Amazon (AZ)…

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Video: Colored Stamping on Kraft… and Welcome to Altenew Blog Hop

Hello! Today I have a video sharing how to add color to stamping on kraft paper. I am also part of a blog hop honoring the new stamp company – Altenew… with prizes!

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails below.]

For years I have love the look of color on kraft cardstock. (Check out my links below.) There is just something fun about that pop of color against the neutral background. I think the key to great color on kraft is using white pigment ink as base. (My favorite is Unicorn White from Hero Arts.) After completely heat setting it, I colored over it with bright colored Copic Markers. (You could use other markers if you wanted. I didn’t have a problem with the ink getting on my marker tip.)

I used some stunning stamps from a new stamp company – Altenew – including the Hannah Elements and Lace Up. (The “thanks” is from an old Hero Arts set.) With the help of some masking paper, I created a cluster of images at the top of my card. And – of course – I covered it with some Wink of Stella shimmer.

So quick. So easy! The new Altenew stamps will be available April 7. Interested in some other ideas for adding color on kraft? They are old, but may inspire you to try something different:

  • Layering Ink – You can get fun effects by layering color stamped images on the same white images.
  • And Another – Same technique as the first. :)
  • Inktense – Inktense pencils work great on Kraft too!

BLOG HOP

Time to get hopping! Next be sure to head to the fabulous blog of the fabulous Jocelyn Olson. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to the Altenew blog.)

GIVEAWAY

There are a few ways to win today!

  • One lucky winner will win the Altenew Hanna Elements stamp set I used above. Just leave a comment here by 8:59amEST on 4/7/14 for your chance.
  • Altenew is also giving away five stamp sets of choice to three lucky winners. The winners will be chosen from comments left at the Altenew blog. Also be sure to “like” Altenew on Facebook and follow them on Pinterest.

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

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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