Video: Letterpress With Wood Embellishments + BIG Giveaway

Hi, everyone! Today’s video is packed full of ideas… including doing letterpress with wood embellishments and changing the look of wood embellishments with color. I also give a peek into a Freckled Fawn OHDEERME Embellishment Kit. Keep reading… I have a special offer and big giveaway!

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I absolutely love the look of letterpress and have shared many techniques in the past that give a kinda-like-letterpress look. (Check out one HERE.) But I have to say, today’s technique gives the best results I have seen yet! I am so excited.

This technique is so easy. First, I generously added yellow pigment ink to the back of a Freckled Fawn wood piece (more on that below). Next I created this sandwich with my Big Shot: cutting plate, embossing pad, heavyweight cardstock (or watercolor paper), inked-side-down wood piece and cutting plate. Finally, I ran this through my die cut machine as I would an embossing folder (all tabs open on my Big Shot platform – but you can do this on a Cuttlebug, too). It is amazing how well this works to leave an impression into the paper with bold color! (I am sure all wood pieces and die cut machines are different. Please play around with your products. You may need a different sandwich or need shims. Start with less and build up to more until you get the results you like. I was so excited that the wood didn’t split and lasted through many runs.) You could make a ton of cards with one piece!

I also decided to use the wood piece itself on a card, but wanted to give it a different look. So I covered the front of the wood with yellow and orange pigment ink and a layer of my favorite sparkle embossing powder. I love the new look!

For the background of the card, I created a cloud background with the Judikins Clouds stencil and Mini Ink Blending Tool with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I will definitely be doing this background again!

I also showed in the video a quick card I made with the stamp set that was included in the Freckled Fawn Kit this month. I stamped with pigment inks and used the same sparkle embossing powder. Easy and fun!

FRECKLED FAWN KITS

For these cards, I used the July Freckled Fawn OHDEERME Embellishment Kit. The kit is available alone or you can subscribe and get a unique embellishment kit each month. I have to say, I enjoy these kits so much! (I share quick cards I have made with these kits over on Instagram often.) The kits come in the cutest container and are stuffed full of unique embellishments. Oh! And a stamp set is included! I am in love. (You can see a previous post I did with a FF kit HERE.) For information on subscribing, click HERE.

Note: As usual, I was not asked to do this post, nor paid for it. When I told the folks at Freckled Fawn that I liked their products, they were happy to do a special offer and giveaway.

SPECIAL OFFER

Freckled Fawn has a great offer for my readers. Subscribe to the OHDEERME Embellishment Kits and receive a wood chip grab bag! Simply enter the code “McGuireSub” during checkout. (While supplies last. Code must be entered at checkout and expires 7/31/14 at Midnight MST.)

GIVEAWAYS

Giveaway time… and it is a good one! One lucky winner will get a THREE-month subscription to Freckled Fawn. (July, August and September.) For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on  7/18/14. Good luck. (Thanks, Freckled Fawn!)

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Video: Coloring With Embossing Paste + Giveaway

Hello! I have another technique video for you today… this time showing how to color a stamped image with embossing paste. Yep! You heard me right…

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

I am amazed at how realistic these ice cream scoops look! Using embossing paste to “color” in stamped images is such fun and the resulting texture would be great for centers of flowers, leaves, animals and much more. For this ice cream cone, I used the stamp set from the new Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. (You can get it alone or in the awesome kit. More on that below.) I colored the paste with various inks and used a brush to “paint” it over the stamped image.

I shared one other trick on this card. With a bit of cutting and rearranging, I stamped the greeting “I love you more than you love ice cream” instead of “I love you more than ice cream.” This new greeting is now perfect, since our teenager loves ice cream A LOT. (And she will love this card!)

KIT

As I mentioned, the Ice Cream Dreams stamp set I used is part of the newest Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. This kit is filled with lots of happy goodies! You can find the stamp set HERE, the kit HERE and info on subscribing HERE. (The subscription price is amazing and there is always a new stamp set included. For less than $20, you get a $15 stamp set and a bunch of other products. Great deal.)

GIVEAWAY

Simon Says Stamp said I could give away one of these awesome card kits to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 7/21/14. Good luck.

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Video: Flip-It Stamping + Studio Calico Discount Code + Giveaway!

Hello! Today’s video shows a quick and easy birthday card featuring flip-it stamping… where you stamp with the backside of a clear stamp. I also have a great discount code for over at Studio Calico that gets you their newest card kit for only $10! (See below.)

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails below. To watch on YouTube, click HERE.]

You know me – I love to use stamps in creative ways. Here, I took a stamp set with graphic images and used them to create candles! I picked the “Make a Wish” sentiment from the newest Studio Calico Hello, Hello Card Kit and stamped with the backside of the sentiment to create the candle itself. (I call this “flip it stamping” since “backside stamping” sounded a bit inappropriate. LOL. You can do this with any symmetrical stamp to create a backdrop or shadow for the regular image. This works great with many sentiments which often have a rectangular backside. I also like it with circle, heart and star images.) I then white heat embossed the greeting on top and stamped “flames” with the leaf from the stamp set.

In the video, I share my favorite tip for fixing images that don’t stamp entirely. Fantastix are perfect for this. They are firm foam-like tools that are great for applying little areas of ink. I love them with any ink, but especially the Hero Arts Shadow Inks I used here. (You can see another video using Fantastix HERE and HERE. And I talked to SSS – they will have more of these in stock today!)

Oh and that awesome “friend” die? Wow. So intricate and lovely. That is new and exclusive to Studio Calico. (I also like their “happy” and “thanks” dies. I think some of these are sold out but they said they will be getting more soon.) I layered up 4 of white die cuts and topped it with glitter paper.

In the video, I also showed a second card using another new stamp set from Studio Calico. I kept this one simple and just colored around it with Copic Markers.

DISCOUNT CODE

The kind folks over at Studio Calico are offering a great deal just for my readers! If you have been interested in trying out the Studio Calico Card Kits, now is the time. (I am loving them more and more each month. Such good stuff!)  Here is the deal: Start a Card Subscription with Hello, Hello Card Kit and receive your first month for $10! Use the promo code “JMCJUNE” before 11:59pmEST on 6/26/14. (Valid only with a Hello, Hello Card Kit Subscription in your cart. Not valid on previous purchases. Must enter code at checkout. Refunds will not be issued for misused or non-entered codes. This offer is valid while supplies last.)

GIVEAWAY

I have a bundle of fun Studio Calico products for a lucky reader. For your chance, leave a comment by 11:59pmEST on 6/6/14. Good luck!

(I will be back to announce other giveaway winners soon. My assistant has been busy with sick kids and end-of-year school projects. Oh – and by the way – *I* am my own assistant. LOL.)

See you soon!

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Video + HUGE Discount on Studio Calico Card Kit + Giveaway!

Hello! I am so excited to have a fun (and BIG) discount code, giveaway and video for you today.

You know I love kits because they push my creativity. One of my favorites is the Studio Calico Card Kit. I have been friends with Studio Calico’s sweet owner April for ages and love seeing the great kits she brings to our hands. Many of you have asked me about this kit and what it is like. So today I have a video… and an opportunity for you to try out a Studio Calico Kit for nearly 50% off! Use the code “JMDEC15″ to get the current Blue Note Card Kit for only $15. This is almost 50% off the normal price of $29.50. (Offer is good through midnight EST on 12/26/13.) Woot! This would be a great stocking stuffer for yourself or a friend.

Sweet deal, huh?

I created a video for you that shows you inside a Studio Calico Kit… and five projects I created using the one kit.

Here is a look at the kit. Love that stamp set designed my Mama Elephant…

First up? A birthday card…

Love using letter stickers for stamping resist. Little letter stickers are a great way to make the perfect greeting for any card.

And to show how you can get a lot out of one kit – and in a variety of styles – my next card is a holiday one. So glad Colin encouraged me to add that red nose to that cute deer die cut

That patterned paper is awesome. I am not great at actually using my patterned papers. But the fact that the kit had embellishments (stars) to tie in the paper really made it easier…

For this one, I used the flame to make flowers…

Those little dots from the kit? So cute…

And since I always need more birthday cards…

I love white embossing on color paper…

And finally… a cut barrette for my Lila. If only she would sit still so I could photograph it for her hair…

I hope to share more projects from this soon.

Remember – use the code “JMDEC15″ to get the current Studio Calico Blue Note Card Kit for only $15. This is almost 50% off the normal price of $29.50. (Offer is good through midnight EST on 12/26/13.) Enjoy!

GIVEAWAY

For your chance to win a Studio Calico Blue Note Kit, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/16/13.

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Video: Tim Holtz Holiday Card Kit + Giveaway!

Hello!

Today I have a video for you showing how I create a starry night sky. I used lots of products from the new 2013 Tim Holtz Holiday Card Kit.

(Please forgive the background noise. Lila was playing nearby. I love a bit of independent play!)

Distress Inks react in such a cool way with water. So by creating a Distress Ink background and flicking a bit of Perfect Pearls + water over it? Awesome. The perfect starry sky. The stamps and most of the inks and such are all part of the Tim Holtz Holiday Card Kit.

Here is another card I created with the kit. Totally different look…

I wish this card photographed better. I use Verdigris Embossing Powder to emboss the holiday image on a Tim Holtz Mirror Sheet. Love this product! (And it is in the kit.) It is the perfect mirror – and it can be die cut.

For the background, I stamped the stars from the kit with Distress Ink and then brushed Perfect Pearls over them. (Just mist them lightly with water and then there is no need to set them.) I also added Tim Holtz Stars for embellishments.

So most of the products I used for this card are from the Tim Holtz Holiday Card Kit available at Simon Says Stamp. I used the clear stamp version, but the kit is also available with cling stamps.

Here is a look at the kit. It is packed full – more than most kits…

Which would you pick – the cling or clear kit?

GIVEAWAY

Time for a giveaway! I have a Tim Holtz Holiday Card Kit for a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/5/13. Good luck.

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New (and Favorite) Card Kit Giveaway!

Just popping in to give you a heads up that is worth sharing. Simon Says Stamp has their new card kit out and it is one of my favorites yet. Strike that – it IS my favorite yet. So adorable.

Come on… just look at these colors and the fab stamp set

Fun, huh?

So I have a simple card I did with this kit that I wanted to share today. See that tree in the stamp set above? I turned it sideways to be a branch…

This was super easy to do. I stamped the tree in Soft Sand Ink and the leaves in Green Hills Ink. (Note that I masked off one of the branches to make it a bit smaller.) I then used Copic Markers to add a bit of shading and depth. I also used the markers to extend the branch a bit longer. (Cheating when it comes to stamping? Totally acceptable!) I stamped the bird with Fresh Peach Ink and added extra color… then cut him out and popped him in place.

It has cooled down BIG time here. Fall is coming! Can you believe it??

GIVEAWAY

Today a lucky winner will receive this Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit! Just leave a comment here by 9/21/13 at 11:59pmEST for your chance. Good luck!

(I will be back soon to announce some other prize winners. Stay tuned.)

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