Video: Shaker Cards + GIVEAWAY

Well, I am back with a few more shaker cards! I promise to do something different again soon, but I found a product and was itchin’ to use it and share it with you. (Warning: This is a long post but I have a giveaway as a thank you!)

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In past videos, I have shared a few different ways to do shaker cards. (See a list below.) But then I found out about a product that Impression Obsession has – Shake It Pouches. These are windows that have some dimension built in to them. I couldn’t find the Shake Its in stores (they have been out awhile), so I emailed IO. And I am so glad I did! The whole line of Shake It products are fun for anyone who likes making shaker cards. (You can see the line HERE.)

The video shows how easy these cards are to put together. And it is such fun picking goodies to go inside! I added die cut tiny hearts, Moonshine sequins, heart beads, Color Cast Designs acrylic/mirror hearts (love these!) and Pretty Pink Posh Heart Confetti.

I made another card very similar to the first, but with a few less goodies inside the shaker. Both cards feature a silver glitter paper “hugs” die cut and white Staz-On stamped messages from Papertrey Ink. (When stamping on acetate with Staz-On, keep alcohol swabs on hand. You can easily erase any mistakes you make!

Although there are dies to match the square Shake Its, I decided to instead create the window opening and frame with the My Favorite Things Stitched Square Stax dies. For the background, I used the Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts stencil and Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink on Avery Elle Silver Fox cardstock. Yum! (Sorry – these are hard to photograph.)

And while I had my supplies out, I decided to make a third card. (These card designs are great for using things you have on hand already and have been wanting to use, such as background stamps, stencils, embellishments and more.)

For this card, I decided to adhere the Color Cast Designs LOVE embellishment inside the shaker window so it would be still and centered while the loose heart confetti and sequins moved around. You could do this with wood veneer, die cuts – anything at all. I stamped the background with Simon Says Stamp Slate Ink and the ol’-stand-by Impression Obsession Fizz background.

These Shake It windows are impressively durable, but do have dimension (maybe 1/4″?) so I would suggest hand-delivering them or mailing them in a bubble mailer. I mail a lot of my cards in THESE bubble mailers and they are great. Inexpensive to mail and perfect for protecting any handmade card.

MORE SHAKER CARD VIDEOS

Here are links to videos of other types of shaker cards:

THANK YOU

I also wanted to thank you all for sticking with me over the last few weeks. I haven’t been around much as I focus on family. I appreciate the kind words and sweet messages. I know it would be wonderful if I had a “blogging schedule” (like Monday, Wednesday, Saturday or something), but I just don’t feel I can commit to that when my family comes first. So some weeks I will post 6 times… others will be much less. But do know I will always come back and give you my best. I love sharing this hobby. And I appreciate you all.

GIVEAWAY

Since you stuck around through this long post, I have a giveaway! A lucky winner will get FIVE packs of Color Cast Designs embellishments! (This is donated by me – so I will send my favorites.) For your chance, leave a comment telling me if you love shaker cards by 11:59pmEST on 2/5/15.

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Video: Faux Laser Cut Cards

Hello! I don’t know about you, but I just love the look of laser cut stationery. In today’s video, I show you how to achieve a faux laser cut look on your cards.

[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 absolutely love the look of laser cut stationary and cards and just had to see if I could create my own. The results? A fun way to stretch your dies! (By the way, you should check out Debby‘s different-but-also-laser-cut-inspired-card in our upcoming Clean and Simple 4 class. It is amazing. You can see a peek of it in the top right image HERE.)

I started by cutting a large heart with a Sizzix die out of the center of some white shimmer cardstock. I also cut several dies cuts from three different dies – the Memory Box Kensington Branch and Blushing Flower and the Creative Expressions Holly. After applying adhesive to the back of the heart window, I added the intricate die-cut pieces – stretching them across the heart opening and filling in gaps as needed.

Next, I cut a piece of fun foam slightly smaller than my die cut panel and die cut the heart shape from the foam center. By gluing this to the back of our die cut panel, I get even dimension. Finally, I adhered it to a pool shimmer cardstock panel and a folded notecard. Oh – and I used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp a WPlus9 message on the inside. (I just ordered a second MISTI today – Colin is taking over the first one she gave me! Stinker.)

To finish off the card, I die cut “thanks” from black shimmer cardstock after applying Stick It double-sided adhesive to the back. This creates a sticky-backed cardstock that is great for adhering intricate word dies. (Head HERE for more information on Stick It.) I also wanted the sentiment to stand out so I applied some Shimmer Pico Embellisher to the top – a clear coating that adds some shimmer and dimension.

I love how this technique stretches the use of your dies!

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Video: Shape Stamping

Hi there! I am taking a quick break from My Favorite Crafty Things series to share a video with you. This video shows a simple technique I like to call “shape stamping“… taking a basic outline shape and filling it in with small stamped images. This card is also part of a guest post over on the Newton’s Nook Blog.

[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.]

“Shape stamping” is very simple and a great way to get more life from any small stamp images. I started by creating a triangle with a pencil. (You could instead trace any shape you want.) I then stamped the leaves from the Falling Into Autumn Stamp Set by Newton’s Nook inside the pencil lines using four green inks (Simon Says Stamp Green Leaf and Fern and Hero Arts Lime Green and Green Hills). A good tip for filling in a basic shape with stamped images is to start on the edges or the corners. I started at the top of the triangle and worked my way down and in.

I finished by gold heat embossing “blessings” from the same Newton’s Nook set… and added the “Christmas” from a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I just love mixing sentiments from different stamp sets for a whole new look. Another great way to stretch your stamps!


Oh – and check out that twine. It is actually white twine from American Crafts that I colored with a marker. Nice, huh? I also added Peacock Stickles to the tree and white dots on some of the leaves using my Uniball White Signo Pen.

Here’s a helpful tip: I adhered some fun foam under the stamped panel instead of foam adhesive. This gives me complete coverage and dimension and goes through the mail with ease.

I hope this inspires you to try some small image stamping inside a basic shape outline. I think a simple heart outline filled with tiny images could be fun, too.

NEWTON’S NOOK

I have always loved the look of Newton’s Nook stamps and am excited to be a guest on their blog today. They are having a big “Deck the Halls with Inky Paws” week – be sure to check it out HERE.

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VIDEO: Embossed Stripes + Shaker Card Tips… + Hop + Giveaway!

Hi there! I’m taking a quick break from My Favorite Crafty Things series to bring you a video showing how to create an embossed striped background as well as to share some shaker card tips. Oh – and this post is part of a fun blog hop with giveaways!

[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.]


There are a lot of fun products and techniques in this hobby of ours. My favorite? I would have to say heat embossing. I am sure many of us remember the first time we saw it in action! Well, the current Simon Says Stamp Card Kit is focused on heat embossing – - such a clever idea! I decided to use the kit to create a metallic-striped-background shaker card.

To create the background, I applied strips of thin painter’s tape randomly across a piece of white cardstock. I heat embossed the exposed areas with three embossing powders – Liquid Platinum, Enchanted Gold (which are both in the kit) and SSS Gold. (It was easy to get into these small areas, thanks to the unique-in-this-kit mini Tim Holtz Embossing Ink pad.) After it cooled, I remove the tape and BAM! A metallic striped background!

To make the striped panel into a shaker card, I die cut a circle from the center. I then stamped “sparkle and shine” (from the kit or available separately) using White Staz-On ink on a piece of acetate, which I adhered to the back of the circle opening with Tombow Extreme adhesive. I then cut a piece of white “fun foam” slightly smaller than the panel… with a die cut circle slightly larger than shaker card window. This foam? It works MUCH better for the necessary dimension for a shaker card than lots of pieces of foam tape. Another helpful tip? I adhered a few sequins inside the shaker panel using some Multi Medium Matte adhesive to prevent all of the sequins from falling to the bottom when you hold the card upright. I placed the rest of the sequins inside and adhered the remaining parts of the card together.

By the way, I have been getting a lot of questions about the foam I use. The foam was thick enough for this shaker card to still shake. :) However, you could always double up if you want to or if you have big pieces inside the shaker. I prefer my card to be as thin as possible for mailing purposes.

BLOG HOP

This card is part of the Winter Twinkle December Card Kit blog hop. I have always loved these card kits, but this one is a favorite thanks to the focus on heat embossing. I am all about techniques!

I enjoy being a part of blog hops because I think it is a great way to share the fab project created by many artists. And I have to say… there are some *incredible* artists on this hop. I am honored to be a part of it. So… the next person on the hop is my dear, sweet, super-smart, amazingly talented friend Debby Hughes. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, visit the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a Simon Says Stamp grab bag loaded with fun products here and on every stop on the hop! Leave a comment by 6pmEST on 11/29/14 for your chance. (Winners will be posted on the SSS blog after the giveaway closes.)

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Video: Ombre Stamping + Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video shows four cards featuring an ombre stamping technique. This post is also part of a fun Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember® blog hop with giveaways! (More on that below.)

[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 shared ombre stamping techniques in the past, but these techniques always required having a light, medium and dark shade of one ink. However, today I show how you can get this look with one color… and the help on a good white ink. Easy!

The new Simon Says Stamp ornament stamps are perfect for the ombre stamping technique thanks to the graphic look and solid area. I used the new SSS Coral Reef, Beanstalk Green and Maliblue inks… along with a bit of the Hero Arts Unicorn White ink. I added a gold foil “season’s greetings” die cut, along with gold string and fun sequins.

I also did a few variations of this card. This next one uses a gold heat embossed a “joy to the world” message. To save time, the strings and bows were also heat embossed with images from the Presents and Ornaments set.

And here is another simplified card…

…and one last one. This time I put the sequins right on the ornament.

BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, this post is part of the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember® blog hop… celebrating their month-long stamping party with projects, products, guests and more. (If you are interested in a video showcasing all the new products, head HERE.)

Next, be sure to hop on to the blog of my BFF Kristina Werner. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to the Simon Says Stamp blog.) There are lots of stops on this hop… and each has a giveaway.

GIVEAWAY

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a prize pack of a selection of items from our STAMPtember® giveaway stash at each stop on the hop! That’s 19 chances to win!! For your chance, leave a comment before 6:00pmEST on 9/11/14. Winners will be posted on the SSS blog.

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Video: Stamping Shadows + Discount Code + Giveaway

Hi, stampers. Today’s video shares two fun things: creating stamping shadows and a peek at the newest colors of Color Theory Inks. Oh! And I have a great discount code and 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.]

Today’s technique of “stamping shadows” is so-very-easy to do, yet gives really fun results. After stamping the first bold and colorful image, I stamped it again – slightly offset from the first image – without reinking or cleaning it. This gives a soft, shadow-like image behind that main image. This technique works great with large, bold images like this Studio Calico “Hooray” greeting. This lighter second image is called “second generation stamping” and works better with some inks than others. The ink that I found is best? Studio Calico Color Theory Ink. (Click HERE for a video on generation stamping.)

I also added some fun Studio Calico sequins (and a couple tiny random star sequins) with Matte Multi Medium and a Hero Arts Metallic Decor silver dot in the center.

DISCOUNT CODE

In this video, I show the newest six colors of Color Theory Ink from Studio Calico. This line of ink is great because it works well for second generation stamping, is Copic-friendly and doesn’t stain stamps. (For a video with more details and a closer look at this ink line, click HERE.) Originally, Studio Calico came out with twelve colors and they now have released six more.

And for my readers, Studio Calico is offering two great discount codes on these inks!

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While you are there, you may want to check out THIS back to school stamp set. I am ordering it now – so fun. I also recently purchased the You’re Pretty Amazing die, Be Awesome stamp + die combo and the Hooray die. Oh, and if you are one who likes to get reinkers, the Color Theory Inks now have them, too.

INK SWATCH DOWNLOAD

As I mentioned in the video, I have a free Ink Swatch Download for these inks – just click HERE and HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads along with a video on how I use them, please go HERE.

GIVEAWAY

Giveaway time! Studio Calico has given me an extra set of the new six Color Theory Inks to give to a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/3/14. Good luck!

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