Video: Peerless Watercolor + Storage + Jane’s Doodles Blog Hop + Giveaway

I am back with another watercolor video. This time I used Peerless watercolors… along with iron-off embossing and pearlized water. I also share another option for storage of the Peerless watercolors. This is also part of a fun blog hop with a giveaway… 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 am still loving my Peerless watercolors. They are so easy to work with and intense in color. I adore the dark outline it leaves along the edges… making shading so easy to achieve. (I do also like the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor – these are my two favorites.) For this card, I combined Peerless watercolor (but you could use any) with “pearlized water” that I made my mixing Perfect Pearls and water in a mist bottle. (To see how to create this mix, check out this video HERE.) The results? Fun color with a pearly shine. And this owl image from the Jane’s Doodles Wise Owl stamp set is just so much fun to color! (It is out of stock right now, but they expect more in soon. SSS will also be getting it soon.)

PEERLESS WATERCOLOR STORAGE

In THIS older video, I gave a close look at the Peerless watercolor and how I first stored them in coin pocket pages. Although I sometimes still use this system, I have since created another storage system and I love it. This idea came from a friend – Jo Ann Danchik – and she said I could pass it on to all of you.

This Peerless Watercolor storage – which uses an inexpensive 4×6 photo album – has a few advantages. First, if you get the bonus set (which I love), you don’t have to cut up your watercolor pieces. Second, it is nice and compact and has plastic to keep everything tidy and protected. I like both systems, but reach for this one more often. I found THIS photo album that worked great for me. Maybe this system would work for you!

OTHER HELPFUL LINKS

Here are some other helpful watercolor links:

BLOG HOP

This post is also part of the Jane’s Doodles SPOTLIGHT blog hop. I have always liked Jane’s fun stamp designs, so I was very happy to play along.

The next stop on the hop is one of my favorite blogs – the blog of Marion Vagg.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner from the hop will get THREE Jane’s Doodles stamp sets. Just leave a comment here by 9/1/14 for your chance. For more information, head to the Jane’s Doodles blog.

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Video: Lunch Box Notes for Kids + Giveaway

Hello! Today I am part of the Summer School event over on Simon Says Stamp. I created a video that shares some tips for creating fun, fast and happy lunch box notes. Back to school is just around the corner…

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

I love love love making notes to put in my kid’s lunch boxes or to put on their pillows. This video shares lots of (random) tips for creating these types of cards and tags quickly.

For all of the tags, I used the new Simon Says Stamp Lunch Box Notes dies. They are so very fun and could easily be added to a notecard. This is a great opportunity to use up scraps.

For adding color, I used the coloring method that works best for me – colored pencils and gamsol. I am always amazed how easy it is to use these two products together!

Now – come on – isn’t that cookie (from the SSS Lunch Box Notes stamp set) so stinkin’ cute with some google eyes? (All the supplies I used are linked in the thumbnails below.)

SUMMER SCHOOL

This week, the folks over at Simon Says Stamp are having a special event…

Be sure to stop by there every day this week to see more projects from additional teachers. There will also be great prizes.

GIVEAWAY

So there are two ways you can win a prize today. First, leave a comment here 11:59pmEST on 8/10/14 for your chance to win TWO Simon Says Stamp stamp sets. Second, head over to the Simon Says Stamp blog for your chance to win this great prize pack…

Good luck!

Oh, and here are some winners of the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class spots: Kathy W, Tema and stampingvicki’svisions.

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Video: Spotlight Die Cutting + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today’s technique of spotlight die cutting is a fun way to combine your stamps and dies to create a unique look.

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

The technique of spotlight stamping has been around for a long time. Here, I did a spin on that technique by adding a die cut with dimension. Using the Waffle Flower Loved stamp set and Waffle Flower Starter Tag die, I was able to create three cards at once…

This technique is easier to demonstrate in a video then explain in text, so be sure to watch the video above. Spotlight die cutting would work with pretty much any stamp and die, but I feel it works really great with stamp sets like this one from Waffle Flower where you can “build” complicated images. You could also use any inks!

On all three cards, I “spotlighted” the stamping on the tags by heat embossing with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I love how the embossed images line up perfectly with the stamping behind it.

On the first card (shown above, I used three new fabulous WPlus9 ink colors – Mojito, Miami Spice and Flamingo. On the next I used pool colors – Hero Arts Soft Pool Ink and the new WPlus9 Ocean Drive Ink

On the last card I used two shades of grey ink (Simon Says Stamp Fog and Smoke) along with pops of color with enamel accents.

(Sorry that I didn’t get the best photos of these cards. Something is goobery with my camera. Shoot.)

Looking for another example of spotlighting with stamping and die cutting? Check out THIS video.

GIVEAWAY & WINNERS

Giveaway time! One lucky winner will get the Waffle Flower Loved stamp set I used above. Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST 8/4/14 for your chance. Good luck!

I have some winners: KathleenDolls (texture and embossing paste), barbara macaskill (Freckled Fawn 3-month subscription),  Larissa Heskett (SSS Card Kit), Lisa H ($30 Winnie and Walter gift certificate),  Ruby C ($30 Winnie and Walter gift certificate), and  Nandini ($30 Winnie and Walter gift certificate).

See you soon!

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2 Videos: Resist with Color & SSS Release Close-Up + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I have TWO videos for you. The first is shows a new spin on an old technique – - resist with color. The second is a product release close-up video showing the newest round of Simon Says Stamp products. This post is also part of the SSS This Is The Life Blog Hop with giveaways! (More on that below.)

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

As much as I enjoy taking a product and giving it a new look, I enjoy even more taking an old technique and giving it new life. Here, I took the old school resist technique and added some color to it. For this technique, you need a paper with a good coating on it, such as the Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper. This paper has a matte coating that is divine and is great for many techniques. (Note: You can use any ol’ glossy paper for this technique, too!) I first stamped the various Simon Says Stamp Friendly Flower images in different shades of dye ink. (I used Hero Arts Shadow and SSS inks.) After heat setting them, I stamped on top of the images with Versamark. This “traps” the color underneath… protecting it from the next step.

After heat setting the images completely, I covered the stamp piece with LOTS of SSS Audrey Blue and Island Blue inks, wiping away the excess ink. The Versamark “resists” the blue inks. So cool. The finish reminds me of a colored marble. You could even mix colors together for interest. I finished off the flowers with some white pen detailing. (Although I would skip this step if I ever did this card again.)

I also did a bit of die cut inlaying with the new SSS With Sympathy and Frames Dies. Love the look of a smooth panel when I am done!

PRODUCT RELEASE CLOSE-UP VIDEO

In the past I have shared a few product release close-upvideos… giving a close look at the products in a particular release and ideas on how to use them. (I only do this if I am inspired by an entire product release from a company.) Here is a video featuring the new Simon Says Stamp This Is The Life release

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To see all the products featured, click HERE, or on the thumbnails below:

In the video, I briefly shared this card. I am not in love with it as a whole, but like parts of it. I used the SSS Ice Cream Cones with with a bit of Distress Ink added with a blending tool for shading. The sprinkles were added with a white pen, and I covered the “awesome” die cut with my favorite silver glitter embossing powder. The card is actually one of the adorable dotted Lawn Fawn notecards turned inside out. (The die actually cuts “pawesome” but I just removed the “p” to make it different! And the “you are” is stamped from the SSS Pawesome stamp set.) A super fast card for my 16-year-old.

BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, this post is part of the Simon Says Stamp This Is The Life Blog Hop… celebrating their newest product release.

Next, be sure to hop over to the blog of one of my all-time favorite people – Laura Bassen. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, please go to the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Simon Says Stamp is giving away packs of stamping goodies, including cardstock and ink pads! For your chance, leave a comment here and on the other blogs along the hop (there is a giveaway on each!) by 6:00pmEST on 7/17/14. (Winners will be post on the SSS blog on 7/18/14.)

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Video: Die Cut Window Cards

Hello! Today’s video shares how to create die cut windows with a word suspended across. This technique is fun! So fun that I actually created four cards. I did these cards as part of the Virginia’s View Challenge where I am a guest. (More on that below.)

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

If you have stopped by my blog before, you know these cards have three things I am adore. First, they include word dies cuts. Second, they have a window. Third, the technique results in two cards at once. Bam!

For the first set of cards I show in the video, I started by inking white cardstock with Distress Ink and a fabulous Memory Box stencil for a tone-on-tone look. I then used some partial die cutting tricks to die cut a circle window with the Mama Elephant “hello” greeting suspended across it. The technique results in one continuous piece – with the word connected to the panel. I love this look!

After creating the die cut panel, I used the same stencil to apply embossing paste to the front of a white notecard. I then added the panel on top… lining up the stencil pattern in the paste with the stencil pattern in the inked die cut panel. I finished it off with my favorite sequins and silver dots using a Silver Paper Pen. Man oh man… I love the look of that “hello” suspended across that window!

I used the leftover die cut pieces from the first card to create this second. I started by masking around the edges of a white notecard with painters tape and applied embossing paste over the Memory Box Stencil. I then adhered the die cut pieces – lining up the pattern – and finished it with a small glitter die cut heart. Easy. And fast!

So those first two cards, I used partial die cutting tricks to create one continuous piece. For the next two cards, I cheated and did a much faster version of the technique. Any although the word isn’t really connected to the panel around the window, it is hard to tell! You can pick whichever technique you prefer.

I once again started with white cardstock and inked it lightly with Distress Ink. I then inked more over a dot stencil for a tone-on-tone look. After die cutting the word thanks from the inked piece, I die cut a heart around it. I taped the word into the heart in the panel (with the tape on the back) so it looks like the word is suspended across and is one with the panel. (A little cheating is welcome in crafting!) I kept this simple by just adding Wink of Stella to the dots and a bit of sequin and silver dot bling.

I adhered the leftover pieces on a mini card… and added Glossy Accents to the dots for some dimension and shine. I think this is my favorite of the four. So clean and simple.

VIRGINIA’S VIEW CHALLENGE

As I mentioned, these cards are for my guest spot over at the Virginia’s View Challenge Blog. I have shared in the past a few challenge blogs that I like… and this new one is one of the best out there. The sweet Virginia Lu leads it and there are some amazing ideas and submissions. You can draw inspiration from the challenge photo (below) and link over on the blog. I believe they have prizes, too! (Congrats, Virginia, on your awesome blog. I adore you and all that you are adding to this great hobby.)

SHOPPING NOTE

I have received many emails about me using products that are out of stock in stores. I just wanted to mention a few things about this:

  1. I take a lot of time to link to multiple sources/stores in the thumbnails at the end of each post. You can find these sources in the abbreviations under the product thumbnail. (Example: Click “EH” to see the product at Ellen Hutson.) Sometimes one store may be out of stock but another isn’t.
  2. I do not work for these stores so I have no real way of knowing how many are in stock before I use them.
  3. I do know that the stores I link to (except Amazon – not sure about them) are very good about placing reorders very quickly. However, sometimes manufacturers are very slow to fill those big orders. So just because you see something is “out of stock” in a store doesn’t mean that it isn’t on order.
  4. Please know that if something is out of stock, it is because many people also loved the product you want! :) Heck – I bought the product and used it because I love it, too. It happens. But thankfully there are lots of great products out there. (And I try to mention alternative products in my video.)

I really try my bestestestest to use a variety of products and share with you fun ways to use these products. I use what I love… and sometimes those things go out of stock. :)

Thanks for stopping by. Oh – and I will be back soon with winners from past giveaways. Thanks!

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Video: Colored Pencils and Gamsol

Hi! Today I have a video showing how to add shading and highlights to a stamped image with colored pencils and gamsol. It is very easy to do!

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

A very easy way to add the look of dimension to a solid stamped image is with added coloring on top. I have showed this in the past with Copic Markers (click HERE for a video), but today I wanted to show how to use colored pencils and gamsol. I personally think the combination of colored pencils and gamsol makes for the easiest coloring there is. This video doesn’t really showcase that much since it is subtle coloring we are doing, but it does give you an idea of how fun it is! (Click HERE for another video with basic coloring.)

For this apple image from Clearly Besotted, I first stamped with Hero Arts Pale Tomato Shadow Ink and then added just some quick shading and highlighting with Prismacolor pencils. I then used a paper stump and gamsol to blend it together. Fast. Simple. Easy. And what a difference it makes! (I mentioned in the video but wanted to say it again here – I really like the gamsol from Inky Antics because you can’t spill it and it is contained. I have used this for MANY years.)

And oh my goodness – check out that background! Looks like I spent a ton of time but I totally faked it with the help of the Lil Inkers Quilted Stitch die. I am head over heels in love with this die. 100%. And that heart? I used the large Nesting Hearts die set from Little B. Fun, huh? The “thanks” die cut is from Lawn Fawn… along with silver glitter paper from DCWV. (Warning: Many of the dies I used on this card are loved by others, too, and hard to find in stock. I did ask the stores and they have reordered and are waiting for more to ship!)

A few other things from this video:

  • I gave a peek at three Little B die sets: Nesting Hearts, Block Out and Handwritten. I wasn’t sure the quality would be good enough with this low price point but I was impressed!
  • For a video showing quickly how to color images with colored pencils and gamsol, click HERE. (I promise to do a better, more in depth video on gamsol soon.)
  • I used Prismacolor pencils here. However, the Spectrum Noir pencils are a less expensive option.

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