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!

Check this out…

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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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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