Video: Distress Ink Watercolor + Embossing Folders… and GIVEAWAY

Hi! Today’s video shows how to combine embossing folders and watercolor (via Distress Inks) for soft, textured backgrounds. And! I am giving away THREE sets of Mini Distress Ink Pads

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

A couple days ago, I shared a technique where I applied ink to the inside of an embossing folder. (Click HERE to see the video.) Today, I am back with a spin on this technique. This technique results in a watercolor effect with lots of texture.

I started by applying Distress Ink to the inside of an embossing folder. I decided to use the Mini Distress Ink pads (more on these below) because I could directly apply many colors to a small area. I then misted the inked area with water – 10 to 12 times. After putting watercolor paper inside, I ran it through my die cut machine. The results? A watercolor look with texture…

This next example uses the same Tim Holtz Lattice embossing folder that I used above, but I inked the other side of the embossing folder…

By the way, for these cards, I used Distress Ink + water for a watercolor effect. You could instead apply watercolor directly to the inside of a folder for a similar look. You could also try Gelatos + water, other inks + water, etc.

I really am loving the Tim Holtz embossing folders because of the small patterns. Check out this one – the Trellis – it is so cool with this technique…

For this next example, I did something a bit different. I first used the embossing folder on plain watercolor paper. Then I used my Mini Ink Blending Tool and Distress Ink over the embossed area… then misted it generously with water. This gives a more “controlled” look. (Or, as I prefer to say… “less artsy fartsy.” Hee.)

I also used a Tim Holtz Diffuser on this so that I could have an un-embossed area on the card. Worked great!

And finally, a look at the final cards. I once again kept them very simple since the backgrounds have so much to offer. For the banner die cuts, I used the Avery Elle Dotted Dies. (Really liking the embossed dots it gives around the banner.) The sentiments include “oh happy day” and “all smiles” (from the Mama Elephant Bountiful Blessings set), “miss you” (from the Mama Elephant In My Hearts set), and “birthday wishes” (from the Avery Elle Sending You set). I used Liquid Platinum embossing powders on all of these… and on the mini die cut hearts and stars.

Here are links to other projects that you may like:

I tell ya… there is no ink as versatile as Distress Ink. Love it!

GIVEAWAY

So… how would you like to get your hands on the newest THREE sets of Mini Distress Ink Pads? (The newest sets are 7, 8 and 9.) Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 6/28/14 for your chance. Good luck! (And thanks, Tim.)

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Video: Ink + Embossing Folders… and GIVEAWAY

Happy Saturday. Today’s video shows a technique that I haven’t used in a long time but love a ton - inked embossing folders. This is such an easy technique… so I made six cards in no time at all.

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

This is one of my all time favorite techniques since it is a great way to stretch products and get new looks. Embossing folders are inexpensive and come in a ton of patterns. To apply ink into the “valleys” of the dry embossing, I simply applied ink into one side of an open embossing folder. I put some white cardstock in the folder, closed it and ran it through my die cut machine. After removing it, the raised areas are left white, with the ink only in the valleys. I then applied another color of ink just to the raised areas.

I have found Hero Arts Shadow, Simon Says Stamp and WPlus9 Inks work incredibly well with this technique since they absorb and even out as they dry. However, you can try any ink you have. I also used a bunch of new 6×6 embossing folders from Lifestyle Crafts (We R Memory Keepers). I love that these are big enough to emboss horizontal or vertical patterns… and still fit through my die cut machines.

Isn’t that script “thinking of you” greeting gorgeous? That is from the new Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit. (Or you can buy just the stamp set alone HERE.) This is one of those greetings that is designed so well that you don’t need much else with it. Love.

I used various fun embossing powders on the cards… and I am loving the WOW powders… thanks to their great price points. In the video I also shared how I use coffee filters to help with embossing powder! (And apparently I am not the first person to think of doing this. Why had I not heard of it before?! Works so well!)

The die cut piece in the center is from the Lil Inker Stitched Rectangle die set. The faux stitching that these dies give is perfection – a nice finishing touch. So much more interesting than a plain rectangle piece floating in the middle of the card.

I also added a few die cut hearts to each card… covered with Glossy Accents.

Just a reminder that all of these embossing folders and ink colors are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. :)

And here is a look at each card. Just click for a closer peek…

Six cards! Whew. Loving this technique. I will be back in a couple days for a spin on this technique.

GIVEAWAY

Interested in getting your hands on the July Simon Says Stamp Card Kit? (It has this sentiment in it.) For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 6/20/14. Good luck.

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Video: Embossing Paste + Powder… and Hero Arts / BasicGrey Blog Hop

Hello! I am back (again – are you sick of me yet? LOL) with another video. This one shows using embossing paste and embossing powders together, along with other tips and a special guest. This card is also part of the Hero Arts / BasicGrey Grand Bazaar Blog Hop with giveaways and more. (Scroll down for more info.)

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

I remember the first time I saw heat embossing. I was in awe and in love… especially with metallic heat embossing. Today’s card? It is packed full of it!

First, I used the new Hero Arts / BasicGrey Leaf and Flourish Stencil with white embossing paste on white cardstock. Before allowing the paste to dry, I added the subtle-yet-oh-so-cool WOW Silver Pearl Embossing Powder. Fifteen minutes later (once the paste has dried a bit), I heat set the powder and the resulting raised pearly shine is perfection!

I also used Copper Pearl, Metallic Gold, Olive and Liquid Platinum powders to emboss various Hero Arts / BasicGrey Small Things and You Make Me Smile images on vellum. I love how it looks like the images are floating over the stenciled background. To finish the card off, I created silver pearl accents by coloring plain pearls with my T5 Copic Marker. On the edge of the card, I added a BasicGrey patterned paper strip and a thin strip of cardstock covered with embossing powder. This card has lots of metallic shine in real life…

BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Hero Arts / BasicGrey Grand Baazar Blog Hop. Lots of ideas from lots of artists! All the stamps, stencils and papers I used today are from this new collection.

—–> The next stop on the hop is the blog of one of my favorite cardmakers – Kelly Rasmussen. (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 AND SALE

Today there are TWO big giveaways! Hero Arts and BasicGrey will be giving away two Grand Bazaar prize packs — including paper, embellishments, clear and cling stamps, and stencils. The two winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers’ blogs. Comments must be received by 11:59pm PST on 6/11/14. The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning!

To celebrate this hop even more, Hero Arts will be offering 10% off all the stamps and stencils in the Grand Bazaar Collection in the Hero Arts Online Store. (While there, you can also get great deals on 6×6 BasicGrey paper pads!)

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Video: Shaped Cards & Sequin Tips… + Blog Hop & Giveaways

Hi! Today’s video is packed full of ideas again… this time showing how to use border dies to create shaped cards and also tips for working with sequins. This post is also part of a the Pretty Pink Posh blog hop with giveaways.

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

So… I again have created a card (two, in fact) that is packed full of “stuff” to teach. First up? Using dies to create two shaped cards. I used the new Pretty Pink Posh borders and created one with curved sides and one with scallop sides. I love that these dies also do little faux stitching marks. (My favorite is the curved card. Which do you like?) I used my favorite watercolor paper simply because I wanted that texture for my simple cards. (This is the same watercolor paper as the Tim Holtz version, but in 8.5×11.)

Next up is the silver embossed greeting. This “so very blessed” sentiment is from Neat & Tangled and happens to be one of my favorite expressions in the whole wide world. To make it stand out, I used the WOW! Ultra High Metallix Silver embossing powder. This is very different than other silver powders. When heated, it results is an embossed image that is thick and smooth with lots of dimension. I. Love. It. I don’t think I will be using it with detail stamped images, but with bold images like this one? It. Is. Perfect. Wow!

Finally… the sequins! In the video I show a few tools that are helpful when working with sequins including the Quickstix and my favorite tweezers. But regardless of how you work with this tiny little stinkers, I highly recommend using Matte Multi Medium to adhere them. Nothing works as well. Nothing.

If you are looking for good quality sequins in pretty colors (not those tacky ones I remember from my dance costumes when I was 5), try Pretty Pink Posh. They have a great selection, including the tiny cute ones I used here. I layered them together to form flowers and added a tiny Hero Arts gem to the center of a finished look. For the leaves, I just colored clear sequins with Copic Markers and cut them into a leaf shape. Easy! (Ellen Hutson has a large selection of PPP sequins. Simon Says Stamp also carries them, but you can find the complete selection on PPP’s website.)

BLOG HOP

Today’s post is part of the Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop. This hop is in celebration of their newest products – steel dies. You can find out more on these products HERE.

Next be sure to head to the darling Laura Sterckx’s blog HERE. (You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the Pretty Pink Posh blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Pretty Pink Posh is giving away TWO $25 gift certificates! Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop. (Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PDT on 6/8/2014. Winners will be announced on the PPP blog.) Good luck!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Layered Die Cuts… and Book Announcement Giveaway

Hello, stampers. Today’s video shows a fun way to add dimension to die cuts for a layered “celebrate” card. I also have some exciting news for a fellow crafter that includes book giveaways!

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

I am always looking for ways to give new and fresh looks to the dies I have on hand. For this card, I created lots of layer and dimension. After deciding the arrangement of the Paper Smooches balloons, I die cut three of the balloons from a white cardstock background panel. I then added small scraps of glitter paper behind the die cut windows, creating a “set back” look. Finally, I used pop dots to add balloons to the front. This results in lots of fun dimension. Oh – and that glitter paper? Isn’t it awesome?

I also used thin black string to attach the balloons to the Paper Smooches “celebrate” glitter die cut at the bottom of the card. The strings took a bit of time, but I felt it helped to pull it all together.

EXCITING NEWS + GIVEAWAY

Today I created a CELEBRATE card with good reason. My sweet friend and fellow cardmaker, Cristina Kowalczyk has some big things going on! She’s an author (she writes under her maiden name – Cristina Henriquez), and her novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, comes out TODAY! To celebrate, I, along with a few other crafty friends, are helping her spread the word. Check it out…

I was SO tickled to see her book listed on Amazon’s Top Picks for this month. WOW! I pre-ordered it back on March 9, so I am excited to get it in the mail tomorrow!

Here is a bit more about The Book of Unknown Americans:

Ben Fountain said it was “a triumph of storytelling,” Heidi Julavits called it “extraordinary,” and Amazon editor Chris Schluep chose it as his “must read for summer,” saying, “This novel snuck up on me. It’s moving and beautifully written, never overwrought, and I read it virtually in one sitting. It’s compelling, tragic, sometimes funny, uplifting and heart-wrenching. I can’t stop thinking about these people.”

Cristina is giving away 5 signed, first-edition copies of The Book of Unknown Americans. And because this is all about spreading the word, there are four ways to enter…

  1. Tweet about The Book of Unknown Americans (#UnknownAmericans)
  2. Write a Facebook post telling your friends about the book
  3. Pin the cover of the book on Pinterest
  4. Or simply leave a comment on Cristina’s blog

If you do all four of those, that’s four entries! (On Cristina’s blog, submit one comment per entry. For example: “I tweeted!” “I put it on FB!” “I pinned it!” etc.) From all the comments on her blog, Cristina will choose 5 people to win a copy of the novel. Plus, one lucky person will win the grand prize, a signed book plus a giant stash of craft supplies – stamps, dies, inks, you name it!

For more info about the book and other ways that you can show your support, head over to Cristina’s blog. Also be sure to check out what our other crafty friends are saying about Cristina: Julie, Virginia, Maile, Debby, Wida and Laura. (Cristina… I am so very proud of you and adore you tremendously!)

WINNERS

I have several winners of past giveaways. All winners have been emailed: Barbara H – Crafty Newbie (Wow! Embossing Powders), Michele Whimsical Creations (Avery Elle stamp sets), TracyM #6773 (two Hero Arts stamp sets) and Robin Ludwig (Peerless Watercolor).

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Video: Copic Layered Background + Video Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Today I have a video showing a fun way to create layering with Copic Markers and inks. (I also share ideas if you don’t have Copics.) This video is also part of a video hop in honor of my friend, Laura Sterckx, reaching a YouTube milestone. Check it out…

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

I love the look of layering Copic Markers with stamping. It is amazing how deep, rich, vibrant and “dimensional” the results can be. Here, I created an ocean background with various Copics and stamped on top of it with a Copic-friendly ink – My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink. I love that it stays clear and crisp. I also showed how to create bubbles on a Copic background with a Colorless Blender pen. Such a cool technique! Finally, I showed how to add “dimension” to a solid stamped image with Copics.

All of the stamps (including the ocean images, sentiment and background stamp) are new from My Favorite Things. Aren’t they adorable? And I quickly and easily cut the “wonky” shaped piece with the new My Favorite Things Blueprints 15 die set.

VIDEO HOP

As I mentioned, this video is part of a special video hop in honor of my friend Laura Sterckx. Laura is a 17 year old from Belguim and one of the best cardmakers out there. After seeing her work a long time ago, I contacted her to be part of one of our Online Card Classes. We have since become friends and I completely admire her. Her cards are soft, lovely and creative. And she is bright, sweet and thoughtful. I have to add that she is always the first to turn in assignments for classes and is always so clear and excited. If you don’t follow her blog or YouTube channel, I recommend you do. I am also happy to see young folks in this hobby… and she is a talented one. She is going places!

So… because of my admiration for Laura, I am very honored to be part of her video hop celebrating her reaching 1000 YouTube subscribers. There are lots of great artists participating, along with great prizes.

Be sure to check out the next video in this video hop HERE.

GIVEAWAY

There are LOTS of giveaways today… lots of good ones. Prizes include gift certificates, stamps, classes and more from Simon Says Stamp, Pretty Pink Posh, Wow! Embossing Powder, WPlus9, Online Card Classes, and me – Jennifer McGuire Ink! You can earn chances to win by commenting on the videos over on YouTube. (Comments must be left by 11:59 PM EST on 6/7/14. Winners will be announced on Laura’s blog.)

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