Video: Colored Stamping on Kraft… and Welcome to Altenew Blog Hop

Hello! Today I have a video sharing how to add color to stamping on kraft paper. I am also part of a blog hop honoring the new stamp company – Altenew… with prizes!

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For years I have love the look of color on kraft cardstock. (Check out my links below.) There is just something fun about that pop of color against the neutral background. I think the key to great color on kraft is using white pigment ink as base. (My favorite is Unicorn White from Hero Arts.) After completely heat setting it, I colored over it with bright colored Copic Markers. (You could use other markers if you wanted. I didn’t have a problem with the ink getting on my marker tip.)

I used some stunning stamps from a new stamp company – Altenew – including the Hannah Elements and Lace Up. (The “thanks” is from an old Hero Arts set.) With the help of some masking paper, I created a cluster of images at the top of my card. And – of course – I covered it with some Wink of Stella shimmer.

So quick. So easy! The new Altenew stamps will be available April 7. Interested in some other ideas for adding color on kraft? They are old, but may inspire you to try something different:

  • Layering Ink – You can get fun effects by layering color stamped images on the same white images.
  • And Another – Same technique as the first. :)
  • Inktense – Inktense pencils work great on Kraft too!

BLOG HOP

Time to get hopping! Next be sure to head to the fabulous blog of the fabulous Jocelyn Olson. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to the Altenew blog.)

GIVEAWAY

There are a few ways to win today!

  • One lucky winner will win the Altenew Hanna Elements stamp set I used above. Just leave a comment here by 8:59amEST on 4/7/14 for your chance.
  • Altenew is also giving away five stamp sets of choice to three lucky winners. The winners will be chosen from comments left at the Altenew blog. Also be sure to “like” Altenew on Facebook and follow them on Pinterest.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson click on EH

Video: Mixed Embossing Powder + SSS Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video shows a fun way to mix embossing powders… and is part of the Simon Says Stamp Late Spring Release Blog Hop. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention giveaways!

[Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]

I love a good die. So I was thrilled to get the new Simon Says Stamp Butterfly Drift die. So many things you can do with it! I covered all the little butterflies with Versamark Ink and added a bit of Ranger Magenta and Liquid Platinum embossing powder. After heating the powder a little extra than normal, the powders start to blend together and give a unique look. Just another way to use any embossing powders! I saved my extra mixed powder in a little clear jar.

I used new Simon Says Stamp Mother’s Day stamp sentiments on both the inside and outside of the card with the Liquid Platinum embossing powder. That sentiment on the outside? Perfect for my momma.

I also cut the butterfly die from the front of a notecard to create a window and actually adhered the butterflies to the inside of the card…

I will be back soon with another way to use this die… for a completely different card.

You can find all the new Simon Says Stamp products HERE. Lots of great dies and stamps… be sure to check them out.

BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, we are celebrating the new product release with a fun blog hop. Next be sure to stop by the blog of the wonderfully talented, incredibly kind-hearted Debby Hughes. (If you want to start at the beginning, head over to the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAY

What’s a hop without giveaways!? SSS will randomly pick a winner from each stop on the hop to win 2 brand new, not-yet released ink pads and coordinating packs of cardstock from the new collection! So be sure to leave a comment below. The giveaways will close at 6:00pm EST on Thursday April 10, 2014 and a complete winners list will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday April 11, 2014.

SUPPLIES

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Video: DIY Basket Treat & Card with Recipe

Hello! I have again teamed up with my dear friend Melanie Bauer from Melanie Makes. Melanie came up with a yummy mini Ginger Carrot Cake recipe. And me? I came up with a simple DIY paper basket and card to go with it.

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The basket is quick and easy to make and can be adjusted to make baskets of other sizes. The basket I made works great for any mini loaf treat – you could even do mini pumpkin breads, etc. It would even be great to hold Easter candy! The video also shows how to easily make a large paper bow. This is a great way to save money… instead of buying lots of ribbons.
I used the Impression Obsession bunnies and Clearly Besotted Grass dies to decorate my basket and card, but you could use anything you have on hand. The sentiments are from the My Favorite Things Easter Bunny set.
You can see Melanie’s cute little mini carrot cake in the basket below…

If you haven’t been to Melanie’s blog, I highly recommend it! My family loves her slow cooker chicken Parmesan sandwiches and her simple sweet cornbread. I also loved doing our collaboration last month for the Mini Mint Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies and Shamrock Treat Download.

Thanks for stopping by!

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson click on EH

Video: Watercolor Greetings

Hi! Today I have a video showing how to create watercolor greetings

I love all the handpainted and scripty (is that a word?) greetings I am seeing out there lately. Love them! But I am terrible at creating my own. So I cheated. (Remember – cheating is accepted, encouraged and helpful in crafting!)

This technique worked really well with the stamp set in the current Studio Calico Card Kit Add-On. (More on this below.) I just stamped the greetings with Studio Calico Blush Crush (after stamping off once) on watercolor paper and traced with watercolor. Woot! I look like a real artist!

I used a watercolor that I have had for years, but you can use anything you have… even inks mixed with water. Mine is the Hero Arts Watercolor wheel. I like it because there are a lot of colors, it is compact and the price is good. Works well for me!

I added the watercolor pieces to Hero Arts notecards that I had stamped with the Impression Obsession Fishscales background stamp. It is a great one for tone-on-tone backgrounds.

As I mentioned, this stamp set is from one of the newest Studio Calico Card Kit add-ons. You can find more info HERE. This stamp set was a good one… so it looks like it has sold out already. Sorry! (I *highly* recommend their card kits. By subscribing, you get first dibs on great products like this.) However, here are some other stamp sets that would work with this technique: Mama Elephant Make a Wish, BasicGrey Life is Good and Hero Arts Fancy Basics.

Thanks for stopping by!

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson click on EH and for Studio Calico click on SC

Video: Mini Ink Blending Tool + Giveaway

Hi! I have received a lot of questions about the new Mini Ink Blending Tool. Here is a video showing how this product works…

[Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]

When Tim Holtz first showed me the new Mini Ink Blending Tool, I did a combination of a squeal and a happy dance. (Ask him – it is true.) And now that I finally am getting the time to use the mini tools, my squeal has gotten louder and my happy dance has gotten even more fabulous.

Yes – I have switched over all my original Ink Blending Tools to Mini Ink Blending tools. Here is proof:

(And by the way… there is absolutely NO reason to have an inking tool for each color like I do. This is my job and I have issues. LOL. Instead, get one tool for each color family, like red, green, etc. Or get a couple tools – there are two in a pack – and lots of replacement foams. You can velcro a foam to the bottom of each ink pad. Easy! For more info on my storage here, click HERE.)

OK… so on to the cards. The first one? Super bright. Very Skittles-like. So I balanced it with a second, not-so-bright second card.

For both cards I applied Distress Inks with the Mini Ink Blending Tool over the Tim Holtz Latticework stencil on watercolor paper. The mini tool makes it easier to apply color in small areas. For the bright card, I applied a rainbow of Distress Inks. After removing the stencil, I misted it with water from far above (2 feet!) five times. This tiny bit of mist helps to blend and intensify the colors, while giving a slight texture-like look.

I used the new Mama Elephant Speech Tri die to cut a word bubble border and a Mama Elephant Everyday Greetings stamp for the greeting. And check out the black sparkle embossing powder I used from Ranger. Isn’t that touch of shine fabulous? I will be using this in a future video too. I also used the Mama Elephant Confetti die to create inked hearts around the greeting.

Now it is time for my not-as-bright version of this card. I used the same overall design with some small changes.

This time I added small circles of Distress Ink color over the stencil. So easy. I also used the new Memory Box Urban Lowercase alphabet dies for the “hello” message… and covered it with black sparkle embossing powder.

I hope this video gives you a better idea of how to use the Mini Ink Blending Tool and why I think it is so stinkin’ fabulous. It has sold out of most stores, but is currently available at Simon Says Stamp and Ellen Hutson for two for about $7.

COOL LINKS

  • Tim Holtz Demo – Here is a video of Tim using the mini tool. No one demos as well as he does. (Start around the 1:00 mark.)
  • Ink Storage – This video shows how I store my Distress Inks and Ink Blending Tools. (I recently replaced my original Ink Blending Tools with the Minis.)
  • Distress Ink as Watercolor – Wowsers this card card by Donna is gorgeous and uses Distress Inks.
  • Distress Ink, Ink Blending Tools and Water – This video shows a fun technique you can do with these great products.

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a pair of Mini Ink Blending Tools? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/1/14. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Lifelike Die Cuts

Hi there. Today I have a video showing creative ways to use dies… including lifelike die cuts, dimension die cuts and debossing with dies.


[Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]

I do a majority of my die cutting from white Neenah cardstock. Then I used my markers to add color. For the lilies on this card, I used a My Favorite Things lily die set and added the look of dimension with Copic Markers. (However, you could use any color media!) I have mentioned in previous posts that I am a fan of stamp sets that “build” to create a multi-color image. So I was thrilled to find this lily die set that “builds” to create this dimensional, intricate flower.

I used Glossy Accents to hold my little die cut pieces together… and added tiny pieces of Kool-Tak clear foam tape under some of the petals for some real dimension.

I wanted to give some “heaviness” to my hello die cut, so I covered it with Glossy Accents. I also used my Embossing Pad with the My Favorite Things Modern Morocco background die to create a debossed background.

All three dies I used here are from My Favorite Things. However, the lily die set is only available on the MFT website… and free with a $60 purchase. (You can find more details on their site.) I would recommend checking out their other new products, cardstock (it is one of my favorites) and inks (you can see a review of the inks here.) Gotta love a free die set!

OTHER LINKS

Here are some other fun uses of die cuts…

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you soon!

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For My Favorite Things click on MFT and for Ellen Hutson click on EH

 

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