[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.)
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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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!
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 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.)
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:
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.
I do not work for these stores so I have no real way of knowing how many are in stock before I use them.
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.
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!
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.)
The video also shows how I used partial die cutting to creatively “mask” the heart and “xo” dies so there wouldn’t be a messy overlap. This is a great trick to keep in mind when die cutting. I have another video coming soon demonstrating this.
And finally, I show how I go about deciding where to place my sequins and gems. It isn’t rocket science – and I am not sure I always get it just right – but the tips may be helpful. But no matter what… I highly recommend Multi Medium to adhere sequins. Nothing else works as good.
Almost forgot to mention that I stamped my notecard with the essential MFT Pinstripe stamp and allowed it to peek out a bit. This is a great stamp for a nice finished edge.
I will be honest – these dies are a huge time saver and something I will be using again soon. However, you could always get a similar effect by tracing a die cut on your card and punching your own tiny holes for stitching.
The winner of the Organzize More $75 gift certificate is Susan McRae. I emailed you!
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.
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.
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!
Hello! Just wanted to give you an update on the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Thanks to you, we collected over 17,000 cards from all over the world (Qatar, Moscow, France, Germany, Australia, South Africa, etc)! …