Video: Stamping Patterns + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video shares tips for quickly stamping a patterned background. I am also celebrating Clearly Besotted’s 2nd anniversary 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.]

There is just something eye-catching about patterns formed from stamped images. Also, it is such a great way to use small images and fun colors! In this video, I share tips for creating these patterns quickly. These adorable stamps are from the new Ornamental Style Clearly Bestotted stamp set. The small images on this set are perfect for a pattern. Oh – and the pencil I love is THIS one. It rocks.

I also added dots of silver and a border trim with the my new favorite toy – the Pilot Silver Marker. And the dimensional dots in the center of the snowflakes? I did those with my Silver Pearl Pen. Easy can be.

There is something magical about the design of this sentiment, isn’t there? Here is a close look at it and the silver border

You can see all the new Clearly Besotted products HERE.

BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Clearly Besotted 2nd Anniversary Blog Hop. Clearly Besotted is a favorite of mine. The owner – Stephanie – is delightfully kind, generous, happy and so-very-good for this industry. I am proud of her!

The nest stop on the hop is the blog of Gayatri Murali – she is super talented and you can find her HERE. (To start at the beginning, head to the Clearly Besotted Blog.)

GIVEAWAY

A lucky winner will get a £20 (approx. $30 USD) e-giftcard to Clearly Besotted! For your chance, leave a comment by 11:59pmESTon 10/7/14. There will also be a grand prize of a £100 Clearly Besotted e-giftcard, give to one of the commenters on the hop.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), and Amazon (AZ).

 

 

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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.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Dick Blick (DB), Clearly Besotted (CB), Lil Inker (LI), and Amazon (AZ)…

 

 

 

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Video: Generation Stamping + Notecard Set

Hi there! Today’s video shares generation stamping… which I used to create a set of notecards. I also show how to create a notecard gift box…

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

I honestly don’t think I have ever had cards come together as quickly as these did. Wow. Yay for generation stamping! Studio Calico Color Theory Inks happen to work *really* well for generation stamping. (I haven’t had nearly this much success with any other ink for this technique. And good news! I have a discount code for the SC inks below.) Stamp once and get a dark image. Stamp again – without cleaning – and get a medium-shade image. Stamp a third time and get a light image. Bam! Only one ink needed… but it looks like three.

I used butterflies and greetings from the Clearly Besotted Elegant Butterfly stamp set. I liked the silver stamping that I did last week so much that I did it again for the sentiment- a combo of Hero Arts silver ink and Perfect Pearls pigment powder.

I used a variety of Studio Calico inks to make a set of cards…

I then created some matching envelopes and put them in a glitter paper box I made with my We R Memory Keepers Punch Board.

Gotta love a gift that comes together quickly!

Here are some links that may be helpful:

Have you tried generation stamping? Would love to see links to anything you have done with it.

DISCOUNT CODE

I know many of you have purchased the new Studio Calico inks and have mentioned you love them. Yay! If you haven’t gotten them yet, I have a discount code for you. Use the code “JMSHIP” for free shipping when you buy all 12 colors of the Studio Calico Color Theory Inks all at once. Code expires 3/31/14. (Just put each ink in your cart – not the bundle.)

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: Color Embossing + Clearly Besotted Blog Hop + Giveaway!

As you know, I adore stamps and love supporting long-time stamp companies (such as Hero Arts) along with many newer ones. Together it makes for a fabulous industry with so many choices!

One of the newer companies that I love so much is Clearly Besotted. I was so happy when they chose to be an Invited Sponsor here on my blog. Their designs are fantastic, their design team is talented and the owner is truly as sweet as can be. Oh – and they are based in England! And today I am part of their Clearly Besotted’s 1 Year Anniversary Blog Hop!

Here is a video showing the card I made…

This Clearly Besotted Holiday Sentiment stamp set is such fun. I just love the look of it with the mix of American Crafts Zing Embossing Powders. And I will admit – I was hesitant to try the Zing Powders after many years of being powder-picky. But I fell head over heels after making this card. They are high quality and come in great colors. Yay! I am ordering more…

The enamel dots are from Doodlebug. I like their packs because they are slightly flatter (good for stuff going through the mail) and they have more of a color in each pack.

The next stop on the blog hop is Jen Nelson. If you want to start at the beginning, you can go to Clearly Besotted’s fab blog.

GIVEAWAY

I have SEVERAL ways for you to win today! Just leave a comment here and at every blog along the hop. I will be giving away the Clearly Besotted Holiday Sentiment stamp set I used above. And all the other blogs will be giving away their favorite set, too. Also, there is a grand prize of a $75 Simon Says Stamp gift certificate and a £100 Clearly Besotted gift certificate for one winner which will be picked from all the comments left on all the blogs. Good luck!

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 Two Peas in a Bucket, click on 2Ps

 

 

EK Success Powder Tool (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Milwaukee Heat Gun (SSS|EH)

 

 

AC Zing Aqua Embossing Powder (SSS|2Ps)

 

AC Zing Teal Embossing Powder (SSS|2Ps)

 

AC Zing Wave Embossing Powder (SSS|2Ps)

 

AC Zing Metallic Blue Embossing Powder (SSS|2Ps)

 

 

Versamark (SSS|EH)