Video: Guest Artist Sandy Allnock… Featuring Copic Markers + GIVEAWAY

Hi! While on a long vacation, I decided to ask my incredibly talented friend – Sandy Allnock – to create a video for me to share. In the video, I explain more. Sandy is a gem (more on her below) and I am honored to have her here. I hope you will all welcome her with open arms.

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Hello! I’m Sandy Allnock, aka friend-of-Jennifer, too… and I have a little bit of fun to share with you while Jennifer’s away on vacation. I’m so excited she invited me to visit!

I created a super short video showing how to create a Copic airbrushed background, apply texture using a stencil, and then stamp sweet “hello sunshine” images – perfect for a summery card!

[Click HERE to watch on YouTube in HD.]

I layered my airbrushed panel on white, then added it to a black card base with dimensional adhesive. Voilá, a cheerful, elegant card!

And in case you missed the link to my Copic Airbrush Buying Guide video, click HERE. Leave any questions in the comment section and I’ll pop in to answer them! Hope Jennifer’s off having a lovely time!

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It’s Jennifer again. I have a few more things to share, but first wanted to link to a Copic Airbrush video I did awhile ago HERE.

ABOUT SANDY ALLNOCK

Of all the people I have met through cardmaking, Sandy is one that I admire most. She is unbelievably amazing with Copics and I find her videos mesmerizing. (HERE and HERE are video proof.) She also has the biggest heart, as proven by her being the creator and heart of Operation Write Home. She also has a great sense of humor (which you can see in her glitter video). To see more from Sandy, you can subscribe to her YouTube channel and follow her blog. I promise she will inspire you and lift your spirits all at once.

ABOUT GUEST ARTISTS

For a long time now, I have wanted to have guest artists with videos on my blog. Not just anyone… but artists who I find do very inspiring videos. I have several guests lined up for this summer, but then will cut back to one a month or so. I promise this will not take away from the content I try to offer, but rather will enhance it. I will also follow each guest video with one that I have created, inspired by theirs. I am hoping that by sharing these great artists, you may discover inspiring talent you had not seen yet. After all, it’s all about sharing.

GIVEAWAY

Interested in winning the Hero Arts Leaf & Flourish stencil and Hello Sunshine stamp set that Sandy used above? For your chance, just leave a kind comment for Sandy here by 11:59pmEST on 7/14/14.

WINNERS

We have winners! Renee Person gets the Mini Distress Inks… the SSS Card Kit goes to Darlyne Wagner… and the $50 gift certificate and SSS paper is for Randellyn.

See you soon with a video inspired by Sandy!

SUPPLIES

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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.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Flip-It Stamping + Studio Calico Discount Code + Giveaway!

Hello! Today’s video shows a quick and easy birthday card featuring flip-it stamping… where you stamp with the backside of a clear stamp. I also have a great discount code for over at Studio Calico that gets you their newest card kit for only $10! (See below.)

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails below. To watch on YouTube, click HERE.]

You know me – I love to use stamps in creative ways. Here, I took a stamp set with graphic images and used them to create candles! I picked the “Make a Wish” sentiment from the newest Studio Calico Hello, Hello Card Kit and stamped with the backside of the sentiment to create the candle itself. (I call this “flip it stamping” since “backside stamping” sounded a bit inappropriate. LOL. You can do this with any symmetrical stamp to create a backdrop or shadow for the regular image. This works great with many sentiments which often have a rectangular backside. I also like it with circle, heart and star images.) I then white heat embossed the greeting on top and stamped “flames” with the leaf from the stamp set.

In the video, I share my favorite tip for fixing images that don’t stamp entirely. Fantastix are perfect for this. They are firm foam-like tools that are great for applying little areas of ink. I love them with any ink, but especially the Hero Arts Shadow Inks I used here. (You can see another video using Fantastix HERE and HERE. And I talked to SSS – they will have more of these in stock today!)

Oh and that awesome “friend” die? Wow. So intricate and lovely. That is new and exclusive to Studio Calico. (I also like their “happy” and “thanks” dies. I think some of these are sold out but they said they will be getting more soon.) I layered up 4 of white die cuts and topped it with glitter paper.

In the video, I also showed a second card using another new stamp set from Studio Calico. I kept this one simple and just colored around it with Copic Markers.

DISCOUNT CODE

The kind folks over at Studio Calico are offering a great deal just for my readers! If you have been interested in trying out the Studio Calico Card Kits, now is the time. (I am loving them more and more each month. Such good stuff!)  Here is the deal: Start a Card Subscription with Hello, Hello Card Kit and receive your first month for $10! Use the promo code “JMCJUNE” before 11:59pmEST on 6/26/14. (Valid only with a Hello, Hello Card Kit Subscription in your cart. Not valid on previous purchases. Must enter code at checkout. Refunds will not be issued for misused or non-entered codes. This offer is valid while supplies last.)

GIVEAWAY

I have a bundle of fun Studio Calico products for a lucky reader. For your chance, leave a comment by 11:59pmEST on 6/6/14. Good luck!

(I will be back to announce other giveaway winners soon. My assistant has been busy with sick kids and end-of-year school projects. Oh – and by the way – *I* am my own assistant. LOL.)

See you soon!

SUPPLIES

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Videos: Layered Stenciling + New Lawn Fawn

Hello! Today I have TWO videos. One shows a way to do layered stenciling and the other shows a look at the newest Lawn Fawn release. (It is a REALLY good one!)

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

I love making happy cards, and I think this card fits that description! I started by die cutting a stitched banner with the new Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners die set. These dies are perfect for creating banners to hang for decorations, but I used them for a card.

Next up? Some layered/masked stenciling. I first used Salty Ocean Distress Ink over the Hero Arts Cloud Stencil for the soft clouds. (The Mini Inking Tool makes this so easy!) I then masked the clouds off with the masks that come with this stencil. (Isn’t that a great bonus? If your stencil doesn’t come with the matching masks, you can easily create your own. Just ink the same shape on scrap paper and cut the shape out. There you go – you have a mask!) I next created my own sun ray stencil by die cutting a piece of scrap plastic with the SSS sunshine die. (I used plastic so I could use it over and over again.) After applying Scattered Straw Distress Ink, I removed the DIY stencil and cloud masks, revealing a dimensional-looking, inked background.

I did some quick Copic coloring on the new Lawn Fawn lighthouse image and stamped the greeting. I finished the stamped area with a bit of Wink of Stella shimmer and a few sequins to hide a boo boo. Finally, I added it to a notecard covered with some adorable Lawn Fawn 6×6 paper.

I have always been a big fan of Lawn Fawn. The owners are so very wonderful and I really like that they stick to their style and do it so well. Somehow each release keeps getting better and better and this one is the best. I did a little video showing a close-up look at these new products and some ideas for using them…

Here are all the new products: (Click SSS for Simon Says Stamp or EH for Ellen Hutson.)

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If you want to see A LOT more inspiration using these new Lawn Fawn products, be sure to check out their blog. It is a really good one!

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), and Amazon (AZ). The sun die listed is similar to the one I used.

 

 

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Video: Inks for Copic Markers + Giveaway!

Hello! Today I am part of a fun challenge (more on that below) and have a video showing lots of tips and tricks… including my favorite inks to use with Copic Markers. (Yep! I found one I am liking!)

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails below. Click HERE to watch the video on YouTube.]

I get a lot of questions about the best ink for Copic Markers. I have three that I think work well – Memento Dye, Studio Calico Color Theory and My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink. Most people (including me) have been using Memento Dye Ink and they are good inks. Studio Calico’s new line is great for Copics, but they do not have a black ink. The newest? That is the My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink. The black ink is my new favorite for Copics! It is nice and dark and works well for many other techniques, too.

I used this new MFT Hybrid Ink to stamp these adorable Avery Elle images before adding quick coloring with my Copics. I also added tiny dots with a white pen… totally inspired by Kathy Racoosin.

For the background, I used a fun stencil from Tim Holtz and added white embossing paste and Enchanted Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder. I love the texture it gives!

This card was created as part of a fun challenge hosted by a sweet new friend of mine – Taheerah. Every Monday she has the “Cure For the Monday Blues” challenge and I am the guest this week. (Be sure to stop by her blog – she will be giving away a spot in the Watercolor for Card Makers class!) You have a week to go and enter your card, too. Here is the photo that inspired the card above. I loved the soft grey, touch of peach and yellow and baby theme. (Source.)

GIVEAWAY

I have two fun Avery Elle stamp sets to give to a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on  5/17/14. Good luck!

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), Studio Calico (SC), Dick Blick (DB) and Amazon (AZ)…

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Video: White Outline Copic Coloring + Giveaway!

Hello once again! Today I have another video (I am on a roll) showing how to get a white outline on a Copic colored image. I also give tips for using other markers and for a sparkle embossing paste background. Oh – and I have a giveaway!

I love the bold, blended coloring I can achieve with my Copic Markers. I also like the look of a colored image with white outlines. However, I don’t like my Copics to touch white embossing powder as sometimes it leaves residue on the marker tip. You could still do it and be careful not to touch the embossing, but for a detailed image like this, it is hard to do.

There are many solutions to this, but the one I used seems to work best for me. I first lightly stamped on Neenah cardstock this fun Lil’ Inker Designs Modern Mehndi flower stamp (more on that in a second) with a super light ink that is Copic friendly – Studio Calico Color Theory Blush Crush ink. I then colored it with my Copics. When I was done, I stamped the same image with Versamark ink directly on top of the first image and added the white embossing powder. Easy! If you need help lining up the second stamped image with the first, you can use a stamp positioner. It only takes a few seconds more and pays off in the end.

For the background, I added white embossing paste over the new (and oh soooooo very cool) Memory Box Radio Waves stencil. (This may hold the title of “best stencil of all time” right now.) I immediately added sparkle embossing powder and heat set it. Finally, I added a green cardstock strip and a Technique Tuesday “hello” greeting.

If you don’t have Copic Markers, you can instead first white heat emboss the image and color in with any regular marker. The white embossing will resist the marker ink and give quick results. Oh and the technique I use would also work great with colored pencils and gamsol. (I have videos with that coming up in the future.)

Now… back to that adorable flower stamp. It is perfect for coloring with Copics or a variety of other fun techniques. The stamp set is from a company called Lil’ Inker Designs. This new-to-me company has really caught my eye lately with fun stamps and dies. Oh – and I met the owner at CHA and it turns out she is a nice as can be. Bonus! (You can see all of their products HERE or visit their website HERE.) Here are some of my favorites and ones that you will be seeing on my blog soon:

GIVEAWAY

I have TWO Lil’ Inker Designs dies for a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/18/14. Good luck!

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, for Amazon click AMZ and for Studio Calico click SC

 

 

 

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