Guest Artist Video: Watercolor Vellum with Carissa Wiley + GIVEAWAY

Hi there. I am again traveling with the family… this time to Alaska. (We like to go on as many adventures as possible when school is out! But for all you dog lovers – no worries. Our friend Hudson is staying at our house and keeping Roxie company.)

Today I have another guest artist video for you. The incredibly talented Carissa Wiley joins us to share how to create a watercolor look on vellum.

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Carissa is one of my favorite cardmakers so I was thrilled she did this great video for us. Her technique of “watercolor on vellum” results in such soft and stunning backgrounds.

To achieve this look, Carissa scribbled Copic Markers on to a sheet of vellum. She spritzed it with rubbing alcohol and took a paintbrush to move the color around. The result is a beautiful watercolor-like background.

In her video, Carissa also shares some clever tips on how to adhere the vellum to cards.

This next card is my favorite. That glitter (from AC glitter paper) “hello” (from Hero Arts die) is divine!

I really like Carissa’s use of embellishments. She always finds the perfect placement and I can’t get enough of her trademark touch of bold black on a soft card with gold glitter accents.

MORE ON CARISSA

Thank you Carissa for sharing your talent with us! Check out her blog, Sprinkled with Glitter and her Youtube Channel for more inspiration. (Thank you, Carissa, for doing such an awesome job on this video! xo.)

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win a $25 gift certificate to Ellen Hutson? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/31/15 giving Carissa some love. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

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Video: Clear Shaker Card + Discount Code + GIVEAWAY

Hello. I’m back today from a much-needed hiatus to share how to create a clear shaker card. I also give a closer look at the new stamps from Clearly Bessotted.

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I’ve been wanting to make a card made entirely of a shaker pocket for some time. I’ve done similar cards in the past using vellum but wanted to try it with perfectly-clear-plastic. And thanks to the new We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool, this is very simple!

To create the pocket, I used an Avery Elle Stamp Pocket and the We R Memory Keeper’s Fuse Tool. This tool heats up and creates a seal around the plastic. When using this tool, it is helpful to use a piece of white cardstock inside the pocket as a guide for where to fuse. I fused three sides and then filled the pocket with some of Lucy Abram’s sequins. (I like that she offers unique mixes of sequins and beads in softer colors.) After sliding in a gift card with a handwritten note on the back, I sealed the remaining side. What a fun shaker pocket! You could create these in many sizes and shapes. This is also a unique way to add some thoughtfulness and fun to a gift card present. (I used an Avery Elle stamp pocket for the plastic sheets. You could also use scrapbook page protectors, etc. Click HERE for another shaker card with the Fuse Tool.)

I stamped and colored the adorable critter balloons from the new-and-oh-so-fun Clearly Besotted Best Birthday stamp set. I adhered the critters to the front of the pocket using the Xyron Sticker Machine (I don’t use that handy tool enough!) and drew in balloon strings with a Sharpie. I finished off the card with a greeting from the Clearly Besotted Raise a Glass Stamp Set.

This card is a great way to incorporate a gift card into your project. If you don’t have a fuse tool, you can also use a sewing machine to seal up the pocket.

CLEARLY BESOTTED JULY RELEASE

At the end of my video, I also showed the newest release from Clearly Besotted. The UK-based Clearly Besotted is one of my favorite stamp companies. The owner, Stephanie, is a gem… their design team is one of the best… their blog has lots of great ideas… and their products are classy and unique. You can see their products HERE or HERE or HERE.

LUCY ABRAMS DISCOUNT CODE

In this video I also featured some fun sequins from my friend Lucy Abrams. When I told her I was doing this video, she offered a discount code for my readers! Use the code “JM15″ for 15% off now through 7/15/15. You can see here products HERE. There are some beautiful selections!

GIVEAWAY

Giveaway time! I have TWO Clearly Besotted stamp sets from this new release for a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/15/15 telling me if you have ever made a shaker card. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

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Video: Die Cut Shading + Blog Hop

Welcome. Today’s video shows how to bring your die cuts to life with shading. For fun!

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I’m a big believer in stretching your supplies and this technique gives you more life out of your plain dies. Buy using just a few grey markers (I used C1, C3 and colorless blender Copics), you can add shading and the look of dimension to any colored die cuts. (If you don’t have Copics, try colored pencils.)

I die cut the Poppy Stamps Large Iceland Poppy Die out of scraps of colored cardstock. (Cardstocks are linked below.) I laid all the pieces on some sticky tape to keep them in place while I added some shading with my grey markers. I start by adding the lightest gray around the sides of the piece. Then I go in with darker shades and add shading where I think the darkest parts of the petals would be. To finish, I go over each piece with my colorless blender to blend everything out.

To finish the cards, I die cut the rest of the flower pieces out of white cardstock and added some quick coloring. I assembled the pieces on a white panel die cut from Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Dies. Glossy Accents added dimension to the hello sentiments and Wink of Stella added shimmer to the flowers.

I really wanted to show you that you don’t need every color of Copic Marker to add shading to your die cuts… a few cool grays will do the trick. Remember – this technique would work with any markers – even colored pencils. To see another video with this technique in action, visit HERE.

30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE BLOG HOP

My bestie Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker is hosting her second 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Coloring is Kathy’s gift – she always amazes me with her creations! So she is challenging everyone to color something every day… even if it’s for five minutes. It doesn’t matter what you color or what you are coloring with!

For today’s blog hop, Kathy has assembled all of the teachers and guest artists that taught in the popular Copic Markers for Cardmakers class. We are so excited to play along!

Be sure to hop all the way through the blog hop. At the end, Kathy will have a coupon code for $5.00 off the Online Card Class Copic Markers for Card Makers to get your mojo going. Woot!

The next person in the hop is another of my besties… Kristina Werner. :)

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Video: Mirror Stamping + Giveaway!

Hello! I wanted to share with you a technique I have not done in a long time – mirror stamping. It seemed perfect for this cute deer stamp…

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Mirror stamping is a technique stampers have been doing for years in many different ways. In this video, I shared my favorite way to get a mirror-image with heat embossing.

I simply stamped the adorable deer image from The Greeting Farm on a piece of clear transparency (acetate) with Versamark ink. I then pressed that down onto white cardstock to transfer the inked mirror image on to the cardstock. After adding gold powder and heat embossing it, I added soft color with Copic Markers. This results in a little deer that faces the opposite direction of what the stamp intended. Fun!

I added the deer to a cross-stitched-heart die cut from Memory Box and heat embossed the sentiment to match. To keep the card simple and soft, I used an ivory shimmer notecard. (I am a big fan of these shimmer cards!)

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION

As I mentioned, there are many ways to do mirror stamping. One of the other best ways is to use the back of a clear stamp instead of a piece of acetate. To see this method in action, check out THIS video by my friend Chari Moss. (Thanks for letting me share your video, Chari.) I recommend that method if you want to use just a plain black ink instead of heat embossing. I will try to add this method into a future video, too.

In the video I also mentioned that my soft colors were inspired by one of my friends – Debby Hughes. I encourage you to check her out!

Finally, be sure to check out the newest release from The Greeting Farm. The little animals are adorable, easy to color and oh-so-happy! (The stamps are available at Simon Says Stamp HERE… or on The Greeting Farm website.)

GIVEAWAY

Interested in winning two stamp sets from The Greeting Farm? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on5/15/15 telling me your favorite stamping technique. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Copic Dot Coloring + Giveaway

Welcome. Today’s video features some adorable new stamps and a fun coloring technique – dot coloring. (I used Copics but you could use other markers, too.)

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Oh my my my! This new The Whole Herd set from My Favorite Things is simply adorable. So I decided to keep the focus on the images and keep my card simple. But instead of using normal coloring, I decided to color with dots instead. This works really well with Copics, but also works with other markers. Such a unique look.

For the background, I used the new cross-stitch dies from My Favorite Things, including the circle, square and rectangles. I added foam under a few of the layers for some dimension.

I mean – come on! Aren’t these animals the cutest?!

This dot coloring technique isn’t anything new, but it is a fun way to get a different look. Coloring is therapeutic to me, so I try to do it often.

For the horse, I added hay in his mouth with a black pen. I can’t wait to add party hats onto some of these critters…

In the video I shared a peek of using the dot coloring technique on die cuts. I will share this video next week. Those flamingos are fabulous…

By the way, in the video I briefly shared some of the other new products from My Favorite Things. You can find links to those at the end of the thumbnails below or HERE. Good stuff!

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win a new My Favorite Things stamp set + matching dies? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 5/15/15 telling me which of the new MFT products is your favorite. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

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Video: Partial Die Cutting + Copic Tips + Blog Hop

Hi there! Today’s video shares tips for both partial die cutting and Copic coloring. This post is also part of a fun blog hop celebrating a fun new download. Keep reading…

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Yes – my video has lots of random tips today! Sorry for squeezing so much in there. I just had several things I wanted to be sure to share.

Aren’t these gnome stamps from My Favorite Things so fun? I used the coordinating dies to do a bit of partial die cutting. This resulted in the gnome shape and the white strip being one continuous piece. (I love that look!)

I showed in the video how you can do partial die cutting with cutting plates that have a tapered edge (like the new ones from Sizzix). I also showed how you can instead easily do the technique with smaller cutting plates that are available from Sizzix. (Thanks to Carissa Wiley for this great tip and for letting me share it with you. You can find more of her great work HERE. If you would like to see another partial die cutting video, check HERE.)

I also shared some tips for Copic coloring, including using the new Hex Chart from Sandy Allnock. (More on that below.) If you are interested in learning more about Copics in general, check out the Copic Markers for Card Makers Class. This was an insanely successful class and has helped many with their coloring!

For the background, I clear heat embossed the My Favorite Things Cheesecloth background on colored cardstock. This is a great way to add some subtle texture.

HEX CHART BLOG HOP

My friend Sandy Allnock just released her new fab Hex Chart download to help with Copic Marker selection. This is helpful to anyone who wants to better find color combos! Plus it looks pretty. :) You can purchase it HERE. This post is part of a hop celebrating the release!

The next person on the hop is my fabulous fun friend Julie Ebersole! (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at Sandy’s blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Sandy has giveaways, too. Five people purchasing the Hex Chart Bundle on or before 5/10/15 will be randomly selected to win a hand-colored chart! Winners will be announced 5/11/15 on Sandy’s blog.

SUPPLIES

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