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…

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

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!)

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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.)

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

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!)

SUPPLIES

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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…

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

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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Video: Window Shaker Card + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hello. Today I have a video sharing an easy way to create a window shaker card. Oh – and this post is also part of a fun blog hop with giveaways! Keep reading…

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post - affiliate links are used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Before I get started, I wanted to say – - I am very excited about the stamp set I am using today! My sweet friend Shari Carroll designed it with my daughter in mind. It’s called Lila’s Heart and I am so excited about this set. Shari did an awesome job! (Thank you, Shari. Love you.) Isn’t she the cutest? So here is little Lila… all colored with Copic Markers and a bit of detail with a white Gelly Roll pen.

For the background of the card, I heat embossed the new Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts background with silver pearl embossing powder. I love the pearly tone-on-tone look this gives. I cut the window of the card using a circle die.

Next, I taped that same circle die on the front of an Avery Elle Stamp Pocket. (You could instead use two pieces of thin plastic.) I used the circle die as a guide for stamping two circle sentiment stamps from the new SSS Circle Sayings stamp set with Staz On white ink.

Here’s the cool part – I used the new We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool to fuse the two pieces of plastic together to make a shaker pocket. The same circle die acted as my guide and ran the tool along edge, leaving just enough open to fill the shaker pocket with sequins before sealing it completely shut. This tool is meant for pocket scrapbooking, but I think it works great for shaker cards! Another great thing? There is no bulk to this shaker card because no foam tape is needed. (You could use flat double-sided tape to create the pocket, but this tool makes it quick.)

I sandwiched my little shaker pocket between the grey stamped piece and the notecard. This forms a fun, flat shaker window.

I love that little Lila girl!

PRODUCT RELEASE CLOSE-UP VIDEO

Yesterday I shared a Product Release Close-Up video… giving a close look at these new products from Simon Says Stamp and ideas on how to use them. (I only do this if I am inspired by and love an entire product release from a company. I am hoping it helps you decide if any of the products are right for you. All the products are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.) I thought I would share it again today in case you missed it.

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BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Simon Says Stamp Falling For You Blog Hop celebrating the release of their newest products.

The next person on the hop is my lovely friend Debby Hughes. (To start at the beginning of the hop, head to the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack? For your chance, leave a comment here by 4/28/15. SSS will pick a winner here and from each blog on the hop. Winners will be posted on the SSS blog after 4/28/15.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Birthday Index Card Box + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hi there.

I send out a lot of cards. However, I’m not good about sending out birthday cards. I want to change that so I tried out a system that my mom has used for many years. It’s been working for me and I thought it might be helpful for you too! So… today’s video shares how to create a birthday card index box.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

This little box is helping me to stay organized… send more birthday cards… and makes me happy!

To create the monthly card dividers, I used the coming-soon Paper Smooches File Folders die and colorful cardstocks. I also decided to laminate the dividers by placing them in some laminating pouches and running them through my laminator. The pouches are inexpensive (I got a ton but you can get a small package) and I was able to fit four dividers in one pouch. I cut all the dividers apart, leaving a small border of lamination around the edges so that I wouldn’t break the seal it created. I labeled each month with my label maker. Man – I love my label maker! (By the way – you could save a lot of time by using store-bought dividers. But what fun is that?!)

I wanted a title card for my index box, so I stamped a sentiment and a balloon image from Paper Smooches Birthday Bash stamp set using black ink. I colored in the balloons with my Copic Markers to match my cardstock dividers. Since the balloons overlap, you get some fun blending in between each color. I also laminated this piece to keep it nice and durable.

I created my own birthday index cards that have all the information you need to stay organized with birthdays. (You can download it HERE.) This will be so helpful when it’s time to send out Christmas cards too. Oh, and I got the clear index box at Amazon… but it is out of stock so my friends at Simon Says Stamp have some on order and will coming soon HERE.) Isn’t if fun!?

Now I tend to go overboard… but there are ways to simplify this project. You can always use regular dividers that come in most index boxes and use regular index cards instead of the ones I created. You can also just stamp the months of the year instead of using a label maker or just use cardstock dividers without the lamination. Regardless of how you create it, I really hope the idea of a birthday index card box is helpful to you.

FREE DOWNLOAD

Click HERE to download my Birthday Index Card PDF. Just print on cardstock and cut them out!

PAPER SMOOCHES DESIGN TEAM BLOG HOP

It’s Pep Rally week over at Paper Smooches and today we are blog hopping to share with you a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches MAY release! These products will be available to purchase on 4/30/15 at 8:00pmPST. Once the release goes live, you will find the new products HERE. I am a guest designer this month and will be sharing more cards soon.

The next person on the hop is outstanding JJ Bolton. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Paper Smooches blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Up for grabs today is a $25 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches online store. FOUR winners will be chosen at random from comments on any of the blogs on this hop. Be sure to comment by midnight PST on 4/26/15. Winners will be announced on the Paper Smooches blog on 4/27/15. For more details on the giveaway, head to the PS blog.

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