Video: Surprise Card

Hello. Today’s video shares a surprise card. No fancy techniques, just a fun card with fun products.

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The Diagonal Window Die I used on today’s card is one of those products that made me scream “GENIUS!” when I used it for the first time. So clever! I love that you simply adhere the die cut on the front of a card and add a bow through the holes to cue the recipient to untie it, revealing the surprise inside.

Inside the window, I stamped a scene from the Wish Big Stamp Set (by Julie Ebersole and Ellen Hutson) and quickly colored it with my Copic Markers.

I can’t get enough of this Diagonal Window die! I plan on using it to create my son’s birthday invitations.

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Video: Stamping + Copic Colorless Blender

Hello and welcome. In today’s video, I share how to add details to a stamped image using a Copic Marker Colorless Blender. I was inspired by my friend Dawn Woleslagle’s guest appearance on my blog a few days ago, where she shared a fabulous technique that transforms stamped images using Copic Markers. (You can find that video HERE.)

[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.]

I think it is fun to add fun details to simple, solid stamped images. Today’s technique is perfect for that! I started by stamping the leaves from the Spring Blooms set by WPlus9 using their Mojito and Appletini Inks on to a piece of Neenah white cardstock. (Some other inks that work well are Hero Arts Shadow inks and Simon Says Stamp inks because they have the same formulation. You can try other dye inks, though.)

To add the detail to the leaves, I added small dots with my Copic Colorless Blender. The Colorless Blender acts as a “bleach” against these particular inks and erases/softens the color.

Isn’t that “hello” wood embellishment from Freckled Fawn the cutest?! I added it using using some Multi Matte Medium with a new precision applicator bottle/tip. (I promise to do a review soon on the new applicators. I’m taking my time to see which one works the best.) I stamped the rest of the sentiment from the Hand Lettered Hello stamp set by WPlus9 in black ink… and also stamped some hearts from the WPlus9 Little Bits Stamp Set using their Sweet Nectar and Sweet Gelato inks. And – of course – the hearts are covered with Wink of Stella shimmer and Glossy Accents.

On another piece of white cardstock, I rubbed some of the Sweet Nectar and Sweet Gelato ink along the edges to create a mat for the stamped piece. I layered the pieces (along with a piece of wood paper) together off-kilter for a whimsical look and adhered them to a top-folding, white note card.

By the way, I purchased a duplicate Colorless Blender and labeled it for this specific technique, which may be a great option if you’re worried about it damaging your marker. However, I noticed no damage to my marker! (You could also just get a spare nib.)

Enjoy!

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Video + Guest Artist Dawn Woleslagle: Copic Markers + Stamping

Hello! Today I have a very special guest – Dawn Woleslagle. Dawn actually created this video for me back in the summer but I am just now getting my act together to post it! I think you will agree it was worth the wait. Dawn shows an amazing way to use Copics together with stamping. And I will be back in a few days with my spin on this technique!

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Dawn is a true artist in every sense of the word and she also owns one of my favorite stamp companies – WPlus9. Because she is also a fab card maker, her stamps are perfectly designed for stampers. In this video she uses her Coming Up Rose stamp set to create three masterpieces.

After stamping her flowers with WPlus9 ink, she added highlighting with a Copic Colorless Blender pen. The blender reacts with the ink and gives a soft “bleaching effect” that is awesome. (This works with WPlus9, Hero Arts Shadow and Simon Says Stamp inks. Be sure to check out WPlus9′s colors. They are delicious. If you have Distress Inks, you can get a similiar reaction with water, but this is more controlled.) So incredible!

In the video, Dawn also shows how to additional shading with colored Copic Markers. The results are so realistic.

Aren’t those sentiments great? That is the WPlus9 Hand Lettered Hello stamp set.

If you don’t feel you can tackle the technique Dawn did today, no worries! You can just stamp the layered roses and leave it at that. The results are gorgeous. Or, just add a touch of colorless blender for a bit of highlighting. It really is easy to do. Oh – and I keep a colorless blender pen just for this technique. (I haven’t found that it damages my marker, but just in case I have a separate one.)

I hope you found Dawn’s technique as amazing as I did. I will be back in a few days with a video I created using a similar technique. I encourage you to check out Dawn’s blog, WPlus9 products and YouTube channel and give her a little love.

And a big thank you to Dawn. I am your biggest fan and honored to call you a friend. I look forward to some fun shenanigans in March. You are stuck sitting next to me again. ;) xo

See you soon!

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VIDEO: Colored Vellum Shaker Card + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome! Today’s video shares a fun way to add color to vellum shaker card. This post is also part of the Newton’s Nook Deck the Halls with Inky Paws blog hop. (More on that below.)

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Vellum and markers are two products many of us likely have in our craft room. And it is very easy to combine them for a stained glass look. I started by using my MISTI stamping tool (but you could use a large acrylic block) to white heat emboss Newton’s Nook Beautiful Blizzard snowflakes on a piece of vellum. I then added color to the back of the vellum with my Copic markers, but you could use any markers. Finally, I stitched with silver thread and my sewing machine around the edges of the vellum onto a card with fun glitter and sequins sandwiched inside. And that’s it! A super easy shaker card.

NEWTON’S NOOK BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, this post is part of the Newton’s Nook Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop. Newton’s Nook has adorable stamps – be sure to check them out! They had many awesome guests this week, too.

The next person on the hop is Amy Sheffer. (You can also start at the beginning of the hop HERE.)

GIVEAWAY

Newton’s Nook is giving away two $10 gift certificates to their store. To enter, just leave comments on all the stops along the hop by 9pmCST on 12/7/14. Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop.(Winners will be announced on the NND blog and contacted by them on 12/8/14.)

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VIDEO: Stamp Gift Bag + Paper Crafts Special Thanks Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello. I have lots to share today! First, I have a video showing a stamped goodie bag along with another example of rubber cement masking. This post is also part of a very special blog hop. (More on that below.)

[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.]

I’m not sure there is a better gift for a crafty friend then a handmade gift bag containing a special stamp and ink. Creating the gift bag is easy, thanks to the must-have Goodie Bag die from Lawn Fawn. I decided to do lots of stamping and inking on the bag with some of my favorite products.

I first stamped the My Favorite Things bear using their Black Hybrid Ink. (Note that I made the bear image taller by doing some selective inking because I wanted him to peek over the heart.) I then colored the bear with Copic Markers and applied rubber cement over the image to mask it. For the background, I applied Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and stamped the Snowfall Background from My Favorite Things over the bear image. The rubber cement protects the bear and resists all the color I applied on top. Very cool! The rubber cement easily rubs away.

I stamped the Bossy Joscie “bless your heart” sentiment on a Simon Says Stamp heart die… replacing the “o” with a small die cut heart.

I took the two pieces of the gift bag and adhered them together. Inside the bag is a stamp and mini ink pad – the same stamp I used on the front of the bag. I really love this “bless your heart” stamp because the sentiment works for many occasions and the wood block is engraved – - such nice quality for a gift! This bag size is also great for a gift card or even jewelry.

I can’t wait to make more of these.

BLOG HOP

Today I am part of a very important, special and large blog hop – the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Special Thanks Blog Hop.

It was recently announced that Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine would be shutting its doors. This has hit the industry hard. Yes, we will miss the magazine and seeing lovely cards in print. But what I will miss more is the people behind the magazine and the community they formed.

I worked for many years with Creating Keepsakes Magazine and went on to be a Go-To-Gal for Paper Crafts. (The two combined along the way.) Over the years I *loved* the people I worked with. They had such enthusiasm and passion for bringing crafting inspiration to everyone. They opened doors for crafters and encouraged them. And although I ended my time as a Go-To-Gal because my plate was overflowing, I loved and still love the faces behind the magazine. (To the team at PC&S… I love you for always being understandings and supportive. I will forever be grateful. XO.)

This has been a difficult change for many folks in our hobby. But it is more important now than ever that we keep our community strong, happy, encouraging and inspiring. This hop is perfect for that! I hope you will take the time to visit the many wonderful blogs along the way.

The next person on the hop is the wonderfully talented and super sweet (yes – I am her biggest fan)… Taheerah Atchia! (And a big thanks to Taheerah for organizing this. XO)

GIVEAWAY

I will admit it – I bought a second Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die when I couldn’t find my first one. Well, I found it! So I have a spare to give away to a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/15/14. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

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My Favorite Crafty Things 2014: COLORING + Discount Codes + Giveaways

Hello again! Time for some more of My Favorite Crafty Things 2014.

During this series, I will be sharing some of my favorite crafty products of 2014. Each day will have a different topic with videos. Oh – of course – I also will have lots of giveaways (see below) and even store discounts:

  • Simon Says Stamps is offering my readers 15% off the products I feature (shown HERE) using the code “JFAVES″ from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 12/5/14.
  • Ellen Hutson is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “jensfav14” from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14. (Includes in-stock items.)
  • My Favorite Things is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “FAVORITE” from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14. (Excludes products in the “brand new” category.)
  • Stay tuned! More discount codes will be announced as the series continues.

Today is all about coloring! This including watercolor, markers, pencils and more.

In this video, I share the basic coloring methods I use most.

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I will be back soon for more of My Favorite Crafty Things 2014. You can keep up to date on all the topics HERE. For my lists from 2013, click HERE.

GIVEAWAYS

I love giveaways! Today’s prizes are awesome, thanks to several of my favorite companies. I have giveaways for FOUR more lucky winners! You could win one of these prizes:

For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14 telling me your favorite method for coloring. Good luck! (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)