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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Video: Lifelike Die Cuts

Hi there. Today I have a video showing creative ways to use dies… including lifelike die cuts, dimension die cuts and debossing with dies.


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

I do a majority of my die cutting from white Neenah cardstock. Then I used my markers to add color. For the lilies on this card, I used a My Favorite Things lily die set and added the look of dimension with Copic Markers. (However, you could use any color media!) I have mentioned in previous posts that I am a fan of stamp sets that “build” to create a multi-color image. So I was thrilled to find this lily die set that “builds” to create this dimensional, intricate flower.

I used Glossy Accents to hold my little die cut pieces together… and added tiny pieces of Kool-Tak clear foam tape under some of the petals for some real dimension.

I wanted to give some “heaviness” to my hello die cut, so I covered it with Glossy Accents. I also used my Embossing Pad with the My Favorite Things Modern Morocco background die to create a debossed background.

All three dies I used here are from My Favorite Things. However, the lily die set is only available on the MFT website… and free with a $60 purchase. (You can find more details on their site.) I would recommend checking out their other new products, cardstock (it is one of my favorites) and inks (you can see a review of the inks here.) Gotta love a free die set!

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Here are some other fun uses of die cuts…

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you soon!

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For My Favorite Things click on MFT and for Ellen Hutson click on EH

 

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Video: Staggered Die Cuts, Clear Cards and More

Hello! Today I have a video along with two bonus cards. The video shows two fun techniques: staggered die cuts and a clear card


(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

For the “hello” piece on this, I layered/staggered six Lawn Fawn hello die cuts. (I used Simon Says Stamp cardstock for this. Love the colors.) When I was done, I covered the whole piece with Wink of Stella shimmer and the top blue “hello” with Glossy Accents. It reminds me of candy!

I cut the edge of the white piece using the new Lawn Fawn Speech Bubble Border die. This border die is genius and I am seeing so many people use it in creative ways! I assembled everything on a clear Hero Arts acetate notecard. (Check the video to see how.) That sweet greeting on the inside is from the Lawn Fawn Starry Backdrops set.

I really enjoyed all of the new Lawn Fawn release… so I thought I would create a couple more cards. The first uses the same hello die, but I layered 6 black die cuts together for a bold look. I then added the perfectly perfect Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka sequins with Matte Multi Medium. (The best way to hold sequins – by far.) I love that there are flower sequins in the pack, too! Oh, and I threw in a few plain gems for fun. The notecard is one of Lawn Fawn’s 4-bar polka dot notecards turned inside out.

And I just couldn’t resist the new Lawn Fawn Let’s Roll set. Aren’t these images the cutest? I just colored them with Copic Markers and added Glossy Accents to the hearts and soy.

Before I go, I wanted to mention a few winners…

WINNERS

The lucky one who will get the set of Studio Calico Inks is Kristie Maynard and the winner of the Hero Arts stamps is Alanna N.

Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

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Holiday Cutie

Hello!

Just popping in to share a quick card I did with Lawn Fawn and Memory Box products. That little fox? He is a cutie…

So that little fox doesn’t come all dressed up for winter. I just drew my own simple hat and scarf and added it to him. This is a great way to stretch your non-holiday critter stamps to a holiday card. I just LOVE that little guy! Oh, and of course I added Black Enamel Accents for the eyes and nose.

The background? Well I did that with the very cool Memory Box Swirling Snowflakes Die. Instead of cutting with the die, I sandwiched my paper between the die and a Tan Embossing Mat and ran it through my die cut machine as if I was doing an embossing folder. This results in the die leaving a cool impression on the paper instead of cutting it. Embossing folders cannot achieve impressions of such detail! (You can do this with any die cut machine! To see this technique in action, check the video HERE.)

I also stamped the notecard with one of my favorite backgrounds – the Impression Obsession Thin Stripes.

Come on… isn’t that fox the cutest??!!

WINNERS!

I have some winners to announce:

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

Lawn Fawn Into the Woods Stamps (SSS|EH)


Lawn Fawn Winter Gifts Stamps (SSS|EH)


Impression Obsession Thin Stripes Background (SSS|EH)


Memory Box Swirling Snowflakes Die (SSS|EH)



Sizzix Big Shot (SSS|EH)


Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Tide Pool Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Black and White Enamel Accents (SSS|EH)


Copic Markers (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Pool Mixed Notecards (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (EH|SSS)