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.

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Video: Birthday Index Card Box + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

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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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Video: Copic Markers + Distress Ink + Giveaway

Welcome! Today’s video shares how to add color to your stamped images using Copic Markers and Distress Inks. This method saves me a lot of time and gives good results.

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

Oh my… aren’t these new You Make My Tail Wag and I Knead You stamp sets from My Favorite Things the cutest? I love that they released both at the same time… keeping both the dog people (like me) and the cat people (like most of my friends) happy! The images are perfect for the technique I shared today – mixing Copic Marker coloring with Distress Ink shading.

I started by quickly coloring the cat and dog with light brown Copic Markers. After cutting out the images, I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges, which gives quick shading. That extra step really brings the images to life.

For the cat card, I added Copic colorless blender on his tummy to lighten up that area and cut slits around the cat’s paws to hold the string that I wrapped randomly around the card. I also applied Ranger’s Multi Matte Adhesive to the end of the string to make it curl up. To tie it all together, I stamped a coordinating yarn image repeatedly on to the note card… and used a playful sentiment.

OK… so this dog card? It cracks me up big time. I just love that you can see the back of the dog on the inside of the card! On the front of the card, I clear heat embossed the Paw Print Background and added a faux-stitched green border cut with an Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die.

Look at that cute image on the inside. So fun! And check out the good shading I got with Distress Inks on that dog‘s behind. :) It would also be fun to have him hanging on a window card or on a tree branch. Oh – and for you cat people (hee), the cat set has a sleeping kitty with front and back images so you can create a similar card.

Fun, huh? My Favorite Things knocked it outta the park with these sets! Be sure to check out their whole new release HERE. Lots of good stuff!

ADDITIONAL COPIC MARKER INSPIRATION

  • THIS post shares basic info on Copic Markers. It is an old post but the info stays the same!
  • THIS video focuses on Copic coloring.
  • THIS video shows a Copic colored background.

GIVEAWAY

I have a My Favorite Things stamp set and die set to giveaway to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/12/15 for your chance. Good luck. (Winner’s name will be randomly picked and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

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Video: Surprise Card

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

[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.]

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!

[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.]

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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