Video: Pop Up Images + GIVEAWAY

Hi there. Today I have a fun video that shows how to create pop up images.

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One great way to make a simple card even better is to literally POP an image off your card. My video above shows two ways to create a pop-up effect with Lawn Fawn Party Balloon die cuts. The first is to use Action Spring Wobblers. I love these guys! They are inexpensive, don’t add much bulk, and make the balloon jump and wiggle. However, if you don’t have the Wobblers, you can create your own. This second option involves adding small accordian-folded pieces of cardstock behind the die cut to force it to pop up. It works well!

By the way, I added shading to the balloons with two new colors of Distress Ink – Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral. Oh my word, these colors are glorious. The quickest way to add shading and the look of dimension to die cuts is to add a bit of Distress Ink with an Ink Blending Tool. L.O.V.E.

I also added shiny die cut sentiments to each balloon. After inking black cardstock with VersaMark ink, I heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. This creates a shiny cardstock that is perfect for die cutting with word dies from Simon Says Stamp, Essentials by Ellen, and Little B.

I kept the backgrounds white, but added die cutting and texture with Lil’ Inkers and Memory Box background dies. I am I in love with this star background with both raised and die cut stars…

I hope you give this fun technique a try. Such a great way to make your cards pop.

SCRAPBOOK AND CARDS TODAY

So my friends at Scrapbook and Cards Today are celebrating their 9th birthday! They are having a huge celebration week on their blog with great giveaways – be sure to check it out HERE. These celebration cards are in their honor.

GIVEAWAY

The kind folks at Ranger sent me an extra set of the new Cracked Pistachio Distress products to give away! This includes the ink pad, Distress Marker, Stain, etc. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/4/15 telling me your favorite Distress Ink color. (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: Glitter Die Cuts + Giveaway

Welcome! Today’s video shows how to create glittered die-cuts and a fun glittered halo technique.

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Rainbow? Glitter? Die cut? Yes, please! After covering cardstock with super-strong Be Creative Tape, I die-cut the new “happy” die from Winnie and Walter and added lots of fine glitter from Elizabeth Crafts. By overlapping the colors, I was able to get a blended look. I like to use this glitter because when it’s burnished well, it doesn’t rub over and feels silky smooth.

Be sure to check out the video to see how I modified my dotted-edge-rectangle die cut from Winnie and Walter to be smaller. Works like a charm! I also used a fun technique to create a glittered halo affect around the word. I temporarily taped the die upside-down on the white rectangle and applied VersaMark around it. I then sprinkled some clear glitter powder on top and heat embossed it. The result is so beautiful in real life – a lovely halo.

I cut the same word from some fun foam and adhered it behind the glittered word for some dimension… and added a background of DCWV glitter paper. I finished off the card by stamping a sentiment on to a strip cardstock using Winnie and Walter’s The Party stamp set and Lawn Fawn’s Hippo ink.

I know some of you are not a fan of glitter. However, I encourage you to give this a try because using Swiffer dusting cloths for easy clean up is a game changer!

ADDITIONAL VIDEOS

Interested in more glitter die cutting ideas? Here you go…

GIVEAWAY

So the kind folks at Winnie and Walter (honestly some of the BEST ladies in the industry) said I could give away THREE of their Happy Dies! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/2/15 telling me if you love or hate glitter. :) (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: Stacked Shape Die Cutting + Giveaway

Hello. Recently it seems that stacking die sets – dies that are the same shape but different sizes – are becoming more and more popular. Today’s video shows how to use all of the stacked shape dies together to create some quick cards.

[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.]

Stacked die sets are great since they offer many size options of the same shape. But the best part? There are so many fun ways you can use them together. Today’s card is a simple example… using a stacked heart die set from My Favorite Things.

I started by using a piece of tape to connect all of the hearts together. I cut these hearts from some new (and insanely gorgeous) colors of cardstock from My Favorite Things – Tropical Teal, Blue Raspberry, Peach Bellini, and Persimmon. Next, I assembled the different colored pieces together like a puzzle, adding foam adhesive to certain hearts creating dimension. Easy peasy, huh? But it looks like it took a lot of effort!

For a couple of the cards, I cut the MFT Love & Adore you die from some Neenah White Cardstock and adhered the sentiment on top of the hearts using some Matte Multi Medium adhesive. (Using the Fine-Line applicator tool made it easy to apply the adhesive to the small areas. I am still deciding if I love this applicator, but so far so good. I will keep you updated.) Finally, I (of course) added some Wink of Stella shimmer to some of the hearts and Glossy Accents to the sentiment on one of the cards for some extra shine.

For the other two cards, I cut a sentiment from the MFT I Love You More stamp set into two greetings… one for the outside and one for the inside of the card. I white heat embossed the sentiment on to a strip of vellum for one of the cards and directly on top of the stacked hearts on the other.

Using stacked dies together creates fun and fast cards. This technique would also work great with scraps of patterned paper.

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION

So I showed this card to my friend Heather Ruwe. She immediately was inspired and created a card using circle stacking dies but in a very creative way. I asked her if I could share it here and she said yes. I LOVE it. You can find out more about her card HERE. She is awesome – be sure to check out her blog and give her some love.

GIVEAWAY

Time for a giveaway! Leave a comment here for a chance to win TWO My Favorite Things stamp sets. Be sure to do so before 11:59pmEST on 1/29/15. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

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Video: No-Bulk Shaker Cards

Hello. Today’s video shows how to create a no-bulk shaker card.

[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.]

I know many of you (like me) are enjoying the shaker-card-trend that is going on right now. However, the added bulk can sometimes be challenging when it comes to mailing. Therefore, I came up with a no-bulk solution.

I started by creating the window frame with the Holiday Apertures frame dies from WPlus9 on the front of a silver shimmer notecard. I adhered an acetate piece on to the back of the window frame. Using Black Staz-On Ink, I stamped a WPlus9 greeting on the front of the acetate. I also wanted to add a “sparkle” glitter die cut with some dimension. To do this, I applied some Stick It adhesive on the front and back of some white fun foam and die cut with the WPlus9 “sparkle” word die. I also die cut the “sparkle” from gold glitter paper. After adding the glitter die cut on top of the foam, we have a detailed word with fun dimension.

I lined up another sheet of acetate with the double sided tape and glued that against the back of the acetate window after placing star glitter from Martha Stewart and confetti from Pretty Pink Posh inside. (The shaker goodies are just sandwiched flat between the acetate pieces – no bulk – but are still able to move around.) And since you can see through the large window, I adhered a top folding white notecard on the inside for a fun way to include a message.

I put the leftover pieces to good use and created a second card. I really love that black shimmer notecard!

(I apologize – these were tough to photograph… especially on a rainy day.)

I am loving the gold, silver and black look. Requires no struggling to find the right color combo… and the glitter and shimmer add some fun.

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Video: Faux Laser Cut Cards

Hello! I don’t know about you, but I just love the look of laser cut stationery. In today’s video, I show you how to achieve a faux laser cut look on your cards.

[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.]

I absolutely love the look of laser cut stationary and cards and just had to see if I could create my own. The results? A fun way to stretch your dies! (By the way, you should check out Debby‘s different-but-also-laser-cut-inspired-card in our upcoming Clean and Simple 4 class. It is amazing. You can see a peek of it in the top right image HERE.)

I started by cutting a large heart with a Sizzix die out of the center of some white shimmer cardstock. I also cut several dies cuts from three different dies – the Memory Box Kensington Branch and Blushing Flower and the Creative Expressions Holly. After applying adhesive to the back of the heart window, I added the intricate die-cut pieces – stretching them across the heart opening and filling in gaps as needed.

Next, I cut a piece of fun foam slightly smaller than my die cut panel and die cut the heart shape from the foam center. By gluing this to the back of our die cut panel, I get even dimension. Finally, I adhered it to a pool shimmer cardstock panel and a folded notecard. Oh – and I used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp a WPlus9 message on the inside. (I just ordered a second MISTI today – Colin is taking over the first one she gave me! Stinker.)

To finish off the card, I die cut “thanks” from black shimmer cardstock after applying Stick It double-sided adhesive to the back. This creates a sticky-backed cardstock that is great for adhering intricate word dies. (Head HERE for more information on Stick It.) I also wanted the sentiment to stand out so I applied some Shimmer Pico Embellisher to the top – a clear coating that adds some shimmer and dimension.

I love how this technique stretches the use of your dies!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Partial Die Cut Borders

Hello there! Today’s video shows how to create a partial die cut border. This technique is so easy that I made a set of cards for one of my daughter’s teachers.

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I love fancy stationery, but I love making my own much more. Today’s technique is fantastic for achieving that look without a lot of effort. It also works with a variety of dies so you can achieve many different looks.

Partial die cutting isn’t easy to explain, so I hope the video is helpful. This unique border was created by partially die cutting the Simon Says Stamp Calliope Flourish Die along a straight line. I’m so impressed with the intricate results you get with this technique – similar to the popular laser-cut stationery look.

I wanted to add a little more to that border edge, so I die cut a tiny-dot border die from Paper Smooches along the bottom. I decided to keep the card soft and simple, but wanted some shimmer. I sprayed some Shimmer Spray on to the note card made from Simon Says Stamp’s Sea Glass cardstock. It adds some interest and gives the look of a shimmer cardstock. I also used fun foam under the panel to give some dimension. (It’s a nice alternative to using pieces of foam tape and holds up well through the mail.) The sentiments are from the Simon Says Stamp’s Inside and Out Sayings Stamp Set and heat embossed with Ranger’s Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder. I repeated the same process for the other cards and heat embossed different sentiments from the same set.

These cards were so easy to reproduce that I plan to make more to include in a large set for my son’s teacher. This technique would also be fun using a large word die along the partial die cut border! I hope you will try out this simple technique and get more mileage out of your dies.

SIMON SAY STAMP BLOG

Just wanted to mention that this video is part of a guest post over on Simon Says Stamp. I encourage you to check out their blog – there are always great ideas from a variety of fun artists. And lots of giveaways, too.

SUPPLIES

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