Video: DIY Personalized Shirts with Die Cutting

Hi there! Looking for a fun way to use your die cutting supplies for something other than paper crafts? Today’s video shows how to use dies to create custom DIY t-shirts and more.


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My business is the sponsor for my son’s baseball team. Therefore, I decided to do something special for all 12 boys and make them t-shirts with their team name and player numbers. They loved them! And thanks to die cutting, they were simple to make. I used alphabet dies for the examples I give here, but you can die cut any shapes you may have.

My favorite heat transfer material is from Silhouette. You can use this product with your electronic die cutting machine… but you can also use it with traditional dies! I used the green flocked material and the new-and-oh-so-wonderfully-big My Favorite Things Decor & More dies to create the team name, and the black flocked material with the Big Numbers dies for the player numbers. After ironing it on, I have fun custom shirts!

While I had all the supplies out, I also decided to make a special “three” dress for my Lila for her birthday. I used the Silhouette glitter heat transfer material and the My Favorite Things By The Letters and Staggered Hearts Border dies. From the look on her face, I think she liked it. What do you think?! :)

By the way, I bought the t-shirts and dresses on big-time sale over at Old Navy. However, you can get good deals on shirts at Amazon, second hand stores, etc.

I really like using these large alphabet dies for custom shirts, school projects, bulletin boards, gifts and more. However, if you don’t have them, you could trace/cut printed letters or use other die cut shapes. I would love to hear your ideas!

Next up? I purchased some inexpensive-yet-high-quality canvas bags that I plan to customize for teacher gifts. Can’t wait!

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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…

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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.)

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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: Non-Paper Die Cutting + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video shares three cards… all sharing ideas for non-paper die cutting.

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One easy way to get more from your dies is to use them with something besides just paper. In this video, I used various Paper Smooches dies (they are all linked at the end of this post) to die cut from felt, foam, cork, burlap, glitter sheets, and more.

Felt is one of my favorite things to die cut. (I like My Favorite Things and Papertrey Ink felt. To see tips for die cutting felt with intricate dies, watch THIS.) I was also thrilled to find the adhesive-backed glitter sheets from Tim Holtz. (Yes, Tim Holtz!) Perfect for die cutting. Oh – and be sure to check out the video to see how I use a tag die to create this rectangle background…

I finally found a collection of pretty-colored craft foam to use on my cards! And it was perfect for this shaker card. (Isn’t that hello die fantastic?)

I was needing some non-girly congrats cards, so the cork and burlap fedoras were perfect. And the faux-stitched border helps give some interest to these simple cards.

There are so many great things you can use with your dies besides paper. Others to try? Fabric, vellum, heat transfer material, ribbon and more.

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a Paper Smooches stamp set? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 5/15/15 telling me if you have ever die cut something besides paper. (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…

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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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TWO Videos: Vellum Cards + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello and welcome! I have lots to share today, including two videos and a blog hop. The first video shares tips for creating vellum embossed cards and the second is a product release close-up video focusing on new products from Ellen Hutson. First? Let’s check out those cards…

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My sweet friend Julie Ebersole has done it again and created some amazing new stamp and die designs got Ellen Hutson. (Look below for a video showing the new products.) Aren’t these flowers gorgeous?

I created several note cards (I got a bit carried away!) out of my favorite heavy-weight vellum. It’s high quality and heavy enough for a card base. Those lovely flowers are from the new Bohemian Garden Set by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson. Gorgeous, huh? They are heat embossed with various colorful Ranger embossing powders.

A little tip: When heat embossing on vellum, I let my heat gun get very hot first. I then wait about 30 seconds to bring it to the vellum to help prevent warping.

To keep the focus on the floral embossing, I kept the rest of the card simple. I really adore this label die from Avery Elle and used it on all the cards. I stamped a variety of sentiments (check the thumbnails below) from several stamp sets with VersaFine Black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I find that black embossing powder doesn’t give the best results so this is another way to achieve that look.

I used four label dies for each card. I adhered one on the front, two on the inside, and one on the back. This hides all of the adhesive since it’s a see through card and gives me spots to write my message.

Using my new Kirarina Wink pen, I added a few white dots to my design which gives a finishing touch without adding dimension. This white pen is incredible on vellum and colored cardstocks. I also created matching envelopes using the same flower images.

I also did a few cards with some of my favorite specialty powders. This design is great for using whatever supplies you have on hand! If you don’t have colored embossing powders, you can stamp with colored pigment inks and clear emboss.

PRODUCT RELEASE CLOSE-UP VIDEO

I also have a Product Release Close-Up Video for you… giving a close look at the products in the new Essentials by Ellen release 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 can be found HERE.

Here is a look at all the products:

BLOG HOP

This post is also part of the Spring 2015 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop. We are all showcasing the new products that you saw in the video above.

The next person on the hop is one of my all time favorite cardmakers – May Park. She is amazing. (If you want to start at the beginning, you can visit the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a new stamp set from Ellen Hutson? Leave a comment here by 5/5/15 for your chance to win the Mondo Magnolia stamp set. The winner will be announced on the EH blog on 5/8/15.

SUPPLIES

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