Video: Floating Embellishment Card + Hero Arts Blog Hop (Giveaways!)

Hello. Today I’m taking part in the Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Blog Hop, showcasing their newest holiday release. I have a video for you that shows how to create a floating tree card with a fun background. It looks like magic and is sure to impress your card recipient!

[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.]

Creating this background is such fun. After clear embossing the fantastic background stamp by Hero Arts and Basic Grey on green cardstock, I sprayed it heavily with Gold Metallic Spray from Hero Arts. (Make sure to shake it like crazy before you spray!) After letting it dry completely, I took a cloth and gently buffed the gold off the embossed areas. The embossing powder resists the gold spray and allows the green to show through.

After die cutting a window in the center of the the gold panel and the card, I stretched my favorite gold thread across and sandwiched it between the two pieces.

I used two felt trees from Hero Arts and glued them together in the center of the string, sandwiching the string between them. I colored a Hero Arts snowflake gem and a few regular gemstones with my E35 Copic Marker and adhered the snowflake gemstone to the top of the tree. I didn’t want the back of the snowflake gem to glue my card shut, so on the back I applied some powder from my EK Success powder tool… removing the stick.

Embellishments are not the only thing you can float on a card. You could also use die-cuts or even stamped images!

HERO ARTS BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, I am part of the Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Blog Hop today.

The next person on the hop is the incredible Mariana Grigsby. She is so talented!

GIVEAWAY

There are several ways to win on this hop! Hero Arts will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE that includes an assortment of stamps, inks, stencils and dies valued at over $75. Two $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift cards will also be awarded! The three winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers’ blogs, so the more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning. The giveaways will close at 11:59pm PST on Thursday, Oct 2, with the winners announced on the Hero Arts blog on Friday, Oct 3.

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VIDEO: Die Cutting Felt + Discount Code + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video shares some tips for die cutting felt. I also have a giveaway and discount code for My Favorite Things!

[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.]

Ahhhh… yes. I have fallen back in love with felt and stitching. I am hoping it makes a huge comeback! One of the best lines of felt for cardmaking is from My Favorite Things. It comes in lovely colors (not like the icky colors at the big craft stores) and a nice thickness that works great for die cutting. I found that when die cutting felt with intricate dies, it was best to adhere the felt to a piece of paper first…. giving the die cuts a paper backing. This gives it stability and makes it easier to work with. For this card, I die cut My Favorite Things felt with their Fresh Cut Flowers and “thank you” dies

I added all the die cut felt pieces with Matte Multi Medium to a background cut with a faux-stitched frame die. For a nice finishing touch, I added hand-stitching with my new favorite silver thread. (This thread rocks and is inexpensive… and also comes in gold and light gold.)

SHOPPING DISCOUNT

Good news! I have a discount code that is exclusive for my readers. Just use the code JMFRIENDS between 9/24/14 and 9/27/14 for a 15% discount at My Favorite Things. Spend over $60 and you will get the great Many Thanks die for FREE! (One coupon code per order. For the free die, the total must be $60 after the discount and before shipping.)

If you want a close look at the newest release of My Favorite Things products, be sure to check out THIS video.

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a few My Favorite Things stamps and dies? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/30/14. Good luck.

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Video: No-Mess Glitter Die Cuts

Hello! Today’s video shows how to create glitter die cuts… without the mess during and after.

[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 avoid glitter because it is a mess to work with… or it rubs off easily from the final card. Well today’s video shows many ways to tackle the mess. I really think it is worth it to take these extra steps when using glitter… the final results are so fun.

One important tip is to use high quality, super fine glitter. I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Superfine Glitter in this video. This stuff is amazing! Once you press it on to double-sided tape, it becomes velvety smooth and stays put. (I also like Glitter Ritz and Ranger fine glitters. However, I really like that Elizabeth Craft Designs has developed a TON of incredible products and techniques using their glitters. I highly recommend checking them out HERE… including their videos. And, no, they didn’t ask me to post this. I was just impressed.)

To create these adorable glasses, I use the new My Favorite Things glasses dies to cut cardstock covered with double-sided tape. I then removed the release paper and added the Elizabeth Crafts teal and blue glitter… rubbing it with a bone folder to press the glitter in place. This results in a die cut covered in glitter that doesn’t rub off. But to REALLY be sure it stayed, I covered it with a thick layer of Glossy Accents. The results? SO COOL…

For this next card, I covered the glitter glasses with a layer of clear embossing powder instead of the Glossy Accents. This creates less dimension, but still holds the glitter in place 100%. There is no way it will come off! Woot.

For both cards, I heat embossed the My Favorite Things Diagonal background stamp with another new favorite embossing powder – the WOW Silver Pearl. I really like how this powder pretty much takes the color of paper behind it and adds a pearl-y/metallic-y shine. Good stuff. The sentiment? That is from the My Favorite Things Geek Is Chic stamp set. Perfect for those glasses! I did my stamping on pieces cut with the versatile My Favorite Things Vertical Strip die set. (In the video I show this vertical set together with the horizontal set.)

Here are a few more glitter tips and links for you:

  • I find three things very help when working with glitter: Coffee filters, mini spoons (you can also get from a local ice cream shop), and Swiffer cloths.
  • Still not convinced that glitter can be not-so-messy? Try glitter paper.
  • Check out THIS video for another example I did of glitter die cuts… but before I realized the tips I shared here. :)
  • I will be back soon with another video showing how to get similiar results without needing several colors of glitter. Stay tuned.

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Video: Mixed Sentiment Backgrounds

Hi! Today’s video show creating a background of mixed sentiments. This is a great way to stretch your stamps and get a new look! I created nine cards – oh my!

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

Creating a background of mixed sentiments is a great way to stretch your sentiment stamps for a new look. Here, I mixed several greetings together to form a background... making sure to leave a small gap to add a die cut word afterward. This technique is great for mass-producing cards… so I made NINE! Most are for teachers for the upcoming year. However, you could add a person’s name in the open spot with die cut, sticker or stamped letters. Personalized cards are the best!

I used a mix of sentiments from various sets… all with messages that basically say “you are great”. You could change this up to be all “thanks” greetings… or “get well soon”… or just “hello”. The possibilities are endless! I encourage you to dig through your stamps and see what background you can come up with! I used these stamps for my background: You Rule (a new teacher set), I Like You, You’re One In a Million, Awesome (this is a great new set!), You’re So Nice, You Are Pretty Much the Best Ever (isn’t that greeting the best?!), You Rock and World’s Best.

For most of the cards, I added a “teacher” die cut. To give the die cut dimension and to make it stand out, I covered it with three layers of embossing powder. On the pink and grey card, I used three layers of silver glitter embossing powder. I love that look…

I embellished most of the cards with die cut stars. (These stars are also covered with three layers of embossing powder. It is amazing the difference that makes!) Finally, I clear embossed diagonal stripes along the edge of each notecard for a bit of fun. I gotta say – that diagonal stripe background stamp is a must-have.

Here is a close look at some of the cards. I made one of the cards for my brother… personalizing it with Mama Elephant Inline die cut letters.

This card design is one you can change up and make work with whatever products you have on hand. Love that! If you are interested in seeing another video with a similar technique, check out THIS one on cluster stamping.

I hope this inspires you to try mixing up some sentiments for a fun background!

STRETCH YOUR STAMPS 2

The cards I created here were inspired by the upcoming Online Card Class – Stretch Your Stamps 2 – which starts Monday, 8/4/14. The samples and (30+!) videos in this class are incredible… and you can have access to class for a lifetime. Hope to see you there! Click HERE for more info.

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Video: Spotlight Die Cutting + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today’s technique of spotlight die cutting is a fun way to combine your stamps and dies to create a unique look.

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch the video in HD on YouTube.]

The technique of spotlight stamping has been around for a long time. Here, I did a spin on that technique by adding a die cut with dimension. Using the Waffle Flower Loved stamp set and Waffle Flower Starter Tag die, I was able to create three cards at once…

This technique is easier to demonstrate in a video then explain in text, so be sure to watch the video above. Spotlight die cutting would work with pretty much any stamp and die, but I feel it works really great with stamp sets like this one from Waffle Flower where you can “build” complicated images. You could also use any inks!

On all three cards, I “spotlighted” the stamping on the tags by heat embossing with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I love how the embossed images line up perfectly with the stamping behind it.

On the first card (shown above, I used three new fabulous WPlus9 ink colors – Mojito, Miami Spice and Flamingo. On the next I used pool colors – Hero Arts Soft Pool Ink and the new WPlus9 Ocean Drive Ink

On the last card I used two shades of grey ink (Simon Says Stamp Fog and Smoke) along with pops of color with enamel accents.

(Sorry that I didn’t get the best photos of these cards. Something is goobery with my camera. Shoot.)

Looking for another example of spotlighting with stamping and die cutting? Check out THIS video.

GIVEAWAY & WINNERS

Giveaway time! One lucky winner will get the Waffle Flower Loved stamp set I used above. Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST 8/4/14 for your chance. Good luck!

I have some winners: KathleenDolls (texture and embossing paste), barbara macaskill (Freckled Fawn 3-month subscription),  Larissa Heskett (SSS Card Kit), Lisa H ($30 Winnie and Walter gift certificate),  Ruby C ($30 Winnie and Walter gift certificate), and  Nandini ($30 Winnie and Walter gift certificate).

See you soon!

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Video: Watercolor & Stamping… + Shop For a Good Cause

Hi! Today’s video shares some tips and tricks for using watercolor with stamping and die cutting. The project uses some great products from Mama Elephant… and below I have some information on how you can shop for these goodies while earning money for a good cause. Yay!

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails below. To watch the video in HD, click HERE.]

Ahhh… my love for watercolor with stamping is still going strong! It is such fun. Because of this love, I have bought and tried pretty much all of the watercolor mediums out there. My favorite has been the Peerless Watercolor, which you can see in my video HERE. (And I have several more videos coming up.) I love how creamy and vibrant the colors are… and they seem to do the blending for you. Well, a few weeks ago I got an email from my friend Kryssi who is one of the owners of Mama Elephant. She told me about another watercolor and insisted I try it. Boy am I glad I did. I now am donating all of my watercolor mediums except two – the Peerless Watercolor and the Gansai Tambi that I am demonstrating today.

Gansai Tambi is a high-quality Japanese watercolor that goes on very creamy and vibrant… much like the Peerless. I like that the big set has a gold, bronze, white and pearly white, and that the light colors even show up on dark cardstock! Swoon. I will be using these (and the Peerless) from here on out. Love. I just wish I would have found these in the beginning! (Oh, and for pencil form, I still love the Inktense.)

So! Back to this card and video. For the heat embossing of the images, I used one of my favorite tricks. I first stamped the Mama Elephant In My Heart little girl and sentiment (what a GREAT set!) with Hero Arts Black Dye Ink. I then stamped right on top of it with Versmark Ink and added clear embossing powder. I find that I get the best “black heat embossing” results this way since black powders can be messy and black pigment ink is often not crisp. (And one less product to buy!) The Gansai Tambi watercolors were perfect to add the coloring, and also for the sky-wash background. I also used the Mama Elephant Landscape Trio cloud die to create a background with dimension.

RELATED PROJECTS

Here are some other videos you might find helpful with watercolor:

SHOP FOR A GOOD CAUSE

I am a huge fan of Operation Write Home, who collects and distributes loads of handmade cards for soldiers overseas to send home to family members. Well, from now until 7/31/14, 20% of the profits of the In My Heart stamp set purchased through the Mama Elephant site goes to Operation Write Home. So, please support this wonderful cause! Also, this stamp set was designed specifically with the efforts of Operation Write Home in mind. Love!

Thanks for your time. Have a great day!

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