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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Video: Die Cut Window Cards

Hello! Today’s video shares how to create die cut windows with a word suspended across. This technique is fun! So fun that I actually created four cards. I did these cards as part of the Virginia’s View Challenge where I am a guest. (More on that below.)

[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.]

If you have stopped by my blog before, you know these cards have three things I am adore. First, they include word dies cuts. Second, they have a window. Third, the technique results in two cards at once. Bam!

For the first set of cards I show in the video, I started by inking white cardstock with Distress Ink and a fabulous Memory Box stencil for a tone-on-tone look. I then used some partial die cutting tricks to die cut a circle window with the Mama Elephant “hello” greeting suspended across it. The technique results in one continuous piece – with the word connected to the panel. I love this look!

After creating the die cut panel, I used the same stencil to apply embossing paste to the front of a white notecard. I then added the panel on top… lining up the stencil pattern in the paste with the stencil pattern in the inked die cut panel. I finished it off with my favorite sequins and silver dots using a Silver Paper Pen. Man oh man… I love the look of that “hello” suspended across that window!

I used the leftover die cut pieces from the first card to create this second. I started by masking around the edges of a white notecard with painters tape and applied embossing paste over the Memory Box Stencil. I then adhered the die cut pieces – lining up the pattern – and finished it with a small glitter die cut heart. Easy. And fast!

So those first two cards, I used partial die cutting tricks to create one continuous piece. For the next two cards, I cheated and did a much faster version of the technique. Any although the word isn’t really connected to the panel around the window, it is hard to tell! You can pick whichever technique you prefer.

I once again started with white cardstock and inked it lightly with Distress Ink. I then inked more over a dot stencil for a tone-on-tone look. After die cutting the word thanks from the inked piece, I die cut a heart around it. I taped the word into the heart in the panel (with the tape on the back) so it looks like the word is suspended across and is one with the panel. (A little cheating is welcome in crafting!) I kept this simple by just adding Wink of Stella to the dots and a bit of sequin and silver dot bling.

I adhered the leftover pieces on a mini card… and added Glossy Accents to the dots for some dimension and shine. I think this is my favorite of the four. So clean and simple.

VIRGINIA’S VIEW CHALLENGE

As I mentioned, these cards are for my guest spot over at the Virginia’s View Challenge Blog. I have shared in the past a few challenge blogs that I like… and this new one is one of the best out there. The sweet Virginia Lu leads it and there are some amazing ideas and submissions. You can draw inspiration from the challenge photo (below) and link over on the blog. I believe they have prizes, too! (Congrats, Virginia, on your awesome blog. I adore you and all that you are adding to this great hobby.)

SHOPPING NOTE

I have received many emails about me using products that are out of stock in stores. I just wanted to mention a few things about this:

  1. I take a lot of time to link to multiple sources/stores in the thumbnails at the end of each post. You can find these sources in the abbreviations under the product thumbnail. (Example: Click “EH” to see the product at Ellen Hutson.) Sometimes one store may be out of stock but another isn’t.
  2. I do not work for these stores so I have no real way of knowing how many are in stock before I use them.
  3. I do know that the stores I link to (except Amazon – not sure about them) are very good about placing reorders very quickly. However, sometimes manufacturers are very slow to fill those big orders. So just because you see something is “out of stock” in a store doesn’t mean that it isn’t on order.
  4. Please know that if something is out of stock, it is because many people also loved the product you want! :) Heck – I bought the product and used it because I love it, too. It happens. But thankfully there are lots of great products out there. (And I try to mention alternative products in my video.)

I really try my bestestestest to use a variety of products and share with you fun ways to use these products. I use what I love… and sometimes those things go out of stock. :)

Thanks for stopping by. Oh – and I will be back soon with winners from past giveaways. Thanks!

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Video: Clear Card with Die Cuts

Hello! I am back with a video showing how to create a clear card with floating die cuts. This is such a great way to create a unique card and make good use of your dies. (This card is featured over on the Avery Elle blog today, too.)

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

Well, today happens to be my birthday (shhhhhh) so I thought I would celebrate by sharing a card with cheerful balloons. I started with a Hero Arts acetate notecard for my clear card base. For the bold colorful balloons, I used Avery Elle inks in Aquamarine, Raspberry and Celery to stamp the new Avery Elle balloon images. Cutting them out was quick, thanks to the easy-to-position matching balloon dies. (I am not one who usually buys matching dies. But these dies can be used on their own, too, with colorful cardstock. Therefore, this set seems to be a good investment to me.) I love the big, round, happy balloons!

I added black string to the knots of the balloon and used a small touch of Multi Medium to keep them from coming undone. I also stamped little stars with White Staz-On ink on the clear card. This white ink works great on clear cards!

The only thing you have to be careful of with clear cards is hiding the adhesive on the other side. But this is easy! I die cut three of the same balloons from white cardstock and adhered them to the backside of the stamped balloons. I also added white balloons on the inside of the card (where you can add a message) and the back of the card (for your “handstamped by” image)… being sure to line them all up. Easy!

I love clear cards. Here are some links to others I have done in the past:

Thanks for stopping by. Off to have cake! XO

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Video: Flip-It Stamping + Studio Calico Discount Code + Giveaway!

Hello! Today’s video shows a quick and easy birthday card featuring flip-it stamping… where you stamp with the backside of a clear stamp. I also have a great discount code for over at Studio Calico that gets you their newest card kit for only $10! (See below.)

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

You know me – I love to use stamps in creative ways. Here, I took a stamp set with graphic images and used them to create candles! I picked the “Make a Wish” sentiment from the newest Studio Calico Hello, Hello Card Kit and stamped with the backside of the sentiment to create the candle itself. (I call this “flip it stamping” since “backside stamping” sounded a bit inappropriate. LOL. You can do this with any symmetrical stamp to create a backdrop or shadow for the regular image. This works great with many sentiments which often have a rectangular backside. I also like it with circle, heart and star images.) I then white heat embossed the greeting on top and stamped “flames” with the leaf from the stamp set.

In the video, I share my favorite tip for fixing images that don’t stamp entirely. Fantastix are perfect for this. They are firm foam-like tools that are great for applying little areas of ink. I love them with any ink, but especially the Hero Arts Shadow Inks I used here. (You can see another video using Fantastix HERE and HERE. And I talked to SSS – they will have more of these in stock today!)

Oh and that awesome “friend” die? Wow. So intricate and lovely. That is new and exclusive to Studio Calico. (I also like their “happy” and “thanks” dies. I think some of these are sold out but they said they will be getting more soon.) I layered up 4 of white die cuts and topped it with glitter paper.

In the video, I also showed a second card using another new stamp set from Studio Calico. I kept this one simple and just colored around it with Copic Markers.

DISCOUNT CODE

The kind folks over at Studio Calico are offering a great deal just for my readers! If you have been interested in trying out the Studio Calico Card Kits, now is the time. (I am loving them more and more each month. Such good stuff!)  Here is the deal: Start a Card Subscription with Hello, Hello Card Kit and receive your first month for $10! Use the promo code “JMCJUNE” before 11:59pmEST on 6/26/14. (Valid only with a Hello, Hello Card Kit Subscription in your cart. Not valid on previous purchases. Must enter code at checkout. Refunds will not be issued for misused or non-entered codes. This offer is valid while supplies last.)

GIVEAWAY

I have a bundle of fun Studio Calico products for a lucky reader. For your chance, leave a comment by 11:59pmEST on 6/6/14. Good luck!

(I will be back to announce other giveaway winners soon. My assistant has been busy with sick kids and end-of-year school projects. Oh – and by the way – *I* am my own assistant. LOL.)

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Video: DIY Embossed Patterned Paper + 3 Cards + Giveaway!

Hello! A few days ago I posted a video showcasing the newest Lawn Fawn products. Today I have another video using several of these great products… and showing how to create your own colorful and embossed patterned paper.

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

Many great stamp sets come with tiny little images such as hearts, stars, dots and flowers. Often these little images get overlooked, but today’s technique allows them to shine. By repeatedly heat embossing lots and lots of these little guys in fun colors of embossing powders, I created my own vibrant patterned paper. Be sure to watch the video — I show tips for speeding up this process.

For these cards, created my own paper by starting with green cardstock and heat embossing small images from the Lawn Fawn Chit Chat, Hello Baby and Love You S’more sets. I used various colors of opaque WOW embossing powders. (I hadn’t really used many of their powders before and I am very impressed. They have a HUGE variety and the price of one bottle is very low!) From one 4.25″x5.5″ piece of DIY-patterned-paper, I was able to create three cards.

The first card showcases the DIY-patterned-paper behind a partial die cut greeting panel. This Lawn Fawn Thanks Scripty die has won my heart. Swoon! (I will do another video on this technique soon.)

For the second card, I die cut a “19″ from the DIY-patterned-paper using the new Lawn Fawn Louies die set. (This is an excellent set and I have already used it for two of Colin’s school projects!) I also created a white-on-white number background to give it a bit of interest. (Sidenote: I can’t believe our oldest, Kay, will be 19 next month! Oh my.)

The third card was super quick and basic. On top of a strip of my DIY-patterned-paper, I added three greetings from the Lawn Fawn Chit Chat set. Those greetings are perfection.

By the way, you can speed up the amount of time it takes to create the DIY-patterned-paper by just stamping with colorful inks on a light paper. But I just love the bright color on the bright background. And using a mini spoon to better control the powder and a Swiffer cloth to help with clean up makes a *big* difference.

By the way, I did this video for my friends over at Lawn Fawn to share on their blog. You can see the post HERE.

GIVEAWAY

I mentioned above that I really am liking the WOW Embossing Powders. So guess what? I have 10 bottles to share with a friend out there! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 5/28/14. Good luck.

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