Video: Heat Shrink Foam + New Inks + Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hello and welcome! Today’s video shares how to heat shrink craft foam… and also shows an up close look at the new Simon Says Stamp inks.

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I use craft foam a lot on my cards to add dimension (see a video HERE), but did you know that you can shrink it with your heat gun? That’s what I did to create the embellishments on these cards.

I die cut the new Simon Says Stamp hello die from white fun foam. After adding some heat with my heat gun, I have smaller die cuts! A great way to stretch your dies for a new look and size.

I also colored the foam embellishments with Simon Says Stamp dye inks. If you ink the foam before shrinking, the color will change and get a bit darker. If you ink after you do the shrinking, you will get a true color. (Either way, you need to heat set the color so it doesn’t rub off.) It’s nice because you can get a variety of colors from one ink pad!

Many people have asked about the smell of the foam as you shrink it. I don’t notice much of a smell with this particular craft foam. Also, this is a tiny piece, so I had no problems.

I finished off the cards with small fun foam hearts. I applied color to the foam hearts but found the color to be too dark, so I simply stamped them off on to a piece of scratch paper to achieve a lighter color. (I like that you can also die cut your fun foam to create stamps!)

Oh – and by the way – I used a fun scallop Echo Park embossing folder on the cards… and an older (but favorite) sentiment stamp set from Simon.

INK SWATCH

I have a free Ink Swatch Download for these Simon Says Stamp Inks – just click HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads and how I create and store them, head over HERE. (You can see photos of all the SSS ink swatches HERE.)

BLOG HOP

This post is part of a fun blog hop to celebrate the new “Splash of Color” Simon Says Stamp release.

The next stop on the hop is my darling and oh-so-very-funny Laura Bassen. (To start at the beginning of the hop, please head to the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Each stop on the hop will receive a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack randomly selected by Simon on 7/21/15. For your chance, let a comment below by clicking “comments.” Winners will be announced on the SSS blog.

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Video: Ink Blend Coloring + Avery Elle Product Release Close-Up + Giveaway

Hi there. Today’s video shows how to achieve quick coloring with ink blending… along with a quick look at the new Avery Elle release.

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It’s that time of year… time to make lots of cards for lots of teachers! I will be honest: I ran out of time. Eek! So I needed to make several cards as quickly as possible. Therefore, it was time to pull out my Distress Inks for quick color blending. I filmed the process for you, and added a very quick Product Release Close-Up at the end so you could see the new Avery Elle products.

The new Avery Elle Little Minds stamp set is ideal for teacher cards. To add fast coloring, I used my round Ink Blending Tool with various Distress Inks. The inks blend easily – just start by applying pressure outside the image… slowly bringing the ink on to the image using a circular motion. This helps with the blending and prevents lines of color.

By the way, the new Twisted Citron Distress Ink color is such a happy, bright green! It works well with the Mowed Grass Distress Ink. You could try ink blending with other inks but I find that no other ink blends as well as Distress Ink.

For the backgrounds, I used several new dies from Avery Elle and die cut them on to some pieces of Neenah White Cardstock. For the card above, I used my favorite of the new dies – the Burst Die. Isn’t that so cool looking? I’ll admit I did a little happy dance when I saw it.

For the card below, I used the Circle Pierced Dies. This set just puts little piercing in circles and is such a great way to draw attention to the main focus of the card.

Next up is the Pierced Rectangle Die set… (For a video using a similar die, head HERE.)

… and the fun Wonky Stitched Frames set

I really like that Avery Elle put lots of dies in one set. Makes it worth the investment. Here is the Scalloped Frames Die set. So unique…

I really like using unique die frames and/or embossing folders to create fun backgrounds for stamped images like I did here. It is my go-to technique/design these days! Team it up with the quick coloring with Distress Ink Blending and you can have a handful of cards in no time. Woot!

NEW AVERY ELLE PRODUCTS

In the video, I gave you a quick peek at the newest release from Avery Elle. So many great products. You can find these products at Simon Says Stamp, Ellen Hutson, Avery Elle, and Butterfly Reflections. (You can see the products in the thumbnails below.)

GIVEAWAY

I have a new Avery Elle Stamp and Die Set for one lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 6/9/15 telling me your favorite type of card to make. I like making teacher cards. (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: Die Cut Shading + Blog Hop

Welcome. Today’s video shows how to bring your die cuts to life with shading. For fun!

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I’m a big believer in stretching your supplies and this technique gives you more life out of your plain dies. Buy using just a few grey markers (I used C1, C3 and colorless blender Copics), you can add shading and the look of dimension to any colored die cuts. (If you don’t have Copics, try colored pencils.)

I die cut the Poppy Stamps Large Iceland Poppy Die out of scraps of colored cardstock. (Cardstocks are linked below.) I laid all the pieces on some sticky tape to keep them in place while I added some shading with my grey markers. I start by adding the lightest gray around the sides of the piece. Then I go in with darker shades and add shading where I think the darkest parts of the petals would be. To finish, I go over each piece with my colorless blender to blend everything out.

To finish the cards, I die cut the rest of the flower pieces out of white cardstock and added some quick coloring. I assembled the pieces on a white panel die cut from Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Dies. Glossy Accents added dimension to the hello sentiments and Wink of Stella added shimmer to the flowers.

I really wanted to show you that you don’t need every color of Copic Marker to add shading to your die cuts… a few cool grays will do the trick. Remember – this technique would work with any markers – even colored pencils. To see another video with this technique in action, visit HERE.

30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE BLOG HOP

My bestie Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker is hosting her second 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Coloring is Kathy’s gift – she always amazes me with her creations! So she is challenging everyone to color something every day… even if it’s for five minutes. It doesn’t matter what you color or what you are coloring with!

For today’s blog hop, Kathy has assembled all of the teachers and guest artists that taught in the popular Copic Markers for Cardmakers class. We are so excited to play along!

Be sure to hop all the way through the blog hop. At the end, Kathy will have a coupon code for $5.00 off the Online Card Class Copic Markers for Card Makers to get your mojo going. Woot!

The next person in the hop is another of my besties… Kristina Werner. :)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Faux Detail Letterpress & Giveaway

Hi there! Today’s video shares a faux detailed letterpress technique. I haven’t done this technique in awhile, but it is definitely a favorite of mine.

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This faux detailed letterpress technique is a great way to get a new use out of any detailed wafer thin dies you may have. Gotta love that!

The fabulous Waffle Flower Doily Circle and Doily Square dies worked perfectly for this technique… thanks to their great detail. I lightly inked the cutting edges of the dies with dye inks. (I recommend using dye inks, but you can try anything you have. Just be light-handed when applying them.) After the die was inked, I placed them on top of some watercolor paper and ran it through my die cut machine with an embossing pad, so it would emboss instead of cut. (If you don’t have an embossing mat, you could try felt or craft foam. Oh – I use watercolor paper because I like the thickness of it for this technique.) The results? Ink pressed into the paper with great detail.

I added Glossy-Accent-covered-die-cut sentiments by Waffle Flower, some hearts from a Simon Says Stamp die set, and some bling from Lucy Abrams. I really like these sequin packs – so many shapes and sizes included in one.

For my last card, I wanted to do something a bit different so I used VersaMark ink to ink up the die and heat embossed the image using gold embossing powder. I also heat embossed a piece of cardstock with the same gold embossing powder so I could die cut my finishing touches from it and have everything match perfectly.

I wish my photos could capture the dimension and shine!

This technique stretches the use of your dies and gives such beautiful, detailed results. I hope you give it a try.

GIVEAWAY

Aren’t those sequins from Lucy Abram just gorgeous?! I have three packs for a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 5/28/15 telling me your favorite color. Mine is pool! (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: 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!)

SUPPLIES

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