Video: Inlaid Die Cutting + Giveaway!

Hi there, stampers. Today’s video shows a trick for doing die cut inlaying with intricate dies and also introduces the new Wink of Luna metallic pens.

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Die cut inlaying is one of my favorite techniques… one that I have showed here and in my Online Card Classes many times. (Check out the links below.) However, sometimes the technique can take a lot of time when there are lots of tiny pieces. Instead of skipping out of the cool technique, I figured out a trick that helps quite a bit. It isn’t easy to explain in text but makes sense when you see it in action… so be sure to check out the video above. I used the new My Favorite Things Gerber Daisy dies. (These dies are free with a $60 purchase at MFT. This set is amazing… so stock up on stamps, dies and cardstock or try out their new hybrid ink and get it for free! Woot!) Although I did my coloring with Copics, you could use any markers. To keep it simple, I die cut around the flower with my frequently-used MFT Pierced Circle Die and added it to a 4.25″x4.25″ card.

Oh… and I almost forgot to mention the greeting. (Since I almost forgot to add it to the card, too!) I did that with the cute, tiny little “hello” die from the MFT Smart Phone set. I gave it a subtle pewter look my covering it with silver Wink of Luna metallic marker. Yep – you heard me right. Shimmery Stella has a sister and her name is Metallic Luna. She looks best in silver and black. ;)

Die cut inlaying can be tricky, but I think the smooth results are worth the effort. Remember – you could save a lot of time by just layering the individual die cuts for a similar look!

Want to learn more about die cut inlaying? Check these out…

  • Die Cut Inlay 3 Ways – This video shows three simple ways to do this technique.
  • Unique Inlays – You can even do inlay with wood veneer!
  • 2 Cards in 1 – If you do die cut inlaying right, you can end up with two cards at once. This video shows how.
  • With Texture – I love the look of texture that Kelly added to her inlays.
  • Window – Jean did an amazing job on this card!

GIVEAWAY

Giveaway time! For your chance to win two of my favorite die sets from My Favorite Things, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/21/14. Good luck.

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Video: Ink Layering + WPlus9 Ink Collection GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I have a video that shows using layered stamping to achieve new ink colors. I also share a peek at the new WPlus9 Pure Color Inks… and a giveaway of a whole set!

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One of the best ways to get more out of your ink is to layer two colors on top of each other. By doing this, you can get three colors instead of just two. For this card, I layered several new WPlus9 Inks (more on those in a second)… using only five inks even though it looks like nine! The WPlus9 Triangles stamp set was perfect for this technique.

I finished the card off with a fun “xoxo” Amy Tangerine die cut covered with Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder. (Love that stuff!)

OK… about those inks! If you have been to my blog before, you likely know that my favorite ink is the Hero Arts Shadow Ink because they smooth out to give very solid results. Recently WPlus9 (one of my favorite stamp companies) came out with their own ink – Pure Color – using the same formulation/supplier. I was thrilled to hear more colors would be available in this great ink type! (Simon Says Stamp inks also have this formulation.)

WPlus9 has 10 inks in the Pure Color ink collection. What I really like about these inks is that they didn’t just come out with basic colors, but rather a unique collection of colors that work REALLY well together. You can easily team them up with each other to get unique and fabulous color combos. They have a lovely sherbet-like tone to them that makes me oh-so-happy. (By the way, if you would like a Ink Swatch Book download for these inks, click HERE.)

By the way, I wanted to mention something about inks. I do a lot of ink reviews on my blog and share the ones I like best. However, everyone is different! You don’t need them ALL… just the ones that you feel would best work for you and what you like to create. For me? I most like inks that even out and smooth (such as Hero Arts Shadow, WPlus9 Pure Color and SSS Inks). I also like a good pigment ink. But pick what is best for YOU. (And keep in mind that there are many inks I don’t use often because I find they don’t work great for me.) If you want to see my ink comparison video, check HERE.

Hope you liked this way to get more from your inks!

GIVEAWAY

Today’s giveaway is a big one. One lucky winner will get ALL ten WPlus9 Pure Color Inks! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/16/14.

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Video: Lifelike Die Cuts

Hi there. Today I have a video showing creative ways to use dies… including lifelike die cuts, dimension die cuts and debossing with dies.


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I do a majority of my die cutting from white Neenah cardstock. Then I used my markers to add color. For the lilies on this card, I used a My Favorite Things lily die set and added the look of dimension with Copic Markers. (However, you could use any color media!) I have mentioned in previous posts that I am a fan of stamp sets that “build” to create a multi-color image. So I was thrilled to find this lily die set that “builds” to create this dimensional, intricate flower.

I used Glossy Accents to hold my little die cut pieces together… and added tiny pieces of Kool-Tak clear foam tape under some of the petals for some real dimension.

I wanted to give some “heaviness” to my hello die cut, so I covered it with Glossy Accents. I also used my Embossing Pad with the My Favorite Things Modern Morocco background die to create a debossed background.

All three dies I used here are from My Favorite Things. However, the lily die set is only available on the MFT website… and free with a $60 purchase. (You can find more details on their site.) I would recommend checking out their other new products, cardstock (it is one of my favorites) and inks (you can see a review of the inks here.) Gotta love a free die set!

OTHER LINKS

Here are some other fun uses of die cuts…

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Video: Staggered Die Cuts, Clear Cards and More

Hello! Today I have a video along with two bonus cards. The video shows two fun techniques: staggered die cuts and a clear card


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For the “hello” piece on this, I layered/staggered six Lawn Fawn hello die cuts. (I used Simon Says Stamp cardstock for this. Love the colors.) When I was done, I covered the whole piece with Wink of Stella shimmer and the top blue “hello” with Glossy Accents. It reminds me of candy!

I cut the edge of the white piece using the new Lawn Fawn Speech Bubble Border die. This border die is genius and I am seeing so many people use it in creative ways! I assembled everything on a clear Hero Arts acetate notecard. (Check the video to see how.) That sweet greeting on the inside is from the Lawn Fawn Starry Backdrops set.

I really enjoyed all of the new Lawn Fawn release… so I thought I would create a couple more cards. The first uses the same hello die, but I layered 6 black die cuts together for a bold look. I then added the perfectly perfect Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka sequins with Matte Multi Medium. (The best way to hold sequins – by far.) I love that there are flower sequins in the pack, too! Oh, and I threw in a few plain gems for fun. The notecard is one of Lawn Fawn’s 4-bar polka dot notecards turned inside out.

And I just couldn’t resist the new Lawn Fawn Let’s Roll set. Aren’t these images the cutest? I just colored them with Copic Markers and added Glossy Accents to the hearts and soy.

Before I go, I wanted to mention a few winners…

WINNERS

The lucky one who will get the set of Studio Calico Inks is Kristie Maynard and the winner of the Hero Arts stamps is Alanna N.

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Video: More “Watercolor” Die Cuts

Recently, I had the honor of sharing a video over on the Lawn Fawn blog. One of the Lawn Fawn owners, Kelly Marie, is a dear friend of mine and one of the sweetest people to ever walk this crafty world. So, it truly is was an honor.

This video shows another example of “watercolor” die cuts. I am very addicted to these techniques! And who said Distress Inks couldn’t be used for “cutesy” cards?

(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

I am a big fan of dies that not only cut but add the what-looks-like-perforated finishing touch, such as the Lawn Fawn Spring Showers dies. Those little dashed lines absorb ink a bit better and therefore give great results.

After using the cloud dies to cut watercolor paper, I smooshed them around in some Salty Ocean Distress Ink and water on a craft sheet. After they dried, I pounced them with a paint brush covered with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and water. The results? Lots of texture. Lots of watercolory color. Little effort. I also created the background, sun and hearts in the same way. I finished the card front with that adorably adorable “hello sunshine” message. Oh – and see the subtle shimmer on the whole card? I did that quickly with my Shimmer spritz.

The card is actually a 4-bar card – only 3 1/2″ x 4 7/8″ – which is smaller than most. I am really enjoying this size as it is such a nice change of pace. I used one of the new Lawn Fawn polka 4-bar notecards inside out. (You could always cut your own 4-bar notecard and use the Lawn Fawn 4-bar white envelopes. These envelopes are thick so they hold up very well in the mail.)

Here is some more inspiration for you:

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VIDEO: Adding Color to Die Cuts – 2 Ways

I am 100% addicted to die cuts. So in today’s video I show two fun ways to color large, intricate die cuts to “bring them to life.”

I am always excited when Memory Box has a new release because quality of their dies is amazing. I was browsing their site when I saw an amazing card that I had to create on my own. So I emailed the owner, Dave, and he gave me permission to create my own version and share with you. (He is a nice guy and also used to be an engineer. He rocks.)

First up? Adding color to an intricate die with paper layering…

Isn’t that Memory Box Tulips Circle die amazing? You can cut it up to get one tulip… or leave it as it is for a full circle. I used my favorite Simon Says Stamp and My Favorite Things cardstocks to add color layers. For the tiny glitter pieces sticking out of each flower, I used DCWV Glitter Paper.

I grabbed the Memory Box Tulips and Delicate Blossoms dies to cut the smaller layering pieces, but you could always do those by hand.

I thought this greeting from the My Favorite Things Well Wishes stamp set was perfect for these cards. And by embossing with the marvelous Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, you can get a touch of elegance. (I also used this embossing powder to cover the heart die cut.)

Next up? Adding color with markers…

After coloring with Copic Markers (although you could use ANY color medium), I added Wink of Stella shimmer and a heavy coat of Glossy Accents. I love the results…

These technique would work with any die. I think it would be fun with a large doily or background die!

Has die cutting won your heart? I think I use dies 50% of the time and stamps 50% of the time. What about you?

Hope to see you soon! XO

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