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!)

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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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Video: Window Shaker Card + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hello. Today I have a video sharing an easy way to create a window shaker card. Oh – and this post is also part of a fun blog hop with giveaways! Keep reading…

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Before I get started, I wanted to say – - I am very excited about the stamp set I am using today! My sweet friend Shari Carroll designed it with my daughter in mind. It’s called Lila’s Heart and I am so excited about this set. Shari did an awesome job! (Thank you, Shari. Love you.) Isn’t she the cutest? So here is little Lila… all colored with Copic Markers and a bit of detail with a white Gelly Roll pen.

For the background of the card, I heat embossed the new Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts background with silver pearl embossing powder. I love the pearly tone-on-tone look this gives. I cut the window of the card using a circle die.

Next, I taped that same circle die on the front of an Avery Elle Stamp Pocket. (You could instead use two pieces of thin plastic.) I used the circle die as a guide for stamping two circle sentiment stamps from the new SSS Circle Sayings stamp set with Staz On white ink.

Here’s the cool part – I used the new We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool to fuse the two pieces of plastic together to make a shaker pocket. The same circle die acted as my guide and ran the tool along edge, leaving just enough open to fill the shaker pocket with sequins before sealing it completely shut. This tool is meant for pocket scrapbooking, but I think it works great for shaker cards! Another great thing? There is no bulk to this shaker card because no foam tape is needed. (You could use flat double-sided tape to create the pocket, but this tool makes it quick.)

I sandwiched my little shaker pocket between the grey stamped piece and the notecard. This forms a fun, flat shaker window.

I love that little Lila girl!

PRODUCT RELEASE CLOSE-UP VIDEO

Yesterday I shared a Product Release Close-Up video… giving a close look at these new products from Simon Says Stamp 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 are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.) I thought I would share it again today in case you missed it.

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BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Simon Says Stamp Falling For You Blog Hop celebrating the release of their newest products.

The next person on the hop is my lovely friend Debby Hughes. (To start at the beginning of the hop, head to the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack? For your chance, leave a comment here by 4/28/15. SSS will pick a winner here and from each blog on the hop. Winners will be posted on the SSS blog after 4/28/15.

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Thanks for the products to use in this hop, SSS!)

Video: Birthday Index Card Box + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

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I send out a lot of cards. However, I’m not good about sending out birthday cards. I want to change that so I tried out a system that my mom has used for many years. It’s been working for me and I thought it might be helpful for you too! So… today’s video shares how to create a birthday card index box.

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This little box is helping me to stay organized… send more birthday cards… and makes me happy!

To create the monthly card dividers, I used the coming-soon Paper Smooches File Folders die and colorful cardstocks. I also decided to laminate the dividers by placing them in some laminating pouches and running them through my laminator. The pouches are inexpensive (I got a ton but you can get a small package) and I was able to fit four dividers in one pouch. I cut all the dividers apart, leaving a small border of lamination around the edges so that I wouldn’t break the seal it created. I labeled each month with my label maker. Man – I love my label maker! (By the way – you could save a lot of time by using store-bought dividers. But what fun is that?!)

I wanted a title card for my index box, so I stamped a sentiment and a balloon image from Paper Smooches Birthday Bash stamp set using black ink. I colored in the balloons with my Copic Markers to match my cardstock dividers. Since the balloons overlap, you get some fun blending in between each color. I also laminated this piece to keep it nice and durable.

I created my own birthday index cards that have all the information you need to stay organized with birthdays. (You can download it HERE.) This will be so helpful when it’s time to send out Christmas cards too. Oh, and I got the clear index box at Amazon… but it is out of stock so my friends at Simon Says Stamp have some on order and will coming soon HERE.) Isn’t if fun!?

Now I tend to go overboard… but there are ways to simplify this project. You can always use regular dividers that come in most index boxes and use regular index cards instead of the ones I created. You can also just stamp the months of the year instead of using a label maker or just use cardstock dividers without the lamination. Regardless of how you create it, I really hope the idea of a birthday index card box is helpful to you.

FREE DOWNLOAD

Click HERE to download my Birthday Index Card PDF. Just print on cardstock and cut them out!

PAPER SMOOCHES DESIGN TEAM BLOG HOP

It’s Pep Rally week over at Paper Smooches and today we are blog hopping to share with you a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches MAY release! These products will be available to purchase on 4/30/15 at 8:00pmPST. Once the release goes live, you will find the new products HERE. I am a guest designer this month and will be sharing more cards soon.

The next person on the hop is outstanding JJ Bolton. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Paper Smooches blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Up for grabs today is a $25 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches online store. FOUR winners will be chosen at random from comments on any of the blogs on this hop. Be sure to comment by midnight PST on 4/26/15. Winners will be announced on the Paper Smooches blog on 4/27/15. For more details on the giveaway, head to the PS blog.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Foil Die Cuts 3 Ways

Hello and welcome. Today I am sharing three different techniques to add foil to your die cuts.

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Okay, I have said it before and I will say it again – I’m completely addicted to foiling. (See links to over foil videos below.) I promise to not overload you with foiling, but I do also promise to do a video on the Heidi Swapp Minc machine soon.

Today’s video shows three techniques for adding foil to die cuts.

TECHNIQUE 1: TONER PAPER

The first technique involves using printed toner on cardstock. I created a PDF (see download below) that has a large area of black and printed it on white cardstock using my laser printer. (You must use a laser printer!) I cut a piece big enough for my Paper Smooches roses die and ran it through my die cut machine. I covered the die cut with some Melon Deco Foil and used a piece of parchment paper as a carrier sheet to put in my laminator. The toner sticks to the foil when you run it through the laminator and you end up with a foiled die cut! It’s magic I tell ya!

TECHNIQUE 2: HEAT EMBOSSED PAPER

If you don’t have a laser printer and don’t want to go to an office supply store to have them print it, I suggest trying my second technique. This technique uses heat embossed paper. I applied VersaMark to a piece of white cardstock and heat embossed it with clear ultra-fine embossing powder. I die cut the same rose die from the embossed paper and sent it through my laminator the same way as the first technique. I also did this technique for the side borders of the card using Opal Foil. (That Opal Foil is gorgeous!)

TECHNIQUE 3: HOT MELT ADHESIVE

The third technique is to use Hot Melt Adhesive Sheets. This will allow you to apply the foil directly onto your card. I die cut a piece of the adhesive sheet and added it with the foil to my cardstock before running through the laminator. You could also do this on fabric!

I hope this inspires you to use your foil with your die-cuts.

TONER PDF DOWNLOAD

In the video, I show a print-out that had a large area of black toner. You can get this download HERE. Just download it and print it on cardstock with a laser printer. (You must use laser toner for this technique to work. You can always go to a office store or Kinkos to print.)

ADDITIONAL FOIL VIDEOS

Be sure to check out my other foil videos, too:

SIMON SAYS STAMP BLOG

This video is part of a guest spot over on the Simon Says Stamps Blog. Be sure to check it out – their blog is active and awesome!

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