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.)

See you soon!

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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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Video: Glitter Background

Hi! Today I have a video showing a oh-so-very-cool glitter background. This is one of those cards that looks incredible in real life – I wish I could send a card to all of you out there to see. And believe it or not – it is very simple to make.

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]

Background dies are becoming more popular these days. And with the higher price point of these dies, I am a big fan of finding many ways to use them. This background die from Memory Box is so detailed and fantastic!

The process is easier to do than it is to explain. :) I started by adding double-sided Be Creative Tape to a cardstock panel. I then used the Memory Box Mod Flower die to cut through the release paper side of my panel. I selected areas of release paper to take off to reveal the adhesive behind. Next, I added the lovely super fine Glitter Ritz glitter (colors linked in thumbnails below) and burnished it in place. (The glitter stays put VERY well.) I then moved on to removing even more release paper and adding more glitter. Throughout the process, I kept my work surface clean with Swiffer Dusting Cloths. Boy, does using them make a BIG difference. The final results? Smooooooth glitter paper. Yum.

Wanna see the resulting shimmer catching the light? Check out my mini Instagram video HERE.

The greeting is from the very-popular-and-hard-to-find Mama Elephant Make a Wish stamp set. (Which is back in stock now!) I heat embossed it with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. Simple.

I am always a fan of when you can make two cards at once, so I used the remaining circle from above for a second card.

I had been wanting to use the Ali Edwards Fabulous Die and it worked perfectly here.  I stamped the “you are” using a Winnie and Walter set and added my favorite Studio Calico sequins. Easy peasy.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Video: Faux Metal Embellishments

Hello! Today’s video shows how to use your dies and embossing powder to create faux metal embellishments. It is simple!

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails below.]

I shared this card last week on the Hero Arts blog, but received questions so I thought I would post it here. The video shows another great way to stretch your dies… by turning your die cuts into faux metal embellishments. I used the new Hero Arts Blooming Flower die and glued several layers together. (However, you could literally do this with any die you have! I thought this one was perfect because it looks like a medallion and is therefore impressive in metal.) After cutting the layered die cut in half and pressing the pieces onto a Versamark Ink pad, I added silver embossing powder. I put on two layers of silver to give a smoother look and then sprinkled on a little gold for a mixed effect. So easy.

I also pressed Versamark Ink around the outside edge of a notecard and added a mix of powders to make it match the medallion. The greeting? That is from the older Hero Arts Merci Bouquet set.

If you are interested in any of the other new Hero Arts products, you can find many of them HERE.

Have you ever tried a technique like this? Would love to hear. You could mix any powders!

WINNER

I have a winner! The winner of the big Avery Elle giveaway is Marilyn C. Lojek. I emailed you.

See you soon!

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