Today I am a guest over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog to celebrate Diecember – their month long focus on die cutting. My video shows a fun technique that combines watercolor and faux letterpress. This is just another great way to get more out of your dies!
I love making an impression in paper with my dies using an embossing mat. (Try the Tan Embossing Mat or Embossing Pads.) And I love watercolor. So why not combine them? I used Distress Markers – one of my favorite products – but you could use any type of coloring here. Just let the impression in the paper guide you.
This next card was simple and fast to pull together. Although I traced the Thanks impression with Distress Markers and then added water with a brush to give the watercolor look, it would have been fun just to trace it alone.
The background? Well I did that with the very cool Memory Box Swirling Snowflakes Die. Instead of cutting with the die, I sandwiched my paper between the die and a Tan Embossing Mat and ran it through my die cut machine as if I was doing an embossing folder. This results in the die leaving a cool impression on the paper instead of cutting it. Embossing folders cannot achieve impressions of such detail! (You can do this with any die cut machine! To see this technique in action, check the video HERE.)
And that “you’re amazing” greeting from the kit’s stamps set? That is one that I will use a lot. Perfect for the front of a card, and also the inside. (In fact, this stamp set has several that are great for card insides.)
And of course… we have giveaways! For your chance to win a fun goody bag from Simon Says Stamp, just leave a comment here by 6:00pmEST on 10/24/13. There will be a giveaway on each of the blogs of the hop, so be sure to keep hopping and commenting. Winners will be posted on 10/25/13 on the SSS blog.
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Reason #1: It’s great for highlighting stamped images.
I am constantly inspired by how my dear friend Kathy Racoosin uses a white pen. With simple dots here and there, she makes a card come alive. (Check out some good examples here, here and here. In fact, I even love the white pen action on the butterflies in her blog banner!)
So, when I saw the new Calico stamp set from Paper Smooches, I thought it would be fun to trace the flowers with white dots. Now my handiwork isn’t nearly as perfect as Kathy’s, but I was working against time. (I craft during Lila’s naps.) I still do like how it makes the flowers pop off the kraft notecard…
Reason #3: It’s perfect for fixing poor white heat embossing.
I will admit it – sometimes when I white heat emboss an image, I doesn’t completely emboss. That is no problem, thanks to the handy white pen. I simply use it to fill in any areas that are missing.
For example, I used a mirrored stamping technique to get the reverse of the fish on this card. The resulting mirrored embossed image wasn’t the best – quite splotchy. I simply filled it in with a white pen and no one will ever know…
I was inspired to die cut windows from some awesome wood paper after seeing a card my fab friend Kathy Racoosin did at a retreat a couple weeks ago. (Be sure to go see her card HERE – it is very clever! She is the master of looking at products differently and creatively. She turned this die and wood paper combo into a cruise ship!) These windows are quick to do with the three-square die from Simon Says Stamp. (This is so much faster than trying to line up individual dies or punching them!) That wood paper is awesome…