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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Video: Glitter Die Cuts

Hello, stampers. Today’s card shows how fast and not-so-messy creating glitter die cuts can be. Yes – you heard me right. :)

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Yes, it is possible to easily create a subtle, smooth glittery card without creating a mess! Just grab a piece of double sided tape (my favorite is Be Creative) and add it to a piece of white cardstock. Grab any die – those with lots of detail and cut-out areas work best, such as this SSS Butterfly Drift die. Put the die face down on the adhesive-covered cardstock and run it through any die cut machine as normal. Next, start to peel away the die cut release paper – one area at a time. Add a bit of your favorite glitter (my favorite is Glitter Ritz since it is subtle, smooth, and velvety) and burnish it in place with a bone folder.

At this point, glitter may be everywhere! No worries. Just cut a small piece from a Swiffer Dusting Cloth (disposable and inexpensive) and wipe it all away. It works magically. Continue to remove additional areas of release paper and add more glitter, cleaning each time. Once done, add the piece to your card and heat emboss a “thinking of you” message with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. Done!

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In my videos I use the Big Shot for my die cutting. In real life, I use the Vagabond because it is amazing and cuts through things like butter. I love it. In fact, I love it so much that it is built in to my cabinet, and therefore isn’t in my videos. I recently saw that Amazon has a great deal on the Vagabond so I thought I would give you the heads up. It is only $149! And shipping is free if you have Prime. Great deal!

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Video: Quick Balloon Cards + Cool New Product + BIG Giveaway!

Hello! Today’s video shows how to make quick balloon cards (only 25 minutes for 5!) showcasing a few tips and tricks. I also show a bonus card and a close look at a new product that has knocked my socks off – the Avery Elle Custom Panels Die Set. Oh! And I am giving away a whole collection of inks and die set! Let’s get started – lots to share today.

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I adore products that help me save time. Adore them. Therefore I am very excited about the Avery Elle Custom Panels Die Set since it has so much to offer and many short cut options. I also really like the Avery Elle Pigment Inks since they go on like butter and match their cardstocks so nicely. I used both of these products today… and am giving them away, too! (See below. No, I don’t work for them. I just like this product. :) )

I used the arch in the die set to create the bottom of a balloon for a set of five birthday cards. (If you don’t have this die set, you can trace any large circle and hand-cut.) This was so quick and easy!

I then sprayed the balloons with Glitter Dust. This puts down a subtle-but-fun shimmer. I like this for covering an entire card or a large piece of paper, embellishment, etc. (I use the Wink of Stella shimmer pen for small areas.) This really adds a lot to these simple cards.

It is easy to add simple loopy strings to cards by using touches of Matte Multi Medium.

I stamped the “happy birthday” message (which is from the same set where the “hello” greeting came from on THIS card) with matching shades of Avery Elle Pigment Ink. This is a great line of ink and the colors match the cardstock pretty closely. (For some reason, many inks don’t match their coordinately cardstocks well.) Fast and easy!

In the video, I also showed this “hugs” card that I created using the Avery Elle Custom Panels Die Set. Aren’t those windows fun?

I stamped the Avery Elle Rounded Diamonds stamp set with AE Aquamarine and Celery Inks on white cardstock pieces. The pieces are behind each window with foam tape and added it to a card. I covered the SSS Hugs die cut with my new Black Wink of Luna Metallic pen (see this pen in action HERE) and popped it in the middle.

Want to see some more inspiration? Here are a variety of things that relate to this post:

  • More Die Ideas – Here are some more ideas from JJ Bolton on how to use this die set. Amazing cards and a video, too.
  • More Ink Ideas – This video shows a closer look at this great ink line.

GIVEAWAY

In this video, I used the Avery Elle Pigment Inks. I really love this ink line – it is a great pigment ink. So… I am giving a set away! But since I also loved on the Custom Panels Die Set today, too, I think I should also give that away. Sound good? Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/26/14 for your chance. Good luck! (Thanks to Jamie and Avery Elle for donating this great prize.)

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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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