Video: Pop Up Images + GIVEAWAY

Hi there. Today I have a fun video that shows how to create pop up images.

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One great way to make a simple card even better is to literally POP an image off your card. My video above shows two ways to create a pop-up effect with Lawn Fawn Party Balloon die cuts. The first is to use Action Spring Wobblers. I love these guys! They are inexpensive, don’t add much bulk, and make the balloon jump and wiggle. However, if you don’t have the Wobblers, you can create your own. This second option involves adding small accordian-folded pieces of cardstock behind the die cut to force it to pop up. It works well!

By the way, I added shading to the balloons with two new colors of Distress Ink – Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral. Oh my word, these colors are glorious. The quickest way to add shading and the look of dimension to die cuts is to add a bit of Distress Ink with an Ink Blending Tool. L.O.V.E.

I also added shiny die cut sentiments to each balloon. After inking black cardstock with VersaMark ink, I heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. This creates a shiny cardstock that is perfect for die cutting with word dies from Simon Says Stamp, Essentials by Ellen, and Little B.

I kept the backgrounds white, but added die cutting and texture with Lil’ Inkers and Memory Box background dies. I am I in love with this star background with both raised and die cut stars…

I hope you give this fun technique a try. Such a great way to make your cards pop.

SCRAPBOOK AND CARDS TODAY

So my friends at Scrapbook and Cards Today are celebrating their 9th birthday! They are having a huge celebration week on their blog with great giveaways – be sure to check it out HERE. These celebration cards are in their honor.

GIVEAWAY

The kind folks at Ranger sent me an extra set of the new Cracked Pistachio Distress products to give away! This includes the ink pad, Distress Marker, Stain, etc. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/4/15 telling me your favorite Distress Ink color. (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: Copic Markers + Distress Ink + Giveaway

Welcome! Today’s video shares how to add color to your stamped images using Copic Markers and Distress Inks. This method saves me a lot of time and gives good results.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Oh my… aren’t these new You Make My Tail Wag and I Knead You stamp sets from My Favorite Things the cutest? I love that they released both at the same time… keeping both the dog people (like me) and the cat people (like most of my friends) happy! The images are perfect for the technique I shared today – mixing Copic Marker coloring with Distress Ink shading.

I started by quickly coloring the cat and dog with light brown Copic Markers. After cutting out the images, I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges, which gives quick shading. That extra step really brings the images to life.

For the cat card, I added Copic colorless blender on his tummy to lighten up that area and cut slits around the cat’s paws to hold the string that I wrapped randomly around the card. I also applied Ranger’s Multi Matte Adhesive to the end of the string to make it curl up. To tie it all together, I stamped a coordinating yarn image repeatedly on to the note card… and used a playful sentiment.

OK… so this dog card? It cracks me up big time. I just love that you can see the back of the dog on the inside of the card! On the front of the card, I clear heat embossed the Paw Print Background and added a faux-stitched green border cut with an Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die.

Look at that cute image on the inside. So fun! And check out the good shading I got with Distress Inks on that dog‘s behind. :) It would also be fun to have him hanging on a window card or on a tree branch. Oh – and for you cat people (hee), the cat set has a sleeping kitty with front and back images so you can create a similar card.

Fun, huh? My Favorite Things knocked it outta the park with these sets! Be sure to check out their whole new release HERE. Lots of good stuff!

ADDITIONAL COPIC MARKER INSPIRATION

  • THIS post shares basic info on Copic Markers. It is an old post but the info stays the same!
  • THIS video focuses on Copic coloring.
  • THIS video shows a Copic colored background.

GIVEAWAY

I have a My Favorite Things stamp set and die set to giveaway to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/12/15 for your chance. Good luck. (Winner’s name will be randomly picked and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Partial Stenciling

Hi there! I was excited to be a guest over on Scrapbook and Cards Today earlier this week…. with a video that shows you how to create different shapes using part of a stencil. This partial stenciling technique allows you to get more mileage out of the supplies you already have.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I was able to create a tree shape by using Micropore Tape (love!) to mask off a triangle area of the awesome Rose Window stencil by Stencil Girl. (Looks like this stencil is popular. You can also get it on their site, or you can mask off a triangle of any stencil you already have!) I inked the masked section using some Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks and my Ink Blending Tool. (Distress Inks are best for this technique because they blend so easily.) I created my own “stencils” for the tree trunks and the snow banks – easy peasy. I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink for the tree trunks and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink for the snow banks.

See those star sequins from Pretty Pink Posh? Those were actually silver. I changed them by inking them up with VersaMark Ink and applying some Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder. You can change the color of any embellishment this way! I added them to the top of the trees using some Matte Multi Medium… the best adhesive I’ve found for adhering sequins.

To add a finishing touch to this simple card, I die-cut a fun, faux-stitch frame from Mama Elephant along the edges of my card. I also heat embossed a sentiment from Hero Arts using some gorgeous Red Geranium Embossing Powder from Wendy Vecchi. (Her new embossing powders are so rich and delicious – you can see them HERE.) I added a few Red Gemstones from Hero Arts to the trees to add a festive touch.

SCRAPBOOK AND CARDS TODAY

As I mentioned, this card was for a guest post over on Scrapbook and Cards Today. Be sure to check out their blog – lots of good stuff. Nice people!

Hope you enjoyed this technique for getting more from your stencils. See you soon.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Resisting Stamped Image + GIVEAWAY

Hi there. Today’s video shows how to create a resist over a stamped image so you can add a dark inked background behind/around it. Trust me – it is so much easier than it sounds. :)

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I love the look of an inked or stamped background… especially around a bright, focal image. Thanks to a “resist” technique, this is possible with only one layer.

I first stamped the Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas dove with my favorite Copic-friendly MFT Black Hybrid Ink on 110lb Neenah white cardstock. (I like using the thicker Neenah when I do a lot of inking or Glossy Accents, etc.) After coloring it with Copic Markers, I covered the image with Glossy Accents. Once this dried, the Glossy Accents serves as a barrier over the stamped image. Therefore, it will resist any ink you put on top. So very cool! I then added lots of blended Distress Ink… and drops of pearlized water. (To see how to create pearlized water, check out THIS video.)

I also created a window with faux stitching using the Paper Smooches Stitched Frames die set. I have used many faux stitching dies in the past, but this set is one of the best. It has MANY unique options of dies in it… and I LOVE that it stitches around a window. I also really like the mini border stitched dies included (like the one I used coming out the sides of the window). Little touches like this really make a card with lots of white space shine. Love.

SIMILAR TECHNIQUES

Here are links to other night sky techniques:

GIVEAWAY

Want to win three Paper Smooches stamp sets? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/22/14. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Easy Distress Ink Watercolor + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today’s video shows one of my favorite techniques from back in the day, but one I haven’t done in awhile. This easy Distress Ink watercolor technique never fails and looks even better when you use DIY pearlized water…

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

When I saw the new Tim Holtz Christmas Blueprints 4 stamps, I knew exactly what technique I needed to use with them. This “easy Distress Ink watercolor” technique is one I used to teach in classes years ago. It honestly never fails. You can use any colors of Distress Ink together… and they will always blend in amazing ways. It is hands-down the easiest way to get a watercolor look.

After white heat embossing the images on watercolor paper, I generously pressed Distress Ink onto the images. Messy. Heavy. Not perfect. I then sprayed the image a ton with pearlized water. The results? A complete mess. But when it dries? Heavenly.

“Pearlized water” is easy to make. I just fill a Mini Mister with water and add a scoop of Perfect Pearls. I use this mix a lot and store it this way. Love. Look at the pearl shine you get…

The Mini Distress Inks are perfect for adding bits of color in small areas. Love those minis! I used inks from the newest ink sets. (More on that below.)

I gold heat embossed the greetings from another great stamp set from Tim – the Styled Woodlands – and added it with foam dots. For the perfect matching mat, I gold embossed cardstock… and then finished the cards off with pearls.

This technique works best with Distress Inks (by far), but you could use plain water if you want. It works great for any outline stamp image… but especially floral images.

NEW MINI DISTRESS INKS

Today, Ranger released the three newest sets of Mini Distress Inks - #10, #11 and #12. I used these colors for the cards above – a great mix!

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will get all THREE of the newest Mini Distress Inks! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 8/21/14.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Coloring Texture Paste + GIVEAWAY

Welcome! A few days ago I posted a product release close-up video focusing on the newest products from Tim Holtz and Ranger. I promised to return with a video showing some of these products put to use… and here it is! Check out the fun you can have coloring Texture Paste

[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.]

I have always loved playing around with techniques. And there are a few that I have enjoyed tremendously along the way. But today’s technique? Well it is right at the top on my list of favorites. It is incredibly addictive!

The new Texture Paste from Ranger is perfect for adding color. Whereas dried Embossing Paste wants to (somewhat) resist Distress Ink applied on top of it (just takes it in lightly – which can be cool!) , dried Texture Paste takes the color like a champ. It is gorgeous! I have showed in the past how you can add color to wet paste (check it out HERE and HERE), but adding the color to the dry paste is easier. Texture Paste gives you the option of doing both. Woot!

By the way… all Ranger products (including Texture Paste, Perfect Pearls and Distress Inks) are 20% off right now at Simon Says Stamp. Use the code RANGERSALE now through 8/10/14.

I applied Texture Paste over the new Tim Holtz Festive stencil and let it dry. I then put the stencil back on top of the dried paste and added various colors of Distress Ink with my Mini Ink Blending Tool and Fantastix. The final touch of a light mix of Perfect Pearls and water creates a lovely shine. I can’t get enough of the results.

I heat embossed the new Tim Holtz “Merry Christmas” message (isn’t that writing unique?! so cool) with the always-so-perfectly-gorgeous Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder. I also used the embossing powder to create a gold paper to put behind my pieces… allowing it to just peek out a bit…

Ahhhhh… I love when I find a new product like Texture Paste that opens the door to amazingly fun techniques. Thank you Ranger and Tim Holtz!

GIVEAWAY

Giveaway time! A lucky winner will get TWO Tim Holtz stamp sets and TWO Tim Holtz stencils. Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 8/16/14 for your chance.

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