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!

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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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Video: Stencils, Distress Ink + Water

Hi there! Yesterday I shared a video from my friend Sandy Allnock showing a magical technique with Copic Markers and stencils. Well, I am back today with a video inspired by hers. Instead of using the markers, blending solution and a stencil, I used Distress Inks, water and a stencil. It is like magic – such a cool technique!

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

Ahhhh… Distress Inks + water + stencils + shine… it all makes me so happy. For this unique background, I started by generously applying Distress Inks to white cardstock with an inking tool. (You can try other dye inks, but Distress will work best since they react with water so well.) I then added the fun Halftone Circles stencil on top. In order to add water over the stencil in a controlled and non-oozy way, I used a clean ink blending tool… gently dabbing the water on top. Slowly – as the water absorbs into the ink – the water and ink will react and make a ghost like pattern. So. Very. Cool. I also added Perfect Pearls pigment powder to the water for some fun shine. (You could skip this part for more subtle dots.)

I die cut a large heart from white cardstock and covered it very generously with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. This will give a dull grey color, but after adding water and Perfect Pearls, you get a silvery heart that is stunning. (For gold, use Antique Linen Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls.) I finished it off with a Savvy Stamps Thanks die cut (sorry – it is a hard one to find – just click “tell me when it is back in stock!” – see more on this below) and a fun “I love working with you” message from the MFT At the Office stamp set. (Lots of good, unique sentiments in this one.)

NOTE

I noticed that many of these products are out of stock at the stores I link to. However, I have checked with the stores and they all have been re-ordered (awhile ago) and expected back in stock very soon. Sorry! For a similar die, try the Paper Smooches Thanks die and for a similar stencil, try the Memory Box Textured Mini Dots stencil.

MORE LINKS

Want to see a few more videos showing the magic of Distress Inks and water? Try these:

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Video: Faux Texture Inking + Mini Distress Ink Pad Giveaway!

Hello! Today I have a fun faux texture inking technique along with a peek at the newest colors of Mini Distress Ink Pads. Oh, and a giveaway!

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Again, my apologies for the poor video lighting!]

I don’t think I have any one product I use more than Distress Ink. The number and type of techniques you can use this ink for is incredible! Today I used various Mini Distress Ink colors along with my Mini Ink Blending Tool over a flower stencil for fast and smooth coloring. I then laid the Dreamweaver Stencil Screen over the stencil and inked some more… creating the grid-like texture you see on the leaves and flowers. Such a fun way to stretch your products.

I also did this technique to the edge of my card… and added a black and white stamped strip for contrast. Oh, and that greeting? It is a new one from Avery Elle. So fun!

Distress Inks have always been available in full-size ink pads but are now also available in a mini size. This size is great for anyone who wants to get their hands on a lot of colors, or just likes the convenience of working with a small size. There were originally 12 mini colors, but today Ranger released 12 more. I store my mini ink pads in little sandwich containers (love this line of containers), along with a Mini Ink Blending Tool and replacement foams. This works so very well! I have three containers for my inks and they store easily.

Want to procrastinate a bit this Monday morning and check out a few more of my Distress Ink videos?

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to try the 12 newest colors of Mini Distress Ink Pads? Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/21/14 for your chance to win.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Watercolor Backgrounds & Iron-Off Embossing + Birthday Hop + Giveaway!

Hello! Today I am part of the A Blog Named Hero 2nd Birthday Celebration Blog Hop. (More on that below.) I also have a video showing how to easily create eye-catching watercolor backgrounds with Distress Ink and water… along with iron-off embossing. Don’t get scared – it is easy! And I have 6 birthday cards to prove it. :) Oh, and a giveaway!

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

Watercolor backgrounds are so incredibly easy when you team up awesome background stamps with heat embossing, Distress Inks and pearlized water. Add a bit of ironing, and you have “how-did-they-do-that?” watercolor backgrounds.

All of these cards were done with the same technique. I started with my favorite watercolor paper and clear heat embossed a Hero Arts background. (I used six different ones – they are all linked in the thumbnail images at the end of this post.) I then applied Distress Inks in various colors. Next, I very generously sprayed the pieces with pearlized water. (I make my own by putting approximately 1/2 teaspoon of Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder into a mist bottle full of water. I have stored it this way for years! But you could just use regular water or another shimmer mist.) Once it was dry, I ironed off the embossing and am left with interesting, one-of-a-kind watercolor backgrounds.

For some of the backgrounds, I applied the Distress Ink with my Mini Ink Blending Tool. For others, I just went direct to paper with the new Mini Distress Inks. These little ink cubes are easy to use and especially great if you want to get lots of Distress Ink colors without breaking the bank.

I kept the sentiment simple, using a fun one from Hero Arts with Liquid Platinum embossing powder on a label die cut.

By the way… I used a cutting board for working with this background. This was so helpful!

Here is a closer look at each background…

Fun, huh? If you like this technique, be sure to also head over to the Hero Arts Blog HERE. I showed in a video how I did the iron-off embossing with watercolor technique to create this card…

Want more ideas for iron-off embossing? Check these out:

  • By Marion – I love Marion’s stunning use of this technique. Such bold color!
  • By Laura – Laura (who is only 16!) used soft watercolors for a simple but stunning look. She has a video, too!
  • Another Example – Here is another from me. This technique is addictive!

BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, these birthday cards are part of a celebration of A Blog Named Hero’s 2nd birthday. A Blog Named Hero is one of the best challenge blogs out there with some of the nicest gals. There are lots of incredible cardmakers participating today, so I encourage you to check them out! ***** Next be sure to hop on over to the fabulous blog of Cristina Martinez. ***** (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head to ABNH.)

GIVEAWAYS

As a thank you for sticking with this long post (ha) and hopping in the ABNH Blog Hop, I have giveaways! There are TWO ways to win. First, leave comments on all the blogs on the hop as ABNH will be picking winners of Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp prizes. Also – from me – one lucky winner will get two of my favorite Hero Arts background stamps. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/6/14. Good luck.

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