Video: Watercolor and Salt Technique

Welcome back, stampers. Today’s video shares a technique that has been around for a long time, but is such fun to do – - adding salt to watercolor.

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Lately I have been having fun revisiting “older” techniques. This watercolor and salt technique is a great example that and one that gives fun and unexpected results. I actually find techniques like this very inspiring.

After applying blue and purple Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor to watercolor paper, I sprinkled on various types of salts that I coated in Perfect Pearls. The salt absorbs that water… drying with unique effects. And that added Perfect Pearl gives lovely shine.

After rubbing away the salt once it was dry, I white heat embossed the sweet Wplus9 Wishing You sentiment. I also stamped and cut out the adorable bunny, clouds and moon… and added fast coloring with Distress Inks, an Ink Blending Tool and a Fantastix. To “match” the sentiment, I added a silver string between the bunny and moon. Finally – tiny little star sequins from The Ton Stamps added just the right amount of shine.

Look closely – that background is both die cut and embossed with the Wplus9 Starry Night Background Die.

I really encourage you to try out this watercolor and salt technique. There are a billion different ways to get unique results… just vary the type of salts used, the amount of water used with the watercolor, etc. It is fun!

Oh, and I mentioned in the video our Watercolor for Card Makers class. You can take it anytime… and you can find more info HERE.

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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!)

SUPPLIES

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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.

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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.)

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Video: Stencils and Masking + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Hope you are all staying warm out there. Today’s video shares how you can stretch the use of your stencils with rubber cement masking. This is by far the quickest way to mask with stencils! (And I also have info on a fun blog hop and giveaway…)

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There is something so gratifying about taking a white piece of cardstock… adding a little ink… and turning it into something that will make someone smile. That is what today’s cards are all about. Oh – and I have a technique that makes it simple!

I started by inking up the sun stencil by Simon Says Stamp with a variety of Distress Inks on white cardstock. Next, I put a thin layer of rubber cement over the inked sun using my ink blending tool. Once it dries, it will protect the image from future inking. This is such a simple and fast way to mask… especially with a stencil!

I didn’t have a cloud stencil, so I created my own by die-cutting a cloud border from a piece of recycled plastic. I used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and rubbed the ink from the stencil on to the paper, creating a soft edge. After all the inking was completed, I rubbed away the rubber cement with my finger. The inked sun is perfectly protected from the blue ink we added – perfect masking! And – since it was so easy – I created six cards in total.

I used WOW Platinum Sparkling embossing powder to heat emboss a variety of sentiments from the Simon Says Stamp Hand Lettered Encouragement stamp set on each of the cards. (Make sure to use a anti-static tool before embossing because the embossing powder may stick to the Distress Ink. I also used my MISTI stamping tool for perfect alignment.) For a finishing touch, I placed my stencil back over the sun and sprayed some Shimmer Spritz for added shine.

For dimension, I added the stamped pieces to notecards with a piece of fun foam between. Oh – and don’t forget the envelope! I love to have my envelopes match my cards so I used some Wild Honey Distress Ink and the sun stencil and applied it to the back of each Hero Arts envelope.

This Simon Says Stamp Hand Lettered Encouragement stamp set is by far one of my favorites of all time. I am a big fan of sending encouraging cards to others. I think we can all use encouragement, support and cheerleading from our friends. I can’t wait to send these cards of kindness in the mail!

BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Simon Says Stamp Hop To It Blog Hop… celebrating their newest release of products.

The newest SSS products are fantastic. Most of the products are designed by two of my best friends – Kristina Werner and Shari Carroll. I am so proud of them and am their biggest cheerleaders. I don’t personally create product (it isn’t something I feel a calling to do – nor have the talent) so I appreciate their amazing designs!

Here is a look at the newest release. I plan to use many of these on my blog soon. (If my kids ever go back to school after these snow days – lol.)

The next stop on the hop is the blog of one of my other favorite people (I am the president of her fan club – ha) — Debby Hughes. (You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Interested in winning a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack? For your chance, leave a comment telling me which of the new products are your favorites (you can find them HERE or above) by 2/23/15. SSS will randomly pick and post a winner on their blog. Good luck!

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Video: Inked Shaker Cards

Hello!

Just wanted to give you a heads up that today I am a guest over on the blog of my dear friend Kristina Werner. She is one of my favoritest (yes – I made up a word in her honor) people in the whole world… so I am honored to be there.

Here is a peek what is in the video on her blog

To see the video and more photos, head on over to Kristina’s blog HERE.

See you soon!

VIDEO: Stamp Gift Bag + Paper Crafts Special Thanks Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello. I have lots to share today! First, I have a video showing a stamped goodie bag along with another example of rubber cement masking. This post is also part of a very special blog hop. (More on that below.)

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I’m not sure there is a better gift for a crafty friend then a handmade gift bag containing a special stamp and ink. Creating the gift bag is easy, thanks to the must-have Goodie Bag die from Lawn Fawn. I decided to do lots of stamping and inking on the bag with some of my favorite products.

I first stamped the My Favorite Things bear using their Black Hybrid Ink. (Note that I made the bear image taller by doing some selective inking because I wanted him to peek over the heart.) I then colored the bear with Copic Markers and applied rubber cement over the image to mask it. For the background, I applied Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and stamped the Snowfall Background from My Favorite Things over the bear image. The rubber cement protects the bear and resists all the color I applied on top. Very cool! The rubber cement easily rubs away.

I stamped the Bossy Joscie “bless your heart” sentiment on a Simon Says Stamp heart die… replacing the “o” with a small die cut heart.

I took the two pieces of the gift bag and adhered them together. Inside the bag is a stamp and mini ink pad – the same stamp I used on the front of the bag. I really love this “bless your heart” stamp because the sentiment works for many occasions and the wood block is engraved – - such nice quality for a gift! This bag size is also great for a gift card or even jewelry.

I can’t wait to make more of these.

BLOG HOP

Today I am part of a very important, special and large blog hop – the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Special Thanks Blog Hop.

It was recently announced that Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine would be shutting its doors. This has hit the industry hard. Yes, we will miss the magazine and seeing lovely cards in print. But what I will miss more is the people behind the magazine and the community they formed.

I worked for many years with Creating Keepsakes Magazine and went on to be a Go-To-Gal for Paper Crafts. (The two combined along the way.) Over the years I *loved* the people I worked with. They had such enthusiasm and passion for bringing crafting inspiration to everyone. They opened doors for crafters and encouraged them. And although I ended my time as a Go-To-Gal because my plate was overflowing, I loved and still love the faces behind the magazine. (To the team at PC&S… I love you for always being understandings and supportive. I will forever be grateful. XO.)

This has been a difficult change for many folks in our hobby. But it is more important now than ever that we keep our community strong, happy, encouraging and inspiring. This hop is perfect for that! I hope you will take the time to visit the many wonderful blogs along the way.

The next person on the hop is the wonderfully talented and super sweet (yes – I am her biggest fan)… Taheerah Atchia! (And a big thanks to Taheerah for organizing this. XO)

GIVEAWAY

I will admit it – I bought a second Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die when I couldn’t find my first one. Well, I found it! So I have a spare to give away to a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/15/14. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

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