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.

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

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.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson click on EH and for My Favorite Things click on MFT

 

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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

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson click on EH and for Amazon click AMZ…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Personalized Stamps Giveaway

Hello! In the past I have shared some of my favorite places to get personalized stamps. I have several that I like and use. (I send a lot of cards!)

I recently spotted some new fun ones from Bossy Joscie. I ordered three and really like them…

It is hard to see, but the bigger stamp on the bottom there is an address stamp. This is what it looks like, along with a fun option to stamp on the back of your handmade cards…

Pretty fun, huh? If you are interested, you can order your stamps HERE.

GIVEAWAY

When I told Joscelyne – the sweet girl behind Bossy Joscie – that I liked the stamps, she offered to give a $20 gift certificate to her store to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/10/14. Good luck.

(PS: As always, I was not asked to post this. I just am sharing some I found that I love.)

 

Video: NEW Hero Arts Shadow Inks + Giveaway!

Boy is it cold! It’s -2 degrees here, but I know some of you have it much worse. Ack!

Hopefully this will brighten your day: a closer look at the new Hero Arts Shadow Inks. I am the biggest fan of their inks, but I tend to reach for the same colors over and over. I was thrilled that they released SIX new colors – Soft Vanilla, Dark Quartz, Lemon Yellow, Lime Green, Ultra Pink and Blackboard – and I LOVE them all. They are a great addition to the Shadow Ink collection. Here is a video showing a closer look:

First, here is a look at the card I did in the video. (The photo is a bit more neon that in real life. Sorry.) Scroll down a bit more for a comparison to other ink colors…

One of my favorite cards to make is an encouragement card. The new Yay! stamp set from Hero Arts is perfect for this type of card… which I am sending to a friend who recently lost 10 pounds. The small stars in the background add to the fun.

Pairing up the new Shadow Ink colors (more on those below) with some Wink of Stella shimmer, I have a card that is sure to make her smile.

I know many people will be interested in how these new Shadow Ink colors compare to the older Shadow Ink colors… and the Simon Says Stamp Ink colors. (Remember – these inks have the same properties as they come from the same ink line from the same manufacturer.) Please forgive these terrible photos – they are just for comparison purposes.

In this photo, the new Lime Green looks a bit more yellow than it is in real life. I love this color. Great for flowers:

The new Lemon Yellow color is the perfect bright yellow – much different than any yellows out there. Perfection. And Soft Vanilla is a lovely ivory-like color. Perfect for any style of card. I will be using this one for backgrounds and for light stamping to trace over:

The new Dark Quartz has won my heart. It is a great dull (in a good way) peach color that will go perfect with neutral or bright colors. It isn’t as bright as the other colors in the peach and orange family:

For pinks, the new Hero Arts Ultra Pink is a little more blue than the old Bubble Gum. Hard to see in this picture, but the difference is there. I think I prefer Ultra Pink:

Finally, the new Blackboard Ink. This color is very unique… it is like a soft black or super dark grey. I will be reaching for this a lot. Swoon:

Hope this gives you a better look at the new inks. Now it’s time to share some…

GIVEAWAY

Want to try out the newest Hero Arts Shadow Inks yourself? Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 1/10/14 for your chance to win all six! Good luck.

(By the way, the winners of the spots in the Stenciled class are: Roz M, Cara T and Agnieska. I emailed you.)

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

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Video + HUGE Discount on Studio Calico Card Kit + Giveaway!

Hello! I am so excited to have a fun (and BIG) discount code, giveaway and video for you today.

You know I love kits because they push my creativity. One of my favorites is the Studio Calico Card Kit. I have been friends with Studio Calico’s sweet owner April for ages and love seeing the great kits she brings to our hands. Many of you have asked me about this kit and what it is like. So today I have a video… and an opportunity for you to try out a Studio Calico Kit for nearly 50% off! Use the code “JMDEC15″ to get the current Blue Note Card Kit for only $15. This is almost 50% off the normal price of $29.50. (Offer is good through midnight EST on 12/26/13.) Woot! This would be a great stocking stuffer for yourself or a friend.

Sweet deal, huh?

I created a video for you that shows you inside a Studio Calico Kit… and five projects I created using the one kit.

Here is a look at the kit. Love that stamp set designed my Mama Elephant…

First up? A birthday card…

Love using letter stickers for stamping resist. Little letter stickers are a great way to make the perfect greeting for any card.

And to show how you can get a lot out of one kit – and in a variety of styles – my next card is a holiday one. So glad Colin encouraged me to add that red nose to that cute deer die cut

That patterned paper is awesome. I am not great at actually using my patterned papers. But the fact that the kit had embellishments (stars) to tie in the paper really made it easier…

For this one, I used the flame to make flowers…

Those little dots from the kit? So cute…

And since I always need more birthday cards…

I love white embossing on color paper…

And finally… a cut barrette for my Lila. If only she would sit still so I could photograph it for her hair…

I hope to share more projects from this soon.

Remember – use the code “JMDEC15″ to get the current Studio Calico Blue Note Card Kit for only $15. This is almost 50% off the normal price of $29.50. (Offer is good through midnight EST on 12/26/13.) Enjoy!

GIVEAWAY

For your chance to win a Studio Calico Blue Note Kit, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/16/13.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Studio Calico click SC, for Ellen Hutson click on EH and for Mama Elephant click ME