VIDEO: Stretch Your Stamps + Giveaway

Hi there! I’m a big fan of taking stamps and using them in creative ways. This video shows how I created three cards doing just that using some holiday Hero Arts stamps for a bit of repeated stamping.

[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 will admit – I bought a lot of holiday stamps this year. Eek! And the idea of putting them away and not using them again until next year breaks my heart. So… I decided to look for ways to stretch my holiday images into non-holiday uses.

Today I took the awesome Hero Arts Christmas Crystals stamps and gave them a bold look with repeated stamping. I started by measuring where the center of the card was on watercolor paper. Next, I stamped a crystal with Versafine Black Ink repeatedly in a circle making sure the end of the crystal met up in the center. For a bit of shine, I clear heat embossed the images.

I used Tombow markers and a Wink of Stella Pen for quick watercoloring. I put down color where I wanted the darkest part to be and pulled the color out towards the rest of the image with my Wink of Stella Pen. This creates a fun ombre effect.

By the way… I found I can get a second life out of my Wink of Stella pen by adding water to it when it runs out. If you don’t have a Wink of Stella Pen, you could use a water brush or a paintbrush with water.

I added the sentiments from the new Hero Arts The Good Stuff stamp set. For the first card, I stamped the sentiment below the crystal image using the VersaFine Black ink and heat set it using clear embossing powder. For the second and third card, I punched a circle from the center of the image and white heat embossed it on the panel behind it.

I just love bold color. It is sure to cheer up a friend!

I’m a big fan of stretching stamps to get more use from them. Here I took a holiday ornament stamp set and transformed it into some fun stars and flower images. I hope this inspires you to look at your stamps in a different way!

HERO ARTS BLOG

By the way, these cards were featured over on the Hero Arts Blog. If you haven’t been there in awhile, I encourage you to do so! They have some new artists contributing and the ideas are outstanding. You can find it HERE.

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win BOTH of the Hero Arts stamp sets I used today? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/13/14. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Floating Embellishment Card + Hero Arts Blog Hop (Giveaways!)

Hello. Today I’m taking part in the Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Blog Hop, showcasing their newest holiday release. I have a video for you that shows how to create a floating tree card with a fun background. It looks like magic and is sure to impress your card recipient!

[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.]

Creating this background is such fun. After clear embossing the fantastic background stamp by Hero Arts and Basic Grey on green cardstock, I sprayed it heavily with Gold Metallic Spray from Hero Arts. (Make sure to shake it like crazy before you spray!) After letting it dry completely, I took a cloth and gently buffed the gold off the embossed areas. The embossing powder resists the gold spray and allows the green to show through.

After die cutting a window in the center of the the gold panel and the card, I stretched my favorite gold thread across and sandwiched it between the two pieces.

I used two felt trees from Hero Arts and glued them together in the center of the string, sandwiching the string between them. I colored a Hero Arts snowflake gem and a few regular gemstones with my E35 Copic Marker and adhered the snowflake gemstone to the top of the tree. I didn’t want the back of the snowflake gem to glue my card shut, so on the back I applied some powder from my EK Success powder tool… removing the stick.

Embellishments are not the only thing you can float on a card. You could also use die-cuts or even stamped images!

HERO ARTS BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, I am part of the Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Blog Hop today.

The next person on the hop is the incredible Mariana Grigsby. She is so talented!

GIVEAWAY

There are several ways to win on this hop! Hero Arts will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE that includes an assortment of stamps, inks, stencils and dies valued at over $75. Two $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift cards will also be awarded! The three winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers’ blogs, so the more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning. The giveaways will close at 11:59pm PST on Thursday, Oct 2, with the winners announced on the Hero Arts blog on Friday, Oct 3.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Watercolor + Texture Paste… STAMPtember Giveaway!

Hello! I have a video today with three card ideas… all using watercolor and Texture Paste. This video is from Simon Says Stamp’s STAMPtember post featuring Hero Arts products. And I have a giveaway!

[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 watercolor. And I love pastes. So why not use them together? The results are so filled with texture and yummy color… I just wish you could see it in person.

I started by apply Texture Paste over the new Hero Arts BasicGrey Two Way Arrows stencil onto watercolor paper. After allowing it to dry, I applied water and then Peerless Watercolor. I let the water do the work for me and left it to dry.

For this (way-too-bright) pink example, I used a mix of “pearlized water” instead of just water. Pearlized water is easy to make – just add a large scoop of Perfect Pearls pigment powder to a mist bottle full of water. Shake and use! I store it this way to use over and over.

See the pearly shine on the background? Lovely…

On each of the cards, I used WOW Ultra High Silver Embossing Powder with the Hero Arts Crafty Friends sentiment. I love that this powder gives great dimension. I also covered my die cut hearts with the embossing so they matched perfectly. The banner was cut with a My Favorite Things Pierced Fishtail Flags die.

By the way – that Crafty Friends sentiment? My friend Heather Ruwe created it! She is a good friend of mine and I have always loved her handwriting. So I asked her to come up with some stamp ideas and the folks at Hero Arts turned them into stamps. So happy for her! In fact, this particular stamp was one that Aaron (the owner of Hero Arts) created for all my crafty friends when we had a retreat. So special.

For this last card, I applied Texture Paste just on the outside edge… leaving an area to emboss the sentiment in the middle. Just another variation you can try. (By the way, you could do this same technique with Embossing Paste and any form of watercolor.)

STAMPTEMBER

This video is part of a feature over on the Simon Says Stamp blog for STAMPtember. All this month, Simon Says Stamp will have great features, giveaways, sales (BIG ones), exclusive products and more! And check out the exclusive Hero Arts stamp set they just put in the store. Love!

GIVEAWAY

Want to win the Hero Arts products I used here today? Leave a comment by 11:59pmEST on 9/20/14 for your chance. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Adding Texture & Shine… + Hero Arts Discount Code + Giveaway!

Hello! I have a lot to share today… including a video showing how to add texture and shine to stamped images… a discount code for the new Hero Arts products… and a giveaway.

[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 am always looking for new and/or easier ways to add fun finishing touches to my projects. Today I show how to cover stamped images with a coat of WOW Ultra High Clear Glossy Embossing for a ton of texture and shine. So easy! (You could always use several layers of regular clear embossing powder or Glossy Accents for a similar look.) I used the new Hero Arts Holly Jolly holly stamps for the technique. This stamp set is unique in that it has a stamp for the holly outline and the solid holly image. That way you can use them apart or together. So versatile. LOVE. (They also have a poinsettia set like this. The supplies are listed at the end of this post – just scroll down.)

Isn’t that shine great? I also added some gold shine with drops of Hero Arts Gold Mist. (It turns out this stuff is hard to get – more should be in stock soon.)

The other new Hero Arts stamp I used is the Dotted Grid Background. Only a little bit of it shows on the red, but it is a dynamite stamp.

I wanted to also mention that I am having a lot of luck with using the Inkadinkado Stamping Mat. The tiny bit of cushion it gives seems to help me get better results when stamping solid images.

DISCOUNT CODE

As I mentioned in the video, I am hoping to do a Product Release Close-Up video focusing on these new Hero Arts product soon. I just am waiting to get a few of them still. In the meantime…

The sweet Heidi over at Simon Says Stamp has given me a discount code just for my readers! Use the code HEROSALE for 10% off ALL Hero Arts products through 11:59pmEST on 9/1/14. (Move fast!) Now is your chance to stock up on inks, stamps, stencils, dies and more… including their newest products. Click HERE and sort by “newest” to see what there is… or click any of these links…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY

Giveaway time! One lucky winner will get THREE new Hero Arts stamp sets. For your chance, tell me which new product is you favorite and I will picky a winner on 9/6/14 at 11:59pmEST. Good luck.

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Video: Mixed Sentiment Backgrounds

Hi! Today’s video show creating a background of mixed sentiments. This is a great way to stretch your stamps and get a new look! I created nine cards – oh my!

[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.]

Creating a background of mixed sentiments is a great way to stretch your sentiment stamps for a new look. Here, I mixed several greetings together to form a background... making sure to leave a small gap to add a die cut word afterward. This technique is great for mass-producing cards… so I made NINE! Most are for teachers for the upcoming year. However, you could add a person’s name in the open spot with die cut, sticker or stamped letters. Personalized cards are the best!

I used a mix of sentiments from various sets… all with messages that basically say “you are great”. You could change this up to be all “thanks” greetings… or “get well soon”… or just “hello”. The possibilities are endless! I encourage you to dig through your stamps and see what background you can come up with! I used these stamps for my background: You Rule (a new teacher set), I Like You, You’re One In a Million, Awesome (this is a great new set!), You’re So Nice, You Are Pretty Much the Best Ever (isn’t that greeting the best?!), You Rock and World’s Best.

For most of the cards, I added a “teacher” die cut. To give the die cut dimension and to make it stand out, I covered it with three layers of embossing powder. On the pink and grey card, I used three layers of silver glitter embossing powder. I love that look…

I embellished most of the cards with die cut stars. (These stars are also covered with three layers of embossing powder. It is amazing the difference that makes!) Finally, I clear embossed diagonal stripes along the edge of each notecard for a bit of fun. I gotta say – that diagonal stripe background stamp is a must-have.

Here is a close look at some of the cards. I made one of the cards for my brother… personalizing it with Mama Elephant Inline die cut letters.

This card design is one you can change up and make work with whatever products you have on hand. Love that! If you are interested in seeing another video with a similar technique, check out THIS one on cluster stamping.

I hope this inspires you to try mixing up some sentiments for a fun background!

STRETCH YOUR STAMPS 2

The cards I created here were inspired by the upcoming Online Card Class – Stretch Your Stamps 2 – which starts Monday, 8/4/14. The samples and (30+!) videos in this class are incredible… and you can have access to class for a lifetime. Hope to see you there! Click HERE for more info.

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Video: Guest Artist Sandy Allnock… Featuring Copic Markers + GIVEAWAY

Hi! While on a long vacation, I decided to ask my incredibly talented friend – Sandy Allnock – to create a video for me to share. In the video, I explain more. Sandy is a gem (more on her below) and I am honored to have her here. I hope you will all welcome her with open arms.

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Hello! I’m Sandy Allnock, aka friend-of-Jennifer, too… and I have a little bit of fun to share with you while Jennifer’s away on vacation. I’m so excited she invited me to visit!

I created a super short video showing how to create a Copic airbrushed background, apply texture using a stencil, and then stamp sweet “hello sunshine” images – perfect for a summery card!

[Click HERE to watch on YouTube in HD.]

I layered my airbrushed panel on white, then added it to a black card base with dimensional adhesive. Voilá, a cheerful, elegant card!

And in case you missed the link to my Copic Airbrush Buying Guide video, click HERE. Leave any questions in the comment section and I’ll pop in to answer them! Hope Jennifer’s off having a lovely time!

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It’s Jennifer again. I have a few more things to share, but first wanted to link to a Copic Airbrush video I did awhile ago HERE.

ABOUT SANDY ALLNOCK

Of all the people I have met through cardmaking, Sandy is one that I admire most. She is unbelievably amazing with Copics and I find her videos mesmerizing. (HERE and HERE are video proof.) She also has the biggest heart, as proven by her being the creator and heart of Operation Write Home. She also has a great sense of humor (which you can see in her glitter video). To see more from Sandy, you can subscribe to her YouTube channel and follow her blog. I promise she will inspire you and lift your spirits all at once.

ABOUT GUEST ARTISTS

For a long time now, I have wanted to have guest artists with videos on my blog. Not just anyone… but artists who I find do very inspiring videos. I have several guests lined up for this summer, but then will cut back to one a month or so. I promise this will not take away from the content I try to offer, but rather will enhance it. I will also follow each guest video with one that I have created, inspired by theirs. I am hoping that by sharing these great artists, you may discover inspiring talent you had not seen yet. After all, it’s all about sharing.

GIVEAWAY

Interested in winning the Hero Arts Leaf & Flourish stencil and Hello Sunshine stamp set that Sandy used above? For your chance, just leave a kind comment for Sandy here by 11:59pmEST on 7/14/14.

WINNERS

We have winners! Renee Person gets the Mini Distress Inks… the SSS Card Kit goes to Darlyne Wagner… and the $50 gift certificate and SSS paper is for Randellyn.

See you soon with a video inspired by Sandy!

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