Video: Gradient Stencil Inking

Hello! I have a quick and easy technique video for you today – gradient inking over a stencil. This would work with any stencil. I shared this over on the SSS blog, but wanted to share it here too…

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


So this next card was a result of two current facts: 1. I am addicted to stencils. 2. It is a really busy time for me right now with the kiddos and life.

Because of these two facts, I had to come up with something super fast and easy to do with stencils. Thus – gradient inking. This could not be any easier! I simply applied Distress Inks with my inking tools over the Hero Arts Zig Zag stencil with the help of some painters tape for masking. (You could use any inks and inking tool for this, but Distress Inks blend like butter. Wait – butter? Does butter blend? Not sure. :) But these blend reallllly well.)

The greeting is from the BasicGrey/Hero Arts You Make Me Smile set… and I embossed it with black sparkle embossing powder. It is so cool how the glitter in this powder just seems to match whatever you have on your card.

Easy peasy. Sometimes that is the best way to deal with an addiction + lack of time. ;)

HEADS UP

Just a little heads up! It is “Inspiration and Release Week” over a Lawn Fawn and the amount of inspiring and awesome cards going up blows me away! I will be playing along a bit later, but in the meantime, you may want to check it out…

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Video: Ink Splatter + New Hero Arts + Discount Code + GIVEAWAY!

Hello, stampers. Today’s video is one I am sharing over on the Simon Says Stamp blog. We are celebrating the new Hero Arts products that are in stock. My video shows how to use ink splatter to create a fun background. Oh – and I have a discount code and giveaway! (See below.)

[All supplies are linked below in the thumbnails. Click HERE to watch the video on YouTube.]

I can’t possibly think of an easier way to make a fun background. After all… all you have to do is create a mess! :) I used a paint brush, Hero Arts Daubers and a bit of water to create my splatter. However, you could use just about any ink or paint. I do love the Unicorn White Dauber for the white splatter. It is fantastic.

One of my favorite stamp sets from the new release is the Shoot For the Moon set that I used here. The sentiments are fantastic and work for guys, too. I created the moon by using two circle punches and some fabulous glitter paper. (Note to self: I need to get MORE.) I also created stars with the new Star Background die.

Be sure to stop by the Simon Says Stamp blog for inspiration. Here are some of my recent favorite posts there, along with links to some of my favorite new Hero Arts products:

DISCOUNT CODE

The sweet folks over at Simon Says Stamp are offering my readers 10% off ALL Hero Arts products from 5/7/14 – 5/12/14. Just enter the code “HAJM” at check out for the discount. This is good on all Hero Arts products – new and old – including stamps, inks, etc! (To see the newest, go HERE and change the “sort by” to “newness.”)

GIVEAWAY

I love to share! So I have two of my new favorite Hero Arts stamps sets for a lucky winner. Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 5/6/14.

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Video: Faux Metal Embellishments

Hello! Today’s video shows how to use your dies and embossing powder to create faux metal embellishments. It is simple!

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails below.]

I shared this card last week on the Hero Arts blog, but received questions so I thought I would post it here. The video shows another great way to stretch your dies… by turning your die cuts into faux metal embellishments. I used the new Hero Arts Blooming Flower die and glued several layers together. (However, you could literally do this with any die you have! I thought this one was perfect because it looks like a medallion and is therefore impressive in metal.) After cutting the layered die cut in half and pressing the pieces onto a Versamark Ink pad, I added silver embossing powder. I put on two layers of silver to give a smoother look and then sprinkled on a little gold for a mixed effect. So easy.

I also pressed Versamark Ink around the outside edge of a notecard and added a mix of powders to make it match the medallion. The greeting? That is from the older Hero Arts Merci Bouquet set.

If you are interested in any of the other new Hero Arts products, you can find many of them HERE.

Have you ever tried a technique like this? Would love to hear. You could mix any powders!

WINNER

I have a winner! The winner of the big Avery Elle giveaway is Marilyn C. Lojek. I emailed you.

See you soon!

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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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Video: Watercolor Backgrounds

Hello! Today’s video shows one of my favorite techniques… creating faux watercolor backgrounds with stamping

(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

I am in love with the Hero Arts Birthday Grid stamp! There are so many fun techniques you can do with it… but the faux watercolor look is my favorite. The grid and letters create little pools in which the Distress Inks or Markers and water can collect, dry and give lovely results. So fun. (By the way, the stamp also comes in thank you and hello.)

And the Yay stamp set offers a great finishing touch.

I really like that all Distress Inks or Markers colors blend together well. This makes picking combos so easy! But if you don’t have either, you can try this with watercolor paints or crayons. (However, I will say that Distress Inks are the best investment I have ever made in stamping. Hands down.)

So easy and fun. This is a great way to make several cards at once in no time at all.

SHOPPING DISCOUNT

Interested in any Hero Arts products? Just head over HERE to Simon Says Stamp and use my exclusive discount code “CHA14HERO” for 15% off ALL Hero Arts products! This includes the newest products (HERE – including the co-branded Hero Arts / BasicGrey products) and old favorites (HERE – including their fabulous Shadow Inks). Enjoy! (Code is good through 2/28/14. Thank you, SSS!)

Thanks for visiting. Hope to see you soon.

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Hero Arts + BasicGrey Blog Hop… and Giveaway!

Today I am part of the Hero Arts + BasicGrey Blog Hop and we are focusing on the new Spice Market line. I have a video showing tips for combining patterned papers and stamping, along with a giveaway!

My card is super simple. Sometimes that is the best way to go…

Whenever I want to have several different patterned papers close together on a card, I find it is very helpful to softly ink all the edges. This gives a more defined edge to the pieces… keeping the patterns from fighting with each other. I just love love love BasicGrey 6×6 paper pads and this Spice Market pad is a great one.

After inking and arranging the patterned paper strips, I white heat embossed the matching Spice Market stamp images. (Isn’t that greeting adorable?) However, I didn’t feel the white popped enough off the lighter patterned papers. So I did one of my favorite tricks – I traced it lightly with a soft grey Copic (or any) marker to create a bit of a shadow. It did the trick!

Looking for more ideas for using patterned papers with stamping? Try these:

Next, please hop on over to Audrey Pettit’s blog. (If you happen to find a link that doesn’t work, you can hop back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in today’s hop.)

GIVEAWAYS

Hero Arts and BasicGrey will be giving away two complete Spice Market collections — including paper, embellishments, clear and cling stamps. The two winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the all the blogs in the hop. (Comments must be received by 11:59pm PST on 3/2/14. The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning!)

DISCOUNT CODE

Just a reminder that I have a discount code for all Hero Arts products (including the stamps I used here). Just head over HERE to Simon Says Stamp and use my exclusive discount code “CHA14HERO” for 15% off ALL Hero Arts products! Enjoy! (Code is good through 2/28/14. Thank you, SSS!)

I would love to hear and suggestions you have for using patterned papers on cards. Please share below. Thank you for visiting!

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