Video: Ink + Embossing Folders… and GIVEAWAY

Happy Saturday. Today’s video shows a technique that I haven’t used in a long time but love a ton - inked embossing folders. This is such an easy technique… so I made six cards in no time at all.

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

This is one of my all time favorite techniques since it is a great way to stretch products and get new looks. Embossing folders are inexpensive and come in a ton of patterns. To apply ink into the “valleys” of the dry embossing, I simply applied ink into one side of an open embossing folder. I put some white cardstock in the folder, closed it and ran it through my die cut machine. After removing it, the raised areas are left white, with the ink only in the valleys. I then applied another color of ink just to the raised areas.

I have found Hero Arts Shadow, Simon Says Stamp and WPlus9 Inks work incredibly well with this technique since they absorb and even out as they dry. However, you can try any ink you have. I also used a bunch of new 6×6 embossing folders from Lifestyle Crafts (We R Memory Keepers). I love that these are big enough to emboss horizontal or vertical patterns… and still fit through my die cut machines.

Isn’t that script “thinking of you” greeting gorgeous? That is from the new Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit. (Or you can buy just the stamp set alone HERE.) This is one of those greetings that is designed so well that you don’t need much else with it. Love.

I used various fun embossing powders on the cards… and I am loving the WOW powders… thanks to their great price points. In the video I also shared how I use coffee filters to help with embossing powder! (And apparently I am not the first person to think of doing this. Why had I not heard of it before?! Works so well!)

The die cut piece in the center is from the Lil Inker Stitched Rectangle die set. The faux stitching that these dies give is perfection – a nice finishing touch. So much more interesting than a plain rectangle piece floating in the middle of the card.

I also added a few die cut hearts to each card… covered with Glossy Accents.

Just a reminder that all of these embossing folders and ink colors are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. :)

And here is a look at each card. Just click for a closer peek…

Six cards! Whew. Loving this technique. I will be back in a couple days for a spin on this technique.

GIVEAWAY

Interested in getting your hands on the July Simon Says Stamp Card Kit? (It has this sentiment in it.) For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 6/20/14. Good luck.

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Video: Embossing Paste + Powder… and Hero Arts / BasicGrey Blog Hop

Hello! I am back (again – are you sick of me yet? LOL) with another video. This one shows using embossing paste and embossing powders together, along with other tips and a special guest. This card is also part of the Hero Arts / BasicGrey Grand Bazaar Blog Hop with giveaways and more. (Scroll down for more info.)

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

I remember the first time I saw heat embossing. I was in awe and in love… especially with metallic heat embossing. Today’s card? It is packed full of it!

First, I used the new Hero Arts / BasicGrey Leaf and Flourish Stencil with white embossing paste on white cardstock. Before allowing the paste to dry, I added the subtle-yet-oh-so-cool WOW Silver Pearl Embossing Powder. Fifteen minutes later (once the paste has dried a bit), I heat set the powder and the resulting raised pearly shine is perfection!

I also used Copper Pearl, Metallic Gold, Olive and Liquid Platinum powders to emboss various Hero Arts / BasicGrey Small Things and You Make Me Smile images on vellum. I love how it looks like the images are floating over the stenciled background. To finish the card off, I created silver pearl accents by coloring plain pearls with my T5 Copic Marker. On the edge of the card, I added a BasicGrey patterned paper strip and a thin strip of cardstock covered with embossing powder. This card has lots of metallic shine in real life…

BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Hero Arts / BasicGrey Grand Baazar Blog Hop. Lots of ideas from lots of artists! All the stamps, stencils and papers I used today are from this new collection.

—–> The next stop on the hop is the blog of one of my favorite cardmakers – Kelly Rasmussen. (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 AND SALE

Today there are TWO big giveaways! Hero Arts and BasicGrey will be giving away two Grand Bazaar prize packs — including paper, embellishments, clear and cling stamps, and stencils. The two winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers’ blogs. Comments must be received by 11:59pm PST on 6/11/14. The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning!

To celebrate this hop even more, Hero Arts will be offering 10% off all the stamps and stencils in the Grand Bazaar Collection in the Hero Arts Online Store. (While there, you can also get great deals on 6×6 BasicGrey paper pads!)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Copic Layered Background + Video Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Today I have a video showing a fun way to create layering with Copic Markers and inks. (I also share ideas if you don’t have Copics.) This video is also part of a video hop in honor of my friend, Laura Sterckx, reaching a YouTube milestone. Check it out…

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

I love the look of layering Copic Markers with stamping. It is amazing how deep, rich, vibrant and “dimensional” the results can be. Here, I created an ocean background with various Copics and stamped on top of it with a Copic-friendly ink – My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink. I love that it stays clear and crisp. I also showed how to create bubbles on a Copic background with a Colorless Blender pen. Such a cool technique! Finally, I showed how to add “dimension” to a solid stamped image with Copics.

All of the stamps (including the ocean images, sentiment and background stamp) are new from My Favorite Things. Aren’t they adorable? And I quickly and easily cut the “wonky” shaped piece with the new My Favorite Things Blueprints 15 die set.

VIDEO HOP

As I mentioned, this video is part of a special video hop in honor of my friend Laura Sterckx. Laura is a 17 year old from Belguim and one of the best cardmakers out there. After seeing her work a long time ago, I contacted her to be part of one of our Online Card Classes. We have since become friends and I completely admire her. Her cards are soft, lovely and creative. And she is bright, sweet and thoughtful. I have to add that she is always the first to turn in assignments for classes and is always so clear and excited. If you don’t follow her blog or YouTube channel, I recommend you do. I am also happy to see young folks in this hobby… and she is a talented one. She is going places!

So… because of my admiration for Laura, I am very honored to be part of her video hop celebrating her reaching 1000 YouTube subscribers. There are lots of great artists participating, along with great prizes.

Be sure to check out the next video in this video hop HERE.

GIVEAWAY

There are LOTS of giveaways today… lots of good ones. Prizes include gift certificates, stamps, classes and more from Simon Says Stamp, Pretty Pink Posh, Wow! Embossing Powder, WPlus9, Online Card Classes, and me – Jennifer McGuire Ink! You can earn chances to win by commenting on the videos over on YouTube. (Comments must be left by 11:59 PM EST on 6/7/14. Winners will be announced on Laura’s blog.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Flip-It Stamping + Studio Calico Discount Code + Giveaway!

Hello! Today’s video shows a quick and easy birthday card featuring flip-it stamping… where you stamp with the backside of a clear stamp. I also have a great discount code for over at Studio Calico that gets you their newest card kit for only $10! (See below.)

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails below. To watch on YouTube, click HERE.]

You know me – I love to use stamps in creative ways. Here, I took a stamp set with graphic images and used them to create candles! I picked the “Make a Wish” sentiment from the newest Studio Calico Hello, Hello Card Kit and stamped with the backside of the sentiment to create the candle itself. (I call this “flip it stamping” since “backside stamping” sounded a bit inappropriate. LOL. You can do this with any symmetrical stamp to create a backdrop or shadow for the regular image. This works great with many sentiments which often have a rectangular backside. I also like it with circle, heart and star images.) I then white heat embossed the greeting on top and stamped “flames” with the leaf from the stamp set.

In the video, I share my favorite tip for fixing images that don’t stamp entirely. Fantastix are perfect for this. They are firm foam-like tools that are great for applying little areas of ink. I love them with any ink, but especially the Hero Arts Shadow Inks I used here. (You can see another video using Fantastix HERE and HERE. And I talked to SSS – they will have more of these in stock today!)

Oh and that awesome “friend” die? Wow. So intricate and lovely. That is new and exclusive to Studio Calico. (I also like their “happy” and “thanks” dies. I think some of these are sold out but they said they will be getting more soon.) I layered up 4 of white die cuts and topped it with glitter paper.

In the video, I also showed a second card using another new stamp set from Studio Calico. I kept this one simple and just colored around it with Copic Markers.

DISCOUNT CODE

The kind folks over at Studio Calico are offering a great deal just for my readers! If you have been interested in trying out the Studio Calico Card Kits, now is the time. (I am loving them more and more each month. Such good stuff!)  Here is the deal: Start a Card Subscription with Hello, Hello Card Kit and receive your first month for $10! Use the promo code “JMCJUNE” before 11:59pmEST on 6/26/14. (Valid only with a Hello, Hello Card Kit Subscription in your cart. Not valid on previous purchases. Must enter code at checkout. Refunds will not be issued for misused or non-entered codes. This offer is valid while supplies last.)

GIVEAWAY

I have a bundle of fun Studio Calico products for a lucky reader. For your chance, leave a comment by 11:59pmEST on 6/6/14. Good luck!

(I will be back to announce other giveaway winners soon. My assistant has been busy with sick kids and end-of-year school projects. Oh – and by the way – *I* am my own assistant. LOL.)

See you soon!

SUPPLIES

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Videos: Layered Stenciling + New Lawn Fawn

Hello! Today I have TWO videos. One shows a way to do layered stenciling and the other shows a look at the newest Lawn Fawn release. (It is a REALLY good one!)

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

I love making happy cards, and I think this card fits that description! I started by die cutting a stitched banner with the new Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners die set. These dies are perfect for creating banners to hang for decorations, but I used them for a card.

Next up? Some layered/masked stenciling. I first used Salty Ocean Distress Ink over the Hero Arts Cloud Stencil for the soft clouds. (The Mini Inking Tool makes this so easy!) I then masked the clouds off with the masks that come with this stencil. (Isn’t that a great bonus? If your stencil doesn’t come with the matching masks, you can easily create your own. Just ink the same shape on scrap paper and cut the shape out. There you go – you have a mask!) I next created my own sun ray stencil by die cutting a piece of scrap plastic with the SSS sunshine die. (I used plastic so I could use it over and over again.) After applying Scattered Straw Distress Ink, I removed the DIY stencil and cloud masks, revealing a dimensional-looking, inked background.

I did some quick Copic coloring on the new Lawn Fawn lighthouse image and stamped the greeting. I finished the stamped area with a bit of Wink of Stella shimmer and a few sequins to hide a boo boo. Finally, I added it to a notecard covered with some adorable Lawn Fawn 6×6 paper.

I have always been a big fan of Lawn Fawn. The owners are so very wonderful and I really like that they stick to their style and do it so well. Somehow each release keeps getting better and better and this one is the best. I did a little video showing a close-up look at these new products and some ideas for using them…

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If you want to see A LOT more inspiration using these new Lawn Fawn products, be sure to check out their blog. It is a really good one!

SUPPLIES

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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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