Video: Ink for Beginning Stampers + GIVEAWAY

I am often asked which inks I recommend for new stampers. This is a tough question and I have spent a lot of time thinking about it over the years. And today? I finally have an answer…

[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 consider three things to be important when considering ink for a new stamper: the quality, the colors, and the ease at which you can get good, solid results. Today’s inks are great on all three counts! In my video, I suggest “a collection of beginner inks” that includes Lawn Fawn and Ranger Dye Inks. Both of these inks are new and have impressed me big time.

The Lawn Fawn colors are rich-yet-muted-mid-tones. The Ranger colors are bright-and-primary. Together? A great collection of 20 inks. (I left out black inks from this – was just focusing on the colors.)

Be sure to watch the above video to understand more about these inks and how they work. And *please* remember – there are lots of other inks I love just as much as these! So be sure to watch THIS video about my other favorite inks. For example – I *love* Hero Arts Shadow Inks, WPlus9 Inks, various pigment inks, etc. and use them most. I adore their unique colors. However I felt the inks I share today are a great place to start to get basic colors. Then you can starting adding in the other great ink lines! (The more the merrier, huh?)

Please check above for a comparison between the colors. Keep in mind that every computer screen is different.

By the way, if you would like to better understand the difference between ink types, check out THIS video.

INK SWATCH DOWNLOADS

In the video I show ink swatches for these inks. You can find all of my free Ink Swatch Downloads and a how-to video HERE. (For the Ranger Ink Swatch Download, click HERE. For the Lawn Fawn Ink Swatch Download, click HERE.)

GIVEAWAY

Time to share the inky love! One lucky winner will get a $50 gift certificate (donated by me) to Simon Says Stamp so you can try out any inks you want. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/15/15 telling me your favorite type of ink. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. A big thank you to Lawn Fawn and Ranger for these inks. Opinion and review is completely my own.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Lawn Fawn (LF), etc.

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Product Release Close-Up: Lawn Fawn + GIVEAWAY

Hi! It has been awhile since I have done a “product release close-up” video… giving a close look at the products in a particular release and ideas on how to use them. (I only do this if I am inspired by and love an entire product release from a company. I am hoping it helps you decide if any of the products are right for you.) Today’s video gives a close look at the newest Lawn Fawn release… which includes new inks! Oh, and I have a big giveaway…

[All products mentioned are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

My goodness – so much good stuff! And by the way… as always… Lawn Fawn did not ask or pay me to do this video – I did it in hopes of helping all of you decide if any of the products work for you.

INK SWATCHES

As I mentioned in the video, I have a free Ink Swatch Download for these inks – just click HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads along with a video on how I use them, please go HERE.

VIDEOS MENTIONED

In the video, I mentioned a few videos:

GIVEAWAY

I have a Lawn Fawn stamp set and die for a lucky stamper out there! For your chance, leave a comment here telling me which of the new Lawn Fawn products you like the best. (You can see all the images listed below or HERE.) Be sure to do so by 11:59pmEST on 3/1/15 when I will randomly pick a winner. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

Below are the products featured above. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Lawn Fawn sent me these products, but with no expectations. The love is my own! Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS) and Ellen Hutson (EH).

 

 

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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.)

[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’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.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Window Card

Hello. Last week I was a guest over on Scrapbook and Cards Today where I shared this simple and happy window card. Thought I should share in here, too…

[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.]

Sometimes it is just fun to make a happy and simple card… and this one fit the bill. I used the adorable Sending Hedgehugs stamp set from Lawn Fawn and stamped the images with my favorite Copic-friendly black ink – My Favorite Things Licorice Hybrid. Before I began coloring, I did a Google search using “cartoon hedgehogs”…  a trick that can be a helpful guide to jump start your coloring. (I share a few tips and tricks in this video using Copic markers, but if you’re interested in more information, check out the Copic Class over at Online Card Classes. Even though class is over, you can still sign up and have lifetime access to the content.)

I die cut a heart in the center of a piece white cardstock, and added some dimension using a dots embossing folder from Sizzix. This was the perfect window for my coloring.

That’s it. A super easy card using some favorite products that I’ve been excited to use. Oh – and it would be easy to make this a true window card by having the heart die cut window on the front of the card and have the colored images inside.

BRING A SMILE TO A CHILD

Scrapbook and Cards Today is collecting cards for sick children… and that’s where this card is going. If you are interested in participating, you can find info HERE. A great cause.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Lawn Fawn Product Release Close-Up… + GIVEAWAY

In the past I have shared a few “product release close-up” videos… giving a close look at the products in a particular release and ideas on how to use them. (I only do this if I am inspired by and love an entire product release from a company.) Today’s video gives a close look at the new Lawn Fawn release. Oh, and I have a big giveaway!

[Click HERE to watch on YouTube in HD.]

A great release, huh? Lawn Fawn images are so well designed that they are great for practicing any type of coloring you may like – watercolor, Copics, etc. And by the way… as always… Lawn Fawn did not ask or pay me to do this video – I did it in hopes of helping all of you decide if any of the products work for you.

GIVEAWAY

I have a great giveaway for you today! One lucky winner will get THREE of the new Lawn Fawn products. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/7/14.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

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Video: Colored Pencils and Gamsol

Hi! Today I have a video showing how to add shading and highlights to a stamped image with colored pencils and gamsol. It is very easy to do!

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

A very easy way to add the look of dimension to a solid stamped image is with added coloring on top. I have showed this in the past with Copic Markers (click HERE for a video), but today I wanted to show how to use colored pencils and gamsol. I personally think the combination of colored pencils and gamsol makes for the easiest coloring there is. This video doesn’t really showcase that much since it is subtle coloring we are doing, but it does give you an idea of how fun it is! (Click HERE for another video with basic coloring.)

For this apple image from Clearly Besotted, I first stamped with Hero Arts Pale Tomato Shadow Ink and then added just some quick shading and highlighting with Prismacolor pencils. I then used a paper stump and gamsol to blend it together. Fast. Simple. Easy. And what a difference it makes! (I mentioned in the video but wanted to say it again here – I really like the gamsol from Inky Antics because you can’t spill it and it is contained. I have used this for MANY years.)

And oh my goodness – check out that background! Looks like I spent a ton of time but I totally faked it with the help of the Lil Inkers Quilted Stitch die. I am head over heels in love with this die. 100%. And that heart? I used the large Nesting Hearts die set from Little B. Fun, huh? The “thanks” die cut is from Lawn Fawn… along with silver glitter paper from DCWV. (Warning: Many of the dies I used on this card are loved by others, too, and hard to find in stock. I did ask the stores and they have reordered and are waiting for more to ship!)

A few other things from this video:

  • I gave a peek at three Little B die sets: Nesting Hearts, Block Out and Handwritten. I wasn’t sure the quality would be good enough with this low price point but I was impressed!
  • For a video showing quickly how to color images with colored pencils and gamsol, click HERE. (I promise to do a better, more in depth video on gamsol soon.)
  • I used Prismacolor pencils here. However, the Spectrum Noir pencils are a less expensive option.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Dick Blick (DB), Clearly Besotted (CB), Lil Inker (LI), and Amazon (AZ)…

 

 

 

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