Video: Staggered Die Cuts, Clear Cards and More

Hello! Today I have a video along with two bonus cards. The video shows two fun techniques: staggered die cuts and a clear card


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

For the “hello” piece on this, I layered/staggered six Lawn Fawn hello die cuts. (I used Simon Says Stamp cardstock for this. Love the colors.) When I was done, I covered the whole piece with Wink of Stella shimmer and the top blue “hello” with Glossy Accents. It reminds me of candy!

I cut the edge of the white piece using the new Lawn Fawn Speech Bubble Border die. This border die is genius and I am seeing so many people use it in creative ways! I assembled everything on a clear Hero Arts acetate notecard. (Check the video to see how.) That sweet greeting on the inside is from the Lawn Fawn Starry Backdrops set.

I really enjoyed all of the new Lawn Fawn release… so I thought I would create a couple more cards. The first uses the same hello die, but I layered 6 black die cuts together for a bold look. I then added the perfectly perfect Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka sequins with Matte Multi Medium. (The best way to hold sequins – by far.) I love that there are flower sequins in the pack, too! Oh, and I threw in a few plain gems for fun. The notecard is one of Lawn Fawn’s 4-bar polka dot notecards turned inside out.

And I just couldn’t resist the new Lawn Fawn Let’s Roll set. Aren’t these images the cutest? I just colored them with Copic Markers and added Glossy Accents to the hearts and soy.

Before I go, I wanted to mention a few winners…

WINNERS

The lucky one who will get the set of Studio Calico Inks is Kristie Maynard and the winner of the Hero Arts stamps is Alanna N.

Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

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: More “Watercolor” Die Cuts

Recently, I had the honor of sharing a video over on the Lawn Fawn blog. One of the Lawn Fawn owners, Kelly Marie, is a dear friend of mine and one of the sweetest people to ever walk this crafty world. So, it truly is was an honor.

This video shows another example of “watercolor” die cuts. I am very addicted to these techniques! And who said Distress Inks couldn’t be used for “cutesy” cards?

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

I am a big fan of dies that not only cut but add the what-looks-like-perforated finishing touch, such as the Lawn Fawn Spring Showers dies. Those little dashed lines absorb ink a bit better and therefore give great results.

After using the cloud dies to cut watercolor paper, I smooshed them around in some Salty Ocean Distress Ink and water on a craft sheet. After they dried, I pounced them with a paint brush covered with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and water. The results? Lots of texture. Lots of watercolory color. Little effort. I also created the background, sun and hearts in the same way. I finished the card front with that adorably adorable “hello sunshine” message. Oh – and see the subtle shimmer on the whole card? I did that quickly with my Shimmer spritz.

The card is actually a 4-bar card – only 3 1/2″ x 4 7/8″ – which is smaller than most. I am really enjoying this size as it is such a nice change of pace. I used one of the new Lawn Fawn polka 4-bar notecards inside out. (You could always cut your own 4-bar notecard and use the Lawn Fawn 4-bar white envelopes. These envelopes are thick so they hold up very well in the mail.)

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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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Holiday Cutie

Hello!

Just popping in to share a quick card I did with Lawn Fawn and Memory Box products. That little fox? He is a cutie…

So that little fox doesn’t come all dressed up for winter. I just drew my own simple hat and scarf and added it to him. This is a great way to stretch your non-holiday critter stamps to a holiday card. I just LOVE that little guy! Oh, and of course I added Black Enamel Accents for the eyes and nose.

The background? Well I did that with the very cool Memory Box Swirling Snowflakes Die. Instead of cutting with the die, I sandwiched my paper between the die and a Tan Embossing Mat and ran it through my die cut machine as if I was doing an embossing folder. This results in the die leaving a cool impression on the paper instead of cutting it. Embossing folders cannot achieve impressions of such detail! (You can do this with any die cut machine! To see this technique in action, check the video HERE.)

I also stamped the notecard with one of my favorite backgrounds – the Impression Obsession Thin Stripes.

Come on… isn’t that fox the cutest??!!

WINNERS!

I have some winners to announce:

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

Lawn Fawn Into the Woods Stamps (SSS|EH)


Lawn Fawn Winter Gifts Stamps (SSS|EH)


Impression Obsession Thin Stripes Background (SSS|EH)


Memory Box Swirling Snowflakes Die (SSS|EH)



Sizzix Big Shot (SSS|EH)


Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Tide Pool Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Black and White Enamel Accents (SSS|EH)


Copic Markers (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Pool Mixed Notecards (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (EH|SSS)



Ooooo… New Goodies + Giveaway!

(**** For the Maggie Holmes & Crate Paper Summer 2013 Product Blog Hop, scroll to the previous post or click HERE. Thanks! ****)

I love this time of year! With the CHA show right around the corner, companies are releasing lots of new products. Just a little warning – you may want to start saving your pennies!

Want proof? My friends at Lawn Fawn are showing off their newest products. And – OH MY – are they adorable. Be sure to stop by their blog and comment on all their CHA Sneak Week posts for chances to win new products! (Giveaways are open until 7/23/13.)

I picked up my favorite sets and started playing. A tree for stamping carved initials? Yes, please. Here is a peek – I will show the finished card in August when they start shipping all the new stamps…

Fun, huh? You can see all the fun of Lawn Fawn’s release on their blog.

GIVEAWAY

Leave a comment here by 7/23/13 at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win the Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Backdrops and Milo’s ABCs stamp sets I peeked above. Good luck! (Prizes will not be shipped until they are available.)

See you soon. Will be back with giveaway winners soon. And I will be back to also share some new Hero Arts stamps. What new products are you seeing and loving?

 

Spoil Those Kids…

Sometimes you just need to surprise your kids and make them smile.

And that is what I was going for when I put this into my son’s lunch. (He never has a treat in there, so I am sure he was thrilled.)

The best part? This was so easy to make. (For more information on it, you can head over the the Paper Crafts Connections blog. There are some other kids ideas there, too.)

Start with a 10 ¼” x 4” piece of cardstock (I used Bazzill) and add score lines at 2”, 2 ¼”, 6 ¼”, and 6 ½”. That is it! Just fold it up and you have a cookie holder. I also added a die cut window with the new Lawn Fawn Puffy Star die to the front panel so you could see the cookie inside. Here is what it looks like unfolded…

After I put a cookie in, I used an old Thicker letter sticker to hold it closed.

I had to add some stamping, of course… with a repeated Hero Arts circle (a great image!) and a Paper Smooches pencil. And I stretched a die cut banner (with a computer-generated greeting using the Ever After free font) across the star opening.

Here is a look at the awesome Lawn Fawn Puffy Star nesting dies set I used for the window. Adorable, huh?

And the repeated circles? It is from this Hero Arts set. Lots of good images here for building backgrounds on many styles of cards.

Colin loved this treat. I bet your little one would, too. Do you ever do any lunch surprises? Would love to hear ideas.

Take care!


Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

Lawn Fawn Puffy Star Dies (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Not Perfect Stamp Set (SSS|EH)

 

Paper Smooches Smarty Pants Stamp Set (SSS|EH)

 

 

Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)

 

Sizzix Vagabond Solo Thin Die Adapter (SSS|EH)

 

 

 

Corner Chomper (SSS|EH)

 

Hero Arts Pool Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Copic Markers (SSS|EH)

 

 

Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)

 

Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)

 

 

Good People

There are lots of good people in this industry.

And one of my favorites? That would be Kelly Marie – the owner of Lawn Fawn. I was happy when she came to town to be part of a retreat with friends. Her energy is amazing.

She also brought with her some of her newest designs. When I saw her teacher set, I had to create something right away. So I have been holding on to this card for a few weeks… just waiting until she released the set…

Aren’t those images fabulous? And perfect for Colin’s teacher. She just rocks.

I heat embossed everything with white embossing powder and colored it in…

Lawn Fawn has recently released lots of great stamps and dies. Head over to their blog HERE to catch all the release party fun. (You can also get their newest products at Lawn Fawn directly or at Simon Says Stamp HERE.)

Oh… and I thought it would be fun to share this photo. Kelly and I were laughing so hard… and I have no idea why. Ha! It makes me smile.

See you soon!