Video: Watercolor & Stamping… + Shop For a Good Cause

Hi! Today’s video shares some tips and tricks for using watercolor with stamping and die cutting. The project uses some great products from Mama Elephant… and below I have some information on how you can shop for these goodies while earning money for a good cause. Yay!

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

Ahhh… my love for watercolor with stamping is still going strong! It is such fun. Because of this love, I have bought and tried pretty much all of the watercolor mediums out there. My favorite has been the Peerless Watercolor, which you can see in my video HERE. (And I have several more videos coming up.) I love how creamy and vibrant the colors are… and they seem to do the blending for you. Well, a few weeks ago I got an email from my friend Kryssi who is one of the owners of Mama Elephant. She told me about another watercolor and insisted I try it. Boy am I glad I did. I now am donating all of my watercolor mediums except two – the Peerless Watercolor and the Gansai Tambi that I am demonstrating today.

Gansai Tambi is a high-quality Japanese watercolor that goes on very creamy and vibrant… much like the Peerless. I like that the big set has a gold, bronze, white and pearly white, and that the light colors even show up on dark cardstock! Swoon. I will be using these (and the Peerless) from here on out. Love. I just wish I would have found these in the beginning! (Oh, and for pencil form, I still love the Inktense.)

So! Back to this card and video. For the heat embossing of the images, I used one of my favorite tricks. I first stamped the Mama Elephant In My Heart little girl and sentiment (what a GREAT set!) with Hero Arts Black Dye Ink. I then stamped right on top of it with Versmark Ink and added clear embossing powder. I find that I get the best “black heat embossing” results this way since black powders can be messy and black pigment ink is often not crisp. (And one less product to buy!) The Gansai Tambi watercolors were perfect to add the coloring, and also for the sky-wash background. I also used the Mama Elephant Landscape Trio cloud die to create a background with dimension.

RELATED PROJECTS

Here are some other videos you might find helpful with watercolor:

SHOP FOR A GOOD CAUSE

I am a huge fan of Operation Write Home, who collects and distributes loads of handmade cards for soldiers overseas to send home to family members. Well, from now until 7/31/14, 20% of the profits of the In My Heart stamp set purchased through the Mama Elephant site goes to Operation Write Home. So, please support this wonderful cause! Also, this stamp set was designed specifically with the efforts of Operation Write Home in mind. Love!

Thanks for your time. Have a great day!

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Video: Die Cut Window Cards

Hello! Today’s video shares how to create die cut windows with a word suspended across. This technique is fun! So fun that I actually created four cards. I did these cards as part of the Virginia’s View Challenge where I am a guest. (More on that below.)

[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.]

If you have stopped by my blog before, you know these cards have three things I am adore. First, they include word dies cuts. Second, they have a window. Third, the technique results in two cards at once. Bam!

For the first set of cards I show in the video, I started by inking white cardstock with Distress Ink and a fabulous Memory Box stencil for a tone-on-tone look. I then used some partial die cutting tricks to die cut a circle window with the Mama Elephant “hello” greeting suspended across it. The technique results in one continuous piece – with the word connected to the panel. I love this look!

After creating the die cut panel, I used the same stencil to apply embossing paste to the front of a white notecard. I then added the panel on top… lining up the stencil pattern in the paste with the stencil pattern in the inked die cut panel. I finished it off with my favorite sequins and silver dots using a Silver Paper Pen. Man oh man… I love the look of that “hello” suspended across that window!

I used the leftover die cut pieces from the first card to create this second. I started by masking around the edges of a white notecard with painters tape and applied embossing paste over the Memory Box Stencil. I then adhered the die cut pieces – lining up the pattern – and finished it with a small glitter die cut heart. Easy. And fast!

So those first two cards, I used partial die cutting tricks to create one continuous piece. For the next two cards, I cheated and did a much faster version of the technique. Any although the word isn’t really connected to the panel around the window, it is hard to tell! You can pick whichever technique you prefer.

I once again started with white cardstock and inked it lightly with Distress Ink. I then inked more over a dot stencil for a tone-on-tone look. After die cutting the word thanks from the inked piece, I die cut a heart around it. I taped the word into the heart in the panel (with the tape on the back) so it looks like the word is suspended across and is one with the panel. (A little cheating is welcome in crafting!) I kept this simple by just adding Wink of Stella to the dots and a bit of sequin and silver dot bling.

I adhered the leftover pieces on a mini card… and added Glossy Accents to the dots for some dimension and shine. I think this is my favorite of the four. So clean and simple.

VIRGINIA’S VIEW CHALLENGE

As I mentioned, these cards are for my guest spot over at the Virginia’s View Challenge Blog. I have shared in the past a few challenge blogs that I like… and this new one is one of the best out there. The sweet Virginia Lu leads it and there are some amazing ideas and submissions. You can draw inspiration from the challenge photo (below) and link over on the blog. I believe they have prizes, too! (Congrats, Virginia, on your awesome blog. I adore you and all that you are adding to this great hobby.)

SHOPPING NOTE

I have received many emails about me using products that are out of stock in stores. I just wanted to mention a few things about this:

  1. I take a lot of time to link to multiple sources/stores in the thumbnails at the end of each post. You can find these sources in the abbreviations under the product thumbnail. (Example: Click “EH” to see the product at Ellen Hutson.) Sometimes one store may be out of stock but another isn’t.
  2. I do not work for these stores so I have no real way of knowing how many are in stock before I use them.
  3. I do know that the stores I link to (except Amazon – not sure about them) are very good about placing reorders very quickly. However, sometimes manufacturers are very slow to fill those big orders. So just because you see something is “out of stock” in a store doesn’t mean that it isn’t on order.
  4. Please know that if something is out of stock, it is because many people also loved the product you want! :) Heck – I bought the product and used it because I love it, too. It happens. But thankfully there are lots of great products out there. (And I try to mention alternative products in my video.)

I really try my bestestestest to use a variety of products and share with you fun ways to use these products. I use what I love… and sometimes those things go out of stock. :)

Thanks for stopping by. Oh – and I will be back soon with winners from past giveaways. Thanks!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Distress Ink Watercolor + Embossing Folders… and GIVEAWAY

Hi! Today’s video shows how to combine embossing folders and watercolor (via Distress Inks) for soft, textured backgrounds. And! I am giving away THREE sets of Mini Distress Ink Pads

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

A couple days ago, I shared a technique where I applied ink to the inside of an embossing folder. (Click HERE to see the video.) Today, I am back with a spin on this technique. This technique results in a watercolor effect with lots of texture.

I started by applying Distress Ink to the inside of an embossing folder. I decided to use the Mini Distress Ink pads (more on these below) because I could directly apply many colors to a small area. I then misted the inked area with water – 10 to 12 times. After putting watercolor paper inside, I ran it through my die cut machine. The results? A watercolor look with texture…

This next example uses the same Tim Holtz Lattice embossing folder that I used above, but I inked the other side of the embossing folder…

By the way, for these cards, I used Distress Ink + water for a watercolor effect. You could instead apply watercolor directly to the inside of a folder for a similar look. You could also try Gelatos + water, other inks + water, etc.

I really am loving the Tim Holtz embossing folders because of the small patterns. Check out this one – the Trellis – it is so cool with this technique…

For this next example, I did something a bit different. I first used the embossing folder on plain watercolor paper. Then I used my Mini Ink Blending Tool and Distress Ink over the embossed area… then misted it generously with water. This gives a more “controlled” look. (Or, as I prefer to say… “less artsy fartsy.” Hee.)

I also used a Tim Holtz Diffuser on this so that I could have an un-embossed area on the card. Worked great!

And finally, a look at the final cards. I once again kept them very simple since the backgrounds have so much to offer. For the banner die cuts, I used the Avery Elle Dotted Dies. (Really liking the embossed dots it gives around the banner.) The sentiments include “oh happy day” and “all smiles” (from the Mama Elephant Bountiful Blessings set), “miss you” (from the Mama Elephant In My Hearts set), and “birthday wishes” (from the Avery Elle Sending You set). I used Liquid Platinum embossing powders on all of these… and on the mini die cut hearts and stars.

Here are links to other projects that you may like:

I tell ya… there is no ink as versatile as Distress Ink. Love it!

GIVEAWAY

So… how would you like to get your hands on the newest THREE sets of Mini Distress Ink Pads? (The newest sets are 7, 8 and 9.) Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 6/28/14 for your chance. Good luck! (And thanks, Tim.)

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Video: Coloring With Pigment Ink + Mama Elephant Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi, there. Today I have a few fun things – a video showing a creative way to color with pigment, a blog hop and giveaway!

[Supplies are linked in thumbnails below. Click HERE to watch on YouTube.]

I really enjoy finding ways to stretch my products and get more from them. Today I show how to color with pigment inks. I first stamped parts of the floral arrangement with my favorite white pigment on my favorite kraft paper. This white acts as a light “foundation” on the dark background… to which I could add color. I used the handy Fantastix inking tools to “draw” pigment ink color over the white. So very easy to do and I think the soft results are very unique.

The images are from the new Mama Elephant Sweet Havana stamp set that was just released. Such an elegant set. I also used the Mama Elephant pigment inks.

Today, Mama Elephant is releasing several new products, which you can see HERE. My favorite set? It is the Splendid set, which I recently used in the Watercolor for Cardmakers Online Card Class. Here is a peek at the project from class, along with the fab stamp set…

This post is also part of the Mama Elephant May Stampede blog hop where we are featuring their newest product release…

Ready to head to the next blog? Just click HERE for the blog of the wonderful Pamela Ho. (Click HERE to start at the beginning.)

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the new release, Mama Elephant is giving away one of each of the new stamps released! Winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the Stampede. Winners will be announced on the Mama Elephant blog on the last Stamp Highlights day. You have up to 3 chances to qualify to win: 1. Leave a comment on this blog post, 2. Like/share Mama Elephant on Facebook, and 3. Follow/tweet Mama Elephant on Twitter. Just leave a separate comment for each. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

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Video: DIY Colored Embossing Paste

Hello! Today’s video shows several fun techniques including DIY colored embossing paste, coloring with gamsol and much more. I also use a new stamp set that has quickly become a favorite!


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

Coloring your own embossing paste is very easy to do. In this video I show two of my favorite ways – with reinkers and with inks. I used the colored paste with the popular Simon Says Stamp Falling Stars stencil and also added my favorite sparkle embossing powder to the paste before it dried.

In the video I also showed how I used Gamsol for coloring these *adorable* new bunnies from Mama Elephant. (I will be using this cute set a lot!) I used Gamsol and colored pencils for years and have recently fallen back in love with them. I will do more videos in the future. But I will say – it is a less expensive option when compared to Copic Markers… and also easier to use.

The greetings on this card are also from Mama Elephant. If you are looking for a good sentiment stamp set, this is a great option. Many of the messages are great for the insides of cards, too.

I also show in this video the containers and spoons I use for embossing powder. Many people had asked about them. This system is working really well for me!

How about some links to more inspiration?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Mama Elephant Anniversary Stampede + Video + Giveaway

Hello! Today I am part of the Mama Elephant Anniversary Stampede… with two (actually three!) cards, a video and giveaways!

I am very excited for my friends at Mama Elephant. In one short year they have brought us many fabulous stamp sets… and now ink and dies!

So you see those pine pieces that make up that wreath? Well those are actually from the Party Kit stamp set from Mama Elephant. (Available for free with a minimum purchase.) Totally not holiday related at all… but that is what makes it fun! I used what are supposed to be tassle-like-things (no idea what you call them) for balloons or party banners… and instead created a wreath.

I used the new Mama Elephant inksMojito and Apple – and really like them. They are a lot like the Memento Luxe Inks but less juicy so they give you a crisp image.

And that bow? Isn’t it fabulous? I used the new Mama Elephant Dainty Bow die

I had such fun creating this guy that I did another. This time I used two shades of green ink and a black stamped greeting. The greeting is again from the Winter Wonderland set.

Love how easy the little berries are with Ruby Liquid Pearls

I also wanted to create a quick card with the Party Kit stamp set and use it as it was intended to be used – on a celebration card! I used many of the new Mama Elephant Ink colors. Yum!

Next, hop over to the blog of one of my bestest friends, Kathy Racoosin. (If you want to start at the beginning, head to the Mama Elephant blog. The have some great sales and deals and such going on – be sure to check them out.)

GIVEAWAY

Mama Elephant is giving away a $10 gift certificate on every stop of the hop, including here! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/18/13. There will be one grand prize of $50 which will be chosen from all the blogs from both days!

SUPPLIES

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Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland Stamps (ME|SSS)

 

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