Mama Elephant is giving away THREE $25 gift certificates each day of the Stampede — 9 winners total. So be sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs including this one. Winners will be chosen and announced by Mama Elephant on 10/20/14 on the Mama Elephant blog.
I have a couple “product release close-up” videos for you this week. Today’s shows a close look atthe newest Mama Elephant release and ideas on how to use the products. I only do these videos if I feel a release has a lot to offer, and this one does… including stamps, dies and 16 new inks! I also have a giveaway.
I will have several videos coming up with these products. Stay tuned. Oh, and please know that I wasn’t asked or paid to do this video. I just did it because I like the products and thought you might, too. If you want information on Mama Elephant’s 2 year anniversary, click HERE.
INK SWATCH DOWNLOAD
As I mentioned in the video, I have a free Ink Swatch Download for these inks – just click HERE and HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads along with a video on how I use them, please go HERE. If you want to learn more about Mama Elephant inks, click HERE.
One lucky winner will get a stamp set from Mama Elephant! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/26/14 telling me your favorite product in this release.
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.)
Online Card Classes Watercolor for Card Makers Class – This was one of our most popular classes. It has techniques from beginners to advanced and will transform how you watercolor. LOTS of videos and examples. You can take the class anytime and will have lifetime access.
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!
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 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.)
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:
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.
I do not work for these stores so I have no real way of knowing how many are in stock before I use them.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!