VIDEO: Three Masking Alternatives + Giveaway

Hello!

Masking is a powerful stamping technique. However, sometimes images are just too difficult to create fussy-cut masks for. Today’s video shows a peek at THREE masking alternatives that you may like.

[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.]

In this video, I show three masking alternatives – - ways to mask when using a fussy-cut paper-mask just doesn’t make sense. Here they are:

Masking Alternative #1: Glossy Accents

I have a very strong love affair with Glossy Accents. And another great use for this product? Masking. Just stamp and color your stamped image and cover it with Glossy Accents. Once it is dry, you can apply dye inks, pigment inks and mists for a fun background… all while your stamped images are protected.

For my example, I colored the adorable Mama Elephant panda images with Copic Markers. After adding the Glossy Accents, I used an Ink Blending Tool to apply the colorful background with Distress Ink. Oh – and on all of these cards, I layered those awesome rectangle die cuts from Avery Elle. I love the finished edge these dies offer!

To mask around the edge of the die cut, I used my new favorite tape – Micropore tape. You can get this in 3-packs or 12-packs.

A nice perk of using Glossy Accents? You end up with a fun, dimensional clear coat on your stamping.

Masking Alternative #2: Clear Embossing Powder

If you are looking to mask a very intricate stamped image with elaborate outlines, I would recommend my second method – using clear embossing powder. After stamping and coloring my images, I use a VersaMark Pen to draw over it and then clear heat embossed. The embossing will resist any dye ink, pigment ink or mist you put on top.

For this example, I again started with the deco-edge Avery Elle rectangle die cuts. After masking the edge, I stamped and colored the Celebrating You Clearly Besotted flower images. I traced over the flowers with my VersaMark Pen and then added clear embossing powder. After heating it, I applied Distress Ink with my Ink Blending Tool. The embossing resists the added ink… successfully masking my images. Oh – and the sentiment is a favorite of mine from Hero Arts.

This technique also results in images with a shiny finish, but with less dimension. If you wanted to, you could remove the embossing powder with the iron-off embossing techniques I show HERE.

Again, I think this second technique is best for images with lots of details like these flowers.

Masking Alternative #3: Rubber Cement

Of the three masking techniques I share today, this third one is definitely my favorite. Why? Because you end up with a smooth, non-shiny image when you are done. And it uses rubber cement… a product I remember using as a kid!

After stamping and coloring the adorable My Favorite Things You’re Super girl, I used an old paint brush to “paint” rubber cement over the entire image. After it dried, I applied Distress Ink, mists and water for a dark, inky background. Once that dried also, I used a cloth to rub away the rubber cement… revealing the perfectly clean image below. LOVE IT.

Rubber cement is inexpensive and works great. One big tip: Don’t leave the bottle open as you work. It dries up quickly.

Fun, huh? I promise I will use these techniques more in the future.

SPLITCOAST STAMPERS

This video was a guest tutorial over on Splitcoast Stampers. They have technique videos often – you can find mine HERE.

GIVEAWAY

I have a giveaway for a lucky winner! The winner will get THREE stamp sets – one from Clearly Besotted, My Favorite Things and Hero Arts. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/29/14. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

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Guest Artist Video: Soft Dimensional Backgrounds with Laura Sterckx

Hello there! Earlier this summer I mentioned that I would be having guest artists here on my blog from time to time. (I feel it is important to encourage and support each other in this industry.) I asked several girls to guest… and I am just getting around to sharing another with you today. My guest? Laura Sterckx. Laura is incredibly talented and kind… and only 17 years old! I think it is so encouraging to see young people doing this hobby.

[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.]

Not only is Laura’s card simply adorable, but it also showcases a lovely soft dimensional background. To achieve this look, Laura used a combination of white embossing paste, the Falling Hearts stencil, WOW Ultra Shimmer Embossing Powder and Spun Sugar Distress Ink. Then she then added two Distress-Marker-watercolored pandas from Mama Elephant’s Pandamonium stamp set, along with a Lawn Fawn grass die cut and fun Pretty Pink Posh sequins. Oh! And the talk bubble? Perfect for that sweet sentiment

I just love how Laura keeps her cards clean and simple, but always with something fun. Be sure to check out her blog HERE, and her YouTube channel HERE. And please leave her a bit of love! (Laura, thank you for doing this. I always enjoy working with you… you are so sweet and professional! xo.)

SUPPLIES

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VIDEO: Plaid Pattern Stamping + Caring Hearts Card Drive Hop + GIVEAWAYS

Hello. Today is a big day! First, this post is part of the the Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop (with big giveaways!)… encouraging folks to send in cards for nursing homes. Second, I’m excited to be a guest over on the Mama Elephant Blog. I am a big fan of Mama Elephant stamps and I adore the owners. More on those things in a bit… let’s first dive into today’s video… sharing some tips on how to create a plaid pattern with stamps.

[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 am a big fan of any card background that brings the attention to the sentiment. Today’s plaid pattern stamping is perfect for that! By repeatedly stamping borders from Mama Elephant’s newest border stamp set – Boutique Borders – I am able to create an bold pattern. In the video I share tips on how to first stamp an “X” at the center of the card, and build your pattern around it.

I used Mama Elephant’s Rainwater and Moonlight Pigment Inks to stamp the border image repeatedly on some Neenah White Cardstock. I like to clear heat emboss after stamping each time so I don’t have to worry about the pigment ink drying.

To create the sentiment, I applied some of the beautiful Apricot Pigment Ink on to a piece of Neenah White Carstock. After clear embossing it to match the rest of the card, I placed my all time favorite thanks die on top and ran it through my die cut machine. I decided I wanted even more dimension on the word so I applied more of the Apricot ink and then put on some WOW Ultra Thick Embossing Powder. This powder has larger granules and gives much more dimension.

To finish, I wanted to add some hearts. I cut out some using the Mama Elephant Confetti die from white cardstock and colored them with the Apricot ink and clear heat embossed. And, as usual, I made two cards since my supplies were out.

By the way, in the video I mentioned that I get stuck creatively from time to time. I have a trick I do when this happens that I wanted to share in case you find yourself in the same situation. I go through my blog and look at my older cards and find one that I like. I use it as my inspiration and put a new spin on it. That’s what I’ve done here and it really helps get my creative mojo going again. This is the card that I looked back on for my kick start: (You can find info on it HERE.)

Maybe it will work for you, too!

MAMA ELEPHANT BLOG

As I mentioned, my video is featured over on the Mama Elephant blog. Their blog is one of the best in the industry, so I encourage you to check it out HERE. So inspiring!

CARING HEARTS CARD DRIVE BLOG HOP

This post is part of the second day of the Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop celebrating our card drive. This is the fifth year we are collecting cards for folks in nursing homes and hope you can participate! For information on sending cards, click HERE. Although we were supposed to do Christmas cards for this hop, I decided instead to make thank you cards for some of the gals helping with this card drive. :)

The next person on the hop is my sweet friend Kristina Werner. (Be sure to also check out day 1 of our hop, which started at the blog of Vera Yates.)

GIVEAWAY

No hop is complete without prizes, and we have a lot! For your chance to win, leave a comment on this blog (and all the others on the hop) before midnight CST on 11/8/14. Winners will be chosen randomly based on collective comments left on the designer’s blogs from both days of the hop. Here’s the prize list:

Remember that you are also eligible for MANY more prizes by sending in cards for the card drive. For more information, visit HERE. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Vellum Shaker Card

Hello! Today I have a short video (can you believe it!?) on how to create a vellum shaker card. It’s just as much fun as a regular shaker card, just simplified.

[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 have recently fallen back in love with vellum… especially when it is heat embossed. For today’s card, I stamped the gorgeous Mama Elephant “Peace On Earth” sentiment on my favorite vellum using VersaMark Ink. (I just love this sentiment because it’s bold and creates the perfect focal point on a card.) Because the sentiment is bold, I was able to use Silver and Gold Ultra High Embossing Powders for a raised image with extra dimension.

Mama Elephant also has a fun die that creates small hearts, stars, and sequin shapes. These tiny flat pieces are perfect for shaker cards! I cut some of the star shapes to go behind my vellum and used a sewing machine to trap them inside. (I recommend using an inexpensive sewing machine that is intended for clothing such as THIS one. Most paper craft sewing machines don’t hold up over time.)

This card is a time saver and eliminates all that extra dimensional bulk of traditional shaker cards!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Shaker Window Stamping + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAYS

Hi! Today’s video shows stamping on shaker card windows. I am also very honored to be part of the Mama Elephant 2-year Anniversary Stampede (blog hop)! Lots of sales, giveaways and more.

[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.]

Shaker cards are very popular right now. And although I don’t make them often, I was really wanting to make one with stamping on the window. And it is very easy! I stamped the greeting from the Mama Elephant Alpine Carolers with White Staz-On ink on a piece of acetate. (You can either use a clear piece from recycled packaging or from Hero Arts Acetate.) I also added two cute little Arctic Penguins… after altering their little mouths so they could sing. :) The Mama Elephant Peek A Boo Frames are perfect for forming the shaker card with sequins inside. (You can find all the products linked at the end of this post.)

I also created that background inside by blending various Mama Elephant Pigment Inks with a jumbo sponge dauber. I then heat embossed it all with sparkle embossing powder… creating a fun glitter paper.

For a video showing a closer look at these new great products from Mama Elephant, click HERE.

STAMPEDE

As I mentioned, this post is part of the Mama Elephant Stampede celebrating their 2 year anniversary. Check out the fun details…

The next stop on the stampede is the Mama Elephant Blog HERE. And a big congrats to my friends at ME. I love you.

GIVEAWAYS

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.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Mama Elephant Product Release Close-Up + GIVEAWAY

I have a couple “product release close-up” videos for you this week. Today’s shows a close look at the 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.

[Click HERE to watch on YouTube in HD.]

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.

GIVEAWAY

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.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

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