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!

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Video: Glitter Background

Hi! Today I have a video showing a oh-so-very-cool glitter background. This is one of those cards that looks incredible in real life – I wish I could send a card to all of you out there to see. And believe it or not – it is very simple to make.

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]

Background dies are becoming more popular these days. And with the higher price point of these dies, I am a big fan of finding many ways to use them. This background die from Memory Box is so detailed and fantastic!

The process is easier to do than it is to explain. :) I started by adding double-sided Be Creative Tape to a cardstock panel. I then used the Memory Box Mod Flower die to cut through the release paper side of my panel. I selected areas of release paper to take off to reveal the adhesive behind. Next, I added the lovely super fine Glitter Ritz glitter (colors linked in thumbnails below) and burnished it in place. (The glitter stays put VERY well.) I then moved on to removing even more release paper and adding more glitter. Throughout the process, I kept my work surface clean with Swiffer Dusting Cloths. Boy, does using them make a BIG difference. The final results? Smooooooth glitter paper. Yum.

Wanna see the resulting shimmer catching the light? Check out my mini Instagram video HERE.

The greeting is from the very-popular-and-hard-to-find Mama Elephant Make a Wish stamp set. (Which is back in stock now!) I heat embossed it with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. Simple.

I am always a fan of when you can make two cards at once, so I used the remaining circle from above for a second card.

I had been wanting to use the Ali Edwards Fabulous Die and it worked perfectly here.  I stamped the “you are” using a Winnie and Walter set and added my favorite Studio Calico sequins. Easy peasy.

Thanks for stopping by!

SUPPLIES

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VIDEO: Adding Color to Die Cuts – 2 Ways

I am 100% addicted to die cuts. So in today’s video I show two fun ways to color large, intricate die cuts to “bring them to life.”

I am always excited when Memory Box has a new release because quality of their dies is amazing. I was browsing their site when I saw an amazing card that I had to create on my own. So I emailed the owner, Dave, and he gave me permission to create my own version and share with you. (He is a nice guy and also used to be an engineer. He rocks.)

First up? Adding color to an intricate die with paper layering…

Isn’t that Memory Box Tulips Circle die amazing? You can cut it up to get one tulip… or leave it as it is for a full circle. I used my favorite Simon Says Stamp and My Favorite Things cardstocks to add color layers. For the tiny glitter pieces sticking out of each flower, I used DCWV Glitter Paper.

I grabbed the Memory Box Tulips and Delicate Blossoms dies to cut the smaller layering pieces, but you could always do those by hand.

I thought this greeting from the My Favorite Things Well Wishes stamp set was perfect for these cards. And by embossing with the marvelous Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, you can get a touch of elegance. (I also used this embossing powder to cover the heart die cut.)

Next up? Adding color with markers…

After coloring with Copic Markers (although you could use ANY color medium), I added Wink of Stella shimmer and a heavy coat of Glossy Accents. I love the results…

These technique would work with any die. I think it would be fun with a large doily or background die!

Has die cutting won your heart? I think I use dies 50% of the time and stamps 50% of the time. What about you?

Hope to see you soon! XO

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Video: Embossing Paste + Embossing Powder

Hello, everyone! Today I have a video for you showing embossing paste + embossing powder. I love using the two together!

I had such fun with the Stenciled class so I am continuing the fun here. Adding powder to paste gives such great texture and shine.

Drats – I so wish that I could capture the sparkle in these photos. So gorgeous.

I applied embossing paste over The Crafter’s Workshop Flower Frenzy stencil and added sparkle embossing powder. I let the paste dry and then heat set the powder. I love the resulting dimension and shine…

The greetings on these cards is from a Studio Calico Card Kit and the cute little enamel dots are from BasicGrey. For this next card, I used the same technique but with the Judikins Splash stencil

For the next two cards (which are cut to be narrow), I used verdigris embossing powder over the paste. This powder in one of my top faves.

This stencil is the Texture Rhapsody – one of the new ones from Memory Box. So classy…

Here is a peek at the dimension and texture. For this card I used the Memory Box Flourish stencil, a strip of glitter paper and adorable glitter enamel dots

These techniques are so fun, fast and easy!

By the way – it is not too late to take the Stenciled class. The material (videos, pdf, etc) will always be there for you to go see.

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Holiday Cutie

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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)


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Video: Lovely Stamps

Sometimes it is just fun to play with new stamps.

Especially when they are as lovely as these from Wplus9

Those flowers? So very lovely. Talk about the perfect stamp set… a stamper’s dream…

And that small bow die? Too sweet…

Have you had a stamp set steal your heart recently? Would love a link…

[Note: This stamp set is available at two great stores: Simon Says Stamp and Ellen Hutson.]

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Tombow Stamp Runner Adhesive (SSS|EH)