Video: Textured Embossing Paste (and Those Cards I Don’t Love)

Hello! Today’s video shows how to add a bit of soft texture to your embossing paste. I also talk a bit about “those cards I don’t love.” I know we have all been there – where we create something that we don’t feel so good about. But me? I never pitch it. Here’s more….

So, yes – I don’t love this card. I like the elements on it… the products and techniques used. I just don’t love them together. However, here’s the thing…

I think of cardmaking like cooking. With cooking, sometimes I make something that is SUPER tasty and I am thrilled. Woot! Sometimes it is just so-so and some of the family likes it and some don’t. But the meal serves the purpose… the family gets fed and their bellies get full. And then there are times that what I cook is just not great. But we eat it… and it serves it’s purpose and fills the bellies and I just never make it again. Cardmaking is the same. Sometimes I try something and I love it. I happily send it to a friend with a smile on my face. Sometimes I am just ok with it and I put it in the mail and hope the recipient likes it more than I do… which I find is often the case. And sometimes when I really don’t love it, I send it anyway. And guess what? It serves it’s purpose. It makes someone smile and fills up their soul. Job done. :)

(This being said – I don’t do the cooking this family. My hubby does. LOL.)

So… back to the card-that-I-don’t-love-but-am-hoping-my-friend-does. :) I first inked over a raindrop stencil and added my favorite sparkle embossing powder. (This is one of the parts of the card that I don’t like. I just feel the raindrops are too dark. If I were to do this again, I would just put Versamark over the stencil and add the sparkle embossing powder. This would cause lighter, sparkly drops.)

I then added white embossing paste over a cloud stencil, making sure to put it on thick and an uneven. (This is unusual for me as I normally like a smooth finish to my pastes using a tool such as the Dreamweavers Embossing Paste Spreader.) I immediately added the same sparkle embossing powder. Normally I would let the paste dry for some time before heat setting the powder – to avoid bubbling the paste. However, this time I DO want that bubbling so I could have some fun texture. As I added heat  to the piece, the embossing paste and powder dry and somewhat bubble, giving a soft and subtle textured effect. Perfect for clouds!

After doing the background, I decided to keep the rest of the card simple. I die cut a yellow sun and stamped a greeting from the My Favorite Things Blue Skies Ahead stamp set. (This set has lots of great encouraging sentiments.)

That’s it! And although this card isn’t the tastiest I have ever made, it did get the job done. :)

Enjoy!

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Video: Inlaid Die Cutting + Giveaway!

Hi there, stampers. Today’s video shows a trick for doing die cut inlaying with intricate dies and also introduces the new Wink of Luna metallic pens.

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Die cut inlaying is one of my favorite techniques… one that I have showed here and in my Online Card Classes many times. (Check out the links below.) However, sometimes the technique can take a lot of time when there are lots of tiny pieces. Instead of skipping out of the cool technique, I figured out a trick that helps quite a bit. It isn’t easy to explain in text but makes sense when you see it in action… so be sure to check out the video above. I used the new My Favorite Things Gerber Daisy dies. (These dies are free with a $60 purchase at MFT. This set is amazing… so stock up on stamps, dies and cardstock or try out their new hybrid ink and get it for free! Woot!) Although I did my coloring with Copics, you could use any markers. To keep it simple, I die cut around the flower with my frequently-used MFT Pierced Circle Die and added it to a 4.25″x4.25″ card.

Oh… and I almost forgot to mention the greeting. (Since I almost forgot to add it to the card, too!) I did that with the cute, tiny little “hello” die from the MFT Smart Phone set. I gave it a subtle pewter look my covering it with silver Wink of Luna metallic marker. Yep – you heard me right. Shimmery Stella has a sister and her name is Metallic Luna. She looks best in silver and black. ;)

Die cut inlaying can be tricky, but I think the smooth results are worth the effort. Remember – you could save a lot of time by just layering the individual die cuts for a similar look!

Want to learn more about die cut inlaying? Check these out…

  • Die Cut Inlay 3 Ways – This video shows three simple ways to do this technique.
  • Unique Inlays – You can even do inlay with wood veneer!
  • 2 Cards in 1 – If you do die cut inlaying right, you can end up with two cards at once. This video shows how.
  • With Texture – I love the look of texture that Kelly added to her inlays.
  • Window – Jean did an amazing job on this card!

GIVEAWAY

Giveaway time! For your chance to win two of my favorite die sets from My Favorite Things, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/21/14. Good luck.

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Video: DIY Basket Treat & Card with Recipe

Hello! I have again teamed up with my dear friend Melanie Bauer from Melanie Makes. Melanie came up with a yummy mini Ginger Carrot Cake recipe. And me? I came up with a simple DIY paper basket and card to go with it.

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The basket is quick and easy to make and can be adjusted to make baskets of other sizes. The basket I made works great for any mini loaf treat – you could even do mini pumpkin breads, etc. It would even be great to hold Easter candy! The video also shows how to easily make a large paper bow. This is a great way to save money… instead of buying lots of ribbons.
I used the Impression Obsession bunnies and Clearly Besotted Grass dies to decorate my basket and card, but you could use anything you have on hand. The sentiments are from the My Favorite Things Easter Bunny set.
You can see Melanie’s cute little mini carrot cake in the basket below…

If you haven’t been to Melanie’s blog, I highly recommend it! My family loves her slow cooker chicken Parmesan sandwiches and her simple sweet cornbread. I also loved doing our collaboration last month for the Mini Mint Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies and Shamrock Treat Download.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Video: Lifelike Die Cuts

Hi there. Today I have a video showing creative ways to use dies… including lifelike die cuts, dimension die cuts and debossing with dies.


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I do a majority of my die cutting from white Neenah cardstock. Then I used my markers to add color. For the lilies on this card, I used a My Favorite Things lily die set and added the look of dimension with Copic Markers. (However, you could use any color media!) I have mentioned in previous posts that I am a fan of stamp sets that “build” to create a multi-color image. So I was thrilled to find this lily die set that “builds” to create this dimensional, intricate flower.

I used Glossy Accents to hold my little die cut pieces together… and added tiny pieces of Kool-Tak clear foam tape under some of the petals for some real dimension.

I wanted to give some “heaviness” to my hello die cut, so I covered it with Glossy Accents. I also used my Embossing Pad with the My Favorite Things Modern Morocco background die to create a debossed background.

All three dies I used here are from My Favorite Things. However, the lily die set is only available on the MFT website… and free with a $60 purchase. (You can find more details on their site.) I would recommend checking out their other new products, cardstock (it is one of my favorites) and inks (you can see a review of the inks here.) Gotta love a free die set!

OTHER LINKS

Here are some other fun uses of die cuts…

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Video: Silver Ink + One Layer Card

Hi! Today’s video started with me showing how to make a one layer card with layered stamping for bold images. However, along the way I ended up showing a close look at silver ink. And then I showed embossing with dies. Ack! Sorry. I squeezed in a lot…

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Again – sorry I squeezed so much into that video! I got carried away and just decided to share it all with you. LOL.

I used Perfect Pearls over my Hero Arts Silver Ink for the perfect shimmery silver on my prayers sentiment. I was hoping to fall in love with the Delicata Silver Ink, but I still prefer the Hero Arts Silver. (However, for gold? I like the Gold Delicata much better than the Hero Arts Gold.) And by adding the Perfect Pearls, I get a soft silver shimmer that worked better for the look of this card then if I would have silver heat embossed the greeting. (I should say that the Silver Delicata is lovely when used direct to paper.)

I just love that sentiment! It is from the new My Favorite Things Words of Inspiration stamp set. (So many good greetings in this one!) The flowers are from the new My Favorite Things Easter Bunny set. I love that you can get that large multi-color cluster of flowers by stamping just three times… very easily. So very wonderful. I used a few My Favorite Things inks for my flowers, but stamped each color a few times on top of each other to make the colors bold. An easy trick!

After finishing the card, I decided to use the matching die to emboss around the flower cluster. I didn’t really like it this way since I had added little berries around it and they weren’t included in the embossing. However, I did show this step in the video. It is a cool technique… and the embossing pad is a must-have tool.

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UPDATE

Thanks for the kind comments about my Ink Swatch Book. I am glad so many of you found the downloads helpful! I did add an editable file. However, I will be offering more files for other inks in the near future. If there is an ink you would like to get a file for, please email the suggestion to me. Thanks! (Many people were looking for Stampin’ Up inks, so we will be starting there.)

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Video: Metal Leafing

Recently, a few folks have emailed me suggesting I use an “older product” and bring it back to life. So today I dug out my old metal leafing and teamed it up with some new My Favorite Things stamps and created a couple simple cards.

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The look of metal leafing is so unique… check this out…

Warning: Metal leafing can but addictive! Another warning: Metal leafing can be frustrating. However, if you follow the tips in the video, you can avoid the frustrations! I used the Variegated Metal Leafing on these cards, but am looking forward to breaking out my silver flakes in the future. These work really well with the Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder.

I teamed up the new My Favorite Things Fabulous Sayings stamp set (full of great mix and match greetings in great fonts) with the flowers from the Forget Me Not set. (These are both new MFT products. You can find more of their many new products on MFT’s site, Simon Says Stamp or Ellen Hutson.) These images worked well with the leafing.

I really like the look of leafing on super dark or super light cardstocks. The navy is fun! For the stripes on the side, I used the My Favorite Things Striped Backgrounds stamp set.

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