VIDEO: Three Masking Alternatives + Giveaway

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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.

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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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2 Videos: Marker Watercolor + Release Close-Up + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I have TWO videos. The first has three cards… all showing more of the easy shimmer marker watercolor technique that I shared a few days ago. The second is a “product release close-up video” give you a close look at the newest and very awesome My Favorite Things release.

[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 started off by die-cutting some square, oval, and rectangle Stitched Stax dies from My Favorite Things out of some Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock and stamped some adorable new MFT Jingle All The Way images in the center of them using Hero Arts Black Ink. This is a great ink to use when using watercolor because it is a permanent ink.

Want an easy way to get a shimmer watercolor look? Try using your Wink of Stella pen for watercolor instead of water. To color the image, I started by laying some color down to the outer edge of my image using some Tombow markers. Then I use my Wink of Stella marker to pull color to the center of the image. I like to work in small areas drying in between with my heat gun. I also find that tracing around the image with a black marker really makes the image pop and gives it a finished look.

Another fun element I used on this happy Santa image is an Action Wobbler. It is a spring with adhesive on both sides that can make your images come to life with movement.

Here’s a cool tip: I found that you can reactivate your Wink of Stella marker when the liquid of the marker runs out by adding water to the shimmer that is still inside. Woot! Perfect for this watercolor technique.

Oh – and you don’t damage your Wink of Stella by getting color on it. You can easily just scribble it off.

For the frames around my stamped pieces, I nestled the Stitched Stax die together like a puzzle and ran it through my die-cut machine. I find this really draws attention to the stamping.

Don’t have Tombow Markers? No worries. You can always use Distress Markers or any other watercolor marker. You can also substitute the Wink of Stella with plain water and a paintbrush. (All the products for these cards are listed at the end of this post.)

PRODUCT RELEASE CLOSE-UP VIDEO

Since this newest My Favorite Things release is so good, I decided to do another “product release close-up” video… sharing a close look at the product. I only do these videos if I like a release a lot. (Please note that I was not asked to do this video, nor paid to.)

[Click HERE to watch on YouTube in HD.]

Remember – if you shop HERE at My Favorite Things and spend more than $60, you get a free gift – the Christmas Tree Cut-Out die set.

GIVEAWAY

I have a great giveaway for you today! One lucky winner will get TWO stamp sets and TWO die sets from My Favorite Things! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/26/14 telling me your favorite product in this release.

SUPPLIES

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VIDEO: Die Cutting Felt + Discount Code + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video shares some tips for die cutting felt. I also have a giveaway and discount code for My Favorite Things!

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Ahhhh… yes. I have fallen back in love with felt and stitching. I am hoping it makes a huge comeback! One of the best lines of felt for cardmaking is from My Favorite Things. It comes in lovely colors (not like the icky colors at the big craft stores) and a nice thickness that works great for die cutting. I found that when die cutting felt with intricate dies, it was best to adhere the felt to a piece of paper first…. giving the die cuts a paper backing. This gives it stability and makes it easier to work with. For this card, I die cut My Favorite Things felt with their Fresh Cut Flowers and “thank you” dies

I added all the die cut felt pieces with Matte Multi Medium to a background cut with a faux-stitched frame die. For a nice finishing touch, I added hand-stitching with my new favorite silver thread. (This thread rocks and is inexpensive… and also comes in gold and light gold.)

SHOPPING DISCOUNT

Good news! I have a discount code that is exclusive for my readers. Just use the code JMFRIENDS between 9/24/14 and 9/27/14 for a 15% discount at My Favorite Things. Spend over $60 and you will get the great Many Thanks die for FREE! (One coupon code per order. For the free die, the total must be $60 after the discount and before shipping.)

If you want a close look at the newest release of My Favorite Things products, be sure to check out THIS video.

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a few My Favorite Things stamps and dies? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/30/14. Good luck.

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Video: Cupcake Holders + Stamped Tags + Recipe

Hello! I have teamed up with my dear friend Melanie Bauer from Melanie Makes for another special treat. Melanie came up with a scrumptious Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins recipe… and I came up with a simple yet cute packaging for it. Check out my video to see how to use a paper or plastic cup for a fun muffin or cupcake holder.

[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.]


Here I go again… spoiling our teachers. :) But this treat could be for just about anyone! The video shows how to take a paper or plastic cut and turn it into a fun cupcake or muffin holder. So easy.

I also share some tips for making quick and colorful tags. For all the tags, I used the rounded rectangle die from the My Favorite Things Luncbox die set. (It is the perfect size and shape.) I then stamped an image with My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and did some two-color and three-color Copic blending. (Totally inspired by the amazing techniques over in our Copic class.) That first tag is my favorite… there is just something awesome about that pile of books from the MFT Class Act set.

By the way, those gold touches on the books? I did that with the Pilot Gold Marker. This gives nice and thick coverage and is perfect for quick, bold shine.

The adorable raccoon on the next tag is from the MFT Cute Critters set. And by the way, I die cut the little heart window from each tag with the MFT Mason Jar die set. Isn’t he cute?

The last one is the I-am-running-out-of-time-so-let’s-make-this-simple tag. I again used the MFT Class Act stamp set.

On each tag, I wrote the message on the red tag behind the stamped one. This would work with any tag die shape… even a circle.

RECIPE

So the talented Melanie Bauer of Melanie Makes has created the perfect Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins recipe to go with these gift boxes and tags. Be sure to head HERE for the recipe she created for this collaboration. (And also check out her other incredible recipes and food photography!)

GOOD NEWS

Do you like these My Favorite Things products? Be sure to stop by my blog tomorrow for a great discount…

Also, in the video, I mentioned the Copic Markers for Card Makers. Class has started (but you can easily join in anytime – now or 10 years from now) and people seem to really be happy! You can find info HERE.

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Product Release Close-Up Video: My Favorite Things + GIVEAWAY

It’s time for another “product release close-up” video… sharing a close look at the newest My Favorite Things release and ideas on how to use the products. I only do these videos if I like a release a lot, and this one is a great one with a lot of variety. (I warned you there are a lot of great products coming out these days. Wow.) I also have a giveaway.

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I will have several videos coming up with these products. Stay tuned.

GIVEAWAY

I have a great giveaway for you today! One lucky winner will get TWO stamp sets and TWO die sets from My Favorite Things! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/26/14 telling me your favorite product in this release.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

Remember – if you shop HERE at My Favorite Things and spend more than $60, you get a free gift – the Many Thanks die set!

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Video: Faux Colored Glitter Die Cuts

Hi there! A couple days ago I shared a video on creating no-mess glitter die cuts. I am back with another video with the same topic… but I also show how to get the look of colored glitter from clear.

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I will admit it – this isn’t my favorite card. And it doesn’t help that I couldn’t get it to photograph well. LOL – how is that for honest?! ;) But I love the technique and I hope Colin’s new teacher enjoys the card.

In my last video, I showed how to create colorful glitter die cuts. However, I know many of us don’t have a ton of different colors of glitter. This video shows how to totally fake it by using colored cardstock behind clear, sparkly glitter.

This technique is very simple. After covering colored cardstock with double-sided adhesive, I ran it through my die cut machine with the fun My Favorite Things Red Delicious apple die. I then removed the rest of the release paper, added the clear and sparkly Elizabeth Craft Designs Cool Diamond glitter and rubbed it in like crazy. The glitter really stays put, but just to be safe, I added a clear embossing powder coating over it. Works perfectly! I created the banner from a My Favorite Things Vertical Strips die cut and stamped the greeting from the My Favorite Things Office Space stamp set.

I again heat embossed the My Favorite Things Diagonal background stamp with WOW Silver Pearl embossing powder on a grey cardstock notecard.

OK… I will take a break from glitter now. I don’t want to chase all you non-glitter people away. ;)

Before I leave, I have a few giveaway winners: Michele Ferguson (Mini Distress Inks) and Lisa/ThePurplePlace (Altenew & Color Cast Designs).

See you soon!

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