Video: Stencils, Distress Ink + Water

Hi there! Yesterday I shared a video from my friend Sandy Allnock showing a magical technique with Copic Markers and stencils. Well, I am back today with a video inspired by hers. Instead of using the markers, blending solution and a stencil, I used Distress Inks, water and a stencil. It is like magic – such a cool technique!

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Ahhhh… Distress Inks + water + stencils + shine… it all makes me so happy. For this unique background, I started by generously applying Distress Inks to white cardstock with an inking tool. (You can try other dye inks, but Distress will work best since they react with water so well.) I then added the fun Halftone Circles stencil on top. In order to add water over the stencil in a controlled and non-oozy way, I used a clean ink blending tool… gently dabbing the water on top. Slowly – as the water absorbs into the ink – the water and ink will react and make a ghost like pattern. So. Very. Cool. I also added Perfect Pearls pigment powder to the water for some fun shine. (You could skip this part for more subtle dots.)

I die cut a large heart from white cardstock and covered it very generously with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. This will give a dull grey color, but after adding water and Perfect Pearls, you get a silvery heart that is stunning. (For gold, use Antique Linen Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls.) I finished it off with a Savvy Stamps Thanks die cut (sorry – it is a hard one to find – just click “tell me when it is back in stock!” – see more on this below) and a fun “I love working with you” message from the MFT At the Office stamp set. (Lots of good, unique sentiments in this one.)

NOTE

I noticed that many of these products are out of stock at the stores I link to. However, I have checked with the stores and they all have been re-ordered (awhile ago) and expected back in stock very soon. Sorry! For a similar die, try the Paper Smooches Thanks die and for a similar stencil, try the Memory Box Textured Mini Dots stencil.

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Video: Partial Die Cutting and Stitching

Hello! Today’s video shares three things: how to stitch on cards… how to use partial die cutting to “mask”… and how to arrange small embellishments.

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I really like the look of stitching on cards – - it adds to the handmade feeling. The new My Favorite Things Peek A Boo Heart Frame and Alphabet dies really make stitching easy since they cut perfectly-spaced, tiny holes. I used We R Memory Keepers silver string. It is great for card stitching and can be easily colored with Copic Markers (or any permanent marker).

The video also shows how I used partial die cutting to creatively “mask” the heart and “xo” dies so there wouldn’t be a messy overlap. This is a great trick to keep in mind when die cutting. I have another video coming soon demonstrating this.

And finally, I show how I go about deciding where to place my sequins and gems. It isn’t rocket science – and I am not sure I always get it just right – but the tips may be helpful. But no matter what… I highly recommend Multi Medium to adhere sequins. Nothing else works as good.

Almost forgot to mention that I stamped my notecard with the essential MFT Pinstripe stamp and allowed it to peek out a bit. This is a great stamp for a nice finished edge.

I will be honest – these dies are a huge time saver and something I will be using again soon. However, you could always get a similar effect by tracing a die cut on your card and punching your own tiny holes for stitching.

WINNER

The winner of the Organzize More $75 gift certificate is Susan McRae. I emailed you!

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Video: Copic Layered Background + Video Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Today I have a video showing a fun way to create layering with Copic Markers and inks. (I also share ideas if you don’t have Copics.) This video is also part of a video hop in honor of my friend, Laura Sterckx, reaching a YouTube milestone. Check it out…

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video on YouTube, click HERE.]

I love the look of layering Copic Markers with stamping. It is amazing how deep, rich, vibrant and “dimensional” the results can be. Here, I created an ocean background with various Copics and stamped on top of it with a Copic-friendly ink – My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink. I love that it stays clear and crisp. I also showed how to create bubbles on a Copic background with a Colorless Blender pen. Such a cool technique! Finally, I showed how to add “dimension” to a solid stamped image with Copics.

All of the stamps (including the ocean images, sentiment and background stamp) are new from My Favorite Things. Aren’t they adorable? And I quickly and easily cut the “wonky” shaped piece with the new My Favorite Things Blueprints 15 die set.

VIDEO HOP

As I mentioned, this video is part of a special video hop in honor of my friend Laura Sterckx. Laura is a 17 year old from Belguim and one of the best cardmakers out there. After seeing her work a long time ago, I contacted her to be part of one of our Online Card Classes. We have since become friends and I completely admire her. Her cards are soft, lovely and creative. And she is bright, sweet and thoughtful. I have to add that she is always the first to turn in assignments for classes and is always so clear and excited. If you don’t follow her blog or YouTube channel, I recommend you do. I am also happy to see young folks in this hobby… and she is a talented one. She is going places!

So… because of my admiration for Laura, I am very honored to be part of her video hop celebrating her reaching 1000 YouTube subscribers. There are lots of great artists participating, along with great prizes.

Be sure to check out the next video in this video hop HERE.

GIVEAWAY

There are LOTS of giveaways today… lots of good ones. Prizes include gift certificates, stamps, classes and more from Simon Says Stamp, Pretty Pink Posh, Wow! Embossing Powder, WPlus9, Online Card Classes, and me – Jennifer McGuire Ink! You can earn chances to win by commenting on the videos over on YouTube. (Comments must be left by 11:59 PM EST on 6/7/14. Winners will be announced on Laura’s blog.)

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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. :)

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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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