Video: Birthday Index Card Box + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hi there.

I send out a lot of cards. However, I’m not good about sending out birthday cards. I want to change that so I tried out a system that my mom has used for many years. It’s been working for me and I thought it might be helpful for you too! So… today’s video shares how to create a birthday card index box.

[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.]

This little box is helping me to stay organized… send more birthday cards… and makes me happy!

To create the monthly card dividers, I used the coming-soon Paper Smooches File Folders die and colorful cardstocks. I also decided to laminate the dividers by placing them in some laminating pouches and running them through my laminator. The pouches are inexpensive (I got a ton but you can get a small package) and I was able to fit four dividers in one pouch. I cut all the dividers apart, leaving a small border of lamination around the edges so that I wouldn’t break the seal it created. I labeled each month with my label maker. Man – I love my label maker! (By the way – you could save a lot of time by using store-bought dividers. But what fun is that?!)

I wanted a title card for my index box, so I stamped a sentiment and a balloon image from the coming-soon Paper Smooches Birthday Bash stamp set using black ink. I colored in the balloons with my Copic Markers to match my cardstock dividers. Since the balloons overlap, you get some fun blending in between each color. I also laminated this piece to keep it nice and durable.

I created my own birthday index cards that have all the information you need to stay organized with birthdays. (You can download it HERE.) This will be so helpful when it’s time to send out Christmas cards too. Oh, and I got the clear index box at Amazon… but it is out of stock so my friends at Simon Says Stamp have some on order and will coming soon HERE.) Isn’t if fun!?

Now I tend to go overboard… but there are ways to simplify this project. You can always use regular dividers that come in most index boxes and use regular index cards instead of the ones I created. You can also just stamp the months of the year instead of using a label maker or just use cardstock dividers without the lamination. Regardless of how you create it, I really hope the idea of a birthday index card box is helpful to you.

FREE DOWNLOAD

Click HERE to download my Birthday Index Card PDF. Just print on cardstock and cut them out!

PAPER SMOOCHES DESIGN TEAM BLOG HOP

It’s Pep Rally week over at Paper Smooches and today we are blog hopping to share with you a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches MAY release! These products will be available to purchase on 4/30/15 at 8:00pmPST. Once the release goes live, you will find the new products HERE. I am a guest designer this month and will be sharing more cards soon.

The next person on the hop is outstanding JJ Bolton. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Paper Smooches blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Up for grabs today is a $25 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches online store. FOUR winners will be chosen at random from comments on any of the blogs on this hop. Be sure to comment by midnight PST on 4/26/15. Winners will be announced on the Paper Smooches blog on 4/27/15. For more details on the giveaway, head to the PS blog.

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Video: Foil Die Cuts 3 Ways

Hello and welcome. Today I am sharing three different techniques to add foil to your die cuts.

[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.]

Okay, I have said it before and I will say it again – I’m completely addicted to foiling. (See links to over foil videos below.) I promise to not overload you with foiling, but I do also promise to do a video on the Heidi Swapp Minc machine soon.

Today’s video shows three techniques for adding foil to die cuts.

TECHNIQUE 1: TONER PAPER

The first technique involves using printed toner on cardstock. I created a PDF (see download below) that has a large area of black and printed it on white cardstock using my laser printer. (You must use a laser printer!) I cut a piece big enough for my Paper Smooches roses die and ran it through my die cut machine. I covered the die cut with some Melon Deco Foil and used a piece of parchment paper as a carrier sheet to put in my laminator. The toner sticks to the foil when you run it through the laminator and you end up with a foiled die cut! It’s magic I tell ya!

TECHNIQUE 2: HEAT EMBOSSED PAPER

If you don’t have a laser printer and don’t want to go to an office supply store to have them print it, I suggest trying my second technique. This technique uses heat embossed paper. I applied VersaMark to a piece of white cardstock and heat embossed it with clear ultra-fine embossing powder. I die cut the same rose die from the embossed paper and sent it through my laminator the same way as the first technique. I also did this technique for the side borders of the card using Opal Foil. (That Opal Foil is gorgeous!)

TECHNIQUE 3: HOT MELT ADHESIVE

The third technique is to use Hot Melt Adhesive Sheets. This will allow you to apply the foil directly onto your card. I die cut a piece of the adhesive sheet and added it with the foil to my cardstock before running through the laminator. You could also do this on fabric!

I hope this inspires you to use your foil with your die-cuts.

TONER PDF DOWNLOAD

In the video, I show a print-out that had a large area of black toner. You can get this download HERE. Just download it and print it on cardstock with a laser printer. (You must use laser toner for this technique to work. You can always go to a office store or Kinkos to print.)

ADDITIONAL FOIL VIDEOS

Be sure to check out my other foil videos, too:

SIMON SAYS STAMP BLOG

This video is part of a guest spot over on the Simon Says Stamps Blog. Be sure to check it out – their blog is active and awesome!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Resisting Stamped Image + GIVEAWAY

Hi there. Today’s video shows how to create a resist over a stamped image so you can add a dark inked background behind/around it. Trust me – it is so much easier than it sounds. :)

[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 love the look of an inked or stamped background… especially around a bright, focal image. Thanks to a “resist” technique, this is possible with only one layer.

I first stamped the Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas dove with my favorite Copic-friendly MFT Black Hybrid Ink on 110lb Neenah white cardstock. (I like using the thicker Neenah when I do a lot of inking or Glossy Accents, etc.) After coloring it with Copic Markers, I covered the image with Glossy Accents. Once this dried, the Glossy Accents serves as a barrier over the stamped image. Therefore, it will resist any ink you put on top. So very cool! I then added lots of blended Distress Ink… and drops of pearlized water. (To see how to create pearlized water, check out THIS video.)

I also created a window with faux stitching using the Paper Smooches Stitched Frames die set. I have used many faux stitching dies in the past, but this set is one of the best. It has MANY unique options of dies in it… and I LOVE that it stitches around a window. I also really like the mini border stitched dies included (like the one I used coming out the sides of the window). Little touches like this really make a card with lots of white space shine. Love.

SIMILAR TECHNIQUES

Here are links to other night sky techniques:

GIVEAWAY

Want to win three Paper Smooches stamp sets? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/22/14. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Layered Die Cuts… and Book Announcement Giveaway

Hello, stampers. Today’s video shows a fun way to add dimension to die cuts for a layered “celebrate” card. I also have some exciting news for a fellow crafter that includes book giveaways!

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

I am always looking for ways to give new and fresh looks to the dies I have on hand. For this card, I created lots of layer and dimension. After deciding the arrangement of the Paper Smooches balloons, I die cut three of the balloons from a white cardstock background panel. I then added small scraps of glitter paper behind the die cut windows, creating a “set back” look. Finally, I used pop dots to add balloons to the front. This results in lots of fun dimension. Oh – and that glitter paper? Isn’t it awesome?

I also used thin black string to attach the balloons to the Paper Smooches “celebrate” glitter die cut at the bottom of the card. The strings took a bit of time, but I felt it helped to pull it all together.

EXCITING NEWS + GIVEAWAY

Today I created a CELEBRATE card with good reason. My sweet friend and fellow cardmaker, Cristina Kowalczyk has some big things going on! She’s an author (she writes under her maiden name – Cristina Henriquez), and her novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, comes out TODAY! To celebrate, I, along with a few other crafty friends, are helping her spread the word. Check it out…

I was SO tickled to see her book listed on Amazon’s Top Picks for this month. WOW! I pre-ordered it back on March 9, so I am excited to get it in the mail tomorrow!

Here is a bit more about The Book of Unknown Americans:

Ben Fountain said it was “a triumph of storytelling,” Heidi Julavits called it “extraordinary,” and Amazon editor Chris Schluep chose it as his “must read for summer,” saying, “This novel snuck up on me. It’s moving and beautifully written, never overwrought, and I read it virtually in one sitting. It’s compelling, tragic, sometimes funny, uplifting and heart-wrenching. I can’t stop thinking about these people.”

Cristina is giving away 5 signed, first-edition copies of The Book of Unknown Americans. And because this is all about spreading the word, there are four ways to enter…

  1. Tweet about The Book of Unknown Americans (#UnknownAmericans)
  2. Write a Facebook post telling your friends about the book
  3. Pin the cover of the book on Pinterest
  4. Or simply leave a comment on Cristina’s blog

If you do all four of those, that’s four entries! (On Cristina’s blog, submit one comment per entry. For example: “I tweeted!” “I put it on FB!” “I pinned it!” etc.) From all the comments on her blog, Cristina will choose 5 people to win a copy of the novel. Plus, one lucky person will win the grand prize, a signed book plus a giant stash of craft supplies – stamps, dies, inks, you name it!

For more info about the book and other ways that you can show your support, head over to Cristina’s blog. Also be sure to check out what our other crafty friends are saying about Cristina: Julie, Virginia, Maile, Debby, Wida and Laura. (Cristina… I am so very proud of you and adore you tremendously!)

WINNERS

I have several winners of past giveaways. All winners have been emailed: Barbara H – Crafty Newbie (Wow! Embossing Powders), Michele Whimsical Creations (Avery Elle stamp sets), TracyM #6773 (two Hero Arts stamp sets) and Robin Ludwig (Peerless Watercolor).

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Video: Watercolor Comparison + Peerless Watercolor Giveaway!

Hello! I wanted to do a video sharing a comparison of three watercolors I have been using lately – Peerless Watercolor, the Hero Arts Watercolor Wheel and the Koi Sketch Box. There are many great things about all three of these.

In this video, I compare three watercolors I use often – Peerless Watercolor, the Hero Arts Watercolor Wheel and the Koi Sketch Box. I really think the best way to compare watercolor mediums is to put them to use. The video shows how they work for watercolor backgrounds, but it also gives you an idea of how they would react for all watercolor techniques. The Peerless is very unique and I enjoy it, but it may not be for everyone. The other two options are more traditional.

Now there are many other great watercolor mediums out there – Distress Inks, Inktense Pencils, Twinkling H2Os, Distress Markers, etc. But for this video I shared my three favorites for basic watercoloring. Over in the Watercolor for Card Makers Online Card Class (which starts today but you can join in anytime for lifetime access!), we will be showcasing these and many, many more.

Oh, and I use a cutting board to watercolor on since I can tape my paper flat and then tilt it, too.

I couldn’t let these yummy watercolor pieces go to waste, so I used my new Paper Smooches Pocket dies to cut a bunch of flowers. And talk about colorful flowers! (You can see all of the newest Paper Smooches products HERE.)

I created two cards with the pieces, adding them to backgrounds embossed with new Tim Holtz embossing folders. (These are so very awesome. I adore the small patterns.)

I also used a “congratulations” die cut and highlights with a white pen. (These were inspired by the lovely Kathy Racoosin.)

By the way, who said you couldn’t use Paper Smooches and Tim Holtz on the same card? I love mixing product styles.

As I mentioned, the Watercolor for Card Makers Online Card Class starts today, 5/5/14 but you can join anytime for lifetime access. There are over 35 videos and some amazing guest artists. You can use any watercolor mediums you have (even inks and water) and MANY more techniques will be covered there than we cover on our blogs. Click HERE for more info.

Enjoy!

GIVEAWAY

Interested in trying the fun Peerless Watercolor? I have a Peerless Watercolor 2×2 Bonus Pack for a lucky winner. Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 5/12/14 for your chance to win.

(By the way, the winner of the $50 Simon Says Stamp gift certificate is Kelly Flaherty. I emailed you!)

SUPPLIES

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VIDEO: Color Die Cut Inlay – 3 Ways

Hello! For many of us here in the States, the days have been cold and dreary. So today I have a video with three cards that will hopefully brighten your day… along with three ways to do colorful die cut inlaying!

So the video shows 3 ways to do die cut inlays. Here they are:

Die Cut Inlay Idea #1: Layering

The first card shows how to do layered inlay die cutting. This is the most involved of the inlaying techniques but it is still easy!! The trick is to die cut and assemble whatever is in the background (rainbow) first. Then move to whatever is in the foreground (“thanks”).

This new Rainbow die from Paper Smooches is perfect. It cuts just the right amount of arches to make a happy rainbow. I teamed it up with my ol’ favorite Thanks die… also from Paper Smooches. By doing the inlaying technique, you can get a smooch surface card. LOVE that.

So when I did the die cutting of the “thanks” on the card above, I had a left over piece. I decided to use it on another card…

Die Cut Inlay Idea #2: Background

For this card, I did the inlay technique only for the background – on the rainbow in the white paper. But I decided to build up some dimension for the word.

Doing die cut inlaying for a background is a great way to allow whatever is in the foreground to stand out.

(By the way… what would I do without my Wink of Stella shimmer? I just love it.)

Die Cut Inlay Idea #3: Basic Inlaying

This next card shows basic die cut inlaying. It is the simplest of the three.

I used another great word die from Paper Smooches – the Birthday Word dies. (A few different words come in this set. It is fab!)

Have you tried die cut inlaying? It is a great technique and a wonderful way to create a mailing-friendly card. If you are interested in more examples of this technique, check out these links:

Have a great day!

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