Video: Tim Holtz & Ranger Product Release Close-Up… + GIVEAWAY

In the past I have shared a few product release close-upvideos… giving a close look at the products in a particular release and ideas on how to use them. (I only do this if I am inspired by an entire product release from a company.) Today’s video shows a close look at the newest stencils and stamps from Tim Holtz, along with the newest products from Ranger. (Oh, and I have a big giveaway!)

[Click HERE to watch on YouTube in HD.]

I have to say it again – I was very impressed by these product releases from Tim Holtz and Ranger. So inspiring!

GIVEAWAY

I have a great giveaway for you today! One lucky winner will get THREE of the new Tim Holtz stamp sets. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 8/7/14.

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Here are links to the products I featured in the video. Click SSS for Simon Says Stamp or EH for Ellen Hutson. Enjoy!

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Video: Texture Paste vs. Embossing Paste… + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video shows a comparison between Embossing Paste and Texture Paste. If you have been to my blog before, you know I love the Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste. Recently, Ranger has come out with Texture Paste. Many folks were emailing me about it, so here is a close comparison…

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

It turns out Embossing Paste and Texture Paste are very similar and are both incredible products. However, there are a few key differences. I go through these in the video in more detail (be sure to watch it!), but at the end of the day, I like both products. A lot. However, there is one factor that I think will be a big deciding factor for many – the Texture Paste is several dollars less per jar. I would highly recommend giving Texture Paste a try. I know you will love it! And I will be using it here. A lot.

If you are interested in the products I show in the video, please scroll down to the thumbnails below. Enjoy!

GIVEAWAY

Interested in trying out both Embossing Paste and Texture Paste? One lucky winner will get both! Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 7/26/14 for your chance.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), and Amazon (AZ)…

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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!

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

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.)

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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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Want to see a few more videos showing the magic of Distress Inks and water? Try these:

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), My Favorite Things (MFT), and Amazon (AZ)…

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Video: Distress Ink Watercolor + Embossing Folders… and GIVEAWAY

Hi! Today’s video shows how to combine embossing folders and watercolor (via Distress Inks) for soft, textured backgrounds. And! I am giving away THREE sets of Mini Distress Ink Pads

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

A couple days ago, I shared a technique where I applied ink to the inside of an embossing folder. (Click HERE to see the video.) Today, I am back with a spin on this technique. This technique results in a watercolor effect with lots of texture.

I started by applying Distress Ink to the inside of an embossing folder. I decided to use the Mini Distress Ink pads (more on these below) because I could directly apply many colors to a small area. I then misted the inked area with water – 10 to 12 times. After putting watercolor paper inside, I ran it through my die cut machine. The results? A watercolor look with texture…

This next example uses the same Tim Holtz Lattice embossing folder that I used above, but I inked the other side of the embossing folder…

By the way, for these cards, I used Distress Ink + water for a watercolor effect. You could instead apply watercolor directly to the inside of a folder for a similar look. You could also try Gelatos + water, other inks + water, etc.

I really am loving the Tim Holtz embossing folders because of the small patterns. Check out this one – the Trellis – it is so cool with this technique…

For this next example, I did something a bit different. I first used the embossing folder on plain watercolor paper. Then I used my Mini Ink Blending Tool and Distress Ink over the embossed area… then misted it generously with water. This gives a more “controlled” look. (Or, as I prefer to say… “less artsy fartsy.” Hee.)

I also used a Tim Holtz Diffuser on this so that I could have an un-embossed area on the card. Worked great!

And finally, a look at the final cards. I once again kept them very simple since the backgrounds have so much to offer. For the banner die cuts, I used the Avery Elle Dotted Dies. (Really liking the embossed dots it gives around the banner.) The sentiments include “oh happy day” and “all smiles” (from the Mama Elephant Bountiful Blessings set), “miss you” (from the Mama Elephant In My Hearts set), and “birthday wishes” (from the Avery Elle Sending You set). I used Liquid Platinum embossing powders on all of these… and on the mini die cut hearts and stars.

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I tell ya… there is no ink as versatile as Distress Ink. Love it!

GIVEAWAY

So… how would you like to get your hands on the newest THREE sets of Mini Distress Ink Pads? (The newest sets are 7, 8 and 9.) Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 6/28/14 for your chance. Good luck! (And thanks, Tim.)

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), and Amazon (AZ)…

 

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Video: Inks for Copic Markers + Giveaway!

Hello! Today I am part of a fun challenge (more on that below) and have a video showing lots of tips and tricks… including my favorite inks to use with Copic Markers. (Yep! I found one I am liking!)

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails below. Click HERE to watch the video on YouTube.]

I get a lot of questions about the best ink for Copic Markers. I have three that I think work well – Memento Dye, Studio Calico Color Theory and My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink. Most people (including me) have been using Memento Dye Ink and they are good inks. Studio Calico’s new line is great for Copics, but they do not have a black ink. The newest? That is the My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink. The black ink is my new favorite for Copics! It is nice and dark and works well for many other techniques, too.

I used this new MFT Hybrid Ink to stamp these adorable Avery Elle images before adding quick coloring with my Copics. I also added tiny dots with a white pen… totally inspired by Kathy Racoosin.

For the background, I used a fun stencil from Tim Holtz and added white embossing paste and Enchanted Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder. I love the texture it gives!

This card was created as part of a fun challenge hosted by a sweet new friend of mine – Taheerah. Every Monday she has the “Cure For the Monday Blues” challenge and I am the guest this week. (Be sure to stop by her blog – she will be giving away a spot in the Watercolor for Card Makers class!) You have a week to go and enter your card, too. Here is the photo that inspired the card above. I loved the soft grey, touch of peach and yellow and baby theme. (Source.)

GIVEAWAY

I have two fun Avery Elle stamp sets to give to a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on  5/17/14. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Studio Calico (SC), Dick Blick (DB) and Amazon (AZ)…

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Video: Ink Layering + WPlus9 Ink Collection GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I have a video that shows using layered stamping to achieve new ink colors. I also share a peek at the new WPlus9 Pure Color Inks… and a giveaway of a whole set!

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

One of the best ways to get more out of your ink is to layer two colors on top of each other. By doing this, you can get three colors instead of just two. For this card, I layered several new WPlus9 Inks (more on those in a second)… using only five inks even though it looks like nine! The WPlus9 Triangles stamp set was perfect for this technique.

I finished the card off with a fun “xoxo” Amy Tangerine die cut covered with Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder. (Love that stuff!)

OK… about those inks! If you have been to my blog before, you likely know that my favorite ink is the Hero Arts Shadow Ink because they smooth out to give very solid results. Recently WPlus9 (one of my favorite stamp companies) came out with their own ink – Pure Color – using the same formulation/supplier. I was thrilled to hear more colors would be available in this great ink type! (Simon Says Stamp inks also have this formulation.)

WPlus9 has 10 inks in the Pure Color ink collection. What I really like about these inks is that they didn’t just come out with basic colors, but rather a unique collection of colors that work REALLY well together. You can easily team them up with each other to get unique and fabulous color combos. They have a lovely sherbet-like tone to them that makes me oh-so-happy. (By the way, if you would like a Ink Swatch Book download for these inks, click HERE.)

By the way, I wanted to mention something about inks. I do a lot of ink reviews on my blog and share the ones I like best. However, everyone is different! You don’t need them ALL… just the ones that you feel would best work for you and what you like to create. For me? I most like inks that even out and smooth (such as Hero Arts Shadow, WPlus9 Pure Color and SSS Inks). I also like a good pigment ink. But pick what is best for YOU. (And keep in mind that there are many inks I don’t use often because I find they don’t work great for me.) If you want to see my ink comparison video, check HERE.

Hope you liked this way to get more from your inks!

GIVEAWAY

Today’s giveaway is a big one. One lucky winner will get ALL ten WPlus9 Pure Color Inks! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/16/14.

SUPPLIES

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