Video: Coloring Texture Paste + GIVEAWAY

Hi there! Today’s video revisits a fun technique – - coloring texture paste.

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Coloring texture paste (or any other paste) is simple. For this card, I used a drop of reinker in a small bit of texture paste… resulting in vibrant color. I mixed it together with a palette knife and applied it to a stamped Peep image with a microbrush. (If you don’t have a microbrush, you could use a toothpick or even a fine-tip paintbrush.)

I used My Favorite Things Dye Ink Reinkers for coloring my paste because the colors are oh-so-lovely…

Before the paste dried completely, I also added a pinch of Cool Highlights Glitter from Elizabeth Crafts Design. The results? Very real-Peep-like!

Oh – and that fun stitched rectangle? I created that with a My Favorite Things Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die. The sentiment is also from My Favorite Things – the Candy Jar Companions Stamp Set – and is heat embossed with Ranger’s Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder.

By the way, I like the My Favorite Things Dye Ink… especially when they’re “juicy” and well-inked. I usually do not reink my dye ink pads but this one I do (every 6 months or so). And the reinkers are affordable! One big perk of this ink: it is easy to clean off stamp,  leaving little-to-no transfer of the previous ink.

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION

Here are a few more videos on pastes:

GIVEAWAY

I have a My Favorite Things stamp and die set for a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/17/15 telling me what the theme was of the last card you made. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

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Video: Simple Foiling + New Ranger Dye Inks + GIVEAWAY

Welcome! Today’s video shares two things. First, I’m going to show simple foiling – a look that is so popular right now. Second, I will share a look at the new Ranger Dye Inks. Oh, and I have a free download and giveaway…

[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.]

Adding smooth foil to craft projects seems to be one of the upcoming trends. I have a few videos coming up soon that show different ways to add foil to your cards. However, today I wanted to focus on a simple way of getting this look… and adding it to a colorful stamped background.

For the bright striped stamping on these cards, I used a new line of dye inks from Ranger. And boy are they delicious! (More on them below.) I stamped the Waffle Flower Pattern Play borders diagonally on a piece of white cardstock… using my Sizzix stamping pad to help achieve a nice, solid images. In between some of the border images, I applied strips of Ranger’s foil tape sheets. This product is self adhesive and can be cut to any size. I like to use my bone folder once it’s applied to give a smooth look. I continued the pattern until I covered the cardstock and cut it in half so I could create two cards. Yay!

The foil paper also die cuts well – and was perfect for the Waffle Flower “perfect” sentiment. I silver-heat-embossed the rest of the sentiment from the matching Waffle Flower set… and it matches the foil quite nicely. With the help of a piece of Post-it tape, I easily transferred the foil word to the card.

As I mentioned in the video, these cards were heavily inspired by (and with permission from) the sweet Nina Yang, owner of Waffle Flower. I *loved* her card! You can find Nina on her blog and YouTube channel. Here is her fabulous card:

NEW RANGER DYE INKS

In this video I also share a look at the new line of Ranger Dye Ink and reinkers. Ranger is one of my favorite companies with good people and great quality products. And I honestly was blown away by these 12 new inks. So vibrant and smooth! (I have a lot of inks I like but this one quickly made it to my favorites list. Please keep in mind that every stamper is different. Some people prefer one type of ink over anything for various reasons. However, this one is one I think most would be happy with. You can learn more about inks and ink types HERE and HERE.)

I also added a free Ink Swatch Download for the new Ranger Dye Ink. You can get the DOWNLOAD HERE… and info on how to create your own Ink Swatch Book HERE.

GIVEAWAY

So when I told Tim Holtz that I loved the Ranger Dye Inks, he offered for Ranger to give a set of all 12 inks to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 2/15/15. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Layering Texture Paste + Blog Hop + Giveaways!

Hi! Today’s video is packed full. Not only will I be using some new Simon Says Stamp products, but I will also use the new Distress Spray Stains by Tim Holtz. With these products, I created two cards that shows you how to color and layer texture paste. Oh – and this is also part of the SSS Cold Hands, Warm Heart Blog Hop with great giveaways. (More on that below.)

[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 by doing a quick spray of Easy-Tack to the new Simon Says Stamp tree stencils. (This is a great repositionable adhesive for stencils that can be cleaned off or left on after each use… and used again and again. A great product to have if you use stencils often.) I sprayed some gorgeous Silver Distress Spray Stain on to a bit of Texture Paste… mixing it with my palette knife. Yep – DIY silver Texture Paste! I applied it to the tree stencil

I repeated the same process but this time with the Brass Distress Spray Stain and the Falling Stars stencil. I laid the stars stencil on top of my silver tree and applied the DIY gold paste. After letting it dry, I felt like the tree needed even more stars, so I went back and repeated the process again with plain white paste.

Finally, I white heat embossed the “blessings” sentiment and added a frame cut with the Postage Stamp Edge Frame Set. For finishing touches, I used some of my favorite gold thread to create a bow for the top of my tree and also applied some Clear Wink of Stella to the image for even more shimmer.

I repeated the same process for the second card but used Mowed Lawn Distress Spray Stain for the tree and the Falling Hearts Stencil  with the Silver and Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stains for the hearts. I did this on the positive piece of white cardstock that I saved from the first card. For the background, I tone-on-tone stamped the new Tree Background Stamp. I transformed some silver thread to pink by placing my Copic Marker on top of the string and pulling it through. (You could also do this with a Sharpie.)

There you have it… an easy and fun way you can completely change the color of your Texture Paste with Distress Spray Stains and layer paste on top of each other for lots of dimension.

NEW SSS PRODUCTS

Here is a look at the new products from Simon Says Stamp. My favorite? The new inks! I will be doing a video with them soon, along with ink swatches.

 

 

 

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BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, this is part of the Cold Hands, Warm Heart Blog Hop… celebrating the newest products from Simon Says Stamp.

The next person on the hop my dear, funny, adorable Laura Bassen. If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head to the SSS blog.

GIVEAWAY

SSS will be giving away a grab bag Prize Pack to a commenter on each blog on the hop! For your chance, leave a comment here by 1:00pm EST on Friday, October 10, 2014. Winners will be announced on the SSS blog.

SUPPLIES

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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.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

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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

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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.)

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.

MORE LINKS

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

SUPPLIES

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