Video: Partial Die Cut Borders

Hello there! Today’s video shows how to create a partial die cut border. This technique is so easy that I made a set of cards for one of my daughter’s teachers.

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I love fancy stationery, but I love making my own much more. Today’s technique is fantastic for achieving that look without a lot of effort. It also works with a variety of dies so you can achieve many different looks.

Partial die cutting isn’t easy to explain, so I hope the video is helpful. This unique border was created by partially die cutting the Simon Says Stamp Calliope Flourish Die along a straight line. I’m so impressed with the intricate results you get with this technique – similar to the popular laser-cut stationery look.

I wanted to add a little more to that border edge, so I die cut a tiny-dot border die from Paper Smooches along the bottom. I decided to keep the card soft and simple, but wanted some shimmer. I sprayed some Shimmer Spray on to the note card made from Simon Says Stamp’s Sea Glass cardstock. It adds some interest and gives the look of a shimmer cardstock. I also used fun foam under the panel to give some dimension. (It’s a nice alternative to using pieces of foam tape and holds up well through the mail.) The sentiments are from the Simon Says Stamp’s Inside and Out Sayings Stamp Set and heat embossed with Ranger’s Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder. I repeated the same process for the other cards and heat embossed different sentiments from the same set.

These cards were so easy to reproduce that I plan to make more to include in a large set for my son’s teacher. This technique would also be fun using a large word die along the partial die cut border! I hope you will try out this simple technique and get more mileage out of your dies.

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Just wanted to mention that this video is part of a guest post over on Simon Says Stamp. I encourage you to check out their blog – there are always great ideas from a variety of fun artists. And lots of giveaways, too.

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Quick Tip Video: Adhering Intricate Dies + Giveaway!

Hello! Today I am trying something a bit new – a Quick Tip Video – where I share helpful cardmaking tips rather than focusing on the making of a particular card. (I am considering doing these occasionally and would love your feedback!) Since adhering intricate die cuts can be tricky, I thought it would be a great topic for a Quick Tip Video. (Although the video isn’t that quick – lol.) I show two different methods using two great new products.

[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.]

The video shares two methods for adhering intricate die cuts. The first method is liquid adhesive. I like to use Ranger’s Multi Medium Matte adhesive because it’s very strong and dries clear and matte. It also gives you a little wiggle room to move your die cut image around to find the perfect placement. For the cards I created today, I adhered the new Surely Stitched Heart and “Sending” Simon Says Stamp die cuts with this adhesive using a Microbrush. This tool is great because it allows you to get in all the tiny areas of the die-cut and keep your fingers clean in the process. I also use these brushes for adhering my sequins.

The second method is a newer product called, Stick It! adhesive sheets. This double-sided adhesive is very thin and cuts clean and easily. You place the sheets on your cardstock to create an adhesive-backed cardstock. After die-cutting your image, you simply peel off the backing to reveal the adhesive. Very quick and easy! The key to this product seems to be to really press it down to get it to adhere firmly. There are many techniques you can also use this product for. (Stay tuned!)

Honestly, I am not sure which product I prefer for intricate die cuts. I really like both, will be using both, and recommend both. Maybe one will stand out as a clear winner for you to try!

NEW SSS RELEASE

The dies I used in this video are from the newest Simon Says Stamp release. Take a look at the great products they have! I’m in love. You can also see the new products HERE. (Scroll down a bit more to see all the products from the video.)

GIVEAWAY

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VIDEO: Embossed Stripes + Shaker Card Tips… + Hop + Giveaway!

Hi there! I’m taking a quick break from My Favorite Crafty Things series to bring you a video showing how to create an embossed striped background as well as to share some shaker card tips. Oh – and this post is part of a fun blog hop with giveaways!

[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.]


There are a lot of fun products and techniques in this hobby of ours. My favorite? I would have to say heat embossing. I am sure many of us remember the first time we saw it in action! Well, the current Simon Says Stamp Card Kit is focused on heat embossing – - such a clever idea! I decided to use the kit to create a metallic-striped-background shaker card.

To create the background, I applied strips of thin painter’s tape randomly across a piece of white cardstock. I heat embossed the exposed areas with three embossing powders – Liquid Platinum, Enchanted Gold (which are both in the kit) and SSS Gold. (It was easy to get into these small areas, thanks to the unique-in-this-kit mini Tim Holtz Embossing Ink pad.) After it cooled, I remove the tape and BAM! A metallic striped background!

To make the striped panel into a shaker card, I die cut a circle from the center. I then stamped “sparkle and shine” (from the kit or available separately) using White Staz-On ink on a piece of acetate, which I adhered to the back of the circle opening with Tombow Extreme adhesive. I then cut a piece of white “fun foam” slightly smaller than the panel… with a die cut circle slightly larger than shaker card window. This foam? It works MUCH better for the necessary dimension for a shaker card than lots of pieces of foam tape. Another helpful tip? I adhered a few sequins inside the shaker panel using some Multi Medium Matte adhesive to prevent all of the sequins from falling to the bottom when you hold the card upright. I placed the rest of the sequins inside and adhered the remaining parts of the card together.

By the way, I have been getting a lot of questions about the foam I use. The foam was thick enough for this shaker card to still shake. :) However, you could always double up if you want to or if you have big pieces inside the shaker. I prefer my card to be as thin as possible for mailing purposes.

BLOG HOP

This card is part of the Winter Twinkle December Card Kit blog hop. I have always loved these card kits, but this one is a favorite thanks to the focus on heat embossing. I am all about techniques!

I enjoy being a part of blog hops because I think it is a great way to share the fab project created by many artists. And I have to say… there are some *incredible* artists on this hop. I am honored to be a part of it. So… the next person on the hop is my dear, sweet, super-smart, amazingly talented friend Debby Hughes. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, visit the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a Simon Says Stamp grab bag loaded with fun products here and on every stop on the hop! Leave a comment by 6pmEST on 11/29/14 for your chance. (Winners will be posted on the SSS blog after the giveaway closes.)

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Guest Artist Video: Soft Dimensional Backgrounds with Laura Sterckx

Hello there! Earlier this summer I mentioned that I would be having guest artists here on my blog from time to time. (I feel it is important to encourage and support each other in this industry.) I asked several girls to guest… and I am just getting around to sharing another with you today. My guest? Laura Sterckx. Laura is incredibly talented and kind… and only 17 years old! I think it is so encouraging to see young people doing this hobby.

[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.]

Not only is Laura’s card simply adorable, but it also showcases a lovely soft dimensional background. To achieve this look, Laura used a combination of white embossing paste, the Falling Hearts stencil, WOW Ultra Shimmer Embossing Powder and Spun Sugar Distress Ink. Then she then added two Distress-Marker-watercolored pandas from Mama Elephant’s Pandamonium stamp set, along with a Lawn Fawn grass die cut and fun Pretty Pink Posh sequins. Oh! And the talk bubble? Perfect for that sweet sentiment

I just love how Laura keeps her cards clean and simple, but always with something fun. Be sure to check out her blog HERE, and her YouTube channel HERE. And please leave her a bit of love! (Laura, thank you for doing this. I always enjoy working with you… you are so sweet and professional! xo.)

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TWO Videos: Succulent Planting + Gift Tags

Hello! Today I have two videos for you… and they are a bit different. As some of you may know from my posts on Instagram, I’m a big fan of succulents… so I’m excited that there are now succulent stamps available! The first video shows how to create some fun succulent gift tags using some colored ink, pencils and gamsol. The second video shows how I (very simply) plant and care for succulent plants. They are addictive!

I so very much love filling my craft room with small and sweet succulents (and cactus). They are gorgeous, inexpensive and easy to care for. Since I am a crafty blog, let’s first chat about the succulent gift tags I created…

[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.]

These new Simon Says Stamp Succulent stamps make me so very happy! I stamped the images using SSS inks since these inks work well with Gamsol. I also added a heart to two of the images. I quickly colored the images using my colored pencils and used Gamsol to do all the blending. Gamsol makes coloring effortless with pencils!I really like the colored outline of the image instead of just black.

I also did some partial die-cutting with the matching dies to cut out my images. I made sure to cut out an extra image for the back side of my tag. I applied a strong adhesive to the back of both the die-cut pieces and sandwiched a stick in between. If you don’t have the kabob skewers that I used, you could always use a straw or a toothpick instead.

Now… time for info on the succulents themselves! Please know that I am NOT an expert on this. Not at all. I don’t really have the time to be an expert, but have found great luck by keeping it simple. And my guess is you are all limited on time… so simple would be best for you too. Yes, I have lost a few succulents along the way. But overall, my method of planting and caring for succulents (and cactus) has worked really well for me.


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Here is really all there is to it:

  • Pick a container. — Any container! It really is best to use one with a hole in the bottom. However, I tend to ignore this rule. (The small pots I used in this video are no longer available, but you can find similar things.)
  • Get some pebbles. — I like to use both medium sized pebbles (like these) and small pebbles (like these). They are good to have in bottom of the container fpr drainage and at the top for a nice, finished look.
  • Get some good soil. — I use an organic cactus soil. It works like a charm! However, in the past I have used a non-organic option that is very inexpensive. (Half the cost, twice the amount!) Both work well.
  • Get some succulents or cactus. — I get mine at local florist shops, Home Depot, Lowes or on Etsy. Get whatever appeals to you. Have fun with it!
  • Water with ice. — I find it best to water my plants with an ice cube once every two weeks. Ice slowly melts and prevents the plants from being “flooded.” These guys don’t need much water at all! I put a timer on my calendar to remind me to water them.
  • Sunlight! — Theses guys LOVE sunlight. Put them near windows!

Again – you can Google search to get more (and better) info. But if you want to keep it simple… there you have it.

Small planted succulents make a great gift for friends, teachers, etc. I hope this is helpful!

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Video: Colored Pencil Highlights, Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video is all about taking a solid stamped image and bringing it to life using colored pencils highlights. This post is also part of the Altenew Blog Hop with a 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.]

One of the most effective ways to add the look of dimension to an otherwise flat, solid stamped image is with colored pencils. For today’s cards, I started by stamping the new flower image from Altenew (one of my favorite stamp companies). I then colored different areas of the petals with my Prismacolor White Colored Pencil to add highlights… and a good eraser to soften and blend it. I really love the velvet look this gives! It is amazing how effective that one white pencil can be.

You could stop at this point, but I kept going. (As I tend to do – lol.) I added a touch of coloring with a darker colored pencil for even more dimension. I also traced over the white lines of the image using my white colored pencil to make it pop. I did the same thing with the peach flower but used my white Gelly Roll pen instead. It comes out very fine and thin, which makes it perfect for this technique. I think these kind of small details really add up and make a big difference in making your image stand out.

To create my background, I drew lines on a white note card using my pencil and t-ruler… to help me keep my stamping straight. I added two sentiments onto one acrylic block to save time and stamped them using three different shades of gray ink. I started with the darkest (Charcoal from Hero Arts), then a medium shade of ink (Silver Lining from WPlus9), and then finished off my stamping with the lightest shade of gray (Fog from Simon Says Stamp). You could instead do generation stamping here.

This technique gives such a nice ombre effect and I love that I can stretch my sentiment stamps to create backgrounds. I wanted to make sure the main sentiment stood out from all that stamping on the background, so I stamped it in VersaFine Black ink and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. To finish off my card, I attached my flower using some foam adhesive and tucked some silver thread behind it.

Like this colored pencil technique? Click HERE for another video showing a variation. Oh, and you can get a great deal on the large Prismacolor pencil sets HERE.

BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Altenew Blog Hop celebrating their third release. (I love new companies!) You can see all their new products HERE.

The next person on this hop is the adorable Pamela Ho. You will love her blog! (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, go to the Altenew blog.)

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate, I will choose a winner from comments left on this post and the prize will be two Altenew stamps sets of your choice! You have until 11:59 EST on 10/31/14 to leave your comments for your chance to win.

Also, Altenew is giving away five stamp sets of choice to three lucky winners! The winners will be chosen from comments left on the Altenew blog.

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