Video: Stencils and Masking + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Hope you are all staying warm out there. Today’s video shares how you can stretch the use of your stencils with rubber cement masking. This is by far the quickest way to mask with stencils! (And I also have info on a fun blog hop 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.]

There is something so gratifying about taking a white piece of cardstock… adding a little ink… and turning it into something that will make someone smile. That is what today’s cards are all about. Oh – and I have a technique that makes it simple!

I started by inking up the sun stencil by Simon Says Stamp with a variety of Distress Inks on white cardstock. Next, I put a thin layer of rubber cement over the inked sun using my ink blending tool. Once it dries, it will protect the image from future inking. This is such a simple and fast way to mask… especially with a stencil!

I didn’t have a cloud stencil, so I created my own by die-cutting a cloud border from a piece of recycled plastic. I used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and rubbed the ink from the stencil on to the paper, creating a soft edge. After all the inking was completed, I rubbed away the rubber cement with my finger. The inked sun is perfectly protected from the blue ink we added – perfect masking! And – since it was so easy – I created six cards in total.

I used WOW Platinum Sparkling embossing powder to heat emboss a variety of sentiments from the Simon Says Stamp Hand Lettered Encouragement stamp set on each of the cards. (Make sure to use a anti-static tool before embossing because the embossing powder may stick to the Distress Ink. I also used my MISTI stamping tool for perfect alignment.) For a finishing touch, I placed my stencil back over the sun and sprayed some Shimmer Spritz for added shine.

For dimension, I added the stamped pieces to notecards with a piece of fun foam between. Oh – and don’t forget the envelope! I love to have my envelopes match my cards so I used some Wild Honey Distress Ink and the sun stencil and applied it to the back of each Hero Arts envelope.

This Simon Says Stamp Hand Lettered Encouragement stamp set is by far one of my favorites of all time. I am a big fan of sending encouraging cards to others. I think we can all use encouragement, support and cheerleading from our friends. I can’t wait to send these cards of kindness in the mail!

BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Simon Says Stamp Hop To It Blog Hop… celebrating their newest release of products.

The newest SSS products are fantastic. Most of the products are designed by two of my best friends – Kristina Werner and Shari Carroll. I am so proud of them and am their biggest cheerleaders. I don’t personally create product (it isn’t something I feel a calling to do – nor have the talent) so I appreciate their amazing designs!

Here is a look at the newest release. I plan to use many of these on my blog soon. (If my kids ever go back to school after these snow days – lol.)

The next stop on the hop is the blog of one of my other favorite people (I am the president of her fan club – ha) — Debby Hughes. (You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Interested in winning a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack? For your chance, leave a comment telling me which of the new products are your favorites (you can find them HERE or above) by 2/23/15. SSS will randomly pick and post a winner on their blog. Good luck!

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Video: Repeated Stamping + Blog Hop + Giveaways

Welcome! I have lots to share today. First up is a video showing how to do repeat stamping with a small image to form a new shape and new look. Also, this post is part of a fun blog hop with prizes…

[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.]

Take a look at your stamp sets. I bet many of them have tiny images… maybe hearts, stars, flowers or dots. Well today’s technique puts these little guys to work! With the help of a good pencil, t-ruler, circle and patience, you can easily create a new look for these tiny stamps. Following simple pencil guidelines that I created, I repeatedly stamped a small (but incredibly perfect) heart image from Simon Says Stamp to form a circle. I used eight ink colors of Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp Inks (colors are linked below) to create a rainbow effect. (I used my Scrubber Pad and Ultra Clean from Hero Arts to clean the stamp before inking in a new color.)

Because I am slightly nuts, I adhered a tiny glitter heart from Martha Stewart to the center of each stamped heart using some Matte Multi Medium. This actually wasn’t that difficult, thanks to the help of my Quickstix tool and a Microbrush. Oh – and that fabulous sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set.

I also decorated my envelope to match my card. The Simon Say Stamp Tiny Spaced Hearts stencil was the perfect simple touch. I think this card will brighten someone’s mailbox. :)

BLOG HOP

This card is part of the Simon Says Stamp Better Together Blog Hop… celebrating their newest release of fun, encouraging, and loving cardmaking goodies. You can see them all HERE. This hop is a great reminder to connect with those who encourage you… including cardmakers!

The next person on the hop is my dear friend and favorite person – Shari Carroll. (You can start at the beginning of the hop at the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAYS

Each stop on the hop will receive a Simon Says Stamp Prize pack randomly selected by SSS on 1/23/15. SSS will email you the winners.

SUPPLIES

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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.

[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 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.

SIMON SAY STAMP BLOG

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

Interested in getting your hands on TWO of these new products from Simon Say Stamp? Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/19/14 for your chance. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. By the way… I will soon be posting the winners from my recent giveaways.)

SUPPLIES

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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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