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.

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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.

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: Altering Stamped Images + Online Interview

Hello! Today’s video shows how to take a stamp image and completely give it a new look. I also do a bit of Copic coloring… and have a link to a fun online interview.

[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 am always looking for creative ways to give a stamp a new look. Sometimes I do this by using a different technique. Or maybe by using it in a different context. (For example, using a party hat as a Christmas tree, etc.) Today I really stretched a stamp by altering it to be completely different. This is something you could do with many of your “critter” stamps. (Try putting a winter hat on an owl or a scarf on a cat.) Here? I turned the Simon Says Stamp Trick or Treat mummy dog into a dog wrapped in Christmas lights.

After stamping the dog with my favorite Copic-friendly black ink – the My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid Ink – I used a Copic .3 Multiliner black pen to alter the mummy wrap into Christmas lights. I then colored the image with Copic Markers, adding Wink of Stella shimmer and a bit of Glossy Accents.

I added a “naughty or nice” greeting, matted the piece with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die cut and added it to a card that was stamped with versatile My Favorite Things Cheesecloth background. I kept the rest of the card simple since the image is pretty busy. Oh! And I used Black Enamel Accents on his eyes and nose.

IRON CRAFT INTERVIEW

Today I was part of the Iron Craft Season 2 Finale along with a few of my crafty friends. It was so much fun! You can check out the recording below. I am not the best at interviews but I loved the girls I was chatting with. :) Oh, and I recommend subscribing to Chaitali’s YouTube channel. She has lots of great interviews. (You can see the wrap-up party for this interview HERE – it will go up the morning of 9/15/14.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Watercolor + Texture Paste… STAMPtember Giveaway!

Hello! I have a video today with three card ideas… all using watercolor and Texture Paste. This video is from Simon Says Stamp’s STAMPtember post featuring Hero Arts products. And I have 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.]

I love watercolor. And I love pastes. So why not use them together? The results are so filled with texture and yummy color… I just wish you could see it in person.

I started by apply Texture Paste over the new Hero Arts BasicGrey Two Way Arrows stencil onto watercolor paper. After allowing it to dry, I applied water and then Peerless Watercolor. I let the water do the work for me and left it to dry.

For this (way-too-bright) pink example, I used a mix of “pearlized water” instead of just water. Pearlized water is easy to make – just add a large scoop of Perfect Pearls pigment powder to a mist bottle full of water. Shake and use! I store it this way to use over and over.

See the pearly shine on the background? Lovely…

On each of the cards, I used WOW Ultra High Silver Embossing Powder with the Hero Arts Crafty Friends sentiment. I love that this powder gives great dimension. I also covered my die cut hearts with the embossing so they matched perfectly. The banner was cut with a My Favorite Things Pierced Fishtail Flags die.

By the way – that Crafty Friends sentiment? My friend Heather Ruwe created it! She is a good friend of mine and I have always loved her handwriting. So I asked her to come up with some stamp ideas and the folks at Hero Arts turned them into stamps. So happy for her! In fact, this particular stamp was one that Aaron (the owner of Hero Arts) created for all my crafty friends when we had a retreat. So special.

For this last card, I applied Texture Paste just on the outside edge… leaving an area to emboss the sentiment in the middle. Just another variation you can try. (By the way, you could do this same technique with Embossing Paste and any form of watercolor.)

STAMPTEMBER

This video is part of a feature over on the Simon Says Stamp blog for STAMPtember. All this month, Simon Says Stamp will have great features, giveaways, sales (BIG ones), exclusive products and more! And check out the exclusive Hero Arts stamp set they just put in the store. Love!

GIVEAWAY

Want to win the Hero Arts products I used here today? Leave a comment by 11:59pmEST on 9/20/14 for your chance. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Ombre Stamping + Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video shows four cards featuring an ombre stamping technique. This post is also part of a fun Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember® blog hop with 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 have shared ombre stamping techniques in the past, but these techniques always required having a light, medium and dark shade of one ink. However, today I show how you can get this look with one color… and the help on a good white ink. Easy!

The new Simon Says Stamp ornament stamps are perfect for the ombre stamping technique thanks to the graphic look and solid area. I used the new SSS Coral Reef, Beanstalk Green and Maliblue inks… along with a bit of the Hero Arts Unicorn White ink. I added a gold foil “season’s greetings” die cut, along with gold string and fun sequins.

I also did a few variations of this card. This next one uses a gold heat embossed a “joy to the world” message. To save time, the strings and bows were also heat embossed with images from the Presents and Ornaments set.

And here is another simplified card…

…and one last one. This time I put the sequins right on the ornament.

BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, this post is part of the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember® blog hop… celebrating their month-long stamping party with projects, products, guests and more. (If you are interested in a video showcasing all the new products, head HERE.)

Next, be sure to hop on to the blog of my BFF Kristina Werner. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to the Simon Says Stamp blog.) There are lots of stops on this hop… and each has a giveaway.

GIVEAWAY

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a prize pack of a selection of items from our STAMPtember® giveaway stash at each stop on the hop! That’s 19 chances to win!! For your chance, leave a comment before 6:00pmEST on 9/11/14. Winners will be posted on the SSS blog.

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Video: Simon Says Stamp Product Release Close-Up + GIVEAWAY

Hello! I am back with another “product release close-up” video… giving a close look at the newest Simon Says Stamp Stamptember product release and ideas on how to use the products. I only take the time to do these videos if I like a release a lot, and this one is a great one. I also have a big giveaway!

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Yep. Another great release from another great company. It is a fun time in this industry – so many companies are coming out with fabulous products. Something for every one!

I will be back tomorrow with a video using some of these new products… and again later this week. Stay tuned.

INK SWATCH DOWNLOAD

As I mentioned in the video, I have a free Ink Swatch Download for these new SSS inks – just click HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads along with a video on how I use them, please go HERE.

GIVEAWAY

I have a great giveaway for you today! One lucky winner will get a $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp! (This is donated by me… I just gotta share.) For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/7/14 telling me your favorite product in this release.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

Here are links to the products I featured in the video. You can also find them all HERE. Enjoy!