Video: Multi-Inking – Teacher Cards

Hello! Today I have an example of “stretching your stamps”… by taking flower images and turning them into apples! I also show how to do easy multi-inking on these simple teacher cards.

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

Yes… I am back with more teacher cards! (And YES – I spoil teachers rotten. They deserve it!) I was digging through my stamps looking for the perfect apple when I found this gorgeous set:

I instantly decided I would “stretch my stamps” and turn those adorable layered flowers into apples. They were so very easy to make, so I made several…

I added the apples to a notecard stamped with the works-with-anything stripe background stamp. I also white heat embossed the fun “thanks” message on a Lil Inker diagonal die cut piece. And – of course – added a tiny little heart

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Video: Lunch Box Notes for Kids + Giveaway

Hello! Today I am part of the Summer School event over on Simon Says Stamp. I created a video that shares some tips for creating fun, fast and happy lunch box notes. Back to school is just around the corner…

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

I love love love making notes to put in my kid’s lunch boxes or to put on their pillows. This video shares lots of (random) tips for creating these types of cards and tags quickly.

For all of the tags, I used the new Simon Says Stamp Lunch Box Notes dies. They are so very fun and could easily be added to a notecard. This is a great opportunity to use up scraps.

For adding color, I used the coloring method that works best for me – colored pencils and gamsol. I am always amazed how easy it is to use these two products together!

Now – come on – isn’t that cookie (from the SSS Lunch Box Notes stamp set) so stinkin’ cute with some google eyes? (All the supplies I used are linked in the thumbnails below.)

SUMMER SCHOOL

This week, the folks over at Simon Says Stamp are having a special event…

Be sure to stop by there every day this week to see more projects from additional teachers. There will also be great prizes.

GIVEAWAY

So there are two ways you can win a prize today. First, leave a comment here 11:59pmEST on 8/10/14 for your chance to win TWO Simon Says Stamp stamp sets. Second, head over to the Simon Says Stamp blog for your chance to win this great prize pack…

Good luck!

Oh, and here are some winners of the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class spots: Kathy W, Tema and stampingvicki’svisions.

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Video: Mixed Sentiment Backgrounds

Hi! Today’s video show creating a background of mixed sentiments. This is a great way to stretch your stamps and get a new look! I created nine cards – oh my!

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

Creating a background of mixed sentiments is a great way to stretch your sentiment stamps for a new look. Here, I mixed several greetings together to form a background... making sure to leave a small gap to add a die cut word afterward. This technique is great for mass-producing cards… so I made NINE! Most are for teachers for the upcoming year. However, you could add a person’s name in the open spot with die cut, sticker or stamped letters. Personalized cards are the best!

I used a mix of sentiments from various sets… all with messages that basically say “you are great”. You could change this up to be all “thanks” greetings… or “get well soon”… or just “hello”. The possibilities are endless! I encourage you to dig through your stamps and see what background you can come up with! I used these stamps for my background: You Rule (a new teacher set), I Like You, You’re One In a Million, Awesome (this is a great new set!), You’re So Nice, You Are Pretty Much the Best Ever (isn’t that greeting the best?!), You Rock and World’s Best.

For most of the cards, I added a “teacher” die cut. To give the die cut dimension and to make it stand out, I covered it with three layers of embossing powder. On the pink and grey card, I used three layers of silver glitter embossing powder. I love that look…

I embellished most of the cards with die cut stars. (These stars are also covered with three layers of embossing powder. It is amazing the difference that makes!) Finally, I clear embossed diagonal stripes along the edge of each notecard for a bit of fun. I gotta say – that diagonal stripe background stamp is a must-have.

Here is a close look at some of the cards. I made one of the cards for my brother… personalizing it with Mama Elephant Inline die cut letters.

This card design is one you can change up and make work with whatever products you have on hand. Love that! If you are interested in seeing another video with a similar technique, check out THIS one on cluster stamping.

I hope this inspires you to try mixing up some sentiments for a fun background!

STRETCH YOUR STAMPS 2

The cards I created here were inspired by the upcoming Online Card Class – Stretch Your Stamps 2 – which starts Monday, 8/4/14. The samples and (30+!) videos in this class are incredible… and you can have access to class for a lifetime. Hope to see you there! Click HERE for more info.

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Video: Coloring With Embossing Paste + Giveaway

Hello! I have another technique video for you today… this time showing how to color a stamped image with embossing paste. Yep! You heard me right…

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

I am amazed at how realistic these ice cream scoops look! Using embossing paste to “color” in stamped images is such fun and the resulting texture would be great for centers of flowers, leaves, animals and much more. For this ice cream cone, I used the stamp set from the new Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. (You can get it alone or in the awesome kit. More on that below.) I colored the paste with various inks and used a brush to “paint” it over the stamped image.

I shared one other trick on this card. With a bit of cutting and rearranging, I stamped the greeting “I love you more than you love ice cream” instead of “I love you more than ice cream.” This new greeting is now perfect, since our teenager loves ice cream A LOT. (And she will love this card!)

KIT

As I mentioned, the Ice Cream Dreams stamp set I used is part of the newest Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. This kit is filled with lots of happy goodies! You can find the stamp set HERE, the kit HERE and info on subscribing HERE. (The subscription price is amazing and there is always a new stamp set included. For less than $20, you get a $15 stamp set and a bunch of other products. Great deal.)

GIVEAWAY

Simon Says Stamp said I could give away one of these awesome card kits to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 7/21/14. Good luck.

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2 Videos: Resist with Color & SSS Release Close-Up + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I have TWO videos for you. The first is shows a new spin on an old technique – - resist with color. The second is a product release close-up video showing the newest round of Simon Says Stamp products. This post is also part of the SSS This Is The Life Blog Hop with giveaways! (More on that below.)

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

As much as I enjoy taking a product and giving it a new look, I enjoy even more taking an old technique and giving it new life. Here, I took the old school resist technique and added some color to it. For this technique, you need a paper with a good coating on it, such as the Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper. This paper has a matte coating that is divine and is great for many techniques. (Note: You can use any ol’ glossy paper for this technique, too!) I first stamped the various Simon Says Stamp Friendly Flower images in different shades of dye ink. (I used Hero Arts Shadow and SSS inks.) After heat setting them, I stamped on top of the images with Versamark. This “traps” the color underneath… protecting it from the next step.

After heat setting the images completely, I covered the stamp piece with LOTS of SSS Audrey Blue and Island Blue inks, wiping away the excess ink. The Versamark “resists” the blue inks. So cool. The finish reminds me of a colored marble. You could even mix colors together for interest. I finished off the flowers with some white pen detailing. (Although I would skip this step if I ever did this card again.)

I also did a bit of die cut inlaying with the new SSS With Sympathy and Frames Dies. Love the look of a smooth panel when I am done!

PRODUCT RELEASE CLOSE-UP VIDEO

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.) Here is a video featuring the new Simon Says Stamp This Is The Life release

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In the video, I briefly shared this card. I am not in love with it as a whole, but like parts of it. I used the SSS Ice Cream Cones with with a bit of Distress Ink added with a blending tool for shading. The sprinkles were added with a white pen, and I covered the “awesome” die cut with my favorite silver glitter embossing powder. The card is actually one of the adorable dotted Lawn Fawn notecards turned inside out. (The die actually cuts “pawesome” but I just removed the “p” to make it different! And the “you are” is stamped from the SSS Pawesome stamp set.) A super fast card for my 16-year-old.

BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, this post is part of the Simon Says Stamp This Is The Life Blog Hop… celebrating their newest product release.

Next, be sure to hop over to the blog of one of my all-time favorite people – Laura Bassen. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, please go to the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Simon Says Stamp is giving away packs of stamping goodies, including cardstock and ink pads! For your chance, leave a comment here and on the other blogs along the hop (there is a giveaway on each!) by 6:00pmEST on 7/17/14. (Winners will be post on the SSS blog on 7/18/14.)

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Video: Die Cut Window Cards

Hello! Today’s video shares how to create die cut windows with a word suspended across. This technique is fun! So fun that I actually created four cards. I did these cards as part of the Virginia’s View Challenge where I am a guest. (More on that below.)

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

If you have stopped by my blog before, you know these cards have three things I am adore. First, they include word dies cuts. Second, they have a window. Third, the technique results in two cards at once. Bam!

For the first set of cards I show in the video, I started by inking white cardstock with Distress Ink and a fabulous Memory Box stencil for a tone-on-tone look. I then used some partial die cutting tricks to die cut a circle window with the Mama Elephant “hello” greeting suspended across it. The technique results in one continuous piece – with the word connected to the panel. I love this look!

After creating the die cut panel, I used the same stencil to apply embossing paste to the front of a white notecard. I then added the panel on top… lining up the stencil pattern in the paste with the stencil pattern in the inked die cut panel. I finished it off with my favorite sequins and silver dots using a Silver Paper Pen. Man oh man… I love the look of that “hello” suspended across that window!

I used the leftover die cut pieces from the first card to create this second. I started by masking around the edges of a white notecard with painters tape and applied embossing paste over the Memory Box Stencil. I then adhered the die cut pieces – lining up the pattern – and finished it with a small glitter die cut heart. Easy. And fast!

So those first two cards, I used partial die cutting tricks to create one continuous piece. For the next two cards, I cheated and did a much faster version of the technique. Any although the word isn’t really connected to the panel around the window, it is hard to tell! You can pick whichever technique you prefer.

I once again started with white cardstock and inked it lightly with Distress Ink. I then inked more over a dot stencil for a tone-on-tone look. After die cutting the word thanks from the inked piece, I die cut a heart around it. I taped the word into the heart in the panel (with the tape on the back) so it looks like the word is suspended across and is one with the panel. (A little cheating is welcome in crafting!) I kept this simple by just adding Wink of Stella to the dots and a bit of sequin and silver dot bling.

I adhered the leftover pieces on a mini card… and added Glossy Accents to the dots for some dimension and shine. I think this is my favorite of the four. So clean and simple.

VIRGINIA’S VIEW CHALLENGE

As I mentioned, these cards are for my guest spot over at the Virginia’s View Challenge Blog. I have shared in the past a few challenge blogs that I like… and this new one is one of the best out there. The sweet Virginia Lu leads it and there are some amazing ideas and submissions. You can draw inspiration from the challenge photo (below) and link over on the blog. I believe they have prizes, too! (Congrats, Virginia, on your awesome blog. I adore you and all that you are adding to this great hobby.)

SHOPPING NOTE

I have received many emails about me using products that are out of stock in stores. I just wanted to mention a few things about this:

  1. I take a lot of time to link to multiple sources/stores in the thumbnails at the end of each post. You can find these sources in the abbreviations under the product thumbnail. (Example: Click “EH” to see the product at Ellen Hutson.) Sometimes one store may be out of stock but another isn’t.
  2. I do not work for these stores so I have no real way of knowing how many are in stock before I use them.
  3. I do know that the stores I link to (except Amazon – not sure about them) are very good about placing reorders very quickly. However, sometimes manufacturers are very slow to fill those big orders. So just because you see something is “out of stock” in a store doesn’t mean that it isn’t on order.
  4. Please know that if something is out of stock, it is because many people also loved the product you want! :) Heck – I bought the product and used it because I love it, too. It happens. But thankfully there are lots of great products out there. (And I try to mention alternative products in my video.)

I really try my bestestestest to use a variety of products and share with you fun ways to use these products. I use what I love… and sometimes those things go out of stock. :)

Thanks for stopping by. Oh – and I will be back soon with winners from past giveaways. Thanks!

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