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…

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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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Video: White Ink + Stencils and DIY Glitter Paper

Hi! Today’s video showcases two fun techniques… using white ink with stencils and DIY glitter paper. Both are simple techniques and great ways to stretch your products. (This card is also over on the Simon Says Stamp blog – I am a guest there today.)

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

I have always been a fan of good white pigment ink. (My favorites are the Hero Arts Unicorn White and Colorbox Frost White Inks.) This ink looks great stamped on colored cardstocks… but it turns out it looks even better when inked over a stencil with an inking tool! The white-on-color is eye-catching. For this card, I also sprinkled a tiny bit of sparkle embossing powder on the wet white ink and heat set it. This gave a little bit of sparkle while still maintaining the non-shiny look.

For the white inking, I used the SSS Extra Large Dots stencil. I then added some random floating hearts with the SSS Balloons and Patterns small heart stencil and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.

Now… about that DIY glitter paper…

I really love the look of glitter paper (the kind that doesn’t rub off!) but I was going through it fast and had a limited color selection. So I decided to make my own! I pressed Versamark Ink on various colorful cardstocks and added my favorite sparkle embossing powder. After heating it, I had my own glitter paper and could die cut any shape I wanted.

I cut my glitter shapes using the SSS Sun and SSS Mini Hearts dies. I stamped the greeting on a yellow circle and assembled it all on the card. See that bit of shiny dimension on the “sunshine” die cut? I did that with a few layers of clear embossing powder. I loved this trick and will be doing it again.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to head over to the SSS blog!

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Guest Post & Video: Layered White + Colored Ink on Kraft Revisited with Kristina

It’s Jennifer here. I am on a long vacation with family on an island in the middle of nowhere. When I told Kristina this, she offered to do a guest blog post for me. I cannot say enough about how wonderful Kristina is and I am honored to call her my friend and colleague.

Oh for those of you wondering about Roxie – my parents are staying at my house with her. She is being loved.

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Hello everyone! Kristina here! Since Jennifer is prancing on the beach with her kiddos, I’m taking over! Mwa ha ha!! :)

For real, though. I’m happy I get to share a card with you guys today. Especially because if anyone deserves a vacation, it’s Jennifer.

Jennifer’s a hard-workin’ momma who needs a bit of sun and relaxation. And not only that, she’s an amazing friend. So thoughtful, caring, and most of all, she’s the best cheerleader ever. With all of life’s ups and downs, I’m lucky to know she’s in my corner. I’ve never met someone who lives her convictions and beliefs so fully, to the depths of her heart and the tips of her fingers. She’s eager to help, lend a hand, offer support, and does it all even when it’s not the most convenient for her.

And the best indication of her character is her children, because they’ve inherited the best qualities from their mom. I’ve met all but one (I’ll meet you someday, Kay!), and they’re simply the best! :)

Anyhow, back to the card… :)

I took Jennifer’s card from last July and used it as inspiration. She calls the technique “Layered White + Colored Ink on Kraft”. For my card, I used a stenciling instead of stamping…

Jennifer’s Original Card (using stamps)

Kristina’s New Card (using a stencil)

I also have a video of the card for you guys. Yay! I used the Large Moroccan stencil from Simon Says Stamp for the technique, and finished it off with a greeting from Simon’s Sending Happy Thoughts stamps set embossed on vellum. Hope you enjoy!

Thanks, Kristina. I adore your card! And you.

I will be back soon with an organizational video soon. XO!

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Video: Ink + Embossing Folders… and GIVEAWAY

Happy Saturday. Today’s video shows a technique that I haven’t used in a long time but love a ton - inked embossing folders. This is such an easy technique… so I made six cards in no time at all.

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

This is one of my all time favorite techniques since it is a great way to stretch products and get new looks. Embossing folders are inexpensive and come in a ton of patterns. To apply ink into the “valleys” of the dry embossing, I simply applied ink into one side of an open embossing folder. I put some white cardstock in the folder, closed it and ran it through my die cut machine. After removing it, the raised areas are left white, with the ink only in the valleys. I then applied another color of ink just to the raised areas.

I have found Hero Arts Shadow, Simon Says Stamp and WPlus9 Inks work incredibly well with this technique since they absorb and even out as they dry. However, you can try any ink you have. I also used a bunch of new 6×6 embossing folders from Lifestyle Crafts (We R Memory Keepers). I love that these are big enough to emboss horizontal or vertical patterns… and still fit through my die cut machines.

Isn’t that script “thinking of you” greeting gorgeous? That is from the new Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit. (Or you can buy just the stamp set alone HERE.) This is one of those greetings that is designed so well that you don’t need much else with it. Love.

I used various fun embossing powders on the cards… and I am loving the WOW powders… thanks to their great price points. In the video I also shared how I use coffee filters to help with embossing powder! (And apparently I am not the first person to think of doing this. Why had I not heard of it before?! Works so well!)

The die cut piece in the center is from the Lil Inker Stitched Rectangle die set. The faux stitching that these dies give is perfection – a nice finishing touch. So much more interesting than a plain rectangle piece floating in the middle of the card.

I also added a few die cut hearts to each card… covered with Glossy Accents.

Just a reminder that all of these embossing folders and ink colors are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. :)

And here is a look at each card. Just click for a closer peek…

Six cards! Whew. Loving this technique. I will be back in a couple days for a spin on this technique.

GIVEAWAY

Interested in getting your hands on the July Simon Says Stamp Card Kit? (It has this sentiment in it.) For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 6/20/14. Good luck.

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