Video: More Stencils + Masking + GIVEAWAY

Hi! The other day I shared a video showing how easy it is to mask stencils with rubber cement. Today I am back with more on this technique.

[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 will admit – I am a big dork and get really excited when I find a technique that is simple, inexpensive and awesome. Rubber cement is incredible for masking… and works so well with stencils. Today’s cards are perfect examples of this technique.

I will also admit – although I love the look of splattery/messy/artsy cards, I struggle with making them. But by combining rubber cement masking and with a bold stencil, I am able to somewhat control my watercolor splatters. This works for me!

When doing this technique, I found it very helpful to temporarily adhere the large “hey” stencil (from the current Studio Calico Card Kit) to my watercolor paper to keep it still. After applying rubber cement over the entire piece, I removed the stencil and splattered lots of watercolor… dabbing between colors to prevent too much of a mess and to keep the colors soft. (I created my watercolor with Color Theory inks and water.) I also added a bit of blue ink with an ink blending tool before rubbing away the rubber cement. So much fun and so very easy.

I added an “awesome” border die cut (that comes with great coordinating stamps) and a heart covered with shimmer and Glossy Accents. Have to keep it simple to balance out that busy background!

The second card is just a variation of the first, minus the rubber cement masking.

On another note… I rarely make one card at a time any more. I find it so rewarding to create two or more of the same  card (or variations) at once. I feel like I get more value out of the supplies I have purchased… and I have more cards to share with loved one. After all, this hobby really is about sharing handmade kindness. :)

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GIVEAWAY

I have an extra (previous) Studio Calico Card Kit that is looking for a new home! For your chance to win it, leave a comment here telling me if you are like me and have trouble “embracing mess” when crafting… or if you love it. Do so before 11:59pmESt on 3/10/15 and I will randomly pick a winner. Good luck. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), Studio Calico (SC), etc.

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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!

SUPPLIES

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VIDEO: Simple Stencil Masking

Hello! I am taking a break from My Favorite Crafty Things to share a card. (I was itchin’ to create!) This is a short video and simple card… and a guest post for the kind folks at Sweet Stamp Shop.

[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.]

Sometimes I just ache to make a simple, one layer (or almost one layer) card. But I still like a bit of texture. The solution? Combining a bit of masking with a stencil and texture paste. After stamping and coloring the cute Cheese Please images from Sweet Stamp Shop, I masked the images with a die cut circle before putting the Simon Says Stamp must-have Tiny Dots stencil on top. Next up? Texture paste and sparkle embossing powders. That’s it! A “one layer” card with texture and shine.

HEADS UP

I really like the playful little images that Sweet Stamp Shop has to offer. Since their sets are smaller, the prices rock!

Well, Sweet Stamp Shop is having their yearly big blow out sales event from 11/21/14 – 11/28/14… and I thought you might be interested. Their shop will be marked down 10-70% off – no coupon codes needed! Also, the first 80 orders over $20 will get a free stamp set (the new ‘Petite Sweet’ – Guac Love – the one in the image above). For details, head over to Sweet Stamp Shop.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Sweet Stamp Shop (SWE), Ellen Hutson (EH), and Amazon (AZ).

 

 

 

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My Favorite Crafty Things 2014: STENCILS + Discount Codes + Giveaways

Welcome back to My Favorite Crafty Things 2014!

During this series, I will be sharing my favorite crafty products of 2014. Each day will have a different topic with videos. I have lots to share, including lots of giveaways (see below) and even store discounts:

  • Simon Says Stamps is offering my readers 15% off the products I feature (shown HERE) using the code “JFAVES″ from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 12/5/14.
  • Ellen Hutson is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “jensfav14” from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14. (Includes in-stock items.)
  • My Favorite Things is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “FAVORITE” from 11/19/14 until 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14. (Excludes products in the “brand new” category.)
  • Stay tuned! More discount codes will be announced as the series continues.

Let’s get started. Today I am focusing on stencils must-haves.

In this video, I share the basic must-haves that I find myself reaching for often.

[To watch on YouTube, click HERE.]

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the abbreviations under the product images… SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AZ for Amazon, etc.

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In the video, I mention a video showing a closer comparison of Embossing Paste and Texture Paste. (Both of which I like very much and use often.) You can find that video HERE. If you are curious about other pastes and gels, check out THIS video. Many people have asked if I use modeling paste. I have, and haven’t had much luck with it in comparison to these other products.

See you soon for more of My Favorite Crafty Things 2014. You can keep up to date on all the topics HERE. For my lists from 2013, click HERE.

GIVEAWAYS

Giveaway time! Today’s prizes are awesome, thanks to many generous companies. I have giveaways for THREE more lucky winners! You could win one of these prizes:

For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14 telling me what your favorite stencil is. Good luck! (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

Video: Coloring Embossing Paste + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi there! If you have been to my blog before, you know I am a big fan of new stamp companies. New companies means that we have a growing industry – such a good thing! Today I am taking part in the Create A Smile Video Hop. Create A Smile is a newer stamp company based in Germany. Using their stamps, I created a simple card that shows you how to add some color to an embossing paste background.

[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.]

Sometimes it is fun to create a simple card with a simple stamped image and a simple background. Today’s card is just that! I started by heat embossing the Create A Smile Smiling Snowflake image with a new WOW Platinum Glitter Embossing Powder. (Perfect for the holidays!) I wanted to protect the image from the embossing paste so I tore pieces of tape to create a mask. I then applied some Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste on top using the Falling Snow Stencil from Simon Says Stamp.

After the white paste dots dried, I went back with my Copic markers and colored some of the raised dots… and added shine to others with my Wink of Stella Marker. I also added the same embossing powder to a few of the circles using a VersaMark pen. I really like the look of the all the different colors…

I also stamped a word bubble image from another Create A Smile set (available 11/4) using VersaFine Black Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. This gives it some shine and draws your eye to the sentiment. I cut out the sentiment and went around the edge with a black marker to give it a finished look.

I love using holiday themed stamps and stretching them for any occasion. This will be the perfect happy card to send to a friend I am missing this winter.

BLOG HOP

Today’s video is part of the Create A Smile Video Hop. Yep – every stop is a video! Gotta love that.

The next stop on the video hop is Vicki’s video. She is fabulous.

GIVEAWAYS

Interested in getting your hands on the Create A Smile Smiling Snowflakes set I used today? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/28/14. ALSO… be sure to head over to the Create A Smile blog for even more giveaways.

(By the way – I have some winners from previous giveaways. I have emailed the winners, as always: Studio Calico goodies - Linda Johnson and Waffle Flower stamp – berryblue.)

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

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS) and Amazon (AZ).

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