Video: Ink Layering + Giveaway

Hi there! I am always looking for ways to use my inks creatively to get new looks. Today I show how to layer pigment and dye inks to create incredible patterns with the help of stencils. I also have news to share about a great new challenge and some giveaways.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I created six different cards using this technique and found that vibrant and dark colors of cardstock work best. I chose some cardstock colors by My Favorite Things and inked each one with a different stencil by Hero Arts using their Unicorn White Pigment Ink and a sponge dauber. Since I used a pigment ink, I heat set the ink until it was dry. I then placed the stencil back on top of the pattern, shifting it slightly, and applied a Hero Arts Shadow (Dye) Ink. Since dye ink absorbs into the paper, you get a soft color on top of the white.

The results? A pattern that looks like it has three colors. First, you have the bright white. Second, you have the tone-on-tone of the colored ink on the colored cardstock. And finally – the best part – a muted third color where the two inks overlap.

This is an excellent technique to use with pretty much any stencil. Today I use six new fab stencils from Hero Arts. (Check the thumbnails below for each stencil.) They were perfect for this technique…

I find you get the best results by using the pigment ink first and then the dye ink on top. Since pigment ink “sits on top” of the paper, it would just cover up any ink underneath it if you did it second.

For the greetings, I die cut white circles and stamped greetings from the new Ellen Hutson/Julie Ebersole Hello Gorgeous, Love You So, and Bold Blooms stamp sets. I also die cut a larger circle from vellum to frame the white circle and adhered messy-triple-bows of DMC thread behind it.

This technique is great for backgrounds, but would also work to create a highlighted area behind a main image. In the past I have done a similar technique of overlapping white pigment ink with colored dye ink, but with stamps instead. You can find that post HERE.

MIX IT UP CHALLENGE

This post is part of a new challenge over at Ellen Hutsonthe Mix It Up Challenge.

For this challenge, the folks at Ellen Hutson feature one manufacturer… and use that company’s products along with Ellen’s products together on one card. Because I do work with Hero Arts, they asked me to create a card with the new Hero Arts (the stencils) and the new Essentials By Ellen (the stamps).

You can play along also! Just head over HERE to upload your projects using Hero Arts and Essentials by Ellen by 3/17/15. There will be a $50 gift certificate awarded to a random participant! Head HERE for more info.

GIVEAWAY

I also have a giveaway for one lucky winner! For your chance to win THREE new Hero Arts stencils, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/17/15 telling me if you have ever used stencils for cardmaking. (Winner’s name will picked randomly and 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: Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.

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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. :)

MORE INSPIRATION

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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. Affiliate links used. 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: Textured Stenciling

Hello!

I just am stopping by to let you know that I am a guest over on Ellen Hutson’s blog. She is doing her annual “12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist” and I have a video showing textured stenciling.

You can see my project and video HERE on the Ellen Hutson blog. Also, be sure to go HERE to follow along with all 12 tags over the next several days.

Enjoy!

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

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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.]

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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.)