[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch the video on YouTube in HD.]
Ahhhh… Distress Inks + water + stencils + shine… it all makes me so happy. For this unique background, I started by generously applying Distress Inks to white cardstock with an inking tool. (You can try other dye inks, but Distress will work best since they react with water so well.) I then added the fun Halftone Circles stencil on top. In order to add water over the stencil in a controlled and non-oozy way, I used a clean ink blending tool… gently dabbing the water on top. Slowly – as the water absorbs into the ink – the water and ink will react and make a ghost like pattern. So. Very. Cool. I also added Perfect Pearls pigment powder to the water for some fun shine. (You could skip this part for more subtle dots.)
Hi! While on a long vacation, I decided to ask my incredibly talented friend – Sandy Allnock – to create a video for me to share. In the video, I explain more. Sandy is a gem (more on her below) and I am honored to have her here. I hope you will all welcome her with open arms.
Hello! I’m Sandy Allnock, aka friend-of-Jennifer, too… and I have a little bit of fun to share with you while Jennifer’s away on vacation. I’m so excited she invited me to visit!
It’s Jennifer again. I have a few more things to share, but first wanted to link to a Copic Airbrush video I did awhile ago HERE.
ABOUT SANDY ALLNOCK
Of all the people I have met through cardmaking, Sandy is one that I admire most. She is unbelievably amazing with Copics and I find her videos mesmerizing. (HERE and HERE are video proof.) She also has the biggest heart, as proven by her being the creator and heart of Operation Write Home. She also has a great sense of humor (which you can see in her glitter video). To see more from Sandy, you can subscribe to her YouTube channel and follow her blog. I promise she will inspire you and lift your spirits all at once.
ABOUT GUEST ARTISTS
For a long time now, I have wanted to have guest artists with videos on my blog. Not just anyone… but artists who I find do very inspiring videos. I have several guests lined up for this summer, but then will cut back to one a month or so. I promise this will not take away from the content I try to offer, but rather will enhance it. I will also follow each guest video with one that I have created, inspired by theirs. I am hoping that by sharing these great artists, you may discover inspiring talent you had not seen yet. After all, it’s all about sharing.
Interested in winning the Hero Arts Leaf & Flourish stencil and Hello Sunshine stamp set that Sandy used above? For your chance, just leave a kind comment for Sandy here by 11:59pmEST on 7/14/14.
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!
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 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.)
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:
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.
I do not work for these stores so I have no real way of knowing how many are in stock before I use them.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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…
Today there are TWO big giveaways! Hero Arts and BasicGrey will be giving away two Grand Bazaar prize packs — including paper, embellishments, clear and cling stamps, and stencils. The two winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers’ blogs. Comments must be received by 11:59pm PST on 6/11/14. The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning!