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.)

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

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Video: Partial Stenciling

Hi there! I was excited to be a guest over on Scrapbook and Cards Today earlier this week…. with a video that shows you how to create different shapes using part of a stencil. This partial stenciling technique allows you to get more mileage out of the supplies you already have.

[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 was able to create a tree shape by using Micropore Tape (love!) to mask off a triangle area of the awesome Rose Window stencil by Stencil Girl. (Looks like this stencil is popular. You can also get it on their site, or you can mask off a triangle of any stencil you already have!) I inked the masked section using some Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks and my Ink Blending Tool. (Distress Inks are best for this technique because they blend so easily.) I created my own “stencils” for the tree trunks and the snow banks – easy peasy. I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink for the tree trunks and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink for the snow banks.

See those star sequins from Pretty Pink Posh? Those were actually silver. I changed them by inking them up with VersaMark Ink and applying some Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder. You can change the color of any embellishment this way! I added them to the top of the trees using some Matte Multi Medium… the best adhesive I’ve found for adhering sequins.

To add a finishing touch to this simple card, I die-cut a fun, faux-stitch frame from Mama Elephant along the edges of my card. I also heat embossed a sentiment from Hero Arts using some gorgeous Red Geranium Embossing Powder from Wendy Vecchi. (Her new embossing powders are so rich and delicious – you can see them HERE.) I added a few Red Gemstones from Hero Arts to the trees to add a festive touch.

SCRAPBOOK AND CARDS TODAY

As I mentioned, this card was for a guest post over on Scrapbook and Cards Today. Be sure to check out their blog – lots of good stuff. Nice people!

Hope you enjoyed this technique for getting more from your stencils. See you soon.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Coloring Texture Paste + GIVEAWAY

Welcome! A few days ago I posted a product release close-up video focusing on the newest products from Tim Holtz and Ranger. I promised to return with a video showing some of these products put to use… and here it is! Check out the fun you can have coloring Texture Paste

[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.]

I have always loved playing around with techniques. And there are a few that I have enjoyed tremendously along the way. But today’s technique? Well it is right at the top on my list of favorites. It is incredibly addictive!

The new Texture Paste from Ranger is perfect for adding color. Whereas dried Embossing Paste wants to (somewhat) resist Distress Ink applied on top of it (just takes it in lightly – which can be cool!) , dried Texture Paste takes the color like a champ. It is gorgeous! I have showed in the past how you can add color to wet paste (check it out HERE and HERE), but adding the color to the dry paste is easier. Texture Paste gives you the option of doing both. Woot!

By the way… all Ranger products (including Texture Paste, Perfect Pearls and Distress Inks) are 20% off right now at Simon Says Stamp. Use the code RANGERSALE now through 8/10/14.

I applied Texture Paste over the new Tim Holtz Festive stencil and let it dry. I then put the stencil back on top of the dried paste and added various colors of Distress Ink with my Mini Ink Blending Tool and Fantastix. The final touch of a light mix of Perfect Pearls and water creates a lovely shine. I can’t get enough of the results.

I heat embossed the new Tim Holtz “Merry Christmas” message (isn’t that writing unique?! so cool) with the always-so-perfectly-gorgeous Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder. I also used the embossing powder to create a gold paper to put behind my pieces… allowing it to just peek out a bit…

Ahhhhh… I love when I find a new product like Texture Paste that opens the door to amazingly fun techniques. Thank you Ranger and Tim Holtz!

GIVEAWAY

Giveaway time! A lucky winner will get TWO Tim Holtz stamp sets and TWO Tim Holtz stencils. Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 8/16/14 for your chance.

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