Video: Shaker Card

Hi there! I get a lot of requests for shaker cards. Although, they really aren’t my thing and I haven’t done one in ages, I decided to give one a try by incorporating it into a stamped image. It was fun!

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

When I saw the stamp set in the new Studio Calico Sandlot Card Kit, I instantly knew I needed to turn that adorable gumball machine into a shaker card. (I mean COME ON… isn’t that stamp the cutest?! Love.) After a bit of creative heat embossing with red, liquid platinum and sparkle embossing powder, I cut out the opening of the machine out with a craft knife. For the “glass” on the shaker, I used a piece of scrap acetate. Small pieces of foam tape are perfect to form the walls of the shaker area… which I then filled in with Studio Calico sequins.

OTHER SHAKER CARDS

I looked around for some other good shaker card tutorials. Here are a couple I found that may be help to you:

  • Laura Sterckx – This video shows how to do a shaker card using dies. Simple and fabulous.
  • Lawn Fawn – This video from Lawn Fawn shows how you can use “fun foam” (instead of foam tape) for adding dimension around a shaker window.

OTHER GREAT PRODUCTS

The stamp I used above is part of the newest Studio Calico Card Kit. Check out these other great products they recently released. The first is a “teacher” stamp and die combo. (That crayon stamp image? Adorable. And the teacher die will get used a lot here.) The “you’re pretty amazing” die is sitting on my table and am so excited to use it. Finally, the “awesome” stamp and die combo just makes me giddy. So great to use on cards for kids and friends. (Click on each for a closer look.)

Enjoy!

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Video: Flip-It Stamping + Studio Calico Discount Code + Giveaway!

Hello! Today’s video shows a quick and easy birthday card featuring flip-it stamping… where you stamp with the backside of a clear stamp. I also have a great discount code for over at Studio Calico that gets you their newest card kit for only $10! (See below.)

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails below. To watch on YouTube, click HERE.]

You know me – I love to use stamps in creative ways. Here, I took a stamp set with graphic images and used them to create candles! I picked the “Make a Wish” sentiment from the newest Studio Calico Hello, Hello Card Kit and stamped with the backside of the sentiment to create the candle itself. (I call this “flip it stamping” since “backside stamping” sounded a bit inappropriate. LOL. You can do this with any symmetrical stamp to create a backdrop or shadow for the regular image. This works great with many sentiments which often have a rectangular backside. I also like it with circle, heart and star images.) I then white heat embossed the greeting on top and stamped “flames” with the leaf from the stamp set.

In the video, I share my favorite tip for fixing images that don’t stamp entirely. Fantastix are perfect for this. They are firm foam-like tools that are great for applying little areas of ink. I love them with any ink, but especially the Hero Arts Shadow Inks I used here. (You can see another video using Fantastix HERE and HERE. And I talked to SSS – they will have more of these in stock today!)

Oh and that awesome “friend” die? Wow. So intricate and lovely. That is new and exclusive to Studio Calico. (I also like their “happy” and “thanks” dies. I think some of these are sold out but they said they will be getting more soon.) I layered up 4 of white die cuts and topped it with glitter paper.

In the video, I also showed a second card using another new stamp set from Studio Calico. I kept this one simple and just colored around it with Copic Markers.

DISCOUNT CODE

The kind folks over at Studio Calico are offering a great deal just for my readers! If you have been interested in trying out the Studio Calico Card Kits, now is the time. (I am loving them more and more each month. Such good stuff!)  Here is the deal: Start a Card Subscription with Hello, Hello Card Kit and receive your first month for $10! Use the promo code “JMCJUNE” before 11:59pmEST on 6/26/14. (Valid only with a Hello, Hello Card Kit Subscription in your cart. Not valid on previous purchases. Must enter code at checkout. Refunds will not be issued for misused or non-entered codes. This offer is valid while supplies last.)

GIVEAWAY

I have a bundle of fun Studio Calico products for a lucky reader. For your chance, leave a comment by 11:59pmEST on 6/6/14. Good luck!

(I will be back to announce other giveaway winners soon. My assistant has been busy with sick kids and end-of-year school projects. Oh – and by the way – *I* am my own assistant. LOL.)

See you soon!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Second Generation Stamping

Hi. Today I have a video showing how you can use second generation stamping with “building” stamp sets.

[All supplies are linked in the thumnails at the end of this post.]

Second generation stamping is a great way to get more out of your inks. Although you can do this technique with absolutely any ink, some do work much better than others. My favorite for generation stamping is the Studio Calico’s Color Theory Ink. (You can see an info video on these HERE along with more on generation stamping HERE.) For this card, I stamped the outside petals of each flower with the SC Coral Bay, Sunny Day and Orange County inks. I then stamped the inside circles with the same inks, but first “stamped off” on scrap paper to obtain a second generation. Easy to do!

I used a new stamp set that is part of the Studio Calico Camelot Morgan Add-On Card Kit. There are so many images you can “build” together and I am a fan of these types of stamps. The “thanks” is a fantastically detailed die from Studio Calico (which can be bought separately and is back in stock). For shine, I covered it with Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder. I also tried out the new-to-me Ranger Enchanted Gold embossing powder for a few of the dots. Love it.

Here are some other links that may be helpful:

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Video: Watercolor Greetings

Hi! Today I have a video showing how to create watercolor greetings

I love all the handpainted and scripty (is that a word?) greetings I am seeing out there lately. Love them! But I am terrible at creating my own. So I cheated. (Remember – cheating is accepted, encouraged and helpful in crafting!)

This technique worked really well with the stamp set in the current Studio Calico Card Kit Add-On. (More on this below.) I just stamped the greetings with Studio Calico Blush Crush (after stamping off once) on watercolor paper and traced with watercolor. Woot! I look like a real artist!

I used a watercolor that I have had for years, but you can use anything you have… even inks mixed with water. Mine is the Hero Arts Watercolor wheel. I like it because there are a lot of colors, it is compact and the price is good. Works well for me!

I added the watercolor pieces to Hero Arts notecards that I had stamped with the Impression Obsession Fishscales background stamp. It is a great one for tone-on-tone backgrounds.

As I mentioned, this stamp set is from one of the newest Studio Calico Card Kit add-ons. You can find more info HERE. This stamp set was a good one… so it looks like it has sold out already. Sorry! (I *highly* recommend their card kits. By subscribing, you get first dibs on great products like this.) However, here are some other stamp sets that would work with this technique: Mama Elephant Make a Wish, BasicGrey Life is Good and Hero Arts Fancy Basics.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson click on EH and for Studio Calico click on SC

Video: Generation Stamping + Notecard Set

Hi there! Today’s video shares generation stamping… which I used to create a set of notecards. I also show how to create a notecard gift box…

[Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]

I honestly don’t think I have ever had cards come together as quickly as these did. Wow. Yay for generation stamping! Studio Calico Color Theory Inks happen to work *really* well for generation stamping. (I haven’t had nearly this much success with any other ink for this technique. And good news! I have a discount code for the SC inks below.) Stamp once and get a dark image. Stamp again – without cleaning – and get a medium-shade image. Stamp a third time and get a light image. Bam! Only one ink needed… but it looks like three.

I used butterflies and greetings from the Clearly Besotted Elegant Butterfly stamp set. I liked the silver stamping that I did last week so much that I did it again for the sentiment- a combo of Hero Arts silver ink and Perfect Pearls pigment powder.

I used a variety of Studio Calico inks to make a set of cards…

I then created some matching envelopes and put them in a glitter paper box I made with my We R Memory Keepers Punch Board.

Gotta love a gift that comes together quickly!

Here are some links that may be helpful:

Have you tried generation stamping? Would love to see links to anything you have done with it.

DISCOUNT CODE

I know many of you have purchased the new Studio Calico inks and have mentioned you love them. Yay! If you haven’t gotten them yet, I have a discount code for you. Use the code “JMSHIP” for free shipping when you buy all 12 colors of the Studio Calico Color Theory Inks all at once. Code expires 3/31/14. (Just put each ink in your cart – not the bundle.)

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson click on EH and for Studio Calico click on SC

Video: Studio Calico Ink + BIG Giveaway + Shopping Discount

Hello! Today I talkin’ about the new Studio Calico Color Theory Inks (and other goodies). And to make it even better, I have a set to giveaway along with a free shipping discount! (More below.)

This video with *a lot* of information, including a look at these inks, new embellishments, a card example, tips for stamping straight and more. (So even if you aren’t looking to get any new inks, there are tips at the end of the video that may interest you.)


(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

First, here is a look the colors in the Studio Calico Color Theory family. There are 12 colors… and a nice mix. The video talks more about my favorite colors.

Again, the video shares a lot of information on these Studio Calico inks. But here are some key points:

  • These are dye inks so they will be fast-drying and absorb into the paper. (To learn more about dye inks vs. other inks, check out this video.) These do *slightly* smooth out with time after stamping, but not nearly as much as Hero Arts Shadow Inks or SSS inks. When stamping outline images with the SC, the results are pretty crisp. For solid images, I get good results.
  • Non-staining! Yes, you heard me right. Most dye inks stain clear stamps and this bugs people. Stained stamps don’t bother me as it doesn’t effect the use of the stamp, but I know many people will be thrilled by the essentially non-staining feature.
  • The ink pads are smaller than most, but stack nicely for good storage and have a low price point.
  • The colors are a pretty close match to the ink pad lid which is very helpful. (This seems unusual for many inks.)
  • These inks work with Copic Markers once they are completely dry. Woot!
  • These inks are ideal for second and third generation stamping. I have never seen an ink work this well with this technique. This is the coolest property!

I also did a quick card using these new inks, along with the adorable Color Theory sequins and enamel dots. (These are my new favorite enamel dots because they aren’t thick. Great for mailing!)

Lining up all those greetings was very easy with the help of a t-ruler. Oh, and the best way to adhere sequins? Matte Multi Medium. Hands down.

SHIPPING DISCOUNT

Interested in these inks? You can find them HERE. Use the code “JMSHIP” for free shipping when you buy all 12 colors of the Studio Calico Color Theory Inks all at once. Code expires 3/31/14. (Just put each ink in your cart – not the bundle.)

GIVEAWAY

I have a complete set of all 12 Studio Calico Color Theory Inks for one lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 2/28/14 telling me which of the new ink colors is your favorite. Good luck!

FREE DOWNLOAD

In the video, I gave a peek at my new ink swatch system. In a few days, I will be back with a more complete look at the system, along with printable downloads for my other inks. But in the meantime, I wanted to share the PDF I used for creating the 2″x2″ ink swatch squares for the Studio Calico Inks. All you do is open the link, right click to save, print it (don’t resize) and cut as instructed. These little squares fit perfectly in coin pocket pages. (Again, more on this soon. But I LOVE it.) In the meantime, here is the download…

CLICK HERE FOR THE STUDIO CALICO COLOR THEORY INK SWATCH DOWNLOAD

(Just FYI… I was not asked to do this review. I bought the inks and spent some time getting to know them. After liking them and telling Studio Calico, they offered to give me the discount code and giveaway. If I did not truly like these inks, I wouldn’t have done this video! And yes, there are many great inks that I use on this blog. And no, you don’t need them all. I just hope by sharing with you the best of the best, you can better decide which are best suited for you.)

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon.

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