Studio Calico is also having a fun contest with HUGE prizes – over $1,400worth in prizes. For your chance to win, just download the printable above. Next, share on any social media a photo of anything inspiring and tag it #scinspires. In your photo caption, explain why it is inspiring. The more uses of the hashtag #scinspires, the more prizes they will give away! (For more info and rules, click HERE.)
Since Studio Calico is being so generous, I thought I would be, too. Leave a comment here telling me what inspires you and I will pick a lucky winner of a Studio Calico stamp set, die and other goodies. Ends 11:59pmEST on 10/20/14. Good luck.
The Yuletide season is upon us and that means it’s time to send hand-crafted greeting cards and tags to those you hold nearest and dearest. In Send Joy, Lisa Spangler will show you how to create 15 cards and 5 tags in bulk so that you can send them to 100 of your closest friends. There are 5 videos – 4 from Lisa Spangler and 1 from Jennifer McGuire – sharing tips and tricks for well designed cards that you can make for everyone on your list. You will also get sketches, printables, and more lessons from guests.
Send Joy is enrolling now through October 31st at 11:59pm EST and all class content will be posted on November 1st.
Move fast! Also, they are offering this deal for students. It is worth checking out because there are some great holiday stamps and dies.
I am curious – have you started making your holiday cards? I love making lots of unique ones to send throughout the season, then I mass-produce a handmade photo card to send to my list. I love doing it!
[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.]
Today’s technique of “stamping shadows” is so-very-easy to do, yet gives really fun results. After stamping the first bold and colorful image, I stamped it again – slightly offset from the first image – without reinking or cleaning it. This gives a soft, shadow-like image behind that main image. This technique works great with large, bold images like this Studio Calico “Hooray” greeting. This lighter second image is called “second generation stamping” and works better with some inks than others. The ink that I found is best? Studio Calico Color Theory Ink. (Click HERE for a video on generation stamping.)
Fine Print: “Color Theory Ink Pad Bundle” must be in your purchase to qualify for the MCGUIRE5 code. Not valid on previous purchases. Must enter the code at checkout. Refunds will not be issued for misused or non-entered codes. Expires 9/30/2014 AT 11:59PM EST. This offer is valid while supplies last.
As I mentioned in the video, I have a free Ink Swatch Download for these inks – just click HERE and HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads along with a video on how I use them, please go HERE.
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.]
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 FantastixHERE and HERE. And I talked to SSS – they will have more of these in stock today!)