VIDEO: Inked Night Sky + WPlus9 Product Release Close-Up

Hello! Today’s video shares a fun way to create an inked night sky… along with a Product Release Close-Up featuring the newest WPlus9 products.

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I love a fun, inky background. In this video, I use a combination of products to create a night sky scene. I started by creating Embossing Paste stars on white cardstock using the Hero Arts Stars stencil After adding lots of Distress Ink on top of the entire piece once it was dry, I applied drips of various mixes of water, Perfect Pearls and Hero Arts Unicorn Mist. All together, the layers and colors give a fun look of dimension…

The fabulous WPlus9 Lucky Stars sentiment is perfect for this card, so I white heat embossed it on vellum along with die cut glitter paper stars.

Check out how the Embossing Paste stars don’t ink as much (with the Distress Inks) as the background… allowing them to stand out. Love this. So very, very cool.

Interested in other videos that relate to this?

WPLUS9 PRODUCT RELEASE CLOSE-UP

At the end of my video, I shared a close look at the newest release from WPlus9, along with some ideas for using them. Such great new products. I hope to use many of them here soon. All of these products are listed in the thumbnails below.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Easy Distress Ink Watercolor + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today’s video shows one of my favorite techniques from back in the day, but one I haven’t done in awhile. This easy Distress Ink watercolor technique never fails and looks even better when you use DIY pearlized water…

[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.]

When I saw the new Tim Holtz Christmas Blueprints 4 stamps, I knew exactly what technique I needed to use with them. This “easy Distress Ink watercolor” technique is one I used to teach in classes years ago. It honestly never fails. You can use any colors of Distress Ink together… and they will always blend in amazing ways. It is hands-down the easiest way to get a watercolor look.

After white heat embossing the images on watercolor paper, I generously pressed Distress Ink onto the images. Messy. Heavy. Not perfect. I then sprayed the image a ton with pearlized water. The results? A complete mess. But when it dries? Heavenly.

“Pearlized water” is easy to make. I just fill a Mini Mister with water and add a scoop of Perfect Pearls. I use this mix a lot and store it this way. Love. Look at the pearl shine you get…

The Mini Distress Inks are perfect for adding bits of color in small areas. Love those minis! I used inks from the newest ink sets. (More on that below.)

I gold heat embossed the greetings from another great stamp set from Tim – the Styled Woodlands – and added it with foam dots. For the perfect matching mat, I gold embossed cardstock… and then finished the cards off with pearls.

This technique works best with Distress Inks (by far), but you could use plain water if you want. It works great for any outline stamp image… but especially floral images.

NEW MINI DISTRESS INKS

Today, Ranger released the three newest sets of Mini Distress Inks - #10, #11 and #12. I used these colors for the cards above – a great mix!

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will get all THREE of the newest Mini Distress Inks! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 8/21/14.

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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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Video: Tim Holtz & Ranger Product Release Close-Up… + GIVEAWAY

In the past I have shared a few product release close-upvideos… giving a close look at the products in a particular release and ideas on how to use them. (I only do this if I am inspired by an entire product release from a company.) Today’s video shows a close look at the newest stencils and stamps from Tim Holtz, along with the newest products from Ranger. (Oh, and I have a big giveaway!)

[Click HERE to watch on YouTube in HD.]

I have to say it again – I was very impressed by these product releases from Tim Holtz and Ranger. So inspiring!

GIVEAWAY

I have a great giveaway for you today! One lucky winner will get THREE of the new Tim Holtz stamp sets. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 8/7/14.

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Video: Die Cut Window Cards

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!

For the first set of cards I show in the video, I started by inking white cardstock with Distress Ink and a fabulous Memory Box stencil for a tone-on-tone look. I then used some partial die cutting tricks to die cut a circle window with the Mama Elephant “hello” greeting suspended across it. The technique results in one continuous piece – with the word connected to the panel. I love this look!

After creating the die cut panel, I used the same stencil to apply embossing paste to the front of a white notecard. I then added the panel on top… lining up the stencil pattern in the paste with the stencil pattern in the inked die cut panel. I finished it off with my favorite sequins and silver dots using a Silver Paper Pen. Man oh man… I love the look of that “hello” suspended across that window!

I used the leftover die cut pieces from the first card to create this second. I started by masking around the edges of a white notecard with painters tape and applied embossing paste over the Memory Box Stencil. I then adhered the die cut pieces – lining up the pattern – and finished it with a small glitter die cut heart. Easy. And fast!

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 once again started with white cardstock and inked it lightly with Distress Ink. I then inked more over a dot stencil for a tone-on-tone look. After die cutting the word thanks from the inked piece, I die cut a heart around it. I taped the word into the heart in the panel (with the tape on the back) so it looks like the word is suspended across and is one with the panel. (A little cheating is welcome in crafting!) I kept this simple by just adding Wink of Stella to the dots and a bit of sequin and silver dot bling.

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.)

SHOPPING NOTE

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:

  1. 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.
  2. I do not work for these stores so I have no real way of knowing how many are in stock before I use them.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

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Video: White Ink + Stencils and DIY Glitter Paper

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.)

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I have always been a fan of good white pigment ink. (My favorites are the Hero Arts Unicorn White and Colorbox Frost White Inks.) This ink looks great stamped on colored cardstocks… but it turns out it looks even better when inked over a stencil with an inking tool! The white-on-color is eye-catching. For this card, I also sprinkled a tiny bit of sparkle embossing powder on the wet white ink and heat set it. This gave a little bit of sparkle while still maintaining the non-shiny look.

For the white inking, I used the SSS Extra Large Dots stencil. I then added some random floating hearts with the SSS Balloons and Patterns small heart stencil and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.

Now… about that DIY glitter paper…

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.

I cut my glitter shapes using the SSS Sun and SSS Mini Hearts dies. I stamped the greeting on a yellow circle and assembled it all on the card. See that bit of shiny dimension on the “sunshine” die cut? I did that with a few layers of clear embossing powder. I loved this trick and will be doing it again.

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