Video: Foil + Stamping + GIVEAWAY

Hello. Today’s video shows how to add foil to your stamping. This technique? It is spectacular… and can be done with a product you likely 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.]

If you have stopped by my blog recently, you know that I am loving all the fun foiling products out there. I have shared many techniques (see my videos HERE and HERE), but was not thrilled with the results I was getting with foil and stamping. So I experimented – A LOT – and finally found something I was happy with and am excited to share it with you. However, keep in mind that this technique is one that takes practice and experimenting. It is not a “perfect” technique but it works for me 9 out of 10 times.

And what is the secret to getting good foiling with stamps? Embossing powder! It’s that simple. I started by heat embossing the Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp and Clearly Besotted sentiment with Ranger’s Super Fine White Embossing Powder. (It’s important to prep the area first with an anti-static tool because the foil will stick to any stray embossing powder.) After the heat embossing was finished, I laid pieces of Deco Foil on top and ran it through my laminator. I did not use a carrier sheet (folded typing paper) to send it through. However, you can use a carrier sheet to achieve a less intense look.

I created the backgrounds of the cards by clear heat embossing the Botanical Sketch stamp by Tim Holtz on colored cardstock. I chose clear embossing powder so that if there was an area that didn’t foil, the clear would be less noticeable than the white. Again, I sent it through my laminator with foil on top.

I hope you give this technique a try. I must warn you though… it’s addicting!

TIPS & TRICKS

So I learned a few tips and tricks while experimenting with this technique and I wanted to share them here:

  • I am sure every laminator is different, so you may have to experiment with what you have. My inexpensive one worked great.
  • Let your laminator get very hot before using it. I let mine heat up for 20+ minutes.
  • Try these techniques at your own risk. :) I had no problem running the cardstock and foil through with no carrier sheet and I tried it many times. If you are concerned about the foil getting stuck in the laminator, you can try sending the cardstock and foil through with a piece of typing paper on top. Regardless – be sure your foil covers all of the heat embossing!
  • I am sure the cardstock used makes a difference. I used 80lb Neenah white and the background pieces are a similar weight. If one cardstock doesn’t work for you, try another.
  • I found the super fine powders worked best for me. The sticky powders worked ok.
  • You can try this with an iron, too. Just place your foil on top of the heat embossed image, then a piece of typing paper, and add the heat. You will have to play around with a heat setting.
  • I liked the results of this technique best when I used outline images.
  • Don’t expect prefect results with this technique!
  • Take time to play! This is a fun technique and may involve a bit of trial and error. That is the joy of creating!

I also have been asked about other types of foils out there. I have used Thermoweb Deco Foil because the price is good, the colors are nice, and I was able to find and buy it in stores (HERE and HERE). I also like Ranger’s foil packs and look forward to trying the Heidi Swapp and WOW foils soon. But all should work well for this technique. I also just got the Minc machine and will do a review when I get a chance. (It is sweet!)

OTHER FOILING VIDEOS

Here are links to my other foiling videos. And I have a couple more coming up, too.

GIVEAWAY

So my love of foil is so deep that I just have to share it with someone! One lucky winner will get THREE packs of Deco Foil. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/10/15 telling me if you are a gold person or a silver person. (Me? I am silver!) The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Pop Up Images + GIVEAWAY

Hi there. Today I have a fun video that shows how to create pop up images.

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One great way to make a simple card even better is to literally POP an image off your card. My video above shows two ways to create a pop-up effect with Lawn Fawn Party Balloon die cuts. The first is to use Action Spring Wobblers. I love these guys! They are inexpensive, don’t add much bulk, and make the balloon jump and wiggle. However, if you don’t have the Wobblers, you can create your own. This second option involves adding small accordian-folded pieces of cardstock behind the die cut to force it to pop up. It works well!

By the way, I added shading to the balloons with two new colors of Distress Ink – Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral. Oh my word, these colors are glorious. The quickest way to add shading and the look of dimension to die cuts is to add a bit of Distress Ink with an Ink Blending Tool. L.O.V.E.

I also added shiny die cut sentiments to each balloon. After inking black cardstock with VersaMark ink, I heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. This creates a shiny cardstock that is perfect for die cutting with word dies from Simon Says Stamp, Essentials by Ellen, and Little B.

I kept the backgrounds white, but added die cutting and texture with Lil’ Inkers and Memory Box background dies. I am I in love with this star background with both raised and die cut stars…

I hope you give this fun technique a try. Such a great way to make your cards pop.

SCRAPBOOK AND CARDS TODAY

So my friends at Scrapbook and Cards Today are celebrating their 9th birthday! They are having a huge celebration week on their blog with great giveaways – be sure to check it out HERE. These celebration cards are in their honor.

GIVEAWAY

The kind folks at Ranger sent me an extra set of the new Cracked Pistachio Distress products to give away! This includes the ink pad, Distress Marker, Stain, etc. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/4/15 telling me your favorite Distress Ink color. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

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: Resisting Stamped Image + GIVEAWAY

Hi there. Today’s video shows how to create a resist over a stamped image so you can add a dark inked background behind/around it. Trust me – it is so much easier than it sounds. :)

[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 love the look of an inked or stamped background… especially around a bright, focal image. Thanks to a “resist” technique, this is possible with only one layer.

I first stamped the Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas dove with my favorite Copic-friendly MFT Black Hybrid Ink on 110lb Neenah white cardstock. (I like using the thicker Neenah when I do a lot of inking or Glossy Accents, etc.) After coloring it with Copic Markers, I covered the image with Glossy Accents. Once this dried, the Glossy Accents serves as a barrier over the stamped image. Therefore, it will resist any ink you put on top. So very cool! I then added lots of blended Distress Ink… and drops of pearlized water. (To see how to create pearlized water, check out THIS video.)

I also created a window with faux stitching using the Paper Smooches Stitched Frames die set. I have used many faux stitching dies in the past, but this set is one of the best. It has MANY unique options of dies in it… and I LOVE that it stitches around a window. I also really like the mini border stitched dies included (like the one I used coming out the sides of the window). Little touches like this really make a card with lots of white space shine. Love.

SIMILAR TECHNIQUES

Here are links to other night sky techniques:

GIVEAWAY

Want to win three Paper Smooches stamp sets? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/22/14. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

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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.

[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 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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