VIDEO: Stretch Your Stamps + Giveaway

Hi there! I’m a big fan of taking stamps and using them in creative ways. This video shows how I created three cards doing just that using some holiday Hero Arts stamps for a bit of repeated stamping.

[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 will admit – I bought a lot of holiday stamps this year. Eek! And the idea of putting them away and not using them again until next year breaks my heart. So… I decided to look for ways to stretch my holiday images into non-holiday uses.

Today I took the awesome Hero Arts Christmas Crystals stamps and gave them a bold look with repeated stamping. I started by measuring where the center of the card was on watercolor paper. Next, I stamped a crystal with Versafine Black Ink repeatedly in a circle making sure the end of the crystal met up in the center. For a bit of shine, I clear heat embossed the images.

I used Tombow markers and a Wink of Stella Pen for quick watercoloring. I put down color where I wanted the darkest part to be and pulled the color out towards the rest of the image with my Wink of Stella Pen. This creates a fun ombre effect.

By the way… I found I can get a second life out of my Wink of Stella pen by adding water to it when it runs out. If you don’t have a Wink of Stella Pen, you could use a water brush or a paintbrush with water.

I added the sentiments from the new Hero Arts The Good Stuff stamp set. For the first card, I stamped the sentiment below the crystal image using the VersaFine Black ink and heat set it using clear embossing powder. For the second and third card, I punched a circle from the center of the image and white heat embossed it on the panel behind it.

I just love bold color. It is sure to cheer up a friend!

I’m a big fan of stretching stamps to get more use from them. Here I took a holiday ornament stamp set and transformed it into some fun stars and flower images. I hope this inspires you to look at your stamps in a different way!

HERO ARTS BLOG

By the way, these cards were featured over on the Hero Arts Blog. If you haven’t been there in awhile, I encourage you to do so! They have some new artists contributing and the ideas are outstanding. You can find it HERE.

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win BOTH of the Hero Arts stamp sets I used today? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/13/14. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

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2 Videos: Marker Watercolor + Release Close-Up + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I have TWO videos. The first has three cards… all showing more of the easy shimmer marker watercolor technique that I shared a few days ago. The second is a “product release close-up video” give you a close look at the newest and very awesome My Favorite Things release.

[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 off by die-cutting some square, oval, and rectangle Stitched Stax dies from My Favorite Things out of some Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock and stamped some adorable new MFT Jingle All The Way images in the center of them using Hero Arts Black Ink. This is a great ink to use when using watercolor because it is a permanent ink.

Want an easy way to get a shimmer watercolor look? Try using your Wink of Stella pen for watercolor instead of water. To color the image, I started by laying some color down to the outer edge of my image using some Tombow markers. Then I use my Wink of Stella marker to pull color to the center of the image. I like to work in small areas drying in between with my heat gun. I also find that tracing around the image with a black marker really makes the image pop and gives it a finished look.

Another fun element I used on this happy Santa image is an Action Wobbler. It is a spring with adhesive on both sides that can make your images come to life with movement.

Here’s a cool tip: I found that you can reactivate your Wink of Stella marker when the liquid of the marker runs out by adding water to the shimmer that is still inside. Woot! Perfect for this watercolor technique.

Oh – and you don’t damage your Wink of Stella by getting color on it. You can easily just scribble it off.

For the frames around my stamped pieces, I nestled the Stitched Stax die together like a puzzle and ran it through my die-cut machine. I find this really draws attention to the stamping.

Don’t have Tombow Markers? No worries. You can always use Distress Markers or any other watercolor marker. You can also substitute the Wink of Stella with plain water and a paintbrush. (All the products for these cards are listed at the end of this post.)

PRODUCT RELEASE CLOSE-UP VIDEO

Since this newest My Favorite Things release is so good, I decided to do another “product release close-up” video… sharing a close look at the product. I only do these videos if I like a release a lot. (Please note that I was not asked to do this video, nor paid to.)

[Click HERE to watch on YouTube in HD.]

Remember – if you shop HERE at My Favorite Things and spend more than $60, you get a free gift – the Christmas Tree Cut-Out die set.

GIVEAWAY

I have a great giveaway for you today! One lucky winner will get TWO stamp sets and TWO die sets from My Favorite Things! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/26/14 telling me your favorite product in this release.

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Video: Watercolor + Texture Paste… STAMPtember Giveaway!

Hello! I have a video today with three card ideas… all using watercolor and Texture Paste. This video is from Simon Says Stamp’s STAMPtember post featuring Hero Arts products. And I have a giveaway!

[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 watercolor. And I love pastes. So why not use them together? The results are so filled with texture and yummy color… I just wish you could see it in person.

I started by apply Texture Paste over the new Hero Arts BasicGrey Two Way Arrows stencil onto watercolor paper. After allowing it to dry, I applied water and then Peerless Watercolor. I let the water do the work for me and left it to dry.

For this (way-too-bright) pink example, I used a mix of “pearlized water” instead of just water. Pearlized water is easy to make – just add a large scoop of Perfect Pearls pigment powder to a mist bottle full of water. Shake and use! I store it this way to use over and over.

See the pearly shine on the background? Lovely…

On each of the cards, I used WOW Ultra High Silver Embossing Powder with the Hero Arts Crafty Friends sentiment. I love that this powder gives great dimension. I also covered my die cut hearts with the embossing so they matched perfectly. The banner was cut with a My Favorite Things Pierced Fishtail Flags die.

By the way – that Crafty Friends sentiment? My friend Heather Ruwe created it! She is a good friend of mine and I have always loved her handwriting. So I asked her to come up with some stamp ideas and the folks at Hero Arts turned them into stamps. So happy for her! In fact, this particular stamp was one that Aaron (the owner of Hero Arts) created for all my crafty friends when we had a retreat. So special.

For this last card, I applied Texture Paste just on the outside edge… leaving an area to emboss the sentiment in the middle. Just another variation you can try. (By the way, you could do this same technique with Embossing Paste and any form of watercolor.)

STAMPTEMBER

This video is part of a feature over on the Simon Says Stamp blog for STAMPtember. All this month, Simon Says Stamp will have great features, giveaways, sales (BIG ones), exclusive products and more! And check out the exclusive Hero Arts stamp set they just put in the store. Love!

GIVEAWAY

Want to win the Hero Arts products I used here today? Leave a comment by 11:59pmEST on 9/20/14 for your chance. Good luck!

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Video: Peerless Watercolor + Storage + Jane’s Doodles Blog Hop + Giveaway

I am back with another watercolor video. This time I used Peerless watercolors… along with iron-off embossing and pearlized water. I also share another option for storage of the Peerless watercolors. This is also part of a fun blog hop with a giveaway… 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 am still loving my Peerless watercolors. They are so easy to work with and intense in color. I adore the dark outline it leaves along the edges… making shading so easy to achieve. (I do also like the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor – these are my two favorites.) For this card, I combined Peerless watercolor (but you could use any) with “pearlized water” that I made my mixing Perfect Pearls and water in a mist bottle. (To see how to create this mix, check out this video HERE.) The results? Fun color with a pearly shine. And this owl image from the Jane’s Doodles Wise Owl stamp set is just so much fun to color! (It is out of stock right now, but they expect more in soon. SSS will also be getting it soon.)

PEERLESS WATERCOLOR STORAGE

In THIS older video, I gave a close look at the Peerless watercolor and how I first stored them in coin pocket pages. Although I sometimes still use this system, I have since created another storage system and I love it. This idea came from a friend – Jo Ann Danchik – and she said I could pass it on to all of you.

This Peerless Watercolor storage – which uses an inexpensive 4×6 photo album – has a few advantages. First, if you get the bonus set (which I love), you don’t have to cut up your watercolor pieces. Second, it is nice and compact and has plastic to keep everything tidy and protected. I like both systems, but reach for this one more often. I found THIS photo album that worked great for me. Maybe this system would work for you!

OTHER HELPFUL LINKS

Here are some other helpful watercolor links:

BLOG HOP

This post is also part of the Jane’s Doodles SPOTLIGHT blog hop. I have always liked Jane’s fun stamp designs, so I was very happy to play along.

The next stop on the hop is one of my favorite blogs – the blog of Marion Vagg.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner from the hop will get THREE Jane’s Doodles stamp sets. Just leave a comment here by 9/1/14 for your chance. For more information, head to the Jane’s Doodles blog.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Watercolor and Stamping… + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAYS

Hi there! I have lots to share with you today. My video – which shares tips for watercolor and stamping – is part of the CASE Study 4th Anniversary blog hop. (More on that below.) Also, I have several ways you can win some fun giveaways.

[All supplies are linked below to multiple sources. Click HERE to watch the video in HD on YouTube.]

Yep… I still am on my watercolor kick! However, it just doesn’t come natural to me. Today’s video shares tips that I have found are key for me achieving a watercolor look I am happy with. The biggest tip? Let the water do the work for you. Another big tip? Get some good watercolor. Today’s video shows the Gansai Tambi watercolor set. Yes, the colors are creamy and gorgeous, but the price tag is a bit high. But it really is worth it to me because I get better results and it includes a pearly white and shiny gold. (My other favorite form of watercolor is still the Peerless. Both are amazing and both act the same *in my eyes* when painting. I am not an expert! But I have tried *a lot* and found that these two are the easiest for a non-expert to work with.)

The lovely images I used on this card are from the Altenew Persian Motifs stamp set. I heat embossed them on watercolor paper with WOW Silver Pearl embossing powder. (This stuff is GORGEOUS.) I then painted with the Gansai Tambi watercolor, my new favorite brush and water. If you look closely you will see some pearly shine and some gold shine. Yep – those were done with the metallic watercolor included in this set. (However, if you don’t have these watercolors, you can make your own pearlized water with Perfect Pearls.)

I also heat embossed the My Favorite Things Diagonal background stamp with the WOW Silver Pearl embossing powder on the notecard. It is stunning how it picks up the pool color of the cardstock. I added a “Hello” embellishment that matches the softness of the card. I got this from Color Cast Designs – I love their pieces! This one was perfect for this card.

OTHER LINKS

Here are some other helpful watercolor links:

  • More with Gansai Tambi – This video shows another way to use these great watercolors.
  • Inspiration – This is the card that inspired mine – from the wonderful Tasnim Ahmed.
  • Peerless Watercolor – This video shows my other favorite form of watercolor.
  • Watercolor Expert – Dawn of WPlus9 is by far the most talented watercolor/stamping/video gal out there. Please check out her channel. Wow.

BLOG HOP

I’m excited to be joining CASE Study as they celebrate their 4th Anniversary. (CASE Study is a wonderful challenge blog, and I was honored to be their “Muse” last year HERE.) They are celebrating with a month of inspirational blog hops.

The theme of this hop is “inspiration.” The card I created was inspired by THIS card by Tasnim Ahmed:

I love her card and am so thankful she agreed for me to “lift” it! CASE Study is inviting everyone to join an accompanying challenge and share creations inspired by any project from the Blog Hop.

—> The next stop on the blog hop is Heather Pulvirenti. (Head to the CASE Study blog for more information.)

DISCOUNT CODE

Like the fun “hello” embellishment I used above? I have a discount code for you! Use the code JENNIFER10 to get 10% off any order over at Color Cast Designs.

GIVEAWAY

I have giveaways and there are two ways to win:

  • For your chance to win the Altenew Persian Motifs stamp set I used above along with several fun pieces of Color Cast Designs, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 8/19/14.
  • CASE Study is also giving away some awesome prizes for their anniversary. For your chance, leave me a comment here and on every stop on the hop by 11:59pmEST on 8/19/14. (Check out the CASE Study blog for more information.)

I have winners from past giveaways: Tim Holtz Stamps (Laura BookWorm) and Sweet Stamp Shop Stamps (Niki G).

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Video: Marker Blending (Faux Watercolor) + GIVEAWAY!

Welcome! Today I show how to use marker blending to get an easy, controllable watercolor look.

[All the supplies used are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch the video in HD on YouTube.]

Like many of you, I love the look of watercolor. However, sometimes people struggle with it. I know I do – especially with small images like I am using today. By using markers and a blender pen, you can get a watercolor look but in a “controlled” way.

After white heat embossing several Sweet Stamp Shop images (more on that below), I added bits of color with my can’t-get-enough-of Tombow Markers. (I like THIS set and THIS set.) I then used a Dove Blending Pen to blend the color out… giving watercolor-like results. I feel the blender pen is much easier to handle than water and therefore you can control the results more. (I personally love doing watercolor AND the method I showed today. But everyone is different. Folks who struggle with watercolor may find the blender pen to be a good solution.)

I used Tombow Markers but you could use many types of water-based markers. Distress Markers work REALLY well with this technique, but I wanted bright colors today. (Tombow seems to give brighter colors and Distress seems to give more toned-down colors. Together? You have all you need! The Tombow sets do come with a blender-type pen. I just prefer the Dove. By the way — you can get the Dove Blender Pen alone, or in a starter pack with a refill.)

SWEET STAMP SHOP

I have been keeping my eyes on the stamps over at Sweet Stamp Shop for some time now. Their stamp sets are often smaller than most so the price point is attractive. I also like that there are unique and playful images that just make me happy. So, when Sweet Stamp Shop asked if I would be a guest, I was happy to do so. (And – no – I wasn’t paid to say these nice things – lol.) I recommend checking out their YouTube channel — they do some fun videos! Also, be sure to follow their blog as I will have a card over there later this month that I won’t be sharing here.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will get TWO Sweet Stamp Shop stamp sets! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pnEST on 8/12/14. Winners will be emailed.

See you soon!

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