Video: Stamping + Copic Colorless Blender

Hello and welcome. In today’s video, I share how to add details to a stamped image using a Copic Marker Colorless Blender. I was inspired by my friend Dawn Woleslagle’s guest appearance on my blog a few days ago, where she shared a fabulous technique that transforms stamped images using Copic Markers. (You can find that video HERE.)

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I think it is fun to add fun details to simple, solid stamped images. Today’s technique is perfect for that! I started by stamping the leaves from the Spring Blooms set by WPlus9 using their Mojito and Appletini Inks on to a piece of Neenah white cardstock. (Some other inks that work well are Hero Arts Shadow inks and Simon Says Stamp inks because they have the same formulation. You can try other dye inks, though.)

To add the detail to the leaves, I added small dots with my Copic Colorless Blender. The Colorless Blender acts as a “bleach” against these particular inks and erases/softens the color.

Isn’t that “hello” wood embellishment from Freckled Fawn the cutest?! I added it using using some Multi Matte Medium with a new precision applicator bottle/tip. (I promise to do a review soon on the new applicators. I’m taking my time to see which one works the best.) I stamped the rest of the sentiment from the Hand Lettered Hello stamp set by WPlus9 in black ink… and also stamped some hearts from the WPlus9 Little Bits Stamp Set using their Sweet Nectar and Sweet Gelato inks. And – of course – the hearts are covered with Wink of Stella shimmer and Glossy Accents.

On another piece of white cardstock, I rubbed some of the Sweet Nectar and Sweet Gelato ink along the edges to create a mat for the stamped piece. I layered the pieces (along with a piece of wood paper) together off-kilter for a whimsical look and adhered them to a top-folding, white note card.

By the way, I purchased a duplicate Colorless Blender and labeled it for this specific technique, which may be a great option if you’re worried about it damaging your marker. However, I noticed no damage to my marker! (You could also just get a spare nib.)

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Video + Guest Artist Dawn Woleslagle: Copic Markers + Stamping

Hello! Today I have a very special guest – Dawn Woleslagle. Dawn actually created this video for me back in the summer but I am just now getting my act together to post it! I think you will agree it was worth the wait. Dawn shows an amazing way to use Copics together with stamping. And I will be back in a few days with my spin on this technique!

[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.]

Dawn is a true artist in every sense of the word and she also owns one of my favorite stamp companies – WPlus9. Because she is also a fab card maker, her stamps are perfectly designed for stampers. In this video she uses her Coming Up Rose stamp set to create three masterpieces.

After stamping her flowers with WPlus9 ink, she added highlighting with a Copic Colorless Blender pen. The blender reacts with the ink and gives a soft “bleaching effect” that is awesome. (This works with WPlus9, Hero Arts Shadow and Simon Says Stamp inks. Be sure to check out WPlus9′s colors. They are delicious. If you have Distress Inks, you can get a similiar reaction with water, but this is more controlled.) So incredible!

In the video, Dawn also shows how to additional shading with colored Copic Markers. The results are so realistic.

Aren’t those sentiments great? That is the WPlus9 Hand Lettered Hello stamp set.

If you don’t feel you can tackle the technique Dawn did today, no worries! You can just stamp the layered roses and leave it at that. The results are gorgeous. Or, just add a touch of colorless blender for a bit of highlighting. It really is easy to do. Oh – and I keep a colorless blender pen just for this technique. (I haven’t found that it damages my marker, but just in case I have a separate one.)

I hope you found Dawn’s technique as amazing as I did. I will be back in a few days with a video I created using a similar technique. I encourage you to check out Dawn’s blog, WPlus9 products and YouTube channel and give her a little love.

And a big thank you to Dawn. I am your biggest fan and honored to call you a friend. I look forward to some fun shenanigans in March. You are stuck sitting next to me again. ;) xo

See you soon!

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Video: No-Bulk Shaker Cards

Hello. Today’s video shows how to create a no-bulk shaker card.

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I know many of you (like me) are enjoying the shaker-card-trend that is going on right now. However, the added bulk can sometimes be challenging when it comes to mailing. Therefore, I came up with a no-bulk solution.

I started by creating the window frame with the Holiday Apertures frame dies from WPlus9 on the front of a silver shimmer notecard. I adhered an acetate piece on to the back of the window frame. Using Black Staz-On Ink, I stamped a WPlus9 greeting on the front of the acetate. I also wanted to add a “sparkle” glitter die cut with some dimension. To do this, I applied some Stick It adhesive on the front and back of some white fun foam and die cut with the WPlus9 “sparkle” word die. I also die cut the “sparkle” from gold glitter paper. After adding the glitter die cut on top of the foam, we have a detailed word with fun dimension.

I lined up another sheet of acetate with the double sided tape and glued that against the back of the acetate window after placing star glitter from Martha Stewart and confetti from Pretty Pink Posh inside. (The shaker goodies are just sandwiched flat between the acetate pieces – no bulk – but are still able to move around.) And since you can see through the large window, I adhered a top folding white notecard on the inside for a fun way to include a message.

I put the leftover pieces to good use and created a second card. I really love that black shimmer notecard!

(I apologize – these were tough to photograph… especially on a rainy day.)

I am loving the gold, silver and black look. Requires no struggling to find the right color combo… and the glitter and shimmer add some fun.

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Video: Colored Pencil Highlights, Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! Today’s video is all about taking a solid stamped image and bringing it to life using colored pencils highlights. This post is also part of the Altenew Blog Hop with a giveaway.

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One of the most effective ways to add the look of dimension to an otherwise flat, solid stamped image is with colored pencils. For today’s cards, I started by stamping the new flower image from Altenew (one of my favorite stamp companies). I then colored different areas of the petals with my Prismacolor White Colored Pencil to add highlights… and a good eraser to soften and blend it. I really love the velvet look this gives! It is amazing how effective that one white pencil can be.

You could stop at this point, but I kept going. (As I tend to do – lol.) I added a touch of coloring with a darker colored pencil for even more dimension. I also traced over the white lines of the image using my white colored pencil to make it pop. I did the same thing with the peach flower but used my white Gelly Roll pen instead. It comes out very fine and thin, which makes it perfect for this technique. I think these kind of small details really add up and make a big difference in making your image stand out.

To create my background, I drew lines on a white note card using my pencil and t-ruler… to help me keep my stamping straight. I added two sentiments onto one acrylic block to save time and stamped them using three different shades of gray ink. I started with the darkest (Charcoal from Hero Arts), then a medium shade of ink (Silver Lining from WPlus9), and then finished off my stamping with the lightest shade of gray (Fog from Simon Says Stamp). You could instead do generation stamping here.

This technique gives such a nice ombre effect and I love that I can stretch my sentiment stamps to create backgrounds. I wanted to make sure the main sentiment stood out from all that stamping on the background, so I stamped it in VersaFine Black ink and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. To finish off my card, I attached my flower using some foam adhesive and tucked some silver thread behind it.

Like this colored pencil technique? Click HERE for another video showing a variation. Oh, and you can get a great deal on the large Prismacolor pencil sets HERE.

BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Altenew Blog Hop celebrating their third release. (I love new companies!) You can see all their new products HERE.

The next person on this hop is the adorable Pamela Ho. You will love her blog! (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, go to the Altenew blog.)

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate, I will choose a winner from comments left on this post and the prize will be two Altenew stamps sets of your choice! You have until 11:59 EST on 10/31/14 to leave your comments for your chance to win.

Also, Altenew is giving away five stamp sets of choice to three lucky winners! The winners will be chosen from comments left on the Altenew blog.

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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.

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Video: Ink Layering + WPlus9 Ink Collection GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I have a video that shows using layered stamping to achieve new ink colors. I also share a peek at the new WPlus9 Pure Color Inks… and a giveaway of a whole set!

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One of the best ways to get more out of your ink is to layer two colors on top of each other. By doing this, you can get three colors instead of just two. For this card, I layered several new WPlus9 Inks (more on those in a second)… using only five inks even though it looks like nine! The WPlus9 Triangles stamp set was perfect for this technique.

I finished the card off with a fun “xoxo” Amy Tangerine die cut covered with Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder. (Love that stuff!)

OK… about those inks! If you have been to my blog before, you likely know that my favorite ink is the Hero Arts Shadow Ink because they smooth out to give very solid results. Recently WPlus9 (one of my favorite stamp companies) came out with their own ink – Pure Color – using the same formulation/supplier. I was thrilled to hear more colors would be available in this great ink type! (Simon Says Stamp inks also have this formulation.)

WPlus9 has 10 inks in the Pure Color ink collection. What I really like about these inks is that they didn’t just come out with basic colors, but rather a unique collection of colors that work REALLY well together. You can easily team them up with each other to get unique and fabulous color combos. They have a lovely sherbet-like tone to them that makes me oh-so-happy. (By the way, if you would like a Ink Swatch Book download for these inks, click HERE.)

By the way, I wanted to mention something about inks. I do a lot of ink reviews on my blog and share the ones I like best. However, everyone is different! You don’t need them ALL… just the ones that you feel would best work for you and what you like to create. For me? I most like inks that even out and smooth (such as Hero Arts Shadow, WPlus9 Pure Color and SSS Inks). I also like a good pigment ink. But pick what is best for YOU. (And keep in mind that there are many inks I don’t use often because I find they don’t work great for me.) If you want to see my ink comparison video, check HERE.

Hope you liked this way to get more from your inks!

GIVEAWAY

Today’s giveaway is a big one. One lucky winner will get ALL ten WPlus9 Pure Color Inks! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/16/14.

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