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.

[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.]

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.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Dick Blick (DB), Altenew (ALT), WPlus9 (WP9), and Amazon (AZ).

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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

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Dick Blick (DB), and Amazon (AZ).

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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!

[Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]

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.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson click on EH and for WPlus9 click WP9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Video: Stamping Dimension + Giveaway

Hello!

Today I have a video sharing some tips for creating dimension with stamping, along with a fun giveaway of a fabulous new stamp set!

I am really loving the look of jumbo greetings on cards. This Hello image is from an Inspiration Ave stamp set – new from my friend Amy Yingling. (More on that below.) I embossed it with my new favorite embossing powder – Liquid Platinum from Ranger. It has a champagne-silver look to it that is stunning. I wish it photographed better!

I also used the new WPlus9 More Fresh Cuts stamp set, which is excellent for “building” flower images with faux dimension. But using Versamark Ink and clear embossing powder (I used a sparkle powder), you can create the stamped layers without having a ton of inks.

(BTW – this stamp set is a sequel to WPlus9′s Fresh Cuts, which you can see a video of HERE.)

I mentioned above the stamp set that the “Hello” image came from. It is a new one from my friend Amy Yingling who started Inspiration Ave. Amy is one of my favorite stampers – she is insanely good. Here is a look the set, which you can get HERE

GIVEAWAY

Want to get your hands on this fabulous Inspiration Ave stamp set? Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 1/20/14 for your chance!

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH and for Inspiration Ave, click on IA

 

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Video: Lovely Stamps

Sometimes it is just fun to play with new stamps.

Especially when they are as lovely as these from Wplus9

Those flowers? So very lovely. Talk about the perfect stamp set… a stamper’s dream…

And that small bow die? Too sweet…

Have you had a stamp set steal your heart recently? Would love a link…

[Note: This stamp set is available at two great stores: Simon Says Stamp and Ellen Hutson.]

SUPPLIES

Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH
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Memory Box Tiny Bow Die (SSS|EH)

 

Memory Box Apothecary Jar Die (SSS|EH)

 

Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)

 

Sizzix Vagabond Solo Thin Die Adapter (SSS|EH)

 

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Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)

 

Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)

 

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Tombow Stamp Runner Adhesive (SSS|EH)