Category: DISTRESS

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**VIDEO** Sending Baskets of Love (Coloring on Vellum)

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Hello! Yesterday I shared a video tutorial over at the Inspired By Stamping Blog and thought you might wanted to see this video tutorial as well (in case you missed it). I showed how to color on vellum cardstock using Copic markers to create this soft, water-colored look for the card. Sometimes I like to bring out less materials to work on my projects, especially if they can create a fun watercolor look without all the cleaning up to do. How about you??

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I heat embossed the main image from the Baskets of Flower stamp set by IBS. White outlines help a lot when you want to pop out the colors earily. I also colored on the back side of the vellum cardstock, check out the video to see why I did that. Think vellume cardstock is awesome for heat embossing, and I recommend using the 40lb Vellum cardstock by Bazzill. It is my favorite!

Please enjoy the video and comment below if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by!

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**VIDEO** Embossing Paste with Water Splattering

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Happy Wednesday! Embossing paste can be fun but intimidating for some people. Today’s tutorial shows a quick and easy way to incorporate embossing paste to your project, without a big mess. Added dimensions and fun textures will give WOW results to any card you create. Video tutorial below shows some important tips when using embossing powers along with some fun techniques you can try.


Feathers became my recent favorite designs to use on projects – The Crafter’s Workshops Mini Feather Stencil is super fun to work with. Use the whole image to dress up the whole card front, or use a partial image to give fun patterns in the background. TCW offers lots of stencils that are fun – they also have 12×12 size stencils that are perfect for scrapbooking!

Embossing paste can be controlled exactly how you want it to be. Apply a little amount to give a thin, soft background result or apply thick to give more dimension unto the card. You can also smooth it out or tab it here and there for more fun texture. Natural drying is the best way to let the embossing power to dry. If you are in a hurry, use a heat tool!

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Adding lots of colors can brighten the whole project. Water splattering is my favorite go-to technique when I want to add lots of colors without overwhelming the whole project. With the texture of the embossing paste, this came out to be a very fun card!! Add lots of water for smoother and bigger splashing look, or add little water for a rich and bold look.

Playing with embossing paste doesn’t have to bring you a headache! It can be easy, fun, and simple 🙂

SUPPLIES

All the products used in this projects are listed below. You can get them by clicking the items below. These are two of my favorite places to shop: Click EH for Ellen Hutson, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, or AMZ for Amazon!
 


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**VIDEO** Easy Father’s Day Card (Stencil + Distress Inks)

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Happy Monday! I hope you are all enjoying this holiday with your family or loved ones. For those out there who served or are serving to protect us, THANK YOU for everything you did or do. I am very grateful for your service. Thank you.

I wanted to drop by quickly to share a new video tutorial I created for Sweet Stamp Shop. Father’s Day is coming soon and if you need a quick card idea, this would be a perfect one for you! Let them know I sent ya when you get some Sweet Stamps. It would be very helpful for me to create more videos and tutorial for you.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

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**VIDEO** Flower Wreath Watercolor Card

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Hey guys! I quickly wanted to stop by to tell you I posted a new video tutorial over at the Inspired By Stamping blog today. It features a fun technique to stretch your stamp set. Please head over there to check it out and drop me a lovely comment! Have an awesome day!!!

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You’re My Sunshine (Easy Watercolor Background)

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Hi guys! With all the hype that’s going on about watercoloring, I know some of you might feel overwhelmed and lost. Don’t know where to start? Don’t want to invest too much time? Want something simple? I hope today’s tip would encourage you to it a try. This is really a simple way and there is no need to invest in other watercolor products. It also requires you a very little time.

Check out the background of the card shown above. I created this light & dark shaded and blended look using the supplies I already have, and they are not “watercolor-specific” products. First, you start with a thick cardstock – I recommend using Marshmallow Cardstock from Bazzill, or if you have a watercolor paper that would work well. Cut it at 4 x 5 1/4.

Then you are going to take out couple shades of Distress ink pads. I picked out Dried Marigold and Wild Honey to create two tone shading for the background. As you can see, the middle part has darker shade (Wild Honey).

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Choose your favorite background stamp set. For this card, I used Unity Stamp’s Diamonds & Plaid Stamp Set by Ann Butler. This stamp set is a borderless stamp so you can create a continues look by stamping the same image over and over. There are lots of images included in the set, so you get more images for the same price of one background stamp. You can get the stamp set HERE.

Now, you are going to ink up the stamp set and stamp it on the paper. If you are using a regular background stamp, ink up the stamp set by rotating the ink pads so the different shades would be reflected. You want to lay the stamp down upside down(stamp facing up), ink it up directly, and then put the paper on and rub it well to get the images. This method will give you the best background stamped result.

Next comes a fun part. Take a water mist and spray all over lightly. This way it would blend the colors without ruining the background image. And now you have the watercolor-look background without actually watercoloring it! If you want more of a softer look, spray a bit more water (not soaking wet!). Or, you use a paint brush to dab some water directly onto the image.

Practice, practice, and practice until you get the results you are happy with. This is a best method for achieving “the look.” I added a bold sentiment using the Heyday Sentiment Stamp Set from Hero Arts. I think card is a great way to brighten someone’s day. Don’t you agree?

Hope you enjoyed! Please let me know if you have any question trying this technique out. Thanks for stopping by!