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Friday Focus – 1 Card, 1 Stamp Set #1

Happy Friday!

Today I’m starting a new Friday Focus miniseries I’m calling “1 Card, 1 Stamp set.” I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to use only one stamp set on a card, and really focus on that stamp set. :)

I used the Butterflies stamp set from Simon for today’s card, and added a few colors by using the Rock and Roll technique with some Avery Elle pigment inks. Be sure to watch the video below to see how that works.

The gold areas on the card are from Ranger Gold Embossing Powder. I’m noticed over the last little bit that my gold embossing powder is getting really gritty. It’s really weird. After I did this card, I tried out a different gold embossing powder and it was super smooth. So, I think this might my last card with that particular embossing powder. Maybe it was getting old? I have no idea. I don’t remember it being so gritty and bumpy before, but I have had it for a few years. Oh, well!

Hope you enjoy the video!

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September 2014 Card Kit Giveaway Winner

The winner of the 2014 Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp is Denisse Diaz. Congrats! Denisse, I’ve already emailed you about claiming your prize.

As for the poll included in the giveaway, here are the results!

Friday Focus – Distress Inks #4

Happy Friday!

For the fourth installment in my Distress Ink miniseries, I thought I’d try a “faux” watercolor stamping technique with Mini Distress Inks. Basically you ink up the stamp with different colors, lightly mist it with water, and then stamp. It creates a fun watercolor look.

The flower stems in My Favorite Things’ Peaceful Wildflowers set were perfect for this technique. I love watercolored flowers. :)

I also used a new-t0-me embossing folder today, the Polka Dot embossing folder set. There are two embossing folders in the set and they’re really cool because they’re 6×6! For designs like polka dots, the size benefit isn’t as apparent, but they have other designs that make having a 6×6 embossing folder awesome! I recently picked up this set of embossing folders, too.

Hope you enjoy today’s video. :)

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Friday Focus – Distress Inks #3

Happy Friday, all!

To continue my Distress Ink miniseries, I thought I’d create an envelope to go with a card I made a few weeks ago using the Newton’s Summer Vacation stamp set. I just love that little kitty! :)

Because I knew that I would be adding quite a bit of water to the envelope design, I decided to not use a regular envelope (which couldn’t handle all the water) and use some thinner watercolor paper instead. I used 90 lb. watercolor paper and the Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers to create a custom 5×5 envelope to fit my card. The watercolor paper seemed to work really well as I added the Distress Inks and water.

I also used a bit of white gouache to add white onto the cat. Gouache is similar to watercolor paints in that you simply add water to get a consistency that you like. I generally use gouache for calligraphy, but it worked perfectly to paint the white areas on the cat. :)

NOTE: Distress Ink reactivates when it gets wet, so this card might not make it through the regular mail. If you make an envelope like this I would suggest either putting it into a plastic sleeve before mailing, or delivering the card and envelope in person.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy the video! :)

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August 2014 Card Kit Giveaway Winner

The winner of the August 2014 Card Kit giveaway is PJ Brown! PJ, I’ve emailed you about claiming your prize so watch your inbox.

The poll included in the giveaway asked about card kits. Here are the results. Looks like if you’ve used a card kit, nearly all of you love it! :)


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