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A Fun Stamp Pad Ink Refills Technique | VIDEO

A Fun Stamp Pad Ink Refills Technique | VIDEO

Want to learn a fun stamp pad ink refills technique to make gorgeous backgrounds? Watch my video below showing you how to get the same cool result two different ways.

And the best part, they both take only seconds – seriously – SECONDS!! Now who DOESN’T have a couple seconds?? And as soon as you’re done, take your backgrounds and turn them into fantastic cards like this.

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Neat swishes of coordinated colours on a shimmery white cardstock, offset with bold black and a soft pastel really make this card pop! The colour placement looked so “happy” to me, it was a bit of a no-brainer to stamp the verse on top from the Ribbon of Courage set. But you can so easily play around with your card colours and shapes and get a version like this too.

You won’t believe how easy this is. Take a peek and see for yourself.

Cool right? The bold swipe of colour and the lighter sketchier areas together create such an intriguing background.

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Now if you’re a paper crafter who likes to know the outcome, this technique might be a teensy bit stressful. That was me at first. Now I love how random it is! In fact, I double dare you to try and get the same result twice! It’s practically impossible!

So tell me, with this fun stamp pad ink refills technique, which colours do you like better? The pinks or blues from the card in the video?

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Today I’m kinda partial to the blue. But no matter which colour refills I use, I really do prefer the look of the Shimmery White card stock. The sheen you get is unbeatable. My number one TIP? Start with a larger piece of paper and then cut it down. It’s amazing how what you thought was a throw-away dud turns into a work of art!

So get out your refills, cut up some Shimmery White paper and see how much fun this ultra fast technique is. Just click on the pics below to round out your colours of refills.

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Did you take the couple minutes to view this technique in action on my video? I sure hope you did so you can see how this fun stamp pad ink refills technique can add variety and WOW backgrounds to your paper crafting!

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How to Make Simple Die Cut Backgrounds

How to Make Simple Die Cut Backgrounds

Today I want to show you how to make simple die cut backgrounds for your paper crafting projects. They are so fabulous! But a disclaimer! Once you start, you may not be able to stop designing one-of-a-kind textured backgrounds!

If you’ve got a die cut – or two or three – hanging around, that’s all you need. Oh, and cardstock and glue. But then your imagination will take over and who knows where you’ll end up! How cool is that? Take a peek and see what I mean.

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Don’t you love using classic colours like navy and white? So crisp and clean and elegant at the same time. We played with this technique at my friend Leslie’s a couple weeks ago. She had cut out a whole bunch of die cuts and we could pick the one we wanted to design with. I chose the two sizes of swirls from the Swirly Scribbles thinlits, one of my recommended dies for all paper crafters.

Why? Versatility is their middle name. The shapes suggest a bunch of different things: wreaths, swirls, snowballs, snowmen bodies, waves, snow, sand…they lend themselves to pretty much anything! They made super flowers in this summery congrats card. They’re a great addition to your paper craft stash. In fact, I think it’s almost impossible to NOT get a ton of use from them.

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What do I think is fabulous about this technique?

  1. Anyone can become an artist and create awesome backgrounds.
  2. These cards make you WANT to touch them. So much texture and interest.
  3. It’s easy peasy! There’s not a lot of supplies or steps involved.
  4. All occasions can be accommodated. Seasons, holidays, celebrations…you name it will work with your designs.

This technique can be duplicated in a pinch with just one die like the detailed floral which is absolutely stunning on this thank you card, also in navy and white.  This is a great alternative if you are short on time. When you have time to play though – anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes – design some unique ones of your own like we did.

What are some of my top tips for how to make simple die cut backgrounds?

  • Intricate dies really do shine in this technique. Pick some of your favourite detailed shapes to repeat (hearts, flowers, snowflakes, circles, squares…pretty much anything will work.)
  • Keep your shapes similar. For example, the round-ISH-ness of these swirls all complement each other. To have added in rectangles or squares would have disrupted the flow.
  • Choose bold colour combinations. While pastels also work, they will just give a totally different feel.
  • Limit the number of colours used. Since you want to draw attention to the background, too many colours would be distracting.
  • Use your silicone creaft sheet and sponge with liquid glue to dab onto the detailed die to get a nice flat adhesion. (Alternatively, dab a tiny bit of liquid glue in different spots on your die.)

Coordinating ink for my greeting and just a few basic pearls add another touch of elegance to this card. Enough for interest, but not overdone.

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I’ll bet you have lots of dies that you can use to create awesome projects immediately. But if you’re short on supplies, here is everything I used. Just click on an image to take you to my 24-7 online store to have your goodies delivered directly to your door.

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Take a stroll through your own dies and see what you have to make beautiful, and unique creations of your own. Design up some cards for New Year’s or Valentine’s…or more generic ones for celebrations. Whatever you choose to create, now you know how to make simple die cut backgrounds, think of all the possibilities!

Craft Faux Silver Foil Finishes with a Heat Embossing Tool

Craft Faux Silver Foil Finishes with a Heat Embossing Tool

Have you tried to craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool? If you love the look of shiny metallics, I’ve got a secret to share with you for a fast and fun technique.  Then look no further than foil paper, your embossing powder and heat tool to create awesome results like this.

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See that silvery shine?  Isn’t it beautiful? And let me tell ya, it’s even more gorgeous in person!  I’ve got all the steps to get such an awesome silver foil background which reflects just like metal. (check below for the steps and my secret “reveal”)

And the textured marble surface I created with embossing powder just BEGS to be touched (in fact I’m so geeky I JUST did that myself after I typed those words!) I chose basic black, red and white colours to really showcase the swirled silver foil and one large bold greeting.  I’m really loving these colours for the holidays this year.  In fact this card, and this special gift package are the perfect match don’t you think?

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In fact it’s hard to see here, but my greeting is embossed too. Only this time with a shiny black which also catches the light when you pick up the card. Just one more way to surprise friends and family with your card creations. The large sentiments from the Carols of Christmas set is a perfect stand-alone greeting when it’s framed with the two largest Lots of Labels dies. For classic, exactly-matted frames, this one’s my favourite to pull out. The two black rhinestones fit on each end and add the final glistening touch to your card.

So now let me tell you how easy it is to craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool. I haven’t used many of my background stamps lately and sometimes forget how quick and easy they are to use. This Marbled one was a MUST HAVE when I saw it in this year’s Annual Catalogue. Did you think the same thing or did you miss it?  Take a peek at this innocent little sample in the top left corner that did it for me:

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It’s on page 182 of your Annual Catalague.  I think it’s just so cute and pretty and I NEEDED to know how to get that fabulous background.  (Am I the only one that happens to?)  I thought at first it was designer paper, but was so excited to see it was a background stamp.

Take a closer look at how the texture it creates on the silver foil is so touchable!

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Here’s how I used it on my card today.

  1. Ink your Marbled background in Versamark ink and lay your 3 3/4” x 4 1/4” silver foil panel silver side down on top.
  2. Lay a clean piece of plain white bond paper over top and smooth with your hand being careful to not move the panel piece. (TIP:  This stops you from getting ink on your hands.)
  3. Remove bond paper and carefully lift up the edge of your piece of silver foil.
  4. Sprinkle with clear embossing (yup, that’s not a typo – my SECRET is to use CLEAR!) powder and heat with your heat tool.
  5. Let it cool slightly and you’re ready to add it to your card.

I did try exactly the same background with my silver embossing powder too, but I really prefer this look with the clear. It seems to just sit on top and become part of the silver foil and there’s no two silvers competing for your attention. The silver powder to me almost looked a bit too “overdone”.

Give it a shot yourself to see what I mean with everything you might need to create this card yourself.  Simply click on each image to take you right to my online shopping store to have it shipped directly to you.

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Christmas is the season of glitz so the more ways you can add sheen, shine and glitter to your paper crafts will be much appreciated by the recipients. But don’t limit yourself to only Christmas. Change up the greeting for a thank you or happy birthday and you’ve got a classic greeting fit for guys and gals alike.  That’s a fantastic way to get more versatility from the items your already own.

So now my secret’s out, when are you going to add textured embossing to craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool to your own paper crafting toolkit?

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What I Love About Direct-to-Paper Reinker Techniques

What I Love About Direct-to-Paper Reinker Techniques

You know what I love about direct-to-paper reinker techniques the MOST? How quick and easy they are! Make a TON of backgrounds in a flash! But that’s not all…take a peek and then I’ll share why they’re on my top ten techniques list.

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Like it? Doesn’t it look fabulously clean and crisp? The colours just POP off the page! Know which ones they are? How about Powder Pink, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry? Set against a Shimmery White background, they’re an intense background for the bold black lettering.

Here’s another angle so you can really see how the paper shimmers in this light.

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This technique is so quick, I made almost 30 backgrounds in about 20 minutes!  What a feeling of accomplishment.  Then they were all ready for stamping my greeting and popping onto a card to throw into the mail.  And all of them are just a wee bit different so you’ll never get bored.  So when you have a whole bunch of cards to send, like I did for customers thank you’s last month, this is a huge time saver – with pretty fabulous results!

So let’s see…I promised to share what I love about direct-to-paper reinker techniques right? Here goes…

  • Brilliant colour combinations – it’s pure refill, no added water, so you’ll always get the truest colour
  • Fantastic Colour blending – my three colours mix together and complement each other beautifully – there’s so many combinations to play with it’s hard to know where to start
  • Unexpected results – you can never pre-plan what you end up with – pure chance and luck play a big part
  • Contrast – if you like bold colour contrasts, this is the technique for you
  • One layer art – I’ve got a perfectly flat piece of Shimmery White – and it doesn’t need any embellishment!
  • Limited supplies – reinkers, a palette knife and some paper…and maybe some paper towel!
  • Instant results – this technique takes probably 15 seconds! Holy moly that’s FAST!

See how few supplies I have for this card. You might even have everything you need at home. If not, I’m glad to help you with that!

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There are SO many ways to use reinkers in your papercrafting.  Here’s another thank you card which has a TOTALLY different feel.  Don’t you think it’s ultra exciting to create unique pieces of art with a simple supply?

So do I hear you zooming into your craft room for your reinkers and some Shimmery White cardstock right now? I hope so. And once you do, I predict you’ll be just as hooked as I am. Then it won’t only be me saying what I love about direct-to-paper techniques – we’ll be saying it together!

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Emboss Resist Ink Refill Backgrounds with Water

Emboss Resist Ink Refill Backgrounds with Water

Today I want to show you how to emboss resist ink refill backgrounds with water. Did you see my video tutorial I posted a few weeks ago for creating awesome backgrounds with ink refills and glossy paper? If you did, hopefully, you’ve been inking up a storm and have backgrounds galore in your craft room. My project today has just a slight twist using heat embossing. But before I get to the how-to’s, how about we look at the card?

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Don’t you LOVE how the white daisy stands out agains the mottled coloured background? Even though that background piece is really quite small (1 3/4” x 3”), it provides just enough decorative oomph! to catch your eye. And the matching embossed greeting adds perfect balance. Take a gander at this colourful background up close.

 

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How many ink refills do you think I used? If you guessed three, you’re right. But doesn’t it look like there’s quite a few more? Although the glossy has a smooth finish, it seems almost to have texture in places from the way the colour seeped into the paper. With this technique, you never know what you’re going to end up with. That’s what’s SO FUN! Seeing how the colours are going to blend together for neat effects.

Once you have your background papers made, your project goes together really quickly. In fact, I could have really posted my emboss resist ink refill background project as part of my Keep It Simple Sunday feature. However, I wanted to showcase it for you here. This way, I can provide a quick video tutorial of the steps so you could easily make one yourself.

You may have noticed the card in the video is slightly different from the images I have here. That’s one of the nicest things about techniques like these. You can do a whole batch up at once then you’ll have tons to choose from when your crafting time is limited. Here’s everything you need to get started right away.

 

Let’s take a final look at this simple card.

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Once you grab your glossy paper and ink refills, you’ll have so much fun trying out new colour combinations. That’s how I came up with this one. During the process, I was pretty sure it was going to hit the garbage since the colours were so unusual. But then once it dried, I saw how great they actually were together! It just goes to show…when you emboss resist ink refill backgrounds, don’t be surprised if you end up with fabulous-ness!

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