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Using Ink Pads for Different Stamping Techniques

Today we’re playing with using ink pads for different stamping techniques.  And let me tell you.  You are going to love love love it!   

My Product of the Week is, you guessed it, ink pads!  

using ink pads for different stamping techniques

While I used Classic pads on this card, the star of the show is the Whisper White craft pad.  I want to show you how you can instantly get more life from one of your craft tools (your embossing folder). Plus there’s not, one but TWO ways to do this quick technique.

You’ll want to snap up the Craft Stampin’ Pad & Refill today when you see how easy it is to create this neat whitewashed wood background.

Have you tried using ink pads for different stamping techniques?

Cool right?  (no pun intended😀!)  Here, I used it on some bright Granny Apple Green to add a rustic and wintry touch ideal for your holiday cards.

Isn’t bleached wood just about EVERYwhere you look these days?  Why not add it to your paper crafting too? 

It’s easy to do too.   All you need is the Craft Stampin’ Pad & Refill, an embossing folder (the Pinewood Planks Dynamic embossing folder takes my vote), some cardstock, a sponge and your Big Shot.

Technique 1 for using ink pads for different stamping techniques:

  1. Open up your embossing folder and lay it as flat as possible.
  2. Tap your sponge into your Whisper White craft pad and tap ink all over the side that has the ridges in it.
  3. Lay your cardstock carefully on top of the ink and close together.
  4. Run through your Big Shot…

and BAM!  Instant weathered weathered wood!

It's FUN using ink pads for different stamping techniques

Here’s the second way you can get much the same look.

Technique 2 for using ink pads for different stamping techniques

  1. Insert your cardstock into your embossing folder and run through the Big Shot.
  2. Remove paper.
  3. Open your Whisper White craft pad and LIGHTLY rub the ink over the EMbossed lines of the paper, and along the outside edges.

Try using ink pads for different stamping techniques for FAB cards

Jo-TIPS  (sorta like Q-Tips without the fuzz 😂)

  • Let the weather card panel dry completely or give it a shot with your Heat Tool before using it on your card.
  • Fully clean your embossing folder with a wet wipe or water before you go to make another non-weathered pinewood embossing!

I LOVE using ink pads for different stamping techniques

Here’s a few other details about this card.

  • the bough and berries come form the Pretty Pines thinlits
  • I gave the boughs a shot with my Wink of Stella refilled with Lemon-Lime Twist before I cut them.  See how easy THIS is with my short video.
  • the sweet little topper on my oval greeting is a stamp I’ve never used from the Christmas Pines set before (😮) but it’s perfect to finish off the sentiment
  • the clear faceted gem both finishes off the bough embellishment like a berry AND his the glue dots holding the boughs together

Simply click on any picture to take you to my 24-7 online store where you can get all these items to make your own card.

I LOVE using ink pads for different stamping techniques

You know how I love to show you ways to get more from your craft supplies?  These techniques are an awesome way to do that. 

Whether you use the Pinewood Planks all on its own like I did with this all occasion card,  or create the trendy weathered look on any colour of paper you own, it’s superb. 

Plus the same technique works for ALL your embossing folders.  Give them a test drive too.  Now, what’s not to love about using ink pads for different stamping techniques?

Santas Workshop Simple Christmas Card Ideas

Santas Workshop simple Christmas card ideas are a snap!  Fast & fun! And just like every other Sunday post, SIMPLE!

But let’s get personal for a teensy weensy moment of time…

Are you a stamping snob?  Does every card you make HAVE to have stamping on it or it just doesn’t LOOK complete?

Would you NEVER send a card out the door that hasn’t felt the sweet touch of a rubber or photopolymer stamp?

Well you just might change your mind with today’s cute card. 

Santas Workshop Simple Christmas Card Ideas

See? What’s not to love about this sweet snowman card?  Even without a greeting in sight.

Can you see he’s tossing a few snowballs around?  White flocked snowballs no less!

And did you see it’s snowing in the background?  Take another peek.

What's not to LOVE about Santas Workshop Simple Christmas Card Ideas?

Here’s a little TIP to help you think outside the box.  MAX out your embossing folders!

Here, don’t you think the sequins embossing folder makes awesome snow?  Who’dda thunk it? 

And I used the Polka Dots Basics the other day to make a “sorta” Poppy Parade snow background

Now, what folders do you have you could you use a bit creatively?

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Thick Whisper White cardstock – 1 piece 4” x 5 1/4”, 1 piece 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2”
  • Smoky Slate and Pool Party yardsticks – scraps at least 3 1/2” x 2 1/2”
  • Pool Party shimmer ribbon – piece about 7” long

 

Santa’s Workshop Simple Christmas Card Ideas

 

Timesaving TIPS for Santas Workshop Simple Christmas Card Ideas

Let’s Make It

  1. Emboss piece of Whisper White with Sequins embossing folder.  Set aside.
  2. Centre 2 1/2” x 1 1/2” oval over snowman on Santa’s Workshop DSP and run through Big Shot.  TIP: cut your piece of patterned paper as small as possible to get the most images for cards like this.
  3. Cut next size scalloped oval from Pool Party paper and the next sized regular oval from Smoky Slate. TIP: you can run all three framelits through your Big Shot at one go.
  4. Glue ovals together then to right front of sequin embossed panel.
  5. Attach panel to front of folded card.  TIP: I like using foam adhesive strips since I think I have a “sturdier” card.
  6. Tie a small bow and adhere with a glue dot above snowman. TIP: Make a bow in a wink with my super quick bow tying video

To make your own Santas Workshop simple Christmas card ideas here are all the supplies.  Thanks so much for shopping with me.

Want some Santas Workshop Simple Christmas Card Ideas?

OK, enough reading.  Get crafting! Use up that patterned paper we all like to hoard *ahem*, save for that perfect occasion! 

And with Santas Workshop simple Christmas card ideas like these I predict you’ll be ordering another package right away!

Last Minute Christmas Gifts DIY Style | VIDEO

You might think it’s a bit early to talk about last minute Christmas gifts DIY style.  But speaking only for myself of course), although it LOOKS like there’s still a month to go to the big day, it will feel like only a couple hours when we hit December 20th and start to panic. 

SOOOO, how about I share my video to make these super cute hot chocolate packets now so you can relax?

Everyone will LOVE these Iast minute Christmas gifts DIY

Once again I’m using my Product of the Week.  The super sweet Santa’s Workshop DSP.  Did you see my unique Christmas wrapping ideas too?

Once you start making these they’ll go together really quickly.  I made about 75 last year for a craft fair.  And I sold out!  So I have it on good authority your friends and family will rave about them!

I LOVE these last minute Christmas gifts DIY ideas

In fact, what could be better?  A gift for just about everyone on your list!  Who wouldn’t love one of these in your life?  How about your…

  • Hair stylist
  • Dentist
  • Newspaper boy
  • Babysitter
  • Dog walker
  • House cleaner

Here’s the list of supplies so you can make one along with me in the video.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Early Espresso card stock – 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Santa’s Workshop Designer Series Paper – 4” x 5 1/8”
  • Poppy Parade Textured weave ribbon – about 10”

You've GOT TIME for these last minute Christmas gifts DIY

Last Minute Christmas Gifts DIY

 

 

 

Now I know some of you skip over the video.  🙃   But that’s where I lay out all the deets and my tips and tricks! 

Did YOU watch it? 

Super SIMPLE last minute Christmas gifts DIY

I predict you won’t need to keep an eye on the calendar anymore.  Why?

Because now you’ve got the perfect last minute Christmas gifts DIY style, you can relax, put your feet up and sail right into the holidays stress free!

Use Sponge Daubers for Card Making | VIDEO

Want a simple way to use sponge daubers for card making

If you’ve got sponge daubers sitting at the bottom of one of your crafting drawers, pull ‘em out!  You’ll want one for every colour of ink once you see how easy it is to make quick cards with my video today.  

Take a peek at my super fast snowflake card using sponge daubers and your Snowfall thinlits.

Let me Show you How to Use Sponge Daubers for Card Making

I once again want to show you how to get a bit more life out of your crafting supplies.  This time, let’s use your metal thinlit dies as a template.

Before I get to the video, here is everything I used in case you want to follow along and make it with me.

Want to Know How to Use Sponge Daubers for Card Making?

Bits’n Bites

  • Merry Merlot – 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2”
  • Mossy Meadow – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Whisper White – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Merry Merlot and Copper ribbon – about 5”

 

How to Use Sponge Daubers for Card Making

 

 

Simple stamping is where I tend to go when I’m creating for others.  But if you think simple is boring, take a look at these other designs that you can make in 10 minutes or less!

EASY as 1-2-3 How to Use Sponge Daubers for Card Making

Guess what?  It’s time to get crafting. 

Whether you’ve got lots of time to get ready with your holiday cards – or it’s Dec 23rd as you’re seeing this – this card is simple, but packs lots of WOW!  Make it on glossy paper like my second version or on plain Whisper White.  Or switch it up and try it on darker paper. 

No matter what you try, I know you’ll have awesome results now you know how to use sponge daubers for card making!

How to Emboss with Thinlit Dies

Get TONS more life out of your craft supplies once you know how to emboss with thinlit dies!  It’s super quick and easy when you add the embossing mats to your Big Shot line up.  

Plus I’ve got two FREEBIES for you.

  • A handy image you can pin so you never need to wonder how to make your Big Shot sandwich!
  • And a PDF to make a second version of this card.

Once you know how to emboss with Thinlit Dies, the SKY's the LIMIT!

Can you see the pretty embossed snowflakes in the background?  I had to work REALLY hard to limit myself to only three!   That panel would’ve been LITTERED with them if I had included all the Snowfall thinlits – 20 to be exact!  Are you amazed at my restraint?  😋

The snowflakes are perfectly complemented by the Snow is Glistening tree I heat embossed in silver.  The gorgeous glittered black ribbon and a few clear rhinestones dresses it up even more.

LEARN how to emboss with Thinlit Dies

OK so what’s the big deal about embossing with your thinlits?  How about: it instantly DOUBLES the usefulness of all your dies? It’s like getting a 2-for-1 deal!  A 50% off coupon!  A buy one-get-one-free offer!  Count me in!

 

How to Emboss with Thinlit Dies

 

To get awesome dry embossed backgrounds without cutting your paper, the most important thing is the way you build your Big Shot sandwich.  So let’s have a little look-see shall we?

how to emboss with thinlit dies

The trick is to turn your die UPSIDE down so the cutting blade is facing UP.  Then your cardstock (1 sheet only please) sits on top covered with the THIN blue silicone mat and your Impressions pad.

All these items are included with the Big Shot Embossing Mats and are super reasonable at only $21 CDN. 

IMPORTANT:  Make sure you use the right silicone mat for this technique or you could end up cutting right through your cardstock.  Yup, been there, done that and have holey piece of cardstock to show for it!  It’s the thin blue one you want.

(But don’t worry, the grey one is awesome for adding lovely embossed details on framelits.  Just like on this knockout Christmas card featuring heat embossing.)  

Let’s see a close up.

Get MORE from your craft supplies when you know how to emboss with Thinlit Dies!

Now you’ve got the “how-to”, the rest is up to you.  Give yourself a pre-Christmas treat and get the embossing mats.  Then rifle through all your thinlits.  I just about guarantee you’ve got more than a few ideal for embossing.

Once I started to play, I couldn’t stop at just one.  Here are all three I designed.   Leave me a comment which one is your favourite.

It's so FUN to learn how to emboss with Thinlit Dies

How to emboss with Thinlit Dies

Want to know how to emboss with Thinlit Dies?

BONUS!  The Mossy Meadow one is a FREE pdf you can download to make for yourself. Simply click here to get your copy.

Are you like me?  Do you like to get a buy-1-get-1-free deal too?  Instantly turn all your thinlits in embossing dies with the purchase of a simple and inexpensive tool.

 

EVERYONE wants to know how to emboss with Thinlit Dies!

And now you’ve seen exactly how to emboss with thinlit dies, see how many cards with this technique you can send out the door!

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