Coloring Ribbon is a quick & easy technique. You can get a custom Ribbon Color for your project when you need to.
This Video is 7 minutes long exactly.
Ribbon of your choice
Stampin’ Write Marker color of your choice
Stampin’ Blends Marker color of your choice
Ink Pad color of your choice
Silicone Craft Sheet or something that will protect your surface
1. You might want to practice on a small piece of ribbon before you color it for your project. This will help you see the color you get. You can adjust the color in case it does not turn out the color you want. Also, check to see if you need to color just one side or both sides.
2. Markers in general. The color will get darker the more you color it. Check your sample to see if you need/want to color both sides of the ribbon.
3. Color with the side of your brush tip NOT the tip. You will damage the tip if you color ribbon with it. It will also take longer to color the ribbon with the thin surface of the Tip.
4. Stampin’ Write Markers. These markers color rather smoothly. The ink spreads slightly and blends easily.
5. Stampin’ Blends Markers. These markers color really smoothly. They also saturate the ribbon faster with ink.
Watch this Video if your ink pad or Stampin’ Write Markers need to be reinked. Stampin’ Blends Markers cannot be reinked.
Check out My Online Store for a variety of Ribbons to practice coloring on and to use in your projects.
You can use Basic Heat Embossing to add some shine and texture to any card or paper crafting project. Basic Heat Embossing is easy enough for beginning stampers.
This Video is 7 minutes 39 seconds long.
You do need to use some caution as you can burn yourself if you are not careful. The tip of the Heat Tool gets hot. The air coming from the Heat Tool is also hot. So just be aware of the Heat and be careful. You can hold your project with Craft Tweezers if your project is small. Just a note: I have NEVER burned myself with a Heat Tool. But, let’s not discuss Glue Guns around my fingers as I tend to get burned no matter how careful I am.
1.Stamp: Rub your cardstock with your Embossing Buddy. Stamp your image on your cardstock with either VersaMark ink, Classic Stampin’ Ink, or Whisper White Craft ink. Make sure your Classic Stampin’ ink is moist enough so it will hold the Embossing Powder. You might want to reink it before stamping so it will collect plenty of Embossing Powder.
2.Apply Embossing Powder: Put your Printer Paper under your cardstock. Pour Embossing Powder over your stamped image. Pour the excess back into the container.
3.Melt Embossing Powder. Turn your Heat Tool to the high setting and pick up your cardstock. Swirl your Heat Tool over your Embossing Powder until the Embossing Powder turns shiny and all of it is melted. Remember to keep the Heat Tool moving. If you keep it in one place too long you can burn the cardstock.
So give Heat Embossing a try. Be Brave. It is easy and fun and will impress your family and friends.
Interact with me on Facebook. There are questions, quotes, projects, and other interesting things there almost every day. The Challenge Thread is posted every Saturday. You can add your project in the comments section to help inspire others. All levels of stampers and paper crafters are welcome to participate. Photos only please, not links. See you there!
Have you been curious about Stampin’ Up!’s NEW Cling Stamps? Learn all about them when you watch this video. There are currently 27 Cling Stamp sets available in the Occasions Catalog. Check them out HERE.
This Video is 13 minutes long.
1. Carefully pull the stamps off with your fingernail or the Take Your Pick Tool under the sticker and gently roll off the stamp block.
2. Keep the sticky label clean. You can clean it with water, Stampin’ Mist, or mild dish detergent if needed.
3. Avoid the following:
~NO Sticky label on cardstock or paper. Lint fibers will make your sticky label so it won’t be sticky anymore and you won’t be able to clean the lint off the sticky label.
~DO NOT use wipes to clean your stamps or labels. They also leave lint fibers that destroy the sticky feature.
~NO Alcohol wipes. The alcohol will damage the sticky labels and the wipes have fibers.
~Use caution when using StayzOn Cleaner on your Rubber stamps as the cleaner can damage the sticky labels.
Do you have trouble getting a good stamped image when using large stamps? Try this easy trick to get a perfect image every time! I am demonstrating this technique using the Tags & Tidings Bundle from the 2018 Holiday Catalog which has a large stamp and coordinating Framelit.
This Video is about 5-1/2 minutes long.
SUPPLIES: Bundle: Tags & Tidings Photopolymer Bundle # Ink: Call Me Clover Markers: Real Red
TIPS: 1, Lay your stamp down with the stamp facing up. Lay your cardstock gently on top of the stamp holding it down with your fingers so it does not slide and smear the ink. Continue holding onto the cardstock while rubbing another stamp block over the cardstock where the stamp is. Put your fingers on the other side of the cardstock while rubbing the other half of your stamp and cardstock. Peel the cardstock of quickly, lifting straight it straight up so you don’t drag the cardstock over the stamp and add smears to your image. 2. When die-cutting your Tags & Tidings, line up the tags in two opposite corners such as the upper right corner and the lower left corner. Everything else will line up nicely then. Yes, there are parts that were stamped that don’t get cut out as part of the tag.
What is Simply Shammy and what do you do with it? Simply Shammy is one of the Stamp Cleaning Tools from Stampin’ Up! You just use water to keep it moist and clean your stamps. Unlike other Stamp Cleaning products, it will not transfer color to your Photopolymer stamps. I love it! It is easy to use. You just have to remember to let it air out overnight every couple of days. Watch this video to see how easy it is to use.
TIPS: ~Ink will stain your Simply Shammy, but will not transfer to your stamps. If you ink up a stamp and clean it without stamping, the ink may transfer to other stamps or your fingers/hands.
~Clean with water every day at either the start of the day or the end of the day to help it stay moist and clean any thick ink residue from the Shammy.
~You can store your Simply Shammy in a Clear-Mount Stamp Case or a quart Ziplock Bag.
~Leave your Storage stamp case or Ziplock Bag open overnight to prevent mildew and funny smells.
~Your Shammy may get hard when you leave it to dry out. You can soften it up by running it under the tap, or put it in a container with water and let it soak for a bit.
TIPS: 1. Fill your Stampin’ Spritzer with Water. 2. Only give 4-5 spritzes with your Stampin’ Spritzer. 3. Use a Stampin’ Spritzer rather than a normal spray bottle. The Spray Bottle will get the cardstock too wet making it curl as it drys. This will also make it harder lay flat when you attach it to your card.
Do you want to make a small candy holder to either give to someone or to put on your holiday dinner table? Make this quick and easy Wrapped Candy Treat Holder with just a few supplies to wrap any dimensional candy.
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Determine the size of the paper to cut. You can use scratch paper or grid paper to help determine the size of paper you need.
~Measure the widest part of your candy, the part you want on the bottom. In this case 1″.
~Place your candy about 1/4″ from the edge of your scrap paper. Roll: top, side, bottom, side, top. Add 1/4″. Cut. In this case 5″
~Cut your paper. In this case 1″ x 5″.
~Determine center measurement and width of candy part you want on the bottom. Candy is about 1″ wide. DSP is 5″. Half of 5″ is 2-1/2″. Since the candy is 1″ wide we want 1/2″ on each side of the center we will score at 2″ and 3″.
~Punch ends with Tag Topper Punch centering before punching.
~Attach your candy to the bottom with 2-3 Glue Dots.
~Cut about 5-6″ ribbon, fold in half. Put folded part through both punch holes, tighten up DSP ends, twist ribbon so it is standing up, and put both ends through the ribbon loop. Pull tight. Depending on how slippery your ribbon is, you can tie it if necessary. 2. Stamp your sentiment on Whisper White cardstock in Fresh Fig Ink. Punch out. Attach to your candy holder with either Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals or Glue Dots.
Your Treat is ready to give away.
TIPS: 1. Measure the width of the candy bar you want to cover. 2. Roll the candy bar on the paper as shown: side against the edge, top/bottom, side, bottom/top. Measure to where the edge of the candy bar is and add 1/4″ to 1/2″ to the measurement. Cut your paper. 3. Wrap your paper around your candy bar starting with the edge on the center of the bottom side. Finger press fold lines if desired. Trim paper if necessary. 4. Figure out which end of the paper will be on top and put three Glue Dots on that end. Wrap paper loosely around the candy bar and attach with Glue Dots. Move candy bar back and forth several times to make sure it will move smoothly. 5. Stamp sentiment on Whisper White cardstock scrap. Punch out with Classic Label Punch. Attach to Wrapped Candy Bar with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals OR Glue Dots.
Your Candy Bar is ready to give to someone.
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Make bookmarks for the readers in your life. Choose Thick cardstock for the base and a couple of other papers to decorate your bookmark or to stamp on. Get creative and have fun creating multiple bookmarks. I have always been an advocate of reading and getting my children, and now grandchildren, to read a lot. I forgot to take pictures of the bookmarks before I gave them awayl
This Video is almost 13 minutes long.
SUPPLIES: Stamps:Brushwork Alphabet Photopolymer #141772 Ink: to match your paper or the reader’s favorite color Cardstock: Thick Whisper White OR Thick Very Vanilla
Other papers for layers as desired. I used the retired Foil Frenzy because my grandson loves Lemon Lime Twist and shiny foil. Punch:Detailed Trio #146320 Ribbon: Choose ribbon to coordinate with your papers and ink Adhesive: Tombow Glue
MEASUREMENTS & TIPS: 1. Cut your layers:
~Bookmark base: Thick Whisper White or Thick Very Vanilla cardstock at 2″ x 5-1/2″.
~Designer Series Paper layer: 1-3/4″ x 4″
~Stamped layer: 1-1/2″ x 3-3/4″.
You can adapt these measurements to the width and length you want. If you want to use the Scallop Tag Topper Punch #133324 to make a decorative Tag Topper. Your Bookmark with need to be a tinge smaller than 2″ wide. 2. When using the corner rounder on the Detailed Trio Punch, make sure you place the cardstock edges against the raised part of the punch and shove the cardstock back as far as you can. It is easy, you just have to remember to shove the cardstock all the way back to get a great cut. Sometimes you can punch a second time to correct it, sometimes a second punch will not help. 3. Get creative! You can use the layers like shown here or decide what layers you want. You do not need to stamp a name. You can stamp an image. You can write instead of stamping a name. You can add die cuts to the top. Let the kids make their own bookmarks. I am sure each one will come out different! This may even encourage the to read more! Or they will just have fun making lots of bookmarks for personal use and to give to family and friends.
Have you ever had a ribbon come unattached after attaching it to your card or project? Watch this video to learn an easy way to attach ribbons and help your ribbon stay where you put it! Grab some ribbons, SNAIL, and Glue Dots and a project to attach the ribbon to.
Stampin’ Up! has redesigned their Ink Pad cases. June 1st all ink pads sold will have this NEW case. Like all new ink pads they will open stiffly at first. Open and close them until they open smoothly and easily. It does not take very long before they are smooth and easy to open. These will be much easier to use (after the breaking in period) for those with hand issues.
This Video is just over 6 minutes long.
Check out the Retiring Items and Clearance Rack in My Online Store today. The Clearance Rack includes discounts on the products. Some Retiring Items are also discounted.
Just think…. if you joined my Team today you could choose $125 in product including all the NEW Colors – Ink Pads, Ink Refills, Cardstock….. PLUS choose from select stamps, bundles, and accessories from the NEW Annual Catalog! Eleven Pages of fun choices. Email me today to find out how to get NEW things ahead of time!
Would you like to add some color to your Embossing Folder image? It is a quick technique. Just watch the video to learn how easy it is to do. After coloring on both the wide and narrow parts of this embossing folder, I like the look of the coloring on the narrow part the best. Try coloring on both sides to see which you like best.
This Video is 13 minutes long.
BASIC TECHNIQUE SUPPLIES: Big Shot: Lovely Floral Dynamic Embossing Folder #148048 (Available May1-31 as part of the Gotta Have it All Bundle #149526. Available June 1st by itself.) Markers: Choose 1 for your Flower Color and a Green for your leaves. I used Rich Razzleberry and Garden Green.
Scallop Rectangle-Watch this Video
Layer under Scallop Rectangle: 3″ x 1/4″ longer than your Scallop Rectangle or 5-1/4″.
2nd Layer under Scallop Rectangle 3-1/4″ x 1/2″ longer than your Scallop Rectangle OR 5-1/2″.
Card Base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score and fold at 4-1/4″. Cardstock: Whisper White for Scallop Rectangle
Garden Green Scallop Rectangle Video
After doing this Waterfront Beach Scene Card at my stamp class last Friday, I decided it would be helpful to do a video. The supply list and written instructions are on THIS POST. I hope the video helps you the way it did my stampers.
This Let the Good Times Roll Roller Coaster card is pretty easy to make, but does take a little time. Just follow the video instructions to make the Pop-Up Roller Coaster card inside. Directions for the card front are below.
CARD INSIDE BASICS: 1.Cut:
~Thick Whisper White card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. SCORE and fold at 4-1/4″.
~Pool Party card inside at 5″ x 8″. Score and fold at 4″. 2. Follow the rest of the directions from the video.
CARD FRONT INSTRUCTIONS: 1.Cut:
~Thick Whisper White card base as mentioned above.
~Bermuda Bay card layer at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.
~Whisper White card front at 4″ x 5-1/4″.
~Bermuda Bay Roller Coaster and fussy cut as shown on video
~Whisper White-die cut any of the pieces you want to add to your scene. I would recommend at least two sets of the cars (4 cars). Stamp as shown in the video. 2. Stamp:
~Bermuda Bay Roller Coaster
~Real Red cards
~Real Red Food Cart
~Island Indigo Balloons
~Memento Black sentiment
~Memento Black Balloon Strings 3. Attach stamped card front to Bermuda Bay card layer. Open your card and position correctly so you place the card front layers on the actual card front. Now attach your card front to your card base.
Your card is finished. I really enjoy opening the card and watching the Roller Coaster Pop-Up! Try it a few times yourself!
Do you get frustrated after spending time stamping and coloring your image only to have the die slip in your Big Shot so your beautiful image is ruined? Try out this Magical Stamp & Die Cut Technique! You will be much happier with the results. So grab your Stamp-a-ma-jig and test it out! I have tried this with my Stampapratus, and it is easier to get great results with the Stamp-a-ma-jig. The Castle Card with the images shown will be posted on Friday.
This video is 6-1/2 minutes long.
TIPS: Stamp-a-ma-jig #101049
Magical Day: Bundle=Stamps + Framelits: Wood Mount Bundle #145984, Clear Mount Bundle #145985, Wood Mount Stamps #145854, Clear Mount Stamps #145857, Magical Mates Framelits #145660
1. Cut your images from a piece of medium to darker colored cardstock to make you Template. Colored cardstock shows the Whisper White images you will be stamping much better. 2. Stamp on the smooth side of your Imaging Sheet. Use ONLY Memento Tuxedo Black and Classic Stampin’ Pads. Archival and StazOn inks will stain and damage your Imaging Sheet. 3. Remember to position the Imaging Sheet right in the corner of the T-Handle with the sides also lined up. Sometimes part of the Imaging Sheet may sneak under the T-Handle. Make sure to correct this before you stamp. 4. Put your stamp block (wood or clear) firmly in the corner of the T-Handle, lining up the sides. Stamp straight down, then pull straight up to get a good image. Your stamping on the Imaging Sheet does not have to be perfect. 5. It helps to ink your stamp, lay it on the ink pad, then position your Imaging Sheet and your T-Handle over the Whisper White die cut. Without moving the T-Handle, remove the Imaging Sheet, position your stamp in the T-Handle, then stamp straight down. Smaller die cuts may stick to the stamp. Just gently peel them off.
Get Your Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stamps, and Framelits from My Online Store.
~Cut at 3″ x 4-3/4″.
~Score at 1/2″, 3/4″, 2-3/4″, 3″ 2. Attach two Glue Dots close to the 1/2″ score line on the lower flap and two Glue Dots towards the top back of the candy. Attach the candy to the lower flap first, then to the back. Fold top flap over and tuch inside the lower flap. 3. Decorate for the occasion. These are for Valentine’s Day. Stamp the Heart in Real Red Ink on Whisper White cardstock. Then stamp one of the other sayings inside the heart. I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to help me position my stamp inside. Cut out with the Heart Framelit. The Heart Framelin in the Mini Treat Bab Thinlits fits perfectly. The Sweet & Sassy Heart Framelit is close to perfect, but not the exact shape.
Happy Candy Giving! You can get all the supplies to make these Matchbook Candy Holders from My Online Store. You will need to get the candy from your local store.
You can send your Handmade card in a wonderful Dynamic Embossed Envelope, then the receiver will KNOW there is something special for them inside. This is a quick and easy technique that will add a WOW to your envelope.
This Video is 2 minutes and 41 seconds long.
SUPPLIES: Choose an Envelope:
~Medium Whisper White #107301
~Whisper White 3″ x 3″ #145829
~Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes #131527
~Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes #107300
~Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes #144236 Big Shot #143263 Comes with Big Shot Platform and Standard Cutting Pads/Plates. Expensive, but it really is a wonderful tool that can add a lot of fun to your projects! Choose a Dynamic Embossing Folder:
~Cable Knit #143537
~Layered Leaves #143704
~Pinewood Planks #143708
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Get out your Big Shot. 2. Choose an envelope and a Dynamic Embossing Folder. 3. Choose where to position your envelope flap. Fold 1/8″ onto the front so your envelope flap will be embossed all the way to the original fold line. 4. Sandwich for Dynamic Embossing Folders:
~Platform: Big Shot Platform-remove Thin Die Adapter. Multipurpose Platform-Open top tab
~Dynamic Embossing Folder with Envelope (or cardstock)
~Top Cutting pad/plate. Skip the bottom cutting plate as it will make the sandwich too thick to put through your Big Shot. 5. Run your envelope sandwich through your Big Shot. Open and see how amazing your envelope flap looks! 6. Refold the original fold line. Insert card and give away or mail.