Distress Ink Mini Cards Video Tutorial!

Today I’m over on the Little Tangles challenge blog as their guest for this challenge. I’m so grateful to them for having me! And I have a special treat for you… a video tutorial. That’s right! I got a little over-ambitious last night and decided this would be a good time to make another card video. Ask me when I wake up after my super late-nighter if I still think that was a good idea. I’ll get back to you on that one.

Anyway, the challenge for this week is to create mini cards, and I made four just for good measure. Mini cards are so fun and perfect for making in sets, because even the simplest elements become a big deal when you’re working with a smaller canvas.

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Head over to the Little Tangles blog for more information about the challenge, including information on how to enter yourself so that you might win a Neat & Tangled stamp set of your choice!

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Here’s the video for the set. Enjoy!

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Here are some more looks at the set. See the bottom of this post for a full list of supplies!

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The Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Shaded Lilac are so wonderful together, and I really love using each ink in multiple layers like this – blending it on with a blending tool, stamping it on with the On the Strip 2 wide stripe and then watching it react with droplets of water for even more depth and texture.

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The Everyday Circles stamp set is also great for mini cards – it’s the perfect size to be the focal point of these little cards without completely consuming them. I loooove these sentiments stamped in the Hero Arts Navy Mid-Tone ink. So yummy.

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Also, I made a video. Did I tell you that? I know. I can’t believe it either. I don’t have any concrete plans for making a ton of videos right away, but I would like to make some more. A few of my favorites need updating, and I have some great ideas for “basics” videos that I think even experienced crafters would like. Now if only these ideas would get out of my head and onto the internet.

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Supplies used on this project: Click below to see where you can buy the products used on this project. Click on “SS” for the product at Simon Says Stamp and “EH” for the product at Ellen Hutson. I only link to products and shops that I know and love. Thank you for your support!

Shabby Shutters Distress Ink – Ranger
SS | EH
Peacock Feathers Distress Ink – Tim Holtz
SS | EH
Salty Ocean Distress Ink – Ranger
SS | EH
Shaded Lilac Distress Ink – Tim Holtz
SS | EH
Ink Blending Tool – Ranger
SS | EH
Ink Blending Tool Foams – Ranger
SS | EH
Non-Stick Craft Sheet – Ranger
SS | EH
Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink – Hero Arts
SS | EH
Solar White Cardstock 25 sheets – Neenah
SS | EH
Solar White Cardstock 250 Sheets – Neenah
SS | EH
Mini Scoring Board – Martha Stewart Crafts
SS | EH
Large 7mm Antique Accent Pearls – Hero Arts
SS | EH
Small Accent Pearls – Hero Arts
SS | EH

Thanks so much for stopping by today and to the wonderful Little Tangles crew for having me on their challenge this week! Make sure you head over there and see the creations the design team came up with + leave them some love!

Talk to you again soon, my friends!

Love,
Britta

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Today is a Very Special Holiday

The best holidays are ones you spend with your best friends. Well, today is one of those days.

Feast of Thrones Invite Woodburning Invitation by Britta Swiderski

(Hand-lettered and then transferred onto this wood panel with this transfer paper and then burned in with this wood burning tool.)

Many of you may know that I (along with my group of friends) am quite nerdy and have a deep love for the Game of Thrones show/ the A Song of Ice and Fire book series by George R.R. Martin. I even have a dedicated Pinterest board about the world of Westeros. Last year, we had a potluck feast before the premiere of season three of the show, and this year, we’re making it an official tradition by hosting another Feast of Thrones before the premiere of season four.

I also wanted to mention that I’m currently doing VEDA for the second year in a row (click here to watch last year’s VEDA). It stands for Vlog Every Day in April, and I’m doing it again this year to document the changing of the times and what’s going on right now. I’m filming every day, and even though some days my schedule doesn’t allow me time to post the video every day, each day will be live eventually. I promise! Check out Day One here:

And Day Two here:

This is a great day to see what’s going on with me on a daily basis or just see what I’m up to and how I’ve changed from a year ago. :)

See you again soon with more crafty things. I’ve been making time to be creative, and it’s one of my favorite coping methods for this time in my life. I can’t wait to share more with you!

Love you,
Britta

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Guest Post over at Top Dog Dies!

If you are looking for my post for the A Blog Named Hero 2nd Birthday blog hop, please click here or scroll down on the main page of my blog to the next post.

I’m thrilled to be on the Top Dog Dies blog today with a post sharing two projects. I even have a step-by-step tutorial for the first card. Spoiler alert: both projects involve really cool dies and a lot of Distress Ink.

First, a little bit about Top Dog Dies. I’ll let them introduce themselves to you!

Top Dog Dies is a new online store that offers their own brand of wafer-thin and steel-rule dies, along with dies from brands you already know and trust, including My Favorite Things, Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions. Savvy Stamps and Cheery Lynn Designs. Top Dog Dies is also the leading U.S. retailer for Tattered Lace, a new line of intricate dies designed by British designer Stephanie Weightman. 

Top Dog Dies also be doing a guest designer giveaway for the whole month of April that you guys can enter! The winner will receive $50 worth of exclusive dies from Top Dog Dies (their choice!). Here’s the link for that giveaway: http://www.topdogdies.com/guest-designer-giveaway

Now, onto the projects!

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For this card, I worked with the A2 Card #4 Steel die for the base. There are so many ways that card base could go – I chose to use the flap as a closure behind the Darby Doily and sentiment, but this would also be awesome as a card where you decorate the inside and then use the outside as an envelope to send in the mail. That would be such a fun surprise for the recipient!

Here are the supplies I used on the first card. Again, for a step-by-step tutorial for this card, check out the Top Dog Dies blog post!

Supplies used on this project: Click below to see where you can buy the products used on this project. Click on “SS” for the product at Simon Says Stamp and “EH” for the product at Ellen Hutson. I only link to products and shops that I know and love. Thank you for your support!

Shabby Shutters Distress Ink
(SS|EH)
Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
(SS|EH)
Peacock Feathers Distress Ink – Tim Holtz
(SS|EH)
Marker Spritzer Tool – Tim Holtz
(SS|EH)
Distress Markers Set of 49 – Ranger
(SS|EH)
Peacock Feathers Distress Marker – Ranger
(SS|EH)
Broken China Distress Marker – Tim Holtz
(SS|EH)
Broken China Distress Ink – Tim Holtz
(SS|EH)
Shaded Lilac Distress Ink – Tim Holtz
(SS|EH)
Mister Bottle 2 Ounce – Ranger
(SS|EH)
Quinn’s ABCs – Lawn Fawn
(SS|EH)
Quinns ABC Lawn Cuts Dies – Lawn Fawn
(SS|EH)
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink – Tsukineko
(SS|EH)
Solar White Cardstock Ream 250 Sheets – Neenah Paper
(SS|EH)
Solar White 80 LB Cardstock 25 sheets – Neenah Paper
(SS|EH)

I also got the opportunity to work with one of their shaped cards steel dies (the A2 Diaper Card) + coordinating card finisher wafer thin dies (Diaper Card Finishers). I really, really like all of the elements they included in the accessories set, especially since all of them are not specifically baby-themed (well, except for the diaper insert, of course!). I can definitely see myself using those dies on a completely un-baby-related project, and I love that versatility.

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Here are the supplies used on this card. For more detail on how I made this card (and why I put so many layers of ink on it), check out the blog post. :)

Blocks 9 x 12 Stencil Dylusions – Dyan Reaveley
(SS|EH)
Shaded Lilac Distress Ink – Tim Holtz
(SS|EH)
Peacock Feathers Distress Ink – Tim Holtz
(SS|EH)
Tumbled Glass Distress Ink – Tim Holtz
(SS|EH)
Ink Blending Tool – Ranger
(SS|EH)
Neon Purple Ink Spray – Hero Arts
(SS|EH)
White Linen Dylusions Ink Spray – Ranger
(SS|EH)
Solar White Cardstock 250 Sheets – Neenah
(SS|EH)
Solar White Cardstock 25 sheets – Neenah
(SS|EH)
Gold Sparkle Hemp Cord – Lawn Fawn
(SS|EH)

Thanks so much to the Top Dog Dies crew for letting me try out some of your dies and having me on the blog today! I’m really impressed with the quality and versatility of all of the dies I tried, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

Love,
Britta

Disclaimer: Top Dog Dies sent me the above dies in exchange for a tutorial post on their blog with two projects + mentioning the post on my blog. I was not otherwise compensated for either post. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

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