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Distress Marker Fall Background – Simon Says Stamptember®

Hola! I wanted to make sure and stop in this week to share some fun technique love with you in a video tutorial featuring a brand new Simon Says Stamp Stamptember® background stamp! For those of you who don’t know yet, Stamptember® is Simon’s month-long stamping celebration that has taken place for the last 5 years in September. And boy, did they out do themselves this year! There are so many great new products and awesome inspiring projects to go along with them. Be sure to check out Simon’s Stamptember® release here and their blog for even more inspiration.

Distress Marker Fall Leaf Background (Stamptember) Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

Here’s a peek at the cards we’ll be making in today’s tutorial. I’m using one of my favorite mediums with background stamps: Distress Markers! Believe it or not, you can get at least two backgrounds out of each inking of the stamp. Enjoy the video!

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The best part about this card is that you can make it as simple or as complex as you want. For example, you could color the background with more random swatches of color or even using Distress Ink pads to get a similar but more random look. You could also go more simple with the sentiment and simply stamp one onto a piece of vellum or a label to go in the middle of the card. With a little tweaking, this would be a great design to reproduce for holiday cards!

Distress Marker Fall Leaf Background (Stamptember) Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

Here’s a close-up look at the first stamping of the leaf background stamp. I love the interplay of all of the colors in such random way that yet makes so much sense. Here, you can also get a closer look at the little bit of touch-up I did in the video with just a bit of water and a tiny paint brush. With just the stamped color on the paper, I was able to smooth out any of the leaves that didn’t transfer as perfectly as I would’ve liked.

Distress Marker Fall Leaf Background (Stamptember) Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

Here’s the second card of the duo. I always tend to like the second stamping even better than the first – its subtle but bright color tones are right up my alley! All you have to do is lightly mist over the stamp once more and then press a new piece of watercolor paper onto the stamp’s surface. Bam! Two backgrounds for the effort of one.

Distress Marker Fall Leaf Background (Stamptember) Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

You can really see how awesome the stacked die cuts in soft navy + glossy accents make a sentiment that is strong enough to stand up to the bold pattern in the background without overpowering the rest of the card. (Jennifer McGuire uses this techniques on her cards often, and I love it!)

Distress Marker Fall Leaf Background (Stamptember) Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

Oh! And the Distress Marker colors I used on the background were Mustard Seed (as the base and unifying color), Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and Barn Door. They all so well into the fall color scheme. I could also see this working very well with a set of lighter or darker greens as well. That would be a great way to bring around this design to spring and summer!

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!

I also promised I would share some of my favorites from the Stamptember® release. Of course I love the Leaf Background stamp, but my other top three would have to be the Many Thanks Stamp Set, the Paw Dies Set (can you imagine all of the cute things I could make about Leia?!?!) and, of course, the new colors of inks. I’m planning a video with a comparison of all the inks that have come out lately – there are so many options out there, but Simon’s inks are some of the best because they’re formulated just like my beloved Hero Arts ones. Yummmm!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Now it’s back to rest for me; I got hit with this terrible sinus-infection-virus-y-thing that everyone seems to have around here from being at the State Fair. I guess that’s what you get when you put a total of 1,824,830 people in one place over the span of 12 days. At least the doctor gave me a prescription for some kick-butt cough medicine. Ha! See you again soon on Friday with some more much-requested Filofax inserts!

Love,
Britta

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Gradient Texture Paste + A Copic Cupcake Video Tutorial

Welcome to another video tutorial day! I know, I can barely contain my excitement either. ;) Today’s card is focusing on two things that I’m in love with right now: adding a ton of texture with the brand new Texture Paste from Ranger (or Embossing Paste from Wendy Vecchi) and layering stamped images. I hope you’re ready for some serious happy!

Gradient Texture Paste and Copic Cupcake Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

The main part of this project? Making an awesome gradient background using Texture Paste, Distress Ink (Broken China, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire and Dusty Concord) and this Mini Mod Checkerboard stencil. I also really enjoyed putting the Distress Watercolor Paper to the test – this stuff is awesome! Enjoy the tutorial!

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You can see here how all the layers (and making sure to color them all!) adds so much dimension to the project. Any of the blueprint stamps from Tim Holtz are a dream for this type of project, but I’m particularly in love with the Birthday Blueprints set that I use here. I also augmented the image with a simple “cheers!” stamped in Claire’s ABCs from Lawn Fawn.

Gradient Texture Paste and Copic Cupcake Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

I used the following Copic markers for each area of the cupcake image: Frosting – R20 Blush, R21 Sardenya & R22 Light Prawn – Candlestick – Y11 Pale Yellow & Y13 Lemon Yellow – Flame – Y38 Honey, YR16 Apricot & YR68 Orange – Wrapper – Y18 Lightning Yellow, Y19 Naples Yellow & Y35 Maize. Click here for more about my Copic collection.

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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!

Texture Paste – Ranger
SS | EH
Mini Mod Checkerboard – The Crafters Workshop
SS | EH
Birthday Blueprint Stamps – Tim Holtz (Ellen)
SS | EH
Claires ABCs – Lawn Fawn
SS | EH
Broken China Distress Ink
SS | EH
Salty Ocean Distress Ink – Ranger
SS | EH
Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink
SS | EH
Dusty Concord Distress Ink
SS | EH
Distress Watercolor Paper – Ranger
SS | EH
Blocks Stencil Dylusions – Dyan Reaveley
SS | EH
Non-Stick Craft Sheet – Ranger
SS | EH
Hero Hues Sea Layering Papers – Hero Arts
SS | EH
Copic Sketch Markers
SS | EH
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink – Tsukineko
SS | EH
Design Ruler – Tim Holtz
SS | EH
Corner Chomper 1/8″ and 3/8″ – WRMK
SS | EH

For those of you interested in what the inside of the card said – this is all of Jake’s wisdom to his little sister. The beers we picked out for her as a starter were Sweet Child of Vine by Fulton (IPA), Hefe by Widmer Brothers (Hefeweizen), Amber by Alaskan (Amber/Red Ale), Obsidian Stout by Dechutes (Stout), Purple Haze by Abita (Fruit Beer) and Coffee Bender by Surly (American Brown Ale). And yes, we’re super huge nerds.

Gradient Texture Paste and Copic Cupcake Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

A big belated happy birthday goes out to my (honorary) sister, Melissa. I actually had the opportunity to head down to Milwaukee and see her during the beginning part of this week; it had been wayyyy too long since I’d last seen her, and a sister weekend had to happen. Now continues the campaign to convince her to move up to the Twin Cities. ;)

Melissa & Me at Lakefront Brewery (her first visit to a brewery!) on Monday <3

Melissa & Me at Lakefront Brewery (her first visit to a brewery!) on Monday <3

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the AWESOME response to the new planner printables! You guys rock. :) I hope you’re loving all the videos as much as I am. What should next week’s tutorial be?

Love,
Britta

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Distress Ink Blending Foam Storage – Update + Video Tutorial!

Hello friends! Today I’m here with a video (as promised!) showing something I get emails weekly about –  an update for that awesome Distress Blending Foam Storage chart that I released several years ago with the No-Stress Distress Inks course. Since that time, Tim Holtz has come out with 12 more colors. The were originally deemed seasonal and limited edition colors, but the colors were so beloved that they became a permanent part of the Distress Inks line. That’s a good thing, too, because the seasonal colors are some of my very favorites of all time. First, here’s a look at the finished product:

Distress Ink Blending Foam Organization Chart by Britta Swiderski with video tutorial! (08-10-14) brittaswiderski.com

For a full supply list, please scroll down a little bit towards the bottom of the blog post. There you will find a full supply list and the link to download the free PDF. Enjoy the video!

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Here’s another look at the chart in all its colorful glory. It’s seriously so inspiring to see all of these colors right in front of my workspace. I highly recommend hanging this somewhere where you can see it!

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Here’s an up-close look at the back. I used a stapler to secure small pieces of velcro to the front around the edges and used a craft pick + brads + brad setter to attach the velcro in the middle of the board. This extra security will keep your velcro (and blending foams!) on through many projects and crafty adventures.

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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!

If you’re really wanting to dive more into distress inks, I can’t think of a better way than my No-Stress Distress Inks E-Course. And guess what? It’s discounted right now from $15 to $10. Would you like to know why? Well there just might be a No-Stress Distress Inks 2 class in the works… but you didn’t hear that from me. ;)

No-Stress Distress Inks E-Class by Britta Swiderski

Here’s where you can download the chart for yourself. It’s absolutely free, but please tweet (@brittaswiderski), instagram (@brittaswiderski) or facebook (BrittaSwiderskiCreative) a picture of yours when your done. I would LOVE to see it!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. It’s an exciting time in my life, and I’m so glad I get to share it with you. :) Coming up next: more filofax inserts!

Love,
Britta

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