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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.

08-28-14 Copic Cupcake Colors by Britta Swiderski-1

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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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!

04-02-14 Britta Swiderski Top Dog Dies Final-2

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.

04-02-14 Britta Swiderski Top Dog Dies Congrats Baby-2

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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ABNH 2nd Birthday Blog Hop!

Hey friends! I’m absolutely thrilled to be participating in this awesome celebration of A Blog Named Hero‘s 2nd birthday! You should be arriving here at my blog from Christine Drogt‘s wonderful blog. If you’re just starting the hop now, you can head here for the beginning.

ABNH 2nd Birthday

Here’s the card I made to celebrate this special occasion today:

04-01-14 ABNH Happy Birthday by Britta Swiderski-1

I went a CAS (clean and simple) direction with this one, using some of my newest Hero Arts goodies, the Constellation background stamp with Unicorn Pastel Mint ink. I love the soft-but-present texture the pale mint gives to the white cardstock. The Pastel Mint ink does show up a little better in real life and is the perfect light mint color.

04-01-14 ABNH Happy Birthday by Britta Swiderski-2

I stamped the bold Happy Birthday sentiment from It’s Your Day stamp set in Navy Mid-Tone Ink, used Wet Cement cardstock as the base and kept the embellishments simple with Tim Holtz Mirrored Stars in a visually pleasing triangle formation. The end result is happy, celebratory, and perfectly gender neutral using this color scheme. Cards for guys are usually so difficult, aren’t they?! Haha.

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!

Constellation background S5922 – Hero Arts
(SS|EH)
It’s Your Day Stamp Set – Hero Arts
(SS|EH)
Unicorn Pastel Mint Pigment Ink AF280 – Hero Arts
(SS|EH)
Early Spring Ink Cubes – Hero Arts
(SS|EH)
Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink – Hero Arts
(SS|EH)
Mirrored Stars Idea-ology – Tim Holtz
(SS|EH)
Solar White Cardstock 25 sheets – Neenah
(SS|EH)
Solar White Cardstock ream – Neenah
(SS|EH)
Glossy Accents – Ranger
(SS|EH)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! The next stop on the hop is my good (and talented!) friend Stephanie Klauk, so hop on over there to continue on this trail of happiness and celebration!

Also, be sure to leave a comment on each stop to increase your chances to WIN one of two prize packages from Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp!

Love,
Britta

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