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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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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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Happiness is Distress Ink + Die Cutting

I made something. A card. With my own hands! This is big news for me this week. I’ve been dreading cleaning my office in order to get to my craft table for about two months now, but I knew it was time to crack down and get to business. Five hours later, I was sitting at my desk playing with all the things I  finally found a place for. Cleaning is one of my biggest inspirations. I find things I forgot I loved or discover things I forgot I bought.

When I saw the Stitched Leaves die set from Lawn Fawn, I knew I couldn’t put it away without making something but didn’t want to make a fall card. So I went as far away from fall colors as I could and went straight for spring: bright, fresh green leaves with touches of yellow, blue and white accents.

Stitched Leaves Lawn Fawn Dies + Distress Ink Spring Wreath Thank You Card by Britta Swiderski

See below for a step-by-step explanation of how to go from white cardstock to these very pretty leaves using Distress Ink. Oh Distress Ink, my love! It’s so amazing what you can do with three colors and a blending tool. I decorated the wreath with the Into the Woods Mixed Sequins from Lawn Fawn (adhered with my fave adhesive for sequins, Multi Matte Medium) along with some adhesive pearls and gems from Hero Arts.

Stitched Leaves Lawn Fawn Dies + Distress Ink Spring Wreath Thank You Card by Britta Swiderski

The sentiment had to stand up to the blinged-out rest of the card without taking focus away from the focal point of the card, so I went with clean and simple black ink on a white banner. The alpha is Milo’s ABCs from Lawn Fawn. This set is the absolute best for making sentiments that are longer without going onto two lines.

Stitched Leaves Lawn Fawn Dies + Distress Ink Spring Wreath Thank You Card by Britta Swiderski

Steps to bring the leaves to life:

  1. Cover a piece of thick, white cardstock (I use Neenah Solar White) with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink using a blending tool.
  2. Die cut a bunch of leaves out of the now-colored paper – I did 10 passes to create 10 of each of the large and small smooth leaves. (Use a Craft Pick to pop the leaves out of the die if they’re being stubborn.)
  3. Separate the leaves into two piles (5 large, 5 small in each pile). One pile is for darker or “base layer” leaves and the other is for lighter or “top layer” leaves.
  4. Use a blending tool to apply Peeled Paint to all the leaves, focusing on the edges and adding more ink to the base layer leaves than the top layer leaves.
  5. Repeat step 4 with Mowed Lawn ink, focusing on the edges.
  6. Adhere the leaves to the card, starting with large base layer leaves, then small base layer leaves, then large top layer leaves and finishing with small top layer leaves. Work constantly to create a circle with each added layer of leaves. Apply leaves with glue dots, thin foam adhesive and thick foam adhesive to extra depth and dimension
  7. Embellish with sequins, rhinestones and pearls to add color and texture.

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

Stitched Leaves Lawn Cuts Dies – Lawn Fawn
Milo’s ABCs clear stamps – Lawn Fawn
Ink Blending Tool – Ranger
Ink Blending Tool Foams – Ranger
Shabby Shutters Distress Ink – Ranger
Peeled Paint Distress Ink- Ranger
Mowed Lawn Distress Ink – Tim Holtz for Ranger
Non-Stick Craft Sheet – Ranger
Big Shot Die Cutting Machine – Sizzix
Tim Holtz Vagabond – Sizzix 
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink – Tsukineko
Solar White Cardstock Ream 250 Sheets – Neenah Paper
Solar White 80 LB Cardstock 25 sheets – Neenah Paper
Smooth Desert Storm Kraft Cardstock Ream – Neenah
Smooth Desert Storm Kraft Cardstock 25 sheets- Neenah Paper
Matte Multi Medium Mini – Ranger
Into the Woods Mixed Sequins – Lawn Fawn
Tim Holtz Craft Pick – Tonic

On a personal note, this past week has been tough. I’m transitioning into my transitional life style of working (very) part time, making to do lists, crossing things off those lists and bringing together my portfolio. My focus is not only on my career path but also my health. Health is a little more of a random series of events for me. I’ve had a really hard time getting my anxiety under control since switching one of my medications around last November, and it’s causing everything to be so much more stressful than it could be.

That being said, I’m still planning on two CHA blog posts: stamping and embellishments/tools. I have the draft posts already in the works and hope to have them up sometime this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. It feels good to feel creative again, and I plan on letting this creativity take me wherever it wants to go. :)

Love,
Britta

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