Tag Archives: Video Tutorial Monday

Video Tutorial Monday – Using Digital Die Cuts

Hey, you. :) I’m feeling a bit better today and am ready to take on my incredibly long list of to-dos that I have for the next two weeks. Just so you’re aware, I have finals coming up over the next two weeks, so I’m going to be crazy busy with that. My schoolwork comes first, so there might even only be a VTM post next week and that’s all until Saturday. We’ll see. These next two weeks are going to kick my butt, so I’m thinking I’ll need some creative time to relax and refocus. You can follow me on twitter for more updates over the next couple weeks. After that, though, I’m all yours. :) Winter break is going to be an amazing time to craft, make videos, and start work on a new venture for me. No details on that yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as I come up with my final plan. Thank you so much for your support and sticking with me through my crazy college schedule. You rock!

Okay, on to today’s card. It’s another in my holiday gift series, so it uses a lot of the same supplies as the card from Saturday. I used my silhouette to cut out the Artisan with Swirls shape (from the silhouette store) on some grey American Crafts cardstock, then the video takes it from there. :) Here’s the final card:

The close-up:

The set of all four together:

Here’s the video showing you how to put everything together (youtube link to video & subscribe to my channel):

Supplies: {Holiday Card Set 2010 Products}, Cardstock- American Crafts (Grey), Twine- Papertrey Ink, Die Cutter- Silhouette SD, Die Cut Shape- Artisan with Swirls by Samantha Walker, Paint- Ranger (Spice Tin Paint Dauber by Jenni Bowlin Studios), Star Punch- American Girl Crafts.

Have a wonderful week; wishing you lots of get-lots-done mojo!


1 Comment

Filed under Tutorials

Week 12 – Monday Video Tutorial: Colored Pencil

Hello and welcome to another Video Tutorial Monday. Firstly, I wanted to thank you for all of the sweet birthday wishes yesterday. It makes my heart so happy! The crafty world is truly the best. I’m in the midst of packing up this morning and flying home this afternoon back to Minneapolis. I had a wonderful time at home with my family, but it’s definitely time to go back and get lots of work done. The next three weeks are going to be absolutely insane for me with final projects and finals coming up way to quickly, so I may be posting only a few times a week instead of 5 or 6. Don’t worry, though- as soon as finals are over, I’m sure I’m going to want to relax by making lots of pretty things. :) Of course, I’ll be working on my December Daily and probably posting that a couple times a week. My Instax Mini is waiting at home for me, so I can’t wait to break it out and start this project.

Anyways, back to VTM. I wanted to expand on my earlier videos about coloring with colored pencils, so I made this one about adding depth to images that already have “pre-determined” colors. For example, this wreath image. You basically have the choices between reds and greens, no matter how you slice it, so I show you how to make plain coloring really pop by blending lights, mediums, and darks. Here’s today’s card:


And the video. (Watch it on YouTube, subscribe to my channel.)
Supplies: Cardstock- Papertrey Ink (Kraft), Stamps- Lawn Fawn (Bows and Holly), Colored Pencils- Prisma (48 Color), Ink- Tsukineko (Memento Black) and Ranger (Vintage Photo Distress INk), Glossy Accents- Ranger, Scoring Board- Martha Stewart (EK Success).
By the way, this is the set of colored pencils I have:
You can buy them here on amazon or at my favorite art supply store, Dick Blick (with a mail-in rebate offer for purchases over $50), but I wouldn’t buy them for more than 40 dollars. I think I bought mine for $30 at Michaels when they were 50% off. They go on sale every once in a while, and you can usually use a coupon on them. I like this set a lot as a good range of color, but I have picked up some extra individual colors for specific drawings that I had to do for class. I hope someday to accumulate the whole collection, but we’ll see how that goes. These pencils are awesome quality and will last a very long time, so I highly recommend them. As far as art supplies go, these are definitely a good investment.
Of course, plain old Crayola pencils would work too. If you have those and want to try this technique with those, just make sure to color lightly on the bottom layer. They’re not as easy blend since there’s more wax in them, but if you color lightly, you should be fine.
If you have any other questions about colored pencils, feel free to comment here or on the video. I’d love to answer or point you in the right direction of some resources. Thank you for stopping by today! I have to dash off to start packing. Ha.

1 Comment

Filed under Tutorials

Video Tutorial Monday #11 – Using Distress Inks

Good morning! I’m just popping in to post this morning before leaving for the airport. I can’t wait to get home! It’ll be so nice to be back in Wisconsin for a week or so. Loveeee. Anyways, the idea from today’s tutorial came to me after reading on a couple places on the internet that people have collected the Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the pretty colors but didn’t really know what to do with them. To them I say: watch this video! Hopefully you’ll get a sense of what you can do with them. I show three of my favorite distress ink techniques. Here’s today’s card:

Close-up of the three inking techniques together:

The pretty twine bow. I think it adds the perfect touch. :)

Here’s the video for this week. As always, you can watch it on youtube here. (And make sure to subscribe to my channel! :) )

Supplies: Cardstock- Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream), Stamps- Hero Arts (CG170 Wildflower Garden), Studio Calico (Grid Stamp), Lawn Fawn (Sophie’s Sentiments), Ink- Ranger (Distress Inks- Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed, Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender), Tsukineko (Versamark), Embossing Powder- Ranger, Twine- Papertrey Ink, Corner Rounder- WRMK.
Thank you for stopping by for another video tutorial Monday! I have to dash off to catch my flight, but I’ll be posting more pretty things this week. I have one of my new favorite layouts to share with you tomorrow. :)


Filed under Tutorials