[TT Video] Short Strokes Watercolor Background by Channin

on February 21, 2017
Hello everyone! It’s Channin here with a new video for Technique Tuesday! This week watch as I demonstrate how to make this very colorful watercolored background. Watercolor backgrounds have been very popular! From smooshed, to ombre/gradations, to bold stripes, to even plaids, I have seen so many different beautiful types of watercolor backgrounds. In my video, watch as I demonstrate yet another, I’m calling Short Strokes.  

[TT Video] Short Strokes Watercolor Background by Channin

Watch below or on our YouTube channel. First, I made the background with my watercolors and a 1/2 flat brush on a 5 1/2” x 7 1/2” panel of watercolor paper. I started with my lightest watercolor shade, mixed it with only a small amount of water then applied it randomly to my watercolor panel in short strokes. I continued this process till I had applied all the colors I intended to use and my panel was covered with strokes. As my panel dried, I stamped and gold embossed the adorable lion from the Enveloper Choice Stamp Set and a sentiment from the Enveloper Hello Stamp Set on a stitched white cardstock square cut using the new Lacy Square Dies. Next, I trimmed my watercolor panel down to 5x7 using the Lacy Layers 5x7 Dies. I then adhered my panel to my cardbase, added some craft foam to the back of my lion and sentiment square and then adhered it to my card front. I hope you enjoyed and thanks so much for stopping by!! ~Channin Products: Enveloper Choice Stamp Set Enveloper Hello Stamp Set  Lacy Square Die Lacy Layers 5x7 Die

[TT Video] Marker Stripes with Inlaid Die Cuts by Channin

on February 14, 2017
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Hello everyone!! It’s Channin here and I’m back with a new technique video! This week’s technique is a combo, Markers Stripes and Inlaid Die Cuts! I had so much fun playing around with these two simple techniques, that I made 5 cards!! I just couldn’t stop playing with color combinations and experimenting with directions of the stripes. Hope you enjoy and maybe try it out for yourselves!

[TT Video] Marker Stripes with Inlaid Die Cuts by Channin

Watch below or on our YouTube channel. First, I traced around the medium square die from the Doily Square Die set on a scrap of white cardstock. I then selected my alcohol marker colors, lined them up in the order I wanted to use them and then made diagonal stripes on over my traced square using the chiseled tip on my markers. Next, I die cut my striped scrap with the medium and small square from the Square Doily Die set. I then rearranged my cuts to create a new pattern and adhered them onto a backing I created by die cutting the medium square from a scrap of white cardstock. Next, splattered some watered down black acrylic paint onto a 5 ¼” square card base (did not splatter on all my cards, I did however, on the one I created in the video). While my splatters dried, I die cut “celebrate” from white craft foam and white cardstock using the Celebrate Word Die. I then adhered these two together and then stamped and white embossed my sentiment from the Congrats Stamp Set on a strip of black cardstock. Next, I mounted my striped inlaid square on foam tape and I mounted onto my cardbase. Now because I wanted a portion of the “Celebrate” to hang off the inlaid panel I then die cut another craft foam “celebrate”, but this time I trimmed off most of the letters and only kept the last 3 and adhered them onto my previous “celebrate”. Next I adhered “celebrate” onto my card base. Then, I added foam tape to the tail end of “It’s your day” and then glued the rest onto my card base. I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for stopping by! ~Channin Products: Doily Square Die Celebrate Word Die Congrats Stamp Set

[TT Video] Pattern Stamping and Coloring Outside of the Lines by Channin

on February 07, 2017
Hello everyone!! It’s Channin here and it’s Technique Tuesday! Today I’m sharing one of my favs Pattern Stamping! I just love this simple technique! I saw Jennifer McGuire use this technique awhile back and I just fell in love with it! It’s a relatively simple technique that yields stunning results and it makes great use of your smaller stamps! In fact I had so much fun playing with this technique that I made two very different cards, one that’s simply embossed but still absolutely beautiful and a second one in which I loosely colored with alcohol markers. I hope you enjoy!

[TT Video] Pattern Stamping and Coloring Outside of the Lines by Channin

Watch below or on our YouTube channel. First, I cut two 5x7 panels, one out of pink cardstock and the other out of white, using the Lacy Layers 5x7 Die. I then created my sentiment using the Balloon Messages Stamp Set and mounted in my MISTI in the center of my panels. I then stamped and embossed it in gold on the pink panel and then stamped it again in black on the white panel. Next, I pulled several floral stamps from the Loved Stamp Set and the Wild & Free Stamp Set and arranged them on lower half of half of my panel. I then stamped and embossed these stamps in white for my pink panel and then in just black for my white panel. Next, I finished up the pink panel with some accents added with a white gel pen. Then, I started coloring the white panel with my alcohol markers. Since several of the floral images are pretty solid with little negative space for coloring I decided to color around the images and to keep thing looking constant I colored around all the images not just the solid ones. This was a fun way to color because I didn’t have to stress about staying within the lines. Once my coloring was complete, I mounted my panels to my card bases and my cards were complete! I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful day!! ~Channin Products: Lacy Layers 5x7 Die Balloon Messages Stamp Set Loved Stamp Set  Wild & Free Stamp Set

[TT Video] Wet on Wet Watercoloring by Channin

on January 17, 2017
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  Hello everyone!! It's Channin here and today I have a fun watercoloring technique to share with you all, wet on wet watercoloring!! Wet on wet watercoloring is a fun and loose way to watercolor. This technique allows for a lot of movement of your colors and yields beautiful varied results. And it’s so fun to watch, it looks and feels like the paint is painting itself!

[TT Video] Wet on Wet Watercoloring by Channin

Watch below or on our YouTube channel. First, I stamped and white embossed many little bags from the Little Gifts Stamp Set on a 5x7 panel of watercolor paper. Next, smooshed a rainbow of Waffle Flower dye inks (Happy Go Lucky, Oh Happy Day, My Pleasure, Daydreaming, and Chirp Chirp) on a big piece of packaging plastic, you could simply use a sheet of acetate or a laminated sheet of white cardstock instead. I then misted my smooshed inks water. Next, with water from a cup dedicated to clean clear water, I painted a couple bags. I then picked up some watered down ink with my brush and transferred it to the bags I previously painted with water. I would often simply allow the ink to move on the surface of the water by itself but sometimes I would tilt my paper to get a little more movement. I continued this process till all my bags were painted. After my bags had dried I painted my background by smooshing Like a Pro dye ink on my palette, watering it down, and then painting around the bags. I then let the background dry and once it was dry I painted shadows around all the bags with some more watered down Like a Pro. I then stamped and white embossed a sentiment from the Balloon Messages Stamp Set on a strip of grey cardstock. Lastly, I adhered my panel onto my cardbase and then adhered my sentiment with some foam tape. I hope you enjoyed! Thanks so for stopping by and have a wonderful day! ~Channin   Products: Little Gifts Stamp Set Balloon Messages Stamp Set Happy Go Lucky Dye Ink Oh Happy Day Dye Ink My Pleasure Dye Ink Daydreaming Dye Ink Chirp Chirp Dye Ink Like a Pro Dye Ink

[TT Video] Ink Smooshing with an Acyrlic Block by Channin

on December 28, 2016
  Hello everyone!! It’s Channin here! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and have a lot of new crafty goodies to play with!! Today I’m sharing a video demonstrating ink smooshing with an acrylic block. I love how this technique keeps the ink contained yet you still get a lot of play between the colors! I hope you check it out below!  

[TT Video] Ink Smooshing with an Acyrlic Block by Channin

Watch below or on our YouTube channel. Card 1: First, I inked up an acrylic block with a rainbow of Waffle Flower inks (You Said What, Oh Happy Day, My Pleasure, Happy Go Lucky, Daydreaming, and Chirp Chirp). I then misted the block with water and then pressed the block onto a panel of water color paper and left it to dry. Once dry I repeated the process and ink smooshed again directly on top of the section I did earlier. I did this so I had fewer white areas. Once the second layer was dry I stamped the balloon strings, balloons, and a sentiment from the Balloon Messages Stamp Set in Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then smooshed Peace of Mind Dye Ink on my acrylic block and misted it with water and then used the watered down ink to paint a shadow around the balloons. Lastly, I took a white gel pen to outline the sentiment and add glares to the balloons. Card 2: I followed a very similar process for this card. I just positioned the stamps differently, used the solid balloon, and didn’t outline the sentiment. I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for stopping by! ~Channin Products: You Said What Dye Ink Oh Happy Day Dye Ink My Pleasure Dye Ink Happy Go Lucky Dye Ink Daydreaming Dye Ink  Chirp Chirp Dye Ink Peace of Mind Dye Ink  Balloon Messages Stamp Set

[TT Video] Colored Pencils on Black Cardstock by Channin

on December 20, 2016
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designteamheadshots_channin Hello everyone!! It’s Channin here!! I’ve got another trio of one layer cards to share with you all today! I had so much fun playing with the Cutaway Alpha and Sketchy Numbers Stamps Sets that I just couldn’t stop! This week I’m sharing one of my favorite techniques, coloring on black cardstock with Prismacolor colored pencils! I love to incorporate different colored cardstock into my card designs to shake things up a little but how do you color your stamped images? That’s the beauty of Prismacolor colored pencils they keep their intensity even when used on dark cardstocks! Please watch my video below to get all the details! :)

[TT Video] Colored Pencils on Black Cardstock by Channin

Watch below or on our YouTube channel. wfc-122016-channin-5 wfc-122016-channin-2 Card 1: First, on my MISTI, I arranged the numbers 10-2 from the Sketchy Number Stamp Set then stamped and embossed them in gold. I then completed the count down by stamping and embossing the “1” (I couldn’t do it earlier because I needed it to make the 10). Next, I die cut a sentiment from the Holiday Words Die set out of mustard colored cardstock. I then pressed the sentiment into my embossing ink pad and then embossed it too with my gold embossing powder. Once my sentiment was heat set, I adhered it to my card and then colored the embossed numbers with a rainbow of Prismacolor colored pencils (PC1027, PC905, PC912, PC916, PC926, PC994, and PC933). wfc-122016-channin-3 Card 2: I created my sentiment “Happy New Year!” using the Cutaway Alpha Stamp Set. I then stamped and embossed it in gold. Next, stamped and gold embossed the numbers from the Sketchy Number Stamp Set around the edges to frame the sentiment. Lastly, I colored the numbers using my colored pencils. wfc-122016-channin-4 Card 3: I stamped and gold embossed a “HELLO” and “2017” using the Cutaway Alpha and Sketchy Number Stamp Sets. Lastly, I colored the year in with my colored pencils.   wfc-122016-channin-1 I hope you enjoyed and will try colored pencils with your dark cardstocks! Thanks for stopping by! ~Channin   Products: Sketchy Numbers Stamp Set Cutaway Alpha Stamp Set Holiday Words Die

[TT Video] 3 Trees, One Stamp with Channin

on December 13, 2016
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designteamheadshots_channin Hello everyone! It’s Channin here! I love playing with my stamps, especially simple shapes, and coming up with new ways to use them. This week I took a simple ray/elongated triangle from the awesome Rain Check Stamp Set and created 3 different Christmas tree designs! Watch the video below to get all the details!  

[TT Video] 3 Trees, One Stamp with Channin

Watch below or on our YouTube channel. img_2702 photo-dec-11-9-33-38-pm Card 1: For my first card I cut a 4.75” x 6.75” rectangle out of white cardstock and then I die cut the largest dotted rectangle from the Pinking Layers Die set. Next, I used a ruler to make a vertical line down the center and then I stamped 6 triangles using the ray from the Rain Check Stamp Set in Chirp Chirp Dye Ink, New Fish in Pond Dye Ink, and Peace of Mind Dye Ink on either side of the vertical line (3 on each side). photo-dec-11-9-36-13-pm Next, I masked off the bottom of my tree with a post-it-note and then stamped the wider portion of the ray in Coffee Loves Milk Dye Ink to create a trunk. I then thoroughly dried my panel with my heat gun and then stamped and gold embossed a sentiment from the Peace on Earth Stamp Set. Lastly, I punched a star out of glittery gold paper using and adhered it to the top of my tree and then adhered the panel onto my 5” by 7” card base. photo-dec-11-9-34-49-pm Card 2: For my second card I first cut a 4.25” by 5.5” rectangle out of white cardstock and then I die cut the largest dotted rectangle from the Pinking Layers Die set. Next, I used a ruler to mark a vertical line down the center and then I stamped the ray stamp twice (once in Chirp Chirp and then in New Fish in Pond) on either side of the centerline to create a tree. I then created two more trees to the left and the right of my first tree in Chirp Chirp, New Fish in Pond, and Peace of Mind. photo-dec-11-9-34-12-pm Next, using a ruler and a permanent marker I drew a centerline down the middle of the right and left tree and then I drew branches coming out of the centerline on both trees. I then stamped a sentiment from the Peace on Earth Stamp Set in the center of the middle tree with Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink. Lastly, I cut a piece of craft foam to fit my panel, then adhered them together and then onto my 5” by 7” card base. photo-dec-11-9-34-38-pm Card 3: For my final card I started with my 5” by 7” card base. With my card turned horizontally, I repeatedly stamped the ray in Chirp Chirp, New Fish in Pond, and Peace of Mind to create a forest scene. Next, using a ruler and a fine permanent marker I made a vertical centerline in some of the trees and then added branches. photo-dec-11-9-34-20-pm I then stamped a sentiment which I trimmed (I removed the bird and flourishes) from Peace on Earth Stamp Set in Like a Pro Dye Ink. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment again but this time in Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink over my gray sentiment but slightly off-set to create a shadow. Thanks for stopping I hoped you enjoyed and inspired you to experiment with some of your shape stamps! J Supplies: Pinking Layers Die  Rain Check Stamp Set Peace on Earth Stamp Set Chirp Chirp Dye Ink New Fish in Pond Dye Ink Peace of Mind Dye Ink Coffee Loves Milk Dye Ink Like a Pro Dye Ink

[TT Video] Die-cutting with Faux Suede by Channin

on December 06, 2016
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designteamheadshots_channinHello everyone and welcome to Technique Tuesday!! It’s Channin here and today I’m making necklaces and earrings using Waffle Flower dies and faux suede. Over the past couple of years, I have seen many people create amazing projects with their dies and felt, which has always made me wonder if it was possible to die-cut with a faux suede material called ultrasuede, especially since its about the same thickness and suppleness. So finally I gave it a try! Check out the video below to see my results!

[TT Video] Die-cutting with Faux Suede by Channin

Watch below or on out YouTube channel. First, I die cut feathers out of a faux suede material called ultrasuede using the Feather More Die set. Ultrasuede is a material typically used for bead embroidery work, but it has a thickness and suppleness somewhat comparable to felt but with that soft velvety feel and look of suede. I couldn’t find any at my local JoAnns however, but several etsy stores carry it in a variety of colors. Here’s one etsy shop selling scrap packages for only 5-6 bucks! img_2657 Anyways, back to the project. I cut 3 small feathers and 1 large feather, which I will use to create a pair of earrings (2 small feathers) and a necklace (1 small and 1 large). I then used painters tape to mask off an angled portion of the feathers and then painted each portion with a metallic acrylic paint. I used DecoArt Dazzling Metallics, Worn Penny but any metallic acrylic paint would work. After all my feathers were painted I left them to dry for 2-3 hours. When the feathers were dry I flipped them over, masked the other side to keep the dipped look continuous on both sides, then painted and allowed them to dry for another 2-3 hours. img_2656 Once the other painted sides were dry I assembled my jewelry. First, I cut off the stem of all the feathers. I then punched a small hole using an 1/8”hole punch at the top of every feather. I purchased bronze jump rings, fish ho ok earwires, and chain at my local craft store and with a two sets of pliers I used these items to assemble my necklace and earrings. img_2654 Now that the jewelry was done, then I created a simple cards to use as the packaging for the gifts. First, I cut two rectangles using the Pinking Layers Die of kraft cardstock. Then I cut negative spaces into the rectangles using dies from the Gift Bag Die. I used an elongated oval die to create the negative space to feed the necklace chain through and a tiny circle die to fed the hooks on earrings through. Once I had the jewelry through the negative spaces I taped down the chain and the hooks with some scotch tape and then created a pocket around the chain and hooks with foam tape. I then stamped a sentiment from the Feather More Stamp Set using a combination of Like a Pro Dye Ink and  Dew Drop Brilliance Rocket Red Gold Pigment Ink onto a 2 5” by 7” kraft card bases. Lastly, I pulled off the backing on my foam tape and added the pinking layered rectangle with either the necklace or earrings onto my card bases. img_2660 img_2658 I hope you enjoyed! I’ll see you next week with another technique!! ~Channin Supplies: Feather More Die Pinking Layers Die Gift Bag Die Feather More Stamp Set Like a Pro Dye Ink Additional Supplies: Ultrasuede Metallic Acrylic Paint 1/8” Hole Punch Jump Rings Fish Hook Earwires Jewelry Chain Pliers

[TT Video] Contact Paper Masks and Ink Blending with Channin

on November 29, 2016
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Hello everyone!! It’s Channin here and today I’m sharing how I make masks for ink blending using contact paper. I love to combine masks and ink blending into my card designs! For one thing I just love the look and second, it is a great way to get more use out of your dies! Masks can be made out of a variety of materials like copy paper, post-it notes, or more commonly masking paper, but I like to use contact paper. First, contact paper is very inexpensive (I got a whole roll at my local dollar store) and second, the back is completely covered in adhesive. Please check out my video below to see how I combined contact paper masks and ink blending to create today’s card! [TT Video] Contact Paper Masks and Ink Blending with Channin Watch below or on our YouTube channel. wfc_channin_112916_1 First, I cut six poinsettia masks using the poinsettia/flower die that is apart of the Lacy Panel Die set out of contact paper. I then ink blended Tickled Pink Dye Ink around the edges of a 5” by 7” white card base using my mini blending tool by Ranger. As I was blending, I was careful to keep the center white and create a gradation out to the edges. wfc_channin_112916_2 Next, I removed the backing on my masks and then stuck them down onto my card in ring or wreath formation. I then blended another layer of Tickled Pink over the inner ring of my poinsettia masks and then blended My Pleasure Dye Ink from the edges to the outer ring. Once my blending was completed I removed my masks and then dried my card thoroughly using a heat tool. wfc_channin_112916_3 Next, I stamped and gold embossed a sentiment from the Peace on Earth stamp set in the center my wreath. I then stamped the sentiment again in black in on a scrap of copy paper and the fussy cut around it leaving a border to create a mask for my sentiment. Then using some painter’s tape, I stuck my mask down over the sentiment and then splattered gold paint over the card. I hope you enjoyed and with give contact paper masks and ink blending a try! ~Channin Supplies: Lacy Panel Die Peace on Earth Stamp Set Tickled Pink Dye Ink My Pleasure Dye Ink

[TT Video] DIY Christmas Tree Stencil with Channin

on November 22, 2016
designteamheadshots_channin Hello everyone! It’s Channin here and today I have several cards to share, all of which I created using a simple stencil that you can make too with just a ruler and a sheet of copy paper! Check out my video or description below to get all the details! :)  

[TT Video] DIY Christmas Tree Stencil with Channin

Watch below or at our YouTube channel. wfc_channin_1122_1 First, I created my stencil by sketching out a 5” by 7” rectangle, the size of my card front, on a piece of copy paper using a ruler. I then drew a vertical line down the middle and from that line I drew to angled lines and then connected them at the bottom to create a large triangle for the tree. Under the triangle I made a little rectangle to create the trunk. Then, using an x-acto knife I cut out the simple geometric tree that I had created out. wfc_channin_1122_2 Next, I trimmed down the copy paper to 4 ¾” by 7”. So just slightly smaller than my card, this is because I will now tape my stencil and card inside my MISTI and the size difference will allow the tape to hold both the stencil and card in place. Now, that my card and stencil are taped down I can start stamping. wfc_channin_1122_3 Using several stamps from the Pattern Play Stamp Set I stamped several patterns in Peace of Mind dye ink onto the tree stencil. I then clean and rearrange the stamps and stamp them in New Fish in Pond dye ink and then repeat the process for my final ink color, Chirp Chirp. wfc_channin_1122_4 Once my tree is completely stamped, I remove the stencil and stamp a sentiment from the Peace on Earth Stamp Set in versafine black onyx ink. And that’s it!! Hope you enjoyed and maybe inspired you to create this stencil yourself! ~Channin Supplies: Pattern Play Stamp Set Peace on Earth Stamp Set Peace of Mind Dye Ink New Fish in Pond Dye Ink  Chirp Chirp Dye Ink 

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