New HOTP Stamp Set Featured In Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine With Projects From Sara Naumann

Flipping through July’s issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts, I came across something wonderful—new cards from Sara Naumann featuring HOTP’s Postcards stamp set! Talk about a win-win! In the article, Sara shares her technique for painting with pigment ink. And it’s not just a good read – the projects are wonderful too! Here’s a peek at two of her cards that were featured:

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Sara Naumann, Scrap & Stamp Arts (July 2015)

 

Sara Naumann, Scrap & Stamp Arts (July 2015)

Sara Naumann, Scrap & Stamp Arts (July 2015)

 

Gorgeous! I know I’ve said it before, but I really enjoy Sara’s “light & bright” style, and I’m especially in love with the contrast on her second card! Below is a look at the stamp set that was used:

 

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The postcards are so lovely and detailed, and all the little accent stamps are perfect for adding your final touches. Be sure to check out Sara’s article to learn more about painting with pigments, and to see the rest of her cards! And for even more ideas, watch our webisode featuring this stamp set, below. You’ll see a great idea for using them on a scrapbook page as well!

 

 

For me, it’s always exciting to see what others are creating! If you’re feeling as inspired as I am, just pick up your Postcards stamps, some Artful Watercolor scrapbooking paper and July’s issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts (on sale now!), and you’ll be ready to go! Take care!

 

Michelle Gustafson

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Vellum Magic Kit Update With Video Link

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I know many of you have purchased our incredible Vellum Magic Kit, but didn’t receive the video link! We’re sorry that this happened, but don’t worry! Here’s the video link—just click below!

 

Click here to view the Vellum Magic DVD.

 

Feel free to copy the link into you web browser at home—if you bookmark it, you will always be able to come back and watch the Vellum Magic video as many times as you like! This link will also be available on the Vellum Magic product page! And more good news—you will also find new Vellum Magic project ideas there as well!

So take a few minutes to watch the video. You’ll get to learn some of Paulette’s best vellum techniques and tips! Happy Friday! 😀

 

 

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Cardmaking With Vellum!

Today I wanted to show you some projects that might look a little familiar… That’s right! These were shown on Paper Wishes Live! We’ve recently added them to our website so you’ll have full images and instructions, but I thought it would be fun to show them here on the blog too!

 

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A quick search on Pinterest makes it clear that vellum is experiencing a surge in popularity right now. Now, vellum (and especially pretty vellum) can be a little tough to find, so in response to this need, Hot Off The Press has come out with our wonderful new Vellum Magic Kit! Click the image below to get a good look at all of the colors and patterns!

 

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These are so gorgeous! Your Vellum Magic kit also includes an 8″x9″ sheet of black, coordinating Dazzles™!! These really add a polished look to your projects. And… you get a computer DVD that lets you follow along with Paulette as she shows some incredible cards, and shares her tips and tricks for working with vellum! Here are the matching Dazzles™:

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Now I will admit, vellum has always been a little bit of an enigma for me. Well, that is no longer true! After watching Paulette’s Vellum Magic video, I feel empowered with all kinds of new vellum techniques. No longer do I stare at vellum thinking, well, what shall I put under you? Now I’m ready to layer, tear, emboss and chalk! One of my favorite looks is this very cute balloon card that features white heat-embossed stamping.

 

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Card Inside

 

Designer Tip: It’s easier to heat emboss onto the balloons if you trace them onto a larger piece of vellum, then emboss, then cut them out individually. I love that you can emboss on the back of the printed greetings and still see the words easily. The Perfect Printing Pouch is essential for embossing on vellum as it keeps the static at bay.

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Card front: Place a blank card with the fold on your left. Cover with Unforgettable teal tile paper and ink the edges with Black Cherry. Ink the edges of 4 ½”x6 ½” pink tile paper and glue centered on your card.
  2. Use the Design Tool Kit to trace and cut out a Delightful Label from ivory/green texture paper, ink the edges, mat on teal floral paper with a 1/16” border, ink the edges and glue centered your card.
  3. Swipe 5 ½”x1 ¾” pink vellum with the printing pouch and stamp small swirls onto the bottom edges and sides with VersaMark™. Dust with embossing powder and set with the heat gun. Place on the bottom of your card with EZ Dots.
  4. Trace eleven balloons onto different colors of plain vellum, stamp and emboss small swirls onto the bases of each, then cut out each balloon along the traced lines. Save one balloon for the inside. Place in a cluster at the top of the label with EZ Dots and foam squares. Zot™ on a cluster of pink/white twine below the balloons and a double bow of twine at the balloon base.
  5. Cut the “Celebrate” greeting vellum to 3 ½”x5/8” with a “v” at the right end. Stamp and emboss swirls on the back, ink the edges, mat on plain vellum with a 1/16” border and foam tape on the left of the pink vellum, as shown. Place Jewel Dazzles™ around the balloon cluster as shown.
  6. Card inside: Foam tape the saved balloon at the upper right corner. Zot™ on a twine tail and bow, as shown.
  7. Cut the “Happy Birthday” greeting vellum to 3 ½”x5/8” with a “v” at the left end. Stamp and emboss swirls on the back, ink the edges, mat on plain vellum with a 1/16” border and foam tape on the right side at an angle, as shown. Trim even with the card edge. Place Jewel Dazzles™ around the balloon, as shown.

 

It’s so easy to get a wide variety of looks from vellum! I hope you will pick some up, and give it a whirl, because it’s really a lot of fun! Vellum will give you a whole new set of creative options for your scrapbooking, cardmaking and more! Let me know what you think!

 

Michelle Gustafson

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Mixed Media Cardmaking Projects from Sara Naumann Using Megaflakes

Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I’ve shown a project, so to make up for it, here’s two! Both of these cards were designed by Sara Naumann, who joined us in the Paper Wishes studio on Tuesday for Paper Wishes LIVE. I wanted to give you this up close look, along with her instructions. We are working furiously to make all of the Paper Wishes LIVE projects available, so over the next few days, you are going to see a whole new crop of new card making and scrapbooking project ideas showing up!

But enough business—on to the projects!!! Both projects feature detailed botanical images from Hot Off The Press’ Unforgettable stamp set which is one of my favorites (yes, I have a lot of favorites around here). On this first card, Sara shows us how to create a gorgeous gilded background on vellum, and it’s EASY! She also demonstrated this technique on Paper Wishes LIVE, so you can watch it again if you’d like to see exactly what she does. Here’s her card:

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And inside:

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I snuck into Paulette’s office early this morning, and snagged this card so I could show you the details up close. I love not just the Megaflakes background, but also the shine of the Dazzles™ lace border!

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Sara’s tip: Create gorgeous gilded backgrounds with a simple swipe of FlitterGlu on a cosmetic wedge! The more glue, the more area will be covered with metallic flake—here, I’ve left plenty of the teal vellum showing to emphasize the contrast. The vellum will curl up when the glue dries, so I recommend placing it in a plastic sheet protector and between two books to flatten.

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Cut a 3 3/4”-wide piece of teal vellum. Apply FlitterGlu to a cosmetic wedge and swipe horizontally across the piece. Sprinkle Winter Dawn MegaFlake over the vellum and use fingertips to burnish flakes into the adhesive. Gently polish with the Scoochy Foam. Mat the top and bottom edges with black cardstock.
  1. Place the card fold at the top. Cover with green patterned paper. Glue the vellum piece in the center. Place the lace border Dazzles™ on a 1 1/8”-wide strip of green patterned paper; this won’t be long enough to go all the way across the card front, so cut it in half width-wise and glue one piece even with the right side of the card and the other even with the left side.
  1. Stamp the butterfly on white cardstock with black ink. Mat on black cardstock and wrap the top and bottom corners with teal ribbon. Color the butterfly with BT2, BT4 and BT1 Spectrum Noir pens. Foam-tape to the card front.
  1. Add a knotted piece of green ribbon at the left side of the matted piece, and the Dazzles™ accent at the bottom of the card front.
  1. For the card inside: Use the chisel tip of BT4 to ink the long edges of a 3”-wide piece of green patterned paper. Glue to the inside of the card. Stamp the small butterfly and sentiment on white cardstock with black. Ink the edges with BT4, then add it to the inside of the card, along with a Dazzles™ swirl and a leftover strip of gilded vellum.

 

Sara’s next card also uses Megaflakes, but this time she stamped her image with FlitterGlu to create a gilded, stamped focal. I really love the clean look of this card! The carefully placed elements highlight the detail of the gilded flowers without being overwhelming.

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And the inside:

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Sara’s tip: When you’re done stamping with the FlitterGlu, be sure to clean your stamp immediately—soap and water will do the trick. If you can’t get to a sink quickly, keep a container of water nearby and simply drop in the stamp to soak until it can be cleaned properly. With detail stamps like these, it’s a good idea to give a scrub with an old toothbrush to remove glue from tiny areas.

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Place the three stamps on one block. Stamp on white cardstock using FlitterGlu. Sprinkle Winter Dawn MegaFlake over the stamped images and use fingertips to burnish flakes into the adhesive.
  1. Gently polish with the Scoochy Foam to reveal the stamped design. Stamp “you make life special” with brown ink and color in the flower and “life” with Spectrum Noir BT4 pen.
  1. Cut the stamped piece to 5 1/2” x 3 3/4” and mat on brown cardstock. Add Jewel Dazzles™ at each corner, then wrap with sheer ribbon and brown twine. Hold two pieces of brown twine together, then tie in a bow. Glue to the gilded focal as shown.
  1. Place the card fold on the side. Cover with brown patterned paper. Glue a 4 1/2”-wide piece of herringbone vellum onto a piece of white cardstock the same size. Glue to the center of the card, trimming the ends even with the top and bottom of the card. Note: A light application of glue stick will not show through the patterned vellum, but you still want to apply it sparingly.
  1. Glue the gilded card focal in the card center.
  1. For the card inside: Glue a 4 1/2” x 4” piece of herringbone vellum on top of a piece of white cardstock the same size. Glue to the inside of the card.
  1.  Stamp the butterfly and sentiment on white cardstock with brown ink. Color with BT2, BT4 and BT1. Use the chisel tip of BT4 to edge the white cardstock. Mat again on white and glue inside the card. Tie a bow in brown twine and glue as shown.

Thank you Sara for creating such beautiful cards! And with my (current) favorite paper pack. The white cardstock she chose contrasts well with the Trail Blazer scrapbooking papers and patterned vellum to create these fresh, delightful cards! I also have to thank Sara for coining my new favorite term of endearment—because we really do love our “Paper Wishers!” You can also check out Sara’s blog here.

Have a great weekend! :)

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Watch Paper Wishes Live Here!

Hello everyone! I really hope you were able to join us this morning for Paper Wishes LIVE because it was an absolute blast!!! I enjoyed meeting Sara Naumann for the first time, and it was wonderful seeing her and Paulette together again! Gail wowed us with so many amazing cards that I lost count, and our “Secret Guest” Ann arrived just in time to show us a seriously incredible final offer!

If you weren’t able to catch us live, you can still watch all the fun and creativity simply by clicking play below! All of the Paper Wishes LIVE segments are now available for viewing!

Thank you again for being a part of the Paper Wishes family!

Michelle Gustafson

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Artful Watercolor Card Making Project Using Triple Label Easel Template

Hello everyone! After all of the National Scrapbooking Day excitement, I feel that a great card making project is definitely in order! Our last Week of Webisodes was full of Ann Barba’s stunning projects, and here’s one of my favorites! This card was featured on Day 1: New HOTP Templates. Ann used a couple of brand new products from Hot Off The Press including the new Label Triple Easel Card template, along with our so, so pretty Artful Watercolor scrapbooking papers – take a look!

Happy Birthday To You Label Triple Easel Card by Ann Barba

Happy Birthday To You Label Triple Easel Card by Ann Barba (Flat Card Showing Large Label)

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Front View of Medium Label

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Front View of Small Label

Designer’s Tip: On easel cards, it’s fun to have things going above the easels (or labels in this case) so that you can easily see them once the card is fully set up. And the little bird on the smallest label is actually part of the background paper!

Supplies:

  • Label Triple Easel Card Template (link)
  • Made By Me Stamps (link)
  • Artful Watercolor Paper Pack (link)
  • Artful Watercolor Ribbons (link)
  • 8″x8″ Cardstock (link)
  • Ivory 3mm adhesive pearls (link)
  • Zing! Lavender Opaque Embossing Powder (link)
  • VersaMark™ ink pad (link)
  • Jet Black StazOn® ink pad (link)
  • acrylic block (link)
  • heat gun (link)
  • Perfect Printing Pouch (link)
  • white cardstock (link)
  • Zots™ adhesive dots (link)
  • glue stick (link)
  • foam tape (link)
  • scissors (link)
  • craft knife (link)
  • metal-edged ruler (link)
  • cutting mat (link)
  • fine-tip black pen (link)

Instructions:

  1. Cut all 3 bases out of white cardstock. Score and fold along the fold lines.
  2. Large base: Fold the base closed; place with the fold on the top. Cover the top section (above the middle score line) with dark purple textured paper.
    Medium base: Cover the top section with dark purple watercolor paper.
    Small base: Cover the top section with blue watercolor paper.
  3. Large label: Cut the label from purple floral paper and mat on pink cardstock, leaving a 1/16″ border. Cut a medium label from pink/purple watercolor paper. Swipe the Perfect Printing Pouch over it. Stamp a swirl in the upper right and lower left with VersaMark™ ink. Stamp the greeting in the center. Emboss with lavender embossing powder. Mat onto teal cardstock with a 1/16″ border. Foam tape to the center of the large label. Cut around one of the white flowers on the purple floral paper. Mount it on purple cardstock and trim close around the edges (leave no border). Foam tape the flower to the upper left of the large label, overlapping the medium label (you’ll need 2 layers of foam tape toward the outer edges). Apply 3mm adhesive pearls around the center of the white flower and 1 on each swirl as shown. Tie a bow with the tan and fuchsia twine and Zot™ to the bottom right of the medium label.
  4. Medium label: Cut the medium label from watercolor ephemera paper with a half of a butterfly wing showing on the left side. Mat onto teal cardstock with a 1/16″ border. Stamp “Count your life by smiles, not tears” on blue watercolor paper, and cut out in a rectangle. Mat on purple watercolor paper with a 1/16″ border and foam tape to the right side of the label. Add a small row of adhesive pearls to the top right and bottom left of the sentiment.
  5. Small label: Place the small label shape of the template over the watercolor ephemera paper with the green bird going off the top left of the label. Trace the label with a pencil. Remove the template and cut around the label and around the bird. Erase any pencil lines. Mat the piece on pink cardstock, leaving a 1/16″ border around the label shape but no border around the bird. Stamp “Count your age by friends, not years” on purple watercolor paper, and cut out in a rectangle. Mat on teal cardstock with a 1/16″ border and foam tape to the right side of the label as shown. Add a small row of adhesive pearls above and below the sentiment.
  6. Assembly: Assemble all the pieces (except the stopper) of the Triple Label Easel card according to the template instructions.
  7. Covering the bases: Cut 4″x4 5/8″ horizontal stripe paper. Slice 1 3/8″ off the top and glue it to the space between the large and medium easels, sliding it slightly underneath the fold of the medium easel base. Slice off another 1 1/8″ and glue in between the medium and small easels, sliding it slightly underneath the fold of the small easel base so that no white is showing. Try to match it up perfectly with the previous piece. With the remaining 2 1/8″ of stripe paper, cover the front section under the small easel, aligning it with the previous strip so that no white is showing. Trim any excess.
  8. Stopper: Stamp the “Homemade with love” label on blue watercolor paper, and cut around. Mat on purple watercolor, leaving a rectangle mat. Mount on white cardstock (for sturdiness), leaving no border. Foam tape centered to the card, 1/4″ from the bottom edge. Sign the label before delivering.

I love this card for a lot of reasons, but I really appreciate how many elements actually came from the paper itself. Our art director, Kyla, shared with me that these papers actually feature hundreds of individual layers of artwork, and that’s one of the reasons these papers can truly stand alone. Any embellishing just takes them to the next level, making these papers an awesome choice for easy, gorgeous card making!

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and I would like to wish all our moms out there a beautiful day! Moms (and Grandmas too!) are so busy these days. Being a mother of three girls under three years old, I get it! So relax and let everything go for just one day and who knows? Maybe you will get to make a big, crafty mess with the perfect excuse to leave those supplies out!

Happy Mother’s Day! And to my own mom who just had to be in Hawaii for Mother’s Day, “Aloha!”

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

PS – Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Paper Wishes Live on May 26th!

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PROJECT: Heart Triple Easel Card from Teresa Welch

Today I’m sharing with you an incredible card from designer Teresa Welch (and I’m pretty certain that incredible is the only kind of card that woman makes!) It was featured on our webisode back in January – take a look!

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Supplies:

  • Emma’s Garden Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers (link)
  • Dark brown cardstock (link)
  • Emma’s Flower Garden Dazzles™ Stickers (link)
  • Heart Triple Easel Die-Cut Cards (link)
  • 5 mm ivory pearl stickers (link)
  • 3 mm ivory pearl stickers (link)
  • Foam tape (link)
  • Adhesive (link)

Instructions: 

  1. For the card: Place your large base with the fold at the top. Glue 4 3/8″x2 5/8″ Emma’s Garden tan diamonds paper centered on 4½”x2¾” dark brown cardstock. Glue to the large base along the upper fold. Place 4 3/8″ Dazzles™ border across the tan diamonds paper ¼” from the top. Cover the inside with Emma’s Garden brown diamonds paper.
  2. Place your medium base with the fold at the top and cover the inside with brown diamonds paper. Place your small base with the fold at the top and cover the inside with brown diamonds paper. Glue the bottom edge of the medium base centered along the bottom edge inside the large base. Glue the small base centered along the bottom edge inside the medium base.
  3. Place a corner flower Dazzles™ on the Emma’s Garden papers shown. Cut along the Dazzles™ edges as shown and glue to the lower right corner. Back the single flower Dazzles™ as shown and place on the lower left. Foam tape a 5/8″ Dazzles™ flower centered near the bottom edge as shown.
  4. For the large heart: Cover the large heart die-cut with dark brown cardstock. Trace the large heart pattern onto Emma’s Garden teal floral paper. Cut out and glue to the center. Back the flower Dazzles™ shown with Emma’s Garden papers and glue as shown. Place “hello friend” Dazzles™ across the center. Place the pearls on the flower centers as shown, and set aside.
  5. For the medium heart: Cover the medium heart die-cut with dark brown cardstock. Trace the medium heart pattern onto Emma’s Garden tan diamonds paper. Cut out and glue to the center. Back the Dazzles™ rose with Emma’s Garden papers and glue as shown. Place two small Dazzles™ flowers and pearls as shown, and set aside.
  6. For the small heart: Cover the small heart die-cut with dark brown cardstock. Trace the small heart pattern onto Emma’s Garden pink floral paper. Cut out and glue to the center. Back the 1¾”x7/8″ Dazzles™ flower with Emma’s Garden papers and glue at the lower right. Place Dazzles™ “thinking of you,” small flowers, and the pearls as shown.
  7. Assembly: Glue the bottom of the small heart aligned with the matching point on the front of the small card base front. Close the medium base and glue the bottom of the medium heart aligned with the front medium card base, making sure the small heart is covered when the card is closed. Repeat to glue the large heart in place, making sure it covers the other hearts. Fold each base to display the card as shown.

Honestly, I am really impressed with this card as it is so lovely, but the supply list is still so short! Sometimes, gorgeous paper and some coordinating Dazzles™ are all it takes! Teresa herself designed these adorable Triple Heart Easel Cards and now you’ll have two different ways to make them! The card above was created using the Heart Triple Easel die-cut card package below. These come in a pack of three, and are SO MUCH FUN because you dive right in and start decorating. It’s instant gratification – who doesn’t love that?!

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But! Sometimes we dream of making a black card. Or a pink card. Or any color besides white! So in one week, our Summer 2015 Paper Wishes catalog will feature several new templates including Hot Off The Press’ new Heart Triple Easel Card Template, making it simple to create these magnificent cards in any color!

As I said before, this template will be available when our new catalog comes out next Friday. But do you know what I really don’t like? When somebody shows me something that I can’t buy yet. So frustrating! But don’t worry friends, I’ve got you covered!  Today I found a sneaky way for you to get this template before it’s released, and two more, below!

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This bundle of items is already available on the Paper Wishes website! Mysterious circumstances perhaps, but it’s there for you to take a look! The Star Triple Easel Card Template you see above is equally amazing, and the Center Step Card Template is a best-seller that’s already available. I hope you find this cardmaking project as awesome as I do! May it inspire you to create one of your own! Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Coloring Technique: How to Use NEW Spectrum AQUA™ Watercolor Markers

Notice anything different? YES! Paper Wishes’ blog has a beautiful, clean new look and I just love it! What a wonderful place for showing you all the beautiful projects and all the behind-the-scenes fun that happens here at Paper Wishes!

As you probably know, Paper Wishes’ 2015 Spring Mini Catalog is out! I was looking through mine today, and one of my favorite projects is Susan Cobb’s Hogs & Kisses Card – take a look!

Hogs & Kisses Card by Susan Cobb

Click here for project instructions

This card just blows me away! I’m a huge fan of the Emma’s Garden papers, I love the new Hogs & Kisses small stamp and I always love Susan’s attention to detail. The most exciting part, however, is the coloring that was done with the new Spectrum AQUA™ markers! These water-based markers are designed to give you a watercolor look (in a convenient marker format) and they come in four different color sets:

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I was anxious to find out what our Design Team thought of them, so I went back and pestered Gail into doing a quick demonstration of just how these pens work. The pens have both a brush tip, and a very fine tip that’s perfect for outlining and detail work!

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Gail tested these on watercolor paper since the markers are meant to be combined with water. On the left, Gail first shows how the pens write and blend without using any water. The right side, however, shows the real magic of these watercolor markers!

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Direct to (Dry) Watercolor Paper

To get this look, Gail has scribbled her pens onto an acrylic stamping block, and added a small amount of water to create a paint. This paint can then be picked up with a paintbrush or water brush (another cool tool) and used to color your projects.

Creating paint with Spectrum AQUA™ markers

Creating paint with Spectrum AQUA™ markers

This is the same technique Susan used to color her stamped focal. Click here for Susan’s complete instructions, helpful tips, and the supplies she used to create her adorable Hogs & Kisses card!

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Remember, ALL of the projects you see in Paper Wishes catalogs can be found on our website, along with complete instructions!

We’re here to show you what’s new and keep you inspired! Be sure to stay in the creative loop by signing up for our email updates (on the upper right), so you’ll never have to miss a new project or technique! Feel free to comment on what you think of this week’s project or on what you’d like to see more of in the future! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

 

Michelle Gustafson
Paper Wishes Blog

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Project Ideas Using Happy Days Scrapbooking Papers and Paper Dolls Stamp Set

It’s always exciting to see what others are creating with Hot Off The Press products! Today I came across the February/March 2015 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts, and was thrilled to see a great article featuring mixed-media collage artist Sara Naumann showing how she uses the Perfect Airbrush spritzer for backgrounds, stenciling and more! For those of you don’t know, Sara was also our previous marketing manager and webisode presenter!

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In the article, Sara shares ideas using Hot Off The Press’ Happy Days Scrapbooking Papers and Paper Dolls stamp set, as well as tips for using the Perfect Airbrush (aka the Distress Marker Spritzer Tool) and her techniques for achieving different looks with it. Here are just a couple of the projects that were featured:

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Choose to Shine by Sara Naumann

 

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Collect Moments by Sara Naumann

Below, you will find links for the stamps, scrapbooking papers, and the Perfect Airbrush if you’d like to take a closer look!

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Paper Dolls Stamp Set from Hot Off The Press

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Happy Days Scrapbooking Papers from Hot Off The Press

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Perfect Airbrush Color Spritzer

 

I just love Sara’s cards – so light and cheerful! Nicely done!

If you’d like to see more of Sara’s projects, be sure to check out her Mixed Media Made Easy DVD featuring 100 projects, each with a unique mixed media technique! Click the image below for more info and a sneak peek at some of the amazing projects!

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I hope you’re all feeling as inspired as I am! Come back and visit our blog this Friday for a big surprise! I’ll see you then!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

 

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Using New Inka-Gold Wax Paste With Stencils

 

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Created by Susan Cobb

Happy Friday everyone and thanks for stopping by! Today marks the first day of spring and I am soooo ready for it! For me, spring is generally that time of year when I like to incorporate a bit of new-ness into my own life. Maybe we’re supposed to do that in January, but nope, not me. In January I’m still hibernating.

But then spring arrives, and I start feeling ready for something new. And preferably colorful. Something like these new Inka-Gold Wax Pastes!

Inka-Gold (Rose Quartz)

Inka-Gold (Rose Quartz)

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Inka-Gold (Green Yellow)

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Inka-Gold (Steel Blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inka-Gold (Gold)

Inka-Gold (Brown Gold)

Inka-Gold (Brown Gold)

Inka-Gold (Silver)

Inka-Gold (Silver)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, there is a little need-to-know background info I’d like to share about myself before we go on… Yes, I make cards. Yes, I can cobble together a scrapbook page. But my day job? I write, I edit, I proofread. I love to find errors. But a professional crafter I am not. So if I can be successful with this fun, colored paste, then you can too!

First off, I was quite impressed by the amount of paste you get! The jar is much bigger than I’d expected.

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I decided to test the product with our new Woven Lattice stencil. A normal human would probably want to use a mini squeegee or an old gift card to swipe this stuff across your stencil, but I’m a hands-on, don’t-make-me-wait sort of person. So I just used my fingers! The wax paste is a firmer paste, yet it applies over the stencil easily.

Disclaimer: As I said before – I’m not a professional at this. On my first attempt, I just went for it! I smeared a nice, big pearly glob of paste right across my stencil, and ended up with a pretty rough-looking design.

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Lesson learned. For my second try, I held my stencil in place just a bit more firmly (as my rebellious nature still wouldn’t allow me to just go get a piece of stencil tape). I also used a bit less paste than before, and the results were fantastic!

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One of the cool properties of this paste is that once it dries (and bonus – it’s a relatively quick-drying product!), you can use a paper towel or soft cloth to buff the surface for additional shine! Buffing seems to ever so slightly bring out the silvery pearl finish, and will also neaten any rough edges. Personally, I think it looks great either way. It just depends on the look you prefer.

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I buffed just the top of the stenciled image (above) to give you an idea. I’d also advise you to buff carefully so your project doesn’t pick up the color from the paper towel you buff with.

And for our grand finale, take a look below. This is the kind of incredible card you can create using Inka-Gold Wax Paste! Just click on the image for project supply list and instructions!

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Created by Susan Cobb

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Everyone (and especially Jenni Bowlin fans) will want to check out our Monday Madness Flash Sale on Monday, March 23rd! I just got a sneak peek at the items, and you’ll definitely want to “catch this bundle of crafting supplies before it flies away!”
  • Free class! Our webisode on Tuesday will show you a new way to create your own stamps at home! Yes, you read that right! Watch our webisode Tuesday to learn how! 

This weekend we’ll be taking our three girls (all under age three!) on the 3-hour drive to Grandma’s house, so cross your fingers for a calm and uneventful trip! Enjoy your spring weekend, and I hope you take the time to create something you love. Or at least like (because sometimes that’s just how it works out)! 😉

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Editor/Proofer

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