24 posts categorized "Video"


Sat 04

Glitter Inlay Technique Video
by Dave Brethauer

Welcome everybody! I don't know about you, but sometimes I can't get enough glitter. I've gone through several gallons of Diamond Glitter glue over the years, so it is no surprise that I tend to keep a good supply of glitter in my craft bins. I was inspired when I saw my pack of Martha Stewart glitter (I think I purchased these years ago, they last a long time!) and decided it was time to make a video.


In the video I start with a super easy inlay technique using Scor Tape double sided adhesive sheets. You get consistently excellent results with this tape so it is on my list of basic must haves - in addition to being useful in a number of special techniques, it really is terrific for glitter application.

Glitter peony

The adhesive sheets are applied behind an open die cut, like the Blooming Peony Stem (recently released and one of our best sellers). Once the glitter is rubbed into the open areas of the die cut, the magic begins! The glitter lays down flat - catching glints of light and reflection each time the card is moved. The effect is mesmerizing! I added a sentiment from the Open Studio Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set (it has several sentiments that would work well on this card) and I decided to do a small pack of cards for a friend. I created the same card over and over, but I changed out the base card so that there were Key Lime, Sunflower, Mango, Violet and Pool notecards in the set. It was a really cheery looking gift!

Glitter peony 2

Here is an up close look at what it looks like after you have completed the inlay glitter process. Every speck of glitter catches the light - and because you are applying the glitter by hand, the result is a smooth and flat layer of glitter.

Glitter peony 3

The look you end up with depends on the kind of glitter that you use - the peony above was done with clear glitter, so the color of the paper underneath comes through, but with a frosted look.

Of course you can't stop with just one shade of glitter though - with so many colors available, it is just natural to add some more!

Deer grove

I combined an ink blended background with a layer of clear and colored glitter inside the Deer Grove Oval - check out the video for some general tips on creating an ombre effect. If you are new to working with glitter, then start with a two color project before progressing - it's easy to get a little messy! I offer some suggestions for how to conserve your glitter and how to work with two colors at a time. I used Distress Ink for the background, in Squeezed Lemonade and Tumbled Glass, and created a bright springtime background for the glitter to layer over. In the video, you will see there was just enough room to add in the Scribble Hello from Poppystamps - in basic black cardstock at the corner for a crisp, clean look.


Since a lot of the dies I design are intended to work together, I also added a short tutorial on combining the Deer Grove Oval and the Grand Stag Oval - when these are layered together the deer face each other. You could use these in combination for so many different kinds of greetings - my goal is to always create dies that work with each other to inspire lots of different creative opportunities! And I really love the color combination - Distress Ink in Wilted Violet and Evergreen Bough is such a striking combination.


Once you've gotten the hang of blending glitter, then adding lots of shades to one project is a breeze! I used the Open Studio Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterflies to create the shimmering butterflies here. I think if I had the time I would devote a day to creating butterflies - the play of the white against the brilliant color, the possibilities of blending from one area of the wing towards the center - it is easy, fun and inspiring and you can't really go wrong!

Butterfly ensemble

Careful - like all of this papercrafting stuff, it is addictive! Fortunately, the glitter seems to last forever (those bottles never seem to get empty - even after all these years!) so you can play and play.


The cloud background was super easy - just a few quick cuts using the Poppystamps Stitched Cloudline and some simple sponging makes for a quick background and the perfect spot to add a sentiment. I stamped greetings from the Poppystamp Ornamental Butterflies clear stamp set in plain black ink. The butterflies provided all the color necessary!

30085 2

I finished up making the projects and editing the video and took a look around the office - glitter on the keyboard, glitter on my shirt, glitter on the dog...well, don't say I didn't warn you! 

So what inspired the video? This week was the release of our new collections at Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press - yes, all three companies released some amazing new stuff to play with! I had my Deer Grove Oval in hand when I thought, "This would work great with a glittery background..." and next thing you know I had a glitter video. Hope you enjoy it!




Fri 24

Pastel Easter Cards
by Dave Brethauer

Welcome! I am excited to share a video with you today featuring some delightful pastel Easter cards. Adding color to a background with a sponging technique is one of my favorite papercrafting techniques and so it was easy to come up with a variety of projects to share.



In the video I show you two different ways to use the Easter Eggstravaganza Frame by simply changing the areas where color is applied. I spent a lot of time designing this particular frame - making sure that there were plenty of intricate details for cutting and embossing. The easy sponging technique takes it to a new level and the projects turn out stunning!


The frame embosses nicely - simply send the frame through the machine with cardstock, then put your embossing pad on the die (leave the die cut in the die) and run it through again. All of those little flowers and details emboss and create a terrific effect. I even added a few Nuvo Jewel Drops in a soft shade of pink called Rosewater to complete the pastel look!


I switched things up with the alternative card in the video - this time covering the sponged areas with the frame, but the color peeks through, revealing a rainbow of gorgeous pastel shades. It was fun to discover that even if my sponging wasn't perfect, the frame hid the imperfections because you were only seeing bits of the color popping through. You will love the result!

The Happy Easter die is the same on both - but you will notice that on one of the cards I stacked and glued the words, so that they really stand out (and included a few tips in the video for doing this).


The Pristine Egg from Memory Box is designed to be used with the Half a Dozen Eggs set from our Open Studio line and I created a project that made it look as if the egg was dipped and decorated for Easter. Any pastel colors will work so I have chosen inks in soft blue, pink, violet and yellow for my palette. And those tiny clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh are the perfect addition!

I've created a frame for the egg using the Tag You're It set - one of our older designs, but one that I use a lot because it is such a good basic.Stills--8

Speaking of tags - why not use the eggs as a tag? I got carried away making my pastel paper eggs and before I knew it I had created more than I needed. So I got out one of our Clear Stamp Sets - CL425 Cupcake Party from poppystamps - and embellished them with a bunny from the set. These are super quick and you'll have a nice stash of gift tags on hand for spring!


And just when I thought I was finished, I decided to play with the Happy Easter Egg and Stitched Egg Medley from poppystamps - the combination of shimmer from a clear Wink of Stella pen along with the pastel inks led me to this card. I stacked up the Happy Easter egg die cuts to create a thick focal point on the card and then had fun "decorating" with my little eggs! For the background I combined two Fresh Ink colors, Chamomile and Celery, with Distress Ink Spun Sugar (a great combination for springtime!) - just add these colors to a background piece (I used the Pinpoint Rectangle set for the layer - and the pinpoints create fun detail along the edge). Isn't that shimmer on the egg wonderful? As a bonus, the Happy Easter Egg coordinates with the Half a Dozen Eggs set from Open Studio! Check out the video for all of the details.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! Please check your favorite local craft stores for Memory Box and Poppystamps products - some items are linked in the description of the video!


Tue 11

Mighty Oak
by Shelby


Good morning Memory Box fans.  I love the rich colors of Autumn and decided to incorporate the richness of the season into a perfectly masculine card.  Even guys enjoy receiving cards (even if they don't admit it)!


I used the wonderful die called Mighty Oak Frame and put the die Small Deer behind the tree.  2 perfectly paired dies = a fast easy card and perfectly masculine card.  Remember this video from a few months back using deli paper and distress crayons?

Distress Crayons and Deli Paper from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

Well instead of using distress crayons to create the color on the deli paper, I used DecoArts Metallic Lustre in Copper Kettle and Black Shimmer.  I applied the medium in several different ways.  For a thin coat, I used a paintbrush loaded with a lot of water and then lessened the amount of water to increase the opacity.  For the heaviest coverage, I applied the medium directly to the deli paper with my finger.


The sentiment is from an exclusive Memory Box set available from Simple Pleasures Stamps and Scrapbooking which was stamped in Versafine and then embossed with Copper embossing powder.

Thanks for popping in for a visit today!  See you next week:)!!





Tue 16

We Wish You
by Shelby


Good morning Memory Box fans!  It's the best day of the year (besides Christmas morning)...the first day of school.  The summer was great, but now it is on to Autumn and the Christmas season


For today's card I used the gorgeous new We Wish You Elegant Script.  The background is more simple than it appears using just some distress paints, stains and embossing folder. The below video is step by step and organized by card section...so speed up or slow down to get to the part which strikes your fancy.



Distress and Embossing from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.


Thanks for stopping by for a visit today!  See y'all next time





Tue 21

Dizzy Butterflies
by Shelby Thomas


Welcome to the 2nd day of summer!  I had a fun play with some deli paper and the Ranger Distress Crayons to create a unique effect for today's cards.


The Dizzy Butterflies die was cut from deli paper which had been colored up with the distress crayons and then die cut.  The background paper was created with Distress Inks (peacock feathers and Squeezed lemonade) with a water technique and the edging was done with the same DI colors sponged onto the cardstock.


Same technique and design elements for this card.  I just changed up the colors to Seedless Preserve and Festive Berries for the Distress Ink Colors.


Popped on some flat back clear glass embellishments to finish the card off.  If you've not played with deli paper, it's fun and relatively easy and the look is different every time!

Here is a tutorial showing how I created the design of the card using the Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade color palette.


Distress Crayons and Deli Paper from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

Thanks for stopping by today for a visit!!





Tue 10

Drifting Oak Leaves
by Shelby Thomas

Good morning everyone!  I hope this week is treating you well and you're finding inspiration with all of the wonderful creations from the Memory Box DT. 


Isn't Fall just a wonderful time for amazing colors?  I've used the Drifting Oak Leaves cling stamp and Clean Color II markers direct to the stamp to create a simple and easy watercolored panel.  There is a short video tutorial at the end of this post to show you how to easily replicated this card/technique.


I stamped the sentiment and a few leaves from the Autumn Birdie clear stamp set in Versamark on vellum and then embossed with Gold Pearl embossing powder.  A bit of wrapped gold thread was placed behind the panel and then some gold/yellow sequins give a little bling bling.


Thanks for stopping by for a visit today!





Tue 22

Flurry Snowflake Frame + Video
by Shelby Thomas

Hello Memory Box fans!  I hope you were able to check out the new DT gal Lindsay's post yesterday and the gorgeous fall colors.

I'm moving into the next season of Winter and/or the Christmas season!! This card was fast and easy and would make for the perfect "mass" produced holiday card.  Change the background colors to your preference (or keep them), one die, one sentiment and some bling bling and you're good to go!  And I did a quick video showing how to create the background using Distress Ink Daubers.


Distress Ink Dauber Background from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

See I told you it was easy and fast!!



 Thanks for popping in for a visit today, and I hope the rest of your day is awesome!




Wed 02

Stencil, Color Burst and Video

Good morning Memory Box fans!  I hope your day is going well and you're getting your creative on.

There is a video tutorial at the end of this post showing how to create the front panels for today's cards so don't forget to scroll all the way down

Today's post is showing how to make 2 different card fronts using one gorgeous stencil and some Color Burst.  Fast, easy and awesome.  I love me some stencils.  I think they are one of the most versatile crafting tools I have, and I use them constantly and in lots of different ways.  Today I'm using the Leafy Stems stencil from the Garden Collection.

This card is using the positive portion of the stencil.  In my little head, the positive part of the stencil refers to the openings whereas the negative part of the stencil is the plastic portion.


And the second card uses the both the positive and the negative parts of the stencil.


The background colors using the Color Bursts was created by using the negative part of the stencil and the leaves were colored with Distress Inks using the positive part of the stencil.

Here is a quick video showing how to use the stencil in multiple ways and how to use the Color Burst in a simple yet effective way.  Enjoy


Stencils and Color Burst from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!!




Fri 28

Chaparral Stems with Distress Ink Background

Good morning Memory Box junkies!  Ooooh the weekend is almost here and hope everyone has some fun things happening. I have another video so don't forget to scroll down to the bottom for the video showing how to create this fun and relatively simple background.

I had play around with some distress inks and perfect pearls and of course the fantabulous Memory Box products and the results are:



Isn't that a fun all purpose card with some wonderful colors going on?  And doesn't take too long to make!


I hope you can see a little bit of the shimmer from the Perfect Pearls.

And here is the video showing how to create the shimmery background


Thanks for stopping by today and hope everyone has an amazing weekend!







Thu 06

We Wish You...

Cooler days that what we are currently having in Colorado...or we could just wish you a Merry Christmas!  Let's go with the Merry Christmas theme.

Good morning Memory Box fans.  I do hope your day is going well.  We had a wonderfully fun Memory Box Christmas card class last weekend using the new release Holiday dies.  And along the way everyone got a little inky and learned a new technique or two!

Augustclasswe wish you

This is one of the cards we made using the brand spankin' new We Wish you die.  The white cardstock was inked with some green and red Distress inks and then die cut.  The poinsettia portion of the die was cut again with red cardstock and then inlaid with into the die.

The background was an idea I used from a class taught by Tammy Tutterow.  She is a fabulous teacher with a plethora of amazing ideas.  Below is a video to show the steps used in class to create the background for this card.  Bear with me as I'm dusting off my video editing skills and basically talking to myself as I'm recording!


I hope you've enjoyed today's post!