Stamp It Saturday: Holiday 2017 Release Haul/Review Video

This week I’ve got a quick video for you, showing all the products from the recent Holiday 2017 release, together with card samples. I’m wishing I could be playing with the stamps and dies myself this week, but the house move is still in progress, SIGH! Apologies that there is no voice-over on this video, for some reason I am extremely croaky this week – possibly too much ranting about the issues we’ve had with the new house and moving! Anyway, I hope you still enjoy taking a closer look at all the stamps, dies and card samples!

Watch the video below or in HD over on YouTube!

All products shown in the video are available here at Stamping Bella! Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for a brand new release (the last one for 2017) coming on the 4th together with a big inventory blow-out sale!

Over To You!

If you try out the techniques shown in any of the posts with your Stamping Bella stamps, be sure to share! We would love to see the results and hear how you feel about them. Show off your creations in the comments below and even better, share your own favourite tips with us. Let’s talk stamping!

If you are posting your images online, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above.  To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday and/or #stampingbella as a hashtag. Even better tag me @markergeek and @stampingbella . We love it when you connect, so don’t be shy!

If you’re on Facebook join us in our private chat group Stamping Bella Sistahood to share your creations there and chat all things Stamping Bella related!

Until next time, HAPPY STAMPING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

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Stamp It Saturday: Beautiful Stamped Backgrounds

For this week’s Stamp It Saturday post I thought I would share some more of the cards I created for the recent Holiday 2017 release and talk about how I created the backgrounds for them.

For the backgrounds on all of these cards I used the snowflake stamps from the new Little Bits Snowman Set – they are so pretty, and oh so handy. I love to create inked and stamped background pieces for cards, as while I do love designer papers, I never seem to have quite the right colours, or enough of my favourite ones, and something about my brain seems to get a little stuck when working with them. I can sit for hours staring at a pile of printed papers, deliberating over which to use, so creating my own often works out much faster!


Stamp & Die Sets Used: Polar Bear & Mousie Stuffies, Little Bits Snowman Set, Holiday Sentiment Set

To create the background I used a few different shades of Distress Oxide inks on Strathmore Bristol Vellum Surface paper. The Distress Oxides have become my personal favourites because they go on so smoothly – the pigment ink content makes them so creamy to use. You could however, achieve a similar look using regular Distress Inks, or just try something similar with inks you have on hand (bear in mind, other inks may not react with water like the Distress range to create the splotchy textured effects).

Instead of spritzing the background pieces with water I used a Glimmer Mist spray, which works in the same way but of course adds a gorgeous shimmer to the paper which you can’t quite see in the photos. This is perfect for festive cards. You could use a pre-mixed spray like Glimmer Mist, or create your own using a spray bottle, some water and some Perfect Pearls powder or similar products.

I then stamped the snowflakes randomly using one of my favourite inks – Delicata – I love the Delicata metallic pigment inks, the gold has been my favourite for quite some time. On these cards I used Delicata White Shimmer. Because these inks are pigment based, you will need to allow longer for them to dry, or heat set them (which I did, because I am impatient!).


Stamp & Die Sets Used: Little Bits Skating Quartet Set, Little Bits Snowman Set, Holiday Sentiment Set

Stamp & Die Sets Used: Littles Elf with a Reindeer on Top, Little Bits Snowman Set, Holiday Sentiment Set

Creating your own inked and stamped backgrounds is a great way to create perfectly coordinating cards and projects. It’s also excellent for Christmas cards or other occasions when you need to create multiples of similar designs – simply create all your backgrounds in one sitting using a batch processing approach!

Over To You!

If you try out the techniques shown in any of the posts with your Stamping Bella stamps, be sure to share! We would love to see the results and hear how you feel about them. Show off your creations in the comments below and even better, share your own favourite tips with us. Let’s talk stamping!

If you are posting your images online, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above.  To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday and/or #stampingbella as a hashtag. Even better tag me @markergeek and @stampingbella . We love it when you connect, so don’t be shy!

If you’re on Facebook join us in our private chat group Stamping Bella Sistahood to share your creations there and chat all things Stamping Bella related!

Until next time, HAPPY STAMPING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

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Stamp It Saturday: Tips for Creating a Scene using the Littles & Cut It Out Dies!

For this week’s Stamp It Saturday post I thought I would share a few tips to help you get creating fun scenes with the Little Bits and their coordinating dies.

Here are a couple of cards I created for the Holiday 2017 release, featuring some of the new Little Bits stamps and one of the backdrops. On both cards I used the die cut images to assemble cute scenes.


Stamp & Die Sets Used: Little Bits Winter Tree & Deer Ball, Little Bits Set of Elves, Little Bits Santa’s Gifts, Holiday Sentiment Set


Stamp & Die Sets Used: Winter Backdrop, Little Bits Sledding, Little Bits Snowman Set, Holiday Sentiment Set

Tips:

  • Since the dies cut the images with a narrow white border all around, I tend to find that I prefer them popped up against lighter backgrounds. This is a personal preference, but I find they look less stark. Another option of course is that you could fussy cut right up to the stamped outline (if you do this, I recommend colouring the cut edges with a black pen so everything looks neat).
  • Try it out first! I like to play around with the arrangement for a little while, and see how things look in different positions. This is a lot easier to do with die cut pieces than masking and stamping, so that’s a real plus. A little tweaking to the positioning can make a world of difference to the final result. Once I find a layout I’m happy with, I take a quick photo with my smart phone that I can refer to when doing the final assembly.
  • Create dimension! I like to create dimension by having some elements adhered flat to the background, and others that would be further forward in the scene popped up on foam pads, or double layers of foam pads.
  • Keep it simple! Don’t go too crazy with the elements – use enough to tell a little story, but not so many that you overwhelm the eye.

This approach is a lot simpler to replicate than masking and stamping, as you could easily stamp a number of each element, colour them in batches, die cut and then assemble in the same way.

 

Useful Links:

 

Using Cut it Out Dies – tips for using the coordinating cut it out die sets to get great results.

 

Over To You!

If you try out the techniques shown in any of the posts with your Stamping Bella stamps, be sure to share! We would love to see the results and hear how you feel about them. Show off your creations in the comments below and even better, share your own favourite tips with us. Let’s talk stamping!

If you are posting your images online, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above.  To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday and/or #stampingbella as a hashtag. Even better tag me @markergeek and @stampingbella . We love it when you connect, so don’t be shy!

If you’re on Facebook join us in our private chat group Stamping Bella Sistahood to share your creations there and chat all things Stamping Bella related!

Until next time, HAPPY STAMPING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

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Stamp It Saturday: Colouring Videos & Useful Links

This week’s Stamp It Saturday post is a bit of a hodge-podge! Hopefully you will find something useful in it, though. Please bear with me – I am in the middle of preparing for a big house move, and my mojo seems to have gone on strike until it gets a shiny new craft-room to play in. What a brat!

Firstly, I thought I would share my latest colouring video uploads for the recent release with you.

Polar Bear & Mousie Stuffies Colouring Video:

Watch me colour Polar Bear & Mousie Stuffies in the video below or in HD over on YouTube.

I have left this one close to “real time”, so you can get a really good look at the colouring.

The Walrus, the Polar Bear & the Penguin Stuffies Colouring Video:

Watch me colour The Walrus, the Polar Bear and the Penguin Stuffies in the video below or in HD over on YouTube.

I hope you enjoy checking out the colouring videos!

Useful Links:

I’d like to remind you about some older posts that you may find useful for the new releases too!

Ideas for Using Accessory Stamps – this post created using some of the Fall 2017 stamp sets is also relevant for the Winter 2017 releases! Lots of accessory stamps in the new Little Bits stamp sets would be perfect for creating fun backgrounds.

Stretch Your Stamps – Cropping/Partial Stamping – always a favourite technique of mine for getting the most out of my stamps!

Die Cut Masking with Distress Inks – an easy and effective technique, exactly what you want around the festive season!

Using Cut it Out Dies – tips for using the coordinating cut it out die sets to get great results.

Masking & Stamping – a simple look at how to mask and stamp

Stretch Your Sentiment Stamps – ways to make your sentiment stamps work to fit your card design.

Mirror Stamping – reindeer facing the wrong way? No problem – create a reverse image using your stamps.

Over To You!

If you try out the techniques shown in any of the posts with your Stamping Bella stamps, be sure to share! We would love to see the results and hear how you feel about them. Show off your creations in the comments below and even better, share your own favourite tips with us. Let’s talk stamping!

If you are posting your images online, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above.  To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday and/or #stampingbella as a hashtag. Even better tag me @markergeek and @stampingbella . We love it when you connect, so don’t be shy!

If you’re on Facebook join us in our private chat group Stamping Bella Sistahood to share your creations there and chat all things Stamping Bella related!

Until next time, HAPPY STAMPING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

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Stamp It Saturday: Holiday 2017 Release Videos

Hey folks, Elaineabella here! I’ve got a very brief Stamp It Saturday post for you this week. I’ll confess, I’m still recovering from the Holiday 2017 release shenanigans. So, today I’d just like to remind you that I am regularly uploading colouring videos for the recent releases. You can view them all on my YouTube channel, and I’ve added the playlist for the Holiday 2017 releases below.

NOTE: If you have yet to place an order, you can still enjoy a fab 15% off everything on the website by using the discount code joy2017 at checkout! Offer ends on Monday 16th October 2017.

I had some technical issues this week, but will be back to uploading new videos tomorrow! Join me here on the blog tomorrow for Spotted On Sunday and again on Monday for a new Marker Geek Monday post!

MWAH!

Over To You!

If you try out the techniques shown in any of the posts with your Stamping Bella stamps, be sure to share! We would love to see the results and hear how you feel about them. Show off your creations in the comments below and even better, share your own favourite tips with us. Let’s talk stamping!

If you are posting your images online, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above.  To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday and/or #stampingbella as a hashtag. Even better tag me @markergeek and @stampingbella . We love it when you connect, so don’t be shy!

If you’re on Facebook join us in our private chat group Stamping Bella Sistahood to share your creations there and chat all things Stamping Bella related!

Until next time, HAPPY STAMPING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

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Stamp It Saturday: Fall 2017 Release Haul Video

This week for Stamp It Saturday I’ve got a video for you, showing the entire Fall 2017 release and the cards I’ve made with it so far.

You can watch below or in HD over on YouTube!

Over To You!

If you try out the techniques shown in any of the posts with your Stamping Bella stamps, be sure to share! We would love to see the results and hear how you feel about them. Show off your creations in the comments below and even better, share your own favourite tips with us. Let’s talk stamping!

If you are posting your images online, we would love to see them on Instagram and all the platforms mentioned above.  To make it easier for us to find you just use #markergeekmonday and/or #stampingbella as a hashtag. Even better tag me @markergeek and @stampingbella . We love it when you connect, so don’t be shy!

If you’re on Facebook join us in our private chat group Stamping Bella Sistahood to share your creations there and chat all things Stamping Bella related!

Until next time, HAPPY STAMPING!

MWAH

Elaineabella

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Stamp It Saturday: Out of the Frame Die Cutting with Sandiebella

Time for another Stamp It Saturday! This week Sandiebella has a really useful tutorial for you on how to do “Out of the Frame” die-cutting, where you die cut your image using a circle/square/whatever die with a portion (in this case the balloons) sitting outside the die-cut. Simple, but oh so handy, especially for images like our gorgeous Uptown Girl Bentley.

Stamping Bella Stamp It Saturday Out of the Frame Die Cutting with Sandiebella

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Stamp It Saturday: Fall 2017 Littles & Little Bits Comparison

Elaineabella here with your latest Stamp It Saturday installment, coming to you slightly late this week… I still haven’t managed to catch up with myself following the excitement of the release peeks and release! Better late than never though, right?

Today I thought it would be useful to take a closer look at the stamps themselves, so you can see how the new LITTLES and LITTLE BITS differ and work together. I’ve also got a new colouring video for you showing how I coloured one of the stamp sets.

Stamp It Saturday: Littles & Little Bits Comparison (with colouring video)

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