Totally Topaz

In order to win this amazing prize package here is what you need to do.

  1. Complete all 10 topaz layouts. Don’t forget that Topaz #10 must be completed and posted by 11:59 PM MST on Monday, October 3rd.
  2. Make sure all 10 topaz layouts are posted somewhere online.
  3. Provide a link to your creations in this blog post. This can be a link to a gallery hosting all of your creations, or individual links. Just make sure that everything is listed in one post.

If you are new to our Mid Week Mojo series, you can find all of the fantastic details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Good luck Mojo makers!

How To’sday | Distress Ink Tutorial

It’s Tuesday once again and we know that means it’s time for another great tutorial from one of you! This week our How To’sday is an awesome tutorial on Distress Ink by Charissa Miller.

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I have recently gotten into using lots of Distress Inks for cards and other projects. I wanted to write up a tutorial on the basics of Distress Inks. They really are very easy to use and create such a great look.

The first thing to know about Distress Inks is that it makes sense to buy in color families so you can do blending. For example, buy three blues (such as three of them I use in this tutorial) or three reds or three browns. You, of course, can buy single colors, but these inks really do their best magic when they are blended.

For my project I chose four distress inks: three blues (lightest to darkest) and one purple

Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord.

To use them you just need a piece of cardstock. You can use a colored cardstock if wanted, though I mostly use white or cream cardstock so the colors of the Distress Inks can really shine.

I use the Inkessentials tool from Ranger.  The foams simply stick onto the tool and are easily removed. You need a foam for each color or else you will not get the true colors from the inks.  I have decided that I also need a few more of the tools, so that I do not have to constantly change my foams when doing a project, but that is not really required.

You will notice that I have a piece of paper beneath the cardstock I am going to work with This is because when you apply Distress Inks you start with your foam off the page and blend it onto the page. You can see where I have both a green and a brown Distress Ink color on the page already. If you start with the foam on the page you end up with a nice impression of the foam, which while not bad, it doesn’t give the smooth blended look Distress Inks are known for.

I started with Tumbled Glass and covered the entire piece of cardstock. You can see from the photo that the way Distress Inks are formulated gives darker and lighter areas without any effort. From there I did Broken China on 3/4 up the page, Faded Jeans on ½ up the page, and then I used my darkest color Dusty Concord on the bottom ¼ of the page.

Here is how they look all on the paper.

It looked pretty good on my first pass, but I went ahead and worked in reverse (darkest to lightest) making sure that all of my colors were well blended with no sharp lines anywhere.

Here is what it looked like after I touched it up. I then decided to add a little bit of texture to it using a cloud stamp I had and some glittery clear embossing on Versamark which I heat embossed.

It’s a subtle effect but it brings out the idea of the sky from the Distress Ink coloring.

Here is the card I ended up making with this cardstock piece.  I inked the edges of the light blue cardstock with Broken China to help it pop.

Distress Inks are a lot of fun and make a nice addition to your ink/stamping stash! They come in a wide variety of colors and you can do so many different things with them beyond this basic inking technique.

Imaginisce Berrylicious | Monday Card Madness #51

If there’s any paper collection to wrap up the summer in a perfect way it would be today’s steal, the Berrylicious collection by Imaginisce.

This collection just screams “smile,” and I had a great time mixing up the papers and elements to create the cards for this weeks Monday Card Madness. I am especially fond of the mix of swiss dots and stripes and decided that a card design which would allow a portion of the inside paper to peek through would be perfect to show it all!

I can’t help but think that receiving a card made with the Berrylicious collection would be a surefire way to put a smile on someones face. I look forward to keeping up with the challenge of sending out joy.

In case you missed it we are underway with our next ScrapbookSteals card swap.

Here are the details:

  • This particular swap is a holiday-themed swap.
  • Create 10 cards following a Christmas, Holiday or Winter theme. (*Please leave me a note if you have a preference of Christmas or Holiday cards and I will do my best to sort accordingly).
  • All cards must include envelopes.
  • Cards must be received at the Scrapbook Steals warehouse by November 7, 2011. (Scrapbook Steals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California Ave., #400, SLC, UT  84045)
  • Once your cards have gone postal, be sure to send an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com letting me know they are on their way.
  • Lastly wait patiently for 10 amazing creations by different artists to find their way back to your door!

I know it’s a slightly tighter turn around than we normally have but think of how great it will be to have a variety of handmade goodness to send to your neighbors and friends to wish them a very happy holiday season.

Well, that’s it from me today. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for that amazing day of the week where we are treated to a tutorial by one of you!

My Little Shoebox Giveaway Winners!

Take those precious photographs from your little shoebox and turn them into creations that will endure for generations. The collections from My Little Shoebox make scrapbooking quick and easy while allowing you to design something all your own.

The six lucky winners of the My Little Shoebox collections are…

Michele Milster
Trick or Treat

Tammy Klaus
Trick or Treat

Kelly Mastran
Destination

Angela Randall
Destination

Charmaine Kuran
Playtime

Brooke Bumgardner
Audrey

Congratulations and thank you all for participating!

Winners chosen with random.org. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Update on Cancellations

Hey customers!

If you have tried to cancel an order recently, you may have noticed that the option to do so is not available. Google Checkout is currently receiving a bug that prevents you from canceling orders. Before you submit your order, please take a moment to ensure it is correct and won’t need to be altered. As always, our customer service team is here to answer order questions at customerservice@stealnetwork.com. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Happy Stealing!