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How To’sday | Faux Batik Embossing Technique by Misty Buck

How To’sday | Faux Batik Embossing Technique by Misty Buck

Misty Buck, one of our favorite stamping queens has done it again. This week for How To’sday, Misty has created an amazing tutorial showing us how to do a faux batik embossing technique.

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Oh, it’s so good to be back and creating. Five weeks of vacation with no crafty goodness is just too long. I love this particular technique that I’ll be sharing with you today. It really doesn’t take but a few minutes and the results are so eye catching.

To begin with you’ll need to gather a few tools. You will need:

  • Mulberry paper or something similar like rice paper or high-quality tissue paper
  • an iron
  • Versamark watermark ink
  • clear embossing powder
  • an embossing gun
  • at least two colors of stamping ink
  • bold stamps with lots of surface area
  • a sheet of copy paper
  • a paper towel
  • white cardstock

Begin by stamping a few images around on your mulberry paper with your Versamark ink. Sprinkle the clear embossing powder over the images.

Next heat emboss the powder with your gun

Now grab your inks and begin liberally sponging your complimentary colors directly onto your mulberry paper until you get the desired look.

Now you are ready to iron. My iron only sees the light of day when I’m ready to craft. It may not even know what a shirt is at this point.

Lay your paper towel down on your ironing board, place your inked up mulberry paper on top of it and then finish the sandwich with a piece of copy paper.

Iron the copy paper until you see the embossed images show through onto it. Essentially, you have just ironed out all of the embossing powder on your paper.

Take your paper out and notice the vibrancy of your stamped images and how they pop against a white sheet of cardstock. You can mount your mulberry paper onto other colors of cardstock but the effect will be muted.

Note: I use my ATG tape runner to mount my mulberry to cardstock but you can also use spray glue for a more even coverage.

Cut out a piece of your beautiful faux batik paper and use it on a project.

I hope you all enjoyed this stamping tutorial — any new converts to the stampy side of life yet?

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Misty, thank you so much for yet another amazing stamping tutorial. If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us, don’t hesitate to send them our way! You can email your idea with images and instructions to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

We have several great tutorials in the line up! Be sure to check in next week as well as tomorrow for our 52nd Mid Week Mojo! We have a guest sketcher to celebrate one year and she will knock your socks off!

Have a great How To’sday!

Imaginisce Little Cutie |Monday Card Madness #41

Imaginisce Little Cutie |Monday Card Madness #41

If you have little ones in your life then today’s steal, the Imaginisce Little Cutie Collections, is bound fill a hole in your crafty needs.

For this week’s card sketch, I turned to my birthday card stash for inspiration. I decided to pattern this week’s Monday Card Madness off of this beautiful card by Kristy MacKeen.

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I decided to shake up Kristy’s card a tiny bit by mixing two patterns of papers, one for the top of the card and one for the bottom.

I also love that today’s steals are not only perfect if you have  a wee one in your life, but versatile enough to create some non-baby themed projects as well.

Don’t forget to have this week’s card sketch posted to our Facebook fan page or your own personal blog by August 5th at 11:59 pm in order to be eligible for the July random drawing.

For those of you that participated in the second card swap, you should start stalking your mail carrier for the wonderful creations as they are on their way and should be arriving shortly.

If you missed out on the most recent card swap, the good news is that our 3rd card swap is in the works.  Here’s the scoop!

  • Create 10 cards. They can all be the same or each can be different.
  • All cards must include an envelope.
  • Cards must be received to the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by August 31st. (ScrapbookSteals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California, #400, SLC, UT  84104
  • Once your cards have been sent in the mail, please send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com, to let me know that I need to be on the lookout for your amazing creations. I will then randomly re-distribute the cards and mail back 10 different cards to each participant.

Don’t forget the ongoing challenge to send out joy! I hope you have a wonderful Monday.

Fancy Pants Notebook Journals

Fancy Pants Notebook Journals

If you haven’t ever seen today’s steal, the Fancy Pants Notebook Journals, then you are in for a treat! These little goodies are great for so many different uses.

First of all they are fantastic for using as journaling blocks on your scrapbook pages. Simply rip the perfect journaling tag out of the notebook, jot down your journaling, attach to your layout and voila — your journaling is done! You can see some fantastic examples from some of our ScrapbookSteals fans as to how they used the journaling tags on these layouts by Staci Jones, Charissa Miller, Chloe Salerno and Cristine Redmond.

Now if you’re wondering what you’d do with multiple journaling tag books here are some additional and easy ideas for you. I decided to make myself a “happy stuff” book. I left all of the journaling tags intact and simply made each tag into a different happy page.

Now I can put my happy stuff on a shelf in my scrappy room and always have a visual reminder of the simple things in life that bring me joy, when life seems to get me down.

I also thought it would be fun to create an advice album for a friend that recently found out that she is expecting her first baby. We have common friends all round the continent so I’m going to mail send out the advice album circle journal style and by the time my friend is holding her sweet bundle of joy, she should have a lovely advice album filled with tips from those that she loves.  :)

I hope you girls all have a wonderfully crafty weekend! Be sure to check in on Monday for our next Monday Card Madness.

Bo Bunny Block Party | Mid Week Mojo #51

Bo Bunny Block Party | Mid Week Mojo #51

It’s mojo time again and today’s steal, the Bo Bunny Block Party is the perfect collection to use for your summer memories.

The other day I was looking around Facebook and was thrilled to learn that one of our dear fans, April Fraley, recently became engaged to her sweetheart. When I saw the photos I begged her if I could scrap them today since the colors in today’s steal were such a perfect match for her photos. I’m so delighted that she said yes to letting me help her preserve such an important event in her life.

I couldn’t decide which photos to scrap so I created a layout that held them all!

I asked her what she thought would be a good idea for a title and she said she’d thought of calling it “A Scrappy Proposal”, since her thoughtful fiancee actually made her a scrapbook page to ask for her hand in marriage. **sigh** So romantic! I thought the idea for the title was perfection and so the layout was born!

I love how versatile today’s steal is and I love the variety of embellishments that come with the kit. Not only is this collection amazing for your summer block parties, 4th of July, Canada Day, but engagement photos too!

Thank you so much April for letting me scrapbook this page for you. I hope you like!

I know you’ve all been scrapping your brains out over the past week and our Facebook fan page has been pure—inspirational delight. It’s been so much fun to see everyone work so hard to catch up on becoming members of the different previous clubs.

We’d like to shout out a huge congratulations to Becci Maines who is the random winner of our Mid Week Mojo #50.

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for and working so hard toward, to find out who the winner of the amazing Imaginisce Gold Club giveaway is. Our lucky random winner comes from comment #101.

Congrats to you Nicole Radawetz!

Nicole you are the lucky winner of these incredible Imaginisce products:

Becci and Nicole, if you could please send an email to service@scrapbooksteals.com we will be happy to get your prizes sent out to you.

We’d like to extend a huge congratulations once again to each and every one of you that have participated in our Mid Week Mojo challenges. All of you are simply amazing and such an inspiration to all! Because we love you so much we are taking a short two week break from our “club series” and will be having an additional fabulous giveaway when we reach 52 weeks of mojos. For any of you that have completed all sketches, 1-52, you will be eligible for a  bonus random drawing. We will be giving away a $52.00 credit to the ScrapbookSteals store. Just think of it — $52.00 to spend how you please! If you aren’t caught up you’ve got close to two weeks to get your scrappin’ madness on. If you have already provided links to your first 50 layouts no need to do so again. If you haven’t had a chance to provide links to any particular layouts then be sure to send me an email to kristy@scrapbooksteals.com with the links. When we hit week 52, we will have a separate blog posting for those of you to add your entry for the amazing prize.

How To’sday | Door Hangers by Carrie Labani

How To’sday | Door Hangers by Carrie Labani

It’s that favorite time of week again when we are treated with another fantastic tutorial brought to us by one of you! This week our tutorial is brought to us by Carrie Labani. I love altered door hangers and summer is the perfect time to make them. With babies and summer and kiddos playing a cute door hanger on the front door announcing that baby is sleeping, or it’s quiet time and friends can’t play is such a great idea! Or you could make a darling hanger like Carrie did simply to spice up your child’s bedroom door.

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This is a great project for your kids or grandkids. I first made on for my new baby but then my 4-year-old saw it and needed to have one. I purchased the door hanger from my local craft store for under a dollar so it was also a great bargain project too!

Steps:

  • Cover the door hanger on one side with paper. I used a liquid glue. Let dry and cut out with a craft knife.

  • Cover the other side and cut out again. Now both sides should be covered with the hole in the middle all cut out. Then use a small ink pad to ink all the edges. I like how this gives it a nice finished look.

  • Add strips of paper on the bottom of both sides. I chose different patterns for each sides.

  • Add different titles to both sides. I went with Big Sis and Girls only but Naptime, Big Bro, their name or anything you like will work. Mix up your fonts or use premade stickers like I did for my Girls only side.

  • Embellish with flowers, chipboard, Stickles, whatever you like and you’re done!

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Thank you Carrie for the tutorial on such a darling project!

If you have a great idea that you’d like to see featured on the ScrapbookSteals blog post, please send your idea with instructions and images to kristy@stealnetwork.com and you may find yourself the star of How To’sday.

Have a great day and tune in tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo #51!