You're in the Spotlight - MFT & Friends July 2018

July 17, 2018

It's time for the MFT and Friends feature on the MFT blog. Today MFT design team and some fabulous guests are sharing more projects featuring the most recent release.

I chose the Happy Birthday Block Die-namics and the Greatest Show stamp set & Die-namics for my card today.

I was totally inspired by a sentiment in The Greatest Show stamp set for my card design. To create my background scene, I cut Blueberry CS with the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1 Die-namics, masked off both sides of the panel, and daubed some Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink using a sponge dauber. Then I spattered yellow, teal, and white watercolor paints to add some festive feel to the scene. Once it dried, I masked the part of the spotlight and daubed After Midnight Premium Dye Ink to the upper half of the panel using a Mini Ink Blending Tool.

As I wanted to add more texture and interest to the background, I added the big and bold "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" with the camouflage technique. I stamped the images with Milk Chocolate Hybrid Ink and colored with Copic Markers. I cut them out with the matching dies and adhered to the panel.
The sentiment was heat embossed on Electric Red CS and was cut out with a banner die from the Hearts in a Row - Horizontal Die-namics. I attached it to the background panel with foam tape, adding a Pineapple panel cut with the Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips Die-namics.

Head on over to the MFT blog to see what the other DT members and the guest designers have come up with for today!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

3 Ways to Add Texture to Bold Sentiment Stamps - MFT Techniques & Tutorials

July 14, 2018

It's time for a Techniques & Tutorials feature on the MFT blog.

Today I'm showing three ways to add some texture to bold sentiment stamps using the new Happy Birthday to You stamp set. I kept the designs of my sample cards simple since I wanted to focus on the stamping techniques.

Here is a video showing the techniques. Click HERE if you prefer seeing it on YouTube.

1. Ombre Stamping

My first card uses the Ombre Stamping technique. First I stamped the sentiment with Blu Raspberry Premium Dye Ink, then added Tropical Teal ink only to the bottom portion of the letters.

2. Shadow Stamping

For my second card, I used the Shadow Stamping technique. I stamped the sentiment in Pineapple, then stamped it again in Poppy, slightly offsetting. I like that this technique adds some dimensional looks while I can keep my card flat and mailable.

3. Stamp Kissing

My third card uses the Stamp Kissing technique. It's a great way to add patterns to solid stamps. Honestly, it is a little difficult to stamp a pattern precisely with this technique. As you see in the photo below, my striped pattern is not perfect. But, this still is a fun technique to try to stretch your stamps.

Head on over to the MFT blog to see what the other DT members participating today share with you!

Thank you for stopping by!

MFT July Just Add Color

July 12, 2018

It's time for MFT Just Add Color feature for July. The MFT DT members are showing our coloring skills using the latest release.

As most of you expected, I used my new stamp set, Saddle Up & Celebrate. I already shared the cards I made using these images HERE and HERE. So I'd like to show you my coloring process with a speed up video today. The Copic colors used are listed in the video. I hope you enjoy it!

Click HERE to see the video on YouTube.

Make sure you stop by the MFT blog for more inspirational projects from the DT!

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