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Follow-Up : Using Other Brands of Ink with Silhouette Mint Stamps

Video Follow-Up : Using Other Brands of Ink with Silhouette Mint Stamps

A few months back, I posted a video where I tested several different, non-Silhouette brand inks with a stamp made with the Silhouette Mint custom stamp maker. My initial results were a pleasant surprise, and I discovered that, yes, you can use non-Silhouette inks with Mint stamps. Woohoo!

This video is a follow-up to the first video, which you’ll want to check out if you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. In this video follow-up, I retest a couple of inks that had promising initial results, as well as some inks that I didn’t test the last time around.

I’m happy to report that I can highly recommend four types of ink to use with Silhouette Mint stamps, in addition to the Mint brand inks themselves. These other inks allow for many, many different stamping possibilities and will give you more options than exclusively using the Silhouette Mint brand inks would.

Check out the video below to see my results and to find out which inks I recommend for Silhouette Mint stamps:

Silhouette Mint Supplies

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Inks ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Stamp Sheets ( AMZ / SBK )

Inks Tested in This Video

Versamark Watermark Reinker ( AMZ / SBK / SSS )
Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Inkpad ( AMZ / SSS )
My Favorite Things Premium Dye Inkpads in Blu Raspberry & Razzle Berry
Hero Arts Wet Cement Shadow Inkpad ( AMZ / SSS )
Staz On Jet Black Inkpad ( AMZ / SBK )
Ranger Jet Black Archival Inkpad ( AMZ / SBK ) – tested in the first video but mentioned in this video, too

Video : How to Make Foil Alphabet Magnets with the Minc + Silhouette

How to Make Foil Alphabet Magnets with the Heidi Swapp Minc + Silhouette Cameo

I’m adding a hot foil touch to the classic alphabet magnet in this project, which combines the crafty powers of the Heidi Swapp Minc and Silhouette Cameo. This creative combo allows you to quickly whip up colorful, hot foil creations, including everything from the magnets that we’re making here to embellishments and alphas for handmade cards, scrapbook pages, and party projects. Lots of possibilities!

If you don’t have the Minc or another machine for hot foiling, then it’s no problem at all because there are lots of great metallic and foil papers on the market right now, and you can easily substitute with those if you aren’t able to make your own foil cardstock.

In the video below, I’ll also show you how to easily make your own toner sheets right in Silhouette Studio, but if you don’t happen to have a laser printer, I’ve gotten great results with both the Heidi Swapp Minc Toner Sheets and with the Thermoweb iCraft Deco Foil Toner Sheets.

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc 12″ ( AMZ // SBK ) – this is what I have
Heidi Swapp Minc 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Adhesive Magnet Paper ( AMZ // SBK )
12″ Minc Hot Pink Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
12″ Minc Teal Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
12″ Minc Mint Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
12″ Minc Gold Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Minc Transfer Folders ( AMZ // SBK )
Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 80lb. Cardstock
Arial Font (pre-installed on most Macs and PCs)
a laser printer
craft scissors

Video : Make an Oversized Pom Pom Gift Topper

Make an Oversized Pom Pom Gift Topper (Video Tutorial)

I have a serious soft spot for pom poms. Any size will do, just as long as they’re fluffy and fuzzy and everything that a pom pom should be.

Today, I’ll show you how to make a super duper oversized pom pom that’s just the thing for adding a heaping dose of festive fun to any gift package. And you don’t need to save this fluffy guy just for regular square and rectangular boxes. Oversized pom poms make great embellishments for gift bags, circle and cylinder boxes, jars, and Christmas cookie and candy-filled gift tins, too!

Check out the video below to learn how to make your own little mountain of oversized pom pom goodness:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

a piece of cardboard, cut to 6 1/4″ tall x 5 1/2″ wide *
yarn  (I used Vanna’s Choice in Scarlet) **
sharp scissors

* The width that you cut the cardboard isn’t as important, though you don’t want to cut it too wide because you may have difficulty sliding the yarn off of the cardboard when the time comes. I recommend not going taller than 6 to 6 1/2 inches for the pom pom, unless you’re using very fluffy yarn. In that case, you may be able to get away with another inch or two, but generally speaking, it becomes more difficult to maintain a good level of fluffy fuzziness when you go beyond 6 1/2 inches in diameter.

** My favorite yarn for making pom poms is Vanna’s Choice from Lion Brand Yarns. It has just the right amount of fluff and fuzz for my taste. But please experiment! You can get some really cool looking pom poms with all different types of yarns.

DIY Hand Painted Wrapping Paper + Oversized Pom Pom Gift Topper

Video : Make Your Own Hand Painted Wrapping Paper

DIY Hand Painted Wrapping Paper (Video)

It’s so much fun to make your own wrapping paper! You can customize colors and patterns in an endless number of ways to make gift wrap designs that are completely your own, and you can easily create coordinating designs that feature similar color schemes or motifs.

In this week’s video, I’ll show you how to make three different wrapping paper designs, but this is just the beginning of what you can do. Think of all of the pattern possibilities!

And psst … the paint colors that I used to make this wrapping paper are just about the same as the colors that I used for these color block gift tags, so they coordinate perfectly.

Check out the video below to see how easy it is to paint your own, custom wrapping paper:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Canson XL Recycled Sketch Pad (18″ x 24″)
Royal & Langnickel Palette Paper
acrylic paint (I used Americana Watermelon Slice, Melon, Citron Green, and Pistachio Mint, and Flesh Tone)
Tulip 1″ Foam Pouncers
Royal & Langnickel Soft Wash Brush Set

Video : How to Make a Jingle Bell Wreath

Video : How to Make a Jingle Bell Wreath

Jingle bell wreaths are an easy way to add a bright and festive touch, as well as a little jing-a-ling, to any corner or your home. I hung mine on one of the doors in my dining room, and I love how it brightened up the space!

Now, let’s talk about wire for a minute. You want to use 16 gauge stainless steel or galvanized steel wire for this project. You can find it at the hardware store, or like I did, in the picture hanging wire section of a big box store. If you’re looking for it with the picture hanging wire, be sure to steer clear of the braided wires that are commonly used for hanging pictures, as they’re designed to be flexible and won’t work for a project like this. Also, stick to stainless steel if you’re planning on hanging your wreath in an area where it’s exposed to the elements, as galvanized steel wire has a coating that can break down over time if exposed to wet and cold.

You also want to avoid aluminum and brass wire, even if it’s 16 gauge, because those wires are much softer and more easily bendable than stainless or galvanized steel and won’t hold their shape when formed into a wreath.

To calculate the length of wire that you need to cut to make your wreath, multiply the desired diameter (in my case, 8 inches) by 3. Technically, it’s 3.14, but it’s just easier to round down to 3 and multiply it in your head. No calculator needed, and you’ll still get pretty much the same diameter wreath that you want. I’d advise not to go larger than 8 inches with the 16 gauge wire, though, since it may start to sag with wreaths larger than that. You can use a stronger gauge wire* if you’d like to make something larger.

* With wire, the stronger the gauge, the lower the number. So, 14 gauge wire would be stronger than 16 gauge.

Check out the video tutorial below to see a step-by-step tutorial for putting together your own jingle bell wreath:

 Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

16 gauge stainless steel or galvanized steel wire (see notes above)
wire cutters
needle nose pliers
jingle bells*
1 1/2″ ribbon ( I used 1 1/2″ Red Double-Faced Satin Ribbon from Papermart)
sharp scissors, to cut the ribbon (I used Fiskars All-Purpose Left-Hand Scissors – great scissors for lefties)

* The bells that I used are 35mm, and I needed 36 bells total for my wreath. If you’re using smaller bells or a mix of smaller and larger bells, then you’ll need more to make the same size wreath.

Video : Die Cut BARC Wood Holiday Gift Tags

Die Cut BARC Wood Color Block Holiday Gift Tag Video Tutorial

If you love all things woodgrain, like I do, then these holiday gift tags will be right up your alley. I combined Birch BARC Wood with blocks of color, courtesy of acrylic paint, for a look that’s both tactile and modern. Tie these festive tags onto your holiday gift packages and homemade holiday treats for an eye-catching finishing touch!

Silhouette Cameo cut settings for the Adhesive BARC Wood : Depth = 9 // Speed = 4 // Quadruple Cut (double cut x 2)*

* The blade that I was using was on the dull side, so I wanted to be safe and double cut the BARC Wood sheet twice, If you’re using a new blade, then you may only have to double or triple cut it to cut cleanly through the BARC Wood and adhesive backing.

Check out the video below to see a step-by-step for making the die cut BARC Wood tags:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Tag Basics, Set 1 Die Cuts

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Birch BARC Wood Adhesive Sheet
acrylic paint (I used Americana Watermelon Slice, Melon, Citron Green, and Pistachio Mint plus Martha Stewart Crafts Piglet Satin paints)
a stippling brush
painter’s tape
white cardstock
craft scissors

Die Cut BARC Wood Color Block Holiday Gift Tag Video Tutorial

Video : Make a Quick & Easy Die Cut Holiday Card

Video : Make a Quick & Easy Die Cut Holiday Card

This cardmaking project may not take much time to make, but it really packs a lot of visual punch. With its bold, striped background and oversized, merry and bright sentiment, this holiday card is sure to catch the eye of anyone on your Christmas card list. I used a non-traditional color scheme of pinks, orange-reds, and peach for the background, but you can take this in any color direction that you’d like. Go more traditional with red and green, or set a more wintry tone with blues and silvers.

This card is also a great option if you need to make a bunch of the same design. After you’ve cut out all of the pieces that you’ll need, per card assembly time is under 10 minutes!

Check out the video below for a step-by-step for this simple yet bold holiday card:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

A2 Card Front Die Cuts #3
Hand Lettered Merry and Bright Die Cut

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK ) – or any digital die cutting machine that works with SVG files
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Core’dinations Glitter Silk Cardstock, Opulent Opal
cardstock in a variety of colors – I used the Recollections Flamingo Paper Pack from Michael’s
white cardstock
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
a double-sided adhesive runner

DIY Hot Foil Gift Tags with Minc Reactive Paint & Mist

DIY Hot Foil Gift Tags with Minc Reactive Paint & Mist

If you don’t have a laser printer but would still like to have some hot foil action on your paper craft projects, then the Minc Reactive Paint and Reactive Mist are something that you’ll want to take a look at. In this video, I test out these two Minc mediums to see how they perform with the Minc foiling machine, and I also show you how to make foil print and cut gift tags that also incorporate the Minc Reactive Paint. In addition, I’ll give you a peek at some of the new foil colors that were added to the Minc lineup earlier this year, and I’ll use the Gunmetal and Matte Champagne foils (two of my favorites) in this festive gift tag project.

My impatience got the best of me when I was testing the Minc Reactive Mist. You really do need to allow it to dry completely before running it through the Minc, and you can see in the video what happens if you don’t allow the Reactive Mist to dry completely. Hint: it’s a mess. However, after I filmed the video, I did make some tags using the Reactive Mist and waited patiently for them to dry. Here are those results:

Minc Reactive Mist Foil Gift Tags

Check out the video below to see the results from my Minc Reactive Paint & Mist testing, and have a look at what happens when impatience meets the Reactive Mist:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Holiday Phrases Gift Tag Die Cuts
Skinny Stencils, Set 1 Die Cuts

Heidi Swapp Minc Gunmetal Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Matte Champagne Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Paint ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Mist ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK ) – if you’re making print & cut or die cut tags
white cardstock
stencil material*, if using a die cut stencil
a laser printer, if you’re making print & cut gift tags
an old paintbrush
a small container with water (to soak the paintbrush and stencil after use)
scrap paper

* Darice made a 4 mil stencil film under the Studio 71 label, and that’s what I used in the video. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find it for sale anywhere recently, so I think that they may have discontinued it. I’ve also heard good things about the Grafix brand stencil films but haven’t yet had the chance to try them with my Silhouette Cameo.

Also Shown

Heidi Swapp Minc Ombre Reactive Foil, Teal & Silver ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Black Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Mint White Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )

Video : Make a Personalized Stamp with the Silhouette Mint

How to Make a Personalized Stamp with the Silhouette Mint

One of the most awesome things about the Silhouette Mint is that it allows you to make personalized stamps for all sorts of occasions. You can make everything from personalized bookplates to return address stamps, monogram stamps, and custom stamps for homemade and handmade gifts with this nifty, little machine.

In this video, I’ll show you how to make your own, personalized “baked with love” stamp that you can use to make tags and labels for home baked goodies!

Note : I was very conservative with the font size on the personalized area of the stamp since this was the first stamp that I made using a custom text area, but I could’ve gone several points smaller on the font and still had good results.

Check out the video below:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com

Cupcake Cuties : Christmas Phrases Digital Stamps (baked with love)

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Stamp Kit, X-Large aka 45 x 45 ( AMZ / SBK )
Open Sans Font (free download)
white cardstock
1/4″ hole punch
scissors
ribbon

Video : Quick & Easy Heat Embossed Halloween Tags

Quick & Easy Heat Embossed Halloween Tags

These quick and easy Halloween tags are just the thing if you find yourself in need of some last minute treat bag or party favor embellishments for the spookiest holiday of the year! All you’ll need to make a big stack of these are blank gift tags and some basic heat embossing supplies.

Tips : A powder tool really comes in handy for heat embossing projects, especially if you’re embossing on darker paper, as is the case with this project. The powder helps minimize static electricity and helps prevent excess embossing powder from sticking to your paper or cardstock, so you’ll get a much cleaner final embossed image. In addition, you can use a small, dry paintbrush to loosen and remove any additional excess powder before heat embossing.

Check out the video below to see the entire tag making process:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Tag Basics, Set 1 Die Cuts (any blank tags will work)

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK ) – or any digital die cutting machine that works with SVG, DXF, or GSD files
Tsukineko Dual-Ended VersaMarker Pen ( AMZ // SSS )
EK Tools Powder Tool
Darice Multi-Purpose Heat Tool
embossing powder (I used Stampendous Detail White, Zing! Cricket, and Martha Stewart Silver embossing powders)
a pencil and eraser
black cardstock (if you are cutting the tags by hand or with a die cutting machine)
a small, dry paintbrush (optional – see Tips above)

DIY Glow in the Dark Halloween Treat Bags

DIY Glow in the Dark Halloween Treat Bags

I am all about glow-in-the-dark anything, especially when it comes to Halloween! And these die cut glow-in-the-dark Halloween treat bags are sure to be a hit with the trick or treaters and Halloween partyers who drop by your house during the spookiest season of the year.

If you don’t happen to have a digital die cutting machine, you can trace shapes and words onto glow-in-the-dark sticker paper or vinyl and cut out by hand. The process won’t be as quick, but you’ll still get great glow-in-the-dark results.

Check out the step-by-step tutorial below to see how I made these boo-tastic bags!

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

This Is Halloween Die Cuts

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK ) – or any digital die cutting machine that works with SVG, DXF, or GSD files
Silhouette Glow-in-the-Dark Printable Sticker Paper* ( AMZ // SBK )
black party or treat bags (I used Celebrate It brand from Michaels)
an embossing stylus or weeding tool (optional)

* Glow in the Dark Vinyl ( AMZ // SBK ) will work, too

DIY Glow in the Dark Halloween Treat Bags

DIY Glow in the Dark Halloween Treat Bags : Step 1

Step 1 : In Silhouette Studio, open your cut files and resize them (if necessary) to fit your treat bags. Cut the files from Silhouette Glow in the Dark Printable Sticker Paper or Glow in the Dark Vinyl using the settings specified in the materials dropdown in Silhouette Studio. I cut the “boo” words and a bunch of stars from the This is Halloween Die Cuts set for my treat bags.

DIY Glow in the Dark Halloween Treat Bags : Step 2

Step 2 : Peel the cut shape from the sticker paper or vinyl and weed out any areas that you don’t want to included in the finished design.

DIY Glow in the Dark Halloween Treat Bags : Step 3

Step 3 : Turn the bag over and fold a flap about an inch high so you can seal the bag closed with a label or sticker or piece of tape after filling it with treats.

DIY Glow in the Dark Halloween Treat Bags : Step 4

Step 4 : Turn the bag back over to the front and center the “boo” die cut over top of the bag. Press in place to adhere.

DIY Glow in the Dark Halloween Treat Bags : Step 5

Step 5 : After the “boo” die cut is adhered in place, remove the stars from the sheet of sticker paper and adhere those around the “boo” to further embellish the bag. Pressing down on the interior (unnecessary) parts of the star shapes with an embossing stylus or weeding tool as you’re removing them from the sticker paper speeds up this part of the process.

DIY Glow in the Dark Halloween Treat Bags : Step 6

Step 6 : After you’re finished embellishing the bag, fill it with treats and goodies and seal it closed with one of the star stickers or a label / washi tape. When it’s time to give out the bags, you can “charge” the glow in the dark sticker paper under a light for about 30 seconds for super duper strong glowing action!

Pretty Pink Posh October Release Blog Hop

Pretty Pink Posh October 2016 Release Blog Hop

Welcome! Thanks so much for joining me for the Pretty Pink Posh October Release Blog Hop. I’m honored to be a part of the hop for this release and have two cards to share with you today.

Pretty Pink Posh Giving Thanks Distress Ink Watercolor Card

First up is this single layer Thanksgiving card that I made with the Giving Thanks Stamps. First, I used a powder tool to cover the area where I wanted to stamp “Happy Thanksgiving”. Then, I stamped the sentiment with Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.

I was going for a soft and organic look, so I stamped a leaf pattern on Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper with Versafine Toffee ink, which is a lighter, orange-y brown, instead of black ink, which I felt would be too bold for the look that I wanted. The cold press watercolor paper has great texture and makes for  slightly less crisp stamped impressions, which adds to the soft look.

I watercolored the card using several Distress Ink colors (see the full list in the supply area below), some of which I mixed to make more muted, fall leaf colors. For the first layer, I added a flat wash of color to each leaf, and after the first layer was just about dry, I came back in with a second layer of color to add texture and deeper areas of color. For some of the leaves, I kept the second layer of color the same or similar to the first, and for other leaves I used a second, complementary color for the second layer (ex: brown over orange or red).

Check out the video tutorial below to see more of the process that I used to make this card:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Pretty Pink Posh Giving Thanks Stamp Set
EK Tools Powder Tool
Versamark Watermark Ink
Martha Stewart Antique Gold Embossing Powder (any warm gold embossing powder will work)
Darice Multi-Purpose Heat Tool
Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper – 5.5″ x 8.5″ pad ( AMZ / DKB )
Royal Langnickel Palette Paper
Tsukineko Versafine Toffee Ink
Ground Espresso Distress Ink ( AMZ / SBK / SSS )
Festive Berries Distress Ink ( AMZ / SBK / SSS )
Tea Dye Distress Ink ( AMZ / SBK / SSS )
Frayed Burlap Distress Ink ( AMZ / SBK / SSS )
Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink ( AMZ / SBK / SSS )
Fossilized Amber Distress Ink ( AMZ / SBK / SSS )
Forest Moss Distress Ink ( AMZ / SBK / SSS )
Dried Marigold Distress Ink ( AMZ / SBK / SSS )
a small, round paintbrush
water
paper towels
a double-sided adhesive runner
stamp blocks
white cardstock (for the card base)

Pretty Pink Posh Winter Wonderland Happy Winter Card

The second card was inspired by the gorgeous colors in the new Winter Sparkle Sequin Mix. I just love all of those periwinkle, purple, blue, and iridescent sequins!

I die cut the medium size star from the Stitched Stars die set into the top center of a piece of MFT Grapesicle cardstock that was cut to 4″ x 5.25″. Then, I stamped the Happy Winter stamp from Winter Wonderland below the star with Versamark Watermark Ink and heat embossed it with white detail embossing powder.

After that, I used the snowflake stamps (also from the Winter Wonderland set) to make a pattern over the entire front of the card, again using Versamark Ink. I used Wow! White Pearl embossing powder, which has a wonderful, pearlescent finish, to heat emboss the snowflakes.

I made the star into a shaker by first gluing a piece of clear acetate a bit larger than the opening to the back of the card front. Then, I used the same die from the Stitched Stars set and cut that into a piece of white fun foam that was cut to slightly smaller than the card front. I lined the foam piece up over the star area on the cardstock and glued it in place. To finish the card, I added some of the Winter Sparkle Sequin Mix to the die area, glued a piece of white cardstock over the back of the die cut area to seal it closed, and glued the finished card front to a top folding, vertical A2 card base.

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Pretty Pink Posh Winter Wonderland Stamp Set
Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Stars Dies
Pretty Pink Posh Winter Sparkle Sequin Mix
EK Tools Powder Tool
MFT Grapesicle Card Stock
Versamark Watermark Ink
Darice Multi-Purpose Heat Tool
Stampendous Detail White Embossing Powder
Wow! White Pearl Embossing Powder
a manual die cutting machine, like the Big Shot
clear acetate
white fun foam
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
white cardstock (for the base)

Pretty Pink Posh Free Gift Offer

Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you enjoyed these projects, and be sure to hop around to all of blogs in today’s hop for oodles of ideas and inspiration.

Pretty Pink Posh is giving away four $25 gift certificates (two winners each day). Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop. Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PDT on 10/20/2016. Winners will be announced on the PPP blog. In addition, all orders of $100 or more from the Pretty Pink Posh shop will receive a FREE GIFT of the not-yet-released Holiday Greetings set (shown above).

Your next stop on the hop is Heather Hoffman, and here are all of the awesome designers who are participating in the hop today:

Vera Rhuhay
Amy Kolling
Joni Andaya
Kristen from k.becca — that’s me!
Heather Hoffman
Shannon McComb
Keeway Tsao
Julia Altermann
Yoonsun Hur
Joy Taylor
Jennifer McGuire
Pretty Pink Posh blog

Video : Silhouette Mint vs Silhouette Stamp Material Comparison

Silhouette Mint vs Silhouette Stamp Material : Which is the Better Choice for You?

If you want to make your own, custom stamps but are unsure about whether you should use the Silhouette Mint or the Silhouette Stamp Material, then this video is for you! I’ll compare the two methods of making stamps and will give you a better idea about what types of images work best with each, which I hope will help you make the decision about which method is the best choice for the type of stamp projects that you have in mind.

In the video, I also test out a number of different brands of ink with the Silhouette Stamp Material to see which works best. My results showed that pigment inks, by far, give the best results, while dye and solvent-based inks tend to bead up on the slick surface of the stamp material and give beady and not great results. I’ll have a list of the inks that worked best for me in the area below the video.

Also, be sure to check out the following posts / videos for more information on the Mint : Unboxing the Silhouette Mint & Making a Stamp and Can You Use Other Brands of Ink with the Silhouette Mint?

Check out the video below for the Silhouette Mint vs. Silhouette Stamp Material Comparison:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker Kit ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Inks ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Stamp Sheets ( AMZ / SBK )
Silhouette Mint Stamp Kits

Silhouette Stamping Starter Kit
Silhouette Stamp Material
Silhouette Cutting Mat for Stamp Material

Inks Tested with the Silhouette Stamp Material (good results)

VersaMagic Pigment Inks
VersaMark Watermark Ink
Avery Elle Pigment Inks ( AMZ / SBK )
Colorbox Pigment Inks (in the video, I mention that the cat’s eye inkpad size may have affected the result, but it may also have been that this is an older inkpad and wasn’t as juicy as a newer one would be)

Video : Heat Embossing with Silhouette Mint Ink

Heat Embossing with Silhouette Mint Ink

I’ve already covered watercolors in my quest to see how versatile the Silhouette Mint is, and now I want to see how it performs for heat embossing.

One of the things that I was surprised to learn while testing the ink with embossing powders is that, while it can stay wet for days or even weeks if you store your Mint stamps with the lids on them, it dries pretty quickly after you stamp it. After I discovered this, I made sure to have my embossing powder ready and waiting and poured it over the stamped area as soon as possible after stamping, and this really improved my results.

Another tip is to use a powder tool to cover the area on the paper where you’ll be stamping with a coating of powder to prevent excess embossing powder from sticking to it, just like you would with a regular stamp.

My results were definitely a mixed bag at first, but as I experimented and tested more, my results improved so much!

If you don’t have a Mint and are curious about what it does, then be sure to check out the video in this post, where you’ll see a step-by-step for designing and creating your first custom stamp with the Silhouette Mint.

Check out the video below to see which embossing powders I tested with the Silhouette Mint ink and which gave me the best results:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker Kit ( AMZ / SBK )
EK Tools Powder Tool
Darice Embossing Multi-Purpose Heat Tool

Embossing Powders Tested

Stampendous Detail White Embossing Powder
Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder
Stampendous Ultra Detail Clear Embossing Powder*
Wow! Fluorescent Magenta Embossing Powder (similar : Wow! Fluorescent Tickled Pink)
Zing! Aqua Embossing Powder

*I think that this has been discontinued, which I didn’t realize until after I made the video. I’ve also had good results with the Judikins Clear Detail Embossing Powder.

Video : Does Silhouette Mint Ink Work with Watercolors?

Does Silhouette Mint Ink Work with Watercolors?

Wondering whether Silhouette Mint ink works with watercolors? I was, too, so I tested out several types of watercolor mediums with the black Silhouette Mint ink, which is the ink color that I use most.

Here’s a little hint about whether the Mint ink is water resistant : yes, it is! And this means that we have so, so many more creative options with our custom Silhouette Mint stamps. If you don’t have a Mint and are curious about what it does, then be sure to check out the video in this post, where you’ll see a step-by-step for designing and creating your first custom stamp with the Silhouette Mint.

Check out the video below to see the types of watercolor mediums that I tested, as well as my results with each:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker Kit ( AMZ / SBK )
Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper ( AMZ // DKB )

Watercolor Mediums Tested

Sakura Koi Watercolors
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens
Distress Markers (you should have the same or very similar results with Distress Inkpads, too)
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Faber Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils