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February 2019

Project Ideas for the Kind Cosmo Stamps and Dies!

Hey everyone, Bev here! Did you know that cosmos flowers naturally come in nearly every color? That's one of the things that makes the new Kind Cosmo stamp set so much fun. In this blog post, you will see 7 projects featuring these stamps and the matching dies. You'll also learn techniques for coloring these flowers to create many different looks on your own projects! (If you would prefer to watch a video showcasing these projects, hop on over to our website!)


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Stamp the flowers using multiple ink colors: To make a project like this one, start by stamping a sentiment on your card front. (The sentiment on this card is from the Lots of Sentiments Stamp Set.)

Then get out 2 or 3 colors of ink. Apply the lightest color, next lightest color, and then the darkest ink color to your cosmo stamp. By inking up from lightest to darkest, you can avoid getting dark-colored ink on your lighter ink pads.

Then stamp the multi-colored cosmo image off the edges of your card front. Ink up the flower stamp again using multiple ink colors to make more flowers on your project.


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Add yellow and green details: Did you know the centers of a cosmo flower are always yellow? That means you can make the petals on your flower images be whatever color you want. Then add a yellow center and your gardener friends will know it is a cosmo. To add an extra pop of color, apply green along the stems of your stamped flower image.

To color the cosmo flowers on this gift tag, I used watercolors. Next I used the largest label from the set of Essential Stitched Labels Dies to cut out the tag. To finish the project, I used one of the smaller dies from that set to make the slot for the ribbon.


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Color-match your sentiment: To make a project like this one, stamp, color, and then die cut out your cosmos. (I used 3 colors of distress ink on each petal.) To make a matching sentiment label, start with white paper. Use the same ink colors and blend them together. Then stamp a sentiment over the blended ink. To cut out my sentiment, I used the smallest label from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies.


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Create striped flowers: Another fun thing to do is make striped cosmos. Heather used copic markers to make the bright pink areas emanating out from the centers for each flower. Then she added yellow centers and green stems before die cutting out her cosmos. Heather blended some yellow ink onto the largest die from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies and placed it behind her flowers. (You'll find more details about this card on Heather's blog!)


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Make a monochromatic garden: Many of my favorite projects feature a monochromatic color scheme, like this card by Emily Leiphart. She stamped the cosmos three times, colored them using distress inks, and die cut them out. Then she blended the same distress ink colors along the bottom of her card. Emily adhered the die-cut cosmos along the bottom edge of the card front but she varied how far they went up onto the card. To finish, she cut off the parts of the flower die cuts that were off the edge of the card. (Want more info? See Emily's blog post.)


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Use dark cardstock and pencils: Want to create a totally different look? Start with black or dark cardstock. Stamp several of the cosmos images and heat emboss them. (I used Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.) Then use pencils to add color to each petal plus highlights and shadows. (I used Prismacolor pencils.)

Want to learn more about how to use pencils with dark cardstock? Watch our video tutorial!


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Cut apart your die-cut flowers: Since cosmos come in so many colors, why not add a whole bunch of flowers to your next project? Start by stamping, coloring, and die-cutting out a bunch of flowers. (I used watercolors for this project.) Then snip the die-cut flowers off their stems. Arrange the cosmos on your card and add a sentiment. (The sentiment on this card is from the Lots of Sentiments stamp set. I used the smallest die from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies to cut out the sentiment.)


I hope you enjoyed seeing these projects and I hope that they inspire you make some projects of your own. The Technique Tuesday Design Team members made so many projects with these stamps and dies that we couldn’t include them all here. Hop on over to our website to see more projects featuring the Kind Cosmo stamps and dies!

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Announcing the Winners!!

Today is a wonderful day! We woke up to a dusting of snow here in Portland, it's my little brother's birthday, and, best of all, it's time to announce the winners for this month's Sneak Peek and Reveal Day Drawing!

The winners this month are (Drumroll, please!):

Dana M.,

Cathy M.

and

Arianna B.

Congratulations! Please watch your inboxes for an email from Customer Care today. They'll be sending their own congratulations along with your gift card.

Of course, I feel like we all won, getting to see the beautiful and imaginative little pieces of art that our designers have created. I invite you to go have a look at the new release, and flip through the project photos posted on each product page.

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I know those projects have inspired me to try a few new ideas, and to use some of those stamps in unusual ways. How about you?


Congratulations, again! Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting!!!

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February Blog Hop Day 2 + a Giveaway!

Wow... weren't the projects the Design Team members shared yesterday awesome? If you missed it, please just take a minute and go back. We'll wait here for you. Now guess what... today the Design Team is doing it again. They have another round of amazing projects to share with you.

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So let's get going and do today's blog hop. (Don't forget to leave comments as you go for a chance to win one of three $20 gift certificates we will be giving away!)

Dana Joy

Heather Hoffman

Amy Kolling

Daniela Dobson

Emily Leiphart

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Kymona Tracey


More Ways to Enter This Giveaway!

Okay, so you've left comments on the Design Team members' blogs. Awesome! But now you're wondering, "Are there any ways to increase my chances of winning??" We're so glad you asked!

  • We want to hear from you! Leave a comment on this blog post telling us which project or color scheme or unusual design was your favorite.

  • Want to see more projects every single day? You're in luck! Jump on over to our Instagram and follow us now. Then leave a comment back here on this blog post to let us know we're Instagram friends!

  • Do you prefer seeing new projects on Facebook? Go like and follow our Facebook page. Then leave a comment here so we know to watch for you out on Facebook.

You probably should also know that your last chance to comment is at midnight tonight. We will announce 3 lucky winners here on our blog on February 5th!


See something you need (or just want)?

Here are links to each of the new stamps and dies. Plus you can see more project ideas over on each product page!

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Thanks for joining us this week for all the sneak peeks and the blog hops. I really hope you saw something here that inspires you to go make some projects of your own!

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New Release Video + Blog Hop + a Chance to Win

Hang on to your hats... today is going to be action packed!

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First up is the new release video where I share a quick look at each of the new products. Then you're going to want to hop on over to each of the Design Team members' blogs to see their latest projects. (Leave them some comment love for a chance to win!) And finally don't forget to come back here to learn how you can increase your chances of winning one of three $20 gift certificates we're giving away this month.


Watch the New Release Video!

We'd love to hear what you think of these new products and the projects too. Which one is your favorite? And why? Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win one of the three $20 gift certificates we're giving away this month!


Hop Along and Comment for More Chances to WIN!

The Design Team members have been busy making new projects and can't wait to show you what they created. Just click on each of their names and leave a comment on one, some, or all of their blogs!

Dana Joy

Daniela Dobson

Amy Kolling

Heather Hoffman

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Emily Leiphart

Kymona Tracey


Ways to Increase Your Chances of Winning!

Here are three more ways you can enter for a chance to win!

  • Want to see more project ideas? Follow us on Instagram. Then come back here and leave a comment letting us know you're part of our Instagram community.

  • If you prefer Facebook, go like and follow our Facebook page. Then leave a comment here to let us know we'll be seeing you out on Facebook.

  • Tomorrow we're going to be having another blog hop. Come back here for more chances to win plus you'll see more project ideas!

We will announce the winners here on our blog on February 5th!


Thanks for joining us for day one of the new release! If you want to see all the new products, visit the New Products section of the Technique Tuesday store. Plus I hope you'll join us here on the blog again tomorrow to see more projects from the Design Team!

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