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Handmade Sloth Gift Tag

Hello, all! Julie here with a tutorial from Allison Arbour. She's showing us how she made this adorable handmade gift tag using alcohol markers. Allison used both the Sloane and Slater the Sloths stamps and dies and the Hello Hollyhocks stamps and dies on her project.  I would never have imagined using this stamp sets together but it works really well for such a unique combination. I hope you enjoy seeing Allison's stamped sloth gift tag and her tutorial!

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I started by die cutting two of the large essential labels die. On one of the labels I used the die to cut the opening to slide the ribbon through.

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I stamped on a piece of white cardstock using Memento Black ink both Sloan the sloth and the hollyhock image. Using copic markers I coloured the images. For Sloane I used E37,E35,E33,E31,E50, the Hollyhock used YR14,Y23,YR30, and the leaves are YG17,YG03

I used the corresponding dies to cut out the images. Then I stamped the bee image using memento black ink on the tag and coloured it with copic markers. I used the sentiment “you’re totally sloth-some” from the Sloane and Slater the Sloths Stamp Set. I stamped it with Versafine ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

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The hollyhock was then positioned around the tag and the excess trimmed off. I used foam tape on the back of the hollyhock to add dimension. Sloane was positioned with foam tape and attached to the tag as well.

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And finally, I fed the ribbon through the single hole die cut. I added liquid glue to the back of the plain tag and attached the two tags together. Once glued together I applied glue to the back of the die cut loop and pressed into the opening.

~Allison

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This is such a cute and unusual stamped sloth gift tag! What kind of gift would you put this on? A thank you present? A hostess gift? Or a birthday package?

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P.S. If you're a member of the Animal House auto-ship program, you received Sloane and Slater the Sloths with your shipment in July. And if you're a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, the Hello Hollyhocks stamps and dies arrived in July as well.

If you're not a member of either or both of these great programs, not to worry! You can order the stamps and dies now. You could also look into becoming an auto-ship program member and what kinds of great benefits they offer.

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Colored Pencil and Embossing on Dark Cardstock - Tutorial

Hello, it’s Julie, and today I have a new tutorial to share with you. I’m using a flower stamp, heat embossing, and colored pencils on dark cardstock. For this project, I'm using the Hello Hollyhocks stamp set, which works beautifully with these heat embossing and colored pencil techniques. These techniques would also be great with any of the flower and nature stamps from the Greenhouse Society Collection.

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3 Stamped Watercolor Greeting Cards - Tutorials

Hello again! Today we have a tutorial for three beautiful, stamped, watercolor cards from Norine. She used the Hello Hollyhock stamps and dies. The watercoloring techniques she uses are simple but so gorgeous!

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Hello Technique Tuesday friends, Norine here, back with you today to share some cards that I made using the Hello Hollyhocks stamps and dies.

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I love Hollyhocks. Along with several other garden flowers, hollyhocks are my favorites! I tried a couple of similar but different watercolor techniques with these two cards above.

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My first card is a pink hollyhock, because….pink! Who doesn’t love pink? I stamped the hollyhock image onto watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I like the embossed ridges of stamped designs when I’m watercoloring because of the help they provide to contain the fluid when it’s blending and drying.

I painted with watercolors on both the flower blooms and leaves, and the background of another panel of watercolor paper. I also splattered the background of the card panel, with more pink and green paint, then set it aside to dry.

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Once dry, I partially stamped a large background stamp with text on it. I used black pigment ink and let that dry too. I stamped the Thank You sentiment from the Hello Hollyhocks stamp set with clear embossing ink on a black cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder and trimmed it into a little flag banner. I die cut the watercolored bloom, as well as two more layers of heavy cardstock to stack up and glue together for extra visual dimension. I die cut the card panel with a wonky stitched rectangle die and adhered everything to a green cardstock mat and then to a cardstock card base.

The blue card is more evocative of a Morning Glory, (another of my garden favorites) with its darker color around the outer edges of the bloom, fading to lighter blue and white at the center.

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It, too, is stamped onto watercolor paper and heat embossed, but this time the images were stamped with clear embossing ink and heat set with white embossing powder. I used the same partially stamped text stamp to add interest to the background card panel on which are more matching watercolor paints splashes.

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This time, I die cut the hollyhock once, then die cut the card panel with a stitched rectangle outline, and this time I also added a strip of bold diagonally striped cardstock. The “hello friend” sentiment is also from the Hello Hollyhocks stamp set.

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Finally I have one more card, and it might actually be my favorite because it reminds me of a house we lived in where I planted hollyhock seeds and many different colored plants came up to reward me for my hopes and expectations! I love the implied layers on this card, of near and far and of a crowded flower patch!

This card too is stamped onto watercolor paper and watercolor painted, but this time I also stamped onto masking paper a few times, to make masks of the hollyhock stems so I could achieve that crowded garden effect.

I used a mix of Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton paints to paint this scene. I also dragged some of the colors out over the lines, to fade away into a muted background.

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I used the Say It - Thanks Word Die to die cut the word “thanks” from black cardstock and paired it with a shadow image die cut from vellum. Finally, I stamped “for everything” from the another stamp set in my stash, onto a strip of watercolor cardstock and heat embossed with black embossing powder.

I trimmed the stamped and painted card panel by 1/8th inch on all sides and matted the piece with some coordinating green cardstock before adhering everything to the card base.

A few randomly placed flat, hole-less clear sequins complete this card.

Thank you for visiting the blog today and have a wonderful day!

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Wow, Norine's watercolor, hollyhock cards are so beautiful and that last card is especially awesome. Her masking and simple watercolor painting really make a lovely background for a thank you card. I hope these stamped, watercolor tutorials inspire you to make some cards of your own!

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P.S. Are you a member of the Greenhouse Society? Well, the Hello Hollyhocks stamps and dies were in your July shipment. 

Not a member? You can order your own set of hollyhock stamps and dies now. Or you can join the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program which includes a number of great benefits!

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Clean and Simple Coloring with Copic Markers - Tutorial

Hey there, we have a clean and simple tutorial today from Seeka. She's used Copic markers to color the stamped flowers and butterfly images from the Hello Hollyhocks stamp set. Super simple. Super clean. And the card Seeka made ends up being super sweet too!

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Hi there, it’s Seeka here and today I’m sharing an easy, clean and simple Copic-colored card using the beautiful Hollyhocks stamp set.

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I started by using a black Copic-friendly ink to stamp the floral image and sweet butterfly onto an A2-sized piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock. Then I got down to coloring. I used R30, R32, R35, and R37 to color the blooms, starting with a solid layer of the lightest color and then gradually adding in darker and darker shades to create a bit of depth. Then I used YG21, YG23, and YG25 for the leaves. For the butterfly I used B12 and BF2.

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To create the shadows, I outlined both images with W4 and then blended it out with W2 and then blended out again with W0.

I stamped the sentiment in a black pigment ink and then trimmed the panel down to 4”x5.25” before backing it with foam tape and adhering it to an A2-sized card base.

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Thank you so much for coming by today!
Seeka

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Seeka's clean and simple copic-colored hollyhock card is so nice and easy to make. It would be a good design to mass produce - you could say "Hello" to so many of your friends!

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P.S. If you're a member of the Greenhouse Society, you received the Hello Hollyhocks in your July shipment. 

If you're not a member, you can order the stamps and dies now. Or click to see what a great deal membership in the Greenhouse Society can be!

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See the August 2019 Stamps and Dies

Hello Friends of Technique Tuesday. We've been having such fun around TTWHQ (Technique Tuesday World Headquarters) playing with this month's new stamps and dies. Want to learn all about them? Watch this 2-minute video. Or keep reading to meet the new products and see some project pictures!

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August Sneak Peeks Day #3

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Like I said yesterday, it's been getting hot around here, which means I would love to get to go swimming this week. The Greenhouse Society stamp set and die this month are helping keep a cool frame of mind though, since it's the Lotus, a water flower.

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We have been having a wonderful time around here at TTHQ, playing with the Lotus. It includes the flower stamp, which has a large flower, a couple of buds and one large round leaf, along with some sweet phrases for many occasions. These will make lovely cards, and are great for coloring with all kinds of different media.

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If you're a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, these beautiful stamps and dies will be arriving in mid-August. 

If you aren't a member yet, you can pre-order the Lotus starting tomorrow morning. However, if you're someone who likes saving money (25% on the monthly product), getting access to exclusive, members-only sales, and free shipping on add-on orders, you should totally check out the details on the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program.

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Check in again tomorrow morning for the full release! We're pretty excited about these new stamps and dies, and can't wait to share them all with you.

See you then!

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Distress Ink Emboss Resist Technique

Julie here with a new tutorial from Yasmin! Today she is using the Blooming Branches stamps and dies to create a really cool, flowered background. The technique she is using is called emboss resist. I'm going to have to go make some cards of my own using this resist embossing technique!

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Hello Technique Tuesday Friends, Yasmin here! Today I'd like to share with you these two cards featuring the new Blooming Branches Stamp & Blooming Branches Crafting Die sets.

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Cards Featuring the Blooming Branches Stamp Set

Hello! Julie here again. Today Norine is sharing two gorgeous cards she made using the Blooming Branch Stamp Set Blooming Branch Crafting Dies. (These flowering branches stamps and dies are part of our Greenhouse Society Collection.) I love the muted theme she has going on her cards!

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Hello TT friends! Norine here with you again today, with a couple of cards I made using the Blooming Branch stamp and die set!

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July New Release Reveal Day + Blog Hop!

It's finally here - July Reveal Day! There are lots of new project ideas to show you on the July Blog Hop. Come see what's blooming, projects about taking things slowly, and stamps and dies that will help you capture your memories and share your life stories!

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Every new release is better when there's a video, right? So here's Bev's 1-minute video to introduce you to all the new stamps and dies plus some project ideas. Her video is a bit shorter than usual, as she's losing her voice, eep!

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July Sneak Peek #1

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I'm sure you'll be surprised to hear that for once, I'm not at all surprised that the month is over and July is nearly here. I am ready for summer and parties outdoors, trips to the beach, and other outdoorsy fun with family and friends. Our first Sneak Peek for July is the newest set in the Greenhouse Society collection - Hello Hollyhocks.

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