Janette Kausen

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Janette Kausen

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Feather Smooshing w/New Liquid Watercolors

Feather Smooshing w/New Liquid Watercolors

Guys, 2 more sleeps until Hero Arts officially releases their new Liquid Watercolors. I’ve had my hands on them and created a little something, something with the Paper Layering Feather over on the Hero Arts blog. I hope you have a few minutes to check it out HERE!

xo, Janette

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Video: Watercolor Floral & Heat Reactive Foil, Hop (+Giveaways)

Video: Watercolor Floral & Heat Reactive Foil, Hop (+Giveaways)

Good day to you, my friends! Today is all about Saving the Crafty Youtuber. It’s a hop! Youtube has recently changed their monetization requirements and this hop is to help bolster crafters who have been negatively affected. You’ll find 50+ new paper crafting videos throughout the hop. Every single stop on the hop has prizes. 50+ $25 gift certificates from Simon Says Stamp, 100+ ink pads from Catherine Pooler. A big round of applause to Simon Says Stamp and Catherine Pooler for their generous donations for the entire hop.

By commenting on my YouTube video (on my YouTube channel, not here on the blog [though I appreciate them here, as well]) you can win a $25 Simon Says Stamp gift certificate, 2 Catherine Pooler ink pads or you can also win a new Antique Rose wood mount stamp and a set of Thank You dies that I have featured in my video today. A cheerful thank you to Hero Arts for sponsoring this stop!

Join me in celebrating, encouraging and uplifting all the channels on the hop today!

If you are following along the hop you should be coming from the amazing Jenn. Next on the hop is the ever innovative Karen Burniston.

Of course you can always start from the top with the Master of Ceremonies, Justine Hovey. A huge thank you to Justine for organizing this entire shindig!

I created today’s card by Distress Inking the Hero Arts Antique Rose wood mount stamp and misting her liberally with clear water. Like to the point of drippy. I stamped the image and then misted the rose again, without inking, and stamped again. Once dry, I heat embossed with Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear embossing powder and then ran through my Minc foiling machine with Heidi Swapp Champagne Heat Reative Foil on a low 1 setting. The result is a stunner. You guys, this one is so pretty I am not sure I can give it away!

To see in detail the entire process, please watch the YouTube tutorial below. Thumbs Up and Subscribe for more from me!

If you have any trouble watching the YouTube tutorial on this site, you can click HERE to watch it on YouTube.

Thank you for popping in today and spending a few minutes with me. I hope you have been inspired to create! If you have, tag me on social media. I’d love to see what you are whipping up! Hop along my friends!

xo, Janette

P.S. Don’t forget to comment on the YouTube tutorials for your opportunity to win 1 of over 120 prizes!

Project Supplies

I’ll always do my best to link you to shops with products in stock. As you know, inventory levels are always fluctuating and therefor may not be available. Please use the retailer notification buttons to let them know you want more!

K6135 Antique Rose | Hero Arts
[ HA ]
DI192 Thank You Pair Fancy Die (C) |...
[ HA ]
Water Mist Bottle
[ HA ]
Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder
[ HA | SSS ]
Inkadinkado Embossing Magic
[ AMZUS | ELH | SSS ]
Tsukineko VersaMark Watermark Stamp...
[ AMZUS | HA | ELH | SBC ]
Intense Black Hybrid Ink
[ HA ]
Minor Stripes Cling Background – The Ton
[ TON ]
Champagne Sequin Mix
[ HA ]
Crystal Katana Multimedia Pickup Tool
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
American Crafts 6 Piece Heidi Swapp...
[ AMZUS | SBC | SSS ]
Heidi Swapp MATTE CHAMPAGNE MINC...
[ SSS | SBC ]
Original Misti
[ HA | AMZUS | ELH | SSS ]
Brand New Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pads -...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads,...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Ranger TDP47391 Distress Mini Ink...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads,...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Koh-I-Noor Bristol Smooth Bright...
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- Black Onyx
[ GNK ]
Be Creative Tape, 115mm (4.5")
[ ELH | SSS ]
Fred THE OBSESSIVE CHEF Bamboo...
[ AMZUS ]
Dahle10672 Vantage Self-Healing...
[ AMZUS ]
Bulk Buy: Ranger Inks (3-Pack) Multi...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Tombow 88 oz Mono Multi Liquid Glue...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SSS ]

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Distressing Pineapples X2

Distressing Pineapples X2

Welcome to the initial installment of Work Your Stash Wednesday! It has been such beautiful weather here in Central California (low 70’s!). I have been craving all things spring and summer. I am born and bred California, and I just don’t like the cold. And by cold I mean below 60*. I’ll take 110* over 40 any day. When I happened across this W Plus 9 Summer Citrus stamp set I knew I had to get her out to bring sunshine to my soul.

I began by stamping several Summer Citrus pineapples in W Plus 9 Pure Color Black ink. It is a crisp, deep, dark, and waterproof black ink that is among my favorites. I then Versamaked and clear heat embossed them to create wells for watercolor. After smooshing Mustard Seed and Peeled Paint Distress Inks on my craft mat, I added a a bit of water to each and loosely painted in the pineapples beginning with the yellow toward the top and the green at the bottom. Drying and adding color repeatedly will create a richer color as well as add the awesome watermarks.

Die cut an A2 oatmeal panel with the Waffleflower Pinking Layers and stitch with black size 5 DMC Pearl Cotton. Stamp sentiment with the same Pure Color Black ink. Adhere three pineapples popping the center one for dimension. Adhere finished panel to A2 folded card base.

Stay Classy was created by first white heat embossing the Citrus Background Builder pineapple on Bristol paper. I watercolored the background in the same manner as I did the pineapples with the previous card. Once dry, I trimmed it a bit shy of the standard A2 of 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. I usually trim down about 3/8″ from the top and a side when applying a mat.

I popped the white heat embossed banner up that I had trimmed with a strip of black and white stripe from the scrap bin. I trimmed the sentiment strip to fit the watercolor panel after I adhered it. No need for measuring in this instance. After adhereing the watercolor panel to the folded card base, I again used dimensional adhesive for the pineapple. I also set it at an angle to just overhang the watercolor panel, but not the card base.

Thank you for joining me for Work your Stash Wednesday! If you have something in your stash you’d like me to create with, contact me and if I have it (or maybe something similar), I’ll give it a go! See you soon!

xo, Janette

Project Supplies

I’ll always do my best to link you to shops with products in stock. As you know, inventory levels are always fluctuating and therefor may not be available. Please use the retailer notification buttons to let them know you want more!

Summer Citrus Stamp Set
[ BRI | ELH | SSS ]
Summer Citrus Die 
[ BRI | ELH | SSS ]
Wplus9 SUMMER CITRUS Clear Stamp And...
[ SSS ]
Citrus Background Builders Stamp Set
[ BRI | ELH | SSS ]
Southern Sentiments Stamp Set
[ BRI | ELH | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Crafts - Craft Die -...
[ SBC | SSS ]
Black Dye Ink - WPlus9 Design Studio,...
[ WPL ]
Brand New Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads,...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Tsukineko VersaMark Watermark Stamp...
[ AMZUS | HA | ELH | SBC ]
Koh-I-Noor Bristol Smooth Bright...
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Oatmeal Cardstock - WPlus9 Design...
[ WPL ]
A2 Oatmeal Envelopes - WPlus9 Design...
[ WPL ]
White Embossing Powder
[ HA ]
Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder
[ HA ]
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, 0.88...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SSS ]
DMC 115 5-310 Pearl Cotton Thread,...
[ AMZUS ]

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Hero Arts: My Monthly Hero Hop (+Giveaway)

Hero Arts: My Monthly Hero Hop (+Giveaway)

Hey there, hi there, ho there! Thank you for dropping in! As you may know, today is the highly anticipated release of the February My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts. If you are not already experiencing spring in your neck of the woods, you will be craving it after all the hop inspiration today!

Kit availability and shippingThe kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday, February 9th. Subscribe now to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!

Kit contents:

6″ x 8″ Clear stamp set
24 Coordinating dies
3 Ink cubes (Nest, Robin’s Egg, Feather)
2 5½” x 8½” sheets Stone woodgrain cardstock (111 lb. cover)
2 5½” x 8½” sheets Bubinga woodgrain cardstock (111 lb. cover)
2 Mini grapevine wreaths

The value of the kit is $70, but it is sold at $34.99.

If you’d like to find out more about subscribing to the My Monthly Hero kit, where you are sure to never miss out, click here.

February MMH Add-Ons

If you are having an attack of Full Set Syndrome, you can get the entire add-on collection HERE and save 11%.

Starling on Branch | Hero Arts
[ HA ]
Come Fly With Me | Hero Arts
[ HA ]
A Little Bird Told Me | Hero Arts
[ HA ]
A Little Bird Told Me Frame Cuts |...
[ HA ]
Hummingbirds | Hero Arts
[ HA ]
Hummingbird Frame Cuts | Hero Arts
[ HA ]
Cardinal Stamp & Cut | Hero Arts
[ HA ]
Chirp Stamp N Cut
[ HA ]
Bird & Banner Fancy Die | Hero Arts
[ HA ]
Bird Branches Fancy Die w/Frame |...
[ HA ]
Paper Layering Feather | Hero Arts
[ HA ]
Sunburst Bold Prints | Hero Arts
[ HA ]
Swirl of Starlings Bold Prints | Hero...
[ HA ]

Love me an organic watercolor background. This one turned out dreamy! I scribbled, (yep, nothing fancy) just scribbled on Bristol paper with a blue and a coral Arteza watercolor brush marker. I Then used a wet paint brush and loosely scribbled again over the markered area. I was careful at the beginning to not mix the two colors. After a minute or so I allowed them to just kiss. The varying amounts of water along the border caused the colors to create the push and pull into each other. Scribble a quarter sized amount of color onto a craft mat. Dip in saturated paint brush and splatter similarly colored area of panel.

Set it aside to dry or use a heat tool to speed the process. If you find your paper has warped once dry, pass through a warm Minc machine or laminator to iron it flat.

Die cut the nest (kit) into dark woodgrain paper (kit). Define branches of the nest by running a dotting tool along them. I pressed some to the front and others to the back while on top of the foam from my Misti creating ridges, valleys and most importantly – dimension. I tucked in a few Bristol paper die cut eggs (kit) and branches (kit) also colored with the Arteza markers.

Arteza markers are extremely similar to the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, but are at a lower price point. The Arteza brush is not quite at fine as the Zig, and sometimes has a few stray strands, but the color from the Arteza are more vibrant, in my opinion.

Trim watercolor panel to slightly smaller than A2 and stamp sentiment (kit) in Soft Granite. Mount panel on A2 stone woodgrain paper (kit). Secure eggs and twigs. Adhere nest with foam tape for a touch of height.

Blog Hop

Giveaway: We are giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (We will reimburse them if they have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Sunday, February 11th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.

Thank you so much for hopping along today. Carry on!

xo, Janette

Project Supplies

I’ll always do my best to link you to shops with products in stock. As you know, inventory levels are always fluctuating and therefor may not be available. Please use the retailer notification buttons to let them know you want more!

MMH Kit Feb 2018
[ HA ]
Soft Granite Shadow Ink | Hero Arts
[ HA ]
Dotting 5 X 2 Way Marbleizing Dotting...
[ AMZUS ]
Arteza Real Brush Pens - 24-Colors -...
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Arteza Real Brush Pens - 48-Colors -...
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Koh-I-Noor Bristol Smooth Bright...
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Original Misti
[ HA ]
Mini Misti
[ HA ]
Heidi Swapp MINI MINC 6 INCH FOIL...
[ SSS ]
Royal Sovereign LAMINATOR Machine 9...
[ SSS ]

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Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Countdown Preview (+Giveaway)

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Countdown Preview (+Giveaway)

It’s that time again! The Countdown to Creativity is on over on the Hero Arts blog. I’m featuring the main stamp kit and a wreath add-on. I’d love for you to take a peek HERE! The full reveal and release hop is Monday, February 5th at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific.

Comment on all the February Countdown posts on the Hero Arts Blog for your chance to win a kit of your own. If you already subscribe or buy a kit of your own, you will be reimbursed upon winning.

xo, Janette

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Watercolor Stamping (+Giveaway)

Watercolor Stamping (+Giveaway)

Day two of the New Year! Are your resolutions still in tact? I don’t make concrete resolutions but I do reevaluate things that I am doing or not doing and make a mental note to improve those things. I know one thing. I need more creative time in my future!

I’m popping in with a quick card to share today and let you know I have a fun giveaway going on over on my Instagram account. I am giving away a full set of the second release of Distress Oxide Inks and reinkers. I adore them, and I know that many of you do too!

Click here to enter.

  • Distress Ink up Studio Katia You’re So Ranunculus stamp set in a colorfully random way (the colors I used are linked in the supplies below) onto Bristol paper using a Misti or similar stamp tool. it is important to be able to repeat stamp in the exact position for a future step. I use the mini ink cubes and overlapped several colors. I roughly kept the green to the stem areas, but its really freeform and not necessary. The Distress Oxides would work, as well, but will have a more chalk like finish.
  • Mist stamp with clear water. I like to spray mine to the drippy point. You want the ink the bleed out onto the paper beyond where the fine stamped lines would be.
  • Stamp image and let the stamp remain in position for a minute or two to allow the paper to absorb the excess ink and water.
  • Allow image to dry or speed up with a heat tool. Blot dry stamp.
  • Repeat stamp in the exact same position with black ink. Stamp a second time for a darker impression, if necessary.
  • Trim image and mat with black cardstock.
  • Apply foam tape or fun foam to back and adhere to A2 sized striped glitter paper.
  • Adhere panel to A2 folded card base.
  • Gold heat embossed sentiment on black cardstock and adhere popped up for dimension.
  • Add confetti style sequins for clear simple sparkle.

I kid you not, this card took me no more than 20 minutes. That is a rarity for me. Talk about resolutions. I need to learn not to overthink my projects and finish them in reasonable amounts of time!

Make time for your Creative Bliss this year. It is therapy like no other! May you each have a new year full of love, family, friendship and laughter.

xo, Janette

Project Supplies

I’ll always do my best to link you to shops with products in stock. As you know, inventory levels are always fluctuating and therefor may not be available. Please use the retailer notification buttons to let them know you want more!

You're So Ranunculus Stamp Set
[ BRI | SSS ]
Hero Arts Intense black
[ AMZUS | HA | SBC | SSS ]
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads,...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Ranger Abandoned Coral Distress Mini...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Distress Mini Ink Pad-Festive Berries
[ AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Brand New Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pads -...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Crushed Olive Distress Mini Ink Pad,...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads,...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Misti Stamp Tool Original Size Misti...
[ AMZUS | BRI | ELH | SSS ]
Koh-I-Noor Bristol Smooth Bright...
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Water Mist Bottle
[ HA | ELH | SSS ]
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
[ HA | BRI | ELH ]
Hero Arts Embossing powder 1Oz-Gold,...
[ AMZUS | HA | ELH | SSS ]
Embossing Tool
[ HA | SBC | SSS ]
American Crafts Pow! Glitter Paper
[ BLIC ]
American Crafts Pow! Glitter Paper
[ BLIC ]
WHITE FUN FOAM 9" X 12" X 1/16" THICK...
[ AMZUS ]
1. Glass Slippers Round Confetti - 6,...
[ TON ]
Tombow - Mono Multi Liquid Glue, 0.88...
[ AMZUS | BLIC | ELH | SSS ]
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