Sponge & Brush Techniques For Stampers eArticle Updated!

Sponge & Brush Techniques For Stampers Cover
Sponge & Brush Techniques For Stampers Cover

No, I didn’t fall off the face of the earth. I did took several wonderful weeks off in May for a relaxing vacation at home, but I’m back to work again and I’ve got another eArticle updated for you. This time, I took a look at the “Sponge & Brush Techniques For Stampers” eArticle and have it ready for you to read.

As with previously updated eArticles, I searched the whole eArticle for bad links. I found a few that had changed and added a couple new links to VSN blog posts that look at cleaning brushes and about acrylic paint down the drain. I also updated the VSN info at the end of the eArticle. The updated eArticle is now posted on VSN’s eArticle page.

If you access this eArticle by going to the site each time to read it online, then you’ll find the updated eArticle there to read the next time you visit. (If you read it inside your browser window and have looked at it recently, you may need to refresh the page to see the updated version.) If you have saved this eArticle to your own computer to read offline, be sure to go to the eArticle page today and re-download it so you’ll have access to all the eArticle’s resources the next time you read it.

While you are poking around online, be sure to also check out my blog, Birdseed & Binoculars! This one is not about stamping, but if you also enjoy watching birds, I think you’ll like it.

I am reviewing all the eArticles in VSN’s eArticle Library to make sure each one is still up to date. I hope to get at least one done each week or so, so watch for more updated eArticles in coming weeks. I started with a few of the most popular eArticles and am now working through them in no particular order. I’ll make a note on the eArticle page next to each updated eArticle and I’ll post a note here too, so you’ll know when each one is done. If you have a request that I do any particular eArticle sooner rather than later, please leave a comment below.

Nancie, VSN

Gelli Plates & Stamps eArticle Updated

Gelli Plates and Stamps eArticle Cover

Yep, I’ve got another VSN eArticle updated for you: Gelli Plates & Stamps. If you have a Gelli Plate, when is the last time you got it out to play? This eArticle is just what you need to get yourself inspired to get out the paints! If you don’t have a Gelli Plate but wonder how they can be used, be sure to check it out because this eArticle is full of ideas.

As with previously updated eArticles, I searched the whole eArticle for bad links but I only found one this time that had moved (which I found and then updated the link.) I updated the current Gelli Plate sizes and also tweaked the text here and there and fixed a few typos I’d missed the first time around and also updated the VSN info at the end.  The updated eArticle is now posted on VSN’s eArticle page.

If you access this eArticle by going to the site each time to read it online, then you’ll find the updated eArticle there to read the next time you visit. (If you read it inside your browser window and have looked at it recently, you may need to refresh the page to see the updated version.) If you have saved this eArticle to your own computer to read offline, be sure to go to the eArticle page today and re-download it so you’ll have access to all the eArticle’s resources the next time you read it.

While you are poking around online, be sure to also check out my new blog, Birdseed & Binoculars! This one is not about stamping, but if you also enjoy watching birds, I think you’ll like it.

I am reviewing all the eArticles in VSN’s eArticle Library to make sure each one is still up to date. I hope to get at least one done each week or so, so watch for more updated eArticles in coming weeks. I started with a few of the most popular eArticles and am now working through them in no particular order. I’ll make a note on the eArticle page next to each updated eArticle and I’ll post a note here too, so you’ll know when each one is done. If you have a request that I do any particular eArticle sooner rather than later, please leave a comment below.

Nancie, VSN

Brayer Techniques For Stampers eArticle Updated

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I’ve got another VSN eArticle updated for you. This time I picked Brayer Techniques for Stampers. Brayers are deceptively simple tools. There is just SO MUCH that can be done with a brayer. For example, you can use ink, paint, glue or water, all with a brayer or even use it dry. I’ll bet this eArticle has a few techniques you hadn’t thought of trying. Be sure to check it out!

I went through the whole eArticle and found some links that had moved or disappeared. I fixed all of those, tracking down the new locations, deleting a few and adding a couple new ones, plus added a few product links that you might find helpful. One link to a video had disappeared but I found an alternative video on the topic. I also tweaked the text here and there and updated the VSN info at the end.  The updated eArticle is now posted on VSN’s eArticle page.

If you access this eArticle by going to the site each time to read it online, then you’ll find the updated eArticle there to read the next time you visit. (If you read it inside your browser window and have looked at it recently, you may need to refresh the page to see the updated version.) If you have saved this eArticle to your own computer to read offline, be sure to go to the eArticle page today and re-download it so you’ll have access to all the eArticle’s resources the next time you read it. This is another eArticle update that has so many fixes that you really should be sure to get the updated copy!

While you are poking around online, be sure to also check out my new blog, Birdseed & Binoculars! This one is not about stamping, but if you also enjoy watching birds, I think you’ll like it.

I am reviewing all the eArticles in VSN’s eArticle Library to make sure each one is still up to date. I hope to get at least one done each week, so watch for more updated eArticles in coming weeks. I started with a few of the most popular eArticles and am now working through them in no particular order. I’ll make a note on the eArticle page next to each updated eArticle and I’ll post a note here too, so you’ll know when each one is done. If you have a request that I do any particular eArticle sooner rather than later, please leave a comment below.

Nancie, VSN

Metal & Faux Metal Techniques eArticle Updated

VSN Metal & Faux Metal Techniques eArticle Cover

I’ve got another VSN eArticle updated for you. The eArticle I chose to do this time, Metal & Faux Metal Techniques, is one of the oldest in the eArticle Library and the links in it to external websites needed a lot of work. Many had moved or disappeared. I fixed all of those, tracking down the new locations, deleting a few and adding a couple new ones. I also tweaked the text here and there where I thought I could make it better and updated the VSN info at the end.  The updated eArticle is now posted on VSN’s eArticle page.

If you access this eArticle by going to the site each time to read it online, then you’ll find the updated eArticle there to read the next time you visit. If you have saved this eArticle to your own computer to read offline, be sure to go to the eArticle page today and re-download it so you’ll have access to all the eArticle’s resources the next time you read it. This particular eArticle update has so many fixes that you really should be sure to get the updated copy!

While you are poking around online, be sure to also check out my new blog, Birdseed & Binoculars! This one is not about stamping, but if you also enjoy watching birds, I think you’ll like it.

I am reviewing all the eArticles in VSN’s eArticle Library to make sure each one is still up to date. I hope to get at least one done each week, so watch for more updated eArticles in coming weeks. I started with a few of the most popular eArticles and am now working through them in no particular order. I’ll make a note on the eArticle page next to each updated eArticle and I’ll post a note here too, so you’ll know when each one is done. If you have a request that I do any particular eArticle sooner rather than later, please leave a comment below.

Nancie, VSN

Specialty Card Folds eArticle Updated

Specialty Card Folds
VSN’s Specialty Card Folds eArticle

I think of all the eArticles I wrote for VSN, this one is the one I’m most proud of. It covers a ton of different card folds to get you out of the single-fold-card rut. But it’s not just a string of card directions. It’s all about explaining how each card works with lots suggestions for creating variations by doing things like cutting or folding the card just a little differently. You can make most of the cards in any of several different card sizes using measurement charts I provide, but I also explain what you need to do to create your own custom size if you like. It’s very cool. It’s also the the most downloaded eArticle in VSN’s eArticle Library, so it’s not just me that likes it!

I just checked all of the links inside the Specialty Card Folds eArticle and found a couple going to external internet sites that needed a tweak (including a YouTube video that is no longer available.)  I’ve fixed these and also updated some of the info about VSN at the end. The updated eArticle is now posted on VSN’s eArticle page.

If you access this eArticle by going to the site each time to read it online, then you’ll find the updated eArticle there to read the next time you visit. If you have saved this eArticle to your own computer to read offline, be sure to go to the eArticle page today and re-download it so you’ll have access to all the eArticle’s resources the next time you read it. And if you haven’t yet read this eArticle, get it today so you can make some really cool multi-fold cards!

I am reviewing all the eArticles in VSN’s eArticle Library to make sure each one is still up to date. I hope to get at least one done each week, so watch for more updated eArticles in coming weeks. I am starting with the most popular eArticles and then will work through them in no particular order. I’ll make a note on the eArticle page next to each updated eArticle and I’ll post a note here too, so you’ll know when each one is done. If you have a request that I do any particular eArticle sooner rather than later, please leave a comment below.

Nancie, VSN

Stamped Snow & Ice Techniques Update

VSN's Snow & Ice Techniques for Stampers Cover
VSN’s Snow & Ice Techniques for Stampers

The weather folks are calling for snow in my area tonight, so it seemed like a good time for me to review VSN’s “Stamped Snow & Ice Techniques” eArticle. I checked all of the links inside the eArticle and only found a couple going to external internet sites that needed a tweak. (This is the most recent of all the eArticles after all.)  I’ve fixed these and also updated some of the info about VSN at the end. The updated eArticle is now posted on VSN’s eArticle page.

If you access this eArticle by going to the site each time to read it online, then you’ll find the updated eArticle there to read the next time you visit. If you have saved this eArticle to your own computer to read offline, be sure to go to the eArticle page today and re-download it so you’ll have access to all the eArticle’s resources the next time you read it. And if you haven’t yet read this eArticle, now is the perfect time to get inspired to stamp something snowy don’t you think?

I am reviewing all the eArticles in VSN’s eArticle Library to make sure each one is still up to date. I hope to get at least one done each week, so watch for more updated eArticles in coming weeks. I am starting with the most popular eArticles and then will work through them in no particular order. I’ll make a note on the eArticle page next to each updated eArticle and I’ll post a note here too, so you’ll know when each one is done. If you have a request that I do any particular eArticle sooner rather than later, please leave a comment below.

Nancie, VSN

Powdered Pigment Techniques Update + A New VSN Blog!

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VSN’s Powdered Pigment Techniques eArticle

If you are a stamper, I’ll bet you’ve got some powdered pigments in your stash, whether they are Perfect Pearls, Pearl-Ex, Primary Elements or whatever. When is the last time you got them out and played?

I recently took some time to review VSN’s “Powdered Pigment Techniques” eArticle. I think it has held up very well and is full of ideas and good information. I checked all of the links inside the eArticle, and while most were fine, I did find a few that go to external internet sites (either articles on powdered pigment techniques or product sites) that had gone bad. Most were due to things like a company changing names or moving a web page within their site. I’ve fixed these and the updated eArticle is now posted on VSN’s eArticle page. I also updated some of the info about VSN at the end.

If you access this eArticle by going to the site each time to read it online, then you’ll find the updated eArticle there to read the next time you visit. If you have saved this eArticle to your own computer to read offline, be sure to go to the eArticle page today and re-download it so you’ll have access to all the eArticle’s resources the next time you read it. And if you haven’t yet read this eArticle, seriously, why not? It’s free and full of all kinds of good info on using powdered pigments. It may just inspire your next stamping project!

My plan is to work my way through all the eArticles in VSN’s eArticle Library in this way to make sure each one is still up to date. I hope to get at least one done each week, so watch for more updated eArticles in coming weeks. I’ll be starting with the most popular eArticles first and then will work through them in no particular order. I’ll make a note on the eArticle page next to each updated eArticle and I’ll post a note here too, so you’ll know when each one is done. If you have a request that I do any particular eArticle sooner rather than later, please leave a comment below.

VSN is Branching Out with A Second Blog!

Blue Jay Eating a Peanut
Blue Jay Eating a Peanut

I’ve been taking a pause from writing about stamping in recent months (other than an article in RSM’s Summer 2015 issue.) If you enjoy my writing and if you like watching birds, you might like another project I’ve been working on. I’ve started a second blog, called “Birdseed & Binoculars”, about backyard birdwatching. Right now there are eleven posts up. These and future posts cover topics like choosing bird feeders, making your own improvised birdbaths and strategies for dealing with squirrels, Starlings, raptors and neighborhood cats, as well as lots of interesting info on the birds themselves. If you like birds, please check it out. And even if you aren’t into birds, if you know someone who is, please share the link with them. Many thanks!

Nancie