Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thankful for the MISTI - mass producing made easy - updated with VIDEO

**** edited to add: MISTI is on sale right now - 20% OFF STOREWIDE****

Hi Stampers! 
Happy Wednesday and welcome to the Thankful for the MISTI blog hop. I can't even tell you in how many ways the MISTI changed my stamping and how more efficient I am now, and that I waste less amount of card stock and with that ink.

I can write all day about the ways I am thankful for the MISTI, but I decided to go with one, and that is MASS PRODUCING, especially when it comes to Christmas cards as the Holiday Season is upon us. I made bunch of Christmas cards withing couple hours and 4 designs. 
Using the MISTI I was able to have the images stamped perfectly every time, I was able to stamp multiple images at the same time and position them perfectly in order to build the trees and the ornaments and as well stamp the sentiment perfectly straight! 

Updated with video below

I stamped all the images using White pigment ink and then heat set the ink. Next I used my Prismacolor pencils to color the images and added details using Versamark ink and embossing powder. I made about 8 of each design. 
Check back little later for the video ;)

My Sweet Petunia (Iliana) is giving away not one, but TWO MISTI tools to one reader from all comments from the blog hop, one for you and one for a friend. So make sure you leave a comment on each blog, in order to increase your chances of winning ;) Make sure you comment by Sunday 11/27, and winners will be notified on Monday,
Now, hop onto Lydia's blog to see her wonderful creations! You won't be disappointed! 


















Ilina Crouse --You are HERE
Lydia Fiedler
Kia Clapper
Dina Kowal
Jeanne Streiff
Daniela Dobson
Ceal Pritchett
Maureen Wong
Laura Fulcher
My Sweet Petunia

172 comments:

  1. Your Christmas cards are adorable. Looking forward to your video.

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  2. your cards are awesome. Will come back for the video!

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  3. Your cards are stunning with the black backgrounds.

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  4. Oh my gosh!! I never, ever thought of using black card stock for a Holiday card but you just totally changed my mind!!! This cards are stunning, gorgeous, I'm amazed at the beautiful colors you achieved with your Prismacolor pencils. I love this pencils and use them all the time combined with water based markers on water color paper but this is just amazing. I'm pinning this cards and, I hope you don't mind if I CASE this technique, I will totally mention you and your blog on my post.
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    Big Hugs and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
    Maria Rodriguez.

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  5. All your cards are fabulous Iliana ... love the look of stamping on the dark cardstock.

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  6. Sweet is a good word here. Thanks and I hope nothing is seriously wrong with your child.

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  7. How stinkin cute your cards are!! Awesome technique!!

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  8. I am probably one of just a few card makers out there who doesn't own a MISTI yet. Everyone I know and follow online loves their MISTI. It has changed card making in so many incredible ways. Your cards are beautiful; I like the kraft and black backgrounds. Awesome inspiration! Thank you for this opportunity to win a MISTI and for the opportunity to actually start buying some stamps that I would never normally buy. I absolutely love this invention!

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  9. Simply amazing! Thanks for reminding me to stamp on dark paper again!

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  10. can't wait for the video! and yes I love my MISTI!

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  11. Your little images really draw me in. So petite and perfect! I appreciate the abundance of examples too. Hope your little one is feeling better soon. Thx for sharing and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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  12. Ah screaming child. Those were the days. (Mine is now 22 - no screaming - at least not that I am aware of) I'd be thanksful for mass producing, too, since I really hate making multiples of the same thing. The Misti would make it more fun. Love your Merry & Bright card. The simple little trees make me smile.

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  13. These are gorgeous! I would be so thankful to have a MISTI, as it's getting harder and harder to stamp as my hands stiffen more with arthritis. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. Lovely cards! Thanks for the new idea to try.

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  15. Beautiful cards and I love this technique. Will be back later for the video.

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  16. What a wonderful technique. I too will be back for the video. Thanks for sharing your great talent.

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  17. What fun cards - I never considered using the misti with such a variety of stamps on one card. Thank you for the idea!

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  18. Where are my colored pencils...I have to give this a try. I absolutely love these gorgeous creations of yours. The colors and simplicity of design speak volumes! Thank you for sharing

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  19. Yes, MISTI = MASS production = so.much.time.saved! :) Beautiful cards - I am thankful I found this hobby 20+ years ago!

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  20. WOW! These are amazing! So beautiful and just jump off the page! Thanks for sharing these! I love them! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  21. Can't wait to see the video. These cards are awesome!

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  22. What delightful cards! Love the trees and the ornaments! Magical! I can't wait to see the video!

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  23. I'm loving the black background. Very cute cards.

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  25. I love the chalkboard effect on the black card stock. I am thankful for the MISTI because it not only helped me be a better stamper but it enabled my Art class students to stamp their own sentiments for their Mother's Day cards that we make in class. I am hoping to acquire more of them so my students won't have to wait so long in line to use it.

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  26. Your cards are fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  27. I love all of your cards, the chalkboard effect is very creative. I am thankful for all of the fabulous people who are in my life.

    Sue
    http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

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  28. These are such beautiful cards.

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  29. WOW Ilina, these are ALL very striking cards! Makes me wish I was on your Christmas card list! (I'd love any one of them! Just beautiful!

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  30. Wow! These cards are beautiful. The images just jump right off the page! I can't wait for the video.

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  31. Oh my goodness. These cards are stunning! Love all the bright colours you used they pop so much on the black! Feeling full of inspiration now!!!

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  32. These are absolutely STUNNING! Love!!!

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  33. love the look on colored card, so awesome and yes mass producing with the MISTI is ideal

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  34. I just love this time of year to see all the wonderful holiday cards and projects that get made and shared and yours are definitely wonderful and so creative. I'm very thankful you take the time to share with all us crafters. Thank you. I'm looking forward to seeing your video after seeing your great cards.

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  35. I love your cards and am very grateful to my younger sister for coming with me to my hospital appointments the last 4 years, thank goodness they are going to go down from 6 a year to once a year at the hospital, then just my doctors. I am also so grateful for my Misti, as I have Osteoarthritis in both hands and had carpel tunnel operations earlier this year I would not be able to stamp at all.

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  36. Love the cards! I like the use of black paper as a background will need to do this.

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  37. Such simple and lovely cards. I'll keep an eye open for the video. Misti is MAR-VEL-OUS! Solves most of my problems. Thanks for the informative blog and the giveaway.

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  38. I love how brilliant the colors look against the black and kraft cardstock! All of these cards are fabulous! The MISTI is a magical genie in a bottle for those of us who have trouble stamping clearly! Iliana is a GENIUS for creating it! I am very thankful for her brilliance! TFS!

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  39. I love love love your cards. Great color combinations on the dark backgrounds. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  40. Thanks so much for sharing you inspiration, your cards are lovely.

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  41. Love these so much! Thank you for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  42. Love your cards. Great colors and backgrounds.

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  43. Great set of cards, love the bright colours against the dark backgrounds. Happy Thanksgiving! πŸ˜€

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  44. Great set of cards, love the bright colours against the dark backgrounds. Happy Thanksgiving! πŸ˜€

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  45. These are such fun, festive cards! Bet you are thankful that you have a jump start on Christmas cards!!

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  46. Your cards are amazing! Love how the colors appear vibrant with that under layer of the white ink. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  47. I am so thankful for my misti for so many reasons...I love that I can now easily mass produce cards for Christmas is a major big reason!!!

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  48. The cards are so pretty. I love all the colors. Thank you for participating in this giveaway.

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  49. Super cute cards.The Ornaments just rock.

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  50. Wow beautiful card--I plan to use my Misti to make my cards this year, it's a wonderful tool! I'm so thankful for it's invention, perfect stamping every time!

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  51. These cards are absolutely beautiful!!!

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  52. I love your coloring technique. The colors are beautiful. I am eagerly awaiting your video.

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  53. Beautiful designs and color. Will check back later for the video. Hope your little one is better!

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  54. Lovely CAS card!
    I am thankful to the almighty for all the blessing he has showered on me.
    I don't own any stamping tool though I have collected few stamps but getting a stamping tool like MISTI is out of my budget now.. Guess will to wait for a year! I would be grateful to MISTI if I could win it.

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  55. Your cards are so super cute! Those colors really stand out against the black background!

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  56. HOW PRETTY, that you did these Christmas cards on dark card stock! I LOVE this technique & am planning to do some of these myself soon! LOL I LOOOOOVE COLORED PENCILS!!! ;) You also did a FABULOUS JOB in doing these CAS! I tend to OVER DO! LOL When to STOP???? ;) HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! ;)

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  57. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your Christmas cards. I love the black background.

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  58. Love the look using colored pencils. Look forward to seeing your video

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  59. Adorable cards. Love the way Prismacolors look on colored card stock.

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  60. Love all these sweet cards. Anything using colored pencils makes me happy, but these bring me joy.

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  61. pretty cards. especially like the 3 ornaments one. Need to get some white pigment ink to give this a try. Hope your child is feeling better.

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  62. I am new to the Misti, and I am in love with the idea. Hope your baby is alright and look forward to seeing you video once up.
    XO Nana

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  63. Love your cards!!! They are unique. I'm sure the MISTI is a game changer when it comes to making many cards at once.

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  64. Love all the color on the ornaments and trees. Great way to showcase the MISTI.

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  65. These cards are so original and eye-catching...I love the technique. Well done.
    I'm grateful for this wonderful stamping tool...beginning to use it every day!

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  66. oooh, I love the look of those ornaments against the black and kraft backgrounds. Looking forward to your video and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  67. Love the darker backgrounds the trees seem to glow

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  68. Wow! Amazingly talented!!! Blessed!

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  69. Beautiful!! Definitely trying this! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  70. Pretty choices of card stock. Well done.

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  71. These cards turned out so pretty. What a great technique. Thanks for the inspiration

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  72. Pretty cards! I bought Prismacolor pencils after Christmas last year and sadly have not really touched them! I need to dust them off and give them a try!

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  73. I love to make watercolor cards, but watercolor paper doesn't pick up the image well on the first try so I ruined a lot of cards trying to match up the stamped image a second time. The Misti eliminated all this frustration and now I LOVE making watercolor cards even more! Thank you Misti!

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  74. Stunning cards! Love the color choices...they are so fun and festive! MISTI is such a wonderful stamping tool. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  75. Awesome cards. Love the trees and ornaments on the black paper. Thank you for sharing and waiting for the video.

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  76. Love the use of black. I don't think it's used enough during the holidays for cards.

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  77. Stunning cards. I love the way the colors pop on each one.

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  78. Beautiful cards! Love the colors.

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  79. Your cards are awesome, thanks for the great inspiration!!

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  80. I love the beautiful set of cards!!Such a pretty background.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!

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  81. Your cards are all awesome. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  82. Love your dark backgrounds. It makes the trees and ornaments pop. Looking forward to watching your video.

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  83. Great group of Christmas cards. I'll check out your video when it's posted. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  84. I really love the darker backgrounds. You've colored the images beautifully and they really pop!

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  85. Your cards are wonderful!!! I am so thankful for my family and my best crafting buddy, Hilary:)

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  86. Love your pretty cards! So thankful for wonderful companies like, My Sweet Petunia!

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  87. Wow, what beautiful cards. Screaming kids are not conducive to voice overs. ;)

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  88. AWESOME Card, I love the prisma coloring on black! I am thankful for my sweet crafting/water exercise friend Michelle!

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  89. It is the greatest tool ever. Would love to have one of my own.

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  90. I love the bright colors on the black background! Sorry you are sick :(

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  91. Thanks for the great ideas! Keep 'em coming....

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  92. wow--love this coloring technique.

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  93. Gorgeous cards! Love the contrast with the dark cardstock!

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  94. Love mass production, especially at this time of the year. I just got a Misti & have only used it a couple times. Love all your awesome cards! The vibrant colors on the dark cardstock is a great idea for holiday cards!

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  95. I can't wait to see the video!!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  96. Beautiful cards can't wait to watch your video to see your awesome technique I love how the images almost look lit up!

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  97. Love my mini Misti. Looking forward to the video. Hope that you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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  98. Cute Cheerful Cards. Looking forward to the video. I hope i get a MISTI for Christmas.

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  99. So enjoy working with
    my Mini MISTI. Makes
    it so easy to get a
    great stamping without
    it shadowing. Your cards
    are so pretty, love the
    colors. Happy Thanksgiving.
    Carla from Utah

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  100. Your cards are beautiful! Love my Misti and rarely make a card without it!

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  101. I love my MISTI Looking forward to the video.

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  102. I just love each of your cards! The black background is absolutely stunning on your card! You are so talented with your creations! I definitely have the MISTI on my wishlist! I would love the opportunity to gift one to a crafty sister! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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  103. What a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing

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  104. I love those Christmas trees.
    The "ornaments" on them really glow.
    thanks for sharing so many wonderful
    cards.
    Happy Thanksgiving

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  105. I am also one of those rare card makers who does not (yet) own a MISTI. I hope that will change soon.

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  106. Love,love, love all of them must try this technique.
    I hope your screaming child is ok and just being noisy...kids always have perfect timing but you gotta love em πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Thankful for your sharing, I can't wait to see the video but take your time, for now enjoy your family and the many blessings you have. Happy thanksgiving πŸ’•πŸŒ»

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  107. Consistent, quality results card after card. Thanks for a chance to win a MISTI!

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  108. Love, love, love these cards. Nicely understated and the use of watercolors almost gives the illusion that they are 3-D.Thanks for the chance to win a MISTI!

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  109. Great idea! Will still love to see the video as my pencil coloring could use some improvement and these cards are gorgeous! Would love to win Misti's for myself and the my best friend who got me through the roughest year EVER. I truly don't know what I would have done without her. She deserves a gold plated Misti! ;-)

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  110. I love how your cards pop with the colors on the black and kraft. Beautifully done. Thanks for sharing.
    I love my MISTIs and if I win, I know some people who would love me to share with them.

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  111. I find myself stamping more now that I have a Misti! Introducing it to my friends too and they can't believe how easy it is!! LOVE your gorgeous chalkboard effect cards! Gorgeous layering of colors!

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  112. These are SO gorgeous! I love the bright color you achieved and I am blown away that these were done in pencil! Amazing!
    Take care!
    Michele

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  113. These are wonderful...love how the colors POP.

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  114. I love how the colors jump right off the page! I need to get my white ink out!

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  115. Love these and all the bright colors!!!!

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  116. These are so beautiful! Love them all!

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  117. Fabulous cards, love that great technique!! Love the Misti too! The mini is on my wishlist. :)

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  118. Like this technique. Your cards are awesome.

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  119. Beautiful cards!! Love the bright colors on the darker cardstock!

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  120. I have this stamp set from SSS, and had not thought to use white pigment ink and pencils - I just love the look, and plan to make some cards this way. Maybe not 32... but a bunch! The MISTI is amazing for so many techniques.

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  121. Love these cards and how brighvand colorful they are against the black background. Can't wait to give this technique a try now that I own Prismacolor pencils.

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  122. Grat video and thank you for the ideas and techniques on shading:)

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  123. These look fantastic on black card stock, and colorful border.

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  124. Thank you for all the work to prepare the video for me to learn from your experience. Your cards are beautiful.

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  125. That aqua background with the purple, aqua and pink on black is soooo gorgeous! I'm tickled to have the chance to gift a MISTI to my crafting bestie, Mary, who encourages me so much in my crafting endeavors!

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  126. I would have never tried that! Can't wait to experiment! Love my MISTI! I need to win these for my dear sisters!

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  127. I really like the simplicity of the Misti

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  128. Simple and wonderful, especially your color choices. I am thankful for my sister, Janine, who is my crafty sister.

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  129. Oh, these are so pretty! I love how the colors show up on black cardstock (and white ink). Lovely set of cards. I love the MISTI. I have a regular size, but often could use the mini. I am so thankful for my mother-in-law. She holds the family together!

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  130. BEAUTIFUL cards!!!
    LOVE the ELEGANT designs of them ALL, LOVE your colouring and how it has transformed each card to be one-of-a-kind too!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your INSPIRATION and tutorial, it was WONDERFUL watching you CREATE and LEARN along the way :)
    PS - I'm ever-so-thankful for my crafty friend Beryl Somervell. Even though we have never met in person, we have become the very best of friends over the years, enjoying regular "visits" together on Skype. We share our crafty adventures and everything else happening in our lives :)

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  131. Thank you! I am just obsessed with heat embossing. Your cards are beautiful and I'm inspired to try some of your ideas.

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  132. I'm in awe of your wonderful cards and can't wait to watch your video!! I'm so thankful for you and all of the crafters who selflessly share their talent and I'm grateful for my new stamping friend Renee who would love a MISTI (almost) as much as me.

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  133. Such gorgeous cards! Lvoe the inspiration!

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  134. These are stunning ... I love the look of the bright Christmas trees on the black CS. Definitely going to have to give that a try! Thank you for sharing!

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  135. WOW I love your CAS card designs. TFS and inspiring!

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  136. Adorable cards and so would love to win the Misti's so I could share with my Stampin' Friends.

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  137. I love how these stand out on the card. they sort of float. nice. My best friend Carole Ebel is a crafter, sweet and really fun!

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  138. Oh wow! Such amazing giveaway!!! Crossing my fingers!!!
    All your cards are really gorgeous!!!
    I hope you had spent a beautiful Thanksgiving! I'm Italian and we don't celebrate it but i think it's always a good thing stop to give thanks for all we have.

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  139. Everyone of your cards is stunning I love the color combinations.

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  140. Love your cards and how you used the Misti!

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  141. These cards are FABULOUS!!
    Thanks so much for a fabulous giveaway!!!
    Hugs

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  142. I love the idea of Christmas cards on dark cardstock.

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  143. I love that cards can be massed produced with such ease. I would give the second Misti to my friend.

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  144. Your cards are gorgeous! I love the colours. The Misti is really an amazing tool. I agree with you that the ability to mass produce is one of it's best features. I would definitely give the extra Misti to my niece. Thanks!

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  146. These Christmas cards are amazing. You've taken such simple designs but added such a WOW factor with the vivid colouring and embossing powders on these images. Thanks for sharing this technique and your video, Ilina. It's always wonderful watching how you create with the Misti, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to see these Prismacolors and add them to my Christmas Wish List. Awesome.

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  147. Love the idea of coloring on black card stock - such striking results! I'd love a Misti to give to one of the ladies at our monthly crop!

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  148. Gorgeous cards. Love the colors. I don't own a Misti, but sure would like too. I struggle with stamping sentiments straight so think this could really help! It would be so fun to share this with my other stamping friends.

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  149. Wow those are simply stunning cards! I love my MISTI too!

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  150. Oh my ... these cards are simply gorgeous. I've got to get my color pencils out...I didn't think coloring over white would make the colors pop so vibrantly. Thank you for the fantastic ideas!

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  151. Really pretty cards. I love my Misti too.

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  152. I love the dark background on your cards - really makes the colors pop

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  153. Need to get the tombow eraser you used! Awesome tip! Love your coloring over the white. Will definitely give this a try! Love how easy it is to mass produce the cards also. I would give the extra MISTI to my only sister-in-law. Thank you!

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  154. Super cards! The dark card stock really makes the images stand out. The MISTI sure can be a time saver. I would gift my friend, Teri.

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  155. Just getting time to hop, your cards are gorgeous!

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  156. These are just so dramatic against the black background! I could really use a Misti to help me stamp better, and I would share mine with my Mom who also loves to stamp. Thanks for the video demonstration and chance to win!

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