Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pinecones Stamped on Recycled Paper

Hello Everyone,
Hope your day is going well!  I am still busy making Christmas cards.  I have completed quite a few already.  Let's check out a batch of Christmas cards I made using stamps from the October New Releases from Technique Junkies.

Now, being the fugal crafter that I am, I reused something to make the cards. Back story--I made a trip to the post office to send out a card order and buy some stamps.  The stamps were put in a nice shiny bag.  I thought it seemed like very interesting paper and I should not throw it out.  Okay, I know, not throw out a bag from the Post office??  But, really, just look at the bag.

As, you can see, I have stamped on the bag.  I used dye inks.  They worked the best.  I tried others but they did not turn out as well.  After cutting the bag apart, I was able to stamp five of the Pinecone images.  And, I turned the stamped bag into these cards...

Stamps: Pinecones and All is Calm from Technique Junkies
Ink: Rich Cocoa and Tuxedo Black Memento dye ink
CS: gold
DP: Striped holiday paper MME
Burlap Snowflake ribbon
Bag from Post Office

Make It:

  • Make a card base with gold CS
  • Stamp Pinecones on the Post office bag with Rich Cocoa ink and trim to size
  • Add pinecones piece to card base
  • Tear pieces of decorative paper and add to the card base on corners

  • Stamp All is Calm with black ink in upper corner
  • Tie ribbon in bow 
  • Glue charm and bow to card front

Two more color options:

Of course, I had to try the stamp on other types of paper and CS.  I used different ink colors too.  Here are some more examples using the same layout.

Stamped on other types of papers:
Glossy White CS

 Shimmery cream CS

Regular white CS

The cards went together pretty quickly.  I spent most of the time going through all my decorative papers to find striped papers that coordinated with the stamping and CS.  LOL   I made ten all together.  They are going in my Christmas card list box.

Hope you enjoyed checking out the cards!!  See you again soon for more Holiday projects!!
Karen McAlpine
Dreaming and Creating

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Mistletoe Mandala

Hello Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here with another post showcasing the October Technique Junkies release.  When I was making this card I really wanted to use the Mistletoe stamp in a different way so I performed a bit of stamp surgery by removing the attached sentiment.  Worry not, if you want to use your sentiment again, just put it together on the stamp block and it's good as new.  Once you start thinking about different ways you can use your stamps you'll be cutting away.

Once my stamp recovered from surgery I used the leaf portion to create a mandala pattern for a background.  Before I did this, I created a background of embossed circles using the Hero Arts infinity dies. To achieve this, lay out your circle dies and washi tape them together.  Then run it through your die cutting machine using the embossing pad.   Here's what they look like so you have an idea.

For my focal image I stenciled the Hero Arts Reindeer with Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber inks. I fussy cut him out, stamped with the Mistletoe stamp then applied additional shading to make him pop.  My sentiment is from the gorgeous "Christmas Ornaments Trio Set of 9" which I embossed.

Beginning on November 15th through December 15th here on the Design Team Blog we will be celebrating 30 Days of Christmas where we will be showcasing all the gorgeous Holiday stamps made by Technique Junkies.  We hope you'll stop by for both some inspiration! 

Happy Inking

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Stained Embossing

Hello fellow stampers.  It's Beth Norman here with two cards to share with you today, both using the Stained Embossing technique found on the Artistic Effects CD.  I added orange cording and copper coloured brads. I had so much fun with this technique that I felt the need to create a second card.

My first card uses the sentiment called Find Our Way, which I thought paired well with all the swirls of the leaves in the wind.  My new-to-me embossing folder is from Darice.

My second card is a little unconventional because I rubbed Stampin' Up! Marina Mist over my embossing.  I find this to be a very funny card, using Partners in Crime (it has 6 sentiments) and Owls.  I created clouds behind the owls with a handmade cloud template.

Have a fabulous day!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Cats & Wine...

Greetings Inky Friends!

Another fun card using the

A card for all the Wine-lovers
on your Christmas card mailing list...

This background was created using alcohol based markers and hand sanitizer. I scribbled blocks of colored onto my craft sheet and then dropped hand sanitizer onto the blocks of color. I then dipped my GLOSSY card stock into the marker/sanitizer picking up color. The first grouping of colors weren't to my liking so I did the next in all shades of red and simply layered it onto the existing piece I didn't like!
This created a nice marbleized look!

This little fella just cracked me up!!
He's the Christmas Carol Kitty and I colored him
using Fun Stampers Journey

For the background, I used the
Christmas Ornaments Trio from Technique Junkies. 

This card is purr-fect for all the Cat Lover's
on your Christmas Card sending list!

I love that there's always something for everyone over at Technique Junkies! Be sure to check them out!

Until next time...
Happy Creating!
~Tonya~ oxoxo

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Spashing around with art journaling...

Hello All Lanette Here!

To day I wanted to share a quick art journal page that I created using a few stamps from this years summer collection......

Products Used: Technique Junkies Beach DayBeach Buds & Snakeskin Art Anthology Minx Ink, White Arcylic Paint, Washi Tape, Archival Ink & Twine

Thank you so much for stopping by today! 
I hope that I have inspired you in some way!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Witchy Moon

Happy Thursday Junkies! Pam here today.  It's that spooky time of year, my favorite time of year for creating projects!  I just love the combination of colors that this time of year conjures up: oranges, yellows, blacks and purples.  
So of course today's card features two especially "spooky" Technique Junkies stamps:

In order to get this fantastic Witch image on the forefront of this fun background, I first stamped the Witchy Moon and then covered it with Masking fluid.  Then I created the spooky sky background with Distress inks and a blending tool, spritzed a bit of water atop for added dimension.  Then finally I stamped the Spider Webs background stamp over top, removed the masking fluid and colored the moon.
Thanks for joining me today and I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween.
Embrace Imperfection!
Boo y'all!


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

All Is Calm

Hello, Inky Friends! I'm Ro and I'm absolutely thrilled to be one of the new Design Team Members here at Technique Junkies!  I am looking forward to sharing all the fun stamps and projects along with this fabulous Design Team!

For my first project, I just had to play with some of the winter background stamps. I know it's only October and Halloween hasn't even hit yet. But it's never too soon to get started on those Christmas I right?

This card is adapted from Pat Huntoon's Technique By Design from the archives (Feb 2010).  This technique can be found on CD  #8.  I have always been excited by using background stamps in different ways, and Snow Swirls and Sparkles are perfect complements to each other.

To start out, I stamped both backgrounds on a 4.25" x 5.50" piece of white cardstock using VersaMark.  Super easy to get a nice clean stamped image when using the MISTI!

I then added some white embossing powder and heat set both backgrounds.

This is where the messy fun begins!  Using Art Anthology Minx Shimmering Ink in Midnight, I added a few drops to each background image. With that handy tool everyone owns (a finger), I smooshed (that's a word, right?) the ink around to coat the entire piece of cardstock.

Look at that beautifulness!!!!

Next, I used a thin die (you could use a square punch or hand cut as well) and cut three squares out of each background.

I cut a piece of kraft cardstock to 5.25" X 3.50" and adhered the squares, alternating them in both rows and columns.

I then stamped and embossed the "All Is Calm" sentiment on kraft cardstock and cut it into a banner. I foam taped an embossed snowflake to the center of the card and mounted the banner on top. A couple of pearls in each corner finished off this card.

Here is a close-up of a section of the card. You can really see the beautiful detail of the embossed background images.

If you'd like to order any of stamps or inks, or the MISTI, used in this project, head over to the Technique Junkies site.  If you'd like to know more about me, I'd love it if you would visit my personal blog, Toodle Noodle Creative

Til next time,
Keepin' It Inky!