Friday, March 27, 2015

Two Cards with the Same Trees by Judy Jackson

One of my favorites all time technique from the Technique Junkie newsletter is Antiqued Glimmers from the December 2009 edition.  It just creates a most wonderful background and is so versatile. And you never knows exactly how it is going to turn out.  And that is part of the fun!

Don't these trees look just like a tree in full bloom? The trees and the verse are stamped in pigment ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

All of the stamps for this card are from the Technique Junkie stamp line. 

This card uses the  Water Color Reinkers technique from the February 2012 edition of the Technique Junkie newsletter.  This card uses the exact same stamps, including the verse, as the first card.  But you get a very different result.  It is one of the things I love about stamping and using a variety of techniques!

Have a very inky day!

Judy Jackson

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Washi, Washi

{jane bosi}
Happy Thursday, Junkies!!  I've got a little gift set--box and card--to share this morning!  I'm hoping to inspire some craftiness!  This great project from the Washi  Tape + Ribbons CD is perfect for garnishing your Easter table and a ton of other special occasions!

I've chosen the Rolling Washi Box tutorial for part of my project.  Although birthday themed, here, it would be the perfect WOW! filled with candy at each place setting for your Easter table.
Above you see the box open.  Just enough space for some jelly beans, chocolate eggs and a few more sweet treats!
My card is a quick and simple one using the Washi Words tutorial.  I've also used one of my favorite go to sets from Technique Junkie stamps, Simple Sentiments, Set 1a (#SS01a).

What's on your crafty agenda today?  Don't forget to be awesome!
TTFN, Jane

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Gelatos Direct

Hello, it's Beth Norman here with Gelatos Direct which can be found on the Bodacious Background CD

I love the softness of the background because it gives my stamps a large impact.  These are two of my favourite stamps from the Technique Junkies Stamps.  Here, I stamped out my bird image with black ink, but I find myself colouring it with Tombow markers and huffing on it to give it colour. 

Have a good week, and enjoy this warming up of weather we are finally having. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Collage 4 Ways

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Make your images do double duty!

Sometimes it is just a matter of looking at things a little differently.
I used the stamp above (SD551, Learning to Fly), on both the watercolor  and Gelato cards on the right. I simply stamped the sentiment and cut the words into individual pieces to create two new phrases. 

One more way to get more from your collage stamps is to use the individual images from the collage as single stamps.  For instance, the large balloon used in the collage stamp on the right could easily be used as a single stamp. Just stamp the collage and cut the individual image out to use on your artwork.

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Dear Pat, 
Collage stamps are beautiful - but did you with using them sometimes?  In this issue of Inkspirations, I show you 4 ways to color them creatively. I am using the same stamp so you can see just how different the various methods make the image look.

One Collage Stamp - 4 Ways
The first way to use collage stamps is called Deconstructed Collage.
To deconstruct them, we are using the different images in the stamp, colored separately, as "popped" elements on the final piece.

In the picture above, I have stamped the image several times. One of the images was kept intact and colored. The other stamped pieces were colored and cut apart. Pop dots were added to the back of the individual elements, and they were placed over the base image. 

The full tutorial for this technique is on the  Simple and Easy Inking CD.

The second way that we are using the stamp is called Frosted Dylusions. 

To start, stamp and heat emboss the image on Watercolor paper using white (or clear) embossing powder.
Working on a craft mat, spray several colors of Dylusions Spray in different puddles adjacent to one another. Spray the ink puddles with Pearl Ex or Glimmer Mist to add shimmer.
Dip the embossed watercolor paper into the color and move around gently.

Lift the paper and let set for a moment of two, then dab off the excess color with a paper towel.

The full tutorial for Frosted Dylusions may be found on The Shimmer Glimmer Sparkle and Shine CD.

The third idea for using collage stamps is the simplest. It just involves coloring the image with your  favorite  medium.

For the image on the left,  I used Peerless Watercolors. Note that the sale price on Peerless Watercolors with the 10% discount will be maintained on my site until the end of the month.
Finally, our last way to use collage stamps is to use Gelatos.  Simply stamp the collage image with StazOn, and color the image roughly with a generous amount of Gelato color. Use a dabber to move the colors around, back and forth over the image, pushing the colors out to the sides.
To finish the card, a Gel pen was used to highlight different areas on the collage stamp. Note that Gelatos are still on sale on my site also.

Try a collage stamp!

The stamp featured in the techniques above use the Vintage Balloon Collage stamp from the Technique Junkies Palettini Line.  You can find the stamp HERE., along with several other Vintage Collage Stamps.

All of the Vintage Collage stamps are 10% off this week so you can try these techniques, too.


The Learning to Fly Stamp was just added to my site. It is $4.95 and can be found HERE.

I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!


Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

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Thursday, March 19, 2015


{jane bosi}

Altered.  Think on it.  Read the verse.  Dwell.

I loved this verse and image from first sight so, it was natural for me to combine them into my project for today!

She is Let's Face It 2 found in the Palettini Backgrounds currently on the website.  I'm linking, but you do need to scroll down....a little bird has told me that in just a little bit, the TJ store will be getting a facelift!  I'm so excited!!  Be sure to watch closely for more information--you don't want to miss anything!

The verse is called Everything She Touches (#SD352) and reads:

"She alters everything she touches....and everything she touches alters her."

Isn't that just the truth??  We change things for others and are also changed!  This sentiment resonates with me so strongly!

All this stampy goodness is anchored to my background technique piece.  Working from the Artistic Effects CD and the Goosed Stains tutorial, I created a colorful, sparkly background.  The background stamp, also used, is called Leaf Repeat (#S608).  The sparkle comes from my use of a metallic stain, in addition to the several colors.  This is a great technique!  I encourage each of you to get out your goodies and give it a whirl!

Don't forget to be awesome!  TTFN,

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Rolled Backgrounds

Hi friends.  It's Beth Norman here with the Rolled Backgrounds technique from February 2013.  I love how the rolled backgrounds showcases this lovely stamp from Technique Junkies Stamps.

I thought it was time to bring back some long-forgotten techniques which is why I decided to use this technique.  The trick is to have a good tacky glue.

Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Emboss Resist by Judy Jackson

About this time every year I am thinking about what flowers I will plant in my flower garden.  Of course it is way to early to even think about planting any flowers, but it makes look forward to spring and flowers even more than I was already. To me the ideal temperature is between 80 and 100 degrees. I love the warmth -- but not the humidity of Florida and other southern states.
All of the stamps are Technique Junkie stamps.  The background is ##s576 - Fat Smudged Lines. It makes for an interesting background. The butterflies and the verse are found on these web pages - , ,  and
Is it warm where you are?  Are you crafting somehow today?  I hope so.
Judy Jackson