Tuesday, January 17, 2017

How to Create Polished Stone Embossing

Hello folks.  Beth Norman here with a Polished Stone Embossing Technique.  I haven't seen it done before, but that's not saying it hasn't been done.  When I got my hands on Heart to Heart, and Like Stars, I knew I wanted to do something that gives a nice impact that says, "wow."  Why don't I used blending solution you may ask.  Simply put, I can't find it in my stamp studio.  You know how that goes--LOL.

When I tackled this technique I asked myself two questions:  1) Can Polished Stone be done without blenduing solution, 2) Will embossing powder stick to glossy cardstock.  In both instances the answer was clearly a "yes."
Supplies:  Alcohol Ink, felt and blending handle, glossy cardstock
Drip alcohol ink in a random pattern on your felt
Pounce color onto glossy cardstock, covering the entire surface
When you run out of ink, reapply
Two examples of Polished Stone
Supplies for embossing:  stamp, Polished Stone background, VersaMark, embossing powder, heat gun, embossing buddy

Stamp out VersaMark over your stamp and stamp onto your image.
Tip:  when using a large background stamp place your paper on top of your stamp as shown here. 
Cover your image with embossing powder and shake off
Heat emboss embossing powder.  She the bits of purple coming through the open spaces?

Your piece is now ready to embellish as desired.  In real life the purple really shines through.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Be Mine times two...

Hello All Lanette Here!

I just wanted to share a couple quick cards that I made using one of my favorite stamps from this months new release

I just love these hearts! 

TJ Products Used:  Technique Junkies Love Overlay  , Spectrum Markers,Kaiserkraft bling, Ranger Archival Ink American Crafts cardstock & glitter tape

Here is a better look at the stamp I used today...
This really is a must have for anyone who will be making valentines this year!

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

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Love Potion

Happy Thursday Junkies! Pam here today to share another project featuring the fun and fantastic TJ January releases-and just in time for Valentine's Day.

Today's project features 2 of the January sets:

The Messy Love background was created as a resist using Alcohol Inks on Yupo paper and Archival ink.  This is a super fun technique that is featured by Tim Holtz in Creative Chemistry 3. I love how it gives that "negative" effect.

The Love and Potion set pairs well with this background and was stamped with Versafine black and clear heat embossed.
Hope you enjoyed today's project and that it provides a bit of inspiration for your Valentine's cards.
Embrace Imperfection!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

You Are A Flamingo!

In a Flock of Pigeons!

Hey, TJ'ers! Welcome Back! It's Ro today and I have a couple of projects I'm excited to share with you!

The first one is a card using another of the new January releases: Left Unsupervised (SD780).

I took a piece of watercolor paper and stamped and embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. I then did a basic color wash on the background using Kuretake watercolors. The piece was then trimmed down and adhered to a piece of black cardstock. I added some dazzled stickers as a border. 

Be sure to check out all the new January releases if you haven't already! So.Much.Fun!

My second project was something just for ME! I have been hooked on my Happy Planner and am engaging it to keep my crazy brain on track. It seems to be working. As a Designer with deadlines, I have a special section just for Technique Junkies where I keep all my notes pertaining to this wonderful company. Since I had the perfect motivational stamp in my arsenal, and since I am a HUGE fan of Flamingos (just ask anyone who camps with me!), I felt the calling to make myself a tabbed divider for my planner. So I grabbed my Flamingo (SD659) stamp and went to work.

I traced one of the monthly tabs onto a heavy sheet of black cardstock. Then I did a little surgery on my stamp...I cut it apart - flamingo and words! I wanted to do the Flamingo in pink (natch!) and the words in white. 

So rather than fussing with getting my embossing powder in the right place, I severed the stamp and stamped the bird and added the pink embossing powder, then I stamped the sentiment and added the white embossing powder. Voila! I punched it and inserted into my planner. I am in LOVE with it! I think I will laminate it so I can protect it for the long haul.

Look outside the box when you are using your stamps. They are not just for cards! I'm always looking for new things to stamp on (i.e. scrapbook pages, journals, notes, planners, frames, etc.!)

Hope you enjoyed my projects. Do something for YOURself today!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Dimensional Effects With Inks

Hey there Junkies!!! 

I'm here with a really fun technique for you to try.  I don't know if it's been done before, however, it "just happened" at my craft table as I was stamping today and I loved the results.  

I started with a piece of Valentine designer paper from a 6x6 "American Crafts" pad I bought for $2.50 at AC Moore (I think). It's hard for me to pass up a deal on paper.

Anyway, I put the paper in my MISTI and using this new background stamp from Technique Junkies January Release, called "Love Overlay", I first stamped it with a dye ink called "Raspberry Jam" by Hero Arts. Without moving my stamp, I cleaned it and then moved the paper over to the left about 1/8". This time I stamped with Memento Black Tuxedo ink. Once more, I cleaned the stamp, after making sure the ink was dry, I then brushed anti static powder over the paper, moved the paper over another 1/8".  This time I used VersaMark ink and after stamping with it, I sprinkled Ranger Queens Gold ep over the paper and heat embossed it.  Next I used a stitched frame die to cut out the image and then sponged Distress Inks, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar on the panel.  

I adhered it to a card layer of "Eggplant" cs (by GKD).  I absolutely loved how that bg stamp showed itself off with this technique.  It looks so dimensional but it's only one layer!  

To finish the card, I die cut the word "Love" several time in the "eggplant" cs (A Savvy Stamp Die) and in gold paper.  I layered them one on top of the other and layered that against a banner die from MFT, also cut in "eggplant" cs. 

I hope you grab yourself some crafting time today....it's fun there! 


Monday, January 9, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

This is a pretty and fun Valentine's card.    I used 3 Technique Junkie stamps:  Love Heart - http://techniquejunkies.com/love-heart/, Love Overlay - http://techniquejunkies.com/love-overlay/, and Happy Valentine's Day - http://techniquejunkies.com/happy-valentines-day/.  and on the Happy Valentine's Day stamp I only inked the words and a small section of the flourish from the "H."

The Love Overlay stamp was inked in red and then I  used a die to cut the half-circle swirl for a spinner card.  The Love Heart stamp was inked with Versamark, and  then  the image was heat embossed with detail gold embossing powder. The punched out heart with Love Heart stamp is raised up and attached to penny to make it spin in the die cut track. ``

The entire card is mounted on red card stock for the base card.

Have you created your Valentine cards yet?   Remember all of the Technique Junkie January release stamps  are on sale for 15% off through January 9, 2017!   You can see all of the new releases here: http://techniquejunkies.com/january-2017-release/

Have a great day, and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Friday, January 6, 2017

TJ Inksiprations: Multi-Coloring with the MISTI

Today's tutorial is fast and easy. As you may have guessed by now, the MISTI is one of my favorite tools, and I am always playing with ways to use it. This is just one of those many ways.

The stamps I am using today are all from the January 2017 Release. Remember that all of the January New Release stamps are 15% off through midnight on January 9th. Make sure you take care of the discount before it's gone!
 The MISTI is great for adding multiple colors to one image:
To start, I placed the Love Script stamp in the MISTI and stamped the image with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.

Keeping the paper in place (and tacked down with the magnets, I lifted the hinged top and added a darker ink (Aged Mahogany Distress Ink) to the outer edges of the stamp.

Then the image was stamped again, over the first, adding the color to the edges of the image.

To create the bottles and sentiment, the images were placed in the MISTI and stamped with Aged Mahogany and Worn Lipstick inks. The selected areas of the images were highlighted with ink and markers and restamped: