Tuesday, April 25, 2017

You're my Anchor

Hello folks.  Beth Norman here today and I am sharing a different kind of Mother's Day card with you, using Technique Junkies Mom Anchor which I stamped out with my Misti using SU's Marina Mist.  This card is called Triple Play and can be found in the February 2009 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.
This is a great card because it allows you to create a scene and still leave a place to write your sentiment.

The owl die came from Cottage Cutz. They are still available and would work great with this stamp.

  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 24, 2017

All My Boobs

Hi there! Jeanne here today with a quick and easy card with a funny (but sweet) message.

I made a quick background with some watered down Distress inks and a paint brush and then swiped my ink pad across my paper. Let dry completely before stamping.

Best stamping tool ever.

I did a little pen Faux Stitching on the edge of my card to finish it off.

Like what you see?
Use Code TJ10Jeanne for 10% off at Technique Junkies Stamps!


Papers: watercolor paper, cardstock from SU! 
Distress Inks Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot
Fine black pen
Paint Brush

Have a great day!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Abaloney Is No Baloney

Hi, fellow Junkies!

I admit I have been on the Technique Wagon lately. I love learning and trying new things. And this technique called Abalone was a fun one! This technique was from the October/November 2010 Technique Junkie Newsletter.
To start, I stamped the flower image from the new release, You Are The World, in several places around the CS using Versamark ink, stamping off the edge so it looked more like a patterned background. I then stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink. 

Using a small paintbrush and some Mica Powder in different colors, I softly brushed the powders across the stamped images. I then took a larger soft brush and brushed off any excess powder, and added some Nuvo Crystal Drops. The panel was then adhered to a purple card base.

The shimmer of the mica powder on the black cardstock is stunning. It's just so shiny! I hope you give this technique a try for yourself!  And don't forget...
Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Throw the Paint!

Hello All Lanette Here!

I just wanted to share a fun mixed media tag that I created using one of our older Palettini-Stamps and a bit of Art Anthology.

A close up just for fun..

Here is a better look at the stamp I used today...

PD004 Life is a Canvas

Thank you so much for stopping by today! 

I hope that I have inspired you in some way!

Friday, April 21, 2017

TJ Inkspirations - Retro Card with Nuvo Mousse

I exhibit at 20 or so trade shows per year, and either demo or run a Make and Take at each of them. This years we have been doing a Make and Take, allowing people to try the Nuvo Mousse or Glimmer Paste with stencils on tags. Since the best way to explain how to do something is to show it, I make quite a few tags at each show, always trying to use different colors and stencils. Today's card was inspired by one of the tags I made at a show.

And it has no stamps on it...

BUT - everything on the tag is available in on www.techniquejunkies.com. All of the product you see below can be purchased in the store today.

The card also has a fun cut border:

Here is what we are using for the card in the video tutorial today:

Nuvo Mousse in Pacific Teal_ Orange Crush and Citrus Green
Smile Words Stencil - A Colorful Life Designs
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Ebony Black

Colorations Sprays in Patience_ Timeless and Siesta Key

Retro Flowers with Nuvo Mousse
I love the bright colors and dimension of this card. The flowers are dimensional with the mousse, and the centers are dimensional with the glossy black centers.


The full tutorial is on the video, here:
Retro Flowers with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse
Retro Flowers with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Partners In Crime Survive Together

Hello, my TJ Friends! Got a new card to share with you today!

I was feeling very crafty the other day and decided to try something a little different. I grabbed the Survive Together (SD752) stamp and gave it a little different look. This stamp has sentiments highlighted in the umbrella and people, but I wanted a different sentiment. So I stamped the image on a white piece of CS using Versamark Ink and embossed it with black powder. I then used a Versamark pen and colored in the sentiment areas and embossed again with black powder. What I ended up with was a very textured looking image...and I loved it! 

To finish off the panel, I took a blow marker (I'm pretty sure that's the very technical name for it...you flip the barrel around and blow in one end and the ink spatters out the other). You could also flick paint with a brush or old toothbrush and get a similar effect. Or use some Art Anthology sprays! I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops to add a speck of color.

For the tag, I used the Cracked Glass technique from the February/March 2008 (oldie-but-goodie) Technique Junkies newsletter. I die cut a tag out of silver CS and stamped/embossed the sentiment from Partners In Crime (SS053). I then covered the entire tag with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder. After heat setting, I repeated that step three more times. I popped the tag in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Yup. I froze it.  Then I took it out and bent it around to create the cracks. Using a sponge dauber and some Distress Ink, I added just a little bit of shading to the cracked areas, and then added a heart with the Nuvo Crystal Drops. I added some washi tape to the card base and attached the stamped panel. I then added a little ribbon to the tag and attached it to the card with some foam tape.

The textured image, the crystal drops, the cracked-yet-smooth tag... This is just one of those cards that appeals to those who like "feels". And I hope it inspired you to give these techniques a go. And don't forget....

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Hello there junkies.....

I recently purchased some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks from Technique Junkies Store and I couldn't wait to play with them.  

I first have to tell you how incredibly smooth these inks are to blend, and layering them was so much fun...once I started, it seemed like I couldn't stop.  If you haven't tried them, let me enable you....you will love them! 

Here's a card I made building multiple layers of DOI and a stencil.  The Technique Junkies stamp I used for this card is "Shine Like Sunbeams" .  The words in the stamp are open, and I to help make them pop a little more, I used a gray Memento marker to fill in the open areas.  

The stencil I used is from Memory Box.  After doing all my ink playing, I sprinkled some water on the layer and blotted it off for some added dimension.  I also sprayed some Perfect Pearl spay over the panel for some additional pazazz!  

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Also, you're invited to join the new MONTHLY CHALLENGE where we showcase a new technique each month, give you the tutorial and an opportunity to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the TJ Store.   This month (April 2017) the technique is Tie Dye.  Check out THIS post for more information.  

Can't wait to win and want you some TJ Stamps...I have a discount code for you...use TJ10Cheri at check out and you'll be given 10% off your entire order of stamps.  

Have a crafty week and I hope to see you in our new mothly challenges as well as on our FB page.  

Monday, April 17, 2017

Better than Unicorns!

I used a lovely stencil and Nuvo Glimmer paste to create this focal image panel.  http://techniquejunkies.com/nuvo-products/?sort=featured&page=2 .  The Technique Junkies stamp is called Unicorns and Sparkly - http://techniquejunkies.com/unicorns-and-sparkly/  .  

The verse is heat embossed with detail black embossing powder.   This is such a cute saying and can be used for a  variety of occasions.   A ribbon bow was added for interest.   
Have a wonderful day and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Technique Junkies April Challenge!

    Welcome to our new challenge!

You will have a whole month to complete the challenge. Enter as many times as you wish using the link list at the bottom of the post for a chance to win a $25 Technique Junkies Gift Certificate!
You have until May 13th to enter. Winner will be announced May 14th.

A few simple rules.

You must use Technique Junkies stamps to be chosen to win a prize.

If you don't have any Technique Junkies stamps feel free to play along and link your project but you will not be in the drawing for a prize.

You must use the challenge technique in your project (that's the challenge!)

No linking old projects. Projects must be new.

Please list Technique Junkies stamps with links in your project posts.

Please link directly to your project (not a general blog).

If you have a problem linking to the challenge contact Jeanne

This month's challenge is Tie Dye Circles.
You can see the original tutorial for this technique HERE

I used watercolor paper and sponged some circles with Picked Raspberry Distress ink.

I chose two other ink colors and sponged a circle inside my large my circles, first with Festive Berries and then Seedless Preserves in the center.

Starting with the outside ring I wet the circles with water and a paintbrush going around the circles to remove some ink. If you get too much water on your paper you can blot some off with a paper towel. If you touch wet to wet paint during this step the colors will do some fun bleeding together. No right or wrong way here... I did mine so the wet areas did not touch. 

Next I stamped with black waterproof ink on my MISTI. Leave your stamp in the MISTI .

I watercolored the flower stamp with the same ink colors as my background and added a little washy paint background. Once it was completely dry I restamped with the MISTI  for a clean sharp image.
This is one of my favorite MISTI tricks.

I splattered a little Seedless Preserves ink (mixed with water) on my background. I trimmed my image to size and assembled my card.
I finished by adding a border to both panels with a fine black pen.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Technique Junkies #SD716 Something Will Grow (use code TJ10Jeanne for 10% off!)
Inks: Ranger Distress (Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Seedless Preserves, Archival Black
watercolor paper
paint brush

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Friday, April 14, 2017

TJ Inkspirations - Gilding Flakes as Grout

I have been in love with Gilding Flakes for a long  time. They add great shine and luxury to stamped cards and project. Today I have a video tutorial for you using the flakes between pieces of designer paper - reminiscent of grout.

While I used the technique with a Mother's Day card, using the You are the World Set, you could use this background for any kind of card, changing the mood of the card with the paper. It's very versatile.

 Here are the products we are using in today's tutorial:

You are the World
Nuvo Gilding Flakes
Gilding Flakes as Grout
Today we launch the third technique video tutorial this year from Technique Junkies.  Our card today use Nuvo Gilding Flakes as grout for a designer paper chevron background. Here is our card:

The full tutorial is on the video, here:

Gilding Flakes as Grout
I know this video is a bit longer than the other two i have done. I did narrate as I went along - it is much harder to speed up and cut my silly rambling when I need to. I hope you enjoy it in any case.

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

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Nature's Rainbow

Hey Junkies!!

The Crafty Nurse here to help you through your week with some creative inspiration using both new and old stamps.  The first is one of Pat's April release stamps "Art of God SD799".  I paired this with clearance stamp called "Age Spots #SD087", which is the perfect way to add a "splash" of color to your cards or art journal pages.

One of the cool tips I learned about adding embellishments is to add a drop of Stickles or Nuvo Drops to the center of your sequence.  This adds just a little detail that can really make your project shine.

I hope this post brings some sunshine to your day!  Please join us over at the new Facebook group, we'd love to see your work.  

Bye for now,

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

How to Make Stained Glass

Hello fellow stampers.  It's Beth Norman here with a Stained Glass tutorial.  Unfortunately you cannot see the sheen left on the card from the Sparkle embossing powder I used (you can buy it at Michael's.  It is a Recollections brand).  Trust me, it's beautiful in real life.

You can purchase this stamp using the following code.  You can also use it for other items with some exceptions listed within the code.

Supplies:  Large stamp (here I used Darling Blooms), black ink, VersaMark, Sparkle Embossing Powder, heat gun, pencil and ruler (not in photo), paper cutter (not in photo)

With your ruler and pencil, draw lines on the back of your image.  This creates the stained glass effect.

Lay your pieces out, making sure they are placed in the correct position
Place your cut pieces onto black cardstock and press VersaMark over your entire image
Cover image with Sparkle embossing powder and heat emboss
You're now left with stained glass.  I do hope you are inspired to try this technique out.