Thursday, July 27, 2017

Colorless Calendula!


It's Chris, sharing a card today featuring the new July stamp, Calendula!  Calendula is such an amazing background stamp!  I had colored it with Copic Markers for the Release hop, (if you missed it, you can see if fully colored here).

But today, I chose to use a variation of the chalkboard technique along with a pop of color.

I stamped the Calendula stamp with white pigment ink and heat embossed using a glittery white embossing powder.  I added some faint coloring to the highlight areas with a white Chameleon Colortone pencil.

Calendula, Things I Want to Do

The card was assembled on a bright yellow card base.  I added a greeting on a matching piece of deckled trimmed cardstock.  The sentiment is from the set Things I Want To Do.  I added a doodled border with a Copic Multiliner pen.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cat Collection

Hello, fellow Junkies! Toodle Noodle Ro here today with some crazy cats! Lots of 'em!
So let's take a look right meow!

I love cats (...and dogs...and bunnies...and giraffes...and llamas...and...well, you get the picture). And I thought using several of the TJ stamps from the cat family would be fun. I have used five stamps here, starting upper left and going clockwise:

  1. Crazy Cat Border
  2. Cats and More Cats
  3. Coffee Kitty
  4. Kitty Watching
  5. Downton Boy Kitty
To make the card, I die cut the blue frame and placed it on the yellow cardstock to lightly draw pencil lines where the openings would be. Then, using post-it notes to mask off the various areas, I stamped the images in black ink.

The frame was then adhered to the yellow cardstock, which was adhered to the orange cardstock. I wrapped some twine and attached the layers to a white card base.

An aside about me, I work in a very laid back office and we have an office cat. My boss is an ER doctor (who is also an animal fanatic) and when I found this little stray kitty he said she could stay. So we named her Ativan (in case you don't know, Ativan is an anti-anxiety medication) and we call her our "therapy cat."  And she is my constant assistant...she has even been known to send text messages all by herself!

Hope you enjoyed my post today. Don't be afraid to mix and match your stamps. You just may come up with a fun result!

If you'd like to save 10% on these or any other stamps at Technique Junkies, feel free to use my very special code for you:
Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Hello Junkies!  

There were so many fabulous stamps in the July Release and playing with them has been one of my guilty pleasures.  

For today's post I wanted to show you a technique called "Watered Dylusions Tutorial" from the Bodacious Background Stamps CD .  This technique plays with Dylusion sprays and I chose "Everything Dandelion" for the background stamp.  I did a little switch and added another over stamping of the bg stamp with white pigment ink and heat embossed it with white ep.  I also added some clear Nuvo Crystal Drops for additional texture and dimension.  The sentiment is from the "Sentimental Sayings" set.

I hope you found some inspiration here today and you don't want to miss the August Release one week from today, August 1.  I promise you will love each and every stamp.  

If you'd like to purchase some Technique Junkies Stamps and would like a little discount in your order, please use my discount code TJ10CHERI...just add it in the coupon area before checking out.  (July Release Stamps are excluded)

Okay, that's it for me this time.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous week and get some crafting time.  

Monday, July 24, 2017

One in a Melon

Happy Monday!

Nothing says summer like watermelon! I used the Watermelon Summer (set of 3) stamp set for today's card. I created a washy background with watercolors (I used the same colors for the watermelon slice. I used my MISTI to stamp the watermelon. I watercolored the image and then restamped in black ink for a nice crisp image before cutting the slice with scissors. 

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Have a great day!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beautiful Calendula

Happy Saturday!!!

Vicki here with a share of the beautiful Calendula Stamp that was recently released.

I just LOVE the pretty flowers and exquisite leaves!!!!

I coloured the image and background with my Zig Clean Color brush markers and a waterbrush.

I wanted to add a sentiment, but I didn't want to take away from the pretty colouring, so I embossed my condolence sentiment onto vellum and mounted it with a touch of clear glue.

Lastly, I added some Irresistable pico embellish dots in black to the centre of the flowers

Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Life is beautiful

Hello friends!! Hope you all are having a fantastic day! Today is a great day to celebrate, it's my Anniversary! Yep, a day like today my husband and I got married in a very breezy and chilly winter night in Lima, Peru, it has been 15 years and I am more than happy I am spending my time with him, many more years to come (with crafting too {wink, wink} )

Anyway, today I have a very simple card with one of the new stamps from the July release, this is Sunflowers stamp, beautiful background!

OK, let me show how I did it.
  • First, cut a piece of watercolor paper, sprinkle little bits of Color Burst, here I used Tangerine, Sepia, Yellow Ochre and Alizarin Crimson, then mist the powders and voila! Let the magic begin! You can let it air dry or use a heat tool to speed the process.
  • Then use a couple of the new Nuvo Glitter Markers and color the stamp with it, using your MISTI, stamp the image, here I covered the image twice with the reddish marker and once with the gold marker for the center of the flowers. Set aside to dry (it dries super fast)
  • To finish the card, I die-cut the edge with a border die, added foam under the big piece and tape on the thin side to create a little contrast. Then, embellish it with pearls and twine. Stamp the super cute "Life is beautiful" sentiment.

And to wrap this up, this is a sunflower from my garden from a couple of years ago! I love sunflowers!!
Now, if you would like to get these products with a 10% discount, use my super duper amazing code TJ10Giovana

Hope you like my project!
Have an amazing day!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Inky Mermaid

The Crafty Nurse here!

Have you seen the new stencils in the Technique Junkies store by A Colorful Life? So fun.  I played around with the Circle Mosaic Stencil using the Alcohol Stencil and Grunged Stencil Tutorials on the Sensation Stencil CD.

Stamps: Be A Mermaid "SD803"

Join us over at the FaceBook Group to share your creative play.  If you need more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page.

The Crafty Nurse

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How to make Stenciled Stamping

Hello there.  It's Beth Norman here with a tutorial for you using a background stamp and stencil.  I used the background stamp from Technique Junkies called Fancy Floral and my stencil is also from Technique Junkies from A Colorful Life series.  I used A Garden Gate stencil.
Supplies:  background stamp, stencil, 2 colours of ink, sponge, tape, white cardstock.
Using my Misti I stamped out my image using Stampn’ Up’s River Rock.
Sponge your colour over the entire surface of the cardstock.  Here I used Stampn’ Up’s Sweet Sugar Plum.
Next, trim cardstock and finish your card as desired.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

A Masculine Happy Birthday

Hello Everyone, This is a relatively card to create.  I used a die cut, and sponged the sky and water on a small rectangle piece of white paper.  I brushed some Wink of Stella over the sky to have the early evening stars shimmer.  I used the Nuvo Glitter Markers  and DOTTED - not brushed the color. I discovered that on dark areas when you brush the color on, it appears silver and not the color of shimmer you want.  Then the scan doesn't show the color very well either.  I used a Technique Junkies stamp from the Grand Greetings set - . It is a lovely masculine card and easy to mail.  

Have a great day, and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Deep Water Mixed Media Tag

Hello All Lanette Here! 

Today I wanted to share a mixed media tag that I created, using two stamps from June's release. 

Lets take a look....

Products Used:  Techinique Junkies Advice from a Sea Turtle & Swirl Turtle Stamps. Stazon Ink, Dylusions Acrylic Paint pens, Prima Patter Paper, Color Bloom Sprays & Art Stones. Art Anthology Sorbet. Sea Shells & Ribbon.

First I stamped my Swirl Turtle using my stamping platform & Stazon Ink

Next I colored my Turtle using Rangers Dylousions Acrylic Paint Pens. 
Its so easy to layer color, I just love these pens!

After my Swirl Turtle dried I re-stamped him and I stamped him again on my tag. I added some extra bubbles for fun and I stamped my Advice from a Sea Turtle verse stamp.

Next I added shells and art stones to build up my tag.

A bit of Art Anthology Sorbet on the bubbles and a 
mix color bloom spray colored my background.
I placed my turtle and my verse.

before you go lets have closer look just for fun...

  Isn't he just too cute!! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! 

I hope that I have inspired you in some way!

Friday, July 14, 2017

TJ Inspirations: Crinkled Watercolors

Every month we feature a technique - and host a challenge -  on the Technique Junkies Facebook group. This month we are featuring the Crinkled Watercolor Technique. (if you are not a member of the group, click HERE to join). Members of the group can play along  for a chance to win a $25.00 shopping spree in the Technique Junkies store..

The fun part about this technique is that you can use quite a few mediums to achieve the same result. Jeanne Streiff used Colorbursts and water in the tutorial below. My original tutorial (found HERE) used watercolors. I have also used Art Anthology's Colorations Sprays, Gelatos, and Peerless Watercolors for the same effect. 
Crinkled Watercolors
This is Jeanne Streiff's take on the the Crinkled Watercolors tutorial. Don't have Colorbursts? Use watercolors, sprays, or any other wet medium for the same results.

For this technique you will need:
  • Watercolors, Colorburst, Sprays or another wet medium
  • Water
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Gift Tissue Paper
  • Paint Palette or other non-porous surface
To use Colorburst, add a few drops of a few colors into the palette wells (or the other wet mediums into separate wells. Add a few drops of water.

Using a paintbrush, add the colors to the watercolor paper in random patterns. Apply one color at a time, rinsing your brush between colors.

While the paint is still wet, place some crumpled tissue over the paints, making sure the tissue is wrinkled. Leave the tissue on until the paint dries, about a half hour.
When dry, remove tissue to reveal the pretty texture!

Here is the finished piece, using The Swirl Turtle and the Hello Summer sentiment from the Watermelon Summer Set.
More Inspiration...
These are some of the pieces I did when the technique came out in 2014.

The first features the Goofus Bird:

The second features The Rump:

And finally, the Diva stamp with a saying from That's What She Said:

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

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Find your Zen!

Good morning!  Chris here, sharing two cards created with a few of the new July stamps!

Today I am focusing on the new July Zen Waves background stamp.

My first card uses Zen Waves as my background panel for a peaceful shaker card.

I stamped the background in a medium blue ink, and overstamped it with Versamark ink and heat embossed it in clear.  I then added color to the waves with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I used a scalloped die to create a decorative opening in my light blue panel for my shaker card.   I trimmed a flag from lavender cardstock and added a greeting from Dream Quotes.  I attached this flag to the back of my shaker front before assembling the shaker with clear acetate and two layers of foam tape.

My second card uses a Gel Press, acrylic paints and the Zen Waves background stamp for a more intense and active background.

I used Bristol Smooth card stock and three shades of acrylic inks to create the background with my Gil Press.  Once my panel was dry, I stamped Zen Waves directly over the paint with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I also used another of the new July stamps, Be A Mermaid.  To create the focal image, I stamped the Be A Mermaid in Versafine and colored her with Chameleon Colortone Pencils.  I truly love how simple these pencils are to use.  They make coloring so quick and easy!  The small mermaid focal image was trimmed, matted with black cardstock and added to my card with dimensional foam tape.

That's all from me today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,