Saturday, March 25, 2017

Spring time Daisies!

Hello All Lanette Here :)

Since spring has finally arrived I thought I would share a fun mixed media layout that I created using one of this months fabulous new releases.. This release is packed full of Spring time fun but today Spring Daisies was the stamp for me. So without further ado lets take a look at my layout.

Technique Junkies Stamps Used: Crosshatch & Spring Daisies 

If you would like to see how I created this layout you can checkout my process here:

Just a few details for fun...

Here is a better look at the stamps I used today:

Spring Daisies

Spring Daisies


Thank you so much for stopping by today!

I hope that I have inspired you in someway :)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Distress Oxides with Stencils

Today I am pleased to offer you a VIDEO tutorial. The tutorial shows you how to use Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks as a background, with a stencil layered over the top.

The Distress Oxide Inks came into the Technique Junkies store at the end of last week, then just as quickly disappeared. I do have a small number of them left, and anticipate getting more in 14-21 days. As a consolation, I am offering all 12 of the inks as a pre-order for $62.00, roughly 15% off the normal retail price. 

Simply add them to your cart, as they come into the store, I will be mailing them immediately. In the meantime, the video below shows you how create a multi-colored Distress Oxide background with a Stencil layered over the top. This was over stamped and matted for a finished card.

Here are the stamps and stencil I am using today:
Rain Dance Girl
Dance in the Rain
Zen Doodle Stencil
Distress Oxides with Stencils          
The first picture above shows the oxides, stencils and stamps, but doesn't really show the shimmer of this peace. This shows it a bit better:
The video below shows howto make the card. Because this is the first video I have produced in a really long time, I ask for your forgiveness on it's awkward qualities! Thanks for watching.

Layered Distress Oxides with Stencils
Layered Distress Oxides with Stencils
I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!

Pat Huntoon

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


“The Dragonfly brings dreams to reality and is the messenger of wisdom and enlightenment from other realms.” – Author Unknown
I have always been fascinated by dragonflies and butterflies. Their ethereal wings fluttering by. I love it when a dragonfly hitches a ride when I'm kayaking. So, admittedly, Dragonfly Collage (S681) is one of my favorite background stamps. It was my inspiration for today's card. I love how the light airiness of the wings are balanced out by the heaviness of the stenciled word. Might just have to make one to frame for my craft space!
To make this card:

  1. Start with black A2 card base.
  2. Cut floral paper slightly smaller and adhere to card base.
  3. Stamp Dragonfly Collage (S681) onto a 3 7/8” x 5 1/8” piece of kraft cardstock using Versamark Ink, then emboss with clear embossing powder. Adhere to slightly bigger piece of black cardstock and attach to card base.
  4. Stamp Dragonfly Collage again onto floral paper using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Trim out the larger butterflies and dragonflies.
  5. Add foam adhesive to the wing area of each trimmed piece. Remove backing tape. Add glue to the body of the images and attach to the appropriate areas of the embossed background image.
  6. Using the Art Anthology Soliloquy Stencil and painter’s tape, mask around the desired word and attach to the card front.  Add Art Anthology Stone Effects Dimensional Medium in Lava with a paint brush, dabbing through the stencil. Be sure stencil is kept flat to avoid bleeding. Remove (and wash) stencil. Let dry.

What inspires you?

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Hey there, Junkies,

A very quick post today.  I had some fun making this very quick card using the sponging of various colors of Distress Inks and the new Hello Cupcake stamp set. This is an awesome set!

To make this card, I sponged on the diagonal then colored the various cupcakes with Copic markers.  I also highlighted and did some doodling with my white gel pen to help make the image pop off the background.  

After I finished coloring, I splattered some black acrylic paint on the layer with my paint brush.  I like the detail that gave the bg.  I had a scrap piece of designer paper so I used it to accent the layout.  

I hope you find ways to use this technique with some of your stamps.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Friendly Daisies

To create this lovely spring card I used Technique Junkies Spring Daisies - I used black Memento  ink and then used both Copic markwers and watercolors to add the color to this panel.  The verse on the tag is called A Good Friend - - and is a wonderfully true thought.  Good friends are are very real treasures.

The verse was stamped with black Versafine ink and heat embossed with  detail black embossing powder. I punched out the shape and several "ribbon tags" of both green and gold glitter paper.  I adhered the "ribbon tags" with glue dots, and used several layers to finish the card.

Have a great day and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Strike a Pose!

Hey Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse back with some inky inspiration for this wonderful almost spring day!  This is such a beautiful time of year filled with new hope and promise of beautiful things to come.

Along that thought, I wanted to share my favorite stamp of the new March 2017 release called, "Queen SD787".  Such a striking figure, right?  To create her I used my MISTI.  Stampers, if you don't have one of these tools, run, don't walk.  I resisted for a long time but once I got one I wish I'd done so a lot earlier.  They really making getting good impressions so easy to achieve and the techniques that you can do with these are just amazing.

For the focal image, I began by selecting the areas I wanted brown and I used Distress Markers in Gathered Twigs to color just those areas.  I had to do this multiple times, but that's okay because the MISTI allows for perfect alignment.  Once I did that, I repeated the areas I wanted black, coloring those with Black Soot and then the lips in Fired Brick.  Now, here comes the really cool part. Apply clear embossing powder to your entire image and heat set.  Now your entire image is resistant allowing for any application of technique over it.

The final step for my focal image is application of Faced Jeans Distress Ink through the Art Anthology Cracked Stencil cool, right? For the background I used a version of Distressed Stain Dip from the Artistic Effects CD also using Faded Jeans and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Finally, I added another TJ stamp to the edge of my background called, "Bubble Icicle #S573", which I also stamped using my MISTI with Archival Ink.

Thanks for stopping by the Technique Junkies Blog today and we all wish you lots of creative play today and always.

Bye, Bye for now!!
The Crafty Nurse

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hello Cupcake

Hello cupcake.  Beth Norman here. So glad you could join me today for a delicious treat.  I was so thrilled when Pat sent me this stamp set in the March new release.  I think I jumped for joy and danced in circles.  I never, never tire of cupcakes, and is there anything that has stayed in vogue for so long?  I have more plans in my head for using this Hello Cupcake, Set of 7.

When I added my sentiment, using SU’s Tempting Turquoise, I used my Misti to get a bright finish.  I used Doodlebug’s 6 x 6 pad of paper for my designer paper and added brads to each corner.  My stamp was coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons and OMS.  I found the mat too wide by using the next larger size of die, so I carefully cut the Tempting Turquoise mat by hand.

That’s it in a nutshell.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Play in the Puddles!

Hello All Lanette Here!

I just wanted to share a fun mixed media tag that I created using one of this months new releases. 

Products Used: Technique Junkies stamp Play in the Puddles & Crosshatch, Archival Ink, Watercolor Tag, Twinkling H2O's, Art Anthology Sorbet & Stencil, Distress Ink, UmWow Chipboard,  Misc. Sequins, Tread, Buttons  Ribbon.

Now lets take a look at how my tag came together...

I started by stamping my image on my watercolor tag and twice on a sheet of white cardstock using Archival Ink.

Next I stared building my background by spraying my tag with water and adding a mix Twinkling H2O watercolors.

Then I added a bit of texture with a bit of Art Anthology Sorbet through an Art Anthology stencil. 

Next I added a bit of my faviorte background stamp (Crosshatch) using a bit of Distress Ink.

I embossed my chipboard using a bit of White embossing powder and a Versa Mark Ink Pad.

After building my cluster I added a few finishing splatters :)

A few details just for fun..

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

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

Friday, March 10, 2017

TJ Inkspiration - Light Watercoloring with Distress Inks

I love Ranger's Distress Inks - they are versatile and allow many different effects. The technique I am using today takes full advantage of how well the inks work with water.

Today I am showing you a light watercolor technique with Distress Inks. This technique allows for very light, translucent coloring.

Here is the stamp I am using today:
Big Bunny

Light Coloring with Distress Inks        
 First I stamped the Big Bunny stamp on white cardstock with brown StazOn.
To color the image, I placed a small amount of water into a paint well. I dipped a paintbrush into the water, then ran it gently along a corner of the ink pad (my first color was Brushed Corduroy), picking up some color from the pad. Then I dipped the brush back into to well, swirling the brush to tint the water. Once the desired color intensity was achieved, I painted the bunny in the areas I wanted the Brushed Corduroy ink to show.
The second color I used was Lucky Clover for the leaves and background. I used the same technique as above to add green where I wanted it.
To add highlights and additional color, I used Pickled Raspberries on the ears and around the nose, and Vintage Photo to areas where I wanted to add shadows.
Flowers were added to the bottom of the card after matting.
Bubblegum Pink Crystal Drops were added to the center of the flowers to add dimension.

From now through Next Tuesday (March 14th), use the Coupon Code crystal20 at checkout 
to receive 20% off all Nuvo Crystal Drops! 

Now is the time to stock up on all your favorite colors!

Pat Huntoon

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Last Day to Save on New Releases!

Today is the last day to save 15% off the new March releases!!!! Hurry!

Hello, Inky Friends!

Sometimes the best creative booster is to wander around a trade least it works for me. Not that I was exactly in a slump. But I had the pleasure of working in the Technique Junkies booth at the Scrap and Stamp Arts Show in Rockford, Illinois this past weekend. Seeing all the TJ Stamps and awesome products together in one booth, along with all the sample boards, PLUS the uber-talented Pat Huntoon, herself, doing make-and-takes...well, how could I NOT get super-charged with a head full of new ideas! Not to mention I came home with a LOT of new product to play with (shhh...don't tell my hubby! tee-hee). If you have an opportunity, I highly recommend these events! You can find a list of all the upcoming trade shows HERE.
My first project features one of the new releases for March, Play In The Puddles (SD702). I love the sentiment!
For the background, I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder and gently rubbed the raised areas using Nuvo Mousse (Powder Blue) and my finger. I then added some Art Anthology Spray (Siesta Key) to the piece. It was mounted on black cardstock (CS) and adhered to the card base.
For the main focal, I stamped and heat embossed the image using Versamark and some black embossing powder onto a piece of CS I had done a while back using the Gel Press Printing Plate. I added some of the same Art Anthology Spray (Siesta Key). I also added some highlights in the puddles with Art Anthology Sorbet Paint (Splashed) and a white gel pen. That gave the image a really nice shimmer in some areas.
I added a silver ribbon behind the focal piece and adhered it to the background using foam tape. A few drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops (Aquatic Mist) in the corner finished off the card with a twinkle. (Note: The Crystal Drops are self-leveling, so you just add a little blob and it magically turns into a perfectly round "blob".)
This next card features Downton Boy Kitty (SD705). Oh, and some more of that fun new "stuff" I got at the show!
I used an Art Anthology Stencil (Such A Drip) and black CS to start. Using a spatula, I spread Art Anthology Velvet Paint (Aloha) across the stencil, and then carefully removed the stencil. Be sure to clean your stencils immediately so the paint doesn't dry on it. Then I added some shimmer by spreading some Nuvo Glimmer Paste (Blue Topaz) in splotches on the CS. The sentiment (from the set "Things I Want To Do") was stamped onto vellum with Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black). I scored the vellum so I could fold the excess behind the top layer and not see the adhesive.
The Kitty was stamped on white CS with Memento Ink. I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens to color the image, and added some highlights to the hair and whiskers with a white gel pen. The image was then fussy-cut and mounted to the piece with some foam tape. I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops (Blue Lagoon) to the vellum and mounted the entire piece to a turquoise card base.

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I hope you enjoyed my projects, and I hope I was able to pass on some of that creative juice I brought back with me from the show!

Til next time,
Keepin' It Inky!