Saturday, June 23, 2018

With That Smile, Choose Joy!

Hi crafty junkies, it's Janelle here for a Saturday project idea!

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Okay, this new June stamp, That Smile, is pure fun! I wasn't sure how I wanted to color it at first, but with a loose line image like this photo style stamp, watercolor is a good match. If you don't want to color, it's just as cool on color cardstock!

My background needed to complement the image, so I grabbed a monoprinting plate (there are a few brands out there now like Gel Press, Gelli Arts, and Speedball), Stencil Rings stamp, plus some acrylic paint. More information will be below.

The last part was matching the image with a sentiment and with so many options at Technique Junkies it was hard to decide, but then I found a great one with Things I Want to Do stamp set.

  • That Smile
  • Stencil Rings
  • Things I Want to Do
  • Nuvo Glitter Marker - Blushing Carmine in Ember Glow Set
  • Gel Printing Plate
  • White and black cardstock
  • Waterproof Black Ink Pad
  • Acrylic Paint - Purple Red, Transparent Red Medium, and Naphthol Crimson
  • Brayer/Rubber Roller
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glue
  1. Apply a few drops of acrylic paint onto gel plate and roll out with a brayer.
  2. Press white cardstock onto the plate and peel off.
  3. Apply another color of paint onto gel plate, this time stamping off with Stencil Rings, then quickly press the same white paper onto the plate and peel off.
  4. Add more detail by sponging a third paint color on Stencil Rings stamp and stamp directly onto monoprint paper. Set aside to dry.
  5. Stamp That Smile with waterproof ink onto white cardstock and paint with watercolor.
  6. Stamp sentiment next to the image and assemble with a black cardstock layer onto a folded 4-1/4 by 5-1/2 inch card base.
  7. Use Blushing Carmine Glitter Marker to draw a frame on the monoprint layer.
That's it from me for today! Go forth and have a crafty me-time!

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Friday, June 22, 2018

TJ Inkspirations: The Midas Touch

In January I attended Creativation, the Hobby and Craft tradeshow for retailers (You might know of it as CHA). One of the things I was most excited about was this gorgeous pen called the Midas Touch. They FINALLY arrived! I put together a quick video for you so you can see them in use. I hope you like them as much as I do!

I used the S701 Itoh Peony Stamp for this technique:

S701 Itoh Peonies
Midas Touch Aqua Shimmer Marker

Here is the artwork from the tutorial: 

And another view, where the gold is not as evident:
Enjoy today's video!
The Midas Touch
The Midas Touch
I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Flamingo Happy Birthday

Hello friends! Giovana here today bringing a super cute and tropical card!
For this card I used the new "Flamingo Background" also "Donuts Happy Birthday" and "Rainforest" background.

  •  Start stamping the Rainforest background in green ink, add bits of dark green to the image to some of the leaves. Die-cut panel.
  • Stamp Flamingo Background in Pink Ink, then add dark pink to the wings. Stamp the flamingos again in Versamark Watermark, add clear embossing powder and heat set.
  • Sponge the background with Mustard Seed Distress Ink, then splash little bits of water. Die-cut panel
  • Stamp Happy Birthday sentiment on a piece of clear vellum in Jet Black Stazon Ink. Die-cut piece.
  • Add all panels to a white card base.

If you would like to get these stamps with a 10% discount, you can use my code TJ10Giovana

Hope you like it.
Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Distressed Glue Backgrounds

The current Technique Junkies Technique Challenge is Distressed Glue.   I had never tried it, so I dove right in.

Remember, if you go shopping at Technique Junkies, use my discount code TJ10Stephanie at checkout for 10% off your purchase.

I cut a piece of white cardstock into fourths and created four different backgrounds (if you're gonna get messy, you might as well do several).

I used two different combinations of blue & green ink with a plan to go in with yellow for my third color after the glue.  I was pretty messy with my ink blending, since I knew it likely wouldn't affect my finished design.

After the ink dried, I sprinkled some water on a few of the cards and then I applied good old Elmer's Glue All in diagonal smears across my inked backgrounds.

This is what my backgrounds looked like after they dried and I applied Scattered Straw Distress Ink over the top.

You can see the nice contrast in the areas that weren't covered with glue.

I used the City Watercolors Background in Black Stazon Ink with my first background ... I love the streaks in the sky.

The sentiment is from Typewriter Set.  I punched it with a circle punch to look like a rising sun (or setting sun depending on your perspective).

I used the same City Watercolors Background on the brighter green/blue background ... this time with the Soul to Dance sentiment.

For my final card, I used the Floral Dot Background and a sentiment from With Sympathy.  This background technique is perfect for this beautiful grungy background.

I hope you'll find your bottle of glue and have some fun with us at Technique Junkies (remember ... you could win a $25 gift certificate if you use your Technique Junkie Stamps).

Stephanie Severin

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Gated Chickens

Hello fellow stampers.  Today I have a unique, and fun, card for you called Gated Tags from the February issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter, using Keep ChickensDid you know you can receive 10% off this stamp set, or any other product you purchase just by using my code TJ10Beth?  Yup, it's that easy.

I had a lot of fun stamping out and colouring these chickens on homemade tags.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Secrets in the Sand!

All of these lovely stamps are from the Technique Junkies stamps set Mermaids Kisses -  I used Twinkling H2O's to watercolor the images with a beautiful simmer!The background was stamped with an acrylic block pressed with ink pads and spritzed with a  bit of water.  I drew in some sea weed.  The verse is heat embossed.  

 You can get 10%  off of everything else that is not on sale by using the code TJ10Judy.

Have  a wonderful day, and get inky!!

Judy Jackson

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunflower Sentiments

Hello Technique Junkie Friends!

Today I am not sharing a Father's Day card!  When I prepared for this post, I totally forgot about it being Dad's Day.  So, today you get a Get Well card made with one of the June Release stamps, the Sunflower Duo stamp.  Looking to shop? You can get 10% off your order with code TJ10LeeAnn .

This beauty was perfect for a technique I had been wanting to try- Copic coloring over distress ink.  I started by smooshing distress inks on my craft mat, spritzing them with water and then pressing my watercolor paper into the inks.  I dried the ink after each layer applied.  Once I had achieved the desired effect, I stamped the Sunflower Duo on top of the dried distress ink with Memento Black Ink.  Using Copics, I then added color/shading on top of the distress ink.
Once I was done coloring, I did a version of the clipped corner technique, only this time instead of a corner, the right side was clipped.  The image was then matted and adhered to the card base.
My sentiment is from the Grand Greeting Sentiment Set.  It was heat embossed in white on vellum.
Lastly, I added a small scallop strip and some sequins for interest and sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you all enjoy the day and get to squeeze some crafty time in!

Lee Ann