Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Moo Cards

Good morning Junkies!  As usual, I had to try something just a little different.  This time it was Moo Cards.

Yep, those little bitty cards that are 1-1/8" x 2-3/4".  Just a little bit of a challenge, but I like those. So, here are three I created:

For this card, I stamped one of the lanterns from the Lanterns stamp and colored it in with Art Anthology Vegas Gold and Ferrari Sorbet.  I masked off the center section of the card and then sprayed it with Art Anthology Plush Colorations.  I stamped Be Honest using the Be Silly stamp and masking off the part I didn't want.  I used the Misti on both the lantern and the sentiment to make sure I got a good image placed exactly where I wanted it.

I stamped the smallest stamp from the Batik Elements Set of 6 set with Versamark ink and embossed it with LSG Terra Cotta Plum EP.  I then sprayed the entire card with Art Anthology Siesta Key Colorations and stamped Classy and Fabulous in black Versafile ink.

For this last Moo, I stamped the top part of the lady from The Rules and embossed her with LSG Razzleberry Plum EP.  I then sprayed the entire card with Art Anthology Glorious Colorations.  On another sheet of paper that I had sprayed with Art Anthology Plush Colorations, I stamped Goofy Stuff and then trimmed the words until they fit the card.  

Until later....................


Monday, May 30, 2016


Happy Memorial Day!  Today we celebrate and remember those who have fought and died for our freedom!  We do live in an awesome country.

This card is created with a couple of Technique Junkie stamps - Falling Flowers http://techniquejunkies.com/falling-flowers/, and America Beats True - http://techniquejunkies.com/america-beats-true/.

I used red Art Anthology Gel Medium to paint the flower petals. I allowed that to dry well and then sprayed a light blue Art Anthology Colorations spray over the card. Then I quickly wiped off the excess.  Since the  gel medium resists the Coloration spray  the spray wipes up easily off of the red petals.  I mounted it on red then blue stock before adding the embellishments - except for ribbon being tucked around the red layer.

The focal image was colored with Copic markers and a matching blue was sponged on the surrounding areas of Lady Liberty. After this imaged was layered with red and blue card stock, Little white stars were adhered to the center of the flowers and under the word America!

This card shouts patriotism!  Have a great day and get inky!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Inspirational Tag Set

Hello Junkies!
Karen here today to share a set of tags I made using two of the New Releases.  I stamped onto DP and punched edges. And, of course, added lots of pretty ribbon. Take a look.

Materials List:
Stamps: Measure Herself and Falling Flowers both from Technique Junkies
Ink: Regal Rose (Stampin' Up)  and Jet Black Archival
Markers - Memento
CS: pale green
Decorative paper
Corner and Edge Punch

Make It:

  • Cut tags from the pale green CS 
  • Stamp the Falling Flowers stamp with rose ink on DP
  • Cut the DP to fit onto the tags
  • Stamp Measure Herself image onto DP
  • Color the dress with markers

  • Punch the corners and edges of the DP and add to the tags
  • Punch holes in the tops of the tags and add the ribbons
  • Glue a piece of lace to the side edge of one of the tags

Aren't these fun!!  Love the falling flowers in the background too.  The tags would be cute on a gift bag or tucked inside an envelope with a little note on the back.  Would be a cute bookmark too.  Okay, see you again soon.  Have a great day!
Karen McAlpine
Dreaming and Creating

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Hey Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here sharing more inky goodness with the May Release Beautiful Faces #PS016 from Palettini collection of Technique Junkies.  I don't make a lot of ATC's, but the size of this new set really works for smaller projects.

The background is called "Soused Suede" from the October 2006 Technique Junkies Newsletter.  Yes, an oldie but a goodie.  I wanted to do some no-line coloring so I began with Antique Linen Distress Ink, then colored this lovely lady with Daniel Smith watercolors in Quinacridone Violet, Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue, and Cadmium Red Hue. I took some liberty in putting back some lines with a Pitt Pen.

We are fast closing the chapter on our May release and am looking forward to seeing what the June collection brings  Until then, stop by Technique Junkies store  to pick up this gorgeous set. See you soon!

The Crafty Nurse

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Keep Calm

Hi fellow stamp artists, it's Beth Norman here with a Joseph's Coat technique card for you.  Recently I did a tutorial on how to do this technique which you can find here.

I fell in love with these two stamps and knew they would look good together.  I used Pom Pom Swag and Behave Yourself from the May release.

Have a great week!

Monday, May 23, 2016

You Are Strong!

Greetings Inky Friends!

I was SO excited to see THIS SET come out in the May Release !  

It's a smaller grouping of 3 large images from
the Let's Face It Series of Palettini stamps.

For the background, I used a technique called
Criss-Crossed Washi from the Washi Tape & Ribbon CD. 
If you're like me and bought (hoarded?!?) lots of Washi tape,
this CD is a MUST HAVE for fun, new ideas!!

The CHEVRON punched pieces uses the awesome PUNCH SYSTEM from Fun Stamper's Journey!

Here are a few more samples using techniques from that CD and lots of TJ Stamps!

 Both star cards uses SIMPLE SENTIMENTS

 The card and tea light box sentiments come from the PROVERBS set
and the background on the tealight box is Breath of Nature.

Well I hope you enjoyed this post on the "wonders of washi" and consider adding the CD to your next order!  June is right around the corner which means another New Release Blog Hop!! 
So until then...

Happy Creating!!

oxox ~ Tonya :)

Friday, May 20, 2016

TJ Inkspirations - A Glut of Gerbera Daisies

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TJ Inkspirations
Techniques, Tips and Creative Ideas to Inspire your Muse
In This Issue

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and I will bring and hold it for you. 
No need to pay me before the show (this will allow you to shop in the booth, too). Just let me know which show and which day you are attending. I will hold your items until 2:30 pm the day you are scheduled to come in.  
are now in stock...
The Mini MISTIs are in stock...
The Original MISTIs are back in stock again!
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Saturday, May 21
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11 am to 4 pm

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The Flourish and Floral Gift Box:
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After that:

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Dear Patricia, 
Did you ever buy a stamp because you loved it, then you couldn't quite figure out what to do with it? I think it happens to all of us.  I recently received an email from a customer who had purchased the Gerbera Daisy at a rubber stamp convention and asked for some help with ideas.

This issue uses the stamp in several ways; hopefully one will inspire her - and you - to use this stamp (or one similar).

Gerbera Daisy
Twinkling Gerberas...
This style of stamp is interesting. As a manipulation of a photograph, the highlights on the image are light, so it is important to make sure that they are colored, or at least to lead the eye to finish the image for you.


In the first example, I used shimmering watercolors with a waterbrush to paint the Daisies. If you look closely at the image, you will note that I used the color to complete the petals where they fade off as highlights. This gives the finished image a more completed look.

I tried to tilt the piece a bit so to show the shimmer in this piece.

Distress Ink Gerberas
This is a very different way to color the stamp. All it took was two Distress Ink colors and one matching marker.
Select 2 complementary colors of Distress Inks - one that can be layered over another successfully. I used Fossilized Amber and Barn Door. 
The Amber was applied direct-to-stamp over the entire stamp. Then the Barn Door color was appliedto the large sunflowers. Because they are so large, it was easy to apply the ink to the flowers.

 To make the petal edges really stand out, use the matching Barn Door Distress Marker along the top petals. Spritz very lightly with water before stamping on watercolor paper.
Pastel Gerberas...
This one was probably the easiest to make.  Just chalks and my finger tips...
 I simply picked up chalk/pastel color with my finger tips and rub onto the stamped areas. I added several colors to add highlights and shadows, but the entire coloring process took me just a few moments to color!
Copic Gerberas...
The final piece was colored with Copic Markers, and has Flower Soft in the center.  

In this example, use a gray ink. The gray will be used as a guide for color placement. This technique is called ,well, Gray Guiding.
When applying marker color, use the darker marker over the darker gray areas, then use the lighter marker over the dark (to blend) and on the rest of the petals.
Use the colorless blending pen to remove some of the lighter colors to add highlights and to make the petals "pop" a bit.

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

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 
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