Friday, March 31, 2017

TJ Inkspirations - New Release Sneak Peek!

I am so excited that tomorrow is the April 2017 New Release Blog Hop!  I just can't contain myself. I have to give you a little sneak peek with one of the stamps that is of my favorites from the release. This beauty is called Watercolor Flowers:

And the sentiment is one of my favorites which I (finally) made into a stamp, called Art of God:

 Sometimes stamps like the Watercolor Flower stamp can be hard for people. When stamped with one color, they are monochromatic.  Although that is a pretty look for this stamp, I think it is even prettier with the stems and flowers colored differently.  This is how I colored mine!

 First I started with watercolor paper and three Distress Markers. Although any water-based markers will do, I think these work especially well when spritzed with moisture. I used Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, and Rusty Hinge to color my stamps.

 I simply applied the Peeled Paint marker on the stems...

 Then I colored the flowers fully with the Fossilized Amber Marker.

 To add highlights, the Rusty Hinge marker was applied on the tips of each of the flowers.

 To reactivate the ink in the markers, I lightly sprayed Art Anthology's Gilded Gold Spray over the rubber stamp before immediately stamping on the watercolor paper. I end result was very sparkly:

 To finish the card,I used the same markers on the sentiment before matting and adding it to the finished piece.

I hope you like these two new stamps. Remember, our monthly blog hop is tomorrow to celebrate the release...and you will receive 15% off all the new stamps if ordered by April 8th. I can't want until you see it all!

One more thing -- I would like to invite you to join the Technique Junkies Facebook Group, which recently moved from Yahoo.  We have a fun, interactive group with plenty of artwork for you to view! Simply search Technique Junkies Group in Facebook or copy and Paste this link:

Thanks for stopping by today - make sure to join us for the blog hop tomorrow!
Pat Huntoon

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dog Lovers Unite!

Hey Fellow Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here today with another card from our March 2017 release. Spring and sprung and as we appreciate the beauty of our surroundings, we here at the blog hope you find time to reflect that beauty in an artistic way.

This card is for our dog lovers in the group!  Sorry cat peeps!  You have to admit it's pretty darn funny through.....

The focal image called "Can't Afford The Cat SD764" is simply stamped with Versafine Black Onyx Ink using my MISTI tool, then heat embossed with an application of Distress Inks in Wild Honey and Gathered Twigs over the top.  I used "Paid In Full #P027", a Palettini Collection stamp as way to add additional text for the background of both focal and background images.

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

Bye, Bye for now!!
The Crafty Nurse

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How to Do Reverse Embossing

Hello fellow stampers.  It's Beth Norman with a Reverse Embossing tutorial for you today.  I used the elegant Peeking stamp and Believe in Yourself.

We now have a deal for you.  Simply use TJ10Beth to get 10% off your stamp order.
Supplies: Oversized cardstock, 4 x 5 1/4 cardstock, two colours of ink, sponges, die
With your die, cut out your shape on your oversized cardstock, leaving a lot of room to sponge without getting colour on the edges of the template.
Lay your smaller sized cardstock under your cardstock that has been cut out with your embossing machine.
Sponge in your lightest colour and cover the entire open area.  Here I used SU Flirty Flamingo.
Next, sponge in a darker colour, keeping it close to the outside of your circle, or whatever shape you use.  Here I used SU Sweet Sugarplum.
Finished sponged work.
I love my Misti.  It allows for fabulous placement.  Finish your image as desired.

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!