Friday, June 30, 2017

TJ Inkspirations: A sneak peek and a secret

If you have followed Technique Junkies for a while, you know that we release new stamps every month on the first of the month.  This month is no different - but since it is June 30, I thought I would give you a little peek into tomorrow's release and blog hop!

Earlier this week someone mentioned something to me that I found a little disconcerting.  They said that "no-one buys the brown Distress Oxide Inks."  While that is not strictly true, I personally think its a little sad. The brown inks (Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo) produce a pretty cool effect, and it is a shame that they are overlooked.  With 12 new colors of Distress Oxide Inks ready to come out in the next few weeks, I thought it might be time to give the browns their due. That's what today's tutorial is about. And the sneak peek doesn't hurt either!

Here is a link list of the stamps and ink used in today's tutorial:

and for the Second sneak peek, below:
Palm Collage
Watermelon Set
Seagrass Mat in Distress Oxide Browns

This card uses two of the July stamps - Seagrass Mat and Joy and Laughter. The Distress Oxide browns were used to color the mat background. It was simple to do, but the matte, almost-chalky
look of the Oxide inks is exquisite in person.

Here's how it was done:
Ink the stamp with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink. Stamp on white cardstock. 
Using a blending tool, apply Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink to the card stock, coloring it somewhat unevenly.
Apply the ink heaviest around the edges.

The Joy and Laughter stamp was colored using Pastel Pencils.  Isn't she glorious? It just makes me happy to look at this stamp.

Joy and Laughter

Ready for the Secret?
Palm Collage - July 2017 Release
The New July Stamps are ready for you RIGHT NOW! Of course you will still receive your 15% discount, too - now through July 8th. Add any new July Release stamps to your shopping cart and the stamps will be discounted at checkout.

Make sure you come back to the Design Team blog tomorrow, too -- you won't want to miss the Design Team Blog Hop. Their work and inspiration is wonderful!

I'll send a quick email in the morning to remind you. I hope you love these new stamps as much as I do. See you tomorrow!
Pat Huntoon

Thursday, June 29, 2017


Good Morning!  

It's Chris here today, and I am sharing two cards featuring the new June stamps  Mermaid on Rock and Wild Sea Air.

This example was stamped with Antique Linen Distress ink and no-line watercolored with Prima watercolors with the added shimmer in the tail added with Daniel Smith Luminescent Pearlescent Shimmer watercolor. The Wild Sea Air sentiment is double stamped with my MISTI with black Versafine ink.

I used the same two stamps for this card.  The background for this card was created by with a Ranger ink blending sponge with Cracked Pistachio and broken China Ranger Distress Oxide Inks on a piece of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper.  I used a separate piece of card stock to mask off and ink sections at a time to create the illusion of the sun's rays filtering through the water.  Water droplets were spritzed on the panel to reactivate and lift the ink.  I used an absorbent paper towel to absorb away the lifted ink to create the tiny bubbles.

The Mermaid on Rock image was double stamped on an XPress It blending card in Memento Tuxedo Black ink using my MISTI, and was colored with Copic markers. A light coat of clear shiny glitter was applied over the mermaid with a Glitter Brush pen.  The image was hand-trimmed out with scissors, partially cutting the along the tail, so it could be lifted away from the rock.

The card was assembled with a piece of actual extra-fine grit sandpaper.  The sand paper was torn by hand and slid underneath the tail of the mermaid and adhered.  This was then adhered to the inked panel, and the panel adhered to a prepared A2 white heavyweight card base.  The excess sandpaper was trimmed with scissors along the edges of the card base.  

The sentiment was added last. It was again double-stamped using my MISTI for a crisp black impression.
You can find these stamps and all of the new June Stamps at Technique Junkies by clicking HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!
Until next time, happy stamping!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Masculine Nautical Card

The Crafty Nurse here for a midweek post to spark your creative flow.  Have you joined our monthly challenge?  If not, we'd love to see your cards and your entry may just win a prize at the same time. You can find the challenge over on the sidebar of this blog.

We'd also love to see your cards and projects over at the new Technique Junkies Facebook Group.

Now let's get on to the inspiration.  I've combined both new older Technique Junkies Stamps for a masculine themed card.  I used die cuts to create interest and added depth with distress inks.


Happy day!

The Crafty Nurse

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Hey Junkies!  

I am in love with the Here We Go Round in Circles stamp I can't stop using it. For this card I combined it with Lollipop Flowers and used a sentiment from Sentimental Sayings.  

After stamping I used some acrylic paint I'd sprayed with water to dilute it a bit and splattered it across the panel for additional dimension and detail.  

Such an easy card to create and who doesn't like easy?  

I hope you've found some inspiration here.  

So, that's it for me today.  I hope you find some inspiration and get your craft's fun there!  

REMINDER:  I have a coupon for you if you'd like to get a 10% discount on all TJ stamps (excluding the June release stamps).  Just use it at check out and enjoy your purchase.  

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Thank you for stopping by.  

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Wild Sea Air

Hi There!

Vicki here with a little share for you today~

I used some of the fabulous Distress Oxide Inks to create a fun background for this gorgeous sentiment.

The colours I used:

You can find the WILD SEA AIR stamp HERE

I love the effects of the Oxide Inks for the background!!!!

A very quick and easy card!

Have a great day!


Friday, June 23, 2017

TJ Inkspirations - Glittering Sea Tutle with video

Hi all!  Pat here with another video.

I just can't stop playing with the Nuvo Glitter Markers!  After developing a Make and Take for a tradeshow for this summer, I decided to do a quick video showing how the ease of the markers when used Direct-to-Stamp.  Although I had done this in "still" photos several weeks in this email, sometimes it is nice to watch it in motion.

Here is the video:
Nuvo Glitter Markers Direct-to-Stamp
Nuvo Glitter Markers Direct-to-Stamp
Here is a close-up of the finished project:

Look at that glittery goodness!

and the finished card:
Swirl Turtle _ Sudsy Stuff

Here is a link list of the stamps and markers used in today's video:

SDX096 Sky Touches the Sea (coming 7-1)
I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

God bless America

Hello friends, Giovana here today, bringing you a very American card. When I saw these banners I knew I needed them for my 4th of July cards, this is one of a set I am making. Super easy and mail friendly.

Here are the details:
  • Start cutting a piece of watercolor paper (here size 3.75" x 5"), add a little bit of Ultramarine Blue Color Burst and then mist the paper to release the colors.
  •  On a piece of watercolor paper, stamp the banner from "Pennant Set #4" in red and blue ink.
  •  After your blue watercolor piece has dried, cut a small piece of vellum and stitch it to the panel.
  •  Fussy cut the banners and add blue twine to connect them together. Stamp the "God bless America Pennant" sentiment on a piece of red cardstock, add thin gold adhesive tape and add it to card with foam adhesive. Add the panel to a A2 cad base.

Here is the card standing up. Very simple and elegant.

Hope you like it and give it a try. Remember you can buy these stamps using my code TJ10Giovana for a 10% off of you purchase!!

Have a fantastic day!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fine Frames Three Ways

Hello.  Beth Norman here with a show stopper of a technique.  While looking through all my issues of the Technique Junkie Newsletter I came across a technique that intrigued me and one in which I've never tried before.  It is called Fine Frames and is from the August 2013 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter which you can find here.  I liked the technique so much that I created three cards using this technique.  Each card was coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.
My first card uses Darling Blooms.  The cardstock is SU's Tempting Turquoise.
 My next card uses a favourite of mine called Flowers and Feathers Collage.  My matt is SU's Crushed Curry.
Finally I used Dragonfly Collage.  My matt comes from and my designer paper is from Stampn' Up!

Notice I didn't use any sentiments on my cards?  I thought the eye should focus on the highlighted image and not be distracted by a sentiment.

For you 10% discount on stamps and products, you can use the following code:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mightier than Waves

Today I used the newly released Technique Junkies Let your Light Shine stamp   to create my card.  used one of the  wonderful  A Colorful Life stencils -  -  along with the gold Nuvo Mouse -  to create the background for the focal image.
I  used the Twinkling H2Os to paint the focal image.  I wanted to use a different verse than the verse that is a part of this stamp. So I was very careful to not get any Memento ink on the verse.  However, the "S" that is a part of the verse is also a part of the lighthouse and I had to decide how I was going to treat that "S."  I painted it gold and added a gold ribbon bow.

Then I stamped the verse from the Psalms of the Seat set - with Versafine black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

A burlap ribbon over layed with the matching ribbon finish my card.

Please remember that you can get a 10% discount by using the code TJ10Judy on your order.  Distress Oxide inks excluded from this discount as they are already discounted.

Have a great day and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Daily Reminder

Hello All Lanette Here! 

Today I wanted to share an altered frame. Featuring "Let your Light Shine". 

Matthew 5:16  is the perfect reminder everyday. So I figured it would be perfect to be on display.

A closer look just for fun...

  Isn't he just too cute!! 

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

SD770 Let Your Light Shine

Thank you so much for stopping by today! 

I hope that I have inspired you in some way!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Beautiful and Magical Creatures.

Hello everyone, Chris here, sharing a few more projects made with the new Technique Junkies June stamps!  Did you shop yet?  There's still time to get your hands on these fun new stamps!

I'm sharing two projects which highlight two new creature stamps from the Technique Junkies release:  Turtles and Hummingbirds.  Both of which fascinate me in real life.  They are both such majestic creatures.

This card features Swirl Turtle and Advice from a Sea Turtle with an embossed resist technique background and Distress Oxide inks.  

This card features the new Watercolor Hummingbird which is watercolored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and cut out and adhered to a panel ink sponged with the Grunge Dots Stencil. The sentiment is Always Find a Song.

Make sure you check out all the new June release stamps at Technique Junkies!

Until next time,

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

White on Kraft

One of my favorite looks is using white pencils on kraft paper. Today's project features the Dogwood Blossom done on kraft paper.

To begin with, I stamped the image on kraft cardstock with Memento Ink (Pear Tart). Then using the Chameleon Colortone Pencils (a new product at TJ!), I colored in the flowers with white, green and yellow tones.  A rub-on sentiment was added.

The panel was then trimmed down and foam taped to a kraft card base.

This simple technique is fun to do and leaves you with a stunning finished project! Hope you are inspired to give it a try. If you would like to save 10% on your purchases at TJ, simply use the code below.
Hope you have a wonderful craft-filled day.

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Hellooooo Junkies!!!!! 

This Sunday we'll be celebrating Father's Day here in the States.  There are some really great male stamps in the store at Technique Junkies and today I'm playing with one of the most recent ones called "Hats Off to Dad" from the May release.  

Truth be told...this set doesn't just cover Father's Day, it could be a birthday, or any occasion where you might want to honor a father.  Let your imagination go wild.  It's really a fun set. I did some surgery on the set I have and cut all the hats off into individual pieces.  I can always reassemble them if I want to, but I like the idea that I can use these hats in many other ways individually.   

In addition to the Hat's Off set on this card, I used a cool stencil from A Colorful Life Stencils called "City Windows".  I placed the stencil on a white cs layer and sponged Distress Inks.  First, Fresh Squeezed Lemon and then on just the base of the "windows",  Mustard Seed for some shadow and contrast.  I then stamped each hat in one of the windows with Archival black ink.  For additional detail I added little "stitch" marks around each one with my ultra-fine Sharpie black pen.  Finally, I added some sparkle with my Wink of Stella pen to each hat.  The sentiment, stamped with Archival black and heat embossed with clear ep, was die cut with a rectangle die and frame set.   

For this card, I also used "Here We Go Round in Circles" to build my bg.  I used a variety of colored dye inks I have for the colored dots.  After stamping the hats "floating" with Archival black in, I sprinkled clear ep over them and heat embossed.  Giving them a little added dimension.  The sentiment was also stamped and heat embossed the same way.  I cut a piece of dp, to accent the die fin cut over the sentiment piece, and, I added faux stitching in both white and black along the edges. 

So, that's it for me today.  I hope you find some inspiration and get your craft's fun there!  

REMINDER:  I have a coupon for you if you'd like to get a 10% discount on all TJ stamps (excluding the June release stamps).  Just use it at check out and enjoy your purchase.  

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Thank you for stopping by.  

Monday, June 12, 2017

Technique Junkies Challenge - Drips Technique!

    Welcome to our newest challenge!

You will have a whole month to complete the challenge. Enter as many times as you wish using the link list at the bottom of the post for a chance to win a $25 Technique Junkies Gift Certificate!
You have until July 9th to enter. Winner will be announced July 10th.

A few simple rules.

You must use Technique Junkies stamps to be chosen to win a prize.

If you don't have any Technique Junkies stamps feel free to play along and link your project but you will not be in the drawing for a prize.

You must use the challenge technique in your project (that's the challenge!)

No linking old projects. Projects must be new.

Please list Technique Junkies stamps with links in your project posts.

Please link directly to your project (not a general blog).

If you have a problem linking to the challenge contact Jeanne

The challenge is... Drips Technique!
You can see the original tutorial HERE

This easy technique is one you will use over and over. Try it with different mediums and colors for one of a kind backgrounds.

For this technique you will need:

watercolor paper
ink refills, watercolors or acrylic paints
an eyedropper (or a paintbrush)
a palette or cups for mixing
paper towels 

Put a drop or two of ink into a palette or small cups. Add water to thin. The amount of water you use will vary depending on your inks I used Ranger Distress Oxide reinkers for my project but any paint that can be thinned with water will work. I used one drop of reinker to 20 drops of water.

Use you eyedropper to pick up your puddle of thinned ink. Pick up your paper and drip onto your watercolor paper. Tilt your paper to get your drip going the direction you want. I used Spiced Marmalade for this step.


Continue dripping until you get the look you want. Keep a paper towel handy to sop up any excess ink. Let dry (or use a heat tool) before the next color. As you can see with my samples I tilted my paper in different directions on one and went more straight on the other.

Repeat with your second color. I used Fired Brick on the left sample and Worn Lipstick on the right.

I added a 3rd color to each. Worn Lipstick on the right sample and Fired Brick on the left.

Here is a closer look.

Using my MISTI I stamped the  I finished my card by sponging the edges with Vintage Photo ink.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Technique Junkies Stand Tall
MISTI stamp tool
watercolor paper
eye dropper
sponge (edges)

Have a great day! Jeanne

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