Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Birthdays & Donuts

I love donuts ... especially a warm glazed donut, which has always been my kryptonite.  Because of my donut-love,  I tend to collect donut-themed paper products (because they have no calories).

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

Needless to say, the newly released Birthdays & Donuts stamp was a must have for me ... together with the accompanying Donuts Happy Birthday sentiment.

I loved pairing the stamps with some 3-D Donut Stickers from my stash.  

Don't they look quite scrumptious.

Another fun thing about this stamp, is that donuts can come in every single color of the rainbow ... especially when they're covered in sprinkles.

Now I seriously think I need a donut ...

Stephanie from 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

How to Create a Remix of Colorful Silhouettes

Hello, Beth Norman here, with a remix of Colorful Silhouettes, a technique I developed and was published in the August 2011 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  

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Today, I am using I Woof You, and Swirls and Curls.  You can receive these stamps and receive 10% off your total order simply by using my code below.

In this "remix" I introduced an iron to my background simply because of the words, "I Woof You."  I wanted to be sure that the words were crisp and clear.  You do not have to iron your image if you are going to use a silhouette stamp; it covers nicely.

Supplies:  Background stamp with lots of open areas, silhouette, or other, stamp, VersaMark, white embossing powder, black embossing powder, sponges, 2 or 3 ink colours, heat gun, embossing buddy.
Sponge your colour onto cardstock.  Here I used pink and red for Valentine's Day.  Make sure your cardstock is dry thoroughly before you proceed to the next step.  You can use a heat gun to speed up the process.
With VersaMark, stamp the pad all over your background stamp, add white embossing powder and emboss.
If you are using a silhouette stamp you can skip this step.  Otherwise, place copy paper over top of your image and, on low heat, and lightly iron your embossing so it flattens.
Using VersaMark, stamp your image and add black embossing powder and heat emboss  You are now ready to complete your card as desired.  In my example my background was not ironed.  I wanted to keep a cohesive finish so I used Swirls and Curls both on my main image and on my background.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Love You!

Happy Monday! 

I have a super fun card to share today using stamps from the January Release.

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I stamped Love Harlequin background in red ink on my card. I added then added a little white acrylic craft paint (with my finger) to mat the sentiment (let dry completely before stamping). I then positioned the Love You from the Love You More (set of 5) set on my MISTI and stamped it a couple times to get good coverage over the paint. I stamped The Kiss in black ink onto some white cardstock. I colored with watercolors and then cut it out (minus the whiskers). I stamped the image again on my card and lined up my cut out image and layered it on top. 

S782 Love Harlequin

SS079 Love you More, Set of 5

SD813 The Kiss

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Have a great day!!!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Baby, You are So Loved

Hello Friends! 

I love vintage looking images and these 3 sweet little birds have just the look that I love.  If you love 
these birds as much as I, you can get a 10% discount on them using code TJ10LeeAnn

  I was waiting for the right sentiment to come along to make a baby card with these birds

Along comes the January release and the 'You are Loved' stamp~

I water colored a piece of watercolor paper using distress ink (Picked Raspberry) and then die cut a circle in it. 
The sentiment was stamped in grey on white cardstock and then clear embossed. 
The birds were stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored with Copics, then fussy cut out. I assembled the card, popping the panel up on dimensional tape.  The panel is off centered to the left and a small strip of pattern paper runs down the side of the panel.  I added the birds, some sequins and some die cut clouds.  I also added small pink pearls on the sentiment panel; I love the extra punch it adds. 
February 1st is right around the corner, which means a new release is coming!  We will be hopping;  hope you will join us! 
That is it for me!  I hope I have inspired you with my project.

 Lee Ann

Saturday, January 27, 2018

To The Moon

Hello Junkies! 
It's Ceal here to share a card using a little bit of a different variation of the Ombre' Splatter Technique. Making this card was so much fun!
I started with a piece of watercolor paper and the Love Harlequin stamp,
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I stamped the image using Versamark ink and then embossed it with gold embossing powder, next I created the background using distress oxide inks in Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick and bended them together. after I achieved the Ombre effect then I spritzed it with water to get Ombre' Splatter.
for the greeting I used the To The Moon stamp and partially embossed it in gold, to achieve this I masked off the portion I wanted gold and stamped the rest in black and the I did the opposite and embossed in gold. 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Kitty Love

My favorite stamp from this month's release is the Kitty Duo stamp that I used for my card today. 
I used a Spellbinder's die to cut the heart on my card front, after I applied the black and white designer paper.  I stamped and black embossed the kitties on pink card stock, and placed them inside the card so they showed through the heart window.  Some die hearts and 'Love' words (WPlus9 Love showers layers) on the front, and a strip of pink card stock along the edge to balance things finishes my card.  Oh, I did add some shimmer with my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen. 

Be sure to check out the new Spattered Ombre Challenge.
You have until February 11th to enter, and you could win a $25 gift certificate for the Technique Junkies store.  This is a really fun challenge, and you will be trying a new technique to add to your card-making skills.   Here is a card I made using this technique.

Also, stop by our TJ Facebook Page.  There are lots of ideas there, and we would love for you to post some of your cards there.   And don't forget to check out the release stamps and other stamps over on the Technique Junkies website.   If you find any goodies you just have to have, don't forget to add TJ10Lynda at checkout for 10% off.
Thanks for stopping by. 


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Brightly Blue Birthday

Hey, Junkies! Ro, here to share a cheerful, bright, very blue, Birthday Card.  I wanted to do something deep and rich, so I pulled out one of my favorite stamp sets, Calendulaand one of the new releases, Donuts Happy Birthday(Remember: you can save 10% off your TJ purchases with the code: TJ10Ro -- see details below)

I pulled out my set of Arteza watercolor markers, sat by a nice sunny window, grabbed a cup of tea, and colored to my heart's content. There's something very relaxing about a great image and a fist full of markers (or colored pencils, or water colors). 

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment, trimmed the piece down, and colored the background of that as well as the image. I mounted both panels on black cardstock and attached them to the card base.

I love how bright and cheerful this birthday card turned out. Much brighter than the gloomy Michigan winter days! So cheer up your day with a great image and your coloring medium of choice! And don't forget that you can save 10% on your TJ purchases by using the code below:

Come visit again tomorrow for another great project by one of the Technique Junkies Design Team Members!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Hello Junkies!  

Isn't she (Deco Face) beautiful?  

I'm such a romantic, and this face...well, it captured my imagination the second I saw it in the Technique Junkies Stamps Store.  I even gave her a's Kathleen.  She reminds me of my great-aunt "Kitty" Kathleen (who was a true flapper).  I recently added her to my Technique Junkies stamp collection and I have many ideas of more ways to create with her.  The sentiment I've added to this is from "Sentimental Sayings", was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with white ep, and is a fabulous sentiment set to have in your collection.   

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To create this card, using my MISTI, I first stamped her in Blue Danube Memento ink on white card stock.  I colord her face with Copic Markers and then replaced her into the MISTI (I hadn't removed the stamp) and stamped her again with black VersaMark ink.  This gave the image depth.  An embossing folder piece behind her highlighted with Delicata gold ink gave my version of "deco".  She's framed and mounted on dark blue card stock and I added some touches of a gold gel pen dots for depth to the background.  

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Thanks so much for stopping by.  


Monday, January 22, 2018

Warm Hugs

I have a friend who used to stamp with the ladies in my Wednesday stamping group.  In the winter  she always signed cards and emails "warm hugs."  She even named our day together as Wednesday Friends Day.  We began to see a mental and memory decline over a few years. Her family began to notice it as well.  Then it became apparent she could no longer live alone and take proper care of herself.  Her family moved her into an assisted living facility  for people who have memory issues.  She is doing well there and is well cared for. Her family visits her often.  We get up to see her now and then.

This new Technique Junkies stamp set Winter Wishes - -  reminds me of her and our times together.  So I will send her this card to let her know I am thinking of her. The image is colored with Copic markers and the sky is sponged.  Snowy fat glitter flakes cover the ground. The verse is heat embossed. 

The Technique Junkies background is called Retro Sparkles - - and it is heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

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Have a wonderfully creative day and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Valentine One Layer Card

Hi! Jeanne here today with a one layer Valentine card using new stamps 
from the January Release at Technique Junkies!

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I wanted a muted background with a splash of color so I used a pale tan ink on the 
Valentine Love background stamp. I used my MISTI to restamp after adding light pink 
(I used a water based marker) on the lips. Next I stamped the Truly Madly Deeply sentiment 
in red ink. I used a paintbrush and water to wet the ink and let it bleed a bit. I added some 
splatters with the same ink. Once it was dry I used my MISTI to restamp the sentiment.

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Have a great day!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Love You More Valentine Containers

Hey Technique Junkies, Janelle Stollfus here today with a little treat to share. I'm spotlighting the new Love You More Stamp Set with 5 sentiments perfect to make a set of simple yet fun treat containers.

This is an easy project that comes together quickly, and I love how they turned out, but I do want to warn you that the tutorial below is a bit long so don't be discouraged from trying it out.

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  • Love You More Stamp Set
  • 90lb watercolor papers (9 x 12 inches if possible)
  • White Cardstock
  • Pattern Paper
  • Black Ink
  • Paintbrushes - flat or round
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Water and Paper Towel
  • Isopropyl Alcohol/Rubbing Alcohol (not shown)
  • Double-Sided Tape (not shown)
  • Cord or Twine (not shown)
  • Mini Clothespins or use a Stapler (not shown)
  • Glue (not shown)

This tutorial uses a variation on the Spattered Ombre tutorial that will allow the paper to be cut into four smaller pieces of ombre paper. Repeat steps 1 - 4 to make as many as needed.
  1. Wet watercolor paper with water, enough so you can see it is wet.
  2. Begin painting at the top from side to side with a loaded paintbrush and move to the center until all the paint is on the paper. Repeat from the bottom towards the center. 
  1. Spatter rubbing alcohol with a clean paintbrush and let dry or use a heat tool to quickly dry.
  2. Cut paper into fourths about 4-1/2 by 6 inches. (I folded the paper in half and pinched for the halfway marks to cut out four pieces.)
  1. Use double-sided sticky tape along the short edge and about two-thirds across the top left and bottom center. (click image to enlarge)
  2. Roll paper to train it into a tube before removing backing liner. Remove liner on the side and top left, then roll it to attach sides only.
  3. Pinch the end together with the side seam from step 6 to the left.
  1. Fill the container to about 1-inch from the top with goodies and close the second end, so the side seam is in the middle.
  2. Press both ends together with a bone folder or a crimper tool. We wouldn't want the treats to fall out.

  1. Stamp sentiments on white paper and cut loosely around each one.
  2. Glue sentiment to a 1-inch strip of pattern paper that is a longer than the sentiment and has one end cut for a fishtail banner. 
  3. Clothespin the sentiment piece to the treat and tie with a bow either around the whole container or just the sentiment. You could also staple the sentiment if clothespins aren't available.
That's it! Thanks for hanging out with me today!

Friday, January 19, 2018

TJ Inkspirations: 5 Minute Metallic Mousse Magic

Its no secret that I love Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. Many other people like it, but find it messy.

Our video today takes the mess away. You can make stunning cards in just minutes - with a quick clean-up.

Keep in mind that I am in Phoenix this week for  Creativation -- it is the show most of us know by it's former name -- CHA.  Check out my Facebook page and the Technique Junkies egroup for pictures and video from the show.  Don't you want to see what is new?

Now for the technique this week:

The products I used on the finished cards are here:
SS079 Love you more
Lotus Stencil
Lite Brite Flowers Stencil

5 Minute Metallic Mouse Cards

Here is the artwork from the video:
Lotus Repeat card

And the second card from the video:
Lite Brite Flowers Card

and the video:
5 Minute Metallic Mousse Magic
5 Minute Metallic Mousse Magic

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

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC