Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Spring ATCs

At our house, Spring only means one thing ... the beginning of Baseball Season.

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

When I saw the February Technique Junkie Challenge was Spring-themed ATCs, I knew exactly which stamps I wanted to ink-up.

One of the nice things about the Baseballs Background is that it's the perfect size to trim into two  ATCs from a single stamp.

I combined my background with stamps from Swing for the Fences (Set of 7 Stamps).  Background is stamped in Brown with sentiment & glove stamped in red & attached with foam tape for dimension.

For my second ATC, I used one of the larger sentiments from Swing For the Fences.

So, if you're like me and you don't *trade* your Artist Trading Cards, what do you do with them ... you make cards of course.

All I added was a strip of red paint Gel Press Print on a 4" x 5 1/2" base.

I hope you make some ATCs and link-up for our February Challenge ... you have until March 11th to link-up (and if you use Technique Junkies stamps, you have a chance to win $25 to buy even more).

Stephanie from 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

How to Create Men's Jeans

Hello fellow stampers.  Today I'm going to share with you how to make men's jeans which is a nice masculine card for that someone special.  If you want to receive 10% off these stamps, or any other product, simply use TJ10Beth in your shopping cart to receive the price reduction.

These jeans are a breeze to make.  Who knew they could sew up so quick!

Start by stamping out your Blue Jeans background stamp

Using red, or another colour of choice, stamp out Cheers! from Simple Sentiments 2a
Adhere the Cheers! to the left side of the seam from Simple Sentiments 2a
To make the leather patch cut a 2" x 2" piece of Kraft paper and distress the edges with brown ink.  Stamp out Happy Birthday 3 in the centre then add some holes around the edges.  Take a fine tip marker and draw from hole to hole to make it look like it is stitched
Attach to the left side of your stamped image.  Add a brad to the pocket. You are now ready to finish your card as desired.  Have fun!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Yupo, a Die and a Butterfly

Hello Technique Junkie Friends!

Lee Ann here today,   sharing a card using the technique of popping up die pieces from a background die- not sure if there is an actual name for this technique but I love the look of it.  With a few supplies- alcohol ink, Yupo, Technique Junkies Butterfly 2 stamp, and a background die, I created a card with significant Wow factor.  Thinking you need the Butterfly 2 stamp
 You can get 10% off of your Technique Junkies order using code TJ10LeeAnn. 
Who doesn't like a little extra pocket change!?

I started with a piece of Yupo paper and some alcohol inks in pinks, yellows and oranges.  I created a simple striped Yupo panel.
Using a card front sized background die, I die cut from both a white piece of cardstock and the Yupo paper.  So there is an easy way and a hard way to do this.  I chose the hard way.  Yep, pretty much every time!
 I used Press n Seal Wrap to remove the die cuts from the dies and once the pieces were out of the die, I transferred the pieces to another piece of Press n Seal so that I could add adhesive to the back of the pieces I was using.  While still on the Press n Seal so that the placement of the pieces stayed exactly where they were in the die, I adhered them to the card front.
It was a bit of a learning process; in reality, I should have put the adhesive on the backs of the pieces while then were still in the die and then adhere them to the card front.  Next time...
I used this popped up background for my Butterfly 2 that was colored with Copics and fussy cut out.

There were a lot of pieces left from these die cuts; you can see what I did with them on March 1st during the release hop!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you give this technique a try!

Lee Ann

Saturday, February 24, 2018

One Umbrella

Hello Junkies!
It's Ceal, here to share with you. Today I used a fun background stamp paid up with a fabulous silhouette stamp. You can grab these and save 10% off by using my code TJ10Ceal at Technique Junkies.

To make my card I started with a top folding watercolor card base and a panel cut down with a stitched die. I stamped the Survive Together image using Versafine ink and then masked it off and then using a couple distress oxides in Broken China and Faded Jeans I stamped the Paint Rings image for the background to mimic water droplets. Since the oxide inks react with water, I spritzed a little water over the image. 

Don't forget to use my code to save some money, we all like to save don't we!

Friday, February 23, 2018

TJ Inkspirations: Color Bursts with Selective Coloring

Who doesn't love a color explosion? After all, we are all stampers, so we live, breathe and dream in color. Ken Oliver's Color Bursts are the perfect product for keeping our hue muse happy.

Today's technique is very easy. This card is really a 5 minute card (plus drying time with the heat tool!). There are few supplies, but big results!

I recently added five different 6-packs of Color Bursts to the Technique Junkies  product line, too. As an introduction to you, all of the color burst are 15% off from today through February 28th. Just add them to your cart and they will be reduced automatically at checkout. No code needed.

Here is the stamp used today:
Something Different
Color Burst

Color Burst with Selective Coloring

Here is the artwork from the video:

and the video:
Color Burst with Selective Coloring
Color Burst with Selective Coloring
I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Well, here we are, nearing the end of another release month.  But fear not, we still have several more cards to show these fabulous February Release Stamps.  If you have been procrastinating, and still need to order your stamps, be sure to use my code, TJ10Lynda to get 10% off your order of regularly priced stamps.
I love the look of kraft, black, and white, so decided to use it for this card, featuring the handsome rooster from the Keep Chickens Set of 13 Stamps.
I white-embossed the rooster on a panel of black card stock, and attached it to an A2 card front.  I die-cut a stitched circle (Die-namics dies) from a kraft piece of card stock, and stamped the chicks from the same stamp set partially around the circle, and white-embossed cock-a-doodle-do, curving the stamp when I placed it on the block.  I used craft foam and tape to attach the panel to the card.
A strip of black and white striped dp and a few black enamel dots finish off the card.  Easy-peasy.

Thanks for stopping by.  

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Just a Little More Chicken, Please!

I sure hope you aren't too sick of these chickens, because I still can't seem to get enough of them.  I am getting ready for my knee replacement and these cluckers are just the thing I need to ease my stress!

Don't forget that you can save 10% on your orders (any time!) by using the code TJ10Ro. The set I'm using today is called Keep Chickens, which is a set of 13 stamps.  Here is my card:

For this card, I simply layered a couple of matted pieces of cardstock on my card base. I die cut the frame section and laid that on a white piece of CS and lightly traced the inside of the windows so I would know where to stamp my images. Using little sticky notes, I masked off the area to be stamped and added my chicken, repeating the process for each window. I then colored the images using some Zig Clean Color Markers. I adhered the stamped panel to the back of the frame. I added some fiber ribbon to the matted panels, then placed the stamped panel on that using foam adhesive. The ribbon kind of reminded me of hay. 

While it looks like a lot of work went into this card, it really was quite simple. And the end result is just plain fun. Here is a pic of the full set:

Hope you like my card and I can't wait to join you all again for the Blog Hop on March 1st, which will feature all the new releases for March.  And don't forget to use the discount code when placing orders to save 10%:

Til next time,
Keepin' in inky!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Hello Junkies!  

I am totally IN LOVE with this stamp "Vogue Kitty" from the February 2018 Release collection.   She's a fashionista with cat'itude and reminds me of the Disney movie, 'Aristocats' and it's only from the posture she portrays here, and oh, yes...I had to pair her with the sentiment "Celebrate in Style" .  

Create your own design with these stamps and if you'd like to add them to your collection, please use my discount code TJ10Cheri for a full 10% off your entire order.  Just enter the code at checkout.  

To create this card, I stamped "vogue kitty" directly on the white card base, positioning it with a template I made of a negative heart.  I used the same template to position my heart die on the raspberry colored cs in order to get an off the edge look.  After cutting the opening, I ran it through an embossing folder then adhered it around the stamped image.  I colored the kitty with Copic Markers (just shading and some pink ribbon on the hat was all that was needed here).  For additional dimension, I added some pen dots around the edge of the heart opening.  

I hope you found some inspiration here today.  Have you seen there's a new challenge over on the Design Junkies blog?  Check it out.

Don't forget to take advantage of my discount and grab yourself some awesome Technique Junkies Stamps.  

Monday, February 19, 2018

Just Have Fun!

This card was created with the Technique Junkies stamp Putting On Lipstick -  I stamped it with Versafine black ink and heat embossed it.  The image is colored with Twinkling H2Os.

I created the background with a new product to me called Brusho - which are highly pigmented powders you sprinkle on and then mist with water.   I heat set the wet water color card stock, and did it again in areas where I wanted more pigment.  I purchased some recently at Stamp Fest in Florida.  I added some layers and pearls and rhinestones embellishments.

You can get a 10% discount on your Technique Junkies order by using this TJ10Judy discount code.

Have a great day and get inky!
Judy Jackson 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Faith, Hope and Love ATC Holder

Hi, everyone! Janelle here with a project to support our current Spring ATC Challenge this month. How do you store your ATC once you've made them or even after a swap? I have a super spring ATC holder to make using the Faith Hope and Love Background Stamp. I've made my first ATC to store inside that I'll share over on my blog.

Want a discount while shopping today? Use TJ10Janelle during checkout for 10% off regular priced items!

Feel free to change this project to work with your own stamping style, right now I'm enjoying watercolor as my coloring medium. Here's a quick tutorial on how to make the holder.


  • Faith Hope and Love Background
  • MISTI or Stamp Positioner
  • Black Ink Pad (I used waterproof ink)
  • Scoring Tool
  • Coloring Medium (I used watercolor)
  • Cardstock or Watercolor Paper
  • Painter's Masking Paper or text/copy weight paper
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Stapler or something to bind the pockets to the cover
  1. Position Faith Hope and Love Background on the MISTI to one side of the lid and mark its left edge on the grid paper in the bottom. 
  2. Cut a 4 x 6-1/4 inch rectangle from white cover stock and mark the center with a light pencil mark then line it to the right of the marks on the grid.
  3. Stamp image. Repeat on watercolor paper to get a solid image. Rotate paper and repeat.
  4. Score at 3 and 3-1/4 inches.
We will come back to the cover, but first, we need to make the pockets for the inside.

I picked up a roll of Painter's Masking Paper at my local home improvement store that is very inexpensive and resembles deli paper. I love using it to make small bags and envelopes, however, use whatever printer or text weight paper you have that can be trimmed to 8 x 6 inches.

  1. Score an 8 by 6-inch paper at 1/2 inch and 4-1/4 inch.
  2. Fold at 1/2 inch and add strong double-sided tape along the edge of the fold.
  3. Fold in half and adhere.
  4. Optional: Use a circle punch or die cut to make a thumbcut along the opening for easy access to the pocket contents.
  1. Stack pockets onto the center of the cover and temporarily secure with paperclips or clothespins.
  2. Staple with a magnetic or long reach stapler. Alternatively, use a bookbinding method of stitching into the spine or glue the pockets together along the centerfold and tie twine around the spine to hold them in place.
Now for the closure, so the ATC's don't fall out. The easiest is to wrap with a ribbon and tie, but here's what I did.

  1. Staple or glue a 1/2 by 7-1/2 inch strip of paper onto the spine while the book is open and flat.
  2. At each end of the strip of paper cut a slit, one end from the bottom and the other end from the top to lock them together when put together. (Sorry my photo isn't the best)
Have fun and join in the Spring ATC challenge with us!

Remember you can shop with a 10% discount using code TJ10Janelle!

Friday, February 16, 2018

TJ Inkspirations: Stenciled Bands using Distress Oxide Inks

I've had this little technique rolling around in my head for a few weeks. I was torn between making it simple, or more complicated - I chose the simple route. I can always post a more complicated version another time, right?

I chose to use Distress Oxide Inks for my tutorial. You can use what you have, though. I just find that they move very nicely on paper. I also managed to show you my most favorite tip of all time in the video, too.

Here are the stamps I am using in the video:

SD813 The Kiss

Whimsey Love Stencil

SS079 Love you More, Set of 5

The Most Incredible Stamping Tool Ever
8" x 10"

5 Minute Shimmering Backgrounds

Here is the artwork from the video:

and the video:
Stenciled Band with Distress Oxides
Stenciled Band with Distress Oxides

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

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Hello friends!! Hope you all are having a great day! Today, I want to share with you a super cute and elegant card.
For this project I used the rose from the new set "Faith, Hope, Love". I stamped it the image several times on a piece of White cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black, then colored the roses with markers, even the background, I also added clear shimmer to the roses, but it was very hard to photograph. Stamped the sentiment on a piece of Vellum in Brown ink and adhered it to image.
After that, I die-cut the image and created a die-cut frame as well from watercolor paper, added it on top of the image with foam tape.
Finally, I added the image to a white card base, added a bow and pearls.

Hope you like it. 
Thanks so much for stopping by.