3D Stenciling

It’s Tutorial Thursday! The easiest way to create a 3D stencil is to grab your white or black (depends if the paper is light or dark), create a stencil with dies or punches, grab some ink, and a sponge. Sponge your neutral color first and then shift and sponge your color second. This will create a shadow effect for you.

If you prefer to watch the instructions here’s the link for the video…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbO5Dg_7Ly4.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Anything plastic can hold your stamps.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! In this case it is not a product being used in a way it is not intended but a lack of product. Imagine that you have gone on vacation and packed all your clothes, toothbrush, and a couple of projects to work on. You pull out your projects and get things in order. You stack your paper, glue, ink, stamps, and blocks. Blocks…where are the blocks? You have forgotten the blocks. (I don’t need to be on vacation to forget my blocks. I just need to travel.)

Don’t fret about not having your blocks. Grab anything plastic…the back of a remote for a TV, tupperware lid, anything plastic. Give a good rinse and then dry. Now you are ready to stamp.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Make a stencil with card stock.

It’s Technique Tuesday! I am going to encourage you to create a stencil today. No, they are not in the catalog any longer. They haven’t been for a few years except for the ones with the embossing paste. But they are easy to make.

Take a piece of card stock and punch (or die cut) a pattern out. To keep it in place while using it attach with washi tape. (Tip: so the washi doesn’t tear your card stock place on your clothing once or twice before attaching.)

To get a 3D effect stamp with craft white ink first. Use the heat gun to dry the ink. Take your stencil and place just offset of the white. Now use a different color to stencil. (A bright or dark color stands out the most from the white.)

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. If you want to see this technique in motion please join me for the Facebook Live on Wednesday evening at 7 pm.

One Card Class!

It’s Management Monday! I have one Card Class for Cherryl this week. If you would like to attend on Thursday from 10-1 please let me know by Tuesday evening.

And remember no more Farmers’ Market for me. I will not be there this week.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting by driving.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! I know most of you are confused by the headline. I am too. I know driving is not resting, but it’s important. So, as long as the weather holds out, I will be driving for the grand opening of a good friend’s first salon and boutique. Sometimes it’s not practical, but if it is that important you do it. So, I am most likely on the road today.

What are you doing to break up your routine? Are you doing anything special on this holiday weekend?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Second Release of Sale-A-Bration!

It’s Sale Saturday! Sale-A-Bration is about halfway done or there is half more to go (depending on your perspective). Just yesterday was the second release for Sale-A-Bration. What does this mean? It means you have more free products to choose from. 🙂

Here’s the link to see what’s available…https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/category/10100/sale-a-bration.

If that’s not enough, be watching in the next couple of weeks as I will have more information on some brand new coordinating products that will be available for sale on March 1.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Give back to those closest to you.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day we focus on giving back or paying it forward. I want to do a gentle reminder to love on those closest to us. Sometimes we look outward to help and come home to be grumbly, tired, and worn out. Every once in a while make sure you are appreciating those that are closest to you. Here’s my story for that.

Yesterday started out like any other day. I was a little hurried in what I was doing so I was being a bit short with those around me. I got done, packed, and ready with a couple minutes to spare. I apologized to hubby (Joel) for being short and wished I didn’t have a reason to apologize. Just another example of imperfection. I strive for better but sometimes things happen. I went through my day in the rain so I wasn’t myself. (I live in Southern California in the desert so rain is not part of every day life.)

When I get home he decides to cook dinner. We had tomato soup and grilled cheese which was a perfect warm ending to a long day. And the touch that made it just perfect…bacon roses. He had not forgotten Valentine’s Day. He had just made it his own.

I don’t say this for bragging rights, but instead it was a wake-up call for me. Be good to those you live with, love, and call your own.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

A new YouTube channel.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! I figured since it was Valentine’s Day instead of giving you another project to do I would introduce you to a new YouTube channel. Now I have my channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTZYaEvaoc_I5-cQKvZuN5Q but there are many others.

So I figured I would introduce you to the Stampin’ Up! channel. This particular project is really cute and since it is Valentine’s Day I figured you could use a project with some gift wrapping. Give it a look…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-9ym4muIhk.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Heat tool for a motorcycle.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Did you know that you could use the heat tool to help nuts and bolts release? Blast the stuck part with the heat tool for about two minutes (don’t touch) and then unscrew. The heat will allow the bolt to be broken free much easier.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Zig zags.

It’s Technique Tuesday! When creating a zig zag card make sure your scores are going the opposite direction. So when you score the second line flip the card stock over first. That way you can bend the card stock opposite without cracking. By folding it opposite this will create the zig zag.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂