Letting the paper and dies shine.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today I want to show you how to let the product shine.

For the first card I have let the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper do all the heavy lifting. The marbled background paired with the peony colored with our Stampin’ Blends (Magenta Madness and Just Jade used) makes for a marvelous card front.

And then for the second card I am amazed at how one simple die and an embossing folder can make the entire front of the card.

For this card the Perfect Parcels Dies and the new Brass Foil Sheets were used to create this gorgeous accent. Finish it off with the Die Cutting Machine and the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder.

For a video on how these two cards were created as well as several other samples please go to https://youtu.be/W-a4YA8Yk2I.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Pieces and parts make a whole.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!

Sometimes you have to cut up a large stamp into pieces and then re-create it. I am calling this my eclectic picasso sunflower.

It’s also another way to show off the new In Colors!

Have you ever created something similar?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using dies as the centerpiece.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today we are talking about letting the paper and dies shine through. Stamping doesn’t always have to be the center of attention, right?

So today I am taking the Perfect Parcels Dies and picking that one detailed border die that I seem to never use. It was always too short or too wide or just never seemed to fit, until today. I finally figured out to just use it as the accent piece or focus. I simply cut it out, embossed the outer mat, and then glued it back in.

To find out more please join me for tomorrow night’s Facebook Live.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sometimes easy is what you need.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Sometimes you just need easy to get you through.

I love that Stampin’ Up! provides easy all the way up to as complicated and advanced as you can think. Well, after doing deliveries all day and needing to get some cards out in the mail I figured let’s do easy. So I pulled out my Flowers for Every Season Memories and More Cards & Envelopes. Along with the cards and envelopes I grabbed my Flowers for Every Season Memories and More Card Pack too. Add in some snips, adhesive, and the In Color Enamel Dots and we are ready to create.

It’s as easy as peel and stick with these card packs. So in less than 30 minutes I had 8 cards finished. 8! If that isn’t easy I don’t what is. 🙂

For the video on how these were created please go to https://youtu.be/UqgtwB5EFHs.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When a flower becomes a sport.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it not intended!

So I posted a card yesterday for the technique post. I talked about how to make monochromatic cards pop. And then I realized I had Wednesday’s post done also. I had cut the sunflower in such a way to look very similar to a badminton shuttlecock.

I also see a mane for a lion or the feathers for a peacock. What do you see?

Remember to look upside down, sideways, backwards, and sometimes break the whole image apart.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Raise it to see it.

It’s Technique Tuesday! If you want a monochromatic card but want to see the last detail raise it. Add some depth to see the different layers.

For this card I used an outer mat that was also white and raised it with Dimensionals. Then I did an inner frame embossed with the Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder. I then cut a small piece of the new Rainbow Glimmer Paper. The sunflower is a fourth of the detailed cut-out of the Sunflower Die. I cut out the middle of the sunflower in Highland Heather and then re-punched with the 1/2″ circle punch. Remember to attach the frame and flower parts with Glue Dots.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Dividing papers and punches.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today is the day we have tutorials and a video for how to divide your monotonous patterns and how to use the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.

For starters you can use a thin piece of ribbon or paper to divide a pattern and break it up. This card uses the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper and the Early Espresso Faux Suede Trim.

The second card uses the new Lovely Label Pick a Punch to create the background.

For complete instructions and a video please go to https://youtu.be/bU9NMPrjpT8.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Paper as ribbon.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!

Today I want to talk about the texture of things. When you use an embossing folder not only can it be a full background, but it can make things look like something else. For example, this piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock I have textured with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder as well as the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.

What I am attempting to do is show you the texture that an embossing folder can bring to a piece of card stock. These two pieces of card stock are going to be trimmed tonight to show how paper can simulate ribbon. Join me on the Facebook Live at 7 pm to see this. Don’t forget your monotonous pattern of Designer Series Paper, card base, two mats, scrap paper, punch, ink, and adhesive.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Split the paper.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today is the day that we split the paper somewhat literally.

I have taken the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper and picked my least favorite pattern out of the bunch. It is my least favorite since the little blue flowers or stars are all in a row. So I thought…how do I break this up? How do I keep this pattern from looking monotonous? The only way I figured was to break it up. So I laid a ribbon across it and it was enough for it to appear well coordinated instead of too repititive.

Please join me tomorrow night in creating a simple card. You will need a card base, mat, inner mat, some kind of repetitive patterned paper, ribbon (or other thin cut paper), adhesive, and scraps for a label.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Punches and buckles.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today we are creating a decorative border with a punch (you can also use a die) as well as a modified buckle card.

For the card with the punched border. Grab a card base and punch or die cut your border. After stamp your images or sentiments and you are done. So simple, right?

For the modified buckle card…take a card base and a mat. Cut a hole in the mat to create a slot. Take a piece of card stock a little more narrow than the hole created. Cut at least an inch too long and score where it becomes extra. Fold over and this gets tucked under to become your hinge. I lined the inside of my card to hide the hinge.

For a full video on these cards and updates on upcoming events please go to https://youtu.be/RSBP-D2Uk98.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂