Mastering the swipe.

It’s Tutorial Thursday!  The swipe is not a hard technique but it does take some practice.  If you push too hard you get too much ink or you could damage your pad.  If you push too lightly then you don’t have enough background and have to start over.  There is definitely a sweet spot.

So the first few that you do I would encourage you to do on a scrap piece of card stock.  It needs to be similar to your final product otherwise it will soak up the ink differently and your practice will be for nothing.  Here’s a photo of some finished cards.

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For the video on how to do this please go to Swipe Video (https://youtu.be/VFxKQka_HV4).

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Use glue to position.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  Did you know the multipurpose glue can be used for more than gluing in place?  If you need to position something and remove it then use this liquid magic.  Simply drop a few dots down on a surface you don’t mind glue being on.  Let dry until tacky.  Then place card stock over and gently press.  The glue will hold the card stock in place with minimal damage so you can stamp without the paper shifting.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When ink pads are used with no stamps.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  Did you know you could use your ink pads without any stamps?  They create great backgrounds.  Just place your ink pad on your card stock and swipe across the page.  Depending on how deep a color is how much pressure you use.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Designer Series Paper makes a difference.

It’s Tutorial Thursday!  Choosing the right Designer Series Paper can make all the difference in the world.  If you want the design to stand out you pick a brighter or bolder pattern.  If you want the accents or sentiment to stand out you pick something a little more muted.  In this case the pick is a little more muted.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Pieces of a background.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  Have you ever stamped a big background stamp and not all of it came out?  Then use a punch and pull the pieces you do want to create a background.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sparkles give a different image.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  This is not so much of a technique as it is a reminder that ink looks different on different papers.  Don’t be afraid to stamp on glimmer paper, foil paper, or anything else.

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If you have questions on which kind of ink to use for which kind of paper please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sale Saturday: Snowflake Showcase

It’s Sale Saturday!  Here’s what’s new for us in the Stampin’ Up! world.

For this month only you can purchase from the Snowflake Showcase.  Here are the products in this showcase.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When brads are used for more than decoration.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  Do you know that a brad can be used for more than a decoration or embellishment?  It can also be used to hold vellum to a card base without any other adhesive.  But today we are talking about brads with a twist.

When using ribbon for an accent on a project it can be glued down straight, knotted, bowed, or even twisted.  Today we are twisting it.  Use the brad after twisting the ribbon to hold it in place.

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If you don’t want the ends sticking out simply trim with a wire snips or cutter.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S.  Remember that there is no Live tonight.  Enjoy your Halloween!

Shimmer paint with an aqua painter.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  You can color the embellishments with the stampin’ blends or the shimmer paints. Simply dampen the tip of the aqua painter and then dip into the paint.
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Happy Crafting!
 
With inky fingers,
Joni 🙂

When you becomes joy.

It’s Tutorial Thursday!  Here is the card that is created with the Celebrate You thinlits.

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To learn how to create this card please watch the Video (https://youtu.be/B_oXzMZfuEs).

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂