Cut out for an accent.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Is your card or project lacking that oomph you are looking for? Maybe the answer isn’t to add more…more bling, ribbon, words, stamps…maybe the answer is to add less.

Use your punches or dies to create notches or accents for your projects. By doing this you are forcing the eye to gravitate towards that missing piece. That makes someone look at that accent piece that would have normally been lost on the creation.

This is one of the very few times that I will tell you that being negative (or taking something away) will help you to be positive (get the result you want).

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using pieces and parts to create a whole.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today we are creating this card.

Here are directions…

  • Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White Card Stock to 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″. On the 8 1/2″ side score at 4 1/4″ with Paper Trimmer. This is your card base.
  • Cut a mat from the Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper (available March 3) to 5″ X 3 3/4″. Take a Sponge Brayer and Lovely Lipstick to add background color. Attach to base with Snail Adhesive.
  • Stamp flowers with Lovely Lipstick Ink and Happy Birthday to You stamps on Whisper White Card Stock. Cut out with Die Cutting Machine and Birthday Dies. Attach to mat with Snail Adhesive.
  • Stamp sentiment and punch out with Everyday Label Punch. Attach with Dimensionals.
  • Add gems if desired.

To view full video please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUfJ1AgCw0g&t=1s.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When you forget your die cutting machine.

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

Today we are talking about using your dies without the die cutting machine (Big Shot, etc.). If you forget your machine or want to emboss instead grab your piercing mat, bone folder, card stock (or designer series paper), die of choice, and washi tape.

Stamp what you want and place your coordinating die over the image. Make sure to use washi tape to secure the die. Tip: You might want to put the washi tape against your pants once or twice so it is not quite so sticky.

Then flip over on a piercing mat or mouse pad or foam and start to rub with your bone folder. If you want an embossed image then only rub until you see an indentation. If you want a cut then you will need to rub until the card stock or paper “tears”.

After rubbing then flip back over and remove the washi tape. You will have an indentation or embossed frame.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When in doubt use more texture.

It’s Technique Tuesday! When using the die cuts don’t be afraid to cut them out of something other than paper or card stock. The dollar store thin foam (sometimes called fun foam) is great for dies. You can stack a few together as well.

Today’s image is actually from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Springy ladybug boxes!

It’s Tutorial Thursday! And today we are creating springy ladybug boxes!

To start you will need:

  • mini pizza box
  • real red card stock
  • basic black card stock
  • whisper white card stock or tag
  • real red double-stitched ribbon
  • watercolor pencils
  • blender pen
  • 24 gauge wire
  • tear and tape
  • mini glue dots
  • 1″ circle punch
  • 1/2″ circle punch
  • little ladybug host stamp set
  • ladybug dies
  • tuxedo black memento ink pad

Here are the directions:

  • assemble the pizza box
  • cut real red card stock to 3 3/8″ square
  • punch about ten 1/2″ circles (dots on the box)(attach with glue dots)
  • for spring assembly please watch video (link below picture)
  • stamp ladybug, color, blend, and die cut

When finished you will get something that looks like this…

For complete instructions and a video please go to https://youtu.be/rxiQ0Jd5N5s.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Afraid to cut your paper?

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

Are you afraid to run out of your favorite paper? Do you know that many times our stamps coordinate so well that you can often create your own paper?

So don’t be afraid to look at what you have and duplicate what you like.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Grab your spoons.

It’s Technique Tuesday! When using your DistINKtive stamp sets make sure your ink is just right.

Let me back up…do you know what a DistINKtive stamp set is? One example of one of these sets is the Timeless Tulips. So what makes it DistINKtive? You can stamp it once and get almost a 3D kind of look. If the ink is too dry then you won’t get a good image and if it’s a newer pad you might have too much ink and miss the details. So if you have too little then grab your re-inker and get some more ink on there. If there is too much then grab a plastic spoon and use the back of it to “push” the ink to one side. Just remember when you are done to “push” it back.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Have your cake and eat it too!

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today is a bit different as there are four cards I want to present to you. They are all from the Happy Birthday to You Stamps and Dies. The coordinating dies are now available so let me know if you would like your own set. So for today I will give you a photo of each card and some tips. For full instructions please watch the video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSmFbdOJT1k&t=20s.

The first card is a monochromatic card with a touch of Wink of Stella to blurry the flowers and give a little softness to the front. The Blueberry Bushel mat is embossed with the Subtles Folder.

The second card is double matted with the gold foil paper embossed with the Subtles Folder as well. Everything is embossed with Gold Embossing Powder and cut with the coordinating dies and the Rectangle Stitched ones. This card is mentioned in the video if you need more details.

The third card is colored with the Stampin’ Blends and trimmed to fit the gold pedestal. This one is on the video.

And last, but not least, this card is water colored with the Aqua Painter. Stamp your design with the Versamark Pad. pour Clear Embossing Powder, and then heat with the Heat Tool. Make sure to prime your paper with clear water before coloring with ink.

Comment and tell me which is your favorite!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Take the negative.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! If you don’t like how something looks in color go to black and white. And if you still don’t like it then go the opposite or the negative. Instead of stamping the bees in black I stamp them in white and emboss on a dark paper.

So when you think it doesn’t look right go the opposite.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

A little dab will do you.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today’s technique is more of a tip.

When gluing on little bits you may want to bring the glue to it and not the other way around. In this case I was gluing on little tiny pupils for eyes on the ladybug. I brought the Multipurpose Glue down to where the little black dot was instead of trying to pick it up with tweezers, the Take Your Pick Tool, or even my fingers. It was going to get lost otherwise. Then after getting some glue to it I took it off with my fingers and placed it on my project.

Here’s what this looks like.

If you would like to create this lady bug, a frog, and two cards then please reserve your seat for Heidi’s class.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂