Vellum in disguise.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Have you ever used paper to disguise something? I know we often use embellishments to disguise our goofs when leaving a smudge or fingerprint on our paper. But how about using paper to cover?

In this case I am talking about vellum. When a piece of Designer Series Paper is too bright then use a piece of vellum as an overlay. When a piece is too dark use a piece of vellum as an overlay. When you want accents on a card that aren’t the main focus use vellum. Just remember if you use a stylus to have a light touch. And if you use a heat tool to emboss move it away an additional inch or so and keep it moving more. Vellum scorches and warps much easier.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Less than two weeks for the BOGO sale!

It’s Sale Saturday! Today I want to remind you that there are less than two weeks left for the BOGO sale. If you need more details or a copy of the list please contact me.

If you would like to place an order online please use host code DFH94G2C through Monday evening. If you prefer to order in person please contact me.

Remember that this current Annual Catalog and Occasions Catalog end on June 3. Don’t wait too much longer to finish your wish list.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When old meets new.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today I am starting to talk about Father’s Day. There are some great sets with some truly meaningful sayings that are so appropriate for this occasion. So today’s card is created with A Good Man and Geared Up Garage.

Here is the video on how to create the card and much more of what is going on. https://youtu.be/03C25T_t-vU

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using an aqua painter to glue.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Do you know that the Aqua Painter can be used to glue product together? Yes, the Aqua Painter. No, I have not lost it (more than any other day).

Take the Aqua Painter and make sure it is rinsed and cleaned fully. Then fill with water. As you are finishing that stack of cards to go out in the mail use the Aqua Painter to glue or stick the envelope flap to the envelope. No more paper cut on your lip or that yucky taste from the envelope glue.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using both sides of the paper.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today I want to share a little tip with you. Most of our Designer Series Paper is double-sided. So use both sides. If you don’t have coordinating ribbon then use the opposite side of the paper to coordinate.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Coloring to coordinate the ribbon.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! This is the day we don’t have inky fingers. Yes, that’s right. No inky fingers.

So here is what you do. To color a ribbon you grab any shade of Stampin’ Blends (alcohol marker) that you want and color away. You will need to color a bit beyond where you want to finish so you don’t have any lighter spots or bleed. Let dry about a minute and you are ready to tie your bow.

At the same time you can grab your Craft Whisper White Pad and only ink the area of the pad you will need to stamp. Don’t waste the ink making the entire pad juicy. Then stamp after taking the static out of the card stock. Shortly after stamping you will want to cover with your chosen embossing powder (clear is used here). The last step is to take your heat tool and melt the powder until it becomes smooth and no longer has an individual crystal look to it.

Here is the video if you would like to watch how to create these cards.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Where adhesive becomes easier.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Did you ever hear of someone complaining that the adhesive was too sticky? I have and I did. When ordering the Big Shot dies I would often say that the adhesive holding the set together was too sticky. I would bend the die in an attempt to get it off the paper so I could use it.

Well, our request has been answered. The new dies have an adhesive holding the set together that is easier to peel off.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to color a ribbon with no fingerprints.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Have you ever needed a coordinating ribbon for your card or project and forgotten to order it? My favorite is when I need 14 inches and have 8. It seems to always happen. Instead of complaining or putting that project on hold color your ribbon. Yes, color it!

Take your metallic-edged ribbon (gold or silver) and color it! Grab your Stampin’ Blends and get to coloring. Do not grab your regular Stampin’ Write Markers as they will leave your fingers inky. After coloring with the Blends leave for a minute or so to dry. Then tie your bow and attach to your project.

(Tip: Make sure to color a little beyond where you need to cut so you don’t have an unfinished edge.)

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When pencils are paintbrushes and aqua painters become ink pads.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! I’m sure you are reading this headline and wondering if I am stuck on Wacky Wednesday. To answer your question…nope. I know what I am doing. Trust me on this one.

So today I am asking you to shake up your shimmer paint and dip your pencil in the lid to get those flower centers. To get the purple centers I lightly dipped my stylus into my ink pad. Remember the word lightly, please.

I also took an aqua painter filled 3/4 of the way with rubbing alcohol and dripped about 8 drops of shimmer paint into the barrel. I capped it tightly and gently shook the pen until all was mixed. I uncapped away from my card stock and then squeezed the barrel until I had my wet shimmer paint coming out. I then brushed it on to the stamp (Floral Essence, out on June 4) and stamped away to create my background.

Remember to cut almost double the ribbon you need with the copper trim so you can stretch it to make it look like a net.

Here’s the cards…

For the video please go to https://youtu.be/UVMQJTX2pmw.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When a pencil becomes a paintbrush.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Today we are using a #2 pencil for a paintbrush. Don’t grab a mechanical one. You need a regular pencil that you can sharpen.

So gather your pencil, shimmer paint, and some kind of stamped flower. For this I used a pencil, copper shimmer paint, and the new Floral Essence stamp set to be released with the new catalog. I stamped the flower in Gorgeous Grape ink and then proceeded to add my center.

For the center I shook the copper shimmer paint with the lid on. I then unscrewed the lid and used the lid as my palette. I dipped the pencil into the lid of the paint and proceeded to dab each center point on the flower.

It’s the perfect size and gives just the right amount of paint. So grab your pencils to paint!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂