No more kinks in your twine.

Have you ever unwound some of your twine to find all these kinks where it was folded?  What did you do to un-kink it?  Did you iron, soak, or lay out for days?  Here’s a tip for you.  Take a baby wipe and run the twine through it.  The moisture will take the kinks right out.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sponging three different ways.

I figured since the Paper Pumpkin has a picnic theme this month I would continue that theme with the basket weaving embossing folder.  So today’s technique is how to color this basket weave with a sponge.  You can also spritz, dip, paint, or bleach it.  But, for now, we sponge.

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The top color was done with a sponge using a streaking motion.  I pulled the color across the page.

The middle color was done with a dabbing motion.

The bottom color was done with a dabbing motion with a twist of the wrist.

Which is your favorite?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Wreath Card Tutorial

All right…drum roll please…here is the tutorial you have been waiting for.  It will be long but it will be worth it.  At the end of it all you will be able to create a wreath card with a single stamp and a sentiment.  Are you ready?  Let’s go!

  • Cut a piece of Thick Very Vanilla Cardstock in half (5 1/2 x 8 1/2″) and score at 4 1/4″.  This is your card base.
  • Cut a piece of Old Olive Cardstock to measure 5 x 3 3/4″.
  • Cut a piece of Merry Merlot Cardstock to measure 4 1/2 x 3 1/4″.
  • Cut a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock to measure 6 x 6″.
  • The Old Olive and Merry Merlot pieces are your mats.  You can glue to your card base now if you like.

 

  • Take your 6 x 6 piece and the largest square die from the Layering Squares Framelits.
  • Cut out a square in the middle and then a diamond.
  • Now place your square inside the template (after writing save and an arrow up) on the base of the Stamparatus.
  • Place your stamp on the square where you want it to stamp.  Press the hinged, clear plate on to the stamp to pull off the page.  Ink your stamp with Old Olive and stamp.20180710_074941_wm - Copy
  • Rotate your square either counter-clockwise or clockwise.  Whichever way you decide you need to be consistent with.20180710_075040_wm
  • Now place in the diamond template and rotate until all is filled.
  •  Take your sentiment and stamp in Merry Merlot with the Stamparatus.
  •  Place embellishments accordingly.  The faceted gems were used here.

    Here is the finished card.  Enjoy!20180710_075317_wm

If you prefer the video here is the link…Wreath Card Video

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Stamparatus fixes everything.

Well, that title might be a little over zealous but it does fix some stamping errors.  If you generally get the halos then this gives you permission to stamp lighter.  There is no fear of something not inking properly and not being able to go back.  With the Stamparatus you can always go back.

In this instance I didn’t use equal pressure and didn’t get the left side of the stamp inked the same as the right.

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And usually this would be the end of the story.  It’s time for a do over.  Toss it, flip it, and re-stamp.  But not this time.  I simply re-inked my stamp and pressed it again.  This time I made sure to press the left side.  Here is the result.

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If you would like to order a Stamparatus please contact me or use host code J92PTFKA to help Jodi earn FREE products!

Tune in tonight at 7 pm on Facebook Live to see how to create a wreath with a single stamp and this great tool.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using the Stamparatus to create a wreath.

Today’s technique is a tiny bit different.  I am using the Stamparatus to create a wreath, the ultimate in positioning.  Here’s how to do it in pictures and then explanation.

  1. Create a template using a 6×6 piece of cardstock.  Take the largest plain square from the Layering Squares Dies and cut a square from the middle.  Then place the square at a diagonal to create a diamond.
  2. Take your square that was cut out to become your accent piece.
  3. Place in square, not diamond.
  4. Stamp whatever you choose to create your wreath.
  5. Rotate the same direction each time.
  6. Stamp again.  Repeat on all 4 sides.
  7. Then begin on the diamond side.
  8. Rotate and stamp on all 4 sides of the diamond.
  9. You have a wreath or circle of whatever stamp you choose.

For the complete tutorial tune in on Thursday.  For the video tune in to the Live on Wednesday evening at 7 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S.  Credit goes to DOStamping for the original idea.

Tufted Card Tutorial

Here are the directions for the tufted card that was created this week.

  1. Cut a piece of thick white cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side.
  2. Cut a piece of gold foil paper at 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  3. Grab a piece of whisper white cardstock from the scrap pile.
  4. Take the gold foil paper and run through the Big Shot with the Tufted Embossing Folder.  Make sure to line up the paper with the line on the folder.  The front of the folder is where the words “Sizzix” are.
  5. Stamp the scrap piece of cardstock with Berry Burst.  The lace background is stamped off once to create a lighter color.  All stamps are from the host set called Very Vintage.  (If you would like this set please contact me to host.)
  6. Run the white scrap through the Big Shot with the label die from the Stitched Labels Framelits dies.  These coordinate with the Very Vintage stamp set.
  7. Use snail adhesive to attach the gold foil to the white base.  Use dimensionals to attach the sentiment to the gold foil.20180702_123543_wm.jpg

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Some tips for the tufted embossing folder.

I bet some of you are looking at the catalog and asking yourself how to line up the cardstock in the Tufted Embossing Folder so the image is not crooked.  There is a line to help with that and it works.  I took some pictures to help with this.  This sample is using the gold foil paper.

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Stay tuned on Thursday for the finished card with tutorial.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

 

When the ocean comes to the desert.

We can all hope that the beach is closer to us here in the desert, but it’s probably not going to happen.  I would love the sound of the waves, but not the crowds or price tag that comes with the beach.  So for today I will give you a tutorial on a card that looks like the beach without the cost.

Here are the written directions for the card…

  1. Cut a piece of Thick White Cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5 1/2″.
  2. Cut a piece of Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  3. Stamp the water with the wave from High Tide with Balmy Blue ink.
  4. Stamp the sand with the same stamp (after cleaning) with Sahara Sand ink.
  5. Stamp the birds both standing and flying with Sahara Sand ink.
  6. Stamp the sea grass with Soft Sea Foam ink.
  7. Stamp the sun and rays with Mango Melody and Grapefruit Grove inks.
  8. Stamp the words with Versamark ink, sprinkle Grapefruit Grove embossing powder, and heat with heat gun.

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If you would like to see the video please click here.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Coordinating embossing powder with a background.

It’s amazing how a background pops when there is an accent that coordinates.  In this case the Grapefruit Grove is subtly daubed on to the background.  The coordinating embossing powder ties it all together.

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Tune in tomorrow night at 7 pm for the Facebook Live on the Red Door Crafters’ Page.  I will be creating this card from start to finish.  And on Thursday I will provide the link as well as all written instructions.  Please plan on joining me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

An alternate to a kit.

Today’s card is a tiny bit different as it is a bit of a conglomeration of ideas.  First, I started with a colored base, a new color at that.  The color is called Granny Apple Green.  And then I cut it long ways instead of the “normal” way.  I then took a piece of white cardstock and stamped the corners with Bokeh Dots in Lemon Lime Twist.  Then I trimmed a piece of Designer Series Paper from the Broadway Bound Specialties Papers.  Last I took a piece of whisper white cardstock and stamped from the Paper Pumpkin stamp set with Granny Apple Green ink.  I topped it all off with a remnant from a banner from the Paper Pumpkin kit.

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If you prefer this with a video please use this link Paper Pumpkin Alternate Video.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂