The air is crisp.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! The air is starting to turn crisp in the mornings and evenings here. Fall is in the air. With autumn comes caramel apples and preparation for Halloween.

So for today’s creation I am making some cute spiders and a caramel apple pop cover.

To watch and learn how to create these cute treats please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tiERMlpbwI.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When a punch becomes a holder.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Sometimes you need a third hand. Use a punch upside down to help with it.

When the Snow Globe Shaker Dome is set upside down in the 2 1/2″ circle punch you can put glitter and sequins to fill the shaker without spilling. Then you pull the adhesive backing off and stick to the card base.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Add some metallic.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Sometimes what would have been a boring card can really be spruced up by adding some metallic, shiny, or foil paper. This card looked rather dull until the Noble Peacock Foil Sheet was added.

If you would like to create this card then come to class this week.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Washi tape card.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! It’s time to create a quick washi tape card with a floral pansy.

Take your card base and cut a mat (Feels Like Frost Specialty 6X6 Designer Series Paper used here) to 5″ X 3 3/4″. Then take the same color as your card base (Whisper White used here) and cut an additional mat to 4 1/2″ X 3 1/4″. Stick the washi tape on the white card stock in a pattern of your choice. (Tip: Make sure to leave at least 1/4″ of washi tape to tuck under the back side of the card stock.)

To see how the flower was done and the card was completed please go to the video at https://youtu.be/RmTjYuzCw-c.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using a bone folder to straighten things out.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Today we are using the bone folder to straighten things out instead of create greater creases. The bone folder can get the kinks out of ribbon or twine easily for you.

Simply hold the ribbon or twine against the edge of the bone folder much like you would a pair of scissors when curling a curling ribbon for a package.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Washi for a quick card.

It’s Technique Tuesday! When all else fails and you need a super quick card use washi tape. Some quick borders and a flower accent and you have a card. To see this being created please join me on Wednesday evening at 7 pm for my Live.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using only part of the die.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today I will show you how to use part of the die to create a unique background or mat. With this you will also need a piece of Designer Series Paper.

To start, you will need your card base. Then have a mat cut no larger than 5″ X 3 3/4″. This mat needs to be out of Designer Series Paper or some form of pattern. If you don’t want a pattern then you can stamp on card stock to create a background or run through an embossing folder to get a bunch of texture. After you choose your patterned paper you can glue it down.

Then you will get plain card stock that coordinates in color. You will want to trim it about a quarter of an inch larger than your mat. In this case I took the Rectangle Stitched Framelits and placed on the edge to create a separated mat. You can use any larger die that has an edge to it. Tip: You might want to pick a die with stitching or some kind of built in texture to add interest.

Then, lastly, you will add some embellishments, gems, and the sentiment.

To view this on video please go to https://youtu.be/4Aqa93Y03y4.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Adding layers without adding weight.

It’s Technique Tuesday! With the holiday season barreling at an alarming rate towards us I want to share a technique or tip with you. Don’t add weight to your cards with more paper, instead add layers with ink. Use your Sponge Brayer to add texture.

For this final layer to my card I used Pacific Point and Old Olive ink pads and a sponge brayer. You will probably need to practice first on a scrap paper as there is a sweet spot on the brayer so you don’t get lines you don’t want.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sometimes the paper takes the cake.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Sometimes the Designer Series Paper needs to just take the focus. In this case the paper from the Frosted Suite takes the cake. This card is created very simply from the stamps and dies from this suite. Add a touch of vellum and you have a winner.

To watch the video please go to https://youtu.be/LKKQxrZBa4k.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Ink with embossing folders.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today is the day that we use our stamp pads in a totally different way. Take your ink pad and open it just like you would when you are stamping. Then apply ink to your embossing folder. Pay attention to what side you are inking. If you want the ink on the raised side then you will place the ink on the side of the folder that has the logo. Lay your card stock in the embossing folder and run through your die-cutting machine just like always.

The one on the left is very vanilla card stock with early espresso ink. The one on the right is early espresso card stock with white ink.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂