Protecting your foil.

It’s Technique Tuesday! I wanted to give you a tip on how to protect your foil paper from being marred when being run through the Big Shot.

Take a piece of waxed paper and stack on top of the foil paper. Then run through the Big Shot with a die, framelit, thinlit, or embossing folder. This will give another layer so your foil will not get scratched. (If your cutting or clear plates look like mine and are not so clear this will give a little protection.)

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

3D Stenciling

It’s Tutorial Thursday! The easiest way to create a 3D stencil is to grab your white or black (depends if the paper is light or dark), create a stencil with dies or punches, grab some ink, and a sponge. Sponge your neutral color first and then shift and sponge your color second. This will create a shadow effect for you.

If you prefer to watch the instructions here’s the link for the video…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbO5Dg_7Ly4.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Anything plastic can hold your stamps.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! In this case it is not a product being used in a way it is not intended but a lack of product. Imagine that you have gone on vacation and packed all your clothes, toothbrush, and a couple of projects to work on. You pull out your projects and get things in order. You stack your paper, glue, ink, stamps, and blocks. Blocks…where are the blocks? You have forgotten the blocks. (I don’t need to be on vacation to forget my blocks. I just need to travel.)

Don’t fret about not having your blocks. Grab anything plastic…the back of a remote for a TV, tupperware lid, anything plastic. Give a good rinse and then dry. Now you are ready to stamp.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Make a stencil with card stock.

It’s Technique Tuesday! I am going to encourage you to create a stencil today. No, they are not in the catalog any longer. They haven’t been for a few years except for the ones with the embossing paste. But they are easy to make.

Take a piece of card stock and punch (or die cut) a pattern out. To keep it in place while using it attach with washi tape. (Tip: so the washi doesn’t tear your card stock place on your clothing once or twice before attaching.)

To get a 3D effect stamp with craft white ink first. Use the heat gun to dry the ink. Take your stencil and place just offset of the white. Now use a different color to stencil. (A bright or dark color stands out the most from the white.)

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. If you want to see this technique in motion please join me for the Facebook Live on Wednesday evening at 7 pm.

A new YouTube channel.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! I figured since it was Valentine’s Day instead of giving you another project to do I would introduce you to a new YouTube channel. Now I have my channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTZYaEvaoc_I5-cQKvZuN5Q but there are many others.

So I figured I would introduce you to the Stampin’ Up! channel. This particular project is really cute and since it is Valentine’s Day I figured you could use a project with some gift wrapping. Give it a look…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-9ym4muIhk.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Heat tool for a motorcycle.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Did you know that you could use the heat tool to help nuts and bolts release? Blast the stuck part with the heat tool for about two minutes (don’t touch) and then unscrew. The heat will allow the bolt to be broken free much easier.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Zig zags.

It’s Technique Tuesday! When creating a zig zag card make sure your scores are going the opposite direction. So when you score the second line flip the card stock over first. That way you can bend the card stock opposite without cracking. By folding it opposite this will create the zig zag.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Spinning apes and how to create them.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Watch as I create a card with a spinning ape. You will want to cut a piece of card stock for a card base and score in the middle. Then you will cut mats of the same color that are light enough to stamp on at 5 1/4″ X 4″ and 5″ X 3 3/4″. The smaller mat you will cut with two circles. Make sure there is a 3/8″ gap between the center circle and the cut out so the pennies can slide in the gap. Stamp as wanted.

For the slider portion you will use two pennies and two dimensionals and create a sandwich. This will slide in to create your spinner portion.

For further instruction please watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsn8fwdx0do.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Rectangles at an angle.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today I want to talk to you about the Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies. When you put them in the Big Shot straight across they make a big clunky noise as they roll through the machine. Instead place them at an angle so they go through smoother and also tend to not bend as much.

If you do forget they will just clunk a bit. If they bend just run through at an angle to straighten them back out.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Created with the Meant To Be Bundle.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Here is a video on how to create this card.

Watch and find out how to create this card. https://youtu.be/fgMEzDj9rfg

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂