Using Wink of Stella to watercolor.

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

Today I am pulling out the Wink of Stella and using it to watercolor. So grab a Whisper White, Watercolor Paper, or Shimmery White mat. Mine is cut to 5″ X 3 3/4″. Choose your favorite color and stamp an image with our Classic Ink Pads. Yes, they will smear. That is the point.

Now take your Wink of Stella pen and squeeze to get it going. You will want to squeeze until it is about to drip. If it drips then you have extra and don’t have to squeeze next time. Now just barely touch the stamped images and you will get to float the ink where you want.

On the card on the left I just did the border of the image. On the right I filled only a select few flowers. Which do you like better?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Creating a sepia tone.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Here’s a quick way to create a sepia tone with your stamped images.

  • Get a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock and stamp an image with Soft Suede Ink.
  • Then ink a clear block with Soft Suede Ink and Crumb Cake Ink.
  • Grab your Aqua Painter and begin with Soft Suede first. This is your darker color and should be used for where a shadow or a darker spot would appear.
  • Then “paint” with the Crumb Cake to fill in the rest of the paper and image.
  • For added effect, once the paper is dry, you can fill in accent points with the Chalk Marker.

Enjoy and post your finished creations on my page so we can all get new ideas. (http://facebook.com/StampingWithJoni).

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How many licks?

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

Do you remember the Tootsie Roll commercial with the owl and the kid? And the question is asked how many licks does it take to get to the center of the tootsie roll pop. Did anyone ever figure it out? That’s not the point, I promise.

My point is this…if you don’t want to lick an envelope because it tastes bad or you don’t want a paper cut or you don’t want to spread your germs, use your aqua painter. Fill your aqua painter with water and use to moisten the flaps of envelopes.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Drips can be art.

It’s Technique Tuesday! By now many of you are probably thinking my closet is clean, I’ve dusted, and finished my pile on my desk…now what? So I thought I would give you something new and easy that even the kids could do.

So grab a piece of white card stock, shimmery white card stock, or watercolor paper. If you don’t have a big one then grab scraps and create a mosaic background afterwards. Then you will need an aqua painter. If you don’t have one then grab a cup of water and a paintbrush. An eye dropper will work too. You will then need some ink pads. Stamp some ink on a clear block. If you don’t have blocks a piece of waxed paper will work in a pinch. Then grab your aqua painter or paintbrush. Drop a few drops of water on the block with ink. Give it a swirl and begin dripping inked water on to your card stock. Let dry to create your background.

If you would like to create this with me grab your favorite words and a big punch to go along with this. You will also need a card base and maybe a mat if you are cutting up your drip background. You have until tomorrow night to get it together. Join me on the Live at 7 pm on Wednesday to create with me. http://facebook.com/StampingWithJoni

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Lids are palettes.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Do you find yourself having to get up to get a plate or dish to watercolor? Well don’t any longer. Use the lid of your ink pad instead and drop ink from the re-inker. (Just remember to wipe it out when you are done with a paper towel or wipe.)

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Wintery watercolor with a hint of glitter.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today I am creating an elegant, almost all white Christmas card for you. I start with a Thick Whisper White Card Base. Then I cut a mat out of the Watercolor Paper and a reindeer from the dies in Whisper White Card Stock. I use the Aqua Painter to create the watercolor wash and then add a bit of glitz to it with the Wink of Stella. I also wash the deer in Wink of Stella. And then, the final touch, is to add some of the Frosted Epoxy Drops.

If you would like to watch the creation on video please go to https://youtu.be/rmHlgFbPnig.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to get a vintage look.

It’s Technique Tuesday! There is an easy way to get a whitewash vintage look. Grab your white craft ink refill, an aqua painter, and a silicone mat. If you don’t have a silicone mat then grab a piece of waxed paper. Basically you want something to create a palette without the ink soaking into it.

Place about 5 drops of ink on your mat. Fill the aqua painter with water. Then proceed to whitewash your stamped image. You will want to stamp with the memento ink so as to not smear. Let dry between layers so the paper does not start to break down.

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 🙂

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 🙂

Using blocks to color.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! With the new ink pads there are quite a few things you can’t do that you used to be able to. You can’t dip your blender pen in the ink directly. The lid doesn’t bend to get ink in it and watercolor. And you can’t run your card stock in it to ink the edges.

Instead you need to grab a sponge or dauber to get your edges. And in order to watercolor or use a blender pen you need a clear block. Yes, a clear block.

Grab a clear block and dip it in an ink pad. Then use the ink on the block with the blender pen or aqua painter. You have created a flat art palette of sorts.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂