Clear envelopes for more than just cards.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Have you ordered the clear envelopes before? Do you use them to protect your cards? That is what they were intended for. But they can also be used to organize and keep small pieces. It can also be used as a bag to hold ink. Clip the corner off and drip ink to create a background. In a pinch an envelope can also be used as somewhat of a glove to protect from ink.

How do you use the clear envelopes?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When ink pads are used with no stamps.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  Did you know you could use your ink pads without any stamps?  They create great backgrounds.  Just place your ink pad on your card stock and swipe across the page.  Depending on how deep a color is how much pressure you use.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Making leaves into flowers.

It’s Tutorial Thursday!  I know that you can figure out how to create a leaf background by randomly stamping leaves all over your card stock.  So here are some other ideas to create with that same leaf stamp.  I made a sunflower and a layered poinsettia.

To view the video on how to create these please go to Leaves into Flowers Video (https://youtu.be/dAOSFimaD-o).

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Shimmer paint as more than paint.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended.  Did you know that the new shimmer paint in the Holiday Catalog can also be used to create a misty background?  Just grab your stampin’ spritzer and fill 3/4 of the way with rubbing alcohol as it dries faster than water.  (You can also use water.)  Then drop in the shimmer paint until the desired color shade is reached.  You can also mix this with ink from your refill bottles as well.  Now you can create a shimmery background with minimal effort.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Brayer to create a background.

Using the sponge brayer can be rather tricky.  I have had some say that they don’t like the lines it produces.  Well, today I am using those lines in my favor to create a background.  First, I took Pineapple Punch and rolled the entire strip.  Then it was Mango Melody and finally Poppy Parade.

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If you prefer the lines a little softer then just use your spritzer and add water.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Different sized punches for a background.

You can grab a few of the same shaped punches or dies to create a background.  Just make sure to have varied sizes.  In this case I used circle punches.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Simple details to complete a card.

It’s amazing to me how a different color of cardstock or a different pattern of designer series paper can make a card look so different.  Paper can make a card or project appear masculine, feminine, or somewhere in between.  So before you throw away that project that just doesn’t seem to want to come together try a different background, mat, or color.

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Look how different each card looks.  It’s basically the same layout with just a different background.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Putting texture on texture.

Sometimes even the most beautiful paper needs a boost.  I dropped about a dozen drops of Grapefruit Grove ink in the spritzer and filled the rest with water.  I then took a box so my whole craft room didn’t have ink on it.  I placed the piece of wood textured paper in the box and then spritzed away.

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There’s not much difference except that there is now an under tone of that pinkish orange color on the right.  This will give a bit of richness to the card when finished and help it to coordinate nicely.

Stay tuned on the Live Wednesday at 7 pm for more techniques like this.

For the complete tutorial check back here on Thursday.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Pieces to make a whole.

Sometimes pieces can make a great whole.  In this case squares and some gold dots become a great background.  Without these gold dots the background looks fairly plain.

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Remember that the details matter.  Remember that even though you might be thinking you are only making a small impact it is probably bigger than you think.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Big stamps for little things.

Sometimes the largest stamps can be used for small things.  In this case the stamp set Definitely Dahlia is used to create a background.  Not only can the little stamps be used to create a patterned background but the big ones can too.  This flower is one that will test your ink pads to guarantee that they are inked properly.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S.  Remember to get your re-inkers for your retiring in colors ASAP!