Portions of a whole.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Did you earn the Lovely Lattice Stamp Set and don’t know what to do with it? Well, use a portion of that huge stamp and not the whole thing. You can also use it as the main focal point, emboss it, stamp it, color it, etc. In this case I only used about a third of the stamp.

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 🙂

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 🙂

Creating heart cards.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today I will show you how to create two heart cards for Valentine’s Day. They can also be switched for a wedding or anniversary. The biggest tip I have for you is to make sure the clear cutting plates are not scratched up so the foil paper does not get marred while being run through the Big Shot.

If you would like to see how to create these please check out the Tufted Hearts Video at https://youtu.be/EtpLnhdBrT0.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Let the paper talk.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today is the day that I let the backgrounds speak for themselves. Sometimes I look at a piece of Designer Series Paper and say that is too busy. Instead look at how you can cut pieces out to make accents. It might be too busy as a whole but in pieces it could be beautiful. Or simply let the background speak for itself.

Sometimes the paper is busy enough to speak for itself. So when you look at the paper make sure to look at it as a whole, in pieces, or on its own.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

What to do when you are short on paper.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! While I am giving you instructions for this gorgeous card…remember this…I ran out of paper. Have you ever been in the middle of a project and been short? The thoughts go swimming through your head…”I thought I counted right”…”did the dog eat something”…”who used my good card stock to collage their notebook, again”. Sometimes it’s just simply that we miscounted.

But you still have to get that project done. Those Christmas cards are still waiting to be sealed. And now you are short. Well…here’s your solution…make panels. It doesn’t take as much card stock and you can use scraps instead of whole sheets. Now, before I get to the instructions, go make yourself a cup of tea and breathe. All the cards will go out.

Now that you are sitting a little more easy, let’s do this. First the picture and then the instructions.

  1. Cut thick very vanilla card stock to 11″X4 1/4″. Score at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side.
  2. Cut merry merlot card stock to 5 1/4″X4″. Glue to base with snail adhesive.
  3. Cut mossy meadow card stock to 5″X3 3/4″. Do not glue yet so ribbon can be placed.
  4. Cut galvanized paper to 4 3/4″ X 1″ (3 times). Run through big shot with tin embossing folder and then glue down to mossy meadow with snail adhesive.
  5. Cut merry merlot ribbon to about 4 1/2″. Take glue dots and tack ribbon down to galvanized paper and wrap around mossy meadow mat.
  6. Now glue the mats together with snail adhesive.
  7. Stamp sentiment (Another Wonderful Year used here) with merry merlot ink. Punch out with everyday label punch. Adhere with dimensionals.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Measure twice, cut once.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  I figured some of you might be trying to frantically finish your Christmas cards.  And I thought this might come in handy.

Size Chart

I know it’s not the typical Wacky Wednesday, but I thought it could be useful.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Let the dies do the talking.

It’s Tutorial Thursday!  Today I am letting the dies do the talking.  Sometimes there is a die that needs to stand on its own.  Here is the card and instructions will follow.

  1.  Cut thick whisper white card stock at 5 1/2″ on 11″ side.  Score at 4 1/4″ on 8 1/2″ side.
  2. Cut rich razzleberry at 5 1/4″ X 4″ for mat.  Glue with snail adhesive.
  3. Cut whisper white card stock at 5″ X 3 1/2″.  Place detailed lace edgelit dies on either side of whisper white.  Run through big shot twice to create lace edges.  Glue with snail adhesive to razzleberry mat.
  4. Cut 4 3/4″ X 1 1/4″ (width may vary depending on where you placed the dies) with petal promenade designer series paper.  Glue with snail adhesive to lace white mat.
  5. Place frosted epoxy droplets on corners.
  6. Take scrap piece of razzleberry and multipurpose adhesive sheet and run through big shot with thank you thinlits.  Peel off sticker sheet and glue in place.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Quilting with paper.

It’s Tutorial Thursday!  Since last night’s Live was about the sale and I didn’t create, I made something new this morning.  I “quilted” a card for you.  I used the Tailored Punch, Cookie Cutter Stamp Set with punch, and the Classic Label Punch.  Pick any Christmas paper (here I used the Dashing Along Designer Series Paper) and get punching.

I started in the middle and worked my way out.

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After covering the entire mat, I flipped it over and trimmed the excess with scissors.

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After trimming the excess I was left with a mat that looks like this.

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To finish the card and pull the color of the mat in, I stamped santa and the sentiment with Night of Navy ink.  Santa is popped up by dimensionals.  Everything else is glued by snail adhesive.  Don’t forget the metallic pearls to finish it off.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Cutting for effect.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  You can mask a project but sometimes the lines get blurred or just don’t come out as clean and crisp as you would like them.  Instead of trying to mask, just cut.  If you cut your card stock before stamping you are guaranteed a clean edge.  You will need a scrap of card stock to create a base to glue the two together again.  A ribbon takes care of the cut and creates a cohesive image.

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If you want to try this technique then come to Card Class!  I am taking RSVP’s for Saturday’s morning session (9-12) and the afternoon one (3-6) until Wednesday night.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂