Starting off the paper.

It’s Technique Tuesday! When you are coloring start off the edge of the paper. This allows you to not have a dot or starting point. With the daubers it is especially important to not start on the page.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s almost spring!

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Here in the Studio it’s all about Spring!

Today’s feature is the Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper! It is gorgeous, colored or not. I am featuring two cards today. Please leave in the comments which one you like best.

For the card on the left you will need…

  • Thick Whisper White Card Stock cut to 4 1/4″ X 11″. It is scored on the 11″ side at 5 1/2″.
  • Rococo Rose Card Stock cut at 5 1/4″ X 4″. Attach to the card base with Snail Adhesive. Tip: Cut out the oval before attaching.
  • Cut the Foils paper at 5″ X 3 3/4″. Use a Sponge Brayer to color the background. Attach with Snail Adhesive.
  • Cut out oval with Stitched Shapes Framelits and then emboss with Subtles Embossing Folder. Attach with Dimensionals.
  • Cut out with Snips the flower from the foil paper. Color with Sponge Dauber with Pear Pizzazz, Rococo Rose, and Crushed Curry. Attach with Dimensionals.
  • Happy Easter is stamped inside with the Welcome Easter Stamp Set.

For the card on the right you will need…

  • Thick Whisper White Card Stock cut to 4 1/4″ X 11″. It is scored on the 11″ side at 5 1/2″.
  • Rococo Rose Card Stock cut at 5 1/4″ X 4″. Attach to the card base with Snail Adhesive.
  • Cut the Peacock Foils paper at 5″ X 3 3/4″. Run through Heirloom Frames Embossing Folder. Attach with Snail Adhesive.
  • Cut out with Snips the flower from the foil paper. Color with Sponge Dauber with Pear Pizzazz, Rococo Rose, and Crushed Curry. Attach with Dimensionals.
  • Happy Easter is stamped inside with the Welcome Easter Stamp Set.

For the full video on how to create these cards please go to https://youtu.be/ViW4ajQ1EZA.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni ๐Ÿ™‚

Coloring to coordinate the ribbon.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! This is the day we don’t have inky fingers. Yes, that’s right. No inky fingers.

So here is what you do. To color a ribbon you grab any shade of Stampin’ Blends (alcohol marker) that you want and color away. You will need to color a bit beyond where you want to finish so you don’t have any lighter spots or bleed. Let dry about a minute and you are ready to tie your bow.

At the same time you can grab your Craft Whisper White Pad and only ink the area of the pad you will need to stamp. Don’t waste the ink making the entire pad juicy. Then stamp after taking the static out of the card stock. Shortly after stamping you will want to cover with your chosen embossing powder (clear is used here). The last step is to take your heat tool and melt the powder until it becomes smooth and no longer has an individual crystal look to it.

Here is the video if you would like to watch how to create these cards.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni ๐Ÿ™‚

Coloring those butterflies.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today I am going to show you an easy way to color the butterflies.

  • Stamp the butterflies with Memento ink.
  • Take a sponge dauber and make circles by going straight down. (I used Smoky Slate and Rich Razzleberry.) Do not blend or swirl.
  • Punch and enjoy.

Here is the finished product.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni ๐Ÿ™‚

When to blend and when not to.

It’s Technique Tuesday!ย  Today we are going to talk about when to blend and when not to and what tools to do so.

When you are trying to color you want to think in opposites.

The staz-on ink is alcohol-based so you want to use this permanent ink when coloring with the stampin’ write markers which are water-based.

The memento ink is more of a permanent water-based ink that you would use with the stampin’ blends or alcohol-based markers.

If you want a smeared look, or in this case the color to float through the image, then you can use a blender pen, aqua painter, or wink of stella with the classic ink pads.ย  This allows the ink to float or smear and give the appearance of a water color without adding much water or liquid to the page.ย  The card on the right is stamped the same as the one on the left.ย  I used night of navy classic ink pad to stamp the image and then used the wink of stella to float the color.

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I hope this guide helps you to know which ink to use when.ย  If you have any questions please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni ๐Ÿ™‚

Sponge daubers are for more than backgrounds.

It’s Technique Tuesday!ย  Did you know that your Sponge Dauber can do more than ink edges and create big polka dots?ย  They can also create a gradient effect for your stamps.ย  Here is what you need plus a clear block.

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When placing or sponging the ink on to your stamp start with the lightest color first.ย  If you start with the dark then you can’t really see where you have placed your lighter ink.

Tip:ย  make sure to breathe or huff on your stamp after sponging to bring the ink back to life before stamping.

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Tune in tomorrow night at 7 pm onย the Facebook pageย to learn more about this technique as well as the baby wipe technique.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni ๐Ÿ™‚

Coloring is for adults too.

In case you haven’t heard…coloring is not just for kids, it’s for adults too.ย  And our new Stampin’ Blends do a great job.ย  Not only do they color on cardstock and on rhinestones as displayed a few weeks ago.ย  But they also go over existing color.ย  So if you bought the wrong color family of embellishments you can fix that.ย  Here’s a pack of the enamel shapes being colored from yellow to red.

Be looking for the finished card on Thursday’s blog post.

Remember to use all of your tools to make the most of the supplies you have.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni ๐Ÿ™‚

New Techniques for the Stampin’ Blends

I have learned a bunch by watching this video.ย  It’s a great way to get a jump start on coloring with the Stampin’ Blends.ย  So I’ll make this short and sweet…go watch!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni ๐Ÿ™‚