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 🙂

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 🙂

When to blend and when not to.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  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.  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.  The card on the right is stamped the same as the one on the left.  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.  If you have any questions please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sponge daubers are for more than backgrounds.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  Did you know that your Sponge Dauber can do more than ink edges and create big polka dots?  They can also create a gradient effect for your stamps.  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.  If you start with the dark then you can’t really see where you have placed your lighter ink.

Tip:  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 on the Facebook page to learn more about this technique as well as the baby wipe technique.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Coloring is for adults too.

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

New Techniques for the Stampin’ Blends

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

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂