Using dies to overlay.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today is the day we learn about dies or punches closing a card. You can use an accent piece to overlay on a cad or project to make it appear to close.

In this case I used a gatefold card and then used glittery bats to close it.

For the card you will need to cut your base with a Paper Trimmer to 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″. On the 8 1/2″ side score at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″ to form the folds. The Designer Series Paper panels are cut at 5″ X 3 3/4″ with borders cut at 1″ X 3 3/4″. The white inset is cut at 4 3/4″ X 3 1/2″. For the front side panels cut the Designer Series Paper to 1 3/4″ X 5 1/4″.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Playing with shapes.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today we are talking about creating more with the same product. For these samples the Stitched Shapes Dies, Layering Oval Dies, and the Stitched Rectangle Dies were used.

I took a shape and cut four sizes. Then each of the shapes I cut in half to create the pattern. The base shapes I adhered with Stampin’ Seal. The sentiment was done with Dimensionals.

For complete instructions please go to https://youtu.be/rmCGgHzt_0c.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Pieces and parts make a whole.

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

Sometimes you have to cut up a large stamp into pieces and then re-create it. I am calling this my eclectic picasso sunflower.

It’s also another way to show off the new In Colors!

Have you ever created something similar?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using dies as the centerpiece.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today we are talking about letting the paper and dies shine through. Stamping doesn’t always have to be the center of attention, right?

So today I am taking the Perfect Parcels Dies and picking that one detailed border die that I seem to never use. It was always too short or too wide or just never seemed to fit, until today. I finally figured out to just use it as the accent piece or focus. I simply cut it out, embossed the outer mat, and then glued it back in.

To find out more please join me for tomorrow night’s Facebook Live.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Punches and buckles.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today we are creating a decorative border with a punch (you can also use a die) as well as a modified buckle card.

For the card with the punched border. Grab a card base and punch or die cut your border. After stamp your images or sentiments and you are done. So simple, right?

For the modified buckle card…take a card base and a mat. Cut a hole in the mat to create a slot. Take a piece of card stock a little more narrow than the hole created. Cut at least an inch too long and score where it becomes extra. Fold over and this gets tucked under to become your hinge. I lined the inside of my card to hide the hinge.

For a full video on these cards and updates on upcoming events please go to https://youtu.be/RSBP-D2Uk98.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using a die for a border.

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

Have you created a card and it just doesn’t speak to you? It’s got the same shape…square…and it just screams bbbbooooooorrrrrriiiiinnnnnngggg. Then use a die to shape the edges and create a border of sorts. The negative image of the die can create an ocean feel or simply provide some much needed texture.

If you would like to see this in action please join me tonight for the Facebook Live at 7 pm. If you are not a part of my page here is the link…http://facebook.com/StampingWithJoni.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Split those dies.

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

Do you ever get a die that you simply think is too big? Do you wish they had made it half the size? Then split it. You heard me. Cut it right down the middle.

Take your Paper Trimmer and cut away. Not only does it make the die look different, but now you can create two cards easily.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Color the darker part on the bottom.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Have you tried the Stampin’ Blends? These are our alcohol-based markers.

For today’s project I colored the sunflower with the light and dark of the Daffodil Delight as well as the Soft Suede. When coloring the center I had the outer ring a bit lighter and the center a touch darker. For the flower I had the base of the petal darker and the tips lighter.

What do you think? Do you like the coloring or do you lean more towards the watercolor pencils?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

File folder from a purse.

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

Did you know that you can get a file folder from the All Dressed Up Dies? When you cut out the purse you get a tabbed folder from the remnants.

Just take a snips or scissors and cut the little bit off.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to stretch or shrink a die.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Have you ever ordered a die and had it not line up with the words that you wanted to use? Do you wish that it is a little narrower, longer, or shorter? Well, let’s learn how to stretch or shrink those dies, shall we?

When you are running dies through the machine I tell you to have your platform and cutting plates even so the pressure is distributed across everything the same. Well, in this case I am going to tell you to keep the bottom platform and cutting plate even, but not the top one. Figure out where you want the die to stop cutting and put the end of your plate there. It will pop when that plate finishes going through so you will know it has stopped cutting. Then turn everything around and “connect” the die so it stops cutting on the side you just cut. This will finish the image for you.

Make sure to check out the video on this technique at https://youtu.be/I3hx5m9HW-4.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂