Take the negative.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! If you don’t like how something looks in color go to black and white. And if you still don’t like it then go the opposite or the negative. Instead of stamping the bees in black I stamp them in white and emboss on a dark paper.

So when you think it doesn’t look right go the opposite.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Two cards today.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today we are creating two cards, not just one.

Here are the instructions for the top card that has the Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder for a background.

  1. Cut Thick Whisper White Card Stock to 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″. Score on the 8 1/2″ side at 4 1/4″.
  2. Attach Pretty Peacock mat cut to 5 1/4″ X 4″ with Snail Adhesive to the card base.
  3. Take Petal Pink mat cut to 5″ X 3 3/4″ and Parisian Fourish 3D Embossing Folder. Stamp Pretty Peacock Ink directly to embossing folder. Set mat on inked side of the folder and run through Die Cutting Machine.
  4. Take Pretty Peacock 1/2″ Scalloped Linen Ribbon and Glue Dots to adhere to mat.
  5. Stamp sentiment from Peaceful Moments Stamp Set in Pretty Peacock Ink on to Petal Pink scrap of card stock. Punch out with Classic Label Punch.
  6. Take scrap of Pretty Peacock Card Stock and run the outline of the poppy from the dies twice. This becomes your background for the sentiment.
  7. Attach Dimensionals to the back of the Posies. Make sure that the Dimensionals are positioned to adhere to the paper and not the ribbon. Attach side by side to create a background.
  8. Then attach sentiment with Snail Adhesive or Glue Dots.
  9. Last, but not least, attach Champagne Rhinestones to the sentiment.

And here are the instructions for the Thank You card.

  1. Cut Thick Whisper White Card Stock to 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″. Score on the 8 1/2″ side at 4 1/4″.
  2. Cut Early Espresso mat to 5 1/4″ X 4″ and adhere to card base with Snail Adhesive.
  3. Take Night of Navy mat and place on scrap mat or grid paper. Rub the Embossing Buddy over the entire mat. Stamp sentiment and posies in Versamark Ink. Quickly cover with Gold Embossing Powder. Then heat with Heat Tool until all powder melts.
  4. Cut gold ribbon to about 5″ long. Attach to navy mat with Glue Dots.
  5. Cut another piece of gold ribbon for bottom of bow. Attach with Glue Dots. Continue to cut strips and create loops for bow by attaching with Glue Dots. Cut a little piece of gold ribbon to go around the middle of the loops to finish the bow. Attach all with Glue Dots.

If you would like to see the full tutorial video please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKPyEe4frKk.

Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Embossing without stray dots.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today’s topic is how to emboss without stray dots.

You will want to get an Embossing Buddy or in a pinch you can use a used dryer sheet. Please make sure it is used. If it is new it will leave too much residue on your card stock.

Rub your Embossing Buddy on your card stock you want to emboss on. Then stamp with Versamark and quickly sprinkle with your embossing powder of choice. Use your Heat Tool to melt the powder to emboss.

The Painted Poppies Stamp Set was used to create this embossed border. For full directions, video, etc. please join me for my Live tomorrow at NOON!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Add some metallic.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Sometimes what would have been a boring card can really be spruced up by adding some metallic, shiny, or foil paper. This card looked rather dull until the Noble Peacock Foil Sheet was added.

If you would like to create this card then come to class this week.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Steam punk card.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today is the day we take an alternative look to embossing. For this project you will want to have multiple colors of embossing powders and/or papers. The silver foil paper, copper embossing powder, and clear embossing powder were used.

For a video on how this is done please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R2dJF-AHO8.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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 🙂

How to use a stamp you don’t like.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today’s technique is to create with a stamp you don’t like. If you don’t like how a stamp looks inked then try embossing or coloring it in. I liked the stamp from Paper Pumpkin but I wanted a different look after creating a dozen cards pretty much the same way. So I decided to emboss instead of using the ink pad. Make sure to look at things sideways and upside down to get the most out of your products.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Embossing with vellum.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today we are embossing with vellum. Vellum is a very delicate specialty paper that cracks easily. Usually it can be put through the Big Shot in an Embossing Folder. Some of the 3D Embossing Folders are a little deep and may cause cracking. If this is the case add a piece of waxed paper or copy (printer) paper between the folder and the piece of specialty paper.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to make all the paper pretty.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today I have a video on how to make even the Designer Series Papers you don’t particularly care for better. We all have that one sheet or pattern that is just not a favorite. So stamp over it. Emboss over it. Make it your own.

Here is the video link on how this is done…https://youtu.be/ln_85b190P8.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to emboss on vellum.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  It is not impossible to emboss on vellum, but you do have to be careful.  You might be tempted to use the low setting on your heat tool and instead you need to use the high.  The low will not melt the crystals properly.  Instead use the high setting and keep moving the heat tool in order to not burn the paper.  If it starts to curl then you need to move the heat.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂