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 🙂

Tear and Tape is for more than boxes.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!  You know that the Tear and Tape is great for sticking things together, especially 3-D items like boxes, bags, etc.  But, did you know, that it’s also great for embossing?  Yes, embossing.

  1. Take your piece of cardstock and rub the embossing buddy over it to remove static.  If you don’t have the buddy you can also use a used dryer sheet.
  2. Glue down your Tear and Tape.
  3. Peel the other side of the tape so it is sticky.
  4. Sprinkle your embossing powder of choice on to the tape.
  5. Heat with a heat gun until powder is melted.
  6. Enjoy.

Tip:  If the powder doesn’t stick fully or not enough sticks to the tape then heat the tape first.  The tape will need to be just warm to take on more powder, not melted.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to color on dark card stock.

Have you been wondering how to get a true color when coloring on dark card stock?  Well, here’s how and the full instructions for this card.

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  1. Cut Basic Gray Card Stock at 5 1/2″ on 11″ side.  Score at 4 1/4″.
  2. Cut Whisper White Card Stock at 5 1/4″ x 4″.
  3. Glue white paper to gray base with snail adhesive.
  4. Cut Basic Black Card Stock at 5 x 3 3/4″.  Stamp with Versamark the flower from Blended Seasons stamp set (available August 1).  Sprinkle with Pineapple Punch embossing powder and melt with heat gun.
  5. Color the entire image lightly with the white Watercolor Pencils.  Then color as desired.  Use the Blender Pen to smooth and float the color as desired.
  6. Finish with sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings stamped with Basic Gray Pad on Whisper White Card Stock.  Punch out with Classic Label Punch.  Adhere with Mini Dimensionals and embellish with the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Black on black.

I know most of us think in color.  But what about the same color?  What about black on black?  Try adding texture instead of tons of color or accents.  In this case clear embossing powder was added to increase texture.  What you get is a simple and elegant card.

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If you try this technique please post in a comment, on facebook, or email me photos.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Dies as embossing folders.

Did you know that your dies can also act as embossing folders?  You can get it to where they leave an image but don’t cut.  So that envelope can have a matching imprint to your cut card.  Here’s how:

Make your sandwich for embossing folders instead of dies.  Take out the adapter plate or go to the second tab.  Then under the envelope and die add the silicone mat which will provide enough cushion so the die won’t cut.  This can also be done on cardstock.

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So your sandwich will be from bottom to top…big shot, standard base with no adapter or on tab 2, cutting plate, silicone mat, envelope or cardstock, die of choice, and cutting plate.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Embossing on more than cards.

Embossing can be done on so much more than cards.  If you use a little bit of starch or hairspray you can emboss into fabric.  Today’s project is embossing into a bag.  With the border embossing folders it makes it easy to emboss almost anywhere.

So grab a bag and emboss away.

Here’s a couple of tips.

  1.  Make sure the folder is straight and down as far as it can go.  This prevents a line or a lack of print.
  2. Make sure to take the adapter plate out.  The big shot sandwich should be the base plate, cutting plate (clear), bag with embossing folder, and cutting plate on top.
  3. If the bag has cracks in it where it was embossed try putting the adapter plate back in and taking a cutting plate away.  You might need a few pieces of cardstock.  Every big shot is different.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Ballpoint pen embossing

You heard me correct.  Don’t go clean your glasses.  I said embossing with a ballpoint pen.  There is enough “juice” in a ballpoint pen to spread the embossing powder quickly and then use the heat gun.  So, for some that want our sayings to be different, you can do it now.  You just have to be pretty quick with getting that powder on the cardstock.  It’s the same technique as stamping but just use a pen.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂