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 🙂

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 🙂

Label and sunflower cards.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today we are creating two cards. One is something you can create right at home. The other is showcasing new products from the new annual catalog. So, let’s begin.

The label card is a bit different in that it takes the everyday label punch and creates a background instead of just an accent.

For the second card I use the new Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle. The coordinating dies just make this card pop so easily. These will be available for you on June 3. So put it on your wish list. It’s only on page 13 so make sure you leave room for more.

For complete instructions and the video please go to https://youtu.be/LNRr3_tY_0Q.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Bits and pieces to make a whole.

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

Have you ever had one piece from a punch or die set that is too small or just doesn’t seem to fit? Then use it to create a background. Make sure to go off the page and trim afterwards so it looks like they belong.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When tags become backgrounds.

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

Do you ever wish you could have one of those elegant backgrounds for your cards? You probably already have it and you don’t even know it. Take a tag, label, die, or framelit and cut it several times to create your background. Then glue in a random pattern to create a backdrop worth having.

To see more about this technique please join me tonight on my Live at 7 pm to see how this is done.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Creating a background with punches.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today is the day we cut out a bunch of dies or punches to create a background.

I took the focal point of the card which will eventually be a snowman and created an entire background with that in mind. I punched about six from the snowman builder punch. Then I adhered them randomly to create a scattered background.

You can do this with almost any die or punch to create a background.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to offset the same paper.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today I want to ask you have you ever really liked a certain color or pattern of paper? You want to use it all the time but it often gives your card or project all the same look. Nothing seems to stand out. Well, then offset it.

Take your background and your accent piece that are from the same collection of paper. Then punch a neutral background accent so there is something to set certain parts of the card out.

See how the green makes the patterned paper pop out much more?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Making sure your paper is dry.

It’s Technique Tuesday! On Saturday for the Anniversary Party we dropped ink on watercolor paper, let it dry, and punched out a shape for the card. If you are punching out your shape after you watercolor (instead of before) make sure that the paper is really dry. If it is still damp then the punch won’t cut as sharp and you will have fuzzy edges.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂