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 🙂

Mastering the swipe.

It’s Tutorial Thursday!  The swipe is not a hard technique but it does take some practice.  If you push too hard you get too much ink or you could damage your pad.  If you push too lightly then you don’t have enough background and have to start over.  There is definitely a sweet spot.

So the first few that you do I would encourage you to do on a scrap piece of card stock.  It needs to be similar to your final product otherwise it will soak up the ink differently and your practice will be for nothing.  Here’s a photo of some finished cards.

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For the video on how to do this please go to Swipe Video (https://youtu.be/VFxKQka_HV4).

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sale Saturday: Snowflake Showcase

It’s Sale Saturday!  Here’s what’s new for us in the Stampin’ Up! world.

For this month only you can purchase from the Snowflake Showcase.  Here are the products in this showcase.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Masking with dies.

It’s Tutorial Thursday!  Dies can also be used to mask and create a background.  There is a little bit of finesse with it as you will see in the video when masking.  (You can’t forget that the die has been moved as you will cover what you just did.)  So here is the card I created with the new Snowflake Showcase available November 1.  (If you like this new product and want to be reminded as it becomes available please comment to let me know.)

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Here is the video on how to create this card…Snowflake Video (https://youtu.be/uq-KPp3TaYY).

And if you want to learn in real life it will be available during the next Card Class.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂