Portions of a whole.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Did you earn the Lovely Lattice Stamp Set and don’t know what to do with it? Well, use a portion of that huge stamp and not the whole thing. You can also use it as the main focal point, emboss it, stamp it, color it, etc. In this case I only used about a third of the stamp.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Hearts are for clovers.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Did you know that the Be Mine Stamps and Dies can be used to create clovers for St. Paddy’s Day? Hearts can easily be turned around to create a clover. Stay tuned tomorrow night at 7 pm on Facebook Live as I create a shamrock card for this special day.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Thicker is better for puzzle pieces.

It’s Technique Tuesday! When you are cutting out the puzzle dies the thick card stock tends to work a little better. It allows for the pieces to actually fit together and not just lay next to each other. If you are trying to color the pieces then you will want the white instead of vanilla. The vanilla has a yellow undertone when laying color over top. If you want a vintage feel then you will want the vanilla.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Protecting your foil.

It’s Technique Tuesday! I wanted to give you a tip on how to protect your foil paper from being marred when being run through the Big Shot.

Take a piece of waxed paper and stack on top of the foil paper. Then run through the Big Shot with a die, framelit, thinlit, or embossing folder. This will give another layer so your foil will not get scratched. (If your cutting or clear plates look like mine and are not so clear this will give a little protection.)

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Make a stencil with card stock.

It’s Technique Tuesday! I am going to encourage you to create a stencil today. No, they are not in the catalog any longer. They haven’t been for a few years except for the ones with the embossing paste. But they are easy to make.

Take a piece of card stock and punch (or die cut) a pattern out. To keep it in place while using it attach with washi tape. (Tip: so the washi doesn’t tear your card stock place on your clothing once or twice before attaching.)

To get a 3D effect stamp with craft white ink first. Use the heat gun to dry the ink. Take your stencil and place just offset of the white. Now use a different color to stencil. (A bright or dark color stands out the most from the white.)

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. If you want to see this technique in motion please join me for the Facebook Live on Wednesday evening at 7 pm.

Zig zags.

It’s Technique Tuesday! When creating a zig zag card make sure your scores are going the opposite direction. So when you score the second line flip the card stock over first. That way you can bend the card stock opposite without cracking. By folding it opposite this will create the zig zag.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Rectangles at an angle.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today I want to talk to you about the Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies. When you put them in the Big Shot straight across they make a big clunky noise as they roll through the machine. Instead place them at an angle so they go through smoother and also tend to not bend as much.

If you do forget they will just clunk a bit. If they bend just run through at an angle to straighten them back out.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Embellishments instead of errors.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Have you ever created a card or project and not known what to put to finish it? Did you already glue it together and wish you had stamped? Then use embellishments!

In this case I had already glued the pocket on and knew that this needed something. I thought of stamping first but knew I really couldn’t with the folds. Instead I reached for the Frosted Flower Embellishments.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Coloring those butterflies.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today I am going to show you an easy way to color the butterflies.

  • Stamp the butterflies with Memento ink.
  • Take a sponge dauber and make circles by going straight down. (I used Smoky Slate and Rich Razzleberry.) Do not blend or swirl.
  • Punch and enjoy.

Here is the finished product.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

What ink to use when.

It’s Technique Tuesday! A technique does not look like much of anything without the right ink. So for today I have found a chart for you with what ink to use when. If you have any questions please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂