Planting paper.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today is the day I tell you that your paper can bloom. Yes, bloom. So take your paper and give it a soak with some water. Then pour the whole thing in a blender. Yes, blender. Do not add tequila. We are not creating margaritas (until later).

Pulverize until the paper and water resembles a crumbly dough. Then on the last time you hit the switch add about a tablespoon of seeds. Pick whatever flower you want to see later. Then strain and squeeze whatever water you can out. Either make a ball or squish into a mold. Let dry for a few days.

Attach to cards, tags, whatever you want. Then encourage your recipient to plant your paper.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using both sides of the paper.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today I want to share a little tip with you. Most of our Designer Series Paper is double-sided. So use both sides. If you don’t have coordinating ribbon then use the opposite side of the paper to coordinate.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to color a ribbon with no fingerprints.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Have you ever needed a coordinating ribbon for your card or project and forgotten to order it? My favorite is when I need 14 inches and have 8. It seems to always happen. Instead of complaining or putting that project on hold color your ribbon. Yes, color it!

Take your metallic-edged ribbon (gold or silver) and color it! Grab your Stampin’ Blends and get to coloring. Do not grab your regular Stampin’ Write Markers as they will leave your fingers inky. After coloring with the Blends leave for a minute or so to dry. Then tie your bow and attach to your project.

(Tip: Make sure to color a little beyond where you need to cut so you don’t have an unfinished edge.)

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 🙂

Embossing with glossy paper.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Have you ever thought that embossing folder is pretty and I love the details but they don’t seem to pop? Have you tried it on glossy paper? I recently received a swap at OnStage and another demonstrator had taken the Country Floral 3D Embossing Folder and paired it with glossy paper. It was gorgeous!

Be watching for this technique tomorrow evening on Facebook Live at 7 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Stamps are for more than paper.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Did you know that stamps are for more than just paper? They can be used on any flat surface. This is why we have different kinds of ink…memento, staz-on, classic, versamark…

For this tile I used staz-on ink.

After I will color with our stampin’ write markers and seal.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Swirl with a purpose.

It’s Technique Tuesday! There are several ways to sponge. You can take a sponge and just barely get the edge of a piece of card stock to offset your accent piece. You can color the entire background with just a sponge like we did in the cactus card. Or you can put some texture and depth to the lacy one. Depending on what you want to accent will be where you put the most ink or pressure.

As you can see there are some heavier spots of ink which is where I wanted the accent to be.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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 🙂