Chalk marker to the rescue.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Have you ever used the Chalk Marker to rescue your project? For today’s project I stamped with Early Espresso Ink and then did an overlay in white with the Chalk Marker. Allow it to dry for about 30 seconds and you are ready to go.

How have you fixed your mistakes? What is your go to fix?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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 🙂

Wink of Stella to the rescue!

Before we begin anything I am sure you want to know who won the jar stamp set called Lots to Celebrate. Drumroll please…Congratulations Holly Zigga! You won! Please take a look as this stamp set also coordinates with a punch, shaker domes, and another stamp set. Congratulations Holly!

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today we are not talking so much a technique as a product that ramps up and elevates your project.

If you have just stamped your project and you are looking at it and asking “what does it need” then you might need to add glitter. And you’re probably telling yourself but I don’t want the mess of that microfine dust. And if you have tried the paint you will probably attest that it is not always consistent. So I would tell you to try the Wink of Stella. It is consistent once you figure out how to work it and has no dust. It just might be the answer you need.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Framing with a sponge.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today we are using the Sponge Brayer to create a frame.

As I was creating this card I knew what I wanted in the center but I had too much blank space on the outer edges. Instead I thought I should create a lighter mat or frame. So I grabbed my Sponge Brayer.

For this technique you will need the Sponge Brayer, your mat, ink, and a piece of scratch card stock. Place the card stock over what you want to mask or protect. Then take the brayer and ink and roll.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

First Day of Fall

It’s Technique Tuesday! I thought what better way to celebrate the first day of Fall or Autumn than with my favorite for the season…candy corn. Some of you might think falling leaves but just look at this cute card.

The technique I want you to take away from this is how to make those delicious candies. I used the Stitched Triangles Dies and was able to enjoy these fall treats without gaining one pound.

So remember not only to look at what you have upside down and backwards, but also look at what it can become if pulled apart.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Coordinating with color.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Have you been asked to create a card for someone and you think to yourself I don’t have any squirrel stamps. How can I create this card without any squirrel stamps?

Here is your answer. Maybe instead of a squirrel you focus on the color, the acorns, or the puffiness of the tail. So instead of a squirrel you create a card with some texture to create the poof of the tail. Then maybe you “drop” a few acorns on the bottom of the card to create an oops like they were dropped or misplaced. And maybe the words say “a close up of our friendship. Thank you for being there to help me capture what I have dropped.”

Or if you are doing for a certain group maybe there is a color that goes with their logo. For example if I didn’t have a Marine Corps stamp then maybe the card would be scarlet and gold.

Sometimes you have to think past the actual image and see what is related to it.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to get natural looking falling leaves for autumn.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today we are learning about how to get the look of falling leaves using the Beautiful Autumn Bundle.

First you will get a piece of scratch Whisper White Card Stock. Then you will stamp the acorn with Early Espresso Ink and the leaves with Soft Suede or Old Olive. Then grab a Blender Pen and color in the acorn and leaves respectively. The Blender Pen will “smear” the color perfectly.

But, I know you are asking me, wasn’t this supposed to be about placement? Weren’t we supposed to learn about where to position the leaves so they look like they are falling? Yes! We are getting there.

So after you color your accents then you will punch them out. Here is where we position them to look like they are falling.

You could look at a picture of falling leaves and try to place them just so. But, to me, here is the easier way. Drop them! Yes, drop them. Drop those leaves and acorns over your mat or card base. Wherever they land is where you grab a Glue Dot and place them. Now, obviously, if they landed upside down just turn them over. And there you have the easiest way to get a natural look for falling leaves…let them fall.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Fold in half to make three dimensional.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today I want to show you how to create something 3D from something 2D.

For this technique you will need the Harvest Hellos Cling Stamp Set and the Apple Builder Punch. I stamped six pumpkins with Pumpkin Pie Ink and the coordinating stamp. I then used the Apple Builder Punch, folded them in half, and attached with Stampin’ Seal.

I hope you enjoy.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When dimensionals aren’t enough.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today we are talking about the new Foam Adhesive Sheets. It is similar in thickness to the Dimensionals except it is a solid sheet measuring 4 1/4″ X 4 1/2″. Both sides have adhesive which makes it easy to stick to card stock, die cut, punch out, peel the backing, and stick.

So when you want a piece to not bend, stick up higher, or simply stand out more than anything else then use the Foam Adhesive Sheets. If you are curious they are on page 162 of the Annual Catalog represented as #12. If your Catalog is not within arm’s reach here is the link so you can take a look quickly, https://www.stampinup.com/products/foam-adhesive-sheets?hostcode=XUYKGUAE.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using blender pens to float.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today I am talking about blender pens.

Blender pens are often used with watercolor pencils to blend the scratches of the pencils to make a fluid image. For today the blender pen is going to be used to do what it is not supposed to do…to blur the lines. If you stamp with a water-based ink then you should not use water on the image. But in this case we want to blur it a bit. We want the ink to float. This will allow the lines to soften and give a bit of a watercolor image. And the ink will continue throughout and make the ink a continuous spectrum of color.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂