Add some metallic.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Sometimes what would have been a boring card can really be spruced up by adding some metallic, shiny, or foil paper. This card looked rather dull until the Noble Peacock Foil Sheet was added.

If you would like to create this card then come to class this week.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Washi for a quick card.

It’s Technique Tuesday! When all else fails and you need a super quick card use washi tape. Some quick borders and a flower accent and you have a card. To see this being created please join me on Wednesday evening at 7 pm for my Live.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Adding layers without adding weight.

It’s Technique Tuesday! With the holiday season barreling at an alarming rate towards us I want to share a technique or tip with you. Don’t add weight to your cards with more paper, instead add layers with ink. Use your Sponge Brayer to add texture.

For this final layer to my card I used Pacific Point and Old Olive ink pads and a sponge brayer. You will probably need to practice first on a scrap paper as there is a sweet spot on the brayer so you don’t get lines you don’t want.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Ink with embossing folders.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today is the day that we use our stamp pads in a totally different way. Take your ink pad and open it just like you would when you are stamping. Then apply ink to your embossing folder. Pay attention to what side you are inking. If you want the ink on the raised side then you will place the ink on the side of the folder that has the logo. Lay your card stock in the embossing folder and run through your die-cutting machine just like always.

The one on the left is very vanilla card stock with early espresso ink. The one on the right is early espresso card stock with white ink.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using Memories & More to Meet in the Middle!

It’s Technique Tuesday! Sometimes you are trying to create a quick card and it just doesn’t seem to come together. You don’t want to cut another piece of card stock but all your scraps are just a bit too short. Then grab some Designer Series Paper or a Memories & More scrap and place it in the middle. Simply cut and trim so it looks like it is supposed to be that way.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

It’s okay to be crooked.

It’s Technique Tuesday! I hear from many of you while you craft say that it’s not perfect. Well…it’s handmade. 🙂 One of my crafters would say “better done than perfect” (miss you Fran since you moved away).

My point is if you can’t do it straight then don’t. Make crafting work for you, not the other way around. If you don’t like bows then do knots instead. There is always another option.

Here is my answer to not being straight…don’t be.

Do it so crooked that it looks “perfect”.

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 🙂

Letting the paper shine.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Sometimes you have to let the Designer Series Paper do all the talking. In this case an accent is all that is needed for the Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Remember sometimes simple is awesome!

To order this paper please go to https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/product/149500/pressed-petals-specialty-designer-series-paper?dbwsdemoid=2008407.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Add folds.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Do you feel like your card is flat all the time? Then add some folds. Instead of the middle being flat and stamped on add some folds. Score evenly and create an accordion pattern so you can add some depth. Add a ribbon instead of an envelope to keep it closed.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Adding texture.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today is the day I add accents to create a nautical look. Take your Layered Circle Dies and create a ring in the Copper Foil Paper to create an effect of a porthole.

Make sure when stamping you have already cut the dies so you can figure out the layout. It would be a shame to do a bunch of stamping that would not be seen.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂