Cut out for an accent.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Is your card or project lacking that oomph you are looking for? Maybe the answer isn’t to add more…more bling, ribbon, words, stamps…maybe the answer is to add less.

Use your punches or dies to create notches or accents for your projects. By doing this you are forcing the eye to gravitate towards that missing piece. That makes someone look at that accent piece that would have normally been lost on the creation.

This is one of the very few times that I will tell you that being negative (or taking something away) will help you to be positive (get the result you want).

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When in doubt use more texture.

It’s Technique Tuesday! When using the die cuts don’t be afraid to cut them out of something other than paper or card stock. The dollar store thin foam (sometimes called fun foam) is great for dies. You can stack a few together as well.

Today’s image is actually from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Grab your spoons.

It’s Technique Tuesday! When using your DistINKtive stamp sets make sure your ink is just right.

Let me back up…do you know what a DistINKtive stamp set is? One example of one of these sets is the Timeless Tulips. So what makes it DistINKtive? You can stamp it once and get almost a 3D kind of look. If the ink is too dry then you won’t get a good image and if it’s a newer pad you might have too much ink and miss the details. So if you have too little then grab your re-inker and get some more ink on there. If there is too much then grab a plastic spoon and use the back of it to “push” the ink to one side. Just remember when you are done to “push” it back.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

A little dab will do you.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today’s technique is more of a tip.

When gluing on little bits you may want to bring the glue to it and not the other way around. In this case I was gluing on little tiny pupils for eyes on the ladybug. I brought the Multipurpose Glue down to where the little black dot was instead of trying to pick it up with tweezers, the Take Your Pick Tool, or even my fingers. It was going to get lost otherwise. Then after getting some glue to it I took it off with my fingers and placed it on my project.

Here’s what this looks like.

If you would like to create this lady bug, a frog, and two cards then please reserve your seat for Heidi’s class.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

To get a different look make it inlaid.

It’s Technique Tuesday! To get a different look make it inlaid.

When using the Painted Poppies stamp set and coordinating dies make them inlaid. Instead of having a detailed flower sitting on top of your card that could rip or catch think about cutting out a space for it to lay evenly with the rest of the mat. For this poppy I cut out the black card stock with the coordinating framelit and then cut out the detailed section with the Designer Series Paper.

If you would like to see how this is done please join me on Wednesday at noon for the facebook live.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using a bag for a mat.

It’s Technique Tuesday!

For those of you that do not get the Paper Pumpkin monthly kit this time consisted of mini note cards with envelopes and some cute treat bags. I saw the treat bags and just had to have those on a card. So I cut on all sides to separate the seams and get a mat instead. I found the coordinating card stock and created a cute card.

So the technique or tip for today is to grab what you have and see what else you can create with it.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Not everything lines up.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today’s tip is to offset when you can. Usually we mat with hopefully straight and even lines but today we are not doing that. We are still lining up evenly but the accent is offset as if it it coming off the page.

I figured this technique out when I was frustrated with the original design and through the punch out down on the table. The grid paper made me realize it could easily be offset. The background paper is from the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. In a pinch I bet you could also use the Grid Paper. Just remember the Grid Paper is much thinner.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Embossing without stray dots.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today’s topic is how to emboss without stray dots.

You will want to get an Embossing Buddy or in a pinch you can use a used dryer sheet. Please make sure it is used. If it is new it will leave too much residue on your card stock.

Rub your Embossing Buddy on your card stock you want to emboss on. Then stamp with Versamark and quickly sprinkle with your embossing powder of choice. Use your Heat Tool to melt the powder to emboss.

The Painted Poppies Stamp Set was used to create this embossed border. For full directions, video, etc. please join me for my Live tomorrow at NOON!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When it’s not the right color dye it.

It’s Technique Tuesday! I would encourage you to always purchase the white one along with all the colors you want. What am I talking about? I am talking about the ribbon, tassles, or paper that you purchase. On top of all the colors you want I would also encourage you to purchase a white one. By buying in white that allows you so much more flexibility.

With a few drops of the appropriate re-inker, a container, and some rubbing alcohol or water you have a whole new embellishment in front of you.

For example, the Best Dressed Tassels on page 55 of the new Mini Catalog, are great because Petal Pink and Pretty Peacock coordinate with so much. But the white tassels can be dyed easily with a quick few drops, some alcohol or water, and a container. Just dip, wait a few seconds, and let dry.

Here it is in white.
Black.
And the petal pink.

It is just that simple to change the look. For a deeper color just let the product soak longer.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using the leftovers to get the results you want.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today I want to talk to you about when you are travelling. Since it’s Christmas Eve I know some of you are probably on the road today. When you want to craft away from home you bring just the bare necessities.

So remember when you are stamping that one ink pad can look like two colors. If you “stamp off” on to a piece of scratch paper and then on your project you will get a shade lighter than the original color.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂