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 🙂

Matching when you are not told.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today is the day that we look past the catalog and figure things out. The catalog says that the Floral Essence stamp set coordinates with the Perennial Flower Punch. But what about the Leaf Punch?

Don’t always take our word for it. Make sure to look and see for yourself. Many times products will coordinate that aren’t listed. What have you found to work together that is not talked about?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Discovering new tools.

It’s Technique Tuesday! As you know our supplier for the 3D Embossing Folders has changed. With that comes a slightly different thickness. So you can either figure out how many pieces of card stock to shim under or you can purchase the new embossing plate.

Join me tomorrow night as I create with this new plate.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to get a vintage look.

It’s Technique Tuesday! There is an easy way to get a whitewash vintage look. Grab your white craft ink refill, an aqua painter, and a silicone mat. If you don’t have a silicone mat then grab a piece of waxed paper. Basically you want something to create a palette without the ink soaking into it.

Place about 5 drops of ink on your mat. Fill the aqua painter with water. Then proceed to whitewash your stamped image. You will want to stamp with the memento ink so as to not smear. Let dry between layers so the paper does not start to break down.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using negative space.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today is the day I want you to think about using negative space. Negative space is when you cut something away and not keep adding more layers.

This particular card doesn’t use negative space. So instead of cutting out the tree you could simply cut the tree shape out of the silver foil. This wouldn’t add more weight or thickness to the card.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

It’s all about the catalog.

It’s Technique Tuesday! I am supposed to be writing about a tip or new way to create today. But I can’t. I just can’t. The new catalog starts today and that’s where my brain is. So instead let’s do this…

Tell me what is your must have, favorite, to die for product and what you like about it or why. Each comment gets 10 reward points.

Hint, hint…this is a month you want more points. You can earn points until the 14th and all must be redeemed by June 30th. There will be an awesome basket to finish the year so don’t wait!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Letting the paper speak for itself.

It’s Technique Tuesday! Today I am going to tell you that the new Designer Series Papers are gorgeous. Absolutely drop dead gorgeous. So the new challenge is to design a card to allow those papers to shine through. The main thing I would remind you is to keep it simple. The less busyness you have the more that paper can stand out.

This is our new Perennial Essences Designer Series Paper available on June 4. If you do not have your own copy of the new catalog please contact me so I can coordinate with you.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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 🙂