Backgrounds become texture.

Sometimes adding a little bit of a background can make all the difference in the world.  It can make a dull card or accent become an amazing piece.  For this tag I used our new Stitched Labels Framelits Dies and the coordinating stamp set.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Inlaid detail.

Sometimes the details are what matter.  For this technique you need a framelit (outline die) and a matching detail die.  If you don’t have a matching one you can use a bigger detail one and overlay to get a similar look.

Make sure to cut the framelit out first.  Then lay the cut out down and position the detailed die as desired.  This will result in an inlaid look.

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For complete instructions for this card tune in on Thursday.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Outlining while punching.

Have you ever wanted a clean line around the edge of your punched image?  If you sponge after you just seem to get the whole image inked?  Try outlining the image before you punch.  Here’s how…

  1. Grab a piece of cardstock and stamp whatever image you want.
  2. Place in punch but do not cut.20180508_072206_wm
  3. Grab whatever color marker and depending on how fine a line is what tip you will use. (Brush tip used here.)
  4. When outlining make sure to pinch the paper so it doesn’t move, but doesn’t cut.20180508_072322_wm
  5. Now punch or cut out.20180508_072332_wm
  6. Make sure to wipe ink off of edges of punch.  I used a baby wipe.

Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Tape is for more than holding things together.

Have you ever thought to stamp on a piece of tape?  Me either.  Grab your staz-on ink and cleaner and get going.  You will need masking tape as well as clear mailing tape.

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Ink your stamp with staz-on and then place your tape adhesive side down on top of the inked image.  Rub lightly.  Take the tape off and place on your mat or card.

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For a complete tutorial and to see the finished cards please come back Thursday.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Pieces to make a whole.

Sometimes pieces can make a great whole.  In this case squares and some gold dots become a great background.  Without these gold dots the background looks fairly plain.

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Remember that the details matter.  Remember that even though you might be thinking you are only making a small impact it is probably bigger than you think.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When in doubt…

Today’s technique is more of a tip.  Do you ever get stumped?  Do you feel that your creative mojo is just gone?  Here is my technique or tip for you today…copy the catalog!  There are so many great ideas, projects, and cards in the catalogs that they need to be used.  Don’t be scared to copy.  Just give credit where credit is due.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

No more peeling.

Have you ever tried gluing little pieces on to a piece of cardstock and it peeled up?  Or the corners just keep curling?  Then take all those little pieces and glue them down, but don’t worry about the curling.  Instead take that piece and run it through an embossing folder.  The pressure will smooth both pieces of cardstock in to one seamless piece.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Big stamps for little things.

Sometimes the largest stamps can be used for small things.  In this case the stamp set Definitely Dahlia is used to create a background.  Not only can the little stamps be used to create a patterned background but the big ones can too.  This flower is one that will test your ink pads to guarantee that they are inked properly.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S.  Remember to get your re-inkers for your retiring in colors ASAP!

Larger stamps can be backgrounds too.

Any stamp can become a background.  It doesn’t matter how big or how small.  Today’s background is created by the stamp set Crafting Forever.  For the finished card please come back on Thursday for the tutorial.

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Tip:  Make sure if you are coloring to stamp with memento ink for the stampin’ blends or in archival ink for the watercolor pencils, aqua painters, or stampin’ write markers.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂