When ink pads are used with no stamps.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  Did you know you could use your ink pads without any stamps?  They create great backgrounds.  Just place your ink pad on your card stock and swipe across the page.  Depending on how deep a color is how much pressure you use.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sparkles give a different image.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  This is not so much of a technique as it is a reminder that ink looks different on different papers.  Don’t be afraid to stamp on glimmer paper, foil paper, or anything else.

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If you have questions on which kind of ink to use for which kind of paper please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Shimmer paint with an aqua painter.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  You can color the embellishments with the stampin’ blends or the shimmer paints. Simply dampen the tip of the aqua painter and then dip into the paint.
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Happy Crafting!
 
With inky fingers,
Joni 🙂

Letting the stamps stand on their own.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  Sometimes the stamps just need to stand on their own.  Some stamps don’t need anything behind them except simplicity so they stand out.  This is very apparent with any of our “distinctive” sets.  They appear to be 3D with only one stamp.  They are simply amazing.  Take a look.

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This is the rose out of the Healing Hugs stamp set.  This is only one stamp with Merry Merlot.  If you would like to ask more questions or know which other stamps are considered distinctive please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

 

Embossing paste adds cool touches.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  Did you know a little bit of embossing paste can add just a hint of snow or a tiny bit of texture?  If you can’t afford to buy all the different colors of embossing paste then just get the one with no color in it.  You can then separate it out and add bits of glitter or a tiny bit of shimmer paint (or re-inker) to create a different look.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to think in multiples.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  I figured instead of telling you about a new stamping technique I would tell you about a new thinking technique.  Since the holidays are coming you might be stamping more multiples than just one or two cards.  When creating a bunch of cards the thinking is a bit different.  Instead of completing each card I tend to think in stages.  I get all my ink done.  Then all my coloring.  Next comes all the punching.  Gluing.  And then packaging.

Each step I try to do in completion so all I have to think about is the same step over and over.  I tend to create quicker when I don’t have to remember each step.  If you need help thinking through a project to make it more efficient please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sponge daubers are for more than backgrounds.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  Did you know that your Sponge Dauber can do more than ink edges and create big polka dots?  They can also create a gradient effect for your stamps.  Here is what you need plus a clear block.

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When placing or sponging the ink on to your stamp start with the lightest color first.  If you start with the dark then you can’t really see where you have placed your lighter ink.

Tip:  make sure to breathe or huff on your stamp after sponging to bring the ink back to life before stamping.

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Tune in tomorrow night at 7 pm on the Facebook page to learn more about this technique as well as the baby wipe technique.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Take Your Pick

It’s Technique Tuesday and I am all about options.  The new Take Your Pick tool gives plenty of options.  You have a spatula, piercing tool, small stylus, large stylus, and a putty end.  If you love the details of bitty pearls, rhinestones, gems, or embellishments then the putty tip will soon be your best friend.  I tried it the other day and it cut my time in less than half to get the little seed pearls on my tufted card.  Just simply press to pick up the pearl and then press on to your desired place.  It’s that simple.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to make snow.

Since most of us live here in the desert we may not remember what snow looks like.  With fall upon us many parts of the country start to get dustings of snow.  When creating cards and projects use your Wink of Stella brush pen to create the look of a dusting.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

An oops becomes a new technique.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  Today’s technique is how to turn an oops in to a new technique.  I had cut the cardstock too narrow for what I wanted to do.  Instead of re-doing the sentiment I chose to run it like it was.  Don’t be scared to run something through even if it’s a little off.  You never know when you may like the result.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂