Sponging three different ways.

I figured since the Paper Pumpkin has a picnic theme this month I would continue that theme with the basket weaving embossing folder.  So today’s technique is how to color this basket weave with a sponge.  You can also spritz, dip, paint, or bleach it.  But, for now, we sponge.

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The top color was done with a sponge using a streaking motion.  I pulled the color across the page.

The middle color was done with a dabbing motion.

The bottom color was done with a dabbing motion with a twist of the wrist.

Which is your favorite?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using the Stamparatus to create a wreath.

Today’s technique is a tiny bit different.  I am using the Stamparatus to create a wreath, the ultimate in positioning.  Here’s how to do it in pictures and then explanation.

  1. Create a template using a 6×6 piece of cardstock.  Take the largest plain square from the Layering Squares Dies and cut a square from the middle.  Then place the square at a diagonal to create a diamond.
  2. Take your square that was cut out to become your accent piece.
  3. Place in square, not diamond.
  4. Stamp whatever you choose to create your wreath.
  5. Rotate the same direction each time.
  6. Stamp again.  Repeat on all 4 sides.
  7. Then begin on the diamond side.
  8. Rotate and stamp on all 4 sides of the diamond.
  9. You have a wreath or circle of whatever stamp you choose.

For the complete tutorial tune in on Thursday.  For the video tune in to the Live on Wednesday evening at 7 pm.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S.  Credit goes to DOStamping for the original idea.

Some tips for the tufted embossing folder.

I bet some of you are looking at the catalog and asking yourself how to line up the cardstock in the Tufted Embossing Folder so the image is not crooked.  There is a line to help with that and it works.  I took some pictures to help with this.  This sample is using the gold foil paper.

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Stay tuned on Thursday for the finished card with tutorial.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

 

Coordinating embossing powder with a background.

It’s amazing how a background pops when there is an accent that coordinates.  In this case the Grapefruit Grove is subtly daubed on to the background.  The coordinating embossing powder ties it all together.

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Tune in tomorrow night at 7 pm for the Facebook Live on the Red Door Crafters’ Page.  I will be creating this card from start to finish.  And on Thursday I will provide the link as well as all written instructions.  Please plan on joining me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Simple details to complete a card.

It’s amazing to me how a different color of cardstock or a different pattern of designer series paper can make a card look so different.  Paper can make a card or project appear masculine, feminine, or somewhere in between.  So before you throw away that project that just doesn’t seem to want to come together try a different background, mat, or color.

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Look how different each card looks.  It’s basically the same layout with just a different background.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Tiled stamping.

This is probably the only time you will hear me say this.  Punch first and then stamp.  Yes, punch first.  Then lay your punches end to end and stamp as if it was one piece.  This will create a tiled look.

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Stay tuned on Thursday to see the finished card.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Putting texture on texture.

Sometimes even the most beautiful paper needs a boost.  I dropped about a dozen drops of Grapefruit Grove ink in the spritzer and filled the rest with water.  I then took a box so my whole craft room didn’t have ink on it.  I placed the piece of wood textured paper in the box and then spritzed away.

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There’s not much difference except that there is now an under tone of that pinkish orange color on the right.  This will give a bit of richness to the card when finished and help it to coordinate nicely.

Stay tuned on the Live Wednesday at 7 pm for more techniques like this.

For the complete tutorial check back here on Thursday.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

It’s the simple things.

Sometimes a paper is so detailed that there is not much that needs to be done.  Take the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper on page 189.  It makes card making so easy.  Add a cute accent and you are all set.  For the tutorial go to last week’s Facebook Live or You Tube.

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Remember that everything goes live on Thursday at noon (mountain time).

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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 🙂