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 🙂

Let the paper shine.

The Designer Series Paper is gorgeous on its own or paired with something.  Sometimes you just have to let the paper shine on its own.  In this case I accented the paper with a solid piece of cardstock and some ribbon.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Brayer to create a background.

Using the sponge brayer can be rather tricky.  I have had some say that they don’t like the lines it produces.  Well, today I am using those lines in my favor to create a background.  First, I took Pineapple Punch and rolled the entire strip.  Then it was Mango Melody and finally Poppy Parade.

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If you prefer the lines a little softer then just use your spritzer and add water.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Mistakes become a new technique.

Yesterday as I was stamping quickly I messed up.  Instead of making precise and calculated measurements to not overlap with what I had just stamped, I stamped almost half of my stamp over what was already there.  At first I got frustrated, but then I looked at what I did.  Then I liked it.  My overlay became almost that of a plaid pattern.

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Don’t forget to even look at your mistakes.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Different sized punches for a background.

You can grab a few of the same shaped punches or dies to create a background.  Just make sure to have varied sizes.  In this case I used circle punches.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Don’t be scared to think opposite.

So many times we think that a background has to be lighter in color and the accents have to be dark or brighter.  This is not always the case.  For this background Basic Black Cardstock is used and the Pineapple Punch Embossing Powder (from the In Color stack) is the brightness.  Sometimes you need to think opposite.  Instead of coloring in, maybe you need to highlight.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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.