How to emboss on vellum.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  It is not impossible to emboss on vellum, but you do have to be careful.  You might be tempted to use the low setting on your heat tool and instead you need to use the high.  The low will not melt the crystals properly.  Instead use the high setting and keep moving the heat tool in order to not burn the paper.  If it starts to curl then you need to move the heat.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Cutting for effect.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  You can mask a project but sometimes the lines get blurred or just don’t come out as clean and crisp as you would like them.  Instead of trying to mask, just cut.  If you cut your card stock before stamping you are guaranteed a clean edge.  You will need a scrap of card stock to create a base to glue the two together again.  A ribbon takes care of the cut and creates a cohesive image.

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If you want to try this technique then come to Card Class!  I am taking RSVP’s for Saturday’s morning session (9-12) and the afternoon one (3-6) until Wednesday night.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

A splash of color to bring out the detail.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  Our embossing folders add so much to the card with texture and depth.  Sometimes there is still a little bit more that is needed.  If you don’t have ribbon then use our Designer Series Paper.  Most of the papers are double-sided allowing you to cut a mat and then accent with the opposite side (as shown here).

Stay tuned on Wednesday night’s Live at 7 pm to see how this is done.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When to blend and when not to.

It’s Technique Tuesday!  Today we are going to talk about when to blend and when not to and what tools to do so.

When you are trying to color you want to think in opposites.

The staz-on ink is alcohol-based so you want to use this permanent ink when coloring with the stampin’ write markers which are water-based.

The memento ink is more of a permanent water-based ink that you would use with the stampin’ blends or alcohol-based markers.

If you want a smeared look, or in this case the color to float through the image, then you can use a blender pen, aqua painter, or wink of stella with the classic ink pads.  This allows the ink to float or smear and give the appearance of a water color without adding much water or liquid to the page.  The card on the right is stamped the same as the one on the left.  I used night of navy classic ink pad to stamp the image and then used the wink of stella to float the color.

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I hope this guide helps you to know which ink to use when.  If you have any questions please contact me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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 🙂