When you forget your die cutting machine.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!

Today we are talking about using your dies without the die cutting machine (Big Shot, etc.). If you forget your machine or want to emboss instead grab your piercing mat, bone folder, card stock (or designer series paper), die of choice, and washi tape.

Stamp what you want and place your coordinating die over the image. Make sure to use washi tape to secure the die. Tip: You might want to put the washi tape against your pants once or twice so it is not quite so sticky.

Then flip over on a piercing mat or mouse pad or foam and start to rub with your bone folder. If you want an embossed image then only rub until you see an indentation. If you want a cut then you will need to rub until the card stock or paper “tears”.

After rubbing then flip back over and remove the washi tape. You will have an indentation or embossed frame.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Afraid to cut your paper?

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!

Are you afraid to run out of your favorite paper? Do you know that many times our stamps coordinate so well that you can often create your own paper?

So don’t be afraid to look at what you have and duplicate what you like.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Take the negative.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! If you don’t like how something looks in color go to black and white. And if you still don’t like it then go the opposite or the negative. Instead of stamping the bees in black I stamp them in white and emboss on a dark paper.

So when you think it doesn’t look right go the opposite.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When dies line up with paper.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!

You know how I usually talk about how a product is used in a weird way. Like how a heart becomes a hershey kiss or a poppy center becomes a crown. I remind you to look at things sideways, upside down, and backwards to find out what else there is.

Well, today instead I am talking about how two products from two different suites coordinate. I was amazed when the rose from the Garden Gateway Dies fell on top of the Best Dressed Designer Series Paper and it matched. Don’t always look sideways, sometimes look across to different parts of the catalog.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. We will be creating with this combination on Saturday for Betty’s Class. Today is the last day to reserve your seat so let me know ASAP if you are coming!

When black ink isn’t enough.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!

Did you know that sometimes even our black ink isn’t black enough? When you need a silhouette you can just stamp it with ink, you can color over the ink, or emboss with powder. Watch at noon as I go Live to demonstrate how to have the blackest black.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Puppies with heart.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Did you realize that there is a little heart on the Dog Builder Punch? That little heart we have used to create paw prints, collar emblems, and backgrounds. Do you know that the little heart also punches out the little hearts in the From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper just perfectly?

Here is a look at the From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper. Of course it is better in person! Stop by to take a peek or order it so you don’t have to travel.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using the Poppy Die as a background.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!

Today the Painted Labels Dies that coordinate with the Painted Poppies Stamp Set are being used. The outline of the poppy is displayed as a background for the sentiment in this card.

For a full tutorial of this card please join me on my Facebook Live at NOON today! If you can’t make the time catch me on the replay or on Thursday on my YouTube channel. The link for my YouTube channel, full tutorial, and more will be on Thursday’s blog post as a full tutorial.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Using the peel-offs for masking or stenciling.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended!

Well, today we are using the pieces we normally throw away. When you put together your stamp sets and you peel the paper backing off of the rubber portion of your stamp keep it. Don’t throw it away. That piece of paper is good for masking or stenciling while stamping. So keep that little piece of paper.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Paper for chargers.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Are you setting your table for Christmas dinner? Did you forget the chargers and now don’t have a proper place setting? Use your paper instead.

Grab your Designer Series Paper to decorate your place setting.

Happy Crafting!

Merry Christmas!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When extra drops are a good thing.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! In this case today it’s an extra drop but that’s details.

When using Shimmery Crystal Effects I stamp as usual. Color maybe a little on the project. And then decide to do a final step to bring my project to the next level. I add Shimmery Crystal Effects. Sometimes it’s a thin layer or a few drops for effect and other times it’s a thick coat to protect what is underneath.

Either way I am always tempted to touch with my fingertip to see if it is dry. So who wants a fingerprint in their finished project? I certainly don’t. But inevitably I end up with my swirls in that top layer regardless.

So here’s how to fix that. When you are done with your project take your scrap mat and do the same thickness of a drop on your paper. That way when you’re tempted to see if it is dry you do it on the “extra” drop. If you put a fingerprint in that layer it’s on your scratch paper. You haven’t put that extra touch of handmade to your final project.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂