Lids are palettes.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Do you find yourself having to get up to get a plate or dish to watercolor? Well don’t any longer. Use the lid of your ink pad instead and drop ink from the re-inker. (Just remember to wipe it out when you are done with a paper towel or wipe.)

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Making sure your paper is dry.

It’s Technique Tuesday! On Saturday for the Anniversary Party we dropped ink on watercolor paper, let it dry, and punched out a shape for the card. If you are punching out your shape after you watercolor (instead of before) make sure that the paper is really dry. If it is still damp then the punch won’t cut as sharp and you will have fuzzy edges.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Playing with the daisies.

It’s Tutorial Thursday! Today I am playing with the new Daisy Lane Bundle. One card has plenty of texture and looks like a masterpiece with the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper. The other is a little more abstract with its black and white composure.

For a full video please go to https://youtu.be/2JkYzyLVI9g.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to watercolor with the new ink pads.

It’s Wacky Wednesday where a product is used in a way it is not intended! Have you tried to watercolor with the new ink pads? The old ones “squished” pretty well so you could get some ink in the lid and use your aqua painter or blender pen to watercolor. The new pads are quite rigid and don’t “squish” well.

So instead of giving your ink pad a squeeze, grab a clear block. Dip the block in the ink and then dip the aqua painter or blender pen in the inked block.

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 🙂

Last call for raffle.

Today is the last day to get your raffle tickets for your chance to win the Watercolor Christmas Kit!  For every $25 order you get a ticket to hopefully win the Kit!  If you prefer to order online please use host code 9J7BEBMM.  This code will be good until Monday night but the tickets will only be good until tomorrow at 5 pm.  The winner will be drawn at 5 pm and announced on facebook.

Please stay tuned there is much more coming that begins on the 1st of October.

Until then I am back in the craft room. 🙂

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Festivals, food, and fun!

Good morning!  I am up at the Yucca Mesa Community Center all set and ready for you during Mesa Fest.  I have new kits, favors, vouchers, and more for you.  And I have to say that I am hoping for someone selling a funnel cake.

For everyone that orders $25 or more you will get a chance to win the new Watercolor Kit.  For example for an order of $54 before tax and shipping you will receive two tickets.

If you would like to order online please use host code 2ERTGKSD through Monday night.  If you prefer to order “in person” please contact me.

Now go create!  Don’t forget to post a photo on the page.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂