How to Create Polished Stone Embossing

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Hi fellow stampers and friends.  When I developed this technique, I had two questions:  1)  Can you do Polished Stone without blending solution (I can’t find it in my stamproom, ugh!), 2) Will embossing powder stick to glossy cardstock.  Much to my surprise, the answer to both questions was a definite, “YES!”

The stamps I used are from Technique Junkies and are called Heart to Heart and Like Stars.  Don’t you love the look of the Polished Stone through the open spaces?

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Supplies for Polished Stone:  Alcohol Ink, blending handle with felt, glossy cardstock

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Drip your alcohol ink onto felt

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Pounce your alcohol ink all over your glossy cardstock.

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When your felt dries out, add more colour onto your felt

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Examples of two different colour schemes used

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Embossing supplies:  stamp with open areas, VersaMark, embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat gun, Polished Stone background

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Using the embossing buddy, rub all over your Polished Stone background.  Ink up your stamp with VersaMark and stamp onto Polished Stone.

**Tip: When using a background stamp, it helps to lay your cardstock flat on top of your stamp so your placement of the image fits nicely onto your cardstock.**

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Next, cover your Versamarked surface with embossing powder.  Shake off excess powder.

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Heat emboss.  Note the variety of colours showing through the open spaces.

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Your piece is now ready to be embellished as desired.

 


Posted on : Jan 17 2017
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How to Make a Teabag Holder

Hello fellow stampers and friends.  Beth Norman here with a cute tea bag holder which pairs perfectly with this month’s stamp release called Like a TeacupThe best part of today’s post, is a gentle reminder that today is the last day to receive your 15% off discount from Technique Junkies November Release.

Supplies:  Score board or blade, ribbon, small circle punch red line tape, One 3 1/2? x 7 3/4? cardstock, One 6 1/2? x 7? designer paper

Place your cardstock horizontally and score at 3 1/2? and 4 1/4?

Place your designer paper so the short end is along the top.  Score at 1/2? and 3 1/2?

Add Red Line tape to the top of your cardstock where it was scored as shown above

Fold your second score line and tuck it under the first score line.  Fold over the small score line with the Red Line tape and burnish well.

With the long side placed horizontally score at 3 5/8?

Turn the designer paper over and score, once again, at 3 5/8?

Fold your two score lines as shown

Take your circle punch and punch our a U-shape.  Repeat for the other side

Place Red Line tape in between the two score lines

Adhere designer paper onto cardstock in between the two score lines

Add teabags into slots and close with ribbon (approximately 25″ then trimmed accordingly).  Finally, add Like a Teacup onto the front of your tea bag holder.

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Posted on : Nov 08 2016
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How to Make a Faux Embroidered Quilt

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Hello fellow stampers and card makers.  Today I’m here with the Faux Embroidered Quilt technique which can be found in the August 2014 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  For this version I knew I had to use this Strange Cats stamp on a quilt.  Where else would you find them but snuggled up on a nice comfy quilt?

When I set out to make a card, I pay close attention to the stamp I want to use and go through my binder that holds all of the issues of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  Poor Al has to contend with me having that big honking binder on the coffee table for days at a time, until I find just the right technique.  I probably over analyze, but I want things to be perfect.

Strange Cats comes from the July release. Now onto my tutorial…

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Supplies:  1″ punch or paper trimmer; scissors (not in photo); Adhesive such as ATG tape runner, Xyron or glue stick; designer paper or colored card stock; white card stock; embossing folder (not in photo) and embossing machine (not in photo)

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Punch, or cut, an assortment of 1″ squares.

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If you are using ATG tape runner, or hand held tape runner, you “draw” a series of lines that fills the entire surface.  You can see the lines in this photo.

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Starting on the bottom left, lay your first triangle in place, followed by three more pieces across to the other end of your card stock.  Fill in your triangles as seen in this photo.

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Next, with a pair of scissors, turn over your “quilt” to the backside and trim along the edges of the white card stock.  I do not recommend using a paper trimmer for this step as it may tear the smaller pieces of designer paper.

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Using an embossing folder, run your “quilt” through your embossing machine.

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Whalaa.  You’re beautiful quilt is now ready to decorate.

I hope I’ve inspired you to try your hand at this lovely technique.

DON’T FORGET TO LOOK THROUGH MY TWO PAGES OF TUTORIALS AT THE TOP OF MY BLOG.


Posted on : Aug 02 2016
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New Release for Technique Junkies

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Welcome to the August release for Technique Junkies.  Oh boy, do I love this release, and I just had to use my favourite stamp set which works so well with my Batik tutorial.  Before we get to the tutorial, let’s get down to business, shall we?  Please start at the Design Junkies blog so you don’t miss a thing.  The Pat and her design team have a lot of inspiration for you.  If you came from the talented Lanette Erickson’s blog, then you’re on the right track.

Stamps used:  Fancy Fruits and Grand Greetings

There are two versions to doing this technique, and I will show you the bone file method, and will explain how you can crinkle it up a little more to look like the photo below.

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Stamps that have solid areas; VersaMark; clear embossing powder; heat gun; card stock, white, vanilla or kraft; bone folder; assorted die inks (I used fired brick, mowed lawn, mustard seed); embossing buddy; sponges; iron (not in photo)

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Rub your embossing buddy over the entire surface of your card front

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Ink stamp with VersaMark

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Stamp your images onto your card front and cover with clear embossing powder

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Using your heat gun, heat your clear embossing powder completely

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Using your bone folder, fold your card stock in all directions.  Ensure you press your creases hard with your bone folder.

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Unfold your paper.  At this point you can scrunch up your paper into a ball and carefully open it up and lay it flat.

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Using your sponges, ink up your image

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Lay a piece of copier paper on the bottom.  Next place your batik card stock on top of the copier paper, and then add a sheet of copier paper on top of the batik card stock.  With an iron set at the lowest temperature and no steam, quickly iron your batik paper so that it will lay flat on your card, or matting.

I hope I inspired you to try this technique.

Now it’s time to visit Pam DeChellis’ blog.  You’re sure in for a treat.

August release stamps are on sale for 15% off until August 8th–the day before my birthday.

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Posted on : Aug 01 2016
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How to Create Wax Paper Resist

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Wax Paper Resist 1 A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.  Hello folks, today I’m here with one of the very first techniques that Pat filmed and put into her October 2002 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  I decided to use the finished product in an usual way–rather than stamp out an image on the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 finished product, I cut mine up to create water for this lovely mermaid that comes from Technique Junkies By the Sea, set of 6.  My sentiment comes from this set as well.  I find this set so versatile.  So let’s visit my tutorial shall we…

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Supplies:  iron, two white sheets of copier paper, two 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 glossy paper, wax paper, brayer, Kaleidocolor ink pad or a single ink pad

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Scrunch up your wax paper well.

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Lay your first piece of copier paper on your ironing board.  Next, place your glossy paper face up and then open up your wax paper and lay on top of your glossy paper.

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Take your second piece of glossy paper and lay the glossy side face down.  You will now have your glossy paper sandwiched between the wax paper.

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Lay your second sheet of copier paper over top of your glossy and wax papers.

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Using your dry, and not steam setting, iron on top of the copier paper.

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You will now have two pieces of glossy paper to brayer ink onto.

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Your finished piece is now ready to be decorated.

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Posted on : Jul 19 2016
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How to create Morphed Watercolor Crinkle

Good morning folks.  It’s Beth Norman here with a variation of Pat’s Crinkled Watercolors technique which she filmed in the June 2014 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

When I saw this stamp I immediately envisioned an ombre or multi-coloured background, and I think Crinkled Watercolors did the trick.

The stamp I used is from the July 1st release called Dream Big.  As per usual the new release stamps are on sale for 15% percent off until July 8th.

Let’s now visit my tutorial…

Supplies:  Non stick craft sheet (to protect your surface), paint pallette, white tissue paper, watercolor paper, brush, water and three tubes of watercolor.

Put three colors of watercolor into your pallete and liberally spritz, or pour, water into the wells to create a soupy mixture.  Stir your watercolors.

Spritz your watercolor paper with water.

Saturate your watercolor paper with your watercolors.  Wash your brush before you move onto the next color.

Your watercolor paper will be nice and wet.

Scrunch up your white tissue paper which will be placed over top of your watercolor paper.

Open up tissue paper and lay down onto watercolor paper.  Firmly press down and leave on for 2 to 3 minutes.  Peel off tissue paper.

Let your watercolor paper dry completely.  To speed up drying time you may use a heat gun, or you can leave to air dry.

I hope I’ve inspired you to try this technique.  Watercolors don’t have to be expensive.  I bought an inexpensive package of 12 watercolours for $6.


Posted on : Jul 05 2016
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How to create the Bokeh technique

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Bokeh technique 11 Hello folks!  Today I’m sharing the Bokeh technique with you.  After receiving attention and questions when I posted this card, I decided to post this tutorial for you.

The stamp that I used is from Technique Junkies and is called Vintage Floral Collage.  Isn’t it a pretty stamp?

This technique requires drying times.  Personally, I let mine air dry but you can use a heat gun to dry your layers.  Drying is important to prevent a big mess in your Craft White ink, and allows for a crisp black stamped image.  On that note, let’s start, shall we…

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Supplies:  Sticky notes, hole punches, White Craft ink pad, Distress inks (or any ink pads), black ink, sponges, (optional — heat gun), white card stock plus a scrap piece of white card stock to use to punch your holes.

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This is an optional step.  When I do the Bokeh technique, I like to have crisp white edges on my card.  To do this, place sticky notes around the edges of your cardstock, as seen in the photo.

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Sponge ink onto your card stock.

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Continue to sponge colour onto your card stock until it is completely covered.  Let dry naturally, or use a heat gun, to prevent your white Craft pad from becoming muddled with ink.

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Punch two to three circles on your scrap card stock.

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Lay your hole over your inked card stock and with a sponge, rub white Craft ink onto your card stock.

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Continue adding white circles until you are satisfied.  Be sure to overhang some of your circles so that you are sponging on the sticky note, so they show a partial image once you take your sticky notes off.  You can see examples of this in the upper left corner, and if you look closely, you will see more of this done on my card stock.

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Air dry or use a heat gun to set your Craft ink.

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Once your background is dry, stamp out your image.

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Take off the sticky notes to reveal nice white edging.  Now you can complete your card as desired, or just leave it as is.

I hope I inspired you to try this wonderful technique.  I’ll be watching out for your cards on the TJ Yahoo group.

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Posted on : Jun 21 2016
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How to Color on Kraft Paper

 Hello folks,  looks like I left this in Draft so it didn’t post.  Opps.

Today I’m here with a long tutorial on how to color a flower onto Kraft paper.  I used one of my favourite stamps, by Technique Junkies called Flourished Floral.  In this tutorial you will see that I use Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits (OMS).  If you don’t have Prismacolor pencil crayons OMS will not work, but don’t worry, just color away.

Supplies:  Prismacolor pencil crayons, white Prismacolor pencil crayon, odorless mineral spirits, paper stumps, Kraft paper, stamp, black ink (not in photo)

Stamp out your image onto Kraft card stock and let dry for about 15 minutes

Color your entire image with white pencil crayon

Color your flower with your first color

Using your blending stump with OMS (dip your paper stump into the OMS) spread around your color until a smooth finish is achieved.

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Take your darkest, of three colors and add color on the top edge of every petal

 

As previously done, take your paper stump and OMS and blend out the darkest color, drawing it downwards towards the tip of your petal

With your third color (I chose a bright pink) do the same as in previous steps but this time color close to the petals so you have just a fine line when you pull out your color.  Next, color the rest of your stamped image

Take a darker green to color along the flower petals and using your blending stump and OMS, pull out your color

I like to leave white space in all of my colored work because it adds a feel of dimension.  On Flourished Floral, I chose to do this on the smallest pieces of flower.  When an area is as tiny as this simply draw a line along the bottom of the area you are coloring, or else you will not have any white space

Take your blending stump dipped in OMS and simply draw along the colored pencil line without drawing it upwards

Finish your card as desired


Posted on : May 05 2016
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How to do Joseph’s Coat Technique

Hi there folks.  Today I’m here with an old technique.  So old, Pat filmed this technique in her very first issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter way back in December 2002.  How proud she must have been publishing her first issue, and now she owns her very own stamp company.  Congratulations Pat!

So, you probably guessed by the title that this is called Joseph’s Coat.  I used a background stamp, but a combination of smaller stamps will work with this technique as well.  In the directions, below, you will find a link to my “How to Use a Brayer” tutorial.

For this tutorial I used two stamps that go so well together:  Swans, from the April release, and Find Our Way from Technique Junkies.

Supplies: Rainbow ink pad (ie. Kaleidacolor), black stamp pad (not in photo), VersaMark, clear embossing powder, heat gun, antistatic bag, white glossy paper, brayer, stamp(s)

Using your brayer (you can find my “How to Use a Brayer” on my blog here) add color to your glossy card stock using your Kaleidacolor, or similar, ink pad.  Let your ink dry completely before next step.

Using your antistatic bag, rub over the entire surface of your inked card stock

Ink up your stamp with VersaMark and stamp out image onto glossy card stock

Cover entire card stock with clear embossing powder

Heat set the embossing powder

Using your brayer, cover the entire surface with your black ink.

Take a tissue and lightly rub over the embossed surface to take off any black residue

Finish your piece as desired

I hope I enticed you to break out your brayer and try this technique.  Have fun!


Posted on : Apr 12 2016
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How to mix Dylusions Spray with Wax Paper

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When I was playing around with my Dylusions sprays I developed this technique that is quick and easy.

I used Technique Junkies Park Walk and Simple Sentiments 2a.  My tree die cut is from Impression Obsession.

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Supplies:  Dylusions spray (or any spray), wax paper and white card stock

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Scrunch up your wax paper into a tight ball

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Open up your wax paper and spray over the surface of your wax paper

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Lay your card stock on top of the wax paper and press down over the entire surface of your card stock

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Here are some examples of my work.

I hope I inspired you to try this technique.  Cheers!

For those of you in the Sarnia, Ontario area, you can purchase Dylusions Sprays from Crafty Kat Creations in the old Taylor Furniture building at 140 Christmas Street North.  You have to walk through a costume store where you will find the craft store.


Posted on : Mar 29 2016
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