How to make Transitional Ombre

Hello stamping friends.  Today I will show you how the Transitional Ombre technique found in the October 2014 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  The yellow is stunning against the brown cardstock.  I’m using Technique Junkies Why Fit in?

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Let’s begin, shall we?

Supplies:  One colour of cardstock, light to dark; glue pen and an elongated die.

Cut your cardstock with your embossing machine.

Glue your die cuts onto your cardstock and finish as desired.


Posted on : Feb 13 2018
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How to Create a Remix of Colorful Silhouettes

Hello fellow stampers.  Today I am here with a remix of Colorful Silhouettes, a technique I developed and was published in the August 2011 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.
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Today, I am using Technique Junkie’s I Woof You, and Swirls and Curls.  You can receive these stamps and receive 10% off your total order simply by using my code below.

In this “remix” I introduced an iron to my background simply because of the words, “I Woof You.” I wanted to be sure that the words were crisp and clear. You do not have to iron your image if you are going to use a silhouette stamp; it covers nicely.

Supplies: Background stamp with lots of open areas, silhouette, or other, stamp, VersaMark, white embossing powder, black embossing powder, sponges, 2 or 3 ink colours, heat gun, embossing buddy.

Sponge your colour onto cardstock. Here I used pink and red for Valentine’s Day. Make sure your cardstock is dry thoroughly before you proceed to the next step. You can use a heat gun to speed up the process.

With VersaMark, stamp the pad all over your background stamp, add white embossing powder and emboss.

If you are using a silhouette stamp you can skip this step. Otherwise, place copy paper over top of your image and, on low heat, and lightly iron your embossing so it flattens.

Using VersaMark, stamp your image and add black embossing powder and heat emboss  You are now ready to complete your card as desired.  In my example my background was not ironed.  I wanted to keep a cohesive finish so I used Swirls and Curls both on my main image and on my background.

I hope I inspired you to try this technique.

 


Posted on : Jan 30 2018
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How to Create Scrappy Spots

Hello, fellow stampers.  Today I am here with a tutorial that was originally printed in the June 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  I love this technique because it’s so unique.  It may look like a lot of work, but trust me, it goes together quickly.  For 10% off your order please use TJ10Beth.

I used Technique Junkies Birthdays and Donuts.  Ah, donuts, my weakness in life.

Supplies: 5″ x 5″ cardstock, black ink, three colours of coordinating ink, scissors, round stamp (or punch), brayer, fine black pen (not in photo), copier paper (not in photo)

Stamp out circles all over your cardstock

Stamp out a circle in the center of your full-sized copier paper. Cut out the circle with your scissors to leave a hole.

Place your hole over top of your coloured circle and stamp out the words on your circle. Repeat until every hole is covered

Stamp out your circular stamp on a sticky note, ensuring you have the sticky part on the edge of your stamp is placed in the same direction

Cover all of your circles with the circles you just cut out.  TIP:  Make sure the sticky part of the circles are all in the same direction so that when you brayer, your circle does not lift

With your third colour, brayer over top of your cardstock. It will need several coats to ensure a nice crisp even colour. TIP: Brayer in one direction. If you rol back and forth you risk the lifting of your circle.

Using your fine pen, draw around your circles once, or twice, to cover up white space, or simply to add interest.

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I hope I have inspired you to try this technique out. It’s a fun one!


How to create a Remix of Inky Borders

 

Happy New Year!  Today I’m starting off the New Year with a quick and easy tutorial which is a spin-off of Inky Bands from the October 2012 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  Here I am using Kitty Duo and Love Harlequin which is a new release for January 2018.  New release stamps are on sale for 15% off until January 8th.  You don’t need a code.  My sentiment, A Good Friend, is not a new release, but if you use my code TJ10Beth, you can get it for 10% off.  Not only can you receive this stamp at 10% off but you can receive 10% off any other product minus clearance items.  Now that’s a deal.

Using Post-it Notes, cover the top third of your card, leaving approximately 2 inches of white space.

Start by sponging on your first colour of ink.

Sponge colour onto cardstock until all the white space is covered.

Stamp your decorative stamp over top of your sponged area.

Stamp out your silhouette stamp.  If you have a Misti now is the time to use it.  Ink and stamp out your image until you are happy with the results.  You want a nice dark image to cover your sponged area.  The Misti tool is a favourite of mine and I don’t know how I did without it.

Stamp out your (optional) sentiment.  A Misti gives the perfect placement.  I inked and stamped out my sentiment twice to achieve a crisp black image.

You are now ready to finish your card with matting and embellishments if you wish.


Posted on : Jan 02 2018
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Metal and Brad Tutorial

Hi folks.  I was inspired by a UK Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine where I saw a similar card, so I decided to put a tutorial together for you.  It’s just the perfect masculine card.  I gave my card to my son-on-law as a congratulations on your promotion card.  The stamp I used is Stay Humble by Technique Junkies.  As luck would have it I found a package of five coloured shiny bristol board at the dollar store.  Once I found out it did emboss to my expectations, I went back to buy more, but it was all gone.  Bummer.  My card measures 5″ x 5″, but you can do any size, including an A2 size.

Cut your cardstock into a variety of sizes.

Emboss your cardstock.

It is hard to tell where my card ends are because I neglected to shoot my tutorial on a darker background.  My edge is on the left hand side of my cardstock.  Keep all edges aligned along the edges of your cardstock, overlaping where necessary.  Just add a small amount of adhesive to the back of your cardstock as you will want to move your cardstock around.

This is what my card looks like before the placement of brads and stamped image.

Using your poking tool, put holes into each corner of your cardstock then add a brad.  Brads do not need to be added to the underside of your stamped image.  You will want to add a brad to each corner of your stamped image.  I used a variety of coloured metallic brads.

I hope I inspired you to try a new way to add pizzaz to your card.

 


Posted on : Nov 21 2017
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How to Make Faux Designer Paper

Hi there.  Thanks for stopping by friends and fellow stampers.  Today I have a Faux Designer Paper tutorial which originally came from the December 2008 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  This is just one of many favourite techniques of mine.  I hope you like it too.  I made a point by going outside my comfort zone and used a colour combination that I normally do not use which is why I think I’m so happy with the end result.

Supplies:  Bold stamps, embossing buddy (not in photo), 3 to 4 pads of ink, VersaMark, clear embossing powder, heat gun, cardstock, scrap paper and iron (both not in photo)

Using your first bold stamp, stamp out your image using VersMark in one or two of the corners.   Sprinkle with embossing powder and heat emboss.

Using your darkest colour, smear ink over top of your embossed image.  You do not have to be neat.

Take your lighter colour and swipe in a horizontal fashion as seen above.

Using 1 to 3 stamps, stamp out your image with dark ink.

Using your iron with your steam off, iron the embossed portion of your card with a scrap piece of paper.  Here you will see how the embossing powder seeped through the scrap photocopy paper.

Using a dark colour (here I used black), swipe around your edges to add a distressed, shabby chic, look.  Finish as desired.

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Technique Junkies Stamps Used:

Big Flourish

Birdie Tree

Sentimental Sayings

If you belong to the Technique Junkies FB page, I’d love to see your take on this technique.  Don’t forget, we have a challenge which you’ll find at the top of the page.  Hope to see you there!


Posted on : May 23 2017
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How to Make Stained Glass

Hello fellow stampers.  Today I’m here with a Stained Glass tutorial.  Unfortunately you cannot see the sheen left on the card from the Sparkle embossing powder I used (you can buy it at Michael’s.  It is a Recollections brand).  Trust me, it’s beautiful in real life.

You can purchase this stamp using the following code.  You can also use it for other items with some exceptions listed within the code.

Supplies:  Large stamp (here I used Darling Blooms), black ink, VersaMark, Sparkle Embossing Powder, heat gun, pencil and ruler (not in photo), paper cutter (not in photo)

With your ruler and pencil, draw lines on the back of your image.  This creates the stained glass effect.

Lay your pieces out, making sure they are placed in the correct position

Place your cut pieces onto black cardstock and press VersaMark over your entire image

Cover image with Sparkle embossing powder and heat emboss

You’re now left with stained glass.  I do hope you are inspired to try this technique out.
Thanks for stopping by.

Posted on : Apr 11 2017
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How to do Reverse Embossing

Hello fellow stampers.  It’s Beth Norman with a Reverse Embossing tutorial for you today.  I used the elegant Peeking stamp and Believe in Yourself.

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Supplies: Oversized cardstock, 4 x 5 1/4 cardstock, two colours of ink, sponges, die

With your die, cut out your shape on your oversized cardstock, leaving a lot of room to sponge without getting colour on the edges of the template.

Lay your smaller sized cardstock under your cardstock that has been cut out with your embossing machine.

Sponge in your lightest colour and cover the entire open area.  Here I used SU Flirty Flamingo.

Next, sponge in a darker colour, keeping it close to the outside of your circle, or whatever shape you use.  Here I used SU Sweet Sugarplum.

Finished sponged work.

I love my Misti.  It allows for fabulous placement.  Finish your image as desired.


Posted on : Mar 28 2017
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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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