Stencil Shading

Hello fellow stampers!

Have you ever wondered how to add more depth to your stenciled project?  Today, I am going to show you how to add shadows to help with that 3-D effect.  The stencil I used today is from A Colorful Life Designs.  The one I am using in this tutorial is called Adored Frame and can be purchased at A Colorful Life Designs.

Did you know that Technique Junkies sells A Colorful Life Stencils too?  You can use my discount code of TJ10Beth to receive 10% off your stencils, or any other product that is in the store.  This discount does not apply to clearance items.  For a full line of A Colorful Life Stencils at Technique Junkies please view here.

Tape your stencil down onto a firm background.  Be sure to use painter’s tape and tape along the inside edges of your cardstock.  Pixie spray works wonderfully too and can be purchased at Technique Junkies.  Yes, my code TJ10Beth is good for a 10% discount too.  By using Pixie spray, you do not have to use tape.

Using a finger dauber, or sponge, rub your ink-stained sponge over the area of your stencil.  Any stencil can be used.

Surprise!  You will be using a Q-tip for this step.  Using your Q-tip, rub it into a darker shade of ink than what was placed onto your cardstock.  Place the darker ink on the lower portion of the stem, swirl, star, etc.  Be sure to add the darker shade of colour in a “flicking” motion so your colour blends nicely.  If the area is elongated, such as the swirls in my stencil, add some darker colour in the top third of your design.

If there are small areas in your stencil, too small for sponging, feel free to use a pointed marker to fill in those areas as see above.

And, lastly, stamp a sentiment on your stenciled background.  Here I used Technique Junkies Love You More, set of 5.

I hope I inspired you to try adding some depth to your stencils.

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Oct 08 2019
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Technique Junkies October New Release and Discount


Hello folks!  It’s the first of the month and Technique Junkies love to celebrate with a new release and big savingsToday, until October 8th you can receive newly released stamps at 15% off that automatically comes off your shopping cart, AND if you use the code TJ10Beth, an additional 10% is taken off which equals 25% off newly released stamps and 10% off any other product in your shopping card, excluding clearance items.  The full October Release can be see here.

My Merry Christmas card uses Poinsettia, set of 4; and Victorian Greetings, set of 6.  I die cut the background, adhered designer paper and added my sentiment and poinsettia which I coloured with Prismacolor coloured pencils.  I coloured two poinsettias and layered them with pop dots.  Pearls were added to the sentiment and the flower.

I love plaid, and was so excited to pair up this darling moose with it.  Chris Moose was stamped out and coloured with Prismacolor coloured pencil.  Next, I added Crystal Stickles to the white part of the hat, and the Christmas bulbs handing on the antlers.  Using Poinsettia, set of 4, I added the small poinsettia to the bottom, using pop dots to give it a 3-D feel.  As well, I punched out green leaves and die cut a heart shape using gold cardstock and used pop dots on the star.  Brads were added to each corner of the wood grain designer paper.

You can see the full release of stamps for the October New Release here.

Have I inspired you to start thinking about making your Christmas cards?  Dare I tell you all my Christmas shopping is done, except for one present?  I love the Christmas holiday season.



Janine Tinklenberg

Posted on : Oct 01 2019
Posted under cards, Christmas, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Pumpkins, Pumpkins everywhere

Hello stampers!  Fall is in the air and why not make a tribute to the season with an autumn card.  I love pumpkins and in a pie is even better.

Today I have used Pumpkin and Life is Beautiful.  Unfortunately the sentiment does not show up well in this photo, but in real life it looks terrific.

You can purchase these stamps, or any other product that is not on the clearance rack, at 10% off simply by using the code TJ10Beth.  Who doesn’t like to save money?

What is your favourite part of autumn?  For me it is the cozy sweaters and walking in the park surrounded by trees in full colour.

Thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Sep 24 2019
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Tree Rings in the Woodlands

Good morning fellow stampers!  Today I’m posting a newly released Tree Rings from Technique Junkies.  I thought the Tree Rings lent itself to using some woodland dies, and by using Happy Birthday 3, I turned it into a birthday card.  One cannot have enough masculine cards.  Right?!

You can get 10% off Tree Rings and Happy Birthday 3, and any other item that isn’t in the clearance rack, at 10% off simply by using my discount code TJ10Beth.  Now who doesn’t love a discount?!

I stamped Tree Rings with brown Momento onto Kraft cardstock and matted it with So Saffron.  Brown Momento was stamped on So Saffron and cut out using a scallop punch.

Thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Sep 10 2019
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Technique Junkies New Release and Discount

Hello fellow stampers.  It’s the first of the month and that means a new release and discount from Technique Junkies.  This stellar release is a knock out!  Until September 8th, you can purchase newly released stamps at 15% off which comes off automatically in your cart.  And by using TJ10Beth code you earn an additional 10% off the newly released stamps.  Anything (except clearance items) are always 10% off when you use my code.

My first card uses Autumn Framed Sentiments, set of 5.  Let me tell you–these stamps and coordinating sentiments are huge.  The leaves are 5″ wide and the sentiments are 4 3/4″ wide.

For my first card I stamped out my image on Kraft cardstock, coloured the leaves white and then added colour over top.

This was a super fun card to make.  I coloured the Pumpkin with a variety of orange and yellow Prismacolor coloured pencil.  In the background I stamped out Houndstooth Check background (not a new release) in Momento Rich Cocoa.  Using the Momento Rich Cocoa, I stamped my Leaves Turn sentiment onto gold cardstock.

I will have more cards to share from the new release coming up.  This is a favourite release and I hope you think so too!

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by.


Posted on : Sep 01 2019
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Love and Laughter Floral

Hello stampers!  Today’s cards use one stamp called Love and Laughter Floral from Technique Junkies.  As you may know, I do like to make several cards using one stamp, using a different technique, or different colours.  Because I like bright colours I used Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.  For the card on my left I heat embossed with dark chocolate and my stencil stamp came from A Colourful Life Designs stencil called Garden Gate.

Our new release will be upon us in less than a week, and I’m so excited about this release, so please remember to come back on September 1st for a peak at the new release and big discount on new releases.

As always, if you are so inclined, please use code TJ10Beth to get 10% off you entire purchase (excludes clearance items).


Posted on : Aug 27 2019
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A Nautical Anniversary

Hi folks!  Can you believe it’s my 1st wedding anniversary already?  I am in love with owls and nautical themes so what could be better than combining the two for an anniversary card.  My wedding invitation included a male and female die cut owl.  After cutting out all of the pieces my two girlfriends came over and we spent the night gluing all the pieces together.

On my background you can see the Technique Junkies Ropes that I coloured in two tones.  You can receive Ropes or any other stamp/product (excludes clearance items) at 10% off simply by using TJ10Beth.

Behind my owl, I made clouds with a handmade cloud shape on watercolour paper.

This is the inside of the card.  Underwater Borders, Set of 3 was stamped on the inside of my card and coloured with Prismacolor coloured pencil.  I had fun colouring my image and adding shadow and highlights.

Al and I dressed up and went out for a nice steak dinner.  Tucked inside my card were theatre tickets.

Our wedding took place in Niagara Falls, Canada.  The day was beautiful for picture-taking.

We got married outdoors.  The log cabin is where we signed our wedding certificate.

Let the party begin!

Posted on : Aug 20 2019
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Dreaming of Wings

Hello folks!  Todays Technique Junkies card uses Dreaming of Wings and A Colorful Life Stencils background.  I stamped and coloured my image then I carefully sponged the stencil.  This was extremely easy with this stamp, and required no masking.  Easy peasy folks!

As always, you can enjoy a 10% discount on these, or any other product, excluding the clearance rack, simply by using my code TJ10Beth.

Have a great day!

Posted on : Aug 13 2019
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The Rooster May Crow

Hello there fellow stampers.  How did you like the new release for Technique Junkies?  There are a lot of awesome stamps this month, and it’s not too late to hone in on the fantastic 25% off newly released stamps.  How so, you ask?!  Well, all newly released stamps are 15% off until August 8th, and with my 10% discount coupon, you will get 25% off newly released stamps, and 10% of all other products you purchase, excluding the clearance rack.  Feel free to use my 10% discount code TJ10Beth.

Here I used a new release called The Rooster May Crow, and paired it with two older stamps:  Little Checkerboard and Chicken Wire 2.

I heat embossed using gold embossing powder over Real Red cardstock.  Little Checkerboard was stamped out and die cut to make a frame for my main image.

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your week!

Posted on : Aug 06 2019
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Technique Junkies New Release and Discount

Welcome, welcome to the August release for Technique Junkies.  There is so much goodness to see and let me tell you that the design team will wow you.  I know I was blown away with the talent of the TJ DT.

All newly released stamps are 15% off until August 8th, and when you use my code, TJ10Beth, you will get a total of 25% off of your purchase.  There are no discounts on clearance items.


Here, I used I’ll be Watching You.  I stamped over my stenciled background, using a variety of A Colorful Life Stencils.  Next, I drew lines around the edges as seen on Debi Payne’s work on-line.  I thought it would be a great way to add more black to make the image pop, instead of using a black mat.  Sequins were added to give it some texture.

Looking through a gate, or window, is Framed Sunflower.  Would you believe sunflowers are one of my favourite flowers?  LOL.  Here, I stamped out my image and spent quite a bit of time colouring it with Prismacolor coloured pencils and even blended some brown paint around the centre of the flower and added brown dots using dark brown acrylic paint.  The last thing I did was to add clouds to the sky, using my handmade stencil.


Kia Gibson-Clapper –

Posted on : Aug 01 2019
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

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