The Crafty Nurse here today with one cat crazy card!
I used the Misti stamping tool to create my card today. The great thing about this tool is when you have a solid stamp, you can still get a really crisp image. It also helps when you are doing more complex masking like I did here with the January release stamp “Cat Crazy SD701.”
I started by stamping each of the “Crazy Cat’s” onto my card front. They were done in Archival Inks in Sepia, Black Soot, & Hickory Smoke. I then masked all three of the cats and placed the Art Anthology Stencil called “Cracked” over top and stenciled in using Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I stamped off 3 more of the black cats and then cut out the word “crazy” which I used as my sentiment.
To finish off I created a ground for my kitties to sit on with watercolored distress inks and finished off with more distressing on the edges.
I’ve also entered this card in the Mixed Media Stencil challenge using the Art Anthology Cracked Stencil.
For those crazy cat lovers and stampers alike, I hope you’ve found a little inspiration today and look forward to seeing what you do with your new Technique Junkies stamps.
Happy Monday! That means it’s time for a new Cards in Envy Challenge and this week we are celebrating Pink & Grey cards! Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 envelope without any large lumps or bumps. The challenge will run through Sunday, January 29th and our design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.
For my card today I used AlteNew’s Adore You stamp set. I stamped the flowers in Versafine Smokey Grey ink over design paper by My Minds Eye. I inked the edges of my front panel with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and added ink spots in that same ink color. The “I Adore You” sentiment, also in Versafine Smokey Grey completes my Pink & Grey card.
I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with this week for your Pink & Grey cards for the Cards in Envy Challenge!
It’s The Crafty Nurse here with a bit of inspiration featuring one of the January Release stamps from Technique Junkies called “Messy Love #S744”. I wanted to use this stamp in a masculine way by using muted colors and a simple design.
I began by stamping “Messy Love” with versamark ink over some MyMinds Eye design paper then clear heat embossed the heart pattern over the design paper. Once heat set, I then took Distress Ink in Ground Espresso and went over the entire piece buffing with a baby wipe to remove any lingering ink over the clear embossing. There is a similar technique in the Artistic Effects CD using Distress Stains. I finished off with the “Forever and A Day” stamp set from last years release.
We all need some masculine love cards this time of year so try out this cool technique with some of your favorite Technique Junkie Love stamps.
Happy New Year Junkies!!
I don’t know about you, but I plan on making 2017 a year of creativity. Creativity is so restorative for me and a great way to fit in some intentional creativity is to make cards. They are small, completed quickly and so very much appreciated by your recipient.
As a jumpstart to more creativity in your life, I sure hope you will take the time to join us for the January 2017 Blog Hop. Pat is offering 15% off all January release stamps over in the Technique Junkies store until January 9th so you only have a few days left to pick up some stamps to make a card for your sweetie this Valentines Day.
For my card today I’m sharing a little love and hopefully a little inspiration for your love-filled creativity. I began by heat embossing the new release stamp “Messy Love #S744″ in Ranger’s Red Pepper embossing powder on black card stock. With my background done I then prepared a piece of card stock with a few shades of Art Anthology Dimensional Paint’s in Red Velvet, Mi Bella, and Cotton Candy, which I applied in an ombre fashion. Once that was dry, I stamped last years release called “Happy Valentine’s Day” #SD661″ using Black Stazon Ink. I finished off with some “faux” stitching and called her done!
The Design Team and I would like to thank you for your comments both on the Design Team Blog and on our personal blogs. It really means so much to us throughout the year. We’d love to hear from you about what you’d all like to see from our posts here on the TJ Design Team Blog for this 2017 year.
Happy New Year!!
We are ringing in the New Year with a Blog Hop for the January Technique Junkies new release. The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team will provide an amazing selection of inspiration for your enjoyment.
Pat is again offering 15% off all January Release Stamps for one week! In addition to new stamps, Technique Junkies has great art supplies like stencils, art anthology colorations, velvets, and sorbets – which are fabulous dimensional mediums that can be used in such fun ways.
My first card uses some of those Art Anthology mediums in Red Velvet, Mi Bella and Cotton Candy for the background. The featured stamp called “Love You #SD725” is perfect for ATC backgrounds, but I’ve used it as a focal image. After white heat embossing “Love You, I applied the three mediums blending each to create a gradient. Behind the focal image is another new release called “Love Script #S697”, which I stamped in a pale shade of blue. The frame is a My Favorite Things Die that I covered with “Art Anthology Black Leather” paint, which has a glorious shimmer adding that extra pizazz to your card. I finished off the card with the Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ivory Seashell. These are super quick drying and self-leveling creating perfect pearl shapes.
My second card uses the “Kraft Resist Technique from the Bodacious Backgrounds CD” with Vintage Photo Distress Inks to make the “Messy Love #S744” stamp stand out. I cut the Messy Love panel using a heart die to expose another January stamp called, “Love Script S697”. In the process of making this card I was really inspired by the theme of love and community so using the people die from My Favorite Things I created two stacks of people holding hands in solidarity. I don’t think this die is being sold anymore, but I really loved how it paired with the TJ January release stamps.
My next card features the gorgeously delicate new stamp called, “Being Yours #SD727.” For the background I began with a Stencil Girl stencil using “Gessoed Stencil Technique from the Sensational Stencil CD” . The color is Picked Raspberry Distress Ink applied in an ombre fashion. The focal image “Being Yours” was embossed using silver sparkle powder. I cut think strips of silver glitter paper to frame the vellum and finished with sequins and stickles.
Being Yours Close Up
My final project uses the “By Us #SD700” with the technique “Whitewash Chic from the Artistic Effects CD“. I colored the image with distress markers and a fine tipped water brush. The frame was created by another My Favorite Things half circle die that was popped up for extra dimension. I cut away the sentiment so I could use it as a sentiment.
Now, that I’ve shown you what I have to offer, I don’t want you to miss any of the other design teams creativity so I encourage you to start hopping at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.
If you are arriving from Cheri’s Blog, you in the right place! Gorgeous Projects Cheri !
The next stop is the wildly creative Ro Donner!
Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:
Kathy Stacy That’s Me!
I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies January Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off January Stamps for the next week only!
Happy New Year! It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge . This week our theme is “Snowy Birds.”
As a reminder, Cards in Envy asks that your card fit into a standard A2 envelope for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple.
For today’s card went to an adorable mini set by Lawn Fawn called “Winter Sparrows”. To compliment the scene, I used the Lawn Fawn “Peace, Joy, Love” 6 x 6 paper pack. My Winter Sparrows and Copic Colored in B000 & R000 as well as the R35 for their hats.
I Hope 2017 is a great year for you and that you join us throughout this new year by entering your cards over at Cards in Envy. We really do enjoy your participation.
We are coming into the home stretch of the Holiday season and I hope you all are taking some time to get a little holiday crafting in before the season passes. As a tip to be prepared for next year, why don’t you make a few extra cards this December then store them away in preparation for next year!
My first card today uses one of my absolute favorite holiday stamps called “Christmas Dove”. I created a shaker card after I white heat embossed the dove and colored it with Distressed Stains. For more great ideas using Distress Stains check out the techniques on “Artistic Effects CD”. The sentiment I used is from “Christmas Ornaments Set of 9″, which is so versatile and can be used as either a holiday or a thank you card.
My second card features “Oh Holy Night”, which I silver heat embossed and stamped over a watercolor background. This is perfect for mass production.
I want to wish each and every one of you the most wonderful holiday season. We’ve got some exciting new stamps to feature for you on January 1st so we’ll see you then when the design teams returns for our first Blog Hop of 2017!
Until next year,
Happy Monday! It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge. This week our theme is “Celebrate The Season.”
As a reminder, Cards in Envy asks that your card fit into a standard A2 envelope, which is 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple. You have until January 1st to enter.
For today’s card I used Tim Holtz “Stamptember” Holiday Poinsettia stencil. This came in combination with a beautiful stamp set called “Holiday”, which can’t be found in the set, but can be purchased separately at Simon Says Stamp. I began by applying Picket Fence Distress Ink through the stencil, then shifted the stencil down and applied Festive Berries Distress Ink. I was inspired by Jana Millen who featured this stamp in September when it was released. I also added a few sequins and placed Stickles in the middle of each for extra bling.
I wish each and every one of you a special holiday season in whatever way your family celebrates. We hope you’ll join us at Cards in Envy for our “Celebrate the Season” Challenge!
Thought I’d share a few more of the Christmas cards that I’ve made recently. All use the Hero Arts Layering Tree and Impression Obsession tree dies. I stamped them with Alte New inks, then added a layer of versamark for the final white embossed snow. I then tipped the trees in glitter after I distressed them a bit. Those gorgeous stars are My Favorite Things dies cut from glitter paper.
Hope you all are getting ready for the holidays as we don’t have much time left. Stay warm – it’s darn cold out there at least here in Virginia!
Thought I’d share a few of the Christmas cards that I’ve made recently. This year completely got away from me and I while I normally make 40 or 50 cards per season, I’ve only been able to get to a handful.
For the first two I used My Favorite Things BB Santa’s Elves to create holiday scenes. The final two cards are from the Tim Holtz’s Stampember “Holiday” set using the technique Jennifer McQuire teaches using her fingers with Distress Ink.