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Technique Junkies: Ombre Zen Waves

The Crafty Nurse here for a midweek post to spark your creative flow. Please join us over at the Technique Junkies Facebook Group to share your work.

Stamps:“Zen Waves #S738” and Sky Touches the Sea #SDX096

Supplies: Art Anthology Sorbet in Honolulu Blue, Baby Blue Eyes, Pixie, and Mint Julep, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powder in Morning Glory Azure, Stampendous Embossing Enamel in Aqua,  Tim Holtz Embossing Folder & Ribbon.

Technique: Stamp Zen Waves with Archival Ink then apply Art Anthology Sorbet in dark to light.  Dry emboss using bubble folder for texture. Heat emboss sentiment using Lindy’s powder. Add versamark to edge and emboss using enamel.

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Happy Arting

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies – Let your Light Shine!

Hey Fellow Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here today with another card from our June 2017 release using “Let Your Life Shine” stamp.   To create the sun rays, I used the Tim Holtz “Ray’s” Stencil with Squeezed Sunshine, Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed Distress inks.  I added a layer of Art Anthology “splash” which is a sparkle medium over the entire piece.  I then added some birds with Art Anthology Stencil “Take Flight”. I finished off the card with a frame of Art Anthology “Lava” for a black frame.

Thanks for stopping by the today and as always we wish you lots of creative play today and always.

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Bye, Bye for now!!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies – Row of Birds

The Crafty Nurse here today with an card featuring “Row of Birds”, one of the April Release stamps from Technique Junkies.   I embossed the birds with clear powder after stamping with Versafine Black Onyx ink. The medium is watercolor with yellow greens, blue and payne’s grey. My background is the “Watered Crayons” tutorial from April/May 2013.  My frame was created using a My Favorite Things frame die which I painted in Art Anthology Black Leather Jacket Sorbet.

 

Thank you so much for joining me today here at The Crafty Nurse’s Blog.  We hope you’ll join us on our new Facebook Page so we can share out love of techniques and stamps.

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Make some time for art today!!

Fly Free – Technique Junkies Art Journal Page

The Crafty Nurse here today with an Art Journal page I made using some of the great April Release stamps from Technique Junkies.  The inspiration for this page was from Susanne Rose, mixed media artist.

Steps:

  1. Gesso Page
  2. Create a background using Inktense blocks or pencils
  3. Mellow out color with white gesso over whole page
  4. Choose stamps as background base. I used Star Power #S147, Here We Go Round In Circles #SS030 and Age Spots Spots #SD087
  5. Add depth with texture paste through stencil.  I used: Bubble Stencil and Square Fade.
  6. Color with thinned acrylic paint.  I used: Liquitex Fluorescent Pink, Blue & Green.
  7. Apply Black paint over texture, remove with baby wipe.
  8. Add additional stencil markings using paint
  9. Stamp desired image on Tim Holtz tissue tape.  I used: Row of Birds #SD788
  10. Collage image onto page using Matte Medium
  11. Color image/birds. I started with a base of Pitt Pens, which are an India Ink and permanent when dry. I then used the perfectly transparent Art Anthology Sorbet’s in Baby Blue Eyes, Vegas Gold, and Sunshine.  Sorbet’s add such glorious shimmer.  Outline image in black pitt pen and smudge to incorporate into the page.
  12. Stamp Sentiment “Art of God #SD799”.  I added some “oomph” by going over sentiment in Sakura Black Glaze.
  13. Add additional stamping with paint using background stamps, corrugated paper, credit cards, and other mark making tools.
  14. Finish the page with black and white spatters.  I use Liquitex ink.

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Happy Arting!!

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #167

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with sketch #167 at From The Heart Stamps. Our challenges are simple, just use a From The Heart image and the sketch as a reference.  There is also an added option to use the provided colors as well as a twist.  The sketch challenge runs through Sunday, March 26th.

For my card today, I used “Coffee and Friends”  keeping with the twist “Easy Does It”.  I colored my image up with Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo & Frayed Burlap.  I then added a coat of Art Anthology Dazzle Sorbet, which is sparkly and gold.

Sure hope you’ll join us this week for Sketch #167 at From The Heart Stamps.  Also, don’t forget to stop by and join the FTHS Facebook group.  Happy Monday!!

Technique Junkies February Blog Hop!

It’s the first of the month and that means it’s time for a Technique Junkies  Blog Hop showcasing the new February release!  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing  selection of inspiration for your enjoyment.

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Pat is again offering 15% off all February Release Stamps for one week!  In addition to new stamps, Technique Junkies has some great new stencils you absolutely need to check out.  The other new product is the Nuvo Mouse, which is a 3D effect product like modeling paste in gorgeous colors.

For my first card on the hop, I’ve taken Palm Tree’s Set of 3 #SS069 and used the Misti tool to create a multilayered effect using Distress Markers.  The Misti allows you to keep your stamp in the same place and repeatedly use different colors. I saw this technique by the wonderful Jill Foster and thought it would be perfect for this new TJ Stamp.  I used Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs and Espresso for the branches and Shabby Shutters & Peeled Paint for the branches. Once the tree is completely stamped, seal it with a clear layer of embossing powder.  This protective layer allows you to work on the background without dulling the focal image colors.  It also gives you little highlights that peek up, which I love.

Next I took distress inks in Broken China and Faded Jeans and began creating the clouds.  The “sand” is created with Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber and Gathered Twigs.

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Here is another card with the very same technique only using more muted distress inks.  For this card I added another new February stamp called Fly Me Away #S716 which frames this scene perfectly.  The sentiments in both cards are included in the Palm Trees Set of 3 set.

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My next card features Fly Me Away #S716 in a full card.  I used the same technique with the repeated stamping using the Misti Tool.  For more texture, I added a Tim Holtz Stencil over the top with Antique Linen Distress Ink. You can use any of the new Colorful Life stencils too!  The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker.

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My final card for you today features “Kitty in Curlers #SD743”.  I stamped her using Versafine ink in smokey grey and colored her in Art Anthology paints in Cotton Candy for her curlers, Buttercream for the body and Baby Blue Eyes  for the background.  The patterned paper is created using the technique called, Whitewash Chic from Artistic Effects CD. I wanted her to look like an old time picture frame so I hung a string over a brad so she can hang in her glory.

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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:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy  That’s Me!

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Pam DeChills

Judy Jackson

Pat Huntoon 

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies February Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off the February Release Stamps for the next week only!

Technique Junkies – Love Script

Hello Junkies

I’m here today with some inspiration using the January Technique Junkies stamp release called, “Love You #SD725”.  This stamp is a perfect ATC background stamp, but can also be used as a focal image such as I’ve done here when you frame it.

I painted a piece of card stock with Art Anthology Dimensional Paint and embossed Silver Sparkle Powder over the top.  The background is another new January stamp called “Love Script #S697” which I stamped using Hero Arts silver ink.  Inking your edges will always nicely frame you card bringing the eye in toward the center.

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Here’s a close up of the silver sparkle embossing over the Art Anthology Dimensional Paints.

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Sure hope you find some time to get your fingers inky today and I can’t wait to share the new February Technique Junkies stamps with you on 1st.

See you then!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies – Hearts, Hearts & More Hearts

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!!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies January Blog Hop!

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.

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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.

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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.

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Being Yours Close Up

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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.

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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:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy  That’s Me!

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Pam DeChills

Judy Jackson

Pat Huntoon 

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies January Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off January Stamps for the next week only!

Technique Junkies – Coffee Gauge

Hello Junkies

I’m here today with some quick inspiration using the November Technique Junkies stamp release called, “Coffee Gauge #SD703” which I stamped using the Misti tool.  I love using this tool because with large surface stamps like this one you often don’t get a good first impression.

The background is the result of some play with Alcohol Inks on Yupo.  The great thing about this technique is if you don’t like it, simply wipe it off and start over.  So forgiving.  For added flare my background was sent through a texture folder from We R memor Keepers.

The Coffee Gauge is stamped with a dye based ink, then over that I applied Art Anthology Dazzled, which gave it both texture and shine.  I finished off with dyed twine and called her done!

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Sure hope you find some time to get your fingers inky today and I’ll see you later on this month for more junkie goodness.

See you then!

The Crafty Nurse

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Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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