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Technique Junkies – Embossed Vellum

Hello Junkies

I’m here today with inspiration using the May Technique Junkies stamps.  Pat is still offering 15% off the May release until the 8th.  You may also use TJ10Kathy for a 10% discount on your other purchases.


Steps for focal image:

  • Stamp “Own Kind of Beautiful” with Versamark ink on heavy weight vellum by Bazzill
  • Heat emboss using Rangers Liquid Platinum powder
  • Cut out with large My Favorite Things flag die
  • Attach with brads

Steps for background:

  • On dark card stock stamp “Lollipop Flowers” in Versamark Ink
  • Dust perfect pearl powders in several colors over the top of Versamark ink and brush off gently using soft brush
  • Stamp “Lollipop Flowers” around the edge of matting card stock for more interest.

As always, we hope you find some time to get your fingers inky today.  Please join us at the Facebook Group and for our current challenge that runs until May 13th.

See you then!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies – Large Poppies

Hey Fellow Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here today with another card from Technique Junkies.  Flowers represent the best of spring and these Large Poppies are so beautiful.

My card today is simply stamped using versamark ink which I then white heat embossed. I then brought in watercolors in a wet on wet fashion.  My sentiment is a perfect set for sympathy cards called, “With Sympathy Set of 5”, which I’ve heat embossed on heavy vellum.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and as always we wish you lots of creative play today.  Stop by the Facebook Group to show us your work.

Discount Code for any Technique Junkie Stamp is: TJ10Kathy

Bye, Bye for now!!

The Crafty Nurse

A Blog Named Hero – Vellum

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with a collaboration project with Lil’ Inkers for our Vellum challenge at A Blog Named Hero.

The Modern Mehndi set from Lil’ Inkers is stunning when white heat embossed on vellum.  I colored the back of the vellum with Copic Markers and created a frame with the Lawn Fawn Stitched dies.  The background was embossed on vellum using sparkly powder and I popped up the flowers with foam tape.

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I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our June for our collaboration with Lil’ Inkers for the Vellum Challenge!



The House That Stamps Built; Project for the week of 6/13/16

Hello stampers.  Kathy, The Crafty Nurse back for a fun “how’d you do that” technique using fishtail dies for this months project of the week at The House that Stamps Built!  It looks difficult, but is actually super easy.  As we are fast approaching 4th of July, I used a patriotic theme.

Lets get started!

For this project the supplies you’ll need are:

  • Die Cutting Machine, any type
  • Flag or chevron type die
  • Design Paper or Colored Card Stock
  • Cardbase
  • Washi or Low Tack Tape
  • Liquid Glue, I used Tombow Mono Liquid
  • Craft Tweezers
  • Dye Ink, I used Hero Arts Shadow in Royal Red
  • Repeat Impressions Stamps of your choice, I used: 3702-G, USA


To begin, choose a die that has a 90 degree angle.  I happen to have a set of 4 dies from Sunny Studios called “Fishtail Banners” but you can use the other style I’ve shown here by My Favorite Things called, “stitched edges” or even an actual flag die as long as it’s large enough.


Next, temporarily tape together two of the dies to create your chevron.  You can make it any size you like.  To make it bigger, simply add more space between each die. The middle channel between the two cutting edges is the size of the chevron you’ll get.



Now it’s time to cut.  Align the center point of the die with the middle of a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch piece of design paper or card stock.  This is a perfect size for this particular die as it extends to both ends but if it’s smaller or bigger, you can just trim to the desired size.


Here is the size of the chevron I’ve cut.


For the next cut, simply place the dies on the edge and repeat. This keeps the size of the chevrons the same.


Okay – now for the assembly.  Simply interlock the two alternating colors in an under/over pattern.


Then decide how large of a center opening you want by placing your chevrons on a 4 1/4 x 5 1/5 inch piece of card stock.


It’s now time for some glue.  It’s much, much easier if you use liquid glue so you can adjust your pieces.  I grasp the two chevron’s together and using a fine tipped bottle, add my glue.


I then begin placing the chevrons using craft tweezers.  You can alternate under and over patterning, but honestly, it really doesn’t matter.  Just make sure you get realatively regular placement.



Continue laying down the chevrons until you have the outcome you like.  You can add a few, or fill up the whole page, it’s totally up to you.


Here’s my final card.


Thank you much for joining me here today at The House That Stamps Built blog.  Let me know if you have any questions and stop by on Wednesday for our Photo Inspiration Challenge.

A Blog Named Hero – Vellum

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with a little Hero Arts inspiration for the Vellum challenge at A Blog Named Hero.

Vellum can be a bit challenging to use in your card making, but I love the way that it can mute down a bright design for a more subtle mood.  The other question is how do you adhere the vellum without seeing the adhesive?  The way I chose was to use brads. I’m sure you all have some of those in your stash, I know I sure do!

I began by creating a cluster of circles using multiple Hero Arts Shadow Inks.  I heat embossed the Lil’ Inker’s Modern Mehndi stamp for the sentiment and finished off with Hero Arts pearls.

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I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our June Vellum Card Challenge!  This month we are collaborating with Lil’ Inker so I’ll be back later this month with more inspiration using their great stamps!


The House That Stamps Built; Project for the week of 2/29/16

Hello stampers.  Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here “leaping” into some fun background techniques this month for my project of the week at The House that Stamps Built!  I hope you’ll find some helpful information in my post today that helps you move forward on your crafting journey.

I have always love techniques and playing with inks.  I found that Copic Various Refills have the same properties as regular adirondack alcohol inks so any technique you do with those, can be done with Copic refills.  I’ve listed just a few of my favorites.

Lets get started!

For this project the supplies you’ll need are:


Copics on Vellum (BG49 & RV25)FebPOTW2

Begin with BG49 at the bottom of a strip of vellum.  I would recommend using a piece larger than you actually need.  With good consistent pressure, color back and forth to the midpoint of your vellum.


Next, take your colorless blender and soften out the BG49 toward the top.


Then, reverse the strip of paper and from the other end begin doing the same with your RV25. You can see that it is beginning to create a third color in the middle as they mix together.


Then bring back the colorless blender again to go over the entire piece.


Do not be alarmed when you get ink that transfers to your colorless blender.  It’s not ruined. Simply color back and forth on clean scratch paper and it will be good as new.  You may still see color, but it won’t come off on your next project.


To clean up your work space, grab the 91% alcohol and spray it liberally, then pick up with paper towel or cotton square.


Here is the vellum panel stamped with Repeat Impressions “Life is not 6113-k”


The next technique is so easy, but makes an impressive background. The key to getting great movement with alcohol inks is using either glossy card stock or specialty stamping paper by Ranger.


Start by placing drops of various refills on a non-porous surface.  I just used my craft mat to dot random patterns of the three ink refills. I then took a spray bottle with 91% alcohol (you can get this at Walmart or any pharmacy store), and gave 3 good sprays.


Then, dip your glossy card stock into the ink and viola!  You can leave it like it is, or keep dipping until you are satisfied.


The next technique drops ink directly on the paper.  You can use vellum, glossy, or even transparencies.


After applying the ink droplets you can spray with the 91% Alcohol to get movement.


This next technique also uses ink direct to paper, but adds even more movement by blowing through a straw when the ink is still wet.  You must work quickly as these inks dry fast!


This next technique uses a pipette filled with 91% alcohol to drip small amounts over a copic colored background.  This would be great for water scenes.


Finally, here are the creations I made during my creative play today. I hope you’ve gotten a few tips and tricks this week at The House That Stamps Built and we look forward to seeing your cards in our current challenge this week.


Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags with a Feminine Twist

For those of you who don’t know about Ellen Hutson’s Classroom, you are missing a great blog where so much creativity is offered and taught.  Each year Ellen hosts her own version of 12 Tags and asks they have a feminine twist.  I was inspired by Carolyn Pooler and Stephanie Wincott on Day 1.  I loved the use of the distress inks and floral elements in white embossing.

I used several Ellen Hutson products including, “Brushstroke Christmas, Cozy Christmas, and Mondo Poinsettia.  It’s all on sale now too so go check it out!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my feminine tag!

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Technique Junkies: Black & White

Hey Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here with a Design Team post featuring more of the July stamp Release at Technique Junkies.    Pat’s outdone herself again this month and given us so many great choices to work with.

Today I’m featuring a sympathy card.  It is often hard to motivate yourself creatively when a sympathy card is needed.  For that reason, I like to make them ahead of time and have them in my stash.

Using the theme of darkness felt during this time, I’ve chosen a black and white design using July Stamp release, “Peonies #S626” and the Sympathy set of 5 called, “With Sympathy #SS049”.

The card is very straight forward stamping with black Versafine ink and heat embossing with with clear powder.  The sentiment is also embossed on Bazzill heavy vellum.  I added a few gems to finish off the card and layered with white card stock.

Thanks so much for joining us today at the Design Team Blog.  Hope you’ve had a chance to check out all the great new product in the Technique Junkies store because today is the very last day of our July sale.

By for now,

The Crafty Nurse

The House That Stamps Built; Designer Choice Challenge

It’s the second Wednesday of April and that means it’s time for a Designers Choice Challenge at The House That Stamp Built!  I’ll be hosting today and have chosen heat embossing as my muse.  Embossing always provides that extra little pop to a card.  For my tip today, when you are heat embossing black, rather than use black powder, use black pigment ink, then clear powder.  That way you won’t get those stragglers that end up all over your card.

As with our other challenges, we are offering a $25.00 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions store for our random winner.  Don’t forget, if you use a RI stamp, you get an extra entry!

For my card today I used multiple colors from Zing to heat emboss my card.  I started by stamping Repeat Impressions, “Star Cluster #2106-G, “Star Large Silhouette #5111-H, and Star Small Silhouette #5140-C” using Versamark ink.

For the embossing, I started at the bottom corner holding my card front at an angle allowing the first powder to flow off.  Make sure to leave the top uncovered with powder so you can add additional colors.  I then move on to the second color making sure to leave room at the top for the third color.  You don’t have to worry about mixing colors because once the embossing ink is covered, it won’t pick up more powder.  You will get some mixing as it’s impossible to avoid, but I like the look.

For my sentiment, I added, “Reach For… 3105-E” using black Versafine ink onto Bazzill heavy vellum and heat embossed with clear powder as recommended above. See mom, no stragglers!

I sure hope you enter your heat embossed cards this week at The House that Stamps Built.  Happy Wednesday!

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Technique Junkies New Website, Blog Hop and DT Announcement!

I am thrilled to announce that Technique Junkies is launching their new website today!  If you are not familiar with Technique Junkies Stamps, they are individually handmade, high-quality, cling, red rubber stamps.  Here’s a link to how Technique Junkies Stamps are made.

To celebrate the new website and the Technique Junkies April stamp release, I’m also excited to announce that I will be part of the new Technique Junkies Design Team, YEAH!!!!!  I couldn’t be more thrilled.

I’ve been a member of Technique Junkies for several years and have thoroughly enjoyed the techniques offered.  I’d encourage you to come on over the the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog and subscribe so you too can enjoy some inky goodness.

Now, let’s get to hopping.  So that you don’t miss any of the fun, I encourage you to start hopping at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.

If you are arriving from Marilyn Hughes’ Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous page Marilyn!

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Pam DeChellis

Marilyn Hughes 

Kathy Stacy – Me!

Robin Redd

Beth Norman 

Jane Bosi 

Gini Cagle 

Jerri Jones 

Sally Lynn MacDonald

Pat Huntoon 

I’ve used the April Release, “Nesting Bird – #MC001” and “Be Silly – #SDX001″ for my first card.  I colored the image with Copic Markers and used the “Head over Heels” 6 x 6 paper pack by Lily Bee Design.  The base, flag and circle dies are from My Favorite Things.

April Release - #MC001 Bird in Nest; #SDX001 Be Silly-WM

My second card features “Lovers Silhouette -#SD636”.   I heat embossed clear powder over black Versafine ink.  I then chose four different Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Mica colors and watercolored them in an ombre pattern.  I die cut Ellen Hutson’s Brushstroke Love Die and inlayed it into the embossed image.  The frame is a My Favorite Things Die and the paper pack is Fancy Pants “Love” collection.

April Release #SD636 - Lovers Silhouette-wm

My third April release card features some super cool flowers called, “Darling Blossoms – #S615.”  I used Gelatos in a direct to paper method, then added highlights with Pitt Brush Pens in corresponding colors and white.  The sentiment is from the versatile sentiment set called, “Things I Want To Do #S546.” I then finished it off with a spritz of homemade pearlized spray.

April Release - Darling Blooms #S615 & Things I want to do #S546-wm

I sure hope you enjoy the hop and get a chance to stop by the new Technique Junkies website to check out all the fun new stamps.  As a special treat all Technique Junkies stamps will be 15% off from April 1-8. Happy Hopping!


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