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Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

We are ringing in the Holidays for the September Technique Junkies Blog Hop.  This release features Halloween and Christmas for your upcoming holiday crafting.  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will be hosing a blog hop to showcase the new holiday stamps and spark creative ideas for your festive inking.

Pat is again offering 15% off all September Release Stamps for one week!  In addition to new stamps, Technique Junkies has added more new products to the store including stencils, art anthology colorations, Prills, and a variety of fun dimensional mediums perfect for those who like to play with ink.

My first card uses the Color Sandwich Technique from the Simple & Easy Inking CD for the background.  The inks used were Twisted Citron, Black Soot, and Ripe Persimmon.  Once all my colors were laid down I inked Versamark through the Spider Web Tim Holtz Stencil and applied clear powder.  This added some texture without taking away from the technique.  The focal image is “Black Cat SD615,” which I embossed then watercolored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  The sentiment “Fright Night SDX054” was again stamped over a Spider Web stenciled background of Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.

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My second card uses the “Depth of Field Technique also from the Simple & Easy Inking Techniques CD”.  This worked so well with the Set of 6 stamps in “Christmas Trees #SS045.”  I love the variety of trees in this set and can’t wait to make more cards using it.  After creating the depth of field background, I did some inlayed die cutting using the Papertrey Ink “Peace” die.  To make it pop-up I cut out four “peace” words and stacked them up.  The colors used are from Hero Arts Shadow inks in Vanilla, Royal Red, Charcoal and Field Green.

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My next two cards feature the stunning sentiment called, “Merry Christmas #SD654.” This sentiment is so beautiful on it’s own I wanted to keep my cards very clean and simple.  I heat embossed the image on both cards and added sequins for some embellishment. The first cards background die is from Our Daily Bread and the second is Memory Box.

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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  Robin Redd’s  Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous project Robin!

The next stop is at Pat Huntoon’s Blog.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com

Pam DeChellis http://journeyawakensthesoul.blogspot.com

Sally Lynn MacDonald  http://www.sallylynnmacdonald.com

Beth Norman http://sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog

Jane Bosi http://janembosi.blogspot.com

Jerri Jones http://www.abushelandahug.blogspot.com

Gini Cagle http://ginicagle.blogspot.com

Judy Jackson  http://judysstampart.blogspot.com

Marilyn Hughes http://DollsEtc.blogspot.com

Robin Redd  http://robinredd.typepad.com/reddrobinstudios/

Kathy Stacy https://craftynurse4u.wordpress.com – That’s Me!

Pat Huntoon http://patstamps.blogspot.com

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

Technique Junkies Design Team Post: Let’s Face It

Hey Junkies!

I’m back with you today with a little more inspiration from Pat’s August release. I had so much fun during our blog hop this past weekend today I’m featuring another card using “Let’s Face It 5” from the Palettini Collection.

The background started with Distress Paint in Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade.  Once that dried I applied black paint through a Heidi Swapp Stencil using the “Stencil Turn” Technique on the Sensational Stencil CD.

For my image I stamped “Let’s Face It 5 #P030” on book paper using Adirondack Espresso Ink. Her face is colored with Liquitex Fluid Ink in Burnt Sienna diluted with water, the lips are Twinkling H20’s in Hopeful Honeysuckle, and the Eyes are FW Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic in Genesis Green. Okay, Okay – yes, I have a lot of inks…..

For her headpiece, I stamped it on Amy Tangerine’s Rise & Shine paper and clear embossed.  I fussy cut the head piece and applied it back onto the image.  Once everything was dry, I applied Tim Holtzs’ “Distress Glaze” because all my mediums were water based and I didn’t want it to run when I applied the Gel Medium.

Once the gel medium dried, I created depth by applying a Pitt Artist Pen in Brown around her head piece.  This is a great way to complete your paper piecing so it doesn’t look disconnected or out of place.  To finish, I colored the flowers with more FW Pearlescent Paint in Waterfall Green and called her done!

I thrilled you stopped by today and encourage you to subscribe to the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog  for tons of inspiration.

I also want to remind you there is still a few days left to take advantage of the 15% off all new August Stamps at the Technique Junkies store.

By for now,

The Crafty Nurse

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Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

Is it August 1st already?  Well you all know what that means – Time for the Technique Junkie Design Team’s  blog hop showcasing the new Technique Junkies stamps for August.

I really loved this new release as the stamps beg for the application of color and vibrancy.  In addition to a bunch of cool new stamps, there are stencils, art anthology colorations, and a variety of new dimensional mediums perfect for those who like to play with ink.  As a special treat, Pat is offering 15% off all August Release Stamps for one week!  WooHoo!

I’d love for you to stop by all the design team’s blogs for great ideas and samples of other new August Release stamps  you can find in the Technique Junkies Store.

My first card uses the Grunged Stencil Tutorial on the Sensational Stencils CD for the background.   This is a super easy technique and fun with all types of stencils.  My stencil is from Dina Wakely and my ink is Distress.  I then “grunged” it using my own concoction of Perfect Pearls Spray made with water and powdered perfect pearls.

My focal image is a new Pallettini Stamp made exclusively for Technique Junkies called, Let’s Face it 5 #P030.  If you haven’t seen this series, there are some great faces in this collection so please check them out.

I stamped her on Copic X-Press It paper and colored her using E42, E33, and E25 Copic Markers.  I then stamped her headpiece using Versamark and clear embossing ink over Basic Grey’s “kneehigh” collection.  After fussy cutting her headpiece, I then applied it back on the image using Collage Pauge and once that dried, applied highlights using a Pitt Artist Pen in Brown.  This is a great way to add depth into your paper piecing. My final step was to add some Club Scrap fiber.

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My second card uses the “Stencil Collage and Stencil Turn Techniques also from the Sensation Stencil CD”.  After stamping the “Contemporary Floral #S638” with Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossing with clear, I applied Abandoned Coral, Mowed Lawn, and Squeezed Lemonade through a Crafters Workshop stencil.  The background was then created using the same colors of distress paint as I did distress ink then applied black paint through a Heidi Swapp Herringbone Stencil. The sentiment is “Kindness Matters DX026.”

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My final card  uses the “Saturated Stencil Technique,” from the Sensational Stencils CD.  Don’t these CD’s have tons of great techniques?  I used Distress Stains in Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, and Squeezed Lemonade to create my background.  I then lifted up ink through the Tim Holtz Star Stencil using water and heat embossed “Circus Stars #S614” with white powder.  For the focal image I stamped and heat embossed “Lovers Silhouette #SD636” then colored it using the same colors from the background.  For my sentiment I created a banner from “Forever and a Day #SD599”

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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  Robin Redd’s  Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous project Robin!

The next stop is at Pat Huntoon’s Blog.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com

Pam DeChellis http://journeyawakensthesoul.blogspot.com

Sally Lynn MacDonald  http://www.sallylynnmacdonald.com

Beth Norman http://sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog

Jane Bosi http://janembosi.blogspot.com

Jerri Jones http://www.abushelandahug.blogspot.com

Gini Cagle http://ginicagle.blogspot.com

Judy Jackson  http://judysstampart.blogspot.com

Marilyn Hughes http://DollsEtc.blogspot.com

Robin Redd  http://robinredd.typepad.com/reddrobinstudios/

Kathy Stacy https://craftynurse4u.wordpress.com – That’s Me!

Pat Huntoon http://patstamps.blogspot.com

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

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March Tim Holtz Tag 2015

Today I finished the March 2015 Tim Holtz Tag.  It uses distress paint for the background on top of some washi.  The butterfly stamp is from the new set called “Perspective”.  I heat embossed and masked it off to place the gold ferro over the tag in place of the recommended texture paste with embossing powder.  It skips several steps and I think it turns out just as nice.  I embellished the tag with some Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprayed ribbon in Grab a Guy Gold and some metallic gold thread my sweet friend Lynn gave to me in a care package.

 

 

March Tim Holtz Tag

Here’s a few close ups:

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The Mixed Media Challenge: Birds of a Feather

Simon Says Stamp: Things that Fly

January 2015 Tim Holtz Tag

I kept this tag pretty much as Tim designed.  I didn’t have any colored Distress Glitter so I made some with the clear glitter and alcohol ink in Latte’.  It’s super easy – just put some clear glitter in a container and add a few drops of alcohol ink, then stir.  I make sand this way too.  I also tied some fun knots with hemp for the ribbon.

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Here’s a close up.

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12 Tags of 2014: December – Tim Holtz

It’s tag day at the Stacy craft desk!  I’ve finished my December 12 Tags by Tim Holtz making a few substitutions from the original by using the Bigz Reindeer Flight die cut out with grunge paper and covered with distress paint, distress ink and glitter. I also didn’t have any distress spray so I took my distress ink and repurposed it by pulling off the dauber top on the distress stain bottle and putting the stain into a mini mister to make my own distress spray and it worked!  Yeah for me.  The background is faded jeans distress ink mixed with Brushed Pewter distress stain.  I then heat embossed silver Hero Arts shadow ink with clear powder and distressed the edges with walnut stain.  I didn’t have the Holiday Greens thinlits die but did have the Festive Greenery die, also Tim Holtz.  I cut that out using kraft core in green.  I also used brushed sage and brushed pewter to make the light greenery.  The birch trees are an Impression Obsession Die also cut out with Kraft Core.  I threaded tinsel through a red bell for the reindeers collar and stapled some lights.  I cut out “believe” foil paper and adhered the border sticker at the bottom of the tag with multi-medium.  Wish me luck!

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Virginia View Challenge: Distressed

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I saw this sketch and immediately thought about using the Bigz Poinsettia die and matching embossing folder as a focal piece.  I cut it out using grunge paper, then applied rock candy crackle paint.  Once that dried I applied Fired Brick and Vintage photo Distress Stains.  After heat setting that I then applied the same colors but in the mini ink pads.  Then, I applied a small amount of Fired Brick distress paint.   The center is some Hero Arts gems applied with glossy accents and glittered. The paper is Lily Bee “Jingle” 6 x 6 pad.  I cut out the circles with My Favorite Things and the string is Close To My Heart wax thread in Cranberry.  I love how this came out.  What do you think?

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Exploring Art Journaling Pages 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21

Wow – this is a lot of pages!  I’ve had a great weekend catching up on my 30 day Art Journaling Challenge using Christine Urias’ “Exploring Art Journaling 4” class at Scraptime.ca.  

Day 17’s page uses Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint Daubers to make flowers.  I topped all of them with a TON of stickles because I have lots of them and can’t really use them on my Operation Write Home cards.  I got that idea from Joggles U-tube channel.

 

Day 17 Dauber Flowers with Stickles over watercolor base

Day 17 Dauber Flowers with Stickles over watercolor base

Day 18 uses a lettering technique to make large statement words.  The pages starts on a base of Gelatos and I used Sharpie Paint markers for the colored letters.  I have a LONG way to go and A LOT to learn when it comes to hand lettering, but I have to say it really interests me and found a great book on Amazon called “The Art of Whimsical Lettering” by JoAnne Sharpe.

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Hand Lettering w/Sharpie

 

Day 19 is a fun page I really like and uses some watercolor paint and salt to make some fun background texture.

Watercolor & Salt

Watercolor & Salt

Day 20 uses die cuts collaged on the page and then using the new Dina Wakely Acrylic Paint over them.  If you haven’t tried her paints I would highly suggest it.  They are FABULOUS.  I have a ton of paints and I tell you the vibrancy and texture of this is like using butter.  It’s fabulous.  Hobby Lobby is now carrying the line so I’ll be there to pick up the other colors very soon.

This page felt chaotic to me, so I came up with the theme “lost ?”, because as humans, we all feel that way and I’m sure most everyone can relate. It’s life and that’s what Art Journaling is meant for, expression.

4 - Day 20; Die cut Texture

Die Cut Collage

Last, Day 21 is a favorite so far.  The technique is stamping into transparent molding paste for texture.  To do this you apply a fairly even, thin layer of translucent molding paste, then simply stamp into it, letting it dry and painting over it with distress paints in shaded lilac and picked raspberry.  I cut out some of the newsprint collage sheets for flowers and the butterfly and used some old stamps from my stash.  I like that the little girl in the top right corner almost looks like me when I was a little girl.  I hated that pixie, but that’s what I was given. I did some hand patterning around the edges that I learned from the Sakura website.  They have some great video’s, so I’d check them out.

4-Day 21; Translucent Gel Stamping

Stamping in Translucent Gel

12 Tags from Tim Holtz – August

August 12 Tags

August 12 Tags

I love to participate in Tim’s 12 Tags.  This month’s was SUPER easy.  I love how the washi tape acted as a resist so none of the stains, paints or inks colored it.  I also like the Distress embossing powder and how it looks like rust.  I didn’t have the Vintago Photo color, but did have tea dye and I think it still works.  If you are going to do this, I recommend  (as did Tim but I failed to pay attention) you do your heat embossing before you attach the plastic film strip because it melts……   I didn’t have his Texture Paste, but used standard molding paste from the art store and it colored just as nicely.  I also brought out some old sewing rub-ons as I don’t have my sewing machine out.   Hope you enjoy!

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Distress Ink Finger Painting

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I’m playing with the new Technique Junkies newsletter for August/September using a technique called Distress Finger Painting, then edged with distress ink in gathered twigs.  I think I like the 2nd one better, what do you think? The images are Tim Holtz Autumn Blueprints stamps on bazzill card shoppe card stock.  The  sentiment on top card is Simon Says Stamp ‘Friendship Messages” and the second card is Avery Elle “Oh Happy Day”.  Button dies, which I love using on OWH cards are from My Favorite Things and the leaf die is Impression Obsession.

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