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Technique Junkies – Pug’s the Word

Hello Junkies

I’m here today with an ATC that is sure to put a smile on the face of your swap partner using the February Technique Junkies stamp called, “Pugs & Kiss #SD718”. This stamp is a perfect size for use on your ATC’s and very easy to fussy cut.

After making a standard ATC background which is 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, I cut a slightly smaller piece of sticky back canvas and watercolored that with some beautiful Quinacridone Gold. I stamped the sentiment directly on the sticky back canvas and wish I would have used Misty Tool because I wouldn’t have had to put down so much pressure somewhat distorting the stamp. I “fixed” my error by coming back in with a Faber Castell Pitt marker.  I love that trick!

My pug was colored using Distress Markers adding depth by using the folds of his skin for where I put in the shadow.  I colored his eyes with several colors to give them life.  Isn’t he adorable?

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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 March Technique Junkies stamps with you on 1st.

See you then!

The Crafty Nurse

Beautiful

Hey Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here sharing more inky goodness with the May Release Beautiful Faces #PS016 from Palettini collection ofTechnique Junkies.  I don’t make a lot of ATC’s, but the size of this new set really works for smaller projects.

The background is call “Soused Suede” from the October 2006 Technique Junkies Newsletter.  Yes, an oldie but a goodie.  I wanted to do some no-line coloring so I began with Antique Linen Distress Ink, then colored this lovely lady with Daniel Smith watercolors in Quinacridone Violet, Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue, and Cadmium Red Hue. I took some liberty in putting back some lines with a Pitt Pen.

 

We are fast closing the chapter on our May release and am looking forward to seeing what the June collection brings  Until then, stop by Technique Junkies store  to pick up this gorgeous set. See you soon!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies March Blog Hop!

It’s the first of the month and that means it’s time for a Technique Junkies Blog Hop showcasing the new March release!  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing  selection of inspiration for your enjoyment.  I know I have said this before, but WOW, this release has got to be one of the best yet.  Amazing Pat, you have completely outdone yourself.

Pat is again offering 15% off all March Release Stamps for one week! Also, if you haven’t tried the new Minx Shimmer Ink you are missing out on some fabulous inky goodness.  In addition to the Minx, Technique Junkies has other great art supplies like stencils, art anthology colorations, velvets, and sorbets to help you on your creative journey.

The background on my first card uses “180 Degree Stamping from the Bodacious Bacground CD.  I stamped the new Palettini image called, Vintage Butterfly Collection #PO35″ using AlteNew dusk and Ocean Waves crisp ink. The focal image is “Veiled Woman #SD658” stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers.  I also added “Black Leather Jacket” Dimensional Sorbet to her hat and coat for shine.  The sentiment is “Classy & Fabulous SDX070.”

March Butterflies-Veiled

My next card features the new stamp, “Whimsical World #S634” using a version of “Stained Resist Technique in the Artistic Effects CD.”   Instead of Distress Stains, I used the new Minx Shimmer Inks I talked about above in Bankroll, Decadent, and Panache.  You can’t really appreciate how shimmery they are in real life.  I finished the card by die cutting several Lawn Fawn stitched frames and popping them up. 

March-Minx

My next card uses the Vintage Butterfly Collection #P035″ stamp with the background called, Irresistible Rainbow from Bodacious Background CD. The colors used were Blueprint Sketch, Lucky Clover, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, and Candy Apple Red.  They appear muted as the paper is glossy. The sentiment is “Kindness Matters SDX026.”  In this technique, you should see a ghosting of the initial Versamark stamping, however, my pad was dry, so it isn’t as apparent, but I’m still was happy with the final outcome.

March-Rainbow Butterflies

My next card is another Palettini Collection stamp called “French Bicycle Collage #P037.”  For this card I used the “Big Bold Blending technique from “Bodacious Background CD.”  I then inked around the edges with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Inks and gave additional texture using the scoring board.  My sentiment is Tim Holtz letters edged with distress ink and adhered with Tombo Mono glue.

March Bicycle

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

The next stop is the wildly creative Jane Bosi.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Judy Jackson

Karen McAlpine 

Sally Lynn MacDonald

Marilyn Hughes

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Jane Bosi

Tonya Davidson

Robin Redd

Beth Norman 

Pat Huntoon 

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

Technique Junkies Vintage Travel Page

Hello Fellow Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here with a mixed media journal page using some of the new February Technique Junkie Stamps.  I hope you’ve had a chance to check out this fabulous release on the Technique Junkie Design Team page, if not, I encourage you to do so.  Pat is also offering all February Release stamps at 15% off until February 8th.

I began my page with Tim Holtz tissue paper then applied distress paint in Vintage Photo, Broken China, and Walnut Stain.  I then added a watery layer of gesso and wiped that around with a baby wipe.  I then took “Houndstooth Check S665” and stamped over the page in Versamark mark ink.  So that you don’t get hard edges, just curl your stamp and roll instead of stamping the entire thing.  I then added gold perfect pearls for some shimmer.  Over that, I stenciled gold ferro paste over a Tim Holtz’s “traveler” stencil.

The numbers, Paris Tower, and tag are all My Favorite Things dies cut from travel themed paper.  On the tag, I stamped the couple from “Vintage Travel Cases PS012″ in Sepia archival ink and the sentiment in black archival ink.  I like the way the fade off on the bottom.

The suitcases are also from “Vintage Travel Cases PS012.”  I began by stamping different suitcases with a variety of inks.  I stenciled over them with Art Anthology “Cracked” stencil and then layered that with rock candy distress stickles and let them dry.  I then adhered all the elements with matte gel medium and created shading with a Faber Castell Pit pen in brown. To finish I colored up some wooden planes also with the pitt pen  and called it a Technique Junkies Vintage Travel Page.

Well, that’s my page for today, I hope you’ve enjoyed a a little inspiration.  I’ll see you in a couple weeks for more fun with the February release at Technique Junkies.

As always, Happy Inking

Repeat Impressions: Color Challenge

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for a color challenge at The House that Stamps Built.  With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’ve chosen some traditional colors for the season.

The Challenge is open through Tuesday, February 9th and there is a $25.00 prize for our random winner.  You don’t have to use Repeat Impressions stamps, but if you do, an extra entry is waiting for you.

Now let’s get started with the colors we choose this week:

Feb Color

I began by stamping Repeat Impressions “Tumbling Hearts 1210-K” for the background of my card with versamark, then white heat embossed.  I die cut a label from My Favorite Things and then stamped “LOVE 1204-I” in black.  To jazz it up a bit I then added a pit pen in red around the edges and dotted with the white Uniball Signal White pen.  I guess I was in a doodling mood as I added faux stitching and more dots.

Feb Color

I can’t wait to see what you come up with in your color challenge for What If Wednesday at The House that Stamps Built

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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Tim Holtz February Tag 2015

Can anyone tell me where this darn year is heading so fast?  Is it really February already?

Enough nostalgia, let’s get to some art!  I had a great time making Tim Holtz’s February’s tag.  It’s collaging, which I’m really not that good at, but I gave it my best.  I didn’t have the Ephemera pack that the project called for so I printed different vintage valentine images from the internet distressed them, and made the base for my tag, or should I say tags since I decided to create two while I was at it.

 

February Tim Holtz Tag 1

 

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February Tim Holtz Tag 2

 

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Tim Holtz 12 Tags February

Mixed Media Mojo (Red & Wings)

Shopping Your Stash (use oldest ink – Distress)

Crafty Sentiments: Use a Heart

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge (Pink)

 

Creative Jumpstart Week 3

Here is another Journaling page inspired by the classes at Creative Jump Start 2015.  It began with the extra paint left over from my week 2 page.  I was in the mood for some stars so I used all kinds, die cuts, cork, fabric, metallic, watercolor, and design paper.  I also used stencils, toilet paper tubes, acrylic paint, spray paint, and what ever else I could grab.

Creative Jump Start Week 3

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Mixed Media Mojo: Happy New Year 

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.

January Tim HOltz TAg

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Tim Holtz January 2015 Tag

 

Creative Jumpstart 2015

We are on week 2 at Creative Jump Start 2015, and I just finished an art journaling page using many of the the techniques from class.  This page uses a magazine picture that is applied with matt medium, gesso’d and then colored with paint, paint pens, and markers.  It’s a very simple page, but I like it.

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Mixed Media Mojo: Something New

 

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