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Technique Junkies July Blog Hop!

Happy July 1st fellow Junkies!  With summer here, the Technique Junkie Design Team is celebrating with a blog hop showcasing the new Technique Junkies stamps for July.  Pat is offering 15% off all July Release Stamps for one week!  In addition, you can use my discount code TJ10Kathy for your other shopping needs.  WooHoo!

I’d love for you to stop by all the design team’s blogs listed below for great ideas on how to use those new July Release stamps and post your creations over in the Technique Junkies Facebook group.

Let’s get on to some inspiration!

Stamps:

Supplies: Alcohol Ink, A Colorful Life “City Windows Stencil”

Technique: Alcohol Stencil Tutorial from “Sensational Stencils CD”

Stamps:

Supplies: Tombow Markers, Distress Inks, Art Anthology “Sterling Fairy Dust“, A colorful Life “Square Fade”, MFT Die.

Technique: Grunge Stencil “Sensational Stencil CD”

Stamps:

Supplies: Distress Ink, Gesso, A Colorful Life “City Windows Stencil”

Technique: Stained Resist (focal image) from Artistic Effects CD and Gesso Stencil (background) from Sensational Stencil CD

Stamps:

Supplies: Art Anthology “Cracked” Stencil, Stickles, Kaleidacolor Ink “Desert Heat”.

Technique: Layered Rainbow Stencil Tutorial on Sensational Stencil CD.

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, your in the right place!  Cheri, you rock!

The next stop on this artsy tour is Jeanne Streiff!

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me

Jeanne Streiff

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Judy Jackson

Vicky Garrett

Giovana Smith

Chris Dayton

Pat Huntoon

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies July Hop!  Don’t forget – 15% off July Stamps for the next week only!  Also use the code TJ10Kathy for 10% off your other shopping.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Here’s my final card.

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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.

Live, Love, Laugh

Hey Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here sharing more inky goodness with the newly released Stylized Rose image from Technique Junkies April release.  This is a fabulous stamp and perfect for so many occasions. I paired it with the “Live, Love, Laugh Frame SD662″ which as you can see fits perfectly with the stylized rose stamp.

The background was created using Copic Various inks blown around with a straw over glossy card stock.  To color the roses, I directly applied Tombow markers to the stamp and spritzed with water for a watercolor look.

I hope you’ve all had a chance to visit the Technique Junkies store to check at the April release.  See you in a few weeks with more inky goodness.

The Crafty Nurse

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:

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Sandy Allnock

Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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