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Technique Junkies – Every Day is a Beach Day

I’m here today with a Technique Junkies July release stamp sentiment stamp called “Zen Waves”.

My card started with a traditional watercolor texturized with salt background.  Simply add any watercolor in a nice wet fashion on watercolor paper and apply large rock salt over the top.  Let that dry completely, and brush of salt.  What remains is a great texture.  It reminded me of sand.

For the focal image, I stamped Zen Waves using Delicata Gold Glitz ink.  I then cut out using a Lawn Fawn stitched die. I stamped “Beach Day” using the same gold ink and applied a few gold enamel dots.

We are all over at the Technique Junkies Facebook Page so if you haven’t stopped by, we’d love to see you!  We are getting ready for another fabulous release tomorrow and can’t wait to show off all the new stamps.  Until then, you can find the July stamps at the Technique Junkies store.  Happy Monday!

Technique Junkies ATC with Attitude

Hey There Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here with a little ATC attitude for you this month using one of the February new release stamps called, “Downtown Boy Kitty #SD705”.  Wow!  Does this stamp really epitomize the glorious detail you can get in a high quality red rubber stamp.  You can see every line of fur and every cross hatch in his tweet jacket.  This is a real stunner!

For my ATC, I began by dry embossing a standard 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 size piece of card stock with a Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I applied a few layers of Daniel Smith watercolors in Quinacridone Gold, Aureolin, and Burnt Umber.  Boy Kitty was stamped using Black Soot Archival Ink, then colored with Distress Markers.

My sentiment is a Tim Holtz sticker, but Pat has also created a fabulous sentiment that goes perfectly with this stamp called “Sarcasm.” 

Hope you all find time to this week to get your hands inky with a few of these new stamps from the February 2017 release.

Until next time,

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies Christmas Cards

Hello Junkies!!

We are coming into the home stretch of the Holiday season and I hope you all are taking some time to get a little holiday crafting in before the season passes.  As a tip to be prepared for next year, why don’t you make a few extra cards this December then store them away in preparation for next year!

My first card today uses one of my absolute favorite holiday stamps called “Christmas Dove”.   I created a shaker card after I white heat embossed the dove and colored it with Distressed Stains. For more great ideas using Distress Stains check out the techniques on “Artistic Effects CD”.  The sentiment I used is from “Christmas Ornaments Set of 9″, which is so versatile and can be used as either a holiday or a thank you card.

My second card features “Oh Holy Night”, which I silver heat embossed and stamped over a watercolor background.  This is perfect for mass production.

I want to wish each and every one of you the most wonderful holiday season.  We’ve got some exciting new stamps to feature for you on January 1st so we’ll see you then when the design teams returns for our first Blog Hop of 2017!

Until next year,

The Crafty Nurse

Pretty Pink Posh Watercolor Hop

Hope you aren’t sick of my posts today – but it’s busy here at the Crafty Nurse’s Blog!  Today I’m sharing the watercolor card I made for the Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop entry.  There are so many beautiful watercolor entries it’s worth checking out.

This is very similar to the previous gnome watercolor but he’s so stinkin’ cute I couldn’t resist. I used the new Zig Clean Color Real Brush for the image and my Hobby Lobby watercolor set for the background.  I wanted a little more color and movement on this card which I think I got.  The sentiment is from Happy & Smile from Simon Says Stamp.

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Loves Rubber Stamps: ATG


Watercolor Raven – A Day For Daisies

It’s the weekend and I’m back at my crafting desk.  Why can’t everyday be Saturday?  I’d sure rather create than work.  Today I wanted to watercolor so I grabbed the freebie from A Day For Daisies and printed it on lightweight 90 lb watercolor paper by Canson.  I heat set it with my new Milwaukee heat gun and used distress ink cubes in weathered wood, tumbled glass, vintage photo, pumice stone, black soot, peeled paint, gathered twigs, and scattered straw from Tim Holtz/Ranger with a water brush.  With all watercoloring, make sure you work in sections and allow each to dry.  That way you don’t get mud.  The paper is from Bazzill’s Arsenic and Lace. Sentiment is My Favorite Things.  I also added some glitter on the sentiment for the A Day For Daisies challenge.  I’m happy with how this came out – what do you think?

Raven ADFD - Glitter


Raven - ADFD - Close


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Online Card Classes – Stretch Your Stamps 2 – Day 1 – Card 2


Here is my interpretation of Kristina Werner’s example of using background stamps after watercoloring them in class for Day 1 in the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class at Online Card Classes.  I used the Penny Black “Retro” background stamp and watercolored it after clear heat embossing.  I then highlighted the details of the stamp with a fine brush, thereby adding pops of color.  I then used a My Favorite Things die for sentiment and stars.  The Happy is from WPlus9 “hello” set.  The background stamp on the card base is Impression Obsession stamped with Hero Arts Shadow inks in lemon yellow, lime green, and soft stone.  The frame is from a scrap I watercolored previously – never throw away those scraps!


This second card uses the Penny Black base as noted above.  I stacked up the black birthday die multiple times, then used wink of stella, which can’t really be appreciated in the scan.  Happy sentiment is Clearly Besotted.

I’m looking forward to Day 2 of the Online Card Class, but for now, I’m off to work!

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Seize the Birthday: Yellow

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12 Tags of 2014 – June

June 2014

June 2014


A little diversion while on my lunch break to bring the June tag from the 12 Tags of 2014 by Tim Holtz.  I love this technique using a stencil and it’s SO easy.  All you do is apply distress ink to the stencil, spritz with water and apply on watercolor paper.  Allow the ink to soak in and put a paper towel over the top to pickup the extra ink – then remove stencil and TADA.  The link to the 12 tags above gives the full tutorial.  Thanks for stopping by!

Watercolor Stamping & Wash

Watercolor Daisy

I’m just loving this Online Card Class on Watecolor.  So fun to play with all the lovely colors.  The stamp by Delta was colored with Distress Markers and the background is a watercolor wash using my watercolor paints.

Watercolor Wash Background

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Here is another card from Day 2 of Online Card Classes this time using watercolor pencils to make a background wash. Agnieszka Malyszek showed us a really cool technique that uses shavings from your watercolor pencils reconstituted with water to make this wash.  Ironically, I used my stamp-a-jig to get a straight sentiment (by Amy R of CC Designs), but I guess it’s late and I’m tired – oh well.  The stamp is from Penny Black and the background is Impression Obsessions “Scratches” stamp. 

Online Card Classes Day 2 Background

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This is the last watercolor background from Day 1 & 2 of Online Card Classes taught by Jennifer Rzasa using stencils.  I chose to use twinkling H2O’s in Irish Mist and Caribbean Mist instead of regular watercolors and I like the shimmer.  The sentiment is Simon Says Stamp.

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