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Glitter Napkin Technique

Glitter Napkin Technique

Glitter Napkin Technique

While visiting my amazing Aunt Joanie in NY, I noticed these cute hand napkins in her bathroom.  I asked her if I could take a few and of course my sister laughed and told her I was going to turn it into something!  So yeah, I used it to make Aunt Joanie a cute thank you card.  She was tickled pink and couldn’t believe I had done it.  I used  a Hero Arts die cut for the work thanks and some Nuvo Crystal Drops for embellishment.  The technique for this has been around for a while, so you may have already given this a try.  If your interested,  here’s a link to Tina Weller’s video on the subject.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Mixed Media, Techniques

Distress Offset Stamping

Another great technique from Creative Chemistry Day 1!  I have to say when I started this process for the below tag, I didn’t like how it started out, but wow, it’s now one of my favorites so far!  Tim taught about stamping in a light colored ink like antique linen.  Then using distress inks to water color in the images.  Once the images are filled in they will look sort of unfinished since they really have no visible outlines.  The last step was to stamp a bit offset in a dark color.  This technique is going to get a lot of use in my studio!

Colors used: antique linen, hickory smoke, tea dye, faded jeans, chipped sapphire, fired brick, aged mahogany and Archival black.

Colors used: antique linen, hickory smoke, tea dye, faded jeans, chipped sapphire, fired brick, aged mahogany and Archival black.

Mixed Media, Techniques

Distress Highlight Stamping

August has been off to a great start at Onlinecardclasses.com with the beginning of Creative Chemistry 103 taught by Tim Holtz.  The Creative Chemistry series has been so inspiring and of course well taught.  Tim is not only a great designer of products that are so well received in the craft industry, but he is a great teacher.  You’re not just watching him create, you are being taught the chemistry of why products work together or don’t, and being taught techniques on how you can use them in combination with each other.

Day 1 began with some great techniques like Distress Highlight Stamping.   Tim explained that because distress inks are translucent dye inks, they tend to not look so great on craft card stock since the brown of the card stock in visible through the stamped image.  To give the colored ink a background to sit on he taught us to stamp the image first in distress picket fence; because this particular distress ink is a pigment ink it actually will be opaque on the craft card stock.  After stamping that I chose mermaid lagoon and mustard seed to stamp slightly offset from the picket fence image.  For each technique taught we’re even given great handouts and labels for the back of each page we make with the technique instructions.  Great class at a great price!

 

Highlight Stamping

 

 

 

Techniques

THAT’S HOW IT’S DONE THURSDAY – EMBOSS RESIST

Ok, so I realized my problem with promising a technique every Thursday is that I don’t have my video set up ready to go just yet!  I wanted to be able to show the technique myself, but until I get set up, I will still post techniques that I find across the web.

I’ve always liked the emboss resist technique for the texture it brings to a card.  Lisa Brown of Ink And Inspirations created a wonderful snowy scene using different embossing powders and inks.  I’ll give this a try myself before the weekend is out and let you all see how it turns out.  Enjoy Lisa’s video below and give this technique a try!

Cards, Techniques

THAT’S HOW IT’S DONE THURSDAY – THE FLOWERBUG SHOP

When you’re relatively new to this crazy wonderful card making and paper crafts world like I am, you find yourself always looking for exciting techniques in card making, organization, art journalling and sewing.  So in honor of spending hours perusing sites for interesting techniques, I’m declaring Thursday “That’s How It’s Done Thursday”.  As I find interesting techniques, I’ll share them here so that we can all try them out and maybe learn something new along the way.

This first post is more about a wonderful blog I tripped across by way of Pinterest.  The Flowerbug Shop is a card making technique class based site run by LeeAnn Greff a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  What impressed me so much about her site was all the work she has put into offering low cost ($4-$12) card making techniques complete with great photos and PDF instructions that you can keep in a binder so that you always have them on hand.  I was also quite impressed with this way she has found to bring sales to her blog.  Go LeeAnn!.

She also offers a bundle which includes 36 months of techniques made with Stampin’ Up! products which is a great deal at $40.00.  It’s like having a huge arsenal of card ideas!  In the bundle she also includes these PDF technique cards so that you can keep a small version of the technique on a ring binder.  I think it’s genius! Below I’ve included pics of a great card box gift set that I will be doing shortly and will share my cards once done as well as a picture of the technique cards mentioned above.  Please head over to LeeAnn’s Flowerbugshop.com and check out her offerings!  And please visit me on Thursdays for more That’s How It’s Done!

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I love the idea of giving a multi purpose box of cards that loved ones can then attached whatever sentiment matches their occassion!

 

 

Technique class sample cards (1)

Do you see how awesome the ring of techniques would be to have on hand!

Cards, Supplies, Techniques

MOST INCREDIBLE STAMP TOOL INVENTED

Quite a bit to say huh? Well that’s why it’s simply called MISTI.  MISTI is the brain child of Iliana Myska of My Sweet Petunia.  A crafter since 2001 Iliana grew frustrated with inconsistent stamp impressions.  After some trial and error she came up with the MISTI.  MISTI is a stamp tool that will help you to perfectly align and stamp your images with no worry of the ink not fully making contact with you cardstock.  MISTI is made so that the stamp stays positioned in the same place so repeated inking to get a clear image is never a worry.  At $60.00 this is certainly an investment tool, but one that will pay for itself quickly when you see how much you will use it and how less stressful your craft time will be.  MISTI has become a major part of my craft studio and I wouldn’t want to be without it!