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Story Card Sunday: World to Me Spinner

Hi everyone!

Sunday means it is time for a brand new Story Card.

A Story Card made with clear stamps and steel dies from TechniqueTuesday.com

And guess what? This week's card has a special twist. It spins! Check this out.

Cool, huh?! Let me show you how you can make a spinner card just like it.

Start by die-cutting two base cards with the Story Card steel dies. Cut a large circle with the Circles steel dies, as well as two 1 3/4" circles. You'll also want to cut a heart with the Here Globe steel dies.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.com

Adhere the large circle to the one of the Story Cards.

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Stack the two base cards on top of each other. Do not glue them together. You'll see why in a minute. 

Set a circle die (the second largest one in the Circles steel dies set) on top of the stack. Run the entire stack through your die-cutting machine. If you are afraid of them shifting around, use a little Washi tape or Painter's tape to hold the die and base cards in place.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comAfter you've run the stack through your die-cutting machine, you'll end up with something like this.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comNeat, right?

Now you are going to do a little stamping.

Pull out those small circles you die-cut earlier. Stamp the World to Me stamp onto one of them. And stamp a phrase from the Hello Darling clear stamp set onto the other. Affix the heart under the phrase.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comTake one of the base cards. Set one circle in the center of it. The stamping should be facing the table.

Run a line of thin thread or fishing line from the top to the bottom of the card. Apply tape onto the card and onto the circle so the tape does not move. My advice? You can't use enough tape! (Wink!)

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comAdhere the second base card to the first base card. It will look somewhat like this when you do.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comPlace the second circle onto the first circle.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comAdd a gem or enamel to the heart.

Flip the Story Card over and add a few more gems or enamel dots to your design.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comThe end result? A cool spinner card!

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comI hope you enjoyed this week's tutorial! 

Tune in next week for another Story Card Sunday tutorial! Next week's post features some fun masking and inking techniques! Hope to see you then!

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Ps. It's the last day to get the World to Me stamp for free! You can get it for free when you join the Memory Keepers Studio, Fresh Cut Studio or Greenhouse Society auto-ship programs by the end of today, May 31st.  



Man Week: A Card for a Hip Guy

Hello again!

It's the last day of Man Week! We hope you've been inspired by the masculine cards and tips we've shared this week.

We've got one last card to share with you today from Laura O'Donnell.

Just Sayin Thanks by Laura O'DonnellLaura kept it clean and graphic with her design by avoiding adding embellishments or bulk to it. It's a card that gets right to the point by telling the recipient thanks! 

That clipboard? While it looks real, Laura made it entirely from paper with Technique Tuesday's Clipboard steel dies. The words were stamped with the Rock Star stamp set.

One of the things I really love about this card is the hip feel to it. Laura used a patterned paper for the background that is packed with a lot of icons that would appeal to a teen-ager, college-aged guy or even a hipster! 

And look close at the clipboard too. While it's flat as can be, it looks like it uses real wood. That's because Laura used a wood patterned paper to make it.

Bravo, Laura! Bravo! 

Speaking of cards without a lot of bulk and get right to the point, here's another one from the Technique Tuesday Inspiration Vault.

Amazing Dad card from TechniqueTuesday.comThe designer splattered diluted ink onto the card with a paint brush and then stamped the saying right on top. Such a cool look and so easy! Imagine doing something like this, but changing out the ink colors to your guy's favorite colors. 

We hope you've enjoyed our week of masculine cards! If you haven't had a chance to check out the Guy Gallery, please do. We've got lots more great ideas for guy cards (and a few scrapbook pages too).

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PS. Today is  the last day of our Man Week special offer! Spend $20 or more on TechniqueTuesday.com by the end of today, May 29th. Write “FREE Dude stamp” in the Comments field at checkout. We'll include a free Dude stamp set with your order when we ship it to you. (PS. No need to add the Dude stamp to your cart. Just be sure to write the "FREE Dude stamp" phrase in the Comments field so we know to send it to you.)

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Man Week: Custom Papers for Masculine Cards

Hi everyone!

We sure hope you've been enjoying Man Week!

The fun is not quite over. We've got a couple more great ideas for masculine cards to share with you today and on Friday. 

Tobi Crawford is up today with a fun card that features a custom DIY patterned paper. Check this out.

Father's Day card by Tobi Crawford for TechniqueTuesday.comCreating your own custom patterned paper is a great idea for making masculine cards! You can pick a manly color scheme, such as Tobi did by using green, blue and dark green together.

And you can pick design icons that aren't too girly! Tobi made her patterned paper by picking a couple stamps from the Smiles Borders clear stamp set and then stamping them repeatedly on a piece of cardstock. The end result? A cool patterned paper stamped by her!

Stars and triangles aren't the only the designs you can make cool DIY patterned papers for guy cards with. For example, take the tie from Technique Tuesday's Mister Man stamp set. Stamp it over and over and you'll get an equally cool patterned paper.

You're Cool Man card from TechniqueTuesday.comFor added visual interest, stamp the tie on dark cardstock and then add a little color with a white pencil. Take it over the top by doodling some designs inside each tie.

Got a favorite fella you want to make a card for? We've got even more ideas in the Guy Gallery for cards for dads, brothers, boyfriends and more.

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PS. We've got a special offer for you! Spend $20 or more on TechniqueTuesday.com by the end of day on Friday, May 29th. Write “FREE Dude stamp” in the Comments field at checkout. We'll include a free Dude stamp set with your order when we ship it to you. (PS. No need to add the Dude stamp to your cart. Just be sure to write the "FREE Dude stamp" phrase in the Comments Field so we know to send it to you.)

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Man Week: Cute Cards for Guys

Hello again, Technique Tuesday fans!

Welcome to another day of masculine card making inspiration! 

You may not think of guy cards as cute, but we've got Linda Barber here today to show you otherwise. Check out this cute birthday card she made. 

Smile It's Your Day card by Linda Barber for TechniqueTuesday.com

"Cards for guys are usually about sports/plaid/dark. I wanted to create a bright colored happy card that's good for any celebration. I used a neutral gray background to tone it down a little, because let's not get too crazy. Don't want my kids telling me, "that's too cute", which I've been told before. Like there's something wrong with cute... "

By toning her card down slightly with the neutral background and sticking with masculine color scheme for the balloons (orange, yellow, blue, green and white), Linda definitely achieved a fun card worthy of being given to a guy! I imagine this card would be a great one to give to a young boy or teen-ager.

By the way, Linda created the balloons with the Smirthday stamp set, while the words came from the Smirthday and Say It - Smile stamp sets.

Speaking of cute cards, here's an adorable one from the past by Birgit Edblom. This is such a cute baby card!

Welcome Baby Boy card by Birgit Edblom for TechniqueTuesday.comAnd while the onesie and bird stamps from the Bundle of Joy stamp set scream cute, Birgit made her card very "boy'ish" with her usage of blue ink to color the onesie in. And that dark colored hanger the onesie is hung on helps maintain the masculine feel of this card. 

Have you had a chance to check out the Guy Gallery yet? We've got even more great ideas for cards (and a few scrapbook pages too) for dads, sons, grandfathers, brothers, boyfriends and more.

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PS. We've got a special offer for you! Spend $20 or more on TechniqueTuesday.com by the end of day on Friday, May 29th. Write “FREE Dude stamp” in the Comments field at checkout. We'll include a free Dude stamp set with your order when we ship it to you. (PS. No need to add the Dude stamp set to your cart. Just be sure to write the "FREE Dude stamp" phrase in the Comments field so we know to send it to you.)

Dude clear stamp set from TechniqueTuesday.com

PSS. Who won the Finishing Strong Blog Hop giveaway we offered here on the Technique Tuesday blog? That would be Judy Rozema! Congrats, Judy! Teri just sent you an email about your prize. Thanks to all who left such wonderful comments. We sure enjoyed reading them.



Man Week: A Rough and Rugged Card for a Special Guy

Welcome back to Man Week!

We are featuring great cards for guys (and tips for making them) all week long here on the Technique Tuesday Blog. And today we've got a fun one from Daniela Dobson.

Father's Day card by Daniela Dobson for TechniqueTuesday.comSo fun!

Here are a few words from Daniela about her card. Take it away, Daniela!

"I added gesso to the patterned paper with a palette knife. Once it was dry I embossed it with the star embossing folder from another manufacturer. The star die-cut (cut with the Nested Stars steel dies) fit perfectly in the center of the embossed star. I die cut three stars (also with the Nested Stars dies) that I stapled together and added a button to the center. I added the jute bow under the star."

And her sentiment is sure fun! Daniela die-cut the large label with Technique Tuesday's Label die and the happy word with the Say It - Happy steel dies. The additional words were stamped with the Say It - Happy stamp set

One of the cool things about Daniela's card is the rough and natural feel about it. Jute really helps with that. It's a great embellishment to use when making masculine cards, while ribbon tends to work better on feminine cards.

Speaking of jute, here is another card from the Technique Tuesday Inspiration Vault. This card uses jute and burlap! 

Best Brother card for TechniqueTuesday.comBurlap is also a great way to add texture to a card that you want to keep on the manly side. 

In the hunt for more masculine card and scrapbook inspiration? Check out the Guy Gallery on the Technique Tuesday website.

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PS. We've got a special offer for you! Spend $20 or more on TechniqueTuesday.com by the end of day on Friday, May 29th. Write “FREE Dude stamp” in the Comments field at checkout. We'll include a free Dude stamp set with your order when we ship it to you.

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Man Week: A GR-8 Card for Dad!

Hi all!

Do you struggle with making cards for guys?

The Technique Tuesday Creative Team wants to help! We are playing "The Man Card" this week and are featuring cards made for just for guys!

The cards you see are sure to thrill your favorite fella! Whether it's the colors or the embellishments used or the words on them, the cards you see this week have a masculine flair to them. 

Sit back, relax and get ready to be inspired! You are in for a whole lot of fun!

So let's get this party started with a "GR-8" card for Dad by Jaclyn Miller.

Take it away, Jaclyn!

A card by Jaclyn Miller for TechniqueTuesday.com"Don't have a die that says what you want? No problem! Take a look at what you've got and see if you can piece something together by cutting it apart. For this Father's Day project, I didn't have a die that said "DAD", but I did have the Straight Talk - Day steel die. I simply cut out two copies of the word day; then cut apart the "D" and "A" from one, and the "D" from the other to form the word "DAD" on my card. The possibilities for new words are endless."

Such a cool idea, Jaclyn! 

By the way, how about that cool license plate that Jaclyn included on her card? She die-cut it with the License Plate steel dies and then stamped onto it with the Rock Star stamp set

While Jaclyn's card is for Dad, imagine making a license plate like she did and putting it on a card for car obsessed young boy or teen-ager.

Speaking of teen-agers, here's a neat masculine card from the Technique Tuesday Inspiration Vault that would sure be fun to give a sports loving teen-ager.

Technique-Tuesday-Football-Birthday-Card-LargeFootball just goes hand in hand with teen-age boys!

Craving some more masculine card and scrapbook inspiration? Be sure to check out the Guy Gallery on the Technique Tuesday website.

And be sure to stop by again on Tuesday. Man Week continues with a fun card for Dad by Daniela Dobson!

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PS. We've got a special offer for you! Spend $20 or more on TechniqueTuesday.com by the end of day on Friday, May 29th. Write “FREE Dude stamp” in the Comments field at checkout. We'll include a free Dude stamp set with your order when we ship it to you.

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Story Card Sunday: You Are The Man

Hi all!

It's time for another installment of Story Card Sunday. Say hello to this week's Story Card!

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.com

And the crowd goes wild! Wink!

This pocket page-friendly Story Card is easy to make with Technique Tuesday's steel dies and clear stamps.

Let me show you how to make one like it.

Start by die-cutting a clipboard base, paper and clip with the Clipboard steel dies. You'll also want to use the clip die from the Clipboard dies to cut three small circles from a flesh colored cardstock. Cut two large circles with the Circles steel dies.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comNow you are going to do some stamping. 

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comStamp a bow tie onto blue cardstock. Use a blue pen and white pen or pencil to draw a plaid pattern onto the bow tie.

Stamp a mustache with black ink onto brown or kraft cardstock. 

Use your scissors to cut out the bow tie and mustache.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comCut one of the circles in half. This will serve as hair. Cut lines into the circle.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comNow you are going to assemble the face for your Story Card. Adhere the hair onto the large circle. Draw a line for a mouth with a black pen. Add the bow tie, mustache and three small circles. Draw eyes or use wiggle eyes like I did.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comSet the face aside. Assemble the clipboard pieces together. Stamp the words from the Mister Man stamp set toward the bottom of the clipboard.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comAdd the face to the Story Card.

A Story Card Sunday tutorial from TechniqueTuesday.comAnd ta-da! You've got a Story Card to use in a pocket page or on a traditional scrapbook page. This Story Card would also look swell on a greeting card for Father's Day or any occasion for your favorite guy!

Hope to see you next week for another installment of Story Card Sunday!

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PS. Looking for some cool ideas for masculine-themed cards? Tune in on Monday for the start of Man Week on the Technique Tuesday blog. Our Creative Team has put together some incredible projects to share with you! 



Operation Write Home Finishing Strong Blog Hop

FinishingstrongblogHi everyone!

Technique Tuesday here, and we are thrilled to be joining Operation Write Home for their Finishing Strong Blog Hop.

We've enjoyed taking part over the years in Operation Write Home's blog hops to show support for the organization, which provides handmade cards for troops to send home to their loved ones.

Operation Write Home recently announced their final campaign, Finishing Strong. With less need for cards because troop deployment numbers are down, they'll be closing after August 1st. If you've been making cards and meaning to send them in, be sure to get them to Operation Write Home by that date so they can send them off to the troops!

So with that, we've got one card to share with you today.

My Hero card from TechniqueTuesday.com(My Hero card by TechniqueTuesday.com. Technique Tuesday supplies used: My Hero stamp set; Lots of Dots stamp set; Story Card steel dies; and Nested Stars steel dies.)

And, as a thank you, we've got a giveaway too! 

One lucky commenter will receive a package with all of these Technique Tuesday products:

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My Hero stamp set  

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Flags Are Flying stamp set

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Flags Are Flying steel dies

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Hi There stamp set

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Friends Mini Book kit

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Say It - Thanks stamp set

Just leave a comment on this post by midnight on Monday, May 25th. The lucky winner will be announced on May 27th on this blog.

Thank you, Operation Write Home! And thank you to all of you!

TTBlogTeam

PS. We've got a special offer too! Join Technique Tuesday's Greenhouse Society, Memory Keepers Studio or Fresh Cut Studio auto-ship programs by the end of May and we'll include a World to You stamp for free with your first auto-shipment.



How to Create A Transparent Printed Overlay

Do you love the look of printed transparencies and overlays but have a hard time finding one in the style you need for your layout? Now you can create custom overlays in exactly the right size, shape, and color to match your photos. 

6 Wishes layout from TechniqueTuesday.comWorking with transparencies can be tricky so here are some tips for making beautiful overlays with clear stamps for your scrapbooking and papercrafting projects:

  • If you are making a large shape, like the one shown above, sketch the shape onto a transparency.

  • Using permanent or self-drying pigment ink, stamp words or images onto the transparency. (If you are stamping words, make sure you are stamping them on the right side of the transparency shape. Otherwise your words will be backwards.) Allow time for the ink to dry. Or heat set the stamped images with a low-temperature heat gun. Transparencies tend to melt or warp with heat so test a scrap of the transparency first.

  • Cut out the transparency shape and adhere to your project. Adhering transparencies can be a little challenging; the options are to use a vellum adhesive spray, eyelets, brads, or staples.

For more ideas for using clear stamps, check out TechniqueTuesday.com. You'll find lots of inspiring cards, scrapbook pages and DIY projects, as well as tips, tricks and techniques, in the Ideas section.

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Bundle of Joy Stamps + Bundle of Joy Dies = Perfection

Like the layered look?

Did you know Technique Tuesday has created steel dies that coordinate with the Bundle of Joy clear stamp set?

Bundle of Joy stamps and steel dies from TechniqueTuesday.comThese dies and stamps (sold separately) are easy to use together.

First, die-cut the shape you want to stamp on. Then use the coordinating stamp to stamp on top of the coordinating die-cut. The end result? A gorgeous layered look.

You'll find the stamps here. And the dies can be found here.

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