Cards

Create a Cool Background with Typography

Hi, friends!

Do you love the look of typography? Alphabet stamps are a great way to incorporate a bold modern look onto any card or scrapbook page.

Check out this card! It uses typography in the background! 

Hello-Drifting-Seahorse-Card-Teri-A-Technique-TuesdayI created the typographic background with a couple of Technique Tuesday's alphabet stamp sets, Big Timber Uppercase and Big Timber Outline Uppercase. You wouldn't believe how easy it was to do so!

I stamped "hello" three times with the solid letters. I wanted a bright feel so I used yellow. orange and citrus green inks.

HelloStep1BigTimberThen I used the outline letters to stamp an outline around the green letters. The cool thing about the outline letters? You can line them up exactly with the solid letters, or you stamp them slightly to the side and they will still look cool! 

HelloStep2BigTimberOnce I stamped the "hello" words, I went to town by creating a little underwater scene with the Simon & Sandy Seahorse stamp set.

The "drifting by" phrase is from the stamp set. There's actually another word in the phrase. I didn't want to use it so I did some selective masking. I simply set a piece of sticky note tape over the unneeded word and inked up my stamp. I removed the sticky note and stamped, which resulted in the phrase you see.

HelloStep3BigTimberThen I added the adorable stamped sea creatures to my card. I really wanted the typography to pop so I didn't add any additional color to the jellyfish, seahorse or starfish.

Hello-Drifting-Seahorse-Card-Close-Teri-A-Technique-TuesdayI did however add a few "drops of water" by adding a few squirts of Glossy Accents to the card. The hardest part about that? Being patient while waiting for them to dry! 

Thanks for checking out this card and quick tutorial! I'd love to hear from you! Are you a fan of alphabet stamps? What's the last project you used them on?

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Four Totally Tweet Cards for Your Viewing Pleasure

Hi, everyone! 

We're focusing today on the new Christmas Birds stamp set. This sweet little stamp set features a couple birds and Christmas icons, plus a number of sentiments perfect for your holiday cards. 

Christmas-Birds-Clear-Stamps-Technique-Tuesday-FBWait a minute. Yes, I know. It's still Summer and I'm talking about Christmas. But Christmas will be here before you know it. I know some of you like to get working on those Christmas cards early and are already collecting ideas for this year's Christmas card design! This post is for you!  

The Technique Tuesday Design Team has some totally clever ideas for you. Check it out. 

Christmas Birds Window card by Dana Joy

Dana Joy created a sweet little scene by stamping and die-cutting a couple birds and the sleigh and having them peek out of a window. She completes the scene by stamping a sentiment on one of the window's panels. How cute!
Christmas Birds in a Basket card by Jill Dewey HawkinsHave you see a basket of birds before? Jill Dewey Hawkins created the most adorable card by pairing the Christmas Birds stamps and dies with the Berry Basket dies. To give her basket the feel of a real bird's nest, she added some paper shreds to it. 

While Jill's card is a Christmas card, you could easily change the sentiment to a more generic one and send this card out any time this Winter! 

Christmas Birds in a Basket card by Jill Dewey Hawkins

And here's one more idea for you. 

Warm Wishes Christmas Birds Trio Card by Teri AndersonMake a singing trio of birds. Use masking to stamp a row of birds. Then add some stamped music notes above their heads so it looks like they are singing. 

Season's Tweetings Christmas Bird Card by Teri AndersonAnd here's one final idea! Turn one of the set's birds into Santa Bird! Create a scene where one of the birds is pulling the sleigh and spreading joy, just like Santa Claus! If only this sweet little bird would come visit my house! 

I hope you've enjoyed these ideas for the Christmas Birds stamps! We'll be releasing more Christmas stamps and dies over the next few months. Be sure to watch our blog and newsletter for the scoop. Not getting the newsletter? Sign up right here

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Happy Birthday Candles Gift Tag Tutorial

Hi, everyone!

Heading to a birthday party? Short on time but wanting to give a gift from the heart? Consider making hand-stamped gift tag like this to tie onto a store-bought gift! BrightestBirthdayCandlesTag-TeriA-TechniqueTuesday

It's a cinch to make one like with a few ink pads, cardstock, floss and the Many Candles stamp set from Technique Tuesday. Let me show you how. 

Start by stamping some candles and flames on a strip of cardstock. Using ink daubers (or cosmetic sponges) to sponge some ink onto each candle.

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Bdaycandlesstep2Keep sponging ink onto your tag until the candles are completely covered. Want the colors of your candles to be a little more intense? Go back and apply some additional ink. Bdaycandlesstep3

Now take a white pen or pencil and add some additional details to the candles and flames. Dots and dashes are always a fun touch! 
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Trim the bottom of your cardstock panel. Stamp a sentiment on a strip of cardstock. Set it aside.

Roll a piece of floss in a circle like so. Adhere it to your tag. Also, poke a hole a top of your tag with a hole punch.
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Bdaycandlesstep3Use foam tape to adhere the sentiment to the birthday tag!

Finish your birthday tag by tying a piece of floss or ribbon through the hole. 

BrightestBirthdayCandlesTag-Close-TeriA-TechniqueTuesdayAnd there you have it! You'll have the perfect tag to use on a birthday gift!

While I showed you today how to make a tag with the Many Candles stamp set, it's also an incredible stamp set to make birthday cards with! Check out this video Bev put together, showcasing the stamp set and coordinating dies. She's got some fun birthday card ideas for you too! 

(Can't see the embedded video? You'll find it right here on our website.)

Would you like to see more tutorials on the Technique Tuesday blog? Let us know! We'd love to know what you'd like to learn more about! 

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Ps. Looking for some birthday sentiments to use on your next card or scrapbook page? Check out our Birthday and Celebrations stamps



Get Ready to Get Inky! Watch the Latest Coloring Video!

Hi, friends!

Like to get inky? You are going to love the latest coloring video for stampers from Technique Tuesday's Julie.

She's going to show a fun way to add color to Olive the Octopus with Distress Ink pads and a water pen. With only three colors of ink to pull from, she'll give you lots of tips for blending colors and she'll show you a whole array of beautiful painted octopuses! 

Let's get kracken! (Wink!)

(Can't see the embedded video? You'll find it right here on our website!)

Julie uses the Distress Inks painting technique to color in Olive the Octopus, but it would work wonderfully for adding color to many of the critters in the Animal House collection. This technique is also a great one to use with the flowers stamps in the Greenhouse Society collection, as well as the Just Us Girls and Flowers for Her stamp sets. 

We hope you are inspired to play! If you give the technique a try, please share your results with us! We love seeing what you make! 

Wanting to learn more stamping techniques? Check out the Tips & Techniques collection of videos on our website. You'll find all kinds of techniques to try on your next card, scrapbook page or DIY paper craft project. 

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How-to Make an Amazing Ocean of Waves

Hi, everyone! 

Take the Waves on the Border dies, some Distress Oxide Ink pads and a little card making magic, and you can make a cool wave of oceans like Dana Joy did!

Happy Birthday Octopus Card by Dana Joy | TechniqueTuesday.comDana's sharing a video today, showing how she made the ocean of waves for Olive the Octopus to swim in for this adorable stamped birthday card. You are going to love this easy and fun technique that's perfect for creating scenes with Olive, Simon & Sandy Seahorse and even Phyllis & Finn Fish!

(Can't see the video? Stop by Dana's blog or her YouTube channel.)

Speaking of Olive the Octopus, we are so excited to see what you create with her! Need a little more inspiration to get started stamping? We've got some awesome card and tag sketches for you to use with Olive's stamps and dies! Be sure to check out the free downloadable idea sheet on our website! 

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How-to Use the Cars on the Road Border Dies

Hi, everyone! 

Teri here today, and I've got another quick cardmaking tutorial for you. 

I'm going to show you how to use Technique Tuesday's Cars on the Road Border paper crafting dies.

Cars-on-the-Road-Border-Crafting-Dies-Technique-Tuesday-FBThis set of dies was designed with cardmakers like you and me in mind! They are easy to use and are sized to work perfectly on a standard A2 card. 

Let's get started.

Start by cutting apart the dies. A nipping tool is perfect for doing this. (Not familiar with a nipping tool? Check out this video!)

Cars on the Border tutorial from Technique TuesdayPlace the lined portion of the road on a piece of cardstock with the cutting side down. Then line up the wavy die with it. Use sticky note tape (or Washi tape) to hold the dies in place.

Cars on the Border tutorial from Technique TuesdayRun the dies through your die-cutting machine. You'll end up with something like this.

Cars on the Border tutorial from Technique TuesdayYou can use the road as it is on a card or you can use it to create a border along the edge of a card.

To create the border, adhere your road to a card. Open the card up and place the wavy die below the die-cut road. Again, use sticky note tape (or Washi tape) to hold the die in place.

Cars on the Border tutorial from Technique TuesdayRun it through your die-cutting machine, and you'll end up with something that looks like this. 

Cars on the Border tutorial from Technique TuesdayWant a little more border below the road? I've found the farther you place the wavy die from the road before you cut, the more space there will be between the road and the edge of the card.

You can use the road as it is or add a few cars created with the dies to it.

Cars on the Border tutorial from Technique TuesdayNow I've showed you how to use the dies to create a border along the edge of a card. But these dies are also fabulous for creating lots of fun elements to just to decorate your cards and scrapbook pages with.

You can create a whole "highway" by making several roads and putting them across a card like Jill Dewey Hawkins did here.

Cars on the Border tutorial from Technique TuesdayGive your card some extra pop by creating several cars with different colors of cardstock to place on the roads. 

Another fun idea? Don't even use the road on your next card. Simply use the car.

Cars on the Border tutorial from Technique TuesdayJill made this fun Christmas scene by creating a car from cardstock and then adding some presents (stamped and die-cut with the Christmas Birds stamps and dies). By stitching a line of thread below the car, it still looks like her car is rolling down the road on Christmas day.

And here's one more idea for these dies! Think even more out of the box. Use the wavy portion of the road dies to make hills and mountains to build a fun scene.

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Cars on the Border tutorial from Technique TuesdayThis mountains here were created with the wavy die. I even made their snow caps with the die. I simply cut a wave from white cardstock and used my scissors to cut off parts of it and add snow to the mountain. To make the snow look extra special, I applied Glossy Accents and a lot of glitter to them. 

We'd love to see your ideas for the Cars on the Border dies! Share your projects with us through Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to tag us and use the #TechniqueTuesday hashtag! 

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Start Your Holiday Crafting Now...

Hi, everyone! 

We're enjoying the last days of Summer here in Oregon with weather in the upper 90s! But even with these warm days and so much more Summer fun to be had, we can't help but think ahead to the later in the year.

It will be Fall and then Winter before you know it. And we know some of you like to get an early start on your Christmas cards, Holiday crafts and other projects so we're excited to share with you the first of our 2018 Christmas products. 

If you like to make traditional Christmas cards the Vintage Christmas stamp set and Nativity Silhouettes stamp set have the classic looks you'll love. 

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The images in the Vintage Christmas stamp set look beautiful when stamped and added to Christmas cards.

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Want to create a wintery scene similar to Dana Joy's? Consider pairing the images with branches cut with our Birch Borders dies

Vintage-Christmas-Clear-Stamps-Technique-Tuesday-FBThe Nativity Silhouettes look beautiful on cards and scrapbook pages when stamped on their own. They also look great when combined with the sentiments in the Christ is Born stamp set

Christian Christmas Cards from Technique Tuesday | TechniqueTuesday.comIf your style is more whimsical, check out the tweet images in the Christmas Birds stamp set and matching craft dies.

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 These birds are just so tweet! You can make lots of fun scenes with them.

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Flying By Christmas Card from Technique Tuesday | TechniqueTuesday.comAnother fun idea? Take some of the images from the set and pair them with non-Christmas stamps or dies.

Christmas Car Card for Technique Tuesday | TechniqueTuesday.comI just love how Jill Dewey Hawkins used the presents from Christmas Birds with the car from the Cars on the Road Border Dies. Wouldn't that be a fun car to see on the road?! 

I hope you enjoyed seeing these cards and new products. 

We'll be releasing even more Christmas stamps and dies coming in the next couple month. Watch our blog at the beginning of each month for more details, plus sign up for our newsletter so you'll be among the first to know when more Christmas collection products are available.

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Sketches for Stamping with Simon & Sandy Seahorse

Hi, stampers!

Ever need a boost in the arm when you sit down to stamp? Like sketches? 

Did you know Technique Tuesday releases a free downloadable file with card and tag sketches for every Animal House stamp set? Consider these sketches a creative blueprint for the next project you make with our cute animal stamps!

Let me show you how easy it is to turn of these sketches into a card. Take this  sketch for Simon & Sandy Seahorse stamp set. It's one of my favorites! 

Seahorse Card Sketch from Technique Tuesday | TechniqueTuesday.comYou can easily use the sketch as a springboard for making a card like Jenn Brown did!  

Swimming By Seahorses Card by Jenn Brown | TechniqueTuesday.comDon't you just love the background the seahorses are drifting in? Jenn created it by applying watercolors to cardstock and then cutting a border out the bottom of it with the Bubbles on the Border crafting die. (Not a fan of the bubbles? Consider using one of our other border dies to cut a border out of the bottom of the panel.)

She stamped and die-cut the seahorses, jellyfish and starfish from cardstock with the stamp set and dies. She colored them in with markers and placed them on her card, just like we did in the sketch. She finished her card with a stamped sentiment and some enamel dots. Not a fan of enamel dots? Consider creating dots with Glossy Accents or glitter glue instead. 

You'll find 11 more sketches for Simon & Sandy Seahorse on their idea sheet! And you'll find sketches for all the Animal House stamp sets on their product pages.

By the way, we'd love to see how you are using the sketches for the Animal House stamp sets to make cards and tags. Share a link with us to your projects by leaving a comment on this post or posting your project on Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to use the #TechniqueTuesday hashtag when you post! 

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New Video: How to Create Accents with Alcohol Ink

Hi, friends!

Do you like beautiful butterflies and dragonflies? Then you are going our latest video!

Bev and I have been playing around with the Build a Dragonfly and Classy Butterflies dies. We figured out a fun way to use alcohol inks with glossy cardstock to make your own accents with the dies! These pretty accents are easy to make and will look amazing on your cards and scrapbook pages.

Watch Bev's video for the scoop!

(Can't see the video? Go here to watch it on our website!)

I was so inspired by our video that I made a few cards. These cards feature a slight variation on the butterflies shown in the video. 

Here I used alcohol inks to simply add color to a solid butterfly cut from glossy cardstock.

Hello Inked Butterfly Card for Technique Tuesday

I used it on a card, but imagine using several butterflies like mine to decorate a scrapbook page or the cover of a journal. You could even cut and color several of them and then string them together to make a garland for a party or to decorate your craft space. 

And here I used alcohol inks to add color to some intricate butterflies cut with the Classy Butterflies dies rather than solid ones.

Hello Friend Butterflies Card for Technique TuesdayDon't they look neat? Want your intricate butterflies to really stand out on your card or scrapbook page? Consider die-cutting some solid bodies from vellum or glitter paper and placing them behind the intricate butterflies. 

I hope you too are inspired to play by this fun, new video! Please share your projects with us on Instagram or Facebook. Be sure to use the #TechniqueTuesday hashtag when you share your projects! 

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PS. Do you like Tips and Technique videos for stampers? We've got lots of great ones for you on the Technique Tuesday website. Whether you want to learn about painting with Distress Inks, want some tips for coloring with pencils or need some ideas for kicking things up a notch in your planner, we've got something for you. See all the videos here.



August New Release Sneak Peek #1

Hi, friends!

Summer is going so fast around here. It seems like just yesterday the kids were still in school, counting down to Summer vacation.

Now, we're nearly a month and a half into our Summer adventures. There's been fishing, swimming in the river, watching movies in the park and tons of exploring. And we still have a month to go! Hooray!

The August release from Technique Tuesday is jam-packed with stamps and crafting dies that are perfect for documenting all of your adventures, whether they are happening now or happened years ago. Plus you will find lots of fun and fresh images and icons that are great for making cards with. 

So how about a few sneak peeks at the new goods? I'm happy to give them to you.

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Like to die-cut? There's a new border die that is sure to "zoom" all the way to your heart. This die is sized to make a standard A2 card, but you could also use it to make all kinds of wonderful accents for your scrapbook pages, planners and other handmade projects! 
Stamp sets and crafting dies from Technique Tuesday | TechniqueTuesdayLike stamps that are on the classy side? You are going to love the stamp set featured in this sneak peek! With images and sentiments, you can make all kinds of cards and scrapbook pages with it. It's also a fun one to use to decorate journals with too! 

Be sure to stop by our blog again on Saturday for another peek at the August release. Our design team will join us on Monday when they start sharing some fantastic projects they've created with the new goods! And don't forget: All our new products will be available on August 1st on the New Products page on the Technique Tuesday website. 

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Ps. Want to win some scrapbooking stamps? Don't forget to check out our giveaway post! You have until Sunday, July 29th, to comment on that post for a chance to win.