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How-to Make Your Own Two-Toned Butterfly Paper Clips

Hi, everyone!

Who doesn't love pretty butterflies?! I know I can't get enough butterflies in my life!

I've got a fun tutorial for you today. I'm going to show you today how to make your own two-toned butterfly paper clips with the Classy Butterflies paper crafting dies, shrink plastic and some basic craft supplies. 

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Let's get started! 

Start by die-cutting a couple solid butterflies with the Classy Butterflies paper crafting dies from shrinkable plastic. (You can find shrink plastic at most big box craft stores.)

Make Your Own Butterfly Clips Tutorial | TechniqueTuesday.comDepending on your die-cutting machine, you may have to run the plastic through it a couple times to cut. Because of that, I like to hold my dies in place with sticky note tape so they will stay in place. Washi tape works well too. 

Use your scissors to snip off the butterflies' antenna and the bottom of their bodies. Use a hole punch to poke a hole in one wing of each butterfly. It doesn't matter which wing! 

Make Your Own Butterfly Clips Tutorial | TechniqueTuesday.comIf you are using a shrinkable plastic that has already been sanded, jump ahead to the next step. If you are using plastic that hasn't been sanded, rough up one side of your butterflies up with sandpaper.

Make Your Own Butterfly Clips Tutorial | TechniqueTuesday.comFlip your butterflies so the sanded side of them is facing up. Use colored pencils to scribble some color onto your butterflies. Start by putting a color like blue, pink or purple at the top. Then scribble some color on the bottom with a gold metallic pencil. (Not a fan of gold? Pick a color you desire!)

Using a heat gun, heat the shrink plastic until the butterfly is small. A word to the wise: As you heat the plastic, it will warp and bend. This is completely normal. Keep heating the plastic until it flattens out. 

Make Your Own Butterfly Clips Tutorial | TechniqueTuesday.comOnce the plastic has cooled, adhere your butterflies to large paper clips with some thin floss or twine. 

Make Your Own Butterfly Clips Tutorial | TechniqueTuesday.comAnd there you have it! 

Make Your Own Butterfly Clips Tutorial | TechniqueTuesday.comThese clips look amazing in a planner and would also look great on scrapbook pages! Plus they would even make a fun gift to give to a co-worker to thank her for being fun to work with or to congratulate her on a job well done. 

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PS. Not a fan of butterflies? Technique Tuesday has lots of dies that will work for making clips like these. See all the stand alone dies here



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 Release Day!

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Hi, everyone!

Today's the day! New stamps and crafting dies at Technique Tuesday... oh my!

You are going to love this new release, which is jam-packed with stamps and dies you can use to plan, document and scrapbook your latest adventure, make a pretty flower card for a friend or create a fun project featuring the puns from the octopus stamp set. You'll find all the new products right here

Craving some project inspiration? I'd like to invite to you check out the blogs of members of the Technique Tuesday's Design Team. They have made some awesome projects for you to check out! 

Amy Kolling

Dana Joy

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Daniela Dobson

Emily Leiphart

Kymona Tracey

Latisha Yoast

Heather Hoffman

Teri Anderson

Craving even more project inspiration? Stop by our website and check out our latest New Release video. In it, Bev will give you a quick tour of all the new products, plus she will give you even more tips and ideas for using them to make amazing scrapbook pages, cards and other paper craft projects!

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PS. Who is the lucky winner of the Technique Tuesday scrapbooking stamps? That's Debbie Meyer! Congrats, Debbie! Check your email for a message from Teri about your prize. A big thank you to everyone who stopped by our blog and commented on the giveaway post We sure appreciate all your kind words and enthusiasm. Watch our blog for more ideas for your scrapbooking stamps, plus more awesome giveaways! 



August New Release Countdown: Day 1

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We are so excited to have you here today as we move toward the August 1st release of new stamps and dies at Technique Tuesday. 

You're going to get your first official look today at our new paper crafting products! Plus we have the design team here to share with you some fabulous projects they've created with the new goods. Get ready to be inspired!

First, let's see some of those products.


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My Trip Stamp Set

This 4x6 stamp set features a host of phrases and icons perfect for documenting all your adventures, whether they be on the road or close to home. 

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Travel Buddy Stamp Set

Documenting an adventure? This 4x6 stamp set is perfect for that! All of the phrases in this set are perfect for telling the story of your journey.

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This set of label dies works with the Travel Buddy and My Trip stamp sets. Some of these shapes also work well without stamps!

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Travel-Icons-Fresh-Cut-Studio-Crafting-Dies-Technique-Tuesday-FBSassy Vacation Memories Stamp Set

Our Sassy Sentiments collection of stamps is growing this month with the addition of this 3x4 stamp set. Use this stamp set to help document your travels. Planning a trip? Use it to stamp phrases and travel icons on your planner pages. 

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Travel-Icons-Fresh-Cut-Studio-Crafting-Dies-Technique-Tuesday-FBCars on the Road Border Crafting Dies

Like to die-cut? There's a new addition to the our popular collection of Border dies. Meet the Cars on the Road Border crafting dies. Cut a road and cars with this die. By the way, this die is sized to work on a standard A2 card.

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Travel-Icons-Fresh-Cut-Studio-Crafting-Dies-Technique-Tuesday-FBAdventure Awaits Stamp Set

This 4x6 stamp set features images iconic to a travel theme! Whether you are working on scrapbook pages about family history or making cards for your favorite folks, you are going to find a place to use these stamps! 

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This set of dies feature six dies with a travel theme. The signpost is approximately 1" tall. Fresh Cut Studio member? These are your auto-ship dies for August. Not a member but got to have them? We've got you covered. They will be available for individual purchase on the 1st. 

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Want to see what you can do with these products?

Please stop by the blogs of our talented design team members:

Amy Kolling

Dana Joy

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Daniela Dobson

Kymona Tracey

Latisha Yoast

Heather Hoffman

Emily Leiphart

Teri Anderson

Be sure to stop by our blog again tomorrow to see reveals of the new products. And you'll find all the new products here on our website on August 1st. 

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August New Release Sneak Peek #3

Hi, friends! 

Happy Sunday! We are back with a couple more sneak peeks at the August 1st release of stamps and crafting dies from Technique Tuesday.

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We've got some fun new dies for you! You are going to love documenting all your adventures with our new set of icon dies. Plus there's another cool set of label dies (and a border die) coming out.
Stamp sets and crafting dies from Technique Tuesday | TechniqueTuesdayLike sassy phrases? The Sassy Sentiments collection of stamps will grow in August with a vacation-themed set. The stamp set features a host of travel-related phrases and some cute, whimsical hand-drawn images! 

Please stop by our blog again tomorrow as we inch closer to the new release! Our Design Team will join us in sharing projects with you as we start showing full reveals of our new products. And be sure to check out our website on August 1st. You'll find all the new products here

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Ps. Today is the very last day to comment on our Scrapbooking Stamps Giveaway! Be sure to comment on that post for a chance to win your very favorite Technique Tuesday stamp set! 



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. 



Learn How to Paint Stamped Images with Distress Inks

Hi, friends!

Like to add color to your stamped images? We've got something for you today! 

Flower stamps from Technique Tuesday | TechniqueTuesday.comJulie has put together another coloring technique video. In this video, she will show you how to paint with Distress Inks. This technique is so much fun. All you need is a few Distress Ink pads, a stamping block, a water pen and an image stamped with waterproof ink.

Julie uses the Happy Hydrangea stamp set and dies in the video, but this technique works wonderfully with many of the flower stamps in the Greenhouse Society collection. Not a fan of flowers? You could even use this technique to color in the many critters from the Animal House collection of stamps and dies. 

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We hope you are inspired by Julie's video to give her technique a try and to make a card (or scrapbook page). If you do, please share your project with us! Leave a link to it comments or post it on Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to use the #TechniqueTuesday hashtag.

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PS. Looking for more online education? We have even more technique videos on our website. See them all here



As Seen On...

Hi, friends!

From cool projects to a fun giveaway, Technique Tuesday has been hitting the blog-o-sphere this week. We're here today to give you a quick round-up of posts you don't want to miss! 

Stamps and Crafting Dies from Technique Tuesday | TechniqueTuesday.comWant a shot at winning a Technique Tuesday gift certificate? Stop by the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo blog and check out this week's Freebie Friday post! You'll learn all about our scrapbook stamps, our sentiment stamp sets, video tutorials and more. Plus you'll be able to take advantage of a special deal on our Christmas products for Stamp and Scrapbook Expo blog readers! What are you waiting for? Go check out their post and comment on it! 

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There are cards, and there are CARDS! This card Amy Kolling created with the Berry Basket crafting dies is the latter. It's just so sweet!

Berry Basket card by Amy Kolling for Technique Tuesday | TechniqueTuesday.comGet the scoop on making a thank you card like Amy's by checking our her blog post. And, if you think you'd like some Berry Basket dies to call your own, be sure to check them out on our website. Digital die-cutter? There are Berry Basket cut files available too! 

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Like to try new and different techniques? Blogger Lydia Fiedler recently demonstrated how to create some beautiful background papers with shaving cream and Distress Ink reinkers. And she shared an incredible card with Simon and Sandy Seahorse that happens to use one of those papers. Stop by her blog to see the card and check out a video about this fun technique.

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Speaking of the Simon and Sandy Seahorse stamp set, we've put 12 sketches you can download for free on our website. These sketches all feature cards and tags you can easily make with the stamps. Here's one of the sketches, and you'll find the rest right here on our website

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Have you created a project with Technique Tuesday's stamps and crafting dies? We'd love to see it. Leave a link to it on this post! 

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Last Day to Save - Christmas in July!

Christmas Stamps and Dies from Technique Tuesday | TechniqueTuesday.comHi, all! 

Just in case you had a long holiday weekend or missed the news, we want to remind you that today is the last day for the Christmas in July sale at Technique Tuesday. While you're shopping, look for the matching stamp and die bundles because you'll get your discount on top of their current sale price. It's easy to shop - no coupon code needed!

Get 20% off Christmas stamp sets and crafting dies

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