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. 

Make Your Own Butterfly Clips Tutorial | TechniqueTuesday.com

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. 


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

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! 


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.

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.


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

New Video: Watercoloring with Zig Clean Color Pens

Hi, everyone!

Are you into coloring? Like the look of watercolors? We've got a new video from Julie today, sharing a watercoloring technique with Zig Clean Color pens. Julie recently added these pens to her crafty arsenal and has really been enjoying their bright, cheery colors.

Watercoloring with Zig Clean Color Pens Video | Technique Tuesday

Julie uses the Greenhouse Society Strawberry stamp set and dies for this project, but this technique would work great with any of our flower and nature sets.  We hope you'll be inspired to try it with the Cosmothe Barberry, and even the Delightful Daisy sets. 

Watch the video!

We'd love to hear from you about future videos! Are there some coloring techniques you'd like to learn more about? Please leave a comment for us! 


New Video: Masking Magic in 3 Easy Steps!

Hey, everyone!

Bev here today with a new stamping tutorial!

This tutorial is a bit unusual! Usually masking tutorials feature a pretty flower or a cuddly bear. Not today… I decided this masking tutorial should feature a bale of hay. Kinda weird, right? Anyway, I hope you will watch the video to see how I transformed that bale of hay into a pile of hay bales across several cards. Plus you’ll also learn how you can use these 3 easy steps with flowers and cuddly animal stamps too!

Interested in learning more fun stamping ideas for your paper craft projects? Stop by our website and check out all the Tips & Techniques videos we've put together. 


Out of the Box Project Ideas for You!

Hi, friends! 

Tired of just making cards and scrapbook pages? We've got some “outside the box” projects today that you can easily make using your stash of stamps and dies.

You are sure to be inspired by this fun line-up of crafts! Be sure to click on the project photos for some tips, techniques, and, in some cases, step-by-step tutorials to make projects like these!

Summertime Treats by Jill Dewey Hawkins for Technique Tuesday

Make unique treat cups with the Sweet Summertime stamps and dies! Imagine giving treat cups like these to your kids or grandchildren. They will be sure to smile!


Strawberry Bookmark by Jenn Brown for Technique Tuesday

Do you love to read? Got a Summer reading list? Make a bookmark to grace the pages of the books you check off your list! It's so easy to make a bookmark with stamps, ink, paper and a few basic crafting supplies.


Spaceship Birthday Party Invitations by Kymona Tracey

Planning a party? Print the party details on cardstock. Then cut a border out of the top of each invitation with any of the border dies! Whether you are planning a child's party or one for an adult, this idea is easily adaptable! Plus you'll find we have lots of border dies to choose from.


Cherry Blossoms Fabric Stamped DIY Bag by Kymona Tracey

Here's another fun idea for you! Use stamps to personalize a make-up or pencil bag with flower stamps. Use the bag as a gift or keep it for yourself. I promise. We won't tell if you keep it! Not a fan of flowers? Use some background and other design elements stamps on your bag instead. The possibilities are endless.


Craving more non-traditional project ideas? Be sure to check out the DIY Party and Home Decor Projects Gallery on our website. You'll also find lots of inspiration in the Tags & Gift Giving Gallery!


PS. Have you tried stamping on rocks? Be sure to check out Shelley's tutorial on how to successfully do it with clear stamps! 

Tips for Stamping on Rocks

Hi, everyone!

Shelley here today. Stamping on rocks? Yes, it’s a thing! On a recent visit to Whidbey Island, I got caught up in the painted rock hiding and hunting that’s popular there. If you aren’t familiar with it, people paint rocks and then tuck them into hiding places along streets, park paths, and other nooks and crannies. When you find a rock you take a picture of it and post where you found it on the Facebook page. Then you can keep it or re-hide it. We stumbled upon one in the low branches of a tree in a beach park and you would have thought we’d found a pot of gold! This inspired me to paint some rocks of my own.

Freehand drawing is not my forte, so I was trying to figure out what I could paint. In keeping with the beachy island theme I thought a fish would be perfect, but after trying my hand at sketching on paper first I wasn’t too impressed. Then it hit me…maybe I could use stamps!  I gave it a shot and was pretty impressed with the results.  Here’s my first rock featuring Phyllis and Finn the Fish from the Animal House collection (Sorry, no fancy photo. I just laid it on the carpet!). I learned several things and will perfect the technique as I make more, but I thought I’d share how I did this in case you’re inspired to paint a few rocks of your own.

Stamping on Rocks by Shelley Goff for Technique Tuesday

  1. I started with a flat rock. The flatter the rock, the better the results. Find with rocks that have smooth surfaces and sit as flat as possible. Precision painting on a wobbly rock is difficult!
  2. To create an ocean like background I blended multiple shades of blue and green acrylic paints. Once it was thoroughly dry it was ready for the stamped image.  Rock painters recommend acrylic paints and paint pens.
  3. You have to get creative when you stamp your image. I found getting the best stamp image required NOT adhering the clear stamp to a block. I laid the stamp on a crafting mat and inked it with Black Staz-On ink, then gingerly picked up the stamp and held it in my hand to lay the inked side of the stamp on the rock. I gently pressed around all the edges of the stamp, trying not to let it shift or slide. Since the stamp is clear, it was pretty easy to tell if the ink hadn’t transferred completely and I would go back and give the area another press.
  4. Then I carefully peeled the stamp off the rock, let it dry a bit.  
  5. To paint the fish I used some opalescent paints. They were a bit more translucent than regular acrylic paint and allowed some of the stamped image to show through. It also gave some nice shine and movement to the fish.
  6. After painting the fish I wanted the outlines to be more prominent so I took a very fine paint brush and black acrylic paint to reinforce the outlines in some places. If I were to do it again, I’d use a fine-tipped permanent marker! The “Catch You Later” sentiment is from the Phyllis and Finn the Fish stamp set too.
  7. To seal the rock and make it water resistant, use spray paint clear coat.

My sister and I did some more experimenting with stamping on rocks. We found if the rock’s surface was very smooth and flat we could stamp images without applying any base paint. Some of the images on the plain rocks were quite striking. We didn’t even feel compelled to paint the stamped image. Seeing the details of the artwork on the textures of the rock, especially after a clear coat spray, was beautiful. 

So, next time you’re walking the beach or lake shore, pick up a few rocks and try stamping on a new medium. Happy hunting!


PS. Don't forget to check out the blog hop featuring the Technique Tuesday and My Sweet Petunia design teams. You'll find lots of inspiration for your stamps! And you'll get some great tips for using the Misti stamping tool from My Sweet Petunia! 

Watercolor Tips for Stampers: The Wet in Dry Technique

Hi, everyone! 

Want to learn more about using watercolors when you stamp?

We've got Tam here again today with a brand new technique video for you! She's going to show you the "Wet in Dry" shading technique with watercolor crayons. This method of applying color to a stamped image creates a slightly different look than the "Wet in Wet" technique she previously showed you! 

We think you are going to enjoy learning about this shading technique and are going to want to try it with all kinds of stamped images.

  Wet in Dry Shading Technique from Technique Tuesday || TechniqueTuesday.com

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 Wondering about the stamps Tam used in the video? Those delightful critters are Gertie and Garth Goat from the Animal House collection of stamps and dies

These friendly critters are perfect for making all kinds of cards. They are fun to use with watercolors, as well as markers and pencils. Here are a few cards created by our Design Team with them. To get a better look at their cards and to get some tips for making cards like them, click on the pictures.

A stamped card from Technique Tuesday || TechniqueTuesday.com
A stamped card from Technique Tuesday || TechniqueTuesday.com
A stamped card from Technique Tuesday || TechniqueTuesday.com
A stamped card from Technique Tuesday || TechniqueTuesday.com

Have you made anything with Gertie and Garth Goat? We'd love to see it! Share your work with us on Facebook and Instagram. Don't forget to use the #TechniqueTuesday hashtag.


PS. Looking for the winner of the Technique Tuesday gift certificate for signing up for our newsletter? We've hit a small snafu and will be announcing the winner later today. Thanks for your patience! 

Watercoloring for Stampers: The Wet in Wet Technique

Hi, everyone!

Have you been wanting to learn more about watercolors?

You are going to love this new video! In it, Tam is going you how to use watercolor crayons and how to pull off a "wet in wet" shading technique. She demonstrates the technique with the Parker and Penny the Pig stamps, but you can use the "wet in wet" technique to add depth and interest to all kinds of stamped images!

Wet in Wet Shading Technique from Technique Tuesday || TechniqueTuesday.com

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Tam isn't the only who has been playing with the pig stamps! Our design team members have been making lots of fun cards with them. Check these cards out!  If you'd like to see a larger picture or get some tips on making cards like them, click on the project pictures below.

A stamped card from Technique Tuesday || TechniqueTuesday.com
A stamped card from Technique Tuesday || TechniqueTuesday.com
A stamped card from Technique Tuesday || TechniqueTuesday.com
A stamped card from Technique Tuesday || TechniqueTuesday.com


PS. Friday is the last day of the Spring Mega Sponsor Blog Hop! Be sure to check it out if you haven't already! 

Tutorial: How to Add Color with Markers to Intricate Die-cuts

Hi, everyone! Teri here today with a quick tutorial showing you another way to use your markers. Instead of using your markers to color in stamped images, use them to add color to your die-cuts! Check out this card.

A handmade stamped card by Teri for Technique Tuesday // TechniqueTuesday.com

Here's how I made the accents for this card.

Step 1: Start by cutting a couple flowers from white cardstock. For this project I used the Fresh Cut Flowers crafting dies.

How to Add Color with Markers to Die-cuts Tutorial || TechniqueTuesday.com

Step 2: These dies have some small pieces that might fall out when you cut them. To keep them together, I placed a little washi tape (or two-way tape) on the back of the die-cuts and set the small pieces over the tape. This will help keep those small pieces in place!

How to Add Color with Markers to Die-cuts Tutorial || TechniqueTuesday.com

Step 3: Now it's nearly time for the fun stuff... we get to color. But, first, a word about markers. There are lots of markers out there that will work for this technique. You don't have to have the latest and greatest. You just have to have some markers you are comfortable using. I personally find the brush and bullet tip style ones are my favorite for this technique simply because sometimes I want to add color in really small spots on my die-cuts.

Take your markers and slowly apply a little color to your die cut pieces. Keep going until your die-cuts are covered with color.

How to Add Color with Markers to Die-cuts Tutorial || TechniqueTuesday.com

Step 4: You might have some spots where you accidently got marker color onto your die-cuts where you didn't want any color. An easy way to fix that is by taking a white pen and simply applying some ink over the stray color.

How to Add Color with Markers to Die-cuts Tutorial || TechniqueTuesday.com

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. Be sure to check out Technique Tuesday's Stand-Alone dies! We have lots of dies that will work wonderfully with this technique.


PS. Want to see another project that uses this technique? Check out this set of handmade gift tags! These would look amazing on a gift for Mother's Day or for a special friend on their birthday!