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April 2012

The “Spring” Technique Tuesday Blog Hop

Come one. Come all. It's Blog Hop time.
Our Stamping Techs are up to their inspiring ways again. They have worked up some incredible Spring-themed projects with Tuesday Tuesday stamps to share with you today!
Please check out the blogs of:
You'll find lots of cards, a scrapbook page and a pretty vase of flowers!
Comment along the way and you might win! We'll pick one person who comments during the hop to win our Fly stamp set.

The winner will be announced here on May 3rd.

Winner. Winner. (Chicken Dinner.)

Hi everybody!

Teri here, and all of us at Technique Tuesday sure enjoyed reading the comments you left for Bev about your favorite Greenhouse Society stamp set.

I see a lot of you had a hard time picking your favorite set. Guess what? I haven't been able to myself.

I love April's because there is just something about pretty flowers. I love May's because dandelions remind me of the carefree days of childhood. And I love June's because cattails remind me of spending time outside with my family!

Although I have to admit that this card by Birgit Edblom might put April's over the top for me.

Well, at least until I see what the Creative Team cooks up with May's set! (Wink!)

Before I go, I need to announce that one of you has won your favorite Greenhouse Society stamp set! That lucky somebody is Jamie Greene, who said:

"I am in love with May's :)"

Congrats, Jamie! I'll be in touch shortly so Technique Tuesday can send off your new stamp set!


PS... Have you checked out our Sale page lately? Tena whipped out her red pen and slashed prices on many project kits and Technique Tiles! Due to USPS size and weight limitations, project kits and Technique Tiles are not eligible for the free shipping with Studio AE code. Be sure to take advantage of the sale prices... before Tena changes her mind!

Greenhouse Society Round-up!

Start watching your mailboxes!

It's the 25th, which means our first Greenhouse Society stamp set starts shipping today!

However it is not too late to purchase April's Greenhouse Society stamp set. It's still available through our Web site. You can also find information there on how to sign up to become a member of the Greenhouse Society and get a new botantical stamp set shipped to you every month.

We are thrilled to bring you another round of great projects made with April's set from our Creative Team.

On your mark... get set... check them out! 

Birgit Edblom

Tanis Giesbrecht

Jaclyn Miller


Kris Chirhart


Teri Anderson

Birgit Eblom (again!)

Tobi Crawford


Click on the pictures of their projects to go their blogs so you can learn more about how they made them.

Tune into our blog on May 15th for May Greenhouse Society Reveal. We'll show off the May stamp set and share with you some projects our team has made with it!


Try the Faux Silk technique with Kris

Hi there!

Kris here. I am sharing another "faux" technique today. Last time I was here, I shared the Faux Metal technique.  

Today I will show you how to do the Faux Silk technique with the Vino set from Technique Tuesday. I'll also use the label frame from Swanky Sentiments.

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The first step is to stamp your image onto tissue paper. I used a cream color to give my project a warmer look than white tissue paper would have.


Randomly stamp the image. You'll notice I used a larger piece of tissue paper than I needed so that I could decide later what part of it I liked best.


The next step is to crinkle up your tissue paper.


Now you want to evenly apply a thin layer of glue to a piece of cardstock. A glue stick works great.


Now you want to carefully place the tissue paper onto the cardstock. Be careful not to smooth the tissue paper out too much. You want the crinkles to show! From this point, I watercolored the images simply with water and ink.


And now it's time to finish card. After coloring the images, I used a light color distress ink to accent the crinkles even more. I also inked the edges of the image panel.


And here's a close-up for you.


I had a lot of fun doing this technique! (Believe it or not, it was my first time!) I hope you give the Faux Silk technique a try. We would love to see your Faux Silk-inspired projects. Please share them with us through our Facebook page and on Twitter.


April Showers Bring... (You Could Win)!

What is Spring like where you are? And which of the new Greenhouse Society stamp sets do you like best? If you tell me, you could win your favorite set!

This Spring here in Oregon the weather has been such a mix. It snowed several times in March - which is so unusual here. When April arrived, we had a couple of days where it was sunny and beautiful. The last few days it's been mostly sunny until about 4pm when thunderstorms and hail roll right on in. Then 20 minutes later the fine gray mist that usually signals that it is Springtime in the Pacific Northwest comes back. But I'm enjoying Spring... and the flowers that it brings. (I don't really have a favorite flower but I am partial to purple ones!)

To Enter:
To enter this giveaway, just answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which of the Greenhouse Society stamp sets do you like the best?

Leave a comment here by midnight on April 26th. (One entry per person, please.) We will pick a winner the next day!


Spotted: A Beautiful Card from Birgit

We at Technique Tuesday can not lie.

When talented stamper Birgit Edblom shared this card she made with our Dreamy Daisy stamp set with us, we squealed with delight. We knew we had to share it with you.


Birgit used Distress Makers to stamp the flower. Then she spread the color with water, which helped create the lighter shades of blue. She created the look of pearls in the center of the flower with Liquid Applique.

What a beautiful way to use the Dreamy Daisy stamp set!


Thank you, Birgit for letting us share your card!

How you made something lately with Technique Tuesday's stamps? We'd love to see what you have been working on. Share your projects with us through Facebook and Twitter.


Build a Background with Ashley

Hello everyone!

Ashley here today to show you a super easy technique.

If you are like me, you might not have many background stamps. And sometimes you just need a good background. My solution? Well, I like to build my own. Yes, I said build. Let me show you how.

First, pick any Technique Tuesday stamp set that applies to the occasion. For this card, I wanted a Spring theme so I chose the April Showers by Ali Edwards and the Wishes stamp sets.

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Then start building your background by stamping the sentiments on kraft cardstock with white pigment ink.



Continue building until you like it. Stamp the sentiment you want to have be the focus, embellish and voila!



I’m out!


Greenhouse Society: April Reveal

Hi everyone!

It's Reveal Day here at Technique Tuesday!

We are so excited about the new Greenhouse Society stamp club and are kicking things off by revealing April's beautiful, limited edition stamp set.


April's Greenhouse Society stamp set consists of four clear stamps: a stem of flowers and three all-around sentiments perfect for cards!

The set is on sale now for $12.99. Join our new direct-ship Greenhouse Society monthly stamp club, and you'll get it for $9.99. You can find out more details about the Greenhouse Society by going to our Web site.

The set starts shipping on April 25th!

We are so excited about the beautiful projects our Creative Team has worked up with this new stamp set to share with you today.

Check these cards out!

Tobi Crawford


Kris Chirhart


Tanis Giesbrecht


Birgit Edblom


Jaclyn Miller


Teri Anderson


Hit their blogs to learn more about their cards. You can get there by clicking on the pictures of their cards.

Our team will be back on April 25th with more ideas for the new stamp set.


The Power... Of Flowers!

Today we are going to mix scientific research with paper crafting. Sounds kind of weird, right?

Did you know that scientists have found that flowers really do make people - both men and women - feel good? According to research conducted at Rutgers University, flowers increase peoples' feelings of happiness, their sense of enjoyment, and their overall life satisfaction. The research shows that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods. (Not convinced that scientists really studied this? You can check it out here.)

With that research in mind, plus my love of flower and botanical stamps, we decided to design a new collection called the Greenhouse Society. Each month this year, we will release a new Greenhouse Society stamp set featuring the best botanicals of the season plus classic sentiments. The images and sentiments from each of the different sets are sized to work well with all the other Greenhouse Society stamps. If you get them all, you will have a collection of botanical images and sentiments that you can mix and match on your cards and scrapbook pages.

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You can see the first 3 Greenhouse Society stamp sets on our website. (The first set is featured on all of the cards in this blog post.) If you would like to make sure you get all the Greenhouse Society stamp sets, go to our website and sign up to become a Greenhouse Society member. We will only make a limited number of each of these sets - enough for the people who are Greenhouse Society members plus a few extra sets. If you'd rather not become a member, on the 15th of each month we will reveal the latest Greenhouse Society stamp set and make the extra sets available for purchase. Whether you become a Greenhouse Society member or just purchase some of these sets, you can bring the positive power of flowers to your handmade cards, layouts, and other paper craft projects.


Visit our website to learn more!

And the winners are...

The April Studio AE Blog Hop is officially over so we have some prizes to give away!

The winner of the Gone Fishin' stamp set is terriavidreader, who commented on Daniela's post (3:08 p.m. on 4/11).

The winner of the Take Flight stamp set is Jodi Bagnato, who commented on Sharyn's post (9:10 a.m. on 4/10).

Congrats, winners! Teri will be contacting you shortly so we can send out your prizes!

A big thanks to everyone who took part in this month's blog hop.

We'd love to see how you are using the new Hello Routine by Ali Edwards stamp set.

Not a Studio AE member? It's available for purchase through our Web site and through some retailers for a limited time.

Our Studio AE team will be back on May 10th for another great blog hop! Hope to see you there!