Christmas is a few months off, but it's not too early to start thinking about gathering ideas for this year's holiday cards and Christmas-themed scrapbook pages!
We'd like to invite you to blog hop today with the Technique Tuesday Design Team.
Be sure to grab a cup of cocoa (or maybe a Pumpkin Spice Latte) and check out the fabulous projects our designers have created with some of the new Christmas stamps and dies we released in August and September. (And, if you like holiday products, we'll be releasing a few holiday-inspired stamps and dies over the next couple months so keep your eyes on our blog and website!)
Be sure to comment on their blog posts, as well as this one, for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Technique Tuesday. One lucky person who comments will be chosen to receive the gift certificate. Comments will be taken until midnight on September 20th, 2018. The winner will be announced here on the Technique Tuesday blog on September 22nd.
Have you seen the Captions and Label dies in action? These paper crafting dies are so cool. You can use them for card sentiments and photo captions on layouts. You can even use them to add a handwritten date or note to a scrapbook page or card.
Check out this short video Bev put together with some quick ideas for using them.
(Can't see the embedded video? You'll find it right here on our website.)
Like what you saw?
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Bev here with a brand new card making tutorial for you! Today, I'm going to show you how to make a stencil with the Bubbles on the Border crafting die to create one really cute card!
This technique is easy and fun. You are going to love it. Let's get started!
First, cut out the mask or stencil with the Bubbles on the Border crafting die. I used plain cardstock. (If you want to make more than one card, consider using stencil material instead.) Make as many die cuts as you want to create an interesting pattern for your stencil.
Now use Distress Oxide Inks (or regular Distress Inks) to sponge ink onto cardstock. This panel will serve as your background paper. I used Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans on my background paper.
Temporarily adhere your stencil or mask to the background paper. I used Washi tape.
Get out a fine-mist spray bottle and fill it with water. Also get out some paper towels.
Spray water onto your masked, background paper. If you only want to remove a little color, don’t use much water. To remove more color, add more water.
Place a paper towel over the project and soak up the water. Then remove the mask. It's like magic!
Like to make pretty cards to send your loved ones and friends? The Lovely Lavender stamps are perfect for that. Stamp a pretty bouquet of flowers on a card and then finish it off with a sentiment.
Kick things up a notch by using the matching dies with the flowers and adding a die-cut "love you" phrase to your card.
Don't take my word for it though. Here's some creative inspiration for you from the Technique Tuesday Design Team. You are going to love seeing what they've made with these awesome flower stamps and dies! Take it away, team.
This stamps make for a beautiful set of cards.
It's easy to make a set! Follow Heather Hoffman's lead. Stamp three flower bouquets on mats (cut with the matching dies) and color them in. Adhere them to cards and then add a sentiment. Don't want to use one of the stamps in the set? Use a different one from our collection of Occasion & Sentiment stamps. Or do what Heather did and use words from the Mandala Sentiments stamp set.
Finish your cards off with a few gems or sequins!
Here's another fun idea. Latisha Yoast created a frame of sorts with the Mandala Maker dies and placed some stamped flowers on top.
What a fun way to draw attention to the flowers!
Dana Joy had a similar idea. Rather than applying watercolors to her Mandala die-cut, she cut it from several different pieces of cardstock and then built one big Mandala with all those pieces. You'll notice the Mandala is made with the very same colors she colored the flowers with!
Rather than stamping a sentiment for her card, Dana used a "love you" phrase cut with Lovely Lavender's matching dies. She used markers to add color to it so it matches the colors she used to color in the flowers!
And here's one more idea.
Stamp and die-cut two bouquets of flowers. Color them in with markers and then stack them on top of each other, slightly letting the bottom one peek out.
It's a simple but unique way to use the stamps.
Want to know about the Lovely Lavender stamps? Looking for a little more project inspiration? Check out this quick video Bev put together.
(Can't see the embedded video? You'll find it here on our website.)
Also if you like flower stamps, be sure to check out our Greenhouse Society stamps. We release a new stamp set and set of matching dies every month. These stamps are available for auto-shipment. Members get 25% off the stamp set, free add-on shipping and enjoy other benefits. Learn more about the program here.
"One of the things I'm LOVING right now is cards with simple, beautiful, stenciled backgrounds with a well-colored image and sentiment on top. So that's what I set out to make!
I knew I'd be using an image of a bee from Technique Tuesday's Bugs & Kisses stamp set, so I chose three shades of Distress Oxide Ink that would fade nicely into each other when used with a hexagon stencil. Instead of blending foam, I decided to use the new-ish Distress Blending Brushes to create this fade. It worked well because by using one brush for all three colors, the inks kind of blended on the brush before applying it to the paper. I love how soft and seamless it turned out.With a well-balanced and harmonious background, a small image and sentiment don't look out of place - it's actually perfect!"
Thanks for sharing this fun card, Tobi! Have you made something with the Bugs & Kisses stamp set or any of the cute critters in our Animal House collection? We'd love to see it! Share a link to your project so we can stop by and leave a little love for you!
I feel like my home is in a constant state of renovation and redecoration lately. I'll replace one thing in the house and then find something else to do. It results in trips to the hardware store several times a week.
A recent trip there led me to the electrical department, where I was mesmerized by some of the light fixtures that mimicked the look of light bulbs hanging freely from the ceiling. I was so inspired that I came home and made this light bulb-inspired card!
Want to make a card like it? It's easy. Just follow these simple steps.
Start by die-cutting several small and large light bulbs from white cardstock with the Bright Lights paper crafting dies. (If you are having a hard time getting the die to cut, consider using a metal adaptor plate with your die-cutting machine. I find this helpful when working with intricate dies.)
Set the light bulbs on scratch paper. Use a couple gray pens to add some color to their necks like so.
Use a sponge dauber (or cosmetic sponge) to apply ink onto the glass portion of the smaller light bulbs.
Repeat the last step. This time apply ink to the larger light bulbs.
Remove the center pieces from most of the light bulbs. Consider replacing the center pieces in some of the light bulbs with fresh pieces cut from white cardstock.
Adhere your light bulbs to a card. (Not a cardmaker? Use them on a scrapbook page instead!) For added visual interest, arrange them so they are next to each other but are at different highs.
Make your light bulbs hang by drawing wires. This is easy! Take any black pen and then use either a ruler or a stamping block as a guide for drawing straight lines.
Complete your card by adding a sentiment to the card. (The phrase I used is from the Light Bulb Moment stamp set, but you will find lots of great phrases to use instead from all the other Occasion and Sentiment stamp sets on our website! ) You'll also want to add a few strips of cardstock or patterned paper toward the bottom of the card. Give the card a hint of glitz by adding a few sequins or gems to it.
I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial! I'd love to see what you are making with Technique Tuesday's stamps and dies! Leave a link to your latest project for me so I can check it out and leave a little love.
Today's the day! It's Release Day at Technique Tuesday! Hooray!
It's that time of year when kids go back to school, the weather gets a little cooler, and it's time to head back into our craft rooms. It is also a good time to replenish your stash of cards, start a gratitude journal, update your planner, make some layouts about your summer trips or the changing seasons, or even start your December Daily album. You'll find stamps and dies to help you with all those projects and more in this new release! (You can shop for all the new stamps and dies starting now on our website.)
Craving some inspiration? Please check out the blogs of our talented Design Team members. They've each made some awesome projects to share with you!
Plus don't miss this video from Bev! She'll show you all the new products. She will also give you some quick tips for making amazing cards, scrapbook pages and DIY projects!
(Can't see the embedded video? You'll find it here on our website!)
Thank you for joining us for New Release Day and all our September Sneak Peeks! Please come back. We've got lots of fun projects and tutorials to share with you over the coming weeks!
PS. Who is the lucky winner of the $20 gift certificate for Technique Tuesday? That would be Meghan Kennihan. Congrats Meghan! Please check your inbox for a message from Teri about your prize! A big thank you goes out to everyone who left comments during on our September Sneak Peek and Countdown posts. We sure appreciate them!