Today is the last day of the month and the last day of sneak peeks for the new release. It also means you have more chances to enter the new release giveaway. So what are we waiting for? Let's get this party started!
Are you a card maker who loves flowers and nature-themed stamps and dies? Today's sneak peek is for you! The new Kind Cosmo flowers are part of our Greenhouse Society Collection of stamps and matching dies. One of the things I love about these cosmo stamps is that they can be colored so many different ways. Plus if you look closely at each of these project pictures you'll see a sneak peek of the new Essential Labels dies too. (Don't tell on me but I've been secretly using them on projects for a couple months now!)All of the new stamps and dies will be available tomorrow in the Technique Tuesday shop. We'll also be sharing the new release video so make sure you check back here!
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Are you a scrapbooker or pocket page memory keeper? Today's sneak peek is especially for you. But anyone who crafts should keep reading for a chance to win one of the three gift certificates we are giving away this month!
Today's sneak peek is of the brand-new Remember When stamp set. This new stamp set is part of the Memory Keepers Studio Collection. It is designed to make photo captions and journaling cards for traditional layouts and pocket pages too. Whether you are working on a heritage album, current pictures of your children (or a grandchild), or the highlights of a recent vacation, you're going to want to check out these new stamps and coordinating dies.
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Wow... can you believe January is almost over? It's time to start the new release countdown! From now through January 31st we will be sharing sneak peeks each day. Then on February 1st and 2nd, we'll be revealing all the new products and we'll be having a blog hop featuring lots of projects we hope will inspire you. So let's get started with today's sneak peeks!
Get ready to meet some new, cute critters. These fur-balls will be joining the Animal House Collection of stamps and dies on February 1st. Like all the Animal House stamps and dies, these cuties are designed to help you make cards that are fun to color. So far we've made these critters be pink, purple, orange, gray, and also very SPARKLY!
What kind of animal do you think they are? What color would you make them? Or what sentiments would you put with these animals? Tell us what you think for a chance to win!
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Between now and midnight on February 2nd, leave a comment here on our blog on each of our sneak peek and blog hop posts. Tell us what you liked about that day's post. (If you do this every day, you'll have 5 chances to win.)
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Hi everyone. Are you ready to see some “un-BEAR-ably” cute projects? You are in luck… meet the Bobbi the Bear stamp set and matching dies. Today I am going to share projects from our creative team showing how you can use these stamps for nearly any occasion. Plus I’m going to share some tips for using this bear to make your own projects. I hope you enjoy the video and the tips listed below!
Make a Polar Bear: One of the cool things about bears is that they come in so many different colors. And the easiest one to color is a polar bear. Simply stamp the bear and add a couple swipes of color to create some shadows. Then cut your bear out and pop it up with some foam adhesive. To finish this card I used the “You’re the Bear-y Best” stamp but there are sentiments in this set for nearly every occasion.
Do Some Masking: Now here is another take on a polar bear. But this time there isn’t any die cutting. Simply stamp the bear and the sentiment on the front of your card. Create a mask for the bear and also mask off the bottom of the card. Sponge on some background color. Then when you remove the masks you'll have a clean and simple card! (Here's a link to Bev's masking tutorial.)
Make a Brown Bear with Friends: Bobbi the Bear isn’t just for winter projects. He also makes a great brown bear. And every brown bear needs something sweet. This card shows how easy it is to add some friendly bees, their hive, and a pot of honey to send to a friend or family member who could use a big bear hug!
Tuck Something Under the Bear's Arm: Here’s another happy brown bear and a swarm of bees on a card that celebrates friendship. But this bear has the honey pot securely tucked under his arm. To make your own version of this card, simply do some fussy cutting around the bear’s paw and arm. Then tuck the honey pot under the bear’s arm and add a friendly sentiment.
Add Texture to Your Bear: Here’s another bear holding a honey pot. But this bear looks like he has some fuzzy fur. This cuddly bear was colored using Copic markers but you could also get creative with your colored pencils to make your bear have some texture. I also don’t know exactly why but this bear seems to have a look on his face like he got caught with his hand in the honey jar. Maybe it’s because his eyes are white instead of colored in like the happy bear on the last card. Between this bear’s fuzzy-wuzzy fur, his hold on the honey jar, his startled expression, and the “grin and bear it” sentiment, the person receiving this card will be sure to smile!
Mix It Up Even More: Here’s another mash-up featuring a dark brown bear and one of the beavers along with the beary-best birthday sentiment. And the bouquets of heart shaped balloons and present are from the Love is in the Air stamp set. Although we designed the cute critters in the Animal House Collection to be used together, it was a happy accident that the balloons and presents work so well with these animals.
PS: I would really love to see someone make some pink, blue, or rainbow bear projects. If you do, please send your project pictures to Ideas at TechniqueTuesday dot com or tag us using #TechniqueTuesday.
Hi everyone, Bev here! Today I am excited to introduce the new Love is in the Air stamp set. This stamp set is part of the Memory Keepers Studio Collection. In this video I'll start by showing you several ideas for using these stamps on scrapbook layouts, journaling cards, and pocket pages. But I also share ideas you can use to make gift tags, graduation cards, cards for Valentine’s day, and projects for love-themed occasions all year long.
Project Descriptions and Closeup Pictures
Make Your Own Photo Captions: Here's a picture of Shelley and her husband. Shelley works here at TT and manages our customer service team so you may have exchanged email with her or talked to her on the phone. To make a photo caption for Shelley's picture, we simply stamped the phrase "Love Is In the Air" and added some hearts.
Create Journaling Cards: To make this journaling card, we stamped a different phrase and then added the string of vertically stacked hearts. Using a marker that matches Shelley's shirt, we colored in the hearts to make a journaling card that complements this picture.
Stamp a Patterned Background: The photo caption and journaling card show how you can add some small pops of color. But if you enjoy more serious coloring, you can make your own patterned background like this one. Here we used the hand-drawn hot air balloon stamp, and markers to make this bright and happy background.
Add Color to the Open Fonts: When we designed this stamp set, we kept in mind the ways that scrapbookers and memory keepers create (like we do with all the Memory Keeper Studio stamp sets). We know that many scrapbookers prefer not to do complicated coloring. So instead we included fonts and some images that make it easy for you to add smaller pops of color to your projects. For this photo caption, we used markers that match the colors in the girl's hair bow and boots to color in the letters in the word "heart" and in the heart images.
Make Ombre Words: Here's an even easier way to add color to the open fonts. Just use one color of marker to make ombre letters!
Make Cards for Adventures That Happen All Year Long: If you are like me, it seems like someone I know is always moving away to their favorite city, starting a new job, going on a mission, graduating, retiring, or is headed off on some other big life adventure. Make a colorful card like this one to encourage your friends and family members!
Don't Forget About Gift Tags: Who wouldn't like to receive a gift with a tag that promises to be filled with Love? Use the bouquet of balloons stamp and a masking technique. (Here's a link to Bev's Masking Video Tutorial.) Then color your balloons and the open letters in the sentiment to finish your tag.
Use White Gel Pens to Make Unique Accents: Stamp and color the hot air balloons. Then add some white dots to the hearts in the hot air balloons.
Add Some Glitter Glow: Use markers to color your hot air balloons. Then add some glitter around the edges to make it look like the balloons are glowing!
Fussy-cut and Layer Your Stamped Images: Stamp some hot air balloons. Color and cut apart pieces of them (like the hearts) and layer them back together. Then add some washi tape, a doily, and baker's twine to make a gorgeous card like this one!!
Keep Things Clean and Simple: Here’s a very clean and simple project. It would make a great journal cover. Or it could be a card for someone who is starting a new chapter in their life. Plus remember the heart swoosh from the stamp set? Notice how two of the heart swooshes were strung together to fill the space and make a longer swoosh!
Make a Swooshy Background: Once you’ve strung together more than one heart swoosh, why not make a whole background full of them? Then add color to the hearts to make a more colorful background!
Mix Together a Bunch of the Images: On this project, the airplane, heart swoosh, present and heart balloons were used to create a whimsical scene. What combinations are you going to use on your projects?
I hope you enjoyed seeing all these projects featuring the Love Is In the Air stamp set. This stamp set is part of the Memory Keepers Studio collection. If you are a member of the auto-ship program, we shipped these stamps to you last week. I hope these projects inspire you to make something with your new stamps!
Hey friends, it’s Shelley! Have you started thinking about your Valentine's Day projects? While I was out packing some orders in the warehouse today, I noticed lots of loved-themed stamps and dies that have me inspired. Here are some project ideas to get your creativity flowing! (Clink on the project pictures to learn more about the featured products. Or see them all in the Love Collection!)
Shake things up! Although it’s hard to see in this photo, the die cut Love Puzzle pieces on this card are raised to make a shaker box filled with sequins. Interactive cards are such fun to receive!
Create a sweet paper airplane border inside and out: Cut a border along the outside edge of your card using the Paper Airplane border dies. The pink airplane and heart-trail are glued to the inside so when the flap is lifted the plane is sailing across the inside of the card as well. (Tutorial Coming Soon! Sign up for our newsletter to see it first!)
Just Charming: There are 6 different dies in the Charming Hearts craft die set and it’s only $9.99! These delicate dies are great on cards or tied to packages. Cut them from shiny metallic gold or silver paper and they almost look like jewelry!
Piece it together: This unique card combines die cut puzzle pieces from the Pieces of My Heart craft die and a stamped image. Stamp and color the Cherry Blossom stamp set on white cardstock. Then position the puzzle die over the cherry blossom image and run it through your die cutting machine. It’s also fun to stamp a message and put the loose puzzle pieces in an envelope for the recipient to put together!
Send Some Love: Consider sending Valentines to someone other than your sweetie. Brighten the day of an elderly friend or reach out to someone you haven’t seen in a long time with an unexpected card. This cheerful greeting features the Sending Love craft die and Love is in the Air stamp set.
Lots of Love: This card goes together in a heartbeat! Just die cut the word “Love” from the Long Love craft die set in a rainbow of colors, add a couple hearts and there will be no question how you feel!
One die, lots of impact: The Cascading Heart border die is sized perfectly to create a border down the edge of an A2 card in one quick cut. You can keep your project time to a minimum by cutting the border and letting the hearts fall out, then place a piece of red paper inside to shine through the open hearts. Or fill in the hearts by cutting the die on various colors of cardstock and piecing it back together.
Love takes flight: The new Love is in the Air stamp set makes my heart happy! The simple images lend themselves to all kinds of coloring mediums, but won’t take a lot of time to finish. I also like the versatility of the set as I can use it for cards but also my scrapbook layouts.
After looking at all these projects from our creative team, I can’t wait to get started on some cards of my own…I just have to decide which I LOVE the most! Which card inspires you?
P.S. Congratulations to Sue D., who won the $20 gift card from the January 2019 Reveal Day post by commenting on Amy Kolling’s blog post. Sue, please check your email inbox, your gift card is on its way!
Hello, Julie here, with another coloring video! Today’s project uses the new Beautiful Narcissus stamp set and Copic markers. Copics are a fairly new medium for me, so I learned a lot as I prepared for this video. The first thing I learned was how to pronounce it – a little like cope-ic. I even went to the official website to watch a video just to hear how they pronounced it. I still think it looks like it should rhyme with topic, but oh well.
Step-By-Step Instructions For Coloring the Beautiful Narcissus image with Copic Markers
If you'd like to print out step-by-step instructions, here they are. Or bookmark this page for future reference!
I stamped my image on multimedia paper here, with a water-based ink. Because many waterproof inks are alcohol-based, they don’t work so well with the alcohol-based Copic markers. It just blends into the color you’re adding. So, water-based inks are our friends here.
I started with the greens. I found the color system easy to navigate, with the help of the Copic Marker site’s color chart and explanation. I chose three colors in the yellow green family - YG21, YG23, and YG25. I started with the lightest color, YG21, and filled in all the leaves and stems. After that, I put in shadows with the medium color, YG23. Then I used the darkest color, YG25, very sparingly in the very darkest spots. I will say that the stems here are fairly thin, so I didn’t do any detailed shading on them. Next, I went back to YG21 and used it as a blender. Now, I could have used an actual colorless blender to do this, but I didn’t really need to, as the lightest of the three colors worked well. This final layer blended the three colors a bit, and smoothed out any hard lines.
Next came the flowers. I used three markers from the yellow family – Y13, Y15, and Y19. I started with Y13, the lightest color, then the medium color, Y15, then the darkest, Y19, and finally went back in with the lightest and blended them. One of the things that have kept me from trying Copics in the past was the fact that when I started to put down color, like I did here with the light yellow, it would start out looking sort of muddy. Tam, here at the office, encouraged me to keep trying, and I came back to a trial piece that I hadn’t liked as I colored it, but which looked amazing once it was dry! So these yellows are going to dry to be nice and bright.
Next was the orange center. I used three in the yellow red family YR00, YR02, and YR04. Of course, I started with the lightest, and filled in the whole shape with it. Then the medium color went in, and because the lighter color is so light, I used a good bit of the medium. Next comes the darkest, which I used for just a couple of shadow touches. Finally, I used the lightest orange to blend them together.
Once the flowers are all done, I started on the puffballs, which Tam and I decided are thistles, so they’re blue. I started with B60, and just swirled it around on each of the bits of fluff. Next was a touch of B63 for the start of the shadows, and finally some B66 for the darkest bit. The blending here started out looking a bit muddy but dried nicely.
And lastly, I did the thistle stems in brown (I thought of them as dried thistles). Because these stems are thin, I once again only did the barest bit of color, avoiding any shading, because it got out of control when I tried too much detail with these.
Here is the final piece. I added a touch of the blue in the little tie at the bottom and now I’m ready to make a card or gift tag out of it. I’ll see about putting the finished product up on the website when I’ve finished it.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I used Copic markers to color the Beautiful Narcissus image. And I hope you saw something you can use on your next project!
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The Design Team is here to help celebrate the January new release! They've put together some amazing new paper crafting projects to share with you.
Please consider leaving a comment on this post, or any of our design team members’ posts, between Jan. 1st and Jan. 4th, 2019. (We really love hearing from you!) We'll select one person from all the comments to receive a $20 gift certificate for the Technique Tuesday website. The lucky winner will be announced on Jan. 5th on this blog.
You'll find all our new products right here. Whether you're a card maker, a scrapbooker or an all-around crafter, this release has something for you.
Want to see projects that will make you swoon? Bev's new video includes inspiration for Valentine's Day cards, everyday scrapbooking and memory keeping, and projects perfect for the people you love any time of the year!
Is there a product from the January New Release that inspires you? Is there something you are already thinking about using them for? We always love to hear from you! Tell us your favorites and what crafty ideas you have for all these new stamps and dies. Leave a comment, we always love hearing from you!
Watch our blog and social media channels throughout January for even more inspiration for these new products. Plus be sure to keep an eye on the video page on our website for new videos featuring these products. We've got projects waiting in the wings for the Beautiful Narcissus, the Paper Airplane on the Border, and more!