It's the end of the month, and of course, that means Sneak Peeks from us here at Technique Tuesday. However! This month is different. Yes, we have new stamps and dies coming, and yes, we are excited about them, but right now, we're even more excited about National Scrapbook Day (NSD) including a very special offer and a big blog hop!
The NSD special offer is coming out tomorrow morning. You'll be able to use the special offer on stamps and dies for cards, tags, planner spreads, and yes, scrapbook projects too.
Our designers have also been gearing up for our NSD blog hop, and I've been seeing all the projects they've been creating come in over the last few days. Oh my gosh, are they gorgeous! I've been inspired, so I know you will be too.
Good morning! Julie here. Today I am welcoming Ana back to our blog. Ana used this month's Meadow Flowers stamp set and alcohol markers to make this absolutely beautiful flower card. Be still my heart! Read on...I promise you'll be inspired to make some stamped flower cards too!
When I saw this floral image, I literally ran into my craft room and stamped these beauties about 15 times! I have already made 4 cards out of the images I stamped, and I am sure I will be using all of them in a very near future.
These floral stamps are just asking to be colored, and today I am sharing a very simple alcohol marker coloring process.
I started with cutting a piece of heavyweight cardstock to 5” x 10” and scoring it at 5”. Next, I cut a piece of marker paper to 4 ¾ x 4 ¾ and using my stamp positioner, stamped the sentiment in the center and Meadow Flowers image in all four corners with alcohol marker friendly ink.
I colored the stems first with Copic markers using a 3-color blend (G99, G94 and G21).
For the flowers I used 4-color blend (AP1, AP2, AP3 and AP4) and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers.
For the stamen I chose dark yellow color I thought would look most realistic and work with the color of the flowers (below is a close up).
Once the images were colored, I added craft foam to the back of the panel and adhered it to a piece of black layering cardstock, then adhered the completed piece to the card base.
For a little bit of shine and interest, I added glass droplets.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and until next time I wish you Happy Crafting!
Oh, such a lovely stamped flower card! I love the rich colors she used to color the flowers framing the sentiment. I hope you're inspired to go and make a gorgeous flower card like this with the Meadow Flowers stamp set, or one of the other flowers in the Greenhouse Society collection.
PS: Greenhouse Society members, we shipped the Meadow Flowers to you earlier this month. I hope you get them out and make a stamped flower card like this one!
Hi Technique Tuesday blog followers! Bev here today to introduce Natasha Kara to all of you. Two of the many things I like about Natasha are the sense of fun and the lovely colors she brings to all of her projects. Today she shows us how to make a super-cute monkey card. I hope her project inspires you to stamp some monkey cards of your own!
Today I am here to share a cute stamped monkey card I made using the new Monkey Business stamp set, and the matching Monkey Business dies. I loved the idea of the monkeys getting up to mischief. Don't they just look like they are up to no good? 😂 When I read this sentiment all I could think about was using it on a card for a new baby.
So, to make this card, I chose an appropriate pattern paper for the background. I wasn't sure how many monkeys I would need, so I stamped a LOT of them, as well as a bunch of extra bananas, and coloured them in with copic markers. I also die cut a rectangle frame. I wanted the little guys to look like they were climbing all over the place and getting up to some monkey business.
Once I had all the monkeys and bananas coloured, I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment onto some black card stock with some bright white Wow embossing powder. All that was left to do was assemble the card. I played around with where the monkeys should go and how many to use. I then glued everything together onto a 4.25 X 5.5 card base.
Well, that's all from me for today. Thanks for joining me and I hope you are having a wonderful day wherever you are.
Oh, I am so glad Natasha could share her monkey project with us! Her stamped monkeys really do look very mischievous. She's inspired me to stamp some monkey-themed birthday and thank you cards for my fun loving friends and family members!
As always, I'd like to invite all of you to leave a comment here on our blog. It means a lot to us and the design team members when we hear from you!
PS: Animal House auto-ship members...these cute monkeys were in your April shipment. I hope this project inspires you to get them out and make some stamped monkey cards of your own!
Hello, Julie here! Today I’m sharing tip about how to use colored pencils with stamped images on toned gray paper. I used the new Meadow Flower stamp set, but these colored pencil blending techniques would work great on any of the flower stamps in the Greenhouse Society collection. I love the Meadow Flower stamp set because it’s so versatile and looks great in so many different colors. Today I’m going to be coloring it a bit like a California poppy. I’m a California girl, and I love that state flower. Watch the video tutorial, or read through the photo tutorial below, if you prefer.
Using Colored Pencils on Toned Gray Paper
So, I have my image stamped on gray toned paper, using a waterproof ink. And I have my Prismacolor pencils, a small brush, and my ever important coffee mug ;)
Because I’m working on gray toned paper, I’m going to start with a layer of a light color. That could have been white, but this time, I’m going to start the project out on the warm side, and use canary yellow. I’m just going to cover the entire flower with it.
Once I’m done with that, I’ll move on to yellowed orange. This will go in almost everywhere the yellow did, because, of course, it’s going to be orange, like a California Poppy. It’ll have yellow highlights, but will be mostly orange.
Next is a smaller layer of orange. This is going to start out in the shadowy areas for now. Later I will cover more of the flower with this, but I want to start out slow. I find that it’s easier to add more of a dark color later, than it is to try and layer on a lighter color if I get it too dark.
Once I’ve got the shadows started, I’ll move to poppy red (fitting, right?) in the darkest parts of the shadowed areas.
Once I’ve got that, I’m going to go back and forth a good bit to get the colors to balance just the way I want them to. I use the yellowed orange to blend and smooth the poppy red, and then add more canary yellow to blend that, and so on.
This paper is really nice for building up color, but I always make sure I’m using my small circles and thinking about my pressure. As the project develops, it gets harder and harder to get another layer of color to stick, and you may have to use more pressure. Just think about how hard you’re pressing, and don’t go crazy – I try to remember to increase that pressure slowly.
And I’ll keep going until I’ve got all three flowers, a bit like this.
Now for the leaves. Once again, I’m starting with a layer of light. First is yellow chartreuse, all over. With the stems I’m switching it up, and going from the lightest color to the darkest – in this case dark green. I’m just going to go in with a very very light layer, only in the parts I want to be shadowed.
Next is spring green, and I use it to blend the dark green into the yellow chartreuse and to sort of bridge the gap between them. On to apple green, back to dark green, then spring green, back and forth and back and forth with a bit of chartreuse thrown in for good measure.
And here is my finished piece.
It was fun to work with the gray toned paper, colored pencils and stamps because the color really pops, even without a huge range of color. I’m excited about playing with other color combinations, like this blue version, which I’ll finish and make into a card or something soon.
I hope you saw something you can use on your next project. If you have any questions or thoughts, please leave me a comment. I love hearing from you!
PS: If you are a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, we shipped the Meadow Flowers to you earlier this month.
Hi Technique Tuesday friends! Bev here with a happy blog post. Today I get to officially announce that Norine Borys is joining our design team. Norine has been making projects using Technique Tuesday products for a long time. So when I asked her to join our design team, I told her that she could choose which line of products she wanted to use. I thought she would choose the flowers from our Greenhouse Society Collection. But instead she choose the cute critters in the Animal House Collection. I can't wait to see how she uses the hand-drawn animal stamps and punny sentiments to make cards, tags, and party decor projects!
Hello Technique Tuesday friends! It’s Norine Borys here with you today! I’d like to introduce myself, and tell you that I’m delighted to be here as a contributor to all the wonderful inspiration that the Technique Tuesday blog provides!
I’m a Canadian girl, living in the US, wife of 1 (lol), mom of 4 + spouses and SO’s, and best of all, Grand-mimi to 2 perfect little grandbabies! I love ALL types of arts and crafts and with the exception of paper quilling, have tried most of them at some point. This is my first month to work with the current TT release, and to post here and I hope, the beginning of something long and beautiful! I had fun this month with the Monkey Business stamps and matching dies. I meannn, who wouldn’t?
I began by covering an A2 sized card panel of cardstock with the two swinging monkey images. I stamped with brown ink, then trimmed ⅛” off each side.
I stamped the 3rd monkey (Football Huddle Monkey as I’ve taken to calling him) image onto Neenah Solar White cardstock with alcohol friendly ink, and colored him with Copic markers before die cutting him out. I also die cut another 3 of the same shape and glued them in a stack to give the colored image some extra dimension.
I used some stitched border dies to create interest on the top and bottom edges of a wide strip of brown cardstock on which I stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment. Then I wrapped the brown strip with thin jute string and layered that over the stamped background panel. Finally, I adhered the Copic-colored monkey stack, a few matching enamel dots and this card is complete. Pretty simple, but dang cute if you ask me!
Thank you for visiting the blog today and have a wonderful day!
Thanks so much for sharing your Monkey Business card with us, Norine! I don't think I'm ever going to look at that tough, little monkey stamp without thinking there's Football Huddle Monkey.
As always, I'd like to invite all of you to leave a comment here on our blog. It means a lot to us and the design team members when we hear from you!
PS: Are you a member of the Animal House auto-ship program? If so, we shipped these cute monkeys to you last week. I hope Norine's project inspires you to get them out and make some stamped monkey projects of your own!
Good morning! Julie here, welcoming Ashley back for another guest post. Today, Ashley is going to show us how to make dragonfly embellishments using the Beautiful Dragonflies Stamp Set and the Dragonfly Crafting Dies. Using Ashley's techniques, you can make your own dragonfly accents for cards, layouts, or any papercraft project!
Hi everyone! It’s Ashley, and I’m back today to share a new layout in my Traveler’s Notebook with you! I used the Beautiful Dragonflies Stamp set and the Dragonfly Die. I love stamping on patterned paper and having the color show through my stamping. I stamped the dragonflies several times on different patterned papers to create a fun look for my Traveler’s Notebook layout!
Once I had some of the dragonflies stamped, I also ran the Dragonfly Die through my manual die cut machine, to give a different look to the dragonflies. I wanted to create a scattered look on my layout, to make it look like they were flying across the page. Before adding them to the layout, I layered some of the die cut dragonflies over the stamped dragonflies to create a dimensional look. Then I machine stitched down the center of each one to add texture.
Next, I placed my photo in the center of the layout. I wanted to have the dragonflies “flying” around the photo. I love the whimsical look it adds to the layout. Once all of my dragonflies were in place, I used a few embellishments to tie the look of the layout together.
The Beautiful Dragonflies stamp set also includes some great sentiments and photo captions. I knew the “Chase Your Dreams” sentiment would be perfect for the title of my layout. I stamped it with Black Archival Ink on a circle sticker and layered it under my photo. It was a great finishing touch to my Traveler’s Notebook layout!
I hope you’ve been inspired to combine your stamps and dies in fun ways on your Traveler's Notebook layouts and memory keepering projects! Layering is always a great way to add interest. I hope you’ll give it a try!
Julie here again. I hope you enjoyed seeing how Ashley made dragonfly accents for her project and that you'll try making some dragonfly embellishments for your next card, layout, or craft project. I have been absolutely loving getting to see Ashley's Travel's Notebook pages and scrapbook layouts over the last couple of months. Ashley's projects have been inspiring me to get back to journaling and doing little bits of art every day.
Hi all! Julie here to welcome Dana Kirby back to our blog. Today she's sharing an ink smooshing tutorial with us. To make her bright, beautiful cards, she used an acrylic block, the Meadow Flower Stamp Set, the Essential Stitched Labels Dies, and some Distress Inks. I can't wait to try this block printing technique with the Meadow Flowers myself!
Good Morning and Welcome! It is Dana here today sharing a couple of cards made using this month's Meadow Flowers stamp set. This is such a gorgeous flower stamp set with so many possibilities.
To begin my card, I created my backgrounds. I used Distress Ink and a clear acrylic block. I smooshed the ink onto my clear block and spritzed my block with water. For my first card, I used Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. The little cubes are the perfect size for this acrylic block stamping technique.
Next, I flipped the block over onto a piece of watercolor paper. I placed something heavy (to apply light pressure) on my block and let it sit for a few minutes. Once I removed my block, I used a paper towel to pick up any extra water left behind.
Once my background was dry I began working on my card design. I stamped the flower with black ink onto my card panel. Next, I added clear embossing powder to the flower images for some added shine. I attached my card panel to a black cardstock mat.
For my next card, I used Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, and Twisted Citron Distress Ink for my background. I once again stamped the flower image and applied clear embossing powder. This time I added the sentiment directly to my card panel to keep things clean and simple. I once again added a black mat and then attached everything to an A2 card base.
I hope you enjoyed my cards today and give this ink smooshing technique a try. It is definitely a favorite of mine.
Thanks, Dana, for sharing this block printing technique with us, and for making these beautiful cards with the Meadow Flowers stamp set.
PS: If you are a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, we shipped the Meadow Flowers to you last week.
Tam & Julie here, to let you know that we are not fooling around today. We have our super-duper serious faces on, and will not stand for any kind of tom-foolery. Nor any Tam-foolery! But Julie-foolery is just fine. ;)
But seriously, we're not joking when we say that these new stamps and dies are gorgeous! Bev will tell you all about it in her new release video, below. You've probably been following along with our sneak peeks of the Monkey Business, Growing Garden, Garden Sentiments, and Meadow Flowers, but now you get to see everything!
Plus, Don't Miss The Blog Hop!
Our creative team, along with several guest designers, have a whole bunch of projects that they're sharing with you, too. We hope you'll visit each of their blogs and leave some comments for them along the way!
We hope you enjoyed watching Bev's video, and seeing all the projects along the blog hop. If you saw some new stamps or dies that you like, head on over to the website and snag your own copies. We've included the links below!