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Tutorial: Blending Distress Oxide Ink with Makeup Brushes

Hi, everyone!

Bev just made a quick tutorial showing you how to create some  amazing Distress Oxide Ink backgrounds using plain white cardstock and makeup brushes. Yes, you read that right... she used some very inexpensive makeup brushes to blend the Oxide Inks. These backgrounds are fun to make and  look awesome!

Here is Bev's video tutorial plus you'll find step-by-step instructions below so you can print them and use them later!

Step-by-step tutorial for blending Distress Oxide Ink using makeup brushes:

  1. Start by getting out some cardstock for your inked background. Bev cut hers to be 4" x 5.25" so it would fit on a standard A2 card while still leaving a border around the edge of the card.
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  2. Now get out the Distress Oxide Ink colors you want to use. Bev used Salty Ocean, Broken China and Peacock Feathers for her background. Also get out your makeup brushes. (Can you believe you can get a pack of 6 of these large brushes for only $5.99 on Amazon? Here's a link to the makeup brushes that Bev shows in her video. And here is another one with 6 large brushes that may be even more useful for backgrounds.)
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  3. Swirl the makeup brush across your first Distress Oxide Ink pad.
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  4. Swirl off any excess ink on scratch paper.
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  5. Then using a light, circular motion, blend the ink onto the piece of cardstock.
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  6. In between ink colors, rub the extra ink off onto your scratch paper. Repeat this process for each color of ink.
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  7. When you are finished, use some mild hand soap to wash your makeup brushes.
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  8. Spritz the background with water to make it even more interesting. Once the background is dry adhere it to a standard A2 card. Add stamped and die cut flowers or cute critters. Bev used Wendell the Whale and other sea creatures from the Animal House collection. Finish your card by adding a stamped sentiment.

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We hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! Is there a technique you'd like to learn more about? Leave a comment and let us know! 

 The Technique Tuesday Blog Team



Make Your Own Stencil with the Bubbles on the Border Die!

Hi, everyone! 

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! 

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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.

Bubble Border tutorial by Technique TuesdayNow 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.

Bubble Border tutorial by Technique TuesdayTemporarily adhere your stencil or mask to the background paper. I used Washi tape.

Bubble Border tutorial by Technique TuesdayGet out a fine-mist spray bottle and fill it with water. Also get out some paper towels.

Bubble Border tutorial by Technique TuesdaySpray 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.

Bubble Border tutorial by Technique TuesdayPlace a paper towel over the project and soak up the water. Then remove the mask. It's like magic! 

Bubble Border tutorial by Technique TuesdayNow adhere your panel to a card and add some sea creatures and a sentiment. (The sentiment and critter on my card is from the Wendell the Whale stamp set but you'll find other fun critters in our Animal House collection of stamps and dies.)

Also I put together a quick video showing this technique for you!

(Can't see the embedded video? You'll find it right here on our website!)

Thanks for checking out today's tutorial! Let me know if you decide to give it a try! Leave a comment for me so I can see your projects and leave you some you some love! 

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September Release Day!

Hi, everyone!

Today's the day! It's Release Day at Technique Tuesday! Hooray!

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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! 

Amy Kolling

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Daniela Dobson

Kymona Tracey

Latisha Yoast

Heather Hoffman

Teri Anderson

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! 

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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! 



Sept. New Release Countdown: Day 2

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Hi, everybody!

We are so close to the September release of new stamps and crafting dies at Technique Tuesday! Just one sleep to go! 

Are you ready to see more of the new goods? High 5! You have come to the right place. In addition to product reveals, we've got our design team here today so show you some cool projects you too can make with them.

Let's first see the goods! 

Planner-Medical-Clear-Stamps-Technique-Tuesday-FBPlanner Medical Stamp Set

We're adding to our popular collection of planner stamps with Planner Medical. This 2x4 set includes several hand-drawn medical icons, plus several phrases perfect for planning out appointments and other medical obligations in your planner. 

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Wendell-the-Whale-Animal-House-Clear-Stamps-Technique-Tuesday-FBWendell the Whale Stamp Set

There's a cute new critter swimming his way into the Technique Tuesday line-up. Meet Wendell the Whale. Do you belong to our Animal House auto-ship program? If so, Wendell is your stamp set for September. Not a member but really want Wendell to come live with you? No fear! He'll be available for purchase on the 1st with the rest of our new products. Don't forget to check out Wendell's matching dies too! 

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Story-of-December-Days-Clear-Stamps-Technique-Tuesday-FBStory of December Days Stamp Set

Do you like to document your December adventures in a scrapbook? I'd like to introduce you to the Story of December Days. These Christmas stamps are perfect for telling the story of everything that happens in December. Cool bonus? Many of these stamps can be used throughout the year too.

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December-Moments-Clear-Stamps-Technique-Tuesday-FBDecember Moments Stamp Set

This 4x6 stamp set features a whole bunch of sentiments perfect for scrapbooking and memory keeping projects in December. Some of the phrases work for documenting events throughout the year as well. For instance, use the "presents" or "wrapping"  phases on a birthday-themed scrapbook page. 

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Curious as to what you can do with these products?

Please visit the blogs of these talented Technique Tuesday Design Team members:

Amy Kolling

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Daniela Dobson

Kymona Tracey

Latisha Yoast

Heather Hoffman

Teri Anderson

Stop by our blog again tomorrow as we celebrate Release Day! The design team will be here one more time to share with you some fabulous projects. Plus some by the New Products page on our website on the 1st to snatch up all the new stamps and dies that have caught your eye!

Also don't forget to leave a comment on this September Release Countdown post, or any of of our September Release Countdown or Sneak Peek posts between that appear here on the Technique Tuesday blog from August 27th to August 31st, 2018. We're giving a $20 to one lucky person for leaving a comment. Comments must be posted on the Technique Tuesday blog by midnight PST tonight (August 31st, 2018). The winner will be announced here on the blog on Sept. 1st.

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September Release Sneak Peek #2

Hi, everyone! 

We are one day closer to the stamps and dies for September at Technique Tuesday! And, gosh, I'm fired up to be here today and give you a few more sneak peeks. 

Today's peeks feature some pretty flowers, something Christmas-y and a really cute critter! Let's get started.

September Sneak Peek from Technique Tuesday

This is the time of year some of you start thinking about making Christmas cards and compiling the supplies you want to use to document December in a scrapbook. If you are one of those folks, we've got two new stamp sets coming that are right up your alley! 
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Classic stamper who enjoys coloring? You are going to love coloring in the flowers featured in this sneak peek! They look beautiful on cards and scrapbook pages. 
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There's another cute critter swimming his way into the Technique Tuesday line-up in September. And, if you like to use different stamp sets together, check out our Animal House collection. We've released some cute sea creatures over the last few months that can be used together to create fun underwater scenes with this happy, little guy! 

See something you like? You'll find all our new products on the New Release page on September 1st. 

And be sure to hit our blog again tomorrow to get a few more sneak peeks at the new scrapbooking and cardmaking stamps and paper crafting dies. 

Also, don't forget to comment on this sneak peek post or any of our sneak peek or countdown posts that appear here on the Technique Tuesday blog from August 27th to August 31st, 2018. We'll pick one lucky commenter to score a $20 Technique Tuesday gift certificate. Comments must be posted on the Technique Tuesday blog by midnight PST on August 31st, 2018. The winner will be announced here on the blog on Sept. 1st.

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Create a Cool Background with Typography

Hi, friends!

Do you love the look of typography? Alphabet stamps are a great way to incorporate a bold modern look onto any card or scrapbook page.

Check out this card! It uses typography in the background! 

Hello-Drifting-Seahorse-Card-Teri-A-Technique-TuesdayI created the typographic background with a couple of Technique Tuesday's alphabet stamp sets, Big Timber Uppercase and Big Timber Outline Uppercase. You wouldn't believe how easy it was to do so!

I stamped "hello" three times with the solid letters. I wanted a bright feel so I used yellow. orange and citrus green inks.

HelloStep1BigTimberThen I used the outline letters to stamp an outline around the green letters. The cool thing about the outline letters? You can line them up exactly with the solid letters, or you stamp them slightly to the side and they will still look cool! 

HelloStep2BigTimberOnce I stamped the "hello" words, I went to town by creating a little underwater scene with the Simon & Sandy Seahorse stamp set.

The "drifting by" phrase is from the stamp set. There's actually another word in the phrase. I didn't want to use it so I did some selective masking. I simply set a piece of sticky note tape over the unneeded word and inked up my stamp. I removed the sticky note and stamped, which resulted in the phrase you see.

HelloStep3BigTimberThen I added the adorable stamped sea creatures to my card. I really wanted the typography to pop so I didn't add any additional color to the jellyfish, seahorse or starfish.

Hello-Drifting-Seahorse-Card-Close-Teri-A-Technique-TuesdayI did however add a few "drops of water" by adding a few squirts of Glossy Accents to the card. The hardest part about that? Being patient while waiting for them to dry! 

Thanks for checking out this card and quick tutorial! I'd love to hear from you! Are you a fan of alphabet stamps? What's the last project you used them on?

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Get Ready to Get Inky! Watch the Latest Coloring Video!

Hi, friends!

Like to get inky? You are going to love the latest coloring video for stampers from Technique Tuesday's Julie.

She's going to show a fun way to add color to Olive the Octopus with Distress Ink pads and a water pen. With only three colors of ink to pull from, she'll give you lots of tips for blending colors and she'll show you a whole array of beautiful painted octopuses! 

Let's get kracken! (Wink!)

(Can't see the embedded video? You'll find it right here on our website!)

Julie uses the Distress Inks painting technique to color in Olive the Octopus, but it would work wonderfully for adding color to many of the critters in the Animal House collection. This technique is also a great one to use with the flowers stamps in the Greenhouse Society collection, as well as the Just Us Girls and Flowers for Her stamp sets. 

We hope you are inspired to play! If you give the technique a try, please share your results with us! We love seeing what you make! 

Wanting to learn more stamping techniques? Check out the Tips & Techniques collection of videos on our website. You'll find all kinds of techniques to try on your next card, scrapbook page or DIY paper craft project. 

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How-to Make an Amazing Ocean of Waves

Hi, everyone! 

Take the Waves on the Border dies, some Distress Oxide Ink pads and a little card making magic, and you can make a cool wave of oceans like Dana Joy did!

Happy Birthday Octopus Card by Dana Joy | TechniqueTuesday.comDana's sharing a video today, showing how she made the ocean of waves for Olive the Octopus to swim in for this adorable stamped birthday card. You are going to love this easy and fun technique that's perfect for creating scenes with Olive, Simon & Sandy Seahorse and even Phyllis & Finn Fish!

(Can't see the video? Stop by Dana's blog or her YouTube channel.)

Speaking of Olive the Octopus, we are so excited to see what you create with her! Need a little more inspiration to get started stamping? We've got some awesome card and tag sketches for you to use with Olive's stamps and dies! Be sure to check out the free downloadable idea sheet on our website! 

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Sketches for Stamping with Simon & Sandy Seahorse

Hi, stampers!

Ever need a boost in the arm when you sit down to stamp? Like sketches? 

Did you know Technique Tuesday releases a free downloadable file with card and tag sketches for every Animal House stamp set? Consider these sketches a creative blueprint for the next project you make with our cute animal stamps!

Let me show you how easy it is to turn of these sketches into a card. Take this  sketch for Simon & Sandy Seahorse stamp set. It's one of my favorites! 

Seahorse Card Sketch from Technique Tuesday | TechniqueTuesday.comYou can easily use the sketch as a springboard for making a card like Jenn Brown did!  

Swimming By Seahorses Card by Jenn Brown | TechniqueTuesday.comDon't you just love the background the seahorses are drifting in? Jenn created it by applying watercolors to cardstock and then cutting a border out the bottom of it with the Bubbles on the Border crafting die. (Not a fan of the bubbles? Consider using one of our other border dies to cut a border out of the bottom of the panel.)

She stamped and die-cut the seahorses, jellyfish and starfish from cardstock with the stamp set and dies. She colored them in with markers and placed them on her card, just like we did in the sketch. She finished her card with a stamped sentiment and some enamel dots. Not a fan of enamel dots? Consider creating dots with Glossy Accents or glitter glue instead. 

You'll find 11 more sketches for Simon & Sandy Seahorse on their idea sheet! And you'll find sketches for all the Animal House stamp sets on their product pages.

By the way, we'd love to see how you are using the sketches for the Animal House stamp sets to make cards and tags. Share a link with us to your projects by leaving a comment on this post or posting your project on Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to use the #TechniqueTuesday hashtag when you post! 

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Technique Tuesday New Release Countdown: Day 2

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Hi, friends!

Just one more sleep until the new release from Technique Tuesday is live! 

Are you ready to see more of the new stamps and dies? In addition to product reveals, we've got our design team here today to share some cool projects they've been making with the new goods. 

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Sunny Flowers Stamp Set

Like flower stamps? This 3x4 stamp set features a vase of flowers, a lady bug and two sentiments perfect for making lots of cards. These images are coloring-friendly and work well with markers, pencils and, even, watercolors! Greenhouse Society member? This is your stamp set for August. Not a member but want the stamps? You're in luck! They will be available for purchase on the 1st. If you like to die-cut, be sure to check out the matching dies too!

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Waves on the Border crafting die from Technique Tuesday | TechniqueTuesday.comWaves on the Border Crafting Die

There's another new border die coming to Technique Tuesday. The Waves on the Border die is perfect for adding a wave along the side of a standard A2 card. You can even use this design to make an ocean scene with blue cardstock.

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Olive the Octopus stamp set from Technique Tuesday | TechniqueTuesday.comOlive the Octopus Stamp Set

There's a new critter swimming into the Animal House collection this month. Meet Olive the Octopus. Olive and her friends come as a 4x6 stamp set. There are matching dies available too! Do you belong to the Animal House auto-ship program? This is your stamp set for August. Not a member but want Olive in your life? We've got you covered. She will be available for individual purchase! 

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Now that you've seen the goods, let's see what you can make with them. 

Please visit the blogs of our talented design team members:

Amy Kolling

Dana Joy

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Daniela Dobson

Latisha Yoast

Heather Hoffman

Emily Leiphart

Teri Anderson

Be sure to stop by our blog again tomorrow as our team will be here one more time for Release Day! And don't forget: You'll find all the new products here on our website on Wednesday!

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