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Dec. New Release Countdown Day 2

Hi, friends!

There's just one more sleep until the new release of paper crafting dies and stamps is available from Technique Tuesday. We're back today to give you some more reveals at the new products, plus we'll show you some amazing projects created by our fabulous Design Team.

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First, let's see more of the new stamps and dies!


Are you classic card maker who likes to color? You are going to love using the new Joyous Juniper stamps and dies to make all kinds of cards to send out this winter. This gorgeous 3x4 stamp set consists of four stamps: 2 sentiments; a Juniper branch; and a Juniper berry you can use to make the branch even bigger! If you belong to the Greenhouse Society, this is your auto-ship for December. Not a member but got to have them? Never fear! They will be available for purchase on the 1st with the rest of our new products.

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Have you set your goals for the New Year? Have you made some changes recently or are planning on making some changes soon? The 365 Days stamp set is perfect for making scrapbook pages about your goals, dreams and changes! Many of the phrases also work for making cards. Do you belong to the Memory Keepers Studio auto-ship program? This is the stamp set you'll be sent in December. Not a member but want the stamp set? It will be available for purchase without membership.

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What would you make with all these new products? How about a little inspiration from the Technique Tuesday Design Team? We'd like to invite you to visit the blogs of:

Dana Joy

Heather Hoffman

Kymona Tracey

Latisha Yoast

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Teri Anderson

Talk about a whole lotta cool projects!

Don't forget to swing by the Technique Tuesday website on the 1st. You'll find all the new products here.

And be sure to stop by this blog again tomorrow for Release Day! You are in for a treat. The Design Team will be here one more time to share with you some awesome projects they've made with the new goods, plus Bev will be here to give you a video tour of all the new products and share with you even more project inspiration! It's going to be a blast!

See you tomorrow!

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December Release Sneak Peek No. 3

Hi, friends!

Hooray! We are one day closer to the next release of stamp sets and crafting dies. I'm excited to bring you another sneak peek! 

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There are a couple new critters joining the Technique Tuesday line-up on the 1st. They are a whole lot of GNAW-some, if you catch my drift! Wink!

Gnawsomebeavercard-2-teriYou are going to love using this hardworking duo of friends to make all kinds of cards. Thank you cards, birthday cards and, even, thinking of you cards are all possibilities. 

By the way, if you like to die-cut, you are going to love this next bit of news. There will be matching dies available to use with the stamps too!

This Animal House stamp set, plus the rest of our new products, will be available for purchase on December 1st on our website. You'll find everything that day in the New Products category

We will be back again tomorrow to share the first full reveals of the new products, plus the Design Team will be here to share some amazing projects they've made with the new goods.

Thank CHEW for stopping by today! I don't know what we at Technique Tuesday WOOD do without your support! See you again tomorrow.

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December Release Sneak Peek No. 1

Hi, friends! 

December 1st is coming! You know what that means? New stamps and crafting dies at Technique Tuesday! Can I get a woohoo?

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I'm delighted to kick off the New Release fun by sharing a few sneak peeks today at one of the new stamp sets for December.

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Not much of a memory keeper? This new stamp set also works for cards. For instance, you can easily create a background for a birthday card with some of the phrases in the set!

This stamp set, as well as the rest of our new products, will be available for purchase on Dec. 1st on our website. You'll find everything that day on the New Release page

I'll be back again tomorrow with another sneak peek at some of the new Technique Tuesday products for December. I hope to see you then!

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PS. Today is Cyber Monday, and it's the very last day to take advantage of our 2018 Progressive Sale. Coupon code LONGSHOT18 gets you 60% off our retiring stamps and cutting dies! When these products are sold out, they will be gone forever. We won't be making any more of them. Snag 'em while you can. 

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Winner... Winner... Chicken Dinner!

OK. Maybe she's not a winner of a chicken dinner! 

But there is one lucky Technique Tuesday fan who is the winner of a $20 gift certificate for commenting during our November Release Sneak Peeks and Countdown posts! And that lucky winner is Daria Zender! Congrats, Daria! Please check your inbox for a message from Teri about your prize.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who left comments on our posts. We sure appreciate all your kind words. They really do make us smile!

Be sure to check out the latest release of stamps and dies. They are available for purchase now.

Looking for a little inspiration? Even though the giveaway is over, you'll still find lots of inspiration for these new products from our Design Team Blog Hops: Countdown Day 1; Countdown Day 2 and Release Day.  You also find project inspiration in this video from Bev.

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Introducing the Bow on the Border Crafting Die

Hi, friends!

Isn't it fun when you get something that is all wrapped up with a ribbon and a bow! Whether it's for a birthday, anniversary, graduation, wedding, or Christmas, the Bow on the Border Crafting Die will let you add that special feeling to your next card. Here's a quick video introducing this new die. Plus check out the super-cool Bow on the Border projects from the Technique Tuesday Design Team! I think you are going to love all the crafty possibilities!

 


Do you ever wait until the last minute to put together a birthday or anniversary card? Here's a quick fix for that situation.

  1. Make a white card base that is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and score it.
  2. Unfold the card base. Use the Bow on the Border Crafting Die along the left edge of the card.
  3. Cut out 3 different strips of pattern paper. Adhere two of them to the inside of your card. And adhere the other piece to the outside of the front of your card. (If you want to get fancy, add a few stitch lines with your sewing machine after you've adhered them to your card.)
  4. Then add a stamped sentiment.

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Want to make a bunch of Christmas cards? We've got a recipe for that too. You are going to love this.

  1. Make a white card base that is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and score it.
  2. Unfold the card base. Use the Bow on the Border Crafting Die along the left edge of the card. Save the little white pieces from the inside of the bow.
  3. Run the Bow on the Border Crafting Die through your die cutting machine again. (Heather used red cardstock. You may want to use green, blue or some other color.)
  4. Put the ribbon pieces and bow pieces back into your white card. Use some tape to keep them in place.
  5. Cut out a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece of patterned paper and adhere it to the inside of the card.
  6. Add a sentiment.
  7. Repeat each of these steps to make as many cards as you need.

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If you want to get the most cards for your time and money, do the same card design but use different colors of paper. For example, Heather was able to use the white ribbon and bow pieces that come out of card shown above, and put them into the red card-base shown below. And similarly, she put all the red ribbon and bow pieces that she cut out of this card base back into the card shown above. How fun!

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I hope you enjoyed seeing these Bow on the Border project ideas! We'd love to see your projects too. Share them with us on Instagram and Facebook. Be sure to tag us and use the #TechniqueTuesday hashtag.

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PS. Do border dies make your card making heart flutter? We've got lots of different border designs available so you can make cards for all kinds of different occasions. Here's a link to all the border dies!



Good Meows! The Cat Lover's Blog Hop is Happening Now!

Hi, friends! 

Have you heard the good meows? The annual 2018 Cat Lovers Blog Hop is in full swing and Technique Tuesday is one of this year's sponsors. 

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This fun little blog hop features lots and lots feline inspired stamping projects. To play, all you need to do get your paws inky, make a project featuring a cat, share it and link it up to the blog hop on Her Peaceful Garden. The hop runs through Oct. 27th. At the end of the hop, the hop's organizers will be giving away some prizes, including a Technique Tuesday gift certificate.

We couldn't let this fun blog hop pass without sharing a few meow-velous projects of our own that feature some of our favorite Technique Tuesday's cat stamps.

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When it comes to cards, this one by Jill Dewey Hawkins is the purr-fect one to send a friend to let her know you are thinking of her. Jill created her sweet scene with the Kyle the Cool Cat stamps and dies. Don't you just love the soft colors she colored Kyle and his mouse friend with?

1-Cat-Mouse-Friends-Handmade-Card-Friendship-Birgit-E-Technique-TuesdayHere's another fun card created by Birgit Edbom with the Kyle the Cool Cat stamps. This card, too, would be a fun card to send a friend or a loved one. 

Kyle isn't the only cat around Technique Tuesday. There's Leonardo the Lion as well. 

1-Be-Lion-Handmade-Card-Animal-House-Ashley-H-Technique-TuesdayI'd be lion if I didn't say how much I like this card by Ashley Harris. Leonardo stands tall on the card, thanks to Ashley stamping and die-cutting him and then adhering him to the card with foam tape. The stamped hearts add a sweet finishing touch to the card. 

1-Rawring-Lion-Numbers-Card-Teri-A-Technique-TuesdayLeonardo isn't just meant to be used on cards for friends. He looks meowy nice on birthday cards too.

You'll also find a cat  in our Planner Cat stamp set. This little guy was drawn to be used on planner pages, but he sure looks cute on cards too. This one by Jill Dewey Hawkins is paw-some!

1-Technique-Tuesday-Best-Paw-Jill-Hawkins-LargeJill's stamped patterned paper looks wonderful! Imagine creating one like it to use on a scrapbook page instead. It'd even be fun to make a stamped paper to use to wrap a gift for a your favorite cat loving friend! 

Hope you've enjoyed these fun projects. Got a favorite? I'd love to hear about it! 

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Creating Contrast with Watercolor Markers and the Luscious Grapes Stamps!

Hello, Julie here! In today's video, I will show you how to use watercolor markers to add contrast to images in the new Luscious Grapes stamp set. These new fancy-schmancy watercolor markers were a gift for my birthday. I love them and am excited to show you how to use them! 

 

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


Step-By-Step Instructions

If you'd like to print out step-by-step instructions, here they are. Or bookmark this page for future reference!

  1. I started with Canson watercolor paper and stamped the cluster of grapes using a quick drying, waterproof ink.

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  2. I wanted to make the grapes be the color of Concord grapes, which is mostly blue with a hint of purple. So I started out with the blue marker and added a swoosh of color in the bottom of each of these grapes. Then I used a little water to spread the blue throughout the grape. Once I had the blue distributed, I went back in and added just a tiny spot of purple for the highlight. And as usual, I want back and forth between the colors. On some of the grapes I added more of the blue to intensify that color. You can get this great sort of gradient going, because you’re doing essentially wet-on-wet water coloring.

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  3. Once all the grapes were done, I started in on the leaves. I used the yellow marker to add a base layer. I wanted an autumn leaf color scheme, like the grapes were just ready to be picked, so the colors I used were generally warm. I just went around the edges and along the veins of each leaf with yellow. I didn't want to overwhelm the leaves, just give them a yellow base with a little color everywhere. I used my brush to spread the yellow around to make some nice gradients. There’s a lot of detail within the leaves that could get lost, so I tried to make sure that where the leaves overlapped, the bottom leaf was a bit darker than the part of the top leaf that’s covering it. The darker areas provide a little more contrast which makes the leaf details a bit easier to see.

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  4. Next I went in with the orange watercolor marker. In my set that was Cadmium Red, which was the closest to orange that I had. I picked a few spots to make reddish orange... mostly in areas I wanted to make sure had some additional contrast as well as more intensity. I went back and forth between the orange and yellow, and used water to move those colors around. I planned ahead to put green near the reddish orange areas on the leaves that were underneath. Since red and green are complementary colors I knew that the green would make those areas seem even redder which would help make those areas pop.

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  5. Next I used the red watercolor marker. In my set of makers this was named Alizarin Crimson as opposed to the Cadmium Red hue, which is a little bit more orange. I used the Alizarin Crimson to add a little more intensity to the areas that were already headed in the reddish-orange direction.

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  6. Next I added a bit of Sap Green to a few spots. This is where you need to be a bit careful. Because red and green are complementary colors, (which means they’re on opposite sides of the color wheel), they will create a neutral color when mixed. I made sure I didn't add any green to areas that already had red in them. I knew that if I did mix them, they would turn a muddy brown.

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  7. Next, I used a couple brown shades on the stem and vine areas. I used the lighter color along the top of the stem. Then I used water to spread the color out a little. Because it was pretty wet, the dark brown went in like a dream and spread itself out a little bit. By going back and forth with the brush and the markers, you can get the colors to go where you want them to be.

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And here is my final piece! I went back in and added more color in a few places. I added some darker green on top of the lighter green to add contrast in one or two spots, but only very sparingly.

I hope you enjoyed learning how to add contrast to your stamped images. These watercolor markers are a great way to add color to nature-themed stamp sets like the Luscious Grapes Stamp Set or any of the flower and botanical themed stamp sets in the Greenhouse Society collection.

Thanks for reading! 

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3 Days Only - Save on Select Stamps and Dies!

Hi, friends!  

What are you thankful for? Cooler weather? Beautiful fall colors? Time back in your craft room making thank you cards? Pictures of your kids jumping in a pile of leaves that will make a wonderful scrapbook page? Or upcoming family gatherings around the Thanksgiving table?

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Well here is another reason to give thanks! For the next 3 days, all the stamps and dies in our Thanksgiving category are 25% off. Plus there are project ideas showing you how to use these products to make cards, fall layouts plus plan, decorate, celebrate and document this special time of year. Enter coupon code THANKS2018 when you check out to take advantage of this special offer!

Shop the Season of Thanks Sale Now!

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There are so many amazing craft projects you can make the Thanksgiving stamps and dies. Here's a few thank you cards to fuel your creative juices. 

1-Technique-Tuesday-So-Thankful-Leaves-Card-Tobi-Crawford-LargeColorful leaves are synonymous with Fall, and this card Tobi Crawford made is on point. Make your own leafy card by die-cutting several leaves with the Fall Leaves cutting dies from cardstock and then applying color to them with ink or watercolors. Want to give them a little texture? Add some glitter or Glossy Accents or splatters of white paint to them. You could even simply crinkle them up. 

1-Hello-Fall-Leaves-Handmade-Card-Daniela-D-Technique-TuesdayDon't limit yourself to using die-cut leaves on your next card. Follow Daniela Dobson's lead and create a card that combines die-cut leaves with leaves stamped with the Fall Favorites stamp set.

1-Technique-Tuesday-Grateful-Leaves-Card-Tonya-Dirk-LargeMake a card with a wreath of leaves on it like Tonya Dirk did with the I Am Thankful stamp set. Consider using the card to tell your best friend or a loved one you are thankful for them being in your life. 

1-Technique-Tuesday-Whats-Cookin-Jill-Hawkins-LargeTreat your favorite chef (or the sweet soul who makes your Thanksgiving dinner) to an adorable stamped card like this one by Jill Dewey Hawkins. You can easily make a background paper like Jill's with the Chef Owl stamps. Simply ink up the owl and stamp her again and again on cardstock. 

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Do you subscribe to our newsletter? Be sure to watch for the next edition of it. Julie will sharing some new techniques for adding color to the new Luscious Grapes stamped images. It will be arriving in inboxes on Tuesday!

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A Whale-y Adorable Christmas Card from Emily

Hi, everyone!
Have you started making your Christmas cards yet? OK. I get it. It's only October, and December seems like a long way out, but Christmas card season will be here before you know it. Now is the perfect time to start gathering ideas and supplies so that you are good to go when inspiration strikes.
Technique Tuesday Design Team member Emily Leiphart is here today to start fueling your creative juices with a one-of-a-kind Christmas card featuring one of the adorable critters from our Animal House collection. Take it away, Emily!
 
"Emily here today, and I have a super fun holiday card that was made with Wendell the Whale and some other Technique Tuesday stamp sets. 
Imagine my delight when I discovered that the hat from Dear Santa was perfectly proportioned to fit on Wendell. Isn't he so cute as Santa? I was able to combine sentiments from both sets to create a unique one for the card.
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The two big fish are from Olive the Octopus and the four little fish are from Sassy Love Your Guts. I love that I was able to find multiple fish in different sizes from other sets to use with Wendell. The gorgeous waves were made using the On the Waves Border Die.

Whale Hello Santa Card by Emily LeiphartPlease visit my blog for a full supply list. Thanks so much for stopping by!"

I hope you were inspired by Emily's card like I was. Want some more Christmas card inspiration? Stop by the Holiday gallery on the Technique Tuesday website. You'll find lots of timeless and fun card designs, plus you'll also see some great ideas for documenting December in your scrapbooks and a December Daily album.

Also be sure to check our collection of Christmas stamps and dies. We've added some fantastic paper crafting products over the last few months. 

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Add Some Twinkle to Your Christmas cards!

Ok, it's confession time. I adore Christmas lights. The soft glow of the lights on the tree or on the mantle makes me so happy. So when Teri Anderson proposed the new String of Lights stamp set and the coordinating Christmas Lights Border Die, I was all in. Both the stamp set and die were designed to work just fine by themselves. And they are even better together. You can purchase the stamps and die separately. Or for the next several days you can save some money when you buy the stamp and die bundle.

I hope you'll check out this 1-minute intro video and get inspired by these projects from the TT designers! 


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When you are working with a classic image, such as Christmas lights, it often works well to keep things simple. On this card, Dana Joy used white cardstock, the stamps, and black ink. Then she used makers to add color to each stamped Christmas light. What an easy way to make a DELIGHTFUL card!


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Oh my stars... this card by Emily Leiphard to STUNNING! She also used white cardstock, just the stamps, and black ink. But she added some amazing details such as embossing the card base with the Mandela Maker crafting dies. Here's a link to Emily's blog post where she shares more information about how she made it!


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Are you wondering how Kymona Tracey made these tangled and overlapping strings of lights? She stamped the first string of lights and then did some masking. Kymona has some additional details and pictures on her blog!


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The perfect Christmas package would not be complete without a gift tag. Dana Kirby stamped the String of Lights image off the edges of white cardstock tags and added sentiments for the same stamp set. Then she layered her stamped pieces onto some patterned paper to make these ADORABLE tags.


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Want to make your Christmas lights glow? Jill Dewy Hawkins started with black cardstock and stamped a single string of Christmas lights. Then she used pencils to add color inside the lights and some subtle color around their edges to make them glow. You can visit Jill's blog for more details about how she made this card!


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When Teri proposed the String of Lights stamp set, I didn't think about how it might work in a planner. I just imaged the image and sentiments on cards and tags. But look what Latisha Yoast did. She used them in her planner. Latisha shared more details on her blog!


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I'm sure many of you noticed this colorful card in the intro video. Teri Anderson used the Christmas Lights die to make a stencil and to add the string of lights along the border of her card. She finished the card with a sentiment from the String of Lights stamp set. Here's a link to her blog post which includes more info plus another lovely Christmas lights card!


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Wow... look at this DELIGHTFUL card by Dana Kirby. She used the Christmas Lights Border die to die cut out several colors of cardstock. Then she die cut out the white cardstock pieces and placed the colorful bulbs and black strings and socket pieces back into place. With all the different colors of bulbs, she could make a bunch of the same card by just switching where she puts the different colors of bulbs. 


I hope you enjoyed seeing all these projects! Tena, our CFO, hasn't decided how long she's going to be offering the discount on the bundled String of Lights stamp set and the coordinating Christmas Lights Border Die so if you want them, get them while you can!

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