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Project ideas for Valentine's Day...

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!)


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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!


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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!)


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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!


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Sassy Sentiments: Valentine messages don’t have to be sentimental. If you’re looking for a sentiment will a little attitude, add some humor to your cards with the Love Stinks or You’re Not Normal stamp sets.


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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!


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Punny Valentines: Remember the Valentines you received in school with adorable animals and punny sayings? You can re-create the nostalgia using your favorite critters from stamps in the Animal House collection, like Frederick and Fiona Fox.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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?

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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!



New Decorative Divider Dies

You know how sometimes there's too much white space on your project and you want to break it up? Or you need to delineate between a phrase and some other element? Or you want to draw attention to a photo or sentiment? Good news... the Decorative Divider dies are designed to help you with all those situations on cards, layouts, project life pages, and planner spreads!

 

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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!

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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!

It's that time again! It's Sneak Peek time, and I'm way excited to give you the first look at some of our new stamps and dies that will debut on Nov. 1st at Technique Tuesday! 

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Here in Oregon, the leaves are falling off the trees, the nights are feeling chillier and the stores have been putting out Christmas decorations, warmer clothes and space heaters. Winter is definitely coming! Today's sneak peeks feature a new stamp set that definitely has a toasty Winter feeling about it. 

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This new stamp set features artwork that screams Winter. There's a puffy jacket, a fuzzy scarf, a knitted glove and sock, a winter hat and the cutest snow boot you've ever seen. If that's not enough, there's also some snowflakes and lovely snowflake border. Whether you are a card maker or scrapbooker, you are going to love stamping these items on your Winter-themed paper crafted projects. 
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The stamp set also features some fun sentiment stamps look great on cards and scrapbook pages! I, myself, am particularly fond of the phrase in the second peek. It's a fun one... don't you agree?

This stamp set, along with the rest of our new stamps and crafting dies, will be available for purchase on Nov. 1st in the New Products category on our website. I'll be back again tomorrow with another sneak peek to share with you.

Please consider leaving a comment on this post, or any of our November Sneak Peek or New Product Reveal posts, that appear on this blog between Oct. 27th and Oct. 31, 2018. (We always 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 Nov. 2nd on this blog. 

See you again tomorrow!

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PS. This blog has been hopping this week with good stuff! Did you catch Julie's post on Tuesday? She put together a super tutorial with tips for using watercolor markers to color in the Luscious Grapes stamps. The results are stunning! And Bev had a fabulous post with tips for putting together some great cards with the Bow on the Border die. Don't miss it!



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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