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!
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.
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.
Make a white card base that is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and score it.
Unfold the card base. Use the Bow on the Border Crafting Die along the left edge of the card.
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.)
Then add a stamped sentiment.
Want to make a bunch of Christmas cards? We've got a recipe for that too. You are going to love this.
Make a white card base that is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and score it.
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.
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.)
Put the ribbon pieces and bow pieces back into your white card. Use some tape to keep them in place.
Cut out a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece of patterned paper and adhere it to the inside of the card.
Add a sentiment.
Repeat each of these steps to make as many cards as you need.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
Here'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.
I'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.
Leonardo 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!
Jill'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!
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!
If you'd like to print out step-by-step instructions, here they are. Or bookmark this page for future reference!
I started with Canson watercolor paper and stamped the cluster of grapes using a quick drying, waterproof ink.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
Colorful 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.
Don'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.
Make 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.
Treat 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.
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!
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.
Please 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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Lean in real close. I truly love spending Thanksgiving with my family and friends. There's nothing like spending the day doing nothing but catching up with each other. But I do have a second favorite part of the day. What's that you ask? It's the turkey and pie, of course! It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without these delicious foods!
Do you plan on working on some Fall-themed scrapbook pages and Thanksgiving-inspired cards? Meet the Turkey & Pie crafting dies. You can use this set of dies to make die-cut turkeys, pies, apples and pears for all your paper crafting and memory keeping projects. Imagine all the cute accents you can make with them! And here's the best part... they are calorie-free! If only Thanksgiving really was calorie-free too!
I hope you enjoyed Bev's quick video about the dies. And here are some cool projects created with the dies that I hope will inspire you too!
Wow! This card by Dana Joy is the perfect card to send a loved one that you are missing over the holidays. Her sweet scene looks just like an actual dinner table. And the sentiment stamped with Happy Thanksgiving stamp set is the perfect touch! Stop by Dana's blog to learn how you can make a card like her's.
This card by Teri uses in the dies in a slightly different way. Teri left the outer frames of the die-cuts white and then added color to only the inner pieces. How did she add the color? Simple. She used markers. Like Dana, she too completed her card with a sentiment from the Happy Thanksgiving stamp set.
Hi everyone... are you enjoying this autumn day? This is Bev and I have a confession. I have a love / hate relationship with fall. I love the colors and the cool, crisp air. But in Oregon, as the seasons change, we start having more gray, rainy days. I really miss being outside in the sunlight. So today we're going to focus on beautiful fall projects instead!
Let's start with the new Happy Thanksgiving stamp set. At first glance, this stamp set might look like it is for scrapbookers and pocket page memory keepers who are documenting their Thanksgiving memories. But our design team has made it clear that these stamps work well for cards, planner spreads, and home decor projects too. I hope you'll be inspired by the projects in the 1-minute intro video and from our design team!
Remember the place cards that were featured in the intro video? Good news... yesterday, Teri Anderson shared a tutorial here on our blog showing how she made these adorable place cards. They are easy to make and will look so fine on your Thanksgiving table. Here's the link!
Who said the new Happy Thanksgiving stamps are only for scrapbook pages? We didn’t! We love how Kymona Tracey used these stamps to reserve some space in her planner where she will write her blessings on Thanksgiving day. You can learn more about Kymona's project on her blog!
What a WONDERFUL card by Emily Leiphart! She stamped and fussy cut out each of the images from the Happy Thanksgiving stamp set. Then she stamped the sentiment on a piece of vellum and arranged the images she had cut out around the sentiment. What a creative way to give thanks. Here's a link to Emily's blog where she shares more details!
I hope you enjoyed seeing these projects and that you are inspired to make some fall and Thanksgiving projects of your own.If you are a member of the Memory Keepers Studio auto-ship program, the Happy Thanksgiving stamp set is on it's way to you. Not a member... you can order your Happy Thanksgiving stamps now!
Oh for goodness sake... who knew hedgehog stamps and dies could be so much fun! This is Bev here today. I am blown away by all the projects our designers and guest contributors have been making with the new Henrietta the Hedgehog stamps and the matching hedgehogdies! Traditional brown hedgehogs? Check! Funny pink ones? Yep! Hedgehogs on a tote bag? Why not! I hope you are as inspired as I am by these projects!
Wow... just wow! Rachel Alvarado made this adorable pop-up box card. Although Rachel used traditional colors for her hedgehog and trees, the whimsical red mushrooms add the perfect pop of color. Want to make your own pop-up box card? Rachel has a tutorial on her bog that includes all the measurements. Here's the link to Rachel's tutorial!
This pink hedgehog card by Daniela Dobson made me smile! Daniela created her own background paper using the mushrooms, tree, and hedgehog stamps. Then she used a little flower stamp to fill in some of the open spaces. Her turquoise, pink, and green color scheme is delightful! On her blog Daniela included more details about the products she used to color her stamped images. I hope you'll hop over to Daniela's blog for all the details and to leave a comment for her!
Why limit your hedgehog projects to cards and paper crafts? Kymona Tracey sewed her own little bag and then stamped hedgehogs onto the fabric. What an adorable way to make a pencil pouch or small tote bag. Kymona shared some details about the ink that she used on her blog. Here's a link to Kymona's blog post!
Want to make some hedgehog projects of your own? If you are a member of the Animal House auto-ship program, we will be sending Henrietta to you starting tomorrow. Not a member? You can pre-order them now. We will start shipping the pre-orders on October 15th.
I had so much fun sharing these three hedgehog projects with you today! If you make some projects with Henrietta or any of the other cute critters in the Animal House Collection, please tag us with #TechniqueTuesday. We'd love to see what you make!