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It's January Reveal Day!

The Design Team is here to help celebrate the January new release! They've put together some amazing new paper crafting projects to share with you.

Please consider leaving a comment on this post, or any of our design team members’ posts, between Jan. 1st and Jan. 4th, 2019. (We really 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 Jan. 5th on this blog. 

Stop by these amazing designers' blogs:

Dana Joy

Heather Hoffman

Kymona Tracey

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Amy Kolling

Daniela Dobson

You'll find all our new products right here. Whether you're a card maker, a scrapbooker or an all-around crafter, this release has something for you.

Want to see projects that will make you swoon? Bev's new video includes inspiration for Valentine's Day cards, everyday scrapbooking and memory keeping, and projects perfect for the people you love any time of the year!

 

Is there a product from the January New Release that inspires you? Is there something you are already thinking about using them for? We always love to hear from you! Tell us your favorites and what crafty ideas you have for all these new stamps and dies. Leave a comment, we always love hearing from you!

Watch our blog and social media channels throughout January for even more inspiration for these new products. Plus be sure to keep an eye on the video page on our website for new videos featuring these products. We've got projects waiting in the wings for the Beautiful Narcissus, the Paper Airplane on the Border, and more!

Don’t want to miss anything? Sign up for our Technique Tuesday Newsletter!

 



January Sneak Peek Day 2

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Are you a classic stamper who loves coloring? Today's peek features a fresh new stamp set you are going to love making cards with. 

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Oh! And those of you who love using matching dies when you stamp? You'll be happy to hear that there will dies available for this stamp set.

This stamp and die set is the latest addition to our Greenhouse Society Collection. To check out the other flowers in the collection, or to learn about the Greenhouse Society Auto Ship Program, head over to the website!



Create Envelope Art with the Joyous Juniper Stamps

Hello, Julie here. In today’s video I’ll show you how I created some cool envelope art using the Joyous Juniper stamp set. The stamp set is part of our Greenhouse Society Collection of stamps and matching dies. I had a lot of fun with the Joyous Juniper stamps and am really looking forward to making more envelope art with it!


Step-By-Step Instructions For Making Envelope Art

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

  1. First, I stamped the image on the envelope using waterproof ink. Then I put a piece of chipboard into the envelope so that nothing could bleed through to the other side of the envelope, and to avoid any bumps from having creases or layers of the paper underneath. I got this piece from an old pad of list paper, but chipboard like this comes in all kinds of random packaging. Next I got out my water pen, my palette block, a piece of paper towel, and Distress Inks for the first half of this project. I spread my inks onto the pallet, a bit of Iced Spruce, and some Stormy Sky.

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  2. To start the coloring, I put down a water wash and then added color from my block. On this paper, the water wash is going to soak into the paper really quickly, so I had to do it in small batches. A little bit of water wash, and then color over that, then a little more water wash, and so on. This ink layer is just fairly flat color, starting with the Iced Spruce in the leaves and stems. This is just to provide sort of a background to the pencils. The color coverage just comes out smoother with a flat color background under the pencils.

    On the berries, I did pretty much the same thing with the Stormy Sky, one berry at a time. Wash and then color, and repeat.

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  3. Next came the pencils. I started with brown and greens for the stems and needles. Light Umber went in first, and I put it in pretty lightly on the stems only.

    Once the brown was in, I went into the needles with True Green, which is a sort of blue-tinted green. I just went into the ends of the needles with this, because I didn’t want to layer too much color on at once. Because this paper doesn’t have a lot of tooth, it’s possible that at some point the color won’t layer on any more.

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  4. After that was the warmer Apple Green along the base of the needles.

    Next was the Olive Green, which went on the stems over the brown, as well as the very base of each needle, to provide some shadow. I went back and forth with these colors until I had something I really liked.

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  5. Then, I started in on the berries with the Peacock Blue. I went over the berries with light circles of the peacock. Next was the Ultramarine Blue, which set up the shadow areas.

    A bit of Violet went in after that, to make the shadows nice and rich.

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  6. Once I got that in, I went back in with the Peacock blue pretty thickly over the lighter areas. It’s about the right color for the sort of smoky blue I wanted for my berries, so I wanted it to kind of take over. Next I went in with the white, over that second layer of Peacock blue and sort of smoothed it out, and lightened it up.

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  7. A little more ultramarine went into the shadows to blend them a little more, and then I started with the colorless blender.

    With the blender, I tend to move from dark to light so that if I have color built up on the pencil, I don’t get an accidental blob of dark color in the light area. Somehow it’s easier to blend a lighter color into the shadows than it is to deal with dark in the light. You can also just wipe the color off the blender pencil between berries if you want, using the paper towel.

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  8. Last, I added a bit more white as a highlight or shine – that little ‘ting!’ This required a bit more pressure, because I’d built up so much color in this area already.

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And I did all the berries like that, and ended up with something like this.

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I placed a label die cut on the front of the envelope and sponged some ink around it to make a space for my friends’ names and well, a fake address. The thing I loved about using the Joyous Juniper Stamp is that it fit perfectly into the pointed envelope flap. I love that on the back flap you see this beautiful image, but on the front, you just get a hint of the image, while the space for the stamp is still free. You can add your return address here on the front, or on the back somewhere. Keep in mind that as you get more on the envelope, the more likely it is that it will have to be hand-canceled. This just costs a touch more in postage, but shouldn’t slow anything down too much.

If you'd like to learn more about the Greenhouse Society Stamp Sets and matching dies, now is a good time. If you sign up to become a member by the end of this month, you'll receive a free stamp set. All the details are on our website.

I hope you learned something you can use on your next project. Have a great day!

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December Release Day!

Hi, friends! Bring on the fun! It's Release Day at Technique Tuesday! 

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And the Design Team is here to help celebrate! They've put together some amazing new paper crafting projects to share with you.

Stop by the blogs of:

Emily Leiphart

Dana Joy

Heather Hoffman

Kymona Tracey

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Teri Anderson

Amy Kolling

Daniela Dobson

Talk about some awesome ideas! 

Remember: You'll find all our new products right here. Whether you are a card maker, scrapbooker or DIY'r, this release has something for you.

Want a closer look at the new goods? Watch this month's New Release video. Bev will show you the products, plus share even more ideas for using them.

There's really no better way to wrap up 2018 than with some awesome new stamps and dies. You are going to love this month's GNAW-some Beau and Beatrice Beaver stamps. If you like to make cards with lots of coloring, these stamps are for you. If you like classic stamps, you are going to love the Joyous Juniper stamps. Memory keeper? Check out the 365 Days stamps and coordinating Decorative Dividers crafting dies. 

Is there a product from the New Release that inspires you? Is there something you are already thinking about working on with new goods? We'd love to hear from you! Tell us your favorites and what your crafty plans are for all these new stamps and dies! We always love hearing from you! 

Watch our blog and social media channels throughout December for even more inspiration for these new products. Plus be sure to keep an eye on the video page on our Website for new videos featuring these products.

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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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November Release Day

Hi again, friends!

It's time to start trading out your Fall clothes for your Winter attire, begin thinking about making Christmas cards and handmade Christmas presents and get started with setting up this year's December Daily album.

It's New Release Day at Technique Tuesday. And you are going to love using our latest stamps and crafting dies for all your Winter paper crafting and memory keeping projects!

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To celebrate this new release of paper crafting and scrapbook supplies, the Design Team is here one more time to share some awesome projects with you. You are going love checking out all the cool projects they've made with the new goods.

Amy Kolling

Daniela Dobson

Dana Joy

Heather Hoffman

Emily Leiphart

Latisha Yoast

Kymona Tracey

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Teri Anderson

Please stop by their blogs and leave them a little love. It means so much to them.

Also you'll find all the new stamps and dies on our website in the New Products category. Whether you are a card maker, scrapbooker or general crafter, you're sure to find something perfect for the projects you are working on during these Winter months.

Want a better look at the new products? Check out Bev's latest video. She'll show you all the new products and give you lots of great tips for using them, plus she'll share with you even more inspiring projects.

Is there a product from the New Release that super inspires you? Is there something you are already thinking about making with the new goods? We'd love to hear from you! Tell us your favorites and what your crafty plans are for all these new stamps and dies! 

Watch our blog throughout November for even more inspiration for these new products. Plus be sure to keep an eye on the video page on our Website for new videos featuring these products.

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November Release Sneak Peek #2

Hi, friends!

We're one day closer to the next release of stamps and dies from Technique Tuesday, and I'm here again with a few sneak peeks at the new goods. On your mark. Get set. Get ready to cheer! 

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Today's sneak peeks are sure to make you smile. There's a pretty flower, plus something that is tasty and delicious and a staple during the Winter months. Let's do this.

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Does Wintertime mean it's Hot Cocoa time in your world? Do you crave peppermint drinks? You are going to love this new stamp set that features these delicious drinks.
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The stamp set also features a host of sentiments, making it possible to make a number of different cards with it. 
November-2018-Sneak-Peek2FBClassic stamper who loves to color? You are going to love the latest installment in our Greenhouse Society. This pretty stamp set features a Wintertime flower that is so fun to color. There are also a couple sentiments included with this stamp set that make it perfect for making holiday cards. 

And good news for those of you who love using matching dies when you stamp! There will dies available for this stamp set.

Are you excited about the new products? I'd love to hear what has caught your eye so far! Please leave 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'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. 

And don't forget! All our new products will be available for purchase on Nov. 1st in the New Products category on the Technique Tuesday website. 

I hope to see you again tomorrow when I share a few more sneak peeks at the next release. 

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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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October New Release Reveal Day!

Hi, friends!

Hip hip hooray! Today's the day! It's Release Day!

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You don't have to wait any more. You'll find all our new stamps and dies right here! Got a favorite? What's on your list? We'd love to know! 

And guess what? The awesome Technique Tuesday Design Team is here again today to celebrate. Stop by their blogs one time for a look at some fabulous projects they've put together with the new goods. 

Amy Kolling

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Daniela Dobson

Dana Joy

Kymona Tracey

Emily Leiphart

Heather Hoffman

Latisha Yoast

Teri Anderson

Plus don't miss this brand new video from Bev! She will show you all the fun new products and share with you some of the things she is thankful for and some fun gratitude and thank you project ideas she has. She will also give you some great tips for making even more 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 October Sneak Peeks! Please come back. We've got lots of fun projects and tutorials to share with you this month!

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October New Release Countdown Day 2

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Hi, crafty friends!

Just one more day until the October release of stamps and dies is live! And we're back to share with you the full reveals of some more of the new products, as well as some awesome projects made with them.

First, let's see the rest of the new goods.

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Happy Thanksgiving Stamp Set

This 4x6 stamp set is perfect for documenting Thanksgiving and other important family gatherings, as well as documenting all the things you are thankful and grateful in the Fall! You can build your own sentiments by pairing different words and phrases together. Plus you have a whole assortment of fun Fall icons to use on your cards and scrapbook pages. Memory Keepers Studio member? This is your stamp set for October. Not a member but gotta have the stamps? No need to worry. They will be available for purchase on the 1st!

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Turkey and Pie Crafting Dies

This set of steel dies features some lovely food icons to decorate your cards and scrapbook pages with. Fresh Cut Studio member? These are your auto-ship dies for October. They'll be available for purchase on the 1st with the rest of our new products. 

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Luscious Grapes Stamp Set

Classic stamper who loves to color? You are going to enjoy all the coloring possibilities for Luscious Grapes, the latest stamp set in the Greenhouse Society. Like to use die-cuts with your stamps? Don't forget to check out the matching dies for this set!

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Bow on the Border Crafting Die

There's yet another addition to our popular collection of border dies. Meet the Bow on the Border crafting die. This die is perfect for making standard A2 cards for all kinds of special occasions: birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and more. 

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Looking for some stamping inspiration? We've got you covered.

Please visit the blogs of these talented Technique Tuesday Design Team members to see what they've made with these products:

Amy Kolling

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Daniela Dobson

Dana Joy

Kymona Tracey

Emily Leiphart

Heather Hoffman

Latisha Yoast

Teri Anderson

Stop by our blog again tomorrow for release day! The Design Team will be here once again to share one more round of awesome new projects with you! Plus don't forget to visit the New Products page on the 1st to grab all the new stamps and dies that have caught your eye.

Also don't forget to leave a comment on this post, as well as any of our sneak peek or countdown posts on this blog that appear between September 26th to September 30th, 2018, for a chance to score a $20 gift certificate to our website. One lucky person who comments will win the prize! Comments will be taken until September 30th at 11:59 p.m. PST. The winner will be announced on Oct. 2nd on this blog. 

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