Oh my gosh! It's nearly March. I always forget how quickly the end of February arrives! We're headed into March like a lion here in Oregon, with snow trying to cover our daffodils and crocuses. But we've got some great new flower stamps and dies to look forward to, so I'm happy. ;)
I'm super excited about the new Greenhouse Society Stamp Set and Craft Dies. You're going to love the Fresh Peony set! It's a dream to color and paint, with all its lovely details and classic lines. Between the two of us, Bev and I have colored these flowers nearly every color in the rainbow. And I've started working on my coloring tutorial. I can't wait to share it with you!
Stamp the flowers using multiple ink colors: To make a project like this one, start by stamping a sentiment on your card front. (The sentiment on this card is from the Lots of Sentiments Stamp Set.)
Then get out 2 or 3 colors of ink. Apply the lightest color, next lightest color, and then the darkest ink color to your cosmo stamp. By inking up from lightest to darkest, you can avoid getting dark-colored ink on your lighter ink pads.
Then stamp the multi-colored cosmo image off the edges of your card front. Ink up the flower stamp again using multiple ink colors to make more flowers on your project.
Add yellow and green details: Did you know the centers of a cosmo flower are always yellow? That means you can make the petals on your flower images be whatever color you want. Then add a yellow center and your gardener friends will know it is a cosmo. To add an extra pop of color, apply green along the stems of your stamped flower image.
To color the cosmo flowers on this gift tag, I used watercolors. Next I used the largest label from the set of Essential Stitched Labels Dies to cut out the tag. To finish the project, I used one of the smaller dies from that set to make the slot for the ribbon.
Color-match your sentiment: To make a project like this one, stamp, color, and then die cut out your cosmos. (I used 3 colors of distress ink on each petal.) To make a matching sentiment label, start with white paper. Use the same ink colors and blend them together. Then stamp a sentiment over the blended ink. To cut out my sentiment, I used the smallest label from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies.
Create striped flowers: Another fun thing to do is make striped cosmos. Heather used copic markers to make the bright pink areas emanating out from the centers for each flower. Then she added yellow centers and green stems before die cutting out her cosmos. Heather blended some yellow ink onto the largest die from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies and placed it behind her flowers. (You'll find more details about this card on Heather's blog!)
Make a monochromatic garden: Many of my favorite projects feature a monochromatic color scheme, like this card by Emily Leiphart. She stamped the cosmos three times, colored them using distress inks, and die cut them out. Then she blended the same distress ink colors along the bottom of her card. Emily adhered the die-cut cosmos along the bottom edge of the card front but she varied how far they went up onto the card. To finish, she cut off the parts of the flower die cuts that were off the edge of the card. (Want more info? See Emily's blog post.)
Use dark cardstock and pencils: Want to create a totally different look? Start with black or dark cardstock. Stamp several of the cosmos images and heat emboss them. (I used Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.) Then use pencils to add color to each petal plus highlights and shadows. (I used Prismacolor pencils.)
Cut apart your die-cut flowers: Since cosmos come in so many colors, why not add a whole bunch of flowers to your next project? Start by stamping, coloring, and die-cutting out a bunch of flowers. (I used watercolors for this project.) Then snip the die-cut flowers off their stems. Arrange the cosmos on your card and add a sentiment. (The sentiment on this card is from the Lots of Sentiments stamp set. I used the smallest die from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies to cut out the sentiment.)
I hope you enjoyed seeing these projects and I hope that they inspire you make some projects of your own. The Technique Tuesday Design Team members made so many projects with these stamps and dies that we couldn’t include them all here. Hop on over to our website to see more projects featuring the Kind Cosmo stamps and dies!
Today is a wonderful day! We woke up to a dusting of snow here in Portland, it's my little brother's birthday, and, best of all, it's time to announce the winners for this month's Sneak Peek and Reveal Day Drawing!
The winners this month are (Drumroll, please!):
Congratulations! Please watch your inboxes for an email from Customer Care today. They'll be sending their own congratulations along with your gift card.
Of course, I feel like we all won, getting to see the beautiful and imaginative little pieces of art that our designers have created. I invite you to go have a look at the new release, and flip through the project photos posted on each product page.
I know those projects have inspired me to try a few new ideas, and to use some of those stamps in unusual ways. How about you?
Congratulations, again! Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting!!!
Wow... weren't the projects the Design Team members shared yesterday awesome? If you missed it, please just take a minute and go back. We'll wait here for you. Now guess what... today the Design Team is doing it again. They have another round of amazing projects to share with you.
So let's get going and do today's blog hop. (Don't forget to leave comments as you go for a chance to win one of three $20 gift certificates we will be giving away!)
Hang on to your hats... today is going to be action packed!
First up is the new release video where I share a quick look at each of the new products. Then you're going to want to hop on over to each of the Design Team members' blogs to see their latest projects. (Leave them some comment love for a chance to win!) And finally don't forget to come back here to learn how you can increase your chances of winning one of three $20 gift certificates we're giving away this month.
Watch the New Release Video!
We'd love to hear what you think of these new products and the projects too. Which one is your favorite? And why? Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win one of the three $20 gift certificates we're giving away this month!
Hop Along and Comment for More Chances to WIN!
The Design Team members have been busy making new projects and can't wait to show you what they created. Just click on each of their names and leave a comment on one, some, or all of their blogs!
Today is the last day of the month and the last day of sneak peeks for the new release. It also means you have more chances to enter the new release giveaway. So what are we waiting for? Let's get this party started!
Are you a card maker who loves flowers and nature-themed stamps and dies? Today's sneak peek is for you! The new Kind Cosmo flowers are part of our Greenhouse Society Collection of stamps and matching dies. One of the things I love about these cosmo stamps is that they can be colored so many different ways. Plus if you look closely at each of these project pictures you'll see a sneak peek of the new Essential Labels dies too. (Don't tell on me but I've been secretly using them on projects for a couple months now!)All of the new stamps and dies will be available tomorrow in the Technique Tuesday shop. We'll also be sharing the new release video so make sure you check back here!
Don't Forget to Enter the $20 Gift Certificate Giveaway!
This month we are giving away three gift certificates. Here's a quick recap of all the ways you can enter!
You are welcome to leave just one comment, several comments, or lots of comments but make sure you get your comments in before February 2nd at midnight. We will announce the three winners right here on February 5th!
Are you a scrapbooker or pocket page memory keeper? Today's sneak peek is especially for you. But anyone who crafts should keep reading for a chance to win one of the three gift certificates we are giving away this month!
Today's sneak peek is of the brand-new Remember When stamp set. This new stamp set is part of the Memory Keepers Studio Collection. It is designed to make photo captions and journaling cards for traditional layouts and pocket pages too. Whether you are working on a heritage album, current pictures of your children (or a grandchild), or the highlights of a recent vacation, you're going to want to check out these new stamps and coordinating dies.
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Wow... can you believe January is almost over? It's time to start the new release countdown! From now through January 31st we will be sharing sneak peeks each day. Then on February 1st and 2nd, we'll be revealing all the new products and we'll be having a blog hop featuring lots of projects we hope will inspire you. So let's get started with today's sneak peeks!
Get ready to meet some new, cute critters. These fur-balls will be joining the Animal House Collection of stamps and dies on February 1st. Like all the Animal House stamps and dies, these cuties are designed to help you make cards that are fun to color. So far we've made these critters be pink, purple, orange, gray, and also very SPARKLY!
What kind of animal do you think they are? What color would you make them? Or what sentiments would you put with these animals? Tell us what you think for a chance to win!
Leave a Comment for a Chance to Win One of Three $20 Gift Certificates!
From now through February 2nd, there are a bunch of ways you can enter for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Technique Tuesday store. You can enter once, several times or all of these ways!
Between now and midnight on February 2nd, leave a comment here on our blog on each of our sneak peek and blog hop posts. Tell us what you liked about that day's post. (If you do this every day, you'll have 5 chances to win.)
Like and follow our Facebook page. Then come back here and leave a comment telling us that you've joined our Facebook community. (Since you can only follow us once on Facebook, you only need to to this once for another chance to win. And if you already follow us on Facebook, just leave us a comment here telling us that you are already part of our Facebook community!)
Follow us on Instagram. Then come back here and tell us that we'll be seeing you on Instagram too. (That's another entry for this giveaway!)
We will announce the three winners right here on our blog on February 5th. Good luck everyone!
Hi everyone. Are you ready to see some “un-BEAR-ably” cute projects? You are in luck… meet the Bobbi the Bear stamp set and matching dies. Today I am going to share projects from our creative team showing how you can use these stamps for nearly any occasion. Plus I’m going to share some tips for using this bear to make your own projects. I hope you enjoy the video and the tips listed below!
Make a Polar Bear: One of the cool things about bears is that they come in so many different colors. And the easiest one to color is a polar bear. Simply stamp the bear and add a couple swipes of color to create some shadows. Then cut your bear out and pop it up with some foam adhesive. To finish this card I used the “You’re the Bear-y Best” stamp but there are sentiments in this set for nearly every occasion.
Do Some Masking: Now here is another take on a polar bear. But this time there isn’t any die cutting. Simply stamp the bear and the sentiment on the front of your card. Create a mask for the bear and also mask off the bottom of the card. Sponge on some background color. Then when you remove the masks you'll have a clean and simple card! (Here's a link to Bev's masking tutorial.)
Make a Brown Bear with Friends: Bobbi the Bear isn’t just for winter projects. He also makes a great brown bear. And every brown bear needs something sweet. This card shows how easy it is to add some friendly bees, their hive, and a pot of honey to send to a friend or family member who could use a big bear hug!
Tuck Something Under the Bear's Arm: Here’s another happy brown bear and a swarm of bees on a card that celebrates friendship. But this bear has the honey pot securely tucked under his arm. To make your own version of this card, simply do some fussy cutting around the bear’s paw and arm. Then tuck the honey pot under the bear’s arm and add a friendly sentiment.
Add Texture to Your Bear: Here’s another bear holding a honey pot. But this bear looks like he has some fuzzy fur. This cuddly bear was colored using Copic markers but you could also get creative with your colored pencils to make your bear have some texture. I also don’t know exactly why but this bear seems to have a look on his face like he got caught with his hand in the honey jar. Maybe it’s because his eyes are white instead of colored in like the happy bear on the last card. Between this bear’s fuzzy-wuzzy fur, his hold on the honey jar, his startled expression, and the “grin and bear it” sentiment, the person receiving this card will be sure to smile!
Mix It Up Even More: Here’s another mash-up featuring a dark brown bear and one of the beavers along with the beary-best birthday sentiment. And the bouquets of heart shaped balloons and present are from the Love is in the Air stamp set. Although we designed the cute critters in the Animal House Collection to be used together, it was a happy accident that the balloons and presents work so well with these animals.
PS: I would really love to see someone make some pink, blue, or rainbow bear projects. If you do, please send your project pictures to Ideas at TechniqueTuesday dot com or tag us using #TechniqueTuesday.
Hi everyone, Bev here! Today I am excited to introduce the new Love is in the Air stamp set. This stamp set is part of the Memory Keepers Studio Collection. In this video I'll start by showing you several ideas for using these stamps on scrapbook layouts, journaling cards, and pocket pages. But I also share ideas you can use to make gift tags, graduation cards, cards for Valentine’s day, and projects for love-themed occasions all year long.
Project Descriptions and Closeup Pictures
Make Your Own Photo Captions: Here's a picture of Shelley and her husband. Shelley works here at TT and manages our customer service team so you may have exchanged email with her or talked to her on the phone. To make a photo caption for Shelley's picture, we simply stamped the phrase "Love Is In the Air" and added some hearts.
Create Journaling Cards: To make this journaling card, we stamped a different phrase and then added the string of vertically stacked hearts. Using a marker that matches Shelley's shirt, we colored in the hearts to make a journaling card that complements this picture.
Stamp a Patterned Background: The photo caption and journaling card show how you can add some small pops of color. But if you enjoy more serious coloring, you can make your own patterned background like this one. Here we used the hand-drawn hot air balloon stamp, and markers to make this bright and happy background.
Add Color to the Open Fonts: When we designed this stamp set, we kept in mind the ways that scrapbookers and memory keepers create (like we do with all the Memory Keeper Studio stamp sets). We know that many scrapbookers prefer not to do complicated coloring. So instead we included fonts and some images that make it easy for you to add smaller pops of color to your projects. For this photo caption, we used markers that match the colors in the girl's hair bow and boots to color in the letters in the word "heart" and in the heart images.
Make Ombre Words: Here's an even easier way to add color to the open fonts. Just use one color of marker to make ombre letters!
Make Cards for Adventures That Happen All Year Long: If you are like me, it seems like someone I know is always moving away to their favorite city, starting a new job, going on a mission, graduating, retiring, or is headed off on some other big life adventure. Make a colorful card like this one to encourage your friends and family members!
Don't Forget About Gift Tags: Who wouldn't like to receive a gift with a tag that promises to be filled with Love? Use the bouquet of balloons stamp and a masking technique. (Here's a link to Bev's Masking Video Tutorial.) Then color your balloons and the open letters in the sentiment to finish your tag.
Use White Gel Pens to Make Unique Accents: Stamp and color the hot air balloons. Then add some white dots to the hearts in the hot air balloons.
Add Some Glitter Glow: Use markers to color your hot air balloons. Then add some glitter around the edges to make it look like the balloons are glowing!
Fussy-cut and Layer Your Stamped Images: Stamp some hot air balloons. Color and cut apart pieces of them (like the hearts) and layer them back together. Then add some washi tape, a doily, and baker's twine to make a gorgeous card like this one!!
Keep Things Clean and Simple: Here’s a very clean and simple project. It would make a great journal cover. Or it could be a card for someone who is starting a new chapter in their life. Plus remember the heart swoosh from the stamp set? Notice how two of the heart swooshes were strung together to fill the space and make a longer swoosh!
Make a Swooshy Background: Once you’ve strung together more than one heart swoosh, why not make a whole background full of them? Then add color to the hearts to make a more colorful background!
Mix Together a Bunch of the Images: On this project, the airplane, heart swoosh, present and heart balloons were used to create a whimsical scene. What combinations are you going to use on your projects?
I hope you enjoyed seeing all these projects featuring the Love Is In the Air stamp set. This stamp set is part of the Memory Keepers Studio collection. If you are a member of the auto-ship program, we shipped these stamps to you last week. I hope these projects inspire you to make something with your new stamps!