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Project Ideas for the Kind Cosmo Stamps and Dies!

Hey everyone, Bev here! Did you know that cosmos flowers naturally come in nearly every color? That's one of the things that makes the new Kind Cosmo stamp set so much fun. In this blog post, you will see 7 projects featuring these stamps and the matching dies. You'll also learn techniques for coloring these flowers to create many different looks on your own projects! (If you would prefer to watch a video showcasing these projects, hop on over to our website!)


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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!)


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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.)


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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.)

Want to learn more about how to use pencils with dark cardstock? Watch our video tutorial!


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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!

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New Release Video + Blog Hop + a Chance to Win

Hang on to your hats... today is going to be action packed!

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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!

Dana Joy

Daniela Dobson

Amy Kolling

Heather Hoffman

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Emily Leiphart

Kymona Tracey


Ways to Increase Your Chances of Winning!

Here are three more ways you can enter for a chance to win!

  • Want to see more project ideas? Follow us on Instagram. Then come back here and leave a comment letting us know you're part of our Instagram community.

  • If you prefer Facebook, go like and follow our Facebook page. Then leave a comment here to let us know we'll be seeing you out on Facebook.

  • Tomorrow we're going to be having another blog hop. Come back here for more chances to win plus you'll see more project ideas!

We will announce the winners here on our blog on February 5th!


Thanks for joining us for day one of the new release! If you want to see all the new products, visit the New Products section of the Technique Tuesday store. Plus I hope you'll join us here on the blog again tomorrow to see more projects from the Design Team!

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Project Ideas Featuring the Bobbi the Bear Stamps and Matching Dies!

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.

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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.)

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Do a Mash-Up: Now the last two projects I want to show you are mash-ups from several stamp sets. This first one features a gray bear. I am not a bear expert but I think that means he is a grizzly bear or something exotic. His pot of honey is stacked on top of one of the logs from the Beau and Beatrice the Beaver stamp set. (If you are a member of the Animal House auto-ship program, you already have the beaver stamp set.)

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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.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing all these beary-cute projects and the different ways of coloring them. You can see more Bobbi the Bear project ideas on our website!

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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.



A new coloring video, featuring the Beautiful Narcissus stamp set and Copic markers!

Hello, Julie here, with another coloring video! Today’s project uses the new Beautiful Narcissus stamp set and Copic markers. Copics are a fairly new medium for me, so I learned a lot as I prepared for this video. The first thing I learned was how to pronounce it – a little like cope-ic. I even went to the official website to watch a video just to hear how they pronounced it. I still think it looks like it should rhyme with topic, but oh well.


Step-By-Step Instructions For Coloring the Beautiful Narcissus image with Copic Markers

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

  1. I stamped my image on multimedia paper here, with a water-based ink. Because many waterproof inks are alcohol-based, they don’t work so well with the alcohol-based Copic markers. It just blends into the color you’re adding. So, water-based inks are our friends here.
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  2. I started with the greens. I found the color system easy to navigate, with the help of the Copic Marker site’s color chart and explanation. I chose three colors in the yellow green family - YG21, YG23, and YG25.
    I started with the lightest color, YG21, and filled in all the leaves and stems. After that, I put in shadows with the medium color, YG23. Then I used the darkest color, YG25, very sparingly in the very darkest spots. I will say that the stems here are fairly thin, so I didn’t do any detailed shading on them. Next, I went back to YG21 and used it as a blender. Now, I could have used an actual colorless blender to do this, but I didn’t really need to, as the lightest of the three colors worked well. This final layer blended the three colors a bit, and smoothed out any hard lines.
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  3. Next came the flowers. I used three markers from the yellow family – Y13, Y15, and Y19. I started with Y13, the lightest color, then the medium color, Y15, then the darkest, Y19, and finally went back in with the lightest and blended them. One of the things that have kept me from trying Copics in the past was the fact that when I started to put down color, like I did here with the light yellow, it would start out looking sort of muddy. Tam, here at the office, encouraged me to keep trying, and I came back to a trial piece that I hadn’t liked as I colored it, but which looked amazing once it was dry! So these yellows are going to dry to be nice and bright.
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  4. Next was the orange center. I used three in the yellow red family YR00, YR02, and YR04. Of course, I started with the lightest, and filled in the whole shape with it. Then the medium color went in, and because the lighter color is so light, I used a good bit of the medium. Next comes the darkest, which I used for just a couple of shadow touches. Finally, I used the lightest orange to blend them together.
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  5. Once the flowers are all done, I started on the puffballs, which Tam and I decided are thistles, so they’re blue. I started with B60, and just swirled it around on each of the bits of fluff. Next was a touch of B63 for the start of the shadows, and finally some B66 for the darkest bit. The blending here started out looking a bit muddy but dried nicely.
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  6. And lastly, I did the thistle stems in brown (I thought of them as dried thistles). Because these stems are thin, I once again only did the barest bit of color, avoiding any shading, because it got out of control when I tried too much detail with these.
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Here is the final piece. I added a touch of the blue in the little tie at the bottom and now I’m ready to make a card or gift tag out of it. I’ll see about putting the finished product up on the website when I’ve finished it.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing how I used Copic markers to color the Beautiful Narcissus image. And I hope you saw something you can use on your next project!

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PS: The Beautiful Narcissus is part of our Greenhouse Society collection of stamps and dies. You can see all of the flower and nature-themed products in that collection on our website!



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!

 



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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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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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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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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