Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Playing with Color Burst!

Hi, Junkies! Recently I have been playing around with the Ken Oliver's Color Burst Powders. It's a pleasant surprise each and every time. I used colors from the Fresh Florals 6-pack. The colors included are Peony, Marigold, Sap Green, Naples Yellow, Prussian Blue and Wisteria. Even the names are colorful! There are five different sets available through Technique Junkies. The other sets include: Brights, Caribbean Brights, Earthtones and Rich Moroccan Shades.  And the good news is that you can save 10% off any of these sets by using the code "TJ10Ro" at checkout!

I have to admit that I had a hard time deciding which set to start out with. I already had some that I had previously purchased and they were darker shades, so I knew I wanted something bright. And since I love floral stamps, I decided to go with the Fresh Florals.  The first card I whipped up included Peony, Wisteria and Sap Green.

I stamped the image, Rose Doodles, and embossed it using Nuvo Embossing Powder. I then carefully tapped the Peony and Wisteria powders mainly where the flower was. The Sap Green was tapped in the area of the leaves. A few spritzes of water and VOILA! A beautiful image appeared! I added the sentiment from Donuts Happy Birthday and mounted the panel on a purple card base.  I love the subtle patches of color like blue and purple that magically appear in the powders. I was having so much fun, I decided to do a second card using Peony and Marigold.

I stamped the Itoh Peonies and embossed them with black EP. I then randomly sprinkled the powders over the image (a little goes a long way!) and spritzed with water. O.M.G.! The colors! I trimmed down the piece and matted it with a pink layer and then attached it to a purple base.  The sentiment, Feng Shui, was stamped in black on an orange piece of CS, trimmed and attached.  All the colors play so nicely together without overwhelming.

I hope you grab some of these wonderful powders (and STAMPS!!) to play with. You will be amazed with the magic that happens when you add water. And remember:

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Hello there, Junkies!  

There's so much creativity going on using Technique Junkies Stamps as well as our FaceBook Page.  There's also a Technique Junkies YouTube Channel, hosted by our creator, Pat Huntoon where she demonstrates lots of techniques for card makers.  Check them all out.  

We also have a monthly challenge. (This month it's an adorable sketch)  In order to win this challenge you must use Technique Junkies Stamps in your creation.  You say you don't have any TJ stamps?  Well....I have a 10% discount code (TJ10CHERI) which will let you get 10% off every and/or any stamps you want in the store.  

Here's how you do it - Shop.Use my discount Code TJ10Cheri.Get Your Stamps.Join Challenge.Enter to Win $25.00 worth of more fabulous TJ Stamps. discount also applies to Ken Oliver ColorBurst Pigment Powders.   YAY!!! 

I'm sharing a card with you today using some of those powders to make my background and an awesome stamp from the February 2018 Release called "Something Different".  

I used water color paper to create my background.  I started with a water wash and mixed my pigments on a palette before adding them to the panal.  I love how those powders have tiny fragments of different colors (see the greens and blues) within them.  You never know what you'll get and I love that spontaneity of this.  I used Adirondack Pesto ink to stamp the image using my MISTI.  After I got that image, I moved the card panel barely 1/16th inch and stamped it again in Versafine "Toffee" color ink for a yellowish "shadow".  I used NUVO citrus green mousse with water to color the inside of the butterfly....what happened is it lifted the pigment bg but left a pretty sheen.  I love happy accidents.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you found some inspiration and I hope to see you on our FaceBook page and in our challenge.  Don't forget, you can use my discount to get those stamps you want and need for our challenge.  

Monday, March 19, 2018

Meet Along the Way

I used part of one Technique Junkies stamp - and a verse from Wisdom of Oz -

The image is colored with my Copic markers and the sky is sponged with blue ink.

You will truly want to look over all of the lovely stamps and choose several stamps so you can take advantage of the 10% off when you use the code TJ10Judy.
Have a wonderfully creative day and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Sunday, March 18, 2018

For the Birds!

Hello, Hello! 

Today's card is CAS, but with what I would consider a mixed media kind of style.  I was inspired by a Technique Junkie fan, Karen Dunbrook, who does wonders with distress inks for backgrounds.
I used one of the March new release stamps, 'Fly',  which you can get at a 10% discount using the code TJ10LeeAnn. 

The image panel is a a piece of water color paper.  Distress inks were used; I put the colors down on my craft mat, spritzed them with water, then picked up the color I desired with a piece of acetate and smooshed it onto the paper.  I repeated this multiple times, layering the colors til I got the desired look. 
Once dry, the image was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I added a stitched edge to the left side of the panel to give it a more finished look.  A strip of black paper was added to the right edge to make the colors pop and then the panel was popped up on the card base using a piece of craft foam.  Sequins add just enough sparkle. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

  If you shop don't forget your 10% discount on your order with code TJ10LeeAnn.  

Lee Ann

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy Saturday and St. Patricks Day!

Are you crafting in green today for St. Patricks Day? Hi, Janelle Stollfus today with a project I was hoping would have a bit of the Irish luck!

Shopping at Technique Junkies today? 
Use code TJ10Janelle for a
10% discount on regular items!

I decided to challenge myself by starting my card base with a shade of green in honor of today's holiday. I wasn't sure if I could layer colors over the top of it and boy did I have fun!

Here's my supplies and what I did.

  • Waterproof Black Ink Pad
  • Distress Oxide Ink Pads (shown) or Gouache Paint - pink, purple and yellow
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Paintbrushes
  • White Paint (not shown)
  • Black Pen Fine
  1. In a plastic palette or non-porous tray use Phthalo Green and a little Lemon Yellow Color Burst along with water to make a liquid watercolor.
  2. Spread all over watercolor paper with brush and let dry. If desired, lift color off with paper towel while wet.
  3. Stamp Itoh Poppies with waterproof black ink onto green watercolor paper.
  4. With oxide inks or gouache paint (add white gouache for same effect as oxide inks) color flowers leaving areas of green exposed.
  5. Use white paint to splatter drops around center flower. Use a torn paper or crumpled paper towel to cover center of paper for a mask. Let paint dry.
  6. Use a water loaded paint brush to dilute white paint and use to highlight edges of paper. Let dry.
  7. Stamp a sentiment with the words Happy and Day on leftover green paper. Trim and glue onto peonies background.
  8. Draw a border around background and sentiment words with undiluted white paint. When dry repeat with black pen for scribbling line detail.
  9. Glue onto white card base.

Thank you for stopping by today! Remember to use code TJ10Janelle when shopping at Technique Junkies for 10% off!

Friday, March 16, 2018

TJ Inkspirations: Embossed Patina Texture with Nuvo Mousse

The vintage look of patina - the greenish color of aged copper -- is a beautiful look for vintage stamping projects. Today we recreate that patina look with 2 colors of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse on black paper. This is a very easy technique using just a few products - but with gorgeous results.

This week only take 10% off of ALL Nuvo products with the code
10NUVO. Add the code at checkout for your discount. The coupon code expires 3-23-18.
Here is the stamp used today:
God Bless America Pennant
Patina Texture using Nuvo Mousse 

Here is the artwork from the video:
Embossed Patina Nuvo Mousse 

and the video:
Textural Patina with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse
Textural Patina with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse
I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Happy Easter

Hello friends! Hope you all are having a great day! 
Today I am sharing a super cute card, perfect for Easter!!
Isn't this bunny so adorably cute?!

This project was super easy and fun to make. First, I started stamping the Little Bunny on a piece of watercolor paper in Spiced Chai Ink, then I watercolored the background and die-cut the piece.
Then, I stamped the Gingham background piece on a piece of watercolor paper in Versamark Watermark and white embossing powder. After that I used Wild Honey and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks to color the background, then die-cut the piece. Stamped the Happy Easter sentiment on a piece of vellum.
Added the panel to a white card base, embellished with a red bow.

I used the fun sketch from this month's challenge, you can find the details here

And remember you can get these and more stamps with a 10% off using my discount code  TJ10Giovana

Use this code to get 10% on your order

Hope you like my card!
Have a fantastic day!