Friday, March 27, 2020

Yellow Roses Birthday

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all staying safe in your homes and finding some time to get creative.  I wanted to share this watercolored roses card with y'all today.  I stamped the beautiful new Old Fashioned Roses from Technique Junkies with a permanent gray ink onto watercolor paper.  After the ink was completely dry, I watercolored the entire piece with some watercolor paints.  

The sentiment, which is from the new You are Old set, was stamped with the same gray ink onto some white cardstock.  I cut this out with a tag die, threaded some yellow ribbon through the holes, and taped the ribbon to the back before attaching the piece to a yellow card base.

Just a reminder that our 25% off sale is continuing through 3-29-20. Simply use the code SAVE25 at checkout. It will work on EVERYTHING in stock in the Technique Junkies Store (retail orders only).

Monday, March 16, 2020

Foiled Floral Silhouettes

Good morning, Junkies!  I'm back to share some foiled floral silhouettes with you today.  Did you see the new foils in the Technique Junkies store?  They are so much fun to play with!

I stamped the Floral Silhouette1 and a masked off portion of the You Are Old sentiment with Versamark onto some black cardstock.  I covered the stamped images with clear embossing powder and melted it with a heat tool.  Then the fun part began!  I cut some Bright Gold foil to cover the stamped areas and placed it with the colored foil side UP on my card.  Then I ran it through my heated laminator and carefully peeled the foil off to reveal this great card.

Truth be told, this was my first time playing with foil.  I didn't know what temperature my laminator should be on, so it was a trial and error period until I got the fun bumpy textured look that you see in the card above.  My first five attempts looked like the card on the left below.  My laminator was so hot it melted the embossing powder and the foil completely flat.  There's nothing wrong with that if that is the look you are going for, but you can see how it spread out the letters in the sentiment and made it unreadable.  So I turned the temperature down in small increments until I got this gilded, textured look on the right side.  Pat made a video on using the foils HERE if you'd like to watch it.

Go check out all the colors of foil in the store.  If you're like me, you need them ALL!!  Feel free to use my code, TJ10Holly, to help you save money when you shop at Technique Junkies.  :-)

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Puppy Week - Snack Dog

Welcome back to Puppy Week on my blog!  This is my third and final card using a new pet-themed stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  This month's release is all about pets - puppies, kitties, and birds.  I'm allergic to birds and cats, but thankfully, I have no problems with puppies. 

On my card today, I had fun brushing some green and blue inks over the Paws 6x6 stencil.  I used Mowed Lawn and Faded Jeans distress inks for the background, and then I stamped the sentiment/puppy with Faded Jeans distress ink.  The stamp, I'll be Watching You from Technique Junkies, is SO true!!!!!!!!!!  LOL  You can use my code, TJ10Holly, when you shop for stamps at Technique Junkies.

This Paws stencil is perfect for all my puppy stamps.  I'm going to get so much use out of this one.  Go check out the stencils over at A Colorful Life Designs and use my code, HollyFan10.  I hope you've enjoyed Puppy Week here on my blog.  Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Puppy Week - Pan Pastel Fur Baby

Hi friends!  I'm back with card #2 for Puppy Week here on my blog.  I've been playing with some new stencils from A Colorful Life Designs, and this month's release is all about pets.  

Today, I've used the beautiful new Puppy Pals stencil.  You will see that there are two silhouettes on this stencil.  I masked the smaller one on the right side off with some sticky notes so I could just use the larger silhouette on the left.  I sponged several different colors of Pan Pastels all over the puppy silhouette stencil and then I sprayed the piece with some workable fixatif.  This helps to set the pastels so they don't rub off.  The sentiment, Fur Baby from Technique Junkies, is stamped with a dark brown ink, and I added some punched brown hearts to the card.

Please feel free to use my code, HollyFan10, when you shop at A Colorful Life Designs.  You'll save 10% off your entire order.  There are so many gorgeous stencils in the store, and you'll fill up your cart in no time.  Come on back tomorrow to see what I've made for card #3 for Puppy Week!

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Puppy Week - Sapphire Fur Baby

Howdy, folks.  I've been playing with some new stencils from A Colorful Life Designs, and I've got three puppy-themed cards to share with y'all this week.  This month's stencil release is all about pets, and I love puppies, so these were a lot of fun to play with. 

For today's card, I used the new Paws 6x6 stencil.  I brushed some Chipped Sapphire and Stormy Sky distress inks over the stencil onto white cardstock.  Then I stamped the sentiment and the puppy with the Chipped Sapphire ink and cut them out.  The sentiment, Fur Baby, and the puppy, Perfect Companions, are both from Technique Junkies.  You can use my code, TJ10Holly, to save when you shop there.

You can pick up this adorable Paws background stencil in the A Colorful Life Designs store along with tons of other stencils.  Use code HollyFan10 to save 10% off your entire order.  Come on back tomorrow to see card #2 for Puppy Week!


Sunday, March 1, 2020

March 2020 Technique Junkies stamp release

Welcome to the March 2020 Technique Junkies blog hop! This release is filled with a wonderful variety of stamps, and we can't wait to show you what we created with them. 

All of the March 2020 New Release stamps are 15% off through March 8th.

We can all use a little bargain, right?

No codes needed, just put them in your shopping cart and the discount will be applied at checkout.

How about an additional 10% off at Technique Junkies?

That’s 25% off the new March 2020 release!

Use code TJ10Holly

For my first card today, I stamped the gorgeous new Old Fashioned Roses with Versamark onto some blackberry cardstock, covered it with clear embossing powder, and melted it with a heat tool.  Then I covered the whole piece with some Rose Gold foil and ran it through a laminating machine.  The new sentiment, You Add Magic, was stamped with a blackberry ink and placed over the foiled roses.

This second card was so much fun for me!  I was just having a blast playing around with this new Fairy Garden set.  I stamped the little fairy mound and the stars with black ink and then employed the Silhouette Technique by filling in all the stamped areas with a black marker.  I stamped the sentiment and let the whole piece dry completely.  With the ink blending brushes from Technique Junkies, I brushed on several different colors of green ink with the darkest color on the outer edges.  Then I used a gold gel pen to outline the fairy mound and fill in the stars for a shimmery effect.

While I still had the Fairy Garden set out, I thought it would be fun to use the tiny little fairies and show them flitting around the new Floral Silhouette.  I stamped the flowers in the lower left corner with a permanent black ink, and then I stamped the sentiment from the Fairy Garden set.  I stamped three of the tiny fairies flitting around the flowers, and then I used the ink blending brushes to apply some yellow, pink, and purple inks.  After the inks dried completely, I covered the fairies with a clear glitter pen to give them that luminescent quality.

Want to see more gorgeous artwork from the Technique Junkies team?  Here is the blog hop lineup:

Don't forget, you can save an extra 10% on the March 2020 release stamps by using my code - TJ10Holly.  Which new stamps are on your wish list??