Saturday, February 17, 2018

Faith, Hope and Love ATC Holder

Hi, everyone! Janelle here with a project to support our current Spring ATC Challenge this month. How do you store your ATC once you've made them or even after a swap? I have a super spring ATC holder to make using the Faith Hope and Love Background Stamp. I've made my first ATC to store inside that I'll share over on my blog.

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Feel free to change this project to work with your own stamping style, right now I'm enjoying watercolor as my coloring medium. Here's a quick tutorial on how to make the holder.


  • Faith Hope and Love Background
  • MISTI or Stamp Positioner
  • Black Ink Pad (I used waterproof ink)
  • Scoring Tool
  • Coloring Medium (I used watercolor)
  • Cardstock or Watercolor Paper
  • Painter's Masking Paper or text/copy weight paper
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Stapler or something to bind the pockets to the cover
  1. Position Faith Hope and Love Background on the MISTI to one side of the lid and mark its left edge on the grid paper in the bottom. 
  2. Cut a 4 x 6-1/4 inch rectangle from white cover stock and mark the center with a light pencil mark then line it to the right of the marks on the grid.
  3. Stamp image. Repeat on watercolor paper to get a solid image. Rotate paper and repeat.
  4. Score at 3 and 3-1/4 inches.
We will come back to the cover, but first, we need to make the pockets for the inside.

I picked up a roll of Painter's Masking Paper at my local home improvement store that is very inexpensive and resembles deli paper. I love using it to make small bags and envelopes, however, use whatever printer or text weight paper you have that can be trimmed to 8 x 6 inches.

  1. Score an 8 by 6-inch paper at 1/2 inch and 4-1/4 inch.
  2. Fold at 1/2 inch and add strong double-sided tape along the edge of the fold.
  3. Fold in half and adhere.
  4. Optional: Use a circle punch or die cut to make a thumbcut along the opening for easy access to the pocket contents.
  1. Stack pockets onto the center of the cover and temporarily secure with paperclips or clothespins.
  2. Staple with a magnetic or long reach stapler. Alternatively, use a bookbinding method of stitching into the spine or glue the pockets together along the centerfold and tie twine around the spine to hold them in place.
Now for the closure, so the ATC's don't fall out. The easiest is to wrap with a ribbon and tie, but here's what I did.

  1. Staple or glue a 1/2 by 7-1/2 inch strip of paper onto the spine while the book is open and flat.
  2. At each end of the strip of paper cut a slit, one end from the bottom and the other end from the top to lock them together when put together. (Sorry my photo isn't the best)
Have fun and join in the Spring ATC challenge with us!

Remember you can shop with a 10% discount using code TJ10Janelle!

Friday, February 16, 2018

TJ Inkspirations: Stenciled Bands using Distress Oxide Inks

I've had this little technique rolling around in my head for a few weeks. I was torn between making it simple, or more complicated - I chose the simple route. I can always post a more complicated version another time, right?

I chose to use Distress Oxide Inks for my tutorial. You can use what you have, though. I just find that they move very nicely on paper. I also managed to show you my most favorite tip of all time in the video, too.

Here are the stamps I am using in the video:

SD813 The Kiss

Whimsey Love Stencil

SS079 Love you More, Set of 5

The Most Incredible Stamping Tool Ever
8" x 10"

5 Minute Shimmering Backgrounds

Here is the artwork from the video:

and the video:
Stenciled Band with Distress Oxides
Stenciled Band with Distress Oxides

I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Hello friends!! Hope you all are having a great day! Today, I want to share with you a super cute and elegant card.
For this project I used the rose from the new set "Faith, Hope, Love". I stamped it the image several times on a piece of White cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black, then colored the roses with markers, even the background, I also added clear shimmer to the roses, but it was very hard to photograph. Stamped the sentiment on a piece of Vellum in Brown ink and adhered it to image.
After that, I die-cut the image and created a die-cut frame as well from watercolor paper, added it on top of the image with foam tape.
Finally, I added the image to a white card base, added a bow and pearls.

Hope you like it. 
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

New Challenge - Spring ATCs!

Today is the start of a new challenge! 
You will have a whole month to complete the challenge. Enter as many times as you wish using the link
list at the bottom of the post for a chance to win a $25 Technique Junkies Gift Certificate!
You have until March 11th to enter. Winner will be announced March 12th.

A few simple rules.

You must use Technique Junkies stamps to be chosen to win a prize.

If you don't have any Technique Junkies stamps feel free to play along and link
your project but you will not be in the drawing for a prize.

You must use the challenge technique/theme or sketch in your project (that's the challenge!)

No linking old projects. Projects must be new.

Please list Technique Junkies stamps with links in your project posts.

Please link directly to your project (not a general blog).

If you have a problem linking to the challenge contact Jeanne


Our challenge to you is to make an ATC in a Spring theme. 

Never made an Artist Trading Card (ATC) before? It's easy! 
Cut your cardstock (or whatever paper you plan to use) to 2 1/2" by 3 1/2" and get decorating! Think small!
ATC's are great to have around to add to a card base for a quick card.

Here is a template that shows how to cut 10 ATCs from one sheet of cardstock.

Here are a couple examples of ATCs using stamps from the latest Technique Junkies release.

Want to save 10%?
Use code TJ10Jeanne at Technique Junkies!

My first ATC uses Faith, Hope and Love (set of 7).
I used Color Burst to create the backgrounds for both of today's samples.

My next ATC uses Putting o Lipstick

Have a great day! Jeanne

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Variations on a Stone Wall

One of my favorite stamps from the February Release is the Stone Wall Background.  I have always loved the tactile feel and the various colors of stone and brick walls.

Remember, if you go shopping, use my discount code TJ10Stephanie for 10% off your purchase.

First I tried lots of different color combinations with my stone ... I love the versatility of this stamp & the awesome variation you get when you mix-up the paper and inks.

The stones reminded me of the pattern on a giraffe's skin, so combining the stone with the new Why Fit In stamp seemed like the first place to start.

I stamped him in Brown and used two shades of gold to color him in ... and a grey marker for those super-fun goggles.

I finished with a sentiment from the Typewriter Set (seriously, those sentiments are so versatile).

For my next card, I used my MISTI to stamp over the brick wall using the gorgeous Cottage Rose.

I finished with a sentiment from the With Sympathy Set of 5.

The final color combination I used reminded me of a foggy London day, so I used stamps from the London Calling Set of 9 Stamps on top of the Stone Wall Background.

I'd love to see what you have created with this fabulous Stone Wall Background ... make sure you share it with us in our Technique Junkies Facebook Group.

Stephanie from 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

How to make Transitional Ombre

Beth Norman here with a tutorial on how to make transitional ombre, which was initially filmed for the October 2014 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. Today I am using the goggle wearing giraffe, Why Fit in?

Did you know you can get 10% off products such as stamps, stencils, Misti, etc., at 10% off simply by using my code TJ10Beth?  Yup, that's right.  What a great savings on your total order.

Supplies:  One colour of cardstock going from light to dark, glue pen and elongated die
Cut your cardstock with your embossing machine
Glue your cardstock onto cardstock, from light to dark or dark to light.  And that's there is all to it.  Finish you card as desired.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Birthday Balloons

Hi Everyone!

I have a birthday card to share today, using the Faith, Hope and Love Set.  Birthday?  I know what you are thinking; Faith, Hope and Love is not a birthday set!  Well, it is when you turn the cute heart into a balloon!  Need this set to make birthday cards?  Use code TJ10LeeAnn and you will save 10% on your entire order!

I just purchased some of the Distress Oxide inks; I know, I am a bit late to the party, but I was
pretty happy with the plan ol' distress inks!  I heat embossed the hearts 3 times and then painted them with distress oxides.  I used Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron.  I then masked the hearts off and sponged the remainder of the card with the Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers.  To add texture, I placed a stencil around the edges of the card and dabbed with a damp cloth to lift oxidize the color.  Black splatter adds interest. Lastly, balloon strings were drawn in with a Micron pen. 
The sentiment, Donuts Happy Birthday, was heat embossed on a black panel.  The image panel was die cut out with a stitched rectangle die and the card was assembled. 

That's it for me; I hope I have inspired you to look at your stamps differently, or at least to get inky today!

Lee Ann