Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Pine Cone Christmas

This is not a difficult card to make but it is a little time consuming. The Christmas Release Technique Junkie stamp I used is called All is Calm -

I used an embossing folder with black card stock.  Then I painted the pine needles and the pine cone with Smooch paints.  I used several shades of green Smooch paints.

I stamped the saying on green paper with Versamark ink and covered it with detail gold embossing powder - then heat set. In real life the gold embossing powder really stands out!  I punched out the saying and made two punches of the gold card stock. I cut those in half both vertically and horizontally so that I could layer the gold pieces behind the green card stock.  A cool trick, right?

This is just such a lovely card it doesn't need any other embellishments!

Don't forget that all of the Technique Junkie Christmas release stamps are on sale for 15% off through October 10!

Happy stamping and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Monday, September 26, 2016

Oh Holy Night!

This beautiful card was so easy to create!  It may be my Christmas card this year!  Although simple and easy to do, it did involve several steps.   I used this lovely new Technique Junkie Christmas release called Stars are Brightly Shining - ________________ and white card stock.

I first sprayed several colors of  blues and purples of the Art Anthology Colorations Sprays.  Then I used a sponge and burnished some additional  dye based ink in the fuchsia color range.  I heat set the card stock and then rubbed an Embossing Buddy over the surface so I could be sure embossing powder only went on the places I wanted it to go.

I stamped the stamp image  with Versamark ink, and then covered it all over with silver embossing powder, dumped off the excess, and heat set the embossing powder until it was shiny!

I layered the focal image sheet on teal card stock, then silver, and then navy blue.  Tada!  Done!

Happy stamping and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Saturday, September 24, 2016

All Is Calm

To create this card with this new Technique Junkie Christmas release stamp Calm and Bright -, I used Distress Inks and a sponge tool.  I sponged red in the center of the card -- just guessing at about how much area to cover with red ink.  I used two shades of red Distress Inks.  Then I used two shades of green ink on the rest of the white card stock. I heat set the ink. I don;t always do this but since I wanted to use embossing powder, I knew I needed to do this or the embossing powder would stick to all of the Distress Ink because it stays wetter longer than most dye based inks.

Then I inked up the stamp dye with black Versafine  and carefully stamped on green and red areas. Then I covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set.  I used Copic markers to color in the poinsettia flower and leaves.  I pressed the end of the brad in my Versamark pad and dipped in yellow embossing powder and heat set.  I did that twice.  Adding that embellishment and lots of layers finishes the card.

Have you started on your Christmas cards yet?  I haven't except for these and I must start soon!  And don't forget -- all of the Technique Junkie Christmas release stamps are on sale for 15% off through October 10.

Happy stamping and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Merry Christmas!

 This is an easy Christmas card to make.  I used white card and sprayed several colors of Art Anthology Colorations sprays.  I stamped Technique Junkie Retro Sparkles -  - on top of the Colorations layer.  I used silver embossing powder over the Versamark ink and heat set.

Then I stamped  the newly released Technique Junkie stamp called Merry Christmas Wishes  - - with Versamark on purple vellum. I covered the stamped image with silver embossing powder and heat set.  I tore the vellum for visual interest and  adhered it with adhesive from my Xyron machine to the top layer of the base card.

After trimming the layers I need to use a teal card stock for the base card.  I stamped the tiny little Technique Junkie stamp called Breathe - SDX027 - around the edge of the card stock for the base card. It is a special stamp that is not always available. You can write to Pat Huntoon and ask about it.  
And my card is done.

Don't forget -- all of the new Christmas Release stamps are on sale now through October 10 -- for 15% off!

Have a wonderful day -- happy stamping, and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Monday, September 19, 2016


Today is day that we can show you some early release stamps for a Technique Junkie Christmas! I have two cards for you today. So sit back and enjoy!  And then go to the Technique Junkie website to look at ALL of the new Christmas stamps. 

This Santa Giraffe is so fun and so cute!  It is a new Technique Junkie Christmas release called Safari Santa -  I also used the Technique Junkie Joy stamp - 

I used Prismacolor pencils and gamsol to color in the giraffe.  I used a white gel pen for the highlight in the eyes.  I added some fake snow glitter flakes for the brim and the ball on the hat.  I used an embossing folder on the yellow layer and rubbed a brown dye based ink pad over the embossed areas.

Lots of layers and a ribbon border and I was done.

My second card features the new Technique Junkie release of Pinecones - and the tried and true wish of Merry Christmas (a Technique Junkie stamp) -

I used markers to ink up the pine cones and the pine needles.  Once that was dry, i sponged in some blue ink for the sky.  Tjhen I used my Wink of Stella pen and highlighted the pine cones.  I used my Versamark [en and drew lines along a few of the pine boughs, covered with white embossing powder for snow.  

The focal image panel is layered first on dark brown card stock   - then I tied the plaid ribbon, and layered it on a mossy green.  

The greeting is stamped with black Versafine ink, covered with detail black embossing powder and heat set.  It is popped up with foam thingies. There is a very traditional feel to this card -- at least to me.

And if the early release of Technique Christmas (and Thanksgiving) stamps isn't wonderful enough, Pat Huntoon has put all of these new release stamps on SALE for 15% off from now through October 10!   So quick, go shopping! Get your new Christmas stamps before they run out!

Please check back often for more posts about the new TJ stamps.  My normal posting schedule is Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.  I will be posting Christmas cards on those days for sure!

Happy stamping -- and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Canvas of Color!

When we lived in New York State we had a lot of birch trees next to our home.  Birch trees are very common in the northeastern section of our country.  Native Americans living in the northeast used birch trees in many of their normal applications of natural resources.   Fall colors in the northeast are spectacular.  Once when my brother visited our family in October, we took him "leaf peeping."  That is a common term  used to describe going for a drive to look at the fall leaves.  He was truly shocked at the beautiful colors and the variations of colors from tree to tree. He said to me, "I thought all those pictures of fall leaves being bright red and some purple colors added were painted on for effect."  One of the things I learned after moving to the northeast after I was married for a few years is that different types of trees produce leaves with certain colors in the fall.  Oak trees usually produce brown leaves in the fall -- but pin oaks can be red first and then turn to brown.  Sugar maple trees produce bright red leaves.   And birch trees produce yellow leaves.

I wanted to have leaves that were relatively accurate for this card.  I used three different Technique Junkie stamps to create this card: Birches -, Life is A Canvas -, and Vintage Botanical Grapevine -

The birch trees were stamped in a gray ink  on white card stock.  I used a gray marker to darken the spots on the birch trees.  I added some gray ink and some pale tan ink just to add visual interest. When I don't have "exactly" what I "need" or want, I like to try and try and think outside the box and find something I can use.  Then I inked up only the larger grape leaves on the grapevine stamp and stamped them on white card stock.  I did this as often as I could get a leaf on the scrap of card stock.  Then I used a small leaf die which was similar in shape to birch leaves to cut out the individual leaves. I used the brush tip of a brown marker to go around the edges of the yellow leaves to give them a distinct edge. I also had a die of the leaf skeleton and cut a few those out with gold text weight paper.  The verse was stamped with Versafine black ink on white vellum, covered with black detail powder and heat embossed.   The yellow was added with my yellow marker. I ran the vellum through a Xryon machine and adhered it to the card front.  I added the various leaves in a design that appealed to me.

I thought the verse really went with the fall theme of leaves bring a canvas of color in the fall.  Fall can be very beautiful but it heralds in cold weather which I do not like. I enjoy warm weather much more than winter.  

I do hope you are enjoying the colors of fall -- get inky!

Judy Jackson

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Happy Halloween

There are several fun Halloween stamps in the September release of Technique Junkie stamps, and this is only two of them.  I used Ghost - and Happy Halloween -

I used Distress inks and sponged on two shades of green and 2 shades of purple and blended them together in the middle.  Then I spritzed some pearl glimmer spray over all.  I also spritzed some white glimmer spray over the background.  I stamped the ghost and the greeting in black Versafine ink, covered with detail black embossing powder, and heat embossed.  I painted the ghost with some diluted white acrylic paint to still allow it have that ghostly appearance.

I added some layers and a ribbon and it was complete!

Have a great day -- and get inky!

Judy Jackson