Monday, January 16, 2017

Discover Winter!

There are so many things about winter that people enjoy about winter- sledding, skating, skiing, cross country skiing, ice fishing and more.  People also seem to enjoy the beauty of snow and ice in places Neither fun to drive in.  And since I do not like cold, I prefer to spend my winter in Florida.

I used die cuts for the focal image on my card. I pressed each die cut  on my Versamark pad so I could use a sparkly embossing powder and heat set it all.   The verse is a Technique Junkie stamp called Beauty of Winter - .The sky was sponged in place before I added the various die cuts.  The verse was stamped with Versafine ink, covered with clear embossing powder and heat set.

It was a fun card to create!  Have a great day and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Love -- Lacy Gatefold Card

This is a more fussy Valentine's Day card than some you might see, but it was worth it.  I found this die on line and could see how this would work as a "gate fold." It was really rather simple in it's final  creation but I had to figure it out.  It is a larger card than an A-2 regular sized card.These are the steps I did to create the card:
1. Cut 2 of the lacy rose panels. They are made to be used in this way.
2/ I measure how long the part was for the fold under of the lacy rose die cuts.
3. I folded back a corner of the lacy panel die cut.
4. I measure how  wide I needed the red panel underneath would need to be and cut that out.
5. I attached the sections that fold under to the back side of the red panel.
6. I cut out a white panel 1/4 inch large on all sides of the red panel and adhered the red panel with the die cuts to the white panel.
7. I used a white heart shaped doily  and die cut a red heart to out behind it.
8.  I used the Technique Junkie Love Heart - - and inked it with Versamark.  Then I added a red embossing powder that had a lot of red sparkle to it and heat set it. I die cut out a heart from that stamped and embossed image.
9. I die cut another red heart that was slightly larger than the other heart.
10. I adhered the smaller heart to the larger heart.
11. I thought that the red heart lacked something so i used my Versamark pen  and ran it around the red border, dipped in the sparkly red embossing powder, and heat set it. So pretty!
12.  I adhered ONLY the left half of the Love Heart piece to the folded back section of the two lacy panels of the gate fold.
13. Then I realized I needed a ribbon to keep the gate fold closed.  I wish I had thought of this earlier and I would have attached the ribbon before attaching the  lacy panel to the white card stock, but I didn't.

Do you send Valentin'es?  I do to my grandchildren.  So I need to (just like you need to) get inky!
Judy Jackson

Monday, January 9, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

This is a pretty and fun Valentine's card.    I used 3 Technique Junkie stamps:  Love Heart -, Love Overlay -, and Happy Valentine's Day -  and on the Happy Valentine's Day stamp I only inked the words and a small section of the flourish from the "H."

The Love Overlay stamp was inked in red and then I  used a die to cut the half-circle swirl for a spinner card.  The Love Heart stamp was inked with Versamark, and  then  the image was heat embossed with detail gold embossing powder. The punched out heart with Love Heart stamp is raised up and attached to penny to make it spin in the die cut track. ``

The entire card is mounted on red card stock for the base card.

Have you created your Valentine cards yet?   Remember all of the Technique Junkie January release stamps  are on sale for 15% off through January 9, 2017!   You can see all of the new releases here:

Have a great day, and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Explore - Dream - Discover!

This focal image stamp is another January Release of Technique Junkie stamps paired with Technique Junkie stamp French Bicycle Collage - .

I used a light green ink, stamped it off once and then stamped it again on white card stock.  The Technique Junkie Amsterdam Winter - - was stamped with black Memento ink on white card stock.  It was colored with Copic markers and shows the winter leaving and Spring is coming.

The brick background is Brick Wall Background - And the verse is from the set Road Trip - It was heat embossed with detail black powder. Layers add to the visual interest of the card.

Have a great day and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Year, New Stamps, New Sale, New FUN!!

New stamps are always fun. New stamps in a new year are exciting too.  So we have a bunch of new stamps to show you to begin this New Year..  And remember every stamp on the cards I am showcasing is a Technique Junkie stamp and all of the stamps in the January release are on sale for 15% off through January 9, 2017!   You can see all of the new releases here:

Now a disclaimer -- if I take the same links and put them in an email -- they become "hotlinks." But when I put them in my blog, they don't. I don't know why, and I don't know how to fix it. So there are times the links are "hot" and some times they aren't.  Some you may need to copy and paste the link. And I am sorry.

You should have come from the blog of Pam DeChellis: If not you might want to go through the entire  blog hop stating at the Design Team blog -

The Technique Junkie stamps I used for this first card are: Funky Kitties -  (not a January release) and Cat  I used my MISTI -  to create this card.  I placed the white card stock in one corner.  I then laid down the cat stamps die face down on the white card stock. so I was sure of the placement.  I closed the lid and pressed. The cling back of the stamps put them all on the lid.  I applied the mustard color to the cats and put the lid down stamping those images on the outside edges of the white card stock.  I used my black dye based marker to apply black ink here and there on the died of the cats. I closed the lid, and hurrah - the ink went right where it was supposed to be. The letters and the eyes were colored with Copic markers. I layered the cat on card stock and layered him again on the base card followed by lots of layers.  A mustard ribbon finishes the card.

Isn't this just a fun, fun stamp! One  of my husband's sister would be one of these ladies!  The stamp I used is By  The image is colored in with Copic Markers. Both the focal image and the saying are mounted on card  stock and adhered to the DSP on the base card.  Vellum is die cut out and adhered to a piece card stock cut with the same die. I love the purple hat on the first lady.

My last card is a Valentine. I will have a few more Valentine's later this month.   I used Love Heart - and Love Overlay I stamped the first layer with red ink on white card stock. I ran this piece through my Xyron machine to put adhesive all other the top.  Then I stamped the same image again in red ink on vellum but this time I covered the ink with sparkly red embossing powder and heat embossed the powder.  Now I flipped the vellum so the images do not line up.  I stamped the Love Heart image - - on white card stock and and used the same red sparkly embossing powder and heat set it.  I cut out the heart and adhered to a piece of red stock and used my scissors to cut a border around the heart. It is adhered to the white heart doily.  A pretty ribbon was tied around the vellum and card stock layer and adhered to the base card.  I had stamped the Love  Heart image in red around the edges of the card stock.

Here is the entire Blog Hop list.    I hope you are able to find many cards you like, and stamps you want to own.  Don't forget  that all of the stamps in the January release are on sale for 15% off through January 9, 2017!   You can see all of the new releases here:

Ro Donner:
Beth Norman:
Pam DeChellis:
Judy Jackson: - you are here!
Pat Huntoon: - the last stop is with the incomparable Pat Huntoon!!

So now you can hop along the Blog Hop.  Have a great time and get some deals as well.  Get inky!

Judy Jackson

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Life is Better With Friends

To create this card I used two different Technique stamps and my Pan Pastels.  I used Veined Marble  -, and  Better With Friends -

If you look at the Veined Marble stamp, you can easily that the lines and veins are not evenly distributed through the stamp.  That very fact gave me an idea.  I first stamped my marble  stamp with the dirty Versamark on white card stock. I then applied a peachy color of Pan Pastel.  Then I reinked the stamp with the dirty Versamark and twisted the stamp so the image was stamped in the opposite direction of the first stamping.  This caused the "veins" of the marble to be in different places. I covered that inking with a rose Pan Pastel.  Next I reinked the stamp with the dirty Versamark pad.  This time I bent  the stamp and stamped in a variety of places over the previously stamped images.  Now I used a burgundy Pan Pastel.  Then I sprayed it  with an artist fixative.  I used a fixative I bought years ago and it has very little smell.  I have used it for a long time but now I think I need a new can, This process added depth to the Veined Marble because you can see the various colors in layers -- just like with a real piece of marble.

I used my "embossing buddy" over the surface and then stamped the focal image  with Versafine black ink.  It was covered with black embossing powder and heat set it.

I used several layers of both card stock and designer paper.  I used a twisted ribbon and some pearls as an embellishment.

The next Blog Hop for the new January release stamps will be on Monday, January 2, 2017.  Set your calendar to come along on out hop!

Happy stamping and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Monday, December 26, 2016

Creativity and Art

Happy day after Christmas!   Are you feeling the post Christmas lag?   I am  as I have had family for three different meals and three different sets of gift opening.  It was all good, but all tiring.  One adult son-in-law was ill so he and his family stayed home while the elderly relatives were here (age 89 and 90) so they would not get the virus.  Then after the elderly folks went home, they came out and opened gifts. Now my daughter and kids are here for a couple of days.  That will be fun. And in between gift openings  I had the opportunity to craft a couple of cards.  I will post one today and one on Wednesday. 

I used a variety of Technique Junkie stamps -- Veined Marble (, Return to Sender (, and Art Mistakes (  I also used a dirty Versamark pad and Pan Pastels.  Pat Huntoon talked about this in her blog post on Friday -  The dirty Versamark ink pad helps you to see the image you have stamped much easier.

Pan Pastels are unique in several factors.  You  can layer them and still see the individual colors as they are more transparent than other  pastels.  I have used both.  The fact that these are more translucent adds to their uniqueness.  Like nearly all kinds of pastels they are fragile and easily crack or break.  However, unlike traditional artist grade pastels, these can be repaired.    I was so impressed by the Pan Pastels that I bought a LOT of them at the York Heirloom stamp show in September.  One of the deciding  factors for me was how easy they can be repaired.  I have a LOT of other artist pastels in my craft room.  I used artist pastels in high school in art classes.  They are easy to blend with.  But we did not have  Versamark ink for the pastels to adhere to in those dark ages so long ago.   
To repair the Pan Pastels is relatively easy but it does take a bit of patience.  You need a toothpick or something thin and sturdy that you will not mind using for this or that you can throw away.  Add small drops of distilled water to the cracked pastel container.  You can start with a teaspoon drizzled slowly over the pastel pan. Add tiny amounts (drops) of water allowing the water to soak in.  Continue this process stirring carefully with the toothpick  until you have a thick soupy mixture.  You want to add the water slowly so you do not cause the (not cheap) pastel powders to overflow the container. Continue to stir until it is as smooth as you can get it.  There may still be some lumps left and the surface may not look the same as it did originally.  But it will work the same!  So if you are looking at these, choose the colors you want and ignore any cracks as now you know how to repair them.  (And I learned at the York show that you can do the same thing with your cosmetic compacts!)

Now for my card.  I first stamped the Veined Marble stamp on white card stock.  I used a sponge and a  purple Pan Pastel  and rubbed the pastels over the stamped image.  Then I just sort of heat set the ink with the pastels.  I don't think it is necessary but since I knew I was going to  stamp an image to heat emboss I wanted to be sure I didn't have embossing powder  sticking to the Versamark ink under the pastel powder.  Then I inked up the Return to Sender stamp without it being on an acrylic block. That way I could bed the stamp and apply the ink in sections which is what I did. I continued this process all over the card stock.  I applied a deep blue Pan Pastel over the purple. And I heat set it again.  My final stamping was with the Art Mistakes stamp.  I used Versafine Black ink and a detailed black embossing powder and heat set the powder.   I sprayed some pearlized  glimmer spray over the final card. 

The focal image was trimmed and layered with two different shades of purple card stock.   The ribbon was added before adhering to the base card stock.  A few Mylar snowflakes were glued down with  liquid glue.

So now, I am curious did you get any stamping stuff for Christmas?    Now you may have some time to get inky!

Judy Jackson