Monday, August 19, 2019

The Rooster and The Hen

This is a Z-card. There are lots of directions for this on the internet.  I used The Rooster May Crow and Time to Celebrate as the greeting inside the card. Regular bright background paper added to the card.

The focal image  was painter with watercolors, and the two chickens were were painted over with Nuvo Glitter Gloss Aqua Pens to add a bit of shimmer.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Beautiful Minds

I used Dreaming of Wings  and Beautiful Minds to create this card. The greeting was heat embossed with detail black embossing powder.  Both stamps are Technique Junkies Stamps. Her face, skin, and hair are colored with Copic markers. Her dress and some highlights on her hair were colored with Shimmering Bliss Sprays.

To create the background paper I did an experiment with some new product TJ is carrying.  I really like the Antique Glimmers  technique.  It is very versatile. 

I used Aladine IZINK inks, water, and lots of  Dazzle Shimmering Bliss Spray.   I learned that while the colors are beautiful, and easy to paint with, they need lots of water and a glimmer spray to move for this technique. I would do it again knowing that next time it would be best to start with a good sized pool of water on my work surface,  then add the inks, and then spray with the Dazzle Shimmering Bliss spray,  Then dip my paper into the various colors.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Explore, Dream, Discover

I used two Technique Junkies Stamps to create this card. The saying is from  Road Trip, and the desert scene is Desert Landscape Border.

The mountains are from three shades of colored vellum cut with a mountain die.  I used my Versamark Marker to edge the tallest mountains and heat embossed some white embossing powder for snow.  Did you know that if you don't have a circle or moon stamp you can use your index finger inked up with white pigment ink and create a moon by swirling the ink in a tight circle?  Heat emboss it with white embossing powder.

I sponged on a variety of colors on white card stock to create a sunset sky before adding the mountains.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Blooming Rose

  I watercolored this beautiful Rose Frame stamp.  From another blog I learned if you stamp in a pale yellow dye based ink  you can see where to watercolor and it ends up looking like a "no line" watercolor.  Isn't that cool?  Then to finish it off you use a few water color pencils to add details.

Then I used one of the sentiments from Full Bloom Sentiments, and stamped it on vellum.  I heat embossed the verse  with detail gold embossing powder.

I added shimmer to the roses with a Nuvo Glitter Gloss Aqua pen. I used Nuvo drops as embellishments along with  a few beads.  I also added a few splatters.  I really like the way this card turned out and will be using it as a wedding card for a friend.

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Delivering the Goods

The Rooster May Crow is a fun stamp.   I watercolored the scene with Shimmering Bliss. I used the Grunge Dots stencil for the bottom, and the ray stencil for the top.  I wanted it to look like the sun was coming up and grass on the bottom.  

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019


I used this lovely Desert Landscape Border to create this card.  I used a home made cloud stencil for the sky.  The birds are not a stamp but hand drawn with a fine point black pen. 

I used only the word "Discover" from the Beauty of Winter stamp. There is much to discover in the desert - hence why I used this stamp!

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Gorgeous Sunflower

Did you know I am a Kansas girl?  I was born in Wichita at the Wesley Hospital.  However, I only lived in Wichita for about 6 weeks as my Dad was in the army and already stationed in Hawaii. The Army said my Mom and brother couldn't go until I was born.  So six weeks old I was on the way across the country to board a ship to sail to Hawaii.  No super highways, no internet to find a hotel along the way, and it was already winter in the Rocky Mountains that we had to cross somewhere.  So my mother, my aunt,  my grandmother, my brother, and our dog Sally traveled across the southern route through southern Arizona.  And they still ran into a blizzard! That delayed travel a couple of days.  No disposable diapers either. So those were washed out by hand in the motel bathroom.  They were hung to dry on a rigged up clothesline over the tub.  No motel laundromats in those days!  Of course the diapers were not dry by morning.  So some were hung to dry between the front and back seats, and some were hung to dry on the radio antennae!  I imagine that was quite the sight!

This beautiful Framed Sunflower is so pretty!  And it was so easy to paint.  It is layered on brown card stock run through a wood embossing folder.  I sponged some brown ink over the embossed areas to bring out the detail.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Awesome August! New Awesome Stamps!

As you know today is August 1.  And THAT means NEW TJ stamps!  And they are just awesome this month. And as usual Pat Huntoon has all of the new TJ releases for August on sale with an automatic 15% discount -- and you can stack another 10% discount on your entire order by using my unique code of TJ10Judy.  Go here to see all of the new Technique Junkies August Release stamps!  The Hop Begins here.

My first card uses the new stamp  that I know pet lovers will adore!  Fur Baby states what pet lovers feel!  I paired the sentiment with the doggies from All Shapes.  I fussy cut them and drew some grass with the green gel pen from the Kaisercraft-KaiserColour Glitter Gel Pens.

This next card is watercolored with with Aladine inks. I used Cactus and Amethyst shades.  I used Ocean Depth Shimmering Bliss spray to watercolor the sky.  The stamps are Echinacea and In Full Bloom Sentiments .
This lovely lady in Dreaming of Wings was so easy to watercolor.   I used Copic markers for her skin.  I used a variety of shimmery card stock. 

Hop along through the Technique Junkies Design Team blogs and enjoy all of the eye candy!!  There are some WOWZA samples this month!

Judy Jackson - You are here!
Kia Gibson-Clapper Go here next.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Black Ink Comparison

I have been intrigued by a variety of black inks.  I personally own all of these black inks.  And no company provided these black inks. I only thought this ink comparison might be helpful to my fellow stampers.  Therefore I am sharing these with you.

Black Inks
Good for
Memento Tuxedo Black
Copic friendly, nice and dark, Works with pencil blending solution such as Gamsol
Not waterproof
Image stamping for Copic coloring, sentiments
Versafine Onyx Black
Crisp dark ink, good for embossing, good for sentiments on unfinished card stock
Not Copic safe even when heat embossed, can smudge with pencil blending solution, takes longer to dry because it is a pigment ink, not good on glossy or card stock with a slick finish.
Perfect for heat embossing with clear or detail black embossing powder, sentiment stamping on plain card stock, good for water coloring.
Stazon Jet Black
Good for slick surfaces such as acetate and glossy card stock, waterproof, works with pencil blending solution
Not Copic safe as both are solvent inks.
Stamping on acetate, plastic, glass, and other nonporous surfaces, and for watercoloring
Ranger Archival Jet Black
Waterproof, permanent
Not Copic safe, can smudge with pencil blending solution
Stamping images for watercoloring, sentiments
Distress Ink  Black Soot
Good ink for techniques, good for distressing and ink blending
Not Copic safe, can smudge with pencil blending solution, not waterproof, not good for sentiments
Good for ink techniques
Gina K Black Amalgam
Good dark black ink, works with Copic markers, watercoloring, and works with Gamsol
Should be heat set first before coloring
Good all round ink for multi-purpose stamping
Brillance Graphite Black
works on vellum, mica, acetate, photo papers, sculpey clay, shrink plastic, and regular card stock 
It is a hybrid and not good for watercoloring or Copics
Works well on nonporous surfaces
Hero Arts Intense Black
Crisp black ink, Copic safe, good for watercoloring, acid free, use with gamsol, and permanent
Slightly “less black” than some other black inks
Good for image stamping and for sentiments and greetings

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Pelican Flap Card

I used three stamps for this card:  Ropes, Pelican, and Smooth Sailing.  I used
Copic markers to color the image and the ropes. I created the flap to close the card but it didn't want to stay flat.  So I added a dragon fly brad and a circle paper clip to hold the flap in place until it is opened.
This is the inside of the  card. And below is a close up of the circle paper clip and the brad.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Angled Hydrangeas

I saw this technique on Pinterest somewhere.  I thought it was cool and wanted to try it.

I decided to use it with the stamp Hydrangeas.  The image was watercolored.

To get this look is not hard at all.  Each layer was one half inch smaller than the previous layer.  Then I angled the layers and used temporary adhesive to hold them in place.  Once all of the layers were in place, I stamped the Hydrangeas using a stamping platform similar to the MISTI.   That way, I was sure to be able to get the image nice and clear on every single layer.

Then I watercolored all of the layers.  After that was dry, then I added the purple layer to each of the watercolored layers. I added shimmer to the flowers with Nuvo Glitter Gloss Aqua pens.   I trimmed off the extra parts that hung over the edge before adhering it to the final purple layer, and adhered to the green layer.  If you were making a square card, the last trimming may not necessary. 

Did you know the reason that hydrangeas in the northeast have blue and not  pink flowers?  This is especially true on Cape Cod.  The soil has so much salt water (which is acidic) and that causes the flowers to be blue.  And if you use an acidic fertilizer on your hydrangeas  - even in the middle of the country! - you will get blue flowers as well. 

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Dream and Love

I used Row and Dream without Fear to create this card.I watercolored the water, and sponged sunrise in the sky. Both stamps were heat embossed with detail black embossing powder.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Life is a Journey

I have been using some older backgrounds that I created years ago.  And this card has one of them.  The background panel was created with the Antiqued Glimmers technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter from December 2009/January 2010.  

The Pelican stamp was colored with Nuvo Embellishment Mouse which I used as watercolors.  I added some lines for details here and there with a fine point black pen.  Life Is a Journey stamp is from the set Enjoy the Ride which has 6 stamps in it.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Sailing Away

This poor sail boat is caught out in a storm that is about to hit.  Sailing Panel depicts this very well.   The verse is Get Well Soon.  I used a scrap of card stock from the background.

The background was created with two different A Colorful Life Stencils.  The stencils were sprayed with two different shades of blue Shimmering Bliss Sprays.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Love Without Limits

Summer Bouquet and Dream Without Fear are paired together to create this card.   I used Shimmering Bliss Sprays as watercolors and painted the flowers.  And boy, do the flowers just shimmer and shine!  The verse was heat embossed on yellow vellum and adhered with one of my Xyron machines.  

The background paper was created with DSP and sprayed with Distress Oxide sprays.
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