Technique Junkies September Blog Hop

The  Technique Junkie Design Team is celebrating September with a blog hop showcasing all of the new spooky designs for this month.  You should have arrived here from the amazing Beth Norman's blog. if not be sure to start there so not to miss all the great inspiration!  You can SAVE during these celebration days as well.  The September release stamps will be on SALE (15% OFF) until the 8th!  Get them while their hot!! So many of the designs from this month pair so well with one of my favorite "spooky" background stamps: Spider Webs so of course I decided to pair them up for this project. My first card uses a fun paint resist technique for the background and the main focus is the new…

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Go Fish! Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone! Hope y'all had a fantastic weekend.  I just finished my project for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and I am so excited to share it with you.  The theme this week is Go Fish so I decided to use some of my favorite Sand and Sea elements from Tim Holtz and of course my favorite Ranger Distress Inks. I started by creating a background onto watercolor card stock using Distress Inks and water.  I added additional stamped elements in the background as well as some texture with stencils and Ranger matte texture paste. The Sand and Sea elements were cut from grungeboard- painted and then the seahorse was covered with Rock Candy Crackle paint.…

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Crazy Dogs Mini Canvases

Happy Monday y'all! I want to share with you today a really fun project that was inspired by a fantastic video by the fabulous and talented Nina-Marie Trapani (for Simon Says Stamp)  using Tim Holtz's Crazy Dogs stamps. These are such cute little canvases, stamped with Archival Black ink and colored with Distress Crayons and water. See Kristina's video here! I decided to make them into magnets by running them through the Xyron Creative Station loaded with the magnetic cartridge.  The Distress Crayons leave such a great texture on the canvases (covered with a layer of gesso first). The colors are so vibrant-not washed out like with other water coloring tools.  Thanks for joining me today and be…

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Alcohol Ink Abstract Tim Holtz Blueprints

Happy Thursday everyone! Today I wanted to share with you a really fun project using Ranger alcohol inks. I started off making multiple backgrounds with alcohol ink and a can of spray to create the Alcohol Ink Splatter backgrounds (a technique I learned from Tim Holtz of course).   I used Ranger Specialty Stamping paper and created a couple of each color combo, stamping my favorite Tim Holtz Blueprint on each.  I used one to cut out the main image and place it on the other to "pop".  I love the look of the abstract main image atop the abstract background.  These were so fun to create. I added a few embellishments and/or sentiments  to each to finish…

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Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 July

As promised I am going back in time and completing all of the 2016 Tim tags thus far.  For July the technique remix is a combination of Watercolor Resist (July 2015) and Layered Words (April 2015). Love the fall colors in this tag: Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Peeled Paint  and Walnut Stain Distress Markers were used with a Distress Water Brush to color. The watercolor resist technique uses the Distress Microglaze which is an amazing product for creating a watercolor wash over a stamped image!  The watercolor wash I used over this Blueprint "Cuppa Joe" was Squeezed Lemonade Distress Stain-what a gorgeous yellow that complements the greens in the coffee cup so well. Thanks…

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Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 August

Hey y'all! I am so excited to finally be settled into my new studio in our new home in South Carolina! And finally I am organized enough to be able to spend lots of time in the studio creating.  After finishing Creative Chemistry 103 I have been super motivated to go back and create all of Tim's   tags from this year that I have missed. So I am starting backwards and beginning with this month's.  This year's 12 tags is based on what Tim calls Technique Remix- where he takes two of his previously used techniques and combines them-what a fantastic idea- so many possibilities. For the August 2016 tag- the technique combo is Brayered Stain (July…

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Alcohol Ink Splattered Floral on Yupo

Hey all! Wanted to share my sample projects for Tim's Creative Chemistry 103.  Day 5 Tim's introduces YUPO- and this clearly is a game changer as Tim says, especially when working with alcohol inks. I just absolutely LOVE working with YUPO! Here are some other samples using other techniques as well!

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Celebrate Charleston Pride Week

In honor of Charleston's upcoming Pride Week I wanted to share a project in celebration! I was inspired to make this card while attending Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry 103 class online this week.  I melded a few of the techniques seen in class to put my own spin on this creation.  The stamp set used for the background is Patriotic Fragments from Technique Junkies.  If you haven't seen Pat's fantastic line of stamps, be sure to check them out here.  The techniques used were : Distress DIY Ombré Technique and a spin on the Distress Washed Watercolor Technique both of which you can learn at Online Card Classes- Creative Chemistry 103.  In order to stamp the whole background- I…

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Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 103 Samples

Hey all! I am having so much fun this week participating in Tim's newest class- Creative Chemistry 103. He is sharing so many cool techniques and showcasing his fabulous products.  I want to share some of my samples I have created for the class.   Day 1 Distressed Washed Watercolor Distress Micro-Glaze Resist Day 2 Distress Paint Resist Distress Paint Lifting  Distress Stain Rub Resist Distress Marker Spritzed Watercolor

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