Category Archives: Technique Tuesday

make do instead of new

Recycle, upcycle, diy, repurpose, use what you have, etc……..  These days it is all about taking what you have and using it instead of buying something new.  This is true – especially for paper crafters.  Each month we see  blog posts, pinterest boards, Facebook and twitter feeds from companies with their latest and greatest products.  Everything looks fresh and new but you don’t need an unlimited craft budget to get a similar look – just reach into your stash of craft materials!  I saw this wonderful patriotic card from Debbie Olson:

Debbie O star card

Love the look and the design, but I had none of the materials she used – most importantly was that star die plate.   BUT…..since I have the Silhouette Cameo I knew I could recreate this look – here is my version of Debbie’s card:

 Patriotic Star cardd

The star die cut background took a little bit of time for me – but only because I am still in the learning phase on how to use the Silhouette.  I started with a simple star shape, copied it a bunch of times to make seven rows of 5 stars each and cut it on kraft cardstock – perfect cut the first time!  I don’t know what I am going to do with all the cut out stars but I’ve saved them and will think of something!

star background

The patterned paper is from a digital patriotic paper pack I purchased awhile ago.  I just made a background of the different designs.  The stars on the front are the same shape as the die cut background – I just resized them and cut them out on some of the same digital papers.  The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday and the ribbon behind the sentiment is from Michael’s – I picked that up during their Memorial Day sale.

die cut stars

I am very happy so far with the Silhouette – but I know I have so much more to learn.   I think I am just about done with purchasing those steel dies – with a little work I figure I can cut just about any shape.

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working with watercolors

I’ve been playing around with my watercolors and will be showing some of the things I’ve created.  Today is something very, very simple to do.  First, here is the card:


The simple but vibrant band of color on the side could not have been easier.  I took a Kaleidacolor rainbow inkpad – Desert Heat collection – and stamped the ink onto a long and narrow acrylic block.  With my mini mister I lightly spritzed water onto the inked block then pressed the block onto watercolor paper.  That is all there is to it!!


The stamps are from Technique Tuesday’s Greenhouse collection and were stamped with Memento black ink.

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coloring with white

Hello crafty friends!  I’m back with a quick and easy technique.  For stampers sometimes it gets a little boring to stamp on white cardstock then color in the image with whatever medium you happen to be using.  What about if you want to stamp on some colored cardstock?  For some products (like copic markers) the color shows through. Other markers just don’t blend well or look right.  In my simple card below I stamped the image on green cardstock and colored the flowers with prisma pencils starting with a white pencil.


Here are the simple steps to achieve this look:

I used prisma pencils in white, blush pink, pink and process red.  First coloring in the stamped image with white.


Next, I used blush pink and added in some color over the white:


Added more color with pink:


Added some depth with process red:


Finally, I used all three shades to blend, add color and to “fine tune” the overall look.


To finish the card I stamped a sentiment (from Tim Holtz) and a “spattering” of white on upper left of the main panel.  The “spattering” stamp is also from Tim Holtz.

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watercolored poppies

I seem to be seeing poppy images everywhere.  Is it just that time year or are poppies the latest design element?  When we lived in California I remember so vividly the bright orange poppies set against fields of green.  We would often take drives up the coast on the weekend to see them, stopping along the way for a coastal lunch.  Great memories of those times!

So – here is my poppy card.  The image and sentiment are from Technique Tuesday. I colored them with watercolors – using a mix of yellow, orange and red paints and two shades of green for the leaves.  The background “spatter” was created by taking a toothbrush to the watercolor palette and flicking the colors onto the panel.

The pearls started out white but I used a copic marker to color them green to match the color scheme.


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pink and green

It seems everything here is in shades of pink and green.  The azaleas are at their peak here – from the palest pink to the deepest magenta they provide a burst of color for a couple of weeks.  Since we have had some warm temperatures and rain everyone’s grass in green and each Saturday you can hear all the lawn movers going full speed.

Here is my pink and green springtime card.  The image is from Technique Tuesday’s Greenhouse Society series.  I colored it with prisma pencils but did not keep track of which colors.  The background is just a light blue watercolor wash.  I added some lace and designer paper from Memory Box to complete the card.

Hope you are enjoying spring wherever you are!