Being scrapbookers, stampers and papercrafters, most of us don't really need an excuse to get crafty...what we need is more TIME...am I right?
So, not that I NEEDED an excuse, but I had TWO great reasons to get inky this weekend: 1. This coming Saturday, October 6, is World Cardmaking Day, and 2. I just found out on Facebook that the Technique Junkies Newsletter is celebrating its 10th birthday! (Remember our guest blogger from a few weeks ago, Pat Huntoon? Technique Junkies, aka "TJ" is her baby.)
Therefore, in order to celebrate BOTH occasions, I thought I'd whip out a couple of cards using a few techniques from my latest TJ newsletters. (The Mike-man was kind enough to get me a TJ newsletter subscription a couple of years ago for Christmas...and it kinda, magically, just keeps getting renewed...what a great guy, right?) Much like our very own Scrap Rap Magazine, the TJ newsletter is chock-full of awesome techniques and ideas. I grabbed 2 recent issues and challenged myself to create cards while trying out 3 "new-to-me" techniques. Wanna see?
This first one is my interpretation of the "In the Middle" tutorial from page 4 of the October/November 2012 issue. (I ended up trimming the panel after it was created, so it looks a teensy bit different from their samples.)
|Full Circle UM stamps, random CS card base/panel|
For my second card, I tried out "Inky Bands" from page 8 of the same Oct/Nov issue. (I just KNOW this is the technique used on a bunch really cool cards I've been pinning left and right on Pinterest!)
|Brewed Awakenings UM stamps, random CS card base/panel|
Finally, I found another awesome technique to use with my Gelatos on page 3 of the June/July TJ newsletter. They call this one "Rubbed Gelatos". It really is as fun as it sounds, and the results are really pretty. My Bon Appetit UM stamps were perfect for this card.
|Bon Appetit UM stamps, random CS card base|
(Sorry I couldn't give you more specifics about the techniques...but you can get full
detailed instructions over at Technique Junkies. )
So there you have it! Whenever your "muse" refuses to show up, grab a Scrap Rap, or a Technique Junkies newsletter, and your CS stash for some "play time" with a few of those new techniques you've been wanting to try for so long. You'll be glad you did!