Friday, February 16, 2024

Hearts & Flowers

 Hi!  Time to celebrate Valentine's with some hearts and flowers!  The Funkie Junkie Inspiration Ave team is showing off their hearts and flowers.  I was inspired by the lovebirds again!  

The lovebirds look so sweet nestled inside of the card peeking out from a larger heart framed with all the little hearts!  

The background of everything is covered with a soft pattern made from the bouquet stencil and some clear embossing powder. 

The images were created by laying the stencil over white cardstock and sponging over the stencil with versamark watermark ink.  Then covering the ink with clear embossing powder and shaking off the excess.  Then heat up the embossing powder until it melts completely.  

After that The hearts and birds were cut from the embossed paper and the card base was formed from the embossed paper.  The heart was handdrawn and cut out from the center of the card front. 

The hearts were layered around the edges of cut out heart and the birds were placed inside.  The single pink heart was sprayed with mica stain spray and placed over their hearts. 

My first heart card started with texture paste and mica stain sprayed over the surface and it was striking but didn't pop with the smaller hearts so this card base will have to wait until I get additional coordinating hearts ready for it!

Next I played with many hearts sprayed in beautiful shiny mica stain sprays and paired them with a pink heart placed on the front of the card.

This was just a smattering of purple and yellow hearts over the pink heart and some sweet lovebirds paired with the hearts.

Three different cards all using the lovebirds and hearts for inspiration!  



Friday, February 2, 2024

Steampunk Lovebirds

Hi!  The design team at The Funkie Junkie Inspiration Ave is showcasing the latest Sizzix Release by Tim Holtz called Out of the Vault!  I was lucky enough to receive the beautiful LoveBirds! 

I decided to stamp up my die cuts to add a pop of texture to the surface.  I created a flock of birds before I realized what I wanted to use on my card.

I cut the birds from inky backgrounds and using the Idea-Ology Tim Holtz Backdrops.  I spritzed the backgrounds using the same colors I used on the card.  They were a mix of Seasonal Distress Mica Stains along with a distress oxide. 
The backgrounds were created by first applying a layer of opaque crackle texture paste over the flourish stencil. This was done on the backdrops paper and white cardstock.

 While the crackle paste was wet the sprays were sprayed multiple times along with water to help mix the colors and thin out in areas the density of the color.  Then a heat gun was used to dry out the crackle paste.  There was a mix of some areas crackling and others not because of the wetness when applied. 

After that the background was cut for the card from one of the pieces.  Then the birds were stamped using black archival ink with the various images on some inky remnants.  The birds and feather were covered in versamark ink and then a layer of clear embossing powder heated up.  This made the colors more vibrant and added another pop to the color on the cut out images. 

Happy inking! 



Friday, January 19, 2024

It's Cold Outside!

We are definitely feeling the cold this week!  We are sitting at -31 degrees with the windchill. Perfect time to sit inside and craft a bit!  The Funkie Junkie Boutique design team is showing off their cold likes and dislikes at The Funkie Junkie Inspiration Ave.  I was inspired by frosted windows that had such beautiful crystalized designs.  I wondered if I could emulate that with the Frosted Crystal Embossing Medium from Tim Holtz/Ranger. 

To create a frosted pane: 

  1. Start with a heat resistant acetate sheet. 
  2. Sponge over the stencil with Versamark ink. To get your pattern onto the acetate. 
  3. Sprinkle with the Frosted Crystal. 
  4. Heat up the embossing powder until the crystal shows.  (Don't overheat as eventually the crystal will melt and you will just have a clear embossed image) 

The frame on the cardstock was created with the same process. 

  1.  Lay the stencil over the front of the card. 
  2. Sponge on the Versamark ink. 
  3. Repeat pattern until front of the card is covered with inky pattern. 
  4. Sprinkle with Frosted Crystal. Shake off excess. 
  5. Heat up the embossing powder. 
  6. Smear gold wax over surface to create highlights.

Then cut out the inside of the card base and use for the additional layering on top.  I also used a bit of the excess from the middle to die cut the bird to place on the front of the card. 

I loved the effect of the Frosted Crystal and decided to try the same process on white cardstock. 

The tag was created by: 

  1. Sponge versamark ink through the stencil onto the white cardstock. 
  2. Repeat until surface area is covered. 
  3. Sprinkle Crystal Frost Embossing powder over surface.  Shake off excess. 
  4. Heat until the frosty effect occurs. 
  5. Spray with a mix of distress oxide and micas stain sprays. 
  6. Spritz with water to lighten the effect and dab with paper towels to take off excess ink.
 The next panel was made with translucent embossing paste.

To create the snowy effect: 

  1. Lay stencil over heat resistant acetate. 
  2. Use spatula with translucent embossing paste and apply to acetate. 
  3. Repeat until covered with snowflakes. 
  4. Sprinkle Frosted Crystal Embossing medium over surface and tap off excess. 
  5. Some will cling to the acetate.  (I used a fine tip brush to brush off the excess) 
  6. Heat emboss the snowflakes and the embossing paste.  The embossing paste will puff up which gives it an additional layer of texture. 
  7. I wanted a full frosty panel so I took one more step of inking up the complete reverse side with Versamark and applying the Frosted Crystal Embossing Medium over the entire surface and then heated it up. 

This panel looked like a frosted pane of glass and was very cool!  

Keep warm! 



Friday, January 5, 2024

2023 Favorites!

Hi!  I am sharing my favorite from 2023!  I loved the Floral Trims from Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz and did a series of tags with it earlier this year but wanted to bring it back out and play with it one more time! 

 This is a multi-layered card using the floral trims stamps.  First the stamp was stamped on white cardstock with black ink.

The background was sponged with black dye ink around the images.  Then splatter the background with white paint.  

Stamp the flowers again on tissue paper and white cardstock using black archival ink.

Color the images with watercolor pencils and blend with a water brush on both the white cardstock and tissue paper.  Heat set the colors on the images.

Cover the entire  colored image with versamark watermark ink.  Apply clear embossing powder over the tissue paper and  heat emboss until the embossing powder completely melts.

Cut out the flowers as a complete image from the white cardstock and apply to the black sponged inky background.  Cut out the flower petals and leaves from the transparent colored image to apply over the images on the cardbase.

This will give the card a layered 3 dimensional effect. 



Friday, December 22, 2023

Holiday Homecoming!

Welcome to the holidays!  The team at The Funkie Junkie Inspiration Ave is sharing their holiday homecoming a celebration of the holidays with family and friends.  

I was inspired by wreaths that my mother and I made years ago for holiday craft shows. It was fun picking out different flowers, garland, and embellishments to decorate the wreathes.  

My wreath of joy started from a collection of poinsettias cut from white cardstock.  I started by cutting many different shapes to play with in different mediums and ended up with poinsettias on white cardstock because of how I wanted the colors to saturate and stand out.

Next up was making the beautiful colors on the flowers and branches.  The flower pieces were all sponged with a red dye ink.  After that they smaller pieces received a distressing with a brown dye ink and the larger flowers were sponged around the edges with the brown dye ink.  

The branches were sponged with versamark and embossed with a shimmery silver.  (I am still glittering in random spots on my face and hair!)  

I next cut out a circle to hold onto my wreath from cardboard.

I sponged the front of the circle to match the flowers in case any of the cardboard peeked through the flowers. 

Then I heat set the flowers before attaching the layers as the distress ink can remain damp and cause the tape to not stick properly.  I attached the layers to the flowers petals.  Then the flowers were alternated on the frame of the wreath using tape for the bottom flower and pop dots to create depth on the alternating flowers.

After all the flowers were placed on the wreath the various branches were tucked into the wreath around the edges using tape and glue dots.  Then a lovely little sentiment was placed on the banner on the front with a few extra twigs. 

The centers of the flowers were a mixture of embellishments.  

Have a happy holiday! 



Sunday, December 10, 2023

Deck the Halls!

Hi! The design team at The Funkie Junkie Inspiraton Ave is highlighting Tim Holtz Idea-Ology!  It is time to get festive and we are in the midst of gathering gifts and wrapping them!  I was sorting through my Tim Holtz Idea-Ology and I found the mini clipboard.  What better way to get organized on my gift planning and tags for presents than having a clipboard to hold my tags and list of gifts! 

I knew I wanted to use some of the beautiful backdrop paper to cover the clipboard surfaces. 

 Steps for the clipboard:

  1.  Pick out papers to cover the clipboard.
  2. Remove the clip from the clipboard
  3. Trace the clip board on the papers including the holes for the screws for the clip. 
  4. Cut out the papers and punch holes for the screws. 
  5. Stamp the images onto the paper.  (I traced where the clip was going to be to help determine placement of sentiment and peppermint stick) 
  6. Heat set the images before going onto the next step. 
  7. Ink up a background stamp with versamark. Stamp randomly over the open areas of the background. 
  8. Sprinkle stamped areas with clear embossing powder. 
  9. Brush off any embossing powder on your Santa, Sentiment, Peppermint Stick. 
  10. Heat set the background image. 
  11. Attach the papers to the front and back. 
  12. Paint around the outside of the edges with white acrylic paint. 
  13. Smear some of the paint on the embossed background to pick up the pattern of the stamped image. 
  14. Highlight Santa with white gel pen. 
  15. Put the clip back on the board and accessorize with charms and ribbon. 

To go with the cute clipboard I wanted to start creating a variety of gift tags for various presents.  I used the scraps of backdrop paper and some of my test run images of santa.

I stamped the Santa image to try out the colors on different backdrop papers and just cut them out into a tag shape.
I accented with mummy cloth ribbon dyed to coordinate using the Mica Stain Sprays.

I also found some of the ephemera and bells to add to the tags and pulled sentiments from various Stampers Anonymous holiday sets.

Now I have a lovely organized set of tags and a list of gifts!  There are some great deals happening in the store!  Go check them out!  Also you have to look at all the beautiful vignettes the team created highlighting the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology!



Friday, November 24, 2023

A Snowy Day

Brrr... As the weather starts to shift I am already anticipating the snow!  I pulled out my warm winter holiday knits to keep me warm against the snow that is coming!  That had the Holiday Knit Embossing folder being the perfect inspiration for A Snowy Day at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Inspiration Ave! 

I embossed multiple sheets of white cardstock with the Holiday Knit texture fade.  I then cut out multiple stars in varying stars.  This card is a snowy starry night in winter.

After the stars were cut they were layered with foam to add multiple depths and texture on the background of the Holiday Knit. 

Then some glass stars were painted with white paint and glittered to add as accents. 

The branches and bow are from the adorable vintage sled die from Sizzix and Tim Ho;tz.  It added the perfect touch to the front of the card.