Technique Junkies

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Caught in Crystal C.A.S.E. ...

Hello lovely peeps
My name is Karen, however I am known as Karen P in blog land
I am your March Hostess and we have been learning 
the Caught in Crystal technique
I love playing with inks and other mediums!

As the monthly Hostess one of my duties is to C.A.S.E. a creation from the linked creations.  This was not an easy task for me – you are all a very talented bunch!  However in the end I decided to C.A.S.E. the card that Di created.  I love the colours and the lovely light blue is behind the foliage stamp.  Here is Di’s entry …

You can see that I used the same foliage stamps and the first and second generation technique to cover the card.  I'm so happy you took the time to call in to take a look.  There is still six days left for you to enter our challenge and to win the prize.
Here is my version of Di’s card …

If you want to know what materials and tools I used please pop over to my blog, here, where I have listed all the materials that I have used.

Please take you CASE’d on Technique Time Tuesday Badge
And thank you for the inspiration Di
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
ttfn Karen x

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Winners: Shaving Cream Technique

The entire crew would like to say a HUGE thank you for entering our challenge! We love visiting your blogs and are always inspired by your creations! 

Drum Roll please........ 

Congratulations!!! You win the amazing prize package offered by last month's hostess, Ellen! Please email Mynnette at to claim your prize! AND, don't forget to grab your badge from the tab up top!  

Our Showcased cards in numerical order:

Congratulations to you all! You win a digital sentiment made by Mynnette! Please email her at to claim your prize! AND, don't forget to grab your badge from the tab up top!
Don't forget to join us this month for our Caught in Crystal Challenge! Watch the video tutorial and link up your projects HERE in the original challenge post!

HUGS and happy crafting, friends! :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Caught in Crystal Tips and Variations ...

Hello lovely peeps
Karen P here to talk and share with you today

We are one week into our CAUGHT IN CRYSTAL challenge and I'm here to share tips and variations for this fun and easy technique.  

Mynn's Tips
1. When sprinkling glitter, use a shaker top (with small holes in it).  The non-shaker I used was hard to get an even covering with and I "wasted" quite a bit of glitter.
2. Keep the baby wipes close so you can clean your hands quickly if needed.
3. Instead of stamping on your acetate, try doodling with Sharpies or other permanent markers for a fun and one of a kind creation.
4. Make sure your panel is COMPLETELY dry before die cutting...ask me how I know. ;)
5. If you don't have a craft sheet, a piece of cardboard under your panel will work just as well.  Just be careful that you don't adhere your panel to the cardboard by accident, though!

Julz Tips
1. Lightly sponge ink onto white tissue to colour the tissue any colour you want.
2. You do not have to stamp onto the acetate.
3. After the acetate and tissue has dried you can colour the stamped image from the reverse of the tissue if you want to.

Karen’s Tip
If you don’t own a Staz On IP stamp onto the background tissue paper or onto a piece of card instead and if you do this use light coloured inks lightly with whatever medium you have.

Katy’s Tip
Stamp your image off centre on the acetate.  That means that you should then see any images you have stamped onto he background paper or card.

Louise’s Tip
If you want to matt your acetate and tissue creation onto card use a darker ink than usual to stamp the background.

Rocky Tips
1. Sakura Crystal Lacquer works really well.
2. Try coloured tissue.
3. Scrunch up your tissue for lots of creases.
4. This technique makes great gift boxes.

Karen P Tips
1. If you are an old time stamper and craft hoarder, like me, you might have the product I used in your cleaning cupboard.  I used Johnsons Klear wood polish (Klear is the product name) instead of Glossy Accents/Diamond Glaze or Sakura Crystal Lacquer.
2. Mynn stresses the importance of not using a lot of dye on your creation – I cannot stress enough how important that is.  
3. If you have not got acetate use overhead projector film or the clear packaging that comes on so many products these days.
4. Always use a washable craft mat underneath your acetate.  When adding glitter or mica to the acetate the ink moves.  It can and regularly does go over the edge. 

Here is a card I have made with the tips and variations …

And I have second creations to  share that our talented team mate Rocky made ….

If you want to know what supplies we used to create these projects please pop over to Rocky’s blog and my blog for all the details.

Thank you very much for stopping by
Please don't forget to link up your CAUGHT IN CRYSTAL creations
to the original challenge post found here  
I hope you have a lovely day and get to do some stamping!

ttfn Karen P x

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Caught In Crystal Challenge

February's challenge winners will be announced 
on the 3rd Tuesday of March, 
so stay tuned to see who won the amazing prizes! 

March's Top Winner will receive 
offered by our hostess, Karen P.!!! 

Here's what you could win~

This month, we've got another super fun technique we'd like for you to try!  It gives such an amazing look after you put it all together--and it isn't too time consuming!  The technique is called CAUGHT IN CRYSTAL!!!  It's new to me, so I hope that you learn something new today as well!


Materials Needed
  • Glossy Accents or Crystal Effects
  • Acetate
  • Staz-on ink
  • Stamps
  • Tissue paper (white)
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Other desired inks
  • Card stock piece same size as your acetate
  • Anything else you want to complete your project!

"How To"

We've got an amazing guest designer with us this month--

Stephanie from Steph's Shoebox

Here is the lovely card Steph made to share with us this month ~

And now some inspiration from the Crew~


Karen P