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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Paste Not Waste Your Way to Crafting Time

In a time before kids, I would look for something out of my regular routine to do. My mother-in-law mentioned that a few teacher friends were going to take a bookbinding class she thought I would be interested in also taking so I jumped at the chance and was delighted by it. Not only did I learn a few small bookbinding techniques, but I was also fascinated by the paste paper process.

Trying to be creative with what we have for the Splitcoaststampers Mix-Ability challenge, I decided to combine the technique of paste paper and unused stamped rejects. No matter how hard I try these days I'm always making a mistake stamping, I will inevitably smudge or blur the stamped image... yes, even with a stamp positioner. 

Here's my process as best I could photograph it out, but first tips on the paste making process. Links are at the end of this post for credits, recipes, and other tutorials.

I searched the internet, and here are a few thoughts:
  • Cooked paste is smoother than raw (think paper mache recipes), but nowhere did it say that one is better than another for the end result.
  • Start with a thicker ratio of starch to water like 1:6 respectively, then if you want a little bit more fluid paste, add more water in the temperature the recipe calls out. (See photo 1)
  • Use a binder of some sort. The recipe I used at Lil Bookbinder (link below in credits) had ground alum and an acrylic medium which is supposed to help bind the colorant to the starch. (Photo 2)
  • Use a plastic table cover. I have a thick clear table vinyl on my work table, so it was easy to clean up.

Photo 1

Photo 2
  • Catalyst Tools (a.k.a. tools that make designs) - use whatever you have on hand. In a pinch, you can cut designs out of plastic loyalty cards and even chipboard. Here are the tools I used (Photo 3).

Photo 3
Let's get started!
  • I started with one page that I had a hard time stamping a full image and just kept stamping in all angles until it was filled up.
  • For this post, I did other pages so you can see that any stamp will work, whether it is a background stamp or a few single stamps. (Photo 4)

Photo 4
  • After the stamping is done, start making paste paper. With a clean brush, apply a layer of water on the backside and then the front  (Photo 5)
Photo 5
  • While the paper is damp, paint the paste onto the paper (Photo 6). You can use just one color or two or three, just keep in mind that mixing complementary colors will result in browns and dull colors (Photo 7). If that occurs lightly swipe it up with a wet paper towel.

Photo 6

Photo 7
  • Use your mark, making tools to create designs in the wet paste. See the next five photos for marking ideas and click on them to see in the original size.

  • Let the paper dry and begin using it for a super start on your project backgrounds or bookmaking endeavors. 


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Monday, July 1, 2019

July Brings New Stamps from Technique Junkies

Wow! It's July and time for new stamps from Technique Junkies! Stop by the beginning of the list below and get oodles of inspiration with all the new goodies!

Get 15% off until July 8th on the new release...
add an additional 10% off using my code 

Ready for my sneak peeks and some new stamps? I can't wait to show you!

Strong, Brave Humble Stamp
with Shimmering Bliss Sprays

Pelican Stamp
one part of Ropes Stamps

Both cards are colored with Copic markers just waiting to put a smile on someone's face! What do you think? Need a little more inspiration to decide on your favorites? Follow the links below!!!!

Janelle Stollfus - you're here  

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Newly Released Stamps with Technique Junkies

School's out in my kid's district and it means SUMMER is HERE! So while we celebrate the start of our adventures at home enjoy some fantastic NEW stamps by Technique Junkies!

Stamps are 15% off until June 8th
PLUS use code TJ10Janelle 
at checkout for an additional 10% off!

Here is my sneak peeks at some of the new stamps!

Eat Play Love Stamp
For this playful and CAS card, I used Color Burst Powders by Ken Oliver, Brights to add a splash of color on the new Eat Play Love stamp!

Underwater Borders PLUS Enjoy Every Moment Stamps
Enjoy Every Moment sentiment is framed with an Underwater Border and colored with Copic markers.

That's it for my sneak peeks, now it's time to drop by these other blogs to see more of all the new products available in the Technique Junkies store!

Janelle Stollfus - you are here!

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Wish Upon A Star

Happy Sunday, everyone! I’m posting a super humorous card today with stamps from Technique Junkies! Now there are some pretty great stamps that came out this month that go with the character stamp I used so you’ll want to shop to see them as well.

You can always save on your purchase at Technique Junkies with code TJ10Janelle. 
Add it at checkout for 10% off.

Supplies: I provide some product links that are through my Amazon Affiliate, and that means when clicked and purchased in the same session a few pennies are sent my way at no cost to you.

Featured Product(s):
  • Sketch Markers by Copic (SBP)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad (AZ
  • Distress Inks ( Twisted Citron, Forest Moss, Dusty Concord, and Faded Jeans)
  • Bright White Cardstock by Neenah (AZ)
  • Kraft Cardstock by Recollections (AZ)
  • Deckle Scissors (AZ)
  • Mono Liquid Glue by Tombow (AZ)
  • Foam Tape by Tombow (AZ)
  • Sponge or Mini Ink Blending Tool (AZ)
  • MEDIA Fluid Acrylic Paint by DecoArt (Amazon link) - Titanium White
  1. Stamp Happy Housewife with black ink safe for markers on white cardstock and color. Trim around the image.
  2. Make a grass horizon mask with deckle scissors, if desired and place on white cardstock. With blending tool or sponge start at top of the sky with Faded Jeans and move down to Dusty Concord.
  3. Switch to other mask and blend grass with Twisted Citron ending at the bottom of cardstock with Forest Moss ink.
  4. Dab Titanium white paint around top and smear one dot for a falling star. I used the tip of a paintbrush handle and small stylus to make dots.
  5. Glue background to kraft cardstock and then add Happy Housewife to the card with foam tape.
Thanks for stopping by today!

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