Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Technique Junkies New Rita Barakat Stamps Blog Hop

Welcome to our mid-month blog hop to celebrate the new Technique Junkies illustrator!  Rita Barakat has some fabulous new designs which have been added to the TJ line.  You will love the new Rita Barakat Collection, it is fabulous!

If you're here from Stephanie Eaton's blog, you're in the right place.  If not, jump back to Technique Junkies Rita Barakat Release blog post.
And be sure to comment on all the stops along the hop. One lucky person who comments will receive a $25 Technique Junkies Gift Certificate! Comments will be open until Saturday May 19th and the winner will be announced May 20th on the Technique Junkies Blog. 

I have a couple of cards to share with you.  First, remember, if you shop at the Technique Junkies store, be sure to use my code, TJ10Lynda for 10% off the new release stamps, and all stamps and products.

Card # 1:
 Stamps:  Relaxed Fairy
               Floral Border

I stamped the floral border on the top of the card panel, then watercolored it with Arteza real brush pens.  Then I stamped the fairy on the bottom, created a mask and masked her, then stamped the floral border on the bottom.  I love when you remove a mask and the image is on top!  It feels like magic, doesn't it!  I colored the fairy and bottom border the same as above.  I stamped the border image onto a scrap piece of the same paper, and colored a few of the flowers, fussy-cut them, and added in front of the fairy.

To create a little dimension and interest, I stamped the fairy wings on a scrap of vellum, colored them from the back, then fussy-cut them and added them to the fairy.  I created a slit along her back and inserted the wings into the slit a little to hold them down.  I left the actual wing part unattached so they look like they are fluttering.

It's hard to tell from the picture, but I added some glimmer and shimmer with my Spectrum Noir shimmer pen to her wings.

I sponged in some distress ink for the background, then stamped the verse (Delight) with Ranger black archival ink.
Some sequins finish off the card.

Card # 2:
  Stamps:  Beautiful Minds
                Floral Border 

I stamped a portion of the Floral Border onto a panel of Strathmore smooth bristol, using antique linen distress ink.  I wanted the lines to fade for the no-line coloring technique, and find this ink works beautifully for that.  I colored the image with Arteza real brush pens.  I added some touches of Polychromos colored pencils to create deeper shadows and some highlights. 

I cut the panel with a square stitched die, and layered it.
Some brushes of color of distress ink for the background, and some clear droplet embellishments finish the card.

From here, hop on over to Pat Huntoon's blog for more inspiration!

Be sure to check out all the designer's fabulous cards from this release.  And don't forget to check back on the TJ blog  and the TJ Facebook Page  for more inspiration all through the month.  And if you get your Technique Junkies stamps inky, we would love to see your projects.  Please share them on the Facebook page.

Happy Hopping, and Happy Shopping...
I am adding my second card, Beautiful Minds, to these challenges:

AAA Cards Challenge - Inspired by nature 

Time Out Challenges - Inspired by words



  1. Wow, two stunning cards. You did an awesome job with them and are quite beautiful.

  2. Especially liked the "beautiful minds" card. Thanks!

  3. Oh my goodness how beautiful!!

  4. Two beautiful projects Lynda! I never even thought of putting the fairy in those flowers - she looks so natural there!!

  5. Gorgeous cards, Love all the colorful flowers and the fairy among them. Beautiful minds, great sentiment and love the no line coloring.

  6. The fairy is perfect in the flowers. So colorful and pretty...

  7. Beautiful projects. Thanks for the inspiration

  8. Love the projects but the fairy in the flowers is excellent! 😍😍

  9. Gorgeous cards, Lynda!! Love the colors!

  10. Combining Relaxed Fairy and Flora Border was genius! I love this card.

  11. Love the Beautiful minds inspire others card, just stunning! It is so fun to see how you all use these stamps!

  12. Love how you added interest with the wings

  13. Love your #1 card. So much detail, but it makes an Awesome card front. Thanks for the velum tips.

  14. Two your incredible cards!! Your fairy masking and added vellum wings and fussy cutting extra flowers is fabulous!! Wow! Really cleverly done!

  15. Wow, Lynda! Gorgeous coloring on both.
    I really love how you surrounded the first girl with flowers. So lovely!

  16. Beautiful cards! I especially love the top one! I love how you did the masking of the girl amongst the flowers! Absolutely amazing talent!

  17. Oh so pretty!! Love the floral border!!


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