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Thankful for – Jennifer McGuire

Hello, Crafty Internet,

With this week being Thanksgiving and all, I thought I would share a few things / people I am thankful for in regards to card making & paper crafting. So today I want to share something, or rather, someone, I am thankful for when it comes to card making and that is Jennifer McGuire. I have watched oodles of her video tutorials showing various techniques and I have learned so much from her. You cannot be a card maker and not have seen her work somewhere. She has a wonderful talent for card making. Now, she doesn’t know I exist. I am just one of many fans of her work and creative genius.

Today’s card is one of Jennifer’s techniques and it was so easy. I just fell in love with this technique and will probably use it on a lot of cards. The video for this card is here and was made 3 years ago. The thing about me in regards to subscribing to a crafty person’s channel is I want to watch everything they have ever made so I can get caught up. It tweaks my brain to know there is something in the list I haven’t seen. Even if it is just a blip of a video to advertise for something that was upcoming and finished ages ago…I must watch it or I have failed everything.

This technique Jennifer used was to use Tim Holtz Distress Inks through a stencil for a multi-color effect background. I used watercolor paper as she did and taped the stencil down to the card panel. Once the color was applied, I misted it lightly with water.

In her video, Jennifer used a die to cut out the speech bubble positioned on top of the card. I don’t have a speech bubble die so I flipped the water color paper over and sketched one on the back and fussy cut it with scissors. It isn’t as curved and exact as a die cut would be, but it came out fine. I used die cut hearts from my Martha Stewart Confetti Hearts punch and colored them with some of the distress inks. I used a spot of matte medium to glue them down. The stamp came from the Altenew Adore You stamp set. I stamped it in Clear Versamark ink and embossed it with black embossing powder.

The finished card:

This technique was so easy to do. Jennifer showed another card on the video with a slightly different take on it and it was just as lovely.

After everything had dried, I went back over the little hearts with some Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen and covered them in glossy accents to give it a nice finished touch and did not photograph it because it wouldn’t be a post from me without a missing image of something.

Thank you, Jennifer, for all the inspiration you give.


P.S. I am also thankful for my friend Juli, who reads each blog post and gives me such wonderful encouragement and support even though she claims she is not crafty. I tell her it is because she just hasn’t found her thing yet. She tells me she would rather read. Love you much, Juli!

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