Cards | Series | Wedding

Bridal Shower – Wedding, Day 1

May 15, 2017

Hey, glad to have you join me!  I’m starting a new Mini Series, all about weddings.  I found a similar card on Pinterest, and I tried to create my own version.  This card would be great for a bridal shower, an engagement party, or maybe change up the colors for prom or a quinceanera.   It’s easy, and you don’t need lots of fancy supplies.


Here’s what I used to create the dress:  a plate, and a candlestick.  Anything round would work, but since I craft in my kitchen, I grabbed what was handy.  You can see a 1/4″ gap between the curves, which I’ll get to in a moment.


First, I want to add some texture to this dress.  This step is completely optional, but it adds a nice touch.  You could also stamp some texture onto the dress with Versamark ink, if you don’t have an embossing folder like then one above.  But I positioned the dress inside the folder, and held it in place with Post It tape while I ran it though my Big Kick.  You can see that the folder didn’t cover the whole dress, but I cut off the bottom with my paper trimmer.


Next I trimmed down a piece of watercolor pink cardstock to fit the back panel of the card base, and attached it with tape runner.  Now the next part, I forgot to get a picture of, but I cut a slit in the fold of the card with an Exacto knife large enough to slip my ribbon through.  I glued the ends down on the back side with a hot melt glue gun.


I folded some silver metallic cord in half, and glued it under the sash with the glue gun.  Then I tied a bow with pink ribbon and attached it to the sash.  And, if you’ve ever struggled to make a tiny ribbbon bow, you know how hard it can be!  The best solution I’ve ever found uses a fork to keep the bow straight and even.  There’s a great tutorial here.

I trimmed the ends of the ribbon and the cord.  I tied knots in the ends of the cording first to keep it from unraveling.

The sentiment is from JustRite, and I heat embossed it in silver.  White would also have looked great.  Do you have any weddings coming up?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon!


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Colorburst Smooshing Card

May 12, 2017

Hey, glad you could stop by.  I’ve got a graduation card to share with you today, and it’s easy to customize for school colors.  I used Ken Oliver’s Colorburst, but Brusho makes a similar product.  Distress Inks or watercolor paint would also work for this, but they might not be quite as vibrant.

I recommend working on a non-porous surface, like a craft mat, for this project.   First, I trimmed a piece of watercolor cardstock to 4 1/2 x 6.  I also die cut a black piece of cardstock with a Stitched Rectangle Die from Simon Says Stamp.  And don’t forget a piece of clear acetate, or plastic from packaging.  I used  a piece from a clear stamp set, but any clear plastic would work.  In my experience, something thin and flimsy works better than something stiff for moving the color.


I misted the acetate with water, and dropped on the Colorburst.  It’s a highly pigmented powder that reacts when it hits water.  I turned over the acetate, and used it to “smoosh” the color across the paper.  I first learned this technique from Laura Bassen, and if you haven’t seen her work, you should go check her cards out.  She’s amazing!


I didn’t wait for the paper to dry, because the colors blend more when they’re wet.  If you want your colors to stay true, you can let it dry on it’s own, or speed up the process with a heat tool.  I rinsed off the acetate, and added my next color.  This time I added the color first, and then misted the powder with water.  That was a mistake!  I couldn’t see it, but the powder went everywhere, and I had to put my craft mat in the sink to rinse off all the color.  So learn from me, and add water first.  Then smoosh the color onto the paper.  And you can see how bowed the paper was in the second photo, from the water.  The easiest was to flatten it out is to spray the back of the paper with water.

You can repeat the process over and over, drying between layers to get more texture.  I added Pthalo Green between the Lemon Yellow and Ultramarine Blue, and Violet at the bottom.  Once it was mostly dry, I sprayed my hands with water and clapped them together over the paper. I let the clean water sit for a few moments, and it picked up some of the color.  When I patted it with a paper towel, some of the color came up with the water, leaving lighter spots.


I set my panel aside to finish drying, and went to work on my sentiment.  This “congrats” die cut is from Hero Arts Stamp and Cut set.  I die cut the word from white cardstock, and heat embossed it in white.  If you work over a coffee filter, it’s easy to funnel any excess powder back into the jar.  I trimmed down my panel, and attached the die cut with Glossy Accents.  You can see I’m weighing down the paper with acrylic blocks while the glue dries.

I’ve adhered my card together temporarily with dots of tape runner, so I can place the sentiment.  I’ve got the matching stamp set, and I’m laying out my stamps on the black cardstock before I picked them up with an acrylic block.  Then I heat embossed the words in white.

I left off embellishments like sequins, since this card is for my son, but you can add more details if you like. I hope you get a chance to make a card like this, and if you do, let me know in the comments below.  I’ll see you next time!

P.S.  I’m playing along at A Blog Called Hero and A2Z Scrapbooking today.  I hope you’ll come see what’s going on!


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Hidden Spirelli Design

May 8, 2017

Hey, thanks for joining me today.  I’m making a hidden Spirelli card today, and it reminds me of the Spirograph I had as a kid.  Usually, these cards have a scalloped circle on the front, like this.  These cards don’t need special supplies, and they work for almost any occasion.


First I cut a scalloped circle with a 2 1/2″ punch.  Any size circle would work for this, but the scallops are important, because they hold the string in place.  I cut the circle from watercolor cardstock, but you can use whatever you have, as long as it’s strong.  Hobby Lobby has precut scalloped circles for purchase, if you don’t have a punch or die.


I practiced wrapping the cotton string around the circle to create my design.  You can used any kind of string you have on hand or even thread.  Metallic string would look really neat, too.  I temporarily attached the end of the string to the center of the circle with tape runner, and wrapped it around, skipping the same amount of scallops each time.  I’m not sure I’m explaining this well, so hopefully the pictures help.  Depending how many scallops you skip, you can get different looks with the finished design.


Once I had the design how I wanted it, I cut it off the spool, giving myself an extra 8 inches.  Now you have the option to leave the string white, but I chose to dye it with Distress Ink.  I worked on a Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet for this part, because it gets messy.  I pressed my Wilted Violet Mini Distress Ink pad and rubbed it on my craft sheet.  Then I sprayed it with water, and dragged my string through it.  I divided the string into quarters so I could alternate 2 different colors, but you can use just one, or whatever watercolor paint you have on hand.  After I finished with the purple, I repeated the process with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  Now you can either let it dry on it’s own, or speed up the process with a heat tool.


I die cut a Stitched Rectangle die from Simon Says stamp, but you could also trim a panel to size with a paper trimmer.  I make a pencil line down the center of the back of the panel, and adhered my scalloped circle to the back with tape runner.  Next I used a needle to poke holes through the black panel between the scallops.


I threaded my needle with the dyed string, and attached the end of the string to the center of the circle with tape runner.  I went around the circle like I did before, but this time I’m going through the holes, so I’m basically “sewing” the design.

Once I’ve gone all the way around, I went under all the layers and pressed the end down into the adhesive.

For the front, I die cut the word “Happy” using a Cut and Stamp die set from Hero Arts from white cardstock.  I pressed the die cut against my Versamark pad, and heat embossed it in white before gluing it to my panel.  I used the matching stamp set to stamp “birthday” on vellum, and heat embossed it in white as well.  I cut the ends at an angle before attaching it to the panel with Glossy Accents.

The layers of string made the panel thicker in the back, so I’m using foam tape to attach the panel to my card base.  You can see I added tape all the way around the back of the panel to support it when it goes through the mail.

And that’s it, a simple card that makes others ask, “How did you do that?”  Are you going to try this card?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time!

P.S.  I’m playing along at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge today.  Come check it out!

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Paper Piecing

May 2, 2017

Hey, thanks for joining me today.  I’m paper piecing a card today, and thought I’d share the technique with you.  This works with most stamps, but ones with simple shapes are best.  I’m using a Newton’s Nook stamp set called Newton Loves Coffee.  Isn’t that cat cute?

The first thing you’ll need is patterned paper.  I’m using this set from Recollections, but any lightweight paper you have will work.  I love that all the colors in this pack are designed to work together, so I don’t have to try and match patterns and colors myself.


I stamped 2 of the coffee cups on each of my papers.  When choosing papers, it’s important to remember the scale of the design.  A large scale pattern wouldn’t work on such tiny cups.  I ended up not using all the papers shown here, but it worked out in the end.  You can see I stamped the orange cups diagonally, so the stripes are even across the sleeve.  I also stamped the cups and the cat in white.  The cat didn’t stamp perfectly, but I’m only interested in the lid of the cup, so I don’t mind.  I also stamped the cups on craft cardstock, and the cat’s ears on pink paper, and the cat on gray paper, but I forgot to take a picture of it.  Oops!

The next step is simple:  cut out the pieces you want from each paper.  I recommend a sharp pair of scissors, and a little patience.   I trimmed a piece of craft cardstock with a Stitched Rectangle Die from Simon Says Stamp.  Then I stamped my coffee loving kitten in the corner and started attaching other pieces over it with tape runner.  It’s like putting a puzzle together.

I added a strip of pink cardstock along the edge of my white card base with tape runner.  Then I trimmed my brown panel to fit beside it.  I attached coffee cups to the pink strip, and added white lids and colorful sleeves.  I cut out 2 sets of gray paws, to give them some dimension.  You could attach some of the layers with foam tape, too.

I don’t have this sentiment in a stamp, so I printed it out on my computer, and attached it to the card with foam tape.  I printed out another strip for the inside that reads, “Awesome, I’m gonna live forever!”  I have a coffee loving friend who will love this card, and I hope you found this tutorial helpful.  If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, and I’ll see you next time!

P.S.  I’m playing along at Fusion Card Challenge.  Hope you’ll check it out!



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Cards | Grab Bag

Grab Bag – Colored Embossing Paste

April 24, 2017

Hey, thanks for joining me today.  I’m working out of my Grab Bag today, which is a box near my desk where I put all of the projects I started but didn’t finish.  So instead of showing you a tutorial of how to create the background, I’ll just explain what I did, and show you the finished card.  If I have enough responses, I’ll go back and create a tutorial with more pictures.

I used Dreamweavers Pearlescent embossing paste for this.  It’s pretty thick, and you need to use it with heavy cardstock.  I taped my watercolor cardstock to my work surface with painter’s tape, and taped a 6 x 6 stencil from the dollar store (deal of the day!) over it.

I removed some of the paste from the jar, and mixed it with Picked Raspberry Distress Reinker.  Then I used a palette knife to spread the paste over the top half of the stencil.  I quickly mixed more of the paste with a drop of Peacock Feathers Distress Reinker.  The reinker is so concentrated, you don’t need much.  Then I spread it over the bottom half of the stencil.  Where they blended, I got a beautiful purple hue.

When the paste was dry, I trimmed the panel in half, and made 2 cards.  For the first one, I mounted the panel onto a piece of pink cardstock, and then onto a teal card base.  I used a Martha Stewart punch to make lots of butterflies, and glued them all over my card with Glossy Accents.  I didn’t add a sentiment, but this card is so pretty, I don’t think it needs one.

On the second card, I turned the card base on it’s side, and added pink scalloped trim.  At this point, the card was starting to look a little too cutesy and sweet for me.  So I die cut the word “You” from black cardstock, and heat embossed it in clear.  The die and matching stamp set are from Avery Elle.  I added the die cut to the card, and stamped the sentiment underneath.  Finally, I added a trio of butterflies as accents.


Oh, and the best part?  The shine the paste adds to the cards.  I angled them so you can see it.  Have you ever used embossing paste?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time!



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