Fast Father’s Day Card

June 15, 2017

Hey, thanks for joining me today.  If you’re looking to make a last minute card for Father’s Day, this post is for you.  You can use whatever stamps and colors you have, and make this as bright or subtle as you want.


I stamped this boat image from Darkroom Door onto watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and heat embossed it in clear.  I blended Faded Jeans Distress Ink over the top half, and Chipped Sapphire at the bottom.


Here’s where I ran into a problem.  See the white spot I circled on the left?  That’s where embossing powder stuck where I didn’t want it, and it resisted the ink.  I didn’t want to start over, so I splattered the whole panel with water, let it sit for a moment, and picked up the water with a paper towel.  Much better!

On the card base, I used a Denim background stamp from My Favorite Things, with my Faded Jeans Distress Ink.  I only have the ink cube, and you can see it didn’t stamp evenly at all.  No problem, we’re going to cover most of it up, anyway.

I left this image uncropped so you can see a valuable tool of mine:  graph paper in a plastic sleeve.  I use this all the time for messy projects, like ink blending, Colorburst, or watercolor.  It’s also great for traveling, because of it’s size and you can store extra paper in the sleeve.  Today I’m using the graph paper to line up these Postage Stamp dies from Simon Says Stamp.  Once they’re centered, I used a piece of Post It tape to keep them in place while I run them through my Big Kick.


After I cut out my frame, I attached it to my panel with foam tape.  Then I realized I forgot the sentiment.  Oops!  Fortunately, the dies were still taped together, so I created another frame, stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts, and adhered it right over the first one with tape runner.  Then I trimmed off the excess paper with scissors.

I attached it to my card base with tape runner, and my card is complete.  You could add sequins, twine, or glitter to embellish it further, but I try to keep it simple with a masculine card.  What do you do when you need a card at the last minute?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you again soon!

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

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3D Father’s Day Card

June 12, 2017

3D Father's Day Card - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, glad you could join me today!  I’ve got a great card for the man in your life, and it works for pretty much any occasion.  I’m making a Father’s Day card for my husband, but I’ve got a different version to share at the end of this post with a birthday sentiment.  This is a pop up box card, and while it looks complicated, it’s actually pretty easy to make.  I’ve got a video tutorial to explain the process:

I tried to keep this post short, since there’s a video, but here’s a couple more pictures for all the visual learners:

Here’s where I scored the paper.  The blue lines were drawn with a pencil.

Cut along the white lines:

Here’s the dimensions of the other pieces I used:

Silver cabinet pieces – 3″ x 1 3/8″

Silver square – 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ (I used the Postage Stamp Edge die from Simon Says Stamp)

Red square – 2″ x 2″

Yellow square – 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″

Plate – 1 1/2″ diameter

I thought you might wonder where to add a message, so here’s what I did.  I cut a piece of red cardstock to 3 1/4 x 6 1/4, and attached it to the back with tape runner.  This gives me space at the bottom for my stamp, which I heat embossed in silver.  Note:  It’s much easier to write your message before you attach it to the card!

And here’s a second version for a birthday.  Who will you make this card for?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time!

P.S.  Today I’m playing along with Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge.  Hope you’ll check it out!


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Summer Card Candy

June 8, 2017

I’m back again, sharing about all the fun over at StampNation.  Have you come by to see what’s going on?  If you enjoy cardmaking (and I’m guessing you do, or you wouldn’t be reading my blog!) you’ll love StampNation.  So many crafters hang out there, sharing their creations, chatting, participating in challenges and classes, and enjoying the community.  It’s great!

And recently, we did another card candy swap.  Card candy is a decoration for a card, so instead of making the whole card, you make just the focal point.  It might have a sentiment, but it doesn’t have to.  Pinterest is full of ideas, if you want to see more.   For StampNation, I created 5 pieces of candy, all identical, and sent them to the StampNation clubhouse in Raleigh, NC.  Then they sent back different pieces, and I got to make cards from the pieces I received.  It’s so easy, too!  Just create a background, or use one you already have, and attach your candy.  Instant card.

So I’m going to show you what I’ve made, and give a quick rundown about how I made each card.  Let’s go!

Erika created this piece, and it got a little dented in route.  No problem, just add a few sequins, and some Glossy Accents over the lenses.  I attached it with foam tape to a background I made earlier this week, and I’m finished!  This is why I love card candy.

This piece is from Carol Ann, and I added a second sentiment to fill in the space at the bottom.  Now it’s ready to give to someone going on vacation.

This popsicle is from Lisa Harrolle, and it feels like a day at the pool.  I added 2 mats onto a pool colored card base, and a few gems for accents.

Shawna made this camping piece, along with the black and white stamped strip.  It brings back so many memories of my childhood, camping with my family.  I added a green background, and stamped “happy birthday to” over the strip.  Then I die cut the word “you” from white paper, and colored it with Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink.  This will be for my dad’s birthday.

Robin made this piece, and the sand on the card is from Lake Michigan!  How cool is that?  I added a strip of paper with more sand, and a few gems for more color.  I trimmed an inch off the front panel, and added die cut letters down the side for a sentiment.

The Eiffel Tower came from Ingrid, and it deserved a couple extra layers, so I stamped and tie cut an aqua tag, along with some kraft cardstock.  Most of my cards have about 2 layers, so this card took me a little out of my comfort zone.  I’m glad this piece made me try something new!

This is the last piece, and I don’t know who created it.  But it has so many layers, and so much going on, I kept the background very simple.  I love that the background looks like denim.

Thanks for letting me share my creations with you.  You may have noticed I got more pieces back than I sent, and that’s because the sweet gals who head up StampNation made a few extra.  Aren’t they sweet?  Hope I see you back again soon!

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Inked Embossed Backgrounds

June 6, 2017

Hey, thanks for joining me today!  I’ve got a couple of backgrounds to share with you today, and later this week, I’ll show you what I did with them.


I’m using embossing folders today, and you can use whatever you have.  I’ve also got paper that I’ve trimmed to the right size, and that’s important, first because it needs to be the right size to fit in the folder, but also because the embossing process weakens the fibers of the paper, and it tears more easily.  And I’m using pigment ink today.  Pigment ink doesn’t bead up as much on the plastic, and I like the look of it, but use whatever ink you have on hand.


I dragged the ink pad down the embossing folder, leaving streaks.  You can pat it gently to get a more even color, but I’m going for a more rustic look today.  I put the paper inside, and held it carefully so it didn’t shift.  Then I ran it through my Big Kick.  There are lots of other embossing machines out there, and each one is a little different.  Follow the directions on your machine for embossing.

Here’s the finished piece.  Isn’t it cute?  I think the streaks make it look like denim.  Let’s do some more!


I did a second one with this coffee folder (but I can’t find it), but the word “cafe” came out reversed.  No problem, I’ll cover that up later.  We just want a textured background!


On this folder, I did both sides, to show the different looks you can get. The blue one is embossed, and the pink one is debossed.  I used white ink on the pink paper, and blue ink on the white paper.  You could make several of these in different colors to have on hand whenever you need a background.


Well, that’s all I’ve got to share with you today, but I’ll be back later this week to show you how I turned these into cards.  Hope I see you then!


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Card Challenges You’ll Enjoy

June 1, 2017

Hey, glad you’re joining me today.  Sometimes I feel stuck in a rut, making the same card over and over.  Or I have a new supplies I’m not sure how to use.  If you ever need fresh inspiration, card challenges are wonderful.  Bonus:  a chance to win awesome prizes and/or bragging rights!  And many of these winners are chosen at random, so anyone, regardless of experience or talent, has a chance to win.


Some of the challenges use a card sketch, like the one on the left, for inspiration.  Other choose a picture, or a theme, like “sports.”

Simon Says Stamp – This stamp company has 2 challenges a week, with a new theme each Monday and Wednesday.

A Blog Named Hero – This site features a new theme every month, along with a spotlight on a up-and-coming new company.  I love this, because it’s always fun to find out about new products!

My Favorite Things – This site for card challenges is part of the stamp company My Favorite Things.  They have a new sketch challenge every week, and a new color challenge twice a month.

Freshly Made Sketches – This site introduces a new sketch every Monday.

CASology – This site has a new theme each week, and the challenge is to create a clean and simple card.

Fusion – This website has a new challenge every week twice a month.  They give you a picture and a card sketch, and encourage you to use either, or both, to create your card.

There are far more challenges than I could feature here, so I just narrowed it down to a few that I’ve done in the past.  Have you ever taken part in a card challenge?  Let me know in the comments if you have, or would like to.  Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  If your missing my card tutorials, I’m working hard on a few things to show you next week.  See you again soon!

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