Category Archives: Card Making 101 (How To Basics)

How to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking, Part 2

Welcome to the conclusion of my mini series on how to use patterned paper in cardmaking.  Over these past four blog posts I’ve explored ways to use pattern paper when making handmade cards.  Today we are going to see how to use several designer paper patterns together on one card.   My first card uses pattern paper to cover the bottom two-thirds of the card front.  The top part is left available… Read More »

How to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking

This post is part three in a mini series on how to use patterned paper in cardmaking.  The Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper packs contain gorgeous pattern papers that add beauty to your handmade cards. So far, we’ve looked at: how to use patterned paper as backgrounds and how to use patterned paper as borders.   As I said in my post on using designer paper as a background, Stampin’ Up! paper… Read More »

Ways to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking, Part 2

Stampin’ Up!  has a fantastic designer paper sale going on right now.  Because of this,  I’ve decided to do a mini blog series on ways to use patterned paper in cardmaking.  In my last post, we learned how to use patterned paper as card front backgrounds.  Today, I’m sharing tips and trick for using pattern paper to create borders. DESIGNER PAPER TIP:  The number of border pieces you get out of a… Read More »

Ways to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking

It’s easy to create great looking cards when you use patterned paper to create an impact.  Today I’m beginning a mini series on ways to use patterned paper in cardmaking.  Currently Stampin’ Up! has a fantastic sale on select packs of their Designer Series Paper.  So…. I though it would be fun to explore different ways to use patterned paper in cardmaking. The simplest way to create stunning cards is to use a… Read More »

How to take care of your embossing folders

When springtime and Easter roll around I’m reminded of baby animals…and the Barnyard Babies stamp set is a perfect one to use for a handmade Easter card!  I had fun creating the Easter card that I’m sharing with you today.  It’s an easy card that goes together quickly.  Read on for the details and then check the end of this post for the best ways to care for your embossing folders.… Read More »

Watercolored Poppies

Watercoloring with Aqua Pens is such an easy peasy way to color stamped images.  I have a group of ladies who have formed a stamp club and learning to watercolor was one of their requests.  This is the card we created as we learned how to use our Aqua Painters. The Pleasant Poppies background stamp is a wonderful image on which to practice water coloring.  Actually, any flower image works… Read More »

I Like You with Blender Pens

Coloring stamped images with Blender Pens (102845) is a great way to get a watercolor look on your cards.  My stamp club ladies enjoyed learning to how to use a Blender Pen for coloring.  Here’s the project we created. Here’s what you need to know about using Blender Pens to color images: Blender Pens contain a special solution that allows you to blend pigments from ink pads, markers, watercolor pencils… Read More »

Help with Rubber Stamping Halos

The problem of  catching corners”, “catching an edge”, or leaving halos can be so frustrating  when stamping on your project, leaving an extra edge mark behind  Here’s a photo of the problem I’m describing. I’d like to share some solutions to prevent this from happening on your rubber stamping projects. First of all, make sure that you aren’t pressing down too hard on the ink pad.  It’s really easy to… Read More »

Five Uses for Many Marvelous Markers by Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up’s! Many Marvelous Markers are a MUST HAVE tool in your craft room.  Each of the markers coordinates with the ink pad colors that Stampin’ Up! sells.  Here are five ways to use Stampin’ Up’s! Many Marvelous Markers. Color right onto your rubber stamps using the marker.  This allows you to omit part of the stamp by applying ink only to the part of the stamp you wish to… Read More »

Tips for using Black StazOn Ink

StazOn Ink is a solvent ink that is PERMANENT.  It works well on a variety of surfaces including paper, vellum, cellophane, glass, tiles, plastics, leather, and metal. Here are some tips for using StazOn ink in your crafting. StazOn ink is a solvent ink, which means it evaporates as it dries.  To prevent the stamp pad from drying out, do not leave it open to air for an extended amount… Read More »

Paper Scraps…We All Have Them!

Do you have “pack rat” tendencies?  I’ll admit I do and this affinity towards saving can cause all kinds of challenges in my stamping studio.  One of my biggest challenges is what to do with all the scraps of card stock and designer series paper that I have leftover from my projects. Here’s how I handle the problem: My solid color card stock scraps are kept in a 3Ring Binder… Read More »

Stampin’ Up’s! New Foam Ink Pads

When you saw all the inks pads and refills on the retiring accessory list, were you wondering what was happening with the Stampin’ Up! inks and colors?  The explaination is simple…Stampin’ Up! is introducing a new ink pad.  Here’s what they say about them in their own words: With the introduction of the 2012-2013 annual catalog, we have made a very big change to our Stampin’ Pads. Introducing firm foam… Read More »