Category Archives: Techniques

How to Change a Card Sketch Layout

Card sketches are great tools to use when planning and creating handmade cards.  Today I’d like to talk about how to change a card sketch layout and I’ve got two cards to share as an illustration. If you’ve been a reader of my blog for awhile, you’ll know that in the past I’ve done many blog posts on using card sketches.  They are a go-to tool in my card making tool box. … Read More »

How to Layer Elements on Handmade Cards

Do you struggle with knowing how to layer elements on your card projects?  Well, today I’m going to share some tips about how to layer elements on handmade cards.  The card projects I’m sharing use the Pick A Pumpkin Bundle (Wood 146024, Clear 146025) from the current Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  This is a great bundle to use for fall themed cards…Halloween, Thanksgiving, thinking of you, birthdays…you get the idea. How to… Read More »

Color Blocking Technique for Handmade Cards

Today I’m exploring the color blocking technique for handmade cards.  Color blocking involves combining colors opposite each other on the color wheel.  These are called “complimentary colors”.  The colors are then paired together to make interesting color combinations. Color blocking originated in the fashion world.  It has since spread into the areas of interior design and home decor.  We also see it used in the papercrafting world as well. Here’s a card… Read More »

Add Color to Embossing Folders with Sponges

It’s easy to add color to embossing folders with sponges. I love quick and easy cardmaking techniques and this one certainly fits that criteria!!  Plus, it gives you an additional way to use embossing folders you probably already own, and I always like to find more ways to use tools I’ve invested in. This technique is a great way to make the embossed cardstock on your project stand out.  Each… Read More »

Hand Stamped Borders and Backgrounds for Cards

I’m loving all the versatility in the Eastern Palace Suite of products from Stampin’ Up!  Not only can you use the Eastern Beauty stamp set (143675) to create focal images on your cards, you can also use it to make hand stamped borders and backgrounds for cards.  Those are the kinds of cards I’m sharing today. First a word about the images in the stamp set.  SO MANY of the stamps are great for… Read More »

More embossing folder techniques for handmade cards

I’m continuing on with the theme of embossing folder techniques for handmade cards and I have some handmade cards that I created using embossing folders that I wanted to share.  Embossing folders are great for adding texture and interest to handmade cards. The addition of color takes embossing folder techniques to a whole other level.  The color and texture adds a WOW factor to any card project.  (Check out the end of this… Read More »

Handmade Cards with Embossing Folder Techniques

Whatever did we do before the world of the Big Shot and Embossing Folders?  There are so many ways to use embossing folders, the ideas are endless!!  And the texture they create adds so much to papercraft projects!! Last month I held an Expo event with another demonstrator.  One of my presentations was showing different ways to use embossing folders.  (You can find those cards here.)  In preparation for my presentation,… Read More »

Card Ideas using Embossing Folder Techniques

I love to get more mileage from the Stampin’ Up! products that I purchase, so today I’m going to share FIVE different embossing folder techniques that go beyond texture. On Monday, I shared some “WOW” projects from a recent Expo event that I held with another demonstrator (you can see those card here).  The projects I’m sharing here today are ones I also shared at that event. The first card uses… Read More »

“WOW” Card Making Projects from Expo

Earlier this month I held an “Expo” event with another demonstrator friend. This is an event geared toward experienced stampers where we present advanced projects using Stampin’ Up! products.  I’m sharing our projects here on my blog. This first card is a “Peek-a-Boo Window” card. This was a project I demonstrated and decided to use the “Hey Chick” stamp set (free with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration). Here’s what the… Read More »

How to use a border stamp to make a background

Last week I wrote a blog post about how to use a border stamp and showed several card projects using the Delicate Details border stamp set.  (You can see those here.)  Today I’m back with another blog post about how to use border stamps…this time how to use a border stamp to make a background for your card project.   Here’s the card I made. I created the background pattern… Read More »

How to use border stamps

I LOVE rubber stamps that are border images and today I’d like to show you how to use border stamps on your card making projects.  Border stamps open up a whole new world of possibilities for my stamping projects because they are so versatile!! The Delicate Details border stamp set, a FREE product pick during Sale-A-Bration 2017, is a border stamp set that offers a variety of border styles.  Several of my… Read More »

Watercolor Pencils meet Falling Flowers

One of the fun products in the 2017 Occasions Catalog from Stampin’ Up! is the new Watercolor Pencils (141709).  Recently I’ve had a couple hostesses hold Sale-A-Bration parties.  I wanted to give those attending a chance to try out this new product, so I had them make a project using the new Watercolor Pencils.  Everyone thought they were fantastic!! Today, I’d like to share the two watercolor pencil techniques I used… Read More »

How to use Seasonal Decorative Masks

Are you wondering how to use the seasonal decorative masks in the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog??  If so, this blog post is for you!!  I recently held a local stamp club meeting and we tried making a card using the seasonal decorative masks.  I’m sharing some of what we learned here. First of all, here’s the card that we made at our club meeting. You can see the background we made using… Read More »

Creative Ways to Use Moroccan Nights

Once I started working with the Moroccan Nights stamp set (Wood 141715, Clear 141718) from Stampin’ Up! I found ALL SORTS of non-traditional ways to use the large medallion image in that stamp set.  For those of you who don’t know me very well, I’ll let you know that I LOVE to think “outside the box” when I am creating.  For some reason, the large image in the Moroccan Nights… Read More »

Emboss Resist Technique & Moroccan Nights

I’m continuing with sharing cards I created using Moroccan Nights stamp set (Wood 141715, Clear 141718) from Stampin’ Up!  I used the emboss resist technique on each of the cards I’m sharing.  It’s such a quick and easy technique to do and produces fabulous results.  I have a short video on how to do this technique at the end of this post. The first two cards I have to share… Read More »