Category Archives: Techniques

Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas Squared

Today I’m back with Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas squared.  What’s that you ask??  Party Panda card ideas using square frames. Square frames are a great accent to use on your cards, and they are very easy to create using the Layering Squares Framelits Dies (141708).  You create the frame by placing two nested dies on the cardstock before putting through the Big Shot.  Here’s what it looks like:   And, here’s my first Stampin’… Read More »

Coloring the Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set

A couple of the Heartfelt Bloom card samples on page 5 of the Sale-A-Bration catalog are colored.  That gave me the inspiration to try coloring the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set.   I have a confession to make…I have to loosen up and give myself permission to experiment.  I’m a very Type A person and as a result I need to have a “purpose” for most things I do.  That’s very evident when I’m… Read More »

Background Stamping Technique

The background stamping technique isn’t new to the stamping world.  It’s one of the first techniques I learned as a beginner stamper.  It’s easy to do and doesn’t requite lots of supplies. We sometimes get so excited about the latest new creative tool or gadget that we forget about the basics. But, sometimes it’s good to go back the the basics. The background stamping technique requires only THREE things….stamps, ink and… Read More »

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 »