card making :: oh so succulent

There’s a great stamp set by Stampin’ Up! called “oh so succulent” that comes with a matching die set.  The stamp set follows the new trend of two-step stamping where the outline and the filled in part are two different stamps.  I played around with different ink and paper colors, and mostly just used the stamps by themselves (they are not the easiest to line up correctly because of all the different points on a succulent plant, plus I’m just not that great at it!).  It became quite meditative to stamp and cut them out without actually thinking about what to do with them later.  But I knew eventually they would come together to make some sort of card.

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card making :: popping in by waffle flower

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It seems to be that time of the year again where more than a handful of friends (including one of our daughter’s teachers) are expecting babies to arrive anytime soon.  I played around with the “Popping In” stamp and die sets from Waffle Flower Stamps to create a couple of super cute cards, and our daughter made something to give to her teacher too.

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card making :: bloomin’ love

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I have to admit that sometimes I don’t like all of the stamps that are included in a stamp set. If I’m lucky there’ll be a couple of components that stand out to me enough to make it worth buying the entire set, and in this case it was the little flowers and banner that caught my eye. I used the flowers to do another one of my favorite techniques: creating a stamped background image on a card.

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card making :: different perspectives

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I have a shadow.  Right now, it’s 4-years-old and it likes to copy almost everything I do.  This shadow currently loves to stamp just like me.  And it likes to work right next to me at the table.

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card making :: live, love, grow with succulents

As much as I adore terrariums and succulents, I have never actually made or put one together.  Unless you count making one on paper (at least I know that kind won’t die on me and my not-so-green thumb)!

I’m still quite attached to the technique of watercolor painting stamped images on a card design and my favorite tool by far has been the waterbrush.  I played around with the Live, Love, Grow stamp set by Stampin’ Up! and put many of my ink pads to good use to color in the the stamped images.  I also did a little bit of masking with post-it notes to create a little bit of depth in my terrarium.

I also got to play with the small stitched rectangle dies by Lawn Fawn thanks to a dear friend, and I really like the subtle effect it leaves on cardstock.  So to begin this card design, I cut out the largest frame from a sheet of watercolor paper using a die cut machine.  You could totally skip this step and cut a piece of paper into a 5″ x 3-3/4″ rectangle.  This will leave a nice border once you adhere it to the front of an A2 size card base.

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card making :: one stamp set, different color palettes

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Layer stamping with clear stamps is a great way to try out a variety of color palettes. Here are six examples using an array of Stampin’ Up! ink pads to produce different effects.  The stamp set used throughout this tutorial is the “Beautiful Day” set from Altenew, but the techniques can be used with any layering stamp set.

This is also a great way to make use of those ink pads that may have accumulated in your crafting stash!  For a step-by-step tutorial and to learn about the different color palettes, click here.

This was also my last article written as a contributor to the Card Making section of the About.com DIY website.  It’s been a fun adventure but I’m looking forward to having more time to spend with my family, and focusing on other projects I’ve been wanting to complete during the past year.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorials provided over the past couple of years and will refer to the articles if you’re looking for a little bit of inspiration or direction.  Be crafty!  🙂

card making :: be inspired to doodle

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A dear friend gave me this book,  “Draw 500 Fabulous Flowers”, for Christmas and it is a great source for inspiration if you want to try your hand at doodling floral images and need a little bit of guidance.  There are no words in the book, simply images of hundreds of possibilities for you to follow.  At first it may seem daunting flipping through the works of Lisa Congdon’s illustrations, but once you rest your eyes on a particular flower and dissect the pieces that make up each little petal or leaf it’s not that bad.

For the full step-by-step tutorial, click here.

card making :: banner cards

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A banner inside of a greeting card is a fun way to surprise the recipient as it unfolds as the card is opened.  It’s also a great way to use up pieces of scrap paper or put a new use to washi tape.  Each one can be personalized with a special message or even someone’s name to give it that extra special touch of uniqueness.

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For the step-by-step tutorial on how to create the “be mine” card, click here.  For the “hearts”, click here.

card making :: kid friendly love robots

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Here is a way to create quirky love themed cards featuring the “Favorite Human” clear stamp set by Technique Tuesday but you can substitute it with any of your favorite stamp sets. This is also a great way to let little hands help make fun cards for Valentine’s day (or everyday) as you can stamp the image and let them color in the images. For the full step-by-step tutorial, click here.

card making :: yeti shaker card

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With the cold weather upon us up here in the east coast I thought I’d give a nod to winter and share this yeti shaker card design.  This adorable yeti is a part of a Hero Arts stamp set that comes with a die cut, but you can learn how to create this shaker card by simply stamping.

For the full step-by-step tutorial, click here.