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!

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.  It’s a great way to practice the art of doodling while also incorporating the watercolor technique.

Happy crafting!

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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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.

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.  With some pretty glitter and foam mounting adhesive, it’s easy to create window cards like this for any occasion.

card making :: it’s time to celebrate with cake stamp set

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Happy New Year, readers! I know, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything on the blog but the end of 2015 was a busy one for this mama.  Let’s start off 2016 with a birthday card idea because well, there will always be birthdays.  🙂  This features a new stamp set by Stampin’ Up! that includes all of the sentiments and the confetti image used to create this colorful background.

This method of using one smaller element within a stamp set can be utilized for all sorts of occasions, not just birthdays.  Simply change the colors of ink pads used (think pastels for baby cards, autumnal tones for more masculine cards, etc.) and use any large sentiment in place of the birthday greeting.

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collaborative effort :: reindeer holiday cards

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Here’s a simple card to make for the upcoming holiday season that little humans can also help decorate.  It’s just one of the ways to dress up this adorable reindeer stamp.

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You can use just about any stamp (and patterned paper as a background for a card base) for any occasion with this idea.

Happy crafting!

card making :: die cut + watercolored butterflies

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Pair a beautiful die with some watercolor paint to create a unique card each time.  One thing I love about creating with watercolor paint is how it’s nearly impossible to remake the same exact image or effect.  The shade of a color on one card might vary slightly on another because there was more water in the brush, or the ink may bleed in a slightly different direction on the paper.

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product review :: stampin’ up! watercolor wishes card kit

IMG_7914I was given the opportunity to try out the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit by Stampin’ Up! which is available in their 2015-2016 catalog.  Before I show you what you can make, would you believe that I made 20 cards in less than an hour?  Yes!  All while our daughter was napping and the only thing I needed that wasn’t included in the box was adhesive.

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