Swiped Acrylic Paint Background

Hi there, crafty friends. Today’s cards features a quick and easy technique for making backgrounds… I don’t use my acrylic paints nearly enough so I broke them out and applied drops of color in a line at the top of a piece of white card stock. I used an old gift card and starting at the top, I applied pressure and swiped the paint straight down, creating a fun striped pattern. Once it was...

Foil Transfer Gel Backgrounds

Hi, crafty friends. Today’s cards showcase a foiled background… I love the look of foil on dark card stocks. To achieve this look, I applied some of THIS transfer gel through THIS stencil. Once it was completely dry, I ran it through THIS MINC machine. It applies heat and the foil sticks to the areas where there is transfer gel. For the first card, I used THIS gorgeous rainbow foil… For the second card,...

Stamping with Coordinating Dies

Hi there, crafty friends. Today’s cards features stamping with coordinating dies. I love to stretch my supplies and this technique does just that. I stamped several images from THIS stamp set on four pieces of white card stock using my MISTI. The MISTI made it quick and easy to stamp multiple cards at once. To add color to the images, I stamped with the coordinating dies. To do this, I die-cut THESE coordinating dies...

Die-cut Word Drop Shadow

Hi there, crafty friends. Today’s cards feature a fun die-cutting technique… I like to die-cut from a stamped pattern and have the die-cut word or image be camouflaged in the design. I shared a post about that technique HERE and HERE. This time I wanted the die-cut word to stand out a bit more so I created a drop shadow with fun foam behind the word. After stamping the fruit images from THIS stamp set,...

Snow Girl Card

Hi there, crafty friends. I’ve been dying to use THIS stamp set from Concord & 9th. It’s one of my favorites from this year! I started by creating a top folding note card using THIS card stock. I stamped THIS background stamp on the front panel using THIS clear ink. I stamped it several times using my MISTI to make it darker. For the background, I started with a piece of THIS and applied some...

Mermaid Card

Howdy, crafty friends. I know it is almost December but I am missing the beach terribly. I’m not a fan of the cold weather so I thought I would share this card and daydream I’m at the beach. Who’s with me!? How cute is that mermaid!? I stamped, colored, and die-cut her out from THIS stamp set and THIS coordinating die. I used THESE to color her in and added lots of shimmer with...

Mass Producing Cards

Hello, crafty friends. A Ronald McDonald House recently reached out asking if I could create a bunch of cards for the families who lost a child. I decided to mass produce some thinking of you cards and share some tips for creating several cards at once… My first tip is to start with a design that you can possibly get more than one card from. For these cards… I knew die-cutting the rainbow and...

Crafty Friend Cards

Hi there, crafty friends. I recently purchased THIS and THIS and made a bunch of cards to send to my crafty friends… Let’s start with the bear cards… Isn’t THIS bear the cutest!? THIS die gives him arms that open a bit so you can place whatever you want inside. I thought he could hold some crafty supplies from THIS die set. I cut them from THIS pattern paper  and adhered the bear down...

Stencil Stamping Good Luck Card

Hello, crafty friends. Today’s card uses new goodies from Simon Says Stamp’s STAMPtember release… I started by inking up THIS stencil with a few Distress Oxide Ink colors. I wasn’t loving the background I created through the stencil so I changed gears and sprayed the stencil with water. It reacted with the ink left on the stencil and I flipped it over and “stamped” it on another piece of card stock. After it was...