Color Swapping with a Die

I purchased the Quadrangle Frames die set from Simon Says Stamp a couple months ago, and the squares ended up being smaller than what I thought they would be. I really like the dies, but I’d been struggling with ideas on how to use them.

I came across the Close to my Heart Something Splendid stamp set which featured a large flower, and I had an idea to create a color swap set of cards using one of the frame dies.

Color Swap with Quadrangle Frames Die

It took a couple tries to problem solve how to make it work, but I think it turned out beautiful. A few things I learned from this design:

– Mama Elephant inks will bleed with the Wink of Stella pen which is the reason I didn’t use it on these finished cards.
– Die cut the stitched rectangle border die BEFORE adhering the frame layers if you plan to use multiple layers. I used the rectangle die after assembling the entire front panel on a different card, and it smooshed down all my framing layers.
– To make sure both cards are cut from the same exact location since you’re swapping the images, I found layering the papers on top of each other and running them through your die-cutting machine at the same time works best.
– In order to line up the stamps exactly, the MISTI is a must! If everything isn’t stamped in exactly the same place for both cards it could mess up the entire design.

Close to my Heart Something Splendid stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Quadrangle Frames die
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die
Heidi Swapp Thank You stamp (unknown stamp set name)
Mama Elephant misc. inks
Stampin Up More Mustard ink
Pretty Pink Posh sequins

Thanks So MOOch Card

I came across the Ladies Devine stamp from Penny Black that I had recently converted from a wood mounted stamp to being acrylic-block compatible. It’s a great stamp to have converted because I can easily¬†re-stamp it using my MISTI if I didn’t get a good impression the first time.

I happened to have my Paper Smooches stamps out when I grabbed this stamp and had an idea for a new greeting by doctoring a couple different sentiment stamps. Masking off the unnecessary letters, I was able to create a custom sentiment that matched my image. The result was this¬†“Thanks So MOOch” card. The image was colored with distress markers and the sentiment was white heat embossed.

Thanks So Mooch Card

Here are the three Paper Smooches stamp sets that I put together to create my custom greeting:


Penny Black Ladies Divine stamp
My Favorite Things Pierced Oval die
Misc Tim Holtz distress markers
Paper Smooches Chubby Chums “sMOOches” stamp
Paper Smooches Chit Chat “so” stamp
Paper Smooches Word Salad “Many Thanks” stamp
Wink of Stella clear glitter brush marker
Versafine ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Mama Elephant Hazel ink
Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain background stamp
Kraft cardstock
K&C Designer Mat Pad paper (pink border paper)
Sakura Black Glaze pen

Watercolor Thanks Card

I don’t have a lot of experience with watercolor, but am trying to use it more. I heat embossed this gorgeous butterfly stamp with clear embossing powder over black Versafine ink then used distress inks to color it in. I’m usually don’t have a very “messy” style, but I embraced the distress inks and allowed them to flow outside of the embossed image. I also took my scissors and frayed the edges of the paper to give it more of a weathered look.

I’m really happy with how it turned out. A very simple and flat card design that still has quite a bit of interest.

Watercolor Thanks CardWatercolor Thanks Card

Thanks So Moose Card

I had a punny stamp set from Paper Smooches with a greeting that said “Merry Christmoose”. While going through my supplies, I came across a colored-in moose image that was ready to be used for a project. I also was in need of a thank you card to give to someone at work.

I suddenly thought of a way to take care of both my needs by stretching my stamps. I cut apart the Christmoose stamp, and pieced it together with the words “Thanks so” that I found in a Stampin’ Up set, and voila! I was able to create this cute thank you card using stamps originally intended for Christmas.

Thanks so Moose Card

Thanks so Moose Card

Watercolor Thank You Card

The Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors have been really trendy in the stamping world lately so I jumped on the bandwagon to give them a try. I embossed the adorable Wild Rose Bella Daisy Elephant stamp and started experimenting with the watercolors. I love their vibrance and how well they blend. This was actually my third version. It took awhile to learn (and I’m still learning) to control the water so the different sections of color didn’t blend into each other when they shouldn’t.

I enjoyed making this card because it opened up new possibilities of coloring my projects, and I was still able to utilize some of the massive stash of patterned papers I’ve accumulated over the years with this layout.

Watercolor Thank You Card

Thank You So Much Card

It’s 2015! I’m celebrating by going to an all-weekend craft event. Here’s a card I’d like to share before I leave for the weekend. This cute little monkey stamp from CC Designs was colored with Copic markers, and the tulips were topped off with glitter from the clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen.

Thank you so much card

1 Paper Pad, 3 Cards

Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out how to use a paper pad in different ways after you’ve created one design. That design tends to stick with you, and makes it hard to envision other creative ways to use the papers. I challenged myself to create different cards using one paper pad to rev up my creativity.

Thanks Card

Happy Birthday Card

Thinking of You Card

Card #1:
The Paper Studio – Poteeka Souffle Paper Pack
Pebbles Cardmaking Pad 1 (for card base)
Paper Smooches Stamp Set – Perky Plants
Assorted Copic Ciao Markers
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Glitter Stickles
Inkadinkado Thank You Words Stamp Set

Card #2:
The Paper Studio – Poteeka Souffle Paper Pack
Paper Smooches Stamp Set – Perky Plants
Assorted Copic Ciao Markers
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Hampton Art – You Said It Stamp Set
Doodlebug Twine
Spellbinders – Lacey Ovals Dies
Simon Says Stampe – Small Folded Banners Die

Card #3:
The Paper Studio – Poteeka Souffle Paper Pack
TPC Studio – Brush Stroke Greetings Stamp Set
Ranger White Embossing Powder
VersaMark Ink
Sizzix – Flower Layers Set #3 Die
My Favorite Things – Button Border Die
Doodlebug Twine
Lifestyle Crafts – Chain Embossing Folder
Martha Stewart Scoring Board

Creative Block Inspiration

One of my favorite solutions when I have a creative block is to go to my card stash. I usually take a picture of each card I make and store it on my computer to take note of what I’ve done in the past or to show people samples of my work. I recently fell into a creative slump and needed something to inspire me. I scrolled through images of past cards I’ve made, chose one that stood out to me, and used it as a starting point to create something similar.

The inspiration:
Thinking of You CardThe new design:

Thank You CardThis method usually gets my creative juices flowing, and gives me a chance to create more of my favorite cards from the past.