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A Different Card Design with Garden Impressions Paper

A Different Card Design with Garden Impressions Paper

My friend and fellow Kreative Kanuck Paula shared a different card design with Garden Impressions paper with me I want you to see.  Not only is it beautiful, it’s quick and easy too so you could whip up a few of these for lots of different card-giving occasions.

Friday is awesome! Not only is it the end of (most people’s) work week, it’s Front and Centre Friday here at Design with Jo!  I get to showcase lovely works of art made by my paper crafting friends.  Fabulous designs just like this one.

a different card design with garden impressions paper

Paula took her inspiration from browsing through her pins on Pinterest to come up with a different card design with Garden Impressions paper.  She was thrilled to use up a piece of this lovely designer series paper along with her Abstract Impressions bundle she snapped up as soon as she could from the new catalogue.  It’s hard to miss this one, but you might want another peek at the gorgeous designs Stampin’ Up! created for us with this suite.

a different card design with garden impressions paper

Such a pretty suite with the coordinated thinlits, stamp set and paper.  Paula’s hardest decision was which paper to use but she settled on this watercoloured floral one with its mix of pretty colours.  So Saffron, Night of Navy, Shaded Spruce, Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral which she then used as her card base.

Things to note about this pretty card

a different card design with garden impressions paper

  • Paula’s card has a Calypso Coral panel on top of the same colour of cardstock for a neat effect sized at 4” x 5 1/4”
  • She created a tone-on-tone background with one of the smaller flowers from the stamp set to add depth and interest
  • A single So Saffron flower thinly accent the point of the unique cut of her patterned paper
  • Her Whisper White pole dot tulle ribbon is a “barely there” detail to draw you closer’
  • Paula opted to not have a greeting at all on the front of her card – and doesn’t it still work wonderfully?

a different card design with garden impressions paper

Here is the measurement of the designer paper on top of the Calypso Coral panel.a different card design with garden impressions paperThink how many of these you can whip up in an hour or so!  Perfect to pull out and add a greeting inside whenever you need it.  Birthday, wedding, thank you, friend, thinking of you, sympathy…leave me a comment on which occasions you would use it for.

You can recreate Paula’s card with these supplies.  A simple click will take you to my online store where you can order and have it shipped directly to your doorstep.  Thanks so much for shopping with me.

a different card design with garden impressions paper

If you loved this card of Paula’s, I image you will also enjoy seeing this elegant wedding card she created with monochromatic colours earlier this spring.  And if you want to get featured on Front and Centre Friday like Paula why not send me your paper crafted projects?  I adore getting snail mail at  Box 911, Blackfalds, Alberta T0M0J0.

Who knows?  You might be the next I feature!  You might like to create a different card design with Garden Impressions paper just like Paula – or you might like to give another pretty paper a try!

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Coloured Glass Technique and Embossing with the Stamparatus An Innovative Stamp Positioner | VIDEO

Coloured Glass Technique and Embossing with the Stamparatus An Innovative Stamp Positioner | VIDEO

OK, I’ve got a mouthful description for you today – the coloured glass technique and embossing with the Stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner!  Wow!  You’ll be happy to know I’ve managed to get it all into a short video!

How about we see the project first though?

 

Do you like the sheen on the greeting?  I love it!  A smooth, glossy surface you can create easily with your Stamparatus.  With perfect placement, you can build layer on layer of enamel for a gorgeous finish.  Take a little closer peek.

embossing with the stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner

The Accented Blooms stamp set is lovely. It just about jumped out at me on page 16 when I first got my Annual Catalogue.  Small wonder it was on my very first order and it’s seen an ink pad or two already.  It’s the reverse words that do it for me.  Well, that and the pretty flower border.  And the fact I can use it with my Tailored Tag Punch?  Definitely worth the price of admission!

So here you can see I’ve combined a couple techniques on one card.  Watercolouring, which as you know is one of my all-time faves 😄.  And the coloured glass technique and embossing with the Stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner.

But you know, if you’re not in the mood for enamel and just want to emboss every Stampin’ Up! colour you own, the Stamparatus is your go-to tool too.  Just press on that magic little triangle below to let me show you how.

 

The Coloured Glass Technique and Embossing with the Stamparatus an Innovative Stamp Positioner

 

Pretty quick and easy isn’t it?  Wasn’t that triple (well octa) time watercolouring fun?

 

My Stamparatus is getting lots of love lately.  There are so many cool ways to use it – and I suspect we’re only getting started!  Did you see how it can save you money too?  And the hinge stamping is just so neat.

When you can do more with the tools you own, don’t you feel virtuous? 😇  So if you haven’t taken the plunge yet and grabbed your own Stamparatus, now’s a perfect time.  Then you can play with the coloured glass technique! 

Or maybe you want to see if you can watercolour the Accented Blooms flowers in fast motion too?  Here are all the supplies I used so you can get started right away.

 

embossing with the stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner

If you didn’t check out the video, jump back up there and do it now!  See how you can create awesome finishes like the coloured glass technique and embossing with the Stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner.

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Quick and Easy Leaf Print Greeting Cards

Quick and Easy Leaf Print Greeting Cards

I’m cheating with my quick and easy leaf print greeting cards for today’s project!  (whew!  I feel better now I’ve come clean…😚)  But I don’t feel toooo bad about cheating. 

Wanna know why?

  • It saved me a ton of time (maybe even hours!)
  • I got to play with my beautiful Nature’s Poem designer series paper (which you can get FREE right now!)
  • I experimented with a colour combination I’m pretty sure I never would’ve even tried

And guess what?  I want YOU to cheat too and make a card just like this guy with YOUR patterned papers!

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

So let’s get to the nitty-gritty.  How exactly do I want you to cheat?  

Let’s not go gather leaves and let them sit in a solution to turn them into little skeletons. Don’t mix up the paper pulp and run it through screens.  And I especially don’t want you waiting hours for it to dry.  In fact, I don’t even want you to grab your inks and create your own background paper today.

Now don’t get me wrong.  Making your own paper – and backgrounds – is fun and rewarding, not to mention environmentally friendly.  But it could also be a teensy bit time-consuming.  That’s where patterned paper comes to your rescue! 

Quick and easy leaf print greeting cards go together so quickly when you have a nice package of paper like this one just begging to be used!

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

There’s a wonderful mix of colours in the Nature’s Poem selection.  And this one I’m pretty sure I never would’ve tried.  What do you think?quick and easy leaf print greeting cards The three colours in the leaf print paper are Petal Pink, Grapefruit Grove and Blackberry Bliss.  And while I think of fall when I look at some of the sheets, I’m planning to use this card right now for a male (yes, despite the “pink”).  I don’t think it screams feminine at you does it?  After all leaves work for just about anybody, anytime, any occasion! 

Take another peek.

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

And the bonus for you?  You can choose this package (or maybe another one from a selection of 10) absolutely FREE right now when you order three others.  

This is my favourite sale!  I stock up on my designer series paper for the whole year!  Check out Stampin’ Up!’s video to see all the ones you could choose from.

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Quick and Easy Leaf Print Greeting Cards

What else do I have going on with this card?

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

  • Two punched leaves with the Leaf Punch peeking out from the tag sentiment, one gold foil and one Blackberry Bliss
  • A simple and generic calligraphic greeting from the Painted Glass stamp set (don’t you love blackletter handwriting?) punched with the Everyday Label punch
  • Lovely gold metallic-edged vanilla ribbon which catches the light
  • Three simple little faceted Blackberry Bliss dots

So now it’s time to get you started cheating!  Stock up on your designer series paper.  This sale is half over!

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

Looking for other ideas that are quick and easy and use up some of your safely-stored-away patterned paper?  This Christmas one is fast and this pretty floral notecard goes together in a flash too.  What a great way to double down on your crafting time.

So save yourself a ton of time, grab some Nature’s Poem paper during our Buy 3 Get 1 FREE sale and try out a colour combination you might never have thought of!  You’ll be glad you did when you can cheat at creating quick and easy leaf print greeting cards.

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Simple Thank You Card Ideas

Simple Thank You Card Ideas

Today I want to show you my latest in my simple thank you card ideas.  Quick, pretty and a bit whimsical, you’re going to want to whip up a few of these right away to have on hand.

Make sure you read all the way through!  I’ve got tons of tips for you!

simple thank you card ideas

Watercolouring is my go-to technique for gorgeous and super-quick backgrounds.  This one probably took about 30 seconds (I give you all the steps below).  Waiting for it to dry was the most excruciating part!  

And you DO want to make sure it’s dry.  Because you know what happens if you don’t? Your greeting gets all blurry.  And yes, once again, that is the voice of experience – unfortunately – talking!  One day I’ll learn ☺️.

Take a closer look and leave me a comment about which is your favourite part?

how about simple thank you card ideas

 

  • The watercoloured square?
  • How about the polka dot tulle ribbon (so fun and dainty)?
  • Maybe the scalloped Flirty Flamingo matting square (classic and the perfect complement to the ribbon)?
  • Or perhaps the simple greeting and rhinestone (beautiful font and simple embellishment)?

Simple Thank You Card Ideas

Ingredients

  • Thick Whisper White – 5 1/5” x 8 1/2”
  • Basic Black – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Watercolour paper – 2” x 2”
  • Flirty Flamingo – 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
  • Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle ribbon – spice about 17” long

Recipe

Watercoloured Square

  1. Squeeze one drop of each refill colour onto a clear acrylic block.  TIP1:  place in three of four corners so the colours don’t get mixed up.
  2. Use Aqua Painter to lay down a rough square with plain water on the watercolour square.  TIP2:  Take your square about 1/8” away from the edge of the paper.
  3. Pick up So Saffron and drop into wet.  TIP3:  It should immediately spread to other areas of the square.  If not, add a bit more water from your Aqua Painter.
  4. Clean Aqua Painter on a piece of paper towel and pick up Flirty Flamingo and tap onto another part of watercolour square.
  5. Repeat (4) with Calypso Coral. TIP4: move the paper around and let the colours flow together.
  6. Let dry. TIP5: I prefer to let my paper air dry although you could use your heat tool.  Why?  I find I get a “harder line” of dried colour when I use my heat tool.

 

let's make some simple thank you card ideas

Make Your Card

  1. Stamp greeting with Memento ink onto bottom right of dried – super dried😁 – watercoloured square.
  2. Cut out scalloped square (2 1/4” size) and adhere watercoloured square on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  3. Wrap tulle ribbon around Basic Black panel and tie a bow on left-hand side.
  4. Glue to front of folded Whisper White card.
  5. Adhere square to the left side of the card over top of the ribbon with Liquid glue.  Attach small rhinestone next to greeting.

Here’s a hint.  Make up a batch of these squares so you have them on hand.  Then your simple thank you card ideas will be even quicker to put together.

OK, let’s get you into your craft space so you can get busy!  All the supplies I used are here.  Simple click on an image and your items will ship directly to you in about a week.

simple thank you card ideas

Don’t you just LUV sweet and simple?  Here are a couple other ideas I know you’ll want to make too. A sweet and simple 3”x3” notecard with matching envelope and a more masculine monochromatic idea .

Got some watercolour squares all ready to go?  Great!  Then go grab your stamps and paper and let’s make simple thank you card ideas.

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How to Make Zentangle Cards with Detailed Thinlits

How to Make Zentangle Cards with Detailed Thinlits

Let me show you how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits.  You know you’ve got them hanging around right?  Lots of detailed thinlits because they’re so pretty with your Stampin’ Up! coloured cardstock.

Well, they’re even more pretty when you combine your Zentangle art with them.  I’ve been itching to use the pretty butterfly from the Springtime Impressions thinlits and this is the perfect opportunity. 

want to know how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

 

Elegant, yet simple.  

I hit me last week (no worries I survived 😋) that up to now, I’ve only shared card designs with cut out Zentangle shapes in my posts.  In fact, you might remember this post where I outlined which framelits I think are the perfect complement to your Zentangle art.

And I realized I’d been missing sharing a whole other batch of card making fun – detailed thinlits.  So now I’m remedying that “oops” with this design!

let me show you how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

Since there’s lots of detail on the butterfly I chose very simple items to tie the card together:

  • A stitched square frame glued down on an angle
  • Pretty sentiment that stands on its own in Coastal Cabana ink
  • A small piece of knotted ribbon in a coordinating colour (Bermuda Bay 1/4” mini striped ribbon)
  • Classic glitter enamel dot embellishments matching the stamped greeting

 

want to know how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

How to Make Zentangle Cards with Detailed Thinlits

how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

Create your tangled art (I tell you exactly why I think Zentangle is so special here and select your detailed thinlit

how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

Pick up your thinlit and use the Big Shot die brush to remove the inner pieces

how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

Place your thinlit on top of your art and move it around for a placement you enjoy then run it through your Big Shot

how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

You’ve got a beautiful piece to decorate your card with your tangled thinlit as your focal piece

I couldn’t resist making a second card with the exact same look but a coloured background.  Leave me a comment with which one you like better.

let me show you how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

Here are all the supplies I used to create this card.  Simply click on an image to place your order and your box will arrive in about a week!   

look how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

Combining two passions, Zantangle and paper crafting, is a fun way I get to spend a couple hours in my studio.  And I do love to share the results with you so you can see how easy it is.

So the next time, you’re wondering how to spend some of your own crafting time, remember how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits for a unique and totally original way to showcase your own passions. 

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