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Colour Patterned Paper with Stampin Up Alcohol Based Markers

Colour Patterned Paper with Stampin Up Alcohol Based Markers

Release your inner artist and colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers. Combined with the beautifully bold black and white Petal Palette designer series paper, your Stampin Blends create images so vibrant they practically JUMP off the page!

Spoiler alert! When you see the fabulous results with this super simple one-two technique, I predict you’ll be adding this paper to your shopping cart!

See what you think.

colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers

Pretty intense colour right? I especially LOVE the fantastic contrast against the pure white background and bold black flowers. My colours here are the light and dark Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy and Old Olive blends. Doesn’t the mix of pastel pink and bold navy pair especially well with the Calypso Coral cardstock.

What else is great about this technique? No stamping required! Your complete supply list? Designer series paper and Stampin’ Blends.

In fact, with this short list, it’s a perfect way to while away time if you’re sick in bed, laid up on the couch or travelling and need to kill some time. Not only will you keep yourself from going stir crazy, you’ll have a pile of ready-made images you can add to just about ANY card. I call THAT making good use of your craft time!!

Let’s take another peek.

hw gorgeous is this colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers

What are the steps to colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers?

  1. Colour your images with your choice of Stampin’ blends colours, alternating between the light and dark markers to achieve shading and depth (see my video here for a couple pointers)
  2. Cut your paper to whichever size you want for your card (mine is 1 1/2” x 5 1/2”)

TWO STEPS? Yup, that’s it! With a strip this size, you could make 16 cards exactly like this with one measly little sheet of patterned paper. Talk about economical as well as lovley!

colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers

Turn your coloured strips into cards like I did with some simple touches. Layered onto a strip of Basic Black with a sentiment from the Petal Palette stamp set in Memento ink, the finishing touch is the shimmery coral ribbon, a FREE Sale-a-bration item! Not sure what Sale-a-bration is?  Check out this blog post to see the details on how you can get free gifts.

What are some other options for this pretty paper?

  • keep it monochromatic and go all black and white – no colouring makes it even QUICKER!
  • colour in the background too – I left mine white but you could go either lighter or darker for a different look
  • use all pastels for a totally different feel and mount onto Whisper White cardstock to make a softer impression

You’re going to want to snap up a package of this Petal Palette designer series paper soon. From the Occasions catalogue, we know it won’t be around after May 31st so don’t be disappointed later and get it from me now!

colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers


A while back I shared this watercoloured patterned paper card. Compare it to today’s card to see the different effect your colouring tool produces. It’s a toss-up for which one is my favourite. How about yours? Leave me a comment to let me know!

Really no matter if it’s a detailed design or simple, by adding your own colouring to black and white designer series paper, you’ll always build gorgeous one-of-a-kind images.

So now it’s your turn! Get those Stampin’ Blends and release your inner artist to colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers.


Make a Congrats Watercolour Pencil Art Card

Make a Congrats Watercolour Pencil Art Card

Today I want YOU to make a congrats watercolour pencil art card with my photo tutorial. Once you take a peek at how easy this is, I predict you’ll be spritzing up a storm and die cutting all kinds of words and shapes for dramatic cards like this in no time.


WAHzing! Doesn’t it POP? The bold vibrant colours, the touchable texture and the wood star accents make this one stand out card.  Let’s dive in for a closer look.


So did you notice? Here’s ANOTHER card without any stamping. Remember this one and this one too? I’m on a bit of a mission to see how many different looks I can get without opening a stamp pad.

I think it’s striking because there’s so much of the contrasting black card showing. But I couldn’t resist shadowing the word with Dazzling Diamonds paper for some bling! So you know there’s SOMETHING there but not exactly sure what. Lastly I added three different sizes of the Hearts & Stars Accents and a small bit of the beautiful 1/4” Whisper White organza ribbon for even more pizzazz.

How about I show – and tell – you how to make a congrats watercolour pencil art card?


  • Watercolour paper
  • Dazzling diamonds Glimmer paper – piece 2” x 5”
  • Basic Black cardstock – cut to 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • 1/4” Whisper White Organza ribbon cut to 6”




Scribble your watercolour pencils onto piece of watercolour paper, overlapping colours.

Spritz with Stampin’ Spritzer – be generous – you want to see a sheen.


Let dry, lay die over coloured background and cut with the Big Shot.

Now you have you word cut out, here’s the rest of the recipe:

  1. die cut congrats again in Dazzling Diamonds paper
  2. glue watercolour words to glimmer paper with only
  3. wrap ribbon around open large open star and affix with a glue dot
  4. dab liquid glue on back of stars and adhere to card as shown
  5. snip small pieces from the edge of your Mini Dimensionals and place on the back of word

So are you running into your craft room to make your OWN watercolour pencil art card? If you need some supplies, click on the image to have yours sent directly to your doorstep. I really do appreciate when you shop with me. Thank you.


In love with word cards like me? It’s so fun when there’s not a stitch of stamping to be found, yet I find I don’t miss it at all. Why not make a congrats watercolour pencil art card for yourself and see if you miss it.

Multiple Layers Make Your Cards Pop!

Multiple Layers Make Your Cards Pop!

How can multiple layers make your cards pop? Combine them in new and exciting ways with ribbon, die cuts, stickers, and foil sheets!

Tell me how many layers can you count?

multiple layers make your cards pop

Counting the card base, there are actually six different layers. Did you get them all? From the bottom up, they are:

  • Island Indigo card base
  • Pool Party banner
  • Gold natural trim ribbon
  • Gold foil medallion
  • Island indigo medallion
  • Eastern Gold vinyl sticker


multiple layers make your cards pop

Even though six layers seems like A LOT, what is it about this card makes it showy, but not TOO showy and overdone?

  1. Colour choice is limited to only two main colours, Island Indigo and Pool Party
  2. Gold and cream are two neutrals that complement almost any colour scheme
  3. Repeating gold elements match one another from embossing through to gold metallic shape
  4. Vinyl sticker fits exactly over medallion framelit so they appear as one layer
  5. One dimensional only used to create height

What makes this card even more interesting is the card base is only partially embossed. A pretty subtle detail but one that will catch everyone’s attention! Take another peek.

multiple layers make your cards pop

My silver and black card features many of the same layering tips as well as stickers and it has been one of my most popular projects to date.  So if you agree multiple layers make your cards pop, you may want to use the same supplies I did. Simply click on the image below to take you to my online shop and have your supplies delivered right to your door.

I would certainly feel comfortable handing this card to a masculine friend or family member, even with the ribbon. Why is that? Because it’s not a bow. The greeting font is also not too flowery and the colours are basically unisex. Not only will it go through the mail like a dream, you’ve got a pretty versatile card.

So the next time you’re designing, think about how multiple layers make your card pop for cards that will appeal to just about anyone!

Ink Pads Make the Greatest Background Fall Cards

Ink Pads Make the Greatest Background Fall Cards

Did you know ink pads make the greatest background fall cards? When you think about watercolour backgrounds, do you tend to stick with tried and true blues like I used here? Or do you like to experiment and see what you can come up with? I’m definitely an experimenter! I wanted fall colours so even though my technique is one I’ve used before, I got a totally new look with different colours.

ink pads make the greatest background fall cards

Aren’t the colours rich and beautiful? I combined Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango for this background. But you know what I like the best? The little splotches of white background peeking through where there is no colour. It adds so much more interest and really draws your eye! Those are the kind of happy results you can’t plan with this technique. Take a closer look to see for yourself.

ink pads make the greatest background fall cards


Let’s get some detail on that embellishment.

See how I’ve combined both the framelits and thinlits from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits? There’s five different layers here to amp up my card.

  1. Copper metallic thread
  2. Tangerine Tango large leaf framelit
  3. Early Espresso small leaf framelit
  4. Shiny copper foil paper large detailed thinlit
  5. Copper trim bow tops it off


I couldn’t live without my ink pads. And I absolutely KNOW you’re the same. After all, what’s stamping without ink? But do you sometimes get into a rut and every single card you make sorta looks the same? Me too!

Well, now’s the time to try something new! Learn how your ink pads make the greatest background fall cards by taking a peek at my YouTube video. Then give this simple acrylic block technique a try for yourself to see what colour combinations you like the best.

This simple card has lots of punch both from the colour combinations and the embellishment. To recreate it in your own craft room, here’s everything you need.


ink pads make the greatest background fall cards

Fall is one of the richest and most colourful of our seasons. Why not combine some of your favourite harvest ones for a unique and beautiful card for someone special? When you start experimenting, I think you’ll agree ink pads make the greatest background fall cards too.

How to Craft Greeting Cards with Foil Paper

How to Craft Greeting Cards with Foil Paper

If you’re a bit scared to use your fancy paper, you’re going to love this post on how to craft greeting cards with foil paper. It’s amazing how it can quickly amp up the WOW factor on your projects with just one little piece. Check out this fun card I made for a team member at our last stamping party. Marilyn celebrated 11 years with the Stampin’ Up! family so I wanted to recognize that with a special card.

how to craft greeting cards with foil paper

What’s the first thing that caught your eye? The foil paper right? It’s called Foil Frenzy and this is one FUN package of designer series paper! I used the Tangerine Tango chevrons, but there’s Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst and Soft Sky in this mix. It’s just a tad heavier weight too so it’s dreamy for die cuts! And let me tell you, it’s even more gorgeous in person!

how to craft greeting cards with foil paper

While the foil probably could’ve stood all on its own, I combined it with a bunch of different elements for even more WOW:

  • sparkly sequins in the shaker portion behind the “11”
  • a crisp white doily underlining the matted label
  • a perfectly sized Calypso Coral ombre ribbon bow
  • one simple “congrats” on the banner for balance
  • clear faceted gems to anchor the label

Here, take a closer look:

how to craft greeting cards with foil paper

You might want to start more simply like Lillian did here with her foil paper accented card. Or you might want to go gung ho like me! Either way, here are all the supplies for how to craft greeting cards with foil paper. Simply click on any of the images and it will take you to my online store.

Product List

Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper

Large Numbers Framelits Dies

Lots Of Labels Framelits Dies

Sunshine Sayings Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Sunshine Sayings Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Window Sheets

Iridescent Sequin Assortment

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock

Tangerine Tango 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Delicate White Doilies

Tangerine Tango Classic Stampin' Pad

Calypso Coral 1/4" Ombre Ribbon

Clear Faceted Gems

Foam Adhesive Strips

Glue Dots


how to craft greeting cards with foil paper

Here’s how to know if you’re foil intimidated like I was. You tend to get all excited by their shiny fabulous-ness. And you’ve just GOT to have them in your stash. But that’s exactly where they stay. (After all, you don’t really want to use it all up too fast, right? So you keep it in the package and let each lovely piece age – for a really, really long time, like YEARS!)

Well, let’s make a pact…let’s not do that anymore! Now you know how to craft greeting cards with foil paper, let’s use ‘em up!

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