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Great Cards Combine Die Cuts and Patterned Paper

Great Cards Combine Die Cuts and Patterned Paper

My friend Joanne knows great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper! I’m showcasing her lovely card today for my Front and Centre Friday. I think she would agree one of the best parts is how fast these go together when you have a bundle from this year’s Annual catalogue with coordinated designer series paper! See how fabulous the Naturally Eclectic Suite can be!

great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper

Did you figure out which patterned paper she’s using? It’s the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack! You might miss these paper stacks on page 187 of the Annual catalogue, but they’re worth taking another look at. Why? Because all three of them are part of the Buy Three, Get One Free offer on right now.

So that’s a pretty good reason in itself, but there’s lots more!  If you haven’t tried a set of these, they are so fast and fun to play with you’ll want all three. Super manageable at 6” x 6” you get 48 double sided sheets. With 4 each of 12 different designs you can mix and match to your heart’s content! In this Color Theory one, there’s a paint chip like look, three crackle finishes, a colour blocked look with 6 different colour shades, and a beautiful ombre piece…yes, my favourite. 🙂  Just a little heavier than regular bond paper, it won’t add bulk to your designs. In fact Joanne’s only cardstock is the Whisper White for her base, panel and leaves.  Instead she found lots of ways to combine her paper stack with her card and die cuts. Can you tell where?

  • her two detailed flower outlines are die cut from the Berry Burst ombre, one a little lighter than the other
  • Crushed Curry crackle fancies up that gorgeous diamond lattice flower background

Then she added more dimension and interest by incorporating more Color Theory paper and her dies:

  • the greeting and banner are cut from the Berry Burst ombre as well, but in the darker shade
  • her lovely leaves are stamped first in Lemon Lime Twist then die cut and placed behind her flowers
  • and her pink matting ties her card together since it’s in Berry Burst ombre too. Take a look at the colour gradation in that little strip of matted paper.


great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper

The Naturally Eclectic set is another one that gives a watercolour look, just like Painted Harvest and this card I shared the other day. When you have stamps designed to give these impressions, you’ll never be disappointed with the effect.

To add this bundle and paper to your supplies like Joanne did, it’s a simple click of your mouse. You’ll be able to quickly see how great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper yourself.

See how flat this card lies – no bulk so it will go through the mail with ease – and no extra postage.

great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper

Joanne was inspired by a card she found on Pinterest but she changed up the colours and placement. You may already know it’s a fabulous source of creativity. Sometimes when you’re stuck for an idea, if you just type in the name of the stamp set you will be rewarded with all kinds of designs. I’m happy to post my cards to my Pinterest boards so you can easily find them without having to scroll through all the blog posts too. There’s lots of ideas there to showcase how great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper.


Emboss Resist Ink Refill Backgrounds with Water

Emboss Resist Ink Refill Backgrounds with Water

Today I want to show you how to emboss resist ink refill backgrounds with water. Did you see my video tutorial I posted a few weeks ago for creating awesome backgrounds with ink refills and glossy paper? If you did, hopefully, you’ve been inking up a storm and have backgrounds galore in your craft room. My project today has just a slight twist using heat embossing. But before I get to the how-to’s, how about we look at the card?

emboss resist ink refill backgrounds with water


Don’t you LOVE how the white daisy stands out agains the mottled coloured background? Even though that background piece is really quite small (1 3/4” x 3”), it provides just enough decorative oomph! to catch your eye. And the matching embossed greeting adds perfect balance. Take a gander at this colourful background up close.


emboss resist ink refill backgrounds with water

How many ink refills do you think I used? If you guessed three, you’re right. But doesn’t it look like there’s quite a few more? Although the glossy has a smooth finish, it seems almost to have texture in places from the way the colour seeped into the paper. With this technique, you never know what you’re going to end up with. That’s what’s SO FUN! Seeing how the colours are going to blend together for neat effects.

Once you have your background papers made, your project goes together really quickly. In fact, I could have really posted my emboss resist ink refill background project as part of my Keep It Simple Sunday feature. However, I wanted to showcase it for you here. This way, I can provide a quick video tutorial of the steps so you could easily make one yourself.

You may have noticed the card in the video is slightly different from the images I have here. That’s one of the nicest things about techniques like these. You can do a whole batch up at once then you’ll have tons to choose from when your crafting time is limited. Here’s everything you need to get started right away.


Let’s take a final look at this simple card.

emboss resist ink refill backgrounds with water

Once you grab your glossy paper and ink refills, you’ll have so much fun trying out new colour combinations. That’s how I came up with this one. During the process, I was pretty sure it was going to hit the garbage since the colours were so unusual. But then once it dried, I saw how great they actually were together! It just goes to show…when you emboss resist ink refill backgrounds, don’t be surprised if you end up with fabulous-ness!

Make a Perfect Sunflower Card

Make a Perfect Sunflower Card

With two step stamping and three colours, you can make a perfect sunflower card. You already know I love sunflowers! Both this card  and this one showcase my favourite flower created in two very different ways. Now I’m excited to share a third option with you coming soon!

The new Painted Harvest from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue features two step sunflowers and leaves with beautiful script and sentiments. You are gonna LOVE it once you can get your hands on it next week! Here it is!

make a perfect fall sunflower card

There’s really not too many elements in this card. The image itself, coloured glimmer leaves, some ribbon and a square stitched framelit. But with each little piece working together, I was able to make a perfect sunflower card! Wanna closer look?

make a perfect fall sunflower card


There are two different images to create the realistic sunflower petals. My So Saffron on the bottom one and Crushed Curry inks on the top one add depth, and the Chocolate Chip centre comes pretty close to the real thing. A bit of Lemon Lime twist ink on Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper is a pretty match to the swash of Lemon-Lime Twist finely woven ribbon. (Want to know how to colour your own Glimmer paper? See my video here!)

The leaves are punched out with a new Leaf punch, which I have already found TONS of uses for. The punch and photopolymer stamp set come bundled too so you get the savings!

make a perfect fall sunflower card

I know you can hardly wait for the 2017 Holiday catalogue to go live. Or maybe you haven’t even seen it yet?  If not and you live in Canada,  I’d love to be your demonstrator gal!  All my customers who place a $50 order within 6 months of a new catalogue automatically get it free! Send me an email today!

You don’t have that much longer to wait for this fabulous set and punch! September 1st is just around the corner! Then you’ll be able to make a perfect sunflower card just like this one yourself!

Colourful Crayon Resist Glossy Paper Cards

Colourful Crayon Resist Glossy Paper Cards

Want a neat technique to create colourful crayon resist glossy paper cards? Did you realize glossy paper is back with Stampin’ Up!?! It sure is and it’s fantastic for all kinds of different techniques. Today, I’m going to show you how you can create your own coloured cardstock and have super pop-up white areas to add interest and WOW to your cards. I’ve got a video and some tips here to make this pretty card…

colourful crayon resist glossy paper cards

This is an easy breezy technique to add to your toolbox. It’s so versatile, you can create any colour combinations you want using dye based inks like Stampin’ Up!’s Classic inks. And with Stampin’ Up!’s colour coordination, match it with all kinds of mats and embellishments.

You might shy away from your open line stamps thinking they’re too much work. Well no more, there are only four main steps to create colourful crayon resist glossy paper cards:


  1. Stamp onto glossy white cardstock with black ink that will heat set and be permanent (see my recommendation below)
  2. Select some areas of the image to colour with your white crayon
  3. Sponge and swirl ink onto glossy cardstock
  4. Since the ink will not dry on the wax, wipe gently over the piece with a paper towel


colourful crayon resist glossy paper cards

Before we get to the video here are my tips for this fun technique:

  • Start with good quality glossy paper (photo paper doesn’t give the same beautiful results)
  • Stamp with an open image (ie. not a solid one, one that you can colour in)
  • Use Basic Black Archival or Memento ink, although my preference is the Basic Black for bold, dark colour and to remain heat set
  • Pull out your white crayon (I like Crayola)
  • IMPORTANT: colour with your crayon BEFORE sponging ink (I have gotten so excited to add my colour, several times I have forgotten my crayon first)
  • Give a few applications of colour, sponging, swirling and blending the colours
  • Softly wipe a tissue or paper towel over the finished piece to pick up any remaining colour on the wax

I’ll bet you have lots of open line stamps that would be perfect for this technique. To pick up any of the other necessaries, like the Basic Black Archival ink or glossy paper, simply click on the image below to take you to my online store.

Doesn’t this look like fun? Just think how much more mileage you can get out of your stamp pads with this simple technique. Here’s one last look.

colourful crayon resist glossy paper cards

Learning and playing with new techniques is a great way to build up your paper crafting toolkit. Take a look at your stash of stamps to see which open line ones you haven’t used in awhile. Then start playing with this colourful crayon resist glossy paper cards technique to keep you crafting for days!

Make a Pretty Sunflower Card with your Eastern Medallion Thinlits

Make a Pretty Sunflower Card with your Eastern Medallion Thinlits

I found out it’s easy to make a pretty sunflower card with your Eastern Medallion thinlits and a circle punch!  I know it seems a tad bit early for a fall-ish flower.  But I was playing around with the thinlits last week getting ready for my Pull Off the Cover Open House.  I cut out one of the Eastern Medallion “flower looking” thinlits in Elegant Eggplant but didn’t like it for what I was making.  And seeing as my room looked like a cyclone hit it at that moment, I just left it sitting on my desk.  When I went back to clean up, I glanced at it and thought, “Wouldn’t that make a great sunflower?”  So I got to work.  Here’s how it turned out.

make a pretty sunflower card with your eastern medallion thinlits

Pretty cool huh? Sunflowers are probably my favourite flower. I like them so much they decorate my foyer and were my wedding flower! So it was fun to play and come up with this guy. The middle “seeds” come from embossing the Petal Burst embossing folder onto the Wood Textures designer series paper. Isn’t it neat how it actually looks like sunflower seeds?  Both the “embossed” and “debossed” images work equally well. (The embossed side is the one that pops out at you and the debossed side is inset.)  this photo shows you the embossed side facing out.

make a pretty sunflower card with your eastern medallion thinlits

And the leaves?  They’re from the thinlits set too!  Wanna see how I made it?  Check out my video here to make a pretty sunflower card using your Eastern medallion thinlits.

My sunflower is a great example of looking at your tools a little differently. Sometimes it’s just that sideways glance that helps us get creative. If I had thrown out my original die cut, I’m not sure I would have noticed the opportunity! (See, having a room in disarray isn’t such an awful thing!)

Supply List to Create Your Own

I know it may seem like you’ve got loads of time to think about fall cards. However, time sneaks up on us, so you might want to grab a set of these dies and embossing folder sooner rather than later.

You Can Make It Too

Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies

Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Crushed Curry 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack

1-3/4" Circle Punch

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Garden Green 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Early Espresso 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad

Crushed Curry 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon

Linen Thread

Liquid Multipurpose Glue

Stampin' Dimensionals

Glue Dots

Big Shot Platform

Big Shot Die Brush - New Configuration

Paper-Piercing Tool

It’s always fun to get creative with the stuff we already own. Experiment and try something new and you just might be surprised at the results. In the meantime, why not make a pretty sunflower card using your Eastern Medallion thinlits to add cheer to someone’s day?

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