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Colouring Embossing Paste for Cardmaking | VIDEO

Colouring Embossing Paste for Cardmaking | VIDEO

Today I want to show you how colouring embossing paste for card making adds that little somethun’ extra to your handmade designs.  

Ya know, like how jam makes peanut butter just that teeny bit more scrumptious (well at least for me 😋!)?  Or how that extra layer of mascara makes your lashes almost 3D, but not quite Tammy Faye Bakker-ish?

And I’ve got a quick video to show you exactly how to create cool cards with backgrounds like this one.

see my video for colouring embossing paste for cardmaking

If you haven’t tried embossing paste before, you’re going to want to after you see how easy it is to work with.  Here are the top three things I love about it.

  1. A teeny bit goes a loooong way.  I’ve been using my jar for over a year now TIP1: close the jar right away after dishing it up for your project.  TIP2: Add a couple drops of distilled water if it gets a tad dry.)
  2. It dries super duper quick – almost before you get the template cleaned off!
  3. You can make it coloured or sparkly just by adding some ink refill or Dazzling DiamondsTIP3: Try barely mixing it for a marbled effect like I did with this simple medallion designTIP4: You can sprinkle it with the glitter or mix it right in.

So how about we see it in action?


Colouring Embossing Paste for Card Making

Were you surprised at how easy it is to use?  

I chose a quite subtle effect with my colour on this sympathy card.  But why not be bold and add colour to a plain white card for extra punch on your other projects.

I LOVE colouring embossing paste for cardmaking

A couple tips for embossing paste designs

  • A thinner layer of paste will dry quicker and be easier to layer on your cards.
  • An absolute MUST – wash your templates in a basin of warm water as soon as you are finished applying your paste to your project, even if you’re going to use that same template again right away.
  • Try leaving gaps in the template for a more “artsy” look.

colouring embossing paste for cardmaking

Now it’s your turn.  I’d love to know how you use embossing paste on your cards.  Leave me a comment.

And if you haven’t tried it before, here’s everything you need to start colouring embossing paste for card making just like you see here.

let me show you colouring embossing paste for cardmaking

You can never go wrong by adding subtle details to simple designs like this one, especially for sympathy or thinking of you cards. 

So how about pulling out your own favourite ink refills for colouring embossing paste for card making to see what fabulous projects you can design?


Tropical Escape Gift Card Holder

Tropical Escape Gift Card Holder

Want to see a bright and cheerful tropical escape gift card holder?  It’s perfect for this summery weather we’re having right now.  But also ideal for bon voyage gifts to tropical isles.  

And with cardstock packs and our 6”x6” designer series paper combos, they’re a super way to give your paper crafting projects some fresh colours and designs at a great price.

Let’s take a peek.

Designer Paper Tropical Escape Gift Card Holder Idea


I just love this Tropical Escape paper. The piece I’ve chosen has bold leaves with a bright green background, a darker fern and sweet pink berries. (Well, I’m not really sure those are berries but that’s what I’m going with. What do you think they are?)

Another super simple idea you might like also features the tropical leaf but with a much softer palette.


Designer Paper Tropical Escape Gift Card Holder Idea


You can see there’s plenty of less dramatic designs too for a more subtle message, even black and white ones.  Nice and neat.  Already cut to 6”x6” and you get 48 sheets with 4 each of 12 double-sided designs.  They work out to only 31 cents a sheet!

Granny Apple Green is my current go-to colour.  So fresh and happy.  And paired with the Shaded Spruce and Blushing Bride?  Fab-YOU-lous! 

One of the great things about our designer papers is the cardstock pack accompanying them.  Have you noticed these in the catalogue?  Stampin’ Up! created packs of 24 sheets of coordinating cardstock for each DSP.  This is a gosh-darn great way to build your cardstock colours without having to buy a full package all the same colour.  (Well unless you want to 😊.) 

Just think.  More colours. Less cost to you.  Sign me up!

Tropical Escape Gift Card Holder

This card looks a bit deceiving.  Sort of normal on the outside, but there’s a cool folded front along that diagonal that opens up.  

tropical escape gift card holder idea


And inside, the bottom diagonal fold is glued along the edges so a gift card fits in there just like a snuggly little bug in a rug!


Designer Paper Tropical Escape Gift Card Holder Idea


I knew I wanted a small greeting and thought this one from the A Big Thank You set fit really well with the tropical garden paper.  To mimic the paper style, I stamped the flourish first on a piece of scrap paper then on my Whisper White.  Next, I stamped the greeting in Granny Apple Green right over top.  

Designer Paper Tropical Escape Gift Card Holder Idea

Then I pulled out my 1 1/2” circle punch which was the perfect fit and matted it onto a 1 3/8” scallop circle punch.  These punches are staples in my crafting closet. I use them almost every day!  The larger Shaded Spruce circle is actually from the Stitched Shapes framelits but you can’t see the stitching line.  Since I wanted a narrow matting, I chose this size rather than the next size up of circle punch for a more delicate look.

A single clear rhinestone to accent the flourish and some silver metallic edged ribbon in behind and voila!  Done!

My list of supplies might look a tad long, but I’ve included the full sized packages of the cardstock in case you’d like a few more sheets.   Remember with every $60 order you place with me right now you’ll get a free coupon with Stampin’ Up! for $6.  And I’m also offering a free stamp pad in any colour you choose with an $85 online order in August when you use hostess code XNVWWRZU.

Thanks so much for choosing to shop with me. 

Like to make another cool gift card holder?  Try out this easy twist fold design in my short video.  


Tropical Escape Gift Card Holder Idea


The Tropical Escapes designer series paper is one you’ll want to add to your stash of crafting supplies.  Fresh and clean, with lovely details to help transport you to a place with cool tropical breezes.  Plus there are so many designs and options to use for all your crafting and scrapbooking. (Think how great your vacation pics will look with these shades and designs!)

But maybe get started with my tropical escape gift card holder and see where your imagination takes off from there!

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

Only available August 1-31st – limited edition Stampin Up Color Your Season bundle! 

And you’re going to want to get your ordering fingers ready first thing on August 1st since the last time we had a limited edition, it sold out lickety split – like in 4-5 days!  Let’s take a peek at the very first card I made with it.

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

How about those stitched lines?  Inside and OUTSIDE the cut-out!  (more details below)  I think they add so much to the overall card not a lot of embellishment is necessary.

I made this card as a congratulations for Jennifer, who celebrated a one year anniversary as a Kreative Kanuck.  (For those who don’t know, that’s the name of my team with Stampin’ Up!  Everyone who joins my team immediately becomes a KK and gets to have fun at our regular team stamping parties like the one we had this weekend!  Here’s another totally different celebration card from last year.)

But let’s get back to the card.

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

The large label is a cutout for the entire front of the card and the smaller label is attached to the inside, centred within it.  I’ve got my top tips a bit further down so you can see what I learned as I was designing.

The flowers (well, to be honest, everything really 😄) in this set are just beautiful.  And while I used the Stampin’ Blends to colour mine, there’s an exclusive set of watercolour pencils for quick and easy on-the-go creations too. 

Let’s take a look at everything available with this time-limited Color Your Season bundle.

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle


Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

To see four more gorgeous samples and to get your own full-size pdf with all the deets, just click here.  


What you need to know about this bundle  (ie. what I like best about it)

  1. Well, first of all, you get to save 10% when you order the stamp set and framelits together – and who doesn’t LOVE a saving like that?
  2. The framelits are TO DIE FOR (no pun intended!).  With stitching on both the inside and the outside of the three label dies, you cut your design time in half.  How?  When you cut out the label shape, you get a second card’s opening at the same time!  (TIP: I saved the Old Olive label on my card for another card I made to help celebrate another team member’s 12th anniversary with Stampin’ Up!  I’ll share that one with you later.)
  3. But there are other detailed dies included too.  An awesome leaf, flower with a matching leaf, some swirls, a pretty bow and a framelit for the cute bell (perfect for Christmas and weddings!)
  4. This bundle covers all occasion and all seasons.  Spring, summer, fall and Christmas are included so this will become your new go-to set.
  5. The sentiments are perfect for many occasions: thank you’s, best wishes, Christmas, friendship, congrats.  So I know you’ll use the bundle over and over again.

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

Let me give you some TIPS about my congratulations card.

  • Choose a cardstock colour you can coordinate with a lighter colour to draw attention to your main card.  (My card is Old Olive and the smaller label is Pear Pizzazz.
  • Ink your stamp with Memento ink (as I coloured with the Stampin’ Blends) and stamp on Shimmery White cardstock.  Let it dry just a few minutes before starting.
  • Select your light and dark blends for a subtle mixing and blending.  (I used the Daffodil Delight and Old Olive duos with a teensy bit of Light Calypso Coral for the flower centres.)  For my tips on colouring with the Blends, see my short video.
  • Cut out two of the three flowers from the full stamp so it will fit inside the large label (and so your card will open 😜).
  • As you cut around the flowers leave a very small line of white.  Then where your two flowers join with the remaining leaves and flowers in the full stamp, cut just a little closer than you do for the rest of the flower to minimize seeing the black image lines.
  • Snip your greeting just slightly wider than the small label so it extends out to the right and tuck it in behind the flowers.
  • Attach the flowers with dimensionals to add an elevated layer.
  • Form a small, pretty bow from Pear Pizzazz shimmery ribbon and attach with a glue dot.

I’ll be sharing another fall idea with this versatile bundle in my Facebook Live this Thursday, August 2nd at noon (MST).  Come watch it in action! 

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

You won’t want to miss out on this special promotion.  Quantities are limited and once they’re gone, it won’t be available again. 

So set a reminder on your phone, mark the date in your calendar and jump on my 24-7 online store to get your own limited edition Stampin Up Colour Your Season bundle on August 1st!

Matching Designer Series Paper and Coordinating Cardstock for Cute Cards

Matching Designer Series Paper and Coordinating Cardstock for Cute Cards

Matching designer series paper and coordinating cardstock for cute cards just got a whole lot less expensive!  For the month of July, a large selection of Stampin’ Up! designer series paper is “Buy 3 Get 1 Free’!

What a perfect time to stock up for all your paper crafting.  Big and small projects go together in a jiffy when you have colour matching assistance from Stampin’ Up!  I’ll tell you all about it but first let’s take a peek at today’s project.

matching Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock for gorgeous cards

I just love this sweet Animal Expedition patterned paper.  This one features little birdies, the same cuties you see perched on our watercoloured rhino’s nose.

I’ve been talking lately about working on smaller designs.  When you can put something together in a fraction of the time it takes to make a larger card, what a sense of accomplishment!  And today, I also called on some big guns for help to quickly put together my cute 3x3 notecard and envelope.

Matching Designer Series Paper and Coordinating Cardstock for Cute Cards

matching Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock is easy!

Whose help did I call on? 

The artists at Stampin’ Up! Did you know the back of every designer series paper lists all the Stampin’ Up! colours used in that paper?  Yup, it does.  So here’s what I did.

  1. I picked the paper I wanted to work with (it was hard with so many cute designs, but I finally settled on these bitty birds).
  2. Once I figured out which colours were included in this design (based on the listing SU! provided – Berry Burst, Pool Party and Shaded Spruce plus Crushed Curry and Lemon Lime Twist), I decided on a base of Pool Party with matching inks and cardstock.
  3. I stamped my thank you in Pool Party and punched it out with the 1 1/4” circle punch.
  4. Shaded Spruce was a good bet for the matting so I punched that with the 1 3/8” scalloped circle.
  5. I thought my greeting needed a tad more grounding, so I chose a Pool Party circle in 1 1/2” circle.  I’m happy with how it framed the saying.
  6. Then I cut my Animal Expedition paper to 2 3/4” square and matted it on Whisper White then on my 3”x3” folded card.

Next was the hardest part…picking my ribbon.

Now most of you know I am a bit of a ribbon fanatic!  But I don’t have ALL the colours.  But after three tries I decided on the Metallic Edge Berry Burst.  Why?  

matching Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock for gorgeous cards

  • Our Whisper White Classic Weave just didn’t have enuf pizzazz. 
  • So then I tried the white with the silver metallic edge.  But it just didn’t have enough OOOMPH! against the mainly white background.
  • Then I pulled out my Shimmery Pool Party but it was a bit too BLAH! and didn’t scream “FUN!”

So I next gave the Metallic Edge Berry Burst a shot…  

  • Oomph against the white?…✅
  • Not too blah?…nope…✅
  • Fun?, double ✅✅!!

Once I settled on my ribbon colour, it made sense to match my envelope cardstock to the ribbon, so my mini envelope was born.  A strip 2 7/8”x 4” strip of the same designer paper which I trimmed to fit into my envelope flap made a perfectly coordinated finish.

matching Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock for cute 3x3 cards

Would I have picked these colours to combine without getting a nudge from Stampin’ Up!? 

Probably not.  But I think they do really work.   Let’s see them together

matching designer series paper and coordinating cardstock for cute cards

So what’s the deal with the designer series paper?

From now until the end of July when you buy three packages, you get a fourth one free!  

Want to pick some up right now?  There are ten great designs to choose from.

To create this exact project, here are all the supplies I used.  You can just click on any image to order it from my online store.  I really appreciate when you shop with me.  

It's ALL about matching Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock for gorgeous cards

Let’s face it!  Sometimes, we need just a teeny bit of help picking colours.  So the next time you’re searching for just the right tone or shade, pull out your catalogue and take a peek at the designer series paper.  There are some cool colour combinations you may never have even thought of!  And they do absolutely work!

Pick one and get designing.  You’ll find matching designer series paper and coordinating cardstock for cute cards like this one will instantly become a breeze! 


Colour and A Special Birthday Share What You Love Card

Colour and A Special Birthday Share What You Love Card

Today I turn a year older and I wanted to show you how colour and a special birthday Share What You Love card I received from my friend, and Stampin’ Up! upline, Karen Duke, can create a mood or feeling.  Now, before you think I’ve been doing a little early birthday imbibing, really, I’m on the level! We use colour ALL the time to inspire and create moods.  Why not in our paper crafting too?

When anyone asks me what my favourite things are in the new catalogue, my immediate answer is: I am IN LOVE with all the COLOUR!  The combinations are awesome, the revamp is exciting and I adore the coordination with so many of our embellishments and papers.  

So I’d like to spend some time with you over the next year talking about how and why colour is so important.  And I want to know this…what do you find inspiring, challenging and intriguing about COLOUR?

OK, let’s dive in!

Colour and a Special Birthday Share What You Love Card

Which colour combination do you think Karen’s used?  

look at my special birthday share what you Love card

How about?

  • Whisper White (in the Wood Textures DSP)
  • Crumb Cake
  • Tuxedo Black and
  • Rich Razzleberry?

So a question for you.  HOW does this card make you feel?

  • Anxious?
  • Excited?
  • Relaxed?
  • Confident?
  • Sleepy?
  • Happy?
  • Ho Hum?

When I opened the envelope, I almost said “aaaah” when I pulled out this card. In fact, I think my shoulders – and eyebrows😋 – relaxed and I probably gave a little sigh.  That’s because it makes ME feel calm and peaceful.

So am I out to lunch?  I AM after all reaching an advanced age🙃!  Or do you see what I mean?  

And you know what?  I’m so surprised I felt that way when I look at the colours she used!  I can’t say I ever would have used the words “calm” and “Rich Razzleberry” in the same sentence, but I think this card just IS! 

Not that Rich Razzleberry doesn’t hold a special place in my colour affections, but the “razzle” is just a mite too peppy and well, dazzl-y for soothing or calming – or so I thought!

So that made me wonder, what are these colours like when you see them at full intensity?

A Special birthday share what you love card

Hmmmm…was “calm” the first word that popped into your head?  Much more bold here aren’t they?

Take another peek at her card then let’s talk about how you can get some mood vibes going in your own paper crafting with colour.

a special birthday share what you Love card

How has Karen used colour and a special birthday share what you love card to convey this calming feeling?

  1. She doesn’t have too many colours fighting for centre stage. 
    1. She anchored the one bold magenta colour of the Rich Razzleberry with conservative neutrals, Crumb Cake and black. 
    2. This made the Rich Razzleberry almost an “accent” colour with the matted rectangle and flowers. 
    3. The intensity of the Rich Razzleberry flowers is softened with both the base of Crumb Cake underneath and glimmer from the Wink of Stella on top. 
    4. The underlying colour of the white Wood Textures patterned paper coordinates with the card itself in Crumb Cake, so your eye just feels most “rested”. 
    5. Then the size of the main focus panel leaves lots of room of the calming Crumb Cake to show.
  2. She’s used textures to soften any boldness there could have been.
    1. Her soft and lovely velvet ribbon has a silvery sheen which tempers the richness of the Rich Razzleberry. 
    2. Her choice of Wood Textures DSP has an “antiqued” look to it. 
    3. And she’s chosen three small embellishments to finish off the piece in a dark tone, that mimics the classic black.

 a special birthday share what you Love card

So here’s a challenge for you (and I’m going to try this for myself too). 

Pull out some ink pads, papers and colours and play around to create a mood in your paper crafting.  Then send me your projects so I can guess what mood you were creating!

And if you want to recreate Karen’s card, here are all the supplies you’ll need.

look at my special birthday share what you Love card

When we design projects with a special someone in mind, don’t we often picture their faces when they open the envelope?  Full of anticipation of whether they’re going to smile, laugh or maybe even gasp or cry!  Either way, isn’t that feeling of expectation the absolute BEST?

And what’s amazing – and interesting – is how MUCH the colours we choose impact that mood. 

I’m excited to explore this connection in posts moving forward so stay tuned for those.  But for now, I need your help!  Take a couple minutes to leave me a comment with how colour makes YOU feel.  What challenges do you have with it?  What do you absolutely LOVE – or hate – about it?  Tell me what you need HELP with when it comes to colour.

And then, take another moment to appreciate how colour and a special birthday Share What You Love card is an awesome way to unwind – almost as great as a glass of my birthday wine🍷!

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