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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.


Stampin Write Markers Colour Cards In a Wink

Stampin Write Markers Colour Cards In a Wink

It’s Front and Centre Friday and you get to see how Stampin Write markers colour cards in a wink with this fabulous double z-fold card by my friend Leslie!

But warning!  Be prepared to get flooded with primary school memories with her Many Marvelous Markers colour coordination and fun design!

Bright papers, cheery colours and happy thoughts will make special birthday greetings for the young – and young-at-heart! Take a little peek!

stampin write markers colour cards in a wink

Doesn’t it bring back memories of primary school days? Not only is the set full of nostalgic characters, when you can while away minutes (hours? days?) colouring, you’ll be transported back to that classroom with the chalky blackboards and pint-sized desks!

Another super bonus with this suite? You can cut out characters from the designer series paper like I did with this other fun fold card

But Leslie didn’t. What? Did she run out of paper? EEK?? (Believe it or not, it actually IS possible to use up full packages of patterned paper! 😂)

Well, then you make your own – easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Stamp chosen character (TIP: use Basic Black Archival ink so marker colour stays true)
  2. Colour with Stampin Write markers (Leslie used her Brights and Neutrals colours: Real Red, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate)
  3. Die cut with the matching framelit

Take another view of her 3D card to see other images she created this way too.

stampin write markers colour cards in a wink

OK here’s where you come in! Close down the computer and grab your supplies to transport yourself back to primary school! I’ve got all the supplies Leslie used here to help you!

stampin write markers colour cards in a wink

Are you running into your room as we “speak” to make a few of these?  Remember March is my Front & Centre Contest!  Send me one and you could win a fabulous prize.  Check it out here!

Really, I’m not kidding! You’d better get busy ’cause I wanna see Stampin Write markers colour cards in a wink from your stamp room too!

Make a Cute Bunny Rabbit Easter Card | VIDEO

Make a Cute Bunny Rabbit Easter Card | VIDEO

Who wants to make a cute bunny rabbit Easter card? With an adorable gingham bow, this petite bunny greeting just might be one of the sweetest things you’ll see all day!

And I’m going to let you in on a secret. That gingham bow is SO easy to make with my exclusive subscriber video, you’ll be adding bows to EVERY Easter project you make!

make a cute bunny rabbit easter card

Why is it we all LOVE everything tiny? Tiny babies, tiny puppies, tiny waists (LOL!)…and of course, tiny stamps. Tiny bows are sometimes a challenge though aren’t they? But not once you see my how-to video!

I promise you can master a perfect bow in no time. Take a peek but don’t forget to come back so I can tell you a few touches and tricks to make this pretty pink and grey card especially adorable.

Hey how come you haven’t seen this video before now?

Because it was exclusive for my email subscribers! But it’s super easy to be part of the fun!  And right now, when you subscribe I’ll give you all the how to’s and photos for an adorable Funny Bunny Easter Box!

Go ahead, click right on the bunny and it’ll take you right to my sign up page!

So when you want to make a cute bunny rabbit Easter card, what are my top tricks?

  • partial embossed background using the Petal Pair embossing folder (my FAVE folder from the new cattie) – at only 2 1/4” wide, it adds a little touch of whimsy while leaving the rest of the panel smooth. Compare it to a fully embossed card like this sympathy one which has a charm all its own
  • coordinated colour between the bunny’s bow and Sweet Sugarplum background (a tiny application of Rich Razzleberry watercolour pencil makes an almost perfect match!)
  • double scalloped decorative circles frame our Easter rabbit (a Basic Grey mat adds a teensy bit more punch than Smoky Slate)
  • two pieces of ribbon make the bow embellishment (one flat one adheres behind the Sugarplum panel, the second is a bow I made with my super quick video!)
  • perfectly coordinated envelope by running the flap through the Petal Pair embossing folder as well (TIP: run a second piece of cardstock or bond paper through at the same time to avoide cutting right through the envelope flap)


make a cute bunny rabbit easter card

Did you take a gander at that super quick “become-a-professional-bow-maker-in-minutes” video? Go ahead, it’s less than TWO minutes long! (I really try to keep all my tips and videos short so you can spend MORE time playing and LESS time watching!)

Then make a cute bunny rabbit Easter card – complete with a perfect bow – with all your spare time. Simply click on any image below to purchase your supplies from me and they will ship directly to you! Thanks a bunch!

make a cute bunny rabbit easter card

One of the best parts of my job is sharing exclusive tips and tricks with my subscribers to make your paper crafting life just a little more fun – and simple!

So if you haven’t already, sign up NOW!

HINT: Once you make a cute bunny rabbit Easter card like this one, use your free Funny Bunny Easter Box pdf tutorial to fill with yummy holiday treats for a perfectly coordinated gift!




Quick Ink Stamp Colour Cards

Quick Ink Stamp Colour Cards

How about some traditional quick ink stamp colour cards? Really they’re QUICK! Ink! Stamp! Colour Cards!! since they’re a wow card with no other techniques.

Just picture it. You’re in a stamping race. Five gals lined up at the starting gate with Basic Black ink and Fast Fuse in hand.

The gun goes off, the crowd roars and you race to your first station. Eek! An open line word stamp! What they heck do you do with that? Stamp it of course! On watercolour paper.

You race to the second station. Designer paper or cardstock? Huh…pretty DSP (was there any doubt?)

On to the third station with a quick glance behind you. Stamper Sally is hot on your heels. Pick a tool…Aquapainter, Stampin’ Write markers or sponge daubers? Oh no, what’s at the next station???? You grab a couple markers to match your DSP and you’re off!

There’s number four in the distance…What’s there? Ink Refills, stamp pads and watercolour pencils. You don’t need those – you colour quickly with the brush tip of your marker and then on to the homestretch! (Sally’s eating your dust!)

It’s the Big Shot…a swipe with Lots of Labels and dimensionals and there’s the finish line.

You cross it to the cheers of spectators where you’re handed a lovely bow, which you promptly attach to your card.

Isn’t it nice to know all that stamping training paid off so you could win with quick ink stamp colour cards like this?

quick ink stamp colour cards

Now your stamping sessions likely are not as dramatic as this. But with detailed stamps, especially word ones, you will be a winner every time with Stampin’ Write markers.

Why do I say “especially on word ones”? Because you don’t necessarily need to worry about shading and different depths of colour. You just want to have your words POP off the card. And that’s exactly what these ones do!

quick ink stamp colour cards

So, have you got your Stampin’ Write markers?

With all the hoopla about the Stampin’ Blends, you might think you don’t need any. Or your Stampin’ Writes might be getting lonely. Regrettably, I did diss them a tad in this post when I was showing you the huge difference in colouring with the Blends. So now I need to show them some love and tell you why I think they deserve a spot in your stamping supplies.

I am really VERY affectionate toward these water based markers for SO many reasons, but mainly because they’re quick for colouring.

Why my Stampin’ Writes don’t gather dust on my desk.


  • match our stamp pads perfectly
  • brush marker letters so easily and beautifully like on this card
  • have two tips for small detailed work or larger area colouring
  • are water based so I can use my blender pen, Aquapainter or spritzer for neat effects
  • come in the super pack of 38 Many Marvelous Markers with a really sweet tool box arranged by colour family so I always pick the right colour

I’ve also found out using watercolour paper with them gives gloriously vibrant colour – and lots of fun texture. The ink just sinks right in. My colours for this card were super easy to pick. They come from the Sweet Soiree DSP – Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight which coincidentally are in the Brights Stampin’ Writes selection.

quick ink stamp colour cards

So go grab an open line stamp – words would be great like this Colour Me Happy thank you – your Basic Black archival pad, some watercolour paper and your Stampin’ Writes. Challenge yourself to a friendly competition and see how many cards you can create in an hour. When you’ve got 8 to 12 finished cards in your stash, you’ll be getting an Olympic stamping gold!

If you’ve never tried the Stampin’ Writes before, start with one of the colour families in the colours you use most often. Order it today and if you don’t love them as much as I do, I’ll buy them back from you guaranteed.

quick ink stamp colour cards

Let’s face it, we never outgrow colouring. From our first introduction to crayons when we are knee high to a grasshopper, we quickly find out colouring is cool. So get back at it with your Stampin’ Writes. And find out how fun it is to quick ink stamp colour cards again!

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