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Make Cards with Zentangle Designs

Make Cards with Zentangle Designs

Let’s see how to make cards with zentangle designs that are over-the-top WOW! 

I pulled out all the stops for this classy – and fun, layered card.  But shocker! There’s not a stitch of stamping on it!

So you’re going to want to pull out those framelits and get busy along with me!

STUNNINGcards with zentangle designs

Before we get to the details on this bold card, did you see yesterday’s post?  I announced my NEW features you can get in on in my Facebook Group.

  • Weekly showcased products
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  • Friday Flashes (a quick tip)

So over in my VIP-ers Facebook Group you’ll find this week’s Product of the Week, the fabulous First Frost bundle.  

 

I love how easy this beautiful bundle is to play with.  Not just for Christmas…it’s for all occasions!  Just like on today’s project.

Let’s take another peek and see where I’ve used it here.

USE UP your zentangle designs with framelits

So is this what you’re thinking right now?

…well, it’s not the die-cut words…

…I don’t see any stamping…

…the ribbon isn’t from that suite…

…those colours are not what I was expecting…

Where is it?

zentangle designs make card making EASY!

 

It’s ALL in the embellished layers.

  • the zentangle leaves are a framelit from the set of Frosted Bouquet Framelits
  • my background tag, also from the framelits is cut out of the Tin Tile embossed silver foil (isn’t that TO DIE for?)
  • don’t miss the mat shadowing the silver tag either!
  • the silver berries are the detailed thinlit in the dies
  • my two black flower buds are peeking out too

Make Cards with Zentangle Designs

I’ve shown you lots of ideas for how to make cards with zentangle designs.  Like these fun Christmas ones I started with, to this pretty butterfly card to these ho-ho-holiday gift tags.

But in each one of those, the zentangle was the MAIN part of the design.  On my card today, it’s an accent piece.  And I think is an ideal fit for the rest of the card.

After all, black and white is always right, isn’t it?  Classy, cool, contemporary and perfect for all occasions.

What do you think?

Want some details to make cards with zentangle designs like this one?

  1. Create your zentangle
  2. Then copy it onto Whisper White cardstock (yup, cheat like I do and get lots of mileage from one design 😉)
  3. Select a framelit and place it on top, moving it around until you like what you’re going to cut out.
  4. Add it to your card design.

Here’s the back of the tag.  See how I cut the black label in half and glued it on? 

make cards with zentangle designs

Then I glued down all my Frosted Bouquet die cuts.  Last, I added Stampin’ dimensionals on top both to anchor the dies and to affix the element to my card.

This is what it looked like before I added my words.  (I had to think twice on whether I really needed them! LOL!)

I LOVE to make cards with zentangle designs

Want another idea?

This was a birthday card for my friend Karen.  Much the same idea but just a tad different.

Zentangle designs for cards? YES! Gorgeous cards!

So pull out some of your zentangle pieces.  See which framelits fit perfectly on top.  You might be surprised!  

And if you’re not a tangler, pull out your designer paper and use it for accent pieces too!

Here are all the supplies I used on today’s card.  

Zentangle Designs make AWESOME cards

So the next time, you get a bit stumped for ideas, look at your framelits from a new angle.  Grab a completed tangle and just maybe you can make cards with zentangle designs too!

Is It Too Early for Christmas?

Is It Too Early for Christmas?

A friend asked me the other day “Is it too early for Christmas?  Now admittedly, the snow falling outside our window might have had something to do with that question (yup, September 13th 🙁), but it did get me thinking. 

When we hand make gifts, cards and other holiday items, I’m pretty sure it’s NEVER too early to get started on our crafting. 

After all, we all make our handmade crafting list a mile long, right?  So in that case, how about a SUPER simple and inexpensive card idea with REALLY minimal supplies?  One like this?

Is It Too EARLY for Christmas?

Classy embossed elegance like this that takes less than 10 minutes to put together (even INCLUDING the bow with my quick video)? YES, count me in!

You already know I LOVE the look of dry embossing.  It’s got so much going for it.

  • Quick – about 10 seconds to run through your Big Shot
  • Inexpensive – use your embossing folders over and over again, on all kinds of paper like this Very Vanilla card stock
  • Easy – once you’ve done one, it’s just like riding a bike
  • Beautiful – understated and gorgeous designs
  • Versatile – use it as the main focus like this, the background or for little accents

 

Is It Too EARLY for Christmas?

Is It Too Early for Christmas?

 

Ingredients

  • Cherry Cobbler cardsock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Very Vanilla card stock – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Gold metallic edge ribbon – about 10”

 

Is It Too EARLY for Christmas?

Recipe

  1. Emboss greeting with Versamark ink on the bottom of the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Sprinkle with gold embossing powder and heat. (TIP1: If you’re making multiples, use the Stamparatus to get exact placement each time.)
  2. Insert Very Vanilla cardstock into Seasonal Wreath embossing folder and run through Big Shot. (TIP2: Use only one standard cutting pad for this Dynamic Textured EF.)
  3. Glue to folded front of Cherry Cobbler card base.
  4. Make a bow and attach with a mini glue dot on the bottom right.  (TIP3: see how easy they are to make with my super quick video.)
  5. Decorate the wreath with gold metallic pearls. (TIP4: I added them everywhere a small sprig was coming out of the wreath which gave a nice random effect.)

This card is economical too, coming in at just under 70 cents.  Add in the envelope and you’ve got a gorgeous handmade greeting for under a buck. No way you’re going to find anything as pretty at the dreary old dollar store!

Plus think of the fun you’ll have getting creative in your craft room! 👍

OK, don’t wait.  Let’s get you all outfitted to make this card yourself now before you add anything more to your holiday hand crafting list!  Here are all the supplies.

 

Is It Too EARLY for Christmas?

Once you try this one out, you might like to give this simple snowy card a try too – EVEN quicker than this one!

Dry embossing is a sure-fire way to make beautiful cards quickly and easily.  And when we overdo it with our holiday handcrafting TO Do Lists, they’re the ideal answer.  

So I ask you, exactly WHEN is it too early for Christmas?

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Candy Packets

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Candy Packets

I’ve got another Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Candy Packets this time with a full photo tutorial for you.  Plus you won’t want to miss my TEN super tips to help make these even faster and easier!

Here’s what we’re making!

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Candy Packets

This cute little packet has been around for awhile but is always fun to make.  Not to mention quick.  And extra fun to receive.  What little – or big – tyke wouldn’t love some Skittles or Reese’s pieces, or a mini chocolate bar or other goodies wrapped up for Halloween like this?

Before we get to the how-to photos, here’s everything you need to get started making your own.

Get ready

Cut your Toil and Trouble designer series paper to 4” x 5” and have some scraps of coordinating paper hanging around.  Whisper White, Basic Black, Granny Apple Green, Pumpkin Pie and Gorgeous Grape coordinate so they’re perfect!  Then one piece of Shimmer Black ribbon about 6” long and you are ready to go.

Let’s dive in!

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Candy Packets

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Candy Packets

Cut your patterned paper and then run one strip of Tear & Tape adhesive all along one long side.  TIP1: Put it on the side you WANT to see facing out.

 

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Candy Packets

Carefully turn over and put another piece of Tear & Tape on one short end.  TIP2: Try not to stick the paper down to your work surface 😉.  TIP3:  Also lay down a line of Liquid Glue on half of this strip for better adhesion.

 

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Candy Packets

Roll into a cylinder and overlap the other long edge directly over top of the Tear & Tape and press into place.  TIP4:  I put my fingers inside from both ends to do this so I don’t crease my cylinder.

 

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Candy Packets

Squeeze the bottom of the cylinder together to adhere, creasing together so the overlapping adhesive is in the middle.  TIP5: if your long overlapping strip is on either side, there will be more stress on it and it could come apart.

 

Stamp words with Pumpkin Pid ink on Whisper White scrap and punch out with the 1 3/8” scallop circle punch.  Punch a 1 1/2” circle in Granny Apple Green and one 1 3/4” circle in Basic Black and layer together.  TIP6:  Mix up your colours depending on which designer paper you are using.  I like to have a coordinating colour on top of my paper so it stands out more.

 

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Candy Packets

Cut a small strip of coordinating patterned paper 1 1/2” x 3 1/2” and make a banner for the ends and glue to middle front of the packet with Liquid Glue.  TIP7:   Insert each end into Banner Triple Punch to make this quick and easy.

Attach circle greeting with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the middle of the packet.  TIP8:  I used three across the middle for strong adhesion as the packet can get a bit bulky depending what you put inside.

 

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Candy Packets

Use your Stampin’ Blends to colour clear rhinestones.  TIP9: I like my colour a bit darker so I used the DARK Pumpkin Pie.  You might like lighter or a mix of light and dark.  Use the bullet tip and be gentle.

 

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Candy Packets

Fill packet with mini candies about 2/3’s full.  TIP10: If they’re not in a wrapper, select hard sided candies that won’t stain the paper (as there is not food safe coating on your paper).  Alternately a flat mini chocolate bar, a peppermint patty or a mini package of candies is perfect.

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Candy Packets

Thread ribbon through the hole in Gold Library Clip and knot once.  Trim if needed.  Put a clip on the open end to hold closed.

And you’re done!!

Wanna see a couple more?

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Candy Packets

This is the other side of that same purple striped paper.  These little ghosties are so darn sweet I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t scare ANYbody!

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Candy Packets

How about a few key-ute kitties too?

Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Candy Packets

Isn’t that Glittered Organdy Ribbon fabulous?  Works out to only 33 cents a foot and adds a fun sparkle to your Halloween designs.

If you love to make candy holders for Halloween – or any occasion really, here are a few more you might like. 

And make sure you check back next week for another fun instalment.  I’ve got more ideas up my sleeve yet like these Handmade Candy Corn Countdown Trick or Treat Candy Packets!

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

My friend Leslie’s card is a wonderful example of how to colour vellum with alcohol markers.  

And what’s the gosh-darn BEST part about her card?  There’s hardly any stamping!  The Graceful Glass designer series vellum is pre-printed with a glossy black design so it makes the perfect on-the-go crafting supply.

Throw a couple sheets in your carry-on, a few of your favourite Stampin’ Blends and you’re all set to WOW your travelling companions.  (Can you tell I’m flying as I’m writing this? 😜)  

Let’s take a peek.

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

Isn’t it pretty? The Stampin’ Blends allowed her to get vibrant blended colour for realistic flowers and a lovely butterfly.  Let’s take a closer look at what she did.

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

While there are a few ways I’ve used my Stampin’ Blends with vellum, Leslie chose to colour hers on the FRONT of the vellum for this dynamite card.  

With this technique, the key is in your blending.  The vellum’s almost “plastic-y” finish allows you a bit longer drying time which comes in handy. 

 

Here are a few hints:

  • Lay down one layer of colour (use your light or dark first whichever you prefer) in a small space.  HINT: try colouring one flower at a time.)
  • While it’s still wet, add in your complementary colours (lighter if you started with dark and vice versa).  Leslie’s colours are Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight (dark only), Old Olive and Mint Macaron for her background.
  • Layer your finished design on top of a piece of Whisper White to make your colour POP even more.

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

 

Let me tell ya, this card is even more beautiful when you see it in person. 

Can you see that sparkle?  After Leslie coloured it with her Blends, she ran over it with her Wink of Stella, also on top.  The alcohol ink stayed right where she put it even with the Wink on top.

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

Did you notice the butterfly?  It’s also in one of the designs from the designer paper.  She coloured it with blends and her Wink of Stella, cut it out and curved it with her bone folder before attaching it with some liquid glue so the wings appear to be fluttering.  

If you like this colouring technique, here’s another card also using the Graceful Glass designer paper and alcohol markers.  Since there’s quite a variety of designs to choose from you can create totally different looks.

And with 24 6”x6” sheets just think how quickly your travel time will fly by (yeah, I couldn’t resist! 😙)

how to colour vellum with alcohol markers

There are minimal supplies to recreate this card.  And to add any you don’t have, just click on the image below to have it shipped directly to your door in about a week.  

Thanks so much for shopping with me!

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

Crafting on-the-go?  Make it quick and painless with pre-printed vellum and your Stampin’ Blends. 

Add a hint of sparkle with your Wink of Stella and you’ll have cards that’ll win rave reviews.  In fact, I predict they’ll all be asking how to colour vellum with alcohol markers for themselves!

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?

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