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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
  • Steals of a Deal
  • Regular Facebook Lives (Wednesdays at 4:30 MST)
  • 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!

Happy World Card Making Day 2018

Happy World Card Making Day 2018

Yessirree!  It’s OUR day!  A day set aside just for us paper crafters!

Today, we get a free pass.

  • No laundry.
  • No dishes.
  • And don’t even think about cleaning the house!

Just grab your paper, stamps & inks and my FREE pdf photo tutorial.  Then get crafting with this quick and simple card.

FREE pdf for World Card Making Day 2018

A cheerful card using some of my favourite tools.

  • Punch?  ✔️
  • Big Shot and thinlit?  ✔️
  • Ribbon?  ✔️

I’ve been having fun with the Stitched Label thinlits.  So pretty and easy to cut with your Big Shot and Precision Base Plate.  Plus get more looks by using the positive shape (like I did with this fun card) or the negative space like on this laser cut one.

And that happy swoosh of ombre ribbon?  My pdf shows you a quick TIP for getting to stay perfectly in place.

Get all the supplies, measurements and photo steps for this Calypso Coral card.

I LOVE World Card Making Day 2018


If coral’s not your thing, what about this version in Lemon-Lime Twist?


Quick and Easy Card to make for World Card Making Day 2018


Or if you have time, why not get your World Card Making Day 2018 off to a great start with this stepped-up version?


FREE pdf photo tutorial for World Card Making Day 2018

World Card Making Day ideas

And be sure to check out my card from last year.  I’ve got all the steps in my blog post to make it too.

So that’s FOUR cards you can be creating today!  YAY!  And I bet you’ll JUST be getting started!

Plus if you’re needing some new kits, notecards, stamps or adhesives, don’t forget about the World Card Making Day 2018 sale from Stampin’ Up!



World Card Making Day 2018

Did you claim your FREE pdf photo tutorial yet?

Grab it and have some fun with YOUR day!  Your happy World Card Making Day 2018 will be gone quickly – and you’ll have to wait another 364 days for it to come ’round again!





World Card Making Day 2018 Deals

World Card Making Day 2018 deals are here – but only until October 7th!  So you won’t want to put off getting in on some of the discounted items to make your card making fast and fun!

Did you know there’s a day set aside internationally just for us card makers?  Yup! And it’s this Saturday, October 7th.

And in honour of this super day, Stampin’ Up! has some deals for you!  Selected adhesives, papers, kits, stamp sets…everything you need to get crafting now!  Here’s the complete list.

If you want to get in on the deals, the best way is to place an online order with me.  Shipped directly to your doorstep in about a week, you’ll be getting creative in no time flat!

And if your order comes to $75 (before shipping and GST), and you use hostess code VWQ3RYAN, you’ll automatically get my October Bonus Gift sent to you at the beginning of November.  I’ll mail it to you anywhere in Canada, absolutely FREE!

Simply click on any image below to order or see a larger view!

Shop World Card Making Deals Now!

how to match embossing folders and framelits

So what have you got planned for this coming Saturday?  Why not stop back here and get an exclusive pdf for a fun card you can create yourself?

And in the meantime don’t forget the World Card Making 2018 deals won’t be around forever – take advantage of them now!

How to Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds | VIDEO

Today I want to show you exactly how to emboss Brusho Crystal watercolour backgrounds.  I am in love with these vibrant watercolour crystals to create spectacular one-of-a-kind backgrounds.

I just had to put together a video for you to give you some hints on working with them so you can get fabulous results like this too.


How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds


You might remember this beautiful butterfly card made by my friend Karen using this technique.  And although I know you have the steps from that blog post, sometimes it’s just a little easier to see it in action right?

But first, let’s take a quick look at this card from another angle.


How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds


Now, you may already know that I am a watercolour gal.  Give me some watercolour paper, inks and some water and I’m as happy as a puppy in a bag of unguarded dog chow.  

I absolutely love creating backgrounds and stamping, like on this masculine birthday card or having fun colouring like you see on this oh-so-cute rhino.  

So when another medium comes along to give me some of those same – yet different – results, sign me up!


How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds


Don’t you just love how intense these colours are? It’s amazing how only a teeny tiny speck of crystal creates such awesome results.  How about we take a peek at my video to see exactly how to get gorgeous backgrounds like this?


How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

Did you see how easy Brusho is to use?  A couple simple taps, a spritz, time to dry (the hardest part) and what stunning results.  Your friends will think you’re a genius!

And for another quick and easy technique with Brusho, you’ve gotta check this one out.

Want a closer peek at the other colour combinations I showed you in the video?

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds


OK, now I need to know.  Leave me a comment.  Which one is your favourite?  The red-orange or yellow-blue-green?


How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

You’ll be happy to know the supply list for these cards is pretty short.  I’ll bet you probably have most items in your stash of goodies, and might only need to add the Brusho. 

Simply click on any of the images below to take you to my online store and that darling little brown UPS truck will be headed your way.

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

Pssst…know what I have coming up for you?  A fab Brusho online class you are going to love (five different techniques)!  Keep your eyes peeled!  You won’t want to miss it!

And in the meantime, now you’ve seen just how quick and easy this resist technique is, get out your watercolour paper and spritzers.  I’d love for you to share with me how to emboss Brusho Crystal watercolour backgrounds YOUR way!

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!

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