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Cards with Cutouts

Come see how I’ve used cards with cutouts not once, but TWO times in my Facebook Live Replay today! And in less than 10 measly minutes!

I LOVE how EASY Cards with Cutouts are with Petal Promenade DSP and Beautiful Layers Thinlits from Stampin Up

Isn’t this pretty? Did you realize there were gorgeous wreaths like this in the Petal Promenade DSP? They are perfect against the Soft Smoky Slate textured background.

They are actual photographs turned into paper. And they look so realistic, You can almost smell the flowers!

If you like this paper, here’s another idea for a card you can make in MINUTES!

I had been planning this card for a few weeks so what a BONUS to have the Petal Promenade DSP become a FREE Sale-a-bration item last Friday! That’s right, with a $60 CDN order, you can add this beautiful paper as your gift.

Cards with Cutouts

So where are the two kinds of cutouts? Take a peek at my video to see for yourself!

Here’s the card we made together in the video. It really is a special greeting for someone who is going through a difficult time. You could make 12 out of one package of DSP and switch up the background colours for a bit of variety.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Mossy Meadow cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Petal Promenade DSP – 4″ x 5 1/4″ and cutout for wreath
  • Rose metallic thread – about 24″

How about a close up so you can see how much that Petal Pink Rhinestone sparkles?

Cards with Cutouts with Petal Promenade DSP are QUICK & EASY!

Over to You!

Get your Paper Snips and grab yourself some Petal Promenade DSP and in minutes you can have a beautiful card like this too.

You can always find my supplies listed in the description section of the YouTube video. And I put them here as well so it’s easy for you to place an order. I know your crafting dollars are limited so I thank you for choosing to spend them with me.

Don’t miss out on more FREEBIES? Add this month’s host code so you can earn Sunny Rewards too!

Cards with Cutouts
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Pick a Favourite

So I always like to ask. Which one is your favourite? Leave me a comment below so everyone can see!

Is it the one we made together with the portrait orientation and rectangle wreath?

Cards with Cutouts are Quick and Easy with Stampin' Up'!'s  Beautiful Layers Thinlits and Petal Promenade DSP

Or the round wreath with the variegated coloured flowers I made earlier?

Handmade Cards with Cutouts for Quick Crafting and Stampin UP Beautiful Layers Thinlits

Thanks for Checking In!

I’m glad you stopped in to check out both my video and today’s blog. Set a reminder and be part of my Facebook Live design team Tuesdays at 6:30 MST.

Just think how fun it will be to order me around! 😋

Cards with Cutouts and Petal Promenade DSP

Next time you need a quick card with just a different look, remember this easy one. Add interest with your detailed thinlits to create cards with cutouts – in mere minutes!

Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Yesterday I showed you how to use your Stampin’ Write markers to create beautiful watercolour backgrounds. Today I’ve got TIPS to care for your markers so you get lots of life out of them.  And I want you to see how fabulous they look to paint an open line image with water in your Aqua Painter.

Professional Results using Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

I wanted to showcase a masculine card today.  And the Home to Roost stamp set is ideal. It’s your free gift from SU! with Sale-a-bration 2019!  Just place a $60 CDN order with me and he’s yours for free!  And if you ask me, free’s a pretty great deal!

Three Steps to Paint with Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

  1. Grab one of your acrylic blocks. 
  2. Scribble directly onto the block with the brush tip. 
  3. Then pick up colour with your Aqua Painter and dab on paint your image.

Easy peasey!  And you can achieve wonderfully blended watercolour painting like this.

Jo’s Tips to Marker Watercolour

  • Use StazOn ink to stamp your image and let dry.  (It dries in no time.)
  • Layer a small amount of clear water to the part of your image you want to colour before adding ink.  You just want it to be a bit shiny, not look like there are puddles of water
  • Tap in a very light touch of your Aqua Painter to the water and watch it spread.  If it doesn’t spread, it’s probably just a tad dry.  Just add a bit more water and try again.
  • Clean off your Aqua Painter between colours on a scrap of paper towel.
  • Layer additional colour on once your area has dried SLIGHTLY.  You still want it to merge and blend, just not quite so much.
  • Speed up your drying time by placing the edge of a paper towel into a wet spot to soak it up.  Or give it a shot of your heat tool. 
I LOVE to Use Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Your Stampin’ Write markers will last for years and give tons of colouring and blending options.  They’re pretty low maintenance but here are a few ideas to keep them in mint condition.

TIPS to Care for your Stampin’ Write Markers

  1. Store them laying flat so ink doesn’t flow to only one end
  2. Ensure cap is tightly closed (with a clicking noise) to avoid drying out
  3. Use a light hand to preserve tip’s life
  4. Make sure to use the SIDE of the brush tip for colouring to maintain its point
  5. Get them out and play – they work best when they get lots of fresh air! 😉
  6. Replace when the brush tip looks a bit “furry” or bullet tip no longer writes

Jo’s Design Details

  • Add a dry embossed panel behind your watercolored image for added texture (I used the Seaside folder on a piece of Bermuda Bay)
  • Gently pull apart a couple scrap pieces of copper trim and glue behind the top left and bottom right corners of your watercolored panel
  • Knot a small piece of linen thread through a True Gentlemen button then place on bottom right with a glue dot
I LOVE this Home to Roost with Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Like watercolouring? Check out this pretty project too for a more feminine card.

Get Creative

Now it’s up to you!  Pull out a few markers, an acrylic block and an Aqua Painter to paint to your heart’s content! 

To purchase any of the supplies I used, a simple click on any image below is all it takes.  Thanks so much for choosing to shop with me.

Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects
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FAST & FUN: Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Thank You

Did you enjoy my masculine project today?  I hope it gave you a little shot of inspiration to grab your markers to craft.

And I hope you’ve also been enjoying my series on using your markers for rubber stamping projects – I’ve still got more to share so keep checking back!

How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers | Facebook Live Replay

Want an ultra quickie idea for how to make watercolour backgrounds with markers?  Your Stampin’ Write markers that is?  Look no further than my Facebook Live Replay!

Or maybe you caught my Facebook Live last night?  Every week I host an online paper crafting class that YOU star in!  Most times, YOU pick the colours, ribbons, embellishments, and change up the design as I’M crafting.

That way we never really know what we’re going to end up with.  It’s fun!  Come join us any Tuesday night at 6:30 MST over on my Design with Jo business page .  (Note this is a new day and time so you can join in the fun once your work day is over.)

I love, luv, LOVE the versatility of our water-based markers. So all this week, I’m showing you how to use them for loads of crafting options.

Before we get to today’s video, let me show you this beauty card.  And then I’ll share all the supplies so you can make one along with me.

Let Me Show You How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

Isn’t it pretty? I love this colour combination together. And I love the stamped sentiment. Beautiful brush lettering offset with plain type. Gorgeous! It’s from the Part of My Story stamp setfree during Sale-a-bration.

Here are your supplies to make these lovely backgrounds at home.

How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

OK, are you all set?  Let’s take a peek.

How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

Quick and easy yes?  With lovely results.  So…

What’s Not To Love About Stampin’ Write Markers?

  • Fabulously pigmented colours perfectly coordinated with your Stampin’ Up! ink pads and papers
  • Two tips to handle all your larger and smaller tasks
  • Brush lettering in a snap (like on this fun, fun project)!
  • Tons of versatility (colouring, blending, watercolour, lettering, omission stamping…and on and on)
You won't believe how SIMPLE How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers Is!

You know, this is only the second time I pulled out my Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut specialty paper.  I’m not sure why I’ve been hiding them. 😟They are simply beautiful and SO easy to use.  With million dollar results like these.  Here are the measurements for today’s card:

Cuttin’ It Up

  • Very Vanilla Thick cardstock-  5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Pool Party cardstock – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Watercolour Paper – 3 3/4” x 5” (then later cut to 3 1/” x 4 7/8″)
  • Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Cut paper – one panel cut down to 3 1/2” x 4 7/8”
  • Pool Party 3/8” shimmer ribbon – about 12”

A Quick Question or Two for You

  1. How many of us have a few Stampin’ Write markers kicking around somewhere?
  2. When was the last time you used them?  A day?  A week?  Hopefully not more than a month?

NOW is the time to get them out and play! Backgrounds this pretty – and this easy – are just minutes away!

Time to Choose!

This is one of my favourite parts of my FB Live replay blog posts.  I’d love it if you left me a comment.  Which one do you like the best?

My pretty soft and subtle gem?

I LOVE How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

A knock-your-socks-off combination of pinks? (Melon Mambo, Lovely Lipstick, Berry Burst)

Stampin Writes and How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

Or the appeal of just-a-hint-of-laser-paper? (So Saffron, Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist)

EASY PEASEY How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

Or the monochromatic look with only slight variations in colours (Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral and Powder Pink)

I LOVE How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

I could go on forever playing with these Stampin’ Write backgrounds and the Delightfully Detailed Laser cut speciality paper. But I want you to start experimenting with them too!

Oh So PRETTY How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

So cut your watercolour paper, pick your colours and top up your Stampin’ Spritzer.  Then get busy with how to make watercolour backgrounds with markers for your friends and family!

Card Folding Techniques for Card Making

One of the easiest ways to add variety to your handmade cards is to use card folding techniques for card making. Let me show you a fun fold with my photo tutorial that’s so easy, you’ll send EVERY card out the door making this design!

Then when you run out of ideas for this fold, grab my Creative Folds online class for five more ideas!

Card Folding Techniques for Card Making

You know I’ve been focussing on the Fable Friends stamp set this week. So far you’ve seen my mama duck and her ducklings and my sweet Easter bunny gift bag.

Now it’s time to play with the sailor squirrel for a bright and cheery fun fold card.

Add Excitement to Your Crafting with Card Folding Techniques for Card Making

A bit unexpected colours for our nursery rhyme figures isn’t it? Why not Poppy Parade, Mango Melody and Call Me Clover for a pick-me-up kind of card? And take a peek at the fun inside!

PHOTO TIPS: Card Folding Techniques for Card Making

It’s a blast to add fun folds as a technique to fancy up your cards. And when you can make them in minutes, what could be better?

Get five more simple ideas in my Creative Folds online class.

Card Folding Techniques for Card Making

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Poppy Parade cardstock – 1 piece 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, 2nd piece 2 1/2″ x 9 3/8″, scored at 5 1/8″
  • Mango Melody cardstock – 4″ x 7 1/2″, scored at 2 1/4″
  • Painted Seasons DSP (FREE with your $120 CDN order right now) – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Whisper White – 2 1/4″ x 4 7/8″
  • Call Me Clover 1/8″ grosgrain ribbon – two pieces about 10″ long each

Jo’s Design Details

  1. Start by folding my scored pieces of Poppy Parade and Mango Melody cardstock along the score lines.
  2. Next adhere your large piece of patterned paper to the inside of the Mango Melody cardstock.
  3. Then stamp the flower from A Big Thank You in coordinating ink to add interest to the fronts of your cards.
  4. Stamp words and one flower onto your piece of Whisper White cardstock. Adhere to inside of folded Poppy Parade “card”.
  5. Then add your ribbon. Here’s how to do it.
Card Folding Techniques for Card Making

Lay your piece of Mango Melody cardstock flat with the flowers you just stamped on the left. Tape down a piece of ribbon about 1 1/2″ in with Tear & Tape. TIP:  Adhere to the side that DOES NOT have flowers stamped on it. TIP: I used two pieces of Tear & Tape to make it secure.

Card Folding Techniques for Card Making

Close Poppy Parade “card” then place your handheld 1/8″ punch as far as it will go into the FRONT of the card. Punch your hole.

Insert second piece of ribbon from the INSIDE through the hole and secure with two pieces of Tear & Tape.

Assemble your Card

Card Folding Techniques for Card Making
  1. Fold both cards shut and turn over. Add Tear & Tape to all sides.
  2. Remove tape backing from Mango Melody and adhere to single sheet of Poppy Parade 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
  3. Remove tape backing from Poppy Parade and line up right hand fold with edge of the patterned paper. TIP: Keep an eye on the inside card to make sure it’s straight.

Decorate the front

  1. Stamp the squirrel in Early Espresso ink and colour the flower ONLY with Stampin’ Blends. TIP: Let dry slightly or give it a shot with your Heat Tool and your blend will work perfectly and not smear a bit!
  2. Run through 2 1/8″ layering circle with your Big Shot.
  3. Crop next size up scallop circle in Mango Melody and glue together.
  4. Adhere over top of Tear & Tape with dimensionals.
Try DIFFERENT Card Folding Techniques for Card Making

Get More Creative Fold Card Tutorials

If simple fun folds is how you like to decorate your cards, you’ll love my online Creative Folds class! Full how-to videos and pdfs to make 5 awesome creative fold designs. All it takes is a simple click to make fabulous cards just like this one.

Over to You!

Ok, time to get busy in your craft area!

Here is everything you will need to make this cheerful fun fold card.  To order any of these supplies, simply click on an image below. 

Remember! Until March 31st, all your orders count towards free Sale-a-Bration items.  That means, with every $60 CDN order, you get to pick out free goodies! And $120 CDN will net you the Painted Season patterned paper (I used here) with its lovely coordinating stamp set!

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Make sure you add some coordinating pizzazz to your envelope too. All I did was add two small strips of the DSP to the side of the envelope front. Now all I need to do is letter my friend’s name with my Poppy Parade Stampin’ Write marker and it’s ready to pop in the mail.

Card Folding Techniques for Card Making Adds PUNCH and POLISH!

Want to get your cards noticed? Add immediate interest with card folding techniques for card making – I guarantee you’ll have fun and they’ll LOVE ’em!

Narrow Note Cards for Fast DIY Card Making

I predict you’ll need to order some of the narrow note cards for fast DIY card making once you see this card. Pair mere SCRAPS of cardstock and Sparkle glimmer paper with your Bitty Blooms Punch Pack to end up with a cutie like this.

It's So EASY to Use Narrow Note Cards for Fast DIY Card Making

I’ve got a Pinterest board called Make It In 5! And this adorable card is at the top of the list! Make sure you pin it on your own boards to come back to!

How many ways can we describe today’s Keep It Simple Sunday project?

  • Simple
  • Quick
  • Cheerful
  • Sweet
  • Colourful
  • FAST

What other words would you use? I’d love to read your comment!

The Bitty Blooms Punch Pack are cute as can be. I used one punch for this project last week too. Let’s see a close-up of all 4 of them.

Narrow Notecards for Fast DIY Card Making

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • cardstock – scraps of Gorgeous Grape, Daffodil Delight, Lemon-Lime Twist and Flirty Flamingo
  • glimmer paper – tiny scraps

Now check out all my TIPS to make it at home.

Let’s Make It!

#simplestamping Narrow Note Cards for Fast DIY Card Making
  1. Punch flower 4 times from cardstock scraps. Punch circle and leaf duo 8 times from Lemon-Lime Twist cardstock and 4 times from Sparkle glimmer paper.
  2. Adhere flowers together with Liquid glue. TIP: Use your silicone craft sheet for easy cleanup in case your glue goes awry 🤓! TIP: Place flower upside down and add a dab of flue and put leaves on top. Vary the leaf placement on each flower. Turn over to place dot. TIP: Use your Take Your Pick tool to pick up the glimmer paper circle and place onto a dab of liquid glue.
  3. Stamp greeting in Gorgeous Grape ink.
  4. Add flowers with Mini Dimensional. TIP: Adhere middle flower first then, one on either side. TIP: Add a tiny dab of liquid glue to the OUTSIDE flap of the envelope to add your last flower.

Over to You!

Time to get out your Bitty Bloom punches and create your own Make It in 5! cards. Or do you need the set of these adorable punches?

Place an order here to get yours shipped direct to you in about a week. Remember to add my host code JX3TEVQC with any online order over $60 so you can start ramping up your way to $50 in free product!

Narrow Note Cards for Fast DIY Card Making

ADORABLE & Quick: Narrow Note Cards for Fast DIY Card Making

‘Til Next Time

If you loved this sweet card, this other cute and quick punch card idea might tickle your creative spirit too.

And be sure to keep checking back for more great ideas with me. You never know what might show up. Some might even be on narrow note cards for fast DIY card making just like this one!

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