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Quick Cardmaking Zentangle Ideas

I love quick cardmaking zentangle ideas for great cards. Tell me, are you interested in any of these?

  1. are black and white with pops of colour your thing?
  2. have you got a few circle punches hanging around?
  3. are you short on time?
  4. do you like to get double duty from your creative time?

Then you might want to scroll a little further to see how you can make these quick cardmaking zentangle ideas.

See These Super Quick Cardmaking Zentangle Ideas

So black and white with pops of colour. 👍

I’ll bet you might have a circle punch or two hanging around. How about these ones?

  • 1 1/2″
  • 1 1/4″
  • and a 1″
  • 👍

Short on time? 👍👍

So what about that double duty thing?

Quick Cardmaking Zentangle Ideas

I’m talking about using your zentangle pieces of art and turning them into quick card projects. Here’s how I do it.

I tangle my pieces during down time, usually before bedtime. It’s very relaxing and helps me leave the worries of the day behind. Total mindfulness is what it’s all about. Take a 5 minute read here and here to learn more.

Here’s what a couple of my tiles look like.

I LOVE Quick Cardmaking Zentangle Ideas

Lots of times I’ll photocopy my pieces onto Whisper White cardstock. Then I have it ready to use for card making. (And I even took a larger piece and made my envelope out of it for this project too)

Once I have the copies done, when I’m ready I’ll punch out shapes or crop with a Stampin’ Up! framelit to suit my project. (Like the circles on this one.)

The final touch is to add a dash of simple embellishments like rhinestones, coloured pearls or snippets of ribbon or cord. Not too much as the focal point is the tangled art.

Use Your Circle Punches for Quick Cardmaking Zentangle Ideas

So where’s the double duty? Not only am I getting the relaxation of my tangling, I’m getting the raw material for my next card – or two!

Now if you think your tangling skills are a bit rusty but you like the look of this notecard, want another idea?

Take a piece of black and white DSP and punch away! Why not try the Botanical Butterflies DSP, free with a $60 CDN order right now?

Quick Cardmaking Zentangle Ideas

I’m particularly thinking about the top right hand design. Wouldn’t that look awesome with Pineapple Punch of Lemon-Lime Twist in behind it? Or maybe the black background one with the little butterflies? Can’t you see that one popping right off the card?

My custom envelope is made a larger piece of zentangled cardstock and my Envelope Punch Board. This size will fit a 2 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ folded card. It’s almost like a card in a card when it’s put together!

LOVE Quick Cardmaking Zentangle Ideas?

Give It a Try

Now where are your punches and zentangled paper? Let’s see what you can come up with. Here’s everything I used to make mine so you can add anything you might be missing to your order.

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Quick Cardmaking Zentangle Ideas

Let’s take one last peek at this design.

I LOVE Quick Cardmaking Zentangle Ideas with my Circle punches

So remember. When – not if 😁 – you’re short on time? Think back to these quick cardmaking zentangle ideas for fast and fab get-’em-in-the-mail projects!

Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year 2019

Get off to a fab 2019 with this fun card!

Happy New Year 2019!

I pulled out my Journaling pens and the Celebrate You thinlits to wish you best wishes for 2019 – Zentangle style. I love the size of the celebrate. It really takes centre stage.

Have you used word dies as the focal point on YOUR cards? Being a calligrapher, I absolutely love words and letters, markers and writing. So it makes sense my Product of the Week is…

Happy New Year 2019

Over on my Facebook Group this week, I’ll be sharing a cool deal, my Live and tips and tricks for using word dies in your crafting. Why not join in to have some fun along with us?

Using Word Dies in Your Cardmaking

Happy New Year 2019!

With word framelits, lots of the creating is done for you already. You just need to add a little more decoration. But only if you like. This other congrats card is so vibrant all on its own, I didn’t think it really needed decoration.

And when you use words as your focal point, the rest is just gravy. Yummy, luscious gravy. Like:

  • the Swirls & Curls embossing folder on thick Whisper White
  • a bold Basic Black frame – and card
  • or the sparkly gold glimmer Starburst punch framed with a stitched circle shape
  • the swirly metallic gold thread popping up like fireworks
  • how about the metallic sequins dotted around for added glitz?

Here’s everything you need to make this fun card to celebrate a Happy New Year 2019 too! Or what about a great birthday card for a fab friend? Or a congrats for your kid brother who just graduated?

Happy New Year 2019 Zentangle Card

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Happy New Year 2019 with Zentangle

My mom always says, you want to make sure to start the year off right. Don’t do anything on New Year’s Day that you don’t want to be doing all year!

So that means, shelve the laundry and dishes and the snow removal. And amp up the paper crafting! Make your own Happy New Year 2019 TO ME card to get your 2019 started off on the right foot!


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!

How to Make Zentangle Cards with Detailed Thinlits

Let me show you how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits.  You know you’ve got them hanging around right?  Lots of detailed thinlits because they’re so pretty with your Stampin’ Up! coloured cardstock.

Well, they’re even more pretty when you combine your Zentangle art with them.  I’ve been itching to use the pretty butterfly from the Springtime Impressions thinlits and this is the perfect opportunity. 

want to know how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits


Elegant, yet simple.  

I hit me last week (no worries I survived 😋) that up to now, I’ve only shared card designs with cut out Zentangle shapes in my posts.  In fact, you might remember this post where I outlined which framelits I think are the perfect complement to your Zentangle art.

And I realized I’d been missing sharing a whole other batch of card making fun – detailed thinlits.  So now I’m remedying that “oops” with this design!

let me show you how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

Since there’s lots of detail on the butterfly I chose very simple items to tie the card together:

  • A stitched square frame glued down on an angle
  • Pretty sentiment that stands on its own in Coastal Cabana ink
  • A small piece of knotted ribbon in a coordinating colour (Bermuda Bay 1/4” mini striped ribbon)
  • Classic glitter enamel dot embellishments matching the stamped greeting


want to know how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

How to Make Zentangle Cards with Detailed Thinlits

how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

Create your tangled art (I tell you exactly why I think Zentangle is so special here and select your detailed thinlit

how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

Pick up your thinlit and use the Big Shot die brush to remove the inner pieces

how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

Place your thinlit on top of your art and move it around for a placement you enjoy then run it through your Big Shot

how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

You’ve got a beautiful piece to decorate your card with your tangled thinlit as your focal piece

I couldn’t resist making a second card with the exact same look but a coloured background.  Leave me a comment with which one you like better.

let me show you how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

Here are all the supplies I used to create this card.  Simply click on an image to place your order and your box will arrive in about a week!   

look how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits

Combining two passions, Zantangle and paper crafting, is a fun way I get to spend a couple hours in my studio.  And I do love to share the results with you so you can see how easy it is.

So the next time, you’re wondering how to spend some of your own crafting time, remember how to make zentangle cards with detailed thinlits for a unique and totally original way to showcase your own passions. 

Stampin Up Zentangle Designs Make Cool Cards

Did you know Stampin Up zentangle designs make cool cards?   Do you know how easy it is to combine your love of die cutting and tangling for ultra fast and simple cards? 

For my Keep It Simple Sunday feature today, I’m again showing you a quick and easy design you can whip up in minutes – if you cheat just a teeny weensy bit!  But I’ll get to that in a minute🙂.

If you’ve never tangled before and don’t know anything about it, see how easy it is to add it to your paper crafting tool kit for stand out greetings like this!

Stampin Up Zentangle designs make cool cards

I wanted a more “elegant” look for this one, so combined my Copper Foil Sheets with a few metallic sequins for some shimmer and shine.  Great for a graduation, wedding or anniversary card, don’t you think?

Are you wondering what exactly Zentangle is? Here are the deets.  It’s:

  • super easy-to-learn
  • ultra relaxing
  • fabulously fun and a
  • stress relieving

way to create gorgeous images by drawing repetitive black pen strokes one at a time into structured patterns. Now, who wouldn’t want to play with something like that?

Here’s an example of one of my designs so you can see the patterns it includes.

Stampin Up Zentangle designs make cool cards

What’s so special about Zentangle?  Well, beside the striking black and white and cool patterns?

  1. There’s so few supplies!  A black journalling pen and some white paper are all you REALLY need!
  2. You can’t make mistakes.  No, really!   If a stroke happens to get out of whack somewhere, that only creates a new opportunity for a different design.
  3. And the best part? Anyone can do it – just about anywhere!  It’s a fabulous way to kill airport or doctor office time.
  4. There’s no pre-planning.  No pre-determined end in mind.  And we are free to let our piece of art develop based on the stroke we just laid down on our paper.

How freeing is that?

I think the simplicity is why I think Stampin Up zentangle designs make cool cards!

Stampin Up Zentangle designs make cool cards


For this card, I’ve used Stampin’ Up!’s Sunshine Sayings framelits.  These faux brush lettered greetings are some of my go-to’s for quick cards.  Four different words and three simple shapes make card making a snap.  One swipe through the Big Shot and you’ve got a gorgeous greeting that looks like you spent hours practising your brush letters!  I use these again and again! 

Check out this other design using the same congrats in a completely different way for a totally unique look and feel.

So confession time (AHH-gain sigh!).  If you’re wondering how tangled art can be part of my Keep It Simple Sunday series, here’s the simple answer.  I cheat😊!  

See what I mean in this short video.

Stampin Up Zentangle Designs Make Cool Cards


Stampin Up Zentangle designs make cool cards

I do love to use Basic Black for the base of my zentangle cards.  It just makes the crisp white and black tangled images POP off the page.   Let’s make this one together.


  • Basic Black cardstock – 5 1/2” 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White cardstock – 3 pieces, 1- full 8 1/2”x11” sheet to run through your printer or photocopier, 1- 4” x 5 1/4” (inside) and one 1-3/4” x 4 1/4”
  • Copper Foil sheet – 3/4” x 5 3/8”


  1. Photocopy a completed piece of tangled art onto Whisper White card stock.  (TIP1: this paper is slightly less weight than our other cardstock so it runs through my printer – a Epson ET-4550 – easily)  
  2. Cut out the “congrats” with your Big Shot once from the tangled copy and once from plain Whisper White.
  3. Glue together two words with the white in behind and slightly offset.  (TIP2: Try a colour here to extra WOW!)
  4. Add to card with Mini dimensionals placed on the back.
  5. Glue piece of copper foil to front and adhere various metallic sequins with liquid glue.
  6. Adhere Whisper White panel to inside of card for your writing surface.


  1. Decorate your envelope flap too!  (TIP3: I have a large – 8 1/2” x 11” – tangled sheet I like to use to cut out large pieces like this flap.)

Zentangle and Stampin’ Up! Framelits are pretty much a match made in paper crafting heaven.  To create your own fast and fun designs like this one, here are all the supplies you need. Have fun!

Stampin Up Zentangle designs make cool cards

Do you find the black and white striking too?  Or maybe you’d prefer some colour?  See this one where I’ve combined it with another bold colour – Lemon Lime Twist.  Or this one with Island Indigo (which is soon to be gone😩).  

No matter whether you’re drawn more to the “non” colours or colours, I know you’ll enjoy combining your tangled art with your framelits.  Why not pull yours out so you can see how Stampin Up zentangle designs make cool cards too?


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