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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?


How I Cheat to Make Zentangle Stampin Up Framelits Cards | VIDEO

Let me show you how I cheat to make zentangle Stampin Up framelits cards!  Well, it’s not really a cheat.  I’m just being ultra efficient! 😃 

Really, once you take a peek at my video to see how quick and easy they are to make, you’ll be grabbing the Large Number framelits to get loads of cards done too! 

Let’s take a look.

make zentangle stampin up framelits cards


Sort of elegant, but at the same time FUN, don’t you think?  There’s just something about crisp white and bold black that pulls me in every time!  And this one could be both a birhday or anniversary!  

Plus, you could make these for just about anybody!  Kids LOVE to see their age on a card!  And how about one like this for the friend who NEVER ages 😉?


make zentangle stampin up framelits cards

I do find bold colours really showcase my zentangle work, but don’t limit yourself to JUST black and white colour schemes.  Did you see my cool Christmas ideas too?

Although the Large Number framelits are retiring this May (EEK!  Better get them now!), I know mine will be staying in my paper crafting stash.  There’s just too many options to use them again and again, especially when I combine them with my tangled art!

Before I skip to the video, let me show you everything I used to design these celebratory greetings.   It’s easy to pick up anything you need to recreate some of my zentangle Stampin Up framelits cards by simply clicking on the image below.  It will ship right to your doorstep in about a week.  Thanks!

How I cheat to make Zentangle Stampin Up framelits cards

See?  It’s not really cheating is it?  If you can do the work once and get more than one use out of it, that’s using my own “creative license” I figure.  😇

Isn’t it great when you can combine two hobbies into gorgeous results like this?  Not only do you get the relaxation and stress relief of tangling AND card making, think how delighted your card recipients will be!  Here’s a close up.

make zentangle stampin up framelits cards


If you’ve never tried zentangle before, get the scoop why I love it in this post and this one.  And if stress relief, pretty patterns, no rules and easy peasey sound attractive to you, you can find all kinds of resources at www.zentangle.com.  


make zentangle stampin up framelits cards


So come on, get tangling!  And now you know how I cheat to make zentangle Stampin Up framelits cards, who do you know that would love to get one of these from YOU?

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