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Card Making Techniques and Tips

Card Making Techniques and Tips

Remember these cards with cutouts last week? How about another idea, this time with the Stitched Labels framelits?

AWESOME Greetings and Card Making Techniques and Tips

Can you see it? Just that “little somethun'” in the background?

Add a neat – yet so simple – element like this so people will look twice when they get your card in the mail. Here’s a close up so you can see how interesting this stitched thinlit really is.

Detailed Stitched Label Thinlits and Card Making Techniques and Tips

Cool isn’t it? A tiny hint of the white background showing through for a peek-a-boo effect.

All the framelits and thinlits in this Stitched Label dies have…you got it…stitching. And you don’t need to get out your needle and thread or your sewing machine for awesome designs.

The one I used almost looks like a geographical land mass on a map!

OK, it’s Keep It Simple Sunday so that always means you get the measurements and steps to make my project yourself. Here ya go!

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Shimmery White cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″, scraps
  • Night of Navy cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Sahara Sand cardstock – scrap at least 3″ x2″
  • ribbon – about 3″

Let’s Make It

Here are some card making techniques and tips to create this simple card at home.

Card Making Techniques and Tips with Stampin Up By the Bay and Detailed Stitched Label Thinlits

  1. Place your stitched thinlit on left side of Night of Navy cardstock and run through your Big Shot. Then attach it to your folded card with dimensionals. TIP: Use your paper piercer to get out the tiny little squares.
  2. Stamp gulls and thank you in Sahara Sand ink onto scrap of Shimmery White cardstock and crop with second smallest Layering Oval. TIP: Use your Stamparatus for perfect placement. See my Stamparatus must-have tips here.
  3. Crop next size scalloped oval to mat your image and greeting. Glue together.
  4. Colour Polka Dot tulle ribbon with your Light Soft Suede Stampin’ Blend and let dry a couple minutes. TIP: Use the brush top ON ITS SIDE for best results. TIP: You probably won’t need to colour both sides side it should seep through the fabric.
  5. Fold over ribbon and attach to a glue dot, then use a second glue dot to add it the back left of the ovals.
  6. Adhere to right hand side of card with two dimensionals.

And as quick as that, you have a card for just about anyone on your list. But I specifically had a male in mind for this card. Yes, EVEN with the ribbon – but…

Did You Notice?

I’ve made slight changes in my card with my ink and ribbon colour. I’d love it if you left a comment for which one appeals to you?

a. All Sahara Sand?

Card Making Techniques and Tips with Stampin Up By the Bay

Or b. with the touches of Night of Navy?

Card Making Techniques and Tips and Cards with Cutouts

Do YOU think one is MORE masculine than the other?

Time to Make It Yourself

Take a stitch out of my book and create this masculine card in your own crafting area. You can get your By the Bay absolutely free with a $60 CDN order until March 31st. See all the Sale-a-bration gifts here.

Card Making Techniques and Tips
Big Shot
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$150.00
Stamparatus
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$67.00

A Final Peek

Card Making Techniques and Tips for Classic Greetings with Stampin Up Detailed Stitched Labels

Simple designs are so effective at conveying your gratitude. Add a bit of the unexpected to elevate them the tiniest bit more with card making techniques and tips like this one using cutouts.

Painted Seasons Handmade Card

Painted Seasons Handmade Card

I’m officially tired of winter! So no more snow and no more minus a bajillion degree temps! Plus I’m getting ready for spring with my Product of the Week!

There, now doesn’t that make you feel better?

So the first project this week is a Painted Seasons handmade card. It’s a Level 2 Sale-a-bration gift. This means when you order $120 CDN in product with me, you can get it for free.

Yup, you read that right. Nada. Nil. Zilch-o dollars for this wonderful bundle.

Stampin Up Painted Seasons Handmade Card

The paper alone is TO – DIE – FOR! But the images are so pretty it’s a must-have for cards like this.

Stampin Up Painted Seasons Handmade Card

Now I have to admit. These colours are a bit out of my comfort zone. Grapefruit Grove and Call Me Clover are probably my least favourite of the 2018-20 In Colors. So this card took a bit of doing for me! But I had help.

I matched my flower, leaves and words to the colours in the paper. After all Stampin’ Up! has artists who design these combinations. So they must have a good idea right? Why not use them ALL the time?

Here’s how you can too. The colours are listed on the back of every package of designer paper from Stampin’ Up! So for this Painted Seasons package, you can choose Poppy Parade, Crumb Cake, Pool Party or Lemon-Lime Twist.

Which ones would you have chosen?

Painted Seasons Handmade Card

Let’s take a closer peek at my design.

Stampin Up Painted Seasons Handmade Card

Not two or three, but SIX layers on this card. But it doesn’t look too busy since some of the layers are “barely” there!

  1. the Early Espresso card base
  2. a Grapefruit Grove panel embossed with the pretty Tufted embossing folder
  3. my Stitched Rectangle DSP (which coincidentally was left over from another card I made you can see over on my Facebook Group)
  4. a second stitched rectangle, this one in Vellum cardstock, stamped with two of the ferns in bright Call Me Clover
  5. the Part of My Story greeting cropped with the Everyday Label punch
  6. A fussy cut flower (you can get the Four Seasons framelits now to make it easier!) embellished with a few pearls

The Part of My Story stamp set has been another popular free item during Sale-a-bration. With mixed fonts, brush lettering and some unique greetings, you can probably see why too!

Stampin Up Painted Seasons Handmade Card

You can see how I used more of the greetings in this fun fold envelope and this watercolour background design.

Now It’s Your Turn

Get your items free with Sale-a-bration this year. Simply purchase all the items to make this card below and you will qualify for both the Painted Season bundle AND the Part of My Story freebies.

Or if there are other free items you might like, you can see all of them up for grabs here.

Painted Seasons Handmade Card
Big Shot
[143263]
$150.00

Let’s take one more view of this pretty card.

Stampin Up Painted Seasons Handmade Card

See You Soon!

Thanks for dropping in a spending a few minutes with me today. I hope you enjoyed this design and it gives you an idea to create your own. I love to see what you’re crafting so be sure to send me an email at [email protected] with a pic!

Make a Painted Seasons handmade card like this – or any kind of card using colour combinations designed by artist – and have fun!

Sale-a-bration 3rd Release is Here!

In case you were finding the Sale-a-bration items a bit slim since supplies have run out, now we’ve got even more items. From the Annual catalogue. To get a quick pdf of the flyer, click here.

But first I want to give you the lowdown on what’s no longer available. These four items have been so popular this year, they’re gone for good!

Sale-a-bration Items Sold Out!

Look What’s Been Added!

Sale-a-bration 3rd Release Items Added

To see all the Sale-a-bration items free until the end of March with a minimum $60 order, click here.

A word to the wise? If there’s something you’d like to add to your supplies, don’t delay. Items are only available while supplies last!

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
Big Shot
[143263]
$150.00

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!

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