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How to Use Stencils in Cardmaking | Facebook Live REPLAY

When you know how to use stencils in cardmaking, there’s practically no limit to your designs.  And in my Facebook Live REPLAY,  I’m showing how to make, use and then decorate a card with stencils.  Let’s dive in!

How to Use Stencils in Cardmaking to Add POP to Your Designs

I actually made this card a year ago.  And I put it out on display in my classroom this year too since all the supplies for it are still current. 

And I don’t know if it’s where I put it, the time of year or if the stars have all been aligned, but this was the one card that ’s been noticed and commented on the most this fall. 

Soooo, I thought you might like to see how it’s made!

 

How to Use Stencils in Cardmaking

Here are all the measurements to make this card for yourself at home.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Thick Whisper White cardstock – 8” x 9 1/4”, scored at 4”
  • Pool Party cardstock – 1 piece 3 1/2” x 8 1/2” and 1 piece 3 3/4” x 9”
  • Whisper White cardstock – 3 1/2” x 8 1/2”
  • 3/8” Metallic Edged Ribbon – about 18”

Let me SHOW YOU How to Use Stencils in Cardmaking

The best part once you know how to use stencils in cardmaking? Since our stencil is made from a Window Sheet, it’s totally reusable.  Over and over! 

So here’s your challenge:

  1. make stencils of your favourite greetings
  2. clean them off after each use with a paper towel
  3. store them in a safe and dry place

..and you’ll have them for almost forever!

To duplicate this project simply click on the pictures below to go directly to my online store.  Thanks for shopping with me! 😀

Admittedly the Large Letters framelits are a higher price point and you might be a bit hesitant.  But I promise you’ll never tire of them.  They are classic forms, the perfect size and can be used for all kinds of projects.  In fact, I’m so sure of it, if you purchase them and never use them, I’ll buy them back from you, no questions asked! 

Plus NOW is the best time to hint to a significant other about what a GREAT gift they’d make! 😉

Want some more ideas?  We made this awesome Valentine’s sampler a couple years ago. 

And you might remember this ombre card using this same JOY template. 

And I just finished a class where we made a quick and easy holiday home decor piece.

how to use stencils in cardmaking

A really inexpensive and impressive gift to make for friends they’ll display forever.

OK, let’s take one last peek at our card for today.

New VIDEO for How to Use Stencils in Cardmaking

So now you know how to use stencils in card making, what’s the first greeting you’re going to start with – HAPPY, THANKS, LOVE – it really doesn’t matter which one, you’ll have fun with this technique.

Using Ink Pads for Different Stamping Techniques

Today we’re playing with using ink pads for different stamping techniques.  And let me tell you.  You are going to love love love it!   

My Product of the Week is, you guessed it, ink pads!  

using ink pads for different stamping techniques

While I used Classic pads on this card, the star of the show is the Whisper White craft pad.  I want to show you how you can instantly get more life from one of your craft tools (your embossing folder). Plus there’s not, one but TWO ways to do this quick technique.

You’ll want to snap up the Craft Stampin’ Pad & Refill today when you see how easy it is to create this neat whitewashed wood background.

Have you tried using ink pads for different stamping techniques?

Cool right?  (no pun intended😀!)  Here, I used it on some bright Granny Apple Green to add a rustic and wintry touch ideal for your holiday cards.

Isn’t bleached wood just about EVERYwhere you look these days?  Why not add it to your paper crafting too? 

It’s easy to do too.   All you need is the Craft Stampin’ Pad & Refill, an embossing folder (the Pinewood Planks Dynamic embossing folder takes my vote), some cardstock, a sponge and your Big Shot.

Technique 1 for using ink pads for different stamping techniques:

  1. Open up your embossing folder and lay it as flat as possible.
  2. Tap your sponge into your Whisper White craft pad and tap ink all over the side that has the ridges in it.
  3. Lay your cardstock carefully on top of the ink and close together.
  4. Run through your Big Shot…

and BAM!  Instant weathered weathered wood!

It's FUN using ink pads for different stamping techniques

Here’s the second way you can get much the same look.

Technique 2 for using ink pads for different stamping techniques

  1. Insert your cardstock into your embossing folder and run through the Big Shot.
  2. Remove paper.
  3. Open your Whisper White craft pad and LIGHTLY rub the ink over the EMbossed lines of the paper, and along the outside edges.

Try using ink pads for different stamping techniques for FAB cards

Jo-TIPS  (sorta like Q-Tips without the fuzz 😂)

  • Let the weather card panel dry completely or give it a shot with your Heat Tool before using it on your card.
  • Fully clean your embossing folder with a wet wipe or water before you go to make another non-weathered pinewood embossing!

I LOVE using ink pads for different stamping techniques

Here’s a few other details about this card.

  • the bough and berries come form the Pretty Pines thinlits
  • I gave the boughs a shot with my Wink of Stella refilled with Lemon-Lime Twist before I cut them.  See how easy THIS is with my short video.
  • the sweet little topper on my oval greeting is a stamp I’ve never used from the Christmas Pines set before (😮) but it’s perfect to finish off the sentiment
  • the clear faceted gem both finishes off the bough embellishment like a berry AND his the glue dots holding the boughs together

Simply click on any picture to take you to my 24-7 online store where you can get all these items to make your own card.

I LOVE using ink pads for different stamping techniques

You know how I love to show you ways to get more from your craft supplies?  These techniques are an awesome way to do that. 

Whether you use the Pinewood Planks all on its own like I did with this all occasion card,  or create the trendy weathered look on any colour of paper you own, it’s superb. 

Plus the same technique works for ALL your embossing folders.  Give them a test drive too.  Now, what’s not to love about using ink pads for different stamping techniques?

Use Sponge Daubers for Card Making | VIDEO

Want a simple way to use sponge daubers for card making

If you’ve got sponge daubers sitting at the bottom of one of your crafting drawers, pull ‘em out!  You’ll want one for every colour of ink once you see how easy it is to make quick cards with my video today.  

Take a peek at my super fast snowflake card using sponge daubers and your Snowfall thinlits.

Let me Show you How to Use Sponge Daubers for Card Making

I once again want to show you how to get a bit more life out of your crafting supplies.  This time, let’s use your metal thinlit dies as a template.

Before I get to the video, here is everything I used in case you want to follow along and make it with me.

Want to Know How to Use Sponge Daubers for Card Making?

Bits’n Bites

  • Merry Merlot – 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2”
  • Mossy Meadow – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Whisper White – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Merry Merlot and Copper ribbon – about 5”

 

How to Use Sponge Daubers for Card Making

 

 

Simple stamping is where I tend to go when I’m creating for others.  But if you think simple is boring, take a look at these other designs that you can make in 10 minutes or less!

EASY as 1-2-3 How to Use Sponge Daubers for Card Making

Guess what?  It’s time to get crafting. 

Whether you’ve got lots of time to get ready with your holiday cards – or it’s Dec 23rd as you’re seeing this – this card is simple, but packs lots of WOW!  Make it on glossy paper like my second version or on plain Whisper White.  Or switch it up and try it on darker paper. 

No matter what you try, I know you’ll have awesome results now you know how to use sponge daubers for card making!

How to Emboss with Thinlit Dies

Get TONS more life out of your craft supplies once you know how to emboss with thinlit dies!  It’s super quick and easy when you add the embossing mats to your Big Shot line up.  

Plus I’ve got two FREEBIES for you.

  • A handy image you can pin so you never need to wonder how to make your Big Shot sandwich!
  • And a PDF to make a second version of this card.

Once you know how to emboss with Thinlit Dies, the SKY's the LIMIT!

Can you see the pretty embossed snowflakes in the background?  I had to work REALLY hard to limit myself to only three!   That panel would’ve been LITTERED with them if I had included all the Snowfall thinlits – 20 to be exact!  Are you amazed at my restraint?  😋

The snowflakes are perfectly complemented by the Snow is Glistening tree I heat embossed in silver.  The gorgeous glittered black ribbon and a few clear rhinestones dresses it up even more.

LEARN how to emboss with Thinlit Dies

OK so what’s the big deal about embossing with your thinlits?  How about: it instantly DOUBLES the usefulness of all your dies? It’s like getting a 2-for-1 deal!  A 50% off coupon!  A buy one-get-one-free offer!  Count me in!

 

How to Emboss with Thinlit Dies

 

To get awesome dry embossed backgrounds without cutting your paper, the most important thing is the way you build your Big Shot sandwich.  So let’s have a little look-see shall we?

how to emboss with thinlit dies

The trick is to turn your die UPSIDE down so the cutting blade is facing UP.  Then your cardstock (1 sheet only please) sits on top covered with the THIN blue silicone mat and your Impressions pad.

All these items are included with the Big Shot Embossing Mats and are super reasonable at only $21 CDN. 

IMPORTANT:  Make sure you use the right silicone mat for this technique or you could end up cutting right through your cardstock.  Yup, been there, done that and have holey piece of cardstock to show for it!  It’s the thin blue one you want.

(But don’t worry, the grey one is awesome for adding lovely embossed details on framelits.  Just like on this knockout Christmas card featuring heat embossing.)  

Let’s see a close up.

Get MORE from your craft supplies when you know how to emboss with Thinlit Dies!

Now you’ve got the “how-to”, the rest is up to you.  Give yourself a pre-Christmas treat and get the embossing mats.  Then rifle through all your thinlits.  I just about guarantee you’ve got more than a few ideal for embossing.

Once I started to play, I couldn’t stop at just one.  Here are all three I designed.   Leave me a comment which one is your favourite.

It's so FUN to learn how to emboss with Thinlit Dies

How to emboss with Thinlit Dies

Want to know how to emboss with Thinlit Dies?

BONUS!  The Mossy Meadow one is a FREE pdf you can download to make for yourself. Simply click here to get your copy.

Are you like me?  Do you like to get a buy-1-get-1-free deal too?  Instantly turn all your thinlits in embossing dies with the purchase of a simple and inexpensive tool.

 

EVERYONE wants to know how to emboss with Thinlit Dies!

And now you’ve seen exactly how to emboss with thinlit dies, see how many cards with this technique you can send out the door!

Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

Let’s make an envelope liner with the envelope punch board to dress up a quick Christmas card.  And because it’s Keep It Simple Sunday, you know it’s going to be super easy.  In fact, I’d say it’s [almost😉] instant gratification!  What could be better than that in our busy lives?

With Christmas fast approaching, I couldn’t resist going a bit crazy for plaid with my favourite annual catalogue paper, Under the Mistletoe!

TOTAL Coordination when You Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

Plaids, poinsettias, dots, baubles and boughs in traditional festive colours!  Doesn’t it make you smile?

I guarantee there’s at least ONE pattern you will absolutely love in this package!  Just like this one with vellum and faceted gems.   Or mix and match them up a bit like I did for this super simple folded card. 

Let’s take another peek.

Who Wants to Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

I dressed this pattern up with a side ribbon knot with the lovely cotton Real Red ribbon.  It perfectly coordinates with the matted circle behind my greeting and my plaid piece.  Do you need to make your card even quicker? Feel free to leave it off!

Timesaving bonus on this card?  I used circle punches, not die cuts.  They NEVER go out of style and you can add some POP with the Starburst punch in gold glimmer paper.  A few quick squeezes of a punch, some glue and your card is done!

OK how about I give you the card cuts and steps so you can make it yourself?

 

It's EASY to Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

Cuttin’ It Up!

Card

  • Designer Series Paper – 3 3/4” x 5”
  • Real Red – 1 piece 3 7/8” x 5 1/8” and a scrap at least 2 1/2” square
  • Old Olive – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White scrap at least 2 1/4” square
  • Gold Glimmer paper – scrap at least 2 1/4” square

Envelope

  • Old Olive card stock – 8” x 8”
  • Designer Series Paper – 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”

I LOVE to Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

  1. Adhere plaid paper to Real Red panel.
  2. Wrap ribbon around left side of panel and knot.  TIP: use a small amount of SNAIL on top and bottom and attach end of ribbon to the SNAIL.  Apply more SNAIL over ribbon before adhering to front of card.
  3. Cut out starburst from gold glimmer paper.
  4. Stamp your greeting in Real Red on piece of Whisper White.  Punch out with the 2” circle and glue to glimmer circle.  TIP: Use liquid glue for best adhesion.
  5. Punch out 2 1/4” circle from Real Red scrap.  Adhere to back of glimmer circle with dimensionals.  Glue to middle front of card.
  6. Attach red rhinestones as desired.

Here’s the BEST part!  Make the envelope and liner along with me!

 

Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

 

OK, it’s time to get get busy!  Here are all the supplies I used so you can recreate it in your own craft room.

Let's Make an Envelope Liner with the Envelope Punch Board

Did you check out my video tutorial to make your envelope and liner?  

While my card was intended for Christmas would YOU use it any time of year (maybe with a different greeting?)  Leave me a comment and let me know.

Crafting festive cards should be quick and easy.  Whether you are a “seasoned” stamper, or one just catching the stamping “bug”, you’ll have fun with this fast design.  And once you’ve made it, be sure to dress it up even more and make an envelope liner with the envelope punch board.

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