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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.

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!

Quick and Easy DIY Birthday Cards

Think you don’t have enough time to make cards – you do with my quick and easy DIY birthday cards! My card today features two main techniques – sponging and fussy cutting! Yup that’s all you need to create a fun card with clean lines, neat texture and a gorgeous focal point. See for yourself.

quick and easy diy birthday cards

Did you notice that NOTHING is centred on this card? Not the circle, the words, the hat or the ribbon. But the entire collection of images IS centred so you don’t really notice. In addition to the sponging and neat hat, it’s another way to create visual interest in your card making.

I sometimes forget how easy it is to add texture with my sponges and a mask. Maybe you do too? Simple shapes, like my circle, create cool backgrounds. You see circles being used all the time to build layers like I did with my fall gatefold card. But it’s almost as quick to have additional interest and texture when you use the paper you cut your circle and use it as a template.

How do you build texture like this on a quick and easy DIY birthday card?

  1. Cut a circle with your Big Shot from scrap paper (I used the largest layering circle frame lit here cut from a piece of paper about 4” x 4”). TIP: Save the circle for another project.
  2. Lay the 4” square on top of your Whisper White panel. Affix it with washi tape if you wish so it doesn’t move.
  3. Dab a sponge into your ink pad and tap into the circle. TIP: make sure to go right to the edges so you get the full circle.)

The holes in the sponge create neat little “pockets” of colour. You’re not aiming for a smooth finish here, the teeny dots are it! Once you’ve laid down your circle of colour, all you need to do is stamp in a bold black with one of the wonderful sentiments from the Picture Perfect Birthday photopolymer stamp set. It will just POP off the page against your sponged background. Take a closer look.

quick and easy diy birthday cards

Now what about that hat? It looks like the real deal doesn’t it? Well that’s because it is. I’ve fussy cut it from one of the cool new Picture Perfect Party 6” x 6” designer series papers.

(I do have to admit that this paper was NOT one of my first loves from the new catalogue. But it has certainly grown on me and now I’ve even ordered a second package! The mix of Berry Burst, Lemon-Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay is super. But I especially love how easy it makes card making with wonderfully large images like this hat.)

One side has patterns and the other side are actual photos of projects made with the patterned paper. How cool is that? So you get perfect colour – and pattern – coordination! Here is an excerpt of all the sheets in the package. There are 48, 4 each of 12 double sided designs.

quick and easy diy birthday cards

The Picture Perfect stamp set and designer papers are available starting tomorrow, January 3rd. To make quick and easy diy birthday cards like this, the 6” x 6” paper is a MUST in your stamp stash.

quick and easy diy birthday cards

Not every project we create needs tons of layers and cardstock to make a fabulous design. Sometime simpler is equally stunning, not to mention interesting. The next time you want to build texture, think about sponging a shape – a circle, square, heart, diamond or pretty much anything you want. Then grab your pack of Picture Perfect DSP and your Paper Snips and create a quick and easy diy birthday card.


Handmade Rubber Stamped Cards

It’s always fun to receive handmade rubber stamped cards in the mail isn’t it? And last year I was lucky enough to get this beautiful Christmas greeting from my friend Rhonda. I waited a whole year to post it on my Front and Centre Friday since I knew you would want to see how pretty it is!

handmade rubber stamped cards

Rhonda chose wha twe might think is an unusual set of images for her festive greetings – the Paisleys and Posies set and Paisley framelits. It was popular for fall last year and we were happy to see it stick around in the 2017-18 Annual catalogue. I for one think it TOTALLY works for a holiday hi!

It’s hard to decide what makes it so effective. Is it her choice of colours, the white embossed images or the pop of dazzling diamonds glimmer paper? Or maybe it’s the sparkly rhinestones that makes us feel a bit wintry and festive. What do you think?

handmade rubber stamped cards

What steps did Rhonda use to create her handmade rubber stamped cards?

  1. stamping her images on a Whisper White note card in Versamark and sprinkling with white embossing powder and heating
  2. sponging on two colours of inks to change the Whisper White to a pretty blue and grey
  3. die cutting the detailed paisley shape in Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper and framing it with a larger Night of Navy shape
  4. attaching several rhinestone jewels for added sparkle
  5. adding a large pearl embellishment to add oomph! to the focal point embellishment
  6. inking up her samp one more time with both ink colours and stamping onto her envelope

Take a closer peek at how gorgeous that die cut shape is.

handmade rubber stamped cards

Although the Paisleys and Posies stamp set has more of an autumn feel with the greeting it includes, Rhonda’s card as well as this pretty friend one I shared in August don’t look “autumn-ly” at all!  We’re both working “outside the box”, somewhere it’s always nice to be as an artist!  I bet this set would be awesome for spring and summer too. It really does show the versatility of our stamp sets. Change up the colours, add different greetings, play with a technique or two and you can create very different projects.

To recreate Rhonda’s card, here is everything you need.

How about one more view?

handmade rubber stamped cards

I love to showcase all your talent. My Front and Centre Friday is your chance to see your work featured. And it’s super easy! Send me a handmade card using current Stampin’ Up! supplies and you’re in! You can snail mail it to me at: Box 911, Blackfalds, Alberta, Canada T0M0J0 or email me too. Either way, I’ll be happy to share your work with others.

Most of us have a passion for handmade rubber stamped cards – try something a little different with your stamps and see how much fun it is to work outside the box!

Heat Emboss Resist Two Tone Hello Greeting Cards

For Front and Centre Friday, I’m excited to showcase Leslie’s great card – a heat emboss resist two tone hello greeting card. It could even fit in with my Keep It Simple Sunday series since it’s a breeze to make! What’s even better? You can make multiples and get a whole stack of cards done at once!

We sometimes forget all the techniques we know.  This one is an oldie but a goodie.  So straightforward and always with fabulous results.  Take a look at how cool it is and then I’ll give you the steps.

heat emboss resist two tone hello greeting cards

Wouldn’t that brighten up just about anyone’’s day? And I absolutely LOVE her colour combination, Lemon Lime Twist on the bottom and Tranquil Tide on the top with a new colour created where they blend together.  Let’s call it Tranquil Twist!

The shininess of the white embossed words and image really POPS against the colours and they blend together so gradually where they meet. The brilliant white folded card is a perfect balance for the embossing powder.  Although it really didn’t pick up well in the photo, there’s also just a hint of Wink of Stella on the flowers.  It made me pick it up and look even closer!

Take another look.

heat emboss resist two tone hello greeting cards

Put your hand up if you LOVE easy and quick cards. Anyoone have TWO hands up?  I do!  And this one is about as easy as they come…not to mention meditative! I know that’s a weird word for stamping. But when you swirl on the colour with the sponge, it’s actually quite calming. Just think after a long day at the office, a little sponging and colour blending is all you need to get you settled right down. The only side effect might be a few inky fingers!

So what are the steps?

  1. Stamp your image with Versamark ink and sprinkle with white embossing powder.
  2. Heat with your heat tool until shiny.
  3. Dab your sponge right onto your ink pad to pick of the colour and swirl onto your card.
  4. Repeat dabbing and sponging as many times as you need.

Here are some tips as you heat emboss resist two tone hello greeting cards:

  • Make sure to not over-heat your powder. As soon as it’s shiny, move on to the next section.
  • Start sponging off the cardstock and use a circular motion to move onto and into the card.
  • Apply your lightest colour first – in this case, your Lemon Lime Twist up to the midway point of the card.
  • Use a lighter swirl touch at first, especially where the two colours meet so you don’t create a hard line of colour.
  • Take a tissue and wipe any ink that gets onto the white embossed image as it will not dry against the plastic finish.
  • Clean your fingers if any ink got on them before adhering sponged resist panel to front (since it IS a white card base!)

Just about any image will create a resist for you when you apply embossing powder.  But you  might have more striking results with bolder images like these letters.

heat emboss resist two tone hello greeting cards

So what do you need to make resist cards like this? Everything you see here will recreate Leslie’s card exactly.

Here’s a last look.

heat emboss resist two tone hello greeting cards

Would you like to get featured on my Front and Centre Fridays? It’s super easy. Just send me a card made with current Stampin’ Up! product and tell me a little bit about how you created it! Send it to me at: Box 911, Blackfalds, Alberta Canada T0M0J0.

You could pull out an oldie but goodie technique like Leslie did or craft a beautifully simple stamped and coloured image.  Or you might want to make a 3D project…or dry embossing is always popular too.  I’d love to showcase your creations here.  You might even want to try your hand at this heat emboss resist two tone hello greeting card in different colours –  really the options are endless – just get busy and pop it in the mail!


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