18 Card Making Tips & Cute Robot Cards!

Howdy friends! I had so much fun making this quirky batch of robot themed cards!

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I’m not quite sure what it is about robots but I have quite a collection of robot themed things, I bet if you searched robot on my blog you would see tons of projects for classroom valentines to cards and probably scrapbook pages. I even think I sewed robot themed pajamas for my kids when they were young. I never really through about it until I was looking through my stamps to make these cards and realized I have a whole binder or steampunk/robot stamps LOL!

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I like themes like this because I feel the cards (although fun and youthful) can be used for a variety of occasions and people. Kids birthdays come to mind first but they could also be used as a get well soon card (these junk yard robots look like they have seen better days LOL) or for a simple “hello!” or thinking of you card for anyone!

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I have a tendency to go for ruffles, flowers and glitter frequently and my frou-frou style would not work as well for all recipients so it’s nice to have some industrial style cards too. As I was working on these cards I kept thinking of tips I wanted to share along the way and there are a lot of them! Don’t try to write them all down, I have listed them below the video & supply list for your convenience:)

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Supplies (Sponsored & Affiliate Links Used)

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Robot card making tips!

  1. Dust your paper with cornstarch before stamping to remove static and wick away moisture. *I sewed a simple pouch and put a tablespoon on cornstarch inside and stitched it shut and have been using it for years. You can make a no sew option with a baby sock and rubber band too!
  2. Use pigment ink for the most solid impression. I like Versafine.
  3. Instead of using mounting foam, paint the back of your rubber stamps with repositionable glue like Aleene’s Tack it over and over. You will save money and storage space!
  4. For a perfect impression use a curved stamp mount (or a stamping platform)
  5. Emboss your stamped image with clear detail embossing powder to prevent it from running no matter what you are coloring it with.
  6. The raised embossed lines also helps you color within the lines so your coloring looks more professional!
  7. Embossing with clear powder also helps with cutting if using a Scan ‘n Cut machine as the scanner seems to see the image better.
  8. Cut your image before you color (if using a die cut machine) that way you won’t wasn’t the time it takes to color if the machine doesn’t cut right. *Tip, if you have a friend with stamps and dies to match or a SnC machine you can stamp and cut a bunch of things ahead of time and color later!
  9. Put your cut image on a sticky (Post-it) not to hold it while you color.
  10. When using markers in a  small area blend dark to light for quick coloring.
  11. Use the right paper for the coloring media. Use Neenah Classic Crest for alcohol ink and hot press watercolor paper or Bristol board for water based markers.
  12. Look at old stamps, stencil and embossing folders with new eyes. Generic and abstract patterns can be used in most cardmaking themes.
  13. Repeat the same inks (or other media) on different layers throughout the card to make it have a cohesive feel.
  14. If you have old inkpads you can no longer set reinkers for you can add inks, metallic powders and gouache paint to refresh them. These custom pads will give your work a unique look!
  15. Get a rust texture with embossing powder by either using one made for the job or by mixing brown flocking powder with black, brown and orange powders. After embossing smudge on some seafoam green ink for a patina look!
  16. Try and find generic supplies that will work with most projects: Solid cardstock, brads and ribbons that can go with a variety of project are more useful than specialty ones.
  17. For a splash of pattern try washi tape, it is inexpensive, doesn’t take up a lot of space and is self adhesive. No more storing large packs of paper or guilt about s=cutting into a big sheet for a small accent.
  18. Make a batch of cards! If you did purchase a specialty embellishment that you are unlikely to use again make up a batch of cards while your supplies are out. It is more efficient and you won’t have to deal with leftovers.

I hope some of these tips are new to you and you give them a try on your next card! Happy crafting!

DIY Custom Word Search Card

Hi friends! My twin girls turned 13 today and these are the cards I made:

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They LOVED them! I was really surprised at the reaction because they live in a world of handmade cards for every occasion but the fact that I made them a word search that highlighted their qualities really made them feel special. In today’s video I’ll show you how to make them.

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Supplies:

I made my custom word search here. *I used the “print screen” button on my keyboard to capture the image and then cropped and resized it in my photo editing software but you can print it in full size from the website.

Watch the video for step by step stamping instructions. This is a fun card and can be made for ANY occasion just by changing the words you use:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Coloring with Gel Pens and felt tip Fineliners!

Hi friends! Tonight I am going to share a coloring tutorial using pens that are usually used for scrapbooking or sketching. I will also show you how to make use of the heavy weight 6×6 paper pads that are so easy to collect.

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I really like this technique because you get a rich vibrant color with a lot of depth. I also like it because these pens don’t cost a fortune. I am using pens by Amazapens, they sponsored this video, they are also offering 10% off any purchase through December 18th with code 1010SAVE so if you like them it is a great time to try them!

Supplies:
Amazapens 24 Sketch Fineliners
Amazapens 24 Gel Ink Pens
Hot Press watercolor paper (for Stamping)
Gumball Machine stamp: Carmens Veranda
Stamping ink: Ranger Archival
Waterbased blending pen: Tombow
Pattern Paper: BoBunny
Washi Tape
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If you have pens like these in your stash give them a try, if not the Amazapens packs of 24 are a great value. If you are trying to decide between the two I’d recommend the Sketch fineliners because they write beautifully, and have a nice range of colors to pick from. They are great for scrapbook journaling and coloring in the “adult coloring books” that are so popular now. The gel pens are nice and the glitter ones I used in the video give a very similar sheen as the Wink of Stella pens for much cheaper. I also liked the silver gel pen for writing on black as it was very opaque. I was not crazy about the pastel shades in the kit on black paper but they looked nice on white for subtle coloring. One thing I want to mention with ANY gel pens; it is a use it or lose it proposition. If you buy them you must use them or they will dry out. If you have some, use them up before buying more. If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how to revive a dried up gel pen I could finally buy that beach house in the Caribbean I have been eyeing. And before you ask, I have never been successful in gel pen resuscitation. So, use it or lose it, don’t hoard and stockpile your gel pens. There. Rant over. That said I really LOVED the glitter pens in the kit and they were quite addicting. I recommend them (only if you have used up what you already have for gel pens!)

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I want to thank Amazapens for sponsoring this video and thank them for the 10% off discount code 1010SAVE through December 18th 2015. You know, if you wrap up a beautiful coloring book with a pack of the pens you have an awesome Christmas or birthday gift ready to go. Oh! I think I just finished my Christmas shopping with that idea! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School #5: Winning Ways With Watercolor Pencils!

Hi friends! I hope you are enjoying your summer, we had another beautiful day in Maine! Sunshine and low 80s! I hope you picked up some watercolor pencils because I’m going to show you a few techniques while we make this card:

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I recommend a waterproof black inkpad and watercolor pencils for beginner stampers for 2 reasons: 1. they are very versatile and allow you to have a rainbow of color for a small cost. And 2. Because even if you do not continue to stamp you can use the watercolor pencils for many other hobbies.  I hope you enjoy this weeks lesson!

Video!

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Supplies:
White cardstock
watercolor pencils
Butterfly stamp
Sentiment (this is by inkadinkado)
Blender pen
watercolor brush
bucket of water
Waterproof black ink pad
Black pen
Glue
Optional

BTW  If you don’t have a waterbased blending marker just use a paintbrush dipped in a 50/50 water glycerin mix (glycerin is available at the drug store.)

Let me know how these techniques work for you! If you liked this project please click the like button below and share it with your friends on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter! Thansk for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

It’s a Circus in here!

Howdy friends! I have been digging through old supplies and putting my colored pencils back in the tins they came in rather than the racks I have been storing them in. I miss having them portable, especially in this cold weather when I’d rather curl up by the fire and color instead of being downstairs. What started this new storage project was coloring with a new set of 12 Derwent Coloursoft pencils:

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I forgot how much i loved playing with regular old waxy colored pencils, the thing I like most is that they are semi opaque and really stand out on colored paper. Watch the video to see what I mean!

So after playing with that small tin of pencils I decided that ALL of my pencils and crayons need to be portable…that is until I decide I need them all out again, it’s madness I tell you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I am Robot.

Here is a quick card to make for a birthday.  I used paper I made with my MacGyver stamp machine and a stamped brad. The glittery brads are plain ones I painted with glitter nail polish and then dipped in a pot of silver glitter. I heat embossed the robot in silver. The background paper was embossed with diamond plate embossing folder, inked with black and silver in then sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heated. Quick, easy, fun, robot.

 

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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