You have time to make these cards before you need them!

Hi friends! Today we are making some fun alcohol marker colored cards. You can adapt the technique for any theme card you want but I am getting a start on my Christmas Cards.

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If you plan on any time consuming coloring on your holiday cards try and pick away at it early so you can spend your time enjoying the holidays and not stressing over your cards. Happy crafting!

From White Cardstock to WOW!

Hi friends! It’s nice to go back to basics and what’s more basic than white cardstock. It’s a staple in every card-makers repertoire. Plus it’s not showy. If you are going to spend the time on fancy coloring of a stamped image you don’t want it to be upstaged by pattern paper, am I right?

Today we will use white card stock, some embossing folders and chalk to make these pretty Christmas cards. I did use scraps of red and green cardstock too but you could easily keep it all white and chalk it as well. For more info watch the video!

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Hey, if you are not ready to get your Christmas craft on I totally understand, use these techniques on a Halloween card or whatever you like. You do you. Happy crafting!

3 Ways to Use Layered Stamps!

Hi friends! Layered stamps are really trendy right now but they can be used for more than just one thing! Today I’ll show you how to use layering stamps to make some christmas projects! We will use them as they were intended by layering and also use portions of them for resist and backgrounds with pearl powders. I hope this gives you new ideas for your stamps!

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Supplies:

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Techniques:

  1. Basic multi color layering: Starting with the most solid stamp layer and the lightest shade or ink stamp the image layering images each time with a darker ink.
  2. Using top layer stamps to watercolor resist: Stamp images with clear ink, sprinkle with embossing powder then heat. Add watercolor over image and the stamping remains white.
  3. Making backgrounds with base layers and Pearl Ex: Stamp images with clear ink on black cardstock and brush on mica powder (Pearl Ex) then buff with a tissue to remove excess.

Freshen up your card making using these techniques for any occasion! Thank for watching and til next time happy crafting!

Build a Terrarium! 6 cute cards to make today!

Hi friends!  I was browsing my local big box craft store the other day and came across a cute little die set that inspired this batch of cards!

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I love it when I find something that makes me use the supplies I already have more. Find out how I made these cards in today’s video tutorial!

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Supplies

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Directions:
1. Make 4 1/4″ square cards from kraft.
2. Die cut small dome from watercolor paper, large dome from silver and base from gold.
3. Stamp terrarium filler on the watercolor pieces.
4. Cut doilies and glue to 4″ square pattern paper and assemble terrarium on top. Glue to card base and embellish as desired.

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This idea can be used for any occasion, just switch up what you stamp inside!

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How To Scan Your Artwork & Print Cards at Home!

Hi friends! When I painted this cute deer watercolor I mentioned how I planned to scan the painting and turn it into Christmas cards.

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Many of you were interested in scanning your paintings to turn them into cards as well and in today’s video I will show you how!

Keep in mind that if you don’t have a scanner you can take a good straight on shot of your painting with a camera (even camera phones do a great job these days!) and follow the steps after the scan portion of the tutorial.

Tools and Equipment needed:

  • Scanner or camera: I am using an Epson Perfection v19 scanner
  • Image editing software: I am using Paint Shop Pro 12 software but Photoshop, or the free open source software Gimp or (maybe) Picasa can be used. There is also a free app online called ipiccy that will work for laying out your images and basic editing if you need it, it is very easy to use but is not similar to what I show on-screen.
  • Color printer: HP Photosmart D7360 printer (Discontinued but still works great!)
  • Matte photo paper
  • A2 greeting card bulk packs from Micheal’s Craft Stores ($5 a 60 pack last year)
  • ATG adhesive (double-sided tape)

Your process will differ a bit if you are using different equipment but the basic steps are the same:

  1. Scan painting at a quality of 300dpi using the color photo setting or take a high-resolution photo of your painting.
  2. Adjust levels using the curves tool or an intuitive “photo fix” button.
  3. Open a new 8.5″ x 11″ document and copy and past your image in it.
  4. Resize the image so it will fit on 1/4 of the paper. Add text if you wish.
  5. Merge the text to the image but selecting the text layer and choosing merge down then copy and paste that combined image in each quarter of the paper.
  6. Merge all layers and print using the best quality setting and nice quality matte photo paper.
  7. Trim images and adhere to card-bases.

I hope you give this a try, it might take a few minutes to get used to using your photo editing software, there are many options out there and I recommend you use what you have or try the free gimp or ipiccy options before investing in expensive software. If all else fails you can use Windows picture editor to print 4 images on one sheet so don’t despair if your image software is difficult. That is what I mentioned ipiccy, you can upload your image and drag and drop it into cells and print but you do lose some control over what you can do in editing software. The way I learn any new software is to play with it, you are not going to break it:) Good luck & happy crafting!

Stamp School: Try This Plaster/Stone technique!

Hi freinds! This fun technique can be done with the supplies you have on hand!

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And it’s another quick and fun technique that you can use on holiday cards! Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:
Stamps from Art eko, available individually or in a set: Large pineconeHolly, Small Pinecone
Photo paper (any brand)
Water based markers (any brand)
Basic cardstock and patterned paper
Other embellishments: bakers twine, burlap, buttons
Stamp blocks or plastic

Directions:
1. Color a stamp block with light shades of marker, spritz with water and stamp directly on photo paper. Let dry.

2. Ink up rubber stamp using markers to color in specific colors and stamp over dry background.

3. Tear around images and mount of cards. Embellish as desired.

Ihope you give this a try with the supplies you have on hand, happy crafting!

Stamp School: Quick Christmas Cards!

Hi friends! I know Christmas is a couple of months away but if you like to send handmade cards it’s never too soon to start. Here is a quick batch you can make!

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Watch the video to see how easy it is! Feel free to pop other items in the jars for other event and holidays too!

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Supplies:
White cardstock or watercolor paper
Christmas themed scrapbook paper
Mason Jar die cut
Peg stamp sets:
Gingerbread WreathEmbellished Holiday WreathPoinsettia Flourish 
Memento ink

Don’t wait to start holiday card making so you can send a special card and not be stressed when December rolls around. Also don’t wait to shop the 25% off holiday stamps at Rubber Stamp Tapestry, the coupon HOLIDAY25 expires on 9/30/16! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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