Silly & Fun Robot Cards for Kids!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make a batch of cute cards that can be used for any occasion you want a light-hearted & fun card!

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I’ll also show you how to fix those less than perfect stamped images and smudged backgrounds so you won’t be tempted to toss them in the trash!

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Tips to fix ink smudges and mis-stamped patches

  1. Cover ink smudges by adding a background.
  2. Or place an embellishment over the smudge.
  3. To fill in a spot in a stamped image where the ink skipped simply press a inkpad (if a dye pad) on a clear block and pick up the ink with a blender pen and color it in. If you are using an archival pad scribble a matching memento marker on the clear block and do the same.

I really had a fun time making these cards! I hope you try some of these ideas out on your next card! Happy crafting!

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Bounce! {add crochet to a card!}

Happy Monday folks! I don’t want to jinx things by saying this out loud (wait, I ‘m typing, this doesn’t count then, ha ha) but this morning went so smoothly.  I taught one of my girls to crochet this weekend , she was inspired by the totally rad poncho I was working up, she was instantly “hooked” (‘scuse the bad pun!)  The kids were all up early and after breakfast the girls sat knitting and crocheting quietly in the living room. What a relaxing way for them to start the day, much better than me nagging them to get up for school! Why am I talking about crochet you ask? Because I crocheted a border for this card:

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This was for a birthday we went to yesterday. To make the crochet border you simply punch holes in a strip of cardstock and pull the yarn though as if the holes are your foundation row. It is the same technique I showed you in the Crochet Heart Video.

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I love to use yarn on cards because then you can use the yarn to tie on a tag to the present or even use in place of ribbon on a gift. Yarn comes in so many textures and colors (remember the comedian Gallager and his bit about “colors only found in yarn” LOL!) and it is pretty cheap. A great use of yarn leftovers!

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Another fun tip is to decorate the envelope if you have the time. All I did here was press 3 small inkpads along the edges of the envie (wow, it would totally rock to use this technique as a border on a scrapbook page!) and stamp 2 of the stamps I used on the card and tag over it. I colored the presents because the pink ink was a bit dark and I wanted them to stand out.

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So, how is your Monday going? If you are feeling stressed might I recommend some yarn therapy? Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How to make varnished paper!

I’ll admit I love the cool varnished scrapbook paper that has been popular the last couple of years. That little touch of glossy goodness is just the right accent for so many projects. Did you know you can forgo the expensive store-bought variety and make your own? Oh, yes, and it is very easy. I used some homemade varnished cardstock for the background of this card:

Stamp Credits: On card(Oriental Tradicng Co.), on bookmark/tag: Bottle cap (Inkadinkado), Alpha (PSX)

 This is simple but perfect when you want a wee bit of subtle glam (subtle glam?!?) to add interest to a card or scrapbook. All you do is use clear embossing ink to stamp a design, sprinkle it with clear embossing powder and blast it with a beat gun. Here is how it looks on plain cardstock. Even though the ink and powder are clear it really shows up well and is guaranteed to match! You could add watercolors over the design too for a neat batik/resist look!

That is just the tip of the iceberg. You can use an embossing pen to color design elements on a sheet of patterned paper and clear emboss of a custom varnish look or stamp designs in color over a subtle patterned paper for a look that is tres chic!

Cool tip: Make your own wheel stamps with texture mats!

I was digging around in a drawer that had some old stamping tools  and I came across my old rubber Sculpey and Amaco texture mats. They are designed to press polymer clay against to make cool textures or to use the Colorbox styluses with it make little custom stamps. Well, the Scupley brand ones are the same size as the Rollagraph/Stampin’ Around jumbo wheels and I happen to have a few dozen blank wheels around so I used double stick tape to attach it to a wheel and that is how I made the varnish background in the first card. I am committed to this idea now so I think I will attach the rubber to the wheels with rubber cement. The Amaco sheets are larger so they would need to be cut down to fit the jumbo wheels. Don’t you love it when you can find 2 uses for the same product?

 

I put a Sculpey texture mat on a blank Stampin' Around Wheel to stamp this background. An Amaco mat is pictured laying flat. Mmmmm, texture 😉

 Another tip I have is to save the cut out parts from pretty die cuts. On both this card and tag I used the leftover inside swirl from the heart die cut from my Decorative Doilies SVG set:

I inked and shimmer misted the swirl on the card and I left it plain on the tag. Also another cheap trick: Place a strip of adhesive along the bottom of you card and pleat a strip of pretty paper along it, notch the ends and you have a cheap & chic border!

Oh, and one more tip! When making a tag for a gift think beyond the one-time use! This tag was purposely made flat so it can be used as a bookmark later.

I hope you can use some of these tips in your craftroom! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

When at first you don’t succeed…

…try again after a glass of wine! I was working on this card kit, I wanted the look of crayon scribbles and bright colors. I also wanted to use the white of the paper so that the kit wouldn’t be too costly to print. I liked it so I printed it but the flower paper was a bit to “rough” looking for me so after mulling it over I went back and made it crisper and brighter. Here are the cards I made with the first attempt:

Card Kit and Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

Card Kit and Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

I used the new Faded Primary Card kit with traditional rubber stamps by Studio G and Imaginessence

I used the new Faded Primary Card kit with traditional rubber stamps by Studio G and Imaginessence

Check out the flowere: I die cut floeres (Sizzix) from an old NewsWeek magazine, curled the petals and sprayed them with my homemade shimmer spray, try it, it's fun!

Check out the flower: I die cut flowers (Sizzix) from an old NewsWeek magazine, curled the petals and sprayed them with my homemade shimmer spray, try it, it's fun!

I used a coloring page from dulemba.com, click on the image to get to her site!

I used a coloring page from dulemba.com, click on the image to get to her site!

The only change I made to the kit was the flower paper, you can see a preview here:

The Revamped Card Kit: Faded Primary, click on image to buy it!

The Revamped Card Kit: Faded Primary, click on image to buy it!

Here are some other kits I released in the shop this week and for the month of June if you spend $10 in the Lindsays Stamp Stuff Shop you get your choice of a card kit for free!

Card Kit: Patriotic (Lindsay's Stamp Stuff)

Card Kit: Patriotic (Lindsay's Stamp Stuff)

Cool Girl Card Kit

Cool Girl Card Kit

Cool Kid Card Kit

Cool Kid Card Kit

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

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