Triple Time {stamping} Take 2 & Tips!

TGIF! Do you have some crafty time planned this weekend? If so here is a really fun technique to try, it is called Triple Time Stamping. I made a traditional TTS card last week (you can see it and instructions here) but the thing I did not like about it was all the layers, there was a lot of paper hidden that you could not see, that seemed a bit wasteful. check out my waste-free Triple time card:


You still get the look of the stamped layers but you cut all of your layers from one piece of cardstock. First stamp and color your image. I used circle dies (these are from Lifestyle Crafts, they were free with a clearance gadget I bought a few months ago and I use them quite a lot…probably because I don;t have any other circle dies LOL!) to cut concentric circles from my stamped and colored image and from my matting cardstock. You can also use a circle cutter such as the Creative Memories ones many of us have. Notice how I lined the dies up the same way. the dies on the coral cardstock are a size larger than each of the dies on the stamped one. BTW the mearmaid is from Sweet Pea Stamps.


Now cut and layer, it is that easy!

Coloring tip! I stamped my image in Memento and colored it with alcohol ink markers but I did not like all of the white in the background so I grabbed my Faber Castell Metallic Gel sticks and colored in the background and blended it with a waterbrush. To give the mermaid the appearence of being underwater I brushed some of the gelato over the colored image. Since I was brushing a watercolor medium over the alcohol marker there was no smearing. Go ahead, mix that media!


I wanted this card to have a beachy feel so I glued sand and sea glass to the bottom flat part of the easel card. Be warned, it takes a full day for that glue to dry and it is way to heavy to mail  but what a nice look huh?


Like I said this card weighs a ton so I won’t be mailing it, I think I might use it as a decoration for my twins 8th birthday party. I really liked the turquoise and coral color combo so I decided to use it on my girls b-day invites.

So this morning I decided to make the invitations and I printed the wrong date! Really, can you belive it? I was already assembling them so I used a white out tape runner pen to fix the mistake and wrote the correct date in with a matching marker. I stamped the background with a chevron Cover a Card (Impression Obsession) stamp, printed the info on my computer and die cut the info out with the same circle dies as I used on the mermaid card. I am looking forward to making some simple favor bags and banners with that stamp.  

Well, how’s that for a really chatty post? Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!


Best Day {anniversary card}

When I saw this beautiful stamp from About Art Accents/Art Neko I knew that it would make a wonderful anniversary card.

I wanted to keep the look soft and simple so I used colored pencils to color the skin only of the stamped images. I used the flowers and fillers from this plate {a plate is a sheet of unmounted rubber stamps} to make my own background paper and decorate the envelope.

Here is a look at the sets I used:

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Creative Card Crew, Creative Craft Challenges , Lexi’s Creations, Challenge Up Your Life  and Inspire Me Fridays.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sometimes you just gotta get inky…

It is so true! There is nothing like good old rubber stamps, ink-pads and pattern paper to make a girl happy! I pulled out my trusty stamps from About Art Accents {my go-to stamps when I want strong design that needs no coloring} and some pretty paper from Hanko Designs {it is actually origami paper printed with pearlized ink that I did not want to waste with my poor origami skills LOL!} and my new letterpress plates from lifestyle crafts and made this set:


The only technology I used on this card was my Cricut and scal software to cut the cardholder box using an SVG file from the Recipe Folio set from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. I was able to cut a folio big enough to hold six 5.5″x4.25″ cards and envelopes (5.75″x4.5″) on a 12″x12″ paper with room left on the sheet for a few tags too! You can make envelopes for the cards with the Envelope Bonanza set too to fit the box. The flourish on the front of the box was cut from the Storybook cricut cart.

To do the background on the white cards I used one of the wedding letterpress plate sets. See my post here on how to make your own letterpress and how to use it in your die cut machine. I used a rubber brayer and dye ink (SU! certainly celery) to ink my plate before cranking it through my Big shot. Note: You will need to use a thick soft printmaking paper for this to work, it will not work on regular cardstock because you will be denting {debossing} the paper. It will remain flat on the back unlike embossing.

To get the two-tone coloring on my stamped images I first inked up the Japanese Floral stamps from About Art Accents with Certainly Celery ink then rocked the edges in Old Olive ink before stamping, it is a great technique for stamps with a lot of solid area. It’s a time saver too!

For the green panels on the thank you cards I used the bamboo and thankyou plates from the kit and ran them through the machine without ink, then I used the same brayer and green ink to brayer over the design, notice how the ink does not go into the debossed design.

Gift card sets make great gifts and it is a nice way to try out some new supplies. After all, sometimes you just gotta get inky, right?


This set qualifies for the  Craftycardmakers challenges (card and gift set-this is a gift set of cards, it also qualifies for their card and fancy envelopes challenge)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

a good friend

As soon as I saw this sentiment stamp from About Art Accents I wanted to make a friendship card:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Template: Lindsay's stamp stuff

It was a quick card, I stamped the sentiment and dragonfly (2) on cream cardstock, colored them with prismacolor markers and spritzed them with my homemade glimmer mist, easy and elegant, gotta love that!

The hexagon box is from the Steampunk SVG templates, the paper I used on the box is from a Lettering Delights paper pack and I arranged it on the printable box template in the Steampunk set before printing to save ink.

This qualifies for the following challenges: Alotta Rubberstamps (fall colors), C.R.A.F.T (insects), Crafty Pad (glitz and glitter), One Stop Craft (Oriental), Pocketful of posies (flowers/glitter: the background paper has metallic printing on it and is flowers),

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Just popping in quickly to wish you all a merry Christmas. this is my last Christmas card this year and it used stamps from About Art Accents:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Cord: Darice, Paper: dollar tree metallic tissue paper

Have a wonderful day and till next time happy crafting!

Madame Butterfly (and a freebie!)

This week over ar Oriental Stamp art they challenged us to make a geisha themed card, as soon as I read the challenge I wanted to make this:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Cardstock: SU!, GP, Tissue paper: Dollar Tree, Watercolors: M Graham, Ink: Versafine

Stamps: About Art Accents, Cardstock: SU!, GP, Tissue paper: Dollar Tree, Watercolors: M Graham, Ink: Versafine

I spotted some pretty holographic tissue paper at the dollar tree and it reminded me that I bout some a year ago(and never used it, oh the shame!) and it could be perfect for iris folding. So I stamped the pretty geisha from About Art Accents with onyx black versa fine ink, heat set it and watercolored it with my M Graham watercolors. The Versafine ink is so cool, it gives great detail, it’s waterproof and your colors won’t run into each other because the oil in the ink resists the water so you get a clean professional look! After the paint dried I used an X-Acto knife to cut out the fan portion of the design. I cut 1″ squares of pink, green and clear holographic tissue paper (you get 3 20″x20″ sheets in a pack at the good old Dollar Tree) and folded them in half and taped then to the back, covering the hole, of the stamped image. I placed a scrap of white cardstock behind the iris folding because the tissue paper (which is actually a thin plastic mylar) is transparent and I wanted the colors to shine brightly. When you hold the card she appears to be fluttering her fan due to the light interference on the tissue paper, how cool is that!

The tissue papers are folded behind the fan cutout

The tissue papers are folded behind the fan cutout

I mounted the stamped panel on fuchsia a 1/2″ larger and used a butterfly corner punch on it, then I wrapped some metallic pink embroidery floss around the card.

For the base I used So Saffron cardstock and stamped the Painting is Poetry stamp and the small black butterfly using my mixed berry kalidacolor inkpad. To cut the base I used my Cricut and SCAL software. I welded a 5″x10″ rectangle from the basic shapes menu to the scalloped fan border I designed because I wanted it to look like an oriental fan.

Download my scalloped fan border svg file here.

I had such fun making this card! Thanks for stopping by and til next time Happy Crafting!

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