Are people still making cards?

Hi friends! This card was a lot of fun to create and making it reminded me of the multitude of quick and easy cards I used to make! Handmade cards are so fun to make and receive but it seems that the hobby is declining in popularity.

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I started to wonder…is card making less popular nowadays? I know attendance at stamp shows have been going down as well as the shows getting smaller but I figured it was more because of people shopping on-line but as I was looking through my Blog and YouTube statistics I noticed that my cardmaking videos were much less popular than my painting videos. so I started searching for card making videos and noticed that card making videos seemed to get less views than other crafts. It got me wondering if cardmaking was going out of style or if YouTube just wasn’t notifying subscribers of new card and stamping videos. What do you think? I often get messages from subscribers saying that haven’t seen any of my videos in a while and asked if I was still making them (Yes! 4x a week at least!) so it makes me think that YouTube isn’t notifying subscribers. So, if you love cardmaking and you think you might have missed some videos please visit my video page and watch any that you are interested in and we can show YouTube that cardmaking is still alive and well. Thanks guys:) Now without further ado here is today’s fun and fabulous card!

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Alcohol Ink Background 3 Ways & Christmas in JULY Batch of Cards!

Hi friends! Today we are going to get inky!

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Alcohol inks go in and out of style but are great staples to have in your crafting arsenal. They can color non porous surfaces, they are waterproof and vibrant. They will stick to stuff that other products won’t.¬† Look at these interesting backgrounds.

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I’ll show you how to make them today!

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Technique #1 Alcohol ink Gel printing (Technique from Sally Lynn MacDonald of Gel Press, see her in action here )
1. Press stencil to plate. 2. Dip on alcohol ink and brayer it out. 3. remove the stencil and press textures into the ink. 4. Brayer on acrylic paint and pull your print on regular cardstock! *Note, I also tried this with photo paper and it worked, just be careful anytime you use photo paper on a gel plate because it could bond to it if you don;y have a complete film on paint on it. Don’t ruin your plate!

Alcohol ink Marbling:
1. Fill tray with water. 2. Drip in alcohol ink. 3. Lay photo paper face down on surface of the water and lift off your pint. 4. Let dry.

Alcohol ink lifting:
1. Apply a layer of inks to photo paper. 2. Spray a stamp/texture plate with rubbing alcohol (or dab on alcohol based hand sanitizer) 3. Press paper ink side down to the texture plate and lift off. 4. Wipe the paper with a paper towel to remove the ink. *Bonus technique: Spray rubbing alcohol through a stencil on the inked photo paper and wipe.

Card Directions:

  1.  Stamp images on transparency, let dry and color from the back side.
  2. Use your alcohol ink backgrounds on your card base (I die cut mine.)
  3. Swipe acrylic paint on the back of the painted transparencies and stick in the card.
  4. Embellish as desired!

I hope you enjoyed this fun project and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

Easy Monogram Cards!

Hi friends!¬† Today I’ll show you how to make a large monogram for card using tiny stamps.

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Large monograms make quite an impact and you can make them using what you have. I will also show you how to get a Christmas look from an everyday stamp set! It’s never too early to start those christmas cards:) Watch the video to see how!

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Directions:

  1. Use a pencil and rulers to draw your letter as large as you like. I used a ruler and a French curve but you can trace cups, bowls or anything you have handy! If you had large letter stencil you could use those as well.
  2. Starting with the largest stamp in the set stamp the corners of the letter and then balance out the image across the line of the letter. Fill in with the other stamps going largest to smallest as you would if you were making a wreath.
  3. . Accent with flat backed pearls, rhinestones or pens if desired.

Tip! You can use this design as a monogrammed note card or use it to enhance a tiny sentiment. You can even spell out a name with your large monogram letters and frame it for a unique gift!

I hope you give this idea a try and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor look flowers with Distress Oxides!

Hi friends! I am packing up for the stamp show and thinking about all of my favorite vendors I will see there, two in particular are Rubbernecker and impression Obsession! I used their stamps to make these cards the other day:

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These cards only use white cardstock, ink and a couple of button for embellishments plus basic tools and adhesives. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make these cards and then give it a try with your supplies!

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Just a reminder!

I will be traveling through Sunday so I will not have a live show on Friday but I will post pre recorded videos throughout my absence:) If you want to see the stuff I find interesting at the stamp show please follow me on Instagram as I will be posting photos from the stamp show! Happy crafting!

 

Father’s Day Gift Box Card with Scene Stamping!

Hi friends! I was cleaning up after cooking a meal from a dinner kit and I was about to toss the box in the recycling bin when I realized that it could be upcycled instead!

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The box had a fold out flap which concealed the cooking directions for the dinner kit and I thought it would be cool to make it into a greeting card and since it is already attached to a sturdy box it can be a gift box too!

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Watch the video for a full tutorial!

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Here is a tutorial on masking if you need it. This was fun to make but if I was going to do this again I would save several boxes and cover and decorate them all at once while my supplies were out and I was in the groove. I can see these being useful for birthdays too and you can make more in less time if you batch them out. I hope you use some of these techniques in your next project and til next time happy crafting!

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Come to the Darkside (We have Coffee!)

Hi friends! I think it’s really fun to make cards for my friends. For one getting a card for no reason is more fun than getting a card for a special occasion, and two most of my friends stamp so they really appreciate a handmade card!

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When I saw these new stamps from Katzelcraft I knew they would be perfect for “girlfriend” cards. What a fun way to invite a friend over for coffee or just catch up! I am about to go to a stamp show with 3 of my friends and we are all going to ride together so just imagine 5 hours in a car with me and 3 others that can chat as much as I do, there’s won’t be a dull moment (or a silent one!) In today’s card I will share tips for coloring with alcohol markers, overlapping stamped images and a nifty tip for die cutting a matting layer when you don’t have the next side up die!

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if so please share it with a friend! Til next time happy crafting!

 

Waterolor Crayon Windowbox Cards

Howdy friends! When you embark on this crazy hobby we call stamping there is no end to the accessories we can accumulate for our craft. I was a painter long before I ever picked up a stamp so when I first begun stamping I would use paint to stamp with because the thought for spending lots on money on ink pads seemed crazy (and this was back in 2002 where there weren’t as many options as we have today!) If you are new to the hobby you might be wondering how you can stamp in color without breaking the bank, well there are many options!

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I am using watercolor crayons but you can also use water-based markers or even watercolor paint applied with a flat brush (just make sure it’s not to wet.) If you have water-soluble oil pastels, scribble sticks or gelatos they can work too. Try what you have, if the media rewets with water it won’t hurt your stamps. You can even use acrylic paint but care must be taken to ensure you clean your stamps well and don’t let the paint dry in the crevices of the stamp. The only other thing I want to say about this technique is not to expect perfection, you will end up with a loose painterly project and that is part of the beauty of it. Have fun and see where the stamps and crayons take you!

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Supplies:

Card Panel Sizes:
watercolor panel 3″x4.1/2″
Embossed layer 3 3/4″x5″
Card size: 4.1/4″x 5 1/2″

Project tips!

  1. Don’t let the stamp get too wet of you will have blobs. You want to have a crisp impression and you can drag around color with a wet brush if desired.
  2. Don’t worry if you get some blobs because it will add to the painterly effect!
  3. If you don’t have watercolor paper don’t worry, it will still look nice on cardstock but your dragging and blending of the paint may be limited.
  4. Feel free to substitute! Try your art supplies and see what you come up with!

I hope you try this technique on your stamps, it’s a lot of fun! Happy crafting!

 

 

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