How T Make a Shadow Box Card! {Video Tutorial}

This technique is so much fun that I have made 4 of these cards this week! These cards are easy, you can use the supplies you already have and they are quick too!

DCF 1.0

In today’ video I have lots of tips and tricks: shadow-box card, coloring a scene quickly, making a paper pine cone WITHOUT a fancy die (I’ll show you how to make the tassel too!) and layering background stamps to create wonderful patterned paper. All that an more…well, there had better be more for a 23 minute long video LOL! Check it out:

I hope you try this card, you can use whatever colors you like and whatever stamps you have, make it your own. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Still Waters

First today I want to send my thoughts to everyone in the path of Hurricane Irene. Here in New England we will likely only get a very windy rainstorm and maybe lose the power for a while but nothing too serious, still we are stocked up with emergency supplies just in case. It is actually very calm and beautiful this morning, you’d never know a hurricane was on its way.


This is a card I made a few weeks ago, I stamped this Stampscapes scene on smooth white cardstock with memento ink.

Tip: when stamping a detailed scene like this ink up your stamp rubber side up on your tabel then press your cardstock down on the stamp and rub the back of the cardstock so all of the image transfers. Perfect image every time!

I used my Promarkers and Letrajet Air Marker to color this scene. I have fussed this scene with chalk, markers and watercolors before and was never happy with it. With a few swipes of the airbrush I had it colored to my liking, here’s how:  {I used colors from the Vivid ProMarker Blending set}

1. Place an Olive Green marker in your air marker tool and spray the trees.

2. Place a gold marker in the airbrush tool and spray the center of the image going over the trees, sky and water.

3. Use Crimson to spray around the gold overlapping it a bit.

4. Add Plum to the edges of the card completing the sunset.

Airbrush tips and tricks:

  • Work upright, I place a scrap of cardboard on my painting easel and tape my card to that when I airbrush.
  • Use darker colors, they will appear softer and lighter. Light colors do not show up well with the air marker.
  • Spray close to the cardstock for smaller areas and further away rom the cardstock when you want a wider softer band of color.
  • For a smooth look start spraying off the cardstock and move your arm as you spray across to avoid spots. Always keep the brush moving.
  • Sometimes you need to stop spraying to give the marker time to recharge the ink. If you are used to a traditional airbrush this can be frustrating by when working on a card sized project the air marker is perfect.
  • Practise, Practice, Practice, it is the only way to get good!

Take care this weekend, especially if you are in the path of hurricane Irene and til next time happy crafting!

Gasp! A manly card :)

OK, so I am not known for making “guy” cards but I needed a birthday card for my nephew-in-law {is that even a title?} So I grabbed some kraft cardstock, my Promarkers, a wood grain embossing plate and some stamps and had at it!

Stampscapes stamp tips:

I bought this beautiful Stampcapes scenic stamp at a yard sale a few years ago but I’ll admit I had a hard time using it. These stamps have a lot of detail and there is a trick to getting it right!

    1. Use a brayer to ink up the stamp. I have 2 soft rubber brayers in my craft room: one for blacks and browns and one for other colors. Simply roll the brayer on an inkpad (I used Close to Cocoa by Stampin Up!) then roll it along your stamp. Repeat this a couple of times from left to right and top to bottom.
    2. Use smooth paper. You can use glossy cardstock or very smooth regular cardstock such as Neenah Classic Crest. Keep the stamp rubber side up on your table and lay the cardstock on top of the inked stamp and rub your hand over the paper. Just be sure not to move the paper as you rub.
    3. When coloring keep elements that are in the background (like the trees behind the cabin) dull in color and make the objects closer to you (like the grass in the foreground) brighter in color.
    4. If you need to add brighter, or lighter color to your design after coloring it with markers layer colored pencils on top for a spark of color and texture.

    A couple more tips:

  1. When you want to mat {layer} a piece of stamp art first punch a shape out of the center of the background layer. You don’t see the middle of the panel so it does not matter if there is a hole in it;) You can save these punch outs for a future project or make a matching gift tag! It will also cut down on wight when mailing, you might just save yourself an extra stamp!
  2. Leftover over scraps of paper used on the card can be turned into an envelope liner as I did on the top photo. Simply trace the flap of the envelope on the scrap paper (make sure you have a couple of inches below the flap so you can tuck it inside) cut it out and slide in the envie. Hold the tip of the liner in place with double-sided tape.
  3. When stamping oft-used sentiments such as the birthday definition be sure to stamp a few extra so you can have them ready to use on your next card, it is a time saver!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

My New Shelf!

Check this out:

Holy cow, check out this shelf!

Holy cow, check out this shelf!

My good fried Kathy called me 2 weekends ago from a lady’s basement who was selling her entire stamp collection. I’m thinking “I need more stamps like I need a hole in the head!” and I decided I didn’t “need” to go but she said she was selling her stamp shelves for 5 bucks. So I decided I would swing by on my way to my parents house to see if she had anything left and check out her shelves. Holy coy this woman was stocked with awesome stamps! I grabbed these House Mouse, Stampscapes and Magenta stamps for 1-3 dollars each! And yes I got the shelf.

Some new to me stamps!

Some new to me stamps!

I thought about getting two shelves but decided that might be too much of a strain on my marriage 😉

If you want a shelf like this it is made from 1×4 pine. It is 6′ high by 4′ wide. Hubby secured the shelf to a beam in the celling since it is tall and narrow, otherwise it would probably tip over. The shelves are 4″-6″ apart, perfect for storing stamps! I had so many that I put them in on the diagonal, I put up my favorites, the rest I gifted to my kids who will use and appreciate them more than I did!

Speaking of the kids, 2 out of 3 are sick, hubby too, hence no crafty project today. I have a few things in the works though and as long as I don’t get what they have I have a new craft up tomorrow. Yay for my superior vegan immune system…I’m totally jinxing myself now…Until next time stay healthy and happy crafting!

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