Posts Tagged ‘cardmaking’

Tuesday with Tara {take 90}

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Today I have a set of thank you cards to share with you- this post is a bit heavy on photos, so I’ll keep the words to a minimum to even things out a bit 🙂

I found myself needing some new Thank you cards for my stash, but when I started on two cards it turned into four… so I decided to share them all with you!  I’ve used a variety of paints and stencils on tags to serve as a focal point for my cards. I squeezed a bit of lime and white paint onto a tag, then used an old gift card to scrape the paints across the tags. A little paint goes a long way, so I grabbed some more tags and kept going!

Here’s a few shots from my process- added collage papers, applied Distress Ink over a mask, then added gold paint through a stencil.


I finished off the background with brown Distress Ink applied through a honeycomb stencil.


While the tags were drying, I die cut some shapes from cardboard and painted them gold as well.  I finished them up with a mix of wire, jute, and embellishments…


One the tags were complete, I added them to blank cards which I had stamped thank you on. I love how they are all so similar and yet unique. I also love that some of them are already in the mail for much needed thank yous!


Hope you enjoyed my cards and maybe they’ll inspire you to stock your card stash…

Inky hugs,

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Cards Made with the New Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folders

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

We just received some of the new Cuttlebug A2 embossing folders, borders and cardmaking combos and couldn’t wait to share some of the cards I made with them. These new embossing folders are absolutely irresistible! I love how you can mix & match from the embossing border sets and the cardmaking combos. It makes them so versatile.

Hope these cards give you some ideas and inspiration.

card using cuttlebug A2 embossing folder leafy branch

I made this card in soft colors using Bazzill cardstock in aloe vera, horizon & white. First I embossed the white cardstock with the leafy branch embossing folder and then I used a sponge tip applicator to add sage VersaMagic chalk ink to the leaves. This chalk ink blends beautifully and I found that I could create shading on the leaves just by going over some of the areas a second time. The key here is to use very little ink and go lightly.

The border and corner embellisment were punched from horizon cardstock using the Paper Shapers Corner Adorner punch, Square Steps. It’s really easy to do and I hope I can describe it here so that it makes sense. Just cut a 1-2″ strip of cardstock the length you want your border. Carefully remove the ‘wings’ from your punch and turn it upside down so you can see the bottom. Line up the edge of the punch with the outer edge of your paper and make sure that the long edge of the cardstock is against the bottom of the punch, then squeeze. Now, move the punch along and line it up again with the side of the area you just punched and squeeze. Continue moving along until you have punched your border. To make the corern piece I just punched a corner slot with the wings on the punch and then trimmed it detach it from the rest of the cardstock. Just for fun I added a latte self-adhesive pearl in the corner.

The ovals were cut using the Big Shot and Spellbinder Nestabilities S4-112 Classic Ovals, Small and S4-113 Scalloped Ovals, Small and stamped with a saying from the Melissa Frances clear stamp set ‘Simply Said’ using aegean blue VersaMagic chalk ink. And for a little more pizzaz I added pearls instead of brads.

A little ribbon from on the side to finish it off and you have a simple, elegant card that would work for many different occasions.


card made with cuttlebug a2 embossing folder argyle

The second card was made with a whimsical stamp set from Amy Smyth called The Flourish Pack. I love this set! It’s got lots of little birds, butterflies, flowers and flourishes that are great for watercoloring. I cut the scalloped circle first from Bazzill white cardstock with Spellbinders Nestabilities S4-124 Classic Scallop Circles, Large and then stamped the bird with black StazOn ink and then watercolored the bird. The pink frame was cut with Nesties set S4-114 Standard Circles, Large from petalsoft cardsstock. If you need help with cutting frames using your Nesties check out my post about Nestabilities and chocolate. Are you just a little bit curious?

To make this card background I embossed white cardstock with the argyle embossing folder and then used pixie dust VersaMagic chalk ink applied direct to paper from the pad to highlight the raised areas. Again, a light touch is best otherwise you’ll get ink where you don’t want it.

A little ribbon and some layering and this card was done. It would be an easy one to adapt to a baby theme, get well or thank you. Flowers, die cuts or more embellishments could be added to give it a whole new look.

There are more card and scrapbooking projects on the way so check back soon!