Posts Tagged ‘handmade cards’


Sunday, April 12th, 2020

Good Morning and HAPPY EASTER!

It’s Susan here today sharing some fun cards – you’d think since it’s Easter that I would’ve made some Easter themed or bunny cards but I didn’t. I forgot it was Easter when I made these.

I recently received the Penny Black Birthday Balloons stamp set and I couldn’t wait to play with it. I grabbed my Copics and Prismacolor Pencils and set out to play.

The card above on the left is colored with copics. I didn’t do anything fancy – mostly because I don’t have a lot of colors and I’m still learning how to use them. I used a white paint pen to add some fun patterns to each of them.  The one on the right is colored with Prismacolor pencils. Here too I kept the coloring really simple using two shades of each color and the same white paint pen to add the highlight on each balloon. You could use a white gel pen for this as well.  I chose not to color the girl in bright colors because I wanted the balloons to be the focus.


This next card is a little more detailed. I used a 4 1/4 x 11″ piece of card stock and scored it on the 4 1/4″ side 2 3/4″ in from both ends.

The image on the right side of the card is stamped directly onto the card base but the balloons on the left were stamped onto scrap card stock, fussy cut out and added to the left side of the card base. The balloons furthers to the left were added with some craft foam. Here again the coloring was kept really simple. I used Pismacolor Pencils – 2 shades of each color and the white paint pen for highlight.

For my last card today I wanted to do something that would be considered a little more formal. Something for a 21st or 50th birthday or any special occasion. You could change out the sentiment to make it an Anniversary or Retirement card.

I used gold and silver Prismacolor Pencils for the balloons and then used a clear sparkle pen to add some shine to them. This time I colored the girl in using gold and black to coordinate with the balloons. A little fun strip of paper along the side and these cards are done.

I have an idea for another card with this set. I’ll get it made and share it over on the Scrap’n Stamp Facebook PageHave you seen the Random Acts of Cardness Challenge on the Facebook page yet? Be sure to check it out – there are all kinds of ideas to inspire you.


Happy Stampin’

and thanks so much for visiting!

Stay safe everyone!!


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Random Acts of Cardness – Day 10

Friday, April 10th, 2020

Happy Friday, and Day 10 of the Scrap ‘N Stamp Random Acts of Cardness! It’s Deb here, from the Design Team. I hope you’ve had a chance to play along with our month-long challenge. Each day there is a different prompt/theme. You can play along as many or few days as you’re able. Just create your project following the prompt, and then share it on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook wall HERE  using the hashtag #snschallnege.  On May 1st, one lucky person will be randomly chosen to WIN a $50 Gift Certificate! Woohoo!


One of my favourite mediums to play with these days is alcohol inks. Ranger has such an incredible number of gorgeous colours to play with. Not only that, but they’ve added to their line of surfaces that you can use the alcohol inks on! The most common surface to use is Yupo, which is a non-porous, smooth surface. It’s actually a synthetic substrate, more like plastic than paper. Now, Yupo is also available in Regular, Heavy Weight, and Translucent. The regular and translucent are both 104 lbs, where the Heavy Weight is 144 lbs. My project today uses the heavy weight, which is perfect for standing up to heat embossing.


If you were to use regular Yupo, and then try to heat emboss, you will end up with a very warped & wavy piece of Yupo! It’s just not thick enough to withstand the heat.  Luckily, that where the heavy weight comes in. Use a piece of 5″ x 7″ heavy weight Yupo.  Next, attach a felt alcohol ink pad onto the applicator handle. For large areas, I like to use the rectangle applicator, but you can use the smaller round ones, as well. Just be sure to use the felt applicator, not the foam ones used for regular inks! Choose colours that will blend well together; I chose Gumball and Boysenberry, with the Gilded Alloy. Apply each colour to the applicator, and then a few drops of alcohol blending solution.

Create the background by dragging the felt applicator across the Yupo. For this background, I did it at an angle, instead of left to right. Keep doing this, applying more inks and blending solution to the felt applicator as needed.  I decided that the Gilded Alloy wasn’t showing up enough, so I added some directly to the panel, and then blended it in by dragging the applicator across it.

Random Acts of Cardness - Day 10


Once your Yupo piece is dry, set it up in your stamp platform. Place the Picket Fence Studios Botan Peony stamp face down onto the piece, where you want to stamp. Pick the stamp up with the platform lid, and cover it with Versamark ink. Stamp firmly down onto the inked panel. To make sure you have a good impression, ink and stamp again with the Versamark. Next, remove the piece from the platform and cover it with gold embossing powder, Set the powder with a heat tool. You’ll notice that it does take a bit longer than usual to set the powder, but just keep moving your heat tool slowly over the panel, until all areas are done.

On a separate strip of white cardstock, stamp the sentiment fro the MFT Well, Hello stamp set first in dark pink ink, and then Versarmark ink, using your stamp platform again. Cover it with clear embossing powder, and heat set.

Now you’re ready to trim your heat embossed Yupo panel, and layer everything together. Create a slightly larger background panel of metallic gold paper, and a card base of dark pink.

Random Acts of Cardness - Day 10

With the weight of the Yupo, the extra gold panel isn’t necessary, but it adds a special extra touch! I’m sure that if you send this to a friend during these days of distancing, they’d be thrilled to receive it.


I hope you’ll join in on my Random Acts of Cardness Day 10! For more ideas on using alcohol ink – there’s SO MANY different ways – just type ‘alcohol ink’ into the search bar on the right side of my blog. Whichever days you choose to join us, just have fun, and be creative! And don’t forget to share on the Scrap ‘N Stamp FB challenge page!

Random Acts of Cardness - Day 10

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I Know Right From Wrong!

Friday, March 13th, 2020

Happy Friday, my friend! It’s Deb here today, from the Design Team. I have a fun card to share with you today. It’s from the new Tim Holtz release from Creativation, called Snarky Cats. As you know, I love a good snark! The images are so fun, and the sentiments crack me up! This one in particular ‘I know right from wrong – and wrong is the fun one!’


Although this cat image could be of the cat lying down…I just had to get him into some mischief!

I Know Right From Wrong!

As  you can see, this sassy tabby has decided that he doesn’t care for this wallpaper!


Start with a panel of white cardstock. Mask off a triangle at the top – this will be wear the ‘wallpaper’ is being torn. Next, place the TCW Plaid Fringe stencil over the panel; hold it in place with some Purple Tape. Now, use a blending tool to apply Broken China Distress Oxide ink through the stencil.

Next, cut a triangle of white cardstock the same size as the mask you created. Stencil the front of this piece, and then tear it part way down the middle. Once finished, remove & wipe down the stencil with your Lawn Fawn shammy. Now use double sided tape to attach the ‘torn’ wallpaper  to the front.


Now, stamp the cat image from the Snarky Cats stamp set onto the front, in Tuxedo Black ink. Colour in the cat with your favourite medium – I used alcohol markers for good coverage. On a separate piece of white cardstock, stamp the table and lamp images from the MFT Cozy Companions stamp set. Colour them, and then use the coordinating dies to die cut them.  Stamp the sentiment from the Snarky Cats set onto a strip of white paper.

Now you’re ready to put it all together! Create a bright yellow card base, and then attach a light blue cardstock panel to the front. Now, pop up the front panel using foam tape. Add the lamp, table and sentiment using foam tape or squares.

I Know Right From Wrong!

To emphasize the torn paper, I curled up the corners a bit more. Silly cat!

I hope that today’s card gave you a laugh – unless maybe you’re a cat owner, and your cat has done something similar! (mine always attacked & shredded the corners of my couch). A lot of the new Tim Holtz, and other brands are now in stock, in the store, so be sure to check them out! And speaking of cats….

Today being Friday the 13th, Scrap ‘N Stamp is also offering a SPECIAL! Get $13 OFF SELECTED ITEMS!  

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I Know Right From Wrong!

Thanks for hanging out with me today – now go check out all of the great deals, and then get crafty!

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