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Adding Texture Adds Interest

Friday, July 10th, 2020

Happy Friday, my friend! It’s Deb here, from the Design Team. I hope that your week went well, and you’re looking forward to the weekend. Maybe you’ll have time for some creating? Today’s post might be of interest to you, if you will be crafting. Adding texture to your cards adds interest. And adding interest usually equals adding a “wow”! Let’s have a look, shall we?


One way of adding texture is to add texture paste. You can either add it randomly, if you’re going for an unstructured look. Or, you can use it with a stencil, for a more defined shape. I chose to use the Ranger Texture Paste with the Tim Holtz Bricked stencil. Since the stencil is of bricks, I knew I wanted to colour the texture paste so it wasn’t the white it is in the tub. Did you know that you can use Ranger Alcohol Inks to colour your texture paste? Yes – you can!

Adding Texture Adds Interest

I love using my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion for this technique! First, scoop out about a tablespoon of texture paste onto your mat. Next, add 2-3 drops of alcohol ink to the paste. Use your palette knife to mix the alcohol ink into the paste. If you want a darker colour, add more ink. (I used Ranger Pebble alcohol ink). When you’ve got the colour you want, apply the paste through the stencil, with your palette knife.  The Make Art Stay-tion comes with 4 magnets, so it’s easy to hold your cardstock and the stencil in place. (for backup, I used a couple of pieces of Purple Tape on the cardstock side).

When you’re finished applying the texture paste, lift off the stencil, and set aside the cardstock piece. Now, be sure to wipe off your Stay-tion and the stencil with a damp towel or paper towels, before the paste hardens.  As long as you clean it right away, it wipes off immediately!


Another way to add texture is with embossing powder. First, stamp the ‘hello’ from the MFT Well, Hello stamp set in Versamark ink, onto white cardstock. Next, cover it with gold embossing powder, and then set with a heat tool. Now, use the coordinating Sweet Hello dies to die cut the sentiment.

The texture paste dries quite quickly, as long as you don’t apply it too thick. Set up this panel in your stamp platform, and line up the Impression Obsession Peek-aBoo Kitty with the side of the bricks.  Next, ink up the stamp, and then press firmly onto the panel.  I used the Gina K. Faded Brick ink for the kitty, and the Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Bright Pink marker for the heart.

Adding Texture Adds Interest

Colour in the kitty with your choice of colours. Next, attach the die cut ‘hello’ with foam squares or tape. Add the card front to a panel of light blue cardstock with foam tape. Finally, add the card front to a light yellow card base.

Adding Texture Adds Interest

We’ve actually added texture 3 different ways to this card. First, with the texture paste; second with the heat embossing, and 3rd with the die cutting. So by adding texture, we’ve added a lot of interest to this card. Otherwise, it could have easily been a simple, one layer card.


Did you notice that my card today works for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Random Acts of Cardness Daily Challenge?! Yes, I planned it that way! I hope I’ve given you some ideas on how to add texture, and interest, to your project! Be sure to add your ‘texture’ project to the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook challenge page HERE, and use the hashtag #SNSCHALLENGE when adding it there, and when sharing on your other social media platforms.

Adding Texture Adds Interest

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Saturday, April 25th, 2020

Hi Everyone. It’s Susan here to share a card that features one of the birds from the  Happy Hugs stamp set from Penny Black. The stamp comes with one balloon but I stamped it two more times to make a bouquet of balloons. Is three considered a bouquet?

I started with the sky. I used the Cloud Stencil from My Favorite Things, some Broken China Distress Oxide ink and a blending tool. The Cloud Stencil has 4 different edges so I just kept rotating the stencil and blending on some ink until the panel was covered. I die cut it twice using one die from the Large Stitched Rectangles and one next in size from the Small Stitched Rectangles both from Lawn Fawn creating an outer frame that I adhered directly to the card base. I stamped the bird using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink onto the clouds and again onto some scrap card stock. I colored in the balloons and the bird using Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut each one out and adhered them to the panel covering the original stamping. I used a fine tip black marker to add two more balloon strings.

The sentiment is stamped directly onto the panel and the whole panel was added to the card base with craft foam.

This card puts a smile on my face. I hope it puts a smile onto the face of the person I send it to.


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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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