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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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Tuesday with Tara {take 253} geometric tag bookmark

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  I was pretty excited this week to be able to do a curb-side pickup of some books at my local library and bring home some summer reads.  As I tucked the checkout receipt in as a bookmark after reading a few pages, I decided I should create some fun tags to keep my place.  Today I’m sharing one of the tag bookmarks I created, inspired by today’s ‘Random Acts of Cardness’ Challenge theme- geometric!

I’ve used a few Tim Holtz/ Sizzix dies on this tag, with a focus on the new hexagon stacked tiles set.  It’s a great little set which includes 5 each of 5 different sizes of hexagon dies.  I spent a bit of time the other day cutting hexagons from a variety of scraps of cardstock, inked & embossed backgrounds that I’d never used for anything yet.  I also had a variety of tags that had been inked or painted and never finished… this bookmark is what I assembled from those bits and pieces!

The hexagons I selected for this bookmark were all cut from a piece which I had debossed & painted with metallic rub.  I also spilled some Speckled Egg Distress Paint on it… which ended up looking pretty cool on this piece (not so great on the original project I was working on!).  I chose these pieces because the tag I was building on had been painted in a variety of shades of blue Dina Wakley paint and then stamped onto with her metallic ‘penny’ paint on some bubble wrap.  The gorgeous punch of metallic was a perfect match for these hexagons!  I stamped a few bits of text print into the open spaces to anchor the black elements I was going to be adding.

Once everything was laid out, I selected a wildflower to die cut in a bold black, along with a simple sentiment from a shadow script set.  The butterfly was already cut out in my little scrap box as well, but I added a bit of stamping, paint & metallic marker to help him blend in.  Everything was glued down with some Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive which I am finally trying out, after hearing so many people rave about it!

I’m pretty pleased with how this bookmark turned out- it somehow is both bold and soothing at the same time.   I love how it lays perfectly flat, yet has a lot of visual texture.  It doesn’t hurt that it serves the purpose of saving my spot in my next summer read!

Hope you like it too!  I can’t wait to see what you make & share in our facebook group for our geometric theme today!

Inky hugs,


Day 22 Challenge Theme is Christmas

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Are you playing along with our Scrap ‘N Stamp Random Acts of Cardness Daily Challenge? If so, it’s Day 22 challenge, with a Christmas theme! It’s never too early to start on your Christmas cards, and this prompt is as good an excuse as any to start today.

Tim Holtz Watercolor Trees

I recently received my Scrap ‘N Stamp order, in which I had included the Tim Holtz Watercolor Trees. I order this set specifically for today’s theme! Or did I choose the theme because I ordered the stamp? I don’t remember – but it works!

Day 22 Challenge Theme is Christmas

I chose to use the largest tree in the set, and make it extra special with an Easel Fold Card. These cards are easy to make, but make a big impression on your recipient!


Start with a dark green cardstock base of 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″. Score at 4 1/4″ and 6 3/8″.  Fold on the score lines, so that the first fold is a ‘valley’ fold, and the 2nd fold is a mountain fold. This is your card base. Set it aside for now.

Set up a piece of white watercolour paper in your stamp platform. Now, ink the largest tree image with Shabby Shutters distress ink. Lightly spray with water, using a Mini Mister. Stamp firmly onto the watercolour paper. Now, ink up the same stamp with Cracked Pistachio distress ink, but only in random places on the stamp. Again, mist lightly with water, and then stamp firmly. Now clean and remove that stamp. Line up the shaded image stamp in the middle of the stamped images. Cover that stamp with Mowed Lawn ink, spray with water, and stamp firmly.  Clean & remove that stamp, and use a heat tool to dry your watercolour paper.


Now, place the baubles stamp on your stamped image, and pick it up with the stamp platform lid. Cover the baubles image with Versamark ink, and stamp firmly. Cover with red glitter embossing powder, and set with a heat tool. Replace the panel into the platform, and now line up the star, tinsel and tree base stamps. Cover those with Versamark ink, and stamp firmly. Next, cover those stamped images with Silver embossing powder, and heat set.

Line up the sentiment on a strip of watercolour paper, and stamp with Versamark ink. Cover with the same Silver embossing powder, and heat set. Now, use the star image on a clear block, and randomly stamp it repeatedly in the upper left and lower right corners of a 4″ x 4″ light green cardstock. Cover with the Silver embossing powder, and heat set.  Next, use a blending tool and add Vintage Photo distress oxide ink around the edges of the tree oval, the 4″ x 4″ green cardstock,  and the sentiment strip, to give it an  aged look.

Now die cut the tree image with an Oval die, and a second slightly larger oval in the dark green cardstock you used for the card base.  Now layer all of the pieces together onto the 4″ x 4″ cardstock with the silver stars. Attach this piece to the card base, by putting glue on the small 2 1/8″ x 4 1/4″ section, and attaching the top of the tree panel to it. This is what your card will look like, closed.

Day 22 Challenge Theme is Christmas


Layer the sentiment strip with a slightly larger strip of the light green cardstock. Attach it to the bottom of the inside of the card base, about 1/4″ from the bottom. Now, lift the top of the card, and prop the bottom of it against the top of the sentiment strip. This is what your card will look like, from the side.

Day 22 Challenge is Christmas

To finish off the card front, I added a few silver stars that I had in my stash.


Today’s Day 22 challenge theme is Christmas, and you’re right on time to join us! You can also join days that have already passed. Simply create your project for the chosen days’ theme. Next, share your card on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Challenge Facebook page HERE. Be sure to use the hashtag #SNSCHALLENGE. Feel free to share on your other social media accounts, too! At the end of the month, one lucky participant will be randomly chose as Winner of a $50 Gift Card to Scrap ‘N Stamp!


I’ve included links to the supplies I used in making my card, below. When you order regular priced items, be sure to use my special DISCOUNT CODE: 10DEB at checkout for 10% OFF! (By the way – the newest Big Shot is NOW IN STORE!)

Day 22 Challenge Theme is Christmas

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