Posts tagged ‘handmade card’

June 18, 2014

Paper craft project no. 207: Heartfelt thanks one layer card [with video tutorial]

2014-06-18 OLC Heartfelt thanks

Popping by with another one layer card I made last night. I based the layout on the current sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. For the colors I used to stamp the “heartfelt” sentiment, I was inspired by the photo at Addicted to Stamps and More, where they’re celebrating their 2nd birthday! And because I’ve got my flower stamp in a frame, it fits the current One Layer Simplicity Challenge – I’ve Been Framed. I’m entering my card to two more fun challenges: Crafting by Designs June Anything Goes Challenge and Cards und More #108 – One Layer Cards.

I used archival, dye, water-based (distress), and pigment (in the form of Inktense blocks) inks, as well as some watercoloring on my favorite card base (cold-pressed watercolor paper) so you could say this is a one layer mixed media card at its simplest. I went with good old-fashioned stamping and used STAMPlorations stamps — SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Thank You and Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments. The flowers are ones I illustrated and turned into stamps.

The card is a pretty simple one to make, and I’ve got a video showing how I created this card from start to finish. The video is another shorty (5 minutes, 44 seconds to be exact), in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart. Yes, I love classical music, especially by Mozart. When I’m crafting or writing or even when I’m at the gym, I’ve got classical music playing in the background, as it helps me to relax and as weird as this may sound, the music stimulates my brain cells and I’m able to visualize [when I’m doing art], think [when I’m writing], or focus [when I’m working out] more. Actually, it isn’t weird if you’ve heard about the Mozart effect (or the effect of music you enjoy listening to), as research has found that listening to music [in this case, Mozart’s] induces a short-term performance improvement of one’s spacial-temporal reasoning. [Don’t make the mistake of thinking it increases IQ — there are no definite research results on this, and the researchers who did the study on the Mozart effect made no such claim that listening to Mozart makes one intelligent or that it raises IQ.] In any case, music by Mozart and all the other classical composers was what helped me get through university (particularly on those days that I crammed for finals) and it helps me get through deadlines (particularly on those rush writing projects from clients) — and hey, doing 12k on the rowing machine for an hour becomes fun and easy! Aannnyyway…back to the video. Again it’s a real quickie so if you’re up for a few minutes of brain stimulation while watching me create this card, head on over to YouTube. Feel free to leave me some love over there ;o)

Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE

2014-06-18 OLC Heartfelt thanks-cu


Thanks so much for stopping by!


December 20, 2013

Paper craft project no. 102: Life is better because of you

2013-12-19 Life is better because of you
Here’s an A2 card I created as an inspiration project for the STAMPlorations December Challenge: Stamps and Silhouettes. When you have a moment, do check out the STAMPlorations blog, as my card is just one of 3 inspiration projects featured in this post. The other two cards are by DT members Nonni and Vicki. The challenge ends December 31st and there’s a prize for the winner — 2 Vignette stamp sets of his/her choice.

To create this card, I channeled my inner Heather Telford, but instead of creating snowy or wintry scenes like she did here and here (aren’t those cards incredible?), I went with a sunny scene — one with blue skies and green grass…no snow!

I first masked the lower portion of scrap watercolor paper with a thin sheet of paper then loaded my brush with water and painted teal zeal dye ink on the upper area. Next, I cut out a mask shaped like a cloud and with a sponge, I applied nautical blue dye ink lightly, moving my cloud mask across the top. I blended the dark blue ink with my water brush. With the lower portion still masked, I stamped the tree silhouettes in different shades of green. I removed the mask and painted the foreground by brushing water on the area first before layering and blending different shades of green again. I used my heat tool to dry the area. Using the black soot distress marker, I added some black on the tree silhouettes and the ground.  I then stamped the sentiment and trimmed my watercolor panel down to 2.75″ by 4.25″ and rounded off the corners. I thought that the ground needed some more color in addition to all that green grass so I painted in some flowers in nautical blue, love letter, tangelo, and dandelion dye inks. I added some faux stitching around my panel using one of the stitch stamps in the Patchwork Frenzy: Graphic Pentagons set (a new set from STAMPlorations that will be available in January). I adhered DSP and ribbon on my card base before adhering my watercolor panel on pop-up foam dots.

2013-12-19 Life is better because of you -up close

I’m linking up this card to the following challenges: Emergency Crafters: Anything But Christmas; Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #76: Anything Goes; ScrapbookerPhD Challenge #5: Anything Goes; and Simon Says Monday Challenge: Use a Stamp. I thought this card also fits Keep It Simple #29: Warm — the sentiment implies warm thoughts and my stamped watercolor image shows a warm day. I grew up in a tropical country and I’ve never really gotten used to the 20-degree-and-below temps in the winter months here in the valley even though I’ve lived here for years. Creating this little “art” was my escape.

Stamps — VIGNETTE: Tree Silhouettes [trees, sentiment], PATCHWORK FRENZY: Graphic Pentagons [stitching] (STAMPlorations)
Inks — Teal Zeal, Nautical Blue, Pistachio, Cottage Ivy, Olive Grove, Northern Pine, Love Letter, Tangelo, Dandelion (Memento); Black (Hero Arts); Black Soot Distress Marker (Ranger)
Paper — 140-lb Cold-Press Watercolor Paper (Canson); Designer Paper (The Paper Studio)
Other — Ribbon (The Paper Studio); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Water Brush; Corner Rounder Punch

Thanks so much for stopping by!


December 16, 2013

Paper craft project no. 100: Be merry

2013-12-14 Be merry
Here’s an A2 card — my 100th paper craft project I’ve blogged about! I’ve made more than that since starting the blog in July — but being able to share my paper craft projects regularly every week is infinitely satisfying. It gives me a sense of accomplishment…and I finally found something I can blog about consistently!

Anyway, for this card, I stamped paint brushes, ink blots, and ink spatters in alternating emerald green and rose madder archival inks on the bottom area of my card base. On scrap watercolor paper, I stamped a newspaper background in gray flannel ink. I trimmed it to size and rounded off the bottom corners with my corner rounder punch. I then adhered it to my card base. Next, I stamped a wonky double running stitch all around the panel in love letter ink. On scrap watercolor paper, I stamped the winter words in tuxedo black ink (Memento), cut it out using a 2-inch circle punch, and lightly sponged the edges with love letter ink. To create the 3 strips, I used the chevron stamp with the love letter ink. I adhered them to my card using foam dots. I stamped the sentiment in tuxedo black ink. I finished the card by rounding the bottom corners with my corner rounder punch.

I based the layout of this card on the current Fusion Card Challenge sketch. I’m linking up this card to the following fun challenges: Brown Sugar Challenge #72: Christmas; Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge #54: Happy Holidays; Dream Valley Challenge #72: Christmas; and Sister Act Card Challenge #37: Anything Goes.

I’m also linking this card to 2 challenges that my good friend Nonni is hosting at her blog: Let’s Get Inky: Stamp a Happy Christmas and Christmas Cards Out of Old Stash/Scraps. I hope you can join us over there by the 24th! Nonni will be randomly drawing a winner for each challenge and the winners will receive the It’s All About YOU! rubber stamp set from STAMPlorations.

Stamps – Winter Wonderland [round image] (Fiskars); Newspaper Background (Hero Arts); Patchwork Frenzy: Graphic Squares [stitches], Holiday Artsy [paint brush, ink blots, and ink spatters], VIGNETTE: Chevron & Arrows [chevron] , and Oh, Christmas Tree! [sentiment] (STAMPlorations)
Inks – Emerald Green, Rose Madder (Ranger); Gray Flannel, Love Letter, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper – 140-lb cold-press watercolor paper (Canson)
Also – 2-inch circle punch (Fiskars); corner rounder; glue dots; foam dots

Thanks so much for stopping by!


December 10, 2013

Paper craft project no. 96: I miss you

2013-12-10 OLC I miss you
Here’s a one layer card (4.5″ by 6″ Canson 140-lb cold-press watercolor paper) featuring stamps from Patchwork Frenzy: Graphic Squares set (one of two STAMPlorations stamp sets coming out in January).

To create the card, I diagonally masked the center so I’d have the upper and lower areas for stamping. Next, I stamped the squares in alternating colors — green hills (Hero Arts), soft granite (Hero Arts), and rouge (ColorBox). Then I stamped the wonky double running stitch in tuxedo black (Memento) to create a patchwork effect. I masked the upper and lower areas before placing the mini splat stencil (The Crafters Workshop) and sponging black soot distress ink. Then I stamped ink blots and spatters (from the Holiday Artsy set) in soft granite. Finally, I stamped my sentiment 3 times in rouge, tuxedo black, and green hills.

The colors I used are from this week’s colors at The Dynamic Duos Challenge #82: Bold and Cheery Week (Primrose Petals and Gumball Green), plus I used 2 neutral colors — black and soft granite (gray). Then there’s the current Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Create Your Own Background, with the option to use stencils and/or Gelli plates. (I’ve got my Gelli plate stashed away because I needed the table space for all the Christmas cards I’ve been doing so I went with a stencil.) And then there’s the Allsorts Challenge #236: Anything But Christmas. (I really needed a little break from all the Christmas cards so this was a welcome challenge!)

I’m also entering this card to the following challenges: Created with Love Challenge #70: Anything Goes; Make It Monday Challenge #170: Always Anything Goes; and Scribble & Scrap Challenge #7: Always Anything Goes.


Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps used:

001 holiday-artsy-preview copy  packaging-patchworkfrenzy-preview

November 1, 2013

Paper craft project no. 75: Merry Christmas hexagon wreath one layer card

2013-10-30 OLC Merry Christmas
To create this card, I used a 246-lb Strathmore acrylic paper (love the texture and thickness!) that I found in my stash as I was trying to organize my craft table. The acrylic pad was buried under a foot and a half pile of art books, magazines (Paper Crafts and CardMaker), a couple of sketch books, and my Gelli Arts printing plate. The paper is 9″x12″ so I cut it in half to create a card base that’s 4.5″ by 6″.

My idea was to create something that resembles a wreath, as inspired by the cards created by Nonni and Sandie, which are in turn based on the photo over at Inkspirational. I had a couple of wreath stamps, but they were all small, and I didn’t have a punch or die that would let me fashion a wreath out of them so I did the next best thing — use my holiday hexagons and distressed floral swirls stamps to create my version of a wreath ;-)

First, I stamped the different hexagon images in embossing ink, sprinkled green embossing powder, and heat embossed. Next, using a mask, I stamped the floral swirl around the hexagons in embossing ink again, sprinkled with clear embossing powder, and heat embossed.  Then I stamped a sentiment in the center of my hexagon wreath…and it DID. NOT. LOOK. GOOD.  At all. I tried stamping over it again (big mistake!) but I only made it look worse. Then I tried stamping over it a second time (what was I thinking?!?). I didn’t think I could make it any worse but I did! (Note to self: If the first stamping doesn’t look good, DO NOT stamp over it again in an attempt to salvage it!)

2013-10-30 OLC Merry Christmas - insideI didn’t want to have to start all over again so I did a lot of staring and scowling at my botched stamping job and then I remembered what Anita did when she had a similar problem as she was creating her card. So with my craft knife, I got rid of the evidence offending stamped sentiment by cutting a hexagon shape in the middle. Hey, now I can work with that! I stamped the hexagon that has the image of baby Jesus inside the card so it shows through the hexagon window when the card is closed. I also added a sentiment inside (might as well!). Anyone want to give this girl a high-five? ;-)

If you’ve been following my blog the last couple of weeks, you know about my current obsession: emboss resist. Can’t let this card go without me using the technique on it! So I sponged some distress inks (shabby shutters, old paper) on the floral swirls. Then I stamped the sentiment in the lower right corner of the card. I finished off the card by affixing green sequins using silver stickles.

This card fits a few challenges:


I should mention that I created this card for the monthly challenge I’m hosting over at the STAMPlorations Challenge Blog. For November, we’re doing STAMPS & SEQUINS.  Nonni, a talented musician and card-maker, joins me as a member of my design team. (We’re looking for a few crafty, creative ladies to join us, so if you’re interested, our DT call is in this post.)


As always, thank you for stopping by and reading until the end of this post! Some days I tend to be chatty in my posts. Have a wonderful weekend ahead!


October 26, 2013

Paper craft project no. 72: Prim country Christmas snowy angel one layer card

2013-10-26 OLC Prim country Christmas snow angel
Here’s an A2 one layer card I created for CASology Week 67. The cue word is COUNTRY. The word gave me a lot of ideas, but mostly I associate the word with rustic and prim (primitive) living, art, images, home decor, and such.  My husband and I live out in the country surrounded by orange and olive groves, and dairy farms. It’s quiet and laid back. I love being away from the crowd. Out here, I can breathe and think clearly — away from all the noise that comes with city living.

Anyway, I have an old prim snowy angel stamp (probably made in the late 1990s) and I thought it was the perfect image for my prim country themed one layer card. I colored it with markers (mostly Distress markers and a couple of Memento markers) and stamped the sentiment. For the border, I found a running stitch stamp in my stash. It’s straight, but I stuck the stamp to my acrylic block a bit crooked to create the effect and stamped twice one each side.

I’m also linking this card to the following:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your weekend’s going great!


October 18, 2013

Paper craft project no. 68: Three cards, one sketch

In today’s post, I’ve got 3 cards to share – Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas cards. They are all one layer cards. To create the cards, I used masking, blending, and tone-on-tone stamping techniques.

Here’s card #1: Trick or Treat One Layer Card

2013-10-16 OLC Trick or Treat

I’m linking up this card to the following:

Stamps: Boo! clear stamp set (STAMPlorations)
Inks: jet black (Ranger Archival ink); spiced marmalade, dusty concord (Tim Holtz Distress inks)
Other: white cardstock (Hammermill); tangelo, cantaloupe (Memento markers); blender pen (Dove)

Here’s card #2: Thankful One Layer Card

2013-10-16 OLC Thankful and blessed

I’m linking up this card to the following:

Stamps: Thankful, Grateful clear stamp set (STAMPlorations)
Inks: jet black (Ranger Archival ink); scattered straw, barn door, spiced marmalade, vintage photo (Tim Holtz Distress inks)
Other: white cardstock (Hammermill); paper brads (Candi); glue dots

Here’s card #3: Celebrate the Season One Layer Card

2013-10-16 OLC Celebrate the season

I’m linking up this card to the following:

Stamps: Distressed Floral Swirls clear stamp set; Oh, Christmas Tree! clear stamp set, and Merry clear stamp set  (STAMPlorations)
Inks: jet black, emerald green,sienna (Ranger Archival inks); scattered straw, broken china (Tim Holtz Distress inks)
Other: white cardstock (Hammermill); sequins (Crafters Square); glue dots

The stamps I used on all cards are ones I designed for my line of stamps. (They’re available in my shop here.) Thanks so much for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment and link to your blog — I would love to come visit and see your creations!


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