Patti’s CardMaker Tip

Hi everyone! It’s Patti J. here today with a fun tip for you! This is for those times when you need a quick card and one that looks like you’ve spent lots of time on it, but really you haven’t!

Did you know that you can get an amazing shadow type of stamping by using the back side of your clear stamps? Yep! What you will need is a stamp that is symmetrical or nearly so.

Let’s get started!

Choose a stamp and an ink color for your “shadow.” Using the back side of your clear stamp, begin stamping your image where desired.

 In the case of my card today, I decided to use a triple-stamp technique. I cut my white panels, placed the bottom two panels together with removable tape, and randomly stamped the yellow “shadow” over both panels in Wild Honey. Then, the focal panel was stamped in Wild Honey. Finally, the sentiment was also stamped in Wild Honey.

Next, clean your stamp, turn it over so the image side is up, and begin over-stamping in a darker color of choice. Stamp the sentiment in the darker color as well, moving it a bit to the right and top, so that both colors of ink create a “drop-down shadow” look.

That’s all there is to it! To finish the card, cut a card base and panels for matting. Adhere each layer together and embellish if desired. Here is my finished card.

What a fun, easy and quick card, and it looks like it took much longer than the 15 minutes it actually took! I’ve included the panel dimensions below and hope you will give it a try.

Card Base: 4 1/4 x 11 inches, scored on long side at 5 1/2 inches

White Panels: 4 x 5 1/4 inches, 4 1/4 x 3 inches, 2 x 3 1/4 inches

Black Mats: 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches, 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches

Thanks for stopping by!

Patti J.

Supplies used: Black cardstock from Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.; Fabulous Frame stamp set from Gina K. Designs; Tim Holtz Distress wild honey ink pad from Ranger Industries Inc.; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; Mono Adhesive Permanent runner from Tombow


Anita’s Outside the Box

Welcome to my Outside the Box blog post! We were asked to pick a card from an old issue of CardMaker and recreate it with new products.

Showering You With Love
I chose a card called Showering You With Love by Aixa Mercado that was in the Spring 2013 issue of CardMaker. Editor’s Note: Purchase a digital copy of this issue here!

While Aixa’s card was a lovely baby card, I was inspired by it to create a bridal shower card for my daughter-in-law to be.

I bought a Silhouette cut file called Here Comes The Bride and it had the heart and rings as part of the file. I resized them until they were the perfect size for me.

I added a little extra bling with a few sequins which are so trendy right now.

How often do you go through your old magazines and think about recreating a card? I’m going to be doing it more often as it was so easy and fun.



Supplies used: Kiss Kiss Collection patterned papers from Crate Paper; sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh; Here Comes the Bride cut file set (#43536) and Cameo electronic cutting machine from Silhouette America Inc.


Card Challenge Corner: Remembering

You Are My Hero
Next Monday is Memorial Day here in the United States when we will remember the people who died while serving in our armed forces. In honor of all of those who lost their lives protecting our country, create a patriotic-themed thank-you card to give to either someone who is currently serving or to a family member of a fallen soldier.

Editor’s Note: Remember to post photos of your designs on the CardMaker Facebook page!

Card shown above by Sabrina Aleryclick here to purchase instructions for this design as a download!

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Pretty Pink Posh & CardMaker Blog Hop

Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop
There’s just something about sequins that make them fun! So it’s no surprise that the blog team was excited to partner with Pretty Pink Posh for a sequin-filled blog hop! Besides lots of colorful sequins, Pretty Pink Posh also carries die templates, seed beads, ribbon and more. A BIG thank you goes out to Paulina at Pretty Pink Posh for supplying all of the designers with product for the hop! Ready to get hopping? Let’s go!

One look at this card and it probably comes as no surprise to you that I like sparkle. I also like cards that are super-easy to make like this one.

To get started, simply die-cut three squares, evenly spaced, from the left side of a white cardstock panel. Cut another cardstock panel to fit behind the die-cut piece and trace the three squares onto the left side. Add double-sided tape to the traced squares and began adding rows and rows of sequins. Adhere the die-cut panel on top of the sequin panel, stamp your sentiment in the corner and adhere the entire panel to a card base. Very easy and sparkly!

Celebrate Your Day

Supplies used: Sequins (sparkling clear, watermelon, sugar plum mix) and Stitched Banner Duo die set from Pretty Pink Posh; turquoise polka-dot embossed cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; whisper white cardstock from Stampin’ Up!; Stacking Sentiments stamp set from JustRite Papercraft Inc.; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; 1/2-inch-wide Scor-Tape and scoring board from Scor-Pal Products; paper trimmer from Fiskars.

Happy Day
As soon as I saw the Stitched Banner Duo die set, I knew one of my cards would have to be a shaker card. Ever since we’ve featured them in our summer issue, they’ve become my current favorite card style. And given my love of hand-lettering, I wanted to find a way to incorporate all of my favorites (sequins, shaker boxes and calligraphy) into one card.

To make the shaker box, place the square die inside the banner die and run them through the die-cutting machine to create a banner with a window. Adhere a piece of clear acetate to back of banner to cover window followed by three layers of foam tape along window edges. Sprinkle a few or several sequins into the formed box.

Now it’s time for hand-lettering! I used a calligraphy nib and ink to write “happy day!” onto a piece of white cardstock cut to cover back of shaker box. If you don’t want to hand-letter, you could also stamp the sentiment or use a computer to generate it onto your cardstock. Adhere the lettered piece onto the back of the foam box making sure edges are sealed securely.

For the background, create a hand-lettered panel of birthday-themed words such as “make a wish,” “celebrate,” “birthday wishes” and “blow out the candles.” Layer this panel onto cardstock and then onto a card base. Finish by adhering the shaker box in place. This would make such a fun card to send to a friend on their special day!

Happy Day!

Supplies used: Sequins (sparkling clear, watermelon, sugar plum mix, silver confetti) and Stitched Banner Duo die set from Pretty Pink Posh; perfect plum and rose red cardstock from Stampin’ Up!; X-Press It Blending Card from Imagination International Inc.; Nikko G Nib, pen holder and Higgins Eternal Ink from John Neal Bookseller; teal Shimmer Trim from Close To My Heart; 1/2-inch-wide Scor-Tape and scoring board from Scor-Pal; paper trimmer from Fiskars; Crafty Foam Tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.

Want to join in on the fun? Paulina from Pretty Pink Posh is hosting a giveaway on her blog. Click here for all of the details on how you can enter for a chance to to win this fun package.

PPP Giveaway
Next up is the talented and sweet Lisa Lahiff! Can’t wait to see what she’s created!

Blog Hop List

CardMaker (*You are here.)

Lisa Lahiff

Patti Gilliam

AJ Otto

Sarah Ashley Posch

Anita Mulcahey

Lois Bak

Pretty Pink Posh


AJ’s Storage Tip

Hello! AJ here today with a Storage Tip. I recently picked up a fun metal shadow box and use it to not only organize some of my most used items but as a display as well for the prettier ones. 😉

The biggest opening happens to be this one I have my Distress inks in. I have room to get a few more, but can’t decide on what colors next! I keep them stacked up here and they are within reach of my workspace.

Here you can see that right underneath is where I hide the sponge applicators that go with each one. They fit perfectly in there and I would guess that’s by design but I like to think it’s my little discovery. I am able to have each ink with their own little applicator and not get them mixed up. The best part is they still stack up!

Now to the more important of issues … what colors do I get next?



Annie’s End of Season Clearance Sale!


Did you know that Annie’s, CardMaker‘s parent company, has a website filled with craft patterns and supplies? They currently have their End of Season Clearance promotion going on where you can save up to 60% off selected items! You’ll find special issues of CardMaker, paper-crafting pattern books, tools and more! The sale ends on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Click here to start shopping!

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Lisa’s Scrap Treasures

Scrap Pieces
Hello! Lisa here and I’m sharing another take on turning my scraps into treasures. Once again I reached into my magic scrap box and pulled out the pieces shown above.

With a little die-cutting and trimming, I was able to create this beauty.

When I do these little scrap treasures, I think the most fun part to me is mixing and matching colors and textures that I normally wouldn’t think to pull out of my stash. I LOVE how simple this card was to make and that I was able to repurpose the old scraps into something fun and new.

Hope this post has inspired you to dig into those scraps today and see what you can create.

Happy crafting!


Supplies used: Record It!: Charmed enamel dots from My Minds’ Eye; Wonderful Words die set (#PTD-0134) from Papertrey Ink.

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Patti’s Technique of the Week: Sponging Ink Colors

Hi everyone! Patti J. here and today I’m going to share a favorite technique. I’m not sure what it’s called, but it involves daubing ink directly to your stamp with a sponge dauber. Let’s go create something awesome!

First, choose a stamp with enough detail to add some pretty colors.

Now, choose a fun, fabulous color palette of inks. Pigment inks seem to work best for this technique as it stays wet longer. You’ll also need to choose paper or cardstock for your focal piece. I used kraft cardstock for this project.

A sponge dauber is needed for each color used. Begin daubing on color.

Here’s what the stamp looks like after all the colors are daubed on.

Stamp image onto cardstock. Here’s what it will look like after it’s been stamped. All that’s left to do now is create something with this fun, colorful image!

A stitched frame die was used to cut out the square image. Ink was sponged around the edge while the image was still in the die. When the image was removed, more ink was sponged around the outside edges. The image was slid back into the existing frame.

The card base measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. A piece of patterned paper was cut to go behind the focal image. Since both sides of the paper looked great behind the image, the patterned paper was cut it in half on the diagonal and both sides were used!

Finally, some foam was added to the back of the image for dimension, a bit of twine was looped behind the image, and the image was adhered to the card front.

Tip: Try this technique with any detailed stamp such as butterflies, dragonflies, big sentiments—the possibilities are endless and the result is so pretty.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you will give this a try!

Patti J.

Supplies used: Hawaiian shores and scarlet jewel cardstock from Papertrey Ink; Collectable Memorable patterned paper from My Mind’s Eye; Take Care of You stamp set from Unity Stamp Co.; Memento rich cocoa ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; blackberry, pumpkin, grass and mermaid ink pads from A Muse Studio; Stitched Square Frames dies from My Favorite Things; Recollections adhesive foam dots from Michaels Stores; Xtreme adhesive from Tombow.


Card Challenge Corner: The Sky’s the Limit

Ready for Takeoff
Card by Christine Okken; find complete instructions for this card in the summer issue of CardMaker on sale now!

Whether it’s pre-school, high school or college, graduation symbolizes completing one chapter and moving onto the next. Remind your favorite graduate how special they are and that you believe in them by creating a card handcrafted just for them.

Editor’s Note: Remember to post photos of your designs on the CardMaker Facebook page!

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Sarah’s U Inspire Me

Hello! It’s Sarah here with a U Inspire Me post. My cousin Ken loved Hawaiian shirts. I rarely ever saw him without one. He wore this one often when he came to visit and it seems like a natural to inspire a card.

I decided not to take it too literally, but instead I chose to go with a monochromatic color scheme. Also, I didn’t use Hawaiian flowers as these daisies were the perfect size.

I made a black card and stamped the daisies on gray patterned paper in a long row using the masking technique. Tip: When masking flowers like this, make sure to not overlap them too much or they’ll look crowded. Using a white chalk pencil, I colored the flowers with just two or three strokes for each petal and then I fussy-cut along one side.

I also rubbed a black chalk pencil on a piece of scrap paper and, using a small cotton swab, blended this along the left side of the flowers and leaves to make them pop a bit more. I also die-cut a stitched label and attached it with black brads.

Send an Aloha! to someone you love!


Supplies used: Black cardstock from Die Cuts With A View; patterned paper and black brads from Hobby Lobby/The Paper Studio; Blooming Garden stamp set from Penny Black; black dye ink pad from Clearsnap; black and white chalk pencils from General Pencil Co. Inc.; Stitched Labels 1 die set from Pretty Pink Posh