Jen’s CardMaker Tip

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Hi everyone! Jen here with a quick watercoloring tip for you that is super simple but it makes a huge difference in how well watercolor designs turn out.

So what’s the tip? Here it is: Tape down your watercolor paper before painting! This keeps the paper from curling and buckling as you paint and it helps the paper dry flat.

I learned this tip in my high school watercoloring class and it made a huge difference in the results of my painting. In high school, we would glue our giant watercolor sheets down to a piece of plywood; for card making, a cheap clipboard and painter’s tape work well. When you tape down your paper you only need to overlap the paper about an 1/8 of an inch but you want to tape it down along all four edges and make sure it’s firmly attached. If you want your watercolor to cover an entire A2 card base (4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch), cut your paper a bit bigger than A2 size.

Once your paper is taped down the options are limitless. You could stamp an image and paint or you can create a loose watercolor background—the sky is the limit. For my sample, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color a quick and loose rainbow swirl. After quickly (and I do mean quickly) coloring the paper, I spritzed it with quite a bit of water and then I set it aside to dry. I did not use a heat gun as I wanted the water to dry naturally and allow the paint to spread on its own. This took about an hour and a half. You could use a heat gun to speed up the process but it will change the results.

When the paint was dry, I had a perfectly flat gorgeous tie-dyed background!

To assemble my card, I trimmed the background down to 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches and die-cut the word “FRIEND” from the bottom third. I saved all the pieces of the die cut so I could inlay the word back in with craft foam. I stamped the word “Hello” above the “D” in “FRIEND” in watermark ink and heat-embossed in black. I added a sprinkling of clear sequins and attached the card panel to a white card base.

I hope you’ll give this a try and see what a difference it makes in creating amazing watercolor projects!


Supplies: Sugar cube cardstock and Snow Flurries sequins from Taylored Expressions; BB Hog Heaven stamp set and Friend die from My Favorite Things; VersaMark watermark ink pad from Imagine; Clean Color Real Brush Markers from Kuretake Zig; adhesive-backed craft foam from Michaels Stores Inc.; Multi Medium Matte adhesive from Ranger Industries Inc.

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Quietfire Design & CardMaker Blog Hop

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Happy Friday everyone! Today we’re joining our friends at Quietfire Design for another inspiring blog hop. The designers have created some fun projects and can’t wait to share their ideas with you.

A big thank you to Suzanne at Quietfire for providing product to all of the designers! Suzanne is also hosting a giveaway for our readers—an opportunity for you to enter for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Quietfire online store! All of the giveaway details can be found on the Quietfire blog.

Let’s get hopping—first up is the talented Robyn Josephs!

Blog Hop List

CardMaker (You are here!)

Robyn Josephs

Clare Prezzia

Teresa Horner

Yogi Grunwald

Diana Carr

Wanda Hentges

Gaylynn Martling

Kathy Jo Wood

Jen Shults

Yvonne van de Grijp

Nicole Coursey

Diana Nguyen

Savannah O’Gwynn

Teresa Kline

Suzanne Cannon/Quietfire Design


Gaylynn’s Storage Tip

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Hello, Gaylynn here with one way to store clear or rubber stamps. There are many ways to do so, including plastic bins. This post primarily focuses on thin stamp storage containers for a clean and organized look.

This photo shows how easily these containers fit on shelves and how compact they are. I chose to stack them sideways, but they work upright also, depending on your space. Some people use them with magazine holders or book ends also.

This is what I use to store some of my stamps. Each container is capable of holding an 8 1/2 x 11-inch sheet of stamps or multiple smaller sized kits, either cling stamps or clear stamps.

I include an inside pocket made with an acid-free and archival-safe sheet protector, 8 1/2 x 11 inches in size. To do this, I trim off the edge with the holes, leaving a pocket. On the inside of the trimmed sheet protector, I place the photo of the stamp set(s). I remove the stamp backing, if there is one. I place all of the stamp backing pieces inside the pocket, behind the stamp photo sheet. (I keep them for masking projects.) Then, I stick the stamps onto the opposite side of the sheet protector, etched side face up.

Here is the front side of two finished stamp storage containers. On the left is with rubber cling stamps and their saved backing pieces. On the right is with clear stamps and their corresponding metal dies.

This is the back side of the finished storage containers in the previous photo.

Containers like these can be found online. I’ve included a few links below where you may find the storage containers and the sheet protectors. Different sizes are available in some stores.

I would love to hear your thoughts or suggestions for other storage ideas.

Have a wonderful day.


Unity Stamp Co. Stamp Storage Container

Blitsy Thin Stuftainer

Stampendous Stuftainers Storage Thin

Avery Sheet Protectors 25 pack 8 1/2 x 11-inch Acid Free and Archival Safe

Stamps from Unity Stamp Co. and Altenew.

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Clare’s Card-Making Technique: Toile de Jouy

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Hello all, Clare here today with a toile de jouy-inspired card!

You’ve probably all seen toile de jouy patterns, but never knew the name. I didn’t before this post; I had to look it up! According to Wikipedia, “”Toile de Jouy”, sometimes abbreviated to simply “toile,” is a type of decorating pattern consisting of a white or off-white background on which a repeated pattern depicts a fairly complex scene.”

For my card today, I used botanical stamps to create a toile de jouy-patterned card. I stamped the sentiment first using pink ink.

I then masked it with a sticky note, and stamped my first flower in blue.

Using the ink still left on the pad from the first impression, I stamped again on a sticky note, and cut it out to make a mask. I trimmed very loosely, leaving a definitive border.

I continued with this process, stamping a flower, then making a mask for it, and stamping another flower. I made sure all the flowers were pointing down in the same direction, to keep the pattern from looking too crazy.

Here’s the final result!

For a last touch, I used a bit of pink ink to add a little color to some of the small buds.

Thanks for stopping in and God bless!



Supplies: Botanical Garden and Label Love stamp sets from Altenew; ink pads (cotton candy, summer sky) from Hero Arts.

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Card Challenge Corner: Fall Watercolors

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In each issue of CardMaker, we spotlight a featured designer and in our autumn issue that designer is Karin Åkesdotter. She is an amazingly talented watercolorist and the card shown here is one she made for our autumn issue. This card, which features a watercolored background, is your inspiration for this week’s Card Challenge Corner. Simply create a card that includes a watercolored background and then share a photo with us on our Facebook page.

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Creative Space: Teresa Kline

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Hello peeps! It is Teresa here sharing my little studio/creative space. I use the word “studio” lightly, but it is my little studio in my head. I appreciate my space very much even though it is not a huge room. I could have a room in our home as my creative space, but I would be away from my hubs and our two boxer fur babies, so I choose to use the space we have in our family room and it has worked very well. We have a longer hallway area that leads out our back door and my hubs built me shelving to store my things.

The first photo is my desk area. I am a stand-up creator. I never sit down and create as I find it very uncomfortable to sit. My mini MISTI and my two favorite storage pieces, my aqua carousels, stay on my desk. The one on the left holds my tools and tape runner. The smaller one on the right is where I store my brushes. My inks are stored on my desk at arm’s reach and other items I often reach for are on top of the inks.

Here I am sharing a wider-angle view of my desk. I keep my 8 1/2 x 11-inch colored cardstock underneath the desk along with other papers and 12 x 12-inch papers. The stand to the right holds my finished cards on top and cut cardstock and envelopes underneath. The storage containers down below hold ink spritzes, ribbons and other miscellaneous items.

In this photo, you have a better look at the built-in shelving. The shelves are adjustable for my needs and I do change them from time to time. I keep stamps, paints, colored pencils, twines, envelopes and other items on these shelves. The closed shelves hold more stamps, 6 x 6-inch paper pads and lots of other extras.

I encourage you to embrace your little creative space and try not to get caught up in what others have, but embrace the space you have! I hope you were inspired and will take a couple of ideas to use in your own home.

Enjoy your day and make time to create!

I would love for you to visit/or follow me on my blog: Paperie Blooms or Instagram: klines.



Savannah’s CardMaker Tip

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Hello, friends! Savannah here today to share a cardmaking tip that I’ve been using FOREVER! I learned this quick tip from Carol Duvall’s show—that’s how old this trick is! Tip: You can unstick stickers using baby powder. This allows you to use the sticker as a die-cut image and it doesn’t stick to everything when you place it on your project!

I am currently in a house with hurricane shutters up due to Hurricane Irma and my studio is STILL in boxes from my recent move. Creating cards or projects has been extremely hard. I’m doing my best to create with what I have, and today all I had (or could find after searching in all of the boxes) were cactus stickers, a couple of washi tapes and a card base.

When I’m making a clean and simple (CAS) card, I like to have a cluster of some sort. I thought I would cluster the washi tape and sticker together near the center of my card base. To begin, I added two pieces of washi tape to the base.

Now this design is too simple for me so I decided to add dimension by adding foam tape to the back of my sticker. Here is where my tip comes into play: Add a bit of baby powder to the back of your sticker to unstick the remaining portion of your sticker and prevent it from sticking to the base.

Note: Be sure to leave some portion of your sticker sticky so you can attach it to your creation! I did this using foam tape, but you can strategically leave a portion sticky if you are careful. If you add baby powder to the entire back accidentally and are unable to attach it using glue or glue tape, there are a couple of ways to still add your sticker. You can do one of the following: attach it using a stapler or stitch your sticker onto your project.

To finish the card, all you have to do is remove the backing on the foam tape and adhere the 3D sticker to your card.

BONUS Tip 1: Add some white thread behind the 3D sticker for more detail and layers.

BONUS Tip 2: Go a step further and make this card really pop with a vellum die-cut sentiment that has been stapled in place.

This trick is old, but it makes your sticker stash go farther and adds lots of detail with layers!

I hope that you will try adding baby powder to the back of your stickers and adding them to your next project! You might even want to check out clips from The Carol Duvall show on YouTube! I learned a lot about crafting from Carol.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed!


Supplies: Card base and rose gold triangle washi tape from Michaels Stores; Hello Words die #J1D-14-116 from Paper Smooches.

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Gaylynn’s Quick & Easy Card

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Hello, Gaylynn here with a quick and easy floral card.

To make this card, begin by stamping the background with your choice of stamps and repeat the images onto one piece of cardstock. I stamped enough to make two cards. You can make it even easier by using patterned paper instead of stamping the background.

Adhere part of the stamped paper at an angle onto a sentiment panel.

Turn over the papers and trim the floral panel to match the edges of the sentiment panel.

Finally, adhere this to the card base and add twine or hemp. Here is a closer look at the final card.

Thanks for visiting. Have a wonderful day.


Supplies: Beautiful Day and Super Script 2 stamp sets from Altenew; intense black ink pad from Simon Says Stamp!; ink pads (steel blue, summer splash, insulation pink, peach bellini, coral crush) from My Favorite Things; MISTI stamp-positioning tool from My Sweet Petunia.

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Guest Post: Kim Klinkovsky’s Embellishment Tips

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Hi everybody! Kim here from My Kraft Kloset and I’m honored to be a guest designer on the CardMaker blog. This week I’m sharing embellishment tips you can achieve using alcohol-based markers. They aren’t just for coloring paper. You can use any alcohol marker and change many of your embellishments to match your projects. I do this all the time and recommend using only alcohol markers because they are permanent and won’t wash off the embellishments. I used Copic® markers, but you can experiment with whatever brand you have.

I’ve changed buttons, rhinestones, gems, pearls, metal pieces and ribbon. Here I colored a yellow button and changed it to blue with just one marker.

I tend to buy clear pieces or light colors because I know I can change the color to match my projects. This is a great way to save money and will also save on storage space. As shown above, this button used to be clear and now it’s orange.

You can color on metal, too. Here I was deciding which shade of blue I wanted to color the bird charm to match my project.

It only takes a few coats to get the desired color and alcohol markers dry quickly. To avoid color streaking, I recommend letting each coat dry a few seconds before applying the next.

Next, I had some clear rhinestones and ivory pearls I colored with the same blue marker I used on the metal bird charm.

With just a few strokes of the marker you can transform rhinestones and pearls to any color you want.

Here is a close up of how beautiful the blue colored pearls turned out. Only you and I know the secret that they used to be ivory.

Lastly, I put this card together with layers of nautical scraps. Since the bird charm is metal, it is a little heavy, so I secured it to my card with a super sticky adhesive dot.

I hope I’ve inspired you to color your embellishments. Feel free to share photos of your creations with us over on the CardMaker Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!


Supplies: Patterned papers and die cuts from Graphic45; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.; metal charms, Super Sticky Dots and Fantastic Glaze & Glue from Craft Fantastic; double-sided tape from Scor-Pal® Products.

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Spellbinders & CardMaker Blog Hop

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Today’s the day! We’re partnering with our friends at Spellbinders® for an exciting blog hop featuring their Card Kits. In fact, you’re even going to have an opportunity to enter for a chance to win a One Year Spellbinders® Kit Membership! All of the details on how to enter can be found here. A big thank you to Spellbinders for sponsoring this hop and for providing product for all of the designers!

Ready to get started?!? The lovely and talented Savannah is up first—click here to see what she’s created.

Blog Hop List

CardMaker (*You are here.)

Savannah O’Gwynn

Jen Shults

Clare Prezzia

Debi Adams

Diana Carr

Gaylynn Martling

Teresa Kline

Yana Smakula

Nicole Coursey


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