Card Challenge Corner: Parchment Crafting

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There are many techniques that can be used to decorate parchment paper such as embossing, perforating, coloring and cutting. This week, create a card that features this beautiful art. For inspiration, check out the tutorial in our autumn issue by Cheryl Hurttgam from The Paper Hollow. Remember to share a photo of your project on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner!

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Jen’s Organizational Tip

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Hi! Jen here with a craft storage tip! One organizational topic that I have struggled with the most in my craft room is how to store my finished cards. I’ve kept them in shoe boxes for years which kept them safe but also kept them out of sight and therefore out of mind. All of this changed recently when I decided to prioritize sending more cards! Here’s what I did.

I started by selecting a rainbow assortment of heavy cardstock cut to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. I used the Taylored Expressions Tab Edger Die to cut a tab on each piece of cardstock at the 5 1/2-inch mark on the 8 1/2-inch side. I flipped every other sheet over to alternate the tabs.

I used a label maker to create labels for all of the tabs and then inserted the tabs into a divided storage organizer and organized my cards behind the tabs.

At the back of the bin, I created a tab for tags as well as envelopes and stamps so I can have everything I need handy for sending out cards whenever I need one! I’m in the process of making a second one of these for my classroom at school where I keep a second stash of cards at the ready.


Supplies: Cardstock (cherry pop, lollipop, cupcake, pumpkin, candy corn, lemon meringue, granny smith, peapod, salt water taffy, cookie monster, lavender glaze, jelly donut, plum punch) and Tab Edger die (#TE771) from Taylored Expressions; label maker from Brother; divided organizer from InterDesign Fridge Binz.

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Clare’s CardMaker Tip

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Hi there! Clare here today with one of my favorite card-making tips, an awesome cheap and easy shortcut.

Since I began paper crafting at the “tender” age of thirteen or so, I couldn’t afford a lot of paper-crafting tools I now take for granted, like a paper trimmer. One of those basic tools I always coveted from afar was a corner rounder. I’m not sure why it appealed to me so much, but it did. However, corner-rounding punches are on the expensive side for a single-purpose tool, especially for a cash-strapped teen.

My first solution was to try freehanding a rounded corner, which resulted in choppy, uneven-sized rounded corners. My second option was to take a piece of paper that was already rounded (maybe some packaging), trace the rounded corner on my cardstock, and then trim it off with my normal scissors. It wasn’t particularly smooth, but it was better than freehanding.

At some point though, I discovered a pretty accurate, cheap and quick way to round my corners—I used scalloped scissors, which I was able to buy cheaply at Michaels.

To do this, I meet both points of a scallop on my scissors with the edges of a corner and then snip! I find that the scallops near the middle to the back of the scissors are the sharpest and easiest to use. It’s really that easy!

It’s technically not as “perfect” as a real corner rounder would make it, but the tool is lighter and easier to use. To this day, even though I’m a “big girl” card maker, I still use my scalloped scissors to round corners! Another awesome thing about this tip is it’s easy to find scissors with different-sized scallops. I have three different scalloped scissors that vary in length and my use of them varies on how large or small I want my rounded corner to be.

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!



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Gaylynn’s Technique of the Week: Coloring on Vellum

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Hi, it’s Gaylynn Martling. Today I am sharing a favorite technique of mine—coloring on vellum. It is my favorite because it is quick and easy. It also gives a soft look to the image. I use it often.

To achieve this look, first apply powder to vellum panels and then stamp the images with watermark or clear ink for embossing. I stamped my images using the MISTI stamp-positioning tool, clear stamps and the foam insert that comes with the MISTI.

Sprinkle gold embossing powder on top of the images and use a heat-embossing tool to heat-set.

Stamp a sentiment with watermark ink. Sprinkle black embossing powder over words and heat-set.

Shown here are the finished embossed panels.

Color the images on the back side of the vellum panels. I used Copic® markers.

These are the finished images after color was added. Die-cut or trim the leaves; tuck the leaves behind the vellum tag panel, allowing some to peek out from the sides. Layer the tag panel with a plain white piece of cardstock.

Here is a closer look at the finished card.

I hope you are inspired by this fun and easy technique. Have a lovely day.


Supplies: Cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; Beautiful Day stamp/die set and Super Script 2 stamp set from Altenew; VersaMark watermark ink pad from Imagine; embossing powder from Ranger Industries Inc.; Copic® markers (G21, G99, R20, R32, RV19, YG13) from Imagination International Inc.; tag die from My Creative Time; MISTI stamp-positioning tool from My Sweet Petunia.

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Guest Post: Juliana Michaels

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Hello friends! It’s Juliana from 17turtles and I’m very excited to be here with you as a guest on the CardMaker blog. Today, I’m sharing what I like to call a faux shaker card. Everyone loves a shaker card, right?! But they can be a bit time consuming and even frustrating to put together. This faux shaker technique makes them faster and more fun for you to create.

Begin by die-cutting two circle frames from cardstock. You can use frame dies or you can layer two circle dies and tape them together to create your frame shape. I used two dies to create my circle frame. Next, cut one solid circle from a piece of acetate or a transparency.

Use liquid glue to adhere the acetate to the back side of one of the circle frames. Then glue the other circle frame to the back side of the acetate. Basically, you’re creating an acetate sandwich.

Next, pour some sequins onto the front of your card. Add plenty, because you can never have enough sequins! Try to keep them in a pile that’s not too thick and that will fit within the size of the circle frame. Once you have enough sequins, glue the circle frame piece on top of the sequins. Your faux shaker is complete! Now all you have to do is dress it up with some fun images and a sentiment.

I hope you enjoyed learning how to create a faux shaker card. So when will you be creating a faux shaker? I know I’m totally addicted to them!


Supplies: Cardstock from Darice and Neenah Paper Inc.; acetate from Grafix Arts; Pirate Pals stamp and die sets from Sunny Studio Stamps; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from Imagine; Distress ink (vintage photo, walnut stain) from Ranger Industries Inc.; gold sequins from Jillibean Soup; stars and gold circles from Darice; markers from Chameleon Art Products; Stitched Banner dies and Woodgrain Background embossing folder from Taylored Expressions; Single Stitched Circles dies from Gina K. Designs; adhesive from Therm O Web.

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Card Challenge Corner: Color Bursting!

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If you haven’t tried Color Burst powders from Ken Oliver, we encourage you this week to get started. These microfine powders explode with color when activated with water as you can see on these cards from designer Robin Arnold featured in our autumn issue. You’ll love the one-of-a-kind results you get each time you create with this colorful medium. This week, make a card or two incorporating Color Burst powders and then share a photo with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner.

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Craftin Desert Divas & CardMaker Summer Blog Hop

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We are super excited today to be joining the team from Craftin Desert Divas for a summertime blog hop! Their stamp and die sets are simply adorable! We hope that you’ve enjoyed and been inspired by the projects all of the designers have shared along the way and if you’re just joining in, check out the entire list below to get started.

Thank you to Tara at Craftin Desert Divas for supplying the designers with product! As a little bonus to add to the fun, Tara is giving away a $75 Craftin Desert Divas shop credit to their online store. Click here to visit their blog for all the details on how you can enter for a chance to win!

Blog Hop List
Craftin Desert Divas
Mayras Designs
Clare Prezzia
Lissa Beck
Diana Carr
Laura Volpes
Gaylynn Martling
Waleska Galindo
Jen Shults
Tatiana Trafimovich
Nicole Coursey
Lindsay A.
Savannah O’Gwynn
Christine Riley
Teresa Kline
Ale Suta
Jan Phat
EK Gorman


Blog Team Member Spotlight: Savannah O’Gwynn

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Name: Savannah O’Gwynn
Blog: savannahland2
Instagram: savannahland2

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating cards:
My name is Savannah O’Gwynn. I’m married to my best friend, Travis, and a fur mommy to two amazing pups, Olsen and Olly. I love to sing and lead worship with my husband at church (he plays the guitar and sings as well). We enjoy riding our bikes around the neighborhood and playing card or board games. Travis has been known to help me design and create my projects—he has a really good eye for designs! I started making cards professionally a few years after I left my 4th-grade teaching position. I saw cards in magazines that made me think, “I could do that, too!”, and so I started trying new techniques and crafting projects on a daily basis. I would say my love for paper crafting came to be at a young age and has flourished the past couple of years. My style varies for each project. I love to use lots of patterned paper, embellishments and layers (complex), but I also love to use a soft watercolored background and an embossed sentiment (simple). My goal in crafting is to share my creativity and send out projects to brighten someone’s day, and I think my cards do just that. 🙂

Here are a few of Savannah’s favorite cards she’s created:

I love this card because it makes me happy! A happy cloud jump roping with a rainbow jump rope—so adorable! It’s been ages since I’ve actually used a jump rope, and now I’m on the hunt for a rainbow one.

I think this card showcases my style well. I enjoy using patterned papers and color, as well as lots of layering and embellishments. This card is fun and beautiful; it’s definitely one of my favorites!

I have created a couple of cards like this one, and I looooooooooove how they turn out each time! This card was created using a paper die-cut in the shape of an “X” from a cross-stitch die set. I die-cut a bunch of them in various colors to create a faux cross-stitched fox image. This card took a lot of time to create, but it was worth it! I love how this turned out! My previous faux cross-stitched fox images were similar in design but created using an “X” stamp and colored inks.

I love this card because again it showcases my love of patterned papers/layers/embellishments/etc., but it also is a demonstration of Trav’s design skill! He helped me figure out that this card needed a geometric/triangle heart right in the center—that heart was his idea! I love it!

Fun Facts:
My favorite junk food is raw cake powder right out of the box.
If I could take a vacation anywhere, I would head back to Israel and stay longer.
The one word that best describes me is original.
If I could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), it would be Jesus or Queen Esther.
My favorite movie/television show is Chopped.
I’d love to learn how to letter or write in calligraphy.
The best concert I’ve ever attended was Kari Jobe’s Orlando concert a couple of years back. We won tickets and met some of the band members.
I’m never without my favorite pen which is a $2 Bic pen.
The best super power to have would be to live for eternity (is that super power?!?!?!).


Blog Team Member Spotlight: Jen Shults

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Name: Jen Shults
Blog: Deconstructing Jen
Instagram: jenenvey

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating cards:
Hi! I’m Jen and I live in Kansas City, Missouri, with my husband, our two kids, our black cat and new Cairn Terrier puppy. I’ve always had a love for creating and spend much of my time drawing, art journaling/bullet journaling and crocheting. I started card making in 2009 after some online friends shared cards they had been making. I’m very happy to have found a hobby that taps into my creative side and has stuck with me! My card-making style fluctuates between clean and simple, rustic and scenic. I love bold bright colors paired with strong neutrals. I enjoy trying out new coloring techniques and new coloring materials.

Here are a few of Jen’s favorite cards she’s created:

I love blending ink and the smooth color blend of the background of this card makes me happy.

I had so much fun creating the watercolor background of this card using Distress markers and Sharpies.

Adding color to die cuts with Copic® markers is one of my favorite techniques. It’s a quick way to add dimension and a little extra pop!

Fun Facts:
My favorite junk food is cheese fries.
If I could take a vacation anywhere, I would go to Italy.
My favorite movie/television show is Sherlock.
The best concert I’ve ever attended was Foo Fighters.
I’m never without my bullet journal.
The best super power to have would be super speed.


Blog Team Member Spotlight: Diana Carr

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Name: Diana Carr

Blog: The Secret Life of Paper

Instagram: secretlifeofpaper

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating cards:

Hi! I’m Diana and I live in St Petersburg, Florida. I’ve been married for 34 years and have four beautiful daughters and two wonderful grandchildren. I drink tons of black coffee, except in the fall when I switch to Pumpkin Spice Lattes. And even though I live in Florida, I actually don’t like the beach very much.

I’ve always been crafty but I got into card making when a friend convinced me to co-host a Stampin’ Up! workshop in 2009. From that point on, I was hooked. I like to share my cards on Instagram and on my blog: The Secret Life of Paper.

Besides crafting, I enjoy working on home improvement projects, cooking, and believe it or not—I love to clean.

Here are a few of Diana’s favorite cards she’s created:

I love making all types of cards but currently I’m crazy about clean and simple designs with plenty of white space and bright bold colors. I think my card-making style is constantly evolving as I experiment with new products and techniques.

I like the bold look of the black and white with a pop of color on this card.

I love the clean and simple design of this card. The flowers and sentiment stand out against the white background.

This is another card that has plenty of white space allowing the stamped and colored image to take center stage.

Fun Facts:

My favorite junk food is anything chocolate.

If I could take a vacation anywhere, I would go to Ireland and/or Wales.

The one word that best describes me is LOL! I asked my kids for one word that describes me. I was hoping for kind, compassionate or maybe creative.  I got clean and frugal. So there you have it—I’m a cheap neat freak. 😉

My favorite movie/television shows are Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

I’d love to learn how to use power tools. There are so many home improvement projects I think I could tackle if I wasn’t afraid to use power tools.

I’m never without my reading glasses on my head and a cup of coffee in my hand.

The best super power to have would be the ability to freeze time. Imagine how much we could get done if that clock would just stop ticking!