Heather H.’s CardMaker Tip

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Good morning! Heather H. here this morning to share a little card-making tip with you—some of the simple ways I like to get dimension and texture on cards—and also use up some of the ever-growing stash of beautiful patterned paper that I seem to have! (Tell me I’m not the only one?!?!?)

One of the best ways to make sure your papers coordinate is to use them from one 6×6 paper pad. Just choose a mix of lighter and darker patterned papers for contrast, and some smaller/simpler patterns mixed with more complex ones. Even if the colors aren’t what you would traditionally use for the image you are coloring, just color your images in a unique color combo for a perfect match. A purple acorn? Why not?!

Once I have layered the papers in an order I like, I trim them into descending sizes. Sometimes I leave them all even, but I often arrange them in a wonky pattern like this to allow more of each paper to peek out of the corners. When adhering the layers, only apply adhesive to the center leaving approximately one third around the outer edges adhesive free. This allows you to curl up the edges with your fingers for lovely texture.

I tucked a doily on this card for a little more texture and to provide a some contrast between a couple of the layers. I added my image with foam adhesive, and then heat-embossed the sentiment on a hand-trimmed banner to adhere over the top. I love how these tips allow a card to have all this lovely texture without foam between ALL the layers. That way it can still fit in an envelope and make its way through the mail!

Thanks so much for dropping by today! Have a wonderful day!

Heather H.

Supplies: X-Press It Blending Card and Copic® markers (B63, BV01, BV13, W0, W1, W3, W5) from Imagination International Inc.; black cardstock, clear embossing ink pad and white embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp!; Jen Hadfield Simple Life 6×6 paper pad from Pebbles; My Favorite Nut stamp and die sets from Neat and Tangled.

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Card Challenge Corner: Colored Pencil Tips

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In our summer issue, contributor Deborah Nolan shares must-know techniques and tips for creating with colored pencils. For this week’s Card Challenge Corner, get out your favorite colored pencils and get coloring using some of the tips from the article. As always, we love seeing photos of what you create! You can share them on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner.

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Heather P.’s Celebrate & Decorate

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Hello! Heather P. here today with a project I created using the “Celebrate & Decorate” theme. It’s hard to believe that our 6-month term is coming to an end and that this will be my last post for the CardMaker blog. Time sure flies! 🙂

Lately, I have been drawn to black-and-white designs with a pop of color. When I was planning out my project, I just knew that I wanted my gift packaging to reflect that color scheme.

To create my packaging, I first started with a strip of white cardstock, and repeat stamped it with a thin stripe image in black ink. Once the strip of cardstock was completely stamped, I adhered it to a small gift that had been wrapped with white paper. Next, I die-cut a tag from white cardstock and stamped it with a sentiment using black ink.

I then stamped various floral and leaf elements using gray, black and iced aqua ink, and cut them out using coordinating dies. I then die-cut two outline leaf images from iced aqua cardstock. The flowers and leaves were arranged around the tag and adhered using liquid glue. To finish up, I wrapped the package with teal twine and secured the tag with a bow.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have an awesome day!

Heather P.

Supplies: Cloud white and iced aqua cardstock, Blooms ‘N Buds, Big Notes and So Stripey stamp sets, ink pads, twine and Blooms ‘N Buds, Thanks Tag and Wheat dies from Reverse Confetti.

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Melissa’s CardMaker Tip

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Hi everyone, Melissa here with you on this beautiful Friday! Today, I’m sharing a little tip that I like to do every now and then. I don’t tend to use patterned paper a lot in my card making, but when I do it’s nice to carry over that same patterned paper and use it as a liner for a matching envelope. It makes the card you’re giving or sending that much more special!

For my project today, I used the Miso Happy stamp set by Reverse Confetti. The little pandas are so cute, aren’t they? They make me smile. The patterned paper I chose is some that I’ve had for quite some time and is no longer available. There are so many beautiful papers out there to choose from … you could use anything that inspires you.

I started by adding a piece of striped paper along the bottom portion of my card. I set that aside and moved onto stamping, coloring and die-cutting all of my images. After those were complete, I began assembling the card. For a final touch, I randomly added a few sequins.

There are quite a few envelope liner dies out there that would work perfectly for this. Here are just a few companies that carry them …

I don’t have an envelope liner die in my stash, so I found a template online, printed it out and traced mine. It works great if, like me, you do not currently own a liner die of your own. Note: You could also carefully take apart a premade envelope and create your own template.

Do you create liners for your envelopes? If you haven’t, take a little time in the near future and try it out.

I hope you enjoyed my little tip for today and hope you have a wonderful Friday!


Supplies: Miso Happy stamp and die sets from Reverse Confetti; sequins from Pretty Pink Posh; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.

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Rebecca’s Organizational Tip

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Hi CardMaker magazine fans! Rebecca here with an organizational tip! You may have seen my first organizational post on my blog where I gave a little photo tour of my crafting space HERE. In one photo, I showed a few of the We R Memory Keepers drawers and how I use them, but I thought today I would give you an in-depth look and a tip for using crafting organizing pieces as your hobby changes.

When I first got these drawers, I was doing Project Life and a lot of it. I was also designing for Simple Stories and I needed a place to store all of the 4×6 and 3×4 cards I was receiving from them. But, honestly, I have not even started a Project Life album this year, and I am not adding to my SN@P collection anymore, so I decided I needed to re-think the use of these drawers.

On the right-hand side, starting with the two larger drawers that can hold 4×6 cards, I store a bunch of my created cards. Anything that is A2 size (4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch) or 4 x 6-inch or smaller can fit in these drawers. I organize them by sentiment, so all the thank you cards are together and all the birthday cards are together. Some are with matching envelopes inside protective sleeves. Others are just stuck in the drawer.

In the three 3 x 4-inch drawers, I have tiny stamp sets, Tim Holtz blending tools and mini foam blenders and some random items like a mini mister, Perfect Pearls and extra staples.

In the next set of large drawers, I have pre-cut A2-size cardstock and sentiment stamps. I also fit my Tim Holtz Mini Distress cube organizers in one large drawer. I can fit three organizers stacked on top of each other.

In the small drawers on top, I have embossing powders, Swiffer dust clothes to clean up stray embossing powder, a refill bottle of my VersaMark ink for embossing and Post It Tape.

The last set of drawers holds my 4×6 and 3×4 pocket page cards.

So my tip today is to check out the organizers you currently have. If your crafting is taking a turn from one venue to another, it doesn’t mean you necessarily need all new organizers. Many crafting organizers can play double duty if you do multiple types of crafts!

Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Rebecca

Sources: Project Life Card Storage Organizer from We R Memory Keepers; mini distress storage tip from Tim Holtz.

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Card Challenge Corner: Sketch Challenge

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Card sketches are a wonderful source of inspiration when you find yourself struggling to come up with a card design. In the back of each issue of CardMaker, you’ll find a sketch along with cards that will help spark your creativity! For this week’s Card Challenge Corner, create a card based on the sketch featured in our summer issue. Pick up a copy here or click here to subscribe and never miss an issue!

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Katie’s U Inspire Me

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Hello CardMaker friends, Katie Gehring here. I wanted to share with you some inspiration I found for a fun and tropical card. Check out this Felt Toucan wall hanging from the Lia Griffith website.

Photo from here

I was immediately drawn to the colors, tropical leaves, and of course, that darling bird. I turned to my Avery Elle supplies and pulled out a couple new items along with an older set to create my take on the inspiration piece.

First, I die-cut the striped panel from a darker coral cardstock and adhered it to a lighter coral note card. I also die-cut the striped panel using white cardstock and retained the circle as the backdrop for my scene. I stamped, die-cut and colored elements from the Tropics and Tweet Tweet stamp sets.

Once I figured out placement, I stamped the sentiment with black ink and adhered the bird and foliage. A few clear sequins provide the finishing touch.

I love how easily this card came together with just a little nudge of inspiration. Hope it inspires you to go and create something tropical!

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies: Tropics stamp set, Tweet Tweet stamp set, Tropics dies (#D-17-13), Tweet Tweet dies (#D-15-14) and Horizontal Stripes dies (#D-06-04) from Avery Elle; onyx black VersaFine ink pad from Imagine; black Hybrid ink pad from My Favorite Things; field greens ink pad from Hero Arts; ocean drive ink pad from WPlus9 Design; clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

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Prickley Pear & CardMaker Blog Hop

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Happy Friday everyone! Not only is it the kick-off to the weekend, but today we are also co-hosting a blog hop with our friends at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps! We hope you’re ready to be inspired—all of our designers have worked hard to make projects that will jump-start your creativity.

As an added surprises, Prickley Pear is hosting a giveaway of a $20 gift certificate to their store—complete the hop to find out all of the details.

Katie Gehring is up first—click here to start hopping!

The entire blog hop list is shown below. If you get lost along the way, simply come back here to find your place!

Blog Hop List

CardMaker (You are here.)

Katie Gehring

Heather Bolli

Rebecca Keppel

Heidi Erickson

Irit Shalom

Stephanie Gold

Lisa McGushion

Heather Pulvirenti

Michelle Pearson

Kat Benjamin

Sharon Smith

Melissa Bickford

Tracie Clary

Heather Hoffman

Prickley Pear


Kat’s Technique of the Week: Rainbow Watercolors

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Good morning everyone! Kat here today to share a fun and easy technique that I like to use on my cards from time to time called rainbow watercolors.

To begin, I cut a piece of watercolor paper to desired size. I then paint strips of colors onto the watercolor panel using watercolors. Note: This watercolor set was purchased from Wal-Mart for about $5.

Once the watercolors dry, I layer on embellishments in colors that coordinate nicely with the strips of color. I decided to go for a citrusy color palette and added a bit of coordinating mist sprinkles as well.

Once everything was dry, I mounted it to my card base I love how easy this technique is but also how fun the end results are!

Thanks so much for popping in today!


Supplies: Patterned paper from Simple Stories; flair and label sticker from Pretty Little Studio; acrylic sentiment and chipboard from Freckled Fawn; mist from Heidi Swapp; adhesive dots from Tombow; adhesive runner and liquid glue from Elmer’s.

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