Tanya Fox, editor, and Brooke Smith, managing editor, are the editorial team behind CardMaker magazine. When not reviewing design submissions and planning future issues of the magazine and pattern books, they can often be found exploring websites for inspiration and visiting their favorite local coffee shop.
They hope you’ll visit the blog often as they share card-making tips, designer features, paper-crafting techniques, project inspiration and a peek at life inside the CardMaker office.
Good morning everyone! Kat here today to share my most recent card with you!
One of my favorite places to find inspiration is through Pinterest. I mainly pin paper-craft projects that I love, clothes that I wish were in my closet and pictures of cute animals. But I also occasionally pin images that I find inspiring, like this one:
When I saw this photo, I knew I wanted to make a card because I felt so inspired by it. The pretty image reminded me of a new collection from Pretty Little Studio so I quickly got to work and whipped up this card:
I began by messily stitching down a vellum background to my card. Then I picked out some green, blue and gray die cuts and layered them over one another. I glued down my sentiment and added a sprinkling of sequins as my finishing touch.
Once I had my inspiration piece, the card came together fairly quickly and I’m happy with the end result.
Have you heard?!? CardMaker is going to Italy and we’d love it if you came along with us! The Creating Under the Tuscan Sun Cardmaking Tour is taking place October 6-14, 2017. Besides getting to experience the beautiful sights of Tuscany, we’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy workshops with card-making expert Colleen Schaan! Click here to reserve your spot.
Good morning! Heather here to share a little card-making tip with you!
I love using vellum on cards—it is so light and airy, and adds such a soft and pretty effect. It can be a bit tricky to adhere without the adhesive showing though, so I thought I would share one simple way that I like to attach it. I first stamped some solid floral stamp images on my vellum and heat-embossed them in white, then fussy cut the images out. I grouped them together on my patterned paper in a position that I was happy with.
Next, I heat-embossed a sentiment in white on black cardstock, and trimmed it just a bit larger than the sentiment. I adhered foam adhesive to the entire back of this piece, then used sturdy glue to adhere my vellum to my patterned paper but only where my sentiment would be covering. This way the part that is attached is hidden behind the sentiment piece!
Once I had that attached, I added a bit of bling and sparkle with some confetti and droplets. See how pretty it is having the vellum flowers floating free, and how you get some movement and dimension? I also used my distress tool to soften the edges of the card a bit for even more texture.
Thanks so much for dropping by today! Have a wonderful day!
Hello CardMaker fans! Rebecca here with a card-making technique. For this card background, I used the brand-new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks. I used two colors of Distress Oxide to create a blended background and then stamped with a Distress Oxide Ink over that.
I started with a piece of cardstock cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches, a large background stamp, three colors of Distress Oxide Inks, a distress sprayer filled with water and ink blending tools.
Using a circlular motion, I blended three strips of yellow ink across the card panel.
I used the same blending technique to add pink ink to the open areas.
Next, I applied blue ink to the background stamp.
I flipped my blended background panel over and placed it on the inked background stamp and rubbed across the back to make sure I got a clear impression.
These inks work great for blending AND stamping!
Then it was time to experiment with how these new pigment/dye fusion inks reacted with water. I used my sprayer to apply lots of water droplets to the still wet inks.
I used a dry paper towel to dab away large spots of water to reveal beautiful “oxidized” areas.
I also used my heat tool to make sure everything was dry before putting the rest of the card together.
After it was dry, I cut the background panel to 4 x 5 1/2 inches and adhered it over patterned paper. I die-cut the sentiment from foil cardstock and then adhered it to foam for dimension.
This technique was a bit experimental for me since I just got the Distress Oxide Inks the other day, but I am really happy with how it turned out!
If you want to see the whole process, check out this video I made walking through this card start to finish!
I hope you’ll give these inks and techniques a try! Thanks for stopping by!
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 card ideas that will help spark your creativity! For this week’s challenge, create a card based on the sketch featured in our spring issue. We’d love to see what you create for the challenge! Share a photo of your card on the CardMaker Facebook page or on Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner.
Are you ready for some card-making inspiration? We have an exciting blog hop planned today with one of our favorites—Pretty Pink Posh! Have you visited the site lately? So many adorable stamps and dies and we can’t forget the beautiful and shimmery sequin mixes. A big thank you to Paulina at Pretty Pink Posh for providing product to all of our designers—now let’s get started!
One look at that sweet little bunny and I immediately pictured it colored in soft Easter colors. I stamped several bunny images and took time to color each one and then picked my favorites from the bunch to feature on the card. I loved having the coordinating die to cut the bunnies out; it saved so much time and looks a lot nicer, too!
I used foam squares to pop up the bunnies on a panel die-cut from white cardstock using the Stitched Note die. I finished up by stamping a sentiment on the panel and embellishing it with sequins before adhering it to a shimmery turquoise card base.
Hello! Heather P. here today with a card that I created for the Quick & Easy 10 Minute or Less challenge. For today’s card, I decided to go back to my clean-and-simple roots (CAS), and while the card is simple in design, the bright color palette and touch of sparkle really make the card pop.
Just as I did with my previous 10-minute challenge card, I started by planning the layout of my card and gathering all my supplies. This really helps cut down on the amount of time I spend actually making the card.
To create my card, I started by stamping the circle border stamp from Reverse Confetti’s Elemental Stripes stamp set in pool, periwinkle and chartreuse inks onto a white card base. To help with spacing, I stamped the bottom image first then worked my way up to the top. Next, I stamped the sentiment circle from Reverse Confetti’s Circle Wishes stamp set in black ink, then cut it out with the coordinating dies.
Once the sentiment was die cut, I used foam tape to secure it to the card front. I then used a star die to cut stars from coordinating colors of card stock. To finish, I adhered the stars to the card base using foam tape, then covered them with glitter glue.
Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have an awesome day!
Happy Thursday to you, CardMaker friends! Melissa here with you today. It seems like no matter where I look I’m always seeing something that sparks an idea for a card. Whether I’m walking through the aisles of Target or browsing through a magazine, I’m always taking notes or pictures for future use. And let’s not forget about the one website that is overflowing with inspiration—PINTEREST! It’s become my “go-to stop” when I need a little kick-start to my mojo. Today’s card was inspired by a print that I have had saved on my Pinterest board for quite some time.
I love everything about it—the layout, the flowers and the bright, cheery colors. I couldn’t wait to recreate something similar, yet my own.
I started with a piece of aqua cardstock and die-cut my sentiment. Next, I began stamping my images. I chose bright, cheery colors, just like the print above.
After all of my images were stamped, I attached the panel to the front of my white card front. I wanted to add a little something extra and chose hot pink twine and sequins to finish it off. You can find all of the supplies I used listed below.
Thanks so much for stopping by to visit. I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you find a bit of inspiration around you today!
Spring is quickly approaching so for this week’s Card Challenge Corner, we’re asking you to create an all-occasion card using springtime as your inspiration! There are lots of possibilities—flowers, trees, birds and more. We can’t wait to see what you create! And as always, remember to share a photo with us on the CardMaker Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner.
Card shown above by Tonya Graham. Complete instructions for this design are available in our spring issue—click here to order a copy!
Hi CardMaker fans! Rebecca here today with a card you can make in less than 10 minutes! I’ll be honest—when I first heard about the 10-minute card challenge I didn’t think I would have a problem. I’m not a perfectionist when it comes to crafting, I don’t measure and I try not to sweat the small stuff. BUT … when I sat down with my first card idea, I was crafting in a panic, trying to do something cool AND keep it within the time limit. I made a mess, the card did not turn out as I had imagined and I went over my time limit. That’s when I realized it was time to KISS (Keep it Simple Silly!)
I have a couple of tips to share about keeping it simple and being prepared to craft a card in the next free 10 minutes you happen to have. The first tip is to pre-cut and score some card bases. If you tend to make A2 cards, then cut a bunch of 8 1/2 x 11-inch pieces of white cardstock in half and use a scoring tool to score them in half. Don’t forget these can be used as top-folding or side-folding cards!
Another tip is to die-cut some rectangles in the same card size. I love using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle as a card panel so I cut a bunch of those out of the same white cardstock. The stitching detail adds a nice touch and if I make a mistake I can just throw out the card panel rather than an entire card.
My next tip is to use pre-made embellishments! There are no rules that state you MUST stamp or ink or paint on every single card! Give yourself a break and grab some fun scrapbooking or card-making embellishments that you’ve had your eye on but haven’t used yet.
My last tip is to grab more elements from the same collection as the embellishments to complete your card. I love the Amy Tangerine Inflated Ephemera so I used the 6 x 6-inch paper pad and washi tapes to create my card. When you use items from one collection, a card tends to come together more quickly because you don’t have to worry about things matching.
With all the prep work I did, I was able to heat-emboss the sentiment and still create this simple card in about seven minutes, giving me several extra minutes to fuss around with the twine bow—lol!
I would love to hear your tips or supplies you keep ready to go for quick crafting!