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Card Challenge Corner: The Season of Watercoloring

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Colleen Schaan shares her tips for watercoloring in the spring issue of CardMaker! Even if you’ve never tried this coloring technique before, Colleen shows you, step by step, how to achieve gorgeous results. For this week’s Card Challenge Corner, create a card and add a watercolor element to it. Remember to share a photo of your project with us on the CardMaker Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner.

PS. Click here to order a copy of our spring issue!

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Rebecca’s U Inspire Me

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Hi CardMaker fans! It’s Rebecca here today! Card-making inspiration is all around us! The other day I received an email from Anthropologie and the room that was pictured had this print on the wall.


Photo from Anthropologie

I immediately knew I wanted to make a card inspired by it. When I went to the Anthropologie site to take a closer look at the print, I realized two things. First, I have very expensive taste—lol! Second, this print was the perfect inspiration for a card and for a technique that was new to me—stamping flowers in black ink.

Whenever I use floral layering stamps, I always reach for fun bright colors, but the Anthro inspiration got me thinking about how cool it would be to stamp flowers with black ink and then accent the card with gold touches.

I tried it out using VersaFine black onyx ink and clear embossing powder to add a touch of shine to the flowers.

On my second card, I used a charcoal gray ink as the base color and then again stamped with VersaFine ink and used black glitter embossing powder.

Here is a video I created that shows me walking through the creation of the second card. I also share some tips and tricks for stamping off the edge of the card and even for dealing with mistakes!

Next time you get an Anthropologie ad in your inbox, check it out for inspiration!


Supplies: Solar white cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; gold foil cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; self-adhesive black glitter Fun Foam; Buildable Blooms stamp set from My Favorite Things; Color Layering Graphic Flowers stamp set and charcoal ink pad from Hero Arts; Versafine onyx black ink pad from Imagine; black glitter embossing powder from WOW! Embossing Powder; MISTI stamp-positioning tool from My Sweet Petunia; Powder Tool from EK Success; adhesive runner from Therm O Web.

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Melissa’s CardMaker Tip

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Hi there, crafty friends. Melissa here with you today. I’m always looking for ways to stretch the use of my stamps. I’m pretty sure this tip has been done before by other stampers, but it’s something I just recently started doing and thought I would share with you.

Most stamp images have a solid back to them, which is perfect for creating a “base” for the main image to sit on. That’s what I did for today. I used a flower image and stamped it using the back side, multiple times on the front side of my card.

This is the result. Since it’s flipped and you are stamping the back side, your main image isn’t going to line up perfectly over the top of it. I’m completely ok with that and I think it adds a little more character to your card.

After all of my flowers were stamped, I added a few leaves from the same stamp set. You can find a complete list of supplies at the end of my post. For my sentiment, I die-cut a rectangle frame and used a few products from Sunny Studio Stamps to complete it. Lastly, I added some sequins and clear droplets.

I hope you enjoyed my little tip for today. Happy creating!


Supplies: Solar white cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; Blooming Day stamp set from Simon Says Stamp!; Color Me Happy stamp set and Color Word die from Sunny Studio Stamps; Stitched Rectangle die from Lawn Fawn; ink pads (soft pink, fresh peach, butter bar, ultra pink, pale tomato, orange soda, emerald green, India ink black) from Hero Arts; sequins and clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.


Heather P.’s Technique of the week: Stamp Highlighting

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Hello! Heather P. here today with a card featuring a stamping technique I’ve seen on Pinterest, but haven’t had a chance to try called Stamp Highlighting. This technique is so fun and is a great way to use floral images!

To create my card, I started by first stamping a standard white card base and a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch piece of white cardstock with flower and leaf images in black ink. If you own a Misti or a Stamp-a-Majig, this would be a great time to use them! 🙂 Either stamp-positioning tool will help ensure that your stamped panels are identical.

Once the panels were stamped, I trimmed the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch piece of cardstock to 3 x 4 inches and then added some additional small details images (tiny dots and leaves), as well as added pops of color to the larger flowers and leaves to create a highlighting effect. I then adhered the highlighted panel to the card base with foam tape.

To finish up my card, I die-cut the sentiment from pink cardstock, adhered it to the card front and colored it with glitter glue before embellishing with aqua enamel dots.

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

Heather P.

Supplies: Classic white cardstock from Papertrey Ink; In Bloom: Lola’s Bouquet with Joni Andaya stamp set and In a Word: Congrats Cutaways die  from Winnie & Walter; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from Imagine; limeade, grapefruit and peach ink pads from Impress Cards & Crafts; mimosa ink padsfrom Avery Elle; swimming pool glitter enamel dots from Doodlebug Design Inc.; star dust Stickles glitter glue from Ranger Industries Inc.


Mark Your Calendars!

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Join us at the CardMaker Facebook page Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. EST! Designer KellyJean Gettelfinger will be sharing a fun tutorial featuring the cute card shown above. This design is one of the designs in CardMaker‘s NEW special issue that won’t be on newsstands until March 7th. However, you can order a digital copy now and get instant access to the entire issue—that’s 82 projects right at your fingertips!  Click here to order.

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Card Challenge Corner: Calligraphy Love

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The art of calligraphy is beautiful and we love how designer Sarah Ashley Posch added her lettering to this card which is included in the spring issue of CardMaker. There’s even a pattern included in the issue making it easy for you to try out this art form yourself! This week, we’re challenging you to incorporate calligraphy or hand lettering onto a card even if you’ve never tried it before. We’d love to see the results! Share a photo of your design on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner.

PS. Pick up a copy of the spring issue of CardMaker here!

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Grafix Arts Blog Hop

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 Photo from Grafix Arts
We’re kicking off a brand-new week with a blog hop featuring products from Grafix Arts! This company offers a variety of specialty plastic films and papers used by crafters, artists, designers and drafters. If you’ve never used any of their products, we hope this hop will inspire you to pick up some of their awesome films and papers and start playing.

Let’s get started and see what the CardMaker Blog Team has created—we can’t wait to see what amazing projects they’ve made! First up is the talented Stephanie Gold!

Blog Hop List
CardMaker (You are here.)

Stephanie Gold

Rebecca Keppel

Heather Hoffman

Heather Pulvirenti

Melissa Bickford

Katie Gehring

Kat Benjamin

Grafix Arts

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Katie’s CardMaker Tip

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Hello CardMaker friends, Katie here today. My kids are long past the stage of diapers and baby wipes, but I always keep a package or two of wipes on hand. Not only are baby wipes great for quick clean up (including wiping ink off your stamps), but they are also a great tool for ink blending. Ink blending is a fun technique that can yield amazing results, but in many cases ink blending with a sponge dauber can be time consuming. However, using a baby wipe to blend ink is simple and fast.

First, I gathered my supplies: Distress inks in my desired shades, some specialty paper for ink blending and baby wipes. I used Distress Specialty Stamping Paper which has a smooth coating which helps ink glide effortlessly, but you can use any kind of watercolor paper. There are a few techniques for adding the ink to the paper. For my first card, I pressed my ink pad onto a craft mat and picked it up with the baby wipe and wiped the ink across the paper.

I worked my way up the paper transitioning from green to yellow to coral and finally pink. This method of applying and blending the ink creates a beautiful and subtle background as seen in the card finished below.

Since I blended using Distress inks, I was able to spritz water onto the blended panel and lift up some of the ink color to create a bokeh effect. I topped the background with stamped and die-cut images from Avery Elle’s new spring release. A list of my supplies is below. I colored the stamped image with Copic® markers in the same colors and tones as the background so that the image would complement the ink blending.

For my next card, I wanted a bolder background, so I drew stripes of color by applying the Distress Ink cube to the paper. I followed up with a baby wipe to blend and smooth out the colors.

While the ink color is more intense and some of the streaks were retained, the baby wipe softened and blended the colors together beautifully making the perfect backdrop for this puppy party.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder and added a trio of stamped and die-cut puppies which were colored with Copic® markers.

Well, that’s it for me today. I hope the next time you want a little technique, but are short on time, you’ll reach for those baby wipes.

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies: Cardstock from Avery Elle and Papertrey Ink; Distress Specialty Stamping Paper and Distress inks from Ranger Industries Inc.; VersaMark watermark ink pad from ImagineMore Furry Friends stamp set, Time to Party stamp set, Big Greetings stamp set, moon dye ink pad, More Furry Friends die set (#D-17-08), Scalloped Pierced Rectangles die set (#D-06-02), Time to Party die set (#D-17-01) and Picket Fence die set (#D-06-03) from Avery Elle; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.; clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

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Card Challenge Corner: Quick Cards

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Designs by Donna Phelan

In each issue of CardMaker, we feature a set of three cards that can be made in a short amount of time. We call them “Quick Cards.” This feature is so popular that we’ve included an expanded section in our spring issue giving you lots of ideas for quick, easy and beautiful cards! For this week’s challenge, check out our Quick Cards section and create a set of three cards of your own! Click here to order a copy of our spring issue!

Remember to share a photo of your design on our Facebook page or Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner.