Kim’s Travel Crafting Tips

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Hi everybody! Kim here from My Kraft Kloset sharing my storage tips for when I go on vacation. Yes, that’s right, I craft while on vacation—and why not? I still see all the sites and venture around. However, I’m not much of a swimmer and my husband and three sons are. So while my husband and three sons are spending time in the water, I sit by the pool just a few feet from the ocean, under an umbrella, with a cool fruity drink, watching my boys splash around having fun, and stamp my heart out. That’s my secret paradise.

This is how I do it. I take this sturdy clear tote with a handle on most of my trips. I can’t say enough about this tote—I LOVE it! It’s tough and stays shut, which we all know is very important. I take it on family road trips, train trips, and even on airplanes. It’s made well and holds a lot! You can find them at local craft stores or online from ArtBin.

When packing this tote for a trip, my basic craft supplies are white cardstock, watercolor paper, stamps and inks. I usually pack VersaFine onyx black as my go-to black ink, but I love Distress mini ink pads, too. They’re great for stamping or coloring images. I don’t pack any liquids, because it’s less mess, and no TSA hassle. I also don’t pack adhesives either, because they will melt or dry out in a hot car or in the sun. Sometimes I’ll pack markers or watercolor crayons but that’s about it.

I love to pack stamps that I’ve never used before. If the weather is bad outside, I can stamp away inside, while my kids are playing video games or watching a movie. I don’t complete any cards, but that’s ok. I get a huge head start and for me, stamping or coloring is a great way to relax after a busy touristy day. When I get back to reality and need a card, I’ve got several go-to images stamped, colored, and ready to become a one-of-a-kind project in no time!

Shutterfly recently had a deal on these personalized tote bags and they’re made really well, too. I designed this one for my website and my ArtBin travel tote fits perfectly inside leaving room to spare for maybe an issue of CardMaker or some snacks for the trip. Now we’re ready to board a train, plane, or automobile. I hope I’ve inspired you to pack a few craft supplies and craft on your vacation, too. Where will your next adventure take you? Tell us where you like to craft. We’d love to know!

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy travels!


Sources: Super Satchel 1-Compartment from ArtBin; tote bag from Shutterfly Inc.; watercolor paper from Canson; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; Distress mini ink pads from Ranger Industries; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.


Card Challenge Corner: Sunshiny Days

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Summer 2016 CardMaker
It’s summertime which means it’s time to take our card making outdoors! In our summer issue, you’ll discover how easy it is to create prints for cards that use the sun as part of the process in a tutorial from Deborah Nolan. For this week’s Card Challenge Corner, take a look inside our summer issue and then create a sun print card. Remember to share a photo with us on our Facebook page or share it on Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner!

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Guest Post: Borrowing Design Principles by Christine Okken

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Hello CardMaker Friends! It’s Christine here with my last guest post tutorial for CardMaker! I was thinking recently how the art of card making can borrow from other artistic endeavors. Design principles can crossover different platforms and mediums and still have the same effective result. Today we’re going to look at some design principles that others use in their art that can also translate to better card design.

1. Borrowing from Photography – Rule of Thirds 

One of the great design principles of photography that also works perfectly in card making is the Rule of Thirds. Have you ever looked in your DSLR camera’s viewfinder and noticed a faint grid line that overlays your photography space? This is actually designed to help with the composition of your photos. Imagine your image space is divided into nine equal sections made up by two horizontal lines and two vertical lines, you’ll have separated it into thirds. When composing a photo you should position your most interesting element along those lines, or at the points where the horizontal and vertical lines cross each other.

This can be applied to card making as well, and it will help you compose more eye-catching layouts.

I thought of a neat way to illustrate this principle by creating an overlay from acetate, sized 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. I drew lines with a Sharpie marker at the 1/3 sections on the vertical and horizontal planes. Now I can lay the acetate over a standard sized card and have a guideline of where my focal points should land.

In card making we generally have a main, or most interesting focal point, like your main image. This focal point should align on one of the 1/3 lines or at one of the cross points between the horizontal and vertical lines. Take a look …

As you can see, the gerbera daisies are my focal point. They are the most interesting things on the card. I lined up my layout and attached this main image so that the center of the daisy hits one of those cross points, and the stems are along the left vertical line.

You might also be able to tell that the overall layout of the card assists in the design by adding the fishtail banners on the left side of the card so it feels weighted to that side.

A secondary focal point on a card is usually your sentiment. I added this sentiment along the cross points on the lower right of the card. It doesn’t take away from the main focal point, it still hits one of the cross points, and it adds a bit of balance to the left weighted card.

Here are a couple of examples from other cards I’ve recently made.

This cute bunny in the balloon has a right weighted card design where the bunny in his balloon sits on the right vertical plane and hits the lower right cross point between horizontal and vertical. The clouds add balance to the design hitting the top right cross point.

This design showcases the jumping rainbow trout. His fin hits the top left vertical/horizontal cross point.

Using this Rule of Thirds will help you design card layouts that are more pleasing to the eye.

2. Borrowing from Floral Design – Use Odd Numbers

The next design principle is borrowing from floral design. It’s the principle that odd numbers of things are more pleasing to the eye than an even number of things. When a bouquet is designed with multiple elements, most often it will utilize 1, 3, 5, 7 of something (etc). Put together, these odd numbers of things create balance.

Just look at this card again …

The beautiful gerberas were illustrated in a trio; this odd number seems to keep everything visually balanced. To continue that odd number balance, I added three fishtail banners, three enamel dots in the top left and then the sentiment and two more enamel dots on the bottom right, as well as one little baker’s twine bow.

Another principle of floral design is to use repeated elements throughout a bouquet. On this card you can see the repeated theme of dots. From the flower centers, the pointillism in the image background, the dots around the oval die, and the polka dots in the red and blue designer papers—all these elements incorporate dots. This type of repeated elements tie a design together.

3. Borrowing from Hairstyle – Triangles

The last principle today came from a conversation I had with my hairstylist. She continually goes for further education to hone her skills in cutting, styling and coloring hair. She told me at a recent hair convention she attended, the teacher talked about triangles. He said that in hair, a triangle is the most pleasing shape; so as you’re creating a style, look for ways to create triangles. I can totally see this in the side swept bangs that are popular, or the inverted bob I’m wearing now, they make use of triangle shapes.

I apply this principle regularly in my card making when it comes to my embellishments. Take a look how it works in this design again.

Can you see how the main image forms a triangle, and then the embellishments form a triangle? It’s another way of repeating a design element in a way that is visually effective.

Now all that to say, rules can be broken! See them as guidelines that can help you as you put your cards together. I love that we can borrow design principles! I hope these ideas are helpful for your designs. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Supplies Used

Gerbera Card: X-Press It Blending Card and Copic® markers (B0000, B000, B41, B91, C5, C7, G40, G43, G46, R20, R24, R27, R29, R39, Y13) from Imagination International Inc.; patterned papers from Teresa Collins Studio; Glads and Gerberas stamp set and Peonies and Tulips stamp set from Power Poppy; Pierced Oval STAX dies from My Favorite Things.

Bunny Balloon Card: X-Press It Blending Card and Copic® markers (B93, B95, B97, B99, BG10, BG32, BG34, BG45, W00, W1, W2, YR0000, YR04) from Imagination International Inc.; white and navy cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; So Rad patterned papers from Simple Stories; Drop In stamp setWords of Love stamp set and Stitched Clouds dies from The Cat’s Pajamas; Pierced Oval STAX dies from My Favorite Things.

Rainbow Trout Card: X-Press It Blending Card and Copic® markers (BG0000, BG10, BG11, BG90, BG93, BG96, E13, E15, E42, E43, E44, E47, E84, R02, R22, W1, W2, YG61, YG63, YG67); Hunt & Gather patterned papers from Kaisercraft; Leaping Trout digital stamp set from Power Poppy; Buttons dies from The Cat’s Pajamas


Carisa’s Technique of the Week: Inlaid Die Cutting

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Hi Everyone! I’m here today with some tips for one of my favorite card-making techniques. I love the effect of inlaid die cutting on top of coloring or stamping and I’ve learned some tricks along the way to make it super easy. I’m excited to show you how easy it is to make a beautiful impact on all your handmade cards!

I love the look of multilayered florals and WPlus9 creates some of my favorites. For this card, I used the Pretty Peonies stamp set with lots and lots and lots of different inks. I also love the fun stamp set called Biggest Fan. I mean, how cute is that sentiment? Plus, it worked perfectly with the Love You die cut I used.

One of the easiest ways to get your words to layer with dimension like this is to add a full sheet of adhesive to the back of your cardstock and die-cut three or four additional pieces. Die-cutting them after you add the full sheet of adhesive makes it much easier to assemble to give the dimension needed for this technique. If you don’t have full sheets of adhesive like the one I’m using, you can always use a liquid adhesive to do this step.

I wanted the circle to lay flat against my card base so I used liquid glue to get into all the intricate areas of the negative die-cutting. Making sure this layer lays flat adds to the 3D effect once the words are added. Also, using a liquid adhesive gave me a little wiggle room to get the placing just right since I popped up the other main panel of my card.

I filmed this process for you as well so you can see how simple it is!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed these tips on inlaid die cutting and will give this fun technique a try.


Supplies used: Recollections white cardstock from Michaels Stores; black cardstock, Pretty Peonies and Biggest Fan stamp sets, Pure Color ink pads (hayride, pumpkin spice, last leaf, ocean drive, warm wool, lake house, falling for blue, nautical navy, black) and Love Mom Layers die set (#WP9D-116) from WPlus9 Design Studio; ink pads (apricot, spring rain, mint candy, rosie cheeks, teeny bikini, catkin, cobblestone) from Simon Says Stamp!; MISTI stamp positioning tool from My Sweet Petunia; Big Shot die-cutting machine from Sizzix; 6 x 12-inch adhesive sheets from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®; Mono Multi Liquid Glue from Tombow; Zots Bling from Therm O Web; adhesive foam tape from 3M.


Pamela’s 10 Minutes or Less Card

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Hello everyone! Pamela here today to share a couple of cards that I made in less than ten minutes.

Patterned paper and patterned cardstock are my go-to when I need a card in a hurry.

As you see, you can get up to six 4 x 5 1/4-inch card front panels from one 12 x 12-inch sheet. For today’s post, I’m keeping my work time to ten minutes, but you can see that you can make even more cards quickly. This happens to be a sheet of cardstock that came in a stack.

For my 4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch card bases, I picked two prints from the same stack. The great thing about stacks and other collections is that someone else has combined all the colors and patterns, so you can be sure they will look great together.

Then, all I had to do was stamp the sentiments. Whenever I don’t have time to let ink dry, I use chalk ink pads. While the pads can seem very juicy, the chalk dries almost immediately after you’ve stamped it.

You could easily dress up this card by adding more layers or even beads or gemstones. You could also cut a sentiment tag instead of stamping directly onto the front panels.

What do you do when you need a card in a hurry? I would love to hear about and see any quick cards you’ve made.


Supplies used: Ocean Breeze cardstock stack from Die Cuts With A View; thanks stamp from Fiskars; Damask Greetings stamp from Sizzix; cheeky chalk ink pad from Clearsnap; double-sided tape from 3M.


FREE Pattern from Glue Dots: Father’s Day Nautical Card Set

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Father's Day Nautical Card Set
Father’s Day Nautical Card Set

Designs by Grace Tolman for Glue Dots International

Take a break from the technique-driven style seen all over the card-making world today and layer patterned paper to create stunning cards for the men in your lives. It’s simple and yet produces beautiful cards in a matter of minutes.


  • Ultra-Thin Glue Dots®
  • Mini Glue Dots®
  • Pop Up Glue Dots®
  • Paper Source cardstock: black, white
  • Die Cuts With A View Pastel Card Set
  • Die Cuts With A View Seaworthy Stack patterned papers
  • IMAGINE Crafts VersaMark watermark ink pad
  • Hampton Arts black embossing powder
  • Doodlebug Design Bonbon sprinkles enamel dots
  • American Crafts twine
  • Circle punches: Marvy Uchida (1/2-inch); EK Success (1-inch); Creative Memories (1 1/4-inch)
  • Embossing heat tool
  • Paper trimmer

Happy Father’s Day Banner Card

Happy Father's Day Banner Card

  1. Cut blue anchor paper slightly smaller than card front. Adhere to card with Ultra-Thin Glue Dots.
  2. Cut a 1 1/2 x 5 1/2-inch strip of gold diagonal paper and adhere to left side of card with Ultra-Thin Glue Dots.
  3. Cut a 1 x 5 1/2-inch strip of sea images paper; adhere over gold diagonal strip with Ultra-Thin Glue Dots.
  4. Wrap twine around layered strips a couple of times. Tie into a bow, trim excess and add a brown enamel dot to center of bow.
  5. Cut out 3 x 4-inch card sentiment from patterned paper. Stamp and heat-emboss sentiment onto panel. Adhere panel to black cardstock; trim a small border and adhere to card with Pop Up Glue Dots.
  6. Punch out three sailboat images from patterned paper using 1-inch circle punch. Punch out three circles from black cardstock using 1 1/4-inch circle punch. Adhere sailboat circles to black circles with Ultra-Thin Glue Dots.
  7. Adhere circles around sentiment panel using Ultra-Thin Glue Dots.
  8. Add two small enamel dots to heat-embossed sentiment.

Boat Steering Wheel Card

Boat Steering Wheel Card

  1. Cut rope paper slightly smaller than card front. Cut 1-inch-wide strips from blue anchor, gold diagonal and sea images papers. Adhere to rope paper panel at an angle using Ultra-Thin Glue Dots; trim edges even.
  2. Wrap twine around panel as shown; tie into a bow and trim excess. Adhere panel to card front with Ultra-Thin Glue Dots.
  3. Cut out boat wheel block from patterned paper. Adhere to right side of card using Pop Up Glue Dots for dimension. Add an enamel dot to center of wheel.
  4. Stamp and heat-emboss sentiment on white cardstock. Trim and adhere to black cardstock; trim a small border. Adhere to card as shown with Mini Glue Dots.
  5. Add small enamel dots to corners of card.

Father’s Day Boat Card

Father's Day Boat Card

  1. Cut gold diagonal striped paper slightly smaller than card front.
  2. Wrap twine around bottom of panel a couple of times. Tie end into a bow; trim excess.
  3. Adhere panel to card using Ultra-Thin Glue Dots.
  4. Cut a piece of blue anchor paper measuring 3 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. Adhere to black cardstock with Ultra-Thin Glue Dots; trim a small border. Adhere to card as shown using Ultra-Thin Glue Dots.
  5. Cut a 3 x 4-inch sailboat card from patterned paper. Using 1/2-inch circle punch, add a notch to each corner of image. To do this, place punch halfway onto each corner of paper to create curved edge. Adhere to center of blue anchor panel with Pop Up Glue Dots for dimension.
  6. Stamp and heat-emboss sentiment on white cardstock. Trim and adhere to black cardstock; trim a small border and adhere over twine with Pop Up Glue Dots.
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Card Challenge Corner: Especially for Dad

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Design by Karen Sessions
Complete instructions for this design can be found in our summer issue available here!

Don’t let Father’s Day go by without making a special card for Dad! Take some time this week to craft a greeting just for him. If you need some ideas, take a look through our summer issue on sale now! Click here to order a copy!

Remember to share a photo with us on our Facebook page or share it on Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner!

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Lisa’s CardMaker Tip

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Hello! It’s Lisa with a card-making tip post and project to share with you.

I enjoy shopping for supplies like the next crafter, but I really love it when I find ways to recycle materials. It’s a great way to save landfills and my pocketbook. Shall we get started?

I thought I’d share a few tips related to making this shaker card.

To get started, stamp the gingham background image on white cardstock. Stamping background images can be messy if the cardstock panel is smaller than the stamp. To help protect your hands from ink and ensure you are able to get a good impression on the first go, use a piece of scratch paper.

Some companies use a newsprint paper as packaging filler with their shipments. This is by far and away a better option than packing peanuts. Not only is it more environmentally friendly, it’s something you can save and use in your crafting. When stamping large background images, place the stamp faceup on the scratch paper as shown in the image above. Ink your background stamp.

Position your cardstock panel in place and fold over the scratch paper as shown above. Gently run your hand over the surface to transfer the ink to your cardstock panel without shifting the cardstock. The larger scratch paper keeps your hands and work surface clean.

Carefully lift the cardstock panel to reveal a crisply stamped image. As an added tip, remove the cardstock panel with tweezers to avoid getting inky fingers and transferring to finished projects. I’ve been known to drop my stamped panel on the inky stamp, too. Tweezers save the day here, too!

Die-cut an opening to the gingham stamped panel for the shaker window/channel.

Another great recycling tip for this project is to reuse product packaging. Rather than toss the original stamp set packaging, save them for shaker windows. The clear packaging makes a perfect transparency for the window and the cardboard insert (if the correct color for your project) can close the shaker on your front panel.

The packaging may yield more than just one panel for shaker cards. Rather than try to save the leftover pieces to die-cut in the future, run through your die-cut machine twice. Save the precut pieces in a file folder or envelope for future use. It will save you time in the future and takes up less space than the scraps.

Add foam tape to the front panel to create the shaker channel.

In this particular stamp set, there are several small images, which were stamped and colored. Cut out several of each with scissors and add to the shaker window with some red sequins.

The packaging insert was used to close the shaker window, as pictured below.

My tips for you:

  • Reuse paper packaging/filler as scratch paper.
  • Use tweezers when removing card panels from your background stamp to avoid an inky mess.
  • Reuse stamp or embellishment packaging for shaker elements.
  • Die-cut the packaging for multiple cards and save for future projects.
  • Add the small images from stamp sets as shaker bits.

Do you like creating shaker cards? Are there other items you recycle and use as crafty supplies?

Thanks for visiting!


Supplies used: Classic Crest solar white 110# cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; Pop-Tone black licorice cardstock from French Paper Co.Gingham Background and Recipe for Happiness stamp sets from My Favorite Things; lipstick red dye ink pad from Simon Says Stamp!; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; Copic® markers (BV00, E00, E11, RV02, R17, R37, R89, T1, T3, T5, T7) from Imagination International Inc.; Full of Love sequin mix from Neat & Tangled; Stitched Mats: Circles and Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Squares from Lil’ Inker Designs; Big Shot die-cutting machine (#660425)Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies (#656499) and Standard Cutting Pads (#655093) from Sizzix; precision scissors from Fiskars; adhesive foam tape from 3M.


Kim’s U Inspire Me

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Hi everybody! Kim here from My Kraft Kloset sharing what inspires me—color! My favorite color is the rainbow. I truly love all colors.


Photo from here via Pinterest

One of my favorite places full of color is in the lobby of the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. More specifically the ceiling, which is covered in 2,000 hand blown glass flowers named “Fiori di Como” which means wild flower. This beautiful art was designed by Dale Chihuly, American glass sculptor. It’s his largest permanent installation to date, at 2,100 feet long, and it’s stunning! I’m lucky to have seen this spectacular sculpture in person and many others in his exhibit at my local fine arts center, too. I chose to use this piece as inspiration for the card I’m sharing with you today.

I began by searching my stamp stash for a similar flower blossom and then used various colors of ink to stamp the image randomly onto white cardstock. I continued until I achieved a resemblance to the sculpture and a rectangular shape was filled in.

I started with a pre-made blank card in cranberry as my base, because it reminded me of the rug floors in the Bellagio. I then die-cut frames and panels in layering sizes from cranberry cardstock and the stamped cardstock. I layered and adhered the pieces to the card front using foam dots for dimension.

To finish the card, I stamped a sentiment and heat-embossed it. I added ribbon and gold adhesive dots that resemble the gold accents around the ceiling of the Bellagio. There you have a colorful, inspirational card for a birthday or any occasion.

I hope I’ve inspired you to look up, down and around to see the color everywhere. Tell us what inspires you. We’d love to know.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Supplies used: Recollections card/envelope set and ribbon from Michaels Stores; white cardstock from American Crafts; flower stamp from Rubbernecker Stamps; Celebrations sentiment stamp from Reverse Confetti; chalk ink pads (yellow ochre, lipstick red, chambray, cheeky, chive) from Clearsnap; VersaMark watermark ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts; linen white embossing powder from Inkadinkado; metallic metal dots from My Mind’s Eye; heat embossing tool from Marvy Uchida; Stitched Rectangles dies from Gina Marie Designs; Big Shot die-cutting machine from Sizzix; adhesive runner from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.

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Card Challenge Corner: Window Cards

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Home Sweet Home

Design by Karin Åkesdotter

Find complete instructions for this card in our summer issue available here! 

If you’ve had a chance to look through our summer issue, you know that we included an entire feature on window cards since we love them so much. Take our Card Challenge this week and make a window card of your own! Remember to share a photo with us on our Facebook page or share it on Instagram and tag us with #cardchallengecorner!

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