Christmas Spectacular: Clare’s Christmas Card

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Hi there! Clare popping in today with a sweet and cheerful card!

I started the card off by stamping elves onto white cardstock and coloring them in with markers. I used combinations of pale green and cobalt blue to get the aqua look. Layering your lighter color markers is a great way to get new color combinations!

After my elves were colored, I stamped my sentiment with mint julep ink. I didn’t think the ink was dark enough, so I stamped over it with tide pool, using my stamp positioner to get the placement perfect.

I finished off the white panel by stamping a couple music notes in black.

For just a little extra detail, I stamped a garden tile background on blue paper, and heat-embossed with clear sparkle embossing powder. I then adhered a strip of the embossed cardstock to the side, along with a strip of homemade “glitter paper.” The glitter paper was made by inking black cardstock with watermark ink and then heat-embossing with either clear sparkle embossing powder or black sparkle embossing powder.

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!



Supplies: Stamps (Happy Elves set, Christmas Toys set, Garden Tile background) from Hero Arts; inks from Hero Arts and Imagine; markers from Kuretake ZIG.

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Christmas Spectacular: Niki’s Pretty Poinsettias Christmas Card

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Happy Cyber Monday to you! Are you shopping online today? I did a lot of my gift hunting on Friday, so today I’m holed up in my crafty space finishing up my Christmas cards.

I send a lot of cards to Canada this time of year, so I need to keep embellishments and layers to a minimum for them to get to the destinations safely. Today’s card features a stamped design with just the right amount of sparkle to add some holiday cheer!

I received some new stamps in the mail the other day and the real gems are the little filler images in this set. I started out with the poinsettias, stamping them in red royal ink on a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch piece of white cardstock.

Then, I added some pine branches along the edge.

Next, I added leaves to fill in the left side of the card.

To fill in all the in-between spaces, I used the berries and holly leaf images.

Once the ink was dry, I ran the cardstock through my die-cutting machine with a wonky stitched frame die to clean up the edges. I chose that particular die because it reminded me of the way garland drapes around a tree. The sentiment is stamped with gold ink and heat embossed with clear detail embossing powder.

To finish up, I matted the stamped panel with a 4 1/8 inch x 5 3/8-inch piece of red cardstock and adhered it to my A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch) card base. And of course, I added a little golden glitter to the poinsettias!

Thank you for stopping by today and happy crafting!


Supplies: Cardstock (marshmallow and peppermint) from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; Yuletide Holiday stamp set from Simon Says Stamp!; Midtone Shadow ink (forever green, red royal) and Bold Ink (pine, strawberry) from Hero Arts; Delicata ink (golden glitz) from Imagine; super fine clear detail embossing powder from Ranger Industries Inc.; Nuvo Glitter Drops (honey gold) from Tonic Studios; Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies from My Favorite Things. 


Christmas Spectacular: Jen’s Christmas Card

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Hi everyone! Jen here with a quick Christmas card to share with you today. This is my favorite time of year for card making with Valentine’s as a close second. I love that there are so many looks and styles for Christmas cards and that you can really knock out some stunning cards quickly.

The card I made for today uses a technique that I really like for a quick card—layering ink blending or a watercolor wash behind a cutting plate design. This gives a bold all over look that makes it easy to attach a sentiment and go.

I started by cutting a piece of watercolor cardstock down to 4 x 5 1/4 inches and then sponging on three different Distress Oxide inks using a foam blending tool. I dropped flecks of water on and let it sit for about five minutes before drying it. While the watercolor was sitting, I die-cut a snowflake cutting plate from white cardstock. I then die-cut “joy” from silver cardstock and again from white cardstock. I adhered these together with liquid adhesive.

Next, I die-cut a scalloped frame from white cardstock and lined it with vellum. At this point my ink was ready to be heat set and it was time to assemble. I glued the cutting plate cut down to the inked watercolor paper and then adhered the frame to the center. Next, I attached the sentiment to the lower right corner of the frame. To finish I added a few clear and white sequins. Lastly, I attached the whole card front to a white horizontal A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch) card base.

I can imagine using this technique with lots of different colors and cutting plates for the holidays to create quick and gorgeous cards that are ready to drop in the mail!


Supplies: Cardstock (watercolor, sugar cube, silver foil), snow flurries sequins and dies (Snowflake Cutting Plate #TE231, Frame in Frame Cutting Plate #TE544, Joy Script #TE960 from Taylored Expressions; Distress Oxide ink (broken China, faded jeans, peacock feathers), ink blending tool, ink blending foams and Multi Medium Matte from Ranger Industries Inc.; adhesive back craft foam from Michaels Stores.


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Christmas Spectacular: Diana’s Christmas Card

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Hi everyone, Diana here. Today I am sharing one of the Christmas cards that I will be sending out to friends and family this holiday season.

This card has a simple black-and-white color scheme, but glitter along with the intricate die cut really give it a wow factor.

I began my card by stamping the swirl of stars and the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock and adhering it to a black card base. I rounded the bottom corners of both my white cardstock and card base with a corner-rounder punch before attaching them together.

TIP: Don’t be afraid to combine stamps from different companies on the same card. I think this sentiment from My Favorite Things compliments the star stamps and dies from Stampin’ Up! perfectly.

Next, I die-cut the stars from silver and black glitter paper and attached them to my card. I used an adhesive dot in the center of the black star to stick it to the silver glitter background. It can be a little tricky getting things to stick to glitter paper, but I’ve found that adhesive dots do the job nicely.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Thanksgiving!


Supplies: Whisper white cardstock, Star of Light stamp set, basic black ink pad and Starlight Thinlit Dies from Stampin’ Up!; Black licorice 110# cardstock and Snowfall of Blessings stamp set from My Favorite Things; silver and black glitter cardstock from DCWV.

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CardMaker’s Season’s Best Holiday Giveaway

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How excited would you be to win everything shown in this picture?!? Someone is going to find out because we’re giving away this entire prize pack, valued at over $1,300, to one lucky winner! Open to legal residents of the United States and Canada who are at least 18 years of age or the age of majority in their state or province of residence (excluding the province of Quebec). Deadline to enter for a chance to win is Jan. 15th, 2018. Click here to enter and for official rules.


The Difference Between Distress & Distress Oxide Inks: Part 3

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Editor’s Note: We’re happy to have designer Deborah Nolan as our guest on the CardMaker blog today!

It’s a pleasure to be back as a guest designer sharing another project that utilizes Ranger Distress Oxide inks.

This is the third article in a series about Distress Oxide ink that I’ve written for the CardMaker blog. For a quick explanation of the difference between the original Distress ink and its Oxide version, click here to see how to create a layered background. To learn how to remove color from your layered background with water and a stencil, click here.

Today we’ll be looking at how Oxides are great for stamping images, thanks to the pigment ink in its formula. Stamped images can be used as is or spritzed with water to either make the colors intensify and/or to produce a softer, Impressionistic image.

Step 1. Stamp images as desired. Even if you don’t add any water, these colors are rich and beautiful.

Step 2. Hold mister 18-24 inches above stamped panel and mist. Once dry, the colors will pop. 

Tip: For an Impressionist look, hold spritz closer to the panel – larger drops and more water create  bleeding. The more water used, the more blurry the result.

Step 3: Heat misted panel until dry. 

Step 4: Option: Highlight images with a white gel pen.

Step 5: Die-cut sentiment frame and sentiment from black cardstock and adhere to stamped panel.

Step 6: Trim stamped panel and adhere with foam tape to a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4-inch black card base. Adhere gems.


Supplies: Cardstock (black, kraft), Distress Oxide inks (broken china, candied apple, faded jeans, fired brick, fossilized amber, lucky clover, peacock feathers, picked raspberry, seedless preserves, twisted citron, worn lipstick) and Tim Holtz Distress sprayer from Ranger Industries Inc.; Signo white gel pen from uniball; gems from Prima Marketing Inc.; Stitched Thank You Square Frame die set from Memory Box.

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Christmas Spectacular: Teresa’s Christmas Cards

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Editor’s Note: For the next few weeks, our designers will be sharing lots of fun and inspiring Christmas projects with you. This week, we’ll be showcasing Christmas cards. First up is Teresa Kline!

Hello everyone and Merry Christmas! I am so ready … are you? It is Teresa today sharing a fun Christmas card idea with you.

I love washi tape and I am always on the hunt to find new ways of using it. I have created a cute Christmas tree design using my favorite washi tapes.

This is a no fuss way to create a trendy Christmas card and use up your washi tape stash. I am using black, silver and gold this year on one of my trees I’m decorating, so I decided to use that same color combo on this card. I love it! To make this, I layered washi tape in different patterns and angles in a tree shape and then added a glittery star on top!

Here is an adorable tag using the same technique … so cute! This is a great way to get your children involved with making this year’s Christmas cards. It’s a fun and quick way to knock out a lot of cards at once!

Grab a plate of cookies and cider and get started! I would love for you to visit/or follow me on my blog Paperie Blooms or Instagram at 2klines.


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Savannah’s Storage Tip

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Hello, friends! Savannah O’Gwynn here today to share my favorite way to store my paper scraps and finished cards.

SAVfact: I DO NOT like to throw anything away—in particular, paper scraps! I find ways to use up even the tiniest pieces of scrap paper whether I die-cut small shapes, fussy cut small stamped images, or even use the pieces for paper pieced backgrounds and fillers. Everything gets saved!

The trouble with saving all my scraps is that I like to keep the patterned paper scraps with the actual paper pad the pieces came from. My solution is clear plastic sleeves or envelopes, a.k.a. self-sealing bags! These are the best invention ever! They are cheap and they are the perfect solution to my problem. Note: I purchase the 4 3/4 x 6 1/2-inch bags.

I store all of my patterned paper pads (usually the 6 x 6-inch pads) in bins on my shelves. Note: To see more photos of my studio, click here.

If you look closely in the photo above, I store the paper pads upside down. This is because the plastic sleeves are a bit taller than the paper pads and because the scraps or loose papers would fall out when placed “right side up!” Tip: I use a rubber band to hold all the papers and plastic sleeves together! Sometimes I pull papers out that I don’t end up using. Loose papers drive me crazy! To tame this mess of papers, I place everything inside the paper pad and use a rubber band to hold it together.

I don’t normally put a clear plastic sleeve in the paper pad (or use a rubber band) until I pull out and use or cut up the papers. This helps me visualize in my bins which pads are new and which have been used.

When I want to create a card or project, I pull the paper pad out and search through the plastic sleeve first for pieces of scrap paper that might work for my design. This is a time- and paper-saving technique.

Here’s a finished card that I created using scraps!

Supplies: Paper (Mind Your Manners, Daily Details 12×12, White Woodgrain Clear Cut 12×12) and Wonky Alpha Puffy Stickers from Bella BLVD; Hearts dies (#DED-13-106) from Paper Smooches.

Q: What do I do for 12 x 12-inch paper pads?

A: I use large resealable bags or the plastic bags that I get with product packaging. I keep all the plastic sleeves and bags that have resealable closures from my purchases so that I have various sizes for my paper scrap needs!

Q: How do I store solid colored cardstock/paper scraps?

A: I don’t have a fancy idea or tip for this! I use a file folder system in the bottom of my cabinet. This system holds and organizes my cardstock scraps in rainbow order in hanging folders.

Storing scraps isn’t the only use for these plastic sleeves/envelopes! I use them to hold my finished cards! This is an easy way to keep my cards protected and to showcase them at craft shows or when storing them for personal use. Note: If the card envelope is too big for the plastic sleeve, I use a paper clip to attach all the elements together.

I hope that this storage tip has encouraged you to save all of your scraps, reorganize your paper pads and newly saved scraps, and to protect your finished projects and cards!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed!



The Difference Between Distress & Distress Oxide Inks: Part 2

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Editor’s Note: We’re happy to have designer Deborah Nolan as our guest on the CardMaker blog today!

It’s a pleasure to be back as a guest designer sharing another project that utilizes Ranger Distress Oxide inks.

If you’ve missed a chance to play with these inks or don’t understand the difference between the original Distress inks and their Oxide version, I wrote an article on how to create a layered background for the CardMaker blog last week. Today I’m sharing how a stencil can be misted with water to remove color from an inked background for a dreamy, soft image.

Step 1. Ink a background panel with three blocks of Distress Oxide inks, blending each one into the next.

Step 2. Generously mist a stencil with water.

Step 3: Place the stencil on the inked panel with wet side down. 

Step 4: Cover stencil with an absorbent cloth/paper towel and press into the panel. Note: The paper towel absorbs the water displaced when exerting pressure on the stencil; this will produce a crisper image.

Step 5: Let the stencil sit on the panel for a minute or two, then remove by lifting straight up.

Step 6: Dry with heat tool if needed.

Step 7: Trim panel and adhere to card base.

Step 8: Cut and adhere sentiment die.

Step 9: Stamp images.

Step 10: Adhere gems.


Supplies: Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, Distress Oxide inks (abandoned coral, fossilized amber, picked raspberry) and Tim Holtz Distress sprayer from Ranger Industries Inc.; Love stamp and die set (#DC175) and Floral Filigree stencil from Hero Arts; gems from Prima Marketing Inc.; Stick It adhesive from Stick It Adhesive.