As summer draws closer, so does kids’ birthday party season. I have a great way to get yourself prepared with a ready made card and tag set using a simple 6 x 6 patterned paper pad and a fun interactive die. Patterned paper pads are great because you have everything you need to make quick DIY crafts with little effort. All the fun colors and even some sentiments are right there for you to cut and paste! For my projects today, I used the Sizzix Stephanie Barnard Framelits Card Drop In-Thank You die set along with the Pebbles Happy Hooray 6×6 paper pad. I also used some large and small pre-made white tags.
When purchasing stamps to add to my collection, I am usually drawn to packages that contain sets–preferably images with corresponding sentiment options. Every once in awhile though, there is that one single stamp that catches my eye. Usually, it’s an intricate design or bold statement stamp that makes me want to take another look and consider a purchase. I do like to make sure I have more than one idea for how to use it so I get the most for my purchase. For today’s project, I chose a large red rubber stamp and brainstormed some ideas on how use it multiple ways.
This is the Flower Mandala Stamp from Ken Oliver. It’s a bit larger than the front of a standard A2 size card, but there are many options for it’s use.
Here is another different style of card that you can use for any occasion or theme. This is the Tilt Fold Card and just taking a look at it with all of the edges that are peeking out from behind you would never guess that it’s created using only one piece of cardstock would you? How fun is that?
We have the ombre look in so many things right now. We have it in ink pads, paper, tape and more. Now you can have it in the backgrounds you make for your cards and scrapbook pages. It’s fun to make and it’s easy!
You can never have too many thank you cards on hand. Everyone likes to receive a hand written note showing that someone cares. My project today, is a nice clean and simple thank you card that would be perfect for anyone. I’ll be using just the Thank You sentiment from the Sizzix Framelits Card Drop In Thank You die set and an embossing folder from Sizzix called Prism Geometrics. I’ll be adding some masked framing using Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide inks.
To start, I cut out the Thank You die in white card stock and embossed some silver shimmer card stock using the embossing folder. I cut the silver card stock down to a 2.75″ x 4″ panel using a rectangle die but you could use a paper trimmer as well.
I masked off a rectangle on the front of a piece of white card stock cut down to 4″x 5.25″ using Post-It tape. I used my silver embossed panel as a guide to make a thin frame. I basically want to have the look of two mats behind the dry embossed focal point without having all the bulk of extra paper.
After removing the embossed panel, I blended Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink over the masked off area. I just got the edges since I would be adhering the silver embossed panel later.
To create a second mat around the first, I masked off a thin frame next to my original. I did each edge of the rectangle separately, covering the inside edge of the original rectangle with Post-It tape and adding another piece of tape next to it leaving a space for ink blending. I used Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink for this portion.
I adhered black foam to the back of the Thank You die cut with some Tombow Mono Liquid glue and then adhered that to my silver embossed panel. I popped the entire panel up on the front of a 4.24″x 5.5″ vertical gray note card.
Clean and simple, yet packs a punch with the 3D embossed panel and the clean masked frame. You could make multiples of these using different embossing folders or even different colored inks for the frames. Thanks so much for joining me today!
Q: I’m new to card making and I’ve seen cards that have layers to them, but mine always turn out flat. How can I change that?
A: Try adding some 3-d adhesive behind some of the layers or even all of them. For example, if you have a card with butterflies on it, add a 3-d adhesive onto the back of each butterfly to give it the effect that it’s flying. If you have a card, that has a die cut sentiment on it, add a piece of adhesive to it to make it stand out.
There are some really fun techniques for stamping out there, but by far, my favorite is masking. I love that you can have the look of depth and volume on the front of a card, but still have it lie flat for easy mailing. For my project today, I’ll be doing a simple masking technique using a floral stamp from Hampton Art’s Clear Layer Flower Amaze.