Tag Archives: All-Occasions Cards

Sketch Inspiration

By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

Every once in awhile our creative spark can disappear for whatever reason.  You want to create something, but you just stare at that stamp set or paper pad and just can’t figure out what to do with it.  This is where a sketch can come in handy.  Sketches are pretty popular–there are even blog challenges that offer prizes when you create something using their sketch.  I use sketches a lot and actually, when I create a card, I usually draw out a sketch to go with it so I can use it for another project later on.

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Unicorn “What a Day” Card

By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

The unicorn trend is still going strong in paper crafting, so for today’s project, I was excited to try out my new Sizzix Die and Emboss Folder called Unicorn and Rainbows.  Eighties nostalgia at its best.

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Distress Ink Painting Technique on a Thinking of You Card

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Sometimes it’s fun to create your own backgrounds for your cards and other times you aren’t able to find just the right paper design you are wanting.  Here is a simple way to create a striped background using your Distress Inks by Ranger to create just the background you want.  It’s perfect for any theme and occasion when you need a card.

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Fun With Glitter

By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

I love glitter not only for its sparkle, but also for all the fun color options that are available.  For my project today, I’m using some neon colored glitters along with a pretty stencil from Echo Park called Classy Fan.  I’ll be adhering the glitter using translucent embossing paste.  It’s perfect, because it’s clear and acts as a really strong glue for all that gorgeous glitter.

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Highlighting Stamped Images

By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

Sometimes a stamp is just so pretty it can stand alone simply being stamped with black ink.  I do this sometimes with my stamps and I love the look.  I do like to add pops of color here and there though for highlight.  This stamp from Inkadinkado called Fancy Fauna is perfect for this technique.

I chose the butterfly from the set, stamped it twice across a 4.25x 5.5” notecard with Versamark ink, and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  My stamp platform helped me get a crisp impression.

To add my color, I cut two circle masks from scrap paper using 2 sizes of circle dies and gathered 3 colors of Distress Oxide Ink.  I really like this color combo of Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry.

I then simply blended the ink colors over the butterflies using the masks.  I connected the larger circle and smaller one and then left another smaller circle by itself for better flow.

I didn’t want to cover the entire butterflies with the circles—just parts of them.

I chose a sentiment from a Hampton Art stamp set, but trimmed it so it would fit in the area I needed.  I do this a lot and you can easily put the stamp back to where it was and it will stamp like you didn’t even cut it.

Here’s a final look at my project.  I hope you’ll try this technique with some of your favorite stamps.  You could even try different shapes like squares or triangles.  Thanks for joining me today!

Twisted Gatefold Card

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Are you looking for something other than the normal size card to make?  This is just what you are looking for to bring more fun to your card making!  This Twisted Gatefold technique gives a whole new look to a card and it’s easy to make.

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