Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

How to Make a Not So Spooky Halloween Shaker Card.

When it comes to anything Halloween, I like it more “cute” than scary. (big chicken here)

This Not So Spooky Halloween Shaker card uses Dies and Shaker Sprinkles from

The Maker’s Movement’s New Halloween Collection.

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Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

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Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

Directions:

  • I used the Halloween Scene from the Tricks and Treats paper pad for the base of my card. I cut off a 1/2″ off both sides of the paper, making it 5″ x 6″. (The finished card measures 5 1/4″ x 6 1/4″.)
  • Die-cut a large scalloped square frame out of the purple plaid paper from the paper pad.
  • Die-cut a large foam square using the foam cutter die. The foam square will fit under the scalloped square frame.
  • Because I didn’t want the white sides of the foam showing in my shaker element, I used black calligraphy (chisel point) paint marker to color the outside and inside of the foam square. Place the foam square onto the card base. (as shown above)
  • Add “Tricks and Treats” shaker sprinkles into the center of the foam square.
  • Cut a 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ piece of clear acetate. Remove the blue protective covering from both sides of the acetate.
  • Remove the top protective coating from the foam square and place the acetate onto the foam.
  • Add adhesive under the purple plaid scalloped square and place it over the acetate lined up with the foam square.

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

Die-Cutting Tip…

  • When cutting small die-cut pieces, I like to run the paper through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini*.  After die-cutting, they become little stickers. That makes applying the die-cuts a whole lot easier.

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

  • Apply the Spider Web die-cut onto the inside corner of the shaker element.
  • Add the words “Happy Halloween” onto the front of the card.

Trick or Treat Halloween Shaker Card

I enjoy making cards with dimension and movement.

I think this is one of the simplest shaker cards I’ve made so far.

If you love making shaker cards, make sure to check out all the dies and cute shaker sprinkles

that are available from The Maker’s Movement.

Toil and Trouble Halloween Shaker Card

Toil & Trouble Halloween Shaker Card.

This is the Halloween Shaker Card I made last year.  You can see how it was made here.

Paper Crafting Fall Home Décor

Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

A Simple Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor Project.

It’s so much fun to decorate for Fall with its vibrant and colorful hues.

I’d love Fall even more if it didn’t turn into Winter after it was all over.

For the framed dimensional pumpkin, I decided to use my paper crafting skills

to make a fun and easy Home Décor for Fall.

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Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

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Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

Directions:

  • Cut two pieces of Double-Sided Adhesive Foam 5″ x 6″ and 4″ x 5″.
  • Cut two pieces of orange plaid paper from the paper crafting paper the same size as the foam.
  • Remove the protective coating from one side of the foam and place the paper onto the adhesive.
  • Place pumpkin die outlines over the foam and die-cut the shape using the Crossover II Die-Cutting Machine*.  You may need to run the die back and forth a couple of times through the machine to make sure all the layers have been cut.
  • Repeat the process with the die-cutting of the stem and leaves.

Fall Paper Crafted Home Decor

  • For the words used on the front of the pumpkin, run a small strip of striped paper through the Xyron Sticker Maker Mini*.
  • Place the word dies onto the paper and die-cut.  (you may want to put a small piece of tape on the dies to keep them in place)

Fall Paper Crafted Home Décor

  • I have a weakness for old frames and I love to pick them up whenever I see a good deal. (I think this one was a quarter.) It now makes the project an Up-Cycled project which makes it extra special.
  • Remove the glass and the backing from the frame and spray with ivory spray paint.

Fall Paper Crafted Home Decor

  • The frame measures 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ with a 6″ x 6″ opening.
  • Replace the 90’s picture with a 6″ x 6″ piece of coordinating scrapbook paper. (I placed the glass behind the scrapbook paper to give the project more stability. Also, I will have it if I want to reuse the frame for another project later.)
  • Remove the adhesive from the back of the pumpkin pieces and place it inside the frame.

Paper Crafting Fall Home Décor

Cute, simple, and easy to make. My favorite kind of projects.

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Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Spruce Up an existing Wreath with StyleTechCraft Vinyl and Fall Dollar Tree finds.

I have a simple boxwood wreath* that I purchased a few years ago that I love.

The best thing about the wreath is I can leave it plain (which I do a lot of the year).

Or, I can change it with the seasons.

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Here’s how I changed my wreath for the Fall Season.

Not counting the wreath, acrylic paint, and vinyl that I had on hand,

I spent a total of $7 at Dollar Tree*  to Change Up the Wreath for Fall.


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Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

I found this cute pumpkin cut-out* at Dollar Tree* and wasn’t sure what I would do with it.

But I knew I better pick it up while I was there. (those things seem to sell out real fast)

It turned out to be the perfect accent for my Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath.

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Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Directions:

Hello Fall SVG Image

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  • Place the words onto the pumpkin using transfer tape*.
  • Rub over the words with a vinyl scraper tool to make sure “the words” have transferred.

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

  • To make the Dollar Tree Mini Pumpkin Clips* match the painted wood pumpkin, I decided to paint them using the same acrylic paint colors.
  • Remove the stem and the metal clip from the pumpkin.
  • Because the mini pumpkins have a slick surface, I needed to prime the pumpkins with multi-media paint first.
  • For ease of painting, place a bamboo skewer* in the mini pumpkin. Paint with multi-media paint. After the paint has dried, paint with the same colors used on the wood pumpkin.
  • Reinsert the stem. Glue the clip in place using the glue gun*.

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

  • Create a simple bow using Ribbon and Twine and glue it onto the pumpkin.

Hello Fall Pumpkin Wreath

  • Tie the finished pumpkin to the top of the wreath with twine.
  • Clip-on Mini Pumpkin Clips and insert fall picks.

Fall Crafting with Vinyl

Fall Crafting with Vinyl…

If you don’t need a new wreath, the finished pumpkin would also look great in a Fall Display.

Fall Crafting with Vinyl

Hello Fall Mini Candle Cup

I found this cute little ceramic cup on a recent trip to Hobby Lobby.

As adorable as it was, it looks even better with StyleTechCraft Vinyl on it.

In my opinion, adding a little vinyl makes most things a little better.

Fall Crafting with Vinyl

At first, I thought about saving the mini cup for my grandsons. 

I knew they’d get a kick out of the tiny cup.

Who wouldn’t love a mini cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows?

Then I figured I’d spend too much time constantly refilling it.

So I thought again. (sometimes, you got to think these things through)

Buffalo Plaid Wood Slice Pumpkin

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You Color My World

You Color My World Card

You Color My World Card…

There are people in this world that bring sunshine and color into everyone’s life.

My goal is to be one of those people.

It’s not always easy, but it sure is worth it.

As I always told my kids, you have the power to change someone’s day just by your smile.

In the famous words of Buddy Elf, “I like Smiling. Smiling’s my Favorite”.

You Color My World Card

The “You Color My World” card mimics a Watercolor Paint Set.

For this card, I wanted a little more upscale look than traditional primary colors.

I made my watercolor paint using rich colors and patterns on a wood-look base.

I used the Color My World Slimline Die Set die set from The Maker’s Movement.

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You Color My World Card

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Directions:

  • Die-cut the base of the card, using the slimline die set, out of wood-look scrapbook paper using the Cross Over II Die-Cutting System.
  • Die-cut the paint pieces out of patterned paper.
  • Die-cut the “paint pods” out of silver cardstock.
  • I like to run the paper through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini before die-cutting to make the pieces into stickers. It makes assembling all the parts so much easier.
  • Assemble all the pieces onto the layered cardstock base.

You Color My World Card

The trick to applying the letters…

  • Make the letters into stickers.  I ran silver cardstock through the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* before die-cutting to add adhesive on the back of the paper.  Once die-cut, the letters became little stickers.  So much easier than trying to glue them into place.
  • To help line the words up straight, I used a clear-gridded transfer tape* to apply to letters.
  • Place the letters onto the transfer tape backward using the lines of the grid as your guide.

You Color My World Card

  • Place the transfer tape onto the front of the card. Rub over the transfer paper to make sure the letters stick to the card. (You can use a vinyl scraper tool.)
  • Gently pull back one end of the transfer paper and remove.

You Color My World Card

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Back to School Mini Essentials Card

Back to School Mini Essentials Card

Start their year off right with a card made with Back to School Mini Essentials.

Perfect for both Students and Teachers.

The mini essentials would make great embellishments for a scrapbook page.

The small ruler frame would look great with this year’s back to school picture.

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Back to School with Mini Essentials Card

Die-Cutting Tips…

  • For better results with dies that have grooves, use thick or double-layered cardstock.
  • I adhered two pieces of cardstock together using the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini*.
  • I also added a second layer of adhesive to the cardstock before cutting the pieces out using the Mini Maker Die Cutting Machine.
  • You will want to run it through and then back again to make sure that all layers have been cut.
  • Each little die-cut piece becomes a sticker which makes it easy to put all the parts together.

Back to School Mini Essentials Card

This is a great way to use up small scraps of cardstock.

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Back Pack to School Card

This was a fun card to make.

I combined the “Back Pack to School Die Set” with the “School Essentials Die Set”

to make this sweet pink “girly” back to school card.

The greeting “I hope you have an amazing day” from the Food Truck Stamp Set says it all.

Back Pack to School Card

How to Make the Backpack Card:

  • Die-cut the backpack pieces out of the floral/green plaid paper using the Mini Maker Die Cutting Machine.
  • To shape the die-cut pieces, place the shape on the molding mat* and press down with the large-ball stylus*. Move the stylus around in small circular motions to soften the paper. The die-cut shape will begin to curl, giving it dimension.
  • Use the light gray marker on the edges of the paper to cover the white paper core and give the pieces a shadowing.
  • Assemble the backpack using small thin foam squares.
  • Die-cut and assemble pencils and the ruler using pencils from the School Essentials Die Set.
  • Die-Cut a white cardstock frame using the Round Rectangle Die Set.
  • Tuck the small floral bits into the backpack along with a ruler and pencils and adhere them in place.
  • Assemble the card using coordinating paper layers.

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Back Pack to School Card

Tuck the card in her backpack and help make her day amazing.

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Book Marks for Book Lovers and Readers

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

Creating Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers…

Besides crafting, reading is one of my favorite hobbies.

Sitting and reading is a luxury for me.  Never enough time.

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

Just one more page…

I love getting lost in a good book. My problem is once I start reading,

I can’t seem to put the book down until I finish reading it.

Forget about work, dinner, or dishes.

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

Combining my two hobbies…

I created bookmarks using the New Bookmark Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

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Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

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Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

Directions:

  • Cut out the layers of the bookmark using the bookmark die. 
  • Adhere them together using a tape runner*.
  • Using the Xyron Creative Station* with a double-sided Laminating cartridge, place the bookmark base in the machine.  Crank the handle to run it through the machine. The Creative Station adds clear laminating onto both sides of the bookmark.

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

  • Trim the bookmark with scissors leaving a 1/8″ border of lamination.
  • Reopen the top slot of the book mark with scissors or a craft knife.

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

To make the letters on the blue bookmark… place a piece of scrapbook paper through the Xyron Creative Station* with a permanent adhesive cartridge* to add adhesive to the back of the scrapbook paper. Once the letters were die-cut, they became little letter stickers.

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

  • Place the vinyl onto the bookmark, and rub over the transfer paper to make sure the vinyl sticks to the lamination.  (You can use a vinyl scraper tool.)

Bookmarks for Book Lovers and Readers

Add ribbon and trim to create the perfect bookmark for your favorite book lover.

DIY Holiday Planner

DIY Holiday Planner

Creating a Holiday Planner…

It’s never too early to start thinking about the Holidays.

So…when Xyron asked me to do a Christmas in July project using the Xyron Holiday Bundle,

of course, I said YES!

To be honest, my first thought was to run over to my local scrapbook store

and buy something new to use in my project.

Christmas is my weakness, and I have so much leftover from previous years.

I decided to “Scrap my Stash” instead. In the end, I used paper from 3-4 different collections.

(I’m so proud of my self-control.)

My Holiday Planner measures 6″ x 8″. 

It is big enough to write in but small enough to grab and go.
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Creating a Holiday Planner

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DIY Planner Details:

  • Cut two 6″ x 8″ pieces of decorative paper for the front cover and two 6″ x 8″ pieces for the inside front and back covers.
  • Lay the paper into the Xyron 9″ Creative Station* design side up. Crank the handle of the Creative Station* to run it through the machine. As it goes through the machine it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper. No electricity needed, easy to use.
  • Peel the decorative paper from the protective liner and place it onto a 6″ x 8″ piece of chipboard. Cover the front and back sides of the chipboard.
  • I love using the Xyron 9″ Creative Station* when I make albums.  I get complete coverage and everything lays smooth, no wrinkles.
  • I like to use a craft mat and craft knife to trim away any excess paper.
  • A sanding block is great for smoothing out the edges of the covered chipboard.

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  • Cut decorative strips to add the front and back of the planner.  If you’ve never made a planner/album like this, you’ll want to give particular thought to the placement of the strips on the back cover to make sure they line up with the front of the planner.
  • I used coordinating decorative scrapbook paper to create a frame for the front of my planner using the frame die from The Maker’s Movement.

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DIY Holiday Planner Pages

  • I created several different types of pages using a word program for the inside of the planner.
  • As you can see, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy.
  • Once you get your cover finished and your inside pages created, you’ll want to bind it all together using a binding machine.  I used an old Bind it All Machine.  You can also use The Cinch Book Binding Machine*.

Holiday Planner-Calendar Pages

November and December are the crucial days when planning the Holidays. 

I printed out two calendar pages from SaturdayGift.com and sized them to fit in my planner.

On the inside of the front cover, I created a pocket for lists and coupons.

DIY Holiday Planner

Christmas Gift List

I am that person.  I write down everything I buy for Christmas.

If you want to know what I bought you five years ago for Christmas, ask me.

DIY Holiday Planner

Christmas Card List

Do you still send Christmas Cards?

I love getting and sending Christmas Cards over the Holidays.  (sometimes I even make them)

I don’t get as many or send as many as I used to, but I love hanging them on display.

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A great way to be prepared for the Holiday Cookie Exchange. 

Creating pockets are a great way to keep organized and the perfect place for

blank Holiday recipe cards.

DIY Holiday Planner

Favorite Family Recipes…

I have several family favorite recipes that I make every year.

Several years ago, I typed them all up and saved them on my computer.

It was easy to reprint them and add them to this year’s Holiday Planner.

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Notes and Stuff…

These pages are for writing down special memories, tips of things that worked that’ll you’ll want

to remember for the next holiday get-together, or the other room mom’s phone number.

There’s so much that we need to remember during the holidays.

And don’t forget to save those receipts for easy returns.

I added a thick buffalo plaid zipper bag in my planner to hold those receipts.

DIY Holiday Planner

Jingle All The Way… 

Create another pocket in the back to tuck in pictures and invitations.

I can never have too many pockets to help keep me organized.

The nice thing about Christmas in July is that by the time the Holidays do arrive,

I’ll be almost ready.

Opal Butterfly Card

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card

Creating a little Shimmer and Shine with this Iridescent Butterfly Card.

The Butterfly Card was made using StyleTechCraft’s Opal Vinyl.

StyleTechCraft’s Opal Vinyl comes in 9 amazing colors.

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card

I love how the Opal Vinyl shimmers and changes as you move it with the light.

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Opal Butterfly Card

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card Tips:

  • For this card, I used the Butterfly SVG file from the Silhouette Store.  
  • I wanted to give the butterflies dimension on this card. So, I adhered the opal vinyl onto white cardstock before cutting out the butterflies using a Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die-Cutting Machine*.  
  • When cutting out the butterflies, I set my machine on heavy cardstock and used “3 passes” to cut out the butterflies.
  • Cut the butterflies using several shades of opal vinyl. Place the butterflies into a Dotted Embossing Folder, run the embossing folder through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine*.
  • Use a fine tip black deco color paint marker* to add black dots over the embossed dots.

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card

Opal Vinyl Butterfly Card

  • Cut the words “Happy Birthday” out of black craft vinyl and adhere the greeting onto the bottom of the card using Vinyl Transfer Tape*.
  • Tie a simple white sheer ribbon to finish off this Summery Card.

A Card for the Perfect Lazy Day.

Lazy Days Card

A card to celebrate the perfect Lazy Summer Day.

We just got back from vacation last weekend.

It feels like it’s taken me all week to get back to normal.

If it wasn’t so cool and then rainy this week, I would be that bear on a floatie.

If you asked me to describe the perfect Summer day, it would most definitely include

floating in the pool with a drink in my hand.

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Lazy Summer Days Card

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Lazy Days Card

Directions:

  • Stamp the bear image on tan cardstock with the Versa Fine Black Inkpad*.
  • .Align the bear die with the stamped image.  Place a small piece of washi tape (or a removable tape) to hold the die in place while die-cutting.  
  • Run the stamped image and die through the Mini Maker Die-Cutting Machine to cut out the bear image.

Lazy Days Card

I thought plaid swim shorts were needed for this “cool” bear. 

  • Stamp the swim trunks onto a small piece of plaid paper and run it through the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* to add adhesive onto the back. 
  • Cut the swim trunks out and stick directly onto the die-cut bear. (it’s so easy to add personality)

Lazy Summer Days Card

  • Use the Tombow Art Markers to add rosy cheeks, shadows, and definition to the stamped image.

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Lazy Summer Days Card

Additional Card Details:

  • I thought the “Sea Shore” paper looked like a pool liner, so I added it as the base to my card.
  • The white frame on the card was die-cut using the Round Rectangle Die Set.
  • The Sun was die-cut using the center of the pool float.
  • I stamped the words “feelin’ hot” onto white cardstock and cut it out using the smallest of the nested banner die.
  • I used thin foam mounting squares under the clouds, banner, bear, and drink to add dimension to the card.
  • The finished card measures 4 ¾” x 6″.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

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Just Scootin’ in to say Hello…

Don’t you just love getting “snail mail”?

It’s so nice when I open my mailbox and see something other than a bill or advertisement.

Snail Mail Stamped Card

The Snail Mail card was made using the Snail Mail Stamp Set from The Maker’s Movement. 

I used simple masking and background techniques that anyone can do to make the card a little more fun.

(see below for complete instructions)

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Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

Directions:

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Creating a Mask for your stamped images…

To keep your image crisp and clean while creating your background you’ll want to create a mask.

  • Without re-inking, the “mailbox” stamp, stamp the image onto a piece of scrap paper. This lighter impression keeps the ink to a minimum and prevents it from getting onto your fingers when working with the mask.
  • Place the stamped copy into the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* with a Repositionable Cartridge* design side up.
  • Turn the knob of the machine to run the paper through it.  As it goes through the machine it adds a layer of repositionable adhesive to the paper.

Creating Masks for Stamping Cards

  • Cut nice and tight around the stamped image – this cut-out now becomes your “mask”.
  • Remove the protective backing and place the mask directly over the stamped image.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

Masking the Sun…

  • Punch or cut a circle from scrap paper.  (set aside the punched circle to use as a mask)
  • Use the open circle  cutout as a template to create the sun.  Place the circle cutout over the masked/stamped mailbox.   Using a yellowish/golden inkpad and an Ink Blending Tool*, gently rub the ink onto the paper.  Be careful not to let the paper slip.
  • Take the punched circle and place it in the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* (with repositionable cartridge) to make a mask that will fit over your “inked sun”.
  • Place mask over the Sun.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping and Cardmaking.

Creating the Grass Background…

  • Stamp the “snail with dotted lines” in black ink over the base of the mailbox image.  You can leave the dotted line straight or you can easily position the dotted line of the stamp to make it curvy.
  • Stamp a second snail to create a mask.  (You will only need to cut out the snail, not the dotted lines.)
  • Place the snail mask over the stamped snail image.
  • Use scissors to cut a wavy line on a piece of scrap paper to create your “grass background template”.
  • Starting at the top of the “curvy line”, use an Ink Blending Tool* and green ink and rub the ink down on the paper.  Continue moving the template down the paper and adding more grass lines.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping and Cardmaking

Creating the cloudy sky background…

  • As a reminder…you should have masks on the Sun, Mailbox, and Snail.
  • To make light and fluffy clouds, you’ll need a piece of scrap paper with a torn edge.
  • Place the torn edge at the top of the stamped watercolor paper.  Gently rub blue ink onto the paper with the Ink Blending Tool*.
  • Adjust the torn paper slightly and move down the paper and ink to create more clouds.  Continue inking clouds until you reach the grass line.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

  • Remove the masks from the sun, mailbox, and snail.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

  • I used a variety of light and dark Tombow Dual Brush Art Markers to color in my image.
  • Because I use Watercolor Paper* and stamped the image with the Versa Fine Black Inkpad* I can easily blend the markers without the outline ink bleeding.

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Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping Cards and Envelopes

Decorated Envelopes for the Win!

I rarely decorate my envelopes.

I thought this card called for a little extra fun on the outside.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

And for a little extra fun, I added googly eyes to the snail on this card.