Let's Make an Easter Card

I have been waiting since last year to use the “Easter Scene” stamp from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps. I spotted it in the shop and couldn’t wait to use it, but time got away from me. And I can only make so many Easter cards in one year! But I really wanted to get this card made while the stamp is still on sale in the shop. Keep reading below for all the details on the sale happening in the Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps shop this month and how I created this handmade Easter Card!

A handmade Easter Card! Made with rubber stamps from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps.

The Video Tutorial

The video tutorial above contains products that were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only ever design for companies I can stand behind 100%! To see who I currently or have previously designed for head HERE. This post also contains affiliate links.


Making the Handmade Easter Card

This handmade Easter card was pretty simple to put together! I have been waiting to use the Easter Scene stamp for a year now and I am so happy with this handmade card!

Like I said above, I knew I wanted to use the Easter Scene stamp. And this little scene really reminded me of something you would see in an older story book. I could see it colored in with a very light wash of color, and I was thinking watercolor. So I stamped the image with Versafine Clair in Nocturne onto watercolor paper.

The easiest way for me to watercolor is with my Arteza Brush markers, but the only probelem was they are SO PIGMENTED! It can be difficult to get soft colors with them. In order to get that washed out look I scribbled the color onto a palette and picked up the color with my water brush. Be sure to watch the video above for some tips and tricks!

For the full review on these markers head HERE!

Watercoloring this easter scene was so much fun! I wanted it to have an old time storybook feel with light washed out colors. I used my Arteza Brush Markers and really diluted them!

To finish this scene I die cut it with an oval die. I also added a kraft frame to help set it aside from the background. This is such an easy technique and I use it often! All you need is a nesting die set and layer two dies together.

Then, I taped the stamped panel and frame together on the back with Scotch tape. Doing this keeps the two together easily, so I can pop them up onto the card base with dimensional adhesive!

Adding the frame to the watercolor scene helps give it that final storybook feel! It also helps highlight the scene on this handmade card.

I’m not going to spend too much time on the background of this card. I shared this fun technique in a blog post and video tutorial which you can find HERE!

To put it simply, it’s a watercolor gingham background. I used It’s a Girl ink from Catherine Pooler for that soft pink color!

A simple sentiment is perfect for the finishing touch on this handmade Easter card.

The final addition was of course the sentiment. The majority of the time I forget the sentiment until the card is done. This was one of those time! My go to fix when I do that is stamping a sentiment onto a flag banner and the Tiny Words sentiments are such a lifesaver! I use the Blessing sentiment to finish this card.


There’s a Sale Happening!!

For the next 3 days you can buy stamps from the Easter, Spiritual, Friendship, and St. Patrick’s Day categories on the Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps shop at 20% off! The stamp I used today is one of those stamps!! Just click the photo to shop the site!

Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps February Sale

And if you need more inspiration from here are a few more cards made with stamps from the sale categories! Just click the photos and you can head to the video tutorials!


I hope you all enjoyed the video tutorial and card today! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!


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Let's Make a Set of Handmade Cards

It’s no secret that I love to create my own backgrounds. I do this on the majority of cards that I make and it’s what I’m doing today. But today’s background is a little more time consuming and has some stamp layering. What I like to do when I’m going to be spending time lining up stamps already is make a card set at the same time! This makes the time I’m spending lining up stamps and creating these backgrounds much more productive! Be sure to watch the video tutorial below for all the details!

Creating a handmade card set with the Cheerful Daisies Stamp Set from Sunny Studios

The Video Tutorial

The video tutorial above contains products that were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only design for companies I can stand behind 100%!! To see who I currently or have previously designed for head HERE. This post also contains affiliate links.


This post is part of my design team commitments for Not 2 Shabby Stamps. The stamp set used today is available in their shop! Here’s a code for 10% off your order!!

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Making the Card Set

When creating intricate backgrounds I love using my stamp positioner and making multiples to get the most out of my time!

This card set is three cards, but it can easily be scaled up or down. Once you line up the stamps, it’s just a matter of switching out the panels in your stamp positioner and restamping!

Stamping the Backgrounds

The Cheerful daisies stamp set is a stamp layering set. I used two layers for each element to make it a little more simple.

To stamp the backgrounds, I used the Cheerful Daisies stamp set from Sunny Studios. This is a stamp layering set and I thought since I was already taking the time to line up the stamps for one background and I was using my MISTI, why not cut a few panels and just change out my paper to make the most of my time. And really that’s all there is to stamping this panel, lining up the stamps and a tiny bit of masking.

This background also has a bit of masking. I used label paper for my masks since these needed to be moved around a lot.

To stamp each of the elements I used two layers, the solid layer and then the more detailed layer on top. For each solid layer I used a dye ink. This allows the ink to dry quickly and settle into the paper for a nice smooth look without too much of a change for smearing. For each detailed layer I used a pigment ink. The pigment ink sits on top of the paper so there is little chance for it to mix with the dye ink underneath. This gives the most crisp results with the stamp layering!

Here is the color break down of the flowers & leaves

Purple Flower
Layer 1 – Pixie Dust (Catherine Pooler)
Layer 2 – Purple Delight (Versafine Clair)
Blue Flower
Layer 1 – Aquatini (Catherine Pooler)
Layer 2 – Warm Breeze (Versaine Clair)
Orange Flower
Layer 1 – Tiki Torch (Catherine Pooler)
Layer 2 – Summertime (Versafine Clair)
Center of Flowers
Layer 1 – Cheerful (Versafine Clair)
Layer 2 – Acorn (Versafine Clair)
Leaves
Layer 1 – Green Skirt (Catherine Pooler)
Layer 2 – Green Oasis (Versafine Clair)

Finishing the Cards

To separate the sentiment from the background, but not cover any of the stamping I used Duralar film. I added some texture to the film with the help of an embossing folder.

With my backgrounds stamped all that was left to do was add the sentiments. I wanted the sentiments to have a bit of a grounding element behind them, but didn’t want to cover ANY of the stamping I had just done. What I decided to do was die cut smaller ovals with Dura-lar Film. This is a crystal clear film, so it’s great for shaker cards, but today, I ran it through my die cutting machine with an embossing folder to add a bit of texture.

The simple hello sentiment on a flag banner is the perfect way to finish this set of handmade cards.

This is such a fun way to add a little separation from the background for the sentiments, but still be able to see all the stamping! The sentiments themselves are simple “Hello” sentiments stamped onto flag banners. I popped up both layers with dimensional foam adhesive, just becareful of placement since you can see ALL adhesive through the clear film!


Tips For Creating Handmade Card Sets

  • Card sets are great to give as gifts. If you decide to give a card set as a gift, don’t forget to include envelopes and postage!
  • Also, if giving a card set as a gift keep dimension and embellishments in mind. You don’t want to have to give special instructions for mailing or have to add extra postage!
  • When possible use a stamp positioner to make stamping multiples easier.
  • I also find it easiest to work in a line style. I finish all the backgrounds, then all the ovals, then all the sentiments, then start assembling. It is so much easier and you get almost a rythym going!

I hope you all found the video helpful! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!


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Using Watercolor Pencils + A Video Tutorial

Watercolor pencils have always been a tricky coloring medium for me. And to be quite honest, they’ve intimidated me for a long time. But recently, I’ve been practicing with them and I want to share some tips, tricks, and techniques that have worked for me and hopefully will work for you, too!

Keep reading below or watch the video tutorial for more information!

Using watercolor pencils can be intimidating, but I'm sharing tips and tricks to make them more user friendly!

The Video Tutorial

The video tutorial above contains products that were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only ever design for companies I can stand behind 100%! To see who I currently or have previously designed for head HERE.
This post also contains affiliate links!


Supplies

Before I get into the project I want to share a few things you’re going to need while you’re using watercolor pencils. Having the right tools makes all the difference! Just keep reading for all the details and suggestions.

Watercolor Paper

Using the right paper is so important! Watercolor pencils work best on watercolor paper!

Having and using the right paper is going to make all the difference. You can’t color with watercolor pencils onto plain cardstock and expect good results. You really need to use watercolor paper!!

Brushes

Finding a brush that works for you can be tricky and there isn't any way to find one other than trial and error. I like to use Arteza Water Brushes.

You are also going to need some kind of watercolor brush to blend out your colors. The brushes pictured above are what I use and love, but you might not. Brushes are one of those choices that are going to vary from person to person and you have so many options to choose from. Whether you choose water brushes like I use or choose to use more traditional brushes, play around with the choices and find what works best for you!

Pencil Sharpener

A good pencil sharpener is something you want to have! I like this one because I can plug it in and not rely on batteries. It also sharpens to a great point!

When using any kind of pencil, you need to invest in a good pencil sharpener. This is what I use. It’s electric, so I don’t need to buy batteries, and it sharpens to a fine point! I use this pencil sharpener for both my colored pencils, writing pencils, and watercolor pencils. I’ve had it for over 4 years, with my kiddos using it too, and it’s still going strong!

Waterproof Ink Pad

Be sure to use a waterproof ink! I love using Versafine Clair in Nocturne for watercolor of any kind.

Obviously, if you are using watercolor pencils on their own choosing the right ink isn’t something to worry about. However for us stampers and cardmakers it is SO IMPORTANT to get this step right! You don’t want to take the time to stamp your image, use your paper, and then have your ink run when you add water to it. Be sure your ink says it is waterproof. My favorite ink to use when watercoloring is Versafine Clair in Nocturne.

Techniques, Tips, and Tricks

I used the Martha's Flowers stamp set from Joy Clair stamps as my image to color. I love using images without large openings with a lot of white space!

There are quite a few ways to use watercolor pencils. But if I want you to take anything away from this post it is that when using your watercolor pencils, use a LIGHT TOUCH!

When I first tried watercolor pencils I wanted the color to be there in one layer. So I would press the pencil and try to get as much pigment as possible onto the paper. But what happened was I made indentations and the pigment gets stuck in those indentations and never blends out. Using a light touch and a few layers is the way to go!

I used different techniques to color in this stamped image.  The different techniques add a lot of texture and dimension to this image!

Something else that I’ve picked up while playing with my pencils is that coloring on the textured side of the paper really works best. However, that makes stamping tricky! I like to use my MISTI to do my stamping so I can double, even triple, stamp if I need to.

Coloring with watercolor pencils can be tricky, but using these techniques really helps me break it down!

The Techniques

Now onto the techniques, I use mainly four. Be sure to watch the video tutorial above to see all of these in action! First is just coloring with a light touch onto dry paper. And the second, coloring onto wet paper with a dry pencil. This creates a rich, bold color and is great for adding shading and depth where you want the color a little darker.

The third technique is a fun one, it is dipping the pencil tip into water and then coloring onto dry paper. This is the best way to get the most intense color, but in smaller areas. It is great for adding small little details.

And finally, you can take color directly from the tip of the pencil with your brush. Essentially, you’re using the pencil lead as a mini palette! This technique is the best way to create washes of color where you don’t want any stroke marks!

Finishing the Handmade Greeting Card

The finished handmade card is so simple. I let the focus be the coloring!

The main focus of this handmade card was the coloring and the finishing of this card is so simple!! I first stamped a quick hello sentiment from the “Hello Sentiments” stamp set from Joy Clair. It’s one of my all time favorite sentiment sets because you can build up so many fabulous sentiments and sayings!

Finally, I added a quick mat and attached everything to an A2 card base. It was so simple!


I hope you all enjoyed the video tutorial and the run down on how I like to use my watercolor pencils. So, if you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!


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Making Monochromatic Cards

Making monochromatic cards can be tricky. If you don’t know monochromatic color schemes are color schemes that stick to just one color. You can use different tones of that color, but just one primary color. Today, I want to break down some tips and tricks I like to use when creating monochromatic color schemes on my cards and some benefits to using said color schemes! Watch the video tutorial below for all the details!


The Video Tutorial

Some supplies used in the video above were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only ever design for companies I can stand behind 100%! To see who I currently and have previously designed for head HERE.


Making the Handmade Cards

When creating handmade cards with monochromatic color schemes I have found that using different texture and dimension across the card really help separate out the color. Let me explain more!

You Make Me Smile Card

The great thing about monochrome color schemes is you can use whatever color you want. You can go neutral, pastel, bright, etc. I chose to go BRIGHT on my first card! The ink I’m using is Cheerful from Versafine Clair.

Like I said above, texture and dimension are the way to go with monochrome and that’s exactly what I did here. There are three layers on this base, each with a different pattern which adds a lot of texture! The bottom layer is the card base and I ink blended directly onto it for solid color. The second layer is stenciled with the same ink. And the final third layer I stamped with the Flower Flourish stamp from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps with the Cheerful ink. I also added dimension to this top layer for more separation of the patterns and color!

You might notice that my sentiment is NOT yellow. No matter my color scheme, I like to go neutral with my sentiments. They’re easier to read, in my opinion. I added one of my favorite sentiments from the Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps store “You Make Me Smile”. I LOVE the font of it!!

Get Better Handmade Card

On my second card I went more neutral. And I used more than one color of brown as well. On my first card I really only used one ink pad, but I mixed it up on this second project. To start I made a quick frame from kraft cardstock. And to add a bit of texture I ran that frame through my die cut machine with an embossing folder.

Inside that frame I added a quick scene. Most of the time I would ink up my clouds with blue and add green grass, etc. But today I went with all browns. It creates a sepia toned scene which I LOVE! I used a lighter brown ink to blend on my clouds and then a darker brown to stamp the Beach Grass stamp. I also used that same dark brown to stamp my sentiment.

And to add that dimension, I popped up my frame and sentiment with dimensional adhesive. That shadow really helps separate all the brown tones happening on this card!


Tips and Tricks for Creating Monochromatic Cards

  • Although monochromatic color schemes only use one color, use different tones and variations of that color to switch it up!
  • Add TEXTURE! Whether that texture is through die cuts, embossing, or just different patterns.
  • Add DIMENSION! Dimension is going to help add shadows which helps separate the colors.
  • Use neutrals for your sentiments. This will help just with being able to read them!

I hope you all enjoyed a look at how to create some monochromatic cards and my tips and tricks helpful! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used, you can find them all listed and linked down below! Until next time, happy crafting!!


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5 Minute Boy Birthday Cards – A Video Tutorial

As my son gets older, I am finding it harder and harder to create birthday cards for his friends. If they could all be video gamed themed, I’d be good, but I do need to switch it up from time to time. So today I’m sharing a few ideas, because to be honest, I needed to create some for my stash! You can watch the video tutorial below to see how I created these easy 5 minute boy birthday cards!

Creating cards for teen boys can be a challenge for me. I'm sharing a few quick and easy ideas in the video tutorial today.

The Video Tutorial

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Making the Handmade Cards

3D Stenciled Birthday Card

Optical illusions are something my son really enjoys and the Geo Netting Stencil adds just enough of an optical illusion to create a really fun background for this boy birthday card.

When I want to make quick cards, one of my go to supplies is my stencils. If you didn’t know The Crafter’s Workshop just had a HUGE new release of stencils and in that release was the new Geo Netting stencil. This stencil creates a 3D like effect and it’s perfect for creating quick cards for pre-teen boys. My kiddo loves optical illusions, so I was excited to see this stencil in the release!

Add a senitment with a fun font is the perfect final touch to this stenciled handmade card.

All I did to create this card was ink blending through the stencil with a Versafine Clair Summertime ink, which is a nice bright orange. Then, after matting the stenciled panel and attaching it to an A2 top folding card base I added a sentiment banner. The sentiment is from the Paper Smooches “Sentiment Sampler” stamp set, one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES!! I love the fun font and it’s what I used on both of my cards today!

You Rock Birthday Card

Most kids like some kind of music, so music is a great theme for teenage cards, especially boys.

This next card uses another new stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop new release called “Landscape”. I loved the bars on this stencil and thought they would be great for creating a music based card. I stenciled the bars with Versafine Clair Paradise ink onto the die cut circle that I cut from the top center of the panel. Then, on the outside of the panel, I stenciled the Micro Dots stencils with Verdant ink, also Versafine Clair. And of course, I used the same sentiment set from the first card to stamp the You Rock sentiment that finished this card.

Adding a sentiment on the inside of cards is a great way to make a card really a grab and go card. All that's left is adding a signature and you're done!

Because the outside of this card said You Rock, it wasn’t specifcally birthday. To fix that, I stamped the birthday sentiment on the inside of the card to finish it! And again, I used the same Sentiment Sampler stamp set from Paper Smooches.


Tips and Tricks for Creating Cards for Boys

  • I do not spend a lot of time on the cards I know my son is going to be taking to birthday parties. I still make them presentable, but I always try and remember these are young boys and the majority of the time the card isn’t what they’re interested in. It’s what IN the card, lol.
  • I love to go bright and bold. Grundy and vintage are fun for more older masculine cards, but for younger pre-teen and teenagers I really like to go with more bright colors!
  • Dimension isn’t something I use a lot of on these cards. My son is going to be stuffing these cards into an envelope. He, nor any other kid, is going to want to fight to get layers upon layers of dimension into an envelope.
  • Have fun colors of sharpies or markers on hand for signatures. This is just a little bonus, but my son LOVES to write his message on the inside of the card and names on the envelopes with more fun colors!

Above, I mentioned that I used stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop new release. Their releases are quite large, so I always love to break them down in a video tutorial. If you missed it before, you can check it out here!


I hope you all enjoyed today’s video tutorial and found it helpful! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!


The Supply List

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The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Stencil - Geo Netting
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The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Stencil - Landscape
The Crafter’s Workshop – 6 x 6 Stencil – Landscape
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Paper Smooches - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Sentiment Sampler
Paper Smooches – Clear Acrylic Stamps – Sentiment Sampler
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Sizzix - Big Shot Machine - White and Gray
Sizzix – Big Shot Machine – White and Gray
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Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Everyday Sentiment Banners
Lawn Fawn – Lawn Cuts – Dies – Everyday Sentiment Banners
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MISTI Stamping Tool - The Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
MISTI Stamping Tool – The Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
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Scotch Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape
Scotch Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Summertime
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Summertime
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2 Rolls Double Sided Foam Tape
2 Rolls Double Sided Foam Tape
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Nuvo - Deluxe Adhesive
Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive
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Fiskars - 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line
Fiskars – 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Nocturne
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Nocturne
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Waffle Flower Crafts - Craft Dies - Nesting Circles
Waffle Flower Crafts – Craft Dies – Nesting Circles
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Paradise
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Paradise
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Verdant
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Verdant
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Tsukineko - Blending Applicator - Jumbo Dauber - Supersized
Tsukineko – Blending Applicator – Jumbo Dauber – Supersized
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Makeup Sponge Mini Applicator Wedges (100 Count)
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