Beginner Cardmaking Techniques – Emboss Resist 2 Ways

I have been making cards for 11 years now. During that time I have picked up so many different techniques and time and time again as I’m making my videos, I notice that I gloss over some of the technqiues I learned as a beginner and not taking into account new card makers who may not know how to do some of these techniques. So from time to time I want to make dedicated videos for these “beginner” techniques. Today’s video is one I learned so many years ago, but I still use it often. If you want to learn more about how to create cards using the emboss resist technique you want watch the video below!

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To do this emboss resist technique you will first need to know how to heat emboss. If you are unfarmiliar with heat embossing and want to know more, head to my Cardmaking 101 Series on YouTube. There you will find how to heat embossing, what supplies you’ll need, and so many tips and tricks!

Both of my projects today feature the same two stamps from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps. I wanted to keep the layout of both cards pretty much identical and simple so you could really focus on the technique! Here’s a look at both cards!

Emboss Resist 2 Ways - A beginner friendly cardmaking technique!

On my first card I went with a silver embossing powder to heat emboss with. That is another thing about this technique. You can switch up the color of embossing powder to use to create different looks! You can also switch up what medium you use for the resit. In this first project I used dye inks.

Emboss Resist with Inks and Ink Blending

For my second project I switched it up a bit. I went with a white embossing powder on watercolor paper. I used watercolor paper so I could then use watercolors as my resist mediums. Arteza Brush markers are what I used!

Watercolor Emboss Resist with Arteza Real Brush Markers

Something I do want to mention, I used white space on both cards to create the look of snow. Previously, I created a video that shares so many different ways to add snow effects to your handmade cards! Check it out by clicking the photo below!


I hope you all enjoyed today’s video! 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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Fireworks! Backgrounds

Finding new ways to create easy backgrounds is something I really love to do. I love to pull out different products and just play in my craft room when I find the time. That’s where today’s technique came from. Watercolor backgrounds are something I struggle with. I am impatient with them and often just don’t have the time to sit and build up layer after layer to create the intensity I want on my cards. Sprays are a great way to “fake” a waterolor background quickly with all the intensity and pigment I’m looking for. I especially love using the Fireworks! sprays from Imagine because they not only have all that wonderful color, but they also have so much SHINE!! You can watch the video tutorial below to see how easy it is to create these quick and fun backgrounds with just a few sprays.

A few tips while creating these backgrounds. First, choose colors that are going to blend well together. There’s nothing worse than making mud! My first card I used a pink and blue, which when mixed in the middle created a gorgeous purple! My second background I went for an ombre look with a gray and black, which blended beautifully when they met.

You’re also going to need to work on watercolor paper. With this much moisture, regular card stock just won’t hold up. I would also suggest having painter’s tape on hand to do any masking or hold down your paper while your dry it. It helps with lessening the warping.

Finally, with these sprays, or any others, work in a box with high sides. I have found out, the hard way, if you don’t you will have little splatters of color and glitter EVERYWHERE for weeks. Working in a box makes clean up so much quicker!


I hope you all enjoyed a look at how easy it is to create these vibrant and fun background with Fireworks! sprays. I absolutely love the way these turned out! If you are interested or have any questions about the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting everyone!!


Easy Watercolor with Catherine Pooler Inks

I love Catherine Pooler inks. They stamp beautifully but there are also so many wonderful techniques you can use them with. One of those techniques is watercolor! All you need to do is pick up this ink with a brush, add a little water, and you have beautiful watercolors! You can watch the video tutorial below for all the details!


This card was so simple to put together and very quick! I started by stamping the candle and making a quick mask from a post it note. Then, after masking the candle I positioned the cake and stamped it as well. The final stamp was the large sentiment on the top, then it was onto watercoloring!

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For all the details on the watercolor, be sure to watch the video above! I also added a little ink blending below the cake to finish off the scene. The final touch on the outside of the card was a bit of Judikins on the candle and flame for added shine!

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I also stamped on the inside of this card. I only used one stamp, but by using the multi color stamping technique I was able to get so much interest!

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I hope you all enjoyed the video tutorial today! 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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3 Simple Handmade Father’s Day Cards

Hi everyone! Today it is time for a brand new release from Joy Clair Stamps!! If you made it here from Ceal’s blog you are still on the right track and if you are just starting out on my blog, be sure to head back to the beginning and hop along for your chance to win a $25 Gift Card to the Joy Clair Stamps Shop. All you need to do is leave a comment at each stop along the way! Now onto my projects!!


Today is all about the newest stamps in the Everyday Line at Joy Clair Stamps & tomorrow we will delve into the Color by Faith Series.  For my cards today I chose to use the brand new Best Dad Ever Stamp Set to create three very simple Father’s Day Cards. I also pulled in the new Tools Background stamp too, which goes so well with the Best Dad Ever Set!

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My three cards were super simple! Be sure to watch the video to see exactly how I put each one together!


Be sure to hop along to the next stop along the way! And leave a comment so you’re entered into the $25 Giveaway! Also, be sure to pop back in tomorrow for the reveal of the brand new stamps in the Color by Faith Collection!

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Martha Lucia Gomez

Jowilna Nolte

Connie Hyde Mercer

Kerry Urbatch

Angie Cimbalo

Betz Golden

Karen Letchworth

Jessica Kaiser

Ceal Pritchett

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Next Stop >> Helen Gullett << Next Stop

Donna Idlet


Thanks for stopping in today! 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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One Card Design Two Ways

Coming up with new card designs is difficult so when I can create two cards with the same design but utilize two techniques for different results, I am a happy camper! For my set of cards today, it gets even better, the two different stamps I use come as a set for Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps!! You can use the Outline & Solid Egg stamps together or separately like I did today for different results!! You can watch how I created both of my cards in the video tutorial below!


Both of these cards are the exact same design, I just used two different techniques to create the backgrounds. Each use the same stamp set and sentiment stamp from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps, which is even better! Also, I kept the color palette the same on each card as well for a nice comparison!

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My first card is done with the solid egg stamp from the set and Catherine Pooler inks. I used a inking technique to add easy shading to my stamped images, so be sure to check out the video above for all the details!

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For my second card I switched my stamp to the outline egg from the set and stamped my background onto watercolor paper with Midnight Ink from Catherine Pooler. I knew my Midnight ink pad would play nicely with the Arteza Real Brush Markers I would be water coloring with! If you’re curious about all the mediums that work with the Midnight Ink Pad, head HERE to check out the test I did!

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After finish both cards with a fun sentiment and popping the panels onto card bases, I very quickly added a little stamped egg to the inside of each card! I always like to add a little something to the inside of my cards to pull the entire card together!

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I hope you all enjoyed today’s video tutorial and how easy it can be to switch up the same card design for different looks! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used on my card today, you can find them all linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!


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