Perfect Pearls Backgrounds

Perfect Pearls aren’t something I use often, but I love to pull them out, especially around the time I start making holiday cards. They are such a subtle way to create a background with a bit of shine, without overdoing it. Today I want to share a few different perfect pearls backgrounds with you and a little trick I like to use to create some of my own additions! Watch the tutorial below for all the details!

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 what companies I currently or have previously been associated with head HERE.


Perfect pearls are a pigment powder that stick to a clear sticky ink. There is an ink pad, Perfect Medium, that is made to be used with these powder, but I like to use my Versamark ink pad. Once you stamp your image, a soft brush is also essential to put the powder onto the stamped image. I also like to have a larger soft bristle brush that I use to dust away any excess powder.

I love to use perfect pearls on colored cardstock, so on my first card I started by stamping on kraft cardstock with the Pinecone Branch stamp. I used my Versamark ink pad, since I would be adding perfect pearls to this. I used the Bronze Perfect Pearls on this background for a tone on tone look!

On my second card I used the Solid Branch stamp and stamped on a dark red cardstock. For the perfect pearls, I used the Pearl color. But instead of just using my stamp to add details, I also pulled out my Versamarker to add a few details! This is such a great way to stretch your supplies and add the finest details to your backgrounds!


I hope I’ve inspired you to pull our your perfect pearls and play around with them to create some fun backgrounds! And if you don’t have any yet, I’ve listed and linked everything I used down below. So if you’re interested, head down there! Until next time, happy crafting!!


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2 Panels 4 Cards

Hi everyone! Today I am joining a fun video hop over on YouTube with so many wonderful talented ladies! We are sharing some of our favorite fall color combinations and I can’t wait to see all the inspiration!! I will leave the entire linked list down below so you don’t miss anyone!

My color combo was so easy to come up with because I have a board on Pinterest dedicated specifically to color combinations. You can follow it HERE!! But with that color combo I created 2 different panels. But from those 2 panels, I created 4 cards and used up every scrap of those panels! Be sure to watch the video tutorial below for all the details!!

Some supplies used in this video tutorial were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only design for companies I can stand behind 100%. To see what companies I have and currently design for head HERE.


If you get lost along the way here’s the entire list!


Nicole Watt – https://youtu.be/N25QDNZc9xc
Teri Wilson – https://youtu.be/bIe01WdXjb8
Amber Rain Davis – https://youtu.be/Fry95crObos
Lindsay Adreon – https://youtu.be/I-GRaMBDtSI
EK Gorman – https://youtu.be/qty2ZwObLBY
Fairuz Fabiha – https://youtu.be/nPam-2YL1eQ
Tasha RJ – https://youtu.be/kGFDKX0k9XU
Karen Hasheck – https://youtu.be/Kn-aUjMXBcA
Betz Golden – https://youtu.be/XToiJM9t7wg
Amanda Stevens – https://youtu.be/4MopVFMh0CA
Gale A. Williams-Thompson – https://youtu.be/UiJlbBSMs5I
Becky Bac – https://youtu.be/d55aAUUKZXQ
Kari Allen VanNoy – https://youtu.be/qDjQL3F_o7s
Diane Warme – https://youtu.be/woRO-b4M9OA
Janet VanLone Trieschman – https://youtu.be/ekNxZ8bpjt4
Adrianne Galvin – https://youtu.be/pihoYeUCzeY
Fiona Stanton – https://youtu.be/_847xBOuAyQ
Deborah Jenkins – https://youtu.be/1NapFWQ0T_Y
Joanne Maree Soukup – https://youtu.be/Lqz_NFAda4A
Sladjana Donna Perisic – https://youtu.be/sqPXBkqzRr8
Tracy Shultz – https://youtu.be/9XAt5t7fPrU
Nicola Knobel – https://youtu.be/ya4c-F5vYnA
Jasmine Burgess – https://youtu.be/OxSXFpRIXrE
Jessica Francisco – https://youtu.be/9aqa2AKvFLQ


If you are interested in any of the products I used today, they are all listed and linked down below! Until next time, happy crafting!!


Marker Thumping

Recently I took it back to a more “classic” technique, rubber band stamping and so many of you told me that you hadn’t even heard of the technique! I have to admit, neither had I until I started researching “older” basic stamping techniques for a collab I did some time ago. I came across so many great techniques that I wanted to try and share with you all! Today, I’m sharing another one I learned along the way, Marker Thumping! Be sure to watch the video tutorial below for all the details on this fun technique!

Some supplies used in the video above 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 and have previously designed for head HERE.


For this technique you’re going to need markers and they do need to be water based with a brush tip that is solid, bristles won’t work here. I also like to use rubber stamps for this technique. They work best in my opinion. The rubber seems to allow the ink from the markers to sit “flat” on the stamp instead of beading up like it sometimes can on clear stamps. Also, the stamp needs solid area to hold the color. Line stamps aren’t the best for this technique.

I chose four colors for both of my cards today but you can choose as little as two and up to as many as you’d like. But, just be sure your image is large to accomodate a lot of different colors.

For my first card I used pastel markers (Memento markers) and the solid Christmas Tree Swirl stamp from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps. I also used a MISTI stamp positioner for easy stamping, but this technique can be done without one. You can either use another positioner, like a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, or you can add all the colors at once instead of individually. Just be careful to not muddy the colors.

Marker Thumping technique with Christmas Tree Swirl Stamp

On my second card I wanted to create a background with the marker thumping technique and in order to do that, I needed a large stamp to be able to place my background on and pick up the color. For this, I used the Mirror Image Stamp. I have shown the “proper” way to use this stamp in a previous video, which you can watch HERE. This create such a unique background and you can switch up the way you hold the marker to make it look different each time!

Marker Thumping Background with Skeleton Leaves

I hope you all enjoyed a look at this older but still fun technique! 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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Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps New Release

Who is ready for another fabulous release from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps?? This release is all about Halloween, specificially witches! If you are coming here from Cornelia’s blog you are on the right track. And if you are just starting out here be sure to head back to the very beginning and leave a comment on each stop along the way! There are 2 $25 Gift Cards up for grabs to the Crackerbox & Suzy Shop!!

Leave a comment at each stop (even just a simple HI! will do) to be entered into the giveaway!!

You have until September 10 at 11:59 MST to leave your comments and be eligible to win. Two random winners will be selected and announced September 15th on the Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps blog.


For my card today I went with a very simple Halloween card featuring the new Cauldron stamp set along with the Witches be Crazy sentiment!

A simple Halloween card.

This card was super easy to make. I started by stamping, coloring, and fussy cutting the Cauldron with Arteza Real Brush markers. For the background I used Color Bursts. And the sentiment is stamped with Staz On Pigment! For the full run down you can watch this quick video!!


And here’s a look at ALL the new stamps that are being added to the shop today!! Aren’t they GREAT!!
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Be sure to keep hopping along to see a ton of great inspiration!! Here’s the full list!

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I hope you all enjoyed a look at my project and if you are interested in any of the supplies I used on my project you can find them all listed and linked down below!!

Until next time, happy crafting!!


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Rubber Band Stamping

Awhile back, during my stamping through stencils tutorial, I shared an old technique rubber band stamping, but I did it through my stencil for a fun look. Today, I want to focus on the rubber band technique and share a few fun ways to use it on your own cards! Be sure to watch the video tutorial down below for all the details!

Some products used in the video above were sent to me free of charge for design team purposes. I only design for companies I stand behind 100%. If you would like to see what design teams I am currently a part of or have been a part of in the past head HERE.


All of the cards I made today are super fun and I would have a hard time choosing a favorite, for sure! I wanted to share a few different ways to incorporate the rubber band stamping technique into your card designs and a few fun ways to take it a step further!

Rubber band Stamping Technique

The first card I made is an anniversary card, which to be honest, is something I struggle with! I started by die cutting a frame from kraft and white cardstock. I used the white center cut and ink blended Eucalytus ink (CP) to cover the panel. Then it was time to stamp with the rubber bands.

Anniversary Card with Rubber Band Stamping technique

To prepare my stamp I used an acrylic block and wrapped rubber bands around it in all different directions. All that you have to do after that is ink up the “stamp” and stamp it onto the paper. SUPER easy!! I added a sentiment and decorated the frame with a few flower stamps to finish the card.

Close Up Rubber Bands stamped with Over Coffee ink.

For more inspiration using the Anniversary Couple Sentiment head HERE.

I wanted to take this technique a step further on my next card so I masked stripes on a white cardstock panel to begin with. Then, I ink blended a rainbow background. Before taking the painter’s tape stripes I used the same rubber band stamp I had used on the first card, inked it up with black ink and stamped it onto the background. These “stamps” clean fairly easily and can be reused over and over again!!

Rubber Band Technique on Rainbow Background

After carefully removing the painter’s tape stripes, I stamped a quick sentiment into one of the openings to finish the card!

Hello Crafty Friends Sentiment in an open space

For more ideas using the Crafty Friends sentiment head HERE.

On my third and final card I started by die cutting a white cardstock panel with different sized circle dies to create a fun background. Each one of those circles I sponged on a bit of ink in Halloween colors! Then, I stamped over the circles with a rubber band stamp and black ink.

Halloween Card with Rubber Band Technique

I finished the card with a quick sentiment and a few ghosts for a super fun and easy Halloween card!

Ghost Vamp stamped and colored with ink blending

For more ideas using the Ghost Vamp Stamp head HERE.


The rubber band stamping technique is such an easy way to add a ton of texture and create a really fun background! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, I’ve listed and linked everything I used down below! Until next time, happy crafting!!


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