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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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!!

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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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Easy Silhouette Scenes

There are so many things you can do with solid stamps. I know so many of you love coloring, but when I need a quick card, solid stamps are my go to. One of my favorite things to do with solid stamps is create quick and easy scenes. Today, I want to share with you how to create easy silhouette scenes with solid stamps from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps. Watch the video below for all the details!

Easy Silhouette scene making with solid stamps. I love adding ink blended backgrounds to make these handmade greeting cards super quick!

The Video Tutorial

The video 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.


Making the Easy Silhouette Scenes

Just Because City Scape

A Just Because Handmade Greeting Card with a silhouette city scape. The ink blended background is based on a sunset with a few paint splattered stars at the top.

Ink blended backgrounds are a great way to add some interest to your silhouette scenes. I haven’t played or blended with my Distress Inks in awhile, so that’s what I went with on this background. I also used my Mini Ink Blending Tool, which I also haven’t used in awhile.
This background is blended with ink colors Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, and Chipped Sapphire.

Adding the ink splattered stars more densely in the top of the card adds a more realistic effect to this ink blended sunset.

Once I had the blend that I wanted, I added a few ink splattered “stars” to top . I like to use white acrylic paint mixed with a bit of water, then after loading up my paint brush, I flick the paint onto the background. To keep the stars more focused towards the top of the panel, I used a torn piece of paper as a mask and added heavy splatters. Then, I removed the mask and added just a few more to blend everything together.

The city scape rubber stamp from crackerbox and suzy stamps is the perfect addition to finish this quick silhouette scene on the handmade greeting card.

The solid stamp I am using for my silhouette city scape is from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps. It’s called “City Scape”. Their stamps are high quality red rubber, so they are perfect for solid stamping. Even so, I still use my MISTI to stamp the image, so I can double or triple stamp to get the most opaque image. Also, I used Versafine Clair in Nocturne, which is a black pigment ink. Pigment inks give such a solid stamped image over the dye ink!

The sentiment is also from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps. It’s from the “Tiny Words Set 3” stamp set. I added it to a flag banner die cut and this card was done after adhereing all the elements to an A2 top folding card base.

Be sure to check out my FREE PDF Printable that shares how to create your own card bases of all different sizes! Check that out HERE!!

Circus Happy Birthday Handmade Card

The circus silhouette just called for a bright rainbow ink blended background!

Your ink blended backgrounds definitely do not need to be realistic to create your scenes! On this birthday card, I went with a more colorful approach. I used a rainbow of Distress Inks to ink blend my background!
The colors I used are Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, and Dusty Concord.

The rainbow background is ink blended with dye inks. Because of that, I used a black pigment ink to stamp the circus border rubber stamp on top, so the colors don't mix.

I absolutely the “Circus Border” stamp from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps that I used to create this silhouette scene. But, it needs proper alignment because of the border on the bottom. Be sure to watch the video above to see how I get the placement correct for this rubber stamp in my MISTI!

Adding a happy birthday sentiment was the finishing touch for this handmade greeting card!

To finish this card I used one of my favorite sentiments from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps. It’s the “Happy Birthday Fancy” stamp and I absolutely love the size and font of this one!


Tips and Tricks for Stamping with Solid Stamps

I know a lot of us struggle with solid stamps and getting them to stamp well. Here are a few tips and tricks that help me!

  • I love clear stamps, however, I find that when it comes to solid stamping rubber works best. That’s why I LOVE Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps. I know I’m getting a crisp image with each stamp because of the high quality red rubber!
  • If you struggle with solid stamps and getting the best result, it may be time to invest in a stamp positioner. I love my MISTI and mini MISTI. Being able to double or even triple stamp gives me the peace of mind when I’m stamping, and I tend not to overthink it or make myself too nervous with this fall back!
  • Make sure you are using a juicy ink pad. Whether you choose a pigment or dye ink pad, be sure it is well inked and the ink is completely covering your image. A dry ink pad can leave edge marks, splotchy patterns, or just give an uneven appearance to your stamped image.
  • Smooth paper works best! This especially goes for when you are not using a stamp positioner. Any texture can really mess with your stamping.

I hope you all enjoyed a look at creating these easy silhouette scenes! They are so fun and quick.

And 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 Easy Handmade Birthday Card

I love making birthday cards! They’re so much fun to make and birthdays are just a fun occassion! And sometimes I just want to make a card – no technique focus, or experimenting – just make a easy handmade birthday card! So that’s what today’s tutorial is. Watch below and learn how to make this easy handmade birthday card!


The Video Tutorial

In the video tutorial above I use some products that were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only ever design for companies I can stand behind 100%! For more information on who I currently or have previously designed for head HERE.


Making the Handmade Birthday Card

Easy Handmade Birthday Card with rubber stamps from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps

To start this card I prepped a piece of watercolor paper with an anti static pouch. Then, onto that watercolor paper, I stamped the Cupcake with Strawberry stamp with Versafine Clair ink in Nocturne. I used my mini MISTI so I could double stamp the image, since I was stamping onto water color paper.

I used Versafine Clair ink in Nocturne, specifically, so I coud heat emboss the stamped image. And that was the next step, heat embossing the stampd image with clear embossing powder. Anytime I’m watercoloring an image, I really like to heat emboss the image. This give the watercolor a bit of a “well” or border to stay within. It won’t bleed as easily into the colors next to it, and I don’t have to wait for the colors to completely dry.

If you want to know more about heat embossing head HERE!!!

Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps "Cupcake with Strawberry" rubber stamp colored with Arteza Real Brush Markers.

Once my image was fully heat embossed, it was time to start coloring! It’s been awhile since I have used my Arteza Real Brush Markers, so I pulled those out and got to work! I will list the colors I used down below, but really there isn’t a lot to coloring with these markers. I put the color down where I want it the darkest. Then, with a waterbrush, I blend the color out. Super easy!!

The colors of markers I used are: 102 Chocolate, 101 Red, 112 Orange, 105 Lemon Yellow, 120 Seaweed Green, 149 Bubblegum Pink, 188 Wisteria Purple, 115 Smoke Gray, 116 Fair Skin

To learn more about Arteza Real Brush Markers, watch my full review of them HERE.

The cupcake stamped image is highlighted by light ink blending on the background panel. I used Catherine Pooler Royal Treatment ink and Amazon blending brushes to create a light haze.

After the color was complete, I sat the image aside to dry. I love the look of the watercolor best when I let it air dry. Sometimes I’m too impatient, and I hit it with the heat tool. But if at all possible I like to sit aside and work on another part of the card while it dries.

That’s what I did here. While the stamped cupcake was drying I ink blended a quick background panel for the cupcake to sit on. The panel is white cardstock and measures 3.75″ x 5″. To ink blend I used my Amazon make up blending brushes and Catherine Pooler ink in Royal Treatment. I started in the center of the panel and added just a light layer of ink in an oval making sure to keep the edges nice and soft. The Amazon make up blending brushes make blending like this a breeze!

To learn more about the make up blending brushes from Amazon and my full review on them, head HERE.

Using the simple masking technique I stamped my two line sentiment stamp on one line. This helps this handmade birthday card stay cohesive and simple.

After ink blending the panel, I quickly fussy cut the stamped image making sure it was completely dry before I started. Then, it was onto the sentiment. For the sentiment I wanted to use the “Happy Birthday Wishing” stamp, but I wanted it to be a one line sentiment instead of two.

In order to do that, I first lined up the “happy” part of the sentiment on the left hand side of the panel and masked off the birthday with tape. After inking up the stamp, I removed the tape and stamped down the sentiment. Then, I cleaned the stamp REALLY well. I didn’t want any ink leftover to transfer when I stamped the birthday. After lining up the “birthday”, I masked off the happy with tape and inked up the stamp. Then, just like before, I removed the tape and stamped the image to complete the sentiment.

A simple and easy handmade birthday greeting card with hand stamped images from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps.

With all the components of the handmade card ready to go, I started assembling the birthday card. I adhered the cupcake with foam adhesive to the center of the ink blending. Then, I matted the panel with kraft cardstock. Finally, I adhered both panel onto an A2 top folding card base with foam adhesive.

Adding Diamond Glaze to the flame of the candle adds a little shine and create a bit more interest on this clean and simple handmade birthday card.

I could’ve left the card as is, but I wanted to add just a little something more. Using Diamond Glaze, I added a layer to the flame for a little extra shine.


I hope you all enjoyed a look at this easy handmade birthday card. It’s fun to just make a card for no other reason than I want to, sometimes! And I always love making birthday cards, they’re just so cheerful.

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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Tattersall Backgrounds with Markers – Cardmaking Video Tutorial

You all know that I love to make my own backgrounds for my handmade cards. Sometimes those backgrounds take a bit of time and have a few (or more) steps to them. Today’s cardmaking technique, easy tattersall backgrounds, is not one of those techniques. It is simple, quick, and requires only a ruler and markers! Watch the video below for all the details!

Easy Tattersall and Plaid Backgrounds with Markers

The Tattersall Background Technique Video Tutorial

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Making Tattersall Backgrounds

To make these backgrounds you need just a few supplies, cardstock, a ruler, I like the Tim Holtz ruler, and markers. Markers are the most important part of this technique. I like to use the Memento markers, but any brush tip marker will work. Another great choice would be the Tombow Dual Tip markers. Also, you need a GOOD ruler for this technique. The ruler is what is going to guide your pattern.

For the tattersall pattern I like to use three different colors. If you have trouble with color combinations like I do, be sure to check out my Pinterest Board that is full of different combinations that work well together. Once you have your colors, it’s all about measureing and drawing stripes.

To start your pattern, use one color and simply start drawing stripes with your marker. Keep the stripes equal distances apart. An easy width to start with is 1″. Draw the lines both vertically and horizontally. Then, using your second color, draw lines again, this time in the middle of the previous stripes. If you used 1″ on your first lines then simply measure 0.5″ away from those first lines. Finally, it’s time for the final color. These lines are going to go in between the first two colors. Using the 1″ as a reference again, for the final color you would measure 0.25″ from your first colored lines. Be sure to watch the video above for the full break down! It’s much easier to watch this technique in action!

**Tip** The first two colors you use are going to have the least amount of color on the panel, and the third will be the most prominent. Be sure to keep that in mind as you start your pattern.


Making the Cards

Happy Birthday & You Make Me Smile Handmade Cards

Happy  Birthday and You Make Smile Handmade Cards with Tattersall Markers Backgrounds

My first panel was so easy to make. The three colors I used were Toffee Crunch, Teal Zeal, and Sweet Plum. After making the background though, I knew a lot would be covered because of my card design. When that happens I like to cut up my panel and get two cards out of it!

Happy Birthday Handmade Card. Stamped with Tulips Stamp and colored with colored pencils and OMS.

On my first card I used the Tulips stamp from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps and a small Happy Birthday sentiment from the Tiny Sentiments Set 2 stamp set. I stamped and colored the tulips with colored pencils and OMS. And to finish the card I stamped the sentiment!

Be sure to check out my previous post for Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps! I use the same Tulips stamp, but for stamping in embossing powder! Check it out HERE!!

You Make Me Smile Handmade Card. Flower Flourish stamped with Desert Sand ink.

The second card I simple, too. I started by stamping the Flower Flourish stamp several time with Desert Sand ink. And to finish the card I added a “You Make Me Smile” sentiment banner!

This sentiments is one of my all time favorites from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps. Check out a few more example of how I’ve used it HERE.

Get Well Soon Handmade Card

Get Well Soon Handmade Card with Tattersall Marker Background

For my second panel, I wanted to go a little lighter with my color selection. The marker colors I used were Angel Pink, Lulu Lavender, and New Sprout. I wanted to go lighter so I could stamp over the top with a silhouette or solid stamp!

Get Well Soon Handmade Card stamped with Flower Swirl rubber stamps.

To finish this simple card I started by stamping my solid stamps over the top of my background. I used the Flower Swirl Set of 2 from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps and Versafine Clair ink in Pinecone, along with my MISTI. And finally, I added a “Get Well Soon” sentiment banner.

A Belated Handmade Birthday Card

Tattersall marker background cardmaking technique. A more masculine pattern.

On my third and final panel I wanted a more masculine color palette. This technique is perfect to use for more masculine, clean and simple cards. The colors of the markers I chose were Nautical Blue, Bamboo Leaves, and Gray Flannel.

Belated Handmade Masculine Birthday Card. Rubber stamps are from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps

And keeping with the clean and simple masculine feel I only added a sentiment to finish this card. Again, the stamp is from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps and it’s called “Belated”. It’s perfect for me and my forgetfulness!


Tips and Tricks for the Tattersall Background Technique

  1. Three colors really works best for this technique. You can try to use more and less, especially for more of a plaid look, but for tattersall, use three.
  2. If you have trouble choosing your color combination, check out my Pinterest board all about color combos!
  3. When putting together the background, remember the first two colors will have the least amount of stripes on the panel. The last color will have the most and be the most prominent color on the panel.
  4. A brush tip marker with a bit of firmness (Memento, Tombow) work best for this technique. You can try other markers, even Crayola markers can work!!
  5. Use a good ruler!!!! I like the Tim Holtz ruler because it has so many markings for easy alignment. This is the only tool you’re really using, so be sure to use a good one!

Making tattersall or plaid backgrounds with markers is really simple and I hope you all give it a try! These only take minutes to make and if you struggle with masculine cards like I do, these are perfect!

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


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