Heat Embossing with Stencils

Stencils are one of my most versatile tools in my craft room. You can add ink through them, shove mediums and paints, and there are so many wonderful techniques to use with them as well. Today, I want to take it back to a basic technique I love using with my stencils which is heat embossing. There are so many great looks you can achieve with just stencils and embossing powder. Be sure to watch the video tutorial below for all the details on today’s projects!

Some supplies used in my video tutorial were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only ever design for companies I stand behind 100%. To see what companies I work with or have worked with in the past head HERE.


My first card is simple and I love the effect the heat embossing gives to this card. Almost like lace! I used the Growing Wild stencil along with white embossing powder on kraft cardstock.

White Embossing powder with Growing Wild Stencil. Lace effect.

On my second card I wanted to go really bright. I decided to use the Floral Spectacle stencil, again on kraft card stock, and heat emboss the stencil in rainbow colors! This is a fun technique, but it does take some time so be sure to use enough ink that it stays wet long enough.

Floral Spectacle Stencils with Rainbow Heat Embossing

My third background is my favorite and it’s so simple. It’s just gold embossing powder on kraft card stock, but I used two layers instead of one. The added dimension and shine honestly looks like foil! I absolutely love the effect this gives with the Fantastical stencil.

Fantastical Stencil with Gold Embossing Powder - Shaker Card

Heat embossing is such a simple technique that stretches your stencils even further! And by use different embossing techniques you can get some amazing stenciled backgrounds.

Heat Embossing with Stencils

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


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3 Ways to Use Flock Sheets from Deco Foil

This week the Joy Clair Stamps is teaming up with Thermoweb and sharing some amazing inspiration and projects using many of Thermoweb’s wonderful products and pairing them with Joy Clair stamps.

One of the new products Thermoweb released this year was the Flock Transfer Sheets. I LOVE these. They are so much fun to play with and add so much texture your cards. Not to mention they are much less messy than regular flock, but work just as well! Today in my video I’m sharing three of my favorite ways to use the flock transfer sheets, but these can be tailored to fit your cardmaking style, too! You can watch the video below!!

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All three of these cards feature very easy techniques and the flocking sheets are super easy to work with! They come in a great variety of colors and my favorites are the white & black! I love to use the black for sentiments and the white is great for that as well, but it’s awesome for adding fluffy clouds to scenes!

While the white and black are my favorites, the colors are awesome as well and they’re what I used to make a bright and colorful background for my first card. I started by covering a piece of white cardstock with “dry” adhesive and then cut strips of the flocking sheets in different widths. I laid those pieces, fluffy side down, against the adhesive to create a great striped background!

I knew the No Probllama stamp set would be the perfect addition to this background! I stamped a quick scene and colored it in quickly with a set of Leisure Arts markers. This card is so colorful but was pretty easy to throw together!

Ok, now onto one of my favorite ways to use flocking sheets – die cutting them! I absolutely love using the black flocking sheets as my sentiments. It is such an easy way to add dimension, texture and interest to simple cards. There are two ways to do this. The first way is what I used on my card below and you can watch the full process in the video tutorial, but you can also just simply die cut the sheets!

When using the flocking sheets this way I love to make simple backgrounds to pair the sentiments with. I used the Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set to quickly stamp and heat emboss a background full of flowers. I then added a bit of gray ink to complete it! I did want to highlight the sentiment a bit so I adhered it to a strip of vellum to complete the card.

My third card is simple, just like the other two, but it does take a little longer when you account for dry time but this is one of my favorite ways to apply the flock. I used Hot Foil Gel and put it through a stencil. It will go on white and dry clear, then you can run it through your laminator to adhere the flock! Be sure to watch the video tutorial for all the details.

I paired my flicked background with the castle image from the Heir of God stamp set. But instead of using a verse from that set, I added a happy birthday sentiment to finish this card!

All of these techniques are super easy and the results are great! Not to mention you can tailor all of these technique to YOUR cardmaking style, occassion, or recipient. The flocking sheets are just really a lot of fun to experiment and play with!


I hope you all found something that was useful in the video above and if you are interested in any of the supplies I used on my cards today, you can find them all listed and linked down below! Until next time, happy crafting!!


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3 Ways to Add Color to Pastes

Awhile back I posted all about some of my favorite ways to color pastes. But, I always forget how busy summer time is and it was baseball season. Enough said. But I finally found some time to get the video edited, voiceover done, and upload complete! You can watch it down below!!

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If you want to read all about each of these cards, head to my original post by clicking the photo below!


I hope you all enjoyed the video that should have accompanied the earlier blog post! But better late than never, right?? If you are interested in any of the supplies I used on my projects, I listed and linked them all down below! Until next time, happy crafting!!


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Stamping Over Stenciling

By now you know I am a huge fan of stencils and stenciling on my projects. I love finding new techniques to use with stencils, but sometimes it’s good to get back to basics. Today I’m doing just that! I’m sharing some tips and tricks to get the best results when you stamp over your stenciling. This technique makes great one layer cards that are easy to mail and still beautiful! Be sure to watch the video tutorial below for all the details!

Some supplies used in the video above were sent to me for FREE for design purposes. I only design for companies I stand behind 100%!! To see what design teams I am currently on or have previously been a part of, head HERE.


The first project I made is by far the fastest and easiest card! It is a one layer card that takes -maybe- 10 minutes. I started by stenciling with a dye ink (CP’s Twilight ink) onto a cardstock panel using a jumbo ink dauber and the Plaid Fringe stencil. I wanted to focus the color in just two of the corners and have it fade into nothing towards the center.

Saved by Grace stamp set used over the Plaid Fringe Stencil.

When I was happy with the stenciling it was time to move onto the stamping. To stamp I went with a pigment ink. Dye inks will absorb into the fibers of the paper and mix together. I didn’t want that here, I wanted my ink to sit on top of the stenciling so I went with a pigment ink. I used Versafine Clair inks which are a bit different from traditional pigment inks in that they are still transparent, but if you use a traditional pigment ink, you will get better coverage. Using the new Saved by Grace stamp set from Joy Clair I stamped a quick bouquet of flowers in each corner! After adding the sentiment, this one layer card was done!

The Hello Sentiments stamp set is perfect for stamping over stenciling. It's nice and bold and truly stands out on this one layer card!

For more inspiration using the Saved by Grace Stamp Set head HERE.

My second card took a bit more time, but it’s still a one layer card that is going to be super easy to mail. I started with stenciling the background. Again, I used a dye ink (CP’s Bellini) and a jumbo ink dauber, but this time I put it through a brick stencil focusing on the edges and blending lighter towards the center.

Bold & Graphic! The Bricks stencil was perfect to add behind the palm branch stamp from the Hosanna stamp set. I did color in the branch with a black marker for a bolder look.

The stamp I used is from the Hosanna stamp set from Joy Clair Stamps and it’s not a solid stamp, but it’s super easy to fix that! I started by stamping the leaf on the top of the panel with black pigment ink (Versafine Clair Nocturne). Then, with a black marker I colored in the leaves so they look completely solid. And while I used black, you can use any color as long as you match the ink to the marker! Then, any stamp can be turned into a solid image!

You can color in any lined stamp with a marker that matches your ink for a bold solid stamp! I used black to make it easy on myself, but as long as you color match you can use any color!

For more inspiration using the Hosana stamp set from Joy Clair Stamps head HERE.

The third card I made is not my favorite and to be quite honest, it was almost trashed. Be sure to watch the video above for all the details on how I created the scene! I used a stamp set that I LOVE from Joy Clair, Springtime Flowers to complete the scene, but it just wasn’t what I had pictured. But I wasn’t giving up or throwing it away just yet!

I created a quick scene using the Sunburst stencil, Spring Time Flowers stamp set, and simple masking.

To fix it, I added vellum over the scene. This toned it down a bit and made the entire scene look a lot more blended than it truly was! So if you ever have a scene that just isn’t quite what you envisioned or working out for you, try adding vellum over the top of it! It really helped make this card okay!

I wasn't happy with this scene, so I added vellum over the top to tone it down and make it look more blended than it truly was!

For more ideas and inspiration using the Springtime Flowers stamp set from Joy Clair head HERE, HERE, and HERE.

If you took a look at each of my cards you may have noticed that all of my sentiments were from one of my most loved Joy Clair stamp sets, Hello Sentiments! This sentiment set was the perfect choice for stamping over stenciling. It had nice bold sentiments that could hold their own against the stenciled backgrounds.

Stamping over stenciling is a super easy technique that allows you to make beautiful one layer cards.

This set of cards was a lot of fun to make and I hope I gave you some tips and tricks to make some simple cards that feature stamping over stenciling! If you are interested in any of the stamps or supplies I used today, you can find them all linked and listed down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!


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Adding Texture to CAS Cards

CAS – Clean and Simple – cards are some of my favorite styles of cards to make. I have to admit though, there are times these cards take longer than more elaborate technique cards! And as I look online I see so many people who struggle with designing CAS cards, too. So today, I wanted to share some ways that I like to use that add texture to my clean and simple cards. I put them all onto one card, so it’s not so simple anymore, but you don’t have to! You can use just one or two to keep your card nice and simple. Be sure to watch the video tutorial below for all the details!


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Adding texture to your clean and simple cards is very simple once you start thinking about all the different mediums there are to use! My first way that I love to add texture to my clean and simple cards is with ink blending. You can just leave your ink one solid color, but I actually like to take it a step further. I like to use an ink that reacts with water (Distress Inks or Catherine Pooler Inks) and add splotches or I like to ink blend through a stencil.

Adding texture to clean and simple cards is easy! Ink blending, pastes, puff markers, and fibers are just a few of the ways I'm sharing!

Another great way to add texture (and texture you can feel) is with pastes. Whether you use modeling paste, embossing paste, glitter paste, texture paste, etc. it all works! You can add the paste just as it is, color it, put it through a stencil, add embossing powder over the top, etc. The list is literally endless!

I put my Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste through a stencil over the ink. You can see it pull the color up through the medium and colors the paste as well! It’s such a neat look. If you want to avoid coloring your paste, but still want to add it over ink blending, be sure you have a pigment ink (or non water based) ink beneath the paste.

Ink blending with a water reactive ink can add so much texture to the background! I also love adding modeling pastes through stencils for texture you can feel!

Another way I like to add texture to my CAS cards is through my coloring. There are so many wonderful techniques out there that you can use to achieve great texture with coloring and with different mediums, too. I used Memento markers to color my coffee and I used very simple feathering to achieve texture to my coffee!

If you are coloring on your card, it's a great place to add a lot of texture. I used a simple feathering texture to color my coffee cup!

Also, don’t forget about different layering techniques, like paper piecing, to add more texture! I used paper piercing with kraft card stock on my coffee to add some dimensional texture. But you can use glitter paper, flocked paper, patterned paper, etc. There are so many options on the market you can really play around with all of them and just experiment!

Paper piecing is a quick way to add texture. I used plain kraft cardstock, but you can dry emboss or use patterned/specialty paper for even more texture.

While I was working on the cup I wanted to add another product I had on hand called Amplify. There are a few products like this on the market and basically it is a paint or liquid that you put onto your project and then heat set. When you add the heat it puffs and creates wonderful texture! Be sure to check out all the wonderful colors that Imagine offers with the product as well! You could add it to balloons, clothing stamps, animals, etc.

Another way I like to add texture is through using different fibers. On my card today, I placed a messy pile of string behind my cup. This is such an easy way to add A LOT of texture! But string is only one fibers. You can also use felt, flock, denim, lace, ribbon, etc. There are so many wonderful possibilities with fibers!!

Using different fibers is a fast and simple way to add a lot of texture! I used a simple white thread behind my image for added texture.

The last way I added texture to my card today was with GLITTER!! One of my last posts was all about glitter and I just couldn’t resist adding it to my card today. I decided to glitter my sentiment, which is super easy to do! All you need to do is die cut a sentiment, add it to your cardstock and then release the backing paper. You can add loose glitter, or you can use Glitter Sheets like I used today! Super easy!!

Glitter!! A great and shiny way to add a ton of texture! I made a die cut glitter sentiment for my card and it was so easy!

There are so many ways to add texture to CAS card designs and while I put so many on my card today, you can use just one or two and really add a lot to your clean and simple cards!

So many textures on a CAS card! You can choose just one or two, you don't have to add them all at one time like I did!

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


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