Do you really need a reason to send a handmade card?

by Jessica Taylor on April 17, 2014

Of course not! A card sent “just because” is even more exciting to receive because it’s totally unexpected!

Petite Petals Striped Card Do you really need a reason to send a handmade card?

Dimensions:
Striped paper: 4″ x 5-1/4″
Whisper White card base: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″

Tips for Making this Card:

  • If you don’t have pre-printed wide striped paper like this, you can make your own! Mask off stripes with washi tape and then sponge color on. You can make your stripes whatever color you’d like! When you’re done sponging the color on, gently peel up the washi tape.
  • My favorite black ink pad is the Jet Black StazOn - it stamps crisp every time!
  • Use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp your greeting straight and exactly where you want it! (If you’re not sure how to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig, watch this video.)
  • Don’t have a small flower? Add a heart, a star or any small image you’ve got. Get creative!

Supplies Used:

131056s Do you really need a reason to send a handmade card?
133152s Do you really need a reason to send a handmade card?
133322s Do you really need a reason to send a handmade card?
101406s Do you really need a reason to send a handmade card?
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What are you doing still reading this blog post? Go make a card & send it “just because”. You’ll make someone’s day!

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Shoe Box Swap Cards

by Jessica Taylor on April 14, 2014

What’s a shoe box swap? It’s a fun card making event! Each guest brings all of the supplies needed to make a card… and packs it all in a shoe box, of course!

In the shoe box is a sample of the finished card, pre-cut card stock and all the stamps, ink & accessories needed to make the card. Quick & Easy are the best type of cards for these events, but if your card has a different technique or a tricky part, you might want to include directions as well.

Time to stamp! There are a few different ways to set up a shoe box swap event, but here are the main two: Everyone stays in their seat and the shoe boxes are rotated or the shoe boxes stay where they are and the people move around to them.

This past Friday I attended a shoe box swap and here are the fabulous cards that I made…

SBS Camera JenaS Shoe Box Swap Cards

This first card was designed by Jena Schultz and was much easier to put together than it looks! We used the Envelope Punch Board to create the top of the camera – just line up each side at 1″ and punch, then use a paper cutter or scissors to cut off the sides in straight lines. Use the corner rounder at the top of the Envelope Punch Board to create the rounded corners on the bottom of the camera.

SBS CathyS Graduation Shoe Box Swap Cards

This fun fold graduation card was designed (and made!) by Cathy Sonntag. She took pity on me towards the end of the night and made it for me because it was my last card and it was too late in the evening for me to think! It opens up just like a regular card, but it has two pockets in the front to stash cash or gift cards for the graduate.

SBS HelenM Shoe Box Swap Cards

This masculine card was designed by Helen Meissner. She created a template with a rectangle cut in the middle that we placed over the card stock. Then we stamped & sponged creating the rectangle. Remove the template, then stamp the main tree image and the greeting.

SBS KimVale Shoe Box Swap Cards

This window card was designed by Kim Vale. The trick was to temporarily tape the patterned paper to the card front, cut out the window through both layers with a Window Frames die, then un-attach the patterned paper to add the ribbon and tape it back to the front for good. The Stamp-a-ma-jig came to the rescue to help get the vases and greeting stamped in the center of the window.

SBS LoriB Shoe Box Swap Cards

One of the great things about these kind of swaps is that you can alter the card any way you want! Lori Brausen designed this card, but her version had a lot of Summer Starfruit on it and that is my least favorite color EVER!!! So I replaced it with more blue because that’s my favorite color!

SBS LyssaZ Shoe Box Swap Cards

This ombre Fringe Scissor flapper card designed by Lyssa Zwolanek was one of my favorites because it’s in my colors! So pretty. Just be sure you don’t cut all the way through the card stock – be sure to leave an uncut strip at the top to keep it together as a strip.

SBS Moose Masking Tape Shoe Box Swap Cards

Can never have enough masculine card ideas! On this one we used the Masking Tape Technique to create the colored lines. A little washi accent in the top corner adds a lot! (This card and the card below were designed by sisters Paula Connell & Kathy Beck… I’m not sure which sister designed which card, but hey, sisters share, right?)

SBS OvalButterflyCard Shoe Box Swap Cards

More masking and sponging on this oval window card. After stamping the flowers, we placed an oval mask over them and sponged around it. Makes a nice mat!

SBS PenniL Shoe Box Swap Cards

I think I should have stamped off the watercolor stamp when I made this card designed by Penni Litwiller. It’s too dark so you can’t really see the “Shine On” nail polish image stamped over it. I do love the small silver ribbon tied around the chevron ribbon though! That chevron ribbon is an optical illusion, so when you try to use it straight across a card it just doesn’t look straight!

SBS Thank You Card Shoe Box Swap Cards

This thank you card designed by Jamie Van Haren was my favorite one to make because it was quick and easy! A little patterned paper, a greeting and two flower stamps with coordinating punches. BAM! It’s done.

Finally, here’s the card that I brought for everyone to make…

OSW Wonderful Card Shoe Box Swap Cards

It was one of the One Sheet Wonder cards I made, but I had a second piece of the chevron patterned paper that I was able to cut up for everyone to make this same card.

What do you think? Ready to host your own shoe box swap? All you’ll need are a date, time, place & some fellow card makers!

Questions about any of these cards? Leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer.

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Hello Friend Washi Tape Card

by Jessica Taylor on April 10, 2014

It’s Thinking of You Thursday, so if you’ve been thinking of a friend… send them a card to let them know! Here’s a fun “Hello Friend” card that you could make using washi tape. If you don’t have any washi tape you could use strips of patterned paper instead!

Hello Friend Card Hello Friend Washi Tape Card

Dimensions:
Whisper White: 3-3/4″ x 5″
So Saffron card base: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″

Tips for Making This Card:

  • Start with the first strip of washi tape in the lower left corner, wrapping the ends around to the back of the card. Add the next washi tape strip, butting it right up against the first strip. Continue with as many strips as you’d like! The great thing about washi tape is that it’s forgiving – you can gently peel it up and put it down again if you don’t get it quite right the first time.
  • Place a piece of wax paper between the film strip framelit and your card stock. This will make it easier for you to pop out the die-cut pieces after you’ve run it through the Big Shot. Use the tip of your stylus to gently push from the back of the framelit to pop your die-cut piece out.
  • Stamp first, then die-cut when you’ve got an image and coordinating framelit like the arrows. The Magnetic Platform makes it easy to line up the framelit around the stamped image and holds it in place while it cuts. (If you don’t have a magnetic platform, use a piece of washi tape to hold your framelit in place!) So much easier than trying to stamp on a teeny-tiny die-cut piece of paper!
  • The “Hello” and the “Friend” images are on one stamp. To stamp them different colors, you could use markers OR you can do what I did – ink up the whole stamp with the Tangerine Tango ink pad, remove the ink from the “friend” part with a blender pen and then re-ink it with the Baked Brown Sugar marker. This is a great technique when you want a large part of a stamp one color and only a little bit in another color.
  • Stamp the “Hello Friend” on a larger piece of Whisper White card stock than you think you’ll need. Use 2-way glue on the back of the film strip die-cut and adhere it centered over your stamped greeting. Use scissors to cut the white card stock down to the same size as the film-strip die-cut.

Supplies Used:

133110s Hello Friend Washi Tape Card
126957s Hello Friend Washi Tape Card
126946s Hello Friend Washi Tape Card
131260s Hello Friend Washi Tape Card
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133001s Hello Friend Washi Tape Card
113439s Hello Friend Washi Tape Card
130658s Hello Friend Washi Tape Card
132969s Hello Friend Washi Tape Card
104332s Hello Friend Washi Tape Card
104430s Hello Friend Washi Tape Card
100425s Hello Friend Washi Tape Card
103579s Hello Friend Washi Tape Card
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Watercolor Background Technique

by Jessica Taylor on April 7, 2014

This card uses a fun watercolor background technique that works best with watercolor paper. Actually I don’t think it will work with any other kind of paper, but you are welcome to try! You’ll want to stamp first with a permanent ink like the Jet Black StazOn.

Hooray Watercolor Card Watercolor Background Technique

Watch the video to see how the watercolor background was created! (The video is a little slow paced at times, so feel free to fast forward as you like. I didn’t want to cut anything out so you could really see how it was done.)

Supplies Used:

133161s Watercolor Background Technique
101406s Watercolor Background Technique
100531s Watercolor Background Technique
122932s Watercolor Background Technique
111840s Watercolor Background Technique
103954s Watercolor Background Technique
122959s Watercolor Background Technique
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111350s Watercolor Background Technique
104332s Watercolor Background Technique

 

Grab your watercolor paper and give this technique a try! 

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Mixed Bunch Birthday Card

by Jessica Taylor on April 2, 2014

This isn’t the first time I’ve shared this Mixed Bunch birthday card, but I’ve had so many questions about how it was made that I finally wrote up these tips for you. Enjoy!

New In Color Card Mixed Bunch Birthday Card

Tips for Making This Card:

  • Start by taping 1″ wide card stock strips to a card stock base. For this card I used a 4″ x 5-1/2″ base of Whisper White card stock and each strip was 8-1/2″ long. Start with the strip on the bottom and then add each strip above the next making sure to butt them right up against each other. Don’t worry if your ends don’t match up. (Card stock strips used here are from bottom to top: Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding & Coastal Cabana.)
  • Trim down to fit on the front of your card. Card base used here is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″. By the time I added those almost but not quite exactly 1″ strips, the total width of the card stock was 4-1/8″. Here’s where my math degree comes in handy. icon smile Mixed Bunch Birthday Card Since that’s 1/8″ less than the 4-1/4″ height of my card, I needed to cut my strips down to 1/8″ less than the 5-1/2″ width of my card which would be 5-3/8″. This is where you can even up the strip ends so that everything lines up.
  • Stamp the background flowers in VersaMark ink. VersaMark ink is like magic. It’s a watermark ink that turns the color of whatever you are stamping it on! That’s why it looks Strawberry Slush on the Strawberry Slush card stock, yet it looks Crisp Cantaloupe on the Crisp Cantaloupe card stock, etc.
  • After you’ve stamped, tape the card stock strip piece to the card front.
  • There is truly nothing better than a stamp with a coordinating punch. Stamp a flower in Strawberry Slush ink on Whisper White card stock and punch it out with the Blossoms Punch. Stamp the bolder flower image in Pistachio Pudding ink and punch out. Cut out two of the Pistachio petals and use them as leaves behind the Strawberry Slush flower. Pop it all up by attaching it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Supplies Used:

125537s Mixed Bunch Birthday Card
128748s Mixed Bunch Birthday Card
102283s Mixed Bunch Birthday Card
131178s Mixed Bunch Birthday Card
131177s Mixed Bunch Birthday Card
131175s Mixed Bunch Birthday Card
100730s Mixed Bunch Birthday Card
131295s Mixed Bunch Birthday Card
131297s Mixed Bunch Birthday Card
131294s Mixed Bunch Birthday Card
131298s Mixed Bunch Birthday Card
125603s Mixed Bunch Birthday Card
119869s Mixed Bunch Birthday Card
104332s Mixed Bunch Birthday Card
104430s Mixed Bunch Birthday Card
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Pretty, Pretty Paper One Sheet Wonder Cards

by Jessica Taylor on March 31, 2014

There is a pretty, pretty paper in the Sweet Sorbet paper pack that is my favorite ever! It’s covered with small Pool Party flowers with black centers. Pair it with black, white and Pool Party card stock and it’s just striking!

It’s the perfect piece of paper to use for a set of One Sheet Wonder cards, so I sliced it up using this One Sheet Wonder Template and made some cards with it!

OSW Cards Pretty, Pretty Paper One Sheet Wonder Cards

Here’s a closer look at the cards along with card stock dimensions in case you want to make some of them yourself! 

OSW PP Get Well Card Pretty, Pretty Paper One Sheet Wonder Cards

Card Stock Dimensions:
Floral Paper: B Piece from Template 2-5/8″ x 3-3/8″
Basic Black: 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″
Pool Party card base: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″

 

OSW PP Birthday Card Pretty, Pretty Paper One Sheet Wonder Cards

Card Stock Dimensions:
Floral Paper: D Piece from Template 2-1/8″ x 4-3/4″
Basic Black: 2-3/4″ x 5″
Pool Party card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″

 

OSW PP ThinkingofYouCard Pretty, Pretty Paper One Sheet Wonder Cards

Card Stock Dimensions:
Floral Paper: A Pieces from Template 1/4″ x 5-1/2″ and 2″ x 2-1/8″
Whisper White: 2-1/8″ x 2-1/2″
Basic Black: 2-1/8″ x 2-1/4″ and 2-1/4″ x 2-5/8″
Pool Party card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″

 

OSW PP ToYou Card Pretty, Pretty Paper One Sheet Wonder Cards

Card Stock Dimensions:
Floral Paper: B Piece from Template 2-5/8″ x 3-3/8″
Whisper White: 2″ x 2″
Basic Black: 2-1/8″ x 2-1/8″
Pool Party: 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″
Whisper White card base: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″

Supplies Used: 

133521s Pretty, Pretty Paper One Sheet Wonder Cards
100730s Pretty, Pretty Paper One Sheet Wonder Cards
122924s Pretty, Pretty Paper One Sheet Wonder Cards
121045s Pretty, Pretty Paper One Sheet Wonder Cards
101406s Pretty, Pretty Paper One Sheet Wonder Cards
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104332s Pretty, Pretty Paper One Sheet Wonder Cards
104430s Pretty, Pretty Paper One Sheet Wonder Cards

**** The Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper is an exclusive Sale-a-Bration item and is only available as a free gift with a $50 Stampin’ Up! purchase through March 31, 2014.

Of course, the best thing about one sheet wonders is that there are a whole bunch of pretty paper pieces left to play with! Not all of the cards I make end up here on my website, but they do get posted on Facebook so make sure you like the Ink It Up! with Jessica Facebook page so you don’t miss a single idea!

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Stamp with Embossing Folders!

by Jessica Taylor on March 27, 2014

They’re not just for embossing. Did you know that you can stamp with your embossing folders too? When you want a background image but you don’t want an embossed look, you can stamp the design of your embossing folder!

Stamped Embossing Folder Ca Stamp with Embossing Folders!

Watch the video below to learn how to stamp with your embossing folders. It’s easy!

Supplies Used:

130423s Stamp with Embossing Folders!
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Blessed Easter Card with Watercolor Paper Tips

by Jessica Taylor on March 24, 2014

Watercolor Easter Card1 Blessed Easter Card with Watercolor Paper Tips

Dimensions:
Watercolor Paper: 2-7/8” x 3-3/4”
Primrose Petals: 3-1/8” x 4”
Pear Pizzazz: 2-3/4” x 4”; card base: 4-1/4” x 11” scored at 5-1/2”

Blessed Easter Tulips Blessed Easter Card with Watercolor Paper Tips

Most of Stampin’ Up!’s stamps come in sets, but the Blessed Easter stamp is all by itself and I’m pretty sure it’s my new favorite stamp! I’m not usually a fan of coloring, but this image is pretty quick & easy to fill in and make beautiful. You can stamp these tulips on any kind of paper you want, but I’m finding I like them on watercolor paper the best.

Tips for using Watercolor Paper

  • Stamp with Jet Black StazOn ink – it’s waterproof so it won’t smear when you are coloring the image.
  • Hold your stamp down a little longer than you usually would so that the ink has time to soak into the porous paper. You’ll get a better image! Just be sure not to rock your stamp as you hold it down.
  • Aqua Painters are like watercolor brushes with the water inside! They work great on Watercolor Paper. Squeeze a little for a little water or harder if you want more water. Speaking of squeezing, if you squeeze the lid of your ink pad down you’ll find that you’ll get a pool of ink in the lid that you can pick up with the Aqua Painter and use to color.
  • Start with the lightest color first then work toward the darkest color you plan to use.
  • When the paper is wet, the ink will spread. If you don’t want your colors bleeding together, let them dry in between adding colors. For the tulips on this card, I colored the tulips with Pink Pirouette first, let it dry and then added two layers of Primrose Petals on different areas of the tulips. The stems were colored with two layers of Pear Pizzazz ink.
  • Let it all dry before you use tape. If you tape while the paper is still wet the tape won’t hold as well.

Supplies Used:

133212s Blessed Easter Card with Watercolor Paper Tips
101406s Blessed Easter Card with Watercolor Paper Tips
126956s Blessed Easter Card with Watercolor Paper Tips
126858s Blessed Easter Card with Watercolor Paper Tips
131180s Blessed Easter Card with Watercolor Paper Tips
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104332s Blessed Easter Card with Watercolor Paper Tips
104430s Blessed Easter Card with Watercolor Paper Tips

 

Want more ideas using the Blessed Easter stamp? You’ll find cards for more than just Easter in our new Simply Spring ebook!

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Simply Spring eBook Winners

by Jessica Taylor on March 20, 2014

Spring has started in Wisconsin with a lovely sunny day! Most of the sidewalks were clear of snow as I took a walk around my neighborhood this morning. So nice to be out and about again! But that’s not what you’re here to talk about… you want to know… Did I win???

simply spring crafts ebook Simply Spring eBook Winners

Congratulations to the 5 winners! These ladies each won a free copy of our new eBook Simply Spring: Quick & Easy Cards, Gifts & Decor for Easter, Mother’s Day & All Your Spring Occasions.

Sandra Carleton
Pat Mangum
Sandra Samples
Tina Y
Pam (email starts pami868)

Check your emails ladies for information on how to download your free eBook!

Thank you to everyone that left a comment telling us what you loved about spring! They were fun to read through. Even if you didn’t win we still have a little gift for you…

For the first 5 days of spring you can Save $5 off the price of the Simply Spring eBook!  

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the projects you’ll find inside…

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In this book you’ll find step-by-step instructions for how to create 23 spring projects. Follow the directions exactly or use them as inspiration for creating your own unique cards and gifts! Just swap out the colors and stamp images for any in your stash and you’ll be making things for everything you can think of. Card stock dimensions are included to make it even EASIER for you to make these projects.

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This eBook is delivered in digital format. You can view it online, download it, print it out or do all three!

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