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Happy World Card Making Day!

Happy World Card Making Day!

It’s the first Saturday in October, and you know what that means, right? World Card Making Day! I’ve got a card and coloring sheet to inspire you!

First up the card:

pansy card ||


(Both these projects use the Birthday Blossoms set from Stampin’ Up! I’ll link up to all the supplies at the end of the post.)

To create this card, make a card base from a sheet of rich razzleberry, cut a 4″x5.25″ piece from the striped paper in the petals and paisleys paper set, and cut a 3″x4.25″ piece of very vanilla to stamp on. Stamp the leaves from the stamp set using cucumber crush about half way down and slightly to the left on the vanilla cardstock. Then use a water brush to pick up a little of the cucumber crush ink, and draw in a stem. In the bottom right of the piece, stamp a sentiment in rich razzleberry, and then rub the edge of the vanilla cardstock against the razzleberry ink pad to create a thin line of color. Stamp the single flower using the delightful dijon ink on a piece of delightful dijon paper, and then repeat with rich razzleberry ink and paper. Punch out the flowers using the pansy punch. Adhere one directly on the very vanilla cardstock, and one with dimensional adhesive. Adhere the striped paper to the card base, then a line of green washi tape (or scrap of patterned paper or a piece of ribbon,) then the stamped piece goes on top. Add a finishing touch by adding some clear wink of stella to the center of the flowers.

Next the coloring page:

coloring sheet ||

To create the coloring page, you’ll need a large acrylic stamp block. Arrange the single flower, flower cluster, and leaves on the block in a group as tightly as you can manage. Then stamp on whisper white cardstock repeatedly using memento ink. Rotate the block as you need to get as close as you can to the previously stamped images. Fill in the page as much as you like. Heat set the ink with a heat tool if you plan on coloring with water colors. Otherwise, you can start coloring as soon as the ink dries.

Have fun!

These are the supplies you’ll need if you want to re-create these exactly:

birthday blossoms

pansy punch

rich razzleberry ink pad

cucumber crush ink pad

delightful dijon ink pad

petals and paisleys designer paper

petals and paisleys cardstock pack

whisper white cardstock

wink of stella


affectionately yours washi set

water brush

large acrylic block

small acrylic block

Journey’s End

Journey’s End

Here we are again, another month of cards under our belt. Let’s finish things up with another Tim Holtz stamp, this one with a matching die set.

journeys end ||

The compass was first stamped on the card base, and then stamped four times on white paper, and then colored with distress inks and an inking tool. Love that mini inking tool! After each piece was colored, they were cut out with the corresponding die set, and adhered on the card base with foam tape.

A final sentiment stamp, and the card is done. Love the colors on this one. What do you think?

Do you have a favorite card from this month? Which one did you like the most? Which one is so ugly it should never see the light of day again? Inquiring minds want to KNOW!

If you’d like to get one of these cards in the mail, make sure you’re on my email list. (You can sign up for it in the box at the top right hand side of the page.)

The supplies you can get from Amazon, if you want to make this card: (affiliate links)

Distressed Embossing

Distressed Embossing

There are all types of embossing powders out there. There are some that are smooth and shiny, some that have a matte finish and lots of lovely color. There are some that are bumpy, and then there are Tim Holtz’s distress embossing powders, which are rough and designed to partially adhere.

That makes them perfect for beachy themed stamps, don’t you think?

distress shell ||

In addition to the distress embossing powder, three layers of distress ink were laid down on the card with a piece of acetate to create a splotchy water color effect.

If you’d like to get this card in the mail, or any of the others I’ve made this month, make sure you’ve signed up for my email list at the top right of the page.

If you want to make this card yourself, you can use these supplies from Amazon: (affiliate link)

An Almost Stamp Free Card

An Almost Stamp Free Card

I tried, I really tried to get you a card without any stamping on it. But when it could have been called done, it just plain wasn’t.

almost stampless card ||

The flower makes a good focal point for the card, but the bare cardstock base looked incomplete after all the scrap papers and flower sticker was adhered to the card base. To give the base a touch of pizazz, I took an unmounted stamp, inked it with versamark, and slid it under the edge of the flower, and then rubbed the back of the stamp with my fingers to apply the pressure needed to transfer the ink. There are some incomplete spots, but on the whole, it makes the card feel so much more complete.

Have you ever gone back and added little touches to help your cards or scrapbook pages feel more complete? What’s your favorite technique?

If you want to make something like this, you could try these supplies from Amazon: (affiliate link)

Do You Know the Button Man?

Do You Know the Button Man?

I’m not entirely sure about what I was aiming for with this card. Gift card for those work clothes you’re giving your husband? Poor example of pencil shading? Random twine placement? Who knows?
button man ||

Having finished this earlier today, part of me wants to go back and re-do this card. But I think this month is all about sharing the positives and negatives of card making. Sometimes, an idea just doesn’t work. When that happens, you have two options: run with it any way, or give up and start over.

You probably know I’m a run with it any way kind of gal.

Supplies from Amazon: (affiliate link)