Black & White Paper Ribbon Card

What do you do when you have the paper for our card picked out and find that you have no ribbon to match? Well, just make it out of paper :). Ok, ok, it doesn’t look the same as ribbon, but it still has a fun and unique look.

I never seem to have exactly what I have in mind to make my projects and I refuse to run out and get one thing if I can possibly come up with some sort of solution. So, for this card, I couldn’t find ribbon or a brad to match lol. Easy enough, I just embossed a jumbo brad with the same black embossing powder that I used for the bird and branch stamp.  as long as your brad is metal (I’ve never tried this on an epoxy brad, wonder if it would melt??), you can always emboss it to change the color to one that suits you!

I also used Staz-On ink for my card because I stamped on pearl paper. The Staz-On is a solvent based ink, so you can use it on many surfaces that you wouldn’t be able to stamp otherwise. These include acrylic and plastic surfaces. Love, love, love it! I want to carry it in my store soon!

Valentine Love Card

I used a masking technique for this card — one I came up with in a hurry, so if you have any suggestions how to do it better, let me know 🙂 I am a new masker lol

This card is embellished with mini brushed gold heart brads and Ranger Stickles glitter glue. All of the stamping was done with Ranger Distress Inks, which lend a nice classic touch to the card.

Black on black?

Here’s a cool idea for a card: Use a grayish patterned cardstock and stamp an image onto it with black ink! I’ve done that with white ink on a pearl background, but the black is so much more elegant.

You can check out a perfect example of this on Cards and Creations by Stephanie Dawn Designs! She used the “already stamped design” from a DCWV boxed card set as a base and built a few more elements around it, adding a hand-stamped sentiment, flowers and ribbons. Voila, a perfectly elegant card that comes together quickly!

I think I might have to look through my cardstock and see what I can come up with to make something similar 🙂 Beautiful card Stephanie!

Do you ever use sketches?

I’ve found out something that helps me get over a creative slump: scrapbook page sketches and card sketches! A sketch is just a simple design that gives you a basic pattern to follow.

My favorites are Card Positioning System for cards and Page Maps for scrapbook pages. Both of these sites have free sketches and projects that are already made to give you even more ideas!

So now there are no more reasons to say that you have no ideas lol 🙂 Just look up these fun sites and get your creative juices flowing once again! Have a wonderful week!

Are Acrylic Stamps Best For You?

Acrylic stamps have been out for quite some time, but a lot of crafters still haven’t tried them. I love them myself and that’s mostly what I use, but like any other product, there are pros and cons.

The most obvious pro is that you can see through them so it’s a ton easier to line up the stamp the way you want it. They are also unmounted, so it takes a lot less room to store them. The cling is built in, so a dirty stamp just needs washed to renew the cling.

Some cons are that the images aren’t as detailed as traditional rubber stamps. If you have a long border, it may also be difficult to place it exactly straight on the mounting block.

Whether you choose acrylic or rubber stamps and care for them properly, they will each give you years of enjoyment. You can find out more details about acrylic stamps here: Acrylic Stamps: Are They The Best Choice For You?

Vintage Valentine’s Day Card

This week’s card is a vintage Valentine’s Day card. Grab the vintage image free on my website: Vintage Valentine Image and follow along!

You will need:

A Red Card

A Paper Doily

Small Length of Ribbon

3 Heart Brads

White Cardstock

Old Paper Ink Pad

Foam Ink  Blending Tool

Glue

Adding flocking to your projects

Cold, blowing snow on top of a layer of ice. It’s 3 degrees out the weatherman says, and it feels like -21. Great night to stay inside and make something, right? How about adding some flock just for the fun of it? This is for you Beci, since you were asking  🙂

Flock is a nice soft loose powder, made from fabrics that are shredded into microscopic pieces. To me, it feels like crushed velvet. It’s super simple to apply. All you need is a wet pen, like Sakura Glaze Pens.  (It is best to use a pen that is similar in color to the color of flock you are using. This way you can cover up areas you missed with the flocking.) You could also use a glue pen or even double-sided tape.

Draw a pattern on your paper or trace over a pattern that is printed on your cardstock. Work in small sections because the ink will only give you about 30 seconds or so before it’s too dry to hold the flocking powder.

Generously dump a pile of flock onto your pen work, just like you would do with embossing powder. Shake off the excess and tap the paper to get the little extra bits off. Let it dry as you work on other areas of your paper. When you are completely finished with your design, let it all dry for a few minutes, then lightly brush over top with a paintbrush to get all extras off.

For extra fun touches, use different colors on your projects, like yellow or pink for a flower and green for leaves or vines. You can also make nice visual effects by adding flocking on other specialty papers like pearl papers. Have fun experimenting!