Masking Tape Background Technique for Paper Crafts

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Sometimes it’s fun to grab something you have around the house and use it for another purpose. Such is the idea behind this week’s project. I saw a neat background on a project, and hunted it down to find out how it was done. The best part is that it’s done with masking tape, or painter’s tape, and it’s super duper easy and customizable to any project just by changing the ink colors and/or the width and length of the tape.

For the rest of the card, I used a length of ribbon, a flower stamps, and a thanks stamp. See the video below for complete instructions. Thanks so much for stopping by!

3-Panel Thank You Card

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This is a very easy card, just using 3 different coordinating patterned papers, a flower, 2 ribbons, and a tag cut in half for the greeting. I used papers from a cardstock pad, and that’s always the easy way to find coordinating papers. The paper on the opposite side is the same color as the flower, so it’s a neat way to visually bring the whole card together. I would love to see what combinations you come up with!

Two Hearts Become One Handmade Wedding Card

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I have a wedding to attend this weekend, so I wanted a card with the wedding colors. When you have glitter paper or any paper with a shiny surface, you never have to add much to make it look stunning. This is glitter paper that I got at Hobby Lobby, made by Paper Studio. I’m so glad to come across it. Normally glitter papers are made with some sort of clear coat on top that cracks too easily when it’s bent. I was able to fold the cardstock to make my card, as well as emboss the silver paper with absolutely no cracking at all!

The hearts are cut at 2″ from Cricut’s Accent Essentials cartridge, and you can learn to tie the double bow with my video: Simple Double Bow Tutorial

You can follow all the instructions for the wedding card in the video below. Thanks for stopping by!

Easy Embossed Zebra Stripes

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I was experimenting with trying to come up with whimsical zebra stripes and happened upon this idea to make different widths of striped on my paper. I made this pattern with rubber bands and silver embossing powder.

I had seen someone make a pattern on their paper that was very different than this one, but their use of rubber bands gave me a new idea. I just wrapped rubber bands around an old ink bottle I had. It is smallish, maybe 1.5″ around, but I’m thinking that other sized bottles would also work well. If you have an ink brayer, it might be easier because you would have a handle to keep your fingers out of the ink. Thanks for stopping by!

Box Pleat Border Card

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I love the idea of having a different kind of border other than a punched or lace border on my cards. I saw a tutorial on making the box pleats, but it was kind of hard to understand with just the pictures and a written explanation, so I hope a video might help you now that I got it figured out :).

This would make an excellent border for scrapbook pages too, you could just tuck the next length of paper underneath to continue on with your design.

The box pleat scrapbook paper is cut at 1.5″ wide x 9″  long. This is enough to go across the width an A4 card (4.25″). I added a doily, tag, bow and lace to finish off this card. Hope you enjoy this project!

Simple Sympathy Handmade Card

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It’s not fun having the occasion to make a sympathy card, yet those times come and I needed one for this past week. I  have experienced that gratefulness several time over of knowing that friends are helping bear your sorrow through this simple gesture.

I like the neutral approach to Sympathy cards, so I chose gray and white for this card. I used a small flower punch, adhesive pearls, a tag, and a sympathy stamp. I also embossed the front of the card with a swirls design so it wouldn’t be too plain. I hope you enjoy this easy card!

Tall Stamp Handmade Card

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Ok, so I really had no idea what to call this card. I guess I could have called it a square & rectangle card? Hmm…

Anyway, this card design fits well with a tall and narrow stamp, so I used a flower stamp I had along with my very favorite embossing powder, Red Dragon. The base of the card is 4″ x 4″ (8″ x 4″ paper folded in half), and the stamped yellow paper is 2.75″ x 4″ and I matted that paper onto a piece of white cardstock that is slightly bigger. The ribbon is actually Christmas ribbon that I picked up at Michael’s. It is more of a royal touch than a Christmas-y touch :). This card fits well into an invitation sized envelope. You can get packs of these envelopes very inexpensively in office supply stores. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Blessings Handmade Card

I have seen these pumpkins made before using various punches, but they are so easy to make on your own! I used an Easy Ovals Template, but if you are good at cutting freehand, or have a small oval object to trace around, that works great too.

I used some lace, a Thanksgiving greeting stamp, gold embossing powder, a small piece of brown ribbon and a small piece of brown string. I also used Staz-On ink to stamp with because the paper is slick. (Regular ink usually smears and/or takes a long time to dry on shiny surfaces.) The beautiful pearl cardstock for the card is from DCWV’s Luxury Stack. Enjoy :).

Flowered Thanks Stamped Card

This is a simple & fun stamped thank you card. I used Open Almond Petals flower stamp, a jewel for the flower, a little border to serve as stems, and thanks stamp, silver embossing powder, black ink, and of course paper: orange cardstock, white cardstock and a patterned gingham paper.
I stamped the black flowers and stems first, then I stamped another flower on a separate paper and also stamped Thanks on a piece of white paper the width of the card. Both the extra flower and the Thanks were embossed with silver & the extra flower was cut out. After gluing down the parts of the card, I  used a zot for the extra flower and placed it off-center above the left flower. The gem went in the center and I was finished!

Butterfly & Ribbons Card

This cheery card is a great way to use up small pieces of paper & ribbon. I used glitter cardstock, orange ribbons, Inkadinakdo’s Gem Stone Insects (smallest butterfly), gold embossing powder, scissors to rough up the edges of the cardstock (we just moved & I can’t find my favorite paper distresser yet!), and even a tiny bit of lime green stickles glitter glue on the butterfly wings.

This card can be used for so many occasions, from weddings to get wells. I used this as a get well card this past week :). Hope you enjoy it!