Valentine’s Day Card: Sending Lots of Love


Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.

Here is a card I made for the occasion using a stencil. I love stencils because they are easy to use and very reasonably priced. I especially love stencils that have abstract patterns or images. You can use the entire stencil pattern or just part of the stencil depending on the design of your card.

The stencil I used for this card is made by The Crafter’s Workshop (aka TCW) and is called Confetti. I fell in love with it because it had two of my favorite types of images, hearts and splatters/ink blots.

To make the card:

  1. Cut a piece of white cardstock to an A2 size (4.25” x 5.5”). This becomes the card front.
  2. Lay the stencil over the cardstock and tape the stencil down securely over the cardstock onto your work surface using removable tape such as 3M’s Post-It tape.
  3. Using an inked mini blending tool, go over the open areas of the stencil that you want inked onto the card front. In this case, I used two Papertrey Ink ink colors, Berry Sorbet (for the splatters and ink blots) and Pure Poppy (for the hearts).
  4. For the sentiment: I die cut the Sending die from Simon Says Stamp 3 times using Curious Metallic paper in Gunmetal. This is one of my favorite metallic papers. It is a dark gray, but not too dark. The subtle shimmer is really nice as well. I glued the 3 die-cut pieces on top of each other using Tombow Mono Multi Glue. I did this for dimension. I really like dimension on my die-cut sentiments.
  5. Placing the die-cut sentiment on the card front, I marked where I wanted it placed with light pencil marks. I did this so I would know where to stamp the “LOTS OF LOVE” sentiment (from Simon Says Stamp’s Paper Hugs stamp set. I stamped this sentiment using PTI’s Smokey Shadow ink.
  6. After stamping the sentiment, I erased the pencil marks and glued the “Sending” die-cut right above the stamped sentiment. I added a small silver sequin (from Pretty Pink Posh) right where the dot for the “I” would go for the “Sending” die cut.
  7. To complete the card, I trimmed down the card front (1/4” all around) and mounted it onto an A2 piece of PTI cardstock in Berry Sorbet. I then mounted all of this to a portrait-oriented, top-folding A2 card base (Neenah Solar white 110#).

Hope you like this card.


Summary of supplies used in making this card:  Stamps: SSS Paper Hug stamp set; Dies: SSS Sending die; Stencils: TCW’s Confetti Stencil (6”x6” size); Inks: Papertrey Ink: Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow; Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink: Berry Sorbet, Neenah Solar White Cardstock (80# for card front, 110# for card base); Other: Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool with foam applicators, Tombow Mono Multi Glue, Pretty Pink Posh silver sequins (4mm).


Love You with a Dotted Background


Here’s a Valentine’s Day-themed card.

I created it for a Simon Says Stamp (SSS) flickr group challenge. I just recently joined this group after seeing so many wonderful cards made by its members. Challenges are held regularly with this group and this was the first time I entered a challenge. There are rules for submissions to the group.

My card was made using a really bold cling background stamp from Hero Arts called Pebble Pattern. I bought it sometime ago but never really used to its full-on bold potential. I always used the background stamp to create a tone-on-tone effect.

The patterned background was fairly straightforward to make:

  1. Cut a piece of white card stock (Neenah Solar White 80lb.) to 4” x 5.25”.
  2. Ink up the Hero Art background stamp with Versamark ink and take the paper face-side down and place it on top of the inked background stamp. Rub your hand evenly and firmly over the backside of the cardstock so that you get a really good impression.
  3. Sprinkle white embossing powder over the inked image and heat emboss.
  4. Use the emboss resist technique on the heat embossed image. For this card I used Distress inks in 3 colors, from darkest to lightest: Fired Brick, Barn Door, and Worn Lipstick. I used the Ranger mini round ink blending tool to blend the colors working from the top of the cardstock down to the bottom to achieve a blended ombre look.

Next, I die cut the following:

  1. A circle using SSS Stitched Circle die set (the largest one in the set) from vellum paper.
  2. “Love You” sentiment from Stampin’ Up cardstock in Real Red. This was cut 3 times and then adhered on top of each other to give the sentiment dimension.
  3. Different-size small hearts from the SSS Mini Hearts die set were cut 3 times as well and adhered on top of each for dimension.

The rest of the card was assembled as follows:

  1. I glued the “love you” sentiment onto the vellum circle using my Zig glue pen.
  2. The hearts and sequins were added around the sentiment using the Zig glue pen.
  3. I glued the vellum circle to the dotted-background piece with small glue dots. The glue dots were placed on the back of the vellum, behind the hearts and sequins so they wouldn’t show through the vellum.
  4. The finished card front piece was mounted on a 4.25” x 5.5” piece of red cardstock in the same color as that used for the sentiment and hearts.
  5. This card front was then mounted onto and A2 top-folding, portrait-oriented card base.

Hope you like the card and hope you’ll want to join the SSS group on flickr as well.


Summary of Supplies used in making this card: Stamps: Hero Arts Pebble Pattern cling background stamp; Inks: Distress Ink in Fired Brick, Barn Door and Worn Lipstick; Dies: SSS Small Love You die, SSS Mini Hearts die set, SSS Stitched Circle die set; Cardstock: Neenah Solar white 110lb for card base; Bazzill 40lb Vellum; Stampin’ Up’s Real Red cardstock (used for matting, die-cut sentiment, and die cut tiny hearts); Other: Ranger Round Mini Ink Blending ; Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins (Sweetheart Blend), ZIG Two Way Fine Tip Glue Pen, Glue dots

Heartfelt Thanks


This is another thank you card. This time I used hearts, hence the “heartfelt thanks” sentiment. It’s has a feminine vibe and more feminine colors when compared to the gender-neutral card in my prior post.

I’m using my favorite wood grain-embossed cardstock again.

This card uses a lot of dies. The only thing that is stamped is the word “heartfelt”. I love dies; they can add so much dimension and interest to a card. The word dies on fonts are so interesting and can really make your message stand out.

Here’s how I made this card:

I die cut all the pieces first. The different-shaped hearts were cut using Memory Box’s Mini Heart Collection die set and Simon Says Stamp’s Line Shape Wafer Dies. The paper used for the hearts was all from Papertrey Ink in Hibiscus Burst solid or Hibiscus Burst Bitty Dot patterned paper. The frame for the hearts was cut from Lil’ Inker Design’s Instant Camera die using Papertrey Ink cardstock in Hawaiian Shores. The thanks die cut was made using Simon Says Stamp’s Thanks die (cut out 3 times and glued on top of each other for added dimension) using PTI cardstock, in Aqua Mist.

I then cut a piece of wood grain embossed cardstock to 4” by 5.5” to make the card front. I then played with the positioning of all the die cuts to get the layout I wanted on the card front piece. I marked where my “heartfelt” stamp would be lightly in pencil and stamped that onto the frame first in Papertrey Ink in Hawaiian Shores. After that, I glued down all my pieces beginning with the frame, then the hearts and finally the thanks sentiment.

The card front was adhered to an A2-sized (4.25” x 5.5”) piece of Hawaiian Shores cardstock and then to a top-folding portrait oriented card base. Give me those layers of paper!

Last but not least, I used my Wink of Stella pen in clear to add a bit of shimmer to the “thanks” sentiment.

Hope you like the card.

Summary of Supplies used in making this card: Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Thanks stamp set; Inks: Papertrey Ink: Hawaiian Shores; Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Line Shape Wafer Dies, Memory Box: Mini Heart Collection die set, Simon Says Stamp Thanks die, Lil’ Inkers Designs: Instant Camera die; Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Hibiscus Burst (solid); Hibiscus Burst Bitty Dot patterned paper, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist; Other: Wink of Stella Pen in clear.

Thank You: Graphic Style and Gender-Neutral


I was working on some thank you cards for Christmas gifts that I received. This one is what I would call a gender-neutral card, one that could be given to either a woman or a man.

The graphic blocks on the front of the card were made using a Simon Says Stamp stencil, Gradated Blocks. I selected three Stampin’ Up inks: Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise, and Rich Razzleberry and blended them across the stencil openings using a Ranger mini ink blending tool (the one with the round foam applicator).

The die-cut sentiment was created using a die from Papertrey Ink’s Wet Paint Cuts Die Collection. I love the script look of the font, not too feminine and not too masculine. It’s just perfect for the gender-neutral look I wanted.  I die-cut 3 of the sentiments and glued them on top of each other to add dimension to the sentiment. The bottom 2 layers were from gray cardstock that I had and the top layer was cut from metallic shimmer paper in a color called Gunmetal. Unfortunately, my photo of the card does not pick up the shimmer.

The card front was trimmed down slightly from the standard A2 dimension and I mounted the card front onto an A2 piece of the same metallic shimmer paper, letting the shimmer paper show on the top and bottom of the card front. This was then mounted on a horizontal, top-folding A2 card base. I can’t get away from those layers of cardstock!

Special notes:

  • I used a tip from Laura Bassen, one of my favorite card makers! Laura has such a great sense of color and the use of it for impact. She loves blending bright colors together. In several of Laura’s videos she suggests that to achieve great blended colors, blend them in the same order as they would appear on the color spectrum. That way the blending looks more natural and you avoid a muddied look. Thanks for that tip Laura!
  • I took Laura’s class called Vibrant Stamping: Creative Color Techniques on this (new to me) website: and really enjoyed it. It gave me inspiration and tips on how to use color more effectively in my card making.
  • I’m not advertising anything here on my blog. I’m just letting other card makers know what I like and what inspires me.

Supplies used in making this card: Stencils: Simon Says Stamp Stencil: Gradated Blocks; Inks: Stampin’ Up: Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise, and Rich Razzleberry; Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80lb (card front); Neenah Solar White 110lb (card base), and Elan Metallics cardstock in Gunmetal. Dies: Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Cuts Die Collection (thanks).  Other: Ranger mini ink blending tool

Pretty Petals & Thinking of You



I haven’t posted in quite a while. The month of December went by so quickly! The Holidays, work and just the business of life made it difficult to post on the blog.

While I love making Christmas cards, by the time the Holiday Season ends, I really need a change.

So my first card of the New Year is something fresh and bright.

As a perk with my Papertrey Ink purchase in December, I received their freebie stamp set, Pretty Petals. It is a small, sweet, graphical stamp set. It’s just the thing to cheer me up and take my mind away from the harsh winter we are heading into here in Chicago.

I stamped the flower and leaf images from the Pretty Petals set in Hawaiian Shores and Simply Chartreuse, respectively, onto an A2-sized piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock. The center of the flower was stamped in Harvest Gold.  Onyx Black Versafine ink was used to stamp the sentiment. However, after looking at the image, I thought it need a little something to make it less plain, so I stamped dots from a WPlus9 stamp set in the same color ink that I used for the leaves. The dots seemed to make the eye travel across the image. I also added some sparkle to the dots using my Wink of Stella pen in clear.

I later trimmed down the image piece so it would fit as a center panel on an A2-sized woodgrain-embossed piece of cardstock. I love woodgrain embossed cardstock! It adds a bit of texture and dimension to a clean and simple card. I then glued the woodgrain piece to the front of a horizontal, top-folding A2 card base. The card base was made from 110lb Neenah Solar White cardstock.

If this sounds like excessive layering of cardstock, it’s because I like my cards to have a solid feel to them. I think that feeling of solidity is appreciated by the receiver of the card when they hold the card in their hand. Besides, thicker card bases make it easier to prop up the cards when photographing them! That’s just my preference, neither right nor wrong.

Hope this card makes you think of Spring!

 Supplies used in making this card: Stamps: Papertrey Ink Pretty Petals stamp set,  Hero Arts Everyday Sayings (CL342-retired), Borders and Backgrounds 3 stamp set by WPlus9; Inks: Papertrey Inks in Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse, and Harvest Gold;  Versafine Ink in Onyx Black; Cardstock: Essentials by Ellen Woodgrain Embossed, Neenah Solar White both 110 lb. and 80 lb.; Other: Wink of Stella in Clear.