Neat & Tangled: You Have a Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold

I love cards with texture and dimension. This card definitely has that.

An embossing folder was used to create the background behind the heart and it complements the faceted look of the heart image. The gold heat-embossed heart adds more texture to the heart image and the image is raised up from the background with double-sided foam tape. The sentiment is gold-embossed on a rectangle of black cardstock and is also raised using foam tape.

The prism background was a little warped after going through my Vagabond machine, so I mounted the card front onto card base using fun foam after I cut it down to 4” by 5.25”. I then mounted the card front onto a 4.25” by 5.5” piece of black cardstock before adhering it onto a 4.25” by 5.5” (A2-sized) card base.

I added a tiny glitter heart that I had punched out from red-glitter paper for a Valentine’s project just to add a little pop of bright color to the card. (Always save the extra unused embellishments from other projects! They come in handy.)

There is lots of dimension going on here! The effect is great and the card feels very sturdy to the touch.
Also, I love We R Memory Keeper’s Next Level embossing folders. The dimension you get from these folders is incredible!


Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Neat & Tangled: Heart of Gold stamp set
Inks: Versamark ink.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (dry-embossed prism background and gold-embossed heart); Papertrey Ink cardstock: True Black; Neenah Solar White 110# (card base); red glitter heart from my stash.
Other: We R Memory Keepers: Next Level embossing folder – Gemstone; Hero Arts gold embossing powder; 3M double-sided foam tape; white fun foam.

Love & Hugs


Here’s another post for Ellen Hutson’s July, 2016 Mix It Up Challenge with Neat & Tangled.

Maybe it’s the hot, humid weather here in Chicago that has made me kind of sluggish and a little bit lazy in making more elaborate cards. Whatever the reason, I’m currently into a minimal CAS card style with very little if any embellishments (sequins, glitter, etc.).

This is a second card I made for Ellen Hutson’s classroom July, 2016 Mix It Up Challenge.

It features a cascade of hearts (Neat & Tangled: Falling Hearts) and a simple sentiment in straight and simple lines (Essentials by Ellen: All Inside (words love and hug) and Basic Alpha (for the ampersand).

The cascading hearts were stamped multiple times across the top of the card front using a rich red ink. I stamped the words love and hugs from the All Inside stamp set and stamped the small ampersand from the Basic Alpha stamp set between the two words. I cut down my original A2 card front by trimming it an eighth of an inch on the vertical sides (for a 4-inch by 5.5 inch card front) and then mounted this onto an A2, top-folding card base.

Wishing you love & hugs!


Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: All Inside (sentiment words), Basic Alpha (ampersand); Neat & Tangled: Falling Hearts stamp.

Inks: Hero Arts Mid-tone Shadow Ink: Royal Red (hearts); Versafine: Black Onyx (sentiment).

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# card front; WPlus9; black cardstock for card base.

Up the Happy: Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge with Neat & Tangled



Summer has been really busy and I haven’t had the chance to post cards, though I’ve made several. Today I pushed myself to do a post.

This is a card I made for Ellen Hutson’s classroom July, 2016 Mix It Up Challenge. The challenge requires that you use stamps or products from Essentials by Ellen and Neat & Tangled. I decided to go with a CAS style card. I chose images with strong graphic lines from both brands that I think go well together.

The clouds and balloon where colored with watercolor coloring pencils and then die-cut and then popped-up on the card front using dimensional foam dots. All other images were stamped directly onto the card front.

I love Neat & Tangled’s products. They have a very graphic feel to them and they’ve just recently added cute critters (Kitty’s Favorite Things) and other whimsical images such as a mermaid (Mermazing).

I remember buying my first sets (Little Tangles and On the Strip) from them before they were ever sold by online stamp stores such as Ellen Hutson and Simon Says Stamp.

The N&T Punchinella stamp is one that looks great in bold colors or on tone-on-tone. N&T even has a Punchinella die!

Have an outstanding and happy day!


Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Up the Happy (clouds and balloon); Neat & Tangled: Punchinella stamp (background).

Dies:  Essentials by Ellen: coordinating dies to the Up the Happy stamp set.

Inks and other Coloring Mediums:  WPlus9: Flamingo (background); Versafine: Black Onyx (cloud and balloon images and sentiment); Staedtler watercolor pencils (coloring for clouds and balloon).

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# card front; Coral colored card stock from my stash for card front mat; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.