Happy Wednesday! Yes, I know…it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and I’m already thinking of Christmas cards. Blame Craftwork Cards—they sent me some stamps to use in an article I wrote for Crafts Beautiful magazine, and I just had to put them to more use. I love this beautiful scripty “joy” and how it can be used for so many designs.

Sara Naumann Joy blog post card


Clean and Simple Joy Christmas Card, what you need—

All Wrapped Up stamp set from Craftwork Cards

Moon Rock ink from Altenew

• Cardstock: cream, kraft, red, gold metallic

• Book paper

• Waterbrush

• Bakers twine

• Self adhesive rhinestones

• White card base

Clean and Simple Joy Christmas Card, how to make it—

  1. Stamp “joy” at the bottom right corner of cream cardstock. Make a watery wash of Moon Rock ink and use the waterbrush to spatter over the cardstock. Let dry. Tip: Place a piece of scrap paper over the stamped word so no ink spatters affect the readability.
  2. Mat on kraft cardstock.
  3. Cut a narrow strip each of red cardstock, gold metallic cardstock, and book paper. (This is a great way to use up those paper scraps!)
  4. Glue the strips along the right side of the cream cardstock, wrapping the ends to the back of the piece.
  5. Wrap with baker’s twine, securing the ends to the back of the cardstock.
  6. Tie a bow on the baker’s twine. Glue to the card front, then add rhinestone accents.

That’s it—easy! And if you like this design, pop over to the Create and Craft blog to see a very similar card layout used for a thank-you design.


Happy Wednesday! As you might have noticed, I’ve been on a paper piecing kick, using this simple technique to add depth to my stamped images. This week, I wanted to combine paper piecing with another favorite technique of brayering inky color.

The paper piecing process is the same: cut, layer and glue the same stamped image to create a piece with visual depth. The only difference is that you’ll also create your own inky cardstock to stamp on! You can see it in the flower, the bud and the leaves on this layered image. The blue is watery ink that’s been brayered onto white cardstock, then the image stamped on top—same with the green leaves at the base of the blossom.

You Are Incredible, what you need—
• Stamps: Persian Motifs (Altenew)
• Ink pads: Permanent Black, Ocean Waves, Forest Glades (Altenew)
• Card: White, teal, black
• Black and white baker’s twine
• Stick glue, foam tape

You’ll also need a brayer, water mister and craft sheet and small detail scissors.

You Are Incredible, how to make it—
Stamp the flower and sentiment onto white card. Set aside.

Press blue ink onto the craft sheet. Spritz lightly with water. Roll the brayer through the watery wash, then onto another piece of white cardstock. Let dry.

Stamp the flower two more times onto the brayered cardstock. Cut out one base flower and one bud. Use stick glue to glue them on top of the original stamped image. From the second stamped flower, cut out only the center portion of the base flower and adhere with foam tape on the original image.

Altenew Sara Naumann paper pieced inked card

Repeat the brayering process with a watery wash of green ink. Stamp the flower, then cut out the leaf portion and glue on top of the original blue flower.

Mat on black, then teal cardstock. Glue to the card front.

Tie a bow in baker’s twine and glue to the flower.

That’s it—enjoy!

Hi everyone! On October 30, I had the pleasure of hosting a Facebook Live event for Altenew. If you missed it or want to tune in again, you can access the video by clicking here!

I also wanted to share some photos of the projects that I created during the Facebook Live event. Take a look!

Tip: Remember, for each project, you’ll need a brayer, water mister and acrylic block for stamping. In some cases, I also used a waterbrush to spatter wet ink. You can use a paintbrush too if you like.


Inks: Forest Glades, Frayed Leaf, Permanent Black, Lava Rock
Stamp set: Happy Holidays
Cutting dies: Framed Dies
Cardstock: Kraft, white, red
Hemp twine
Foam tape

Brayer white card with Forest Glades. Repeat with Frayed Leaf. Let dry, then spatter with watery Black. Mat on kraft cardstock. Glue a strip of red cardstock across the card blank, then glue the brayered piece on top. Wrap with twine, securing the ends of the twine to the front of the card. Stamp the sentiment with Lava Rock. Place a die-cut oval mask over the stamped sentiment, then spatter with watery Black. Mat on red. Glue to the card front. Die cut a frame from kraft card, then foam tape over the sentiment. Add a twine bow.  



Inks: Caramel Toffee, Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Velvet, Permanent Black
Stamp set: With Gratitude
Cutting dies: Framed Dies, With Gratitude
Cardstock: Kraft, white, gray
Hemp twine
Foam tape

Brayer white card with Warm Sunshine. Spatter with watery Velvet. Mat on gray card. Wrap with twine, then mat on kraft card and glue to the card front. Die cut a white oval, then use Black to stamp the sentiment in the center. Die cut a gray frame and layer the two on the card front with foam tape: One layer of foam tape for the frame and two for the oval. Stamp one half of the leaf with Caramel Toffee. Stamp the other half with Buttercream. Die cut into a leaf and adhere with foam tape to the card front. Add a twine bow.

Sara Naumann Facebook Live Altenew Brayered backgrounds

Inks: Caramel Toffee, Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Velvet, Blush, Rouge, Paper Bag 
Stamp set: With Gratitude
Cutting dies: With Gratitude
Cardstock: White, gray
Hemp twine
Foam tape

Brayer white card with Blush. Repeat with Velvet. Let dry, then brayer with Warm Sunshine. Mat on gray cardstock and glue to the card front. Wrap the card front with twine, securing the ends to the front with tape. Stamp the sentiment with Paper Bag, then mat the top and bottom on gray cardstock. Use foam tape to secure across the card front, hiding the ends of the twine. Stamp four leaf outlines with Paper Bag. On two leaves, stamp half of the inside with Buttercream. On the other two leaves, stamp half of the inside with Caramel Toffee. Die cut the stamped leaves. Die cut 2 large gray leaf silhouettes and 2 small gray leaf silhouettes. Glue the gray silhouettes behind the stamped leaves, slightly offset. Add to the card front with foam tape.

A big thanks to Altenew for inviting me to do this Facebook Live event…and a *huge* thanks to Lydia for being behind the scenes and organizing everything before and during the event.

Happy November! (I can’t believe it’s November already!)


Today on Studio SN on You Tube, I want to share a technique I really enjoy: Paper Piecing Stamped Images. It’s one of those classic techniques that never goes out of style, but one that we (okay, I) can tend to forget about. 

It’s really simple: Just stamp your image in black and white, then stamp it again multiple times on colored cardstock. Cut these apart and glue them on top of the original image. Do as much or as little as you want—you can glue the elements flat or use foam tape.

For this card, I’m using the Up & Away Bear Balloons design from My Sentiments Exactly. It’s such a sweet design and with lots of open areas, it’s perfect for paper piecing.

Paper Piecing Bear Card, what you need—

Paper Piecing Bear Card,, how to make it—

Stamp the bear image onto white cardstock, using black ink. I use the Load & Fold, but you can use any acrylic block. (Note the open areas at the top of the balloons…those are part of the overall sketchy design of this stamp series!)

Sara Naumann paper piecing stamped images bear 2

Stamp the image again onto green, blue, yellow, and kraft cardstock. Cut out the various parts of the image:

The bear from kraft

Two balloons from blue

One balloon from yellow

One balloon from green

The bear’s seat from blue

The bear’s scarf from green

Use the glue stick to adhere the pieces to the original black and white stamped image. (Be sure to glue the balloons starting from either side, then add the yellow one last as it’s visually in front of the bunch.)

Mat the image on black, green, yellow, white and black cardstock. Wrap the bottom corner with bakers twine, then glue to the front of a kraft card base.

Like this technique? Then be sure to watch the Paper Piecing Stamped Images video on Studio SN on You Tube!

Happy Wednesday! Today I wanted to share with you a fun and easy little gift box, using the Couture range of cutting dies. Here’s the thing, though: Right after I made this little box, I discovered the dies I used are no longer available at Create and Craft…they sold out in between the time I made this project! However, I know a lot of you have already purchased these dies, so it seems a shame not to show an idea of how you can use them.

Couture Gift Box, what you need—

Couture by Create and Craft Christmas Numbers and Letters

Couture by Create and Craft Multiple Closure Box

Metallic star cardstock

Red cardstock

Green satin card, gold satin card

Foam tape

Self adhesive pearl

Silver ribbon

Washi tape or other low-tack tape

Die cutting machine

Double-sided tape

Couture Gift Box, how to make it—

Die cut the box outline from metallic star cardstock. Fold up and use double-sided tape to secure the flaps.

Die cut the tag, two branches, letter, circle, and berries as shown. (I like to secure the dies to cardstock with washi tape so I can use up my small scraps of cardstock.)

Secure the branches and berries to the box top.

Glue the letter to the tag and glue to the gold circle. Add the circle to the box with foam tape.

Sara Naumann Couture Gift Box

Finish with a bow and pearl.

That’s it…easy! It’s such a simple project that takes just a few minutes and works beautifully for the upcoming holidays!