Happy Wednesday! (Okay, let’s make that a happy Thursday—I’ve just returned from a craft industry trade show and conference in the UK and am just unpacking and getting re-sorted.)

Couture Destination Dreams Defining Moments Flower Basket die

This week I want to share a simple and effective technique for creating different areas of color and texture in your cards, when working with open-area cutting dies like this Couture die from Create and Craft:

Couture Destination Dreams Defining Moments basket die

See all of those open areas? This design looks beautiful when simply cut and placed on a contrasting piece of card—yet, it’s also fun to fill in some of the open areas by coloring them in with pens or pencils. Of course, you can also fill in the open areas by paper piecing with the leftover, or “innie” pieces of the design. Let’s take a look:

Die-Cut Paper Piecing with Couture, what you need—

Couture By Create and Craft Defining Moments Collection – Destination Dreams: Create and Craft

Dreamees Hanging Basket stamp set

Create and Craft Pack of 30 A4 Satin Board 250 GSM: Create and Craft

Create and Craft Pack of 50 A5 White Scalloped Card and Envelopes: Create and Craft

Black inkpad

Black, white cardstock

Purple silk ribbon

Die-Cut Paper Piecing with Couture, how to do it—

  1. Die cut the flower basket from black card. Place a snippet of gold satin card behind the bottom portion of the basket and glue; when the glue has dried, trim around the outside edge.
  2. Glue the flower basket onto white cardstock, taking care that all areas are firmly attached. Tip: You can use a glue stick to glue intricate dies, or a spray mount adhesive also works well.
  3. Die cut the flower basket from purple satin card. Remove the piece from the cutting machine but keep the innies in the metal die. Working in one flower at a time, place a bit of white glue in the open areas of the design and use the poky tool to gently remove the petals and place them in their corresponding places. Tip: Tweezers might be a help!
  4. Die cut the flower basket from green satin card and repeat the process to fill in the leaves.

5. When done, mat on green satin card and glue to the front of the eyelet-edged card blank. Stamp the sentiment at the bottom right corner and add a purple bow.

Enjoy! (And happy Thursday!)

Happy Wednesday!

I’m still loving my new Liquitex acrylic paint markers for cardmaking! These are such a fun and easy way to add color to your cards, quickly, easily and without a lot of mess.

Because the paint is in a marker format, you can simply apply it straight from the pen to your surface—in this case, I used the pen to apply paint onto my clear acrylic stamp. I spritzed it with water right beforehand to get a watery effect when stamping. When you do this technique, be sure to wash your stamp right away (warm water and dishwashing soap will do the trick).

Do you like the stamps, by the way? These are from Dreamees, a mother-and-daughter company from the UK. Their stamps and CDs are available from Create and Craft.

Birthday Card with Acrylic Paint Pens and Dreamees Stamps, what you need—

Birthday Card with Acrylic Paint Pens and Dreamees Stamps, how to make it—

  1. Lightly mist the large flower stamp with water. Apply blue paint, then stamp on kraft cardstock. Repeat to stamp more flowers going from the top right to the bottom left of the kraft cardstock.
  2. Stamp the sentiment in black ink at the bottom right. Ink the edges black, then glue to the front of the card blank.
  3. Die cut the label shape from white card and use the green marker to edge the piece. Stamp the flower stalk with black and stamp the large flower on top. Stamp the smaller flower on a second piece of white card, cut out and adhere with foam tape. Stamp and cut out the leaves, then foam-tape them as shown.
  4. Add a pearl in the flower center. Use foam tape to adhere the label. Tie a bow in check ribbon and glue as shown.

Here’s another look at the whole card:

acrylic paint markers

Enjoy—and happy Wednesday!

Wow—February already?!?

This month I want to share an easy and fun technique: Ink spritzing on Lazertran. You watch see the video here, and keep reading for written instructions.

Lazertran is a waterslide decal paper. It’s designed to be printed on with a home printer—they have a paper that’s made for laser printers and another for inkjet printers, so you can print your photos and make transfers. But you can also print on it other ways, like by stamping, inking or spritzing with a color spray.

Lazertran color spritzing card

Once you apply your color to Lazertran, you will need to let it dry, then soak it in a container with some shallow water. I use warm water—I find it works a bit faster than cold water, and it’s nicer for my hands! Let the liner soak off the Lazertran piece, then remove it from the water and let it dry (or just become damp) before gluing to a background piece.

Ink Spritzing on Lazertran, what you need—

Lazertran Waterslide Decal Paper for Inkjet Printers

Crushed Grape Dylusions color spray from Ranger

Thank You stamp: Eclectica ESN20 from PaperArtsy

Black inkpad

Cardstock: White, teal, lavender, cream

Blank white card

Book paper

Teal ribbon

Self-adhesive rhinestones

Shallow container with water

Paper towel

Mod Podge

Ink Spritzing on Lazertran, how to make it—

  1. Spritz Crushed Grape onto the white (not pale blue) side of a piece of Lazertran, leaving some white showing. Let dry, then place in a shallow container filled with water. The liner will begin to separate; when it does, remove the piece from the water and place on a piece of paper towel. Gently pull off the liner and pat the Lazertran piece dry or semi-dry.
  2. Apply a light coat of Mod Podge to a sheet of book paper and place the Lazertran piece on top. Smooth it to ensure there are no air bubbles. Let dry.
  3. Trim the piece down, then mount on white, teal and lavender card. 
  4. Stamp the sentiment on cream card and trim to a strip, then mat on lavender and glue across the Lazertran piece. Wrap with teal ribbon, securing the ends to the back of the Lazertran piece. Glue to the card front. Tie a bow in teal ribbon and glue as shown. Add self-adhesive rhinestones.

Want to see a step-by-step video for this technique? Just stop by Studio SN on You Tube and you can watch the Ink Spritzing on Lazertran video!

Happy Wednesday!

Today I want to share a fun and easy tag using Couture cutting dies. The Floral Alphabet is one of the most beautiful sets of alphas I’ve seen in a long time—they look great cut from regular cardstock, and they’re really stunning when cut from metallic card as I’ve done here. I love them for spelling out words and names, but just using a single letter as a small monogram is really effective too. You can easily layer them, snipping away the butterflies and flowers to create dimensional looks…and you can add 3-D embellishments to accentuate the details too. And of course, they integrate perfectly with other Couture dies too!

Couture tag

Couture Alphabet Tag, what you need—

Couture By Create and Craft Artistry Collection Floral Alphabet cutting dies

Couture By Create and Craft The Big Reveal Collection cutting dies

Couture By Create and Craft By Invitation Only Collection cutting dies

Gold mirror cardstock

Blank tag

Hot pink cardstock, black cardstock

Gold self-adhesive embellishments

Foam tape

Gold metallic dot washi tape

Couture Alphabet Tag, how to make it—

  1. Apply metallic gold washi tape along the two long sides of the tag, trimming off the excess.
  2. Die cut the Moroccan grate die from metallic gold cardstock, then shift the die over to cut a continuing pattern from the same piece of card. Mat on pink card and glue to the front of the tag.

3. Die cut a black label from the By Invitation Only collection and add it to the tag with foam tape.

4. Die cut two of the same letter: one from pink card, another from metallic gold. Glue the two together, slightly offset. Glue to the center of the label. Add gold embellishments at the top and bottom of the label, and in the center of the flower on the letter.

5. Fold a piece of washi tape in half length-wise, sticky sides together. Tie it through the hole in the top of the tag.Couture tag

That’s it—easy! For more Couture dies and demos, please join me on Create and Craft TV!

Last week I found my local craft store. Let me just say, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve had a local craft store and I am soooo happy! Like any good crafter, I wandered the aisles looking for new things and came across paint pens.

Yes, acrylic paint in a pen.

So what’s so great about that? First, you can get bright, opaque color in a pen with a variety of nibs…meaning that you can paint broad strokes, angled strokes, or fine lines. Check this out:

Liquitex paint markers

See the different tips? That’s one of the cool things.

The other thing is that it allows you to add bright color to lots of different surfaces: glass, paper, canvas, etc—try them on dark surfaces for a really cool effect. The marker also makes it more accessible, since you can apply the paint with a drawing motion rather than a painting motion, as with a brush.

What I also love? Having the paint in a pen makes it mess-proof. Right now my “studio” is a very tiny living room in an apartment with rental furniture and the last thing I can do is get messy, so these pens are fabulous for anyone creating in a small space. No brushes or clean up needed, yay!

And…you can make a really simple, funky card with these pens—


Acrylic Paint Pens for Quick Card Making, what I used:

Liquitex Paint Markers: Vivid Lime Green, 8-15mm; Bronze Yellow, 2-4mm; Fluorescent Pink, 2-4mm

Black ink

Stamp: Spring Sweeties, Dreamees

Teal, white cardstock

Scrap paper

Acrylic Paint Pens for Quick Card Making, how to do it:

  1. Prime the markers by shaking well, then pressing down the nib to get the paint flowing. Place white cardstock on scrap paper, then draw a line of green paint. Add thin lines of gold, then dots of pink in between. When the green paint is dry, add pink dots. Let the lines be wobbly for a funky, handcrafted effect—or use a ruler for super straight lines.
  2. Stamp “thank you” with black on the bottom left.
  3. Trim to size, mat on teal card and glue to the card front.

So easy! Plus, really little dry time and no clean up. Great for those quick and simple cards.