A Father Is…

A Father Is…


(inside: Happy Father’s Day)

This simple card features the “Father Calligraphy” stamp (G10093) from Paper Inspirations and the background stamp from the “You’ve Got This” set from Stampin’ Up (retired).

For the background, I inked up the stamp with Gina K Designs Powder Blue ink  and “stamped off” the image onto scrap paper.  Then I spritzed the stamp (and remaining ink) with water and stamped the wet ink onto a white card panel.  Once that dried, I stamped the “Father” sentiment with GKD In the Navy ink at full strength.

I used my Tim Holtz distress marker spritzer tool with a Copic Marker (B39) to add some tiny ink spots and then embossed this panel using the “Subtle” 3D embossing folder from Stampin’ Up.  This was added to a GKD In the Navy mat and a white card base.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Goose Scene with Multi-Layer Stamping

Goose Scene with Multi-Layer Stamping


I’ve done multi-layer stamping before, but it has always been with three panels layered (and centered) one on top of the other.  I thought I’d try a more horizontal “scene” approach with this one.  (My scene layout was inspired by this card.)

HERE’S one I had done before…

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To do multi-layered stamping:

1.  Cut the panels you plan to layer and on which you plan to stamp.  (The sizes don’t matter; make them fit your design!)

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2.   Layer and temporarily adhere the panels as desired.  (Use removable adhesive behind the panels so it does not interfere with your stamping.)  For the goose sample above, I used two white rectangles – one positioned horizontally and the other smaller one positioned vertically and centered on the first.  (For the older sample, I used three white rectangles layered and centered from smallest to largest.)  Do not add the mats at this point; you are just layering the panels on which you will be stamping.

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3.   Simply stamp your images onto the layered panels making sure that some of the image(s) go over the border(s) so parts of the image(s) are on two (or more of the layers).  You may notice that the images don’t stamp really close to the borders of the overlapping card stock and leave a little gap.  That’s because the thickness of the card stock is preventing the stamp from making contact with the neighboring card stock.  That’s fine; these “gaps” will be covered with the mats.

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(At this point, add color if desired.  You want the color to flow across the panels just as the stamping does.  I did not add any color here in this quick tutorial but did in my finished card project.)


4.   Once all the stamping (and coloring/inking/shading if desired) is complete, separate the stamped panels, mat each one, and re-attach them by layering them the same way they were originally stamped.  Make sure to line up the images as best you can so it looks like they continue past the mats.

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Play around with different sizes and positions for your layered panels for a variety of card layouts!


To add the color to my images, I loosely sponged ink over and around the areas with a foam blending tool.  I just wanted a hint of color and was not going for a neatly colored scene.

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I used Recollections white, black and kraft card stock along with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink and Memento Tuxedo Black, Desert Sand, Bamboo Leaves, and Summer Sky inks.  I spritzed ink over the panels with a Walnut Stain distress marker and a Tim Holtz marker spritzer tool.  The embossing folder is Multi Stripes by Darice.  Stamps were from the Stampin’ Up “Wetlands” set (retired?).

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Easel Card with Negative Framed Scene

Easel Card with Negative Framed Scene


For this card I used the negative of a “happy” die cut (the part left after the die cut is removed from the card stock) and a printed scene behind it.  I embossed the frame around the “scene” and the stamped greeting with a wafer thin stitched rectangle die using my Cuttlebug and a Spellbinders embossing mat.  (The “sandwich” I use for embossing with a thin die is A-plate, B-plate, embossing mat, card stock, die with cutting edge facing paper and embossing mat, B-plate, and a chipboard shim.)

I created a few more designs with different scenes, greeting stamps, and color combinations.

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For this final sample, I did not emboss the panel with the rectangle die.  Instead, I sprayed speckles of ink onto the card front using a Tim Holtz marker spritzer tool and a Vintage Photo distress marker.


To create the easel card base, I started with a piece of card stock measuring 6 1/4 inches by 10 inches and scored it at 5 inches and 2 1/2 inches.  (I chose these measurements because they worked with the dies and stamps I was using.  You basically just need to fold your card base in half and the front in half again.)  The separate panel you decorate for the card front should be the same size as the folded card base; in my case it was 6 1/4 inches by 5 inches.  After folding the card base in half, fold the front of the card base up along the 2 1/2 inch score line (like a “z”), and adhere your decorated card front panel to the half portion showing.  (If you unfold the front of the card base after adhering the decorated panel, the decorated panel should flip to the inside of the card.)  Stamp a greeting on a separate panel.  Adhere the greeting panel to the inside of the card base with foam tape.  (It needs to be raised up slightly; this piece will hold the “easel” card front when opened.)  Your raised greeting panel will be hidden inside the card when the card is “closed” and only the decorated card front is showing.

The “happy” die is called “In a Word: Happy Cutaway” by Winnie & Walter .  The scenes I used behind the “happy” negatives were google images.  Photos and patterned paper would work also.

This card folds flat for mailing.


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Birds of a Feather Center Step Card (and a few more scenic cards)

Birds of a Feather Center Step Card (and a few more scenic cards)


Over the years, I have purchased quite a few 12″ x 12″ paper pads and packs.  Usually, I buy them for a sheet or two that I need for a particular project, and then the rest of it gets filed away and forgotten about.  I recently pulled a bunch of them out and found some great pieces that made nice card panels.

The above 5″ x 7″ center step card was made with paper called “Birds of a Feather” by 7 Gypsies.  The printed panels were matted on Gina K Faded Brick card stock and a heavy weight ivory card base.  I love the pattern and rich colors on this paper!

To create the greeting, I used the “Thank You 2” die by Cheery Lynn Designs and black card stock.  The background paper was so busy which made it difficult to see the die cut by itself so I created a banner for behind it from Gina K Faded Brick card stock and ink, a leaf stamp from the Stampers Anonymous “Falling Leaves” set by Tim Holtz, and the Banner Triple Punch from Stampin’ Up.  (As you can probably tell from a few of my recent posts, I am loving the “texture” created when you stamp a tone-on-tone image randomly to cover the card stock panel!)

Here is the template for a 5×7 inch center step card:


I had several sheets of this paper so I made a few more without a greeting so they would be suitable for a variety of occasions and ready to go as needed.



Here are a few more step cards I came up with using paper from a pad called “Lake Life Is Best” by Paper House.  (The Father’s Day stamp is from a set called “Father’s Day Innies & Outies” by My Sentiments Exactly.)

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These cards practically make themselves; the scenic paper does all the work!  I kind of feel like I’m cheating, but I have SO MUCH paper like this (with a large pattern or scene), and using it on this step card design is a great way to put it to good use.  And you can add as much or as little to the scene; I think it always looks “finished” and awesome.

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Baseball Box Card

Baseball Box Card

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This baseball box card is from the “Father’s Day Box Cards” SVG Kit by SVGCuts. The kit contains several different box card projects with themes that are perfect for Father’s Day or that could be used year round. In addition to this baseball card, there is a golf cart card (which I previously made), a toolbox card, a BBQ grill card, and a generic card with stars. The kit contains the svg files that you can cut with your electronic die cutting machine, and you can choose the papers and embellishments. Once all the pieces are cut out, you assemble them into an amazing dimensional card! A tutorial VIDEO is provided to make assembly a breeze.


I made this card for my son’s birthday.  The greeting I added to the star element is from the “Just Fore You” stamp set by CC Designs stamped with Gina K Charcoal Brown ink.

The card stock I used was all from Gina K Designs:  Sandy Beach, Grass Green, Charcoal Brown, Cherry Red, White, and Metallic Gold.  I swiped Gina K Kraft ink across the bats to give them a wooden appearance.

There is a panel on the back where you can write or stamp a message to the recipient.


The stamp I used on this card is from the “All About You” set from Gina K Designs and was stamped with Gina K Charcoal Brown Ink.

Box Cards fold flat to fit into a regular envelope, and depending on the embellishments that you choose, they may not even require extra postage (if you make them light and flat enough).


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