Spring Tree Note Card (and a few variations)

Spring Tree Note Card (and a few variations)


In my last post, I shared a project I created to demonstrate die cutting, masking, and sponging for the Card Making Class I am teaching.  I also created some spring themed cards as options.

Here is one with slightly different colors:


For both these samples, I used “Meadow” Flower Soft to add a bit of texture and dimension.

We had done this same card design in the fall using “Autumn” Flower Soft and fall colors:


I also tried a sample using “Polar White” Flower Soft as snow, although I think I’d like it better if the “snow” were whiter/brighter.


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Penn Cut Out Photo Card

Penn Cut Out Photo Card


(inside: Congratulations!)

A friend was being honored with the University of Pennsylvania’s “Alumni Award of Merit” for demonstrating outstanding service to the university.  I wanted to make a congratulatory card and came up with this design using a photo I had taken of Penn’s College Hall behind cut out letters.  The inside had plenty of room for a handwritten note.

I cut the letters with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine from Core’dinations Bright White textured card stock and mounted it on Gina K Charcoal Brown, more of the textured white, and a heavy weight white 5 x 7 inch card base.  I chose this photo for behind the letters because it had gorgeous fall foliage for a pop of color and showed a bit of the Ben Franklin statue that any Penn alumnus would recognize!


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Congratulations, Eagle Scout!

Congratulations, Eagle Scout!


(inside:  You did it!)

One of the things I love about card making is being able to customize a card to fit any occasion, situation, or subject.  My friend’s son was being honored for the well-deserved achievement of becoming an Eagle Scout, and I was invited to his Court of Honor.  I needed a card to fit the occasion but saw nothing in my travels that was made just for congratulating scouts.  It was great to be able to come up with something that worked, and I had a lot of fun making it!

I started with the digital paper/image from Ladybird Press called “Boy Scout Oath Print” that I purchased on Etsy.  At my request, the shop owner was nice enough to also send me the blank wood-grained background file (without the words) that I used for my greeting panel.  Thanks, Carlee!!

I used Gina K Dark Chocolate and Sandy Beach card stock for the card base and mats.

I purchased the Eagle Scout sticker on ebay, but the colors did not match those on the background that well, so I scanned and printed the sticker image on a piece of vellum, cut it out, and glued it to a piece of Gina K Sandy Beach card stock.  The color of the card stock through the vellum made the whites of the original sticker more of an off-white and dulled the reds and blues to be closer to the background.  I cut a frame with dies from the Spellbinders Classic Ovals (large and small) sets out of the Dark Chocolate and adhered it on top of the vellum to hide the glue dots that were visible around the edges.

The greeting stamp originally said, “Congratulations, You did it!” (unknown brand).  I cut the stamp apart and used the “You did it!” half on the inside of the card.  Both were stamped with Gina K Dark Chocolate ink.

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Black and White Daisy Note Card

Black and White Daisy Note Card


This simple note card features the “Watercolor Daisy” stamp from Hampton Art.  When I originally purchased it, I intended to add color to the image, but I really liked how it looked in black and white so I “threw together” a quick black and white note card.  (I’ll try it with color next time!)

The image was stamped with Gina K Black Onyx ink on white card stock.  A Teresa Collings Enamal Dot was added to the center. The background panel was embossed with a Cuttlebug “Swiss Dots” embossing folder.  Black mats and a piece of black and white ribbon (by Offray) finished it off.

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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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