Diagonal Split Panel Wedding Card

Diagonal Split Panel Wedding Card


I came across this fun technique that features offset angles and some patterned paper to create an interesting, layered background panel.

Here is a video tutorial on how to do this technique, although I changed mine up a bit by matting my finished panel and changing the angle/measurements of my cuts.  I’ve also seen variations where the solid panels are popped up with foam tape and where the center portion is hand-stamped.

I used Bazzill “Whirlpool” along with black and heavy weight white card stock.  The patterned paper is called “B&W Wedding Words” by the Paper Studio.  I just love the dies from the “Shadow Box Collection – Mr. & Mrs.” set by Creative Expressions!

Here are two more cards I made using this technique:



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CAS Thinking of You Note Card

CAS Thinking of You Note Card


This “Clean and Simple” card features a stamp from the “Water Color Trio” set from Stampin’ Up (retired) and a greeting from the “Banners” set from Joy! Crafts.

I originally purchased a used, incomplete set of these stamps on ebay (specifically for this stamp), but the greetings (and one of the other images) were not included.  I saw the complete set on ebay when doing this post and immediately ordered the complete set!  I just love those greeting stamps!!  (I guess the seller did too – lol!!!)

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The stamps in this set were designed to look like the images were water colored, so just stamping them makes it look like water was added.  Although not the correct colors for cherry blossoms (which I think these are supposed to be – lol!), I went with GKD Moonlit Fog and Wild Lilac ink on water color paper.  The base is Bazzill Buttermints, and the mats are Wild Lilac.

Back to basics…  just a few stamps and inks!

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Teal Thinking of You (Two-Tone Inking)

Thinking of You (Two-Tone Inking)


I saw this video where Gina K shows an inking technique she calls “Two-tone Inking” to create the look of layering stamps when using a single stamp and thought I’d give it a try.  It is basically a thumping technique, but instead of using markers, you use the edge of an ink pad to “thump” the second, darker color over the lighter ink on a stamp.

This technique will work with any solid or silhouette image stamp.  I used one of the flower images from the “Petal Prints, Two Step Stampin” set from Stampin’ Up (retired?).  (Even though this is a two step stamp set, I only used one of the layers for this card.)  First, I inked the stamp with GKD Sea Glass ink (the lighter color), and then I thumped over it with GKD Tranquil Teal.  It was suggested that you use the smaller ink cubes for this technique, but I only have the full size pad, and it worked fine.

I “smooshed” my background using GKD Seaglass ink and water.  I used some of this with a paintbrush for the splatters as well.  Tranquil Teal card stock was used for the mat panel.  The leaves (from the same Petal Prints stamp set) were “stamped off” with Sea Glass. The greeting can be found in the “Moments of Grace” set from Simon Says Stamp and was stamped with Tranquil Teal.

Over at the Modsquad Challenge Blog, the challenge this week is “A Time for Giving” where we are to “make a card to demonstrate GIVING such as kindness, thankfulness and friendship.”  This “Get Well” card was sent to let the recipient know she was in my thoughts and prayers as she recovered and to offer any help she might need until she gets back on her feet.

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Beach Scene Shaker Card

Beach Scene Shaker Card


I wanted to make a thank you note for the generous couple who let us stay at their beach house last week and thought using sand and shells from “their beach” would be great in a shaker card for them.

I sponged the sand, sea, and sky with Gina K Tranquil Teal and Kraft inks on white card stock and then added the sand and water details with the same inks and stamps from the Stampin’ Up “Timeless Textures” set (retired?).  The sandpipers are from the Stampin’ Up “Wetlands” set (retired?), and the greeting is from the “Banners” set from Joy! Crafts.  Both were stamped with GKD Charcoal Brown ink.

I cut the beach scene panel with a stitched frame die (unbranded) and then backed the frame with a piece of acetate.  (I have to admit I was a bit nervous at first about cutting my “finished” sponged and stamped panel after spending all the time to create it, but I really like how the scene ended up being continuous across the raised frame and the inside portion of the shaker panel.)  I layered GKD Tranquil Teal and Recollections Kraft mats and cut a rectangle from the center (that was larger than the frame opening but smaller than the frame).  Those layers were then adhered behind the frame/acetate panel to create the raised portion of the shaker element and card front. (I added the mats in this way instead of directly to the card base because I wanted the card front to be flat instead of having the shaker panel sticking off the surface.)

To create the recessed, background piece of the shaker panel, a double layer of fun foam, cut with the same frame die, was glued to a scrap of card stock.  The portion of the sponged/stamped scene that was “left over” from the frame die cut was dropped into the opening of the stacked, foam frames.  The sand and shells were then added.

Before sealing up the shaker panel with the matted top layer, I gently wiped/patted the acetate with a dryer sheet to remove the static.  There was a lot, and the sand kept jumping up onto the acetate before it was “treated” – lol!  If you do this, just be careful not to scratch the acetate.  After the static was eliminated, the two panels were glued together trapping the sand and shells inside.

The finished shaker panel was adhered to a GKD Tranquil Teal base.  A white panel was added to the inside so I could write my message.

Over at the Modsquad Challenge Blog, the challenge this week is “A Time for Giving” where we are to “make a card to demonstrate GIVING such as kindness, thankfulness and friendship.”

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90th Birthday Spinner Card

90th Birthday Spinner Card

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I made this card for my father-in-law who turned 90 this past summer and another one for my dad who turned 80.  Happy Birthday, Dad and Dad!

This card has a spinner pop-up element on the inside that was made with a die from the “Spinner Square Pop-Up” die set (#1042) by Karen Burniston.  There is a video tutorial that I found helpful in assembling this card.  (I also found a video for making this type of card without the die set in case you are interested.)

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This set contains the spinner/pop-up die along with some decorative squares, a border, and photo corners.  There is no theme to this set which makes it very versatile but also requires additional supplies and more thinking/planning – lol!!.  (The cake and greeting on the front and the numbers/balloons and stars on the inside did not come with this set.)

Here is the inside of the card:

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I made the number balloons by cutting off the balloons (of a balloon die cut) from their strings and replacing them with the number die cuts.  (I  made “80” balloons for my dad’s card.)  I added these to a die cut star that I attached to the swinging arm element hiding behind the sentiment panel.

The patterned paper I used came from two digital paper packs I purchased on Etsy:  “Celebration Masculine” by JLaurieStudios and “Birthday Party Boy” by POPprintonpaper.  I also used Gina K Designs Sweet Corn, Core’dinations Valentia, and white card stock.

I used several birthday-themed dies to complete my card design:  The Birthday Cake die set (unbranded – looks like this one one but smaller?), Sizzix Happy Birthday 3-D Drop-ins Thinlits Dies (Stephanie Barnard), Stitched Nesting Stars (unbranded), Numbers (unbranded), and Balloons (unbranded).

The sentiment was computer generated.  I was planning to use one of the stamps from the “Tucked In: Birthday” mini stamp set from Papertrey Ink, but both ended up being too big for the panel on which they were to be stamped.  (I should have checked that before creating the card!)  After a brief panic, I decided to type it instead.  In this way, I was able to adapt/combine parts of both of those messages for my sentiment.

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