Make a Birthday Card for a Guy

6-22-masculine-birthday-card-1If you need a birthday card for a guy, here's an idea!  This background technique is fun and easy.  You can see how to do it here on this card video tutorial. 6-22-masculine-birthday-card-2Mix that watercolor technique with a little silver embossing for a special pop!

Here are the supplies used to make this card...

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Lisa's Inklings:

  • Base is cut from Tranquil Tide at 4 1/4" x 11".
  • Whisper White card stock is cut at 3 3/4"  x 5".
  • Cut Watercolor Paper at 3 3/4" x 5".

Hope you'll try this technique for a masculine birthday card soon!

A Special Father's Day Card and Video Tutorial

6-15-fathers-day-cardToday's cardmaking project and video tutorial features a special Father's Day card .  You'll see a technique that is easy and packs a big punch.  Have some watercolor paper on hand?  Ink pads?  Clear mount block?  If the answer is yes, you are ready and set to go with this idea.

This technique is good to use with cards with a sentiment but no main image.  It provides and colorful and fun background and no two attempts are ever the same. 

Let's take a look at it in this Father's Day card video tutorial. 

You can find this special Father's Day card video tutorial on my You Tube Channel HERE.


Lisa's Inklings:

  • The base for this card is Tranquil Tide cut at 4 1/4' x 11".
  • The bottom textured layer is another piece of Tranquil Tide cut at 4" x 5 1/4".
  • Cut two pieces of the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack: 3" x 4" and 3/4" x 2".
  • Watercolor paper is cut to 2 1/2" x 3 3/4".
  • Whisper White needed for stamping and punching- 3" x 4".

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 Try this technique to make a special card for Father's Day or anytime you need a masculine card!

Stamp A Pretty Border On Your Handmade Cards


Happy Wednesday and welcome to today's video tutorial showing you how to make the pretty stamped border on your handmade cards.

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Let's take a look a today's card making video tutorial for this easy technique!

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 Try making a beautiful hand stamped border on your next cardmaking project!

Tuesday Tip- Cardmaking 101: About Stamping Sponges morning and welcome to this week's tip about Stamping Sponges.  After receiving a question regarding the sponges from a You Tube viewer, I decided to address the inquiry in this weekly format.

Stamping sponges are simple, low tech tools that can produce dramatic results in your cardmaking  and paper crafts.  Pair these with our Stampin' Up inks and you can create beautiful works of art.  Whether sponging edges of a die cut, card stock layer, or card base, you'll add a touch of unexpected color.

The question presented was regarding cleaning or washing of Stamping Sponges.  Take a look at today's video for my take on this...

Stamping Sponges and Stampin' Up! Ink Pads are a great combo.  See your options below and click the links for more information.  Shopping today?  Let me know if I can help you!

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Make a Card with An Easy Watercolor Wash Technique

Watercolor-wash-cardmaking-technique-1Today's cardmaking project features a super easy technique that creates beautiful results!  The watercolor wash technique makes for a beautiful sky background behind these images from the Lift Me Up Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!, don't you think?

This is such a feel good bundle and is equally appropriate for birthday, thinking of you, thank you, and missing you cards.  (Looking at my photo now, I have no idea how that thin slice of Melon Mambo card stock got there! LOL Please ignore!)

The video tutorial shows the easy process for the'll have to try it!  Let's take a look...

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Lisa's Inklings:

  • Pacific Point card base cut at 4 1/4 x 11.
  • Designer Paper cut at 3 1/2 x 5 1/4.
  • Crumb Cake 4 x 4 needed for stamping and die cutting.
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper 3 x 3 needed for die cutting clouds.
  • Watercolor Paper cut 3 x 4.


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Tried and True Technique... Embossing for Cardmaking!

Make a Bold and Lovely Birthday CardThere's no doubt about it: the embossing technique is still a great technique to use in cardmaking.

Have your tried embossing?  Do you remember the first time you watched the "magic" as the heat tool melted the powder to make your card just pop?

Today's card has a bold birthday statement that is kicked up a notch with the heat embossing technique.  This card is also the "sister" to the masculine Makeover Monday Valentine card from earlier this week seen HERE.

Let's take a look at the easy process for this card in today's video tutorial.

Here are the products that were use to make this card...You'll LOVE that Falling in Love paper!



Embossing is an easy technique that makes any cardmaking project extra special.  Must haves are the Clear and White Stampin' Emboss Powders.  For a really special touch, try our metallics in gold, copper, and silver.



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Try embossing on your next cardmaking project and see what a difference this tried and true technique makes on your handmade creation!


Tuesday Tip- Colored Dry Embossing with Stampin' Up! Product



This Tuesday Tip and video tutorial features an easy Colored Dry Embossing Technique that I'd love for you to try!

You'll need these Stampin' Up! Products:

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Here's the quick video with the how-to for this technique...


And, here's the finished card!

Stampin-up-love-and-affection-colored-dry-embossingLove this look for card making and so will you! 

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Coloring Technique Video with Stampin' Up! Touches of Texture

Stampin-up-touches-of-texture-cardmaking-video-tutorialToday's video tutorial features a coloring technique with this beautiful image from Stampin' Up! Touches of Texture. 

If you haven't discovered the coloring fun with Blender Pens, it's time to give it a try!

See how easy it is in the video tutorial below...

Lisa's Inklings:

  • To totally eliminate any chance for smearing, stamp with our Stampin' Up! Classic Inks and immediately sprinkle on Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder.  Emboss with your Heat Tool then you're good to go!
  • This type of coloring works best on smaller areas but experiment with your images and have fun!
  • Don't worry about staying in the lines...embrace your inner artist!

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  Stampin-up-touches-of-texture-anniversary-cardHere's the finished card with the sentiment.  Don't you love these colors together?

Thanks for tuning in for today's video tutorial for this coloring technique with blender pens and the Touches of Texture stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Makeover Monday- Faux Ribbon Technique on a 2016 Father's Day Card

Stampin-up-going-global-ribbon-technique-makeoverToday's makeover project features a faux ribbon technique looks great as an element on masculine themed cards.  With Father's Day 2016 here in the month, here's an idea for you to try.

The Stampin' Up! Going Global set and Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack make a great combo for this Father's Day card.  Both are retiring so be sure to get yours while still available! 

Here's the video that inspired this Father's Day card...

 Lisa's Inklings:

  • Save scrap strips of card stock to use for this technique.
  • Glue Dots are also a good adhesive to hold your "ribbon" in place.
  • The Going Global set and Going Places Designer Paper Stack can be found HERE and HERE.

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Whether you are getting ready for Father's Day 2016, making cards for your favorite guy, or want to use an alternative to ribbon on any card, this faux ribbon technique is easy to create with supplies you have on hand!

Watercolor Tip When Using Thick Stampin' Up! Card Stock

Q & AToday's video tutorial is in response to a question I received yesterday regarding watercoloring on the Thick Whisper White Card Stock from Stampin' Up!

The video contains a few tips and ideas that I hope you will find helpful.

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Try This Repetitive Rubber Stamping Technique on Your Next Handmade Card


Here's an easy repetitive rubber stamping technique for you to try on your next handmade card

Take a sentiment stamp and create a unique background piece for your main image.

Watch the first cut video tutorial below for the how-to...bloopers and all.;)



  • Try this with a larger sentiment on the complete card front.  Talk about make a statement!
  • This technique is easiest with photopolymer stamps but you can also try it with wood or clear mount using your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
  • Your panel can be larger or decide!

Stampin-up-birthday-card-with-repetitive-stamping-techniqueHere are the supplies used for today's project:


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 Give this repetitive rubber stamping technique a try on your next handmade card!

A Birthday Card with aTechnique of a Different Angle with Stampin' Up! You're So Lovely

Stampin-up-youre-so-lovely-birthday-card-video-tutorialToday's Stampin' Up! birthday card features a technique with a different angle that's an easy way to add a pop of interest to your handmade creations.

In the video below, you will see how to do this low-tech technique that's trendy and fun!



  • The ink color was determined by the color in the patterned paper.  Watermelon Wonder is beautiful against the Mossy Meadow.
  • Try layering different punch shapes for added interest. Here the Decorative Label Punch tops the Flower Medallion Punch.
  • Ever stamped onto your designer paper?  The tiny cluster of stars adds a touch of color to the background.

Stampin-up-youre-so-lovely-card-ideaHere are the supplies used on today's card.  Simply click the pics to shop.


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Try the angled technique from this Stampin' Up! birthday card on your next handmade creation and share this post on social media with your crafting friends!

Wink of Stella Tip and Technique on a Stampin' Up! Card

Stampin-up-wink-of-stella-tip-video-tutorialHere's winking at you with an easy and fun technique for your handmade cards with the new Wink of Stella product in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.

Last week, we made this Going Global card with a watercolor technique. To add a bit of sparkle, let's take a look at the video tutorial below or you can find it HERE on You Tube.


I'm telling you...this is really fun and adds a beautiful, random sparkle!


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Stampin' Up! Going Global and Watercolor Technique for Handmade Cards

Today's share is a video tutorial on a super easy watercolor background for handmade cards using the new Going Global set from Stampin' Up!

The artsy look of this technique really adds a beautiful look and it's so two will ever look the same!

Let's take a look at the how-to for the video tutorial below or you can find it here on You Tube!



  • Play with color when trying this technique!  Try yellow and orange hues for a completely different look.
  • Speed up drying process with your Heat Tool.  If the watercolor paper "warps" a bit, turn it over to heat the backside then gently straighten or place beneath a heavy book.
  • This background technique works for any set.  Try embossing a beautiful sentiment to use as your card front.

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 Give this technique a try and see just how much fun it is to create beautiful watercolor backgrounds for your handmade cards!

Wow Cardmaking Ideas from Guest Stamper, Lisa M.

Stampin-up-serene-silhouettes-card-birds-lisa-mToday's beautiful Stampin' Up! card ideas come from Guest Stamper, Lisa M. 

Lisa shared these cards featuring this beautiful sponging technique highlighting simply stamped Basic Black images.

Notice how she uses variations of shades of blue on the first card and multiple colors to create a beautiful landscape in the background of the second card.

Love the special subtle accents that she used on both cards:

  • Card 1-Punched circle used as a mask to create the moon.
  • Card 1- Blue shading in the sentiment "Thanks" to tie it all together.
  • Card 2-Mountain view created using torn or cut paper as a mask.
  • Card 2- Top, bottom, and sides have deeper color to create a faux frame.
  • Card 2 - Stamped Whisper White layer beneath the main image adds just the right touch of contrast.
  • Card 2 - Beautiful shades of light and dark blue create the perfect shadows across the lake.


Stampin-up-card-friend-lisa-mSpecial thanks to Lisa M. for sharing her beautiful handmade cards!

Create your own works of art and share with someone today!  For supplies, visit the Stampin' Up! Online Store!

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