It's Fractured! A Simple Card Technique

Fractured-card-making-technique-sabOn last week's LIVE, we made this card featuring a simple cardmaking technique.  

Called by many crafters, the "fractured" technique from the illusion, it's an easy method to give a dynamic look to your cards.

Let's take a look at the recording of the video so you, too, can say, "That's how it's done!"

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Standard A2 card base is cut either 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" or 4 1/4" x 11".
  • Designer paper is cut 4" x 5 1/4".
  • Strips are cut 1/4" x 5 1/4".
  • Two squares for the center: Back layer- 2" x 2" and 1 3/4" x 1 3/4".

The two featured products on this card are Stampin' Up! Level 1 Sale-A-Bration choices (each is FREE with a $50 product purchase):

Flight & Airy Designer Series Paper and the Heartfelt Hellos Stamp Set


Heartfelt-hellos-jpgThese Sale-A-Bration offerings are only available while supplies last!  Shop now and then try this "fractured" technique on your next handmade card.


Snow Day Card with Stamped Snowflake Background


This snow day card with a hand-stamped background was inspired by the weather many are experiencing here in North America. 

The Sparkling Snowflakes stamp set is a carryover from the Stampin' Up! September to June Mini Catalog.  This cardmaker was thrilled to see it still available with winter in full force for a few more months. 

With beautiful images like these snowflakes, you can make beautiful backgrounds for your cards, and oh what fun these would be on a scrapbook page!

Look at the video tutorial to see how easily this all comes together!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • You can create your background paper with stamped images. 
  • If you have varied sizes, start with the largest image first.
  • Remember to punch or die cut from the center of a layer if it's not going to show. 

Snow-day-card-sparkling-snowflakesHere are the featured products used on this card:

Now that you've seen the video, try this hand-stamped background on your next card and grab the Sparkling Snowflakes Photopolymer Stamp Set (English) [162158] for some beautiful winter season cards!

Easy Layers for Your Handmade Cards


Today, let's explore the beauty of easy layers, a technique that can transform your handmade cards from ordinary to extraordinary. It's amazing what you can achieve with just the right blend of designer series papers and coordinating cardstock. In this project, we're showcasing the delightful Bee Mini Suite from the January to April 2024 Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog.

The key to making a card that wows lies in the selection of your basic card-making supplies. Whether you're an experienced crafter or just starting, this project is designed to inspire and elevate your card-making skills. The Bee Mine Suite offers an adorable theme that adds a touch of sweetness to your creations.

To guide you through the process, we have a video tutorial that demonstrates how easy it is to work with these simple layers.

By incorporating easy layers into your card-making, you open up a world of possibilities. Experiment with different color combinations, patterns, and textures to create cards that reflect your style. Whether you're sending heartfelt wishes or creating a card "just because", you're creations will be welcomed and cherished.

2024-stampin-up-valentine-bee-mine-2Lisa's Inklings:

  • The designer paper border strip is cut 1 1/2" x 5 1/2".
  • Large rectangle layers: Designer Paper- 3 1/8" x 4 3/4"; Basic White - 3 1/4" x 4 7/8".
  • Small rectangle layers: Designer Paper - 2 1/2" x 3 3/4"; Basic White - 2 5/8" x 3 7/8"

Featured Products:

Now that you've seen the video, grab your supplies, and get started. Explore, create, and enjoy the art of easy layers for your handmade cards.

An Easy Addition to Dress Up Your Holiday Table


Here's an easy addition to your holiday table to impress your guests...custom, embossed designer napkins!

That's right!  You can very easily dress up your tablescape or buffet table using some solid colored napkins,  your Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine, and some embossing folders.

The red napkins above are embossed with the Merry Melody 3 D Embossing Folder [156392]. Snowflake Sky 3 D Embossing Folder [162026].


This technique can be used for any occasion at any time of year.  Below is a video from the past with a demonstration of how it's done.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Look for cocktail-size napkins to fit in your wide embossing folders.
  • You can find these solid-colored cocktail napkins and most dollar stores.  This year I found these at Hobby Lobby.
  • These embossed napkins make a sweet hostess or friend gift.
  • When browsing the online store for embossing folders, keep these napkins in mind!

Here are the embossing folders used on this post. Your ongoing support means the world to me. Every order placed in my online store makes it possible for me to continue doing what I love - sharing the joy of crafting!

What embossing folder will you use for your designer napkins?  Dress up your holiday table and impress your guests this season with custom embossed designer napkins!


August Monthly Online Card Class Video


We're excited to share a closer look at these pretty cards for our August Monthly Online Card Class.

If you missed this week's LIVE session on Facebook/YouTube, don't worry; we've got you covered. Get ready for some cardmaking fun as we explore these beautiful designs, handy tips, and creative techniques that were showcased during the class. Let's jump right in!

The three stamp sets featured here are Artistically Inked, Just My Type, and Dainty Delight.

Here's how you can get these card kits shipped to your door.

You can get the card kits as seen in the video with a qualifying purchase. RSVP by placing your order by the end of the day Monday, 8/7/23, using Host Code: 2FV7ET36


Get the Card Kits To Go:
1. Free with a minimum $45 purchase (before shipping and tax) from my Online Store using Host Code: 2FV7ET36
You will receive the class kits for the three designed cards plus an additional finished card that you may keep or send to someone.
Click here to have the Host Code added for you.

2. If you place an order of $75 or more (before shipping and tax and after your BONUS codes have been applied) during the designated time period using Host Code: 2FV7ET36, you will receive the three card kits, a finished card PLUS an embellishment pack.
  Click here to have the Host Code added for you.

***To complete the projects, you will need basic tools, stamps, adhesives, embellishments, and ink. For these classes, the die cuts, punched pieces, and cut card stock/designer paper will be done for you so your cards will be ready to stamp and assemble!

I hope you enjoyed seeing these cards from our August Online Monthly Card Class! It was a pleasure demonstrating these creations during our LIVE session on Facebook and YouTube, where some valuable tips and techniques for cardmaking were shared. Remember, handmade cards are not only beautiful but also designed to bring joy and appreciation to your loved ones. Stay tuned for more crafting adventures, and keep the creativity flowing!

Until next time...make a card, send that card, and make a difference!

When You "Forget" A Birthday Card

Patchwork-card-zoo-crewWhen you "forget" a birthday or fail to get a card in the mail in time, what do you do?

You make a cutesy card with the perfect saying to cover your oops!

This card that features the Something Fancy Cling Stamp Set (English) [160416] and the adorable Zoo Crew 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [161304] is here to help you!

Zoo-crew-patchwork-belated-birthday-cardI mean what could be better than stretching out a birthday celebration?  And, these adorable characters from the Zoo Crew 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [161304] really give it a light-hearted and, "please forgive me!" feel!

The patchwork design is super easy to create and a fun way to show off the many designs in our Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper collections.  And, you can get the details with the measurements for this technique right here on Ink and Inspirations.

Here are the supplies used for this belated birthday card idea.  Just click the links to get an up-close look at the products.

You probably have most of these items in your supplies so all the "extra" you will need so grab that pack of the Zoo Crew 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [161304] and Black & White 1/4" Gingham Ribbon [156485] to create your own card.  Of course, you will need the Something Fancy Cling Stamp Set (English) [160416] for that perfect, belated wish sentiment. 
If you'll look closely, I just fussy cut around the sentiments and black layer backing for the inside and outside of the card.  And, the animals are just fussy-cut from the designer paper.  I  love how these little animals are mostly black and white with a pop of color!

Zoo-crew-dspZoo Crew Designer Series Paper #161304

You will want to be subscribed to receive my weekly emails because in the August 1st edition, I am sharing another precious (and, simple) card idea featuring this paper!  Don't miss it! Projects in my emails are exclusive to subscribers so subscribe today!

Gather your supplies and start creating!  You will be ready with that belated birthday card when you "forget" to mail in time!

Simple Patchwork Technique for Handmade Cards


If you're a card maker seeking a delightful and straightforward technique to make your handmade cards stand out, look no further than this patchwork technique as was featured in this week's YouTube Premiere.
The timing couldn't be more perfect because this June, Stampin' Up! is offering a fantastic 15% discount on select Designer Series Papers, allowing you to indulge in this technique while saving on your supplies.

The patchwork technique involves combining different patterns and designs from patterned papers to create a charming patchwork effect on your cards. It's a versatile and fun way to add visual interest and dimension to your projects. With an array of beautiful papers to choose from, you can mix and match patterns, colors, and themes to suit your style and the occasion.

To get started, select a variety of papers that catch your eye from the discounted collection.  Cut the papers into squares or rectangles, and arrange them in a pleasing pattern on your card base. Experiment with different combinations until you achieve a layout that you love.

Once you're satisfied with the arrangement, adhere the paper pieces to your card base. You can use our Multipurpose Liquid Glue to secure them in place. The patchwork design will instantly add a pop of visual interest to your card, creating a unique and eye-catching piece.


Take a look at the video below to see the assembly of a card using this technique...

Lisa's Inklings:
Card Base: Lost Lagoon Cardstock [133679] 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2.
Basic White Cardstock [159276]: 4 x 5  1/4 for the inside of the card and 2 x 3 for the die-cut label.
Inked Botanicals 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper [161157]: (2) 1 1/4 x 1/1/4, (3) 2 1/2 x 1 1/4, and (2) 2 5/8 x 1 1/4.

With the 15% discount on select Designer Series Papers from Stampin' Up!, now is the perfect time to gather an assortment of papers to experiment with the patchwork technique. Not only will you enjoy the creative process, but you'll also be saving on your crafting supplies. It's a win-win situation!


Here are the supplies used on this card:

So, unleash your creativity, dive into the world of patchwork cardmaking, and make the most of the discounted Designer Series Papers this June. Your handmade cards will stand out with their unique charm and intricate designs. Start crafting, enjoy the process, and let the patchwork technique bring joy and creativity to your cardmaking.

YouTube Premiere- Simple Technique for Handmade Cards

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Let's make a card with a simple patchwork technique!  Plus, we are beginning a new month (my birthday month!), I will have some fun announcements including a Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper Special!
Ink and Inspirations Premiere on YouTube, Thursday, June 1st, at Noon ET, 11 am CT, 10 am MT, and 9 am PT.
Join us!  Hope to see you then!

Simple Technique with Patterned Paper and Hello Ladybug


Today's card project features the simple technique with patterned paper from this week's premiere video.

I love the ladybug with the black and white background from the Zoo Crew 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [161304] collection.  The pop of red is the perfect accent.

The photo below shows the inside of the card.  Using a scrap strip of patterned paper adds just the right touch of continuity from the card front.

Simple-cardmaking-hello-ladybugHere are the details with dimensions so that you can create this card.

Lisa's Inklings:

Here are the supplies used to create this project...




Now it's your turn to create this easy technique with patterned paper. Get your supplies and start your project!

Simple Technique with Patterned Paper

Paper-technique-card-courage-faithIn this week's premiere video, this simple technique with patterned paper was the star!  It is a very easy technique and an awesome way to use your patterned paper scraps.  Also featured is one of my favorite stamp sets in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, Courage & Faith.

Share your faith and bring encouragement to others with the Courage & Faith Stamp Set. This versatile set is perfect for creating cards, bookmarks, and more with its meaningful scripture references and beautiful designs. Use the included floral branch stamps or circle designs in this set to create perfect borders or centerpieces for your paper crafting projects. Here's another beautiful card from yesterday's post with this stamp set.

You can watch the recording of the video.  Watch then get ready to create some stunning backgrounds with this paper strip technique.


Lisa's Inklings:

Here are the supplies used for this card...

Ready to give this simple technique with patterned paper a try?  We'd love to see your work in our Facebook Group, Ink and Inspirations Stampers, so join us there!

Easy Watercolor Technique with Ballet Beauty

Reverse-resist-watercolor-ballet-beauty-1Today's project features an easy watercolor technique with Stampin' Up! Ballet Beauty. It's the perfect card to celebrate the dancers in your life as we approach dance recital season.

This technique is called Reverse Resist.  The color is applied before stamping and embossing the image instead of after.  This was demonstrated in this week's Facebook and YouTube LIVE.  The broadcast recording is below so you can learn the process and create beautiful cards like this one.

Lisa's Inklings:

Reverse-resist-watercolor-ballet-beauty-2This Ballet Beauty Cling Stamp Set (English) [160502]is on the Last Chance List (and, it's on sale!) which means it is only available while supplies last!  I was sure to grab it because we have three little dancers in our family!

Here are the supplies used on this card. Every order placed through my online store helps support my business and I am grateful to serve as your demonstrator.

Reverse-resist-watercolor-ballet-beauty-3Now it's time for you to try this easy watercolor technique!  Share your completed card on our Ink and Inspirations Stampers Group on Facebook!

It's Technique Time! Facebook/YouTube LIVE Tomorrow!


Join us LIVE on Facebook or YouTube LIVE, Thursday, April 13th, to see a simple watercolor technique.

I will be featuring the Ballet Beauty stamp set that is on the Last Chance List from the Mini Catalog.
During the month of April, place a minimum order of $50 in my Online Store (before shipping and tax) and I will send you three card kits plus an extra finished card.
If your total is $150 or more before shipping and tax, please do not use the code. You will earn Stampin' Rewards...FREE stuff!
Join us Thursday LIVE to see the how-to and the cards!
Noon ET, 11 am CT, 10 am MT, 9 am PT
See you then!

It's A Fiesta! Birthday with Stampin' Up! Taco Fiesta

Taco-fiesta-birthday-card-stampin-upToday's project is a birthday card using Stampin' Up! Taco Fiesta Photopolymer Stamp Set [160732] that was featured in our LIVE broadcast this week.

This is a precious stamp set and the paper strip technique on this card was just the right choice! 

This cardmaking technique is created by starting off with 1/2" strips that are about 6" long. As you'll see in the video, it's very easy to get started.  Let's take a look...

Lisa's Inklings:

  • For this card, these 1/2" strips were arranged to a piece of Basic White cut at 4 x 5 1/4.
  • The placement of the first strip sets the angles and size of the overall pattern.
  • Patterned paper strips were used here but you can even use different colors of card stock.
  • Another option would be to alternate two different paper patterns.

If you enjoy this technique (and, using all those scraps), you'll enjoy this one, too!

Here's a look at the inside of the card...


If you'd like to create a card just like this one, here are the supplies that you'll need:

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Thank you so much for your consideration and for shopping with me!  It's a tremendous help to me and my little business.  And, during Sale-A-Bration through the end of February, you can earn some fabulous free products with your qualifying order! 

As a special thank you from me, with each individual order of $100 or more, I will send you a $10 gift certificate to apply toward your order in March 2023!

Now that you've read this post, try this easy paper crafting technique and share your project over on our Facebook group, Ink and Inspirations Stampers.

Thanks for stopping by to check out this easy technique and a birthday card with Stampin' Up! Taco Fiesta!

It's Fiesta Time! Facebook/YouTube LIVE Tomorrow!

Makeover Magic YouTube ThumbnailIt's fiesta time and on our Facebook/YouTube LIVE tomorrow, we will be creating a fun and festive card!

You'll want to learn this technique using patterned paper strips! (A way to use all those scraps that you have!) We will be creating with the precious Taco Fiesta stamp set!
LIVE- Feb. 16, 2023: Noon ET, 11 am CT, 10 am MT, 9 am PT
Or, YouTube:
Hope to see you for our fiesta time tomorrow on Facebook or YouTube Live!

Another Card with the No Line Watercolor Technique


For today's project here on Ink and Inspirations, we have another card featuring the no-line watercolor technique using the Stampin' Up! clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. This is a very easy technique that I first demonstrated in my live video last week on Facebook and YouTube. I wanted to share another card using this same technique.

The Dainty Designs has some floral images that are perfect for this technique. With small flowers and delicate stems, it's easy to paint overtop using the tip of your Wink of Stella brush. This is also a technique that can be finished easily and quickly while providing beautiful results. Your family and friends will love the cards you make with this technique.

Suggestion: When gathering your supplies to create a card like this, include a light neutral ink such as Stampin' Up! Sahara Sand, the clear week of stellar brush, and our fluid 100 watercolor paper that is thick and rich and really makes your project look beautiful.

In the video below, I will go through the entire watercolor process. It doesn't take very long as you will be able to see. Be sure you stay and watch through the end of the video to see a photo of the finished card with some adjustments that were made and why I made them.  Let's take a look at this fun watercolor technique using Wink of Stella.

Lisa's Inklings:

Simple-no-line-watercolor-stampin-up-card-ideaRemember the Dainty Flowers 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [160834] is FREE with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration through February 28th and is available while supplies last! Make sure you get it before it's gone!


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Order-buttonThank you for your consideration in shopping with me.  When you do, it allows me to continue sharing and providing ideas and inspiration to you.

And, during Sale-A-Bration through the end of February, you can earn some fabulous free products with your qualifying order!  As a thank you from me, with each individual order of $100 or more, I will send you a $10 gift certificate to apply toward your order in March 2023! (Orders may not be combined.)

It's time to gather your supplies so that you can try this no-line watercolor technique on your next card!