2021 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card with Easy Techniques

2021-Stampin-Up-Christmas-Card-techniques-angels-of-peaceThis project is a 2021 Stampin' Up! Christmas card that I hope you will love as much as I do!  With some easy techniques that you can add or omit, this card will be a pretty favorite that your friends and family will love!

The Angels Of Peace Cling Stamp Set (English) [156365] is one that can be used during the Christmas season or any time of year.  This little one carries a little holly sprig and there is a more mature angel.  Both are super sweet and pretty and are fun to color.

This project was originally seen on my YouTube Premiere last week.  You can tune in there on most Thursday evenings to see a new project or two and participate in the LIVE chat.

Here's a look at this card in the making with those easy techniques that I mentioned earlier.

2021 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card with Easy Techniques

Lisa's Inklings:

Download the Ink and Inspirations Project Sheet PDF Here. This PDF contains project details with measurements and a complete listing of supplies used on this card.

You can save this PDF (linked above) to your files on your device or print it to keep on file.


You can create this card without all the techniques and it would still be a beautiful card and much easier to mass-produce. And, you could always re-create it in a different color scheme.  It would be so pretty in traditional colors, too.  What do you think about this card in pink?  I am loving this color palette featured in the Whimsy & Wonder Specialty Designer Series Paper [156329].

Now that you've read this post, get the supplies you need to make this card. Thank you for tuning in today for this 2021 Stampin' Up! Christmas card with easy techniques.

Simple Spotlighting Technique for Card Making


Here's a sweet project with a simple spotlighting technique for card making.  This card and video have been ready to share for quite some time and the linen thread is no longer available.  I'll share an alternative during the video.

About the technique...

There is a spotlighting technique that is a little more "detailed" but this method is really easy and I think you will enjoy it for your cards.  Here's a close-up look...

Simple-spotlighting-cardmaking-technique-2Let's take a look at the video tutorial so you can try it!

Simple Spotlighting Technique for Card Making

Lisa's Inklings:

If you'd like to create this card, just simply click on any image below to have it shipped to your home. Thank you so much for choosing me as your Stampin' Up! demonstrator!

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Now you can create a card with a simple spotlighting technique to add a pop of interest to your handmade creations!

Alcohol Marker and Vellum Technique for Cardmaking

Sept-16This week's YouTube Premiere featured an alcohol marker and vellum technique for cardmaking.  This is a really fun technique and you may find yourself doing it over and over.  There will be a supply list below but it's important that you have 99.9% Isopropol Alcohol.  This link takes you to the brand that I purchased from Amazon.

Alcohol-vellum-technique-stampin-up-1There's just a touch of this technique on the card above.  Can you spot it?

The second card was a remake of an anniversary card that I made for Jackie.  You will see the comparison in the video.


Here's the video for your viewing pleasure. :)

Alcohol Marker and Vellum Technique for Card Making.

Lisa's Inklings for Card #1:

Card #2:

This is a beautiful suite of products.  You can see all the parts HERE.

Here are the specifics that were used for these two projects. I added the ephemera pack because there are parts you can use on these cards.

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Create your own beautiful Blackberry Suite cards and try this alcohol marker and vellum technique on your next cardmaking project!



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Make Your Own Patterned Paper for Cardmaking


Make your own patterned paper for card making with this One Sheet Wonder using the beautiful Gorgeous Leaves Bundle from Stampin' Up! 

What is a One Sheet Wonder? It's the technique of stamping on one piece of cardstock with several images to create a background look.  You cut this card stock into different pieces to use as layers on a card.  It's a fun process and turns out different every time!

This video is an edited version of last week's Facebook Live.  You can watch me make this patterned paper for today's cardmaking project.


Lisa's Inklings:

Stampin-up-gorgeous-leaves-one-sheet-wonderTip from the video: Leave some of the "bits" in the die-cut. it gives it a very unique and interesting look!

I would be happy to have you pick up this fabulous bundle set and other supplies from me. Just simply click on any image below to have it shipped to your home right away! Thank you so much for choosing me as your Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

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Blank 2000 x 2000-13Now that you've read this post, it's time for you to make your own patterned paper for cardmaking!

Easy Technique for Rubber Stamping with the Stampin' Up! Stamparatus

Rubber-stamping-technique-stamparatusIt's Monday and we are ready to get crafting with this simple stamping technique with the Stampin' Up! Stamparatus [146276] called hinge stamping. 

I love this Biggest Wish Photopolymer Stamp Set (English) [155052] and these large greeting stamps were just right for this technique.

This is a fast motion video so take a couple of minutes to watch!

Isn't that a fun rubber stamping technique?  That Stamparatus is a gem!

Lisa's Inklings:

Stamping-technique-stamparatusI love this card and can't wait to send it to a friend! Or, wait... we are all friends here!  Leave a comment below by Friday, Noon (CT) July 23rd, and I will conduct a random draw to send it to one of you!

And, if you'd like to try making it yourself, here are the supplies! 

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Thanks for checking in today for this fun rubber stamping technique with the Stamparatus and remember to leave a comment below!

Make A Card with an Easy Angle Cut Technique

Birthday-card-with-angled-cutToday's cardmaking video tutorial features this easy angle cut technique.  This is such a fun look and so simple to achieve. 

In the video tutorial, you will see how one cut can add such an interesting touch to your card front!

Let's take a look!

Lisa's Inklings:


You could do this technique with any color of card stock and designer paper.  But, this Sweet As A Peach Bundle (English) [155823] and You're A Peach 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [155686] is perfect for summer.  Here's another sweet card made with these products.

If you'd like to try this easy angle cut technique as seen in this video, here is the list.  If you need any of the supplies, please click on any of the images below.

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Now it's time to create!  Make one of these easy angle cut techique cards and get it in the mail...be the light; send a card!

Faux Ribbon Technique for Handmade Cards

Faux-ribbon-technique-videoToday's post features an easy technique for creating faux ribbon for your handmade cards.  This was one of the very first techniques that I learned when I first began my journey with paper crafting and cardmaking.  On a recent Facebook live, I demonstrated this technique and found that several viewers had never tried or seen this technique.  This led me to take a clip from the video and share it with all my viewers. 

Let's take a look at this simple technique to create faux ribbon using a Bone Folder [102300] and some cardstock strips.

Lisa's Inklings:
-Strips of cardstock should be cut 3/8 to 5/8 for best results to create the faux ribbon.
-Run the side edge of the Bone Folder [102300] along the cardstock strip at least twice.
Separate the layers slowly and carefully.
-Use Mini Glue Dots [103683] to make the bow.
-Try this technique on a larger piece of cardstock to create a fun textured layer for your handmade cards.

Faux-Ribbon-Technique-CardmakingThis card was made with minimal supplies including stamps, ink, and paper.  For cardmaking and paper crafting, basic tools/supplies are also needed which include Paper Trimmer [152392], Bone Folder [102300], Paper Snips [103579], and adhesives such as Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] and Mini Glue Dots [103683].

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Hope you've enjoyed this introduction or reminder of this technique! Now it's time for you to create a card using this faux ribbon technique for handmade cards.

Stampin' Up! Masculine Birthday Card

Masculine-birthday-card-natures-rootsLet's start the week off with a masculine birthday card made with a beautiful "retiring" stamp set from Stampin' Up! 

The Rooted In Nature Cling Stamp Set (English) [148217] and coordinating Nature's Roots Dies [146341] have been two of my favorite go-to supplies when making cards for the guys in our family.  This card has a twin and will be delivered to two family members in May. 

Don't you love that beautiful oak tree?  Be sure to check out this simple inking technique with the Stamparatus to get that pretty ombré effect.

Ready to see the process?  Let's go!

Lisa's Inklings:

The Stamparatus is a great tool for so many techniques. Be sure you watch this one for the inking technique used on this masculine birthday card!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Here's hoping you've been inspired to create and masculine birthday card like the one you've seen.

Easy Gilded Leafing Technique Video for Handmade Cards

Easy-gilded-leafing-techniqueLet's kick off Tuesday with an easy technique video for handmade cards using Gilded Leafing from Stampin' Up!

The Gilded Leafing is a jar of beautiful golden flakes, lighter than a feather, that works magic on your paper crafting creations.  You've seen a demonstration and sample of this gilded leafing on another project but I have to admit that I LOVE this method and the secret to the "easy" is using our Adhesive Sheets.

Here's the video so you can see how the easy gilded leafing technique is done!

Lisa's Inklings:

Easy-gilded-leafing-technique-birthday-cardHere are the supplies used to create this card. (Isn't it so pretty?)

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Here's the same card with a different sentiment from the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set.

Gilded-leafing-technique-videoNow that you've seen the video, grab some Gilded Leafing and Adhesive Sheets [152334] and create your own magically gilded card!  Thank you for stopping by today for the easy gilded leafing technique video for handmade cards.

Puttin' On The Glitz- Video Tutorial Using the Gilded Leafing Embellishment from Stampin' Up!


Here's a little bit of glitz and glamour for your cardmaking using the new Gilded leafing Embellishment from Stampin' Up! 

Admittedly, this paper crafter was a bit intimidated by this new product.  After seeing our CEO, Sara Douglass and her mom, board chair and founder Shelli Gardner, use this during our OnStage online for Stampin' Up! demonstrators this fall, I knew that I had to give it a try!

Here's hoping you'll give it a try after seeing the video below!

Lisa's Inklings:

Stampin-up-art-gallery-gilded-embellishmentsHere are the supplies used for this card project from the video:

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Here's hoping you've been inspired to try the Gilded Leafing Embellishment [154560] on a card making project!


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Let Your Faith Be Bigger Than Your Fear

IMG_4110Let your faith be bigger than your fear...a statement so fitting for these times. 

This sentiment is one from the Ridiculously Awesome Cling Stamp Set [152512] from Stampin' Up! and is highlighted by the beautiful Rainbow Glimmer Paper [153056].  And, who remembers this technique?  It's so much fun and super easy!  The scrappy scrip technique is a great way to get a very "stand out" background. See more samples and the video tutorial HERE.

Here are the measurements for this card:

Give this technique a try with this beautiful glimmer paper.  Here are the supplies you will need.

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The scrappy strip technique will be one of your favorites once you give it a try!  Let me know what you think! 

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Add a 3D Effect on Your Handmade Cards

IMG_3705With a few snips and some dimensional adhesive, it's easy to have a 3D effect on your handmade cards. 

Here you can see a beautiful bunch of sunflowers from the Jar of Flowers stamp set.

Let's take a look at creating this effect!

Lisa's Inklings:

Here is the list of supplies used for today's project.  If you are looking for a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would be honored and extremely grateful!

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The Jar Of Flowers Photopolymer Stamp Set [152515] has some beautiful images for cardmaking!  Get yours today and put this easy 3D effect on your next cardmaking project!

Easy and Fun Technique with Your Handmade Cards


Wow...this is an easy and fun technique that packs a punch on your handmade cards!

Known as the Scrappy Strip Technique, you may have seen card samples with this technique and I sit and wonder why it took me so long to try it! It's so very simple!

Below is the video of the making of two cards with this technique.  It's a little chatty but I was trying to mimic a LIVE broadcast so I hope you enjoy it!


Here are the supplies for the first card...

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IMG_3816Here are the supplies for the Sunshine Card...

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Lisa's Inklings:

  • Card base measures 5-1/2 x 8-1/2.
  • Layer is cut 5-1/4 x 4.  You can cut this down to preferred size after you get the strips glued.
  • Try to cut strips 5 to 5-1/2 inches long.  I try to start with a piece that's at least 5-1/2" in length.
  • First strip should run straight with the edge and not overhang the cardstock layer.

Thanks for stopping by for this "Ridiculously Awesome" easy and fun technique! Now it's your turn to try!

Make Your Own Patterned Paper for Cardmaking



The greenery stems in the Forever Fern stamp set make a beautiful background with colors of your choosing. The Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock [100730] layer pictured above is stamped with several shades of green and a blue green.  Be sure to watch the video to see one way that this was used as a background element on a card.

Here are some of the products used on the finished card in the video.  I would so very much appreciate your support by shopping with me in my Stampin' Up! Online Store!

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Thanks for tuning in today for this quick tip video on making your own patterned paper for cardmaking! 

Ribbon Tip for Cardmaking- Make Fringe or Tassels

Dino-days-card-ribbon-techniqueHow about a quick video tutorial on creating this ribbon fringe with Stampin' Up! 3/8" Denim Ribbon [149590]?

On this card, you can see how it adds such a fun touch to this card made with the Dino Days Bundle [151139] and the Dinoroar Designer Series Paper [155882].

So that you can see just how easy this is, take a look at the video tutorial below!

Here are a few details for the card in this video:

Stampin' Up! supplies used in creating this card.  If you are looking for a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would be honored to serve you!  Thank you for supporting my business.

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Thank you for tuning in for today's ribbon technique video now it's your turn to give it a try on your next cardmaking project!