Valentine Tag Card

Using tags on cards creates a fun look and feel to handmade greeting cards. I like to make my own tags out of patterned paper (some people call it designer paper or printed paper, it’s just paper or cardstock that has a printed design on it) with tag dies like the ones below (affiliate link provided at no extra cost to you-I will receive a small portion of any purchase you make using the link):

Adding some embellishments on the card make it all the more attractive, which is what I did with the ribbon, stickers, and a marker to darken the greeting. Here is a look at the supplies I used.

These items are things I have had in my craft room for a while. I tend to use my supplies for what I need and then save it for later. That way, I always have something to use when the occasion arises. However, it also means that when I show it to you, some of the items may not be available. No worries! Use what you have. If you don’t have the exact pattern paper, use one with a similar theme and just create the same layout. Find coordinating embellishments, and viola, you’ll have your own creation.

The cardstock on this card is the Spellbinders Color Essentials cardstock in the colors: alabaster and pink sand. The panel behind the tag and the scalloped circle is pink vellum. The shiny, iridescent borders along the vellum’s edge is a peel-off border sticker from Love from Lizi in the UK. You’ll have to pay extra shipping and fees to get it, but it’s worth it in my opinion.

To see the card being made, watch this video. And if you’re interested in getting any of the items I used on this card, check out the Affiliate Links below (I earn from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you):

Affiliate Links
These links are FREE for you to use and I will receive a small portion of any purchases you make using Amazon and Share a Sale links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Adhesive
Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://amzn.to/37DhjRI
Scrapbook Adhesives Tape Runner Permanent: https://amzn.to/3Knfx8r
Plus Corporation Vellum Tape Adhesive Runner:
1 pack: https://amzn.to/3KG6HCV or 4 pack: https://amzn.to/32BWfva

Dies / Die Cut Shapes / Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine: https://shrsl.com/3atf4
Nested Tag Dies from Scrapbook.com: https://shrsl.com/3cvzy (I used the scrapbook.com nested tag dies, but there are several to choose from at this link)

Paper/Cardstock/Stickers/Embellishments
Spellbinders Color Essentials Cardstock in Pink Sand: https://shrsl.com/3cvz6
Spellbinders Color Essentials Cardstock in Alabaster: https://shrsl.com/3cvzb
Paper Junkie Colored Vellum Red: https://amzn.to/2LE8AX6
Ribbon: Alternative to the one I used: https://amzn.to/3tYZkQZ
Simple Stories “My Valentine” Collection: retired (This is the collection I used for the stickers and the printed/pattern paper. (The puffy heart stickers are from Walmart).

Tools
Paper Trimmer: Fiskars Sure Cut 9″ Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2WzlUhq

Psalm 19 Bible Journaling

Hello and Welcome! Today, I’m doing some bible journaling on Psalm 19. Read and study the bible online at https://www.blueletterbible.org/ Learn more about evidence for God at https://www.icr.org/

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

This is such a beautiful Psalm. It teaches us that no matter where we are on earth, or who we are, that we can all look up and see God’s glory in the heavens and in His creation. This means that His creation is evidence of His existence. We see it every day. Often, we wonder at it or are in awe of it’s beauty. This leads some to worship creation instead of the creator – such as those who worship mother nature in the new age philosophies or those that follow astrology. Instead, we should understand God’s awesome and infinite knowledge and power when we see creation. He loves us so very much. He created you for a reason. He has a purpose and plan for you.

Although we can see God’s handywork in creation, creation can’t testify to his salvation plan for you. His Word can…the Bible. Read it, all of it, without prejudice and you will learn of his love and mercy for you which he showed when Jesus came and died on the cross to take the punishment for your sins and was resurrected to show us that we can have eternal life too if we believe in Him and confess our sins and turn from them. Don’t wait. Jesus is coming back soon.

Sweet Valentine’s Day Cards

Today’s cards are a continuation of the cards from my previous post. I’m using the same ephemera pack from Doodlebug Designs called, “Love Notes.” These cards are very cute! You can see the video demonstration of them being made on YouTube.

You’ll need these supplies:

  • 110lb cardstock in white for the cardbase
  • 80lb cardstock in white for the front panels
  • pink cardstock
  • red cardstock
  • light green cardstock
  • silver mirrored cardstock for the die cut word, “happy”
  • silver frosted cardstock for the die cut letters, “xoxo”
  • die cut shapes from Doodlebug Designs, Inc. ephemeral pack called, “Love Notes” or other valentines day die cut shapes
  • Cricut Cuddlebug embossing folder called, “Fabric Swatches Set” or some other embossing folder with a simple design for the pink cardstock on the first card
  • adhesive
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew or Glossy Accents to add shine and dimension to the hearts on both cards
  • Dress My Craft Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Dies to cut out the white panel on the first card and the striped panel on the second card or any rectangle die that you’d like to use
  • Sizzix Celebration Words Script Dies
  • Sizzix Alpha Numeric Script Dies
  • Die cutting machine
  • Adhesive
  • String
  • Paper Trimmer or Scissors
  • Stamped or Printed greeting, “Valentine’s Day”
  • Potato Sack

OK. That last item (potato sack) sounds weird. But it’s not! Let me explain. I’m going to use it to add texture to the white panel on the first card. Can you see the texture on it in this picture?

That texture makes a smooth white surface look more interesting and catches the eye! I’ll just trim it down with a stitched scalloped rectangle die and it will serve as a mat for my focal image, which is a cute little mail box. Behind that, I’ll place the front panel, which is a pink piece of cardstock that I’ve embossed with a Cricut embossing folder called, “Fabric Swatches Set” which just puts some stitched, vertical lines in the cardstock. I”ll trim that down to 5.25″ by 4″. I’ll use a craft knife to cut a slit in the mailbox and put the cute little envelope die cut shape in it. To add more visuals, I’ll place several hearts in various colors and sizes above the mailbox and use some Crystal Nuvo Drops in Morning Dew to add some shine and dimension to them (Glossy Accents would work here, too!) You can see all of this in the image below.

For the greeting, I’ll use a word die to cut out the word happy from some frosted silver cardstock. Since I didn’t have a stamp for the words, “Valentine’s Day,” I just typed it in a word processor and printed it on some lightweight cardstock and then used my paper trimmer to cut it out and some scissors to add a fish tail to it. I also added some glitter border stickers around the edges of the first card, which you can get from Love from Lizi. It’s a company in the U.K., so be aware that you’ll pay extra shipping and fees if you decide to order it.

For the second card, I simply cut the red, pink, and light green cardstock into 1.25″ x 4.25″ strips and adhered them to a piece of 5.5″ x 4.25″ lightweight (80lb) white cardstock. I used the stitched scalloped rectangle die to cut them out and then adhered that to my card base (110lb cardstock).

Now all that’s left to do is adhere that panel to the front of my card base and decorate the card with the focal images. Of course, I used some foam adhesive to pop up the candy jar and tied a bow around it using some string.

Then, I adhered two hearts, one red and one pink to opposite corners of the front panel. Finally, I die cut the letters XOXO from some silver mirrored cardstock and adhered them to the top, left of my front panel. Viola, I’m done! Unless, of course, you’d like to decorate the inside. You know I decorated the inside, right? You can see the inside of the cards in the YouTube video below. The affiliate links for the products I used are below the video.

Affiliate Links
(I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and Share a Sale links below at no extra cost to you!)

Adhesive
Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://amzn.to/37DhjRI
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Roll – 1/4 Inch x 81 Feet: https://shrsl.com/3atfh
Scrapbook Adhesives Tape Runner Permanent: https://amzn.to/3Knfx8r

Dies / Die Cut Shapes / Die Cutting Machine
Doodlebug Designs, Inc. Love Notes Die Cut Shapes: (out of print, but still available here)- https://www.craftdirect.com/love-notes-odds-ends-doodlebug-design.html

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine: https://shrsl.com/3atf4
Sizzix Celebration Words Script: https://amzn.to/3fljPPv
Sizzix Alpha Numeric Script(1 inch tall): https://amzn.to/3fy1Oxq
Dress My Craft Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Dies: https://shrsl.com/3cj7r
Scrapbook.com Magic Mat for die cutting: https://shrsl.com/3cj80

Embellishments
Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew (Clear): https://shrsl.com/3c985

Love From Lizi Peel Off Border Stickers: https://www.lovefromlizi.com/straight-peel-off-stickers-clear-iridescent-glitter.html (These are from the U.K. and will cost extra for shipping and fees).

Embossing
Cricut Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Fabric Swatches Set: unavailable. Use any embossing folder you have that adds a simple design to the pink cardstock.
I used a potato sack to add texture to the front panel on the first card.

Paper/Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock (for the card base): https://amzn.to/3ljFvfv
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb cardstock: https://amzn.to/3kQtBdn
Peppermint – Smooth Cardstock Paper Pad – A2 – 4.25 x 5.5 – 40 Sheets: https://shrsl.com/3c96v
Tonic Studios Craft Perfect Silver Cardstock: not available-here is an alternative that is similar to what I used: https://shrsl.com/3cj8y

Tools
Fiskars Sure Cut 9″ Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2WzlUhq
EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS

Valentine’s Day Cards with Die Cut Shapes and Embossing Folders

Making Valentine’s Day cards is so much fun. You can go sweet and playful or elegant and serious or anything in between. Today, I’m doing something that is closer to the elegant and serious but is very bright and colorful, which makes them rather sweet in my opinion. Stay tuned for some cute and sweet cards coming soon.

The cards are A2 sized, which is 4.25″ by 5.5″ and I made them out of Neenah solar white 110lb cardstock. I am using several layers on the card, so the heavy weight will hold up under all the layers.

The inspiration for the cards came from the Doodlebug Design’s ephemera pack called, “Love Notes.” This pack has some very sweet and some very cute images with colors that are bright and beautiful. The die cut shapes in this pack will be the focal point of my cards today.

The cards have several layers which make them eye catching and interesting. For the background, I used 80lb cardstock and Valentine’s Day themed embossing folders. One with hearts and one with lots of fanciful images. On top of the background, I added a strip of 80lb cardstock that was not as wide as the background but was as long -like a bookmark, but a little wider. The first card features a strip that is 2.75″ x 5.5″. I offset it to the left a bit.

The second card has one that is 2 1/8″ x 5.5″. I centered it on the card.

I added texture to the cardstock “bookmark” using a piece of potato sack. It is not easy to see in the photos, but you can see it in the video below. This is like using a stencil to emboss cardstock. If you’ve ever seen that done, you’ll know you need the flexible rubber mat that comes with your die cutting machine. It’s easier to see than to read about, so please watch the video below to see it in action.

Once all the embossing was finished, it was time to do some die cutting. For the first card, I die cut the words “For You” from some red cardstock. For the second card, I used the negative of the word, “love”. Don’t forget to keep all the pieces of the die cut, including the little pieces. You’ll glue those pieces into the negative space later using the word die cut to align them. The next step is to simply adhere the background to the cardbase and the front strip to the background using some scor tape – a strong double sided adhesive tape. Now, you’ll glue in the pieces from the “love” die cut so the negative space looks more like the word love.

Finally, add some embellishment to the card by adding borders of metalllic washi tape on both sides of the front panel strips. Use Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to add some sparkle to the flowers and hearts. I also used some Scrapbook.com pops of color and some Nuvo Crystal Drops for the centers of the flowers in the colors rose gold and sugared almond. For the heart images, I went over those with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew.

Please enjoy the video to see how the cards were made.

Affiliate Links
(I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and Share a Sale links below at no extra cost to you)

Adhesive
Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://amzn.to/37DhjRI
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Roll – 1/4 Inch x 81 Feet: https://shrsl.com/3atfh

Dies / Die Cut Shapes / Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Word Dies (“For You”) Sweet Sayings Notecard Sentiments Etched Dies from Sweet Serenade Notecards Collection by Becca Feeken https://shrsl.com/38kmq
Doodlebug Designs, Inc. Love Notes Die Cut Shapes: (out of print, but still available here)- https://www.craftdirect.com/love-notes-odds-ends-doodlebug-design.html

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine: https://shrsl.com/3atf4
Sizzix Celebration Words Script: https://amzn.to/3fljPPv

Embellishments
Scrapbook.com Pops of Color in Rose Gold: https://shrsl.com/36xoz
Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew (Clear): https://shrsl.com/3c985
Crystal Nuvo Drops in Sugared Almond: No longer available – try something in yellow
Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen: https://shrsl.com/2kljf or https://amzn.to/2Htkssm
Metallic Washi Tap in Mutliple Colors-30 rolls: https://amzn.to/3FmF51J
Crystal Nuvo Drops: I used sugared almond which is not longer available.

Embossing
Cricut Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Smitten & Cross My Heart: unavailable use any Valentine’s day Themed folder you have

I used a potato sack to add texture to the front panel strip on both cards.

Markers, Pens, Writing
Glitter Gel Pens: https://amzn.to/33wacuo

Paper/Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock (for the card base): https://amzn.to/3ljFvfv
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb cardstock: https://amzn.to/3kQtBdn
Peppermint – Smooth Cardstock Paper Pad – A2 – 4.25 x 5.5 – 40 Sheets: https://shrsl.com/3c96v

Tools
Fiskars Sure Cut 9″ Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2WzlUhq
EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS

Christmas Cards with Echo Park’s The First Noel 6 x 6 Paper Pad

Hello and Merry Christmas to you! If you enjoy crafting with paper, I have four Christmas cards for you today. I hope they bring you inspiration and ideas for your own cardmaking. I used some pattern paper from Echo Park called, “The First Noel.” I used very traditional layouts, but I made them stand out by embellishing them with frames and die cuts and special papers that sparkle and shine.

The Hero Arts nested rectangle and square dies were used to create 1/8″ frames for some of the cards. Spellbinders Elegant Twist Squares dies were used to create a mat for another card’s focal point. I have an old corner punch that does an inverted corner which I used for the focal point on one of the cards. These are hard to find so use any decorative corner die or punch you have on hand. The goal is to add some interest to the corners of the focal image. The Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia die was used to create the poinsettia for one of the cards. Nuvo Crystal Drops in Bright Gold was used to add the dots on the center of the poinsettia. Pearlescent papers and holographic border stickers/foil tape and gemstones bring in some bling and glitz for these cards. Finally, gel pens, glitter pens and brushes, and glaze pens were used to draw attention to the elements on each card and highlight them. Enjoy the video below to see how I used all these tools to bring the cards together.

Affiliate Links
These links are FREE for you to use and I will receive a small portion of any purchases you make using Amazon and Share a Sale links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Adhesives
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3L EZ Runner Permanent Adhesive, Value Pack:
https://amzn.to/3c0Uvg4 (THIS IS THE ONE WITH REFILLS)
Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://amzn.to/37DhjRI

Cardstock/Specialty Paper/Paper Pad
Echo Park The First Noel 6 x 6 pad: https://amzn.to/3dcNtVQ
Echo Park The First Noel Element Sticker Sheet: https://amzn.to/3y1bdGp
Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock (for the card base): https://amzn.to/3ljFvfv
Cricut Pearl Paper BOLD sampler: https://amzn.to/3dbt4k8
Tonic Studios Craft Perfect Autumn Maple 6 x 6 paper pad: https://shrsl.com/2klix
Gold Vellum: https://amzn.to/3ofdEBN (Comes in a pack of other colors too)

Crystal Nuvo
Crystal Nuvo Drops in Bright Gold: https://amzn.to/3dcbpJd

Dies
Spellbinders Elegant Twist Squares: https://shrsl.com/3ab2i
Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia: https://shrsl.com/3ab4q
Hero Arts Nesting Rectangle Dies: https://shrsl.com/3ab2l
Hero Arts Nesting Square Dies: https://shrsl.com/3ab4p
Echo Park Nativity Die AIM19104: https://shrsl.com/3ab4t
Inverted Corner Punch: https://amzn.to/3pg20pm (I’ve never used this brand. But it’s all I could find. It is quite expensive, so you could substitute any decorative corner die or punch you might have on hand).

Gemstones
GOCREATE! Adhesive Gemstones: https://www.craftprojectideas.com/products/clear-adhesive-gemstones/ (I am not an affiliate with this company)

Square Self Adhesive Acrylic Rhinestones: https://amzn.to/3EiuEMR ( I didn’t use this brand, but it’s all I could find that was similar to what I used)

Peel-off Border Stickers/LovefromLizi UK (Be prepared to pay international shipping, fees, etc.)
Gold Holographic Border: https://www.lovefromlizi.com/straight-peel-off-stickers-gold-holographic.html

Red Hologrpahic Border: (used on the poinsettia card)
https://www.lovefromlizi.com/pin-stripe-peel-off-stickers-red-holographic.html

Pens
Wink of Stella Glitter Brush: https://amzn.to/3opeHvQ
Wink of Stella Glitter Pen in Gold: https://amzn.to/3rvZoXa
Wink of Stella Glitter Pen in Clear: https://amzn.to/3xRBuH4
Unibal Signo Gel Pen in Gold, Silver, and White: https://amzn.to/367m59I
Sakura Glaze Pens in Darker Colors for Christmas: https://amzn.to/3dfyH0E
SAKURA Gelly Roll Classic Gel Pens, Opaque White Ink, Ass’t Tips 05/08/10, 6 PK https://amzn.to/31nJO5c

Tools

Fiskars Sure Cut 9″ Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2HkY02n
Fiskars Sure Cut 12 inch paper trimmer (comes with scoring and cutting blade):
https://amzn.to/3fFmgxO
EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS
Westcott Sewing Titanium Bonded Fine Cut Scissors, 2.5″: https://amzn.to/3cQ1hqw

Carta Bella Christmas Market Greeting Cards

Hello Crafty Friends! I’m making Christmas cards with a 12″ x 12″ collection called, “Christmas Market” by Carta Bella. The package contains papers that are more like cardstock. They are thick and have a beautiful texture! These cards have a very traditional layout and design.

I simply cut the 3″ x 4″ images apart and used the patterned cardstock that came in the pack for a mat for the cards. To step it up a notch, I also used some pearlescent cardstock and some mirror cardstock in silver and green. One of my favorite things to do when using a collection like this is to pull out some of my dies to see if I can create another layer with them or make corners for the images.I did this with three different die sets from my supplies. All the affiliate links are below the video. Enjoy watching…and here is an early Merry Christmas wish to you!

Affiliate Links
These links are FREE for you to use and I will receive a small portion of any purchases you make using Amazon and Share a Sale links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Adhesive
Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://amzn.to/37DhjRI

Pattern Paper
Carta Bella Christmas Market Collection: https://shrsl.com/39bfb

Dies
Spellbinders Small Die of the Month- Stacked Decorative Edges: https://shrsl.com/39ccs
Avery Elle Dotted Borders Die: https://amzn.to/36Ctcqj
Spellbinders Die D-Lites Reindeer Etched Dies 2018 Holiday: https://shrsl.com/39ego
Shapeabilities Lace Hearts Etched Dies: https://shrsl.com/39egz

Pens/Markers
Sakura Glaze Pens in Dark Colors: https://amzn.to/3z9rA3o
Wink of Stella Glitter Brush: https://amzn.to/3opeHvQ
Wink of Stella Glitter Pens: unavailable
American Crafts DIY Chalk Markers Medium Point, Gold/Silver: https://amzn.to/3nsItSX
Marvy Uchida Snow Marker: https://amzn.to/3FqNcLe

Other tools
Xyron Adhesive Eraser: https://amzn.to/3291sK9
Fiskars 12 inch Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/3kS1xs6
Glitter Washi Tape 3mm: https://amzn.to/3cohqC4 (Alternative to the glitter gold peel off border stickers)
Reverse Tweezers: https://amzn.to/3kKwG0L

Create an Elegant Notecard using Scalloped Symphony Notecard dies by Becca Feeken at Spellbinders

These two cards are so lovely and elegant. The gorgeous, intricate Scalloped Symphony Notecard dies along with the pearl paper makes them so. The cards look complex, but these dies and paper make it so simple to create this look. Just use the dies with the paper and glue them together, stamp and emboss a greeting….viola….you’re done! (Unless you want to embellish them with some pearls, which I did on the circular notecard you see below.

There are ten dies in this die set and they can be used in several ways. You can use the intricate dies to cut out the pattern directly from your card base or you can use it with the outline die to cut the shape out completely and layer it on a background that can be cut with the background die. Another choice is the center. You can leave the center in or cut it out with the center dies. So many choices and looks can be achieved with these dies.

I used Cricut pearl paper with the dies because they are so luxurious and beautiful. I have two packs of these specialty papers. One is the pastel pack and the other is the neutral pack. The orange color comes from the pastel pack and the cream color comes from the neutral pack. I apologize that these paper are hard to find. I’ve had them in my supplies for a long time and couldn’t resist using them for this project. They were perfect for it. BUT, I have included a link to an alternative below. To see a demonstration of how I made these cards, see the video below.

Affiliate Links
These links are FREE for you to use and I will receive a small portion of any purchases you make using Amazon and Share a Sale links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Adhesive
Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://amzn.to/37DhjRI
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3L EZ Runner Permanent Adhesive, Value Pack:
https://amzn.to/3c0Uvg4

Cardstock
Snowdrift Color Essentials Cardstock: https://shrsl.com/38knh

Dies
Scalloped Symphony Notecard Etched Dies from Sweet Serenade Notecards Collection by Becca Feeken: https://shrsl.com/38tp8

Ink
VersaMark for embossing: https://amzn.to/39k9uRz (see below for heat tool and embossing powder)

Stamps
Spellbinders STP-036 Build A Sentiment Clear Stamp Set : https://amzn.to/3H7kkt1

Pearl Paper*
I used the Cricut pearl paper neutrals and pastels paper packs. They are difficult to find online. I found something that appears to be similar, but there is no description about the type of paper except that it says it is pearlescent. It is the
Crafter’s Companion – 12 x 12 Pearl Paper Pad – Orange Sunset: https://shrsl.com/38nyk
Crafter’s Companion – 12 x 12 Pearl Paper Pad – Sage & Purple : https://shrsl.com/38tpy

Tools
We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Platform: https://amzn.to/3pmcItB
EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS
Anti-static pouch: https://amzn.to/3cgrTk5

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 8.5″ Platform: https://shrsl.com/38b1y

Heat Tool for Heat Embossing, comes with 4 embossing powders: https://amzn.to/2LIstw2

Using Word Dies to Create a Focal Point on a Card

Today’s card features a focal point of words and floral elements that were created using the dies and stamps from Spellbinders. Two sets were used: Sweet Sayings Sentiments dies and Lyrical Layered Florals stamp and die set. The later being a color layering stamp set with coordinating dies. The great thing about today’s card is that it stretches my supplies because it was made using the leftover piece after die cutting the word hello for another card I made previous to this one.

First, I trimmed the leftover piece to fit on the front of my card, which you can see on the image above. Now, I had wanted to round the corners of this piece but I glued it down before I remembered to do that! Silly me. Oh well. I’ll describe how to fix that later. Next, I stamped the floral element using the color layering stamp set. Instead of inking the stamps with a stamp pad, I used the clean color real brush markers from Zig. They are watercolor markers and give that beautiful watercolor effect. The colors I used were two tones of pink and two tones of teal to match the colors of cardstock: light pink and light carmine with turquoise green and persian green. The cardstock I used comes from the Spellbinders color essentials cardstock in the colors Dahlia and Teal Topaz.

As I promised, I will now describe how I rounded the corners of the Hello Hello focal point after I adhered it. Since I couldn’t go back and cut it after I’d glued it down, I took a piece of the teal topaz in the same shape and size as the Dahlia Hello Hello piece and cut the corners of it. Then, I glued those pieces to the corners of the Dahlia piece. It give the appearance that the Dahlia piece has rounded corners.

Finally, to add some finishing touches, I used some self-adhesive peel-off stickers in gold. Those are the pretty little gold lines on either side of the teal topaz cardstock. The result is a very elegant, clean and simple card! I hope you give it a try.

Affiliate Links
These links are FREE for you to use and I will receive a small portion of any purchases you make using Amazon and Share a Sale links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Adhesive
Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://amzn.to/37DhjRI

Cardstock
Assorted Pack Color Essentials Cardstock 8.5″ x 11″ – 20 Pack: https://shrsl.com/387n0 ( I used the Dahlia and the Teal Topaz color from this pack)
Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock (for the card base): https://amzn.to/3ljFvfv

Dies and Stamps
Sweet Sayings Notecard Sentiments Dies: https://shrsl.com/38kmq
Lyrical Layered Florals Clear Stamp & Die Set: https://shrsl.com/38kms

Peel-Off Stickers
The ones I used are from Starform, a Dutch company. I can’t find them on Amazon so here is an alternative, https://amzn.to/3qhB3nw

Here is another alternative, but these look thicker than the ones I used.
Anitas Outline Peel Off Craft Stickers – Straight Line Borders Gold: https://amzn.to/3BWOoUm

You can also try these, they are a set of multiple colored stickers, some straight lines and some with decorative borders: https://amzn.to/3GXO4bK

Zig Clean Color Brushes
Colors Used: Light Pink, Light Carmine, Turquoise Green, Persian Green
Zig Clean Color Brush Pens: https://amzn.to/3bKg1VO

Tools
Fiskars Sure Cut 9″ Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2HkY02n
Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 8.5″ Platform: https://shrsl.com/38b1y
Teflon bone folder (it is supposed to not leave a burnishing mark or shine on the paper: https://amzn.to/2QYdHE5
Tool ‘n One (to remove pieces from dies and die cut shapes): https://shrsl.com/38b28
We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Platform: https://amzn.to/3pmcItB
EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS
Westcott Sewing Titanium Bonded Fine Cut Scissors, 2.5″: https://amzn.to/3cQ1hqw
Marvy Uchida Jewel Picker (used to set center of flowers): https://amzn.to/3qXNodH

Faux Embossing with Spellbinders’ Lyrical Layered Florals and Sweet Sayings Notecard Sentiments Die Sets

Today I am doing some faux embossing. To accomplish this look, I’m using some word dies from Spellbinders by Becca Feeken called, “Sweet Sayings Notecard Sentiments.” There are seven word dies in this die set and I’m using the word, “Hello.” These dies have a beautiful font with pretty flourishes on the ends of the capital letters. For the floral element on the card, I’m using another set by Spellbinders and Becca Feeken called, “Lyrical Layered Florals.” This is a stamp and die set. It has the word, “Happy Birthday” and several floral elements that can be used with the coordinating dies.

As the name of the set suggests, some of the stamps are meant to be layered over top of one another so you get more definition than one stamp alone would provide. To take advantage of this, I used two inks for the leaves and two inks for the florals: one light and one darker color from the same color family.

TIP: If you don’t have two inks from the same color family, you can double stamp the 2nd and 4th layers to make it darker and appear to be a darker shade of the same color.

I chose a complimentary color scheme for this card in a red-orange and blue-green. Specifically, the color of the cardstock is Dahlia and it is from the color essentials cardstock from Spellbinders. You can buy it in a pack of assorted colors with 2 of each color or you can buy a pack of 10 of just that color. Since the cardstock is a red-orange color, the opposite of that is a blue-green. So, I wanted a blue-green ink. For the ink, I chose to use distress ink in the colors peacock feathers and stormy sky for the leaves and spun sugar and worn lipstick for the flowers, but you can use any ink you have.

After cutting out the word Hello several times, I glued it down to my card using Tombow Mono Liquid glue. Of course you can use double sided adhesive sheets or a Xyron sticker maker instead. It’s up to you. I wanted a repeating pattern design so I laid out the word diagonally from top to bottom in a staggered way and then filled in the gaps. It’s easier to understand if you watch the video below.

For the stamping, I used my precision press stamping platform. I do recommend using a stamping platform because these stamps are layering stamps and you may wish to stamp the image more than once in the same place. I used the Spellbinders color essentials cardstock in Snowdrift color to stamp on. Once the stamping is done, I used my Spellbinders Platinum die cutting machine with the coordinating die to cut out the floral swag and adhered it to my card. That’s it. A beautiful clean and simple card. Very elegant and pretty if I do say so myself!

Affiliate Links
These links are FREE for you to use and I will receive a small portion of any purchases you make using Amazon and Share a Sale links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Adhesive
Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://amzn.to/37DhjRI

Dies and Stamps*
Sweet Sayings Notecard Sentiments Dies: https://shrsl.com/38kmq
Lyrical Layered Florals Clear Stamp & Die Set: https://shrsl.com/38kms

Distress Ink
Stormy Sky: https://shrsl.com/38kn0
Peacock Feathers: https://shrsl.com/38kn2
Spun Sugar: https://shrsl.com/38kn4
Worn Lipstick: https://shrsl.com/38kn5

Cardstock
Assorted Pack Color Essentials Cardstock 8.5″ x 11″ – 20 Pack: https://shrsl.com/387n0 ( I used the Dahlia color from this pack) OR you can buy a pack of just the Dahlia: Dahlia Color Essentials Cardstock: https://shrsl.com/38knu
Snowdrift Color Essentials Cardstock: https://shrsl.com/38knh

Tools
Fiskars Sure Cut 9″ Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2HkY02n
Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 8.5″ Platform: https://shrsl.com/38b1y
Teflon bone folder (it is supposed to not leave a burnishing mark or shine on the paper: https://amzn.to/2QYdHE5
Tool ‘n One (to remove pieces from dies and die cut shapes): https://shrsl.com/38b28
We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Platform: https://amzn.to/3pmcItB
EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS
Westcott Sewing Titanium Bonded Fine Cut Scissors, 2.5″: https://amzn.to/3cQ1hqw

As seen in the video, you can also use Zig clean color brushes. I showed the first floral element I created with these brushes, but I ended up using the distress ink instead. I included the colors here so you’d have a reference. Light Pink, Light Carmine, Turquoise Green, Persian Green.

Flourished Sonata Notecard Reimagined as a Slimline Christmas Card

Hello crafty friends. I’m so excited to share my project with you today because Spellbinders invited me to create a project with some of their new dies! They sent me the new beautiful die set by Becca Feeken called, Flourished Sonata Notecard from the Sweet Serenade Notecard Collection. Now, these dies can create four inch notecards if you use the score line insert included in the set, but I decided to use them at their full length to create a large slimline. The size of my card today is a bit bigger than a standard slimline as it is 8.5″ by 4.25″, so you may want to make your own envelope for it out of a 12″ x 12″ piece of paper or cardstock, which I demonstrate in the video below. If you are not into making your own envelopes, you can make the card 8.5″ x 4″ instead and use a store bought envelope.

The first card I made is pictured here and I chose to use blues with teals and a touch of purple. Feel free to use whatever colors you like, for example, white and silver is always so classy and reminds me of a wedding. The cardstock is from Spellbinders’ Color Essentials Cardstoc3k Assorted Pack. I used:

  • Cosmic Sky for the card base
  • Teal Topaz for the greeting and the middle layer of the Christmas tree (from Kaleidoscope Christmas Tree die set)
  • Waterfall for the card insert
  • Lilac Blossom for the bottom layer of the Christmas tree.

The Flourished Sonata Notecard dies can be used several ways. As shown above, I used the intricate die to cut into my front panel. There is an outer rim die that comes with it which will cut out the piece as well as a die to cut out the center of it too, but I didn’t use those on my first card seen above. You’ll see that in the second card. For this one, I also used the etched die set from 2020 called Kaleidoscope Christmas Treefrom the Sparkling Christmas Collection. This creates the layered Christmas Tree you can see in the center of the card above and below. The tree is adhered to the inside of the card as its outline is cut out of the front panel. Now, for the greeting, I used a third etched die set called, Season’s Greetings, Deer back from 2019, but available at Spellbinders now. To top it all off, I used some clear rhinestones on the Christmas tree. It’s fairly simple, really, and most crafters would find it easy to complete. Check out the video below to see the steps and my affiliate links for the products are beneath the video-they are free to use and any purchase you make helps me because I will receive a small percentage of the sale. Thanks for your support!

Now for the matching gift tags. I used the decorative frame rim and decorative frame top dies in the Flourished Sonata Notecard set to create the top layer on the gift tags. Don’t you just love the flourish on the top and bottom of that piece? The snowflakes and letters are dies from the August 2020 small die of the month club called, Sitting Pretty.” To coordinate with the card, I used the same colors of cardstock (Teal Topaz and Cosmic Sky), and cut them to 2.5″ x 3.5″ with my paper trimmer. The silver and white ribbon was something I had in my supplies…probably from Walmart.

Looking at the picture now, I think I should have added some clear rhinestones to the centers of the snowflakes! Small oversight on my part, which you can easily remedy on your own!

On to the next card. This one is a traditional red and green with some gold. I used the Pomegranate and Rainforest from the Spellbinders’ Color Essentials Cardstock Assorted Pack as well as the Mirror Gold Cardstock. This time, I used the Outer Rim die from the Flourished Sonata Notecard die set to cut out the intricate pattern instead of inlaying it on the front panel. I used some Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue to adhere it to the front of the Rainforest card base. I used the same dies mentioned above to cut out the Christmas tree and the greetings. For the Christmas tree, I only used the top and bottom dies to create the layered tree. To finish it off, I used some self-adhesive pearls. The top pearl is smaller than the rest. I hope you enjoyed these projects! Affiliate links below.

Affiliate Links:

These links are FREE for you to use and I will receive a small portion of any purchases you make using Amazon and Share a Sale links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

ADHESIVES
Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://amzn.to/37DhjRI
Scrapbook Adhesives with two refills: https://amzn.to/3hvCBVF
Scrapbook.com – Clear Double Sided Adhesive Roll – 1/4 Inch x 81 Feet – Permanent – 1 Roll:
https://shrsl.com/38b24

DIES
Flourished Sonata Notecard Etched Dies from Sweet Serenade Notecards Collection by Becca Feeken : https://shrsl.com/387mo

Kaleidoscope Christmas Tree Etched Dies from Sparkling Christmas Collection:
https://shrsl.com/387qa

Season’s Greetings, Deer Etched Die Set: https://shrsl.com/38b1x

Sitting Pretty – Small Die of the Month Club: https://shrsl.com/38b6x

CARDSTOCK
Assorted Pack Color Essentials Cardstock 8.5″ x 11″ – 20 Pack: https://shrsl.com/387n0
Mirror Gold Cardstock 8 1/2″ x 11 – 10 Pack: https://shrsl.com/38b1w

TOOLS
Fiskars Sure Cut 9″ Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2HkY02n

Fiskars Sure Cut 12 inch paper trimmer (comes with scoring and cutting blade):

Fiskars Sure Cut 12 inch paper trimmer (comes with scoring and cutting blade):
https://amzn.to/3fFmgxO

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 8.5″ Platform: https://shrsl.com/38b1y
Teflon bone folder (it is supposed to not leave a burnishing mark or shine on the paper: https://amzn.to/2QYdHE5
Journey Scoring Board: https://shrsl.com/38b21
Tool ‘n One (to remove pieces from dies and die cut shapes): https://shrsl.com/38b28