You are Mermazing!

Mother’s Day is approaching! Here is a mermaid card for your magnificent mom. It is a mermaid card with a play on the word amazing and mermaid. I used the greeting, “You are Mermazing!” You could say, “Mermazing Mom” or “You mermaze me!” Of course, it can be used as an appreciation card too! How about, “Just swimming by to say Thank You!” or “Wishing you oceans of joy!” The possibilities are endless. To make this card, I used some of my own supplies and supplies from the Spellbinders April 2021 Card Kit of the Month, “Sincerely Yours.”

If you get the kit, you’ll still need additional items to make this card. Affiliate links are below the video:

  • 12″ x 12″ cardstock (I used textured hoping it would create a stronger card base, but that is not necessary)
  • Gold foil paper (I purchased mine at the dollar tree, but a similar version is available at Amazon – see link below)
  • Gold vellum
  • Mermaid die or use an electronic cutting machine
  • Rectangle Dies
  • Acetate or Transparency Film or use the plastic packaging from inside the kit
  • Kelly Creates Bouncy Letter Alphabet Stamps

Here’s how to make the card:

  • Cut the 12″ x 12″ cardstock into two pieces at the 6 inch mark. Put one piece aside for later.
  • Score the 12″ x 6″ piece at 6″ to make a 6″x 6″ square card base.
  • Adhere the pattern paper from the card kit (as seen in the video below) to the front of the card base.
  • Use two rectangle dies to cut a frame out of the gold cardstock that comes in the kit.
  • Use the larger of the two rectangle dies to cut out a rectangle of acetate or transparency film.
  • Adhere the acetate to the back of the gold frame to create a “window”.
  • Adhere the sequins that came in the kit to decorate the front of the card, but only on the spot where the frame covers.
  • Adhere the “window” with the gold frame to the front of the card base, covering the sequins.
  • Use a mermaid die or electronic cutting machine and some gold, holographic paper to cut out a mermaid that is a little smaller than the “window”.
  • Adhere your mermaid to the front, left side of the window.
  • Use the flower dies that came in the kit to cut two flowers out of the gold cardstock and adhere them to the top, right and bottom, left of the “window”.
  • Add a greeting of your choice to the front of the card.
  • Decorate the inside with additional pattern paper from the kit.

This is a fun card to make and even “funner” to receive. As always, feel free to improvise and change things based on your likes and dislikes, the supplies you have, and to fit your purpose. Most of all, have fun and enjoy! Check out the video below and if you are interested in making this card yourself, or one like it, check out the affiliate links below to get the products you’ll need. Have a great day!

Affiliate Links
(I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and Share a Sale links below)

Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month Subscription
https://shrsl.com/2ti8z The kit can be purchased as a standalone item, but the price is higher than you would pay if you subscribe to the monthly kit. You can cancel anytime. Free shipping!

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

Die Cutting
My Favorite Things – Die-namics – Pierced Rectangle Stax:
https://www.franticstamper.com/My-Favorite-Things–Die-namics–Pierced-Rectangle-Stax_p_106905.html Never used this site. Use at your own risk.

The card kit I used today came with some dies. I used the flower die to cut out them out in gold cardstock, which also came in the kit. I used a Spellbinders Platinum Machine to cut them:

Spellbinders Platinum 8.5 Inch Platform Cutting Machine + Die, White: https://amzn.to/394vL5O

I used a Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Machine to cut out the mermaid and the pink letters for the greeting, which I chose not to use in the end: https://amzn.to/3dYJWfj $299 at the time of this post.

Paper
4 x 6 Notepad paper: https://amzn.to/3g2lqLx (Used to keep my working surface clean and to press down on the stickers so they would adhere)

Paper Junkie Gold Vellum: https://amzn.to/37XTeDT (For the mermaid on the inside of the card)

Gold Holographic Paper: Dollar Tree – here is an alternative, which I have not tried, so you are on your own here: https://amzn.to/3vocftf

Transperancy Film: https://amzn.to/2QstqeB (Used to create transparent window)

12 x 12 Textured Cardstock: https://amzn.to/3tYPdsM (Not the brand I used, but what I could find on Amazon).

Stamping
Kelly Creates Alphabet Stamps (Bouncy): https://amzn.to/32SHArR

Memento Dew Drop Ink in Danube Blue: https://amzn.to/3vpkt4p OR get 4 for the price of 2: https://amzn.to/3sW1qgx

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Platform
https://amzn.to/3pmcItB

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

We R Memory Keepers Tool Set (includes precision tweezers and die pick (also called brad setter) as well as othter tools) If you buy just the two separately, it will cost you almost as much as this whole tool set: https://amzn.to/38m2Kky

OR you can buy just the tweezers:
EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Platform
https://amzn.to/3pmcItB

Westcott Sewing Titanium Bonded Fine Cut Scissors, 2.5″: https://amzn.to/3cQ1hqw

Westcott 8″ Titanium Bonded Scissors, 2 Scissors, Gray/Yellow: https://amzn.to/3x7jS9o (This is a two pack and the blades have a coating so they don’t stick as bad when you are cutting into adhesive like foam tape)

The card kit I used today came with some dies. I used one of the flowers to die to cut it out in gold cardstock, which also came in the kit. I used a Spellbinders Platinum Machine to cut them:

Spellbinders Platinum 8.5 Inch Platform Cutting Machine + Die, White: https://amzn.to/394vL5O

Lawn Fawn Fawndamentals Stamp Shammy: https://amzn.to/3snbrmJ ( I used a regualr chamois that I had originally bought for my car to dry it after a wash. You can see it in the video. I use it to wipe the ink off of my precision press stamping tool. It was yellow).

Marvy Uchida Jewel Picker (used to set center of flowers): https://amzn.to/3qXNodH

Appreciation (or Love You) Card

I decided to go all out and not just make a card, but decorate an envelope to match the card as well as the inside of the card! I was inspired by all the die cut flowers I had cut out of cardstock. The card was made using supplies from the Spellbinder’s April 2021 card kit of the month called, “Sincerely Yours.” It comes with floral dies and a die to make a miniature faux envelope. It is ADORABLE!

There are many choices you have with this card. I mentioned some of them in the video below, but here are some more things you may choose to change:

  • https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product?id=304082the greeting to fit your occasion (it would make a great Mother’s Day Card or Hello Friend Card or Birthday Card)
  • the color scheme to fit your likes or the recipient or the season
  • make a flat miniature envelope instead of one with dimension
  • the arrangement of the floral die cuts (more of a round bouquet or maybe just a sprinkling of flowers instead of a bouquet with stems)
  • and much more – the sky’s the limit!
  • frame the miniature envelope with a different shape frame or a thinner rectangle frame like the A2 Thin Frames Wafer Dies at Simon Says Stamp or their Frames Wafer Dies.

I definitely recommend using all of your dies to cut out as many items as you’d like before you start using this kit to make cards. Doing this will save you time in the long run and it will inspire your creativity as you sit down with all those die cut shapes to make cards! I store my die cuts in a small tin from the dollar tree with a lid that has a magnet on the bottom. I adhered a magnetic sheet to the side of the storage drawers next to the desk where I keep my die cutting machine so I can “stick” the tins right there and have them handy when I start die cutting. It is nice and neat and out of the way until I’m ready to make cards…I grab the tin and go to town!

The 3 round tins you see here are attached to the side of my storage drawers with an adhesive magnetic sheet.

See the video below for a visual of how I made this project:

Affiliate Links
(I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and Share a Sale links below)

Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month Subscription
https://shrsl.com/2ti8z

Adhesive (two types of adhesive come in the kit, but I also used the tombow listed below)

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

Xyron Adhesive Eraser: https://amzn.to/37uk9c1

Die Cutting
My Favorite Things – Die-namics – Pierced Rectangle Stax:
https://www.franticstamper.com/My-Favorite-Things–Die-namics–Pierced-Rectangle-Stax_p_106905.html Not an affiliate. Use at your own risk.

The card kit I used today came with some dies. I used the leaf die to cut out them out in gold cardstock, which also came in the kit. I used a Spellbinders Platinum Machine to cut them:

Spellbinders Platinum 8.5 Inch Platform Cutting Machine + Die, White: https://amzn.to/394vL5O

Ink

Memento Dew Drop Ink in Rose Bud Color: https://amzn.to/3gn74pf

Memento Dew Drop Ink in Lulu Lavendar: https://amzn.to/3n0VNfs

Paper
4 x 6 Notepad paper: https://amzn.to/3g2lqLx (Used to keep my working surface clean and to press down on the stickers so they would adhere)

Storage
Adhesive Magnetic Sheets 8″ x 10″: https://amzn.to/3dC8w5w (You can cut these with scissors to fit your space)

Round storage tins: Dollar Tree

Tools

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

We R Memory Keepers Tool Set (includes precision tweezers and die pick (also called brad setter) as well as othter tools) If you buy just the two separately, it will cost you almost as much as this whole tool set: https://amzn.to/38m2Kky

OR you can buy just the tweezers:
EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS

Westcott Sewing Titanium Bonded Fine Cut Scissors, 2.5″: https://amzn.to/3cQ1hqw (Not needed for this project, but seen in video)

Marvy Uchida Jewel Picker (used to set center of flowers): https://amzn.to/3qXNodH

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Platform
https://amzn.to/3pmcItB

Nicapa StandardGrip Cutting Mat for Silhouette Cameo (12×12 inch,3 Mats): https://amzn.to/3eh4sq9 (I cut these down to fit in my precision press stamping platform).

Lawn Fawn Fawndamentals Stamp Shammy: https://amzn.to/3snbrmJ ( I used a regualr chamois that I had originally bought for my car to dry it after a wash. You can see it in the video. I use it to wipe the ink off of my precision press stamping tool. It was yellow).

Let Your Light Shine Greeting Card

One way to make a greeting card is by laying patterned paper on top of each other. That’s what I did in the card for today. Here’s how:

  • Choose three pieces of pattern paper that coordinate well with each other.
  • Cut the first piece to fit your card base, in my case it is 4.25″ x 5.5″ and adhere it to the card base.
  • Cut the next two pieces of pattern paper using some dies to add some interest to the layers. I used a Hero Arts die called DI345 Infinity Dies, Nesting Postage Stamps. I used the 3.5″ die for the bottom layer and the 2″ die for the top layer.
  • Adhere the 3.5″ piece using foam adhesive to give the card dimension.
  • Adhere the 2″ piece on top the the 3″ piece with regular adhesive.
  • Choose a focal image for the card. I used supplies from the Spellbinders April 2021 Card Kit of the Month called, “Sincerely Yours.” You can also stamp an image or use a die cut shape. The focal image had foam adhesive on it since it was a sticker that came in the kit. You can do the same with your focal image if you’d like.
  • Decorate around the focal image. I chose to use some die cuts from gold cardstock in the shape of leaves.
  • Decorate the inside of your card with the left over pattern paper/cardstock.

You can see how I did this in the video below. Affiliate links are below the video in case you’d like to purchase anything.

Affiliate Links
(I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and Share a Sale links below)

Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month Subscription
https://shrsl.com/2ti8z

Adhesive (two types of adhesive come in the card kit, so you don’t need these two listed below unless you want them!)

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

Die Cutting

Hero Arts DI345 Infinity Dies, Nesting Postage Stamps: https://amzn.to/3wYA3FY I used the 3.5″ for the dotted background paper and the 2″ tall one for the background to the sticker.

The card kit I used today came with some dies. I used the leaf die to cut out them out in gold cardstock, which also came in the kit. I used a Spellbinders Platinum Machine to cut them:

Spellbinders Platinum 8.5 Inch Platform Cutting Machine + Die, White: https://amzn.to/394vL5O

Ink

Versa Fine Black Onyx Ink for inside greeting: https://amzn.to/36exdAI

Paper
4 x 6 Notepad paper: https://amzn.to/3g2lqLx (Used to keep my working surface clean and to press down on the stickers so they would adhere)

Scratch Pad: Dollar Tree

Tools

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

We R Memory Keepers Tool Set (includes precision tweezers and die pick (also called brad setter) as well as othter tools) If you buy just the two separately, it will cost you almost as much as this whole tool set: https://amzn.to/38m2Kky

OR you can buy just the tweezers:
EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Platform
https://amzn.to/3pmcItB

Westcott Sewing Titanium Bonded Fine Cut Scissors, 2.5″: https://amzn.to/3cQ1hqw

Westcott 8″ Titanium Bonded Scissors, 2 Scissors, Gray/Yellow: https://amzn.to/3x7jS9o (This is a two pack and the blades have a coating so they don’t stick as bad when you are cutting into adhesive like foam tape)

The card kit I used today came with some dies. I used the leaf die to cut out them out in gold cardstock, which also came in the kit. I used a Spellbinders Platinum Machine to cut them:

Spellbinders Platinum 8.5 Inch Platform Cutting Machine + Die, White: https://amzn.to/394vL5O

Lawn Fawn Fawndamentals Stamp Shammy: https://amzn.to/3snbrmJ ( I used a regualr chamois that I had originally bought for my car to dry it after a wash. You can see it in the video. I use it to wipe the ink off of my precision press stamping tool. It was yellow).

Mini Slimline Greetings

Mini Slimline Cards are trending right now and I thought I’d make some for you. The great thing about them is they allow you to use up any left over 6 x 6 paper pads. You know, the ones that always seem to be laying around because you couldn’t find a use for the left over pages in them or the pages that just didn’t seem to fit with any of the other pages in the pad. All you have to do is cut the 6 x 6 page in half and you have a front panel for your mini slimline card!

You’ll need:

  • paper trimmer
  • 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock cut down to 6.5″ x 6.25″ and folded in half to make a 3.25″ x 6.25″ card (save the left over pieces to use for die cutting, for decorations on the card, or for matting your other images/embellishments)
  • 6 x 6 piece of patterned paper cut at the 3″ mark so you get two pieces of 3″ x 6″ pieces to use for the front of the card
  • adhesive
  • decorative elements such as die cut shapes, focal images, ephemera, etc.
  • Mead #6 3/4 envelopes (look for the ones that are not security lined) or make your own

Once that’s all ready to go, just adhere your 3″ x 6″ piece of pattern paper to the front of your 3.25″ x 6.25″ card base and you are ready to decorate it! I like to use the left over pieces from the 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock to use as a mat for a focal image or a die cut decoration. It’s up to you. Have fun and let your creativity go! Check out the video below:

Affiliate Links
(I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and Share a Sale links below)

Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month Subscription
https://shrsl.com/2ti8z

Adhesive (two types of adhesive come in the card kit, so you don’t need these two listed below unless you want them!)

Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://amzn.to/37DhjRI
Scrapbook Adhesives Easy Runner Grand: https://amzn.to/3mA0jjO

Dies

Hero Arts DI345 Infinity Dies, Nesting Postage Stamps: https://amzn.to/3wYA3FY

Mead #6 3/4 Envelopes (measure 6 ½ x 3 5/8): https://amzn.to/3e2PMLh

Mead Security #6 3/4 Envelopes: https://amzn.to/3mOwAVO (These have the security markings inside the envelope for checks/privacy but they are less expensive than the ones above)

Paper


4 x 6 Notepad paper: https://amzn.to/3g2lqLx (Used to keep my working surface clean and to press down on the stickers so they would adhere)

Pens

Wink of Stella Glitter Brush: https://amzn.to/2KMlCAQ
American Crafts DIY Chalk Markers Medium Point, Gold/Silver: https://amzn.to/3dirRIx

Photo Album

4 x 6 Flexible Photo Album to store die cut shapes: https://amzn.to/2Qh8I0G (This is not the one shown in the video, but it is a comparable item. I like that it lies flat so it will store in the spellbinder’s box easily)

LINKYO Stamp and Die Storage Pockets, Set of 100, 5.75 inches by 7.5 inches: https://amzn.to/3tgBvRE

Tools

Fiskars 12 Inch Original Craft Rotary Paper Trimmer:https://amzn.to/30gUAH1

We R Memory Keepers Tool Set (includes precision tweezers and die pick (also called brad setter) as well as othter tools) If you just the two separately, it will cost you almost as much as this whole tool set: https://amzn.to/38m2Kky

Natural and Acrylic Nail Buffing Blocks, 12-Pack, 4 Sided, Medium Grit, White:
https://amzn.to/3dhGqvU ( I used it to sand the rough edge of the paper that frayed when I cut it)

Tim Holtz 9.5″ Kushgrip scissors (with black handle): https://shrsl.com/2wvtp

Mini Cutting Mat Green color: available at Dollar Tree

I’m Stuck on You Cards

I’m demonstrating how to make a card for a boy or girl or any playful adult using bright colors with high contrast. I purchased letter stickers and cactus rub-ons from the Dollar Tree store to use on my cards. Anyone can make these two cards!

For the girl’s card, I chose to use bright pink cardstock and matted it with black cardstock. I also dry embossed the pink with an embossing folder and die cut machine to give it some texture. If you don’t have one of those, you can use some pink ink that is a shade darker than the cardstock and a background stamp or even something from your kitchen or garage that has a flat surface and some kind of texture. I did this on another card, which you can see here. I used a circle die to cut out a circle from a piece of copy paper to use as a guide to place my letter stickers. To create a mat for my cactus rub-on, I cut a circle from a piece of yellow cardstock and a flower from a piece of green cardstock using a die set from Spellbinders called Lacework Button Flowers S4-607. The green color is a nice contrast to the pink.

  • Tip: colors that have high contrast with each other are colors that are farther away from each other on the color wheel. Complementary colors are usually directly across from each other like red and green or purple and yellow or blue and orange. Be careful if you are using any wet medium like paint because complementary colors will turn brown if they are mixed together or come into contact with each other.

For the inside of the card, I cut out two more flowers and yellow circles for the centers of the flowers. I used the yellow circles to rub-on some more images (cute flowers in vases). Finally, I wrote the word, “sweetie” on the inside of the card.

The boys card was easier. I used green cardstock for the mat and tan for the front panel. I used a T-ruler to find the center of the page and drew a two guidelines, one vertical and one horizontal, to help me place my letter stickers. This time I used the cactus rub-on to take the place of the letter “u” in the word “stuck”. For the inside, I simply used two more cactus rub-ons and wrote the word, “cutie” on the inside. Please enjoy the video below.

Affiliate Links
(I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and Share a Sale links below)

Adhesive
Scrapbook Adhesives Easy Runner Grand: https://amzn.to/3mA0jjO

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

Die Cutting

Spellbinders Platinum 8.5 Inch Platform Cutting Machine + Die, White: https://amzn.to/394vL5O

Spellbinders Lacework Button Flowers S4-607: https://amzn.to/3dIo71W
currently unavailable Substitute: https://amzn.to/3wJ65p5

Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles: https://amzn.to/2PIaTut currently unavailable

Embossing

Cricut Embossing Folders Fabric Swatches set: https://amzn.to/3wI7SdY

Markers
Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen: https://shrsl.com/2kljf or https://amzn.to/2Htkssm (To color over the rub ons to make them stand out)

Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Markers: https://amzn.to/3ofSbXp (To color the zig zag line on the flower pot)

Kelley Creates Dream Pens Set 2: https://amzn.to/3d4do2Z (To write the words on the inside of the card)

Sakura Gelly Roll Souffle Pens: https://amzn.to/31ZGaey (To add detail to the center of the flower)

Faber-Castell Pitt Artists Pens: https://amzn.to/2RosTdG (To fill in the missing part of the flower pot)

Paper/Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock (for the card base): https://amzn.to/3ljFvfv

4 x 6 Notepad paper: https://amzn.to/3g2lqLx (Used to keep my working surface clean and to press down on the stickers so they would adhere)

Stickers
Dollar Tree Letter Stickers

Tools

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

We R Memory Keepers Tool Set (includes precision tweezers and die pick (also called brad setter) as well as other tools) If you just the two separately, it will cost you almost as much as this whole tool set: https://amzn.to/38m2Kky

Spellbinders Platinum 8.5 Inch Platform Cutting Machine + Die, White: https://amzn.to/394vL5O

Scraping Tool: https://amzn.to/2QbSYvI (Alternative to the one I used to apply the rub ons)

T-Ruler: https://amzn.to/3s67Hpe

Happy Easter!

I have some beautiful Easter cards for you today! I made them using the Spellbinders March 2021 Card Kit of the Month called, “Celebrate Spring.” They are square cards that I made using 12 x 12 paper because I wanted to use some beautiful pattern paper that was 6 x 6 and I didn’t want to cut it. The card is an easy to make card that anyone can do. Just adhere the pattern paper to the card base and add some flowers for added interest. If you don’t have the supplies here, stay tuned until the end of the video where I show some alternatives. Check out the video below to see how it’s done:

Affiliate Links
(I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and Share a Sale links below)

Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month Subscription
https://shrsl.com/2ti8z

Adhesives

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

Scrapbook Adhesives Easy Runner Grand: https://amzn.to/3mA0jjO

Dies

Cross and Praying Hands Cutting Die:
https://amzn.to/3fCk7CL

Creative Expressions Stitched Blooms: https://www.123stitch.com/item/Creative-Expressions-Dies-Stitched-Blooms/CEDLH1013

Spellbinders Renaissance Tag Two: https://amzn.to/3dD2118

Ink

Versa Fine Black Onyx Ink for inside greeting: https://amzn.to/36exdAI

Stamps
Hero Arts “Celebrate Everyday” Stamp Set: https://amzn.to/3cKSg1A

Maymay Made It “God’s Blessings” Stamp Set: https://www.maymaymadeit.com/products/gods-blessings-4×6-clear-stamp-retail-12-99

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

We R Memory Keepers Tool Set (includes precision tweezers and die pick (also called brad setter) as well as othter tools) If you just the two separately, it will cost you almost as much as this whole tool set: https://amzn.to/38m2Kky

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Platform
https://amzn.to/3pmcItB

Grateful for You Spring Card

Today, I’m making a “Grateful for You” spring card. The papers and dies I used came in a card kit of the month for March 2021 by Spellbinders Paper Arts called, “Celebrate Spring.” I recently subscribed to the kit and I’ve been using them a lot lately.

For today’s card, I used the bunny and flower dies with the cardstock (all from the kit) to create a focal image for my card. The greeting was a die cut shape from the kit with the word, “Grateful” which I just darkened a bit by tracing the letters with a Zig Memory System Wink of Stella marker.

I created a background and mat for the bunny using some of my own dies- the scalloped oval dies from Spellbinders. I had to do some “card surgery” to make the the mat because my dies were not as large as I wanted them to be, but it all worked out in the end. I hope it encourages you to experiment and do the same with your supplies. It can really save you money when you can find ways to stretch your supplies by using them in new ways or altering them in some way once they are cut.

To add an extra special touch, I used another Spellbinders die to cut out four fancy corners for the front of my card. As a way to finish the greeting from the front of the card, I used a Zig Memory System Wink of Stella Marker to write “For You” on the inside of the card. Now, this pen isn’t designed for hand lettering, but I find that if you press hard on the downstrokes and press very lightly on the upstrokes, you get a faux hand lettering look. Plus, it glitters in the light!!! Next, I glued some of the die cut flowers around the “For You” words. Finally, I glued a strip of the striped patterned paper to the inside of the card to continue that pattern from the front to tie it all in together. Please enjoy the video below!

Affiliate Links
(I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and Share a Sale links below)

Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month Subscription
https://shrsl.com/2ti8z

This subscription can be canceled at any time and you can choose to skip any month you like.

Shipping and Handling is included in the price!

Adhesive
Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: http://shrsl.com/1xnef or https://amzn.to/2YqV5uA

Die Cutting
Spellbinders Platinum 8.5 Inch Platform Cutting Machine + Die, White: https://amzn.to/394vL5O

Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals Large: https://amzn.to/3jOklW4

Spellbinders NEST-S4-112 Nestabilities Small Classic Ovals Die: https://amzn.to/2XVjyJx

Spellbinders S5-204 Shapeabilities Lace Hearts Dies: https://amzn.to/3tDdpAq

Paper
Purchased just the 6 x 6 paper pad here: https://shrsl.com/2v1nf

Purchase just the pre-cut die cut shapes: https://shrsl.com/2v1ni

Pens
Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Markers: https://amzn.to/3ofSbXp

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

Marvy Uchida Jewel Picker (used to ink center of flowers): https://amzn.to/3qXNodH

Brad Setter & Piercing Tool: https://amzn.to/3bITUkd

We R Memory Keepers Tool Set (includes precision tweezers and die pick (also called brad setter) as well as other tools) If you just the two separately, it will cost you almost as much as this whole tool set: https://amzn.to/38m2Kky

Thank You Beautiful Friend

I finally bit the bullet and subscribed to Simon Say’s Stamp Kit of the Month! The kit always contains high quality items that create beautiful cards, like the one I made below. If you don’t like a particular kit, you are not required to buy it. They’ll send you an invoice by email, and if you don’t want that kit, you don’t have to pay for it. They’ll send only the ones you pay for. That’s a nice choice, I think. You can also purchase it on its own for $39.99 plus tax and shipping and handling.

Now back the card I made. I used the distress markers to watercolor the flowers that I stamped with the lovely stamp set from the kit. Since I only wanted the flowers, I masked the stamp off and only stamped the part I wanted. I later cut out the flowers to place them around the focal point of my card, a gorgeous word die cut with its background (dies included in the kit). Next, I trimmed the paper for the background, mat and trimmings. For the black mat, feel free to use a piece of black cardstock from your own supplies instead of going to the trouble of trimming the black strips from the included supplies if you prefer. Using the label sticker sentiments from Tim Holtz, I placed the words Thank You Friend on the front of the card. I repeated the pattern from the front of the card on the inside by putting 3 blocks of the same pattern paper and trimmings each one just as I did on the front of the card. Enjoy the video below!

Affiliate Links
(I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and Share a Sale links below)

Card Kit Subscription
Simon Says Stamp March 2021 Kit “Spring Windows”: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/Simon-Says-Stamp-Card-Kit-of-the-Month-March-2021-SPRING-WINDOWS-ck0321-ck0321

Tools

EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS

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

Blue Painters Tape: https://amzn.to/2YkBKND (Low tack tape I used to mask the stamp)

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Platform
https://amzn.to/3pmcItB

Nicapa Standard Grip Cutting Mat (12×12 inch,3 Mats): https://amzn.to/30C3i26 (I cut this one to fit in my precision press stamping tool)

Westcott Sewing Titanium Bonded Fine Cut Scissors, 2.5″: https://amzn.to/3cQ1hqw (Not needed for this project, but seen in video)

We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter and Piercing Tool: https://amzn.to/36ePBt5 (I used it to clear away embossing powder from the letters in the greeting)

Apple Pie Memories Acrylic Stamping Blocks: https://amzn.to/2OpR2PV (I used the middle sized one to lay out the color from the distress markers. I then used the Arteza waterbrush to pick up the color to paint my flowers. These can be used with your clear stamps, which is their intended purpose. If you don’t have these, you can use a plastic lid from almost any container.)

Adhesive

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

Plus Glue Tape: https://amzn.to/2JGxphE

Ink

Ranger Archival Ink (safe to use with watercolors or waterbased markers/pens): https://amzn.to/3bB67FG

Arteza Water Brush Pens – Self-moistening – Portable (Assorted Tips, Set of 6)
https://amzn.to/3qJEUGI

Thankful for You

Today I have another card for you that I made using the Spellbinders February 2021 Monthly Card Kit Subscription called, “Let Your Heart Soar”. This one uses some colors in the orange family along with the beautiful purple hue from the last card along with some cute little birdies and a beautiful floral pattern. It’s a simple card which requires very little tools to make. I’m sure you’ll enjoy creating it if you give it a try. As always, feel free to play around with the layout and place items they way you prefer. The kit comes with 10 cards and 10 envelopes in the A2 size, which is 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″. The cards are a bright white and have a beautiful texture on them. I can see decorating the front of the card with just a few of the die cut shapes from the kit and a greeting in order to allow the texture to draw the eye and add interest. Everything you see on the card comes in the kit.

I used three pieces of the pattern paper on this card. One for the background, one in the middle, and one as a mat for the two tags I’m using as a greeting. I trimmed the third one down to be just larger than the two tags, and cut a fishtail in it to match the two tags. I highlighted the tags by flanking them with a 1/8″ strip of gold cardstock, which comes in the kit too! (I told you it was a great value). Of course, you could have used border stickers or inked the edges instead. I used a rotary trimmer with a scalloped blade to create the ruffle on the bottom of the floral pattern paper. I think that a larger scallop would be a better choice here, so I have linked to some other products down below that would give that effect. In addition to this alternative, I’m thinking that cutting the pattern paper to a smaller size would allow the pretty orange background pattern to show up a bit more. It’s your choice. The flowers you see on the card were shaped using a metal stylus and adhering them to the card with some liquid adhesive. Finally, I used foam adhesive for the bird so it would be on a higher plane than the rest of the elements.

This card would make a beautiful Easter, Hello Spring, Happy Birthday, or almost any happy occasion card. Use your imagination and see what you can come up with! Enjoy the video below and the links are after it.

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********Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month Subscription******** https://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com…

This subscription can be canceled at any time and you can choose to skip any month you like.

******** Tools********

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

Westcott Sewing Titanium Bonded Fine Cut Scissors, 2.5″: https://amzn.to/3cQ1hqw​ (These were the small, detail scissors)

For the Scallop Border I used a Fiskars Rotary Trimmer with a 45mm Scallop Blade. This tool is not readily available anymore. You could use a border punch, decorative scissors, border dies, or an electronic cutting machine to get the scallop border. Here is a link to some border dies from Lawn Fawn that will cut a larger scallop than the one seen in the video:

Lawn Fawn Scallop Border Dies: https://amzn.to/2NB30FI​ (This one has a larger scallop than the tool I used in the video).

******** Paper Sculpting********

I used a metal stylus to shape the flowers on the front of the card and give them dimension. Here are several options for you since the Martha Stewart Embossing Stylus I used isn’t readily available:

If you have a Spellbinders Tool ‘n One, you can buy these extensions for it. It includes an embossing stylus.https://amzn.to/3dqlHXp

For a bit more money, you can buy a Sizzix paper sculpting kit that includes a mat as well as other tools: https://amzn.to/37rVgwz

Inexpensive set of embossing stylus tools that have plastic handles: https://amzn.to/37rqwfh

******** Adhesive********

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

Hello Lovely

I’m making cards with a card kit from Spellbinders that you can subscribe to on a monthly basis. I’m not an affiliate with Spellbinders, but I love this kit. It is a great value if you subscribe to the monthly kit. I’m having so much fun with it. It’s called, “Let Your Heart Soar” and it’s the February 2021 edition. Today’s card is my favorite so far. I love everything about it: the colors, the layout, the whole look really. I decided to create some layers using the patterned paper, tags and stickers from the kit. It has a very sweet, feminine sense about it. The colors also lend themselves nicely to Spring or Easter. The colors and the cute little birdies would work well for this season. You can see the unboxing of the kit on my YouTube channel: Unboxing Spellbinders February 2021 “Let Your Heart Soar” Card Kit.

Feel free to change the placement or layout of the items on the card to suit your preferences. Don’t be afraid to trim down pieces that seem to large for the card, which is what I did with the green ephemera tag. The three little hearts are puffy stickers from the kit. As I say in the video, when you decorate the front of your cards, always be sure to use items in sets of odd numbers. I used 3 hearts instead of 2 or 4 (even number) because our eyes are drawn to things that are arranged in sets of odd numbers. Another detail on this card is the gold foiling on the lettering. It adds a hint of elegance to this lovely card. Many of the pieces from this kit have bits of gold foiling on them.

Please enjoy the video below and check out the product links below:

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(I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and Share a Sale links below).

Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month Subscription
https://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/card-kit-of-the-month-membership

This subscription can be canceled at any time and you can choose to skip any month you like.

Or you can purchase this kit as a stand alone, but for more than it would cost you if you subscribed: https://shrsl.com/2xjpo

The paper pad is also available for separate purchase: https://shrsl.com/2v20f

Adhesives
The card kit comes with double sided adhesive tape and foam adhesive, so you will not need to purchase the additional adhesive listed below. I used it in the video, so I’m linking it here;

Plus Corporation Plus High Capacity Glue Tape Dispenser, 0.33-Inch by 72-Feet: https://amzn.to/3cSphZX

Tools
We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Platform
https://amzn.to/3pmcItB

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

Spellbinders Platinum 8.5 Inch Platform Cutting Machine + Die, White: https://amzn.to/394vL5O

Spellbinders Celebrations Pierced Rectangles (Set of 6)-SCD-012 https://amzn.to/3dppSTb (I used these dies in the video to perforate the paper with small “dots” around the border of each paper layer.

Since the above dies are not available, here are two alternatives that are similar but not exactly the same:
Avery Elle D0405 Elle-Ments Double Pierced Rectangles Dies: https://amzn.to/37tEhKi

The Stamps of Life Dotted Rectangles: https://amzn.to/3jZuoZY (This one comes with a word die too!)