Shadowbox Card Using Colour Theory Paper

Hello stampers. Have you ever forgotten something? Well I have had this card sitting in the wings for almost a year!! I made it, meant to blog about it and do a class on it and then it never happened. Until today! This is a shadowbox card, or at least, that is what I am calling it. I love that from the outside it looks like an ordinary card, but when you open it you get a surprise. I have made a small photo tutorial and a video to show you how it is done. Then it’s your turn! Be sure to get those framelits if you don’t already have them since they are retiring. This is a total coincidence mind you, I had no intent on luring you to buy more stuff. Honestly!! Here is the card, I cased it from the very talented Lynn Starzl. Here is her card.


Shadowbox card in dapper denim.


You can see the inner mechanism of the shadowbox card at the top. The card is made using dapper denim which I did know is retiring, so if you love this colour, make sure you enough cardstock and reinker to last you a while! The Color Theory Paper (and yes, I hate spelling it the American way) is also retiring. Here is a peek at the inside of the card:


Inside of shadowbox card using High Tide and Colorful Seasons Bundle.


You can see from the picture exactly why it is called a “shadowbox” card!! Here is a handy little shot of the dimensions used to make this card. You can get two cards out of one 12×12 sheet of cardstock.





After running the card base through the Big Shot with the label framelit you are going to put a piece of tear and tape on the little half inch flap. Before doing that make sure you use your bone folder to crisply score all your fold lines.



Now make sure that you do NOT adhere your card yet. Trust me, I have gotten ahead of myself before. The next thing you need to do is stamp your scene. This is also tricky. You have to make sure that your scene can be seen through the “window”. That means your sentiment needs to be in the middle and the birds have to be stamped very close to your words. Do you notice my accidental rhyming here in the last two sentences? Sorry, you don’t really care about that. Back to the card. Here is how I made sure that the images were in the right place. I did use my Stamparatus, it will be available in the new catalog on June 1.



So after I took this picture, I put the Stamparatus plate down and pressed it onto the stamp which is now positioned correctly and then I could move the card so I could stamp on the patterned paper without any overlap. Make sense?



One of the nice things about the Stamparatus is that it allows you to stamp the same image repeatedly and accurately to get a nice dark image. This great tool will be available in the new catalog on June 1. It is a must have in any stampers toolbox. After you have finished stamping this panel you can adhere it. The next step is to adhere the flap (see the video on how to do that most effectively). After that you can put on the white panel and lastly the front.


I had shared this card on my Facebook page yesterday and a follower shared a card that she had made after watching my video. I love her card so much. She added the lighthouse to the inside panel. Way to go Sharon Dalton. Sharon is from Australia and here is the link to her blog. Here is her card:



Finally, a reminder to get those items that are on the retiring list before they disappear. Today I used the following retiring products:  dapper denim cardstock and ink, Color Theory designer series paper stack as well as Lots of Labels framelits. Here is the video showing you how to make this card. Happy stamping and have a super day!



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True Gentleman

Hello stampers! Doesn’t everyone just love a true gentleman? I am quite the romantic so the picture of a dapper, debonair gentleman is quite appealing to me. I love the old-fashioned men’s haberdasheries where you can get nice ties and cufflinks, felt hats and handkerchiefs. Throw in some worn leather chairs and some old books and oh my!!


Well our new True Gentleman suite evokes all of that. My father wore a top hat on his wedding day, so this also reminds me of him. I miss the days when couples got dressed up to go out for dinner. In the suite you will find awesome paper, matching cardstock in three coordinating shades (crumb cake, night of navy and tranquil tide) eight sheets of each, night of navy corduroy ribbon, faux wood buttons, a duo pack of markers (chocolate chip and tranquil tide) as well as a tailored tag punch. I used ALL of these products on the following cards.


Love how all the elements of the True Gentleman suite come together.


I used the same layout for the first batch of cards, just switching up the sayings, the pattern of the paper and the placement of the button. For this one I coloured the stamp with markers: early espresso, night of nay and tranquil tide. I distressed with soft suede and used the splatter stamp from Awesomely Artistic. Crumb cake base (4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″) very vanilla layer (4 1/8″ by 5 3/8″) patterned paper (4″ by 5 1/4″) the smaller panel is 4 1/4″ by 2 3/4″ with a narrow strip of 3/8″ by 4 1/4″ along the bottom, a piece of corduroy ribbon 4 1/4″ long. The button is “glue-dotted” under the ribbon and then the bow is secured to the button with a glue dot as well.


Clean and simple masculine card using True Gentleman.


Don’t you just love this paper? Did I tell you that my dad also smoked a pipe for a very long time? Not a good habit, but he is now 91, so I think he had it mostly clamped between his teeth, unlit! This paper reminds me of him. He is also a bit of a fox!!


Houndstooth, pipes, bowties, twine all part of True Gentleman.


For the card above I punched out two tailored tag punch shapes and layered them behind the sentiment. In the earlier cards I trimmed down the sentiment so that it would layer with the solid colour punch behind it. Works very well indeed. I also find that you can cheat with the twine. What I mean is that you can just tie a bow and use a glue dot to put it on the button and no one can tell that you didn’t thread it through, so unless you are a purist, go for it!


This somewhat busy card can be either for a birthday card or for father's day.


I like how the card above can be either for Father’s Day or just for a birthday. I love how the patterned papers just coordinate so well. Who says it is difficult to make masculine cards? Not me!


These would make great cards for an optometrist!!


Now doesn’t this card remind you of a sharp dresser? Someone who is good at combining fabrics, textures and prints? Add a pair of great glasses, and my oh my! I think you will love how easily these cards come together. Choose a layout and then switch out the colours and patterns and you quickly have a stack of coordinating cards that will surprise any true gentleman on your list. This last card is super simple. Check it out:


Great card for a stamp-a-stack using True Gentleman from Stampin'Up!


For this card I started with a very vanilla base. The chocolate chip mat is 4″ by 5 1/4″ and then the patterned paper is 2 3/4″ by 3 3/4″ and 2 1/4″ by 3 3/4″. I wrapped a piece of the corduroy ribbon across the intersection and then adhered to the card base. The sentiment was stamped in night of navy and then punched with the 2 1/2″ circle punch. It is retired, but there is a circle framelit in that size as well. I used the scalloped circle framelit to cut a chocolate chip mat.


I hope you liked these fun masculine cards. We had fun making some of them at coffee and a card class this morning. I decided to make Father’s Day cards super early this year as most of it sold out last year well before the date. The lesson? If you see something you love, don’t put off getting it or you may regret it. Speaking of which, saleabration ends on March 31, don’t you want that awesome deal on the starter kit? Everyone who joins my team during saleabration gets to come to Diva day on Saturday April 14. What a lot of fun we are going to have together.


I almost forgot. Two things. One:  the stamp set and the punch are available as a bundle which means you can save 10%. I also made a collage of the cards we made at coffee and a card, so I might as well share them here as well. You will see that True Gentleman works very well with the Waterfront stamp set.


Coffee and a card samples March 13, 2018.


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Baby Wipe Swipe Technique

Hello stampers. I have a feeling that many of you are paper hoarders like me. When you find paper that you really love, it is so hard to use it because then it is gone!! That is why I love a great background technique. No worries about using it all up because you can always make more. It is even better when that technique is super simple AND cheap to boot. This “baby wipe swipe” technique is just that. It is super simple using just a baby wipe cut into three equal pieces, three ink pads and whisper white cardstock. This is not an original idea of mine, I saw it on Lyssa Zwolanek’s blog here. She has a ton of great technique ideas complete with instructions.


I used Colorful Seasons as well but decided not to use the sand on my card. It is just such a beautiful “clean and simple” card and perfect for this time of year when some people are getting cabin fever and dreaming of a day (or a week!) at the beach. I also used the new Stamparatus which makes it super easy to line up perfectly. If you did not pre-order one in December you will be able to order it in the new annual catalog in June.


Baby Wipe Swipe technique with Colorful Seasons


In case you do not recognize the saying on this card, it is from the retired card kit called Watercolour Wishes. I still have some in stock if you are interested! The colours I used on this card are sahara sand, bermuda bay and soft sky. The chair is melon mambo and early espresso.


High Tide and Colorful Seasons combine with the baby wipe swipe technique


This branch used to be so difficult to stamp with the flowers! With the new Stamparatus it is a dream! The birds and the grass are from High Tide.  The grass is stamped in crumb cake. The branch combines both the stamp and the framelit from Colorful Seasons. I decided not to add a sentiment so it can be used for any occasion.


Sahara sand, bermuda bay and soft sky combine for a beautiful Baby Wipe Swipe technique.


I tried using the High Tide set at my technique club but it was an epic fail even with the Stamparatus!! The problem was poor lighting and bad staining on my lighthouse stamps, so I decided to trim them and it worked! By trimming them I was able to align them a lot better. The Baby Wipe Swipe technique just involves pressing the edge of a baby wipe into the ink pad and then swiping it across the whisper white cardstock. It does not seem to harm the ink pad at all, but after doing about a dozen cards or so you might want to re-ink your ink pad. I will include a video at the end so you can better see how this technique works.


Lovely as a tree with the baby wipe swipe technique


I think this might just be my favourite card with this technique. I love, love, love the colours and the fact that it evokes such a peaceful, tranquil feeling. I used soft suede, garden green and marina mist for the swiping and old olive for the tree and early espresso for the sentiment. The tree is from the old favourite Lovely as a Tree and the saying is from the new set Waterfront. I predict that this new set is going to be a classic as well.


Lovely as a Tree and January Paper Pumpkin


I like this card as well, but it almost covers the background technique. The sentiment is from the January Paper Pumpkin. Did you know that if you get a three month Paper Pumpkin subscription you will also get a free sale-a-bration item? I am also loving the ink spots that you get in your monthly Paper Pumpkin, they work so well with the Stamparatus.


Lovely as a Tree, Waterfront and Tailored tag punch


This last card was born from a mistake. I didn’t like how my card front turned out, the layering of the different trees just didn’t work. I should have taken a picture! I had tried to place the oak tree in front of this line of trees and it just didn’t look right at all. So I decided to salvage some of my art work and I used it on this card to great effect. I unwrapped my new Tailored Tag punch that is part of the True Gentleman suite and it all came together rather nicely. I love “embellishment opportunities”, don’t you?


I hope you have as much fun with this technique as I did. Here is the video. Have a super weekend!!


Faux Leather Technique Using Fun Foam and the Heat Tool

Hello stampers. I finally had some time to play with a technique I came across a few weeks ago. It is called Faux Leather. Tina Zinck had done a video on it and Sheran Rigg made a beautiful card and linked Tina’s video. And that is how I got hooked. It is so easy and it really does look like leather. You can buy sheets of fun foam at Michael’s or you can get it on Amazon as well. I cut it down to a 3″ squares. You then ink up the stamp you want to use. If you use Stayzon you don’t have to worry about drying time, but I like using early espresso for a deeper colour. You then heat up your square of fun foam for about twenty seconds or until the corners start lifting. Then you firmly stamp your image on the fun foam and hold it there for a few seconds. Let it dry and then run it through the Big Shot with a stitched framelit of your choice. Here are some cards I made and at the end of the post I will include a video.


There are a couple of techniques on this card, embossing paste and faux leather.


I also like to sponge the edges of my fun foam after it is trimmed down to give it a more weathered look. I use tear and tape for my adhesive as it works best on this surface. The cowboy boots come from the stamp set Country Livin’ and they suit this technique perfectly.


Close-up of the faux leather, sponging the edges gives it a more weathered look.


I love the sayings on this card, they come from the stamp set So Many Shells. The ability to truly listen to someone is such a lovely and rare gift that it deserves to be celebrated with a card don’t you think? Don’t forget to finish the inside of the card, or as France Martin says, bring the party inside!


So Many Shells and Country Livin' combine for a great masculine card.


The faux leather technique also works great with any nature images, especially trees and leaves. This card uses the quintessential Lovely as a Tree and Tree Rings background stamp.

Lovely as a Tree and Tree Rings combine for a great gender neutral card.


The saying “Just a Note” comes from the Soft Sayings Card kit. I used the burlap ribbon and copper trim to finish it off. Card base is very vanilla heavy cardstock (love that stuff!) and then crumb cake in 4″ x 5 1/4″. The oak tree image from Lovely as a Tree also works ever so well for a sympathy card.


The sympathy saying is from the August Paper Pumpkin.


Here you can see how much this really looks like leather!


The acorn paper is from Painted Autumn and pairs perfectly with the oak tree from Lovely as a Tree.


The last card I am sharing with you uses a retired stamp that I just love, For Your Country. For several years now I make a point of going to the cenotaph on Remembrance Day and handing out hand stamped cards to the veterans to show my gratitude.


For Your Country remembrance day card.


I did find that  for this technique our rubber stamps work best. The photopolymer stamps that I used simply did not leave a deep enough etching to really make it look like leather. I hope you have lots of fun with this simple technique that has such fabulous results with so little time. As always, you know that I would welcome you on my team if you live in Canada. I am celebrating my 12th anniversary with Stampin’Up this year and to include you in this celebration I am offering a draw for a free bundle of your choice if you place an online order with me in October using the current host code. Good luck!



Feather Together: Timeless Elegance for Many Occasions

Hello stampers! What do you look for in a stamp set? I love a set that combines great images with a few great sentiments. I also get quite excited when the set can be used for different occasions and for both men and women. Feather Together fits the bill perfectly. It has some great words in a great font and the feather images can be used together or separately. SInce the set is photopolymer, it makes it very easy to do a two-step stamp. I will share a video with some tips and tricks on how to do that. Take a look at this stamp set:


Love the font in this photopolymer stamp set.


I haven’t played with this set as much as I would like to, but here are some cards that I made for my coffee and a card class. I thought that the simplicity of the card would pair well the simple beauty of our copper foil paper.


Thinking of You and Sending hugs is just perfect with these feathers, great for a man or woman.


Here is the same card but using different words. I am sorry that the script patterned paper is no longer available. I love it so much that I wanted to use the rest of my stash. I think we should all petition Stampin’Up! to bring it back. It was available in the patterned paper stacks in each of the colour families but the neutrals were my favourite.The white panel on the first two cards is the same size, 4″ by 2 5/8″.


Copper foil paper really sets off the simplicity of this earth toned card.


Now I have to confess that I tend to hoard more expensive paper. It makes me happy to be able to get the most use out of it, so before mounting the white part on the copper I first cut out some leaves for another card making sure to leave enough of an edge so that you wouldn’t notice what I did. Check it out, I am pretty pleased with myself!


Getting the most use out of your copper foil paper.


Here is what I did with those beautiful leaves. I made two versions of this card, one with a single piece of patterned paper in the background and another one with strips of paper (they are approximately 1 3/8″ wide by 4″ long. That way I could not only use up my paper scraps but I could also showcase how well the papers coordinate. The leaf framelits are from the Colorful Seasons bundle. The stamp set is one of the sets featured in the World Card Making Day sale until October 10.


Copper leaves with Coffee Cafe, who would have thought?


The last card here was actually the first card that I made. When I saw the feathers I thought of the pretty blue jay feathers I would sometimes find on my lawn after our cat Jacob had followed his natural instincts. I used Pacific Point and Early Espresso.


Hexagons embossing folder adds interest to this card with Feather Together.

I love the poignancy of just one leaf. The white panel is 3 1/4″ by 4 1/4″. The pacific point is 5 3/8″ by 4 1/8″. I used the hexagon embossing folder to add some interest to this otherwise clean and simple card. Sometimes two or three-step stamping can be daunting, but all you really need to do is give yourself enough time, be sure to practice and experiment with different colour combinations and stand up. Yes, stand up. If you stand while stamping you get a better view and can line things up more easily. I made a video with a few little tips and tricks to help you along.



I would love to hear from you. What are your favourite sets for two or three step stamping? I really love their effect, especially Baby Bear. He looks so real you just want to touch him. Let me know if you have any other questions.


World Card Making Day Sale


From now until October 10, Stampin’Up! is celebrating World Card Making Day with a special sale. Select stamp sets are 15% off. Select designer series paper is also on sale until the end of October, buy three packs get one free. The best part of this sale is that the most expensive pack of paper can be your free one! Just enter the ones you want to pay for first, then enter the free one last.


World Card Making Day sale

Did you see that little note at the end? Best deal ever. Buy a fast fuse and get two refills for FREE! If you want to see the images of the stamp sets featured, I took some screen shots:



Here is a shot of the paper that is on sale. I am willing to split packs of paper in half so that you can get three half packs and one half pack for free, just let me know!



Happy stamping and have a super day! Don’t forget about my contest. Comment on any of my blog posts before Tuesday October 10 and get entered into a draw for the stamp set Spooky Cat!





Nuts About Painted Harvest

Hello stampers! Have you seen all the amazing cards out there using Painted Harvest? What a beautiful stamp set this is. I have seen so many different versions of the sunflowers, so I decided to make a card with the nuts. Nuts? Yup. There’s an acorn in that set and I don’t think it has been given its due. Using stamps to make pretty background paper is a lot of fun, so that is what I have done with this first card. I used the acorn, the leaves and the stipple stamp to make this nice effect. What do you think?


The two-step acorn is a great stamp in the Painted Harvest set.


Another stamp set that pairs well with Painted Harvest is the Burlap background stamp. If you ink up the stamp using a sponge you get a more subtle effect that lends itself to stamping images right on it. The sunflower was stamped with crushed curry and cajun craze with an early espresso centre. The saying is from Cool Treats.


Use the Burlap background stamp to pair with Painted Harvest.


The last card also uses the technique of stamping over a background image. You could use patterned paper, but this is the Sheet Music background stamp. I also used a sponge and crumb cake ink to gently ink up this stamp. I totally cased this card from the talented Linda Dalke from Australia.


Sheet Music is a great background stamp to pair with Painted Harvest.


I used marina mist and night of navy on this card as well as the new Everyday Label punch from the holiday catalog (page 12)

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