Sailing Away

Today, I’m sharing a card inspired by one of Laura Bassen‘s for the Online Card Classes Background Check class.

Jean Manis Sailboat and Wave

Laura used embossing paste with a Simon Says Stamp wave stencil for her background, to which she added a Copic-colored swimmer. I dry-embossed the waves with a Memory Box stencil and then added Distress Inks with the stencil still in place. Because the Memory Box stencil width is smaller than an A2 card, I cut the panel with a Lawn Fawn die. I heat-embossed a Stampin’ Up sentiment on black cardstock and cut that with a small Lawn Fawn die. (I’m finding that I use the Lawn Cuts Stitched Rectangle die sets a lot.)

Because I used Distress Inks on the background, I decided to do the same for the sailboat, which I cut from cardstock colored with Candied Apple. I then trimmed off the lower half and adhered the sails to a boat cut from white cardstock.


CAS Mixed Media Friendship card

Today I’m sharing a CAS friendship card featuring an umbrella die cut against a background created with a raindrop stencil and embossing paste.

Jean Manis Life Is GoodAfter stamping the card base, I applied embossing paste, which I colored with Salty Ocean Distress Ink, through the Raindrops stencil (I selectively masked off portions of the stencil so that the umbrella would appear to be keeping the sentiment dry. Once the embossing paste dried, I adhered the umbrella die cut. The canopy of the umbrella was cut from cardstock which I had colored with a combination of Distress Inks (reds and a little yellow) for a different project.

Supplies: Hero Arts “Heyday Sentiments” stamp set

Another Merry Monday #180 Reindeer

I’m playing along at the Merry Monday #180 Challenge with another reindeer card. Turns out, I have a lot of reindeer-themed supplies!

Hero Arts Reindeer Stencil

I used Bo Bunny Sugar Glitter embossing paste with the Hero Arts reindeer stencil. I allowed the red cardstock panel to dry overnight (the product seems to take longer to dry than other embossing pastes I’ve used before) and then added a heat-embossed sentiment from the Hero Arts Family and Friends stamp set. I used a Taylored Expressions stitched banner die to cut the sentiment. Other than the drying time, this CAS card came together quickly.

Penny Black Simplicity – Vintage Birdcages

Today, I’m sharing a “just because” card featuring the Penny Black #51-141 Vintage Birdcages die cut set.


To begin, I watercolored swatches for the birdcages using Distress Inks. While the swatches dried,  I sponged Tumbled Glass Distress Ink through one of the patterns on the #25-014 Oscillations stencil on to white cardstock for a subtle background. I stamped a sentiment from the #30-297 Sprinkles and Smiles set onto the panel. I cut the birdcages with the #51-141 Vintage Birdcages from the watercolored paper and from white cardstock. I adhered the two together for extra depth and adhered them to the white card panel. As a final touch I added a bird cut with the #51-094 Tweets set.

Online Card Classes Background Check – Day Three

Today’s Online Card Classes Background Check lesson focused on card designs using backgrounds created in the first two days of lessons. I followed one of the designs shown by Jennifer McGuire. To create the background, I followed the same techniques as on my Day One card.



Online Card Classes Background Check – Day One

I’m sharing a card created with one of the techniques shown in the Day One lesson of the Online Card Classes Background Check class.


I inked the cardstock panel with three Distress Inks, ran it through the Big Shot with the My Favorite Things stencil (adding some dimension) and then dabbed at the open areas of the stencil with a baby wipe to life off some of the ink. The card design is based on one used by Jennifer Rzasa in an earlier Online Card Classes course.
Supplies: Hero Arts sentiment from a retired set

Stenciled Mother’s Day Card

Today, I’m sharing a CAS card suitable for Mother’s Day (or a birthday) featuring the Penny Black 25-018 Patina stencil.


I stamped the sentiment from 30-297 Sprinkles and Smiles before cutting the cardstock with a rectangle die. Next I applied the the embossing paste, which I colored with dye ink, in two sessions. I started with the flower in the lower-left corner.

I adhered the stencil to the craft mat over the cardstock panel, using washi tape to hold the stencil, as well as to mask off the areas to which I didn’t want to apply any paste.

Once the paste was applied, I pulled off the stencil and rinsed it, and I let the paste dry for about thirty minutes. Then I repeated the process in the right-hand corner with a small flower.

Penny Black Inlaid Word Art

Today, I’m sharing a holiday card using the Penny Black 51-089 Tree of Joy word art die.


I cut the Tree of Joy out of a brushed silver cardstock and inlaid it into a square red cardstock panel. I secured the inlaid pieces on the back with tape. The panel was adhered to a white cardstock panel that I had misted with silver spray using the Penny Black  25-009 Snow Dance stencil. The card base, measuring 5 1/4″ is also brushed silver cardstock.

Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Stencil + Embossing Paste

Today, I’m sharing two cards using the Birds & Leaves stencil from the Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas 2014 Catalog.


For the first card, I used gold Ferro paint (so not technically embossing paste) through the stencil and finished the card with a sentiment from “Very Merry Christmas,” one of my favorite holiday sentiment sets from Hero Arts. I used a double frame to showcase the stenciled image.


For the second card, I applied Ranger’s texture paste through the stencil, which I “water” colored with Distress markers after the paste was dry. This was a much more ambitious card than the first one! My first try was a mess as the watercolor seeped through. I was much more careful the second go round, although there’s still room for improvement.


You’re Swell

There’s something about the warmer weather and sunny skies that makes me dream about spending days on the water. Now, I don’t happen to own any watercraft, but the idea of setting sail is appealing nevertheless!


I crafted this card with Paper Smooches stamps and die cuts, as well as the Memory Box Wave stencil. I dry embossed white cardstock with the stencil, and then, with the stencil held in place, applied a combination of blue inks.

I’m linking my card up with this week’s Paper Smooches Sparks challenge – “Anything Goes.”