Vellum Windows

Water color washes and vellum makes for layers and layers of fun!

I originally made this watercolor wash for a background on a different card, but it was too exciting to just sit nicely in the background. There is a lot of contrast to it, and it drew too much attention away from the part of the card that was supposed to be the focal point.  That meant it needed to be its own card.

I also got some vellum recently and wanted to play around with it. Vellum is like paper made out of fog. You can see through it, but it has a cloudiness to it that adds mystery. I thought it would be fun to try making a window you could look through to see all the way to the inside of the card.

For layout ideas, I looked through some old Mojo Monday sketches for ideas. I often look at these (or other card makers galleries) for ideas on layouts I haven’t used before. In this case I found this Mojo Monday sketch and thought I’d give it a try:



Here’s how the card turned out. The balloon on the inside is just peeking over the top of the card’s front in this image.


In this image, you get to see a side view of the card’s front. I used lots of dimensionals to give the layers of this card a lot of lift. The balloon on the inside is my favorite part!


Tips on watercolor washes:

  1. Use actual watercolor paper. It is thicker and it holds up better than even the thickest cardstock when you completely soak it.
  2. Use tape to hold your card flat. Put it on before you do the wash and don’t take it off until after the paper is dry. This keeps it from curling. Painters tape, masking tape, and even washi tape work well; they will peel off the paper without damaging it.
  3. If your paper curls, never fear! Placing it inside a book for awhile will flatten it out again. You just won’t be able to finish your card until tomorrow… or maybe the next day.
  4. Get the entire paper a little wet first.
  5. Add your colors to the water and let the water do the work of blending it.
  6. There are several ways to use your ink pads like watercolors. With Stampin’ Up pads: One is to squeeze the lid of the ink pad while it is closed. When you open it, there will be excess ink on the cover. This is perfect for water coloring!
  7. For starburst-like effects, I added a drop of clear water to my brush and let it fall onto the paper.
  8. Coarse ground sea salt also makes an interesting effect on top of a wash.
  9. There is no wrong way to do a watercolor wash! They all turn out different and beautiful!

Good luck and happy papercrafting!

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Materials Used:

Dies and Punches: Circle dies, Balloon Bouquet Punch (c) Stampin’ Up

Papers: Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up, Watercolor Paper

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant

Ink: Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant, Bermuda Bay

Other: Paintbrush, Dimensionals

Balloon Builders Love

I made this for my in-laws for Valentine’s Day, but it is a great card for anniversaries, weddings, and birthdays for loved ones.

First, I used Balloon Builders (c) Stampin’ Up to create the flamingos. This looks simple enough, but getting all the pieces of the flamingos lined up in the correct place was a bit of a challenge! My advice would be to start at the beak and work your way out and down. If you start at the body (like I did on my first attempt) you might find that you’ve made the flamingos too close together or too far apart for what was envisioned.


After stamping the flamingos in Watermelon Wonder and Basic Black, I fuzzy cut them out. Using dimensionals I made them pop out a bit from the background. The background is a piece of paper from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up. Confession time: this paper actually uses very vanilla words and I put it on white cardstock. Forgive me, fellow card makers!

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Paper: Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up

Stamps: Balloon Builders Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Dimensionals

Lucky Stars Thank You Card

Inspiration for my card today comes from the Mojo Monday design sketch #442. This is my first official entry in a contest! Yay!


I wanted to try out some of the new papers designer series paper I got recently, so I pulled out this cute Melon Mambo star paper from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack. The Going Global Stamp Set had some perfect star themed stamps to go with it.

This was starting to look like an adventuresome card, so it needed an explorer. I chose this cute little penguin to go adventuring under the stars. Voila, a card is born! Or rather made.


Okay, okay… I know it isn’t really winter any more… I just think this penguin stamp is so cute!

I put black around the edges of the melon mambo papers to give them a little more weight. They just looked a little wimpy without them. I love how bold this turned out!

For the first time, I thought I’d try my hand at making one of these images that shows all the different materials I used. These are great  for all visual learner types like me.


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Materials Used:

Ink: Versamark Basic Black

Stamps: Going Global and Snow Place Stamp Sets (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White

Other: Medium Star Punch, Dimensionals


A Handwritten Hello (to you)

This is a simple card, fit for any occasion! The sentiment in this case is my own handwriting cut out using Adobe Illustrator, a tablet, and a Cricut Explore Air. There are also several dies available from a variety of vendors that give the same effect. No matter what method you choose, it turns out so cute!

This is a great card for showing off beautiful designer papers. This design gives the paper a lot of room to show off. Look how lovely!


If you have a Cricut, you can use this image to cut out your own “happy” or “hello” sentiments. If you use this image, I’d love it if you could link back so I can see what you’ve made!

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If you’d like to cut out your own handwriting, here’s the steps I used:

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If you don’t have a Cricut you can get sentiment dies at Stampin’ Up (Greetings Thinlits Dies, Hello You Thinlits Dies) or Papertrey Ink (Bloomin’ Cute Sentiments Die). I’m sure there are more companies that make them, too!

Happy card making!

Materials used:

Technology: Cricut Explore Air, Adobe Illustrator, Drawing Tablet

Paper: Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Cardstock: Whisper White, Cucumber Crush

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone (c) Stampin’ Up



Sea Street Love

My dad has loved aquariums for as long as I can remember. He taught my sisters and I how to care for fish when we were little,  taught us to identify different kinds of tropical fish, took us snorkeling, and instilled a love in us for petting sting rays.

I have never met someone that loved aquariums as much as he does… until my son came along. He seems to have inherited my dad’s fascination for watching aquatic life.

I took the two of them to the aquarium recently and there was an octopus there that was very actively climbing all around his tank. We watched him for a long time, or as long as we could before the toddler among us got bored and wanted to see other things

The Octopus became the mascot of that trip.

For Valentine’s Day I made my dad this sweet card using the Octopus stamp from the Sea Street stamp set by Stampin’ Up.


I outlined the octopus in black using a Stampin’ Write marker. The fine tipped side works great for these little details. I love how the added black makes the image pop! It also gives the card a strong sense of unity.

Art Word Alert! Unity is a cohesiveness that brings all the elements of a piece of artwork together. It means that nothing sticks out or looks like it doesn’t belong.

In my card, I used black hand drawn lines for the string holding the banners and on the banners themselves. I also outlined the balloon and the octopus to bring the same hand drawn aspect to the rest of the card, and voila, unity!

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Materials used:

Stamps: Sea Street, Balloon Builders, and Setting Sail all (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up

Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Basic Clack, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up

Patterned Paper: Going Places Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, Dimensionals