NC Demos Blog Hop – Amazing One-Layer Cards

Welcome to the February NC Demos Blog Hop!  This month, we are featuring cards that focus on ushering in Spring.  If you’re coming from Sharon Maranich’s post, I’m sure you found her project amazing.  She always inspires me!  Thanks so much for stopping by my post.

One of my favorite stamp sets in the Sale-A-Bration brochure is Amazing You.  I love the script of the sentiments and the vibrant image stamps.  As a frugal stamper, my motto is – One stamp set – Three design – Endless possibilities.  The card pictured below is the first of three designs that I’ll share this week featuring the Amazing You stamp set.

One-layer cards can be challenging!  I guess I should really say that one-layer card fronts can be challenging since I have added some bling to the card.  When I showed this card to my husband (my true, honest critic), he really liked the card and thought the sentiment banner was a separate piece of cardstock attached to the front of the card.  It isn’t!!  But, there is an illusion of multiple layers.  The flowers, shadings of ink, and the sentiment are all on one, single piece of Whisper White cardstock.  🙂

The main colors used to make this card are:

Here are some directions and tips on how to make this card:

  • Use a stamp positioning tool (I don’t have my Stamparatus yet but should have it this coming week – YEAH!!) to stamp the “YOU”, “are simply”, and “amazing” sentiments from the Amazing You stamp set onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  I used Peekaboo Peach ink for the stamping.  It is a gorgeous color.

  • Cut a piece of copier paper to 2″ x 8 1/2″ to use as a mask.  The copier paper is a great thickness for this type of technique.  The thinner the paper the better.  Wrap and tape the copier paper, as pictured below, to mask (or cover) your stamped sentiment.
  • Use Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and the flower stamp from the Amazing You stamp set to add random flowers and leaves to the unmasked part of your card front.  Don’t be afraid to stamp onto the copier paper to give more of a random feel to the design.  Also be sure to add some additional foliage in addition to the flowers.  If you rotate the flower stamp when you make the images, the design will look more random.

  • The next step is to start adding color over the stamped flower images.  Leave the copier paper mask attached to your card front.
  • Use a sponge to first add Peekaboo Peach to your card.  As you’ll see from the picture below, you want to add color especially at the edge of the copier paper.  Also, be sure to add some Peekaboo Peach to other areas where the flowers are stamped.

  • The next color to add (with a second sponge) is Sweet Sugarplum.  Again, make sure you focus on the edge of the copier paper.  But, make sure that you add color on other parts of the stamped flowers.  I tend to add lighter color away from the copier paper edges.

  • The last color to add (with a third sponge) is Berry Burst.  You may want to have a slightly lighter hand with this color.  It is pretty intense, but the effects are stunning.

  • When you’re happy with your color sponging, carefully take off the copier paper.  You will probably have that “WOW!” kind of happy gasp when you see the results.  It’s very much like the magic of wet embossing!

  • Trim your card front down to 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″.
  • The card is assembled with a card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side.  It is a top-folding card.  A piece of Berry Burst cardstock, cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″, is adhered directly to the card base.
  • A piece of gold cord is wrapped around the bottom of the white area on the card front, and a gold cord bow is attached, as pictured.  One pearl, from the Pearl Basic Jewels collection, is added to “dot” the “i” in “amazing”.
  • The card front is adhered to the Berry Burst piece using dimensionals.

After I made the card pictured above, I decided to experiment a little with this technique.  The next card I made used the same steps as outlined above; however, the piece of copier paper was cut to 1 5/8″ x 8″.  I also changed the style of the bow to a double bow.

Then, I decided to try using the copier paper as a horizontal mask.  This time, I put the double bow on top of the sentiments.

My last card was a little whimsical and definitely a lot of fun.  Again, I followed the same steps that I outlined above; however, for this card, I used three, separate copier paper masks.  The first mask was cut to 1 1/2″ x 8″.  I sponged on the Peekaboo Peach color and then took off the first mask.  I added the second mask which was cut to 2″ x 8″ and sponged on the Sweet Sugarplum color.  After I took off the second mask, I added the third mask which was cut to 2 1/2″ x 8″ and sponged on the Berry Burst color.  I really like the hombre effect from using multiple masks.

Please give this technique a try!  You will love it.  It really is pretty quick, and the results are amazing!

Now, hop on over to Sue Root’s post to see her amazing project.  All the participant’s in this month’s NC Demos Blog Hop are listed below.

Below are the main products that I used to make my cards.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

February NC Demos Blog Hoppers

Toni Campana
Tamra Davis
Jo Anne Hewins
Tracie Evans Langley
Sharon Maranich
Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE
Sue Root
Kathy Svedberg
Frances Wagner
Christina Walker


Paper Pumpkin Wildflower Wishes Kit – A few tips and tricks!

Every month, I eagerly look forward my Paper Pumpkin kit.  When the orange box arrives at our house, I love opening the box to reveal the project.  [Confession – Some times I do look on-line to see if anyone has posted about the kit… but, it is far more fun to wait until my Paper Pumpkin box arrives to unveil the project!]  The February kit, Wildflower Wishes, is great.  The card design is fresh, inviting, and really pretty.  The stamp set is amazing!  And, the additional pieces in the kit are versatile and fun to use.

I promised a few tips and tricks to make the Wildflower Wishes card.  By the way, there are materials for nine cards in the kit!!  And, there are plenty of extra supplies for additional cards that I will create.

Tip #1:  Add a color outline to the cut-out words
Another confession – When I first saw the kit and the pictures on the instructions, I thought the cut-out words (the main sentiments of the cards) were a little hard to read.  The flowery background is pretty but very busy and distracted from the words.  I decided to add a little color to the inside edge of each letter in the cut-out words.  To do that, I used a Stampin’ Write marker.  Trick – Turn the sticker over to make sure you are adding color from the back of the sticker.  Why, you may ask… well, you are very likely to leave ink on the backside of the sticker as well as on the inside edge of the letters.  If you add color from the back, you won’t see your little mistakes.

Tip #2:  Add the same color to the additional pieces of the words
You’re going to add the middle of the “O” (from Thank YOU) to the flowery piece.  Since you will have added color to the cut-out words, you’re going to want to add the same color to the inside letter pieces that you will add.  Use a pair of tweezers to hold the letter pieces while you add the color.  Just as in Tip #1, add the color from the back of the piece.  Also, make sure you allow the ink on these pieces to completely dry before you add the pieces to the card.

Tip #3:  Add the flowery background piece to the back of the sticker
The directions suggest placing the sticker (with the cut-out word) onto the flowery background.  It is much easier to place the flowery background onto the sticker!  The flowery piece is just a tiny bit smaller than the sticker.  Turn the sticker over, and add the flowery piece.  You’ll be able to center the flowery piece much more easily.

Tip #4:  Experiment!
You’re going to find that you make each of the nine cards a little differently.  Change the side that you use to tie the twine bow.  Place the sentiment focal point at different heights on the card.  Just have fun with the extra pieces that enhance the design.  Trust me – there are a lot of possibilities with this kit.

If you don’t currently receive Paper Pumpkin kits, I hope you will consider becoming a subscriber.  There is nothing to lose since you can cancel or skip months any time you want.  But, there is a bonus that is coming up!  If you become a subscriber by March 10, you’ll receive the March kit.  Paper Pumpkin will be celebrating its fifth anniversary!  Every March kit will include an amazing project and a FREE gift.  Click on the picture below to subscribe today!

Happy stamping!


Wildflower Wishes – Paper Pumpkin Kit for February 2018

If you haven’t received your February Paper Pumpkin kit yet and don’t want to see the project, don’t look any further in this post!  If you would like a sneak peek at the kit, take a look at the video below.  I have started working on the kit and will share some tips and tricks with you in my next post.  

If you’re not a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can join the fun (with no obligation) by clicking here The March 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit will be in honor of a big celebration — Paper Pumpkin’s 5th Anniversary!  The kit is going to be awesome and will include a free gift.  You don’t want to miss out.  Be sure to subscribe by March 10th.

Happy Paper Pumpkin Stamping!


Waterfront Stamp Set – Three Designs

As you know, my motto is – One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities.  I have had a lot of fun using the Waterfront stamp set to hold true to that motto.  Below is a picture of my three card designs.

If you missed my posts with detailed, step-by-step instructions and photos, please click on the pictures below to see the posts.

Trust me – you need to add the Waterfront stamp set to your collection.  Below are the main products that I used to create these cards.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

I hope you enjoy creating with the Waterfront stamp set as much as I have.

Happy stamping!


Waterfront Stamp Set – Mountains at Dusk

There are so many sources for inspiration for stamping!  Recently, we received the current copy of “Our State“, a magazine that celebrates the beautiful state of North Carolina.  A specific mountain scene photograph caught my eye.  I decided to try to replicate the picture with the fabulous Waterfront stamp set.  Below is the card and the photograph from the magazine.

If you don’t have the Waterfront stamp set in your collection, you really need it!  There are infinite ways to use this set.  And, the process of creating with this stamp set is just a lot of fun.

Here are the steps that I used to create this card:

  • Use painter’s tape to adhere a piece of Watercolor Paper (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) to a piece of chip board.  Be sure to get some of the tackiness off the tape before you tack down the watercolor paper.  You don’t want to tear your work when you remove the tape.
  • Stamp the first stage of the mountains with Soft Suede and the two stamps pictured below.  The stamps are from the Waterfront stamp set.  It is the only set used to create this card.

  • With your Aqua Painter and just a little bit of water in your brush, “paint” the first layer mountain scene.  Don’t overthink the “painting”!

  • Add a few more mountains with Soft Suede, and “paint” them with your Aqua Painter.
  • As you get to the foreground of the mountains, stamp with two colors of ink.  The mountain on the left is inked in Soft Suede.  The mountain on the right is inked with Early Espresso.  The two colors will start to give more dimension and depth to your piece.

  • After you have “painted” the two mountains that you just added, put a few more mountains in the foreground with Early Espresso ink.

  • The next section to tackle is the sunset behind the mountains.  Figure out where you want your sun to be, and be sure to leave that area blank.  You only want the Watercolor Paper to show as the sun.  Pumpkin Pie ink is added as the orange color of the sunset and then “painted”.  You can see that the sun is defined more as layers of Peekaboo Peach ink are added.
  • Crushed Curry ink is added with the Aqua Painter.  A clear block is a great palette for the ink.  Just stamp directly onto your clear block.  Pickup some of the ink with your Aqua Painter and add the color directly to your work.  To add interest, vary the intensity of the Crushed Curry by brushing off some color before you go to the Watercolor Paper.

  • The sky is added from the top of the picture first.  The ink color is the beautiful Tranquil Tide.  Stamp off before you add the Tranquil Tide.  This will put less ink on the Watercolor Paper and allow you to create a cloudy feel when you “paint”.  Again, don’t overthink the sky portion.  Less “painting” will serve you well.

  • As you work down the upper part of the sky to the yellows and oranges that are just over the mountains, start to blend some of the blues with the oranges and yellows.  And, blend in some oranges and yellows with the blue.  Again, this is done by creating a palette with your clear blocks and adding colors with your Aqua Painter.  Go light with the colors.

  • You may also want to add some wispy colors over your sun.  Do this sparingly.  There is just a little yellow added over the sun on the card.
  • The last piece to work on is the area for the trees.  Ink only the upper portion of the tree stamp.  Don’t ink the trunks.  The trees are stamped with three colors – Soft Suede, Early Espresso, and Basic Black (in that order).  Some of the tree images are slightly “painted” to give a blurred effect.
  • The final card panel is cut to 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″.  “Love never gives up”, from the Waterfront stamp set, is stamped in the upper right section using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • The card base is a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side to form a top-folding card.  The frame piece is Crumb Cake cardstock cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.  The frame piece is adhered directly to the card base.  The watercolor piece is adhered using dimensionals.

I encourage you to find inspiration for a scene to recreate with the Waterfront stamp set.  Just allow yourself to experiment with these stamps, inks, and your aqua painter.  You will have a great time “painting”!

Below are the main products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!