How to make handmade cards using patterned paper

Have you ever wondered how to make handmade cards using patterned paper in an easy way? well today I am going share with you some tips and tricks to help you. Even better you will want to be using that patterned paper you have been hoarding all these years… Yes, I know you have a pile of patterned paper you are collecting and not using.. But believe me you want to use it and share it with your loved ones on each card you send. 

Making handmade cards using patterned paper 

Making handmade cards can be at times challenging, specially as coming up with ideas can be somewhat a problem. However using patterned paper can help you a lot in your crafting, mainly because majority of the times all paper packs coordinate one way or another. 

Stampin’ Up! for instance have patterned paper packs, also called designer series paper (DSP) which coordinate in colors and/or in design elements. For instance sometimes they coordinate the DSP with a suite of products, which is specially best to use when you are struggling with ideas. Mainly because everything coordinates beautifully. When you select a suite you most likely will be able to have a stamp set that coordinates, as well as embellishments, making the designing process much easier and more enjoyable.  You can see an example of this on this post, where I made cards using a suite of product, so the paper and the stamp set coordinate. 

On other instances you can just go and use as inspiration the designer series paper as inspiration, like I did on the cards you see below. I love doing this for papers where I might not have a whole suite of products available to me, or when I don’t want to invest on the coordinating stamp set.  (shocking! I know…😱 😉)

how to make cards using patterned paper

A few tips for designing with paper 

When I was designing these cards I wanted to use a stamp set I already have, rather than buying the coordinating stamp set. When you do that, there are a few of things to consider

  • Are there images in the patterned paper  you can cut out to use as an embellishment
  • Can you mix and match patterns on the paper pack that look appealing to you 
  • Do you have a stamp set that can be easily incorporated. TIP – Sentiment stamps set are usually best as they coordinate with almost everything
  • Pick easy sketches that can be used with the designer paper. TIP – the simpler the sketch is, the easier will be to incorporate the patterns

Thinking on these points will help you in the designing process, as you can see which sheets you want to use for your projects. By selecting these sheets, you will be able to come up with the color combo. 

The Color Combo, Sketch and other details 

Here you will see the color combo of each of the cards shown on this post for your reference, as well as the Sketch I used as inspiration and other details for the card. All cards were created using the Best Dressed designers series paper as well as the Abstract Impressions stamp set.

At the end you will also see the video tutorial, if interested in learning how I made each of the cards.   

Handmade Card #1

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Color Combo: Purple Posy, Mint Macaroon, Whisper White  

For this card, I picked two paper patterns that would go best together, and then looked at sketches that I would like to try. For this particular card I did not have a stamp set that had the same type of flowers, but there were little roses on the patterned paper, so I decided to cut them out. These added a really nice embellishment without too much trouble. Also to add a little bit more, I added a piece of Mint Macaroon ribbon since I realized there was some Mint Macaroon leaves in the patterned paper. This was the  trigger for me to add Mint Macaroon to the color combo. 

Always look for the colors on the patterned paper, I feel like that always help me to get nice color combinations. this is easy, just look at the colors you have in the patterned and then bring the coordinated card stock to see if you like them together. 

To finish off this card, I added a little of Wink of Stella on the roses, this added a nice shimmer look without the mess glitter would generate 😁 so definitely a great idea if you like to have shimmery images. 

Handmade Card #2

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Color Combo: Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Whisper White

Same as with the previous card, I picked two sheets that coordinated well together. In this case I picked colors from the floral pattern to come up with the combo. I knew I wanted to show more of the floral patterned so that was my main element. The second pattern then became more of an embellishment to the card. 

As for the stamping, I made a similar look using the flowers and leaves images from the Abstract Impressions stamp set.  I used the same colors from the patterned I chose, this make it look very coordinated. To finalize this card I added a little bow using Old Olive linen thread. 

Handmade Card #3 

Easy sketch to make handmade cards    how to make cards using patterned paper

Color Combo: Petal Pink, Purple Posy, Pear Pizzas, Gold, Whisper White

For this final card, I did exactly the same as with the previous cards, I paired two designs that look nice together, and then looked for embellishments to compliment it. In this case I used the gold ribbon as it went really well with the yellows on the roses pattern. This pattern was actually the one that inspired me to pick the Abstract impressions stamp set! if you see it closely, there are some circle flowers that reminded me of the same image on the stamp set.   

Now did you notice the little white border I added to this card? this is from a new suite that will be available in April, so stay tuned my friend as there will be a release of new products on a few days 😁

The Video Tutorial 

As promised, here is the video tutorial to show you how to make handmade cards using patterned paper, on this video you will see step-by-step instructions on how to make the three cards shown above. 

Please note that because I show you how to make the three cards in this tutorial, the video is long. So make sure you watch it when you are winding up from your day 🙂

The supply list 

Below you will find the supply list for all the cards shown in this post, you can click to any of the images and it will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items.  When you purchase thru my online store you support my online business which helps me to keep bringing more card ideas for you! 

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How to make Birthday cards using one stamp set

Today I am showing you how to make birthday cards using one stamp set! After all, Birthday cards are usually the most popular card we need to make, and every month we have people in our live celebrating their birthday! 

How to make Birthday cards using one stamp set! 

The first think you need to do is actually selecting an stamp set that is catching your eye! the one you have been dying to use!  For me it was the Timeless Tulips! not sure if I have share this with you, but Tulips is my favorite flower! And when I saw this stamp set on the catalog, I knew I have to have it. 

Then try to stay with one color combo, so the creative process is easier. If you stay with one single color combo for your projects, you don’t have to be thinking in multiple alternatives for each card. 

Once the color combo is selected, then grab all your supplies in those colors. For instance patterned paper, card stock, embellishments, and any other coordinating item for the stamp set you selected.  Of course make sure that you have a Birthday sentiment to go with it, this might or might not be on the stamp set you selected. 

Finally start going thru sketches, cards, or any other sources of inspiration to get ideas for the cards you want to create. Most of the times, I prefer simple sketches, as I find it easy to incorporate any stamp set that way.  If I see a finished card, then I want to recreate the same card. 

You will see below the sketches and how these were incorporated in the cards I made.

Birthday card using Timeless Tulips stamp set from Stampin' Up!

The Color Combo

For thee cards I used the following colors:

  • Poppy Parade
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Old Olive
  • Basic Black 
  • Whisper White 

Birthday card #1

Use this sketch to create your cards  Learn how to make birthday cards using the same stamp set!

I used the following sketch to come up with the first card. As I mentioned before, I find it easier to use simple sketches to come up with ideas for cards, since it can be adapted to any stamp set you can think of. Don’t you think? 😉

The tulips on this card were done with an easy technique using two color of ink pads. Ink your stamp with the lighter color, and then using a sponge add the darker color onto your stamp, and then stamp your image. you get this nice two color effect on the tulips, making them look very realistic. 👉TIP: Make sure you clean your stamp in between each time, as you would stain your light ink pad by not cleaning before inking! 

In the video tutorial below you can see how this is done in case you have any questions. Also play with different colors to see what other combinations you like.  

Birthday card #2

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For this second card I used as well as simple sketch, however this card has a WOW factor when you open it! This is an easy to make pop-up card!! see the pictures below to see how it looks when you open this birthday card!

learn how to do this easy pop-up card    An easy pop up card!

Same as the previous card, the tulips were stamped following the same technique. For the instructions on how to make this pop-up card make sure you watch the video, as it is best you see how to put it together than me trying to explain it with words 😉

Birthday card #3

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Same as with the previous two cards, I used as well a simple sketch. For this card I embossed the card front using the layering leaves 3D embossing folder. I love how this adds dimension, especially when you are using mainly one color. In this case there was a lot of white when I first lay out this card, but after adding the embossing on the first layer, it really made it pop a lot!

I used poppy parade texture weave ribbon for the two lines on this sketch, but I could have used card stock instead. Always be thinking how to change elements on the sketch with embellishments, card stock or even designer series paper a.k.a. patterned paper. 

If you like this way of creating cards using sketches, you might want to check this other post where I show how to make three cars using the same sketch!

Step-by-Step Video Tutorial

As mentioned before, here is the video tutorial for you to learn how to make these cards step-by-step, I go over measurements and instructions in more detail on this video. This video is part of my Facebook live that happens every Thursday at 7pm CST, so if you ever have time at this time make sure you join me live on my page! 

Warning –  because on this video I show you how to make the three cards, it is a bit longer, so I would suggest to watch it when you are winding down. 😁

The Supply List

Also if you are interested in getting the products I used to make these cards, by all means please click on the pictures below, they will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of this items! 

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How to make Easter handmade cards

The Joy of Sets blog hop

If you are searching already ideas for how to make Easter handmade cards, you are in luck as today we are sharing projects for Easter and Spring.  I know you will get lots of inspiration when you hop with us in this blog hop, so be ready to go blog by blog and get ideas for your future Easter projects!

My projects today feature the Welcome Easter stamp set from Stampin’ Up! which has three cute little critters that are perfect for Easter or for Baby cards!! so this set is very versatile and I know you will be able to use it in so many ways!

These little critters can be colored in different ways as these are line images!  The cards I am showcasing in this post are all colored with Stampin’ Blends, a.k.a. Alcohol markers and I am also using a fun sponging technique to color the background!  so let’s get to it! shall we???  😁

How to make Easter Handmade cards 

For these cards, I decided not to use designer series paper a.k.a. patterned paper but instead I wanted to try a new technique for the background. I also wanted to show you how to make variations on this technique, so you can get even more ideas on how to modify this technique and get different looks.  Below the picture of these cards. 

How to make Easter Handmade cards using the Welcome Easter stamp set

To make the background on these Easter handmade cards, I made templates that I would use as a stencil. I made two of these templates using the Stitched So Sweetly dies so that I could have different sizes on the sponged background of the cards. For instance the Chick and the Sheep used the largest template and the bunny used the smaller. 

I then sponged the backgrounds using stamping sponges. Please note that I cut the sponge into smaller sections, so that I can have one sponge per color. I attach a tab on the top of each sponge using the circle tab punch in the color that I will use for that sponge. That helps me ensure I am not mixing colors.   

The Color – Combination

For these cards I used the following card stock colors:

The Chick card

  • Mango Melody
  • Pumpkin Pie 
  • Whisper White

The Sheep card

  • Smoky Slate
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Whisper White

The bunny card

  • Gorgeous Grape
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Whisper White

Easter Handmade Card #1 (Chick)

How to make Easter Handmade cards using the Welcome Easter stamp setFor this first card, I used daffodil delight and pumpkin pie ink pads for the background, I started first with the lighter color and then I added the darker. Tip – is always easier to go darker than going lighter, so always start with the light color and add color to your liking. 

For the die cut under the chick and under the sentiment, I used the Painted labels dies. Please note that I cut the circle label from the same card stock I used as a mat of the whisper white card stock. This always helps me save on paper.  😉

The Chick was colored using alcohol markers, for its body I used So Safron and Daffodil Delight. for its beak and head feathers I used Pumpkin Pie. The cheeks were added using Flirty Flamingo! Doesn’t he look cute? 

If you want to watch a video coloring the same chick but with Watercoloring please watch this video! 

Easter Handmade Card #2 (Sheep)

How to make Easter Handmade cards using the Welcome Easter stamp set For this second card, I use coastal cabana and Bermuda bay for the backgrouund. Once I sponged the background I then stamped the flowers with Bermuda Bay without removing the template/stencil.  This kind of look like creating your own patterned paper, don’t you think? 😉 I then added the sentiment onto the sponged area using memento ink. 

The label under the the sheep was die cut using the Stitched Sentimental dies. I added a banner and silver thread under the sheep.  I think that added a little of texture to the card. 

The Sheep was also colored with alcohol markers. Its face was colored with gray granite and flirty flamingo, its bow was colored with Bermuda bay, and its body was colored with pool party. Please note that whenever the area is mainly white I use pool party just to add a bit of shadow, it is minimum so don’t add too much. 

Easter Handmade Card #3 (Bunny)

How to make Easter Handmade cards using the Welcome Easter stamp set For the last card, I used coastal cabana and gorgeous grape for the background, same as with the first card please start with the lighter color and then the darker color.  After the background is complete you then spatter it with gorgeous grape using the stampin write marker.  If you don’t know how to do this, make sure you watch the video tutorial below. 🙂

The label under the sentiment comes from the painted label dies. The sentiment was stamped in the gorgeous grape strip and then cut the ends of this strip with the Tailored tag punch to for the banner shape. 

The bunny was colored as well with alcohol markers, for this little guy I used gray granite and flirty flamingo. 

 

Video Tutorial with step-by-step instructions

As usual you can watch the video tutorial to see how to make these cards,  I know I am a visual person and I personally enjoy watching how to make it, rather then reading instructions.. Are you the same way?? 😁

Please know that this video is long as I show you how to make all three cards, so I recommend you watch this video when you are winding down and ready to relax.. Like when you are catching up with Netflix shows… 😂😂😂

The Supply List

And then finally if you are interested in getting the full supply list of items I used on these cards, you can get it here. As always this list contains all the links to the products so if you want to get them you can click on the images to go to my online store. I  appreciate your support  🥰

The Blog Hop line up 

As mentioned at the beginning, this is part of a blog hop where we all will be sharing ideas for Easter and Spring, so don’t forget to visit all participating blogs. you can click to the below image to go to the next blog or on the below line up.  I know you will enjoy seeing all the ideas from this talented group!

Next Blog 

Sue Allen

Gez Carpenter

Tricia Butts

Libby Fens

Fiona Whitehead

Rebecca Jo Unwin

Brenda Nelson

Jill Chapman

JoAnn Pollock

Rochelle Laird-Smith

Annette Ball

Susan Webster

Angie McKenzie

Jennifer Arent

Alejandra Gomez – You are here!

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How to make Three (encouragement) masculine handmade cards

Have you ever needed a masculine handmade card perfect to encourage that special person? You want to send him a note to let him know that you care and you are there for him, but don’t have the perfect card. Well my friend, you are in the right place, as today I will show you how to make Three Masculine Handmade Cards perfect for encouragement or Get well for the men in your life!    

I particularly struggle with masculine cards as most of the time I love using bright colors and flowers, so I tend not to have them on hand.  Therefore most of the times I need a masculine handmade card, I have to make it for that occasion. So this post and the following 2 or three will help you see how you can make masculine handmade cards for encouragement and get well. 😉

Three masculine handmade cards for encouragement or get well

When I started thinking on masculine cards, I looked at my stamps and designer series paper to see what could go well together, and I thought the Back on your feet stamp set from Stampin’ Up! would go perfectly for men, granted you can also use this stamp for your gals 😁 You can see below the cards. 

how to make masculine cards for encouragement and get well

I paired the Back on your feet stamp set with the Country Club designer series paper a.k.a DSP, this paper pack has one side all about golfing, and the other side has designs that can go well for any occasion, there are patters full of color and other that are more neutral, but all go well for masculine handmade cards, so you can understand why I decided to use them together. 

All these cards were colored using the stampin’ blends which are alcohol markers, but you could also use watercoloring to color these images. Just remember if you are going to use alcohol markers it is important to use the memento ink pad and if you are watercoloring, then you need to use Stazon.  Below you will see the video tutorial where I will show you how to color with the alcohol markers. If you are interested in learning more about how to watercolor in an easy way you can see this post.  

The color combo for these cards

As usual I picked the colors for my cards from the designer series paper. I honestly think this is the easiest way to pick color combinations, if you are ever having trouble with this, just pick a patterned paper that you like and then see which colors you like and then used them in your card. 

This is where Stampin’ Up! makes it super easy, as all their products color coordinate, so if you see a color in the DSP that you like, you know you can get the cardstock, the ink pad and the embellishments in the same colors. This is what I love the most, as this makes the designing process even easier.  You can see another example of how to use your designer series paper for making cars, on that post the cards are about Thinking of you. 

For this cards the color combo is the following:

  • Night of Navy
  • Garden Green 
  • Poppy Parade 
  • Crushed Curry
  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White 

Masculine handmade card #1

how to make masculine cards for encouragement and get well

This card is very simple in the lay out. most of the card front is covered with the designer series paper. 

I stamped the giraffe and colored it with the Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede alcohol markers.  Then matted this piece with Crushed Curry and Garden Green. 

I added the sentiment in a 1 1/2″ circle from Poppy Parade which matched the Ribbon that I added to the card. (see what I mean with the color combination??😉)

 

Masculine Handmade Card #2

how to make masculine cards for encouragement and get well

For this second card, I used again a very simple layout using the So Sentimental Dies.

The turtle was colored using Granny Apple Green, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Soft Sea Foam alcohol markers, and Flirty Flamingo for the cheeks. I love adding cheeks to the critters, these always make them look even cuter!  After coloring then I punched the image using 2 1/4″ circle.

The sentiment was embossed with White embossing powder.  Embossing on dark colors cardstock always make the  sentiment pop op even more!

 

Masculine Handmade Card #3

how to make masculine cards for encouragement and get wellFor the last card,  I used again the So Sentimental dies. These are becoming my new favorite dies, I have been using them A LOT lately!!  You can see Three Birthday cards using these dies as well on this post.

I colored the the Sloth with Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow and Smoky Slate. For the banner under this image, I used the tailored tag punch to cut the ends of the Garden Green Strip. This punch makes it so easy to make perfect banners every time.

The sentiment on this card is embossed as well and then die cut using the So sentimental dies. 

 

Video tutorial with step-by-step instructions 

As usual you can watch the video on this section to learn how to make these cards. Please note that this video is for all three cards, and therefore it is a longer video. I show you how to color each of these critters using alcohol markers as well as how to put these handmade cards together. So I would recommend you watch this video when you are winding down from a crazy day and enjoy this video as you would a TV show 😉

The Supply List

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Easy watercoloring technique for stamped images

Glad to see you here my friend! Today I am sharing an easy watercoloring technique for stamped images, as well as two card layouts that you can use for the images that you will be watercoloring after seeing how easy this is.

If you love coloring, I am sure you will love watercoloring!! or maybe you might have try it but felt overwhelmed or did not get the results you wanted. Well continue reading today’s post as I will be sharing with you some tips and tricks to make it easy for your the next time you try watercoloring stamped images.  

Watercolor supplies needed

This watercoloring technique requires a few supplies that I have listed below. 

  • Watercolor paper
  • Aqua painters
  • Ink pads in different colors  
  • Stazon ink pad (alcohol based)
  • Stamp image

Easy Watercoloring Technique for stamped images 

Here are the simple steps to follow when watercoloring with this technique, I promise you it is easy 😀

Learn how to watercolor stamped images with an easy technique

  1.  – Stamp your image using the stazon ink color, or any alcohol ink pad. I suggest you use a stamp positioning tool in case your image does not transfer well the first time you stamp it.  Watercolor paper is a thicker, porous paper making it at times a bit harder to get a crisp image.
  2.  – Take some ink from your ink pads, you can use a clear block to pick color from the pad onto the block.
  3.  – Check that you have little water on your aqua painter, you want it wet but not dripping wet. 
  4.  – Pick up color from the clear block using the aqua painter. 
  5.  – Start coloring the area of the stamp on that color. NOTE – the less water you have it the sooner the area you color will dry and then you will be able to build color on top getting a darker shade. On the opposite side, the more water you have then the lighter the color will be and it will be harder to build color. 
  6.  – Clean the aqua painter when switching colors by coloring on a scrap of paper until you don’t have any color on the brush.
  7.  – If you feel like you want to take some color out, then just use the wet aqua painter without any color and remove the color. I love this tip as it gives me confidence that I can fix the image to my liking. (kinda like having an eraser 😉)

You can watch the below video where I show you step by step this easy watercoloring technique. I know I am a visual person and sometimes reading instructions confuse me. 😉

If you are nervous when watercoloring give it a try with this easy technique, you will see that you can do it! 

Watercoloring technique video tutorial 

The video below will show you the steps we mentioned above and you will see in action what I meant when talking about the amount of water you need to have on your aqua painter. I think that is the most important thing to note when watercoloring. 

The next step on this process is adding your master piece on a card. Because of this, I felt it would be good to provide two examples for card layouts to use. 

Card Layouts using the watercolored stamped images 

Learn how to watercolor with an easy technique for stamped images This first card layout is very simple.  I added a basic black mat for the watercolor image to accentuate the ink color from the image.

For the card base I used Highland Heather and the designer series paper is actually from the Peaceful Poppies suite.  

And finally I added a sentiment using Pear Pizzas for the card stock and the sentiment of Thinking of you from the same set Peaceful Moments. 

I really love how this card turned out, is very simple, yet it looks really gorgeous because of the beauty of the watercolor image. Don’t you think?   You can watch the following video tutorial to see how this card was assembled. 

 

 

Learn how to watercolor stamped images with an easy technique! The second card is as well very simple. Same as with the first card, I wanted to leave a simple layout to make pop up even more the stamped image that is watercolor. 

I added a mat on the stamped image to accentuate the beauty of the watercoloring. 

For this image, I  used mint macaroon and calypso coral ink pads for the dresses of the little girls. You can use the same technique I explained on the video for this image  😉

And if you are wondering which DSP is this one, this is the in-color 2019-2021 designer series paper and the card base is sahara sand.  

Same as with the first layout, I added the thinking of you sentiment from the same stamp set. 

You can watch the following video tutorial to see how this card was put together as well as dimensions and other tips.

The Complete Supply List 

As always, below you can see the full supply list for all the projects shown on this post. You can click at any of these images to go to my online store where you can purchase any of these items. When you purchase thru my store, you support my stamping business, which helps me continue creating cards and sharing them with you! I truly appreciate all your support 🥰

Also if you want to get the PDF – Tutorial for this post click here! You can save this file after downloading it and refer to it anytime you want to watercolor. 

This PDF has the pictures, the link to the blog post as well as the links to the video tutorials and the complete supply list! I know you don’t want to miss this file!

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How to make Thinking of you handmade cards for friends

Hi there! I am thrilled you stopped by today as I am showing you how to make three easy  “Thinking of you” handmade cards for friends. These cards showcase beautifully the Honey bee bundle and the Golden Honey specialty designer series paper from Stampin’ Up! I know you will love making them!

How to make Thinking of you handmade cards for friends 

As the title explains, today’s projects is three “thinking of you” handmade cards perfect for your friends. Below you can find more of details about each of the cards. After those little snippets you will find the video tutorial where I will go step by step on how to actually make these cards. 

how to make thinking of you handmade cards using the honey bee bundle from stampin up

But before we go into how to make these cards, let me explain my process when creating cards in general. 

The first thing I always do, is to have the theme in mind. This could be Thank you cards, or Birthday cards, or any other theme. Once you have the theme in mind, then I can see what stamp set would go perfect for the theme I selected. 

In this case, I knew I wanted to do Thinking of you handmade cards for friends, a I noticed a sentiment on the Honey Bee stamp set that said thinking of you! so I decided to use this set since it had the sentiment that would go perfect with my theme!

Since I picked the Honey bee bundle, I needed to pick the rest of the elements on my cards, and as you can imagine, I decided to use the Golden Honey Specialty designer series paper, a.k.a. DSP or patterned paper. 

This patterned paper coordinates perfectly with the Honey Bee bundle, and the best part is that it is one of the items you get for FREE during sale-a-bration!! how great is that???

If you don’t know about sale-a-bration, please go to the supply list section, where I explain more about this promotion. I will share with you how you can get this DSP for FREE!

Color combination 

Now that I have the stamp set and the patterned paper selected, it’s time to look for the colors and embellishments. The best tip I can share with you, is to pick colors from the designer series paper! 

One of the benefits of using Stampin’ Up! is that all of their products are color coordinated. This means the ribbon, the ink, the cardstock and any other element will coordinate perfectly.

For these cards I used mainly:

  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Gold 

Thinking of you handmade card #1

how to make thinking of you handmade cards using the honey bee bundle from stampin up

For this first thinking of you handmade card I used an easy layout, as shown in the picture. 

For the focal point I used the hive image stamped in daffodil delight and two of the bees on this set. 

One tip here to make those little bees really black is to stamp them using your stamp positioning  tool a.k.a. stamparatus.

I used the stamparatus as I can reink the image and stamp again, knowing it will line up perfectly.  If you are curious about this tip, I would recommend watching the video tutorial linked below. 

Thinking of you handmade card #2

how to make thinking of you handmade cards using the honey bee bundle from stampin up For the second thinking of you handmade card, I went again with a simple layout however, I added a little dimention on the way I created the focal point. 

I die cut the hive from the whisper white paper, and then glue down the negative part of the die cut on top of the hive giving some dimension. But before gluing this down, i have added the honey comb die cut to the back of the whisper white. 

This trick gave a lot of dimension to the hive, and it just makes it pop up even more! It is hard to see this on the picture, but believe me, it looks fantastic. 

Also note that I colored the DSP using the daffodil delight alcohol marker, a.k.a. stampin’ blends, and this added a lot of life to the card. You can see how the color coordination that I talked before, makes it so easy on the card design. 

Thinking of you handmade card #3

how to make thinking of you handmade cards using the honey bee bundle from stampin upThis last thinking of you handmade card is as well an easy lay out. 

The way I started with this idea, was by picturing the round sentiment on a circle. And from there I came up with the focal point. 

Again you can see that I have colored the DSP with daffodil delight alcohol marker on the bees to better coordinate with the whole card. 

So now that you have seen all three cards, let me know in the comments which one is your favorite! 

If you want to see more card ideas using designer series paper, you can see these birthday cards, or these friendship cards

Video Tutorial with step-by-step instructions 

And as promised, below you can watch the video tutorial where I show you how to make these Thinking of you handmade cards for your friends. 

I go step-by-step on how to make these cards, as well as provide measurements for each of the cards.

Please know that this video includes instructions for all three cards, so it is longer than other of my videos.  I would recommend watching this during the night when you are winding down.  

Also if you are curious, this video was part of my Facebook page – live show, which occurs every Thursday at 7pm CST, so if you have time during the week, it would great if you can join us here

The Supply list

You can download the full supply list here, or see all the products I used in the Thinking of you handmade cards below. 

Also, do you remember the Golden Honey Specialty Designer series paper, I mentioned to be free? Well this is one of the items from Sale-a-bration. Sale-a-bration is the greatest promotion from Stampin’ Up! and it goes from January to March. For every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products you get a Free item from the Sale-a-bration offering .  There are lots of items that are Free with $50 purchase and a few that are free with a $100 purchase. One thing to note is that there are no limits! The more you purchase the more free items you get! isn’t this great?

Click on the images you are interested, and it will take you to my online store where you will be able to purchase any of this items. When you purchase thru my online store, you support my stamping business! and that in turn helps me keep creating and sharing with you on a regular basis. 

I truly appreciate your support! It really means the world to me! 😊😊😊

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