How to Make Masculine cards with Stamps and Die Cuts

On today’s post I want to share with you an easy way to make masculine cards with stamps and die cuts. I feel like more often than not, I need masculine cards. So when I saw the stamp set Loyal Leaves, I got super excited as I knew this would be a great set for masculine cards..

At the same time, I thought this stamp set would be gorgeous if paired with the Love of Leaves bundle. And in specific with the die set, as it has the large leaves that you can add as embellishments. 

Having stand along die cuts, like these leaves, is awesome as you can make your own embellishments. Therefore these will coordinate perfectly with any of your projects! You can see below how these leaves add the perfect touch to these masculine cards. 

How to make three easy Masculine cards using stamps and dies

Color Combination 

For these masculine cards I wanted to use a nature’s look focusing on the wood pattern from the designer series paper, so I went with browns and the metallic brushed card stock. 

Masculine Cards using stamps and die cuts

Sketches and Details 

A quick tip when making these masculine cards with stamps and dies is to have the die cuts ready, I actually die cut several of them in the colors I thought would go well, so in my case this was int eh metallic brushed card stock as well as the early espresso. 

This always helps to have a visual as you are putting the card together as you can be switching the leaves and see which one you like the best before gluing it onto the card. 

If you have extra leaves at the end, no worries, you can save them in a baggie and used them in a future project. 😉

Masculine Card #1

Sketches to play        How to make three easy Masculine cards using stamps and dies

As usual I used sketches to come up with the card ideas. I always recommend using sketches as these really helps in coming up with card ideas. You can so many variations to a sketch, that you can have an endless list of card designs at your fingertips. 

Believe me, give it a try and you will see how your creativity flows. 

In fact last week we had a challenge on my FB Group and from one simple sketch we made 16 cards!! all looking great and unique!! it was such a great challenge to teach others how to kick-start their creativity!  So definitely give it a try to sketches!

For this card, I wanted to add a partial stamping to the background of the card, and then a simple sentiment.  you can see that then I just embellish the card using the leaves and then a few of the gilded gems. 

Masculine Card #2

Sketches to play        How to make three easy Masculine cards using stamps and dies

On this second card I wanted to make a full stamped background. I used the largest leave from the Loyal Leaves stamp set and then stamped it with Soft Suede.

The tip here is that you need to stamp in three different tones of the same color, and the way you can achieve that is by stamping off on a separate paper and then onto the whisper white card stock, that way you get different tones of the same color. By doing this you will add depth to your background which makes it look even prettier. 

You can watch the video tutorial below to see exactly how to get this look when stamping.

Masculine Card #3

Sketches to play        How to make three easy Masculine cards using stamps and dies

Finally for this masculine card I wanted to get a simpler look and so the background of the cards is a piece of designer series paper without any stamping. and on the focal point I added the leaves.

To add more interest to the card, I stamped the sentiment onto the smaller circle and then added a banner under it. And similar to the last two cards, I added three gilded gems as embellishments. 

Autumn Tutorial BundleIf you liked the cards using these stamp sets then you might want to check out the Autumn Tutorial Bundle! 

This tutorial bundle includes 82 tutorials using all the Fall stamp sets available in the mini catalog currently available! so If you like fall cards you will then love this tutorial!

Compared to my other tutorials, The Autumn Tutorial Bundle is one where all tutorials include written instructions and it comes with both measurements in metric system and imperial system, so that if you are abroad and are interested, it is easier to make these cards. 

Additionally, the measurements in the metric system takes into consideration the A4 cardstock size (8.25″ x 11.75″) and the measuments in the imperial system is for US letter size cardstock (8.5″ x 11″).

You can check all the details about the Autumn Tutorial Bundle in my PDF Store or HERE

The Video Tutorial 

And as mentioned above, if you want to see how to make these cards step by step you can watch the video tutorial below. 

The Supply List

You can see below the full list of Items I used to make these cards, if you click on the images below it will take you to my onlline store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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How to make cards using sketches

Have you ever struggle coming up with card ideas? if so, I truly recommend you start using sketches for your next projects. I promise you you will be able create more cards easier and faster than ever before!! 

On this post I will share with you a few tips on how to make cards using sketches, so let’s get started! 

How to make card using sketches 

As I was mentioning above, using sketches has been the easiest way I have found to come up with card ideas every single time.  So if you ever have trouble getting inspiration for your card projects, then I highly suggest you start playing with sketches and you will see how this is a big game changer!

I used to take forever coming up with designs for my card  classes, however now, it only take a couple of hours from coming up with ideas to filming.. so I can crank it up in no time.. this is why I am suggesting you give it a try, because I know it works.

But there are a few things to cover before you can start diving in.. 

You need to select the products you want to use so that when you start playing with sketches you already know what paper can go well with each of the sketches you want to play. 

 

Using sketches for your handmade cards

On the cards today I decided to use the Gilded Autumn designer series paper, as well as the Love of Leaves Bundle which is amazing to play with. This bundle has several leaf dies that are perfect as embellishments for your cards. And to be honest this is a big factor when I am looking at bundles to purchase. It is a big plus if the dies set has stand alone cut outs that can be used as embellishments, as this will make it even easier putting a card together.

Once you have the products you want to use, then its time to select a color combination. 

The Color Combination 

As you can see, I love getting color combinations from the paper I am using. Mainly because everything will color coordinate perfectly. Specially when you are using Stampin’ Up! as their products color coordinate really nice. Plus you can get ink, card stock and embellishments in the same color, so the coordination task is super easy.. You just see which colors are in the patterned paper you want to use and then you pull card stock in the same colors to make the card. That simple! 

Below you can see the colors I selected to use for this card set! 

The Sketches and other details 

Once you have selected the products you want to use and the color combination, then it is time to select sketches to play and start making your cards!! this is the part where the fun starts.. 😉 Believe me you will love how easy it is to make cards when you follow sketches.  

If you want to get ideas for sketches, you can check my Pinterest Board. This is where I save all of my sketches and others that I found to be easy to follow. So if you are ever in need of sketches head over my Sketches Board and pick one of them to play with it for your next card making project!  

Below you will see the sketches I am using and the cards I created with them. 

Handmade Card #1 

sketches to play       Using sketches for your handmade cards

For the first card I used a very simple sketch, which I honestly think are the best. You can modify them in so many ways, that it will help your creativity flow.. 

As mentioned before, I love how the leaves can embellish your card so nicely.. 

One tip to share when you are designing your cards is to die cut several of them in various colors, that way you can add them as needed in your cards, plus they will help . 

Handmade Card #2 

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For this second card I loved the sketch, but instead of adding a circle, I decided to change the shape a leaf, and then I decided it would look really nice if instead I used the negative of the shape for my card. 

I definitely love this look. One think I think made that negative piece pop up, was that I used a solid color card stock and I embossed it. The texture on that card stock really added a lot to the design. 

This is what I was mentioning that using simple sketches makes it easy to change things around and get more creative. 

Handmade Card #3

sketches to play      Using sketches for your handmade cards

Same as with the previous cards, I picked an easy and simple sketch. I loved how this card turned out with the mixed of patterns. And as you can see having the those leaves came very handy to make a cluster to embellish the card. 

Also, I used the thicker of the ribbons from the basketweave and metallic ribbon pack as the banner under the sentiment. This adds a really cool texture to the card, don’t you think?

Hope you have enjoyed the Fall Friendship cards shown today, and even more important that you have see how easy it is to make cards using sketches. Also below I linked the video tutorial, so you can see exactly how these cards were put together and the measurements and colors if you want to recreated them. 😉

Autumn Tutorial Bundle

And if you love making cards for the Fall/Autumn then make sure you check out the Autumn Tutorial Bundle! This is the newest Tutorial released as my PDF STORE

This tutorial bundle includes 82 written tutorials for cards using only Autumn sets from the catalogs!  I know you will get lots and lots of inspiration.

Beieve me! All the cards on the Autumn Tutorial Bundle are amazing and worth to recreate. You might even learn a new technique or a fun fold.

I know you will want to make all the projects on this Tutorial Bundle for this Fall/Autumn season. So make sure you grab your own copy of this amazing resource. 

You can get this tutorial on my PDF STORE HERE.  

The Video Tutorial 

And as promised, if you want to see how to make the cards I showed on this post, then you can watch this video tutorial. On this video you will see step by step of how I made these cards. I am sure you will enjoy it.  Also below you will find the supply list in case you want any of the products used in these cards. You can click at the pictures and these will take you to my online store. 

The Supply List

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How to Make Easy Friendship Cards this Fall

On this post I will be sharing with you how to make easy friendship cards that for this Fall. I am sure your friends will love getting any of these on the mail.. so let’s get started. 

How to Make Three Easy Friendship Cards

To start with the designing of these Fall cards, you need to pick the products you want to play with!. Since I wanted to make Friendship cards for Fall, I picked the Gilded Autumn designer series paper (DSP) aka patterned paper, as well as a stamp sets that I thought would go well together. 

I try to use products from the same suite or collection as these would color coordinate beautifully. So in this case I used the basketweave ribbon which you can see color coordinated pretty well as a whole.  

How to make easy Friendship cards

As far as the stamps sets to use, I picked the Country Home as the sentiments are really nice, and I also picked the Forever Fern bundle mainly because the leaves in this set would complement beautifully the paper I had picked. 

Another thing to note is that some of the dies on the Forever Fern bundle can be used as embellishments, which is exactly what I did on these cards as you can see above..  

The Color Combination 

As I was mentioning above, a lot of the times I get color inspirations from the suites or a specific sheet of the designer series paper that I select.  Mainly because I can see from the patterned paper which colors go well together.  

For the cards today here is the color combination that I used. 

The Sketches and other Details 

And finally, once I have picked the products I want to use, and the color combination, then I choose the sketches I want to use.

Following sketches always helps you create fresher card ideas. It really simplifies the process tremendously!! So if you don’t already use sketches, by all means give it a try! you will see what a huge difference it will make in your card making! 

So below you will see the sketches that I used for each of the cards on this post with a few notes or details about the design. I also added a Video Turorial below so you can see how to make these easy friendship cards step by step! 

Friendship Card #1

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So for this card I used a previous sketch. There are a few sketches that I love so much, so I end up using them more frequently than others. And this is one of them!! I love that this sketch so much, because it is easy to just pick two patterns from a paper collection and a sentiment and you are pretty much done.. it really is that simple to use!! so definitely give it a try! You can see the other card I made with this sketch here.

As you can see I stamped the corners of the card stock with the same color so it is tone and tone and this makes the stamping to be subtly so your  eyes go to the patterned paper

I stamped the sentiment on the top of the square as I wanted to lay the banner on top so that the bow and the leaves popped even more. 

Friendship Card #2

sketches to play       How to make easy Friendship cards

For this next card, you can see that I also stamped tone on tone the card base. I love doing this as it gives more interest to the card front, plus in this case because one of the layers is vellum you can see thru, so it makes it even more interesting to the eye. 

In this card I decided to use the ribbon as another banner rather than a bow, cause quite honestly, this ribbon is thicker and so the bows get a bit bulky and for mailing this could represent a problem. 

As far as the sentiment, I added it more towards the left of the circle, mainly because I wanted to add the leaves on the other side. I could have also stamped in the middle, however the leaves would have put some visual weight on the cards towards the right, which is fine but, not the look i was going for. So always be mindful of the overall balance of your card as you are designing. I find it helpful to lay the pieces together before I glue or stamp anything, so I can get a visual of how it looks. If I don’t like something then I add or take things off. 

Friendship Card #3 

sketches to play       How to make easy Friendship cards

Finally for my last card, I wanted it to be very simple, as I am thinking I want to do multiples of this.. This lay out is perfect as you use mainly the pattern of the designer series paper, and then it is just a  tag or sentiment to embellish! 

This is the easiest type of card always, as you can cut lots of designer series paper in different designs and just do cute tags to add to the front and be done.. If you are needing to make lots of cards, this is a great sketch to use!

Also, instead of the leaves you can add a bow, or a sticker or a wood element or punched flowers, so that the card goes even faster. So the options are endless!! believe me, give it a try and you will see!!  

Autumn Tutorial Bundle

If you loved these cards or love making Fall cards then you want to check out the following Autumn Tutorial Bundle I just released last week on my PDF Store!!

This is an awesome resource with 82 Tutorials that are perfect to make during Fall! 

All the cards in this tutorial bundle are worth to recreate! There are even some some cards showing you a fun fold, or a cool technique that you can learn. Believe me, you want to get the Autumn Tutorial Bundle right away to start crafting!

Another thing to point out, is that this time the tutorial bundle doesn’t focus just on one suite like the Ornate Garden Tutorial Bundle that I released earlier this year, but this one actually features ALL Fall stamp sets included in the August-December catalog (aka Holiday catalog), so you get lots and lots of ideas with multiple sets! 

You can purchase the Autumn Tutorial Bundle HERE. 

The Video Tutorial 

And as usual if you want to see step-by-step how to make these easy friendship cards, you can watch the below Video Tutorial, where I go over measurements, colors, and any tips in assembling these cards! 

Also if you want to get any of the items I used in these cards, below you will find the supply list with all the products I used, just click on the images and these will take you to my online store where you can get any of these items!! 🙂

The Supply List

You can see below the full list of Items I used to make these cards, if you click on the images below it will take you to my onlline store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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Encouragement cards for your loved ones

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Have you been making Encouragement cards for your loved ones? With everything going on in the world I truly believe in the power of our cards and in the power they have when we mail them to our loved ones.. 

We never know what people are going thru, but just the thought of a card bringing joy or a smile in a heavy day is just priceless. 

You could be changing many people’s day just by letting them know you are thinking of them and that you loved them. So as I am writing this to you, I want to encourage you to make some cards just to let those special people know that you are thinking of them. 

And with this in mind, I want to share with you a few card ideas you can make. And even better, I am sharing with you a few tips for your card making. 

Also I want to make sure you know that today I am participating in a Blog hop with an amazing group of demonstrators around the world. Make sure you visit all participating blogs as you will get lots and lots of inspiration.  😉

So without further ado, let’s get started! 

Encouragement Cards for Your Loved Ones 

So for these encouragement cards I wanted to use the Dove of Hope Bundle as well as the Ridiculously Awesome Stamp set, which has my favorite sentiment in the whole catalog.. 

Yes, you are reading this well 😊 This sentiment has become my favorite sentiment ever since this stamp set got released with the annual catalog. Mainly because it goes so well for so many occasions that we are going thru.

For instance right now that the whole world is still shut down and not back to normal a lot of us can feel a bit down.. and this sentiment could let us get back Hope that everything will be fine.  

Or there are times you doubt yourself for anything or everything, and this sentiment could remind you that you can do anything if you let your Faith be bigger than your fears!

Like I said, I believe this sentiment has so much power that I knew I wanted to create a full set of cards just for this sentiment alone! And because to me this sentiment brings back Hope, I thought It would pair perfectly with the Dove of Hope bundle. Specifically the coordinated Detailed Dove Dies.. Don’t you think?

Encouragement Cards for Your Loved Ones 

 

The Color Combination

  For these cards, I wanted a color combination that would bring peace and comfort and not being too bright and cheerful. And when I though of the Dove of Hope I thought that having light shade colors would be perfect!  Don’t you agree?

So here you have it! 

 

The Sketches and Other Details 

On this section you will get the sketches and more details on how to make these beautiful Encouragement cards for your love ones!! And at the end I included the video tutorial as well. 

I am a visual person and know that sometimes it is easier to watch other how a card is made than reading instructions.. So hope this helps.

Handmade Card #1 

sketches to play       Encouragement Cards for Your Loved Ones 

As you can see on this card, I used a very simple sketch. However I feel like this type of sketches opens up to too many possibilities. Mainly because you can add anything you like! 

The white area just indicates a background and this is where you creativity gets in action. You could add:

  • Designer Series Paper a.k.a. patterned paper
  • A stamped background 
  • Watercolor background – like I did in this first card
  • An sponged background – like in my next card
  • Die cuts 
  • A Combination of any of these options! the list is endless 😉

So just let your creativity flow and see where it takes you. For me I knew I wanted to make a background and I decided to do a watercolor swoosh with the water painters.  You could see how I made this on the video tutorial below. 

One tip I would like to share with this card, is to add adhesive sheets on the whisper white from which you would cut the detailed wings. This will help you glue the wings super easy. You could also use the Fine Tip glue pen as well, but I think that the adhesive sheets would be way easier.

Also when you run the die for the detailed wings, do one with the adhesive sheet facing up, and one facing down. That way you can have the wings’s adhesive on the right side for this Dove. 

And finally for the sentiment, I colored the area I wanted to stamp with a marker, and stamp it, then I clean the stamp up and colored the next area I wanted to stamp. This trick will help you get even more looks on your sentiments. 

Also notice, that I did not stamp the word Faith, mainly because I wanted to highlight that word by die cutting it with the Playful Alphabet dies. I added a piece of Foam adhesive sheet to the pool party card stock and run it thru my die cut machine. This made the letters to have dimension and adhesive all at once!! Give it a try! you will love it!! 

Handmade Card #2

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For this second card, It is very similar to the previous card, however this time for the background I decided I wanted to stamp a cloudy sky.

This background used a template you can make with the Happy Dies! from the So much Happy Bundle! I have made several of these cloudy skies and I don’t get tired of it!! It looks really good.. And believe me it is super easy to make.. 

You can watch the video tutorial to see how you can make this background if you are interested. 

For the sentiment, I pretty much did what I explained on the first card, however, I just change placement 😁

Handmade Card #3

sketches to play       Encouragement Cards for Your Loved Ones 

And for this final card, this follows as well a very simple sketch as well!

A few tips to share is to punch the pool party layer close to the right end of the card stock, as I was a bit challenging to fit the dove on the rest of the area, so I would suggest to layer the dove on top to see the space you need and then punch the circle.

Once you have punched out the circle, layer it on top of the Whisper White and stamp the sentiment where the Whisper White shows, that way you have perfect placement of the sentiment. 

As I have been mentioning, make sure you watch the video Tutorial below as you will see exactly how I made thee cards. I know this will help to clear some questions.. but if after seeing the tutorial, you still have questions, let me know. I will be happy to help you 😁

Christmas Card Class

And finally, if you have loved the Dove of Hope, then you might want to check out this card class!!

On this class you will learn how to make Christmas cards using the Dove of Hope Bundle! and start prepping for the holidays!  Cause you know it will be here before we know it. 

This Card Class is the first class out of a Five Christmas Card class series that I launched in August in an effort to help you get ready for the holidays without any overwhelm.  

Every 3 to 4 weeks I will be releasing a Christmas Class so that we all are done by the first week in December and be ready to mail all our cards!!! So keep checking my Tutorial PDF Store often, to see the classes available as I release them.  The second Christmas Card Class is being released next week and it is using the Poinsettia Place suite!! 

The Video Tutorial

As promised here is the video tutorial where I show you exactly how to make all these Encouragement cards!  You will see that all of them are super easy to complete! so give it a try!!!  

Also at the end of this post you will find the full supply list. So if you want to get any of the items I used in  this tutorial, you can click to any of the images on the supply list to go my online store.  As always I appreciate your support!!🥰🥰🥰

Finally I really want to ask you to make encouragement cards for your loved ones!! I know they will smile when they get a beautiful handmade card in their mail box! and who knows you might have brighten someone’s day!

The Blog Hop Line Up

As I mentioned before, this post is part of a blog hop with other demonstrators around the world! Make sure you visit all the blogs participating as you will get lots of inspiration from the awesome projects they are sharing today!

Below you can see the full line up for everyone that is participating in this Blog Hop.

The Supply List

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Three Beautiful Handmade cards for your friends

Want to learn how to easy make beautiful handmade cards for your friends? if so keep reading as today I will be sharing with you an easy way to make these beautiful handmade cards..

So let’s get started!!

How to make Beautiful handmade cards for your friends

If you have been following me for a while, you know I love to use a set of products to come up with cards ideas only using those elements. And it is using this concept that helped me to make these handmade cards.

You see, when you select just a few set of products, you began to focus more and then the ideas flow even better. This is because you get less distracted or overwhelmed on how to even start or what to use for your cards. In fact you kind of fuel your creativity by challenging yourself to just stick to those products and nothing more.

Beautiful Handmade cards for your friends

But first let me share with you the following process to help you create beautiful handmade cards for your friends every single time!

The Process to make Easy Handmade Cards

The following process is the one I created to help me design cards super easy!

  • Select a few products that coordinate. I would recommend at least the following
    • A stamp set or die set that can stand by itself
    • a label die set – optional
    • Designer Series Paper  a.k.a. patterned paper
    • Color coordinated cardstock
    • Embellishments – I try to pick a ribbon and maybe some sort of gems
  • Select the Color Combination you want to use
    • Pick which color you want to use for the card base and which color you wan to use as a highlight
  • Select a sketch to follow
    • Simpler sketches are usually best as these are easier to substitute with the products you have selected
  • Have fun and create your card

Below you can see more information about how the cards I am showcasing today!

The Color Combination

As usual I got inspiration from the designer series paper to get the color combination for my cards. the only ones that were not included in the DSP were the greens, however since the Peony dies had leaves I decided to pair my color combo with a soft combination of greens that I think work really nice.

Sketches and other details

Below you will see the sketch that I used for each of these cards as well as other details to make it easy for your to put together. Also below you will find the Video tutorial where you will see how you can make these cards step by step.

Handmade Card #1

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For all my cards I actually focused on the die set rather than a stamp set. I loved the Peony dies so much, and I thought these large flowers would be perfect as the focal point for all the cards.

You could actually change this to a large stamped image, or even a large cut out image from patterned paper, for example.

Also note that in the sketch I changed the circle for the flower. Always think how you can use the sketch to fit what you want to use, like in this case I changed the shape.

Handmade Card #2

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This second card follows as well an easy sketch and similar to the last card I changed the circle for the peony.

Also in this card,  I used the designer series paper as the background of the card. This will show you again how you can change parts of a sketch. For instance you can substitute elements on the sketch with patterned paper, or you can use embossed card stock as well. This are just a few alternatives of changes you can make to the sketches. 

Handmade Card #3

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And this final card pretty much follows the same things I discussed in the previous card details.  Like I said, once you have the sketches and the products you want to use, it comes really easy to put the cards together.. I promise you, follow the process and you will see how easy it is to make Beautiful handmade cards for your friends!

If you want additional cards for inspiration following these steps, make sure you check this post, where you can see how I created three cheerful handmade cards, or you can check this other post where I share with you how you can change the sketches and make fun folds or even a pop up card!! 

The Video Tutorial

As promised you can see below the video tutorial to see how to put all these cards together!! I show how to put together those Peony flowers without any trouble.. so make sure you watch it!!

 Also if you are interested in the specific items I used in these cards make sure you check out the the complete supply list I added below. You can click on the pictures to go to my online store where you can purchase all these items!

The Supply List

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How to make handmade cards with patterned paper

Are you looking for ideas on how to make handmade cards with patterned paper? Maybe you have lots of patterned paper in your craft room that you have not had the courage to cut? or perhaps you have scraps of patterned paper left from a previous project and need ideas to use them! If any of these are you, then continue reading this post, as today I will share with you a few tips to use your patterned paper to make handmade cards!

So let’s get started! 

Handmade Cards with Patterned Paper 

First of all, you will need to pick a pack of patterned paper that you like a lot, and see what is that you like about it.

  • Is it the colors on it? or
  • the images on it?

This will help you define how you will use this paper. For instance, if you like the colors then you can use them as the color combination for your handmade cards. And if it is the images on it, you can even see if you can cut them out and use them as the focal point in your cards or as embellishments. This really makes it easy to incorporate the paper into your cards. 

In my case, for these cards, I did not have images to cut out, however I absolutely loved the color combination on it, so I decided to use it as the color combo for my projects as you are seeing in the picture below. 

how to make handmade cards using patterned paper

If you are interested in seeing examples of how to use images from the patterned paper then:

  • check this post to see how you can use the images as an embellishment for your card, or
  • this other post to see how you can use the images as the focal point 

Because there wasn’t images to use in my patterned paper, I used the images from the “Celebrate Sunflowers” for my cards. So the next step after picking the paper to use, is to select the stamp set to coordinate. 

If you use a suite from Stampin’ Up! this step is easy as you can select the paper and the stamp set from the same suite. In this particular case I actually decided to use a different set from a different suite.  So never think that you cannot mix and match!  

The Color Combo 

As mentioned before, from the patterned paper I got the inspiration for my cards which includes the colors below.  Note that the paper also had Flirty Flamingo as well, however, I did not use that one on the color combination. 

When you are picking colors for your color combination, start with fewer colors and as you are designing you can add highlight colors to enhance them.. In my case I could have used a little of Flirty Flamingo.  

Another thing to note, is that it is usually easier to start with fewer colors rather than with every single color in the patterned paper, and only if you need to add another color. The designing process goes much more smoother when you focus in less colors. 

So just play with the colors.

Sketches and other details

Once you have selected the paper to use and the stamp set for your cards, then the next step is to use sketches! this is the best way to come up with card ideas in no time! Below I am sharing the sketches for these cards as well as other details. 

Handmade Card #1 

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For all the cards that I am showing in this post, I colored the sunflowers using the same colors and the same technique. If you are interested in how to color them, I added a video tutorial at the end of this post for you to see step by step. 

This first card follows an easy sketch but I changed it for a fun fold.  You can see that this fun fold in particular is easy to incorporate with any sketch. 

The tip on this card that I want to share with you, is that because of the way this card open and closes, it is best to glue the inside of the card first, that way you can make sure that the front covers the inside panel (which is where you would write your message) 

Handmade Card #2

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This second card is also super easy to make, this would be perfect for when you have smaller left over scraps of paper! You just mat them with coordinated cardstock and glue them to your card, and voila! you have a card!!  That simple!

Also note that for all these cards I am coloring my ribbon with alcohol markers! This is a great tip to have color coordinated embellishments in any color that you need!! I love doing that.. So the key thing is to have a neutral ribbon or embellishment that you can color with the Stampin’ Blends.  

A few good examples of this are:

  • Metallic Edge Ribbon or any other White or Off white ribbon 
  • Clear Rhinestones
  • Clear Epoxy Droplets
  • Pearls

Always have some neutral embellishments on hand as these will be perfect for any project!!! 

Handmade Cards #3 

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This final card is as well a fun fold and it follows a very similar layout as the first card, the only difference on this card is the orientation of the fun fold! 

Which takes me to my next tip!! Always play with the orientation of the layouts!! I promise you will get lots of new looks just by changing the orientation, in this case this fun fold opens and goes up and down, where the first card open from right side to left side!! Pretty fun huh!  

The Video Tutorial 

As mentioned previously, below is the video tutorial where you will be able to see how to make these cards from start to end. I share the dimensions and go step by step on how to color these sunflowers with alcohol markers as well as how to make the fun fold cards shown in this post. I also go over the inks and colors I use.

Hope you enjoy it.. and if you have any question, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment!! I will be more than happy to help you 

The Supply List

You can see below the full list of Items I used to make these cards, if you click on the images below it will take you to my onlline store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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