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.
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)
For 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)
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)
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!
Rebecca Jo Unwin
Alejandra Gomez – You are here!
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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.
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
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
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
For 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
I am also including the full supply list below. If you want to get any of these items you can purchase them at my store! It truly helps me when you purchase thru me as it supports my stamping business. I can keep bringing more tutorials and samples to you. 🥰
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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 😀
- – 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.
- – Take some ink from your ink pads, you can use a clear block to pick color from the pad onto the block.
- – Check that you have little water on your aqua painter, you want it wet but not dripping wet.
- – Pick up color from the clear block using the aqua painter.
- – 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.
- – Clean the aqua painter when switching colors by coloring on a scrap of paper until you don’t have any color on the brush.
- – 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
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.
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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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.
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!
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
Thinking of you handmade card #1
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
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
This 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! 😊😊😊
Hi friend! I am so glad you stopped by today to my blog as I will be sharing with you some tips to learn how to make Birthday handmade cards using patterned paper. I know you will see how easy these are to make.
Three Birthday Handmade Cards
On the picture below you can see the Three Birthday cards that I will be showing you how to make. As you can see, I am using the same paper collection.
I love using the same paper collection as I get a lot of inspiration from the colors included in the paper pack, usually that is how I start designing to be honest. I usually pick a designer series paper (DSP) a.k.a. patterned paper collection and then I see which colors call my attention.
In this case, the paper collection includes cherry cobbler, petal pink, pool party, basic black, whisper white and a light silver foil. Since I loved how the petal pink, pool party and whisper white look together, I decided to go with this color combo for this set of cards.
From here, I start playing with sketches or past cards to get ideas for the layout of the card. I usually cut a few things just to help me visualize how things look together and once I like how it looks then I cut the actual paper for the cards.
Details on the birthday handmade cards
To make easier how to make this birthday handmade cards, I added some details of each of the cards on this set.
Please note that at the end of this post there is also a video tutorial to show you how to make these birthday handmade cards step-by-step. Especially if you are a visual learner.
Birthday Handmade Card #1
The first birthday handmade card uses a very simple layout as you can see. The focal point on this card is mainly the designer series paper. I love how the whisper white frames highlighted both the larger piece and the square of DSP.
For this card I added the sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set on a whisper white circle that was then layered on a larger basic black circle. Also I colored two little flowers from the Free as a Bird stamp set using the stampin’ blends a.k.a. alcohol markers and fussy cut them. I then added a champagne jewel rhinestone to the center of the flowers and added them as embellishments to the card. Finally I added a bow using the petal pink metallic edge to the card.
Birthday Handmade card #2
For the second Birthday handmade card, the layout is still using still a lot of the designer series paper as you can see.
The sentiment on this card is from the So Sentimental stamp set, I love the font on this sentiment. I think it goes really nice with this DSP, don’t you think?
One thing you can note, is that this time for the embellishment I fussy cut the flowers from the same DSP. I love, love, love, when I can cut images from the same patterned paper! as this coordinates perfectly with the card I am making. So one of the things I pay attention is finding paper packs where I can cut images, as then the designing of the cards is even easier!
Birthday Handmade Card #3
For this last birthday card I used way less DSP compared to the last two cards, however the focal point was still using elements from the DSP.
On this one card you can see that almost all layers are cardstock, however note that I embossed both cardstock layers with embossing folders! I love using the embossing folders as these add a lot of dimension.
I think this is my favorite card from this set!
So with this set of Birthday handmade cards you can see that using a designer series paper to make a set of cards makes the process super easy! You can see another example here. On this post I show how to use the designer series paper as well as the same sketch and get a different look on your cards, I know that you will love seeing the cards on this post.
Step-by-Step video tutorial
As mentioned previously, you can learn how to make these birthday handmade cards step-by-step following along this video tutorial. You will see that these cards are super easy to make 😉
If you enjoyed this video, you need to know that this was one of my Facebook live shows. Every Thursday at 7pm CST I go live on my Facebook Page. During this live I show you how to make three cards using a specific suite, or bundle or a set of products. I would love to see you on the next Facebook live here!
Finally here is the full supply list of items that I used to make these birthday cards. These images will direct you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items.
When you purchase thru these links you support my stamping business. This helps me to keep sharing with you more projects on this blog. I really appreciate your support! 🥰🥰🥰
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Do you like making Birthday handmade cards for your kids? If you do, I know you will love this post, as I am sharing with you how to make a Birthday handmade card using the Birthday Bonanza suite from Stampin’ Up!
I am also showing some tips to stamp multi-step images using a stamp positioning, in this case, the Stamparatus from Stampin’ Up!
But before we dive into the Birthday card, let me tell you that this post is part of a Blog Hop with an amazing group of fellow demonstrators around the world. I am sure you will enjoy hoping around with us while getting tons of inspiration!!!
How to make a Birthday Handmade card
As I mentioned before, I am using the Birthday Bonanza suite from Stampin’ Up!, which is a great suite full of bright colors and cute critters that will make any birthday card look adorable! You can see below the picture of this suite! is this not the cutest suite?
Don’t get confused with the name of this suite as these little critters can be used for any occasion card! You can see this Valentine’s card using that lovely koala here.
The Birthday Bonanza suite has a great stamp set called Bonanza Buddies that include the cute little critters you see in the picture above! This stamp set coordinates with a die set, that can help you die cut not only images from the stamp set, but also images from the designer series paper!
I definitely love a die set that coordinates with the patterned paper of the suite, as this always makes it easy to make cards! not to mention that it also makes it quick! So you get a great card without consuming too much time. If you are like me, always running and busy with too many things in life, but still enjoy crafting, then you will love this suite!
Below you can see the birthday handmade card that I made with this suite! The toucan was stamped using the Stamparatus! which is a stamp positioning tool that makes your life easy when it comes to lining up images perfectly. I am linking a quick video showing you exactly how to stamp the toucan.
Use the Stamparatus to stamp multi-step images
As I was telling you before the Stamparatus is the perfect stamp positioning tool to help you stamp multi-step images.
You might not know what are multi-step stamps, and if that is the case let me explain more about this.
Multi-step stamps are set of images that complement each other. For instance, the focal point in my card consists of three images: the toucan, the hat and the pom-pom.
Did you notice in the Birthday card that the hat is covering part of the toucan’s head? this is making it look as if the toucan was wearing a party hat! You can make this effect by using a technique called masking.
So if you are interested in learning both the lining of images using your stamp positioning, and the technique masking, then make sure to watch the video below!
Step-by-Step video tutorial to make a Birthday handmade card
After stamping the Toucan, then its time to put together the card. In the next video I show you how to make the Birthday handmade card step-by-step. I even throw a tip on saving cardstock by die cutting some elements from the the cardstock that will be covered with patterned paper. Intrigued? 😉 Then watch the video tutorial below!
If you like this Birthday handmade card and you want to make it, scroll down on this post to see the supply list. All the pictures in the supply list will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items! When you purchase from my store, you support my stamping business and it helps me keep creating more cards to share with you! I truly appreciate your support! 🥰🥰🥰
Did you fall in love 🥰 with this suite as I did when I first start playing with it? I am sure you did!!! 😍 And if you want more card ideas with this stamp set, I am currently offering a card class for Birthday handmade cards using the Birthday Bonanza suite!!! Below is a sneak peek.
If you are in the US, you can get the make and take options thru Feb 20th, after this day, only the tutorial will be available. To get more information or to register to this class please email me and ask for the link. Also if you want to hear about new card classes, you need to sign up for my email list here. I do share other tutorials as well on my email 😁
If you are from other region, then you can get the tutorial for this card class here. You can also browse around my PDF Store to see what other card classes tutorials are available. I am uploading more tutorials from past classes and all new classes will be released there too.
The Blog Hop line up!
And as mentioned at the beginning of this post, make sure you visit all the blogs participating on this Blog Hop! I know you will be super inspired when you visit our sites! all the people participating in this hop is very talented. Plus you get to see cards from designers around the world!! how cool is that?!
The supply list
Finally here is the supply list for all the items I used to make this Birthday handmade card! as I mentioned before, when you click any of the images you will be directed to my online store where you can purchase any of these products! Again thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support!
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