Thank You card


Today I am sharing a Thank you card using an emboss resist technique.

I started cutting a piece of Neenah solar white 80lb cardstock the same size as my card base. I then used purple Tape to mask off a large strip of the card.

Next I selected some stamps from the Altenew stamp set Garden Grow. I arranged them on the card to make a small scene. Once I was happy with the placement I took my anti static powder bag and used it in the area to be stamped. I then mounted each stanp on to an acrylic block and used Wow embossing pad to stamp each image on to the strip of card.

I covered the stamped images in Ranged Princess Gold embossing powder, tapping off the excess powder I then used my heat tool to set it.

Now I had my images I selected Distress Oxide inks in Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch and Mowed Lawn to blend the background over the stamped images using a round blending tool.

Once I had done this I used a small paint brush and flicked some water over the area, using a paper towel to soak up the excess water.

Once this was dry I carefully removed the purple tape. I heat embossed a sentiment which I took from the Heartfelt Sentiments set by Altenew.

To complete the card I added some sequins and attached the card to the card base.

I love how the gold embossing catches the light.

Thanks for dropping by.


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Repeated stamping clean and simple card


I am here to share a clean and simple card with a repeat stamp background. They are easy and quick to make and you can use any stamp to create the background.

For my background I chose a little bird from the Altenew Garden Grow stamp set. I then selected three shades of Distress Oxide inks to stamp in. Ground espresso, Stormy Sky and Dusty Concord.

To start a repeated pattern first find the centre of your card by measuring, then place a small pencil mark. This is the position of your first stamp.

After I had the first bird in place I then stamped the next bird to the right of this but lower down diagonally. Once I had these two birds in place I was able to use the grid on my acrylic block to work out how far apart the birds were. When I stamped the second bird the corner of my acrylic block was level with the centre bird just below his chin. Now I knew this measurement I was able to stamp the next bird further down. I repeated this to work out where all the other birds should be placed.

I continued to stamp the birds until my card was full.

I die cut a circle from brown cardstock. To add a sentiment I used a Wow embossing pad to stamp in the centre of the circle, the sentiment was from The Altenew stamp set Floral Shadow. I covered this in Wow fine white embossing powder and used my heat gun to set it. To finish the card I adhered the circle to the top centre portion of the card.

The possibilities of repeated stamped backgrounds. Changing up the images, colours and sentiments can give you a quick card for any occasion. Give it a try.


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Floral card


Today I am sharing a floral Thank You card.

I am currently taking part in the Altenew Educator Certification Programme and the first classes are layering. This is something fairly new to me, although I have used layering stanps before they are not something I usually go for as I love to colour.

I used an Altenew layering stamp set called Remember This.

I started by making a card base from Neenah 110lb cardstock. Following the layering guide I downloaded from Altenew. I Started with the black outline image then adding the layers which add the detail, in order using the coloured inks going a darker shade each time. I used the purple shades mainly because it is my favourite colour!

Once I had stanped the main flower image I made a mask and stanped more images so the slightly overlapped. I added the leaves and buds. Once I had stamped out all my images I roughly masked the stamped area.

I then used the Deep Iris ink and put some on to an acrylic block and mixed with a small amount of water. I took a paint brush and flicked the ink from the edge of the block over the card making small splatters. Next I did a simelar process only this time I used Champagne Gold watercolour paint from Gansai Tambi starrry colours and I tapped my brush to give bigger splatters.

To finish the card I stamped a Thank You sentiment for the Altenew stamp set Heartfelt Sentiments using the Deep Iris Ink.

Take Care for now.


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Never stop dreaming card

Hello. Happy New Year.

I just wanted to say Thank You to each and every one of you who follow me, like and comment on my posts. It means the world.

Today I am sharing a card using the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit for December 2018.

I started by arranging my stamps on to get a rough layout for my card. Once I was happy I stamped the two fairies and the ladybird on to Neenah solar white 80lb cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Next I stamped the same images on to some masking paper and cut them out. I then placed the masks over these images. I could then stamp the flowers over the fairy and ladybird. Each time I stamped a flower I made a mask and added it to my scene.

You need to make sure the images you want towards the front or on top of something are stamped first.

Once my images were all stamped and masked I used Distress Oxide inks to blend a background. I used picked raspberry and salty ocean. Once I was happy I Spitzed it with water and lifted the water with a paper towel and then removed the masks.

Now I was able to start colouring. I used copic markers.

Once the images were coloured I added a sentiment and some falling dandelion seeds. I did this by stamping the sentiment in Wow embossing pad then sprinkled with Wow embossing powder super fine metalic platinum. I then used a heat gun to set it.

I finished off the card adding some sparkle to the wings of the fairies using the sparkle pen included in the kit.

I hope you like it. I am really happy with the scene.

Thanks for dropping by.

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Take care for now.


Bear hugs card

Hello. I hope you are well. Today I am over on The Little Paper Tree blog sharing two clean and simple cards. It’s nice to let someone know you are thinking of them and these cards are simple to make. I wanted to show you that by changing the background colours it can make the same card look very different.

I started my card by making the two card bases. I then masked off a strip of the card towards the top. Next I selected Distress Oxide inks, choosing a pink and purple plus a blue and teal combination.
I then used blending tools and to blend the inks on to the strip of card. I then peeled off the masking paper to reveal the coloured strip.
Next I worked on the bear image, stamping it out on neenah cardstock and colouring it in with alcohol markers. I then cut the image out.
The inked area was dry so I used the distress inks to stamp hearts on to the blended area in the same coloured inks and stanped the ‘hugs’ sentiment in black ink. I then adhered the bear to complete the card.

Head over to The Little Paper Tree to get all your supplies.

You can find all my latest cards over on instagram @craftylemur.

Take care for now.


Penguin card

Hello. I hope you are well. The winter chill has suddenly arrived here and I am not a fan of the short cold days.

Today I am sharing a card I made for Downland Crafts featuring Paul the Penguin stamp.

I had the idea in my mind that the image could be a decoration hanging on a Christmas tree so I started with the background.

I selected Distress Oxide inks in Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron and blended them on some Bristol card stock to create the green colour.

Next I selected my Gansai Tambi stary colors watercolour paints and chose the yellow gold colour. I Spitzed the pan with water and mixed some paint, then put some on to the edge of an acrylic block. I then took a brush and flicked the paint off the edge of the block to make gold splatters all over the green background.

Once the background was dry I took a pine branch stamp from a Hero Arts Christmas colour layering set. I stamped the image repeatedly over the background.

I then stamped Paul the Penguin on to Xpress it blending card using Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured him using my Copic markers then fussy cut him out.

Next I used a hanging string stamp from the Hero Arts set and curved it on to an acrylic block and stamped it to make the string for the Penguin to hang from, using an embossing ink then sprinkled with gold embossing powder and heat set it.

To complete the card I attached the Penguin with a tape runner and stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment.

I hope you like the card as much as I do.

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Clean and simple sympathy card.

Hello. Toady I sharing a clean and simple sympathy card. It’s a card none of want to have to make or send but when we do I think clean and simple speaks volumes to the recipient.

I have started the journey of participating in the Altenew Educator Certification Programme and this card is inspired by the All About Layering 1 class.

I loved the look of the painted flowers stamp set so decided this was the set I had to use to create my card.

I wanted to go for a simple repeated stamped area which would cover the lower portion of the card leaving the rest of the card blank apart from the sentiment. I used the different layered flowers and stamped them at different angles, adding leaves also at different angles. I wanted the stamping to be quite loose and bot perfectly aligned to give the images that painted imperfect look. I am such a perfectionist myself it was nice to have a go at being imperfect and enjoying the process.

To use a layering stamp each layer of stamped in a different shade of ink. I used Altenew crisp dye inks and chose purple as my main colour.

If you are interested in any of the Altenew Academy courses you can visit the Altenew wensite to find out more.

Take care for now.