Cardmaking, Joy Clair Stamps

Joy Clair Hugs and Smiles Stamps

I’m excited to be a part of the Joy Clair Design Team and every time I play with one of their new stamp sets, I get even more thrilled.  The team at Joy Clair produces great images that really lend themselves to a wide variety of uses.  Whether you’re creating a simple card, like I did today with watercolors, creating a mixed media project, or using the images and sentiments for scrapbooking, you’re sure to find sojoy_clair_cindy_dooley_hugs_and_smiles_closemething you’ll like on the website.

For today’s post, I used the Joy Clair Hugs and Smiles stamp set.  This set has a ton of sentiment combinations, perfect for Valentine’s Day or a simple “love you” card.

I thought the ranunculus made a great focal image for my card, so I used it twice, and paired them with two sentiments, the lower case font and the swoopy handwriting font. I stamped the images on the smooth side of Ranger Watercolor Cardstock using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. The flowers seemed a perfect time for me to pull out my Van Gogh by Royal Talens watercolors and play. I was having so much fun, I started adding splatters to the card front. I finished it up with a fishtail flag and a bow made from some black Hemptique. I added the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black after the watercolors and splatters were dry.  I layered the card front on a piece of Bazzill Blackberry Swirl Smoothie (my go-to black cardstock), then layered that on a scrap of black and white pattern paper from my stash.  The card base was also made from the black Bazzill cardstock and I left the inside blank so I can add a personal note inside using a white gel pen. This was a really simple card and took me less than 15 minutes to finish.

Make sure you check out Joy Clair Stamps.  I’m sure you’ll find something there you’ll love!


Cardmaking, Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up! Best is Yet to Come Card

For today’s card, I used a technique I first learned about on Amy R’s blog, Prairie Paper and Ink.

I started with a  sentiment from the Best Thoughts Stampin’ Up! hostess set, stamped in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with American Crafts Zing! Clear Embossing Powder.

After creating a simple “smooshed” watercolor background using Peacock Feather Distress Ink, I removed the heat-set embossing powder with a regular household iron, revealing the unblemished, white watercolor cardstock.

I adhered the stamped hydrangea image that I watercolored with more Distress Ink–Barn Door and Cracked Pistachio–onto the front of the card with foam squares and then attached the watercolor card front to the red Doodlebug cardstock card base using 3M foam tape.

I kept the inside of the card simple – just Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. cardstock stamped in Ranger Archival ink with the same hydrangea image from the front of the card.

I love the high contrast of the color palette and the dimension achieved from the foam adhesive.


Watch how I created this card on my YouTube video:

Cardmaking, Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up! Giggle Greetings Cardmaking and DIY Stamp Positioning Tool

Many of you have probably already seen the MISTI stamp positioning tool or even already have one.  I’ve been hesitant to purchase one because I’m more scrapper than cardmaker and couldn’t see a lot of use for me with the 8.5″x11″ format currently available.  I would have been first in line to get one if it had allowed for 12×12 paper.  Since it didn’t though, I haven’t hit the go button to buy it yet.

On the other hand, it’s a great concept for a tool and if they ever produce a 12×12 format, I’m there.  In the meantime, I repurposed an empty, plastic DVD case to mimic the functions of the MISTI tool in a smaller format that I am likely to use. Using a printable transparency sheet, 2 sheets of craft foam, and an empty DVD case I found at a thrift store for 9 cents, and a free, printable grid on the Internet, I created a simple tool that allows me to position my stamps exactly where I want them and restamp, if needed, to get perfect coverage.  My DIY stamp positioning tool will never take the place of the MISTI, because so much time and thought was clearly put into the design of that tool, but it works for me, for my purposes.

I used my DIY stamp positioning tool to create this fun birthday card, using the Stampin’ Up! Giggle Greetings Stamp Set again.  I watercolored the image using Ranger Distress Ink in several colors, including three of the new 2015 colors: Twisted Citron, Abandoned Coral, and Fossilized Amber.  I love the new line of colors and can’t wait to get the newest color, Hickory Smoke, which is a great, rich neutral gray.


Watch the YouTube video: