New Paper Folding and Layering Technique For A Handmade Birthday Card

I have always loved the way greeting cards looked when you open them up and they “pop” with excitement.  Not just your ordinary card that may have a beautiful saying but nothing special.

Well those days are over.  I have been using different folding techniques that really make your handmade greeting cards fun and exciting.  It does take a little more time then your regular card, but it is well worth it.

Tomorrow is my sister-in-laws birthday and then on Monday it’s my Mom’s birthday.  I wanted to make them both a really pretty, and different card that they would remember, so here is what the birthday card looks like. (I used the same design for them both but I changed the coloring)

This is the front of the card.  I rubber stamped the image onto white cardstock (this dragonfly stamp from Stamps Happen, Inc) the stamp was a large print but I only used the center of the design and colored with Copic Sketch markers.  Then I cut out the image and layered it onto the solid green cardstock that was layered onto the patterned paper with pop dots for a dimensional look.


Now for fun inside of this birthday card.   I stamped some sentiments on white cardstock tags.  Then layered onto a light lavender cardstock.  I wanted to bring the theme of the dragonfly into the inside of the card so I stamped this image of a dragonfly (from Stamp Crafts)  three times and colored with Copic Sketch markers, then I cut them out using my Cutter Bee Precision tip scissors.  I finished them off by gluing them to each of the sentiment tags.


The great part about this card is that I have had these rubber stamps for years and used them one dimensional.  But with a different fold of the card and some layering, it is like having some brand new stamps all over again.

~ Wishing Lin Marie and my Mom a Wonderful Birthday ~

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Making a Handmade Birthday Card Using Rubber Stamps & Cricut Expression Cutting Machine

I went to the local rubber stamp show a few weeks ago and I could not believe how much rubber was in one place LOL ~ Anyway, I got so many great ideas for card making that I just have to share a birthday card that I made.


I used my Cricut Expression with the Mini Monograms Cartridge for the scalloped circle on the top.  I then stamped the cupcake with a rubber stamp from Stampendous on white cardstock using Memento tuxedo black dye ink, colored with Copic Sketch markers and then cut it out and used pop dots to adhere onto the scalloped circle.

For the happy birthday I stamped this Hero Arts stamp on white cardstock, again Memento tuxedo black ink and coloring the images Copic Sketch markers.  I went to put it onto the card and it looked “boring” so decided to layer it also.  Instead of using my Cricut Expression to cut the scalloped edge, I used Fiskars Paper Edgers scissors and got the same look. (it was also alot quicker).

Oh, I forgot to tell you.  The purple cardstock was cut using the Creative Memories Circle Cutter.  Since I only needed a half of circle cut to make this look, I couldn’t use a paper punch or my Cricut Expression, so this worked out perfect. (Yeah Creative Memories!) Then I scored the cardstock using the Martha Stewart scoring board.

When I finished this card it looked great but I wanted it to be even more special, so I took out my Cricut Gypsy and used the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge with the roly poly feature and typed the birthday girls name, welded it together, cut it out with the Cricut Expression machine and “wala” a really special personalized card.


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Christmas Cards Using Cuttlebug Embossing Folders & Stampin’Up Stamps

12 Days of Christmas with Joans Craft World

On the first Day of Christmas…

Making handmade Christmas Cards and Christmas Crafts while listening to Christmas Carols, does it getter better then this?  This year I wanted to make different kinds of Christmas Cards, what I mean is not all the same.  So for my first 12 cards I used a stamp set from Stampin’ Up that I got years ago.  I stamped the image using tuxedo black memento ink and colored in the design with Copic sketch markers.  I had some A2 cards that I purchased at Michaels that had such small wintry prints in soft blue and purple colors that I decided to use them.

For the inside sentiment I used a Merry Christmas stamp  from Uptown Rubber Stamp.

Of course that could have been all I needed to complete this Christmas card, but I had to add something else.  I decided what better then to layer cardstock.  I used my Cuttlebug with embossing folders. One layer was with a Snowflakes and the other layer with Swiss dots.  These embossing folders did the trick.  I then put them all together using my pink ATG adhesive gun.

Look how cute my first dozen Christmas Cards turned out.


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A Fun Summer Handmade Greeting Card For A Pool Side Birthday Party

I have been having so much fun with these House Mouse Rubber Stamps lately.  Have you ever just gone shopping in your own craft room, finding things that you didn’t know or forgot that you had?   Well I think these House Mouse Rubber Stamps have a theme for just about anything.

My girlfriend was having a pool side birthday party so I had to keep with that theme for her handmade birthday card.

I used the House Mouse Bunny Cruise stamp.  I first stamped the image in white cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Dye Ink.  Then I colored the image with Copic Sketch markers.

Thinking that this card needed a little lift, I decided to cut out the image and used pop dots to make the 3-D look.  It still wasn’t what I wanted so I stamped the image again on the white card stock and just colored in the little duck and the cocktail and cut them out and made another layer using pop dots for those to images to stand out even more.  I used my clear embossing marker and some clear embossing powder on the cocktail to make it look like a shiny glass.  After layering with some different color blue cardstock, and cut the bottom with a wavy cut from my Purple Cows paper cutter, and finished the handmade birthday card off with some polka dot ribbon.

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.


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Making a Handmade Get Well Card Using Copic Sketch Markers and House Mouse Rubber Stamp

Hope everyone is having a great week so far.  Today I needed to make a get well card and wanted a change of pace from using my Cricut Expression to using rubber stamps.  I knew that I had the cutest House Mouse stamp that would be perfect to use with Copic Sketch markers.

So I stamped the image of white card stock using Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  Colored in the image with some Copic Sketch markers.

I then cut the stamped image to 4 1/2 ” x  2 3/4″ and with my EK Success corner punch I rounded the edges.  I placed that layer onto a burgundy piece of cardstock and again rounded the edges with the corner punch.  I adhered them all together using the Ad-tech permanent bond tape runner.

I almost forget, for the ice cube.  I used a clear/blue tinted embossing marker then added clear embossing powder and using my heat gun melted the powder to give the ice cube a shiny look.

This was a fun and also quick handmade card to make and hoping that it will make our friend feel a little better knowing that we are thinking of him.


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