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4 Easy Slimline Cards for Mother’s Day + Video Tutorial

Hello crafty friends! Mother’s Day is right around the corner and today I have 4 easy slimline cards that you can mass produce and give them to the most important women in your life. I also have a video tutorial on my YouTube channel and you can take a look at it for all details on how I made these cards, click here.

So for these slimline cards I have used the Nested Rectangle Dies from Picket Fence Studios, the Slimline Floral set from Simon Says Stamp, Hey Mama dies and Mother’s Day Sentiment Strips also from Simon Says Stamp. The embossing powder used is WOW! Metallic Gold Super Fine, my favorite! And I colored the flowers and leaves with Copic markers.

My first card has a choice of pink cardstock for my card base, along with iridescent sequins and the hey mama die cuts.

The sentiment strips from Simon Says Stamp are really helpful, they came in handy for me and saved me some time.

For the second card I have Neenah Desert Storm cardstock with two floral frames and I love how all the flowers leaves look on top of this color of cardstock. The pearls gave this card a very warm touch too.

Here’s a closer look.

On my third slimline card the floral frames literally jump up from the background with this dark pink cardstock.

The use of these embellishments on this card also helped to create a more dramatic contrast.

You could’ve also had your sentiment gold heat embossed on this panel and it would’ve have looked wonderful too.

On the last card I had this dark teal cardstock that also helped to create contrast on this panel.

This floral frame is not just beautiful but it helps to create a focal point on your card.

The contrast of colors here is also beautiful and strong.

Making these slimline cards were very easy and fast. Once you have all floral frames colored and your die cuts ready then you just need glue and start putting together all pieces.

I wish all moms to have a marvelous Mother’s Day, please feel blessed for being the most strong and courageous people in this world. Hugs and kisses to all of you!

Your friend, Karen


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AECP Family Instagram Hop

Welcome to an AECP Family Hop where we are sharing the Altenew Academy class which has inspired us the most.

We are all at various points in our AECP journey, but we are united in wanting to celebrate the inspiration and knowledge we’ve gained from the classes in Altenew Academy.

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Altenew is generously sponsoring this hop and to be in with a chance to win one of FOUR $25 gift certificates to their online store. You will find all details and the hop list of designers over my IG account.

To be honest, I loved many classes so I decided to put a lit bit of three of them on this card: “All About Layering”, “Creating Watercolor Media” and “Let It Shine”.

Let’s start!

To create my background I used Watercolor Brush markers and I made this organic look with lots of splatters but I didn’t covered the whole panel so the background would have some movement. The colors of watercolors I used on the panel are Rubellite, Midnight Violet and Emerald. These colors belong to the Spring Garden set.

Once my panel was dry, I placed it inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. Next, I added a white folded note card at the back using glue.

Then, I added some touches of Antique Gold Pigment over the embossed panel. Additionally, I gold heat embossed some flowers and leaves from the stamp set Nature Blossoms. I watercolored these flowers and leaves using more of the Watercolor Brush markers. The colors I used were Fresh Lemon, Sunkissed, Emerald and Desert Night. Using the matching die I die cut all these images.

I arranged all flowers and leaves on top of my panel using glue and foam tape. Also, I die cut the Waterbrush Hello Die out of golf foil paper and placed it on top of my arrangement. Finally, I watercolor a piece of watercolor paper using Emerald Watercolor Brush marker and once it was dry I gold heat embossed my sentiment and added it to my background along with some sequins and this card was finished.

I hope you like this card and get some inspiration. You will find all the products I used down below. Don’t forget to participate in the IG Hop and leave some love to the other designers. Thank you so much for stopping by and have wonderful weekend!

Your friend , Karen


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Altenew Academy Level 2 – Final Challenge

Hello crafty friends! Today I’m really excited to be sharing my final challenge for Altenew Academy Level 2. I was assigned to create 4 masculine cards plus an altered item/upcycled project. For the cards I chose two themes: birthday and encouragement that are the ones I use the most. I will start presenting and explaining how I made the 4 masculine cards and at the end I will show you the altered item/upcycled project, which in this case was a recycled item.

For this challenge I have selected three components from Level 1 and 2. Here they are:

Easy Die Cutting Techniques: Die cutting is one of my favorite techniques and for these cards I used this technique to create focal points in a very subtle way since I was creating masculine cards. I think masculine cards should be clean and simple so I used a few elements like frames, word dies and feathers that I die cut using different materials like vellum and washi tape, making the layers more interesting. TIP: By using different elements like washi tape or vellum you give your card a very unique look without having to add too many elements to your background.

Impressive Heat Embossing: I love to heat emboss. I could gold-heat emboss every single stamp because I believe you can achieve a sparkly and glamours look when using metallic or glitter embossing powders. Also, you can get different textures that will enrich your projects. TIP: Whenever you heat emboss over vellum you get a better impression and it looks so elegant and beautiful.

Beyond Basic Backgrounds: I love working on making my own backgrounds from scratch, whether is playing with watercolors, ink blending, alcohol inks, etc. It’s always fun to achieve unique backgrounds with different mediums and techniques. For these cards I’m using an Embossing Folder and Washi Tape, the combination is really awesome. TIP: Don’t limit yourself and try different things, getting out of your comfort zone helps to find new creative ways.


Masculine Cards – Birthday and Encouragement theme

Masculine cards are very challenging for many including me, but I have learned that masculine cards need to be as clean and simple as possible. I don’t always get this done but I think you can help yourself by choosing the right combination of colors and the elements that you will use on the card, depending on the theme of course. So, for these cards I chose the Tranquility mini cube set as my ink color combination and this set includes the following colors: Misty Morning, Cloudy Sky, Nimbus and Dark Night. Additionally, I went out of my comfort zone and I included Washi Tape for the first time ever. I have to say that this design is so elegant and definitely work perfect for male cards, so I have to admit that I truly enjoyed using washi tape. Also, I thought that using an Embossing Folder was the right element for these cards and I decided to combine it with the Foiled Marble washi tape. You have many ways to incorporate Embossing Folders and washi tape to your projects, so this can easily be another technique for the Altenew Academy. Lastly, for adding that touch of shine I used Metallic Gold Embossing Powder and Antique Gold Pigment ink, which is my favorite when playing with Embossing Folders. I combined all the previous supplies mentioned before with elements like feathers stamps and dies, word dies and frames throughout the four cards that I made, having the same color combination with unique designs at the same time. Now let’s continue with the process of making the cards.

Supplies

  • Mini Delight: Strength Stamp & Die Set
  • Fancy Celebrate Die
  • Nesting Frames Die Set
  • Foiled Marble Washi Tape
  • Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder
  • Tranquility Mini Cube Set
  • Antique Gold Pigment Ink
  • WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder
  • WOW! Ulla’s Cognac Embossing Powder
  • Large Ink Blending Tool
  • Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
  • Vellum
  • White cardstock
  • Gold mirror cardstock
Adding washi tape to a panel

Let’s start with the Encouragement cards.

For this first card I started with an A2 panel, where I applied Misty Morning and Cloudy Sky inks to only half of the panel and using the large Ink Blending Tool. Then, I added this fabulous Foiled Marble Washi Tape on top of the other half panel without ink. But before adding the washi tape I slowly ripped the edges. As my next step, I placed this panel inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. Also, I added a white folded note card at the back of this panel.

In addition, I applied Dark Night ink using the Large Ink Blending Tool to a piece of cardstock and then I die cut it with a die from the Nesting Frames Die Set. Then, on top of it I heat embossed the sentiment from the Mini Delight: Strength Stamp using WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder. I added it to my background along with some feathers that I gold-heat embossed from the same stamp using foam tape and glue. As a final touch, I added to the background a bit of gold using the Antique Gold Pigment ink from Altenew.

In the picture about you can see some images of the process I made to create this background.

For the next card, I ink-blended a piece of cardstock using the Tranquility Mini Cube Set and the Large Ink Blending Tool. I covered the whole panel using all colors from the Tranquility ink set. Then, I placed only half of this panel inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. I trimmed down the edges a little bit too. Next, to visually create a division between the embossed and the non embossed parts, I added a strip of washi tape previously adhered to a piece of cardstock. I also, added a white folded note card at the back.

Using the Nesting Frames Die Set I die cut 3 frames, the first out of washi tape adhered to a cardstock, the second from gold mirror cardstock and the last one out of white cardstock. On this last frame I heat embossed the sentiment from the Mini Delight: Strength Stamp & Die Set, using WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder. Additionally, I added two feathers that I stamped and die cut from the same stamp. Finally, I added over the embossed part a bit of gold using the Antique Gold Pigment ink.

The following card is a Birthday card and I started by placing one side of a white folded note card inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. Then, I applied to the whole embossed panel Cloudy Sky and Nimbu inks directly on top and not pushing too hard.

I also die cut two frames from the Nesting Frames Die Set, out of washi tape and another from white cardstock. On this last frame, I applied Cloudy Sky, Nimbus and Dark Night inks on top using the Large Ink Blending Tool. Then, I added these frames to the background plus two feathers that were heat embossed on vellum using WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder. Last, I die cut the Fancy Celebrate Die from white cardstock and placed it on top of the frames.

For my last birthday card I ink-blended a panel using all inks from the Tranquility Mini Cube Set. Then, I placed this panel inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder. Adhered a white folded note card at the back and I applied the Antique Gold Pigment Ink directly on top of this panel. The gold definitely enhanced the colors from the background.

Next, I die cut the Fancy Celebrate Die and I only heat embossed half of the word using WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder. Finally, I added the celebrate word to the background along with some feathers die cut from vellum and washi tape.

Above you can take a look at how I made the background for the last birthday card.


Upcycled Item

Now let’s jump into the recycled item and for this project I decided to use one of my aprons, it’s not new, I got it like two years ago and I’m not planning on replacing it because this was a special gift to me. I love coffee and my aunt has a business where she sells organic products. Her Organic Gourmet Coffee is one of my favorites so this apron was given to me by her, it was part of her launching marketing campaign.

So I wanted to give this apron a new look and to add some of my personal touch to it by stamping. The stamp I used was Coffee Love Stamp Set & Die Bundle along with Evergreen ink from Green Fields Mixed Media Ink Bundle, which are perfect for stamping over fabric.

So, I started working on this project by washing the apron and once it was dry I ironed it until it was wrinkles free. Then, I got a large stamping block and created a collage on it using some stamps from the Coffee Love Stamp Set. I inked up the stamps using the Evergreen ink and pressed hard enough on top of the apron to transfer as much ink as possible.

Next, I stamped the Coffee Ring Stamp over the pockets. I didn’t cover the whole pockets, I just made small designs around them and once I was finished stamping I got my iron back, placed a piece of paper towel over my stamped designs and heat set all of them with the iron. This way the ink won’t fade and it became permanent. I loved giving this apron a second life and with my personal touch, thanks to Green Fields Mixed Media Inks this process was easy and fun to achieve.

As you can see here I decided to make a matching coffee card for my apron. We are coffee lovers in my family so this card will be handy! I used Green Fields Mixed Media Inks to stamp on my background using Coffee Ring Stamp and the coffee beans from Coffee Love Stamp Set. I did first, second and third generation stamping and I loved how you can achieve this look with the mix media inks. I also added some splashes of ink using Paper Bag Watercolor Brush.

Once I finished stamping I heat set my background using a heat tool and I adhered a white folded note card at the back. I also created a watercolor panel using Paper Bag Watercolor Brush, Milk Chocolate Ink and Forest Glades mix media ink. Then, I stamped some images from the Coffee Love Stamp Set using Black Jet Mix Media Ink.

Finally, I die cut the images using the coordinating dies and I placed them on top of my panel using glue and foam tape for more dimension. My sentiment was from Coffee Ring Stamp and I used Black Jet Mix Media Ink to stamped it.

I really hope you like these masculine cards and my new apron. I cannot wait to try more mixed media inks on a T-shirt. I think I can create a very special Mother’s Day present for my mom and sister. Below you will find all supplies I used to make the coffee card and to stamp on top of the apron.

Supplies

  • Coffee Love Stamp Set & Die Bundle
  • Green Fields Mixed Media Ink Bundle
  • Coffee Ring Stamp
  • Stamping blocks
  • Milk Chocolate Ink
  • Paper Bag Watercolor Brush
  • Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
  • Watercolor paper
  • Espresso Envelopes

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Your friend, Karen

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Wild Peonies | Picket Fence Studios

Hello friends today I’m sharing this floral slimline card over Picket Fence Studios blog. I’m using Wild Peonies stamp set, Aurora Borealis stamp and the new Thank You word die. You will find all details on how I made this card over Picket Fence Studios blog, click here.

Below you will find a few pictures, have an amazing day!

Your friend, Karen


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Coffee Pillow Box | WOW! Embossing Powder

Hello friends! Today I’m sharing my last project as a Guest Designer over WOW! Embossing Powder blog. This project is extra cute and I made two coffee pillow boxes that you can give to your friends or your loved ones. You can add candies or chocolates inside, as well as cash.

You can have the full tutorial and all the pictures over WOW! Embossing Powder blog so please check out their blog for more details, click here. Have a wonderful day!

Your friend, Karen


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Polychromatic | Altenew Academy

Hi friends! Here I have this card for the Polychromatic class from Altenew Academy. This class was all about playing with colors and I chose to go with the watercoloring with similar colors lesson because I hardly ever make monochromatic looks. I think this was an stunning class that pushes you to go beyond your limits.

For this card I have used Wonderland Stamp set and dies, Pinstripe Stamp Set and Persian Motifs Stamp Set.

Let’s start! I stamped onto watercolor paper some flowers from Wonderland Stamp Set with VersaFine ink and heat embossed them using white embossing powder.

I added color to the flowers using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and using a detailed watercolor brush I blended them out. The markers I used are Light Blue, Turquoise Green and Persian Green as my darkest color.

Once I finished watercoloring I die cut the flowers using the matching dies and set them aside for a while.

Next, to create my background I stamped and white heat embossed some leaves from the Persian Motifs Stamp Set on an A2 panel of Bristol Smooth paper. Then, using the same Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers that I colored the flowers with I scribbled the inks in different parts around the leaves. Immediately, I sprayed water and all the ink started moving and blending. I applied heat using a heat tool and then I added more ink and water. Some splatters of the same ink were added too.

Once my background was dry I adhered a folded note card at the back using glue. Next, I placed my flowers on top using foam tape. Some sequins and Nuvo drops were added too. Finally, I white heat embossed the HELLO sentiment from Pinstripe Stamp Set onto a teal cardstock to continue with this blue/teal colors, I placed it at the bottom of my background using foam tape and this card was finished.

I adored this class! It pushed me to go beyond my limits and I learned great tips and also I found out that when you go out of your comfort zone you can make beautiful things happen. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you like this card. Have a fabulous day!

Your friend, Karen

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Creative Watercolor Media | Altenew Academy

Hello friends! I had such relaxing time making this card using ink sprayers from Altenew. This card is part of the Creative Watercolor Media and the lesson that I wanted to try had re-inkers but since I don’t have them I decided to use ink sprayers. I would never thought of using ink sprayers to watercolor but I’m glad I tried this, the inks worked wonderfully! And this is another way to stretch your craft supplies.

The stamps and dies for this card are the following: Nature Blossoms and Pinstripe. The ink spray colors are: Lavender Fields, Warm Sunshine, Forest Glades and Ocean Waves.

Let’s begin! On an A2 watercolor panel I added water using a brush, then I sprayed Lavender Fields ink spray on top and more water to move the ink. As my personal touch, I added some strokes with another brush leaving marks of the brush around. Additionally, using the same Lavender Fields ink spray I added some splatters. Last but not least, more splatters of white and gold ink were added because I love splatters on my panels.

Next, I stamped the rounded images from the Pinstripe Stamp Set and heat embossed them using a metallic gold embossing powder. I totally love the mix media look that my background has. Once my panel was dry I trimmed down the edges and adhered a folded note card at the back using glue.

Now let’s move to the flowers. On a piece of watercolor paper I stamped the detailed stamps of the flowers and leaves from Nature Blossoms Stamp Set using an embossing ink and then I heat embossed them with a metallic gold embossing powder. I watercolored the flowers using Warm Sunshine ink spray and for the leaves I used a mix of Forest Glades and Ocean Waves ink sprays. Also, I brought back some tips I learned on Level 1 and added some details to the flowers using a colored pencil.

Finally, I die cut the flowers and leaves using the matching dies and arranged all these elements on top of my background using glue and double aided foam tape. I stamped the sentiment THANK YOU from the Pinstripe Stamp Set using black ink and I also adhered it next to the flowers. Some Crystal Clear Nuvo drops were added and this card was finished.

This class have many great tips for watercoloring using different medias in very creative ways, which is really helpful and fun. Also, from the ink leftovers I was able to create two more backgrounds by splotching the ink, isn’t that awesome?!

I hope I can inspire you with this card and thank you so much for stopping by! Have a marvelous day!

Your friend, Karen

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Treat Box + Gift Card Holder | WOW! Embossing Powder

Hi crafty friends! Today I’m over WOW! Embossing Powder blog sharing this awesome project and I’m back as a Guest Designer! The monthly challenge theme for this month is coffee/tea so I chose the coffee theme and I made this treat box that includes a gift card holder. I think this is a wonderful way to surprise one of those coffee lovers around you.

You can have all the details of this fabulous project over WOW! Embossing Power blog, click here.

Thank you so much and have an amazing day. Your friend,

Karen


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Have Faith Today | My Sweet Petunia

Hello friends! Today I’m over My Sweet Petunia Blog sharing this bright and shinny encouragement card using Picket Fence Studios products and the original MISTI.

For more details on how I made this card please head over To My Sweet Petunia Blog. Below, you will find more pictures and all the products used on this card.

Hope you like this card and brings you a little bit of hope and faith with all its bright and shinny colors. Wish you a fantastic day and thanks for stopping by!
Your friend, Karen 


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Stencil Art | Picket Fence Studios

Hi friends! Today you will find me at Picket Fence Studios Blog sharing this slimline card featuring the new Oh, So Many Cards Stamp, Slimline Basket Petals Stencil and the new Gem Mixes.

You can find all details on how I made this card over Picket Fence Studios blog and below you can take a look at all pictures.

The list of supplies that I used on this card are below for your convenience. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Your friend, Karen


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