Making Cards · Techniques

Concord & 9th Tintables and Nuvo Shimmer Powder

Wahoo, happy Friday! I’m a week away from being a home owner (commence hyperventilating now). I have some cards to share with you, made with Nuvo Shimmer Powders and C&9th’s Tintable cards. I can’t believe it took me this long to try this combo!

Let’s start with my favorite (it was hard to chose).


Here is a sneak peek at the border die from the Confetti Card set. I thought the style was perfect for the chevron pattern.

I shook some of the Violet Brocade Shimmer Power on the panel, trying to follow the columns from the chevron pattern, leaving some white space in between. I love the lighter spots, as well as the shimmer on the more concentrated spots.


I didn’t want to cover the background, so I used the tag die from the Sprinkle turnabout set and cut it from vellum. I took one of the sentiments from Everyday Greetings and heat embossed it with a Hampton Arts dark purple embossing powder. I die cut the tiny hearts from MFT’s Pure Plum Sparkle cardstock. The ribbon is from Hero Art’s April kit, and the purple shimmer envelope is from Simon Says Stamps. I want to hug this card!!!


Next up is this cutie! I tried to make a stormy sky with the dots. This is mostly Storm Cloud powder, with a tiny bit of Violet Brocade, and I tired to keep the color at the top, and let it run down the card. The images and sentiment are from Mama Elephant’s Rain or Shine.


I colored the images with Copic markers, and added them with fun foam behind them. The envelope is Lovely Lavender from Gina K Designs. This card base, and the previous one are Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.


For this card, I again wanted some white space, but otherwise no particular idea. I wish you could see the shimmer on this background! I die cut the sentiment, which was a free gift in April. I layered it on white cardstock four times, to give it dimension. Some more small hearts, this time with Blue Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.


The envelope is Gina K Design’s Tranquil Teal, and the card base is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.


Here is the last card, with my photography assistant. This card took the least work. All I needed to do was make sure you could see the sentiment. I picked my tie for favorite Shimmer Powder, Catherine Wheel. I shook it over the sentiment, and sprayed away.


I used MFT’s Mod Rectangles to die cut the panel, and added it to a Gina K Design’s Passionate Pink card base. The envelope matches the card base, and I finished off the card with Lucy’s Cards Clear Iridescent jewels.

I had a lot of fun making these cards, and they came together pretty quickly. The shimmer powder makes quiet an impact, especially in person. I actually ordered a couple more colors after this (I know, I shouldn’t be buying new things). I really encourage everyone to try these powders. They make anyone look good!

Well, I close on the house next week! As I mentioned, I’m not sure how many post I’ll have to share over the next couple of weeks. Maybe I’ll share some quick, life post. Let me know if you have any ideas, or anything you would like to see.

Thanks for stopping by!





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Watercolor and Masking

Happy hump day! I have a quick post to share some rambling on watercolor backgrounds and masking. It’s just something I played around with last weekend, still struggling with that card making block.

Here are the panels I made.


I made this panel by lining Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock with thin strips of masking paper. This is the only panel I have a picture of with the mask on, as it was the most involved.


Once I had all the masked strips in place, I used my favorite color of Faber Castel watercolor pencils to draw lines nest to the left edge of each strip. Then I took a waterbrush and pulled the color out. I used my heat gun to dry the cardstock, then removed the masking paper.


On this panel, I masked a wide strip horizontally across the lower third of the cardstock. Then I used Nuvo Shimmer powder in Catherine Wheel and sprayed it with water. This one ended up really wet, and ran under the masking tape.


For this panel, I used the last piece of the handmade watercolor paper from an older Hero Arts Monthly kit, and Nuvo Shimmer powders in Storm Cloud and Violet Brocade, with a mask over the bottom right corner. This one didn’t run as much as the previous panel.

Let’s take a look at the cards.


I’m kinda bummed about this one. I didn’t really have a good game plan when I started, and as a result, ended up cutting the up more then I wanted too. It’s still a cute card that I plan to send to a co-worker who has been really helpful (I stamped thank you inside the card). The cat and sentiment are from Gerda Streiner’s All Cats. I colored him with Copic markers, and stuck him down with foam tape. I also added Glossy Accents to his eyes. The card base is Gina K Design’s Passionate Pink, with the matching envelope.


I made this card for my sister’s birhtday and I think I will also enter it in this month’s A Blog Named Hero challenge (which means you’ll see another blog post about it 🙂

I put a strip of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock over the failed masking, and added the flower and butterfly images from the July 2017 My Monthly Hero kit with foam tape. The flowers and butterfly were colored with Copic markers, and cover in clear Wink of Stella. The sentiment is from the Gerda Steiner All Cats set. The card base is the same Gina K Designs Passionate Pink, with matching envelope. I added some Strawberry Coulis Nuvo Drops to finish the card. This card is my favorite, out of the three! Just look at that background, the oranges with hints of pink! SWOON


I originally thought I was going to use the Hero Arts August 2017 kit for this background, but decided to go with Simon Says Stamp’s Seeing Stars instead. I messed up the constellations a bit, trying to double stamp them after I had moved the card panel. But, I think it’s still cute. I heat embossed the stars with Hero Art’s Silver embossing powder, and sentiment in clear, with Versafine Onyx ink. I added Silver Moondust Glitter Nuvo Drops, and stamped the star on the envelope with Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink.

It’s been fun playing with older stamp sets. I really need to get into this groove, as I won’t be buying new stamps until after the house is settled. At least, I shouldn’t, lol. It’s hard not to buy all the cute things! But honestly, I have some many sets I used once or twice. It’s almost like going shopping, flipping through my stamps and dies! Maybe I should start a feature, where I force myself to use older sets once or twice a month… What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!


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Alcohol Ink & Vellum

Hello and welcome back! I’ve been in a bit of a card making slump. I’m so obsessed with redecorating my new house (which is still 2 months away), I haven’t been thinking of much else. I thought the easiest way to get around it was to grab a stack of already made backgrounds, and make some simple cards. Luckily, I have a whole mini binder full!

This weekend I stuck with the alcohol ink and vellum panels I experimented with weeks ago.

Here is the first panel:

Sorry, it was cloudy today. Even sitting right in front of the sliding glass door, the pictures are still a bit dark. I was trying to show the shimmer from the mixative.


I layered the vellum panel on to some Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, and used the hugs die from the March My Monthly Hero kit, cut from MFT’s Silver Sparkle Cardstock. The word “sending,” is also from the kit, and I stamped it along the bottom of the vellum with Hero Arts Passion Flower ink. The silver gems are from Studio Katia, and the card base is Gina K Design’s Lovely Lavender (as is the matching envelope). I used the MMH dies for a lot of these cards.

You can see the darker spots on the right, from the alcohol ink tool. I wish I had trimmed the panel so that part wasn’t used, but it’s still a striking card.

Up next we have a more colorful panel:



For this one, I trimmed the panel down a bit and layered it even with the top. The thank you is from the March kit, and was cut from a Champagne Pearl Shimmer cardstock and  layered on several white die cuts. I added some small hearts, die cut from MFT Gold Sparkle cardstock for accent. The card base and matching envelope are Gina K Design’s Sweet Corn.


I was trying to get a good picture of the shimmer in the alcohol ink, but it doesn’t come across very well.

Next up we have more splotches:

You can sort of see the shimmer in the second pictures. I went in a little bit of a different direction with this one.


For this card, I adhered the vellum panel to some Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock with Sticking Adhesive. Then I ran it through my die cutting machine with Hero Art’s Butterfly Confetti die. I left the pieces together (or tried my best) and taped the back. I die cut “Thinking of You,” from Concord and 9th’s Fabulous Phrases from Silver White Shimmer cardstock, and several layers of white, then glued them together. I added some of my favorite tiny hearts, this time from MFT’s Silver Sparkle Cardstock. The envelope is a Metallic envelope from Simon Say’s Stamps, in Periwinkle.


Last, but not least, we have a really saturated panel:



Since this panel was so intense, I die cut a large heart from it, using Hero Arts Hearts Nesting dies. I cut a larger heart from MFT’s Silver Sparkle cardstock.

I layered the hearts together, and added them to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock panel cut with MFT’s Mod Rectangles, using foam tape. “Sending,” was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Hero Arts’s Silver embossing powder. I added some Blueberry gems from Lucy’s Cards to finish it off. The card base is Papertrey Ink’s Tropical Teal, with a Blueberry Metallic envelope from MFT.


I had a lot of fun making these. They have a lot of interest even though they are so “simple.” The shimmer from the alcohol ink panels, along with the other elements, amp them up. I can’t wait to use the rest of the acetate panels!

I apologize for the slowing down of post. I’m on strict budget until after our closing. and of course the aforementioned creative block. My weekends are also taken up with different projects leading up to the purchase. I’ll try to keep you guys updated, and to squeeze some time in for crafting. It is my sanity check after all.

Next up I’ll share the April My Monthly Hero kit unboxing. Have you seen the new kit yet? It looks like a ton of fun!

I’m also trying really hard to ignore the new Concord and 9th release. It goes live today, so, we’ll see how well I do lol.

Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!


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Mama Elephant’s Me & My Dragon and Nuvo Shimmer Powders

Welcome back! I have a quick post for you, sharing my first card with the awesome Me and My Dragon set from Mama Elephant.

This set is fabulous! It has a very close resemblance to a certain, extremely popular show with dragons and wolves.

I actually stayed up until midnight the night is this release, so I would not miss it! The samples shared on Mama Elephant’s social media accounts were so inspiring. I know I can’t color that well, but I gave it a go.

Sorry about the bad lighting, I finished the card at about 8 last night and had to share it with you today.

I colored the dragon and little girl with Copic markers. I used the colorless blender to add some texture, along with a white gel pen.

The galaxy background was made with Nuvo Shimmer Powders (Violet Brocade and Stormy Skies). The whole panel is shown below. Unfortunately the shimmer does not show in the pictures.

I used MFT’s Starry Circle to cut out the background, and layered MFT’s Silver Sparkle cardstock behind it. Then I added it to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock panel, die cut using Simon Says Stamps Stitched rectangles.

I add the dragon and girl with foam tape.

The sentiment is from Dragon Wishes, a companion set to Me and My Dragon. It ha some fabulous sentiments!

The white panel was added to a card base made from Gina K Design’s Lovely Lavender.

I can’t even begin to tell you how easy it was to make this galaxy background, using the Nuvo Shimmer Powders! Sprinkle some powder, spray some water then let dry. I never thought I would be able to make one so colorful!

Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned! I have a couple more cards I make using the Nuvo Shimmer Powders. This week is pretty busy, but I’ll try to put another post together for Thursday.


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Distress Oxide Ink and Micro Glaze

Welcome back! As promised, I am sharing the secrets to the Distress Oxide panel I shared on Monday.

Really, it’s no secret. Tim Holtz shared this technique during Creativation, and Jennifer McGuire also shared it recently. I just happen to think it’s so magical, I want to share it again.

I don’t have step by step pictures (Jennifer McGuire does on her blog here). But I have some “before,” and “after,” pictures that will knock your socks off!

Before I share the magic, let me describe the technique. All you need is Distress Oxide inks, Glossy Cardstock, water and Distress Micro Glaze.

You start out very basic, using the ink smooshing technique to apply Distress Oxide ink onto the Glossy Cardstock. Please, use Glossy Cardstock. This will not work with glossy photo paper (honestly, I tried…). Ink smooshing is where you smoosh your ink pad on a slick surface such as a craft mat, spray it with water, and then push the cardstock into the inky puddle. If you want to layer different colors over each other, us a heat gun to dry the ink between each layer. If you try to add different colors while they are wet, the colors will blend and turn muddy. Drying the layers in between prevent the colors from turing muddy. Here are the results of my smooshing session.


I tried to create a rainbow panel with Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves.


After awhile I lost track of the colors. I think this is Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac, but  I could be missing a color.


This one is (I think) Blueprint sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Lucy Clover, Cracked Pistachio.


You can see how the colors in the panel above are layered on top of each other, instead of blending together. This panel is Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose and Hickory Smoke and Black Soot.

Ok, now let’s add the Micro Glaze and see what happens.


See what I mean by magic!!! It intensifies the colors! And, you see even more of the layers!

Let’s look at a panel before Micro Glaze, next to a panel with it.


The panel on the left has Micro Glaze, the one on the right does not. The difference is crazy!

You can see the tiny jar of Micro Glaze peaking out of the top of this picture. You apply the Micro Glaze using a ink blending tool with a foam pad. The Distress ink round blending tools fit perfectly into the jar. And, a little goes a long way! Seriously, you only need a tiny bit. The Micro Glaze also makes the panels water proof, so it has the added benefit of protecting your panel.

After you apply the glaze to the panel, use a dry rag or cloth to buff off the excess. Then just let it dry. It dries pretty quickly. I was blown away when I saw this on YouTube, and had to try it right away. I learned, as I mentioned above, that you have to used Glossy Cardstock. Glossy Photo paper is not designed to hold that amount of water.

Thanks for stopping, and I hope you enjoyed this magical technique!



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Playing With Stencils and My Monthly Hero Kits

Hello and welcome back! Sorry about the little break. I was resting my wrist and generally going stir crazy! I did play around a bit with Distress Oxide backgrounds, one of which I will give you a peak today. I have a full post on them I will share Wednesday, so come back!

I also took some time to play around a tiny bit with stencils. I feel that this is a weak area for me, and I really want to start incorporating them into my work more. This time around, I used some Nuvo Glimmer paste, and a couple of different stencils. Let’s take a look.


For this first card, I took an old alcohol ink background (I think it’s mostly Flamingo and Amethyst with silver mixative). I used the stencil from the My Monthly Hero December 2017 kit, with Moonstone Glimmer paste, going over parts of the stencil and skipping others.


To keep the card simple and let the background shine, I used the Hello and You dies from the new My Monthly Hero March 2018 kit, cut from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and layered 3 times. I also added thin strips of silver glitter cardstock to the top and bottom of the panel. These were from my scrap stash.

The panel was added to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card base with fun foam and there you go, I used a stencil!!!

The next card is very similar. It’s actually the other half of the alcohol ink panel I used above.


You can see, this half has more purple to it. The same Nuvo Glitter paste was added, in the same technique, with the same stencil.

I used the lantern images from the MMH December kit, stamped with Hero Arts Intense Black ink, and colored with Copic Markers. The silver areas are Silver Wink of Stella.

The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink on a vellum strip, and embossed with clear powder. I wrapped it around the panel and adhered it in the back.


I added some iridescent Lucy’s Cards Jewels to the vellum strip, and Glossy Accents to the lanterns. Check out the color variation with that Moonstone paste on the different alcohol ink colors. It’s gorgeous!!!

My last card is a bit different. Brace yourself for some bright colors!


I know this background looks like alcohol ink, but it’s actually Distress Oxide ink! Come back Wednesday for the details!

I used my new favorite Nuvo Moonstone Glitter paste (really, its the only one I have, but that will change soon) and this time a sunbeam stencil from Clear Scraps. I lined up the middle of the stencil with the edge of my panel, to get a sunset like look. I though it would make a great desert sunset!

I took the palm tree and oasis stamps from the MMH December 2017 kit, and I stamped them with Versamark on Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice cardstock. I really thought the black would contract nicely with the bright oranges and yellows. I’m not exactly sure how I feel now, though. I really struggled with the sentiment.


Anyway, I decided to color in the water, using Polychomos pencils. I left the rest black. I added the images to the inked panel with black fun foam.

The sentiment is also from the MMH December kit, and was stamped in Altenew’s Jet Black ink. I tucked one end under a palm tree after the aforementioned struggle. The panel was added to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card base and thats it!

That was my first foray into stencils. Well, I used a stencil with the August 2017 kit and some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, but that was kinda rough. I see so many beautiful cards using stencils and I get frustrated that I’m not very good with them. I think I did a lot better with the Glitter Paste, but I still need to practice.

Thanks for stopping by, and sticking with me through my break!


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Emboss Resist, with Black!

Hello! Does this ever happen to you? You are lying awake at night, unable to sleep because you have card designs, or some other creative idea, running through your head? That happened too me this weekend!

I’ve been coming across several videos with ink blending and cards using emboss resist. And of course, I have to take an idea and do something different with it. So, what about emboss resist, with black embossing powder, instead of white?

I decided to use the Pretty Moon Spiral Bold Print background, as it’s such an interesting stamp.

As you can see, I masked off the center part of a panel of Gina K Design’s Onyx Black cardstock and then stamped the background with Versamark ink and added Hero Arts Black embossing powder.

After I melted the powder I masked the area off again, and blended Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink over the embossing.

See how the ink makes the embossing stand out! It’s super cool!

I decided to use the February My Monthly Hero kit for the rest of the card. I stamped one of the birds and the branch image with Versamark ink and embossed with Hero Arts Silver powder. Then I used the matching dies to cut them out. I added them to the blended panel with foam tape.

The sentiment is from the same kit, and was also heat embossed in the same silver. I use MFT’s Stitched Fishtail banners to die cut the sentiment and the bigger one with MFT’s Silver Sparkle cardstock and layered them. I added the sentiment with foam tape too.

I added the card panel to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock card base, and added Studio Katia Silver gems.

I know, it’s a little different, but I think it’s fun! What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!