4 Cards with Ink Smooshed Backgrounds

I do believe that ink smooshing is my most favorite technique to make backgrounds. Each one is perfectly unique and they can be used in so many ways. Today’s project includes 4 card designs with 3 color combos. These cards could be used for just about any occasion. If you enjoyed this video and would like to see more tutorials, please visit my YouTube channel … Continue reading 4 Cards with Ink Smooshed Backgrounds

A pretty background stamp + distress ink smooshed rainbows!

This background stamp does all the work with a little help from some distress inks. I smooshed the inks onto the background and then used water to move it around. Super easy, messy, and beautiful! This background stamp is from Simon Says Stamp (SSS) but you can find them everywhere! They can be more expensive than a regular stamp set, but totally worth the investment. … Continue reading A pretty background stamp + distress ink smooshed rainbows!

Simple, Autumn Themed, Square Card Project

I. Love. Fall. Cooler temperatures, less humidity (I live in Michigan so there’s lots of humid air in the summer), and of course, the fall colors. My favorite color is orange, specifically that beautiful rusty, sunset orange that is so prominent in the autumn season. Yummy! I’ve had these dies since last fall and am just now getting around to playing with them. I love … Continue reading Simple, Autumn Themed, Square Card Project

A Sweet Hello

I sometimes get stuck for inspiration with a new stamp set. This was the case with the Simon Says Stamp set Thoughtful Flowers. So, I just started stamping it on different paper stock to see what it would look like. I had some Kraft card stock on my work table and instantly thought “tone on tone”. That’s how these really pretty, any occasion, cards came … Continue reading A Sweet Hello

A “Welcome to Your New Home” Card Project

A friend of mine recently sold her home. Being very excited for the couple that just relocated and made the purchase, she wanted to give them a “Welcome to Your New Home” card. I came up with a few ideas for her and decided to make a video of the process. Thanks to a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and some die sets from … Continue reading A “Welcome to Your New Home” Card Project

Artsy Leaves + Magicals = Pretty Fall Card Project

My second favorite season is fall and my favorite type of art is abstract. These cool little leaf dies by Sizzix live up to both and they practically jumped into my cart at Hobby Lobby. I couldn’t wait to get home and create a card project with them. So I grabbed some Lindy’s Magical powders and here’s what I came up with… If you haven’t … Continue reading Artsy Leaves + Magicals = Pretty Fall Card Project

Christmas in July Made Easy

I’m not sure why July elicits thoughts of Christmas. Maybe it’s because it’s the middle of the year, sort of. Or maybe because it’s pretty hot in this part of the world and folks are longing for cooler weather. Whatever the reason, businesses and artists alike participate. So, I thought I’d get in, just under the wire, and play along. This project went super fast … Continue reading Christmas in July Made Easy

Poppy Background Stamp

I feel like I can’t even take any credit for these cards… this Simon Says Stamp background stamp is so gorgeous all on it’s own! I mean, look at it! These cards practically made themselves. Add a few colors of Distress Ink for color, a simple sentiment and there ya go, three beautiful cards. Here’s the video showing all the steps… If you haven’t already, … Continue reading Poppy Background Stamp

Ideas for all those practice background pieces

When I play with a new technique or idea, I end up with LOTS of trial and error pieces. Some I like, some… not so much. But, I can’t throw them out (unless of course they really are hideous and I couldn’t handle someone seeing such awful art) so I save them, and save them, and save them… well, you get the picture. Below is … Continue reading Ideas for all those practice background pieces