Christmas, Distress Ink Techniques, Embossed Background, Faux Embossing, Stampin' Up!, Window Cards

Create Embossed Backgrounds Using Your Dies

Hello friends. It’s time to make some holiday cards. Starting things off with some super easy cards using dies to emboss backgrounds. It’s a super easy technique and produces some really cool results. You can use the embossed or debossed side as well.

For the first card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base and piece of Neenah 80lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4” for the top panel. I used the Stampin’ Up! So Many Snowflakes dies (retired) to emboss the background. I followed the sandwich for wafer dies on my diecut machine (Sizzix Big Shot) and added another piece of cardstock to get a deeper impression. Play around with your sandwich and add a shim if necessary to get the desired raised effect.

I used Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass and Uncharted Mariner Distress Oxide Inks as well as Catherine Pooler Designs Black Jack Ink to color the background. Then I cut out the window using the die in the Stampin’ Up! So Many Snowflakes die set.

I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Snowflake Wishes Stamp set (retired) onto some Neenah 80lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Catherine Pooler Designs Black Jack Ink and adhered behind the panel.

I die cut snowflakes from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, Simon Says Stamp 6×6 Silver Glitter Cardstock and Stampin; Up! 12 x 12 Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper (retired) using the Catherine Pooler Designs Delicate Snowflake Die (discontinued), Stampin’ Up! So Many Snowflakes (retired) and Stampin’ Up! Colorful Seasons.

I finished off the card by adding some Tonic Gloss Simply White Nuvo Crystal Drops and Silver Moondust Nuvo Glitter Drops.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages Stamp Set with Tim Holtz Uncharted Mariner Distress Oxide Ink and added some silver snowflakes.

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For the second card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base and piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper to 4 x 5-1/4” for the top panel. I used the Stampin’ Up! Colorful Seasons dies (retired) to emboss the background.

I used Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass, Uncharted Mariner, Kitsch Flamingo, and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Inks to color the background. I used the ink smooshing technique this time instead of ink blending. It created a nice watercolor effect.

I die cut snowflakes from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, Simon Says Stamp 6×6 Silver Glitter Cardstock and Stampin; Up! 12 x 12 Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper (retired) as well as some bright pink glitter paper from my stash. I used the Hero Arts Fancy Snowflake Die (discontinued), Stampin’ Up! So Many Snowflakes (retired) and Stampin’ Up! Colorful Seasons.

I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Snowflake Wishes Stamp set (retired) onto some Neenah 80lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Catherine Pooler Designs Black Jack Ink, fussycut it, and adhered to the panel.

I finished off the card by adding some Tonic IVORY SEASHELL Nuvo Crystal Drops.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages Stamp Set with Catherine Pooler Designs Black Jack Ink and added a Balmy Blue Glitter snowflake .

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For the third card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base and piece of Neenah 80lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 3-3/4 x 5” for the top panel. I also cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp 8-1/2 x 11″ Slate 100lb Cardstock, measuring 4 x 5-1/4″ to mat the top panel.

I die cut snowflakes from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, Stampin; Up! 12 x 12 Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper (retired) as well as some pale and bright pink glitter paper from my stash. I used the Hero Arts Fancy Snowflake Die (discontinued), Stampin’ Up! So Many Snowflakes (retired) and Stampin’ Up! Colorful Seasons.

I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Snowflake Wishes Stamp set (retired) onto some Neenah 80lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Catherine Pooler Designs Black Jack Ink and adhered to the panel.

I finished off the card by adding some Tonic LIQUID MERCURY Nuvo Crystal Drops.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages Stamp Set Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink and added a light pink and balmy blue snowflake.

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For the fourth card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base and piece of Neenah 80lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4” for the top panel. I used the Stampin’ Up! So Many Snowflakes dies (retired) to emboss the background.

I ink blended the background using Tim Holtz Kitsch Flamingo and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Inks.

I die cut snowflakes from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ as well as some bright pink glitter paper from my stash. I used the Catherine Pooler Designs Delicate Snowflake Die (discontinued), Stampin’ Up! So Many Snowflakes (retired) and Stampin’ Up! Colorful Seasons.

I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin Stampset (retired) directly onto the card with Catherine Pooler Designs Black Jack Ink.

I finished off the card by adding some Tonic IVORY SEASHELL and Carnation Pink Nuvo Crystal Drops.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages Stamp Set Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink and added bright pink snowflakes.

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give these cards a try for yourself. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Card Kits, Embossed Background, Halloween, Shaker, Window Cards

5 Cards 1 Kit (Simon Says Stamp Limited Edition Halloween Card Kit – Home Sweet Haunted Home)

Limited Edition Simon Says Stamp Home Sweet Haunted Home Halloween Card Kit is full of tons of goodies to make cute Halloween cards and gift bags. While the kit is now sold out, you can buy most of the items in the kit seperately. The list below has all the links. Stay tuned for the next post featuring the gift bags!

The Kit includes:

For the first card, I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp 100lb Black 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock to 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create the card base. Then cut a piece of pattern paper from the Carta Bella Hocus Pocus 6×6 inch paper pack and a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock measuring 3-3/4 x 5″. I used Tim Holtz Distress Burnt Ember Mica Stain to color the background panel then used the Simon Says Stamp Pumpkin Patch Embossing Folder to emboss it.

I die cut the witch hat from Simon Says Stamp Cardstock 100# Royal Purple 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock using the Exclusive Sassy Witch Hat die set and added some dimension with Catherine Pooler Designs Grape Crush Ink. Then die cut the bow from Simon Says Stamp 6 x 6 Black Glitter Cardstock and added some Tim Holtz Idea-ology Black Tinsel to the hat brim.

I stamped the sentiment from the NEW Exclusive Home Sweet Haunted Home stamp set onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock with Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink and used the coordinating dies to cut it out.

I finished the card by adding some black and purple sequins from my stash.

On the inside of the card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock to 4 x 5-1/4″ and a piece of the Carta Bella Hocus Pocus 6×6 inch paper pack to 1 x 4″.

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For the second card, I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp 100lb Burnt Orange 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock to 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create the card base. Then cut a piece of pattern paper from the Carta Bella Hocus Pocus 6×6 inch paper pack to 4 x 5-1/4″ and one to 4 x 4″.

I glued those together then cut out a shaker window using the Stampin’ Up! LAYERING CIRCLES DIES. It measures 1-7/8″. I also cut a frame from Simon Says Stamp 6 x 6 Black Glitter Cardstock using a 2″ and 1-7/8″ circle die. I stamped the sentiment from the NEW Exclusive Home Sweet Haunted Home stamp set onto a piece of acetate with Tsukineko Stazon MIDI JET BLACK Ink before adhering it to the back of the panel. Then added foam tape to the panel, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Confections Candy Corn and a piece of white cardstock behind that to make the shaker.

I stamped the pumpkins from the NEW Exclusive Home Sweet Haunted Home stamp set onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with Copic Markers. I used YG25 and YG67 for the stem; and YR09 and YR16 for the pumpkins. I also added a sentiment strip from the 6 x 6 pattern paper pad.

I finished the card by adding some EK Success Jolee’s Boutique Candy Corn Repeats Stickers.

On the inside of the card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock to 4 x 5-1/4″ and a piece of the Carta Bella Hocus Pocus 6×6 inch paper pack to 1 x 4″ and another to 3/4 x 4″. I stamped a sentiment from the NEW Exclusive Home Sweet Haunted Home stamp set with Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink and added a pumpkin.

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For the third card, I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp 100lb Black 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock to 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create the card base. Then cut a piece of pattern paper from the Carta Bella Hocus Pocus 6×6 inch paper pack to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″ and a piece of Simon Says Stamp 100lb Sunshine Cardstock to 4 x 5-1/4″.

I stamped the candy corn border from the NEW Exclusive Home Sweet Haunted Home stamp set onto the Sunshone panel with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with Prismacolor Pencils.

I cut a strip of pattern paper from the Carta Bella Hocus Pocus 6×6 inch paper pack to 1-1/4 x 4″ and another from Simon Says Stamp 6 x 6 Plum Glitter Cardstock to 1-1/2 x 4″.

I stamped the sentiment from the NEW Exclusive Home Sweet Haunted Home stamp set onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock with Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink and die cut it with the coordinating dies.

On the inside of the card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock to 4 x 5-1/4″ and a piece of the Carta Bella Hocus Pocus 6×6 inch paper pack to 1 x 4″ and another from Simon Says Stamp 6 x 6 Plum Glitter Cardstock to 1/2 x 4″. I stamped a sentiment from the NEW Exclusive Home Sweet Haunted Home stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

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For the fourth card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock to 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create the card base. Then die cut a piece of pattern paper from the Carta Bella Hocus Pocus 6×6 inch paper pack with Queen and Company’s Foundation 18 Dies. I also cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp 6 x 6 Plum Glitter Cardstock to 3-3/4 x 4-3/4″ and a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock to 3-1/2 x 4-1/2″.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Halloween Harvest Moon Mica Stain to color the top panel then used the Simon Says Stamp Pumpkin Patch Embossing Folder to emboss it.

I cut a sentiment and image from the Carta Bella Hocus Pocus 6×6 inch paper pack cut apart pages as well as two strips measuring 1/2 x 3″ and 1 x 3″ to add to the top of the ghost panel.

I finished the card by adding some EK Success Jolee’s Boutique Candy Corn Repeats Stickers.

On the inside of the card, I cut a piece of the Carta Bella Hocus Pocus 6×6 inch paper pack to 1/4 x 4-1/4″ and another to 3/4 x 4-1/4″. I stamped a sentiment from the NEW Exclusive Home Sweet Haunted Home stamp set with Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink.

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For the fifth card, I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp 100lb Black 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock to 5-1/4 x 10-1/2″ and scored at 5-1/4″ to create the card base then rounded the corners with a 1/2 inch corner punch. Then die cut a piece of pattern paper from the Carta Bella Hocus Pocus 6×6 inch paper pack with Queen and Company’s Foundation 16 Dies (3-3/4 x 3-3/4 stitched square).

I stamped the starts from the NEW Exclusive Home Sweet Haunted Home stamp set with Lawn Fawn YETI Pigment Ink. I stamped the images from the same stampset onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I colored them with copic markers. I used YR09, YR16 & YR27, YG03 & YG67 for the pumpkins; C00 & 0 for the clouds; Y000, Y00, & Y21 for the moon; C5 & C7 for the bats; YG03, YG67, Y000, Y00, & Y21, C5 & C7, and V05, V06, & V09 for the house; and W3 & W7 for the trees.

On the inside of the card, I die cut a piece of the Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock with Queen and Company’s Foundation 16 Dies (3-3/4 x 3-3/4 stitched square). I stamped a sentiment from the NEW Exclusive Home Sweet Haunted Home stamp set with with Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink and added a bat and pumpkin.

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Thanks for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to make these Halloween cards yourself! If you want to share you creations with me tag me on instagram @kittieslovecrafting. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Love & Friendship, Slimline, Stenciled Background, Valentine's Day, Window Cards

Valentine’s Day Slimline Window Scene Cards

Hi friends. The Lawn Fawn Scent With Love Clear Stamps and Dies is great for scene cards so I decided to make a slimline card. But had so much fun making them I made four instead. 🙂

For these cards, I cut two pieces of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, one piece of Simon Says Stamp Cardstock 100# COTTON CANDY and one of Stampin’ Up! Blushing Bride 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock to 7 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 3-1/2″ to create four card bases. I die cut the scallop slimline panel from two different pattern papers from my stash and two from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, using the Catherine Pooler Essentials Slimline Die.

On the white panels, I stenciled hearts using the Simon Says Stamp Stencil Tumbling Hearts Stencil with Tim Holtz Distress Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxide Ink and on the other panel, clouds using My Favorite Things Cloud Stencil and Mini Cloud Edges Mix-ables Stencil with Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Oxide Ink. I die cut out the windows using the Catherine Pooler Essentials Slimline Die. These dies make it so easy to make a 3 window slimline card.

I added a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to the back of the pattern paper backgrounds and a piece of vellum behind the stenciled panels, cut to 3-1/2 x 8-1/8″. Before adhering stenciled backgrounds to the card, I added the negative pieces of the window to the card. I stenciled some tiny hearts onto the background of the white windows with Hero Arts Heart Confetti Fancy Die (I die cut acetate to create the stencil) and Catherine Pooler Be Mine Ink.

I stamped a bunch of images from the Lawn Fawn SCENT WITH LOVE Clear Stamps and Dies and the Lawn Fawn SCENT WITH LOVE ADD-ON Clear Stamps and Dies onto some Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

The images were colored with Copic colors. I used R14, 27 & 46 for all the red items; R81, 83, & 85 for all the pink items; YG25 & 17 for all the greenery; C1, 5, & 7 and 0 for the skunks; and E74 & 79 for all the chocolate items. I die cut all the images with the coordinating dies.

I finished them all by adding some Tonic Fresh Snowfall Nuvo Glitter Accents.

On the inside of the pink cards, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock to 3 x 8″ and stamped a sentiment and the three hearts from the Lawn Fawn SCENT WITH LOVE ADD-ON Clear Stamps and Dies with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. For the white cards, I just stamped the image directly inside the cards.

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give these cards a try for yourself. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Cards, Christmas, Window Cards

Quick and Easy Faux Window Card featuring Catherine Pooler Round of Merry Dies

Hello friends. Here’s a super simple Christmas card using Catherine Pooler Round of Merry Dies and the Candy Cane Background stamp.

For this card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base and piece of Neenah 80lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2” for the top panel. I stamped the background with Candy Cane Background stamp and Rouge Ink, and trimmed it down to 4 x 5-1/4″.

I die cut the sentiment from both Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and Stampin’ Up! Basic Black 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock with the Catherine Pooler Round of Merry Dies. I left the dies connected so I got the extra circle frame piece which I also used on this card. I stacked the white and black sentiments before adhering to the card. I also added a piece of Vellum behind the sentiment piece. you can use a punch or die to cut this out or do what I did which is trace the outside edge of the inner circle and cut slightly inside that line. It doesn’t have to be perfect since no one will see this.

I stamped the little tree from the Wrapped and Ready Stamp Set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with Copic Markers. I used Y13 + Y18 for the star and some ornaments; RV10 + RV14, BG53 + BG57, R05 + R46 for ornaments; YG17 for the tree; and C1 + C5 for the pot. Then die cut the image with the Wrapped and Ready Dies. I finished it off by adding some clear sequins from my stash.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages Stamp Set with Rouge Ink

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give these cards a try for yourself. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.