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.

Embossed Background, Halloween, Halloween

Creating a Dimensional Halloween Card featuring Honey Bee Stamps

Hi friends. A quick way to create a dimensional background with little effort is to use an embossing folder. We all have a bunch of embossing folders we bought when it was all the rage to emboss everything and now they sit in a drawer or craft room shelf collecting dust. Am I right?!? Come on, you know it’s true??? LOL Well thankfully they are coming back in fashion and there are so many techniques you can do with them. Today we are keeping it simple — just some ink and a blender. No fancy tools needed either.

For this 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 cut a piece measuring 4 x 5-1/4″ and embossed with the Stampin’ Up! Cobwebs 3D Embossing Folder (retired); any spiderweb embossing folder will work here.

I used mostly Seedless Preserves and Villainous Poison Distress Oxide Inks to color the background. Then lightly went over the raised cobwebs with some Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink. I sprayed some water on the background to distress it further.

I stamped the all the images from the Honey Bee Stamps Pumpkin Patch Stampset onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock with Midnight Ink and heat set with Clear Embossing Powder. Then colored the pumpkin with Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey Distress Oxide Inks. I colored the leaves with Twisted Citron, Rustic Wilderness, and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Inks. I used Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink for the flowers.

I stamped the ghost and bat images from Lawn Fawn Happy Haunting stampset and colored them with Copic Markers. I used C00, 0 and R20 for the ghosts. And then diecut them with the coordinating dies.

I stamped the sentiment from Honey Bee Stamps Boo 3×4 Stamp Set onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock with Midnight Ink and die cut the ‘boo’ from Simon Says Stamp Cardstock 100# Black 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock 3x with the Honey Bee Boo Dies. I finished it off by adding some glitter with a Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Queen and Company Halloween Hoopla Kit with with Midnight Ink and added an extra ghost.

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Thanks for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to make this cute Halloween card 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.

Autumn, Embossed Background, Fall, Fall, Mini Slimline, Techniques, Watercolor

Fall Mini Slimline Card featuring Lawn Fawn’s You Autumn Know

Hi friends. The little mice in the Lawn Fawn You Autumn Know Stampset are so stinking cute that I just had to make this mini slimline card and added some texture to the background by using an older Crafters Companion Embossing Folder.

For this card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock to 7 x 6-1/2″ and scored at 3-1/4″ to create the card base. I also diecut a piece of Neenah white cardstock with the Queen and Company Foundation 17 dies.

Then I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 colors Watercolor Paint Set to color the background. I used a red, blue and purple color. Then created some splashes with the Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors Set. I created some texture by using the Crafters Companion Textures Artist Collection Hessian Embossing Folder (retired).

I die cut the grass from Stampin’ Up! Old Olive 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock with the Lawn Fawn Simple Grassy Hillsides and added some Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Ink.

I stamped the images from Lawn Fawn You Autumn Know Stampset onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with Copic Markers. I used Y13 & Y18, YR16 & YR27, R17 & R29, YG03 & YG25 for the leaves; and R20, N1, N2, N4 & copic blender for the mice and die cut with the coordinating dies.

I stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn Scripty Autumn Sentiments onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Ink and then Versamark Ink and embossed it using Ranger Clear Embossing Powder and die cut with the coordinating die set.

I finished the card by adding some highlights with a White Signo Gel Pen.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn Scripty Autumn Sentiments with Memento Tuxedo Ink and and added an extra leaf.

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Thanks for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to make this cute mini slimline card 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.

Birthdays, Embossed Background, Summer

Sweet Square Birthday Card featuring Lawn Fawn Henry’s ABCs

Hi friends. I had to make another summer card with the Lawn Fawn Zesty Lemon and Lawn Fawn Strawberry Patch die sets! This time I paired it with the cute mice from Lawn Fawn You Autumn Know Stampset. I will definitely be using these critters on other cards for sure.

For this card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 11″ and scored at 5-1/2″ to create the card base. I diecut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock with the 5 x 5″ scallop stitched square from the Queen & Company Foundation 16 dies. I also die cut a top panel (measuring from 4-1/16 x 4-1/16″) from Lawn Fawn Gotta Have Gingham Rainbow 12×12 Pack with the Queen & Company Foundation 16 dies and hand cut a back panel to 5-1/2 x 5-1/2″,

Next, I die cut the fruit from Stampin’ Up! So Saffron 8-1/2 x 11″, Simon Says Stamp 100# Green Apple Cardstock, Simon Says Stamp 100# Leaf Green Cardstock, Lawn Fawn 100# Guava Cardstock using the Lawn Fawn Zesty Lemon and Lawn Fawn Strawberry Patch Die, and Lawn Fawn Fruit Basket.

I colored them with Distress Oxide Inks. I used Tim Holtz Mustard Seed and Mowed Lawn for the lemons and limes, Festive Berries for the strawberries, Rustic Wilderness for the leaves, and Tumbled Glass for the fruit basket.

I stamped the mice from Lawn Fawn You Autumn Know Stampset onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Ink and colored them with Copic Markers. I used E53, E23, E27, R20, 0 and die cut with the coordinating dies.

I stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Ink. I stamped part of it into the lemon at the bottom right. I also die cut the word ‘SWEET’ from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock and Simon Says Stamp #100 Cardstock with the Lawn Fawn Henry’s ABCs.

I finished the card by adding sime highlights with a White Signo Gel Pen.

On the inside of the card, I cut a piece of Lawn Fawn Gotta Have Gingham Rainbow 12×12 Pack to 1 x 5-1/2″ and stamped a sentiment from Stampin’ Up!’s Sweet Ice Cream Stampset (retired) with Festive Berries Distress Oxide Ink.

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Thanks for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to make this sweet card 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.

Distress Ink Techniques, Embossed Background, Hello, Love & Friendship, Summer

Two Mini Slimline Cards featuring Lawn Fawn Zesty Lemon

Hi friends. I couldn’t resist getting the cute Zesty Lemon Die set from Lawn Fawn when I saw it! For my first cards I decided to make some embossed backgrounds and my distress sprays. These will also be available in my Etsy Shop.

For the both cards, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock to 7″ x 6″ and scored at 3-1/2″ to create the card bases. I diecut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock with the stitched frame 3x to stack them and the scallop rectangle from the Queen & Company Foundation 17 dies. I also die cut one of the stitched smaller rectangles from the same set as well as a piece measuring 3 x 5-3/4″.

I embossed the two rectangles with the Darice 5 x 7 Plaid Embossing Folder then colored them using Distress Sprays. I used Broken China and Salty Ocean for the first card and Picked Raspberry and Carved Pumpkin for the second. In retrospect, I would water down the colors on the pink/orange background a bit more. Once all was dry, I added some splashed with White Acrylic Paint.

For the lemons and leaves, I die cut them from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock with the Lawn Fawn Zesty Lemon set. I used Distress Oxide Inks to color them. I used Squeezed Lemonade for the lemons, Mowed Lawn and Rustic Wilderness for the leaves and Picked Raspberry for the flower centers and the cheeks.

For the sentiments, on the first card I used the Honey Bee Tailgate Alphabet Dies to spell out “ZEST” which I die cut from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock (which I colored with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink) and Simon Says Stamp 100lb Black Card Stock. The rest of the sentiment came from the Lawn Fawn Sweet Friends Stampset and was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto the same white cardstock.

On the second card, I diecut the “hello” from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock (which I colored with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink) and Simon Says Stamp 100lb Black Card Stock using the Simon Says stamp Bold Hello Die. I added some shimmer with a Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen.

I left the insides of the cards blank.

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Thanks for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to make these cute 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.