Category Archives: Techniques

How To Create A Single Layer Card With Faux Layers

I love single layer cards and I’ve been challenging myself to create more single layer cards. They use less resources and don’t require extra postage! I belong to several design teams and they often have sketch challenges that require a card to have several layers.  The many layered cards tend to be the ones that I don’t like… Read More »

What Are You Creating Today? + Video

Hello friends!  What are you creating on this quiet summer Sunday? I’ve been busy creating layer 1 of some soon to be fabulous mixed media backgrounds that I will be binding together to create my very own album for memory keeping!   I’ve created 16 backgrounds so far!  I created along with Vicki Boutin on Friday night during… Read More »

The Papercrafting Project I’m Most Enjoying Right Now!

I’ve never considered myself a hoarder…except with craft supplies. It’s ridiculous, really.  I have some supplies I’ve had since the 80’s!  Seriously!! When the quarantine hit, I found myself separated from my craft stash.  It was in New York and I was in Florida celebrating being newly retired.  I had some basic supplies and had plenty to keep… Read More »

Exploring Watercolor Mediums: Liquid Watercolor Inks

There are a number of liquid watercolor inks on the market today.  I’ve mostly used the watercolor brush markers and I quite like creating with them.  Altenew just came out with a new set this week.  It’s now on my wishlist! Day 3 of Altenew’s Elements of Watercoloring Mediums, we explored using the watercolor brush marker liquid ink… Read More »

Exploring Watercolor Mediums: Student Grade Paint Pan Sets

Watercolor paint sets wildly in price and types.  I’m guessing that the gold standard is Daniel Smith paints in the tubes.  Those are decadently expensive and that’s what Debby Hughes uses!  She’s a master watercolorist and she’s amazing. For day 2 of the Altenew Exploring Watercolor Mediums class, we used the student grade pan set from Altenew.  This… Read More »

Stencil Technique: Dry Brush Glaze Background Technique

Have you tried pastes and glazes yet?  It’s one fun new mediums that have become trendy these days.  If you are like me, you have a few from several different companies.  You have glazes, pastes, glimmer pastes, mousses, glitter glazes, gessos, modeling paste, embossing pastes…am I right? The truth is that they all work about the same and… Read More »

Create A Set of Cards With Reinker Techniques and Cover Dies Video Tutorial

How long has it been since you have done a re-inker technique? It’s been a while, right?  Ditto for me! I happened to take a class a The Stamp Nation and one of the techniques the instructors used was a simple watercolored background with re-inkers.  Then Vicki Boutin did a Live on Wednesday and did a very similar… Read More »

3 Card Ideas With Catherine Pooler’s Oh Snap Stamp Set

Catherine Pooler inks are special.  The stamp beautifully and you can do all kinds of techniques with them.  The vibrant colors are just so fun to work with as well.  These remain one of my 3 favorite ink brands. Today I played with the re-inkers.  I haven’t watercolored in quite awhile.  I decided it was time to play… Read More »

Quick Tip For Easier Ink Blending and Alcohol Marker Tips For Animal Fur!

A couple of weeks ago I posted a video about creating rolling hills with ink blending and I was having a hard time blending my inks that day.  I was just getting blobs.  That almost never happens to me now that I’m using the Picket Fence blender brushes and Neenah Solar White cardstock or Bristol cardstock. What I… Read More »

Use Nuvo Crackle Mousse With Catherine Pooler’s Vitamin Sea To Create A Quick Card

I found a new medium that I am totally in love with!  NUVO Crackle Mousse.  I’ve been a fan of the NUVO Embellishment Mousse for a long time and I’ve done a couple of videos using those. These new Crackle Mousse mediums are super fun! My first experiment involved just smearing it on a card with my palette… Read More »

How To Create A Scene With Ink Blended Hills And Add Texture To A Stamped Image + Video

You know that feeling when you open the mailbox and there is a package from one of your favorite stamp companies just waiting inside the box for you?  It’s a great feeling!  I ordered a new stamp and die set from Altenew and there it was waiting for me yesterday.  I immediately had to play with it. I… Read More »

Technique-a-Week Beyond The Basics: Inlaid Die Cutting + Video

  Are you looking to take your card making and scrapbooking to the next level?  One great way to do that is with die cutting.  Inlaid die cutting is one of my particular favorite techniques that really gives your cards a WOW factor. Welcome to Technique-a-Week Beyond the Basics Video 2! I have several different inlaid tips and… Read More »