Stamping, Coloring, and Pretty Papers

Yep, I’ve been playing with my stash, old and new, and it’s all in here.  Most of my classes are three cards, but sometimes I make A LOT of cards before I settle on the ones for the class.  I try to make at least one simpler card, to encourage beginners and let experienced stampers breeze through that one.  Instant gratification!  That’s what I love about making cards. Here is my simple card, letting the designer paper do all the work:


Gorgeous paper, matching cardstock, and a heat embossed sentiment.  Boom. Inside it says “today blooms just for you”.  Next up is a card inspired by one in the SU annual catalog.  Here, I stamped my own “designer paper” using a beautiful fern leaf stamp.


I adhered the stamped paper to the background piece, and I adhered the oval directly to the vellum.  The sentiment was raised on the vellum with foam dimensionals.  Once those were in place, I carefully positioned foam dimensionals on the backside of the vellum, making sure they could not be seen by hiding them behind the other elements. Attach the vellum to the stamped paper, and adhere the whole works to a card base.

Finally, the coloring:

I stamped both cows with Memento.  I used Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers) on the front paper, because I knew I could hide any bleed-through with the blue backing paper. The inside cow wasn’t colored, but I added a little color with green “grass” and a red heart, which was done with a water-based marker, taking care not to smear the black ink (start coloring from the middle of the image, and get close to the black line without going OVER it).  This way, there was no bleed-through to the back of the card.

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards.  I’m guessing all three may eventually make it to a class, but we’ll see!  Let me know what you think!  If you want to purchase any of the supplies (I’ll list them below), click on the Visit My Site button.  If you want to be notified when I post a new blog, follow me!  I’m also on fb and instagram @readyinkgo

Happy stamping!


Card 1: Blackberry Bliss cardstock and ink (interior), Crushed Curry ink and clear embossing powder, Perennial Essence designer series paper, Very Vanilla cardstock (interior), Perennial Birthday stamp set.

Card 2: Very Vanilla cardstock for card base, 4x 5.25 for leaf stamping and misc. pieces for stamping.  Crumbcake background (4.25x 5.5 inches), Vellum, Old Olive ink, Daisy Lane and Perennial Birthday stamp sets, Stitched Ovals dies.

Card 3: Whisper White card base and 4x 5.25 inch piece for front, Pacific Point cardstock for base piece (4.25x 5.5 inches), Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Stampin’ Blend Markers, Stampin’ Write Markers, Over the Moon and Perennial Birthday stamp sets.

One thought on “Stamping, Coloring, and Pretty Papers

  1. card 1… very Monet 🙂 I believe he called the painting ‘reflections’ or something similar to that…


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