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.

Planning for Christmas!

Because I sell cards and teach cardmaking, I need to stay ahead of the seasons!  I am teaching a Christmas card class this week, and have designed three cards. First is a fun fold, with 4.25 by 8.5 inch cardstock, folded at 2.75 and 7 inches.


The gorgeous paper is Brightly Gleaming designer paper, and the stamp set is Christmas Gleaming, with coordinating punches.  Punches are great if you don’t have a diecutting/embossing machine!  After the fold, I just made panels to fit, stamped and punched the ornaments (and their “shadows”), gluing them to the left panel, with one overlapping the gap, and I stamped a sentiment from the Still Scenes stamp set, matted it and glued that to the right panel.

Next I made a simpler card, using two of the designs from Toile Tidings designer paper, Real Red cardstock for the mat, and Real Red Ruched Ribbon. I stamped the sentiment using stamps from the Merry Christmas to all set, and cut it and the mat with the Stitched Shapes ovals.


Lastly, I used the Snow Globe Shaker Domes, Snow Globe Scenes dies, and Still Scenes stamp set.  I love this suite, and can imagine lots of non- Christmas snow globes!  The stamps and dies give you lots of options for scenes, and I chose to combine the homestead stamp with the church diecut.  Our Snowfall Accents Puff Paint adds to the dimension. The paper is another design from the Brightly Gleaming set.


I hope you enjoyed looking at my cards.  All supplies mentioned are from Stampin’ Up!, and can be purchased by going to my store- just click the Visit My Site button on this page.  Thanks for stopping by; follow my blog for more stamping fun, or see my cards on Instagram @readyinkgo.

Happy stamping,


Getting Started

I often have someone in my class who is new to stamping, and they marvel at all the gadgets we use- paper trimmers, dies and diecutting machines, embossing folders, heat tool, etc.  I keep telling them that all you really need to make a nice card is paper, ink, and stamps, but then we go ahead and use all the gadgets…   This time I decided that one of the cards for class would use minimum tools (I did use a paper trimmer!). The card uses cardstock, designer paper, a few sequins, Memento black ink, and a stamp from the new Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog, Capture the Good.  Here is the card:


Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock lengthwise, to 4.25 x 11 inches.  Score this piece at 3.5 inches and 9 inches, fold, and burnish the folds.  Slide a piece of scrap paper under the 3.5 inch flap, keeping the card folded, and protect the surface underneath the card as well. Use the various sentiments from the stamp set to randomly stamp on the 3.5 inch flap only, letting some words hang off the edges, but also taking care that some will be readable after placing the front panel on the card.  On the 2 inch flap, adhere a 1.75 x 4 inch panel of designer series paper.  This one is from the 2019-2021 In Color Assortment in the Terracotta Tile colorway.  Stamp the camera image in Memento black on Whisper White cardstock and trim to 2.5 x 3.5 inches, and cut a panel from Terracotta Tile cardstock measuring 2.75 x 3.75 inches.  Adhere these two panels together, center in on the card, and use dimensionals to adhere only to the left sided flap.  Add a couple of sequins if desired, and a sentiment inside (this is one of the versatile sets I talked about last time!). Voila! A simple stamped card, but with a little pizzazz from the “fancy” fold.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the items mentioned, click on Visit My Site.  Thanks so much for stopping by; you can also follow me on Instagram and facebook @readyinkgo.  As always, I welcome your comments.

Happy stamping!