Sunday, January 8, 2017

Chalkboard Card Using Rubber Stamps

Chalkboard signs are pretty popular these days.  With black card stock, rubber stamps, and a white stamp pad, you can make a chalkboard card!  

You only need a blank card and a few supplies.  Choose a cute rubber stamp, or rubber stamp set, black card stock (mine is textured), and a white rubber stamp ink pad.

Isn't he cute?

I recommend practicing on a scrap piece of paper.  As you can see, I didn't apply enough pressure the first time I stamped the snowman, so needed to press down harder to get the desired result.  My tree was easier and did fine the first try.

Position your stamps the way you want-either a single stamp, or a set that creates a cute scene. I made my picture, and added a slightly smaller piece of black card stock with words on it below the picture.  For a touch of color, I added a red ribbon to the bottom of the picture.

A couple of other stamps in white on black.  This combination can be so much fun!  Simple, but super cute too!  

Friday, January 6, 2017

Dot Art With Markers

Playing around with markers today.  

What can be done with a stencil, markers and paper?

Choose a stencil of your choice and trace around edges, but with dots, and not a solid line.  Fill in with dots.

Choose a second color to fill in more of the empty spaces in between the dots (for me, the petals).

My first color is red, my second color is orange.

Filled in pretty good.

Since mine is a flower, I added the stem and leaf next.

I started with green, and filled in empty space with blue.

I outlined the flower in dark blue.

I added extra blue dots in the middle section.

And finished with another round of blue dots around everything.

Easy project for kiddos!

Did you ever do this in school?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Easy Embossed Snowman Card

In my previous post, I showed how to use an embossing machine, and showed how even something as simple as an embossed piece of card stock can add more life to a card.

Simple design with no embellishments.  I'd like to show how to add a little more life to the card.  In today's post, I am showing the purple card stock picture, but am using the same embossed snowman folder in white.

Some things you can use to pretty up the card:  colored stamp pads, glitter glue, colored markers, and ribbon.

You can also use paper punches-I used the thin strip cut out for this card.

To add color to your embossed picture, turn your stamp pad upside down and in a flat motion, lightly brush it over the paper.  The pad will hit the embossed parts.  (You may want to try this on a spare piece of embossed paper first, to get the feel for it.)

You can do it lightly (as in first picture), or brush over it a few more times for more color.

This is what it looks like in purple, brushed with a purple stamp pad.  Then you can add a little glitter glue for accents-on the scarves,  eyes, snowflakes, etc.

Once the glitter glue dries, you can finish the card.

Using a piece of card stock the same size as the picture, I trimmed the picture to make it just slightly smaller (so that when I add the frame, I don't have to worry about it accidentally being uneven and poking out under the frame).  I then took my piece of plain card stock and cut out the middle in a wavy square.

I used my purple marker to line the border edges, and to also line and add more color around the inside of the border.  Using my small paper punch, I touched the paper with some of the same ink pad used for the snowmen, added purple to the edge, and wrote "Hi!" on it.  (Going around edges can be done holding in the air and using the side of the maker, or laying on another piece of paper and tracing around your paper.)

A little ribbon bow glued on (hot glue) is a nice finishing touch.  Easy and cute!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Texture Boutique Embossing

Let me introduce you to a fun little tool-Sizzix Texture Boutique.   This is a great way to take a blank card and instantly take the style up a notch!

The Sizzix Texture Boutique looks like a little purse.  It comes with the black pads and shim.  It costs around $20, which is great!  The different embossing folders that are used with it are approximately $4, but I have purchased them on sale for $2 each.  

Shown is a sampling of some of the different embossing folders I have, with a piece of card stock in them to show you the different designs.

Easy to use-just put your piece of card stock (cut to size of folder) inside the folder, put the folder and shim (can be used with or without the shim, depending on the thickness of the paper you are using) inside the black pads, and crank through the machine.

There is an opening in the back side where it will come out.


Shown is the snowman embossed paper on the front of a blank white card.  See how it instantly gives it life?  This is the VERY basics of using an embossing folder.  You can more to it to really make the card stand out, which I'll show in upcoming posts.

Here are two other embossed pieces as well.  There are many to choose from!

This little machine is for embossing only.  It does not work on die cuts.

What would you add to this card to make it perfect?  Please comment below!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Welcome to Paper Trips!

Welcome to my new blog, Paper Trips!  Please join me as I attempt to use up my current stash of papers throughout the coming year.

These are some of my creations over the past couple of years:



Paper flower bouquet

Christmas cards

Embossing folders and foil picture

Who knew paper could be so much fun?

Join me for a few easy tutorials and ideas for homemade lovelies!