Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Paper Smooches Color of the Season Card

I just love the colors of Fall. The trees look so beautiful at this time of year. I wanted the focus of the card to be on the colorful leaves so I made the background and tree the same color, just giving the tree a little dimension by stacking die cuts.

Making the Card

1. Cut kraft cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base.

2. Die cut 3 trees from kraft cardstock. Adhere these together to form a thick stack. Adhere to card base as shown.

3. Die cut a set of leaves from the following colors of cardstock: green, yellow, yellow/orange, orange, red. Ink edges with various colors of Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.

4. Shape each leaf over foam pad using ball stylus. Use pointy end of leaf tool or die pick to draw a line down the middle of each leaf.

5. Stamp sentiment in black (e.g. VersaFine Onyx Black). Adhere leaves to tree, a few at the base of the tree, and in a swirly pattern as shown.

  • Paper Smooches Die: Fall Tree
  • Paper Smooches Stamps: Fall Sampler
  • Distress Inks: Walnut Stain, Aged Mahogany, Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Ink Blending Tool
  • Foam Pad (or Rubber Mouse Pad)
  • Ball Stylus, Die Pick or Leaf Tool
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Colorfull Fall Leaf Grateful Card

These Paper Smooches stamp leaf outlines work beautifully with Imagine Crafts' Memento Luxe Inks. Create this colorful Fall background, perfect for Thanksgiving or as just a note to a loved one.

Making the Card

1. Cut red cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch cardbase. Cut brown cardstock 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Cut white cardstock 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches.

2, Die cut "Grateful" from red cardstock, one leaf (Leaves 2 dies) each from yellow, green and orange cardstock, and all three leaves from brown cardstock. Set aside for now.

3. Watch the following video for stamping:

4. Adhere "Grateful" and leaves as shown.


  • Memento Luxe Inks: Pear Tart, Olive Grove, Pistachio, Peanut Brittle, Dandelion, Morocco, Love Letter, Rhubarb Stalk, Rich Cocoa
  • Paper Smooches Dies: Grateful, Leaves 2
  • Paper Smooches Stamps: Fall Sampler
  • Cardstock: White, Brown, Red, Yellow, Green, Orange

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Paper Smooches Fall Blessings Watercolor Card

I used the colors of Fall leaves for my watercolor background. The added veins (or branches) in gold are reminiscent of trees. I used the Paper Smooches new Leaf Frame die to inlay the pieces, while stacking copies from the Blessings die to pop up the word.

Making the Card

1. Cut white cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half for a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base. Cut brown cardstock 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches. Adhere to card base.

2. Cut watercolor paper 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (this is 1/4 inch larger than the final version, leaving 1/8 inch around for tape - if you need more room for tape, adjust paper size accordingly). Tape to craft mat or other surface.

3. Place Leaf Frame face down in the area it will be cut (mine is offset towards the bottom right corner). Pencil a line outside where you would like the watercolor to go - leaving about 1/8 inch or so room; you will need to erase the line but it will be difficult, if not impossible, to do so if you watercolor over it. Put the die aside.

4. Add water to the area you would like to watercolor. Work in layers - starting light, letting the paper dry some, add more color, dry more, brighter color. Finally add some FineTec mica in Inka-Gold with a medium brush; this may not show much. Dry completely then use a fine tipped brush to add FineTec mica Arabic-Gold: make the lines look like leaf veins or branches. Optional: Splatter with brown watercolor and Arabic-Gold, bang brush against your finger with some paint on the brush - but not too wet. I recommend trying on scrap paper first.

5. Once watercolor has fully dried, die cut using Leaf Frame being careful not to lose any pieces. Adhere outside frame to card base as shown, careful to center in brown layer. Die cut brown paper with Leaf Frame. Adhere brown Leaf Frame inside watercolored outside frame. Adhere leaf pieces.

6. Die cut "Blessings" in center of watercolored inside frame piece (you may want to use a little temporary tape to hold the die in place as you die cut). Be sure to keep all the pieces. Adhere big piece with Blessings cut out of it to the card as shown. Temporarily piece in the word Blessings (do not adhere). Adhere small inside pieces (l, e, and g).

7. Die cut 4 or 5 copies of "Blessings" from brown cardstock. Layer these on top of one another to form a thick stack. Hint: to glue the dot on the i stack, first stick it to some temporary tape. Adhere the watercolored version to the top of the stack. Adhere in Blessings place on card.

8. Take the small piece where the "to you and yours" will go and use water and paper towel to blot off some of the color. Dry. Stamp "to you and yours" in small piece as shown with Timber Brown StazOn ink. Adhere as shown.

I made the following quick card with the leftover frame from the above card and a test run scrap, from which I cut another "Blessings" sentiment. I also added a few enamel dots.

  • Paper Smooches Dies: Blessings, Leaf Frame
  • Paper Smooches Stamps: Fall Sampler
  • Watercolor Paper: Arches Rough
  • Painter's Tape
  • Watercolor Paint: Winsor & Newton, FineTec Mica
  • Cardstock: Brown
  • StazOn Ink: Timber Brown
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Very Batty Halloween Card

When I saw the new Circle Background die from ECD, I thought of making a moon background with lots of bats flying in front, easy to do thanks to Karen's Bats Stencil. Midnight the Bat is featured wishing you "Spooky Halloween Greetings." (Didn't know bats could talk, did ya?)

Making the Card

1. Cut black cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card base.

2. Cut a piece of black cardstock (or paper) about 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (it will be trimmed later). Adhere clear double sided adhesive. This is the base for the background. Using Circle Background die, cut purple spiderweb patterned cardstock. Adhere frame to adhesive (purple side up - not in adhesive). Using Circle Background die, cut yellow spiderweb patterned cardstock. Leave in die - carefully remove frame. Line up purple frame inside die, flip and stick yellow pieces in place. You may have to manually piece some in. Note: if you can't find this exact cardstock, just use purple and yellow plain cardstock. You could keep the yellow frame and purple circle/other pieces for another card.

3. Using the Bats stencil, stencil bats with Black Soot Distress Ink over the background (you will need to do one side then a few more on the other since the stencil isn't quite large enough to cover the whole background in landscape). Once dry, trim excess backing if necessary. Adhere background to card base.

4. Die cut Midnight the Bat: body - Silver Gray Soft Finish Cardstock, shadow - black cardstock, eyes - White Soft Finish Cardstock. Ink edges of bat's body with Black Soot Distress Ink. Add small amount of double sided adhesive to purple side of cardstock (same cardstock as step 2). Die cut bow tie. Peel off liner and dip into Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter; polish with finger. Optional: use Copic V06 to color over glitter. Assemble bat as shown on packaging.

5. Cut White Soft Finish Cardstock 5 1/16 x 2 inches. Cut with stitched edge Speech Bubble (pointing to left). Stencil bats as shown - I used a light layer of both Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks to get it to match the purple. Either mask Halloween greeting stamp or cut apart the words (carefully!); stamp as shown with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink. Adhere to card as shown with dimensional tape.

6. Adhere bat to card using dimensional tape. Adhere enamel dots as shown.


ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Patterned Cardstock: Recollections Halloween 118665
  • Cardstock: Black
  • Enamel Dots: Black, Purple, Plum
  • Optional: Copic Marker V06
  • Distress Ink: Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot
  • VersaFine: Onyx Black
  • Dimensional Tape
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