Galaxy Backgrounds | Mama Elephant

Hi there! I received a bunch of questions about the galaxy backgound for one of my previous cards, so I decided to put together a video to show how I created two different ones using distress inks and white cardstock.

It’s definitely the perfect background for a card that doesn’t need much else.

I have had this set for awhile and even though they are perfect for Christmas cards, it also works for birthday cards or just because cards.

For this card, I used colors for the balloons that matched the colors peeking through the galaxy in the background, making it really playful and whimsical.

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For the second card, I really wanted to play with purple colors for a galaxy instead of a typical dark blue and black background. I like how this looks so different from the first one, with just a few color changes. It makes such a big difference.

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If you’re interested in learning more, below is my video showing my process video of these two cards.

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Split Canvas Art

Hello everyone! I’m back today to share a card I put together based off of one of my favorite decorative items, split canvas art. I always love the look of it and wanted to translate that into a card. The only issue is the idea of cutting up an image that you spent time coloring but I think it’s totally worth it.

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The thin sentiment finishes off the card nicely. Check out how I put this all together here:

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Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

DISCLAIMER
Some products are provided by manufacturers for review and use. Affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

 

Origami & Stamping | Lawn Fawn

Happy Sunday everyone! As a little kid, I always really enjoyed origami… whether it was folding cranes or folding up notes into hearts. It’s been an art, I’ve always enjoyed and today, I decided to mix it with stamping and cardmaking.

The basic origami shape I’m using is a boat for this card using Lawn Fawn’s Ahoy Matey stamp set. With a 3D card, there was an issue of the back of the image and alcohol ink bleeding, but I ended resolving it. You can see how in the video below.

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I really ended up loving this card and how it ended up as a final product.

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Here is the video for the card so you can see the process (and issues) behind the scenes of this card. Hope you have an amazing day!

SUPPLIES
Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

DISCLAIMER

Some products are provided by manufacturers for review and use. Affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Z Fold Card | Sweet Stamp Shop

Hello there!

I really loved this set from Sweet Stamp Shop’s latest release and I just HAD to do something fun with that girl on the trapeze. She had to hang from something right? I ended up using a z fold card to create the dimension I needed to do her justice.

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Check out how I did it here:

→ DIMENSIONS ←
A2 card panel: 11” x 4.25”, scored at 5.5”; Front panel of card scored at 2.75”
Long Black strip: 1.25 x 11”, scored at 5.5” and 2.75”
Long Red strip: 0.75” x 11”, scored at 5.5” and 2.75”
Interior black strip: 1.25” x 3.75”, scored at 0.5” on each edge (2.75” in the middle)
Interior red strip: 0.75” x 4/75”, scored at 1” on each edge (2.75” in the middle)

SUPPLIES
Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

DISCLAIMER
Some products are provided by manufacturers for review and use. Affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

 

Side Step | MFT Lucky Dog

Hello! I am so excited to share this card because this is one of my favorite cards that I’ve made in a long time.

My friend LOVES dogs and I needed to create a birthday card for her. I have a lot of dog stamp sets, but I think the MFT Lucky Dog is one of my favorite ones. The variety is awesome.

I imagined this backyard scene with a dog house and a fence with a dog peeking in. I adore that dog that this set includes, having his face and behind!

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And I have a video for this one… so watch me create it (with some issues, lol).

Oh and duh! Template here:

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Some products are provided by manufacturers for review and use. Affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Have a Ball! | Gerda Steiner Designs

Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve shared one of my cards and I really am loving this one. If you’re a fan of animals, especially doggies, this Dachshunds stamp set is for you! You’ll see that I used the Hoppiness stamp set as well to add a few extra elements to the card as well.

I used a grassy hills die to create a stencil. Using distress inks, I colored two layers of the grass. I definitely wanted to use two of the dogs in the set. I like how the first dog is looking back. I can’t really tell if he’s looking at that butterfly on his tail or the other dog chasing the tennis ball.

Since the second dog looked to be moving, I wanted to put him in action. And what dog doesn’t love chasing balls? I just had to have him chase the tennis ball included in this set. I create a pull tab channel so he could run towards the ball.

I used two sentiments in this card: It’s Your Birthday and Have A Ball. The first one is prominent on the front of the card, but the second one is hidden until the dog fetches the ball. It’s a small surprise for the card recipient.

I used the hearts and the butterfly from the Hoppiness set so I could add pop of color to the card. It looked a little too plain with just the doggies. I think it helps add that special something to the card.

I hope you enjoyed this card and picked up the set. It’s so fun! Thanks for stopping by!

and a Magical … Puzzle!

Hello everyone!

My sister’s birthday was yesterday so I can finally share this cute “card”, which really isn’t a card. She loves doing puzzles and so I always had it in my head to make a puzzle for her.

I used Neenah 80lb cardstock and stamped a ton of images from Sweet Stamp Shop’s Wizards, Grand Wizard, and Magical Friends sets since they all coordinate together to form the Harry Potter clan. For the letters, I used the Balloon Alpha set from The Sasssy Club.

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I searched high and low for a puzzle set that wasn’t just a few pieces and did find one on Amazon. I couldn’t find any other puzzle die set with a good number of pieces.

In my head, I wanted some thickness to the puzzle instead of just paper pieces so I used Stick It adhesive on this card and stuck it on a piece of craft foam. This did make it a lot thicker to cut through my BigKick but I ran it a few times. and voila! a puzzle!

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Just a fun way to switch it up using just a die!

Until next time!

Supplies:
Neenah Solar white 80lb cardstock
Spectrum Noir markers
Craft foam
Stick It Adhesive
Puzzle die from Amazon

Stamp Set:
Sweet Stamp Shop – Wizards, Magical Wizards, Grand Wizards
The Sassy Club – Balloon Alpha

(Not so) Moody Unicorns

Hi all,

I’m really excited to be back at Gerda Steiner Design’s blog. Here I created a simple and colorful card. Please go check it out and find out how I created it. I think it turned out really cute!

Her blog: Gerda Steiner.

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Supplies:
Vellum paper
Spectrum Noir: LV1, LG5, OR1, TB3, DR1, GB4
Hero Arts: White Embossing powder
Versamark watermark ink

Stamp Set:
Gerda Steiner Designs – Moody Unicorns

Double Slider Card

I came across this awesome type of card and now I can’t stop making them. It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it and it has a great element of surprise for the recipient.

For a horizontal double slider, here are the measurements. FullSizeRender 6.jpg
Front Panel: 

4 1/4 (H) – 4 3/4 (L)

Slider: 
4 1/4 (H) – 4 3/4 (L)

Left Slider without pullout tab: 
4 5/8 (L) – 3 3/16 (L)

Right Slider with pullout tab:
5 1/8 (L) – 3 3/16 (L)

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For the slider mechanism, you’ll need to create two slits. It’ll be 1/4 inches from the edge, leaving 3/4 inches from the top and the bottom.  We’ll turn to this again later.

The three main pieces that are seen and need to be decorated are the Front Panel, the Left and Right slider.

 

 

For this particular card, I decided to use the Clearly Besotted’s Trouble in a Tutu. I wanted the hippos to be dancing on a stage. I masked off  1 1/2 inches on the front panel and 3/4 inch on the Right and Left panels. Using Gathered Twigs distress ink, I colored in a stage and used Create a Smile’s Woodgrain stamp to fake a hardwood look.

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There’s a little space on top of the stage I had marked in pencil so it gives a little break from the stage and the background I’ll color later. I used Walnut Stain for that part.
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I used My Favorite Things Stencil Waves for the background and used the Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Pickled Raspberry and Spun Sugar.

Now that my background is done, I needed to make my hippos to stick onto the background. I put the hippos into the Xyron sticker maker to make them stickers and added them to the background. The only catch about this kind of card is that it really needs to be almost completely one layer or pieces might get caught up from the sliding.

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Now onto the slider mechanism. I used a page protector and cut a piece that measures 2 1/4 and about 11 inches long. You could also use a plastic bag you have around the house, but I thought this would be easiest since the page protector didn’t have crinkles.

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I slipped the page protector piece through the slits in the slider mechanism and used double sided adhesive to tape it together.

This part will be where the Right Slider with Tab will adhere to.

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Once you tape the piece down, cut off any excess.

Add foam tape to the top and bottom of the card. It holds your card in place and provides a track.

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Move the plastic so the adhesive is all the way to the left hand side, it will not be going through the slot. It will only be moving right. I put a second piece of adhesive right on top of the first piece of adhesive. Adhere the Right slider face up, lining up the piece on the left hand side.

Flip the card over and repeat with foam tape on top and bottom. The adhesive on the back will also go on the left hand side. This time, the Left Slider’s will be adhered face down.

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Once you have that done, flip over the card so all the decorations are facing up. You can add your Front Panel to the card. I punched a hole on the Right Slider with tab and added string so your recipient will know to pull.

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And you now you have a cute slider card! IMG_2750.JPG

Until next time… 

Items Used:

  • Distress Inks: Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Worn Lipstick, Pickled Raspberries, Spun Sugar
  • Round Blending Tool
  • Canson XL watercolor paper
  • My Favorite Things Stencil – Waves
  • Clearly Besotted – Trouble in a Tutu
  • Spectrum Noir markers
  • Page protector or plastic bag
  • Scor-pal double sided adhesive, 1/4
  • Scotch 3M 1/2 foam tape

Birthday Cards – Candy Dispensing Card

I had spotted this design on Instagram. It was a card that actually worked to dispense candy! I knew I had to make one for myself. It is such a great idea to give to a kid, or just to someone who enjoys candy!

I checked out her youtube video (Tutorial), tweaked a few things, and created my version of it. I hate when dimensional cards leave you with the foam tape peeking out on the sides so the simple solution was to use washi tape to hide it. The added touch really helps finish the card. Pretty fun…

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It works the same way as the tutorial. The only swaps I made was using craft foam instead of foam tape, and lining the edge of the card with washi instead of leaving it bare. It’s so exciting to see it work out successfully.

Items used:

  • Penny Black Stamps – Buddy & Duck
  • Paper Smooches – Clouds
  • Mini M&Ms
  • Daiso – Washi Tape

Coloring:

  • Ranger Distress Inks
  • Crayola colored pencils