Stamping Techniques 101 – Using Washi Tape

Hello and welcome back to another Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop!  This month we are sharing quick and easy ways to use Washi Tape in your projects.

I am not sure what it is about Washi Tape but everyone loves it right?  I know I do but why? who knows? but it’s cool and we all have to have it don’t we?

Is your supply overrunning like mine is?  Well I hope the Stamping Techniques Team give you some great tips and ideas on ways to use your Washi Tape.

You’ll need these products to make today’s card …
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Here’s my card …

Here’s how to make it …

  1. You’ll need three pieces of Shimmery White – 297mm x 105mm, 80mm x 70mm, 77mm x 67mm. Fold the long piece in half and burnish with bone folder.
  2. Cut your patterned piece of Designer Series Paper to 100mm x 144mm and adhere to card base with Liquid Multipurpose Glue.
  3. Place the larger of the two white pieces into the Candle Border Punch and line up in the middle and punch.
  4. Now select three rolls from the Tasty Treats Washi pack. You’d want a yellow to go behind the flames but the choice of which to use are yours.   Using the top layer (the one you punched the candles from) as a guide stick three rows of washi tape down.
  5. Stamp Happy Birthday in Chocolate Chip Ink above your candles and adhere these two layers together with Liquid Multipurpose Glue.  Straighten as required.  If you have any of the bottom layer showing under the top simply use your snips to trim it off.
  6. Get a long piece of White and Blushing Bride Baker’s Twine and tie around these two layers and into a bow at the front.
  7. Affix the top layer to your card with Dimensionals.

How easy was that?  I hope you find time this week to sit and create some cards and I’d love to hear how you went with this tutorial.  It’s a fun and easy card to make!

Now it’s time to hop over to Carmen’s blog and see what she’s created for you today with Washi Tape

Here’s the complete Stamping Techniques Design Team ….

Thanks for stopping by and I do hope you like all the creations made for you this month!


Stamping Techniques 101 – Faux Frame

Hello and Welcome to another round of the Stamping Techniques 101 International Blog hop!

This month we have a super simple way to add depth to your cards – the Faux Frame Technique!

This is a technique that I tend to forget about but using this technique adds dimension very easily to your cards.  It’s simply drawing a frame on one of your layers either with a template or using a ruler and a marker.

Here’s what I’ve created for you this month …

How did she do that?

  1. Stamp your images in Basic Black Archival or Jet Black Stazon in opposite corners.
  2. Using a template or ruler and Stampin Write Marker draw a rectangle to create an even frame ensuring you dont draw the frame through your images.
  3. Colour as required.  I used the gorgeous new Watercolor Pencils.
  4. Adhere your layers together

Tip: This technique is great on single layer cards creating the illusion of layers.

I really enjoyed making this card and it was nice to create with Birthday Blooms again. It’s a great stamp to colour and use your Watercolor Pencils with – if you’d like to learn more about the Watercolor Pencils why not come along on Sunday to my ‘Ways to use Watercolor Pencils’ Class.

Now it’s time to start hopping and see what the other awesome Stamping Techniques 101 Design Team have created for you this week.  Your next stop is the lovely Carmen from The Netherlands

Here’s complete list of Designers …

Enjoy hopping around and seeing all the awesome projects and please dont hesitate to leave us a comment or ask any questions you might have.

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Hi and Welcome!

I know I’ve been a bit absent the last week but I’ve had a terrible time coping with the heat and just getting the important things done.  Not that sharing my cards with you isnt important to me – it is … actually it’s very important to me but sometimes my health and getting through the day with my Fibromyalgia sometimes has to take priority.

That being said I did manage to whip up four sweet cards for last weekends Special Reason Class.  Now you may say you dont need another flower stamp set or framelit die set but I’m telling you now this bundle is not like any flower set we’ve had before.

Special Reason Bundle

This die set is awesome.  I’m so in love with this set as you can use them to cut out the stamped flower, or you can use them to fine cut out the flowers and leaves or as a stencil like I’ve done on this card …

All I’ve done is cut out the flower stencil in the two sizes and I’ve popped a white layer behind it with dimensionals.

Using dimensionals gives your card depth and creates the shadow …

How awesome is this Stamp Set?  It comes with 14 stamps including flowers and leaves in two different sizes as well as quite a few sentiments.  Now the sentiments can be used on their own or as a front & inside sentiment.  I’ve used the sweet sentiment ‘I’m lucky to have a friend like you’ on this card and really who wouldn’t want to receive a card with that on it?

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Now I also have a very special offer for you … when you purchase this bundle from me you’ll receive the class tutorials absolutely free and I’m sure you’ll want it after you’ve seen all the cards I’ve made with it and I have more ideas to come as well!

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Stamping Techniques 101 – Panel Card

Welcome to another new year of Stamping Techniques International Blog Hops ..

This month we are doing a card style rather than a technique and it’s and easy and fun style to do – we are making Panel Cards!

Panel Cards are a great way to use you Designer Series Paper and you can just add a sentiment and you’re done however for this month I’m doing mine a little different.  As soon as I saw the Builder Birdcage Stamp Set in the Occasions Catalogue I had to have it …

Builder Birdcage

I do love birdcages and especially vintage ones like these and I knew it was perfect for the Panel Card this month ..

How Did She do that?

  1. On a piece of Shimmery White (14cm x 10cm) do a Watercolour Wash in your chosen colours – I used Daffodil Delight and Peekaboo Peach.
  2. Once card is dry stamp images in Basic Black Archival ink – you can speed up they drying process with your heat tool.
  3. Cut card into panels and layer onto coordinating cardstock panel.
  4. Adhere your layered panels to your base card.
  5. Add Sentiment and decorate as desired.

I wanted a small sentiment so the ‘for you’ worked perfectly and thought the linen thread bow worked as you’d see tags tied to a cage in an antique store.  I then flicked Gold Wink of Stella over the panels to give it an aged look.

Don’t forget to head around and see the panel cards the other ladies have created for you today …

Simply click the button below to start your way round being Carmen’s blog …

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Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop


Welcome to another Stampin’ Techniques 101 Blog Hop!

This month we are showing you different [but simple] ways to use your Aqua Painter and the Ink from the lids of our Ink Pads.

With my trip to Canberra on the weekend I took the opportunity to ink up a set I dont have and went for the sweet Merry Mice stamp set.


This one is so much fun to colour – the mice come to life with some colour.   It turned out rather sweet dont you think?

So how do you colour with an aqua painter and ink pads?  Well you simply squeeze the ink pad while it’s closed and this will create a pool of ink on your lid.  You then use your Aqua Painter (filled with water) to lift the ink and colour your image/s.

Use your images as a guide to colour.  If you’ve chosen one that has extra lines inside the image this is where you want to make your colouring a little darker which will give your image more depth.

Here are my top 5 steps for colouring with Aqua Painters …

  1. ensure you have plenty of water in your aqua painter
  2. gently squeeze it to start the flow of water
  3. pull some colour away from the pool and water it down slightly so you can start light – you can always add more colour but it’s very hard to take colour away if its too dark.
  4. If you have too much water coming through your Aqua Painter take these steps
    • Use a tissue or cloth to dry off excess water from brush
    • hold your Aqua Painter upright with brush at top and squeeze – this will draw excess water back into the chamber.
    • dry off again and continue.
  5. Always have a tissue or scrap piece of paper to clean off brush before changing colours.

I hope you’ve found my tips helpful and liked my little Merry Mice card.

Now it’s time to pop over to Heike’s blog and continue with this month’s Stampin’ Techniques Blog Hop.


Here’s the complete list of all the talented ladies sharing their tips and ideas with you this month ..

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop!

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Stampin’ Techniques 101 – Add a Ribbon

A new month already?  Must be time for another Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop!


I love these blog hops as they are designed for the new stamper to learn some quick and easy techniques to add to your stamping knowledge and know how.

Today’s technique is “Adding a ribbon”.

Now I know that this doesnt sound like a technique but it is a way to add to your cards.  Just by adding that bow or knot to a card can take it from nice to nooooice!

Here’s a couple to show you the difference it can make …

thinkingofyou thinkingofyouribbon

Here I’ve used the very lovely Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack and the Thinking of You comes from the Time of Year set which is a set available to Hostesses only.  While the card on the left is nice the one on the right, with the addition of the ribbon and bow,  is lovely and just that little bit special.

FearNot FearNotTwinebow

For these two I’ve again used the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack but this time I’ve stamped the verse from Isaiah (Rose Wonder Stamp Set) then cut it out and the layers with the Layered Squares Thinlits – this made this card super quick and easy.

Now I’d run out of the Burlap Ribbon I wanted to use so ’emulated’ it by using strands of Linen Thread and popped on a Linen Thread bow.  I think this one is my favourite as I love the look of the Linen thread, two patterned papers from the one pack and of course, the verse from Isaiah 41.

I do hope you’ve liked my cards today and I’ve shown you that by adding a ribbon or some twine and maybe a bow it steps a card up so much that anyone who receives the card will love it.

Now dont forget to pop around and see what all the other ladies have created this month – I’ve no doubt you’ll be amazed.

Your next stop is with Erna so enjoy your trip to the Netherlands and see what she’s created ..


Thanks for stoppin by ..

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Freshly Brewed Projects – Feathers

Good Afternoon – welcome to another week of Freshly Brewed Projects from the Latte Girls!


This week our theme is – Feathers or Feathered Friends.

Thinking about this theme draws me immediately to the new Best Birds Bundle.  I was horrified when they retired the Bird Punch but wow they have made up for it with whats in this framelits set!

Now if you know me you know I have a thing for Birdhouses and this is what I made for today’s project …


Yes I did have fun creating this new style of card and since I’m feeling pretty today (got my hair coloured last night) I’m going to share with you how to create it!

  1. Cut card base (10.5cm x 29.7cm), score at 14.8cm fold and burnish.  make a mark half way across the top fold (5.25cm) and 5cm down on each side.  Score from centre top to each 5cm mark.  Burnish Score lines pushing the top fold inside the card – this will create your point.
  2. Cut the next layer (Soft Sky) 10.2cm x 14.5cm.  Mark half way at top (5.1cm) and 5cm down each side. Cut these two corners off using your trimmer.  Stamp this layer with the Hardwood stamp in Sahara Sand.  Using your Layering Circles Framelits cut a circle in the centre.  Sponge all the edges including inside of circle and actual circle cut out.
  3. Stamp, Colour and Cut your birds, branch & flowers and assemble as shown. Make sure you put your circle cut out behind your bird inside the birdhouse.
  4. Stamp Sentiment, punch end with Triple Banner Punch, Sponge edges and affix to card.

As I started with a regular card base your card should fit into a standard C6 envelope.

I do hope you like today’s card and I’d love your feedback so feel free to leave a comment.

Now be sure you hop over to Libby and Narelle’s blogs to see what they’ve created this week.

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