Faux Torn Edges

Sometimes layers are wonderful.  Other times, you need a pretty flat card.  Here is a simple walk through of how to do a flat card that looks like it has layers.


To start, you need to tear the edges of a piece of scrap paper.


I used some removable tape on the back of my strip of scrap paper.  You can use some regular adhesive, if you press it onto your skin and pull it off several times.  You want it to come off cleanly, at the end.

After my strip was placed, I used the different inks to ink around the edges.  I started with the lightest colors and the edges of the card and the darkest closest to my strip.  Granted, there wasn’t a whole lot of difference in the inks and I did blend them together, somewhat.


Next, I left the scrap paper strip on the card and stamped my flowers using a different color.  I did overlap the edges, so they were partially stamped onto the strip.  This adds to the faux layered look.  I also added some leaves.  Then, I removed the strip.


It almost looks like a torn white strip is placed on top of a detailed background.  The last step was to stamp my sentiment.  After I stamped it, I decided to add a couple of stick on embellishments.  These are quite tall, so not good for mailing.  However, if you wanted to stamp something in the blank space, or adhere something smaller, or even just leave it blank, it all depends on what look you want.


The finished card.

Here’s another one that I did with 2 torn pieces at the edges, rather than 1 in the center.


The colored, stamped flowers, were popped up with pop dots.

This really is a fun technique.  Try it and see what you come up with.  Have fun with the inking!

Thanks for spending some time with me today.


Embossing Fun

This week I had some fun with an embossing stencil, some ink and patterned paper.

Products Used:

  • LL588 Stencil (Dreamweavers Stencils)
  • Inks: Sweet Mango, Blue Lagoon, Applemint (Gina K.)
  • Patterned Paper:  Made With Love pack (Gina K.)
  • Card Stock: Heavy Base Weight white (Gina K.) and White (Recollections)
  • Ribbon: Green Organza (360 – Michael’s)
  • Adhesive Runner (Scotch Advanced Tape Glider)
  • Removable Tape (Scotch)
  • Light Box (Light Tracer by Artograph)

To start, I taped my stencil to a piece of white card with removable tape.

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When you flip it over and turn the light table on, you can see right through to trace it with the round embossing tool seen on the table.  Before embossing, rub the card stock with wax paper (it makes it much easier to trace).  Just a hint, if you use really heavy weight card stock, or dark colored card, it is very difficult to see through to trace.

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Then I found the papers I wanted to use from my paper pack, chose my ink colors to go with the papers, and started inking my design, with the stencil still attached.  Ink through the stencil.

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I did use a touch of red ink for the tongue.  I also used a fine point black pen to color the eyes.  When you remove the stencil, make sure you rinse it with water to clean it off, then dry it well.

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After cutting around my embossed image, I cut a strip of the green for behind it.  In the finished card, I layered the green on a strip of white card to offset it a bit, as the 2 patterned papers together was too busy looking.  I did cut close to my embossed and inked image, so you could see the green through around the tail and legs.

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I figured out where I wanted the ribbon behind the image piece, then put it on the background patterned paper, before adhering that to the base card.  I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut piece of vellum, then traced it with a teal Stardust Pen to give it a bit more color and some sparkle.  Adhered that to the ribbon with Vellum Adhesive by Therm-o-web.

Inside, I put a small strip of the background patterned paper, crossed by a small piece of the green patterned paper.  The inside sentiment is stamped with Blue Lagoon ink (same as the outside) in the center.

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I have embossed and inked this dragon with many colors, but I don’t think any have been as fun as this with the bright colors.  Try doing things a bit different than expected and you might really like what you achieve.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.  Now, go out and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

One for the Road

This will probably be my last post for a couple of weeks.  I need to work on making bases and pieces for about 200 cards, as well as a few examples for a group at church.  So, I’m going to be rather busy and probably won’t get to make any of my own for a while.  Fortunately, with this card, I am through July, so except for emergencies, I’m set.

sketch challengeThis one is being entered in three challenges.  The at ScrapZee for this week (Terrie came up with the fun sketch), the weekly challenge at StampTV which is layered sentiments, and the Simple Salutations challenge at MFP SpeedyTV to make a birthday card.  (Hope your birthday was wonderful, Sue!)

6-8-13 Bday Sent Banner Sketch


A lot of yapping for a simple card.  To make this one, I used the Follow Your Dreams set by Theresa Momber (Gina K.), China Blue, Walnut and Antique Linen Distress ink (Ranger) and colored pencils (Koh-i-Noor) along with some papers.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!


Red White and Blue

Happy 4th of July!  It is Independence Day for America, so I wanted to celebrate with some red, white and blue.

This was made using:

  • “Enjoy the Day” sentiment – Mother’s Magnolias – Mark’s Finest Papers Heinrich Collection
  • Water Lilly – A Year of Flowers – Gina K. Stamps (Melanie Muenchinger)
  • Watermark Resist ink – Inkssentials – Ranger
  • Broken China – Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Ranger
  • Clear Embossing Powder – Martha Stewart
  • White card stock – 120 lb Heavy Base Weight – Gina K. Stamps
  • Red card stock – Recollections
  • “Bubbles” – Kraft Edgers

Card base made with the 120 lb white card stock cut to 4-1/4″ x 11″ (A2 size) and scored at 5-1/2″.  Red card stock cut to 4-1/2″ x 5-3/8″.  Lines were drawn on the back of the red piece at 1/8″ in on all sides.  The points of the design on the edgers were lined up with the drawn line and used on all sides.  This was flipped over so the lines are on the back rather than erasing them.  The small white piece is 3-3/4″ x 5″.

The sentiment and image were stamped on the small white piece using Watermark Resist ink, then embossed with clear embossing powder.  When cool, Broken China ink was rubbed all over the piece, especially in the center of the flower (so it would be darker there).  A paper towel was used to wipe over this piece after all the inking to clean off any ink still on the embossing.  This now looks like white embossing was done without having any white embossing powder.  This is a fun technique to use when you want the background to have either different colors of ink, a blend of inks, or different shading.




All of the pieces were then assembled.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Enjoy your 4th of July and be safe!