Wednesday, February 28, 2024


Today's pretty card was made with the Striped Wipe Technique.  This is a fun technique with variety only limited by your imagination.

The technique uses baby wipes and reinkers to create a background.  The sky behind the Delicate Forest Tree was made with the colors Azure Afternoon, Balmy Blue, and Fresh Freesia.  Granny Apple Green was used for the grass.

If you are unfamiliar with the Striped Wipe Technique you can watch the following video on my YouTube Channel to learn how to do it.

This is a fun technique, but you may want to have a pair of latex gloves handy as it can get your fingers nice and inky!  Just don't forget to put them on like I did in the video!  LOL

For this card I used photo paper for my background and after creating the Striped Wipe background I heat embossed the tree with Black embossing powder.

I used a bit of a squiggly motion as I wiped my Baby Wipes across the photo paper.  That's how I created the look of billowing clouds.

The sentiment that I used on this card is also from the Delicate Forest Stamp Set, but I modified it a bit.  The actual stamp says "SENDING OUR LOVE" on one line.  Since I would be sending the card from just me, I didn't want to use the word "our".  I also wanted the sentiment to fit on this small circle from Stylish Shapes Dies, so I used my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to ink portions of the stamp and then stamped each word separately.  Sometimes we forget about this simple solution to modify sentiments to better fit our needs.  If you use a marker to ink your stamp, just remember to hough on the stamp before stamping on your cardstock.

When I use very generic sentiments on the front, I often leave the inside of the card sentiment-free until I know how the card will be used.  This allows me to add a sentiment later, or to just write a personal message.  I picked the colors from the card front, Tahitian Tide and Basic Black, for my double mats. 

Since I used Azure Afternoon and Balmy Blue ink on the Striped Wipe Technique for the card front, you may wonder why I chose Tahitian Tide cardstock for my embossed front layer.  I found that when I used photo paper for the Striped Wipe technique, the resulting colors were often brighter and more intense than when I used Basic White cardstock.  As a result Tahitian Tide cardstock better matched the actual technique color than Balmy Blue or Azure Afternoon cardstock.

Use this link to download a free tutorial for today's card.

Current products used are also shown below.  The black & silver ribbon I used is retired.  I encourage you to always use what you have!


Product List

Monday, February 26, 2024


As I indicated yesterday one of the reasons I was immediately attracted to this Delicate Forest Bundle was because of the beautiful dies.  Today's card uses the largest of the dies.

I created the die cut from a piece of the gorgeous Meandering Meadows Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Doesn't this die look like a trellis covered with pretty greenery? The beautiful scene on the other side of the trellis is also from the Meandering Meadows DSP.  I think it looks like the perfect place for a picnic, doesn't it?

This stamp set also includes beautiful sentiments of encouragement, and the dies include dies that perfectly die cut the sentiments.  This sentiment seems perfect for someone who has been going through a difficult time, but they are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

When you have designer series paper that is so pretty, you don't really need much else.  The only embellishments I added were the little gold bow and a gold Blooming Pearl on the sentiment.  This was an extremely quick and easy card to make, but I think it will make someone smile.

For the inside of the card I added a strip of the pretty scenic DSP that was leftover once I cut the piece for the card front.  This leaves lots of room to either add a sentiment later or to write a personal note.

The short product list is shown below.  Click on any image to learn more about that product.

Product List

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Sunday, February 25, 2024


Welcome to the Crafty Collaborations Share it Sunday Blog Hop.  It has been a while since I've hopped along with this talented group of demonstrators from around the world.

All this week I will be sharing cards made with the beautiful Delicate Forest Bundle.  I was attracted to this bundle for two reasons.  I thought the images would be well suited to some fun techniques, and I loved the dies.  I didn't use the dies on today's cards, but you can check them out in the Product List below to see what I mean.  And don't worry, they will be put to work later in the week!

The first technique I tried with the set was the Split Negative Technique.  It had been a while since I'd played with that technique so earlier this month I featured it in my weekly Learning with Friends series.

If you have just hopped to my blog, you may not be familiar with my Learning with Friends videos.  You can watch the replay of the Split Negative Technique below.

One of the nice bonuses of this technique is that you end up with two opposite split negatives, so you can make two cards.  For my first card above, I stayed with a black and white theme, but for my second card I decided to add a pop of color.

If you compare the two split negatives you can see that the top card has black cardstock on the left and white on the right.  The second card is just the opposite because you use the other half of each image.

The black and white card is also the Book Fun Fold, but the second card is a standard landscape fold card.

Looking a little closer, you can also see that the mat behind each of the split negative images and the sentiments are also split into opposite negatives.

Which card do you like best?  The all black and white card or the one with the pop of Pool Party?

I kept the inside of each card clean and simple -- but never naked!

For all the details to make each card free tutorials are available for download.  Use these links to download a copy of each tutorial.

Now it is time to be inspired by all of the Projects in our Blog Hop!  Enjoy your Sunday.

The product list below includes the supplies for both versions of the Split Negative cards.  Most items are common, but the embellishments and designer series paper vary between the two cards.