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I’m making good on my promise to post another technique tutorial this week.  When I asked for suggestions a while back, I wrote down every one that was mentioned.  I had several people ask for the Chalkboard Technique.  At that time, I hadn’t even tried that one myself!!  I have now!

You can also download the tutorial at the end of this post!

Supplies Needed:

  • Black Cardstock (or dark Color)
  • White Craft Ink Pad
  • Stampin’ Pastels
  • Applicator of choice
  • Sealer
  • 2 step stamp set

I used SU Lovely Leaves and Warmest Regards for this card!


First you need to choose a stamp set that has a solid image and an outline image.  That is what I referred to as a 2 Step Stamp Set in the supplies list.

Ink up your solid stamp with your white craft ink and stamp your it onto your card stock.


Choose your applicator for your chalk.  I use this alligator clip and little white pom pom craft balls.  They work really well and you can choose from different sizes too.  You could also use Q-Tips or your tool of choice.
Load up the chalk!


Pounce the chalk onto your wet craft ink until image is colored the way you want it.


Once your image is completely chalked, ink up your outline stamp with your white craft ink and stamp over image.

Once you are finished, you will want to spray your image with a fixative spray.  This will help seal the chalk so it won’t smear.  You may use a cheap hair spray if you don’t have a fixitive spray.  It will do the same thing.  Once everything is dry, finish your card as desired!


Here is my finished card!  I used the patterned paper from SU’s POP stack.  You will be able to choose from 16 of their most popular colors  to purchase in the same patterns  in individual packs when the new catalog comes out July 1!!!!

Download chalkboard_technique.doc

Until Next Time…Happy Creating!!!

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Batik_flowersThis was the VSN Challenge for this card:

"Spring is here and it is time to get fresh and funky with a fun technique.  I mean who can resist the temptation to play with ink and water.  I know I can’t!  Then we’ll add just a tough of heat and we will sizzle our way through spring with Batik Embossing."

You can find the tutorial by Erika Martin on SCS—–>Here!

Paper:  White Mulberry Paper, White card stock, Elegant Eggplant

Stamps: Looks Like Spring, Simple Sayings II

Watercolor crayons, Water Spritz bottle, Flower brads, foam paint brush, VersaMark, Clear EP, Iron, plain printer paper

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A while back I posted many uses for the Versamark Ink Pad.  You can see that post here.
I decided that I would show you what several of those techniques look like. Remember that if you click on the picture it will show you a larger view.

Example #1  Poppin’ Pastels

This image was colored in with a pom pom ball and chalk.  Just chalk up your pom pom and dab it over the versamarked image!


For the stem of the flower I used a cosmetic Q-tip to apply the chalk.  The cosmetic q-tips have a pointed tip!

Step 1:  Ink Image with Versamark

Step 2:  Dab chalk over top.  You don’t need to seal this because as the Versamark dries it will seal the chalk!

Example # 2 Versamark and Classic Ink Emboss

Step 1:  Ink your stamp with Versamark Ink.

Step 2:  Ink the same stamp on your classic ink pad color.

Step 3:  Stamp onto your card stock

Step 4:  Emboss with Clear Embossing powder.

Example # 3  Watermark Image


Choose the background color card stock of your choice.  Ink your stamp with Versamark and stamp your image onto the card stock.  The ink will take on the color of your card stock!  This makes for a wonderful background and adds depth to your card.

Example # 4  Pearl Ex Gloss


This has a beautiful effect!  Use Dark card stock for best results!

Step 1:  Ink stamp with Versamark ink and stamp on card stock.

Step 2:  Cover ink with Heat and Stick Powder and heat set until sticky.

Step 3:  Apply different colors of Pearl Ex Powder with a small brush.

Step 4:  Heat set again to seal in the pearl ex.

Step 5: Use Kleenex or paper towel to wipe off excess powder.  The image is embossed and beautiful!!

Example # 5   Versamark Resist


Step 1:  Stamp images with Versamark ink. 

Step 2:  Emboss them with white or clear embossing powder. Heat Set.

Step 3:  Use sponge daubers, sponges, or brayer to apply color over the image.  The embossing powder resists the ink and stays white. 

Step 4:  Wipe off excess ink from the embossed image.

Example # 6   Cracked Glass 


This technique applies several layers of EP and Versamark to create the look of cracked glass.

Step 1:  Stamp main image.

Step 2:  Apply Versamark ink directly over stamped image.  I use my versamark pad like a stamp and press it directly onto the card stock.  This creates a rectangle "window".

Step 3:  Cover the versamark with Glassy Glaze or UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) and heat set.

Step 4:  Once cooled, apply another layer of versamark ink and Glassy Glaze. (Repeat this 3 times total).

Step 5:  Place card stock in freezer to completely cool.  It will curl your card stock just like in the picture above.

Step 6:  Once you remove your card stock from the freezer, press it flat.  It will "crack"  the Glassy Glaze and create your "cracked glass".  You can see that in the image below.


I hope this has given you a great visual to go along with the list posted earlier.  Give some of these a try!  Versamark is soooo Versatile!!!

Until Next Time…..Happy Creating!!!

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Faux_watercoloring_by_maria_1_2Faux_watercoloring_by_maria_2_2Aren’t these cards beautiful?!!  These cards were made by Maria Bell and she is my guest artist for today!  These flowers were made using her Faux Watercoloring technique.  Thank you Maria for allowing me  to share these cards and tutorial with all my fellow bloggers!  Maria has a wonderful blog and you can see it here.  I recommend that you check it out when you have some time.
Maria spent some time putting together this tutorial on how to achieve faux watercoloring.  I have put it into a word document so you can download it for future use!

Download faux_watercoloring_by_maria.doc

If you don’t have any re-inkers, now would be a great time to get some!  They will come in handy for this tutorial.  The other main supply item that you need is a water spritzing bottle.  Of course card stock, stamps and scissors would come in handy as well!

Thanks again Maria!  Keep those tutorials coming!
Until Next Time……Happy Creating!

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Today I want to provide a visual to this technique called swiping. I have had several ask how I made the background to the butterfly cards in the previous post.  First I will provide pictures for just one color and then for use with the Spectrum Pads.

I start by placing my ink pad above the card front that I’m swiping.  That helps to eliminate the crosshatch lines that you can get from the edge of the ink pad.  Just press and drag it down your card.  Obviously, the different amounts of pressure and the way you drag determines the different appearances.Swiping_3


The dark lines that you see on the final card to the right came from laying the ink pad onto the paper to take the picture!  That wouldn’t have been there otherwise.  Sometimes, you don’t want to ink the whole card.  Many times I’m going to layer other things on top, so I only swipe around the edges.  Remember you can pull in any direction you want, you don’t have to go up and down!

Here are the pictures from using my Spectrum Pad.


You will notice the dark edge at the bottom of these pictures.  This part of the card is hanging off of the table.  In the picture on the left, you will notice the finger tab that you use to pull the ink pads apart.  That will not allow for the ink pad to lay flat on the table.  That end is the end that hangs off the edge!

I swiped the ink across the card stock until I had the desired amount.  This one I applied pretty thick so it would show up in the pictures.  Once all the way across, I didn’t want to bands of the dark color next to each other, so I overlapped the darkest color so that the next color would apply to my card Stock.  That is shown in the picture on the right.  Then swipe across again!  After that end was done, I turned the card around so that I could do the same to the top of the card.

This is the finished background.

Hope this helps explain Swiping a little better.

Until Next Time….Happy Creating!

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In a previous post I mentioned using the ink on the lid of my stamp pad to color in images.  Here is a quick picture tutorial of how to do that.


With the lid closed on your ink pad, squeeze the lid down towards the ink pad inside.  This will "ink the lid".


Once the ink is on the lid, you can use your blender pens or aqua painter to color in your images.  This will give it a watercolored appearance. 
Until Next Time……Happy Creating!

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Netherlands Tile Card

I have had several people ask me how I made this card, so I decided to do a tutorial on it!  The stamp sets I used were Stampin’ Up!’s Floral Background and Summer By the Sea. I didn’t layer the front of this card, and I wish I would have.  My original card is posted in my SCS Gallery: tmryal.


Supplies Needed:

  • Floral Background stamp
  • Summer by the sea stamp set
  • Brilliant Blue ink pad
    • Azure StazOn Ink pad
    • 1" square punch (mine was 15/16")
    • adhesive
    • VersaMark Ink Pad
    • UTEE or Glassy Glaze (ultra thick embossing enamel)
    • Heat Gun
    • tweezers to help place tiles and hold paper while heating


After stamping the floral background with Brilliant Blue on white cardstock, use your square punch to punch as many squares as needed.
I always line the squares up around the edges before sticking them down with adhesive.  That helps you get the spacing that you need.


Next you want to place your background layer for your little girl image.  I used Brilliant blue card stock.


Next, I stamped the little girl with my Azure StazOn ink.


I then colored her in with my bliss  blue marker and my
aquapainter with ink from my bliss blue ink pad lid.  I realize this color is retired by SU but their replacement
color for it is called Bashful Blue.  It is still a light blue.


Once I glued on the little girl image, then I placed VersaMark ink over the entire card.  Make sure you have good coverage.  You want the ink to get down in the grooves between the tiles.Utee  Once it is completely inked, place the Glassy Glaze or UTEE over the entire piece. Once the front is covered, Heat set it with your heat gun.

You can make this a card front to be layered on top of a blue card, but I just made this one a card by itself.


You can use more than one layer of UTEE if you’d like.  My original card (the one linked to at the top of this post) has only 1 layer.  With this card I did 2 layers.

Hope this helps you understand the process of making "tiles" on your card!

Until next time….Happy Creating!

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One Sheet Wonder!

Yesterday I decided to do another One Sheet Wonder.  The idea behind this is to create 10 cards fairly quickly.  I have used the templates that were put together by LeeAnn Greff.  They are an awesome place to start.  After you’ve done a couple, you get the feel for what you can change and do differently.  LeeAnn’s templates work by printing your template directly on your card stock.  The neutral template (for white or vanilla) is the card stock that you would stamp all over and print the template on the opposite side.  Once they are printed, you would then cut apart the templates and stack them in piles according to the numbers.  Once your templates are all cut you can assemble the cards.  Here are the cards that LeeAnn made from her template.  I’m showing you these so that you can get an idea of which template you would want to use if you change the color scheme.


Click on this file to find her step by step directions.

Download directions_for_osw.doc

The following files are the templates in PDF form for you to save and print onto your card stock.


Download OSWneutralbackground.pdf

Download OSWCelery.pdf

Download OSWRegalRose.pdf

Download OSWRoseRed.pdf

For the following cards, I used the neutral template and then used up some scraps to make the layers and layouts that I wanted to use!

The colors I used are Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Almost Amethyst, and white.


I also used my cuttlebug for the background dry embossing.  The punch along the sides is from the new Spiral punch offered by Stampin Up starting March 1 in the Spring Mini Catalog.


The Stamp sets that  I used are: Petal Prints, That’s Nice (from the new spring mini), Polka Dots and Petals (from the new spring mini), Delight in Life (sellabration set), Graceful Words (retired), Much Appreciated, and Happy Everything.


The black stitching on the Faith card is from a new pen I got called GLAZE.  It is a gel pen that dries and stays shiny.  No need to emboss, these pens are 3-D.  I found them at Archivers.  I got to use my gift card that my husband gave me for Christmas!! 🙂

Remember that you can click on each picture to see a larger version.  I hope you have as much fun with these templates as I have.  Start with the basics and then you can add more pizzaz the next time!  I have 9 cards posted here today.  The templates make 10 cards.  I haven’t finished the last card yet.  I think these will give you the idea though!!  Until next time…..Happy Creating!

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Ranger Alcohol Inks

Here is a technique that I want to share with you.  My friend Heather and I made these yesterday. I have made a card similar to this before and just placed the finished acetate on the top of my card stock.  This time Heather and I were talking about how cool it would be to feature the acetate as a stained glass window.  She came up with the idea of this layout!  Go Heather!

Supplies Needed:Alcohol_ink_tutorial_supplies

1. Window sheet (acetate) Make sure that the acetate that you use can withstand heat.  Laser Printer transparencies work well.
2. Stamps-not solid
3. Black StazOn ink
4. 3- Alcohol Inks in coordinating colors
5. Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
6. White Craft Ink (pigment)
7. Clear Embossing powder
8. Heat gun
9. supplies to finish your card…adhesive, etc.
I used Crystal Effects to attach mine to the card and also my Creative Memories Oval Cutter to create my shape of choice.

Step 1: Stamp images with Black Stazon onto acetate.  When you are finished with this you will turn your acetate over for the following steps.


Step 2:  Place a few drops of each color onto your acetate.  I have chosen to use one that had not been stamped on yet so you could see it clearer.


Place blending solution onto cotton balls or cosmetic pads and blend the dots to help spread the blending solution.  Doing this helps the ink spread when you add more color.


Here is what it looks like once all the colors are blended.  You can add as much color as you choose.


Step 3:  Once the alcohol inks have dried, dab white craft ink over the whole thing.  This is all still being done on the back side of your acetate.


Step 4:  Put clear embossing powder over the whole thing.


Step 5:  Heat emboss to melt the embossing powder and seal in the color.  Be careful not to concentrate on one place and keep the heat gun moving to avoid melting or curling the acetate.


Finished background!  From here you can create your card as you choose.  You can attach it with brads or eyelets.  I have also used glue dots and crystal effects.  For the card at the top of this post, we chose to have the window effect and cut away the cardstock before attaching the acetate.

I hope you have fun playing with these products.  My family is headed for a weekend away with the rest of the family.  We are going to Grand Lodge which is one of those hotel/waterpark places by the Mall of America!  Have a great weekend and we’ll catch ya next week!  Until then…..Happy Creating!

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Glitter_namesThe top layer of this card (the one that is stamped with the names of Jesus), was made by using the Drunken Chalks technique. It’s hard to see in the picture, but there are hints of pink and blue with a shimmer of silver over the top.


  • Chalk Pigment inks in coordinating colors
  • Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle
  • Metallic ink pad
  • Heat gun (to speed the process)
  • White glossy paper

Directions with pictures:

  1. Choose your coordinating chalk inks and dab them around on your glossy paper.  The second picture is this step completed.




2.  After you have applied all of your ink choices, spray the entire piece with rubbing alcohol.  This helps the colors to run and blend together making a softer appearance.



You can see from this picture that the colors are blending and not as defined.

3.  You can let the paper and ink dry by itself, but it will take a while.  I chose to heat set mine with my heat gun.

4.  After the ink and alcohol is dry, apply the metallic ink directly to the paper.  Cover the whole thing.  You may heat set that as well when you are done.

5.  This is what the finished background looks like.  You may stamp your image on top and finish your card as desired.

Note:  I didn’t use any green in the finished card at the top.  It was pinks and blues.

Until next time……Happy Creating!

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