Monday, November 20, 2023

BPM/IBFS: Vintage Santa, Two Ways

Happy Holidays, friends!

As the old song goes, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”  Making Christmas cards, creating Christmas ornaments, and any other type of holiday crafting is the creative time that I enjoy the most.  I think that’s because of all the wonderful holiday memories with my family.  I often think of those memories as I sit and create.  Just add some Christmas tunes and I am in my zen!

Today’s share is a double feature using the same stamp - a nostalgic vintage Samta Clause.  I wanted to make a traditional card and also something that could be both a decoration and a card . . . so I made both!

Project 1

My first creation was this traditional Christmas card featuring the vintage Santa framed by colorful rows of stamped Christmas trees.  There is a lot of dimension in this card, and I love the vintage look and feel of it.

Here’s what I used to make it:

Here’s how I made it:
  • Stamp alternating Cranberry and Evergreen rows of Christmas trees onto a 4”x6” cream card panel

  • Use a diamond shaped die and cut a diamond in the middle of the card panel

  • On a 4”x6” green card panel, take a nested diamond die that is two sizes smaller than the one just used in step above and cut a diamond in the middle of the panel
  • Put a 4”x6” cream card panel behind the green card panel and stamp the vintage Santa image in cranberry onto the cream card panel
  • Adhere green card panel to panel with stamped Santa image with double sided foam tape

  • Adhere panel with stamped Christmas trees to green panel with double sided foam tape
  • Adhere completed card panel to 5”x7” red card base; may use double sided foam tape or double sided tape, depending on how much dimension you would like
  • Stamp the word Christmas onto scrap piece of cream card stock with Wheat ink; cut out the word in a rectangle shape; lightly spray with Antique Linen spray stain; adhere to card with double sided tape

Look at those layers of dimension!  This was such an easy, yet very classic, card to make.  I love the way that it turned out!

Project 2

The second way that I used the vintage Santa stamp was in making this vintage curio box.  This curio box may be used as a decoration and may also be used as a card if you put a blank piece of card stock on the back of it.  

I love that it’s multi-purpose.  It can also hold a gift card on the back if you make a slot for one or put a pocket back there!

Here’s what I used to make it:
  • Vintage Santa holding toys Holiday Art Rubber Stamp
  • Sizzix Thinlits Curio Box Bigz Die by Tim Holtz
  • Carta Bella Wood Grain Paper
  • Recollections Holiday Paper
  • Chipboard - 1 8.5”x11” piece
  • Cream card stock
  • Gold card stock
  • Concord & 9th Cranberry Premium Dye Ink
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Antique Linen & Vintage Photo
I made a video to show how I made the curio box.  You may see it on my YouTube channel.

I hope that you enjoyed learning more about the versatility of this amazing stamp from Blank Page Muse and my creative process in using it!

Thanks for spending some time with me today on Paper Play.  Until next time . . . be well!

Friday, November 10, 2023

BPM/IBFS: No Place like Gnome in the Fall

Welcome back to Paper Play, friends!

Autumn is my favorite time of the year.  The smell of leaves in the air, cool crisp days, the gorgeous colors, and lots of pumpkins everywhere.  I think it’s especially nice here in New England, and I wish the season lasted longer!

Today’s card celebrates my favorite season with this gnome, Mr. Elderwillow, as the guardian of the pumpkins.  I used the following products to create it:

It was a very simple card to make:
  • Stamped, color, and fussy cut the gnome
  • Stenciled the pumpkins onto white card stock using all of the inks listed above; started with the lightest colors and worked my way up to the darkest.  Fussy cut the pumpkins, stacked them from largest to smallest, put double sided foam tape on the back to keep them together.
  • Stamped sentiment onto printed floral paper.
  • Put double sided foam tape onto back of gnome and adhere to floral card panel.
  • Adhered pumpkins to floal card panel.
  • Adhered floral card panel to orange card panel.
  • Adhered orange card panel to kraft card base.
  • Placed three orange gems onto card.
  • Cut a piece of the orange & white twine and tie around the top of the card.
The gnome’s beard sparkles thanks to white and gray glitter gel pens that I used in coloring him, and his hat band stands out due to a metallic green gel pen.

The pumpkins look great thanks to layering the colors while ink blending.

There truly is no place like gnome in the Fall!

I hope that you enjoyed todays’s post!  Until next time . . . be well!

Friday, October 20, 2023

BPM/IBFS: Beware the Bird Man

Hello, friends!

I really enjoy legends and lore of everything from local ghosts to strange creatures.  Today’s creation, a Halloween card, is inspired by this.

This card is inspired by tales from folklore.  It contains quite the warning to watch your p’s and q’s - especially around Halloween!  Mr. Ignatious Crane was a well-to-do member of the village of Maple Falls, located just outside of Salem, MA.  He wasn’t a pleasant man and was known for his temper.  Townsfolk would move out of the way when they saw him coming . . . lest they take a chance on offending him and suffering his verbal abuse.  They all snickered behind his back about the fact that his surname was quite appropriate since he resembled a bird with his long, protuding nose and small dark eyes.  As fate would have it, he encountered the widow Winslow on All Hallow’s Eve in 1792.  The widow was rumored to be a witch, and it was hinted that she killed her husband with witchcraft many years back.  She was carrying home some herbs that she picked in the forrest when Ignatious appeared in front of her on the path back to the village.  Being the bully that he was, Ignatious refused to move out of the widow’s way and let her proceed.  Instead, his acerbic toungue spewed insult after insult at the old woman until she had enough.  She had warned him to move on and he refused the warning.  Old widow Winslow started to yell in what Ignatious could only think was gibberish . . . until he started to feel different.  He could feel something sprouting from his head, and only heard bird chirps as he yelled at the widow.  He left her behind and ran back home, garnering gasps and shrieks of horror from each person he passed.  It wasn’t until he reached for his hand mirror that he understood - and saw a man’s body with a bird’s head staring back at him.  It was said that Ignatious left the village that night and lived in the woods around the town.  He’d return each All Hallow’s Eve to scare the townsfolk - and would run off at just the mention of old widow Winslow’s name.

I hope that you enjoyed my Halloween story inspired the products used to make the card:

Making the card was very easy - just stamping, cutting, and mounting with double sided foam tape.

I added lots of grunge to make it look very old, and the cotton paper helped make it look older, too.

I hope that you enjoyed my card and my story.  May you all have a happy and safe All Hallow’s Eve!

Until next time . . . be well!

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

BPM/IBFS: A Haunted House Shadow Box Card with Sliding Doors

Hey there, friends!

Thanks for coming back to Paper Play.  Today’s post is very fun and trendy.  Diorama, or a shadow box with sliding doors, cards are pretty popular right now.  There’s been some new die sets released to help you create one.  The only issue with those die sets is that they limit you to a standard A2 sized card - and sometimes you may want one larger than that.  We crafters also have limited budgets and can’t always buy everything that we’d like to buy.  I spent some time creating and came up with my own way of creating one, which is what today’s post is all about.

Halloween is the perfect time for sliding door and shadow box cards.  What kind of spooky surprise is lurking behind the doors?  In today’s creation it happens to be a haunted house:

I used the following items to make this spooky, fun card:

  • BPM Haunted House Halloween Rubber Stamp
  • BPM Caution Word Art Rubber Stamp
  • Altenew Wrought Iron Gate Die Set
  • Altenew Deck Planks 3D Embossing Folder
  • Scrappy Boy I Put a Spell on You Stencil
  • Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain - Stormy Sky
  • Tim Holtz Distress Mica Spray: Winter Frost, Iron Gate, and Wicked Elixir
  • A,tenew Ruby Red Crisp Dye Ink
  • 1 5”x7” piece of black card stock (front panel)
  • 1 6”x7” piece of black card stock (frame behind panel)
  • 2 4.75”x11” pieces of black card stock (sliding doors & sides)
  • 2 4.75”x3.5” pieces of white card stock (create scene on doors)
  • 1 5”x6” piece of black card stock (back panel)
  • 1 5”x7” piece of black card stock for cutting out the iron gates
  • Piece of white scrap card stock to stamp house and create wooden sign
This card was so much fun to make!  Click here to see a tutorial on my YouTube channel on how it all came together.  You can also click here to see a (much!) quicker card promo.

There are lots of great details in this card - the haunted house, iron gates, brick walls, caution sign, and ghoulish hand coming up from behind the wall.  So festive!

I hope that you enjoyed the learning more about the card and my creative process.  Thanks for spending some time here with me today!  Until next time . . . be well!

Monday, October 9, 2023

AECP Level 2 Challenge

Hi there, friends!  Thanks for coming back for another Paper Play post.  This one is exciting for me as it's focused on my AECP Level 2 Challenge.  The post is a little longer since it covers the entire challenge - and I thank you in advance for reading through it!  Passing this challenge will allow me to move on to Level 3 of the program.  The challenge issued to me was:

  1. Select any 3 components from the classes in Level 1 or 2 and explain the 3 components that you’ve chosen for the project;
  2. Share design tips (if any);
  3. Make 4 masculine cards (themes include birthday, love/thinking of you, anniversary, and encouragement);
  4. Altered item/upcycled project;
  5. Create a detailed challenge blog post with a step-by-step photo tutorial and/or YouTube video.
And now . . . the challenge begins!

The components from AECP Levels 1/2 classes that I focused on are:
  1. Impressive Heat Embossing: I love to heat emboss!  I used elements as simple as adding a sentiment to more complex such as heat embossing an entire standalone panel and additional beautiful details.  A design tip to share on embossing is, when possible, use the same embossing powder on various elements to create a more cohesive look.  For example, on my first card, I used the same embossing powder for the sentiment and the entire forward city skyline.  I feel that it brings the card together.  However, it may not always be possible to do this.  On my second card, I wanted the heat embossed light detail from the lighthouse to sparkle, but thought it might make it hard to read the sentiment if I used the same powder for it.  So, I chose a different silver that doesn't have a glitter aspect to it.
  2. Let it Shine:  This was one of my favorite classes in the program.  It taught me to not be afraid to add some shimmer, sparkle, and shine!  I used this in various ways in each of my cards: through metallic heat embossing to add shimmer and sparkle, through heat embossing with a glossy powder to add shine, through using an iridescent ink spray to add shimmer & sparkle to the sky, through using sequins and gold glitter glue drops, and using acetate to create an interesting back ground with shine.  Don't be afraid to add some shine - both to your cards and in life!
  3. Easy Ink Blending Techniques/Creative Watercolor Media/Magical Marker Techniques: I grouped these three together because they all have a similar common purpose of using ink in various ways from creating backgrounds to adding beautiful details.  I used ink as a watercolor to create a sky, used ink to create vintage grunge details, and used markers on acetate to create a stained glass look.  Let us not forget to add using clear embossing ink to form the basis of light emitting from a lighthouse.  While not blending for color, it certainly is ink blending to add some shine to the card.
  4. Clean & Simple Boutique Cards:  While only required to use 3 components, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I used this class as a guide on at least two of the cards that I made.  These two cards have minimal stamping and clean space to keep a very clean and simple overall aesthetic.
Here are the four cards and altered/upcycled item project that I created for the challenge:

I'll go over the creative process for each item and am also be sharing a link to optional videos on my YouTube channel that will show you the detailed steps that I took in creating them.  I chose to keep the videos separate to make it easier to view each.

Card 1: Congratulations

I love this card!  I had been toying with the design for a couple of classes and didn't proceed because I wanted to create more depth and didn't like previous attempts at it.  It then dawned on me - heat emboss a front panel, fussy cut it out, and adhere it to the card panel with double sided foam tape.  While it sounds easy, I just never previously though of doing it.  A city skyline is a really good element to use for a masculine card - it's very gender neutral and creates a nice scene.

Here's what I used to create it:
Here's how I made it:
  • Used the Indigo Skies ink and some spritzes of water to create the watercolor and painted the card panel.

  • Once dry, used a piece of scrap paper, covered the bottom third of the card panel, and then spritzed the panel with iridescent shimmer ink.  I knew that this would add the shimmer and sparkle to the sky, but the little blots of pink were not expected.  This was such a happy accident and adds so much more to the sky than I imagined.  Total win!

  • Once dry, used one end of the stencil and black ink to blend the back skyline; also traced the stencil outline with a black alcohol marker to add further definition and depth.

  • Used the other side of the stencil, a scrap piece of watercolor paper (note that any card stock is fine to use), and clear embossing ink to stamp image onto paper.
  • Sprinkled silver embossing powder over it and set it with a heat tool.
  • Fussy cut out the skyline.  Here's a design tip for you: if fussy cutting, take a similar color marker and go over the edges of the item to get rid of the white/colored edges and help it blend in.
  • Dusted the top of the skyline card panel with baking powder to act as an anti-static medium.
  • Stamped the congratulations sentiment with clear embossing ink, sprinkled it with silver embossing powder, and set it with a heat tool.
  • Adhered card panel to card base.
  • Applied double sided foam tape to the back of embossed skyline and placed it onto the card.
Here's a link to a video where you can see the card being created:
Card 2: Stay Strong

What is more strong than a lighthouse?  They stand out in a harbor, battling the elements and ocean, and provide a guiding light to those that need it.  They are so reassuring and strong.  That's why I chose to use one on my encouragement card - stay strong as things, as no matter what life throws at you and how much it may batter you, things will get better!  I intentionally designed this a clean and simple card emphasize the sentiment and message of the card.
Here's what I used to make it:
Here's how I made it:
  • Dusted the card panel with baking powder to act as an anti-static agent.
  • Stamped lighthouse and water with clear embossing ink.
  • Sprinkled image with white embossing powder and set with heat tool.

  • Stamped sentiment with clear embossing ink.
  • Sprinkled with silver embossing powder and set with heat tool.
  • Used the clear embossing ink pen to draw light coming from lighthouse.

  • Sprinkled the light outline with silver shimmer embossing powder and set with heat tool.
  • Filled in lighthouse glass panes with liquid chrome pen.  Here's a design tip for you: don't worry too much about stray glitter powder pieces with this card.  Any set stray glitter will look like stars in the sky!

  • Adhered card panel to card base with double sided tape.
Here's a link to a video where you can see the card being created:
Card 3 - No Matter How You Say It

I think that this is such a fun take on a birthday card!  I love the vintage grunge aesthetic and it's great to use on a map, which was my inspiration for the card.  My design for this card includes a world map with grunge and distressed edges centered on an older looking card base.  Included on the map is the sentiment Happy Birthday in several different languages - French, Spanish, Hawaiian, and Japanese.  The inside card panel also has grunge on it, wishes a Happy Birthday in English, and offers the greeting: no matter how you say it, I hope you enjoy your day.  We're all residents living together in this global village.  Why not share a greeting in other languages to help bring us together?

Here's what I used to make it:
Here's how I made it:
  • Added grunge to the edges of the card base using Almond Butter ink and ink blending tool.
  • Added light grunge to the card panels using Vanilla Cream ink and ink blending tool.
  • Distressed the edges of the first card panel using a plastic knife and used Hazelnut ink cube on edges of the panel.  Here's a design tip for you: you don't need a special tool to distress the edges of your paper!  Simply run the serrated edge of a plastic knife back and forth on the edge of the paper.  It will give you the same effect.  You may then run ink along it to add some grunge and aging.

  • Stamped the map with clear embossing ink, sprinkled it with brown embossing powder, and set it with a heat tool.

  • Stamped the four sentiments with clear embossing ink, sprinkled it with gold embossing powder, and set it with a heat tool.
  • Here's another design tip for you: if going for a vintage grunge look, don't worry so much about using an anti-static agent when using embossing powder.  Any stray pieces of powder that get set only add more grunge to the look of the card!
  • Took second card panel, stamped the inside greeting using Milk Chocolate ink, adhered double sided tape to the back of the panel, and adhered inside the card base.
  • Applied double sided foam tape to the back of the first card panel and adhered it to the card base.
  • Adhered a sequin to each corner of the card panel with craft glue, and then applied a drop of gold glitter glue into the center of each sequin.

Here's a link to a video where you can see the card being created: 

Card 4 - Kind and Thoughtful


A clean and simple card with a far from basic background!  I had been wanting to try this technique that my friend Annie Sharland shared in her Facebook group - a frosted acetate background.  The video is from Lou Collins and is shared on her Youtube channel.  I immediately had a vision of a frosted acetate brick wall with a stained glass window - and Altenew has my favorite 3D brick embossing folder.  This was a no brainer to make for my level 2  challenge!  I strongly encourage you to watch the video and see how easy it is to obtain this easy and effective look.

Here's what I used to make it:
Here's how I made it:
  • Sanded the acetate on each side with sand paper to get the frosty look.  Here's a design tip for you: it's important to use a very fine sandpaper for this, which will give you the frosted look.  A lower grade of sandpaper will not be as fine and the sand will scratch the acetate rather than give it a smooth, frosted look.

  • Put the acetate into embossing folder and run through die cutting machine.
  • Taped down the square die to acetate and run it through die cutting machine to create a window.
  • Stamped a tile onto vellum using clear embossing ink; use the acetate as a guide for placement so that stamp will show through the cut window.

  • Sprinkled the vellum with black embossing powder and set it with a heat tool.
  • Colored the tile with alcohol markers.
  • Cut a black frame from black card stock using the square dies, adhered double sided foam tape to the back of it, and placed onto acetate.
  • Adhered vellum to gray card panel with the 1/2" lip being glued to back of card stock.
  • Adhered acetate to card panel with 1/2" lip being glued to back of card stock (i.e. placed over vellum and then lip glued over it.)
  • Ran some glue around the sides of the vellum and pressed down the acetate to adhere them together.
  • Stamped You Are onto black card stock with white pigment ink, let it dry, and then cut out with coordinating die.
  • Stamped the Kind and Thoughtful sentiment onto a black card stock with white pigment ink, let it dry, and cut out the strip.
  • Adhered double sided foam tape to the back of each element and adhered onto the panel.

Here's a link to a video where you can see the card being created:

Altered/Upcycled Item - Vintage Floral Shadow Box


As previously mentioned, I am a huge fan of vintage design.  I think it has to do with me being an old soul and my nostalgic nature.  I had several ideas come to mind for this part of the challenge, but the one that won out was the one that allowed me to do a vintage design.  I decided to use an old Ivory cloth dinner napkin, add some grunge and stamping, and display it in a shadow box.  I learned a lot during the creation process - including to embrace mistakes/accidents and try to incorporate them into the design.  This happened to me while stamping the sentiment onto the napkin.  I wanted to stamp it a second time to make it darker, but the napkin had slightly moved and the resulting stamp was not aligned.  I had let out a big sigh and thought that I may have to do the whole project over again.  However, I remembered that the ink is water and alcohol reactive and rubbed a lot of it off with a rag.  It left a water stain - but I really liked the water stain!  I thought that it added character and further grunge to the design - and it looked great with the sentiment stamped over it.  Such a good lesson!

Here's what I used to make it:
Here's how I made it:
  • Wash, dry, and iron napkin.  Lay it flat and spray it with Antique Linen spray stain to add grunge.
  • Once napkin is dry, arrange it on stampwheel base, position floral stamp, and stamp it using Walnut Stain ink.  Stamp it again if darker image is desired.
  • Position leaf stamp in lower left hand corner and stamp it with Walnut Stain ink.  Stamp it again if darker image is desired.
  • Turn the stampwheel to align it in the upper left hand corner and stamp it with Walnut Stain ink.  Repeat this for the next two corners.
  • Position sentiment stamp and stamp it using Ground Espresso ink.
  • Cut the napkin to a 9"x9" square and adhered to the 8"x8" cardboard by flipping 1" border on each side to the back side of the cardboard and adhere down with glue or another adhesive.
  • Color the flower and leaves with colored pencils.  Here's a design tip for you: use colored pencils to color the flower and leaves rather than alcohol markers.  Alcohol markers may react with the ink used to stamp the images and cause the ink to bleed a bit.  Colored pencils will not do this!
  • Put the cardboard panel into the shadow box frame.
Here's a link to a video where you can see the card being created:
Phew . . . I know that was a lot to go over.  I thank you for sticking with me through it!  That wraps up my AECP Level 2 Challenge submission.  Wish me luck!
Until next time . . . be well!

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

AECP Level 2 - Masking Unleashed

Welcome back to Paper Play!  I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to read my post.  Today's post is a little bittersweet because it's on the project for my final AECP Level 2 Course, Masking Unleashed.  This course focused on the use of masks, or pieces of paper, tape, or the like, to cover stamped images while adding additional color or detail to the area around it.  For example, you may stamp an image and color it but then want to add color into the background.  One way to do that is to create a mask for the image so that it isn't impacted by the color you blend around it.

For my project, I decided to focus on masking my stamped images to protect them not only from the background color, but also the medium that I applied to the background through a stencil.

The vision for my design was a vintage feel using the deco stencil in the background and gold embossed roses.  I wanted a 1920's kind of look for it - something a little glitzy and ornate.  I think that I achieved it - what do you think?

Here's what I used to make this card:

 Here's how I made it:

  • Placed A2 sized white panel on Altenew Stamp Wheel sticky pad and stamp chosen Vintage Rose first layer stamp using the metallic gold pigment ink.  Then take the second layer stamp and stamp image using golden glitz ink.  The metallic gold is lighter than the golden glitz ink, and so I wanted it to be my lighter base image.  I wanted the next layer of detail to be darker and so I used the golden glitz for it.
  • The Stamp Wheel makes it so easy to not only align and stamp layered images; it also makes it easy to align images next to each other.  I placed the second Vintage Rose stamp where I wanted it to the left of the first one and repeated the steps above for it.  I then placed it on the right side of the first rose and repeated.
  • Took the third layer stamp for each and stamped it using the clear embossing ink.  I applied the Gilded embossing powder to each, tapped off excess, and set it with my heat tool.  I chose this embossing powder to give each rose a darker top layer and to make the flowers shine.  I think the roses look beautiful!
  • Chose where to stamp my leaves and stamped them with the clear embossing ink.  Gilded embossing powder was applied, excess tapped off, and set it with my heat tool.
  • Cut masks for the flowers and leaves using the coordinating dies and applied them over each stamped image.
  • Blended Speckled Egg ink over the card panel, and then sprayed the Speckled Egg stain over it; dried it with my heat tool.
  • Affixed stencil to the card panel and applied the paper glaze with a scraper tool; dried the front panel with my heat tool.  The Spanish Moss color of the paper glaze and the Speckled Egg ink go so well together, and the paper glaze adds some sparkle as well.
  • Removed the masking paper from images, and affixed card panel to card base with double sided tape.
  • Cut the A2 frame from the second card panel.  I wanted the gold color of the frame to be the same as the gilded gold on the roses and leaves, so I ran embossing ink around the it and then applied Gilded embossing powder.  Tapped off excess and set it with the heat tool.
  • Applied double sided foam tape to the frame for added dimension and placed onto card.
  • Cut a piece of vellum to fit the Happy Birthday stamp; dusted it with baking powder to get rid of static.  Stamped it with clear embossing ink, applied black embossing powder, and set it with my heat tool.
  • Placed craft glue on backside edges of vellum and placed the vellum onto card so that the edges were under the frame.  Added three black rhinestones using craft glue.
  • Used a gold gel pen to add some detail lines to the leaves.

I love the look of the gold in the roses, leaves and frame against this light turqoise color.  It really does scream both vintage and Roaring 20's to me!

The crisp lines from the paper glze and stencil add so much dimension to the card.

I am really happy with how it turhed out.  I incorporated aspects of other AECP classes to make sure that little details were added and that my background popped.  I hope you agree!

That's it for today's post.  Thank you for stopping by to read it.  I'd really enjoy hearing your feedback - please share it with me.

Until next time . . . be well!

Blank Page Muse/I Brake for Stamps - Sunflower Wishes

Hey there, crafty friends!

Thanks for stopping by Paper Play.  I’ve always enjoyed sunflowers.  They stand so tall, basking in the sun, and gently flowing with the wind.  They also happened to be a favorite of my mom and they always make me think of her.  Today’s card is inspired by her.

Sunflower Wishes was made with the following items:

Here’s how I made it:
  • Brushed baking powder over a 3.75”x5” purple card stock panel
  • Stamped sentiment onto 3.75” x 5” purple card panel with embossing ink and sprinkled embossing powder over it
  • Set embossing powder with heat tool
  • Stamped a sunflower onto a piece of white card stock; then stamped one onto a silicone stamping tool and pressed white card stock against it for a reverse stamped sunflower
  • Colored sunflowers, added highlights with white gel pen, and cut them out with detail scissors
  • Stamped large butterfly onto white card stock, colored it, and cut it out with detail scissors
  • Stamped small butterflies onto purple card panel with gold ink
  • Adhered sunflowers to card panel with double sided foam tape
  • Adhered butterfly to a sunflower with double sided foam tape
  • Ran gold ink around edges of purple card panel
  • Adhered card panel to A2 sized card base with double sided tape
  • Ran gold ink around the edges of card base

The gold embossed sentiment really stands out and shines against the purple card stock, as does the gold butterflies.  

The butterfly sits so nicely on the sunflower and serves of a reminder that those we lose are always around us.

Want to save 15% off of your purchase at Blank Page Muse or I Brake for Stamps?  Use my code, BPMWalter, to save!

I hope that you enjoy the card and the inspiration behind it.  Until next time . . . be well!

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Blank Page Muse Fall Teal Flowers & Leaves Digital Download Kit

Hey there, Paper Play friends!

Blank Page Muse has a new product offering that I had a chance to play with and I want to tell you all about it.  The Fall Teal Flowers and Leaves digital download kit is now available to purchase and download on their website.  The kit contains: several pages of beautiful paper full of flowers, leaves, and boho swirls in shades of teal, yellow, and tan; and three pages of various tag sizes in vintage papers and floral paper.  This set screams Fall!  The colors are vibrant, and you may use the pages for card making, creating a junk journal, scrapbooking, and other paper crafting projects.  All you have to do is download the files and orint them on your printer.  A note on printing: I printed out pages on both 65 lb white card stock and regular copy/printer paper.  My preference is to use the 65 lb white card stock (although a similar weight ivory or cream card stock would look great as well!)  The reason why is that the card stock is easier to cut, isn’t as likely to tear, and won’t show a different color base card stock through it.

The first project that I made with the kit is this card:

I used the following items to make it:

Today’s Paper Play post contains my first video blog!  You may click here to watch the video on my YouTube channel.

I hope that you enjoyed watching my creative process and learning more about this new offering from Blank Page Muse!

Until next time . . . be well!

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

AECP Level 2 - Magical Marker Techniques

Welcome back to Paper Play, crafty friends!

I appreciate you stopping by today.  This post is all about various ways to use alcohol markers aside from traditional coloring, which was the focus of the AECP Level 2 course Magical Marker Techniques.  Most of us reach for our alcohol markers to color in a stamped image; however, there are many different ways that you can use them.  This course provided 6 lessons - each focusing on a different technique.  I chose two techniques to incorporate into my project for the class - using alcohol markers and spritzes of alcohol to color on metal and using alcohol markers on vellum.  This class was a lot of fun for me since I love to color, and I always enjoy trying out a new technique or two.

My project for the course features: a die cut dahlia that is made from layers of metal tape on top of white card stock and then colored with three shades of pink alcohol markers and spritzed with rubing alcohol; stem and leaves die cut from vellum and colored with green alcohol markers; a background made using a stencil and grit paste mixed with a little Lunar Paste; and a sentiment band with embossing.

Here’s what I used to make it:

Here’s how I made it:
  • Created white card base, cut pink panel, ran Frosty Pink marker around the edges of both, and adhered panel to base with double sided tape.
  • Created white card panel and taped it down to craft surface with post-it tape.
  • Placed stencil over card panel and secured with post-it tape.
  • Mixed a little grit paste with a small amount of lunar paste, which created a rose gold/light gold colored paste; spead paste evenly over the stencil, removed tape, and set panel aside to dry.
  • Adhered metal tape (the type used in HVAC system assembly & repair, purchased on Amazon) onto small piece of white card stock, aligned dahlia dies, and ran through my die cut machine.
  • Colored dahlia flower die cuts with the pink markers, starting with lightest and ending with darkest, and spritzed with rubbing alcohol.
    • The rubbing alcohol interacts with the alcohol ink and creates a mottle effect.

  • Once dry, assembled the petals into the flower using craft glue.
  • Used leaf die and cut set from vellum; colored each side of cut vellum with the green markers, starting with lightest and ending with darkest.
  • Cut a sentiment banner from vellum, dusted piece with baking powder, and stamped the sentiment with clear embossing ink; sprinkled black embossing powder over the ink, tapped off excess, and set with heat tool.
  • Assembled pieces onto card panel and adhered that panel to the card with double sided foam tape.
  • Adhered three clear drip drops with craft glue

This dahlia is gorgeous!  I love the varying shades of pink and way that the rubbing alcohol gave the petals a mottled look, especially versus the vellum colored leaves and stenciled background.  The card also has lots of texture and depth.  Overall, I am super happy with this card and look forward to giving it to a deserving friend.

That wraps up today’s post.  I hope that you learned something new about alcohol markers and ink and that it has inspired you to try creating something on your own.  Thanks for spending some time with me today.  Until next time . . . be well!

BPM/IBFS: Vintage Santa, Two Ways

Happy Holidays, friends! As the old song goes, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”  Making Christmas cards, creating Christmas ornam...