Walking into a craft store can be intimidating. You’re bombarded with a sea of products, and there’s always something new and fabulous. But where do you start? What do you really need? And how do you get the tools you need without going broke? That’s why we’re here today – To help you sort through it all and discover the essentials to equip you on this new card making journey.
A quality paper trimmer is a great place to start and will help you achieve straight lines every time. There are several styles on the market, such as rotary cutters or guillotines. Find a style you’re comfortable with and is within your budget. Your local craft store may have some available to try or can give you recommendations.
Cardstock can be used as layers and the card base. Cut a letter sized piece of cardstock in half, and you have two card bases. To save time, you can always purchase pre cut and scored cards.
When it comes to patterned paper, we recommend 6×6 inch paper pads for card makers. They’re affordable, packaged with matching designs and colors, and have smaller images that will be proportionate to card sizes. Hitting up your local craft store you’re sure to see rows of beautiful single sheets of patterned paper as well. These are not a necessity but a great addition to your supply list.
If you’re planning to create lots of cards, add a score board to your supply list. A score board, or bone folder and ruler, will create a straight crease in your cardstock base. This creates a perfectly folded card. Additionally, the scored line prevents cracking of the paper at the fold. Once comfortable with this basic technique, you can use the board to create boxes, envelopes, and more.
Shopping for stamps is just as fun as browsing the rows of patterned paper. We recommend clear or cling stamps that fit onto an acrylic block. Because they’re clear, you can position them easily on your card base or paper. This means straight sentiments and centered designs. Find a few sets in a design you’re drawn to, such as florals, animals, or people. Having a set of sentiments is great too. Look for one with a wide range of encouraging phrases, holidays, and occasions.
Acrylic blocks can be used time and time again. To start, pick up a small and large block. You’ll take a stamp off its plastic backing, add it to the center of the block, stamp, and return the stamp to the package. For this reason, clear stamps are great space savers compared to wood mounted stamps.
There are lots of ink pads on the market, including pigment, chalk, and dye. They come in a wide range of colors too. We recommend getting a black and brown ink to start. VersaFine is a fast drying pigment ink that gives solid, crisp lines. It’s great for watercolor and colored pencils too. Memento is a dye ink that works with Copic markers (a possible addition to your supply list). If you can’t find these specific brands at your local store, look for a permanent dye ink. These will dry fast and not smear.
A large ink pad is not necessary, even with larger stamps such as backgrounds. A quick tip – Place the stamp face up on your table. Take the ink pad in your hand, and add the ink to the stamp. You can tap the ink pad on your stamps as many times as needed to fully cover the image.
Your household scissors will cut paper. However, precision scissors found in the craft department will have you dancing. Many precision scissors can cut through a range of materials such as wire, cork, and chipboard. They also cut paper like butter, making cutting out stamped images a breeze. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.
You’ll need something to assemble all of your pieces into a card. A tape runner will allow you to glide on a small amount of permanent adhesive in each corner of your paper piece with ease. Look for a refillable runner. The refills are usually more affordable and come in combo packs.
If you have room in your budget, a fast drying liquid glue is great for smaller paper pieces and embellishments. Scor-Tape comes on a roll and is extremely permanent. It will attach ribbon to cards as well as keep boxes, envelopes, and dimensional paper projects together. Foam squares or pop dots will create layers and add dimension to your pieces. An adhesive remover will do just that – remove any excess glue. As you can see in the picture above, our square gets lots of use. As it gets dirty, you simply cut off that part of the square and can continue using it to remove unwanted adhesive from paper, photos, and more.
It’s easy to get distracted by all the glitter, rhinestones, and ribbon you can add to a card. Having a few pens and markers on hand can be used as embellishments without having to spend a fortune.
Black and white pens can be used to add faux stitching, highlights, and patterns to your card pieces and stamped images. You can add your name to the back of the card, write a message inside, and address the envelope as well. A clear Wink Of Stella glitter pen adds sparkle. These can be used repeatedly and will add a special touch to your creations.
Are you ready to get started? We hope today’s list helps you navigate the world of paper crafting and starts you on your journey. You really only need a few basic supplies to create something, give it away, and spread joy!
If you’ve been following along with the blog lately, you know we’ve been sharing recent stamps sets that Angelica has illustrated. Today is no exception with Bold Blooms by Pretty Pink Posh.
I must admit this set intimidated me at first. There are a lot of small components, and I was unsure how to fill a space with them. Creating a background or collage was my first idea, but that is always my first idea. Then it hit me! Let’s bundle them all together and create an eye catching focal point.
After stamping the outlines of the flowers, I stamped the filler with colorful Distress Inks. Having the color layer option helps produce this many florals quick and easy. The coordinating cutting dies speed up the process as well.
To create a big, in-your-face, joyful focal point, I arranged the florals in a wreath. Foam squares were added under every layer to add dimension. I flipped through other stamp sets by Pretty Pink Posh and found the perfect sentiment in the Bear Hugs set. Clear Nuvo Crystal Drops and a vellum background completed the card. Keeping other card components minimal allowed the florals to shine.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this new stamp set, Bold Blooms, and how you would arrange them on a project. After completing this card, I realize there’s never a reason to be intimidated by smaller stamps. When bundled together they make a large impact!
Are you ready to whip out a batch of cards for friends and family? These colorful greetings are perfect for spreading joy by themselves or bundled together as a homemade gift.
Today’s cards were created with In Bloom, a stamp set designed by Angelica for Winnie & Walter. As soon as this set was placed in my hands, I knew what I wanted to do – Create beautiful floral backgrounds.
The set comes with outlines and stamps that allow for a fill in of color. I love sitting down with my Prismacolor Pencils or Copic Markers and coloring the day away. However, these stamps speed up the process. That’s exactly what’s needed for creating a large bundle of backgrounds at once.
I cut a stack of cardstock layers the same size as my future cards, wanting a folded card of 4.25 by 5.5 inches. That allowed me to stamp each flower with a different color on each layer. As I added each flower, I made sure to fill in any gaps. After each color was laid and my pieces were filled, I added the outlines with black VersaFine ink. Any gaps still left were filled in with extra outline stamps.
Once the backgrounds are completed, the fun comes. There are endless ways to use them on cards, and I’m bringing you three examples today. For the first card, I cut the cardstock in half at a diagonal. A second piece of patterned paper was cut the same way and layered over the top.
This card example may have been the easiest of them all. The floral background was trimmed and attached to the card front with enamel dots and a piece of silk ribbon. The sentiment was stamped with the same black ink as the floral outlines.
Lastly, a floral background was adhered to the card front with a piece of vellum. Vellum is one of my favorite papers to use. It adds an element to the card without taking away from the pattern or colors. The card was finished with sentiments from the stamp set. A quick tip with smaller sentiments – Stamp each line on a strip of cardstock, and spread them out evenly on the card.
I’m in love with these floral images from Angelica and Winnie & Walter. The next time you come across this set or another with the color layering option, I hope you try making a few backgrounds. The results are beautiful.
Good morning, friends! I’m back and ready to share another stamp set Angelica designed for Pretty Pink Posh – Camping Friends. I squealed with delight when I saw the cute critters and hope you do too!
Are they not the cutest critters in the forest? The creative options with this set are endless. You could have them peeking out from behind the tent or garbage can, sitting on the log, or stacked on top of each other. I chose to have them peeking out from inside the tent. They just look so cozy!
Camping Friends comes with matching cutting dies, which makes scene building a breeze. I stamped, colored, and cut a large batch of images. After that, assembling the cards was easy. I chose to keep the backgrounds simple to accommodate the busy scenes.
For the first card, I added a small strip of Distress Ink as grass to ground the images. While this card could be given for a variety of occasions, I chose the ‘Best Wishes’ greeting for an upcoming wedding gift.
After adding the images to the card, I stamped a few small details with black ink. The grass, leaves, and stars add detail to the scenes without stealing the show.
I can’t wait to create more cards with this adorable stamp set. You can find Camping Friends and the coordinating dies here. Which critter is your favorite?
Hello crafters! I’m honored to be writing my first post for Crafted in Joy and know we’ll be good friends in no time at all. Angelica has designed the cutest stamp sets recently, and right here is where we’ll be sharing those with you. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy seeing the first set.
Picking which set and project to share with you today was a tough one. Browsing the new releases, Sea Friends from Pretty Pink Posh grabbed my attention. The creatures, shells, and other sea items are perfect for creating scenes. Of course, I couldn’t stop with just one card, which gives me the opportunity to show two different ways to create backgrounds for your images.
When it comes to great stamp sets like Sea Friends, I prefer to stamp all of the images one or two times on Copic paper with Memento ink. Next, I color and cut out all of the images. Having matching cutting dies saves so much time! Having a variety of images to work with makes putting together a scene a breeze.
For the first card I punched a circle out of white cardstock. Distress Oxides are my go-to background maker. With the help of the ink applicator, I added blue to the top of the circle for water and yellow to the bottom for sand. These inks blend flawlessly. The end result is an easy yet gorgeous underwater scene.
The second card was just as easy. I stamped all of the images from the set onto white cardstock with black ink. The trick here is to start with the biggest images, add in the middle sized images, and then fill in any remaining spots with the smallest images. The bubbles and shells in Sea Friends are great for filling any gaps.
Once the background was completed, I arranged a few colorful images on top with a white, heat embossed sentiment. A last minute addition of vellum allowed the colored images to stand out from the busy background.
I can’t get enough of Sea Friends and hope you find it adorable too. Which background technique fits your style – Blended backgrounds or a stamped collage?
Hi friend! You may be new to my blog, and if so, welcome! You are probably visiting from the Lil’ Inker Designs New Release Hop and if so, be sure to start at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog first so you don’t miss anyone’s projects from Day 1 of their August Release!
I LOVE encouraging people. I’m not necessarily the hard-hitting type of coach or cheerleader some people need to get them to the finish line, but if you need a friend to remind you how amazing you are, and to show you all the times you’ve already gotten through a rough patch, I’m your girl. After going through a tough time a few years ago, I realized that the more I encouraged others, and took the focus off myself, the more encouraged I became. It’s definitely contagious, you can’t be cranky and encouraging at the same time. 🙂
When Laura at Lil’ Inker Designs (a sweet stamping friend I have yet to meet in person – but someday!) asked me to create a new stamp set for her, I jumped at the chance! Laura has been such a bright light to me over the past few years, and this set couldn’t have turned out more perfect for her line and who she is.
You’ll notice my stamps have a bit of wear on them already – what can I say, these were well-loved right from the start. I couldn’t not ink them up a few dozen times!
I knew exactly what I wanted to create with these for the first feature project for this release. I purchased a stack of 5 Post-It pads and used Versamark Dazzling Watermark Ink (it’s got a gold shimmer to it) to lightly impress encouraging sentiments on top. I loved the subtle look and loved that they leave a little shimmer behind once dry. I’m super sad that the camera did not capture the shimmer well!
I knew exactly who I’d be sending these Post-It notes too, so I went ahead and created a coordinating notecard (about 4.25″ x 4.25″) on some yellow cardstock using Distress Ink in Mustard Seed. It still gives a watermark effect without using the watermark ink. I was afraid it wouldn’t give enough of a good impression to be visible. I love doing tone-on-tone looks when I want my focal point to really pop.
With these stamps and coordinating dies, it is so simple to create a look like this! Simply stamp your “bouquet” on the background, leaving room in the center for a larger bloom. Then, stamp your larger bloom onto some white cardstock and color with alcohol markers or colored pencils – I like Copics.
Using the coordinating dies makes this next part super simple – run the stamped image through a Cuttlebug or your favorite die machine to get a nice border.
Pop up with foam dimensionals for nice depth and you’ve got a beautiful card that’s done in less than 30 minutes and can be easily mass-produced.
This makes a wonderful gift idea for teachers, friends, and even your favorite mom on Mother’s Day.
Your next stop is another one of my sweet stamping friends, Amy Kolling! Don’t forget to pop by Lil’ Inker Designs when you’re done with the hop to purchase Encouraging Words and the coordinating die set. I hope you love these images as much as I loved creating them. Thanks so much to Laura for the opportunity to share with you today!
It seems now more than ever there is an overwhelming need for humans to interact genuinely with other humans. The pull for our attention, the horror stories that get played and re-played on social media leave us feeling empty and angry. Amongst all the noise, there is a desire that never goes away – the desire to feel loved, to feel accepted and to feel protected. I believe that we as humans have a responsibility to step up however we can – to use whatever God has given us to bring light into the lives of others.
How do we begin to do this? How can we make a purposeful difference? It’s simple – look around you. Wherever you are right now, you have the two things so beautifully designed to bring hope, light and joy to others.
When I heard that someone in our tight-knit church family had been diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma, my heart sank. I learned he was a husband and a father of three young children, about the same age as my husband. It hit so close to home. I didn’t know them well, but I felt a pull in my heart to prepare a meal each week for this family.
Now, you should probably know I’m not in the kitchen unless I have to be – my husband will tell you it’s rare to find me scrubbing dishes, mopping floors or running the vacuum. It’s true, I’m not very domestic, but I do have two working hands.
I didn’t cook for this family because it was convenient – we have four kids now, but had three kids at the time and one was an infant. I barely cooked for my family (thanks to my amazing husband for always picking up the slack) and yet, I prayed, I cooked, and I crafted. Most of my stuff was still in boxes from our move back to Wisconsin, but I took out what I had – some tags, markers, pens, a few stamps, and I made something to encourage this family each week to go along with the meal I made or brought.
Sometimes all I created was a hand-lettered scripture on a note card, other times it was a little doodle on a tag. It would have been easier to buy a card – and truthfully, there’s nothing wrong with that, but something told me I needed to extend beyond what was convenient and put my heart into what I was doing.
I wasn’t sure what would happen, but I never lost hope. And the only way I could extend love and hope to a family I hardly knew was to simply do what I felt called to do – cook and create. This had nothing to do with how good I was, it had everything to do with the power of kindness and love. It has the ability to change so much. SO very much…
I’ve had the vision for Crafted in Joy for a couple of years. I’ve attempted to blog a few times, made some fun prints, but still, I felt like the direction wasn’t fully clear. It wasn’t until I heard a little voice telling me to “Go. Do.” that I began to put the pieces and purpose together: Make something. Give it away. Spread Joy! Fortunately for me, I’ve had some incredible people come alongside me that believe in this mission as well, and I’d love to introduce you to one of them today!
Nicole Bergeson is a mama-to-be and the creative genius behind Creations Galore in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Yes, I know what you’re thinking – isn’t that close to where I live? It is – which makes her addition to the team incredibly sweet! Nicole is joining Crafted in Joy as our Marketing and Creative Coordinator. She’ll be putting her amazing skills to work styling our photos, posting to the blog, and curating our social feeds.
Please join me in welcoming Nicole to the team! You’ll be blown away with her talent and no-nonsense way of getting projects done. I love paging through her Project Life albums and the interesting everyday moments she documents. I’m in awe of how patient she is when I have questions about how products work and the innovative ideas she has when it comes to using whatever you’ve got in your craft room. | Connect with Nicole on her blog and Instagram.
I’ll be back soon with part two of this story, and in the meantime, I would love to hear your stories. Let me know in the comments below: What are some ways you’ve jumped in with a handmade gift for someone? What was their reaction? How did it feel to make it and give it away?
Hello and welcome to release day for Stamp of Approval! I am so excited about this collection Catherine is releasing and I know it will provide hours of fun for you too! Link to purchase here. (last I heard over 50% of the boxes are gone, it’s probably way less now!)
I have just a quick Clean and Simple (CAS) card to share with you today, and will have more inspiration posted as you receive your boxes in the coming week or so. This blog is focused on giving the things we make to others, so that’s why you’ll usually find quick, easy-to-mass-produce cards and projects here. Of course, I’ll throw in the occasional one-off masterpiece, too (I hope – ha)!
To re-create this card:
Thanks for stopping by today – be sure to check out Catherine’s blog for even more inspiration!
Welcome to Day Two in the Stamp of Approval Blog Hop for the Candy Cane Lane Collection!
You may not know me yet, so if not, I’m Angelica, and I illustrated two of the sets in this collection (both featured today!). Working with Catherine is so much fun – her creative energy and collaborative spirit is contagious!
These images are ones I’ll be going to every Christmas for cards, gifts, tags, and keepsakes. They’re timeless, perfectly sized, work GREAT on their own yet pair perfectly with many elements you might already have in your stash.
How to BUY the Stamp of Approval Candy Cane Lane Collection
This boxed collection goes up for sale Wednesday, September 21st.
What is Stamp of Approval
If you’re not familiar with Stamp of Approval, it’s a box of stamping goodness that Catherine releases every quarter. There’s a great video that sums it up here. The boxes sell out in hours (not weeks), so I highly recommend jumping on the waitlist so you don’t miss your chance to purchase before they’re all gone!
Onto my cards for today:
I have an obsession with kraft paper that has never waned, so I thought what better cardstock for my inaugural projects than kraft? I created this sweet candy cane card using a mix of Candy Cane Lane and Hip Holiday. I just love how that red gives it a warm focal point.
This guy is my absolute favorite! I used many of the products included in this box as well as some white VersaMagic ink for a chalkboard look-and-feel. I love the look of this and really love that I’m able to get two different cards using the same palette and mixing and matching products.
This is only the tip of the iceberg, though. Make sure you check out the other amazing ideas for you today:
WIN the Stamp of Approval Candy Cane Lane Collection
THREE commenters will be chosen at random from all the comments on all the blogs (one each day). The more blogs you comment on, the better your chance in winning!
HOW TO COMMENT: Scroll to the end of the blog post to find the comment section. If you don’t see a comment section, but see another blog post, scroll back up and click the title of this post. Scroll down and you’ll see the comment section.
Entries close on THURSDAY, September 22 at 9AM EST and will be announced on Catherine’s blog later that day!
That’s it for today, friends! Be back soon with even more Candy Cane Lane goodness and inspiration.