Paper Craft Crew Design Team

Dear Friends,

I am an uber excitement announcement to make today: I have been invited to be a member of the Paper Craft Crew Design Team!!! It is a true honor to be on this team of amazing men and women. Their work is gorgeous and the sketches are some of my favorites. An added perk is that I also get to see the sketches in advance <smile> so that’s been lovely, too.


Why follow a sketch?

Simple – it’s F-U-N. Starting a card from scratch can be daunting. It’s great to have a template (also called a sketch) as a starting point. When sketches are well designed, they help your card design flow smoothly and make the process fun. I stamp because it’s fun, so anything that makes it even more enjoyable is terrific.

My other reason for loving sketches is because they help you grow your skills. Great sketches are properly designed to add interest and balanced elements to your cards. As you continue to follow sketches, you will learn to add these enhancements to your own card designs, too.

Design Sketch:

Here’s what the sketch looks like this week:

PCCCS 162-205-009

And <drumroll> Here’s my first card for the Design Team!!! It’s for PCCC193.


Since it was my first challenge project, I decided to leave my comfort zone and do some watercoloring. The flower color is a combination of Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo. I LOVE how they look together. I also used white embossing powder rather than a typical black to get a softer effect.

The stamp set, Blended Bloom is on sale right now, while supplies last. Click here.


  • To make the flower, first emboss white embossing powder onto Shimmery White paper. Using an aquapainter, color in the flower petals in Crushed Curry, then Melon Mambo directly over it. I did only a few petals at a time so the Crushed Curry would still be wet when I put the Melon Mambo over it.
  • When cutting out the flower, I cut right up to the white embossing. Usually I leave a little space, but with this card, cutting it tight to the flower looked the best.
  • I can’t get enough of Wink of Stella. Each of the dots in the background are colored with the shimmer. It adds a lot to the card.
  • The sentiment is embossed in gold on vellum. When embossing on vellum, it’s best to heat the powder with short bursts rather than holding the heating tool over the vellum for a while. This keeps it from curling.

I hope you join me and play along with the challenge. Click here to enter your card. It’s easy to upload your card to the challenge. And be sure to report back and let me know if you didn’t have fun making it!!

Reminder: I’m offering a free class tutorial for all orders placed in my online store. Please use hostess code 9ZXKV46G if your order is less than $150.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Blended Bloom, Sheltering Tree
Paper: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Shimmery White, Vellum
Ink: Versamark, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo
Other: Dots Embossing Folder, Aquapainter, White Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder, Clear Wink of Stella, Vintage Buttons, Gold Thread, Rhinestones






  1. Rina congrats on being invited to be a member of the Paper Craft Crew design team. Honestly, with this card and all the details in your post I can see why. The card is stunning and I really like all the information you shared about the colouring and the Wink of Stella. It really helps to bring it to life. Awesome! I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations and tips.

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