Easiest Way to do Ombre

If you’ve wanted to try Ombre, I have the EASIEST way to do it! The card below was easy-peasy to create, and you can do it, too!

Ombre is Color Gradation

If you’re new to ombré, ombré is a color gradation effect where a shade (usually of one color, but it can also be multiple colors) goes from light to dark.

Ombre card using the Work of Art stamp set by Stampin' Up!

In the card above, I used stamp set, Work of Art. This stamp set is ideal for ombré!! When browsing pinterest with this stamp set in the search field, you will see lots of ideas for ombre using this set.

Also, follow me on pinterst (click here). I have an ombré board set up to inspire you, with all kinds of ombré item such as cards (of course!), home décor, clothing, etc. Ombré is a HOT trend right now, and it’s everywhere.

Just to share a funny story. Last night I was reading a book and the book cover was — ombré! It was a beautiful blue, light at the top and moving darker towards the bottom. I had to laugh. It’s everywhere!

Tips for Stamping Ombré

To create the ombré effect in the card, I first started with a dark color. Starting with a saturated, deep color is key for this technique!

Once you have the color, the rest is easy. I stamped first at the bottom, where I wanted the color to be the darkest. Without reinking I then stamped again above it. Without reinking again, I stamped the lightest color above. Ta da! An easy ombré effect!

Ombre card using the Work of Art stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I do want to caution you that this triple stamping technique works well with rubber stamps. I have not had success with it using photopolymer stamps. With photopolymer, when I stamp off the second time, most of the ink is already off the stamp and it doesn’t look right.

Below is my video different ways to achieve an ombré effect.

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Watercolor Wings, Work of Art
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black
Other: Bold Butterfly Framelits, Wink of Stella, Silver Metallic Thread, Pearls

How to Create Shadow Box Cards – with Video

Do you feel that your gorgeous cards should be displayed rather than hidden in a drawer? We make cards to cheer up people and wouldn’t it be great if they were always out in the open, brightening up everyone’s day? I like to put my favorite cards on my mantle in the living room, but sometimes they fall over. That’s why I wanted to show you how to make a Shadow Box card. Shadow Boxes are great for displaying our cards. They stand up beautifully and have a striking 3-d effect. I also love the depth they give to projects.

Shadow Box Card using the Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!

One of the best features of a Shadow Box is their versatility. You can make them any size. In my video, I show how to easily measure the paper so you can make them as wide or as narrow as you like – in any dimension.

Decorating Shadow Box Cards

I had a ball decorating this shadow box. They are particularly fun to decorate because you can have stamped images on both the outside and the inside the box. I do both in the sample above. I decorated the outside (front) of the box with the stamped purple border and the trees glued to the front. The inside of the box is decorated with images I stamped and punched or cut out.

Decorating the outside (front) of the box is optional. If you’re looking for a fast project and don’t want to do the added step, this project is still lovely if there is only decoration in the inside. Especially if you choose to make yours smaller, it may not be necessary to decorate the outside.

Shadow Box Card using the Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Although I punched all the images for the the inside of my Shadow Box, you could easily stamp your images. In my video, I suggest tracing the shape of the framelit onto the cardstock lightly in pencil so you know where to stamp your images. Once you’re done your stamping, use a good quality eraser to remove the pencil markers.

See my video for detailed instructions on how to do this project. If you don’t have time to make it right away, save this post to Pinterest so you can go back later and make this project.

Display your cards:

I hope this post inspires you to display your beauties! Whether you choose to make a shadow box to show your stunning creations, or choose to display your standard cards, please set them out and don’t hide them away! And for the most fun, rotate them around so you they’re always changing and inspiring you in your creativity.

Shadow Box Card using the Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Foxy Friends
Paper: Pool Party and Whisper White
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso
Other: Fox Builder Punch, Layering Circles Framelits Dies

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Learn how to make a Paper Purse – that’s also a gift card

Dear Friends,

I love making paper purses. They are so cute and elegant and fun. And the best – is giving one as a gift! Years ago when I first started paper crafting, I made a paper purse for a close friend. It took me hours and looked stunning. A few months ago I was at her house – and don’t know, she had it on display in her quilt room. I felt honored!

My project today goes with the purse theme, but I wanted something FAST. It’s not always practical to spend hours making a gift. Also, if you need a bunch, then it’s especially important to have a fast project.

I designed the project below to work with the envelope punch board. Why make an envelope from scratch when we have a great tool (I hope not collecting dust!) available to make our lives easier. I did have to play with the proportions a bit so a gift card would fit nicely, but you’ll see in the video, there’s only one adjustment I made.


To keep it simple, you can tuck the flap under the buttons. If you have it, you can also use Velcro to close the top. I have Velcro at home, but you may not, and I didn’t want you to have to run to the store for something so small – we have enough to do!

Here’s the inside:


Please enjoy the video and the project.

Happy weekend,


Supplies Used:
Paper: Soft Sky, Birthday Bouquet
Other: Silver Basic Metal Buttons, Silver 1/8 ribbon, Envelope punch board

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Fun Fold Card and Video

Dear Friends,

I have something a little unique to show you today. It’s a Fun Fold Card. It took me a lot longer than it looks to design. I started out doing something very complex, with the design in the center flipping out. My personal motto is to “keep it simple” since no one wants to scratch their head over paper crafting, right? The final method I used is so crazy simple, you won’t believe it.


To decorate the card I used one of my favorite stamp sets, Summer Silhouettes. I have gotten my money’s worth out of that set. I’ve made so many cards, I can’t count them — and since I’ve had the set for less than a year, that’s pretty impressive. Actually, a friend is coming over tonight (She’s in a bit of a bind. She needs about 50 cards by Sunday, maybe more. But we can do it!!!) I plan to lend her this set and create a simple project for her to replicate.

I made a video for the project. In the video, I also show how I did the sponging for the card.

I hope you enjoy!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes
Ink and Paper: Cherry on Top DSP, Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive, Marina Mist
Other: Sponges, Deco Framelits

Have a happy day,


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A card that flips? No way!

Be still my heart.  A card that flips through different images at the tug of a ribbon?  Yes, it’s true!  And no, it’s not crazy hard.  It’s called a Waterfall Card.  And a picture is worth a thousand words, so let me show you.

From the front, it looks like something is going on, but you’re not quite sure what.  I designed the dimensions of the card so that you would see the first image, but the images under it would be hidden . . . until you tugged at the ribbon!


When you tug at the ribbon, the card flips through three more images.  Cool, no? Here’s a picture to show how it looks as you start tugging:


So adorable!  I have never made a card like it.  My kids went nuts over it. (I had to sneak it away from them so I could take the pictures :)).

Below is a video on how to make the project:

Click Waterfall Card for a project sheet with dimensions.

I hope you have as much fun making this project as I did! Be sure to send me your pictures.

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Triple Fold Card – with Video!

If you are ready for a fresh new card, you have come to the right place!  Why create a regular card when you can do a triple fold card!  It is EASY to make and you can get two cards from one sheet of card stock.

Here’s my card:


Neat, isn’t it?  My favorite part of it is that it stands up nicely for displaying.  Anyone would LOVE receiving this type of card, don’t you think?

Here’s what the inside looks like:


And here’s the other side:


To make the card:

  1. Start with a piece of 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 piece of card stock
  2. On the short end, mark at 2 1/2 inches on each end with a pencil
  3. Putting the paper in landscape on your scoring tool, score at 3 1/2 and 7
  4. Make a diagonal cut between the two pencil marks
  5. Accordion fold with the bone folder
  6. To put the designer paper on the inside, cut three pieces 3 1/4 x 6
  7. Line up the paper to where you want it on the card, mark both sides lightly in pencil and cut.  Do this for each of the three exposed parts.
  8. Decorate the card and enjoy!

This is one of those projects where it’s easier to see it then to follow directions, so I made a video for you.

Stamp Set: Sprinkles of Life
Accessories: Dazzling Diamond Glitter,  Cherry On Top paper, Tree Builder Punch
Colors: Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay