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Delft Guest Artist–Greetings to Go

The March Greetings to Go Guest Artist is CS Artist Team member, Pam Peeling. Pam lives in Hannibal, NY, and she shares awesome greeting cards, ATCs and other projects on her crafty blog, APeeling Paper Crafts.

Pam made the cards using the following supplies: Delft Greetings to GoEmbellishment Pack, and Art Nouveau, Greeting, and Jumbo stamps. Are you ready to see her fabulous cards?


Delft Greetings to Go Guest Artist cards

For the first two cards, score the Yellow base at 1.75 and 5.25″ to create a gate fold card design. Punch tulip design into four corners of white panel.

Delft Greetings to Go Guest Artist cards

Use stamped panels and Cutaparts to decorate the front flaps. Color tulips using Distress crayons.

Delft Greetings to Go Guest Artist cards

Stamp crackle image and heat emboss with yellow EP. Add blue Gelato wash to create background.

Delft Greetings to Go Guest Artist cards

Use ink applicator and Delft Cracked Porcelain Stencil to decorate white panel.


Delft Greetings to Go Guest Artist cards

Embellish card front with Delft Silver Filigree Tiles (attached with silver mini brads) and White Lace.

Delft Greetings to Go Guest Artist cards

Stamp “Hello” and “Tiptoe” sentiment and emboss with black EP. Attach Silver Filigree Tile with silver mini brads.

Delft Greetings to Go Guest Artist cards

Color Jumbo cracked tile image with Distress crayons. Attach filigree tile to yellow square panel with silver mini brads. Use a tulip punch on outside corners of inner yellow panel.

Delft Greetings to Go Guest Artist cards

Adhere 5″ length of baker’s twine between inside base and Yellow inside panel. Trim Dark Blue panel horizontally at 3, adhere to Light Blue card front, sandwiching another length of baker’s twine between the two. Tie to close.


Delft Greetings to Go Guest Artist cards

Score Medium Blue card base horizontally at 1, 3, 8, and 10″. Fold along each score line to create a gate fold design. (This leaves a one-inch gap on the card front, allowing the inside of the card to peek through.) Adhere Cutaparts to 1-inch flaps only.

Delft Greetings to Go Guest Artist cards

Score Medium Blue card base at .5, 3, 8, 10.5″. Fold along each score line to create a gate fold design. (No gap.) Adhere 4.5 x 6.5″ Yellow Panel to left front 1/2 inch flap only.

Delft Greetings to Go Guest Artist cards

Follow the instructions provided to assemble the Medium Blue cards. Trim one yellow panel vertically at 1.75 and 3.5. Adhere each 1.75 x 6.5″ panel to front of card. Embellish with Cutaparts.

Delft Greetings to Go Guest Artist cards

Apply yellow alcohol ink to Yupo paper panel. Once dry, stamp Jumbo cracked tile image in India Ink. Trim two 2.5 x 3″ panels to fit front flaps.

I hope you’re inspired by Pam to try something different with your own Delft cards. If you’re interested in more details of how each card was made, visit Pam’s blog post. Happy crafting!


Cloisonné Technique

Combine gold embossing and Color Burst pigment powder to create the look of cloisonné.

Stamp the Delft Jumbo UM broken tile image onto mixed media paper with Versamark ink.

Cover the image with fine detail gold embossing powder.

Melt the powder with a heat tool.

Sprinkle a small amount of Ultramarine Blue Color Burst pigment powder onto a nonstick craft mat that has been spritzed with water.

Paint on the color into the broken tiles with a fine detail paint brush.

Concentrate darker colors into the more detailed areas of the image.

The embossed areas help hold the watercolor inside each “broken tile” section.

Create a card with papers and fibers from the Delft Deluxe kit. Note: the yellow print and sentiment were printed from Delft Digital kit artwork.

Do you have a favorite stamping technique inspired by another form of artwork? Share your thoughts in the comments below.




Delft Cracked Porcelain Technique Tutorial

Create the look of cracked porcelain with the Delft Jumbo UM Stamp and some clever trimming.

Cracked Porcelain Technique


Stamp the Jumbo UM image in Sapphire ink onto 140 lb. mixed media paper and sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Melt the powder with a heat tool.

Sprinkle the image with Lemon Yellow Color Burst Pigment Powder. Spritz the panel lightly with water and dry completely.

Fussy cut the individual “broken” sections of the image with scissors or a craft knife on a cutting mat.

Mark the placement of the cracked porcelain pieces with a faint pencil line on a 4×5.25″ Lt. Blue panel.

Attach the top corner pieces first with Bookbinding Glue in a Needle-tipped Applicator.

Continue adding pieces of the cracked porcelain until the image is complete.

Create faux stitching around the outer edges of the panel with the blue gel pen (part of the set included in the Delft Deluxe kit).

Stamp the bottom of the panel with a sentiment from the Jumbo UM set and attach to a Lt. Blue Print card base.

Cracked Porcelain Technique

Happy Crafting!



March Technique Challenge–More Background Inspiration

Yesterday’s blog post featured background techniques shared by Artist Team member Tina. She chose DIY backgrounds as the Technique Challenge for the month of March. Here are three more techniques to inspire you:


Mix acrylic paint and dish soap in a plastic container. Use a straw to blow air into the mixture to create bubbles. (Bubbles should reach the top of the container.) Place card stock onto the bubbled surface. Remove and set aside to dry completely. Repeat as desired.

Here I used the panel on a card featuring elements from the Garden Shed collection.


Stamp Enchanted Forest image with white pigment ink. Add white EP and heat emboss. Apply 2-3 coordinating Distress inks to panel. Mist water to enhance and “move” the color. Allow to dry. Spritz finished panel with a Perfect Pearls/water mixture for a shimmering effect.


Crumple a piece of waxed paper. Open and smooth out. Insert waxed paper into embossing folder and emboss using a Cuttlebug or other tool.

After embossing, insert the waxed paper between two pieces of white card stock, creating a sandwich. Place sandwich into a folded piece of copy paper. Use an iron to heat the entire surface. The imprint of the wax becomes the resist on the card stock.

Disassemble the sandwich and locate the panel with the waxed surface. Apply Distress ink – the waxed areas will resist the ink.

Here is another card using the same technique with a different embossing folder and ink. Both cards feature elements from the Transformations collection.

I hope you enjoyed the wide variety of background techniques. I encourage you to give one or more of them a try. Once you do, don’t forget to share your work on the Linky Party found at the bottom of this post. You could win a Club Scrap gift certificate!


March Technique Challenge–Create Your Own Backgrounds

Our host for the March Technique Challenge is Artist Team member Tina Guigui Dornbaum.

For the March Technique Challenge I wanted to focus on DIY backgrounds. There are so many to choose from. I’ll revisit some techniques that are “oldies but goodies” with a few that may be “new to you”.


For this background, I used Distress ink on an acrylic block applied to Yupo paper.

Swipe 2-3 coordinating inks onto an acrylic block. Mist with water. Press acrylic block onto Yupo paper. Set aside to dry completely. (Note: Do not use a heat tool with Yupo paper.)

Color Me Happy card

Trim Yupo to desired size. Here I paired the larger panel with other elements from the Color Me Happy kit.


Choose 2-3 coordinating shades of Color Burst. Tap a small amount of each color onto watercolor paper.

Mist with water to activate. Let dry naturally, or speed the process along using a heat tool.

Dahlia Color Burst background

Trim watercolor paper to the desired size. I used this panel on a card made using the Dahlia kit.


Choose 2-3 coordinating colors of watercolors. Add paint to paper–it should be very wet. Press a piece of plastic wrap into the paint, scrunching the plastic as you go to create texture. Leave the plastic wrap in place until fully dry. Trim as desired.

The watercolors “pool” underneath the plastic wrap and dry that way, creating a unique, textured appearance.

Paradise watercolor background card

I used my background as a panel for this card featuring the Paradise kit.


Apply texture paste over a stencil or mask onto card stock panel. Let dry completely. (You can purchase ready-made paste, or make your own using talcum powder, CS® Bookbinding Glue, white paint and water.)

Once dry, apply watercolor paints to the design. Mist entire panel with a Perfect Pearls/water mixture to give it shimmer.

Color Me Happy texture paste card

I used the Dragonfly Masking Stencil along with stamps and papers from Color Me Happy to create this card. The photo just doesn’t do it justice!

Tina was on such a roll creating backgrounds and finished samples, it was too much to share in one post. Stay tuned tomorrow for even more DIY background inspiration!



Delft Stencil Faux Tile Technique

Create beautiful faux tiles with the Delft Cracked Porcelain stencil combined with clever stamping and texture paste.

Lay the stencil over a sheet of Delft Dk. Blue paper and secure with tape.

Spread a layer of handmade texture paste evenly over the openings of the stencil with a palette knife. (The paste is made with talcum powder, CS® Bookbinding Glue, white paint and water.)

Carefully remove the stencil and allow the paste to dry completely.

Stamp the small and large tulip images from the Jumbo and Art Nouveau UM sheets onto the dried paste.

Cover the entire piece with the crackle texture stamp image with Sapphire ink.

Trim the panel and book board into four 3.5×3.5″ squares.

Round the corners with a Corner Chomper on the 1/2″ setting.

Laminate each book board square with the art panel with bookbinding glue.

Rub Versamark ink over the surface of each coaster. Make sure to get the ink into all the nooks and crannies.

Sprinkle a generous amount of Ultra Thick Clear Embossing Powder onto the coaster and tap off excess powder.

Melt in a 340° F oven for 2-3 minutes. **DO NOT use a baking sheet that is used for cooking food. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Why the oven? Using a heat tool for this process can cause powder to blow off the project. It is also necessary to apply a large amount of powder because a second application and heat cycle can cause discoloration.

Create a decorative box to hold your coasters.

It’s your turn to get cracking and make some coasters!



Card Making with Delft Stamps

I’ve had lots of fun “klompendansing” around the craft table this week with the Delft Unmounted Stamps!

Here’s a review of the cards I created . . .



Delft Jumbo stamps

Stamp the tile image with Sapphire ink and cover each tile with glossy accents. (Do this step last and set the card aside to dry completely.) Stamp the small crackle image onto the Lt. Blue card panel.


Delft Jumbo stamps

Create four square pieces of artwork, cover each one with clear embossing ink, sprinkle with ultra thick embossing powder, and heat to melt.


Delft Jumbo stamps

Stamp the house and windmill images onto Yellow and Lt. Blue Plain card panels and stamp in a row on a White card panel. Cut out the Yellow and Lt. Blue windows with a craft knife or detail scissors and adhere to to the White panel. The lights are on . . . somebody’s home! (Don’t forget to add a tiny, hand-cut heart coming out of the chimney!)


Delft Jumbo stamps

Add windows trimmed from Yellow paper to the windmill. The tile frame is designed to fit several of the images and sentiments on the Jumbo UM sheet.


Delft Jumbo stamps

Mask a 1.75″ area of a White card panel with Post-it Notes. Stamp the background and shade with Sapphire ink. Remove the mask and finish with a nested, stamped sentiment.



Delft Art Nouveau stamps

Brayer Sapphire and Topaz ink onto a white card panel. Add rows of stamped images and highlight with colored pencils.


Delft Art Nouveau stamps

Stamp the tulip image four times onto a White square, rotating the image from the center. Shade details with colored pencils, mat and nest onto a card base.


Delft Art Nouveau stamps

Fill in the centers of the stamped flowers with a white gel pen.


Delft Art Nouveau stamps

Create an oversized matchbox measuring 3×4.5″. The outside art panel features the numbers within the frames stamped on Dk. Blue with White Pigment ink. The drawer of the matchbox slides out to reveal the number four.



Delft Art Greeting stamps

Stamp the adorable wooden shoes onto the bottom of the card, create a mask for the shoes, and finish with the stamped borders and sentiments.


Delft Art Greeting stamps

Create some wooden shoe “faux postage” stamped onto Dk. Blue with White Pigment ink. Be sure to heat set to prevent smearing.


Delft Art Greeting stamps

Wooden shoe like to have some colorful wooden shoes? They’re actually quite comfortable as long as you’re wearing thick socks.


Delft Art Greeting stamps

Place Post-it Notes into each corner of a card panel at a 45-degree angle and stamp the border image along the edge of the panel. Replace the masks on the three remaining sides and stamp to finish the perfect frame.

I guess I’ll end this post by mentioning that my sink is clogged.

(Obviously, that pun didn’t make the cut.)

Happy stamping!



February Greetings to Go Guest Artist Cards

The February Greetings to Go Guest Artist is Debra Charlesworth from Houghton, Michigan. She shares her crafty artwork on her personal blog, Lift Bridge Cards and Crafts.

It was a lot of fun making the Greetings to Go cards this month. I used a lot of PanPastels when designing the cards. Eclipse tape is a favorite for masking, and I recently discovered Post-it Tape is very similar. Post-it Labels are great for masking stamped images, too.

All of the hand-colored images are done using my PrismaColor pencils. I’ve been using them since I was ten years old–they are my favorite colored pencil. DH Paul just bought me the enormous box for Christmas. Years ago, I discovered a blending technique using a “low-odor thinner/gamsol” and a paper stump on Two Peas in a Bucket (from Michelle, owner of Purple Onion Designs). Here is a Split Coast Stampers tutorial that is also very good:
Although the result is a bit softer than that of copic markers (which I don’t own), I feel like you get similar results–AND the pencils are a heck of a lot more affordable and easier to store!


succulents HB

Stamp image with Watermark ink, color with metallic PanPastels. Add dots to punched border using a white pearl pen. I found the pearl pens at retreat a number of years ago when Michael Strong was a guest instructor. I have about half a dozen colors–I really like them for making dimensional dots on cards.

succulents thanks

Stamp pot and cactus image in Staz-on ink onto transparent tag, color with Sakura glaze pens. Add corner dots with copper pearl pen.

succulents thanks

Stamp succulent image onto wine with Parchment pigment ink. Blend Leaf and Lagoon hybrid inks direct to stamp on Ivory panel.

succulents grid

Mask off grid using Eclipse masking tape. Blend PanPastels to create background.


succulents aloe card

Emboss panels using weave-patterned embossing folder. Color stamped image with PrismaColor colored pencils, blend with low-odor thinner.

succulents congratulations

Use Leaf hybrid ink on various images to create background. Blend Leaf and Lagoon inks direct to stamp on Ivory panel. Stamp greeting with pigment ink, heat emboss with black EP.

succulents birthday

Blend Leaf and Lagoon hybrid inks direct to greeting stamp onto panel. Color pots using PrismaColor pencils, blend with low-odor thinner. Stamp succulent sprigs in Leaf, accent with colored pencil.

succulents birthday popup

Blend Moss and Topaz hybrid inks directly to greeting stamp, stamp onto panel. Apply Club Scrap Metallic Reinkers (green no longer available) directly onto the large succulent image, use a brayer to blend. Outline image using fine-tip black marker. DH Paul suggested the cute cactus pop-up image inside the card.


succulents colorful

The collage print on one of the Cutaparts inspired this background. Stamp assorted images in Carnation, Orchid, Leaf, Lagoon inks, using masks created from Post-it labels.

succulents thank you

Mask off strip using masking tape. Stamp variety of images in Watermark ink, add coordinating PanPastels and blend. Stamp sentiment in black ink, heat emboss with black EP. Use grid ruler, piercing tool and cork to create border accent.

succulents grow

Color stamped images using PrismaColors, blend with low-odor mineral spirits. Accent punched border with copper pearl pen.

succulents love cards

Place “love” and succulent medallion image on a single acrylic block, stamp with Carnation hybrid ink. Tip: Stamp “off” onto scrap paper first to get lighter image, then stamp at an angle to create background. Sentiment is Mahogany hybrid ink.

I hope you are inspired by my cards and the coloring techniques I used. Have fun giving them a try!


February Technique Challenge–Fancy Folds

Hosted by Artist Team member Cheryl Walker.

There are many different tutorials out there for fancy folded cards, so the February Technique Challenge is to find one you like, make a card, and link it to the Linky Party below. For inspiration, check out the ideas below.


Outside, it looks just like any other card front.

But when you open the card, you can see the fancy fold in action. I just love the interactive nature of this card! Visit my blog for a Tri-Shutter Card tutorial and video.

Here are a few other “fancy fold” card ideas:

Funky Fold Card 

Bendy Card

Quick and Easy Pop-up Card

So what if you’re not a card maker? Why not create an element for a scrapbook page inspired by a fancy card fold or other paper-engineering technique? Check out these two “fancy folded” layout ideas Kay shared last year:




I created this layout highlighting one feature photo, but there’s a surprise . . .

. . . lift the tab to discover a tri-fold that holds additional photos and/or journaling.

To create this tri-fold page, gather the following:

  • 8×12″ Base, scored horizontally at 6″
  • 5×12″ Flap, scored horizontally at 5 and 10″
  • (3) 7.75x 5.75″ Mats
  • Cutaparts for embellishing

Visit my blog for a quick video tutorial to see the assembly process.

Now it’s YOUR turn! Try one of the ideas I’ve shared here, or find a fancy fold of your own to try. Either way, be sure to share a photo of your finished project and link it up below for your chance to win a Club Scrap gift certificate.





Fun With Succulents Rubber Stamps

Aloe, there! Did you know February 7 is National “Send a Card to a Friend” Day? What a great excuse to send a bunch of friends beautiful handmade cards.

I just love the Succulents collection. I couldn’t wait to mount my stamps and get playing.


I experimented with the large succulent image from the Jumbo UM and acrylic paints. I mixed two shades of green, white and a bit of lilac on a paper plate, and applied the paint to my stamp using a foam brush. I was very pleased with the results.

The large image made a great focal point for these cards.

Next, I used the same technique with the large flower-shaped succulent image from the Jumbo UM. After the paint was fully dry, I trimmed the image/panel in half to use on two separate cards.

The small succulents sprig inked with Watermark ink created a subtle background for the card bases. It created a lovely tone-on-tone look on both Pink and Wine Plain.


The softness of Ash Hybrid ink is also a great match for the Succulents collection.

First, stamp “love” in Jet Black, create a mask from a Post-it Note, then stamp the large succulent image in Ash.

The same stamp and ink create an interesting background for this card. The focal image is trimmed from the 12×12 Deluxe Ivory Print using a circle die, stamped with “Love grows here.” in Jet Black.


“Thanks” stamped in Watermark ink, then colored with Blue, Green and Pink PanPastels. Ribbon from my stash.

Those little phrases reminded me of candy hearts, so I couldn’t resist creating this cute Valentine with heart-shaped dies and punches.

Some hearts are attached using Foam Adhesive Circles for added dimension.

Schedule some play time with your Succulents pizza box and you’ll be lookin’ sharp in no time!