Video: How to Create A Simple Card Layout Based on The Rule of Thirds

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Hi everyone, today I wanted to share a video with you to showcase how to create a simple card layout by using the rule of thirds or golden ratio. In my video it sounds like those two things are the same. Just to clarify, they are not! This video from DNews explains the difference very good. But I think that it doesn’t make a huge difference for us card makers, that’s why I refer to both in a similar way. What is the Rule of Thirds? The basic idea is to divide an image into 9 squares. For the rule …

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Artsy Fartsy Birthday Card – Why Again Did I Do This?

Artsy Fartsy Card

Do you have cards where you just don’t know if your design is really great or just terrible? This is how I feel with this artsy fartsy birthday card. πŸ™‚ A couple of days ago I played with some new paints (new for me). I found a set of pebeo Vitrail oil paints at Michael’s and wanted to give them a try. I actually bought them, because I saw Sandy Allnock using them during CHA and I loved the effect that these colors are creating. Because they are oil paints, I didn’t want to use them on regular paper. So …

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What A Crab Party – A Quick Squared Card

Crab Party

Today’s card is inspired by one of the design team cards over on the Lawnscaping Challenge. The theme is “Celebrate”, so I created a crab party card. I started with stamping the word “Party” using Owen’s ABC onto Ranger water color paper and sprinkled white embossing powder on top. After heat setting the letters, I blended Mermaid Lagoon distress ink to the bottom right corner and blended carefully to the top. A couple sprinkles of water lifted some of the color, now it looked a little more like an underwater scene. I stamped the crab and the party hat on …

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A Very Green Birthday Card – Hip Hip Hooray

Green Birthday Card

With St. Patrick’s Day and Easter around the corner, I thought that I could create a very green birthday card with a white rabbit on it (well, I got the idea with the green from one of the challenges I mention down below). And because it’s a special one, it needs a recipient who is as crazy about books and classics especially as I am. Anyway, as you know, I am crazy about the latest Stamp of Approval Box, so I used the stencil to create the background. For the first layer I used Lucky Clover and blended it through …

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Toasty Greetings From A Cute Penguin

Toasty Greetings

Happy President’s Day! I have a day off and just had to use the time to make some cards and join a few card challenges. I haven’t played with the MFT challenges in a long time, so I thought I combine the Color Challenge and the Sketch Challenge with one card. I started with die-cutting a tag with MFT’s stitched traditional tags and blend Simon Says Ink Rosie Cheeks over the entire tag. Now I layered a star stencil from TCW on top, blended Hero Arts Raspberry Jam over it, and set it aside to dry. I stamped the cute …

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Mixed Media Project – Stained Glass Effect On Canvas Paper

Mixed Media Stained Glass Effect

Today’s project is a little more complex and required a day preparation, please bare with me while I walk you through all the steps πŸ™‚ All supplies used are listed at the very end (I should try to figure out InLinkz…). Butterfly Yesterday I took a quarter sheet of the Canvas Paper that I prepared with white Gesso. After the paper was dry, I stamped the smallest butterfly from the Stampendous butterfly set with gray ink. Now I had to outline the butterfly with Pebeo relief outliner. That had to dry for a couple hours. Finally I was able to …

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I’m Not A Fan Of Valentines Day, But…

Valentines Day Card for my Hubby

… my hubby planned something for me and I wanted to give something back, at least a little card πŸ™‚ So I grabbed the new MFT Ewe are the best stamp and the stitched cloud edges to create a Valentines Day card in “seventh heaven” (Do you know this saying or is that a German thing?). I started with die-cutting the background and blended distress ink (Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean) to create the sky. Nothing fancy, just simple blending without water. Now I took some white card stock and vellum, ran it through my die-cut machine with a stitched …

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Some more cards I made with the Stamp of Approval Collection

Little Birthday Monster

It’s starting to be a Stamp of Approval week here. But it’s just so much fun to play with that box. I try to make something different next time, promised. πŸ™‚ For the first two cards I started with using the amazing stencil again. I took two pieces of white card stock and spread Dreamweaver embossing paste over them. Then I set them aside to dry. Now I took a third piece of card stock and blended Fossilized Amber and Candied Apple to create a sunset like scene. Now I used the Winnie & Walter circle stamps to create a …

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3 Cards I Made Using the Stamp of Approval Young at Heart Collection

Cards Using Stamp of Approval

Well, hello there. It’s Monday and that’s exactly how I feel… Maybe some cards will cheer me up? You bet! πŸ™‚ In my last post I unboxed the current Stamp of Approval collection and showed you the entire content in a “quick” video. Today I wanted to show you what cards I made so far using the Stamp of Approval Stamps, Dies, and Stencils. This post showcases the first three. Stay tuned for three more soon πŸ™‚ Card 1 For the green-ish card I used a stencil from Simon Says, layered it on the paper and blended Twisted Citron Distress …

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Unboxing Stamp of Approval – Young at Heart Collection

Unboxing Stamp of Approval

Good morning! My mailman delivered something very exciting today: the new Stamp of Approval Young at Heart Collection πŸ™‚ My coffee was ready (yes, that’s a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mug) and I couldn’t wait, so I had to film the unboxing immediately. Unfortunately at the time I got the box, the light was terrible in my craft room. Please excuse the sun (don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that it is shining today). Right now (Feb. 6th) it looks like you can still buy the box here: http://cpstampofapproval.com/. In case you weren’t able to order it anymore, just wait …

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