Cardmaking Basics for beginners

Must read list for cardmaking in India. This post in the cardmaking tutorial series helps you understand various types of cards and gets you choose a style.

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So I have finally joined the bandwagon of paper-crafters in India although I am most of the time invisible! Its high time I share my experience on cardmaking basics, cardmaking supplies, techniques etc – I mean whatever I know about cardmaking. This post is going to be part 1 of the many more topic specific posts to come. As and when I make new post in the series, I shall tag them here in a list.

Little introduction with types of cardmaking styles

I thought I would just give an introduction about cardmaking by sharing some cards from various blogs and sharing how they were made. That way you could choose your style of cards and buy supplies in accordance to that.

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Friendship Card with tagline : “Thinking of you”

A friendship card with the tag ” thinking of you” will definitely surprise your friend! Do read on for full tutorials on how to make this card!

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I hadn’t touched my cardmaking supplies since Christmas and I just felt like I needed a break and craft for a change! I made this “Thinking of you” Friendship card for a friend of mine ( which btw I just posted yesterday!) with hydrangea stamps from the Penny black Flower Festival stamp-set.

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Snowflakes Christmas Card

Snowflakes christmas card : A simple snowflakes card with stamps from Varnas creations. Loads of sequins loads of snowflakes. Prefect Christmas greetings.
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I made several Christmas cards this time and I am quite proud of the neat outcome of my trials 😛 This is the first in the series that I am going to share and its a snowflakes Christmas card. If you are into cardmaking, I would love to get suggestions on Christmas stamps available in India. Maybe not this year but in next years haul, I would include those suggestions 🙂

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Handmade Angel Christmas Card

Handmade angel Christmas card – Cute andgel christmas card made using stampset from whimsy and mama elephant. Coloring using zig brush pens.

Handmade Angel Christmas Cards


Yet another Christmas card for this holiday season and this time its an angel Christmas card 🙂 I had bought this Whimsy’s cute angel Cody stamp from Die cuts& more and couldn’t wait to make a card out of him! HERE is the previous Christmas card that I had posted if you missed out on it. Don’t you think the baby angel is too cute to be packed into an envelope? Me too! read on to know more..

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Spray Technique tutorials for Mixed Media

A good tutorial compilation of simple spray technique for mixed media art. If you are a beginner trying mixed media art, here where you should start!

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Hello everyone!!

Mixed media is presumed to be a much difficult form of art work but in real, it gives you immense opportunities to let yourself loose and experiment in all kinds. One important part of mixed media art/mixed media journaling is creating the background for your work. And this post is all about various  spray techniques and how to incorporate them in your mixed media art.These are just some ways in which I use my sprays and they are not hardbound techniques! You can always experiment more and more. These are just some tips for beginners 🙂

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Ocean theme handmade greeting card

Ocean theme handmade greeting card

Ocean theme greeting card (17)I started working on this ocean theme handmade greeting card in the beginning of the month but as you can see I got tied up with all our giveaways and other pending posts etc. Nevertheless, I managed to complete the ocean theme greeting card yesterday  for Lulupu challenge for the month of June 2015- quite different from my initial design that I had in mind.

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As a beginner, I refrained from experimenting with complex techniques and hence started simple and straight. Want to know how I made these little ocean theme greeting cards? Read on!

Materials required to make ocean theme greeting card :

  • Hero arts magical background stamp
  • Heidi swapp “always” stampset for hearts & sentiments
  • Hero arts Cleardesign: Friends
  • Inkadinkado hearts stampset
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Cardstock – white ( Brustro)

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  • Pleacock feather distress ink for ocean waters
  • Memento summersky for swirls background stamping
  • Rangers classic cherry  for hearts
  • Archival jet black for sentiment
  • Versamark ink pad and rangers white embossing powder for embossing.

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Procedure to make ocean theme greeting card :

I accept that I’m no expert to put up a tutorial but this is just sharing with you guys the method I followed to make this ocean theme greeting card so that you readers can add in suggestions 🙂

So first I cut out a card-stock into A2 size  and stamped magical background with memento summer-sky dye ink.

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On another card-stock, cut out same size as the no card, I applied plain water with brush all over and spread out distress ink in the shade peacock feathers in a single direction.

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In the meantime while I left it to dry, I hand drew these tiny fishes with faber castell water based sketching pens and painted them with watercolors.

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Hand cut these cute fishes and went ahead to draw swirly waves on my ocean with blue sketch pens.

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Cut out strips of waves to superimpose on one another to get a real fake ocean effect. I paired up my fishes and decided to make one pair as lovers and another as friends 😛

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Both the cards were kept simple with just a small heart stamped out of heidi swapp heart stamp in rangers classic cherry  between the two fishes. I stamped “love you’ sentiment on love couple card and finished it off.

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For the friends card, I actually stamped the sentiment “friends always” from Hero arts & heidi swapp but it was tilted a bit so I covered up the error by placing a heat embossed sentiment in blue card stock there. I cut it out wide enough to cover my silly stamping and decided to make it a ribbon shape – kinda looked better.

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And my “l” in always didnt stamp properly 🙁

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Do you want to know how I heat embossed without a heat gun? Im gonna follow this till I invest in one and you too can if you don’t own one yet. Read the experience HERE where I made a black and white card with heat embossed sentiments.

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So that is the story of my ocean theme greeting card 🙂 Liked it ? have suggestions? Please do let me know because I’m really really in need of some criticism to learn better 🙂

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New Giveaway coming soon tomorrow sponsored by Crafters Corner 🙂 Stay tuned 🙂

Linking this card to :

Lulupu Summer splash (HERE) and BCG Cards only (HERE)

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Generation Stamping Technique: Black &white CAS Card

Generation Stamping Technique: Black &white CAS Card

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As you might have seen from my recent post, you should be getting that stamping bug has bit me 😛 I’m buying stamps and inks like crazy and trying out various techniques. I think the various craft challenges hosted by many Indian blog ( as listed HERE) really helps in being consistent and also trying new stuffs. So I made this black and white CAS card using generation stamping technique for Kraftzone challenge for June 2015.

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This is also the first time I was trying embossing. As I did not have a heat gun, I tried many techniques suggested on many blogs and youtube videos but eventually my own method worked out 😛

  • I tried ironing with my normal iron box but then half the embossing powder melted on the paper I had put on top of the actual card 🙁
  • I tried holding the iron very close to the paper but it did not melt the embossing powder.
  • I tried my hair dryer but it blew off all the powder haha!
  • I tried holding it above my stove flame but then I guess since the burner is circular , the heat was distributed over larger area and it got over melted! It looked like somebody scraped it off the paper 🙁
  • So lastly I tried with cigarette lighter 😛 Held it very close ( blue flame ) and moved it quickly mimicking the outline of the sentiments as soon as one area was melted.

What is Generation Stamping Technique ?

Generation stamping is a technique wherein a single ink is used to create different shaded images by stamping it multiple times without re-inking. What you need to do in this technique is to ink your stamp well and stamp once to get your first generation image, without reinking, stamp again for your second generation image and so on. It really depends on the ink whether you can go for third and fourth generation images or not. Here is a blog post from Catchy Designs (HERE) where Deepti has made this beautiful hearts card using generation stamping technique.

Ideally generation stamping technique is supposed to create images of different shades and you need to probably experiment with the inks you have in hand to find out if the shades turn out visibly different or not. Im linking below two videos that explain in detail how to do generation stamping :

You can see from the above videos how different shades/colors can be achieved through generation stamping technique even if you do not have many inkpads.

Materials required to make Black and White CAS Card using Generation Stamping Technique :

  • Cardstock – White and Black ( I used Brustro drawing paper for white and applied black soot distress ink for black )
  • White embossing powder (Rangers)
  • Versamark watermark inkpad
  • Flower stamp and sentiment stamp ( I used Hero arts Cleardesign: Friends )
  • Archival black ink
  • Acrylic block

Step by step procedure to make Black and white CAS card using Generation Stamping Technique :

To be frank, I wanted to try generation stamping technique but what I eventually achieved was something totally different because there was no different shades of images that I got! But anyways I wanted a black and white CAS card so I just let it be!

I made this card with one layer over a no-card. The no card was cut out from normal white cardstock A2 size (5-1/2 x 4-1/4) and the layer was trimmed a little lesser than the no-card.I used Brustro drawing paper for the first layer where I have tried generation stamping technique. I used the small flower stamp from the set Cleardesign : Friends by Hero Arts with Rangers Archival black ink. I did three generations of stamping and I assume its obvious from the brightness/strength of the images.

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I tore the layer at about a little beyond half of its length with hand to create a torn effect and brushed the torn part with black soot distress ink. This layer was glued to the no-card with the help of tacky tape.

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For the sentiment, since I did not have a black cardstock in hand, I used a white one by covering it with black soot distress ink after embossing my sentiment.

As I told you before, I did quite a lot of experiment to finally come out with this result although it isnt really a success! I used ” You are in my thoughts sentiment” from Hero Arts Cleardesign – Friends stampset and stamped it on white brustro drawing paper with versamark ink.

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I covered it with Rangers white embossing powder and used the blue flame of cigarette to set it. There were many stray particles here and there which I shouldve maybe avoided using an anti static pad ( which I dont have !). Here is the embossed result over which I used black soot distress ink.

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Here is a closer look of the embossing – The stray particle really created a havoc there plus the S in thoughts was not stamped properly I think or I brushed off the powder by mistake at the corner.Since I had already attempted this many times I just felt content with the outcome even though it wasn’t really perfect.

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I cut out the sentiment to a ribbon shape because there were too many unwanted embossing here and there which I wanted to avoid 😀

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Here is a look at the final black and white CAS card that I made using generation stamping technique and heat embossing. Do let me know your views and thoughts in the comment box below 🙂

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See you soon with another card. Phew I need to take a break from paper crafting and try my hand on something else 😛 Hey yeah also we have Roshni Gupta joining us with tutorials soon. Keep watching this space for more new crafters and their tutorials! In case you are interested in contributing tutorials, please do go through the link HERE for submissions.

Linking to

  • BCG Challenge (HERE )
  • Kraftzone Challenge (HERE)

xoxo Angela 

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