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Making a Layered Card on Design Space

It has been a long time since I've updated my website, but as I bump into people, they continually ask for more information about my cards. Today, I go over how to make a layered card on Cricut Design Space. Please sure to drop any feedback. Thanks for watching!



Here are pics of the final product:

Here are links to items I used to finish this card:
3D Dot Adhesives
Tombow Adhesive Runner
Bling Rhinestones

Review: Sizzix's Stamper's Secret Weapon

In my quest to get better stamped images, I stumble across Sizzix's Stamper's Secret Weapon. This is an item that many people say they can't live without. Me - I'm not so sure. I generally don't have issues with stamping, and learning to use the Stamper's Secret Weapon is a trick all its own.

So what is it?
Available on Amazon for around $12.99, the actual product is a foam mat that measures 12in x 10.5in x  0.5in. The mat feels both firm, but squishes down nicely.

Does it work?
Without a doubt. Once you learn that you don't need to apply the same pressure you applied before. I was working on a card for Mother's Day. The actual big image looked great:


The image came out rather striking. When it came to text, my end result was a bit different:


Notice how the A in the upper left is totally smeared. Now I could have had too much ink, but that's never been an issue before. I chalk a portion of the blame up to applying too much pressure. With this mat, sa…

Bobble Head Card

This week's card is deceptively easy. The only trick is that you need 1) a great design and 2) springs. It's an unconventional item that I've never seen in a card until Lori Whitlock demonstrated them. Unlike previous handmade cards, this one will require a Cameo, Silhouette or Cricut machine

Here's a full list of materials:
Black Cardstock
White Cardstock x2
Yellow Cardstock
Pink Cardstock
Rose Cardstock
Patterned Cardstock 
Mini Action Springs
Panda Design

This week, I gathered all my paper. My change in design was that the background of the card was originally blue, but I thought a patterned background would look cooler. I used a Prince Charming paper pad I purchased at AC Moore for the cool pattern.



My Cricut did a lot of the heavy lifting. Lots of cut outs, so make sure you have a clear space.


Assembly is very easy, with just layered your patterned card, followed with the base of the panda.

Then I continued with his arms and belly.

Followed by the string, balloon, and th…

Washi Bee Card

I struggled with a new design this week. I had numerous failed attempts with an embossing and flower card that I'm working on, so far this week's project, I wanted to make sure I could make something I could execute easily. Papercraft Essentials #163 has this fantastic bee die cut with a number of stamps. While I've created a number of a washi cards in the past, I've never made washi tape go from the top to the bottom of the card.

What You'll Need:
Black Cardstock
Yellow Cardstock
Black Washi Tape
3D Adhesive Poppers
Die Cut and Stamp from Paper Essentials.

This week is super straight forward. Start with your usual A2 size card (8.5" x 4.25") and a yellow cut out (5.1" x 3.8").


From here, you have options. You can place the washi tape on the yellow cardstock vertical or at a diagonal. I'm partial to the diagonal design.



With any of the excess washi tape, simply fold it on the back side. From there, it's as simple as stamping your phrase and u…

Watercolor Cards with Negative Space

I actually had a whole different project planned for my first blog post; however, thanks to a computer reboot, I ended up exploring a wholly new technique that I've never seen before. This technique is courtesy of Cards and Papercrafts Issue #178. The idea here is that by applying washi tape to a card and then watercoloring over it, you can create some cool negative space.
What you'll need: White Cardstock Black Cardstock Watercolor brushes (or paint) Washi tape A die cut phrase of your choice.
This is the end product they show in the magazine:
Looks cool. And looks rather doable. Here was my concern: sometimes when I apply washi tape and then lift it, it destroys the paper. The danger was real, and it could result in all that watercoloring time. then lifting the washi tape and damaging the card. I tried out a couple washi tapes and found a nice thin strip that didn't seem as sticky. 
Here's the set up:

For my watercolors I wasn't super concerned. I kind of went wild. I…