Custom Silhouette Stamping & Watercolor Striping Techniques

Watercolor Striping with Fabulous Flamingo

I was impressed by a card made by Elizabeth Price over at Seeing Ink Spots and I had to give it a try.  Thank you Elizabeth, for a beautiful background idea!

Here’s how I did it:


On watercolor paper, sponge three different colors in a striped fashion, from one end of the paper to the other.

Today we’re using Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo and Lemon Lime Twist.

Watercolor stripe colors, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist & Flirty Flamingo

Cover the entire panel, alternating colors.

Watercolor striping

Use an aqua painter (water pen) to draw stripes across the sponged panel, going over each stripe 2 or 3 times.

Leave a little space between each water stripe. Allow to dry before stamping the flamingo onto the panel.

Watercolor striping

If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, you can make a wavy pattern instead of straight stripes.

Watercolor striping

Stamp the flamingo onto the dry panel. Fill in (blacken) any area that you can see through. This is “custom silhouette-ing”  and can be done with any stamp and a black Sharpie.

Fabulous Flamingo on Water Striped Background



Card dimensions are as follows:
Bermuda Bay card base: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Lemon Lime Twist panel: 4″ x 5 1/4″
Flirty Flamingo panel: 3 7/8″ x 5″
Watercolor paper panel: 3 3/4″ x 4 7/8″
Inside panel: 4″ x 5 1/4

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Painted Harvest and Tie-Dye Technique Tutorial

Painted Harvest with Tie Dye Technique

This card features a new set from the 2017 Holiday Catalog called “Painted Harvest”, available beginning September 1, 2017….that’s TODAY!

In the background is a fun and colorful tie dye technique.  Let me show you how it’s done…

Tie Dye Tutorial 1

Open up a white coffee filter.


Gather up the filter until it is long & scrunched up.


Using a baby wipe, dab Old Olive ink onto the coffee filter in a 1″ section at one end.


Continue dabbing colors onto the filter, using a clean baby wipe for each color and leaving a bit of white showing in between each color. You will need to turn the scrunched coffee filter over and dab it from the other side in order to get the ink through all of the layers. Here we have Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze.


Open up the filter and check to see if there are any spots that need more ink. If so, scrunch it back up and add the needed ink.

If it looks good, then allow it to dry.


Use a glue stick to cover a white panel measuring 5″ x 3.75″.


Lay the panel onto your dried filter, glue-y side down. Rub to adhere.


Using your glue stick again, cover the back side of the same white panel.


Fold the edges of the filter onto the glue-y panel. Glue all 4 sides down, keeping your corners nice and square.


Turn panel over and admire your beautiful tie-dye!

Painted Harvest with Tie Dye Technique

When I stamped the sunflower, I used Crushed Curry for both the first and second layer stamps, and then did a third layer with Pumpkin Pie.  The center is stamped with Cajun Craze and the entire flower is cut out with scissors.  Both layers of the leaves are stamped with Old Olive and then punched out with the new Leaf Punch (#144667).  Glitter Enamel Dots are used as accents on the tie-dyed background.

Finish card.

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Day at the Beach U Fold Technique

My husband and I just spent a week camping on the Oregon coast which is one of my favorite places in the world.  The weather was in the 70’s and just beautiful, while our home town was experiencing a heat wave in the 3 digits.  So we enjoyed ourselves immensely, walked on the beach, sat around a campfire and got some much needed R & R.

Here’s a little beach scene I created using Day at the Beach stamp set and the U Fold Technique, which is really quite simple.


Day at the Beach U Fold Technique, by Krista Thomas

The palm trees were stamped with Avant Garden, a Sale-a-Bration set from earlier this year, and it’s actually a flower but worked perfectly as a palm tree!

Here are the instructions for making this Day at the Beach U Fold Technique:

U Fold Tutorial

You will need the following 3 card stock pieces to make this U Fold card:

Pool Party- 4 1/4″ x 7 1/2″

Crumb Cake- 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

Island Indigo- 2″ x 3 1/2″

U Fold Tutorial

Score the 4 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ panel (Pool Party) at 1 1/2″, 2 1/2″, 5″ and 6″

U Fold Technique

Score the 2″ x 3 1/2″ panel (Island Indigo) at 1/2″ and 3″.

Use a scallop edgelit across one long edge to mimic ocean waves. (The new Seasonal Layers Thinlits has a scallop edgelit, as well as the Adirondack chair used on this card)

U Fold Technique

Fold the Pool Party (4 1/4″ x 7 1/2″) panel on it’s score lines going across as: mountain, valley, valley, mountain.

Fold the Island Indigo (2″ x 3 1/2″) panel on it’s fold lines, both as mountain. Those end tabs will face the rear of the card.

U Fold Technique

Glue Island Indigo panel between the 2 1/2″ & 5″ score lines of the Pool Party panel.

U Fold Technique

Stamp and sponge the Crumb Cake (1 1 /2″ x 5 1/2″) panel and then glue it on the front flaps of the Pool Party panel.  The scallop-y top edge was done with a non-Stampin’ Up framelit.

Finish by stamping and cutting out the palm trees, dolphin, sun, star fish, drink and Adirondack chair. Glue these elements into place.

This card will fit into an A2 sized envelope by folding one end in and the other end flat.

I hope you enjoyed this little beach scene and I also hope you make one of your own….go get inky!

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Wiper Technique with Birthday Fiesta Llama

Goodbye & Farewell to Birthday Fiesta…

Sometimes we have to say goodbye to things we love…such is the case with this Birthday Fiesta Bundle, including the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper (DSP). On June 1, 2017 it will no longer be available and this favorite of mine will be a thing of the past.  I’m so glad that I’ve stocked up on the designer paper and you might want to as well.  That’s where the sombrero and maracas are cut from.  I’ve also cut out guitars and pinatas to use as accents, and it’s all from the DSP.

Wiper card technique with full instructions/tutorial featuring Birthday Fiesta and a pop up llama!

Amaze your Friends!

This might just be my favorite technique EVER and it’s so simple to make!  It features an interior panel that pops up when you pull the sides of the cards out.  You can pop-up balloons, a cake, presents or in this case, a llama!  Your imagination is all that’s required!

Let’s get started…

Wiper card instruction

Cut 2 pieces of card stock that each measure 4 1/4″ x 6 3/4″.

Score each one at 1″ and 1 3/4″ on the longest edge (6 3/4″).

Rotate one panel so that the score lines are on the right.

Fold each panel on the score lines so they look like this…

Wiper card instruction


Wiper card instruction

Cut a 2″ x 2 3/4″ panel which will become the wiper. Place it on your Stampin’ Trimmer so that it looks like this picture. Score and fold back and forth so that it bends easily.

If you don’t have a trimmer like this, measure in from both sides of a corner 5/8″ and mark it on each side. Connect the markings to make a triangle. Fold on that line.

Wiper card instruction

Flip over the panel from step 2 that has the score lines on the left. You will be looking at the back side of the front panel. The score lines should still be on the left.

Measure up 1 3/4″ from the bottom, along the 1″ score line and place the wiper panel (from step 3) to the right of that score line with the scored triangle at the top left. Glue ONLY the triangle to that spot.

Wiper card instruction

Flip the wiper panel back over, keeping the score lines at the left.

Attach it to the other panel (from step 1) as shown. The paperclips in this picture show where you’ll glue the card together. Basically, it’s the 1″ strip at each end that glues to the facing panel.

To make the wiper work, simply hold the card in both hands and pull outward in each direction. The wiper should pop up! Glue whatever image you like to the wiper and finish decorating your card!

Wiper card technique with full instructions/tutorial featuring Birthday Fiesta and a pop up llama!

I hope you find time to stamp today!

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Shadow Box Technique with Balloon Adventures Bundle

Balloon Adventures Shadow Box Card, Stampin' Up, 3D card

This is a very easy and fun technique which enables us to use dies in new ways and that’s ALWAYS a good thing!  I was inspired by a card made by Dawn Griffith here.  She’s so talented and I always like her ideas.

Shadow Box Card, step 1

For your card base, cut a 5 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ panel.

Score on the 10 1/2″ side at 1/2″, 4″, 4 1/2″ & 8″.

Shadow Box step 2

Place your Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit between the 1/2″ & 4″ score lines. The thinlit is taller than the card stock, so just even it up with equal parts hanging off the top and bottom.

Run through your Big Shot.

Shadow Box step 3

Fold inwards on all score lines. See picture.

Glue the 1/2″ strip to the facing panel as shown.

Shadow Box step 4

This is now what your card will look like.

Adhere a panel measuring 4″ x 5 1/2″ to the partial front of the card.

Shadow Box step 5

Once that front panel is glued into place, this is how your card will look from the inside.

To clean up the appearance and give yourself a place to write a sentiment, glue a 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ panel to the inside, left.  Here’s another look at how I finished the inside on my balloon card…and I stamped some confetti to dress it up and make it fun!

Pictured at left: front of card                                                  Pictured at right: inside of card

Balloon Adventures Shadow Box Technique card, Stampin' Up, Occasions 2017

If you want your own Balloon Adventures bundle, get them before they’re gone.  They’re available while supplies last until May 31, 2017 and then they’re gone for good.  Right now, the framelits are 50% off, making them only $16.50, so it’s actually cheaper to NOT buy the bundle.  The Balloon Adventures stamps are regular price, $26 (#142823) and the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits are $16.50 (#142753), for a total of $42.50.  That’s a savings of $10.50.  Not bad at all!  And don’t forget the awesome Party Animal Designer Series Paper (#142738), it’s on sale for $6.60 while supplies last!

Come back for my next post and I’ll show you what the Balloon Pop-Up die is actually intended to do…it’s pretty cool!

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Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Acrylic Block Stamping, #HighTide, #regalstamping, #StampinUp, #LighthouseCard

I used an acrylic (clear) block to watercolor my background for this lighthouse card.  It’s easy and you’ll get a different look every time!

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

You will need the following supplies handy:
1.Stampin’ Spots in Garden Green, Island Indigo and Marina Mist.

2. Water spritzer

3. Watercolor paper (3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″)

4. Clear Block E

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Spritz your watercolor paper until it is well saturated and allow it to sit and absorb while you prep the clear block.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Place your clear block E so that it is in “portrait” position. Starting at the top of the block, rub your lightest ink color (Marina Mist in this case) over 1/3 of the block.  Stampin’ Spots are the perfect size for this technique and while they are not available except through a Paper Pumpkin subscription, you can make your own with un-inked spots (#141822) and an ink refill of your choice.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Rub Island Indigo over the next 1/3 of the block.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Finally, rub Garden Green over the bottom 1/3 of the block.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Press the block down over your wet watercolor paper. If the paper has curled, you’ll need to flatten it a bit first, using your fingers or a pair of tweezers.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Press hard over the entire block and then slowly lift it off. If there are runny edges, you can allow them to run back into the paper or just let them dry naturally.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Use a heat gun to speed up the drying process.  Once dry, stamp the lighthouse and scenery with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

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Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial with Timeless Tags and Everyday Hero

Everyday Hero and Timeless Tags Thinlits

If you thought I was done showing off cards that feature Timeless Tags, well you were wrong!  I actually thought I was ready to move on, but then realized that I hadn’t shared this card with you yet.  We made this during my Technique Classes in February and I have instructions for you below.  But first, some of the details…

I stamped the super hero using Everyday Hero stamp set and colored him with PrismaColor Pencils.  After a quick fussy cut with scissors, I then placed him on a tag made with Timeless Tags.  I rather thought that the sunburst-y tag looked good with the little guy!  I didn’t have any Pacific Point ribbon, so I cut a very thin strip of card stock and tied that through the tag hole.  That’s my go-to trick for when I don’t’ have ribbon in the right color!!  Works every time.


Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial with Timeless Tags and Everyday Hero,

Here’s the tutorial…

This is a simple shadowing technique that creates an interesting background!  Let me show you how I did it…

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial

Lay a stencil over your card stock panel. In this case we’re using the stars stencil, (which is from the Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks set, shown below in the product section) over a Tip Top Taupe panel measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″.

If you feel the need, you can secure both the card stock and the stencil with tape to prevent it from moving while you work.

Use a sponge dauber with Whisper White Pigment Ink and sponge through each of the stencil openings, transferring the ink to the Tip Top Taupe panel.

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial

Allow to dry or use a heat gun to speed up the process.

Clean the white ink off of the stencil.

Once the white ink has dried and you have cleaned off the stencil, realign stencil over panel.

Slightly off-set the stencil to the right or left of the previously sponged stars. You’ll see most of each white star, but you’ll have a “slice” of Tip Top Taupe showing through as well.

Secure stencil in place if desired.

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial

Use a different sponge dauber with Pacific Point ink and sponge through all of the stencil openings. You will be sponging over the white and the “slice” of Tip Top Taupe that is showing in each star.

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial

Remove mask and enjoy your Shadow Stenciled Background!

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial with Timeless Tags and Everyday Hero,

I hope you like it!  See you next time.

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Pop & Twist Carousel Birthday

It’s a WOW card!!

Today I am sharing my take on the popular Pop & Twist card technique.  As you open this card, the accordion fold section pops up and twists into a vertical position, as you can see in the picture on the left.  It’s really quite impressive and a true “WOW” card.   That’s what everyone says when they open it.  “Wow!!”

Pop & Twist Carousel Birthday Card by Krista Thomas, Here are the directions, step by step with pictures.  It’s not difficult if you take it slowly as you work through the process.  I had several brand new stampers in my technique class this past week, and they were all able to make this  advanced technique card.  Take it slow and I know you can do it!

Step 1:

Pop & Twist Technique

You will need two pieces of card stock for the scoring/folding portion of this card. My examples are both shown in white, but for the carousel card shown above, you would use:

Very Vanilla measuring 8 1/2″ x 11″

On the 8 1/2″ side, score at 2 1/2″, 4 1/2″ and 6 1/2″

On the 11″ side, score at 4 1/4″, 5 1/2″ and 6 3/4″
I have drawn in the score lines just so that you can see them better. Do NOT draw yours in, as they will show when your card is assembled.

Early Espresso measuring 2 3/4″ x 11″
On the 11″ side, score at 2 3/4″, 5 1/2″ and 8 1/4″


Step 2:

Pop & Twist Technique

Cut away the 4 corner rectangles as shown and discard.

Step 3:

Pop & Twist Technique

Now we need to create some diagonal folds. You will be bringing the right “arm” down towards the center and matching up the score lines, as shown by the red arrows. Press the fold down with a bone folder.  Keep the horizontal lines at a 90 degree angle to the vertical lines. I have highlighted the lines on the placemat in the background as a visual aid.

Step 4:

Pop & Twist Technique

Now bring the left “arm” down in the same way, keeping that 90 degree angle, and matching up the fold lines as shown by the red markings. Press the fold with a bone folder.

Pop & Twist Technique

You should now have an “X” scored into the center of your panel.  Make sure they are well creased.  Also be sure to crease the horizontal line (the one from arm to arm)

Step 5:

Pop & Twist Technique

Bring the “arm” folds up into mountain folds and this should force the “X” into valley folds.  Bring the arms all the way in and flatten the card.  It should now look like a house. (see next picture)

Step 6:

Pop & Twist Technique


Carefully fold your panel in until it looks like this. The more you fold and unfold, the easier it will go into place.

In order for this piece to fit properly inside the card (without hanging over the edge), you will need to cut off approximately 1/4″ across the bottom edges.  I have marked it with a red dotted line.  Do this now, through both layers.

Step 7:

Pop & Twist Technique

Now let’s fold our Early Espresso piece that you scored in Step 1 (2 3/4″ x 11″) as shown.

From the left: valley, mountain, valley

Step 8:

Pop & Twist Technique

Now we’re back to the other panel and getting ready to glue. Notice the two areas labeled “glue”. Don’t put any glue on them yet, this is just a visual aid for you.

Pop & Twist Technique


Fold your panel back into the house shape,  as shown. You can see the two arms on the inside.  The accordion folded piece (Early Espresso) is going to slide between the two arms.  One arm will be under, the other will be over.

Step 9:

Pop & Twist Technique


Place glue on the left arm and slide the Early Espresso piece inside and between the two arms, gluing it into place over that arm.

***Note that the accordion piece (Early Espresso) should have the 2 valley folds going in first, which means that the mountain fold (or center) and the 2 raw edges will be facing you.

Step 10:

Pop & Twist Technique

Carefully turn the entire piece over and repeat Step 9, gluing the other arm to the opposite side of the Espresso piece.


Allow your glue to dry.

Pop & Twist Technique

You should now be able to open your panel and see the Pop & Twist motion. The more you open/close it, the easier it will work.

Step 11:

Fold a 4 1/4″ x 11″ Bermuda Bay panel in half (score at 5 1/2″) to make the card base. Lay the Pop & Twist panel inside, glue one side to the card base. Turn over and glue the opposite side.

Open your finished card to determine which way is up.  This will tell you which side of the card is the front, and you can now decorate!

The front of the card on my sample is as follows:

So Saffron (4″ x 5 1/4″) embossed with Hexagon Dynamics Embossing Folder

Watermelon Wonder (3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″)

Very Vanilla (3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″) Carousel is stamped with Early Espresso ink.

Pool Party (1″ x 4 1/4″) Sentiment is stamped with Early Espresso ink and notched with the Triple Banner Punch.

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Everyday Hero Tag With Partial Embossing Technique

Are you looking for a cute way to present a bottle of wine to a friend or co-worker?  Then look no farther, because today I am sharing a cute tag that’s designed to hang from the neck of a bottle, whether that’s wine, soda or something else.

Everyday Hero Wine Tag, by Krista Thomas,

This Everyday Hero Tag with Partial Embossing Technique was made with the Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies, from the Stampin’ Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog and is now on the Carry-Over List, meaning that it’s still available for purchase at the time of this posting.  It is shown in Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point card stock.  The tag base has a hole in the top half which fits right over the bottle.  How cool is that?

The saying “Best. Guy. Ever.” is from Suite Sentiments and I used the Partial Embossing Technique as described in my previous post from February 24.  The ink colors are Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point, along with gold embossing.

For this project, I used the super hero character from Everyday Hero stamp set and colored him in with colored pencils.

See you next time!







Cool Treats Partial Embossing Technique and Tutorial

I think you’re going to love this Cool Treats Partial Embossing Technique and Tutorial!  Take a peek and then I’ll show you step by step how it’s done.  This was a technique that was demonstrated at Stampin’ Up’s Onstage event last fall, and I just fell in love with it.

The colors I used for this card remind me of an orange creamsicle treat, one of my favorites!

Cool Treats Partial Embossing Technique Tutorial, by Krista Thomas,

Notice how the word “Enjoy” is stamped with a shadow and then partially embossed with gold.  How was that accomplished?  Let me show you!

Step 1:  Stamp “ENJOY” from the Everyday Tags stamp set, on a vanilla panel with Peekaboo Peach ink.

Partial Embossing Technique Step 1, by Krista Thomas,

Step 2:  You will need to use a Stamp-a-Ma-Jig (SAMJ) for this step, so ink up the “ENJOY” with Calypso Coral and stamp it onto the SAMJ plastic sheet, using the handle as your guide.

Partial Embossing Technique Step 2, by Krista Thomas,

Step 3:  Ink up your “ENJOY” stamp again with Calypso Coral ink.  Put some VersaMark reinker inside the lid of the pad, or onto a CD.  Dip a sponge dauber into that pool of ink and dab it onto the lower part of the stamp.

Partial Embossing Technique Step 3, by Krista Thomas,

Step 4:  Use the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to slightly off-set the word, so that the Peekaboo Peach color shows to the left of the one on the SAMJ plastic sheet.  Remove the plastic sheet and stamp your image.

Partial Embossing Technique Step 4, by Krista Thomas,

Step 5:  Sprinkle gold embossing powder over the stamped word and heat set.

Partial Embossing Technique Step 5, by Krista Thomas,

Use a Layering Ovals Framelit to cut out the image and finish the card.  To make this Cool Treats card, you’ll need the following colors of card stock:

Card Base: Soft Suede ( 5.5″ x 8.5″ folded in half)

Mat: Peekaboo Peach (4″ x 5.25″)

Panel:  Tangerine Tango (3.75″ x 3.5″, emboss with Sparkle Embossing Folder)

Strip: Gold Glimmer Paper (1/2″ x 4″)

On a piece of Very Vanilla, stamp the ice cream treats with Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral and Early Espresso ink.  Cut them out with the Frozen Treats Framelits Dies.  Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere treats to a Very Vanilla panel (3.25″ x 2.5″) and sponge the edges of that panel with Soft Suede.

Cut out a Gold Foil bow using a framelit from the Mini Treat Bag Framelits Dies.  Add to card and you’re done!

If you like this card and want to see another project using this technique with a different stamp set, come back for my next post.  Sign up to receive my posts by email and you’ll never miss another project.  See you next time!

Cool Treats Partial Embossing Technique, by Krista Thomas,