Thank you cards using embossing techniques

Hello my crafty friends! I want to share some cards with you today using a technique I haven’t use in a long time!

Today’s challenge on Scrapbook Challenges is to create a Thank You card using any of the three layout sketches.

Card Recycle It May 18th

Such a fun challenge! I chose the middle sketch, the one with the sunburst/rays as my inspiration and created my card.

Thank you card

How I made my card:

  1. For my background: I took an embossing folder (Sizzix Tim Holtz Rays), and rub on Distress Inks ( Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Festive Berries) on the debossed side of the embossing folder. I spritzed 2 spritzes of water and put my cardstock on it and closed the embossing folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug.
  2. After it’s dry, the embossed “rays” are slightly white, and I blended the same distress inks lightly. Then I diecut it with my largest stitched rectangles (Simon Says Stamp)
  3. I used my Cameo and diecut “Thank you”. I layered it 4 times so that it has that dimensional look. I adhered it in the middle of the right corner.
  4. Then I took my all time favourite Thanks stamp set (Hero Arts Stamp & Cut) and actually stamped all the sentiments with Versamark onto black cardstock and heat-embossed them with white embossing powder. Then I cut them into little strips like black label stickers.
  5. I adhered each label onto the rays like a sunburst effect. I adhered the panel onto black card base. Then I spritzed DIY perfect pearl mist on the card for extra shimmer effect!

Thank you card

It was a lot of fun so I made similar ones.

Thank you cardFor this card, I think I spritzed more water so the colors are more saturated.

Thank you cardThank you card

Thank you card

Then I decided make another one for a friend – which is more like a ‘hello’/encouragement card.Live Simply CardLive Simply Card

For this card, I use Wilna Furstenberg free cutfile and Tim Holtz small talks stickers. Pretty fun!

Hop over to Scrapbook Challenges and check out more design team inspiration! Thank you for stopping by and Happy crafting!


Autumn Theme – “Happy Birthday” card

Hello! I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend. So far the day has been rainy and cloudy, but I am enjoying it. It means more time spending indoors to craft! Today I have a card to share. It’s almost autumn now. So I made an autumn theme card for a friend’s birthday coming up soon. I still like to call it “autumn” instead of “fall season”. That’s how we are used to it in Malaysia; same goes for “boot = trunk”, “lift = elevator”,  “lorry = truck”. My husband (from Canada) sometimes can’t get used to it. lol Well I digress…

Here is my card:

happy birthday card

How I made my card:

  1. On a white cardstock cut to 4″x5.25″, I took a gelato – Margarita Mix and mix it with water on a packaging and ‘smoosh’ it onto my background.
  2. Then I use a Dylusion stencil (Floral Flourish) for my vine image. I used a mixture distress inks – Crushed Olive, Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral. I just blend the colors together till it look “autumy”.
  3. I used Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut set and stamped my sentiment in Ranger Jet Black archival ink.
  4. Using the same Dylusion set, there was a leaf stamp which I used to stamped with Ranger Jet Black archival ink.  I used the same Distress inks- Crushed Olive, Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral and watercolored the leaves. Then I fussy cut them with scissors and adhered it to my card with foam tabs.
  5. I mounted the white panel card onto a black card base. I added sequins to decorate the card as finishing touches to the card.

It was a really quick and simple birthday card. This card was inspired by a challenge over at A Blog Named Hero. Their latest challenge is a “Happy challenge”- using the word Happy in the project or a project that makes you happy. How fun! Check out their blog to see beautiful projects shared and for more inspiration.

Hope you will make some crafty projects using autumn colors! Check out my Instagram (link in the sidebar on the right) to see some other crafty projects! Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

“Happy wedding day” mixed media card

Hello, I have a wedding card that I made to share today! 

mixed media happy wedding card

I wasn’t too sure about using texture paste on wedding cards but I think it adds to the uniqueness of a handmade card. Not only that, I am adding a large flower embellishment on it as well. Definitely an interesting card to receive! I will have to make a boxed envelope for this card using my envelope punch board for sure. This card will be hand-delivered to the couple personally so it is okay for the card to be so dimensional.

Supplies used:

  • Ink: Ranger Distress inks: Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick
  • Stencil: Hampton Art – Mod greetings
  • Die: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals
  • Stamp: Hero Arts Stamp & Cuts Happy
  • Cardstock: Recollections, Pink vellum
  • Others: felt, texture paste, iridescent sequins, white embossing powder, gold glitter ribbon, gold thread

I am playing along at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Paste it and Hero Arts tic-tac-toe challenge (horizontal line: watercolor, tag, favorite color – pink)

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


Bokeh-ful “I like you a Latte” card

Today I have a fun card to share. It’s a “bokeh” effect card. Pronounced as “Boh-Kay”, a photography term where the image is blur or an out of focus part of an image produced by the lens. I don’t have the special camera or lens, so I don’t really know how that works. But to put the bokeh effect on a card, it is really easy!

bokeh i like you a latte card

Here is how I made my card:

bokeh i like you a latte card

I used my EK Success powder tool against the white cardstock (3.75″x 5″) to remove any static since I am going to do some heat embossing. I stamped my mug from Hero Arts Need Caffeine stamp set, and also the sentiment is from Hero Arts Stamp & Cuts Thanks set with my VersaMark ink. Then I heat embossed the image with Judikins Black Opal embossing powder.

bokeh i like you a latte card

I masked the mug image with Elmers rubber cement so the ink will not get onto the image. I wanted the foam and the phrase ‘I like you a latte’ on my mug to remain white. I used the following distress inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Dried marigold, Worn Lipstick and Shabby Shutters and blend the colors onto the card. I did start with the lighter colors first. I wanted to achieve the warm tones of evening sun colors.

bokeh i like you a latte card

This is the fun part. I use my Plaid circle stencils for the bokeh effect. I use a white pigment ink by Ranger and just dab the ink with the stencil around the card. This stencil is perfect because it has different size circles. If you don’t have a stencil, just punch different size circles on a transparency film or just paper to make your own stencil. Then rubbed off the masking from the Elmers rubber cement. It just rubs off with my finger. Then wipe off excess ink from the embossed area. Take a black cardstock, 8.5″ by 5.5″ and score it on 4.25″ on the 8.5′” long side to make the card base. I mounted my card panel with foam tape on the card base.

bokeh i like you a latte card

bokeh i like you a latte card

I am playing along:

Since I take my photos with my phone, there is an app called “Bokehful” which I use just to play with the bokeh effects. Mostly I just send these pictures to family and friends for fun. I have not tried printing these photos yet, so I am not sure what it looks like.

Here is a sample picture when I use the app:

bokehful pic

You can change the color scheme and shape too.

bokehful rainbow pic

Pretty cool and fun right? I am sure people had made really beautiful bokeh effects photos and not what I just showed you. lol I need more practice

Anyways.. thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting.


Ombre Greytones/Black chalkboard card

I love coffee! My friends love coffee too.. such an enjoyment.. So I made a card that goes with the coffee I bought to gift to a friend.

hero arts need caffeine ombre love coffee card

I used the Hero Arts Need Caffeine stamp set, and it was so perfect for coffee lovers!

hero arts need caffeine ombre love coffee card

  1. I actually used most of the stamps as a background to create like a chalkboard art. I arranged how I like it on the card and stamped it on with my Fiskars stamp press. I loved how these stamps are created to give the distressed look.
  2. I inked the stamps with VersaMark ink which is a sticky ink for my embossing powder to stick. Before stamping, I run the EK Success powder tool to remove any static or dirt on my white cardstock.
  3. I used Hero Arts white embossing powder and heat set it with my heat tool.
  4. hero arts need caffeine ombre love coffee cardI die-cut the part where the “enjoy” is because I want that sentiment to pop-up and stand out from the rest. I used Spellbinders Labels Five – the 4th die from the largest which fit perfectly for that sentiment.
  5. hero arts need caffeine ombre love coffee cardI used Distress Inks – Weathered Wood, Pumice Stone and Black Soot to create my ombre grey tones inspired by the Hero Arts Grey to black tones ink pad which I have not got a chance to get. The heat-embossed background will resist the ink. Rub excess ink off with a paper towel. Then I spritzed some DIY sparkling mist (some perfect pearls mixed with water) onto the panel to give it some shine.
  6. I mounted my card on white card base and pop up my diecut with foam tape.

Here is a close up picture:

hero arts need caffeine ombre love coffee card

This card was created based on a challenge over at Hero Arts blog:


-I used the last vertical row: heat embossing, die-cutting and my favorite color (in my case its was grey tones). It was a lot of fun playing the tic-tac-toe challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!


Making a quick card – “This is where our story begins”

I find that I can take a really long time (up to half a day) to make an elaborate card but sometimes it can just take 5 minutes. Clean and simple cards (CAS) are those cards that you can whip up really fast.

casology story card

I diecut the Heart from Spellbinders Classic Hearts with pattern paper. Then I stamped my sentiment from Kaisercraft Antique Bazaar stamp set with Versamark ink. Then I heat embossed with white Hero Arts embossing powder and adhered it to my white card base with foam tape. Super quick and easy.

Check out more inspiration over at CASology : Week #148 Story


and also linking it to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything goes

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


Mixed Media Thanks So Much Card

Hello, today I want to share a card I made today.

Thanks so much mixed media card

I want to share a technique that is new to me on how I made my card. I have used stencil with texture paste in making cards before, but I never tried making cards with a stencil that is made out of paper. I have this new stamp set that I wanted to use as well from Kaisercraft Dictionary Meaning texture stamp. I also tried a new technique which is a splatter embossing effect on my die-cut label.

Here is how I made my card.

step by step tutorial mixed media card

  1. I prepared a 4″ x 5.25″ mixed media paper from Strathmore series. I taped it down with washi tape so it will not move as I am working on it with the stencil and it also helped reduced the warping of the paper. (Washi tape works the best for me, you can try painter’s tape or masking tape but it always tears my paper no matter how careful I am) I stamped the Dictionary meaning stamp from Kaisercraft with Ranger Watering Can archival ink.
  2. I used my homemade texture paste and colored it with some gold paint from Ranger. I mixed the paste onto some old packaging so it is easier for me to clean up. (I just throw it out after I am done)
  3. I have the ‘paper stencil’ in my stash from my earlier project when I made my shaker card. (The story is, I bought the Tim Holtz Mixed Media die and I was test-cutting it. But it did not have a clean cut with my Cuttlebug and there was an area that just did not cut at all. So I was experimenting with different layers of shims and kept trying and trying.. until I got a tip on using dryer sheets. The dryer sheet was perfect. Just fold it in half, one layer of shim and the usual cutting sandwich then it die-cut perfectly. Well, from my experiment, I had like 5 pieces of cardstock with incomplete cuts. Of course, I cannot just throw it out so I saved it without knowing what I can do with it. So today, I thought I could try to use it as stencil)  
  4. It actually worked really well and I did not have any problem at all and I did not even need to clean it. (Just use it then throw it out)
  5. I die-cut my sentiment Thanks from a black cardstock and stamped the sentiment “so much” from the Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Thanks set. (Remember to save the negatives from the die-cut) I also die-cut a label, the third one from largest label from Spellbinders Labels 24 with a white cardstock.
  6. I die-cut another label, the second from the largest die with a black cardstock. Here I tried a new technique, to create a splatter embossed effect on the label. ( I saw this technique from youtube but never tried it before) I used the Tim Holtz Marker Spritzer and a Ranger embossing pen and just spritz some ink onto the label. The I used Judikins metallic bronze embossing powder and heat set it with my heat tool. It turned out pretty cool. I loved how shiny it is.
  7. Then I assembled my card panel to a black cardstock base and stamped the stars from the same Hero Arts stamp set.

mixed media thanks so much card

Here are some close up pictures:

mixed media thanks so much card close up 1-IMG_3055

Remember earlier, I mentioned to save the negatives of the “Thanks” sentiment diecut. I made another card using the same design.

mixed media thanks so much card using the negative 1-IMG_3059

I added a pink ruffled ribbon as a border and added some pink mist splatters.

I am entering the card for two challenges which helped spark the idea for the card.

That is all I have to share today. Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting.


Happy Mother’s Day

Hello, today I have a card to share. Mother’s day is coming soon, so I made a card for her.

front view hero arts happy mother's day card

Supplies used:

Recollections White cardstock,

Pink sequins and a tiny piece of pink scrap paper from my stash,

Waffle Flower Petal Point Ink #9 Coral,

Hero Arts : stamp & cuts  – Happy, Hero Arts white embossing powder,

Flower stamp

Simple instructions:

  1. Prepare card from cardstock. Finished size: 4.25″x5.5″
  2. Run the card front with the powder tool to remove any static. Stamp the flower with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.                                             heat embossed hero arts white embossing powder
  3. Die cut “happy” with pink cardstock with die cutting machine. Diecut happy on cuttlebug
  4. Slide out #9 Coral Ink and inked up an acrylic block. Spritz some water onto it and mixed it with a paint brush. Paint random brush strokes  across the image. The embossed image will resist the ink. Wipe the excess ink on the image with a paper towel. paint with waffleflower petal point ink
  5. Adhere the happy die cut onto the centre of the card below the image. Stamp the sentiment “mother’s day” in Ranger Archival Watering Can.stamp hero arts sentiment mother's day in ranger watering can

Adhere a 1″x5.5″ pink patterned paper at the bottom edge of the card. Stamp the “tiny dot” stamp from the stamp set happy in three cluster. Adhere pink sequins for the finishing touch. hero arts happy mother's day card close up hero arts happy stamp&cuts mother's day card

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!