Quick Card Weekend: Two Cards with one Partial-Stamped Background Stamp Image

Quick Card Weekend is a reoccurring post theme in which I share little tips & tricks and musings about pulling together “Pops of Paper” with limited time.

Hi Friends, technically it’s not Saturday or Sunday but it is a long holiday weekend so it still counts right?! Today, I’m sharing a quick and easy way to create two cards from one partially-stamped background image with the Essentials by Ellen Stripe Background Stamp.

The key to this cardmaking trick is to start with a 6 x 8.5 or 5.5 x 8.5 sheet of paper, this way after stamping you can trim your background into two Portrait A2 card panels. 

Let’s Get Started! 2 Cards; Five Quick Steps

Stripe Ink Colors (on cards): It’s a Girl, Samba, Tiki Torch & Limoncello 
Stripe Ink Colors (instructions photo): Be Mine, Lime Rickey, All that Jazz and Flirty Fuchsia. 

  1. I placed a 6 x 8.5 cardstock sheet into my MISTI and positioned the striped background stamp near the bottom right edge of the cardstock. 
  2. I cut two long strips of copy paper to mask off the stripes before applying ink to each stripe image. I love how the copy paper “just sticks” to the clear background stamp—no adhesive or sticky paper needed. I also find that smaller inks/ink cubes work best for this type of “interval”-stamping so you can easily get into the masked off spaces.
  3. After stamping the stripes five times with four different colors, I trimmed down the stamped cardstock sheet to two Portrait A2 card panels. One panel with a full set of stripes near the bottom and the second panel with ¼-set of remaining stripes for a modern CAS look. 
  4. I stamped, colored and die-cut the cute little Salt & Pepper and Rainbow images from the EBE Love Notes by Julie Ebersole using a few Copic Colors: BG000/10/11/13, R20/21 and Y13/15.
  5. To finish the cards, I added the matching punny sentiment inside the stripes and then adhered the images using foam adhesive. The Salt & Pepper Images where adhered to an Essentials Rectangle Frame for a little extra pop and dimension. 

So there we are friends! A fun way to create two CAS A2 portrait card panels using background stamps and partial stamping. I hope you enjoyed my cards today and it inspires you to stretch your stamps in fun new ways. 

Big Paper Hugs!


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Taylored Expressions Release: Interactive Theater Fold Inspiration

Oh, my goodness…I am so excited about the latest collection of Interactive CardMaking Goodies at Taylored Expressions. This release is full of super adorable stamps, beautiful bold sentiments with interactive dies and pre-cut/scored cardstock that all go together to create fun and easy Theater Fold cards or you can use the stamps & sentiments on their own to create non-interactive card designs.

You’ll be ready to start making interactive Theater Fold Cards when you purchase our Theater Fold Starter Bundle, available for a limited time only! The bundle includes one Theater Fold Frame Die and two sets of our Theater Fold Flaps (one each in Sugar Cube and Toffee), as well as a 6×6 Paper Pack in Playful Patterns – Bold! The Theater Fold Starter Bundle is available through Sunday, April 23, or while supplies last.

So how about some cardmaking ideas and inspiration. Today, I’m sharing three cards: a Theater Fold Card along with two non-interactive cards using the Bitty Borders, Oh My Word Hello and Oh My Word Happy Birthday Stamps & Dies. 

I went all in on the Rainbow Theme with the Over the Rainbow Die, Rainbow Inked Sentiments and bright and cheerful ink and cardstock colors: Watermelon, Lollipop, Candy Corn, Pineapple, Cookie Monster & Jelly Donut. 

Hello Friend-Bitty Critters Interactive Card

Theater Assembly: Using the Scattered Stars Stencil, I ink-blended Poppy Seed and Oreo Ink to add the stars to the Theater Frame Die Cut. Then I turned the frame over and attached the Theater “beams” to the back of the stenciled star frame. With my MISTI and an assortment of ink cube colors, I rainbow-stamped the Hello Sentiment to the two “curtain” rectangle die cuts.

Setting the Stage: I assembled the Theater Fold Flaps and added a Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Frame to the inside of the “stage” and decorated the stage with three rainbow arches, the water colored Bitty Border Critters and the “Just Peeking In” Sentiment. To the side stage panels, I adhered a few rainbow-colored heart die cuts. 

Curtain Call: After the inside stage was fully decorated, I fed the flaps through the sides of the Theater Frame and attached the Rainbow Hello Curtain pieces to the inside of the Stage and completed the design with a “Friend” Building Block Sentiment. Now when you pull the curtains back, the stage is set to receive a Happy Hello from the Cute Bitty Border Critters!

Supply List: Hello Friend Interactive Theater Frame Card

Oh My Word-Happy Birthday!

Continuing with the Rainbow Everything Theme, I stamped the Happy Birthday Sentiment from Oh My Word-Happy Birthday in Oreo for “Happy” and Rainbow Gradient Ink Colors for “Birthday”.

Then I used the coordinating die to cut the individual H-A-P-P-Y letters and Birthday sentiment. Using liquid adhesive, I added the Over the Rainbow Die Cut Pieces to a Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Panel. Then I adhered the Birthday sentiment to the bottom of the rainbow and scattered Happy across the rainbow arches. To finish the card, I added several white card stock star die cuts from the Little Bits-Grad Confetti die set.

Supply List: Oh My Word & Bitty Borders Cards

I hope you enjoyed my cards today and inspires you Rainbow Everything and Jump in and make some fun and easy Theater Fold Interactive Cards. Thanks for stopping by and Big Paper Hugs!

Taylored Expressions Father’s Day Release Card Making Inspiration!

Hi Friends and Happy Tuesday! It’s release day over at Taylored Expressions and we’re celebrating The Man, The Myth, The Legend …That Special Guy…The Dad. There’s Argyle, Diamonds, Snarky & Cute Sentiments, Bold DAD Images and something Hoppy…aka…Beer! Living in Colorado, we are big Craft Beer Fans from the American Beer Festival, Beer Tastings, Tap Room & Food Truck Afternoon Hang-Outs this release has me all Hoppy Inside 🙂

Right now, through Sunday, May 16th (or while supplies last), You can get the Argyle Bundle for 15% off! The bundle includes the Argyle Stamp & Stencil Combo set and Diamonds Piercing Plate. The discounted bundle price is only available through Sunday, May 16th.

I’m sharing two cards using the Argyle Stamp and Stencil in two different ways. Both Cards use a similar color palette with one background stenciled with the Argyle Pattern and the other an alternating Diamond Pattern.

For the Diamond Pattern, instead of matching up the X on the stencils to create the Argyle Pattern, I moved the diamond stencils around the diamond stamped/silver embossed image to create a “free-form” alternating Diamond Pattern using Cherry Pop, Blueberry, Gumball, Salt Water Taffy and Sea Salt Inks. For a little added dimension, I ran the Pierced Diamond Cutting Plate over the stenciled background. 

For the Argyle Pattern, I followed all the stamping & stenciling guides. First I stamped the Diamond Image with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. Then I matched up the Xs on all three layered stencils and used my blending brushes to add Cherry Pop, Blueberry and Gumball Inks.  


I knew I wanted to create a punny Hoppy Father’s Day Card and was super excited when I realized the H from Cap It Off Alpha fit perfectly on the Beer Mug from the Hoppy Days Stamp Set. I die-cut the Cap it Off Alpha HOPPY letters from Blueberry and Sugar Cube Card stock and adhered them directly to the stamped, stenciled and Diamond Pierced Background using liquid adhesive. I stamped the beer mug with Oreo ink and stamped the Pilsner with Lemon Meringue Ink. The Toffee/White Embossing Powder Father’s Day Sentiment is from the Building Blocks-Happy Additions Stamp Set and Coordinating Die.

Hoppy Father’s Day Supplies


Once I had the Argyle Background Stamped, Embossed and Stenciled, this was a fun and easy card to pull together. I stamped the On the Block-DAD in Blueberry Ink and Cut it Out using the On the Block-Happy Shadow Die. I created the sentiment layer for DAD, with a Cherry Pop Simple Strip Stack & the Pierced Diamond Sentiment Layer and adhered to the top of the card panel. To complete the card design, I added the white heat embossed/Oreo card Stock sentiment Strip from the new Simple Strips-Man, Myth, Legend Stamp Set. 

Argyle DAD-You THE MAN Supplies

So there we are friends, two DAD’s Day cards using the new Taylored Expressions Father’s Day Release. I hope you enjoyed my projects today and it inspires you to use your stamps and stencils in fun new ways. Be sure to stop by the Taylored Expressions Shop to check out the entire release and the Taylored Expressions Blog for more inspiration from the entire Taylored Expressions Creative Team. 

Until next time, thanks for stopping by and BIG PAPER HUGS!