Enjoy Life kick butt card
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Kick Butt Encouragement Card

You are doing great today. And we can all use a little extra encouragment in our lives.

I’ve found that it’s those moments where I need a little extra push, it’s most important for me to remind friends in my life how strong they are. So I sat down to make a few cards.

I was needing a bit of inspiration, but when I pulled out the Enjoy Life stamp set, I knew which stamps I wanted to include. I love this Enjoy Life set!

Enjoy Life kick butt card

Here’s how to make this quick card for your favorite people who might need a little reminder that they can kick some butt today:

Supplies:

Steps:

  1. Cut Poppy Parade Cardstock to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Fold in half.
  2. Cut Watercolor Paper to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
    • Lightly sprinkle Brusho crystals to make a background.
    • Spritz water over the crystals and tilt the colored water over your paper until you achieve the look you want. I attempted to make mine look like a sunrise using three different colors.
    • Let dry completely (super important!).
  3. Stamp the grasses and the person using Staz-on ink in Tuxedo Black.
    • Adhere the watercolor paper to the poppy parade card base.
  4. Unfortunately, the sentiment isn’t as simple as stamping and cutting apart. But I’ll let you know the secret: Masking! Take a post it note, cover the words you don’t want stamped, and ink  as usual. Remove the post it note, and stamp onto a Poppy Parade scrap.
    • Repeat this for all three lines of the seniment, leaving space between each line.
    • Punch out using the classic label punch (or a corner rounder will achieve a similar result).
  5. Adhere the three lines using dimenstionals.

I’m playing along with the following challenges:

 

So easy, yet so pretty and a great reminder. I hope this quick tutorial encourges you to pick out some fun stamps and kick some butt. And maybe send a little encouragement to someone who needs to hear it.

Happy Crafting!!

handmade Lake scene card
paper

Lake Scene Thank You Card

In honor of the last day of summer, let’s create a card that reminds us of warm days and refreshing lakes.

Technique Tip: Ink up your acrylic block, and stamp directly on your cardstock.

I created this card to play along with the Color Sisters Challenge (Sfida Palette #58) when I saw the pretty colors!!

Product List

I hope you enjoyed this card! If you’re a fan of the nautical, I think you’ll like this Lighthouse Welcome Back Home Decor or this Stack of Nautical Anchor Cards from ONE kit or this Pop-up Lighthouse Card! Happy Crafting!

High Tide Nautical Lighthouse pop up card created with stamps and real red and deep blues
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Pop-up Nautical Lighthouse Card

I love this stamp set. And I love learning new card folds.

High Tide Nautical Lighthouse pop up card created with stamps and real red and deep blues

I definitely didn’t create this pop-up design, and it was also impossible to find the original creator. Directions can be found in other places, but I had a difficult time following them, or they weren’t for the A2 size card (5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″). So I wrote out my own instructions. Well, I actually scribbled a mess into my card design notebook.

But here I’ve neatly typed them out for you!! I hope you find them easy, as this is a fun card to make, and really has a wow factor that’s perfect for whoever needs a little encouragment.

Supplies

Instructions

  1. Red Cardstock (2- 8 1/2″ x 11″):
    1. Cut 1 of your red cardstock in half so you have 2 tall pieces 5 1/2″ x 11.”Fold one in half for your card base.
    2. Cut the other to 10″ x 3 1/2.” This wil be the display that pops up.Score at each 2 1/2″ increment so you have 4 equal quadrants.
      • Or just fold it in half, and then half again.
    3. Cut two pieces from your other red cardstock.
      • 2 1/2 x 4 1/2″ to mat the lighthouse on the front.
      • 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ for the mechanism to make the display pop up.Score the long ways at 1 1/4″ (midway).
      • Make marks on the top AND bottom at 2 1/2″ and 6″. Score two lines to form an “X” to connect the top left with the bottom right and top right with the bottom left.
      • Nautical Lighthouse pop up card inside mechanism diagram
  2. Designer Paper:Cut 5 1/4″ x 4″ for the front. Adhere to the red card base.
    1. Cut 3 1/2″x 4″ for the inside top of the card. Adhere.
  3. White Cardstock:Cut 4 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ for the lighthouse. Stamp in pacific point (or your favorite blue to match your DSP!). Adhere to the red mat on the front.
    1. Cut 3 1/2″ x 4″ for the inside bottom of the card. Adhere to the inside of the red card base.
    2. Cut 4 – 3 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ for the pop up display. Stamp in pacific point. Adhere each onto the red pop up display.
  4. So now the front of the card is done, and you have the pieces cut and stamped for the inside display. Here’s the fun part:
    1. Adhere the left display panel to the TOP ONLY of the scored mechanism cardstock.
    2. Here I usually fold it all down together as if inside the card. This gives you a more accurate placement of your glue for the right panel on the BOTTOM ONLY of the scored mechanism cardstock.
    3. Lastly, Adhere the display mechanism with score tape to the inside of the card, making sure the midway fold matches the card fold.

I hope this was a fun tutorial! It’s a great card to make, and the pop-up definitely has that wow-factor!

I’m entering this card in these challenges:

Thanks for checking out my tutorial. If you like it, please comment below and then check out my other nautical projects!

In the mood for some home decor with a reminder of the sand and sea? Check out this tutorial for a Nautical Welcome Home Sign! Need some more cards? Check out the tutorial for this stack of Anchor cards!

Happy Crafting!