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Falala-mingo! Holiday cards don’t all need to have pine trees and wreaths!

Holiday cards are magical. Lots of beautiful winter scenes, snow, candy, red and green ornaments, and of course glitter.

I’ve created a lot of these holiday cards this season. But they can start to run together.

Want to make a card that stands out from the crowd? Maybe stands out on one foot from the crowd??

Try this flamingo card!

flamingo holiday card

Supplies:

Easy steps to create this holiday flamingo card:

 

  1. Fold 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Cherry Cobbler cardstock in half. Adhere on 4″ x 5 1/4″ holiday designer series paper (this one from the November 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit).
  2. On a scrap of white cardstock, stamp the flamingo outline, and stamp the lightest color (mango melody) for the fill, and stamp the darkest (cherry cobbler) for the highlights. Fussy cut out, and adhere to the left side of the card.
  3. Die cut “Falala” from both the Red Glimmer Paper and from Cherry Cobbler. Adhere these together with a slight off-set. Cut a 1″ banner from cherry cobbler and write “mingo” on it. Adhere both to the card in the lower right corner.
  4. Adhere a 2″ strand of the gold thread to the upper right corner, leaving enough room for the bulbs. Punch 4 bulbs from the red glimmer paper, and 4 bulb threads from the copper glimmer paper, and glue them together before adhereing them over the thread using dimensionals.

 

I think this card is an excellent way to use the stamps you have and see how versatile they can be. I fully support creativity and sometimes trying something less than traditional can yield a great result!

non traditional holiday card _ pinterest

With this card, I’m playing along with the following challenges:

 

Did you make any holiday cards using something not normally associated with the season? I’d love to see it! Comment below or Check out our Facebook Page and post your festive card! I can’t wait to see your cards! Happy Crafting!

Halloween cards made with the beautiful you stamp set
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Halloween Cards Made From the Beautiful You Stampin Up Stamp Set

You read that title right.

When I buy stamp sets, I like to look at all of the possibilities to use each of the stamps. To get the most out of my supplies. Halloween is my favorite holiday (I have already decorated!), so my brain quickly asks, “Can I use this for a halloween project?”

When the Beautiful You stamp set (with the coordinating Life Events set) arrived, I was excited about all of the wedding, pregnancy, birthday, and encouragment cards and projects I could make for the beautiful women in my life. So many possibilities!

But then I thought about changing her hat. And the DSP with witches hats! Of course, she could be a beautiful witch! With a dark dress, a tall hat, and a green tint to her skin, her power became so dark!!

Halloween cards made with the beautiful you stamp set

Supplies:

While this card is made with mostly Stampin Up supplies, I really wanted a chandelier for my witch! If you also missed out on their set from last years catalog (I have to stop second-guessing what I want!), here is a fantastic substitution that I fell in love with:

If you want to make this card, I wrote out a handy-dandy Thursday Tutorial!

Halloween card made with the Stampin Up Beautiful you stamp set and orange DSP

Instructions:

Cut:

1. Cut your cardbase from black cardstock (1/2 of the 8 1/2″ x 11″) and fold in half.

2. Cut your Halloween DSP to 5 1/4″ x 4″.

3. Cut 2 banners from Pumpkin Pie and Granny Apple Green cardstock. Tip: If you don’t have a banner punch, snip down the center about 1/2″. Then snip from the corners to meet the end of your cut.

4. Die cut your chandelier from black cardstock.

Stamp:

5. Stamp the woman twice:

  1. Once onto your white cardstock
    • Die cut using the Stitched Shapes Die.
    • Using the sea foam stampin write marker, color the witches skin.
  2. Once onto a scrap of your halloween DSP (whatever pattern you want her dress to be.)
    • Fussy cut out the dress from your halloween DSP.
    • Glue it onto the white dress.
    • Fussy cut out the hat from your DSP and glue it to cover the original hat.

6. Stamp your favorite halloween sentiment on the Pumpkin Pie banner.

Assemble:

7. Adhere your DSP to your black card base, andΒ your banners over the DSP toward the bottom of the card.

8. Using fine-tip glue, adhere the chandelier towards the top of the card.

9. Use dimensionals to pop up the witch on the bottom right over the banners.

Add Accents:

10.Β Add rhinestones or pearl accents for fabulous flair.

I created these cards to play along with these challenges:

I hope you like this tutorial to use an all occasion stamp set and use it for a fabulous halloween card. Happy Crafting!

pumpkin near tree

marbled paper using nail polish to create a stack of cards
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Marble Watercolor Paper with Nail Polish and Make Your Own Designer Series Paper

A stunning background can really make a card have that WOW factor.

There are many ways that can accomplish that, so I always love to find a new one! I love Designer Series Paper, but did you know you can make your own??

nail polish marbled paper for stack of cards

If you are anything like me, you have a lot of nail polish bottles that are getting a bit old, but out of guilt you keep them — and once in a while treat yourself to a manicure (if only just to cover up the ink stains on your hands from stamping!), but the joy for that specific color or painting your nails is no longer there. I get it; I hate wasting. Even as I continue to simplify my life and minimize my possessions, throwing things out is hard.

So I found a creative way to use those nail polishes: use them to make a scrapbook page or a fun card! That orange would be perfect for a “Tropical” layout, but just doesn’t cut it anymore for my nails ha ha!

On Pinterest, I’ve seen people using nail polish to color wood and other materials, but wondered if I could use a similar technique for my paper crafting! See below for what I did:

How to prepare:

Ingredients: Nail Polish, Watercolor Paper, Pan, Water, Toothpick, Paper Towels or Newspaper, Drying Rack (optional)

supplies needed to marble paper with nail polish
That’s it? This will be easy!

Choose some nail polishes. I used three colors for each dip but more or less would be fantastic, too! Open their tops to make it easy to quickly pour. Mine are fairly old (more than a few years) and they each seemed to have their own behavior in the water, but that added character to the marble!

Have your Watercolor Paper ready. I use a heavyweight paper from Stampin Up, but if it holds up to water, it should hold up well with this craft.

Lay out pieces of newspaper or paper towels on your table or surface. I actually used junk mail. Whatever will protect your surface in the event of messiness.

Pour about an inch of lukewarm water into your pan. Your pan should be large enough to accomdate the size of your paper.

Spread out your supplies. Moving efficiently will increase the likelihood that your papers will turn out well, so you’ll want everthing prepared and within reach. No need to rush, but the following took me about 5 minutes.

How to marble paper with nail polish:

1. Pour a few stripes of one color of nail polish in the water. Pour a few more of a different color. Continue with all of the colors your want to use. Have fun with it! Don’t try to purposefully draw anything– just let the water swirl.

2. Use the toothpick to swirl a few lines through the polish.

3. Pick up your paper and place it face-down on the water surface for a few seconds. With one corner, carefully pull the paper back up and flip it over. Place it down on your drying rack or paper towels.

4. Depending on the size of your paper, you may have used most of the polish up. If that is the case, use your toothpick to glide through the water to pick up the “skin” that forms a layer on top of the water. Now your pan and water is ready for more polish and more paper marbling!

clean water by pulling a toothpick through the water to pick up the skin from the polish
The polish skin “sticks” to the toothpick as it dries.

5. If you were using small pieces of watercolor paper, you may be able to (quickly) dip more paper on the surface. By the third dip unfortunately, enough time as passed for the nail polish to congeal a bit. Blek. My paper ended up looking like a spiderweb of plastic.

6. This seems to be the limit before pouring out and using new water. Let your papers dry fully before using them.

You never know how this will turn out, and I LOVE that!

first marbled paper using nail polish for tropical colors

Multiple pieces done all in less than 10 minutes!

I was worried about the texture of the paper after I had layers of nail polish on it, but it just feels like sturdy cardstock! It doesn’t smell like nail polish, and BONUS: the paper is now water-resistant!

marbled paper cards

To make these cards, you’ll need:

Supplies:

AND OF COURSE NAIL POLISH! Whatever colors you own, your new DIY Designer Series Papers will go well with cardstock in matching or neutral colors!

Want other ideas for your watercolor paper? Check out this Stack of Watercolor Cards!

Or create other cards using these adorable stamp sets: Check out this fun-fold Tropical Chic card tutorialΒ and these Happy Crafting comic cards!

I’m playing along with the following challenges:

I hope you had fun with this tutorial. I’d love to see your marbled paper, so please leave a comment or a picture! And if you found this tutorial useful, please bookmark it or maybe even follow the blog for more craftiness! Happy Crafting!