AuthorMelinda Stearns

Use No Line Watercoloring to “Hand Paint”

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Come see another beautiful card made with the no line watercoloring technique that starts with a stamp! Today, Melinda is back with another absolute stunner of a card. She’s shared her no line watercoloring talents with us before here and here and today’s card is another beautiful example of how this easy technique can make you look like a true watercolor artist. Melinda shared with us “When I saw this release I was ecstatic because the florals are just amazing […]

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Use Our Sun Ray Stencil BEHIND a Die Cut Frame!

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You will never look at your sun ray stencil the same way again when you see this cool technique! We’ve shared lots of projects that use our Sun Burst stencil and it’s one of our super popular products thanks to the fun details we added. Today, Melinda is taking using a sun ray stencil like ours up a HUGE notch with a very fun inking technique combined with a fabulous, multi-paned peekaboo look with a die cut frame. Melinda says […]

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The No Line Watercolor Technique – So Gorgeous!

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Use a simple no line watercolor technique to create absolutely gorgeous “hand painted” cards! Our Design Team – and now our customers – are LOVING this new Butterfly Flowers set and we are so glad! Today, Melinda has combined the main image from it with the no line watercolor technique to create a card that looks hand painted and just stunning. We’ve used this easier-than-it looks technique here on the blog before and we love that every project has its […]

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Make a Sunny Ink Blended Card Background

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This ink blended card background gives us all the summer feels! We love a beautiful, velvety, color-rich ink blended card background, especially ones that give us a true feeling of the theme on the card. Today Melinda is sharing how to make an inked panel that practically makes us feel that sunny warmth. Let’s get started! Melinda started her card by cutting a mask for the sun with a small circle die and adhered it with removable tape in the […]

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What Does Mixed Media Mean With Cards?

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What does mixed media mean when you are talking card making? Answer here! Recently we shared a lovely mixed media card and free tutorial video and we did have someone ask “But what does ‘mixed media’ mean?”. Today we are going to answer that question and share another fabulous card using this easy and fun method of creating art. The term “mixed media” simply means “the use of a variety of media in an entertainment or work of art”. In […]

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Using Lines and Curves Design on Your Cards

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Lines love curves and curves love lines – find out why! There’s an expression “angles love curves” and today we are going to take a peek at how you can never really go wrong using a lines and curves design on your cards. When our brains look at curves, our emotions are activated and offer the perception of softness, safety and comfort. Straight lines and angles offer stability, order and strength. When you combine the two, our brains are super […]

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No Line Watercoloring With Stamps

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Check out how to create watercolored cats using no line stamping! Chances are you’ve seen how to do no line watercoloring with stamps in the floral range. Today, even though she says she’s “normally a floral gal all the way”, Melinda has chosen to demonstrate this easy and fun technique with the kitties from our new  For Each Other set. Let’s get to it! Melinda started by cutting a piece of watercolor paper with the largest die from our Mini […]

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Try An Embossing Paste Background!

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A white on white embossing paste background adds so much texture! We’ve seen plenty of cool cards made with embossing paste and today’s embossing paste background adds a TON of texture and wow with just one simple extra step. Melinda has made this card for us so let’s see what magical touches she’s used today! Melinda started with her beautiful flowers. She stamped the smaller blossoms and a few leaves using our Poetic Peonies stamp set. Melinda says “stamp a […]

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An Adorable Coffee Themed Slimline Card

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Is this coffee themed slimline card not just the CUTEST? Before we get to Melinda’s absolutely adorable coffee themed slimline card today, did you all get your orders in for our new MINI Slimline dies? These are flying out of here like motivated bees and we want to make sure you get what you want when you want it! Be sure to check out this post if this is news to you and come on over and see what we […]

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Winter Card Making Ideas from Christmas Cards

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Adapt holiday cards into winter card making ideas – like with this beauty! Around this time of year we start to think about how to use holiday cards we see to come up with winter card making ideas we can use for the rest of the season. This stunner from Melinda is a perfect example! All you have to do to extend the use of this card for months is to change out the greeting and you’ve got a truly […]

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A Beautiful Winter Slimline Card

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You will want to ski right down the front of this winter slimline card! Ooooh – this winter slimline card feels so frosty and fresh and we love that Melinda was inspired to make it while thinking about all the skiing she wants to do this year. Now, our Pine Tree set – which keeps selling out! – has many different sizes and styles of trees and Melinda has upped the variety even more with her clever but easy masking […]

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Repurposing a “Failed” Craft Project

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A fun way for repurposing a failed craft project! So, WE wouldn’t have using this term but today Melinda wanted to share with us her latest take on repurposing a failed craft project. Honestly, we see NO “failure” here! But here’s what Melinda had to say “I have a pile of possible fails in my craft room and occasionally go through it to look for things I might be able to save and or aren’t as bad as previously thought. […]

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How to Stencil a Mini Slimline Card

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Let’s check out how to stencil a mini slimline card with a regular slimline stencil! We were beyond excited to see Melinda share this card where she shows how to stencil a mini slimline card with one of our standard sized slimline stencils. Yes, it’s fun to have products that are specific to the type of project you are making. But you can get SO MUCH MORE out of your products when you see ways to adapt your existing supplies […]

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How To Use Color Burst Powders Two Ways!

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Today’ we’ve got a cool new tip for how to use Color Burst powders! Leave it to Melinda to show us a new and very fun method for how to use Color Burst powders to get even more looks using this coloring medium! Melinda created this card inspired by the mountains where she’s lived for 30 years. We all know that Melinda has a stunning garden – she talks about being inspired by her own flowers – and we can […]

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Dress Up Your Stamped Backgrounds!

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Stamped backgrounds will never be the same once you check out this easy and FUN tip! We are particularly excited about this project because the always-talented Melinda is sharing a super easy and fun way to give your stamped backgrounds even more fabulous detail and design with nothing more than markers! Melinda said she wanted to create a fall card, but still use bright colors AND “definitely wanted to use the new Diamond Stitch cover die”! What is even more […]

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Easy To Make Handmade Watercolor Cards

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This easy way to create handmade watercolor cards will have you painting all day! Even if you don’t consider yourself “artistic” you will want to try out creating a stack of the handmade watercolor cards once you see how Melinda breaks it down for us. Melinda shared with us that Fall is her favorite season for both the cool air and the beautiful colors which she’s recreated on these simply gorgeous cards. Let’s get started! Melinda’s instructions today are fantastic […]

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Make a Slimline Fall Flower Card With a Pop of GOLD!

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This slimline fall flower card gets gussied up with the addition of some rich gold! This month we have so many delicious fall projects to share with you and this slimline fall flower card is just one of a handful of these oversized beauties we want to show you. Today Melinda created this project using touches of metallic gold that completely change the vibe of this card. Let’s see how she did it! She started by using our Slimline Birch […]

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Stitched Rectangle Frame Dies in Perfect Combination!

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See how you can combine two stitched rectangle frame dies to make the perfect setting for your card! We offer several different types of stitched rectangle frame dies and today the talented Melinda has combined two from two different types of dies in a way that perfectly sets off her artful stenciling and die cut creations. And to think this was all a happy accident – Melinda says she was inspired to create this card when another project wasn’t coming […]

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How To Use Nesting Dies – A Gorgeous Take!

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This is a fun trick for how to use nesting dies in a different way! How to use nesting dies is usually pretty simple – choose ones that are different enough in size to allow you to layer. However, today Melinda is sharing a fabulously fun way to use nesting dies differently and she used one of our classic OPC (One Piece Cut) dies to show it off. Let’s dive in! Melinda shared that she was inspired by her summer […]

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Simply Beautiful Handmade Greeting Cards!

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This idea for beautiful handmade greeting cards is so fresh and sweet! Ok, we’ll be honest – we think our design team takes the cake when it comes to ideas for beautiful handmade greeting cards. We haven’t had a single project from these talented women that we haven’t stopped and swooned over. THIS card from Melinda is one of those projects that we know we will be coming back to over and over, changing up the flowers and the colors […]

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Make A Watercolor Christmas Wreath Card!

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If you love to watercolor, this Christmas wreath card will be as much fun to make as it is to send! A classic Christmas wreath card is always a good go-to theme and we absolutely LOVE what Melinda has done with this pretty stamp and one of our new stencils. The combination is magical! Let’s check out how to make one for ourselves. Melinda started by stamping our Wreath with Berries stamp in a very light color of ink onto […]

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