AuthorMelinda Stearns

Gorgeous Color Burst Rainbow Tree Card!

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Get some awesome tips on making this absolutely gorgeous Color Burst rainbow tree card! This beautiful Color Burst rainbow tree card has a little secret that gives it the most beautiful finish and it’s SO simple. We are pretty sure you will want to dig out or order these Color Burst powders AND start using Melinda’s trick to make this card something just that much more special. Let’s get all the scoop! Start by wetting a 5″ x 7″ piece […]

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Making Autumn Cards With A Stencil

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Learn a fast way for making Autumn cards with a stencil and a simple cover die – easy and SO pretty! We’ve been loving seeing all these ideas for making Autumn cards this month and today’s card is so pretty and so easy to make! We do want to say that the photos just do NOT do this card justice! The layering and shading of the ink are so dynamic in real life and we know if you try this […]

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Celebrate Fall With a Handmade Black-Eyed Susan Card!

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This totally versatile handmade black-eyed Susan card is fast and easy – make one, make a stack! We are in love with this handmade black eyed Susan card – it’s easy to make, perfect for batch making and you can change up the background so easily just by swapping out the ink color. Melinda created this for us – here’s what she shared about this beautiful card. “Fall is truly my favorite season!! I love to have flowers in my […]

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Turn Any Wreath Die Cut into a Christmas Card!

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You don’t need a special wreath die cut for your Christmas cards – use what you have and switch it up with today’s tips! Today Melinda is showing us a simple but stunning way to convert a spring wreath die cut into a holiday card, giving us instant extra value from our crafting tools. This card is also just perfect for batch making! Melinda says “I am truly enjoying this Christmas in July and have batched a bunch of cards […]

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More On Trend Christmas Card Ideas 2022 Ready!

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Our designers are on FIRE with on trend Christmas card ideas 2022 specific – like this one with the “Enchanted Ilustrations” trend. If you’ve been doing any poking around on the web, you know there’s quite a but of talk about on trend Christmas card ideas 2022 style. One of the charming looks being shared is using what is called enchanted illustrations to decorate handmade cards. These are defined as somewhat whimsical, sweet and colorable drawings of all types used […]

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Two Beautiful Handmade Spring Scene Cards

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Make two handmade spring scene cards in one fun card making session! Today Melinda is sharing two handmade spring scene cards that she’s put together using some of the dies from the latest KittieKraft release. Melinda says “These cute birds were at the top of my to get list!”  We are really excited that so many other people are really excited about these pretty birds – they are “flying” out of the shop so we know they are going to […]

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Color a Windy Background With Markers

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Did you know you can color a windy background with markers? Truly, you can! When Melinda first saw this new stamp set she said she immediately pictured the girl bringing home her flowers from the market on a windy day. So she set out to color a windy background with markers and my word – she nailed it! Can’t you just feel those soft, sweet scented gusts and breezes puffing around our flower bearing friends? Want to see how you […]

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Make a Beautiful Oxide Ink Watercolor Background!

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Make a dreamy oxide ink watercolor background to set off your stamps with a vintage vibe. Today Melinda is sharing a new passion for her – creating a beautiful oxide ink watercolor background that perfectly sets off any stamp that can offer a vintage feel. This beautifully detailed image from our Sketch Rose set is the perfect thing to show this off. Let’s dive in and see how Melinda made this! Melinda got started by cutting a piece of watercolor […]

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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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