AuthorMelinda Stearns

Silhouette Stamping Over Ink Blending – Stunning!

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Come see how to make this simple yet gorgeous card with silhouette stamping over ink blending. Melinda says “I love checking out older trends in card making. I was super inspired recently by some cards using silhouette stamps”. That inspired her to create this beautiful, moody, mystical card using silhouette stamping over ink blending. It’s so simple and we think an undersung technique, which you can appreciate when you see a card like this! Let’s see how Melinda made this […]

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Two Easy Watercolor Effects for Cards

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See two easy watercolor effects for cards in one project! There are lots of techniques out there to add color and interest to projects and today’s two easy watercolor effects for cards from Melinda is a perfect combination. Melinda used a leftover piece from this project and an incredibly fast way to add so much textural depth and we can’t wait for you to see it so you can try it out! About that leftover piece, Melinda says “The background […]

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Easy Color Burst Background For Christmas Cards!

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Check out this stunning background for Christmas cards that you can make easily with Color Bursts! Despite the atypical colors, this background for Christmas cards gives us all the winter feels. And it’s SO easy to achieve this beautiful, dimensional, watercolor-y look using Color Burst powders and a stencil. Melinda says “I enjoy making a bunch of backgrounds that I can use anytime I need a quick card. Its also nice to make a mess clean up and you have […]

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A STUNNING Watercolor Card Background!

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The watercolor card background on this project is so gorgeous and you will not believe how easy it is to make! We love a pretty watercolor card background – the way the colors blend, the lovely movement watercolors offer. Well, THIS card takes that to an entirely new level and when you see how easy it is, we suspect we will be spending a LOT of time in the Color Burst section of our warehouse! Read on to learn Melinda’s […]

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How To Use Stamping Foam With Stencils

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Learn how to use stamping foam with stencils in just a few easy steps! If you’ve been wondering how to use stamping foam with stencils to make custom stamps, you are in the exact right place! Today Melinda is taking one of her favorite stencils from our collection and using it to make a custom stamp for her oh-so-pretty Fall themed Thank You note. She shared with us that she is “going to spend the month of October making thank […]

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Handmade Card With Blue Jay Birds

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Learn a fun trick to make a beautiful handmade card with blue jay birds. We see lots of cardinals on cards and today Melinda has used a clever trick to show off her handmade card with blue jay birds. She says “We have a ton of blue jays where I live and they do look much like a cardinal. So I was inspired to make my cardinal into a jay!” We never thought about how much these colorful bird resemble […]

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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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