TagColleen Balija

A Cool Handmade Contemporary Poinsettia Card

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This handmade contemporary poinsettia card uses some metallic accents and touches of bright color to create a fresh and modern look. This year one of the Christmas card trends that you will see everywhere is a contemporary look using colors of stone with bright, random touches combined with brilliant metallics. This card has all of that and more. Colleen created this handmade contemporary poinsettia card for us today and we can’t wait to get the inside scoop. Start by stamping […]

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Finding Color Combo Inspiration For Cards

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Get some more tips on finding color combo inspiration for cards! In this post, Colleen shared how she finds color combo inspiration for cards and today she’s back with another gorgeous project inspired by the original. She added a whole new look to her card with different pops of color and we love seeing how she changed things up to make everything look fresh and different. Here’s the original inspiration photo: And here’s the photo that inspired Colleen to make […]

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Color Design Inspiration for Cards

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Check out a fun way to find color design inspiration for cards! Do you have a favorite method to find color design inspiration for cards? There are beautiful color combinations everywhere and today Colleen is sharing one of the ways she finds colors she wants to use on her projects. Colleen says “I was inspired to create this card using the mood board below. I enjoy combining color, composition and texture to my cards, and this mood board really inspired […]

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Silhouette Stamping With Reverse Masking

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Use silhouette stamping with reverse masking to create gorgeous, easy focal elements on your handmade cards! Silhouette stamping with reverse masking isn’t  a new thing but we don’t see it done often and it’s a shame. Because just LOOK at this beautiful card! Our Color Fuse Ink is perfect for this technique – we specifically formulated it to blend easily and beautifully and with reverse masking, those qualities are absolutely essential for results like these. Colleen created this for us […]

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For Quick Backgrounds Use Watercolor Ink!

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Today’s backgrounds use watercolor ink and a spritzer for a gorgeous effect! If you love making custom colored backgrounds use watercolor ink with this super easy technique to create something totally unique and beautiful. You pretty much can’t go wrong with this method and you can use any colors you like to create something dimensional, with lots of beautiful visual movement and such rich variations in shades. One thing that is particularly beautiful about these card backgrounds made with watercolor […]

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A Precious Handmade Lamb Card!

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This sweet handmade lamb card is perfect for Easter AND other occasions! Colleen was inspired to create this delightful handmade lamb card for Easter this year and with a simple greeting swap, it can be used for so many other card-sending purposes. Colleen says “Lambs remind me of when my kids were little and I would spend so much time creating their Easter baskets. I wanted this card to be as innocent as that time in our lives!”. The lamb […]

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How To Make Die Cut Card Belly Bands – VIDEO

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Check out this cute way to create die cut card belly bands to add some WOW to your handmade cards! Belly bands can be a fun way to add some extra detail to a card project. There’s just something about the anticipation of what is inside when someone slides these interactive details off the card. Today, Colleen is sharing her twist on this with how to make die cut card belly bands using another sneak peek item from our release […]

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Quick and Easy Elegant Cards To Make in Minutes!

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Use this basic design idea for easy elegant cards to make anytime you want something quick but special! This design idea for easy elegant cards to make uses the visual impact of gorgeous color on a focal point set against a white on white layered background. No matter what colors or floral design you choose, this setting of color against textural white is a look that never gets old and can be switched up so many ways for so many […]

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Make an Easy Mixed Media Card – FREE Video!

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Make an easy mixed media card using some basic supplies from our store! Mixed media cards are always popular and while some are made with boatloads of different types of supplies, today’s easy mixed media card uses some things you might already have on hand! And just look at how absolutely gorgeous it is! Colleen said she “was inspired to create a mixed media card because of the awesome new and creative products that have been released this month”. So […]

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Three Ways To Color Handmade Cards – VIDEO!

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Get some great tricks and tips for adding color to your handmade cards! Today Colleen has created a fun, tip loaded video for us showing three ways to color handmade cards using alcohol markers and our own Color Fuse dye inks. Colleen says she’s really itching for spring and that inspired her to create this beautiful, colorful card. You can watch the video here and then scroll down for the step by step instructions. Doesn’t Colleen make it all look […]

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Easy Handmade Monochromatic Floral Card

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Yes, this stunning handmade monochromatic floral card is quick and easy! The other day we shared this video and today we’ve got another completely different take on how to make another type of handmade monochromatic floral card that is a total stunner. AND – it’s quick and easy, truly! And thanks to our always-generous Design Team, we’ve got all the details so you can make this at home today! Colleen said she was inspired to make this complimentary monochromatic abstract […]

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Masculine Mini Slimline Cards – FREE Video!

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Watch the making of TWO masculine mini slimline cards! Today we have a fabulous video tutorial from one of our new Design Team members, Colleen, showing how to make two masculine mini slimline cards that you can change up for so many occasions. These cards are proof positive that not all cards for men need to be blue and that cards for guys absolutely can include floral images. Don’t believe us? Get comfy and get prepared to want to do […]

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Handmade Cute Critter Cards For Anyone!

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You can send these handmade cute critter cards for any occasion! Today we have an idea for some handmade cute critter cards that we see being just perfect for so many card-sending purposes. The little bear might be helping out his porcupine friend so it’s lovely for an “I am here for you” card. Or Teddy might be applauding Porcupine’s achievement getting to the top of the tree. Or they could just be crittering about. See what we mean? And […]

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