TagMelinda Stearns

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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Mixed Media Christmas Cards – Use Your Stash!

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Mixed media Christmas cards are a fun way to use all kinds of different things for a fabulous, luxe look! Today we are very excited to share one of Melinda’s ideas for mixed media Christmas cards. Melinda said she was inspired by all the bits and pieces in our Santa Post Card set that came out last year. We adore her way of incorporating so many of these images and in such interesting ways. Let’s take a closer look at […]

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A Modern Greeting Card Design With Loads of Style!

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Check out a modern greeting card design that you can use over and over! Today we have a fresh and exciting modern greeting card design from Melinda and we love how the basic elements of this design can be used over and over for endless card making opportunity. Melinda came up with this idea when making a card for a friend who loves container gardening and the Danish modern design. We think she totally nailed her inspiration with this spectacular […]

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Celebrating Juneteenth With Our Whole Community

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Today we are celebrating Juneteenth with our whole, amazing, wonderful community! We consider ourselves to be truly blessed to be celebrating Juneteenth with our entire community. We have long held that diversity is an advantage and are one of the few companies in our industry who love sharing that beauty and richness through our products. For those of you who don’t know the origination of Juneteenth, here’s a very brief version of the history with which the day is recognized. […]

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Stunning White On White Heat Embossing on Vellum!

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Can you believe this gorgeous detail is created simply by heat embossing on vellum? We can’t get over how absolutely gorgeous this heat embossing on vellum is with the beautiful, ethereal details created with the white on white look. Melinda has outdone herself with this stunning card and today we are going to see how she did it! First, Melinda made her beautiful watercolor background. She started with a piece of watercolor paper that she cut with our largest Slimline […]

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Easy Watercolor Backgrounds for Cards – A Twofer!

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See how to use your handmade watercolor backgrounds for cards two ways! There are lots of ways to make watercolor backgrounds for cards and today Melinda is going to share an easy way to make not just a gorgeous background but double down on the design and make two cards from the results! Let’s get the steps from Melinda…. First, take a scrap of any fairly stiff piece of plastic packaging or a piece of acetate. PRO TIP: Flimsy material, […]

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Distress Ink Backgrounds For Cards

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See one of our favorite realistic looking distress ink backgrounds for cards! There are loads of fun ideas for creating distress ink backgrounds for cards and this one we especially love because it really brings our Cobblestone Background stamp to life! Melinda saw a fun watercolor tutorial on creating a rock wall and decided to recreate that cool, shaded, mutli-color look using our stamp as a short cut. We think she nailed it! Let’s learn how to do this. Take […]

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A Great Idea for Handmade Encouragement Cards!

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There are plenty of reasons to send handmade encouragement cards and this design is excellent for any one of those reasons! Sending handmade encouragement cards to people who are going through a challenge or could use a little boost is such a lovely way to let them know you are supporting them. This idea is so sweet and still packs a punch with its command to “Be Brave!” Let’s make one along with Melinda!   First, stamp our Brushed Flower […]

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Looking for Watercolor Card Ideas?

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If you are looking for watercolor card ideas, you are going to LOVE this one! When we first saw this one of Melinda’s watercolor card ideas it popped into our heads that it looks like a little piece of art! Melinda says she was inspired by spring in the air and we can totally feel it in this adorable project! Let’s check out how she made it! First, Melinda stamped the little chicks in Lemon Color Fuse ink. She then […]

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Do You Love Watercolor Stamping Techniques?

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If you love watercolor stamping techniques, you are going to LOVE this project! We share lots of fun ways to use our products and have shared lots of tips and ideas for watercolor stamping techniques. Today’s project from Melinda is another fabulous take on using our stamps and watercoloring to create truly gorgeous results. And it’s NOT difficult and you don’t have to be “an artist” to create these stunning effects. Let’s get started! First, you will want to use […]

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Watercolor Salt Painting on a Background

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Have you tried watercolor salt painting? You will after seeing this post! Watercolor salt painting sounds like it could be complicated but it’s a super simple technique and gives seriously cool effects! Today Melinda uses this fun technique on her mystical moonlit background and we couldn’t wait to share it with you. Here’s how Melinda made hers so you can get the basic idea. She started with a piece of watercolor paper cut to card front size and traced a […]

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Colored Pencil Techniques – Brights On Dark Paper

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See how to use one of our favorite colored pencil techniques for a striking look! We are betting that somewhere in your stash you have some colored pencils and haven’t really thought about colored pencil techniques in a while. Well, today Melinda is going to inspire you to dig out your perhaps forgotten colored pencils and try out this use of beautiful vibrant bright colors over darker card stock. Don’t those blossoms practically glow? Let’s dig in and learn how […]

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One of The Prettiest Flower Birthday Card Ideas!

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We love seeing and saving flower birthday card ideas and this beauty with its white on white background in combination with those bright, cheery, almost tropical flowers takes our breath away! Melinda has created a keeper for us and we hope you pin this for future reference because we can see this card design idea being used over and over in all kinds of color combinations. Shall we make one? On white card stock, start stamping your layered flowers from […]

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Try No Line Stamping For A STUNNING Look!

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Raise your hand if you’ve tried no line stamping. Ok, now raise your hand if you haven’t. Either way you are going to be blown away by today’s project using no line stamping. This card is so beautiful, it could be framed and kept as an always-on-display gift, which was what Melinda says she was shooting for when she created it. We think the totally hit the bullseye! And what’s more, it’s not hard at all to get this look! […]

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A Super Cool Washi Tape Technique!

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If you are like a lot of us, our designer Melinda included, you have some washi tape that you just had to buy and now have no idea where or how to use it. Well, today Melinda is blowing our minds with this fun and fabulous washi tape technique that lets you create a totally custom look, actually USE some of your washi tape and end up with two gorgeous elements for two different cards. First, make your background panels […]

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