Category: Thank you

A Touch of Ink Spotlight Technique

This card uses A Touch of Ink stamp set and the Spotlight technique. A Touch of Ink is a Sale-A-Bration set you can get for free with a $50 purchase through February 2021. It is one of my favorite because of the two step stamping feature, dist-Ink-tive images, and the stamp set itself–butterflies and hummingbirds with flowers are high on my list in creating cards for others. Two-step stamping in this case is when you stamp the first image, which is an outline image, and then there is second stamp that will color in the outline image. Read on to see how easy it is to create this card!


Blackberry Bliss card stock: 4.25″ x 11″, scored on the 11″ side at 5.5″, 2.75″ x 3.75″ for scalloped oval
Very Vanilla card stock: (2) 4″ x 5.25″, (1) 2.5″ x 3.5″ for oval die cut

Directions for A Touch of Ink card:

The first step is to stamp the outline images on the 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Very Vanilla card stock. This card is oriented in portrait mode, where the 4″ side will be top and bottom and the sides will be the 5.25″ side. Stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black ink the flowers on the left hand side and primarily centered in the vertical middle. Add the hummingbird such that the tail is 1/4″ from the right edge and the beak is inside the flowers. Also stamp the sentiment.

A Touch of Ink

Using Blackberry Bliss ink, ink the flower second stamp and stamp inside the outline image of the flowers to add the color. Note: The stamp to add color is not an exact match to the outline stamp and this helps to provide a soft water color look. The hummingbird is stamped in Old Olive ink. The Blackberry Bliss blend pen was used to add color to the hummingbird. Add speckles randomly with the speckle stamp in the set in Old Olive ink around the flowers.

A Touch of Ink

Die cut an oval out of the Very Vanilla cardstock, to include the sentiment and a majority of the hummingbird.

A Touch of Ink

Layer the Hummingbird oval onto the Blackberry Bliss scalloped oval. Adhere the blackberry bliss ribbon to the lower front of the Very Vanilla cardstock. Next, adhere the 4″ x 5.25″ Very Vanilla card stock onto the front of the Blackberry Bliss card front. Adhere the hummingbird oval onto the front of the card with dimensionals, lining up the images to the front of the Very Vanilla base. Add Wink of Stella to the hummingbird for an added sparkle!


Stampin Up Whale Done – Floating Gatefold Card

It’s so fun and easy to create an ‘under the sea’ scene with Stampin’ Up’s Whale Done bundle and coordinating paper. When you add the coordinating sequins, it creates a beautiful sparkle to the card. Open the doors of this gatefold card and it reveals some floating under the sea creatures!


Pretty Peacock Base cardstock: 8.5″ x 5.5, scored” at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″; cardstock for 2 seaweed die cuts and spout from punch; (1) 10.75″ x 1.25″ scored at 2 1/8″ and 6.5″ along 10.75 edge for belly band
Balmy Blue cardstock: (2) 1″x4.5″ scored at 1″, 2.5″, & 3.5″along the 4.5″ edge for arms, (1) piece for label
Whisper White cardstock: (2) pieces for greeting label
Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper: (3) 2″ x 5.25″ of the seaweed print; (1) 4″x5.25″ and (1) 2″x5.25″ cut consecutively from one of the scenic patterns
Granny Apple Green for seaweed die cut
Vellum for seaweed die cut


  1. Fold card base on score lines so that doors form on the front of the card.
  2. Adhere the seaweed patterned designer series paper to door fronts.
  3. Adhere the designer series paper to the inside, with the 4″x5.25″ scene in the center panel.
  4. Fold the 2 Balmy Blue 1″x4.25″ strips in the same direction along all the score lines. Fold each end toward center and and apply adhesive (tear and tape is recommended) See Figure 1 example.
Figure 1: Example of how to fold the arms and apply tear and tape.
  1. Apply Balmy Blue arms to inside of card where desired. This card shows one arm in the lower left and one in the upper right. To do this, take off tear and tape adhesive on the end by the longest section of the arm strip. This end will be applied to the inside panel next to the score line. (See Figure 2.) Take tear and tape of the other end and apply to center panel of card base by lying arm flat (so 2 scored sections show on the top) and the taped end tucked under and tape facing card base. Repeat for second arm.
Figure 2: Example of how to apply the arm
  1. Decorate arms. Fussy cut a turtle from the designer series paper. You can punch a whale from the designer series paper, as shown in this card, or stamp one in pretty peacock and then punch out using whale punch. Die cut 6 seaweed: 2 each from vellum, 2 from Granny Apple Green cardstock, and 2 from Pretty Peacock cardstock. Adhere 3 seaweed to the lower arm and adhere the turtle on top. Adhere sequins as desired. My video showed applying the sequins with a glue dot and using the Take Your Pick tool to position on card. Adhere the whale to the upper right arm.
  2. Belly band: Burnish scored lines of belly band, and wrap band around card so ends overlap in the front of the card and small end is on top. Adhere belly band ends together. Die cut a Balmy Blue label and 2 white labels. Stamp sentiments on white labels using Pretty Peacock ink. Add Balmy Blue label to front of belly band with dimensionals. Add white label with front sentiment on top of Balmy Blue label. Decorate with 3 seaweed, a punched whale adhered with dimensionals, and a spout made from whale punch and Pretty Peacock paper. Add sequins as desired. Adhere inside sentiment to inside of card. Enjoy your ‘under the sea’ scene!

Supplies for Stampin Up Whale Done card:

Ornate Layers: Thank You Card 2

I love the Ornate Garden Suite of products! This is cards uses the Ornate Layers dies, the Ornate Thanks stamp set, and Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper–as well as the beautiful Ornate Floral 3D embosssing folder. This card is a beautiful combination of the many of the products in the Suite. Did you also notice the gold gilded gems too?


  • Whisper White card stock:
    • (1) 5.5” x 8.5”, scored at 4.25 on the 8.5” side for card base
    • (1) 4”x 5.25” for front
    • (1)  3.25” x 2.25” for sentiment,
    • (1) 4” x 5.25 for inside
  • Terracotta Tile card stock: (1) 5 3/8” x 4 1/8”, (1) 3.5” x 5” for frame
  • Ornate Designer Series Paper (DSP): (1) 3.5” x 2.25”, (1) 4”x 0.5”


  • Adhere 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ Terracotta Tile card layer to front of card base.
  • Emboss the white 4” x 5.25” card stock with the Ornate Floral embossing folder and adhere on top of Terracotta Tile layer.
  • Die cut the frame using the 3.5″ x5″ terracotta card stock.
  • Adhere Ornate Garden designer series paper (DSP) to top of terracotta frame.
  • Die cut the stitched rectangle. Stamp sentiment using terracotta ink.  Center and adhere sentiment on top of DSP.
  • Add dimensionals to the back of the Terracotta Tile frame and adhere to front of card.
  • Add gilded gems and adhere bow to front of card with glue dot.
  • Adhere 4×5.25” white card stock to inside of card and adhere the 1×4” piece of DSP to the inside. Stamp inside sentiment.

Supplies for the Ornate Layers Thank You Card 2

Ornate Garden Suite: Thank You Card

I’m excited that Stampin’ Up released the Ornate Garden Suite early so we could use it for Spring, Easter, and Mother’s Days cards or any occasion for that matter! This card uses the Ornate Style stamp set and Ornate Layers Dies to create a simple but pretty card using just stamps, ink and dies! This card uses only the small, single flower from the Ornate Style stamp set–imagine what can be done with the larger flower image! I will be showing more of this Suite here and on my other social media links!

Ornate Style Stamp Set and Ornate Layers Dies

The first step is to die cut the whisper white frame and terracotta tile rectangle from the Ornate Layers die set as shown in Figure 1. Other die cuts include an Whisper White oval and a Terracotta layering stitched oval for the sentiment.

Figure 1

The rest of the steps are straight forward. Layer the white lace rectangle onto a Terracotta card base. Use the Detailed Trio punch to round the corners on the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series patterned paper then layer onto the white rectangle. Next layer the Terracotta rectangle on top of the patterned paper. Layer the ovals together and stamp the sentiment and the small flower from the Ornate Style stamp set on the white oval. Color in the flower with blends and then apply the oval to the card using dimensionals. Tie a bow and add to the card.

Give to your favorite person to brighten their day!

Measurements for Ornate Garden card:

  • Terracotta Tile card stock: (1) 8.5″x 5.5″ scored at 4.25″ on the 8.5″ side; piece for stitched rectangle and stitched oval
  • Whisper White card stock: (1) 4.25′ x 5.5″; piece for oval; (1) 4″ x 5.25″ for inside
  • Ornate Garden Specialty Paper: (1) 4.75″ x 3.25″


This card base was inspirational when Easter rolled around. The bunny and the squirrel from Fabled Friends was looking for a home and this card base was perfect! They look like they are sitting in a field of flowers!

Fabled Friend bunny
Fabled Friends squirrel
Fabled Friends sqirrel