Cathy Makes a Card No. 01: embossing and distress ink painting (oh, my!)

Cathy ZielskeCards, Tutorials38 Comments


Today marks a new beginning in the Crafty Life of Cathy Z: cardmaking.

I thought it might be fun to make some videos documenting these new creative adventures. Mostly, I wanted to show you how I am inspired by others and maybe you can take some of that inspiration into your own crafty endeavors in the cardmaking realm.


I made my first-ever, step-by-step video tutorial in the new series I’m calling, “Cathy Makes a Card.” It’s simple. It has some alliteration. It might be fun for you to watch.

Shall we?


For a list of all the products used on this card, see the info below the video on YouTube. One item I will highlight here that is making it possible for me to really enjoy this whole stamping thing? The freaking MISTI!


While the image above is not from this project, this tool (and I purchased the Mini MISTI) is LEGIT! Yes, it’s an investment, but I already want to buy the larger one. It just makes stamping evenly and consistency possible. For me, as a stamp newb, that was the part that always made me think, “Yeah… not for me.” Well, not anymore! Highly recommend this. Worth the $49!

Going forward, I’m sure I’ll get better at the video thing. Other than one caption typo, I think it’s pretty okay. I’m good at screen casts, the type of digital how to clips you see in my e-courses. This real life stuff? Fun, but tricky. Again, I have much to learn but hey, it was fun and I’m just getting warmed up!

NOTE TO MY MOM: Mom, please act surprised when my card shows up in your mailbox next month. I love you!


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38 Comments on “Cathy Makes a Card No. 01: embossing and distress ink painting (oh, my!)”

  1. #2
    Kimberly O.

    Your card is awesome!!!! I really like the look of the distress paint over the embossing. 🙂

    I love my MISTIs!! I have the original and the mini. I also just received the MISTI Creative Corners but I haven’t tried that yet. I bought some rectangular magnets and wrapped washi tape around them leaving a “handle” at the end. It makes it so much easier to get it off of the platform. AND.. one rectangle is strong enough to hold the card. (I used a washi pattern that “goes” with the pink color of the MISTI.) I found a small tablet sleeve at a dollar store that holds the mini MISTI perfectly. I bought a larger tablet sleeve at Amazon that fits the original size. Anyhow, the MISTI is awesome when you want to make batches of cards. I usually make around 40 at a time for a stamping email group I’ve belonged to for around 20 years. 🙂

    1. #2.1
      Cathy Zielske

      Yes! I bought one of those magnets, too! You can see it in the video. Like i said, if Jennifer McGuire says it’s a good idea… well, you know! 🙂

  2. #4
    Nina

    Great Job! Love all your videos, and your excitement for cardmaking is super cool 🙂 Never dipped my brush onto the stamp pad before, awesome to know it works – I usually smoosh the pad onto a piece of packaging or a non stick mat, something I learned from Kristina Werner. And, yes, You Go Crafty Girl!
    nfoz

    1. #4.1
      Cathy Zielske

      Yeah, I think I was supposed to do that… like swipe the pad on an acrylic block, but I figured, “I’ll just try this.” 🙂

  3. #6
    Kathy McConnell

    You go, crafty girl! Great video, as always, forearm foundation nothwithstanding. As for me, All the Things I need…Just made a mock MISTI, to see how much I’ll use it. So far, love.

    1. #6.1
      Cathy Zielske

      I tell you… I’m not crafty enough to make my own but… for me, it is the difference between liking to stamp and not liking to stamp.

      In fact, last night I made a card for a friend, and did a practice stamp sentiment on the inside of the card with an acrylic block and it was all messed up and smooshed. Like i said: i’m not a good free range stamper! lol! But I did it with the MISTI and it looked great! It totally fits with my desire for linear. 🙂

  4. #8
    Linda Rizzo

    You are so funny! You are new to card making, but you have all the tools already! (I’m a tool junkie.) Loved the video. Great fun. Thanks.

  5. #9
    Karen

    I love the MISTI and have it in all 3 sizes – yes they make a 12 x 12 – I use it to do layered stamping and for scrapbook pages and when I am doing multiple cards. I use them all all the time.
    Keep the videos coming Cathy – you make me laugh like no other and bring your own spice to them. I would probably watch your videos even if you were doing something I didn’t care about, you know like changing the oil or something. HA!

  6. #10
    Nancy

    Beautiful card! Just wondering about one thing. After you mounted the smaller rectangle to the larger rectangle, do you mount it to another folded piece of cardstock for the card? Love the video!

    1. #10.1
      Cathy Zielske

      Yes! See, I’m new at this video thing! I mount that whole thing on a 4.25 x 5.5 card base!

  7. #12
    Maureen

    That was a great video tutorial Cathy! Please continue making these! Your card turned out beautifully and now I want both of those die sets so I can make this one too and try that painting technique! You are a great enabler! 🙂

  8. #13
    Janete

    I am so excited about this. For you, because it is just wonderful to see your excitement. And for me because I can’t wait to see how you bring your design sensibility to this smaller canvas. Clean and simple is your style. Mine too. How you interpret Jennifer and Kristina’s styles and make them your own will be an inspiration for sure. I follow lots of card makers but have never followed a brand new one who brings all your graphic design experience with you. In this time when I’m struggling so hard to find joy, thank you for my new-found piece of happy escape.

    1. #13.1
      Cathy Zielske

      Thanks Janete! I’m excited, too. I never made the connection that a card had this quality of being a little canvas that you could complete possibly easier than a layout. Plus, I like the idea that you SEND them away! You know? Rather than just fill up albums. 🙂 It’s really fun for sure!

  9. #14
    Julie

    Great card! From one scrapbooker-turned-card-maker to another, just wait until you discover shimmer. I thought I was a clean and simple girl until Jennifer McGuire introduced me to shimmer spray and Wink of Stella and perfect pearls and glimmer paste and…well, you get the idea….

    1. #14.1
      Cathy Zielske

      I have a feeling Jennifer is going to “inspire” me to want to try many things I wouldn’t normally try. Her style at it’s core is also very linear and ordered. And I may already have a Wink of Stella pen in my cabinet… and so it begins! 😉

  10. #15
    Lida

    I’m not a card maker but I watched your video and you are having so much fun! I really liked your technique of using the stamp pads and painting with them like watercolor. Who knew?
    Thanks for expanding my horizons. So glad you are enjoying your new hobby.

  11. #16
    Joana Teves Costa

    I also love clean and simple cards. Will be looking out for more of your videos like this one. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. #17
    Kirstie MacGowan

    I feel like you’d really enjoy watching Laura Bassen’s card videos… she is funny and creative and does lots of rainbow colours… http://www.laurafadora.com/

    Awesome card Cathy, it is so cool to discover a new hobby.

  13. #18
    Nancy

    Beautiful card Cathy, and I loved the video! FYI – I’m not their spokesperson, but Scrapbook.com is having a big 3-day say on the Misti. I just ordered the original size for $48! So excited to get it; I’ve been wanting one for a while and was working to justify the price. Thanks for sharing your creative process!

  14. #20
    KnitterPam

    oh my gosh, you are too cute. i loved your beginner tips and tricks. i’ve been making cards and pages (and books!) with primarily Club Scrap products for the past 10 years and i’ve learned so much. i love hearing when someone tries something new. keep the videos coming. i smiled my way through this one.

    p.s. I wasn’t watching your arms. But I would love for you to zoom your camera in closer so we can see the details (stitched dies, colored flowers) better.

    1. #20.1
      Cathy Zielske

      Thanks Pam! And yes, I should have zoomed in. I’m actually filming on my iPhone, which right now, is the best option I have. It doesn’t zoom super well and stay crisp. But I’m adding that to my notes to keep in mind. Hoping to afford a better camera at some point.

  15. #21
    carol ann

    Being the personality type that I am, you are killing me that you didn’t turn the flower bundle heart in the upright heart position! LOL And to make matters worse, you didn’t color the two leaves in the video. It’s going to cost you a fortune to make that puppy with all that foam tape, too! O-M-G! I’m now over the top! But the rest of your card is OK. LOL Just saying…

    😉 You know I’m giving you trouble just for fun, right? Seriously though… A-dor-a-ble card. Love it!! Can’t wait for your next card video!

    1. #21.1
      Cathy Zielske

      OMG. It’s a heart? Honestly? Didn’t even see that. I really like the grapes! 😉

      Does foam tape make it cost more? I seriously have no clue.

      1. #21.1.1
        carol ann

        LOL I love your sense of humor!

        It’s just that all that foam tape will make your card heavy. I’d like to suggest you cut 5 to 7 “squares” of the tape and use it on the corners and center of the card. It will be lighter, work just fine and save you on purchasing more foam tape (because it’s not exactly cheap).

        Now, I’m off to purchase Tim’s distress ink so I can copy your card! Thanks for the inspiration!

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