Double Duty for Your Stencils

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Today’s card project features using a stencil for both applying color as well as dry embossing a pattern onto cardstock. I really love getting more use out of a product and stencils can be pretty versatile tools! The stencil and stamps I’m using today are from Gina K. Designs’ A Big Hello Card Kit, a huge new card kit full … Read More

Cathy ZielskeDouble Duty for Your Stencils

Use those scraps on your next card project!

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Today I have a fun, graphic card project featuring the coolest die from MFT Stamps (seriously, the typography!) and a stash of cardstock scraps pulled right from the scrap bin. You can do this technique with any type of die, really. I chose to use the negative space from this particular die, cutting it out of a panel of white cardstock and … Read More

Cathy ZielskeUse those scraps on your next card project!

Real World Inspo: Layered Watercolor Squares (inspired by a calendar)

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Creative inspiration can come from all kinds of interesting places and when I flipped my Paper Source calendar over into February, I knew I had a fun idea to try out in a card: I loved this artwork and thought it would be a fun thing to try my hand at using a small watercolor palette I recently picked up. … Read More

Cathy ZielskeReal World Inspo: Layered Watercolor Squares (inspired by a calendar)

Big Watercolored Ampersand Valentine

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Love is in the air (at least I’m pretty sure that’s what I’m smelling these days!) and I wanted to create a simple Valentine’s Day card featuring a few easy techniques and one big-assed Ampersand die. A little messy watercoloring with Distress Ink gave me the colorful ampersand and a bit of dry embossing using a stencil added subtle detail … Read More

Cathy ZielskeBig Watercolored Ampersand Valentine

Emboss Resist Rainbows

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Today I’ve got some colorful card projects to share featuring a fun new stamp set from Gina K. Designs called Be the Rainbow, designed by Emily Loggans, (who has the most wonderful Instagram account!) It’s been a while since I’ve painted with Distress Ink, and this cute little rainbow, along with its sweet encouragements seemed like a good stamp set … Read More

Cathy ZielskeEmboss Resist Rainbows

Hey Bestie Blog Hop (Simon Says Stamp!)

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It’s blog hop day for the brand new Hey Bestie release from Simon Says Stamp! Today I have fun floral-y stencil card project featuring a word and shadow die and a cool, pre-printed sentiment strip! I used the Peony Bouquet Stencil and a few dye inks to create this simple background, and then topped it with my Miss You word/shadow … Read More

Cathy ZielskeHey Bestie Blog Hop (Simon Says Stamp!)

Rainbow Stamping (plus it’s new release day at Simon Says Stamp!)

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Today I’ve got a card project to remind my long distance bestie(s) that really… it’s not that far and all we need to do is to connect the hearts, so to speak! It’s all part of the brand new Hey Bestie release from Simon Says Stamp! I’ve got a slew of new adds to my CZ Design collection, beginning with … Read More

Cathy ZielskeRainbow Stamping (plus it’s new release day at Simon Says Stamp!)

Paper Fashion Watercolors—swatching and creating a card project

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Hello and happy new year! A new decade is here and I have a fun, colorful watercolor card project that I want to share with you as we kick off 2020. I recently acquired some new watercolors, brushes and paper from American Crafts, part of their Paper Fashion line. I was excited to try out their Basic Watercolors set because … Read More

Cathy ZielskePaper Fashion Watercolors—swatching and creating a card project

Watercolor Ampersand Encouragement Card

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Today’s card project is for any font junkies who love BIG type and especially ampersands. Ampersand Words is a new stamp set I created for Simon Says Stamp designed to cover multiple card sending occasions, but all revolving around a big assed ampersand. For a bit of added texture, I dry embossed a heart stencil onto the card panel. Love … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWatercolor Ampersand Encouragement Card

Rainbow Wreath Anniversary Card + fun stamps for your envelopes!

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There is a brand new release out from Simon Says Stamp today called Love You More, and I’m excited to share the products I’ve designed for this release! But before I get to that, I have to share the cards for today’s video on my YouTube channel, because I’m feeling two things: 1) I’m channeling a bit of one of … Read More

Cathy ZielskeRainbow Wreath Anniversary Card + fun stamps for your envelopes!