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posted this in Designer greeting cards on November 1st, 2017

Reverse Coloring

Hi There, This is Ginny Maxam.  Today I am going to demonstrate what I call ‘reverse coloring’!  for my card, I used  Heavenly White 120# Ultrasmooth in the 12×12 size, to print on and make my card base! I use a low-end Canon Pixma printer as my go-to workhorse printer and easily handles this #120 heavyweight paper  if yours can’t go to a #100 or #80 (80 is not so great for a base but wonderful for a printing layer).  This paper no matter what size or weight you choose is a preferred smooth paper for Alcohol marker coloring, my Spectrum Noir’s work wonderfully

My image design came from Graciellie Designs  Beautiful Birthday Wishes

I created my image using a watercolor wash background


The reverse comes into play with this card because I have to color with white!


Next, I color in black


I work this until I feel I have enough black, white and gold.  I added Stickles Diamond and a few sequins. I also added yellow to the bubble body with a distress marker.

Next, I stipple on yellow for the bee and some veining into his wings:


Here is my finished card!

If you haven’t tried printing on heavy cardstock like this Heavenly White 120# Ultrasmooth, I suggest you try it, It is wonderful for  CAS one layer cards!

Have a great day!

Ginny M


posted this in Designer greeting cards on November 1st, 2017

Masculine Cards on Kraft Paper, Alcohol Marker Coloring and Freebies

I needed two masculine cards for family members in the mail today talk about feeling rushed!

I pulled up a couple of favorite digitals and thought these would look great on Kraft paper and colored with alcohol markers;

I’ll show you the cards and then go over the details.

Showing you the end results first can give you a better idea as to whether or not you like the finished product – before investing time and supplies.  Because I was pressed for time, doing two cards at once with the same manly man color palette helped me save time and really made making these cards very enjoyable.

I printed these cards on Neenah desert Storm 80# paper from Paper Temptress  This paper is super smooth and holds the ink in a clean crisp perfection.

This is my favorite Kraft paper to work on any hand stamped ink works as well as my inkjet printer.  Also when you purchase from Pat ( the Paper Temptress) you have the option of buying 5 sheets or larger packs al the way up to 90!

I create my palette swatch and start coloring – the markers work so well with this paper- super-smooth blending – you can’t blend on many lower quality kraft papers.

All colored up

I pulled papers from my stash and created the backgrounds, dry embossing a printed paper and distressing

A little trick – easy way to create a stronger edge – run the edge of paper on the edge of the ink pad

Using the best papers and taking your time coloring will help you create a little work of art, but here is another tip:

Use the Best Glue Ever, especially on your heavy, textured, embossed, inked, foiled, and distressed papers.

A long time ago at stamp camp we were told to use score tape, “you have to use score tape or the adhesive will never hold on the heavy, textured, embossed, inked, foiled, and distressed papers.  Well Best Glue Ever holds it all perfectly with a tiny amount/

And a BIG bonus here, if you lay it down crooked – you have a few seconds to fix it!

while my markers were out I whipped up the second card.  The white areas in both of these cards is a white ‘Posca” pen.

I actually got these in the mailbox with a few minutes to spare!






For making cards for the guys in your life:

 I hope you try these out and try the products I have demonstrated for you, no craft room should be without them!

Needless to say, I have sent all my old kraft papers to a new home and all my score tape – along with a drawer full of no longer needed and used adhesives!

Have a great day!

Thanks for stopping by,

Ginny M

posted this in Designer greeting cards on October 29th, 2017

Cable Knit Christmas

Christmas is sneaking up so I thought I would share my first Christmas card.

The base is Brown Basis.   The wreath was also cut from the Brown Basis.  I thought the Green Basis would make a great second layer.  The Green Basis was also used as second layer on the sentiment.  I used Kraft Treasures for the cable knit layer.  It has a little texture and worked perfectly.

Olive Basis seemed to be the perfect cardstock for the greenery.  Gold Pearl Linen was used for the sentiment.  Last but not least was the shiny Red Ribbon Bow.

posted this in Designer greeting cards, Halloween Cards on October 28th, 2017

Meet Morta Moon

Here’s another brand new stamp that would be great for Halloween from Sandra Caldwell. This image is called Morta Moon #1887.  I thought this image would look perfect in a greenish yellow tint.  I paired it with some gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress.

The gorgeous papers I am using on this card are a background of basis black.  I then layered it with a wonderful piece of Hambly Studio Overlays.  These are wonderful clear overlays that you can place on top of your cards and add dimension, stamp on, put images in front of or behind, trim, or use as embellishments by cutting.  I am using Lime Mini Graph.  They are also available in awesome 6×6″ packages.  For my image, I printed it out on Heavenly white and colored it with Copic Markers.

Hope this Halloween card gives you a Fright–or at least a smile 🙂

posted this in Designer greeting cards, Halloween Cards on October 22nd, 2017

If I only had a brain.

Here’s a funny card to give you all a laugh today.  You all know I just love images with BRAINS in them, as well as, sentiments with the word brain, lol.  So I totally had to get these.   If you ever come across a brain stamp or a sentiment, let me know where it is!  I’d love to find out if it’s one that I don’t have.  I had successful brain surgery 7.5 years ago and I celebrate every year in February.

I am using wonderful papers from Paper Temptress on this project today. The base of the base of the card is Basis Black, which I embossed with a Darice embossing folder.  Then I stamped my images onto Neenah Solar White Classic Crest Paper in Mememto Ink.  After letting the ink dry (I give it at least a day), I colored the brain and the eyeballs in with copic markers.  I layered the papers with wonderful silver lustre.

posted this in Designer greeting cards on October 19th, 2017

Dia de los Muertos

Here’s an awesome card that I did for Dia de los Muertos.  For those of you who don’t know about Dia de los Muertos, it’s called Day of the Dead, it’s Nov 2nd, which is also All Saints Day.  It’s a day of celebration of those deceased often with prayer and remembrance of friends and family members who have died by making shrines commemorating their favorite things and foods,  as well as gathering and exchanging stories about them.  It’s associated with the Sugar Skull image that I used here, in combination with gorgeous papers from Paper Temptress.The base of the card is Neenah Solar White Classic Crest.  I took a sheet of 8.5×11″ and folded it in half and then cut it to fit the card size I needed.  The gorgeous green is a Hambly Studio Overlay called Lime Urban Chic Frames.   You can also by the Hambly Studio products in wonderful 6×6″ packages, which are the perfect size for cardmaking.  For the Sugar Skull I am using glossy black paper.  I also added a Dia de los Muertos cardstock sticker from Bo Bunny to finish off the card.

Hope this card inspired you today to make a fun card for Dia de los Muertos.

Cheers, Holley

posted this in Digital cutter files, Fun stuff, Techniques, Tutorials on October 18th, 2017

How to Create a Lattice Cut and Distress Oxide Card

Hi everyone, Ginny here today with a how to and confession: I’m probably not ever going to be the first person with a ‘how- to’ when new products come out.  I Love them from afar and that is just fine with me.  Why, because I have a significant investment in things like inks and paper.  My hope is to become proficient at one thing before I move on to the next. I kinda skipped the whole dye and stamps with matching dies trend. They take up to much room to store and time to use.  I am so glad I followed that path and waited for the Scan n’Cut  to be invented and then a little longer so that I could afford to buy it.  I also only own about 10 punches – butterflies and little flowers.  At one time I had a large collection, but because I bought a Cricut, I sold them! I don’t own a package of prima type flowers and If I never bought another ribbon in my life, I’d still have way to much!  Why am I telling you this?  Well, because I never want to be a person that says buy, buy buy, just because it is out there.  I do want to say use it, use it, use it and learn more.  Learn more about what sets your creativity soaring, what makes you happy!  Buy the best you can afford, quality, not quantity. when you use quality products your art will always look better and you will feel better about what you are creating and in the case of cards, you will be proud to mail them off!

I said all that in part to say, I finally got my distress oxides out and made a card.  I really do like the Distress products and was excited to give my newish distress oxide inks a try.

They were fun and I think I need to watch a few more youtubes – I am not in love yet -I do love my regular distress inks and use them all the time!

I’ll show you the card and you can decide if it will be worth reading the how-to.

I really like this quote!

I started this with Neenah Super Smooth Black from Paper Temptress

Using my Cricut I cut a card from Anna Griffin Cartridge

I used a fine blade and opted not to score on the machine

This gave a beautiful sharp cut.  Some blacks cut with a raggy edge, not this one, smooth and clean!

Next, I double scored 1 mm apart – I use the Cricut Stylus for hand scoring – it works so well!

Next I splotched my oxide inks on my craft mats

Adding the water was pretty cool!

Next, I just laid my 120# Heavenly White in the wet ink and let it soak it up. Pretty easy!

Let it dry. I colored my butterfly while this was drying

Using my needle nosed Best Glue Ever I dotted the glue on the  inside of the paper lattice

I slipped the dried Oxide background  and carefully placed it

And then put a weight on it to dry:

Anyone remember this guy?  He’s survived 4 moves now!!

I created my sentiment panel from a bit that was left over from the base

Really beautiful cutting!

I hope you found this helpful and the quote inspiring!

If you are new to crafting, here are a few things that I think are must haves’ – the rest will come with time.  When you give your self this time you will find you will evolve into a better crafter and not spend money on things you will never use.

Good Papers – it is the foundation of your art, I highly recommend Paper Temptress

3 cutters – one guillotine for multi sheets, one rotary cutter, and one travel size. I use a Tonic guillotine, large and travel size and a Genisis rotary trimmer.  I’ve been doing this for 40 years – these are the best cutters I have found for a reasonable price.

Good scissors, large and Itty Bitty – I like Tonic

High-quality inks – I use memento for alcohol coloring and Archival for watercolor

Distress inks and Memories

Coloring.  I use Alcohol pen, waterbased markers, watercolors, pastels, colored pencils

Ultra-fine sharpies – for touch up stamps

Misti Stamp tool

I hope you found this helpful and the quote inspiring!

Thanks for stopping by!

Ginny M

posted this in Designer greeting cards on October 15th, 2017

Troll For Aria

Sorry this is a little late.  Just too many commitments.  Good thing is that this is a birthday card for my granddaughter and it is actually done early.  Guess what the theme of the part is.  TROLLS

The base of this card is amethyst mica metallic.  Mica metallic is shimmery and a really nice weight for the base.

I tried the Heavy Weight Vellum for the second layer.  It embossed so nicely.  I colored some of the areas on the back side.

The troll is actually 2 colors of Basis.  The bottom layer is Pink Basis and the top layer is Magenta Basis.  The wording is actually two colors.  I tried Aqua Basis (light ) first and it was to light, so I cut the words in Teal basis and placed it on top of the first layer.  It raised my words off the page and if you look at the side you can see the layers.

posted this in Designer greeting cards, Easy and fast! on October 14th, 2017

Quick Birthday Card

Here’s a quick birthday card that could be used or adjusted for either gender.

For this card, I used Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock as the base.  Then, I used Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide to stamp “Have a fantastic” on an angle across the card base, and I used some scraps of teal cardstock to die cut the word “birthday” and the shadow from The Stamps of Life Birthday Statement Set.  Obviously, the stamping and die cutting can be changed to any colors to suit any personality style.

posted this in Designer greeting cards, Halloween Cards on October 12th, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Here’s a card I made with some super cute skeletons and some great papers from Paper Temptress.  I love that I can combine Halloween with my love of skeletons, but as you know, it’s never really stopped me from enjoying them on cards!

 The base of the card is white cardstock, Neenah solar white classic crest.  If you want to make square cards but only have 8.5×11″ card stock, fold it in half and cut out a 5.5″ square card.  I then added a wonderful Hambly Studio Overlay on top of it.  I just love the Lime Green color for Halloween (well, let’s be honest, Halloween and many other) times.  This paper is called Lime Mini Graph.  I added a cute set of stamped skeletons on Neenah Solar White, layered on Silver, layered on Black glossy.
Cheers, Holley