Learn how to incorporate memorable greetings into your cards using repeated background sentiments, floating greetings, embossed resist techniques and more all with tips and techniques from professional cardmaker and instructor Nichol Magouirk. Discover the secrets to achieving embossed texture without any actual embossing, and find out how to use masking to create a slick new set of stamps without spending a dime. Make elegant landscape scenes, and stamp on vellum for a background with a soft effect. Hand-color stamped and die-cut embellishments, and embrace the latest in paper craft trends with embossed ombré greetings. You'll even experiment with stunning watercolor and painterly effects for cards that are memorable masterpieces. Need to freshen your stamp supply? Head over to the Craftsy supplies page for an inspiring selection of stamps, paper, tools and more!
Meet your instructor, cardmaker and blogger Nichol Magouirk, as she previews many of the amazing stamping techniques you'll learn how to use on all of your greeting cards. Discover what type of ink works best on a dark background and pick up tips for cleaning stamps as you change from one color ink to another to create vibrant statements. Learn how to add dimension using die cuts you make yourself and see Nichol's nifty trick for applying tiny glue dots to the back of small embellishments.
Attach die cuts to the background of a card to create a faux embossed texture as Nichol offers advice for using the Big Shot die-cutting machine. Also, die cut and stamp flowers for an elegant embellishment. Learn timesaving tips for applying and storing embossing powder for less mess, and see how to avoid paper warp when embossing on vellum.
Customize the stamps you have as Nichol shows you how to mask off elements to change a stamp's design. Learn how to cut clear stamps apart to create individual stamping elements. Learn tips for stamping greetings in two colors for added dimension. Finally, see how to stamp on subtle texture and echo elements from the outside of your card with your inside message.