Marigold Flower Cards, Handmade with Techniques Ranging from Simple to Complex

Hi again from Toph! I've got a confession for you: I'm pretty new to card making. Luckily, here at Technique Tuesday, our team designs stamps with card crafters of all skill levels in mind! Whether you're a beginner like me or you're perfecting some of the more complex techniques, you'll find our stamps to be a great tool in your creative pursuits. We've compiled a list of eight diy marigold flower cards to help inspire your next craft, no matter how simple or complex it may be.

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1. Naturally Compelling Marigold Flower Card Ideas!

The soft tones and watery blending on this card really connected with me. Marigolds always make me think of my dad's garden growing up, and Norine's handmade marigold card design feels as if it tapped directly into my own sense of nostalgia. The emotional response to a card might be quite personal, but the techniques that get us there are something anyone can learn. Let's see what techniques Norine used here!

Norine's diy marigold flower card is a stamped marigold on white card stock shaped like a postage stamp backed with an orange polka dotted paper. This handmade marigold card features the sentiment that reads: Sending happy thoughts.
Norine achieved this lovely watercolor effect with water reactive Distress inks. She lightly spritzed the paper with water before stamping, then went back over the stamped image with ink on a paintbrush. The paintbrush allowed her to both catch any spots where the original ink was lighter than she wanted and also to give the marigold more depth by introducing more shades of green, yellow, and orange. Once the image was finished, Norine die cut it out using the Postage Card Crafting Dies and added the small dots using a needle tool and a straightedge. She then backed this with the solid colored cardstock that coordinates with the polka dotted background. She finished it all off by heat embossing the sentiments and then painting the banner in with the same color green from the Marigold stems.

Norine writes in about this card on her blog,so you can learn more about it here! Looking for a simpler marigold flower card craft? Then keep reading!

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5 DIY Fathers Day Cards and Other Masculine Cards Handmade by our Design Team

Hi card crafters! Toph here to share some of my favorite handmade Fathers Day cards from our design team!

June may be the month when we celebrate Fathers Day, but it's important to appreciate the important men in our life all year long. Whether it's your father, your uncle, grandfather, husband, or just a friend, we've got some projects here that we know would be great for the masculine figure in your life! Keep reading for many manly card ideas, and to see which card I'm most excited about this year!

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1. Looking for Masculine Card Ideas? Try a Fathers Day Tool Card! 

What's more manly than a Fathers Day toolbox card? If you've got a man who's a cut above the rest, then the first thing you should reach for is our What a Guy Stamp Set with Matching Dies. Perfect for the handyman in your life, these stamps are meant to help celebrate a wide array of occasions throughout the year. 

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Norine created these three different but complementary cards with the What a Guy stamps. On the lower two cards she stamped various images from the set with black ink and set them in the back ground. In the "Love You Beyond Measure" card she then placed her sentiments above the background with a strip of vellum, while in the "A Cut Above the Rest" card she stamped the sentiment and the images onto two different sheets of kraft paper which she popped above the background of stars with foam tape. The final card has a pop of color added with colored pencil and a matting of complimentary plaid patterned paper.

Want to read more about Norine's process? Check out these handmade Fathers Day cards on her blog!

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Seven DIY Best Friend Birthday Cards

Hey there birthday card crafters! Toph here again, and today I want to share seven projects from our design team that have me thinking of birthday card ideas for a friend! My best friend and I met when we were both new kids in an elementary school in small town Iowa, and despite living thousands of miles apart, we've stayed close over the years. It's been a long time since we've seen each other in person, but I never miss a chance to surprise her with a handcrafted card! Keep reading to see seven of the beautiful handmade birthday card ideas I'm drawing inspiration from this year!

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1. Who Doesn't Love Funny Homemade Birthday Cards for Friends?

The moment I saw Amy's card I knew it was a great place to start when looking at homemade birthday card ideas for best friend. My best friend at I have been ribbing each other about our age each birthday since the year we turned 20, so I know she'd get a laugh out of this card.  We're all getting older, and for the right friend, some light hearted humor about aging can make the perfect birthday card!

this diy birthday card for best friend reads Remind me how old you are pretending to be. To hammer home the point that the age is arbitrary and potentially unknown, this handmade birthday card for a friend is presented over a backdrop of various numbers

Amy started with a blended ink background to create the gradient from lighter to darker pink. She used Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral, and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Inks to blend into the Bristol Smooth cardstock. Atop this colorful yet restrained background she placed white cardstock numbers cut out using our By the Numbers Crafting Die.

In the foreground of her card, Amy stamped a cake from our Umpteenth Birthday Stamp Set and colored it with Copic markers before fussy cutting it and placing it on a two inch band of vellum. She white heat embossed the vellum with the sentiment "Remind me how old you are pretending to be" which also comes from the Umpteenth Birthday Stamp Set. She attached this strip with foam adhesive and topped it all off with a few clear droplets to make the card really shine!

Want to read more about Amy's process? Check this project out on her blog!

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Spring Cards & Garden Scrapbook Projects

Hi Crafty Friends! This is Toph and this is my very first blog post here at Technique Tuesday. I am so excited to share my garden scrapbook page with you. And some of my favorite spring card ideas from our creative team!

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My Garden Scrapbook Layout

Drive southeast from Portland on Highway 224, and you'll see a little yellow farmhouse sitting across from the Barton store. Every time I drive that road it takes me back to simpler times. In the 90s, this little farmhouse was nestled into acres of bright petunias, foxgloves, sunflowers, and zinnias. This was my kingdom, and I ran through it barefoot and wild.

The garden was one of my dad’s passions. I wish I could say I picked up his gardening skills, but I can barely keep houseplants alive. Instead of growing flowers of my own, I make handmade spring cards and scrapbook pages about gardening to capture my fond memories of these times gone by.

Example of simple scrapbook ideas. Three photos of Toph as a child are arranged on a green and yellow background. The sentiment stamps Remember your Roots and Cultivate a good life are used in this spring scrapbook layout

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Stamped Hummingbird Project Ideas!

We are positively HUMMING with excitement over here at Technique Tuesday. The new Happy Hummingbirds Stamps and Matching Dies are one of our favorite recent Animal House sets. And today we are sharing stamped Hummingbird project ideas that showcase how simple or complex you can make your hummingbird cards, gift tags, and other paper craft projects.

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Bev made this clean and simple hummingbird card using both of the bird stamps and two of the many sentiments that are included in the hummingbird stamp set. She used alcohol markers to color the stamped hummingbird images. She added the "Fluttering by to say..." sentiment. Then she flicked some gold and turquoise watercolors onto her project to add a fine texture to the background. To finish her hummingbird card, she stamped the "hope your day is as exquisite as you are" sentiment on the inside of the card.

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The hummingbird stamp set also can be used to make quick little gift tags! Bev used the largest die in the set of Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies to cut out a large white tag and a hot pink tag. She lined up both of the large tags, and one of the slot dies (also from the set of Essential Stitched Labels dies) to make room for the ribbon. Then she stamped one of the hummingbirds, the flower, and the "sweet birthday wishes" sentiment onto the white tag. She used alcohol markers to add color to the stamped hummingbird and flower images. Then she splattered a bit of gold and turquoise ink onto the background and a little ribbon to make this sweet hummingbird birthday gift tag.

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Julie stepped things up with extra layers on this hummingbird birthday card. She started by stamping, watercoloring, and cutting out one of the birds to make a dimensional hummingbird accent. She stamped the "sweet birthday wishes" phrase on white cardstock and then used the small tag die from the set of Essential Stitched Labels to cut out the sentiment. (All of the sentiments included with the Happy Hummingbirds stamp set fit on the tag shapes you can make using the Essential Stitched Labels Dies.) Julie added patterned paper to her card front. Next, she adhered a strip of dark pink paper and added a tiny ribbon and bow. Lastly, she used foam squares to add a little extra depth and interest to her hummingbird embellishment and the sentiment.

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Bev made her own patterned paper for this slimline hummingbird card. She started by cutting out a hot-pink, slimline card (8 1/2" x 7" folded in half so that the card measures 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" when it is closed). She also cut out a white card-front that measured 8 1/4" x 3 1/4". Using the smallest die from the Essential Stitched Labels set she cut out a small, white label and a second small,  hot-pink label. She stamped the "Fluttering by to say..." sentiment on the small white label. Then she used a pencil and one of the small labels to add light marks showing where she was going to position the sentiment tag on her card. She also positioned the hummingbird and flower stamps on the project and made light pencil markers to show where she wanted those to be positioned too. Then she stamped the flowers and hummingbirds using alcohol marker friendly black ink. By stamping the flower images off the edges of the card front and out from under the sentiment label, it makes a more interesting background. (You may want to do some masking to make it look it like the hummingbirds' beaks are in front of the flowers. Here's a link to a masking tutorial video.) Then Bev slightly offset the "Fluttering by to say..." sentiment label with the small hot-pink label to finish her handmade, hummingbird card.

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Isn't this slightly more complex stamped and die-cut hummingbird card beautiful? To make the dimensional hummingbird embellishment, Julie stamped the hummingbird (using water-proof ink) and painted it with watercolors. Once it was dry, she die cut it out using the matching Happy Hummingbird Crafting Dies. She also stamped a bunch of the flower images and used watercolors to make the flower-patterned paper. She stamped the "Fluttering by to say..." sentiment and the "thank you" sentiment (which is also from the Happy Hummingbird Stamp Set). Then Julie used the medium-sized label from the set of Essential Stitched Labels to cut out the combined sentiment tag. She layered an accent strip of dark teal paper and a strip of the flower patterned paper onto her card front. To finish her card, Julie used foam squares to pop-up the stamped and die-cut hummingbird accent and the sentiment tag.

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Here's another exquisite card by Julie featuring a stamped hummingbird accent. She stamped the longer-tailed hummingbird image, applied watercolors, and once it was dry, cut it out. Next, Julie got out a strip of the watercolored flower patterned paper (that she had made for the last card). She added a strip of narrow, silver washi tape to the card front and adhered the flower-patterned paper. Julie stamped the "hope your day is as exquisite as you are" phrase and used the medium-sized die from the set of Essential Stitched Labels to cut it out. She popped up the hummingbird accent using foam squares. To finish this handmade hummingbird card she added some acrylic droplets.

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We hope you enjoyed seeing these stamped and die-cut hummingbird cards and gift tag! Our creative team will  be making more hummingbird paper craft projects and we'll be sharing them soon. Sign up for our newsletters to be the first to hear about new projects or to be notified when we post new things on this blog.

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P.S. Are you a member of the Animal House auto-ship program? We shipped your hummingbirds to you last week. We hope these projects inspire you to make some hummingbird projects of your own!

Not a member? No worries! You can order the Hummingbird stamps and dies now. Or, if you like cute animal projects like these, check out the benefits of becoming an auto-ship member

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The 2020 Cat Lovers Hop!

Hello All! Happy Halloween!!

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Today we're excited to be sponsoring the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop from Her Peaceful Garden! Head on over to the main page for the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop to get all the details on prizes, sponsors and how to enter.  Our contribution is the Window Scene Thin Metal Dies, which features a sweet little cat silhouette to perch in the window, or wherever she pleases.

How To Enter the Drawing!

To enter to win, you'll need to sign in on her blog! There are three ways to get a chance to win a randomly-drawn prize:  linking up a cat project, commenting on linked-up projects, and participating in the Daily Games. Go see all the awesome projects and maybe post your own cat-themed projects! Here's the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop FAQ for more information.

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14 Handmade Valentine's Day Cards and Love Cards for All Year Long

Hey card makers... it's that time of year when we all are looking for handmade Valentine card ideas. You'll find lots of stamped Valentines projects here. Plus we're sharing projects to celebrate your loved-ones during the other 364 days of the year too!

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We hope these projects will inspire you to make birthday and thank you cards for the people you love, wedding and anniversary cards for friends and family members, thinking of you cards for your sweetheart, and projects for love-themed occasions all year long. And we hope you enjoy seeing all these projects featuring stamps and dies from our 2020 Love Collection!

For the next 4 days the stamps and dies used to make these projects are 20% off. The coupon code is included below!

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Funny, Sarcastic and Sassy Stamped Card Ideas

Get ready to grin, chuckle or even laugh out loud. Today is all about funny, sarcastic or even snarky card ideas. Whether you are making cards or gift tags for youngsters or mature adults who still have a good sense of humor, these projects are for you!

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(If you see a project you like, you can use the coupon code TTSass through Thursday, 9/26, to get 20% off any of the stamp and dies in our Sassy Sentiments Collection.)

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