All posts by Espresso Expressions

I am a card designer and paper artist who loves creating cards and paper projects. I enjoy learning new techniques and sharing ideas with friends. I am now a Certified Altenew Educator having successfully completed all leveled lessons /challenges and teaching a Zoom virtual workshop. Take a look at my Instagram posts of my paper projects. My favorite color in case you wanted to know is- Glitter!


What would card making and paper projects be like without Washi tape? Washi tape is a card makers and crafters friend. Altenew has a wonderful collection of Washi tapes to select from- narrow, wide, geometric patterns, printed patterns, glittery. So many options. Adding a Washi tape accent provides an accent point to a card or paper project. I have covered a small wooden picture frame, used tape to create a mini-mixed media booklet and added to a small gift box. The possibilities are endless. I hope you are inspired by the cards and projects I have posted along with the posts and creations from my Altenew Educator’s colleagues. Be inspired and have fun!

Altenew is giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to four lucky winners! For a chance to win, please follow @ and the rest of the posts and leave a comment by 11/23/2021.

Altenew will draw four random winners from the comments left on each stop of the Instagram Hop and announce the winners on Altenew’s Washi Tape Explorer Instagram hop post on 11/24/2021. What are you waiting for? Gorgeous project inspiration and fun prizes await you!

Ideas to Use Washi Tape in Your Creative Projects

Gold String Washi Tape

I created a box for one of the AECP lessons. The box is a simple white box that needed some dressing up. I stamped the checkered paper using the same stamp I used on the card. I added a strip of Altenew Gold String washi tape to the edges and wrapped it around the side of the box. I added some gold cording and a stamped sentiment tag. The upgraded box is now ready to add the finished cards.

Altenew Gold Embossing Powder , Leaf Canopy Stamp , Gold String Washi Tape

Adding the same Altenew String Washi tape to the bottom of the card coordinates the gold themed elements. The leaf canopy stamp was stamped on water color paper, gold embossing powder, painted and a curved scalloped die cut edge. Some paint splatters, a small word tag and gold thread accents coordinates all of the card elements to the card. I have used this stamp and die set for many different cards. One of my go to Altenew card making supplies.

Altnew Silver Glitter Wasi Tape

For this card, I added Altenew Silver glitter washi tape for each of the rounded corner Altenew rectangle dies. I inked each piece using Altenew pink ink cubes. Then I stamped an inked word in each layered section and then added a strip of silver glitter Washi tape. The four layered pieces were adhered to a white A2 card base. The silver glitter tape adds a visual accent to the card.

Altenew Poppy stamp, hello die and washi tape accent

Sometimes all you need is an accent to make the card elements come together. For this card, I stamped the Altenew poppy stamp several times to created a textured image. The hello Altenew die was cut from gold paper and layered to add visual and textural accent. Altenew wide String Washi tape was added to the left corner that coordinated all of the gold elements in the card.


Please check out the incredible projects and cards from Altenew Educator’s- Sande and Nandini. You will be inspired to add Washi Tape to your next card or paper project!

Sande Woodson (@sandespoema)

Nancy Souza (@espressoexpressions)

Nandini Karmarkar (@crown_focus)

Supplies and Materials

  • Altenew Washi Tape- Gold Thread, Silver Glitter
  • Altenew- Hello Die, Rounded Rectangle Layered set
  • Altenew Stamps- Leaf Canopy, Poppy, Flower and Sentiments
  • Altenew stencil- gradient dots
  • Inks- Altenew pink ink cubes, black,
  • Paper- white card stock, gold paper, checked pink paper, vellum
  • Embossing powder- white, gold



A brand new Altenew Blog Hop. It’s time to get creative. Join me and visit fellow Altenew Educator’s and their washi tape projects. Be inspired, win prizes and have fun.

Here are my Washi tape cards and projects. Please check out the creative projects from the other Altenew Educators. You will be inspired ! Here is the list- be inspired and have fun!

Altenew Card Blog

Norine Borys

Jaycee Gaspar

Erum Tasneem


Bridget Casey

Rebecca Sogn 

Colleen Balija

Katrina Howe

Irina Fonina

Natasha Davies

Amy Hill

Nancy Souza

Rachael Shedeed

Annemarie Caister 

Neha Aggarwal

Karen Brown

Nenette S. Madero 

Nandini Karmarkar

Sande Woodson 

Washi tape is such a versatile crafting/card making accessory for a variety of paper crafting projects. Here are a few examples that I have created for this Altenew Hop. I hope you are inspired to include Washi tape in your projects as well. My selects include cards, a mini mixed media tag booklet and a 5″ x 7″ wooden picture frame. Altenew has a wonderful collection of Washi tapes to select from so let’s get started! Here are my samples-

Washi Tape Paper Projects

I used a variety of Altenew Washi tapes- glittery gold and silver tape, wide black and white dot tape and wide gold string lines. Each type of Washi tape adds that special focal point for each project. Here is the what I did-

Inked background and gold Altenew washi tape stripe accents

I created the green background using Altenew green ink cubes to paint bold brush strokes for each section. A gold washi tape stripe was added to create sections. I splattered ink drops for accents. I stamped and die cut using Altenew stamps and rounded corner rectangle Altenew dies. A small punched gold star was added for accents. Simple and ready for any occasion.

Altenew pink inked tags and silver washi tape

Altenew rounded corner layered/ nesting dies for the card. Each tag was inked with a variety of Altenew pink ink cubes. I stamped a word in each tag using black ink and added a strip of Altenew silver washi tape. This created a different visual effect by adding the tags both horizontally and vertically to cover the A2 card front size. Easy way to use inks, die cuts and sparkly silver washi tape.

Layered roses and wide washi tape

This time I added the wide gold line Altenew washi tape as a focal point for the bottom of the card. The roses and leaves were stamped and die cut. I covered the bottom section of the A2 card front with the wide Altenew gold stripe washi tape. I die cut a rounded scalloped edge for the pink paper, stamped and die cut a word sentiment from an Altenew stamp set and some gold thread. I added the roses and leaves. Using the washi tape added another pattern that coordinated all of the pieces.

Washi tape was used to connect the panel pieces

This project was a mixed media tag booklet. I used a variety of Altenew stamps -mini medallion stamp, solid canopy leaf branch and embossed and word stamps. Each mini panel has a ink washed background, stamped and clear embossed canopy leaf branch, stamped medallion for each mini panel and mini word tags from white paper and added to each section. I used the wide black and white dot washi tape to tape each secion together. I like that the black and white dots add different visual interest to the mixed media tag booklet.

Repurposed wooden picture frame

This humble 5″ x7″ wooden picture frame got a face lift using the wide black and white dot washi tape. I wrapped the frame sides, the inside frame edge and towards the back of the frame. I mitered each corner as well. I added a piece of Altenew paper for the background piece. I created the word rectangle die using a stamp and die set from Altenew. The simple color combo- black, white and blue added the focal point of the frame. The frame has an easel stand in the back for display.

Altenew Materials and Supply List

  • Altenew Gold and Silver Glitter Tape
  • Altenew Dotted Wide Washi Tape
  • Altenew Gold String Washi Tape
  • Altenew stamp sets- Charmed Stamp Set, Smile and Hugs Stamp Set, Tie Dye Motifs Stamp Set, Halftone Smile Stamp and Die Sets, Canopy leaf stamp set, mini mandala stamp, layered rose stamp
  • Altenew patterned 12″ x 12″ paper
  • Altenew rounded corner rectangle die set
  • Altenew ink cubes- pink, purple, green
  • My Favorite Things banner dies
  • Ikea unpainted wooden picture frame



Five Christmas Cards

Planning ahead to create handmade Christmas and or Holiday cards can be an easy, creative and stress free.

Step One-select a 12″ x 12″ piece of double sided that has an over all pattern that is Christmas themed or Holiday themed.

Step Two– you will need a paper trimmer, a scissor, ruler, double sided tape, liquid glue, foam tape, five sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ white cardstock, ten envelopes, off white cardstock for the sentiment tags, black ink, a pencil, a variety of Christmas/Holiday sentiment stamps, Nuvo accent bottles, clear glitter pens, red cardstock, red glitter and Xyron sticker maker mini machine with single sided sticky cartridge.

Step Three- use the Card Template/Map to measure out the dimensions for the 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper. Number each envelope 1-10. As you cut pieces for each card, put the pieces in the matching numbered envelope. Cut the white card stock in half and score at 4 1/2″ and fold in half.

Step Four– remove the cut pieces from one envelope, the A2 white card and arrange the pieces using both sides of the pattern to create the card front layout. Add the stamped sentiment to the completed card front

Step Five– When all the card layouts are in place and the sentiments have been added it’s time to create the glittery hearts. Die cut ten small hearts from red paper, place on the sticky side of the Xyron tape, Remove the die cut heart and sprnkle with red glitter over a piece of scrap paper. Add the glittery heart to the card for an accent. Add accents by outlining some of the pattenrs using the glitter pen. Add glittery Nuvo drops for accents. Add sentiments and greetings to the inside of the card. Hooray! Ten cards done!


Hello and welcome to the Altenew October, 2021 Blog Hop themeed “Alphabet Name Game”. My first name begins with the letter N and my cards use Nesting Dies sets from Altenew. I created four different cards, two used the Soda Top nesting die set and two used the Rounded Rectangle die set. I enjoy a crafting challenge and this one required some creative thinking that began with the letter N and Nesting Dies was the perfect option.

Please join my AECP colleagues and check their wonderful and creative creations. You will be inspired like I was! Thanks!

Sandra Woodsen before me in the Hop List and Nandini Karmarkar

is after me on the Hop List. Please stop by and check out the other AECP posts as well.

Here are are the four Nesting Dies cards I created for the October Blog Hop. Hope you are inspired to use Nesting Dies sets for your next card making project.

Altenew Nesting Dies Soda Top and Rounded Corner Rectangle Cards

Soda Top Nesting Die Set Thanks Dearest Friend Card

Alrenew Soda Top Nesting Dies

This nesting die set is called Soda Top and is a unique shape. First I inked white card stock using Altenew Shades of Purple ink cubes. I inked white card stock paper in a dark ink shade of purple. I die cut the paper using the largest die from the set. Then I inked two more shapes using lighter shades from the purple ink cube set. I stamped and clear embossed the Thanks and Dearest Friend words. I used a large rounded rectangle corner die from My Favorite Things for the white background paper and added some purple splatters to the white background. I adhered the stacked set off set to the left and added the word tag using foam tape. Love the simple layered look.

Soda Top Nesting Dies Cut Altenew Gradient Cardstock

Altenew Gradient Green Paper and Soda Top Nesting Dies

For this card I used card stock from the Altenew Gradient Card stock Green Meadows, package. I die cut a variety of sizes and colors from the paper package mixing and matching the layered sets. The largest set has five colored papers and two that have three. I stamped a single word in each center piece. I added some gold thread behind the largest center piece die. The white background piece was die cut from the rounded rectangle die from My Favorite Things and added some light green ink to the rounded corners for a finished look.

Altenew Nesting Rounded Rectangle Glitter Paper

Altenew Nesting Die Rounded Rectangle Corners

For this card I mostly used Altenew Glacier Caves blue gradient ink cubes to ink all of the white card stock for the rounded rectangle nesting set. I added some glitter paper from the Altenew Ocean Reflection Glitter CardstockStar Light Glitter paper. I added some stamping to the top sentiment rectangle and the background paper from the Altenew Tie Dye Motifs layering stamp set. The word stamps were from the Altenew Smiles and Hugs stamp set. The pop of glitter paper really makes the card shine.

Altenew Nesting Rounded Rectangle Word Tags

Altenew Nesting Rounded Rectangle Dies Word Tags

Another card using the Altenew Roumded Rectangle Nesting die set. Each layered tag was inked using Altenew pink ink cubes from the set creating gradient colored paper. I stamped a single word in the piece that was on top. I added silver glitter Altenew Washi tape strip that was trimmed for each of the tags. I alternated the position of the four layered tags to create the card front. Love that of glittery Washi tape.

  • Altenew Nesting Die sets- Rounded Rectangles and Soda Top nesting dies
  • Altenew silver washi tape
  • Altenew ink cubes- purples, pinks and blues
  • Altenew Ocean Reflection Glitter paper
  • Altenew Gradient Green Meadow card stock package
  • Altenew Smiles and Hugs stamp set
  • White card stock for all of the card bases and inked pieces
  • Sizzix die cutting machine
  • 3M Tape Runner, liquid glue and foam tape

Altenew Certified Educator’s September Instagram Hop


AECP Text Savvy Instagram Hop
Text Savvy Themed Cards- the focus of all of the cards is either a die cut word, stamped text or both

The theme for the September 2021 Instagram Hop for the Altenew Educators Certfied Participants group is Text Savvy. I created seven cards using a combination of dies and words from the Altenew supplies I had. Each card demonstrates a different technique that showcases the Text Savvy theme.

Inked and Stamped Word Banners Card

Inked paper banners using Altenew inks, stamped words and Washi tape accent

For this card I used Altenew shades of pink ink cubes to create the colored paper. The sentiments were from a Altenw stamp set . I die cut the banners from My Favorite Things, this set created the folded tag effect.

Yellow Inked Stripes

This card has inked stripes and I used Altenew yellow ink cubes to create the shaded stripes and then cut them into stripes.

Painted Green Stripes

Pink, Purple and Silver Washi Tape

One more inked stripes this time I used ink to water color the stripes

Yellow Painted Background

I created this painted background using Altenew ink cubes in shades of yellow using a large round brush and lots of water. I added ink splatters in a darker shade from the ink cube set.

Hello and Pink Painted Brush Strokes

For this card layout, I used a horizontal card fold for the A2 card base. I painted the brush strokes using Altenew pink nk cubes on water color paper and added ink splatters for accents.

Hello Die and Stenciled Accents

This is another A2 top score card with green ink stenciled accents using an Altenew stencil. I used the gradient Altenew dot stencil for the word tag. The die cut Hello is from Altenew and die cut using black glossy paper.

Purple Hello and Inked Background

For this card I used Altenew purple ink cubes to create a gradient of shades of purple and water splatters for accents. I die cut the inked piece using the rounded rectangle from Aletnew and three die cuts from the same set for a layered rectange feature. I die cut the hello from the painted panel and layered several other pieces for added dimension. I stamped the sentiment in the corner of the hello piece and layered all of the pieces together,

Suppiles and Materials

  • Altenew word dies and rounded corner rectangle
  • Altenew ink cubes- yellows, pinks, purples and greens
  • Altenew stencils
  • My Favorite Things mini banner dies

my first AECP virtual zoom class! Ten cards + four cards= fourteen cards


After many hours of planning, researching ideas, creating prototypes and searching for just the right Altenew pattern papers I was ready to complete the required proposal and the related paper work to submit to Altenew for approval. I wanted to do something different, hence new ideas to use patterned paper that sometimes sits on a shelf at home.

My proposal focused on creating a template/grid to divide a 12″ x 12″ double sided Altenew printed paper to then use to cut the paper into sections that would create ten A2 cards. I created another grid for a 6″ x 6″ Altenew paper that would be used to create four A2 cards. So in total, fourteen cards would be created using a single 12″ x 12″ patterned paper and a 6′ x 6″ double sided patterned paper.

Paper crafters logged onto the Zoom platform and followed along as I shared my card samples, shared the pattern grid and then to cut the paper into sections for both of the papers.

It was a fun evening and everyone enjoyed the virtual class techniques of new ways to use the 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper and for the 6″ x 6″ double sided paper for completing 14 A2 cards.

Here are the card samples that I created for the class. It was lots of fun sharing ideas, techniques and supplies and meeting fellow card makers.

  •  12” x 12”  Altenew EnjoyThe Ride: Blustery paper from the Enjoy the Ride paper pack
  • 6”x 6” Altenew Summer Garden paper packet
  • Altenew Shades of Purple mini ink cubes for ink blending
  • Altenew stamped sentiments from Smiles and Hugs
  • Altenew stamped sentiments from a variety of sets
  • White card stock for the card base and strips for inking
  • Envelopes for the cut pieces

Altenew Educators “Anything But A Card” Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

Welcome to the newest Altenew’s Educators Blog Hop! The theme/topic for this Hop is “Anything But A Card”. I have the perfect project to share with you. I used some of my favorite Altenew products- pattterned paper, Washi tape and a stamp with a matching die.

For my “Anything But A Card” project I repurposed an upainted 5″ x7″ wooden easel picture frame. Here are some photos of the repurposed picture frame.


I had this 5″ x 7″ wooden picture in my collection of card making supplies and mixed media projects for a long time. It needed an upgrade. I painted the wooden frame with white acrylic paint to cover the unpainted frame. I used the Altenew Many Dots wide washi tape to wrap the frame starting from the inside edge, the sides and the back of the frame. I used a craft knife to create the mitered corners.

I then selected a watercolored background paper from the Altenew Summer Garden 6″ x6″ paper pack. The watercolored blueish paper was a great contrast to the black and white dots on the frame.

Next, I stamped the outline Smile stamp from the Altenew Halftone Smile stamp set on blue paper. I used the coordinating Altenew smile die for the stamped smile word. I die cut a 2″ x 3 1/4″ white card stock rectangle and stamped the word ‘just’ from the same Atlenew stamp set onto the white rectangle and then glued the smile die to the tag. I used foam tape behind the smile die cut word to pop it up from the background paper. The last step was to secure the easel back cardboard to the frame. Done! A big step up from the plain wooden frame. So, if you have a wooden frame that is boring and needs an upgrade, use Altenew washi tape, word stamps, Altenew patterned paper and a coordinating die to go from plain to fabulous.

Here is a link for you to post your “Anything But A Card”. Can’t wait to see your awesome creations!

Please, check out my Altenew Blog Hop AECP Colleagues to see what they have created! Have fun and be inspired!

Altenew Card Blog 

Terri Marie Koszler 

Neha Aggarwal 

Bridget Casey 

Tenia Nelson 

Nandini Karmarkar 

Teri Stokes 

Rachael Shedeed 

Fiona Duff 

Eva Bussom  

Nenette S. Madero 

Roteja Galvan 

Karen Brown 

Sandra Woodson 

Helen Kalb 

Maryam Sharara 

Penny Pynnonen 

Rosie Neustaedter 

Irina Fonina 

Rebecca Sogn  (check out Rebecca’s Blog before you visit mine)

Nancy Souza  ( don’t forget to check out Virginia’s Blog next)

Virginia Lu 



Do you have 12″ x12″ scrapbook paper that you have not used in awhile? Not sure how you can use it to make a card? Join me to learn how to create ten cards using one sheet of Altenew 12″ x12″ piece of double sided paper. Or if you want , use a piece of 6″ x 6″ double sided paper and you will learn how to create four different card layouts. You select the Altenew papers that you already have in your collection. Make ten, four or fourteen cards! Don’t have any 12″ x12″ paper? Learn how to create ten cards so you are ready when you want to use the larger piece of paper for ten special cards. You will learn how to stretch your paper supplies using paper you already have. A fun evening learning new card making sketches! Hope to see you -virtually on Tuesday, July 6 at 6:00 P.M. EST.



COST- Free, no charge

DATE- Tuesday, July 6, 2021

TIME- 6:00 P.M.- 7:30 P.M. EST


CLASS SIZE- Maximum 10

REGISTER- via this Blog post by Friday, July 2, 2021 confirmation will be sent to confirm your workshop attendance

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – PDF directions, including supply list and other information will be shared four days prior to the workshop

QUESTIONS- contact me via this Blog

Altenew/AECP may 2021 mixed media instagram hop and blog post

Hello! My First Altenew Instagram Hop!

I am so excited to participate in a new Altenew Instagram Hop for the first time. The theme for this hop is to create a Mixed Media project using Altenew stamps and related materials. I created three, as I enjoy creating paper projects that are dimensional and have texture, and I like a challenge! Hope you check my Instagram post and visit my fellow AECP colleagues and their Mixed Media posts as well. Here are photos of my projects- two mixed media canvas boards and one mini tag booklet- and details about each one! Have fun and be creative!

Photos of The Mixed Media Projects Using Altenew Stamps, Dies and Inks

Zinnia mixed media canvas board, a mini tag booklet and flower antecd vase mixed media canvas board. I combined a variety of techniques for each project- dimensional flower, fussy cutting layering, painting, embossing, die cutting images incorporating Altenew stamps, dies and inks.

1. Zinnia Mixed Media Canvas Board Techniques

How To’s- Prep the canvas board using gesso medium. Paint the background using diluted blue distress ink to create a blended effect.

For this mixed media board I used stamps from the Altenew Smiles and Hugs. I stamped the zinnia flower three times using permanent black ink. Then I painted the petals using ink from the Altenew yellow ink cubes then I fussy cut the flowers. Leave two flowers intact and shape the petals. Trim the remaining flower piece to create the center of the flower. Stamp three leaf branches from the same set. Paint them as well using ink from the Altenew Green Valley green ink cubes. Stamp three words from the same set- Smiles, Hugs and Kisses to create mini word banners. Add visual interest by shading the edges of the canvas board and random printed paper and Altenew Gold Thread washi tape. Layer the flower pieces . Use foam tape to add dimension and glue it to the canvas board. Tuck the three leaf sprigs behind the flower. Blend some ink to shade the word banners and adhere them to the board. Extra- splatter some white paint on the board as an accent. I added the dots using a black Glaze pen.

2. Three Mini Vases and Flower Stems Mixed Media Canvas Board

How To’s- Prep the canvas board with a coat of gesso medium. Apply a wash of light green ink using Altenew Green Valley ink cube set to create a blended effect. Add some torn strips from a printed source- I used paper from an old checkbook register.

For this mixed media project I used stamps and dies from Altenew Garden Silhouette set. I die cut the mini vase three times on white card stock. Then I used light blue distress ink to create a water diluted wash to touch the vases to the wash. I let the vases dry and then sprayed it with a textured distress spray to create a glossy textured finish. I used three diffferent flower stems from the set and die cut each one. I used a variety of Altenew ink cubes-Sunflower Field ink cubes, Warm Cozy ink cubes to paint and shade the flowers and stems. I stamped three mini word tags from the Altenew Charmed stamp set. Then I attached the flower stems to the board and then used foam tape to adhere the vases to the board. I splattered diluted white paint to the board to add visual interest. Last step, I added the mini word tags to the vases from the Altenew Charmed stamp set.

3. Mixed Media Mini Tag Booklet

How To- die cut five tags using the Altenew Rounded Rectangle stacked die set from a manila file folder. I used a diluted Altenew Green Valley green ink cubes to create a wash and swiped the tags through the inky puddles to create the colored background.

For this mini tag booklet I used Altenew Leaf Canopy stamp set, the Altenew Breathe mini mandala stamp and the Altenew Smiles and Hugs stamp set for the mini word tags. I stamped a leaf branch to each panel using Versaclair black ink in different positions for each panel and heat set with clear embossing powder. I selected the tag I wanted to be used as the first one, and stamped and embossed the other side as that would be the cover when the tags were folded together. I stamped the mini mandala stamp to the top of the tag using a Altenew green ink cube that blended into the background. I stamped the mini word tags from the Altenew Smiles and Hugs stamp set on white card stock and added one to each panel. I attached the inked tags together using Altenew black and white dot washi tape. I was able to fold the tags to create the closed booklet with a stamped tag for the cover.


  • Altenew Leaf Canopy stamps
  • Altenew Breathe stamp
  • Altenew Garden Silhouette stamp and die set
  • Altenew Smiles and Hugs stamp set
  • Altenew Charmed stamp set- word sentiments
  • Altenew Rounded Rectangle Die Set
  • Altenew ink cube setsGreen Valley, Sunflower Field, Warm and Cozy
  • Altenew Black and White Painted Dots wide washi tape
  • Altenew Gold String wide washi tape
  • Manila file folder
  • Versaclair black ink
  • Clear embossing powder and heat tool
  • White card stock
  • Canvas boards- 4″ x 4″
  • Foam tape, double sided tape, liquid glue
  • White acrylic paint



Having stencils in your card making toolbook is such a great versatile resource and can be used for so many techniques. For these three cards I used the Altenew wonky grid stencil. I created several cards for the Altenew Educators lessons using this stencil and for other cards as well.

I used several different sets of Altenew ink cubes for blending and as watercolors. I used the Smile stamp set and coordinating die for the cards. I liked that there were two options to use for the Smile stamp. Great for a guy/masculine card, too.

The other card I designed was to create strips to mask each band of colors for inked diagonal stripes. I used pink and purple Altenew ink cubes here as well. Something a bit different. Here are the photos of the cards. They were all A2 card sizes using white cardstock. Thanks for stopping by. Give these ideas a try. Happy Stamping!

Wonky Grid stencil

I inked the stencil on white cardstock using a light ink cube. Then I moved the stencil and inked it again using a darker shade of pink from the ink cube set. I stamped the Smile in black ink and die cut the stamped word and also die cut it from white paper to create a dimensional look. . I completed the word tag banner. I added some stick on sequins to finish the look.

Wonky stencil using watercolor ink

I used the same stencil but this time, I inked the stencil with an orange ink cube, sprayed it with water and tapped the stencil onto the wet ink. I repeated the process to cover the white card stock piece of paper. I dried it with a heat tool and trimmed it using a rectangle die for the A2 card front. I used more inked paper for the stamped smile and die cut the word. I drew a black line across the inked paper, stamped the word just and added the die cut smile. You can switch out the color and have a totally different effect.

Inked and masked square

Another easy card, this one I used a square Post It note to the center of the white card stock. I placed the stencil over the paper and inked through the stencil using a purple ink cube. I removed the stencil and added some dark shading in the corners using a darker shade of purple ink. I stamped the Smile in black ink, added the sentiment and foam pieces to the back of the smile die cut.

Diagonal masked stripes

I used thin Post It note paper 1″strips for masking while I inked each section. I used. foam blending tool to apply the ink in shades of purple and pink. I stamped the Smile using Versamark ink and white embossing powder. The other banner were stamped and embossed in white embossing powder. A few stick on sequins complete the colorful card.

Hope you have some ideas to use to create your own cards that will make someone SMILE!