Papercrafting Articles

Technique Strip Series #2 - Watercolored Embossing Paste

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Technique Strip Series #2 - Watercolored Embossing Paste | Tracy Marie Lewis |

The second strip project started with a full A2 size piece of watercolor paper. This technique is water heavy and regular cardstock will not work. 

I followed the inspiration pin pretty close, changing the strip mat, sentiment and gems. I also omitted one cardstock layer, chosing to heat emboss the sentiment on the base itself which is something I rarely do. I was concerned with the 1/4...

Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #6 - Envelopes Special Segment (Part 1) + A Christmas Card Walkthrough

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Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #6 | Tracy Marie Lewis |

This week I am changing gears to focus on envelopes. I love to decorate the outside of envelopes but if you are like me and you mail out all your cards, there are some limitations in what you can do. I was so surprised to find a dedicated stamp and die set in this year's holiday mini catalog! It is on page 40. You can download the PDF here >...

Technique Card Strip Series - #1 - Colors Sponged Over White Resist

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Strip Series #1 - Resist Emboss Technique | Tracy Marie Lewis |

Sometimes when you get into a groove, you come out the other side and say... wow, look what we made today! Libby and I had a great virtual crafting session that ended up morphing into a technique day. At the end Libby says hey look, we made a bunch of strip cards!

I will bundle these into a series of blog posts. I may include a demo video or two but this first one is an easy one that...

Video Walkthrough - Sunflower Blends Coloring Three Ways - Beginner, Casual & Avid

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Sunflower Blends Coloring Three Ways - Beginner, Casual & Avid |

I worked on a set of sunflower thank you cards, coloring them in a variety of ways. After they were finished, I chose a set that I felt illustrated three different levels of coloring and created a walkthrough video describing how I colored each one using Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. The above image is a close up of the stipling or dotted technique that includes three different colors of...

Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #4 - Thanksgiving Frames & Long Christmas Sentiment Layout Options

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Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #4 | Tracy Marie Lewis |

This week I have one project using a new stamp set, and one using a mix of stamp sets. The video begins with an exploration of how I find that perfect background for a large, long Christmas sentiment. The second card is for Thanksgiving, I created it during a virtual craft session with Libby and I walk through its parts. I will create a Christmas version of it for next week. 

I am...

Blue Butterfly Smile Card

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Blue Butterfly Smile Card | Tracy Marie Lewis |

Today is new holiday mini catalog -eve. In addition, Stampin' Up!'s new online store goes live which is going to break all of my supplies links /cry. I will have my work cut out fixing links from the newest blog entries to the oldest.

I am also moving Wednesday so we are in packing mode. I've been at my mom's for a little over two weeks. It has been nice to be able to work on our...

Simple Masculine Tree Thanks Card

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Simple Masculine Tree Thanks Card | Tracy Marie Lewis |

I am not typically a CAS (clean and simple) cardmaker so I am surprised that this card looks "complete" to me. 

This card started as a technique card using Smoky Slate, Shaded Spruce and Whisper White. The technique is to apply ink to the sticky side of tape and then apply the tape to the cardstock. I made an ombre background and then centered the tree. I envisioned this as having a...

Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #2 - Flower Formed Poinsettias Three Ways - Choose Your Favorite!

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Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #2 | Tracy Marie Lewis |

Today's projects are three different ways to use the three poinsettia flower dies to form a full poinsettia. The video shows three versions on the same base. I discuss flower forming (very general). If you would like to see a demonstration video of flower forming leave a comment here or on the YouTube video.

As stated in the video, this type of card is too thick for normal USPS mail...

Eleven Alternatives - July Paper Pumpkin - Summer Nights + Add On

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Eleven Alternatives - July Paper Pumpkin - Summer Nights | Tracy Marie Lewis |

I was so excited when my Paper Pumpkin arrived today. The 17th is the very earliest I recieve it. It did come later in the day so it is now 1am on the 18th and I have to be up early. I have more ideas to make for the night sky backgrounds, some masculine layouts. For today's video I decided to challenge myself with "pretty". I used glimmer and foil to help make these backgrounds more on the...

Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #1 - Two Cards With Technique Video

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WICW - Snowflake Card | Tracy Marie Lewis

These two cards were fun to make and took me and my virtual card pals forever! We had to research the Joseph's coat of many colors techniques and we chose two to try out. It was alot of fun and the favorite result for me was the messy version. I demo both techniques, walk through each card and then finish it with a photo showcase. Video length 13 min xx sec. 

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