Monthly magazine feature - 5 easy cards from 1 stamp set

Hello crafty friends

Thank you for stopping by today!  It’s time for my monthly feature on cards made from the included items with a papercrafting magazine.  This month I’ve chosen a Spring issue of Quick Cards to feature.  Disclaimer:  I am not affiliated with or compensated by the company producing the magazine,  so all opinions expressed are strictly my own.  I purchased this at my own expense.

The stamp set that was included as a gift with the magazine includes a window, shutters, kitty, flowers and a few sentiments.  My goal for this project was to create 5 easy and quick cards.  I did not spend a lot of time on any one of them.  one took as few as 5 minutes and the longest time spent was 25 minutes because I decided to make one interactive.  The longer you hang out in my blog, the more you’ll see how I L O V E interactive cards.

CARD #1: Simple floral stamped pattern

The first one was the fastest to create.  I used one of the floral stamps and created a random pattern with black ink on a white A2 sized panel.  I heat embossed the Black versafine ink in clear, then added yellow centers to the flowers with Copic markers.  I decided to leave the petals white since the yellow center caused them to pop enough off the card.

I trimmed down the panel after adding the sentiment, then glued to a kraft A2 card base.  Done in 5 minutes!!

CARD #2:  Kitty birthday card

Next I created a card with the cat stamp.  Since the cat faces one direction I used a mirror stamping technique so I would have another one to face it.  If you want to see a tutorial on this general technique, please check out Mirror image stamping post.  There’s even a video  to watch.

I added simple coloring with alcohol markers (Spectrum Noir and Copics) to each cat, stamped the sentiment in between them and die cut a circle around them.  I layered on top of a larger circle of patterned paper that I downloaded from the magazine’s website.   That’s a freebie even if you aren’t a subscriber so I encourage you to visit their website and explore the digital papers. 

Last but not least, I printed out a different patterned paper (from the same website) to layer on top of the ivory A2 card base.  Then I glued on the circle piece with the cats.  This took between 5-10 minutes to complete.

CARD #3:  Watercolored tulips

Next up on the list is a watercolored card.   I stamped the tulip stamp randomly all over the smooth side in Versamark ink, then heat embossed in white.  To color over the stamped tulips,  I used 3 Distress ink colors using the smooshing technique.  I used acetate to smear the ink on, sprayed on some water and applied to the water color paper (Ranger is what I used).  I dried between colors with a heat tool to speed up the process.  This resist technique makes for a quick and beautiful custom background. 

I then took a separate piece of white cardstock and stamped tulips in a row in Versamark, heat embossed in white, then used the same Distress ink colors and a waterbrush pen to add color.  I did the same with the leaves and stems.  After it was dry I fussy cut loosely around them, then popped up on foam tape at the bottom.

For the sentiment area as well as the bottom layer under the watercolor panel, I used some green distressed paper from my stash.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white and popped up on top of the watercolor panel.  To finish, I layered the watercolor panel on another piece of green paper, then glued down to a white A2 card base.  This took about 15 minutes.

CARD #4:  Outside window card (brick textured background)

The next two cards took the longest to complete because I was using the window, shutters and other stamps and it involved more time to fussy cut the window and other pieces.  This was the only coloring I added to this card.  The key is to make sure the pattern isn’t too dark or else it will show through too much.

I stamped the window on top of a gingham patterned paper, then colored the frame with a brown Copic marker before fussy cutting around the outside.  This made it look like there are curtains but without all the extra steps that are involved with cutting out the individual window panes, etc.

I stamped the shutters twice on a distressed aqua paper from my stash and hand trimmed around them both.  I stamped the window box on the same paper.  To make the window box stand out from the window, there is a double layer of foam tape under it.

I used some flowers cut with small punches for the flower window box instead of stamping and coloring flowers.  This can be a real time saver in a pinch.  To make yellow centers I used some dimensional fabric paint I had around since I am out of Nuvo drops.

The brick textured background was created with a Darice embossing folder (not part of the magazine gift) onto Core'dinations two tone cardstock, then I sanded the top lightly with a nail tool to expose the color underneath.

****LAST BUT NOT LEAST - CARD #5:  The interactive window!! ****** 

Here is the interactive card that I loved the best because of the shutters over the windows that open and shut.

The last card took about 25 minutes because I cut out each individual window pane.  I started by using 2nd generation stamping from black ink onto ivory cardstock of the window and shutters then cut them out.  This is when you stamp more than one time to get a lighter result.  I first stamped on another piece of scrap paper, then onto the cardstock to get a lighter color.

To create “hinges” for the shutters, I cut out small rectangles in the ivory cardstock, then glued them to the outside edges of the windows, then the shutters, so they could open and shut. 

I used one of the downloaded patterned papers from the magazine’s website as the background. I stamped an outside scene with the roses stamp and colored them and the “sky” with Copic markers to place behind the window.  I did not spend any time shading and kept that part very simple.

The kitty was stamped onto white, colored and shaded with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers in 3 colors, then fussy cut out and glued to the windowsill. 

The sentiment is a pre-printed version that coordinated with the patterned paper and was in the same file so I used it instead of a stamp and framed it as though it was a wall hanging.

Click here to visit the magazine parent company's website.  Keep in mind that they may frequently change their downloadable content, so there’s no guarantee that something I used here is still available now or will be indefinitely.

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Until next time,



  1. Great cards, and you have given great instructions. This should be helpful to many.

    1. Thank you! that's one of the hardest things to do - making the cards is much easier!!

  2. This is FABULOUS!!!! Love those cards and the interactive windows are downright adorable! This series just makes me smile with happiness!

    1. I have the biggest smile on my face today! Thank you Suzy.

  3. Awesome sauce....such gorgeous cards and very proud of you

    1. Thank you Salima for your sweet comment and coming by today!!

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