One of My Christmas Card Making Ideas

If you are looking for Christmas card making ideas, I think you might get a kick out of this one. I don’t know what it is about Christmas trains, but they are so charming and fun and at the same time can be pleasantly nostalgic. ALL of the gorgeous detail you see here is thanks to Rubbernecker! And do you spot that cool slimline insert die?

For this card I used the Rubbernecker Slimline Solid Postage, Slimline Inside Diagonal, Train and Tiny Leaves.

If you are looking for Christmas card making ideas you might want to click through to learn more about this Christmas train slimline card.

Card Base and Slimline Solid and Insert Die

  • Cut the 3.50″ x 8.50″ card base using white cardstock and score lengthwise at 3.50″.
  • Use red cardstock to cut a 3.25″ x 8.25″ rectangle layer and attach to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Cut a 2.00″ x 7.00″ strip of light blue cardstock and attach it to the red layer using ATG adhesive.
  • Cut the solid slimline using white cardstock, place it back on the cutting platform, line up the inside slimline die and run though the machine a second time.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scallop layer and attach it to the card base.

I love coming up with new Christmas card making ideas and you just have to see this one - click through to learn more!

The Train

  • Cut the train pieces out in the colors of your choice.
  • Follow the step by step directions below. These directions will live on the Rubbernecker store site with the train link.
  • I used glossy accents, rolled glue dots and mounting tape to assemble and attach all the pieces.
  • I modified one of the train cars by using the top roof portion of the engine housing to create a caboose.

  • Cut three sections of trace, attach them together using glossy accents and then attach them to the card front using glossy accents.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the train sections and attach to the card front.
  • Embellish the train with small holly leaves and red holly berries.

Check out my Christmas Train Z Fold Card to see another fun way to use the train set. 

It's never too early to start looking at Christmas card making ideas - come see how I made this adorable Christmas train slimline card!

Here are the Rubbernecker products ts used for this card.

 
5322-02D Slimline Solid Postage Die
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5327-06D Slimline Inside Diagonal Die
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5202-07D Train Die Cut
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5162-04D Tiny Leaves
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Fiskars – Hole Punch – One Eighth…
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Ranger Stickles, Christmas Red
[ ELH ]
Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SBC ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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If you are going to be doing your own holiday cards this year, I suggest you make a board on Pinterest and save all the Christmas card making ideas you like in there so when you are ready to get creating, you will have all your inspiration waiting for you in one place!

A Cute Gnome Shadow Box Card

I just love how this gnome shadow box card turned out and I have to say it was SO MUCH EASIER to create using the new Shadow Box Frame Die from Rubbernecker. No more scoring and cutting and snipping and tweaking and adjusting…..one spin through my die cutting machine and the whole shadow box frame was DONE! 

To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Square Shadow Box Frame, Gingerbread House, Gnome Couple, Evergreen Trees, Deckle Hills, Small Birds and Globe Tree #1 (star).

An adorable Gnome Shadow Box Card using forced perspective to create a snowy scene

The Square Shadow Box Frame and Card Base

  • Cut the 5.50″ x 11.00″ red card base and score at 5.50″.
  • Use blue cardstock to cut a 4.75″ square layer for the scene base.
  • Cut the square shadow box frame using white cardstock.  Note:  Die cutting machine Base-Width must be 7 inches or wider for this large die.
  • Use the Scor-Pal to add deeper score lines on the frame. Note:  The frame has the score lines built in to the die.
  • Fold the frame sides in and use the bone folder to crisp up the crease on each fold.
  • Apply 1/4″ double stick tape on two of the inside of the frame fold layers.
  • Turn the frame face down, and insert the blue scene base face down in the frame.
  • Remove the tape on both frame flaps, fold and secure the frame flaps closed.
  • Turn the frame face up and push down on the scene layer and secure it in place to the taped frame flaps.
  • Apply 1/4″ double stick to the back of the frame and attach it to the red card base.
  • Check out my video showing how to fold and secure the shadow box frame.  

Snow Layers

  • Cut four 4.75″  snow layers using white cardstock and the Deckle Hills.
  • Trim about 1/8″ off of three of the snow layers to fit inside the frame.
  • Apply a strip of mounting tape to the back of the first snow layer and attach it inside the frame and attach to the back wall.
  • Apply double layers of mounting tape to the remaining two layers that fit inside the frame.
  • Attach the second layer to the first and continue by attaching the third layer to the second. 
  • Apply a strip of mounting tape to the front snow layer and attach it to the front of the frame.

 

This Gnome Shadow Box Card featuring a snowy scene in a shadow box was created entirely from die cuts

The Gingerbread House

  • Cut the house using woodgrain cardstock and the roof, windows and snow sections using white cardstock.
  • Use red, yellow, blue and green cardstock to cut the gumdrops .
  • Cut the shutters using red cardstock, the inside windows using yellow cardstock and the tiny wreaths using green cardstock.
  • Apply yellow Wink of Stella to a piece of scrap yellow cardstock, cut to fit behind the windows and attach using glossy accents.
  • Attach the red shutters and the wreaths to the windows using glossy accents and then attach the windows and door to the house front using glossy accents.
  • Attach the gumdrops to the gumdrop base using glossy accents and apply clear Wink of Stella to add sparkle.
  • Apply double stick tape to the front of the gumdrop base and attach it to to the roof section.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the roof section and attach to the house.
  • Create a string of rolled up double stick tape, apply it to the snow layer and attach it to the roof layer.

The Trees, Gnomes and Birds

  • Cut the evergreen trees using white cardstock.
  • Apply snow to the trees using white Nuvo Crustal drops and set aside to dry.
  • Cut the gnome heads using white cardstock and the body parts using white, red, green and black cardstock.
  • Color the face, beard and hair using Color Fuse inks and mini applicators.
  • Assemble the gnome pieces and attach them together using glossy accents and small pieces of mounting tape.
  • Cut the birds using red cardstock.

Assemble the Scene

  • Attach double layers of mounting tape to the back of the gingerbread house, tuck it in behind the snow layers and attach it to the scene base.
  • Apply glossy accents to the back of several white circles and attach them to the scene base and gingerbread house to create falling snow.  Note:  Call me crazy but I save all the negative circle cutouts from eyelet die cuts to use for snow.m  I use my reverse tweezers to pick them up and place them.
  • Apply mounting tape to the back of the trees and attach them in behind the snow layers and to the front frame.
  • Attach the gnomes ito the snow layers using pieces of mounting tape.
  • Finish the card by attaching the birds to the scene using small pieces of mounting tape.

PRO TIP: Use what is called “forced perspective” to add elements to your scenes even if they are sized differently. For example, this little gingerbread cottage is obviously much smaller than our little gnome friends. But by adding it at the very back of the scene with all the layers in front of it add that optical illusion of distance and more like a cozy home for these two characters.

 

You can make this Gnome Shadow Box Card with its snowy cottage scene using die cuts from Rubbernecker

Here are all the Rubbernecker products used to make this card.

 
5316D Square Shadow Box Frame Die
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5179D Gingerbread House Die Cut
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5217-09D Gnome Couple Die
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5217-01D Evergreen Tree Die
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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Small Birds Die 5147-06D
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5177-03D Globe Tree #1 Die Cut
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Color Fuse Set #12
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Color Fuse Set #2
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SBC ]
Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Gloss White
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
 

I got such a kick out of making the gnome shadow box card and can’t wait to try out other shadow box cards with this time saving die! What kinds of cards are you looking forward to making using it?

A Slimline Fall Card To Welcome The Season

Hi there – today I am sharing a slimline fall card that can be used for any occasion. The simplicity of the tree and pumpkins allows you to add any message and the extra details make it something truly special. Read more to get the details!  To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Slimline Solid Deckle, Winter Tree, Picket Fence, Pumpkins and Ivy, Grass, Grass #2 and Small Birds.

A vertical slimline fall card featuring a tall tree with shaped leaves and a pumpkin patch all created using die cuts

The Card Base, Deckle Layer and Grass

  • Use white cardstock to cut an 8.50″ x 7.00″ card base and score lengthwise at 3.50″.
  • Cut a teal layer 3.25″ x 8.24″ and attach it to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Use white cardstock to cut the deckle layer.
  • Apply masking tape around the edges of the deckle layer.
  • Use a blender brush andblue ink to apply the cloudy blue sky background to the scene base.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the deckle layer and attach to the teal card base.
  • Cut four strips of grass using green cardstock and cut them using the deckle die to create matching edges.
  • Attach the first grass layer about one third the way up the scene layer using ATG adhesive.
  • Continue adding the grass layers using ATG adhesive to cover the bottom of the scene.

A slimline fall card showing off a die cut tree with shaped paper leaves and hand colored die cut pumpkins

The Tree and Leaves

  • Cut the tree using Kraft cardstock and the leaves using white cardstock.
  • Color the tree by swiping the brown ink pad directly over the cardstock and then wipe with a wet baby wipe to smooth the color. 
  • Use mini applicators to apply green, red and orange ink to each tiny leaf.  Note:  It may seem like coloring each leaf is a tedious step but I think it is well worth the effort.  I could have cut the leaves out using red, orange and green cardstock but it never looks as natural as the multi colored leaves.
  • Form the leaves by placing them face up on a molding pad and gently push down in the center of each leaf with the leaf tool.
  • Attach several leaves to the tree branches using glossy accents. 

The Pumpkins, Fence and Birds

  • Cut the pumpkins using yellow cardstock and the foliage using green cardstock.
  • Use mini applicators to apply orange ink and touches of brown ink to the pumpkins.
  • Cut the picket fence using Kraft cardstock and color using brown ink applied with a wet baby wipe.
  • Cut the small birds using yellow cardstock and color them using a mini applicator and orange ink.

Assemble the Slimline Fall Card

  • Cut the pickets off the fence, apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the fence, turn the bottom side up and attach it to the scene base.  Note:  I wanted the fence to look like an old country fence so I used the bottom of the fence instead of the top picket edge.
  • Attach a rope of rolled up double stick tape to the back of the tree trunk and large branches and attach it to the scene.

rolled double stick tape 2

  • Gently form the pumpkins with your fingers, apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of each and tuck them in behind the grass layers.
  • Tuck the grass sprigs and pumpkin shoots around the pumpkins and attach using glossy accents.
  • Attach a few falling leaves to the sky area and several to the ground area using glossy accents.
  • Apply tiny pieces of mounting tape to the back of the birds and attach to the scene.

using all die cuts, a slimline fall card featuring a paper tree with shaped leaves and inked pumpkins

Be sure and check out the Rubbernecker Slimline Pre-Sale and get first dibs on the 15 new slimline dies.

Here are the Rubbernecker products I used to make this card.

 
5322-05D Slimline Solid Deckle Die
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Winter Tree Die Cut 5170D
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Picket Fence Die Cut 5152-01D
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5215-05D Pumpkins and Ivy Die
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Tabed Grass Set Die Cut 5152-03D
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5210-02D Grass #2 Die Cut
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Small Birds Die 5147-06D
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Color Fuse Set #4
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Color Fuse Set #11
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Color Fuse Set #2
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Color Fuse Set #9
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COPIC Sketch Marker 100, Black
[ ELH ]
Life Changing Blender Brush Set,…
[ ELH ]
Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
 

I invite to come back often because whenever I come up with a new slimline fall card idea, you know I will share it!  Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day.

A CAS Slimline Nautical Card

Today I am sharing something that is a little different for me – a clean and simple slimline nautical card using one of the NEW dies from Rubbernecker. As much as those adorable sail boats are detailed with all the little bits and pieces, keeping this to just three colors and leaving the new slimline die panel pure white lets those boats really stand out.  To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Slimline OPC Circle Dash and Boats #1.

Today I am sharing a CAS slimline nautical card using one of the new dies from Rubbernecker - come see the details!

Card Base and Slimline Solid and Insert Die

  • Cut the 3.50″ x 8.50″ card base using white cardstock and score lengthwise at 3.50″.
  • Use red cardstock to cut a 3.25″ x 8.25″ rectangle layer and attach to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Cut the OPC slimline using white cardstock.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the slimline and attach it to the card base.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the negative circle cut outs and replace them inside the circle frames and attach to the card base.

A slimline nautical card like this is the perfect thing to send to someone to celebrate the summer - come see how I made it!

The Sailboats

  • Cut the sailboats using red, white and blue cardstock.
  • Mix and match the sailboat pieces and attach them together using glossy accents.
  • Apply pieces of mounting to the back of the boat and sail sections and attach them inside the circle frames.

I kept the colors for this slimline nautical card to just three to keep it crisp and summery - come check it out!

Here are the supplies used to make this card.

 
5325-02D Slimline OPC circle dash Die
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5202-06D Boats #1 Die Cut
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
 

It’s summer, it’s hot and the sea calls to many of us at this time of year. If you have friends who are missing their oceanic adventures, try your hand at a slimline card like this and bring the sea to them!

A Slimline Insert Die Can Be A Gamechanger!

I am just LOVING this slimline insert die because the placement and arrangement of the tiny holes around the border and the windows give such an ornate looking palette with just one cut. And just look – three main colors, a few more dies and simple vignettes in each window and we have a card that looks AHmazing with so much less effort! How many times have you tried to line up multiple dies, or worse, tried to use the same die several times to get perfectly spaced windows? Right? Problem solved!

For this card I used Rubbernecker’s Slimline Solid Bubble Scallop, Slimline Inside Bubbles with Holes, Beach Bag and Beach Umbrellas, Flower Buds and Tiny Flower Buds.

A beautiful handmade greeting card featuring die cut beach items and a slimline insert die

Card Base and Slimline Solid and Insert Die

  • Cut the 3.50″ x 8.50″ card base using white cardstock and score lengthwise at 3.50″.
  • Use red cardstock to cut a 3.25″ x 8.25″ rectangle layer and attach to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Cut a 2.00″ x 7.00″ strip of white cardstock and attach it to the red layer using ATG adhesive.
  • Cut the solid slimline using white cardstock, place it back on the cutting platform, line up the inside slimline die and run though the machine a second time.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scallop layer and attach it to the card base.

A red, white and yellow vertical handmade greeting card made beautiful with the use of a slimline insert die

The Beach Bag Accessories and Umbrella

  • Cut the beach bag accessories and umbrella using red, yellow, white and black cardstock.
  • Assemble the pieces for the bag and bottles and attach them together using glossy accents.  Note:  I cut thin strips of yellow and white cardstock to use to embellish the bag.
  • Attach the hat sections together using a strip of rolled up double stick tape and glossy accents.  
  • Use black cardstock to fill in the sunglasses.
  • Cut the flowers using yellow cardstock, form them using a stylus and molding pad and attach them to the hat and sunglasses using glossy accents.
  • Attach the flip flop pieces together using glossy accents and attach tiny flowers to each using glossy accents.
  • Use glossy accent to attach the umbrella sections together.
  • Cut a small rectangle using white cardstock for the towel base and attach thin strips of red and yellow cardstock using glossy accents.
  • Use snips to cut fringe all the way across the bottom of the towel.

A summery handmade greeting card using a slimline insert die to add a lot of detail with one cut

Finish the Card

  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the hat and sunglasses and attach in the first frame opening.
  • Use a piece of mounting tape to attach the beach bag in the second frame opening.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the flip flops and attach in the third frame opening.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the top center and sides of the umbrella, gently round the umbrella with your fingers and attach to the top of the scallop layer.
  • Attach the towel to the bottom of the scallop layer using glossy accents.

A slimline insert die, a slimline frame die and a handmade greeting card using those dies

Here are the supplies I used to make this project:

 
5322-04D Slimline Solid Bubble…
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5327-02D Slimline Inside ovals with…
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5314-03D Beach Bag Die
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5212-02D Beach Umbrellas Die Cut
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Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-09D
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Tiny Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-10D
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
[ SBC ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
 

I highly recommend you check out the collection of new slimline dies here and choose one – or more! – slimline insert die to try out. I pretty much ensure that you will be TOTALLY hooked!

 

 

Inking Techniques Using Color Fuse

I am LOVING the Color Fuse Ink from Rubbernecker and today I want to share some inking techniques using them plus some maple leaves cut from plain old white card stock. I really love how these beautifully shaded and blended leaves pop off the white background. For this card I used the Maple Leaves and a sentiment from the Splatter Leaves clear set.

a simple card with vibrant leaves created using inking techniques

The Card Base and Sentiment

  • Cut the A2 sized card base using white cardstock.
  • Stamp the sentiment on the card base using black ink.  Note:  I love how Versafine Clair ink creates such a crisp image for sentiments.
  • Use white card stock to cut two layers:
    • 2.00″ x 5.50 and 2.25″ x 5.50″
  • Apply Pumpkin ink to the edges of the 2.25″ wide layer. using a mini applicator.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the 2.00″ wide layer and attach it to the 2.25″ layer.
  • Use strips of mounting tape to attach the two layers to the card base.

inking techniques were used to create these vibrant fall leaves on this simple handmade card

Color the Leaves

  • Cut one set of the Maple leaves using white cardstock.
  • Apply Fern ink to about 1/3 of each leaf using a mini applicator.
  • Next apply Crimson ink to another section of each leaf using a mini applicator.
  • Finish covering the leaves with Pumpkin ink using a mini applicator.
  • Apply a very light touch of Pumpkin ink over all three colors to blend them all together and to eliminate the patchwork appearance of the first ink applications.
  • Apply a light touch of Pecan ink to the center and stem of each leaf to add an additional depth of color.
  • Gently form each leaf with your fingers, apply pieces of mounting tape to each and attach them to the card base.

Three vibrant paper maple leaves handmade for this greeting card using inking techniques

Here are the products used for this card.

 
5215D 3 Maple Leaves Die
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3019 Splatter Leaves
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Color Fuse Set #2
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Color Fuse Set #4
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Color Fuse Set #11
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Color Fuse Set #3
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
[ ELH ]
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
[ ELH ]
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
[ ELH ]
Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
[ ELH ]
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
[ ELH ]
Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
[ RBB ]
 

These inking techniques aren’t just for leaves! Try them out on other shapes and watch them transform right before your eyes!  Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a good day.