DIY Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

DIY Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card


This is it, folks. My last Halloween post for 2018. I thought I’d end the Halloween season with another handmade card. I have done two Halloween cards using Tim Holtz Ephemera, so for this one, I wanted to change things up. About a month ago I was in Jo-Ann Fabrics and they were having a really great sale on their Halloween ribbons. Not knowing what I would do with them I stocked up on a few rolls anyway in several widths. I came across them again last week and realized I wanted to use them before the season was over. I decided to try my hand at a Halloween ribbon card. It’s very easy. I used a premade card background (5″ x 7″), 1/4″ wide double sided sticky tape and several rolls of ribbon in varying widths and patterns. I laid down the tape and worked my way row by row until I had covered the whole card, front, and back. In the end, to be safe I put the card thru my sewing machine to ensure if the ribbon frayed the stitch would catch it. As I final touch I added some 3D shimmer Halloween stickers I had in my stash.

I now have visions of book covers and Chrismas cards full of glitter made the same way.  I also noticed if I had left the center ribbons longer I could have tied the card shut as well. Just another idea. Really a fun way to use up those ribbon bits we have tucked away.

You can watch my process video here on my youtube channel: Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Here are some photos of the finished card to get those wheels churning:

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Thanks so much for following me thru the Halloween season. Stay tuned for my Fall and Christmas projects ahead!


Below are some of the basic tools I had while making the card:


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Halloween Skull Handmade Card

Halloween Skull Handmade Card


Today I am back with another card making share. I am really starting to get into the swing of making handmade cards, and I can’t wait until the Christmas season to share some more makes with you. The glitter will be flowing!

Today’s card used:

  1. A premade “craft” paper card and envelope from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) (5″ x 7″)
  2. I cut a piece of mixed media white paper down to 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
  3. I cut two pieces of scrapbook paper. One at 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ the other at 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ for layering.
  4. First I coated the top half of the paper with Distress Oxide in Wild Honey, that was a little yellow so I went around the edges with some Carved pumpkin distress Oxide.
  5. I then took out my Dylusions skull stencil and Black Soot Distress Oxide and added skulls to the top half of the page.
  6. Next, I glued down the two pieces of scrapbook paper, first the wider piece, then the narrower piece. I used glue so I’d have a little wiggle room to ensure they were even.
  7. I then edged the whole paper once dry in the Distress Oxide, Black Soot.
  8. I then ran the Black Soot across the scrapbook paper edges a bit to darken them.
  9. Next, I pulled out some washi tape with skulls and placed that across the center between the pieces of scrapbook paper to add a little extra whimsy.
  10. I then used dimensional foam dots to place the skull as if it were sitting on the line of the scrapbook paper.
  11. I then glued down my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween word chip “from regions beyond”
  12. I used dimensional foam dots to place the background I made onto the card after I edged the face of the craft paper card with the black soot.
  13. Voila! A quick Halloween card, ready for some swap mail

You can follow along to my video on my Youtube channel: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Ephemera Skull Handmade Card

Here are some photos of the card:

Thanks for following along. I hope this will inspire you to look at your scrapbook paper in a new way. Don’t be afraid to get in there and tear it up to create some great layering techniques.

Happy Halloween!

Below are the supplies used to make this card:

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7 Days of Halloween Day 2 – Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween 2018 Ephemera “Palm Reader” Halloween Card

7 Days of Halloween Day 2 – Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween 2018 Ephemera “Palm Reader” Halloween Card

Hello Again,

Welcome to Day 2 of my 7 Days of Halloween. Today I am featuring a super simple Halloween card. This card took me under ten minutes to make and is an easy way to use up bits of Halloween scrapbook paper, ephemera and toss in a bit of your favorite Halloween stencil too.

This project started with a standard black card ( 5″ x 6 1/2″ Landscape). I took a piece of Halloween scrapbook paper from a packet I had bought at Hobby Lobby and trimmed a 1/4″ off each side with my paper cutter so when I taped it to the card it would leave a black border. I used double sided tape to place the scrapbook paper onto the background. Now prior to taping the background down I did edge it with the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Carved Pumpkin. I also added to the background using black archival ink thru a “spirit board” stencil from StrumpetStencils on etsy (links below). I then picked out my pieces of ephemera I wanted from my Idea-ology Halloween 2018 Ephemera pack and edged those with Distress Oxide in Black Soot and Carved Pumpkin. I then used sticky thumb adhesive dots to attach them to the page, with some dimension. Voila!  A super quick and super easy Halloween card.

You can see the process video here: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween 2018 Ephemera “Palm Reader” Halloween Card

Here are some photos to stir those creative juices:

I know we love to save them but it’s time, break out those ephemera bits and get to making! Happy Halloween. I see a lot of fun in your future!

Here are all the supplies I used to make this card.




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Yupo Paper Embossing Holiday Card Fail. What not to do.

Yupo Paper Embossing Holiday Card Fail. What not to do.

Hello Folks,

With only about three months to go, I decided this year I was going to get a head start on making my handmade Chrismas cards to send out. With the new alcohol lift-ink out, I had visions of beautiful mottled backgrounds with lifted snowflakes and ornaments that would have embossing on top. I decided to give it a whirl and well I learned what to do and what not to do. What happened was I made the backgrounds using the Ranger Ink 5″ x 7″ alcohol Ink Yupo white cardstock trimmed down a little. I then applied alcohol inks and alcohol blending solution. Once it was dry I used the alcohol lift-ink to add ornaments and snowflakes. One key item I have been finding while playing with the alcohol lift-ink is that the metallics do not lift easily. Sometimes they won’t lift at all, other times it takes extra elbow grease. Just a note if you plan to use a lot of shimmery metallics on your pages, they may not react to the alcohol lift-ink. Well once I had my pretty background I was super excited. I then wanted to add my embossing and use that to add the messages. I started on the snowflake card background. I used VersaMark embossing ink with a Tim Holtz season’s greetings stamp, and some ranger ink embossing powder. I then brought in the heat gun, and this is where it went south. I think I just didn’t keep it moving enough and it melted my paper. I was so saddened, but it was a lesson learned. I then moved onto the other paper that had the ornaments on it. For this one, I used a stamp again with my VersaMark embossing ink and the ranger heat gun instead of the embossing gun. It worked, this time. It did want to try to buckle I just kept letting it cool in between.

So here are the lessons learned:

  1. The metallic alcohol inks won’t always lift with the alcohol lift-ink
  2. Embossing on Yupo Paper- slow and steady. My embossing heat tool melted the Yupo paper, while the ranger heat tool didn’t

If you want to see the video of how the process worked you can check it out on my Youtube Channel: Alcohol Lift Ink Yupo Paper Embossing What Not to Do

Below are some stills of the cards and how they turned out:

I hope this post will help you when you go to try embossing on Yupo paper. I wanted to still share my mishap in the hopes of helping to save other’s lovely projects.

Thanks so much for reading my post. I look forward to catching up with you again soon.


Below is a list of all the supplies I used to make these two card backgrounds.

Some items are affiliate links and any purchases made thru these links help to fund my youtube videos and websites.

Affiliate Links:

Alcohol Lift Ink (Ranger Ink) (Joggles)

Alcohol Inks (Gold, Stream, Pool, Mermaid, Silver, Aqua) (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Versamark Pad (Blitsy)

Versamark Pen (Blitsy)

Embossing Powder Bridal Tinsel (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Christmas Memories Red Rubber Stamps (Ranger Ink)

Archival Ink Cleaner (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy)

Yupo Paper (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy)

Alcohol Ink Blending Solution (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy)

Non-Affiliate Links: Gilded Ivory Embossing Powder

Simon Says Stamp- Stamps
Big Scripty Greetings
Lots of Snowflakes
Tim Holtz Season’s Greetings Stamp


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Distress Oxide Cat Friendship Handmade Card

Distress Oxide Cat Friendship Handmade Card

Hello and TGIF!

Well, it has been a heck of a busy week and it’s looking like my weekend will be about the same. I thought I’d get a little ahead of the game and give you a special Friday handmade card share to tide you over for the weekend. This card went to my lovely friend Sylvia in Sweden that I do ATC (Artist Trading Card) swaps with several times a year. We always have so much fun and we both love cats which is why this card was purrrfect ;).

Without further ado here is the adorable kitty card using distress oxides for the background:

See video here: Distress Oxide background friendship handmade card

Some Stills:

Now I am a newbie at card making, so please be kind ;).  I really did enjoy making this one, and actually, since making it I have discovered the Tim Holtz Micro Glaze which if I used the alcohol ink glossy cardstock would really pop the background. See the wheels are always churning folks.

I hope this card gave you some inspiration and brightened up your Friday a bit. I  know playing with my Distress Oxides always cheers me up.

Have a safe and fabulous weekend!

Supply List

(Below are my affiliate links, all purchases made thru these links
help support my youtube channel and website-please note I am not paid or prompted to use
these products, I only show products that I actually use, like and want to try it’s just a little
added bonus for the things I use daily)

Affiliate Links:

Tonic Scissors:
5″ (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy)
7″ (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Distress Oxides:

Black Soot: (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Wilted Violet: (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Fossilized Amber: (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Peacock Feathers: (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Picked Raspberry: (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Tonic Studio Stamp Platform (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Black Archival Ink Pad (Ranger) (Blitsy)

Canxon XL Mix Media Paper Pad (Blick Art Supplies)

Non-Affiliate Links

Stamps: Purr-fect Friends
(I could no longer locate the stamps online but the site
has many other cute stamp sets)

Sticky Thumb-Adhesive Foam Dots (


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Handmade Steampunk “Inspire” Card

Handmade Steampunk “Inspire” Card

Over the weekend I dove into the world of cardmaking. I pulled out some stamps I hadn’t used in quite awhile and had a play at making a steampunk “inspire” card to send out with some happy mail. I got to use my Distress Oxides, Tim Holtz Mica Sprays, and my new Tonic Stamping platform. I had so much fun I think I may end up being on a card kick for a while now. Some may even show up in my Etsy shop for custom orders!

You can see my process video over on my youtube channel: Handmade Steampunk Card

Here are some still shots for you below:

What a great way to use stamps that have been collecting dust. Just a little bit of sparkle and some chit chat quotes and you have your own custom card.

Happy Crafting!

Here is the list of supplies I used in case something caught your eye :

(Below are my affiliate links,all purchases made thru these links
help support my youtube channel and website)

Canson Mixed Media Paper (Blick Art Supplies)

Distress Oxide “Walnut Stain” (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Distress Oxide “Frayed Burlap” (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Distress Oxide “Vintage Photo” (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Black Archival Ink (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy)

Tim Holtz/Tonic Studio Stamp Platform (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Ranger- Heat It- Craft Tool(Heat Dryer) (Ranger Ink) (Joggles)

Tonic Tim Holtz Scissors 7″ (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Tonic Tim Holtz Scissors 5″ (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy)

Tonic Studios Paper Distresser (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy)

Tim Holtz- Big Chat Stickers (Text) (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy)

Tim Holtz Mica Sprays (Ranger Ink) (Joggles)

—-Non-affiliate links—

Sticky Thumb Foam Dots (Amazon)

Big Red Stamps

Gears Stamp:

Steampunk Lady Cyclist:

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