Thursday, March 3, 2011

Card Tutorial...

Today I am Guest Designing for Robyn--aka, My Pink Stamper while she is Crusin' away on the Cricut cruise. I SO wish I was there! 
I'm showing two projects over on her Blog today with a few tips with her stamps.
Make sure you go over and let Robyn know you visited her Blog while she was gone.

The first project uses her new Spanish set, which I am really enjoying even though I don't speak Spanish. I thought I'd give you a little look at the way I sometimes cut my images, especially if they have small pieces. Below you will see that I cut some of my layers for the project all in white, then while they are still on the mat, I color them with my Copics. Really fast and really easy!
I even did this with the bottom layer of the sombrero to add the color. 
 The sentiment was stamped right onto the twill ribbon. Two little tips here--have a juicy stamp pad and tape your ribbon down to your work area while stamping so it doesn't move.
I added some fiber to the hat with little balls. When I was done there was a little piece left on my desk and I decided to re-purpose it by making a furry belly. I just pulled the fibers apart and colored them with a Copic marker. Instant fur!
Ready for another little project? Well this one is really not so much about the card as a tip for I have for you. Last week when we did our Design Team projects for the month I manipulated one of the stamps for my project to make it wavy. I got so many emails asking about this I thought I'd give you a little tip.
Here is a new card with another stamp that I manipulated.  Simple card, fun stamp! Below you will see an easy way to do it. If you just tried to adhere the stamp to the block it would take you quite a while to get it lined up perfectly on your image, but if you make an outline of your image right on your acrylic block (don't worry, the marker will rub right off) it is easier to place your stamp.
Two other things I did to make this card a little more interesting...I used my Crop-a-dile and punched holes along the border and I added some Stickles around Hello to make it stand out. 
Pinata Card
Cricut Cartridges Used: Birthday Bash and Designer's Calendar
My Pink Stamper Set: Spanish Sayings
Hello Card
Cricut Cartridges Used: Lovely Floral and Create A Critter
My Pink Stamper Set: Fabulous Phrases,
You can find out where you can order these stamps by going HERE.


  1. SUper excited with the creations from todays post Girlie!!! love the tips you share and how you mix the tools and ways that you work with them thanks you so much for the fabulous inspiration :)

  2. Hi Maria!!
    I left a comment for you over @ Robyn's! What AWESOME cards and the tips...can't do without 'em! Thanks for ALL you do!
    Hugs from R.I.,
    PS I'm NOT on the cruise...thanks for reminding me! lol

  3. Absolutely incredible!! I hope one day I'm half as good as you are!! WOW!

  4. WHAT CREATIVE CARD's. LOVE THE Stamps! I really want the Spanish set. Thanks for sharing, those ideas are great

  5. ADORABLE cards, Maria and the tips are all just fab! The furry tummy cracks me right up! xxD

  6. You are so CLEVER!!! Thanks for the Copic idea - never would have come up with that. Your cards are so cute!!

  7. Maria,
    These are AMAZING Tips! Thanks for sharing. To think, I could color small pieces with my copics, is awesome. I've shaded my cricut cuts but haven't thought to color white pieces. I also love drawling on the acrylic block where I should place the stamp, when curving it.

    Thank you so much!!!!
    Simple Creations

  8. LOve the way you color and use the copics!
    Thank you for all the inspiration!

  9. maria, the first tip i did not know, wohoo! i will be using that one a LOT! that is an awesome idea. i used to use chalks with alphas but that was in the beginning and i totally forgot about it. your tip is much much better. tfs!

  10. Oooh now Maria!!!! You think of the coolest ideas!!! That would be sooo much quicker then searching for every little shade!! You ROCK! I don't think I've told you lately hehe!

  11. I LOVE your pinata card! It is so fun and so many layers and different textures. I also love how you used your Copics and plain white paper to make your layers. I have to try that out. Well, once I have some Copics. :)


  12. Everyday Cricut Day 5

    Since we are an Irish Family I have to say this is my favorite. I also loved the waterfall, this is something I have never tried before and the idea to print on plain white paper and color with Copics is fantastic! Thanks so much for all of your hard work and wonderful ideas!

  13. Hi Maria!
    These cards are adorable and I love your tips! Definitely going to try them out. I am also your newest follower and would love it if you could stop by my blog and become a follower too? Trying to grow my blog =)


  14. love your project and wanted to let you know that we are featuring it at Fantabulous Cricut on our Quick Tip Tuesday post, come over and take a look :)

    - Cyndy


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