Card Ideas

Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan

Are you looking for new card ideas? On this page I will add all the recent card projects I have developed for my regular classes being held each month.

Many of the cards featured on this page are made by people who attended my classes, using kits and instructions I provided for them.

If you would like a free card kit, just order from me any of the current supplies being used in the projects and let me know you would like to have one.


Card and Project Ideas November 2019

This month we had card ideas to try out with the Christmas Time is Here Suite (item no 153947) and also the Woven Heirlooms Suite (152184). we made great use of the Feels Like Frost specialty designer series paper (150444) as well!

I had great fun developing card ideas for class members to choose from, or they had the option of creating their own designed card using the materials I provided in the class.

Here is what I designed for the Christmas Time is Here suite of products:


Each person chose a design then made it their own by placing ribbon or embellishments differently, or by choosing different colours to stamp with.

Then we made a variety of cards with the dsp from Fells Like frost because the images in that pack of papers are astounding! They are so different to one another and we used the colours of cardstock that went with those pretty photograph like designs.

Here are some of the cards we made:


Card and Project Ideas October 2019

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Card Ideas with Embossed Tissue

It was World Cardmaking Day on Saturday October 5th so we celebrated on both the Friday and Saturday classes I held this week. I decided it was high time we tried a technique so set everyone up with two card bases each and a box of tissues. Lol! Yes, tissues! We used tissues (Kleenex?) in our card making technique.

Card ideas flowed as we made our backgrounds out of tissues, a spray bottle of water and embossing folders. You need to layer your tissues up, three at a time doubled in half. We used a craft mat to lay the tissues down then sprayed them thoroughly with water. You need to turn them several times and keep spraying till the tissues have absorbed water but you can still pick them up.

Next you place the wet tissue in your embossing folder with only the base plate and rubber embossing plate. Roll and squish your tissue through the folder. Mop up your Big Shot with an old towel.

Carefully remove the tissue from the embossing folder and lay it out to dry.

If you are impatient like we were, bake your embossed tissue in a warm oven for about 10 minutes at 100C/200F making sure they do not toast and turn brown and crispy. You just want to dry the water out of them. They will buckle and curl a bit, but once you remove them from the oven they can be glued to cardstock with liquid glue. Use a bit more glue than normal though.

Then you just decorate your cards as desired. We stamped with the Love What You Do stamp set and embossed with a variety of Embossing Folders - Country Floral , Corrugated, Tin Tile, Tufted, Scripty and Stylish Scroll, but use what you have. We also chose a number of different coloured cardstock and enhanced the flowers with blends and fussy cutting at times:

Embossed Tissue Cards
Embossed Tissue Cards
Embossed Tissue Card

You can also play with some other ways to enhance your embossed tissue. On the card idea on the left, I carefully patted ink onto the flowers and leaves with sponge daubers.

The middle card has been sprayed with shimmer paint and alcohol mix.

The last card has been carefully rubbed with metallic gold ink.

Embossed Tissue Cards

It was fun to play and experiment on World Cardmaking Day 2019 with this embossed tissue technique.

#WCMDwithSU2019

Card Ideas with the Shadow Box Technique

Shadow Box Card
Shadow Box Card

We had inspiration for more Card Ideas when we made shadow box cards. We followed the directions and measurements from Di Barnes. And we exercised the Butterfly Wishes stamp set with the Mosaic Mood designer series paper as a decorative element and colour inspiration.

The scenes inside the shadow boxes came out so pretty!

And each of us got more card ideas as we went along. One crafter even cut an oval o the inside cover of her card.


Shadow Box Card
Shadow Box Card
Shadow Box Card

And one clever crafter added a strip of soft, tissue embossed paper to the edge of her shadow box! I thought the card ideas would never stop coming!


Shadow Box Card
Shadow Box Card
Shadow Box Card

Card and Project Ideas September 2019

In September our card ideas turned to Dino Days and a stair step card base. The Dino Days Suite form Stampin' Up! is really cute. If you don't believe me, I dare you to play with these images and see if you think so too after you have made a couple of cards ‍

I had thought these made adorable children's cards but it turns out plenty of adults like dinosaurs too. And these can be made in pinks, blues, greens, yellows - a heap of colours coordinate with the designer series paper pack.

Here are a couple of dinosaur stair step cards I made myself:

Dino Days Stair Step Card
Dino Days Stair Step Card
Dino Days Stair Step Card


For the last card in Pineapple Punch, I used a sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.


If you would like to have free detailed instructions and kits for making the cards shown above, just purchase the Dino Days bundle (item number 151139) from me. Contact me to confirm your address details and I will get your instructions and kits in the mail to you but only while these stamps are current.


The next cards we made were a totally different style. These required some brushing of colour onto the heat embossed images with makeup brushes! I got some inexpensive ones from eBay and some of the class attendees bought theirs from KMart. I believe Daiso also sells them.

We made our cards with the Floral Essence and Love What You Do stamp sets, Versamark ink and three ink colours, Blueberry Bushel, Melon Mambo and Call Me Clover.


Floral Essence Embossed Card

Again,if you would like some free card ideas instructions and a kit for this card, order the Floral Essence and Love What You Do stamp sets from me, contact me to confirm your address, and I will send them to you. I can do that only while these stamp sets are current though.


Card and Project Ideas in August 2019

Our August class was so much fun! We played with the Sailing Home Bundle and created a couple of lovely cards.

The first card was created for pretty new stampers.

Sailing Home Bundle

All you need to make this lovely clean and simple (CAS) card is the Sailing Home bundle, some cardstock, ink and a Big Shot machine.

This first card was made possible because of the inspiration of Kate Morgan.

For the next card, we used the tearing, sponging and masking techniques, and an embossing folder. We used one of the Sailing Home trinkets to make this card really pop! This card is for the casual or avid crafter.



Huge thanks to Patti McDermott for inspiring this card.


How to get a free card kit for the card shown above:


If you would like to have free detailed instructions and kits for making the cards shown above, just purchase the Sailing Home bundle from me. Contact me to confirm your address details and I will get your instructions and kits in the mail to you but only while these stamps are current.


Origami Paper Frame Project


We decided to switch it up in August after playing with the first two card ideas. We made some pretty paper frames using the Silhouette Scenes bundle.

We folded our frames with the designer series paper then decorated them with stamped images and die cuts. I think the stamps and dies really enhanced our photos!



We had a great time with this project. There were a lot of laughs and giggles, especially when my hubby decided to come say hello to the class.

Here he is with my friend and class attendee, Shirley!



You can easily find out how to make this frame by watching the following step-by-step video:



You can see how it would be possible to use ANY designer series paper and decorations to make the frame.

No kit is necessary!

But the Silhouette Scenes Bundle makes it easy to obtain beautiful results....


Card Ideas in July 2019

Floral Essence Card Idea

Floral Essence Card Ideas


One of the first cards I designed in the new Stampin' Up! year was the Floral Essence card pictured above. It's an off-centre gate fold card.

Inside it can look like this:


Floral Essence Card Idea

We did not have the Leaf Punch (item 144667) at the time so we fussy cut the few leaves on the card, or just stamped them straight onto the cardstock.


How to get a free card kit for the card shown above:


If you like this card and would enjoy having a kit to make it, purchase the Floral Essence bundle (item number 151055) from me at my SusanSalutations online store and contact me to request your kit.

I'll check your order and send you a kit to help you get started making projects with your new stamp set and punch but only while these supplies  are current.

Here's another way you could make a card with this bundle, created in class by Shirley Tait:


Floral Essence Card Idea

#Makersgonnamake!


Good Morning Magnolia Card Ideas


This lovely stamp set really caught my eye, especially after I saw a card created by Eva Doblias. I tweaked her card idea a little, especially with the colours I used, and created this card:


Good Morning Magnolia Card Ideas

Aren't the flowers and leaves gorgeous?

I also made use of an embossing folder that is now retired on this card, but I think the Magnolia Embossing Folder (item no 149579) would look nice in the background there too. 

Here's how the inside of the card could look, and the envelope as well:


Good Morning Magnolia Card Ideas
Good Morning Magnolia Card Ideas

Decorating the inside of your card and adding an image to the envelope as well really makes your card ideas stand out.

I think Shelli Gardner's (co-founder and Board Member of Stampin' Up!) philosophy of never sending a naked envelope out into the world has stuck with me! Lol!


How to get a free card kit for the card shown above:


If you like this card and would enjoy having a kit to make it, purchase the Good Morning Magnolia bundle (item number 151087) from me at my SusanSalutations online store and contact me to request your kit.

I'll check your order and send you a kit to help you get started making projects with your new stamp set and memory dies but only while these supplies are current.

Remember to add in the Magnolia Embossing Folder (item no 149579) to your order and I will send you two of this kit.


Good Morning Magnolia Card Ideas


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