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, or just from my own craft desk.

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

If you would like a free card kit,just order any of the current supplies being used in the projects from me  and let me know you would like to have one. You can order form my online store called SusanSalutations if you live in Australia. 


Card Ideas - February 2021

Since I last posted, there have been many sessions of crafting happening in my craft room and beyond. In the last few weeks, we have been allowed to meet in groups at venues again! So I attended a great team meeting with other Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and got lots of inspiration.

There are some great virtual stamping events online too. I went to a virtual Retreat over a whole weekend online. That was a lot of fun too! It's inspiring to use your own supplies to interpret a card idea offered that way.

I'll share quite a bit with you, of course!

Most of the projects posted this month are showing stamp sets and supplies form the new January - June Mini Catalogue and also some Sale-A-Bration products I earned by placing a $90 order. Or two.

Let's start with Sweet Ice Cream, because I like to have desert first.


Happy Valentine's Day!

I just make one Valentine these days, for my husband. He liked this one. I used the same stamp set as I used for the Galentine's Day cards below but changed up the ink colours a little and added Poppy Parade cardstock. I thought card ideas like this are simple and easy to recreate, and I only used my Big Shot to cut out the nested squares on the front.


Hearts and Kisses stamp set
Hearts ad Kisses stamp set
Hearts and Kisses card supplies

However you spent Valentine's Day,, I hope you enjoyed it with friends or family you love the best.


Sweet Ice Cream Card Ideas

This stamp set comes with its own Ice Cream Builder punch, designer series paper , sprinkles and ribbon, if you buy it as a suite.

The punch sure makes it easy to make this particular card.

All you do is stamp and punch a cone, then punch many scoops of icecream to go on top!

Sweet Ice Cream

I added stamped sprinkles to some of the scoops and stamped over the top of many in Versamark ink to add a subtle shading.

It's quite a cute card when you open it up!


Sweet Ice Cream

Well Suited Suite


This suite of stamp set, dies, twine and designer series paper is perfect for masculine cards. The dies allow you to make suits for your card fronts and there are many such card ideas around, but on this occasion I just used the tie dies and some of the designer series paper.

And I used the stitched label dies to create the sentiment with a stamp from the Handsomely Suited stamp set.


Well Suited Suite

Of course, you have to finish the inside of your card and the envelope too. Why not stamp and colour a tie with blends to make it look as though it is popping off the page?

I really popped up the sentiment with some Stampin' Dimensionals though.


Well Suited Suite

Snailed It Galentine

Did you know February 13th is Galentine's Day? It's the day before Valentine's Day of course. It's a day to celebrate friendships with all your gal friends!

I decided the Snailed It stamp set coupled with some of the images form Hearts and Kisses went together really well and, with Sharon Dalton's inspiration beside me, I made this card.


Snailed It

The Snailed It stamp set has coordinating designer series paper too. Isn't it cute with the paper planes and presents and envelopes? I love the little hearts.

Imagine stamping the hearts in chocolate colours to make an almost edible card!


Sweet Strawberry card ideas


Now we get a little more healthy, after having ice cream and chocolate hearts!

The Sweet Strawberry stamp set really is very sweet.

I used cardstock and coloured strawberries coupled with black and white images to make these cards.

I think colouring one element and stamping in black and white elsewhere can really make a card design pop!


Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set
Sweet Strawberry stamp set

Hey Chick is back!


A few years ago, Stampin' Up! brought out the Hey Chick stamp set. I loved it then. This year, Stampin' Up! has it for sale again!

I love playing with these cute chickens.

I decided to make my own little, shallow boxes for some girlfriends to make them feel special at the in person stamping even I attended.

You basically make a little square matchbox.

Cover it in designer series paper, stamp your images and sentiments and cut them out, then pop them up on the box front.


Hey Chick Stamp Set

When you open the box, another chicken and message appears inside.

I popped the chicken inside the box up and popped up the sentiment too.


Hey Chick
Hey Chick Stamp Set

There's also a Hey Birthday Chick stamp set with more fun images to play with.

Available while stocks last!


Hey Birthday Chick

Card Ideas -  January 2021


Happy New Year!

I must admit, my thoughts were kind of still on Christmas Cards but I had some ideas for this month's New Year's celebrations.

I just received the Darling Donkey stamp set in my January to June seasonal catalogue pre-order and had seen some really great New Year card ideas using that stamp set.

Here's one I made today. I enjoyed those donkey images so much! They are quite cheeky.

I made the numbers and words from a couple of other new stamp sets - Make a Difference and Snailed It.



Darling Donkeys


I wanted to add some designer series paper to my project once I had made the card base out of Whisper White (soon to be Basic White).

I simply cut two pieces of In Good Taste designer series paper to fit my card front and my card back and glued them on with Tombow Multi Purpose liquid glue.


Ride the Range stamp set


To finish the inside of my card, I chose a sentiment from the Ride the Range stamp set (from the current Annual Catalogue) and the flowers from the Make a Difference stamp set (also from the current Annual Catalogue) to embellish the inside of my card and the envelope.


Prized Peony stamp and the Whisper White Pigment Ink Technique

White Pigment Ink Technique

I was reminded of a technique while browsing around the Internet and decided to do a few experiments with the Prized Peony stamp set.

I took Whisper White pigment ink, some black cardstock and my Stamparatus. I stamped out my large peony images, making sure I stamped over the same image several times till I was happy with the density of the white. Then I used my heat tool to make sure the ink was dry.

Next I took Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo and Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write markers, coloured my stamp several times and stamped over the white flower and leaves. The coloured inks left a subtle almost chalk like impression behind, with just a hint of colour.

I wanted to ramp up the stamped images a bit so die cut a peony and used the negative shape to mask off the background. Then I spritzed my flower with shimmer paint mixed with rubbing alcohol. It gave the image a subtle shimmer.

Then I finished my cards with dsp, ribbon and bling. I made my own envelopes out of Whisper White cardstock as these cards wound up being a bit smaller than the average card.


White Pigment Ink Technique
Prized Peony Card

Split Negative Card Ideas with Rooted in Nature stamps

Split Negative Card Technique

This was a fun technique. It's called a split negative technique, but I may have tweaked it a bit.

Instead of stamping in different coloured inks, I chose to heat emboss two tree images with silver embossing powder.

I stamped two large trees, one on Whisper White cardstock and one of Granny Apple Green cardstock, in Versamark ink. My Granny Apple Green cardstock was longer than my Whisper White, for wiggle room.

Then I emboseed them with silver embossing powder and my heat tool.

Next I cut the trees more or less in half down the middle, and mounted each half on a single piece of cardstock. I matched up the tree images so they looked like they could have been stamped and embossed over two sheets of cardstock. Then I trimmed down my images to a neat rectangle/square.

After that I finished my card with sentiments, a few little die cuts from the Many Messages stamp set and die cuts, and Rooted in Nature. I did use one die cut from my Stitched Rectangles dies too.


Rooted in Nature card

And of course, I did some embellishing on the inside of my cards and ot the envelopes.

I think these make nice masculine birthday cards.


Previous Card Ideas


I like to keep track of card ideas by calendar year.

If you are looking for my card ideas from 2020, this is where you can find them.

If you are looking for my card ideas for 2019, this is where you can find them.

I hope this makes it easy for you to keep track!




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