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.

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.

Project Ideas, June 2020

This month I have continues to hold Zoom craft meetings. I am getting used to them! It's a great way to connect with crafting friends and for us all to play with our papercraft supplies at the same time.

Here's some highlights since i last posted some card ideas for you.

Celebrate Sunflowers

The Flowers for Every Season Suite of products is absolutely beautiful and so much fun to play with! It has been hard for me to stop making projects with the stamps, paper and embellishments ❤

The Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set first caught my eye. Then I learned about the Bargello technique and heat embossing with white embossing powder. A card was born!

Celebrate Sunflowers

To make this card, start with a plain piece of Whisper White cardstock cut into a landscape shape that is longer than your intended card. Then swipe ink colours in broad strokes up and down across the Whisper White till the whole piece is filled with a rainbow of colours.I chose Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green and Mango Melody.

Once that is done, cut your inked cardstock into 1cm (1/2") strips, lengthways.

Once you have the strips, lay them across another piece of Whisper White cut to the size you want to put on your card front, only shift them left and right a bit each time to stagger the pattern and make a bit of a zigzag. Glue them down when you like the design you make. You will wind up with lots of bits hanging over the edge of your cardstock.

You can use the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut your piece into shape for your card.

Then heat emboss a sunflower in white over the top of your colours, and heat emboss a sunflower or two or three on the black cardstock layered underneath. I made sure I could match up my coloured sunflower with one on the black cardstock layer.

Finally, flick the colours with water. Blot off the excess. You get those nice lighter circles on the coloured piece, like a bokeh effect.

Finish off with a nice sentiment and add some more layers of cardstock to attach you your card base. I chose Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo.

This card ideas was inspired by The Pampered Stamper.

Then I decided to use the Flowers for Every Season designer series paper to make the next set of cards.

Flowers For Every Season

This fancy fold card idea is actually not hard to recreate! I made these cards quickly using the Flowers for Many Seasons Memories and More card pack made these cards even quicker and easier to finish!

Flowers for Every Season Suite
Flowers for Every Season Suite
Flowers for Every Season Suite
Flowers for Every Season Suite

Here are some step-by-step instructions for making the cards I made above:

  • Start with a card  base that measures  5 1/2" X 4 1/4"
  • Take a piece of Designer Paper (DSP) that measures  5 1/4" X 4 1/4"
  • The two folded DSP points are 3" X 4", scored at 1" on the long side, with the tips folded to the score line.  Fold the score line under and attach the tips to the back both ends of the first piece of DSP
  • Then attach the DSP piece to your card base and decorate as desired
  • I added the Memories and More cards to the inside of my cards and a piece of Whisper White to the back of the whle thing to write my messages on

These card ideas were inspired by Flowerbug Inkspot designs.

Jar of Flowers

Another set of card ideas are known as Split Cards. Here I used the Jar of Flowers stamp set and punch (part of the Flowers for Every Season Suite). I made the jar look like glass by coating it with Fine tipped Glue Pen glue!

Split Card
Split Card

You make a gate fold card first.

Then you make the panels to go on the gate folds. They need to meet in the middle. I decorated mine with DSP.

Then you make the piece you are going to split in half. I started with an oval shape, then stamped and punched/cut out my Jar of Flowers. I cut the assembled focal image in half before gluing it all to the card panels. Just take care to line up the split image so it meets perfectly when the card is closed.

These cards were also inspired from a crafter who posted on Flowerbug Inkspot.

Here's another Split Card using the Under My Umbrella stamp set and punch.

Under My Umbrella
Under My Umbrella stamp set

I made lots of other cards this month, but most of them I used now retired products! This is an exciting time of the year when we get a brand new catalogue from Stampin' Up! and I just love playing with all the new products.

Here are a few more June card ideas for you, bearing in mind some of the products may no longer be available. Maybe they will still spark an idea for you to make some cards of your own:

Bird Ballad stamp set
Bird Ballad stamp set
Dandelion Wishes stamp set
Dandelion Wishes stamp set
Forever Fern Suite
Little Elephant Stamp Set

Project Ideas, May 2020

The card ideas I have for you this month were mostly all born during Zoom meetings I have been having with other crafters! It has been great to socialise and swap card ideas with others via Zoom. If you haven't tried it yet, it might just be something that will help when you cannot get out and about as normal and want to craft safely with others.

The weather has cooled down a little in Australia so of course I love playing with paper even more. Hot weather discourages me sometimes! Lol! Nothing like your cardstock sticking to your hot hand...Lol!

Enough of that. Here's some new card ideas for you.

Beautiful Friendship

Beautiful Friendship

The Beautiful Friendship stamp set inspired me for quite a few card ideas. This one is my favourite for May though. It's a pop out swing card and when you open it, it has a surprise!

The card is really made up of two main pieces of cardstock.

Start with a normal card base, folded in half portrait orientation.

Cut an oval shape in the front of the card with a die. Cut the next size down oval shape from Whisper White cardstock and stamp/decorate it.

Stamp and decorate the front of the card.

Make a smaller Z fold card for inside, making sure the fold in the middle is a mountain fold. I added a tab to the front edge of the inner card so I could glue it to my card front. Stamp and decorate the inside card while it is able to lay flat.

Glue the inner card to the card base. Close the card. Position your decorated oval piece on the inner card so it fits perfectly in the card front oval shape, and glue it there.

You're done!

Daisy Lane Bundle Cards

I love daisies. I love that this stamp set allows you to stamp and punch daisies with no limits! I love these little card ideas too as they allow the daisies to shine.

Here is the card done in orange tones with the Tropical dsp (Designer Series Paper) behind them. 

And here is the same design with yellow tones.

You start with a single piece of card stock, 10.5cm x 15cm. It should fit in your envelope easily. Score the piece down the middle, landscape orientation. Be sure this fold is a valley fold.

Decorate the front of the card stock with dsp cut a little bit smaller than your base. Score it lightly down the middle, landscape orientation, and adhere it to the cardstock. It should also be a valley fold.

Cut another piece of coordinating cardstock to be the 'vase' for your flowers. I made mine about 5cm high x 13cm long.

I scored either end of the long piece at 1cm and folded the tabs under. I scored the middle of the piece and made sure the fold was a mountain fold. It is the So Saffron piece you can see in this picture. Stamp and punch daisies and leaves and adhere them to the vase, and make a few more flowers and leaves for the next step.

Then I cut a piece of coordinating cardstock (Balmy Blue) that was 3cm high by 157cm long. I scored each short end at 1cm and folded the tabs under.

I adhered this strip to the front of the card, making sure the card itself folded inward, the vase folded outward, and this allows the strip to bow gently out.

Add a piece of cardstock with your sentiment stamped on it to the bowed front, and finish off with more stamped and punched flowers. And bling, of course. I can never make cards without bling.

Now your card should be able to lie flat for posting, and when open it will stand up.

I added another piece of Whisper White to the back of my card with a sentiment, and I can write my message on it there too.

Ready for the next card ideas?

To a Wild Rose

These layered cards are beautiful in person, And they are really easy to make! I chose the To a Wild Rose stamp set to make these cards.

This is the layered inside of the card. I just love sending cards with this sentiment to special friends.

You start with a card base that is 10.5cm high and 29.5cm long. Score it in the middle landscape wise and fold it in half so it opens like a little book. I chose Pumpkin Pie as my card base colour.

Score the front piece 2cm from the centre score line. Fold the front flap out, in a valley fold.

Adhere the scores piece to the back of your card base so it is like a pinched spine.

Now take two layered squares of Whisper White cardstock and a piece that will fit on the spine of your card front. Layer the two squares together, and anchor the strip to the left of the squares so you can stamp your images right across all three pieces at once. Use washi tape to keep them in place.

Once you have finished stamping and colouring your images, add mats in a coordinating colour to the two stamped pieces of Whisper White. I chose Pacific Point for mine.

Then I added Stampin' Dimensionals ot the top layer and adhered it over the second square, matching up the stamped flowers.

Glue the stamped strip to the pinched spine.

Layer and stamp your inner pieces as shown in the picture above.

I added some Pretty Peacock/Old Olive multi-coloured ribbon to my top layer on the front of the card, and added a little bling to finish it off, of course.

I hope you enjoyed this month's card ideas.

Project Ideas, April 2020

How are you doing with being socially isolated due to COVID-19? I am finding I have so many beautiful craft supplies to play with, I am never bored. I think crafters have that certain advantage, whether we are paper crafters, sewers, jewelry makers or other types of crafters. I move between sewing and paper crafting, when I am not learning how to use Zoom to visit with my crafting friends!

However you spend this time at home. I hope you enjoy crafting awhile. Maybe sharing your craft with others would help brighten their days too. Let me know if you have any card making ideas that cheered someone's day? I am thinking of you all!

Now for some April card ideas.

Positive Thoughts Card Ideas

This pretty stamp set was a Sale-A-Brations stamp set with coordinating dies. I just didn't get to play with it till this month! It is such a pretty stamp set and it is so easy to create with it. This time, I looked for the stamp set in the Seasonal catalogue and CASEd (Copied and shared) a project Stampin' Up! had made to adorn a pizza box. I turned it into a card and made a dozen of these to cheer some of our church family.

Positive Thoughts

The change I made was to choose an ordinary sized card base which I embossed with the Country Floral 3D Embossing Folder. I sprayed the card front with shimmer paint mixed with Isopropol Alcohol. It gave a subtle shimmer.

If you want to make this card at home, I used Blushing Bride, Whisper White and Flirty Flamingo cardstock, and the inks are Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight and Mint Macaron.

Grace's Garden Card Ideas

I absolutely LOVED making the next card. It was a special friend's birthday and I knew that she loved purples, so I pulled out every purple in the Stampin' Up! range to make this project.  The coordinating dies and stamps made it so much fun to make!

Grace's Garden

I decided to 'spotlight' the main images in the centre of this card. I chose Purple Posy cardstock for the base and stamped plain images on the front of the extra long landscape card with Black Memento ink.

Then I took a piece of Whisper White and stamped and coloured the garden I planted there with my stamps.I added a Balmy Blue sky and Mint Macaron grass with my aqua painter.

Then I stamped the fence and gate pieces partly in Blackberry Bliss, took my aqua painter and pulled the colour onto the fence posts. I added more details (nails etc) to the gate piece with a black Stampin' Write! marker. The gate piece comes attached together, but I just snipped the gates apart. I coloured the back of the gates oto as they are visible when someone looks at the open gated card.

I stamped the kitty and bird in Memento Black and coloured them (with Crumb Cake and Pineapple Punch Stampin' blends) , then set to cutting out all the fence pieces, animals and some leaves and flowers with the beautiful dies.

The die cut flowers were cut from Melon Mambo and Gorgeous Grape cardstock, and the trailing leaves from Mint Macaron cardstock.

I added some coloured pearls to the die cut flowers.

Then I highighted stamped flowers with my Wink of Stella pen. I also spattered some Wink of Stella onto the sky right across the card front.

I had to make the inside of the card pretty and I wanted to strengthen it as well, so I added some of the beautiful Perrenial Essence designer series paper. And the greeting was stamped in Blackberry Bliss, with Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape flowers alongside. I popped some of the flowers up with a couple of die cut images.

I have some more card ideas with this stamp set so maybe I will show them to you later

Bonanza Buddies Card Ideas

This card was fun to make! I was thinking of my young grandson when I created this. I combined the little lion image with some punched daisies out of Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight cardstock (there are two different sized daisy punches in my SusanSalutations store) and finished the flowers off with clear faceted gems that I coloured with Stampin' Blends in Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody inks.

The card base is made from Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana cardstock. I ran the mat through the Tufted 3d embossing folder before adhering it to the card base.

The leaves were punched with the Leaf Punch out of Bermuda Bay cardstock and I drew veins on them with a Stampin' Write! marker and dragged the edges over my ink pad.

The little lion is stamped in Mango Melody (face and mane) and Daffodil Delight, then cut out with the coordinating dies.I drew strings to the flowers with my Calypso Coral Stampin' Write marker.

The sentiment comes from the Bonanza Buddies stamp set too!

The envelope had to be decorated too. How can you send a naked envelope out into the worlds? Lol!  So to keep in the theme of the card, I stamped the Toucan in Bermuda Bay ink then coloured his beak and eye and feather lines with Stampin' Write! markers in Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody and Calypso Coral.

I hope you enjoyed tese April card ideas. Happy Easter.

Project Ideas, March 2020

Timeless Tulips Stamp Set and Coordinating Punch

Easter is not far away! We made Easter cards with the Timeless Tulips stamp set and coordinating punch at card class today.We also stamped images from the Nature's Beauty stamp set and some of the sentiments were from Itty Bitty Greetings. The main Happy Easter sentiment was from a retired stamp set.

The cardstock has been folded into a 'Z' fold so there were three panels to display for our finished cards.

The designer series paper used was Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Paper and the sentiment box was cut out with a stitched rectangle die.

The bunny tail was made with small pinches of cotton ball!

Timeless Tulips

I added stamped, punched tulip shapes to the bg tulips on the front of the card here.

Timeless Tulips

Punch Art Bunny Card

These card ideas are oldies but a goodies. Use your punches to make this cute bunny disappearing down his rabbit hole!

I have instructions for how to make a punch art bunny face on another page.

Punch Art Bunny

You make this bunny with circle and oval punches. Use your largest circle punch for the rabbit hole. Use a nesting circle punch for the bunny body. I sponged Soft Suede ink on the edges of his body that I cut from Crumb Cake cardstock.

Then use nesting oval punches to make the feet. Cut your largest oval from Crumb Cake and sponge Soft Suede ink around the edges, then cut the bunny foot pads from Blushing Bride ink to sponge around the edges, glue the two ovals together leaving room for bunny toes, and make marks with the Blushing Bride Stampin' Write marker to make those toes. Adhere the body and feet together as shown, then add a fluffy bunny tail with cotton wool. I glued the tail on with Tombow Multipurpose liquid glue.

To make the hole even more three dimensional, punch a circle form the dsp and adhere the navy circle on the card base itself, then use Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the dsp. Adhere your punch art bunny to the dsp so there is a little gap between the bunny and his rabbit hole.

We also drew his little toes in with a Blushing Bride Stampin' Write marker instead of using tiny punched shapes. His tail is made of a slightly bigger puff of cotton wool!

You could use this punch art bunny to decorate Easter baskets or gifts too.

The Gang's All Meer

The Gang's All Meer

The Gang's All Meer is s stamp set you can earn by placing a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration (it has to be in by March 31st and before stocks run out). I loved these little guys so much I decided to make an order just so I could get them!

In the first card, I built a scene first, then stamped my gang on top. To make it a silhouette, I coloured the figures all in with a Basic Black Stampin' Write! Marker.

The chameleon was placed behind the cactus using the masking technique.

The Gang's All Meer

Then I could not resist showing off the gang's cute little faces and attitudes.

This is a simple to make card. I used Stampin' Blends to colour them in. I loved that I could shade their pelts darker and their tummies lighter that way.

I backed the coloured image with some beautiful Lily Impressions designer series paper. The paper is another Sale-A-Bration reward for a qualifying order before March 31st, or while stocks last.I embossed the dsp with the Basket Weave Dynamic Textures Impressions Embossing Folder.

The ribbon is the cute whisper White Polka Dot Tulle ribbon.

The Gang's All Meer

I decided to make a real gang for this card and used all the images of Meerkats in the stamp set.  This time I used Stampin' Write@ markers to colour the little guys and their cactus. And I backed the image with pieces of Tropical Oasis designer series paper. The Mint Macaron ribbon just set it off nicely for me.

Meerkats deserve double bows, don't you think?

Dressed to Impress

Dressed to Impress

This card was so easy to make with the Dressed to Impress stamp set and coordinating All Dressed Up dies. I also used the Rectangular Stitched dies on this card.

The images are coloured with ink using the fill-in stamps from the set. Talk about quick!

I thought it was a fun card

Dressed to Impress

These cards all came together quickly too. The Best Dressed 6" x 6" paper stack has such beautiful flowers on it!

Here I used vellum on the first card, sticking it down onto the card with glue dots hidden behind the sentiment element.

I used a circle punch to punch out part of a circle form the front of the second card and stamped my greeting on a Whisper White piece which I glued to the card front, right where the circle punch out was. Adding Stampin' Dimensionals to the dsp made the circle element pop.

The third card has been embellished with a Stitched Rectangle shape that I corner cut to make the ends look like a banner.

Dressed to Impress

The insides of the Best Dressed cards needed to be finished too so this is how I did that for them.

Tropical Oasis Suite Bundle

I love this suite of goodies. I have played with it a bit lately. I made a simple card for a class using the stamps and designer series paper. All you need is a 2" circle punch to make a place for your sentiment in the dsp. I doubled up on the Braided Burlap Trim to make a thicker row of trim to embellish the card.

Tropical Oasis Suite
timeless Tropical Card

Then I started playing with the designer series paper again with the encouragement of my upline, and made an 8" square sampler. I framed it with a wide margin.

Tropical Oasis DSP Sampler

I love how it turned out! I need to find a good place on a wall in my house for it, but wouldn't it also make a good gift?

Scroll down to see more card ideas made with the Tropical Oasis suite.

Project Ideas, February 2020

Valentine's Day Card Ideas

From My Heart Suite Bundle

The suite I found most wonderful for Valentine's Day cards and projects was the From My Heart Suite Bundle. Here are a couple of idea for you to use for card sketch ideas or to CASE:

Valentines Day

Here is the inside of the card shown above:

Valentine's Day Card

Here's another card layout where I used the 2" circle punch on the front, then added the cut out piece to the inside of the card:

Valentine's Day Card Idea
Valentine's Day Card Idea

A Scrapbook Layout Idea using the From My Heart Suite Bundle

I know this isn't a card, but I scrapped this month and really wanted to show you the result! I have to mask the pictures, I'm sorry, but I think you can still tell how this layout would look with a photo of your own in the centre.

I loved that I had die cut hearts, bling, stamps ribbon and designer series paper I could use to enhance my layout, all from the From My Heart Suite bundle.

It's not just for Valentine's Day!

PS: I did use a sketch idea I found from the Scrapbooking Global Facebook group to inspire my page.

Scrapbook Page Idea

Peaceful Poppies in February

Peaceful Poppies Suite Bundle

The Peaceful Poppies Bundle is featured in the following projects as card ideas for February. I love that you get stamps and die cuts in the bundle to help you create such beautiful flowers!

Peaceful Poppies Card Idea

You even get die cuts in the kit, ready to be added to your project like I did here. I thought the little poppy flower finished off the inside of my card nicely.

Peaceful Poppies Card Idea

Dutch Fold or Barn Door Card Ideas

For card ideas that are a little different, you can make this Dutch Fold card. All I did was start with a normal sized card base, then I cut off 5cm from the bottom of the front, and I made a wrap around piece for the bottom so it could be scored and folded to meet in the middle.

These became my little 'barn doors' and I added some designer series paper to both sides of the doors as I thought it looked so pretty.

Peaceful Poppies Card Idea

Add some ore designer series paper and a piece of Whisper White cardstock to complete the inside of your card.

Peaceful Poppies Card Idea

Project Ideas, January 2020

Some new product is always inspiring, isn't it? Read all about Sale-A-Bration and you may want to earn some of the products I am showing you for free from January 3rd to March 31st 2020! Many items I am showcasing come from the new January - June 2020 Mini Catalogue which is a gorgeous catalogue...

In the case of the Tropical Oasis Suite of products, they definitely gave me some good card ideas. I decided to make a special birthday card with some of the Memories and More pack of cards. I made it an accordion fold-out card with a window cut in the back of one section so I could show off both sides of the cards.

Here's how it turned out:

Tropical Oasis Memories and More
Tropical Oasis Memories and More
Tropical Oasis Memories and More

Another beautiful stamp set I have been playing with is the Forever Blossoms one. I just love the beauty of the flowers in this stamp set.

Forever Blossoms Bundle
Forever Blossoms Stamp Set
Forever Blossoms stamp set

I didn't even use the dies this time! Next time!

The next stamp set I love is the Little Ladybug one. You can earn this set for free during Sale-A-Bration, while stocks last!

Little Ladybug Stamp Set

I just love these images and had to make a special card for a little 8yo lady in hospital who needed cheering up.

For this Little Ladybug card I stamped the ladybug, coloured her with Stampin' Blends, then masked her off to aqua paint the background with reinkers.
Little Ladybug Card

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