Three Beautiful Cards, No Stamping Required!

DIY Cards, No Stamping Required #ctmh #closetomyheart #nostampingrequired #stamping #cardmaking #diycards #ctmhheyhandsome #cardmakingtechniques

Sometimes creativity strikes, but our creative juices don’t want to flow in the direction of stamping. It’s an inexplicable phenomenon that happens to the best of us from time-to-time 😉. While we love the beauty and versatility that comes from creating with stamps, we also know that great results can be achieved without them. In fact, we are taking an in-depth look at the three cards from the cover of our April–June catalog today. You’ll see just how much artistic technique went into creating these cards using the Hey Handsome collection, no stamping required!

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This first card is chock full of techniques. The most prominent is the white texture paste pattern that was stenciled on. Pairing texture paste with stencils is a simple and effective way to add a layer of flair. In this case, the line design of the stenciled paste complements the vertical, less noticeable pattern of the paper it rests on, causing your eye to regard it just enough without taking away from other elements of the card design.

A more subtle, possibly obscure, part of this “Awesome” card is the circle and its coloring. First, we need to point out that this circle is cut out of the grey striped pattern paper, using the 2½” Circle Thin Cuts die, it’s not a paper circle that sits on top. We attached a piece of colored White Daisy cardstock to the back of the opening to create the effect, completing the rectangle for the front of the card.

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We used quite a few inks to create the colorful pattern in the circle, starting off with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide™ ink. Distress Oxide inks are water reactive. When they are sprayed or splattered with water, the ink repels from the droplets, resulting in an “oxidized” appearance. Take a closer look and see if you can spot the effects of the water on our card.

After the Distress Oxide ink, with the White Daisy cardstock still unattached to the card, we sponged on some Seabrook, Mist, and Charcoal ink. First, we gently rubbed the Seabrook and Mist inks onto the sponge and then onto the paper in a circular motion. This circular motion causes the ink to spread softly and without many breaks, if any. The Charcoal ink was then sponged on top. This time, rather than in a circular motion, we just pressed the inked sponge onto the cardstock. This approach allows us to see the texture of the sponge.

The final color we added to this background piece was Harbour. Using ink from a Harbour shimmer brush, we splattered the inked cardstock. To do this, just squeeze enough ink into the bristles of the brush and then tap the barrel of the brush on your index finger, above where you’d like splatters to land.

As we allowed our colorful cardstock to dry from the splattered water and shimmer ink, we distressed the edges of the grey striped pattern paper by rubbing a fine grit sandpaper along its edges.

We carried this distressed look over to our next card, where we applied the same sandpaper technique on the resulting circle cutout from our first card.

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We’ve said this many times before—and will continue to forever and always—keep your scraps! All three of these cards we are showing you today made use of small strips of paper and scraps. Two of them, that is all that they are made up of.

Our patterned papers and cardstock are intentionally grouped into collections, where the colors, themes, and designs of each paper included in the collection is intended to work seamlessly together. Today’s cards were made using the new Hey Handsome suite. As you scrapbook or make cards, keep your scraps together by collection. This way, when you’re feeling the urge to get creative, or maybe you’re experiencing a creative rut, you can have the option of these scraps to easily create accents or backgrounds.

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One final technique that we’ll touch on, as you contemplate making cards that don’t require stamping, is to use stickers for those card front sentiments. Sticker sheets are a resourceful part of our paper collections. They are 12″ x 12″ and full, from top to bottom, of beautiful, heavy-weight paper stickers that coordinate beautifully with their corresponding patterned papers. Like for all our collections, the Hey Handsome sticker sheet has a large variety of images, icons, and sentiments, making them easy to use in place of stamping, without compromising appearance.

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Whatever your reasoning may be to create artwork that doesn’t require stamping, we hope you feel encouraged by the cards we shared with you today. Beautiful cards and scrapbook pages come in all shapes and sizes and don’t require stamping (regardless of how much we do love it!) to be pieces of art.


4¼” x 5½” Awesome Card (Vertical)
X7292S Hey Handsome Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X9048 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6069 Mist Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X254 White Cards & Envelope Value Pack, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6539 Mist Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6538 Seabrook Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ8014 Speckled Egg Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush, Z4294 Harbour Shimmer Brush, Z2474 Ice Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z4245 Opaque Matte Texture Paste, Z4631 Green Dots, Z4633 Grey Dots, Z6046 Black Die-cut Stars, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z6094 Card Front Stencil Pack 2, Z3943 Circles Thin Cuts, Z4520 Palette Knives, Z697 Round Sponge, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” The Man the Myth The Legend Card (Vertical)
X7292S Hey Handsome Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X9048 Mix-in Paper Packet, X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack, Z4294 Harbour Shimmer Brush, Z2474 Ice Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z4629 Blue Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” You’re a Classic Card (Horizontal)
X7292S Hey Handsome Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X9048 Mix-in Paper Packet, X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack, Z6540 Pine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2474 Ice Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z4631 Green Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3943 Circles Thin Cuts, Z697 Round Sponge, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine, Fine Grit Sandpaper

Scrapbooking Technique for 12″ x 12″ Pages Using Paper Strips!

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Ask and you shall receive!

A couple of times on this blog we’ve shown you how to make the pages of an entire 6″ x 8″ album using the 3-2-1 paper strips formula. We don’t always have the time to design elaborate pages to keep up with all our photos and, as fellow scrappers, we get that! With this super speedy technique, you can create 10 two-page layouts in as little as two hours!

Since publishing these posts for the 6″ x 8″ pages, we have received several requests to adapt this formula for 12″ x 12″ pages—and we did!

The formula for the 12″ x 12″ pages isn’t as clean as “1-2-3,” so we don’t have as catchy a name for the bigger pages. For today, we’re simply referring to this technique as paper piecing, or paper strips, scrapping.

As we’ve implied, what we’re doing today is providing a simple formula for cutting your patterned papers and assembling 12″ x 12″ layouts. Even with this formula, you will continue to have a lot of creative freedom to add your own personal flair to each of your pages. No two layouts will look the same, unless you make them that way intentionally!

Here’s what you’ll need to make three 12″ x 12″ two-page layouts. (Make as many multiples of three as you’d like, this is just a starting point!)

*For those of you not familiar with Close To My Heart products, all of our cardstock and patterned papers come in a 12″ x 12″ format, and that is what we will be using to make these layouts.

Step 1: Base Pages. To keep things simple, we’ve suggested using White Daisy cardstock as the base pages for all the layouts using this formulaic technique. Once you’re familiar with the technique, or if you’re feeling confident from the get-go, switch up the color to make your pages even that much more unique!

Step 2: Cutting Patterned Paper. Before measuring and cutting anything, trim all the zip strips from each of the patterned paper sheets and set them aside. The zip strip is the extra ½” accent paper along the top of each Close To My Heart patterned paper sheet. Next, cut the remaining 12″ x 12″ paper into 5″, 3″, 1½”, and ½” strips. (There will be a 2″ strip leftover that we will not be using for these layouts.)

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Step 3: Creating Photo Mats from Cardstock. For a more polished look, we like to add photo mats behind most, if not all, our photos. That is what we will be making with the 3 sheets of coordinating cardstock, using one sheet per layout**.

Cut each cardstock sheet into three 6¼” x 4½” and two 4¼” x 3¼” rectangles. The photos that you will be mounting on these mats will be three 4″ x 6″ and two 3″ x 4″.

**When we made our 6″ x 8″ albums, we cut the cardstock into 6″ x 4″ rectangles and then trimmed the photos down ¼” in both height and width to make them work. If you prefer, you can cut your cardstock into six 6″ x 4″ rectangles, then cut two of these down in half to 3″ x 4″. In the end, you will be using half as many cardstock sheets, but you will have to trim your photos down.

Step 4: Putting It All Together. You’re going to need some space for this part, so make sure to clear your table or a place on your living room rug or somewhere else you can keep your project safe. Lay out all 6 White Daisy cardstock base pages. Next, distribute the strips of patterned paper and cardstock photo mats. Each page should get three 4″ x 6″ mats and two 3″ x 4″ mats, and one pattern paper strip of each size, 5″, 3″, 1½”, and ½”. (For the ½” strip use the strips you cut from the patterns interchangeably with the zip strips you trimmed off the top.)

If you’d like for the pages that will be facing each other in your album to match, keep that in mind as you distribute your papers.

Lastly, decide how you want to attach these pieces to your pages and get to it! Move the components around until you are happy with your design. Experiment with different arrangements and consider whether you want to use exactly three 4″ x 6″ and two 3″ x 4″ photos per layout. Trade mats between layouts or cut a few extra if you’d like.

Step 5: Embellish! Using coordinating embellishments add your finishing touches!

To show you just how easily this technique can be applied to a variety of subjects, we’ve got three mismatched layouts that we made using this formulaic approach.

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If you like our finished layouts and would like to recreate any of them using our same papers and embellishments, take a look at our “Recipes” section at the end of this post for a list of linked products. If you don’t, that’s okay, too! The beauty of this technique is that it can be applied using any coordinating papers you like!

Your pages and layouts can look very differently depending on how you choose to mix and match the various components of your pages. Have fun creating pages like these using the combinations that you love!

If there’s anything you want to learn more about or would like to see featured on this blog, make sure to let us know! We absolutely love publishing posts like today’s!


12″ x 12″ Love You Forever Layout
X8020S As You Grow Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6061 Mulberry Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

12″ x 12″ Let’s Get Spooky Layout
CC8211 Boo Crew Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X6056 Wild Berry Cardstock, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

12″ x 12″ Comfort & Joy Layout
X7273S Holly & Ivy Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X5950 Toffee Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7273E Holly & Ivy Die-cuts, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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