Tag Archive: Direct To Paper

Lolly Stick Cards

These Lolly stick cards are very easy to do!

I did it so it must be easy!

You can apply this technique to matchsticks, if you’ve got the patience, or to those plant tags which you use for marking the names of your flowers in the garden!

What You Will Need

Lolly Sticks
Masking Tape
Stazon Inkpad
-Or- Permanent Pad such as Memories, Ancient Page or Brilliance Dye Inkpads
Cotton Wool Buds
Cards for Layering
Double Sided Tape
Card Blank

How To Create

1. Tear off a strip of masking tape and place on work surface sticky side up. Place lollysticks on the tape, lining them up side by side, until you have the required size row needed.

2. Next turn over the lolly sticks and add more masking tape to secure them better, and trim off excess tape with scissors.

3. Now turn the lolly sticks back round so you are faced with the front of the bare wooden sticks. Stamp onto using stamp of your choice with Black Stazon inkpad.

4. Take die ink pads and your cotton wool buds, you are going to apply colour direct from the pad to the stamped image on your sticks. Continue until you have finished, and allow ink to dry.

5. Apply a layer of double sided tape to the reverse of the lollysticks, over the top of the masking tape. And affix to card layer of your choice.

6. Trim excess card and then affix the whole layer to a single fold card blank. Your card is now complete.

The Lolly Stick card above was painted with Lumiere Metallic Olive Paint prior to stamping

Garden Plant Tag Cards

Ive had these plant tags in a while, I bought them cheap for under a pound for a batch of them. You know how it is, you see it, and think I could use that in stamping! Then you get home and put them away and forget all about them for six months!

The plant tags were assembled onto masking tape exactly the same way as I did the the lolly stick cards above.

Once I had my row of plant tags, I base painted them with a layer of Lumiere paints.

I allowed paint to dry, then using a stippling brush I added hilights over the surface using various colours of Lumiere’s.

Once all the layers had dried I added final finishing touches with Bronze, Copper and Gold Lumiere paints to add a metallic sheen.

I stamped on the plant tags using a stazon inkpad and various unmounteds stamps (stampin up, non sequitur, time to stamp to name but a few) I LOVE my stazon inkpad because you can stamp on virtually any surface with it, and each time you get that true black colour I love!

Before assembling the plant tags to cards, I decided to take advantage of the holes on each one and used them to thread cords and fibers and attach charms to them to finish

They have a hole on each tag, which I thought would look good for threading cords or fibers through.

Plant Tags Cards


I’m assuming the reason why this technique has been called ‘Shattered Glass’ is because when it is completed the collaged sections resemble shards of broken glass.

I decided to call my cards ‘mosaic collage cards’ because before I stamped on them they reminded me very much of abstract mosaic craft.

First of all I’m going to give you basic instructions on how to create the mosaic shapes, read on for more information:

How To Create The Mosaic Shapes

What You Will Need:

A5 and A6 Card Stock: you can use any colour you wish: I used black and white card

Masking Tape: this is the tape you use for decorating and painting with

Colour Medium of your choice: read below for how I created the coloured mosaics.

How To Create:

There are 2 ways of creating the mosaic shapes depending on the size of your card stock:

Framed Mosaics

The following instructions are for the smaller sheet of card (A6):

This methods creates a frame around your mosaic shaped card. The framed mosaic can be used to attach directly onto the front of a card blank once you have completed it.

1. Take your sheet of card stock and lay it in front of you.

2. Tear off several pieces of masking tape and press them down on your trousers or a piece of fabric: this is to remove the extra tackiness of the tape so that you don’t tear the card stock when you remove them later on.

3. Take one strip of masking tape and tear it in half, place a strip at the top and then at the bottom of your card stock, jagged rough side facing inwards.

4. Repeat step 3, only this time place a strip on the left and on the right hand side of the card stock.

You now have a kind of frame shape created by the tape.

5. Next tear the masking tape into long thin jagged strips, and lay them down inside the frame, place them at different angles and shapes to create abstract sections. See above scan for a better idea.

Your mosaic shapes are now ready for you to add colour and stamp upon.

How To Add Colour To Your Mosaic Card Stock

Direct To Paper:
You can use either sponge or your ink pads direct to the card stock to create a direct to papered coloured background. See my class on How To Direct To Paper elsewhere on this site.

Stipple the inks from your ink pads using a stippling brush to create a coloured background.

You can stipple acrylic paints onto the card to create backgrounds..theres many different types of paints available on the market..pearls and metallics would look especially good on dark colour card stock.

My favourite method is as follows and works best on black card stock:

Rainbow Jewels Pearl Ex Mosaic Backgrounds

You can see a scan of the background here:

As you can see the black card stock enhances the pearls and the metallics colours which I used to create the background.

Here is how to create it:

What You Need

Black Card Stock with masking tape already laid down to create mosaic shapes

Metallic Acrylic Paints: I used paints by Inscribe and Plaid

Stippling Brush

PVA Glue or Perfect Paper Adhesive

Pearl Ex in various colours

How To Create

First of all you can use both glossy or matt card stock for this technique. I used both and they both created very different results. The glossy card stock created a more transparent effect where the matt card created an opaque effect.

1. Using your stipple brush lightly stipple metallic colour acrylic paints over the entire surface of the card. I used metallic: green, gold, copper, pink, lilac and blue.

You don’t want to completely cover the surface, leave a tiny bit of the black card showing through.

2. Squirt a little pva glue (or perfect paper adhesive) onto a piece of scrap paper, using your stipple brush take up the glue and stipple it onto the card stock.

3. Working very quickly before the glue dries, dip your stipple brush into a pot of pearl ex colour and stipple the pearl ex over the pva glue.

At this point you can add as many or a little different colours of pearl ex as you wish. I used gold, silver, blue, bronze and green pearl ex to create a rainbow of colours.

Set aside to dry.

When dry you are left with a surface which changes colour and resembles jewels as you move it in the light.

Stamping On The Mosaics

Once your ink, paints or chosen method of colour for the mosaics has dried it is now time to stamp your collage over the surface!

You can use a large background type stamp and stamp over the masking tape and the coloured areas..this creates a kind of abstract ‘block it’ effect, or build up a collage using smaller stamps to a specific theme.

For example I used a collection of clocks and watch stamps I had to create a ‘Time’ theme.

I found it best if you stamp using an archival ink such as ancient page or memories ink. I used ‘jet black’ archival ink for a true black colour. The colour is so black it doesn’t get lost on the darker card stock.

And Finally…Removing The Tape:

Once the ink is dry its time to remove the tape!

Be careful!

Remove the tape slowly and carefully and you will have no problems!

If you rip the tape off you run the risk of spoiling your collage!

Once you have removed the tape your card is almost complete.

All that remains now is for you to crop and mount your collage onto card stock to finish your mosaic collage card.

Mosaic On Cd’s!

I did a little experimenting with this technique and found you can recreate it on Cds! Here is a cd I created using pearl ex and pva glue to add colour. Once I stamped on the cd and the ink was dry I covered the stamped areas with diamond glaze to add a texture:

Mosaic Art Collage Backgrounds

This is a gallery of backgrounds I created to show you how the mosaics look before they have been stamped.

Please note that the backgrounds have had the masking tape removed from them, you do not remove the tape until you have stamped upon the backgrounds. I removed the tape to give you an idea of what they look like.

Direct To Paper Mosaic Cards

Pearl Ex Mosaic Cards

I saw scans for this technique on a yahoo group I am a member of and I thought it was a clever idea and one that could be adapted for many different styles. So I decided to have an experiment and see what I could come up with:)

Traditional Grid Technique Cards

These cards are very easy to make, they remind me of ‘Direct To Paper’ which is a favourite Rubber Stamping Technique of mine.

What You Will Need

1 medium size rubber stamp for your main central image
At least 2-3 slightly smaller rubber stamps for the grid work
Black Inkpad; I used Memories
White Card Stock (A5 in size)
Autumn Leaves Kaleidacolor Inkpad
(or any multicolor inkpad of your choice)
Sponge Wedges
3 Sheets of Scrap Paper Double Sided Tape
Colour Card Blank

How To Create

1. Take the medium size stamp which you have chosen as your main image. Ink up with black ink, and stamp it at an angle on the center of the white card stock. The angle you choose is up to you; you don’t want it to be straight, you want it lined up slightly askew with the card. For a better explanation see the card samples (the link is given at the end of this technique).

2. Take one sheet of scrap paper and lay it over the top edge of the stamped image to completely cover it up. If your image is not square, pretend it is, and create a pretend frame around it with the paper. You are covering up (masking) the central image to protect it, as you are now going to sponge over the top of it. The paper acts as your first grid line creator.

3. Take your sponge wedge and rub it on the Kaliedacolor inkpad to take up the colour. Next sponge and dab the ink with the sponge onto the card, go right up to the edges of the scrap paper mask and completely fill the exposed area. You don’t have to worry about being neat as this technique is similar to the ‘Direct To Paper’ technique which is not meant to have a completely even coat of colour. Remove the scrap paper to reveal your first grid line. Your image should now look like the scan below:

4. Taking the same scrap paper, lay it along side the top edge of the stamped image to create your second grid line. Sponge as in step 3. See Picture Below for Example of what this Step looks like:

5. Continue steps 3 and 4 for grid line Three as per Scan below:

6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to create your final and fourth grid line, you have now sponged all the way around your stamped image. When you remove the scrap paper, the central stamped image should now be a white block, surrounded with coloured grids a little like this:

Now you want to decorate!

6. To begin stamping your grids you will now need to use 3 sheets of scrap paper as your masks. Here is how to, let us assume we are going to stamp the top grid first:

Take one sheet of paper and line it up with the grid ink line on the left, so that the center of the grid block is visible. With another sheet of paper, line up and cover the right grid line, again so that the centre of the grid block is visible. Finally take your 3rd sheet of scrap paper and use it to cover up the stamped image using the grid ink lines as a guide.

You should now have a central grid block exposed, this is the area you are going to stamp in, the scrap pieces of paper are acting as your masks.

7. Ink your first smaller stamp up with black ink and stamp directly in the exposed grid block. Ideally you want your stamp to overlap onto the paper masks. You don’t have to stamp it straight, you can stamp at an angle or upside down! See the scan below for examples of where to stamp:
Block One:

8. Repeat Step 7 until you have stamped in all 4 main grid blocks. See pictures below for examples of each step:

Block Two:

Block Three:

Block Four:

9. Take your scrap papers, and mask around the outside of your main stamped image, so that the center is exposed. You are now going to sponge lightly in the center to take off the starkness of the white block. A gentle smudge of colour will suffice, it doesn’t need to be as dark as the grids as it needs to stand out. See final example below:

10. Finally crop the card so that it fits onto the front of your card blank, and affix using doubled sided sticky tape. Your card is complete.

Traditional Grid Technique Cards

Stamp Credits: Hero Arts, Mostly Animals, All Night Media, Personal Stamp Exchange.

Kaleidoscope Grid Technique Cards

Technique One: Kaleidoscope Stencilled Squares

This technique is one that I adapted and created having seen the traditional cards and wanted to experiment with it. It reminds me of Shadow Stamping…except that it isn’t!! Its very easy and you could use it as a budget way for shadow stamping too!

What You Will Need

A4 sheet of Acetate
Craft Knife and Ruler
Cellotape/Scotch Tape
Scrap Paper
White Card Stock (at least A6 in size)
Rainbow Dye Inkpad
Sponge Wedges; one for each colour
Black Ink Pad
Rubber Stamps
(I used the Hero Arts Floral Set)
Double Sided Tape
Card Blank

How To Create

1. Using the craft knife and ruler, cut the acetate into 4 narrow strips; approx 2 inches wide.

2. Line one strip of acetate up along side another to form an ‘L shape’ and stick them together using the cellotape. Repeat this step using the other 2 remaining strips.

3. Take your 2 L shaped strips of acetate, turn one the other way round, so that when you push them together they form a small square. Push them together until you have a square area approx 2″ across and stick them together using tape. You have just made yourself a small square stencil.

4. Taking your stencil, place it onto the white card stock, lay it in the centre on the card at a slight angle.

5. Dab a sponge wedge onto one of the colours of your inkpad and completely fill in the square centre. Remove stencil when you have finished.

6. Move your stencil along a little at a different angle, slightly overlapping the colour square you have just created.

You will need to use your scrap papers to cover any exposed coloured square within the stencil shape.

Sponge inside the square using a different colour ink from your multicolour inkpad. Continue this step until you have completely covered the card stock with random over lapping coloured squares.

7. Now to stamp your squares! Use your scrap papers as masks, concentrate on one square at a time, cover the surrounding area of the square you are going to stamp so that only the centre is visible. Now you can stamp inside your square!

Continue until you have stamped inside all of your squares, each time you stamp vary the angle of your stamps so that they are in all different directions.

8. Crop your card down to fit the size of your card blank and affix with doubles sided tape. Your card is now complete.

Technique Two: Kaleidoscope Shapes

This Technique is another of my experiments with the grid technique, it is similar to the traditional one, except that the shapes are more random and you don’t actually stamp onto them until you have finished sponging your shapes.

What You Will Need

Same Materials as for Technique one (except for the acetate and tape)

How To Create

1. Lay a sheet of scrap paper across one corner of the white card stock at an angle, this is to be your first grid line mask.

2.Dab your sponge onto one of the colours of your rainbow ink pad, and sponge inside the exposed corner of the card stock, colour the entire area right up to the scrap paper, remove scrap paper to reveal one coloured corner.

3. Cover up the corner you have just created with the scrap paper, and using another sheet of scrap paper line it up so it comes off at another angle from the previous one you have just coloured.

This is a new grid block area. Now apply a different ink colour using the sponge wedge within this shape.

4. Repeat step 3 until you have completely covered the entire surface area of your card.

5. Now you are going to stamp inside each of the coloured blocks. Using the scrap paper, cover up the areas where you don’t want your stamp to appear. And stamp into each coloured block. Repeat until your card looks like how you want it to.

6.Crop card to fit card blank, and affix with doubled sided tape to finish

Kaleidoscope Grid Technique Cards

Stamp Credits: Hero Arts, Judikins, Stamp Connection, Rubber Stampede.

More Ideas With The Grid Technique

Don’t have a lot of different coloured inkpads? All is not lost! You can use Sponge Wedges with ordinary brush markers! All you have to do is run the edge of the marker along the sponge and transfer the ink directly to the card. The advantages of this method is that you can use any old markers…even cheap felt pens and you have as many colours as you have pens!

For the Stencilled Square Technique, you could make different sizes of square stencils for creating various sizes grids. You don’t have to make them square! Rectangles and Triangles would also look good!

You don’t have to use dye inks for grid work, you can use chalks, pearl ex, stippling or even brayer your colours to create grids!

Use die cuts for more unusual grids, for example a babies bottle for a birth card, teddies for a cute toddlers card, Xmas trees for Xmas cards and so on.

Textured Glue Background ATC

It had to happen! Another background technique from yours truly!

Seems all I do lately is play around with background techniques; I cant help it if Im addicted to experimenting and playing around with different mediums to see what kind of interesting handmade background effects I can get!

This technique uses cheap and cheerful PVA Glue – for the benefit of readers who dont live in the UK;

PVA glue is cheap white school glue which dries clear. I use the cheapest glue I can find; I get mine from pound shops (dollar stores) – dont bother with expensive glues as cheap glue works!

The glue once dried creates an unique texture for your background which you can then smoosh over with pigment inks. Because the glue itself is glossy the pigment inks wont dry on it; so therefore you wipe off the ink to remove it and create an interesting resist type background with a textured twist! Its really easy and the effects can look very different!

Read on for the step by step details….

What You Need

* Cheap PVA Glue
* White Matt Card Stock
* Paint Brush or Sponge (for applying glue)
* Heat Gun
* Pigment Ink Pads in various colours (I use Colorbox Paint Pads)
* Kitchen Towel Wipe (or toilet paper)
* Black Memories Inkpad (or any permanent pad)
* Rubber Stamps Of Your Choice (I used Hero Arts Retro Borders)


First of all before you begin please remember because you are working with pigment inks you need to use matt card.

1. Squirt the pva glue onto your card stock – dont worry about being messy at this point – the messier the better; let the glue gloop onto the card. Use a brush or sponge to spread the glue across the card. Dont completely cover the card area – you want the card to be mainly glue free – think of the glue as an ‘accent’.

2. Using your heat gun quickly blast your card to dry the glue; you’ll notice in the areas where the glue is thicker that the glue will bubble up – this is normal. Once the glue has dried you can press the glue bubbles with your fingertips to pop them and flatten them down – or leave them as they are depending on how you want your background to look.

3. Now to stamp your background; I used black memories inkpad to stamp a background using the Hero Arts Retro Borders Set. Once stamped you must heat set your stamped images before continuing to the next step – it is important your ink is dry!

4. Now for the fun part! Start smooshing those pigment inks all over your card stock – you can use several colours or just one or two. I like to use complementary colours for example greens, oranges and yellows.

5. Pick up a dry kitchen towel or toilet tissue and swipe this over your background colour. As you do this you lift up some (but not all) of the colour from the glue drizzles on your card stock. Thus creating a cool textured resist background!

Your background is complete and will look a little like these:

Textured Glue Resist BackgroundTextured Glue Resist Background

Now you can use your backgrounds to create some wonderful creations! I used mine to create an ATC and a card which can be seen on this page!

Textured Glue Background Card

Hope you have as much fun with your backgrounds as I did!

The Deluxe Card Template is one of my latest new stamping toys which I have fallen in love with!!!

The idea behind them is to use them for cutting guides for creating coloured blocks with coloured papers on both hand made cards and scrap book pages. They remind me in a way of those ‘Sampler’ cards you can buy already printed for you to stamp in each of the blocks for easy to use cards.

There are ideas printed on the back of the template packets for card and page layouts, but they are all kinda ‘cutesy’, I don’t mind cute…but I dont DO cute!! Which got me wondering how I could make them look more arty to create collages with, these are the results of my play session!

What You Need

Deluxe Card Template
White or Cream Card Stock
Masking Tape (make sure you de-tack it first!)
Post It Notes
Dye Ink Pads in Various Shades of Browns and Tans
Stippling Brush or Sponges
Rubber Stamps
Double Sided Tape
Water Colour Pencils
Water Brush
Card Blank

How To Create

Traditional Shadow Blocks

This method reminds me of both the traditional Sampler cards and Shadow stamping all rolled into one! Using these templates however makes it so much easier to create perfectly spaced blocks!

1. Take a sheet of white or cream card, and your Deluxe Card Template, decide which area of the template you want to work with and using masking tape stick the template over the card stock.

2. Take your stippling brush or sponges and apply colour to the exposed blocks on your card until the entire area has been coloured.

3. With the help of post it notes, stamp different images in each of the different shadow block areas.

4. Remove masking tape and template, and apply colour using watercolour pencils.

5. Trim card, and layer onto a card blank to finish.

Abstract Shadow Blocks

These cards are created in a similar way to the ones above, but instead of creating a uniform set of blocks, I kept lifting the template off the card and moving it around the card stock to create different areas of colours and shapes using different inks and areas of the template itself.

Once I was happy with the background, I stamped images over the entire background using dark brown memories ink, applied colour with watercolour pencils, trimmed and assembled onto card.