Pop Up & Watercolor Cards

Hello friends, today’s blog features cards that don’t take long to make and offer a BIG impact.

This sweet bird card was quick and easy to make thanks to the Stampendous Pop Up Stages Die Set,  Song Birds Paper Pack and Ribbon Set. The Song Birds Stamp Set offered the perfect greeting.

Stampendous has a great video on how to use the dies. Click here to view.

For the inside I used Song Birds Foil Paper Tole which helped speed things up because I didn’t have to create the pop up images. Notice that I stamped along the bottom using Song Birds Stamp Set.




This next card features a simple watercolor stamping technique. This look is really on trend, but I think it can intimidate some people so I made a quick little video to demonstrate just how simple it is.




This techniques works best with stamps that don’t have a lot of detail. I used Bejeweled Stamp from Penny Black, which is a cling rubber stamp and you will need a large 4″x6″ acrylic block. For coloring I used Spectrum Noir Aqua Essentials pens which have both a fine tip and brush tip. I love this brush tip and it’s perfect for the watercolor technique!


You can use cardstock for this technique, but I find that it warps slightly when wet. I chose watercolor paper and a Spritzer filled with water. Finally, I stamped a greeting using Special Thoughts stamps set and black Memento Ink. I selected Charming Paper Pack for the background papers and added a little natural jute twine to keep with the garden theme.

Then I simply colored the stems, leaves and blossoms using the Aqua pens, spritzed with water and stamped my watercolor image. It’s that simple!



If you’re intimidated by coloring directly on to your stamps, you will be amazed at how easy this technique is to recreate, check out this little video.


Thanks for stopping by and checking out what Paper Wishes has to share. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig


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Paper Crafting Galore!

Hello friends! This week I have so much so show you so let’s get right to it!

When Ellison’s Mini Album cutting die landed on my desk this week I was immediately impressed with all of the fun elements and details that came with this die collection. I thought with this one die set you could easily make a series of mini albums for someone living far away with no fuss or muss.


Bethany saw this Tea Light Box Cutting Die project at the Spellbinders booth at the Creativation show last month. She thought I would LOVE it and she was right!

How amazing to make your own seasonal tea light holders or little gift boxes! And for weddings! I bought over 100 tea light holders for my wedding. I wish I would have had this die!

I would recommend using a battery-operated candle. The box is paper, after all.



New Spectrum Noir Pens are here! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them so I used the Nature set with the Sunny Vase Stamp, Sunny Vase Die, Painted Lace Paper Pack and Jute Twine. Don’t forget to add foam tape to give some lift to the top flower.

I colored the blossom center with RB4 & RB2 brown pens and the petals with RB2 brown, BO4 orange and GY4 golden yellow.

After coloring the vase with AB1 & AG1 pens, I wanted the vase to shine so I added drops of Crystal Lacquer to the teardrop pattern.

Crystal Lacquer has been around for years and it’s a great way to add some clear dimension to your projects. Just remember never shake the bottle or you will get air bubbles!

If you are new to cardmaking or even if you’re experienced, consider dropping by our newly updated Cardmaking 101 site. There are lots of quick videos to help you get started or to review a technique.

Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Designer Challenge!

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! To celebrate the day we are having a Designer Challenge, featuring my fellow Paper Wishes Design Team members Susan, Gail and Debbie! The 4 of us have been working together for years, each bringing something different to the team. I proposed that all of us use the same materials to create the card of our choice to highlight our own unique styles.

We were each given the same components from Little Birdies Artful Card Kit and Ribbon Set as well as a variety of Jewel Dazzles™ and Jewel Border Dazzles™ in Black, Red, Gold and Lime. Both Red and Gold Stickles Glitter Glue were also available.

I love what Susan did with her card! It’s so pretty and feminine. Here is what Susan said about her card:

“I chose to do a simple cutaway-style card, created by trimming off 1″ from the opening edge of the card front. Visually, the contrasting paper on the inside becomes part of the card front. I featured the pretty border of the light pink paper near the cutaway edge which draws the eye to it, and placed the large love birds oval die cut so it overlaps the edge of the front and the darker pink paper on the inside.”








Debbie’s card is a real show stopper! Our die-cut easel cards don’t take long to make and I always think they look so cute on display. Here is what Debbie had to say about her card:

“The heart shapes on this Artful Card Kit immediately made me think of the Triple Heart Easel Die-Cut Card. It really made for a quick and easy card! Just make sure to fold the flap for each heart really well so they stay in place when standing.”

Gail’s beautiful cutaway/easel card would make a cherished Valentine for anyone! I love the knotted ribbon border! Here is what Gail said about her card:

“I love this combination cutaway/easel card, because the greeting can be seen even when the card is open and on display! The variety of die-cut sizes make them perfect for this style of card. Open your card and cut 1/2″ from the bottom edge of the front panel, then cut 2 1/4″ from the left side, just up to the fold. Cover the front and inside with your papers, then score across the center of the front panel and mountain fold to make your easel. Then just foam tape your die-cuts in place. Be sure to only attach the large heart onto the bottom half of your front card panel, so it will still mountain fold, and use a foam taped die-cut on the inside to prop up our easel. I loved threading the knotted ribbons through the heart frame. So fun!”

Finally, here is my contribution. I kept it pretty simple, making a border from the rose die-cuts and foam taping the center roses to add some lift. I separated red heart with birds from its pink frame heart and placed the black/gold border between them. I coordinated the bow with the lime green paper on the card bottom so things looked pulled together and I had to get some glitter glue in there so I put it on the flower centers and border.

If you love Artful Card Kits as much as our design team does, then you will be excited to know that Paper Wishes has 2 NEW kits coming in March: Romantic Butterflies & Watercolor Butterflies. Click here to check out all of our Artful Card Kits. I’m sure you’ll find one that is just right for you.









With all of the stress and disharmony in the world today, Paper Wishes wants to promote KINDNESS. We think one way to do this is by sending good wishes and being little kinder on a daily basis. February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day and we support that! An extra “Thank You” and a smile can go a long way. To help you spread kindness we are including a FREE download today and encourage you to share the love and brighten someone’s day with a card.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out what Paper Wishes has to share. Happy Valentine’s Day and remember to share love and kindness with others. It will make others feel great and simply make you a happier human being. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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A Touch Of Spring

Hello Everyone! When I walked onto my back porch this morning there were actually buds on some of the flowering plants in my yard! (Nevermind that there is snow forecast for tomorrow!) This little glimpse of spring inspired the cards for today’s blog.

Over the past few weeks, the cards I have shown you are pretty strong on both texture and sparkle. I think both techniques are easy ways to give a handmade card a little something extra. Adding texture and dimension to a card can be as easy as adding a bow or using foam tape to give lift to a cut-out image. And sparkle? Well, it’s fun and whimsical, but also highlights those little details that you worked hard to achieve and they should be noticed, right?

The moment I saw the Lilac die set from Dee’s Distinctively Dies I just knew I would curl the flower petals to look like the Lilac bush in my  garden. I chose Picket Fence Paper Pack because of the beautiful colors and garden theme. I used a large stylus tool and, of all things, the back of my foam mouse pad, to achieve this look. Just a little rub on each petal makes them round. After assembling the blossoms I glued iridescent sequins to the center of many flowers to add some sparkle! I paired the lilac blossoms with Dee’s Calla Lily Leaf die, cut from green text paper, and brown cardstock for the veins.

On Wednesday, February 8 be sure to stop by our Weekly Webisodes and see more great cutting die projects with Paulette and Gail.







If you haven’t had the chance to play with the Watercolor Roses Stamp Set  I encourage you to give it a try right away! These large rose images are so versatile and fun to use. You can color them with pencils or Spectrum Noir Pens or traditional  watercolors.  I wanted to try something different and thought Fuchsia and Tangerine Color Burst powders would provide the vibrant color and Rich Gold Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder would provide the sparkle I was looking for.  You don’t need to know anything about watercolor painting to get this look and to prove it I made a little video to demonstrate just how easy it is. (Check it out below.)










I gold embossed the triple rose image onto watercolor paper and used a watercolor paintbrush and clear water to wet each rose petal. Then add the Color Burst powders, each mixed with water. Next, I added diluted gold Pixie Powder to the petals edges. Because the petal was wet before I painted on the color, the color will bleed, but only within the wet petal area. When I add the gold color, those 2 colors bleed/blend together, like magic! The key is to keep your brush very wet. I painted the leaves with water then Olive Green Color Burst and water, then went back over the center of each leaf to darken it.


Of course, I had to add a little dimension with half pearls from Just Peach Embellishment Bottle, gold crepe ribbon and Gold Jewel Border Dazzles™ along the borders between the green and pink dot Colorists Papers.


Are you new to stamping? Or have to done it FOREVER and want to get your friends involved? Well, recently we updated our 101 sites (Scrapbooking 101, Cardmaking 101 and Stamping 101) and they are filled with more of my short little how to videos. They can be found on the bottom of the Paper Wishes home page or you can click here to visit Stamping 101.

Thanks for stopping by and loving cardmaking right along with me. Have a wonderful week and please feel free to leave a comment. I LOVE to hear from you. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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