A Little Goes a Long Way

by Steph Ackerman

A Little Goes a Long Way by Steph Ackerman. Learn how to prepare several cards in one crafting session.

During the summer months, crafting often takes a back seat to outdoor activities and it can often be hard to find some creative time. Rather than stress about it, doing a little advance prep work with making multiple cards will give you more freedom to create. In this tutorial, I set up several designs in one session by using Fireworks Craft Spray to prepare background images.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour


Step 1

Spritz assorted colors of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray on a Craft Mat. Use white cardstock on the mat to pick up the colors.

Step 2

Continue spritzing assorted colors of Fireworks on Craft Mat, pulling up a variety of prints. Put each print aside to dry or use a heat gun to speed up the drying process.

Step 3

Cut the spritzed cardstock into 4″ x 5″ panels for card fronts. When you do this work ahead of time you can save the card panels for later use. Fireworks holds color for a long time so consider cutting the spritzed cardstock into tag shapes. Use this prepared shimmery paper when out when you have a few minutes to get creative.

Step 4

Now you can take each panel and prepare them with different techniques. With this card, I use molding paste through a stencil on one panel and allow to dry.

Step 5

With this panel, I ran it through the die machine with an embossing plate.

Step 6

Complete the stenciled card by inking the edges with VersaMagic in Purple Hydrangea. Mat with purple cardstock and wrap with ribbon. Add to a green card. Add a spray of flowers to the card and add a simple sentiment. Here I added the sentiment “Hello.”

Step 7

Use an ink dauber to add color to the center of the flowers on the embossed panel. Ink the panel with green ink and mat with kraft cardstock and add to a green card. Add the sentiment “Enjoy your Day” to the front and you have finished two cards and have several other panels prepared!



  • Joy Clair Stamps
  • Craft Too – Embossing Folder
  • May Arts – Ribbon
  • Cardstock – White, Green, Kraft, Purple
  • Expressions Craft – stencil
  • Flowers
  • Molding Paste

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