Do You Need More Texture in Your Handmade Cards?

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Neon Amplify Textured Summer Card flamingo

Summer has arrived and what better way to celebrate than with a striking tangerine orange project. What a beautiful color! When I saw the challenge, I thought of the neon colors in the Tsukineko’s Radiant Neon Amplify. I made this card using “hello,” cherry blossom and flamingo die cuts but, the best part of this card is the wild background created with Amplify. Amplify reacts to the heat tool and creates a soft look with a 3-D effect. The clean crisp die cuts provide a contrast to the texture craziness in the background. Read more to find out how I created this card.

Neon Amplify orange and yellow

Start by taking a piece of light colored card stock and the stencil and secure them both over the craft mat with masking tape. Add drops of Electric Yellow Neon Amplify and Electric Orange Neon Amplify over the free areas of the stencil and mix the colors with the roller. Amplify feels like a paint when it is wet, so a few drops will roll quickly and also may slip under your stencil a bit. Remove the stencil and use a heat tool to activate the foaming quality. Be careful not to over heat and burn the texture. Secure your decorated layer on a basic black card base with Tear It! Tape.

Using white card stock cut the cherry blossom and flamingo die cuts. Paste flamingo and cherry blossom over the Amplify background using On Point Glue and decorate the center of the flowers with irRESISTible Tuxedo Black. Cut a “hello” sentiment from black card stock and paste with OnPoint Glue and you have completed a quick and easy handmade card! Enjoy!


  • Stampin’ Up Card Stock – Very Vanilla, Whisper White and Basic Black
  • Heat tool
  • Darice – Cherry Blossom Die Cut
  • CN Craft– Flamingo and Hello Die Cuts
  • Hero Arts – Tropical Background Stencil


Reasons Love is in the Air

Spring is a time for renewal. Flowers are blooming and the air is warming causing our senses and our hearts to warm as well! In today’s post, we have three handmade greeting cards from our Artists in Residence. Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates vibrant hearts and raindrops imagery on a “Drops of Love” card. Neva Cole also brings vivid colors forward with a hot air balloon theme and Alison Heikkila brings us more love with a cute punk rock girl greeting card.

Drops of Love Handmade Card with red heart and Braille

Drops of Love by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Touch is one of the senses that allows people to understand things. A card sharing love with braille created with StazOn Studio Glaze, GooseBumps and Amplify can share the message. I took time here to create this card with braille to expand the idea of handmade cardmaking to those who may be visually impaired.

I started with cardstock and used GooseBumps and irRESISTibles to make rain drops as the first round of texture. I let them dry well then colored with Bahama Blue Memento and created more texture with Shimmer Creative Medium. I stamped and embossed the white circles to add another bit of dimension. Then I attached wooden hearts, drew clouds around the hearts with White Amplify! and heated to activate the puffy texture. The small braille section is a 2 ¾ x 1 ⅕ inch card. I colored the card with Lady Bug Memento and formed the dot message of braille code with Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. With another 2 ¾ x ½ inch card, I color distressed with Bahama Blue Memento and wrote the message with Morocco irRESISTible Pico embellisher which is perfect for lettering. To finish, I arranged all the pieces by gluing the cards on a larger main card and embellished with the little hearts.


  • ScrapBerry’s – circles stamp
  • Buddly Crafts – wooden hearts 40mm
  • White cardstock
  • Embellishments

Glittery Sending Happy Wishes by Neva Cole

Love the look of glitter, but not the possible mess it might make for the recipient of a glittery card? The perfect answer is to use On Point Glue to apply the glitter on the reverse side of an acetate sheet. This fun card is created with StazOn ink stamped on one side of the acetate sheet and colored with StazOn Studio Glaze and glitter on the reverse. The fine tip of the On Point Glue allows great precision for applying in tiny spots.

  • Unity Stamp Company – Sending Up Something Beautiful
  • Acetate
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Glitter
  • Ultra fine glitter
  • Rectangles die

Hello Greeting Card by Alison Heikkila

I wanted to use a creepy-cool stamp from Stampotique called Minky Girl and was inspired by her polka-dot skirt and the heart on her shirt. I found a red sequin heart that fit over the one on her shirt perfectly and thought it would make a great card!  I wanted to show that On Point Glue can be used for different things, so I decided to write “hello” in pencil, then rewrote it with the glue. Next, I added glitter. Since I wanted her polka-dots to really stand out, I filled them in with the On Point Glue and shook on some more micro glitter. It takes a few minutes to dry (which is great in case you need to move things around with other techniques). After it dried thoroughly, I brushed off any remaining excess glitter, then added it to my black card base.


  • Stampotique – Minky Girl Stamp
  • Glitter
  • Cardstock
  • Sequins



Did You Know You Could Stamp with Amplify!

Colorful leaf pattern stamped with Amplify! in Radiant Neon in yellow, green and blue with a raised texture using a heat tool by Kazuko Kocho.

We have a beautiful technique to share with you today which comes courtesy of  Kazuko Kocho who demonstrated the technique at our Creativation booth this year. Amplify! in Radiant Neon is a super fun way to add texture to your paper craft projects. (Did you know you can use it on decorative* fabric projects too?!) With Kazuko’s stamping technique, the possibilities are endless!

*Fabric projects that do not need to be laundered.





Create Shimmery Star with Texture and Shine

by Alison Heikkila


This card could be used for many occasions, but all the shimmer and shine and texture definitely fit the season!



Step 1

Using the Golden Glitz and Shimmery Silver Delicata inkers, squirt some of each on to your Craft Mat.


Step 2

Spritz with Ink Potion No. 9 to help keep the inks wet, and to get them to move easier. Using a brayer, roll and blend the colors together, covering the roller. Do not over mix the colors.


Step 3

Roll the brayer over smooth black cardstock. I used a scrap piece that already had a wave cut into the bottom. I went in all different directions. I didn’t cover the entire piece of cardstock. I wanted to leave some of the black showing.


Step 4

Once the ink is dry, run the piece of cardstock through a die cut/embossing machine while sandwiched between the embossing folder.

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Step 5

Gently rub Jet Black StazOn across the raised areas. Again, don’t go for full coverage. Trim the piece down to approximately 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″.


Step 6

Tape down a stencil on to a textured black cardstock circle. Mine is approximately 2 1/2″ wide. Squirt Amplify! in White on the stencil, and spread with a palette knife.


Step 7

Heat the Apmlify! with a heat tool. (You can see mine in the corner in the photo above.) The Amplify! will start to puff when it’s dry, which you can see on the right side of the photo.


Step 8

Ink the edges of the circle with Golden Glitz from the inkpad, and then Shimmery Silver.


Step 9

Draw some partial circles with Tuxedo Black irRESISTables Pico Embellisher around the black circle.


Step 10

Add some additional white dots using Wedding Dress irRESISTables Pico embellisher.


Step 11

Adhere the parts to a 10″ x 6 1/2″ white card base.


  • Spellbinders – Seth Apter Embossing Fold’er Gridiron
  • Cardstock – black and white
  • Brayer
  • Stencil Girl – Urban Insiders Start Stencil
  • Adhesive






Be Merry Christmas Coloring with Fireworks!

Foxy Christmas Card

by Mary Prasad

Handmade Christmas card featuring handcolored tree, gift and fox using Fireworks! by Mary Prasad.

Use Fireworks! sprays to create sparkle and texture on this fun holiday card. Neon Amplify and irRESISTible Texture Spray add even more texture.


  • Cardstock – white, red, green, patterned
  • Taylored Expressions – Woodland Winter Stamps
  • Dies – stitched ovals, bow
  • Masking paper
  • Dimensional tape




Flocking The Trees

A Snowy Tree Card

by Nadine Carlier


Nadine Carlier shows you how to Amplify! stamped images to create the perfect wintery scene. If you have never seen Radiant Neon Amplify! in action, then watch the video below and see for yourself just how much fun the Amplify! products truly are.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes


  • Hero Arts – Three Tree Christmas