A Fall Card with a Rolling Ink Water Technique

September was full of challenges, meetings, online training, travel, a car wreck, and sickness. With everything going on, I have missed out on Craft Roulette. When I heard that my sweet friend, Julie the Great, was on the show, I made a point to be home and decided to let the creative juices flow while I watched. When the show was over, I was pleasantly surprised with the result.

This card may look overwhelmingly complicated, but it is just a stack of paper layers that have been decorated using some simple stamping techniques. One of these is the rolling ink technique – also known as rock’n’roll stamping.

In my video tutorial, I share how these layers came together and show you how to create those beautiful leaves with a few inks, a roll of the stamp, and a spritz of water. After you have viewed the video, you can read more about how it came together.

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Each week, Craft Roulette doles out a set of parameters that must be followed. Here is what the wheel chose for all the creators this week. (I love Julie’s face! She already has a few ideas flowing.)

While Julie and Mary created live online, I started pulling out paper scraps from my bin. I grabbed some vintage yellowed Noteworthy paper, some distressed watercolor cardstock, a few leaf stamps, a postage cancelation stamp, a stencil, and some waterbrushes.

For my yellow background, I chose the Noteworthy paper. This paper pack is a really fun one to have in your collection. One side of the paper has an aged look while the other is clean and white.

I knew that I wanted to make a vintage-looking fall card with some of my favorite leaf stamps. One of my favorite stamping techniques to use with leaves is the rolling or rock’n’roll technique.

This involves inking your stamp into one color of ink, then rolling the edges into another.

I decided to take it a step farther by rolling the stamps into a third color and adding a spritz of water before stamping it onto my watercolor cardstock.

The water allowed the inks to blend a little and meld together forming a beautiful variation of color on each of the leaves.

The rest of the card came together using paper scraps and a stamped leaf image. One of the parameters was a postage stamp, which I didn’t have, so I ended up using a postage cancellation stamp on the leaf. It reminded me of some of those aged, retro stickers you find in the craft stores.

I am so glad that I was able to watch my friends create and join the fun. I hope that this project inspired you to try something new and give this technique a try. If you have any questions about this project, feel free to post them in the comments below.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Tuesday Tip: Label & Organize Your Small Stencils

Are you ready for another Tuesday Tip to help you organize your craft space? This past week, I added some card front stencils to my collection, and I wanted to find the best way to organize them. Today, I am going to share my method of storage and organization.

Earlier in the month, I had purchased the new Tabs Thin Cuts. My OCD personality loves new ways to label things, and I knew that these metal dies would come in handy.

When my card front stencils arrived, I wanted to create a simple system of organization to help me find the stencil I needed quickly and easily. I knew right away that these tab dies would be the perfect solution.

Like most stencils, mine were going to get messy and need to be washed often, so I knew that the tabs could not be cut from paper. I dug through my stash and discovered some scraps of leftover stencil material from a few Cricut projects.

Last year, I discovered that you can also cut this stencil film with a metal die. It cuts cleanly and easily in my Sizzix. Each of these Tab Thin Cuts has a score line and I was surprised to discover that the score lines showed up so well on the stencil film.

After cutting out the tabs, I add some labels using my P-Touch label maker and created some sample strips to slide inside the tabs. These allow me to not only see the name of the stencil but quickly see an example of the pattern it will make.

Here is a quick video showing you how easy it is to label your stencils with those stencil film tabs.

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As I was created the sample strips, I discovered that these tabs also make a great handle for picking up and holding the stencil. It kept my fingers away from the inky parts and allowed me to easily pick it up without making a mess.

After adding labels, I needed to find a way to store these card front stencils. If you don’t have a storage system in place, the Stamp Organizer fits these perfectly with room to spare.

I already have a collection of smaller stencils in a plastic box, so I added my stencils to that collection and placed them back on my shelf.

No matter how you store your stencils, having them labeled and organized will help you to find them faster and easier.

I hope that today’s Tuesday Tip gave you a few ideas for organizing your craft space. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.

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Fun Fold Friday Fall Cards

This year, I began a series of live videos on my Facebook page featuring fun fold cards. I have enjoyed sharing these with you and showing you how I create these designs.

This past week, I shared a tutorial featuring this set of triangle folds. I taught you how to used the new card stencils and flower thin cuts on the design and shared how to use stickers for your sentiments.

If you missed last week’s live video, here is the unedited version for you to enjoy.


Triangle fold cards are really easy to make. You simply cut an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock in half at the diagonal, then fold the flaps to create a standard A2 size card base.

When you decorate the card front, you need to make sure that you don’t adhere anything across that diagonal opening. On each of my cards, I cut two triangles from the Pumpkin Spice collection to decorate the front panels.

After adding the paper to the card base, I added some stamped stitching with the Embordered Borders stamp set. I really enjoy adding stitching onto my projects and this new stamp set allows me to do that without having to drag out my sewing machine every time.

The layered images on the card were placed onto some French Vanilla cardstock that I stenciled with a plaid design. I used our new Card Front Stencils and Distress Oxide Inks to create this, and I love how it turned out.

The flowers were cut from Mix-In papers using the new Layered Flower thin cuts. In the center, I placed a pile of beads and adhered them in place with liquid glass.

For the sentiment, I grabbed a few stickers from the Pumpkin Spice collection, added a wooden leaf, and called the card complete.

Both of these fun fold cards were simple to create and can be altered for any occasion. Just change to pattern paper colors and the flower design, and you have a whole new card! I hope you give this a try.

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