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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Use Up Scraps & Create a Matchbook Coffee Card

Do you collect paper scraps in your craft space? Near my desk, I have a plastic bin full of bits of paper that cry out to be used on a project, so this weekend, while the boys installed my sprinkler system out front, I dug into the bin and used a few paper bits on a Happy Morning matchbook coffee card.

This card was created using the parameters from last Friday’s Craft Roulette challenge. If you have not had a chance to enjoy the show, I suggest you head on over to their YouTube channel and set yourself a reminder. Each week is full of inspiration and crafty comradery.

This week challenged me a little. The base of the card needed to be a matchbook design which is something that I had never tried before. I have been challenged twice this month by Craft Roulette with some new fun folds and it stretched me and expanded my crafting potential. Here are the parameters from Episode #66.


To create this card design, I started with a 4.25″ x 11″ base cut from Kraft paper onto which I created a decorative edge of the flap using a heart-shaped fancy border die. The bottom flap was scored at 1.5″ then folded up to create the start of the matchbook fold.

The top portion of the card was folded over and tucked under the lower flap to give it the appearance of a matchbook. In my video tutorial, I share with you how to create each of the folds.

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After the base of the card was complete, I rummaged through some paper scraps that I had been storing. I added some red pattern paper behind a piece of splattered coffee ringed cardstock on the top flap of the card. This was leftover from a Latte Card project I created a while back. (This was one of my first video tutorials. Boy, have I learned a lot! ).

The bottom flap was decorated with some floral paper and more of the red pattern paper. I also added a little stitching to the design in scarlet red.

With one of the parameters being “morning”, I knew that I needed to use my A Whole Latte Love stamp set. I had this sitting on my desk after creating my live fun fold video last Friday and coffee is the only thing that I know represents morning to me.

The cup and lid were shaded with SpectrumNoir TriBlends then adorned with a red plaid coffee sleeve. I attached the cup to a saffron circle splattered with Toffee shimmer, then attached it to the card with some haphazardly placed strips of paper, some floral stickers, and a happy die-cut sentiment.

To keep the matchbook closed, I added a little circular paperclip from my embellishment collection. In this video, you get another peek at my embellishment organization. After many requests, I can officially say that a series of craft space videos will be appearing this summer showing you how I organize my space.

After figuring out how to close up the card, I decided that it needed a coffee-loving sentiment inside. Under the flaps is an adorable little quote that has been spattered and inked like the rest of the card.

How easy was that? I felt such a sense of accomplishment using up some scraps and embellishments from my craft stash and getting it all put together before the deadline. I also enjoyed learning how to create a new fun fold design and having the opportunity to create something I love.

I hope that this project inspired you to try something new. Many of the supplies I used on this project are listed below. They are available for a limited time, so make sure you snag a few to make a Happy Morning coffee card of your own.

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Create A Pocket Fold Card in Design Space

It has been quite a while since I’ve posted a public Cricut tutorial. Most of my time has been spent teaching in my Cricut classroom, but, this week, I decided to treat you to a fun little pocket card creation you can make in Design Space. 

This card was created for the Craft Roulette challenge. Each week, on the live show, you have the opportunity to watch two talented crafters create something new using four parameters spun by the roulette wheel.

After the show, you have an opportunity to participate by submitting your creation. Here were the parameters for last week’s episode.

Not only did I create a card for the contributor showcase, but I also created a video tutorial showing you how to can make one of these Floral Pocket cards in Cricut Design Space. Before I share my video, let me tell you a little bit more about the card.


The pocket for this card was created using a hexagon shape and a scoring tool. If you don’t own a Cricut, you could easily recreate it using a hexagon die. 

I cut the base from cardstock then layered some beautiful fern Mix-in Papers on the inside and out. In the video, I show you how to create and cut the triangles for the flaps in Design Space.  I like to make life easier for you whenever I can. 

The insert was created using Mix-In paper, French Vanilla cardstock, and images from the Mother’s Are the Best stamp set. I used “swinking” to shade the flowers and leaves. 

Swinking involves swiping your ink pad across the paper to create a background. You can use swinking behind sentiments, to create backgrounds or shade images. You can see some amazing swinking inspiration on the contributor showcase video

The sentiment was heat embossed on Espresso cardstock and framed by some stamped leaf images. I love how classic those leaves look with their espresso lines. I adhered the sentiment flat inside the card so that it would not prevent the flaps from closing.

The card was all closed up with ribbon and an adorable wood button. The recipient can easily untie the ribbon to open it or leave it closed and slide the insert out to read it.

This card was simple to make and easy to create in Cricut Design Space. If you would like to recreate one for Mother’s Day, you can watch the entire process from start to finish in my video tutorial.

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I hope that this Design Space card project inspired you to dust off your Cricut machine and create something new. This card was simple to create and fun to make for the Craft Roulette challenge.

The Mix-In paper and Mother’s Are the Best stamp sets are only available for a limited time. If you would like to recreate this card, make sure to snag these two items from my website before they are gone.

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