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How-To with Heather

March 26, 2014

As part our newest collection, Happy Everything, we are thrilled to bring you new products such as our Stencil Designs and Large-Scale stamps. And we couldn’t think of a better way to inspire than share the work of some super special guests and our Penny Black designers using these new products. On Monday we brought to you a VIDEO blog hop and for the remainder of the week our designers will be sharing their “How-To’s” here on the blog.


This technique by Heather will have you itching to get out your kraft paper and favorite ink pads.


1. Sponge Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink through Verdant stencil onto kraft cardstock. Tape over any sections of the stencil you don’t want in the final design.


2. Shift stencil slightly and sponge Radiant Neon Electric Pink ink through flower sections of the stencil. Keeping stencil slightly offset sponge a few leaves with Radiant Neon Electric Green ink.


3. Reposition stencil and sponge with white again taping off any sections you don’t want inked.


4. Shift stencil slightly and add pink and green ink.


5. Reposition stencil and repeat process with white, pink and green inks.


6. Stamp coordinating Slapstick/Cling stamp Delightful on a post-it note and cut a mask to cover the area where you don’t want the image to appear on the final design. Stamp Delightful stamp in black over stenciling.


7. Repeat masking and stamping in black over other stenciled images.




9. Stamp frame from Special Wishes T for Transparent set onto a post-it and cut around frame to create a mask.


10. Sponge white ink through frame mask then stamp frame and sentiment in black onto sponged area. Complete card with a black mat and b&w gingham ribbon.


GIVEAWAY: Ready to try these techniques yourself? Don’t forget to leave a comment on each of the stops on Monday’s hop and one here today to be entered to win.



150 Comments leave one →
  1. mikeslittlesis permalink
    March 26, 2014 12:43 am

    Love this card!

  2. Sharon Roselli permalink
    March 26, 2014 12:49 am

    I always forget about my kraft cardstock. I will be trying this as soon as my stamps and stencils get here. Love this card. Thanks for sharing.

  3. March 26, 2014 12:53 am

    Very lovely and delicate look.

  4. rosemarie c permalink
    March 26, 2014 1:19 am

    Thanks for the wonderful directions. Excited to try this!!

  5. March 26, 2014 1:31 am

    Awesome design!

  6. March 26, 2014 2:33 am

    Everything Heather creates is totally gorgeous. This is so beautiful I love the offset inking and stamping. Just shows what amazing techniques you can use with the coordinating stencils and stamps.

  7. diana permalink
    March 26, 2014 2:56 am

    Great card & technqiue! And a great new release! So many items now on my must-have list. 😉

  8. Gabriella B permalink
    March 26, 2014 3:21 am

    Awesome, I love anything done on kraft card stock. Most people don’t use it for cards but I love it. The white pops wonderfully

  9. Karenajo permalink
    March 26, 2014 3:24 am

    Love this card – kraft is one of my favorite cardstocks to work with and I always love great ideas for new ways to create with it. Love these new stamps and stencils and the ideas you are presenting for using them !!!

  10. Mary-Anne V. permalink
    March 26, 2014 3:30 am

    I always forget to do this fun sponging technique…such a beautiful card.

  11. megan mcdonald permalink
    March 26, 2014 3:32 am

    lovely card, love this technique

  12. Mary Ann T permalink
    March 26, 2014 3:44 am

    Love the look. It’s like formal grunge.

  13. Michel E permalink
    March 26, 2014 3:57 am

    Love this card and technique. Thanks for sharing.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

  14. Janet permalink
    March 26, 2014 4:01 am

    So pretty! I really like the delicate colours against the kraft. Beautiful!

  15. March 26, 2014 4:09 am

    What a fun technique with fabulous results! I love this – thanks, Heather!

  16. Miriam Prantner permalink
    March 26, 2014 4:21 am

    Beautiful card! I love the layering of color over white on kraft.

  17. Dianne Crowe permalink
    March 26, 2014 4:37 am

    What a neat way to use the stencils. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Marie Lucero permalink
    March 26, 2014 4:56 am

    This would be a great card to make multiples of, simple yet so pretty.

  19. Denise permalink
    March 26, 2014 4:59 am

    Thanks Heather, liking the hop !!!

  20. Janice permalink
    March 26, 2014 5:03 am

    So very helpful instructions . Love it

  21. Evelyn permalink
    March 26, 2014 5:11 am

    I love this card Heather and I love the idea of having a stencil and stamp coordinating.

  22. Judy permalink
    March 26, 2014 5:22 am

    Beautiful card–thanks for sharing the step by step instructions!!

  23. Sue D permalink
    March 26, 2014 5:22 am

    Very pretty and thanks for the tutorial.

  24. Renee Cliffe permalink
    March 26, 2014 5:43 am

    Great technique!

  25. Kailash permalink
    March 26, 2014 5:43 am

    Beautiful, love the subtle color on white on kraft, such a pretty effect!!!

  26. judka permalink
    March 26, 2014 5:46 am

    Love new ideas for using kraft paper. And the touch of black and white gingham is the perfect unexpected detail!! Great tutorial. Thanks, Heather.

  27. Pat debano permalink
    March 26, 2014 5:51 am

    Really enjoy this card

  28. Debbie V permalink
    March 26, 2014 5:52 am

    Beautiful card. Thankyou for the tutorial, although this seems to be a bit too hard for me.

  29. March 26, 2014 5:55 am

    This is so beautiful! LOVE!!!

  30. Carmen Weatherbie permalink
    March 26, 2014 5:59 am

    So beautiful, simple and clean-looking! Thank you for ALL the How-Tos! My imagination is spinning! (Which is a good thing!)

  31. Cathy permalink
    March 26, 2014 6:21 am

    So pretty and delicate looking, thank you for sharing your technique .

  32. Val permalink
    March 26, 2014 6:35 am

    It’s a very nice technique…I wouldn’t have thought about it myself…

  33. Michele permalink
    March 26, 2014 6:49 am

    Jill, Soooooo Pretty! I absolutely can’t wait for my local store to get these in. I placed my order with my store so now it’s a matter of waiting. . . couldn’t get them all at once but I will have something to play with soon I hope! Winning would be the bomb! I’d have enough to play with for quite a while. With all these great videos, it’s like taking classes right here in my own studio, PJ’s and all! Love It!

  34. karine boivin permalink
    March 26, 2014 6:52 am

    So pretty! Wow!

  35. Lisa Reynolds permalink
    March 26, 2014 6:53 am

    Awesome card!

  36. March 26, 2014 6:57 am

    Lovely card, love this technique. Thank you so much for the tutorial 🙂

  37. Cheryl Fricker permalink
    March 26, 2014 7:00 am

    Very pretty card. You are right about me getting out my craft card stock. I want to try this. Thanks Heather for the tutorial.

  38. March 26, 2014 7:04 am

    Hadn’t thought about how much easier it would be to stamp several colors on the same object if you used stencils. Another good reason for stencils as opposed to always stamping.

  39. March 26, 2014 7:16 am

    How cool is this technique and love the look of the stenciling on the kraft!

  40. March 26, 2014 7:17 am

    How cool is this technique and love the look of the stenciling on the kraft

  41. Scott P. permalink
    March 26, 2014 7:19 am

    white background stenciling on kraft card stock is beautiful and adding colors on top really make the whole design pop! Thanks!

  42. March 26, 2014 7:23 am

    that is so cool, what an awesome layout and over all effect. Thanks Heather for sharing!

  43. Denise Key permalink
    March 26, 2014 7:24 am

    Such a beautiful card love the stencil technique! Thanks for the tips

  44. March 26, 2014 7:24 am

    Clean and simple yet elegant.

  45. March 26, 2014 7:28 am

    The off set stamping is a GREAT effect!

  46. Cathy H. permalink
    March 26, 2014 7:30 am

    I love this card. So soft and delicate. Thanks for sharing!

  47. March 26, 2014 7:59 am

    Love that technique. I use my stencils mostly on mixed media projects but I’m going to start using them on cards too. Love it.

  48. Amy C. permalink
    March 26, 2014 8:03 am

    Wow! This is beautiful! I really enjoy working with craft paper and this look is awesome.

  49. Angelique Vela permalink
    March 26, 2014 8:07 am

    Love the card! Great use of technique.

  50. March 26, 2014 8:08 am

    Gorgeous card! I can’t wait to try this technique, off to the craft cave!

  51. March 26, 2014 8:19 am

    I think I’m going to have to buy these lovely stamps and stencils. Another great card!

  52. terri feierabend permalink
    March 26, 2014 8:23 am

    I can’t wait to use the new stamps and stencils….I will definitely be trying this technique

  53. Vickie Farrow permalink
    March 26, 2014 8:30 am

    Going to try this with some stencils I already have, if I can find them. This looks really easy! Thank you.

  54. March 26, 2014 8:32 am

    very nice card thanks for the tutoriel

  55. JoAnne Pitre permalink
    March 26, 2014 8:32 am

    Beautiful card. Definitely buying these if I don’t win. Can’t wait to try this….common saturday…

  56. March 26, 2014 8:42 am

    I love the stamping over the stencil. I think I would try stamping once & then off set it a little & stamp again, maybe even do it 3 times. Thanks for the chance to win… ;0)

  57. Raelene permalink
    March 26, 2014 8:47 am

    Great card. Love the off-set stencilling.

  58. Carmen permalink
    March 26, 2014 8:52 am

    Have not tried stenciling yet…. this is inspiring me to give it a try!

  59. Debra Hohnhorst permalink
    March 26, 2014 9:01 am

    Oh, how I love kraft CS and this technique is terrific. LOVE these stencils/stamp sets! Thanks for the how-to and chance to win.

  60. March 26, 2014 9:10 am

    What a different way of using the stencil & stamp! The offsetting of the images is very effective & I love the way the white shadows so beautifully on the kraft card stock. The sentiment panel really has a chalkboard feel to it.
    Paula (PEP)

  61. Daria permalink
    March 26, 2014 9:11 am

    This is stunning. I love the effect of the off-set stenciling and the over-stamping in black. It looks great against the kraft background. Thank you for the detailed tutorial.

  62. March 26, 2014 9:18 am

    Beautiful card by, Heather. Love this technique, all those pretty colors look so lovely against kraft. Thanks for sharing . 🙂

  63. catcraig permalink
    March 26, 2014 9:24 am

    Heather’s card is lovely. That shadow stamping on kraft is gorgeous.

  64. Patrizia permalink
    March 26, 2014 9:35 am

    So pretty – great technique (sometimes I wonder how I could not have come up with something like this)! 🙂

  65. Kris in Alaska permalink
    March 26, 2014 9:38 am

    Fabulous tutorial! I can’t wait to try it!

  66. Susan Cocjin permalink
    March 26, 2014 9:41 am

    What a nice, new technique!

  67. Janie T permalink
    March 26, 2014 9:48 am

    Such a pretty card and a fun technique.

  68. March 26, 2014 9:49 am

    Really pretty card !!! Love the soft colors.

  69. March 26, 2014 9:52 am

    Stunning! Such a fab technique too! xx

  70. Delia Rotolo permalink
    March 26, 2014 10:33 am

    Simple but beautiful. Great card!

  71. March 26, 2014 10:36 am

    Lovely card…I loved the look of colors on kraft base 😀 !

  72. March 26, 2014 10:41 am

    Such a simple technique and such POW!! Thanks for sharing. Love the design of the stamps and stencils!!

  73. Donna Whitten permalink
    March 26, 2014 10:42 am

    Great card, thanks for sharing!

  74. Jen W permalink
    March 26, 2014 10:50 am

    I love this technique!

  75. rosalie permalink
    March 26, 2014 11:21 am

    Love this unique technique that I have not tried yet. Your idea is inspiring me to try it out and the colors you chose are great! Thanks for the chance to win!

  76. rosalie permalink
    March 26, 2014 11:22 am

    Will the winners be notified by email? Thanks again!

  77. terriavidreader permalink
    March 26, 2014 11:24 am

    Lovely card and video, thanks for sharing.

  78. bernice mcginnes permalink
    March 26, 2014 11:24 am

    What a beautiful card! I love it!

  79. March 26, 2014 11:38 am

    this is a beautiful technique and card! TFS!

  80. mary permalink
    March 26, 2014 11:38 am

    I love the offset stamping technique. Thanks for the great How-To!

  81. Denise Bryant permalink
    March 26, 2014 11:44 am

    Looks fabulous on the kraft paper!

  82. Marty Robinson permalink
    March 26, 2014 11:52 am

    Great new idea!

  83. March 26, 2014 12:06 pm

    What a great HOP. I had alot of fun, & am going to be trying some new techniques. The ladies you had on this HOP are very talented. Again, thanks for the chance to win… ;0)

  84. Kathie permalink
    March 26, 2014 12:28 pm

    Such a beautiful card! It really speaks to a coming spring. (We hope!) I am beginning to think that kraft paper might become one of my new favorite things.

  85. Jennifer Essad permalink
    March 26, 2014 12:37 pm

    love all the creative ways we can design w/these products

  86. Carol Lucas permalink
    March 26, 2014 12:39 pm

    Beautiful card! Love the flowers!

  87. March 26, 2014 1:04 pm

    Gorgeous card!!

  88. March 26, 2014 1:12 pm

    This tutorial ROCKS. Looks as though even I could do it. Thanks to Heather…love this card and the shadow effect.

  89. March 26, 2014 1:17 pm

    Beautiful card!!! I just finished the hop and what a great group of ladies with fabulous videos. TFS! This was great.

  90. March 26, 2014 1:47 pm

    I will have to try this. Awesome card!

  91. Ruth permalink
    March 26, 2014 2:09 pm

    Have never used stamps with stencils. Am eager to try t.

  92. March 26, 2014 3:16 pm

    I am so inspired by this…. never knew it was possible to do this – great tutorial, thanks!

  93. Patty permalink
    March 26, 2014 3:59 pm

    This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  94. March 26, 2014 4:25 pm

    this looks fab!

  95. marg irvine permalink
    March 26, 2014 4:29 pm

    So sweet and looks great on craft paper. T F S.

  96. March 26, 2014 5:17 pm

    WOW! What a gorgeous card! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial!

  97. Lenora Clark permalink
    March 26, 2014 5:23 pm


  98. Sonnie permalink
    March 26, 2014 5:28 pm

    Such a pretty card! Love your designs!

  99. barbara lassiter permalink
    March 26, 2014 5:37 pm

    Love this design in these colors on the kraft paper. Kraft is one of my favorite backgrounds and your card is lovely. I really like the technique of off-setting the design slightly!

  100. Eileen M permalink
    March 26, 2014 5:53 pm

    Gorgeous! Love this technique!

  101. Gretchen Wilson permalink
    March 26, 2014 6:17 pm

    Love this technique using the stencil and inking, the card is lovely.

  102. Patt H. permalink
    March 26, 2014 6:38 pm

    Fabulous card!! Thanks for all the “how-tos”! You make it look so easy!

  103. March 26, 2014 6:42 pm

    love this new line of stamps and stencils. Really cool technique.

  104. Jackie permalink
    March 26, 2014 6:49 pm

    Beautiful card and a wonderful tutorial. That’s a really cool technique.

  105. March 26, 2014 7:09 pm

    Great idea – can’t wait to try!

  106. terriavidreader permalink
    March 26, 2014 7:12 pm

    thanks for sharing, what a beautiful card!

  107. Janet Castle permalink
    March 26, 2014 7:44 pm

    Oh so pretty Heather…thank you for the tutorial!!!

  108. March 26, 2014 7:52 pm

    Love the pink flowers on this card. Great picture tutorial. Thanks

  109. Kelly F. permalink
    March 26, 2014 8:04 pm

    This “ghost” technique is so cool and really makes such an impact. This is a wonderful card and I’d like very much to attempt this. Thank you for the clear and concise instructions.

  110. Katie B. permalink
    March 26, 2014 8:06 pm

    Great card! Love the white sponging on the kraft paper. Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  111. Doreen M permalink
    March 26, 2014 8:07 pm

    Nice card

  112. pamboe permalink
    March 26, 2014 8:20 pm

    I love what can be done with stamps and co-ordinating stencils! White on kraft cannot be beat!

  113. Suzanne permalink
    March 26, 2014 8:27 pm

    I love this card, just beautiful. Actually I am a big fan of all Heather’s creations. This one is so intriguing, I’m already thinking of what I have on hand to give it a try myself…then it’s shopping I go to PB for some stencils and matching stamps, and let the fun begin!

  114. TishR permalink
    March 26, 2014 8:38 pm

    What a beautiful card!

  115. Denise spillane permalink
    March 26, 2014 8:38 pm

    Love this, stitching the design, cool

  116. Julia Chan permalink
    March 26, 2014 10:07 pm

    quick, easy yet gorgeous effect using stencil and stamp, great work!

  117. Brenda H. permalink
    March 26, 2014 10:43 pm

    Great card . . . thanks for sharing!

  118. Denisse Cherry permalink
    March 26, 2014 10:43 pm

    That stencil is so awesome! Love the layers of color!

  119. March 27, 2014 4:31 am

    Such a Pretty Card…
    Thanks for sharing..

  120. Isha permalink
    March 27, 2014 5:14 am

    Love stamping and coloring on white but never tried with stencil. Thanks for the tip Heather. Love your card.

  121. knurse22 permalink
    March 27, 2014 8:00 am

    Totally awesome card, Heather! Love the pink and white and green on the kraft. Ordering these cool stamps TODAY!

  122. March 27, 2014 8:43 am

    Thank you for sharing your tutorial and technique. Your inspiration piece is much appreciated.

  123. March 27, 2014 9:07 am

    Love the white sentiment box – what an excellent idea!

  124. March 27, 2014 10:22 am

    Beautiful project Heather….TFS.

  125. March 27, 2014 10:59 am

    love this tutorial, thank you so much!

  126. Jeanne permalink
    March 27, 2014 12:14 pm

    Love it! I don’t stamp on kraft to often, but this makes me want to give it a try! TFS!

  127. Sheryl K. permalink
    March 27, 2014 12:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing an easy technique with lots of WOW! I’m off to try it right now!

  128. Iris Soscia permalink
    March 27, 2014 2:23 pm

    Stunning card – love the stenciling technique and the colors.
    isoscia at aol dot com

  129. Tammy P permalink
    March 27, 2014 5:08 pm

    The stamping I have done on kraft hasn’t been pleasing to me in the past, but now I see what I can do to make it work and look great!! Terrific technique.

  130. March 27, 2014 5:31 pm

    What a great technique! I love the stencil and stamp!

  131. pai permalink
    March 27, 2014 6:47 pm

    wow! love it!

  132. March 27, 2014 7:26 pm

    Simply beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration.

  133. lolyborda43 permalink
    March 27, 2014 8:54 pm

    Love the effect of the offset stamping! Thanks for the inspiration. Awesome car Heather!

  134. Sandra ltb permalink
    March 27, 2014 9:18 pm

    love this technique – thank you for sharing!
    Sandra ltb

  135. teresa godines #6857 permalink
    March 27, 2014 10:06 pm

    Beautiful card. Tfs

  136. March 28, 2014 12:27 am

    Heather!! You ROCK!!! This technique is new to me and I LOVE it!!! Love the elegant look it provides. It really does not look like you used a stencil at all!! Stunning.

  137. Kate permalink
    March 28, 2014 12:41 am

    Love the look of this technique on the kraft card.

  138. March 28, 2014 3:57 am

    This looks stunning on kraft, Heather!

  139. Lisa F. permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:25 am

    I love using kraft paper as the background, so many possibilities. I can’t wait to take a class with Heather next weekend. She is so talented!

  140. LBirt permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:39 am

    I just love this off-set stamping! And even better with white and kraft. Beautiful combo!! Thanks for all the inspiration from this blog!

  141. Chris Mason permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:57 am

    What a great idea…love the stamp/stencil combo.
    Beautiful card.

  142. Sharon Christian permalink
    March 28, 2014 1:37 pm

    Cool card really pretty. Really like how the stencil and stamps work together.

  143. dyeandpigment55 permalink
    March 28, 2014 5:46 pm

    Woohoo…great card and inspiration. Thanks so much.

  144. March 29, 2014 2:54 am

    What a gorgeous card, I love kraft card it makes such a difference to just white card. Thank you for the inspiration.
    Denise Shepherd x

  145. March 29, 2014 6:11 am

    Shadow stamping is so fun. Love this.

  146. March 29, 2014 8:00 am

    So very lovely! And fabulous tutorial!

  147. March 29, 2014 8:27 am

    Love the white wash technique, thank you for sharing.

  148. Annette permalink
    March 29, 2014 10:44 am

    Beautiful project, as always, Heather!

  149. Victoria H. permalink
    March 29, 2014 12:04 pm

    Heather, this technique is so beautiful on the kraft card stock.

  150. Lynda permalink
    March 29, 2014 4:27 pm

    Absolutely fantastic card & technique! I can’t wait to try it. I especially like how the colors contrast with the kraft background.

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