Janette Kausen

Creative Bliss

Janette Kausen

Creative Bliss

Dare 2B Artzy New Release Hop

by | Feb 18, 2017 | Backgrounds, Blog, Copic Markers, Dare 2B Artzy, Happy Thoughts, Heat Embossing, Holiday, Ink Blending, Masking

Welcome to Dare 2B Artzy’s Blog Hop!! We are excited to be celebrating the new stamp and die release, as well as the new Totally Tracy Chipboard! Also on board are new design team members, like myself. Fun projects, new faces and prizes, oh my!

If you started from the beginning you are coming from Tonya’s blog. If you haven’t and would like to hop along with us from the beginning, you can head over to the Dare 2B Artzy Blog.

Be sure to follow each blog and leave comments along the way for your chance at winning!  We will randomly choose a winner from one of the blogs, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win! Winner will receive a stamp set and ink pad of their choice!!

Blog Hop will end Sunday, February 19th at 7:00pm Central. A winner will then be posted!!


It is early for Mother’s Day, I know. If you are like me it will sneak up on you though. I like to create ahead when I can. My mojo goes right out the window when I am in a crunch for time.

When I saw this stamp set, Flowers for Mom, I knew right away how I wanted to use it. First, I taped down 5″-ish x 6″-ish sized watercolor paper and then misted it with clear water. Next, I sprinkled it with watercolor powder and watched it bloom. While it was drying, I stamped a few images in Totally Black Hybrid ink onto white cardstock and the sentiment was white heat embossed on black.

I trimmed and adhered the sentiment to an A2 sized card base. Then I trimmed the watercolor paper to fit the remaining area and popped them with craft foam. I then fussy cut the flowers and leaves and adhered them. There are dies available, as well. I trimmed an extra flower center and popped it up to give extra dimension and interest. For a final touch I added several clear droplets for sparkle.

For now, it resides on my card rack for a few short months until I pass it on to its new home.

I am always looking for creative ways to give gift cards. Here is one method I will surely repeat. For this card I used Perfect Blend, and Tall, Dark & Rich. Dies are available, too.

I started with a 9″ x 12″ Bristol paper (the size I always buy in a pad form). Trim it to 4 1/4″ x 12.” Then score and fold across the short side at 1 1/2″ and 7″. Mask and stamp images across lower edge (nearing the edge, but not going over) of what will be your front panel, making sure that all images connect to each other. You’ll want the design low enough to cover a good portion of the bottom flap after it is trimmed. Trim across bottom to create an uneven edge, as I did along the bottom of the coffee cups. Color the images (I used Copic markers). Lightly ink Paradise Ink across top. Add some shimmer with a fluid sparkle brush pen.

I couldn’t decide where I wanted the sentiment exactly so I stamped it on clear plastic stamp packaging (from the trash) with Staz-On ink. It makes a great way to audition the sentiment anywhere on your card. I then tucked that away with the stamp for future use, stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on the card.

I did perform a bit of stamp surgery so that I could add “cup of coffee” to the inside of the card. A quick snip with sharp scissors achieved just that. High quality photopolymer stamps, like D2BA’s, are super easy to bump back up next to each other to use as the full stamp again for another card.

The slot at the bottom was created with patterned cardstock cut at 3″ x 4 1/2″ and scored at 1 1/2″. Cut a slit on the score line just a tad wider than your gift card. Adhere to outside of bottom flap on card. Adhere 1/4″ strips of scrap cardstock to back side of flap in an upside-down “U” shape so that it creates a sort of bumper for gift card to stay aligned. Adhere scored and folded patterned cardstock to the bumpers only. If you’d like you can use a circle punch to create a finger notch. Do be careful that it will not show when card is closed. Slide the gift card in, and it’s all ready to brighten someone’s day!

I’m thinking a video is in order for this card. Pretty useful, yes? Comment and let me know if you’d like to see a video with this technique or any others you have had in mind.


Hop Order:

  1. Cindy – Dare 2B Artzy
  2. Tonya
  3. Janette <— You are Here
  4. Tracy <— Hop here Next!
  5. Kendra
  6. Leslie
  7. Karen
  8. Melody
  9. Chris
  10. Vicki
  11. Tasha
  12. Cindy – Dare 2B Artzy

Thank you for hopping along today! We hope that this hop has inspired you to step into your own Creative Bliss! You can visit the D2BA Shop here and use the code HEART for 10% off!

Happy shopping, err I mean hopping!

xox, Janette

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