Masking Magic Made Easy!

Rubber stamping has stood the test of time in the papercrafting world because it is like magic every time you put ink onto paper via a rubber image. At least that is what I believe to be true! There are so many techniques to try with rubber stamps that the process never gets boring or old. One of the most basic stamping techniques that is definitely like magic is called masking. This technique is necessary for layering images and creating depth by allowing one image to show off behind another image. One of the definitions of the word masking is: something that serves to conceal or shield something from view. This definition applies to our art of stamping in that we use masking to conceal one image to stamp another image behind it.

So let me share with you some ways to use the masking technique with just stamps, ink and paper and let the fun begin!

Four ways to use the masking technique.

Supplies Needed for the Basic Technique

  • rubber images (line art or solid images)
  • ink
  • scissors
  • sticky notes and/or copy paper
Basic Masking Technique with solid images.

The most important thing to remember about layering images is that you want to stamp the image that you want in front first. Then you mask that image to protect it, and stamp the other images overlapping the first (on top of the masking paper) so that when you remove the masking paper the second images will appear to be under or behind the first.

Watch how to do each of these techniques in my video tutorial.

Papercrafting Playdate #27 – Watch the replay of the masking technique.
Basic Masking Technique with line art images.
Masking with torn copy paper.
Masking one images to spotlight it in front of a collaged background.

I hope you give this masking technique a try ASAP and create some magic! Happy stamping! Love, Robin

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A New Fun Fold – Pinwheel Tower Card

This crazy cool fun fold pattern is new to me! Not only is it pretty easy to put together but it is also a real wow for the recipient of the card. With just a few pieces of cardstock and some Designer Series Paper you can create a 4-sided card that can be mailed in a regular envelope. The Pinwheel Tower Card is fun to flip and manipulate, and it looks great displayed.

Check out the video tutorial I created for this fun fold and download the pdf for step by step directions and pictures.

Pinwheel Tower Cards – Papercrafting Playdate #26

 Basic Supplies Needed

•5 3/4” ” x 4 1/4” Basic White cardstock

•2 3/4” x 4 1/4” Basic White CS, cut 3

•2 3/4” x 4 1/4“ different patterned papers cut 3-4 

•2” x 4 1/4” different coordinating patterned papers, cut 3-4

Basic Supplies Needed
Score the 5 3/4” ” x 4 1/4” piece of cardstock along the long edge at 3/4”, 1 1/2”, 2 1/4”, and 3”. Use a bone folder to crease all the score lines in the same direction.
Fold on the score lines to make a four-sided column with a tab to glue to the card base. This gives you the center column and the first panel of the pinwheel.
View of the top before gluing on the remaining pinwheel sides.
Attach the first 2 3/4” x 4 1/4” piece so that it will be perpendicular to the first pinwheel panel. 
Continue with the next panel by attaching it to the column perpendicularly to the previously attached pinwheel panel.
Finish with the last pinwheel panel. Now you are ready to decorate the base of the card with Designer Series Paper.

Now comes the fun part! Decorate the pinwheel sides with Designer Series Paper and arrange them so there are coordinating patterns on each side because you will see 3 pieces each time you turn to a different side of the card. Remember to adhere the stamped images or embellishments in a way so that they don’t stick out where you don’t want them to.

I like to pick a side of the pinwheel to be the “front” of the card and where I put the initial sentiment. One of the really cool things about this fun fold is that you have the opportunity to use multiple sentiments to get your message across, and often you can layer your message from one flip of the pinwheel to the next. For example, this card’s greeting message is this: “To a dear friend. You’ve touched my heart. So very much. Thank you. A little note with biggest thanks.”

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Give this new fun fold a try and see what kind of fun messages and/or scenes you can create on your Pinwheel Tower Card. Then send your delightfully fun interactive card to someone special! Thank you so much and happy stamping! Robin

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I Love a New Pattern – Can’t Stop Creating 4 in 1 Quadrilateral Cards!

I’m having so much fun with the latest card template I shared on Friday’s Papercrafting Playdate that I have to share some more samples. AND you are also getting a sneak peek at some new products coming soon in the next mini catalog that will get you all set for fall papercrafting.

Please let me introduce the Gorgeous Leaves Bundle available August 3rd, 2021. I can say with confidence that I will be using these images throughout the entire fall season. I love the grungy/vintage look and the amazing background images that come in the stamp set, Gorgeous Leaves. I put this bundle right to work and created my own patterned paper to use with the 4 in 1 Quadrilateral Card Template. You can watch a step by step tutorial for putting these cards together and packaging them for gifting on my video tutorial.

Gorgeous Leaves Bundle and Biggest Wish stamp set

Creating background paper from scratch is easy. All you need are images and inks that go together. For this project I used 6×6 Kraft card stock, 7 images, and 6 ink pads. It’s best to start with the largest image or a background image when making a collage design, and then work down to the smallest image. The photos below show the step by step process of creating my own background paper.

Cut into fourths using the 4 in 1 quadrilateral card pattern.

The new Kraft Gift Boxes are perfectly sized to fit a set of cards inside. The outside of the box was stamped to coordinate with the set of cards. Who wouldn’t want to receive this happy set of cards?

4 cards ready for gift-giving in the new Kraft Gift Boxes

Are you ready for some more samples using this amazing pattern with different Designer Series Papers? I’ve used the Sweet Symmetry DSP and the Hand-Penned DSP for these samples, and notice how the quadrilateral piece is located differently. There are so many options for a fun patterned paper swap on the from of your card. Leave me a comment and let me know which set of cards is your favorite! Enjoy!

Hand-Penned DSP, Ornate Thanks with the 4 in 1 Quadrilateral Card Pattern
Sweet Symmetry DSP, Flowers of Friendship Bundle with the 4 in 1 Quadrilateral Card Pattern

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4 in 1 Quadrilateral Cards 📐

Do you love math? I am in awe of people whose brains process math easily and quickly because mine does not. It is serious work for me. The only time I feel competent with numbers is when I’m in my craft space and measuring & cutting paper, and that’s only because I’ve practiced A LOT! But don’t stop reading this because you think we are doing math today… I wouldn’t do that to you. I only bring it up because of the fun angled shapes we are creating on our card fronts with today’s pattern.

Today’s fun card template utilizes a 6 x 6 piece of gorgeous patterned paper that is easily chopped into interesting four-sided shapes (called irregular quadrilaterals btw I had to look it up). These irregular quadrilateral shapes (which means no two sides or angles are the same) create major interest with little effort. AND since there is an amazing Designer Series Paper sale happening during July 2021 I am focusing on ways to use this delicious paper.

4 in 1 Quadrilateral Cards
Facebook Live – Papercrafting Playdate #25

Ready to get started making some 4 in 1 quadrilateral cards? Check out the supplies needed and step by step directions. Then get busy making some amazing cards

Supplies Needed

1 – 6 x 6  sheet of Designer Series Paper or cardstock

4 – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” card bases in a coordinating cardstock color

4- 5 1/4” x 4” pieces of Basic White

4 – 2 3/4” x 4 1/4”  pieces of a coordinating cardstock color

Coordinating cardstock scraps to create die cut accents/embellishments

Embossing Folder of choice

Directions for Cutting the DSP or Cardstock

  1. Measure 1” from each corner as shown in the diagram and mark with a pencil. Lightly draw a line between the marks to get the 4 irregular quadrilateral shapes.
  2. Line up the marks on the along the cutting line of the paper trimmer and cut first between point A and point B.   This will give you two “halves”.  Then cut on the remaining  drawn lines (starting at point C, then point D) to cut the “halves” into two pieces.
  3. Taking note of the 4 corners where you measured at 1”, adhere the irregular quadrilateral shapes to the Basic White 4” x 5 1/4” pieces, putting the corners in the top left of each piece. (Note: if you mark and cut your DSP on the backside you will have to mount the quadrilaterals in the bottom left corner.)
  4. Use an embossing folder to dry emboss the 4 – 2 3/4” x 4 1/4” pieces of coordinating cardstock. These pieces are going to fill in the space next to the irregular quadrilateral to make a continuous diagonal line across the card front. These pieces are larger than needed to fill the space on the card front so the edges will get cut off once they are adhered to the piece of Basic White. 
  5. Stamp a sentiment along the diagonal continuous line you just created with the DSP and embossed cardstock.
  6. Add an embellishment like ribbon, punch or die to the spot where the DSP and embossed cardstock meet.

Once you make a set of these amazingly easy cards you will want to think about giving them as gifts. You can package them up so nicely using the acetate card boxes.

A lovely set of cards ready for gifting to someone special.

I hope you give this pattern a try and share with me your creations! Happy stamping, Robin.

Take advantage of this sale now!

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Multipurpose Liquid Glue


Paper Trimmer


Sweet Symmetry 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper


Night Of Navy 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Flirty Flamingo 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Flirty Flamingo 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Metallic Ribbon


Lovely You Cling Stamp Set (English)


Acetate Card Boxes


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Clean & Simple Card Template

We are keeping it easy today! I’ve got a lovely clean & simple card template design to share with you. Today’s template utilizes Designer Series Paper so it is a great template to use when you want to plow through your paper stash!

Beauty of the Earth DSP and Beauty of Friendship & Forever Fern Stamp Sets

Take a look at the video tutorial for putting this template together and download the pdf for your files. Here are the dimensions and supplies needed for this template:

 •5 1/2” ” x 8 1/2” cardstock base, scored at 4 1/4” 

•3 1/4” x 1 1/2” Basic White CS or a neutral color 

•2 3/4” x 5″ patterned paper 

•3” square coordinating patterned paper 

•Scraps for accent images

Clean & Simple Template – Papercrafting Playdate Facebook Live

Having a template is helpful because it gives you a starting place for putting a card project together without having to make it up on your own. This template is driven by the pattered paper, there are multiple ways to “step-up” this template to make it more fancy.

The 4 best ways for stepping up a simple card:

  1. Add background stamping to the card front.
  2. Layer the patterned paper on coordinating cardstock.
  3. Add texture to a layer using an embossing folder.
  4. Add embellishments to the focal point/sentiment.

Compare these two versions of the template. The one on the left is the basic version and the one on the right has been stepped-up using background stamping and layering the DSP on cardstock.

The next two versions show the stepped-up versions utilizing more texture with an embossing folder (on the left) and extra embellishments on the focal point (on the right)

One you get started on this template I promise you will easily have a bunch of cards ready to get in the mail to all your favorite people. I couldn’t stop creating until I had tried most of my patterned paper. A completely satisfying crafting experience!

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Multipurpose Liquid Glue


Tailor Made Tags Dies


Beauty Of The Earth 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper


Forever Fern Bundle (English)


Silver & Clear Epoxy Essentials


Linen Thread


Merry Merlot Classic Stampin' Pad


Merry Merlot 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Don’t forget that throughout the month of July until August 2nd there are 9 packages of Designer Series Paper on sale at 15% off.

Happy Stamping, Robin

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Too Many Pockets? Never!

When I was a child there was nothing I loved more than pockets! Little spaces to hold precious things. I love pants pockets, jacket pockets, suitcase pockets and purse pockets. That tiny pocket in a pair of jeans that fits only one coin? It makes me happy! The hidden inside winter coat pocket that I never know what to do with? Doesn’t matter because I love it! Pencil pouches? Don’t get me started!

One Sheet Layered Pocket Card

Today’s project is for someone very special! Take a look at this amazing One Sheet Layered Pocket Card that can be filled to the brim with specialness for just the right someone. Guess what else is amazing about this project? It is created with one 8.5” x 11” piece of cardstock/Designer Series Paper and some extra scraps. Check out how this gets put together using a plain piece of cardstock so you can see the pattern more clearly. I stamped on the “front” side of the cardstock to help differentiate between front and back. I encourage you to make yourself a pattern template first to make your life easier. Watch my video tutorial for this project and download the pdf directions for your files.

One Sheet Layered Pocket Card
Papercraftin Playdate Facebook Live video tutorial
Figure A
  • Score the 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock/DSP in half in both directions. Measure and score at 4.25” along the short side and at 5.5” along the long side of the paper.  Fold on these score lines with a bone folder one at a time in both direction to make the score line very flexible.
  • Decide which side of the cardstock/DSP you want to be on the front of the card and turn that facing down so that you are looking at the backside. Very lightly label the 4 quadrants of the paper with pencil (or sticky notes) as shown in Figure A. Measure and make a mark at 2.75” along each edge out from the corner of quadrant 1. Draw a pencil line connecting these marks. Measure and make a mark at 4.25” along each edge out from the corner of quadrant 4. Draw a pencil line connecting these marks. One of the marks will be right at the center score line. 
Figure B
  • Cut off the corners along the drawn lines. See Figure B.
  • Cut along the score line between quadrants 1 and 3 up to the center of the cardstock/DSP. Trim a tiny bit extra on either side of the cut line to create space for folding. See Figure B.
Figure C
  • Place a small bead of liquid glue on the edge of quadrant 1 as shown in Figure C.
Figure D
  • Fold quadrant 1 to the right over quadrant 2, lining up the edges.  This creates Pocket #1. See Figure D.
  • Place a small bead of liquid glue on the two edges of quadrant 4 as shown in Figure D.
Figure E
  • Fold quadrant 4 up and over the first pocket, aligning the edges to create Pocket #2. See Figure E.
  • Wrap quadrant 3 around to the back of the pockets.  This creates the back and the inside of the card. The above photos show how the card looks on the front and on the inside.
Front side of the card showing how to fill the pockets.
  • Attach one of the pieces of 3.5″ x 5″ Basic White cardstock to the center of the card over quadrant 3 for the inside sentiment. Use the other piece as the insert for Pocket #1. 
  • Use the Fancy Tag Topper punch to create tags out of the coordinating 2” cardstock strips. Insert these tags into Pocket #2. The longer tag made out of the 5.5” strip could be made into a bookmark. 
  • Decorate the tags and insert in the pockets as desired. Punch or die cut with cardstock scraps to create a sentiment for the card front. Give to a VERY special person!
Simple decoration on my sample project.
The inside of the card.

Are you ready to see some over the top samples of this One Sheet Layered Pocket Card???? Once I started making these I couldn’t stop!

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Multipurpose Liquid Glue


Tailor Made Tags Dies


Stitched Rectangles Dies


Daisy Lane Bundle


Color & Contour Bundle (English)


Hand Penned Petals Bundle (English)


Sweet Symmetry 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper


Hand Penned 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper


Pattern Party 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Host Designer Series Paper


Beauty Of The Earth 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper


Fancy Tag Topper Punch


I bet you can think of someone right now who would love to receive this special interactive card. I encourage you to give this pattern a try and have fun filling up your layered pockets! Happy stamping – Robin

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A Paper Sale is Coming Soon!

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Paper lovers – this message is for you! We have a fun sale coming our way starting July 1st. For the entire month of July we can save 15% on selected brand new Designer Series Papers with no limits or restrictions! this is a great time to stock up on these classic and timely patterns to enjoy all year long.

You can choose from 9 different Designer Series Paper packs including a 6 x 6 package of gorgeous Christmas paper. I will be stocking up on my favorites that I am using like crazy AND getting the ones I haven’t tried yet (so excited for Bloom Where You’re Planted) Here are my favorites to try and you don’t need the coordinating stamp set or dies to enjoy them – they are gorgeous! My favorites so far are:

  • Hand-Penned
  • Pansy Petals
  • Sweet Symmetry
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I hope you get out your DSP and get busy creating some magic! Leave me a comment about your favorite package of Designer Series Paper. Happy Stamping – Robin

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When Something Old Circles Back to New

When I took my first walk through the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog I was awed and amazed at all the fun things I would get to play with for the next year, and was over the moon excited to see a new product that appears to be an old friend returning! What is this product? Soft Pastels! Yes!!!!

These amazing chalks are like old friends you run into in the mall and are actually HAPPY to see! They are a great addition to your stamping supplies because of their versatility and ease of use. I’m really channeling my Girl Scout days here and will happily embed an ear worm in your ear…”Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the other gold.” Everybody sing!

5 Techniques to Try with Soft Pastels
Soft Pastels – 154585 $9

My Papercrafting Playdate video today showcased some of the basic, simple ways to use these soft pastel chalks. You can watch the video replay here and download a pdf tutorial.

5 Soft Pastel Techniques to try today!

Basic Technique – Direct to Paper

Basic Technique – Direct to Paper On Embossed Cardstock

Basic Technique – Simple Coloring for Line Art Images

Basic Technique – Direct to Paper with Baby Wipe

Basic Technique – Marbled Pastels Background

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Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock





Multipurpose Liquid Glue





Flowers Of Friendship Bundle (English)





Soft Pastels Assortment





Biggest Wish Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)





Tailor Made Tags Dies





Basic Borders Dies





Scalloped Contours Dies





Hand Penned Petals Photopolymer Stamp Set





Take Your Pick





Sponge Daubers





I hope you find some inspiration to get out your soft pastels and try some of these fun arty techniques! Leave me a comment and let me know which technique is your favorite! Happy stamping, Robin!

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I Fell in ❤️ Love…and It Was Like 🎶 Music to my 👀 Eyes!

I fell in love 21 years ago……with paper, ink, and stamps that all matched like the Garanimals wardrobe I grew up with, and life has never been the same since!

Did you know I’ve been a demonstrator for 21 years this year????😮 I joined the Stampin’ Up! family during Sale-A-Bration in 2000 because I wanted a discount on all the pretty coordinating things Stampin’ Up! had to offer at the time (and if I’m being honest I needed to get out of the house as a stay-at-home mom). However, I never realized the potential for creating-mania that would be a huge part of my life in the years to come. I honestly thought rubber stamping would be a passing fad, like other crafting that has come and gone in my life.

If you have been my customer since the beginning (we are talking dawn of the 2000s) then you remember when Perfect Plum and Mellow Moss ruled the Soft Subtles world!😂 They were my first ink pad colors and I still consider them good, good friends (RIP). I remember pining over the catalog and making list upon list of items I HAD to have not only because they were excellent products, but because they COORDINATED and made the card-making and scrapbooking experiences so effortless.

And to this day 21 years later there is no better coordination of stamping products than what Stampin’ Up! has to offer crafters! 🙌🏻 (moment of silence). So what are we coordinating today you ask? Ink, card stock, and paper! Check it out!

Color coordination bliss using Evening Evergreen, Pale Papaya, and Soft Succulent inks, papers, and ribbon!

I created a quick video to celebrate new In Colors and amazing color coordination. (Happy sigh) 😍 Enjoy and as always, happy stamping!

It’s time to make a simple card that has amazing color coordination.

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More Double One Sheet Wonder Cards – I can’t stop!

Once I get a good pattern, it is hard for me to stop creating. My new 6×6 Double One Sheet Wonder pattern is so satisfying to make that I wanted to try it with all the new Designer Series Papers! I made another video with a different set of double-sided paper to showcase this pattern again.

Sweet Symmetry DSP and Flowers of Friendship Bundle
Double One Sheet Wonder for 6″ x 6″ DSP

Here are four more sets of cards using this fun pattern. If you want to see more step by step pictures of the process of making these cards check out this blog post.

Misty Moonlight DSP and Biggest Wish Stamp Set
Hand-Penned DSP, Hand-Penned Bundle and Happy Thoughts stamp set
Pattern Party DSP and Art in Bloom Stamp Set
Pansy Petals DSP

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