A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Tuesday, 14 February 2017


Since it's February 14, I thought I should post some of the other Valentines I've made this month.

I did this first one for the SCS Color Challenge - "What's Black and White and Red All Over?" (with hearts for dessert).  And for the CAS Watercolour Challenge  - "Love".

I took a stencil with a section of little hearts on it, masked off the non-heart parts, sprinkled red brushos over the stencil and spritzed with water to activate them.

When dry, I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment over them in black, bordered with black, and popped up on fun foam.

It's for my best friend - love that sentiment for a really close friend.

Next up is one I made from a piece of watercolour paper that I used to mop up the leftover brushos sitting on the stencil after I made the previous card.

When the brushos had dried, I stamped my text/heart image on it and heat embossed it with sparkly embossing powder.  I trimmed around the edge of the image, popped it up on fun foam on a stitched square die cut, and popped that panel up on the card base.

And last up, for the SCS Mix-ability challenge - "Have a Heart" - a mixed media card with a heart theme:

The central panel is made by stenciling some hearts with embossing paste, then sprinkling some mixed glitter over it. I then sponged with two shades of old rose ink and splattered with some water drops. I added some random text stamping.

I wanted to keep my card very CAS but the panel looked lost on the card base so I ran a strip of red ribbon under it and added three punched glitter hearts. My sentiment is too low down - but too late now to fix it.

Wishing all of you love, friendship, and chocolate for Valentine's Day!

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Kay Foley sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - watercolour paper, black and white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Heidi Swapp "confetti" stencil, red brushos, clear embossing powder, fun foam 

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Clearly Perfect
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - white cs, watercolour paper
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - clear glittery embossing powder, Lil Inkers stitched square die, fun foam, red brushos

Supplies for card 3:
Stamps - Wendy Vecchi text stamp, SU sentiment 
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black, Distress Tattered Rose, Vivid Tea Rose
Paper - white cs, scraps of different red glitter cs
Size - A2
Accessories - SU heart stencil, Dreamweaver embossing paste, heart punch, glitter, ribbon



  1. All 3 of your Valentine's are so beautiful and filled with textures and wonderful mixed media techniques my friend. TFS and Happy Valentine's Day Susan. Hugs...

  2. Each card is uniquely creative, Susan. Great mix of products and techniques. Looks like you were having some mixed media fun! xx

  3. Three beautiful Valentine's, Susan! Love those bright stenciled hearts and the beautiful sentiment on the first card! And the mop up piece is so pretty! Love the beautiful script stamp with the glitter hearts and how the ribbon makes it all pop!

  4. they are all so pretty but my favorite is the tiny little heart one, great sentiment and love the adorable little hearts

  5. all are so very pretty mf....
    xx Karen


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