Tips & Tricks

Hey y’all, Kate Kennedy here today to share a few of my favorite card making tips and tricks. I have been making cards off and on, since I was a little girl and along the way I have found some fail safe tidbits that are go to for me. To see these in action please click on the video below!


Tip 1: Use washi tape to create a background.

I know most of you reading this have more washi tape than you can use in a lifetime. We all do! It is so stinkin’ cute how can you not have 10 shades of pink 🙂 Well here is a card that put some of that tacky yumminess to great use.



I decided to use tape with a bolder or busier pattern that I find somewhat difficult to use on layouts or in project life. I love the result of combing all these along with a simple ribbon (Tip 2: how to conserve ribbon by cutting it in half and stapling it to the back of your card front, this will make much more sense when you watch the video) and a lovely gold embossed sentiment (Tip 3: for a perfect pennant, gently fold paper in half and cut into pennant shape). I used one of my go to stamp sets and a sneaky little peek at a stamp from the second May release (which you will LOVE).

Just the Basics


The second part of the video features my last 2 tips and a bit of technique! I have mentioned before that I love watercolor projects. I am not an artist so here is another way I faux watercolor. Tip 4: Before any sort of watercolor apply a thin layer of gesso and let air dry, this will keep your paper from warping. On this card I used 3 colors of gelatos to create this gradient watercolor background. For the sentiment I stamped on vellum using Staz-On ink and the Elegant Sentiments stamp set.




I hope you will find these tip and tricks useful. Remember to subscribe to the Sweet Stamp Shop Channel so you don’t miss any of our videos! Thanks for stopping by. Have a sweet day 🙂


4 Responses to Tips & Tricks

  1. Patti J. says:

    Great video! Love this technique, and can’t wait to give it a try! I’m totally smitten with these stamps…can’t wait for a Desigh Team call!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Awesome tip on the gesso before watercoloring! Both cards are beautiful!

  3. Robin says:

    Love the techniques you shared in this video – the ribbon cutting is one I’ll be putting to use. I also like playing with washi tape creating backgrounds – what fun!

  4. Michele F. says:

    Yes, I do learn something every day… thanks for being my teacher today, Kate =]

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