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Marbling backgrounds using Gel Plates and Distress Oxide Inks

Hello Divas! Its Colleen here from Maple Syrup Designs with a fun Craftin’ Desert Divas project for you today making a marbled background.

I have recently  started using a Gel Plate after a friend was telling me about the projects she had made with them, they are super fun to use and I am just discovering how they work with different mediums.  This card was the first time I made a background using Distress Oxide Inks, I love the outcome and it was super easy!

To make this background you will need:

1 – A Gel Plate

2 – A Brayer

3 – Distress Oxide Inks (any colour combination that you like)

4 – 28lb Smooth printer paper

The First thing you will need to do is roll some ink onto the brayer, and then simply roll it onto the Gel Plate.  Wipe off the brayer between colours and just keep rolling ink onto the Gel plate in any pattern you would like.

Once you have the plate inked up, take the piece of paper, lay it over the top of the plate and smooth the back of the paper with your hands and then peel up the paper.

The great thing about using Oxide Inks as opposed to paint is that the paper dries in like a minute!

Next I adhered the Inked background to a piece of white glitter paper and then onto a sheet of glimmery aqua cardstock. The weather Gnomes Set was Perfect for this background, so I coloured up one of the little figures, cut out some clouds and stuck them onto the card with foam squares.

Stamp The sentiment on the bottom left side of the card and use Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew to make little raindrops around the card.

I hope you have enjoyed!


Weather Gnome Stamp Set

Distress Oxide Inks

Gel Plate


Nuvo Drops – Morning Dew


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Adding Dimension to Your Card – featuring Craftin’ Desert Divas

Hello Everyone! It’s Colleen Tyler from Maple Syrup Designs here another blog post for Craftin’ Desert Divas!

Today I will be showing you how to add some dimension to your cards.  There are many ways that you can add dimension to your cards, so I have chosen a few techniques that I use often to highlight as I walk you through the steps of this card.

  1. Stamp your image and colour using your preferred medium, for this card I have chosen to use Craftin’ Desert Diva’s Sparkle Stamp Set, stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and coloured using Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers with the Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Pen.
    2. Cut out a cloud template along the edge of a scrap piece of card.  Using your mini blending tool and Distress Ink in Broken China Blend over the template edge onto the card, continue this process as you move the template all the way down the card. This adds a background layer of dimension to your card by adding depth. Stamp your sentiment in the bottom left of the card (leave enough room around the edge for a border).

3. Use a glue Pen and trace along the edges of the clouds, sprinkle on some Frosting Powder and heat set.  When heat set the frosting powder raises up and becomes white and frosting looking adding texture and sparkle to the card.

4. Use the Inside Scalloped Square die to cut out a frame, add foam squares onto the back of the frame and adhere to the cloud base of the card.

5)  Cut out the Unicorn and add a mini wobble Spring to the back.  Both step 4 and 5 are quick and easy ways to add simple dimension to your card, and who doesn’t like the added fun of a wobble spring to a card?!

6.  For the Final step of Dimension I have added some Nuvo Drops in “Morning Dew” dotted around the card.  I hope you have enjoyed and look forward to seeing what you make!



Sparkle Stamp Set – CDD

Inside Scalloped Square Dies – CDD

Nuvo Drops – Morning Dew

Spectrum Noir Markers

Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Pen

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Party Border Dies by Craftin’ Desert Divas

I just wanted to show you a quick card that I have made using the NEW Party Border Dies by Craftin’ Desert Divas.

  1. I cut the fringe out using mauve paper and adjusted the colour tones using carious shades of Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens.
  2. Using the MFT Cloud Stencil and Distress Ink in Shaded Lilac blend the ink to make a cloud backdrop using your Mini Blending tool.
  3. Colour your chosen stamp using Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers and Clear Overlay Pens (HB3, HB2, and HB1) to match the fringe and cloud background.



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Sweetest Birthday – Craftin’ Desert Divas New Release Sneak Peek

Hello Everyone! It’s Colleen Tyler from Maple Syrup Designs here with my first blog post for Craftin’ Desert Divas!

This new release from Craftin’ Desert Divas is gorgeous and lots of fun, I can’t tell you a whole lot just yet but I do have a card to share with you that I made using the NEW Sweetest Birthday Stamp Set.

Here is a quick little tutorial of how I made this fun little Birthday Shaker Card:

1) For the first step I cut out a large 4″ Stitched Circle from the Craftin’ Desert Diva’s “Stitched In Circle Die Set”, Then using my Nuvo stencil brush I lightly brushed the entire circle in all directions using Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Peony Pink and Coral Calypso.

2) Next I took the 3″ Small Circle die from the Craftin’ Desert Diva’s “Inside Scalloped Circle Die Set”, placed in the center of my 4″ circle and ran it through my die cutting machine, make sure you also keep the little scalloped frame as you will use this also.

3) Using pink and coral sequins I filled a 2″ shaker pouch and covered with a small piece of acetate, using a double sided tape runner adhere the acetate edges to the back of the circle frame, now place the small scalloped frame you set aside in the center of the circle to polish off the look of the circle shaker.

4) Using you large scallop die from the “Stitched In Circle Die Set” (CDD), cut out from a piece of white card stock.  You will want to cut the center circle out of the white card as in step 2 so that the shaker pocket fits through, adhere to the back of the shaker circle.

5) Stamp and cut out the stamp with the male and female mice decorating a cake, as well as the two birds holding the banner.  Using your favorite colouring medium colour in the stamped images, for this piece I have used Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers and Ultra Smooth Alcohol Marker cardstock. Glue the mice to the bottom of the circle and the birds at the top.

6) Cut out a square of coordinating paper, attach to a card base, add a circle behind the shaker of Nuvo Mousse brushed card and affix the card top to the card base and you are done!

I think this would make a super cute set of cards in a variety of colours!  Happy Crafting 🙂

Supply Links:

Sweetest Birthday Stamp Set – CDD

Inside Scalloped Stitched Die Set

Stitched In Circle Dies – CDD

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

Ultra Smooth Cardstock

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

Nuvo Brush

Card Blanks

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Get Wild – Craftin’ Desert Divas

I started this card ages ago, and decided I would take a break from Christmas themed cards yesterday and finish it.  I love, animal stamps so this set is up there in my favorites and perfect for a little “explorers” birthday!

Just a quick post for you today!

Stamp set: Get Wild – CDD

Markers: Spectrum Noir