3 Different Handmade Cards with 1 Design

Do you ever have those times when you go into your craft room to make a card and your mind goes completely blank? I have those days, but I also have deadlines and I need to make the most and be productive with the time I have in my craft room. So I have my “go to” layouts for cards and today I want to share with you one of those layouts. But I also want to share different ways to switch them up so they don’t look exactly the same! Be sure to watch the video tutorial down below!


The Video Tutorial

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The Sketch/Layout I’m Using

Each of the three projects follows the same very simple design. I created a quick sketch so you can easily see the design and compare it to the three projects below. The design is simple, stencils focusing in the bottom left corner and a sentiment in the top right.

Project #1 – Hello Handmade Card

For this project, I am working on a 4″ x 5.25″ white cardstock panel. Onto that panel, I started by ink blending from the bottom left corner a light haze of blue ink with my blending brushes. I kept the color the heaviest in the bottom corner, making it lighter and I worked my way up and over on the panel. The ink I used was a dye ink for this layer.

The next layer was the stenciling. I used the new Plumeria stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop. I positioned the stencil into the bottom left hand corner, just like in the sketch, then I started ink blending. For this layer, I used pigment ink.

The reason for that is so the inks don’t mix. The dye ink dries quickly and absorbs into the paper. But the pigment ink will sit on top of the paper with little to no bleeding and blending with the dye ink. Pigment inks are also pretty opaque, so they covered the dye ink easily!

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With the stencil done, I moved onto the sentiment. There are a lot of great ways to add a sentiment onto your handmade cards and for this card, I went with a die cut. I die cut a hello die from black cardstock and added that to the top right hand corner.

To finish off this simple card, I mounted the panel with liquid adhesive onto an A2 top folding card base.

Project #2 – Just a Note Handmade Card

You may be thinking this card looks familiar if you watch a lot of my videos or read my posts. I created a VERY similar card recently with a foiled image, but I did switch up it up a bit for this card!

For this card I am using the new Tropical Fronds stencil and working a 4″ x 5.25″ panel just like before. I started by ink blending two different green dye inks through the stencil for the first layer.

Once I had that initial layer stenciled I cleaned the stencil well. Then, to make it look a bit different from the previous layer, I flipped the stencil over and repositioned it slightly lower than the first.

For this layer, again, I used pigment ink. This just sits better on top of the dye ink with no blending.

The final component is of course the sentiment. I decided to add a stamped sentiment to this panel. To make sure it was prominent on the card I used a dark black pigment ink.

Finally, I mounted the panel onto an A2 top folding card base to finish it off.

Here’s a look at the previous project that’s pretty similar. I used the Tropical Fronds stencil, but in 12″ x 12″ form. You can also download that heart for foiling at the original post! Find it HERE.

Project #3 – Hey There Handmade Card

The third and final project has a few more elements, but is overall still the same exact design as the first two cards. I started this card by inking blending the Waves stencil onto the background with blue dye ink and a large blending brush.

For the second layer, I moved onto the Seahorse stencil and pigment ink. I masked off just the coral and sea weed images and sponged those on a few times to the bottom of the panel.

The third element to this card was the seahorse from the “Seahorse” stencil. But I had already added pigment ink, so I wanted something more opaque that cuold easily cover the pigment ink. I turned to modeling paste. I mixed White Pearl Embossing Paste with a bit of watercolor powder to create that gorgeous coral color with a pearl shine!

I masked off the seahorse for easy application of the paste and then used a palette knife to put it through the stencil. The modeling paste also adds a bit of dimension to this simple card!

The final step to this card, just like the other cards, is the sentiment. Again, I went with a stamp in a bold pigment ink (black), but you could easily do a die cut, handwritten, printed and trimmed, sticker, rub on, etc. The possibilities are endless!

And of course, I did mount the panel onto an A2 top folding card base.


I hope you all enjoyed a look at how easy it is to use the same design across several cards. By just switching up the elements you are able to easily create so many projects that don’t look anything alike (until you put them side by side, lol!)

If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!


Supply List

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The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Stencil - Tropical Fronds
The Crafter’s Workshop – 6 x 6 Stencil – Tropical Fronds
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The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Stencil - Plumeria
The Crafter’s Workshop – 6 x 6 Stencil – Plumeria
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The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Doodling Templates - Wave
The Crafter’s Workshop – 6 x 6 Doodling Templates – Wave
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The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Stencil - Seahorse
The Crafter’s Workshop – 6 x 6 Stencil – Seahorse
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MISTI Stamping Tool - The Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
MISTI Stamping Tool – The Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
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Scotch Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape
Scotch Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Summertime
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Summertime
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Nuvo - Deluxe Adhesive
Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive
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Fiskars - 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line
Fiskars – 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Mini MISTI
Mini MISTI
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Makeup Brush Set of 10
Makeup Brush Set of 10
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Nocturne
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Nocturne
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Catherine Pooler Designs - Party Collection - Premium Dye Ink Pads - Something Borrowed
Catherine Pooler Designs – Party Collection – Premium Dye Ink Pads – Something Borrowed
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5 Piece Plastic Palette Knife Set
5 Piece Plastic Palette Knife Set
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Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Scripty Hello
Lawn Fawn – Lawn Cuts – Dies – Scripty Hello
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My Sweet Petunia - Creative Corners
My Sweet Petunia – Creative Corners
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Catherine Pooler Designs - Spa Collection - Premium Dye Ink Pads - Eucalyptus
Catherine Pooler Designs – Spa Collection – Premium Dye Ink Pads – Eucalyptus
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Catherine Pooler Designs - Party Collection - Premium Dye Ink Pads - Lime Rickey
Catherine Pooler Designs – Party Collection – Premium Dye Ink Pads – Lime Rickey
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Tsukineko - Blending Applicator - Jumbo Dauber - Supersized
Tsukineko – Blending Applicator – Jumbo Dauber – Supersized
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Makeup Sponge Mini Applicator Wedges (100 Count)
Makeup Sponge Mini Applicator Wedges (100 Count)
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Paper Smooches - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Sentiment Sampler
Paper Smooches – Clear Acrylic Stamps – Sentiment Sampler
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6mil Blank Stencil Material
6mil Blank Stencil Material
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Bar Magnets
Bar Magnets
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The Crafter's Workshop - Modeling Paste - White Pearl - 2 Ounces
The Crafter’s Workshop – Modeling Paste – White Pearl – 2 Ounces
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Fantastix Coloring Tool For Wet and Dry Media 6/Pkg-Combo
Fantastix Coloring Tool For Wet and Dry Media 6/Pkg-Combo
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Rain Forest
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Rain Forest
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Fallen Leaves
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Fallen Leaves
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Sizzix - Big Shot Machine - White and Gray - With Exclusive Ocean Cutting Pads
Sizzix – Big Shot Machine – White and Gray – With Exclusive Ocean Cutting Pads
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