Washi Tape Die Cut Inlay.

Hi everyone, welcome back! I wanted to make a very very simple card today using Altenew Monochrome Washi Tape. I didn’t want to use too many materials and I wanted the washi to do a lot of the work for me. I’ve already made a few cards using this product and posted them on my Insta (@jaycee.gaspar).

I first laid the washi tape onto some white cardstock and trimmed the entire piece to the standard A2 size card panel. I used Altenew Fine Alphabet Die to spell out birthday and arranged the letters so they stretched the whole width of the card.

I usually raise up die cut elements by cutting scrap card stock multiple times and stacking them on each other. This time I had a bit of craft foam and decided to just make everything easy and adhere my die cut letters on to them–and also try not to lose all the smaller elements like the spaces in the letter ‘A’ and ‘B.’

The last element was a blue strip from Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words. I left off the ‘Birthday’ from ‘Birthday Wishes’ and white heat embossed the sentiment. The final touch was a few dimensional drops with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Simply White. Does anyone else make multiple cards at once? I always have a back up, just in case I have an oopsie on my first one…


Color Throwdown #526.

Hi everyone! Thanks for coming back to my blog. I made another card for the Color Throwdown Challenge. This image was inspired by a snowflake scene on a white background as shown below. I couldn’t resist making a hyper real succulent using the Altenew Mega Succulent background stamp set.

The watercolor paper I use normally had too much texture for me for this particular project so I cut a page out of a Strathmore watercolor sketch book. It has remained unused for about five years so I just cut out a page. I liked it because the texture of the page was a lot flatter than my Arches cold press; this made it easier to stamp this large image.

I used Distress Ink in Antique Linen for a ‘no-line’ watercolor look. The water colors I used were a mix of Prussian Blue and Cobalt Blue to satisfy the colors in the challenge. I did a few splatters in Chinese White just for some texture.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words. If you have seen a few of my cards you know I’m crazy about these tiny sentiments. Do you all have recommendations for other tiny sentiment strips like these? I also have the Christmas ones from Simon but of course you can never have too many sentiments…

Thanks for stopping by. I can’t wait to see what you all create and share! Happy Friday!

Simply Amazing.

If you all follow me on Instagram (@jaycee.gaspar) you may have seen this card I posted at the beginning of the year. It is my most loved card by you all and I just wanted to share my thought process.

This stamp set is Altenew Golden Garden. I think what I’ve always struggled with this set is that the flowers are not realistic images like many of the Build-a-flower products from Altenew. So trying to make a complete scene has been really difficult because it doesn’t look like it translates as a floral arrangement.

So I started slow. I white heat embossed the outline images in a disconnected pattern with fairly even spacing. I made sure to leave room for the sentiment from Altenew More Than Words. Then I let coloring happen organically. I put a few highlights with a white charcoal pencil from an old art set. Then I blended out the pigment with a blending stump to get that alcohol marker feel.

Luckily, I used almost all the outline images in a stamp positioning tool, so I was able to make a second card right away. I trimmed the top of the card panel slightly to leave room for a silver foil strip peeking from the top. My embellishment is my favorite Nuvo Crystal Drops in Simply White. The end result is a soft grey monochrome card that challenged my perception of this stamp set. I’m especially fond of the story of this card.

I appreciate you all taking the time to look at my Instagram and blog. I hope you all have a simply amazing day!

Color Throwdown #525.

I have my first submission ever for the Color Throwdown Challenge! This color palette was inspired by an industrial farmhouse interior design photo below. The colors from this photo prompt are brown, black, and white. The stamp set that came to mind to use in this challenge was the Altenew Hennah Elements. I thought nice bold lines and large areas of solid colors would focus more attention on the arrangement and placement shape. I debated having the background white with black heat embossing as opposed to the final version shown above. What do you all think?

I wasn’t so much concerned about the style of the photo–plaids, distressed woods and metals, and the rustic feel. My main goal in completing this card was to dedicate myself to placement. So in other words once I had a layout in mind, I didn’t second guess where anything went. I have a tendency to obsess over where objects embellishments will go on my cards.

What I mean is I’ll pick up pieces and move them until they seem perfect to me. Unfortunately that means I spend more time trying to place my images than actually putting in the work of heat embossing, coloring, etc. So once an element went down on my card base, that was it!

I hope you all enjoy the simplicity of this card. Thanks for reading. I hope to do more of these challenges in the future!

Simple Fruits and So Sweet.

Welcome back family! I’ve made a card way out of my comfortable palette! I’m kidding but unfortunately I’m also serious about this one. Greens and yellows are still a challenge for me. This Altenew stamp set broke me out of my shell a little bit and encouraged me to get out of my dark blue and grey color palette. I was inspired by Ellen Hudson’s use of patterned paper and had to make a card with a simple black and white stripe accent.

I did a repeat background with Altenew Simple Fruits stamp set. I made the gradient effect by stamping a solid image with a stamp positioning tool, then inked only the edges of the stamp on the second stamping. The stamp positioning tool made it easy to get my images aligned perfectly every time. I used an A2 Neenah Solar White in 80 lbs as my base. The ‘You Are’ sentiment comes from the same stamp set except for the larger individual letters. ‘Sweet’ came from Altenew’s Fine Alphabet die set and I used a scrap piece of yellow cardstock to raise the die cut letters.

I filled in a few of the empty spaces with the seeds from the same stamp set as well as some yellow dots in alcohol markers. Even though I found these colors challenging in the beginning I think my result suited my style a bit more. Do you all have colors that you refuse to use? Let me know! I hope you all enjoy it and definitely let me know what you all think.

Layered Watercolor 3D Flowers.

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share my very first ‘hello’ card! I’m so serious. In the few years I’ve been making greeting cards, I have never made a ‘hello’ card. I know it’s simply a change of sentiment, but I just never felt the need to use it. Just text me!

Anyway, I wanted to keep it very simple with a framed focus on the floral arrangement. The sentiment ‘hello’ strip happened completely on accident. I ended up with a frayed edge from a worn paper trimming blade–but I think it helps break up the strong clean cuts left by all the die cutting.

I’ve been thinking of doing something like what I’ve shown above for a while. I took my favorite water color paper (Arches Cold Press) and did a gradient of a single color. In this case I did Payne’s Grey and Davy’s Grey from Windsor Newton. I then arranged my Altenew 3D Rose Flurries die set with the largest element toward the darkest color of the Payne’s Grey gradient then the smallest layer toward the lightest color. I did the same thing with a few of the leaves in the set as well, this time on the Davy’s Grey gradient.

I messed around with the background and the arrangement of the die cut pieces but nothing felt settled until I added the black Fine Frames Rectangle die from Altenew. I used the three inside smallest frames from this die. I thought that this was enough to lift the grey leaves from the grey background without making everything seem too dark. I added a few Nuvo drops in Simply White and adhered my whole panel to a white card base. My favorite thing to do when it comes to dimensional drops is to arrange them in odd numbers. So I will have a total of 5 or 7 drops in any given scene. I think I borrowed that rule from interior design…

I hope you enjoy this card. I’m still living in this moment that I’m running a blog and documenting my creative process. So far I’ve enjoyed reading some of your blogs and I’m amazed by everyone’s creativity.

What would you like to see on my blog? Let me know in the comments below! Have a wonderful day.


I’m going back to the first stamp set I ever bought. The Altenew “Peony Bouquet” was the first photopolymer stamp set to catch my attention a little under three years ago. Along with this purchase, I bought dye inks and an assorted pack of colored cardstock. I never thought that a few years later I would revisit this set and see how far my mixed media abilities have come.

What drew me to this set and the brand was the versatility of the layerable florals. I already owned a few colors of ink, so I could layer a very complex flower, then fussy cut the image, and arrange the images however I liked. The first time I used this set in January 2016 was for a Thank You card for a colleague. I remember being so proud of the purple flowers and green leaves.

Now I have a wider collection and much better knowledge of materials. I remember thinking a die cutting machine was redundant because I could have surgeon-like accuracy when it came to my paper blade. Now every time I buy a stamp set I am absolutely sure to get the coordinating dies.

Forward to January 2019; instead of cards taking an hour, I work on one project over the course of a few days most times. My tweezers from the bathroom have moved into the craft room to make sure my sentiment strips are placed exactly where I want them. Now I have an outlet to share what I’ve made with all of you–the kind people who take the time to make something, then write something heart-felt, and mail it just to show the recipient…hey I thought of you today.

So here’s my first card for my brand new creative blog. I used Altenew artist markers in the red and warm grey families and just a basic set of colored pencils to color in my stamped images. In order to give the no-line coloring effect, I stamped the second generation of the images in Simon Says Stamp “Fog.” I used the colored pencils to fill in the smaller details that the alcohol marker brush nibs wouldn’t get. I used a micron pen in 0.005 to define some portions on the leaves of the bouquet. The sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp “Tiny Words” and used “Smoke” dye ink from the same brand. Before assembling my images, I did some light splattering with Windsor Newton Davy’s Grey watercolor on an A2 Neenah 80lb Solar White cardstock.

I am excited to begin this wonderful crafting journey with you all. I am inspired by the other crafty and talented people in the card and papercrafting community. I wouldn’t have the courage to start socially sharing my work without the love and support from my partner. Please subscribe to my blog and if you have found me through Instagram, let me know by leaving a comment so I can follow your blog as well!