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3 Tips for Cardmaking Prep with Guest Amy Tsuruta!

We couldn’t be happier to welcome our July Guest Designer, Amy Tsuruta, back to the blog! Amy’s here today to make our crafting lives easier, providing her favorite tips and tricks for keeping your cardmaking corner prepped.

Do you meal prep?  You know, spend a Sunday afternoon cooking for the entire week’s meals? Don’t we all wish we had that kind of patience, but here’s a way to prepare for future cardmaking sessions.

Hey all, it’s Amy Tsuruta and I’m so happy to be guesting on the Ellen Hutson LLC blog today! I love reading tips on how to make cardmaking sessions a bit easier.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the time I carve out to design projects.  Sometimes I wish I had some of the elements already prepared to reduce my steps.

Here’s a peek into my new process:

I gather my stamps and supplies, load up my MINI Misti with as many images as possible and stamp out several panels:

For these images from the Seaweeds set, I’ve heat embossed them in gold on both white cardstock and vellum.  I’ll tuck away the images that I don’t use in the back of the stamp pouch for safe keeping.  Seems simple, but something that I just don’t practice enough.

TIP:  Mass stamp out panels of images that you’ve loaded up onto your MISTI to use for future projects.

I love the reveal when you remove the mask!

If something happens when you handle the finished panel and the ink transfers, try using a sand eraser or it is easy to just cut a mask a smidge smaller and adhere it on top of your base panel. There is generally a fix to things when crafting.

TIP:  Ink transfer on your blended panel? A quick fix is to try to remove the ink from the border with a sand eraser.  If that doesn’t work, cut a smaller mask to use on top of the original panel to hide the stray ink.

Here’s how the finished panel inspired me:

I added the Essentials by Ellen – Seaweeds images that were heat embossed in gold on the vellum panel.  The embossing adds texture to the overall design especially with the lovely, intricate artwork.

The sentiment is from the Essentials by Ellen – O-Fish-Al set.  I always love the look of a white embossed sentiment on a black cardstock strip.  It packs a punch, doesn’t it?

I wanted to whip up a tag for an additional project today!

Let’s chat about the Essentials by Ellen – Shipping Tags designer dies. It is a set of 4 tags that fit onto an A2 panel.  That means in one swipe of your die cutting machine, boom, you get 4 tags.

On this project I first heat embossed a sentiment from in gold onto the shipping tag.  The sentiment is from the O-Fish-Al set.  I ink blended the tag with Catherine Pooler’s Daydream and Concord & 9th’s Sea Glass.  I use a qtip to dab off any ink on the sentiment.

The vellum coral is from my set of pre diecut images.  I colored it with Copics on the backside of the image.  The scuba girl is from the Whale Shark set, she’s awesome, isn’t she?

This is a good time to mention that the designer dies for the Essential by Ellen sets are precut.  That means you don’t need to dig around for your wire cutters and cut everything apart!

I would love to hear your cardmaking prep tips!  Let us know in the comments down below. Next on my to-do list is to ink blend a bunch of card panels!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Stay up to date with Amy’s crafting journey through her blog and by following her Instagram.

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  • Reply Greta H July 26, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Such a good idea to stamp a bunch of images from a set at once, including ones you don’t plan to use for the current project. Beautiful ink blended backgrounds & love both projects! I recently decided to die cut some panels & frames in black & white so they’re ready to use when I make a card. Being a lazy crafter, I sometimes skip using a nice frame or die cut panel because I don’t want to spend the time to go do the diecutting while I’m in the process of making a card. Silly, but true!

    • Reply tsurutadesigns1 July 26, 2022 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you so much Greta! I totally understand, I’ve been in the same situation as you , many times. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  • Reply Shelly July 27, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    Awesome cards and tips, Amy! I’m one to always stamp out multiple images, because, coloring…lol (I tend to mess up. lol) I’m also guilty of not saving any for future use. Guess I should be doing that too! 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply tsurutadesigns1 July 28, 2022 at 6:47 am

      Thanks Shelly! It actually makes my day when I grab a stamp set and see that I have tucked in some stamped and die cut images for me to use. Hope you’re having a great week!

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