NEW BLOG SERIES! Cardmaking Basics

I'm starting a new series of posts for my blog which will summarize and put into practice things that I learned from the book Card to Canvas: Mixed-media techniques for paper crafts by Colleen Schaan. I want to do this for those people who are interested in taking up cardmaking and don't know where to start. This series will begin with the basics of stamping to creating backgrounds to adding texture and more!

Each post will include a downloadable PDF that will include steps to complete the technique, pictures, and sample cards using the technique. You can print these PDFs and create a binder full of cardmaking techniques that you can use again and again.

The following is the outline for this blog series:

Card Making Basics


Mark Making

  • Stamping

  • Doodling

Adding Color

  • Alcohol Markers

  • Gelatos

  • Watercolor Pencils

  • Wax Pencils

  • Watercolor Paint

  • Spray Ink

  • Acrylic Paint

  • Pastels/Chalks


  • Masking

  • Stenciling

  • Repeat Stamping

Emboss & Add Texture

  • Heat Embossing

  • Emboss Resist

  • Texture Paste


  • Collage Background

  • Paper Piecing

  • Patchwork

Faux Finishes

  • Faux Metal

  • Faux Stained Glass

  • Faux Stitching

I hope you enjoy this new series and learn some new techniques you can include in your card making! Download the outline PDF below!

Card Making Basics & Beyond_outline
Download PDF • 30KB

Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting :)


Pam Watson

Hi, I'm Pam, and welcome to my Blog where I share all of my crafty adventures!