Hi friends! Since you all seem to love this series… Today’s video is yet another installment of the cardmaking life hacks series. I will be sharing lots of my favorite life hacks and put them all together to create two cards. Let’s get started!

(Looking for anything that I used in the video? All of the supplies are linked with images to multiple stores at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Watch the full video HERE in HD!)


Some word dies come with the word itself and a shadow to go around it. I love these shadow dies to make the word stand out on cards. If the die set doesn’t include a shadow, it’s pretty easy to create your own. Simply trace the die onto a piece of cardstock and cut it out (you could also run this through a machine like the Scan N’ Cut). Since the dies have a border around the cutting edge, this will create the shadow for your word.


Claiming your artwork is super important so that people know who created their card for years to come and there are a few ways to do so:

  1. Stamp sets like this one are a great start if you don’t want to invest in a custom stamp. Simply sign your name underneath the general greetings and you claimed your work.
  2. Custom stamps are a great option whether you want a logo, your name, or an address stamp. I found a wonderful company called Magnuson Custom stamps to create these. They do a great job with high-quality materials and are great to work with.


I shared this technique at Creativation and people loved the results, so I thought I would share it here too! Simply rub and tap your inkpad all over your stencil and spray water on top of the stencil (the more water you add… the color moves more). Then, press your inked stencil onto the cardstock and you have created a beautiful background!

Stencils: Backsplash and Stargazer


If you are on the go and want to color, but don’t have a craft sheet this is a great way to make your own palette. Simply swipe some ink from the pad into the lid and use the surface as a palette. This is an easy way to get lots of color without making a mess. Just remember to wipe the water from the lid before closing the ink pad.


If you want to reverse a stamped image or mirror it to fit your cardmaking project the Gel Press is a life saver. Lightly tap your inked stamp onto the Gel Press surface and lift quickly. Then, place cardstock onto the inked Gel Press and you have created a great reversed image. This is so useful to get more use from one stamp set!

I finished off and tied my life hacks together into two cards using images from the Dudes Too stamp set. I just love how versatile the images in this set are to create a wide variety of card projects!


Below are all of the supplies used in today’s video linked to multiple stores for convenience. Compensated affiliate links used when possible (when you use these links it helps support me at no extra cost to you)… Thank you!

Simon Hurley
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