Hi there! I decided that some things in cardmaking are pretty tough and take a long time to complete and create a stunning project. However, today I am going to be giving you 6 ways to achieve these techniques faster with some extras tips along the way.

You can watch the video on YouTube HERE in HD!

Here are the hacks:

  1. Color coding inkpads: This is super helpful to be able to see the name and exact color of your inkpad before using it on your project. Just use a label maker and stamp a watch on the side of your inks.
  2. Time saver stamping: This is a huge timesaver to give you multiples of images and be able to practice a bunch of different color combinations and variations for several cards. Just mount a bunch of stamps on your acrylic block and stamp and color the images.
  3. Emboss Resist Coloring: This is super easy if you struggle to watercolor inside the lines of a detailed image. Just emboss the stamp that you want and drop your watercolor in (the embossing acts as a resist/barrier to keep the color inside). You can also try ironing the powder off after or using black ink and clear embossing powder.
  4. Frog tape masking: Frog tape is a super cool product that doesn’t rip your cardstock when you use it to hold down dies and it masks off your water coloring and nothing leaks beneath. Enough said, I’m sold! 🙂
  5. Claiming your work: If you want to have others know who created the card, be sure to stamp the backside with your name. I had a custom stamp made with my logo, but a simple “Handmade by” stamp works well! You can also just sign your name on the back of the card.
  6. Stamping Crisp Backgrounds: I find that when inking and stamping large background stamps keeping the stamp flat on the table is a good idea. Just ink the stamp up, lay your paper down, and press evenly on the cardstock to get a great stamped impression.


All of the supplies used in today’s video are linked below. I am affiliated with Ellen Hutson (EH), Simon Says Stamp (SSS), and (SB), so I do get a portion of the profit (with no extra cost to you) this is how I am able to run this blog. Affiliate links used when possible. I appreciate your support!