April 26, 2017

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!

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  • Reply Bette April 26, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Thanks for the reminder of basic stamping and supply keeping but my fave was background stamping especially with ombre inks…. love your ID stamp too.

  • Reply Lydia April 26, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you for the helpful hints.

  • Reply Chris S. April 26, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Great tips! Nice to know about that Frog Tape. I hate when I rip my card. Your videos are terrific. Keep up the good work.

  • Reply Holly April 27, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Thanks Simon! Great tips! I love the ombre background tip and the frog tape. I’ve used it to paint my house, but never thought about using it on my cards! I love your handwritten signature, by the way.
    Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Kristie Maynard April 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Great video with helpful tips. I love the idea of stamping multiple images at once. Most of my stamps are kind of big to mount more than one at a time, but stamping multiples would work for me, for sure. Thanks!

  • Reply Susan May 25, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Great video Simon…thanks! I was wondering what type of ink you were using for water coloring. Are those little ink squares in the plastic sheet divider a home made hack? I’m really curious…it looks so handy!

    • Reply Roberta August 6, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      In the supplies list he has them listed as the Peerless Water Colors.

  • Reply Mary Ann Varah June 21, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Great video. Especially like the fog tape idea.

  • Reply Diamondback Billiards October 5, 2017 at 6:29 am

    These life hack are fantastic. i can use some of these…

  • Reply American table games October 26, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Wow! what a nice trick, this is all what i needed to have an incredible cards.

  • Reply k rolf April 4, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Hi Simon, WHERE did you get your I.D. stamp??? I can’t locate where on your blog you told us . MANY Thanks — KR

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