Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Many Different Steps
to Making 
One of my Animal Birthday Cards

It's been a while since I posted anything here, so I thought I would share how I made this one adorable little birthday card.  

I had to learn how to do this technique.  Believe you me, there was a lot of trial and error when I first attempted this.  I wanted to figure out how to make it look like there was a cupcake a bit behind the other cupcakes and I wanted the animals to sit on top of the frosting.  So, I watched a video and set off to attempt it myself.  There are a LOT of different steps to it, so here we go:

  • In preparation for the design, I hand stamp each separate image onto a piece of Post It note with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, then hand cut around the images.  I usually do several of the same image, especially if I am going to use the same animal or cupcake.  These are called masks.

  • I take each cut out mask and lay them out into the design I want.  I use the  backside of a shipping label that I had saved.  By doing this, I have the ability to move things around and get it just right before any stamping is done.

Now it's time to stamp.  I use Neenah solar white 110 lb card stock and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I also use a Mini Misti Stamping tool, which makes this so easy.
  • I lay the above paper with masks into the Misti. I take the lion and bear stamps, line them up over the masks of the lion and bear, close the lid so the stamps stick to the door, open the door, remove the paper with the masks, put my card stock into place, ink the images, close the door and stamp them.

  • After that is stamped, I remove the stamps and card stock and I take the lion and bear masks and place them on top of the stamped images.

  • I put my paper with the masks back into the Misti and take the two frosting stamps, place them on top of the masks, close the door to stick them to the door, etc.,  remove the mask paper, put in my card stock, ink them and stamp the frosting under the lion and then do the frosting for the bear.

  • I take the masks for the each frosting and place them on the stamped images.

  • I put the paper with the masks back into the Misti and take the stamp for the cupcake holder, lay it on top of the mask, pick it up on the door, remove the paper and put the card stock back in, ink and stamp the image.  Since I only have one of these stamps, I have to do this step twice.

  • I take the cupcake holder masks and add them to the stamped images.

  • I put the paper with the remaining masks into the Misti and take the bunny stamp and place it over the mask, pick it up onto the door, replace the mask paper with card stock, ink and stamp the image.

  • I take the bunny mask and cover the image with it. I then do the same steps as already mentioned, and then stamp the frosting under the bunny.

  • I use the frosting mask and add that to the stamped image.

  • The last step:  stamp the cupcake holder under the frosting.

This is what it looks like after all of the masks are removed.

And this is the final card.  
The images have been colored with Copic markers.
For the inside of the card as well as the envelope, I added some more stamps just for fun :)

You can find this card here as well as many other stamped cards I have done along with all my handmade cards in my Etsy shop and my ArtYah shop!

Thanks for taking a look and I hope you now have some idea just how much time and love go into all of my cards.  

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

More Great Shops at

Shop Handmade, Antiques/Vintage & Supplies
From Unique Sellers Around the World!

Continuing on from my previous blog entry from July 24th, I am going to introduce you to more shops on for you to peruse.  I'm so excited to share with my readers all the great shops and sellers that have joined this site.

Each shop banner is a clickable link to the sellers shop.

Again, if you are interested in setting up a shop, please visit this page:

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  

Sunday, July 24, 2016


Shop Handmade, Antiques/Vintage & Supplies
From Unique Sellers Around the World!

I've had my shop, Bethies Cards, open since June 7, 2016 and ArtYah has grown with many more shops, so I thought I'd take a moment to introduce my readers to a sampling of some of the many great shops that are open on!  

Here, I will list ten shops and an item from each to wet your whistle.  If you click on their shop name (banner), it will take you to their store.  I invite all my readers to go check out these wonderful shops.  There are so many different items for sale, I'm sure you will find something that will interest you!  So, without further ado...

Ravens Bend Folk Art

A brief history of ArtYah:  The site was started by the owner, Craig, in September 2015 with a few sellers, grew to about 50 sellers in March 2016, an additional 50 sellers in June and during the month of June, the seller base grew to 800!  ArtYah does NOT allow manufacturers to sell manufactured goods and are on top of copyright and trademark issues.  Their gallery view allows sellers to pay a small amount to be shown in their sliding header and if sellers wish, they can pay a very small amount of money to be listed on the front page of the site. There are also other options available to sellers when they are in the listing section. is a great venue to have a shop and I encourage anyone who is thinking about starting a shop or needing another shop venue, to come and sign up!  ArtYah! has some wonderful perks and a great owner, Craig, who has been working tirelessly to get the site just perfect for his sellers.  Many new things have been added and many more still to come!

Some of the things that are offered on ArtYah! are:
  • No listing fees
  • Sell using an Auction or Fixed pricing format
  • Unlimited listings
  • Site accepts PayPal
  • Pay just $5.00 which registers the seller with PayPal
  • You can favorite a shop
  • Vacation mode
  • New items show first
  • Auction page now has a "auction" block on the page
  • Continue shopping button 

Things that are in the works:
  • Categories are being reworked
  • Etsy uploader is almost done
  • And, I'm sure, many more great things to come!
If you are interested in setting up a shop, please visit this page:

Thank you for taking the time to read all about ArtYah and for reading my blog.