Card making with Neat & Tangled

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Three of my favorite things come together in today’s card: rainbows, unicorns, and creating unique card designs with multiple techniques. Today I have a video tutorial to share with you (and a give-away!) featuring some Neat & Tangled products.

When it comes to rainbow I’ve noticed I enjoy playing withΒ  non-traditional colors (breaking out of the standard rainbow), as well as just working with one part of the rainbow is my personal favorite. I’ve also found playing with watercolors and creating ombre effects and more variation with fewer colors is a real favorite too. While pink is my go-to I challenged myself to step outside the usual for today’s card.

The mane & tail of this unicorn as well as the background technique used are among my favorites right now. I will never grow tired of spraying color onto paste! Want more details? I filmed the process of making this (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 folded) card and created this YouTube video to share with you for a full tutorial.

Supplies Used (links to unless otherwise noted):
Unicorn stamp and coordinating dies, stencil (geometric blooms), watercolor paper, gold watercolor, black archival ink, light and fluffy embossing paste (, Nuvo crystal glaze (link to, Prima water brush (, and assorted color mediums (distress ink, clean color, distress spray, prima color spray)

Challenge: Let the rainbow inspire you in some way today! Whether you go for a 2-3 color ombre party or make use of all the colors or are inspired by my card in some way I hope you’re inspired to play.

Tips inspired by my card:Β 

  • use a light paste for cards
  • work in pieces/batches so if you “ruin” something it’s merely one part of the project
  • these techniques will work across the paper crafting spectrum – try them on anything!
  • you can always add more color
  • don’t be afraid of little whoopsies. It’s hand crafted, not perfection! Enjoy the process!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project but don’t run off just yet- you’ll want to leave a comment on this post for sure…


Neat & Tangled generously sent a bunch of fun stuff for me to share with one of you! If you’d like to win some stamps, sequins, and stencils (LOOOOVE all of the above!) leave a comment on this post by July 1, 2017 to be entered for your chance to win. The winner will be drawn at random and posted on a round-up post on the 2nd of July. Thank you to Neat & Tangled for supporting Camp Scrap! Be sure to check out their awesome blog for more card making inspiration and fun.

99 thoughts on “Card making with Neat & Tangled”

  1. What fun prizes from Neat & tangled .

    Love your take on the rainbow , certainly frees up the space to color when you don’t have to use the entire spectrum!!

  2. I like the idea of working on the pieces of the cards card in batches so that if you ruin something you only have to replace the sentiment or the card base instead of the whole project. It is so great to be able to learn new tricks from other card makers. Thanks Neat and tangled for the chance to win!

  3. I like the idea of doing the ombre effect on the cards. As someone just starting out on making cards, I am seeing so very many cool ideas to try. i love watching the youtube videos of the various card people to see how to do the new tips and tricks like this one. i would love to win these from neat and tangled. thanks.

  4. Really like the untraditional colour you used for your unicorn. It’s nice to see a non-traditional rainbow : )

  5. Thanks for organizing “Camp scrap”. It’s very motivating and fun to have some prompts.
    These neat & tangled supplies are darling. Thanks Neat & tangled!

  6. I love using rainbows on my cards. promised my mom I wouldn’t watch any of the videos until she gets back from holiday.

  7. May your card is SO pretty!! I am now thinking of what I want to do. I have some really colorful pics from St martin and St Thomas that would be perfect for a colorful layout. I have those out on my desk. Ok off to get busy!

  8. I have a little imperfection on everything I make! lol This card is adorable. Love the ombre and I have been doing that in my Travelers notebook!

  9. I TOO LOVE WORKING WITH PASTE BUT i USUALLY USE IT ON sCRAPBOOK PAGES. Your post and card today have inspired me to add it into my card making! THanks!

  10. love unicorns – so fun and on trend atm! I would have to go full rainbow with this one πŸ™‚ Brill card πŸ™‚

  11. So adorable! Really love this challenge! Can’t wait to get home from work and give it a whirl!

  12. Such a pretty card. I love the unicorn. I hope I have time after work tonight to work on a fun card with some of these techniques. Thanks

  13. Love the stencil technique, I try to channel my inner May every time I bust mine out πŸ™‚

    The unicorn is incredibly adorable.

  14. thanks so much for the video! I love the card! I think I’d better go find my paste…

  15. I like your recommendation of using a light paste on your card. Ive had this problem in the past with heaviness and taking forever to dry. My problem is I’m such a perfectionist and I need to overcome this because I can drive myself crazy when creating!

  16. I love the stencil texture as the background. A new technique for me to try.!

  17. I woke up today with a card design in my head using watercolors then saw today’s camp Scrap inspiration ! Thanks May!

  18. I love the color combination on the card — I’m a big fan of cool colors — and I really like that geometric stencil! I’ve got some summer birthday cards to make, so this gives me some good ideas. Happy Tuesday, May! πŸ™‚

  19. Thanks for the batch tip. it is helpful since my plan yesterday is to make a bunch of cards. Thanks also for hosting Camp Scrap.

  20. I love your card and all the helpful tips in the video. The stencil technique is my favorite. I’ve added color to paste before applying it with a stencil, but never used your spray technique. I can’t wait to try it!

  21. That unicorn is so cute! I love the effect of the watercolors on her mane! Rainbow colors are always so fun and I look forward to throwing some fun colors together on my next layout!

  22. I’m just getting into paste so this is perfect. The stencils and stamps are a great combination. Have to think about the rainbow colors — push myself.

    Thanks for the great video!

  23. Love your take on a nontraditional rainbow. I’m a huge fan of Neat and tangled to.

  24. I have never heard of Neat and Tangled. Thanks for the introduction. I learned a lot in today’s post.

  25. Oh How Adorable!!!! Ok, yes I am inspired and yes I have never heard of neat and tangled and must check them out! That unicorn is too cute!

  26. I love the background and the choice of colors on both your background and unicorn.

  27. You never cease to amaze me with your approach to crafting! That is why I’m always happy to see a new class full of creativity! Wow what a great giveaway!

  28. I love unicorns! Interesting hint about spraying on the paste. I’ve added color to my pastes and mediums but never thought to spray. Great idea, thanks for sharing and to Neat and Tangled for the prize offering!

  29. Love your “rainbow” and the effect of the mist over paste such a fun technique. Neat & tangled stuff is awesome! especially that stencil

  30. Love your card! It seems like I can’t do much these days without using a rainbow of colors. I keep telling myself that I don’t have to color every page in my Inspire Bible in rainbow order, but I keep doing it!

  31. Hi May,
    I love your card today. Love the partial-rainbow effect and who doesn’t love unicorns. The neat & tangled prize package is lovely! I also want to thank you for offering camp scrap for free!

  32. So cute! I love the idea of using embossing paste on a card front. I will definitely give that a try! The prize package is great – would love to win! Thanks!

  33. Love the colors your chose for your unicorn. That looks like an awesome prize package. Thank you May and thank you Neat and tangled for the chance to win.

  34. This is just what i was looking for…trying to help my daughter hone her art skills and trying to work with fewer colours (and bonus your ombre). Appreciate the expaination and esp using the unicorns…she’s 11 and we are now both into unicorns! Our thanks to YOU AND Neat and tangles for the opportunity of a giveaway as a great bonus! Cheers!!!

  35. Rainbows are so fun & when you see a real one- everyone points it out. I’m loving the background you did for the unicorn, kind of a stained glass look. Now I want to get my inks out and play….

  36. I just tried the light and fluffy paste and really liked it. I also just heard of Neat and tangled and keep seeing things I need .
    Thanks for the ideas–

  37. I like the colors you used on both the unicorn and background. The background is really cool looking, great card! Thanks for the inspiration.

  38. That background is so cool! i like using unexpected colors in my rainbows too.

  39. Thank you for your inspiration and a chance to win a great prize!
    I think I will use blue, purple and pink for a wedding anniversary card with the same formula.

  40. Love the colors your used and your beautiful coloring. Wonderful background and something I want to try so thanks so much for the video.

  41. Made some cards tonight, I made 2 using a mask and pastes. So love your idea of spritz I guess on the color while the mask is still in place! Lol I used to take it off in the past and then go back and try to color the different parts…. this was soooooo much better!!!

  42. That card is so cute! Thanks for the reminder of the stencil background technique with the modeling paste. I need to give that a try. What an awesome giveaway! Thanks!

  43. Oh how I wish my stuff wasn’t packed up for moving. My fingers are itching to create. And I am a unicorn addict

  44. Great Card. I love the stencil technique on cards. It gives me a chance to get dirty fingers!

  45. Unicorns definately for this girl also. And I agree the more off base the color, the better!! Great technique video (bookmarked it) see you tomorrow..

  46. Love your unicorn card. Your videos keep me inspired. I am not a card maker yet but maybe some day. I have so many projects going I never seem to get any of them done. But sure do enjoy your projects. Thanks for sharing them.

  47. Super cute card and products! I love unicorns and rainbows… brings out my little girl

  48. Love the Unicorn stamp & die set. Your videos are great…. we would love to win a goody pkg from Neat & tangled. Thank you for the opportunity πŸ™‚

  49. i REALLY LIKE THIS TECHNIQUE! I used a “paper” stencil though and had some bleedthrough with my stencil. It’s all good though and won’t end up being a big deal. I’m patiently waiting for it to dry.

  50. I’ve Scrapbooked for years but only recently gotten into cards. I love seeing your cards because they are thing I would just not think of. So inspiring!

  51. I had not thought of sprays for the paste – will give that a go this week. Now that the heat is a little less today, maybe I can venture out into the garage (aka studio). Love the idea of a rainbow in a limited color palette.

  52. This is such a cute card! My daughter loved watching the video with me, and we both think the unicorn is awesome. Watching you work with paste makes me really want to try it sometime!! Thanks for the inspiration and for the giveaway opportunity!

  53. I do indeed love all those items in the giveaway. Im a sucker for all three: stamps, sequins and stencils (in that order)
    Such a cute card – I know several little girls who would love to receive it (including one turning 5 In a few weeks!)

  54. That unicorn couldn’t be cuter and I love, love, loved the ombre effect. Thanks so much for the fun giveaway with all my favorite things! I have a 6 year old and 3 year old who would go nuts over this unicorn card…and the adorable giveaway stamp.

  55. Your card background is so unique and beautiful! I like your take on rainbow colors, and this fresh cool blue and green ombre look is perfect for a magical feel. This inspires me to pull out my stencils and get creative for a change! Thanks for the chance to win some sweet crafty goodies.

  56. I have thought about venturing into textured paste but haven’t yet taken the plunge! This idea of using a stencil and rainbow colours as the background looks great.

  57. I love the look of water coloring but haven’t done much of it . After seeing your beautiful ombre technique though, I can’t wait to give it a try. The textured paste and stencil background is also gorgeous but not something I feel like I can tackle quite yet! Thanks for the technique tips and inspiration, and chance to win this prize

  58. That is so cute May. My favourite colours too! I need to use my stencils more! Thanks for the inspiration!

  59. darling card May, loved watching the video. Thanks to Neat and Tangled for the prize.

  60. What a great card. I love the colors, and even though I’m not much for unicorns, that one is super cute! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the inspiration.

  61. One of the things I have always admired/envied is your spirit of adventure when you create. You are never afraid to try something because you might not do it right. I love how you can just play and have fun. It is hard for me to let go.

  62. I’ve never used embossing paste and stencils, but you certainly do make it look like fun! Eager to try it! Thanks for the video!

  63. Adorable card! I love the color combo and the stamps you used! awesome background! neat & tangled is a favorite!

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