Stamping with embossing folders

Happy hump day crafty people!  I hope you are having a wonderful week.  A few weeks ago I made some cards using embossing folders to stamp.   I couldn’t resist adding in another project on this theme as I really liked the effect.


This time I pulled out a mandala type embossing folder and I used black archival ink.  When I tried stamping it by hand I didn’t get a good effect at all so I ran it through the big shot to get a better impression as well as embossed.

Once the ink had dried I used a water brush and some distress oxide inks to paint the mandala and than added a stamped sentiment in the centre.  I thought the finished effect was a bit like a tile.


Here’s a close up of the final card…..


Thanks so much for stopping by to visit the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x

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Stretching your craft stash – using embossing folders as a stamp

Hi crafty people! I hope you are doing well. I’ve been thinking about ways to get the most out of my crafty stash without always having to buy new things.  I thought a series on ways of stretching our stash to use items in different ways would challenge me to think outside the box and I’d love to hear what other people do too!  For this first post I decided to try using my embossing folders as stamps.

I chose this feather embossing folder which was a magazine gift in the past.  I used some distress oxides to ink the folder in a sort of ombre effect.  I tried just pressing the folder onto the card by hand and also running it through my bigshot machine to emboss as well as stamp the colours.


This first card is the version that was run through the bigshot.  I cut a square panel and added some salty ocean distress oxide ink around the edges.  I added a navy layer behind and a strip of vellum.  I added the die cut dream catcher and feathers and drew in the lines for the strings.  To make the dream catcher fit in I coloured it with the blue print sketch oxide ink.


Here is a closer look at the finished card….


The second version I used the panel which was stamped without being embossed.  For this version I added some nuvo crystal drops to look like little beads on the dream catcher.


Here’s a closer look…..


I hope you liked my cards and that you will share your stash stretching top tips!  I can’t promise it will curb my shopping but it might!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


S for Season’s Greetings

Happy hump day crafty people!  How’s your week going?  I’m super busy with Christmas orders for my Etsy shop and trying to get my own Christmas cards finished and sent off.  However, I did manage to escape the Christmas crafting last night to go for pizza and to see Once upon a Deadpool last night.  We had seen (and loved) Deadpool 2 but it was fun to watch and there was a lovely memorial to Stan Lee at the very end which would have brought a tear to a glass eye!

Today I would like to share my entry for the the new Alphabet Challenge which currently is to make a card using S for Season’s Greetings.  I decided to go with a stamped santa as a focal image for the card.  This one was part of a free magazine gift and I stamped it in black memento ink and heat embossed it with a sparkly embossing powder.  I coloured it with alcohol pens (I have a mix of nuvo, spectrum noirs and first edition markers) and added a little more sparkle with my spectrum noir crystal clear sparkle pen.


I then mounted him on the card with a couple of different papers that were also gifts with magazines (trying to use up some of my paper stash as it is a little out of hand!) and a little row of nuvo drops in red.  The final touch was to add the Season’s Greetings stamp, can you guess where it came from? Yup it was free with a magazine!  I think there is definitely a theme for this blog post!


Anyway I hope that you like my card and if you haven’t had a look at the Alphabet Challenge that you will pop over to see some of the fab entries and maybe play along.

Thanks so much for visiting Ginger Ninja Crafts blog today and I hope to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Fusion card challenge – galaxy challenge

Hi crafty people!  I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend.  I’ve had a weekend full of cake, catching up with friends and a last outing to the Edinburgh Fringe for another year.  Today I’m sharing a card for the Fusion card challenge ( ) which has the theme of “galaxy”.


I used the Starry sky stamp set from For the Love of Stamps by Hunkydory and a star embossing folder.  The inky background was made by blending distress inks before heat embossing the stars in silver.

20180822_134922I hope you like my card and thanks so much for stopping by.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja! x)


Another day, another sketch!

Happy hump day everyone!  I hope you are all having a great day.  Today I’m sharing two cards inspired by the sketch from the September 2018 issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine (see page 86 for the sketch and three different card ideas).


The first card I made using the autumnal stamps from a recent issue of Creative Stamping magazine.  I used the acorn stamp and three colours of memento inks to create the panels.  Then I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on a dark brown circle.  I stamped the squirrel in brown archive ink and used a mixture of distress oxide inks and memento inks to watercolour the squirrel before fussy cutting it out and layering onto a larger dark brown circle.  I finished off with some orange enamel dots.  I know it’s technically still summer but it feels like autumn is on it’s way here in Scotland.  The weather is cooler and it’s been really windy and wet, although to be fair that description could be used across all four seasons here!!


The second card I used one of the patterned paper downloads and the peacock feather stamps from the magazine gift too.  I added some purple, navy and gold cardstock and some purple gems for a bit of bling!


I really enjoyed playing with the sketch and love how different the cards turned out from one layout.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you like the cards.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x


Freshly Made Sketches Challenge 346

Hi crafty people, I hope your Thursday is going well.  Today I would like to share a card I made for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches Challenge ( with the following sketch.

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I had just bought the new issue of Papercraft Inspirations magazine with the beautiful Dandelion Dreams gift set including an embossing folder and stamp set so I was itching to use them on a project!


So here is my card.  I used distress oxide inks to create the coloured areas.  I embossed the black circle with the folder and added a butterfly to the panel.  I used my spectrum noir sparkle pen to highlight the butterfly and the embossed dandelion (although I don’t think it’s really visible in the picture!)


I hope you like the card and I’ll be back again tomorrow with another post.  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja Crafts) x


Happy birthday to brew!

Happy Wednesday!  Hope you are having a fabulous week and thanks so much for stopping by to check out my blog.  Today I’m sharing a stepper card I made using the free gifts with issue 161 of Papercraft Essentials magazine.  I love a crafty magazine for all the ideas and inspiration although I must admit I’m often sucked in by the freebies on offer!  This magazine did not disappoint with the set of stamps, coordinating dies and an embossing folder from Apple Blossom.  I also used some yellow checked paper from a pack that the magazine sent me as a gift when a card I made was included in the Your Cards pages!

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To make the card base I used the following template which I think I found on pinterest some time ago and I scribbled it down in my notebook so please excuse the picture!


I used brown craft card for the card base and cut some panels from the decorative paper for the side and bottom panels.

I stamped the beer bottles and beer glasses with Memento Tuxedo black ink.  For the bottles I coloured with my First Edition Craft Twin Markers (49, 53,54 and 37 for the label) and a gold gel pen for the bottle cap.  I fussy cut these out and glued them to the side panels.  The beer mugs were cut out with the corresponding die and coloured with the pens (42, 39 and 37).  I added a little highlight with a white gel pen.  The cream panel in the centre was made by embossing some cream cardstock and then running some vintage photo distress ink lightly with a blending tool across the raised areas.

The finishing touch was to add the Happy Birthday sentiment from the stamp set and a couple of orange enamel dots from my stash.


I hope that you like my card, I’d love to hear any feedback you have.  Happy crafting everyone.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja) x


Freshly Made Sketches 345

Happy Friday crafty people!  I hope you have all been having a great week and managed to fit in some crafting.  I’m sharing a card I made for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge (#FMS345).

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I decided to make a cactus theme card and used the Simply Succulents stamp set from Clearly Besotted and some cactus papers that I picked up at the range.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from a My Favourite Things set. I finished off with a couple of sequence in the bottom corner.  I’m really trying to embrace the white spaces but I felt like it needed a little something!



I hope that you like my card and I’d love it if you left me a comment to say hello!  Have a great weekend when it comes.

Crafty hugs

Jenny  (AKA the Ginger Ninja!)


Another day, another challenge!

Happy Monday crafty people!  Today I’m sharing a card I made for the MFT Sketch Challenge (

 I used some background paper that I had created with a stencil and some pixie powders a while ago and the stamps are from the MFT adorable elephants set.  I hope you like it and thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great week

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja)



You’re one cool cat!

Hey crafty people, hope you are having a great day.  It’s another beautiful sunny day here in Scotland and I’ve been busy working on some orders for my Etsy shop and a custom order through facebook.  Today I’m sharing my entry for the Freshly Made Sketches card challenge #FMS344 ( ).  The sketch for this week’s challenge is….FMS Final 344-001

My other inspiration for today’s card is one of my cats, Pepper.  Pepper is the oldest of our three cats and I’m sure the other two will make an appearance on here soon!


When I saw the Fluffy Furball stamp set by Clearly Besotted it reminded me of Pepper so much so I had to buy it!  I created the blue background using pixie powders (addiction still going strong!!).



I hope you like my card and I can’t wait to see all the other entries to the challenge.  It’s amazing seeing all the different interpretations from one sketch.  Have a great day.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja)