DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Taco Tuesday – Puerto Rican Taino Symbols and Alcohol ink

Hello crafty friends!

It seems this week started with a sprint. And we are already on our third feature for the Taco Tuesday series posts.

Today’s cards were motivated by my upcoming trip to the island of Puerto Rico, where my family is from. Our ancestors, the native Taínos used hieroglyphics to depict life. Using two recognized symbols as inspiration, Coqui (a frog native to the island) and Sol (the sun) I created these 2 special cards.

For the background I used alcohol inks with alcohol blending solution to create a soft look that did not take anything away from the presence of the symbols.

Once the backgrounds and images were complete, I adhered them to the card bases over a piece of foam sheet to give it dimension. As a final touch I embellished each card with sequins and a bit of Wink of Stella.

A full video for how these cards were made can be found on YouTube (



  • Glossy cardstock – Stampland (5 1/4 x 4″, 2 pcs)
  • Burgandy and light blue cardstock (5 1/2 x 8″ scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
  • Foam sheet – Oriental Trading Company (a bit smaller than the glossy cardstock)


  • Alcohol ink by Ranger Tim Holtz series in Clover and Pink Sherbet
  • Universal permanent ink marker – fine


  • Darice dream sequins
  • Tim Holtz blending tool
  • Gluedots
  • Xyron Megarunner ATG
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • Bone folder
  • Micron marker #0.3

These cards are very special to me and I am sure I will use them for a special someone. I did not include a sentiment so they can apply to any occasion and any gender. I hope this post sparked some creative inspiration.

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, repurpose, Tutorial, Video

Fresh Friday – Urban Skyline Sunset Snowglobe Shaker


Hello crafty friends!

The weekend sure flies by…This card was created for my Fresh Friday feature. Unfortunately, I have not been feeling my best with a sinus infection and allergies but I digress.

This Fresh Friday card is a shaker card. So many things went wrong with this card, basically everything… wrong paper, wrong order, wrong amount of contents, messy table, sticky junk on the acetate, full memory card and so on…

To start I created this card during the evening after I returned home from my full-time job. I was, needless to say, exhausted! But I had not missed a card yet so I was determined to get this card done. I knew what type of card I wanted to created but that was about it. I played the steps by ear seeing as I had no idea where I was headed with the project. Then midway into the creative process and a ton of errors my camera stopped recording because the memory card was fall.  Of course I don’t notice until much later and begin to photograph my process instead.

I edited the YouTube video to include a full voiceover so I may explain all the successes and failures. I can only work on this while home on the weekend and yesterday my husband worked so my son was with me, as well as, in the background noise!! But nonetheless the card and video were executed as best I could. I hope to move up from here haha! Above I have inserted the video and below are all supplies and measurements.

White Cardstock – Recollections (4 1/4 x 5 1/2″)
Brown Cardstock – Recollections (Scrap)
Black Cardstock – Recollections (8 1/2 x 5 1/2″ Scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
Gold Cardstock – Anna Griffin (Scrap)
Acetate – recycled
Watercolor cardstock – (Scrap)
LuminArte watercolor paint in Hot Cinnamon, Bougainvillea, Iridescent Green, Sunflower, Playful Peony, and Periwinkle
Gelato – Faber Castell in Black Licorice
Inka Gold Metallic Rub
Elegant Writer – 2.0mm F
Small buildings – original sketches
Black Satin ribbon – my stash
Purple and clear microbeads – my stash
CuttleBug Machine
Hello Die by Spellbinders – Phrase Set 2
Darice wood grain embossing folder
Sizzix 3″ Circle framelits die
CuttleGug Cricut labels and such frame dies
Westcott nonstick scissors
Foam tape
Elmer’s Craftbond glue
All-in-all I am happy with the final project despite all of the hiccups. I doubt this will be the last time something like this occurs and that is okay. We live and we learn. I have absolutely learned from my mistakes and I hope you do too!
Until next time XoXo


DIY, Handmade cards, repurpose, Tutorial, Video

Whatup Wednesday – Viewer’s Choice Card Pineapple with shades

Hi Crafty people! Happy HUMP DAY!

For this mid week post I am sharing this viewer’s choice Pineapple with Shades card.

I thought of multiple ways of creating this pineapple. I thought I would sketch it or collage it together using diamond cutouts of various patterned paper. I went through my paper stash and found this yellow and zigzag screen-print paper by Recollections and immediately knew it would translate perfectly.

As for the leaves, I used a variety of circle punches (sizes noted in supply list below) to create the top leaves which also resemble hair. The shades were made by sketching the outline and lens shapes and cutting them out. I then used vellum paper, colored with alcohol ink to make the lenses.


The recognizable “spikes” of the pineapple were created by just cutting V shapes along the zigzag pattern and slightly curling them upward for dimension and effect.

This card does not currently have a sentiment and I will likely add a thought bubble to add an appropriate occasion sentiment when I decide to use this card. The finished card is 5 x 7″and multi-dimensional.




  • Zigzag pattern paper – Recollections Screen-print (6 x 6″)
  • Coral cardstock – Recollections (6 1/2 x 4 1/2″)
  • Yellow cardstock – Recollections (10 x 7″ scored at 5″)
  • Metallic Dark green cardstock – Anna Griffin Christmas cardstock (scrap)
  • Brown Cardstock – Recollections (scrap)
  • Black Cardstock – Recollections (scrap)
  • Vellum – Stathmore #105-915 (scrap)


  • Watermelon Alcohol ink by Ranger (Tim Holtz)


  • Circle punches – 1/4″ (EK success), 1 1/8″ (EK Success), 3″ Marvy Uchida, 2″ Marvy Uchida
  • Embossing Folder – Cricut Cuttlebug (Fabric Swatches Set)
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth scissors
  • Pinking scissorsEK Success precision scissors
  • Exacto Knife
  • Foam tape
  • ScorTape
  • Glossy Accents
  • Elmer’s craftbond
  • Cuttlebug machine

I truly enjoyed creating this card and the fact that it was requested by a viewer made this project that much more fun! I look forward to creating more cards requested by you so please share any ideas you might have for a card that could be featured on the next Whatup Wednesday YouTube video and blog post! I hope you all enjoyed this project. Until next time XoXo

Art Journaling, DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Fresh Friday – Art Journaling/Surrealism

Hello crafty friends!

Today’s post is a personal an emotional one for me, but I will keep the topic within, on this piece and the techniques I used.

I will quickly state that while I create projects and posts for my love and passion for creating, art is part of a life’s journey and within it we can express our happiness, anger, fears, joys, and sorrows. It can be an outlet when you feel there isn’t any other source of relief. This post is exactly that.


Since January of this year I went through two miscarriages. A topic not often spoken of, and I had no idea how to handle the loss and trauma, particularly when all info is medically stated and does not answer any whys or give preventative information. So in a cloud of emotion and sorrow, I turned to art.

The result was this art journal page depicting three buildings. The 1st building represent past, the center is present, the right is future. There is hope. The cupped hands in the background release two butterflies on their eternal journey during a sunrise representing a new day. This is my story.


As far as techniques; the full video process for this page is available on YouTube.

To prepare my page for multimedia use, I coated it with gesso. This gesso was homemade using the recipe and directions found on a tutorial by Yvonne Gebauer on her YouTube channel mytherapyroom (<– if link does not show you can find the video by copying and pasting this:

While my gesso dries, I work on the cupped hands. Using my hands as a visual guide, I lightly sketch the outline of the hands and then use  watercolor crayons to paint them in. Then they are cut out and put aside.

Once my gesso is dry, I work on the sunrise background. The first layer of acrylic paint is very sheer NOT pretty. But this creates a base to work and build on once dry. As you will see in the video I started with a paintbrush but then use an old grill sponge to give a textured look to the paint. With a bit of watered down gesso I spritzed over the background for a starry effect.

Off camera I sketched three building structures to use as the front focal point. Then using the same watercolor crayons used to paint the hands I also paint the buildings. I tried to keep in mind where the light source was in the background to better know where to place shadows (I am not 100% happy with my shadows to be honest but I can live with them.)

The final step is deciding on the arrangement and adhering it all together.


Creating this piece helped give me some solace and peace to cope with my emotional turmoil for what I had gone through. I hope that if you are ever feeling lost, hurt or perfectly happy that you know you are also able to turn to art and creating as an outlet.



  • Journal – Canson XL Series mix media 9 x 12″ (98lb)
  • Watercolor paper – Canson Foundation Series Watercolor 9 x 12″ (90lb)
  • Bristol paper – Strathmore Bristol vellum surface 9 x 12″ (100lb)


  • Watercolor crayons – Lyra AquaColor
  • 18KT. Gold Leafing Pen – Krylon
  • Acrylic paint – Glaze by GOLDEN in Rust, Yellow ochre, bright purple, Violet Earth, and Ivory black


  • B pencil
  • Micron marker in #02 and 08
  • Fan brush Utrecht
  • Watercolor brushes – Artist’s Loft #6 and 10
  • Charcoal pencil – U.S.A. General’s 557-2B Medium and Prang 600H
  • EK Success precision scissors
  • Westcott non stick KleeEarth scissors
  • Marvy white gel pen
  • Gel medium – GOLDEN Regular Gel (Matte)
  • Diecut butterflies – my stash
  • Homemade Gesso

Thank you for coming on this journey with me and taking time to read my story. I am so very grateful for YOU!

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Whatup Wednesday – Spring Illustrations with Watercolor Tutorial

For this Whatup Wednesday video (available on YouTube) I felt inspired by the arrival of beautifully warmer weather and created small original illustrations on trading cards colored in with watercolor paints purchased at Five Below. Art does not need to break the bank  if it comes from the heart.




  • White Trading card – The Paper Cut (2 1/2 x 3 1/2″)
  • Pre-cut and folded patterned blank card – Recollections
  • Scrap paper strips
  • Cardstock in Light green, Navy, Dark purple, Kraft – Recollections (3 3/4 x 2 3/4″)


  • Watercolor paint – Royal Longnickel
  • Marvy White Gel pen (0.1)


  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • Micron Marker #02
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Pentel Arts Aquash Watercolor brush
  • ScorTape
  • Foam tape
  • Polka dot embossing folder –  Darice
  • Westcott nonstick Kleen Earth Scissors
  • Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy Roller Stamps
  • Banner die – Spellbinders Hipster 1

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it inspired some creativity. Thank you for being here!

Until next time XoXo!

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial

YouTube Channel Launch!

Hello my crafty friends!

Today is a very special day and I am so very excited to share with you all the introduction of my youtube channel for paper-crafting videos. Let me just say, the launch of this channel was a journey in itself and I am still and will be for some time coming, actively learning the ropes of this new and exciting feature for CityGal Papeterie.

I will include here the featured schedule and other important tidbits of the launch. I apologize for this being quite a long post but I don’t want to miss anything!

I am fully aware of all the hiccups and flaws, if you will, that are sprinkled about the first videos. I know that as I continue I will (hopefully!) get better and eventually be able to upgrade such things as my camera and microphone (I literally have to use an audio note via my cell) and I hope to soon sound like I am not in a closet since I can only capture audio if my son is napping or I actually hide in the closet! Lighting and other video qualities will improve as I can improve equipment but for now I am starting as all or at least most others have started.

For each video posted there will be a corresponding blog posted on or about the same day as the upload. The blog post will include supply and measurement details, as well as, additional stills for each project. I do still work full-time so I am totally stretching my time but hey you do what you can when it is something you LOVE!

The feature schedule is as follows:

Margarita Mondays: Vegetarian and Eco themed cards

Taco Tuesdays: Latino and Spanish cards

What’up Wednesdays: Viewers requests, inspired cards (Quote, book, song, etc) and some art journaling

Throwback Thursdays: 80’s, 90’s and vintage themed cards

Fresh Fridays: Urban and NYC themed cards

All features will be available every other week and so the video themes will be as posted below…

Week 1: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Week 2: Tuesday and Thursday

Week 3: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Week 4: Tuesday, Thursday…..and so on

I mention this because it will matter for viewers requests or any challenges or giveaways that are posted (YESSSS I SAID THAT!!!) Otherwise you can tune in whenever you’d like!

Now to introduce the first ever video:

Margarita Monday: DIY Beets illustrated card

For this card I decided to go with a handmade illustration and simple supplies.

Inspiration for this card came truly from my good friend and fellow vegetarian Monica (HEY GIRL!) And we most certainly LOVE OUR BEETS and our music too of course lol. I hope you enjoy the creative process depicted in the video (insert link).





Burgundy cardstock base by Recollections (4 1/2 x 11″)

White Sketchpad paper 4 1/8 x 5 3/8″)

Brown Kraft Cardstock by Recollections (4 1/8 x 1/2″)


Lyra AquaColor water soluble crayons #18021, 13068, 13099, 13001, 13067

Pigma Micron Markers #01

Marvy Calligraphy Marker #3.5

Marvy White Gel Pen 1.0


Pentel Aquash Watercolor brush


Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors

Hago Drawing Pencil in F

I truly enjoyed creating this card and sharing it with you all! I hope this post sparked come creative inspiration!

Until Next time XoXo


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