DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Fresh Fridays NYC Brick card

Hello again crafty friends!

I have for you today an urban inspired card that reps my home of NYC.

I was born and raised in New York City, mostly in the Bronx and I want to share with you all through featured projects what that means to me. I love my home and growing up here and all the things that have come with that. This card is very special to me and I tried to translate in it some of the daily visions of this city, the bricks of this concrete jungle and the writings on the wall – I hate the word graffiti! It has many negative connotations and while “tagging” is not always pretty (or legal!), some of it is IMO quite creative and beautiful.

Here is my version of tagging on a brick wall, a video of the full creative process is available on my YouTube channel. You’ll find all supplies and measurements below.





  • Black cardstock base by Recollections (8 1/2 x 5 1/2″, scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
  • White cardstock insert by Recollections (4 1/8 x 5 1/4″)
  • Cream Cardstock (4 x 5 3/8″, x2)
  • Denril Multi-Media Vellum (9 x 3″)


  • SPECTRUM noir Illustrator Markers in Ultramarine (TB6), Magenta (MG5), Lipstick (CR10)
  • Micron Markers #03
  • Marvy Matchables ink pad in #6 Brown
  • Marvy White gel pen 1.0


  • Hago Drawing Pencil F
  • Fiskars Paper trimmer
  • Darice Brick pattern embossing folder
  • Cuttlebug
  • EK Success precision cut scissors
  • Xyron 1.5″ Creat-a-sticker
  • Elmers Craftbond
  • Foam tape by Craft Specialties

Not just because sketching is something I thoroughly enjoy, but this card was fun to create and holds a special place in my heart.

Thank you so much for being part of this journey with me. I hope this post sparked some creativity!

Until next time XoXo


Handmade cards, Tutorial


Sometimes all that is needed to get on the right path is a little motivation. We may have a hard time providing this for ourselves sometimes but we can also motivate or be motivated by others. Here is a card created to spark a little motivation.



It all started with this sketch of a tortoise completing a race. To translate this message onto a greeting card, I copied the doodle onto 100lb Bristol paper. This was done using a lightbox as seen below and set of Micron markers.


With my Spectrum Noir Essentials set of markers, I colored in the illustration, then cut out the space around the tortoise and background.

After the cutting was complete, a black sharpie was used for bordering to assure a neater and more cohesive look.

A background was chosen and this illustration became part of a  dimensional greeting card fit to spread a little motivation to anyone.


  • 100 lb Bristol paper by Strathmore
  • Precut, prescored card in  white
  • HB sketching pencil
  • Illustrator Spectrum Noir Essentials set
  • Clear 3M dimensional tape
  • Micron Markers in .005, 1, 2, and 3
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife
  • Black sharpie
  • Lightbox
  • ScorTape
  • Word stickers from my stash
  • Small piece of vellum from my stash
  • Patterned cardstock from my stash


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