Introducing our February Guest Designer - Janette Kausen

Hello there old friends and new! Janette Kausen here and I am squealing just a little inside to be guest designing with Neat & Tangled for the month of February. Before I share my first project with you, let me tell you a bit about myself… 

I am married to my high school sweetheart and am the mother of 4 amazing daughters (2 in elementary, 2 in college). We raise our family, including our chocolate Pomeranian Teddy (AKA Juan Pablo, who follows me like my shadow), and rescue critters Luna the cat and Ranger the mutt in the small town of Exeter in central California. We grow oranges, almonds, cherries, grapefruit and a few persimmons. Much of our fruit ships internationally, but a healthy dose remains stateside.

I am an old soul with a Type A personality. Crafting allows me to decompress from the stresses of everyday life. I used to call it cheap therapy, but with "Full Set Syndrome" and eyes like saucers, I’m not so sure! I find my creative bliss in being a paper crafter, stamper, Copic & watercolor lover, quilter, knitter, beader and overall ProCraftinator!

It’s true we have loads of girls around here, but not a one is a girly-girl. I’ve created a not so frilly and pink Valentine’s card that is still just as sweet. Even more, with this simple sentiment, it is a card that can be given all year through!

Denim with just a pinch of glitter? Yes, please! Create the look of denim by die cutting the Wonky Chevron Cover Plate in white cardstock. Copic color each chevron segment solidly varying between B37, B99, B97 and B95.

Piece chevrons back together by adhering onto a darker blue A2 cardstock panel. The dark base will conceal any possible paper gaps. Apply Copic Various Ink Colorless Blender refill solution to a piece of denim fabric until slightly damp. Press fabric against colored Wonky Chevrons for a second or two, then lift. The fabric pattern will emerge on the colored chevrons as it dries. Repeat until desired effect. Terry cloth or corduroy will also create interesting textured prints.

Trim panel one eighth inch on each side and adhere popped up onto an A2 white folded card base. Die cut Love You Nice and Neat Die in white cardstock 3 to 4 times and adhere stacked together with liquid glue. The liquid glue provides wiggle room for easy and perfect alignment. Adhere sentiment to card panel. Die cut included heart in red or Copic color with R35, and pop in place. Apply clear lacquer pen and sprinkle on a fine glitter while wet to achieve a sugared look.

Thank you for visiting today, and, thank you to the Neat & Tangled family for inviting me to share a bit of crafty therapy. I hope you’ve been inspired and I’ll see you again soon!

xo, Janette

Neat & Tangled Supplies Used:
Wonky Chevron Cover Plate
Love You dies

Other Supplies Used:
Copic markers in B37, B99, B97, B95 and R35.
Copic Various Ink Colorless Blender refill solution
Scrap of denim fabric
Nuvo Sparkle Dust in Snow Glow
Hero Arts Lacquer Pen
Hero Arts Precision Glue


  1. YAY Janette! Love your gorgeous project!

  2. Fantastic texture & just girly girly enough without needing pink. I must try this texture idea out for myself, thank you for sharing this card.


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