Featured Artist/Designer: Tracey McNeely 07 23 2015

Welcome to another Featured Artist/Designer Spotlight. Today we’re thrilled to welcome Tracey McNeely . Before we show you. Tracy’s project, let’s get to know her a little bit more…


Hi, Tracey McNeely here today. I am absolutely thrilled that Andrea invited me once again to join her in a spotlight feature at the Paper Crafter’s Library!

This post is going live just three days before we move out of Toronto and into our new country home. My craft space was by far the most challenging to pack. It is safe to say, especially here, that my craft room contains my most precious cargo. I have been paper crafting most of my life, but in the last 15 years I have really gotten involved with scrapbooking, card making and other projects. I am currently on the Design Team for CASology, the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge, RetroSketches, Muse and I own and design for the Tag You’re It! Challenge.

You can find me:
On my blog: In My Creative Opinion
Facebook: In My Creative Opinion
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TraceyMcNeely
Instagram: https://instagram.com/traceymcneely/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/traceymcneely/

Panda Birthday

Although I am typically a CAS designer what I have discovered through packing is that yes I have LOTS of stamps and dies and cardstock but I have also really taken a plunge into getting messy with techniques. Using mediums like Distress Ink, Copic markers, embossing paste, stencils, watercolours, gelatos and more recently color brush markers is a great way to add texture and dimension to your projects. It is always fun to learn new techniques and for today`s project I have combined some of these together.





My process:

  1. I started by sponging my 5 ¼” x 4” card panel with Distress Ink, I love how the colours blend together in unexpected ways.
  2. After sponging I applied white embossing paste to the top right of the card using the Bubbles stencil from Memory Box. I did not use the entire stencil and I angled it on my panel. I used some Post-It tape to cover the areas I did not want to come in contact with the paste.
  3. I stamped and die cut my card elements—the panda, the bamboo stalks and the sign.
  4. Before sticking anything down to the paper I always arrange the elements on the base, then walk away! Come back in a few minutes or hours and if you like what you see then stick it down!


Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Happy Pandas (MFT Stamps)
Dies: Happy Pandas Die-namics (MFT Stamps)

We hope you have enjoyed today’s project courtesy of Tracey McNeely. Be sure to stop by Tracey’s blog to see even more of her beautiful work (and let her know we sent you).

Happy Crafting!

21 replies on “Featured Artist/Designer: Tracey McNeely 07 23 2015”

  1. LOVELOVELOVE these adorable Pandas!!! So cute and love the background too! TFS!

  2. So happy to see Tracey featured here! I love her designs and her CAS style! This Panda design is ADORABLE! Love the inky background and texture she added!

  3. If anyone can rock any style of card art, it’s Tracey, and this fantastic card shows her incredible range! She has long been one of my CAS-designing card heroes and I look forward to watching her evolve into new techniques! I know I will be learning much from her in the process! Thank you for featuring this very special, very brilliant card artist!! Hugs, Darnell

  4. Love to see the spotlight on you, Tracey… sweet, caring, tender-hearted, and talented – what a joy you are to me, and to the crafting community! Thanks, Andrea!!!
    =] Michele

  5. Absolutely adorable card, Tracey! I love your Panda and your background is just beautiful! Thanks so much for taking the time to create something for us during this busy time 🙂

  6. such a cute card! I love the inking and the embossing and of course the panda!

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