Zen Bouquet Hello Card on Vellum with Gold Embossing

This is the third card made with the Honey Bee Stamp Zen Bouquet.  This time  I decided to let the gold embossing on vellum be the star of the show and really liked how it turned out.

I created a side folding A2 cardbase from Gina K. Designs 120# Turquoise Sea Cardstock and then added Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue to the back of the bouquet on the embossed lines and adhered it in the upper left corner of the card.  This left enough room in the lower right for the sentiment from Concord & 9th Hello Lovely, which was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder. The excess image hanging over the edges of the card were trimmed with a pair of scissors.

As a final embellishment Martha Stewart Butterfly and Three Butterflies Punches were used to add three butterflies from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock .  A clean and simple card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Zen Bouquet
  • Concord & 9th Hello Lovely
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Turquoise Sea Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Paper Studio Vellum
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Martha Stewart Butterfly and 3 Butterflies Punch
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Glue Dot Adhesives

Zen Bouquet Birthday Card with Polychromos Pencils

This is the second card I made with Honey Bee Stamp’s Zen Bouquet.  This time it was stamped on vellum and then colored from the back with Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils.  This is the first time I have used these new pencils.  One thing to be aware of when coloring on vellum is that the colors are very muted.  They are very pretty, but they are pastel rather than vibrant in hue.

One of the challenges when working with vellum is how to adhere it to your card.  The image was too wide to go through Xyron Create a Sticker Maker so I decided to use 6″ Be Creative Tape adhered to a 6″ x 6″ piece of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and then die cut it with the matching die.  The focal image was also die cut with the matching die and the two were adhered together.  Both were adhered to a rectangle of the same white cardstock, but I didn’t like the way the white on white looked on the cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  So I decided to run it through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  This was a challenge because now it was several layers, but eventually, with a lot of passes and a little cutting with a guillotine cutter .  I then decided to add some teal blue cardstock as a border around the image and used that same cardstock to create the banner greeting from My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday, which was heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.

As a final embellishment I used one of the butterflies from the Clearly Besotted Butterfly Wishes set was stamped with Gina K. Designs Sweet Corn Ink and two smaller butterflies from Martha Stewart’s Butterfly Trio Punch colored with Gina K. Designs Blue Lagoon and Bubblegum ink and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Zen Bouquet
  • My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday
  • Simon Says Stamp Folded Banners
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils: 195/130; 108/104/183; 136/119; 158/154; 149/145; 266; 142/127; 117/113/111; 267/171; 267/172; 156/158; 138/119; 193/130; 225/217; 174/172;267/171; 267/163
  • Paper Studio Vellum
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • Turquoise Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs Sweet Corn, Bubblegum, and Blue Lagoon Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Imagins Halloween Face Decal Rhinestones

Copic Colored Zen Bouquet Birthday Card

Recently I decided to stamp a lot of my flower stamp sets and set them aside so I would have them to make a quick card when needed.  I decided to stamp them once on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock, once on vellum with gold embossing power, and a third time on vellum with white embossing powder.  The next few posts will show how different the same stamp can look when created with these different mediums.

Below is the Honey Bee Zen Bouquet stamped on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  This is a huge image measuring about 5 3/4″ in diameter.  For this card I decided to create a 6″ x 6″ cardbase from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and then used her Black Cardstock as a background for the stamp, cut 1/8″ smaller.  I colored the image using Copic Markers.  It looks striking on the black background.

Once the image was colored it was die cut using the matching die and then cut again from Darice Sticky Back Foam.  The foam was trimmed down so that it wouldn’t show when adhered to the back of the image and then adhered to the black square with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The sentiment from Clearly Besott

ed Butterfly Wishes was stamped on Paper Studio Vellum with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was wrapped around the flower image and adhered to the back of the black rectangle with Scotch Tape.  The focal image panel was then adhered to the front of the 6″ x 6″ cardbase with Be Creative Tape.  To add a little more visual interest to this large image one of the butterflies from the Clearly Besotted Butterfly Wishes set was stamped with Gina K. Designs Blue Lagoon Ink and adhered to the left of the sentiment strip.  Using Martha Stewart’s Butterfly Trio Punch two additional butterflies where adhered, which were colored with Gina K. Designs Sweet Corn and Bubblegum ink and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Zen Bouquet
  • Clearly Besotted Butterfly Wishes
  • Copic Markers: B28, B24; B06, B04; V09, V06 V04; RV17, RV14, RV11; R08, R05; R27, R24, R22; R89, R56; Y17, Y15; BG18, BG15; BV17, BV13; BG75, BG72; YG99, YG95, YG67, YG63, YG03, G99, G46, G40, G29, G24, G21, G19, G09, G02, B000
  • Gina K. Designs Sweet Corn, Bubblegum, and Blue Lagoon Ink
  • Black and White Cardstock from Stash
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Paper Studio Vellum
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Twin Congratulations – Welcome Tyson and Savannah

My niece recently had twins at 32 weeks.  They are tiny and still in the NICU, but they are doing well and growing.  We are so happy for them.  I wanted to create a card that would be perfect for her new little girl and boy so I went looking in the Silhouette Store and found this cute little bear image.  I mirrored the image so that they would be facing one another, fused them together to create a card and colored them blue and pink.  It turned out cute.

I cut the all the pieces required for images from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.  You could cut them from different colored cardstock, but they look pretty flat when assembled that way.  I decided to color all the pieces with Copic Markers (listed below).  I added little eyelashes and a hair bow on the girl teddy bear and a bow tie on the bow.

The little bears are hinged at the top and originally I thought that I would only have the cutout be the card, but it was too small, so I decided to add a scalloped rectangle cut from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with on of the Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials rectangles.  The bears were adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  The sentiment was die cut four times from the same cardstock using the Sizzix Celebration Die Set and the top layer was colored in an ombre look using the same Copic Markers.  I liked this better, but in the end I decided to create cardbase from some colorful cardstock I had in my stash.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the scalloped rectangle and adhered to the cardbase with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Silhouette Baby Shape Card
  • Copic Markers: B21, B23, B24, B26; RV10, RV11, RV13; R20; C4, E30, E31, E33, E35, E37; E35, E37, E39, E49
  • Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials
  • Sizzix Celebrate
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Patterned Paper from Stash
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Masculine Birthday With Gold Striped Paper

I have had a lot of fun creating masculine cards with the Paper Studio Be Bold…Be Bright paper pad.  For this card I used the gray and gold stripe and really like how it turned out.

I die cut striped paper using a Memory Boxes Double Stitched Rectangle and then again from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock.  This die leaves a very narrow stitched frame.  I created a top folding A2 cardbase from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and adhered the gold narrow frame using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then glued the striped rectangle into place using the same adhesive.  Next I die cut a large balloon from the gold mirror cardstock using My Favorite Things Balloons.  The balloon string was cut from the same cardstock using Lawn Fawn’s Party Balloons.  The string was adhered to the back of the balloon using Scotch Tape and a circle of Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut just smaller than the balloon and adhered to the back to create dimension.  The balloon and string was adhered to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

For the sentiment I raided my scraps of cardstock to find a matching gray cardstock and stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was then die cut using a My Favorite Things Stitched Fishtail Sentiments die.  A thin strip of leftover double sided foam was added to the back and the sentiment was adhered to the bottom of the card front and the card was done.

Easy to make and yet clean, simple, and stunning with the gold mirror stripe.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Paper Studio Be Bold…Be Bright Paper Pad
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gray Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Balloons
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons (String)
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Fishtail Sentiments
  • Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Memory Box Double Stitched Rectangles

Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Masculine Hello

I needed a masculine hello card to send to a gentleman who recently moved into our ward at church.  I had been making cards using the alphabet dies from Altenew and thought that I would use the new large capital letters to die cut the word hello and adhere them vertically on an A2 cardbase.  I wanted to keep it clean and simple so I used some navy and gold striped paper from Paper Studio’s Be Bold…Be Bright paper pad and really liked the way it turned out.

The letters are very large and took up the full height of the card and about half of the width.  I die cut a rectangle of Gina K. Designs 120# In the Navy Cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The letters were cut from the Paper Studio striped paper and black sticky back foam.  The two were adhered together and then the letters were glued to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.  Easy and yet still striking.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Dies
  • Paper Studio Be Bold…Be Bright Paper Pad
  • Gina K. Designs 120# In the Navy and White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Black Sticky Back Craft Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle

Altenew Bold Alphabet Die Masculine Birthday

It is amazing that in making a card one small change can take a card from so-so to stunning.  I had recently purchased some great graphic cardstock with gold foiling because I thought it would make great masculine cards.  I started with some navy and gold connecting circles paper.  I die cut a rectangle using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.   Next I die cut the word happy using Altenew’s Bold Alphabet dies along the bottom of the foiled paper.   I wanted to do an inlay technique and so I die cut the words again from black sticky back foam and backed the letters to provide dimension.  I added Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock behind the rectangle to create a gold border and die cut some balloons using both Lawn Fawn Party Balloon and Avery Elle Balloons Stamp and Dies.  I stamped the secondary sentiment with VersaMark Ink using My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I adhered the balloons with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then adhered the letters back into their opening using Be Creative Tape because mirror cardstock can be tricky to adhere too and this is strong tape that works great.  But, I just didn’t love the card, the letters were lost in the pattern.  So I decided to use a Copic Marker (B39) to darken the letters and still didn’t like it.  I added some Wink of Stella and still it wasn’t a very good card, so I thought it was just one of those cards I would never use.

And then a few days latter after making another card with inlaid letters I had an aha moment.  I quickly die cut the word happy from gold mirror cardstock and adhered it on top of the previous blue words, offsetting just a little, and loved it.  I’ve shown both cards below so you can see the difference one small change can make.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Paper Studio Be Bold…Be Bright Paper Pad
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloon Dies
  • Avery Elle Balloons Stamp and Dies
  • Copic Marker B39
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Sulky Gold Metallic Thread
  • 3/8” Be Creative Tape
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle

 

Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Die Masculine Birthday

I’ve said it before, but masculine cards are the most challenging for me.  I recently purchased Altenew’s Caps Bold Alphabet Die set because I thought it would be good in making masculine cards, and I really like how it turned out.  For this card I really like how the bold gold and navy striped paper looks when die cut with these large letters and adhered to the front of a white panel.

I die cut the letters from this striking gold and navy striped paper from Paper Studio’s Be Bold…Be Bright collection.  I then cut them again from black sticky back craft foam.  This makes it really easy to add dimension to the letters. I cut a rectangle from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundles of Stitched Shapes and laid the letters on the panel to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment from Hero Arts Birthday Messages, stamped with In the Navy Gina K. Designs dye ink.

Balloons from Honey Bee’s Celebration Box were cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and strings of Sulky Gold Metallic Thread where adhered to the back with Scotch Tape.  The balloons were arranged and then picked up with Glad Press ‘n Seal.  This makes it easy to keep them together as arranged and turn them over to add glue to back.  They were adhered to the white panel using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the strings were wrapped around the bottom of the panel and secured with Scotch Tape.

The letters were aligned using a T-Square ruler and a long strip of Post-it Tape was used to keep them all together.  Tombo Mono Multi Glue was added to the back and then the letters were adhered to the front of the panel.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the white focal image rectangle and then it was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# In the Navy cardstock.

Love the way this turned out.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Dies
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Honey Bee Celebration Box Balloon Dies
  • Paper Studio Be Bold…Be Bright Paper Pad
  • Gina K. Designs 120# In the Navy
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Black Sticky Back Craft Foam
  • Sulky Gold Metallic Thread
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Gina K. Designs In the Navy Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle

 

Great Love Valentine’s Day Card

I send cards every 4-6 weeks to the young people from our church who are serving either an 18 month or two year mission for the church.  They are away from home and it is always nice to get a message of encouragement and support.  Since this month is February, I decided to sent a love themed card.  I love this Penny Black stamp set, All Great Things, because it has great quotes.  This one is from Mother Teresa.  We all can do small things with love that will help others around us.  The world would be a better place if we did it a little more consistently.

I die cut a large heart using a Spellbinder Classic Hearts die from Gina K. Designs Red Hot 120# Cardstock.  The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  I was adhered on the left of the front of a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Small white hearts were die cut using the Impression Obsession Heart of Heart Die.  I really like this die for small hearts since it has both solid and open heart.  They were scattered around the large heart and adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  Using the same red cardstock the word love from Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Love was die cut and adhered to the right of the heart with the same glue.  To add more dimension and interest I pulled out some heart dies from Papertrey Ink Heart Prints and Simon Says Stamp Holiday Shapes and embossed them around the large heart using the Spellbinders embossing pad.

A clean and simple card that has a big punch with the bright red and white mix of colors.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black All Great Things
  • Hero Arts love
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Red Hot and White Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder
  • Spellbinders Silicone Mat
  • Spellbinders Classic Heart Dies
  • Impression Obsession Heart of Hearts Die
  • Papertrey Ink Heart Prints
  • Simon Says Stamp Holiday Shapes Hearts
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Garden Treasure on Vellum Birthday Card

Recently I decided to stamp a lot of my stamps on vellum so that I would have them to create quick cards.  I stamped Altenew’s Garden Treasure on vellum and heat embossed it with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder and then colored it with Copic Markers from the back.  I like the way it turned out.

One thing to keep in mind when coloring on vellum is that the colors are pretty muted from the front, so pink darker colors than you normally would.  Also, the coloring doesn’t look so good from the back, but it really makes a pretty card when you turn it over.  Also, keep in mind that if you are layering multiple die cuts you will see all of the image behind the vellum.  It makes for an interesting collage, but still pretty.

I decided to adhere my vellum flowers to a rectangle cut a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle from Gina K. Designs Turquoise Sea 120# Cardstock.  Ranger Multi Medium Matte was added to the lines of the embossed image to adhered them to the focal image panel.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings and was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with the same embossing power.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the focal image panel for added dimension and then it was adhered to the front of a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Garden Treasure
  • Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings
  • Paper Studio Vellum
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Turquoise Sea and White
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Copic Markers: BG49, BG45; BG18, BG15; RV14; G46, G24
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet