Encouragement Cards: Every Journey Begins with a Single Step

I love making cards, which means that I spend a lot of time making them. I believe that each of us have been sent to earth with gifts and talents from the Lord, and He expects us to use our time and talents wisely.  I also believe that someday we will be accountable for what we have done with what we were given, like the parable of the talents in the New Testament.

As I was contemplating the amount of time I spend making cards, which I believe it is one of my talents, I felt that the Lord wanted me to do more to bless the lives of others with them, people outside of my family and friends.  There are people everywhere who need encouragement and kindness. So, I determined that I would make four cards every month and give them to an abused women and children’s home.  My hope is that they will help them as they begin to make major changes in their lives, and encourage them that they can do hard things for a better future.

Below are the cards I made this month. Each has the same sentiment I printed on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.

00198For this card I die cut the sentiment panel with the scalloped rectangle from Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials and adhered it with a Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet to a side fold cardbase made from Gina K. Design 120# White Cardstock, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

The flowers are from Simon Says Stamp Spring Florals, stamped with VersaMark Ink on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock, and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder. I decided to color the images with Copic Markers (I would probably not do that again, since I remember that embossing powder can ruin the nibs). The following colors were used: YR12, YR14, YR15; BG13, BG18; YG01, YG03, YG23; G21, YG63, G94; R11, R12, R02.

The flowers were adhered to the sentiment panel with Tombo Mono Multi Glue, with the exception of the pink flower, which has some 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape under the bloom.

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For this card I framed the sentiment with Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles out of Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock and adhered it to the sentiment panel with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. The flower and leaves are from Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetings, stamped on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  Both images were colored with Copic Markers Y15, Y17, Y19, G94, G99.

The leaves were glued with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the flower was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. The scalloped panel was adhered with Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets to a side folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

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For this card I die cut the sentiment with the Memory Box Stitched Rectangles Die and adhered it with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to a side folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

The flower and leaves are from the Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life stamp set and die.  This is a layering stamp set and I used Altenew Inks Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Mango Smoothie, Forest Glad, and Evergreen.  The leaves were adhered with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the flower was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for added dimension.

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For this card I die cut the sentiment with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle die. To frame the sentiment I die cut a black frame from Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock with the My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames. I placed the sentiment inside the frame and used Scotch Tape on the back to adhere the two together.  I then used a Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet to adhere the panel to a side folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

The flower and leaves are from the Verve Great Friend Stamp set.  I used VersaMark Ink to stamp the images on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and embossed them with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The leaves were a solid image and I really like the solid gold look. The flowers were colored with RV11, RV12, and RV14 Copic Markers. I fussy cut them out and adhered the single flower onto the double flower with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and glued the base flower to the frame with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Spring Florals Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetings Stamp
  • Verve Great Friend Stamp
  • Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life Stamp and Die
  • Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials Die
  • Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles Die
  • Memory Box Stitched Rectangles Die
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle Die
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames Die
  • Gina K. Design 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Altenew Inks: Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Mango Smoothie, Forest Glad, and Evergreen
  • Copic Markers:  BG13, BG18, G21, G94, G99, R11, R12, R02, RV11, RV12, RV14, Y15, Y17, Y19, YG01, YG03, YG23, YG63, YR12, YR14, YR15
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape

Sending Prayers

This card was inspired one I had seen on the Clearly Besotted web site for their Happy Everything stamp, however, when I went to get the url to reference it, it was no longer there.  I assume the stamp has been retired since it was no longer available for purchase.  I am going ahead with posting it because a similar image is available in their Beautiful Friend stamp set.

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I stamped the image on Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and embossed it with Recollections Clear embossing powder.  I heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Heat Tool and colored the image with the following Distress Inks: Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber.

I sprayed some Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with Water prior to embossing it with the Darice Wood Embossing Folder.  This ensures that the paper will not crack and tear when embossed.  I set it aside to dry.

Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardbase
  • Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Clearly Besotted Happy Everything Stamp and Matching Dies
  • Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts Stamp Sentiment
  • Hero Arts Prayers Stamp Sentiment
  • Darice Wood Embossing Folder
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Distress:  Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber

Happy Birthday Patterned Paper

Sometimes a beautiful patterned paper can make a lovely card.  The card below is made from some paper from the DCWV Happy Day Stack Paper, which was cut to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and adhered to a side folding card base, made with Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored 4 1/4″ with the ScorBuddy and the Simon Says Stamp Small Teflon Bone Folder.

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The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings Stamp, stamped on some Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock. The paper was prepped with the Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Pad to remove any oils before stamping with VersaMark Ink, sprinkled with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, and heat setting with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.

The sentiment was cut with QuicKutz Nesting Frame #3 Die.  I love this die set because it has two dies that go together to make both a top and bottom layer.  The sentiment and border were cut with the second set of dies, top layer of Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and bottom layer with Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock.  They were glued together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then adhered to the card front with a Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet, cut with the die and trimmed to be just smaller so it won’t show.  A small cluster of flowers and leaves were fussy cut from leftover cardstock and adhered to the upper right corner of the sentiment frame. It was pretty, but I finally cut just some roses from some of the paper, adhered them with 3M 1/2 Foam Tape. The added dimension was just what was needed and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • DCWV Happy Day Stack Paper
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • QuicKutz Nesting Frame #3 Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings Stamp
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles Die
  • WPlus9 Gift Card Layers Die
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • ScorBuddy
  • Simon Says Stamp Small Teflon Bone Folder
  • Sizzix Big Shot

 

Beautiful Bouquet Birthday Mums

This card also used some of the beautiful paper I have in my stash. Today I picked a pink with gold foil polka dots from DCWV Happy Day Stack Paper. You can probably tell by the cards I create that I love the look of flowers. This time I used WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquet Mums Stamp.

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I stamped the image on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink, treating it with an Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Pad to remove any oils from the paper. I sprinkled Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.

The side fold cardbase was make from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored with the ScorBuddy and the Simon Says Stamp Small Teflon Bone Folder to 4 1/4″. A panel of the patterned paper was cut with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and adhered to the card with Tombo Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.

I watercolored the image with Distress Ink.  Because of the color of the paper the ink used were: Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters. Once the image was dry I cut it with the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles Die. A panel of Paper Accents Gold Mirror cardstock was added behind the focal image to make it pop and all was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • DCWV Happy Day Stack Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Strathmore 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Paper
  • WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquet Mums Stamp
  • Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings Stamp
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Distress Ink: Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Tombo Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Die
  • Sizzix Big Shot

Organic Blooms Birthday

I love the big, loose blooms in the Mama Elephant Organic Blooms Stamp and decided to use it for this card. I am really loving watercoloring images with embossed edges.  They keep the color contained and it is easy to get beautiful results.

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I used a quarter of a full sheet Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper from a 9″ x 12″ pack, prepped the paper with the Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Pad to remove any oils, sprinkled Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool, and I was ready to watercolor.

I used Distress Ink to color the image.  There are so many different colors to choose from, and when you blend them together you get even more variations.  For this image I used: Picked Raspberry, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, and Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint.

While the image was drying, I die cut Hero Arts Happy from Paper Accents Gold Mirror paper, cut it three times again using Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, adhered all of them together with a Zig 2-Way Glue Pen. I cut the focal image with the rectangle from the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Die.  For the top folding cardbase I used Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ using the ScorBuddy and the Simon Says Stamp Small Teflon Bone Folder.

The focal image was adhered to the cardbase with some Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam cut just smaller than the panel.  The “happy” die cut was adhered with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The “birthday” sentiment is from the same Hero Arts stamp set, stamped with VersaMark Ink and sprinkled with the same gold embossing powder and heat set with an embossing tool.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Paper
  • Mama Elephant Organic Blooms Stamp
  • Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Die
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets
  • Zig 2-Way Glue Pen
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • ScorBuddy
  • Simon Says Stamp Small Teflon Bone Folder

Celebrate You Birthday

Whenever I go into a craft store I always look at the new paper they have and frequently I can’t resist buying it, especially if it’s on sale.  The problem is that I now have a lot of packs of paper in my stash that I rarely use, and they take up a lot of space in my craft room. So I challenged myself to use some of this beautiful paper. Today I picked the gold foil polka dot paper from the Craft Smith Blush Glam Paper Pack.  For the focal image of the card I used the WPlus9 Ranunculus Stamp.00192

I wanted to watercolor the image, so I used Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper, prepared the paper with an Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Pad, stamped it with VersaMark Ink, sprinkled Ranger Fine Detail Embossing Powder, and heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.

I used Distress Ink to watercolor the image with a Sakura Koi Waterbrush Pen.  Colors used were: Barn Door, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber.

The sentiment is from SugarPea Designs Celebrate All Things Stamp.  I used the Embossing Magic pad to remove any oils from the card and stamped “Celebrate” with VersaMark Ink, covered it with the same gold embossing powder and heat set it with my heat tool.  The second line of the sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big the Bold and You Stamp.  I have all The Big and The Bold series, there are so many words that can be used to personalize any sentiment.  I use them all the time.

The watercolor image was then cut with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles die and adhered to the card with a Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet.  But the focal image just wasn’t standing out on the card, so I cut thin strips of Paper Accents Gold Mirror paper and beveled the edges to create a gold border, tucked the strips under the panel and glued them down with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  There is only a small amount of the pretty background paper showing, but I like the card much better.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Craft Smith Blush Glam
  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Distress Inks: Barn Door, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber
  • WPlus9 Ranunculus Stamp
  • SugarPea Designs Celebrate All Things Stamp
  • Winnie & Walter The Big the Bold and You Stamp
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets
  • Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Pad
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Sakura Koi Waterbrush Pen
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

Happy Birthday Marigolds

I watch other crafter’s videos and purchase a lot of stamps because I like what I see, the challenge is to use what we purchase. I love the big bold flowers that are in Papertrey Inks Year of Flower series. This time I pulled out the Marigolds.00195

I prepped some Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper with an Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Pouch to remove any oils from the paper and stamped the flowers and leaves in VersaMark Ink, applied Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.  Distress Inks were used to watercolor images with a Sakura Koi Waterbrush Pen.  The colors used were Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, and Mowed Lawn. I love how vibrant the Wild Honey is on the flowers. Once they were dry I die cut them with the matching dies using the Sizzix Big Shot.

I created a top folding cardbase with Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored using the ScorBuddy and Simon Says Stamp Small Teflon Bone Folder at 5 1/2″. From the same cardstock I cut a panel with the second largest dies from Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles. After figuring out placement of the flowers and leaves I used the Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Pouch to remove any oils from the panel and stamped Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings with Versa Mark Ink, covered it in Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, and heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.

I applied the smaller flower and leaves with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then used 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to attached the larger Flower, tucking the leaves underneath and gluing them down.  The panel was then applied to the cardbase with foam tape and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Distress Ink: Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn
  • Strathmore 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink A Year of Flowers: Marigolds Stamp and Dies
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings Stamp
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • ScorBuddy
  • Simon Says Stamp Small Teflon Bone Folder
  • Sakura Koi Waterbrush Pen
  • Sizzix Big Shot