OCC Rainbow Maker: Crossing Waves Stencil Background Birthday Card

In this class they showed how beautiful backgrounds can be created using Distress Oxide Inks and stencils.  I had recently purchased Hero Arts Crossing Waves Stencil and decided to give it a try.  Love the way it turned out.

I taped the stencil to the back of a quarter sheet of Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  I wanted to keep the colors to blue, green and yellow.  The colors of Oxide inks used were: Broken China, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, and Wild Honey.  The Oxide Inks blend beautifully on the Bristol Smooth paper.  Once I lifted the stencil front the paper it revealed this amazing graphic background.

The background was die cut using the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundles of Stitched Shapes.  A rectangle 1/8″ smaller was cut from a Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet and adhered to the back. It was then adhered to the front of a top folding A2 Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

I didn’t want the sentiment to detract from the focal image and so it was stamped with VersaMark Ink on a scrap of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and then heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  It was adhered to the focal image with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Hero Arts Crossing Waves Stencil
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Wild Honey, Twisted Citron, Broken China, Salty Ocean
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate You Stamp
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

 

OCC Rainbow Maker: Flower Fusion Happy Birthday

For this card I wanted to keep the colors more feminine and decided to ink blend a background using Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and Broken Chine Distress Oxide Inks.  I think it is a very pretty accent to the Flower Fusion Coverup from My Favorite Things.

This was a very simple card to make.  The Oxide inks blend beautifully on the Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock and the coverup from My Favorite Things adds a touch of class.  I die cut the coverup three times from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and adhered them together with Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.  It was then adhered to the ink blended background with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

I wanted the sentiment to standout on the coverup, but I didn’t want it to be too overwhelming and so I stamped it on Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and then fussy cut around it.  It was adhered to the coverup using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for a little added dimension.

The focal image was glued directly to the front of a top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  I like the card, but I felt like it needed a little something to make it stand out, so I pulled out some Recollection Rhinestones that have a frosted look to them and added them for the centers of the flowers.  It was the perfect finishing touch.

Products Used:

  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Broken China
  • My Favorite Things Flower Fusion Coverup
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Recollections Frosted Rhinestones
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive

 

OCC Rainbow Maker: Wishing You a Happy Birthday

This is the second card I made for the Online Card Class Rainbow Maker.  This watercolor background was created on Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  I think that the results are more streaky, but that is something that watercolor is known for.  I think I will experiment more with this medium to see if I can get a better blend in the future.

I think these bright and colorful backgrounds really show off a white die cut sentiment.  For this card I used Papertrey Ink’s Text Block Birthday Portrait.  It was cut three times from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and adhered together with Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The watercolor panel was cut down using the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle.  A rectangle of Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back.  Tombo Mono Multi Glue was used to adhere the foam mounted panel to the cardbase.  I like the white border that using the SSS rectangle leaves.  The sentiment die cut was adhered to the watercolor background using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

Another great masculine birthday card.

Products Used:

  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink Text Black Birthday Portrait
  • Mission Gold Watercolors: Rose Matter, Yellow Orange, Permanent Yellow Light, Sap Green, Ultramarine Deep, Bright Clear Violet
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

OCC Rainbow Maker: Birthday Hooray

I love the Online Card Classes that are hosted by Kristine Werner and Jennifer McGuire.  I have learned so much by taking these classes and feel that my cardmaking skills have increased by watching the techniques and instructions that are shared.  Recently I have been participating in the Rainbow Maker class and have a few cards that I will be posting using techniques learned in the class.

The first is this birthday card using a watercolor background and a coverup die from Avery Elle.  I love the way it turned out.

I began by watercoloring a rainbow background using my Mission Gold Watercolors on Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper.  Colors used are listed below.

While the watercolor background was drying a die cut three of Avery Elle’s Horizontal Stripes Coverup from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and adhered them together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.  This die also cuts the “hooray!” sentiment.

I adhered the coverup and sentiment to the watercolor background with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  A top folding A2 Cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image and die were adhered to the front using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

I think this will make a great masculine birthday card, which are always a challenge to design and create.

Supplies Used:

  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Avery Elle Horizontal Stripes
  • Mission Gold Watercolors: Permanent Red, Yellow Orange, Permanent Yellow Light, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Bright Clear Violet
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive