Vintage Bicycle Enjoy Your Day

I was tired of using the same stamps that I brought with me and so I went to Michael’s to see what new stamps were available. There wasn’t much available. I did find this vintage bicycle stamp in the clearance section. I think it turned out nice.

I stamped the image on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink and heat set it with my embossing tool. I then used some Post-it Tape to block off the top and bottom parts of the stamp to ink blend the backgrounds.

The image was then colored using Copic Markers. It was cut down using a stitched rectangle die. In keeping with the vintage feel I decided to use kraft cardstock for the card base. I also cut a rectangle from kraft and embossed it using the Cuttlebug Oxford folder, which gives a woven look, much like the flower basket in the image.

The sentiment was stamped on the lower right of the card with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink and everything was adhered together using liquid glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Inkadinkado Vintage Bicycle
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Altenew Silver Lake, Ocean Mist
  • Copic Markers: BG18, BG15, BG13; YG67, YG17, YG05, YG03; E29, E27, E25, E23; RV25, RV23; C8, C7, C6, C5, C4, C3, C2; E53, E51, E50
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Kraft Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Foam Sheet

Bouquet Ballet Hello

I think this is my favorite of all the ink smooshing cards I made lately. I love the variation in colors with the red, orange, yellow, and green. You have to be very careful when using both orange/red and green to ensure it doesn’t turn into a brown.

Once the smooshed background was dry I cut it using the largest scalloped rectangle from Gina Marie Designs. I then stamped Penny Black’s Bouquet Ballet into the center with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. I then used the same distress inks used in the background to color the image, adding some more oranges and a brown. I think it turned out so pretty.

I kept it pretty simple and merely added a die cut sentiment in gold mirror cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Bouquet Ballet
  • Honey Bee Stamps Hello
  • Distress Inks: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Dried Marigold, Candied Apple, Mustard Seed (Background)
  • Distress Inks: Barn Door, Rusty Hinge, Carved Pumpkin, Ground Espresso, Twisted Citron (Bouquet)
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Darice Foam Sheet
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Cheery Flower Celebrate Your Special Day

I think teal/turquoise is such a serene color. For this ink smooshing I added a little bit of green as well.

The background was cut using the largest scalloped rectangle from Gina Marie Designs. It leaves a very small white border when adhered to a cardbase. I decided to keep the color scheme pretty neutral by using a white flower die cut from Memory Box. I also used a circle die from Ellen Hutson to create a circle border to the die. I cut it four times from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and adhered them together with liquid glue to give the focal image some dimension.

The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. A very quick and easy card to create, but lovely because of the pretty smooshed background.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Memory Box Cheery Flower Collage
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Distress Inks: Mermaid Lagoon, Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Circles Die
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Studio Katia Satin Rainbow Confetti

Birthday Candles – Happy Birthday, Hot Stuff

I love getting messy and making some ink smooshed background, but then you need to decide what to do with them. For this card I decided to keep it pretty simple.

I die cut the blue smooshed background using a stitched rectangle and then matted it with some navy glitter cardstock. For the focal image of the card I pulled out Elizabeth Crafts Birthday Candles and die cut them from the same navy glitter cardstock for the top layer and from white glitter cardstock for the solid underneath layer. The flames were cut away from the blue candles and the white cardstock was colored using some YR Copic Colors. Liquid glue was used to adhere the two layers together. It can be difficult to adhered glitter cardstock, but if you a generous amount of glue and place the item under a heavy weight while it dries it works out well.

The sentiment was stamped underneath the candles with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. The five candles where aligned in a row above the sentiment. The focal panel was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Elizabeth Crafts Birthday Candles
  • My Favorite Things Make a Wish
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers: YR24, YR21
  • Distress Inks: Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Doodlebug Design Navy and White Glitter Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Camilla Thinking of You

This is another card I made using some ink smooshed paper. For this one pink colors were used for a softer look.

Since I have limited supplies on the road I decided to take a layering stamp and take the middle detail layer and stamp it with VersaMark Ink and then heat emboss it white. It was then cut using the coordinating die. I did the same for the leaves using some leftover green smooshed watercolor paper.

These are large flowers. I arranged two on a stitched rectangle panel that was dry embossed using the Darice Basketweave embossing folder. The leaves and background flower were adhered with liquid glue and the top folder with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

The sentiment was stamped on a strip of black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. A fishtail end was added to one side and the then the sentiment was adhered with some foam tape as well.

The entire panel was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Camilla Build-a-Flower
  • Altenew Thinking of You
  • Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Lucky Clover, Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder

Fantasy Floral Hello

One of the items I brought with me while traveling was my regular Distress Inks. I decided to do some ink smooshing since has been awhile since I’ve done that. There are so many ways you can use it. For this card I decided to use it to die cut some 3-D florals from Altenew. You get variations in color with the technique, which works well with layering dies. I did need to add some more color to the top layer to give the differences in color needed to see the layers.

I used Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper and smooshed Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, and Barn Door inks. I also smooshed another piece of paper with Mowed Lawn for the leaves.

I like to used an embossing folder to add texture behind a simple design. I used a stitched rectangle die to cut a panel of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and embossed it using the Cuttlebug Oxford folder. Since I was using a black die cut sentiment I decided to mat the embossed rectangle with black cardstock as well. It helps to tie the sentiment to the design.

Everything was adhered to the embossed rectangle using liquid glue and then the panel was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Distress Inks: Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, Mowed Lawn
  • Simon Says Stamp Bold Hello
  • Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder

Big Birthday Wishes Josh

So here I am in Texas and I forgot to bring my grandson Josh’s birthday card with me. He will be turning 19 on the last day of August and we will be on the road again with our 5th wheel. So, I needed to find something to create a birthday card for him.

I had brought the new die from My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes and decided to use it for Josh’s card. His favorite color is blue, so it was off to Hobby Lobby to find some paper product to create his card. I was surprised there wasn’t a lot of selection. Maybe it’s because of Covid, but it was hard to find something masculine that would work. I finally settled on this blue gingham and some blue and white glitter cardstock. I think it turned out good.

I cut down the gingham paper with the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase. This left a thin white border around the gingham.

I cut the die cut sentiment from the glitter cardstock and three more times from white cardstock to stack the letters for dimension. It was just a little too plain and so I pulled out some stitched balloons to add to the card front. I didn’t have any white thread and I wasn’t going back to the store, so I rummage through what Aimee had on stock and found this thin organza ribbon that worked well.

PRODUCT USED:

  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes
  • Birch Press Designs Party Balloons
  • Copic Markers: B39, B37, B34, B32
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • The Paper Studio Blue Gingham Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Design White, Navy  and Blue Jean Glitter Cardstock
  • 1/8” White Organza Ribbon
  • Darice Foam Sheet
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Full of Glee Hello Friend

This is another card I created while coloring with Copic markers with my granddaughter. This time I decided to keep the flower images pink. It was fun talking with Emma about shading and the importance of adding contrast shading to an image. She wanted to keep to colors within in the same color family, with only a number or two different. I showed her how branching out just a little and going a little deeper with a color could really add depth to an image. We had a lot of fun.

This is a love image from Penny Black that I have used many, many times. Now days with Michael finally retired my crafting budget isn’t what it used to be. So when I purchase a stamp now I ask myself, “will I use this stamp many times?” and if the answer is no I don’t purchase it. This one is a keeper.

I stamped the image on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, which is Copic friendly. Once the coloring was complete I decided to cut down the image with a scalloped rectangle die. I love the way a pretty die really adds so much to a white on white card design. I cut down some foam to be just smaller than the rectangle and added it behind the image for added dimension and then adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Full of Glee
  • Recollections Friendship
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: B000, B0000; RV29, RV25, RV23; RV23, RV02, RV000; G99, G94, G24; G23, G29, G03; Y18, Y15, Y13, Y38, E23
  • Darice White Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Recollections Assorted Jewels
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink

Bouquet Ballet Hello Gorgeous

We are in Texas with our oldest daughter and her family. My granddaughter Emma is quite the artist. She had never used Copic Markers because they are just too expensive for her budget, so I thought it would be fun to bring over my markers and let her experiment. She had a great time and so did I.

While Emma was coloring I stamped this pretty bouquet from Penny Black and colored it with Copic Markers. I love the contrast of yellow and purple together.

The sentiment is from a Hero Arts birthday stamp set, but it is perfect for other occasions as well.

Once the coloring was completed a cut down the image using the Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle Die. It add just the right amount of visual interest to a clean and simple design. I added a sheet of foam, cut just smaller than the focal image panel and adhered it to a top folding cardbase.

The final embellishment was to add tiny smokey gray rhinestones to the center of the purple flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Bouquet Ballet
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Recollections Friendship
  • Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: B000, B0000; Y18, Y15, Y13; V17, V15, V12; E29, E27, E23; YG67, YG17, YG03; G46, G29, YG03
  • Darice White Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Recollections Assorted Jewels
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink

Scented Beauty Watercolor Hello

This is a card I made while traveling in our fifth wheel trailer. It is much more of a challenge, because I don’t have everything at my fingertips and I only brought a few stamps. I did bring my new Karin Brushmarkers and used them to color this beautiful image from Penny Black.

I stamped the image with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink because it can be used with watercolors. To ensure it was completely dry I used my heat gun for a few seconds. The stamp really gives the shadows to each of the petals, so it is an easy image to watercolor. I added the concentrated color at the base of each petal and then pulled it out with a watercolor brush. After everything was dry I added another layer to intensify the colors.

I decided to frame the image using Mama Elephant’s Artist Mat. The challenge was that it didn’t leave a lot of room for a sentiment, and I hadn’t brought with me a small hello stamp. So it was off the Michael’s to see what they had. I found the Recollections Friendship stamp set that had the perfect small sentiment.

The mat was adhered to the watercolor image using 3M Foam Tape for added dimension. Then the panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase. The final embellishment was to scatter a few black sequins and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Full of Glee
  • Recollections Friendship
  • Mama Elephant Artist Mat
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 075 Burgundy, 209 Red, 281 Olive Green, 210 Apple
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Hot Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Recollections Assorted Jewels
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue