Janae You Are An Amazing Doctor

After four years of med school, three years of residency in pediatrics, one year as chief resident, and three years of fellowship in pediatric intensive card Janae is finally done with her medical training and is off to a great job at San Antonio Methodist Hospital in Pediatric Intensive Care.  She is an amazing doctor and we reap the benefits of her medical knowledge all the time as aging parents.  We are so very proud of her and her determination and dedication to be the best doctor she can be.  I wanted to create a special congratulations card for her and found this cute image by La-La Land Crafts.

I printed the image onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with my laser printer and the Silhouette Cameo software using registration marks so I could have the machine cut out the image.    This ensures that the lines will not blead when coloring the image with Copic Markers.  Janae’s favorite color is teal/aqua and so that is the color I used for the dress.  She usually wears scrubs in intensive care, but I’m sure she will appreciate the doctor’s coat as a symbol of her profession.  I shaded it with light gray markers to keep it white in color. 

I die cut a rectangle from Gina K. Designs Tranquil Teal Cardstock using a stitched rectangle and then embossed it with the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder which would be a great background to the image and sentiment.

I originally thought I would have a die cut sentiment block, but the amount of text I wanted to use in the space available just didn’t give a great cut, so I printed a message onto the same size block and cut it with the Silhouette.  There are five layers of the block for dimension so that the focal image, which was adhered with foam tape, could overlap and rest on the word block.  I also cut the Hero Arts Congrats from gold mirror cardstock and sticky back foam twice so that it would be the same height as the sentiment block.  I cut away a little of the foam behind the letters that were resting on the image and word block. 

As a final embellishment I scattered gold confetti around the panel and adhered it to a top folding white cardbase. 

PRODUCTS USED:

  • La-La Land Crafts Doctor Marci
  • Hero Arts Congrats
  • Computer Generated Sentiment with Andy and Arial Fonts Cut with Silhouette
  • Copic Markers: E11, E01, E00, R20; R21, R22; BG49, BG15, BG13; E35, E53, E50; C6, C4, C3, C2, C1, C00
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Confetti
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Tranquil Teal Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder

Grayscale Fantasy Floral Hello

I recently purchased Hero Arts Woodgrain Fancy Background die and decided to use it on a card. I cut the woodgrain background from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock, but didn’t like the edges, so I cut it down using a stitched rectangle. It was then ink blended with Distress and Distress Oxide Weathered Wood Inks.

For the focal image I decided to create flowers in grayscale colors and pulled out three different shades of gray from my scraps and die cut Altenew’s Fantasy Floral 3D dies. I layered two flowers differently. One with the dark on the bottom and the other with the light on the bottom layer. The leaves were cut from the darkest gray.

In keeping with the gray color scheme the sentiment was cut from silver mirror cardstock. The sentiment was placed in the lower right of the panel and then the flowers and leaves were adhered around it. Black enamel dots were scattered around the focal image.

The woodgrain focal image panel was adhered to a top folding black cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Fantasy Floral 3D
  • Simon Says Stamp Painted Hello
  • Hero Arts Woodgrain Fancy
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • 3 Shades of Gray Cardstock from Scraps
  • Distress Oxide and Distress Weathered Wood Inks
  • Doodlebug Designs Black Enamel Drops
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Wink of Stella Clear Sparkle Pen

Simply Bloom Background Hello

When I was taking the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 and saw this beautiful die from Pink Fresh Studio and immediately went and purchased it. It makes a stunning card.

I die cut the flower background die three times from heavy weight cardstock and adhered them together with spray adhesive. I cut a rectangle of cardstock the same size as the die from 80# Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and ink blended it with Gina K. Designs Peach Bellini, Tomato Soup, and Jelly Bean Green in strategic locations. The background was then sprayed with Blick Pearl Simmer to add some shine. The flower die was then glued over the background, but it was just blah. So, I pulled out some Copic Markers and added color to the flower and leaves, but this caused overlap onto the white of the flower die, so I cut another one and adhered it over the top.

I pulled out some green enamel dots for the center of the flowers. For the sentiment I ink blended a scrap of cardstock with the Jelly Bean Green ink and die cut the Honey Bee Hello Die and then background from white and adhered the two together with liquid glue. It was glued over the top of the flower die in the lower right and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Pink Fresh Studio Simply Bloom Background Die
  • Honey Bee Stamps Hello Die
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Peach Bellini, Tomato Soup, Jelly Bean Green
  • Copic Markers: R24, R22, R02; YG17, YG05, YG01
  • Green Enamel Dots from Stash
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# and #110 Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Blick Pearl Simmer

Black, White, and Gold Statement Flower Celebrate

My husband asked me to create a card for his nephew’s oldest daughter who is getting married next week. Her colors are black, white, and gold. I like color and creating a card without any is a challenge. I guess you could say white is a color, but to not have any other colors with it is typically not something that I do. I decided to use the lovely Altenew Statement Flowers again for this wedding card.

I knew I wanted to use gold embossing on the image for the gold in Nikki’s colors, so I stamped the image with a light gray ink and left the stamp in place in my MISTI. Embossing powder is hard on your Copic Markers so I always stamp the image in a light ink for coloring and then stamp it again after the coloring is complete with VersaMark and then heat emboss it.

I only used gray Copic Markers for the flowers and leaves, adding the darkest shade to the leaves. After it was colored and heat embossed the images was die cut with the coordinating die. It was always die cut from sticky back foam and trimmed and adhered to the back of the colored image.

In keeping with Nikki’s colors I die cut a panel from black cardstock using a stitched rectangle and dry embossed it with Stampin’ Up’s Subtle embossing folder. It was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue and the focal image was then adhered to the rectangle with liquid glue.

I pulled out My Favorite Things Celebrate die and cut it from gold mirror cardstock. This die does not come with a shadow so I created one in my Silhouette software by taking a picture of the word cut from black cardstock and placed on the PIXScan Mat. Once it was imported I added a .5 shadow to the word and cut it from black cardstock. The shadow and gold word were adhered together with liquid glue. Small pieces of foam tape was added to the back of the word that would hang off the focal image.

The final embellishment was to scatter gold sequins around the image and sentiment.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Statement Flowers
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate
  • Copic Markers: C7, C5, C3, C1; YR27, YR23, YR20
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder

Statement Flower Hello

The Altenew Statement Flower Bundle was finally available again and purchased and received a couple of days ago. I wanted to give it a try. It is such a large beautiful flower and leaves image.

I stamped the image onto a quarter sheet of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink since I planned to color it with Copic Markers. I decided to color the flowers pink. Copic Markers used are listed below.

Once the coloring was complete I used the coordinating die to cut out the image. I also cut out the image from sticky back foam and then trimmed around it, removed the backing, and adhered it to the back of the image.

I decided to add some visual interest behind the card with dry embossing. I cut a rectangle with a stitched rectangle and then ran it through the Big Shot with the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder. It is one of my favorites with a subtle linen look. The rectangle was adhered to a top folding cardbase and then the flower image was adhered in place with liquid glue.

I had recently purchased Honey Bee’s Hello die. It come with two different shadow dies as well. I cut the smallest shadow from black cardstock and the die from gold mirror cardstock and adhered the two together with liquid glue. A little bit of foam tap was added to the portion of the sentiment that hung over the flowers and the rest was adhered over the flowers with liquid glue. The final embellishment was to scatter gold sequins around the image.

It is a lovely flower image and I’m sure I will use it on a lot of cards.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Statement Flowers
  • Honey Bee Hello Die
  • Copic Markers: RV04, RV23, RV02, RV000; YG67, YG17, YG03; YR27, YR24, YR23, YR20
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 18 Ink Pad Dragging Bold Cap Hello

I was in need of a masculine hello card and decided to use the technique taught in Day 18 of the Spring Card Camp 2 Online Card Class. It is a very easy technique to do the one that creates a pretty plaid. I used a ruler to ensure that the lines were straight. You simply drag the mini ink pad down and across with different colors until you create the look you want. This time I used a light turquois, yellow green, and yellow.

I added stitching to the edges of the card front with the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle. I then pulled out my Altenew Bold Caps dies and cut the word “hello” from the center of the rectangle. I ran the light turquoise across a scap of cardstock until it was slightly darker than the lines in the plaid and die cut the word “hello” twice again. Once from the turquoise and again from sticky back foam and put the two together.

The plaid rectangle was adhered to a side folding cardbase with dotliner adhesive. The turquoise hello was adhered in the letters die cut from the plaid with liquid glue. I thought I was done, but I decided to add a secondary sentiment. I ran the green ink used in the plaid onto a scrap of paper and after it was completely dry I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. It was adhered over the “H” and “E” of the hello with foam tape and the card was done.

I had the leftover letters cut from the plaid background and decided to create another card. I use a stitched rectangle to die cut a rectangle from Gina K. Designs Sea Glass Ink and adhered it to a side folding cardbase. The letters were cut again from sticky back foam and adhered together. To ensure that the sentiment remained evenly spaced and straight I lined them up on my grid mat, placed purple tape over them to keep them in place, and then adhered them to the center of the turquoise rectangle with liquid glue.

Another secondary sentiment was created with leftover green ink pad dragged paper and heat embossed white. Adhered over the first two letters of the sentiment with foam tape and another card was done. Below is a picture of the second card made with the leftover letters.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet
  • Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetings
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Sweet Corn, Jelly Bean Green, Ocean Mist
  • Gina K. Designs Sea Glass Base Weight Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 20 Paper Weaving Happy Birthday

Day 20 of the Spring Card Camp 2 Online Card Class was taught by Jennifer McGuire and Kristine Werner. It was all about basketweaving cardstock. You take leftover cardstock and cut it into thin strips in various colors and weave it together for a pretty woven design as the focal area on your card.

I decided to use teal and aqua colors with yellow. I love the color combination. This take quite a bit of time and isn’t something I would do very often, but it looks amazing.

As Jennifer instruction I cut my oval from a quarter sheet of white cardstock. On the back I added some be creative double-side tape to one side of the focal and added my strips of cardstock in the pattern that I wanted. Once that is done, I added more double-sided tape to the top of the oval and began weaving the cardstock strips over and under those that were already in place. Once you have the weaving complete I added more double sided tape to the other sides of the oval and pressed down the strips of cardstock to secure then in place.

I took another quarter sheet of cardstock and cut it down 1/8″ on all sides and cut a slightly larger oval from it and adhered it onto the back over the woven strips. I wanted my oval panel to be slightly smaller than a standard cardbase and cut down each side about 1/8″. Foam tape was added to the back of the oval panel and then it was adhered to a dark teal cardbase.

I could see ridges were the strips of cardstock were on the front of the card, so I took a heavy weight 110# cardstock and cut another oval panel and stacked it over the first panel. Before adhering I stamped my sentiment with dark turquoise ink in the lower right of the panel and then adhered it with liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Waffle Flower Blossom
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Oval
  • Gina K. Designs Tranquil Teal Ink
  • Teal and Aqua Cardstock from Scraps
  • Neena Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
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Spring Card Camp 2 Day 19 Monoprint Blossom Hello

For Day 19 of Spring Card Camp 2 Online Card Class Dawn Wolesagle shared monoprint inking and stamping. Dawn used the back of a large fairly solid background acrylic stamp because she did not have a gel plate. She also used Distress Oxide inks rather than acrylic paints, randomly placing the inks on the acrylic stamp back or gel plate and then using a brayer to spread it around evenly. You know have an inky surface that can be used as ink for your stamps. You put your stamp(s) onto an block and press it into the inked plate then stamp it onto your cardstock. You continue to lift the ink from your plate, trying to create a pattern in the ink and stamping a similar pattern on your cardstock. Once you have your background stamped like you want it you take another piece of cardstock and place it over the remaining ink on the plate and have another background. If you want more instructions on how to do this technique search for gel press on YouTube. There is a great video by Shari Carroll of Simon Says Stamp (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SvA_40aFiM).

This is a technique I wasn’t very good at. I think one of the things to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t use cardstock that has any kind of a coating. You want to make sure your paper will absorb the ink well.

I used pinks and purple for this card. I thought the imprint taken from the pressing the stamp into the gel plate was okay, but I hated the background created from pressing paper into the gel plate to remove the leftover color and threw it away. This line stamping was okay, but it lacked depth and dimension and so I decided to add some additional color with Copic Markers. I only added color at the base of the flower petals and the center of the leaves and liked the final result.

I cut down the stamped image using a scalloped rectangle and matted it with Gina K. Designs Sea Glass Cardstock. Although I used G00 Copic Marker on the leaves and the center of the flowers it really looked like a light turquoise and the Sea Glass Cardstock really help to accent the flowers.

I stamped a simple hello sentiment on black cardstock and heat embossed it white. Foam tape was added to the back and it was adhered in the lower right of the card. The scalloped panel was adhered to a side folding cardbase. A few moonshine sequins were scattered on the card front and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Waffle Flower Blossom
  • Concord & 9 Hello Lovely
  • Distress Oxide Inks Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Sea Glass and Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label
  • Simon Says Stamp Assorted Moonshine Sequins

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 19 Monoprint Wildflower Hello

For Day 19 of Spring Card Camp 2 Online Card Class Dawn Wolesagle shared monoprint inking and stamping. Dawn used the back of a large fairly solid background acrylic stamp because she did not have a gel plate. She also used Distress Oxide inks rather than acrylic paints, randomly placing the inks on the acrylic stamp back or gel plate and then using a brayer to spread it around evenly. You know have an inky surface that can be used as ink for your stamps. You put your stamp(s) onto an block and press it into the inked plate then stamp it onto your cardstock. You continue to lift the ink from your plate, trying to create a pattern in the ink and stamping a similar pattern on your cardstock. Once you have your background stamped like you want it you take another piece of cardstock and place it over the remaining ink on the plate and have another background. If you want more instructions on how to do this technique search for gel press on YouTube. There is a great video by Shari Carroll of Simon Says Stamp (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SvA_40aFiM).

Dawn used solid images for her cards, I decided to use a lined image instead. For this card I used Distress Oxide Peeled Paint and Broken China. What I found was that the ink would bead up after a while, with other cards I tried to create I first stamped my gel press plate with VersaMark Ink then added the colored inks. This helped to transfer more ink onto the plate.

As you can see, the first card (featured image) is just stamped images with a lot of white space. Because you brayered your colors together on the plate your images have random colors. The second card pulls all the leftover color from the gel press and has white lines where the ink was pulled from the plate for the first card.

Once I had my inked cardstock panels I cut them down with a stitched rectangle. I then matted them with a thin sea glass cardstock. They were then adhered to a side folding cardbase.

I wanted to keep the sentiment simple and stamped it on black cardstock, heat embossed it white, and cut it into a strip and adhered it to the lower right of the card with foam tape. A few moonshine sequins were scattered around the sentiment and the cards were done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Waffle Flower Blossom
  • Concord & 9th Hello Lovely
  • Distress Oxide Inks Peeled Paint and Broken China
  • Copic Markers: RV66, RV63, G00
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Sea Glass and Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label
  • Simon Says Stamp Assorted Moonshine Sequins

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 18 Ink Pad Dragging Sakura Blossom Hello

On day 18 of the Online Card Class, Spring Card Camp 2, Yana Smakula and Seeka were the guest designers. Their technique was to take your ink pads and drag them across your cardstock to create a patterned background paper.

For this last card using the ink pad dragging technique I decided to use bright colors to create a plaid background. I tried dragging the ink free hand, but it looked awful. So I pulled out my ruler and used it as a guide to keep the lines of the ink straight and even.

Once again I decided to use some pretty flower images on the card front. The Spellbinders Sakura Blossom Die comes with a panel of flowers, but it was just to large for the card front to allow the inked panel to be seen. So I used the separate flowers and leaves. I decided to cut them from black cardstock. I think it gives a dramatic look to the card.

I cut a hello die from black cardstock, as well as black sticky back foam and adhered the sentiment in the lower right of the card. Black foam was added to the back of each of the flowers as well and they were scattered around the card front, some overlapping the sentiment slightly.

I decided to add enamel dots to the center of the flowers and also scattered coordinating dots around the flowers.

The plaid background was cut down with a stitched rectangle and matted with black cardstock. The panel was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Spellbinders Sakura Blossoms
  • My Favorite Things Happy Hello
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Coral Reef, Tangerine Twist, Sweet Corn
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Designs and Recollections Enamel Dots
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Sticky Back Black Foam Sheet
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive