Penny Black Peony Flowers Wish Big Birthday Card

Some of the new stamps from Penny Black this year make beautiful watercolor cards.  This image from the Peony Flowers stamp is one of them.

Since I would be watercoloring the image I used Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper and placed a fourth of a sheet in my MISTI so that I could do multiple stamping to get the look I desired.  I used my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the image, using two colors of red and green for variations in colors, see list below.   I stamped the image four times before I was able to obtain the intensity and clarity that I desired.  Between each stamping I used a Number 2 Round Black Velvet Silver Brush to smooth and blend some of the stamping and then I dried the image with a heat gun to ensure that the image remained crisp.

I got a smear of orange on the bottom of the paper and so I decided to use the splatter technique to add some drops of color to the card and disguise the smeared area.  This is the first time I’ve used this technique and it worked perfectly.

Once I was happy with the image I put the panel into the MISTI again to stamp the sentiment.  I feel this is particularly important when you are stamping on the rough surface of watercolor paper to get a crisp, clear image.  The sentiment is from Amy R’s Great Birthday Greetings.

When the panel was completely dry I ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  I then cut a rectangle from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock 1/8″ larger than the rectangle and adhered it to the back of the focal image with 1″ Be Creative Tape.  A rectangle of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut with the rectangle die and adhered to the back of the focal image panel, which was then adhered to the front of an A2 Top Folding Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Peony Flowers
  • Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 023 Scarlet Red, 020 Red, 040 Green, 043 Olive Green
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Be Creative Tape

Penny Black Gladsome Flowers Birthday Card

Penny Black has some beautiful new stamps for 2017.  I have been creating quite a few in the past week and will be posting them today.  The Gladsome Flowers stamp is a large flower bouquet that cover most of a page and created a lovely focal image.

I stamped the image on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink using the MISTI to ensure a crisp, dark image was achieved.  I colored the image using Copic Markers, colors used are listed below.  To help the image standout a highlight was added using BG0000 and BG000.

Because the image is so large, the sentiment needed to be smaller and fit in the corner of the page.  Avery Elle Cupcake stamp set fit perfectly and was stamped using the MISTI and Hero Hues India Ink Black.

The image was die cut using the largest die from Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut just smaller and applied to the back of the panel for added dimension and interest.  The focal image rectangle was applied to an A2 Top Folding Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

Product Used:

  • Penny Black Gladsome Flowers
  • Avery Elle Cupcake
  • Copic Markers: B23, B24, B26; Y11, Y15, Y18; YG03, YG17, YG67; BG0000, BG000
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black

Power Poppy Joyful Lilies Easter Card

I wanted to create some Easter cards that I could send to the young women and men who are serving missions from our church and so I began searching for images of Easter Lilies and found this beautiful digital stamp from Power Power entitled Joyful Lilies.

I imported the digital image into Microsoft Word, changed the line color to a light gray, and printed it with my HP LaserJet Printer, since I would be coloring the image with Copic Markers and didn’t want the lines to bleed.

The Copic colors used were: C1, C2; V25, V09; G43; YR15, YR07; YG93, YG97, YG99

After the coloring was complete I placed the image on a Silhouette Cameo PixScan Mat and took a picture with my cell phone.  I then imported the picture into the Silhouette Software, created a trace of the image and then added a .04 outline and cut around the image with the Cameo.  Since I was creating multiples I could do four images at a time.

I didn’t have a stamp that would give me the sentiment I desired, so I created a banner using the Table function in Microsoft Word, adding a gray fill and the words “Because of Him” in white font and it was perfect.

I wanted to add a background to the image so that it would standout on the card front so I die cut a rectangle using the 2nd largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles and ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot with the Sizzix Dotted Lattice Embossing Folder.  This rectangle was glued directly to a top folding A2 Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the focal image and added to the dry embossed rectangle.  Foam tape was also added to the ends of the sentiment banner, which was placed towards the bottom of the focal image and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Power Poppy Joyful Lilies Digital Stamp
  • Copic Markers: C1, C2; G20, G21, G24; V25, V09; G43; YR15, YR07; (YG93, YG97, YG99)
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Sizzix Dotted Lattice Embossing Folder
  • Sentiment Label was printed with Word table Fill is White 35% Darker with Roundhand BT and Calibri Font
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

CTD433: Smile: Happy Looks Good on You

I ran across the Hampton Art Flower Believe Layering stamp set at Michaels a couple of weeks ago and liked the flowers in the set.  It made a pretty card.

I don’t often make a card without any additional rectangle layers, but for this card I decided to keep is clean and simple.  I stamped the flowers on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock using the Altenew Inks listed below. I hadn’t noticed it before, but there are only leaf sprigs in this stamp set and so I pulled out the Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums to add leaves to the flowers, stamping them in the Altenew green inks listed below.  Once I was done stamping I fussy cut the images with the Cutter Bee scissors.  I have other small scissors, but these seem to work they best for detailed cutting.

Once all the stamping and cutting was done it was time to determine the arrangement on the front of the cardbase.  A top folding A2 card was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  At first I thought I would only have three flowers in the lower left, but eventually I settled on five.  I stamped the leaf sprigs directly to the card front and began to adhered the flowers and leaves around them using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The two lowest flowers were adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for added dimension.

It was at this point that I remembered to stamp the sentiment, which is from Penny Black Happy Thoughts.  I wanted something that would be subtle and not detract from the flowers and so I stamped it with VersaMark Ink, added Ranger Detailed Silver Embossing Powder, and heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Tool.  Then one more flower was added to the upper right with a few leaves.

I thought I would be done at this point, but the way this layering stamp worked the flower centers didn’t have any definition and so I decided to pull some blue rhinestones from my stash for the center of the flowers and like the way it looked much better.

Products Used:

  • Hampton Art Flower Believe Layering Clear Stamp (SC0746)
  • Penny Black Happy Thoughts
  • Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums
  • Altenew Inks: Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue, Sapphire, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade, Evergreen
  • Ranger Detailed Silver Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

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CTD433: Penny Black Stitched Flowers Sending You Love

I love the flowers from the Penny Black 2017 Release and purchased a lot of them.  This card is made from the Stitched Flowers stamp set.

I began by stamping the image a couple of times with VersaMark Ink on Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper.  Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder was applied and heat set with the Marvy Embossing Gun.

The sentiment is from Penny Black Happy Thoughts and was stamped between the two flower images with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with the same embossing powder.

I knew I wanted to watercolor these images and I have a lot of different watercolor mediums, but I don’t use my ZIG Clean Color Brushes very often so I pulled them out for this card.

The color scheme for the throwdown challenge this week was blue, green, and white.  The blue of the door in the image seemed more like a periwinkle blue and so I used both blue (030 Blue)and purple (080 Violet) to color the flowers, putting the blue at the base and the purple at the tip and then blending the two colors together.  For the leaves and vines I used 004 FL Green and 040 Green.

I love the sentiment because it could be used for a lot of different themes, thinking of you, birthday, encouragement, whatever the need may be. Since the sentiment was embossed in white I needed to add a background color that would allow it to show and I chose 031 Cobalt Blue, concentrating more color around the sentiment and blending it out to the edges.

Once the watercolor was dry I ran the focal image through the Sizzix Big Shot with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  To make the blue flowers pop I went to my scraps of paper and pulled out some blue cardstock to match the flowers and die cut it with the rectangle from WPlus9 Gift Card Layers.  This die cuts an A2 size rectangle that completely covers the front of a card.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and it was now it was time to assemble the card.  I glued the blue rectangle to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  I cut a rectangle of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam 1/8″ smaller than the focal image and applied it to the back.  To adhere it to the card front I added Tombo Mono Multi Glue to the back of the fun foam and added it to the card.  I thought about adding sequins or enamel dots to the card, but thought that there was enough details to the image that it would be better to not have anything else competing with the image and so the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Stitched Flowers
  • Penny Black Happy Thoughts
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens: 030 Blue, 080 Violet, 004 FL Green, 040 Green, and 031 Cobalt Blue
  • Zakura Waterbrush Pen
  • Black Velvet Silver #8 Waterbrush
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • WPlus9 Gift Card Layers

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C. C. Design Bouquet Birthday

When I saw this beautiful tulip bouquet from C.C. Design I knew it would make a lovely card.  I’m so glad that I purchased it, I’m sure I’ll use it again and again.

I cut an outline of the C. C. Designs Bouquet image from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo and then stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The image was then colored with Copic Markers (colors used are listed below).

To create a visual background for the image an oval was cut using My Favorite Things Pierced Oval STAX and ink blended with Distress Stormy Sky Ink using the Inkylicious Ink Bending Brush to create a soft sky color to the oval.  Another oval was cut out of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam and trimmed to be slightly smaller than the ink blended oval and attached to the back. The bouquet cutout was then adhered to the oval using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

A rectangle was cut from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and ink blended on the edges, softly fading to the center.  It was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The oval was then adhered to the card front using the same glue on the fun foam.

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday stamp set and was stamped with VersaMark Ink on a strip of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and heat embossed with Rangers Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the edges to ensure it was the same level as the bouquet and then the sentiment was adhered to the bottom of the focal image with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers for some sparkle and shine and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • C.C. Design Bouquet
  • Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Oval STAX
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Copic: B37, B34, B32; V12, V15, V17; RV11, RV13, RV14; R24, R27, R29; G24, G94
  • Darice Fun Foam
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Distress Ink Stormy Sky
  • Inkylicious Ink Bending Brush
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

Hero Arts Antique Rose Congrats

This stamp set from Hero Arts reminded me of some of the flowers my grandmother had in her garden.  I think the antique rose makes a beautiful card.

I began by stamping the image from Hero Arts Antique Rose onto 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  It was colored using Copic Markers RV11, RV13, RV15; YG95, YG97, YG99.  I then placed the image on my Silhouette PIXScan Mat and cut around it using the Cameo.

To create a visual background for the image an oval was cut using My Favorite Things Pierced Oval STAX and ink blended with Distress Tumbled Glass Ink using the Inkylicious Ink Bending Brush to create a soft sky color to the oval.  Another oval was cut out of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam and trimmed to be slightly smaller than the ink blended oval and attached to the back. The rose cutout was then adhered to the oval using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

To enhance the pink in the rose an A2 top folding cardbase was made from pink cardstock that I had in my stash.  A rectangle of white 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock was cut using the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and adhered to the pink cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Then the oval was attached using the same glue to the back of the fun foam.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Congrats and was cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and an additional three time from scraps of white cardstock.  All were adhered together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive and then the word was adhered to the bottom of the focal image with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  To add a little sparkle, Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flower and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Hero Arts Antique Rose
  • Hero Arts Congrats
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Oval STAX
  • Distress Tumbled Glass
  • Inkylicious Ink Bending Brush
  • Copic Markers: RV11, RV13, RV15; YG95, YG97, YG99
  • Darice Fun Foam
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# to 120# White Cardstock
  • Pink Cardstock
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Technique Tuesday Cosmos Birthday

Technique Tuesday Cosmos is another stamp set that I have not used. When I searched for images of cosmos flowers there was an array of different colors, but the one I liked the most was white with deep pink/burgundy tips, so that it what I used for this card.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut an outline of the flower bouquet from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and then stamped the bouquet with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The flowers were colored with Copic Markers, colors used are listed below.  The flowers I was using for inspiration had gold centers and so I used Stickles Tinsel and liked the sparkle it added.

To provide a frame for the flower focal point I used the Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles to cut a frame from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was cut in thirds to be narrow enough to add dimension to the frame and not be seen.

An A2 top folding cardbase was made from some burgundy cardstock that I had in my stash.  A rectangle of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock was cut using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.

The frame was placed on the rectangle to determine the placement for the sentiment.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday and was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The frame was adhered to the card front and then 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the bouquet and then centered in the middle of the frame.

Products Used:

  • Technique Tuesday Cosmos
  • Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday
  • Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Stickles Tinsel
  • Copic: R39, C3, C1, G99
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

CTD433: C.C. Designs Cupcake Brigitta Time to Celebrate

Who wouldn’t like a mound of cupcakes for their birthday.  This card was made for a young woman whose favorites colors are blue and green.  I think the card turned out cute and I really like the flowered cardstock background.

The outline for the image from C.C. Designs Cupcake Brigitta was cut with the Silhouette Cameo from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock, then the image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers.  Colors used are listed below.

The green and white flowered paper was pulled from my stash.  I’ve had it so long I have no idea the company that created it, but it is really cute with the color scheme we are using.  A rectangle of the paper was cut using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle.  To add some blue a rectangle of blue cardstock was cut with my paper cutter to be 1/8″ larger and the two were adhered together using Tombo Stamp Dot Runner Adhesive.

To create a focal area for the stamped image Spellbinders Label #08 was cut from some Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and then run through the Sizzix Big Shot again with the We R Memory Keepers Flower Embossing Folder.

The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps Party Mini Letter Seals and then cut using one of the circles from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  An added embellishment was created by making a small Lime Green Polka Dot Gross Grain Ribbon, which was adhered to the sentiment circle with Glue Dot.

It was now time to assemble the card.  A top folding A2 Cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The patterned paper, blue background rectangle was adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue. 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the focal image label and then adhered to the patterned paper.  The sentiment circle was adhered with more foam tape. Pretty Pink Posh Seattle Spirit Mix Sequins were scattered on the card front and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • C.C. Designs Cupcake Brigitta
  • Whimsy Stamps Party Mini Letter Seals
  • We R Memory Keepers – Flower Embossing Folder
  • Spellbinders Label #08
  • Pretty Pink Posh Seattle Spirit Mix Sequins
  • Lime Green Polka Dot Gross Grain Ribbon
  • Patterned Paper
  • Blue Paper
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and Circle
  • Copic: E000, E00, E01; E49, E59, E55; E53, E55, E57; YG03, YG17, YG67; B99, B97, B95, B93, B91, B00
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

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Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums Happy Birthday

This is the second card made with the Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums.  I had stamped them for a previous card and plenty of flowers and leaves left over so it was simply putting the card together.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Then using the same cardstock a frame was created using My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was cut in half so that it would be narrow enough to be placed on the frame without being seen.

Before adhering the frame on the cardbase the flowers were arranged in the lower left corner to determine where the sentiment should be stamped. The arrangement was removed using Glad Press ‘n Seal so that they could easily be placed again once the sentiment was complete.

The sentiment, which is from Amy R Great Birthday Greetings, was stamped with Versa Mark Ink and then heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  After it had cooled the frame was placed on the cardbase.  Next it was time place the flower arrangement.  Because some of the flowers would both rest on the frame and also be within the frame 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was strategically placed on the back of the flowers and Tombo Mono Multi Glue was used where they would rest on the frame. The yellow flower in the bottom left had a double layer of foam tape.  I love the final look of the card.

Products Used:

  • Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums
  • Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
  • Ranger Super Fine Detailed Gold Embossing Powder
  • Altenew Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Ruby Red/Coral Berry Blend; Soft Lilac Dbl Stamp, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris; Buttercream, Mango Smoothie, Warm Sunshine; Parrot, Olive, Moss
  • Glad Press and Seal
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Fun Foam
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Gina K. Designs 120# and 80# White Cardstock