Primary and Secondary Colors Happy Birthday Candles

I think candles make great masculine birthday cards, this one uses the primary and secondary color palette.  I stamped the different candles with Gina K. Designs ink and then colored them with Copic Markers.  I think it made a bright and colorful card.

I’ve had this cross-stitched rectangle die for years and rarely use it, but I really like it for masculine cards.  Since the sentiment die cut is from black cardstock I decided to mat the rectangle with black cardstock as well and like the way it tied everything together.

Products Used:

  • Technique Tuesday Many Candles
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and Party
  • WPlus9 Happy Trio Die
  • Memory Box Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Blue Raspberry, Plum Punch, Lipstick, Sweet Mango, Wild Dandelion
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Copic Markers: B01, B02; V17, V15, V12, Y38, R27, R35, R17; YR14, Y38; Y08, Y11
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Happy Birthday Red Monochromatic Card

It is amazing how orientation can change the look of a card.  I really like the bright and happy color of red.  This isn’t technically a monochromatic card since the flames are yellow.  I like the look of stamping the die cut word with red ink on red paper.  It gives a nice subtle look.

This was a simple card to create and has a very clean and simple feel.  I used Copic Markers to add some shading to the edges.

Products Used:

  • My Favorite Things Make a Wish
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold, and Party
  • Gina K. Designs Ink: Coral Reef, Sweet Corn, Wild Dandelion
  • Copic Markers: R24, R22, R20
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Red Cardstock from Scraps
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Celebrate You Green Monochromatic Birthday

Monochromatic cards have a very clean and simple design.  For this card I used My Favorite Things Make a Wish stamp set using Gina K. Designs Grass Ink.  It technically isn’t monochromatic since the candles are stamped yellow, but what are candles without a yellow/orange flame?

I love the look of a lot of white space on a card.  This simple image makes it very easy to create a clean and simple card.

Products Used:

  • My Favorite Things Make a Wish
  • Neat and Tangled Celebrate
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold, and Party
  • Gina K. Designs Ink: Grass, Sweet Corn, Wild Dandelion
  • Copic Markers: R24, R22, R20
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Scraps
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Three Cupcakes Happy Birthday

Even masculine cards can have a elegant feel to them.  I think adding gold embossing and mirror cardstock with a lot of white space give a clean and simple, yet classic feel.

The image was stamped onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  It was colored using Copic Markers (listed below).  Once the coloring was done it was run through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  Gold Mirror Cardstock was added to the back and Darice Sticky Back Foam was used to create dimension.

The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy stamp and die and was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The focal image was adhered to the front of a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

Products Used:

  • Whimsy Stamps Cupcake Treat Trio
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Memento Tuxedo Black
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers: BG18, BG15, BG13, B13; G24, G94, G21; Y19, Y35, Y15; E55, E31, E51
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gold Stickles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Eat Cake Birthday Card

When I am creating masculine birthday cards I try and find neutral images, cupcakes, cakes, balloons, candles, and manly images.  Who doesn’t like cupcakes for their birthday.  I really like the color palette used for this card and once I was done stamping I rummaged through my patterned paper and found the perfect match.

I stamped the images with Gina K. Designs ink onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.  Once the stamping was done I found the perfect paper in Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid Chill 6 x 6 paper pack.

Products Used:

  • CZ Designs Birthday Palooza
  • Avery Elle Cupcakes
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Chill Petite Paper Pack
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Sweet Corn, Blue Lagoon, Turquoise Sea
  • Memento Tuxedo Back
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

The More Candles the Bigger the Wish Birthday Card

The Online Card Class Introduction to Color Theory has not only changed how I watercolor, but it has changed how I select colors for inks and Copic Markers.  This card uses analogous colors, which are side by side on a color wheel.  Once you understand the theory you can see how it is used in patterned papers, which inspire a color palette for a card.  I must have been in a blue, green, yellow mood because a lot of my cards lately have used this color scheme.

This is a digital image from Power Poppy that was printed and then cut using the Silhouette Cameo.  Copic Markers were used to color the image and 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back for dimension.

Products used were:

  • Power Poppy Layer Cake
  • Technique Tuesday Many Candles
  • Impression Obsession Small Candle Block
  • Copic Markers: BG15, BG13, BG11; G24, G21; Y26, Y23, Y21; C4, C2, C1, C0
  • Gina Designs Ink: Sweet Corn, Applemint, Turquoise Sea
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Plaid Patterns 6” x 6” Paper Pack
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

 

 

 

Primary Colors Sketched Flowers Amazing Card

I look at colors different since taking the Online Card Class Introduction to Color Theory.  I understand how to create my own colors from just the three primary colors and how to make different color tints and shades.  It has been a complete eye opener in how I watercolor images.  This card uses the three primary colors with different blends and tints.

So many beautiful shade from three tubes of watercolors, Cerulean Blue, Chromium,  and Quinacridone Rose.  Lunar Black was also used to darken the violet shade.

I stamped the image using VersaMark Ink onto Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper and heat set it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  To color the flowers I wet each petal with clear water and then dropped the concentrated colors to the base of each petal and then pull the color to the tip by adding more clear water at the tip and letting the colors move on their own.

Products Used:

  • Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers
  • Frantic Stamper Amazing Die
  • Strathmore #140 Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Blue/Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Daniel Smith Watercolors: Cerulean Blue, Chromium; Hansa Yellow Light; Quinacridone Rose; and Lunar Black
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX

Budding Thanks Celebrate You

Another card for complementary colors theory in the Online Card Classes Introduction to Color Theory.  I’ve had the Altenew Budding Thanks stamp set for a long time and never made a card with it.  I found that it was a little more difficult to line up this layering stamp than some others that I’ve worked with, but I really like the pink and green colors that were used on this card.

I really like using a lot of white space on my cards.  Clean and simple really appeals to me and I find myself creating a lot of cards using this design.  In the color theory class we talked about using complementary colors, which are opposite each other on the color wheel.  The intensity or hue of the color is changed by the amount of water used.  This also works when selecting ink colors, varying the intensity of color can give a completely different feel to a card.

Altenew Inks were used to stamp the images.  Once the stamping/layering was complete the images were die cut with the matching dies and added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back to add dimension.  For visual interest a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock was die cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then dry embossed using the Cricut Cuttlebug Polka Dot folder. Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the panel and it was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

The flowers were adhered to the polka dot panel by removing the backing paper from the foam tape.  Penny Black’s Celebrations die was cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and adhered to the bottom right of the card front.  For the secondary sentiment a scrap of cardstock was colored and stamped using the same Altenew inks used to stamp the flowers.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Budding Thanks
  • Penny Black Celebrations
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party
  • Altenew Inks: Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Rubellite, Razzelberry, Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Cricut Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Nuvo Aqua Glitter Gloss Shimmer Pen

Analogous Colors Beautiful Birthday Bouquet

This is the last card I made using the principle taught in the Online Card Class Introduction to Color Theory.  This card uses the analogous colors discussed in Day 2, which means that you take 3 to 4 colors side-by-side on the wheel to create your color scheme.

I love the beautiful fall feel to this color combination.  I stamped Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers onto some Strathmore #140 Cold Press Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and heat set it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I always love the look of gold embossing powder, but I think it particularly enhances the colors of this card.

This card uses orange, yellow/orange, yellow, and yellow/green from the color wheel.  The background was a light wash of yellow and was applied before stamping the image.  I varied the intensity or hues of the color to give variation to the flowers.  Once the watercolor was completed I splattered gold metallic paints from the FineTec M600 watercolor set.

The sentiment is from Ellen Hutson’s Mondo Sakura, with the smaller secondary sentiments from Winnie & Walter’s Sentiment Birthday.  Both were stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with the gold embossing powder.

The image was die cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the panel and then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Fresh Asparagus Cardstock.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers
  • Ellen Hutson Mondo Sakura
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Strathmore #140 Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Fresh Asparagus Cardstock
  • Daniel Smith Watercolors: Cerulean Blue, Chromium; Hansa Yellow Light; Quinacridone Rose
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • FineTec M600 Metallic Gold Watercolors

Split Complementary Colors Happy Birthday

One of the most rewarding aspects of taking the Online Card Classes Introduction to Color Theory was learning to use colors I would never have thought to the put together.  In the class we learned about split complementary colors, which was used in creating this card.  I would never have thought to put the softer hues of red and orange, or in this case deep pink and soft orange together, but it turned beautiful.

My crafting friend shared with me her recent purchase from The Ton Stamps called Riotous Wildflowers.  I thought it would make a create card from using the color theory of split complementary colors.

I stamped the image onto Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I love the rich look of gold embossing powder and thought it would be pretty with fall colors.

I used different hues of Daniel Smith Red, Orange and Blue Green.  The background was a very light hue of the blue green color.  The different leaves are all the same color, but each with a different intensity.  The small flowers were full strength red, while the roses were a lighter hues of the same color.

Once the watercolors was completed and dried I die cut the 6 x 6 background panel using the Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials scalloped rectangle die.  I wanted the beautiful background to not be covered by a sentiment and so I decided to die cut the Mama Elephant Happy Script Die from both Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and Darice Sticky Back Foam.  Having this pretty scripty sentiment still allowed the background to peek out behind the word.  For the secondary sentiment a strip of watercolor paper was colored with the blue/green watercolor and when it was dried the word “birthday” was stamped with VersaMark Ink, heat set with the gold embossing powder, cut into a thin strip and adhered just under the die cut sentiment.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the focal image.  A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock.  The focal image was adhered to the front Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • The Ton Stamps Riotous Wildflowers
  • Mama Elephant Happy Script Die
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials Die
  • Strathmore #140 Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Daniel Smith Watercolors: Cerulean Blue, Chromium; Hansa Yellow Light; Quinacridone Rose
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder