Striped Alcohol Background Birthday Cupcake

I have really loved experimenting with Alcohol Inks.  They make such interest and beautiful backgrounds.  Sometimes they can be more controlled by using a Ranger Felt Pad, loading it with the alcohol inks and blending solution and dragging across the Yupo Paper in a diagonal.

Yupo Paper is usually 5″ x 7″ in size, which give you a little room to select the best section of the background to use for your card.  Once it was dry it was run through the Big Shop with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger and the two were adhered together using Be Creative Tape.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the background for dimension and adhered to the cardbase with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The die only from the Altenew Layered Cupcake was use to cut the shape from Mirror Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut in the same shape, trimmed just a little smaller and added to the back.

The word “happy” from the Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy stamp and die and again three times from white cardstock.  They were adhered together using Ranger Collage Medium.  The secondary sentiment was stamped on a scrap of golden yellow cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was cut into a thin strip and narrow strip of foam was added to the back for dimension.

All elements were adhered to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Pretty Pink Post Metallic Gold Sequins were scatter around the cupcake and adhered with Ranger Collage Medium.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Layered Cupcake
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Die
  • Winnie & Walter Sentiment Birthday
  • Ranger Alcohol Inks: Cranberry, Sunshine Yellow, Gold Mixative
  • Ranger Yupo Paper
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Golden Yellow and Coral Cardstock from Stash
  • Ranger Collage Medium
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Golden Yellow and Coral Cardstock from Stash
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins

Wish – It’s Your Birthday

When I saw the Altenew Layered Plaid dies I thought they would make great masculine cards.  I also really like the new My Favorite Things Wish Die.  For this card I used a green, yellow and orange color pallet.

I pulled paper from my scraps to make this card.  It is a little brighter than I anticipated, but I like the way it looks.  I cut the green base color to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  I then die cut the plaids from scraps of yellow and orange.  I used Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive to adhere them to the cardbase.

Originally I only cut the Wish die with green, but it got lost on the page with how busy the background was, so I die cut it again from the yellow and orange and stacked them slightly offset to see all the colors.  I pulled out some Copic Markers to give some color dimension and then added Glossy Accents.  This helped the sentiment standout on the card.  I stamped the secondary sentiment from CA Designs Birthday Palooza onto yellow cardstock with Altenew Evergreen Ink and used Copic Markers to give it a little ombre effect.  I added it under the Wish die cut word with a thin strip of 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Wish Die
  • CZ Designs Birthday Palooza Stamp
  • Altenew Layered Plaid A and B Die
  • Altenew Evergreen Ink
  • Copic Markers: YR38, RY17, YR15; G94, G85, G24
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Ranger Collage Medium
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Green, Yellow, and Orange Paper from Scraps

Wish You the Most Beautiful Day Window Card

I have had the Spellbinders Windows 2 die ever since I began purchasing dies, and I’ve never used it.  I decided that I would challenge myself to use some of those things that sit on my shelves collecting dust.  Not sure how often I will use this die, but I really like the way it turned out.

I die cut the window from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.  I  wanted it to look like the window was open and so I reinforced the score lines on the shutters.  To make it look more like a window I added a piece of acetate behind the cutout.

The die has a base at the bottom of the window that I decided to make look like a flower box.  But, first I needed to stamp the sentiment from Altenew’s Beautiful Day with Hero Hues India Ink Black.

I die cut a couple of Simon Says Stamp Calliope Flourishes (which I hadn’t used yet either), along with My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Flowers and Wildflower Centerpieces.  I colored them with Copic Markers RV11, RV14, V04, V06, V09, BG15, G24 and then adhered them to the flower box with Ranger Collage Medium.

I die cut the cardstock leftover from cutting the window with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and ink blended it with Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade.  I added very thin strips of 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back of the window and adhered it back in place.

An A2 top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  I ink blended behind where the window would be with Distress Oxide Broken China.  The window panel was adhered using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  Little pearls were added to the center of the flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Beautiful Day
  • Spellbinders Window 2
  • My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Flowers Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Calliope Flourish
  • My Favorite Things Wildflower Centerpieces
  • Distress Oxide Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Broken China
  • Copic Markers: RV11, RV14, V04, V06, V09, BG15, G24
  • Triveni Craft Adhesive Pearls 4mm
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Ranger Collage Medium
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black

 

Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Masculine Hello

I needed a masculine hello card to send to a gentleman who recently moved into our ward at church.  I had been making cards using the alphabet dies from Altenew and thought that I would use the new large capital letters to die cut the word hello and adhere them vertically on an A2 cardbase.  I wanted to keep it clean and simple so I used some navy and gold striped paper from Paper Studio’s Be Bold…Be Bright paper pad and really liked the way it turned out.

The letters are very large and took up the full height of the card and about half of the width.  I die cut a rectangle of Gina K. Designs 120# In the Navy Cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The letters were cut from the Paper Studio striped paper and black sticky back foam.  The two were adhered together and then the letters were glued to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.  Easy and yet still striking.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Dies
  • Paper Studio Be Bold…Be Bright Paper Pad
  • Gina K. Designs 120# In the Navy and White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Black Sticky Back Craft Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle

Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Die Masculine Birthday

I’ve said it before, but masculine cards are the most challenging for me.  I recently purchased Altenew’s Caps Bold Alphabet Die set because I thought it would be good in making masculine cards, and I really like how it turned out.  For this card I really like how the bold gold and navy striped paper looks when die cut with these large letters and adhered to the front of a white panel.

I die cut the letters from this striking gold and navy striped paper from Paper Studio’s Be Bold…Be Bright collection.  I then cut them again from black sticky back craft foam.  This makes it really easy to add dimension to the letters. I cut a rectangle from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundles of Stitched Shapes and laid the letters on the panel to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment from Hero Arts Birthday Messages, stamped with In the Navy Gina K. Designs dye ink.

Balloons from Honey Bee’s Celebration Box were cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and strings of Sulky Gold Metallic Thread where adhered to the back with Scotch Tape.  The balloons were arranged and then picked up with Glad Press ‘n Seal.  This makes it easy to keep them together as arranged and turn them over to add glue to back.  They were adhered to the white panel using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the strings were wrapped around the bottom of the panel and secured with Scotch Tape.

The letters were aligned using a T-Square ruler and a long strip of Post-it Tape was used to keep them all together.  Tombo Mono Multi Glue was added to the back and then the letters were adhered to the front of the panel.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the white focal image rectangle and then it was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# In the Navy cardstock.

Love the way this turned out.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Dies
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Honey Bee Celebration Box Balloon Dies
  • Paper Studio Be Bold…Be Bright Paper Pad
  • Gina K. Designs 120# In the Navy
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Black Sticky Back Craft Foam
  • Sulky Gold Metallic Thread
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Gina K. Designs In the Navy Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle

 

Garden Treasure on Vellum Birthday Card

Recently I decided to stamp a lot of my stamps on vellum so that I would have them to create quick cards.  I stamped Altenew’s Garden Treasure on vellum and heat embossed it with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder and then colored it with Copic Markers from the back.  I like the way it turned out.

One thing to keep in mind when coloring on vellum is that the colors are pretty muted from the front, so pink darker colors than you normally would.  Also, the coloring doesn’t look so good from the back, but it really makes a pretty card when you turn it over.  Also, keep in mind that if you are layering multiple die cuts you will see all of the image behind the vellum.  It makes for an interesting collage, but still pretty.

I decided to adhere my vellum flowers to a rectangle cut a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle from Gina K. Designs Turquoise Sea 120# Cardstock.  Ranger Multi Medium Matte was added to the lines of the embossed image to adhered them to the focal image panel.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings and was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with the same embossing power.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the focal image panel for added dimension and then it was adhered to the front of a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Garden Treasure
  • Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings
  • Paper Studio Vellum
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Turquoise Sea and White
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Copic Markers: BG49, BG45; BG18, BG15; RV14; G46, G24
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet

Adore You Hello Card

I try to send out cards within a month of someone new moving into our church boundaries.  It’s fun to sending a welcoming word and hopefully make them feel more comfortable attending.  This past month there were two families who moved in.  I used the same Altenew Adore Stamp and Die, using a different color scheme for each one.  The first is blue and red, two of my favorite colors.  The second is pink and teal, which are beautiful together.

I stamped all the images at one time in my MISTI onto Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I then colored them with Copic Markers (colors listed below).  Once the coloring was done I stamped them again with Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed them with Hero Arts Detailed Clear Embossing Powder.

The flowers and leaves were were cut with the matching dies and then arranged the way I liked them.  To adhere them to the card I used Glad Press ‘n Seal to keep them all together for adhering to the card front.

I die cut a quarter sheet of the Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  I placed the flower arrangement on the rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiment from Concord & 9th Hello Lovely with Hero Hues Black Ink.  Next, I turned the flower arrangement on the Press ‘n Seal over and applied Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to all except the center flower and placed it on the card front.  The center flower was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for added interest and dimension.

A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the wonky rectangle and then Nuvo Adhesive was used to adhered it to the cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

Red and Blue

  • Altenew Adore You Stamp Set and Dies
  • Concord & 9th Hello Lovely
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • Copic Markers: R89, R39, R37; YG97, YG95, YG93; YG99, YG95; B39, B37, B34; R24, R22, R21
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Detailed Clear Embossing Powder

Pink and Teal

  • Altenew Adore You Stamp Set and Dies
  • Concord & 9th Hello Lovely
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • Copic Markers: RV14, RV13, RV11; BG18, BG15, BG13; Y08, Y06, Y04; YR24, YR21; G99, G94, G24
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Detailed Clear Embossing Powder

 

Spring Shower Happy Birthday

I wanted to use Altenew’s Spring Shower Cover Die again, but wanted to see if I could make it easier to paper piece the flowers back into the panel once they had been colored.  This time I decided to use Glad Press ‘n Seal to remove the flowers and it worked like a charm.  I decided to color all the flowers in different colors of blue and really liked how it turned out.

I die cut the background from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and then added the Press ‘n Seal to the back and carefully removed the background, leaving only the flowers and leaves.  It was easy to then color the flowers and leaves with Copic Markers (colors listed below).  Once the coloring was complete the background was placed over the colored images and the Press ‘n Seal kept everything together.  It was much quicker and easier using the die in this manner.  I then die cut the background using a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX.  This not only gives a nice edge to the background, but it also presses the flowers and leaves tightly into the image.

The sentiment from Hot Off the Press Birthday Greetings was stamped on vellum with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder.  It was then wrapped around the focal image and secured with Scotch Tape at the back of the panel.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the rectangle and adhered to the back.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from some blue paper I had in my stash.  The blue base really made the flowers pop.  As a final embellishment, Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Sequins were added to the centers of the largest flowers with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and then a drop of Glossy Accents was added to the center to help keep everything in place.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Spring Shower Cover Die
  • Hot Off the Press Birthday Greetings
  • Copic Markers: YG03, YG17, YG67; G24, G94, G99; G24, G94, G99; B000, B01, B02; B23, B24, B26; B24, B26, B28; B99; B32, B34, B37; B91, B93, B95; B41, B45; BG45, BG49; BG000, BG01, BG02
  • Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Sequins
  • Glad Press ‘n Seal
  • Vellum
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matt
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

Layered Cupcake Masculine Birthday Card

I liked the way the balloon card inspired by Doodlebug’s Sugar Coated Confetti cardstock turned out so much that I decided to create another card using Altenew’s Layered Cupcake stamp and die with the same color scheme.  It too makes a great masculine birthday card.

The image was stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and then the layers were stamped with the Altenew Inks listed below.  Once the coloring was complete it was die cut with the matching die.  My Wink of Stella was running a little dry and quite a bit came out at once when I pinched the barrel.  It looks really shiny in this picture, but the actual card isn’t as glittery.

For the focal image background the Cuttlebug Birthday Embossing Folder was run through the Big Shot with Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and then die cut with a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back of the rectangle.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Red Hot 120# Cardstock and the embossed rectangle was adhered to the front using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  The cupcake was adhered to the focal rectangle with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

As with the previous card using the Doodlebug Sugar Coated Confetti cardstock to ensure the confetti didn’t peel off the die cut sentiment Ranger Glossy Accents were added.  Once dry the sentiment word was adhered to the front of the card with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Layered Cupcake
  • Cuttlebug Birthday Embossing Folder
  • CZ Designs Birthday Palooza Die
  • Copic Markers: R29, R27, R24, R22, R17; E57, E55; YR21, YR23, YR24
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Doodlebug Sugar Coated Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Red Hot 120# Cardstock
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Wink of Stella Glitter Pen

Blooming Bouquet Happy Birthday

The Altenew Blooming Bouquet stamp is a lovely, large image that makes a striking card.  This time I decided to stamp it twice in diagonal corners of the card and use Copic Markers to color the image.

The image was stamped on a quarter sheet of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock in alternating corners with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The Copic Markers used to color the image are listed below.

Once the image was colored the panel was die cut using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the rectangle and adhered to the back.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Birthday Message and was stamped on a strip of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back and it was then adhered just under the half way part of the focal image.

The focal image was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from 120# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Wink of Stella was added to the flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Blooming Bouquet
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Copic Markers: V09, V25, V22, V20; Y08, Y06, Y04; RV13, RV11, RV10; R89, R37, R32; G99, G94, G24; YG97, YG95, YG93; G17, G16, G00; C1
  • Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Wink of Stella Glitter Pen