Everything Wonderful Birthday Wishes

This beautiful image from Honey Bee Stamps is large. I could have placed it straight on the card and it would have barely fit, but I didn’t want it to the same layout as the card I created before this one. So I eventually stamped it twice with Ink on 3 Fade Out ink and colored them with Copic Markers. Once the coloring was complete I stamped them again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed them with super fine detailed gold embossing powder from Ranger.

For the layout I finally decided on placing the full flower image on an angle and then I cut away a portion of the second image so that I could layer it behind.

I die cut a rectangle with the largest A2 Stitched Rectangle from My Favorite Things and then run it through with the Altenew Dotted Swirls Debossing Plate. I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with detailed gold embossing powder. The background has a dotted pattern and that could be seen in the sentiment, so I stamped it again and heat embossed it a second time. You can still see the dots in the sentiment, but they are less noticeable. I added the smaller image directly embossed rectangle and then used 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to add the larger flower image. I really like the color combination on this card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Everything Wonderful
  • Altenew Birthday Greetings
  • Altenew Dotted Swirls Debossing
  • Copic Markers: Y38, Y35, Y32; Y08, Y04, Y02, Y00; YR27, YR24, YR21; YG95, YG93; YG67, YG17, YG03; G46, G24, YG03, YG95, YG93
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ink On 3 Fade Out Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Water’s Edge Wish You the Most Beautiful Day

I got this background stamp from Nellie’s Choice and it is really detailed. I wanted a soft look to the scene so I didn’t want to stamp in black ink. What I finally decided to do is to stamp in Distress Oxide Old Paper and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. This allows you to do ink blending but still maintain the integrity of the image.

Using blender brushes I ink blended the sky and water with Distress Oxide inks. The rest of the scene was colored with Copic Markers. For the leaves I used a stippling technique. I tried this card three different times, but this firs attempt was the best. Makes me want to be sitting on the beach somewhere warm.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Nellie’s Choice Water’s Edge
  • Altenew Beautiful Day
  • Distress Oxide: Old Paper and Peacock Feathers
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • ZIG Clean Color Read Brush Markers: 036 Light Blue, 031 Cobalt Blue, 046 Mid Green, 053 Yellow Green, 041 Light Green, 062 Dark Brown, 064 Oatmeal, 072 Beige
  • Gina K. Designs Turquoise Sea and Kraft Base Weight Cardstock
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Flowers in a Vase Happy Birthday

I had a few flowers and leaves leftover from my previous card and decided to use the small bud vase in the Altenew Versatile Vases. I decided to place the flower arrangement on a large oval shape for this card. I ran it through the Big Shop with the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder, which give a very subtle texture that is lovely. I adhered the fast to the oval with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. As before, I added Ranger Glossy Accents to give the vase a glass look.

It look lovely, but it just felt a little flat, so I decided to add Ranger Gold Stickles to the edges of the oval, this is fairly easy to do since you have the stitched details on the outside edge.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts 01/2020 Monthly Hero Kit
  • Altenew Birthday Greetings
  • Altenew Versatile Vases
  • Copic Markers: R46, R29, R17; Y38, Y35, Y32; R08, R05, R02; YG67, YG17, YG23; YG97, YG93
  • Distress Oxide Broken China
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Ovals
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 110# and 80# Solar White Cardstock

Sending a Birthday Bouquet

I loved the flowers from the Hero Arts January 2020 Kit of the Month so much that I wanted to create another card with a little different color scheme to the flowers. I decided to pull out my Altenew Versatile Vases and use it to hold the bouquet.

I cut all the flowers and leaves from heavy weight white cardstock and colored them with Copic Markers. When I went to assemble the bouquet I decided that I wanted to see the stems of the flowers and leaves inside the vase, so I stamped and die cut another vase and took a craft knife and carefully cut out the center of the vase.

I decided to use the My Favorite Things Stitched Tag Corner Rectangles for the card base. When doing this I use the largest die to cut a panel from white cardstock. I wanted some visual interest to the rectangle and so I ran it through the Big Shot with Stampin’ Up’s Subtle Embossing Flowers. To make the panel pop on the cardbase I adhered it to some black cardstock and use a pencil to mark where to cut the excess with a guillotine paper cutter. Once it is adhered to the cardbase I use the paper cutter to trim the cardbase to match the shape of the die.

I stamped the sentiment on the tag corner rectangle prior to dry embossing. I adhered the flower arrangement on the card with strips of 3M 1/2 Foam Tape for a little dimension. Once it was assembled I used Ranger Glossy Accents to make the vase look like glass. Love the way it turned out.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts 01/2020 Monthly Hero Kit
  • Altenew Versatile Vases
  • Copic Markers: R24, R22, R21; R08, R05, R02; R29, R17, R14; R46, R29, R17; Y38, Y35, Y32; YR15, YR14, YR12; YR24, YR21, YR20; Y28, Y26, Y23; BG01, BG000, BG0000; YG67, YG17, YG23; YG99, YG95; YG97, YG93; G24, G23 YG05, YG03
  • Distress Oxide Broken China
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Tag Corner Rectangles
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 110# and 80# Solar White Cardstock

A Stunning Bouquet of Flowers Happy Birthday

When I saw the Hero Arts Kit of the Month for January I had to have it. The flowers were amazing. It’s really too bad that once they sell out they are no longer available, but I’m glad I got it while supplies lasted.

I die cut the flowers and leaves several times from heavy weight white cardstock and then colored them with Copic Markers. The paper wrap for the bouquet was cut from kraft cardstock and then stamped with Simon Says Stamp Modern Rose Blooms background stamp in Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral.

Getting the flowers arranged in the wrap was a little challenging. I finally cut a small triangle that would fit inside the wrap and adhered to the flowers and leaves to it and tucked it inside the wrap when done.

For the sentiment I pulled out my my Simon Says Stamp Folded Banners Die and heat embossed the sentiment from Altenew Birthday Greetings in white embossing powder.

To add visual interest I die cut a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and embossed it with the Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder. I love the way it turned out. I do think you could have a smaller bouquet and it would still be amazing.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts 01/2020 Monthly Hero Kit
  • Altenew Birthday Greetings
  • Simon Says Stamp Modern Rose Blooms
  • Copic Markers: YG67, YG17, YG23; G28, G24; G99, G82; YG97, YG93; G46, G21; G19, G02; RV34, RV32; RV14, RV13, RV11; RV85, RV83, RV81; V17, V15; V06, V04, V01; Y35, Y04, Y00; BG49, BG57, BG53; BG15, BG13, BG11
  • Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder
  • Simon Says Stamp Folded Banners
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Kraft Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock
  • Versa Mark Ink
  • Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral
  • Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Peony Dream Happy Birthday to You

The Altenew Peony Dream 3D Die is a large image and really makes a statement on a card. I decided to use the yellow and orange combination that I used on previous card. It turned out more orange and coral with a hint of yellow, but I think it’s pretty.

I die cut the layers from Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock and colored them with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers. When assembling the layers I like to add some dimension between the bottom layers and the top.

To add visual interest I die cut a rectangle using Gina Marie Designs Lotus Blossom, stamped the sentiment at the bottom with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink and adhered it to the card front with Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive. The flower was adhered using liquid glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Peony Dream 3D Dies
  • Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings
  • Gina Marie Designs Lotus Blossom Rectangle
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 022 Carmine Red, 046 Mid Green, 050 Yellow
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock

Fantasy Floral Birthday

Altenew had a recent sale on all their stand along dies. I purchased the Fantasy Floral 3D dies, along with the Leafy Frame Cover Die and decided to use them on this card.

I like the elegant look of the leafy frame white on white on a cardbase. I cut it four time from Neena Classic Crest 110# Cardstock, which give nice dimension. Usually when I am layering die cuts together I use a spray adhesive, just makes it a lot faster and easier. I did use liquid glue to adhere the layered die onto the front of the cardbase.

I am a fan of the 3D flower dies from Altenew. They make stunning florals. This time I cut them from Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock, but colored them with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Makers. I created two flower with leaves and placed them in the corner of the leafy frame. Before adhered I stamped a sentiment in the upper right with Memento Gray Flannel Ink for a softer look. A beautiful clean and simple birthday card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Fantasy Floral 3D Die
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Altenew Leaf Frame Cover Die
  • Memento Gray Flannel Ink
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 025 Pink, 021 Light Carmine, 047 May Green
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Queen & Co. Pearls

Fine Bouquet Happy Birthday

When I was recently at a friends house I noticed that her shower curtain was lovely. It had coral and brown as the color scheme and I decided to try that with a card.

I recently purchased Altenew’s Fine Bouquet die. I cut it three times from Strathmore Bristol Smooth and again for gold mirror cardstock. I die cut a scalloped rectangle from Bristol Smooth and glued one of the Bristol Smooth outlines onto the rectangle. Altenew’s 36 Pan Watercolors to colors were used to color the inside of the die cut. It didn’t matter if I got watercolor on the outline since it would be covered up with the other layers of the die.

I die cut the word “happy” from gold mirror cardstock and three times from Bristol Smooth and adhered them together with liquid glue. Before gluing in place I determined placement and stamped a secondary sentiment with Gina K. Designs Innocent Pink Ink, which has a coral hue, and then adhered the die cut happy using liquid glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Fine Bouquet Die
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Happy Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs Innocent Pink Ink
  • Altenew 36 Pan Watercolors
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle

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Rose Flurries Happy Birthday

I love the 3D dies from Altenew. They beautiful cards. This time I decided that I want a deep purple red and green, so I pulled out my Daniel Smith Watercolors. I find that I can get a richer more vibrant watercolor with them.

I first cut the flower layers from Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock and then watercolored the individual layers for different depth of color. They layers were adhered together using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

I like adding visual interest to my background panels. This time I used a Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle, but felt it needed a little something more than putting it on a white cardbase, so I watercolored the edges of another rectangle to match the flower and added it behind to make the stitched detail pop.

I don’t often use splatters on my cards, but it did with the card, using all the colors I had used in the flowers and leaves and adding some FineTec Inca and Pearl Gold.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Rose Flurries 3D
  • Penny Black Celebrations
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Daniel Smith Watercolors: Quinacridone Rose, Cerulean Blue Chromium, Hansa Yellow Light
  • FineTec M600 Inca Gold and Gold Pearl
  • Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle Die
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Flowers in a Vase Happiest of Birthdays

I had all these flowers from using the Altenew Spring Showers Cover Die on another card and decided to use them for a card. I pulled out my Altenew Versatile Vases dies and cut one from Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock.

The flowers and vase were watercolored with Altenew’s 36 Pan Watercolors. I arranged the flowers in the vase and then used Press and Seal to pick up the arrangement. Before placing I die cut a scalloped rectangle and placed the flower arrangement in place to determine where to stamp the sentiment. I decided to add some visual interest by embossing the rectangle with the Lifestyle Crafts Chain Embossing Folder.

Having the arrangement picked up with the Press and Seal allows you to add glue to the back flowers and leaves and place them on the rectangle. The top leaves and flowers were adhered with small pieces of 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

Since I didn’t stamp the corresponding image on the die it needed something to make it look more like a vase, so I used a hillside border die to cut some curved strips of gold mirror cardstock and added them to the vase. I added small gold rhinestones to the center of the flowers. I like the way it turned out.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Altenew Spring Shower Cover Die
  • Altenew Versatile Vases
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside Borders
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Delicata Golden Glitz In
  • Altenew 36 Pan Watercolors: Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Bamboo, Evergreen, Mountain Mist, Lagoon, Midnight Violet
  • Copic Markers: Y23, Y26
  • Lifestyle Crafts Chain Embossing Folder
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle Die
  • Gold Rhinestones from Stash
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam