Every Monday I check my birthday list to see what cards I need to send out that week. My dear friend Mona has a birthday coming up. Her favorite colors are red, yellow, and olive green. I check my stash of completed cards and didn’t have anything with that color scheme, so I pulled out another beautiful Altenew layering stamp to make a card just for Mona.
I first stamped the outline of the flowers onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and then added the layers. The first colors of ink I choose weren’t dark enough so I stamped the layers again in a different ink that made it a deeper red. The leaves don’t have an outline, but the last layer give more of an outline feel and I stamped it in the darkest green.
I decided to use a scalloped rectangle that was embossed with some pretty leaves for the background behind the flowers. When I have an embossed panel I usually use liquid glue to attach it to the card front, since I feel it does a better job adhering the highs and lows.
I arranged the flowers and leaves the way I liked them and then picked them up with Press ‘n Seal, which has a low tack and allows you to keep the arrangement in place while you turn it over to add adhesive. All the leaves and the two back flowers were adhered with liquid glue. The top yellow flower was adhered using a lower loft foam tape and the front red flower with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape which has a higher loft, giving different levels of dimension to the card.
The beautiful My Favorite Things Celebrate die was cut from both gold mirror cardstock and sticky back foam. I find this the easiest way to add dimension to a die cut sentiment. The secondary sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. I used a Pink and Main Sentiment Strip to cut it out and adhered it directly over the word “celebrate” with liquid glue.
The last embellishment was to add clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen to the red flowers and another card was done.
This second set of sympathy cards for Senior Life Resources Northwest also uses an Altenew layering stamp set. This time, with the design of the stamp set, I decided to stamp the layers onto colored cardstock.
I cut down pieces of pink and green cardstock to the appropriate size for the image and stamped the layers with Altenew Inks. I used my heat gun to ensure the ink layers were completely dry before stamping the last outline layer in VersaMark Ink and heat setting it with gold embossing powder. The images were then cut out using the coordinating dies.
To add some visual interest to the card a panel of white cardstock was cutout using the Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle Die.
The sentiment was cut from gold mirror cardstock. To determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment the flower and leaves were laid in place and the small sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. Once the embossing was cool the panel was run through the Big Shot with the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder. This panel was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive.
The gold cutout sentiment and leaves were adhered to the embossed panel with liquid glue and the large flower was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.
The last type of card I created for Senior Life Resources Northwest were Sympathy card. Sometime they loose a client and they give cards to the family members.
This first set of card uses the lovely Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp Set. This is a layering stamp. I cut down Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock to fit the image and stamped each layer five times (ten times for the flowers, since I used two). It really goes together pretty quickly with a MISTI stamping tool. The smaller flowers do not have layers, so they were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers. Once the stamping and coloring was complete the images were cutout using the coordinating dies.
I die cut a scalloped rectangle of white cardstock and laid the flowers and leaves on top to determine where to stamp the sentiment. Once it was stamped the scalloped rectangle was run through the Big Shot with the Stampin’ Up Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder. This add great visual interest behind the flowers. This scalloped rectangle was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue.
The small flower bunch and the leaves were adhered to the embossing panel with liquid glue. The back flower was adhered using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape and the top flower with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape, which has a higher loft.
With social distancing I have been creating a lot of hello or thinking of you card and sending them to friends I haven’t been able to see for awhile, just to let them know I care. It was time to create a few more. I pulled out Altenew’s Garden Treasure to make a card. This is a layering stamp set, and when I am using that kind of stamp I usually stamp several. This time I created five cards with the images that I stamped. Each card uses a different die cut background, each that embossed with a Stampin’ Up embossing folder.
This first card uses a scalloped circle die. It was embossed using the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder. It is one of my favorite. It adds such a lovely, subtle visual interest to a card. I decided to emboss the front of the cardbase as well. The sentiment was cut from silver mirror cardstock.
This third card was made using the pretty Little B Frame die. The Simon Says Stamp Bold Hello was cut from silver mirror cardstock and the frame was adhered to the card front using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape.
This fourth card uses a stitched scalloped frame. The sentiment was cut from silver mirror cardstock and adhered above the focal image. The panel was adhered to a top folding cardbase with Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape.
I wanted to do some Copic Marker coloring on patterned paper and found this lovely script paper from Authentique. I stamped the background flower and then masked it to stamp the leaves. Since I didn’t have enough of the patterned paper I stamped the large flower again on regular Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.
I love the look of the bold red flowers on the white and black script paper. I die cut the flower on white cardstock with the coordinating dies and then trimmed off the white edges with scissors.
I cut down the patterned paper using a stitched rectangle and then adhered the die cut flower using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape.
I decided to keep the sentiment a simple hello, cut from gold mirror and black cardstock. The two were adhered together with liquid glue with the gold offset slightly on the back so that there was just a hint of a shadow. It was adhered in the lower right of the card.
I decided to scatter some red sequins around the focal image.
I didn’t like how the flower stamped on white cardstock looked so I used My Favorite Things Romantic Script background to add some words to the flower. It is larger than the background paper, but I liked it better anyway. You can see the original without the script background stamp below. Let me know what you think.
I had the inside of the card with the impression from the sentiment leftover from the previous card I made and didn’t want to throw it away. I decided to try ink blending over it, but the impression was shallow enough that the ink went into the impression and it was difficult to see the sentiment. I decided to foil the sentiment, lining it up with the impression so that it was in the same place. It worked great. Now I needed to figure out how I was going to use it on a card.
I have some background dies that cut circles, but there weren’t placed in the center of the card. I thought about using Altenew’s layered plaid dies, but they would cover up the sentiment and if you cut away the center the plaid could fall apart. I finally decided to pull out Altenew’s Layered Geo Cover Dies A & B. The smallest opening covered up the sentiment, so I pulled out the Hero Art’s Infinity Circle Dies and found the perfect size to make the opening larger.
The ink blended background was green and so I used two different colors of blue cardstock I had in scraps. I cut each color twice for a little more depth and adhered them together using Elmer’s Craft Spray Adhesive. When everything was adhered together the panel was adhered to a side folding cardbase and the card was done.
This is a completely different style of card than what I usually do, but I do like it and it is a great masculine card.
I love the beautiful color of the turquoise foil using Crafter’s Companion Grande Dots Background. It was cut down using a stitched rectangle. Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the panel and it was adhered to a top folding cardbase.
When I had a butterfly die out for a previous card I saw this one from Memory Box. I wanted it to match the dots in the background so I hot foiled some paper with the foil only and cut the back of the butterfly from it. The detailed layer of the butterfly was cut from silver mirror cardstock, along with the butterfly body. They were adhered together using liquid glue.
I decided to add some flower and leaves from Altenew’s Beautiful Day. The pink and green add a lovely contrast to the turquoise. They were die cut with the coordinating dies once the Copic coloring was complete. Thin strips of foam were added to the back and they were adhered in the corner of the card front. A thin strip of foam was added to the body of the butterfly only and it was adhered in the corner of the card front as well.
I decided to use a die cut sentiment, cut from silver mirror cardstock and again from sticky back foam. I decided not to use the die cut words “of you” and replace them with foiled words.
I used Crafter’s Companion Grande Swirl Background die with the Gemini FoilPress to create the background for this card. It added a beautiful background to Altenew’s Vintage Garden flower and leaves. The background was cut down using a stitched rectangle.
The flower and leaves were stamped with a light memento ink and then colored with Copic Markers. Once the coloring was complete it was stamped again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold and then cut out using the coordinating die. Foam tape was added to the back and it was adhered to the bottom of the foiled background.
The same Copic Marker colors as were used to create matching cardstock for the sentiment. It was hot foiled with gold foil and cut into a thin banner. Foam tape was added to the back and adhered in place.
When I went to place the focal image panel onto the top folding white cardbase I decided it needed a little more color. Copic Markers were used to color cardstock to create a mat of cardstock in the same color as flower. It was adhered using dotliner adhesive and then adhered to the cardbase using liquid glue.
At the last minute gold confetti was scattered around the flower and the card was done.
I really love the way this flower grid background looks on yellow cardstock with gold hot foil. It was cut down using a stitched rectangle and adhered to a top folding ivory cardbase with dotliner adhesive.
Altenew’s Beautiful Day stamp and die was used to add the focal image to the card. It was colored with a deep yellow and the accent flowers in pink. Once the coloring and die cutting were complete the small flowers and leaves were added to the card front with liquid glue to the end of the stems. The flower was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.
The sentiment was hot foiled on ivory cardstock and cut into a banner using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strip. Foam Tape was added to the back to the strip only where it did not overlap the flower.
At the last minute I decided to color the background flower petals with Copic Markers and added a drop of gold stickles to the centers. It turned out lovely.
This card uses another regular die that was used in the Gemini Foil Press. It turned beautifully and was such a lovely focal element I didn’t want to cover it up. I decided to cut down the panel using a stitched rectangle and add just a small flower from Altenew’s Beautiful Day.
The flower image was stamped with a light ink and then colored with Copic Markers. When the coloring was complete it was stamped again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. The coordinating die was used to cut out the flower spray and it was adhered to the lower left of the foiled oval with Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape.
The sentiment was also hot foiled and cut into a thin banner using a Pink & Main’s Sentiment Strip with has fishtail ends. It was adhered with foam tape as well.
Darice Sticky Back Tape was added to the back of the focal image panel at it was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase.
Altenew Beautiful Day
Spellbinders Glimmer More Sentiments
Simon Says Stamp Shimmer Oval
My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle
Gina K. Designs Base Weight and Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock