Hoping Your Birthday is Happy

One of this week’s color challenge at Splitcoaststampers included a deep pink, pale yellow, and pale green.  I had previously cut some of the images from Altenew’s Beautiful Day and had them sitting in a draw ready to be used.  I decided to pull them out for this challenge.  I think the combination turned out pretty.

This is a layering stamp set that aligns very easily and the Altenew inks make it easy to get the variation in colors.  For this card I had already die cut the shapes from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and stamped on the shapes.  It worked great.

Once the stamping was done I arranged the flowers and leaves into a pattern I like and used Press ‘n Seal to hold them together to decide placement on a rectangle of the same cardstock that was cut with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I decided I wanted to add some visual interest behind the flowers and dry embossed the rectangle with the Lifestyle Crafts Chain Embossing Folder.   Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to the back on all items except the front flower, which was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  The great thing about using Press ‘n Seal is you can move the arrangement around until you have perfect placement.

I didn’t want to cover up the beautiful flowers and so I decided to stamp the sentiment from Winnie & Walter Sentiment Birthday onto Paper Accents Vellum with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and heat emboss it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  It was wrapped about the embossed rectangle and adhered to the back using Scotch Tape.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the focal image rectangle for some added dimension.  A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the  focal image panel was added to the front using liquid glue.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Beautiful Day
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Altenew Inks: Razzleberry, Puffy Heart, Rose Quartz,
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Lifestyle Crafts Chain Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Vellum

Sending Birthday Hugs and Wishes

This is the second card I created using the Tri-Fold Cardbase.  For this card I decided on a landscape orientation and adhered by patterned paper on the bottom left of the cardbase.  I added a square of dark gray cardstock to be the base for my focal image, which was a cupcake stamped using Altnew’s Layered Cupcake stamp and die.

This card was quick and easy to create.  I die cut the cupcake shape first and then stamped the layers using Altenew Inks.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Stylish Sentiments: Birthday and was stamped with VersaMark Ink on the gray square and heat set with Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the focal image square only on the portion that would be adhered to patterned paper tri-fold.

I did the same thing I had done with my previous card and used some Velcro to keep the tri-folds together.  Really like the color combination from this patterned paper.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Layered Cupcake
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Altenew Limestone Ink
  • Brilliance Starlight Silver, Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Rubellite
  • Copic Markers: Y00, E50
  • Avery Elle Double Pierced Square Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • Bo Bunny Isabella Collection
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

Hope Transcends All Sorrow

To me the grief of losing a loved one would be overwhelming without hope.  We have hope that they are no longer suffering, we hope that this life is not the end and we will see them again, we hope that the pain of loss will ease, we have hope in the resurrection promised by the Savior.  Hope it what transcends our sorrow and shines through the dark days of our loss.

To create the card I die cut some patterned paper from from DCWV Bella Armoire Paper Stack with the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle. I used Altenew’s Caps Bold Alphabet Dies to cut the word “HOPE” from the patterned paper. It was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The secondary greeting was created in Microsoft Word, printed on Neena Classic Crest 80# White Cardstock and die cut using a My Favorite Things Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Die.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered just below the die cut word.  Because it was too white I took a Copic Marker E42 and went over the letter so that it blended better with the patterned paper.

Finetec M600 Gold watercolor was used to color the letters. The letters were cut again from black sticky back foam and the two were adhered together with the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then adhered back into the negative space on the card front.

A easy yet elegant card in a short period of time.

Products Used:

  • DCWV Bella Armoire Stack
  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet
  • FineTec M600 Gold
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Black Fun Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Die
  • Copic Marker E42

A Perfect Brightness of Hope Masculine

This is the card I made this month to send to the young men I know who are serving missions for the LDS church. I pick a gospel principle and center my card and message around it. This month I chose the word Hope. The opposite of hope is despair. To live life joyfully we need to embrace the concept of Hope.

For the masculine version of this card I used plaid patterned paper and love the way it turned out.

To create the card I die cut some patterned paper from from DCWV Bella Armoire Paper Stack with the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle. I used Altenew’s Caps Bold Alphabet Dies to cut the word “HOPE” from the patterned paper. It was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Finetec M600 Gold watercolor was used to color the letters. The letters were cut again from black sticky back foam and the two were adhered together with the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then adhered back into the negative space on the card front.

Products Used:

  • DCWV Bella Armoire Stack
  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet
  • FineTec M600 Gold
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Black Fun Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX

Hope Selective Coloring

Every month I write a card to the young men and women I know who are serving missions for the LDS church.  I pick a gospel principle and center my card and message around it.  This month I chose the word Hope.  The opposite of hope is despair.  To live life joyfully we need to embrace the concept of Hope.

I decided to selectively color the die cut word hope and added Gold FineTec M600 Watercolors to make it shine, to emulate a “perfect brightness of hope.”  I think with the black, cream, and gold it has an elegant flair.

This is the card I created for the young ladies serving on missions.  The first time I tried it I completely coated all of the letters, but I decided to try it again only painting the ivory portions of the patterned paper and liked it better.  Both are shown below.

I did go back afterward and added even more gold to the lighter portions of the paper and like the way it turned out much better.

To create the card I die cut some patterned paper from from DCWV Bella Armoire Paper Stack with the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I used Altenew’s Caps Bold Alphabet Dies to cut the word “HOPE” from the patterned paper.  It was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Finetec M600 Gold watercolor was used to color the letters.  The letters were cut again from black sticky back foam and the two were adhered together with the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then adhered back into the negative space on the card front.

A easy yet elegant card in a short period of time.

Products Used:

  • DCWV Bella Armoire Stack
  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet
  • FineTec M600 Gold
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Black Fun Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX

 

You’re the Star of the Day

I recently purchase Altenew’s Molded Lines Stencil.  I really like out the lines are on a curve.  It reminded me of the trails of light to a shooting star and so I decided to create a birthday using a heart star die cut.

I ink blended the stencil onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with yellow Distress Oxide Inks.  When the ink was dry I die cut the panel using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the back for dimension.  It was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

In my stash of papers I had some gold glitter foam and decided to use it to die cut my star using the largest Spellbinders Stars Five Die.  Since it already had dimension I was adhered directly to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

I didn’t have a sentiment that went with the star theme and so I created one using Microsoft Word.  Cut it into a thin strip and adhered it to the card front with liquid adhesive and the card was done.

Very quick and easy card.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Molded Lines Stencil
  • Spellbinders Stars Five Die
  • Antiqua Caps and Book Antiqua Fonts for Sentiment
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey
  • Gold Glitter Craft Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# and 120# Solar White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

MFT Summer School White Space Peony Dream 3D Flower

I’ve had the Altenew Peony Dream 3D Die for quite awhile and hadn’t gotten around to using it.  I wanted to give it try cutting the elements of the flower with paper that had been alcohol inked.  Originally I thought I would use it to make a complementary color card, but I added some turquoise into the mix and it turned out to be a lovely card with white space. 

I used Alcohol Inks Aqua, Sailboat Blue, Mermaid, Purple Twilight, Wild Plum, and Raspberry.  I first saturated the Yupo Paper with Alcohol Blending Solution and then randomly dropped the colors onto the paper.  I picked it up and moved it around to get the colors to blend and then set it aside to dry.  I waited a little too long to add iCraft Deco Foil in Gold, but there are a few subtle spots were is shines.

After the background panel was dry I dies cut all the elements for the Peony Delight 3D Flower.  I used Zots Medium Glue Dots, making the smaller and rolling them into strips to adhere the layers together.  This added nice dimension to each of the layers.  I love the variation in colors for each layer.  For the center of the flower I added a pile of Ranger Multi Medium Matte and filled it with Mikuki Gold Seed Beads.

Thinking of the complimentary color to purple I decided to make the leaves gold.  I used Paper Accents Gold Mirror and Glossy Gold Papers and love the way they looked layered.

I die cut a quarter sheet of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I matted the back with an A2 size rectangle from the Glossy Gold cardstock and adhered them together using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

I placed the flower and leaves onto the rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiment from Penny Black’s Heartfelt in VersaMark Ink and heat embossed using Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Peony Dream 3D Die
  • Penny Black Heartfelt
  • Alcohol Inks: Aqua, Sailboat Blue, Mermaid, Purple Twilight, Wild Plum, Raspberry
  • Alcohol Blending Solution
  • Zots Medium Glue Dots
  • Mikuki Seed Beads Gold
  • Ranger Yupo Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • iCraft Deco Foil Gold
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Glossy Gold Cardstock
  • Scotch Tape
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder

MFT Summer School Repetition, Symmetry, and White Space Beautiful Day

This morning when I went into my craft room these beautiful leftover butterflies from a card I created yesterday were calling my name.  I knew I needed to use them on a card.  I love the way it turned out.  Maybe even better than the card I created earlier.

Since these are the smaller butterflies, I knew I needed a smaller focal area, so I ran a piece of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock through the Big Shot with the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then again with Gina Marie Designs Peekaboo Rectangles.  It created a pretty frame for these gorgeous butterflies.

For added dimension, I die cut another stitched rectangle as a base and then added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back of the frame.  I laid the butterflies in place to determine where to stamp the sentiment from Altenew’s Beautiful Day with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  I then glued the butterflies in place with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  I’ve learned that Yupo Paper reacts a little differently with glue because it is a non-porous paper.  The images need more time to dry and you have to be careful that they don’t move around until it’s set.

I had one butterfly leftover for the font of the envelope and then this creation was done.

Products Used:

  • Paper Smooches Butterfly Duet
  • Altenew Beautiful Day
  • Tim Holtz Alcohol Blending Solution
  • Ranger Alcohol Inks: Shell Pink, Flamingo, Watermelon, Wild Plum, Mermaid
  • Ranger Yupo Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina Marie Designs Peekaboo Rectangle

Beautiful Flower Birthday

I’ve had this stamp set for a month and hadn’t used it yet, but thought it would make some really pretty blue and red flowers for the Splitcoaststampers color challenge this week of red, white, and blue.

I stamped it on Bristol Smooth Cardstock with VersaFine Ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  When you watercolor it is hard to keep a red color from turning pink, but the Zig Markers are a little easier to keep the intensity of the color.  Really like the way it turned out.

I couldn’t find an open stop where I liked the sentiment placement, either to high or in a awkward spot, so I stamped it on vellum with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder and wrapped it around the image.

I die cut the image with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle, added foam to the back, and adhered it to the front of a blue cardbase.  I really like the way it turned out.

Products Used:

  • Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers
  • Altenew Beautiful Day
  • Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Paper Accents Medium Weight Vellum
  • Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 022 Carmine Red, 030 Blue, 044 Deep Green, 046 Mid Green
  • Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Scotch Tape

Layered Daisies All About Celebrating You

I love this Gina K. Designs stamp set.  It makes beautiful cards.  I used it previously to create some beautiful hello cards.  For this card I decided to use it for a birthday card.  I love the pink and blue color combination with the mint green leaves.

I stamped the daisies with Gina K. Designs and Altenew Inks (listed below) onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar What Cardstock and then die cut them with the matching dies.  I have really enjoyed using My Favorite Things Stitched Mod Rectangle STAX dies.  It really creates a lovely focal interest to a card.  I laid flowers in the in the corners of the panel to determine where the stamp the sentiment from Penny Black Sprinkles and Smiles with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  The flowers were then adhered directly to the mod panel with Ranger Multi Medium Matte, with the exception of the large pink flowers, which was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the focal image panel and then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  As a final embellishment, Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets were scattered on the card front and adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Layered Daisies
  • Penny Black Sprinkles and Smiles
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Mod Rectangle STAX
  • Gina K. Designs Ink: Powder Blue, Innocent Pink, Dusty Rose, Apple Mint, Lucky Clover
  • Altenew Ink: Persian Blue
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Asparagus Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Ebony Black
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte