Blooming Bouquet Birthday

I like the drapping leaves that are part of this bouquet.  They are a delicate addition to the design.  This image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with a HP Laser Printer and then outline die cut using the Silhouette PIXScan Mat and Cameo Machine.

I like the way dimension can be added to an outline image and brings visual interest to a card.

The card was colored using Copic Markers: G46, G82; YG99; YG57, YG17, YG03; BG13, BG34, BG32; B25, B24, B23; V25; RV06, RV04, RV02; RV14, RV13, RV11; Y17, Y08, Y02; YR24.  Once the color was complete the focal image was placed on a sheet of Darice Sticky Back Foam and traced with a pencil, fussy cut with scissors, and adhered to the back of the image.  I have begun adding foam dimension in this manner and like the solid surface that it gives.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  A quarter sheet of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock was run through the Big Shot with the Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials Scalloped Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Fun Foam was added to the back for dimension.

The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink on the Paper Company Fellum and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The focal image was adhered to the scalloped rectangle using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the sentiment was wrapped around the rectangle and adhered to the back using Scotch Tape.  The focal image scalloped rectangle was then adhered to the top of the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Blooming Bouquet Stamp
  • Penny Black Sprinkles and Smiles Stamp
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • The Paper Company Vellum
  • Copic Markers: G46, G82; YG99; YG57, YG17, YG03; BG13, BG34, BG32; B25, B24, B23; V25; RV06, RV04, RV02; RV14, RV13, RV11; Y17, Y08, Y02; YR24
  • Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials Die

Blooming Bouquet Bring on the Happy

really like the image from Altenew’s Blooming Bouquet and decided to watercolor it on Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper.  It was stamped with VersaMark Onyx Black In, and heat embossed with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder using the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.

Winsor & Newton Artist Grade Watercolor Winsor Yellow, Aureolin, Permanent Rose, Chinese White, Winsor Violet, Olive Green, Permanent Sap Green, Viridian, Cerulean Blue, Turquoise Light were used to color the image.  Once it was completely dry Derwent Inktense Pencils 210 Cadmium Yellow, 510 Cherry, 520 Carmine Pink, 760 Deep Violet, 1330 Vivid Green, 1560 Fern using a Dove Blending Pen.

The watercolored panel was then die cut using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  A slightly larger rectangle was cut with a guillotine paper cutter out of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and adhered to the back of the watercolored panel with Sookwang Be Creative Tape.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image panel was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  As a final embellishment Pretty Pink Posh Sugar Plum Mix Sequins were adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Blooming Bouquet
  • Penny Black Sprinkles and Smiles
  • Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle
  • Winsor & Newton Artist Grade Watercolors: Winsor Yellow, Aureolin, Permanent Rose, Chinese White, Winsor Violet, Olive Green, Permanent Sap Green, Viridian, Cerulean Blue, Turquoise Light
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils: 210 Cadmium Yellow, 510 Cherry, 520 Carmine Pink, 760 Deep Violet, 1330 Vivid Green, 1560 Fern
  • Dove Blending Pen

Altenew Adore You Birthday Wishes

A woman I serve with in the young women’s organization at church has a birthday the first week of September.  Her favorite colors are blue and gray.  I had recently purchased Altenew’s Adore You stamp and dies and decided to use them for her birthday card.  I love the way that it turned out.

I stamped the flowers and leaves on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored them with Copic Markers B93, B95, B97, B99; G94, YG03.  I then ran them through the Big Shot with the matching dies.  I die cut a rectangle of the same white cardstock with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle and arranged the flowers the way I wanted them to determine where to stamp the sentiment from Penny Black Sprinkles & Smiles.  It was stamped with VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed with Ranger Detail Silver Embossing Powder, which pulled in a little sparkling gray.

Some of the flowers were adhered directly to the white rectangle with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and others were adhered using 3M ½” Foam Tape and some foam squares I have in my stash that has a slightly higher profile.  Silver Stickles were added to the stamen and then Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Silver Sequins were scattered around the flowers.

To accent the blue color of the flowers I decided to make the cardbase from Gina K. Designs 120# Navy Cardstock.  The white rectangle focal image was adhered directly to the front of the cardbase with Sookwang Be Creative Tape.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Adore You Stamp and Dies
  • Penny Black Sprinkles & Smiles
  • Copic Markers: B93, B95, B97, B99; G94, YG03
  • Foam Sqaures from Stash
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Foam Squares from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Navy
  • Ranger Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Silver Stickles
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Pretty Pink Posh Silver Sequins
  • Sookwang Be Creative Tape

Vintage Flowers Birthday Wishes

This is another card that I made with a flower set I had purchase long ago and not yet used.  I found the layering to be easy and the results from stamping all the images in multi colors made a bright and happy card.

I used mainly Altenew inks to stamp the images, with the exception of Gina K. Designs Wild Dandelion.  Once the images were stamped I die cut them with the matching dies.  To arrange the flowers I decided to use the Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders die.  I love the scalloped edge.  I created a landscape A2 cardbase from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and used the border die to cut the bottom of the front panel.  Next I laid out the flowers to determine placement and then took a picture with my cell phone as a reminder of the layout I liked.  Doing this allowed me to determine where to stamp the sentiment from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party in Hero Hues India Ink Black at the top of the card front.  I don’t use this beautiful “birthday” stamp often because it requires a landscape card to accommodate the size.  But it is a stunning sentiment and worked perfectly for this card.

The flowers and leaves were then adhered using a combination of Tombo Mono Multi Glue and 3M ½” Foam Tape.  I have seen a lot of people using black and white striped cardstock or washi tape to accent their cards and so I decided to use Life Style Crafts Shape ‘n Tape Black striped washi, adhering it to the bottom of the inside of the cardbase and loved the way it looked.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Vintage Flowers and Dies
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party
  • Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders
  • Altenew Inks: Sunkissed/Orange/Autumn Blaze; Sea Glass/Ocean Waves/Dusk; Lavender Fields/Deep Iris/Midnight Violet; Coral Berry/Ruby Red/Jet Black; Warm Sunshine/Gina K. Designs Wild Dandelion; Frayed Leaf;Forest Glades/Evergreen
  • Zookwang Scor-Tape
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Life Style Crafts Shape ‘n Tape Black

Vintage Flowers: Heart Doily Happy Birthday Card

I purchased the La-La Crafts Border Heart Doily Die quite some time ago and had not yet used it.  I decided it would make a pretty accent to the top of a card.  It is not the same width as an A2 top folding card and so I decided to die cut a rectangle using Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles, but I didn’t like the way the doily looked when placed on top of the rectangle and so I cut down the rectangle so that the doily could be adhered to the top and still be the same height and liked it much better.

When I went to assemble the card I still felt it was missing something.  It was too plain and the pretty details of the doily weren’t standing out, so I cut a small rectangle of purple cardstock from my stash and adhered it to the top of an A2 top folding cardbase, made from 120# Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  I added Darice Adhesive Fun Foam behind the solid rectangle of the focal image and adhered it to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Happy. The word “happy” was cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and the secondary sentiment was stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black in the center of the focal image panel, but I still didn’t like the way the card looked.  So, I cut a thin strip of Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and adhered it over the seam, where the rectangle and doily met.  This was better, but it still needed something.  I had three purple flowers left over from making a card with Altenew Vintage Flowers and decided to add them to the top of the card, just under the center of the doily and finally liked the way the card had turned out.  To accent the strip of gold I used Stickles Tidings to the flower centers, added some sparkle and shine to the petals with Clear Wink of Stella and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Vintage Flowers and Dies
  • Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Happy
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold, and Party
  • La-La Land Crafts Border Heart Doily Die
  • Altenew Inks: Lavender Fields/Deep Iris/Midnight Violet; Frayed Leaf/Forest Glades/Evergreen
  • Zookwang Scor-Tape
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Clear Wink of Stella

Vintage Flowers: Celebrate Your Special Day Birthday Card

I wanted to use the new orange inks from Altenew and decided to create a card with their Vintage Flowers and Dies.  I love the bright and colorful look of this card.

I began by stamping the images on 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock and then die cutting them with the matching dies.  It is quick and very easy to do, once you figure out how to align the layers.

To assemble the card I knew I wanted to use a background die to add interest behind the flowers.  I originally planned to remove all the cutouts from the Simon Says Stamp Triangle Pattern Die, but when I removed it from the Big Shot none of them popped out on their own.  I really liked the way it looked and decided to keep them all in place.  I immediately added some Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam to the back so solidify it as one piece.

I arranged the flowers so that I could determine placement of the sentiment, which is from My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings, and stamped it using the MISTI with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  The MISTI allowed me to stamp it a couple of times to get a crisp image on the uneven surface of the die cut panel.  The flowers and leaves were then adhered using both Tombo Mono Multi Glue and 3M ½” Foam Tape.

When I went to place it on a top folding A2 Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock I felt that it needed a little more pop of color and so I die cut a piece of orange cardstock 1/8” larger than the rectangle and adhered it to the back of the rectangle.  The focal rectangle was then adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Orange and yellow sequins from Doodlebug Bumblebee and Tangerine, along with Pretty Pink Posh Marigold and Tangerine were scattered on the card front and adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte, and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Vintage Flowers and Dies
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings
  • Simon Says Stamp Triangle Pattern Background Die
  • Altenew Inks: Sunkissed/Orange/Autumn Blaze; Sea Glass/Ocean Waves/Dusk; Frayed Leaf; Forest Glades/Evergreen
  • Zookwang Scor-Tape
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Doodlebug Bumblebee and Tangerine; Pretty Pink Posh Marigold and Tangerine Sequins

Altenew Smile More Birthday Card

There are so many wonderful flower stamp sets out there.  I really like the playful flowers in the Altenew Smile More set.  I was inspired by a Laura Bassen card and wanted to create a similar card but wanted my flowers standing in a field of flowers.

I started with a quarter sheet of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and ink blended my background using some Inkylicious Ink Duster Blending Brushes and Distress Inks Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn.  Once I was happy with the background it was time to begin stamping and coloring my images with Copic Markers.

I stamped on some 80# white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black.  The Copic Markers used were: Y13, Y15, Y17; YR12, YR14, YR16; V04, V06, V09; YG03, YG17, YG63; E55, E57, E59.  Once I was done coloring the flowers and leaves I die cut them with the matching dies.

For assembling my card I die cut the background using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  I then cut a rectangle 1/8” larger with my paper cutter out of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and adhered it to the back of the ink blended background with Zookwang Scor-Tape.  I have found with the lighter 80# cardstock you can sometimes see the glue lines if you use a liquid glue like Tombo Mono.  I arranged the flowers where I wanted them and then stamped the stems with Altenew Forest Glade.  The two side flowers and leaves were adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the center flower with 3M ½” Foam Tape. The focal image rectangle was then adhered to a landscape A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

The sentiment is from Technique Tuesdays Happy Die, which cuts both the word and an outline background.  The word was cut from a scrap of white cardstock and the background from a scrap of black cardstock.  The two were adhered together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then to the card front with the same glue.  The secondary sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party stamp set and was stamped under the die cut sentiment with Hero Hues India Ink Black.

As a finishing touch, adding dimension and shine, Stickles Cinnamon was added to the center of the flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Smile More Stamp and Dies
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party
  • Technique Tuesday Say it Happy Die
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn
  • Altenew Ink Forest Glade
  • Copic Markers: Y13, Y15, Y17; YR12, YR14, YR16; V04, V06, V09; YG03, YG17, YG63; E55, E57, E59
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Stickles Cinnamon
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles

Altenew Remember This Birthday Wishes

I recently purchased Altenew’s Remember This stamp set after watching a video on YouTube.  I also recently purchased the new Altenew Warm & Cozy ink cubes and wanted to use the beautiful oranges with the flowers in this stamp set.  It turned out vibrant and beautiful.  The picture does adequately show the shadows on the flowers on these layering images.  I can see myself using this stamp set again and again in the future.

I began by stamping the Flowers in Altenew Orange Cream on 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock.  The next layer was stamped with Autumn Glaze, these stamps were probably one of the easiest layering stamps I have used, or maybe I’m finally getting the hang of using them.  The final layer was stamped with Altenew Firebrick. The last step was to stamp the outline of the images with Hero Hues  India Ink Black.  The leaves were stamped in a similar process with Altenew Frayed Leaf and Forest Glade. The bud was stamped with Altenew Buttercream and Warm Sunshine. Once the stamping was complete the images were cut with the matching dies.

I love the look of clean and simple cards with white on white layering.  A top folding A2 Cardbase was made from 120# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock.  A rectangle was cut from 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock using the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  Another rectangle was cut from Darice Adhesive Fun Foam and trimmed to be slightly smaller and then applied to the back of the white rectangle.

The flowers were arranged on the rectangle to determine the placement of the sentiment.  Press and Seal was used to keep the flower arrangement together until it could be adhered to the rectangle.  The sentiment, which is from Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums, was stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black.

Tombo Mono Multi Glue was added to the back layer of the flower arrangement and placed on the rectangle.  I put slight pressure on the images and wait about 30 to 60 seconds before removing the Press and Seal.  The top two flowers were adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to add dimension.  Sequins from Doodlebug Tangerine and Pretty Pink Posh Tangerine were added for additional embellishment with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  The rectangle was then adhered to the card base with Tombo Mono Multi Glue on the back of the fun foam and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Remember This
  • Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums
  • Altenew: Orange Cream; Autumn Glaze, Firebrick, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade, Buttercream, Warm Sunshine
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Doodlebug Tangerine Sequins
  • Pretty Pink Posh Tangerine Sequins
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

Altenew Lacy Scrolls Sympathy

I bought some Derwent Inktense Pencils several years ago and have never used them.  This month my challenge has been to use stamps and product that I have not yet used.  I watched a video recently from Jennifer McQuire where she used colored pencils to add depth and dimension to a stamped image and thought I would give it a try.  I also used the Altenew Lacy Scrolls for the first time and think they turned out beautiful.

First I stamped the flowers and leaves on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock using the Altenew Rouge and Forest Glade Inks and then cut them out using the matching dies.

Next I selected Derwent Inktense 36: 0200 Sun Yellow, 1530 Felt Green, 0300 Tangerine, 2300 Antique White to add the highlights and shadows to the images.  In her video Jennifer used an eraser to smooth out the edges of the pencil coloring.  I used the Tombo Mono Zero Elastomer Eraser.  It has a very small tip and yet is a very good eraser.  At first I wasn’t sure I liked the effect.  It is not as smooth as the transition and blending you get with Copic Markers, but over time it really grew on me and I liked it more and more.

Once I was done coloring I die cut some Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles and arranged the flowers and leaves the way I wanted them to determine placement of the sentiment.  Since I wanted this to be a sympathy card I wanted a softer feel and so the sentiment from Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings was stamped with Altenew Silver Stone Ink.  All the flowers and leaves were then adhered to the rectangle with Tombo Mono Multi Glue, except the lowest flower, it was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for a little dimension.

An A2 Top Folding Cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  A scattering of Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Rhinestones were added with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was complete.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Lacy Scrolls
  • Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings
  • Gina K. Designs Assorted Greetings (inside)
  • Altenew Rouge, Silver Stone, Forest Glade Ink
  • Derwent Inktense 36: 0200 Sun Yellow, 1530 Felt Green, 0300 Tangerine, 2300 Antique White
  • Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Rhinestones
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Tombo Mono Zero Elastomer Eraser

Concord & 9th Hello Lovely Sympathy

This is the second card I made with Concord & 9th Hello Lovely Stamp.  It made a beautiful sympathy card.

This time I kept the colors more subdued, mainly keeping the flowers white with very light purple accents.  Supplies and Copic colors used are listed below.

After completing the coloring I die cut the image with the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  I then cut another rectangle from Gina K. Designs 120# Black cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and adhered the two together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

For the sentiment I die cut the Winnie & Walter the Big, the Bold, and Comfort Sympathy from Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock and three times from scrap black cardstock. These were adhered together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive Spray.  I placed the cutout sentiment on the focal image to determine placement of the secondary sentiment, which is from Altenew’s Sentiments & Quotes, stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Silver Embossing Powder.

The focal image panel was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Darice Adhesive Fun Foam for added dimension.  The die cut word was attached to the card front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Concord & 9th Hello Lovely
  • Winnie & Walter the Big, the Bold, and Comfort
  • Altenew Sentiments & Quotes
  • Copic: V17, V15, V12; C2, C1, C0; YG05, YG03, YG01; YG97, YG95, YG93; G99, G94, G24; B000, B0000
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Ranger Silver Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam