Happy Birthday Cupcake

I decided that I wanted to used the Altenew Layered Plaid A for a subtle background to a masculine card and love the way it turned out.  The blue and grey color pallet is really pretty against the white.

I created a top folding A2 cardbase from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  I cut the Altenew Layered Plaid A die from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and sprayed the back with Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.  I really works well when you have delicate die cuts.

I stamped the Avery Elle Cupcakes with Distress Oxide Broken China and Hickory Smoke.  I enhanced shadows and the flame with Copic Markers.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for dimension and adhered to the lower left of the card with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The sentiment combines a die cut word from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy, cut from Silver Mirror Cardstock, and another three times from gray cardstock, adhered together with Ranger Collage Medium.  The secondary greeting was from Winnie & Walter’s Sentimental Birthday was stamped on a scrap of gray cardstock with Distress Oxide Broken China and cut into a thin strip with an angled end.  A thin strip 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back and then it was adhered below the “happy” die cut word.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Avery Elle Cupcakes
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Altenew Layered Plaid A
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Broken China and Hickory Smoke
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Scrap Gray Cardstock
  • Ranger Collage Medium
  • Clear Wink of Stella

 

Wish Big Masculine Card

It seems like I go through spurts where I create a lot of masculine birthday cards at one time.  Maybe I just get my masculine mojo working and it’s easier to keep on going.  This card was inspired by the plaid patterned paper from my scraps.  I really like the way it turned out, maybe that’s becaue red is my favorite color.

I stamped one of the cupcakes from the Avery Elle Cupcakes stamp and die onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.  I used colors that complimented the patterned paper, Distress Oxide Fired Brick, Antique Linen, and Twisted Citron.  To add dimension and shadows I used Copic Markers (E19, E08, B95, BG75, BG72; YG95, YG93, YG91, YG23, YG03, YG01; Y38, Y35, YR16; E40; E55).  I then die cut the images with the matching dies and added some Darice Sticky Back Foam to the back.

I created a top folding A2 cardbase from Gina K. Designs Red Velvet Base Weight Cardstock, added a square of the the plaid patterned paper and stamped the sentiment from Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments:Birthday with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I decided to add a strip of blue cardstock as a separation, then I adhered the cupcake with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the frosting and flame, along with a few Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Avery Elle Cupcakes
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Distress Oxide: Fired Brick and Antique Linen
  • Gina K. Designs Red Velvet Base Weight Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Scrap Plaid Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: E19, E08, B95, BG75, BG72; YG95, YG93, YG91, YG23, YG03, YG01; Y38, Y35, YR16; E40; E55
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • Ranger Collage Medium
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive

Anemone Heartfelt Sympathy

When I initially saw Gina K. Designs Anemone stamp set I was not impressed and so I did not purchase it.  Then I saw a card that someone created using it and I was blown away with how beautiful the flowers were with their dark centers.

Unfortunately I’ve had a reason to use several sympathy cards recently and needed to create a few more to have on hand.  I love the way this card turned out.  Clean and simple in style, and oh so elegant.

I stamped the flowers and leaves with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto some Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock, since I planned to color them with Copic Markers.  The sprig was stamped with Altenew Forest Glad so the stems would be green.  The Copic Markers colors used were: YR15, YR14, YR00; G99, G94, G24; YG67, YG17, YG03, YG97, YG95, YG93.  I used Navy Nuvo Crystal Drops for the berries on the green sprigs.  For the stamen in the center of the flowers I used a white Uniball Gel Pen.

I die cut a rectangle of the same white cardstock using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back of the rectangle.

After the berries were dry I arranged the flowers, leaves, and sprigs the way I liked them and used Press ‘n Seal to keep them together.  This allows you to move them around on the card to see where to place the sentiment.  I stamped the sentiment from the Avery Elle With Sympathy stamp set using Hero Hues India Ink Black.  Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive was used to glue down the leaves and sprigs, holding it in place for a few moments to allow it to set.  I carefully removed the flowers and added 3M 1/2″ foam tape to the back, removed the backing, and carefully turned of the  Press ‘n Seal to adhere them where I desired.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Anemone Wishes
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Altenew Forest Glade Ink
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Navy Blue
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • ScorBuddy
  • Teflon Bone Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Copic Markers: YR15, YR14, YR00; G99, G94, G24; YG67, YG17, YG03, YG97, YG95, YG93

 

A Little Birdie Told Me Birthday Card

When I saw this cute bird image from Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle I knew it would make a cute card.  Love the way it turned out.

This is a digital stamp so I printed it using my Brother Laser Printer on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers (listed below).  Once the coloring was done I used my PIXScan Mat and cut around the image with the Silhouette Cameo.  I cut a rectangle from the same white cardstock and raided my scraps of colored cardstock to find the perfect blue that would compliment the bird and cut it 1/8″ larger than the stitched rectangle.  Both were adhered together using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive. A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the rectangle was adhered to the font with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

I placed the bird image on the rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiment from Avery Elle’s Tweet Tweet with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  I traced around the image on some Darice Sticky Back Foam and added to the back of the focal image for added dimension and was adhered to the matted rectangle with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  A little shine was added to the dots on the hat scarf and the center of the flowers with Star Dust Stickles and the card was done.

PRODUCT USED:

  • Sparkle ‘n Sprinkles Bonnet Birdie
  • Avery Elle Tweet Tweet
  • Brother HL-L2380DW Ink Jet Printer
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Copic Markers: B26, B24, B23, B21; YG17, YG03, YG01; G94, G24; Y19, Y17, Y15; YR09, YR07; E59, E57, E55
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Star Dust Stickles

Tarnished Gold Sympathy Card

On Thursday a friend of our from church lost her husband unexpectedly.  As I went to create a card I thought that this beautiful tarnished gold technique would make the perfect sympathy card.  Dark days of loss and sorrow, but shining through great love and happy memories.

I ran a piece of Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock through the Big Shot with the Darice Cherry Blossom Embossing Folder, debossing the image so that it would be mostly black after running StazOn Jet Black Ink over the surface, leave the beautiful flowers shining gold behind.  Once it was dry I ran it through the Big Shot again with a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX die and then added more gold cardstock behind it for a very thin border, adhered using Be Creative Tape to secure it to the slick surface of the mirror cardstock.  I added black sticky back foam to the back of the panel for dimension and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock.

This sentiment was also die cut from gold mirror cardstock using Avery Elle’s With Sympathy die and adhered to a strip of the same black cardstock with another thin border of gold on the top and bottom.  The two additional word from the stamp set were stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  More black foam was added behind the sentiment strip and then it was adhered to the front of the card with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  A white panel of cardstock was added to the inside of the card and a sentiment from My sentiments Exactly Strength and Hope as stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Darice Cherry Blossom Embossing Folder
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • My Sentiments Exactly Strength and Hope
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Darice Black Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX

Altenew Bold Alphabet Die Masculine Birthday

It is amazing that in making a card one small change can take a card from so-so to stunning.  I had recently purchased some great graphic cardstock with gold foiling because I thought it would make great masculine cards.  I started with some navy and gold connecting circles paper.  I die cut a rectangle using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.   Next I die cut the word happy using Altenew’s Bold Alphabet dies along the bottom of the foiled paper.   I wanted to do an inlay technique and so I die cut the words again from black sticky back foam and backed the letters to provide dimension.  I added Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock behind the rectangle to create a gold border and die cut some balloons using both Lawn Fawn Party Balloon and Avery Elle Balloons Stamp and Dies.  I stamped the secondary sentiment with VersaMark Ink using My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I adhered the balloons with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then adhered the letters back into their opening using Be Creative Tape because mirror cardstock can be tricky to adhere too and this is strong tape that works great.  But, I just didn’t love the card, the letters were lost in the pattern.  So I decided to use a Copic Marker (B39) to darken the letters and still didn’t like it.  I added some Wink of Stella and still it wasn’t a very good card, so I thought it was just one of those cards I would never use.

And then a few days latter after making another card with inlaid letters I had an aha moment.  I quickly die cut the word happy from gold mirror cardstock and adhered it on top of the previous blue words, offsetting just a little, and loved it.  I’ve shown both cards below so you can see the difference one small change can make.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Paper Studio Be Bold…Be Bright Paper Pad
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloon Dies
  • Avery Elle Balloons Stamp and Dies
  • Copic Marker B39
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Sulky Gold Metallic Thread
  • 3/8” Be Creative Tape
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle

 

Woot – It’s Your Birthday Masculine Card

I love the way this masculine birthday card turned out.  The colorful background was created using the Concord & 9th Turnabout Sprinkles Stamp.  The colors were inspired by a flower arrangement I recently saw.  The CZ Designs Birthday Palooze open sentiment allows for you to color it to match the design.

The turnabout stamp is easy to use and the cupcake from Avery Elle’s Cupcakes makes a great masculine focal image.  It was stamped with Altenew Inks (listed below) and then highlighted using Copic Markers.  Once the cupcake coloring was complete it was cut using the matching dies.

The sprinkles background was die cut using a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX die and Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for dimension.

The sentiment was stamped with Altenew Crimson Ink and Colored with Copic Markers (listed below) to create an ombre effect.  It was then die cut with the matching die, and then again four additional time with white cardstock.  Each word die cut was adhered together using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  The secondary sentiment was stamped on Gina K. Designs Red Hot 120# Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  It was cut into a thin strip to be added under the die cut sentiment.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the cupcake and sentiment strip.

An A2 cardbase was made from the same red cardstock and the sprinkles background was adhered to the front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  All focal images and sentiment items were adhered to the front of the cardbase with the same liquid adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Concord & 9th Turnaround Sprinkles Stamp
  • CZ Designs Birthday Palooza
  • Avery Elle Cupcakes
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX die
  • Altenew Inks: Autumn Blaze, Olive, Maple Yellow, and Crimson
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Copic Markers: YR18, YR16, YR15; Y17, Y15, Y13; E55, E57
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Red Hot and Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Wink of Stella Glitter Pen

Floral Bouquet Hello Card

Altenew’s Floral Bouquet makes a beautiful card, and with the matching dies it makes easy to add dimension.

The image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White cardstock and then colored with Copic Markers (listed below) and then die cut with the matching dies.  A rectangle was cut from the same white cardstock using a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX die and then embossed with the Cricut Oxford Folder.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut slightly smaller and adhered to the back.  The focal image was adhered to the front with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  The smaller berries and flower buds were tucked under the main bouquet and adhered with liquid glue.  Shimmer was added with Wink of Stella.

A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The sentiment is Mama Elephant’s Script Hello die and was cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and adhered to the bottom of the card with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Floral Bouquet
  • Copic Markers: V17, V15, V12; Y19; RV14, RV13; G99, G94, G24
  • Cricut Oxford Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Mama Elephant Hello Script Die
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matt
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Wink of Stella

Happy Birthday To You Balloons Birthday

Avery Elle Balloons makes a great masculine birthday card.  It is simple to create and yet looks festive and fun.

I stamped the balloons on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Gina K. Designs Inks Jelly Bean Green, Powder Blue, Sweet Corn Yellow and then die cut the images with the matching dies.  A rectangle of the same white cardstock was die cut using the My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle die.  The balloons were placed on the rectangle to determine where to stamp the strings and then the balloons were adhered using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from some matching blue cardstock I had in my stash and the focal image rectangle was adhered with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive and the card was done.  Simple and easy to create.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Avery Elle Balloons
  • Gina K. Designs Ink: Jelly Bean Green, Powder Blue, Sweet Corn Yellow
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Studio Katia Crystal Rainbow Confetti
  • Simon Says Stamp Milk & Cookies Confetti
  • Pretty Metallic Gold Confetti

Happy Birthday To You Balloons

I’ve had the Avery Elle Balloons Stamp for quite some time and hadn’t used it yet.  I recently purchased the Echo Park Balloons Stencil and thought they would work together well to create a cute birthday card.  I liked the way it turned out.

I began by ink blending the stencil onto a quarter sheet of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Distress Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry.  Once it was completely dry it was die cut using a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX and Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back.  The balloons were stamped with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet and Picket Raspberry since it gives a smooth and even stamp.  Sticky back foam was added to each balloon, cutting around the areas were the balloons would rest on one another so that they would be an even height.  Cousin Iridescent Silver Cord was added as string to the balloons which were then adhered to the stenciled background, wrapping the cord around the back of the of the panel.  The panel was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Echo Park Balloons Stencil
  • Avery Elle Balloons Stamp
  • Distress Inks: Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Confetti
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Cousin Iridescent Silver Cord