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

Avery Elle Bring on the Cake HB2U Card

This is the last card I made recently with the Avery Elle Bring on the Cake stamp set.  I used the Echo Park Lori Whitlock The Story of Fall to find this bright and colorful polka dot paper.

I first die cut the patterned paper using the largest Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle.  The cupcake images are small and so in planning the card I thought three images would make a cute card front.  I remembered that I had the Simon Says Stamp Square Sayings Tri Square Die and placed it on the right of the patterned paper and ran it through the big shot.  I used 3M ½” Foam Tape on the back of the card to be able to tuck the cupcakes into the square opening.

I stamped three cupcakes on Neena Solar White 80# Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The patterned paper was the inspiration for the Copic Colored used (E19, E07, R08; YR15, YR16, YR18; E49, E59, E57; BG13, BG11, BG10; G99, G94, G24; YR24, YR23, YR21).  Once the coloring was complete they were run through the Big Shot with the matching die and a small piece of foam tape was added to the back.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Ivory Cardstock and the patterned paper was adhered to the front using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The cupcake were tucked into the opening and adhered by removing the backing on the foam tape.

It took me a little white to decide what kind of sentiment I wanted on the card.  There was a lot of open space on the left of the cupcake and I finally decided to create some banners.  I pulled out the My Favorite Things Pierced Traditional Tag STAX and Tag Talks dies.  I used scraps of paper used on other cards made with this stamp set.  I extended the length of Traditional Tags by running them through the Big Shot Twice and doing some off the edge die cutting.  To hold all the tags together Darice Jewelry Designer Hemp Cord was threaded through the holes.  A little Ranger Multi Medium Matte was placed at the top of the larger tag and then adhered to the top left of the card front and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Avery Elle Bring on the Cake
  • Echo Park 6 x 6 Paper Pad Lori Whitlock The Story of Fall
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Simon Says Stamp – Square Sayings and Tri Square Die
  • My Favorite Things Tag Talks Die
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Traditional Tag STAX
  • Copic Markers: E19, E07, R08; YR15, YR16, YR18; E49, E59, E57; BG13, BG11, BG10; G99, G94, G24; YR24, YR23, YR21
  • Darice Jewelry Designer Hemp Cord
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Wishing You Nothing Bundt the Best Birthday Card

This is another card made from Avery Elle Bring on the Cake.  I thought the sentiment was really cute when using the Bundt Cake image.

I went through my patterned paper and pulled a colorful plaid pattern from Lawn Fawns Perfectly Plaid 6 x 6 Paper Pack.  I die cut it using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles and used a smaller rectangle to cut out an opening in the center of the panel.

A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock and the plaid rectangle was adhered to the front using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive Tape.

Next the Bundt Cake image was stamped on Neena Solar White 80# Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored with Copic Markers E49, E59, E57; YR15, YR16, YR18; YR21, YR23, YR24.  3M ½” Foam Tape was added to the back for added dimension on the card.

Before placing the focal image the sentiment was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink using the MISTI to ensure a deep, dark impression and then the backing was removed from the foam tape and the focal image was applied.

Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents was added to the frosting and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Avery Elle Bring on the Cake
  • Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid 6 x 6 Paper Pack
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Copic Markers: E49, E59, E57; YR15, YR16, YR18; YR21, YR23, YR24
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive Tape
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.

Birthday Cake Has No Calories

Avery Elle’s Bring on the Cake has a lot of cut images that can made fun birthday cards.  For this card I found a great patterned paper from Pebbles Fall & Cooking 6 x 6 Paper Pad.  I like the interesting modern chevron stripes.  I die cut a rectangle using the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  Next I die cut a circle out of the patterned paper using a Simon Says Stamp Nested Circle die.  This allowed the slice of cake to take center stage.  I cut a rectangle of Darice Sticky Back Foam 1/8” smaller and die cut a circle out of it using a slightly larger die and adhered it to the back of the patterned paper.

I stamped the slice of cake image on Neena 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with Copic Markers E49, E59, E57; Y00, Y11, E50; YR21, YR23, YR24.  The image was then die cut using the matching die.  3M ½” Foam Tape was added to the back for dimension on the card.

I combined a couple of the sentiments from the stamp set and stamped them below the circle on the patterned paper with Hero Hues India Ink Black.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock and the patterned paper rectangle was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The backing was removed from the foam tape and the cake image was adhered to the center of the circle.  As a finishing touch a few Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins were scatter around the sentiment and Clear Wink of Stella was added to the platter and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Avery Elle Bring on the Cake
  • Pebbles Fall & Cooking 6 x 6 Paper Pad
  • Neena Solar White 80# Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: E49, E59, E57; Y00, Y11, E50; YR21, YR23, YR24
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle
  • Clear Wink of Stell

Wish Big On Your Birthday Balloons Card

Most men I know like the color blue.  I needed a few masculine cards and so I went to all of my 6 x 6 paper packs and starting looking for some blue patterned paper.  The papers used for this card come from the Echo Park 6 x 6 Hello Winter Paper Pad.

I recently purchased the Avery Elle Balloons stamp and die set and decided to cut a lot of different sized balloons out of paper from this pack.  I die cut some Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with the largest My Favorite things Wonky Rectangle and began laying the balloons out on a panel.  Once I had them where I wanted them I would carefully life a balloon and add some Ranger Multi Medium Matte to the back and adhered to the rectangle.  In retrospect, it would have been easier if I had used some Press and Seal, but it worked out okay.  I then took a Blue Glitter Gel Pen from KaiserCrafts and added strings to the balloons.

At this point it looked pretty busy and I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a card I wanted to keep, but I pulled out Papertrey Ink’s Text Block Birthday Horizontal and die cut it from Paper Accents Silver Metallic Cardstock. And then twice more from Gina K. Designs 120# Navy Cardstock.  They were adhered together using Elmer’s Glue Craft Spray Adhesive a little offset so that the navy blue could be seen behind the silver cardstock.  It was adhered to the balloon panel using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  The sentiment is large enough that it toned down the background and I liked the card.

The balloon background was run through the Big Shot with the largest My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle, then a rectangle of the navy cardstock was cut 1/8” larger than the focal panel.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut with the wonky rectangle die and adhered to the back of the focal image.  A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was applied using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Avery Elle Balloons Dies
  • Echo Park 6 x 6 Paper Pad Hello Winter
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Navy Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink Text Block Birthday Horizontal
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • KaiserCrafts Glitter Gel Pen
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet

Avery Elle Floral Bouquet Birthday

I recently purchased Avery Elle’s Floral Bouquet stamp set.  The matching dies make it easy to have a lovely bouquet cutout to place on a card.

I stamped the images on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink since I planned to color it with Copic Markers.  Colors used were: G21, G94, YG17; V22, V25; R89, R85, R83, R81.  I really liked the combination of deep pink and purple.  Once the coloring was done it was run through the Big Shot with the matching dies.  I decided to place the bouquet on an oval cut with a My Favorite Things Stitched Oval STAX die.  The oval was cut again with Darice Sticky Back Foam and then trimmed down to be just smaller than the shape and the two were adhered together.

I placed the bouquet where I planned to adhere it to determine where to stamp the sentiment, which is from the same stamp set.  It was stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  The bouquet was adhered to the oval with 3M ½” Foam Tape.  The small sprig of two flower buds was adhered with Multi Medium Matte and tucked under the right edge of the bouquet.

I think an embossed background adds interest and dimension to a card, so a rectangle of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock was die cut with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and then run through the Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder.  It was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The focal image oval was adhered in the center of the card with the same glue.  To accent the stamen in the center of the flowers Platinum Stickles was added.  As a finishing touch Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Avery Elle Floral Bouquet Stamp and Die
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Oval STAX
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Copic Markers: G21, G94, YG17; V22, V25; R89, R85, R83, R81
  • Platinum Stickles
  • Clear Wink of Stella