I was cleaning up my desk and ran across a couple of scraps of foiled polka dot paper. It is so beautiful I couldn’t throw it away, so I made another balloon birthday card. This time I paired the balloons with this big birthday greetings from Waffle Flower I had just received in the mail.
I first stamped the sentiment with Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers and die cut the greeting with the matching die. I also used the die to cut some sticky back foam and added it to the back of the sentiment for dimension. However, when I placed the greeting next to the balloons Peacock Feathers was too green. So, I pulled out Distress Oxide Broken China and stamped the sentiment again. I quickly added clear embossing to the sentiment and repeated it again while it was still hot so it a love shine, which matched the foiled balloon well. This color of ink was a much better match to the foil.
I cut a panel of cardstock using a stitched rectangle die and matted it with some Gina K. Designs Tranquil Teal cardstock. It was then adhered to a top folding cardbase. DFN Craft Thread in white was added to the balloon for strings. The two back balloons where adhered directly to the panel with liquid glue. The top balloon was adhered with a scrap of sticky back foam. The strings were pulled to the back of the panel and adhered in place with Scotch Tape. The greeting, which also had sticky back foam for dimension was added below the balloons with liquid glue and the card was done.
This is another card made with foiled background dies. The darker foiled balloons are made from foiling the waste. I added a couple of white glitter balloons to make a larger balloon bouquet. The balloons were cut using the Birch Press Designs Party Balloons. I like the stitched edging to these dies. DFN Craft Thread in Turquoise was used for the balloon strings. They were adhered to the back of the balloon with Scotch Tape. The balloons were laid out in a pattern I liked and then glued together with liquid glue. Once the glue was dry Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back.
A quarter sheet of white cardstock was sized down using a stitched rectangle die and then run through the Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing Folder. This adds great dimension and visual interest behind the balloons. The balloons were adhered to the front and the strings were pulled behind the embossed panel and held in place with Scotch Tape. Sticky back foam was added to the back of the embossed panel and it was adhered to a top folding turquoise cardbase.
The sentiment was also hot foiled with the turquoise foil and cut into a banner with a Pink & Main Sentiment Strip, which add fishtail ends to the banner. It was adhered using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape and the card was done.
Birch Press Design Party Balloons
Spellbinders Glimmer More Sentiments
My Favorite Things Modern Morocco Background
Crafter’s Companion Grande Dots
Spellbinders Glimmer Turquoise Foil
Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing Folder
Doodlebug Designs White Sugar Coated Cardstock
Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
Gina K. Designs Base Weight Tranquil Teal Cardstock
I had used the Hero Arts Christmas Rose Background stamp on a lot of cards this year, but never let it take center place, but it a gorgeous stamp and deserves to be seen.
I stamped it on a large 6″ x 6″ square of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with a light ink. I don’t like to color with Copic Markers when an image has been embossed. I’ve found it can leave a residue on the nib that ruins it. So, I stamp with a light ink and leave the stamp in my MISTI. I then color the image and restamp it with VersaMark Ink and heat embossing after the coloring is complete.
I cut down the image using a scalloped rectangle and adhered it to a top folding white cardbase.
For the sentiment I used scraps of Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine cardstock and heat embossed the smaller sentiments from Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Christmas with gold embossing powder. I used the smaller Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label to cut them out.
The die cut word is a new one from Birch Press Designs. It comes with the word and a shadow. I cut the word from gold mirror cardstock and the shadow from vellum. I also cut the word from sticky back foam and adhered it behind the word for dimension. Darice thin strip foam was used to adhered the small sentiment strips. The final embellishment was to add Ranger Gold Stickles to the stamen of the flowers and the card was done.
Going through my Christmas stamps I ran across Hero Arts Happy Holly Days. I don’t think I had used it before, but as I was looking at it the curved holly branch caught my eye and I wondered if I could use it to make a wreath, paring it with the holly cluster.
For my first attempt I free handed it and it turned out pretty wonky. So the next time I got smarter and die cut a circle from typing paper and used that as a guide for placing the branch. I first stamped the cluster in tree separate locations on the circle, visually dividing it into thirds. I then masked them and stamped the holly branch between and it worked. A lovely wreath was formed.
I colored the leaves and berries with Copic Markers and added Ranger Glossy Accents to the berries. I colored a piece of scrap cardstock with the red Copic markers I had used on the berries and cut the word peace. The background to the word was cut from gold mirror cardstock and the two were adhered together with liquid glue. Glossy accents were added to the red “peace” word. I also stamped the secondary sentiment on a scrap of the red colored cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold.
I wanted to pull more of the gold that was used behind the sentiment into the design so I sized down the wreath image with an Ellen Hutson Essential Square and cut it again from gold mirror cardstock. When I am adhering the thin frame to the focal image I like to turn it over and use scotch tape to hold the two pieces together. This is a lot easier than trying to adhered the thin frame with liquid glue around the center focal image.
As I was looking at the card I thought it might look lovely to add a thin gold circle to highlight the wreath. I love the way it turned out. The focal image was adhered to a square of Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine cardstock, and then it was all adhered to a square cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.
This is my favorite Christmas card that I’ve made this year, but it would just be too time consuming to mass produce.
Hero Arts Happy Holly Days
Memory Box Peace Jotted Script
Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Christmas
Copic Markers: R59, R39, R29; G28, G24, G21
Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
Gina K. Designs Base Weight Christmas Pine Cardstock
I must have been in a rainbow mood lately since I made several cards with rainbow colors today. For this card I pulled out Your Next Stamp’s Confetti Panel.
I ink blended a quarter sheet of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Distress Oxide Inks. I planned to place the panel behind a white die cut of the confetti die, but I got distracted and cut it from the rainbow inked panel instead. I think if you ink blended both sides of the panel the confetti pieces would make good shaker stuffing, but I didn’t think of that either. Maybe next time.
I decided to place the confetti panel onto some gold glitter cardstock. I cut it down to be 1/8″ smaller than the panel and used Be Creative Double Sided Tape to adhere the two together, since it can be very difficult to adhere to glitter cardstock.
I tried a lot of different options for the sentiment and finally decided on a black strip embossed with gold. I die cut it down with a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label and added foam tape behind it for dimension. When I went to place it on the card front I felt it needed a little something more. So I die cut two balloons from the glitter cardstock and added gold embroidery floss for the strings, which were glued behind the sentiment, and the card was done.
I was in need of some masculine birthday cards and decided to used My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes.
I went through my scraps of paper and die cut the sentiment from a rainbow of colors, along with a white panel that had been sized with a stitched rectangle. I cut a piece of typing paper just smaller than the rectangle and completely covered it with dotliner adhesive and added it to the back of the white panel with the negative sentiment. This makes it very easy to piece all the different colored letters in place.
I wanted to add a little visual interest and ran the panel through the Big Shot with the Stampin’ Up’s Subtle Embossing Folder. To add additional visual interest I cut a couple of balloons using the Birch Press Design Party Balloons and ran them through with a swiss dot embossing folder for texture. I used the balloon strings from another die set and cut them from gold mirror cardstock and adhered them behind the balloons. I glued the two balloons together with liquid glue and added foam tape behind them for dimension and added them to the top of the sentiment panel.
I decided to use a colorful cardbase. This one was cut from Gina K. Designs Red Hot to make an top folding A2 card and the panel was adhered using liquid glue.
Since I had a lot of leftover letters I also made two more versions (see below).
My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes
Birch Press Designs Party Balloons
Honey Bee Balloon Numbers
My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
Paper Accents Gold Foil Cardstock
Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Hot Cardstock
Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple, Blue Cardstock from Scraps