Penny Black Peony Flowers Wish Big Birthday Card

Some of the new stamps from Penny Black this year make beautiful watercolor cards.  This image from the Peony Flowers stamp is one of them.

Since I would be watercoloring the image I used Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper and placed a fourth of a sheet in my MISTI so that I could do multiple stamping to get the look I desired.  I used my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the image, using two colors of red and green for variations in colors, see list below.   I stamped the image four times before I was able to obtain the intensity and clarity that I desired.  Between each stamping I used a Number 2 Round Black Velvet Silver Brush to smooth and blend some of the stamping and then I dried the image with a heat gun to ensure that the image remained crisp.

I got a smear of orange on the bottom of the paper and so I decided to use the splatter technique to add some drops of color to the card and disguise the smeared area.  This is the first time I’ve used this technique and it worked perfectly.

Once I was happy with the image I put the panel into the MISTI again to stamp the sentiment.  I feel this is particularly important when you are stamping on the rough surface of watercolor paper to get a crisp, clear image.  The sentiment is from Amy R’s Great Birthday Greetings.

When the panel was completely dry I ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  I then cut a rectangle from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock 1/8″ larger than the rectangle and adhered it to the back of the focal image with 1″ Be Creative Tape.  A rectangle of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut with the rectangle die and adhered to the back of the focal image panel, which was then adhered to the front of an A2 Top Folding Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Peony Flowers
  • Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 023 Scarlet Red, 020 Red, 040 Green, 043 Olive Green
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Be Creative Tape

Penny Black Gladsome Flowers Birthday Card

Penny Black has some beautiful new stamps for 2017.  I have been creating quite a few in the past week and will be posting them today.  The Gladsome Flowers stamp is a large flower bouquet that cover most of a page and created a lovely focal image.

I stamped the image on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink using the MISTI to ensure a crisp, dark image was achieved.  I colored the image using Copic Markers, colors used are listed below.  To help the image standout a highlight was added using BG0000 and BG000.

Because the image is so large, the sentiment needed to be smaller and fit in the corner of the page.  Avery Elle Cupcake stamp set fit perfectly and was stamped using the MISTI and Hero Hues India Ink Black.

The image was die cut using the largest die from Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut just smaller and applied to the back of the panel for added dimension and interest.  The focal image rectangle was applied to an A2 Top Folding Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

Product Used:

  • Penny Black Gladsome Flowers
  • Avery Elle Cupcake
  • Copic Markers: B23, B24, B26; Y11, Y15, Y18; YG03, YG17, YG67; BG0000, BG000
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black

CTD433: Smile: Happy Looks Good on You

I ran across the Hampton Art Flower Believe Layering stamp set at Michaels a couple of weeks ago and liked the flowers in the set.  It made a pretty card.

I don’t often make a card without any additional rectangle layers, but for this card I decided to keep is clean and simple.  I stamped the flowers on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock using the Altenew Inks listed below. I hadn’t noticed it before, but there are only leaf sprigs in this stamp set and so I pulled out the Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums to add leaves to the flowers, stamping them in the Altenew green inks listed below.  Once I was done stamping I fussy cut the images with the Cutter Bee scissors.  I have other small scissors, but these seem to work they best for detailed cutting.

Once all the stamping and cutting was done it was time to determine the arrangement on the front of the cardbase.  A top folding A2 card was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  At first I thought I would only have three flowers in the lower left, but eventually I settled on five.  I stamped the leaf sprigs directly to the card front and began to adhered the flowers and leaves around them using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The two lowest flowers were adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for added dimension.

It was at this point that I remembered to stamp the sentiment, which is from Penny Black Happy Thoughts.  I wanted something that would be subtle and not detract from the flowers and so I stamped it with VersaMark Ink, added Ranger Detailed Silver Embossing Powder, and heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Tool.  Then one more flower was added to the upper right with a few leaves.

I thought I would be done at this point, but the way this layering stamp worked the flower centers didn’t have any definition and so I decided to pull some blue rhinestones from my stash for the center of the flowers and like the way it looked much better.

Products Used:

  • Hampton Art Flower Believe Layering Clear Stamp (SC0746)
  • Penny Black Happy Thoughts
  • Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums
  • Altenew Inks: Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue, Sapphire, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade, Evergreen
  • Ranger Detailed Silver Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

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C. C. Design Bouquet Birthday

When I saw this beautiful tulip bouquet from C.C. Design I knew it would make a lovely card.  I’m so glad that I purchased it, I’m sure I’ll use it again and again.

I cut an outline of the C. C. Designs Bouquet image from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo and then stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The image was then colored with Copic Markers (colors used are listed below).

To create a visual background for the image an oval was cut using My Favorite Things Pierced Oval STAX and ink blended with Distress Stormy Sky Ink using the Inkylicious Ink Bending Brush to create a soft sky color to the oval.  Another oval was cut out of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam and trimmed to be slightly smaller than the ink blended oval and attached to the back. The bouquet cutout was then adhered to the oval using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

A rectangle was cut from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and ink blended on the edges, softly fading to the center.  It was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The oval was then adhered to the card front using the same glue on the fun foam.

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday stamp set and was stamped with VersaMark Ink on a strip of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and heat embossed with Rangers Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the edges to ensure it was the same level as the bouquet and then the sentiment was adhered to the bottom of the focal image with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers for some sparkle and shine and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • C.C. Design Bouquet
  • Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Oval STAX
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Copic: B37, B34, B32; V12, V15, V17; RV11, RV13, RV14; R24, R27, R29; G24, G94
  • Darice Fun Foam
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Distress Ink Stormy Sky
  • Inkylicious Ink Bending Brush
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

Technique Tuesday Cosmos Birthday

Technique Tuesday Cosmos is another stamp set that I have not used. When I searched for images of cosmos flowers there was an array of different colors, but the one I liked the most was white with deep pink/burgundy tips, so that it what I used for this card.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut an outline of the flower bouquet from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and then stamped the bouquet with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The flowers were colored with Copic Markers, colors used are listed below.  The flowers I was using for inspiration had gold centers and so I used Stickles Tinsel and liked the sparkle it added.

To provide a frame for the flower focal point I used the Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles to cut a frame from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was cut in thirds to be narrow enough to add dimension to the frame and not be seen.

An A2 top folding cardbase was made from some burgundy cardstock that I had in my stash.  A rectangle of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock was cut using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.

The frame was placed on the rectangle to determine the placement for the sentiment.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday and was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The frame was adhered to the card front and then 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the bouquet and then centered in the middle of the frame.

Products Used:

  • Technique Tuesday Cosmos
  • Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday
  • Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Stickles Tinsel
  • Copic: R39, C3, C1, G99
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

CTD433: C.C. Designs Cupcake Brigitta Time to Celebrate

Who wouldn’t like a mound of cupcakes for their birthday.  This card was made for a young woman whose favorites colors are blue and green.  I think the card turned out cute and I really like the flowered cardstock background.

The outline for the image from C.C. Designs Cupcake Brigitta was cut with the Silhouette Cameo from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock, then the image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers.  Colors used are listed below.

The green and white flowered paper was pulled from my stash.  I’ve had it so long I have no idea the company that created it, but it is really cute with the color scheme we are using.  A rectangle of the paper was cut using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle.  To add some blue a rectangle of blue cardstock was cut with my paper cutter to be 1/8″ larger and the two were adhered together using Tombo Stamp Dot Runner Adhesive.

To create a focal area for the stamped image Spellbinders Label #08 was cut from some Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and then run through the Sizzix Big Shot again with the We R Memory Keepers Flower Embossing Folder.

The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps Party Mini Letter Seals and then cut using one of the circles from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  An added embellishment was created by making a small Lime Green Polka Dot Gross Grain Ribbon, which was adhered to the sentiment circle with Glue Dot.

It was now time to assemble the card.  A top folding A2 Cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The patterned paper, blue background rectangle was adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue. 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the focal image label and then adhered to the patterned paper.  The sentiment circle was adhered with more foam tape. Pretty Pink Posh Seattle Spirit Mix Sequins were scattered on the card front and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • C.C. Designs Cupcake Brigitta
  • Whimsy Stamps Party Mini Letter Seals
  • We R Memory Keepers – Flower Embossing Folder
  • Spellbinders Label #08
  • Pretty Pink Posh Seattle Spirit Mix Sequins
  • Lime Green Polka Dot Gross Grain Ribbon
  • Patterned Paper
  • Blue Paper
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and Circle
  • Copic: E000, E00, E01; E49, E59, E55; E53, E55, E57; YG03, YG17, YG67; B99, B97, B95, B93, B91, B00
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

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Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums Happy Birthday

This is the second card made with the Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums.  I had stamped them for a previous card and plenty of flowers and leaves left over so it was simply putting the card together.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Then using the same cardstock a frame was created using My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was cut in half so that it would be narrow enough to be placed on the frame without being seen.

Before adhering the frame on the cardbase the flowers were arranged in the lower left corner to determine where the sentiment should be stamped. The arrangement was removed using Glad Press ‘n Seal so that they could easily be placed again once the sentiment was complete.

The sentiment, which is from Amy R Great Birthday Greetings, was stamped with Versa Mark Ink and then heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  After it had cooled the frame was placed on the cardbase.  Next it was time place the flower arrangement.  Because some of the flowers would both rest on the frame and also be within the frame 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was strategically placed on the back of the flowers and Tombo Mono Multi Glue was used where they would rest on the frame. The yellow flower in the bottom left had a double layer of foam tape.  I love the final look of the card.

Products Used:

  • Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums
  • Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
  • Ranger Super Fine Detailed Gold Embossing Powder
  • Altenew Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Ruby Red/Coral Berry Blend; Soft Lilac Dbl Stamp, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris; Buttercream, Mango Smoothie, Warm Sunshine; Parrot, Olive, Moss
  • Glad Press and Seal
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Fun Foam
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Gina K. Designs 120# and 80# White Cardstock

Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums Birthday Wishes

Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemum is another stamp set that I purchased and haven’t yet used and so it was time to put it to good use.  It turned into a lovely card that shouts spring is just around the corner.

Since I was using this multi layered stamp set for the first time I stamped a lot of flowers to get some good results, but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be and I ended up with a lot of flowers, enough for two cards.

An A2 cardbase was made using Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock. For added dimension a rectangle of the same cardstock was cut using Simon Say Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle.  Some Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and added to the back, then the rectangle was adhered to the cardbase using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The flowers were placed on the stitched rectangle to determine where the sentiment, which is from the same stamp set, should go.  The flower arrangement was removed with Glad Press ‘n Seal so it could be quickly adhered in place once the sentiment was stamped. VersaMark Ink was used to stamp the sentiment and then heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.

The flower arrangement was adhered to the front of the card with Tombo Mono Multi Glue, all except the top yellow flower, which was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  To add a little shine, Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums
  • Ranger Super Fine Detailed Gold Embossing Powder
  • Altenew Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Ruby Red/Coral Berry Blend; Soft Lilac Dbl Stamp, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris; Buttercream, Mango Smoothie, Warm Sunshine; Parrot, Olive, Moss
  • Glad Press and Seal
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Fun Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Gina K. Designs 120# and 80# White Cardstock

Penny Black Scented Beauty Birthday

The Penny Black Scented Beauty stamp is absolutely beautiful and coloring it the traditional rose red makes a stunning card.

Letting this beautiful image shine calls for a clean and simple design.  A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Next a rectangle of the same cardstock was used to die cut a rectangle with Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  To give the card a sky allusion it was ink blended with Distress Tumbled Glass Ink. Another rectangle was cut from Darice Adhesive Fun Foam and trimmed to be 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back.

The image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and colored with the Copic Markers listed below.  Since there isn’t a matching die it was cut with the Silhouette Cameo on the PIXScan mat.  It was then adhered to the ink blended rectangle with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The sentiment is from Sizzix Birthday Cake stamp set, stamped with VersaMark Ink on a scrap of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and heat in embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered to the focal image rectangle.

The focal image rectangle was adhered to the cardbase using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Sequins from Doodlebug Ladybug and Pretty Pink Posh Sweetheart Mix were scattered on the card front and adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Scented Beauty
  • Sizzix Birthday Cake
  • Copic: YG93, YG97, YG99; RV11, RV13, RV14
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Darice Fun Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Doodlebug Ladybug Sequins
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sweetheart Mix Sequins
  • Distress Tumbled Glass
  • Inkylicious Ink Bending Brush
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Penny Black Sweetheart Mimi Birthday

This cute image with heart flowers was perfect for a young woman who had a February birthday.  As always, the image was colored with the favorite colors of the person it is intended for.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock.  It was then colored with Copic Markers RV11, RV13, RV14; E01, E00, E000, E0000, R20; G24, G94; B39, B37, B34; B32, B34; E55, E53, E51.

Once the coloring was complete the image was cut with the Silhouette Cameo using the PIXScan Mat.  To enhance the blue in the image a rectangle of blue cardstock was cut using the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle.  Another rectangle was cut with the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles out of BoBunny DoubleDot Light Blue Stripe cardstock.  The two blue rectangles were adhered together using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and a rectangle of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut with the Lawn Fawn rectangle die and adhered to the back of the rectangles.

For the focal image a label was cut with Spellbinders Nested Medallion Labels out of Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  It was then run through the Sizzix Big Shot again with DoCrafts Small Polka Hearts Embossing Folder.  The focal image was applied to the label using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  To add dimension, the label was cut again with Darice Adhesive Fun Foam and trimmed to be 1/8″ smaller, it was then applied to the back of the white focal image label.

The focal image label was placed on the blue striped rectangle to determine placement for the sentiment from Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings and stamped with Altenew’s Sapphire Ink.  The focal image was then applied to the rectangles using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

A horizontal cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the rectangles and focal image was applied with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Doodlebug Blue Jeans Sequins and Martha Stewart Blueberry Slush Hearts were scattered and glued to the card front using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

Product Used:

  • Penny Black Sweetheart Mimi
  • Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings
  • Copic: RV11, RV13, RV14; E01, E00, E000, E0000, R20; G24, G94; B39, B37, B34; B32, B34; E55, E53, E51
  • BoBunny Light Blue Stripes Paper
  • Blue Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
  • Doodlebug Blue Jeans Sequins, Martha Stewart Blueberry Slush Hearts
  • DoCrafts Small Polka Hearts Embossing Folder
  • Just Right Spellbinders Nested Oval Medallion Labels
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte