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 Metal Mechanics Birthday

On Splitcoaststampers.com this week’s featured stamper is Donna and I was inspired by one of her creations called Metallic Masculine Birthday found at: https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2865710?&cat=500&ppuser=12992.  I decided to try my hand at a similar card using the new Sizzix 3-D Mechanics Texture Plate, embossing it on silver mirror cardstock and giving it a good tarnish with StazOn Onyx Black Ink.

I die cut a rectangle of Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock with the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX and then ran it through the Big Shot with the Sizzix 3-D Mechanics Embossing Folder.  These new embossing folder give such a deep impression and are amazing.  I took StazOn Onyx Black Ink and ran it across the surface until all the raised areas of the embossing were covered with black ink.

I didn’t want the sentiment to take away from the wonderful background and so a circle of Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock was cut using a My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX die.  The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Detailed Silver Embossing Powder.  The circle was adhered directly to the mirror cardstock at the center of one of the gears using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Black Fun Foam cut 1/8″ smaller than the rectangle was added to the back of the focal image.  A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock and the embossed rectangle was adhered to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix Alterations 3-D Texture Fades Mechanics Embossing Folder
  • Simon Says Stamp Best Ever
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Black Onyx Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Black Fun Foam
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Embossed Arrow Tarnished Gold Celebrate Birthday Card

This is the last card that I made with a tarnished gold mirror embossed panel.  This time I kept it very clean and simple with just the embossed panel and a sentiment strip.

The Darice Arrow Embossing Folder was used with Gold Mirror Cardstock and then tarnished by running StazOn Jet Black Ink over the surface.  Once the ink was dry I ran it through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX die.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back and the panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages and was stamped with VersaMark Ink on a a strip of black cardstock and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam tape was added to the back and then it was adhered to the card front and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Darice Arrow Embossing Folder
  • Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages
  • 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
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX

 

Tarnished Gold Vine Embossed Birthday Wishes

I was having so much fun working with this new technique of tarnishing gold mirror cardstock with embossing folders that I decided to make another card, this time with a feminine twist using the Darice Vine Embossing Folder and My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers.  It turned out to be such and elegant looking card.

I decided to deboss the vines into the gold mirror cardstock.  I really like the way it gives a rich black background when the StazOn Jet Black Ink is run across the surface.  Once the panel was dry I ran it through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX die.

For embellishments I found that the Memory Box Lorelai Leaf Poppy was almost an exact match to the vines in the embossing folder.  It was such a close match that when I die cut it from gold mirror cardstock it got lost in the shimmer of the panel, so I decided to cut it two times from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onxy Black Cardstock and stacked them together a little offset and added small amounts of Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to hold them together.  A bow was die around the bottom of the cluster with Cousin’s Iridescent Gold Cord.  Several flowers from the My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers die set were also cut from gold mirror cardstock and grouped together.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back and they were adhered at the bottom of the leave cluster.

The sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Peaceful Wildflowers stamp set and stamped with VersaMark Ink on a scrap of black cardtock and adhered directly to the embossed panel to the left of the flower bouquet and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Darice Embossing Folder Vine
  • My Favorite Things Peaceful Wildflowers
  • Memory Box Lorelai Leaf Poppy
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers
  • Cousin Iridescent Cord Gold
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Be Creative Tape

 

Tarnished Gold Embossed Birthday Card with Feathers

I liked the way that the gold mirror cardstock looked with tarnished with StazOn Jet Black Ink, so this time I used the same Sizzix 3D Feathers Embossing Folder and embossed it into the cardstock.  It gives a more subtle tarnished look, but I like the way it turned out.

For this card I decided to use gold mirror cardstock for the black ice technique, and I used an embossing folder for added dimension.  I really like the way it turned out.

Once the the panel had been tarnished, I ran i through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Die.  A mat of Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger and adhered to the back with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Another mat of gold mirror cardstock was added to the back, again 1/8″ larger and adhered with Be Creative Tape.  I find this works best when adhering to the ultra smooth surface of mirror cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for dimension and the entire panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from the same black cardstock.

For embellishments, I die cut some feathers from the Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows die set out of scraps of Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock.  The bottom feather was adhered using the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and to top feather was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Stylish Sentiments: Birthday, stamped on a scrap of black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was adhered over the feather with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape, leave a small opening for the quills so they would be on the same level as the top feather.  Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle was added to the feathers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix 3D Embossing Folder Feathers
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows Die
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle Pen

TLC687 Gold Black Ice Feathers Birthday Wishes

For this card I decided to use gold mirror cardstock for the black ice technique, and I used an embossing folder for added dimension.  I really like the way it turned out.

I decided to try debossing the Sizzix 3D Feathers into Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock.  Once that was completed I ran StazOn Jet Black Ink across the surface of the mirror cardstock.  This gives a much darker background.  Once the ink was dry I ran a VersaMark Ink pad over the surface of the card and then heat embossed it with Hero Arts Detailed Clear Embossing Powder, which gives the shimmer to the background.

I ran the embossed, distress panel through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Die.  I decided to add a mat of gold mirror cardstock behind the embossed panel, cut 1/8″ larger and adhered to the back with Be Creative Tape.  I find this works the best when adhered to the ultra smooth surface of mirror cardstock.

For embellishments, I stamped some feathers from the Mama Elephant Fair Feathers stamp set with the StazOn Ink and once the ink was dry I ran them through the Big Shot with the matching dies.  I distressed the feathers lightly by running the StazOn ink over the surface and then glued them together with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  I added a pile of Cousin Iridescent Gold Cord behind the feathers and then attached them to the embossed panel by added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back.

The sentiment is from the same Mama Elephant stamp set and was stamped on a scrap of Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered to the front of the card just underneath the quill of the feathers.  The embossed panel was then adhered to an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix 3D Embossing Folder Feathers
  • Mama Elephant Fair Feathers
  • Cousin Iridescent Cord Gold
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Be Creative Tape

TLC687 Nature Scene Black Ice Birthday Card

This is the third card I made using the Black Ice Technique, which really creates some unique and stunning cards.  Because the surface is so shiny photographs really don’t do it justice.

I started with some Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock and die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX die.  Next I lightly ran StazOn Jet Black Ink across the surface to give it a distressed look. I then stamped the image and sentiment from Gina K. Designs’ Winter Trees with the same black ink.

It takes a little bit of time for this ink to dry, so be sure and wait for it be completely set before taking VersaMark Ink and running it very lightly across the surface and then heat setting it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder. This is what gives it the black ice look.

I added Darice Sticky Back Foam 1/8″ smaller than the focal image and adhered it to side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Winter Trees
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

TLC687 Black Ice Sea Shells Still Life Birthday Card

This is the second card I made for the Splitcoaststampers.com Try and New Technique Challenge called Black Ice.  I had to lighten the card quite a bit to be able to see the details in the photograph, but it is stunning in real life.

I started with some Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock and die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX die.  Next I lightly ran StazOn Jet Black Ink across the surface to give it a distressed look. I then stamped the image from Inkadinkado’s Sea Shells Still Life and the sentiment from Papertrey Ink’s Stylish Sentiments: Birthday with the same black ink.

It takes a little bit of time for this ink to dry, so be sure and wait for it be completely set before taking VersaMark Ink and running it very lightly across the surface and then heat setting it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder. This is what gives it the black ice look. It is really stunning.

I mounted the focal image on a larger rectangle of dark gray cardstock which was also distressed with StazOn Ink.  Darice Sticky Back Foam 1/8″ smaller than the focal image was added to the back and then adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Inkadinkado Sea Shells Still Life
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Gray Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

TLC687 Black Ice Casting the Bait Birthday Card

On Splitcoaststampers.com this week’s try a new technique challenge was call black ice.  It was really fun to work with and you get amazing and unique card that are quite elegant to look at.  The hardest part of this technique is getting good photographs since the results are very shiny.

I started with some Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock and die cut it using the second largest Avery Elle Double Pierced Square Die (4″ x 4″).  Next I lightly ran StazOn Jet Black Ink across the surface to give it a distressed look.  I then stamped the image and sentiment from Woodware’s Casting the Bait in the same ink.  It takes a little bit of time for this ink to dry, so be sure and wait for it be completely set before taking VersaMark Ink and running it very lightly across the surface and then heat setting it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  This is what gives it the black ice look.  It is really stunning.

I mounted the focal image on a square of dark gray cardstock 4 1/8″ x 4 1/8″, which was also distressed with StazOn Ink.  Then I added Darice Sticky Back Foam 1/8″ smaller than the focal image and then adhered it to a 4 1/2″ x 9″ Cardbase scored at 4 1/2″ made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Woodware Casting the Bait
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Gray Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Zen Bouquet Birthday Card with Polychromos Pencils

This is the second card I made with Honey Bee Stamp’s Zen Bouquet.  This time it was stamped on vellum and then colored from the back with Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils.  This is the first time I have used these new pencils.  One thing to be aware of when coloring on vellum is that the colors are very muted.  They are very pretty, but they are pastel rather than vibrant in hue.

One of the challenges when working with vellum is how to adhere it to your card.  The image was too wide to go through Xyron Create a Sticker Maker so I decided to use 6″ Be Creative Tape adhered to a 6″ x 6″ piece of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and then die cut it with the matching die.  The focal image was also die cut with the matching die and the two were adhered together.  Both were adhered to a rectangle of the same white cardstock, but I didn’t like the way the white on white looked on the cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  So I decided to run it through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  This was a challenge because now it was several layers, but eventually, with a lot of passes and a little cutting with a guillotine cutter .  I then decided to add some teal blue cardstock as a border around the image and used that same cardstock to create the banner greeting from My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday, which was heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.

As a final embellishment I used one of the butterflies from the Clearly Besotted Butterfly Wishes set was stamped with Gina K. Designs Sweet Corn Ink and two smaller butterflies from Martha Stewart’s Butterfly Trio Punch colored with Gina K. Designs Blue Lagoon and Bubblegum ink and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Zen Bouquet
  • My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday
  • Simon Says Stamp Folded Banners
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils: 195/130; 108/104/183; 136/119; 158/154; 149/145; 266; 142/127; 117/113/111; 267/171; 267/172; 156/158; 138/119; 193/130; 225/217; 174/172;267/171; 267/163
  • Paper Studio Vellum
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • Turquoise Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs Sweet Corn, Bubblegum, and Blue Lagoon Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Imagins Halloween Face Decal Rhinestones