Celebrate You Mona

Every Monday I check my birthday list to see what cards I need to send out that week. My dear friend Mona has a birthday coming up. Her favorite colors are red, yellow, and olive green. I check my stash of completed cards and didn’t have anything with that color scheme, so I pulled out another beautiful Altenew layering stamp to make a card just for Mona.

I first stamped the outline of the flowers onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and then added the layers. The first colors of ink I choose weren’t dark enough so I stamped the layers again in a different ink that made it a deeper red. The leaves don’t have an outline, but the last layer give more of an outline feel and I stamped it in the darkest green.

I decided to use a scalloped rectangle that was embossed with some pretty leaves for the background behind the flowers. When I have an embossed panel I usually use liquid glue to attach it to the card front, since I feel it does a better job adhering the highs and lows.

I arranged the flowers and leaves the way I liked them and then picked them up with Press ‘n Seal, which has a low tack and allows you to keep the arrangement in place while you turn it over to add adhesive. All the leaves and the two back flowers were adhered with liquid glue. The top yellow flower was adhered using a lower loft foam tape and the front red flower with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape which has a higher loft, giving different levels of dimension to the card.

The beautiful My Favorite Things Celebrate die was cut from both gold mirror cardstock and sticky back foam. I find this the easiest way to add dimension to a die cut sentiment. The secondary sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. I used a Pink and Main Sentiment Strip to cut it out and adhered it directly over the word “celebrate” with liquid glue.

The last embellishment was to add clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen to the red flowers and another card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Peony Bouquet
  • Winnie & Walter Big, Bold, and Party
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate
  • Altenew Inks: Rouge, Crimson, Velvet, Coral Berry, Grapevine; Parrot, Olive, Moss; Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers: RV69, RV66, RV63
  • Darice Vine Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
  • Pink and Main Sentiment Strip
  • Glad Press ‘n Seal

Foiled Celebrate with Cake

I had a thin strip of the pretty blue and white flowered patterned paper leftover from a previous card and decided to use it on another card instead of throwing it away. I searched through the same 6×6 paper pad to find a coordinating paper. A rectangle was cut down using a stitched rectangle die.

I decided to use my new Crafter’s Companion Distress Border die. I determined where to place it so that it would be covered up by the patterned paper strip and ran it through the Gemini FoilPress with gold foil. I love the way it turned out. The strip of patterned paper was also cut using a stitched rectangle die. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered to the left of the foiled distress border.

For the focal image I decided to use the Spellbinders Celebrate With Cake die. Each layer of the cake was cut from a scrap of navy cardstock and the background die was used to cut gold mirror cardstock and adhered it behind the navy cake layers with the patterns cut out. It was pretty, but I decided to cut the detailed layers from gold mirror cardstock that had double-sided tape added to the back and inlay the pieced into the navy layers. I liked that much better.

The cake stand, flowers, and leaves of the die set were also cut from gold mirror cardstock. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the cake stand, cake layers, and flowers and then each was adhered to the blue patterned paper.

The sentiment was cut from gold mirror cardstock and adhered below the cake with liquid glue. Copic markers were used to add a little dimension to the cake layers.

At the last minute I decided to add a thin strip of navy blue cardstock between the flower patterned paper and the foiled border.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Spellbinders Celebrate With Cake Die
  • Penny Black Doodles Thin
  • Crafter’s Companion Distress Border FoilPress Die
  • Pink Paislee Choose Happy Indigo & Ivy Cardstock
  • Navy Cardstock From Stash
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: B39 and B34
  • Be Creative Double-Sided Tape
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Rectangle Die
  • Blue Sequin from Stash
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Green Ombre Let’s Party

It’s funny how I tend to get into the groove of creating a lot of cards using the same medium. This card uses patterned paper with a more masculine feel.

I cut down the patterned paper with a stitched rectangle and then matted it with a dark pine green cardstock.

I pulled out Papertrey Ink’s Party Time Text Block die and cut it from silver mirror cardstock and sticky back foam to add dimension. It was adhered to the center of the patterned paper and the card was done.

Very quick and easy to create.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Papertrey Ink Party Time Text Block
  • Pink Paislee Choose Happy Indigo & Ivy
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Pine Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Copic Markers G00
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Foiled Geometric Happy Birthday

I had the inside of the card with the impression from the sentiment leftover from the previous card I made and didn’t want to throw it away. I decided to try ink blending over it, but the impression was shallow enough that the ink went into the impression and it was difficult to see the sentiment. I decided to foil the sentiment, lining it up with the impression so that it was in the same place. It worked great. Now I needed to figure out how I was going to use it on a card.

I have some background dies that cut circles, but there weren’t placed in the center of the card. I thought about using Altenew’s layered plaid dies, but they would cover up the sentiment and if you cut away the center the plaid could fall apart. I finally decided to pull out Altenew’s Layered Geo Cover Dies A & B. The smallest opening covered up the sentiment, so I pulled out the Hero Art’s Infinity Circle Dies and found the perfect size to make the opening larger.

The ink blended background was green and so I used two different colors of blue cardstock I had in scraps. I cut each color twice for a little more depth and adhered them together using Elmer’s Craft Spray Adhesive. When everything was adhered together the panel was adhered to a side folding cardbase and the card was done.

This is a completely different style of card than what I usually do, but I do like it and it is a great masculine card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Layered Geo Cover A & B Dies
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Stylish Scrip Happy Birthday
  • Crafter’s Companion Papercraft Gold Foil
  • Distress Oxide Mowed Lawn and Bundled Sage Inks
  • Elmer’s Craft Spray Adhesive
  • Light Blue and Navy Blue Cardstock from Scraps
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Foiled Regency Frame Happy Birthday

This frame is a frame foil and cut die from Crafter’s Companion. It had been sitting on my desktop every since I first got my foiling machine and I finally decided to make a card with it.

I placed the frame on a side folding white cardstock cardbase to determine where to foil the sentiment. I wouldn’t recommend doing the sentiment foiling directly to the cardbase. The impression could be seen on the inside of the card, so I cut down the card front and create a panel smaller than a A2 cardbase. I decided to add some texture using the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder. The foiling handles the embossing great. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the panel and it adhered it to another side folding cardbase.

I removed the release paper from a strip of Big Mama Foam Tape and curved it around the back of the frame adhered it over the sentiment panel. It was pretty, but it needed a little color. I pulled out the Spellbinders Foliage Border and used a few of the flower and leaves. The flowers were foiled with pink and the leaves with green. Once the foiling was complete the coordinating dies were used to cut them out. Any open areas on the leaves and flowers were colored with Copic Markers. The leaves and two smaller leaves were adhered to the bottom of the frame with liquid glue and the top flower with a little bit of foam tape. It was just the pop of color needed on the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Crafter’s Companion Regency Frame Foil & Cut
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Stylish Script Happy Birthday
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Foliage Border
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Organic Foliage
  • Crafter’s Companion Papercraft Silver Foil
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Pink Foil
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
  • Hero Arts Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Mega Happy Birthday Foiled Balloons

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Birch Press Design Party Balloons
  • Waffle Flower Happy Birthday
  • Crafter’s Companion Grande Dots
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Turquoise Foil
  • Distress Oxide Broken China
  • Hero Arts Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Peacock Feathers Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • DFN Craft Thread White

Birthday Wishes Katie

I have a young friend from who has a birthday this coming week. Her favorite colors are purple and teal and Katie has beautiful brown hair, so those are the colors I used on this cute image from La-La Land Crafts.

This is a digital image. I printed the girl and garden bench onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using a laser printer. I find that toner ink does not smear when using Copic Markers.

I colored the images with Copic Markers. I have a garden bench that is wood and iron, so that was the inspiration in coloring this garden bench. I then used the Silhouette PIXScan Mat to cutout the images. So much faster and smoother lines than fussy cutting. The girl was adhered to the bench with liquid glue.

I cut a panel of cardstock with a stitched rectangle ink blended the top two-thirds of the card with blue ink for a sky. Grass was die cut using Taylored Expressions Wispy Grass Die. It is a narrow strip of grass and I wanted another layer of taller grass so I did partial die cutting. The smaller grass color was deepened with Copic Markers and then adhered to the taller grass with liquid glue and then adhered over the sky blended background panel. I couple of clouds were cut from white cardstock with the Avery Elle Pierced Clouds die. A pale blue Copic Markers was used in the corners of the clouds. The largest cloud was adhered to the sky with liquid glue and the smaller cloud with sticky back foam. The panel was then adhered to a side folding cardbase.

The girl and bench were placed on the panel to determine where to stamp the sentiment with Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers. Darice Thin Strip Foam Tape was added to the back of the bench and 3M foam tape was added to the back of the girl. The release paper was removed and the images where adhered to the front of the card.

The last embellishment was to add crystal stickles to the clouds and heart. A gold metallic pen was added to the centers of the flowers on her shoes and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • La-La Land Crafts Sitting Marci
  • Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings
  • La-La Land Crafts Garden Bench
  • Avery Elle Pierced Clouds
  • Taylored Expressions Wispy Grass
  • Silhouette PIXScan Mat
  • Copic Markers: BG49, BG45, BG34, BG32; RV23, RV02, R00; C4, C2; E57, E35, E31; YG05, YG03
  • Distress Oxide: Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Darice Thin Strip Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • The Paper Studio Texture-Lime Green Cardstock
  • Pentel Sunburst Metallic Gold Gel Pen

Happy Heart Birthday Paige

I have a young friend from church whose birthday is coming up. Her favorite color is turquoise. I used this cute girl image from La-La Land Crafts and colored her with Copic Markers. I’m not very good at fussy cutting, so once the coloring was complete I used the Silhouette PIXScan Mat to cut her out.

I cut a panel of white cardstock using the Memory Box Matinee Die. I love the corners of this rectangle. I stamped the sentiment in the bottom center of the panel with turquoise ink before running it through the Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder. You always want to stamp before embossing so you get a crisp stamped sentiment.

I cut a larger matinee rectangle from teal cardstock and adhered the polka dot rectangle on top with liquid glue. I find liquid glue works best to adhere embossed panels. The rectangles were then adhered to a top folding cardbase.

Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the focal image. A little gray Copic Marker was added underneath where the feet were so she didn’t look like she was floating on the page. The release paper was removed from the foam tape and the image was adhered to the cardfront.

The final embellishments were to add polka dots to the girl’s top with a white gel pen and crystal stickles were added to the heart.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • La-La Land Crafts Heart Balloon Marci
  • Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings
  • Copic Markers: V09, V06, V04; BG49, BG46, BG32; Y20, R22, E11, E00, E000, E49, E29, E39, E34; W8, W6, W4; C1, C2
  • Uni-ball Signo Broad White Gel Pen
  • Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Memory Box Matinee Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Tranquil Teal
  • Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder

Foiled Butterfly Birthday Wishes

Spellbinders Impressibilities Butterfly Magic Die is always beautiful, but when hot foiled with gold on red cardstock it is truly lovely. I could have left it complete alone and it would have been striking, but I decided to add some focal interest by adding a large two layer butterfly from Paper Artist.

The foiled background was sized down using a stitched rectangle. It was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue. The detailed layer was cut from mirror cardstock and the back layer from the same red cardstock as was used for the foiled background. The butterfly die cut was placed over the butterfly in the foiled background so the antenna were showing in the proper place. It was adhered with a thin strip of foam tape in the center of the butterfly body. Martha Stewart punches were used to add smaller gold butterflies.

The sentiment was hot foiled onto red cardstock with gold foil. hen placed on the background it was complete lost and so a thin border of gold mirror cardstock was added to the back of the sentiment strip. It was adhered with foam tape as well.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Spellbinders Impressibilities Butterfly Magic
  • Paper Artist 3 Butterflies & 2 Shadows
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Everyday Sentiments
  • Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch
  • Martha Steward 3 Butterflies Punch
  • Crafter’s Companion Papercraft Gold Foil
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Hot Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Copic Markers R39 and R37

Foiled Birthday Balloons Happy Birthday To You

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • 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
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • DFN Craft Thread Turquoise