Fingernail Polish Marble Birthday Balloons

Making marble background using fingernail polish can be really fun.  The smell can be a little overwhelming, but you get some really unique and interesting results.  The balloons on this card were die cut from a marble background created using this technique.

I went to the Dollar Store and got some fingernail polish.  I wouldn’t use black nail polish on myself, but I thought it would make an interesting background.  You will need a disposable dish or container to create these backgrounds.  You fill the dish with about 3-4″ of water and then dribbled the nail polish you have selected around the water.  If you want you can use a wooden stirring stick to help them marbleize.  Once you have it the way you want you take some watercolor paper and place it into the water and immediately pull it back out.  You never know what it is going to look like, but you do get some beautiful results.

Once the background was completely dry I die cut the balloons using Lawn Fawn’s Party Balloons.  I tied some Cousins Iridescent Silver Cord for strings, added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back for dimension and adhered them to a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock I had die cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I wrapped the balloon strings around the back and secured them in place with Scotch Tape.  The rectangle was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings and was stamped on a scrap of the same cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder.  It was cut into a strip and adhered to the front of the card with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons
  • Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings
  • Fingernail Polish Marble Background
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Cousins Iridescent Silver Cord
  • Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Fingernail Polish Marble Background Happy Everything

I had seen a challenge on Splitcoaststampers.com to use fingernail polish to create a marbleized background and decided to give it a try.  I went to the Dollar Store and picked up several colors of nail polish, dropped them into a small tub of water, stirred them with a wooden stirring stick and then dipped watercolor paper into the water.  It can give some amazing results.  With this background I made two different cards.

It is amazing how different the same background can look by using different colored paper in the card design.

I die cut the rectangle using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then die cut an oval out of the center using an Oval STAX die from the same company.  The sentiment was cut from the center of the oval using the Penny Black Awesome Die.

For the first card the oval was adhered to a rectangle of light purple cardstock, also cut with a stitched rectangle die.  It was matted with some Paper Accent Silver Mirror Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back and then the rectangle was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from some deep purple cardstock I had in scraps.  The sentiment was die cut from the same purple cardstock four times and adhered together using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then adhered into the negative space of the oval and the card.  Purple sequins were scatter around the card front as a final embellishment.

For the second card the positive rectangle of the marble background was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  An oval was die cut from a scrap of burgundy cardstock and adhered into the negative space.  The marbleized die cut sentiment was adhered to the center of the oval and Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Confetti was scattered around the front of the card.

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Awesome Die
  • My Favorite Things Oval STAX
  • Fingernail Polish Marble Background
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Purple/Burgundy Cardstocks from Scraps
  • Doodlebug Designs Lilac Sequins
  • Pretty Pink Posh Trick or Treat Mix
  • Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Confetti
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Color Burst Daisy Happy Birthday II

This is the second card I made from one image of the The Ton’s Daisy Full View Background Stamp.  This time I die cut the leftover image using a Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle die.

To assemble the card I added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the focal image and adhered it to the next largest scalloped rectangle cut from green cardstock I had in scraps using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  The sentiment from Winnie & Walter’s Sentimental Birthday was stamped on vellum with VersaMark Ink and head set with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was cut into a thin strip and adhered to the front of the focal image by wrapping it around the focal image and adhered it to the back with Scotch Tape.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front with the same liquid glue and the card was done.  I love when I can get two beautiful cards from one stamped image.

Products Used:

  • The Ton Daisy Full View Background Stamp
  • Mama Elephant Script Happy
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Lemon Yellow, Chartreuse, Tangerine, Alizarin Crimson, Orange
  • FineTec M600 Gold Watercolor Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory and Onyx Black
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Green Cardstock from Scraps
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle

Color Burst Daisy Happy Birthday I

My friend Denise came over the other day and brought her new stamp from The Ton called Full View Daisy Background.  She had also just purchased some Ken Oliver Color Burst Watercolor Powder and we decided to play with this coloring medium on this stamp.  I love the bright orange that was achieved by tapping color burst on watercolor paper and then adding water.

This is a big 6″ x 6″ stamp and I used a 4 1/2″ x 6″ piece of Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper.  I stamped it with VersaMark Ink and heat set it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was large enough that I was able to get two cards from one image.  For this card I die cut a portion of the daisy using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then matted it with some green cardstock I had in my scraps.  I added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the focal image and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock.

For the sentiment I die cut the word “happy” using Mama Elephant’s Happy Script Die from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and again from a scrap of sticky back foam.  I stamped the secondary sentiment onto a scrap of the green cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat set it with the same gold embossing powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back.  Both were adhered to the bottom of the focal image using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • The Ton Daisy Full View Background Stamp
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Lemon Yellow, Chartreuse, Tangerine, Alizarin Crimson, Orange
  • FineTec M600 Gold Watercolor Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory and Onyx Black
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Green Cardstock from Scraps
  • Paper Accents Ivory Vellum
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle

Rainbow Butterfly Birthday Card

Every week at Splitcoaststampers.com they have a featured stamper.  I was selected to be one last year and it was an honor.  This weeks featured stamper is nerdybeth.  Typically you select one of the FS card to showcase and design and used it to inspire you to create a similar card.  I chose to case https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2745486?&cat=500&ppuser=157841 where she used rainbow colored butterflies.  For my card I pulled out my Simon Says Stamp Butterflies Stencil.

It was a simple card to create.  I used Distress Oxide Inks to sponge the butterflies using a finger dauber onto some Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.  Crystal Stickles was used to add some sparkle.  Different colored sequins were scattered in the areas where the stencil had small dots.  I decided to stamp the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Best Ever with Picked Raspberry Oxide Ink to add that touch of pink.  To finish the card I die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle, added some Darice Sticky Back Foam to the back of the panel and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  A clean and simple card, but a rainbow punch of color.

Products Used:

  • Simon Says Stamp Butterflies Stencil
  • Simon Says Stamp Best Ever
  • Distress Oxide: Candied Apple/Barn Door, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feather, Blueprint Sketch, Dusty Concord/Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Stickles Crystal

Birthday Cupcake Circle

I had some leftover background paper that was created using Kodak Glossy Photo Paper, Distress Oxide Inks, and Ranger Distress Micro Glaze that I had used for leaves in a previous card.  I couldn’t let it go to waste, so I die cut the remainder into a circle and added the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Cake die to the front.  In the end I added three layers of the word circle and the cupcake for a little added dimension.

I wanted to add a little more visual interest so I die cut two more circles from coordinating green cardstock I had on hand, each a little larger than the previous circle.  I added Darice Sticky Back Foam behind each for added dimension and adhered it to a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock, which was die cut using the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle Die.  An A2 top folding cardbase made from some of the green cardstock and the focal image rectangle was adhered to the front.  There was a lot of white space at the bottom of the card and so I cut thin strips from the remaining background and adhered them underneath the focal image circle.

A quick and easy card made from scraps on hand.

Products Used:

  • Simon Says Stamp Birthday Circle
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Peeled Paint, Bundles Sage, Lucky Clover
  • Ranger Distress Micro Glaze
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangles
  • Kodak 4” x 6” Glossy Photo Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive

Rose Peonies Happy Birthday

Recently I watched a video with Tim Holtz demonstrating how to use Glossy Photo Paper, Distress Oxide Inks, and Ranger Distress Micro Glaze.  He created amazing backgrounds and I immediately went and ordered the Micro Glaze.  It came last week and I finally had some time to play with it.  One thing I can say about this technique is don’t throw anything away, no matter how awful you think it looks, until after you add the micro glaze.  You never know what beauty is hiding behind all that oxidize color until you bring it out with the glaze.  Here is a card made with my first attempt at using this product.

For this technique you ink smooch your glossy paper into Distress Oxide Inks that have been spritzed with water.  Oxide inks become very milky in saturation when they come in contact with water.  The great thing about them is that they are opaque and so you can add as many layers as you want, as long as you dry each layer between applications.  The beauty of the colors is only reveal after you add the glaze and buff away the residue.

I made several backgrounds and for this card decided to use the background created with the following colors.  For the flowers I used Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick.  For the leaves I used Peeled Pain, Bundled Sage, and Lucky Clover.

I recently purchased Gina K. Designs Rose Peonies and hadn’t yet used that stamp set.  I decided to stamp them onto my background with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder and then die cut them with the matching dies.

I arranged the flowers and leaves to fit an A2 side folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  I wanted to have some visual interest behind the flowers and die cut a few background dies from Neena 80# cardstock, the one I liked best was Gina Marie Designs Stud Dot Argyle.  I was going to place it directly, white on white, to the cardbase, but at the last minute I found some matching pink cardstock in my stash and really liked how it complimented the flowers.

I glued the two rectangles together with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, added Darice Sticky Back Foam behind it and adhered it to the cardbase.  The flowers and leaves were adhered with both Nuvo Adhesive and 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  I stamped the sentiment from Papertrey Ink’s Inside & Out Birthday onto a scrap of the same pink cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder, die cut it with a My Favorite Things Stitched Sentiment Strip and added it to the card front with foam tape and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs Rose Peonies
  • Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Gina Marie Designs Stud Dot Argyle
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Sentiment Strips
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage, Lucky Clover
  • Ranger Distress Micro Glaze
  • Kodak 4” x 6” Glossy Photo Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Pink Cardstock from Stash
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

 

Alcohol Ink Background Butterfly Frame Birthday

I created another card with an alcohol ink background made from blues and silver mixative.  I had a small panel leftover and decided to use it to create another card.  I love when you can get two cards from one background.  I had purchased this butterfly frame a while ago from China.  It is interesting that when you purchase from there you usually aren’t give the name of the company who created it, so I just always note where I purchased it.  It is a pretty frame.

I die cut the leftover alcohol ink background using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  I used the second largest size and it was perfect to allow the beautiful background colors to surround the die cut butterfly frame.  I cut the butterfly frame three time from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and adhered them together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.  The same adhesive was used to spray the back and adhere it to the alcohol ink rectangle.

I originally cut the sentiment from Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock and stamped the secondary word from Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Detail Silver Embossing Powder.  I wasn’t happy with the way it looked, I felt it got lost on the background and so I cut the Technique Tuesday Say It Happy Die an additional two times from some Neena cardstock and adhered them over the silver “happy” cutout using spray adhesive.  I couldn’t do anything about the silver embossed word, but I felt that the sentiment looked better in white.

A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the focal image alcohol ink panel, but when I went to place it on the card front I felt it was too small, so I added a border of silver cardstock and thought that it looked much better.

Products Used:

  • Butterfly Frame Die from China
  • Technique Tuesday Say it Happy Die
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • Alcohol Inks: Stream, Aqua, Sailboat Blue, Denim, Silver Mixative, Alcohol Blending Solution
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Be Creative Tape

Rebecca Celebrate Your Day

My friend Rebecca has a birthday coming up.  Her favorite colors are blue and gray.  I have been experimenting with Alcohol Inks and thought that they could be used to create a beautiful background with these colors.  For the gray I decided to use the Silver Mixative and it turned out gorgeous.

When I create an alcohol background I like to saturate the Yupo paper with Alcohol Blending Solution and them drop the colors I’ve selected randomly onto the paper.  Once I have all the colors applied I use a straw to push the color around and sometimes pick the paper up and rock it from side to side until I get the blend that I like.  I then set it aside to let it completely dry and then spray it with a fixative, I use Grumbacher Matte Final Fixative.

I wanted to create a card that would really let the background be the star of the show.  I decided to use a butterfly die from Paper Artist that allowed me to cut not only the butterfly but a background as well.  I cut the butterfly three times from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and adhered them together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.  The base of the butterfly was cut using Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock and they were adhered together with the same spray adhesive.

Once the alcohol ink was dry I die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I die cut the sentiment from the same mirror cardstock using a Penny Black Doodle Thins die.  I sprayed the back with the Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive and added it to the bottom of the alcohol ink panel.

I added a couple of thin strips of 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the center of the butterfly and adhered it on an angle to the front of the alcohol ink panel.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the panel and adhered to the back.

A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The focal panel was adhered to the front using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.  It turned out beautiful.

Product Used:

  • Paper Artist Butterflies and Shadows
  • Penny Black Doodle Thins Die
  • Alcohol Inks: Stream, Aqua, Sailboat Blue, Denim, Silver Mixative, Alcohol Blending Solution
  • Ranger Yupo Paper
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Grumbacher Matte Final Fixative

 

Baylee Celebrate Your Birthday With Cake

This card is for Bailey who is turning sweet sixteen in September.  I thought it would be fun to use this really cute image from Penny Black called Tall Cake.  The color scheme is pink because that is Baylee’s favorite.

This is a digital image that I printed on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using the Silhouette Cameo Software with registration marks. This allows me to cut around the image so that I don’t have to fussy cut the image myself. Saves a lot of time.

I colored the image with Copic Markers (listed below). Once it was die cut I traced around it on the paper side of some Darice Sticky Back Foam and fussy cut it smaller to fit behind the image. I find this is the fastest way to add dimension to a die cut image.

I raided my stash of cardstock to find a pink cardstock that would match the Copic colors I used. To set off the image I die cut a rectangle from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using a My Favorite Things Mod Rectangle STAX.  I love the curved edge to this rectangle.  I added it to the pink cardbase using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.

I placed the focal image on the white rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiment.  I used SugarPea Designs Celebrate All the Things since I could customize it to talk about celebrating with cake, which is perfect for the image.  I stamped it using two different colors of pink ink from Altenew.

The focal image was adhered using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.  So cute!

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Tall Cake
  • Sugarpea Designs Celebrate All the Things
  • Altenew Ink Rubellite and Pink Diamond
  • RV17, RV14, RV13; RV13, RV21, RV10; Y04, Y08; E55, E53, E51; C5, C3, C1; E79, E29, E25; E13, E11, E00, R20
  • My Favorite Things Mod Rectangle STAX
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Hot Pink Cardstock from Scraps
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive