Budding Thanks Celebrate You

Another card for complementary colors theory in the Online Card Classes Introduction to Color Theory.  I’ve had the Altenew Budding Thanks stamp set for a long time and never made a card with it.  I found that it was a little more difficult to line up this layering stamp than some others that I’ve worked with, but I really like the pink and green colors that were used on this card.

I really like using a lot of white space on my cards.  Clean and simple really appeals to me and I find myself creating a lot of cards using this design.  In the color theory class we talked about using complementary colors, which are opposite each other on the color wheel.  The intensity or hue of the color is changed by the amount of water used.  This also works when selecting ink colors, varying the intensity of color can give a completely different feel to a card.

Altenew Inks were used to stamp the images.  Once the stamping/layering was complete the images were die cut with the matching dies and added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back to add dimension.  For visual interest a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock was die cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then dry embossed using the Cricut Cuttlebug Polka Dot folder. Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the panel and it was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

The flowers were adhered to the polka dot panel by removing the backing paper from the foam tape.  Penny Black’s Celebrations die was cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and adhered to the bottom right of the card front.  For the secondary sentiment a scrap of cardstock was colored and stamped using the same Altenew inks used to stamp the flowers.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Budding Thanks
  • Penny Black Celebrations
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party
  • Altenew Inks: Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Rubellite, Razzelberry, Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Cricut Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Nuvo Aqua Glitter Gloss Shimmer Pen

Analogous Colors Beautiful Birthday Bouquet

This is the last card I made using the principle taught in the Online Card Class Introduction to Color Theory.  This card uses the analogous colors discussed in Day 2, which means that you take 3 to 4 colors side-by-side on the wheel to create your color scheme.

I love the beautiful fall feel to this color combination.  I stamped Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers onto some Strathmore #140 Cold Press Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and heat set it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I always love the look of gold embossing powder, but I think it particularly enhances the colors of this card.

This card uses orange, yellow/orange, yellow, and yellow/green from the color wheel.  The background was a light wash of yellow and was applied before stamping the image.  I varied the intensity or hues of the color to give variation to the flowers.  Once the watercolor was completed I splattered gold metallic paints from the FineTec M600 watercolor set.

The sentiment is from Ellen Hutson’s Mondo Sakura, with the smaller secondary sentiments from Winnie & Walter’s Sentiment Birthday.  Both were stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with the gold embossing powder.

The image was die cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the panel and then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Fresh Asparagus Cardstock.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers
  • Ellen Hutson Mondo Sakura
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Strathmore #140 Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Fresh Asparagus Cardstock
  • Daniel Smith Watercolors: Cerulean Blue, Chromium; Hansa Yellow Light; Quinacridone Rose
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • FineTec M600 Metallic Gold Watercolors

Monochromatic Happy Birthday

In the Online Card Class Introduction Color Theory Day 2 talked about using monochromatic colors.  It is amazing how beautiful a card can be when using only one color in varying shades and hues.

For this card I stamped all the individual flowers in the Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers 2 set onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  They were then colored using six different blue, blue/green colors from the ZIG Clean Color Real Brush 60 Marker Set.

Once the coloring was dry there were arranged into a bouquet.  I cut some of the leaves from the flower stems and then used them in different placed in the bouquet to fill it out for a more visually pleasing arrangement.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the bouquet to add dimension.

A rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock was die cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle. The flower bouquet was adhered to the front of the rectangle by removing the backing paper on the foam tape.

The sentiment from Hero Arts Messages with a Flourish was stamped with VersaMark Ink onto Paper Accents Vellum and cut into a strip and wrapped around the focal image rectangle and adhered in the back with Scotch Tape.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Turquoise See Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back and the focal image panel and it was then adhered to the card front using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers 2
  • Hero Arts Messages with a Flourish
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Turquoise Sea Cardstock
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 033 Persian Green, 032 Persian Blue, 040 Green, 031 Cobalt Blue, 036 Light Blue, 038 Peacock Blue
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder

Beautiful Flowers 2 Birthday Wishes

This is the first card I made for the Online Card Class Color Theory.  For the first day we learned about Primary Colors and how to use them.  I had recently purchased Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers 2 and used this stamp set to create my first card for the class.  I love the way that red and yellow compliment each other.

I stamped the images on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with Copic Markers (colors are listed below).  The matching dies for these images cut really close to the edge and leave a small white border, which I really like.  I arranged the flowers into a bunch and glued them together with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  To add dimension 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the flowers.

I like the visual interest that is added to a card using an embossing folder.  I die cut a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then ran it through the Big Shot with the Cricut Cuttlebug Mosaic folder.  The panel was adhered directly to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock.  The backing was removed from the foam tape of the bouquet of flowers and they were adhered to the directly to the card front.

The sentiment is from Studio Katia’s Blooming Bunch stamp set.  It was stamped with VersaMark Ink onto a scrap of black cardstock and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  The sentiment was cut into an angled banner and foam tape was added to the back and adhered to the card front and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers 2
  • Studio Katia Blooming Bunch
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers: R39, R29, R27, R24; Y19, Y17, Y13; G19, G17, G05, G03; YR23, Y26, Y21
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Cricut Cuttlebug Mosaic Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Wish You the Most Beautiful Day

I recently posted another butterfly card where I stamped different butterflies onto a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and cut around them using my Silhouette Cameo.  When I went to throw away that rectangle I saw that I had stamped those butterflies in a really pretty formation and decided to use it to create another card.  I really like the way it turned out.

I ink blended the butterfly rectangle using Distress Oxide Inks and then die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  To add visual interest I die cut some Simon Says Stamp White Glitter Cardstock with the same rectangle die and adhered the two together with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The butterfly panel was adhered directly to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Pink Offray Ribbon was added to the bottom of the card.  I didn’t want the sentiment to add element to the card front and so I decided to print a sentiment on Avery Clear Labels and adhere it to the ribbon.  I like the way it turned out.  As a final embellishment, a lot of white pearls were scattered all over the front of the card.

Products Used:

  • Hero Arts Butterflies
  • Distress Oxide Inks Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp White Glitter Cardstock
  • Offray Pink 5/8” Ribbon
  • Avery Clear Labels
  • Calibri and Willow Bloom Fonts
  • Pearls from Stash

Fluttering By to Say Happy Birthday

The Clean and Simple Challenge this week at Splitcoaststampers was to create a card with wings.  I have had the Hero Arts Butterflies stamp set for years and don’t think I’ve ever used it, so I decided to give it a try for this card.  I decided on a white, gray, and pink color scheme and think it turned out pretty.

The nice thing about this stamp set is that all the butterflies have a pretty background.  I stamped them on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with pink Distress Oxide Inks and then placed them on my Silhouette PIXScan Mat to cut around them.

I die cut a circle from Bo Bunny’s Isabella Collection Paper using a My Favorite Things Pierced Circle die and then scattered the three largest butterflies around the surface.  I used the smaller butterflies I had stamped and punched smaller butterflies using Martha Stewart’s 3 Butterflies Punch.  All were adhered to the circle using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  The larger butterflies only had glue added to the center so the wings could be lifted slightly.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  I found a sentiment I liked in Hot of the Press’s Small Stamps Dragonfly but modified it a little.  I covered up the word “hi” with Post-it Tape and using Memento Fog Ink stamped it in the lower right of the cardbase.  I used Winnie & Walter’s Sentiment Birthday to stamp “happy birthday” below in the same ink.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the circl and it was adhered to the left of the card front, slightly overlapping the edge, which cut off with scissors.  Another small butterfly was adhered to the upper right of the card, small white pearls were added for the butterfly bodies and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Hero Arts Butterflies
  • Hot Off the Press Small Stamps Dragonfly
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Memento Fog Ink
  • Distress Oxide Inks Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Pearls from Stash
  • Bo Bunny Isabella Collection Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Martha Stewart 3 Butterflies Punch\ Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

Hoping Your Birthday is Happy

One of this week’s color challenge at Splitcoaststampers included a deep pink, pale yellow, and pale green.  I had previously cut some of the images from Altenew’s Beautiful Day and had them sitting in a draw ready to be used.  I decided to pull them out for this challenge.  I think the combination turned out pretty.

This is a layering stamp set that aligns very easily and the Altenew inks make it easy to get the variation in colors.  For this card I had already die cut the shapes from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and stamped on the shapes.  It worked great.

Once the stamping was done I arranged the flowers and leaves into a pattern I like and used Press ‘n Seal to hold them together to decide placement on a rectangle of the same cardstock that was cut with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I decided I wanted to add some visual interest behind the flowers and dry embossed the rectangle with the Lifestyle Crafts Chain Embossing Folder.   Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to the back on all items except the front flower, which was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  The great thing about using Press ‘n Seal is you can move the arrangement around until you have perfect placement.

I didn’t want to cover up the beautiful flowers and so I decided to stamp the sentiment from Winnie & Walter Sentiment Birthday onto Paper Accents Vellum with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and heat emboss it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  It was wrapped about the embossed rectangle and adhered to the back using Scotch Tape.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the focal image rectangle for some added dimension.  A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the  focal image panel was added to the front using liquid glue.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Beautiful Day
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Altenew Inks: Razzleberry, Puffy Heart, Rose Quartz,
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Lifestyle Crafts Chain Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Vellum

Birthday Wishes Masculine Birthday Card

This week the Free For All Challenge is to create a card with the theme “Birds of a Feather.”  I decided to pull out my Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows Dies, along with Sizzix’s new 3-D Feathers Embossing Folder to create my card.

I began by die cutting some Kraft Cardstock using the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then ran it through the Big Shot with the Sizzix 3-D Feather Embossing Folder.  To help the feathers stand out I used Distress Oxide Tea Dye and Vintage Photo to lightly ink blend over the raised surface of the feathers.  Later I decided to add a little Salty Ocean to the center of the feathers to compliment the colors used on the feathers.

I die cut the feathers from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and ink blended them using Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio.  To help them standout on the card front I eventually decided to ink the edges with Salty Ocean.  I liked the feathers, but they needed a little something to add visual interest, so I pulled out my Tim Holtz Collect Stampers Anonymous Burlap Stencil and lightly pounced Salty Ocean Distress Ink onto each feather, which gave them an interesting pattern.

I wrapped some Gold Decorative Trim from Hobby Lobby three times around the base of the card front and tied it in a knot.  I added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back of the two largest feathers, glued the smallest in place with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then removed the backing and adhered the largest feathers over the top.

For the sentiment I ink blended a scrap of white cardstock with the same colored used on the feathers, dried it with my heat tool and then stamped the sentiment from Mama Elephant’s Fair Feathers with VersaMark Ink and heat set it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Dark Chocolate Cardstock.  The dry embossed rectangle was adhered to the cardbase with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  The sentiment was cut into a then strip and adhered directly to the cardbase with liquid glue and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Mama Elephant Fair Feathers
  • Distress Oxide Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Salty Ocean, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers
  • Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Dark Chocolate Base Weight Cardstock
  • Kraft Cardstock from Scraps
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Sizzix Feathers Embossing Folder
  • Hobby Lobby Decorative Trim Gold
  • Tim Holtz Collection Stampers Anonymous Burlap

Sending Birthday Hugs and Wishes

This is the second card I created using the Tri-Fold Cardbase.  For this card I decided on a landscape orientation and adhered by patterned paper on the bottom left of the cardbase.  I added a square of dark gray cardstock to be the base for my focal image, which was a cupcake stamped using Altnew’s Layered Cupcake stamp and die.

This card was quick and easy to create.  I die cut the cupcake shape first and then stamped the layers using Altenew Inks.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Stylish Sentiments: Birthday and was stamped with VersaMark Ink on the gray square and heat set with Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the focal image square only on the portion that would be adhered to patterned paper tri-fold.

I did the same thing I had done with my previous card and used some Velcro to keep the tri-folds together.  Really like the color combination from this patterned paper.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Layered Cupcake
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Altenew Limestone Ink
  • Brilliance Starlight Silver, Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Rubellite
  • Copic Markers: Y00, E50
  • Avery Elle Double Pierced Square Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • Bo Bunny Isabella Collection
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

Nothing Bundt the Best

At Splitcoaststampers.com this week the Technique Lovers Challenge was to create a Tri-Fold Card.  It looked interesting and so I decided to give it a try.

You take a full sheet of cardstock and score it at 4 1/4″ and 5 1/2″ and then you cut it diagonally from corner to corner.  This creates the tri-fold card base.  I decided to do a top folding card and decorated the bottom right of the card with patterned paper from Bo Bunny’s Isabella Collection.  Then I needed to decide on what focal image I could create that would go well with the patterned paper I had chosen.  I decided to us Avery Elle’s Bring on the Cake.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with Copic Markers.  I then pulled out My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX die and selected one that would closely cut around the focal image.  I left enough room to stamp the sentiment from the same stamp set.  I matted my circle with pink cardstock I had in scraps using the Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles Small.

When adhering the focal image you want to be sure that you only do so to one side so that the tri-fold card can be opened.  I decided to scatter some Doodebug Designs Sprinkles Cupcake Assortment around the focal image, added Ranger Glossy Accents to the frosting and the card was done.

The problem with this type of card is that it doesn’t stay together very well.  This really bothered me and so I went to my sewing room and pulled out some clear Velcro and added a small square underneath the focal image to keep the card together and it worked much better.

Products Used:

  • Avery Elle Bring on the Cake
  • Bo Bunny Isabella Collection Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Copic Markers: RV13, RV11, RV10; E49, E59, E57; C4, C2, C1
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Glossy Accents
  • Doodlebug Design Sprinkles Cupcake Assortment
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles Small
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders