The fourth card I made with background stamps was my favorite. I used Hero Arts Flower Wallpaper stamp on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper, stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Stampin Stuff Clear Embossing Powder.
I applied Distress inks with Tsukineko Sponge Daubers. The following inks were used: Picket Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Spun Sugar, Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, and Mustard Seed. Using a water bottle a fine mist of water was added to the watercolor paper to help the colors blend. The results were a bright and colorful background.
Once the background was dry a panel was cut with the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle die. The flowers received a coating of Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen. Using the same die as the front panel a strip of heavy weight white vellum was run through the Big Shot twice so that it measured 1 3/8″ x 5 1/2″. The vellum was prepped with an anti-static bag and the sentiment from C. C. Designs Amy R. Great Birthday Greetings was stamped with VersaMark ink, sprinkled with Recollections Snow Embossing Powder and heat set with my Marvy Embossing Heat Tool. The vellum greeting was centered on the bottom of the front panel, wrapped around the edge,s and taped in place with Scotch Tape.
3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the panel, which was then adhered to a cardbase 4 1/4″ x 11″ made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and scored at 5 1/2″ for a top folding card.
On the inside of the card a sentiment from My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings was stamped with Hero Hues Black ink. A strip of the watercolor background was added to the bottom of the page and the card was done.
- Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor
- Gina K. Design 120# White Cardstock
- Heavy Weight White Vellum
- Hero Arts Flower Wallpaper stamp
- My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings stamp
- VersaMark Ink
- Hero Hues Black Ink
- Distress Ink as Listed Above
- Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle die
- Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
- Scotch Tape
- 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
The second card I made with background stamps used Hero Arts Tiny Flags. The background was stamped on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper and heat embossed with Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder. This time I wanted a rainbow of colors. In order to keep the ink to a smaller area I used Tsukineko Sponge Daubers with Ranger Distress inks. Using a spray bottle of water a fine mist of water was added to the watercolor paper to help the colors blend.
Colors used were:
- Mustard Seed
- Mowed Lawn
- Salty Ocean
- Wilted Violet
- Seedless Preserves
- Candied Apple
- Spiced Marmalade
I cut two balloons from Lawn Fawn Party Balloons and colored them with Salty Ocean and Mowed lawn, the balloon strings were colored with Mustard Seed. To add some sparkle I used Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Make a Wish stamp set and was stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Recollections Snow Embossing Powder.
The cardbase was Gina K. Designs 120# White cardstock, cut to 4 1/4 x 11? and scored at 5 1/2″. The Tiny Flags background was cut with Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and adhered directly to cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue. I really like this rectangle because it leaves a small border around the panel. 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was placed on the back of the green balloon and again on the blue ballon, with a double thickness added to the left side to raise it above the first balloon.
For the inside of the card and the bottom of the envelope a small strip of watercolor Tiny Flags Background with Distress Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean was glued to the bottom with Tombo Mono Multi Glue. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday to complete the card.
- Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
- Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
- Hero Arts Tiny Flags stamp
- Lawn Fawn Party Balloons die
- Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday stamp set
- Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade
- Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
- Recollections Snow Embossing Powder
- Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
- Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
I made this card for my sister Julie. Her favorite color is ice blue and I wanted it to be elegant, because she is an elegant lady. What is more elegant with ice blue than white and silver. This is what inspired the design.
I found some ice blue paper in my stock and cut a panel using the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables. Since I wanted to have a strip of silver glitter cardstock on the left I recut the panel making it slightly narrower. Using Hero Arts Leafy Vine Background I prepped the panel with my embossing buddy before stamping with VersaMark ink. I then applied Reflections Snow embossing powder and heat set it with my heat gun. This created a lovely background.
I created a top folding card by cutting Gina K. Designs 120# white cardstock to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored to 5 1/2″. I cut a small strip of American Craft Silver Glitter cardstock and adhered it to card base on the left.
Using some heavy weight velum I prepped it with my embossing buddy and stamped a sentiment from C.C. Designs Amy R. Great Birthday Greetings with VersaMark ink and added Ranger Super Find Detail Silver Embossing Powder and heat set it with my heat gun. I made sure the velum was wider than the ice blue panel so that I could wrap it around the edges and adhere it with scotch tape on the back. I then cut some white craft foam slightly smaller than the ice blue panel and adhered it with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then adhered the completed panel to the card front.
Butterflies were cut from silver glitter cardstock with Martha Stewart’s 3-1 Classic Butterfly Punch and Martha Stewart’s Classic Butterfly Punch. The center of the butterflies were adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. On the largest butterfly Zot Glue Dots were rolled and placed under the wings to add dimension. Recollections clear mini gemstones were adhered to front of the card and it was done.
- Hero Arts Leafy Vine Background, VersaMark Ink, Recollections Snow Embossing Powder
- C.C. Designs Amy R. Great Birthday Greetings
- Hero Arts Yummy Treats (Inside)
- American Crafts Glitter Cardstock Silver
- Martha Stewart 3-1 Classic Butterfly Punch
- Martha Stewart Classic Butterfly Punch
- Recollections Clear Gemstones
- Ranger Silver Detail Embossing Powder
- Largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
- ⅜ Zots Glue Dots Rolled
- Sizzix Big Shot
I make a lot of birthday cards. I have challenged myself to try to use all the stamps and products that I have purchased. This card was inspired from some really cute paper by Doodlebug Designs, Sweet Things, which made a colorful cupcake using my Sizzix Balloon and Cupcake die. I really like the way it turned out.
I used the coordinating paper to cut the cupcake and assembled it together using my Tombo Mono Multi Glue. I wrapped the bottom of the cupcake with white organza ribbon and added a few white pearls. I die cut a panel from Gina K. Designs 120# white cardstock with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles. 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the cupcake and adhered to the panel, leaving enough room for the sentiment.
With WPlus9’s Happy Trio I die cut the “happy” from matching patterned paper. To add dimension I cut the word again two more times from white cardstock and adhered them together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then it was adhered to the card. The word birthday came from Winnie & Walter Big Bold & Party and was stamped in Hero Hues Black.
The top folding card was made from Gina K. Design 120# white cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″. The panel was adhered to the card base with 3M 1/2″ foam tape. On the inside of the card I cut down the cupcake dies to make it smaller and adhered it to the lower left corner. The inside sentiment is from C. C. Designs Amy R. Sweet Sentiments, stamped with Hero Hues ink, and the card was done.
- Doodlebug Designs Sweet Things 6 x 6 Paper
- WPlus9 Happy Trio Die Cut
- Winnie & Walter Big Bold & Party
- Sizzix Balloon & Cupcake Die
- C.C. Designs Amy R Sweet Sentiments (Inside)
- Largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
- Gina K. Designs 120# Paper
- ⅝” White Organza Ribbon from JoAnn’s
- Recollections White Pearls
- 1/2″ 3M Foam Tape
- Hero Hues Black Ink
- Sizzix Big Shot
I love creating birthday cards for family. I think about their favorite colors and try to make sure that the card is something they know was made just for them. This card was created for my sister-in-law Hilda. She is a special lady and I wanted her card to be special for her. I used My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms and their matching dies to create her card.
Altenew inks make it so easy to be successful with multi-layered images. For these flowers I used the following inks: Deep Iris, Midnight Violet, Lavender Field, Blush, Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Mango Smoothie, Warm Sunshin, Dark Chocolate, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade, and Evergreen.
I die cut a panel of Gina K. Designs 120# white cardstock with the largest Lawn Fawns Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles, which adds a lovely detail the edges of the panel. I laid out the flowers on the panel until I liked the way they were arranged. This allowed me to determine where I wanted the sentiment to be stamped, which is from Simon Says Stamp Hello Beautiful. I then glued some of the flowers and leaves to the panel, adhered others with one layer of 3M 1/2″ foam tape, and the last with two layers of foam tape, giving dimension to the bouquet of flowers.
The purple cardstock for the card came from my stock of colored paper. I cut it to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored it at 4 1/4″. I then glued the panel directly to the card base with Tombo Mono Multi Glue. I cut another stitched panel and adhered it to the inside of the card with Elmer’s Glue Runner, added a small flower and leaf to the left corner and stamped the greeting “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I HOPE YOUR DAY IS FABULOUS” from Papertrey Ink Boutique Borders Birthday stamp set. I scattered a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden and the card was finished.
- Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
- Purple Card Stock
- My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms Stamp and Die
- Simon Says Stamp Hello Beautiful Stamp
- Papertrey Ink Boutique Borders Birthday Stamp
- Lawn Fawns Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles Die
- Altenew Inks: Deep Iris, Midnight Violet, Lavender Field, Blush, Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Mango Smoothie, Warm Sunshin, Dark Chocolate, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade, and Evergreen
- 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
- Tombo Mono Multi Glue
- Elmer’s Glue Runner
- Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden Sequins
- Sizzix Big Shot
My brother-in-law Dan has his birthday on the same day as my wedding anniversary, so it’s easy to remember. He and my sister live in the San Diego area and a couple of years ago we visited the U.S.S. Midway with them. Dan and my husband, Michael, had a great day looking at all the details of the ship, where they stored the airplanes when not in use, how precarious it was to take off and land on such a short runway, etc. They had a grand time. So, this year I decided to make a birthday card for Dan with Penny Black’s Air Boy.
I wanted to try my hand at a little no line watercoloring. I stamped the image on Strathmore 140 lb. Cold Press Watercolor paper with Distress Antique Linen ink and colored the image with the following Distress inks.
- Cap and Bomber Jacket: Gathered Twigs and Ground Espresso / Collar: Walnut Stain and Gathered Twigs / Ear Flaps: Tea Dye
- Goggles: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Tea Dye
- Scarf: Faded Jeans
- Shoes: Faded Jeans and Weathered Wood
- Slacks: Brushed Corduroy
- Airplane: Weathered Wood and Candied Apple
- Face: Tea Dye and Abandoned Coral
- Grass: Mowed Lawn
- Sky: Tumbled Glass
I sized the image using the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle and stamped the greeting from C. C. Designs Amy R Winged Greetings Sentiments using my MISTI with Hero Hues India Black ink. I adhered the watercolored panel to a top fold card base from blue cardstock I’ve had in my my stash using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for a little dimension and ensuring it would lay flat. On the inside of the card I stamped the image again on white cardstock with Antique Linen and the “Happy Birthday to You” greeting from the same stamp set and the card was done.