Vintage Flowers: Heart Doily Happy Birthday Card

I purchased the La-La Crafts Border Heart Doily Die quite some time ago and had not yet used it.  I decided it would make a pretty accent to the top of a card.  It is not the same width as an A2 top folding card and so I decided to die cut a rectangle using Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles, but I didn’t like the way the doily looked when placed on top of the rectangle and so I cut down the rectangle so that the doily could be adhered to the top and still be the same height and liked it much better.

When I went to assemble the card I still felt it was missing something.  It was too plain and the pretty details of the doily weren’t standing out, so I cut a small rectangle of purple cardstock from my stash and adhered it to the top of an A2 top folding cardbase, made from 120# Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  I added Darice Adhesive Fun Foam behind the solid rectangle of the focal image and adhered it to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Happy. The word “happy” was cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and the secondary sentiment was stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black in the center of the focal image panel, but I still didn’t like the way the card looked.  So, I cut a thin strip of Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and adhered it over the seam, where the rectangle and doily met.  This was better, but it still needed something.  I had three purple flowers left over from making a card with Altenew Vintage Flowers and decided to add them to the top of the card, just under the center of the doily and finally liked the way the card had turned out.  To accent the strip of gold I used Stickles Tidings to the flower centers, added some sparkle and shine to the petals with Clear Wink of Stella and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Vintage Flowers and Dies
  • Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Happy
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold, and Party
  • La-La Land Crafts Border Heart Doily Die
  • Altenew Inks: Lavender Fields/Deep Iris/Midnight Violet; Frayed Leaf/Forest Glades/Evergreen
  • Zookwang Scor-Tape
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Clear Wink of Stella

Vintage Flowers: Celebrate Your Special Day Birthday Card

I wanted to use the new orange inks from Altenew and decided to create a card with their Vintage Flowers and Dies.  I love the bright and colorful look of this card.

I began by stamping the images on 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock and then die cutting them with the matching dies.  It is quick and very easy to do, once you figure out how to align the layers.

To assemble the card I knew I wanted to use a background die to add interest behind the flowers.  I originally planned to remove all the cutouts from the Simon Says Stamp Triangle Pattern Die, but when I removed it from the Big Shot none of them popped out on their own.  I really liked the way it looked and decided to keep them all in place.  I immediately added some Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam to the back so solidify it as one piece.

I arranged the flowers so that I could determine placement of the sentiment, which is from My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings, and stamped it using the MISTI with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  The MISTI allowed me to stamp it a couple of times to get a crisp image on the uneven surface of the die cut panel.  The flowers and leaves were then adhered using both Tombo Mono Multi Glue and 3M ½” Foam Tape.

When I went to place it on a top folding A2 Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock I felt that it needed a little more pop of color and so I die cut a piece of orange cardstock 1/8” larger than the rectangle and adhered it to the back of the rectangle.  The focal rectangle was then adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Orange and yellow sequins from Doodlebug Bumblebee and Tangerine, along with Pretty Pink Posh Marigold and Tangerine were scattered on the card front and adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte, and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Vintage Flowers and Dies
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings
  • Simon Says Stamp Triangle Pattern Background Die
  • Altenew Inks: Sunkissed/Orange/Autumn Blaze; Sea Glass/Ocean Waves/Dusk; Frayed Leaf; Forest Glades/Evergreen
  • Zookwang Scor-Tape
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Doodlebug Bumblebee and Tangerine; Pretty Pink Posh Marigold and Tangerine Sequins

Altenew Smile More Birthday Card

There are so many wonderful flower stamp sets out there.  I really like the playful flowers in the Altenew Smile More set.  I was inspired by a Laura Bassen card and wanted to create a similar card but wanted my flowers standing in a field of flowers.

I started with a quarter sheet of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and ink blended my background using some Inkylicious Ink Duster Blending Brushes and Distress Inks Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn.  Once I was happy with the background it was time to begin stamping and coloring my images with Copic Markers.

I stamped on some 80# white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black.  The Copic Markers used were: Y13, Y15, Y17; YR12, YR14, YR16; V04, V06, V09; YG03, YG17, YG63; E55, E57, E59.  Once I was done coloring the flowers and leaves I die cut them with the matching dies.

For assembling my card I die cut the background using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  I then cut a rectangle 1/8” larger with my paper cutter out of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and adhered it to the back of the ink blended background with Zookwang Scor-Tape.  I have found with the lighter 80# cardstock you can sometimes see the glue lines if you use a liquid glue like Tombo Mono.  I arranged the flowers where I wanted them and then stamped the stems with Altenew Forest Glade.  The two side flowers and leaves were adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the center flower with 3M ½” Foam Tape. The focal image rectangle was then adhered to a landscape A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

The sentiment is from Technique Tuesdays Happy Die, which cuts both the word and an outline background.  The word was cut from a scrap of white cardstock and the background from a scrap of black cardstock.  The two were adhered together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then to the card front with the same glue.  The secondary sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party stamp set and was stamped under the die cut sentiment with Hero Hues India Ink Black.

As a finishing touch, adding dimension and shine, Stickles Cinnamon was added to the center of the flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Smile More Stamp and Dies
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party
  • Technique Tuesday Say it Happy Die
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn
  • Altenew Ink Forest Glade
  • Copic Markers: Y13, Y15, Y17; YR12, YR14, YR16; V04, V06, V09; YG03, YG17, YG63; E55, E57, E59
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Stickles Cinnamon
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles

Magnolia Rhapsody Birthday Card

This is another stamp set from Penny Black that gives a beautiful watercolor image called Magnolia Rhapsody.

I decided that the easiest way to get the watercolored look I wanted was to use my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers, scribbling the color directly to the stamp.  I placed a quarter sheet of Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper in the Mini MISTI, this allowed me to stamp the image several times to get the depth of color I desired.  I used the following colors: 021 Light Carmine, 044 Deep Green, 062 Dark Brown.  I stamped the image multiple times to get the intensity desired.  Between each stamping I smoothed the color out with a #4 Silver Black Velvet Round Paint Brush. The last time I stamped the image I did not add additional water but left it as stamped to get defined shadows and highlights.

After the stamped image was completely dry I scribbled some 036 Light Blue color on an acrylic block and picked it up with a wet paint brush to add a light blue wash to the focal image.  Once it was dry I die cut the focal image with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  I cut Darice Adhesive Fun Foam with the same die and used my scissors to trim off 1/8” so that it would be smaller than the panel.  I peeled the protective covering from the adhesive side of the fun foam and adhered it to the back of the focal image panel.

The sentiment is from Penny Black’s Happy Thoughts and was stamped using the MISTI with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  This allowed me to stamp multiple times to get a clear impression on the watercolor cardstock.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image panel was adhered to the front with Zookwang Scor-Tape.  Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Sweetheart Mix were scattered on the card front and adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCT USED:

  • Penny Black Magnolia Rhapsody Stamp Set
  • Penny Black Happy Thoughts Stamp Set
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 021 Light Carmine, 044 Deep Green, 062 Dark Brown
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sweetheart Mix
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Scor-Tape
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Penny Black Peony Flowers Wish Big Birthday Card

Some of the new stamps from Penny Black this year make beautiful watercolor cards.  This image from the Peony Flowers stamp is one of them.

Since I would be watercoloring the image I used Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper and placed a fourth of a sheet in my MISTI so that I could do multiple stamping to get the look I desired.  I used my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the image, using two colors of red and green for variations in colors, see list below.   I stamped the image four times before I was able to obtain the intensity and clarity that I desired.  Between each stamping I used a Number 2 Round Black Velvet Silver Brush to smooth and blend some of the stamping and then I dried the image with a heat gun to ensure that the image remained crisp.

I got a smear of orange on the bottom of the paper and so I decided to use the splatter technique to add some drops of color to the card and disguise the smeared area.  This is the first time I’ve used this technique and it worked perfectly.

Once I was happy with the image I put the panel into the MISTI again to stamp the sentiment.  I feel this is particularly important when you are stamping on the rough surface of watercolor paper to get a crisp, clear image.  The sentiment is from Amy R’s Great Birthday Greetings.

When the panel was completely dry I ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  I then cut a rectangle from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock 1/8″ larger than the rectangle and adhered it to the back of the focal image with 1″ Be Creative Tape.  A rectangle of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut with the rectangle die and adhered to the back of the focal image panel, which was then adhered to the front of an A2 Top Folding Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Peony Flowers
  • Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 023 Scarlet Red, 020 Red, 040 Green, 043 Olive Green
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Be Creative Tape

Penny Black Gladsome Flowers Birthday Card

Penny Black has some beautiful new stamps for 2017.  I have been creating quite a few in the past week and will be posting them today.  The Gladsome Flowers stamp is a large flower bouquet that cover most of a page and created a lovely focal image.

I stamped the image on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink using the MISTI to ensure a crisp, dark image was achieved.  I colored the image using Copic Markers, colors used are listed below.  To help the image standout a highlight was added using BG0000 and BG000.

Because the image is so large, the sentiment needed to be smaller and fit in the corner of the page.  Avery Elle Cupcake stamp set fit perfectly and was stamped using the MISTI and Hero Hues India Ink Black.

The image was die cut using the largest die from Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut just smaller and applied to the back of the panel for added dimension and interest.  The focal image rectangle was applied to an A2 Top Folding Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

Product Used:

  • Penny Black Gladsome Flowers
  • Avery Elle Cupcake
  • Copic Markers: B23, B24, B26; Y11, Y15, Y18; YG03, YG17, YG67; BG0000, BG000
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black

CTD433: Smile: Happy Looks Good on You

I ran across the Hampton Art Flower Believe Layering stamp set at Michaels a couple of weeks ago and liked the flowers in the set.  It made a pretty card.

I don’t often make a card without any additional rectangle layers, but for this card I decided to keep is clean and simple.  I stamped the flowers on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock using the Altenew Inks listed below. I hadn’t noticed it before, but there are only leaf sprigs in this stamp set and so I pulled out the Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums to add leaves to the flowers, stamping them in the Altenew green inks listed below.  Once I was done stamping I fussy cut the images with the Cutter Bee scissors.  I have other small scissors, but these seem to work the best for detailed cutting.

Once all the stamping and cutting was done it was time to determine the arrangement on the front of the cardbase.  A top folding A2 card was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  At first I thought I would only have three flowers in the lower left, but eventually I settled on five.  I stamped the leaf sprigs directly to the card front and began to adhered the flowers and leaves around them using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The two lowest flowers were adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for added dimension.

It was at this point that I remembered to stamp the sentiment, which is from Penny Black Happy Thoughts.  I wanted something that would be subtle and not detract from the flowers and so I stamped it with VersaMark Ink, added Ranger Detailed Silver Embossing Powder, and heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Tool.  Then one more flower was added to the upper right with a few leaves.

I thought I would be done at this point, but the way this layering stamp worked the flower centers didn’t have any definition and so I decided to pull some blue rhinestones from my stash for the center of the flowers and liked the way it looked much better.

Products Used:

  • Hampton Art Flower Believe Layering Clear Stamp (SC0746)
  • Penny Black Happy Thoughts
  • Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums
  • Altenew Inks: Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue, Sapphire, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade, Evergreen
  • Ranger Detailed Silver Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

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C. C. Design Bouquet Birthday

When I saw this beautiful tulip bouquet from C.C. Design I knew it would make a lovely card.  I’m so glad that I purchased it, I’m sure I’ll use it again and again.

I cut an outline of the C. C. Designs Bouquet image from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo and then stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The image was then colored with Copic Markers (colors used are listed below).

To create a visual background for the image an oval was cut using My Favorite Things Pierced Oval STAX and ink blended with Distress Stormy Sky Ink using the Inkylicious Ink Bending Brush to create a soft sky color to the oval.  Another oval was cut out of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam and trimmed to be slightly smaller than the ink blended oval and attached to the back. The bouquet cutout was then adhered to the oval using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

A rectangle was cut from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and ink blended on the edges, softly fading to the center.  It was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The oval was then adhered to the card front using the same glue on the fun foam.

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday stamp set and was stamped with VersaMark Ink on a strip of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and heat embossed with Rangers Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the edges to ensure it was the same level as the bouquet and then the sentiment was adhered to the bottom of the focal image with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers for some sparkle and shine and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • C.C. Design Bouquet
  • Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Oval STAX
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Copic: B37, B34, B32; V12, V15, V17; RV11, RV13, RV14; R24, R27, R29; G24, G94
  • Darice Fun Foam
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Distress Ink Stormy Sky
  • Inkylicious Ink Bending Brush
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

Technique Tuesday Cosmos Birthday

Technique Tuesday Cosmos is another stamp set that I have not used. When I searched for images of cosmos flowers there was an array of different colors, but the one I liked the most was white with deep pink/burgundy tips, so that it what I used for this card.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut an outline of the flower bouquet from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and then stamped the bouquet with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The flowers were colored with Copic Markers, colors used are listed below.  The flowers I was using for inspiration had gold centers and so I used Stickles Tinsel and liked the sparkle it added.

To provide a frame for the flower focal point I used the Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles to cut a frame from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was cut in thirds to be narrow enough to add dimension to the frame and not be seen.

An A2 top folding cardbase was made from some burgundy cardstock that I had in my stash.  A rectangle of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock was cut using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.

The frame was placed on the rectangle to determine the placement for the sentiment.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday and was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The frame was adhered to the card front and then 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the bouquet and then centered in the middle of the frame.

Products Used:

  • Technique Tuesday Cosmos
  • Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday
  • Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Stickles Tinsel
  • Copic: R39, C3, C1, G99
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

CTD433: C.C. Designs Cupcake Brigitta Time to Celebrate

Who wouldn’t like a mound of cupcakes for their birthday.  This card was made for a young woman whose favorites colors are blue and green.  I think the card turned out cute and I really like the flowered cardstock background.

The outline for the image from C.C. Designs Cupcake Brigitta was cut with the Silhouette Cameo from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock, then the image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers.  Colors used are listed below.

The green and white flowered paper was pulled from my stash.  I’ve had it so long I have no idea the company that created it, but it is really cute with the color scheme we are using.  A rectangle of the paper was cut using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle.  To add some blue a rectangle of blue cardstock was cut with my paper cutter to be 1/8″ larger and the two were adhered together using Tombo Stamp Dot Runner Adhesive.

To create a focal area for the stamped image Spellbinders Label #08 was cut from some Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and then run through the Sizzix Big Shot again with the We R Memory Keepers Flower Embossing Folder.

The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps Party Mini Letter Seals and then cut using one of the circles from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  An added embellishment was created by making a small Lime Green Polka Dot Gross Grain Ribbon, which was adhered to the sentiment circle with Glue Dot.

It was now time to assemble the card.  A top folding A2 Cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The patterned paper, blue background rectangle was adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue. 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the focal image label and then adhered to the patterned paper.  The sentiment circle was adhered with more foam tape. Pretty Pink Posh Seattle Spirit Mix Sequins were scattered on the card front and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • C.C. Designs Cupcake Brigitta
  • Whimsy Stamps Party Mini Letter Seals
  • We R Memory Keepers – Flower Embossing Folder
  • Spellbinders Label #08
  • Pretty Pink Posh Seattle Spirit Mix Sequins
  • Lime Green Polka Dot Gross Grain Ribbon
  • Patterned Paper
  • Blue Paper
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and Circle
  • Copic: E000, E00, E01; E49, E59, E55; E53, E55, E57; YG03, YG17, YG67; B99, B97, B95, B93, B91, B00
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

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