This year I decided to create a gift box of blank cards for gifts to some of my friends. I used the same flower image, but colored it with six different color schemes. I also included sentiments stamped on black cardstock with double sided tape added to the back. This way they can select the perfect sentiment for what they need.
I stamped the image onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento London Fog, leaving the stamp in the MISTI. I then colored the images with the Copic Markers listed below.
Once the coloring was complete I restamped the image with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. To add additional visual interest I cut down the image using a scalloped rectangle.
The cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, but I didn’t like the way the flower image looked white on white, so I decided to take the same Copic Markers used to color the flower and color the edge of the cardbase. Since it is 120# cardstock it doesn’t bleed through.
C. C. Designs Himalayan Poppy
Gina K. Designs Rose Bouquet, Ellen Hutson Totally Random Sayings Vol. 3, Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday, Gina K. Designs Skeleton Leaves
The quest designer for day 15 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 was Kristina Werner. Her technique was easy shaker cards. She cut circles from her cards and added a cut die cut image. I went through my dies to see what I could use for a simple card.
I pulled out Mama Elephant’s Framed Artist Mat. It is a wide frame and 3M foam tape fit perfectly behind the frame, which makes it very easy to put together.
Kristina ink blended one of her cards, I decided to pull out a stencil to create an ink blended background. The hearts were the inspiration for the sentiment.
I die cut the frame and added a rectangle of acetate behind the center of the frame with liquid glue around the opening. I took a long strip of foam tape and folded it on itself to give it double depth and then added it to the frame. I filled the opening with pink and purple sequins and then pulled off the paper from the foam tape and added the stenciled background.
Originally I ink blended the background with the purple and pink used for the stenciled background. The center of the frame had ink blending on it as well and I used that to stamp the sentiment with the purple Oxide ink. I used the second largest sentiment label from Simon Says Stamp and then cut one end into an angle, leaving a little space on the left to add some die cut hearts. It was adhered to the card front with liquid glue.
I decided to make the card base smaller than the frame, but this left some overhang on the foam tape. I took a craft knife and ruler to cut away the excess, but I accidentally cut through a little section of the frame, so I used Un-Do to remove the sentiment and then cut another frame and decided on a softer blend to the frame. I liked it better.
Below is a picture of first version with a deep purple frame.
This is another beautiful flower image from C.C. Designs that I’ve had for a long time. I love the way this turned out with the soft colors selected. A pretty background die really helps it pop on the card.
C.C. Designs Bouquet
Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 021 Light Carmine, 082 Purple, 050 Yellow, 032 Persian Blue, 041 Light Green, 045 Pale Green, 036 Light Blue
I love this beautiful stamp by C.C. Designs and decided to color them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers on Bristol Smooth Cardstock in the traditional red color. However, I wasn’t a vibrant red and so I pulled out some Daniel Smith watercolors to deepen the color and love the way it turned out.
Designs Himalayan Poppy
& Walter Sentimental Birthday
Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 020 Red, 052 Bright Yellow, 043 Olive Green,
046 Mid Green, 090 Gray
Smith Quinacridone Red and Hansa Yellow Light
When you purchase something from the Honey Bee Stamp Company you get a cute little coloring card with flowers and bees. This time I decided to use it for a card. I colored it with Copic Markers, changed the sentiment, and the results was a cute a colorful birthday card.
I decided to go outside my norm and place the focal image on an angle. I matted it with turquoise cardstock from scraps and added Darice sticky Back Foam for dimension.
For the cardbase I found some hexagon patterned paper in the Doodlebug Designs Kraft in Color Paper Pad and cut it to fit the front of an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock. I searched through my paper packs to find a complimentary patterned paper to add a strip of color behind the focal image and decided on this turquoise and white stripe from Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow Petite paper Pak.
It turned out to be a bright and cheerful birthday card.
I graduated High School in 1970, flower power is a sign of my time. When I saw this stamp I knew I need to have it.
This card is for Annabel. She got a new little puppy a few months ago and is in love with it, so I decided to add this cute little dog from My Favorite Things Our Story. The focal image is another digital stamp from La-La Land Crafts called Spring Molli. Once it was printed on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and the dog image stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto they were die cut with the Silhouette Cameo using the PIXScan mat.
It was colored with blue Copic Markers since that is her favorite color (see below). I found the blue patterned paper in the Recollections Bright and Basic 6 x 6 Paper Pad. To set off the focal image a frame was cut from the 80# White Cardstock using the Mama Elephant Madison Avenue Frame. 3M ½” Foam Tape was added to the back for dimension.
The sentiment is from C.C. Designs Amy R Great Birthday Greetings. The patterned paper was cut just smaller than the frame and the sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder. The patterned paper was then added to the back of the frame and then adhered to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.
The focal image and the dog were adhered to the card front using 3M ½” Foam Tape and the card was done.
This second card made with Simon Says Stamp Elizabeth Background Stamp was colored with Spectrum Noir Markers: PP3, PP5 / DG21, DG3 / DR1, DR5 / BT4, BT5. This time the focal image was die cut using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle. Everything else with the card was assembled the same as the last one.
Simon Says Stamp Ornate Background Stamp makes a beautiful card, but it isn’t one that can be created quickly. There is a lot of detail to the image and it takes a white to color it, with whatever medium is used. For this card it was stamped on Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder. Even though I didn’t use watercolor paper I decided to color the card using FineTec M600 Gold Watercolor Paint and Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pearl Watercolor.
Once the coloring was dry I die cut the panel using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and matted the back with Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock cut 1/8” larger. The two were adhered together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.
The sentiment is from C. C. Designs Amy R Elegant Greetings. (Unfortunately this stamp set is no longer available, but there are other lovely script greetings that can be used.) It was stamped on a scrap of black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder. The sentiment was matted with Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock, Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back and then it was adhered to the focal image.
The focal panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the card was done. Beautiful and elegant.
I had a friend who is new to cardmaking come over the other day. She loves Penny Black, but she didn’t think she could make her watercolor images look good. We tried it the traditional why of coloring the stamp with watercolor markers, spritzing with water, and stamping several time to get the image you want, but she didn’t like the way they looked. It was a little too loose for her taste. After she left I decided to try stamping the image with a couple of colors of inks and this card is the result. I really like the way it turned out.
I placed Penny Black’s First Waltz in the MISTI and then pulled out my Gina K. Designs Inks. For the flowers I used Dusty Rose and Passionate Pink. I first stamped with the lighter color and then stamped again just using the darker color on the edges of the petals. The leaves were stamped with Jelly Bean Green first and then again with Fresh Asparagus. In looking at the sample provided by Penny Black I colored the stamen with a Micron 03 Black Pen.
The sentiment is a discontinued stamp by Amy R called Great Birthday Greetings. It’s too bad it is no longer available, it has really loved greetings that I used all the time. It was stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black in the lower left of the card.
The focal image was then die cut using My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles. A rectangle of Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller and adhered to the back. It was then adhered to an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Asparagus Green Cardstock and the card was done.
This is the traditional watercolored look for this type of Penny Black stamp.
This is the third card made with My Favorite Things Flashy Florals. I love the pink and purple combination in the flowers. A smaller My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle was die cut from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock. The flowers were adhered to the rectangle with both Ranger Multi Medium Matte and 3M ½” Foam Tape.
The second way I like to add interest to a clean and simple card is to add a mat of mirror cardstock 1/8” larger than the focal image. Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut with the same wonky rectangle and then it was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.
This is the second card I made with My Favorite Things Flashy Florals. I used less flowers for this card, since the focal image was die cut with a smaller rectangle from My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles. All of the flowers were adhered directly to the focal image rectangle with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. The sentiment is from a retired set called Amy R Great Birthday Greetings. For added interest to the smaller flowers I used some Queen & Co. Red Jellies and scatter a few yellow and red around the sentiment.
When you have a clean and simple card design I often like to add dimension by using and embossing folder on the card front. A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and then run through the Big Shot with the Darice Basket Weave Embossing Folder.
Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” inch smaller than the focal image and then adhered to the card front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.
My Favorite Things Flashy Florals
Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
Hero Hues India Ink Black
Gina K. Designs Ink: Red Hot, Red Velvet, Wild Dandelion, Prickly Pear, Jelly Bean Green, Fresh Asparagus