Happy Birthday Bouquet

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.

Products Used:

  • 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
  • Little B Frames
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock

Make a Wish Poppies

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.

Products Used:

  • C.C. Designs Himalayan Poppy
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 020 Red, 052 Bright Yellow, 043 Olive Green, 046 Mid Green, 090 Gray
  • Daniel Smith Quinacridone Red and Hansa Yellow Light
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock

Happy Happy Birthday to You

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.

Products Used:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Thank You Card
  • Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
  • Copic Markers: Y08, Y06, Y04; R20; BG01, BG000, BG0000; C10, C8, C6; E49, E47, E59, E57, E55; Y19, Y17, Y15, Y13; YG67, YG17, YG25; B01, B00, B000
  • Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow Petite Paper Pak
  • Doodlebug Designs Kraft in Color 6 x 6 Paper Pad
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Scraps
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

Spring Birthday Annabel

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • La-La Land Crafts Spring Molli Digital Stamp
  • My Favorite Things Our Story
  • C. Designs Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
  • Mama Elephant Madison Avenue Frame
  • Recollections Bright & Basic 6 x 6 Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# White Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: E34, E31, E30; E35, E53, E51; E11, E00, E000, R20; C3, C1; G07, G03; B06, B04; BG49, BG45; B99, B97, B95, B93, B91; B23, B24, B23, B21l YR23, Y35
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle

Ornate Birthday Background

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.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Ornate Background Stamp
  • C. Designs Amy R Elegant Greetings
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • VersaMark Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Finetec M600 Gold Watercolor Paint
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pearl

Non-Watercolor First Waltz Birthday Wish

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black First Waltz
  • Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Dusty Rose, Passionate Pink, Jelly Bean Green, Fresh Asparagus
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles Die
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Micron 03 Black Pen
  • Neena Solar White 80# Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Green Asparagus Cardstock

Flashy Florals Birthday Card III

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Flashy Florals
  • Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Gina K. Designs Ink: Wild Lilac, Bubblegum Pink, Passionate Pink, Jelly Bean Green, Fresh Asparagus
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Solar White 80# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Zookwang Be Creative Tape

Flashy Florals Birthday Card II

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • 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
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Solar White 80# White Cardstock
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Queen & Co. Jellies Red and Yellow
  • Darice Basket Weave Embossing Folder

Flashy Florals Birthday Card I

I hadn’t used the My Favorite Things Flashy Florals in quite a while and so one day I pulled them out and started stamping them in multiple colors.  I decided to add some gold embossing powder for the flower centers on some of them, and for others I used the gold embossing powder for the second layer of the images as well.  It’s fun to create a lot of flowers at one time and then make as many cards as you can from what you have available.  I got four different cards from the images stamped.

The colors of Gina K. Designs Ink used for this card are listed below.  A rectangle of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with the My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  I placed the flowers in the floral arrangement I liked.  Then used Glad Press and Seal to keep it all together and you can lift them off and stamp the greeting.  I used one from Amy R Great Birthday Greetings, which was stamped using the MISTI and Hero Hues India Ink Black.

Now it is time to put some Tombo Mono Multi Glue to the back of the floral arrangement you have on the Press and Seal.  It is easy to hold onto the edges of the excess Press and Seal to place the arrangement where you want it.  Add a little weight to keep things in place until the glue dries and you have a quick and easy card.  The only thing that doesn’t stick is the floral images not exposed to the back.  I popped these up with a little 3M ½” Foam Tape to add some dimension.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller than the rectangle and adhered to the back of the focal image, which was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

A Birthday Wish Just for You

While I was in my local Michael’s store I saw the Stampendous Lovely Garden stamp set and decided to give it a try.  I love big flower images and this one comes with matching dies.  One thing I really like about Stampendous dies is that they don’t leave a border around the die cut, but rather cut right up to the stamped image.

I decided to watercolor the flowers and leaves and so I stamped them with VersaFine Black Ink on Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper and then heat embossed them with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder. To color the flowers I used Tombo Markers 452 Process Blue, 528 Navy Blue, 620 Lilac, 679 Dark Plum, 158 Dark Olive, and 228 Gray Green.  Once the flowers were dry I die cut them with the matching dies.

A side fold A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  I arranged the flowers and leaves the way I liked them to determ the placement of the sentiment, which is from C. C. Designs Amy R Great Birthday Greetings.  It was stamped with VersaFine Black Ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder.

The largest flower and the leaves were adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then the 3M ½” Foam Tape was added to the back of the smaller flower and adhered to the cardbase.  Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden Sequins were scattered around the flowers and leaves and adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

I like the way the large flowers take center stage on the card.

PRODUCTS: USED

  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • VersaFine Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Stampendous Lovely Garden
  • Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
  • Tombo Markers: 452 Process Blue, 528 Navy Blue, 620 Lilac, 679 Dark Plum, 158 Dark Olive, and 228 Gray Green
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden Sequins