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

Birthday Cake Lucy

C. C. Designs has some really cute girl images that make great birthday cards, this one is call Birthday Cake Lucy.  This card was made for a young lady that’s favorite color is green.  Not sure how often you see a deep green frosting, but the card turned out cute.

I was going to have my car serviced and it usually takes about two hours, so I stamped quite a few images on watercolor paper with VersaFine Black Ink, heat embossed them with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder and took my Tombo Dual Brush Markers with me.  It really made the time go quickly and I felt like I wasn’t wasting my time.

The color of markers used were: 195 Light Green, 245 Sap Green, 277 Dark Green, 020 Peach, 942 Tan, 969 Chocolate, 879 Brown, 933 Orange.

When I got home I die cut the image with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle.  This allow for the green background paper from the Recollections Bright and Basic 12 x 12 Paper Pack to enhance her favorite color.  I die cut the patterned paper using the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and glued it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with some Elmer’s Dot Runner Adhesive.

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Celebrate You and was stamped at the bottom of the patterned paper with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  To help it stand out a little more, I used a green Tombo Marker and created a drop shadow to the words.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut to be 1/8 smaller than the focal image and was adhered to the back to add dimension.  It was then adhered to the patterned paper with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • C. Designs Birthday Cake Lucy
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate You
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Recollections Bright and Basic 12×12
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • VersaFine Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Design Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Tombo Dual Brush Markers: 195 Light Green, 245 Sap Green, 277 Dark Green, 020 Peach, 942 Tan, 969 Chocolate, 879 Brown, 933 Orange
  • Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Elmer’s Dot Runner

Full of Glee Birthday Wish

I recently purchased Penny Black’s Full of Glee and love this floral bouquet.  It is perfect for all coloring mediums.  I decided to stamp the image on Canson XL 140# Cold Press Water Color Paper with VersaFine Black Ink so that it could embossed with Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder.  The raised lines this creates make it very easy to watercolor.  I used my MISTI so that it could be stamped multiple times to get a clear impression on the rough surface of watercolor paper.

I decided to use Tombo Dual Brush Markers to color the image.  Colors used are: 192 Asparagus, 228 Gray Green, 195 Light Green, 815 Cherry, and 606 Violet.  I watered down the light green for a background wash to make the image pop off the page.

The sentiment is from C. C. Designs Amy R Great Birthday Greetings and was also stamped with VersaFine Black Ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  It fit perfectly in the lower right corner.

Once the image was completely dry, I die cut it using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles and then cut some green cardstock I had in my stash 1/8″ larger.  The two were adhered together using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the watercolor focal image and then adhered to an A2 Top Folding Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with the same glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Full of Glee
  • Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • Green Cardstock from Stach
  • VersaFine Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder
  • Tombo Dual Brush Markers: 192 Asparagus, 228 Gray Green, 195 Light Green, 815 Cherry, 606 Violet
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Elmers Dot Runner

Mom I Love You Mother’s Day Card

I love the image from C. C. Designs DoveArt Studios Himalayan Poppy and decided to use it for my Mom’s Mother’s Day card this year.  She loves red and so that is what I used to color this image with Copic Markers: R22, R24, R27, R29; YG99, YG97, YG95; BG000, BG0000.

With colored pencil shading
Without colored pencil shading

Once coloring was done I die cut the image with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  Another rectangle was cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock 1/8” larger and both were adhered together using Be Creative Double Sided Tape.  (I find this works best with the smooth surface of mirror cardstock.)  Simon Says Stamp Script Mom was also cut from the same mirror cardstock and again from Darice Sticky Backed Fun Foam.  I cut the foam with the sticky side up and find it works really well to add dimension to die cut words.

Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was added to the back of the focal image rectangle and then it was placed on a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Mother’s Day, which was stamped underneath the focal image rectangle on the right.  The focal image was then adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins were scattered on the card front.

I thought the card was done at this time, but the more I looked at it I just felt that it needed something more.  I had just watched a YouTube video about adding shading to Copic colored images with colored pencils and decided to give it a try.  I used my Derwent Inktense Pencil 0410 Hot Red to add shadows to the flower centers and liked it much better, but I still felt it needed something, so I pulled out my Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Gold #551 pen and added gold dots to the flower stamen and finally felt like it was complete.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • C. Designs DoveArt Studios Himalayan Poppy
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Gold #551
  • Derwent Inktense Pencil 0410 Hot Red
  • Copic Markers: R22, R24, R27, R29; YG99, YG97, YG95; BG000, BG0000
  • Simon Says Stamp Script Mom
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles

Happy Everything Aimee Birthday Card

My daughter Aimee turned 42 on May 8.  I don’t know how that could have happened so quickly, my brain tells me I’m not a day over 30.  Her favorite colors are teal/aqua and green.  I had just used the image from C. C. Designs Dove Art Studios Himalayan Poppy for my mother and thought it would make a beautiful birthday card for Aimee.

With Colored Pencil Shading
Without Color Pencil Shading

I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored the image with Copic Markers (colors used are listed below).  Once the coloring was done I die cut the image with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  Another rectangle was cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock 1/8” larger and both were adhered together using Be Creative Double Sided Tape.  (I find this works best with the smooth surface of mirror cardstock.)

The sentiment was cut from gold mirror cardstock using the Penny Black Awesome Die.  To add dimension the die was cut again from Sticky Backed Fun Foam.  cut the foam with the sticky side up and find it works really well to add dimension to die cut words. mirror cardstock.  Penny Black Awesome Die was also cut from the same mirror cardstock and again from Darice I

Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was added to the back of the focal image rectangle and then it was adhered to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins were scattered on the card front.

I used my Derwent Inktense Pencil 1220 Green Aquamarine to add shadows to the flower centers.  A  Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Gold #551 was used to add gold dots to the flower stamen and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • C. Designs DoveArt Studios Himalayan Poppy
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Gold #551
  • Derwent Inktense Pencil 1230 Mallard Green
  • Copic Markers: BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18; YG03, YG67, YG17; BG000, BG0000
  • Penny Black Awesome Die
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles

 

Seize the Cupcake Birthday Card

This card was made for Rachel, whose favorite color is green.  I found some green and white daisy patterned paper in my stash and used it to determine the color of Copic markers that were used to color the image.

The patterned paper was die cut with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  A darker green layer was added 1/8″ larger than the patterned paper.  They were adhered together with Tombo Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive and then glued to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The focal image from C. C. Designs Cupcake Emma was stamped on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with the Copic Markers listed below.  Once coloring was complete the focal image was die cut with another Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle and a darker green layer 1/8″ larger was adhered to the back with the Tombo Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.

The sentiment from Hero Arts Seize the Cupcake was stamped with Altenew Forest Glades Ink.  Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was added to the back of the focal image to add dimension and then glued to the patterned paper with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  I decided to use Bottle Green Nuvo Crystal Drops for the frosting and it turned out looking perfect. Gold Stickles was used for the candies on top of the frosting and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • C. C. Designs Cupcake Emma
  • Hero Arts Seize the Cupcakes
  • Green and White Daisy Patterned Paper from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Copic Markers: YG17, YG63, YG67; E50, E53, E35; E00, E11, E51, R20; E59, E57, E55; E30, E31; B000, B0000
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Bottle Green
  • Stickles Gold
  • Altenew Forest Glades Ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Pigma Micron01 Pen (for eyelashes)
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam