Rose Bouquet Happy Birthday to You

I love pretty rose stamps and this new one from Clearly Besotted entitle Thanks A Bunch is one of my favorites.

I stamped it on Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Onyx Black Ink and then heat embossed it with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool and Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  For this card I used ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers 022 Carmine Red, 024 Wine Red, 026 Light Pink, 043 Light Olive, and 036 Light Blue to color the image.

The watercolored panel was then die cut using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  A slightly larger rectangle was cut with a guillotine paper cutter out of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock 1/8” larger than the focal image and adhered to the back of the watercolored panel with Sookwang Be Creative Tape.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut with the same Stitched Rectangle die and adhered to the back of the black cardstock.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings and was stamped with VersaMark Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed with the Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image panel was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  As a final embellishment Pretty Pink Posh Watermelon and Doodlebug Designs Cupcake Sequins were adhered around the image using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted Thanks a Bunch
  • Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings
  • Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Pretty Pink Posh Watermelon and Doodlebug Designs Cupcake Sequins
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 022 Carmine Red, 024 Wine Red, 026 Light Pink, 043 Light Olive, and 036 Light Blue

Make a Wish Flowers Bring on the Happy Card

This is another flower image recently release from Clearly Besotted entitled Make a Wish.  I wish when they provide details about the stamps that they would tell you what kind of flower it is.  To be it looks like a cherry, apricot, or other type of fruit blossom.  I stamped it on Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Onyx Black Ink and then heat embossed it with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool and Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  This is my favorite way to watercolor.  The embossed edges help control the watercolor and keep the image crisp and detailed.

I used Winsor & Newton Artist Grade Watercolor Pans in Permanent Rose, Chinese White, and Olive Green.  I added the white to the rose color so that it would be a pastel pink.  After the image was completely dry Derwent Inktense Pencils 0520 Carmine Pink and 1560 Fern Green were used to add shadows to the center of the petals and blended out with a Dove Blending Pen.

The watercolored panel was then die cut using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  A slightly larger rectangle was cut with a guillotine paper cutter out of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and adhered to the back of the watercolored panel with Sookwang Be Creative Tape.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image panel was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  As a final embellishment Neat and Tangled Pink Lemonade, Doodlebug Cupcake, and Pretty Pink Post Sugar Plum Mix Sequins were adhered around the image using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted Make a Wish Stamp
  • Penny Black Sprinkles and Smiles Stamp
  • Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Neat and Tangled Pink Lemonade, Doodlebug Cupcake, and Pretty Pink Post Sugar Plum Mix Sequins
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle
  • Winsor & Newton Artist Grade Watercolors: Permanent Rose, Chinese White, Olive Green
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils: 0520 Carmine Pink and 1560 Fern
  • Dove Blending Pen

Clearly Besotted On Your Day Happy Birthday

This is another new flower stamp from Clearly Besotted entitled On Your Day.  I stamped it on Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Birthday Messages and was stamped and embossed in the same manner.

Winsor & Newton Artist Grade Watercolor pans were used to color the image.  Colors used were: Winsor Violet, Sap Green, Olive Green, Cerulean Blue, Turquoise Light.  I let everything thoroughly dry and then added some shadows with a fine detail watercolor brush.

The watercolored panel was then die cut using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle.  A slightly larger rectangle was cut with a guillotine paper cutter out of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and adhered to the back of the watercolored panel with Sookwang Be Creative Tape.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image panel was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  As a final embellishment Pretty Pink Posh Sugar Plum Mix Sequins were adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted On Your Day
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sugar Plum Mix
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Winsor & Newton Artist Grade Watercolors: Winsor Violet, Sap Green, Olive Green, Cerulean Blue, Turquoise Light

Flower Bouquet It’s Your Birthday: Treat Yourself

I love stamp sets that have a cluster of three flowers and leaves.  When I saw the new Clearly Besotted Happily Ever After stamp set I knew it would make beautiful cards.

I began by stamping the image on Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Onyx Black Ink and then heat embossed it with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool and Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  This makes watercoloring so easy since it creates little wells that will keep the watercolor contained into one area as you work.

To color the image I used Winsor & Newton Artist Grade Watercolors in Winsor Yellow, Winsor Orange, Winsor Red, Olive Green, and Permanent Sap Green, applied with a watercolor pen.  Once the watercoloring was dry I added shadows to the petals and leaves with Derwent Inktense Pencils 0210 Cadmium Yellow, 0250 Cadmium Orange, 0320 Scarlet Pink, 1560 Hooker’s Green, Cerulean Blue, Turquoise Light and blended them out with a Dove Blending Pen.

Using the MISTI I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Birthday Messages with VersaMark Onyx Black Ink and heat set it with the Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  The focal image was then run through the Big Shot with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle.  Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock was cut 1/8” larger and adhered to the back using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then to the card front with the same glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted Happily Ever After
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Winsor & Newton Artist Grade Watercolors: Winsor Yellow, Winsor Orange, Winsor Red, Olive Green, and Permanent Sap Green
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils: 0210 Cadmium Yellow, 0250 Cadmium Orange, 0320 Scarlet Pink, 1560 Hooker’s Green, Cerulean Blue, Turquoise Light
  • Dove Blending Pen

Happy Birthday to You

For this card a panel of Neena Solar White 80# Cardstock was ink blended using Distress Oxide Inks Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, and Peacock Feathers.  I used a Marvy Embossing Heat Tool to help the ink completely dry before attempting to add the white embossing powder.

I started by stamping the angled hash striped border to the bottom third of the card from Mama Elephant’s Basic Borders Stamp with Versa Mark Ink.  I then stamped the sentiment from Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings with VersaMark Ink and then heat set it with Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder. I felt like there was too much space between the striped border and the sentiment, so I pulled out Simon Says Stamp’s Jumbo Stripes stamp set and used the three lines border stamp, stamping it with Versa Mark Ink just below the sentiment and again below the striped border with Versa Mark Ink and heat set it with the white embossing powder. I like this much better, but I felt there was too much empty space at the top of the card, so I pulled out the balloon from the Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday stamp set and stamped it three times in the upper right of the card with VersaMark Ink and heat set it with the white embossing powder and felt like it finished the card.

I really like how the white embossing stands out on the ink blended background.  I die cut the ink blended panel using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller and adhered to the back.  A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image panel was adhered to the front using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Distress Oxide: Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers
  • Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings Stamp
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday Stamp (Balloons)
  • Simon Says Stamp Jumbo Stripes Stamp
  • Mama Elephant Basic Borders Stamp
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Neena Solar White 80# Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

Petite Plushies: Happy Birthday Bunny

While I had already made a couple of cards for Aurora’s birthday, she recently told me she had asked for a black bunny for her birthday and so I decided to make one more card to choose from using the bunny from the Clearly Besotted Petite Plushies stamp set.

I stamped the bunny all over a 4 ¼ x 5 ½ piece of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I needed some other birthday images to fill in the open areas left after stamping the bunnies and so I pulled out Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes for the balloons, Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday for the party hats, and Avery Elle Cake and Candles for the confetti and stamped them with Altenew Mountain Mist, Buttercream, Soft Lilac, Frosty Pink, Sea Glass inks.

I stamped one more bunny on a scrap of cardstock and then colored all the bunnies using Copic Markers W0, W1, W6, W7, W9, R20.  Once the color was done the black bunny was die cut using the matching die and the background was then die cut using Simon Says Stamp Stiched Rectangles.

I searched my scraps of paper to find some light turquoise cardstock, which is Aurora’s favorite color and cut it with my guilotine paper cutter 1/8” larger than the background paper and adhered them both together using Elmer’s Dot Runner Adhesive.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was then cut 1/8” smaller than the blue rectangle and adhered to the back of the focal image.  It was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Celebrate You and was stamped with VersaMark Ink on a strip of the turquoise cardstock and then heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  3M ½” The black cutout bunny was added to the left of the sentiment and then the strip with cut to fit across the card front.  Foam Tape was added to the back of the sentiment strip and behind the bunnies head an then it was adhered to the lower third of the card.

This is eventually the card that was given to Aurora and she loved it.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Light Turquoise Cardstock from Stash
  • Clearly Besotted Petite Plushies
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes (Balloon)
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday (Hat)
  • Avery Elle Cake and Candles (Confetti)
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate You
  • Copic Markers: W0, W1, W6, W7, W9, R20
  • Altenew Inks: Mountain Mist, Buttercream, Soft Lilac, Frosty Pink, Sea Glass
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • ½” 3M Foam Tape
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle

Moon Lake Masculine Birthday Card

I have had the stamp set Moon Lake from Stampin’ Up for some time and decided to pull it out again to make a masculine birthday card.  I really like the way it turned out.

I stamped the focal image on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Hero Arts India Ink Black.  The birds are from Gina K. Designs By the Sea and the sentiment if from Clearly Besotted’s It’s Your Birthday, all stamped with Hero Arts India Ink Black.

I wanted to ink blend a background to add interest and dimension to the focal image.  A small circle was cut from a 3 x 3 full adhesive sticky note using Simon Says Stamp Nested Circle Die and adhered in the upper left to preserve that area for the sun as the rest of the image was ink blended with Inkylicious Ink Dusters and Distress Inks: Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China.  Once I was satisfied with the background the negative of the post-it was placed in the appropriate spot and the sun was ink blended using Distress Fossilized Amber.

Once the focal image was finished, it was run through Big Shot with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  A rectangle 1/8″ larger was cut from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and adhered to the back of the focal image with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut just smaller than the black cardstock and adhered to the back of the focal image using the same glue.

A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The focal image was adhered with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White
  • Stampin’ Up Moon Lake
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs By the Sea
  • Distress Ink: Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Tumbled Glass, Broken China
  • Inkylicious Ink Dusters
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Post-it Full Adhesive 3 x 3 notes
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Nested Circle Dies

By the Sea Masculine Birthday Card

There are beautiful images in the Gina K. Designs By the Sea stamp set that make great masculine cards.  For this card I chose the boat nestled by a tree and stamped it with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and then ink blended with Ranger Distress Ink Antique Linen.

It is a simple design and didn’t take very much time to create.  The images were stamped on Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday stamp set with the same Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.

Once the card was stamped and blended I ran it through the Big Shot with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  To help the focal image stand out and to accent the brown ink Gina K. Designs 120# Dark Chocolate Cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger than the focal image rectangle and adhered to the back with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  A Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet was cut with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle and adhered to the back of the focal image.  It was then glued to an A2 Top Folding Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.

I didn’t like how stark the contrast was between the focal image and the cardbase and so the edges of the cardbase were ink blended with Antique Linen Distress Ink and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs By the Sea
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Dark Chocolate
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Distress Antique Linen
  • Ranger Mini Sponge Applicator
  • Stampin’ Up Moon Lake
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

Power Poppy Rose and Chamomile Pink Tipped White Happy Birthday Card

This is the last card made with the Power Poppy Rose and Chamomile Digital Stamp.  This time I decided on another two-toned rose of white and hot pink.

The image was printed on Neenah Solar White 80# Cardstock with a laser printer.  Copic Markers RV11, RV13, RV14; C00, C0, C1, C2; G24, G94, G99; BG0000, BG10 were used to color the image.

An A2 top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  To add interest to the card it was run through the Big Shot with the Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder with pressure only applied to the top 2/3 of the card.  A Scor-Pal was used to add an embossed line separating the embossed portion of the card from front the bottom of the card.

The sentiment from Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings was stamped on the bottom of the card with Hero Arts Bubblegum Ink.  Butterflies were punched using the Martha Stewart Three Butterflies Punch and then colored in the same way as the rose.  Small white pearls were used for the body of the butterflies.

The focal image was die cut using Spellbinders Classic Square Large Die and then adhered to the dry embossed area of the card front with Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam and Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

Power Poppy Rose and Chamomile Red Thinking of You Card

Red is the first color that comes to mind when talking about roses.  It has forever been the symbol of love and devotion and makes a beautiful card.

The image was colored with Copic Markers: R24, R27, R29; YG99, YG97, YG93; BG0000, BG000.  Once the coloring was complete the focal image was die cut with Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  A rectangle 1/8” larger was cut with a guillotine paper cutter out of red cardstock.  Both were adhered together with Tombo Mono Dot Adhesive Glue Runner.

The sentiment from Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings was stamped in Hero Hues India Ink Black in the lower left of the card.  An A2 top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was added to the back of the focal image rectangle and it was adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.  Simple to make, but elegantly beautiful.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Power Poppy Rose and Chamomile Digital Stamp
  • Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings
  • Copic Markers: R24, R27, R29; YG99, YG97, YG93; BG0000, BG000
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Red Cardstock from Stash
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black