From the previous card I made I had three red mirror squares leftover. I wanted to put them to use on a card, but I wanted a different layout, so I cut three more squares and adhered them to a panel of white cardstock in a grid of 3 x 2. I decided to cut down the panel so that there was a smaller white border of cardstock around the square using a stitched rectangle. If I had to do this again I would place a piece of printer paper over the panel. If your cutting plates are well used you might get a few indentations and imperfections in the mirror cardstock. They weren’t significant so I proceeded with the project, but it would have been better if I had protected the mirror cardstock.
I went through my birthday stamps to find some images that could be stamped in the squares. I decided to use VersaMark Ink and heat emboss them white. I decided to add a mat of red mirror cardstock behind the focal images panel. This helped it to pop on the white cardbase. I also decided to embossed the front of the cardbase for some additional visual interest.
For this card the flower clusters were stamp in a bright happy orange and the leaves in yellow green that coordinated well together. These colors gives me a tropical feel to me. For this card a landscape layout was used. The flowers were layered together a little tighter to form a more circular cluster and adhered together with liquid glue where they overlapped.
A panel of white cardstock was cut down with a stitched rectangle. The flower arrangement was placed on the panel to determine where to stamp the sentiment. Once the sentiment was stamped the panel was dry embossed with a Stampin’ Up Tasteful Textile folder and then matted with a darker green cardstock. Foam tape was added to the back, both the green mat and the foam tape helped the image pop on the card front.
The final embellishment was to add Ranger Gold Stickles to the center of the flowers.
It is amazing to me how different colors and layouts can make the same image look different. I had used this stamp set on another card. On this card I pulled out a favorite background die that has horizontal lines and a great circle opening that is a perfect placement for a sentiment.
I cut the die from white cardstock. To add dimension and visual interest foam tape was cut down to add behind each of the horizontal lines. If you remove the paper backing to the foam it can be easily shaped and adhered around the circle opening. The horizontal stripes were then adhered to a top folding cardbase.
This card uses pink flower clusters and mint green leaves. The flowers were placed onto the top right and bottom left of the circle. Foam tape was placed under the flowers to support them where needed so that they were level with the horizontal background.
For the sentiment a My Favorite Things “happy” die was cut from gold mirror cardstock and again from sticky back foam and adhered together. The same pink ink used on the flowers was applied to a small piece of white cardstock, which give you a perfect color match for the secondary sentiment, which was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. This sentiment was die cut using a Pink & Main Sentiment Strip. Foam tape was added to the back of this strip. Both the die cut sentiment and the sentiment strip were added to the center of the circle with liquid glue.
Ranger Gold Stickles were added to the center of the flowers. This ties in the gold die cut word and enhances the overall design.
In looking through I stamps I ran across Clearly Besotted’s My Best Friend layering stamp. I’m not sure if I have ever used it before. Every now and then I like to pull out those stamps and put them to good use. I used this stamp set to create three different cards. The beauty of the MISTI is that they can be stamp multiple times without moving the aligned stamps. It makes for faster card making.
This stamp has a cluster of three flowers. They were first stamped in yellows. The coordinating leaves were stamped with a yellow green. I did not have coordinating dies, but they are pretty simple images and were easy to fussy cut.
A panel of white cardstock was die cut using a stitched rectangle and them dry embossed using the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. I love the way embossing folders help to draw the eye to the focal image. I layered two flower images together in a portrait format and adhered them to the embossed panel using foam tape. Black flower centers were added using Nuvo Crystal Drops. To enhance the color scheme of black and yellow a mat of black cardstock was added to the back of the panel and it was adhered to a top folding cardbase with liquid glue.
The sentiment was stamped onto black cardstock with VersaMark ink and heat embossed white. It was trimmed down with a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strip and one of the ends was angled with scissors. It was adhered to the bottom right of the card with both liquid glue and foam tape.
At the last minute I decided to enhance the shadows of the flowers with a colored pencil and the card was done.
This is the second masculine image available in the My Favorite Things Old Friends stamp set. I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored him with Copic Markers and used the coordinating die to cut him out.
I went through my patterned paper and found this green plaid to match his sweater and cut it down with a stitched rectangle and adhered it to a top folding cardbase.
I placed the image on the card front to determine where to stamp the sentiment, which is another cut pun on aging. Foam tape was added to the back of the image for dimension, but it needed something more to finish the card. I used the same balloon stamp I had used in the previous card, but this time I just used the coordinating die to cut the shape and then colored the balloons in a rainbow of colors with Copic Markers. I adhered them behind the magnificent gentleman with liquid glue, adhered to image, and the card was done.
When I saw this new stamp set from My Favorite Things I had to have it. I knew it would make create masculine birthday cards. There are several different image you can use. I selected one and stamped it onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink because I planned to color it with Copic Markers.
Once the color was complete I used a Memory Box Stitched Rectangle to size it down. I really like this die because it uses cross stitching. I stamped the sentiment, which really makes me smile, below the image and added some gray Copic Markers to ground “the man.”
For this card I decided to use some pattern paper behind the focal image. Since it was a masculine card I looked through my plaid paper and found a great blue that matched the colors used in coloring the image. It was cut down with another stitched rectangle and adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive.
I felt that it just needed a little something to make it more celebratory and so I found a small solid balloon stamp. I pulled out some Distress Oxide Inks to match the colors in the focal image. So the strings would stamp over the face of my gentleman I masked him with a full stick post-it.
Sticky back foam was added to the focal image panel and then it was adhered to plaid card front.
For day 5 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 Kathy Racoosin showed how you can use colored pencils to add depth and detail to a stenciled background.
Once again I decided to use a background die to use as my stencil. I cut it from white cardstock and then adhered another quarter panel behind with purple tape. I used teal, blue, pink, and purple inks to color to the stenciled background. A small detail blending brush was used to add color to the center of the flowers.
To add depth and visual interest to the stenciled background I pulled out my Faber Castell Ploychromos Pencils. At times the shading added by the pencils was too dark for my liking and I decided to try using a white rubber eraser to remove some of the pencil color. It worked perfectly and also smoothed out the coloring as well.
I die cut the stenciled panel with a stitched rectangle that was just smaller than a cardbase. The stenciled panel was then added to a top folding cardbase with dotliner adhesive.
The sentiment was stamped with black into onto a scrap of white cardstock and die cut with a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label. When I placed it on the card front it got lost. So I decided to add a border behind the sentiment. I decided to use the next size sentiment label die and it worked perfectly to add a thin colored border behind the sentiment. Foam tape was added to the back of the sentiment and it was adhered in the lower right of the card front.
The final embellishment was to add different sized pearls to the centers of each of the flowers.
As stated previously I cut the background die from some white cardstock to use as a stencil. The great thing about this was that when the stenciling was complete I now had the positive die cut ink blended as well. I used it to create a second card. Two for one! Below is the second card created.
My Favorite Things Flower Fusion Negative Coverup
Clearly Besotted Simply Said Birthday
Gina K. Designs Ink: Wild Lilac, Dusty Rose, Ocean Mist, Powder Blue
This card is made with second generation stamped flowers from my previous card. As you can tell, the colors are much softer and more muted.
Since I was only using two flowers on this card I wanted to have a leaf background to draw your eye to the flowers. In a previous card for this Online Card Class I had used the large leaf stem from Clearly Besotted Leafy Accents and decided to use it on this card. The leaves are first generation stamping and are much deeper in hue than the flowers. Since these flower are much lighter I decided to stamp the flower centers with VersaMark Ink and heat set them with white embossing powder.
I wanted something to really accentuate the flowers and give a pretty background. I looked at several options and finally decided on this beautiful background die from Spellbinders, which was cut from white cardstock.
Since the flower colors were much softer I didn’t want to use back on this card, so I decided on a soft gray instead. I used it for the cardbase, and I also used a gray ink for the sentiment.
The leafy die and smallest flower were adhered directly to the background with liquid glue and the larger flower was adhered with foam tape, adding a little dimension.
For the final accents to the card Moonshine Confetti was scattered around the flower arrangement and sentiment.
Gina K. Designs Layered Daisies
Clearly Besotted Leafy Accents
Hero Arts Birthday Messages
Gina K. Designs Base Weight Moonlit Fog Cardstock
Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
Memento London Fog Ink
Altenew Inks: Fuchsia and Magenta (Second Generations), Lime
This is my third card made for day fourteen of the Spring Card Camp class at Online Card Classes.
For this day of class Laura Bassen used scraps of cardstock to put behind a die cut word using alphabet dies. She also used strips of scrap cardstock and added the positive letters of the word on top of them, adding gold mirror cardstock to bottom of each letter. Her third card was created with ink blending the letters and a background onto her card.
I couldn’t make a second card with design since it is specifically made for my daughter Aimee. I couldn’t fit her name using the Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies so I combined the first letter from those dies and then used the Altenew Fine Alphabet Dies for the rest of the letters in her name.
I die cut them from a smaller rectangle of white cardstock with a stitched border. Aimee’s favorite colors are blue and green so I wanted those colors behind the letters in her name. I used Distress Oxide inks and blended those colors starting with a light green through a dark blue.
I wanted to create a shaker card, so I added acetate to the back of the word die rectangle with double-sided tape. Next I added two layers of foam tape to the back of the word rectangle and filled the well with green and blue sequins. The backing to the foam tape was removed and the ink blended background was adhered in place.
I started looking through my 6″x6″ paper and saw this cardstock that came in one of the Simon Says Stamp Monthly Kits. It was perfect since Aimee has used leaf vines in some the decorations in her home and the colors were green with a touch of blue on the leaves. I cut a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ rectangle and adhered it to a side folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive.
Liquid glue was added to the back of the focal image rectangle, including on the foam tape. This lets you adjust the placement for a few moments to get it straight. I found a mint green cardstock scrap to use for the secondary greeting and adhered it at the bottom of the letters.
I really liked the card but it just needed a little something else. I remember the leafy vine I has used on another day of the card camp and pulled it out again to stamp on the front of the focal image panel. Because I had used a generous amount of foam tape creating the well for the shaker I was able to get a good impression of the stamp. I used Gina K. Designs Applemint Ink, stamping it off once for a lighter color. It was so light I had to stamp it twice. I then pulled out my Copic Markers to added a little blue to the base of the leaves and the card was done.
Jennifer McGuire was the designer for day 12 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp. For creating cards this day she took about four or five baby wipes and adhered them to a piece of plastic. Then she added different colors of Distress Reinkers to create a do-it-yourself ink pad. This ink pad was used to stamp whatever images you desires, and at the end you used the leftover ink in the baby wipes to create colorful backgrounds on watercolor paper.
This background was made with the green and blue paper wipe ink pad. It was the last one I made and is considerably lighter than the previous card. It was cut using a scalloped rectangle and adhered to a top folding cardbase.
Jennifer used white die cuts on her background and I pulled out Spellbinders Poppies Die. This die comes with detail dies for the flower and leaves that can be embossed and die cut. There were adhered using liquid glue and the entire image was then adhered to the scalloped rectangle with the same glue.
The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink onto black cardstock and heat embossed white. It was cut into a thin strip using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label. Foam tape was added to the back and it was adhered of the die cut focal image and the card was done.
It was while I was getting ready to make this post that I decided the card just needed a little something extra, so I pulled out Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets and Studio Katia’s Irridescent Bubbles Tiny and scattered them on the card. Below is the card without them. Let me know which you like best.