Thanks a Bunch

This second set of thank you cards for the Senior Life Resources Northwest used this lovely flower and leaves image from Clearly Besotted.

I stamped the image and sentiment on to a quarter sheet of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored it with Copic Markers. Once the coloring was complete I stamped it again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with gold. The image was then cut out using the coordinating die.

When I am creating white on white cards I like to add visual interest with dry embossing. I cut down a rectangle of white cardstock with a stitched rectangle and then ran it through the Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. I had planned to stamp the sentiment onto the panel before embossing, which works well, but I forgot. Now I needed to figure out how to add the sentiment. I decided on using a Quickutz Nesting Frame die, but it was taller than I needed so I decided to glue the flower and leaves image to the top and love the way it turned out.

The embossed rectangle was added to a top folding cardbase with liquid glue. 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the flower and sentiment panel and it was adhered to the front of the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted Magnificent Magnolia
  • Clearly Besotted Thanks a Bunch
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Copic Markers: E41, E40, RV02, RV00; G24, G21, G20; YR27, YR24, YR23
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Quickutz Nesting Frame 3
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

Look for the Rainbow Heartfelt Thanks

The other type of card that the Senior Life Resources Northwest have a need for is thank you. They have a lot of volunteer and people who give donations. This first design did required masking the flower to stamp the leaves.

I stamped the image and sentiment on to a quarter sheet of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored it with Copic Markers. Once the coloring was complete I cut down the panel with a stitched rectangle and added sticky back foam to the back for dimension.

The focal image panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue. The final embellishment was to add some Nuvo Glitter Drops to the center of the flower.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Look For the Rainbow
  • Clearly Besotted Magnificent Magnolia
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Copic Markers: R14, R12, R11; YG67, YG17, YG03; YR24, YR23, YR20
  • Nuvo Glitter Drops Golden Sunset
  • My Favorite Thigs A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

Wishing You a Speedy Recovery

This is the last set of get well card I created for Senior Life Resources Northwest. In the future I probably wouldn’t use this design again. It took some time to die cut each small image and the the design of the center tri-square die required double die cutting to get it the width I wanted, but it turned out cute.

I stamped all the little images from Clearly Besotted Under the Weather onto a quarter sheet of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored them with Copic Markers. Then using the coordinating dies each image was cut out. 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back.

I knew I wanted to use the Simon Says Stamp Tri Square die. I wanted stitched edges, but I didn’t have a die that would cut the width that I wanted, so I cut down a panel with a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle and then ran it through again with on-the-edge cutting to size it to the width I wanted. I then die cut the squares. 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the panel.

I had enough images to create three card, I’ll show the other two below. I cut down some green gingham paper with a stitched rectangle and adhered it to the front of an A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive. I then removed the backing from the foam tape on the tri square panel and adhered it to the center of the card. The little images were then adhered in place by removing the backing of the foam tape.

Cute, but a little too time consuming for mass production.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted Under the Weather
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Copic Markers: W9, W7, W5, W5, W4, W3, W2, W1, W0; C3, C2, C1; B95, B93, B91; BG000, BG0000; YG17, YG05, YG03; YG13, YG05, YG03; Y08, Y06, Y04; Y26, Y23, Y21; E59, E57, E55, E53; E79, E77; E34, E31; R27; R01
  • Simon Says Stamp Tri Square Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Keeping Memories Alive Cutie Pie Papers Meadow Green Gingham

Metallic Squares Happy Birthday

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday
  • Art Impressions Aged to Perfection
  • Art Impressions Birthday Wishes
  • Avery Elle Cupcakes
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Simon Says Stamp Party Like a Panda
  • Paper Accents Red Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Square Dies
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Darice Argyle Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Orange My Best Friend Happy It’s Your Day

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted My Best Friend
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings
  • Altenew Inks: Sunray, Chamomile, Marigold, Limeade, Fresh Leaf, Lime
  • Polychromos Pencil 118 Light Cadmium Red
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Stampin’ Up Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Scraps
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Hot Pink My Best Friend Happy Birthday

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted My Best Friend
  • My Favorite Things Cause to Celebrate
  • CZ Designs Birthday Palooza
  • Avery Elle Horizontal Stripes Background Die
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • Altenew Inks: Baby Pink, Fuchsia, Magenta, Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Lagoon
  • Polychromos Pencil 134 Crimson and 133 Magenta
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Pink & Main Sentiment Strip Die
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Darice Thin Strips Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock

Yellow My Best Friend Birthday

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted My Best Friend
  • Ellen Hutson Random Sayings Vol. 2
  • Altenew Inks: Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Bamboo, Parrot, Moss
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Polychromos Pencil 109 Dark Chrome Yellow
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Labels
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Ebony Black

Approaching Magnificence

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Old Friends
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Copic Markers: R29, R24, R22; YR09, YR04, YR02; V09, V06, V04; YG67, YG17, YG03; B28, B24, B23; Y38, Y35, Y32; E59, E57, E55; E49, E47, E44 E43; C3, C2, C0; E11, E01, E00, R20
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Paper
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

You’re the Man

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Old Friends
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Copic Markers: B99, B97, B95, B93; YG67, YG17, YG03; C9, C7, C5; C3, C2, C1; E11, E01,E00, E000, R20
  • Distress Oxide Inks Blueprint Sketch and Mowed Lawn
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Chill Paper
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Memory Box Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 5 Stencil Shading

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Flower Fusion Negative Coverup
  • Clearly Besotted Simply Said Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs Ink: Wild Lilac, Dusty Rose, Ocean Mist, Powder Blue
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils: 153 Cobalt Turquoise, 156 Cobalt Green, 154 Light Cobalt Turquoise, 149 Bluish Turquoise, 120 Ultramarine, 140 Light Ultramarine, 136Purple Violet, 138 Violet, 119 Light Magenta, 123 Fuchsia, 128 Light Purple Pink
  • Pearls from Stash
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Labels
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive