CTD433: Smile: Happy Looks Good on You

I ran across the Hampton Art Flower Believe Layering stamp set at Michaels a couple of weeks ago and liked the flowers in the set.  It made a pretty card.

I don’t often make a card without any additional rectangle layers, but for this card I decided to keep is clean and simple.  I stamped the flowers on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock using the Altenew Inks listed below. I hadn’t noticed it before, but there are only leaf sprigs in this stamp set and so I pulled out the Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums to add leaves to the flowers, stamping them in the Altenew green inks listed below.  Once I was done stamping I fussy cut the images with the Cutter Bee scissors.  I have other small scissors, but these seem to work they best for detailed cutting.

Once all the stamping and cutting was done it was time to determine the arrangement on the front of the cardbase.  A top folding A2 card was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  At first I thought I would only have three flowers in the lower left, but eventually I settled on five.  I stamped the leaf sprigs directly to the card front and began to adhered the flowers and leaves around them using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The two lowest flowers were adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for added dimension.

It was at this point that I remembered to stamp the sentiment, which is from Penny Black Happy Thoughts.  I wanted something that would be subtle and not detract from the flowers and so I stamped it with VersaMark Ink, added Ranger Detailed Silver Embossing Powder, and heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Tool.  Then one more flower was added to the upper right with a few leaves.

I thought I would be done at this point, but the way this layering stamp worked the flower centers didn’t have any definition and so I decided to pull some blue rhinestones from my stash for the center of the flowers and like the way it looked much better.

Products Used:

  • Hampton Art Flower Believe Layering Clear Stamp (SC0746)
  • Penny Black Happy Thoughts
  • Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums
  • Altenew Inks: Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue, Sapphire, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade, Evergreen
  • Ranger Detailed Silver Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

Photo for Challenge:

Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums Happy Birthday

This is the second card made with the Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums.  I had stamped them for a previous card and plenty of flowers and leaves left over so it was simply putting the card together.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Then using the same cardstock a frame was created using My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was cut in half so that it would be narrow enough to be placed on the frame without being seen.

Before adhering the frame on the cardbase the flowers were arranged in the lower left corner to determine where the sentiment should be stamped. The arrangement was removed using Glad Press ‘n Seal so that they could easily be placed again once the sentiment was complete.

The sentiment, which is from Amy R Great Birthday Greetings, was stamped with Versa Mark Ink and then heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  After it had cooled the frame was placed on the cardbase.  Next it was time place the flower arrangement.  Because some of the flowers would both rest on the frame and also be within the frame 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was strategically placed on the back of the flowers and Tombo Mono Multi Glue was used where they would rest on the frame. The yellow flower in the bottom left had a double layer of foam tape.  I love the final look of the card.

Products Used:

  • Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums
  • Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
  • Ranger Super Fine Detailed Gold Embossing Powder
  • Altenew Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Ruby Red/Coral Berry Blend; Soft Lilac Dbl Stamp, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris; Buttercream, Mango Smoothie, Warm Sunshine; Parrot, Olive, Moss
  • Glad Press and Seal
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Fun Foam
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Gina K. Designs 120# and 80# White Cardstock

Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums Birthday Wishes

Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemum is another stamp set that I purchased and haven’t yet used and so it was time to put it to good use.  It turned into a lovely card that shouts spring is just around the corner.

Since I was using this multi layered stamp set for the first time I stamped a lot of flowers to get some good results, but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be and I ended up with a lot of flowers, enough for two cards.

An A2 cardbase was made using Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock. For added dimension a rectangle of the same cardstock was cut using Simon Say Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle.  Some Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and added to the back, then the rectangle was adhered to the cardbase using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The flowers were placed on the stitched rectangle to determine where the sentiment, which is from the same stamp set, should go.  The flower arrangement was removed with Glad Press ‘n Seal so it could be quickly adhered in place once the sentiment was stamped. VersaMark Ink was used to stamp the sentiment and then heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.

The flower arrangement was adhered to the front of the card with Tombo Mono Multi Glue, all except the top yellow flower, which was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  To add a little shine, Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums
  • Ranger Super Fine Detailed Gold Embossing Powder
  • Altenew Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Ruby Red/Coral Berry Blend; Soft Lilac Dbl Stamp, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris; Buttercream, Mango Smoothie, Warm Sunshine; Parrot, Olive, Moss
  • Glad Press and Seal
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Fun Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Gina K. Designs 120# and 80# White Cardstock

Altenew Remember This Birthday Wishes

I recently purchased Altenew’s Remember This stamp set after watching a video on YouTube.  I also recently purchased the new Altenew Warm & Cozy ink cubes and wanted to use the beautiful oranges with the flowers in this stamp set.  It turned out vibrant and beautiful.  The picture does adequately show the shadows on the flowers on these layering images.  I can see myself using this stamp set again and again in the future.

I began by stamping the Flowers in Altenew Orange Cream on 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock.  The next layer was stamped with Autumn Glaze, these stamps were probably one of the easiest layering stamps I have used, or maybe I’m finally getting the hang of using them.  The final layer was stamped with Altenew Firebrick. The last step was to stamp the outline of the images with Hero Hues  India Ink Black.  The leaves were stamped in a similar process with Altenew Frayed Leaf and Forest Glade. The bud was stamped with Altenew Buttercream and Warm Sunshine. Once the stamping was complete the images were cut with the matching dies.

I love the look of clean and simple cards with white on white layering.  A top folding A2 Cardbase was made from 120# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock.  A rectangle was cut from 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock using the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  Another rectangle was cut from Darice Adhesive Fun Foam and trimmed to be slightly smaller and then applied to the back of the white rectangle.

The flowers were arranged on the rectangle to determine the placement of the sentiment.  Press and Seal was used to keep the flower arrangement together until it could be adhered to the rectangle.  The sentiment, which is from Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums, was stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black.

Tombo Mono Multi Glue was added to the back layer of the flower arrangement and placed on the rectangle.  I put slight pressure on the images and wait about 30 to 60 seconds before removing the Press and Seal.  The top two flowers were adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to add dimension.  Sequins from Doodlebug Tangerine and Pretty Pink Posh Tangerine were added for additional embellishment with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  The rectangle was then adhered to the card base with Tombo Mono Multi Glue on the back of the fun foam and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Remember This
  • Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums
  • Altenew: Orange Cream; Autumn Glaze, Firebrick, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade, Buttercream, Warm Sunshine
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Doodlebug Tangerine Sequins
  • Pretty Pink Posh Tangerine Sequins
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

Altenew Lacy Scrolls Sympathy

I bought some Derwent Inktense Pencils several years ago and have never used them.  This month my challenge has been to use stamps and product that I have not yet used.  I watched a video recently from Jennifer McQuire where she used colored pencils to add depth and dimension to a stamped image and thought I would give it a try.  I also used the Altenew Lacy Scrolls for the first time and think they turned out beautiful.

First I stamped the flowers and leaves on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock using the Altenew Rouge and Forest Glade Inks and then cut them out using the matching dies.

Next I selected Derwent Inktense 36: 0200 Sun Yellow, 1530 Felt Green, 0300 Tangerine, 2300 Antique White to add the highlights and shadows to the images.  In her video Jennifer used an eraser to smooth out the edges of the pencil coloring.  I used the Tombo Mono Zero Elastomer Eraser.  It has a very small tip and yet is a very good eraser.  At first I wasn’t sure I liked the effect.  It is not as smooth as the transition and blending you get with Copic Markers, but over time it really grew on me and I liked it more and more.

Once I was done coloring I die cut some Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles and arranged the flowers and leaves the way I wanted them to determine placement of the sentiment.  Since I wanted this to be a sympathy card I wanted a softer feel and so the sentiment from Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings was stamped with Altenew Silver Stone Ink.  All the flowers and leaves were then adhered to the rectangle with Tombo Mono Multi Glue, except the lowest flower, it was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for a little dimension.

An A2 Top Folding Cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  A scattering of Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Rhinestones were added with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was complete.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Lacy Scrolls
  • Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings
  • Gina K. Designs Assorted Greetings (inside)
  • Altenew Rouge, Silver Stone, Forest Glade Ink
  • Derwent Inktense 36: 0200 Sun Yellow, 1530 Felt Green, 0300 Tangerine, 2300 Antique White
  • Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Rhinestones
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Tombo Mono Zero Elastomer Eraser

CTD432: Close to My Heart Hooray Bouquet

This is the third card I made inspired by the My Favorite Things Color Throwdown Challenge #432.

I have had the Close to My Heart Hooray Bouquet stamp set for a couple of years and never used it, so I decided it would work great for the challenge. The flowers were stamped with the Altenew Inks listed below on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.  As a background for the flower focal image I die cut a rectangle using Simon Says Stamp Bundles of Stitched Shapes from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.  I fussy cut the flowers with scissors and then die cut some leaves from a scrap of green and white polka dot paper using the Clearly Besotted Leafy Accents dies.

I then arranged the flowers and leaves into a bouquet that I liked and then used Press ‘n Seal to hold them together.  I tentatively placed the bouquet on the rectangle to determine placement for the sentiment from Close to My Heart Hooray Bouquet, which was stamped using the MISTI and Hero Hues India Ink Black.

Tombo Mono Multi Glue to the back bouquet and then carefully turned over to place it on the panel.  I held it in place for about 30 second to allow the glue to set and then gently removed the Press ‘n Seal.  The top layer of flowers where then adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for added dimension.  I have a large stash of rhinestones and pearls embellishments and different size white pearls were used for the flower centers.

To complete the card an A2 Side Folding Cardbase was made from 120# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock and the focal image rectangle was adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

Supplies Used:

  • Close to My Heart Hooray Bouquet
  • Michael’s Rhinestone Pearls
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundles of Stitched Shapes (glued directly to cardbase)
  • Clearly Besotted Leafy Accents
  • Altenew: Ruby Red; Warm Sunshine; Autumn Blaze; Dusk
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Gina K. Designs 120# and 80# White Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Green and White Polka Dot Paper
  • Clearly Besotted – Leafy Accents

Picture for Color Throwdown:

CTD432: Simon Says Stamp Birthday Flowers

This is another stamp set that I purchased and had yet to use.  I liked the way it turned out.  The colors were inspired by My Favorite Things Color Takedown Challenge #432.

I started by stamping the images on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Altenew Inks: Sea Glass, Ocean Waves, Ruby, Warm Sunshine, Forest Glades, and Jet Black.  For some of the flower centers I used Altenew’s Vintage Flowers.  I adding veining to the leaves with Copic Markers YG63 and YG67.  I then fussy cut them out with scissors.

From Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock I die cut an oval using My Favorite Things Pierced Oval STAX and an rectangle using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  The rectangle was run through the Sizzix Big Shot with the Darice Basket Weave Embossing Folder.

The flower and leaves were arranged across the top of the landscape oval to determine placement of the sentiment.  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Stylish Sentiments and was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Rangers Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  Next the flowers and leaves were adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

An oval of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was die cut and trimmed down to be added to the oval for added dimension on the card.  The embossed rectangle was adhered to a side folding A2 Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then the focal center oval was adhered with the same glue.  I decided to add Nuvo Chrystal Drops Ebony Black to the flower centers.  A pin was used to draw the uneven centers outward and then Clear Wink of Stella was added for sparkle and shine and the card was done.

Supplies Used:

  • Simon Says Stamp Sentimental Bouquet
  • Altenew Vintage Flowers (Centers)
  • Clearly Besotted Stylish Sentiments
  • Copic: YG63 and YG67
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Oval STAX
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Darice Fun Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Basket Weave Embossing Folder
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Nuvo Chrystal Drops Ebony Black
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

Image for Color Throwdown Challenge:

CTD432: Hero Arts Flowers for You

I am always intimated about participating in My Favorite Things Color Throwdown Challenges, but the card below turned out so pretty that I decided to give it a try.

If you are like me, you see these amazing videos of new product and you just have to have it and then I don’t use it right away.  I gave myself a challenge to use all of my floral stamps that I have not yet used.  One of them was Hero Arts Flowers for You.  This is a flower layering stamp set and I love the Altenew inks for this process because they are made to help you be successful in picking three colors that go well together.

I stamped the flowers on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with the ink colors listed below and then fussy cut them with scissors.  I then cut a panel from the same cardstock with Lawn  Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles and ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot with the Sizzix Dotted Lattice Embossing Folder.

The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings and I forgot to stamp it prior to embossing the panel, but with the MISTI I was able to get a clean image by stamping a couple of times.

I arranged the flowers on the lower left corner of the panel and took a picture with my cell phone so that I could adhere them in the same pattern.  I used Tombo Mono Multi Glue for all of them except the large blue and red flowers, which were adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  For added interest I used Stickles Tidings to create the flower centers and I love the sparkle.

The embossed panel was 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.

Products Used:

  • Hero Arts Flowers for You
  • Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings
  • Altenew Inks: Rouge, Crimson, Velvet; Buttercream, Mango Smoothie, Warm Sunshine; Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue, Sapphire; Forest Glad, Evergreen, Frayed Leaf
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Sizzix Dotted Lattice Embossing Folder
  • Stickles Tidings
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

Picture sized for entering contest.

Hero Arts Color Layering Gold Fish Birthday Wishes

My son-in-law Troy is an avid fish lover.  He has a huge salt water aquarium with beautiful fish and anemones. Every year for his birthday we give him a gift card that he uses to add something beautiful to his tank, so I try to make his birthday cards with a fish and water theme. This year I used Hero Arts Color Layering Gold Fish and I liked the end product.

I began by making a frame with My  Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames die and then cutting a piece of 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock just smaller to create a shaker card.  I used Ranger’s mini ink blending tools to ink blend  a blue background with Distress Ink Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China.  I ink blended the frame using the Distress Inks.  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday and was stamped a couple of times with Salty Ocean.  I added a rectangle of Office Depot Binding Acetate Sheet cut 1/8″ smaller than the frame with 1/8″ Scor Tape.  Next a double layer of 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape, cut in half to be narrow enough not to show, was added behind the frame. Mikuki Seed Beads in Honey Butter and Gold was sprinkled into the frame for sand and the ink blended panel and frame were adhered together.

The seaweed was ink blended with Distress Inks Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint and die cut with the matching dies.  Originally I planned to put these inside the shaker, but I completely forgot and so they were applied to the front of the acetate panel with Scor Tape.

The gold fish were stamped with Hero Hues Pastel Peach, Butter Bar, and Wet Cement and die cut with the matching dies.  The two smaller fish were adhered to the front of the shaker with Score Tape and the largest with given added dimension with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

The shaker panel was adhered to a side folded A2 cardbase made from 120# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock and the card was done.

Supplies Used:

  • Hero Arts Color Layering Gold Fish and dies
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Hero Hues Pastel Peach, Butter Bar, and Wet Cement for fish
  • Distress Salty Ocean (background and frame), Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Crushed Olive, and Peeled Paint
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames
  • Mikuki Seed Beads Honey Butter and Gold for sand
  • Office Depot Binding Acetate Sheets
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

Happy Birthday Wishes (Power Poppy Camellias)

I really like using the digital images from Power Poppy.  They can be printed to any size you desire, and when printed using the Silhouette Cameo you can have it cut around the image, much like using a die.

I made two birthday cards with the Power Poppy Camellias.  My favorite is the one with pink and purple flowers, but the metallic center of the flowers in the second it beautiful as well. Both cards were printed on Canson 90# Watercolor Paper and then watercolored with Winsor & Newton’s Artist Grade Half Pan 24 Watercolor Set.

Both Cards were assembled with an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Both had a rectangle die cut from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes out of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.  Both rectangles were embossed using the Cricut Oxford Embossing Folder, which were applied to the cardbase using Darice Adhesive Fun Foam.  Both focal images were applied using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape with sentiment banners made from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock.  But because of the differences in color they each have a unique feel.

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The sentiment used for this card was from Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings, stamped on Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and Heat Embossed with Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder.

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The sentiment from this card is from the Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings stamp set.  The word belated was eliminated from the beginning of the phrase.  The sentiment was stamped on Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and Heat Embossed with Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder. The stamen in the flowers were painted using FineTec 630 Arabic-Gold.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Canson 90# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Power Poppy Camellias Digital Stamp
  • Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings
  • Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings
  • FineTec Gold Watercolor
  • Winsor & Newton Artists Grade 24 Half Pan Watercolor Set
  • Cricut Oxford Embossing Folder
  • VersaMark Ink