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

Spring Card Camp Day 19 Second Generation Stamping: It’s Your Birthday

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • 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
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence
  •  Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Confetti

Spring Card Camp Day 14 You Are Amazing Aimee

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Dies
  • Altenew Fine Alphabet
  • Altenew Sentiments and Quotes
  • Clearly Besotted Leafy Accents
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans
  • Gina K. Designs Applemint Ink
  • Copic Markers: G000, B0000, B000, B45, N1
  • Neat & Tangled Starry Night Sequins
  • Beader Paradise Miami Surf Sequins
  • Pretty Pink Posh Mossy Green Sequins
  • Pretty Pink Posh Fresh Mint Sequins
  • Office Depot Acetate
  • Patterned Leaf Paper from Scraps
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Mint Green Cardstock from Scraps
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Be Creative Double-sided Tape
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape Doubled

Spring Card Camp Day 12 Poppies Enjoy Your Special Day

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Spellbinders Poppies Die
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Evergreen Bough, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Canson XL Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets
  • Studio Katia Iridescent Bubbles Tiny

Spring Card Camp Day 12 Leafy Accents Enjoy Your Day

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 card used one of the background made with the green and blue baby wipe ink pad. I cut it down with a smaller stitched rectangle that would leave a lot of white space around it on the card front.

The Clearly Besotted Leafy Accents had some coordinating dies and decided to use it for this card. It makes a clean and simple card. I cut it once from white cardstock and again from sticky back foam tape.

The sentiment was stamped on black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. I used a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label to cut it into a thin strip and adhered it to the cardbase with a thin strip of foam tape.

It was after I posted this card that I decided to add some pearls scattered around the image. You’ll have to let me know which you like best. Here is the card without them.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted Leafy Accents
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Evergreen Bough, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Canson XL Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Pearls

Spring Card Camp Day 12 Wishing You Happiness

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.

I rummaged through my stamps to find fairly solid images to use and selected several that I decided to give a try. For this card I used one I purchased years ago and think I’ve only used once. I paired it with a leafy branch from Clearly Besotted.

I created two different colored baby wipe ink pads. I used the green for the leaves and the red for the flowers. The thing about these ink pads is that baby wipes have some texture to them so you see that in the stamping, and you are also stamping onto watercolor paper.

I decided to fussy cut the flower and leaves and adhered them over the leafy branch with liquid glue and foam tape for the flowers.

One of the stamps I pulled out was Penny Blacks Dreams of Love. I had completely forgotten that there were a couple of word dies included, I decided to use the “happiness” die for this card. I cut it two times from black. I had a scrap of gold glitter cardstock on my desk and decided to use it for the sentiment. I offset the gold and the black, gluing each layer together with liquid glue. The secondary sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold, cutting it into a thin strip. It was adhered with Darice Thin Strip Foam.

I cut down the focal image rectangle with an A2 stitched rectangle and matted it with gold glitter cardstock. Since I had used black for the sentiment I decided to use black cardstock for the cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Ms. Sparkle & Co. Floral Stamps
  • Clearly Besotted Leafy Accents
  • Penny Black Dreams of Love
  • My Favorite Things Sugar Coated Sentiments
  • Distress Reinkers: Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Evergreen Bough, Mowed Lawn
  • American Crafts Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Be Creative Double-sided Tape

Spring Card Camp Day 11 Wishing You Sunshine and Love

Day 11 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp was with Dawn Woleslagle and was all about rainbow cards. I really liked the results of the cards made with this technique/challenge. I was able to use dies I’ve had on had, but rarely use.

The process of creating the rainbows was to take circle dies and adhered them together with tape and then die cut them from white cardstock and color them with blending brushes and any inks you might have on hand.

I used Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies, skipping every other circle so they would be a better width. I ink blended them with blending brushes and Gina K. Designs inks. Once the circles were colored, I added Scotch Tape to the back to hold them together and then cut the circle in half. This would allow you to make at least two cards. Dawn took one of her halves and cut it again into fourth to create three cards from her rainbow circles.

I decided to use a portrait orientation for this card. I used My Favorite Things Stitched Cloud Edges for the big clouds at the bottom and Avery Elle Pierced Clouds for the small one at the top.

I die cut a rectangle using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and ink blended it in Distress Tumbled Glass for a blue sky.

I placed my rainbow toward the center left of the card and adhered it with liquid glue. The first large cloud border was adhered directly over the top with liquid glue and the second was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. The smaller clouds were adhered to the top left of the card in the same manner.

When I pulled out the dies for some of my clouds I say this great kite from Clearly Besotted’s Sky’s the Limit and decided to use it on this card. What is more uplifting and happy than a kite flying in the sky. I ink blended it red, I wanted it to pop against the blue sky and added white stripes with a gel pen. It didn’t have a tail for the kite so I pulled out a balloon string from Penny Black’s Uplifting Balloons. I glued it to the bottom of the kite with liquid glue and added foam tape to the back of the kite and adhered it in the sky on the right of the card.

This is the same sentiment used on the previous rainbow card, but this time I used the entire sentiment. I love the way this card turned out.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Layered Daisies
  • Avery Elle Pierced Clouds
  • Clearly Besotted Sky’s the Limit
  • Penny Black Uplifting Balloons
  • My Favorite Things Sunflower
  • Hero Arts Circle Infinity
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Red Hot, Tangerine Twist, Wild Dandelion, Wild Lilac, Blue Raspberry, Grass Green, Amalgam
  • Distress Tumbled Glass
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets
  • Studio Katia Iridescent Bubbles Tiny
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
  • Uniball Signo White Gel Pen

Spring Card Camp Day 5 Sending Love Heart Background

This is the second card made from the Hero Arts Window on Love Confetti Fancy Die. To see more details on how this was created, please see my previous card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Window on Love Confetti Fancy Die
  • Cleary Besotted On Your Day
  • Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers 2
  • Distress Inks: Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar
  • Fabriano Acquarello Watercolor 140# Hot Press
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gold and White Baker’s Twine