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

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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

 

With Sympathy (Power Poppy Tulips)

I love this digital image from Power Poppy entitled Tulips in a Hobnail Pitcher.  I can upload it into my Silhouette Cameo and do a print and cut on any paper that I want.  For this card I used Canson 90# Cold Press Watercolor paper.

I wanted the pitcher in the image to appear to be copper.  I recently purchased the FineTec Watercolor Gold set and decided to use the 620 Inka-Gold color.  It is more copper in hue than the photograph depicts, and the metallic shine is truly beautiful.  I painted the tulips and leaves with colors from Winsor & Newton’s Artist Grade 24 Half Pan Watercolor Set.

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I like clean and simple cards, but dimension and interest can be added with embossing folders.  I ran a quarter sheet of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock through the Big Shot with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  Next I ran that panel through the Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  This panel was adhered to a top folded A2 size cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock using a rectangle of Darice Adhesive Foam Sheets cut just smaller than the rectangle.

The sentiment is from the Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings set.  A scrap of yellow/gold paper was used for the sentiment banner and the sentiment was stamped with Hero Hues Black Ink.  To tie in the gold/copper pitcher a slightly wider strip of mirror gold cardstock was adhered to the back of the sentiment with Be Creative Tape and then adhered directly to the embossed panel with the same tape.

The focal image was adhered to the front of the embossed panel using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Recollections Mirror Gold Cardstock
  • Power Poppy Tulips in a Hobnail Pitcher Digital Stamp
  • Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings Stamp Set
  • FineTec Gold Watercolors – 620 Inka-Gold
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder
  • Winsor & Newton Artist Grade 24 Half Pan Set
  • Darice Adhesive Foam Sheets
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Be Creative Tape

Sending Prayers

This card was inspired one I had seen on the Clearly Besotted web site for their Happy Everything stamp, however, when I went to get the url to reference it, it was no longer there.  I assume the stamp has been retired since it was no longer available for purchase.  I am going ahead with posting it because a similar image is available in their Beautiful Friend stamp set.

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I stamped the image on Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and embossed it with Recollections Clear embossing powder.  I heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Heat Tool and colored the image with the following Distress Inks: Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber.

I sprayed some Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with Water prior to embossing it with the Darice Wood Embossing Folder.  This ensures that the paper will not crack and tear when embossed.  I set it aside to dry.

Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardbase
  • Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Clearly Besotted Happy Everything Stamp and Matching Dies
  • Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts Stamp Sentiment
  • Hero Arts Prayers Stamp Sentiment
  • Darice Wood Embossing Folder
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Distress:  Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber

Sending Hugs & Prayers

This clean and simple card could be used for a sympathy card or just to give encouragement to someone who is having a hard time.

00164This is a simple card that doesn’t take very long to make.  I used my Inkadinkado Embossing Buddy to removing any oils from the Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper  prior to stamping the rose from Clearly Besotted Happy Everything Stamp with VersaMark Ink.  Next I embossed the image with Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.  Embossing the image makes watercoloring quick and easy as it ensures the color stays within the raised lines.

For my palette I have a piece of white cardstock that I have laminated.  Using my mini Distress Ink pads I smooshed some Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive onto the palette.  I applied the color with my Kuretake Waterbrush.

Once the watercolor panel was completely dry I ran it through my Big Shot with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  Because I was stamping on watercolor paper I stamped the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Friendship Blooms Sentiment Stamp using my MISTI so I could stamp multiple time for a clear impression.

I applied the focal image with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to a Top Folding Gina K. Designs 120# White card base, cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ and the card was done.

Supplies Used:

 

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardbase
  • Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Clearly Besotted Happy Everything Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp Friendship Blooms Sentiment Stamp
  • Distress: Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry
  • Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Inkadinkado Embossing Buddy

Make a Wish

The second card I made with background stamps used Hero Arts Tiny Flags. The background was stamped on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper and heat embossed with Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder.  This time I wanted a rainbow of colors.  In order to keep the ink to a smaller area I used Tsukineko Sponge Daubers with Ranger Distress inks.  Using a spray bottle of water a fine mist of water was added to the watercolor paper to help the colors blend.

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Colors used were:

  • Mustard Seed
  • Mowed Lawn
  • Salty Ocean
  • Wilted Violet
  • Seedless Preserves
  • Candied Apple
  • Spiced Marmalade

I cut two balloons from Lawn Fawn Party Balloons and colored them with Salty Ocean and Mowed lawn, the balloon strings were colored with Mustard Seed.  To add some sparkle I used Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Make a Wish stamp set and was stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Recollections Snow Embossing Powder.

The cardbase was Gina K. Designs 120# White cardstock, cut to 4 1/4 x 11? and scored at 5 1/2″.  The Tiny Flags background was cut with Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and adhered directly to cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  I really like this rectangle because it leaves a small border around the panel.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was placed on the back of the green balloon and again on the blue ballon, with a double thickness added to the left side  to raise it above the first balloon.

For the inside of the card and the bottom of the envelope a small strip of watercolor Tiny Flags Background with Distress Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean was glued to the bottom with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday to complete the card.

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Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Hero Arts Tiny Flags stamp
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons die
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday stamp set
  • Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade
  • Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
  • Recollections Snow Embossing Powder
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen