I decided to make one more set of cards for a Christmas Gift Box. I used the same flower image from Altenew’s Statement Flowers. I stamped it six times and colored with six different color schemes. I also included sentiments stamped on black cardstock with double sided tape added to the back. This way they can select the perfect sentiment for what they need.
I stamped the image onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento London Fog, leaving the stamp in the MISTI. I then colored the images with the Copic Markers listed below.
Once the coloring was complete I restamped the image with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. To add additional visual interest I cut down the image using the Memory Box Matinee Rectangle and adhered it to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase.
At the last minute I decided to add some sparkle to the petals with a Wink of Stella Sparkle Pen.
Altenew Statement Flowers
Gina K. Designs Peony Wishes, Stampin’ Up Blossoms in Bloom, Concord & 9th Hello Lovely, Simon Says Stamp Jumbo Stripes
I have really enjoyed the stamp and die set from Stampin’ Up called Forever Fern. It is a basic and it makes great clean and simple cards.
For this card I stamped a few of the leaves in different colors of green and the berries in a nice deep red. The coordinating dies were used to cutout the images. A large leaf cluster was cut twice from vellum and added behind the stamped and die cut leaves. All were arranged in a cluster. A smaller scalloped rectangle was used as the backing for the leaves, which were adhered with liquid glue. The clean and simple “hello” was stamped below. Gold baker’s twine was tied in a bow and added to the bottom of the cluster.
When I am using white on white I like to add texture with embossing folders. The largest scalloped rectangle was cut from white cardstock and dry embossed using the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder and adhered to a top folding A2 Cardbase. The leafy rectangle was then adhered using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape which provides a low loft dimension.
As a final embellishment, Ranger Glossy Accents were added to the berries. A lovely clean and simple card that was quick and easy to create.
Stampin’ Up Forever Fern
Concord & 9th Hello Lovely
Gina K. Designs Inks: Applemint, Christmas Pine, Edible Eggplant
I have a sweet young friend that I’ve watched grow up from the time she was twelve until now when she is turning seventeen. It is amazing how fast the years fly by, and how amazing these young women are. Emma is such a happy, friendship, and kind young lady.
I wanted to personalize her card and so I pulled out the Concord & 9ths Double Cut Alphabet Dies. I love the thin border double cut you get with these dies. I cut it from both silver mirror cardstock and Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock. Since it is Emma’s favorite color, the center of the letters were colored with pink Copic Markers.
This cute image from La-La Land Crafts was printed on Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and then colored with Copic Markers. Emma has beautiful brown hair and so of course this image has the same color hair. Once the coloring was complete it was die cu using a Memory Box Matinee Rectangle die. I love the corners on this die. It add such great visual interest.
I went through my stash of patterned paper and found this great pink and gray paper. It was cut to cover the entire front of an A2 cardbase. The focal image was adhered using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape. This is great foam because it has a lower loft. It still add dimension, but not as much bulk.
I lined up the letters on my grid mat and then held them in place with purple tape. This allows you keep everything in alignment and easier transfer it to the card front. The secondary sentiment was stamped onto gray cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white.
The final embellishment was to add Crystal Stickles to the balloon, headband, and die cut letter.
Using the Deck the Halls Turnabout on my last Christmas card made we want to pull out the Concord and 9th Birthday Basics Turnabout. I have had some problem with this turnabout. I didn’t mark it when I first got it and I just couldn’t get things to line up. I can’t tell you how many times I threw away my efforts. This time I decided to try something different. I scanned the image that has the example of what the stamp looks like with one, two, three, and four rotations, using only the first layer. I then sized it to be the same size as the stamp (this took a couple of tries). I now had a template that I could try to use, and viola it worked. I’m sure I’ll use this stamp many more times now that it gives a good alignment.
I was going for a masculine card and used green, blue, and yellow for each layer. I decided to frame the background using My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames die, cut from a deep blue cardstock. Foam tape was added to the back of the frame and the turnabout background was cut to be just smaller and adhered to the back.
I used KB Riley’s Happy Birthday Die and cut it from the same blue cardstock and sticky back foam to add dimension and adhered to the front of the card with liquid glue. To make it a little more festive a single balloon was cut using Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet from the blue cardstock and adhered to left of the sentiment, tucking the balloon string behind the “y”.
When I was going through my Christmas stamps I ran across the Concord & 9th Deck the Halls Turnabout stamp and decided to give it a try. I really liked the way it turned out but it was so vibrant that anything I put on top got lost. I decided to add a vellum overlay. I cut it 1/2 larger than the panel, mitered the edges and wrapped the vellum around the panel, adhering it with scotch tape. You can still see the background through the vellum, but it is much softer.
I decided to pair the background with a pine bough, pine cones, and word sentiment from Gina K. Designs Seasonal Sentiments. I stamped the images with Gina K. Design inks and then used Copic Markers to add color to the pine cones. I adhered the elements of the bough and pine cones together with liquid glue and then added Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape to the back. I like this foam tape because it has half the loft of the 3M foam tape. The word die was cut from cardstock that had been colored with two green inks from Altenew, giving it a nice ombre. The secondary sentiment was stamped with a brown ink.
The focal image panel was adhered to a top folding Fresh Asparagus cardbase with the same Simon Says Stamp foam tape and the card was done.
Concord & 9th Deck the Halls Turnabout Stamp
Gina K. Designs Seasonal Sentiments
Altenew Forest Glades and Evergreen Inks
Gina K. Designs Dark Chocolate and Charcoal Brown Inks
For Day 19 of Spring Card Camp 2 Online Card Class Dawn Wolesagle shared monoprint inking and stamping. Dawn used the back of a large fairly solid background acrylic stamp because she did not have a gel plate. She also used Distress Oxide inks rather than acrylic paints, randomly placing the inks on the acrylic stamp back or gel plate and then using a brayer to spread it around evenly. You know have an inky surface that can be used as ink for your stamps. You put your stamp(s) onto an block and press it into the inked plate then stamp it onto your cardstock. You continue to lift the ink from your plate, trying to create a pattern in the ink and stamping a similar pattern on your cardstock. Once you have your background stamped like you want it you take another piece of cardstock and place it over the remaining ink on the plate and have another background. If you want more instructions on how to do this technique search for gel press on YouTube. There is a great video by Shari Carroll of Simon Says Stamp (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SvA_40aFiM).
This is a technique I wasn’t very good at. I think one of the things to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t use cardstock that has any kind of a coating. You want to make sure your paper will absorb the ink well.
I used pinks and purple for this card. I thought the imprint taken from the pressing the stamp into the gel plate was okay, but I hated the background created from pressing paper into the gel plate to remove the leftover color and threw it away. This line stamping was okay, but it lacked depth and dimension and so I decided to add some additional color with Copic Markers. I only added color at the base of the flower petals and the center of the leaves and liked the final result.
I cut down the stamped image using a scalloped rectangle and matted it with Gina K. Designs Sea Glass Cardstock. Although I used G00 Copic Marker on the leaves and the center of the flowers it really looked like a light turquoise and the Sea Glass Cardstock really help to accent the flowers.
I stamped a simple hello sentiment on black cardstock and heat embossed it white. Foam tape was added to the back and it was adhered in the lower right of the card. The scalloped panel was adhered to a side folding cardbase. A few moonshine sequins were scattered on the card front and the card was done.
Waffle Flower Blossom
Concord & 9 Hello Lovely
Distress Oxide Inks Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
Gina K. Designs Sea Glass and Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock
For this card I wanted to try something a little different with the second generation stamping. With the first card made with this technique the hues of the flowers were very light and a little splotchy. I wanted to try and eliminate that, so I decided to double generation stamp the images. I stamped them one time with a second generation stamping and then I inked them up again and stamped them off onto the scrap paper and stamped them again. This gave more depth to images and they were much smoother and more saturation that just one second generation stamp. Not as dark as a first generation and not as light as just one second generation stamping.
For this card I again stamped the large leafy sprig in the middle of a quarter sheet of white cardstock with double stamped second generation stamping. I then sized down the rectangle using a scalloped rectangle from Gina Marie Designs.
I arranged the flowers, with a few additional leaves onto the leafy sprig. Before adhering I placed them on the scalloped rectangle to determine where to stamp and adhered the sentiment. The smallest flower was adhered with liquid glue and the other two flowers with foam tape. I pulled out some pink sequins from a couple of different mixes and scattered them around the flower arrangement.
For additional visual interest the front of an A2 cardbase was embossed using the Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder. The scalloped focal image rectangle was then adhered using liquid glue and the card was done.
Day 15 of the Spring Card Camp was taught by Kristine Werner and was all about ink smooshing. I am not really good at this, maybe because it so out of control what results you get. For this first card I used blue, green, and yellow Distress inks. I smooshed two backgrounds but totally messed up on. This is the card I successfully created using Concord & 9th Double Cut Alpha Dies and the cupcake from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Circle.
The smooshed background was cut down to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and adhered to a top folding cardbase. I die cut a thin frame from gold mirror cardstock using an Ellen Hutson’s Essential Rectangle die and adhered it to the watercolor background with liquid glue. I die cut the letters for “happy birthday” using the Concord & 9th Double Cut Alpha Dies and lined them up on some purple tape to be able to add glue to the back and transfer them to the card front. I die cut the cupcake from Simon Says stamp Birthday Circle and removed the center of the frosting, leaving behind the outline of the cupcake and adhered it above the sentiment with liquid glue.
As a final embellishment I scattered blue and gold sequins around the sentiment and focal image. At the last minute I used some leftover smooshed background to create two sentiment strips and added them underneath the die cut letters.
My brother has a birthday coming up and his favorite colors are red and blue. I decided to use the Concord & 9th Birthday Basic Turnabout with two colors of red and two of blue. Added an Altenew Layered Cupcake and some small balloons and was happy with the results.
& 9th Birthday Basics Turnabout
Elle Layered Cupcake
Says Stamp Tiny Words Birthday
Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Ovals
Black Uplifting Balloons
Fawn Party Balloons
Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle Set 2
K. Designs Inks: Blue Denim, In the Navy, Cherry Red, Red Velvet, Red Hot
I love how bright and colorful this turnabout background is, but it was a little too busy for the candles I wanted to add, so I die cut a circle from white cardstock and it really them really pop on the page.