Country Roads Masculine Birthday Card

For this masculine birthday card I used Gina K. Designs Country Roads stamp set.  It took quite some time to complete this card and it would never be one to mass produce, but I like the way it turned out.

To stamp the image I cut a quarter sheet of Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock and stamped the covered bridge image in the upper middle of the card with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.  Since the image is only the covered bridge and a little bit of road and river I needed to extend both to fill the front of the card.  I knew that I wanted to add the pickup truck and so I used Copic Marker E51 to extend the road, curving it around so that the pickup could be stamp.  I had to stamp this again because I wasn’t paying enough attention and originally stamped the pickup in the river, not the road.  The river was extended using Copic Marker B91.  Another tree from the stamp set was added to the left of the covered bridge.  Figuring out the placement for extending the images took a little time.  It also took some time to color the entire image with Copic Markers.  (Colors used are listed below.)  I definitely would change the way the tuffs of grass were added on the left of the road, but overall I am happy with the way it turned out.

Once the coloring was done it was time for a sentiment. I needed something small and found just what I was looking for in the Simon Says Stamp Square Sayings stamp set. Because I had spent so much time coloring this image I used the MISTI to stamp the sentiment with Hero Hues India Ink Black.

It was now time to assemble the card.  I took the focal image and die cut it with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle. I had my ink blending tool with Distress Rusty Hinge still out from creating another card and so I used it to ink blend the edges of the die cut focal image rectangle.  Darice Sticky Backed Fun Foam was added to the back of the panel with Sookwang Scor-Tape Adhesive Tape.  An A2 side folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  When I placed the focal image rectangle on the cardbase it was too stark of a contrast so the edges of the cardbase were ink blended with Distress Rusty Hinge as well.  The backing was removed from the fun foam and the image was adhered to the front of the card.  Inkssential Glossy Accents was added to the pickup truck windows and lights and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Country Roads
  • Simon Says Stamp Square Sayings
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and Marker
  • Distress Vintage Photo Ink
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Copic Markers: C1, C2, C3 (bumper) C4, C5, C6, C7 (tires and grill); G21, G24, G28 (tree); G40, G43, G46; G85 (tree); YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97 (grass); B0000, B000, B00 (sky); B91, B93, B95 (river); B32, B34, 37, B39 (truck); Y13, Y15; R21, R22, R24, R27, R29; E25, E57, E59, E79, E49 (Fence and tree trunks and limbs); E51, E53, E55 (road)
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape

Sugar Rush Masculine Birthday Card

This birthday card could be for a masculine or feminine recipient, but I was thinking of a masculine card when I created it.

For this birthday card I used some plaid cardstock from Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid for Fall, cut it 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and adhered to the left of an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Zookwang Be Creative Adhesive Tape.  To add a little more visual interest I die cut a zig zag border with one of the Spellbinders on the Edge dies out of matching cardstock from my scraps and adhered it with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

I had it in my head to use some cupcakes for this card and so I went through my birthday sentiments until I found one that I thought would compliment this theme.  I stamped the sentiment towards the bottom of the white space on the card front with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink. Since the white space was relatively narrow and tall I decided to stack some cupcakes for the focal image.  I found the perfect size cupcake image in the Winnie & Walter Sugar Rush stamp set.  I determined how many cupcakes I would have room for and began stamping the top cupcake in the same Memento ink.  I stamped it again on a full adhesive Post-it and fussy cut it with my detail Cutter Bee scissors to create a mask.  I then stamped the remaining three cupcakes in a staggered formation, moving the mask each time I stamped.

Once the stamping was complete I colored the images with complimentary Copic Markers, colors listed below, adding the lines to the cupcake liners and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Winnie & Walter Sugar Rush
  • My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday
  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Copic Markers: YR21, YR 23, YR24; YR04, YR07, YR09; BG18, BG32, BG34; YR12, YR14, Y15l BG11, BG13, BG15; E23, E25, E47
  • Spellbinders on the Edge
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid for Fall Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Wink of Stella
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Full Adhesive Post-it
  • Cutter Bee Scissors

Believe in Miracles Floral Encouragement Card

This is the second card I’ve made recently with Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles.  I had cut some outlines of the flowers and leaves with the Silhouette from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and stamped them in Altenew inks (listed below).  These are outline images and so I decided to color them using Copic Markers (colors listed below).

To assemble the card I die cut a rectangle of the 80# cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and then laid the flowers and leaves out to determine where I wanted to stamp the sentiment, which is from Hero Arts Spring Hello, stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black, using the MISTI to be able to stamp multiple times to get a crisp image.

I adhered all the flowers except the large purple one with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  I decided I wanted a sky background and so I used the Inkylicious Ink Duster Bending Brush to apply Distress Tumbled Glass Ink from the upper right corner into the center of the card.  The large purple flower was adhered using 3M ½” Foam Tape.  Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was cut with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles and added to the back of the focal image rectangle.  A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Stickles Tidings was added to the center of the flowers to add interest and shine and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles
  • Penny Black Special Thoughts
  • Altenew Inks: Lavender Fields, Warm Sunshine, Firebrick, Autumn Blaze, Deep Iris
  • Copic Markers: Y11, Y15, Y17; YR12, YR14, YR15, YR16; V01, V04, V06, V09; G20, G24, G43
  • Distress Ink Tumbled Glass
  • Inkylicioius Ink Duster Blending Brush
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Stickles Tinsel

Believe in Miracles Hello Card

I have used the sentiments in Simon Says Stamp Believe in Miracles, but I had not yet used the flowers.  I cut some outlines of the flowers and leaves with the Silhouette from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and stamped them in Altenew inks (listed below).  These are outline images and so I decided to color them using Copic Markers (colors listed below).  Once I was done with the coloring it was time to assemble the card.

I die cut a rectangle of the 80# cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and then laid the flowers and leaves out to determine where I wanted to stamp the sentiment, which is from Hero Arts Spring Hello, stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black, using the MISTI to be able to stamp multiple times to get a crisp image.

I adhered all the flowers except the large blue one with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  It was at this point that I decided I wanted a sky background and so I used the Inkylicious Ink Duster Bending Brush to apply Distress Tumbled Glass Ink from the upper right corner into the center of the card.  The large blue flower was adhered using 3M ½” Foam Tape.  Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was added to the focal image rectangle.  A landscape A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  In looking at the card I decided that the flowers needed to have something to make them pop and so I added Stickles Tidings to the centers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles
  • Hero Arts Spring Hello
  • Altenew Inks: Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Ocean Waves, Dusk
  • Copic Markers: BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18, BG75; BG15, BG45, BG32, BG34; R20, R21, R22; R32, R35, R37; G20, G24, G43
  • Distress Ink Tumbled Glass
  • Inkylicioius Ink Duster Blending Brush
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Stickles Tinsel

Freehand Florals Encouragement Card

Sometimes we all need a reminder to not be so hard on ourselves, to believe that what we are doing is enough.  We can’t solve everything, sometimes we cannot make things better for those we love, but we have strength beyond what we know, we just need to believe in ourselves.

This is another of those stamp sets that have been sitting on my shelf just waiting for me to use it.  I found lining up these layering stamps was a little more challenging than others I’ve worked with.  It took a few tries, but I finally got it to where I was okay with the outcome.

The favorite colors of the person this card was created for is pale blue and silver and so those were the predominant colors used.  I began by stamping the images on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Altenew Ink.  Before stamping the flowers I used VersaMark ink to season the stamp.  I saw this tip I think on Jennifer McGuire’s YouTube Channel.  Once you have a good coating of VersaMark on the stamp you wipe it off with a cloth or your hand and it will give you a crisper image.  The Altenew Inks used are:  Sea Glass, Ocean Waves, Dusk, Frosty Pink, Cotton Candy, Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade.  The last layer was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Detailed Silver Embossing Powder.  Once stamping was complete I die cut the flowers and leaves with the matching dies.

I knew I wanted to use a die cut word and originally thought I had the word amazing, but alas when I searched I didn’t (will have to get that soon) and so I used Simon Says Stamp Believe stamp and die set.  I die cut the word from Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock and then three more times from white cardstock and adhered them together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive Spray.

It was now time to assemble the card.  I die cut some 80# white cardstock with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and arranged the flowers and word die cut where I wanted them so that I could determine the placement for the secondary sentiments, which is from the same Simon Says Stamp Believe stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Detailed Silver Embossing Powder.  The flowers and leaves were adhered with Tombo Mono Multi Glue, which the exception of the large blue flowers which were adhered with 3M ½” Foam Tape.  I added Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam to the back of the focal image rectangle and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and this clean and simple card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • WPlus9 Freehand Florals Stamp and Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Believe
  • Altenew Inks: Sea Glass, Ocean Waves, Dusk, Frosty Pink, Cotton Candy, Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive Spray

Spring Flowers and More Spring Flowers Hello Card

This past week I finally got the new Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers.  I already had the Spring Flowers stamp and die and wanted to create a card using both.  I’m ready for spring and liked the way it turned out.

I stamped the flower and leaf images on 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, which is Copic friendly and doesn’t bleed when coloring the images.  The Copic colors used were: Y11, Y15, Y18; B91, B93, B95; YG03, YG17, YG67; G20, G24, G46; RV11, RV13, RV14; V12, V15, V17.  I stamped multiple stems and stem and leaf combinations so that I could have options when assembling the flowers into a bouquet.

To add dimension and interest behind the flower bouquet I die cut a rectangle of 80# white cardstock with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and then ran it through the Big Shot again with the Lifestyle Crafts Chain Embossing Folder.

It was now time to determine the layout of the bouquet.  I began by placing the flower where I wanted them on the embossed rectangle.  Next I determined which stems and leaves would make the most pleasing arrangements.  Once this was complete I carefully would lift each stem and add a little Ranger Multi Medium Matte to adhere them together.  Once that was done I adhered the flowers to the appropriate stem.   A few leaves were added to balance the focal image.  I wanted the stems to be adhered directly to the embossed rectangle, but I thought it would add more interest if some of the flowers were lifted, so I added a strip of 3M ½” Foam Tape to the back of the rose, purple crocus, and the yellow flower.  I peeled the backing from the foam tape, added Ranger Multi Medium Matte to the stems and adhered the entire bouquet to the embossed rectangle.  To cover some of the stems at the bottom some die cut grass was added.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Hello and was cut from 120# Gina K. Designs Black Cardstock and adhered to the bottom of the embossed rectangle with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle, which is just smaller than the embossed rectangle, and the foam was adhered to the back of the focal image panel.  Zookwang Scor-Tape was then added to the fun foam and the focal image was adhered to the front of the cardbase.  As a finishing touch, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Glitter was added to the flowers.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers and More Spring Flowers Stamps and Dies
  • Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Hello
  • Copic Markers: Y11, Y15, Y18; B91, B93, B95; YG03, YG17, YG67; G20, G24, G46; RV11, RV13, RV14; V12, V15, V17
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Lifestyle Crafts Chain Embossing Folder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Power Poppy Leaping Trout Birthday Card

I recently purchased the Power Poppy Leaping Trout Digital Stamp.  I thought it would make great cards for the sports enthusiasts in my life.  I really like the way it turned out.

I printed the image with my HP laser printer on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.  If I had printed it with an ink jet printer the lines would bleed when colored with Copic Markers.  I Googled images for Rainbow Trout and colored the fish and water with the following colors:  C2, C3, C4; V2, BG01, B32, YG03; B91, B95.  The image was outlined with B0000, B000.

The focal image panel was then die cut using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  Another rectangle was cut 1/8” larger from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and the two were adhered together using Tombo Mono Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday and was stamped using Hero Hues India Ink Black.

Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was added to the back of the focal image to add dimension.  An A2 top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The front of the cardbase was run through the Big Shot with the Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder for added dimension to the card front and then the focal image panel was adhered to the card front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Power Poppy Leaping Trout Digital Image
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: C2, C3, C4; V2, BG01, B32, YG03; B91, B95; B0000, B000
  • Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Tombo Mono Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

Power Poppy Pansies Heartfelt Thanks Card

This pretty flower stamp is a Power Poppy Pansies Digital Stamp.  It was printed on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock using a laser printer so that it could be color with Copic Markers.  The colors used are listed below.

Once the image had been colored the focal image was die cut using My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX.  A larger circle was cut using a Simon Says Stamp Nested Circle out of Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock.  The two were adhered together using Scor-Tape.  A circle of Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was cut with the same MFT Pierced Circle STAX die and adhered to the back of the focal image with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  To accent the purple in the flowers a Spellbinders Lacey Circle was cut out of purple cardstock.  The focal image was adhered to the lacey circle using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The sentiment from Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  To add interest and break the focal image from the sentiment a thin strip of gold cardstock was cut and adhered just above the sentiment and below the focal image.  Purple sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Sugar Plum and Sweetheart Mixes were adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Power Poppy Pansies Digital Stamp
  • Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings
  • Copic Markers: Y13, Y15, Y17; YG03, YG53, YG17, Y13, Y15, Y17; V17, V99; C1, C3
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Purple Cardstock from Stash
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX
  • Spellbinders Lacey Circles
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sugar Plum and Sweetheart Mixes Sequins
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Power Poppy Rose & Chamomile Time to Celebrate Birthday Card

I loved the beautiful image from Power Poppy Rose & Chamomile Digital Stamp.  I knew it would make a beautiful card the moment I saw it and I was not disappointed.

I began by printing the image with a laser printer so that it could be colored using Copic Markers.  The colors of markers used were: RV13, RV14; V12, V15, V17; B23, B26; YG03, YG63, G46; G46; YG97.

Once the image was colored I die cut it using My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX.  To highlight the pink of the rose a Spellbinders Lacey Circle was cut from pink cardstock and the two were adhered together using Tombo Mono Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.  A smaller circle of Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was cut and adhered to the back of the focal image with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The sentiment from Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  To add interest and break the focal image from the sentiment a thin strip of pink cardstock was cut and adhered just above the sentiment and below the focal image.  Pink and purple sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Sugar Plum and Doodlebug Designs Lilac were adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Power Poppy Rose & Chamomile Digital Stamp
  • Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings
  • Copic Markers: RV11, RV13, RV14; V12, V15, V17; B23, B26; YG03, YG63, G46; G46; YG97
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX
  • Spellbinders Lacey Circles
  • Doodlebug Designs Lilac and Pretty Pink Posh Sugar Plum Mix Sequins
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Pink Cardstock from Stash
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam

Power Poppy Ranunculus Birthday Card

There are a lot of ranunculus flower images out there right now, but I liked this one from Power Poppy.  I purchased the digital image and printed it on 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock with a laser printer.  This allowed me to color the image with Copic Markers without causing the lines to bleed.  The colors used are listed below.

Once the coloring was completed the image was die cut using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  A rectangle 1/8” larger was cut with my paper trimmer from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and the two were adhered together using Scor-Tape.  I have found this works best on the slick surface of mirror cardstock.  Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was adhered to the back of the focal image.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The sentiment from Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings was stamped on Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Rangers Fine Detailed Gold Embossing Powder.  A scrap of adhesive fun foam was added to the back of the sentiment and then adhered to the front of the card with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  A few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold were adhered to the card front with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Power Poppy Ranunculus Digital Stamp
  • Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings
  • Copic Markers: V15, V17; Y13, Y15, Y17; RV13, Y13; Y15; RV11, RV13, RV14; R20, R21, R22; YR04, YR07, R05; R05, R08, R11; YR12, YR14, YR15; G2G4, G46
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder