You Are the Tweetest

My granddaughter recently had her 13th birthday.  The years are passing too quickly.  She loves parakeets and has two of her own.  When I saw this cute stamp by Penny Black I knew it would make the perfect card for Aurora.

I colored the image with Copic Markers in her favorite colors of turquoise and purple.  And the little parakeet was colored the same as one of her birds.  Once coloring was complete I die cut the image using the Silhouette PIXScan Mat.  The stamped image has long hair, so I manipulated the cut file to have short hair, just like Aurora.  I traced around the image onto some Darice Sticky Back Foam and fussy cut around it, making it slightly smaller so it would fit behind the die cut focal image.

For the card front I die cut a rectangle of Turquoise cardstock I had in my stash with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then dry embossed it with Do Crafts Small Polka Dot Hearts Embossing Folder.  It was adhered directly to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

For the focal image I die cut a scalloped rectangle using a die from Gina Marie Designs.  I placed the die cut image on the rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiments from Penny Black’s Tweetie and Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments.  I used Altenew Volcano Lake Ink.  The focal image was adhered to the scalloped rectangle with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then it was adhered to the card front using the same liquid glue.

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Tweetie
  • Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments
  • Copic Markers: E55, E53, E51; E11, E01, E00, R21, R20; YG25, YG03, YG21; Y06, Y02, Y11, Y12; W5, W3, W1; C2, C1; V25, V22, V20; BG15, BG13, BG11
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • DoCrafts Small Polka Hearts Embossing Folder
  • Altenew Volcano Lake Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Silhouette Cameo PixScan Mat and Software
  • Turquoise Cardstock from Scraps
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

Happy Happy Birthday to You

When you purchase something from the  Honey Bee Stamp Company you get a cute little coloring card with flowers and bees.  This time I decided to use it for a card.  I colored it with Copic Markers, changed the sentiment, and the results was a cute a colorful birthday card.

I decided to go outside my norm and place the focal image on an angle.  I matted it with turquoise cardstock from scraps and added Darice sticky Back Foam for dimension.

For the cardbase I found some hexagon patterned paper in the Doodlebug Designs Kraft in Color Paper Pad and cut it to fit the front of an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  I searched through my paper packs to find a complimentary patterned paper to add a strip of color behind the focal image and decided on this turquoise and white stripe from Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow Petite paper Pak.

It turned out to be a bright and cheerful birthday card.

Products Used:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Thank You Card
  • Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
  • Copic Markers: Y08, Y06, Y04; R20; BG01, BG000, BG0000; C10, C8, C6; E49, E47, E59, E57, E55; Y19, Y17, Y15, Y13; YG67, YG17, YG25; B01, B00, B000
  • Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow Petite Paper Pak
  • Doodlebug Designs Kraft in Color 6 x 6 Paper Pad
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Scraps
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

Happy Birthday Bouquet for Julia

I really enjoy creating birthday cards for the young women in my church.  I like looking through my stamps and finding an image that looks a little like the recipient and color it with their hair color and favorite color for the clothes.  This card is for Julia, who is turning seventeen.  Her favorite color is olive green.

This is a digital stamp.  I printed it using the Silhouette Cameo software with registration marks so that I could cut around the image when I was done coloring.  I used Copic Markers to color this lovely young lady.  Colors are listed below.

Once the coloring was complete I cut out the image and then traced around it onto the paper side of some Darice Sticky Back Foam and fussy cut around it keeping inside of the lines and then added to the back of the focal image.

I went through my scraps of paper to find something I could use for a background for Julia and ran across this green grid patterned paper.  I die cut it using a Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle.  Since I had used a golden yellow as the accents for the image I adhered the scalloped rectangle to a larger My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  The rectangles where adhered to an A2 top folding cardbase made from dark green cardstock I had in my stash.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Yummy Treats and was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The focal image was then adhered using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Lemon Shortbread Hat Bouquet
  • Hero Arts Yummy Treats
  • Copic Markers: YR24, YR23, YR21; YG99, YG97, YG95, YG93; YG67, YG17, YG03; R05, R02; Y38, Y08; E33, YR21, YR20; R21; E00, E000, E11, R01
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Paper Accents Glossy Gold Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Green Grid Patterned Paper from Scraps
  • Green Bazzills Paper from Scraps
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Cute Dragon Make a Wish Birthday

When I saw this digital image from Connie Fong call Tori the Dragon with Heart Cake I knew it would make a really cute birthday card, for any age.

I printed the image onto some Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers BG18, BG57, BG53, B01, B00; B000, B0000; G94, G24, G21; RV14, RV13, RV11; Y26, Y23, Y21.

Once the coloring was complete it was die cut using the PIXScan Mat and the Silhouette Cameo.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added by tracing around the image with a pencil and fussy cutting with a scissor.

To compliment the color pallet used a rectangle of turquoise plaid patterned paper from the Lawn Fawn Rainbow Plaid paper pack was die cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX and adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.

To help the little dragon pop on the card front a circle of Neena cardstock was cut with a My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX die.  It was adhered to the plaid paper with the dotliner adhesive and the dragon was adhered using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The sentiment is from the Penny Black Sentiment die set and was cut from the same white cardstock and adhered to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the frosting, flowers, hearts, and dragon wings and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Connie Font Tori the Dragon with Heart Cake Digi Stamp
  • Penny Black Celebrations Die
  • Silhouette Cameo Image Cutting
  • Copic Markers: BG18, BG57, BG53, B01, B00; B000, B0000; G94, G24, G21; RV14, RV13, RV11; Y26, Y23, Y21
  • Lawn Fawn Rainbow Plaid 6” x 6” Paper Pad
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circles STAX
  • Darice Swirl Embossing Folder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Happy Birthday Balloons & Presents Stack

I am always looking for stamps that would make great birthday cards, since I make so many of them.  When I saw this Chunky Birthday stamp from Stampendous I knew it would make great masculine cards.

I decided to watercolor the image so I stamped it with VersaFine Fine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder on Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  I used ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers (020 Red, 070 Orange, 052 Bright Yellow, 043 Olive Green, 031 Cobalt Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 084 Deep Violet, 080 Violet) to color it in a rainbow pallet.

Once the coloring was dry the image was die cut with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  It was matted with Gina K. Designs Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added for dimension.  The focal image rectangle was adhered to a top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampendous Chunky Birthday
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 020 Red, 070 Orange, 052 Bright Yellow, 043 Olive Green, 031 Cobalt Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 084 Deep Violet, 080 Violet
  • Waterbrush
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Copic Colored Zen Bouquet Birthday Card

Recently I decided to stamp a lot of my flower stamp sets and set them aside so I would have them to make a quick card when needed.  I decided to stamp them once on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock, once on vellum with gold embossing power, and a third time on vellum with white embossing powder.  The next few posts will show how different the same stamp can look when created with these different mediums.

Below is the Honey Bee Zen Bouquet stamped on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  This is a huge image measuring about 5 3/4″ in diameter.  For this card I decided to create a 6″ x 6″ cardbase from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and then used her Black Cardstock as a background for the stamp, cut 1/8″ smaller.  I colored the image using Copic Markers.  It looks striking on the black background.

Once the image was colored it was die cut using the matching die and then cut again from Darice Sticky Back Foam.  The foam was trimmed down so that it wouldn’t show when adhered to the back of the image and then adhered to the black square with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The sentiment from Clearly Besott

ed Butterfly Wishes was stamped on Paper Studio Vellum with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was wrapped around the flower image and adhered to the back of the black rectangle with Scotch Tape.  The focal image panel was then adhered to the front of the 6″ x 6″ cardbase with Be Creative Tape.  To add a little more visual interest to this large image one of the butterflies from the Clearly Besotted Butterfly Wishes set was stamped with Gina K. Designs Blue Lagoon Ink and adhered to the left of the sentiment strip.  Using Martha Stewart’s Butterfly Trio Punch two additional butterflies where adhered, which were colored with Gina K. Designs Sweet Corn and Bubblegum ink and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Zen Bouquet
  • Clearly Besotted Butterfly Wishes
  • Copic Markers: B28, B24; B06, B04; V09, V06 V04; RV17, RV14, RV11; R08, R05; R27, R24, R22; R89, R56; Y17, Y15; BG18, BG15; BV17, BV13; BG75, BG72; YG99, YG95, YG67, YG63, YG03, G99, G46, G40, G29, G24, G21, G19, G09, G02, B000
  • Gina K. Designs Sweet Corn, Bubblegum, and Blue Lagoon Ink
  • Black and White Cardstock from Stash
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Paper Studio Vellum
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Blooming Bouquet Happy Birthday

The Altenew Blooming Bouquet stamp is a lovely, large image that makes a striking card.  This time I decided to stamp it twice in diagonal corners of the card and use Copic Markers to color the image.

The image was stamped on a quarter sheet of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock in alternating corners with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The Copic Markers used to color the image are listed below.

Once the image was colored the panel was die cut using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the rectangle and adhered to the back.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Birthday Message and was stamped on a strip of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back and it was then adhered just under the half way part of the focal image.

The focal image was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from 120# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Wink of Stella was added to the flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Blooming Bouquet
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Copic Markers: V09, V25, V22, V20; Y08, Y06, Y04; RV13, RV11, RV10; R89, R37, R32; G99, G94, G24; YG97, YG95, YG93; G17, G16, G00; C1
  • Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Wink of Stella Glitter Pen

Spring Shower Cover Die Make a Wish Birthday Card

I had seen a video with Jennifer McGuire using this die and loved it.  I too love the results of this card, but it was very time consuming to color and then paper piece each of the flowers and leave back into the background.

First the largest My Favorite Things Rectangle STAX was used to cut Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.  Next the Altenew Spring Shower Cover Die was placed on the rectangle and run through the Big Shot a second time.  Both are the same size, so Post-it Tape was used to hold it in place while die cutting.

Copic Markers were used to color all of the die cut flowers and leaves.  Colors used are listed below.  I had watched Nicole Spohr cover the back of a panel to be paper pieced with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  This eliminates the need to add adhesive to each item and also adds dimension when it is added to the cardbase.

After each piece was adhered back in place I pulled some clear Rhinestones from my stash of supplied and added them to the centers of the flowers.  I wanted the background to show as much as possible and so the sentiment from Hero Arts Birthday Messages was stamped on a then strip of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered to the bottom third of the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Spring Shower Cover Die
  • Copic Markers: RV13, RV11, RV10; R08, R05, R02; Y08, Y06, Y04; B26, B24, B23; B39, B37; V17, V15, V12; R35, R46; YG99, YG95, YG93; G46, G24; YG25, YG03; G28, G07; C2
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Clear Rhinestones from Stash
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Sea Shells Still Life Happy Birthday

The beach is a relaxing, peaceful place to be.  I’ve never found such beautiful shells as show in Inkadinkado’s Sea Shells Still Life, but it makes a lovely, more masculine in nature birthday card.

I began by stamping the image on Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.  I used the MISTI so that I could stamp multiple times to get a crisp image.  Next I ink blended the background using Ranger’s Mini Ink Blending Tool using Distress Ink: Fozzilized Amber, Brushed Cordurory, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China.  To intensify the colors of the shells I used Copic Markers: R21, R22, R12; E30, E31, E33; E33, E35, E55; E47, E57, E59; BG000, BG01, BG02; G40, G43.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday and was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.

I die cut the focal image with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stac

kable Rectangles and added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the back of the panel.  An A2 side folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock, but when I placed the focal image on the cardbase everything blended together.  To help the focal image pop, a rectangle 1/8” larger than the focal image was cut from some blue cardstock I had in my stash.  I liked the look of the card much better and so it was adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then the focal image was adhered on top with the same glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Inkadinkado Sea Shells Still Life
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Distress Ink: Fossilized Amber, Brushed Corduroy, Tumbled Glass, Broken China
  • Copic Markers: R21, R22, R12; E30, E31, E33; E33, E35, E55; E47, E57, E59; BG000, BG01, BG02; G40, G43

 

Power Poppy Rose and Chamomile Orange Tipped Yellow Time to Celebrate Card

For this card I decided to do a two-toned flower. I hoped it would be like a flower I have growing in my back yard.  It is deeper in hue, but still pretty.

The digital stamp was printed on Neenah Solar White 80# Cardstock with a laser printer and then colored with Copic Markers (colors used are listed below).  Once the image was colored the image was die cut with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle.  A rectangle from Paper Accents Gold  Cardstock was cut 1/8” larger and the two were adhered together with Be Creative Double Sided Tape.  Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was die cut and added to the back of the focal image rectangle.

The focal image rectangle 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:

  • Power Poppy Rose and Chamomile Digital Stamp
  • Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings
  • Copic: Y06, Y08, Y15; R22, RV13, RV14; G43, G46, G99; B0000, B000
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black