I really like the mondo stamps from Ellen Hutson, and chrysanthemums are such a beautiful fall flowers. I really like the lacy look to a Japanese chrysanthemum, but it was more challenging to color this image. It was hard to determine the petals at times.
I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto the Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock. This is my preferred cardstock when using Copic Markers. They blend beautifully, but they do bleed through. So if you are doing a one layer card, I would used Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock. It allows for a beautiful blend as well, but it is thick enough that it doesn’t bleed through.
I decided to use some deep burgundy reds for this flower and love the way it turned out. Once the color was complete I die cut the flower and leaves with the coordinating dies.
To add some visual interest behind the flower I used a flower grid background die I purchased online from China. You can die cut the background and have tiny little petals where each diamond meets, but I decided to emboss the die instead. It add such a lovely, subtle background. It was adhered to a white top folding A2 cardbase.
I wanted to add dimension to the flower, but not too much, so I pulled out my Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape. The loft on this tape is about half of the 3M Foam Tape. I glued the leaves in place and removed the backing from the foam tape and adhered the flower in place.
For the sentiment I pulled out Altenew’s Thinking of You set and stamped the selected scripty sentiment onto black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it white. I used the same foam tape to adhere it under the flower image.
The Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Butterflies is a love set that has many butterfly images. I decided to stamp the butterflies as a background with VersaMark Ink, heat emboss them clear. I then used Distress Oxide Inks to ink blend the background.
I die cut the panel with an Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle die so that it was just smaller than an A2 cardbase. I also used a smaller rectangle to cut out the center of the panel. I really like that these dies give you a thin frame. I cut it again from white cardstock.
The sentiment is from Penny Black’s Carefree Wishes. It was stamped on black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. It was die cut using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label Die and then I angled one end to provide some visual interest.
To assemble the card I used a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock. I adhered to frame of the background directly to the cardbase with dotliner adhesive. I then added a thin line of liquid glue next to the center of the frame and added the thin white border. Foam was added to the back of the center rectangle panel and then it was adhered to the card front with liquid glue. Because the center panel was already popped up and I didn’t want to add more bulk to the card for mailing, the sentiment strip was adhered directly to the center panel with liquid glue.
I really like the color combination used for the ink blended background and crisp white images of butterflies.
Day 14 of the Spring Card Camp 2 was taught by Debby Hughes and was watercolor inspired by children. I didn’t want to do the same thing Debby had making rainbows or dots so I decided to do free hand stripes on an angle. It was very random and I didn’t like it at all, I guess I like things more uniform. I threw it in the garbage, but on second thought I wondered what it would like if I cut the watercolor background into smaller geometric shapes, combining the class taught by Laura Bassen a couple of days ago.
I pulled out the Ellen Hutson Essential Squares, which not only cuts the square but also a thin frame. I die cut six squares in rainbow order and laid them out into two rows of three. I wanted to use a black sentiment strip between the squares. Once I had a layout I pulled out my stitched rectangle dies and decided on one that would be a perfect size for the layout.
I adhered the thin frame of the squares with liquid glue and then added foam tape behind the center square, giving it great dimension. The sentiment was cut with a Simon Says Stamp sentiment label and was also adhered with foam tape.
Before adhering the panel to the side folding cardbase I decided to mat it with black cardstock. I was very happy with the outcome of this card.
For day 7 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 Amber Davis talked about using vellum overlays to frame a sentiment. She stamped a large flower image in black onto white cardstock and then added a vellum overlay with a circle cut from the center where she adhered her sentiment.
I decided to use a more colorful background. I used the same orange and yellow inks as on my previous card and stamped the Ellen Hutson Mondo Sakura into the lower left of the panel with black ink.
For the vellum overlay I cut a scalloped circle from the center top of a rectangle that was cut using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. This gave a detailed edge where the 1/8″ Be Creative Double-Sided tape could be applied and not stand out too much.
I decided to make this a sympathy card and pulled out the sympathy die cut from Avery Elle. I cut it from black cardstock and foam. This die cut sentiment was placed in the circle opening of the vellum to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment with black ink. The die cut word was then adhered with liquid glue and the card was done.
Ellen Hutson Mondo Sakura
Avery Elle With Sympathy
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles
My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scalloped Circle STAX
1/8” Be Creative Double-Sided Tape
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
Paper Accents Vellum
Gina K. Designs Honey Mustard and Wild Dandelion Ink
Day six of the Spring Card Camp was taught by Kristina Werner. She had created some patterns we could use to create paper patterns for our cards. She used three different patterned paper. I tried using three different papers and I just didn’t have three papers that went well together, and right now you can’t go to the store and get something to make it work. I tried using a dark grey cardstock as the third paper, but it just didn’t look good with the other papers I had selected. Since the Echo Park paper had gold accents I decided to stamp Simon Says Stamp Leaf Background with Versa Mark Ink and heat emboss it gold. This was way too overpowering. So, I decided to stay with two papers to create my card.
As I had done on a previous card with this technique I adhered my pieces of paper to a quarter sheet of Neena Classic Crest 80# Cardstock with dotliner adhesive.
This time I decided to create a landscape card. Since the Echo Park paper had pretty gold accents I used an Ellen Hutson’s Rectangle to create a thin border from gold mirror cardstock and die cut the patterned paper using the same size die. I adhered thin frame to a side folding ivory cardbase with liquid glue. The patterned paper rectangle was adhered using dotliner adhesive.
For the sentiment I decided to cut a circle from mirror cardstock and die cut the word “hi” using My Favorite Things Happy Hello. I also cut a circle from pink cardstock and adhered it behind the word. The sentiment was adhered to the lower right corner of the card with sticky back foam.
For the second card I made using these papers I wanted to add some visual interest to the card front so I pulled out my Memory Box Matinee Rectangle to cut down the patterned paper rectangle
For the sentiment I used the positive of the “hi” from the previous card and the thin frame leftover from cutting the gold mirror circle and die cut another circle from the pink cardstock used on the first card. I used a slightly larger Ellen Hutson Circle Die to adhered the thin circle frame and the pink circle insert. Added the positive “hi” with liquid glue and adhered it to the bottom left of the card with sticky back foam.
To see how the embossed background was created please see my Green Embossed Background Hello card.
I tried to do something a little different with each card created using these backgrounds. For this card I decided to pull out my Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle Dies. I love these dies because not only does it cut a rectangle, but it has two cutting edges that will give you a thin frame. I first cut a rectangle from the background and another from gold mirror cardstock.
I stamped a flower and leaf image from Simon Says Stamp Delicate Flowers and colored it with purple Copic Markers. The color match was lovely, but when I went to place the flower on the purple die cut rectangle it was lost in the busy background. I didn’t want to cover up the pretty background so I decided to use some vellum that I had sitting on my desk from a previous card. I die cut it using the same rectangle die. Now the challenge was how to adhered the vellum. I finally decided to use 1/8″ Be Creative Double-Sided Tape on the edges of the background rectangle. You can see it a little bit, but since it is perfectly straight and even it isn’t distracting.
I added foam tape behind the frame that was left over of the background after cutting the rectangle from the center and adhere it to a top folding A2 cardbase. Next I added a thin line of liquid glue to adhered the thin gold frame. Before placing the the vellum background rectangle a sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. The center rectangle was then adhered in place with liquid glue. The focal image flower was adhered using foam tape and the card was done.
To see instructions on how the background was created please see my Green Embossed Background Hello card.
This time the embossing was done onto white cardstock and Distress Oxide Broken China Ink was used to enhance the background.
I had Ellen Hutson’s Mondo Sakura stamp set out the use a sentiment on another card. I think this flower image is beautiful, but I didn’t want to cover up the embossed background, so I decided to stamp the image onto vellum and heat emboss it with white embossing powder. I used the coordinating die to cut around the image and then added dots of liquid glue behind the dots on the stamen.
I pulled out a thin sentiment and stamped it onto back cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. It was cut into a thin strip and foam tape was added behind for dimension.
The final embellishment was to add tiny white pearls to some of the stamen on the largest flower. I like the way it turned out.
I will take the time to describe how this background was created, which was a technique Jennifer McGuire shared in the latest Online Card Class, Spring Card Camp.
I took Hero Arts Lotus Background and stamped it onto a half sheet of cardstock with VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Then it was stamped again and more embossing powder was added and heat set. This was done for a total of ten layers of embossing powder. The embossed background is so thick that it can be used to emboss other cardstock by using the same sandwich for embossing a die.
You don’t get as crisp of an embossed background as you would with an embossing folder, but the class is using a technique that will allow you to get at least two cards from one technique. You can emboss as many times as you would like from this multi-layered embossed imaged.
For this card I embossed onto green cardstock and then ink blended it with Distress Mowed Lawn and Peel Paint. Neither were dark enough to really enhance the embossing so I pulled out Altenew’s Moss Ink.
For this card I decided to use a 3D die for the focal image. I wanted something pretty, but small enough that it wouldn’t cover the background. I decided to create an orange flower and used brushed gold cardstock for the leaves.
I stamped the sentiment onto dark brown cardstock and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. It did this three times to get a smooth embossed sentiment. I used a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label Die to cut a sentiment strip. I then stamped My Favorite Things Wood Plank Background onto the sentiment strip with Altenew’s Pure Graphite Ink to give a wood look to the strip. Foam tape was added to the back of the sentiment, one of the leaves was adhere behind the strip and the rose and other leaf were added on top of the sentiment strip.
I like the orange flower on the green background.
Hero Arts Lotus Background
My Favorite Things Wood Plank Background
Ellen Hutson Mondo Sakura
Altenew Moss Ink and Pure Graphite
Altenew Garden Picks 3D and Rose Flurries 3D Dies
Distress Oxide Inks Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn
Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
Simon Says Stamp Green Leaf Cardstock
Gina K. Designs Dark Chocolate Base Weight Cardstock
Since I had some leftover flower cardstock leftover from my previous card I decided to use it again for this one. However, this time I decided to use Ellen Hutson’s Oval Essential dies.
I first die cut a rectangle from the patterned paper using a guillotine cutter to 3 3/4″ x 5″. An Ellen Hutson Essential Oval die was used to cut an oval from gold mirror cardstock, which was adhered to the center of the patterned paper and then both were adhered to a top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardbase.
For this card I decided to cut another oval from base weight ivory cardstock and added it to the center of the gold frame. This gave a neutral base for adding the sentiment.
I pulled out the Altenew Fantasy Floral dies to create a focal image on the front of the card. Scraps of paper were used to cut the layers of the flower and then Copic Markers added some shading. The flower and leaves were added to the lower left of the oval.
The sentiment was cut from gold mirror cardstock. The secondary sentiment was stamped and then the “hello” die cut was adhered using liquid glue.
I recently saw a video on Ellen Hutson new essential die and new that they could be used to add beautiful visual interest to cards. They die cut a rectangle, but they also cut a thin frame. I purchased all the different shapes (oval, rectangle, square, and rectangle).
For this card I pulled out some beautiful flower cardstock I had on hand and used two different size rectangles to die cut the paper. Then to add visual interest I cut them again from some burgundy cardstock I had on hand. The largest thin frame was adhered to the front of a top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock using liquid glue. Next the largest flower rectangle was added to the cardbase with dotliner adhesive and the smaller burgundy frame was added to the cardbase.
Darice sticky back foam was added to the back of the smallest rectangle. When I went to adhere it to the cardbase you could see the ivory cardbase showing through, so I took a Copic Marker and colored the cardbase next to the inner thin frame and also the the edges of the foam, which resolved the issue. The smaller rectangle was adhered to the cardbase with liquid glue.
The sentiment was cut from the burgundy cardstock, but it got lost on the busy flower pattern so it was cut again from a scrap of light pink cardstock. The two were adhered together offset a little so you could see the pink behind the burgundy and it was adhered to the card front with liquid glue.
Using pretty patterned paper makes for a beautiful, easy card.