I was needing some masculine birthday cards and thought about using three cutout squares across a card front. I don’t have a die that will cut all three, so I took a quarter sheet panel of cardstock and drew a line across the card where I wanted the bottom of the squares to be. I marked the center of the card with pencil and placed the square die so it aligned with both markings. I then marked with pencil the spacing I wanted between the dies and simply aligned them with the marked lines and tick mark. It worked great.
I cut down the panel using the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle. For some visual interest I ran the panel through the Big Shot using Stampin’ Up Brick and Mortar Embossing Folding. To define the bricks I ink blended some Distress Oxide Weathered Wood.
I wanted a sentiment in the center box and so I laid it on another panel of cardstock and drew a pencil mark around the square to know the perfect placement. I went through my stamp to find a great sentiment to fit in the square.
A strip of acetate was adhered to the back of the windows and then double thickness foam tape was added around the windows and the entire back of the card. Black and silver sequins and silver beads were placed in the wells of the two outer squares. The paper backing was removed from the foam tape and then the stamped panel was placed on the back.
I liked the card, but I wanted to add a pop of color. I gook some red mirror cardstock and heat foiled a sentiment with silver foil and then cut it out using a Pink and Main sentiment Strip. I decided to cut out a small cupcake with silver mirror cardstock for the cupcake and red mirror for the cherry. It was adhered to the left of the sentiment strip, which was adhered to the front of the card with liquid glue.
I liked it, but I felt I needed a bit more red. The square dies I had used were from Ellen Hutson’s Essential line. They cut a thin frame as well as the shape. I decided to cut the squares again from red mirror cardstock and adhered the thin frame into the center of the squares. It was just what was needed.
The shaker card front was placed on a side folding red cardbase and the card was done.
I used an embossing folder with some purple cardstock to add to the bottom on my envelopes for the previous cards I made. I had a little left over and decided to use it to create a card.
I colored the embossed flowers and leaves with Copic Markers. I then embossed a half sheet of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White with the same embossing folder. The larger size allow me to align the purple and white embossing so that they matched and then ran them through the Big Shot with a stitched rectangle die. Foam was added to the back of the purple rectangle, which was adhered over the white with liquid glue.
The sentiment was stamped onto vellum, heat embossed gold, and cut into a thin strip, which was wrapped around the embossed rectangle. It was then adhered to a top folding cardbase.
Unfortunately I needed some sympathy cards. I decided to make two with similar soft colors to one on hand when needed. The lovely stamp set Delight Blooms from Gina K. Designs has two lovely flower bouquets. I stamped the first with a light ink onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers.
The panels were cut down using a stitched rectangle. For the first card the word sympathy was cut from gold mirror cardstock and adhered to the bottom right of the focal image. The secondary sentiment was stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed gold. Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.
The final embellishment was to scatter a few purple sequins on the card front.
For the second card, it was stamped on vellum with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. When coloring vellum with Copic Markers you color from the back. This softens the colors, so use darker colors than you normally would.
The hardest thing about using vellum is how to adhere it. You can see any adhesive you use through the vellum. I decided to cut a thin purple frame using an Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle and adhere it to the edges of the focal image with liquid glue. I decided to adhere the panel to a rectangle of white cardstock, which would allow me to add foam to the back for dimension.
I decided to use the same purple cardstock as the frame for the sentiments. The edges were outlined with a Copic Marker. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered to the bottom right of the card front.
I pulled out my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils to add some depth to the front of the vellum at the base of the petals and leaves.
The final embellishment was to scatter a few purple sequins.
In looking through I stamps I ran across Clearly Besotted’s My Best Friend layering stamp. I’m not sure if I have ever used it before. Every now and then I like to pull out those stamps and put them to good use. I used this stamp set to create three different cards. The beauty of the MISTI is that they can be stamp multiple times without moving the aligned stamps. It makes for faster card making.
This stamp has a cluster of three flowers. They were first stamped in yellows. The coordinating leaves were stamped with a yellow green. I did not have coordinating dies, but they are pretty simple images and were easy to fussy cut.
A panel of white cardstock was die cut using a stitched rectangle and them dry embossed using the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. I love the way embossing folders help to draw the eye to the focal image. I layered two flower images together in a portrait format and adhered them to the embossed panel using foam tape. Black flower centers were added using Nuvo Crystal Drops. To enhance the color scheme of black and yellow a mat of black cardstock was added to the back of the panel and it was adhered to a top folding cardbase with liquid glue.
The sentiment was stamped onto black cardstock with VersaMark ink and heat embossed white. It was trimmed down with a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strip and one of the ends was angled with scissors. It was adhered to the bottom right of the card with both liquid glue and foam tape.
At the last minute I decided to enhance the shadows of the flowers with a colored pencil and the card was done.
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.