Tarnished Gold Sympathy Card

On Thursday a friend of our from church lost her husband unexpectedly.  As I went to create a card I thought that this beautiful tarnished gold technique would make the perfect sympathy card.  Dark days of loss and sorrow, but shining through great love and happy memories.

I ran a piece of Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock through the Big Shot with the Darice Cherry Blossom Embossing Folder, debossing the image so that it would be mostly black after running StazOn Jet Black Ink over the surface, leave the beautiful flowers shining gold behind.  Once it was dry I ran it through the Big Shot again with a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX die and then added more gold cardstock behind it for a very thin border, adhered using Be Creative Tape to secure it to the slick surface of the mirror cardstock.  I added black sticky back foam to the back of the panel for dimension and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock.

This sentiment was also die cut from gold mirror cardstock using Avery Elle’s With Sympathy die and adhered to a strip of the same black cardstock with another thin border of gold on the top and bottom.  The two additional word from the stamp set were stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  More black foam was added behind the sentiment strip and then it was adhered to the front of the card with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  A white panel of cardstock was added to the inside of the card and a sentiment from My sentiments Exactly Strength and Hope as stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Darice Cherry Blossom Embossing Folder
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • My Sentiments Exactly Strength and Hope
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Darice Black Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX

Tarnished Gold Vine Embossed Birthday Wishes

I was having so much fun working with this new technique of tarnishing gold mirror cardstock with embossing folders that I decided to make another card, this time with a feminine twist using the Darice Vine Embossing Folder and My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers.  It turned out to be such and elegant looking card.

I decided to deboss the vines into the gold mirror cardstock.  I really like the way it gives a rich black background when the StazOn Jet Black Ink is run across the surface.  Once the panel was dry I ran it through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX die.

For embellishments I found that the Memory Box Lorelai Leaf Poppy was almost an exact match to the vines in the embossing folder.  It was such a close match that when I die cut it from gold mirror cardstock it got lost in the shimmer of the panel, so I decided to cut it two times from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onxy Black Cardstock and stacked them together a little offset and added small amounts of Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to hold them together.  A bow was die around the bottom of the cluster with Cousin’s Iridescent Gold Cord.  Several flowers from the My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers die set were also cut from gold mirror cardstock and grouped together.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back and they were adhered at the bottom of the leave cluster.

The sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Peaceful Wildflowers stamp set and stamped with VersaMark Ink on a scrap of black cardtock and adhered directly to the embossed panel to the left of the flower bouquet and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Darice Embossing Folder Vine
  • My Favorite Things Peaceful Wildflowers
  • Memory Box Lorelai Leaf Poppy
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers
  • Cousin Iridescent Cord Gold
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Be Creative Tape

 

Tarnished Gold Embossed Birthday Card with Feathers

I liked the way that the gold mirror cardstock looked with tarnished with StazOn Jet Black Ink, so this time I used the same Sizzix 3D Feathers Embossing Folder and embossed it into the cardstock.  It gives a more subtle tarnished look, but I like the way it turned out.

For this card I decided to use gold mirror cardstock for the black ice technique, and I used an embossing folder for added dimension.  I really like the way it turned out.

Once the the panel had been tarnished, I ran i through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Die.  A mat of Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger and adhered to the back with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Another mat of gold mirror cardstock was added to the back, again 1/8″ larger and adhered with Be Creative Tape.  I find this works best when adhering to the ultra smooth surface of mirror cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for dimension and the entire panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from the same black cardstock.

For embellishments, I die cut some feathers from the Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows die set out of scraps of Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock.  The bottom feather was adhered using the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and to top feather was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Stylish Sentiments: Birthday, stamped on a scrap of black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was adhered over the feather with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape, leave a small opening for the quills so they would be on the same level as the top feather.  Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle was added to the feathers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix 3D Embossing Folder Feathers
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows Die
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle Pen

TLC687 Gold Black Ice Feathers Birthday Wishes

For this card I decided to use gold mirror cardstock for the black ice technique, and I used an embossing folder for added dimension.  I really like the way it turned out.

I decided to try debossing the Sizzix 3D Feathers into Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock.  Once that was completed I ran StazOn Jet Black Ink across the surface of the mirror cardstock.  This gives a much darker background.  Once the ink was dry I ran a VersaMark Ink pad over the surface of the card and then heat embossed it with Hero Arts Detailed Clear Embossing Powder, which gives the shimmer to the background.

I ran the embossed, distress panel through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Die.  I decided to add a mat of gold mirror cardstock behind the embossed panel, cut 1/8″ larger and adhered to the back with Be Creative Tape.  I find this works the best when adhered to the ultra smooth surface of mirror cardstock.

For embellishments, I stamped some feathers from the Mama Elephant Fair Feathers stamp set with the StazOn Ink and once the ink was dry I ran them through the Big Shot with the matching dies.  I distressed the feathers lightly by running the StazOn ink over the surface and then glued them together with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  I added a pile of Cousin Iridescent Gold Cord behind the feathers and then attached them to the embossed panel by added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back.

The sentiment is from the same Mama Elephant stamp set and was stamped on a scrap of Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered to the front of the card just underneath the quill of the feathers.  The embossed panel was then adhered to an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix 3D Embossing Folder Feathers
  • Mama Elephant Fair Feathers
  • Cousin Iridescent Cord Gold
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Be Creative Tape

Hero Arts Tiny Flags Background Masculine Birthday

The graphic element of Hero Arts Tiny Flags creates a great masculine birthday card.  Most men I know like the color blue and so the distress blending of blues and greens it a visually pleasing design.

A panel of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock was cut with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  Before stamping the Hero Arts Tiny Flags Background stamp with VersaMark ink an anti-static pad was used to eliminate any oils from the surface to ensure the Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder would only stick where wanted.

Distress ink was applied using the Ranger Mini Embossing Tool.  Colors used are: Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers.  Blue Offray Grosgrain Ribbon was was tied around the panel and tied in a knot, then the panel was glued to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

For the focal image the Just Right Spellbinders Nested Medallion Labels was used to cut some Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock. Inkadinkadoo’s Happy Birthday was stamped on the label with VersaMark Ink and sprinkled with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder and heat set with the Marvy Embossing Tool.  “Happy Birthday” was added from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party stamp.

The label was adhered to the ink blended panel using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. Tiny blue confetti stars were added to the label with Multi Matte Medium and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 80# White
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Offray Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Hero Arts Tiny Flags Background
  • Inkadinkadoo Happy Birthday
  • Winnie & Walter the Big the Bold and Party
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Distress: Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers

Pure Innocence Scientist Birthday Card

I am surrounded my scientists in my household.  My husband’s degree is in biology, my oldest daughter has a degree in bio chemistry and her husband is a physical therapist, my oldest son has a doctorate in geo physics and his wife has a masters in geology, my youngest son’s degree is in chemistry, along with his beautiful wife, and my youngest daughter is a pediatrician.  And then there’s me who doesn’t do anything with science, went to secretarial college, and loves to create.  Go figure.

Both of my daughters-in-law have birthdays in November.  I am always looking for stamp sets that I think my children and grandchildren would like.  This card was made with My Favorite Things Pure Innocence and Undeniable Chemistry and is for Monica.

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I took some Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper and prepped it with an anti-static pad since I planned to emboss a background for the card.  I randomly stamped the chemical symbols from My Favorite Undeniable Chemistry, added Ranger Silver Embossing Powder and heat set with the Marvy Embossing Tool.

Since Monica’s favorite colors are burgundy and black I used Candied Apple, Seedless Preserves, Aged Mahogany, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot to ink blend the panel.  It was glued to a top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock.

The image from My Favorite Things Pure Innocence was stamped on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink since I planned to color it with Copic Markers (colors are listed below).  Once the image was colored it was run through the Sizzix Big Shot with the second Lawn Fawn Small stitched Stackable Rectangles.  A rectangle of Recollection Silver Mirror Cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger than the focal image and glued together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

Using Winnie & Walter the Big, the Bold and Party stamp set “birthday” was stamped in the lower right of the focal panel. WPlus9 Happy Trio was die cut from both Recollections Silver Mirror Cardstock and Darice Adhesive White Fun Foam and adhered together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then to the focal image.

Darice Adhesive White Fun Foam was glued to the back of the focal image and adhered to the background panel with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Recollection Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • My Favorite Things Undeniable Chemistry
  • My Favorite Things Pure Innocence
  • Winnie & Walter the Big the Bold and Party
  • Distress Ink: Candied Apple, Seedless Preserves, Aged Mahogany, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Copic Markers: Pants C6, C7, C9; Shoes C7, C10; Shirt R39, R56, R59; Beaker B000; Skin E00, E11, E51; Hair E49, E77, R59; Outline BG0000, BG10; Ground C0, C1
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • WPlus9 Happy Trio
  • Darice Adhesive White Fun Foam
  • Ranger Silver Embossing Powder
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Marvy Embossing Tool

Stampers Anonymous Stamptember Holiday Card

I purchase this stamp set with my Christmas card in mind.  I really like how it turned out, but my husband thought it was a little difficult to read the sentiment, so I created four different cards for use to choose from that I will highlight in individual posts.00281a00281w

This is a very simple card and would be easy to mass produce.  I cut a rectangle from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  I placed the rectangle in my MISTI and stamped the tree from Stampers Anonymous Stamptember Holiday with VersaMark Ink.  The image was covered with Ranger Gold Embossing Powder and heat set with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.

Next a rectangle from Paper Accents Mirror Gold Cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger than the die cut rectangle and both were adhered with the Tombo Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.  A rectangle of Darice White Adhesive Fun Foam was cut with the SSS Stitched Rectangle die and adhered to the back of the focal image, then it was adhered to a top folding A2 card from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

I think the white and gold create a very elegant looking card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Stampers Anonymous Stamptember Holiday
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Darice White Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Tombo Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive

Come to Bethlehem Christmas Card

00280wI’ve had the Stampin’ Up Come to Bethlehem stamp set for several years. I had to find it on Ebay since it was discontinued, but it made a beautiful card with Navy ink several years ago.  This time I decided to see what it would like with gold embossing powder and really like the way it turned out.

This is the third Christmas card I created for my husband’s review. Creating the card with the MISTI was so much easier than when I made the card before since it needs to be stamped a couple of times for a crisp image.  I cut a rectangle from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  The image was covered with Ranger Gold Embossing Powder and heat set with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.  The sentiment was stamped and embossed with Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Holiday Greetings stamp set.

Next a rectangle from Paper Accents Mirror Gold Cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger than the die cut rectangle and both were adhered with the Tombo Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.  A rectangle of Darice White Adhesive Fun Foam was cut with the SSS Stitched Rectangle die and adhered to the back of the focal image, then it was adhered to a top folding A2 card from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The white and gold are beautiful.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Stampin’ Up Come to Bethlehem
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Holiday Greetings
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Darice White Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Tombo Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive

Blessed is the Season Christmas Card

This is the second Christmas card I created.  It too is a very simple card and would be easy to mass produce.  I cut a rectangle from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  I placed the rectangle in my MISTI and stamped the trees from Gina K. Designs Blessed is the Season with VersaMark Ink.  The image was covered with Ranger Gold Embossing Powder and heat set with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Very Merry Christmas stamp set and was stamped and embossed in the same manner.

00283wNext a rectangle from Paper Accents Mirror Gold Cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger than the die cut rectangle and both were adhered with the Tombo Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.  A rectangle of Darice White Adhesive Fun Foam was cut with the SSS Stitched Rectangle die and adhered to the back of the focal image, then it was adhered to a top folding A2 card from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The white and gold are beautiful.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Blessed is the Season
  • Hero Arts Very Merry Christmas
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Darice White Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Tombo Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive

Ranunculus Happy Birthday

WPlus9 has such beautiful bouquet stamps and I hope they make more. This card was made with Beautiful Bouquet Ranunculus, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto an outline for the stamp cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  (Instructions for creating a cutout image can be found on the September 29, 2016, post entitled “Happy Birthday Princess with Silhouette Cameo.”)  Copic Markers used were: Y13, Y15, Y17; V12, V15, V17; RV02, RV04; G85, G43, G24; G99, G94; YG93, YG95, YG97; G85, G94; BG10.

I dies cut a rectangle from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with the Memory Box Stitched Rectangles.  I placed the focal image on the rectangle to determine placement for the sentiment, which is from Sugar Pea Designs Celebrate All Things, stamped with Hero Hues Black.  I really like the look of dimension on my cards and so I generously added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back of the flower image and applied it to the white rectangle.

I took some purple cardstock from my stash to create a top foldling cardbase.  For added interest I ran the front of the card through the Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was added to the back of the panel and then adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

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I always add details to the inside of my cards, but I don’t usually photograph them.  This time I liked the way the sentiment “celebrate” was carried over to the inside “you” from Simon Says Stamp You Matter stamp set and thought I would share.  I stamped the flower bouquet with Memento London Fog ink, and then stamped “you” with Altenew Deep Iris ink.  Next “Happy Birthday” was stamped with Hero Hues Black.

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I liked the look of the card, but felt it was too much purple and so I cut down the front of the card to be 5 1/4″ x 4″ and glued it to a top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Next I cut down the inside of the card to the same size and applied it with Tombo Stamp Runner adhesive to the inside of the card.  Making this change really let the focal image panel pop off the card and I liked it much better.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • WPlus9 Ranunculus Stamp Set
  • Sugar Pea Designs Celebrate All Things Sentiment Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp You Matter Stamp
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Memory Box Stitched Rectangles
  • Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder
  • Memento Tuxedo Black and London Fog Ink
  • Altenew Deep Iris Ink (Inside)
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Copic Markers: Y13, Y15, Y17; V12, V15, V17; RV02, RV04; G85, G43, G24; G99, G94; YG93, YG95, YG97; G85, G94; BG10