A Perfect Brightness of Hope Masculine

This is the card I made this month to send to the young men I know who are serving missions for the LDS church. I pick a gospel principle and center my card and message around it. This month I chose the word Hope. The opposite of hope is despair. To live life joyfully we need to embrace the concept of Hope.

For the masculine version of this card I used plaid patterned paper and love the way it turned out.

To create the card I die cut some patterned paper from from DCWV Bella Armoire Paper Stack with the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle. I used Altenew’s Caps Bold Alphabet Dies to cut the word “HOPE” from the patterned paper. It was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Finetec M600 Gold watercolor was used to color the letters. The letters were cut again from black sticky back foam and the two were adhered together with the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then adhered back into the negative space on the card front.

Products Used:

  • DCWV Bella Armoire Stack
  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet
  • FineTec M600 Gold
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Black Fun Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX

Hope Selective Coloring

Every month I write a card to the young men and women I know who are serving missions for the LDS church.  I pick a gospel principle and center my card and message around it.  This month I chose the word Hope.  The opposite of hope is despair.  To live life joyfully we need to embrace the concept of Hope.

I decided to selectively color the die cut word hope and added Gold FineTec M600 Watercolors to make it shine, to emulate a “perfect brightness of hope.”  I think with the black, cream, and gold it has an elegant flair.

This is the card I created for the young ladies serving on missions.  The first time I tried it I completely coated all of the letters, but I decided to try it again only painting the ivory portions of the patterned paper and liked it better.  Both are shown below.

I did go back afterward and added even more gold to the lighter portions of the paper and like the way it turned out much better.

To create the card I die cut some patterned paper from from DCWV Bella Armoire Paper Stack with the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I used Altenew’s Caps Bold Alphabet Dies to cut the word “HOPE” from the patterned paper.  It was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Finetec M600 Gold watercolor was used to color the letters.  The letters were cut again from black sticky back foam and the two were adhered together with the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then adhered back into the negative space on the card front.

A easy yet elegant card in a short period of time.

Products Used:

  • DCWV Bella Armoire Stack
  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet
  • FineTec M600 Gold
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Black Fun Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX

 

Faith is Confidence in God Encouragement Card

Every month I create a card and message for the young men and women in my local church who are serving full-time missions for the Lord.  I admire them so much for giving up 18-months to two years of their life to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the areas they are called to serve.  It is hard work and they experience difficult times, but they persevere because they love the Lord.  This month’s theme was “You Can Do Hard Things.”  I have a couple of Penny Black stamp sets that are perfect for these kind of encouragement cards.  This month I used Hope Shines.  I also wanted to experiment with creating watercolor background using Ken Oliver Color Burst Powders and they turned out beautiful.  The orange background was sent to the young men and the purple and teal to the young women.  I hope it encourages them to trust in the Lord.

For the orange background I started with dry Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper and then sprayed water to move the colors.  With the purple and teal I started with wet paper and added to dry powders.  Both methods work really well.

Once the background were completely dry I die cut them using the second largest My Favorite Things A2 Set A Stitched Rectangle.  They were applied to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Be Creative Tape.  Since the paper warps a little from adding so much water this strong adhesive really helps to flatten the panel to the cardbase.

The sentiment was stamped onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Hero Hues India Ink Black and die cut using a Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle.  It was then adhered to the watercolor paper with Scotch Advanced Tape Glider Gun, another strong bonding adhesive.

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Hope Shines
  • Alizarin Crimson, Lime Green, Orange, Lemon Yellow (Masculine)
  • Fuchsia, Turquoise, Violet (Feminine)
  • Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Scotch ATG Adhesive

Dresden China Sew Beautiful to Me

This is the third card that I made with the Jillian Vance Dresden China Die.  This time I decided to give dimension to the quilt block by adding multiple layers of the frame, which made the pieces of the quilt recessed.

This time I decided to make a 4.5″ x 4.5″ card.  The cardbase was made from the patterned paper used for the quilt block.  The die was cut from a scrap of that cardstock that had been backed with Be Creative Tape, and another three time with plain ivory cardstock.  To adhered all the quilt frames together the ivory pieces were sprayed with Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive and then layered together.

A square of Gina K. Designs Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock was cut using the largest Avery Elle Double Pierced Square die.  The sentiment from Jillian Vance’s Sew Special was stamped in the lower left using Altenew Pink Diamond Ink.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back.  The quilt frames were then adhered to the center of the card and the individual pieces of the quilt were adhered by peeling off the protective backing on the Be Creative Tape and putting them in place.  The rectangle was then adhered to the cardbase using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Final embellishments were to add a thin silk ribbon bow at the top of the card and adding a white pearl in the center of the quilt and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Jillian Vance Dresden China Quilt Block
  • Jillian Vance Sew Special
  • Altenew Pink Diamond Ink
  • My Mind’s Eye Deena’s Penny Lane Graceful Circles Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock
  • Pearl from Stash
  • Cream Organza Ribbon from Stash
  • Avery Elle Double Pierced Square
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Enhanced Gold Embossed You Are Awesome

Not long ago I did some tarnished gold cards using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink to distress or tarnish some embossed mirror cardstock panels.  I wondered what that technique would look like using a colored VersaFine Ink.  For this card I used Teal Blue and love the way it turned out.  Such an easy way to have a striking card.

The only real tip I would give for working with VersaMark Ink on a slick surface such as mirror cardstock, I used Grumbacher Matte Final Fixative to set the ink and insure that it would not rub off.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Darice Flower Frenzy Embossing Folder
  • Penny Black You Are Awesome Die
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Turquoise Sea Base Weight Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • StazOn Teal Blue Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

You Are Beautiful Inside and Out (TLC675)

This card was created by adding distress ink onto acetate and smooshing it onto damp watercolor paper.  This technique creates really beautiful background, but it also can create some lovely die cut images and florals.The flowers are from the Spellbinder January Die of the Month and were cut from leftover watercolor background paper.  I wanted something bright and cheerful to accent the flower images and so another watercolor background was created using yellow distress inks.The yellow background was die cut using a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX.  The die cut flowers were adhered to the watercolor panel with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  A small turquoise rhinestone was added to the center flower.The sentiment is from Penny Black’s Heartfelt and was stamped just below the flowers using Hero Hues India Ink Black.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the focal image panel and adhered to the back.To accent the color of the flowers some turquoise cardstock was found in my stash and die cut using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The turquoise rectangle was adhered to the cardbase using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  The focal image panel was adhered to the center using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.PRODUCTS USED:

  • Strathmore Vision 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Teal Cardstock from Stash
  • Distress Inks: Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, and Mowed Lawn / Scattered Straw and Fossilized Amber
  • Spellbinders Heart from January 2018 Die of the Month Kit
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Penny Black Heartfelt
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle

The Thing About Courage

So many people I know are facing difficult challenges in many different areas of their lives.  I wanted to create a card of encouragement.  I love this sentiment from My Favorite Things DC Vertical Greetings.  I wanted it to take center stage and so I ink blended a background with Distress Oxide Inks: Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, and Peacock Feathers onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  These ink blend beautifully.

I waited for the background to be completely dry before I stamped the sentiment in VersaFine Onyx Black Ink because I wanted to add Hero Arts Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  I heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Tool and then die cut it with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle.  A piece of Gina K. Designs 120# black cardstock was cut 1/8” larger and the two were adhered together using Sookwang Be Creative Tape.

I rectangle of Darice Sticky Foam was die cut with the same rectangle die and adhered to the back of the focal image.  A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

A clean and simple card focusing on a great message for all of us to remember.

The second card was made the exact same way, but with different colors of Oxide Inks.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things DC Vertical Greetings
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, and Peacock Feathers or Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers, and Salty Ocean
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangles

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

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

CTD433: Smile: Happy Looks Good on You

I ran across the Hampton Art Flower Believe Layering stamp set at Michaels a couple of weeks ago and liked the flowers in the set.  It made a pretty card.

I don’t often make a card without any additional rectangle layers, but for this card I decided to keep is clean and simple.  I stamped the flowers on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock using the Altenew Inks listed below. I hadn’t noticed it before, but there are only leaf sprigs in this stamp set and so I pulled out the Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums to add leaves to the flowers, stamping them in the Altenew green inks listed below.  Once I was done stamping I fussy cut the images with the Cutter Bee scissors.  I have other small scissors, but these seem to work the best for detailed cutting.

Once all the stamping and cutting was done it was time to determine the arrangement on the front of the cardbase.  A top folding A2 card was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  At first I thought I would only have three flowers in the lower left, but eventually I settled on five.  I stamped the leaf sprigs directly to the card front and began to adhered the flowers and leaves around them using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The two lowest flowers were adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for added dimension.

It was at this point that I remembered to stamp the sentiment, which is from Penny Black Happy Thoughts.  I wanted something that would be subtle and not detract from the flowers and so I stamped it with VersaMark Ink, added Ranger Detailed Silver Embossing Powder, and heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Tool.  Then one more flower was added to the upper right with a few leaves.

I thought I would be done at this point, but the way this layering stamp worked the flower centers didn’t have any definition and so I decided to pull some blue rhinestones from my stash for the center of the flowers and liked the way it looked much better.

Products Used:

  • Hampton Art Flower Believe Layering Clear Stamp (SC0746)
  • Penny Black Happy Thoughts
  • Clearly Besotted Layered Chrysanthemums
  • Altenew Inks: Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue, Sapphire, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade, Evergreen
  • Ranger Detailed Silver Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

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