Praying for You Diane

I recently found out that my son’s mother-in-law has cancer and will be undergoing surgery soon. I wanted to send her a quick card letting her know we are praying for her quick recovery.

I pulled out Honey Bee Stamps Everything Wonderful and stamped it with London Fog Memento Ink. It was colored with Copic Markers. Once the coloring was complete it was stamped again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. It was then cut out using the coordinating die. The die was used to cut the shape from sticky back foam, which was trimmed down and then adhered behind the flower bouquet for dimension.

A panel of white cardstock was cut down using a stitched rectangle. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed in the lower right of the card and was then dry embossed with Stampin’ Up’s Subtle Embossing Folder. It is one of my favorite folders to add visual interest behind the focal image.

The panel was adhered to the a side folding cardbase with dotliner adhesive. The flower bouquet was then adhered using liquid glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Everything Wonderful
  • Memento London Fog Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers: RV25, RV23, RV02, RV00, RV000; YG67, YG17, YG03; Y18, Y15, Y13, V09, V06, V04
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

The Infinite Power of Hope

This past year has been a difficult one and as COVID-19 continues to impact our lives in 2021 you can see the discouragement, and at times despair, that is now present throughout the world.  There is sadness, loneliness, financial concerns, and civil unrest. However, in the midst of all this we can still have hope when we put our trust in a loving Heavenly Father who sustains us through out trials.

I created this card to send to missionaries serving the Lord and sharing this message of hope. I quoted from a talk given by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf in which he says, “Hope, on the other hand, is like the beam of sunlight rising up and above the horizon of our present circumstances. It pierces the darkness with a brilliant dawn. It encourages and inspires us to place our trust in the loving care of an eternal Heavenly Father.”

I wanted something that would look light the sunlight rising and Lawn Fawn’s Sunrise Background was perfect. I used it a little differently because I hot foiled it onto the ivory cardstock and then used Copic Markers to add some color to the rays. I die cut the word “HOPE” from gold mirror cardstock using Lawn Fawn’s Cole’s ABCs and the created a secondary sentiment in Microsoft Word and cut it into a thin banner.

The easies way to apply the die cut letters is to align them on a grid mat and then use a low tack tape long enough to extend a little on either side of the letters. This keeps then aligned while you adhered them to your card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lawn Fawn Sunrise Backdrop Die
  • Lawn Fawn Cole’s ABCs
  • Microsoft Word Sentiment
  • Copic Markers: YR21, YR20
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Foil Polished Brass
  • Pink & Main Sentiment Strip
  • Gina K. Designs Layering Weight and Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Spring Card Camp Day 12 Pop Pop Poppy You Are Amazing

Jennifer McGuire was the designer for day 12 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp. For creating cards this day she took about four or five baby wipes and adhered them to a piece of plastic. Then she added different colors of Distress Reinkers to create a do-it-yourself ink pad. This ink pad was used to stamp whatever images you desires, and at the end you used the leftover ink in the baby wipes to create colorful backgrounds on watercolor paper.

I rummaged through my stamps to find fairly solid images to use and selected several that I decided to give a try. For this first card I used Penny Black’s Pop Pop Poppy. This is a watercolor style stamp and I thought it might work well with this technique.

What I found out was it is very messy and I didn’t like that at all. For future cards I taped the baby wipes to a large stamp block and like that much better. I also found that you needed to stamp your image multiple times to get a good impression, but that is the nature of this type of stamp from Penny Black. I liked the variation in color that was achieve.

Once the stamping was dry I cut it down using a scalloped rectangle die. The sentiment was cut from both back cardstock and back sticky back foam to add dimension. Before adhering a secondary sentiment was stamped.

Since the sentiment was black I decided to adhere the focal image panel to a top folding black cardbase. It really allows the flowers to pop.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Pop Pop Poppy
  • Frantic Stamper Amazing Die
  • Altenew Perfectly Perfect
  • Distress Reinkers: Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Canson XL Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Black Foam

Garden Pick Sending Prayers

When I was at Hobby Lobby recently they had this pretty Crafters Companion Grand Swirls Die on 40% off and so I decided to get it. It makes a beautiful card. I had some light gray and white patterned paper that I used behind the swirls, used silver mirror and light gray cardstock for the sentiment, and then decided to add a pop of red with some flowers from Altenew’s Garden Pick 3D Dies. Love, Love, Love this card.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Garden Pick 3-D Dies
  • Crafters Companion Grand Swirls Die
  • Hero Arts Prayers Stamp and Die
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Altenew Inks: Ruby Red and Crimson
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Cherry Red and Red Velvet
  • Copic Markers: G46, G24, G21
  • Paper Studio Silver Wedding Texture Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Light Grey Cardstock from Scraps
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Elmer’s Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive
  • Crystal Stickles
  • Clear Rhinestones from Stash

Primary Colors Sketched Flowers Amazing Card

I look at colors different since taking the Online Card Class Introduction to Color Theory.  I understand how to create my own colors from just the three primary colors and how to make different color tints and shades.  It has been a complete eye opener in how I watercolor images.  This card uses the three primary colors with different blends and tints.

So many beautiful shade from three tubes of watercolors, Cerulean Blue, Chromium,  and Quinacridone Rose.  Lunar Black was also used to darken the violet shade.

I stamped the image using VersaMark Ink onto Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper and heat set it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  To color the flowers I wet each petal with clear water and then dropped the concentrated colors to the base of each petal and then pull the color to the tip by adding more clear water at the tip and letting the colors move on their own.

Products Used:

  • Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers
  • Frantic Stamper Amazing Die
  • Strathmore #140 Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Blue/Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Daniel Smith Watercolors: Cerulean Blue, Chromium; Hansa Yellow Light; Quinacridone Rose; and Lunar Black
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX

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