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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Look for the Miracles Fall Wreath

Recently I purchased the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Leaves because I thought it would make a beautiful fall card.  I decided to use it for the encouragement cards I make for Safe Harbor this month, and I really like how they turned out.

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I went into my scraps of paper and pulled out some burgundy, medium and dark green, red, light orange, yellow, medium and dark brown paper and ran them through the big shot with the small leaf die a couple of times.  To add dimension to the leaves I ink blended the edges with Distress Ink (colors are listed below).

I knew I wanted to make the leaves into a wreath, but I was having a difficult time keeping the round shape so that it would be large enough for the sentiment I wanted to use.  So I nested two circle dies from dark green cardstock to create a small ring.  I took a strip of 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and cut it in thirds so it would be narrow enough to fit on the ring and not show and then I placed the leaves on the ring.  I tried to create a triangle with each color of leaves, varying the shapes and sizes.

Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock was run through the Big Shot with the rectangle for Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  I positioned the wreath of leaves on the rectangle to determine where I wanted to stamp the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles set.  Sometimes, when life is difficult and we are struggling to make changes in our lives it is good to be reminded of the little miracles that happen in our lives.  I used VersaMark Ink and Ranger Extra Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, prepping the area with an anti-static pad before stamping the sentiment.

When I went to glue the wreath to the front panel it was just took stark against the ivory cardstock, so I used Distress Gathered Twigs to ink blend the edges and liked how it looked.  I glued the wreath to the font panel with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  For the cardbase I used Gina K. Designs 120# Dark Chocolate Cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″.  The focal panel was applied using Creative Hands Peel and Stick Fun Foam in Black.  I scattered some dots of Stickles Tidings and the card was done.

Since I always take three cards each month I created two additional cards with the same design but different colored cardbases.  The brown cardbase is my favorite.

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PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Leaves
  • Distress Ink: Carved Pumpkin, Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundles of Stitched Shapes
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Creative Hands Peel and Stick Fun Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles
  • Stickles Tidings
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory and Dark Chocolate Cardstock
  • Marvy Embossing Tool
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

Encouragement Cards: Every Journey Begins with a Single Step

I love making cards, which means that I spend a lot of time making them. I believe that each of us have been sent to earth with gifts and talents from the Lord, and He expects us to use our time and talents wisely.  I also believe that someday we will be accountable for what we have done with what we were given, like the parable of the talents in the New Testament.

As I was contemplating the amount of time I spend making cards, which I believe it is one of my talents, I felt that the Lord wanted me to do more to bless the lives of others with them, people outside of my family and friends.  There are people everywhere who need encouragement and kindness. So, I determined that I would make four cards every month and give them to an abused women and children’s home.  My hope is that they will help them as they begin to make major changes in their lives, and encourage them that they can do hard things for a better future.

Below are the cards I made this month. Each has the same sentiment I printed on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.

00198For this card I die cut the sentiment panel with the scalloped rectangle from Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials and adhered it with a Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet to a side fold cardbase made from Gina K. Design 120# White Cardstock, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

The flowers are from Simon Says Stamp Spring Florals, stamped with VersaMark Ink on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock, and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder. I decided to color the images with Copic Markers (I would probably not do that again, since I remember that embossing powder can ruin the nibs). The following colors were used: YR12, YR14, YR15; BG13, BG18; YG01, YG03, YG23; G21, YG63, G94; R11, R12, R02.

The flowers were adhered to the sentiment panel with Tombo Mono Multi Glue, with the exception of the pink flower, which has some 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape under the bloom.

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For this card I framed the sentiment with Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles out of Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock and adhered it to the sentiment panel with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. The flower and leaves are from Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetings, stamped on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  Both images were colored with Copic Markers Y15, Y17, Y19, G94, G99.

The leaves were glued with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the flower was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. The scalloped panel was adhered with Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets to a side folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

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For this card I die cut the sentiment with the Memory Box Stitched Rectangles Die and adhered it with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to a side folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

The flower and leaves are from the Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life stamp set and die.  This is a layering stamp set and I used Altenew Inks Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Mango Smoothie, Forest Glad, and Evergreen.  The leaves were adhered with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the flower was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for added dimension.

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For this card I die cut the sentiment with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle die. To frame the sentiment I die cut a black frame from Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock with the My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames. I placed the sentiment inside the frame and used Scotch Tape on the back to adhere the two together.  I then used a Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet to adhere the panel to a side folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

The flower and leaves are from the Verve Great Friend Stamp set.  I used VersaMark Ink to stamp the images on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and embossed them with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The leaves were a solid image and I really like the solid gold look. The flowers were colored with RV11, RV12, and RV14 Copic Markers. I fussy cut them out and adhered the single flower onto the double flower with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and glued the base flower to the frame with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Spring Florals Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetings Stamp
  • Verve Great Friend Stamp
  • Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life Stamp and Die
  • Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials Die
  • Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles Die
  • Memory Box Stitched Rectangles Die
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle Die
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames Die
  • Gina K. Design 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Altenew Inks: Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Mango Smoothie, Forest Glad, and Evergreen
  • Copic Markers:  BG13, BG18, G21, G94, G99, R11, R12, R02, RV11, RV12, RV14, Y15, Y17, Y19, YG01, YG03, YG23, YG63, YR12, YR14, YR15
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape

Sending Hugs & Prayers

This clean and simple card could be used for a sympathy card or just to give encouragement to someone who is having a hard time.

00164This is a simple card that doesn’t take very long to make.  I used my Inkadinkado Embossing Buddy to removing any oils from the Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper  prior to stamping the rose from Clearly Besotted Happy Everything Stamp with VersaMark Ink.  Next I embossed the image with Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.  Embossing the image makes watercoloring quick and easy as it ensures the color stays within the raised lines.

For my palette I have a piece of white cardstock that I have laminated.  Using my mini Distress Ink pads I smooshed some Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive onto the palette.  I applied the color with my Kuretake Waterbrush.

Once the watercolor panel was completely dry I ran it through my Big Shot with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  Because I was stamping on watercolor paper I stamped the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Friendship Blooms Sentiment Stamp using my MISTI so I could stamp multiple time for a clear impression.

I applied the focal image with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to a Top Folding Gina K. Designs 120# White card base, cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ and the card was done.

Supplies Used:

 

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardbase
  • Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Clearly Besotted Happy Everything Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp Friendship Blooms Sentiment Stamp
  • Distress: Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry
  • Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Inkadinkado Embossing Buddy

Tomorrow is a New Day

It seems that each time I watch a new instructional video I have to get the latest stamp or die. The hard part is to use them all.  I have been trying to challenge myself to use the stamps that I have purchased. This past week I used some of my background stamps with clear embossing powder and Distress inks to create some simple cards.

The first card I made used Hero Arts Floral Backgound.  I stamped with with VersaMark ink on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper, added Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it with my heat gun.

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Next I took three Distress inks and Ranger Round Blending Tools and blended Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough, and Cracked Pistachio to reveal the beautiful leafy background.  Using a spray bottle of water a fine mist of water was added to the watercolor paper to help the colors blend.

I wanted the background to take the entire card front so once it was dry I cut it with the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles and adhered it to a 4 1/4″ x 11″ Gina K. Designs White Cardbase with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

I wanted to let the background take center stage so I cut a label from Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two and stamped the sentiment from Papertrey Ink A Year of Flowers Marigold.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the tags to add dimension. To add a little glam I added two Queen & Co. pearls.

For the inside of the card I created a small panel of the same background and adhered it to the bottom of the card.  I also stamped the image to the bottom of an envelope and the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Ranger Distress Inks: Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles
  • Hero Arts Floral Background
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Stampin Stuff Clear Embossing Powder
  • Queen & Co. Pearls
  • Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two
  • Papertrey Ink A Year of Flowers Margold stamp set

Hang in There

My niece Alannah had some pretty significant surgery yesterday and I wanted to send her a card to make her smile and encourage her to hang in there during her long convalescence. I thought the cute images from Clearly Besotted’s Cheeky Monkey would be perfect.

00138aI stamped the monkey images and 3 branches with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Gina K. Designs 80# White cardstock. Since I planned to color them with Copic Markers, cut them with their matching dies, and attached them to the card, bleed through wouldn’t be a problem as it would be with a one-layer card. The markers used were:

  • Sky: BG0000, BG10
  • Leaves & Vine: G28, G99, G94, G24
  • Branches: E29, E39, E35
  • Monkey Body: E57, E23, E33
  • Monkey Belly and Face: E55, E43, E42
  • Cheeks and Tongue: R20, R22

I cut a panel of the same white cardstock using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  At first I used Lawn Fawn’s Jessie’s ABCs to stamp a “Hang in There” sentiment at the bottom of the page, but I didn’t like how it looked.  The card seems to be top heavy and it got lost amidst the monkeys. So, I cut a strip of leftover brown cardstock, stamped the sentiment “hang in there” from Poppy Stamps Into the Words three times with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with Recollections Snow Detail Embossing Powder.  I glued the strip over the first attempt and liked that much better.

I have been collecting patterned and colored paper for years, long ago when I was doing scrapbooking.  My husband says that I have my own store, and that is probably true.  I have no idea which company a lot of them came from, and they probably wouldn’t be available today. I selected a pretty lime green cardstock for the card base, cutting it to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored it with my Scor-Buddy at 5 1/2″.  I then found a loose leafy patterned paper and cut it using the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles and adhered it directly to the card base with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.  I used 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape on the back of the cute monkey images and the branch two of them were sitting on for dimension and placed them on the white panel.  I used the leaves from the other two branches to balance the images, gluing them directly to the paper.  I mounted the white image panel to the card base using a generous amount of foam tape and thought I was done, but it looked too stark white.  So I added BG0000 and BG10 to the background for a blue sky and was satisfied.

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