Happy Birthday Mimi

This card was for a special young friend whose favorite color is red.  I tried using another image, but it just didn’t work out and so I pulled out the cut image from Penny Black Mimi’s Heart because it would be really easy to keep in the red color scheme.  It turned out cute.

The image was stamped on Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper and then embossed with Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder.  A Sakura Watercolor Brush was used to color the image with Tombo Dual Brush Markers.  Colors used were: 025 Light Orange, 026 Golden Yellow856 Chinese Red, 845 Carmine, N567 Warm Grey 5, 451 Sky Blue, 020 Peach, 942 Tan.

The focal image was die cut using Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  When I went to place it on the card front I felt that it was too small to stand out, so I die cut a piece of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock using the second Largest Lawn Fawn Large Sitched Stackable Rectangles and dry embossed it with the Lifestyle Crafts Chain Embossing Folder.  I pulled out a scrap of red cardstock and cut it with my paper trimmer to be 1/8” larger than the focal image and adhered the two together with Elmer’s Dot Runner Adhesive.  It was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings and was stamped in VersaFine Black Ink at the bottom of the focal image and heat embossed with the same Hero Arts clear embossing powder.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller than the focal image and adhered to the back.  Once that was completed the focal image was adhered to the dry embossed panel with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

As a final embellishment  Gold Stickles were used on the heart polka dots to add a little sparkle and shine and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Mimi’s Heart
  • Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 80#/120# White
  • VersaFine Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder
  • Lifestyle Crafts Chain Embossing Folder
  • Red Cardstock from Stash
  • Tombo Dual Brush Markers: 025 Light Orange, 026 Golden Yellow856 Chinese Red, 845 Carmine, N567 Warm Grey 5, 451 Sky Blue, 020 Peach, 942 Tan
  • Stickles Gold,
  • Lawn Fawn Large/Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Elmers Dot Runner

Happy Birthday Sweet Blossom

This is another card I colored while on the go.  It was made for a young lady whose favorite color is blue.  The cute image is from Whimsy Stamps Sweet Blossom.  The patterned paper from Recollections Bright and Basic 12 x 12 Paper Pack was used to accent the focal image and made it really pop.

The focal image was stamped on Canson LX 140# Watercolor Paper with VersaFine Black Ink and then heat embossed using Hero Arts Ultra Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  Embossing the image makes it really easy to watercolor.  Tombo Dual Brush Markers were used to color the image using a Sakura Watercolor Brush.  The colors used were: 020 Peach, 942 Tan, 992 Sand, 969 Chocolate, 528 Navy, 533 Peacock Blue, 452 Process Blue, 277 Dark Green.

Once I was home the focal image was die cut using the Big Shot and the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  The blue patterned paper was die cut using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangled and adhered to the front of an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Elmer’s Dot Runner Adhesive.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller than the focal image and adhered to the back.  It was adhered to the cardbase using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings and was stamped with VersaFine Black Ink and heat embossed with the same Hero Arts clear embossing powder and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Whimsy Stamps Sweet Blossom
  • Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Recollections Bright and Basic 12×12
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • VersaFine Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Tombo Mono Dual Brush Markers: , 020 Peach, 942 Tan, 992 Sand, 969 Chocolate, 528 Navy, 533 Peacock Blue, 452 Process Blue, 277 Dark Green
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Elmers Dot Runner

Moon Lake Masculine Birthday Card

I have had the stamp set Moon Lake from Stampin’ Up for some time and decided to pull it out again to make a masculine birthday card.  I really like the way it turned out.

I stamped the focal image on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Hero Arts India Ink Black.  The birds are from Gina K. Designs By the Sea and the sentiment if from Clearly Besotted’s It’s Your Birthday, all stamped with Hero Arts India Ink Black.

I wanted to ink blend a background to add interest and dimension to the focal image.  A small circle was cut from a 3 x 3 full adhesive sticky note using Simon Says Stamp Nested Circle Die and adhered in the upper left to preserve that area for the sun as the rest of the image was ink blended with Inkylicious Ink Dusters and Distress Inks: Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China.  Once I was satisfied with the background the negative of the post-it was placed in the appropriate spot and the sun was ink blended using Distress Fossilized Amber.

Once the focal image was finished, it was run through Big Shot with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  A rectangle 1/8″ larger was cut from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and adhered to the back of the focal image with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut just smaller than the black cardstock and adhered to the back of the focal image using the same glue.

A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The focal image was adhered with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White
  • Stampin’ Up Moon Lake
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs By the Sea
  • Distress Ink: Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Tumbled Glass, Broken China
  • Inkylicious Ink Dusters
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Post-it Full Adhesive 3 x 3 notes
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Nested Circle Dies

By the Sea Masculine Birthday Card

There are beautiful images in the Gina K. Designs By the Sea stamp set that make great masculine cards.  For this card I chose the boat nestled by a tree and stamped it with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and then ink blended with Ranger Distress Ink Antique Linen.

It is a simple design and didn’t take very much time to create.  The images were stamped on Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday stamp set with the same Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.

Once the card was stamped and blended I ran it through the Big Shot with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  To help the focal image stand out and to accent the brown ink Gina K. Designs 120# Dark Chocolate Cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger than the focal image rectangle and adhered to the back with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  A Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet was cut with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle and adhered to the back of the focal image.  It was then glued to an A2 Top Folding Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.

I didn’t like how stark the contrast was between the focal image and the cardbase and so the edges of the cardbase were ink blended with Antique Linen Distress Ink and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs By the Sea
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Dark Chocolate
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Distress Antique Linen
  • Ranger Mini Sponge Applicator
  • Stampin’ Up Moon Lake
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

Bonjour Mimi Happy Birthday

This was another card I colored while having my car serviced. It was stamped on Canson XL Coldpress 140# Watercolor Paper with VersaFine Black Ink, heat embossed with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder and colored with Tombo Dual Brush Markers.  I hate wasting time.  It seems there isn’t enough in a day to get done what I need to, and when I can’t be productive it drives me crazy, so this really worked out well.

The young woman who this card was made for is an accomplished violinist who has performed at Carnegie Hall as a youth performer, So I thought C. C. Designs Bonjour! Mimi had a little cosmopolitan flair.  Her favorite color is blue and the Tombo Dual Brush markers used to color the image were: 942 Tan, 800 Baby Pink, 977 Saddle Brown, 879 Brown, N65 Cool Gray 5, N55 Cool Gray 7, 565 Deep Blue, 553 Mist Purple, 451 Sky Blue.

The sentiment used is from Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings and fit perfectly at the bottom of the focal image, which had been cut with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  It too was stamped with VersaFine Black Ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the focal image and adhered to the back.

The blue striped background paper is from the Recollections Bright and Basic 12 x 12 Paper Pack and was cut with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  It was adhered to the back of a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Elmer’s Dot Runner.  The focal image was then adhered to the background using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Bonjour! Mimi
  • Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • Recollections Bright and Basic 12×12
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Tombo Dual Brush Makers: 942 Tan, 800 Baby Pink, 977 Saddle Brown, 879 Brown, N65 Cool Gray 5, N55 Cool Gray 7, 565 Deep Blue, 553 Mist Purple, 451 Sky Blue
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Elmers Dot Runner

Hopeful Flowers Springtime Birthday Card

I like to take a smaller flower image from a stamp and change the look by stamping it multiple times.  This image is from the Gina K. Designs Hopeful Flowers stamp set and was stamped five times with differing heights to fill the entire front of a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock.  The image was colored with Derwent Inktense Pencils in springtime colors. I really like the way it turned out.

I began by stamping the image with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and then colored everything with the Inktense Pencils listed below.  I only purchased the 36 count pencil set, which doesn’t have any pink, but the more I use these pencils the more I like the results and so I purchased the 72 count pencil set today and well try and sell my slightly used 36 count set on eBay.  Once the coloring was complete I ink blended the card with Distress Tumbled Glass at the top and Mowed Lawn at the bottom.

I haven’t been able to find Gamsol for blending these pencils, but I did find some Masterpiece Odorless Mineral Spirits at Hobby Lobby and they seem to work well.  I saw Amy Rysavy take a small jar and put a piece of sponge in the bottom and then filled it with the Gamsol so that it was easily accessible for dipping and wetting the blending stumps.

Once the coloring and blending were completed I used the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle and die cut the image. I wanted to enhance the colored spring flowers panel with a slight larger green rectangle.  I searched my drawer of green cardstock scraps and found a green chevron glitter cardstock from Paper Studio Eat Cake which was the perfect color and added the right touch.  A rectangle was cut 3/16″ larger and the focal image was adhered using Sookwang Scor-Tape Adhesive Tape.  Darice Sticky Backed Fun Foam was also added with the same adhesive tape.  An A2 side folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and then the focal image was added by removing the protective paper on the back of the fun foam.

Using the same green paper the word happy was cut using the Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy dies for the sentiment.  It was then cut again out of sticky backed fun foam and then adhered together for added dimension. Using a scrap of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock the secondary sentiment was stamped using VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder. Both sentiments were adhered to the card front using Tombo Mono Multi Glue. As a finishing touch Triveni Crafts Multi Color Rhinestones were scattered and adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • GKD Hopeful Flowers Stamp Set
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Die
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Distress Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn Ink
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils: 1530 Felt Green, 1400 Apple Green, 1000 Bright Blue, 0900 Iris Blue, 0820 Peacock Blue, 0740 Mauve, 0700 Fuchsia, 0610 Red Violet, 0300 Tangerine, 0200 Sun Yellow, 0100 Sherbet Lemon
  • Paper Studio Eat Cake Green Chevron Glitter Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# white Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder
  • Triveni Crafts Multi Color Rhinestones
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Masterpiece Odorless Mineral Spirits
  • eBoot Blending Stumps and Tortillions
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape

Farm Life Masculine Birthday Card

This is another masculine birthday card using a Gina K. Designs stamp set. I like the final outcome, but as you will see with the second image below I originally had completed the card without any coloring.  I had tried to color it with Copic Markers but felt it detracted from the rustic feel of the image and so it was stamped a second time.  Later in the day it was still sitting on my desk when I was working on another card that I colored with Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils.  Since I felt the design was lacking something to make it pop, and colored pencils give a grainier look, I thought I would give them a try with this card and felt it made all the difference.

I stamped the image on a quarter of an 8 1/2 x 11 80# Ivory Cardstock from Gina K. Designs with a combination of Memento Rich Cocoa and Deseret Sand Ink.  The sentiment is from the Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday stamp set and was stamped with both of the inks as well.  The focal image panel was die cut with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  I had planned to put the image on some kraft cardstock, but the browns did not blend well with one another and so I ink blended both Rich Cocoa and Deseret Sand on the Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock, but something was still missing, so I die cut the kraft cardstock with another rectangle using the largest rectangle for the die set and ink blended the edges.  I will say that Memento Ink does not ink blend well and will keep that in mind for future cards.  I decided to use a cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Dark Chocolate Cardstock and liked the way all of the elements looked together. The focal image was adhered to the kraft cardstock with Sookwang Be Creative Adhesive Tape and then Darice Sticky Backed Fun Foam was added to the back of the kraft rectangle, which was then adhered to the dark chocolate cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done, until I added color using the Derwent Inktense Pencils later in the day.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Farm Life
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Memento Deseret Sand Ink
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils: 1320 Ionian Green, 1720 Tan, 1740 Saddle Brown, 2100 Charcoal Grey
  • Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Craft Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Dark Chocolate Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles

Country Roads Masculine Birthday Card

For this masculine birthday card I used Gina K. Designs Country Roads stamp set.  It took quite some time to complete this card and it would never be one to mass produce, but I like the way it turned out.

To stamp the image I cut a quarter sheet of Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock and stamped the covered bridge image in the upper middle of the card with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.  Since the image is only the covered bridge and a little bit of road and river I needed to extend both to fill the front of the card.  I knew that I wanted to add the pickup truck and so I used Copic Marker E51 to extend the road, curving it around so that the pickup could be stamp.  I had to stamp this again because I wasn’t paying enough attention and originally stamped the pickup in the river, not the road.  The river was extended using Copic Marker B91.  Another tree from the stamp set was added to the left of the covered bridge.  Figuring out the placement for extending the images took a little time.  It also took some time to color the entire image with Copic Markers.  (Colors used are listed below.)  I definitely would change the way the tuffs of grass were added on the left of the road, but overall I am happy with the way it turned out.

Once the coloring was done it was time for a sentiment. I needed something small and found just what I was looking for in the Simon Says Stamp Square Sayings stamp set. Because I had spent so much time coloring this image I used the MISTI to stamp the sentiment with Hero Hues India Ink Black.

It was now time to assemble the card.  I took the focal image and die cut it with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle. I had my ink blending tool with Distress Rusty Hinge still out from creating another card and so I used it to ink blend the edges of the die cut focal image rectangle.  Darice Sticky Backed Fun Foam was added to the back of the panel with Sookwang Scor-Tape Adhesive Tape.  An A2 side folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  When I placed the focal image rectangle on the cardbase it was too stark of a contrast so the edges of the cardbase were ink blended with Distress Rusty Hinge as well.  The backing was removed from the fun foam and the image was adhered to the front of the card.  Inkssential Glossy Accents was added to the pickup truck windows and lights and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Country Roads
  • Simon Says Stamp Square Sayings
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and Marker
  • Distress Vintage Photo Ink
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Copic Markers: C1, C2, C3 (bumper) C4, C5, C6, C7 (tires and grill); G21, G24, G28 (tree); G40, G43, G46; G85 (tree); YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97 (grass); B0000, B000, B00 (sky); B91, B93, B95 (river); B32, B34, 37, B39 (truck); Y13, Y15; R21, R22, R24, R27, R29; E25, E57, E59, E79, E49 (Fence and tree trunks and limbs); E51, E53, E55 (road)
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape

By The Sea Welcome Card

I wanted to create a masculine welcome card for a new gentleman who had moved into our church.  Gina K. Designs By the Sea would make a good card.

When creating cards with this stamp set I like to ink blend a background with the sea and sky.  To create the sun I took a full sticky backed Post-it and die cut a small circle with Simon Says Stamp Nested Circle.  I placed the negative Post-it in the upper left of the background and ink blended it with Distress Squeezed Lemonade and Fossilized Amber.

I then stamped the lighthouse image to the right of the background with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I used a Copic friendly marker to extend the hillside on the left of the image. I cut some Post-its to cover the lighthouse and land and then covered the sun with the circle Post-it and placed several Post-its below the horizon and ink blended the sky with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Ink.  I then moved the Post-Its to cover the sky and ink blended the ocean using Tumbled Glass and Broken China.  The land was ink blended with Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint.

Copic Markers were used to color the lighthouse and rock base.  Colors used were:  Lighthouse/B95, B97, B99, C0, C01, C02, Y15, Y17, YR24; Rocks/C3, C4, C5, C6.

The birds are from Gina K. Designs By The Sea II and were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The sentiment is from Avery Elle We R Family Additions and was also stamped with the same ink.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs By the Sea and By the Sea II
  • Avery Elle We R Family Additions
  • Distress Ink: Salty Ocean/Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean; Sky/Tumbled Glass, Broken China; Grass/Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint; Sun/Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber
  • Copic Markers: Lighthouse/B95, B97, B99, C0, C01, C02, Y15, Y17, YR24; Rocks/C3, C4, C5, C6
  • Memento Tuxedo Black and Cracked Pistachio
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Post-it Full Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Simon Says Stamp Nested Circles, Stitched Rectangles, Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

By the Sea Landscape Hello Card

This card was inspired by a card I saw on online by Theresa Momber.

I began with a 5 ½” x 4 ¼” rectangle from Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock.  To create the sky and water I used full adhesive Post-its.  I created the sky first by ink blending Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.  To create the clouds I cut some clouds out of another Post-it and used the negative space to ink blend some Vintage Photo into the lighter areas of the sky.  I then moved the post-its to cover the sky and ink blended the horizon/water with Fossilized Amber, Brushed Corduroy, and Peanut Brittle.  The darker areas on the outside of the rectangle are land and the lighter area in the center represents a cove for boats to sail into.

Once the ink blending was done it was time to begin stamping.  I used the pine trees from Gina K. Designs Blessed is the Season and stamped them with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.  I did some second generation stamping for trees in the background.  Next I stamped the grass and sailboat from Gina K. Designs By the Sea with the same ink, then using By the Sea II I stamped the birds in the sky.

To assemble the card I die cut the focal image with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and then cut a slightly larger rectangle from Gina K. Designs 120# Chocolate Brown Cardstock  with Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and adhered to two together with Tombo Mono Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.

The sentiment is from Concord & 9th Hello Lovely and was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink in the lower right of the panel.  A rectangle of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut smaller than the brown rectangle and adhered to the back for added dimension.  A cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Blessed is the Season
  • Gina K. Designs By the Sea and By the Sea II
  • Concord & 9th Hello Lovely
  • Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Peanut Brittle
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Chocolate Brown Cardstock
  • Post-it Full Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock