I’m pretty good at keeping up with sending out birthday cards to friends and family, but recently I looked at my list and saw that I had missed by dear friend Emma’s birthday. I didn’t have any belated birthday cards and in my stash. My crafty friend had just returned Gina K. Designs Kindness Wreath and it was sitting on my desk, so I decided to create a pretty fall flower card and hand deliver it to Emma.
I first stamped the image in a light ink onto a quarter sheet panel of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock using my MISTI. I left the stamp in place and colored the image with my Copic Markers and then placed it back into the MISTI to restamp the image with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss it gold. I always use this method when coloring with Copics on an image I want to emboss. I’ve had problems ruining my nibs when coloring over embossing powder and this works perfectly.
I originally planned to have the image at the top of my card, but decided to turn it around and have it at the bottom of the card front. I stamped the sentiment in the center of the wreath and embossed it a matching gold. Making this change in design left a large open area at the top of the card. I decided to tie a pretty yellow gold bow and liked the way it turned out.
I stopped and got a couple of treats and hand delivered card and treats to Emma. I think she was more excited to get the caramel apple and cupcake.
I pulled out Gina K. Designs Autumn Wreath builder stamp set. I cut a piece of cardstock to 5″ x 5″ and stamped several of the images from the stamp set onto the panel. I only turned the panel four times rather than eight time, since I was using a larger piece of cardstock that didn’t fit into the template. Is used Distress Oxide Inks to stamp the images in lovely fall colors. Once the stamping was complete the panel was cut down with a stitched rectangle die and matted with a deep orange cardstock.
The sentiment and round hash mark border is from the same stamp set. I stamped the border first and then the sentiment in the center. It was cut into a circle shape an Ellen Hutson Essential Circle Die. Foam tape was added to the back of the circle and it was adhered to the center of the fall wreath. The focal image panel was adhered to a top folding cardbase.
The add a little more visual interest Ranger Glossy Accents were added to the acorns and Ranger Gold Stickles to the center of the yellow flowers.
I was in need of some masculine thank you card and decided to pull out some dies that are more graphic in nature. This card is very quick and easy to create. I first blended a background using Distress Oxide Inks in yellow, green,and blue. To add visual interest and a more masculine feel I cut Altenew’s Layered Plaid Background Afrom white cardstock and adhered it over the ink blended background with spray adhesive.
A simple sentiment was stamp onto a scrap of white cardstock using the same blue ink in the background and cut with a Honey Bee Sentiment Banner and adhered to the bottom third of the card with a foam strip.
Altenew Layered Plaid A
Gina K. Designs Assorted Greetings
Distress Oxide Inks: Mowed Lawn, Faded Jeans, Mustard See
A sweet friend at church has a birthday this week. Loye reminds me so much of my mother, although she is about ten years younger. I wanted to create a special birthday card for her, so I called her daughter and asked what her favorite colors were and used them to create this card for her.
I stamped the image with a light gray memento ink first, leaving the stamp in place in the MISTI, and colored it with Copic Markers. I love the way the light peach flowers turned out. I wasn’t sure I had the right colors for a pale peach, but they turned out lovely and beautiful contrast to the darker peach flower. Sage green is Loye’s favorite color and I tried to pick markers that wouldn’t be too dark for the flowers and still have that hue.
Once the coloring was complete I stamped it again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. I always use this double stamping method with coloring with Copic Markers because the embossing powder can ruin your nibs. Once the embossing was cool I fussy cut the image with scissors.
I wanted to add some visual interest behind the flower bouquet and decided to emboss a background die. I pulled out Crafter’s Companion Grande Swirls and embossed a rectangle that had been sized with the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle, which cover the entire front of an A2 cardbase. I adhered it to a side folding cardbase with liquid glue.
Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the bouquet, the protective paper removed and then it was adhered to the card front.
For the sentiment I colored a scrap of white cardstock with the same green Copic Markers as the leaves and stamped the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. It was cut down using a Honey Bee Sentiment Banner, leaving the right side long enough that the flag could be cut off. Foam tape was added to the back and it was adhered to the lower right of the card.
The final embellishment was to scatter a few Pretty Pink Posh Gold Metallic Sequins around the bouquet.
My young friend Becca shares the same birthday as Abagail and so I created her card in much the same design as the previous card. I searched for an image that looked like Becca and printed it with a laser printer to ensure the lines did not bleed when coloring with Copic Markers.
Becca’s favorite colors is aqua and so those are the colors I used for the image. When I cut the image out with the PixScan Silhouette Mat it wasn’t even, so I used scissors to trim the image to the lines and then used a black marker around the edges.
As with Abagail’s card I used Simon Says Stamp’s You Matter Background stamp on a panel of white cardstock that had been sized with the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle, this time stamping it in an aqua ink from Gina K. Designs. The panel was adhered to the front of a top folding card with dotliner adhesive.
Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the image and she was adhered to the front of the word background by removing the protective paper on the foam.
The sentiment was stamped in the same aqua ink, die cut with a label die and adhered below the image with foam tape, giving her something to stand on.
This time of year gets really busy creating all the handmade Christmas cards I make to send to family and friends, so I was looking ahead to the birthday cards I would need in the month of November and saw that Abagail was turning 15. She is a sweet, kind, musically talented young lady. I went looking for an image that looks a little bit like her and colored it with Copic Markers in her favorite color.
I used my Silhouette PixScan Mat to cut out the image and added Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape to the back.
I wanted to add a meaningful background to this sweet image and decided to use Simon Says Stamp You Matter. The words are prefect for a teenager, reminding her how special and amazing she is. I used the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle to cut a panel that would cover the front of an A2 cardbase. I stamped the background with a couple of light purple inks before getting the hue I wanted and adhered it to a top folding cardbase with dotliner adhesive. The image was adhered to the center of the card by removing the backing paper on the foam tape, leaving enough room at the bottom for the sentiment.
The sentiment was stamped on a scrap of white cardstock and die cut using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Labels die and adhered with foam tape, giving the image the illusion it was standing on it.
I found a great stencil by Carta Bella called Hello Autumn which creates a beautiful, colorful fall background. This is the time of year that I think about all the wonderful people in my life and want to send them cards letting them know who grateful I am they are part of my life. I decided to use this background stencil to create those cards.
I ink blended the background onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using some pretty fall colored inks from Gina K. Designs. Once that was done I cut down the panel using a stitched rectangle and matted it with green cardstock.
I pulled out some leaf dies and cut several from white cardstock and link blended them to match the colors used in the background. I bundled them together, added a gold and cream baker’s twine bow and adhered them to the lower left corner of the card.
For a sentiment I stamped Gina K. Designs “Thankful” from her Stitched Leaves stamp set and cut it out using the coordinating shadow die and adhered it to the top of the card. A secondary greeting was stamp on to ivory cardstock and cut with a sentiment label and adhered with Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape. The first attempt is shown below.
For the second attempt I decided to try and mute the background by adding a layer of vellum. I also pulled out a larger maple leaf for the base of the leaf cluster, but I felt the vellum muted the pretty background too much.
For the third attempt I pulled out a larger maple leaf die and used it for the base of the leaf cluster. The sentiment was stamped on orange cardstock with gold and people I showed it to thought the sentiment was hard to see.
With the fourth attempt I finally got a card that I liked all the elements and made eight more cards to send to family and friends.
My cleaning lady is a sweetheart and we have become good friends. When I found out she had a birthday coming up I wanted to create a card for her. In casual conversation I asked her what her favorite color is and was told yellow.
I had Gina K. Designs Friendship Blooms on my desktop because I used a sentiment from it for another card. It is such a beautiful floral arrangement, but it is very large, so I decided to create a slimline card for Dianne.
I cut a panel of white cardstock using a Kat Scrappiness Slimline die, but it is a little too long for me, so I ran it through again to make is shorter.
I stamped the floral image onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with a light ink and colored the flowers yellow and leaves green with Copic Markers. I then stamped it again with VersaMark Ink and heat set it with gold embossing powder.
I decided to use a small rectangle to cut out the flower so I could layer it on the first panel, but it was too narrow and would cut off a lot of the pretty flower design. So, I decided to do partial die cutting and fussy cut one edge of the flower arrangement. I like the way it turned out. I adhered the floral arrangement to the larger rectangle using foam tape for some added dimension and visual interest.
I decided to use green cardstock for the cardbase and adhered the focal image rectangles to the front with Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape. I like this foam tape because it is low loft and you can add two layers and it is the same height as one layer of 3M foam tape.
I used a scrap of the green cardstock for the sentiment. It was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed gold. It was cut into a banner with an angled edge and adhered to the card front with both liquid glue and foam tape.
The final embellishment was to scatter gold confetti around the flowers. I hope she likes it.
Doesn’t lying on a tropical beach watching a beautiful sunset sound amazing right now. The Timeless Tropical palm trees made me think of just that.
I search on line for tropical sunsets and saw a beautiful one with oranges, golds, pinks, and blues and so I pulled out those colored Distress Inks and blended a background. Now it was time to create a silhouette scene.
I stamped the palm trees in the lower corners of the card with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink because it gives such a deep, crisp image. I pulled out Gina K. Designs Framescape Winter Trees and used the water stamp to add the ocean to my card. If I had to do this again I would mask off the edges of the stamp so there was the vertical line in the water, which is what I did after my initial stamping and it looked much better. I also used the mountain stamp to add those beautiful Hawaiian mountain in the background, but they just like they were floating in air where I placed them. So, I masked off the palm trees and stamped it again in from of the others creating a mountain range. I used an 08 Pigma Micron Pen to add land at the base of the mountains. The black Copic Marker was used to add the sand, or land, at the base of the trees.
The sentiment was stamped in open area of the sky in the upper left. I decided to frame the scene using the Sizzix Lumber Texture Plate Frame with black cardstock. I cut down the tropical scene to fit behind the frame, added foam tape to the frame for dimension and added everything to a rusty orange card front.
This is my second attempt to create a Christmas Cards using green cardstock and the Memory Box Flowering Christmas Tree. I wanted something that would still be pretty, but not as expensive to create as the previous card that used a lot of gold mirror cardstock. Embossing powder is very inexpensive and so I pulled out Hero Arts Noel Prink Bold Background stamp and used VersaMark Ink to stamp it on Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine Cardstock and heat it with gold embossing powder. A scalloped rectangle was then used to cut it down and adhere it to a Christmas Pine cardbase.
Because the noel verbiage is pretty busy a sheet of vellum was cut with a smaller scalloped rectangle and the gold mirror Christmas tree was adhered to the front with spray adhesive. The sentiment was stamped in the upper right of the vellum rectangle and heat embossed gold.
The final embellishment was to add Ranger Christmas Stickles to the center of the flowers on the tree and the card was done.