Flashy Florals Birthday Card IV

This is the fourth card I made with My Favorite Things Flashy Florals and their Wonky Rectangle.  To add interest to the focal image the rectangle was embossed with the Cuttlebug Kaleidoscope Embossing Folder.

Since the focal image was embossed the sentiment from Gina K. Designs Sentiment Bouquet was stamped on Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller than the focal image and then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Turquoise rhinestones were pulled from my stash of embellishments and added to the center of the small blue flowers.

After the card was done I decided to scatter more turquoise rhinestones around the flowers and sentiment.  I’m not sure which one I like the best.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Flashy Florals
  • Gina K. Designs Sentimental Bouquet
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Gina K. Designs Ink: Ocean Mist, Blue Lagoon, Peach Bellini, Tomato Soup, Jelly Bean Green, Fresh Asparagus
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • Neena Solar White 80# White Cardstock
  • Cuttlebug Kaleidoscope Embossing Folder
  • Turquoise Rhinestones from Stash
  • Recollections Turquoise Rhinestones

Rose Bouquet Happy Birthday to You

I love pretty rose stamps and this new one from Clearly Besotted entitle Thanks A Bunch is one of my favorites.

I stamped it on Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Onyx Black Ink and then heat embossed it with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool and Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  For this card I used ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers 022 Carmine Red, 024 Wine Red, 026 Light Pink, 043 Light Olive, and 036 Light Blue to color the image.

The watercolored panel was then die cut using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  A slightly larger rectangle was cut with a guillotine paper cutter out of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock 1/8” larger than the focal image and adhered to the back of the watercolored panel with Sookwang Be Creative Tape.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut with the same Stitched Rectangle die and adhered to the back of the black cardstock.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings and was stamped with VersaMark Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed with the Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image panel was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  As a final embellishment Pretty Pink Posh Watermelon and Doodlebug Designs Cupcake Sequins were adhered around the image using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted Thanks a Bunch
  • Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings
  • Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Pretty Pink Posh Watermelon and Doodlebug Designs Cupcake Sequins
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 022 Carmine Red, 024 Wine Red, 026 Light Pink, 043 Light Olive, and 036 Light Blue

Peony Wishes Birthday Card

I recently saw the Gina K. Designs Peony Wishes stamp set and immediately went and purchased it.  It recently arrived and I decided to watercolor the image on Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper.  It was stamped with VersaMark Onyx Black In, and heat embossed with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder using the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.

Winsor & Newton Artist Grade Watercolor Pans in Chinese White, Permanent Rose, Alizarin Crimson, Winsor Red, Winsor Violet, and Winsor Orange were used to color the image.  Once it was dry Derwent Inktense Pencils 500 Chili Red, 520 Carmine Pink, 740 Mauve, 1510 Beech Green were used to add shadows to the image and blended out with a Dove Blending Pen.

The watercolored panel was then die cut using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle.  A slightly larger rectangle was cut with a guillotine paper cutter out of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and adhered to the back of the watercolored panel with Sookwang Be Creative Tape.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Birthday Messages and was stamped with VersaMark Ink on a scrap of black cardstock and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  It was adhered to the bottom of the focal image using 3M ½” Foam Tape.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image panel was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  As a final embellishment Pretty Pink Posh Sugar Plum Mix and Sweetheart Mix, and Neat & Tangled Pink Lemonade were adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Peony Wishes
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sugar Plum Mix and Sweetheart Mix, and Neat & Tangled Pink Lemonade
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Winsor & Newton Artist Grade Watercolors: Chinese White, Permanent Rose, Alizarin Crimson, Winsor Red, Winsor Violet, and Winsor Orange
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils: 500 Chili Red, 520 Carmine Pink, 740 Mauve, 1510 Beech Green
  • Dove Blending Pen

Happy Birthday to You

For this card a panel of Neena Solar White 80# Cardstock was ink blended using Distress Oxide Inks Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, and Peacock Feathers.  I used a Marvy Embossing Heat Tool to help the ink completely dry before attempting to add the white embossing powder.

I started by stamping the angled hash striped border to the bottom third of the card from Mama Elephant’s Basic Borders Stamp with Versa Mark Ink.  I then stamped the sentiment from Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings with VersaMark Ink and then heat set it with Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder. I felt like there was too much space between the striped border and the sentiment, so I pulled out Simon Says Stamp’s Jumbo Stripes stamp set and used the three lines border stamp, stamping it with Versa Mark Ink just below the sentiment and again below the striped border with Versa Mark Ink and heat set it with the white embossing powder. I like this much better, but I felt there was too much empty space at the top of the card, so I pulled out the balloon from the Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday stamp set and stamped it three times in the upper right of the card with VersaMark Ink and heat set it with the white embossing powder and felt like it finished the card.

I really like how the white embossing stands out on the ink blended background.  I die cut the ink blended panel using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller and adhered to the back.  A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image panel was adhered to the front using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Distress Oxide: Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers
  • Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings Stamp
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday Stamp (Balloons)
  • Simon Says Stamp Jumbo Stripes Stamp
  • Mama Elephant Basic Borders Stamp
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Neena Solar White 80# Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

Balloon Bouquet Hooray It’s Your Birthday

I have seen a card made by Laura Bassen where she used watercolor paper to add color behind each of the balloons in the Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet.  I have recreated that card in the past.  This time I wanted to try using Oxide Inks and sponge daubers to add color to the balloons.

I cut a rectangle of Neena Solar White 80# White Cardstock using the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  I then die cut the balloons from the same cardstock four times and adhered them together using Elmer’s Glue Craft Adhesive Spray.  I then would hold the balloon bouquet over the die cut rectangle to determine where to add the ink.

I used the same ink and daubers on a scrap of white cardstock to create a rainbow strip of color that I then used to die cut the Mama elephant Hooray Script Die from.  I cut an additional three word dies from white cardstock and adhered them together with the spray adhesive.  The secondary sentiment from Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings was stamped on a scrap of black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder.

An A2 top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet was cut 1/8” smaller than the stitched rectangle and adhered to the back.  The balloon bouquet and the sentiment cutout were adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the secondary sentiment was adhered using 3M ½” Foam Tape.  The focal image was then adhered to the card front using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet Die
  • Mama Elephant Hooray Script Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings
  • Neena Solar White 80# Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Candied Apple, Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, and Salty Ocean
  • Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet

Make a Wish By the Sea

There is something about water that is so calm and soothing to the soul.  I hadn’t used this image from Gina K. Designs By the Sea before and thought it would make a simple masculine birthday card.  I stamped the image with Distress Antique Linen Ink on Canson XL 140# Watercolor Cardstock.  This allows for no-line watercoloring and with a simple image like this one it isn’t too difficult to accomplish.

Using a watercolor brush pen the image was color with Brushed Corduory, Pumice Stone, Broken China, and Mustard Seed Distress Inks.  The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday and was stamped with Altenew Dusk Ink.  Once the image was completely dry it was run through the Big Shot with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle.  To accent the blue in the image and sentiment a rectangle of dark aqua blue was cut 1/8” larger and adhered to the back with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Ivory Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the focal image and then it was adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs By the Sea
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Altenew Dusk Ink
  • Distress: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduory, Pumice Stone, Broken China, Mustard Seed
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheets

Sending Happy Mail

My husband is on a short-term assignment in Kentucky and I decided to go and spend several weeks with him.  I knew that I would need something to do while he was at work every day, and so I stamped a lot of images on watercolor cardstock and took my Inktense Pencils and Distress Inks to color them.  The major problem with traveling and staying in a fifth wheel trailer is that the internet service can be spotty.  Unfortunately, the place we were staying didn’t have a strong enough internet connection that I could post any of my cards I created while I was there.  So, I am posting a whole bunch of cards in a very short period of time.

I’ve used a lot of the other images in Gina K. Designs Country Roads, but these mailboxes made we think of the phrase “happy mail”.  Who doesn’t love going to the mailbox and having some actual mail from someone you know and love.  It’s a simple card, but I like the way it turned out.

I stamped the image on Canson XL 140# Watercolor Cardstock with Distress Antique Linen Ink and then using a water brush pen I colored it using Brushed Corduroy, Fired Brick, Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Broken China, and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks.

Once it was dry I ran it through the Big Shot with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle and then cut a slightly smaller rectangle of Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet to add to the back for dimension on the card.  A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  The sentiment is a combination from both Simon Says Stamp Happy Thoughts and Sending and was stamped in Altenew Chocolate Brown Ink.  The focal image was then adhered to the cardbase using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Fired Brick, Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Broken China, Mowed Lawn
  • Gina K. Designs Country Roads
  • Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts
  • Simon Says Stamp Sending
  • Altenew Chocolate Brown Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Small and Medium Tip Watercolor Brush Pen
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheets

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