Everything Wonderful Watercolor Hello

I love this flower spray from Honey Bee. It makes gorgeous cards. I stamped it on Canson XL Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. It looks lovely against the orange and red colors of the flowers. I colored the image with Karin Brushmarkers. Once the watercolor was dry the image was die cut using the coordinating dies.

For some visual interest behind the flower I die cut a panel of Neena Classic Crest 80# Cardstock with a stitched rectangle die and then dry embossed it with the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. It was adhered a side folding cardbase with dotliner adhesive. The flower bouquet was adhered using foam squares for dimension.

The sentiment is Honey Bee’s Hello. It was die cut from gold mirror cardstock and sticky back foam. The two were adhered together. I find it much easier to line things up if I leave the foam die cut in place, remove the backing, and place the gold die cut on top. I cut away the foam from the places of the sentiment that would rest on the flower arrangement and then adhered it with liquid glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Everything Wonderful
  • Honey Bee Hello Die
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 092 Fire Red, 195 Amber; 170 Magenta Red, 209 Red/ 197 Plum, 105 Henna; 357 Pale Orange, 283 Gold; 281 Olive Green, 071 Lime Green
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

A Camellia Hello

I purchased this beautiful flower from Altenew and received just before leaving on our trip. I also purchased the beautiful purple ink in the Enchanted Garden Mini Cube Set. I decided to use both on this card.

I love Altenew’s layering flowers. They add such beautiful dimension and shadows. The stamp was pretty easy to line up and was stamped with the three lightest colors. I also used Limeade, Fresh Leaf, and Lime on the leaves and then cut them out using the coordinating dies. I cut the flower again from fun foam and trimmed it down to be slightly smaller and adhered it to the back to add dimension.

I used a stitched rectangle to create a panel for the card front. I laid the flower where I wanted it and added the leaves directly to the panel with liquid glue. The flower was adhered using the same liquid glue on the foam backed flower.

I pulled out Honey Bee’s beautiful hello die and cut it from gold mirror cardstock and fun foam. I cut away the foam where the sentiment would overlap the flower and adhered it to the lower right of the panel.

The entire panel was added to a side folding cardbase with liquid glue. If I were at home I would have added a few sequins to the card front, but I didn’t have any on hand and so the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Camellia Build-a-Flower
  • Honey Bee Stamps Hello
  • Altenew Inks: Limeade, Fresh Leaf, Lime, Wisteria, Hydrangea, Ultraviolet
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Well Hello Gorgeous

We are on our way to Texas to visiting two of our daughters and their families in our fifth wheel RV. Even when traveling you have down time and so I loaded some of my product into the trailer for those times when you are sheltering inside from the heat.

I pulled out this pretty stamp from Gina K. Designs called Kindness Wreath. It is a large stamp but such a beautiful flower circle. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copic Markers.

The sentiment is from Avery Elle’s Cupcakes stamp set. It was stamped with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink.

I had a lot of room at the bottom of the image so I scored three decorative lines to add some visual interest. I also used a stitched rectangle to add some additional visual interest.

The focal panel was added to a top folding card and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Kindness Wreath
  • Avery Elle Cupcakes
  • Copic Markers: RV23, RV02, RV00; YR26, YR23; G99, G94, G43; YG67, YG17, YG03; B00 B000, B0000
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Statement Flower Hello

The Altenew Statement Flower Bundle was finally available again and purchased and received a couple of days ago. I wanted to give it a try. It is such a large beautiful flower and leaves image.

I stamped the image onto a quarter sheet of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink since I planned to color it with Copic Markers. I decided to color the flowers pink. Copic Markers used are listed below.

Once the coloring was complete I used the coordinating die to cut out the image. I also cut out the image from sticky back foam and then trimmed around it, removed the backing, and adhered it to the back of the image.

I decided to add some visual interest behind the card with dry embossing. I cut a rectangle with a stitched rectangle and then ran it through the Big Shot with the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder. It is one of my favorites with a subtle linen look. The rectangle was adhered to a top folding cardbase and then the flower image was adhered in place with liquid glue.

I had recently purchased Honey Bee’s Hello die. It come with two different shadow dies as well. I cut the smallest shadow from black cardstock and the die from gold mirror cardstock and adhered the two together with liquid glue. A little bit of foam tap was added to the portion of the sentiment that hung over the flowers and the rest was adhered over the flowers with liquid glue. The final embellishment was to scatter gold sequins around the image.

It is a lovely flower image and I’m sure I will use it on a lot of cards.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Statement Flowers
  • Honey Bee Hello Die
  • Copic Markers: RV04, RV23, RV02, RV000; YG67, YG17, YG03; YR27, YR24, YR23, YR20
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 18 Ink Pad Dragging Bold Cap Hello

I was in need of a masculine hello card and decided to use the technique taught in Day 18 of the Spring Card Camp 2 Online Card Class. It is a very easy technique to do the one that creates a pretty plaid. I used a ruler to ensure that the lines were straight. You simply drag the mini ink pad down and across with different colors until you create the look you want. This time I used a light turquois, yellow green, and yellow.

I added stitching to the edges of the card front with the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle. I then pulled out my Altenew Bold Caps dies and cut the word “hello” from the center of the rectangle. I ran the light turquoise across a scap of cardstock until it was slightly darker than the lines in the plaid and die cut the word “hello” twice again. Once from the turquoise and again from sticky back foam and put the two together.

The plaid rectangle was adhered to a side folding cardbase with dotliner adhesive. The turquoise hello was adhered in the letters die cut from the plaid with liquid glue. I thought I was done, but I decided to add a secondary sentiment. I ran the green ink used in the plaid onto a scrap of paper and after it was completely dry I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. It was adhered over the “H” and “E” of the hello with foam tape and the card was done.

I had the leftover letters cut from the plaid background and decided to create another card. I use a stitched rectangle to die cut a rectangle from Gina K. Designs Sea Glass Ink and adhered it to a side folding cardbase. The letters were cut again from sticky back foam and adhered together. To ensure that the sentiment remained evenly spaced and straight I lined them up on my grid mat, placed purple tape over them to keep them in place, and then adhered them to the center of the turquoise rectangle with liquid glue.

Another secondary sentiment was created with leftover green ink pad dragged paper and heat embossed white. Adhered over the first two letters of the sentiment with foam tape and another card was done. Below is a picture of the second card made with the leftover letters.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet
  • Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetings
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Sweet Corn, Jelly Bean Green, Ocean Mist
  • Gina K. Designs Sea Glass Base Weight Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 19 Monoprint Blossom Hello

For Day 19 of Spring Card Camp 2 Online Card Class Dawn Wolesagle shared monoprint inking and stamping. Dawn used the back of a large fairly solid background acrylic stamp because she did not have a gel plate. She also used Distress Oxide inks rather than acrylic paints, randomly placing the inks on the acrylic stamp back or gel plate and then using a brayer to spread it around evenly. You know have an inky surface that can be used as ink for your stamps. You put your stamp(s) onto an block and press it into the inked plate then stamp it onto your cardstock. You continue to lift the ink from your plate, trying to create a pattern in the ink and stamping a similar pattern on your cardstock. Once you have your background stamped like you want it you take another piece of cardstock and place it over the remaining ink on the plate and have another background. If you want more instructions on how to do this technique search for gel press on YouTube. There is a great video by Shari Carroll of Simon Says Stamp (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SvA_40aFiM).

This is a technique I wasn’t very good at. I think one of the things to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t use cardstock that has any kind of a coating. You want to make sure your paper will absorb the ink well.

I used pinks and purple for this card. I thought the imprint taken from the pressing the stamp into the gel plate was okay, but I hated the background created from pressing paper into the gel plate to remove the leftover color and threw it away. This line stamping was okay, but it lacked depth and dimension and so I decided to add some additional color with Copic Markers. I only added color at the base of the flower petals and the center of the leaves and liked the final result.

I cut down the stamped image using a scalloped rectangle and matted it with Gina K. Designs Sea Glass Cardstock. Although I used G00 Copic Marker on the leaves and the center of the flowers it really looked like a light turquoise and the Sea Glass Cardstock really help to accent the flowers.

I stamped a simple hello sentiment on black cardstock and heat embossed it white. Foam tape was added to the back and it was adhered in the lower right of the card. The scalloped panel was adhered to a side folding cardbase. A few moonshine sequins were scattered on the card front and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Waffle Flower Blossom
  • Concord & 9 Hello Lovely
  • Distress Oxide Inks Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Sea Glass and Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label
  • Simon Says Stamp Assorted Moonshine Sequins

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 19 Monoprint Wildflower Hello

For Day 19 of Spring Card Camp 2 Online Card Class Dawn Wolesagle shared monoprint inking and stamping. Dawn used the back of a large fairly solid background acrylic stamp because she did not have a gel plate. She also used Distress Oxide inks rather than acrylic paints, randomly placing the inks on the acrylic stamp back or gel plate and then using a brayer to spread it around evenly. You know have an inky surface that can be used as ink for your stamps. You put your stamp(s) onto an block and press it into the inked plate then stamp it onto your cardstock. You continue to lift the ink from your plate, trying to create a pattern in the ink and stamping a similar pattern on your cardstock. Once you have your background stamped like you want it you take another piece of cardstock and place it over the remaining ink on the plate and have another background. If you want more instructions on how to do this technique search for gel press on YouTube. There is a great video by Shari Carroll of Simon Says Stamp (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SvA_40aFiM).

Dawn used solid images for her cards, I decided to use a lined image instead. For this card I used Distress Oxide Peeled Paint and Broken China. What I found was that the ink would bead up after a while, with other cards I tried to create I first stamped my gel press plate with VersaMark Ink then added the colored inks. This helped to transfer more ink onto the plate.

As you can see, the first card (featured image) is just stamped images with a lot of white space. Because you brayered your colors together on the plate your images have random colors. The second card pulls all the leftover color from the gel press and has white lines where the ink was pulled from the plate for the first card.

Once I had my inked cardstock panels I cut them down with a stitched rectangle. I then matted them with a thin sea glass cardstock. They were then adhered to a side folding cardbase.

I wanted to keep the sentiment simple and stamped it on black cardstock, heat embossed it white, and cut it into a strip and adhered it to the lower right of the card with foam tape. A few moonshine sequins were scattered around the sentiment and the cards were done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Waffle Flower Blossom
  • Concord & 9th Hello Lovely
  • Distress Oxide Inks Peeled Paint and Broken China
  • Copic Markers: RV66, RV63, G00
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Sea Glass and Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label
  • Simon Says Stamp Assorted Moonshine Sequins

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 18 Ink Pad Dragging Sakura Blossom Hello

On day 18 of the Online Card Class, Spring Card Camp 2, Yana Smakula and Seeka were the guest designers. Their technique was to take your ink pads and drag them across your cardstock to create a patterned background paper.

For this last card using the ink pad dragging technique I decided to use bright colors to create a plaid background. I tried dragging the ink free hand, but it looked awful. So I pulled out my ruler and used it as a guide to keep the lines of the ink straight and even.

Once again I decided to use some pretty flower images on the card front. The Spellbinders Sakura Blossom Die comes with a panel of flowers, but it was just to large for the card front to allow the inked panel to be seen. So I used the separate flowers and leaves. I decided to cut them from black cardstock. I think it gives a dramatic look to the card.

I cut a hello die from black cardstock, as well as black sticky back foam and adhered the sentiment in the lower right of the card. Black foam was added to the back of each of the flowers as well and they were scattered around the card front, some overlapping the sentiment slightly.

I decided to add enamel dots to the center of the flowers and also scattered coordinating dots around the flowers.

The plaid background was cut down with a stitched rectangle and matted with black cardstock. The panel was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Spellbinders Sakura Blossoms
  • My Favorite Things Happy Hello
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Coral Reef, Tangerine Twist, Sweet Corn
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Designs and Recollections Enamel Dots
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Sticky Back Black Foam Sheet
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 18 Ink Pad Dragging Poppies Hello

On day 18 of the Online Card Class, Spring Card Camp 2, Yana Smakula and Seeka were the guest designers. Their technique was to take your ink pads and drag them across your cardstock to create a patterned background paper.

For this card I decided to have a less random ink pad drag and created a plaid design with light pink, yellow, and green. I think it turned out pretty.

I decided to once again keep the card a clean and simple design. I die cut the background with a Memory Box Matinee Rectangle, which adds visual interest with the corners of the rectangle. It also add a stitched element to the edges.

For the focal image I used Spellbinders Poppy Die. It comes with the poppy bouquet die, but it also has the individual flowers to die cut as well. I used the same inks used for the background on the flowers and leaves. I added to Ranger Crystal Stickles to the center of the flowers and adhered the bouquet to the background panel.

For the sentiment I pulled out a pretty hello die from mama Elephant. I ink blended some cardstock with the pink and yellow inks used in the background before cutting the sentiment. It was also cut from sticky back foam to add dimension. I cut away the foam behind the letters that overlapped the flower bouquet to keep the dimension level.

The panel was a adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Spellbinders Poppies Die
  • Mama Elephant Hello Script Die
  • Altenew Limeade Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Sweet Corn and Innocent Pink Inks
  • Memory Box Matinee Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles

Spring Card Camp 2 Ink Pad Dragging White Poppies Hello

On day 18 of the Online Card Class, Spring Card Camp 2, Yana Smakula and Seeka were the guest designers. Their technique was to take your ink pads and drag them across your cardstock to create a patterned background paper.

I tried this technique many times using the random method that Yana used and didn’t like any of the background except this one. I think it is because I only used two shades of light turquoise and a light mint green. The depth of the colors used made a big difference.

I used mini ink pads and they worked well for this technique. Once I had a background that I liked I decided to die cut it using Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle Dies. These dies not only cut the rectangle, they also cut a thin border. I used two rectangles to size down the larger background and a smaller one to create a focal image panel. I also used the same dies to cut white cardstock and used the thin white frames, replacing the patterned ones. This really draws the eye to the center of the card panel.

I wanted to keep the card simple in design and decided to add a couple of white die cut flowers and a few leaves. The sentiment die was cut from cardstock that was created by the dragging technique, using only the darkest blue and using a slighter heavier pressure. It was also cut from sticky back foam to add dimension to the sentiment. The center rectangle also had foam added to the back to create additional visual interest in a very clean and simple card design.

The panels and frame were adhered to a top folding white cardbase. I pulled out some sky blue Ranger Stickles for the center of the flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Spellbinders Poppies Die
  • Mama Elephant Hello Script Die
  • Gina K. Designs Sea Glass and Applemint Green Inks
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle Dies
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Tumbled Glass Stickles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam