With social distancing I have been creating a lot of hello or thinking of you card and sending them to friends I haven’t been able to see for awhile, just to let them know I care. It was time to create a few more. I pulled out Altenew’s Garden Treasure to make a card. This is a layering stamp set, and when I am using that kind of stamp I usually stamp several. This time I created five cards with the images that I stamped. Each card uses a different die cut background, each that embossed with a Stampin’ Up embossing folder.
This first card uses a scalloped circle die. It was embossed using the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder. It is one of my favorite. It adds such a lovely, subtle visual interest to a card. I decided to emboss the front of the cardbase as well. The sentiment was cut from silver mirror cardstock.
This third card was made using the pretty Little B Frame die. The Simon Says Stamp Bold Hello was cut from silver mirror cardstock and the frame was adhered to the card front using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape.
This fourth card uses a stitched scalloped frame. The sentiment was cut from silver mirror cardstock and adhered above the focal image. The panel was adhered to a top folding cardbase with Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape.
I had used a quarter sheet of mirror cardstock to cut the Party Time Text Block for a previous card and the leftover outline was sitting on my desk. I don’t like to waste mirror cardstock, so I decided to use a stitched rectangle die to create a frame from the leftover. Now I needed a focal image to pair with it.
I stamped the pretty floral arrangement from Gina K. Designs onto watercolor with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it silver to complement the silver frame. The image was colored using Karin Brushmarker Pro markers. This time I wanted a softer hue to the watercoloring, so I only used a little of each marker at the back of the petals and leaves and used a wet brush to pull out the color.
Once the watercoloring was dry the panel was cut down to be just smaller the silver mirror frame. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was cut down and added to the frame and then the floral image was adhered to the back. More foam tape was added to the back of the foam image frame and it was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.
The sentiment was cut from a scrap of silver mirror cardstock and adhered at the bottom of the focal image. The final embellishment was to scatter some white and pink sequins around the focal image.
Gina K. Designs Delightful Blooms
Penny Black Doodle Thin
Karin Brushmarkers: 375 Cerise, 247 Pale Violet, 281 Olive Green, 357 Pale Orange, 283 Gold
This is another card I created by stamping an image onto patterned paper.
I first stamped the image with a Memento London Fog onto the pink patterned paper and then colored it with Copic Markers. Once the color was complete I stamped again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it silver. The focal image was then cut down using a stitched rectangle die.
I didn’t want the sentiment to overshadow the floral spray so I stamped it on a scrap of the patterned paper and used a Ellen Hutson Essential Oval die to cut it out. Using the same die the thin border was cut from silver mirror cardstock. Both were adhered to an oval of sticky back foam and adhered in the lower left of the card front.
The panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase. The final embellishment was to scatter silver sequins around the floral bouquet. A quick and easy card to create.
I wanted to do some Copic Marker coloring on patterned paper and found this lovely script paper from Authentique. I stamped the background flower and then masked it to stamp the leaves. Since I didn’t have enough of the patterned paper I stamped the large flower again on regular Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.
I love the look of the bold red flowers on the white and black script paper. I die cut the flower on white cardstock with the coordinating dies and then trimmed off the white edges with scissors.
I cut down the patterned paper using a stitched rectangle and then adhered the die cut flower using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape.
I decided to keep the sentiment a simple hello, cut from gold mirror and black cardstock. The two were adhered together with liquid glue with the gold offset slightly on the back so that there was just a hint of a shadow. It was adhered in the lower right of the card.
I decided to scatter some red sequins around the focal image.
I didn’t like how the flower stamped on white cardstock looked so I used My Favorite Things Romantic Script background to add some words to the flower. It is larger than the background paper, but I liked it better anyway. You can see the original without the script background stamp below. Let me know what you think.
My crafting friend encouraged me to purchase Altenew’s newest build-a-flower die. This is my first attempt. I like the size of the flower, but I’m not sure if I like the flat petals to the bottom of the flower.
When the dies first arrived we went shopping for some colored cardstock. I found some pretty textured cardstock from Paper Studio in different colors of pink. I did pull out one pink from my scraps and used some Copic Markers to deepen the color on another. The dies are a little harder to determine where to layer than some of the others I have, but in the end they turned out pretty.
I decided to place the large rose and leaves onto the second largest scalloped rectangle from Gina Marie Designs. For added visual interest I embossed the rectangle using Stampin’ Up’s Subtle Embossing Folder. I placed the rose and leaves in the upper left corner of the scalloped rectangle and adhered them with liquid glue.
For the sentiment I cut the beautiful Honey Bee Stamps “Hello” from gold mirror cardstock. I thought about adding foam behind it, but decided to adhered it directly to the scalloped rectangle.
The scalloped rectangle was adhered to side fold cardbase with Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape and the card was done.
Altenew Build-A-Flower Rose
Honey Bee Stamps Hello
Copic Markers: RV25, RV23, RV00, YG05, YG67
The Paper Studio Texture Lime Green, Light Pink, Bright Pink, Pink Watercolor
I make a lot of welcome cards for people who move into the boundaries of our church, so when I saw this new die from Hero Arts I thought it could make some good welcome cards.
I first die cut the image and tried to color them with Copic Markers, but I did not like the way it turned out. There isn’t a defined edge to the bottom of the house and it just didn’t look good. I saw Nicole Spohr do this, but she added a glitter snowbank on each of the layers near the bottom of the houses. I didn’t want a winter scene, so that didn’t work out for me.
The first time I cut the rows of house they were a little angled, so this time I made sure that the roof tops were straight so they didn’t look like they were going to fall over in a stiff breeze. I decided to die cut the different levels with different color cardstock. I used Copic Markers to only color the roof and around the doors and windows and liked this much better. I did color one house in the center of the first layer of homes to signify their new home, adding the tree , windows, and door.
I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Home Sweet Home to the front layers of houses with a dark gray ink. I ink blended the front of a top folding cardbase by masking off the top of using Distress Oxide Inks. I cut some white fluffy clouds with the Avery Elle Pierced Clouds Die.
To assemble the card I added Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape behind the first and second layer of homes. The tallest, back layer of homes was adhered directly to the card front with liquid glue and then the other layers were adhered with the foam tape. The clouds were adhered with liquid glue and the card was done.
I have really enjoyed the stamp and die set from Stampin’ Up called Forever Fern. It is a basic and it makes great clean and simple cards.
For this card I stamped a few of the leaves in different colors of green and the berries in a nice deep red. The coordinating dies were used to cutout the images. A large leaf cluster was cut twice from vellum and added behind the stamped and die cut leaves. All were arranged in a cluster. A smaller scalloped rectangle was used as the backing for the leaves, which were adhered with liquid glue. The clean and simple “hello” was stamped below. Gold baker’s twine was tied in a bow and added to the bottom of the cluster.
When I am using white on white I like to add texture with embossing folders. The largest scalloped rectangle was cut from white cardstock and dry embossed using the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder and adhered to a top folding A2 Cardbase. The leafy rectangle was then adhered using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape which provides a low loft dimension.
As a final embellishment, Ranger Glossy Accents were added to the berries. A lovely clean and simple card that was quick and easy to create.
Stampin’ Up Forever Fern
Concord & 9th Hello Lovely
Gina K. Designs Inks: Applemint, Christmas Pine, Edible Eggplant
I love the way this card turned out! I recently purchased quite a few Stampin’ Up stamp sets and decided to put them to good use. The first that I pulled out was the Arrange a Wreath stamp and die.
I went on line and saw some of the designs people had used for this set and decided that I wanted to use both wreaths in the set. The leaves were cut from green cardstock and the other wreath was cut from a couple of different oranges. I used Copic Markers to add some shadows and dimension to the cuts. The die sets were adhered together offsetting each layer. Glossy accents were added to the tips of some of the orange flower/leaves to add some visual interest.
I thought the wreath would be a good size to use on a front door for a hello card, but I didn’t have a door die to create the card. So, I went to the Silhouette Cameo store and found the perfect design. I sized the elements to fit the front of an A2 cardbase and die cut everything from Kraft cardstock, with the exception being the lock and key and know from gold mirror. Once everything was cut I ran everything through Stampin’ Ups’ Wood Plank Embossing Folder. To bring out the woodgrain a blending brush and Distress Vintage Photo was added to the wood. All the pieces were adhered together with liquid glue.
I decided to use Stampin’ Ups Brick and Mortar Embossing Folder to give a brick entrance behind the door. I ran the front of the cardbase through the embossing folder to add the texture.
I added a thin strip of gray cardstock at the bottom of the door for the porch and another smaller strip with angled ends for the step.
I pulled out some gold organza ribbon to create a double bow for the wreath. At the last minute I pulled out Stampin’ Ups Beautiful Bouquet dies and added some flower clusters in three locations on the wreath. Gold rhinestones were add to the center of the flowers. For the sentiment the word “hi” was cut from gold mirror cardstock and added to the center of the wreath on sticky back foam.
Silhouette Coffered Flower Wreath Door by Jennifer Rush
This is the second stamp that was part of Studio Katia’s Stamptember Collaboration. This one is more round than the previous image.
I stamped the flowers onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with Copic Markers. My youngest daughter loves Calla Lilies and they come is a variety of colors, one being a very dark purple, which was gorgeous with the color scheme of this card.
Once the color was complete I die cut it using the coordinating die. I also used the die to cut some sticky back foam and trimmed it down so it would show behind the image. I wanted to use the Pierced Rectangle Frame from My Favorite Things. It was laid on the card front to determine where to stamp the sentiment. To add texture the card front was embossed using the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder. The frame was adhered to the card front with thin strips of sticky back foam and then the flower arrangement was adhered in upper portion of the frame.
Ranger Gold Stickles was used for the centers of a few of the flowers and the card was done.
It is so sad that the collaboration stamps are not available after they are sold out, but they are gorgeous images.
Who doesn’t love thinking about spending time in a beautiful tropical setting. This stamp set from Stampin’ Up is lovely. I searched on the web for people who have created cards with this stamp and found a layout I liked from Stampin with Kristi. She used a red cardstock and die cut and layered her images, but the layout is similar.
I love the color red, and with a clean white background the flowers make a real statement on the card. Since I don’t have the dies yet, so I used Post-it Full Adhesive Notes for my masking. Always stamp the image you want in the front first and work your way back. It really is a fairly simple process.
I colored my images with Copic Markers and then die cut the panel with the Memory Box Matinee Rectangle. It adds such beautiful visual interest to a card. I added sticky back foam to the back for dimension and adhered it to a side folding white card.
The sentiment was a calligraphy word die cut from gold mirror cardstock. I love the color red, and it looks stunning against a white background.