Welcome to the Neighborhood


I recently purchased this Home Sweet Home stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I make a lot of welcome cards for people moving into our congregation at church and thought it would make some great cards to send. This is the second card I created with this stamp. The Hawks moved in to a house four houses down from us. We gave them a cake from Desserts by Kelly, the best bakery in the area.

I stamped the image and then used the Silhouette PixScan Mat to cut it out. I’ve had a few issues with the Silhouette not cutting correctly since I got my new iPhone 11, so I cut the outline first and then used Jennifer McGuire’s tip of keeping the negative and placing some repositional to hold it in place in the Misti and then put the positive cut out in place and then stamp. It worked great.

I colored the images with Copic Markers and then needed to create my scene. I cut a slimline rectangle with a Pink Fresh Studio Stitched Rectangle. I stamped a yellow sun in the upper left of the card and I then masked off the top portion of the card with Post-it Tape and ink blended the grass with Distress Oxide Mowed Lawn. I turned the Post-it Tape and then ink blended the sky with a couple of blue Oxide inks.

I pulled out my Avery Elle Pierced Clouds and decided to use the cloud boder for this card. I cut it from white cardstock and added foam tape to the back for dimension. For this card I decided to use the cut airplane pulling a banner. The banners in the stamp set weren’t the sentiment I wanted to use, so I created it in Microsoft Word, ink blended it, and die cut it with a sentiment banner. I used some platinum embroidery thread for the string on the banner and adhered it flying across the clouds. It turned out cute.

I decided to back the focal image panel with some blue cardstock from my stash so that it had a thin border. It was then adhered to a slimline cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Home Sweet Home
  • Copic Markers: G85, G82, G43; G29, G24; YG97, YG93; YG67, YG17, YG03; C9, C7, C6, C5, C3, C2, C1, C00; R27, R24, R22; E79, E77, E74; E19, E17, E15, E13; E33, E31, E30; E00, E000; B21; B01; Y02
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed
  • Kat Scrappiness Slimline Wonky Rectangle
  • Avery Elle Pierced Clouds
  • Honey Bee Sentiment Banners
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120 White Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • 3M ½ Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • DMC Mouline Embroidery Floss Platinum

Welcome to Your New Home

I recently purchased this Home Sweet Home stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I make a lot of welcome cards for people moving into our congregation at church and thought it would make some great cards to send. It is a large stamp that works perfectly with slimline cards.

I stamped the image and then used the Silhouette PixScan Mat to cut it out. I’ve had a few issues with the Silhouette not cutting correctly since I got my new iPhone 11, so I cut the outline first and then used Jennifer McGuire’s tip of keeping the negative and placing some repositional to hold it in place in the Misti and then put the positive cut out in place and then stamp. It worked great.

I colored the images with Copic Markers and then needed to create my scene. I cut a slimline rectangle with a Pink Fresh Studio Stitched Rectangle. I then masked off the top portion of the card with Post-it Tape and ink blended the grass with Distress Oxide Mowed Lawn. I turned the Post-it Tape and then ink blended the sky with a couple of blue Oxide inks.

I pulled out my Avery Elle Pierced Clouds and die cut a few clouds from white cardstock and laid them on the panel to determine where to stamp the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss it white. The clouds where then adhered, two with liquid glue and the third with foam tape.

I decided to back the focal image panel with some blue cardstock from my stash so that it had a thin border. It was then adhered to a slimline cardbase and the card was done.

I like the look of slim line cards, but I don’t know how many I will create. I don’t like that they take about twice as much paper as an A2 card, but some stamp sets really need the length.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Home Sweet Home
  • Copic Markers: G85, G82, G43; G29, G24; YG97, YG93; YG67, YG17, YG03; C9, C7, C6, C5, C3, C2, C1, C00; R27, R24, R22; E79, E77, E74; E19, E17, E15, E13; E33, E31, E30; E00, E000; B21; B01; Y02
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Pink Fresh Studio Slimline Stitched Rectangle
  • Avery Elle Pierced Clouds
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120 White Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Dazzling Dahlia Hello

I think a lot of us are creating hello cards to send to family and friends during this interest time in history when we aren’t gathering together as much. I purchased this pretty stamp set from Gina K. Designs called Dazzling Dahlia in a little scrapbook store in Springfield, MO.

I first stamped the solid layer of the flowers and leaves with Altenew Pinkalicious and Fresh Leaf inks. I then used a couple of Copic Markers to add some depth to the petals and leaves. Next I stamped the outline of the images with VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.

Since I do not have the coordinating dies I fussy cut the images. I wanted to add some focal interest to the flowers and decided to use a stitched rectangle. I then pulled out my Ellen Hutson Essential Ovals. I love these dies because they not only cut the oval but also a thin border. I cut the oval from the center of the stitched rectangle and then cut it again from gold cardstock.

I adhered the stitched rectangle to the front of a side folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue and then added the thin gold border using liquid glue as well. The flower and leaves were adhered to the white oval with liquid glue, with the exception of the flower in the front, which was adhered to foam tape. Foam tape was also added to the back of the oval and adhered to the card front.

The sentiment was cut from gold mirror cardstock and adhered to the bottom of the oval and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Dazzling Dahlia
  • Simon Says Stamp Bold Hello
  • Altenew Pinkalicious and Fresh Leaf Inks
  • Copic Markers: YG67, YG05, YG03, RV17, RV14
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Ovals Die
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Wink of Stella Clear Sparkle Pen

Bouquet Ballet Hello

I think this is my favorite of all the ink smooshing cards I made lately. I love the variation in colors with the red, orange, yellow, and green. You have to be very careful when using both orange/red and green to ensure it doesn’t turn into a brown.

Once the smooshed background was dry I cut it using the largest scalloped rectangle from Gina Marie Designs. I then stamped Penny Black’s Bouquet Ballet into the center with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. I then used the same distress inks used in the background to color the image, adding some more oranges and a brown. I think it turned out so pretty.

I kept it pretty simple and merely added a die cut sentiment in gold mirror cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Bouquet Ballet
  • Honey Bee Stamps Hello
  • Distress Inks: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Dried Marigold, Candied Apple, Mustard Seed (Background)
  • Distress Inks: Barn Door, Rusty Hinge, Carved Pumpkin, Ground Espresso, Twisted Citron (Bouquet)
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Darice Foam Sheet
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Fantasy Floral Hello

One of the items I brought with me while traveling was my regular Distress Inks. I decided to do some ink smooshing since has been awhile since I’ve done that. There are so many ways you can use it. For this card I decided to use it to die cut some 3-D florals from Altenew. You get variations in color with the technique, which works well with layering dies. I did need to add some more color to the top layer to give the differences in color needed to see the layers.

I used Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper and smooshed Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, and Barn Door inks. I also smooshed another piece of paper with Mowed Lawn for the leaves.

I like to used an embossing folder to add texture behind a simple design. I used a stitched rectangle die to cut a panel of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and embossed it using the Cuttlebug Oxford folder. Since I was using a black die cut sentiment I decided to mat the embossed rectangle with black cardstock as well. It helps to tie the sentiment to the design.

Everything was adhered to the embossed rectangle using liquid glue and then the panel was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Distress Inks: Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, Mowed Lawn
  • Simon Says Stamp Bold Hello
  • Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder

Full of Glee Hello Friend

This is another card I created while coloring with Copic markers with my granddaughter. This time I decided to keep the flower images pink. It was fun talking with Emma about shading and the importance of adding contrast shading to an image. She wanted to keep to colors within in the same color family, with only a number or two different. I showed her how branching out just a little and going a little deeper with a color could really add depth to an image. We had a lot of fun.

This is a love image from Penny Black that I have used many, many times. Now days with Michael finally retired my crafting budget isn’t what it used to be. So when I purchase a stamp now I ask myself, “will I use this stamp many times?” and if the answer is no I don’t purchase it. This one is a keeper.

I stamped the image on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, which is Copic friendly. Once the coloring was complete I decided to cut down the image with a scalloped rectangle die. I love the way a pretty die really adds so much to a white on white card design. I cut down some foam to be just smaller than the rectangle and added it behind the image for added dimension and then adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Full of Glee
  • Recollections Friendship
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: B000, B0000; RV29, RV25, RV23; RV23, RV02, RV000; G99, G94, G24; G23, G29, G03; Y18, Y15, Y13, Y38, E23
  • Darice White Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Recollections Assorted Jewels
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink

Bouquet Ballet Hello Gorgeous

We are in Texas with our oldest daughter and her family. My granddaughter Emma is quite the artist. She had never used Copic Markers because they are just too expensive for her budget, so I thought it would be fun to bring over my markers and let her experiment. She had a great time and so did I.

While Emma was coloring I stamped this pretty bouquet from Penny Black and colored it with Copic Markers. I love the contrast of yellow and purple together.

The sentiment is from a Hero Arts birthday stamp set, but it is perfect for other occasions as well.

Once the coloring was completed a cut down the image using the Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle Die. It add just the right amount of visual interest to a clean and simple design. I added a sheet of foam, cut just smaller than the focal image panel and adhered it to a top folding cardbase.

The final embellishment was to add tiny smokey gray rhinestones to the center of the purple flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Bouquet Ballet
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Recollections Friendship
  • Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: B000, B0000; Y18, Y15, Y13; V17, V15, V12; E29, E27, E23; YG67, YG17, YG03; G46, G29, YG03
  • Darice White Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Recollections Assorted Jewels
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink

Scented Beauty Watercolor Hello

This is a card I made while traveling in our fifth wheel trailer. It is much more of a challenge, because I don’t have everything at my fingertips and I only brought a few stamps. I did bring my new Karin Brushmarkers and used them to color this beautiful image from Penny Black.

I stamped the image with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink because it can be used with watercolors. To ensure it was completely dry I used my heat gun for a few seconds. The stamp really gives the shadows to each of the petals, so it is an easy image to watercolor. I added the concentrated color at the base of each petal and then pulled it out with a watercolor brush. After everything was dry I added another layer to intensify the colors.

I decided to frame the image using Mama Elephant’s Artist Mat. The challenge was that it didn’t leave a lot of room for a sentiment, and I hadn’t brought with me a small hello stamp. So it was off the Michael’s to see what they had. I found the Recollections Friendship stamp set that had the perfect small sentiment.

The mat was adhered to the watercolor image using 3M Foam Tape for added dimension. Then the panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase. The final embellishment was to scatter a few black sequins and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Full of Glee
  • Recollections Friendship
  • Mama Elephant Artist Mat
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 075 Burgundy, 209 Red, 281 Olive Green, 210 Apple
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Hot Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Recollections Assorted Jewels
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

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