Tropical Enjoy Your Day

This is the beach card I made at the request of the young missionary currently serving in our area. I found this great palm tree, beach chair, and palm tree image online. I printed it with a laser printer and colored the image with Copic Markers.

I used making paper to cover the water and beach, as well as the palm trees and ink blended a blue sky. The masking paper was removed and the images were colored with Copic Markers. The panel was cut down using a stitched rectangle die, foam tape was added to the back and it was adhered to a top folding cardbase.

I forgot to mask the area of the sky for a sun, so I color a circle and then cut it in half and adhered it to the horizon line where the sea and sky meet. I added Ranger Crystal Stickles to give the sun some shine. To add some interest to the same I pulled out Hero Arts Sand Embossing Powder and added it areas of the sand using a VersaMark Pen. A sparkle pen was used to add shimmer to the water.

The sentiment was cut from gold mirror cardstock and secondary sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold.

I want to be on this beautiful tropical beach right now, basking in the sun and sea breezes.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Vector Stock Palm Tree Landscape Tropical Palm Beach
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Simon Says Stamp Painted Enjoy Die
  • Copic Markers: E55, E33, E30, E31, E51, E50; E29, E27, E25; E59, E57, E55; BG15, BG13, BG11; YG67, YG17, YG05; BG57, BG53, BG11; Y17, Y15, Y11
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans
  • VersaMark Pen
  • Hero Arts Sand Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Hero Arts Infinity Circle Die
  • Crystal Stickles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen Clear
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen Clear
  • Yoseng Ink Blending Brushes

Sharing in Your Sorrow

I recently purchased both #1 and #2 Sizzix Wildflower Stem and decided to use them to create a sympathy card. I selected three flowers and a couple of leaves and cut them from 110# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. This is very thick cardstock and required using a metal shim to cut them out.

I used Distress Oxide Inks and blending brushes to add color to the die cuts. I used some Post-it Notes to cut a circle that would protect the center of the flowers while coloring the petals. I also used the negative to protect the petals while coloring the flower centers.

For a background to the flowers and leaves I used a brick and mortar embossing folder to add dimension. I cut down the panel to be 1/4″ smaller than a card front. I used a couple of Distress Oxide Inks to add shading to the bricks. I decided do something I haven’t done before and distressed the edges of the brick panel with Heidi Swapp’s Edge Distressor. I liked the look and decided to add a thin black border before adhering the panel to a top folding gray cardbase.

The flower and leaves were adhered to the brick panel using a combination of liquid glue and a little foam tape behind the flower head. To add a little more visual interest Ranger Gold Stickles were added to the flower centers.

The sentiment was stamped onto black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. It was cut using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label and then one end was cut on an angle. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to one side of the sentiment where it did not overlap the stems of the flowers and leaves and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix Wildflower Stems #1 and #2
  • Hero Arts Remembers
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Weathered Wood, Frayed Burlap, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feather, Tumbled Glass, Fossilized Amber
  • Stampin’ Up Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder
  • Heidi Swapp Edge Distressor
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label
  • Neenah Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black and Whisper Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Shimmer Oval Die Christmas

When I was looking at ideas for Christmas Cards this year I saw this die from Simon Says Stamp. It took awhile to get it but it finally arrived.

I die cut it from some Gina K. Designs Cranberry Red Cardstock. I don’t know if it was because of the thicker cardstock or the die itself, but it was difficult to cut and I had to run it through several times and then add a metal shim. Then it took awhile to remove all the inner pieces of the die. This would not be a card to mass produce.

I cut the die again from red sticky back foam and adhered the two together. This is any easy way to add dimension on an intricate die cut.

I cut panel of gold mirror cardstock with a stitched rectangle. I then cut down the red panel with the negative oval to be 1/2″ smaller and adhered the two together with double-sided tape and then adhered the panel to a top folding A2 cardbase made from the red cardstock.

Liquid glue was added to the make of the ornate oval die cut and placed carefully in the negative oval space so the liquid glue would not spread onto the gold mirror cardstock. A couple of large stamp block where placed on top to secure the oval until the glue could dry.

The sentiment was stamped on a scrap of red cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. It was cut using a Pink & Main Sentiment Label die and adhered to the bottom of the card with Darice Thin Strip Foam.

I had a leftover die cut poinsettia from another card and decided to use it at the top of the oval. The poinsettia was cut from a hot red cardstock so I pulled out my Copic Markers to deepen the color and add shadows and depth.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Shimmer Oval Die
  • Hero Arts Layering Poinsettia
  • Copic Markers: R89, R59, R39, R37; YG67, YG17, YG03
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Red Sticky Back Foam
  • Darice Thin Strip Foam
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Fresh Asparagus, Cranberry Tart and Red Hot Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Pink & Main Sentiment Strip
  • Gold Rhinestones From Stash
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Be Creative Double Sided Tape

Village Die Welcome to Your New Home

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Tri-Fold Edge Village Fancy Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Home Sweet Home
  • Avery Elle Pierced Clouds
  • Copic Markers: YG17, YG05; B06, B04, B02, B01; Y08, Y04; R24, R22; C4, C7; E31, E57
  • Gina K. Designs Stormy Sky Ink
  • Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass and Broken China
  • Blue, Yellow, Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape

Welcome to the World Little Rosalie

My nephew had a new baby enter their home a week ago. After a little tow headed boy they got a little girl with masses of dark brown hair. I pulled out this favorite baby image from Whimsy Stamps to create a congratulations card for them.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers. I then die cut the image with a scalloped rectangle. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Little One and was stamped with Amalgam ink just below the baby carriage. The secondary sentiment was stamped on a scrap of cardstock that was colored with the same pinks used to color the image. It was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. The focal image panel was adhered it to a pink cardbase with sticky back foam and the card was done.

A quick and cute card to welcome little Rosalie to the world.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Whimsy Stamps Wee One
  • Hero Arts Little One
  • Copic Markers: B01, B00, B000, B0000; V25, V22, V20; RV23, RV02, RV00; C7, C5, C3, C2, C1, C0; E11, E01, E00, R20; E49, E29, E27, E55; YG67, YG17, YG03
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Simon Says Stamp Cotton Candy Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
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Believe Jesus is the Reason for the Season

From a previous card I made I had the positive die cut of the word “Believe” and couldn’t discard it.

As with the other Christmas cards I’ve made this year I used Hero Arts Christmas Rose Background to create a pretty patterned paper. I stamped on red cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. Once the embossing was cool I die cut it using the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle which cover the entire front of an A2 cardbase. I used Copic Markers to carefully color the larger poinsettia flowers in the background.

I used my new Pink Fresh Studio Braided Oval Die to cut an oval from gold cardstock. It was just too much gold on the card front, so I pulled out a My Favorite Things Pierced Oval and cut the center out to create a frame. The Christmas Rose Background was too busy when I went to place the die cut word “Believe” so I used the same pierced oval to add a red cardstock center to the gold frame. The word “Believe” was glued in place with liquid adhesive and a secondary sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold.

It was a pretty card, but I felt that it could use a visual focal point. I used the medium Waffle Flower Poinsettia spray and stamped it onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers. It was then stamped again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. I cut the spray with the coordinating die, but I didn’t like how stark the white edges were against all the red and gold, so I pulled out a metallic gold markers and colored the white edges. This look much better. It was adhered to the top of the gold frame with liquid glue and foam tape.

This is a very pretty card and not too difficult to recreate. I think this is my second favorite card from the ones I’ve create so far.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Christmas Rose Background
  • Waffle Flower Poinsettia
  • Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Christmas
  • Penny Black Exultations
  • Pink Fresh Studio Braided Oval Die
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Oval Die
  • Copic Markers: R89, R56, R37; R89, R69, R56; YR24, YG61, YG63; YG67, YG17, YG03; YG97, YG93; G24, G21, G20
  • Gina K. Designs Cherry Tart Base Weight Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
  • American Crafts Gold Metallic Marker

Poinsettia Peace on Earth

I was waiting for the Waffle Flower Poinsettia stamp to finish this card. There was a large space to the right of “Peace On Earth” that needed a finishing element and I thought a poinsettia spray from this stamp set would work well. I am please with the result. It isn’t my favorite Christmas card this year, but it is pretty.

I stamped the Hero Arts Christmas Rose Background onto red cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. To highlight the flowers in the background I used a few Polychromos Pencils and a little Gambol to blend. The panel was cut down using the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle, which covers the entire front of an A2 cardbase.

To ensure that the sentiment didn’t get lost on the busy background I cut it from black cardstock, scanned it, and created a shadow in the Silhouette Cameo software. The sentiment was cut from gold mirror cardstock and adhered to the shadow with liquid glue. Foam tape was added to the back for dimension, but it still was getting lost on the background, so I decided to use a band of vellum behind the sentiment. I wrapped it around the background panel and secured it with Scotch Tape. This work great.

As I said earlier, there was a large opening in the upper right of the sentiment that really needed a focal element. I stamped the medium spray from the Waffle Flower Poinsettia stamp and colored it with Copic Markers, then stamped it again with VersaMark and heat set it gold. I was glued directly to the vellum.

The entire rectangle was adhered to a top folding cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Christmas Rose Background
  • Waffle Flower Poinsettia
  • Penny Black Peace
  • Copic Markers: R89, R56, R37; R89, R69, R56; YR24, YG61, YG63; YG67, YG17, YG03; YG97, YG93; G24, G21, G20
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos 226 Alizarin Crimson, 217 Cadmium Red, 225 Dark Red Colored Pencils
  • Copic Markers: R89, R56, R37
  • Gina K. Designs Cherry Tart Base Weight Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Paper Studio Silver Metallic Vellum
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

The Miracle of Christmas

I think this is my favorite Christmas card so far. It it fairly quick and easy to make and it is such a wonderful message.

I cut a scalloped rectangle from some layering weight ivory cardstock and then stamped the message with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. I tried stamping the message first and then die cutting, but found it easier to make sure the message was centered on the rectangle when cutting it first and then stamping the message.

Hero Arts Christmas Rose Background was stamped onto Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Hot Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. It was then cut with the largest scalloped rectangle and adhered to a side folding ivory cardbase with dot liner adhesive. The sentiment was then adhered in the center with liquid glue adhesive.

The poinsettia was cut from ivory cardstock and colored with Copic Markers, but to mass produce it will be easier to cut from red cardstock and just add some depth and dimension with the Copic Markers. The center of the poinsettia was cut from gold mirror cardstock. All the layers were adhered using liquid glue and then it was placed in the opening at the upper right of the card.

A quick and easy card to create.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Christmas Rose
  • Honey Bee Stamps Miracle of Christmas
  • Hero Arts Layering Poinsettia
  • Copic Markers: R37, R29, R27, R24, R22; G29, G24, G21; R39, G29, G46, G21
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight and Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Hot Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Find Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Christmas Rose Wishing You Peace on Earth

I had used the Hero Arts Christmas Rose Background stamp on a lot of cards this year, but never let it take center place, but it a gorgeous stamp and deserves to be seen.

I stamped it on a large 6″ x 6″ square of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with a light ink. I don’t like to color with Copic Markers when an image has been embossed. I’ve found it can leave a residue on the nib that ruins it. So, I stamp with a light ink and leave the stamp in my MISTI. I then color the image and restamp it with VersaMark Ink and heat embossing after the coloring is complete.

I cut down the image using a scalloped rectangle and adhered it to a top folding white cardbase.

For the sentiment I used scraps of Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine cardstock and heat embossed the smaller sentiments from Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Christmas with gold embossing powder. I used the smaller Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label to cut them out.

The die cut word is a new one from Birch Press Designs. It comes with the word and a shadow. I cut the word from gold mirror cardstock and the shadow from vellum. I also cut the word from sticky back foam and adhered it behind the word for dimension. Darice thin strip foam was used to adhered the small sentiment strips. The final embellishment was to add Ranger Gold Stickles to the stamen of the flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Christmas Rose
  • Birch Press Design Peace Honey Script Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Christmas
  • Copic Markers: YG67, YG17, YG03; G28, G24, G21; G94, YG17, YG05; R59, R39, R37, R35, R32; RV69, R59; V99, V28; RV99, RV66; YR24, YR21
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight and Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Scraps
  • Paper Studio Vellum
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Gold Stickles

Wishing You Peace Holly Wreath

Going through my Christmas stamps I ran across Hero Arts Happy Holly Days. I don’t think I had used it before, but as I was looking at it the curved holly branch caught my eye and I wondered if I could use it to make a wreath, paring it with the holly cluster.

For my first attempt I free handed it and it turned out pretty wonky. So the next time I got smarter and die cut a circle from typing paper and used that as a guide for placing the branch. I first stamped the cluster in tree separate locations on the circle, visually dividing it into thirds. I then masked them and stamped the holly branch between and it worked. A lovely wreath was formed.

I colored the leaves and berries with Copic Markers and added Ranger Glossy Accents to the berries. I colored a piece of scrap cardstock with the red Copic markers I had used on the berries and cut the word peace. The background to the word was cut from gold mirror cardstock and the two were adhered together with liquid glue. Glossy accents were added to the red “peace” word. I also stamped the secondary sentiment on a scrap of the red colored cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold.

I wanted to pull more of the gold that was used behind the sentiment into the design so I sized down the wreath image with an Ellen Hutson Essential Square and cut it again from gold mirror cardstock. When I am adhering the thin frame to the focal image I like to turn it over and use scotch tape to hold the two pieces together. This is a lot easier than trying to adhered the thin frame with liquid glue around the center focal image.

As I was looking at the card I thought it might look lovely to add a thin gold circle to highlight the wreath. I love the way it turned out. The focal image was adhered to a square of Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine cardstock, and then it was all adhered to a square cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

This is my favorite Christmas card that I’ve made this year, but it would just be too time consuming to mass produce.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Happy Holly Days
  • Memory Box Peace Jotted Script
  • Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Christmas
  • Copic Markers: R59, R39, R29; G28, G24, G21
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Christmas Pine Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Squares and Circles
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Nuvo Chrystal Drops White
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder