What a Wonderful Day

The third card I made with background stamps used Hero Arts Lotus stamp on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper, stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Stampin Stuff Clear Embossing Powder.  Distress inks used were Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, and Picked Raspberry and blended with Ranger’s round blending tool.  Using a spray bottle of water a fine mist of water was added to the watercolor paper to help the colors blend.

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This card was for my nephew Devin’s wedding to his fiancee Mandy. It turned out beautiful and elegant. Once the background was complete I used the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle to cut the watercolor background to a panel 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and adhered it with Be Creative 5/8″ tape to a 4 1/4″ x 11″ cardbase, scored at 5 1/2″.

I wanted the background to take center stage so I cut a label from a leftover piece of Strathmore Watercolor paper with My Favorite Things Well-Worn Greetings die and stamped the sentiment from Penny Black’s Special Wishes with Hero Hues Black ink using my MISTI. 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the label for dimension.

For embellishment I cut My Favorite Things Fancy Flourish die from heavy weight white vellum and curved it along the left edge of the label. Flowers were cut using My Favorite Things Flower and Leaf Trio die from Doodlebug Sprinkles White Vellum. The flowers were layered on top of each other and adhered with Micro Glue Dots. A pearl from Michaels Rhinestone Stickers was added to the center of the flower with Micro Glue Dot. To add dimension to the flower it was adhered to the label with a 3/8″ Zots Medium Glue Dot.

For the inside of the card I printed a quote from Elizabeth Browning; “Love doesn’t make the word go round, Love is what makes the ride worthwhile” on Gina K. Design 80# White Cardstock and cut it with the same My Favorite Things Well-Worn Greetings die as was used on the front. Another flourish and flower were added as well. A strip of the background was added to the bottom of the inside card and to the bottom of the envelope and the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Sprinkles White Vellum
  • Heavy Weight White Vellum
  • Hero Arts Lotus stamp
  • Penny Black Special Wishes stamp set
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Stampin Stuff Clear Embossing Powder
  • Distress Ink: Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, and Picked Raspberry
  • Lawn Fawn Largest Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles die
  • My Favorite Things Well-Worn Greetings die
  • My Favorite Things Fancy Flourish die
  • My Favorite Things Flower and Leaf Trio Die
  • Michaels Rhinestone Stickers Pearl
  • Micro Glue Dots
  • Zots 3/8″ Medium Glue Dot

Make a Wish

The second card I made with background stamps used Hero Arts Tiny Flags. The background was stamped on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper and heat embossed with Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder.  This time I wanted a rainbow of colors.  In order to keep the ink to a smaller area I used Tsukineko Sponge Daubers with Ranger Distress inks.  Using a spray bottle of water a fine mist of water was added to the watercolor paper to help the colors blend.

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Colors used were:

  • Mustard Seed
  • Mowed Lawn
  • Salty Ocean
  • Wilted Violet
  • Seedless Preserves
  • Candied Apple
  • Spiced Marmalade

I cut two balloons from Lawn Fawn Party Balloons and colored them with Salty Ocean and Mowed lawn, the balloon strings were colored with Mustard Seed.  To add some sparkle I used Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Make a Wish stamp set and was stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Recollections Snow Embossing Powder.

The cardbase was Gina K. Designs 120# White cardstock, cut to 4 1/4 x 11? and scored at 5 1/2″.  The Tiny Flags background was cut with Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and adhered directly to cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  I really like this rectangle because it leaves a small border around the panel.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was placed on the back of the green balloon and again on the blue ballon, with a double thickness added to the left side  to raise it above the first balloon.

For the inside of the card and the bottom of the envelope a small strip of watercolor Tiny Flags Background with Distress Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean was glued to the bottom with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday to complete the card.

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Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Hero Arts Tiny Flags stamp
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons die
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday stamp set
  • Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade
  • Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
  • Recollections Snow Embossing Powder
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

 

Tomorrow is a New Day

It seems that each time I watch a new instructional video I have to get the latest stamp or die. The hard part is to use them all.  I have been trying to challenge myself to use the stamps that I have purchased. This past week I used some of my background stamps with clear embossing powder and Distress inks to create some simple cards.

The first card I made used Hero Arts Floral Backgound.  I stamped with with VersaMark ink on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper, added Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it with my heat gun.

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Next I took three Distress inks and Ranger Round Blending Tools and blended Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough, and Cracked Pistachio to reveal the beautiful leafy background.  Using a spray bottle of water a fine mist of water was added to the watercolor paper to help the colors blend.

I wanted the background to take the entire card front so once it was dry I cut it with the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles and adhered it to a 4 1/4″ x 11″ Gina K. Designs White Cardbase with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

I wanted to let the background take center stage so I cut a label from Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two and stamped the sentiment from Papertrey Ink A Year of Flowers Marigold.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the tags to add dimension. To add a little glam I added two Queen & Co. pearls.

For the inside of the card I created a small panel of the same background and adhered it to the bottom of the card.  I also stamped the image to the bottom of an envelope and the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Ranger Distress Inks: Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles
  • Hero Arts Floral Background
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Stampin Stuff Clear Embossing Powder
  • Queen & Co. Pearls
  • Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two
  • Papertrey Ink A Year of Flowers Margold stamp set

Doctor Janae

Our youngest daughter is completing her three year residency in Pediatrics at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. She is an amazing doctor.  Next year she will be the chief resident and the following year she will be off to a three-year fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care. We are very proud of her.  When I saw La-La Land Crafts’ Dr. Marci I knew it would make the perfect card.

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The stamp was no longer available so I ordered the digital image and printed it with my small HP Laser printer on Gina K. Designs 80# White cardstock, since it wouldn’t bleed when I colored it with Copic markers. Colors used were:

  • Hair: E55, E53, E50, E55, YR21
  • Pigtail Ribbons: BG18, BG15, BG13
  • Magnifying Glass and Band: R22, R21, C3, C2, C1, C00
  • Skin: E01, E000, E0000 / Eyeshadow: E31
  • Lips: R22, R21
  • Cheeks: R20
  • Stethoscope: R22, R21, R20
  • Dress: BG18, BG15, BG13
  • Coat: C03, C01, C00
  • Bear: E33, E34, E35, E51 / Ears: E53 / Nose: C9, C7, C6
  • Sneakers: BG18, BG15, BG13, C04, C03, C01

Her favorite color is aqua/teal so I used those colors in the image, as well and the cardbase, which was from paper I had in my stash.  I die cut the image with the second size Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables and another panel of teal with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackable, but I wanted it to be a little smaller and so I ran it through my Big Shot again to remove about 1/8″.  This allowed me to cut the same size panel with American Crafts Silver Glitter Cardstock for a pretty border.  All panels were adhered using 5/8″ Be Creative tape. The multi-panel focal image was adhered to the cardbase using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for added dimension.

I die cut “Congrats” from Hero Arts Stamp and Cut in both teal and silver and adhered them together and to the front of the card with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  I stamped the phrase “you did it” from the same stamp set just below the die cut.

For the envelope I typically stamp the image in a lighter complimentary ink, but I didn’t have the stamp to do this, so I used Spellbinder’s On the Edge Heart Scallop die and ran it through with both teal and silver cardstock, filling the heart openings with silver and adhering to the bottom of the envelope with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Teal Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • American Crafts Silver Glitter Cardstock
  • Copic Markers as listed above
  • Lawn Fawn Large and Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles die
  • Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Congrats die
  • Spellbinder’s On the Edge Heart Scallop die
  • 5/8″ Be Creative tape
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Copic Markers (As Listed Above)

Graduation Cards II

We have good friends who have children graduating from high school this year, all four are boys.  They attend two separate schools, one with green and gold colors and other with purple and gold.  I decided to make these cards patterned after the one I made for my niece, but this time I colored them with the school colors for Richland and Hanford High Schools.

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I used gold cardstock from my stash and embossed it using WeR Memory Keepers Stripe Sunburst.  I then cut a panel with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables.  To draw your eye to the center of the star burst, I used Spectrum Noir Sparkle Clear Glitter Brush on the rays.

I stamped La-La Land Crafts Graduation Luka four times on Gina K. Design 80# white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with the following Copic Markers.

  • Hair: E53, E55, E57, (E77 Darker) (E37 Red)
  • Pants: E31, E35 / B97, B99
  • Shoes: E55, E57, E59, E77 / C3, C4, C5, C7, C9
  • Tassel: Y19, YR23
  • Robes: G05, G17, G29 / V04, V06, V09
  • Scroll: Distress Old Paper
  • Skin: E11, E00, E000

The images were fussy cut, 3M 1/2″ foam tape was adhered to the back and attached them to the embossed panel.  The card bases were made from green and purple cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″. The embossed panels where adhered the card bases by gluing craft foam, which had been cut slightly smaller than the panels, with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The sentiment was cut with Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Congrats from American Craft Gold Glitter cardstock and again from the same cardstock that was used for making the cardbase.  Both cutouts were glue slightly offset with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and adhered to the card.  Candy Shop and Triveni Craft enamel dots and Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden rhinestones were scattered on the front and the cards were done.

Products Used:

  • WeR Memory Keepers Stripe Sunburst Embossing Folder
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Clear Glitter Brush
  • La-La Land Crafts Graduation Luka
  • Gina K. Designs 80# white cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Copic Markers (as listed above)
  • 3M 1/2″ foam tape
  • Fibre Craft Colored Craft Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Congrats
  • American Craft Gold Glitter cardstock
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden rhinestones
  • Candy Shop enamel dots
  • Triveni Craft enamel dots
  • Sizzix Big Shot

Happy Birthday Julie

I made this card for my sister Julie.  Her favorite color is ice blue and I wanted it to be elegant, because she is an elegant lady.  What is more elegant with ice blue than white and silver.  This is what inspired the design.

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I found some ice blue paper in my stock and cut a panel using the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables.  Since I wanted to have a strip of silver glitter cardstock on the left I recut the panel making it slightly narrower.  Using Hero Arts Leafy Vine Background I prepped the panel with my embossing buddy before stamping with VersaMark ink.  I then applied Reflections Snow embossing powder and heat set it with my heat gun.  This created a lovely background.

I created a top folding card by cutting Gina K. Designs 120# white cardstock to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored to 5 1/2″. I cut a small strip of American Craft Silver Glitter cardstock and adhered it to card base on the left.

Using some heavy weight velum I prepped it with my embossing buddy and stamped a sentiment from C.C. Designs Amy R. Great Birthday Greetings with VersaMark ink and added Ranger Super Find Detail Silver Embossing Powder and heat set it with my heat gun.  I made sure the velum was wider than the ice blue panel so that I could wrap it around the edges and adhere it with scotch tape on the back. I then cut some white craft foam slightly smaller than the ice blue panel and adhered it with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then adhered the completed panel to the card front.

Butterflies were cut from silver glitter cardstock with Martha Stewart’s 3-1 Classic Butterfly Punch and Martha Stewart’s Classic Butterfly Punch. The center of the butterflies were adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  On the largest butterfly Zot Glue Dots were rolled and placed under the wings to add dimension.  Recollections clear mini gemstones were adhered to front of the card and it was done.

Products Used:

  • Hero Arts Leafy Vine Background, VersaMark Ink, Recollections Snow Embossing Powder
  • C.C. Designs Amy R. Great Birthday Greetings
  • Hero Arts Yummy Treats (Inside)
  • American Crafts Glitter Cardstock Silver
  • Martha Stewart 3-1 Classic Butterfly Punch
  • Martha Stewart Classic Butterfly Punch
  • Recollections Clear Gemstones
  • Ranger Silver Detail Embossing Powder
  • Vellum
  • Largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
  • ⅜ Zots Glue Dots Rolled
  • Sizzix Big Shot