Simply Bloom Background Hello

When I was taking the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 and saw this beautiful die from Pink Fresh Studio and immediately went and purchased it. It makes a stunning card.

I die cut the flower background die three times from heavy weight cardstock and adhered them together with spray adhesive. I cut a rectangle of cardstock the same size as the die from 80# Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and ink blended it with Gina K. Designs Peach Bellini, Tomato Soup, and Jelly Bean Green in strategic locations. The background was then sprayed with Blick Pearl Simmer to add some shine. The flower die was then glued over the background, but it was just blah. So, I pulled out some Copic Markers and added color to the flower and leaves, but this caused overlap onto the white of the flower die, so I cut another one and adhered it over the top.

I pulled out some green enamel dots for the center of the flowers. For the sentiment I ink blended a scrap of cardstock with the Jelly Bean Green ink and die cut the Honey Bee Hello Die and then background from white and adhered the two together with liquid glue. It was glued over the top of the flower die in the lower right and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Pink Fresh Studio Simply Bloom Background Die
  • Honey Bee Stamps Hello Die
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Peach Bellini, Tomato Soup, Jelly Bean Green
  • Copic Markers: R24, R22, R02; YG17, YG05, YG01
  • Green Enamel Dots from Stash
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# and #110 Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Blick Pearl Simmer

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 17 Die Cut Pieces Highlight

For Day 17 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 May Park and Lea Lawson were the guest designers and their technique was to highlight background die pieces. May ink blended a background, added foam behind it and then die cut a star background from it. The background was once again cut from white cardstock and adhered to a top folding cardbase. The ink blended shapes were then added to areas of the white background creating a lovely colorful card front. She die cut a large sentiment from glitter cardstock and added a secondary black and white sentiment strip. Lea Lawson took a background die and removed the negative die cut,leaving only the positive pieces on the card.

For this set of cards I ink blended three quarter sheets of white cardstock with yellow inks. The first with lighter yellow Altenew inks and the next two with darker color Gina K. Design inks. I added sticky back foam to the back of the lighter yellow ink blended background and die cut one of the Honey Bee hexagon background dies. Liquid glue was added to the back of each hexagon piece and then it was adhered to one of the darker yellow ink blended background. It was left it place for a few minutes giving the glue time to dry and set and then the positive of the background die was carefully removed.

I looked okay, but it needed a little something to give it some visual interest, so I die cut the background die from gold glitter cardstock and adhered them to some of the hexagon cutouts. I liked this much better.

My crafty friend knew I was working on this card and while she was shopping she saw a stamp with a large bumble bee image and bought it for me. I fussy cut it to use as a focal image for the card. I didn’t have any stamps with sentiments to use for a bee so I went to my Silhouette and created one. I decided on a couple of sentiment strips and a die cut word and outline. All elements were adhered to the lower part of the card with liquid glue and the first card was done.

For the second card I used the negative die cut, adhering it to the second darker yellow ink blended background. I added some glitter hexagons to a few placed in the negative spaces on the die.

I found a digital stamp online that had a cut bee and beehive. I pulled them into my Silhouette software to print and die cut. At the same time I created another couple of sentiment strips and a die cut word. They were all adhered to the card front with liquid glue and the second card was done. Below is the image using the positive die cut panel.

My Cute Lobster Design Bees

PRODUCTS USED:

  • American Crafts Vicki Boutin Wildflower
  • Silhouette Sentiment Print and Cut
  • Honey Bee Hexagon Middle Layer
  • Altenew Inks: Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Honey Mustard, Prickly Pear, Wild Dandelion, Sweet Corn
  • Copic Markers: Y28, Y26, Y23, Y21; Y15, Y13,Y11; B00, B000, B0000, C10
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Silhouette Print and Cut
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Happy Mother’s Day

Sadly, my sweet mother passed away in September of 2017. I miss her every day and Mother’s Day is when I miss her the most. I miss making cards for her.

This year we were going to my son’s house for Mother’s Day and I decided to make a card for his wife who gave birth to our two wonderful grandchildren residing in Washington state.

I Stamped the flowers and leaves from Altenew’s Wallpaper Art with a light ink and colored them with Copic Markers, After the coloring was complete I stamped the flowers again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed them gold.

I die cut a rectangle with a scalloped die to add some pretty visual interest behind the flower and leaves. Whenever I am using white on white for a card I like us an embossing folder to add detail to the background. This time I sued the Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder.

I arranged the leaves and flowers on this scalloped rectangle, adhering the yellow flower and leaves directly to the panel with liquid glue and adding foam tape behind the top orange flower.

For the sentiment I pulled out Honey Bee Stamp’s Best Parents and die cut the word “mother’s” from gold mirror cardstock. The shadow was cut from black and the two were adhered with liquid glue. The secondary sentiment were stamped onto thin strips of black cardstock and adhered to the top and bottom of the larger sentiment.

I think this card turned out pretty. I love the flowers in this Altenew stamp set.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Wallpaper Art
  • Honey Bee Stamps Best Parents
  • Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Birthday
  • Copic Markers: Y19, Y18, Y17, Y15, Y13, Y21; Y08, Y06, Y04, Y02, Y28, Y26, Y23, Y21; YR16, YR15, YR14, YR12 E37, E35, E33; YG67, YG17, YG03, YG01
  • Altenew Lime Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Champagne Embossing Powder
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 4 Bold Sentiments

Jenn Shurkus was the second guest designer for day four of the Online Line Card Class Spring Card Camp 2. Her technique was to use big, bold sentiments on a card. I don’t have a lot of really big sentiments, but I finally decided to use Honey Bee Stamp’s Hooray die.

I was actually behind in the classes and the next days taught about shading stencils, so I kind of combined these two techniques. I ink blended a quarter sheet of 80# cardstock Hero Arts Circle and Squares Stencil with blue inks from Gina K. Designs. I then took a mini blending tool and added dark blue to the dots in each of the diamonds. I think it turned out very eye catching. I cut it down using a stitched rectangle.

The “hooray” die from Honey Bee has three different layers. I used white for the largest stitched background layer since the background is pretty busy. I then ink blended some white cardstock with the light and darker inks used on the stencil for each of the other layers of the sentiment,using the second darkest ink for the top layer. I used the second layer to cut some sticky back fun foam to add behind the sentiment, giving is dimension on the busy panel. For the secondary sentiment I ink blended a scrap of cardstock with the darkest blue used on for the dots the stencil and dried it using my heat tool. I then stamped the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it white. Foam tape was added to the back for dimension.

I decided to add a small focal image to the card front and pulled out the Birthday Press Designs Party Balloons and ink blended some cardstock in a light and mid blue to cut the balloons from. I added white die cut balloon strings, adhered to the two balloons together with liquid glue, and added foam tape to the back for dimension.

It was now time to assemble the card. The stenciled panel was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive. I laid the bold sentiment on the card front to determine where to adhere the balloons. The strings were adhered with liquid glue, but the balloons were adhered with foam tape. The bold sentiment was then adhered with the foam tape that had been added and liquid glue. The secondary sentiment was adhered below the bold sentiment die cut.

As a final embellishment, Ranger Glossy Accents were added to the balloons.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Circle and Squares Stencil
  • Honey Bee Stamps Hooray Die
  • My Favorite Things You Wow Me
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Powder Blue, Blue Denim, In the Navy
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Birch Press Designs Party Balloon Dies
  • Penny Black Uplifting Balloons
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Spring Card Camp Day 9 Stenciled Birthday Cards

Channin Pelletier was the guest designer for day 9 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp. She had a very unique technique to create two for one cards. You would use a stencil and heavily ink blend it onto white cardstock with Distress Oxide Inks. The oxide inks would leave a residue of ink on the stencil that you would spray with water and lay a watercolor cardstock over the top creating a lighter pattern on the paper.

I tried this several times and was not very successful in creating the second image. This is the only set of cards that worked well enough that you could see the pattern.

For these cards I used Simon Says Stamp Diamond Stencil. I love the graphic look to this stencil, which has diamonds and circle depending on how you are looking at it. I ink blended with three blue oxide inks and love the way the first stenciling looked.

I paired it with Honey Bee Stamps Hooray Die. Because the background had so much white in the pattern the large sentiment die got lost, so I used the other layers to the die. The first shade I ink blended with the lightest blue ink and the second larger stitched shadow I cut from vellum. I layered everything together with liquid glue. I also decided to add some balloons. I cut the largest from vellum and then ink blended the medium and small balloons with some of the inks used in the background. I cut the balloon strings from vellum as well. I adhered the two smaller balloons together with liquid glue and added foam behind them for dimension. They were adhered to the vellum balloon. This gave you someplace to add glue to adhere the vellum balloon. As a finally embellishment I added some details to the two smaller balloons with Ranger Crystal Stickles.

For the second card I had already tried this before and it didn’t work out well, so after removing the stenciled background I pounced the ink onto the surface of the stencil again before spraying with water. The pattern is very light, but discernible.

Since the pattern was so light I cut it down to a smaller rectangle with a stitched die and added a mat of blue behind. I pulled out my KB Riley Happy Birthday Die because it is large and would become the focal image to the card. I ink blended it with the three blues used on the stencil. I cut it again from Darice Sticky Back Foam and adhered the two together and then added it to the card front. A secondary sentiment was stamped on ink blended paper and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Darice Foam Strip was added for dimension and it was adhered below the main sentiment. A few blue sequins were scattered around the sentiment and the card was done.

Spring Card Camp Day 4 – Wishing You a Sweet Day

This is the second card I created using the technique Julie Ebersole shared as the guest designer/instructor for day four of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp.

Julie’s technique was to stamp a small focal image, with a coordinating die onto the front of a cardbase using a stamping tool like the MISTI. Then using the coordinating die you cut out the image, leaving an opening to the center of the card and stamp the image again in the die cut opening.

You would then open the card and add other images to the center of the card to enhance the card design. She used potted succulents. The center pot was seen through the die cut opening, but the rest would only been seen when opening the card.

Now you can create a second card using the die cut image that was cut from the first card and adhered it to the front of another card with foam tape. The inside would be stamped and colored the same as the previous card.

For this card I used Honey Bee Stamp’s Piece of Cake. The cake image is on the front of the card and seen through the cutout, but when you open the card you see the cake on the cake stand and strawberries and cherries scatter around the base.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamp Piece of Cake
  • My Favorite Things Sugar-Coated Sentiments
  • Copic Markers: R89, R35, R56; R29, R24, R22; YG63, YG03; C5, C3, C2; E59, E57, E33; E43, E42, E41: R24, R22
  • Gina K. Designs Red Hot Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
Both card fronts to the design

Spring Card Camp Day 3 Underwater Scene Happy Birthday Fishes

On the third day of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp Yana Smakula used a background stamp to create multiple backgrounds, adding die cut images to create her card.

The only graphic type of background stamp that I had was Honey Bee Stamps Ocean Borders Background. decided to create an underwater scene.

I stamped the background onto three different blue cardstock. I chose to stamp with Distress Oxide Salty Ocean Ink and heat emboss it with clear embossing powder. After cutting different sections of the background and popping them up with foam tape, I had enough left over backgrounds to create another card, but it was pretty time consuming creating all the underwater images that I only created one card.

To build the underwater scene I used Hero Arts Aquarium stamp set from March 2019 Monthly Hero Kit. I stamped them with different colored Distress Oxide Inks and used Copic Markers to add shadows or smooth out the inks. I used my PIXScan Mat to cut the images out and adhered them to the card front with either liquid glue or foam tape.

Since the background had a lot of circle waves I decided to stamp the sentiment onto a circle and adhere it to the bottom of the sea.

It was quite time consuming to create this card, but I am happy with the way it turned out.

  • Honey Bee Stamps Ocean Borders Background
  • Hero Arts Aquarium (March 2019)
  • 3 Different Shades of Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Honey Mustard, Wild Dandelion, Peach Bellini, Tomato Soup, Sweet Mango, Innocent Pink, Dusty Rose; Lovely Lavender, Plum Punch
  • Altenew Inks: Silver Stone, Industrial Diamond, Pure Graphite, Moss
  • Copic Markers: YG99, YG97, W5, W4, W1, C7, YR18, YR15, V12, Y15, B06, B04, B02, B01, B0000
  • Hero Arts Infinity Circle Die
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Pigma Micron 05 Archival Pen

Hooray – Have a Happy 16th Birthday

My grandson Matthew recently turned 16. I made a card and sent it to him with his birthday money inside, but even though the postal service says it was delivered, he never received it. So, I created another card for him, different than the first, just in case it ever shows up.

Matthew is excited to finally be able to drive. I liked this image from Lili of the Valley. It is a pre-colored image that I printed and cut using the Silhouette Cameo. I added some additional shading with Copic Markers.

To personalize the image I used a red signature pen to add his name to the license plate, along with the number 16 written on the hood of the car with a white gel pen.

The sentiment is from Honey Bee and was die cut from a scraps of red cardstock and again from red sticky back foam. The secondary sentiment was created in Word and then die cut using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label die.

To add visual interest to the card front, a rectangle was cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then embossed using the Darice Argyle Embossing Folder. It was then matted with blue cardstock to compliment the blue car.

The focal image was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and the sentiment were adhered using liquid glue. Blue and red sequins were scattered around the focal image. Ranger Glosy Accents was added to the windshield of the car and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lili of the Valley Oliver Driving Test
  • Honey Bee Stamps Hooray
  • Word Sentiment Strip Have a Happy 16th Birthday
  • Copic Markers: B24, B23, B21; W3, W2, W1
  • Recollections Cherry Red Signature Pen
  • Uni-Ball Signo 1mml White Gel Pen
  • Pretty Pink Posh Christmas Mix and Seattle Spirit Mix Sequins
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Red Sticky Back Foam
  • Darice Thin Strip Foam
  • Darice Argyle Embossing Folder
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Scraps
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

Everything Wonderful Enjoy Your Day

While I had this stamp set out I decided to made another card. This time I used a large piece of cardstock so that I could stamp the entire image and use the matching die to cut it out.

Since I was using Copic Markers I stamped it in a light ink first and colored the image. This ensure you do not ruin your marker tips, since they don’t do well when coloring over embossing powder and they can stain the embossed lines if you are using darker colors. Once the color was complete it was stamped again with VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed gold.

A rectangle was die cut using a stitched die and then run through the Big Shot with the Stampin’ Up’s Subtle Embossing Folder. I love this folder, it gives a lovely linen look.

Foam tape was added to the focal image and it was placed to determine where to stamp and emboss the sentiment, then the backing was removed and it was placed at the top of the card.

It turned out very pretty.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Everything Wonderful
  • Copic Markers: G99, G94, G85; YG99, YG97, YG95, G24; YG17, YG63, YG03; R59, R56, R37; YR24, YR23, YR21; Y06, Y04, Y02, Y21, Y00; Y26, Y23, Y21, Y02
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive