Sea Shells Still Life Happy Birthday

The beach is a relaxing, peaceful place to be.  I’ve never found such beautiful shells as show in Inkadinkado’s Sea Shells Still Life, but it makes a lovely, more masculine in nature birthday card.

I began by stamping the image on Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.  I used the MISTI so that I could stamp multiple times to get a crisp image.  Next I ink blended the background using Ranger’s Mini Ink Blending Tool using Distress Ink: Fozzilized Amber, Brushed Cordurory, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China.  To intensify the colors of the shells I used Copic Markers: R21, R22, R12; E30, E31, E33; E33, E35, E55; E47, E57, E59; BG000, BG01, BG02; G40, G43.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday and was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.

I die cut the focal image with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stac

kable Rectangles and added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the back of the panel.  An A2 side folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock, but when I placed the focal image on the cardbase everything blended together.  To help the focal image pop, a rectangle 1/8” larger than the focal image was cut from some blue cardstock I had in my stash.  I liked the look of the card much better and so it was adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then the focal image was adhered on top with the same glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Inkadinkado Sea Shells Still Life
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Distress Ink: Fossilized Amber, Brushed Corduroy, Tumbled Glass, Broken China
  • Copic Markers: R21, R22, R12; E30, E31, E33; E33, E35, E55; E47, E57, E59; BG000, BG01, BG02; G40, G43

 

Rainbow Ink Blended Masculine Birthday Cards II

I had a little more of the rainbow ink blended cardstock left and so I decided to make another couple of cards.  This time I wanted to see what rainbow letters would look like on black cardstock, and I love the way it turned out.  The second card uses gold mirror cardstock behind the negative word cutout.

For the first card a horizontal A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock.  To add interest to the front of the card a rectangle of black cardstock was cut using the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and then Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger.  The two were adhered together with Scor Tape.

The Silhouette cut letters are Franklin Gothic Heavy Font at 138.5 pt, stretched to be a little taller and cut from leftover rainbow ink blended cardstock.  The letters were applied to the black rectangle using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  The easiest way to align them is to use the negative cutout for placement.  The secondary sentiment is from the Sizzix Balloon and Cupcake stamp set, stamped with VersaMark Ink, and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The focal rectangle was adhered to the black cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

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The second card uses the negative space of the rainbow ink blended cardstock cutout.  A strip of Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock cut 1/4″ taller than the letters was added to the back with 3M 1/2″ foam tape cut to go around the letters and give them dimension and support.  The secondary sentiment is from the Sizzix Balloon and Cupcake stamp set, stamped with VersaMark Ink, and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.

A rectangle of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock was die cut using the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back.  The word strip was adhered to the white rectangle with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  A horizontal A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal rectangle was glued to the cardbase using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

Products Used Card 1:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Silhouette Happy Cutout with Franklin Gothic Heavy Font at 138.5 pt, stretched a little taller
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Sizzix Balloon and Cupcake Stamp
  • Distress Ink Blending: Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Darice Black Adhesive Fun Foam

Products Used Card 2:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock (1 ¾ x 5 1/8)
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock (3/16)
  • Silhouette Happy Cutout with Franklin Gothic Heavy Font at 138.5 pt, stretched a little taller
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Sizzix Balloon and Cupcake Stamp
  • Distress Ink Blending: Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Darice Adhesive White Fun Foam

 

Simon Says Stamp Mod Window Masculine Birthday

Birthday cards for guys are always harder to come up with ideas.  For this card I used a clean and simple, graphic design with the Simon Says Stamp Mod Window Die and an ink blended background.

I ran the Simon Says Stamp Mod Window Die through the Sizzix Big Shot with Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.  I cut the panel down to have a small border around the die cut.  With the leftover cardstock I used the Distress Ink colors listed below to create a pretty background for the die cut.  A small rectangle was cut to fit behind the window die and Tombo Mono Multi Glue was used to adhere the two together.  With the leftover ink blended paper I die cut the word “birthday” the Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party Stamp and Die and then again three additional times with scrap white cardstock.  All were glued together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive Spray.

For assembling the card a side folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Another rectangle was cut using the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Frames Rectangle.  Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was added to the back.  A narrow rectangle was cut with a paper trimmer to be the perfect size to when combined with Mod Window Die to create a rectangle that is 1/8″ smaller than the bundle of stitched frames rectangle.  The word die was placed on the narrow rectangle to determine placement of the secondary sentiment, which was stamped with Distress Faded Jeans Ink.

The rectangle cut with the bundle of stitched frames was adhered to the cardbase using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The Mod Window die was glued to the bottom of the rectangle just inside the stitch marks on the rectangle with the same glue and then the narrow rectangle was glued on top.  The “birthday” die cut was adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

Supplies Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Distress Ink Blending: Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans
  • Simon Says Stamp Mod Window Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party Stamp and Die
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam

Hero Arts Color Layering Gold Fish Birthday Wishes

My son-in-law Troy is an avid fish lover.  He has a huge salt water aquarium with beautiful fish and anemones. Every year for his birthday we give him a gift card that he uses to add something beautiful to his tank, so I try to make his birthday cards with a fish and water theme. This year I used Hero Arts Color Layering Gold Fish and I liked the end product.

I began by making a frame with My  Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames die and then cutting a piece of 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock just smaller to create a shaker card.  I used Ranger’s mini ink blending tools to ink blend  a blue background with Distress Ink Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China.  I ink blended the frame using the Distress Inks.  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday and was stamped a couple of times with Salty Ocean.  I added a rectangle of Office Depot Binding Acetate Sheet cut 1/8″ smaller than the frame with 1/8″ Scor Tape.  Next a double layer of 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape, cut in half to be narrow enough not to show, was added behind the frame. Mikuki Seed Beads in Honey Butter and Gold was sprinkled into the frame for sand and the ink blended panel and frame were adhered together.

The seaweed was ink blended with Distress Inks Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint and die cut with the matching dies.  Originally I planned to put these inside the shaker, but I completely forgot and so they were applied to the front of the acetate panel with Scor Tape.

The gold fish were stamped with Hero Hues Pastel Peach, Butter Bar, and Wet Cement and die cut with the matching dies.  The two smaller fish were adhered to the front of the shaker with Score Tape and the largest with given added dimension with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

The shaker panel was adhered to a side folded A2 cardbase made from 120# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock and the card was done.

Supplies Used:

  • Hero Arts Color Layering Gold Fish and dies
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Hero Hues Pastel Peach, Butter Bar, and Wet Cement for fish
  • Distress Salty Ocean (background and frame), Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Crushed Olive, and Peeled Paint
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames
  • Mikuki Seed Beads Honey Butter and Gold for sand
  • Office Depot Binding Acetate Sheets
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

Hero Arts Tiny Flags Background Masculine Birthday

The graphic element of Hero Arts Tiny Flags creates a great masculine birthday card.  Most men I know like the color blue and so the distress blending of blues and greens it a visually pleasing design.

A panel of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock was cut with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  Before stamping the Hero Arts Tiny Flags Background stamp with VersaMark ink an anti-static pad was used to eliminate any oils from the surface to ensure the Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder would only stick where wanted.

Distress ink was applied using the Ranger Mini Embossing Tool.  Colors used are: Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers.  Blue Offray Grosgrain Ribbon was was tied around the panel and tied in a knot, then the panel was glued to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

For the focal image the Just Right Spellbinders Nested Medallion Labels was used to cut some Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock. Inkadinkadoo’s Happy Birthday was stamped on the label with VersaMark Ink and sprinkled with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder and heat set with the Marvy Embossing Tool.  “Happy Birthday” was added from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party stamp.

The label was adhered to the ink blended panel using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. Tiny blue confetti stars were added to the label with Multi Matte Medium and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 80# White
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Offray Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Hero Arts Tiny Flags Background
  • Inkadinkadoo Happy Birthday
  • Winnie & Walter the Big the Bold and Party
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Distress: Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers

Masculine Birthday with Ink Blending

Clean and simple graphics cards are excellent for masculine cards.  This card uses Hero Arts Pinstripes Background with Distress Ink blending.

A panel of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock was cut with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  After preparing the panel with a anti-static tool the panel was stamped with Hero Arts Pinstripes Background stamp and VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.

Using a Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool to add a rainbow hue with the following Distress Ink: Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Barn Door.

A panel of scrap blue cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger than the embossed panel and glued to the back with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was added to back of the panel and adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

Scrap green, red, and blue cardstock was ink blended in red, green, and blue distress ink and then die cut with Lawn Fawn Party Balloons.  Next sentiments were embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder using Hero Arts Make a Wish and My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings.  The balloon tails were cut from scrap white cardstock.  The green balloon was adhered directly to the panel with Tombo Mono Multi Glue, the blue balloon was adhered using one layer of 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape, and the red balloon was adhered using two layers of 3M 1/2″.  To add a confetti feel Pretty Pink Posh Christmas Mix and Seattle Spirit Mix, along with Gold Stars from Scrapbooking Days were scattered around the front of the panel with Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • MFT Birthday Greetings
  • Hero Arts Pinstripes
  • Hero Arts Make a Wish
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • Gina K. Detail White Embossing Powder
  • SSS Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Scrap Blue Cardstock
  • Distress: Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Barn Door
  • PPP Christmas Mix and Seattle Spirit Mix
  • Gold Stars from Scrapbooking Days

 

Masculine Birthday with MFT Chevron Coverup II

Great cards can be made using negative elements from a graphic die. This card that was made using the negative space leftover from My Favorite Things Chevron Coverup.

A piece of Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and used the Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool to create an ombre of color with the following Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick.  The panel was run through the Big Shot with My Favorite Things Chevron Coverup.

To add dimension to the chevron stripes I cut thin strips of 3M 1/2″ foam tape and applied it to the back of each strip.  (In retrospect I think it would have been much easier to cut the die again using Darice Adhesive Fun Foam.)  Using the cutout panel the strips were adhered to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

Matching balloons were die cut from scraps of paper with Lawn Fawn Party Balloons and adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam tape, with the front balloon using a double thickness of foam tape.  The balloon ties were made from red DFN Craft Thread.  To keep the loops I put a dollop of Tombo Mono Multi Glue on my thumb and applied it to the thread.  This allows it to stiffen and it can be shaped while still wet and will dry in the desired shape.

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments stamped with VersaMark Ink on Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder and then adhered to the front of the card with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • MFT Chevron Coverup
  • Distress: Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick
  • MFT Big Birthday Sentiments
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • DFN Craft Thread
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons

 

Pure Innocence Scientist Birthday Card

I am surrounded my scientists in my household.  My husband’s degree is in biology, my oldest daughter has a degree in bio chemistry and her husband is a physical therapist, my oldest son has a doctorate in geo physics and his wife has a masters in geology, my youngest son’s degree is in chemistry, along with his beautiful wife, and my youngest daughter is a pediatrician.  And then there’s me who doesn’t do anything with science, went to secretarial college, and loves to create.  Go figure.

Both of my daughters-in-law have birthdays in November.  I am always looking for stamp sets that I think my children and grandchildren would like.  This card was made with My Favorite Things Pure Innocence and Undeniable Chemistry and is for Monica.

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I took some Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper and prepped it with an anti-static pad since I planned to emboss a background for the card.  I randomly stamped the chemical symbols from My Favorite Undeniable Chemistry, added Ranger Silver Embossing Powder and heat set with the Marvy Embossing Tool.

Since Monica’s favorite colors are burgundy and black I used Candied Apple, Seedless Preserves, Aged Mahogany, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot to ink blend the panel.  It was glued to a top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock.

The image from My Favorite Things Pure Innocence was stamped on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink since I planned to color it with Copic Markers (colors are listed below).  Once the image was colored it was run through the Sizzix Big Shot with the second Lawn Fawn Small stitched Stackable Rectangles.  A rectangle of Recollection Silver Mirror Cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger than the focal image and glued together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

Using Winnie & Walter the Big, the Bold and Party stamp set “birthday” was stamped in the lower right of the focal panel. WPlus9 Happy Trio was die cut from both Recollections Silver Mirror Cardstock and Darice Adhesive White Fun Foam and adhered together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then to the focal image.

Darice Adhesive White Fun Foam was glued to the back of the focal image and adhered to the background panel with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Recollection Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • My Favorite Things Undeniable Chemistry
  • My Favorite Things Pure Innocence
  • Winnie & Walter the Big the Bold and Party
  • Distress Ink: Candied Apple, Seedless Preserves, Aged Mahogany, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Copic Markers: Pants C6, C7, C9; Shoes C7, C10; Shirt R39, R56, R59; Beaker B000; Skin E00, E11, E51; Hair E49, E77, R59; Outline BG0000, BG10; Ground C0, C1
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • WPlus9 Happy Trio
  • Darice Adhesive White Fun Foam
  • Ranger Silver Embossing Powder
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Marvy Embossing Tool

Look for the Miracles Fall Wreath

Recently I purchased the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Leaves because I thought it would make a beautiful fall card.  I decided to use it for the encouragement cards I make for Safe Harbor this month, and I really like how they turned out.

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I went into my scraps of paper and pulled out some burgundy, medium and dark green, red, light orange, yellow, medium and dark brown paper and ran them through the big shot with the small leaf die a couple of times.  To add dimension to the leaves I ink blended the edges with Distress Ink (colors are listed below).

I knew I wanted to make the leaves into a wreath, but I was having a difficult time keeping the round shape so that it would be large enough for the sentiment I wanted to use.  So I nested two circle dies from dark green cardstock to create a small ring.  I took a strip of 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and cut it in thirds so it would be narrow enough to fit on the ring and not show and then I placed the leaves on the ring.  I tried to create a triangle with each color of leaves, varying the shapes and sizes.

Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock was run through the Big Shot with the rectangle for Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  I positioned the wreath of leaves on the rectangle to determine where I wanted to stamp the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles set.  Sometimes, when life is difficult and we are struggling to make changes in our lives it is good to be reminded of the little miracles that happen in our lives.  I used VersaMark Ink and Ranger Extra Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, prepping the area with an anti-static pad before stamping the sentiment.

When I went to glue the wreath to the front panel it was just took stark against the ivory cardstock, so I used Distress Gathered Twigs to ink blend the edges and liked how it looked.  I glued the wreath to the font panel with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  For the cardbase I used Gina K. Designs 120# Dark Chocolate Cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″.  The focal panel was applied using Creative Hands Peel and Stick Fun Foam in Black.  I scattered some dots of Stickles Tidings and the card was done.

Since I always take three cards each month I created two additional cards with the same design but different colored cardbases.  The brown cardbase is my favorite.

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PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Leaves
  • Distress Ink: Carved Pumpkin, Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundles of Stitched Shapes
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Creative Hands Peel and Stick Fun Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles
  • Stickles Tidings
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory and Dark Chocolate Cardstock
  • Marvy Embossing Tool
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

Happy Happy Birthday to You

The fourth card I made with background stamps was my favorite.  I used Hero Arts Flower Wallpaper stamp on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper, stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Stampin Stuff Clear Embossing Powder.

I applied Distress inks with Tsukineko Sponge Daubers. The following inks were used: Picket Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Spun Sugar, Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, and Mustard Seed. Using a water bottle a fine mist of water was added to the watercolor paper to help the colors blend.  The results were a bright and colorful background.

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Once the background was dry a panel was cut with the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle die.  The flowers received a coating of Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.  Using the same die as the front panel a strip of heavy weight white vellum was run through the Big Shot twice so that it measured 1 3/8″ x 5 1/2″. The vellum was prepped with an anti-static bag and the sentiment from C. C. Designs Amy R. Great Birthday Greetings was stamped with VersaMark ink, sprinkled with Recollections Snow Embossing Powder and heat set with my Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.  The vellum greeting was centered on the bottom of the front panel, wrapped around the edge,s and taped in place with Scotch Tape.

3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the panel, which was then adhered to a cardbase 4 1/4″ x 11″ made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and scored at 5 1/2″ for a  top folding card.

On the inside of the card a sentiment from My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings was stamped with Hero Hues Black ink. A strip of the watercolor background was added to the bottom of the page and the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor
  • Gina K. Design 120# White Cardstock
  • Heavy Weight White Vellum
  • Hero Arts Flower Wallpaper stamp
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings stamp
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Hero Hues Black Ink
  • Distress Ink as Listed Above
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle die
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Scotch Tape
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape