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