Using the Deck the Halls Turnabout on my last Christmas card made we want to pull out the Concord and 9th Birthday Basics Turnabout. I have had some problem with this turnabout. I didn’t mark it when I first got it and I just couldn’t get things to line up. I can’t tell you how many times I threw away my efforts. This time I decided to try something different. I scanned the image that has the example of what the stamp looks like with one, two, three, and four rotations, using only the first layer. I then sized it to be the same size as the stamp (this took a couple of tries). I now had a template that I could try to use, and viola it worked. I’m sure I’ll use this stamp many more times now that it gives a good alignment.
I was going for a masculine card and used green, blue, and yellow for each layer. I decided to frame the background using My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames die, cut from a deep blue cardstock. Foam tape was added to the back of the frame and the turnabout background was cut to be just smaller and adhered to the back.
I used KB Riley’s Happy Birthday Die and cut it from the same blue cardstock and sticky back foam to add dimension and adhered to the front of the card with liquid glue. To make it a little more festive a single balloon was cut using Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet from the blue cardstock and adhered to left of the sentiment, tucking the balloon string behind the “y”.
For the last card I planned for day 14 of the Spring Card Camp 2 I decided I wanted my watercolor striped panel to be less random. I pulled out a ruler and a 1/2″ flat watercolor brush. I ran the the loaded brush along the ruler, moving it down 1/2″ before adding the next strip.
Once the watercolor was dry I die cut a panel with a stitched rectangle and adhered it with liquid glue to a side folding cardbase.
The sentiment was cut from black cardstock and black sticky back foam to add dimension. Before adhering the die cut a secondary sentiment was stamped underneath with black ink.
For the last day of Spring Card Camp Ashlea Cornell taught about stamping images multiple time to get different cards. I didn’t have anything like what she used in her cards, but she did use some layering stamps and stamped it with different colors and also stamped it again and colored it using Copic Markers.
I went through my stamps to see what I could use to make a background and color it with different mediums. I had purchased this small flower cluster layering stamp from Altenew and decided to use it for my backgrounds. I stamped it multiple time to fill a quarter sheet of cardstock. This card was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock since I wanted to color it with Copic Markers.
Once the coloring was complete Ranger Gold Stickles was added to the flower centers. For the open places on the card left after stamping the flower cluster multiple times My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms was stamped into the open spaces with pink and purple ink.
Once the Stickles was dry the background panel was cut with a Memory Box Matinee Die. I love the pretty corners that this die has and the stitched edges as well.
I looked through all my pink cardstock I have on hand, and it’s a lot, but I couldn’t find the right shade of pink that would match the larger pink flowers in the background for my sentiment, so I decided to cut it from white cardstock and use the same Copic Markers to color it with an ombre from dark to light. It now matched perfectly, but it got lost on the busy background. So, I decided to cut a smaller Matinee Rectangle from vellum and adhered the die cut and color sentiment on top. It worked great, softening the background enough that the sentiment could really standout on the card front.
The background panel was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive and the card was done.
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.
This marble background was more of an olive green than the last one and I felt that gold accents would be the perfect additional. I used gold mirror cardstock to cut the sentiment and the cupcake from Simon says Stamp Birthday Circle.
I die cut some sticky back foal to but behind the sentiment, but you could see the white and it just didn’t look good, so I pulled out the YR27 Copic Marker and colored the foam. Now whatever peeks out has a pretty gold hue.
This multi-colored green background to me seemed to lend itself to a masculine birthday card. I pulled out Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet for the focal image. I wanted something that would contrast with the marble background so it wouldn’t get lost and decided to use my Copic Refills to color some glossy photo paper with the darkest shades of the green used in the background.
I die cut the balloon bouquet from the marble background and inlaid the darker green pieces. I always used a more ombre portion of the paper to die cut the sentiment. I added sticky back foam for added visual interest behind the sentiment and stamped a secondary sentiment underneath using Gina K. Designs Grass Ink.
I decided to use My Favorite Things Stitched Mod Rectangle for the cardbase, but I didn’t have the right color of green to match so I used the darkest green Copic Marker to color the edge and it worked out perfectly.
I decided to fussy cut the cardbase to match the shape of the mod rectangle and the card was done.
I pulled out this die set from My Favorite Things called Plentiful Petals. The leaves are from Altenew’s Peony Dream 3D dies. My flower dies don’t cut well unless I use a metal shim, and because I used Bristol Smooth Cardstock they needed the extra pressure. I watercolor the flowers with Altenew’s 36 Pan Watercolor set. I rarely add splatters to my images, but I really like the way it turned out adding splatters of all the colors used to color the flowers, along with some FineTec gold watercolor.
To assemble I added foam tape between the flower layers, added gold mirror flower centers and added them to the top left of a cardbase. For added visual interest I had die cut and adhered Simon Says Stamp’s Triangle Pattern Background to the card front.
The sentiment was die cut from gold mirror cardstock. I used KB Riley’s Happy Birthday die, but I only wanted the word “Happy” so I fussy cut it away from the birthday. Added a secondary sentiment stamped on black cardstock and heat embossed gold.
I must have been in a blue, yellow, and green kick since I made a lot of cards with that color scheme. I liked this bundle of gifts. Colored them using Copic Markers, cut this using the Silhouetted, added some foam tape for dimension and pair it with KB Riley’s Happy Birthday sentiment Die. Quick and easy to create this masculine card.
I love the way gold mirror cardstock looks with this cranberry cardstock. I had a panel leftover from making Christmas cards and wanted to use it, rather than find a place to store it, so I paired it with My Favorite Things’ Balloon Shaker Window. Added some shiny gold sequins with a birthday die cut sentiment and you have a fairly quick and easy card.
Favorite Things Balloon Shaker Window
Riley Happy Birthday
Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
K. Designs Cranberry Tart Base Weight Cardstock
I saw this great post on Pinterest ( 473229873344337455 ) and thought I would give it a try for a masculine birthday card. All you need is some balloon dies, a pretty birthday die cut, and a way to add rainbow colors to your cardstock. Love the way it turned out. So bright and colorful.