Foiled Birthday Wishes Balloons

This is another card made with foiled background dies. The darker foiled balloons are made from foiling the waste.  This time I used Lawn Fawn Party Balloons and Penny Black Uplifting Balloons and the same DFN Craft Thread in Turquoise.

I also decided to use a polka dot embossing folder for a background behind the balloons. The panel was sized using a stitched rectangle before the embossing. The embossed rectangle was matted with turquoise cardstock. The darker balloons were adhered directly to the embossed panel with liquid glue and the smaller balloon at the front was adhered using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape. The balloon ties were adhered at the back of the panel with Scotch Tape. For additional depth sticky back foam was added to the back of the panel before adhering it to a top folding cardbase.

The sentiment was hot foiled as well, using turquoise foil and then cutting into a strip using a Pink & Main Sentiment Strip. Simon Says Stamp foam tape was added to the back before adhering it over the balloon strings.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Uplifting Balloons
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Everyday Sentiments
  • My Favorite Things Modern Morocco Background
  • Crafter’s Companion Grande Dots FoilPress Background
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Turquoise Foil
  • Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Tranquil Teal Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • DFN Craft Thread Turquoise
  • Pink & Main Sentiment Strip

The Infinite Power of Hope

This past year has been a difficult one and as COVID-19 continues to impact our lives in 2021 you can see the discouragement, and at times despair, that is now present throughout the world.  There is sadness, loneliness, financial concerns, and civil unrest. However, in the midst of all this we can still have hope when we put our trust in a loving Heavenly Father who sustains us through out trials.

I created this card to send to missionaries serving the Lord and sharing this message of hope. I quoted from a talk given by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf in which he says, “Hope, on the other hand, is like the beam of sunlight rising up and above the horizon of our present circumstances. It pierces the darkness with a brilliant dawn. It encourages and inspires us to place our trust in the loving care of an eternal Heavenly Father.”

I wanted something that would look light the sunlight rising and Lawn Fawn’s Sunrise Background was perfect. I used it a little differently because I hot foiled it onto the ivory cardstock and then used Copic Markers to add some color to the rays. I die cut the word “HOPE” from gold mirror cardstock using Lawn Fawn’s Cole’s ABCs and the created a secondary sentiment in Microsoft Word and cut it into a thin banner.

The easies way to apply the die cut letters is to align them on a grid mat and then use a low tack tape long enough to extend a little on either side of the letters. This keeps then aligned while you adhered them to your card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lawn Fawn Sunrise Backdrop Die
  • Lawn Fawn Cole’s ABCs
  • Microsoft Word Sentiment
  • Copic Markers: YR21, YR20
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Foil Polished Brass
  • Pink & Main Sentiment Strip
  • Gina K. Designs Layering Weight and Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Golden Plaid Happy Birthday

I was cleaning out a box of cardstock cardbases I never use and ran across this panel of ivory cardstock with a dark brown mat and decided to put it to use. I searched through my patterned cardstock pack and found this pretty plaid that would work with the brown mat. I cut it down using the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle, which gives a very small border when placed on a card front. Now I needed to figure out what to use as a focal image.

I finally decided to pull out the My Favorite Things Balloon Shaker Window. I love the pouches, they make it so easy to create a shaker card. I cut it from gold mirror cardstock and filled it with gold beads and brown sequins and adhered it and the balloon string with liquid glue to the ivory panel.

The sentiment is from a favorite of mine, Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy. It has three different happy stamps with matching dies. I stamped one of the words with VersaMark Ink, heat embossed it with copper embossing powder, and cut it out with the coordinating die. I also cut it from sticky back foam for some dimension. I placed it on the card front to determine where to stamp the secondary greeting with Gina K. Designs Warm Cocoa Ink and then adhered it with liquid glue.

The card front was kind of blah and so I pulled out the shaker die set and cut out some of the filler images, cakes with candles, stars, and ribbon confetti swirls from gold mirror cardstock and scattered them around the balloon and sentiment. I liked that much better.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Balloons Shaker Window
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Birthday
  • My Favorite Things Balloon Shaker Pouch
  • Gina K. Designs Warm Cocoa Ink
  • Golden Yellow and Brown Plaid Cardstock from Stash
  • Bazzill Chocolate Brown Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Mikuki Seed Beads Honey Butter and Gold
  • LilacLane Puppy Paws Sequin Mix
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Be Creative Double-Sided Tape
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Copper Embossing Powder

Happy Birthday Cupcake

I had the leftover positive circle from the last card I made sitting on my desk and thought I needed to put it to good use. It was the perfect size for a cupcake using My Favorite Things Cupcake and Sprinkles Die.

The cupcake liner was cut from plaid cardstock I had sitting on my desk from another card I made. The frosting top of the cupcake and the candle was cut from white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers. All pieces of the cupcake were adhered together using liquid glue.

Another plaid from the same Lawn Fawn Plaid Paper Pack was used to cut a stitched rectangle just smaller than a card front. It was adhered to a top folding cardbase with dotliner adhesive.

A circle of sticky back foam was added to the back of the circle and adhered to the top of the card front with liquid glue. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the cupcake and it was adhered to the center of the white circle, on a slight angle.

The sentiment was stamped using a similar blue ink to the Copic Marker colors onto white cardstock and then die cut using the coordinating die. The word was also cut from sticky back foam to add dimension. The word has some open diagonal strips that were colored with blue and gray Copic Markers to match the plaid on the cupcake. The secondary sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of cards that was ink blended with the same blue used on the “Happy” sentiment. Once it was dry the word “birthday” was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. It was cut down using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label Die. A gray Copic Marker was used to line the edges and it was adhered below the die cut word with foam tape.

The final embellishment was to add Ranger Crystal Stickles to the cupcake frosting, candle flame, and word die.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Cupcake & Sprinkles
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Copic Markers: B02, B01, B00, B000, B0000; Y17, Y13, C4, C2
  • Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter Paper Pack
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle Die
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Jumbo Garden Picks Happy Day

I have had Altenew’s Garden Picks for quite sometime and have used these dies many, many times and love them. When I saw that they were offering a jumbo size garden picks die I immediately went out a purchased them. They do not disappoint.

I decided to use watercolored paper for my flower layers. I cut the layers from Canson XL Cold Press Watercolor Paper and pulled out my Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors. I decided on a warm orange and yellow palette. Once the layers were thoroughly dry they were adhered together using liquid glue.

A panel of white cardstock was die cut using a scalloped rectangle and then dry embossing with Stampin’ Up’s Subtle embossing folder. It was adhered to a side folding cardbase with liquid glue.

The flowers and leaves were arranged on the embossed scalloped rectangle and then picked up with Press ‘n Seal. The leaves and small flowers were adhered with liquid glue. The two smaller flowers were adhered with one layer of Simon Says Stamp Foam Tape and the larger center flower was adhered with two layers of foam tape.

I tried creating the sentiment with black cardstock and white embossing, but didn’t like it. It covered too much of the pretty flowers. There was a small area underneath the large flower where a die cut “HAPPY” could nestle. It was cut from gold glitter cardstock and stick back foam and adhered together. I decided to try and stamp the secondary greeting directly onto the card front with Gina K. Designs Amalgam ink, crossing my fingers that I would get a good impression with the textured cardstock. I had to stamp a couple of times, but it worked perfectly. The die cut word was adhered above with liquid glue.

Since the sentiment was cut from gold glitter cardstock, I decided to use the same cardstock for the flower centers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Jumbo Garden Picks
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors: Yellow Green, Sap Green, Van Dyke Green, Permanent Red, Vermillion, Orange, Yellow Orange, Permanent Yellow Deep, Permanent Yellow Light, Lemon Yellow
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Studio Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle Die
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder

Autumn Flowers Happy Birthday

I really like the large flower bouquet that is part of Simon Says Stamp’s November Card Kit of the month called Big Thanks Autumn. It has a couple of sunflowers and a lot of leaves. With the fall theme of the stamp I thought it would like nice on Kraft cardstock.

I stamped on an angle since it is a large image. It was first stamped in a light ink using the MISTI. This allows you to stamp the image again after coloring to add gold embossing powder after I colored it with Polychromos Colored Pencils. When coloring on Kraft you want to pick brighter colors than you normally would because the color of the cardstock mutes the vibrancy.

Once the coloring and embossing were complete the panel of cardstock was sized down using a stitched rectangle. Foam was added to the back and the panel was adhered to a side folding Kraft cardbase with liquid glue.

Having the image stamped on an angle left the perfect spot in the lower right to add the sentiment. I decided to use one of the dies from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy to cut the word from gold mirror cardstock. It was cut again from orange sticky back foam and the two were adhered together. The dies was laid in place to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss it to coordinate with the other gold embossing used on the card. The die cut was then adhered above with liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Autumn
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Polychromos Colored Pencils: 185 Naples Yellow, 107 Cadmium Yellow, 108 Dark Cadmium Yellow; 225 Dark Red, 226 Alizarin Crimson, 115 Dark Cadmium Orange, 113 Orange Glaze, 111 Cadmium Orange; 180 Raw Umber, 177, Walnut Brown, 168 Earth Green Yellowish, 170 May Green, 171 Light Green, 167 Green Olive, 166 Grass Green, 264 Dark Phthalo Green, 112 Leaf Green, 162 Light Phthalo Green
  • Memento Toffee Crunch
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Kraft Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock

Fall Leaves Thank You

I’ve had this pretty fall leaves embossing folder for quite awhile and have never used it. This is the season of expressing gratitude to those you mean so much in our lives and so I decided to use it for a more masculine looking thank you card.

I embossed the folder onto a piece of rusty orange cardstock and then ink blended the edges with Distress Oxide Gathered Twiggs Ink to add some depth. It was cut down to 5″ x 3 3/4″ with a paper trimmer and adhered to a topfolding cardbase.

I pulled out Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Leaves and die cut three from different colored cardstock. One was adhered directly to the embossed panel, the small green leaf was adhered with liquid glue to the large red maple leaf and they were adhered with foam tape for dimension.

The pretty “Thank You” is from Karen Burniston and was cut from gold mirror cardstock and again from red sticky back foam. The backing on the foam was removed and the gold die cut placed on top. Liquid glue was used to adhered it to the lower right of the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Karen Burniston Thank You
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Leaves
  • Darice Fall Leaves Embossing Folder
  • Rust, Red, Green, Yellow Scraps of Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Heavy Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Distress Oxide Gathered Twiggs Ink
  • Darice Red Sticky Back Foam

Thankful for You Fall Leaves

I found a great stencil by Carta Bella called Hello Autumn which creates a beautiful, colorful fall background. This is the time of year that I think about all the wonderful people in my life and want to send them cards letting them know who grateful I am they are part of my life. I decided to use this background stencil to create those cards.

I ink blended the background onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using some pretty fall colored inks from Gina K. Designs. Once that was done I cut down the panel using a stitched rectangle and matted it with green cardstock.

I pulled out some leaf dies and cut several from white cardstock and link blended them to match the colors used in the background. I bundled them together, added a gold and cream baker’s twine bow and adhered them to the lower left corner of the card.

For a sentiment I stamped Gina K. Designs “Thankful” from her Stitched Leaves stamp set and cut it out using the coordinating shadow die and adhered it to the top of the card. A secondary greeting was stamp on to ivory cardstock and cut with a sentiment label and adhered with Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape. The first attempt is shown below.

For the second attempt I decided to try and mute the background by adding a layer of vellum. I also pulled out a larger maple leaf for the base of the leaf cluster, but I felt the vellum muted the pretty background too much.

For the third attempt I pulled out a larger maple leaf die and used it for the base of the leaf cluster. The sentiment was stamped on orange cardstock with gold and people I showed it to thought the sentiment was hard to see.

With the fourth attempt I finally got a card that I liked all the elements and made eight more cards to send to family and friends.

This is Knot Good

When I saw this cute stamp set from Stampin’ Up I had to get it. It makes such great get well cards and the sentiments are perfect. For this card I used the giraffe with his neck in a knot. I stamped it and scanned it so I had it electronically. That way I could size it to fit the card design and I could also cut around the image. I printed it with registration marks and then cut and colored. I added a grassy hill and then some tall grass as well. Everything was colored with Copic Markers.

I had some wood grain cardstock leftover on my desk and cut a rectangle with a stitched die and added it to a top folding A2 ivory cardbase. The hill was adhered with liquid glue and the grass sprigs were adhered with foam tape. Foam tape was also added behind the giraffe for dimension.

The sentiment make me smile. I recreated it in the Silhouette with Andy Font. It was adhered to a rectangle of dark brown cardstock mat.

A quick and easy card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampin’ Up Back on Your Feet Giraffe
  • Sentiment in Word with Andy Font
  • Copic Markers: YG17, YG05, YG03, YG01; Y26, Y23, Y21; E17, E15, E13; B000
  • K & Company Wood Flat Patterned Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • My Favorite Things Tall Grasses
  • Taylored Expressions Wispy Grass
  • Silhouette Cameo

I created two additional cards with the image and just changed the background for the giraffe on each.

Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside Border

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 4 Repeating Sentiments Negative

Nina Trapani was the guest designs for day four of the Online Line Card Class Spring Card Camp 2. Her technique was to use repeating sentiments on a card.

I went through my sentiment dies and finally decided on this line border by Lawn Fawn. I ink blended a background in rainbow order and die cut it using a stitched rectangle. I then die cut the word strip 5 times from white cardstock, trying to keep them evenly spaced so I could do a two-for-one card. They adhered them with liquid glue onto the ink blended panel, using my grid mat and t-ruler to ensure I lined them up straight.

I stamped the secondary sentiment onto black cardstock and heat embossed it white. I cut it into a thin strip and added foam tape behind it to add dimension, adhering close to the bottom right of the card panel.

An A2 cardbase was made made from heavy weight white cardstock and the panel was adhered to the front with liquid glue.

I felt that it was pretty plain and need a small focal image so I cut the mini cupcake from My Favorite Things, added foam tape for dimension and adhered it above the sentiment strip on a slight angle. It covers up a little of the sentiment border, but since it is repeating it doesn’t obscure the sentiment.

Below is the second card made with the negative die cuts. I used the same inks for the previous background to ink blend the strips. They weren’t perfectly straight, but I still got a second card from the process

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday Positive Line Border
  • Hero Arts Joy
  • Altenew Inks: Autumn Blaze, Maple Yellow, Parrot, Tide Blue, Lavender Fields, Ruby Red
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • 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
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • My Favorite Things Mini Cupcake Maker