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

Spring Card Camp Day 15 Make a Wish Watercolor Smoosh

This is the last two cards I made with the ink smooshing technique class taught by Kristine Werner. I really enjoyed this technique. I think I would get better the more I used it, but I am really happy with the outcome of the cards I created for this day of class.

This background was created using Distress Re-Inkers. As you can see the color is very vibrant. I love the blue and green, with that little touch of yellow.

For the first card used an Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle to cut a rectangle for my card. From the center of this rectangle I die cut the My Favorite Things Wish die. I added sticky back foam to the back of the panel, cutting small piece to provide support behind the letters of the word. The panel was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.

I decided to stamp a secondary sentiment using Simon Says Stamp Jumbo Stripes. It was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Since I had completed covered the back of the word panel there was good support to get a crisp stamping.

Blue and green sequins were scattered around the word and this card was done.

The second card used the positive letters from the previous card. The word was die cut again from sticky back foam and the letters were laid over the die cut foam to create dimension. The letters were adhered to a strip of purple tape to align letters. This gives you handles to pick up the entire word once adhesive is added to the back and placed it on the card front.

I had a couple of thin borders leftover from previous cards and decided to add them to this card. A secondary sentiment was stamped above the wish, sequins were scattered around the sentiment and this card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Wish
  • Simon Says Stamp Jumbo Stripes / Lawn Fawn Wish Upon a Star
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle Dies
  • Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Distress Reinkers: Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Mustard Seed
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder

Spring Card Camp Day 15 Happy Happy Happy Birthday To You

For this next set of card I used Distress Re-Inkers to smoosh my watercolor paper into. This created much deeper, more vibrant colors.

I took an Ellen Hutson’s Essential Rectangle Die to cut down the watercolor background into a smaller panel. At the last minute I decided to use a second die to create a border for my next card. I pulled out my Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Stamp Set and used the largest “Happy” die and cut it three times from the watercolor panel, starting with the center die cut and then cutting it again above and below. I then cut the same word three times from gold mirror cardstock.

A rectangle of sticky back foam was cut just smaller than the watercolor panel and adhered to the back with sticky side up. This made it very easy to inlay the gold die cut words.

I cut down a rectangle of white cardstock 1/4″ smaller than an A2 cardfront and added foam tape to the back and adhered that rectangle to the card front. From cutting the border for the next card I had a leftover thin frame that I decided to add to the card front. The sentiment panel was then adhered to the front of the card.

I liked the way it looked, but I decided to add secondary sentiment underneath each die cut word with VersaMark Ink and white embossing powder.

For my second card I decided to create a shaker with the border I had created. Acetate was cut just smaller than the border and adhered using double-sided tape and then two layers of 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the backside of the border to create the shaker well. Blue and green sequins were added to the well and the paper backing on the foam tape was remove and another rectangle of acetate was adhered. I find this the easiest way to create a shaker and keep all the sequins contained.

A top folding A2 cardbase was created from white cardstock and the shaker was added to the front using double-sided tape. I really liked the way the secondary sentiment looked on the first card, so I created a sentiment strip of leftover watercolor background and added it below the last “happy” word. I really like the way it turned out.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • CZ Designs Birthday Palooza
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle Dies
  • Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Office Depot Acetate
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Be Creative Double Sided Tape
  • Distress Reinkers: Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Mustard Seed
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Buttons Galore Turquoise Mix Sequins (shaker only)
  • Doodlebug Designs Green Sequins (shaker only)

Spring Card Camp Day 14 BDAY Wishes Take II

Laura Bassen taught day fourteen of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp. She is famous for her clean and simple design with ink blending and rainbow colors. Today she used scraps of cardstock to put behind a die cut word using alphabet dies. She also used strips of scrap cardstock and added the positive letters of the word on top of them, adding gold mirror cardstock to bottom of each letter. Her third card was created with ink blending.

This card uses the exact layout and design that Laura Bassen used on her second card for day 14 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp. She use a rainbow of soft colors, but I used different shade of blue. She used gold mirror cardstock on the bottom half of her letters and I used silver. She had a black sentiment strips and I stamped a word below the die cut sentiment. I scattered sequins around the sentiment, just like Laura did. I really like the way it turned out.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Dies
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Faded Jeans, Stormy Skies, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass
  • Strips of Blue Cardstock Scraps
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Spring Card Camp Day 14 BDAY Wishes

Laura Bassen taught day fourteen of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp. She is famous for her clean and simple design with ink blending and rainbow colors. Today she used scraps of cardstock to put behind a die cut word using alphabet dies. She also used strips of scrap cardstock and added the positive letters of the word on top of them, adding gold mirror cardstock to bottom of each letter. Her third card was created with ink blending.

For my first card I went through my scraps of blue cardstock and found four different hues to use behind my letters. I decided to die cut the word “BDAY” since I could get the word “Happy” to fit using my Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies. I wanted to add some visual interest in the cardstock so I pulled out some Distress Oxide Inks and ink blended the strips of paper to give an ombre look to each color.

I used Posit-It Tape to hold the letters in place to ensure they were straight and spaced evenly on the rectangle of white cardstock I had cut with a stitched rectangle. Foam tape was added to the back of the panel to create some dimension and then the smaller rectangle of blue colored papers was laid over the foam tape so that each letter was a different colored blue.

The finished word panel was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase and the secondary sentiment was stamped below the die cut word with one of the blue inks used previously. A few blue sequins were adhered around the secondary word and the card was done.

When I showed the card to my husband and crafting friend they both liked the card but weren’t in love with it, so I decided to pull out a balloon stencil I had and ink blended the front of the card with light blue ink. You’ll have to tell me which card you like best. Below is the card without the stenciling.

Spring Card Camp Day 10 Chevron Stripes Cupcake Wishes

I decided to give the My Favorite Things Chevron Coverup Die another chance in this day’s challenge. The last two cards I made were way too glittery, so I wondered how it would look to just have the negative or positive of the die on separate cards. This card uses the positive stripes.

I die cut the background from gold glitter cardstock and again from Darice Sticky Back Foam. This is a quick and easy way to add dimension to the back of the stripes. I removed the backing from just the positive strips of the die and turned it over to adhere it to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase. I liked this much better from the previous cards I made. The white cardstock really toned down the glitter.

I wanted to add a focal image, but I didn’t want it to cover up too much of the glitter background, so I decided to use Altenew’s Layered Cupcake. I used only the outline image and stamped it onto white cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. I adhered it to a the lower left of the card with a generous amount of liquid glue to ensure it would adhere to the glitter cardstock.

For the sentiments I created two small strips and adhered them to the front of the card on angles with liquid glue.

At the last moment I decided to color the cupcake with Copic Markers. I was very careful in my coloring because embossing powder can be hard on the tips of the markers. I liked the light pop of color much better. As a final addition to the card I use the leftover frame from when I cutout the die as a border to the card. I think it give it the perfect finishing touch.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Layered Cupcake
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • My Favorite Things Chevron Stripes Die
  • Copic Markers: YG67, YG17, YG03, B91, B93; Y08, Y04, Y02, Y00; Y26, Y21
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest Solar White
  • American Crafts Gold Glitter Cardstock
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Spring Card Camp Day 10 Gold and Silver Chevron Stripes

I decided to make another set of card for this days challenge and thought it would be easy to get two cards easily if I cut the My Favorite Things Chevron Coverup Die from both gold and silver glitter cardstock. I also cut it from Darice Sticky Back foam and removed the protective paper from the positive sections of the die and laid the glitter cutout onto it. This was a quick way to add dimension to those sections of the die and would add dimension on the card.

I adhered the negative background to a top folding cardbase with liquid glue and then added the opposite color positive chevron strips. This create a very sparkly card.

For the sentiment I used a My Favorite Things Pierced Circle and cut it from white cardstock. I die cut a “happy” word from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy and adhered it to the center. I used VersaMark Ink to stamp the secondary sentiment and heat it embossed it with the opposite color from the die cut sentiment. Since there was already a lot of dimension, I liberally added liquid glue to the back so that it would stick to the glitter cardstock.

Good thing most of the people I send cards to are senior citizens, I can talk about the silver amidst the gold in our years. Below is the second card made.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Birthday
  • My Favorite Things Chevron Coverup Die
  • American Crafts Gold and Silver Glitter Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Detailed Silver Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Hey There Cupcake

When you purchased $60 of product this month at My Favorite Things you got this great “Hey There, Cupcake” die. I wanted to use it for the final cupcake using the monthly card kit.

I found this great striped cardstock from Lawn Fawn and used a stitched rectangle from My Favorite Things to size it to leave a thin white border around it when adhered to the front of an A2 cardbase. I decided to pull out my new Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle die and create a thin border that I would add to the card front. I cut it three times and glued them together use liquid glue.

The cupcake liner was cut from some green and white striped paper from the same paper pack. The cupcake frosting was cut from white cardstock. A C1 Copic Marker was used to add shadows to the layers of frosting. The two were adhered together using a thin line of liquid glue at the top of the cupcake liner. Foam Tape was added to the back to add dimension when it was adhered to the card front on a slight angle.

The Hey There Cupcake die was cut three times from the same white cardstock and adhered together with liquid glue. It was then glued above and below the cupcake.

The final embellishment was to add Nuvo Crystal Drops in multi colors to the frosting to add sprinkles.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Cupcake and Sprinkles Die
  • My Favorite Things Hey There Cupcake Die
  • Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow 6×6 Petite Paper Pack
  • Neena Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Copic Markers C1
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops: Red Berry, Wedgewood Blue, Dandelion Yellow, Caribbean Ocean, Apple Green

Have a Totally Delicious Birthday

This is the second card I made with My Favorite Things Icing on the Cupcake Card Kit. This time I decided to use a trio of cupcakes on the card.

I decided to use the My Favorite Things Happy Birthday Background Stamp. I used Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink to stamp, which gave a very subtle background for the focal images.

I pulled out some great striped paper from Lawn Fawn’s Really Rainbow Paper Pack and die cut the cupcake liners. The cupcake frosting was die cut from white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers to make the striped paper. The two were adhered together with a thin line of liquid glue and foam tape was added to the back for dimension.

I originally thought about using a black sentiment strip, but since the background was stamped in gray I decided to use a dark gray cardstock, stamped with VersaMark and heat set with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.

Foam tape was added to the back of the sentiment strip, which grounded the cupcakes. There was a little too much space at the top of the focal image, so I used the banner in the die set, colored it with Copic Markers and stamped a secondary sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat set with white embossing powder.

The final embellishment was to add Ranger Crystal Stickles on the frosting.

PRODUCTS USED

  • My Favorite Things Cupcake and Sprinkles Die
  • My Favorite Things Sugar-Coated Sentiments
  • My Favorite Things Happy Birthday Background
  • Clearly Besotted – Simply Said Birthday
  • Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow 6×6 Petite Paper Pack
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gray Cardstock from Scraps
  • Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers R27, R24, R22, R21; YG17, YG13, YG05, YG03; BG15, BG13, BG11, BG10; YR16, YR15, YR14, YR12
  • Ranger Stickles Crystal
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive