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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday Positive Line Border
Hero Arts Joy
Altenew Inks: Autumn Blaze, Maple Yellow, Parrot, Tide Blue, Lavender Fields, Ruby Red
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.
My Favorite Things Wish
Simon Says Stamp Jumbo Stripes / Lawn Fawn Wish Upon a Star
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.
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.