About Town Birthday Card for Julia

I think Penny Black’s About Town makes a great card for a young lady who is turning sixteen and will be getting her driver’s license and driving on her own.  This card was made for Julia, whose favorite color is Olive Green.

The image was stamped with VersaFine Black Ink on Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper and heat set with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  The embossing powder makes it much easier to watercolor an image because it helps keep the color contained in the raised lines of the image.  This image was watercolored using Tombo Dual Brush Markers: 025 Light Orange 915 Yellow Gold, 027 Dark Ochre, 098 Avocado, N35 Cool Gray 12, N65 Cool Gray 5, 451 Sky Blue, 452 Process Blue, 942 Tan, 800 Baby Pink with a Sakura Water Brush.

The sentiment from Mama Elephant’s Make a Wish was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder in the upper left of the card.

The focal image was die cut using the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back of the focal image.  A rectangle of patterned paper was cut from the Authentique 6 x 6 Bundle Collection: Loyal using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Elmer’s Dot Runner Adhesive.

The focal image was adhered to the patterned paper cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • For Julia Johnson 2017
  • Penny Black About Town
  • Mama Elephant Make a Wish
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Authentique 6×6 Bundle Collection: Loyal
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • Tombo Dual Brush Markers: 025 Light Orange 915 Yellow Gold, 027 Dark Ochre, 098 Avocado, N35 Cool Gray 12, N65 Cool Gray 5, 451 Sky Blue, 452 Process Blue, 942 Tan, 800 Baby Pink
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Elmer’s Dot Runner

Organic Blooms Birthday

I love the big, loose blooms in the Mama Elephant Organic Blooms Stamp and decided to use it for this card. I am really loving watercoloring images with embossed edges.  They keep the color contained and it is easy to get beautiful results.

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I used a quarter of a full sheet Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper from a 9″ x 12″ pack, prepped the paper with the Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Pad to remove any oils, sprinkled Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool, and I was ready to watercolor.

I used Distress Ink to color the image.  There are so many different colors to choose from, and when you blend them together you get even more variations.  For this image I used: Picked Raspberry, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, and Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint.

While the image was drying, I die cut Hero Arts Happy from Paper Accents Gold Mirror paper, cut it three times again using Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, adhered all of them together with a Zig 2-Way Glue Pen. I cut the focal image with the rectangle from the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Die.  For the top folding cardbase I used Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ using the ScorBuddy and the Simon Says Stamp Small Teflon Bone Folder.

The focal image was adhered to the cardbase with some Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam cut just smaller than the panel.  The “happy” die cut was adhered with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The “birthday” sentiment is from the same Hero Arts stamp set, stamped with VersaMark Ink and sprinkled with the same gold embossing powder and heat set with an embossing tool.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Paper
  • Mama Elephant Organic Blooms Stamp
  • Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Die
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets
  • Zig 2-Way Glue Pen
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • ScorBuddy
  • Simon Says Stamp Small Teflon Bone Folder

A Bouquet of Thanks

 

I love the big, bold flower images that have been coming out from stamp companies lately.  I recently purchased Mama Elephant Organic Blooms and wanted to create a clean and simple card that would showcase the image.  I really like how it turned out.

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I stamped the image on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with Stazon Jet Black Ink and watercolored it with the following Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: Olive Green 043, Pale Green 045, Deep Violet 084, Lilac 083, Violet 080, Dark Pink 027, Pink 025, Light Carmine 028, Pale Pink 028.

While the watercolor was drying I stamped Gina K. Designs Thank You Border on WorldWin Papers Vellum with Stazon Jet Black Ink and added Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder, heat setting it with my Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.  I fussy cut around the lacy edge of the stamp and set it aside.

I die cut a scalloped circle with the Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Circles frame die from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The watercolor image was die cut with the Sizzix Large Circle die just smaller than the frame and adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  If you remove the backing from the foam tape you can easily bend it to fit around the circle.

The vellum sentiment was wrapped around the frame and adhered to the back with some Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The complete focal image was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the front of a side fold Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock card base, cut at 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Mama Elephant Organic Blooms Stamp
  • Gina K. Designs Thank You Border Stamp
  • Stazon Jet Black Ink
  • Altenew Soft Lilac Ink (Inside of Card)
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: Olive Green 043, Pale Green 045, Deep Violet 084, Lilac 083, Violet 080, Dark Pink 027, Pink 025, Light Carmine 028, Pale Pink 028
  • Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Wordwin Papers Translucent Vellum
  • Sizzix Large Circle die
  • Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Circles die
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Sizzix Big Shot