Split Complementary Colors Happy Birthday

One of the most rewarding aspects of taking the Online Card Classes Introduction to Color Theory was learning to use colors I would never have thought to the put together.  In the class we learned about split complementary colors, which was used in creating this card.  I would never have thought to put the softer hues of red and orange, or in this case deep pink and soft orange together, but it turned beautiful.

My crafting friend shared with me her recent purchase from The Ton Stamps called Riotous Wildflowers.  I thought it would make a create card from using the color theory of split complementary colors.

I stamped the image onto Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I love the rich look of gold embossing powder and thought it would be pretty with fall colors.

I used different hues of Daniel Smith Red, Orange and Blue Green.  The background was a very light hue of the blue green color.  The different leaves are all the same color, but each with a different intensity.  The small flowers were full strength red, while the roses were a lighter hues of the same color.

Once the watercolors was completed and dried I die cut the 6 x 6 background panel using the Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials scalloped rectangle die.  I wanted the beautiful background to not be covered by a sentiment and so I decided to die cut the Mama Elephant Happy Script Die from both Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and Darice Sticky Back Foam.  Having this pretty scripty sentiment still allowed the background to peek out behind the word.  For the secondary sentiment a strip of watercolor paper was colored with the blue/green watercolor and when it was dried the word “birthday” was stamped with VersaMark Ink, heat set with the gold embossing powder, cut into a thin strip and adhered just under the die cut sentiment.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the focal image.  A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock.  The focal image was adhered to the front Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • The Ton Stamps Riotous Wildflowers
  • Mama Elephant Happy Script Die
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials Die
  • Strathmore #140 Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Daniel Smith Watercolors: Cerulean Blue, Chromium; Hansa Yellow Light; Quinacridone Rose
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Birthday Wishes Masculine Birthday Card

This week the Free For All Challenge is to create a card with the theme “Birds of a Feather.”  I decided to pull out my Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows Dies, along with Sizzix’s new 3-D Feathers Embossing Folder to create my card.

I began by die cutting some Kraft Cardstock using the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then ran it through the Big Shot with the Sizzix 3-D Feather Embossing Folder.  To help the feathers stand out I used Distress Oxide Tea Dye and Vintage Photo to lightly ink blend over the raised surface of the feathers.  Later I decided to add a little Salty Ocean to the center of the feathers to compliment the colors used on the feathers.

I die cut the feathers from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and ink blended them using Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio.  To help them standout on the card front I eventually decided to ink the edges with Salty Ocean.  I liked the feathers, but they needed a little something to add visual interest, so I pulled out my Tim Holtz Collect Stampers Anonymous Burlap Stencil and lightly pounced Salty Ocean Distress Ink onto each feather, which gave them an interesting pattern.

I wrapped some Gold Decorative Trim from Hobby Lobby three times around the base of the card front and tied it in a knot.  I added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back of the two largest feathers, glued the smallest in place with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then removed the backing and adhered the largest feathers over the top.

For the sentiment I ink blended a scrap of white cardstock with the same colored used on the feathers, dried it with my heat tool and then stamped the sentiment from Mama Elephant’s Fair Feathers with VersaMark Ink and heat set it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Dark Chocolate Cardstock.  The dry embossed rectangle was adhered to the cardbase with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  The sentiment was cut into a then strip and adhered directly to the cardbase with liquid glue and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Mama Elephant Fair Feathers
  • Distress Oxide Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Salty Ocean, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers
  • Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Dark Chocolate Base Weight Cardstock
  • Kraft Cardstock from Scraps
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Sizzix Feathers Embossing Folder
  • Hobby Lobby Decorative Trim Gold
  • Tim Holtz Collection Stampers Anonymous Burlap

Color Burst Daisy Happy Birthday I

My friend Denise came over the other day and brought her new stamp from The Ton called Full View Daisy Background.  She had also just purchased some Ken Oliver Color Burst Watercolor Powder and we decided to play with this coloring medium on this stamp.  I love the bright orange that was achieved by tapping color burst on watercolor paper and then adding water.

This is a big 6″ x 6″ stamp and I used a 4 1/2″ x 6″ piece of Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper.  I stamped it with VersaMark Ink and heat set it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was large enough that I was able to get two cards from one image.  For this card I die cut a portion of the daisy using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then matted it with some green cardstock I had in my scraps.  I added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the focal image and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock.

For the sentiment I die cut the word “happy” using Mama Elephant’s Happy Script Die from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and again from a scrap of sticky back foam.  I stamped the secondary sentiment onto a scrap of the green cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat set it with the same gold embossing powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back.  Both were adhered to the bottom of the focal image using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • The Ton Daisy Full View Background Stamp
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Lemon Yellow, Chartreuse, Tangerine, Alizarin Crimson, Orange
  • FineTec M600 Gold Watercolor Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory and Onyx Black
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Green Cardstock from Scraps
  • Paper Accents Ivory Vellum
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle

MFT Summer School Complementary Colors Balloon Shaker

For this challenge we were suppose to create with complementary colors, which are colors opposite one another on the color wheel.  I chose pink and green.  I love the way these two colors look together.

I decided to find some patterned paper that had these two colors and found this pretty floral from DaisyD’s called Sweet Baby Jane. I decided for a simple design and pulled out My Favorite Things Balloon Shaker Window. .

I cut a rectangle using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  For the balloon backing I used the striped patterned paper on the back of the flowered paper and cut the balloon shape and adhered it to the top of the stitched rectangle with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  I cut the frame for the balloon out of green cardstock I had in my scrapes and added acetate to the back.  I couldn’t find my acetate balloon insert from MFT and so I had to create my shaker the old fashioned way with layered 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  It is remarkable easy to do.  When you remove the backing paper the foam tape is very malleable and can be molded around any shape.  I added two layers for enough depth to let the shaker element of the card move easily.  I used Mikuki Seed Beads in Silver Lined Pink and Chartreuse, along with some Martha Stewart Cotton Candy Stars.  I adhered the balloon string with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then put the balloon frame in place.

For the sentiment I used Mama Elephant’s Happy Script Die.  I cut it once from the green cardstock and another four times from pink cardstock.  I adhered the pink die cuts together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive and then added the green die cut slightly offset.  For the secondary sentiment I placed the “happy” word die cut on the patterned paper to determine where to stamp the letters “Day” from a Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday stamp with VersaMark Ink, which was heat embossed it with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  The “happy” word was then adhered using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Using the same liquid glue the entire focal image panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  For a final embellishment Ranger Glossy Accents was added to the balloon frame and the word happy and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • My Favorite Things Balloons Shaker
  • Mama Elephant Happy Script Die
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • DaisyD’s Sweet Baby Jane Patterned Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Acetate from Stash
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Mikuki Seed Beads Silver Lined Pink
  • Mikuki Seed Beads Chartreuse Mix
  • Martha Steward Cotton Candy Stars
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • VersaMark Ink

 

Stitched Flowers Happy Day

When I got into my craft room this morning I still had all the Distress Oxide Inks out that I had used to create a rainbow background yesterday.  I loved the way it had turned out and so I decided to make a couple of backgrounds before putting the ink away.

This card was inspired by a card I saw on Splitcoaststamper by Angie.  She had used My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers dies and created an amazing card.  You can see it at: https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2875951?&si=stitched+flowers.  I loved the white flowers against her bright blue background. I decided to use a rainbow background instead.

Angie had yellow centers to her flowers, I decided to use white glitter cardstock so the bouquet remained totally neutral, since there was so much color going on with the background.  I love the way it looks against the rainbow background.  The background was cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.

I arranged the flower bouquet, picked it up with Glad Press ‘n Seal and added liquid glue to the bottom flowers.  Three of the upper flowers were adhered using on layer of 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape, and the top flower was adhered with two layers of foam tape.

For the sentiment I pulled out Mama Elephant’s Script Happy die and cut it once from white glitter cardstock and another three times from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.  They were adhered together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.  I placed the die cut word on the background to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment, which is from SugarPea Designs Simply Fabulous, stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  The word happy was then adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the rainbow panel and adhered to the back.  A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The rainbow panel was adhered to the front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers Dies
  • My Favorite Things Jungle Vibes
  • Mama Elephant Happy Script Die
  • SugarPea Designs Simply Fabulous
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Shaded Lilac
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents White Glitter Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Layered Daisies Hello III

This is the fourth hello/hi card made using Gina K. Designs Layered Daisies Stamp and Dies.  It is my least favorite.  I’m not that please with the way the vellum leaves look in the background, but it is still a pretty card.

The daisies were stamped onto some Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Gina K. Designs inks (listed below).  A rectangle of the same cardstock was cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX die.  It was then run through the Big Shot with the Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder.  This is one of my favorite embossing folders for adding visual interest and dimension to a card.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the embossed rectangle and then it was adhered to the front of a side folded A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Leaf Green Base Weight Cardstock.

For a background to the daisies multiple Impression Obsession Leafy Branches were cut from Grafix Leaf Green 30# Vellum.  They were adhered to the embossed rectangle using small dots of Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  Two of the flowers were adhered on top with the same liquid glue and the large yellow flower was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

Mama Elephant’s Hello Script Die was die cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and adhered directly to the card front with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Layered Daisies
  • Mama Elephant Hello Script Die
  • Impression Obsession Leafy Branch
  • Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Ink: Lemon Drop, Sweet Corn, Peach Bellini, Coral Reef, Jelly Bean Green, Grass Green
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Grass Green Cardstock
  • Grafix Leaf Green 30# Vellum
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Ebony Black
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Layered Daisies Hello II

This is the second card that I made using Gina K. Designs Layered Daisies.  This time I had a coral and turquoise color scheme and used leaves from Altenew’s Adore You stamp set.

The daisies were stamped on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and stamped with Gina K. Designs inks, listed below.  The leaves  are from Altenew’s Adore You.  A rectangle of the same white cardstock was cut using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle, which was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Grass Green Base Weight Cardstock.

The wonky rectangle was adhered directly to the cardbase using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive Long.  The flowers were arranged the way I liked them and then picked up using Glad Press ‘n Seal, which allows you to keep them arranged and turn them over to add adhesive.  For this arrangement 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back and then placed on the wonky rectangle.

The sentiment was cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock using the Mama Elephant Hello Script Die.  It was cut again from Darice Sticky Back Foam and the mirror cardstock was adhered to the front and then glued to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Layered Daisies
  • Altenew Adore You (Leaves)
  • Mama Elephant Hello Script Die
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Ink: Sea Glass, Ocean Mist, Peach Bellini, Coral Reef, Fresh Asparagus, Jelly Bean Green, Grass Green
  • Copic Markers: YG97, YG95, YG93
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Grass Green Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Nuvo Glitter Gloss Pen
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Ebony Black
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

 

Heart Cupcake Happy Day

This is another cupcake design from Connie Fong with a couple of heart on the top of the cupcake.  I decided to color it with purple and pink, since they are complimentary colors.

This was a simple card to make.  I printed it using the Silhouette Cameo with registrations marks and then cut around the image.  I colored it with Copic Markers E53, E51, E50; V09, V06, V04; RV09, RV06, RV04 and added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the back.  A rectangle of purple embossed cardstock from Recollections Embossed Brights was die cut with a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Stack and adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

The word “happy” was cut from gold mirror cardstock and an additional three times with white cardstock.  On the white cutouts I cut off the upper loop that went over the cupcake with scissors.  All were adhered together with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  I placed the cupcake and die cut word on the card front to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment “day” using the Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Pretty Cute Stamps Hey Cupcake Digi Stamp
  • Mama Elephant Happy Script Die
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
  • Brother HL-L2380DW Ink Jet Printer
  • Copic Markers: E53, E51, E50; V09, V06, V04; RV09, RV06, RV04
  • Recollections Embossed Brights (Modified by Ink Blending Distress Oxide Wilted Violet)
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Anemone Happy Birthday

Even though I love the font of the Mama Elephant Birthday Wishes stamp I rarely use it because it is so large.  But it worked perfectly with this card design.

I stamped the flowers and leaves with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto some Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock, since I planned to color them with Copic Markers. The sprig was stamped with Altenew Forest Glad so the stems would be green. The Copic Markers colors used were: B95, B93, B91; G99, G94, G24; YG67, YG17, YG03, YG97, YG95, YG93. I used Carnation Pink Nuvo Crystal Drops for the berries on the green sprigs. For the stamen in the center of the flowers I used a white Uniball Gel Pen.

I die cut a rectangle of the same white cardstock using the largest Winnie and Walter Audrey Essentials Rectangle Die. Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back of the rectangle.

After the berries were dry I arranged the flowers, leaves, and sprigs the way I liked them and used Press ‘n Seal to keep them together. This allows you to move them around on the card to see where to place the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment  using Hero Hues India Ink Black. Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive was used to glue down the leaves and sprigs, holding it in place for a few moments to allow it to set. I carefully removed the flowers and added 3M 1/2″ foam tape to the back, removed the backing, and carefully turned of the Press ‘n Seal to adhere them where I desired.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Anemone Wishes
  • Mama Elephant Birthday Wishes
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Altenew Forest Glade Ink
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Carnation Pink
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Winnie and Walter Audrey Essentials
  • ScorBuddy
  • Teflon Bone Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Copic Markers: B95, B93, B91; G99, G94, G24; YG67, YG17, YG03, YG97, YG95, YG93

TLC687 Gold Black Ice Feathers Birthday Wishes

For this card I decided to use gold mirror cardstock for the black ice technique, and I used an embossing folder for added dimension.  I really like the way it turned out.

I decided to try debossing the Sizzix 3D Feathers into Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock.  Once that was completed I ran StazOn Jet Black Ink across the surface of the mirror cardstock.  This gives a much darker background.  Once the ink was dry I ran a VersaMark Ink pad over the surface of the card and then heat embossed it with Hero Arts Detailed Clear Embossing Powder, which gives the shimmer to the background.

I ran the embossed, distress panel through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Die.  I decided to add a mat of gold mirror cardstock behind the embossed panel, cut 1/8″ larger and adhered to the back with Be Creative Tape.  I find this works the best when adhered to the ultra smooth surface of mirror cardstock.

For embellishments, I stamped some feathers from the Mama Elephant Fair Feathers stamp set with the StazOn Ink and once the ink was dry I ran them through the Big Shot with the matching dies.  I distressed the feathers lightly by running the StazOn ink over the surface and then glued them together with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  I added a pile of Cousin Iridescent Gold Cord behind the feathers and then attached them to the embossed panel by added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back.

The sentiment is from the same Mama Elephant stamp set and was stamped on a scrap of Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered to the front of the card just underneath the quill of the feathers.  The embossed panel was then adhered to an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix 3D Embossing Folder Feathers
  • Mama Elephant Fair Feathers
  • Cousin Iridescent Cord Gold
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Be Creative Tape