Garden Frame Happy Birthday

I worried that this garden frame stamp would be too small for the front of a card, but I think pairing it with a pretty background die frames it perfectly.

Products Used:

  • Mama Elephant Garden Frame
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 031 Cobalt Blue, 047 May Green, 071 Flesh Color, 067 Mustard, 021 Light Carmine, 045 Pale Green, 081 Light Violet
  • Gina Marie Designs Petite Looped Lace Rectangle
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • VersaFine Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder

Have a Beautiful Day Megan

I love how a pretty embossed background draws the eye into the focal image on a card front. To embossed the front of a card I have to use a top folding card, since my Big Shot can only take the folder that way, but it make a pretty statement.

Products Used:

  • Mama Elephant Peonies in Bloom
  • Altenew Smile More
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 031 Cobalt Blue, 092 Blue Gray, 048 Emerald Green
  • Darice Basket Weave Embossing Folder
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

Celebrate Your Special Day Ashley

This card was made especially for Ashley incorporating her favorite colors. I love this pretty flower from Mama Elephant.

Products Used:

  • Mama Elephant Peonies in Bloom
  • Altenew Smile More
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 021 Light Carmine, 028 Pale Pin, 042 Turquoise Green, 067 Mustard
  • Sizzix Fancy Edged Ovals
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Turquoise Sea

Peonies in Bloom It’s Your Birthday

I love the way a die cut rectangle add a lot of visual interest when it has been embossed. When I used this technique I usually have it be white on white, with makes a clean and simple card designs with a little pizzazz.

Products Used:

  • Mama Elephant Peonies in Bloom
  • Gina K. Designs Doodle Sayings
  • Copic Markers: G28, G46, G24; YG67, YG25, YG03, Y04, Y00, Y26, Y23; YR27, YR23, YR22; YR14, YR12, YR00
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Wild Lilac Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle

Peonies in Bloom Birthday Wishes

I love the color combination of yellow and purple together. For this card I placed the flowers in the lower left, on top of a frame that was embossed with the Sizzix Lumber 3-D Texture Embossing Folder.

Products Used:

  • Mama Elephant Peonies in Bloom
  • Gina K. Designs Wishes
  • Copic Markers: G28, G46, G24; YG67, YG25, YG03; V09, V06, V04; Y06, Y04, Y00, Y26, Y23; YR27, YR23, YR22;
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Wild Lilac Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Sizzix 3-D Texture Lumber Embossing Folder
  • Mama Elephant Framed Tags/Artist Mat
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Crushed Grape and Dandelion Yellow

Peonies in Bloom Make a Wish

I love the beautiful flowers in this Mama Elephant stamp set. For this card I used soft coral Copic Markers. I embossed the center circle with the Sizzix 3-D Lumber Text Embossing Folder. It adds of lot of visual interest to the card and love the way it turned out.

Products Used:

  • Mama Elephant Peonies in Bloom
  • Penny Black Celebrations Die
  • Mama Elephant Framed Tags/Artist Mat
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX
  • Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies
  • Sizzix 3-D Texture Lumber Embossing Folder
  • Copic Markers: R22, R21, R20; YG67, YG25, YG03; YR27, YR23, YR22;
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Scripty Hello

This scalloped rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs is one of my favorites and the Mama Elephant Script Hello is so elegant and pretty.

Products Used:

  • Mama Elephant Script Hello Die
  • DCWV Happy Day 12 x 12 Paper Stack
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Love Always Birthday Bouquet

Simon Says Stamp’s February card kit included this pretty woodgrain paper, along with the bouquet stamp. I decided to stamp the image directly on the paper and then color it with Copic Markers. I love the way it turned out.

Products Used:

  • Simon Says Stamp Love Always
  • Mama Elephant Make a Wish
  • Copic Markers: RV17, RV14, RV13, RV11; R59, RV29, R35, RV21; G28, G24, G21
  • Authentique Romance 6 x 6 Patterned Paper
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black and Ivory Cardstock
  • Red Cardstock from Scraps
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Ocean Wonders Hooray Birthday Card

I think this soft aqua cardstock is so beautiful and make a lovely card with only a few embellishments.

Products Used:

  • My Favorite Things You Wow Me
  • Mama Elephant Hooray Script Die
  • Paper Accents Sky Blue Glitter Cardstock
  • Scrapbook Paper Ocean Wonders #9 Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

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