Spring Card Camp 2 Day 18 Ink Pad Dragging Poppies Hello

On day 18 of the Online Card Class, Spring Card Camp 2, Yana Smakula and Seeka were the guest designers. Their technique was to take your ink pads and drag them across your cardstock to create a patterned background paper.

For this card I decided to have a less random ink pad drag and created a plaid design with light pink, yellow, and green. I think it turned out pretty.

I decided to once again keep the card a clean and simple design. I die cut the background with a Memory Box Matinee Rectangle, which adds visual interest with the corners of the rectangle. It also add a stitched element to the edges.

For the focal image I used Spellbinders Poppy Die. It comes with the poppy bouquet die, but it also has the individual flowers to die cut as well. I used the same inks used for the background on the flowers and leaves. I added to Ranger Crystal Stickles to the center of the flowers and adhered the bouquet to the background panel.

For the sentiment I pulled out a pretty hello die from mama Elephant. I ink blended some cardstock with the pink and yellow inks used in the background before cutting the sentiment. It was also cut from sticky back foam to add dimension. I cut away the foam behind the letters that overlapped the flower bouquet to keep the dimension level.

The panel was a adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Spellbinders Poppies Die
  • Mama Elephant Hello Script Die
  • Altenew Limeade Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Sweet Corn and Innocent Pink Inks
  • Memory Box Matinee Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles

Spring Card Camp 2 Ink Pad Dragging White Poppies Hello

On day 18 of the Online Card Class, Spring Card Camp 2, Yana Smakula and Seeka were the guest designers. Their technique was to take your ink pads and drag them across your cardstock to create a patterned background paper.

I tried this technique many times using the random method that Yana used and didn’t like any of the background except this one. I think it is because I only used two shades of light turquoise and a light mint green. The depth of the colors used made a big difference.

I used mini ink pads and they worked well for this technique. Once I had a background that I liked I decided to die cut it using Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle Dies. These dies not only cut the rectangle, they also cut a thin border. I used two rectangles to size down the larger background and a smaller one to create a focal image panel. I also used the same dies to cut white cardstock and used the thin white frames, replacing the patterned ones. This really draws the eye to the center of the card panel.

I wanted to keep the card simple in design and decided to add a couple of white die cut flowers and a few leaves. The sentiment die was cut from cardstock that was created by the dragging technique, using only the darkest blue and using a slighter heavier pressure. It was also cut from sticky back foam to add dimension to the sentiment. The center rectangle also had foam added to the back to create additional visual interest in a very clean and simple card design.

The panels and frame were adhered to a top folding white cardbase. I pulled out some sky blue Ranger Stickles for the center of the flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Spellbinders Poppies Die
  • Mama Elephant Hello Script Die
  • Gina K. Designs Sea Glass and Applemint Green Inks
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle Dies
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Tumbled Glass Stickles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Spring Card Came 2 Day 15 Easy Shaker Sending Love

The quest designer for day 15 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 was Kristina Werner. Her technique was easy shaker cards. She cut circles from her cards and added a cut die cut image. I went through my dies to see what I could use for a simple card.

I pulled out Mama Elephant’s Framed Artist Mat. It is a wide frame and 3M foam tape fit perfectly behind the frame, which makes it very easy to put together.

Kristina ink blended one of her cards, I decided to pull out a stencil to create an ink blended background. The hearts were the inspiration for the sentiment.

I die cut the frame and added a rectangle of acetate behind the center of the frame with liquid glue around the opening. I took a long strip of foam tape and folded it on itself to give it double depth and then added it to the frame. I filled the opening with pink and purple sequins and then pulled off the paper from the foam tape and added the stenciled background.

Originally I ink blended the background with the purple and pink used for the stenciled background. The center of the frame had ink blending on it as well and I used that to stamp the sentiment with the purple Oxide ink. I used the second largest sentiment label from Simon Says Stamp and then cut one end into an angle, leaving a little space on the left to add some die cut hearts. It was adhered to the card front with liquid glue.

I decided to make the card base smaller than the frame, but this left some overhang on the foam tape. I took a craft knife and ruler to cut away the excess, but I accidentally cut through a little section of the frame, so I used Un-Do to remove the sentiment and then cut another frame and decided on a softer blend to the frame. I liked it better.

Below is a picture of first version with a deep purple frame.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Waffle Flower Blossoms
  • C.C. Designs Heart Drop Stencil
  • Impression Obsession Heart of Hearts Die
  • Mama Elephant Framed Tags Artist Mat Die
  • Distress Oxide Inks Wilted Violet and Spun Sugar
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • Buttons Galore Lilac and Think Pink Sequin Mix
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle Die
  • Laromni Blending Brushes

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 7 Vellum Overlays Go On and Celebrate

For day 7 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 Caly Person and Amber Davis talked about using vellum overlays. She used a beautiful heart mandala die for one of her card and then leaf and flower border dies. She ink blended her background to add visual interest and color to the vellum overlay.

I have some of the same border dies that were used on their cards, but I wanted to use something different so I pulled out my Pretty Pink Posh Birthday Border. I’ve used this die before, but I really like the way it looks cut from vellum.

I ink blended my background with orange and yellow, leaving a glow in the center of the card. However, I didn’t like the way the vellum looked when I placed it over the background, it lacked visual interest. So, I used the some orange inks to ink blend the back of the vellum, using some darker orange than had been used on the background. I really like the way this looked.

Vellum is hard to adhere because you can always see the adhesive that you use. Caly used Be Creative Double-Sided Tape on the edged of her die cut panels. I decided to do the same. If you look closely you will see that it is a little darker where the tape was applied, but not too much. I also added some gold stickles to the balloons, bows, and top of the party hats. This also gave me somewhere to add glue to adhered the panel.

The vellum border rectangle was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue.

I decided to use this large sentiment from Mama Elephant, it fit perfectly in the opening of the border. I scattered dots gold stickles around the sentiment like confetti and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Pretty Pink Posh Birthday Frame
  • Mama Elephant Make a Wish
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Honey Mustard and Wild Dandelion Ink
  • Altenew Autumn Blaze and Fired Brick Ink
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Be Creative 1/8” Double-Sided Adhesive
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Vellum
  • 1/8” Be Creative Double-Sided Tape

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 2: Stamped Make Your Own Stripes Birthday

Angelica Conrad was a guest designer for Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2, Day 2. Her cards used border stamps to create background paper.

I pulled out several stamp sets that had different styles of stripes. I decided to use different shade of blue for my card. I used my MISTI to help me ensure the lines were straight and stamped my first hash line stripe in the center of a quarter sheet of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock. I then moved on to stamping three lines above hash line stripes and then moved on to a wide solid strip above the 3 lines tripe and a thinner solid strip below the hash line stripe and repeated this pattern until the panel was completely stamped.

I cut down the panel using a stitched rectangle ensuring that the top and bottom stripes were even. It was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue.

I didn’t want to cover up too much of this background so I decided to use a small square for my sentiment. I used an Ellen Hutson Essential Square Die. I like these dies because they not only cut a square, but they cut a thin border square at the same time. I stamped the sentiment with the darkest blue ink I had used on the background and then smooched the thin border into the ink pad so that it would match. It wasn’t perfect coverage, so I pulled out a Copic Marker that closely matched and touched thin border until it was completely covered.

I took a scrap of Darice Sticky Back Foam and added to the sentiment square and adhered it to the top center of the striped panel. The thin border was adhered directly to the card front with liquid glue.

I decided to add a small embellishment to the card and pulled out Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet and used just one of the balloons. I colored the balloon portion of the die with Copic Markers, leaving the string white. I traced around the balloon onto a scrap of sticky back foam and fussy cut it. I decided where I wanted to place it and then cut away a portion of the foam so that it would lay flat over the sentiment square and be supported on the card front. A little bit of liquid glue was used to hold the balloon string in place.

The final embellishment was add a few blue sequins around the sentiment and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout
  • Mama Elephant Basic Borders
  • Simon Says Stamp Jumbo Stripes
  • Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Tumbled Glass Mermaid Lagoon, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Salty Ocean
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Copic Markers: B06, B04, B45
  • Doodlebug Designs Blue Jeans Sequins
  • Neat & Tangled Starry Night Sequins
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles

Go On and Celebrate Fishtail Flags

I had a thin strip of dark blue cardstock leftover from previous cards I had made. It was just wide enough to die cut using the largest My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Die. Another fishtail flag was cut from some dotted patterned paper.

A quarter sheet of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock was embossed using the Darice Dots Background Embossing Folder. It wasn’t wide enough to completely cover the quarter sheet, so I cut it down with a paper cutter and then matted with another rectangle of cardstock that was colored with a Copic Marker. It was trimmed to leave a small white border when adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase.

A circle was cut from some leftover light blue cardstock and the sentiment was stamped with Gina K. Designs In the Navy Ink and adhered to the fishtail flags with fun foam and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Mama Elephant Make a Wish
  • My Favorite Things Fishtail Flags
  • Hero Arts Circle Infinity Die
  • Darice Dots Background Embossing Folder
  • Reverse Confetti Warm Heart 6 x 6 Paper
  • Dark Blue and Light Blue Cardstock from Scraps
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Midnight Blue
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Flower Bouquet Someone Like You

Waffle Flower makes some beautiful flower stamps. I pulled out the Bouquet Builder 3 stamp and die to create this card.

I stamped the image on Bristol Smooth Cardstock and watercolored it using ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Makers. They create such love cards and you can get such a variation of color simply by the amount of water you use.

Once the coloring was done I stamped it again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. I die cut the image using the matching die, I like the way it cuts out the center of image.

When I placed the image on a white background I didn’t feel that it popped enough and so I search my scraps of paper to find this pretty light turquoise paper. I use the die to cut some sticky back foam and placed it behind the image and then adhered it to a rectangle of the turquoise cardstock that had been sized with a stitched rectangle.

I didn’t want to cover up this love flower arrangement so the sentiment was stamped on vellum, heat embossed gold, and wrapped about the focal image rectangle.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Waffle Flower Bouquet Builder 3
  • Mama Elephant Make a Wish
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 200 Sugared Almond Pink, 083 Lilac, 031 Cobalt Blue, 050 Yellow, 047 May Green, 080 Violet, 202 Peach Pink, 061 Light Brown
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Light Turquoise Paper from Scraps
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Paper Accents Vellum
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Pale Turquoise Cardstock from Scraps
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Spring Tulips Make a Wish

I am ready for spring and my daffodils and tulips are poking their heads about the ground.

I stamped this image on Bristol Smooth Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. This creates little wells to hold the watercolor and make it very easy to do.

The sentiment was stamped in the opening left in the image on the lower left and heat embossed as well.

For visual interest a scalloped rectangle was used to cut the focal image panel. Fun Foam was added to the back for dimension and it was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase.

I love these pretty pink tulips, the only thing I would change is to make the butterfly a lighter pink.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Flutterby
  • Mama Elephant Make a Wish
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 026 Light Pink, 025 Pink, 047 May Green, 048 Emerald Green, 049 Shadow Green
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock

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 Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear 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