Tarnished Metal Mechanics Birthday

On Splitcoaststampers.com this week’s featured stamper is Donna and I was inspired by one of her creations called Metallic Masculine Birthday found at: https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2865710?&cat=500&ppuser=12992.  I decided to try my hand at a similar card using the new Sizzix 3-D Mechanics Texture Plate, embossing it on silver mirror cardstock and giving it a good tarnish with StazOn Onyx Black Ink.

I die cut a rectangle of Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock with the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX and then ran it through the Big Shot with the Sizzix 3-D Mechanics Embossing Folder.  These new embossing folder give such a deep impression and are amazing.  I took StazOn Onyx Black Ink and ran it across the surface until all the raised areas of the embossing were covered with black ink.

I didn’t want the sentiment to take away from the wonderful background and so a circle of Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock was cut using a My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX die.  The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Detailed Silver Embossing Powder.  The circle was adhered directly to the mirror cardstock at the center of one of the gears using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Black Fun Foam cut 1/8″ smaller than the rectangle was added to the back of the focal image.  A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock and the embossed rectangle was adhered to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix Alterations 3-D Texture Fades Mechanics Embossing Folder
  • Simon Says Stamp Best Ever
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Black Onyx Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Black Fun Foam
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Embossed Arrow Tarnished Gold Celebrate Birthday Card

This is the last card that I made with a tarnished gold mirror embossed panel.  This time I kept it very clean and simple with just the embossed panel and a sentiment strip.

The Darice Arrow Embossing Folder was used with Gold Mirror Cardstock and then tarnished by running StazOn Jet Black Ink over the surface.  Once the ink was dry I ran it through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX die.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back and the panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages and was stamped with VersaMark Ink on a a strip of black cardstock and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam tape was added to the back and then it was adhered to the card front and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Darice Arrow Embossing Folder
  • Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX

 

Tarnished Gold Embossed Birthday Card with Feathers

I liked the way that the gold mirror cardstock looked with tarnished with StazOn Jet Black Ink, so this time I used the same Sizzix 3D Feathers Embossing Folder and embossed it into the cardstock.  It gives a more subtle tarnished look, but I like the way it turned out.

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.

Once the the panel had been tarnished, I ran i through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Die.  A mat of Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger and adhered to the back with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Another mat of gold mirror cardstock was added to the back, again 1/8″ larger and adhered with Be Creative Tape.  I find this works best when adhering to the ultra smooth surface of mirror cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for dimension and the entire panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from the same black cardstock.

For embellishments, I die cut some feathers from the Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows die set out of scraps of Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock.  The bottom feather was adhered using the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and to top feather was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Stylish Sentiments: Birthday, stamped on a scrap of black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was adhered over the feather with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape, leave a small opening for the quills so they would be on the same level as the top feather.  Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle was added to the feathers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix 3D Embossing Folder Feathers
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows Die
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle Pen

TLC687 Nature Scene Black Ice Birthday Card

This is the third card I made using the Black Ice Technique, which really creates some unique and stunning cards.  Because the surface is so shiny photographs really don’t do it justice.

I started with some Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock and die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX die.  Next I lightly ran StazOn Jet Black Ink across the surface to give it a distressed look. I then stamped the image and sentiment from Gina K. Designs’ Winter Trees with the same black ink.

It takes a little bit of time for this ink to dry, so be sure and wait for it be completely set before taking VersaMark Ink and running it very lightly across the surface and then heat setting it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder. This is what gives it the black ice look.

I added Darice Sticky Back Foam 1/8″ smaller than the focal image and adhered it to side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Winter Trees
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

TLC687 Black Ice Sea Shells Still Life Birthday Card

This is the second card I made for the Splitcoaststampers.com Try and New Technique Challenge called Black Ice.  I had to lighten the card quite a bit to be able to see the details in the photograph, but it is stunning in real life.

I started with some Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock and die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX die.  Next I lightly ran StazOn Jet Black Ink across the surface to give it a distressed look. I then stamped the image from Inkadinkado’s Sea Shells Still Life and the sentiment from Papertrey Ink’s Stylish Sentiments: Birthday with the same black ink.

It takes a little bit of time for this ink to dry, so be sure and wait for it be completely set before taking VersaMark Ink and running it very lightly across the surface and then heat setting it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder. This is what gives it the black ice look. It is really stunning.

I mounted the focal image on a larger rectangle of dark gray cardstock which was also distressed with StazOn Ink.  Darice Sticky Back Foam 1/8″ smaller than the focal image was added to the back and then adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Inkadinkado Sea Shells Still Life
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Gray Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

TLC687 Black Ice Casting the Bait Birthday Card

On Splitcoaststampers.com this week’s try a new technique challenge was call black ice.  It was really fun to work with and you get amazing and unique card that are quite elegant to look at.  The hardest part of this technique is getting good photographs since the results are very shiny.

I started with some Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock and die cut it using the second largest Avery Elle Double Pierced Square Die (4″ x 4″).  Next I lightly ran StazOn Jet Black Ink across the surface to give it a distressed look.  I then stamped the image and sentiment from Woodware’s Casting the Bait in the same ink.  It takes a little bit of time for this ink to dry, so be sure and wait for it be completely set before taking VersaMark Ink and running it very lightly across the surface and then heat setting it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  This is what gives it the black ice look.  It is really stunning.

I mounted the focal image on a square of dark gray cardstock 4 1/8″ x 4 1/8″, which was also distressed with StazOn Ink.  Then I added Darice Sticky Back Foam 1/8″ smaller than the focal image and then adhered it to a 4 1/2″ x 9″ Cardbase scored at 4 1/2″ made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Woodware Casting the Bait
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Gray Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Masculine Birthday With Gold Striped Paper

I have had a lot of fun creating masculine cards with the Paper Studio Be Bold…Be Bright paper pad.  For this card I used the gray and gold stripe and really like how it turned out.

I die cut striped paper using a Memory Boxes Double Stitched Rectangle and then again from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock.  This die leaves a very narrow stitched frame.  I created a top folding A2 cardbase from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and adhered the gold narrow frame using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then glued the striped rectangle into place using the same adhesive.  Next I die cut a large balloon from the gold mirror cardstock using My Favorite Things Balloons.  The balloon string was cut from the same cardstock using Lawn Fawn’s Party Balloons.  The string was adhered to the back of the balloon using Scotch Tape and a circle of Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut just smaller than the balloon and adhered to the back to create dimension.  The balloon and string was adhered to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

For the sentiment I raided my scraps of cardstock to find a matching gray cardstock and stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was then die cut using a My Favorite Things Stitched Fishtail Sentiments die.  A thin strip of leftover double sided foam was added to the back and the sentiment was adhered to the bottom of the card front and the card was done.

Easy to make and yet clean, simple, and stunning with the gold mirror stripe.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Paper Studio Be Bold…Be Bright Paper Pad
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gray Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Balloons
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons (String)
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Fishtail Sentiments
  • Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Memory Box Double Stitched Rectangles

Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Masculine Hello

I needed a masculine hello card to send to a gentleman who recently moved into our ward at church.  I had been making cards using the alphabet dies from Altenew and thought that I would use the new large capital letters to die cut the word hello and adhere them vertically on an A2 cardbase.  I wanted to keep it clean and simple so I used some navy and gold striped paper from Paper Studio’s Be Bold…Be Bright paper pad and really liked the way it turned out.

The letters are very large and took up the full height of the card and about half of the width.  I die cut a rectangle of Gina K. Designs 120# In the Navy Cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The letters were cut from the Paper Studio striped paper and black sticky back foam.  The two were adhered together and then the letters were glued to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.  Easy and yet still striking.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Dies
  • Paper Studio Be Bold…Be Bright Paper Pad
  • Gina K. Designs 120# In the Navy and White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Black Sticky Back Craft Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle

Altenew Bold Alphabet Die Masculine Birthday

It is amazing that in making a card one small change can take a card from so-so to stunning.  I had recently purchased some great graphic cardstock with gold foiling because I thought it would make great masculine cards.  I started with some navy and gold connecting circles paper.  I die cut a rectangle using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.   Next I die cut the word happy using Altenew’s Bold Alphabet dies along the bottom of the foiled paper.   I wanted to do an inlay technique and so I die cut the words again from black sticky back foam and backed the letters to provide dimension.  I added Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock behind the rectangle to create a gold border and die cut some balloons using both Lawn Fawn Party Balloon and Avery Elle Balloons Stamp and Dies.  I stamped the secondary sentiment with VersaMark Ink using My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I adhered the balloons with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then adhered the letters back into their opening using Be Creative Tape because mirror cardstock can be tricky to adhere too and this is strong tape that works great.  But, I just didn’t love the card, the letters were lost in the pattern.  So I decided to use a Copic Marker (B39) to darken the letters and still didn’t like it.  I added some Wink of Stella and still it wasn’t a very good card, so I thought it was just one of those cards I would never use.

And then a few days latter after making another card with inlaid letters I had an aha moment.  I quickly die cut the word happy from gold mirror cardstock and adhered it on top of the previous blue words, offsetting just a little, and loved it.  I’ve shown both cards below so you can see the difference one small change can make.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Paper Studio Be Bold…Be Bright Paper Pad
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloon Dies
  • Avery Elle Balloons Stamp and Dies
  • Copic Marker B39
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Sulky Gold Metallic Thread
  • 3/8” Be Creative Tape
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle

 

Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Die Masculine Birthday

I’ve said it before, but masculine cards are the most challenging for me.  I recently purchased Altenew’s Caps Bold Alphabet Die set because I thought it would be good in making masculine cards, and I really like how it turned out.  For this card I really like how the bold gold and navy striped paper looks when die cut with these large letters and adhered to the front of a white panel.

I die cut the letters from this striking gold and navy striped paper from Paper Studio’s Be Bold…Be Bright collection.  I then cut them again from black sticky back craft foam.  This makes it really easy to add dimension to the letters. I cut a rectangle from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundles of Stitched Shapes and laid the letters on the panel to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment from Hero Arts Birthday Messages, stamped with In the Navy Gina K. Designs dye ink.

Balloons from Honey Bee’s Celebration Box were cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and strings of Sulky Gold Metallic Thread where adhered to the back with Scotch Tape.  The balloons were arranged and then picked up with Glad Press ‘n Seal.  This makes it easy to keep them together as arranged and turn them over to add glue to back.  They were adhered to the white panel using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the strings were wrapped around the bottom of the panel and secured with Scotch Tape.

The letters were aligned using a T-Square ruler and a long strip of Post-it Tape was used to keep them all together.  Tombo Mono Multi Glue was added to the back and then the letters were adhered to the front of the panel.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the white focal image rectangle and then it was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# In the Navy cardstock.

Love the way this turned out.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Dies
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Honey Bee Celebration Box Balloon Dies
  • Paper Studio Be Bold…Be Bright Paper Pad
  • Gina K. Designs 120# In the Navy
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Black Sticky Back Craft Foam
  • Sulky Gold Metallic Thread
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Gina K. Designs In the Navy Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle