Let’s Party Birthday Card

There are some great word art dies out there.  I have a few that I really like, but for some reason I don’t use them that often, go figure.  They are an easy card to make, with a little pattern piecing, and some mirror cardstock they have some glam.

I decided to use Paper Accents Mirror Gold Cardstock to cut some polka dot paper with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  Next I laid the sentiment die from Papertrey Ink Text Block Party Time in the center and die cut it from the patterned paper.  Next, I cut a rectangle 1/8” larger than the patterned paper rectangle from Gina K. Designs 120# Navy Cardstock and adhered it to the back with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  This leaves a nice background for the sentiment, which was cut again from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and inlaid into the opening and adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

 

A rectangle of Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut with the same Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die and adhered to the back of the focal image.  It was glued to the front of a top folding A2 Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Ivory Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.  A simple, yet elegant card.

Mirror Balloon Birthday Cards

I thought the balloons with cutout shapes from the Silhouette Designs Miss Kate Cuttables Assorted Balloons would a little like Mylar balloons if backed with Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock.  It comes with circles, hearts, and stars, but I wanted one with the tassels that are at the top of a party hat, so I also used the Basic Grey Party Hat for one of the balloon in this card.

My son Patrick loves black and grey, so for his birthday I decided to cut the top layer of the balloon from some Recollections Essentials 6 x 6 Paper Pad Black Cardstock.  The balloon base and strings were cut from the mirror cardstock.  I loved the way they turned out.

I die cut the Mama Elephant Birthday Script Die from the same mirror cardstock and three times from the black.  They were adhered together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive, offsetting the gold on the black just a little.

I had seen Carissa Wiley used a strip of cardstock that she had created with a diagonal strip stamp.  I decided to use the Simon Says Stamp Diagonal Stripes Background Stamp, stamping it on Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and heat emboss it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I cut a 1” strip and glued it to the left of an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  A rectangle was cut from the same cardstock 4 x 5 ½”.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller and adhered to the back to add dimension and then glued to the front of the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The balloons and birthday word cutout were placed on this rectangle to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment from Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  The back balloon was adhered directly to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  3M ½” Foam Tape was added to the back of the second balloon.  The “birthday” die cut was adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte, which was also used to adhere the balloon strings and the card was done.

I love the way this card turned out so much that I decided to create it again using Navy Cardstock and a little different design.This is the second card that I created using the Silhouette Designs Miss Kate Cuttables Assorted Balloons.  For this card I used Navy Cardstock, along with gold polka dot cardstock from Echo Park Dots & Stripes.  A rectangle of navy cardstock 1/8” larger than the polka dot paper was added to the back with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then glued to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with the same glue.  The top and bottom layers of the balloons were adhered together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  One balloon was adhered to the gold polka dot cardstock with the same adhesive and the second balloon was adhered using 3M ½” Foam Tape.

The sentiment from Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday was stamped with VersaMark Ink on a strip of navy cardstock and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  3M ½” Foam Tape was added to the back and adhered to the lower third of the card over the balloon strings.

Cutouts from the navy balloon top layers were used as embellishments and adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

CARD ONE PRODUCTS USED:

  • Silhouette Miss Kate Cuttables Assorted Balloons
  • Simon Says Stamp Diagonal Stripes Background
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Mama Elephant Birthday Script Die
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Elmer’s Crafts Bond Spray Adhesive

CARD TWO PRODUCTS USED:

  • Silhouette Miss Kate Cuttables Assorted Balloons
  • Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday
  • Recollections Essentials 6 x 6 Paper Pad
  • Echo Park Dots & Stripes Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 10# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • 3M ½ Foam Tape
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles

Power Poppy Fly Guy Birthday Card

This is another digital image from Power Poppy called Fly Guy.  I have a son who loves to fly fish and so this is the perfect card for him.  I printed the image on Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock with my HP Laser Printer and colored it with Copic Markers: BG01, BG11, BG13; B01, B00, B000; C9, C7; YG95, B24, B26; B25, B31; C1, C3, C5; YG95, YG97, YG93; BG13, G24, C1, C3; E49, E29; E00, E11, E13.

It was run through the Big Shot with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle and then Gina K. Designs 1203# Chocolate Brown Cardstock was cut 1/8” larger and glued to the back of the focal image with some Kokuyo DotLiner Adhesive.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Birthday Messages and was stamped with Altenew Dark Chocolate Ink.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut with the same Simon Says Stamp Rectangle and added to the back of the focal image.

A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock.  The focal image was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Power Poppy Digital Stamp Fly Guy
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Copic: BG01, BG11, BG13; B01, B00, B000; C9, C7; YG95, B24, B26; B25, B31; C1, C3, C5; YG95, YG97, YG93; BG13, G24, C1, C3; E49, E29; E00, E11, E13
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft and Chocolate Brown Cardstock
  • Altenew Dark Chocolate Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheets

The Reel Deal Birthday Card

This image is very similar to Stampin’ Up’s Angler and is a digital image from Power Poppy called Reel Deal.  I always print these images on my small HP Laser Printer so that it doesn’t bleed when coloring.  The image was printed on Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock and colored with Copic Markers: C2, C3; R24, R27, R29; YR07, Y17, YG03, B23, B24, B26, B37; E55, E35, E57; YG91, YG93.

It was printed as a small image and so I die cut it using a smaller Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller and adhered to the back.  A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Navy Cardstock.  The sentiment from My Favorite Things Celebrate You was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The focal image was adhered to the card front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  I love the way it pops off the page with the dark cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Power Poppy Digital Stamp Reel Deal
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate You
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Navy Cardstock
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Copic Markers: C2, C3; R24, R27, R29; YR07, Y17, YG03, B23, B24, B26, B37; E55, E35, E57; YG91, YG93
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheets
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles

Fisherman Birthday Card

This is another card I watercolor painted while I was in Kentucky.  I have always colored this image with Copic Markers in the past, but this time it was stamped on Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper with Distress Antique Linen Ink.  This time it was colored using Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils.  Since this is a detailed image the darker lines of the pencils allowed the lines of the image to be maintained.  I would outline the image with the color desired and then use a Black Velvet #4 Round Watercolor Brush to pull the color out.  This was a more challenging no-line watercoloring project, but I like the way it turned out.  The Inktense Pencils used are listed below.

Once the image was dry it was run through the Big Shot with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller and added to the back.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday and was stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampin’ Up Angler
  • Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils: 1530 Felt Green, 1540 Light Olive, 2100 Payne’s Grey, 023 Golden Yello, 0200 Sun Yellow, 1900 Willow, 1700 Mustard, 1910 Red Oxide; 0900 Iris Blue
  • Black Velvet #4 Round Brush
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheets
  • Distress Antique Linen
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black

Stampin’ Up Angler Birthday Card

I have had the Stampin’ Up’s Angler stamp set for years and often used the collage of fishing equipment, but decided to use the image of the fishing boat this time. I created two different cards with the image, each similar but a little different in intensity of the colors used.

The image was stamped on Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper with Distress Antique Linen Ink.  Using a watercolor brush pen Mowed Lawn, Broken China, Pumpice Stone, Candied Apple, Antique Linen, Stormy Sky, and Faded Jeans were used to color the image.

Since this is a small image, it was run through the Big Shot with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle to size it down a little.  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Celebrate You and was stamped with Altenew Ocean Waves Ink.  I like how it can be seen, but blends into the color of the water.

I saw a video on YouTube showing how to make your own embossing paste and made several background with stencils that have been sitting around my craft room for quite some time.  I pulled out the one that was made with the Bo Bunny’s Morocco Stencil and like the added interest it gave to the focal image.

To adhere the focal image to the embossed rectangle Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for dimension and then it was adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  A side folding cardbase was made from some deep teel blue cardstock I had in my stash.  The focal image was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  A little Clear Wink of Stella was added to the boat and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampin Up Angler
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate You
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White
  • Bo Bunny Cascade Stickable Stencils Morocco
  • Homemade Embossing Paste
  • Altenew Ocean Waves Ink
  • Distress: Mowed Lawn, Broken China, Pumpice Stone, Candied Apple, Antique Linen, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheets
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Small and Medium Tip Watercolor Brush Pen

This card was created the same way as the one above, but clouds were added to the sky, dark blue cardstock was added to the back of the focal image, and it was adhered to a rectangle of My Minds Eye Wood Designer Paper.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampin’ Up Angler
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Gina K. Desgins 80# White Cardstock
  • My Minds Eye Wood 6 x 6 Designer Paper
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Copic Markers: B01, B93, B95 (Water); B00, B000, B0000 (Sky); YR14, YR15 (Shirt); R05, R14 (Shirt); E21 (Skin); B97, B23 (Jeans); B39, B37, B99, B34 (Boat); C1, C00 (Clouds)
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • WPlus9 Gift Card Layers
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheets
  • Small and Medium Tip Watercolor Brush Pen

Graphic Circles Happy Happy Happy Birthday

In brainstorming what to do for a masculine birthday card I decided to pull out multiple colored polka dot glitter paper from the Paper Studio Eat Cake 12 x 12 Paper Pad.  I cut multiple sizes of the same color cardstock using My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX.  I then arranged them on a panel of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock that was run through the Sizzix Big Shot with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle. The end result was a fun and graphic masculine birthday card.

Once I had them placed where I wanted them I determined where to stamp the secondary sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy Birthday with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  One of the “Happy” dies from the stamp set was cut four times from black cardstock and adhered together using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Next the circles were glued to the die cut rectangle with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  When they were all in place the die cut “HAPPY” was adhered using the same glue.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • The Paper Studio Eat Cake 12 x 12 Paper Pad
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black and White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Die and Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles

 

Sea Shells Still Life Happy Birthday

The beach is a relaxing, peaceful place to be.  I’ve never found such beautiful shells as show in Inkadinkado’s Sea Shells Still Life, but it makes a lovely, more masculine in nature birthday card.

I began by stamping the image on Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.  I used the MISTI so that I could stamp multiple times to get a crisp image.  Next I ink blended the background using Ranger’s Mini Ink Blending Tool using Distress Ink: Fozzilized Amber, Brushed Cordurory, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China.  To intensify the colors of the shells I used Copic Markers: R21, R22, R12; E30, E31, E33; E33, E35, E55; E47, E57, E59; BG000, BG01, BG02; G40, G43.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday and was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.

I die cut the focal image with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stac

kable Rectangles and added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the back of the panel.  An A2 side folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock, but when I placed the focal image on the cardbase everything blended together.  To help the focal image pop, a rectangle 1/8” larger than the focal image was cut from some blue cardstock I had in my stash.  I liked the look of the card much better and so it was adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then the focal image was adhered on top with the same glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Inkadinkado Sea Shells Still Life
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Distress Ink: Fossilized Amber, Brushed Corduroy, Tumbled Glass, Broken China
  • Copic Markers: R21, R22, R12; E30, E31, E33; E33, E35, E55; E47, E57, E59; BG000, BG01, BG02; G40, G43

 

OCC Rainbow Maker: Crossing Waves Stencil Background Birthday Card

In this class they showed how beautiful backgrounds can be created using Distress Oxide Inks and stencils.  I had recently purchased Hero Arts Crossing Waves Stencil and decided to give it a try.  Love the way it turned out.

I taped the stencil to the back of a quarter sheet of Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  I wanted to keep the colors to blue, green and yellow.  The colors of Oxide inks used were: Broken China, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, and Wild Honey.  The Oxide Inks blend beautifully on the Bristol Smooth paper.  Once I lifted the stencil front the paper it revealed this amazing graphic background.

The background was die cut using the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundles of Stitched Shapes.  A rectangle 1/8″ smaller was cut from a Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet and adhered to the back. It was then adhered to the front of a top folding A2 Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

I didn’t want the sentiment to detract from the focal image and so it was stamped with VersaMark Ink on a scrap of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and then heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  It was adhered to the focal image with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Hero Arts Crossing Waves Stencil
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Wild Honey, Twisted Citron, Broken China, Salty Ocean
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate You Stamp
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

 

OCC Rainbow Maker: Wishing You a Happy Birthday

This is the second card I made for the Online Card Class Rainbow Maker.  This watercolor background was created on Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  I think that the results are more streaky, but that is something that watercolor is known for.  I think I will experiment more with this medium to see if I can get a better blend in the future.

I think these bright and colorful backgrounds really show off a white die cut sentiment.  For this card I used Papertrey Ink’s Text Block Birthday Portrait.  It was cut three times from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and adhered together with Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The watercolor panel was cut down using the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle.  A rectangle of Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back.  Tombo Mono Multi Glue was used to adhere the foam mounted panel to the cardbase.  I like the white border that using the SSS rectangle leaves.  The sentiment die cut was adhered to the watercolor background using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

Another great masculine birthday card.

Products Used:

  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink Text Black Birthday Portrait
  • Mission Gold Watercolors: Rose Matter, Yellow Orange, Permanent Yellow Light, Sap Green, Ultramarine Deep, Bright Clear Violet
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue