Rainbow Celebrate You

I must have been in a rainbow mood lately since I made several cards with rainbow colors today. For this card I pulled out Your Next Stamp’s Confetti Panel.

I ink blended a quarter sheet of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Distress Oxide Inks. I planned to place the panel behind a white die cut of the confetti die, but I got distracted and cut it from the rainbow inked panel instead. I think if you ink blended both sides of the panel the confetti pieces would make good shaker stuffing, but I didn’t think of that either. Maybe next time.

I decided to place the confetti panel onto some gold glitter cardstock. I cut it down to be 1/8″ smaller than the panel and used Be Creative Double Sided Tape to adhere the two together, since it can be very difficult to adhere to glitter cardstock.

I tried a lot of different options for the sentiment and finally decided on a black strip embossed with gold. I die cut it down with a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label and added foam tape behind it for dimension. When I went to place it on the card front I felt it needed a little something more. So I die cut two balloons from the glitter cardstock and added gold embroidery floss for the strings, which were glued behind the sentiment, and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Your Next Stamp Confetti Panel
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate You
  • Distress Oxide Inks:  Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Blueprint Sketch, Dusty Concord
  • Birch Press Design Party Balloons
  • Paper Accents Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • DMC Mouline Embroidery Gold Floss
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Wishing You Nothing Bundt the Best

Several months ago during the first Spring Card Camp for Online Classes Julie Ebersole showed how to take a coordinating die and use it to create a focal image that would show both on the front and inside of card. I decided to use that design trick for this card.

I stamped the image on a rectangle of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black. The sentiment was stamped just below using Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink. It was colored with Copic Markers and then using the coordinating die it was cut from the rectangle. I wanted to add some additional texture and visual interest and cut down the rectangle using a stitched die and then ran it through the big shot with an argyle embossing folder.

The embossed rectangle was placed on a top folding card base and the opening for the bundt cake was traced so it could be cut again from the cardbase. Once that was complete the embossed rectangle was adhered to the cardbase with liquid glue.

I used scissors to fussy cut around the die cut image so that it was right on the lines. This would make it easier for opening and closing the card once the image was in place. Foam tape was added to the back of the image and then adhered through the opening to the inside of the card. Now the image can be seen from both the front and inside of the card as seen below.

The final embellishment was to add some blue Nuvo Crystal Drops to the cake frosting and around the sentiment.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Avery Elle Bring on the Cake
  • Darice Argyle Embossing Folder
  • Copic Markers: B26, B24, B23; E49, E47, E57; E43, E42, E41
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Wedgewood Blue
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink

Approaching Magnificence

This is the second masculine image available in the My Favorite Things Old Friends stamp set. I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored him with Copic Markers and used the coordinating die to cut him out.

I went through my patterned paper and found this green plaid to match his sweater and cut it down with a stitched rectangle and adhered it to a top folding cardbase.

I placed the image on the card front to determine where to stamp the sentiment, which is another cut pun on aging. Foam tape was added to the back of the image for dimension, but it needed something more to finish the card. I used the same balloon stamp I had used in the previous card, but this time I just used the coordinating die to cut the shape and then colored the balloons in a rainbow of colors with Copic Markers. I adhered them behind the magnificent gentleman with liquid glue, adhered to image, and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Old Friends
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Copic Markers: R29, R24, R22; YR09, YR04, YR02; V09, V06, V04; YG67, YG17, YG03; B28, B24, B23; Y38, Y35, Y32; E59, E57, E55; E49, E47, E44 E43; C3, C2, C0; E11, E01, E00, R20
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Paper
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

You’re the Man

When I saw this new stamp set from My Favorite Things I had to have it. I knew it would make create masculine birthday cards. There are several different image you can use. I selected one and stamped it onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink because I planned to color it with Copic Markers.

Once the color was complete I used a Memory Box Stitched Rectangle to size it down. I really like this die because it uses cross stitching. I stamped the sentiment, which really makes me smile, below the image and added some gray Copic Markers to ground “the man.”

For this card I decided to use some pattern paper behind the focal image. Since it was a masculine card I looked through my plaid paper and found a great blue that matched the colors used in coloring the image. It was cut down with another stitched rectangle and adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive.

I felt that it just needed a little something to make it more celebratory and so I found a small solid balloon stamp. I pulled out some Distress Oxide Inks to match the colors in the focal image. So the strings would stamp over the face of my gentleman I masked him with a full stick post-it.

Sticky back foam was added to the focal image panel and then it was adhered to plaid card front.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Old Friends
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Copic Markers: B99, B97, B95, B93; YG67, YG17, YG03; C9, C7, C5; C3, C2, C1; E11, E01,E00, E000, R20
  • Distress Oxide Inks Blueprint Sketch and Mowed Lawn
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Chill Paper
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Memory Box Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Rainbow Balloon Bundle

I really like this balloon bundle from My Favorite Things. It can really take center stage on a card front and yet not bee too overwhelming.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored it with rainbow Copic Markers.

I love the look of white on white, but I also like to add some visual interest by cutting down a focal panel with a great edge die, and the Memory Box Matinee Rectangles have such interest corners. I used the third largest and then added Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape to the back for a little dimension.

I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set onto black cardstock and heat embossed it with detailed white embossing powder. Cut it with a Hoeny Bee Sentiment Banner, added some foam tape and adhered it over the strings. Viola, the card was done. A clean and simple card to make for a masculine receiver.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Balloon Bundle
  • Copic Markers: R29, R24, R22; YR09, YR04, YR02; V09, V06, V04; YG67, YG17, YG03; B28, B24, B23; Y38, Y35, Y32
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Memory Box Matinee Rectangle
  • Honey Bee Sentiment Banner
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape

Rainbow Big Birthday Wishes

I was in need of some masculine birthday cards and decided to used My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes.

I went through my scraps of paper and die cut the sentiment from a rainbow of colors, along with a white panel that had been sized with a stitched rectangle. I cut a piece of typing paper just smaller than the rectangle and completely covered it with dotliner adhesive and added it to the back of the white panel with the negative sentiment. This makes it very easy to piece all the different colored letters in place.

I wanted to add a little visual interest and ran the panel through the Big Shot with the Stampin’ Up’s Subtle Embossing Folder. To add additional visual interest I cut a couple of balloons using the Birch Press Design Party Balloons and ran them through with a swiss dot embossing folder for texture. I used the balloon strings from another die set and cut them from gold mirror cardstock and adhered them behind the balloons. I glued the two balloons together with liquid glue and added foam tape behind them for dimension and added them to the top of the sentiment panel.

I decided to use a colorful cardbase. This one was cut from Gina K. Designs Red Hot to make an top folding A2 card and the panel was adhered using liquid glue.

Since I had a lot of leftover letters I also made two more versions (see below).

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes
  • Birch Press Designs Party Balloons
  • Honey Bee Balloon Numbers
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
  • Paper Accents Gold Foil Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Hot Cardstock
  • Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple, Blue Cardstock from Scraps
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

You Finally Hit the Jackpot Wade – Happy Birthday

We have a wonderful couple that lives down the street from us. We were visiting with them last Sunday and found out that Wade will be turning 91 on this Sunday. Wade has some dementia at this stage in his life and he must of told us four times that he was going to work at beating the slots. So I searched online and found this image from 123rf.com. Merilyn said that his favorite color is yellow, so that is the color scheme I used.

I sized and printed the image on 80# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock using the Silhouette, which allows me to cut out the image when using registration marks. I added a couple of sentiments before printing. I searched through my stamps and found a small cherry in the Avery Elle Bring on the Cake that would work perfecting in the symbol display area and stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black. Everything was colored with Copic Markers. However, in researching areas of the slot machine to write about it on my web site I discovered that the biggest payout is when you align three stars. So I printed that area of the slot machine and stamp solid stars with Delicata Gold Glitz ink and covered the small window areas with Ranger Glossy Accents. I like the color of the cherries, but I’m sure Wade will know that he has the biggest jackpot with the stars.

In the body of the slot machine I added the number “91” cut from gold glitter cardstock.

I wanted a background for the image. My first thought was to use the Concord & 9th Birthday Basics Turnaround, but it was just too busy. So I pulled out their Sprinkles Turnabout and that worked great. I cut down the panel with a stitched rectangle and then added a panel of gold glitter cardstock behind it to create a thin border. It was adhered to a top folding cardbase. To match the gold glitter used on the design Rangers Gold Stickles were added to a few of the confetti.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the slot machine. I like to trace about the image on the paper side of the foam and then fussy cut it a little smaller. It works great to pop up an image. Hopefully Wade enjoys his card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • 123rf.Com Slot Machine Icon
  • Avery Elle Bring on the Cake
  • Hero Arts Little One
  • Concord & 9th Sprinkles Turnabout
  • My Favorite Things Little Upper Case
  • Copic Markers: Y38, Y35, Y32, Y04, Y02, Y00, Y23; R29, R24, Y22
  • American Crafts Metallic Gold Marker
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
This is the card with the cherries.

Happy Birthday Hot Stuff

For this card I tried something I had seen Jennifer McGuire do in a video. I die cut the candles and flames first and inlaid them into the negative space one by one to be able to stamp them in different colors. It made it so quick and easy.

Once the everything was stamped I die cut a rectangle using a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle and stamped the sentiment at the bottom with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink. Foam tape was added to the back of the candles and flames and then adhered to the stitched rectangle.

The side folding A2 cardbase was embossed using the Stampin’ Up Subtle embossing folder. This is one of my favorites, it add a great texture to the card. The stitched rectangle was adhered to the front with liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Make a Wish
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Altenew Inks: Ultra Violet, Ultramarine, Firebrick, Olive
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Blue Lagoon, Wild Dandelion, Red Velvet, Honey Mustard
  • Copic Markers: YR24, YR23, YR20; YG05, YG03, YG01; Y15, Y13, Y11; YR04, YR02, YR00; R24, R22, R21; B97, B95, B91; V09, V06, V04; BG13, BG2, BG000
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles

Casting the Bait Best Wishes

Even though we have been on the road traveling in our 5th wheel for the past two months, every now and then I find time to create a few cards. I only brought minimal supplies. Stamps that I haven’t used for a while and a few sentiments. I have always loved the silhouette stamp from Woodware Stamps. It is perfect for anyone who loves to fish and makes a great guy card.

I started by ink blending my background with Altenew and Gina K. Design Inks. I wanted it to look like a sunset. I hit the panel with a heat gun to ensure it was completely dry before stamping the image and sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and then adding clear embossing powder.

I sized down the panel with a stitched rectangle so that it would leave a black border and adhered it directly to a top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Onyx Black Cardstock and the card was done.

A simple and quick card to make on the road. The most challenging part of creating on the road is finding the right lighting for taking pictures, so there are some shadows that normally aren’t in my postings, but it still turned out okay.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Woodware Stamps Casting the Bait
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Detailed Clear Embossing Powder
  • Altenew Inks: Orange Cream, Firebrick, Autumn Blaze, Sunkissed, Chamomile, Sunray
  • Gina K. Designs Faded Brick Ink
  • Ink Blending Brushes
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Neena Classic Crest 80 # Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock’

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 20 Paper Weaving Happy Birthday

Day 20 of the Spring Card Camp 2 Online Card Class was taught by Jennifer McGuire and Kristine Werner. It was all about basketweaving cardstock. You take leftover cardstock and cut it into thin strips in various colors and weave it together for a pretty woven design as the focal area on your card.

I decided to use teal and aqua colors with yellow. I love the color combination. This take quite a bit of time and isn’t something I would do very often, but it looks amazing.

As Jennifer instruction I cut my oval from a quarter sheet of white cardstock. On the back I added some be creative double-side tape to one side of the focal and added my strips of cardstock in the pattern that I wanted. Once that is done, I added more double-sided tape to the top of the oval and began weaving the cardstock strips over and under those that were already in place. Once you have the weaving complete I added more double sided tape to the other sides of the oval and pressed down the strips of cardstock to secure then in place.

I took another quarter sheet of cardstock and cut it down 1/8″ on all sides and cut a slightly larger oval from it and adhered it onto the back over the woven strips. I wanted my oval panel to be slightly smaller than a standard cardbase and cut down each side about 1/8″. Foam tape was added to the back of the oval panel and then it was adhered to a dark teal cardbase.

I could see ridges were the strips of cardstock were on the front of the card, so I took a heavy weight 110# cardstock and cut another oval panel and stacked it over the first panel. Before adhering I stamped my sentiment with dark turquoise ink in the lower right of the panel and then adhered it with liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Waffle Flower Blossom
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Oval
  • Gina K. Designs Tranquil Teal Ink
  • Teal and Aqua Cardstock from Scraps
  • Neena Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
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