Fingernail Polish Marble Birthday Balloons

Making marble background using fingernail polish can be really fun.  The smell can be a little overwhelming, but you get some really unique and interesting results.  The balloons on this card were die cut from a marble background created using this technique.

I went to the Dollar Store and got some fingernail polish.  I wouldn’t use black nail polish on myself, but I thought it would make an interesting background.  You will need a disposable dish or container to create these backgrounds.  You fill the dish with about 3-4″ of water and then dribbled the nail polish you have selected around the water.  If you want you can use a wooden stirring stick to help them marbleize.  Once you have it the way you want you take some watercolor paper and place it into the water and immediately pull it back out.  You never know what it is going to look like, but you do get some beautiful results.

Once the background was completely dry I die cut the balloons using Lawn Fawn’s Party Balloons.  I tied some Cousins Iridescent Silver Cord for strings, added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back for dimension and adhered them to a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock I had die cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I wrapped the balloon strings around the back and secured them in place with Scotch Tape.  The rectangle was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings and was stamped on a scrap of the same cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder.  It was cut into a strip and adhered to the front of the card with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons
  • Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings
  • Fingernail Polish Marble Background
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Cousins Iridescent Silver Cord
  • Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Birthday Cupcake Circle

I had some leftover background paper that was created using Kodak Glossy Photo Paper, Distress Oxide Inks, and Ranger Distress Micro Glaze that I had used for leaves in a previous card.  I couldn’t let it go to waste, so I die cut the remainder into a circle and added the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Cake die to the front.  In the end I added three layers of the word circle and the cupcake for a little added dimension.

I wanted to add a little more visual interest so I die cut two more circles from coordinating green cardstock I had on hand, each a little larger than the previous circle.  I added Darice Sticky Back Foam behind each for added dimension and adhered it to a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock, which was die cut using the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle Die.  An A2 top folding cardbase made from some of the green cardstock and the focal image rectangle was adhered to the front.  There was a lot of white space at the bottom of the card and so I cut thin strips from the remaining background and adhered them underneath the focal image circle.

A quick and easy card made from scraps on hand.

Products Used:

  • Simon Says Stamp Birthday Circle
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Peeled Paint, Bundles Sage, Lucky Clover
  • Ranger Distress Micro Glaze
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangles
  • Kodak 4” x 6” Glossy Photo Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive

Color Burst Strips Let’s Party Birthday Card

I had made several cards using watercolor background created with Ken Oliver Color Burst Watercolor Powder.  I cut those background down with some rectangle dies and had a lot of strips of watercolor remaining.  They were so pretty that I decided to tape the strips together to create another background.  I really like it when I can make a card by using up something that I typically would have thrown away.

I used some Post-it Tape to hold the strips of watercolor paper together and then die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  The background is so colorful I wanted to keep the rest of the elements on the card pretty simple.  I decided to use Papertrey Ink’s Party Time Die.  I cut it three times from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and glued them together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive and then glued it to the watercolor strips rectangle with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

I added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the watercolor panel and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the card was done.  Easy to create, but because of that beautiful watercolor background really bright and colorful.

Products Used:

  • Papertrey Ink Party Time Die
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Alizarin Crimson, Lime Green, Orange, Lemon Yellow
  • Canson XL Watercolor 140# Cold Press Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • VersaMark Ink

3-D Mechanics Masculine Hello

I really like this new Sizzix 3-D Texture Embossing Folder.  It is perfect for masculine cards.  I embossed it on Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock and distressed it with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  Love the distressed/tarnished look it gives to a card.

Once the embossing was complete I ran the panel through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX die.  It was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black cardstock using Be Creative Tape.

The sentiment is one of the My Favorite Things Happy Hello dies and was cut four times from black cardstock, adhered together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and then adhered with the same liquid glue to the bottom right of the card front.

A quick and easy card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix 3-D Texture Embossing Folder Mechanics
  • My Favorite Things Happy Hello Die
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Black
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool

Foundry Masculine Hello

I was in need for some masculine hello card to send to new members in our church.  A few of the new Sizzix 3-D Texture Embossing Plates are perfect and create really amazing cards.  For this card the embossing plate was used on Paper Accents Silver Mirror cardstock and then distress with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink.

The VersaFine ink really does dry on the mirror cardstock, so I dried it as best I could with a heat tool and then ran VersaMark Ink over the surface and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  I love the distressed look this creates.

The embossed panel was run through the Big Shot again with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  The sentiment is one of the My Favorite Things Happy Hello Dies.  It was cut from the embossed panel and an additional three times from a scrap of black cardstock.  All were adhered together using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and then inlaid back into focal image panel.

I was really happy with the way this turned out.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix 3-D Texture Embossing Folder Foundry
  • My Favorite Things Happy Hello Die
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Black
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool

Hooray! It’s Your Birthday

This is another image from Art Impressions that makes a great masculine card.  I used it this time for a birthday card, but I’ve used it for an invitation for a backyard barbecue that was really cute as well.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto some Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers (E19, E08, E07; YG97, YG95, YG93; E35, E33, E31; E49, E47; W9, W7, W5; C2, C1, C0).

To create the scene I die cut two rectangles using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle, once for the sky background, and another to create the grass, which was created using a Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside Border.  Fluffy clouds were cut using Avery Elle’s Pierced Clouds dies.

The sky rectangle was ink blended using Distress Inks Tumbled Glass and Broken China using a Ranger Mini Blending Tool.  The grass was ink blended with Distress Inks Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint.  The two were adhered together using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  To add more interest, little tufts of grass were added with Copic Markers.

The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink onto the grass and heat embossed using Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  Before doing this ensure that the ink has completely dried so the embossing powder only sticks to the sentiment.

The focal image was die cut using the PIXScan Mat and the Silhouette Cameo.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added by tracing around the image with a pencil and fussy cutting it with scissors.  The clouds were adhered to the sky portion of the rectangle, one with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and the other directly to the rectangle with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  The focal image was adhered using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Art Impression Grill Father
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers: E19, E08, E07; YG97, YG95, YG93; E35, E33, E31; E49, E47; W9, W7, W5; C2, C1, C0
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, and Mini Ink Blending Tool Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside Border Die
  • Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside Border Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Avery Elle Pierced Clouds Die
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Happy Birthday Cupcake

I decided that I wanted to used the Altenew Layered Plaid A for a subtle background to a masculine card and love the way it turned out.  The blue and grey color pallet is really pretty against the white.

I created a top folding A2 cardbase from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  I cut the Altenew Layered Plaid A die from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and sprayed the back with Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.  I really works well when you have delicate die cuts.

I stamped the Avery Elle Cupcakes with Distress Oxide Broken China and Hickory Smoke.  I enhanced shadows and the flame with Copic Markers.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for dimension and adhered to the lower left of the card with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The sentiment combines a die cut word from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy, cut from Silver Mirror Cardstock, and another three times from gray cardstock, adhered together with Ranger Collage Medium.  The secondary greeting was from Winnie & Walter’s Sentimental Birthday was stamped on a scrap of gray cardstock with Distress Oxide Broken China and cut into a thin strip with an angled end.  A thin strip 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back and then it was adhered below the “happy” die cut word.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Avery Elle Cupcakes
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Altenew Layered Plaid A
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Broken China and Hickory Smoke
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Scrap Gray Cardstock
  • Ranger Collage Medium
  • Clear Wink of Stella

 

Wish Big Masculine Card

It seems like I go through spurts where I create a lot of masculine birthday cards at one time.  Maybe I just get my masculine mojo working and it’s easier to keep on going.  This card was inspired by the plaid patterned paper from my scraps.  I really like the way it turned out, maybe that’s becaue red is my favorite color.

I stamped one of the cupcakes from the Avery Elle Cupcakes stamp and die onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.  I used colors that complimented the patterned paper, Distress Oxide Fired Brick, Antique Linen, and Twisted Citron.  To add dimension and shadows I used Copic Markers (E19, E08, B95, BG75, BG72; YG95, YG93, YG91, YG23, YG03, YG01; Y38, Y35, YR16; E40; E55).  I then die cut the images with the matching dies and added some Darice Sticky Back Foam to the back.

I created a top folding A2 cardbase from Gina K. Designs Red Velvet Base Weight Cardstock, added a square of the the plaid patterned paper and stamped the sentiment from Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments:Birthday with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I decided to add a strip of blue cardstock as a separation, then I adhered the cupcake with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the frosting and flame, along with a few Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Avery Elle Cupcakes
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Distress Oxide: Fired Brick and Antique Linen
  • Gina K. Designs Red Velvet Base Weight Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Scrap Plaid Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: E19, E08, B95, BG75, BG72; YG95, YG93, YG91, YG23, YG03, YG01; Y38, Y35, YR16; E40; E55
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • Ranger Collage Medium
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive

Wish – It’s Your Birthday

When I saw the Altenew Layered Plaid dies I thought they would make great masculine cards.  I also really like the new My Favorite Things Wish Die.  For this card I used a green, yellow and orange color pallet.

I pulled paper from my scraps to make this card.  It is a little brighter than I anticipated, but I like the way it looks.  I cut the green base color to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  I then die cut the plaids from scraps of yellow and orange.  I used Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive to adhere them to the cardbase.

Originally I only cut the Wish die with green, but it got lost on the page with how busy the background was, so I die cut it again from the yellow and orange and stacked them slightly offset to see all the colors.  I pulled out some Copic Markers to give some color dimension and then added Glossy Accents.  This helped the sentiment standout on the card.  I stamped the secondary sentiment from CA Designs Birthday Palooza onto yellow cardstock with Altenew Evergreen Ink and used Copic Markers to give it a little ombre effect.  I added it under the Wish die cut word with a thin strip of 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Wish Die
  • CZ Designs Birthday Palooza Stamp
  • Altenew Layered Plaid A and B Die
  • Altenew Evergreen Ink
  • Copic Markers: YR38, RY17, YR15; G94, G85, G24
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Ranger Collage Medium
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Green, Yellow, and Orange Paper from Scraps

Rainbow Happy Masculine Birthday

I am really happy the way this card turned out.  I decided to my new Simon says Stamp Stitched Alphabet stamp set and used rainbow colors for the word “Happy.”  It made a great masculine card.

I colored the letters with Copic Markers (R29, R27, R24; YR09, YR07, YR04; Y18, Y15, Y13; YG17, YG03, YG01; B26, B24, B21).  Since this stamp set does not have matching dies I fussy cut around each letter and added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for dimension.

I die cut a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle die.  I wanted to place the word on an angle and decided on a strip of black cardstock for the secondary greeting, which was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.   I added a thin strip of foam tape so that the letters could tuck behind it.

I wasn’t happy with the way it look and so I decided to cut more strips of black paper in varying widths and adhere them randomly.  I liked that much betters, but didn’t like some of the spacing and so I took a Pigma Macron Archival Pen 05 and 01 to add lines and dashes and really like how it turned out.

An A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock and the focal rectangle was adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.