Diamond Stencil Hello Card

I recently purchased the Hero Arts Diamond Stencil and decided to use it for a masculine hello card.  I really like the way that it turned out.

I ink blended a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Distress Oxide Inks Broken China, Twisted Citron, and Fossilized Amber.  The Oxide Inks blend beautifully and seamlessly.  The panel was then die cut using the largest Memory Box Stitched Rectangle, which is the size of the front of an A2 cardbase.

For the sentiment a My Favorite Things Happy Hello die was cut from the bottom right of the panel and then again from black cardstock.  Be Creative Tape was added to the panel of the die cut work on the stenciled panel so that the black letters could be easily inlaid.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the panel and it was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Diamond Stencil
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Broken China, Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber
  • My Favorite Things Happy Hellos
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock

Cupcake Trio Birthday Card with Ganzai Pearl Colors

I really like the Whimsy Stamp Cupcake Trio, it makes a great masculine card.  I recently purchased the Ganzai Pearl Watercolors and wanted to try them out on this card.  I really like the bright and pretty colors they give to a card.  The frosting was painted with Finetec M600 gold watercolors.

I stamped the image with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The cupcakes were then colored with the blue, green, and yellow colors for the Gansai set.  After the image was dry it was die cut with a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back.  To add visual interest another rectangle was cut from blue cardstock with a larger wonky rectangle and the focal image panel was adhered to the front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The sentiment is from Penny Black Doodles Thin Die and was cut from Paper Accents Gold Metallic Cardstock and adhered to the card front with the same glue.

A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Whimsy Stamps Cupcake Trio
  • Ganzai Tambi Pearl Colors
  • Finetec M600
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • Penny Black Doodles Thin Die
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Happy Birthday To You Balloons Birthday

Avery Elle Balloons makes a great masculine birthday card.  It is simple to create and yet looks festive and fun.

I stamped the balloons on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Gina K. Designs Inks Jelly Bean Green, Powder Blue, Sweet Corn Yellow and then die cut the images with the matching dies.  A rectangle of the same white cardstock was die cut using the My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle die.  The balloons were placed on the rectangle to determine where to stamp the strings and then the balloons were adhered using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from some matching blue cardstock I had in my stash and the focal image rectangle was adhered with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive and the card was done.  Simple and easy to create.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Avery Elle Balloons
  • Gina K. Designs Ink: Jelly Bean Green, Powder Blue, Sweet Corn Yellow
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Studio Katia Crystal Rainbow Confetti
  • Simon Says Stamp Milk & Cookies Confetti
  • Pretty Metallic Gold Confetti

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