Happy Birthday Chemistry Man

My son Patrick has a birthday this week.  His degree is in Chemistry and he manages an environmental lab in the Seattle area.  My Favorite Things Undeniable Chemistry was the perfect stamp and die set to create his birthday card.00272aw

I knew I wanted to create a shaker card with the beakers, but I wanted to have a colorful and chemistry related background.  I began by ink blending Distress inks on some Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper, colors used are listed below.  After getting the blending the way I wanted, I lightly spritzed the cardstock with water to further blend the colors and let it dry.

Next I determined where I wanted my sentiment and then prepared the cardstock with by Embossing Buddy to remove any oils, this ensures the embossing powder only adheres to where you have stamped.  I stamped the sentiment and chemistry symbols all around the card with VersaMark ink.  I used Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Power and heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Tool.

First I sized the panel to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ with the WPlus9 Gift Card Layers Rectangle.  I then die cut the beakers with the matching dies.  The first time I did this the tape tore the cardstock and I had to start all over again.  Once I had the openings for my shaker card, I glued some acetate to the back with Tombo Mono Multi Glue. Next, I used double thick 3M 1/2″ foam tape to create the wells and to support the card panel.  For the shaker wells I added Beader Paradise Anniversary and some multi-color beads I’ve had in my stash for years.  00272w

I was going to place the panel directly on a Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardbase, but decided it would be easier to add a backer sheet just smaller than the panel first.  I used Fossilized Amber Distress Ink to blend the center of the backer sheet to give a glow behind the openings.  I then glued the card front to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

I like the way the card tuned out, let’s hope Patrick likes it too.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Canson 140# Watercolor Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Extra Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things Undeniable Chemistry Stamp and Die
  • Distress Inks: Barn Door, Fired Brick, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Black Soot, Fossilized Amber
  • Beader Paradise Anniversary

 

MASCULINE HELLO

I’ve mentioned before that I create welcome cards for people who move into my church.  Well this last month there were several single guys that I needed to make cards for.  I always find it challenging to make masculine cards.  In my stash of cardstock I found this beautiful paper from the Craft Smith Indigo Gold Paper pack.  The following three cards were made from this paper.

00253wI cut the patterned paper with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes, but I it through a second time to make it narrower.  This allowed room for a strip of mirror gold cardstock on the left, which was cut with the same die to have the stitching on the edges.  The strip of gold mirror cardstock was adhered directly to a top folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut to 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”.  The diagonal striped paper was adhered using some Creative Hands Peel and Stick Foam Sheets, cut just smaller than the panel, with Tombo Mono Multi Glue added to the back.  The sentiment was from the Hero Arts Hello stamp set and was cut from gold mirror cardstock and an additional three more times out of navy cardstock.  Each were glued together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then adhered to the bottom right of the card, and the third card was done.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Craft Smith Indigo Gold Paper Pack
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Hero Arts Hello
  • VersaMark Pen
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes (cut twice to make narrower)
  • Creative Hands Peel and Stick Foam Sheets

00251wThis card was very simple, I cut the gold and navy cardstock with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  I then cut a 1 ½” strip of cardstock from matching navy cardstock from the paper pack and stamped the welcome from Hero Arts Little One with VersaMark Ink and embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The rectangle was adhered with 3M ½” Foam Tape to a Gina K. Design 120# White Cardstock, cut to 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½” and the card was done.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Craft Smith Indigo Gold Paper Pack
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • SSS Bundles of Stitched Shapes
  • Hero Arts Little One
  • Creative Hands Peel and Stick Foam Sheets

00252wThis last card was made from the same paper pack.  I cut the patterned paper with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  This time I hand cut some of the hexagon and added dimension with 3M ½” Foam Tape.  I used a VersaMark Marker Pen to add circles to the center of the hand cut hexagons and added Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I randomly placed them on the patterned paper using 3M ½” Foam Tape.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Hello and cut from gold mirror cardstock and again three more times out of white cardstock.  Each hello was glued together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then adhered to the bottom right of the card and the second card was done.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Craft Smith Indigo Gold Paper Pack
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Hero Arts Hello
  • VersaMark Pen
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Creative Hands Peel and Stick Foam Sheets

 

Masculine Birthday: Happy Birthday Hexagon

For this card I used some patterned paper from the Craft Smith Indigo Gold paper pack.  I selected the grey and cream hexagon design and die cut it with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  I used Gina K. Designs 100# Navy Cardstock for the cardbase, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″.  The patterned paper was adhered with Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets for dimension.

00186For the sentiment I used Wplus9 Happy Trio to die cut one of the “happy” words from Paper Accents Mirror Gold Cardstock.  I then die cut it three more times in grey cardstock and glued them together with a Zig 2-Way Glue Pen and applied it to the lower right of the card.  I then stamped the word “birthday” from Winnie and Walter Big Bold & Party stamp with VersaMark ink at the bottom of the panel, prepping the area with an Inkadinkado Embossing Magic pad, apply Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder and heat setting it with the Marvy Embossing Tool.

To add some interest and dimension I fussy cut six of the hexagons from leftover patterned paper.  To add even more interest I used my Versamark Marker to add a dot to the center of each and added gold embossing powder.  I then took some Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and applied it to the edges with a Tsukineko Sponge Dauber.  Once this was done I applied them randomly to the card base with foam squares from my stash and the card was done.

00186aPRODUCTS USED:

  • Craft Smith Indigo Gold paper pack
  • Gina K. Designs 100# Navy Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Mirror Gold Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes die
  • Wplus9 Happy Trio die
  • Winnie and Walter Big Bold & Party stamp
  • Zig 2-Way Glue Pen
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • Versamark Marker
  • Inkadinkado Embossing Magic pad
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Tool
  • Hickory Smoke Distress Ink
  • Tsukineko Sponge Dauber

 

Masculine Cards: Happy Birthday Chevron

I like clean and simple cards and I think they make really nice masculine cards.  I used the white, blue, and grey chevron paper from the Craft Smith Indigo Gold paper pack to make the following cards.

00185I cut a 1″ wide strip of Gina K. Designs 100# Navy Cardstock for the sentiment and then die cut Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words Birthday die from Paper Accents Mirror Gold Cardstock.  I applied the die cut with Tombo Mono Multi Glue to the navy strip.  I then stamped the “happy” from Winnie and Walter Big Bold & Party stamp with VersaMark Ink, prepping the area with Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Pad to ensure a clean application and applied Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Tool.

I cut the patterned paper to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and decided to apply the sentiment on the diagonal.  In looking at the layout I decided to cut 3/8″ from the left side of the patterned paper so I could add a strip of gold cardstock as an accent, which I applied directly to the cardbase with Tombo Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.  I then applied the patterned paper with Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets to add some dimension.  The sentiment strip was applied with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the top of the patterned paper.

At this point I thought the card was too plain, so I decided to add a gold balloon cut with the Lawn Fawn Party Balloons die.  I applied the string directly to the paper and popped up the balloon with foam tape and the card was done.

00185aPRODUCTS USED:

  • Craft Smith Indigo Gold paper pack
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 100# Navy Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Mirror Gold Cardstock
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets
  • Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words Birthday die
  • Winnie and Walter Big Bold & Party stamp
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons die
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Inkadinkado Embossing Magic
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Tool

Masculine Card: Happy Birthday & Dots

Masculine cards are a challenge for me, but I have some really pretty blue and gold paper from the Craft Smith Indigo Gold paper pack that I used to make a card that I really like.

00187I took the blue paper with white and gold dots and cut it to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  Next I cut out 1″ on a diagonal.  I applied the blue and gold paper to the Gina K. Designs 120# cardbase with Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets.  The sentiment could now be placed in the space between the two panels.

I die cut Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words Birthday from Paper Accents Mirror Gold Cardstock.  I then cut it three more time from Gina K. Designs 100# Navy Cardstock.  I glued them together with a Zig 2-Way Glue Pen and placed it in the opening to determine the location of stamping “happy” from Winnie and Walter Big Bold & Party.  I prepared the area with an embossing buddy and stamped the word with VersaMark ink and added Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Tool.  I then adhered the birthday die cut with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

00187aPRODUCTS USED:

  • Craft Smith Indigo Gold paper pack
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 100# Navy Cardstock
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets
  • Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words Birthday
  • Paper Accents Mirror Gold Cardstock
  • Zig 2-Way Glue Pen
  • Winnie and Walter Big Bold & Party stamp
  • Inkadinkado Embossing Magic
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Tool
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

 

Masculine Card: A Fisherman Birthday Wish

The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches & Ties paper pack has a couple of fish related patterned paper, which would make great cards for the fisherman in my family.

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I die cut the blue and grey fish paper with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and applied it to a top fold cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″.  For added focal interest, I cut the matching dotted paper with the same die and then cut it again to 1 1/2″ wide.  This allowed it to have the stitched border on all sides.  This was adhered to the fish patterned paper with 3M 1/2″ foam tape.

Next, I stamped the fisherman from the Woodware Casting the Bait stamp onto some Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Hero Hues Black Ink.  I then die cut the focal image with the second largest Avery Elle Double Pierced Square and adhered it on an angle to the cardbase with 3M 1/2″ foam tape.  I then fussy cut one of the fish from leftover patterned paper and added it to the end of the fishing line and adhered it as well with foam tape.  Since the scales of fish make them sparkle and shine in the water I added Wink of Stella Clear Brush Pen over each of the fish in the patterned paper and the card was done.

00184aI like to add some element of the card to the inside of the card, as well as the envelope as seen in the picture above.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches & Ties paper pack
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundles of Stitched Shapes
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • 3M 1/2″ foam tape
  • Woodware Casting the Bait stamp
  • Hero Hues Black Ink
  • Avery Elle Double Pierced Square
  • Wink of Stella Clear Brush Pen

 

Masculine Birthday: Stampin’ Up Angler

The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches & Ties paper pack has a couple of fish related patterned paper, which would make great cards for the fisherman in my family.  This time I used the black and white fish hook patterned paper.

00189I die cut the paper with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and adhered it to a top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

I stamped the image from Stampin’ Up Angler onto the same white cardstock with Hero Hues Black ink and die cut it using Spellbinders Wonky Shapes die and adhered it to the patterned paper with some Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets.

I used a sentiment from My Favorite Thing Celebrate You stamp using only the top line of the sentiment with VersaMark ink by covering the bottom line with washi tape and then removing it before stamping onto some Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock.  I used Recollections Snow Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Tool. To ensure that the embossing powder only stuck to the VersaMark ink, I prepared the paper with my embossing buddy prior to stamping.  I then cut the sentiment into a thin strip and applied it under the focal image with 3M 1/2″ foam Tape and the card was done.

00189aI like to add some element of the card to the inside of the card, as well as the envelope as seen in the picture above.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches & Ties paper pack
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock
  • Stampin’ Up Angler Stamp
  • Hero Hues Black ink
  • Spellbinders Wonky Shapes die
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets
  • My Favorite Thing Celebrate You stamp
  • Recollections Snow Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Tool
  • 3M 1/2″ foam Tape

Masculine Birthday: Hey Stud

My father and mother were both school teachers and to supplement their income to support a family of eight during the summers my dad and mom would build homes to sell.  The handyman gene was passed down to a lot of people in my family.  I married a handyman and we built three houses when we were young from the ground up.  So, when I saw the cute tools patterned paper in the Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Tie paper pack I knew I needed to make a card.

00191I cut the patterned paper with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and applied it to a top fold cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″).

I fussy cut a hammer, wrench, and screw driver from the patterned paper and wanted to put them in a tool belt for the focal image.  I found Design ID #13262 in the Silhouette store and modified the image so that it only had one pocket and sized it to approximately 3″ x 2 1/4″.

I needed a sentiment that would go along with the theme.  If you have ever been in the process of building a home you know the 2″ x 4″ wood used to frame up walls is called a stud, and that term also means a good looking guy, so I added “HEY STUD” “Have a Tool’n Good Birthday!” underneath the tool belt and printed the design with my Silhouette Cameo on some Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

Next I die cut the focal image with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables, but when I placed it on the card it needed something more to make it stand out.  So, I added registration marks in the Silhouette software to print and cut the tool belt.  I cut a slit in the pocket with my X-acto Knife, tucked the tools inside the slit, and taped them in place on the back with Scotch Tape.  Then it was adhered over the first tool belt with some 3M 1/2″ foam tape and I liked it much better.  I then adhered the focal rectangle on the patterned paper with 3M 1/2″ foam tape and the card was done.

00191aI like to add some element of the card to the inside of the card, as well as the envelope as seen in the picture above.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Tie paper pack
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
  • Scotch Tape
  • X-acto Knife
  • 3M 1/2″ foam tape

Masculine Birthday: Wishing You a Fan(tache)tic Birthday

From the Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Ties paper pack I die cut the mustache and glasses paper with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  I used the fishtail flag from the Silhouette Design ID #20957, sized to (3″ x 3 7/8″) with the words “wishing you a FAN(TACHE)TIC birthday!” added to the bottom.  Then using the registration marks it was printed onto some Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock and then cut with the Silhouette Cameo.

00190The edges were then distressed with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink with a Tsukineko ink dauber to make it standout on the page.  Three copper studs were added at the top for added dimension.  The mustache is Silhouette Design ID #35293 and was cut on the Cameo with Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock and adhered with 3M 1/2″ foam tape just above the sentiment.  The entire flag was adhered with foam tape to the top of the patterned paper and the card was done.

00190aI like to add some element of the card to the inside of the card, as well as the envelope as seen in the picture above.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Ties paper pack
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Sihouette Cameo
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock
  • Rusty Hinge Distress Ink
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape

 

Masculine Birthday Card: I See You Have a Birthday

From the The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Ties paper pack I die cut the glasses paper with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and adhered it with Tombo Dot Adhesive Stamp Runner to a side fold card base, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

00188I die cut a piece of Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock with the second largest Avery Elle Double Pierced Square.  I eliminated any static and oils with my EK Tools Embossing Powder prior to stamping the glasses and “I see you” sentiment from with VersaMark Ink.  I used several Winnie and Walter the Big the Bold stamps (Happy for y and a; Extra for have; Party for birthday) for the second line of the sentiment.  I covered the stamps with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.

I placed this panel on the patterned paper and felt that it needed something more to make it pop, so I stamped the Chevron Border from the same stamp set with VersaMark Ink on the left of the patterned paper, added gold embossing powder and heat set it.  This added that little extra that the card needed.  I adhered the black panel with Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets for dimension and the card was done.

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I like to add some element of the card to the inside of the card, as well as the envelope as seen in the picture above.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Ties paper pack
  • Avery Elle Double Pierced Square
  • Simon Says Stamp I See You
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Tool
  • Winnie and Walter the Big the Bold and You stamp
  • Winnie and Walter the Big the Bold and Party stamp
  • Winnie and Walter the Big the Bold and Extra stamp
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets