I have a young friend from church whose birthday is coming up. Her favorite color is turquoise. I used this cute girl image from La-La Land Crafts and colored her with Copic Markers. I’m not very good at fussy cutting, so once the coloring was complete I used the Silhouette PIXScan Mat to cut her out.
I cut a panel of white cardstock using the Memory Box Matinee Die. I love the corners of this rectangle. I stamped the sentiment in the bottom center of the panel with turquoise ink before running it through the Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder. You always want to stamp before embossing so you get a crisp stamped sentiment.
I cut a larger matinee rectangle from teal cardstock and adhered the polka dot rectangle on top with liquid glue. I find liquid glue works best to adhere embossed panels. The rectangles were then adhered to a top folding cardbase.
Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the focal image. A little gray Copic Marker was added underneath where the feet were so she didn’t look like she was floating on the page. The release paper was removed from the foam tape and the image was adhered to the cardfront.
The final embellishments were to add polka dots to the girl’s top with a white gel pen and crystal stickles were added to the heart.
I love the beautiful color of the turquoise foil using Crafter’s Companion Grande Dots Background. It was cut down using a stitched rectangle. Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the panel and it was adhered to a top folding cardbase.
When I had a butterfly die out for a previous card I saw this one from Memory Box. I wanted it to match the dots in the background so I hot foiled some paper with the foil only and cut the back of the butterfly from it. The detailed layer of the butterfly was cut from silver mirror cardstock, along with the butterfly body. They were adhered together using liquid glue.
I decided to add some flower and leaves from Altenew’s Beautiful Day. The pink and green add a lovely contrast to the turquoise. They were die cut with the coordinating dies once the Copic coloring was complete. Thin strips of foam were added to the back and they were adhered in the corner of the card front. A thin strip of foam was added to the body of the butterfly only and it was adhered in the corner of the card front as well.
I decided to use a die cut sentiment, cut from silver mirror cardstock and again from sticky back foam. I decided not to use the die cut words “of you” and replace them with foiled words.
I have a lot of background panels that I have created white experimenting the the Crafter’s Companion FoilPress. It has been so much fun seeing how all these different dies turn out. Most do a wonderful job.
For this card I used the Memory Box Starry Night Background Die. It was foiled onto ivory cardstock with gold hot foil and then cut down with a stitched rectangle die.
Going with the look of the background I pulled out a Spellbinders Star Die and cut it from gold mirror cardstock. I liked the way it looked, but on the same magnetic panel I had the Simon Says Stamp Vented Star Die. It was the exact same shape as the Spellbinders star and so I decided to emboss it into the mirror cardstock star.
I have the My Favorite Things Written in the Stars stamp and die and decided to cut the word “Star” from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Copper Craft Cardstock. This care some additional visual interest with the two different colors of gold mirror. The word was also cut from sticky back foam. Once the mirror word was adhered to the foam a gold Copic Marker was used on the side of the foam so that it would blend in better with the background and not show a stark white edge.
I didn’t have a stamp for the secondary sentiment I wanted to use, so I created it in Microsoft Word and printed it with a gold font. It was then cut into strips using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label.
A mat of gold mirror cardstock was added to the starry night background and then adhered to a top folding ivory cardbase. The star was adhered on an angle with liquid glue and the word die cut was adhered below. The foam was cut away from the top of the “t” that overlapped the star so that it would be level. Strips of sticky back foam was added to the secondary banners and the card was done.
My Favorite Things Written in the Stars
Microsoft Word Banners Calibri Pt 16
Spellbinders Stars Five Die
Simon Says Stamp Vented Star Die
Memory Box Starry Night Background Die
Darice Sticky Back Foam
Crafter’s Companion Gold Hot Foil
Gina K. Designs Base Weight and Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Copper Kraft Stock Paper
This card is an example of how you can mess up on a card and still salvage it.
I first hot foiled the Big Birthday Wishes die onto white cardstock with red hot foil. There was too much white space on the card and not enough visual interest and so I began coloring the inside of the foiled words with Copic Markers and hated the color combo I used and threw it in the trash. After creating a card with the waste leftover from the foiling I pulled it out of the trash and decided to cut the die from gold foil and fill in the letters. When you do this you can no longer see the foiled lines of the die, but at least it didn’t go to waste.
Before adding the gold letters I ran the background through the Big Shot with the Memory Box Matinee Rectangle Die. I really like the visual interest with the corners of this die.
I decided to add foam behind the word “big” which makes it pop on the page and enhances the word itself. I liked the way it looked but it needed a pop of color so I die cut a patterned candle from red mirror cardstock and the background with the flame from gold mirror. This way the flame can be yellow in color. I added some Copic Coloring to have some variation in the color of the flame. The candle was then adhered over the “I” in the word Big.
I used a red top folding cardbase to add an additional pop of color to the card.
I pulled out these great cupcakes from My Favorite Things. I’ve used this stamp set before and stamped nine of the image directly to the cardstock. You can check it out at: http://karenjoycreations.com/all-the-cupcakes-watercolor-birthday/
This time I stamped all the cupcake images two onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored them with Copic Markers. I then used the coordinating dies to cut out all the images.
I cut a rectangle of white cardstock with a stitched rectangle and began to lay all the images on the panel. You want to be sure some of the images are going off the page so look more like a piece of patterned paper. Once I had them where I wanted them I carefully adhered them in place with liquid glue. The overhanging images were removed with scissors and a few of the cupcake tops were added to the bottom of the panel to fill in a couple of blank spots. The panel was adhered to a black rectangle cut 1/8″ larger with liquid glue.
I stamped the sentiment from My Favorite Things Sugar-Coated Sentiments onto to black cardstock with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it white. It was adhered to the card front using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape, which is low loft. This let me add the same foam tape behind the focal image and adhered it too a top folding cardbase without adding too much bulk.
The final embellishments was to add Ranger Glossy Accents to the cherries and Gold Stickles to the sprinkles on a couple of the cupcakes.
I decided to use this beautiful stamp by Simon Says Stamp one more time and color it using Copic Markers. They are my favorite coloring medium. You can get such depth of color and add beautiful shadows.
I first stamped the image onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento London Fog Ink, which doesn’t bleed when coloring with alcohol markers. Once the coloring was complete I stamped it again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. The panel was cut down using the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle, which covers the entire front of an A2 cardbase. I love stitched dies. They add that little something extra to a card.
At first I stamped the center sentiment onto some Grass Green cardstock and heat embossed it gold. It was nice, but I decided I wanted to do something different for this card. I cut a circle from a scrap of Gina K. Designs Grass Green cardstock using an Ellen Hutson Essentials Circle Die and ink blended the edges with Fresh Asparagus ink. A circle of sticky back foam was cut using a smaller die and added to the back. I die cut the Memory Box Jotted Script Die from a scrap of red cardstock and the shadow with gold mirror cardstock. The two were adhered together with liquid glue and then adhered to the card front with the same glue. The Ellen Hutson Essential Die was used to cut a thin gold frame, which was adhered directly to the card front with liquid glue. The final embellishment was to add glossy accents to the red sentiment die.
This is my second attempt to create a Christmas Cards using green cardstock and the Memory Box Flowering Christmas Tree. I wanted something that would still be pretty, but not as expensive to create as the previous card that used a lot of gold mirror cardstock. Embossing powder is very inexpensive and so I pulled out Hero Arts Noel Prink Bold Background stamp and used VersaMark Ink to stamp it on Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine Cardstock and heat it with gold embossing powder. A scalloped rectangle was then used to cut it down and adhere it to a Christmas Pine cardbase.
Because the noel verbiage is pretty busy a sheet of vellum was cut with a smaller scalloped rectangle and the gold mirror Christmas tree was adhered to the front with spray adhesive. The sentiment was stamped in the upper right of the vellum rectangle and heat embossed gold.
The final embellishment was to add Ranger Christmas Stickles to the center of the flowers on the tree and the card was done.
Since Michael’s favorite card so far was the golden flowering Christmas tree I decided to create it using green cardstock, since that’s the color of a Christmas tree.
For this first card I the flower Christmas Tree from gold mirror cardstock. I then cut scalloped rectangles from both gold mirror and Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine cardstock. To keep the card flat for mailing, everything was adhered together with liquid glue and then adhered to a Christmas Pine top folding cardbase. The final embellishment was to add Christmas Red Stickles to the center of the flowers.
The sentiment was stamped on a scrap of the green cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. A Pink & Main Sentiment Strip was used to cut it out, which added the nice flag ends to the strip.
This would be a quick and easy card to recreate, but it would be more expensive than others because it uses so much mirror cardstock.
Memory Box Flowering Christmas Tree Die
Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Christmas
Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
Paper Studio Vellum
Gina K. Designs Base Weight Christmas Pine Cardstock
I’ve had this Memory Box Flowering Christmas Tree die for awhile and decided to use it on a Christmas Card this year. I cut it first from gold mirror cardstock and again from sticky back foam. This is an easy way to add dimension to a thin die cut image.
First I stamped the Hero Arts Christmas Rose Background onto an ivory cardbase with Delicata Golden Glitz Pigment Ink. When I went to place the die cut tree it got lost on the background, so I cut a scalloped rectangle from vellum. Stamped the sentiment in the upper right corner and heat embossed it gold and then added the Christmas tree die cut. To adhere the vellum tiny dots of glue was added behind the tree and the sentiment and then placed on the scalloped rectangle.
As a final embellishment, gold rhinestones were added to the center of the flowers in the Christmas tree.
This is the card my husband liked the best, but I didn’t want to mass produce it with die cutting and adhering foam to the back, so I create it again with the tree being adhered directly to the vellum, this time using a pearl finish vellum, and added red stickles to the centers of the flowers. The pearl vellum had a little warping when heating the sentiment. If I had to do it again I would use a spray adhesive to adhered the vellum to the cardbase.
As we have been traveling around the country I have tried to find a paper crafting store in each of the locations we have visited, but there just aren’t many around anymore, except for the big box stores like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. However, in Springfield, MO I found a great store and was able to pick up a couple of new stamps, one was this love wreath from Memory Box.
My wonderful crafty friend Denise has a birthday September 4 and I wanted to create a special birthday card for her. I know that she loves green and yellow and so those are the Copic colors I used on this card.
When I am working on a white card I often like to cut another panel with a pretty edge. For this card I used Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle. The wreath was laid on the scalloped rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiment from My Favorite Things Twice the Wishes. I love the look of the soft texture that is added using the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder, so I ran the scalloped rectangle through my Big Shot to add some additional visual interest. The scalloped rectangle was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase. I fussy cut the image and added foam tape to back and then adhered it to the center of the card. The final embellishment was to add Gold Stickles to the center of the large flowers and the card was done.