Celebrate You Mona

Every Monday I check my birthday list to see what cards I need to send out that week. My dear friend Mona has a birthday coming up. Her favorite colors are red, yellow, and olive green. I check my stash of completed cards and didn’t have anything with that color scheme, so I pulled out another beautiful Altenew layering stamp to make a card just for Mona.

I first stamped the outline of the flowers onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and then added the layers. The first colors of ink I choose weren’t dark enough so I stamped the layers again in a different ink that made it a deeper red. The leaves don’t have an outline, but the last layer give more of an outline feel and I stamped it in the darkest green.

I decided to use a scalloped rectangle that was embossed with some pretty leaves for the background behind the flowers. When I have an embossed panel I usually use liquid glue to attach it to the card front, since I feel it does a better job adhering the highs and lows.

I arranged the flowers and leaves the way I liked them and then picked them up with Press ‘n Seal, which has a low tack and allows you to keep the arrangement in place while you turn it over to add adhesive. All the leaves and the two back flowers were adhered with liquid glue. The top yellow flower was adhered using a lower loft foam tape and the front red flower with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape which has a higher loft, giving different levels of dimension to the card.

The beautiful My Favorite Things Celebrate die was cut from both gold mirror cardstock and sticky back foam. I find this the easiest way to add dimension to a die cut sentiment. The secondary sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. I used a Pink and Main Sentiment Strip to cut it out and adhered it directly over the word “celebrate” with liquid glue.

The last embellishment was to add clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen to the red flowers and another card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Peony Bouquet
  • Winnie & Walter Big, Bold, and Party
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate
  • Altenew Inks: Rouge, Crimson, Velvet, Coral Berry, Grapevine; Parrot, Olive, Moss; Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers: RV69, RV66, RV63
  • Darice Vine Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
  • Pink and Main Sentiment Strip
  • Glad Press ‘n Seal

Sending Hugs & Get Well Wishes

This is the fourth get well card design for Senior Life Resources Northwest. This time I pulled out Lawn Fawn On the Mend and My Favorite Things Feel Better. It took a little more time to create this card because it has masking, but it turned out so bright and cheerful.

I stamped the image and sentiment on to a quarter sheet of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored it with Copic Markers. Once the coloring was complete I cut down the panel with a stitched rectangle and added sticky back foam to the back for dimension. I went through my plaid cardstock and found this happy yellow gingham, cut it with my guillotine trimmer to cover the entire card front and adhered it with dotliner adhesive. The focal image and sentiment panel was adhered to the card front with liquid glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lawn Fawn On the Mend
  • My Favorite Things Feel Better
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Copic Markers: B0, C1, C3; YG17, YG06, YG03; R27, R24, R22; YR24, YR27; BG000; Y26, Y23, Y21; YR04, YR02, YR00; Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darcie Sticky Back Foam
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Design Obviously Orange Grid Cardstock

Foiled Birthday Balloons Happy Birthday To You

This is another card made with foiled background dies. The darker foiled balloons are made from foiling the waste. I added a couple of white glitter balloons to make a larger balloon bouquet. The balloons were cut using the Birch Press Designs Party Balloons. I like the stitched edging to these dies. DFN Craft Thread in Turquoise was used for the balloon strings. They were adhered to the back of the balloon with Scotch Tape. The balloons were laid out in a pattern I liked and then glued together with liquid glue. Once the glue was dry Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back.

A quarter sheet of white cardstock was sized down using a stitched rectangle die and then run through the Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing Folder. This adds great dimension and visual interest behind the balloons. The balloons were adhered to the front and the strings were pulled behind the embossed panel and held in place with Scotch Tape. Sticky back foam was added to the back of the embossed panel and it was adhered to a top folding turquoise cardbase.

The sentiment was also hot foiled with the turquoise foil and cut into a banner with a Pink & Main Sentiment Strip, which add fishtail ends to the banner. It was adhered using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Birch Press Design Party Balloons
  • Spellbinders Glimmer More Sentiments
  • My Favorite Things Modern Morocco Background
  • Crafter’s Companion Grande Dots
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Turquoise Foil
  • Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing Folder
  • Doodlebug Designs White Sugar Coated Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Tranquil Teal Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • DFN Craft Thread Turquoise

Embossed and Foiled Happy Birthday Cupcake

For this card I decided to emboss teal cardstock for the panel behind the cupcake. It gives a completely different feel from the previous card. The cupcake liner was created using foiled cardstock using My Favorite Things Morocco Background. This time the frosting was left white, using warm gray Copic Markers to add shading. The candle was cut using a small leftover turquoise foiled paper and vanilla glitter cardstock. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the cupcake and candle.

The embossed background was double matted with white and teal cardstock and then sticky back foam was added to the back and then adhered to a top folding cardbase. The cupcake was then adhered by removing the paper from the foam tape.

Ranger Crystal Stickles was added to the frosting and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Cupcakes and Sprinkles Die
  • Darice Birthday Collage Embossing Folder
  • Copic Markers: W2, W1, W0
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Turquoise Foil
  • Doodlebug Designs Vanilla Sugar Coated Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Tranquil Teal Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Modern Morocco Background
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Foiled Cupcake Happy Birthday

This card uses the foiled waste from Crafter’s Companion Grande Dots for the cupcake liner and the candle, which was cut using the My Favorite Things Cupcakes and Sprinkles Die. The frosting was cut from white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers. The flame was cut using vanilla glitter cardstock. All elements of the cupcake were adhered together with liquid glue. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back.

A stitched rectangle die was used to cut a panel of white cardstock and then it was dry embossed with the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Folder. A mat of teal cardstock was added to the back of the panel and then sticky back foam was added to the back. It was then adhered to a top folding cardbase with liquid glue.

The cupcake was then added to the front of the panel. No additional sentiment was used since the embossed background was filled with birthday sentiments. As a final embellishment Ranger Crystal Stickles added a sugary look to the frosting.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Cupcakes and Sprinkles Die
  • Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing Folder
  • Copic Markers: BG02, BG01, BG0000, G000, BG11; Y08, Y04
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Turquoise Foil
  • Doodlebug Designs Vanilla Sugar Coated Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Tranquil Teal Cardstock
  • Crafter’s Companion Grande Dots
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Foiled Too Many Candles

When you foil a regular die you will have thin lines foiled on the cardstock. You will also have the foil waste that can be adhered to cardstock. You never get as smooth and crisp of a foiling using the waste, but portions of it can be used. For the next several card I used both the foiled backgrounds and the waste.

This card used two different background dies. I decided to die cut candles using the Elizabeth Crafts Birthday Candles. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back. I die cut the flames from glitter cardstock and adhered it to the top of each candle. Copic Markers were used to add shading to the flame.

The sentiment was stamped with Distress Oxide ink and then heat embossed clear. It was cut into a banner and foam tape was added to the back.

To add visual interest behind the candles a panel of white cardstock was down using a stitched rectangle and then embossed with the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Folder. I decided to add a mat of teal cardstock, cut 1/8″ larger than the embossed panel. Sticky back foam was added to the back and it was then adhered to a top folding cardbase.

The candles and sentiment were adhered to the embossed panel by removing the paper from the foam tape and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Elizabeth Crafts Birthday Candles
  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Turquoise Foil
  • Copic Markers Y08, Y04
  • Doodlebug Designs Vanilla Sugar Coated Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Tranquil Teal Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Modern Morocco Background
  • Crafter’s Companion Grande Dots
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing Folder
  • Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers
  • Hero Arts Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label

Sparkled Especially For You

This is the last card I made lately using Altenew’s Sparkled stamp set. This time I decided on a sunny yellow color.

I had previously made a foiled background using My Favorite Things Peek-a-Book Polka Dots Background. This time I used ivory cardstock. I love the subtle shine it adds to a card when hot foiled. I cut the panel down using a stitched rectangle and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase.

For the focal image I adhered the leaves directly to the card front with liquid glue and added sticky back foam to the flower for a little dimension.

This was a quick and easy card to create, but has an elegant look with the foiling.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Sparkled
  • Spellbinders Glimmer More Sentiments
  • Altenew Inks:  Frayed Leaf, Forest Moss, Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow
  • VersaMark Onyx Black Ink
  • Crafter’s Companion Papercraft Gold Foil
  • My Favorite Things Peek-a-Boo Polka Dots Background Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Pink & Main Sentiment Strip
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight and Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Foiled Leaf Frame Happy Birthday

I decided to try using the Altenew Leaf Frame die with hot foil. I left behind a very delicate and thin gold lined frame. I decided to color the leaves with Copic Markers. There is a large center area to the frame for a sentiment. I had just purchased My Favorite Things Impressive Die-namics, which are their line of foiled impression dies. It fit perfectly in the opening and it was hot foiled with Crafter’s Companion Gold Hot Foil. The frame completely cover the front of an A2 card. It was adhered with dotliner adhesive.

I wanted to add a focal image to the card and decided on another Altenew products, Perfectly Perfect stamp set, coloring it with light peach colors. It was die cut with the coordinating die. The leaves were adhered with liquid glue and the flower with foam tape to add a little dimension in the lower left of the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Leaf Frame
  • Altenew Perfectly Perfect
  • My Favorite Things Impressive Die-namics Happy Birthday
  • Crafter’s Companion Gold Hot Foil
  • Copic Markers: G46, G24, G21, G20; R05, R02, R01, R00
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Foiled Have an All-Star Birthday

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.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • 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
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Copic Markers YR24
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Foiled Layered Cupcake Happiest of Birthdays

I decided to use the navy and silver foil color scheme for a masculine birthday card. I foiled the chevron background and then die cut down the panel with a stitched rectangle.

For the focal image I pulled out the Altenew Layered Cupcake Stamp and coordinating die. This is a layering stamp, but I like the way it looks when colored with Copic Markers. I first stamped it with gray ink, colored it with Copics, and then stamped it again with Versa Mark Ink and heat embossed it silver. It was then die cut using the coordinating die.

The sentiment was foiled with a scrap of navy cardstock and silver foil, then cut into a fishtail banner with a Pink & Main Sentiment Strip.

To assemble the card the chevron background was adhered to a top folding white cardbase with Simon Says Stamp’s Big Mama Foam Tape. To add dimension to the cupcake it was cut again with with blue sticky back foam, which was adhered to the back of the cupcake and then adhered to the chevron background with liquid glue. A thin strip of foam was also added to the sentiment strip and adhered just below the cupcake. The final embellishment was to add confetti drops to the frosting using Nuvo Crystal Drops in Midnight Blue and Silver.

I love the look of the lighter blue focal image on the navy cardstock.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Layered Cupcake
  • Spellbinders Glimmer More Sentiments
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Midnight Blue and Silver Linings
  • My Favorite Things Chevron Coverup Die
  • Copic Markers: B99, B97, B95, B45, B41, B91; E53, E51, E50, W3, W1, W0
  • Crafter’s Companion Silver Hot Foil
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight In the Navy Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Sticky Back Blue Foam
  • Memento London Fog Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Pink & Main Sentiments Strip