Gold Foil Thank You Very Much

I love it when I find a beautiful pad of paper that creates lovely cards just from adhering them to a cardbase.  I made several cards from the Die Cuts With a View Gilded Paper Stack.  Here is one with a thank you sentiment.

I die cut the panel with a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX die.  To embellish the card My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers was cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and adhered to the corner.

Products Used:

  • Die Cuts With a View the Gilded Paper Stack 12” x 12” Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Dark Chocolate Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

 

Happy Birthday Red Monochromatic Card

It is amazing how orientation can change the look of a card.  I really like the bright and happy color of red.  This isn’t technically a monochromatic card since the flames are yellow.  I like the look of stamping the die cut word with red ink on red paper.  It gives a nice subtle look.

This was a simple card to create and has a very clean and simple feel.  I used Copic Markers to add some shading to the edges.

Products Used:

  • My Favorite Things Make a Wish
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold, and Party
  • Gina K. Designs Ink: Coral Reef, Sweet Corn, Wild Dandelion
  • Copic Markers: R24, R22, R20
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Red Cardstock from Scraps
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Celebrate You Green Monochromatic Birthday

Monochromatic cards have a very clean and simple design.  For this card I used My Favorite Things Make a Wish stamp set using Gina K. Designs Grass Ink.  It technically isn’t monochromatic since the candles are stamped yellow, but what are candles without a yellow/orange flame?

I love the look of a lot of white space on a card.  This simple image makes it very easy to create a clean and simple card.

Products Used:

  • My Favorite Things Make a Wish
  • Neat and Tangled Celebrate
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold, and Party
  • Gina K. Designs Ink: Grass, Sweet Corn, Wild Dandelion
  • Copic Markers: R24, R22, R20
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Scraps
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Hope Transcends All Sorrow

To me the grief of losing a loved one would be overwhelming without hope.  We have hope that they are no longer suffering, we hope that this life is not the end and we will see them again, we hope that the pain of loss will ease, we have hope in the resurrection promised by the Savior.  Hope it what transcends our sorrow and shines through the dark days of our loss.

To create the card I die cut some patterned paper from from DCWV Bella Armoire Paper Stack with the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle. I used Altenew’s Caps Bold Alphabet Dies to cut the word “HOPE” from the patterned paper. It was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The secondary greeting was created in Microsoft Word, printed on Neena Classic Crest 80# White Cardstock and die cut using a My Favorite Things Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Die.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered just below the die cut word.  Because it was too white I took a Copic Marker E42 and went over the letter so that it blended better with the patterned paper.

Finetec M600 Gold watercolor was used to color the letters. The letters were cut again from black sticky back foam and the two were adhered together with the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then adhered back into the negative space on the card front.

A easy yet elegant card in a short period of time.

Products Used:

  • DCWV Bella Armoire Stack
  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet
  • FineTec M600 Gold
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Black Fun Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Die
  • Copic Marker E42

Happy BDay 2U

I recently purchased Tim Holtz’ Distress Micro Glaze to use with Distress Oxide Inks on photo paper.  When Distress Oxide Inks are combined with water they turn very cloudy, but you can keep layering colors as long as you want, as long as you dry the layers in between.  I almost through away this ink blended background.  It was an ugly, cloudy mess, but I pulled it out of the trash and decided to experiment and see what it would look like after adding the micro glaze and low and behold it turned out to be a gorgeous, vibrant green.

I was able to get two cards from one panel of 4″ x 6″ photo paper.  For the first card I die cut ballo0ns using both Avery Elle Balloons and Lawn Fawn Party Balloons from the micro glaze paper.  I used My Favorite Things Little Uppercase and Lowercase Letters Dies to cut the sentiment in the balloons.  A panel of cardstock from Doodlebug Designs Kraft in Color 6″ x 6″ Cardstock was die cut with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and adhered to the front of an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The balloons and they were adhered to the patterned paper using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  Sequins were scattered around the balloons and the card was done.

For the second card a rectangle of green cardstock was cut with the MFT Stitched Rectangle and adhered to a top folding cardbase.  Balloon were cut from DCWV Floral Fair Stack 12″ x 12″ Paper using the same dies.  The letters that had been die cut from the micro glaze paper were adhered to the front of the balloons with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the balloons and they were adhered to the front of the cardbase.  Sequins were scatter around the balloons and a second card was created.  Love when that happens.

Products Used:

  • Avery Elle Balloons Dies
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons Dies
  • My Favorite Things Little Uppercase and Lowercase Letters Dies
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Peeled Paint, Bundles Sage, Lucky Clover
  • Ranger Distress Micro Glaze
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangles
  • Canson 4” x 6” Glossy Photo Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Designs Kraft in Color 6” x 6” Cardstock or
  • DCWV Floral Fair Stack 12” x 12” Paper
  • Green Cardstock from Scraps
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Pretty Pink Posh Seattle Spirit Mix and Fresh Mint Sequins
  • Doodlebug Designs Limeade Sequins

Fingernail Polish Marble Background Happy Everything

I had seen a challenge on Splitcoaststampers.com to use fingernail polish to create a marbleized background and decided to give it a try.  I went to the Dollar Store and picked up several colors of nail polish, dropped them into a small tub of water, stirred them with a wooden stirring stick and then dipped watercolor paper into the water.  It can give some amazing results.  With this background I made two different cards.

It is amazing how different the same background can look by using different colored paper in the card design.

I die cut the rectangle using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then die cut an oval out of the center using an Oval STAX die from the same company.  The sentiment was cut from the center of the oval using the Penny Black Awesome Die.

For the first card the oval was adhered to a rectangle of light purple cardstock, also cut with a stitched rectangle die.  It was matted with some Paper Accent Silver Mirror Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back and then the rectangle was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from some deep purple cardstock I had in scraps.  The sentiment was die cut from the same purple cardstock four times and adhered together using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then adhered into the negative space of the oval and the card.  Purple sequins were scatter around the card front as a final embellishment.

For the second card the positive rectangle of the marble background was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  An oval was die cut from a scrap of burgundy cardstock and adhered into the negative space.  The marbleized die cut sentiment was adhered to the center of the oval and Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Confetti was scattered around the front of the card.

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Awesome Die
  • My Favorite Things Oval STAX
  • Fingernail Polish Marble Background
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Purple/Burgundy Cardstocks from Scraps
  • Doodlebug Designs Lilac Sequins
  • Pretty Pink Posh Trick or Treat Mix
  • Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Confetti
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Blowing Birthday Wishes Your Way Sarah

My little neighbor Sarah is turning thirteen on August 23.  That is a big milestone, becoming a teenager.  I wanted to create a cute shaker card to wish her a happy day.  I started with this cute image from La-La Land Crafts call Heart Bubbles Marci.  Sarah’s favorite color is mint green/soft turquoise and so that is the color scheme I used.

This is a digital image that I printed on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using the Silhouette Cameo Software with registration marks.  This allows me to cut around the image so that I  don’t have to fussy cut the image myself.  Saves a lot of time.

I colored the image with Copic Markers (listed below).  Once it was die cut I traced around it on the paper side of some Darice Sticky Back Foam and fussy cut it smaller to fit behind the image.  I find this is the fastest way to add dimension to a die cut image.

I raided my stash of cardstock to find a pretty green hued turquoise for the cardbase.  I die cut the frame from some Neena cardstock using the Gina Marie Designs Peekaboo Rectangle and added some acetate to the back.  Next I added double thickness 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the edges to create the shaker.

I placed the shaker frame and the focal image on the cardbase to determine where to stamp the sentiment, which is from My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings.  I did a little stamp surgery so it would only say “a little Birthday Wish,” stamped it with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.

I then added the shaker elements to the center of the cardbase.  I used Doodlebug Designs Swimming Pool Sequins, Martha Stewarts Confetti Hearts and Stars, and Beader Paradise Rose.  I then carefully placed the shaker frame onto the cardbase.  I probably added a little too much to the inside, if you’re not careful it covers the sentiment, but it is fun to shake.

I added the focal image to the font of the card using my ATG Glue Gun and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • La-La Land Crafts Heart Bubbles Marci
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings
  • Copic Markers: BG10, B000, B0000; BG15, BG13, BG11; E11, E00, E000, R20; RV13, Rv21, RV10; E11, E00, E000, R20; E55, E53, E51, E50
  • Doodlebug Designs Swimming Pool Sequins
  • Martha Stewarts Confetti Hearts and Stars
  • Beader Paradise Rose
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina Marie Designs Peekaboo Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Mint Cardstock from Scraps
  • ATG Glue Gun
  • Acetate from Scraps

 

MFT Summer School Complementary Colors Peaceful Wildflowers

I wanted to create a card for the My Favorite Things Summer School Complementary Colors with Purple and Yellow, but I really wanted to try something out that had been spinning in the back of my mind for a while and this is stamping with Distress Oxide Inks onto an Alcohol Inked Background.  I love the way it turned out, but be aware that it takes a LONG time for the Oxide Inks to dry.

For the background I used Alcohol Inks Sunshine Yellow, Dandelion, and Latte on Ranger Yupo Paper with Alcohol Blending Solution.  I never get tired of see the unique patterns it creates, which are pretty much outside of your control, you really have to be okay with going with the “flow”.  Before it was completely dry I added some iCraft Deco Foil in Gold and set the background aside to dry completely.  Before stamping I die cut the background with the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.

I knew I would need a solid image for this technique to really work the way I envisioned it, so I pulled out My Favorite Things Peaceful Wildflowers.  I stamped in stages starting with the center stem using Distress Oxide Wilted Violet.  Next I stamped the two items directly to the sides in my regular MISTI and then stamped the outside stems in my Mini-MISTI.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set and the same ink was used to stamp it.

I set it aside to dry for about an hour, but it was still wet, so I carefully added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the back of the rectangle.  My first pass was to place it on a white cardbase, but I didn’t like the way that looked, so I went through my stash of cardstock to find a matching purple and created a side folding A2 cardbase.  The stamped panel was adhered to the cardbase using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

It is still sitting on my desk top and isn’t yet dry.  I’ll give it until tomorrow morning and then spray it was a fixative.

Products Used:

  • My Favorite Things Peaceful Wildflowers
  • Alcohol Inks: Sunshine Yellow, Dandelion, Latte
  • Alcohol Blending Solution
  • Distress Oxide Wilted Violet
  • Ranger Yupo Paper
  • Purple Cardstock from Stash
  • iCraft Deco Foil Gold
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

MFT Summer School Complementary Colors Balloon Shaker

For this challenge we were suppose to create with complementary colors, which are colors opposite one another on the color wheel.  I chose pink and green.  I love the way these two colors look together.

I decided to find some patterned paper that had these two colors and found this pretty floral from DaisyD’s called Sweet Baby Jane. I decided for a simple design and pulled out My Favorite Things Balloon Shaker Window. .

I cut a rectangle using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  For the balloon backing I used the striped patterned paper on the back of the flowered paper and cut the balloon shape and adhered it to the top of the stitched rectangle with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  I cut the frame for the balloon out of green cardstock I had in my scrapes and added acetate to the back.  I couldn’t find my acetate balloon insert from MFT and so I had to create my shaker the old fashioned way with layered 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  It is remarkable easy to do.  When you remove the backing paper the foam tape is very malleable and can be molded around any shape.  I added two layers for enough depth to let the shaker element of the card move easily.  I used Mikuki Seed Beads in Silver Lined Pink and Chartreuse, along with some Martha Stewart Cotton Candy Stars.  I adhered the balloon string with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then put the balloon frame in place.

For the sentiment I used Mama Elephant’s Happy Script Die.  I cut it once from the green cardstock and another four times from pink cardstock.  I adhered the pink die cuts together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive and then added the green die cut slightly offset.  For the secondary sentiment I placed the “happy” word die cut on the patterned paper to determine where to stamp the letters “Day” from a Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday stamp with VersaMark Ink, which was heat embossed it with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  The “happy” word was then adhered using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Using the same liquid glue the entire focal image panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  For a final embellishment Ranger Glossy Accents was added to the balloon frame and the word happy and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • My Favorite Things Balloons Shaker
  • Mama Elephant Happy Script Die
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • DaisyD’s Sweet Baby Jane Patterned Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Acetate from Stash
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Mikuki Seed Beads Silver Lined Pink
  • Mikuki Seed Beads Chartreuse Mix
  • Martha Steward Cotton Candy Stars
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • VersaMark Ink

 

MFT Summer School Primary Colors HB2U Balloons

I decided to try Distress Oxide Inks to create  a ink blended background with primary colors.  You have to be very careful when doing this because you need to overlap a little for a smooth blended background, but of course they can turn into different colors where they meet.  I was able to cover up the little big of green that was created when the yellow and blue met with the My Favorite Things Chevron Coverup Die.

I added Darice Sticky Back Foam to a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and die cut the coverup die.  I love the way the white chevron coverup really lets the primary colors pop and the foam backing adds some dimension.

For a sentiment I decided to use My Favorite Things Party Balloons.  You can stamp the balloons with some sentiments, but I wanted to have ink blended balloons to match the background.  So, I decided to die cut my sentiment from My Favorite Things Little Upper Case from Neena Classic Crest and adhered them to the balloons with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  For balloon strings I used Lawn Fawns Party Balloons and My Favorite Things Balloon Shaker Window.

The coverup background was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The blue balloon was adhered directly to the coverup with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the sentiment balloons were adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  Ranger Multi Medium Matte was used to adhered the balloon strings.  The oxide inks must not have been completely dry and so there were a few small smudges of color on the white chevron background, so I pulled out Simon Says Stamp Moonstone Sequins and strategically placed them to cover them up and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • My Favorite Things Little Upper Case Dies
  • My Favorite Things Party Balloons Dies
  • My Favorite Things Chevron Coverup
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons Dies
  • My Favorite Things Shaker Balloon Die
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Wild Honey, Broken China, Candied Apple
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Moonstone Sequins
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam