All the Cupcakes Watercolor Birthday

I recently purchased the new My Favorite Things All the Cupcakes stamp and die. For this card I decided to use all the images to create my own background paper. I stamped the cupcakes with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink because it is watercolor safe. I then used my new Karin Brushmarker Pros to color them.

Once the watercolor was done I cut down the panel using a stitched rectangle and then matted it with black cardstock. The sentiment was stamped on black cardstock and heat embossed white and then cut into a rectangle and adhered to the bottom of the card front with foam tape.

The final embellishment to the card was to scatter assorted colored gems around the cupcakes. A quick and easy card to create.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things All the Cupcakes
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger White Embossing Powder
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 375 Cerise, 195 Amber, 357 Pale Orange, 372 Rosewood, 552 Ochre, 172 Blush, 216 Almond, 168 Rose Pink, 359 Magenta, 189 Sapphire Blue, 181 Lipstick Red, 358 Red Lilac, 688 Violet Blue, 207 Cyan, 045 Royal Blue, 281 Olive Green, 174 Sandstone, 105 henna, 074 Sepia
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Paper Studio Assorted Adhesive Gems

Lined Flowers Watercolor Birthday

I recently purchased the My Favorite Things Loosely Lined Flowers Background stamp and decided to use my new Karin Brushmarker Pro to color it.

I stamped it on Canson XL Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. I tried couple of way to add the color to the flowers. First I added the color directly to the base of the petal and then added water, starting at the edge of the petal and moving down to the center and letting the color spread through the water. The second way I tried was to add water to the petal first and then add a little bit of color to the base of the petal and let it spread. Both ways worked well. You get a lot of shadow and depth with these markers, and you can fade them out to a light color at the tips of the petals using only one color.

I decided to add a very dark green background to these flowers. I was impressed with out deep of a color you can get with these markers. I think the dark color really lets the flowers pop on the page.

Once the watercolor was dry I cut down the panel with a stitched rectangle and adhered it to a white cardbase with liquid glue.

I used the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Word Mix 1 stamp for the sentiment, stamping it with VersaMark and heat embossing it gold, then using the matching die to cut it out and adhering it to the lower right of the card front with foam tape.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Loosely Lined Flowers Background
  • Simon Says Stamp Birthday Word Mix 1
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 281 Olive Green, 210 Apple; 377 Ocean Teal, 253 Grass; 297 Curry, 071 Lime Green; 168 Rose Pink, 201 Skin 2; 195 Amber, 209 Red; 247 Pale Violet, 226 Lilac; 228 Lush Green
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Floral Fantasy Watercolor Birthday

I recently purchased the Karin Brushmarkers Pro set and decided to give them a try. We are currently traveling in our fifth wheel across the United States and I brought only a few of my stamps with me. I decided to use this new background stamp from My Favorite Things. I stamped on Canson XL Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.

I found the Karin Brushmarkers very easy to use and very vibrant in hue. You can soften the color by scribbling the markers on a palette and then picking them up with a brush, but overall I really enjoyed using them.

Once the watercolor was dry I used a stitched rectangle to cut down the watercolored panel and adhered it directly to a top folding A2 white cardbase with liquid glue.

The sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Birthday word Mix 1. It was stamped on Neena Classic Crest 80# Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. I used the matching die to cut out the sentiment, added some foam tape to the back and adhered to the lower right of the card front.

Taking pictures on the road has proved a little challenging. I hope you can see the vibrant colors you get with these markers.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Floral Fantasy Background
  • Simon Says Stamp Birthday Word Mix 1
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 358 Red Lilac, 197 Plum 688 Violet Blue; 207 Cyan, 254 Artic; 375 Cerise; 228 Lush Green; 552 Ochre; 228 Lush Green (Background)
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Peonies Thinking of You

I love the images from Power Poppy and going digital allows you to size them perfectly to fit your design. I printed this peonies image onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with a laser printer to eliminate bleeding of the lines when coloring with Copic Markers.

Once the coloring was complete I stamped the sentiment below the flower with Amalgam Ink.

For this design I decided to frame the flower with My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frame die. I cut it from the same cardstock and then added foam tape behind for dimension. I placed it over the flower image to determine where to cut down the image so that it would be behind the frame in the perfect location. I marked it with pencil and then cut it down with my guillotine cutter. I removed the backing from the foam tape and placed the flower rectangle behind the frame. The using liquid glue I adhered it to a top folding cardbase.

The final embellishment was to add different colored green sequins around the flower and sentiment. I like the way the frame is slightly smaller than the card front.

This was a quick and easy card to make.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Power Poppy Irresistible Peonies
  • Altenew Thinking of You
  • Copic Markers:  R24, R22, R21, R20; YG67, YG17, YG03; Y28, Y26, Y21
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frame
  • Pretty Pink Posh Mossy Green Sequins
  • Doodlebug Designs Limeade Sequins
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Black, White, and Gold Statement Flower Celebrate

My husband asked me to create a card for his nephew’s oldest daughter who is getting married next week. Her colors are black, white, and gold. I like color and creating a card without any is a challenge. I guess you could say white is a color, but to not have any other colors with it is typically not something that I do. I decided to use the lovely Altenew Statement Flowers again for this wedding card.

I knew I wanted to use gold embossing on the image for the gold in Nikki’s colors, so I stamped the image with a light gray ink and left the stamp in place in my MISTI. Embossing powder is hard on your Copic Markers so I always stamp the image in a light ink for coloring and then stamp it again after the coloring is complete with VersaMark and then heat emboss it.

I only used gray Copic Markers for the flowers and leaves, adding the darkest shade to the leaves. After it was colored and heat embossed the images was die cut with the coordinating die. It was always die cut from sticky back foam and trimmed and adhered to the back of the colored image.

In keeping with Nikki’s colors I die cut a panel from black cardstock using a stitched rectangle and dry embossed it with Stampin’ Up’s Subtle embossing folder. It was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue and the focal image was then adhered to the rectangle with liquid glue.

I pulled out My Favorite Things Celebrate die and cut it from gold mirror cardstock. This die does not come with a shadow so I created one in my Silhouette software by taking a picture of the word cut from black cardstock and placed on the PIXScan Mat. Once it was imported I added a .5 shadow to the word and cut it from black cardstock. The shadow and gold word were adhered together with liquid glue. Small pieces of foam tape was added to the back of the word that would hang off the focal image.

The final embellishment was to scatter gold sequins around the image and sentiment.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Statement Flowers
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate
  • Copic Markers: C7, C5, C3, C1; YR27, YR23, YR20
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 18 Ink Pad Dragging Sakura Blossom Hello

On day 18 of the Online Card Class, Spring Card Camp 2, Yana Smakula and Seeka were the guest designers. Their technique was to take your ink pads and drag them across your cardstock to create a patterned background paper.

For this last card using the ink pad dragging technique I decided to use bright colors to create a plaid background. I tried dragging the ink free hand, but it looked awful. So I pulled out my ruler and used it as a guide to keep the lines of the ink straight and even.

Once again I decided to use some pretty flower images on the card front. The Spellbinders Sakura Blossom Die comes with a panel of flowers, but it was just to large for the card front to allow the inked panel to be seen. So I used the separate flowers and leaves. I decided to cut them from black cardstock. I think it gives a dramatic look to the card.

I cut a hello die from black cardstock, as well as black sticky back foam and adhered the sentiment in the lower right of the card. Black foam was added to the back of each of the flowers as well and they were scattered around the card front, some overlapping the sentiment slightly.

I decided to add enamel dots to the center of the flowers and also scattered coordinating dots around the flowers.

The plaid background was cut down with a stitched rectangle and matted with black cardstock. The panel was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Spellbinders Sakura Blossoms
  • My Favorite Things Happy Hello
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Coral Reef, Tangerine Twist, Sweet Corn
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Designs and Recollections Enamel Dots
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Sticky Back Black Foam Sheet
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 17 Die Cut Pieces Highlight Candy

For Day 17 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 May Park and Lea Lawson were the guest designers and their technique was to highlight background die pieces. May ink blended a background, added foam behind it and then die cut a star background from it. The background was once again cut from white cardstock and adhered to a top folding cardbase. The ink blended shapes were then added to areas of the white background creating a lovely colorful card front. She die cut a large sentiment from glitter cardstock and added a secondary black and white sentiment strip. Lea Lawson took a background die and removed the negative die cut,leaving only the positive pieces on the card.

For these two cards I used the Gina Marie Designs Candy Stripe Background die. I cut the background from both the pink ink blended panel and gold glitter cardstock that I had added sticky back foam to for dimension. Different positive stripes were used for each of the cards.

For the first card I removed the die cut stripes and then adhered the negative background to a top folding white cardbase with liquid glue. I then filled the larger stripe openings with the gold glitter stripes.

For the second card I die cut the background again from white cardstock and adhered the negative panel to a top folding cardbase. I adhered the pink large stripes and thin gold stripes into the appropriate places.

I found a couple of digi cupcake images for the cards and used a couple of sentiments from My Favorite Things Sugar Coated Sentiments, which were stamped with VersaMark Ink on black cardstock and heat embossed white.

Below is the card with the larger pink stripes.

Pretty Cute Stamps Heart Cupcake

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lili of the Valley Little Fairy Cake
  • My Favorite Things Sugar Coated Sentiments
  • Gina Marie Designs Candy Stripe Background
  • Altenew Inks: Frosty Pink, Baby Pink, Fuchsia, Magenta
  • Copic Markers: RV23, RV21, RV02; RV17, RV14, RV13, RV11; Y26,Y23, Y21; Y17, Y15, Y13
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder

Spring Card Camp 2 Die Cut Pieces Highlight Polka Dots

For Day 17 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 May Park and Lea Lawson were the guest designers and their technique was to highlight background die pieces. May ink blended a background, added foam behind it and then die cut a star background from it. The background was once again cut from white cardstock and adhered to a top folding cardbase. The ink blended shapes were then added to areas of the white background creating a lovely colorful card front. She die cut a large sentiment from glitter cardstock and added a secondary black and white sentiment strip.

I ink blended four different backgrounds, yellow, pink, blue, and rainbow. For this card I used the rainbow background. I die cut it first with a stitched rectangle. Another rectangle was cut using the stitched die from white cardstock and it was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase.

Sticky back foam was cut the same size as the rectangle and adhered to the back. I pulled out my polka dot background die and cut it from the ink blended and foam rectangle. Liquid glue was added to the back of each dot and then the background was carefully placed on the white stitched rectangle. A couple of large stamp block were placed on top until the glue had a chance to set, then the negative of the polka dot background was carefully removed, leaving behind a rainbow of dimension dots.

The sentiment was stamped onto black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. It was cut into a strip using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label with the sentiment on the right of the strip, leaving room to adhered the focal image on the right.

The focal image was colored with Copic Markers in rainbow colors. I’ve never seen a rainbow frosted cake, but it went well with the polka dots. The sentiment strip and cake were adhered directly to the polka dots with liquid glue. Ranger Crystal Stickles was added to the polka dots on the frosting of the cake and the card using the positive polka dots was done.

A second card was created using the negative panel. It was adhered to a top folding cardbase with liquid glue. The focal image cake was colored with rainbow colors as well. The cake was adhered to the polka dot panel with liquid glue on the lower left of the card front. A sentiment word was cut from black cardstock three times and adhered together with liquid glue, then also adhered to the right of the cake on the polka dot panel.

A scrap of cardstock was ink blended with the red ink used in the background and then a small “birthday” was stamped in black and die cut using a Pink & Main Sentiment Strip and adhered to the card front with liquid glue. Ranger Crystal Stickles were added to the lollipops on the cake and the card was done.

The image for the second card is below.

Gracielle Designs Candy Birthday Cake 3 and My Favorite Things Cause to Celebrate

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Pretty Cute Stamps Wonky Cake
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings
  • My Favorite Things Peek-a-Boo Polka Dots Background
  • Altenew Inks Crimson, Autumn Blaze, Maple Yellow, Parrot, Tide Blue, Lavender Fields
  • Copic Markers: R27, R24, R22; YR16, YR14, YR12; Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11; Y26, Y23, Y21; YG17, YG05, YG01; V06, V04; RV23, RV02; B95, B93, B91; BG16, BG11
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Silhouette Print and Cut
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Spring Card Camp 2 Easy Watercolor Washes Celebrate You

For day 16 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 Ashlea Cornell was the guest designer and her technique was watercolor washes, creating beautiful, vibrant background with different mediums.

ZIG Clean Color Read Brush Markers were used for this color wash, which used purple, pink, and yellow. After it was dry a pearl shimmer spray was added to the wash.

For this card I decided to use the background panel from the watercolor wash. I used the My Favorite Things Flower Fusion Coverup Die. Rather than adhering it to white cardstock I decided to use white glitter paper behind the die cut flowers and cut a rectangle the same size as the background die. Since glitter paper has a rough texture a fair amount of liquid glue was added to the back of the panel to adhered the two together.

It took me a while to decide what I wanted to do for a sentiment. I cut the “celebrate” word first from black cardstock and didn’t like that at all with the soft colors of the background. I knew I had a light yellow glitter paper in my stash and decided to cut the sentiment from it. However, it got lost when placed over the yellow at the bottom of the card and I didn’t like it over the purple at the top. So I decided to cut an outline/shadow for the die using my Silhouette Cameo. I placed the black die cut on my PIXScan Mat and imported the image into my software and created a .6 outline of the die cut. I pulled out some bubblegum pink glitter cardstock for the shadow. When I placed the pink outline on the card front it was too pink, so I pulled out a V04 Copic Marker and colored the cardstock to tone it down a bit and make it match the background better. The sentiment and shadow were adhered together with liquid glue. I decided to cut the shadow two more time from 110# cardstock and stacked them together to add a little more dimension to the sentiment die. For the secondary sentiment I used a Copic Marker to color a scrap of watercolor paper and then stamped the work with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it white. This was placed over the last two letters of the word die cut.

Enamel dots were added to the center of the flowers and the watercolor die cut panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Flower Fusion Coverup Die
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate
  • Winnie & Walter The Bold & Party
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 080 Violet,025 Pink, 050 Yellow
  • Blick Liquid Watercolor Pearl Simmer
  • Various Enamel Dots from Doodlebug and Recollections
  • Neena Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Lily White Sugar Coated Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Vanilla Sugar Coated Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Bubblegum Sugar Coated Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Copic Markers: V4, R81
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder

Spring Card Camp 2 Easy Watercolor Washes Sweet Day

For day 16 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 Ashlea Cornell was the guest designer and her technique was watercolor washes, creating beautiful, vibrant background with different mediums.

ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers were used for this watercolor wash, creating a rainbow of stripes. I separated the red and orange at the top and bottom of the panel.

I decided to use the My Favorite Things Modern Morocco Background. Watercolor paper is very thick and a few of the tiles did not come out of the die cut when removing the die. I liked the look of this and decided to leave a few of them in place. It was adhered over the watercolor wash with liquid glue.

I decided to use the My Favorite Things Cupcake and Sprinkles Die for the focal image. I also used a sentiment from the stamp set that was released at the same time as the die. I stamped it in two lines so that there was enough room for the cupcake to the left of the sentiment. It was stamped on black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. The sentiment was cut using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label. The yellow strip in the watercolor wash was covered up by the sentiment so I used yellow for the cupcake frosting. The cupcake was adhered to the sentiment strip and both were adhered to the card front with foam tape.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Sugar Coated Sentiments
  • My Favorite Things  Modern Morocco Background
  • My Favorite Things Cupcake & Sprinkles Die
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 020 Red, 080 Violet, 037 Cornflower Blue, 031 Cobalt Blue, 041 Light Green, 050 Yellow, 023 Scarlet Red
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder