Encouragement Cards: Every Journey Begins with a Single Step

I love making cards, which means that I spend a lot of time making them. I believe that each of us have been sent to earth with gifts and talents from the Lord, and He expects us to use our time and talents wisely.  I also believe that someday we will be accountable for what we have done with what we were given, like the parable of the talents in the New Testament.

As I was contemplating the amount of time I spend making cards, which I believe it is one of my talents, I felt that the Lord wanted me to do more to bless the lives of others with them, people outside of my family and friends.  There are people everywhere who need encouragement and kindness. So, I determined that I would make four cards every month and give them to an abused women and children’s home.  My hope is that they will help them as they begin to make major changes in their lives, and encourage them that they can do hard things for a better future.

Below are the cards I made this month. Each has the same sentiment I printed on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.

00198For this card I die cut the sentiment panel with the scalloped rectangle from Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials and adhered it with a Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet to a side fold cardbase made from Gina K. Design 120# White Cardstock, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

The flowers are from Simon Says Stamp Spring Florals, stamped with VersaMark Ink on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock, and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder. I decided to color the images with Copic Markers (I would probably not do that again, since I remember that embossing powder can ruin the nibs). The following colors were used: YR12, YR14, YR15; BG13, BG18; YG01, YG03, YG23; G21, YG63, G94; R11, R12, R02.

The flowers were adhered to the sentiment panel with Tombo Mono Multi Glue, with the exception of the pink flower, which has some 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape under the bloom.

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For this card I framed the sentiment with Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles out of Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock and adhered it to the sentiment panel with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. The flower and leaves are from Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetings, stamped on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  Both images were colored with Copic Markers Y15, Y17, Y19, G94, G99.

The leaves were glued with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the flower was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. The scalloped panel was adhered with Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets to a side folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

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For this card I die cut the sentiment with the Memory Box Stitched Rectangles Die and adhered it with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to a side folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

The flower and leaves are from the Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life stamp set and die.  This is a layering stamp set and I used Altenew Inks Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Mango Smoothie, Forest Glad, and Evergreen.  The leaves were adhered with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the flower was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for added dimension.

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For this card I die cut the sentiment with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle die. To frame the sentiment I die cut a black frame from Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock with the My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames. I placed the sentiment inside the frame and used Scotch Tape on the back to adhere the two together.  I then used a Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet to adhere the panel to a side folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

The flower and leaves are from the Verve Great Friend Stamp set.  I used VersaMark Ink to stamp the images on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and embossed them with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The leaves were a solid image and I really like the solid gold look. The flowers were colored with RV11, RV12, and RV14 Copic Markers. I fussy cut them out and adhered the single flower onto the double flower with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and glued the base flower to the frame with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Spring Florals Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetings Stamp
  • Verve Great Friend Stamp
  • Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life Stamp and Die
  • Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials Die
  • Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles Die
  • Memory Box Stitched Rectangles Die
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle Die
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames Die
  • Gina K. Design 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Altenew Inks: Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Mango Smoothie, Forest Glad, and Evergreen
  • Copic Markers:  BG13, BG18, G21, G94, G99, R11, R12, R02, RV11, RV12, RV14, Y15, Y17, Y19, YG01, YG03, YG23, YG63, YR12, YR14, YR15
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape

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

Happy Happy Birthday to You

The fourth card I made with background stamps was my favorite.  I used Hero Arts Flower Wallpaper stamp on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper, stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Stampin Stuff Clear Embossing Powder.

I applied Distress inks with Tsukineko Sponge Daubers. The following inks were used: Picket Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Spun Sugar, Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, and Mustard Seed. Using a water bottle a fine mist of water was added to the watercolor paper to help the colors blend.  The results were a bright and colorful background.

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Once the background was dry a panel was cut with the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle die.  The flowers received a coating of Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.  Using the same die as the front panel a strip of heavy weight white vellum was run through the Big Shot twice so that it measured 1 3/8″ x 5 1/2″. The vellum was prepped with an anti-static bag and the sentiment from C. C. Designs Amy R. Great Birthday Greetings was stamped with VersaMark ink, sprinkled with Recollections Snow Embossing Powder and heat set with my Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.  The vellum greeting was centered on the bottom of the front panel, wrapped around the edge,s and taped in place with Scotch Tape.

3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the panel, which was then adhered to a cardbase 4 1/4″ x 11″ made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and scored at 5 1/2″ for a  top folding card.

On the inside of the card a sentiment from My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings was stamped with Hero Hues Black ink. A strip of the watercolor background was added to the bottom of the page and the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor
  • Gina K. Design 120# White Cardstock
  • Heavy Weight White Vellum
  • Hero Arts Flower Wallpaper stamp
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings stamp
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Hero Hues Black Ink
  • Distress Ink as Listed Above
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle die
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Scotch Tape
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape

 

What a Wonderful Day

The third card I made with background stamps used Hero Arts Lotus stamp on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper, stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Stampin Stuff Clear Embossing Powder.  Distress inks used were Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, and Picked Raspberry and blended with Ranger’s round blending tool.  Using a spray bottle of water a fine mist of water was added to the watercolor paper to help the colors blend.

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This card was for my nephew Devin’s wedding to his fiancee Mandy. It turned out beautiful and elegant. Once the background was complete I used the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle to cut the watercolor background to a panel 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and adhered it with Be Creative 5/8″ tape to a 4 1/4″ x 11″ cardbase, scored at 5 1/2″.

I wanted the background to take center stage so I cut a label from a leftover piece of Strathmore Watercolor paper with My Favorite Things Well-Worn Greetings die and stamped the sentiment from Penny Black’s Special Wishes with Hero Hues Black ink using my MISTI. 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the label for dimension.

For embellishment I cut My Favorite Things Fancy Flourish die from heavy weight white vellum and curved it along the left edge of the label. Flowers were cut using My Favorite Things Flower and Leaf Trio die from Doodlebug Sprinkles White Vellum. The flowers were layered on top of each other and adhered with Micro Glue Dots. A pearl from Michaels Rhinestone Stickers was added to the center of the flower with Micro Glue Dot. To add dimension to the flower it was adhered to the label with a 3/8″ Zots Medium Glue Dot.

For the inside of the card I printed a quote from Elizabeth Browning; “Love doesn’t make the word go round, Love is what makes the ride worthwhile” on Gina K. Design 80# White Cardstock and cut it with the same My Favorite Things Well-Worn Greetings die as was used on the front. Another flourish and flower were added as well. A strip of the background was added to the bottom of the inside card and to the bottom of the envelope and the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Sprinkles White Vellum
  • Heavy Weight White Vellum
  • Hero Arts Lotus stamp
  • Penny Black Special Wishes stamp set
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Stampin Stuff Clear Embossing Powder
  • Distress Ink: Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, and Picked Raspberry
  • Lawn Fawn Largest Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles die
  • My Favorite Things Well-Worn Greetings die
  • My Favorite Things Fancy Flourish die
  • My Favorite Things Flower and Leaf Trio Die
  • Michaels Rhinestone Stickers Pearl
  • Micro Glue Dots
  • Zots 3/8″ Medium Glue Dot

Hello Beautiful

I love creating birthday cards for family.  I think about their favorite colors and try to make sure that the card is something they know was made just for them.  This card was created for my sister-in-law Hilda.  She is a special lady and I wanted her card to be special for her.  I used My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms and their matching dies to create her card.

Hello Beautiful

Altenew inks make it so easy to be successful with multi-layered images. For these flowers I used the following inks: Deep Iris, Midnight Violet, Lavender Field, Blush, Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Mango Smoothie, Warm Sunshin, Dark Chocolate, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade, and Evergreen.

I die cut a panel of Gina K. Designs 120# white cardstock with the largest Lawn Fawns Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles, which adds a lovely detail the edges of the panel.  I laid out the flowers on the panel until I liked the way they were arranged.  This allowed me to determine where I wanted the sentiment to be stamped, which is from Simon Says Stamp Hello Beautiful.  I then glued some of the flowers and leaves to the panel, adhered others with one layer of 3M 1/2″ foam tape, and the last with two layers of foam tape, giving dimension to the bouquet of flowers.

The purple cardstock for the card came from my stock of colored paper.  I cut it to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored it at 4 1/4″.  I then glued the panel directly to the card base with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  I cut another stitched panel and adhered it to the inside of the card with Elmer’s Glue Runner, added a small flower and leaf to the left corner and stamped the greeting “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I HOPE YOUR DAY IS FABULOUS” from Papertrey Ink Boutique Borders Birthday stamp set.  I scattered a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden and the card was finished.

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Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Purple Card Stock
  • My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms Stamp and Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Hello Beautiful Stamp
  • Papertrey Ink Boutique Borders Birthday Stamp
  • Lawn Fawns Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles Die
  • Altenew Inks:  Deep Iris, Midnight Violet, Lavender Field, Blush, Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Mango Smoothie, Warm Sunshin, Dark Chocolate, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade, and Evergreen
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Elmer’s Glue Runner
  • Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden Sequins
  • Sizzix Big Shot