The Story of Fall Happy Birthday Banner Card

When I was going through my patterned paper I ran across this pretty woodgrain paper from the Echo Park 6 x 6 Paper Pad by Lori Whitlock – The Story of Fall, which had a small printed banner and decided it would make a great card.

I originally die cut it using the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  Using my Silhouette I cut some additional banners with the word “HAPPY” cut out of some scraps of solid cardstock.  When I went to place them on the card, the letters just didn’t stand out enough on the card, so I die cut some matching banners without the letters from another patterned paper from the paper pad and glue it behind the letter banners and that made them pop.  I wanted a large “Birthday” word die and could find anything I liked, so I decided to use Papertrey Ink’s Text Block Birthday Horizontal and fussy cut just the work “Birthday” from the sentiment and adhered it under the word banners with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

I felt there was too much dead space on the card front and so I decided to make it a square card.  I cut down the rectangle to be 3 ¾” square.  Another 4” square was cut from the red cardstock and the two were glued together using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  A 4 3/16” square cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Echo Park 6 x 6 Paper Pad Lori Whitlock The Story of Fall
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Silhouette Lori Whitlock Banner Shapes
  • Britannic Bold Font
  • Papertrey Ink Text Block Birthday Horizontal
  • Scraps of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green Cardstock
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive

Wish Big On Your Birthday Balloons Card

Most men I know like the color blue.  I needed a few masculine cards and so I went to all of my 6 x 6 paper packs and starting looking for some blue patterned paper.  The papers used for this card come from the Echo Park 6 x 6 Hello Winter Paper Pad.

I recently purchased the Avery Elle Balloons stamp and die set and decided to cut a lot of different sized balloons out of paper from this pack.  I die cut some Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with the largest My Favorite things Wonky Rectangle and began laying the balloons out on a panel.  Once I had them where I wanted them I would carefully life a balloon and add some Ranger Multi Medium Matte to the back and adhered to the rectangle.  In retrospect, it would have been easier if I had used some Press and Seal, but it worked out okay.  I then took a Blue Glitter Gel Pen from KaiserCrafts and added strings to the balloons.

At this point it looked pretty busy and I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a card I wanted to keep, but I pulled out Papertrey Ink’s Text Block Birthday Horizontal and die cut it from Paper Accents Silver Metallic Cardstock. And then twice more from Gina K. Designs 120# Navy Cardstock.  They were adhered together using Elmer’s Glue Craft Spray Adhesive a little offset so that the navy blue could be seen behind the silver cardstock.  It was adhered to the balloon panel using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  The sentiment is large enough that it toned down the background and I liked the card.

The balloon background was run through the Big Shot with the largest My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle, then a rectangle of the navy cardstock was cut 1/8” larger than the focal panel.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut with the wonky rectangle die and adhered to the back of the focal image.  A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was applied using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Avery Elle Balloons Dies
  • Echo Park 6 x 6 Paper Pad Hello Winter
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Navy Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink Text Block Birthday Horizontal
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • KaiserCrafts Glitter Gel Pen
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet

Fisherman Birthday Card

This is another card I watercolor painted while I was in Kentucky.  I have always colored this image with Copic Markers in the past, but this time it was stamped on Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper with Distress Antique Linen Ink.  This time it was colored using Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils.  Since this is a detailed image the darker lines of the pencils allowed the lines of the image to be maintained.  I would outline the image with the color desired and then use a Black Velvet #4 Round Watercolor Brush to pull the color out.  This was a more challenging no-line watercoloring project, but I like the way it turned out.  The Inktense Pencils used are listed below.

Once the image was dry it was run through the Big Shot with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller and added to the back.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday and was stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampin’ Up Angler
  • Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils: 1530 Felt Green, 1540 Light Olive, 2100 Payne’s Grey, 023 Golden Yello, 0200 Sun Yellow, 1900 Willow, 1700 Mustard, 1910 Red Oxide; 0900 Iris Blue
  • Black Velvet #4 Round Brush
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheets
  • Distress Antique Linen
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black

OCC Rainbow Maker: Wishing You a Happy Birthday

This is the second card I made for the Online Card Class Rainbow Maker.  This watercolor background was created on Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  I think that the results are more streaky, but that is something that watercolor is known for.  I think I will experiment more with this medium to see if I can get a better blend in the future.

I think these bright and colorful backgrounds really show off a white die cut sentiment.  For this card I used Papertrey Ink’s Text Block Birthday Portrait.  It was cut three times from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and adhered together with Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The watercolor panel was cut down using the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle.  A rectangle of Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back.  Tombo Mono Multi Glue was used to adhere the foam mounted panel to the cardbase.  I like the white border that using the SSS rectangle leaves.  The sentiment die cut was adhered to the watercolor background using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

Another great masculine birthday card.

Products Used:

  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink Text Black Birthday Portrait
  • Mission Gold Watercolors: Rose Matter, Yellow Orange, Permanent Yellow Light, Sap Green, Ultramarine Deep, Bright Clear Violet
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Card

Graphic images make great masculine cards.  I pulled out the Papertrey Ink See Stars Die and cut it from multi-colored glittered paper found in The Paper Studio Eat Cake 12 x 12 Paper Pad.

A rectangle of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock was cut using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  The sentiment is from the Lawn Fawn Upon a Star stamp set and was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat set with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The black rectangle was then splattered with gold drops using a brush and watered down FineTec M600 Watercolor Pans.

3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the die cut star and adhered to the black rectangle.  Darice Adhesive Back Foam was added to the back of the black rectangle and then it was adhered to a top folding A2 Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • The Paper Studio Eat Cake 12 x 12 Paper Pad
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black
  • Lawn Fawn Upon a Star
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • FineTec M600 Watercolor Pans
  • Papertrey Ink Seeing Stars Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tap

Big Wishes Birthday Card

I love the cute little girls that are in Penny Black’s Big Wishes stamp set.  This card was made for a young women at church whose favorite color is yellow.  I think the plaid patterned paper really helps to accent the color

The image was stamped on Canson XL Watercolor Paper with VersaFine Black Ink and then heat embossed with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  I was able to stamp the image and take it with me to color while I was waiting for my car to be serviced.  It really made the time go quickly.  Tombo Dual Brush Markers were used to color the image: 942 Tan, 800 Baby Pink, :025 Light Orange, 026 Golden Yellow, 993 Chrome Orange, 991 Light Ocher, N65 Cool Gray 5, 993 Orange.

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink stylish Sentiments: Birthday and was stamped with VersaFine Black Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder as well.

The focal image was die cut using the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles and Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back.  The patterned paper from Recollections Bright and Basic 12 x 12 Paper Pack was die cut using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Cardstock using Elmer’s Blue Runner adhesive.  The focal image was then adhered to the cardbase using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Big Wish
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • Recollections Bright and Basic 12×12
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • VersaFine Black Ink
  • Tombo Dual Brush Makers: 942 Tan, 800 Baby Pink, :025 Light Orange, 026 Golden Yellow, 993 Chrome Orange, 991 Light Ochre, N65 Cool Gray 5, 993 Orange
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Elmer’s Dot Runner

Hopeful Flowers Springtime Birthday Card

I like to take a smaller flower image from a stamp and change the look by stamping it multiple times.  This image is from the Gina K. Designs Hopeful Flowers stamp set and was stamped five times with differing heights to fill the entire front of a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock.  The image was colored with Derwent Inktense Pencils in springtime colors. I really like the way it turned out.

I began by stamping the image with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and then colored everything with the Inktense Pencils listed below.  I only purchased the 36 count pencil set, which doesn’t have any pink, but the more I use these pencils the more I like the results and so I purchased the 72 count pencil set today and well try and sell my slightly used 36 count set on eBay.  Once the coloring was complete I ink blended the card with Distress Tumbled Glass at the top and Mowed Lawn at the bottom.

I haven’t been able to find Gamsol for blending these pencils, but I did find some Masterpiece Odorless Mineral Spirits at Hobby Lobby and they seem to work well.  I saw Amy Rysavy take a small jar and put a piece of sponge in the bottom and then filled it with the Gamsol so that it was easily accessible for dipping and wetting the blending stumps.

Once the coloring and blending were completed I used the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle and die cut the image. I wanted to enhance the colored spring flowers panel with a slight larger green rectangle.  I searched my drawer of green cardstock scraps and found a green chevron glitter cardstock from Paper Studio Eat Cake which was the perfect color and added the right touch.  A rectangle was cut 3/16″ larger and the focal image was adhered using Sookwang Scor-Tape Adhesive Tape.  Darice Sticky Backed Fun Foam was also added with the same adhesive tape.  An A2 side folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and then the focal image was added by removing the protective paper on the back of the fun foam.

Using the same green paper the word happy was cut using the Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy dies for the sentiment.  It was then cut again out of sticky backed fun foam and then adhered together for added dimension. Using a scrap of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock the secondary sentiment was stamped using VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder. Both sentiments were adhered to the card front using Tombo Mono Multi Glue. As a finishing touch Triveni Crafts Multi Color Rhinestones were scattered and adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • GKD Hopeful Flowers Stamp Set
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Die
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Distress Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn Ink
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils: 1530 Felt Green, 1400 Apple Green, 1000 Bright Blue, 0900 Iris Blue, 0820 Peacock Blue, 0740 Mauve, 0700 Fuchsia, 0610 Red Violet, 0300 Tangerine, 0200 Sun Yellow, 0100 Sherbet Lemon
  • Paper Studio Eat Cake Green Chevron Glitter Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# white Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder
  • Triveni Crafts Multi Color Rhinestones
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Masterpiece Odorless Mineral Spirits
  • eBoot Blending Stumps and Tortillions
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape

Farm Life Masculine Birthday Card

This is another masculine birthday card using a Gina K. Designs stamp set. I like the final outcome, but as you will see with the second image below I originally had completed the card without any coloring.  I had tried to color it with Copic Markers but felt it detracted from the rustic feel of the image and so it was stamped a second time.  Later in the day it was still sitting on my desk when I was working on another card that I colored with Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils.  Since I felt the design was lacking something to make it pop, and colored pencils give a grainier look, I thought I would give them a try with this card and felt it made all the difference.

I stamped the image on a quarter of an 8 1/2 x 11 80# Ivory Cardstock from Gina K. Designs with a combination of Memento Rich Cocoa and Deseret Sand Ink.  The sentiment is from the Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday stamp set and was stamped with both of the inks as well.  The focal image panel was die cut with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  I had planned to put the image on some kraft cardstock, but the browns did not blend well with one another and so I ink blended both Rich Cocoa and Deseret Sand on the Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock, but something was still missing, so I die cut the kraft cardstock with another rectangle using the largest rectangle for the die set and ink blended the edges.  I will say that Memento Ink does not ink blend well and will keep that in mind for future cards.  I decided to use a cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Dark Chocolate Cardstock and liked the way all of the elements looked together. The focal image was adhered to the kraft cardstock with Sookwang Be Creative Adhesive Tape and then Darice Sticky Backed Fun Foam was added to the back of the kraft rectangle, which was then adhered to the dark chocolate cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done, until I added color using the Derwent Inktense Pencils later in the day.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Farm Life
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Memento Deseret Sand Ink
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils: 1320 Ionian Green, 1720 Tan, 1740 Saddle Brown, 2100 Charcoal Grey
  • Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Craft Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Dark Chocolate Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles

C. C. Design Bouquet Birthday

When I saw this beautiful tulip bouquet from C.C. Design I knew it would make a lovely card.  I’m so glad that I purchased it, I’m sure I’ll use it again and again.

I cut an outline of the C. C. Designs Bouquet image from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo and then stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The image was then colored with Copic Markers (colors used are listed below).

To create a visual background for the image an oval was cut using My Favorite Things Pierced Oval STAX and ink blended with Distress Stormy Sky Ink using the Inkylicious Ink Bending Brush to create a soft sky color to the oval.  Another oval was cut out of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam and trimmed to be slightly smaller than the ink blended oval and attached to the back. The bouquet cutout was then adhered to the oval using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

A rectangle was cut from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and ink blended on the edges, softly fading to the center.  It was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The oval was then adhered to the card front using the same glue on the fun foam.

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday stamp set and was stamped with VersaMark Ink on a strip of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and heat embossed with Rangers Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the edges to ensure it was the same level as the bouquet and then the sentiment was adhered to the bottom of the focal image with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers for some sparkle and shine and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • C.C. Design Bouquet
  • Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Oval STAX
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Copic: B37, B34, B32; V12, V15, V17; RV11, RV13, RV14; R24, R27, R29; G24, G94
  • Darice Fun Foam
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Distress Ink Stormy Sky
  • Inkylicious Ink Bending Brush
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

Technique Tuesday Cosmos Birthday

Technique Tuesday Cosmos is another stamp set that I have not used. When I searched for images of cosmos flowers there was an array of different colors, but the one I liked the most was white with deep pink/burgundy tips, so that it what I used for this card.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut an outline of the flower bouquet from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and then stamped the bouquet with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The flowers were colored with Copic Markers, colors used are listed below.  The flowers I was using for inspiration had gold centers and so I used Stickles Tinsel and liked the sparkle it added.

To provide a frame for the flower focal point I used the Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles to cut a frame from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was cut in thirds to be narrow enough to add dimension to the frame and not be seen.

An A2 top folding cardbase was made from some burgundy cardstock that I had in my stash.  A rectangle of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock was cut using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.

The frame was placed on the rectangle to determine the placement for the sentiment.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday and was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The frame was adhered to the card front and then 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the bouquet and then centered in the middle of the frame.

Products Used:

  • Technique Tuesday Cosmos
  • Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday
  • Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Stickles Tinsel
  • Copic: R39, C3, C1, G99
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock