Sending Birthday Hugs and Wishes

This is the second card I created using the Tri-Fold Cardbase.  For this card I decided on a landscape orientation and adhered by patterned paper on the bottom left of the cardbase.  I added a square of dark gray cardstock to be the base for my focal image, which was a cupcake stamped using Altnew’s Layered Cupcake stamp and die.

This card was quick and easy to create.  I die cut the cupcake shape first and then stamped the layers using Altenew Inks.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Stylish Sentiments: Birthday and was stamped with VersaMark Ink on the gray square and heat set with Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the focal image square only on the portion that would be adhered to patterned paper tri-fold.

I did the same thing I had done with my previous card and used some Velcro to keep the tri-folds together.  Really like the color combination from this patterned paper.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Layered Cupcake
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Altenew Limestone Ink
  • Brilliance Starlight Silver, Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Rubellite
  • Copic Markers: Y00, E50
  • Avery Elle Double Pierced Square Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • Bo Bunny Isabella Collection
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

Rose Peonies Happy Birthday

Recently I watched a video with Tim Holtz demonstrating how to use Glossy Photo Paper, Distress Oxide Inks, and Ranger Distress Micro Glaze.  He created amazing backgrounds and I immediately went and ordered the Micro Glaze.  It came last week and I finally had some time to play with it.  One thing I can say about this technique is don’t throw anything away, no matter how awful you think it looks, until after you add the micro glaze.  You never know what beauty is hiding behind all that oxidize color until you bring it out with the glaze.  Here is a card made with my first attempt at using this product.

For this technique you ink smooch your glossy paper into Distress Oxide Inks that have been spritzed with water.  Oxide inks become very milky in saturation when they come in contact with water.  The great thing about them is that they are opaque and so you can add as many layers as you want, as long as you dry each layer between applications.  The beauty of the colors is only reveal after you add the glaze and buff away the residue.

I made several backgrounds and for this card decided to use the background created with the following colors.  For the flowers I used Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick.  For the leaves I used Peeled Pain, Bundled Sage, and Lucky Clover.

I recently purchased Gina K. Designs Rose Peonies and hadn’t yet used that stamp set.  I decided to stamp them onto my background with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder and then die cut them with the matching dies.

I arranged the flowers and leaves to fit an A2 side folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  I wanted to have some visual interest behind the flowers and die cut a few background dies from Neena 80# cardstock, the one I liked best was Gina Marie Designs Stud Dot Argyle.  I was going to place it directly, white on white, to the cardbase, but at the last minute I found some matching pink cardstock in my stash and really liked how it complimented the flowers.

I glued the two rectangles together with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, added Darice Sticky Back Foam behind it and adhered it to the cardbase.  The flowers and leaves were adhered with both Nuvo Adhesive and 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  I stamped the sentiment from Papertrey Ink’s Inside & Out Birthday onto a scrap of the same pink cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder, die cut it with a My Favorite Things Stitched Sentiment Strip and added it to the card front with foam tape and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs Rose Peonies
  • Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Gina Marie Designs Stud Dot Argyle
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Sentiment Strips
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage, Lucky Clover
  • Ranger Distress Micro Glaze
  • Kodak 4” x 6” Glossy Photo Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Pink Cardstock from Stash
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

 

Color Burst Strips Let’s Party Birthday Card

I had made several cards using watercolor background created with Ken Oliver Color Burst Watercolor Powder.  I cut those background down with some rectangle dies and had a lot of strips of watercolor remaining.  They were so pretty that I decided to tape the strips together to create another background.  I really like it when I can make a card by using up something that I typically would have thrown away.

I used some Post-it Tape to hold the strips of watercolor paper together and then die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  The background is so colorful I wanted to keep the rest of the elements on the card pretty simple.  I decided to use Papertrey Ink’s Party Time Die.  I cut it three times from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and glued them together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive and then glued it to the watercolor strips rectangle with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

I added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the watercolor panel and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the card was done.  Easy to create, but because of that beautiful watercolor background really bright and colorful.

Products Used:

  • Papertrey Ink Party Time Die
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Alizarin Crimson, Lime Green, Orange, Lemon Yellow
  • Canson XL Watercolor 140# Cold Press Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • VersaMark Ink

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

 

Wish Big Masculine Card

It seems like I go through spurts where I create a lot of masculine birthday cards at one time.  Maybe I just get my masculine mojo working and it’s easier to keep on going.  This card was inspired by the plaid patterned paper from my scraps.  I really like the way it turned out, maybe that’s becaue red is my favorite color.

I stamped one of the cupcakes from the Avery Elle Cupcakes stamp and die onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.  I used colors that complimented the patterned paper, Distress Oxide Fired Brick, Antique Linen, and Twisted Citron.  To add dimension and shadows I used Copic Markers (E19, E08, B95, BG75, BG72; YG95, YG93, YG91, YG23, YG03, YG01; Y38, Y35, YR16; E40; E55).  I then die cut the images with the matching dies and added some Darice Sticky Back Foam to the back.

I created a top folding A2 cardbase from Gina K. Designs Red Velvet Base Weight Cardstock, added a square of the the plaid patterned paper and stamped the sentiment from Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments:Birthday with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I decided to add a strip of blue cardstock as a separation, then I adhered the cupcake with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the frosting and flame, along with a few Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Avery Elle Cupcakes
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Distress Oxide: Fired Brick and Antique Linen
  • Gina K. Designs Red Velvet Base Weight Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Scrap Plaid Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: E19, E08, B95, BG75, BG72; YG95, YG93, YG91, YG23, YG03, YG01; Y38, Y35, YR16; E40; E55
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • Ranger Collage Medium
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive

Rainbow Happy Masculine Birthday

I am really happy the way this card turned out.  I decided to my new Simon says Stamp Stitched Alphabet stamp set and used rainbow colors for the word “Happy.”  It made a great masculine card.

I colored the letters with Copic Markers (R29, R27, R24; YR09, YR07, YR04; Y18, Y15, Y13; YG17, YG03, YG01; B26, B24, B21).  Since this stamp set does not have matching dies I fussy cut around each letter and added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for dimension.

I die cut a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle die.  I wanted to place the word on an angle and decided on a strip of black cardstock for the secondary greeting, which was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.   I added a thin strip of foam tape so that the letters could tuck behind it.

I wasn’t happy with the way it look and so I decided to cut more strips of black paper in varying widths and adhere them randomly.  I liked that much betters, but didn’t like some of the spacing and so I took a Pigma Macron Archival Pen 05 and 01 to add lines and dashes and really like how it turned out.

An A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock and the focal rectangle was adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

Tarnished Gold Embossed Birthday Card with Feathers

I liked the way that the gold mirror cardstock looked with tarnished with StazOn Jet Black Ink, so this time I used the same Sizzix 3D Feathers Embossing Folder and embossed it into the cardstock.  It gives a more subtle tarnished look, but I like the way it turned out.

For this card I decided to use gold mirror cardstock for the black ice technique, and I used an embossing folder for added dimension.  I really like the way it turned out.

Once the the panel had been tarnished, I ran i through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Die.  A mat of Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger and adhered to the back with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Another mat of gold mirror cardstock was added to the back, again 1/8″ larger and adhered with Be Creative Tape.  I find this works best when adhering to the ultra smooth surface of mirror cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for dimension and the entire panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from the same black cardstock.

For embellishments, I die cut some feathers from the Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows die set out of scraps of Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock.  The bottom feather was adhered using the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and to top feather was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Stylish Sentiments: Birthday, stamped on a scrap of black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was adhered over the feather with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape, leave a small opening for the quills so they would be on the same level as the top feather.  Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle was added to the feathers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix 3D Embossing Folder Feathers
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows Die
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle Pen

TLC687 Black Ice Sea Shells Still Life Birthday Card

This is the second card I made for the Splitcoaststampers.com Try and New Technique Challenge called Black Ice.  I had to lighten the card quite a bit to be able to see the details in the photograph, but it is stunning in real life.

I started with some Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock and die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX die.  Next I lightly ran StazOn Jet Black Ink across the surface to give it a distressed look. I then stamped the image from Inkadinkado’s Sea Shells Still Life and the sentiment from Papertrey Ink’s Stylish Sentiments: Birthday with the same black ink.

It takes a little bit of time for this ink to dry, so be sure and wait for it be completely set before taking VersaMark Ink and running it very lightly across the surface and then heat setting it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder. This is what gives it the black ice look. It is really stunning.

I mounted the focal image on a larger rectangle of dark gray cardstock which was also distressed with StazOn Ink.  Darice Sticky Back Foam 1/8″ smaller than the focal image was added to the back and then adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Inkadinkado Sea Shells Still Life
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Gray Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Wishing You a Very Happy Birthday

This is the second card I made with Simon Says Stamp Square Dance Stencil by ink blending the background with Distress Inks.  This time I stayed with only blue and green ink and used a different word sentiment die to complete the card.

The rest of the card is clean and simple, adding a die cut sentiment from matching blue cardstock and then giving a little visual color interest with Copic Markers. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Text Block Birthday Portrait and was cut four time and adhered together with Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.  A simple and easy card to make.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Papertrey Ink Text Block Birthday Portrait
  • Simon Says Stamp Square Dance Stencil
  • Distress Inks Mowed Lawn, Bundled Sage, Broken China, Tumbled Glass
  • Copic Markers BG15 and BG18
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Turquoise Cardstock from Stash
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Wink of Stella
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Night Out Eliza Birthday

Eliza is a beautiful young lady inside and out and her favorite color is yellow.  I printed the La-La Land Crafts Digital Stamp Night Out Molli on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and die cut the image with the Silhouette Cameo using the PIXScan Mat.  The image was colored with Copic Markers (listed below).

I found some yellow polka dot paper in the Authentique Delightful 6 x 6 Paper Pack and die cut it using the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle.  To draw attention to the focal image an oval of white cardstock was die cut using the My Favorite Things Stitched Oval STAX and then dry embossing with the Darice Flower Frenzy Folder.

The sentiment is the Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words Birthday die and was cut three times from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The thickness of the cardstock ensures you have good dimension with only three layers.  They were glued together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and then all the elements were placed on the front to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment from Winnie & Walter Sentiment Birthday Stamp with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  The yellow rectangle was adhered to the card front using the Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  The oval was adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue, as well as the birthday die cut.  3M ½” Foam Tape was added to the back of the focal image and then adhered to the middle of the oval and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • La-La Land Crafts Night Out Molli Digital Stamp
  • Winnie & Walter Sentiment Birthday Stamp
  • Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words Birthday Die
  • Darice Flower Frenzy Embossing Folder
  • Copic Markers: Y08, Y06, Y02, Y21; Y25, Y23, Y21; E55, E31, E30; YR24, YR23; E11, E00, E000, R20
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Authentique Delightful 6 x 6 Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive