Bouquet Ballet Hello

I think this is my favorite of all the ink smooshing cards I made lately. I love the variation in colors with the red, orange, yellow, and green. You have to be very careful when using both orange/red and green to ensure it doesn’t turn into a brown.

Once the smooshed background was dry I cut it using the largest scalloped rectangle from Gina Marie Designs. I then stamped Penny Black’s Bouquet Ballet into the center with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. I then used the same distress inks used in the background to color the image, adding some more oranges and a brown. I think it turned out so pretty.

I kept it pretty simple and merely added a die cut sentiment in gold mirror cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Bouquet Ballet
  • Honey Bee Stamps Hello
  • Distress Inks: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Dried Marigold, Candied Apple, Mustard Seed (Background)
  • Distress Inks: Barn Door, Rusty Hinge, Carved Pumpkin, Ground Espresso, Twisted Citron (Bouquet)
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Darice Foam Sheet
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Full of Glee Hello Friend

This is another card I created while coloring with Copic markers with my granddaughter. This time I decided to keep the flower images pink. It was fun talking with Emma about shading and the importance of adding contrast shading to an image. She wanted to keep to colors within in the same color family, with only a number or two different. I showed her how branching out just a little and going a little deeper with a color could really add depth to an image. We had a lot of fun.

This is a love image from Penny Black that I have used many, many times. Now days with Michael finally retired my crafting budget isn’t what it used to be. So when I purchase a stamp now I ask myself, “will I use this stamp many times?” and if the answer is no I don’t purchase it. This one is a keeper.

I stamped the image on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, which is Copic friendly. Once the coloring was complete I decided to cut down the image with a scalloped rectangle die. I love the way a pretty die really adds so much to a white on white card design. I cut down some foam to be just smaller than the rectangle and added it behind the image for added dimension and then adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Full of Glee
  • Recollections Friendship
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: B000, B0000; RV29, RV25, RV23; RV23, RV02, RV000; G99, G94, G24; G23, G29, G03; Y18, Y15, Y13, Y38, E23
  • Darice White Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Recollections Assorted Jewels
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink

Bouquet Ballet Hello Gorgeous

We are in Texas with our oldest daughter and her family. My granddaughter Emma is quite the artist. She had never used Copic Markers because they are just too expensive for her budget, so I thought it would be fun to bring over my markers and let her experiment. She had a great time and so did I.

While Emma was coloring I stamped this pretty bouquet from Penny Black and colored it with Copic Markers. I love the contrast of yellow and purple together.

The sentiment is from a Hero Arts birthday stamp set, but it is perfect for other occasions as well.

Once the coloring was completed a cut down the image using the Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle Die. It add just the right amount of visual interest to a clean and simple design. I added a sheet of foam, cut just smaller than the focal image panel and adhered it to a top folding cardbase.

The final embellishment was to add tiny smokey gray rhinestones to the center of the purple flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Bouquet Ballet
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Recollections Friendship
  • Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: B000, B0000; Y18, Y15, Y13; V17, V15, V12; E29, E27, E23; YG67, YG17, YG03; G46, G29, YG03
  • Darice White Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Recollections Assorted Jewels
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink

Perfectly Perfect Watercolor Birthday

I love Altenew’s flower stamps. They make such lovely cards. I pulled out the Perfectly Perfect Set and stamped them on watercolor paper with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed them gold.

I know there are not a lot of blue flowers in nature, but in the crafting world you can make a flower any color you want. I used a pretty Cyan color from the Karin Brushmarkers to color the flowers and a couple of greens for the leaves. Once they were dry I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

I decided to add some visual interest by cutting a scalloped rectangle to adhere the flowers to. I laid them out where I wanted them and then determined where I wanted and took a picture so I could place them again in the same layout after I stamped the sentiment.

I adhered the leaves and two back flowers directly to the scalloped rectangle with liquid glue and then adhered the top flower with foam squares. The scalloped rectangle was adhered to a side folding cardbase using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Perfectly Perfect
  • Penny Black Carefree Wishes
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 207 Cyan, 228 Lush Green, 281 Olive Green
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Lovely Lilacs Happy Birthday

This is another Penny Black Stamp that works best when you use a watercolor medium and spritz it with water after adding the color and then stamping onto watercolor paper. You do this several times until the image has the depth and detail that you want. For this card I used Distress Mini Ink Cubes in Wilted Violet, salty Ocean, and Peel Paint.

If I were to do this card again I would add more lilac stems in the background, but I love lilacs and the combination of the blue and violet really make a pretty flower.

When the stamping was done I used Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass to ink blend the background.

The sentiment was stamped onto black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. It was cut into a thin strip and an angled edge.

The panel was cut to be slightly smaller than an A2 cardbase using a stitched rectangle die. Sticky back foam was added to the back of the panel for dimension and it was then adhered to a side folding cardbase with liquid glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Lovely Lilacs
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Distress Inks: Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint
  • Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

Nature’s Glory Today is Your Day

I have several of Penny Black Stamps that are the kind you stamp over and over again to get a good impression. You usually use watercolor markers and add the ink color to the stamp and then mist it with water and stamp it onto watercolor paper. You repeat this process until you have the look that you want to achieve. For this card I pulled out my Arteza Real Brush Markers.

When the stamping of the image was complete I used a Pigma Micron Pen to add the black centers to the flowers. The sentiment is from Penny Black’s Carefree Wishes and was stamped with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink.

I decided to cut the image using an Ellen Hutson two Essential Rectangle Die. These are wonderful dies that not long cut a rectangle but also a thin border as well. I first used the largest die to cut down the focal image panel to be slightly smaller than an A2 cardbase. The second rectangle cut the center of the flower image. This rectangle was also cut from red cardstock to add a thin red border/frame to the image. This really draws the eye to the red of the flowers and adds a lot of visual interest. I used painters tape to hold all of the rectangle panels and border together. Sticky back foam was cut to be just smaller than the focal image rectangle and added to the back for dimension. The panel was then adhered to a top folding cardbase with liquid glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Nature’s Glory
  • Penny Black Carefree Wishes
  • Arteza Real Brush Pen: 101 Red, 114 Carmen Red, 160 Rosewood, 182 Wine Red, 120 Seaweed Green, 122 Moss Green, 146 Olive Green, 104 Noir
  • Gina K. Designs Cherry Red Cardstock
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Pigma Micron Pen
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle Die
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink

Unforgettable Happy Birthday

I love this pretty flower bouquet from Penny Black. I wanted a soft look to the card and so I decided to use my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I stamped the image with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. This is the easiest way to watercolor. The embossing creates little wells were you can add your color and it won’t bleed into the adjacent petals.

I watercolored the background, but it was a little splotchy and so I ink blended it with Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass, which gave a smoother look.

The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter’s Sentimental Birthday set and was stamped and embossed as well in the lower right of the card.

I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle and added sticky back foam to the back for dimension. It was then adhered to a side folding cardbase and the card was done. Very quick and easy card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Unforgettable
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • ZIG Clean Color Markers: 054 Pale Orange, 050 Yellow, 095 Dark Gray, 096, Mid Gray, 024 Wine Red, 075 Brick Beige, 043 Loive Green, 046 Mid Green 302 Haze Blue
  • Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Beautiful Butterflies Get Your Happy On

The Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Butterflies is a love set that has many butterfly images. I decided to stamp the butterflies as a background with VersaMark Ink, heat emboss them clear. I then used Distress Oxide Inks to ink blend the background.

I die cut the panel with an Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle die so that it was just smaller than an A2 cardbase. I also used a smaller rectangle to cut out the center of the panel. I really like that these dies give you a thin frame. I cut it again from white cardstock.

The sentiment is from Penny Black’s Carefree Wishes. It was stamped on black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. It was die cut using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label Die and then I angled one end to provide some visual interest.

To assemble the card I used a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock. I adhered to frame of the background directly to the cardbase with dotliner adhesive. I then added a thin line of liquid glue next to the center of the frame and added the thin white border. Foam was added to the back of the center rectangle panel and then it was adhered to the card front with liquid glue. Because the center panel was already popped up and I didn’t want to add more bulk to the card for mailing, the sentiment strip was adhered directly to the center panel with liquid glue.

I really like the color combination used for the ink blended background and crisp white images of butterflies.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Butterflies
  • Penny Black Carefree Wishes
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Essential By Ellen Rectangles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Rectangles
  • Doodlebug Designs Lily White Sugar Coated Glitter Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Abstract Flowers Thinking of You

This is another lovely flower image from Alex Syberia Designs. It was printed onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with a laser printer and then colored with Copic Markers. Once the coloring was complete the sentiment was stamped below the flowers.

The focal image was then die cut using Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle. I love the unique stitching this die adds to a die cut rectangle. Sticky back foam was cut just smaller than the rectangle and adhered to the back for added dimension when adhering it to a top folding cardbase.

A few black sequins were scattered around the flower and sentiment and the card was done. Quick and easy.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Alex Syberia Designs Abstract Flowers
  • Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers
  • Copic Markers:  YR18, YR16, YR14, YR12; G99, G94, YG03; 100, C8, C7
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle
  • Honey Bee Galaxy Sequins
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 17 Die Cut Pieces Highlight Small Cover Dies

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.

The next four cards I created used small cover dies from Sizzix. I was able to get all four cards from one quarter sheet of ink blended blue cardstock. The greatest challenge with this smaller dies it how to lay them out on a card front. I decided to use small focal images with the panels.

Card 1 Circle and Diamond Background Positive (Featured Image).

As with the other cards I added sticky back foam to the ink blended background before cutting the background die. After cutting the circle and diamond shaped background liquid glue was added to the positive pieces of the die and adhered to a white rectangle the same size as the opening of the background die. I didn’t like the way it looked on the card front so cut a piece of white cardstock 3/4″ larger and embossed to add visual interest and adhered the rectangle with the positive shapes to the center. I still didn’t like the way it looked on a white card front, so I searched and found a scrap of blue cardstock and cut it using a stitched rectangle and adhered the white embossed rectangle with the positive shapes to it and then adhered it all to the card front.

I printed and die cut a hot air balloon image in the Silhouette Cameo software. At the same time I created a sentiment strip with a blue background, which was cut with a sentiment label die. The balloon was adhered to the left of positive die cut shapes and the sentiment label was adhered below the balloon.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Birds Card Hot Air Balloon 4
  • Silhouette Print and Cut Sentiment
  • Sizzix Creative Background Small Cover Die Diamond Circle
  • Altenew Inks: Sea Breeze, Turquoise, Tide Blue, Starlight
  • Copic Markers: B26, B24, B23, B21, B02, BG13; B000, B0000; Y28, Y23; Y17, Y15, Y13
  • Sizzix Dotted Lattice Embossing Folder
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Card 2 Circle and Diamond Background Negative

I decided to turn this panel into a shaker card. Acetate was cut to the same size of the panel and adhered with liquid glue. Foam tape was doubled and cut into thin strips and applied tot he frame of the panel. A blue seed bead mix was added to the well of the die cut. The backing was removed from the foam tape and another piece of acetate was adhered adhered to the back of the panel to create the shaker.

A stitched rectangle was cut from white cardstock and adhered to a top folding white cardbase. I decided to adhere the shaker to the left of the card front and determined where to stamp the sentiment. The cute little bird image was adhered to the right of the panel to be over the sentiment. Ranger Crystal Stickles were added to the polka dot on the scarf on the hat and the center of the flowers.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle Bonnet Birdie
  • Avery Elle Tweet Tweet
  • Sizzix Creative Background Small Cover Die Diamond Circle
  • Altenew Inks: Sea Breeze, Turquoise, Tide Blue, Starlight
  • Copic Markers: B16, B14, B12; YR28, YR26, YR23; Y35, Y18; E33, E31, E30, R20
  • Beader Paradise Miami Surf Mix
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Tonic Tropical Tide Glitter Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Card 1 Moroccan Tile Background Negative

For this card I decided to add some blue glitter paper behind the die cut panel. I also used a Fun Stampers Journey Rectangle Long to cut around the die cut, giving visual interest. To also add visual interest the front of the card base was embossed with the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. The panel was adhered in the center of the card and the focal image was added to the left of the panel, sitting on a sentiment strip created in the Silhouette software.

  • Conie Fong Tori The Dragon
  • Silhouette Print and Cut Sentiment
  • Sizzix Creative Background Small Cover Die Moroccan Tile
  • Altenew Inks: Sea Breeze, Turquoise, Tide Blue, Starlight
  • Copic Markers: BG18, BG15, BG13; G19, G16, G14, B7, G07, G03, G02, G00; Y26, Y23, Y21
  • Fun Stamper Journey Rectangle Long Die
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Tonic Tropical Tide 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
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder

Card w Moroccan Tile Background Positive

The positive die cuts from the background were adhered to a rectangle of white cardstock and then adhered to the front of a cardbase that was embossed with the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. The sentiment was cut from blue glitter cardstock and then twice more from sticky back foam. The cute little bunny was adhere over the sentiment, straddling the Moroccan tiles.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lili of the Valley Balloon Bunny
  • Penny Black Sweet Wishes
  • Sizzix Creative Background Small Cover Die Moroccan Tile
  • Altenew Inks: Sea Breeze, Turquoise, Tide Blue, Starlight
  • Copic Markers: B97, B95, B93; B16, B14, B12; RV23, RV21, RV02; Y26, Y23, Y21
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Tonic Tropical Tide 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
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder