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

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 13 Spotlight Background Love Your Birthday

Jennifer McGuire was the guest designs for Day 13 of Spring Card Camp 2. Her technique was to take die cuts and create a background and then spotlight one of those dies to create a focal image. She took several small dies from various stamp sets, but one of her other suggestions was to use a background die.

This is the second card I made with the Hero Arts Window on Love Confetti Fancy Background Die. I had cut it four time from dark pink cardstock for the previous card I made and had all those background leftover, so I decided to make another card using those backgrounds. I glued them all together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.

I had used white glitter cardstock for the large heart in the center of the background on the last card. For this card I decided to use pink glitter cardstock for the rectangle panel behind the heart background.

I wanted the large center heart to be the focal image and stand out from the other pink glitter background so I used some Gina K. Designs Bubblegum Pink Ink to darken a piece of glitter cardstock.

I then decided that it needed something more to make the center heart a focal image die cut. I decided to try stamping on the glitter cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink using Simon Says Stamps Modern Rose Blooms Background. As you can image, stamping on such a rough, non porous medium was difficult. I think I must have stamped it about six or seven times before I had a small section that was acceptable. I didn’t want it to smear so I embossed it with clear embossing powder and then die cut the center heart from it.

When I went to assemble the card I didn’t like how the pink die cut backgrounds blended in with the pink glitter rectangle behind it. So, I cut it from white cardstock, but I didn’t like the way the pink and black heart looked with the white, so I cut it again from black cardstock and finally liked how it looked. This made four six layers of the background die and in order for the center heart to have more dimension than the background two layers of foam tape was added behind the heart.

For the sentiment I wanted something small enough that it wouldn’t detract from the background. I wanted to stamp it on a pink cardstock that would match the pink glitter cardstock so I ink blended some white cardstock with Gina K. Designs Bubblegum Ink but it was too bright of a pink so added some Peach Bellini on top, but it was still too pink, so I pulled out a little Sweet Corn and added that and it matched great. Once it was dry I stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and used my heat tool to ensure it was dry before die cutting it with the second smallest Memory Box Matinee Rectangle. It was adhered just below the focal image heart with liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Window On Love Confetti Fancy Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Modern Rose Blooms Background
  • Penny Black Birthday Love
  • Doodlebug Designs Sugar Coated Sugar Coated Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Pink Cardstock From Stash
  • Gina K. Designs Bubblegum Pink, Peach Bellini, Sweet Corn Ink
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Memory Box Matinee Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Spring Card Camp 2: Masked Make Your Own Stripes Sympathy

For day 2 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 Jennifer McGuire showed using purple tape to create stripes on a card front with ink blending. The purple tape was tearing my paper so I used Post-it Tape instead.

Jennifer showed how to have stripes on a diagonal. I placed the first strip of Post-it Tape in the corner of my card where I wanted it and ink blended the first light pink stripe. Leaving the tape in place I then turned the panel so that the tape lined up with the grid lines on my mat. I then added a second Post-it strip to create the desired thickness of the strip and moved the first tape to cover the stripe I had just blended. I repeated this to ink blended various widths of diagonal stripes onto a quarter sheet panel of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock, sometimes leave a white stripe.

For added detail I went through my stamps to find some patterned border stamps and used those to add more detail to the stripes as Jennifer had shown in her cards.

I knew I was running low on sympathy cards, so I decided to use this background to create one. I cut down the panel using a stitched rectangle and then stamped the flower image in black over the striped background. The sentiment was stamped to the left of the flower image.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/4″ smaller than the striped panel and adhered to the back and then glued to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue. The final embellishment was to add a few Moonshine Sequins around the sentiment and flowers.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Dahlia Dance
  • Hero Arts With Sympathy
  • Simon Says Stamp Best Ever
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Altenew Inks: Pink Diamond, Baby Pink, Pinkalicious, Puffy Heart, Razzleberry, Purple Wine
  • Post-it 1” Tape
  • Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Assorted Sequins
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 1 Reverse Masking: Hero Arts Flower Wallpaper Celebrating You

For my last card for the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 I wanted to try using a scalloped rectangle for my mask. I wanted to color the flowers in the background stamp with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers so I stamped the background stamp onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold.

I like how quick and easy it is to watercolor when the image has been embossed. It creates little well separating the color and you don’t have to wait for sections to dry before watercoloring the petals next to on another.

Once the coloring was complete I removed the mask. What I found was that it didn’t left a crisp scalloped edge, rather it looked like an uneven circle, which I didn’t like. To correct the problem I die cut the scalloped circle from gold mirror cardstock and using a smaller regular circle die to create a scalloped circle border. This looked pretty with the gold embossing.

I found a sentiment that would fit within the circle opening and stamped it with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink.

To finish the card I added a mat of gold mirror cardstock behind the watercolored background and adhered the panel to a top folding A2 cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Flower Wallpaper
  • Penny Black Smile Today
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 050 Yellow, 031 Cobalt Blue, 027 Dark Pink, 040 Green, 903 Platinum Brown, 037 Cornflower Blue
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Champagne Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scalloped Circle Die

Spring Card Camp Day 12 Wishing You Happiness

Jennifer McGuire was the designer for day 12 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp. For creating cards this day she took about four or five baby wipes and adhered them to a piece of plastic. Then she added different colors of Distress Reinkers to create a do-it-yourself ink pad. This ink pad was used to stamp whatever images you desires, and at the end you used the leftover ink in the baby wipes to create colorful backgrounds on watercolor paper.

I rummaged through my stamps to find fairly solid images to use and selected several that I decided to give a try. For this card I used one I purchased years ago and think I’ve only used once. I paired it with a leafy branch from Clearly Besotted.

I created two different colored baby wipe ink pads. I used the green for the leaves and the red for the flowers. The thing about these ink pads is that baby wipes have some texture to them so you see that in the stamping, and you are also stamping onto watercolor paper.

I decided to fussy cut the flower and leaves and adhered them over the leafy branch with liquid glue and foam tape for the flowers.

One of the stamps I pulled out was Penny Blacks Dreams of Love. I had completely forgotten that there were a couple of word dies included, I decided to use the “happiness” die for this card. I cut it two times from black. I had a scrap of gold glitter cardstock on my desk and decided to use it for the sentiment. I offset the gold and the black, gluing each layer together with liquid glue. The secondary sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold, cutting it into a thin strip. It was adhered with Darice Thin Strip Foam.

I cut down the focal image rectangle with an A2 stitched rectangle and matted it with gold glitter cardstock. Since I had used black for the sentiment I decided to use black cardstock for the cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Ms. Sparkle & Co. Floral Stamps
  • Clearly Besotted Leafy Accents
  • Penny Black Dreams of Love
  • My Favorite Things Sugar Coated Sentiments
  • Distress Reinkers: Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Evergreen Bough, Mowed Lawn
  • American Crafts Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Be Creative Double-sided Tape

Spring Card Camp Day 12 Pop Pop Poppy You Are Amazing

Jennifer McGuire was the designer for day 12 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp. For creating cards this day she took about four or five baby wipes and adhered them to a piece of plastic. Then she added different colors of Distress Reinkers to create a do-it-yourself ink pad. This ink pad was used to stamp whatever images you desires, and at the end you used the leftover ink in the baby wipes to create colorful backgrounds on watercolor paper.

I rummaged through my stamps to find fairly solid images to use and selected several that I decided to give a try. For this first card I used Penny Black’s Pop Pop Poppy. This is a watercolor style stamp and I thought it might work well with this technique.

What I found out was it is very messy and I didn’t like that at all. For future cards I taped the baby wipes to a large stamp block and like that much better. I also found that you needed to stamp your image multiple times to get a good impression, but that is the nature of this type of stamp from Penny Black. I liked the variation in color that was achieve.

Once the stamping was dry I cut it down using a scalloped rectangle die. The sentiment was cut from both back cardstock and back sticky back foam to add dimension. Before adhering a secondary sentiment was stamped.

Since the sentiment was black I decided to adhere the focal image panel to a top folding black cardbase. It really allows the flowers to pop.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Pop Pop Poppy
  • Frantic Stamper Amazing Die
  • Altenew Perfectly Perfect
  • Distress Reinkers: Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Canson XL Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Black Foam

Spring Card Camp Day 11 Wishing You Sunshine and Love

Day 11 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp was with Dawn Woleslagle and was all about rainbow cards. I really liked the results of the cards made with this technique/challenge. I was able to use dies I’ve had on had, but rarely use.

The process of creating the rainbows was to take circle dies and adhered them together with tape and then die cut them from white cardstock and color them with blending brushes and any inks you might have on hand.

I used Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies, skipping every other circle so they would be a better width. I ink blended them with blending brushes and Gina K. Designs inks. Once the circles were colored, I added Scotch Tape to the back to hold them together and then cut the circle in half. This would allow you to make at least two cards. Dawn took one of her halves and cut it again into fourth to create three cards from her rainbow circles.

I decided to use a portrait orientation for this card. I used My Favorite Things Stitched Cloud Edges for the big clouds at the bottom and Avery Elle Pierced Clouds for the small one at the top.

I die cut a rectangle using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and ink blended it in Distress Tumbled Glass for a blue sky.

I placed my rainbow toward the center left of the card and adhered it with liquid glue. The first large cloud border was adhered directly over the top with liquid glue and the second was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. The smaller clouds were adhered to the top left of the card in the same manner.

When I pulled out the dies for some of my clouds I say this great kite from Clearly Besotted’s Sky’s the Limit and decided to use it on this card. What is more uplifting and happy than a kite flying in the sky. I ink blended it red, I wanted it to pop against the blue sky and added white stripes with a gel pen. It didn’t have a tail for the kite so I pulled out a balloon string from Penny Black’s Uplifting Balloons. I glued it to the bottom of the kite with liquid glue and added foam tape to the back of the kite and adhered it in the sky on the right of the card.

This is the same sentiment used on the previous rainbow card, but this time I used the entire sentiment. I love the way this card turned out.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Layered Daisies
  • Avery Elle Pierced Clouds
  • Clearly Besotted Sky’s the Limit
  • Penny Black Uplifting Balloons
  • My Favorite Things Sunflower
  • Hero Arts Circle Infinity
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Red Hot, Tangerine Twist, Wild Dandelion, Wild Lilac, Blue Raspberry, Grass Green, Amalgam
  • Distress Tumbled Glass
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets
  • Studio Katia Iridescent Bubbles Tiny
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
  • Uniball Signo White Gel Pen

Spring Card Camp Day 10 Morocco Happy Birthday

Lydia Fiedler was the guest designer for day 10 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp. In it she talked about planning to use glitter cardstock for her take two designs, but she forgot to order it and so she used glitter paste. I don’t have any glitter paste, so I reverted back to using glitter cardstock for my cards.

Lydia used stencils to apply her glitter paste so I pulled out some background dies which would give a similar look. For my first two cards I used the My Favorite Things Morocco Background Die and cut it from gold glitter cardstock. Before removing the pieces of tile from the background I added small squares of foam tape and then adhered them to a black background.

It was very glittery and I needed some way to let the sentiment standout on the card front so I went to my Silhouette Cameo Software and create a similar tile shape and cut it largest enough to be a background for my sentiment from black cardstock. I cut the “happy birthday” sentiment from gold glitter cardstock and stacked it onto three black cutouts of the same sentiment. I like the way it looked by there was too much blank space on the top and bottom of the black tile piece so I ran the background die through the Big Shot again with a scrap of glitter cardstock so I had two more glitter tiles from the die and adhered them above and below the sentiment.

The decorative panel was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Birthday
  • My Favorite Things Morocco Background Die
  • Penny Black Birthday
  • Silhouette Morocco Background
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Low Loft Foam Tape
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • American Crafts Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Silhouette Cameo Die Cut

Spring Card Camp Day 1 – Yellow Multiple Layered Embossed Background Happy Birthday

This card was created using the multiple layered embossed image that was used to create my previous cards. I didn’t plan on using it again and I didn’t want it to go to waste. It is really quite striking with the heavy embossing on the background. I ink blended it with a very light yellow.

I had this new stamp from Penny Black and thought this gorgeous tulip bouquet with be pretty on the card and allow the embossed background to still make a statement.

I stamped the image on Bristol Smooth Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I colored the image with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers. At first I was going to have the tulips be yellow with a hint of orange at the base of each petal, but it just did not stand out on the background, so I recolored the image using Scarlet Red at the base and blending it out with Bright Yellow and then Yellow at the tip. The leaves are a couple of different greens to add dimension and depth. I didn’t like the stark white in between the stems of the flowers and so I colored it using a soft blue.

The focal image was fussy cut and foam tape was added to the back and adhered to the embossed background.

The sentiment was stamped onto black cardstock and heat embossed white. A Simon Says Sentiment Label was use to cut the sentiment strip and foam tape was added to the back, leaving a gap where the stems of the flower were so that it would lay flat.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Lotus Background
  • Penny Black Splendiferous
  • Penny Black Beautiful Heart
  • Distress Oxide Inks Squeezed lemonade
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 023 Scarlet Red, 052 Bright Yellow, 050 Yellow, 043 Olive Green, 041 Light Green, 036 Light Blue
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle