Beautiful Heart Happy Everything

This is the second card created with Altenew’s Beautiful Heart stamp.  However, this time I only stamped the outline with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored it in using Copic Markers.

This was a one layer card.  The flower was stamped first and then stamped again onto some masking paper in order to stamp the leaves.  They were colored with Copic Markers V28, V25, V22; YG17, YG25, YG01.  When the coloring was complete it was die cut using My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX and then matted with Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock.  The sentiment was also cut from gold mirror and Darice Sticky Back Foam to add dimension and adhered to the card front.

Am A2 side folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the focal image panel and then adhered to the cardbase with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Beautiful Heart
  • Penny Black Awesome Die Set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Copic Markers: V28, V25, V22; YG17, YG25, YG01
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Nuvo Aqua Glitter Gloss Shimmer Pen1

 

Budding Thanks Celebrate You

Another card for complementary colors theory in the Online Card Classes Introduction to Color Theory.  I’ve had the Altenew Budding Thanks stamp set for a long time and never made a card with it.  I found that it was a little more difficult to line up this layering stamp than some others that I’ve worked with, but I really like the pink and green colors that were used on this card.

I really like using a lot of white space on my cards.  Clean and simple really appeals to me and I find myself creating a lot of cards using this design.  In the color theory class we talked about using complementary colors, which are opposite each other on the color wheel.  The intensity or hue of the color is changed by the amount of water used.  This also works when selecting ink colors, varying the intensity of color can give a completely different feel to a card.

Altenew Inks were used to stamp the images.  Once the stamping/layering was complete the images were die cut with the matching dies and added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back to add dimension.  For visual interest a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock was die cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then dry embossed using the Cricut Cuttlebug Polka Dot folder. Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the panel and it was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

The flowers were adhered to the polka dot panel by removing the backing paper from the foam tape.  Penny Black’s Celebrations die was cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and adhered to the bottom right of the card front.  For the secondary sentiment a scrap of cardstock was colored and stamped using the same Altenew inks used to stamp the flowers.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Budding Thanks
  • Penny Black Celebrations
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party
  • Altenew Inks: Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Rubellite, Razzelberry, Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Cricut Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Nuvo Aqua Glitter Gloss Shimmer Pen

You Are the Tweetest

My granddaughter recently had her 13th birthday.  The years are passing too quickly.  She loves parakeets and has two of her own.  When I saw this cute stamp by Penny Black I knew it would make the perfect card for Aurora.

I colored the image with Copic Markers in her favorite colors of turquoise and purple.  And the little parakeet was colored the same as one of her birds.  Once coloring was complete I die cut the image using the Silhouette PIXScan Mat.  The stamped image has long hair, so I manipulated the cut file to have short hair, just like Aurora.  I traced around the image onto some Darice Sticky Back Foam and fussy cut around it, making it slightly smaller so it would fit behind the die cut focal image.

For the card front I die cut a rectangle of Turquoise cardstock I had in my stash with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then dry embossed it with Do Crafts Small Polka Dot Hearts Embossing Folder.  It was adhered directly to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

For the focal image I die cut a scalloped rectangle using a die from Gina Marie Designs.  I placed the die cut image on the rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiments from Penny Black’s Tweetie and Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments.  I used Altenew Volcano Lake Ink.  The focal image was adhered to the scalloped rectangle with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then it was adhered to the card front using the same liquid glue.

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Tweetie
  • Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments
  • Copic Markers: E55, E53, E51; E11, E01, E00, R21, R20; YG25, YG03, YG21; Y06, Y02, Y11, Y12; W5, W3, W1; C2, C1; V25, V22, V20; BG15, BG13, BG11
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • DoCrafts Small Polka Hearts Embossing Folder
  • Altenew Volcano Lake Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Silhouette Cameo PixScan Mat and Software
  • Turquoise Cardstock from Scraps
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

Fingernail Polish Marble Background Happy Everything

I had seen a challenge on Splitcoaststampers.com to use fingernail polish to create a marbleized background and decided to give it a try.  I went to the Dollar Store and picked up several colors of nail polish, dropped them into a small tub of water, stirred them with a wooden stirring stick and then dipped watercolor paper into the water.  It can give some amazing results.  With this background I made two different cards.

It is amazing how different the same background can look by using different colored paper in the card design.

I die cut the rectangle using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then die cut an oval out of the center using an Oval STAX die from the same company.  The sentiment was cut from the center of the oval using the Penny Black Awesome Die.

For the first card the oval was adhered to a rectangle of light purple cardstock, also cut with a stitched rectangle die.  It was matted with some Paper Accent Silver Mirror Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back and then the rectangle was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from some deep purple cardstock I had in scraps.  The sentiment was die cut from the same purple cardstock four times and adhered together using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then adhered into the negative space of the oval and the card.  Purple sequins were scatter around the card front as a final embellishment.

For the second card the positive rectangle of the marble background was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  An oval was die cut from a scrap of burgundy cardstock and adhered into the negative space.  The marbleized die cut sentiment was adhered to the center of the oval and Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Confetti was scattered around the front of the card.

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Awesome Die
  • My Favorite Things Oval STAX
  • Fingernail Polish Marble Background
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Purple/Burgundy Cardstocks from Scraps
  • Doodlebug Designs Lilac Sequins
  • Pretty Pink Posh Trick or Treat Mix
  • Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Confetti
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Rebecca Celebrate Your Day

My friend Rebecca has a birthday coming up.  Her favorite colors are blue and gray.  I have been experimenting with Alcohol Inks and thought that they could be used to create a beautiful background with these colors.  For the gray I decided to use the Silver Mixative and it turned out gorgeous.

When I create an alcohol background I like to saturate the Yupo paper with Alcohol Blending Solution and them drop the colors I’ve selected randomly onto the paper.  Once I have all the colors applied I use a straw to push the color around and sometimes pick the paper up and rock it from side to side until I get the blend that I like.  I then set it aside to let it completely dry and then spray it with a fixative, I use Grumbacher Matte Final Fixative.

I wanted to create a card that would really let the background be the star of the show.  I decided to use a butterfly die from Paper Artist that allowed me to cut not only the butterfly but a background as well.  I cut the butterfly three times from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and adhered them together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.  The base of the butterfly was cut using Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock and they were adhered together with the same spray adhesive.

Once the alcohol ink was dry I die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I die cut the sentiment from the same mirror cardstock using a Penny Black Doodle Thins die.  I sprayed the back with the Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive and added it to the bottom of the alcohol ink panel.

I added a couple of thin strips of 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the center of the butterfly and adhered it on an angle to the front of the alcohol ink panel.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the panel and adhered to the back.

A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The focal panel was adhered to the front using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.  It turned out beautiful.

Product Used:

  • Paper Artist Butterflies and Shadows
  • Penny Black Doodle Thins Die
  • Alcohol Inks: Stream, Aqua, Sailboat Blue, Denim, Silver Mixative, Alcohol Blending Solution
  • Ranger Yupo Paper
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Grumbacher Matte Final Fixative

 

Baylee Celebrate Your Birthday With Cake

This card is for Bailey who is turning sweet sixteen in September.  I thought it would be fun to use this really cute image from Penny Black called Tall Cake.  The color scheme is pink because that is Baylee’s favorite.

This is a digital image that I printed on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using the Silhouette Cameo Software with registration marks. This allows me to cut around the image so that I don’t have to fussy cut the image myself. Saves a lot of time.

I colored the image with Copic Markers (listed below). Once it was die cut I traced around it on the paper side of some Darice Sticky Back Foam and fussy cut it smaller to fit behind the image. I find this is the fastest way to add dimension to a die cut image.

I raided my stash of cardstock to find a pink cardstock that would match the Copic colors I used. To set off the image I die cut a rectangle from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using a My Favorite Things Mod Rectangle STAX.  I love the curved edge to this rectangle.  I added it to the pink cardbase using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.

I placed the focal image on the white rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiment.  I used SugarPea Designs Celebrate All the Things since I could customize it to talk about celebrating with cake, which is perfect for the image.  I stamped it using two different colors of pink ink from Altenew.

The focal image was adhered using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.  So cute!

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Tall Cake
  • Sugarpea Designs Celebrate All the Things
  • Altenew Ink Rubellite and Pink Diamond
  • RV17, RV14, RV13; RV13, RV21, RV10; Y04, Y08; E55, E53, E51; C5, C3, C1; E79, E29, E25; E13, E11, E00, R20
  • My Favorite Things Mod Rectangle STAX
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Hot Pink Cardstock from Scraps
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive

Faith is Confidence in God Encouragement Card

Every month I create a card and message for the young men and women in my local church who are serving full-time missions for the Lord.  I admire them so much for giving up 18-months to two years of their life to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the areas they are called to serve.  It is hard work and they experience difficult times, but they persevere because they love the Lord.  This month’s theme was “You Can Do Hard Things.”  I have a couple of Penny Black stamp sets that are perfect for these kind of encouragement cards.  This month I used Hope Shines.  I also wanted to experiment with creating watercolor background using Ken Oliver Color Burst Powders and they turned out beautiful.  The orange background was sent to the young men and the purple and teal to the young women.  I hope it encourages them to trust in the Lord.

For the orange background I started with dry Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper and then sprayed water to move the colors.  With the purple and teal I started with wet paper and added to dry powders.  Both methods work really well.

Once the background were completely dry I die cut them using the second largest My Favorite Things A2 Set A Stitched Rectangle.  They were applied to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Be Creative Tape.  Since the paper warps a little from adding so much water this strong adhesive really helps to flatten the panel to the cardbase.

The sentiment was stamped onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Hero Hues India Ink Black and die cut using a Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle.  It was then adhered to the watercolor paper with Scotch Advanced Tape Glider Gun, another strong bonding adhesive.

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Hope Shines
  • Alizarin Crimson, Lime Green, Orange, Lemon Yellow (Masculine)
  • Fuchsia, Turquoise, Violet (Feminine)
  • Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Scotch ATG Adhesive

MFT Summer School White Space Peony Dream 3D Flower

I’ve had the Altenew Peony Dream 3D Die for quite awhile and hadn’t gotten around to using it.  I wanted to give it try cutting the elements of the flower with paper that had been alcohol inked.  Originally I thought I would use it to make a complementary color card, but I added some turquoise into the mix and it turned out to be a lovely card with white space. 

I used Alcohol Inks Aqua, Sailboat Blue, Mermaid, Purple Twilight, Wild Plum, and Raspberry.  I first saturated the Yupo Paper with Alcohol Blending Solution and then randomly dropped the colors onto the paper.  I picked it up and moved it around to get the colors to blend and then set it aside to dry.  I waited a little too long to add iCraft Deco Foil in Gold, but there are a few subtle spots were is shines.

After the background panel was dry I dies cut all the elements for the Peony Delight 3D Flower.  I used Zots Medium Glue Dots, making the smaller and rolling them into strips to adhere the layers together.  This added nice dimension to each of the layers.  I love the variation in colors for each layer.  For the center of the flower I added a pile of Ranger Multi Medium Matte and filled it with Mikuki Gold Seed Beads.

Thinking of the complimentary color to purple I decided to make the leaves gold.  I used Paper Accents Gold Mirror and Glossy Gold Papers and love the way they looked layered.

I die cut a quarter sheet of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I matted the back with an A2 size rectangle from the Glossy Gold cardstock and adhered them together using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

I placed the flower and leaves onto the rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiment from Penny Black’s Heartfelt in VersaMark Ink and heat embossed using Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Peony Dream 3D Die
  • Penny Black Heartfelt
  • Alcohol Inks: Aqua, Sailboat Blue, Mermaid, Purple Twilight, Wild Plum, Raspberry
  • Alcohol Blending Solution
  • Zots Medium Glue Dots
  • Mikuki Seed Beads Gold
  • Ranger Yupo Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • iCraft Deco Foil Gold
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Glossy Gold Cardstock
  • Scotch Tape
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder

MFT Summer School Repetition and White Space Butterfly Celebration

This is the fourth card I’ve made for My Favorite Things Summer School 2018.  This one is for day three repetition.  It was inspired by a card created by Laura Bassen for Paper Smooches Butterfly Duet, which can be found at: https://www.papersmoochesstamps.com/Butterfly_Duet_Die_p/m1d-15-202.htm.  For my card I decided to use Ranger Alcohol Inks and love the way the butterflies turned out.

I started with Ranger Yupo Paper.  I saturated it with Alcohol Blending Solution and added Shell Pink, Flamingo, Watermelon, Wild Plum, and Mermaid Alcohol Inks.  I picked up the paper and moved it around to cause the colors to blend into one another and then set it aside to dry.  I wanted to add some gold accents and so I used a small piece of iCraft Gold Deco Foil, but I had waited a little too long and only had a few spots were the foil stuck to the background.  It still turned out beautiful.

When the background was completely dry I used the butterflies from Paper Smooches Butterfly Duet and ran it through the Big Shot.

I die cut a rectangle from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  These are my favorite dies.  I probably use them on half of the cards I create.  I added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the back of the panel to add dimension and adhered it to a side folding pre-scored cardbase from Simon Says Stamp.

I arranged the butterflies on the stitched rectangle and tried to glue them together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  It didn’t adhered very well, but I knew I wanted to add 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back and that kept them together.

To enhance the little bit of gold in the butterflies I pulled out some Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and cut the Penny Back Doodle Thins Celebrate die for my sentiment.  It was adhered to the lower right of the card front and the butterflies were adhered above it and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Paper Smooches Butterfly Duet
  • Penny Black Doodle Things Celebrate
  • Tim Holtz Alcohol Blending Solution
  • Ranger Alcohol Inks: Shell Pink, Flamingo, Watermelon, Wild Plum, Mermaid
  • Ranger Yupo Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Pre-Scored A2 White Cardbase
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

 

 

Layered Daisies All About Celebrating You

I love this Gina K. Designs stamp set.  It makes beautiful cards.  I used it previously to create some beautiful hello cards.  For this card I decided to use it for a birthday card.  I love the pink and blue color combination with the mint green leaves.

I stamped the daisies with Gina K. Designs and Altenew Inks (listed below) onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar What Cardstock and then die cut them with the matching dies.  I have really enjoyed using My Favorite Things Stitched Mod Rectangle STAX dies.  It really creates a lovely focal interest to a card.  I laid flowers in the in the corners of the panel to determine where the stamp the sentiment from Penny Black Sprinkles and Smiles with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  The flowers were then adhered directly to the mod panel with Ranger Multi Medium Matte, with the exception of the large pink flowers, which was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the focal image panel and then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  As a final embellishment, Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets were scattered on the card front and adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Layered Daisies
  • Penny Black Sprinkles and Smiles
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Mod Rectangle STAX
  • Gina K. Designs Ink: Powder Blue, Innocent Pink, Dusty Rose, Apple Mint, Lucky Clover
  • Altenew Ink: Persian Blue
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Asparagus Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Ebony Black
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte