Mums Bouquet Happy Birthday

This is another card made by stamping an image to a Silhouette Cameo outline of a WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquet image.  This time I used the Mums stamp set.  Since I was going to use Copic Markers to color the image it was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. 00278w A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Next a yellow frame was cut using the Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangle Die.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was cut in thirds and adhered to the back of the frame to add dimension.  When I went to apply the frame to the cardbase I found that this frame leaves are larger top and bottom border to an A2 cardbase.  I like to have my cards evenly spaced and so 1/4″ was cut from the length of the front and back of the card so that the overall size was 4 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ scored at 5 1/4″.

The sentiment was stamped with Hero Hues Black ink and is from Hero Arts Yummy Treats stamp set.  Foam tape was added to the back of the flower image and applied to the inside of the frame and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquet Mums Stamp Set
  • Hero Arts Yummy Treats Stamp Set
  • Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangle Die
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Hero Hues Black Ink
  • Copic Markers: G24, G94, G99; YG93, YG95, YG97; G85, YG67; Y13, Y15, Y19; R14; R27; B34, B34; BG10

Hollyhock Happy Birthday

Having outline dies really let a stamped image stand out on the page. That is why I always purchase matching dies if they are available, but the same effect can be achieved by either fussy cutting the image or creating a cut file in the Silhouette Cameo software.  Instructions for creating a Silhouette cutout image can be found on my September 29, 2016, post entitled “Happy Birthday Princess with Silhouette Cameo.

Penny Black Hollyhocks was stamped on a matching outline with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored with Copic Markers (colors are listed below).  To help the focal image to standout even more on the card an oval was cut from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock using My Favorite Things Pierced Ovals STAX and then run through the Big Shot with the Darice Dots Embossing Folder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the hollyhock image and adhered to the oval shape.  Another oval was cut from Darice Adhesive Fun Foam and trimmed to be slightly smaller than the cardstock oval.

Matching pink cardstock from my stash was cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″ and adhered to the front of a top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  This same glue was used to adhere the oval focal image to the front of the card.

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The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments.  It was stamped with VersaMark Ink on a strip of 120# Gina K. Designs Black Cardstock, heat embossed with Gina K. Designs White Fine Detail Embossing Powder.  Two fishtail ends were added and the strip was applied with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Hollyhocks
  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Ovals STAX
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Darice Dots Embossing Folder
  • Copic Markers: RV11, RV13, RV14; y38, Y15; G99, G94, G21; BG10

Ranunculus Happy Birthday

WPlus9 has such beautiful bouquet stamps and I hope they make more. This card was made with Beautiful Bouquet Ranunculus, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto an outline for the stamp cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  (Instructions for creating a cutout image can be found on the September 29, 2016, post entitled “Happy Birthday Princess with Silhouette Cameo.”)  Copic Markers used were: Y13, Y15, Y17; V12, V15, V17; RV02, RV04; G85, G43, G24; G99, G94; YG93, YG95, YG97; G85, G94; BG10.

I dies cut a rectangle from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with the Memory Box Stitched Rectangles.  I placed the focal image on the rectangle to determine placement for the sentiment, which is from Sugar Pea Designs Celebrate All Things, stamped with Hero Hues Black.  I really like the look of dimension on my cards and so I generously added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back of the flower image and applied it to the white rectangle.

I took some purple cardstock from my stash to create a top foldling cardbase.  For added interest I ran the front of the card through the Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was added to the back of the panel and then adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

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I always add details to the inside of my cards, but I don’t usually photograph them.  This time I liked the way the sentiment “celebrate” was carried over to the inside “you” from Simon Says Stamp You Matter stamp set and thought I would share.  I stamped the flower bouquet with Memento London Fog ink, and then stamped “you” with Altenew Deep Iris ink.  Next “Happy Birthday” was stamped with Hero Hues Black.

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I liked the look of the card, but felt it was too much purple and so I cut down the front of the card to be 5 1/4″ x 4″ and glued it to a top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Next I cut down the inside of the card to the same size and applied it with Tombo Stamp Runner adhesive to the inside of the card.  Making this change really let the focal image panel pop off the card and I liked it much better.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • WPlus9 Ranunculus Stamp Set
  • Sugar Pea Designs Celebrate All Things Sentiment Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp You Matter Stamp
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Memory Box Stitched Rectangles
  • Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder
  • Memento Tuxedo Black and London Fog Ink
  • Altenew Deep Iris Ink (Inside)
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Copic Markers: Y13, Y15, Y17; V12, V15, V17; RV02, RV04; G85, G43, G24; G99, G94; YG93, YG95, YG97; G85, G94; BG10

HAPPY-HAPPY-HAPPY BIRTHDAY

This card was made with several outline images from my Silhouette Cameo using Penny Black Big Wish Stamp set.  The images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with the Copic Markers listed below.

00256A rectangle was cut with Memory Box Stitched Rectangles from some blue cardstock I had in my stash.  I then cut a second rectangle from Gina K. Designs 80# white cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot twice to make it slightly smaller, then I used the Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  The two rectangles were adhered together using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then adhered to a top folding cardbase from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut to 4 ¼” x 11”  and scored 5 ½” with 3M ½” and Foam Tape.

The focal images were adhered to the front of the white rectangle with 3M ½” Foam Tape.  I didn’t like were the cat was placed and so I stamped a present box from Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday Stamp with Memento Danube Blue and filled in the polka dots with Copic Y08.  This was a cute perch for the cat to sit on and I like that much better.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Penny Black Big Wish Stamp (Cut with Silhouette)
  • MFT Celebrate You Sentiment Stamp (top line only)
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday Stamp (present for cat to sit on)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink; Danube Blue for Present; Altenew Sapphire for Sentiment
  • Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder
  • Memory Box Stitched Rectangles (largest run through twice to make smaller)
  • Copic Markers: B32, B34, B37 (Hat, Dress, Butterfly); Y02, Y06, Y08 (Balloon, Butterfly, Dots on Flowers, Present, Hat); RV 14, RV11 (Flower, Butterfly Antennae); E000, E00, E01, R20 (Skin); E50, E31, E25 (Hair); Y23, YR23, YR24, E49 (Cat); G24, G28 (Cat’s Hat)

HAVE A LOVELY BIRTHDAY

This is another image that I stamped on an outline cutout from my Silhouette Cameo software using my MISTI, with a little repositionable tape on the back of the outline to hold it in place.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black for ink, since it is Copic friendly and then I colored the image using the Copic Marker colors listed below.

00255I die cut a circle using My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX dies and then run it through my Sizzix Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  I found some matching peach cardstock in my stash and cut it using the Avery Elle Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  I prepared the bottom of the rectangle with my Embossing Buddy to ensure the embossing powder would only stick where I wanted it to and stamped the sentiment from My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings Sentiment stamp with VersaMark Ink and then sprinkles some Recollections Snow Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Tool.

I created a card base from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cutting it to 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”.  I adhered the peach rectangle using Tombo Mono Multi Glue, which gives you a little time to position it perfectly on the cardbase.  The focal image was adhered to the circle die cut with 3M ½” Foam Tape, and then the circle was adhered to the peach rectangle with some more 3M ½” Foam Tape and the card was done.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Penny Black Big Wish Stamp (Cut with Silhouette)
  • MFT Birthday Greetings Sentiment Stamp
  • MFT Big Birthday Greetings (Inside)
  • Copic Markers: E55, E59 (Frosting); E77, E59, E57 (Hair); E00, R00 (Skin); R20, R21, R22 (Dress, Cake, Bows); Y02, Y08 (Flames)
  • Recollections Snow Embossing Powder
  • Peach Cardstock (in stash)
  • MFT Pierced Circle STAX
  • Avery Elle Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • K. Success Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCESS WITH SILHOUETTE CAMEO CUTOUTS

I really like the look of an image cut out with matching dies, but I have a lot of stamps that don’t have any dies available, so I decided to use my Silhouette Cameo to create cut files for these stamp sets.  The method for creating these files is as follows:

  1. I Stamped the image on white cardstock using a dark black ink, I used Hero Hues Black
  2. I scanned the image with my multi use scanner and saved it as a .jpg image
  3. I started my Silhouette Studio software and opened the .jpg image
  4. I used the Trace Window to trace around the image – be sure to turn off High Pass Filter – I used a Threshold between 80-90% and selected trace outer edge
  5. The image will now have a red cut line around it – You can now delete the .jpg image leaving only the cut lines, or you can leave it, whichever you prefer, but be sure that you have selected the cut image and open the Offset Window. Once you select offset the default is .125, but that is too large, I change the offset to be .035.  Sometimes I may have a slightly larger offset (.045) to capture other embellishments that are part of the image, such as the stars and confetti that were part of the image above.
  6. Delete the inside smaller cut image, leaving behind only the offset cut image and send it to your cameo for cutting – Be sure and use Copic Friendly paper, I used Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and to conserve paper I filled the page with multiple images.

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If the image has embellishments some of them may not join together when you offset.  Sometimes, if necessary you can double click on the cut image and the Point Editing Window will open.  You can zoom into the image to see individual points that are created for cut the image.  You can use this tool to delete some of the points to ensure that small items like a star or confetti are joined to the cut image, or to eliminate little areas that have been selected to cut that would just tear your paper they are so small.  You can also use the erase tool to get rid of these extra embellishments to the image.  You could leave them, but I don’t think you want to try and line up small cutouts of extra confetti when it is part of one stamp.  When working with these cut files keep in mind that once you erase something from the cut image the Point Editing Tool will no longer work.   I have found that, while a little time consuming, deleting the points works best.  There are good instruction videos on YouTube that can help if you have questions, or send me an email and I’ll try and walk you through it.

For this card I cut the outline for Penny Black Big Wish Stamp set from Gina K. Designs 80# Cardstock.  This is a clear photopolymer stamp and so I used a little removable adhesive to the back of the cut file and placed it in my MISTI, aligned the matching stamp, and used Copic Friendly Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  If I am working with a rubber stamp I use a stamp positioner (I have the stamp-a-ma-jig) to ensure proper alignment.

Once the image was stamped I used Copic Markers to color the image, colors are listed below.  I die cut a Sizzix Rounded Tag from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and adhered the focal image in the center with 3M ½” Foam Tape.  I then cut a larger Sizzix Rounded Tag from matching pink cardstock I had in my stash and stamped the top line only from MFT Celebrate You Sentiment Stamp set with VersaMark Ink and embossed it with Recollections Snow Detailed White Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.

I wanted the cardbase to match the arch of the Sizzix Tag, but I didn’t have a die in the size that was needed.  I took some Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and cut it to 4 ¼” x 11” and scored it at 5 ½” to create a top folding A2 size cardbase.  I used the Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder on the front of the cardbase and then fussy cut a matching arch.  The focal image was adhered to the front of the cardbase with 3M ½” Foam Tape and the card was complete.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Penny Black Big Wish Stamp (Cut with Silhouette)
  • MFT Celebrate You Sentiment Stamp (top line only)
  • Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder
  • Sizzix Rounded Tags Die
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Copic Markers: YR21, E97, E99 (Hair); G20, G21, G24, G28 (Present and Cupcake Wrapper); Y02, Y06, Y08, Y15, Y19 (Ribbons and Stars); YR23, Y19 (Crown); E000, E00, E01 (Skin); RV10, RV11, RV13, RV14 (Dress, Present, Cupcake, Bow); RV29, RV13 (Cherry)

Masculine Birthday: Hey Stud

My father and mother were both school teachers and to supplement their income to support a family of eight during the summers my dad and mom would build homes to sell.  The handyman gene was passed down to a lot of people in my family.  I married a handyman and we built three houses when we were young from the ground up.  So, when I saw the cute tools patterned paper in the Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Tie paper pack I knew I needed to make a card.

00191I cut the patterned paper with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and applied it to a top fold cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″).

I fussy cut a hammer, wrench, and screw driver from the patterned paper and wanted to put them in a tool belt for the focal image.  I found Design ID #13262 in the Silhouette store and modified the image so that it only had one pocket and sized it to approximately 3″ x 2 1/4″.

I needed a sentiment that would go along with the theme.  If you have ever been in the process of building a home you know the 2″ x 4″ wood used to frame up walls is called a stud, and that term also means a good looking guy, so I added “HEY STUD” “Have a Tool’n Good Birthday!” underneath the tool belt and printed the design with my Silhouette Cameo on some Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

Next I die cut the focal image with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables, but when I placed it on the card it needed something more to make it stand out.  So, I added registration marks in the Silhouette software to print and cut the tool belt.  I cut a slit in the pocket with my X-acto Knife, tucked the tools inside the slit, and taped them in place on the back with Scotch Tape.  Then it was adhered over the first tool belt with some 3M 1/2″ foam tape and I liked it much better.  I then adhered the focal rectangle on the patterned paper with 3M 1/2″ foam tape and the card was done.

00191aI like to add some element of the card to the inside of the card, as well as the envelope as seen in the picture above.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Tie paper pack
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
  • Scotch Tape
  • X-acto Knife
  • 3M 1/2″ foam tape

Masculine Birthday: Wishing You a Fan(tache)tic Birthday

From the Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Ties paper pack I die cut the mustache and glasses paper with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  I used the fishtail flag from the Silhouette Design ID #20957, sized to (3″ x 3 7/8″) with the words “wishing you a FAN(TACHE)TIC birthday!” added to the bottom.  Then using the registration marks it was printed onto some Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock and then cut with the Silhouette Cameo.

00190The edges were then distressed with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink with a Tsukineko ink dauber to make it standout on the page.  Three copper studs were added at the top for added dimension.  The mustache is Silhouette Design ID #35293 and was cut on the Cameo with Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock and adhered with 3M 1/2″ foam tape just above the sentiment.  The entire flag was adhered with foam tape to the top of the patterned paper and the card was done.

00190aI like to add some element of the card to the inside of the card, as well as the envelope as seen in the picture above.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Ties paper pack
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Sihouette Cameo
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock
  • Rusty Hinge Distress Ink
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape

 

Masculine Birthday Card: In the Game of Life

 

I have a large family with lots of brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and good friends, in fact I have 99 people on my birthday list, so I am constantly making birthday cards.  I find masculine birthday cards the hardest.  I naturally gravitate to flowers and pretty cards, but that just doesn’t work for guys.  So I put my thinking cap on and came up with several designs inspired by a couple of pads of paper I had on hand.  Here is the first.00183a

I pulled out The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Ties paper pack and die cut the bowling pin paper with the largest rectangle from Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables.  Since I wanted a sentiment that would tie into bowling I printed “In the Game of Life, You’re a Ten”  in red ink on a side fold card base, 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Once it was printed I scored the card at 4 1/4″.  The “Happy Birthday” was stamped below using Hero Hues Black ink and Papertrey Ink Boutique Borders: Mother.  Before adhering the pattern paper panel with Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets to the cardbase I cut the cardbase down 1/8″ on each side so the spacing would be even on either side of the panel, the overall size of the card was now 5 1/4 x 8 1/2″.

The star burst is Sihouette Design ID #13645 cut with my Cameo in Recollections red glitter cardstock.  The Bowling pins and ball (Design ID #40719) were also cut with the Cameo out of Gina K. Designs 80# White and 100# Red Velvet cardstock.  All the pieces were adhered together using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The two outer pins were adhered to the star burst with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the center one with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape, along with the bowling ball.  I covered the bowling ball with Glossy Accents for a little interest and dimension.

I thought I was done at this point, but the patterned paper seemed pretty dull so I covered it with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, which you can see in the picture below, although it isn’t quite as shiny as shown.

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PRODUCTS USED:

  • The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches & Ties
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 100# Red Velvet Cardstock
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets
  • Papertrey Ink Boutique Borders: Mother
  • Hero Hues Black ink
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
  • Sihouette Cameo