This is an image from Pinterest that a friend of mine found and made a beautiful card with. She sent me the image so that I could use it too.
I printed the image with a laser jet printer onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock and colored it using a light and dark pink marker. Once the image was dry I used the Silhouette PIXScan Mat to cut around the image.
The image did not have any leaves so I pulled out the Altenew Beautiful Heart stamp and die and stamped them with a MISTI stamping tool and colored them with a light and dark green marker. They were then cut using the matching die. They were glued behind the flower using liquid glue. To add dimension I traced around the image onto some Darice foam with a pencil and fussy cut it about 1/8″ smaller and adhered it to the back of the image with liquid glue.
For visual interest I die cut another rectangle using a Memory Box Matinee Rectangle and adhered it to the front of a side folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive.
I placed the image on the card front to determine where to stamp the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Day with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink. The focal image was adhered on an angle in the upper left corner of the card front.
As a final embellishment I used a Pentel Sunburst Metallic Gold Gel Pen to the stamen on the flower center and the card was done.
We are living in unprecedented times and there is many things that cause uncertainty and worry. Social distancing is also hard. It can leave us feeling isolated and alone. I wanted to send my neighbors a Thinking of You card and let them know we are here for them if they should need any assistance in getting their groceries or medicines.
This card is a Pinterest image that I printed with my laser printer on Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock and watercolored with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers.
I die cut the image using the largest Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle Die and then another rectangle from black cardstock. This creates a love then border of black around the image. Both were adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.
The sentiment is from Simon Says stamp Sketched Flowers and was stamped with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink. The final embellishment was to add Pentel Metallic Gold Gel Pen to the center of the flower.
When the card was done and I was getting ready to send it I felt it was a little flat. So I pulled out my Faber-Castelle Polychromos pencils to add shading. Not sure if I like it better. Let me know what you think.
This is another image from Power Poppy that I purchased recently. Gladioli flowers always remind me of spring. I looked up the colors of these flower and decided on a pretty orange and used Copic Markers to color them.
Once the coloring was complete the image was die cut using a scalloped rectangle. I wanted a small sentiment that wouldn’t take away from the flowers and so I pulled out Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Birthday. It was stamped on black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and embossed with white embossing powder.
A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and embossed using the Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder. The die cut focal image was adhered to the front of the cardbase with liquid glue. Darice thin strip foam tape was added to the back of the sentiment and then adhered at the base of the flowers.
My friend asked me if I had any Power Poppy stamps. Most of mine are digital stamps, but I did have this Dahlia XL. It is a large stamp and so I decided to stamp it a little off the page.
I first tried no line Copic Coloring, but I am not good at that, at all. So I stamped it again on Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock and heat embossed it gold. I then pulled out my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the image. I really like the way it turned out.
I added a black sentiment strip with both a Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words and a sentiment from the Dahlia stamp sets and gold heat embossed those as well.
Poppy Dahlia XL
Says Stamp Tiny Words
Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 025 Pink, 026 Light Pink, 040 Green, 048
Emerald Green, 303 Shadow Mauve
This is the newest layering build-a-flower stamp from Altenew. It is a beautiful, large image. After looking at camellia images on the interest I decided to stamp the flower in pinks.
The stamp set is fairly easy to line up. I used Altenew Pink Diamond, Pinakalicious, and Rebellite for the flower. Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, and Lagoon inks were used for the leaves. Once stamped they were die cut using the coordinating dies.
A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and run through the Big Shot with the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder. This creates a beautiful linen look to the paper.
I had a leftover gold thin frame sitting on my desk and decided to use it on this card. It was adhered to the center of the card front with liquid glue and then the leave were adhered using liquid glue. The flower was then adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam tape to add dimension.
The sentiment was cut from some gold mirror cardstock and adhered to the top right of the card. I wanted the secondary sentiment to match the colors of the flower and so some Pinkalicious ink was run across a scrap of paper. Once it was dry the secondary sentiment was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder.
I recently saw a video on Ellen Hutson new essential die and new that they could be used to add beautiful visual interest to cards. They die cut a rectangle, but they also cut a thin frame. I purchased all the different shapes (oval, rectangle, square, and rectangle).
For this card I pulled out some beautiful flower cardstock I had on hand and used two different size rectangles to die cut the paper. Then to add visual interest I cut them again from some burgundy cardstock I had on hand. The largest thin frame was adhered to the front of a top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock using liquid glue. Next the largest flower rectangle was added to the cardbase with dotliner adhesive and the smaller burgundy frame was added to the cardbase.
Darice sticky back foam was added to the back of the smallest rectangle. When I went to adhere it to the cardbase you could see the ivory cardbase showing through, so I took a Copic Marker and colored the cardbase next to the inner thin frame and also the the edges of the foam, which resolved the issue. The smaller rectangle was adhered to the cardbase with liquid glue.
The sentiment was cut from the burgundy cardstock, but it got lost on the busy flower pattern so it was cut again from a scrap of light pink cardstock. The two were adhered together offset a little so you could see the pink behind the burgundy and it was adhered to the card front with liquid glue.
Using pretty patterned paper makes for a beautiful, easy card.
I really like the look of the Simon Says Stamp Square Dance Stencil. This time I just wanted to ink blend through the stencil, but I wanted to have an ombre look to the color. I used a quarter sheet of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and taped the stencil to the cardstock by adding purple tape to the back of the paper, adhering it to the stencil. I pulled out a blending brush and first ink blended the stencil with the lightest green ink. I then used a very small stencil to add darker green to the center of each diamond. I really like the way it turned out.
An A2 Stitched Rectangle was used to size down the stenciled background so that it would leave a small white border when it was adhered to a top folding cardbase.
I printed the cupcake image in the Silhouette Cameo with registration marks so that the software could cut around the image. I like doing this better than fussy cutting an image. I decided to use green Copic Markers to color the image.
For the sentiment I pulled out Honey Bee Stamps Hooray dies. I ink blended some 80# cardstock with the lighted green ink to die the background layer of the die. The top layer was cut three times from white cardstock and adhered together with liquid glue.
The cupcake was adhered with foam tape and the sentiment was glued directly to the stenciled panel with liquid glue. Nuvo Crystal Drops in Dandelion Yellow was added to the candies on the frosting of the cupcake and the card was done.
I was in Hobby Lobby the other day and saw this Mixed Media Die set from Sizzix. I thought they might make some nice cards and you can’t beat their 40% Off Coupon.
This is my least favorite of the three dies included. To me it looks like an envelope flap, but the intricate detail is pretty. My friend purchased them as well and she used a portrait orientation and I think that looks better.
I decided to back the die with gold mirror cardstock. It was adhered to the back with dotliner adhesive. You have to be careful using this because you can get little bits outside of the die cuts. Once the two where adhered together they were run through the Big Shot with a stitched rectangle die.
The sentiment is from Penny Black’s Special Sentiments set. It was stamped with VersaMark Ink in the lower right and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.
Sticky back foam was added to the back of the panel and it was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.
I pulled out Simon Says stamp More Spring Flowers to create this next card. They images were stamped with VersaMark Ink onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock and colored with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers.
Once the coloring was complete the flowers and leaves were cut using the coordinating dies. I decided that I wanted to have this card have the flowers in the top center of the card. A rectangle was cut with My Favorite Things Elegant Rectangles and then dry embossed with the Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder, which is one of my favorite.
3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the flowers and then adhered to the elegant rectangle.
The sentiment is from Joyful Home, I really like the size and font. It was cut from both mirror and sticky back foam and adhered underneath the flower arrangement.
The focal image panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive and the card was done.
Says Stamp More Spring Flowers
Home Grateful Thanks
Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 026 Light Pink, 069 Blush, 073 Vanilla, 202
Peach Pink, 021 Light Carmine, 048 Emerald Green
Rather than purchasing new stamps all the time I am trying to use what I have. Michael will soon be retiring and I won’t have the funds that I’ve been used to all these years.
It has been quite some time since I used Simon Says Stamp Even More Spring Flowers. I stamped them on Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock and watercolored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. They were then die cut using the coordinating dies.
This time I cut a rectangle using a scalloped die and then ran it through with the Cricut Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. It adds a lot of visual interest behind the flowers and draws your eye.
The sentiment was cut using mirror cardstock and again with sticky back foam. The flowers were arranged and picked up with Glad Press ‘n Seal, which keeps your arrangement together until you can determine here you want to place it. Because the “t” in the thanks overlapped the flowers the foam tape was cut away so that it would lay flat together. 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the flowers, holding them all together in a bunch and adhered to the upper left of the scalloped rectangle and the sentiment was in the lower right.
For a final embellishments gold sequins were scattered on the card. The focal image rectangle was then adhered to the side folding A2 cardbase and the card was done.
Says Stamp Even More Spring Flowers
Burniston Thank You
Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 049 Green Shadow, 040 Green, 027 Dark Pink, 028
Pale Pink, 026 Light Pink, 021 Light Carmine