I had a large butterfly leftover from my previous card and wanted to use it on a card. I die cut a panel using a stitched rectangle die and then cut a circle out of the upper part of the panel. The sentiment was stamped below the cutout circle with Amalgam Ink.
Another rectangle panel was cut from sticky back foam and the paper rectangle was laid on top to determine where to cut the circle in the foam. A slightly larger circle die was use so that foam would not show behind the cutout.
To add some dimension and visual interest the front of a top folding cardbase was dry embossed using the Stampin’ Up Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder. The stitched rectangle was added to the card front with liquid glue.
Foam was added to the back of the butterfly and it was adhered on a slight angle into the center of the circle. To add a little more visual interest small butterflies were cut from blue and orange cardstock using Martha Stewart’s Butterfly Trio Punch. They were adhered around the sentiment with liquid glue.
The finish the card Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen was added to the wings and Ranger Glossy Accents was added to the butterflies.
While I had the Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Day Butterflies in my MISTI I decided to stamp them again. This time I colored them with Copic Markers in multiple colors, with blue being used on each butterfly. Once the coloring was complete each butterfly was fussy cut with scissors.
For this card I decided to use the leaf branch that is part of the stamp set. I really like the look of the fractured colors in the stained glass effect.
It was now time to decide a layout for the card. I eventually settled on only using two butterflies, along with the leaf branch. Since it was a smaller arrangement a rectangle was die cut using a scalloped rectangle. The leaf branch was adhered with liquid glue directly to the panel. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the butterflies. They were laid on the scalloped rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiment and then adhered in place removing the paper backing to the foam.
I liked the layout, but when I went to adhered the panel to a white cardbase I felt it needed a little more visual interest. I decided to emboss the front of the cardbase using the Darice Vine Embossing Folder and loved the way it made the focal image panel pop on the page.
The sentiment is from Altenew’s Birthday Greetings and has open lettering for the “Happy”. I decided to use the same blue Copic Markers to color it in with an ombre look.
The final embellishment was to add sparkle to the wings and Glossy Accents to the butterflies.
This hobby I have is not cheap, but I love the creative process. Every now and then I look through my listing of stamps and pull out one I’ve only used once. To really make it worth the purchase price a stamp set needs to be used multiple times. This time I pulled out Simon Says Stamps Beautiful Day. I love the stained glass look to the butterflies.
I put all the butterflies in my MISTI and stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I decided to colored them using blue/green, green, and yellow Copic Markers and then fussy cut them out with scissors.
For this card I decided to use a scalloped circle frame. I could have easily been made into a shaker, but I only used the frame. 3M Foam Tape was cut down to fit behind the frame, the paper backing was removing to make it more pliable, which allows it to curve as needed.
A circle was die cut just smaller than the scalloped frame. It was ink blended with blue Distress Oxide inks and once the ink was dry the sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white.
A panel was cut using a stitched rectangle and ink blended with the same blue inks. Once it was dry it was dry embossed using the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder and adhered directly to a side folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue.
The stamp set comes with a pretty leaf branch, but I decided to die cut some leaves from vellum. I first adhered it to the foam tape at the back of the circle and it was then adhered to the dry embossed rectangle. I decided to cut another set of leaves and adhered them to the top of the scalloped circle. I used liquid glue on the stem only and it worked perfectly. Sometimes you can see the glue if used on vellum, but because it was applied only to the stem in a continuous line it could not be seen.
Three butterflies were adhered to the scalloped frame in a triangle, which is pleasing to the eye. Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle was added to the wings. In keeping with the stained glass look of the butterflies, Ranger Glossy Accents was added to the wings and bodies of each butterfly and the card was done.
When I cut an image using my Silhouette Cameo I like to fill the page with images so that I don’t waste paper. When I was coloring my daughter-in-laws card the burgundy Copic Marker rested on the bottom of this image and I knew if I wanted to salvage the image I was going to have to use that color in the design. I decided to keep it simple. I only used burgundy and a light gray to color the image. With the exception of a little yellow for the candle flame.
Since I wanted this to be a masculine birthday card, I looked through my stash of papers and found this great gray and white gingham. A rectangle was cut using a stitched rectangle and then it was adhered to a top folding gray cardbase.
A scrap of white cardstock was colored with the same burgundy markers and the word “wishes” was die cut from it, and again from sticky back foam to add dimension. Sticky back foam was also added to the back of the cake and then both the cake and die cut word were placed on the card front to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment, which was stamped with a burgundy red ink. Both the cake and sentiment were adhered on the card front using liquid glue.
As a final embellishment Ranger Glossy Accents was added to the burgundy element on the cake and the word “wishes” and the card was done.
My daughter-in-law Monica used to be a little goth. She still likes black and skulls, maybe it’s a little fall back to her Mexican American heritage and the Sugar Skulls that are part of Halloween. She also insists that she is going to be 29 every year until the end of time (smile). Don’t we all wish! When I saw this cute image from Polka Doodles I knew it would make the perfect birthday card for her.
This is a digital image, so I printed it using registration marks in my Silhouette Cameo so that I could have the machine cut out the image. Monica has burgundy highlights in her beautiful dark hair and so that is the way I colored the hair on this cut girl holding a skull in her hand. The dress of course is black, but the color and cuffs are burgundy. You can’t see them very well with the placement of the sentiment, but the girl is wearing boots, which is a type of shoe Monica loves and wears often.
I love the phrases that are part of Simon Says Stamp You Matter Background. I stamped it on some cardstock using a light gray ink and then die cut it with a scalloped rectangle and adhered it to a burgundy cardbase. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the image before adhering it to the cardbase. The word “amazing” is used several times in the background stamp and so I pulled out the Frantic Stamper Amazing die and cut it from silver mirror cardstock and white sticky back foam. It was adhered at the bottom of the card front with liquid glue. The secondary sentiment were stamped onto burgundy cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed silver. They were cut into thin strips with a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label die and adhered using foam tape. The final embellishment was to add Ranger Silver Stickles to the button on the cuffs and at her ears for earrings.
I really like the large flower bouquet that is part of Simon Says Stamp’s November Card Kit of the month called Big Thanks Autumn. It has a couple of sunflowers and a lot of leaves. With the fall theme of the stamp I thought it would like nice on Kraft cardstock.
I stamped on an angle since it is a large image. It was first stamped in a light ink using the MISTI. This allows you to stamp the image again after coloring to add gold embossing powder after I colored it with Polychromos Colored Pencils. When coloring on Kraft you want to pick brighter colors than you normally would because the color of the cardstock mutes the vibrancy.
Once the coloring and embossing were complete the panel of cardstock was sized down using a stitched rectangle. Foam was added to the back and the panel was adhered to a side folding Kraft cardbase with liquid glue.
Having the image stamped on an angle left the perfect spot in the lower right to add the sentiment. I decided to use one of the dies from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy to cut the word from gold mirror cardstock. It was cut again from orange sticky back foam and the two were adhered together. The dies was laid in place to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss it to coordinate with the other gold embossing used on the card. The die cut was then adhered above with liquid glue and the card was done.
Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Autumn
Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
Polychromos Colored Pencils: 185 Naples Yellow, 107 Cadmium Yellow, 108 Dark Cadmium Yellow; 225 Dark Red, 226 Alizarin Crimson, 115 Dark Cadmium Orange, 113 Orange Glaze, 111 Cadmium Orange; 180 Raw Umber, 177, Walnut Brown, 168 Earth Green Yellowish, 170 May Green, 171 Light Green, 167 Green Olive, 166 Grass Green, 264 Dark Phthalo Green, 112 Leaf Green, 162 Light Phthalo Green
This is the beach card I made at the request of the young missionary currently serving in our area. I found this great palm tree, beach chair, and palm tree image online. I printed it with a laser printer and colored the image with Copic Markers.
I used making paper to cover the water and beach, as well as the palm trees and ink blended a blue sky. The masking paper was removed and the images were colored with Copic Markers. The panel was cut down using a stitched rectangle die, foam tape was added to the back and it was adhered to a top folding cardbase.
I forgot to mask the area of the sky for a sun, so I color a circle and then cut it in half and adhered it to the horizon line where the sea and sky meet. I added Ranger Crystal Stickles to give the sun some shine. To add some interest to the same I pulled out Hero Arts Sand Embossing Powder and added it areas of the sand using a VersaMark Pen. A sparkle pen was used to add shimmer to the water.
The sentiment was cut from gold mirror cardstock and secondary sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold.
I want to be on this beautiful tropical beach right now, basking in the sun and sea breezes.
Vector Stock Palm Tree Landscape Tropical Palm Beach
During this time of social distancing our church has been having drive-by activities. We’ve had a pizza, ice cream, muffins and donut breakfast as a few of the activities. The women’s organization planned on a fall activity where they would give out bread to the women of the ward. They asked me to create a handout that they could attached that would have a message they would like to share. The theme was gratitude.
I had this lovely die from Simon Says Stamp and had recently purchased a pretty fall leaves stencil from Carta Bella. I die cut a panel using a stitched rectangle die and then ink blended the “Hello Autumn” stencil with pretty fall colors. It was adhered to a olive green rectangle that was cut 1/8″ larger than the stenciled panel. The “Grateful” die was cut from gold mirror cardstock then a 1″ strip of the same green cardstock was cut and the words “A” and “Heart” was stamped and embossed gold to be before and after the die cut. To add a little more visual interest a small maple leaf was cut from soft golden orange and the edges were blended with Vintage Photo ink. A small bow was made with ivory and gold baker’s twine and adhered to the bottom of the leaf, which was adhered to the left of the sentiment with liquid glue.
The message panel was printed and then die cut with a stitched rectangle. The edges were distress with the same brown ink and it was adhered to the back of the stenciled panel. I think it turned out nice.
I love the message. There is so much distress and unrest in the world. So many people are angry and lashing out. If we would take the time to be grateful for all we have been given, to be grateful for the privilege to freely express ourselves and allow others the same right, without anger if they have a different opinion, the world would be a better place.
My young friend Becca shares the same birthday as Abagail and so I created her card in much the same design as the previous card. I searched for an image that looked like Becca and printed it with a laser printer to ensure the lines did not bleed when coloring with Copic Markers.
Becca’s favorite colors is aqua and so those are the colors I used for the image. When I cut the image out with the PixScan Silhouette Mat it wasn’t even, so I used scissors to trim the image to the lines and then used a black marker around the edges.
As with Abagail’s card I used Simon Says Stamp’s You Matter Background stamp on a panel of white cardstock that had been sized with the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle, this time stamping it in an aqua ink from Gina K. Designs. The panel was adhered to the front of a top folding card with dotliner adhesive.
Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the image and she was adhered to the front of the word background by removing the protective paper on the foam.
The sentiment was stamped in the same aqua ink, die cut with a label die and adhered below the image with foam tape, giving her something to stand on.
This time of year gets really busy creating all the handmade Christmas cards I make to send to family and friends, so I was looking ahead to the birthday cards I would need in the month of November and saw that Abagail was turning 15. She is a sweet, kind, musically talented young lady. I went looking for an image that looks a little bit like her and colored it with Copic Markers in her favorite color.
I used my Silhouette PixScan Mat to cut out the image and added Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape to the back.
I wanted to add a meaningful background to this sweet image and decided to use Simon Says Stamp You Matter. The words are prefect for a teenager, reminding her how special and amazing she is. I used the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle to cut a panel that would cover the front of an A2 cardbase. I stamped the background with a couple of light purple inks before getting the hue I wanted and adhered it to a top folding cardbase with dotliner adhesive. The image was adhered to the center of the card by removing the backing paper on the foam tape, leaving enough room at the bottom for the sentiment.
The sentiment was stamped on a scrap of white cardstock and die cut using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Labels die and adhered with foam tape, giving the image the illusion it was standing on it.