Red Peony Wishes Birthday

I really like the peony bouquet from Gina K. Designs Peony Wishes.  It was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then die cut using the PIXScan and the Silhouette Cameo.  It is the perfect size for a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle base.  Both were stamped and cut from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.  A rectangle 1/8” larger than the wonky rectangle was cut with a guillotine paper cutter and adhered to the back with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.

My favorite color is red and so I used different hues to color the flower images.  Copic Markers used were: R08, R05, R22; R29, R27, R24; R22, R21, R20; YG97, YG93, YG91; B000.

3M ½” Foam Tape was added to the back of the flowers and then they were adhered to the front of the wonky rectangle.  The focal image panel was placed on the front of a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock to determine where to stamp the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Brush Stroke Messages with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  Once the sentiment was stamped the focal image was adhered to the front of the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Peony Wishes
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Brush Stroke Messages
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Copic Markers: R08, R05, R22; R29, R27, R24; R22, R21, R20; YG97, YG93, YG91; B000
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black

My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles

Sugar Skull Birthday Cards

I bought this stamp set specifically for my daughter-in-law Monica who is Mexican American.  She loves sugar skulls and I knew it would make a great birthday card for her.

I had seen Kelly Latevola use this stamp with Clearly Besotted Layer Chrysanthemums.  For my card I paired the Simon Says Stamp Sugar Skull stamp set with  Clearly Besotted’s One in a Million Stamp Set.  Both were stamped on Neena Classic Crest 80# White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black.  I stamped the skull first and then masked it to stamp the flower bouquet.

Monica’s favorite colors are a deep, dark red and black.  So I used the following Copic Markers:  Copic Markers: R89, R59, R39, R37; RV09, RV06, RV04; C9, C8, C6, C3, C1; BG49, BG15; G28, G94, G07

Once the coloring was complete I die cut the image using the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and added a rectangle cut 1/8” larger to the back using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  I had a lot of room at the bottom of the panel and so I pulled the sentiment from Papertrey Ink’s Think Big Favorites #24 and stamped it below the sugar skull with Hero Hues India Ink Black.

I felt that it was missing something to complete the image so I found some Recollections Adhesive Rhinestone Swirls and added them around the focal image.  It was the perfect embellishment.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the focal image and then it was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Sugar Skull
  • Clearly Besotted One in a Million
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Papertrey Ink Think Big Favorites #24
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Copic Markers: R89, R59, R39, R37; RV09, RV06, RV04; C9, C8, C6, C3, C1; BG49, BG15; G28, G94, G07
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundles of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Recollections Adhesive Rhinestones Swirls

Brush Stroke Messages Birthday Wishes

This card was inspired by a card by Nina-Marie Trapani.  It was quick and easy to make using Simon Says Stamp Brush Stroke Messages.  I used a single brush stroke stamp and varied the lengths and colors stamped onto a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.

 

The sentiment from Clearly Besotted’s It’s Your Birthday was stamped with two different colors from the palette and the third color was used to stamp a small balloon from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes.

Once the stamping was complete it was die cut suing the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle.  I went through my scraps of paper and found a matching red cardstock, which was cut 1/8” larger than the die cut panel and adhered to the back with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  A rectangle of Darice Sticky Back Foam was die cut with the same rectangle die and adhered to the back of focal image with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

I pulled out some DF Craft Thread in an Orange/Red and Yellow and wrapped it a couple of time around the top of the focal image and adhered the loose ends to the back with scotch tape.  I used some additional thread to tie a bow.

A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  A bright and colorful masculine card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Brush Stroke Messages
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes (Balloon)
  • Altenew Inks: Firebrick, Mountain Mist, Warm Sunshine
  • Copic Marker Y08
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Red Cardstock from Scraps
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • DF Craft Thread Orange/Red and Bright Yellow
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive

Brush Stroke Messages Diagonal Background Birthday Card

This card was also inspired by Nina-Marie Trapani.  I stamped the longer brush strokes from the Simon Says Stamp Brush Stroke Messages on a diagonal using light and dark blue, with a splash of yellow in the narrowest brush stroke.  I used the same colors to stamp three balloons from My Favorite Things Party Balloon stamp and die.

To ensure that the sentiment strip would match the card, I used the darkest ink and ran it across a scrap of white cardstock.  I waited for it to be complete dry before stamping the sentiment from My Favorite Things Twice the Wishes with VersaMark Ink and heat embossing it with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.

Once all the design elements were completed the striped paper was die cut using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller and adhered to the back.  3M ½” Foam Tape was added to the back of two of the balloons and white DFN Craft Thread was tied to each balloon. The balloons were adhered to the stripped panel and the balloon strips were wrapped around the bottom of the rectangle and adhered with scotch tape.  3M ½” Foam Tape was added to the back of the sentiment strip and it was adhered to the bottom of the focal image.

The entire panel was adhered to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Brush Stroke Messages
  • My Favorite Things Twice the Wishes
  • My Favorite Things Party Balloons
  • Altenew Inks: Starlight, Turquoise, Maple Yellow
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • DFN Craft Thread White
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder

Brush Stroke Birthday Messages I, II, III

This card was inspired by a card by Kristina Werner.  I made three separate cards with different color palettes.  I used two of the stamps from Simon Says Stamp Brush Stroke Messages used Altenew Inks to stamp and stack them in a horizontal column.  For each color used it was stamped full strength and again as second generation stamping for a lighter hue.

The sentiment was stamped on the darkest stroke.  Once the stamping was complete the panel was die cut using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle.  A complimentary rectangle was cut from scrap cardstock 1/8” larger and adhered to the back with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut with the same rectangle die and adhered to the back of the focal image panel.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the  focal image was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

I really like the graphic element to this card and create it another two time in different color palettes.

CARD ONE PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Brush Stroke Messages
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Altenew Inks: Autumn Blaze, Sunkissed, Olive, Bamboo
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Blue cardstock from scraps
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle

CARD TWO PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Brush Stroke Messages
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Altenew Inks: Dusk, Sea Glass, Honey Drizzle, Fresh Lemon, Citrus Burst
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Blue cardstock from scraps
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Brush Stroke Messages
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Sentiments
  • Altenew Inks: Persian Blue, Caribbean Blue, Sapphire, Olive, Bamboo
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Blue cardstock from scraps
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle

 

 

Cupcake Shaker Card

I wanted to make a shaker card for a masculine birthday card and decided to use the Simon Says Stamp Tri Square Die and cut it twice from a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.  I then die cut the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundles of Stitched Shapes.  A rectangle of acetate was cut 1/8” smaller than the die cut rectangle and adhered to the back with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Next 3M ½” Foam Tape was added to the back of the panel creating six different wells around the six square openings.

Three cupcakes from the Silhouette Designs File by Alaa’ K called Yummy Cupcake Set were sized so they would fit in a square opening and then print and cut the using the Silhouette Cameo.

The rectangle was placed on the front of an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock to determine where to stamp the sentiment for Simon Says Stamp Square Sayings with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  Sequins from Neat & Tangled Starry Night were piled in the appropriate locations and then the card front was adhered cardbase using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  The three cupcakes were adhered to the remaining three square opening with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  To add a little more added interest Martha Stewart Turquois Confetti were scattered on the front of the card front and adhered with the same Multi Medium Matte glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Silhouette Alaa’ K Yummy Cupcake Set
  • Simon Says Stamp Square Sayings
  • Simon Says Stamp Tri Square Die
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape (Doubled)
  • Neat & Tangled Starry Night Sequin Mix
  • Martha Stewart Turquois Confetti
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Apollo Plain Transparency Film
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black

 

Elizabeth Background Birthday Card I, II, and III

I recently purchased Simon Says Stamp Elizabeth Background Stamp.  It is a beautiful, detailed medallion stamp.  It was stamped three times onto Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with VersaMark Onyx Black Ink and then heat embossed with Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder.

I decided to color the images with both Copic Markers and Spectrum Noir Markers.  You have to be very careful with coloring with alcohol markers on images with embossing powder since can ruin the nibs of the markers.

This first image was stamped with Copic Markers: Y00, Y04, Y06 / YG51, YG53, G94 / RV11, RV13, RV14 / R39, RV69 / BG18, BG15 / G46, G29.  Once the coloring was completed it was die cut using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock was cut 1/8” larger and adhered to the back of the focal image with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was die cut with the same rectangle die and adhered to the back of the focal image.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings and was stamped on a strip of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  3M ½” Foam Tape was added to the back and then the sentiment was adhered to the lower rectangle of the focal image panel.

The focal image panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

VThis second card made with Simon Says Stamp Elizabeth Background Stamp was colored with Spectrum Noir Markers: IG1, IG2 / DR1, DR5 / PP3, PP5 / CG2, DG3 / TB3.  This time the focal image was die cut using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  Everything else with the card was assembled the same as the last one.

This second card made with Simon Says Stamp Elizabeth Background Stamp was colored with Spectrum Noir Markers: IG1, IG2 / DR1, DR5 / PP3, PP5 / CG2, DG3 / TB3.  This time the focal image was die cut using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  Everything else with the card was assembled the same as the last one.

CARD ONE PRODUCT USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Elizabeth Background Stamp
  • Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings
  • Spectrum Noir Markers: PP3, PP5 / DG21, DG3 / DR1, DR5 / BT4, BT5
  • VersaMark Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Back Cardstock

CARD TWO PRODUCT USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Elizabeth Background Stamp
  • Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings
  • Spectrum Noir Markers: IG1, IG2 / DR1, DR5 / PP3, PP5 / CG2, DG3 / TB3
  • VersaMark Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Back Cardstock

CARD THREE PRODUCT USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Elizabeth Background Stamp
  • Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings
  • Spectrum Noir Markers: PP3, PP5 / DG21, DG3 / DR1, DR5 / BT4, BT5
  • VersaMark Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Back Cardstock

Stitched Leaves Birthday Card

I love these beautiful leaves from the Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves stamp set.  When I was searching through my patterned paper for other cards I ran across this one from the Echo Park 6 x 6 Lori Whitlock the Story of all and decided to use it as the color pallet for the leaves.

I stamped the leaves with Gina K. Designs Ink: Cherry Red, Tomato Soup, Prickly Pear, and Warm Cocoa.  For the second layer I decided to use Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I stamped the detailed layer stamp with VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed the gold embossing powder.  It makes a very elegant looking leaf.  They were then die cut with the coordinating dies.

I had this golden modern chevron circle left over from another card and thought it would create neutral background for the leaves.  I stamped the arched sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Best Ever stamp set with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with the Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I die cut a circle from Darice Sticky Back Foam and trimmed it down to be slightly smaller and adhered it to the back of the patterned paper circle.

The patterned paper for Lori Whitlock’s The Story of Fall was die cut using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle and adhered directly to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  The chevron circle was then adhered to the front of this panel with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The leaves were then adhered with the same glue, with the exception of the large red maple leaf, which was applied using 3M ½” Foam Tape.

I felt that the card needed a little division from the upper leaves portion and the bottom of the card and so I strip of yellow cardstock was cut and adhered using a thin strip of 3M foam tape.  As a final embellishment, I remember that I had some leaf brads left over from my scrapbooking days and adhered it to the left of the gold strip of paper with Memory Box Glue Dots and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Echo Park 6 x 6 Paper Pad Lori Whitlock The Story of Fall
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX
  • Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves
  • Simon Says Stamp Best Ever
  • Gina K. Designs Ink: Cherry Red, Tomato Soup, Prickly Pear, and Warm Cocoa
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Leaf Brad Embellishment from Stash
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Memory Box Glue Dots
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles

 

Bouquet of Thanks Celebration Card

I recently purchased Simon Says Stamp Bouquet of Thanks and decided to watercolor the image.  I stamped it on Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  The sentiment is from Penny Black’s Sprinkles and Smiles and was stamped and embossed in the same manner.

Winsor & Newton Artist Grade Watercolor pans were used to color the image.  Colors used were: 0210 Cadmium Yellow, 0250 Cadmium Orange, 0320 Scarlet Pink, 1560 Hooker’s Green, Cerulean Blue, Turquoise Light.  I let everything thoroughly dry and then added some shadows with a fine detail watercolor brush.

The watercolored panel was then die cut using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  A slightly larger rectangle was cut with a guillotine paper cutter out of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and adhered to the back of the watercolored panel with Sookwang Be Creative Tape.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image panel was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  As a final embellishment Pretty Pink Posh Sugar Plum Mix Sequins were adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Bouquet of Thanks
  • Penny Black Sprinkles and Smiles
  • Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sugar Plum Mix
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Sookwang Be Creative Tape.
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle
  • Winsor & Newton Artist Grade Watercolors: Winsor Violet, Sap Green, Olive Green, Cerulean Blue, Turquoise Light

Happy Birthday to You

For this card a panel of Neena Solar White 80# Cardstock was ink blended using Distress Oxide Inks Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, and Peacock Feathers.  I used a Marvy Embossing Heat Tool to help the ink completely dry before attempting to add the white embossing powder.

I started by stamping the angled hash striped border to the bottom third of the card from Mama Elephant’s Basic Borders Stamp with Versa Mark Ink.  I then stamped the sentiment from Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings with VersaMark Ink and then heat set it with Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder. I felt like there was too much space between the striped border and the sentiment, so I pulled out Simon Says Stamp’s Jumbo Stripes stamp set and used the three lines border stamp, stamping it with Versa Mark Ink just below the sentiment and again below the striped border with Versa Mark Ink and heat set it with the white embossing powder. I like this much better, but I felt there was too much empty space at the top of the card, so I pulled out the balloon from the Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday stamp set and stamped it three times in the upper right of the card with VersaMark Ink and heat set it with the white embossing powder and felt like it finished the card.

I really like how the white embossing stands out on the ink blended background.  I die cut the ink blended panel using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller and adhered to the back.  A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image panel was adhered to the front using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Distress Oxide: Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers
  • Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings Stamp
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday Stamp (Balloons)
  • Simon Says Stamp Jumbo Stripes Stamp
  • Mama Elephant Basic Borders Stamp
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Neena Solar White 80# Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue