This last set of sympathy cards created for Senior Life Resources Northwest uses Simon Says Stamp Bouquet of Thanks.
I first stamp the image onto a quarter sheet of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and then colored it with Copic Markers. When the coloring was complete it was stamped again using VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. The image then cutout using the coordinating die.
To add visual interest behind the flowers a panel of white cardstock was cut using a stitched rectangle die and then dry embossed using the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. This panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue.
I tried using 3M 1/2″ Foam tape and cutting it down to fit behind the stems and flowers, but it was time consuming. I finally used the coordinating die to cut out sticky back foam and adhered the flower arrangement onto. The flower bouquet was then adhered to the embossed panel with liquid glue.
For the sentiment I pulled out some yellow cardstock I had in scraps and stamped the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. It was cut down using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label. Small pieces of sticky back foam was added to either side of the strip, leaving the center open where the stems were on the bouquet. It was adhered using liquid glue.
This fourth set of thank you card for the Senior Life Resources Northwest had me pulling out a stamp set I’ve had for a long time and haven’t use for several years. I don’t know why, the large rose image makes a beautiful statement on a card front. This card did take a little more time because it required a lot of die cutting.
I stamped the images onto a quarter sheet of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored them with Copic Markers. Another quarter sheet of leaves were stamped to have enough for two leaves on five cards. When coloring was complete all images were cut out with the coordinating dies.
A stitched rectangle was used to cut a panel just smaller than an A2 cardbase. It was run through the Big Shot with the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder.
The sentiment was cut from both mirror cardstock and sticky back foam.
To assemble the card the embossed panel was adhered to a side folding cardbase with dotliner adhesive. The rose but and leaves were adhered directly to this panel with liquid glue. 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the large rose, which was adhered in place by removing the backing on the tape. The sentiment was adhered using liquid glue.
This is the third set of thank you card created for the Senior Life Resources Northwest. When you are mass producing cards it is always good if the image you choose is one piece. I love this pretty flower and leaves from Simon Says Stamp. I could stamp two images onto a quarter sheet of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock, so I create six of these cards.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink was used to stamp the images, since it is Copic friendly. The image was colored and then die cut using the coordinating die.
For the sentiment I decided to use a thank you die, which was cut from both mirror cardstock and sticky back foam. It is an easy way to add dimension to a sentiment.
To add visual interest behind the focal image and sentiment a smaller rectangle was cut using a stitched die and then dry embossed. It was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue. The focal image and sentiment were then adhered with the same glue.
The other type of card that the Senior Life Resources Northwest have a need for is thank you. They have a lot of volunteer and people who give donations. This first design did required masking the flower to stamp the leaves.
I stamped the image and sentiment on to a quarter sheet of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored it with Copic Markers. Once the coloring was complete I cut down the panel with a stitched rectangle and added sticky back foam to the back for dimension.
The focal image panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue. The final embellishment was to add some Nuvo Glitter Drops to the center of the flower.
I ran across this beautiful patterned paper when I was trying to find a neutral paper for coloring an image with Copic Markers. This is much too busy for that technique, but it was so lovely I decided I needed to create a card using it. A panel of the patterned paper was cut down using a scalloped rectangle.
I didn’t want to cover up the paper too much and so I decided to add one single flower in the bottom left corner and decided on Simon Says Stamp Delicate Flowers. One of the images has this lovely flower with leaves. I stamped it onto watercolor paper and used Karin Brushmarker Pro markers to color it.
Once the watercolor was dry it cut out the image using the coordinating die. I decided to add a spray of leaves behind the flower image and decided to use both the outline and solid Simon Says Stamp Cluster Leaves. The solid was cut from white cardstock and the outline from vellum. It added a love backdrop to the focal image.
To break up the busy patterned paper I decided to cut a thin frame from navy cardstock to added to the card front. The same navy cardstock was used to stamp the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it white.
The frame and leaf clusters were adhered directly to the patterned paper with liquid glue. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was used to adhered the flower and the sentiment.
The scalloped focal image rectangle was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape. The final embellishment was to add a few clear droplets around the flower.
I loved the way it turned out.
Simon Says Stamp Delicate Flowers
Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words
Karin Brushmarker Pro: 169 Indigo Blue, 281 Olive Green, Black
Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
Pink Paislee Choose Happy Indigo & Ivy Cardstock
Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
Bazzill 40# Vellum
Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
Navy Cardstock from Scraps
Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
Pink & Main Sentiment Strip
Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle
Simon Says Stamp Outline Cluster Leaves and Solid Cluster Leaves
I wanted to do some Copic Marker coloring on patterned paper and found this lovely script paper from Authentique. I stamped the background flower and then masked it to stamp the leaves. Since I didn’t have enough of the patterned paper I stamped the large flower again on regular Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.
I love the look of the bold red flowers on the white and black script paper. I die cut the flower on white cardstock with the coordinating dies and then trimmed off the white edges with scissors.
I cut down the patterned paper using a stitched rectangle and then adhered the die cut flower using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape.
I decided to keep the sentiment a simple hello, cut from gold mirror and black cardstock. The two were adhered together with liquid glue with the gold offset slightly on the back so that there was just a hint of a shadow. It was adhered in the lower right of the card.
I decided to scatter some red sequins around the focal image.
I didn’t like how the flower stamped on white cardstock looked so I used My Favorite Things Romantic Script background to add some words to the flower. It is larger than the background paper, but I liked it better anyway. You can see the original without the script background stamp below. Let me know what you think.
This card uses another regular die that was used in the Gemini Foil Press. It turned beautifully and was such a lovely focal element I didn’t want to cover it up. I decided to cut down the panel using a stitched rectangle and add just a small flower from Altenew’s Beautiful Day.
The flower image was stamped with a light ink and then colored with Copic Markers. When the coloring was complete it was stamped again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. The coordinating die was used to cut out the flower spray and it was adhered to the lower left of the foiled oval with Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape.
The sentiment was also hot foiled and cut into a thin banner using a Pink & Main’s Sentiment Strip with has fishtail ends. It was adhered with foam tape as well.
Darice Sticky Back Tape was added to the back of the focal image panel at it was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase.
Altenew Beautiful Day
Spellbinders Glimmer More Sentiments
Simon Says Stamp Shimmer Oval
My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle
Gina K. Designs Base Weight and Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock
I have a lot of background panels that I have created white experimenting the the Crafter’s Companion FoilPress. It has been so much fun seeing how all these different dies turn out. Most do a wonderful job.
For this card I used the Memory Box Starry Night Background Die. It was foiled onto ivory cardstock with gold hot foil and then cut down with a stitched rectangle die.
Going with the look of the background I pulled out a Spellbinders Star Die and cut it from gold mirror cardstock. I liked the way it looked, but on the same magnetic panel I had the Simon Says Stamp Vented Star Die. It was the exact same shape as the Spellbinders star and so I decided to emboss it into the mirror cardstock star.
I have the My Favorite Things Written in the Stars stamp and die and decided to cut the word “Star” from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Copper Craft Cardstock. This care some additional visual interest with the two different colors of gold mirror. The word was also cut from sticky back foam. Once the mirror word was adhered to the foam a gold Copic Marker was used on the side of the foam so that it would blend in better with the background and not show a stark white edge.
I didn’t have a stamp for the secondary sentiment I wanted to use, so I created it in Microsoft Word and printed it with a gold font. It was then cut into strips using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label.
A mat of gold mirror cardstock was added to the starry night background and then adhered to a top folding ivory cardbase. The star was adhered on an angle with liquid glue and the word die cut was adhered below. The foam was cut away from the top of the “t” that overlapped the star so that it would be level. Strips of sticky back foam was added to the secondary banners and the card was done.
My Favorite Things Written in the Stars
Microsoft Word Banners Calibri Pt 16
Spellbinders Stars Five Die
Simon Says Stamp Vented Star Die
Memory Box Starry Night Background Die
Darice Sticky Back Foam
Crafter’s Companion Gold Hot Foil
Gina K. Designs Base Weight and Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Copper Kraft Stock Paper
From the previous card I made I had three red mirror squares leftover. I wanted to put them to use on a card, but I wanted a different layout, so I cut three more squares and adhered them to a panel of white cardstock in a grid of 3 x 2. I decided to cut down the panel so that there was a smaller white border of cardstock around the square using a stitched rectangle. If I had to do this again I would place a piece of printer paper over the panel. If your cutting plates are well used you might get a few indentations and imperfections in the mirror cardstock. They weren’t significant so I proceeded with the project, but it would have been better if I had protected the mirror cardstock.
I went through my birthday stamps to find some images that could be stamped in the squares. I decided to use VersaMark Ink and heat emboss them white. I decided to add a mat of red mirror cardstock behind the focal images panel. This helped it to pop on the white cardbase. I also decided to embossed the front of the cardbase for some additional visual interest.
I decided to make one more set of cards for a Christmas Gift Box. I used the same flower image from Altenew’s Statement Flowers. I stamped it six times and colored with six different color schemes. I also included sentiments stamped on black cardstock with double sided tape added to the back. This way they can select the perfect sentiment for what they need.
I stamped the image onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento London Fog, leaving the stamp in the MISTI. I then colored the images with the Copic Markers listed below.
Once the coloring was complete I restamped the image with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. To add additional visual interest I cut down the image using the Memory Box Matinee Rectangle and adhered it to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase.
At the last minute I decided to add some sparkle to the petals with a Wink of Stella Sparkle Pen.
Altenew Statement Flowers
Gina K. Designs Peony Wishes, Stampin’ Up Blossoms in Bloom, Concord & 9th Hello Lovely, Simon Says Stamp Jumbo Stripes