Mandala Stencil Birthday Card

I really like how the Simon Says Stamp Mandala Stencil creates some heart shapes in the design.  For this stencil a purple and pink color scheme was used by ink blending Distress Oxide Inks: Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, and Spun Sugar.

Once the ink blending was complete the design was run through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX.  A dark purple cardstock was found in my stash and cut 1/8″ larger than the focal image and adhered to the back with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Birthday Messages and was stamped on WorldWin Translucent Vellum with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder.  It was cut into a strip and wrapped around the focal image rectangle and adhered to the back using Scotch Tape.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut with the same rectangle die and added to the back for dimension.  A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Mandala Stencil
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar
  • WorldWin Translucent Vellum
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Purple Cardstock from Stash
  • Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages Stamp

Medallion Stencil Birthday Card

This is another card made from a Simon Says Stamp detailed stencil.  This time the Medallion Stencil was used and ink blended with Distress Oxide Inks Broken China and Twisted Citron.  I really like the blue/green combination.

The stencil was ink blended twice and the center of the medallion was fussy cut.  The complete stencil background was die cut with a My Favorite Things STAX and the center of the medallion was adhered on top using Darice Sticky Back Foam.  A rectangle of the sticky back foam was added to the rectangle focal image.

An  A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Blue cardstock was found in my stash and cut to cover the entire front of the cardbase and then the stenciled panel was adhered to the front.

The sentiment from My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday was stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black in the lower right of the card.  Blue Rhinestone were pulled from my stash and added to add interest to the medallion design.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Medallion Stencil
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Broken China and Twisted Citron
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday Stamp
  • Rhinestones from Stash
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Teal Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock

Antique Poinsettia and Big Scripty Holiday Christmas Card

I love Hero Arts Antique Poinsettia Stamp and Die because the die cut multiple layers of the same image to give a beautiful layered image.

The image from this stamp set was stamped three times.  Once on green cardstock and two times on red cardstock with VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  Using the matching dies the full image, which includes the leaves was cut from the green cardstock.  The flower is cut twice, once with the die cutting the entire flower, and a second time with a die cutting only the center layer of the flower.

A rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock was die cut using a a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX.  Next a Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangle was embossed using the Big Shot and a Spellbinders Silicon Mat, which added a beautiful dimension to the card front.

The poinsettia image was placed on the rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Holiday Greetings in VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with the same gold embossing powder.  The green leaves die cut was adhered to the upper right corner of the rectangle with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was used to adhered each of the flower layers together.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Antique Poinsettia Stamp and Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Holiday Greetings Stamp
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangle
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long

 

Silver Snowflakes Christmas Card

For this card snowflakes were used from both Simon Says Stamp Frozen Fractals and Lots of Snowflakes which were stamped on pale blue cardstock from my stash using VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder.

Before stamping the snowflakes the blue cardstock was die cut using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  The edges were then ink blended with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch Ink, leaving the center of the rectangle light.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the rectangle and adhered to the back.  Tombo Mono Multi Glue was used to adhere the panel to a top folding A2 Cardbase.

For the sentiment a circle of vellum was cut with a My Favorite Things Stitched Circle STAX.  The sentiment die is from Simon Says Stamp Scripts of the Season and was die cut with Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock and then again from some light blue cardstock.  The two layers were adhered together using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and then adhered to the vellum circle with the same glue.  Dot of Multi Medium Matte were added behind the die cut words on the back of the vellum and then adhered to the front of the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Light blue cardstock from stash
  • Vellum from stash
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Distress Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Frozen Fractals
  • Simon Says Stamp Lots of Snowflakes
  • Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Scripts of the Season Die

Studio Katia Merry Poinsettia with Simon Says Stamp Merry Christmas Card

A large, beautiful sentiment and a die cut flower can be the showcase of your Christmas Card.

A rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock was cut using a guillotine cutter and the large Simon Says Stamp Merry Christmas was stamped with VersaMark Ink in the center and heat embossing with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  To draw the eye to the sentiment a frame was cut front Gina K. Designs Read Velvet 120# Cardstock with Pretty Pink Posh’s Scalloped Rectangle.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was cut in half and adhered to the back of the frame and then the sentiment was adhered to the back using the foam tape.

The single poinsettia from Studio Katia’s Merry Poinsettia was stamped on the same red cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder and then die cut with the matching die.  To add dimension it was stamped a second time and the center was fussy cut and adhered to the top of the full flower with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  The leaves from the stamp set were stamped on green cardstock from my stash and die cut with the matching dies.  They were glued to the corner of the scalloped sentiment frame with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape under the portion of the flower that overlapped the frame.  For a little added dimension to the flower, Copic Marker R59 was added to the center of the flower.

When I went to place the rectangle on a white cardbase I felt that it was pretty, but it just didn’t make the flower and sentiment pop, so green cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger than the scalloped rectangle.  I like that much better, but I decided to add another layer of white and cut another rectangle 1/8″ larger than the green rectangle.  Both were adhered together with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive and the scalloped sentiment was adhered to the top with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  All were adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from the same red cardstock with the multi glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Studio Katia Merry Poinsettia Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp Merry Christmas
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Red Velvet Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# White Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Copic Marker R59
  • Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles

Come to Bethlehem Christmas Card

I have always loved the Stampin’ Up’s Come to Bethlehem stamp set.  I have used this stamp set several years ago for our Christmas card using navy ink, but it was difficult to get a solid image.  This time the MISTI made it easy to get a beautiful smooth image, allowing you to stamp it as many time as needed for complete coverage.  Also, VersaMark ink tends to give you better coverage as well.

For this card it was stamped with VersaMark and heat set with Ranger Silver Fine Detail Embossing Powder.  The beautiful sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Holiday Sayings and was stamped and heat set in the same manner for a beautiful card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampin Up Come to Bethlehem
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Holiday Greetings
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangles
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Neena Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs In the Navy 120# Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Rhinestone from stash

Stitched Leaves Have a Grateful Heart

This is the second card made from Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves.  Beautiful, colorful leaves are a hallmark of fall and this time of year is when we more fully count our blessings.  I send cards monthly to the young women and men from our church who are serving missions for 1 1/2 to 2 years.  This month I wanted to focus on a talk by President Thomas S. Monson called The Divine Gift of Gratitude, which was the inspiration for the design of this card.

To create this card Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper was covered with Distress Ink Candied Apple, Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, and Peeled Paint. Each color was randomly applied onto the watercolor paper by directing smooching the ink pads all over the paper. The paper was saturated with a spray bottle of water so that the colors would blend together.

When everything was completely dry an anti static pad was used to liberally coat the surface of the watercolored paper to ensure the embossing powder would only stick to the stamped images. The leaf images were stamped with VersaMark Ink, heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, heat set with the Marvy Embossing Tool, and die cut with the matching dies.

An A2 top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  A rectangle was cut from Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  The leaves were adhered to the front of the rectangle using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive for the maple leaves and the two leaves on top were adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

The sentiment was made using the Paper Accents GOld Mirror Cardstock and the Simon Says Stamp Grateful Die.  The  stamped words are from the Honey Bee Thankful Stamp set.  A strip of Gina K. Designs 120# Chocolate Cardstock was cut to fit the sentiment.  The grateful die was laid on the strip to determine where to stamp the secondary words with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss them with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The die cut word was then adhered using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the sentiment strip was adhered to the bottom of the rectangle with the same adhesive.

The focal image rectangle was adhered to the front of the cardbase with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves Stamp
  • Honey Bee Thankful Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp Grateful Die
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle Die
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Chocolate 120# Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Extra Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Distress Inks: Candied Apple, Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool

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