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

Party Circle Die: Enjoy Your Day

The Distress Oxide Ink blended background really makes the white die cut sentiment of this card pop.

I ink blended a panel of Neena Solar White 80# Cardstock with Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Inks.  Using my guillotine cutter it was cut down 4 1/8” to 5 3/8” and Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut to 4 x 5 ¼” and applied to the back.

Simon Says Stamp Large Party Circle Die was cut out of the same cardstock.  A circle was cut from some scrap acetate using Simon Says Stamp Nested Circle Die and adhered to the back of the sentiment die with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  Thin strips of 3M ½” Foam Tape were doubled up and adhered to the back of the “Party” die cut.  If you remove the backer tape you can curve the foam tape around the circle.  Neat & Tangled Starry Night Sequins and Martha Stewart Blueberry Slush, Turquoise, and Wintermint Confetti were added to front of the cardbase and then the “Party” shaker well was adhered to the top of the ink blended rectangle.

A secondary sentiment from Hero Arts Birthday Messages was stamped below the shaker with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The ink blended panel was adhered to the front using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Large Party Circle Die
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, and Salty Ocean
  • Neena Solar White 80# Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Darice Adhesive Back Foam Sheet
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Neat & Tangled Starry Night Sequin Mix
  • Martha Stewart Blueberry Slush, Turquoise, and Wintermint Confetti
  • Beader Paradise Miami Surf Beads
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

 

Balloon Bouquet Hooray It’s Your Birthday

I have seen a card made by Laura Bassen where she used watercolor paper to add color behind each of the balloons in the Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet.  I have recreated that card in the past.  This time I wanted to try using Oxide Inks and sponge daubers to add color to the balloons.

I cut a rectangle of Neena Solar White 80# White Cardstock using the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  I then die cut the balloons from the same cardstock four times and adhered them together using Elmer’s Glue Craft Adhesive Spray.  I then would hold the balloon bouquet over the die cut rectangle to determine where to add the ink.

I used the same ink and daubers on a scrap of white cardstock to create a rainbow strip of color that I then used to die cut the Mama elephant Hooray Script Die from.  I cut an additional three word dies from white cardstock and adhered them together with the spray adhesive.  The secondary sentiment from Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings was stamped on a scrap of black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder.

An A2 top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet was cut 1/8” smaller than the stitched rectangle and adhered to the back.  The balloon bouquet and the sentiment cutout were adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the secondary sentiment was adhered using 3M ½” Foam Tape.  The focal image was then adhered to the card front using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet Die
  • Mama Elephant Hooray Script Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings
  • Neena Solar White 80# Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Candied Apple, Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, and Salty Ocean
  • Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet

Silhouette Stacked Birthday Cake

This wonky birthday cake image is the Silhouette Miss Kate Cuttables Birthday Cake.  I have a lot of stamps and dies, but I had forgotten what great cards can be made using the Silhouette.

I cut the image using scraps of Brown, Green, Orange, and Red Textured Cardstock for the cake, platter base, and candle bases.  Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock was used for the candle flames and decorative lines, along with the platter.

Copic Markers were used to add shading to the cake image, as well as making the inner flame pieces a darker gold color.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Circle die cut once from the gold mirror cardstock and two more times from yellow cardstock.  It was cut in half to create an arch rather than a circle.  The layers were adhered together using Elmer’s Glue Craft Adhesive.

The largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle was used to die cut a piece of My Minds Eye 6 x 6 Wood Designer Paper.  A piece of Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller than the rectangle and adhered to the back.  It was then adhered to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

3M ½” Foam Tape was added to the back of the cake and adhered to the woodgrain paper.  The sentiment was adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Silhouette Miss Kate Cuttables Birthday Cake
  • Simon Says Stamp Birthday Circle Die
  • My Minds Eye 6 x 6 Wood Designer Paper Pad
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Scraps of Brown, Green, Orange, and Red Textured Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: R29, YR15, G43, E21, E23, E25, E29, YR24
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Darice Adhesive Backed Foam

Happy Birthday Bouquet

When I am stamping floral images I usually have leftover that I keep in a little box under my desk.  My granddaughter was over and using some of them and I decided to pull some of them out and use them as well.  It has a lot of different flowers from Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles, Gina K. Designs Peony wishes, and WPlus9 Freehand Florals.  I used some Copic Markers (listed below) to add shading and some Doodlebug Sprinkles for the center of the larger flowers and to scatter around the focal image.

I die cut a rectangle using the Winnie and Walter Audrey Essentials Die.  I love the scalloped edge that it gives.  To add focal interest I ran it through the Big Shot with a new Cuttlebug Embossing Folder entitled Charles.  I think the dotted chevron is very pretty.

I arranged the flowers the way I liked them and pulled out some Press and Seal to hold them all together while I added Tombo Mono Multi Glue to the back.  This is such an effective way to get your flower arrangement in place.  3M ½” Foam Tape was added to the blue flower for a little dimension.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Peony Wishes and was stamped on Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder.  The ends were cut into fishtails and 3M ½” Foam Tape was cut in half and applied to the back.

A side folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut just smaller than the scalloped rectangle and then adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles
  • Gina K. Designs Peony Wishes
  • WPlus9 Freehand Florals
  • Altenew Inks: Warm Sunshine, Ocean Waves, Forest Glades
  • Copic Markers: Y02, Y06, Y08, Y15, Y19; B01, B02, B04, B05; G24, G40, G53; R32
  • Doodlebug Sprinkles: Cupcake, Primary, Swimming Pool
  • Cuttlebug Charles Embossing Folder
  • Winnie and Walter Audrey Essentials Die
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Sending Happy Mail

My husband is on a short-term assignment in Kentucky and I decided to go and spend several weeks with him.  I knew that I would need something to do while he was at work every day, and so I stamped a lot of images on watercolor cardstock and took my Inktense Pencils and Distress Inks to color them.  The major problem with traveling and staying in a fifth wheel trailer is that the internet service can be spotty.  Unfortunately, the place we were staying didn’t have a strong enough internet connection that I could post any of my cards I created while I was there.  So, I am posting a whole bunch of cards in a very short period of time.

I’ve used a lot of the other images in Gina K. Designs Country Roads, but these mailboxes made we think of the phrase “happy mail”.  Who doesn’t love going to the mailbox and having some actual mail from someone you know and love.  It’s a simple card, but I like the way it turned out.

I stamped the image on Canson XL 140# Watercolor Cardstock with Distress Antique Linen Ink and then using a water brush pen I colored it using Brushed Corduroy, Fired Brick, Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Broken China, and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks.

Once it was dry I ran it through the Big Shot with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle and then cut a slightly smaller rectangle of Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet to add to the back for dimension on the card.  A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  The sentiment is a combination from both Simon Says Stamp Happy Thoughts and Sending and was stamped in Altenew Chocolate Brown Ink.  The focal image was then adhered to the cardbase using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Fired Brick, Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Broken China, Mowed Lawn
  • Gina K. Designs Country Roads
  • Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts
  • Simon Says Stamp Sending
  • Altenew Chocolate Brown Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Small and Medium Tip Watercolor Brush Pen
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheets

Floral Bliss: May All of Your Wishes Come True

I finally received the Simon Says Stamp Floral Bliss stamp set and wanted to use it right away.  I stamped the image on Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper in the upper left and lower right of the panel with VersaFine Black Ink and then heat embossed it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.

I decided to color the image using my Tombo Dual Brush Makers: 873 Coral, 636 Imperial Purple, 743 Hot Pink, 723 Pink, 443 Turquoise, 249 Hunter Green, 277 Dark Green, and 177 Dark Jade.  I didn’t water the colors down very much and they turned out very bright and colorful.  I watercolored the background of the images using Broken China Distress Ink.  I applied it to an acrylic block and spritzed it with water so that it was a light, pale color.  Once it was dry I cut down the images using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the back to add dimension.

To focal image was then adhered to a top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden Sequins were scattered around the flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Floral Bliss
  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • VersaFine Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Distress Ink Broken China
  • Tombo Markers 873 Coral, 636 Imperial Purple, 743 Hot Pink, 723 Pink, 443 Turquoise, 249 Hunter Green, 277 Dark Green, and 177 Dark Jade Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden Sequins
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles

Floral Bliss Happy Birthday

I decided to make another card using Simon Says Stamp Floral Bliss and this time use a more pastel color scheme and a different layout.

I stamped the image at the bottom of a 4 ½” x 6” piece of Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed it with Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Make a Wish Birthday and was stamped and embossed in the same manner.

I used a Sakura Waterbrush Pen and a piece of white cardstock that has been laminated for a palette.  I scribbled the following Tombo Marker on it: 158 Dark Olive, 195 Light Green, 055 Process Yellow, 098 Avacado, 533 Peacock Blue, 703 Pink Rose, and 933 Orange on the palette.  This allows you to water down the color so that it is more pastel in hue.

I allowed the focal image to dry complete and then added a wash of Broken China Distress Ink for the background.  Once everything was dry I die cut the image using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller than the focal image and adhered to the back.

An A2 top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Sequins from Doodlebug Designs Blue Jeans and Pretty Pink Posh Sweetheart Mix were added with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • Simon Says Stamp Floral Bliss
  • Hero Arts Make a Wish Birthday
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Distress Ink Broken China
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Tombo Markers 158 Dark Olive, 195 Light Green, 055 Process Yellow, 098 Avacado, 533 Peacock Blue, 703 Pink Rose, and 933 Orange
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Doodlebug Designs Blue Jeans Sequins
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sweetheart Mix Sequins
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles