Abstract Flowers Thinking of You

This is another lovely flower image from Alex Syberia Designs. It was printed onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with a laser printer and then colored with Copic Markers. Once the coloring was complete the sentiment was stamped below the flowers.

The focal image was then die cut using Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle. I love the unique stitching this die adds to a die cut rectangle. Sticky back foam was cut just smaller than the rectangle and adhered to the back for added dimension when adhering it to a top folding cardbase.

A few black sequins were scattered around the flower and sentiment and the card was done. Quick and easy.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Alex Syberia Designs Abstract Flowers
  • Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers
  • Copic Markers:  YR18, YR16, YR14, YR12; G99, G94, YG03; 100, C8, C7
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle
  • Honey Bee Galaxy Sequins
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Winter Flowers Thinking of You

I know these flowers are called winter flowers, but I think they are gorgeous and can be used all year round. I did decide to color them white, with an accent of small pink flowers and love the way it turned out. This is probably my favorite thinking of you card I created for my friend Laina to give out to sisters at church struggling through this current crisis.

This is a digital image from Alex Syberia Designs that was printed on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with a laser printer. It was colored with Copic Markers. Once the coloring was complete the sentiment was stamped below the flowers.

I used Little B Frames to cut out the image. It is one of my favorites to add visual interest to a white on white card. Using the same die Darcie Sticky Back Foam was cut and then trimmed down and adhered behind the die cut to add dimension.

I recently purchased the larger Big Shot Plus and love the way I can emboss the front of cards because of its larger opening. I used the Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder to add visual interest behind the focal image. The focal image panel was adhered with a generous about of liquid glue because it needed to adhere well to the uneven texture of the card front. A few white sequins were scattered around the focal image and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Alex Syberia Designs Winter Flowers
  • Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers
  • Copic Markers:  E47, E44, E43, E42, E41, E40; RV23, RV02, RV000; YG95, YG93, YG91; YG63, YG61
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Little B Frames
  • Hero Arts Champagne Mix Sequins
  • Pretty Pink Posh Marshmallow Sequins
  • Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Hydrangea Thinking of You

I love the way this card turned out. The pretty background die from Spellbinders matted with a light blue to match the color of the hydrangea is striking.

I printed the image onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers. It was then die cut using the Divine Eloquence background die and then the sentiment was stamped in the open area beneath the flower.

I went through my scraps of cardstock to find the right light blue that would compliment the flowers and then cut it to the right size to fit behind the die cut focal image. The two were adhered together using liquid glue.

The focal image panel was then adhered to a top folding cardbase and blue sequins were scattered around the sentiment and flower and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Just Ink Line Hydrangea
  • Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers
  • Copic Markers:  BV04, B95, B93, B91; G46, G24, YG03; YR24
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence
  • Neat & Tangled Starry Night Sequins
  • Pretty Pink Posh Seattle Spirit Mix Sequins

Garden Bouquet Sending Hugs

This is another card I created for Laina Taylor to give out to some of the sisters from church. I used another great image from Conie Fong with flowers in a watering can.

I printed the image onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers. I cut the colored panel down using a Memory Box Matinee Rectangle and added sticky back foam to add dimension when it was adhered to the card.

The sentiment is a standard font paired with a lovely script. It was stamped under the focal image with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink.

The card front of an A2 cardbase was embossed using the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder and the focal image rectangle was adhered using liquid glue. Silver sequins were scattered around the focal image and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Conie Fong Garden Bouquet
  • Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flower
  • Copic Markers:  C6, C5, C4, C3, C2, C1, C0; Y15, Y11, Y00; Y26, Y23, Y21; V01, V04, V06, V01; RV23, RV02, RV000; YR14, YR12, YR00; YG67, YG17, YG03; G99, G94, YG03; YG17, YG05, YG03
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Silver Sequins
  • Memory Box Matinee Rectangle

Peony Delight Thinking of You

I volunteered to create some Thinking of You cards for our Relief Society President, who watches over all the women in my ward, which is approximately 180 women. This has been a difficult time for some of the ladies and she is trying to keep in touch with them to ensure all is going well. There are assignments made where we all have sisters (or ladies) to watch over, but still it is a large responsibility for the president of the organization. This is the first card I made for Laina using the lovely Peony Delight digi stamp from Conie Fong.

I printed the image onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with a laser printer and then colored it with Copic Markers. Once the coloring was done I used an oval die to cut out the focal image.

I found a thinking of you sentiment that would fit in the small open area in the upper right of the image and stamped it with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink. Sticky Back Foam was cut with the same oval die and then trimmed down so that it wouldn’t show.

The front of a side folding cardbase was embossed using the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. I love the way embossing the front of the card adds such great visual interest behind a focal image, which was adhered with liquid glue.

Purple sequins were scattered around the focal image and sentiment and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Conie Fong Peony Delight
  • Simon Says Stamp Delicate Flowers
  • Copic Markers:  G05, B02, B00, B000; RV23, RV02, RV000; V17, V15, V12; Y26
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden Mix Sequins
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder

Grayscale Fantasy Floral Hello

I recently purchased Hero Arts Woodgrain Fancy Background die and decided to use it on a card. I cut the woodgrain background from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock, but didn’t like the edges, so I cut it down using a stitched rectangle. It was then ink blended with Distress and Distress Oxide Weathered Wood Inks.

For the focal image I decided to create flowers in grayscale colors and pulled out three different shades of gray from my scraps and die cut Altenew’s Fantasy Floral 3D dies. I layered two flowers differently. One with the dark on the bottom and the other with the light on the bottom layer. The leaves were cut from the darkest gray.

In keeping with the gray color scheme the sentiment was cut from silver mirror cardstock. The sentiment was placed in the lower right of the panel and then the flowers and leaves were adhered around it. Black enamel dots were scattered around the focal image.

The woodgrain focal image panel was adhered to a top folding black cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Fantasy Floral 3D
  • Simon Says Stamp Painted Hello
  • Hero Arts Woodgrain Fancy
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • 3 Shades of Gray Cardstock from Scraps
  • Distress Oxide and Distress Weathered Wood Inks
  • Doodlebug Designs Black Enamel Drops
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Wink of Stella Clear Sparkle Pen

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 18 Ink Pad Dragging Bold Cap Hello

I was in need of a masculine hello card and decided to use the technique taught in Day 18 of the Spring Card Camp 2 Online Card Class. It is a very easy technique to do the one that creates a pretty plaid. I used a ruler to ensure that the lines were straight. You simply drag the mini ink pad down and across with different colors until you create the look you want. This time I used a light turquois, yellow green, and yellow.

I added stitching to the edges of the card front with the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle. I then pulled out my Altenew Bold Caps dies and cut the word “hello” from the center of the rectangle. I ran the light turquoise across a scap of cardstock until it was slightly darker than the lines in the plaid and die cut the word “hello” twice again. Once from the turquoise and again from sticky back foam and put the two together.

The plaid rectangle was adhered to a side folding cardbase with dotliner adhesive. The turquoise hello was adhered in the letters die cut from the plaid with liquid glue. I thought I was done, but I decided to add a secondary sentiment. I ran the green ink used in the plaid onto a scrap of paper and after it was completely dry I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. It was adhered over the “H” and “E” of the hello with foam tape and the card was done.

I had the leftover letters cut from the plaid background and decided to create another card. I use a stitched rectangle to die cut a rectangle from Gina K. Designs Sea Glass Ink and adhered it to a side folding cardbase. The letters were cut again from sticky back foam and adhered together. To ensure that the sentiment remained evenly spaced and straight I lined them up on my grid mat, placed purple tape over them to keep them in place, and then adhered them to the center of the turquoise rectangle with liquid glue.

Another secondary sentiment was created with leftover green ink pad dragged paper and heat embossed white. Adhered over the first two letters of the sentiment with foam tape and another card was done. Below is a picture of the second card made with the leftover letters.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet
  • Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetings
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Sweet Corn, Jelly Bean Green, Ocean Mist
  • Gina K. Designs Sea Glass Base Weight Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 19 Monoprint Wildflower Hello

For Day 19 of Spring Card Camp 2 Online Card Class Dawn Wolesagle shared monoprint inking and stamping. Dawn used the back of a large fairly solid background acrylic stamp because she did not have a gel plate. She also used Distress Oxide inks rather than acrylic paints, randomly placing the inks on the acrylic stamp back or gel plate and then using a brayer to spread it around evenly. You know have an inky surface that can be used as ink for your stamps. You put your stamp(s) onto an block and press it into the inked plate then stamp it onto your cardstock. You continue to lift the ink from your plate, trying to create a pattern in the ink and stamping a similar pattern on your cardstock. Once you have your background stamped like you want it you take another piece of cardstock and place it over the remaining ink on the plate and have another background. If you want more instructions on how to do this technique search for gel press on YouTube. There is a great video by Shari Carroll of Simon Says Stamp (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SvA_40aFiM).

Dawn used solid images for her cards, I decided to use a lined image instead. For this card I used Distress Oxide Peeled Paint and Broken China. What I found was that the ink would bead up after a while, with other cards I tried to create I first stamped my gel press plate with VersaMark Ink then added the colored inks. This helped to transfer more ink onto the plate.

As you can see, the first card (featured image) is just stamped images with a lot of white space. Because you brayered your colors together on the plate your images have random colors. The second card pulls all the leftover color from the gel press and has white lines where the ink was pulled from the plate for the first card.

Once I had my inked cardstock panels I cut them down with a stitched rectangle. I then matted them with a thin sea glass cardstock. They were then adhered to a side folding cardbase.

I wanted to keep the sentiment simple and stamped it on black cardstock, heat embossed it white, and cut it into a strip and adhered it to the lower right of the card with foam tape. A few moonshine sequins were scattered around the sentiment and the cards were done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Waffle Flower Blossom
  • Concord & 9th Hello Lovely
  • Distress Oxide Inks Peeled Paint and Broken China
  • Copic Markers: RV66, RV63, G00
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Sea Glass and Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label
  • Simon Says Stamp Assorted Moonshine Sequins

Spring Card Camp 2 Easy Watercolor Washes Birthday Wishes

For day 16 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 Ashlea Cornell was the guest designer and her technique was watercolor washes, creating beautiful, vibrant background with different mediums.

I had a smaller piece of blue watercolor wash leftover from the previous cards I made that was the perfect size for a background to Simon Says Stamp’s Birthday Wishes Circle. I cut down the watercolor wash with a stitched rectangle and then stacked three die cuts of the “Birthday Wishes Circle” together with spray adhesive. It was added to the top of the watercolor rectangle with liquid glue.

There was quite a bit of space left at the bottom of the rectangle so I pulled out some blue stitched grosgrain ribbon and wrapped it around the rectangle, adhering it in the back with Scotch Tape. I looked through my stash of buttons and found a blue one that was the right size for the ribbon and threaded blue baker’s twine that had been stained with distress ink through the button holes and tied a bow. The button was then adhered using a couple of glue dots.

I looked at a lot of different blue patterned paper for the card front and finally decided on this blue and white gingham, but when I went to adhere the watercolor wash panel on top I didn’t like the look, so I pulled out a slightly larger stitched rectangle and cut it from white cardstock and adhered the watercolor panel to the front. The gingham paper was cut 1/4″ smaller than an A2 cardbase and adhered to the front with dotliner adhesive. The watercolor panel was then adhered to the front of the cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Birthday Wishes circle
  • Tombo Watercolor Pens: 565, 476, 515, 533
  • Neena Classic Crest 110# and 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Blue and White Gingham Paper from Stash
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Offray Blue Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Blue Button from Stash
  • Blue & White Baker’s Twine Stained Blue with Distress Chipped Sapphire
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 14 Easy Watercolor Designs Enjoy Your Day

I thought I was done making cards for this day’s Spring Card Camp 2 but I needed some stripes of watercolor to add the envelopes. Once they were made I had a leftover panel of cardstock and decided to put it to good use.

The panel was long, but thinner than an A2 cardbase. This time I decided to use a black flower outline die. I think it looks great on the watercolor panel. It was die cut three times and adhered together with liquid glue then adhered to the watercolor background.

I decided to use a die black cut sentiment with a stamped secondary sentiment. I added a mat of black cardstock to add a thin strip to each side of the rectangle. The watercolor panel was adhered to the cardbase with liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Memory Box Blooming Chrysanthemum Die
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Simon Says Stamp Painted Enjoy
  • Altenew 36 Pan Watercolors
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink