Sharing in Your Sorrow

I recently purchased both #1 and #2 Sizzix Wildflower Stem and decided to use them to create a sympathy card. I selected three flowers and a couple of leaves and cut them from 110# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. This is very thick cardstock and required using a metal shim to cut them out.

I used Distress Oxide Inks and blending brushes to add color to the die cuts. I used some Post-it Notes to cut a circle that would protect the center of the flowers while coloring the petals. I also used the negative to protect the petals while coloring the flower centers.

For a background to the flowers and leaves I used a brick and mortar embossing folder to add dimension. I cut down the panel to be 1/4″ smaller than a card front. I used a couple of Distress Oxide Inks to add shading to the bricks. I decided do something I haven’t done before and distressed the edges of the brick panel with Heidi Swapp’s Edge Distressor. I liked the look and decided to add a thin black border before adhering the panel to a top folding gray cardbase.

The flower and leaves were adhered to the brick panel using a combination of liquid glue and a little foam tape behind the flower head. To add a little more visual interest Ranger Gold Stickles were added to the flower centers.

The sentiment was stamped onto black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. It was cut using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label and then one end was cut on an angle. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to one side of the sentiment where it did not overlap the stems of the flowers and leaves and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix Wildflower Stems #1 and #2
  • Hero Arts Remembers
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Weathered Wood, Frayed Burlap, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feather, Tumbled Glass, Fossilized Amber
  • Stampin’ Up Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder
  • Heidi Swapp Edge Distressor
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label
  • Neenah Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black and Whisper Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 17 Die Cut Pieces Highlight Small Cover Dies

For Day 17 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 May Park and Lea Lawson were the guest designers and their technique was to highlight background die pieces. May ink blended a background, added foam behind it and then die cut a star background from it. The background was once again cut from white cardstock and adhered to a top folding cardbase. The ink blended shapes were then added to areas of the white background creating a lovely colorful card front. She die cut a large sentiment from glitter cardstock and added a secondary black and white sentiment strip. Lea Lawson took a background die and removed the negative die cut,leaving only the positive pieces on the card.

The next four cards I created used small cover dies from Sizzix. I was able to get all four cards from one quarter sheet of ink blended blue cardstock. The greatest challenge with this smaller dies it how to lay them out on a card front. I decided to use small focal images with the panels.

Card 1 Circle and Diamond Background Positive (Featured Image).

As with the other cards I added sticky back foam to the ink blended background before cutting the background die. After cutting the circle and diamond shaped background liquid glue was added to the positive pieces of the die and adhered to a white rectangle the same size as the opening of the background die. I didn’t like the way it looked on the card front so cut a piece of white cardstock 3/4″ larger and embossed to add visual interest and adhered the rectangle with the positive shapes to the center. I still didn’t like the way it looked on a white card front, so I searched and found a scrap of blue cardstock and cut it using a stitched rectangle and adhered the white embossed rectangle with the positive shapes to it and then adhered it all to the card front.

I printed and die cut a hot air balloon image in the Silhouette Cameo software. At the same time I created a sentiment strip with a blue background, which was cut with a sentiment label die. The balloon was adhered to the left of positive die cut shapes and the sentiment label was adhered below the balloon.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Birds Card Hot Air Balloon 4
  • Silhouette Print and Cut Sentiment
  • Sizzix Creative Background Small Cover Die Diamond Circle
  • Altenew Inks: Sea Breeze, Turquoise, Tide Blue, Starlight
  • Copic Markers: B26, B24, B23, B21, B02, BG13; B000, B0000; Y28, Y23; Y17, Y15, Y13
  • Sizzix Dotted Lattice Embossing Folder
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Card 2 Circle and Diamond Background Negative

I decided to turn this panel into a shaker card. Acetate was cut to the same size of the panel and adhered with liquid glue. Foam tape was doubled and cut into thin strips and applied tot he frame of the panel. A blue seed bead mix was added to the well of the die cut. The backing was removed from the foam tape and another piece of acetate was adhered adhered to the back of the panel to create the shaker.

A stitched rectangle was cut from white cardstock and adhered to a top folding white cardbase. I decided to adhere the shaker to the left of the card front and determined where to stamp the sentiment. The cute little bird image was adhered to the right of the panel to be over the sentiment. Ranger Crystal Stickles were added to the polka dot on the scarf on the hat and the center of the flowers.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle Bonnet Birdie
  • Avery Elle Tweet Tweet
  • Sizzix Creative Background Small Cover Die Diamond Circle
  • Altenew Inks: Sea Breeze, Turquoise, Tide Blue, Starlight
  • Copic Markers: B16, B14, B12; YR28, YR26, YR23; Y35, Y18; E33, E31, E30, R20
  • Beader Paradise Miami Surf Mix
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Tonic Tropical Tide Glitter Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Card 1 Moroccan Tile Background Negative

For this card I decided to add some blue glitter paper behind the die cut panel. I also used a Fun Stampers Journey Rectangle Long to cut around the die cut, giving visual interest. To also add visual interest the front of the card base was embossed with the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. The panel was adhered in the center of the card and the focal image was added to the left of the panel, sitting on a sentiment strip created in the Silhouette software.

  • Conie Fong Tori The Dragon
  • Silhouette Print and Cut Sentiment
  • Sizzix Creative Background Small Cover Die Moroccan Tile
  • Altenew Inks: Sea Breeze, Turquoise, Tide Blue, Starlight
  • Copic Markers: BG18, BG15, BG13; G19, G16, G14, B7, G07, G03, G02, G00; Y26, Y23, Y21
  • Fun Stamper Journey Rectangle Long Die
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Tonic Tropical Tide Glitter Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder

Card w Moroccan Tile Background Positive

The positive die cuts from the background were adhered to a rectangle of white cardstock and then adhered to the front of a cardbase that was embossed with the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. The sentiment was cut from blue glitter cardstock and then twice more from sticky back foam. The cute little bunny was adhere over the sentiment, straddling the Moroccan tiles.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lili of the Valley Balloon Bunny
  • Penny Black Sweet Wishes
  • Sizzix Creative Background Small Cover Die Moroccan Tile
  • Altenew Inks: Sea Breeze, Turquoise, Tide Blue, Starlight
  • Copic Markers: B97, B95, B93; B16, B14, B12; RV23, RV21, RV02; Y26, Y23, Y21
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Tonic Tropical Tide Glitter Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder

Congrats Jade and Stacy

My husband asked me to create a wedding card for his nephew who is getting married this month. I had just received the Altenew’s Anemone Coronaria stamp set and decided to use it for this card. It has lovely flowers.

This is a layering stamp set, but I chose to stamp the outline only and color it with Copic Markers. This is a second marriage for Jade and Stacy and they don’t really have any designated colors so I decided to use soft pinks.

I stamp first in a light gray ink, leaving the images in my MISTI. I’m glad I did because I decided to stamp again with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss it gold after coloring.

I arranged the flowers and leaves into a pretty bouquet and then placed Press’n Seal to hold it in place until it could be adhered to the card front. I decided to add a stitched rectangle that was embossed with the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder. It adds a lovely soft texture to the cardstock. The leaves and back flower where adhered to this rectangle with liquid glue and the two front flowers with foam tape.

Since I had embossed the flowers with gold embossing powder I decided to cut the sentiment from gold mirror cardstock and adhered it over the flowers. The focal image embossed rectangle was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Anemone Coronaria
  • Sizzix Celebrate Dies
  • Copic Markers: RV23, RV02, RV000; G02, B00, B000; Y26, Y23, Y21
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Platinum Embossing Powder
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder

Botanical Have A Blooming Good Birthday

For Spring Card Camp2 day 5 I stamped both a purple and gold sentiment onto vellum and decided to use the gold on the card for the class. This left me with the purple sentiment strip and I didn’t want to throw it away, it was pretty. I had been experimenting with the Gemini Junior on embossing 3D embossing folder and had a panel that had been embossed using the Sizzix Botanical Embossing Folder sitting on my desk and decided to pair these two items into a card.

I had some purple ink and blending brushes on my desk from the previous card I had made and decided to add a bit a color to the raised flower images on the embossed panel. Next I pulled out a soft mint green ink and added color to the leaves and stems on the embossed background. I cut down the panel to be 1/4″ smaller than an A2 cardbase and wrapped the leftover vellum sentiment around the panel. Sticky back foam was then added to the back for dimension.

I went through my stash of cardstock until I found a mint green I could use for the cardbase. The embossed focal panel was adhered to the green card base with liquid glue, purple sequins were scattered in a few places, and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Wealth of Wishes
  • Sizzix 3D Texture Botanical Embossing Folder
  • Gina K. Designs Applemint and Wild Lilac
  • Distress Oxide Wilted Violet Ink
  • Hero Arts Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Wink of Stella Clear
  • Paper Accents Vellum
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Mint Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Scotch Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Buttons Galore Lila Sequin Mix
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Cosmos Counting My Blessings

This is the last “Counting My Blessings” card I create to send to both my family and kids and Michael’s brother and sisters. Just a card to let them know we are thinking of them during this difficult time in the world with Covid-19 and letting them know they are a blessing to us.

Cosmos come in a lot of different colors. I saw one that had dark edges fading to nearly white in the center. I didn’t keep the center as light as I wanted, they are small flowers and I just wasn’t getting the blend I wanted without extended the color a little more than I first wanted, but it still turned out pretty. This is a fairly new color combination that a crafty friends of mine shared with me and it makes a beautiful, dramatic statement.

The image is from Fred She Said. It was printed using a laser printer to eliminate bleeding of the lines when coloring with Copic Markers. Once the coloring was complete I used the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Oval.

This time I changed things up a little and added the foam behind the focal image and adhered the sentiment with liquid glue at the bottom of the flowers. The sentiment was created and cut in the Silhouette Cameo Software.

I used the Sizzix 3D Lumber Embossing Plate to add texture to the front of the cardbase. You can’t see it well in the picture, but it really adds some nice visual interest. The oval focal image was adhered to the cardbase with liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Fred She Said Cosmos
  • Silhouette Cameo Sentiment
  • Copic Markers: Copic Markers: R95, R81, R83, RV69; YG67, YG17, YG03, Y38, Y35
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Oval
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Sizzix 3D Texture Plate Lumber
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White

Time to Celebrate You

I really like the Stampers Anonymous Stencils but they are narrow and don’t cover an entire card front, so decided to place it in the center of the cardbase leaving some kraft cardstock showing on the edges.

This stencil has a lot of different old time clocks. I thought it would be great for the sentiment to play off the background, so I went to my Silhouette Cameo and create a sentiment block with the words “Time to Celebrate You” and cut it using the software.

I wanted to have a colorful focal image, but I didn’t want it to be too large, so I pulled out a digi image from Pinterest and sized it to fit. I printed it using registration marks in the Silhouette software onto some Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and die cut. I find this easier than fussy cutting a lot of images.

It was then colored with Copic Markers and foam tape was added to the back of both the sentiment and focal image and adhered to the embossed background.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampers Anonymous Clockwork Stencil
  • Pinterest Coloring Book Balloon Image
  • Silhouette Word Phrase
  • Copic Markers: R29, R27, R24, R22; YG67, YG17, YG03; B37, B34, B32; V09, V06, V04; YR07, YR04, YR02; Y15, Y13, Y11; Y38, Y35, Y32; YR24, YR23, YR20; E55, E53, E50
  • Distress Ink Vintage Photo
  • Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste
  • Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Kraft Base Weight Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Happy Birthday Handsome

I needed some guy birthday cards and decided to pull out some stencils and use embossing paste with them. I decided to die cut a panel of cardstock using a stitched rectangle and then add the embossing past.

For this card I pulled out Stampers Anonymous Burlap and added embossing paste to a corner. I decided I didn’t want the full rectangle so I pulled out a Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Border Die add matching stitched on the angle.

I decided to use kraft cardstock for the cardbase and stamped the focal image directly onto the base with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink. I have never Copic colored on kraft cardstock and decided to give it a try and really like the way it turned out. I placed the rectangle on the cardbase wot determine where to stamp the image and the sentiment.

What I found out is that kraft cardstock isn’t as think as 120# cardstock I usually use for a cardbase and so the Copic colors blead through, but that was easily fixed my cutting another rectangle of kraft cardstock and adhering it to the inside of the card.

I didn’t like the start white embossed area against the kraft, so I pulled out my regular Distress Antique Linen and ink blended it over the embossing paste and liked the way that looked much better.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampers Anonymous Burlap Stencil
  • Art Impressions Birthday Wishes
  • Altenew Layered Cupcake
  • Copic Markers: YR09, YR07, YR04; YG67, YG17, YG03, YG01; E11, E01, E00, R20, R22; E59, E57, E55; E51, E50
  • Distress Ink Antique Linen
  • Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Sandy Beach Ink
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders Die
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Die Cut Flower Border Thank You

This is the last die from the Sizzix Mixed Media set. I like the way the flowers and leaves form a border on the card.

I decided to die cut the border from Neena Classic Crest 80# and then ran it through again with a stitched border die. I use stitched borders on almost all of cards. I love the subtle finished look it gives to a card front.

I wanted some color behind the die cut. This time I pulled out my smallest blending brush and added blue behind the flowers and a blue green behind the leaves. I simply placed the die cut on another piece of cardstock and would determine where it needed color and gently lift it to add what was needed. I think it turned out nice. The two rectangles where adhered together using liquid glue.

The sentiment is a Penny Black Wishes die and was cut from silver mirror cardstock this time. I thought it went better with the colors of this card. It was adhered directly to the focal image rectangle.

Sticky back foam was added to the back of the panel for dimension and it was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix Thinlits Mixed Media Dies  662688
  • Penny Black Wishes Die
  • Distress Oxide Inks Faded Jeans and Lucky Clover
  • Recollections Pearls
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

Die Cut Flower Thank You

This is the second die from the Sizzix Mixed Media set. It is a love flower and leaf die and takes center stage on your card front.

I die cut it from a quarter sheet of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and then ran it through again with Penny Black’s Swirly Stitched Rectangle, which adds some great visual interest.

I decided to back the die cut with a colored cardstock. I tried a lot of different colors and finally settled on this pale pink I had in scraps. I used Spectrum Noir’s Clear Sparkle Pen behind the flowers and then adhered the two pieces together with dotliner adhesive.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs’ Wrapped in Love. It was stamped in the lower left of the focal image rectangle with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

Sticky back foam was added to the back of the focal image rectangle to add dimension when it was adhered to an A2 top folding cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix Thinlits Mixed Media Dies  662688
  • Gina K. Designs Wrapped in Love
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle
  • Martha Stewart Pearls
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

You’re Fabulous – Happy Everything

This is the last card I made recently using the Sizzix Creative Background dies. Gold mirror cardstock was added behind the die cut panel. They were die cut using a stitched rectangle.

For the focal image the rose from Clearly Besotted Happy Everything was stamped and colored using Copic Markers and then cut out with the matching die. Foam tape was added to the back of the die cut for dimension. Before placing the sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

The focal image panel was added to a top folding cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted Happy Everything
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Copic Markers: Y19, Y15, Y13; YG67, YG17, YG03
  • Sizzix Creative Background Die
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight and Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Be Creative Double Sided Tape
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle