Spring Card Camp 2 Day 18 Ink Pad Dragging Sakura Blossom Hello

On day 18 of the Online Card Class, Spring Card Camp 2, Yana Smakula and Seeka were the guest designers. Their technique was to take your ink pads and drag them across your cardstock to create a patterned background paper.

For this last card using the ink pad dragging technique I decided to use bright colors to create a plaid background. I tried dragging the ink free hand, but it looked awful. So I pulled out my ruler and used it as a guide to keep the lines of the ink straight and even.

Once again I decided to use some pretty flower images on the card front. The Spellbinders Sakura Blossom Die comes with a panel of flowers, but it was just to large for the card front to allow the inked panel to be seen. So I used the separate flowers and leaves. I decided to cut them from black cardstock. I think it gives a dramatic look to the card.

I cut a hello die from black cardstock, as well as black sticky back foam and adhered the sentiment in the lower right of the card. Black foam was added to the back of each of the flowers as well and they were scattered around the card front, some overlapping the sentiment slightly.

I decided to add enamel dots to the center of the flowers and also scattered coordinating dots around the flowers.

The plaid background was cut down with a stitched rectangle and matted with black cardstock. The panel was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Spellbinders Sakura Blossoms
  • My Favorite Things Happy Hello
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Coral Reef, Tangerine Twist, Sweet Corn
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Designs and Recollections Enamel Dots
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Sticky Back Black Foam Sheet
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 18 Ink Pad Dragging Poppies Hello

On day 18 of the Online Card Class, Spring Card Camp 2, Yana Smakula and Seeka were the guest designers. Their technique was to take your ink pads and drag them across your cardstock to create a patterned background paper.

For this card I decided to have a less random ink pad drag and created a plaid design with light pink, yellow, and green. I think it turned out pretty.

I decided to once again keep the card a clean and simple design. I die cut the background with a Memory Box Matinee Rectangle, which adds visual interest with the corners of the rectangle. It also add a stitched element to the edges.

For the focal image I used Spellbinders Poppy Die. It comes with the poppy bouquet die, but it also has the individual flowers to die cut as well. I used the same inks used for the background on the flowers and leaves. I added to Ranger Crystal Stickles to the center of the flowers and adhered the bouquet to the background panel.

For the sentiment I pulled out a pretty hello die from mama Elephant. I ink blended some cardstock with the pink and yellow inks used in the background before cutting the sentiment. It was also cut from sticky back foam to add dimension. I cut away the foam behind the letters that overlapped the flower bouquet to keep the dimension level.

The panel was a adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Spellbinders Poppies Die
  • Mama Elephant Hello Script Die
  • Altenew Limeade Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Sweet Corn and Innocent Pink Inks
  • Memory Box Matinee Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles

Spring Card Camp 2 Ink Pad Dragging White Poppies Hello

On day 18 of the Online Card Class, Spring Card Camp 2, Yana Smakula and Seeka were the guest designers. Their technique was to take your ink pads and drag them across your cardstock to create a patterned background paper.

I tried this technique many times using the random method that Yana used and didn’t like any of the background except this one. I think it is because I only used two shades of light turquoise and a light mint green. The depth of the colors used made a big difference.

I used mini ink pads and they worked well for this technique. Once I had a background that I liked I decided to die cut it using Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle Dies. These dies not only cut the rectangle, they also cut a thin border. I used two rectangles to size down the larger background and a smaller one to create a focal image panel. I also used the same dies to cut white cardstock and used the thin white frames, replacing the patterned ones. This really draws the eye to the center of the card panel.

I wanted to keep the card simple in design and decided to add a couple of white die cut flowers and a few leaves. The sentiment die was cut from cardstock that was created by the dragging technique, using only the darkest blue and using a slighter heavier pressure. It was also cut from sticky back foam to add dimension to the sentiment. The center rectangle also had foam added to the back to create additional visual interest in a very clean and simple card design.

The panels and frame were adhered to a top folding white cardbase. I pulled out some sky blue Ranger Stickles for the center of the flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Spellbinders Poppies Die
  • Mama Elephant Hello Script Die
  • Gina K. Designs Sea Glass and Applemint Green Inks
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle Dies
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Tumbled Glass Stickles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 6 Color Blocking Wishing You a Happy Birthday

For my last card using the coloring blocking technique shared by Laurie Willison for the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 Day 6 I decided to use just pink and turquoise blocks.

As previously discussed I used typing paper covered in dotliner adhesive to adhered the block together, aligning the lines of the music. Once they were adhered together they were cut down using a stitched rectangle.

This time I decided to cut along the musical lines, creating a curved border for the top of the block. This left me some white space at the top for adding the die cut and stamped sentiments.

The sentiment was die cut from the same pink cardstock used for the word block, but before cutting pink ink was blended at the bottom of the strip to add an ombre effect. It was cut again from white sticky back foam to add dimension to the sentiment.

A white panel of cardstock was cut with the same stitched rectangle that had been used on the color blocks. The color blocks and die cut sentiment were laid on top to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment with a light gray ink.

Sticky back foam was added to the back of the block rectangle. It was adhered to the white stitched rectangle that already had the two sentiments adhered.

At the last minute I decided to add some candles to each of the color blocks in an alternating color. Ranger Gold Stickles was added to the flames of the candles. The focal image panel was then adhered to a top folding cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things BG Musical Notes
  • Spellbinders Wishing Expressions
  • Elizabeth Crafts Birthday Candles
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Turquoise Sea and Innocent Pink Cardstock
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Bubblegum Pink Ink
  • Memento London Fog Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 5 Stencil Shading

On day 5 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 Lydia Fiedler showed how to add shading to a stencil using different colors.

She had a large beautiful flower stencil. I didn’t have anything like that. So I decided to make a stencil from a background die I had. I wanted to make it reusable, so I tired die cutting it from heavy weight acetate, but that didn’t work, so I used a lighter weight acetate and white it took many, many passes through my die cutting machine I was eventually able to removed the inner sections of the background.

This pretty butterfly background is from Spellbinders and isn’t as wide as an A2 card. I taped the stencil to a quarter sheet of 80# cardstock and ink blended it using Bubblegum Ink from Gina K. Designs. Net I took a small detail blended brush and added to different shades of purple to the center of the butterfly and the flowers. I smooshed some of the inks onto my work surface and used a little water and a brush to add splatters to the stenciled image.

I die cut down my stenciled background using a stitched rectangle die. For a sentiment I decided to use vellum. I stamped the sentiment with both Distress Oxide Wilted Violet heat embossed clear and with VersaMark Ink heat embossed gold. I decided on the gold (the purple was used on another card). I wrapped the vellum sentiment around the stenciled panel and adhered it in place with Scotch Tape. A rectangle of sticky back foam was cut 1/4″ smaller than the panel and adhered to the back, which holds the vellum sentiment securely in place.

The stenciled panel and sentiment were adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue. Gold Metallic Confetti from Pretty Pink Posh was scattered on the card front and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Spellbinders Impressibilities Butterfly Magic Background/Stencil
  • Gina K. Designs Wealth of Wishes
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Bubblegum Pink, Lovely Lavender, Wild Lilac
  • Copic Markers: V17, V15, V12
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Paper Accents Vellum
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Scotch Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Confetti
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Blick Liquid Watercolor Pearl Shimmer

Silhouette Happy Birthday

For this card I decided to use a stencil in an oval. I cut an oval from Office Depot’s Full Sheet Shipping Labels and then adhered it to a quarter sheet of cardstock. I used Altenew’s Mountain Mist for the stencil and then die cut the rectangle with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.

I had been looking on Splitcoast Stampers and saw some pretty silhouette cards. I decided to pull out the Memory Box Blooming Chrysanthemum and die cut it from black cardstock. I also used two of the ovals from Spellbinder’s Fancy Edged Ovals to create a frame. To adhered the frame to the card front I used some Darice Thin Strip Foam. Before adhering to the card front I stamped the sentiment with amalgam ink and there removed the backing paper and adhered the frame.

To complement the frame and the die cut flowers a mat of black cardstock was added to the back of the focal image panel. It was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Memory Box Blooming Chrysanthemum
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Spellbinder’s Fancy Edged Ovals
  • Altenew Feeling Dotty Stencil
  • Altenew Mountain Mist Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Darice Thin Foam Strips
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Yellow Flower Silhouette Birthday Wishes

I had this pretty Spellbinders Impressibilites Flower Silhouette. This is a very thin embossing plate that requires you to use the embossing mat and shims to make a successful impression.

Once the embossing was complete I aid it over the area and taped it down to add ink blending to the background of the image.

I love the look of black and yellow so I pulled out the “birthday” sentiment from My Favorite Things Cause to Celebrate and cut it from black cardstock and again from black foam to add dimension and adhered it to the bottom of the card with liquid glue. I stamped the secondary sentiment on ink blended cardstock with black amalgam ink and added it below the birthday die cut with foam tape.

The embossing focal panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Spellbinders Impressibilities Flower Silhouette
  • My Favorite Things Cause to Celebrate
  • Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout
  • Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • 3M .125” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Black Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Sending Love

I was going through all my embossing folders and getting rid of the ones I don’t use and ran across this metal Spellbinders Impressibilities. It is very thin and when I tried using it with the standard embossing sandwich, it didn’t work. So I decided to just use it like a stencil using Distress Oxide Inks Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry. It was pretty and so I decided to keep it.

I didn’t want to cover up too much of the pretty background, so I pulled out the My Favorite Things Love Die and cut it in white. It got lost on the pretty background, so I protected the thin strips with Post-it Tape and ink blended the word with the same Distress inks. It still got lost on the busy background and so I decided to cut a piece of cardstock to fit behind the die cut sentiment and ink blended that was well and adhered the word die to it with liquid glue. This looked much better.

It was pretty, but it was just lacking something, so I pulled out the My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers and cut the largest ones from Neena Classic Crest 110# cardstock and ink blended the centers. I was only going to use a few, but I just kept adding flowers until I had this large, but pretty bouquet. Some of the flowers were adhered to the card with liquid glue and a few were adhered using foam tape. At the last moment I decided to add Ranger Crystal Stickles to the flower centers.

I decided to add a secondary sentiment of “sending” so I went through my stamps until I found one that would work. I stamped on a scrap of paper left over from cutting the “love” die with Picked Raspberry, cut it into a thin strip, and adhered it using liquid glue.

The entire panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive.

Once it was done I thought it would be perfect to send to the women I have been asked to watch over in my church. I try and touch base with them once a week and have been doing so through phone calls and texts, but decided a card would be nice to send, so I created more cards to send to each of them, only using three flower, but ink blending the background with different colors.

I did figure out the right sandwich and shims to emboss a few. You’ll have to let me know which you like best. I’m partial to the pink and orange.

PRODUCT USED:

  • Spellbinders Impressibilities Flower Silhouette
  • My Favorite Things Love
  • Simon Says Stamp Jumbo Stripes
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers
  • Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • 3M .125” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed
Distress Oxide Carved Pumpkin and Ripe Persimmon
Distress Oxide Broken China and Peacock Feathers
Distress Oxide Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves

If Friends Were Flowers Hello

I had a leftover gold oval from another card I created that I decided to use on this card, which is quick and easy to create.

I pulled out some green patterned paper and die cut a rectangle using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle. It was adhered with dotliner adhesive to a top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock. The gold oval was then adhered to the center with the same adhesive.

The focal image is from LDRS Creative If Friends Were Flowers and was stamps on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, colored with Copic Markers and die cut with the coordinating die. 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the flower image and it was adhered to the left of the oval.

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Happy Hello dies and was cut from a scrap of dark green cardstock and again from black sticky back foam and adhered to the right of the focal image and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • LDRS Creative If Friends Were Flowers
  • My Favorite Things Happy Hello Die
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Spellbinders Fancy Edged Ovals
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Copic Markers: RV69, V06, V04, V01; G29, G24, YG17
  • Photo Play Belle Fleur Choose Happy Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Special Birthday Wishes

I love the way you can get such depth to a image when you use the ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers. These yellow flowers only use on color, but you can have the color vary from deep yellow to a very pale yellow by the amount of water you use. That is what is so nice about watercoloring an image.

I get the best results with ZIG Markers on Bristol Smooth Cardstock, so I stamped the images with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed them in gold. Once the coloring was done the flowers and leaves were cut using the matching dies.

I decided to make a smaller decorative rectangle for behind the focal image because I was only using two flowers. At first I was going to put them in the lower left corner, but I liked the way the sentiment looked best when it was in that location so I changed the flower to be in the upper right.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Look for the Rainbows
  • Dreamerland Crafts Birthday Sentiments
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 041 Light Green, 046 Mid Green, 052 Bright Yellow
  • Spellbinders Candlewick Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock