I was in need of some masculine cards. I had this leftover marble background made by ink smooshing some Distress Oxid Inks onto watercolor paper and decided to put it to good use. This image from Stampendous is a favorite one I use for masculine cards. I stamped it with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold.
To color the image I pulled out my Arteza Real Brush Pens and a water brush and added some deep rich color.
Once the coloring was complete I die cut the image using a stitched rectangle. I almost always use a stitched die on my cards. I love the visual interest that it adds. Sticky back foam was added to the back and the focal image was adhered to a top folding ivory cardbase.
The final embellishment was to add Ranger Crystal Stickles to the balloons.
I found a great stencil by Carta Bella called Hello Autumn which creates a beautiful, colorful fall background. This is the time of year that I think about all the wonderful people in my life and want to send them cards letting them know who grateful I am they are part of my life. I decided to use this background stencil to create those cards.
I ink blended the background onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using some pretty fall colored inks from Gina K. Designs. Once that was done I cut down the panel using a stitched rectangle and matted it with green cardstock.
I pulled out some leaf dies and cut several from white cardstock and link blended them to match the colors used in the background. I bundled them together, added a gold and cream baker’s twine bow and adhered them to the lower left corner of the card.
For a sentiment I stamped Gina K. Designs “Thankful” from her Stitched Leaves stamp set and cut it out using the coordinating shadow die and adhered it to the top of the card. A secondary greeting was stamp on to ivory cardstock and cut with a sentiment label and adhered with Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape. The first attempt is shown below.
For the second attempt I decided to try and mute the background by adding a layer of vellum. I also pulled out a larger maple leaf for the base of the leaf cluster, but I felt the vellum muted the pretty background too much.
For the third attempt I pulled out a larger maple leaf die and used it for the base of the leaf cluster. The sentiment was stamped on orange cardstock with gold and people I showed it to thought the sentiment was hard to see.
With the fourth attempt I finally got a card that I liked all the elements and made eight more cards to send to family and friends.
Daisies are such a happy flower and there are so many colors that can be used for them. I colored these yellow with a light pink at the base of the petals.
I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and used Copic Markers to color the image.
I decided to do a partial die cut of the image, leaving a narrow border of white on the right. This is fairly easy to do, you place the edge of the top plate at the area where you want it to stop cutting and run it through your die cut machine. Since I purchased the Big Shot Plus this is much easier to do because it has a wider opening.
I went through my stash of cardstock and found a green on green polka dot and really liked the way it looked behind the daisies. I used a stitched rectangle to cut it down, along with the daisy panel. The polka dot rectangle was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added behind the daisy cutout, which had been sized with the stitched rectangle as well, and adhered to the card front.
The sentiment was stamped on black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder and the card was done.
I first stamped this image with Ink On 3 Fade Out Ink leaving this stamp in the MISTI because I wanted to Copic Color It. After I was done coloring it looked terrible, but I decided to add the gold embossing powder like I planned and it turned out amazing. Lesson learned, never throw something away until you have completed all the steps you had in mind.
I am always looking for stamps that would make great birthday cards, since I make so many of them. When I saw this Chunky Birthday stamp from Stampendous I knew it would make great masculine cards.
I decided to watercolor the image so I stamped it with VersaFine Fine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder on Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock. I used ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers (020 Red, 070 Orange, 052 Bright Yellow, 043 Olive Green, 031 Cobalt Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 084 Deep Violet, 080 Violet) to color it in a rainbow pallet.
Once the coloring was dry the image was die cut with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle. It was matted with Gina K. Designs Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock. Darice Sticky Back Foam was added for dimension. The focal image rectangle was adhered to a top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the card was done.
Stampendous Chunky Birthday
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Gina K. Designs Base Weight Black Cardstock
Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 020 Red, 070 Orange, 052 Bright Yellow, 043 Olive Green, 031 Cobalt Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 084 Deep Violet, 080 Violet
While I was in my local Michael’s store I saw the Stampendous Lovely Garden stamp set and decided to give it a try. I love big flower images and this one comes with matching dies. One thing I really like about Stampendous dies is that they don’t leave a border around the die cut, but rather cut right up to the stamped image.
I decided to watercolor the flowers and leaves and so I stamped them with VersaFine Black Ink on Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper and then heat embossed them with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder. To color the flowers I used Tombo Markers 452 Process Blue, 528 Navy Blue, 620 Lilac, 679 Dark Plum, 158 Dark Olive, and 228 Gray Green. Once the flowers were dry I die cut them with the matching dies.
A side fold A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock. I arranged the flowers and leaves the way I liked them to determ the placement of the sentiment, which is from C. C. Designs Amy R Great Birthday Greetings. It was stamped with VersaFine Black Ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder.
The largest flower and the leaves were adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then the 3M ½” Foam Tape was added to the back of the smaller flower and adhered to the cardbase. Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden Sequins were scattered around the flowers and leaves and adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.
I like the way the large flowers take center stage on the card.
Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
Gina K. Designs 120# White
VersaFine Black Ink
Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
Stampendous Lovely Garden
Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
Tombo Markers: 452 Process Blue, 528 Navy Blue, 620 Lilac, 679 Dark Plum, 158 Dark Olive, and 228 Gray Green
I have a friend who told me her favorite color was brown. I really struggled on what to do for a brown birthday card that would still be pretty. Eventually I settled on white embossing an image on craft and then coloring it with Inktense Pencils. I made a couple of cards and they turned out much nicer than I anticipated.
For the first card I stamped the daisies from Stampendous Daisy Thanks with VersaMark Ink onto Gina K. Designs 120# Craft Cardstock and heat embossed them with Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder. Then I colored them with Derwent Inktense Pencils: 2000 Bark, 2300 Antique White, 0600 Shiraz, 1720 Tan, 2020 India Ink.
The sentiment is from Avery Elle Cupcakes and was also heat embossed with the same embossing powder in the lower right of the card.
The focal image panel was cut with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle. Another rectangle was cut slightly larger from Gina K. Designs 120# Chocolate Brown Cardstock with rectangle for Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Frames. However, I decided to use my paper cutter to cut a white rectangle slightly smaller than the brown rectangle. All were adhered together with Tombo Mono Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive. The focal image was then glued to an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Craft Cardstock and the card was done.
The second card was created with the same process using Gina K. Designs Hopeful Flowers stamp set and the butterfly from Stampedous Daisy Thanks. The images were stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder and colored with Derwent Inktense Pencils 2000 Bark, 2300 Antique White, 1720 Tan, and 2020 India Ink.
For this card the sentiment was stamped in the upper left of the card and Inktense Pencil 2000 Bark was used to trace around the sentiment to make it pop.
The focal image panel was cut using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and another rectangle was cut from Gina K. Designs Chocolate Brown Cardstock. Both were adhered together using Tombo Mono Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive and then a rectangle of Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was die cut and adhered to the back of the brown rectangle. An A2 top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Craft Cardstock and the focal image rectangles were adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.