Celebrate: It’s Your Birthday

I was in need of some masculine birthday cards and so I decided to use the Sizzix Balloons and Cupcake die.  I cut it from both a royal blue and white cardstock I had in my stash.  Primary colors were used for the rest of the color pallet.

I decided to add some balloons with the cupcake and stamped the images using Distress Oxide Inks Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, Blueprint Sketch.  I tied some Sulky Gold Metallic Thread to the balloons and adhered them to the back of the cupcake with some Scotch Tape.

A rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock was die cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  The cupcake and balloons were placed on top to determine where to stamp the sentiment from SugarPea Designs Celebrate All Things, which was stamped in both the red and blue Oxide inks.  The cupcake and balloons were adhered to the card front using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  I decided that the focal image rectangle needed a little more pop to make it stand out and so I decided to mat it with some red cardstock that I had in my scraps.  I think it added the perfect splash of color.

For added visual interest I took a small waterbrush and painted some sprinkles on the frosting with the same Oxide inks.  As a final embellishment I added Stardust Stickles to the sprinkles and balloons and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix Balloons and Cupcake
  • Sugarpea Designs Celebrate All Things
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, Blueprint Sketch, Black Soot
  • Waterbrush
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Velvet Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Star Dust Stickles

Celebrate Your Special Day Cupcake

I have always loved the Whimsy Stamps Cupcake Trio.  I don’t think it is available anymore, but it makes a great masculine birthday card.  For this one I decided to use my Finetec Pearlescent Colours.

Because the Finetec Pearlescents are watercolors I stamped the image on a quarter sheet of Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Ultra Fine Detailed Clear Embossing Powder.  I then watercolored the image with the Amethyst, Orange Copper, Pearl Silver, Pearl Gold, Sapphire Blue, Caribbean Green pallet.  When the image was colored I added fine splatters on the background with the same colors and a small watercolor brush.

The sentiment is from the SugarPea Designs Celebrate All Things stamp set and was stamped with the VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and heat set with the same clear embossing powder.

The image was sized down using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  A rectangle of Gina K. Designs Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger and adhered to the back with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for dimension and it was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase base from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Whimsy Stamps Cupcake Treat Trio
  • Sugarpea Designs Celebrate All the Things
  • 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
  • Finetec Pearlescent Colours: Amethyst, Orange Copper, Pearl Silver, Pearl Gold, Sapphire Blue, Caribbean Green
  • Silver Brush #2 and #6
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive

Watercolor Mother’s Day Card 5

The last Mother’s Day Card example for the 12-13 year-old girls in my church uses the Clearly Besotted On Your Day stamp set.

It was colored using ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers 036 Light Blue, 026 Light Pink, 044 Deep Green, 046 Mid Green. I added some color at the base of a petal and then pull the color throughout using a watercolor brush and water. Once the watercoloring was dry I ran it through the Big Shot with the Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangle Die. Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for added dimension.

The sentiment is a combination of stamping and die cutting. The stamped sentiment from Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves was stamped on a scrap of pink cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder using Marvy Embossing Tool. It was cut into a then strip and 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. One of the Mom words from SugarPea Designs Mom Words Die Set was cut from Tonic Gold Pearl Mirror Satin Cardstock and adhered to the lower left of the card and the sentiment strip was adhered above.

A side folding cardbase was made from pink cardstock in my stash. The focal image was adhered to the front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins were add for visual interest and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted On Your Day
  • Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves
  • SugarPea Designs Mom Words Die
  • ZIG Clean Brush Markers: 036 Light Blue, 070 Orange, 044 Deep Green, 046 Mid Green
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangle Die
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Gina K. Designs Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Watercolor Mother’s Day Card 4

I was asked to help the 12 and 13 year-old girls in my church make cards for the mothers. I decided to use a watercolor medium. I printed this image from Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle called Beautiful Magnolia on Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper I created several card as example so they could make a selection on what they wanted to use for their mothers. This is the fourth example card.

This is another beautiful flower stamp from Clearly Besotted called Make a Wish, and I really like the purple color used. ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers 080 Violet, 044 Deep Green, 046 Mid Green, 050 Yellow, 036 Light Blue were used. I added some color at the base of a petal and then pull the color throughout using a watercolor brush and water. Once the watercoloring was dry I ran it through the Big Shot with the Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangle Die. Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for added dimension.

The sentiment is a combination of stamping and die cutting. The stamped sentiment from Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves was stamped on Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder using Marvy Embossing Tool. It was cut into a then strip and 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. One of the Mom words from SugarPea Designs Mom Words Die Set was cut from Tonic Gold Pearl Mirror Satin Cardstock and adhered to the lower right of the card and the sentiment was adhered above.

A side folding cardbase was made from purple cardstock in my stash. The focal image was adhered to the front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. Doodlebug Designs Lilac and Pretty Pink Posh Sugar Plum Mix Sequins were added to the front and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted Make a Wish
  • Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves
  • SugarPea Designs Mom Words Die
  • Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangle Die
  • ZIG Clean Brush Markers: 080 Violet, 044 Deep Green, 046 Mid Green, 050 Yellow, 036 Light Blue
  • Doodlebug Designs Lilac and Pretty Pink Posh Sugar Plum Mix Sequins
  • Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangle Die
  • Gina K. Designs Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Watercolored Mother’s Day Card 3

I was asked to help the 12 and 13 year-old girls in my church make cards for the mothers.  I decided to use a watercolor medium.  I stamped the images on Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and then embossed it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  This creates wells where they could only watercolor a small portion of the image at a time and it wouldn’t run into another section of the flower or leaves.  I created several card as example so they could make a selection on what they wanted to use for their mothers.  There are two cards using this stamp from Simon Says Stamp called Bouquet of Thanks, how appropriate for Mother’s Day.  These are the third example cards.

CARD 1:  I added some color at the base of a petal with a ZIG Clean Real Brush Markers 024 Wine, 044 Deep Green, 036 Light Blue and then pulled the color throughout using a watercolor brush and water. Once the watercoloring was dry I ran it through the Big Shot with the Pretty Pink Posh Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials Rectangle Die.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for added dimension.

The sentiment is a combination of stamping and die cutting. The stamped sentiment from Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves was stamped on a scrap of pink cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder using Marvy Embossing Tool. It was cut into a then strip and 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. The Mom word was cut from mirror cardstock using the Lawn Fawn Cole’s ABC Die and adhered to the lower left of the card and the sentiment was adhered above.

A side folding cardbase was made from pink cardstock in my stash. The focal image was adhered to the front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Raspberry Sequins were added to the font with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

CARD 2:  This card was essentially the same with a little different because Distress Inks  Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, Broken China were used for watercoloring and the Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangle Die was used to cut the image.  Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets were added for visual interest and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED CARD 1:

  • Simon Says Stamp Bouquet of Thanks
  • Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves
  • SugarPea Designs Mom Words Die
  • ZIG Clean Brush Markers: 024 Wine, 044 Deep Green, 036 Light Blue
  • Pretty Pink Posh Watermelon and Sweetheart Mix Sequins
  • Gina K. Designs Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials Die

PRODUCTS USED CARD 2:

  • Simon Says Stamp Bouquet of Thanks
  • Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves
  • Lawn Fawn Cole’s ABC Dies
  • Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, Broken China
  • Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets
  • Gina K. Designs Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Cardstock
  • Pink Cardstock from Stash
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

 

Watercolored Mother’s Day Card 2

I was asked to help the 12 and 13 year-old girls in my church make cards for the mothers.  I decided to use a watercolor medium.  I printed this image from Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle called Beautiful Magnolia on Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper  I created several card as example so they could make a selection on what they wanted to use for their mothers.  This is the second example card.

Since this was not an embossed image it was necessary to talk with the girls about the importance of not working on petals of the flower right next to one another.  It was colored with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers026 Light Pink, 045 Pale Green, 048 Emerald Green.  The color on the flowers was added to the base of a petal and then spread through with a watercolor brush.  For the leaves the darker color was added to the veins and base and then the lighter color was used to meet that color and spread it throughout the leaf.  Once the image was colored and dry it was run through the Big Shot with a Gina Marie Designs Loopy Rectangle Die, which add a beautiful border to the image.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for dimension when adhering to the front of a side folding A2 cardbase made from some pink cardstock I had in my stash.

The sentiment is a combination of stamping and die cutting. The stamped sentiment from Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves was stamped on Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder using Marvy Embossing Tool. It was cut into a then strip and 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. One of the Mom words from SugarPea Designs Mom Words Die Set was cut from Tonic Gold Pearl Mirror Satin Cardstock and adhered to the lower right of the card and the sentiment was adhered above.

Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins were scattered on the front, adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle Beautiful Magnolia
  • Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves
  • SugarPea Designs Mom Words Die
  • ZIG Clean Brush Markers: 026 Light Pink, 045 Pale Green, 048 Emerald Green
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • Gina K. Designs Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Watercolored Mother’s Day Card 1

I was asked to help the 12 and 13 year-old girls in my church make cards for the mothers.  I decided to use a watercolor medium.  I stamped the images on Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and then embossed it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  This creates wells where they could only watercolor a small portion of the image at a time and it wouldn’t run into another section of the flower or leaves.  I created several card as example so they could make a selection on what they wanted to use for their mothers.  This is the first example card.

I love this flower stamp from Clearly Besotted called Happily Ever After, and I really love the bright orange that was used to color it.  ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers 036 Light Blue, 070 Orange, 044 Deep Green, 046 Mid Green were used.  I added  some color at the base of a petal and then pull the color throughout using a watercolor brush and water.  Once the watercoloring was dry I ran it through the Big Shot with the Winnie & Walter Audrey Essential Rectangle Die.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for added dimension.

The sentiment is a combination of stamping and die cutting.  The stamped sentiment from Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves was stamped on Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder using Marvy Embossing Tool.  It was cut into a then strip and 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  One of the Mom words from SugarPea Designs Mom Words Die Set was cut from Tonic Gold Pearl Mirror Satin Cardstock and adhered to the lower right of the card and the sentiment was adhered above.

A top folding cardbase was made from orange cardstock in my stash.  The focal image was adhered to the front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Doodlebug Design Tangerine and Pretty Pink Posh Tangerine Sequins were add for visual interest and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted Happily Ever After
  • Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves
  • SugarPea Designs Mom Words Die
  • ZIG Clean Brush Markers: 036 Light Blue, 070 Orange, 044 Deep Green, 046 Mid Green
  • Doodlebug Design Tangerine and Pretty Pink Posh Tangerine Sequins
  • Gina K. Designs Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Cardstock
  • Tonic Gold Pearl Mirror Satin Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials Die

 

Celebrate You Birthday

Whenever I go into a craft store I always look at the new paper they have and frequently I can’t resist buying it, especially if it’s on sale.  The problem is that I now have a lot of packs of paper in my stash that I rarely use, and they take up a lot of space in my craft room. So I challenged myself to use some of this beautiful paper. Today I picked the gold foil polka dot paper from the Craft Smith Blush Glam Paper Pack.  For the focal image of the card I used the WPlus9 Ranunculus Stamp.00192

I wanted to watercolor the image, so I used Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper, prepared the paper with an Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Pad, stamped it with VersaMark Ink, sprinkled Ranger Fine Detail Embossing Powder, and heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.

I used Distress Ink to watercolor the image with a Sakura Koi Waterbrush Pen.  Colors used were: Barn Door, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber.

The sentiment is from SugarPea Designs Celebrate All Things Stamp.  I used the Embossing Magic pad to remove any oils from the card and stamped “Celebrate” with VersaMark Ink, covered it with the same gold embossing powder and heat set it with my heat tool.  The second line of the sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big the Bold and You Stamp.  I have all The Big and The Bold series, there are so many words that can be used to personalize any sentiment.  I use them all the time.

The watercolor image was then cut with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles die and adhered to the card with a Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet.  But the focal image just wasn’t standing out on the card, so I cut thin strips of Paper Accents Gold Mirror paper and beveled the edges to create a gold border, tucked the strips under the panel and glued them down with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  There is only a small amount of the pretty background paper showing, but I like the card much better.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Craft Smith Blush Glam
  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Distress Inks: Barn Door, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber
  • WPlus9 Ranunculus Stamp
  • SugarPea Designs Celebrate All Things Stamp
  • Winnie & Walter The Big the Bold and You Stamp
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets
  • Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Pad
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Sakura Koi Waterbrush Pen
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue