Soft Pink Poinsettia The Miracle of Christmas

Sometimes I like to create non traditional Christmas cards. There are soft pink poinsettias available at Christmas time and I decided to use that color on this card. I stamped the Christmas Rose Background onto ivory cardstock using Memento Luxe Angle Pink and heat embossed it clear. I then took that same ink, along with Memento Luxe Pear Tart and Delicata Golden Glitz to add a soft hue of color using a waterbrush. In real life it is very subtle but lovely.

I die cut the background with a scalloped rectangle and adhered it to a side folding ivory cardbase. I then stamped the beautiful sentiment onto ivory cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. It too was cut with a smaller scalloped rectangle and adhered to the center of the card with sticky back foam.

I liked the card, but it just needed a little something more. I had ordered the Waffle Flower Poinsettia stamp, but it was taking a long time to arrive, so I went through my stash of dies and found a small poinsettia from Hero Arts. I die cut it from ivory cardstock. Blush of pink was added to the center of the petals and a little green to the leaves using Copic Markers. For the center of the flower I used gold mirror cardstock. Once the poinsettia die cut was assembled I adhered it in the open space at the top right of the sentiment and it was the perfect finishing touch.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Christmas Rose Background
  • Honey Bee Stamps Miracle of Christmas
  • Hero Arts Paper Layering Poinsettia
  • Spellbinders Poppies
  • Memento Luxe Angle Pink, Pear Tart, Delicata Golden Glitz Pigment Inks
  • Copic Markers: RV02, RV00, RV000; YG01, YG00
  • Hero Arts Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 8 Navy Faux Dip Dye

For day 8 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp2 Kristina Werner taught us about faux dip dye paper. For her technique she uses watercolor paper and added increase depth of color to a panel of paper. Starting with a light wash and adding more and more depth of color until you are at black for the bottom of your piece, which is always black. Also, she says that the darkest edge should be hand torn.

Kristina created a rainbow of papers and cut them into block to add to her cards. Since we had just used blocks of color on some cards I decided make my cards with only one color.

This first card was created with blue watercolors from the Mission Gold 34 Watercolor Set. I used Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper and used a quarter sheet, tearing the bottom edge of the panel. I then taped it to a board and began adding color. First a very light blue, starting at the bottom and going toward the top, leaving some white space without any color. You keep layering your colors, add more depth of color, adding the layering at the bottom and moving upward, leaving a little at the top with so the lighter color still shows. I think I didn’t have as much gradation of color, it got pretty day for the bottom 2/3 of the panel, but it is still pretty.

I kept the card pretty simple. The real star of the show is the pretty watercolor background. I die cut a sentiment of silver mirror cardstock and adhered it towards the top of the panel. I added foam tape to the back of the panel and then adhered it to a top folding cardbase made from ivory cardstock, since watercolor paper really isn’t a pure white.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Mission Gold 34 Watercolors
  • Nohpily Happy Birthday Die
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Champagne Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Paper Accents Brushed Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Frilly Frame Hello

This is an very quick and easy card made from some pretty cardstock, a frame die, and a die cut sentiment.

I had this Echo Park Just Married Cardstock on hand for quite sometime and decided to use it for this card. I really like it because it is two-sided and you can really add some great visual interest by using both sides of the cardstock.

I recently purchase Altenew’s Frilly Frame and decided to use it on this card. It was die cut from gold mirror cardstock. I had to use a metal shim for it to cut through enough to remove all the details of the die. Next I used the same die and cut it from the flower side of the patterned paper, this became the center of the frame. Both were adhered together with a thin line of liquid glue on the edge of the frame and then adhered to the circle flower cutout.

A rectangle was cut 1/8″ smaller than a regular cardbase and adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the focal image which was adhered to the cardbase with liquid glue.

The “hi” was cut from the same gold mirror cardstock and some yellow sticky back foam, adhered together with liquid glue, and then adhered to the bottom of the card front with the same glue. The final embellishment was to add Nuvo Gloss White Crystal Drops to the center of the flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Happy Hellos
  • Altenew Frilly Frame Die
  • Altenew Adore You Leaf Dies
  • Bo Bunny Back to Basics Beautiful You Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Nuvo Gloss White Crystal Drops
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape