Masculine You Couldn’t Be More Awesome

The last nine masculine thank you card for the Senior Life Resources Northwest used some of the lovely watercolor looking paper from Momenta. It has some beautiful colors, the one I am highlight in the post is teal, but I also used green, turquoise, orange, and blue. All the papers were cut down to the size of an A2 cardbase and adhered to the front of a top folding card with dotliner adhesive.

Each card was stamped with the large sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Thankful Flowers, along with a secondary sentiment from the same stamp set and heat embossed either gold or silver, depending on the color of the cardstock.

I liked the way it looked but it needed a little more visual interest, so I decided to cut a thin frame using one of Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle from mirror cardstock. It was just the added touch that was needed.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Thankful Flowers
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold/Silver Embossing Powder
  • Momenta 12”x12” Watercolor Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold/Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Detailed Rose Birthday Wishes

I recently purchase Simon Says Stamp’s Detailed Rose. It included the outline of the rose and leaf as well as the base for each. I turned out as pretty as I thought it would.

I pulled out some textured paper from Paper Studio for the background of the images. I thought the texture would be enough, but after putting them together I felt like there needed to be some added depth to the flower petals and the center of the leaves.

I die cut a panel of Neenah Classic Crest Cardstock using the Memory Box Matinee Rectangle Die. I placed the flower and leaves to the rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiment using VersaMark Ink and embossing it with gold embossing powder. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the die cuts and then adhered to the top of the rectangle.

I like the look of adding visual interest to a white on white card with an embossing folder. I used the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder and embossed the front of a side folding cardbase. Simon Says Stamp’s Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the matinee rectangle and then the focal image was adhered to the front.

The final embellishment was to scatter some gold confetti around the card front.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Detailed Rose Die
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Copic Markers: RV29, RV25, RV23, RV02; YG17, YG03
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • The Paper Studio Texture-Lime Green Cardstock
  • The Paper Studio Texture 2 Bright Pink Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Memory Box Matinee Rectangle Die
  • Pretty Pink Posh Gold Confetti
  • Clear Wink of Stella

Birthday Wishes Cupcake

I am always looking for images that can be used for masculine cards. While I was searching for an image for my daughter-in-law I ran across this Birthday Wishes Cupcake from Polka Doodles and thought it could make a fun card.

This is a digital image so I do not have a coordinating die. I’m not fond of fussy cutting so I printed it with my laser printer, using registration marks in the Silhouette software. This is the easiest way to print and cut an image. The laser printer ensures that the lines do not bleed when coloring with alcohol markers.

Using a plaid background for a masculine card is always good when you have a smaller image. I went through my 6 x 6 paper pad and found this green plaid paper. It was cut down using a stitched rectangle. To match the paper the image was colored with green, blue, and cream Copic Markers, with a touch of yellow for the flame on the candle.

Once the coloring was complete foam tape was added to the back of the image and it was adhered to the center of the plaid rectangle. No additional sentiment is needed since the cupcake liner has the words “Birthday Wishes” in the design. I liked the way it looks, but it was pretty plain and needed a little something extra. So I pulled out the Your Next Stamp Confetti Panel and cut it from blue, green, and yellow cardstock and scattered the positive confetti pieces around the image. It looked so much better.

To add additional visual interest I also decided to pull out the Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder and emboss the front of the top folding A2 cardbase. The plaid focal image panel was added to the front of the card with liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Polka Doodles Birthday Wishes Cupcake
  • Your Next Stamp Confetti Panel
  • Copic Markers: B95, B91; YG17, YG06; Y15, Y13, Y11; E43, E41, E40, E51
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Paper Pack
  • Blue Cardstock from Scraps
  • Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

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