Hope Selective Coloring

Every month I write a card to the young men and women I know who are serving missions for the LDS church.  I pick a gospel principle and center my card and message around it.  This month I chose the word Hope.  The opposite of hope is despair.  To live life joyfully we need to embrace the concept of Hope.

I decided to selectively color the die cut word hope and added Gold FineTec M600 Watercolors to make it shine, to emulate a “perfect brightness of hope.”  I think with the black, cream, and gold it has an elegant flair.

This is the card I created for the young ladies serving on missions.  The first time I tried it I completely coated all of the letters, but I decided to try it again only painting the ivory portions of the patterned paper and liked it better.  Both are shown below.

I did go back afterward and added even more gold to the lighter portions of the paper and like the way it turned out much better.

To create the card I die cut some patterned paper from from DCWV Bella Armoire Paper Stack with the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I used Altenew’s Caps Bold Alphabet Dies to cut the word “HOPE” from the patterned paper.  It was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Finetec M600 Gold watercolor was used to color the letters.  The letters were cut again from black sticky back foam and the two were adhered together with the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then adhered back into the negative space on the card front.

A easy yet elegant card in a short period of time.

Products Used:

  • DCWV Bella Armoire Stack
  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet
  • FineTec M600 Gold
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Black Fun Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX

 

Color Burst Daisy Happy Birthday II

This is the second card I made from one image of the The Ton’s Daisy Full View Background Stamp.  This time I die cut the leftover image using a Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle die.

To assemble the card I added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the focal image and adhered it to the next largest scalloped rectangle cut from green cardstock I had in scraps using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  The sentiment from Winnie & Walter’s Sentimental Birthday was stamped on vellum with VersaMark Ink and head set with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was cut into a thin strip and adhered to the front of the focal image by wrapping it around the focal image and adhered it to the back with Scotch Tape.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front with the same liquid glue and the card was done.  I love when I can get two beautiful cards from one stamped image.

Products Used:

  • The Ton Daisy Full View Background Stamp
  • Mama Elephant Script Happy
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Lemon Yellow, Chartreuse, Tangerine, Alizarin Crimson, Orange
  • FineTec M600 Gold Watercolor Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory and Onyx Black
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Green Cardstock from Scraps
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle

Color Burst Daisy Happy Birthday I

My friend Denise came over the other day and brought her new stamp from The Ton called Full View Daisy Background.  She had also just purchased some Ken Oliver Color Burst Watercolor Powder and we decided to play with this coloring medium on this stamp.  I love the bright orange that was achieved by tapping color burst on watercolor paper and then adding water.

This is a big 6″ x 6″ stamp and I used a 4 1/2″ x 6″ piece of Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper.  I stamped it with VersaMark Ink and heat set it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was large enough that I was able to get two cards from one image.  For this card I die cut a portion of the daisy using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then matted it with some green cardstock I had in my scraps.  I added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the focal image and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock.

For the sentiment I die cut the word “happy” using Mama Elephant’s Happy Script Die from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and again from a scrap of sticky back foam.  I stamped the secondary sentiment onto a scrap of the green cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat set it with the same gold embossing powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back.  Both were adhered to the bottom of the focal image using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • The Ton Daisy Full View Background Stamp
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Lemon Yellow, Chartreuse, Tangerine, Alizarin Crimson, Orange
  • FineTec M600 Gold Watercolor Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory and Onyx Black
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Green Cardstock from Scraps
  • Paper Accents Ivory Vellum
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle

Color Burst Strips Happy Day

I had made several cards using watercolor background created with Ken Oliver Color Burst Watercolor Powder.   I cut those background down with some rectangle dies and had a lot of strips of watercolor remaining.  This is the second card where I decided to tape the strips together to create another background.   This time the color combination was blues and purples.

I used some Post-it Tape to hold the strips of watercolor paper together and then die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  Since this color combination is more feminine to me I decided to add the rectangle to Gina Marie Designs’ Blossom Lace Die.

The background is so colorful I wanted to keep the rest of the elements on the card pretty simple. I love the way white die cuts look against a really bright and colorful background so I decided to use Simon Says Stamp’s Balloon Bouquet and Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy dies. I cut them three times from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and glued them together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive and then glued it to the watercolor strips rectangle with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the watercolor panel and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the card was done.

Easy to create, but really beautiful because of that pretty watercolor background.

Products Used:

  • Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet Die
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Fuchsia, Turquoise, Violet
  • Canson XL Watercolor 140# Cold Press Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina Marie Designs Blossom Lace Die
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder

Color Burst Strips Let’s Party Birthday Card

I had made several cards using watercolor background created with Ken Oliver Color Burst Watercolor Powder.  I cut those background down with some rectangle dies and had a lot of strips of watercolor remaining.  They were so pretty that I decided to tape the strips together to create another background.  I really like it when I can make a card by using up something that I typically would have thrown away.

I used some Post-it Tape to hold the strips of watercolor paper together and then die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  The background is so colorful I wanted to keep the rest of the elements on the card pretty simple.  I decided to use Papertrey Ink’s Party Time Die.  I cut it three times from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and glued them together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive and then glued it to the watercolor strips rectangle with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

I added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the watercolor panel and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the card was done.  Easy to create, but because of that beautiful watercolor background really bright and colorful.

Products Used:

  • Papertrey Ink Party Time Die
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Alizarin Crimson, Lime Green, Orange, Lemon Yellow
  • Canson XL Watercolor 140# Cold Press Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • VersaMark Ink

Faith is Confidence in God Encouragement Card

Every month I create a card and message for the young men and women in my local church who are serving full-time missions for the Lord.  I admire them so much for giving up 18-months to two years of their life to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the areas they are called to serve.  It is hard work and they experience difficult times, but they persevere because they love the Lord.  This month’s theme was “You Can Do Hard Things.”  I have a couple of Penny Black stamp sets that are perfect for these kind of encouragement cards.  This month I used Hope Shines.  I also wanted to experiment with creating watercolor background using Ken Oliver Color Burst Powders and they turned out beautiful.  The orange background was sent to the young men and the purple and teal to the young women.  I hope it encourages them to trust in the Lord.

For the orange background I started with dry Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper and then sprayed water to move the colors.  With the purple and teal I started with wet paper and added to dry powders.  Both methods work really well.

Once the background were completely dry I die cut them using the second largest My Favorite Things A2 Set A Stitched Rectangle.  They were applied to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Be Creative Tape.  Since the paper warps a little from adding so much water this strong adhesive really helps to flatten the panel to the cardbase.

The sentiment was stamped onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Hero Hues India Ink Black and die cut using a Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle.  It was then adhered to the watercolor paper with Scotch Advanced Tape Glider Gun, another strong bonding adhesive.

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Hope Shines
  • Alizarin Crimson, Lime Green, Orange, Lemon Yellow (Masculine)
  • Fuchsia, Turquoise, Violet (Feminine)
  • Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Scotch ATG Adhesive

Beautiful Flower Birthday

I’ve had this stamp set for a month and hadn’t used it yet, but thought it would make some really pretty blue and red flowers for the Splitcoaststampers color challenge this week of red, white, and blue.

I stamped it on Bristol Smooth Cardstock with VersaFine Ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  When you watercolor it is hard to keep a red color from turning pink, but the Zig Markers are a little easier to keep the intensity of the color.  Really like the way it turned out.

I couldn’t find an open stop where I liked the sentiment placement, either to high or in a awkward spot, so I stamped it on vellum with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder and wrapped it around the image.

I die cut the image with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle, added foam to the back, and adhered it to the front of a blue cardbase.  I really like the way it turned out.

Products Used:

  • Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers
  • Altenew Beautiful Day
  • Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Paper Accents Medium Weight Vellum
  • Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 022 Carmine Red, 030 Blue, 044 Deep Green, 046 Mid Green
  • Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Scotch Tape

Birthday Balloon Wishes

I recently purchased the Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle New Balloon Bunch.  I love simple birthday images that can be used for masculine birthday cards.  I find them the most challenging to create.  For this card I decided to watercolor the image with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers in a rainbow hue.

This is a digital image and so it was printed on Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock with a laser printer and then colored with 020 Red, 052 Bright Yellow, 043 Olive Green, 031 Cobalt Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 084 Deep Violet, 080 Violet.

The sentiment is from the Ranger Letter It Birthday stamp set.  It was stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder.

I cut the image down with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle die, matted it with a rectangle of turquoise cardstock I had in my stash.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back and the panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the ward was done.

PRODUCT USED:

  • Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle New Balloon Bunch
  • Ranger Letter It Birthday
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Turquoise Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 020 Red, 052 Bright Yellow, 043 Olive Green, 031 Cobalt Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 084 Deep Violet, 080 Violet
  • Waterbrush
  • 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