First Waltz Thinking of You Card

Penny Black has some beautiful stamp sets for 2017 that create watercolor images.  This one is called First Waltz.

I used my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the stamp.  I placed a quarter sheet of Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper in the Mini MISTI, this allowed me to stamp the image several times to get the depth of color I desired.  I used the following colors: 027 Dark Pink, 024 Wine Red, 043 Oliver Green, 045 Pale Green.  I believe I stamped the image about four times.  Between each stamping I smoothed the color out with a #4 Silver Black Velvet Round Paint Brush.

After the stamped image was completely dry I scribbled some 036 Light Blue color on an acrylic block and picked it up with a wet paint brush and added a light blue wash to the focal image.  Once it was dry I die cut the focal image with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  I cut Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam with the same die and used my scissors to trim off 1/8” so that it would be smaller than the panel.  I peeled the protective covering from the adhesive side of the fun foam and adhered it to the back of the focal image panel.

The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted’s Fancy Sayings and was stamped using the MISTI with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  This allowed me to stamp multiple times to get a clear impression on the watercolor cardstock.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image panel was adhered to the front with Zookwang Scor-Tape.  As a finishing touch sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Sweetheart Mix were scattered on the card front and adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black First Waltz
  • Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 027 Dark Pink, 024 Wine Red, 043 Oliver Green, 045 Pale Green
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sweetheart Mix
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Scor-Tape
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Magnolia Rhapsody Birthday Card

This is another stamp set from Penny Black that gives a beautiful watercolor image called Magnolia Rhapsody.

I decided that the easiest way to get the watercolored look I wanted was to use my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers, scribbling the color directly to the stamp.  I placed a quarter sheet of Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper in the Mini MISTI, this allowed me to stamp the image several times to get the depth of color I desired.  I used the following colors: 021 Light Carmine, 044 Deep Green, 062 Dark Brown.  I stamped the image multiple times to get the intensity desired.  Between each stamping I smoothed the color out with a #4 Silver Black Velvet Round Paint Brush. The last time I stamped the image I did not add additional water but left it as stamped to get defined shadows and highlights.

After the stamped image was completely dry I scribbled some 036 Light Blue color on an acrylic block and picked it up with a wet paint brush to add a light blue wash to the focal image.  Once it was dry I die cut the focal image with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  I cut Darice Adhesive Fun Foam with the same die and used my scissors to trim off 1/8” so that it would be smaller than the panel.  I peeled the protective covering from the adhesive side of the fun foam and adhered it to the back of the focal image panel.

The sentiment is from Penny Black’s Happy Thoughts and was stamped using the MISTI with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  This allowed me to stamp multiple times to get a clear impression on the watercolor cardstock.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image panel was adhered to the front with Zookwang Scor-Tape.  Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Sweetheart Mix were scattered on the card front and adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCT USED:

  • Penny Black Magnolia Rhapsody Stamp Set
  • Penny Black Happy Thoughts Stamp Set
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 021 Light Carmine, 044 Deep Green, 062 Dark Brown
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sweetheart Mix
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Scor-Tape
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Penny Black Peony Flowers Wish Big Birthday Card

Some of the new stamps from Penny Black this year make beautiful watercolor cards.  This image from the Peony Flowers stamp is one of them.

Since I would be watercoloring the image I used Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper and placed a fourth of a sheet in my MISTI so that I could do multiple stamping to get the look I desired.  I used my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the image, using two colors of red and green for variations in colors, see list below.   I stamped the image four times before I was able to obtain the intensity and clarity that I desired.  Between each stamping I used a Number 2 Round Black Velvet Silver Brush to smooth and blend some of the stamping and then I dried the image with a heat gun to ensure that the image remained crisp.

I got a smear of orange on the bottom of the paper and so I decided to use the splatter technique to add some drops of color to the card and disguise the smeared area.  This is the first time I’ve used this technique and it worked perfectly.

Once I was happy with the image I put the panel into the MISTI again to stamp the sentiment.  I feel this is particularly important when you are stamping on the rough surface of watercolor paper to get a crisp, clear image.  The sentiment is from Amy R’s Great Birthday Greetings.

When the panel was completely dry I ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  I then cut a rectangle from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock 1/8″ larger than the rectangle and adhered it to the back of the focal image with 1″ Be Creative Tape.  A rectangle of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut with the rectangle die and adhered to the back of the focal image panel, which was then adhered to the front of an A2 Top Folding Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Peony Flowers
  • Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 023 Scarlet Red, 020 Red, 040 Green, 043 Olive Green
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Be Creative Tape

CTD433: Penny Black Stitched Flowers Sending You Love

I love the flowers from the Penny Black 2017 Release and purchased a lot of them.  This card is made from the Stitched Flowers stamp set.

I began by stamping the image a couple of times with VersaMark Ink on Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper.  Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder was applied and heat set with the Marvy Embossing Gun.

The sentiment is from Penny Black Happy Thoughts and was stamped between the two flower images with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with the same embossing powder.

I knew I wanted to watercolor these images and I have a lot of different watercolor mediums, but I don’t use my ZIG Clean Color Brushes very often so I pulled them out for this card.

The color scheme for the throwdown challenge this week was blue, green, and white.  The blue of the door in the image seemed more like a periwinkle blue and so I used both blue (030 Blue)and purple (080 Violet) to color the flowers, putting the blue at the base and the purple at the tip and then blending the two colors together.  For the leaves and vines I used 004 FL Green and 040 Green.

I love the sentiment because it could be used for a lot of different themes, thinking of you, birthday, encouragement, whatever the need may be. Since the sentiment was embossed in white I needed to add a background color that would allow it to show and I chose 031 Cobalt Blue, concentrating more color around the sentiment and blending it out to the edges.

Once the watercolor was dry I ran the focal image through the Sizzix Big Shot with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  To make the blue flowers pop I went to my scraps of paper and pulled out some blue cardstock to match the flowers and die cut it with the rectangle from WPlus9 Gift Card Layers.  This die cuts an A2 size rectangle that completely covers the front of a card.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and it was now time to assemble the card.  I glued the blue rectangle to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  I cut a rectangle of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam 1/8″ smaller than the focal image and applied it to the back.  To adhere it to the card front I added Tombo Mono Multi Glue to the back of the fun foam and added it to the card.  I thought about adding sequins or enamel dots to the card, but thought that there was enough details to the image that it would be better to not have anything else competing with the image and so the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Stitched Flowers
  • Penny Black Happy Thoughts
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens: 030 Blue, 080 Violet, 004 FL Green, 040 Green, and 031 Cobalt Blue
  • Zakura Waterbrush Pen
  • Black Velvet Silver #8 Waterbrush
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • WPlus9 Gift Card Layers

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Heart of Roses Valentine’s Day

I really love the Simon Says Stamp Heart of Roses die and decided to use it for a Valentine’s Day card this year cutting it from mirror cardstock.  I think it has an elegant look to it.

I began by watercoloring a background with Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Aged Mahogany, Festive Berries; Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick on Canson Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper.  Once it was completely dried I ran it through the Big Shot with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.

The Simon Says Stamp Heart of Roses die and Hero Arts Love and Hearts die were cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and then four more times from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  All were glued together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive to provide dimension.  Since the Love die would rest on the heart I marked where it would rest and cut away the additional under layers so that it would rest flush on the heart die.

After determining the placement of both dies on the watercolor background a secondary sentiment from the Avery Elle Simple Said: Love set was stamped with Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Ink and then covered with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder and heat set with the Marvy Embossing Tool.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was added to the back of the panel and adhered to the card with Tombo Mono Multi Glue, which give you a few second to move it around and ensure it is placed correctly on the cardbase.  The heart and sentiment dies were adhered using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive and the card was done.

I like the look of it so much that I decided to recreate the card with Silver Mirror Cardstock and darker more burgundy colored background created with Winsor & Newton Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Rose; Ivory Black watercolor half pans.

This was was made for my son and daughter-in-law whose favorite color is burgundy and love silver more than gold.  For this card a silver mirror rectangle was cut with the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle.

Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Hero Arts Love and Hearts Die
  • SSS Heart of Roses Die
  • Avery Elle Simple Said: Love Stamp
  • Distress: Picked Raspberry, Aged Mahogany, Festive Berries; Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Winsor & Newton Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Rose; Ivory Black
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive

Happy Birthday (Power Poppy Peonies)

The card was made using the Power Poppy Peonies Digital Stamp, which was printed on Canson 90# Cold Press Watercolor and cut with the Silhouette Cameo.

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The color of the peonies in real life are more purple than are shown here. Colors from Winsor & Newton Artist Grade 24 Half Pan Watercolor set were used to watercolor the flowers.

A rectangle was die cut from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and then embossed with the Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder.  The panel was adhered to a top folded A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock using Darice Adhesive Foam.

The focal image was adhered to the embossed panel with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  The sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments stamp set.  It was stamped on Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and embossing with Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder.  The sentiment strip was added over the focal image with 3M 1/2″ foam tape on the ends only.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Canson 90# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Power Poppy Peonies Digital Stamp
  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments
  • Darice Adhesive Foam
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder
  • Winsor & Newton Artist Grade 24 Half Pan Watercolor Set

Happy Birthday Wishes (Power Poppy Camellias)

I really like using the digital images from Power Poppy.  They can be printed to any size you desire, and when printed using the Silhouette Cameo you can have it cut around the image, much like using a die.

I made two birthday cards with the Power Poppy Camellias.  My favorite is the one with pink and purple flowers, but the metallic center of the flowers in the second it beautiful as well. Both cards were printed on Canson 90# Watercolor Paper and then watercolored with Winsor & Newton’s Artist Grade Half Pan 24 Watercolor Set.

Both Cards were assembled with an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Both had a rectangle die cut from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes out of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.  Both rectangles were embossed using the Cricut Oxford Embossing Folder, which were applied to the cardbase using Darice Adhesive Fun Foam.  Both focal images were applied using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape with sentiment banners made from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock.  But because of the differences in color they each have a unique feel.

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The sentiment used for this card was from Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings, stamped on Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and Heat Embossed with Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder.

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The sentiment from this card is from the Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings stamp set.  The word belated was eliminated from the beginning of the phrase.  The sentiment was stamped on Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and Heat Embossed with Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder. The stamen in the flowers were painted using FineTec 630 Arabic-Gold.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Canson 90# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Power Poppy Camellias Digital Stamp
  • Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings
  • Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings
  • FineTec Gold Watercolor
  • Winsor & Newton Artists Grade 24 Half Pan Watercolor Set
  • Cricut Oxford Embossing Folder
  • VersaMark Ink

 

With Sympathy (Power Poppy Tulips)

I love this digital image from Power Poppy entitled Tulips in a Hobnail Pitcher.  I can upload it into my Silhouette Cameo and do a print and cut on any paper that I want.  For this card I used Canson 90# Cold Press Watercolor paper.

I wanted the pitcher in the image to appear to be copper.  I recently purchased the FineTec Watercolor Gold set and decided to use the 620 Inka-Gold color.  It is more copper in hue than the photograph depicts, and the metallic shine is truly beautiful.  I painted the tulips and leaves with colors from Winsor & Newton’s Artist Grade 24 Half Pan Watercolor Set.

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I like clean and simple cards, but dimension and interest can be added with embossing folders.  I ran a quarter sheet of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock through the Big Shot with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  Next I ran that panel through the Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  This panel was adhered to a top folded A2 size cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock using a rectangle of Darice Adhesive Foam Sheets cut just smaller than the rectangle.

The sentiment is from the Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings set.  A scrap of yellow/gold paper was used for the sentiment banner and the sentiment was stamped with Hero Hues Black Ink.  To tie in the gold/copper pitcher a slightly wider strip of mirror gold cardstock was adhered to the back of the sentiment with Be Creative Tape and then adhered directly to the embossed panel with the same tape.

The focal image was adhered to the front of the embossed panel using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Recollections Mirror Gold Cardstock
  • Power Poppy Tulips in a Hobnail Pitcher Digital Stamp
  • Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings Stamp Set
  • FineTec Gold Watercolors – 620 Inka-Gold
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder
  • Winsor & Newton Artist Grade 24 Half Pan Set
  • Darice Adhesive Foam Sheets
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Be Creative Tape

STIPPLED BLOOMS WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY

I like the Stampin’ Up Stippled Blooms, but I like it much better when it is stamped on watercolor paper and the stippled areas are smooth with a brush and some water.  I cut some outlines of the images with my Silhouette Cameo on 90# watercolor paper.  The 140# requires a really deep blade and multiple passes for the cut for a smooth outline, so using a lighter weight paper works better.  I stamped the images with Distress Ink: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry; Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord; Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint.  Since these are rubber stamps I used my E. K. Success Stamp-a-ma-jig to line them up.

00269A rectangle was cut using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Frames from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The back rose, purple flowers, and leaves were attached to the panel using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  One rose was attached with one layer of 3M ½” Foam Tape, and the top rose was adhered with two layers of 3M ½” Foam Tape.

The sentiment is from Penny Black Special Thoughts and was stamped with Hero Hues Black Ink.  The stitched rectangle was applied directly to a top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  To add a little more interest to the card sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden and Sweetheart Mix were scattered on the front of the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampin’ Up Stippled Blooms
  • Penny Black Special Thoughts
  • Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden and Sweetheart Mix Sequins
  • SSS Bundle of Stitched Frames

POWER POPPY CAMELLIAS HAPPY BIRTHDAY

This is another beautiful digital stamp from Power Poppy entitled Camellias.  I printed it with my small HP LaserJet printer on Bristol Smooth Cardstock since I planned to use my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Markers.  I used a very light grey ink so that it would be more of a no line watercolor look.  I like this cardstock, but the colors are very intense.  I like the blending I get with regular 140# Cold Press Cardstock better, but it is a pretty card.

00264Once the watercolored image was dry I ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot with Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle.  I then cut a strip of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and stamped the sentiment from My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it using Recollections Snow Embossing Powder.  I then trimmed the piece to just larger than the sentiment, leaving enough for a fishtail ending on the left.  I used some 3M ½” Foam Tape behind the sentiment and adhered it to the focal image panel.  To add dimension I added Darice Adhesive White Fun Foam to the back of the image and then glued it to a top folding A2 card, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Power Poppy Camellias
  • MFT Big Birthday Sentiments
  • Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • SSS Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Recollections Snow Embossing Powder
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Markers: 052 Bright Yellow; 023 Scarlet Red; 020 Red; 022 Carmine Red; 070 Orange; 043 Olive Green; 041 Light Green