You Are Beautiful Inside and Out (TLC675)

This card was created by adding distress ink onto acetate and smooshing it onto damp watercolor paper.  This technique creates really beautiful background, but it also can create some lovely die cut images and florals.The flowers are from the Spellbinder January Die of the Month and were cut from leftover watercolor background paper.  I wanted something bright and cheerful to accent the flower images and so another watercolor background was created using yellow distress inks.The yellow background was die cut using a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX.  The die cut flowers were adhered to the watercolor panel with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  A small turquoise rhinestone was added to the center flower.The sentiment is from Penny Black’s Heartfelt and was stamped just below the flowers using Hero Hues India Ink Black.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the focal image panel and adhered to the back.To accent the color of the flowers some turquoise cardstock was found in my stash and die cut using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The turquoise rectangle was adhered to the cardbase using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  The focal image panel was adhered to the center using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.PRODUCTS USED:

  • Strathmore Vision 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Teal Cardstock from Stash
  • Distress Inks: Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, and Mowed Lawn / Scattered Straw and Fossilized Amber
  • Spellbinders Heart from January 2018 Die of the Month Kit
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Penny Black Heartfelt
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle

Butterfly Happy Everything Card (TLC675)

This card was created by adding distress ink onto acetate and smooshing it onto damp watercolor paper.  This technique creates really beautiful background.

Because the background is so pretty I wanted to keep the rest of the card for clean and simple by only adding a die cut focal image and sentiment from white cardstock.  The butterfly is from Paper Artist’s 3 Butterflies Die and was cut three time from 80# white cardstock and adhered together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.  The same technique was used to die cut and adhere layers of one of the word dies from Penny Black’s Awesome.

The watercolor background was die cut using My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX.  Darice Sticky Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back.  A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the watercolor panel was adhered to the front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The butterfly and sentiment were adhered to the front of the watercolor panel using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  To add a little additional focal image Crystal Stickles was added to the word die cut and the body of the butterfly and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Strathmore Vision 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Distress Inks: Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, and Mowed Lawn
  • Paper Artist 3 Butterflies Die
  • Penny Black Awesome Die Set
  • Crystal Stickles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX

Blooming Garden Fabulous Birthday Card (TLC675)

The SplitCoastStampers Try a New Technique Challenge this week was to make watercolor background with acetate.  I really like the pretty backgrounds you get with this technique.  The first card I made used Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, and Wilted Violet.

I wanted to let the pretty ink blended background shine in this card so I die cut it using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle, which added just a little of focal interest.  The outline for the poppies in Penny Black’s Blooming Garden were cut from 80# white cardstock and adhered to the right of the watercolor panel.

The sentiment is from Penny Black’s Heartfelt and was stamped with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet in the lower left of the card.  For additional focal interest butterflies were cut from the same white cardstock using Martha Stewart’s butterfly punch and butterfly trio punch.  White pearls were added for the bodies of the butterflies.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the watercolor panel and then adhered to the cardbase using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Because I wasn’t adding any color to the flowers I decided to use Crystal Stickles to add the veins in the flowers, and add a little sparkle to the edges of the butterfly wings and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Strathmore Vision 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, and Wilted Violet
  • Spellbinders Heart from January 2018 Die of the Month Kit
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Penny Black Blooming Garden Die
  • Penny Black Heartfelt
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle
  • Triveni Craft Adhesive Pearls
  • Crystal Stickles

Cupcake Trio Birthday Card with Ganzai Pearl Colors

I really like the Whimsy Stamp Cupcake Trio, it makes a great masculine card.  I recently purchased the Ganzai Pearl Watercolors and wanted to try them out on this card.  I really like the bright and pretty colors they give to a card.  The frosting was painted with Finetec M600 gold watercolors.

I stamped the image with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The cupcakes were then colored with the blue, green, and yellow colors for the Gansai set.  After the image was dry it was die cut with a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back.  To add visual interest another rectangle was cut from blue cardstock with a larger wonky rectangle and the focal image panel was adhered to the front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The sentiment is from Penny Black Doodles Thin Die and was cut from Paper Accents Gold Metallic Cardstock and adhered to the card front with the same glue.

A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Whimsy Stamps Cupcake Trio
  • Ganzai Tambi Pearl Colors
  • Finetec M600
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • Penny Black Doodles Thin Die
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Maturing is Optional Birthday Card

I loved the sentiment from this Art Impressions front and back stamp set called Maturing.  I have a few friends that the sentiment makes a fitting birthday card.  What I really liked about the set was that it had an inside and outside image, so I decided to make is a spinner card.

I stamped both images with VersaMark Ink on Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  (If I were to do it again I would stamp it with VersaFine Onyx Black and heat emboss it with clear embossing powder.)  The images were colored with Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolor (listed below).

I found some watercolor looking paper in the Momenta Carton Cardstock 12 x 12 Paper Pad and die cut it using the largest Memory Box Stitched Rectangle so that it would cover the entire front of an A2 top folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

Prior to adhering to the cardbase the focal images were cut with a My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX.  A strip of Sookwang Be Creative Tape was added to the middle of the circle and a string of South Bend Monofilament Line was used to create the spinner.  Once the string was in place Tombo Mono Multi Glue was added to the rest of the circles and the two were adhered together.  A Spellbinder Classic Circle Large was used to die cut a circle from the cardbase and the yellow background paper.  The focal image circle was placed where it needed on the white cardbase and the two ends of the strings were adhered in place with more Be Creative Tape.  Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive was added to the back of the yellow rectangle and it was adhered over the string onto the front of the cardbase.

The sentiment was stamped using Hero Hues India Ink Black and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Art Impressions Maturing
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Momenta Carton Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • South Bend Monofilament Line
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX
  • Spellbinders Classic Circle Large
  • Winsor and Newton Watercolors: Prof. Aureoline, Cotman Cadmium Yellow, Prof. Cadmium Red; Cotman Alizarin Crimson; Prof. Cobalt Blue, Cotman Ultramarine, Viridian, Perm Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Prof. Rose Madder, Chinese White, Ivory Black, Burnt Umber, Prof. Ultra Marine Violet
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black

 

Cheer Girlfriend Birthday Card

I really like Art Impressions birthday stamps.  They make fun stamps for the aging older generation, as my grandchildren would call us.  And as we get older it’s nice to have a few good friends cheering us on.

This time I stamped the image on Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I pulled out some Daniel Smith watercolor dots I had received from a Simon Says Stamp kit of the month which included Sap Green, Quinacridone Red, Quinacridone Gold, and Ultra Marine Blue.  I also pulled out some of my Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolors and used Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Permanent Rose, Chines White, Prussian Blue, Ivory Black, and Payne’s Grey.

Once the watercolor was complete dry the sentiment was stamped using Hero Hues India Ink Black and the focal image was die cut using a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX.  Some royal blue cardstock was pulled from my stash and cut 1/8″ larger than the focal image and adhered to the back with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut with the same rectangle die and added to the back of the focal image.  An A2 top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Art Impressions Cheer Girlfriends
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Daniel Smith Watercolors: Sap Green, Quinacridone Red, Qinacridone Gold, Ultra Marine Blue
  • Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolors: Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Prem. Rose, Chinese White, Prussian Blue, Ivory Black, Payne’s Grey

Pop Pop Poppy Birthday Card

I love Penny Black’s watercolor look flower stamps.  They make lovely cards when you use Tombo Markers and Water.  It works best with a MISTI so that you can stamp the image multiple times.  The markers were used directly to the darker areas of of the image.

Once the image was stamped it was die cut using a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX.  Dark teal cardstock was pulled from my stash and cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″.  The watercolor panel was adhered using Sookwang Be Creative Tape.

The sentiment from My Favorite Things Celebrate You was stamped on vellum and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder and was wrapped around the focal image and then adhered to the front of an A2 top folding cardbase using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

PRODUCT USED:

  • Penny Black Pop Pop Poppy Stamp
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate You Stamp
  • WorldWin Translucent Vellum
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Turquoise Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • Darice Sticky Foam Sheet
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Tombo Markers 373, 443, 451, 452, 158, 177

Festive Frames with Pearlescent Colors

I love the beautiful stamp from Gina K. Designs called Festive Frames.  It makes a beautiful Christmas card.  I decided to try making a couple using Finetec Pearlescent Colours and Finetec M600.  They turned out beautifully.  I love the sentiment from Penny Black Yuletide Wishes, which enhances the card design.

  • Gina K. Designs Festive Frames
  • Penny Black Yuletide Wishes
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Finetec M600: Moon Gold, Inka Gold, Gold Pearl, Inka Gold/Gansai Tambi Pearl Color May Green
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX 2nd Largest
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock

  • Gina K. Designs Festive Frames
  • Penny Black Yuletide Wishes
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Finetec M600: Moon Gold, Inka Gold, Gold Pearl, Inka Gold/Gansai Tambi Pearl Color May Green
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX 2nd Largest
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock

Rose Bouquet Happy Birthday to You

I love pretty rose stamps and this new one from Clearly Besotted entitle Thanks A Bunch is one of my favorites.

I stamped it on Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Onyx Black Ink and then heat embossed it with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool and Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  For this card I used ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers 022 Carmine Red, 024 Wine Red, 026 Light Pink, 043 Light Olive, and 036 Light Blue to color the image.

The watercolored panel was then die cut using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  A slightly larger rectangle was cut with a guillotine paper cutter out of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock 1/8” larger than the focal image and adhered to the back of the watercolored panel with Sookwang Be Creative Tape.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut with the same Stitched Rectangle die and adhered to the back of the black cardstock.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings and was stamped with VersaMark Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed with the Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image panel was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  As a final embellishment Pretty Pink Posh Watermelon and Doodlebug Designs Cupcake Sequins were adhered around the image using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted Thanks a Bunch
  • Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings
  • Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Pretty Pink Posh Watermelon and Doodlebug Designs Cupcake Sequins
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 022 Carmine Red, 024 Wine Red, 026 Light Pink, 043 Light Olive, and 036 Light Blue

Make a Wish Flowers Bring on the Happy Card

This is another flower image recently release from Clearly Besotted entitled Make a Wish.  I wish when they provide details about the stamps that they would tell you what kind of flower it is.  To be it looks like a cherry, apricot, or other type of fruit blossom.  I stamped it on Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Onyx Black Ink and then heat embossed it with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool and Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  This is my favorite way to watercolor.  The embossed edges help control the watercolor and keep the image crisp and detailed.

I used Winsor & Newton Artist Grade Watercolor Pans in Permanent Rose, Chinese White, and Olive Green.  I added the white to the rose color so that it would be a pastel pink.  After the image was completely dry Derwent Inktense Pencils 0520 Carmine Pink and 1560 Fern Green were used to add shadows to the center of the petals and blended out with a Dove Blending Pen.

The watercolored panel was then die cut using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  A slightly larger rectangle was cut with a guillotine paper cutter out of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and adhered to the back of the watercolored panel with Sookwang Be Creative Tape.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image panel was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  As a final embellishment Neat and Tangled Pink Lemonade, Doodlebug Cupcake, and Pretty Pink Post Sugar Plum Mix Sequins were adhered around the image using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted Make a Wish Stamp
  • Penny Black Sprinkles and Smiles Stamp
  • Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Neat and Tangled Pink Lemonade, Doodlebug Cupcake, and Pretty Pink Post Sugar Plum Mix Sequins
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle
  • Winsor & Newton Artist Grade Watercolors: Permanent Rose, Chinese White, Olive Green
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils: 0520 Carmine Pink and 1560 Fern
  • Dove Blending Pen