Camilla Thinking of You

This is another card I made using some ink smooshed paper. For this one pink colors were used for a softer look.

Since I have limited supplies on the road I decided to take a layering stamp and take the middle detail layer and stamp it with VersaMark Ink and then heat emboss it white. It was then cut using the coordinating die. I did the same for the leaves using some leftover green smooshed watercolor paper.

These are large flowers. I arranged two on a stitched rectangle panel that was dry embossed using the Darice Basketweave embossing folder. The leaves and background flower were adhered with liquid glue and the top folder with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

The sentiment was stamped on a strip of black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. A fishtail end was added to one side and the then the sentiment was adhered with some foam tape as well.

The entire panel was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Camilla Build-a-Flower
  • Altenew Thinking of You
  • Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Lucky Clover, Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder

Fantasy Floral Hello

One of the items I brought with me while traveling was my regular Distress Inks. I decided to do some ink smooshing since has been awhile since I’ve done that. There are so many ways you can use it. For this card I decided to use it to die cut some 3-D florals from Altenew. You get variations in color with the technique, which works well with layering dies. I did need to add some more color to the top layer to give the differences in color needed to see the layers.

I used Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper and smooshed Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, and Barn Door inks. I also smooshed another piece of paper with Mowed Lawn for the leaves.

I like to used an embossing folder to add texture behind a simple design. I used a stitched rectangle die to cut a panel of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and embossed it using the Cuttlebug Oxford folder. Since I was using a black die cut sentiment I decided to mat the embossed rectangle with black cardstock as well. It helps to tie the sentiment to the design.

Everything was adhered to the embossed rectangle using liquid glue and then the panel was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Distress Inks: Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, Mowed Lawn
  • Simon Says Stamp Bold Hello
  • Canson XL Cold Press 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder

Big Birthday Wishes Josh

So here I am in Texas and I forgot to bring my grandson Josh’s birthday card with me. He will be turning 19 on the last day of August and we will be on the road again with our 5th wheel. So, I needed to find something to create a birthday card for him.

I had brought the new die from My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes and decided to use it for Josh’s card. His favorite color is blue, so it was off to Hobby Lobby to find some paper product to create his card. I was surprised there wasn’t a lot of selection. Maybe it’s because of Covid, but it was hard to find something masculine that would work. I finally settled on this blue gingham and some blue and white glitter cardstock. I think it turned out good.

I cut down the gingham paper with the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase. This left a thin white border around the gingham.

I cut the die cut sentiment from the glitter cardstock and three more times from white cardstock to stack the letters for dimension. It was just a little too plain and so I pulled out some stitched balloons to add to the card front. I didn’t have any white thread and I wasn’t going back to the store, so I rummage through what Aimee had on stock and found this thin organza ribbon that worked well.

PRODUCT USED:

  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes
  • Birch Press Designs Party Balloons
  • Copic Markers: B39, B37, B34, B32
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • The Paper Studio Blue Gingham Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Design White, Navy  and Blue Jean Glitter Cardstock
  • 1/8” White Organza Ribbon
  • Darice Foam Sheet
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Full of Glee Hello Friend

This is another card I created while coloring with Copic markers with my granddaughter. This time I decided to keep the flower images pink. It was fun talking with Emma about shading and the importance of adding contrast shading to an image. She wanted to keep to colors within in the same color family, with only a number or two different. I showed her how branching out just a little and going a little deeper with a color could really add depth to an image. We had a lot of fun.

This is a love image from Penny Black that I have used many, many times. Now days with Michael finally retired my crafting budget isn’t what it used to be. So when I purchase a stamp now I ask myself, “will I use this stamp many times?” and if the answer is no I don’t purchase it. This one is a keeper.

I stamped the image on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, which is Copic friendly. Once the coloring was complete I decided to cut down the image with a scalloped rectangle die. I love the way a pretty die really adds so much to a white on white card design. I cut down some foam to be just smaller than the rectangle and added it behind the image for added dimension and then adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Full of Glee
  • Recollections Friendship
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: B000, B0000; RV29, RV25, RV23; RV23, RV02, RV000; G99, G94, G24; G23, G29, G03; Y18, Y15, Y13, Y38, E23
  • Darice White Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Recollections Assorted Jewels
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink

Bouquet Ballet Hello Gorgeous

We are in Texas with our oldest daughter and her family. My granddaughter Emma is quite the artist. She had never used Copic Markers because they are just too expensive for her budget, so I thought it would be fun to bring over my markers and let her experiment. She had a great time and so did I.

While Emma was coloring I stamped this pretty bouquet from Penny Black and colored it with Copic Markers. I love the contrast of yellow and purple together.

The sentiment is from a Hero Arts birthday stamp set, but it is perfect for other occasions as well.

Once the coloring was completed a cut down the image using the Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle Die. It add just the right amount of visual interest to a clean and simple design. I added a sheet of foam, cut just smaller than the focal image panel and adhered it to a top folding cardbase.

The final embellishment was to add tiny smokey gray rhinestones to the center of the purple flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Bouquet Ballet
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Recollections Friendship
  • Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: B000, B0000; Y18, Y15, Y13; V17, V15, V12; E29, E27, E23; YG67, YG17, YG03; G46, G29, YG03
  • Darice White Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Recollections Assorted Jewels
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink

Scented Beauty Watercolor Hello

This is a card I made while traveling in our fifth wheel trailer. It is much more of a challenge, because I don’t have everything at my fingertips and I only brought a few stamps. I did bring my new Karin Brushmarkers and used them to color this beautiful image from Penny Black.

I stamped the image with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink because it can be used with watercolors. To ensure it was completely dry I used my heat gun for a few seconds. The stamp really gives the shadows to each of the petals, so it is an easy image to watercolor. I added the concentrated color at the base of each petal and then pulled it out with a watercolor brush. After everything was dry I added another layer to intensify the colors.

I decided to frame the image using Mama Elephant’s Artist Mat. The challenge was that it didn’t leave a lot of room for a sentiment, and I hadn’t brought with me a small hello stamp. So it was off the Michael’s to see what they had. I found the Recollections Friendship stamp set that had the perfect small sentiment.

The mat was adhered to the watercolor image using 3M Foam Tape for added dimension. Then the panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase. The final embellishment was to scatter a few black sequins and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Full of Glee
  • Recollections Friendship
  • Mama Elephant Artist Mat
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 075 Burgundy, 209 Red, 281 Olive Green, 210 Apple
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Hot Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Recollections Assorted Jewels
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

Everything Wonderful Watercolor Birthday

It is amazing how different a card looks depending on the type of embossing you use. For this card I used white embossing powder, which gives a soft look to the image.

The image was stamped with VersaMark Ink onto watercolor cardstock and heat embossed. It was colored using the Karin Brushmarkers, this time using pink colors, with accents of yellow and purple. Once it was dry it was die cut using the coordinating die.

I die cut a a decorative rectangle using the Memory Box Matinee Rectangle and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive.

For this card I decided to turn the image I wondered what the flower bouquet would look like if I adhered it in portrait format and really liked it. I laid it on the card front to determine where to stamp the sentiment, then adhered the flowers using foam squares.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Everything Wonderful
  • Penny Black Carefree Wishes
  • Versa Mark Ink
  • Ranger White Embossing Powder
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 375 Cerise, 170 Magenta Red, 358 Red Lilac, 247 Pale Violet, 264 Artic Blue, 253 Grass, 210 Apple, 166 Canary, 357 Pale Orange
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Memory Box Matinee Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Everything Wonderful Watercolor Hello

I love this flower spray from Honey Bee. It makes gorgeous cards. I stamped it on Canson XL Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. It looks lovely against the orange and red colors of the flowers. I colored the image with Karin Brushmarkers. Once the watercolor was dry the image was die cut using the coordinating dies.

For some visual interest behind the flower I die cut a panel of Neena Classic Crest 80# Cardstock with a stitched rectangle die and then dry embossed it with the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. It was adhered a side folding cardbase with dotliner adhesive. The flower bouquet was adhered using foam squares for dimension.

The sentiment is Honey Bee’s Hello. It was die cut from gold mirror cardstock and sticky back foam. The two were adhered together. I find it much easier to line things up if I leave the foam die cut in place, remove the backing, and place the gold die cut on top. I cut away the foam from the places of the sentiment that would rest on the flower arrangement and then adhered it with liquid glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Everything Wonderful
  • Honey Bee Hello Die
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 092 Fire Red, 195 Amber; 170 Magenta Red, 209 Red/ 197 Plum, 105 Henna; 357 Pale Orange, 283 Gold; 281 Olive Green, 071 Lime Green
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Perfectly Perfect Watercolor Birthday

I love Altenew’s flower stamps. They make such lovely cards. I pulled out the Perfectly Perfect Set and stamped them on watercolor paper with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed them gold.

I know there are not a lot of blue flowers in nature, but in the crafting world you can make a flower any color you want. I used a pretty Cyan color from the Karin Brushmarkers to color the flowers and a couple of greens for the leaves. Once they were dry I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

I decided to add some visual interest by cutting a scalloped rectangle to adhere the flowers to. I laid them out where I wanted them and then determined where I wanted and took a picture so I could place them again in the same layout after I stamped the sentiment.

I adhered the leaves and two back flowers directly to the scalloped rectangle with liquid glue and then adhered the top flower with foam squares. The scalloped rectangle was adhered to a side folding cardbase using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Perfectly Perfect
  • Penny Black Carefree Wishes
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 207 Cyan, 228 Lush Green, 281 Olive Green
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

All the Cupcakes Watercolor Birthday

I recently purchased the new My Favorite Things All the Cupcakes stamp and die. For this card I decided to use all the images to create my own background paper. I stamped the cupcakes with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink because it is watercolor safe. I then used my new Karin Brushmarker Pros to color them.

Once the watercolor was done I cut down the panel using a stitched rectangle and then matted it with black cardstock. The sentiment was stamped on black cardstock and heat embossed white and then cut into a rectangle and adhered to the bottom of the card front with foam tape.

The final embellishment to the card was to scatter assorted colored gems around the cupcakes. A quick and easy card to create.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things All the Cupcakes
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger White Embossing Powder
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 375 Cerise, 195 Amber, 357 Pale Orange, 372 Rosewood, 552 Ochre, 172 Blush, 216 Almond, 168 Rose Pink, 359 Magenta, 189 Sapphire Blue, 181 Lipstick Red, 358 Red Lilac, 688 Violet Blue, 207 Cyan, 045 Royal Blue, 281 Olive Green, 174 Sandstone, 105 henna, 074 Sepia
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Paper Studio Assorted Adhesive Gems