Stampin’ Up Angler Birthday Card

I have had the Stampin’ Up’s Angler stamp set for years and often used the collage of fishing equipment, but decided to use the image of the fishing boat this time. I created two different cards with the image, each similar but a little different in intensity of the colors used.

The image was stamped on Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper with Distress Antique Linen Ink.  Using a watercolor brush pen Mowed Lawn, Broken China, Pumpice Stone, Candied Apple, Antique Linen, Stormy Sky, and Faded Jeans were used to color the image.

Since this is a small image, it was run through the Big Shot with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle to size it down a little.  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Celebrate You and was stamped with Altenew Ocean Waves Ink.  I like how it can be seen, but blends into the color of the water.

I saw a video on YouTube showing how to make your own embossing paste and made several background with stencils that have been sitting around my craft room for quite some time.  I pulled out the one that was made with the Bo Bunny’s Morocco Stencil and like the added interest it gave to the focal image.

To adhere the focal image to the embossed rectangle Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for dimension and then it was adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  A side folding cardbase was made from some deep teel blue cardstock I had in my stash.  The focal image was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  A little Clear Wink of Stella was added to the boat and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampin Up Angler
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate You
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White
  • Bo Bunny Cascade Stickable Stencils Morocco
  • Homemade Embossing Paste
  • Altenew Ocean Waves Ink
  • Distress: Mowed Lawn, Broken China, Pumpice Stone, Candied Apple, Antique Linen, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheets
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Small and Medium Tip Watercolor Brush Pen

This card was created the same way as the one above, but clouds were added to the sky, dark blue cardstock was added to the back of the focal image, and it was adhered to a rectangle of My Minds Eye Wood Designer Paper.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampin’ Up Angler
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Gina K. Desgins 80# White Cardstock
  • My Minds Eye Wood 6 x 6 Designer Paper
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Copic Markers: B01, B93, B95 (Water); B00, B000, B0000 (Sky); YR14, YR15 (Shirt); R05, R14 (Shirt); E21 (Skin); B97, B23 (Jeans); B39, B37, B99, B34 (Boat); C1, C00 (Clouds)
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • WPlus9 Gift Card Layers
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheets
  • Small and Medium Tip Watercolor Brush Pen

Make a Wish By the Sea

There is something about water that is so calm and soothing to the soul.  I hadn’t used this image from Gina K. Designs By the Sea before and thought it would make a simple masculine birthday card.  I stamped the image with Distress Antique Linen Ink on Canson XL 140# Watercolor Cardstock.  This allows for no-line watercoloring and with a simple image like this one it isn’t too difficult to accomplish.

Using a watercolor brush pen the image was color with Brushed Corduory, Pumice Stone, Broken China, and Mustard Seed Distress Inks.  The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday and was stamped with Altenew Dusk Ink.  Once the image was completely dry it was run through the Big Shot with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle.  To accent the blue in the image and sentiment a rectangle of dark aqua blue was cut 1/8” larger and adhered to the back with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Ivory Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the focal image and then it was adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs By the Sea
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Altenew Dusk Ink
  • Distress: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduory, Pumice Stone, Broken China, Mustard Seed
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheets

Sending Happy Mail

My husband is on a short-term assignment in Kentucky and I decided to go and spend several weeks with him.  I knew that I would need something to do while he was at work every day, and so I stamped a lot of images on watercolor cardstock and took my Inktense Pencils and Distress Inks to color them.  The major problem with traveling and staying in a fifth wheel trailer is that the internet service can be spotty.  Unfortunately, the place we were staying didn’t have a strong enough internet connection that I could post any of my cards I created while I was there.  So, I am posting a whole bunch of cards in a very short period of time.

I’ve used a lot of the other images in Gina K. Designs Country Roads, but these mailboxes made we think of the phrase “happy mail”.  Who doesn’t love going to the mailbox and having some actual mail from someone you know and love.  It’s a simple card, but I like the way it turned out.

I stamped the image on Canson XL 140# Watercolor Cardstock with Distress Antique Linen Ink and then using a water brush pen I colored it using Brushed Corduroy, Fired Brick, Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Broken China, and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks.

Once it was dry I ran it through the Big Shot with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle and then cut a slightly smaller rectangle of Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet to add to the back for dimension on the card.  A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  The sentiment is a combination from both Simon Says Stamp Happy Thoughts and Sending and was stamped in Altenew Chocolate Brown Ink.  The focal image was then adhered to the cardbase using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Fired Brick, Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Broken China, Mowed Lawn
  • Gina K. Designs Country Roads
  • Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts
  • Simon Says Stamp Sending
  • Altenew Chocolate Brown Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Small and Medium Tip Watercolor Brush Pen
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheets

Graphic Circles Happy Happy Happy Birthday

In brainstorming what to do for a masculine birthday card I decided to pull out multiple colored polka dot glitter paper from the Paper Studio Eat Cake 12 x 12 Paper Pad.  I cut multiple sizes of the same color cardstock using My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX.  I then arranged them on a panel of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock that was run through the Sizzix Big Shot with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle. The end result was a fun and graphic masculine birthday card.

Once I had them placed where I wanted them I determined where to stamp the secondary sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy Birthday with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  One of the “Happy” dies from the stamp set was cut four times from black cardstock and adhered together using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Next the circles were glued to the die cut rectangle with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  When they were all in place the die cut “HAPPY” was adhered using the same glue.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • The Paper Studio Eat Cake 12 x 12 Paper Pad
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black and White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Die and Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles

 

Cupcake Trio Finetec Gold M600: It’s Your Day to Celebrate

I liked the way the The FineTec Gold M600 Watercolor Pans looked with a flower arrangement so much that I decided to look through my stamps to see what else had an open design that could be watercolored with this medium and found Whimsy Stamps Cupcake Treat Trio.  I love the sparkle and shine you get with these metallic watercolors, and the gold is beautiful on black cardstock.

I stamped the image on Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and embossed it using Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, heat setting it with my Marvy Embossing Tool.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages and was stamped and embossed in the same manner.

The cupcakes were colored with 660 Sterling Silver for the cupcake liner, 620 Inka Gold for the cake, and 650 Luna Gold for the icing.  Once everything was dry the focal image was run through the Sizzix Big Shot with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  A rectangle of Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock was cut 1/8” larger with a Guillotine paper trimmer and adhered to the back of the focal image with Sookwang Be Creative Tape.  Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was added to the back of the focal image to add dimension.

A side folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was attached using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.  Love the way it turned out, and it could be used as either a masculine or feminine birthday card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black and White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Whimsy Stamps Cupcake Treat Trio
  • Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • FineTec Gold M600 Watercolor Pans
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam

Sea Shells Still Life Happy Birthday

The beach is a relaxing, peaceful place to be.  I’ve never found such beautiful shells as show in Inkadinkado’s Sea Shells Still Life, but it makes a lovely, more masculine in nature birthday card.

I began by stamping the image on Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.  I used the MISTI so that I could stamp multiple times to get a crisp image.  Next I ink blended the background using Ranger’s Mini Ink Blending Tool using Distress Ink: Fozzilized Amber, Brushed Cordurory, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China.  To intensify the colors of the shells I used Copic Markers: R21, R22, R12; E30, E31, E33; E33, E35, E55; E47, E57, E59; BG000, BG01, BG02; G40, G43.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday and was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.

I die cut the focal image with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stac

kable Rectangles and added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the back of the panel.  An A2 side folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock, but when I placed the focal image on the cardbase everything blended together.  To help the focal image pop, a rectangle 1/8” larger than the focal image was cut from some blue cardstock I had in my stash.  I liked the look of the card much better and so it was adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then the focal image was adhered on top with the same glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Inkadinkado Sea Shells Still Life
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Distress Ink: Fossilized Amber, Brushed Corduroy, Tumbled Glass, Broken China
  • Copic Markers: R21, R22, R12; E30, E31, E33; E33, E35, E55; E47, E57, E59; BG000, BG01, BG02; G40, G43

 

Penny Black Scented Beauty: Sparkle It’s Your Birthday

You can probably determine from the cards I have posted that I love Penny Black flower stamps.  They make beautiful cards and the open images are easy to color.  For this card I selected Scented Beauty and stamped it on Canson XL Watercolor Paper with VersaFine Black Ink and embossed it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  The raised outlines of the embossing powder make it very easy to control where the watercolor goes.

I made two cards with the stamp, watercoloring them with slightly different reds.  Both were stamped on Canson XL Watercolor Paper with VersaFine Black Ink and embossed it with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder. Tombo Dual Brush Markers were used to color the images.

For this card I only used one marker for each color.  I would add the marker color at the base of each petel where it would be the darkest and then using a Sakura Waterbrush Pen I would pull the color out to the tip of the petal.  For the leaves I added the color to the base of the leaf and the veins pulled the color out with the waterbrush pen.  Quick and simple to do.

The blue background was done by scribbling the blue marker on an acrylic block, adding water to lighten the intensity and carefully adding it to focal image.  The raised surface of the embossed lines helps you to keep the colors from running together.

Once the image was completely dry it was run through the Sizzix Big Shot with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller than the focal image and adhered to the back.  A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The sentiment is from Penny Black’s Sprinkles and Smiles and was stamped in the lower left of the card with VersaMark Ink.  It was then embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Embossing Powder and heat set with the Marvy Embossing Tool.

As a final embellishment, Neat & Tangled Raspberry Mix Sequins were scattered around the focal image and adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Desgins 120# White Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Penny Black Scented Beauty
  • Penny Black Sprinkles and Smiles
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • VersaFine Black Ink
  • Tombo Markers 249 Hunter Green, 491 Glacier Blue, and 856 Chinese Red
  • Neat & Tangled Raspberry Mix Sequins
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Sizzix Big Shot

For this second card I used a little different hue of red and added the sentiment on a black banner.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Desgins 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Penny Black Scented Beauty
  • Penny Black Sprinkles and Smiles
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • VersaFine Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Tombo Markers 177 Dark Jade, 228 Gray Green, 725 Rhodamine Red, 856 Chinese Red, 491 Glacier Blue
  • Sakura Waterbrush Pen
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Marvy Embossing Tool

 

 

PENNY BLACK FULL OF GLEE: TODAY IS ALL ABOUT CELEBRATING YOU!

For this card I decided to do a more traditional watercoloring of Penny Black’s Full of Glee.  It is amazing how one stamp, used in many different ways, can create beautiful and unique cards for those we love.

It was stamped on Canson XL Water Color Paper with VersaFine Black Ink and then heat embossed with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  I was thinking of my sister Colette when choosing the Tombo Markers for the image.  Her favorite color is blue and so the following colors were used: 515 Light Blue, 555 Ultramarine, 528 Navy Blue, 553 Peacock Blue, 491 Glacier Blue, and 158 Dark Olive.  I watered down the lightest blue for a background color to the image.

The sentiment is from Penny Black’s Sprinkles and Smiles and was stamped in the lower left corner with VersaFine Black Ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.

When everything was complete dry I ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller than the focal image and adhered to the back.

An A2 top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Black Cardstock.  The focal image was adhered to the front using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  A few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Seattle Mix and Doodlebug Designs Swimming Pool were adhered to the front of the card with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

I love the look of the white focal image on the black cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Desgins 120# Black Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Penny Black Full of Glee
  • Penny Black Sprinkles and Smiles
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • VersaFine Black Ink
  • Tombo Markers 515 Light Blue, 555 Ultramarine, 528 Navy Blue, 553 Peacock Blue, 491 Glacier Blue, and 158 Dark Olive
  • Pretty Pink Posh Seattle Mix Sequins
  • Doodlebug Designs Swimming Pool and Blue Jeans Sequins
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Sizzix Bit Shot
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles

Penny Black Full of Glee: Watercolor Pearl Color Celebrate You

I loved the look of the FineTec Gold M600 Color Watercolor Pans on this image so much that I decided to create it again using Gansai Tambi Pearl Color Watercolor Pans.

My youngest sister’s birthday was coming up and her favorite color is blue and so I stamped the image on Gina K. Designs 120# In the Navy Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I pulled out the Gansai Tambi Pearl Colors Watercolor Pans and used the 734 Pearl Pink, 762 Pearl Cobalt Blue, and 751 Pearl May Green pans to color the image.  It turned out beautiful.

I used the second largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles to die cut the image.  To accentuate the gold embossing Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock was cut 1/8” larger and both were adhered together using Sookwang Be Creative Tape.  I find this tape works best when working on the slick surface of mirror cardstock.

Neat & Tangled Celebrate was die cut with the mirror cardstock and an additional two times with scrapes of navy cardstock.  All were adhered together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The secondary sentiment from Winnie & Walter the Big, the Bold, and You stamp set was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The “celebrate” die cut was adhered just above with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  As a final embellishment Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins were adhered to the card front with the same glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Desgins 120# Navy
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Penny Black Full of Glee
  • Winnie & Walter the Big, the Bold and You
  • Neat & Tangled Celebrate
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Gansai Tambi Pearl Colors Watercolor Pans: 734 Pearl Pink, 762 Pearl Cobalt Blue, and 751 Pearl May Green
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Sookwang Be Creative Tape
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam

PENNY BLACK FULL OF GLEE: FINETEC GOLD M600 WATERCOLOR HAPPY EVERYTHING

I recently watched Amy Rysavy color Simon Says Stamp’s Bouquet of Thanks with metallic, pearl watercolors.  I hadn’t yet receive that stamp set and so I looked through the ones I had and thought that Penny Black’s Full of Glee could be used in a similar manner to create a beautiful, shimmery card.  I love the way it turned out, so beautiful on black cardstock.

I stamped the image from Penny Black’s Full of Glee on Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  Then it was painted using FineTec Gold M600 Watercolor Pans.  I think I used nearly every color available in the set, except Inka Gold.

Once it was complete dry I ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  A rectangled of Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock was cut 1/8” larger than the die cut focal image and adhered to the back with Zookwang Be Creative Tape.  A rectangle was die cut with the same Simon Says Stamp Rectangle out of Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheets and adhered to the back of the panel.

The sentiment is from Penny Black’s Awesome dies and was cut with the same Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock.  It was cut agaoin from the same Darice Sticky Back Foam, but in hindsight I think it would have been better to cut it from black cardstock multiple times since you can see the white fun foam backing on the black.  The two dies cuts were adhered together and then Tombo Mono Multi Glue was added to the back to adhered the sentiment to the focal image.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  As a finishing embellishment, Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins were scattered on the card front and adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Desgins 120# Black Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Penny Black Full of Glee
  • Penny Black Awesome Die
  • FineTec Gold M600 Watercolor Pans
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Zookwang Be Creative Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte