It’s Your Birthday Masculine Card

I was in need of some masculine birthday cards.  I am naturally drawn to creating flower image cards, and so when I need a masculine card it takes more effort to figure what I am going to do.  I wanted to used some ballons and the rainbow colors for this card were inspired by the Lawn Fawn Rainbow Plaid patterned paper.

I raided my scraps of cardstock to find a rainbow of solid cardstock that would match the plaid paper.  I cut a strip of the patterned paper to 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and adhered it to the left of an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Because the remaining white space was pretty small I used the small balloon die from Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday and die cut it five times using matching solid rainbow colored cardstock.

I wanted the balloons to look like they were floating away and so I arranged them in the top half of the white area of the cardbase before stamping the sentiment, which is from the My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday stamp set, in Altenew Sapphire Ink.  I used Copic Marker B37 to add some details to the word WISH.  Copic Markers Y13 and Y17 were added to the candle flame.

Since the sentiment is blue I cut a small strip of blue cardstock and adhered it between the patterned paper and the white area of the card.  The balloons where then adhered with 3M 1/2″ Fun Foam on the balloon portion and Tombo Mono Multi on the tail.  A white highlight to the balloons was added with a white gel pen.  I then used the confetti images from the same stamp set and stamped them using matching Altenew Inks, colors listed below.  As a final embellishment multi colored Triveni Crafts Rhinestones were scattered in the open areas of the card front.

Derwent Inktense Pencils and a Dove Blending Pen were used to add depth to the bottom of the balloons.  I think before adding the pencils the image looked flat (see below).

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lawn Fawn Rainbow Plaid 6 x 6 Paper Pack (1 ½” wide)
  • Scraps of Blue, Yellow, Red, Green, Orange Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday Stamp
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday Balloon Die
  • Avert Elle Cake and Candles Confetti Stamp
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Altenew Ink: Crimson, Warm Sunshine, Autumn Blaze, Forest Glade, Sapphire
  • Copic Marker: B37, Y13, Y17
  • Rhinestones from Stash
  • Sukura White Gel Pen
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Dot Adhesive Stamp Runner
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Jane’s Doodles Lily Sympathy Card

When I am creating a sympathy card I like a clean and simple card design. I think it more appropriate to send this type of card to someone suffering the loss of a loved one. This image is from Jane’s Doodles Lily stamp set.

I began by arranging the single and double lily images onto the lower left corner of a quarter sheet panel of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock, along with the sentiment, to determine placement.  I then stamped the large single lily image with Memento London Fog ink, and then stamped it a second time onto a full sticky backed Post-it to create a mask, which was fussy cut with my fine detail scissors.  Once the mask was in place I stamped the two lilies so that they would be behind the larger flower.  Using the MISTI I stamped the sentiment, which is from the Penny Black Eloquence stamp set.  The MISTI allows you stamp multiple times for a crisp image.

I searched the internet for images of lilies and then selected Copic Markers to give me the pink center to the flower images.  Colors used are listed below.  Once the image was colored, I wanted it smaller than an A2 cardbase and so I ran it through the Big Shot with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  I raided my stash of cardstock scraps and found a smoky gray and cut it 1/8″ larger than the die cut image and adhered the two together with Zookwang Scor-Tape.  Darice Sticky Backed Fun Foam was cut using the same rectangle die and adhered to the back with Be Creative Tape.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The protective paper was removed from the fun foam and the panel was adhered to the front of the cardbase.  As a final touch I raided my stash of clear rhinestones and scattered a few on the front of the card, adhering them using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Jane’s Doodles Lily Stamp
  • Penny Black Eloquence
  • Copic Markers: Copic Markers: YG23, YG61, YG63, YG67; C0, C1; RV10, RV11, RV13; Y13, Y15, Y17
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Memento London Fog Ink
  • Darice Sticky Fun Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Clear Rhinestones from Stash
  • Darice Sticky Fun Foam
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape

Out of This World Birthday Card

There have been a lot of cards created with the Lawn Fawn Out of this World stamp set.  This card’s inspiration is from one created by Nicole Spohr.  It is for my oldest grandson who turn’s eighteen on April 12. I thought the sentiment “today the world revolves around you” was perfect.  What teenager doesn’t feel that way.

I created the background twice.  The first time I tried to use a falling stars stencil and just didn’t like the way it looked.  For the final product I ink blended Distress Ink Candied Apple, Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot on a quarter sheet of Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock and found it to be as easy to blend as everyone has been saying.  Once the blending was complete I spritz it with water from my Distress Spray Bottle and waited about 30 seconds before blotting it with a dry paper towel and was very happy with the star like look it created.  I die cut the background with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die then added some Paper Accents Gold Cardstock behind it that was 1/8″ larger than the die cut rectangle and adhered them together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

Next I stamped all the images from the stamp set onto Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and colored them with the Copic Markers listed below, and then die cut them with the matching dies.  I arranged all the planets, rocket, and astronaut to determine where to stamp the sentiment, which is from the same stamp set, stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.

Once the sentiment was complete, the images were adhered to the card front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue, with the exception of the Astronaut, which was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  The focal image rectangle was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lawn Fawn Out of This World Stamp and Dies
  • Distress Ink: Candied Apple, Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Copic Markers: E55, E47, E49; R24, R29, R46; C00, C0, C8, C9; E000, E00, E11; YG91, YG93, YG95; Y32, Y35, Y38, E43; YR15, YR18, YR09; B91, B93, B95, B97; G40, G43, G46
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Fun Foam Black
  • Inkssentials Glossy Accents

Flashy Florals Hello Card

This is another card created recently from stamps I had not yet used.  I purchased the My Favorite Things Flashy Floral months ago and finally created a card using them.  I love floral images, they make lovely cards, and I will be using this stamp set again and again.

I stamped the images on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Altenew Inks: Forest Glade, Evergreen, Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ocean Waves, and Dusk.  Once the stamping was complete I die cut the images with the matching dies.

To assemble the card a top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  A rectangle was die cut from GKD 80# White Cardstock with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles and then dry embossed using the Sizzix Dotted Lattice Embossing Folder.  The flowers and leaves were arranged on this rectangle and adhered with both Tombo Mono Multi Glue and 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. The large pink flower had double foam tape to add dimension to the card.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Hello.  I first die cut the word from 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock and then stamped it using Altenew Dusk Ink, but I didn’t like the tiny white border that was left from this process, so I took the ink pad and ran it across the die cut word for complete coverage.  Three more words were cut from scrap cardstock and all were adhered together using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and then adhered to the bottom of the focal image with the same glue.

Darice Sticky Backed Fun Foam was adhered to the back of the focal image rectangle and then was adhered to the card base using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  At the last minute I pulled some rhinestones from my stash for the flower centers and added Spectrum Noir Sparkle to the flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Flashy Florals
  • Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Hello
  • Altenew Inks: Forest Glade, Evergreen, Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ocean Waves, Dusk
  • Sizzix Dotted Lattice Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Fun Foam
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Liquid Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

Believe in Miracles Floral Encouragement Card

This is the second card I’ve made recently with Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles.  I had cut some outlines of the flowers and leaves with the Silhouette from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and stamped them in Altenew inks (listed below).  These are outline images and so I decided to color them using Copic Markers (colors listed below).

To assemble the card I die cut a rectangle of the 80# cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and then laid the flowers and leaves out to determine where I wanted to stamp the sentiment, which is from Hero Arts Spring Hello, stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black, using the MISTI to be able to stamp multiple times to get a crisp image.

I adhered all the flowers except the large purple one with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  I decided I wanted a sky background and so I used the Inkylicious Ink Duster Bending Brush to apply Distress Tumbled Glass Ink from the upper right corner into the center of the card.  The large purple flower was adhered using 3M ½” Foam Tape.  Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was cut with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles and added to the back of the focal image rectangle.  A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Stickles Tidings was added to the center of the flowers to add interest and shine and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles
  • Penny Black Special Thoughts
  • Altenew Inks: Lavender Fields, Warm Sunshine, Firebrick, Autumn Blaze, Deep Iris
  • Copic Markers: Y11, Y15, Y17; YR12, YR14, YR15, YR16; V01, V04, V06, V09; G20, G24, G43
  • Distress Ink Tumbled Glass
  • Inkylicioius Ink Duster Blending Brush
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Stickles Tinsel

Believe in Miracles Hello Card

I have used the sentiments in Simon Says Stamp Believe in Miracles, but I had not yet used the flowers.  I cut some outlines of the flowers and leaves with the Silhouette from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and stamped them in Altenew inks (listed below).  These are outline images and so I decided to color them using Copic Markers (colors listed below).  Once I was done with the coloring it was time to assemble the card.

I die cut a rectangle of the 80# cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and then laid the flowers and leaves out to determine where I wanted to stamp the sentiment, which is from Hero Arts Spring Hello, stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black, using the MISTI to be able to stamp multiple times to get a crisp image.

I adhered all the flowers except the large blue one with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  It was at this point that I decided I wanted a sky background and so I used the Inkylicious Ink Duster Bending Brush to apply Distress Tumbled Glass Ink from the upper right corner into the center of the card.  The large blue flower was adhered using 3M ½” Foam Tape.  Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was added to the focal image rectangle.  A landscape A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  In looking at the card I decided that the flowers needed to have something to make them pop and so I added Stickles Tidings to the centers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles
  • Hero Arts Spring Hello
  • Altenew Inks: Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Ocean Waves, Dusk
  • Copic Markers: BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18, BG75; BG15, BG45, BG32, BG34; R20, R21, R22; R32, R35, R37; G20, G24, G43
  • Distress Ink Tumbled Glass
  • Inkylicioius Ink Duster Blending Brush
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Stickles Tinsel

Freehand Florals Encouragement Card

Sometimes we all need a reminder to not be so hard on ourselves, to believe that what we are doing is enough.  We can’t solve everything, sometimes we cannot make things better for those we love, but we have strength beyond what we know, we just need to believe in ourselves.

This is another of those stamp sets that have been sitting on my shelf just waiting for me to use it.  I found lining up these layering stamps was a little more challenging than others I’ve worked with.  It took a few tries, but I finally got it to where I was okay with the outcome.

The favorite colors of the person this card was created for is pale blue and silver and so those were the predominant colors used.  I began by stamping the images on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Altenew Ink.  Before stamping the flowers I used VersaMark ink to season the stamp.  I saw this tip I think on Jennifer McGuire’s YouTube Channel.  Once you have a good coating of VersaMark on the stamp you wipe it off with a cloth or your hand and it will give you a crisper image.  The Altenew Inks used are:  Sea Glass, Ocean Waves, Dusk, Frosty Pink, Cotton Candy, Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade.  The last layer was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Detailed Silver Embossing Powder.  Once stamping was complete I die cut the flowers and leaves with the matching dies.

I knew I wanted to use a die cut word and originally thought I had the word amazing, but alas when I searched I didn’t (will have to get that soon) and so I used Simon Says Stamp Believe stamp and die set.  I die cut the word from Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock and then three more times from white cardstock and adhered them together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive Spray.

It was now time to assemble the card.  I die cut some 80# white cardstock with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and arranged the flowers and word die cut where I wanted them so that I could determine the placement for the secondary sentiments, which is from the same Simon Says Stamp Believe stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Detailed Silver Embossing Powder.  The flowers and leaves were adhered with Tombo Mono Multi Glue, which the exception of the large blue flowers which were adhered with 3M ½” Foam Tape.  I added Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam to the back of the focal image rectangle and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and this clean and simple card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • WPlus9 Freehand Florals Stamp and Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Believe
  • Altenew Inks: Sea Glass, Ocean Waves, Dusk, Frosty Pink, Cotton Candy, Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive Spray

Spring Flowers and More Spring Flowers Hello Card

This past week I finally got the new Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers.  I already had the Spring Flowers stamp and die and wanted to create a card using both.  I’m ready for spring and liked the way it turned out.

I stamped the flower and leaf images on 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, which is Copic friendly and doesn’t bleed when coloring the images.  The Copic colors used were: Y11, Y15, Y18; B91, B93, B95; YG03, YG17, YG67; G20, G24, G46; RV11, RV13, RV14; V12, V15, V17.  I stamped multiple stems and stem and leaf combinations so that I could have options when assembling the flowers into a bouquet.

To add dimension and interest behind the flower bouquet I die cut a rectangle of 80# white cardstock with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and then ran it through the Big Shot again with the Lifestyle Crafts Chain Embossing Folder.

It was now time to determine the layout of the bouquet.  I began by placing the flower where I wanted them on the embossed rectangle.  Next I determined which stems and leaves would make the most pleasing arrangements.  Once this was complete I carefully would lift each stem and add a little Ranger Multi Medium Matte to adhere them together.  Once that was done I adhered the flowers to the appropriate stem.   A few leaves were added to balance the focal image.  I wanted the stems to be adhered directly to the embossed rectangle, but I thought it would add more interest if some of the flowers were lifted, so I added a strip of 3M ½” Foam Tape to the back of the rose, purple crocus, and the yellow flower.  I peeled the backing from the foam tape, added Ranger Multi Medium Matte to the stems and adhered the entire bouquet to the embossed rectangle.  To cover some of the stems at the bottom some die cut grass was added.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Hello and was cut from 120# Gina K. Designs Black Cardstock and adhered to the bottom of the embossed rectangle with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle, which is just smaller than the embossed rectangle, and the foam was adhered to the back of the focal image panel.  Zookwang Scor-Tape was then added to the fun foam and the focal image was adhered to the front of the cardbase.  As a finishing touch, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Glitter was added to the flowers.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers and More Spring Flowers Stamps and Dies
  • Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Hello
  • Copic Markers: Y11, Y15, Y18; B91, B93, B95; YG03, YG17, YG67; G20, G24, G46; RV11, RV13, RV14; V12, V15, V17
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Lifestyle Crafts Chain Embossing Folder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

By The Sea Welcome Card

I wanted to create a masculine welcome card for a new gentleman who had moved into our church.  Gina K. Designs By the Sea would make a good card.

When creating cards with this stamp set I like to ink blend a background with the sea and sky.  To create the sun I took a full sticky backed Post-it and die cut a small circle with Simon Says Stamp Nested Circle.  I placed the negative Post-it in the upper left of the background and ink blended it with Distress Squeezed Lemonade and Fossilized Amber.

I then stamped the lighthouse image to the right of the background with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I used a Copic friendly marker to extend the hillside on the left of the image. I cut some Post-its to cover the lighthouse and land and then covered the sun with the circle Post-it and placed several Post-its below the horizon and ink blended the sky with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Ink.  I then moved the Post-Its to cover the sky and ink blended the ocean using Tumbled Glass and Broken China.  The land was ink blended with Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint.

Copic Markers were used to color the lighthouse and rock base.  Colors used were:  Lighthouse/B95, B97, B99, C0, C01, C02, Y15, Y17, YR24; Rocks/C3, C4, C5, C6.

The birds are from Gina K. Designs By The Sea II and were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The sentiment is from Avery Elle We R Family Additions and was also stamped with the same ink.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs By the Sea and By the Sea II
  • Avery Elle We R Family Additions
  • Distress Ink: Salty Ocean/Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean; Sky/Tumbled Glass, Broken China; Grass/Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint; Sun/Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber
  • Copic Markers: Lighthouse/B95, B97, B99, C0, C01, C02, Y15, Y17, YR24; Rocks/C3, C4, C5, C6
  • Memento Tuxedo Black and Cracked Pistachio
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Post-it Full Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Simon Says Stamp Nested Circles, Stitched Rectangles, Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

By the Sea Landscape Hello Card

This card was inspired by a card I saw on online by Theresa Momber.

I began with a 5 ½” x 4 ¼” rectangle from Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock.  To create the sky and water I used full adhesive Post-its.  I created the sky first by ink blending Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.  To create the clouds I cut some clouds out of another Post-it and used the negative space to ink blend some Vintage Photo into the lighter areas of the sky.  I then moved the post-its to cover the sky and ink blended the horizon/water with Fossilized Amber, Brushed Corduroy, and Peanut Brittle.  The darker areas on the outside of the rectangle are land and the lighter area in the center represents a cove for boats to sail into.

Once the ink blending was done it was time to begin stamping.  I used the pine trees from Gina K. Designs Blessed is the Season and stamped them with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.  I did some second generation stamping for trees in the background.  Next I stamped the grass and sailboat from Gina K. Designs By the Sea with the same ink, then using By the Sea II I stamped the birds in the sky.

To assemble the card I die cut the focal image with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and then cut a slightly larger rectangle from Gina K. Designs 120# Chocolate Brown Cardstock  with Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and adhered to two together with Tombo Mono Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.

The sentiment is from Concord & 9th Hello Lovely and was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink in the lower right of the panel.  A rectangle of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut smaller than the brown rectangle and adhered to the back for added dimension.  A cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Blessed is the Season
  • Gina K. Designs By the Sea and By the Sea II
  • Concord & 9th Hello Lovely
  • Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Peanut Brittle
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Chocolate Brown Cardstock
  • Post-it Full Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock