Alcohol Ink Background Butterfly Frame Birthday

I created another card with an alcohol ink background made from blues and silver mixative.  I had a small panel leftover and decided to use it to create another card.  I love when you can get two cards from one background.  I had purchased this butterfly frame a while ago from China.  It is interesting that when you purchase from there you usually aren’t give the name of the company who created it, so I just always note where I purchased it.  It is a pretty frame.

I die cut the leftover alcohol ink background using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  I used the second largest size and it was perfect to allow the beautiful background colors to surround the die cut butterfly frame.  I cut the butterfly frame three time from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and adhered them together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.  The same adhesive was used to spray the back and adhere it to the alcohol ink rectangle.

I originally cut the sentiment from Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock and stamped the secondary word from Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Detail Silver Embossing Powder.  I wasn’t happy with the way it looked, I felt it got lost on the background and so I cut the Technique Tuesday Say It Happy Die an additional two times from some Neena cardstock and adhered them over the silver “happy” cutout using spray adhesive.  I couldn’t do anything about the silver embossed word, but I felt that the sentiment looked better in white.

A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the focal image alcohol ink panel, but when I went to place it on the card front I felt it was too small, so I added a border of silver cardstock and thought that it looked much better.

Products Used:

  • Butterfly Frame Die from China
  • Technique Tuesday Say it Happy Die
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • Alcohol Inks: Stream, Aqua, Sailboat Blue, Denim, Silver Mixative, Alcohol Blending Solution
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Be Creative Tape

Rebecca Celebrate Your Day

My friend Rebecca has a birthday coming up.  Her favorite colors are blue and gray.  I have been experimenting with Alcohol Inks and thought that they could be used to create a beautiful background with these colors.  For the gray I decided to use the Silver Mixative and it turned out gorgeous.

When I create an alcohol background I like to saturate the Yupo paper with Alcohol Blending Solution and them drop the colors I’ve selected randomly onto the paper.  Once I have all the colors applied I use a straw to push the color around and sometimes pick the paper up and rock it from side to side until I get the blend that I like.  I then set it aside to let it completely dry and then spray it with a fixative, I use Grumbacher Matte Final Fixative.

I wanted to create a card that would really let the background be the star of the show.  I decided to use a butterfly die from Paper Artist that allowed me to cut not only the butterfly but a background as well.  I cut the butterfly three times from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and adhered them together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.  The base of the butterfly was cut using Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock and they were adhered together with the same spray adhesive.

Once the alcohol ink was dry I die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I die cut the sentiment from the same mirror cardstock using a Penny Black Doodle Thins die.  I sprayed the back with the Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive and added it to the bottom of the alcohol ink panel.

I added a couple of thin strips of 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the center of the butterfly and adhered it on an angle to the front of the alcohol ink panel.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the panel and adhered to the back.

A side folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The focal panel was adhered to the front using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.  It turned out beautiful.

Product Used:

  • Paper Artist Butterflies and Shadows
  • Penny Black Doodle Thins Die
  • Alcohol Inks: Stream, Aqua, Sailboat Blue, Denim, Silver Mixative, Alcohol Blending Solution
  • Ranger Yupo Paper
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Grumbacher Matte Final Fixative

 

Baylee Celebrate Your Birthday With Cake

This card is for Bailey who is turning sweet sixteen in September.  I thought it would be fun to use this really cute image from Penny Black called Tall Cake.  The color scheme is pink because that is Baylee’s favorite.

This is a digital image that I printed on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using the Silhouette Cameo Software with registration marks. This allows me to cut around the image so that I don’t have to fussy cut the image myself. Saves a lot of time.

I colored the image with Copic Markers (listed below). Once it was die cut I traced around it on the paper side of some Darice Sticky Back Foam and fussy cut it smaller to fit behind the image. I find this is the fastest way to add dimension to a die cut image.

I raided my stash of cardstock to find a pink cardstock that would match the Copic colors I used. To set off the image I die cut a rectangle from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using a My Favorite Things Mod Rectangle STAX.  I love the curved edge to this rectangle.  I added it to the pink cardbase using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.

I placed the focal image on the white rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiment.  I used SugarPea Designs Celebrate All the Things since I could customize it to talk about celebrating with cake, which is perfect for the image.  I stamped it using two different colors of pink ink from Altenew.

The focal image was adhered using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.  So cute!

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Tall Cake
  • Sugarpea Designs Celebrate All the Things
  • Altenew Ink Rubellite and Pink Diamond
  • RV17, RV14, RV13; RV13, RV21, RV10; Y04, Y08; E55, E53, E51; C5, C3, C1; E79, E29, E25; E13, E11, E00, R20
  • My Favorite Things Mod Rectangle STAX
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Hot Pink Cardstock from Scraps
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive

Blowing Birthday Wishes Your Way Sarah

My little neighbor Sarah is turning thirteen on August 23.  That is a big milestone, becoming a teenager.  I wanted to create a cute shaker card to wish her a happy day.  I started with this cute image from La-La Land Crafts call Heart Bubbles Marci.  Sarah’s favorite color is mint green/soft turquoise and so that is the color scheme I used.

This is a digital image that I printed on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using the Silhouette Cameo Software with registration marks.  This allows me to cut around the image so that I  don’t have to fussy cut the image myself.  Saves a lot of time.

I colored the image with Copic Markers (listed below).  Once it was die cut I traced around it on the paper side of some Darice Sticky Back Foam and fussy cut it smaller to fit behind the image.  I find this is the fastest way to add dimension to a die cut image.

I raided my stash of cardstock to find a pretty green hued turquoise for the cardbase.  I die cut the frame from some Neena cardstock using the Gina Marie Designs Peekaboo Rectangle and added some acetate to the back.  Next I added double thickness 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the edges to create the shaker.

I placed the shaker frame and the focal image on the cardbase to determine where to stamp the sentiment, which is from My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings.  I did a little stamp surgery so it would only say “a little Birthday Wish,” stamped it with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.

I then added the shaker elements to the center of the cardbase.  I used Doodlebug Designs Swimming Pool Sequins, Martha Stewarts Confetti Hearts and Stars, and Beader Paradise Rose.  I then carefully placed the shaker frame onto the cardbase.  I probably added a little too much to the inside, if you’re not careful it covers the sentiment, but it is fun to shake.

I added the focal image to the font of the card using my ATG Glue Gun and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • La-La Land Crafts Heart Bubbles Marci
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings
  • Copic Markers: BG10, B000, B0000; BG15, BG13, BG11; E11, E00, E000, R20; RV13, Rv21, RV10; E11, E00, E000, R20; E55, E53, E51, E50
  • Doodlebug Designs Swimming Pool Sequins
  • Martha Stewarts Confetti Hearts and Stars
  • Beader Paradise Rose
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina Marie Designs Peekaboo Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Mint Cardstock from Scraps
  • ATG Glue Gun
  • Acetate from Scraps

 

Happy Birthday Gorgeous Keilie

This birthday card is for Keilie who turns fifteen on August 22.  She is a beautiful young lady with lots of long dark hair and beautiful olive toned skin.  I thought it would be fun to create a card that had her adding some makeup to enhance her natural beauty.

This is a digital image from Lily of the Valley called Jasmine Glam.  I printed it on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo with registration marks so I could cut around the image and pop it up on the card front.  The Copic Markers I used to color the image are listed below.

Once the die cutting was complete I traced the image on the paper side of some Darice Sticky Back Foam and fussy cut it, making it just smaller than the image.  I find this is the easiest and quickest way to add dimension to a die cut image.

I die cut a rectangle from the Neena cardstock using a Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from some light blue cardstock I had in my stash.  I placed the focal image on the card front to determine where to stamp the sentiment.  I thought this sentiment from Hero Arts Birthday Messages was perfect for the image.  It was stamped using Altenew Persian Blue Ink.  The focal image was adhered using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Lily of the Valley Jasmine Glam
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Copic Markers: B14, B12, B00; B37, B34, B32; R22, R21, R20; C9, E49, E47, E44, E35; C5, C4, C2, C1; Y38, Y06l E13, E11, E01, E00, R20
  • Altenew Persian Blue Ink
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Sky Blue Cardstock from Scraps
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle

Happy Birthday Bouquet for Julia

I really enjoy creating birthday cards for the young women in my church.  I like looking through my stamps and finding an image that looks a little like the recipient and color it with their hair color and favorite color for the clothes.  This card is for Julia, who is turning seventeen.  Her favorite color is olive green.

This is a digital stamp.  I printed it using the Silhouette Cameo software with registration marks so that I could cut around the image when I was done coloring.  I used Copic Markers to color this lovely young lady.  Colors are listed below.

Once the coloring was complete I cut out the image and then traced around it onto the paper side of some Darice Sticky Back Foam and fussy cut around it keeping inside of the lines and then added to the back of the focal image.

I went through my scraps of paper to find something I could use for a background for Julia and ran across this green grid patterned paper.  I die cut it using a Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle.  Since I had used a golden yellow as the accents for the image I adhered the scalloped rectangle to a larger My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  The rectangles where adhered to an A2 top folding cardbase made from dark green cardstock I had in my stash.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Yummy Treats and was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The focal image was then adhered using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Lemon Shortbread Hat Bouquet
  • Hero Arts Yummy Treats
  • Copic Markers: YR24, YR23, YR21; YG99, YG97, YG95, YG93; YG67, YG17, YG03; R05, R02; Y38, Y08; E33, YR21, YR20; R21; E00, E000, E11, R01
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Paper Accents Glossy Gold Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Green Grid Patterned Paper from Scraps
  • Green Bazzills Paper from Scraps
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Color Burst Strips Happy Day

I had made several cards using watercolor background created with Ken Oliver Color Burst Watercolor Powder.   I cut those background down with some rectangle dies and had a lot of strips of watercolor remaining.  This is the second card where I decided to tape the strips together to create another background.   This time the color combination was blues and purples.

I used some Post-it Tape to hold the strips of watercolor paper together and then die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  Since this color combination is more feminine to me I decided to add the rectangle to Gina Marie Designs’ Blossom Lace Die.

The background is so colorful I wanted to keep the rest of the elements on the card pretty simple. I love the way white die cuts look against a really bright and colorful background so I decided to use Simon Says Stamp’s Balloon Bouquet and Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy dies. I cut them three times from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and glued them together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive and then glued it to the watercolor strips rectangle with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the watercolor panel and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the card was done.

Easy to create, but really beautiful because of that pretty watercolor background.

Products Used:

  • Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet Die
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Fuchsia, Turquoise, Violet
  • Canson XL Watercolor 140# Cold Press Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina Marie Designs Blossom Lace Die
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder

Color Burst Strips Let’s Party Birthday Card

I had made several cards using watercolor background created with Ken Oliver Color Burst Watercolor Powder.  I cut those background down with some rectangle dies and had a lot of strips of watercolor remaining.  They were so pretty that I decided to tape the strips together to create another background.  I really like it when I can make a card by using up something that I typically would have thrown away.

I used some Post-it Tape to hold the strips of watercolor paper together and then die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  The background is so colorful I wanted to keep the rest of the elements on the card pretty simple.  I decided to use Papertrey Ink’s Party Time Die.  I cut it three times from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and glued them together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive and then glued it to the watercolor strips rectangle with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

I added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the watercolor panel and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the card was done.  Easy to create, but because of that beautiful watercolor background really bright and colorful.

Products Used:

  • Papertrey Ink Party Time Die
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Alizarin Crimson, Lime Green, Orange, Lemon Yellow
  • Canson XL Watercolor 140# Cold Press Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • VersaMark Ink

Have a Beautiful Day Dear Sister

My baby sister had a birthday this month.  Her favorite color is blue and so I knew I wanted to create something with that as the predominate color, however, I always like to add a complimentary color as well.  I had seen a card where someone took the Power Poppy Countryside Bouquet, turned it a little, and let it flow off the  page.  I decided to give that a try and really like the way it turned out.

I have this stamp in the digital format.  I wanted to have a no line coloring look and so I changed the lines to gray and printed it on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.  I colored the image with Copic Markers (colors listed below)  I decided to add a soft yellow background around the image.

Once the coloring was completed I die cut it to size using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Day and was stamped using Memento Gray Flannel Ink.  The panel was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from navy blue cardstock I had in my stash.  As a final embellishment I punched a butterfly from light blue cardstock using the Martha Stewart 3 Butterflies Punch.  Accented the ended with Copic Markers and added Stickles Crystal to the edges of the butterfly and the center of the flowers.

Products Used:

  • Power Poppy Countryside Bouquet Digi Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Day
  • Copic Markers: B24, B23, B21; B39, B28, B24; RV13, RV21, RV10; YR23, Y08, Y06, Y11, Y02; Y00 0; G24, G21; YG03, YG63, YG67; G46, G43
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen Clear
  • Stickles Crystal
  • Martha Stewart 3 Butterflies Punch
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Memento Gray Flannel Ink
  • Brother Ink Jet Printer
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Faith is Confidence in God Encouragement Card

Every month I create a card and message for the young men and women in my local church who are serving full-time missions for the Lord.  I admire them so much for giving up 18-months to two years of their life to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the areas they are called to serve.  It is hard work and they experience difficult times, but they persevere because they love the Lord.  This month’s theme was “You Can Do Hard Things.”  I have a couple of Penny Black stamp sets that are perfect for these kind of encouragement cards.  This month I used Hope Shines.  I also wanted to experiment with creating watercolor background using Ken Oliver Color Burst Powders and they turned out beautiful.  The orange background was sent to the young men and the purple and teal to the young women.  I hope it encourages them to trust in the Lord.

For the orange background I started with dry Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper and then sprayed water to move the colors.  With the purple and teal I started with wet paper and added to dry powders.  Both methods work really well.

Once the background were completely dry I die cut them using the second largest My Favorite Things A2 Set A Stitched Rectangle.  They were applied to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Be Creative Tape.  Since the paper warps a little from adding so much water this strong adhesive really helps to flatten the panel to the cardbase.

The sentiment was stamped onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Hero Hues India Ink Black and die cut using a Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle.  It was then adhered to the watercolor paper with Scotch Advanced Tape Glider Gun, another strong bonding adhesive.

Products Used:

  • Penny Black Hope Shines
  • Alizarin Crimson, Lime Green, Orange, Lemon Yellow (Masculine)
  • Fuchsia, Turquoise, Violet (Feminine)
  • Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Scotch ATG Adhesive