About Town Birthday Card for Julia

I think Penny Black’s About Town makes a great card for a young lady who is turning sixteen and will be getting her driver’s license and driving on her own.  This card was made for Julia, whose favorite color is Olive Green.

The image was stamped with VersaFine Black Ink on Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper and heat set with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  The embossing powder makes it much easier to watercolor an image because it helps keep the color contained in the raised lines of the image.  This image was watercolored using Tombo Dual Brush Markers: 025 Light Orange 915 Yellow Gold, 027 Dark Ochre, 098 Avocado, N35 Cool Gray 12, N65 Cool Gray 5, 451 Sky Blue, 452 Process Blue, 942 Tan, 800 Baby Pink with a Sakura Water Brush.

The sentiment from Mama Elephant’s Make a Wish was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder in the upper left of the card.

The focal image was die cut using the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back of the focal image.  A rectangle of patterned paper was cut from the Authentique 6 x 6 Bundle Collection: Loyal using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Elmer’s Dot Runner Adhesive.

The focal image was adhered to the patterned paper cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • For Julia Johnson 2017
  • Penny Black About Town
  • Mama Elephant Make a Wish
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Authentique 6×6 Bundle Collection: Loyal
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • Tombo Dual Brush Markers: 025 Light Orange 915 Yellow Gold, 027 Dark Ochre, 098 Avocado, N35 Cool Gray 12, N65 Cool Gray 5, 451 Sky Blue, 452 Process Blue, 942 Tan, 800 Baby Pink
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Elmer’s Dot Runner

Moon Lake Masculine Birthday Card

I have had the stamp set Moon Lake from Stampin’ Up for some time and decided to pull it out again to make a masculine birthday card.  I really like the way it turned out.

I stamped the focal image on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Hero Arts India Ink Black.  The birds are from Gina K. Designs By the Sea and the sentiment if from Clearly Besotted’s It’s Your Birthday, all stamped with Hero Arts India Ink Black.

I wanted to ink blend a background to add interest and dimension to the focal image.  A small circle was cut from a 3 x 3 full adhesive sticky note using Simon Says Stamp Nested Circle Die and adhered in the upper left to preserve that area for the sun as the rest of the image was ink blended with Inkylicious Ink Dusters and Distress Inks: Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China.  Once I was satisfied with the background the negative of the post-it was placed in the appropriate spot and the sun was ink blended using Distress Fossilized Amber.

Once the focal image was finished, it was run through Big Shot with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  A rectangle 1/8″ larger was cut from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and adhered to the back of the focal image with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut just smaller than the black cardstock and adhered to the back of the focal image using the same glue.

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

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White
  • Stampin’ Up Moon Lake
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs By the Sea
  • Distress Ink: Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Tumbled Glass, Broken China
  • Inkylicious Ink Dusters
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Post-it Full Adhesive 3 x 3 notes
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Nested Circle Dies

Big Wishes Birthday Card

I love the cute little girls that are in Penny Black’s Big Wishes stamp set.  This card was made for a young women at church whose favorite color is yellow.  I think the plaid patterned paper really helps to accent the color

The image was stamped on Canson XL Watercolor Paper with VersaFine Black Ink and then heat embossed with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  I was able to stamp the image and take it with me to color while I was waiting for my car to be serviced.  It really made the time go quickly.  Tombo Dual Brush Markers were used to color the image: 942 Tan, 800 Baby Pink, :025 Light Orange, 026 Golden Yellow, 993 Chrome Orange, 991 Light Ocher, N65 Cool Gray 5, 993 Orange.

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink stylish Sentiments: Birthday and was stamped with VersaFine Black Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder as well.

The focal image was die cut using the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles and Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back.  The patterned paper from Recollections Bright and Basic 12 x 12 Paper Pack was die cut using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Cardstock using Elmer’s Blue Runner adhesive.  The focal image was then adhered to the cardbase using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Big Wish
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • Recollections Bright and Basic 12×12
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • VersaFine Black Ink
  • Tombo Dual Brush Makers: 942 Tan, 800 Baby Pink, :025 Light Orange, 026 Golden Yellow, 993 Chrome Orange, 991 Light Ochre, N65 Cool Gray 5, 993 Orange
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Elmer’s Dot Runner

By the Sea Masculine Birthday Card

There are beautiful images in the Gina K. Designs By the Sea stamp set that make great masculine cards.  For this card I chose the boat nestled by a tree and stamped it with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and then ink blended with Ranger Distress Ink Antique Linen.

It is a simple design and didn’t take very much time to create.  The images were stamped on Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday stamp set with the same Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.

Once the card was stamped and blended I ran it through the Big Shot with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  To help the focal image stand out and to accent the brown ink Gina K. Designs 120# Dark Chocolate Cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger than the focal image rectangle and adhered to the back with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  A Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet was cut with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle and adhered to the back of the focal image.  It was then glued to an A2 Top Folding Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.

I didn’t like how stark the contrast was between the focal image and the cardbase and so the edges of the cardbase were ink blended with Antique Linen Distress Ink and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs By the Sea
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Dark Chocolate
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Distress Antique Linen
  • Ranger Mini Sponge Applicator
  • Stampin’ Up Moon Lake
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

Bonjour Mimi Happy Birthday

This was another card I colored while having my car serviced. It was stamped on Canson XL Coldpress 140# Watercolor Paper with VersaFine Black Ink, heat embossed with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder and colored with Tombo Dual Brush Markers.  I hate wasting time.  It seems there isn’t enough in a day to get done what I need to, and when I can’t be productive it drives me crazy, so this really worked out well.

The young woman who this card was made for is an accomplished violinist who has performed at Carnegie Hall as a youth performer, So I thought C. C. Designs Bonjour! Mimi had a little cosmopolitan flair.  Her favorite color is blue and the Tombo Dual Brush markers used to color the image were: 942 Tan, 800 Baby Pink, 977 Saddle Brown, 879 Brown, N65 Cool Gray 5, N55 Cool Gray 7, 565 Deep Blue, 553 Mist Purple, 451 Sky Blue.

The sentiment used is from Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings and fit perfectly at the bottom of the focal image, which had been cut with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  It too was stamped with VersaFine Black Ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the focal image and adhered to the back.

The blue striped background paper is from the Recollections Bright and Basic 12 x 12 Paper Pack and was cut with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  It was adhered to the back of a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Elmer’s Dot Runner.  The focal image was then adhered to the background using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Bonjour! Mimi
  • Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • Recollections Bright and Basic 12×12
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Tombo Dual Brush Makers: 942 Tan, 800 Baby Pink, 977 Saddle Brown, 879 Brown, N65 Cool Gray 5, N55 Cool Gray 7, 565 Deep Blue, 553 Mist Purple, 451 Sky Blue
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Elmers Dot Runner

Birthday Cake Lucy

C. C. Designs has some really cute girl images that make great birthday cards, this one is call Birthday Cake Lucy.  This card was made for a young lady that’s favorite color is green.  Not sure how often you see a deep green frosting, but the card turned out cute.

I was going to have my car serviced and it usually takes about two hours, so I stamped quite a few images on watercolor paper with VersaFine Black Ink, heat embossed them with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder and took my Tombo Dual Brush Markers with me.  It really made the time go quickly and I felt like I wasn’t wasting my time.

The color of markers used were: 195 Light Green, 245 Sap Green, 277 Dark Green, 020 Peach, 942 Tan, 969 Chocolate, 879 Brown, 933 Orange.

When I got home I die cut the image with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle.  This allow for the green background paper from the Recollections Bright and Basic 12 x 12 Paper Pack to enhance her favorite color.  I die cut the patterned paper using the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and glued it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with some Elmer’s Dot Runner Adhesive.

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Celebrate You and was stamped at the bottom of the patterned paper with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  To help it stand out a little more, I used a green Tombo Marker and created a drop shadow to the words.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut to be 1/8 smaller than the focal image and was adhered to the back to add dimension.  It was then adhered to the patterned paper with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • C. Designs Birthday Cake Lucy
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate You
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Recollections Bright and Basic 12×12
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • VersaFine Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Design Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Tombo Dual Brush Markers: 195 Light Green, 245 Sap Green, 277 Dark Green, 020 Peach, 942 Tan, 969 Chocolate, 879 Brown, 933 Orange
  • Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Elmer’s Dot Runner

Full of Glee Birthday Wish

I recently purchased Penny Black’s Full of Glee and love this floral bouquet.  It is perfect for all coloring mediums.  I decided to stamp the image on Canson XL 140# Cold Press Water Color Paper with VersaFine Black Ink so that it could embossed with Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder.  The raised lines this creates make it very easy to watercolor.  I used my MISTI so that it could be stamped multiple times to get a clear impression on the rough surface of watercolor paper.

I decided to use Tombo Dual Brush Markers to color the image.  Colors used are: 192 Asparagus, 228 Gray Green, 195 Light Green, 815 Cherry, and 606 Violet.  I watered down the light green for a background wash to make the image pop off the page.

The sentiment is from C. C. Designs Amy R Great Birthday Greetings and was also stamped with VersaFine Black Ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder.  It fit perfectly in the lower right corner.

Once the image was completely dry, I die cut it using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles and then cut some green cardstock I had in my stash 1/8″ larger.  The two were adhered together using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the watercolor focal image and then adhered to an A2 Top Folding Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with the same glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Full of Glee
  • Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • Green Cardstock from Stach
  • VersaFine Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder
  • Tombo Dual Brush Markers: 192 Asparagus, 228 Gray Green, 195 Light Green, 815 Cherry, 606 Violet
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Elmers Dot Runner

Hello Sweet Baby Card

We have friends who recently had their ninth child.  I am amazed at the wonderful parents they are and their little girl Brinley is lucky to have been born into such an loving family.  I found the cutest little dress in a pale green and thought I would use that color to create this card, along with baby girl pink.

I began by stamping the cute baby image from Whimsy Stamps Wee One on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  It was then colored with Copic Markers: E50, E51, E53, R20 (Skin); RV10, RV11, RV13, RV14, G20, G21, G24 (Buggy); C5, C4, C3 (Wheels); Y02, Y06, Y08 (Bird); YR21, YR23, YR24 (Horse); C1, C2 (Ground); BG000, BG0000 (Background)

Once the coloring was complete the focal image was die cut with a Spellbinders Square Die.  Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was then cut just smaller than the square and adhered to the back.  A rectangle was cut from the Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.

For the sentiment the word “baby” was cut four times from green cardstock using the Simon Says Stamp Baby stamp and die set and then adhered together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  The focal image was placed on the rectangle, along with the die cut word, to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment, which is from the same Simon Says Stamp set.  Hero Arts Bubble Gum ink was used to stamp “hello sweet” and then the “baby” die cut was adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  The focal image was adhered to the white rectangle with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Green organza 5/16” ribbon from Berwick Offray was tied around the white rectangle and adhered in the back with scotch tape just below the focal image and then a small bow was tied and adhered with a glue dot.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, however I felt like it needed an accent to highlight the pink in the baby carriage so I pulled out a scrap of pink cardstock and cut it with a paper trimmer to be 1/8″ larger than the white rectangle.  Both rectangles were adhered together using Tombo Glue Runner Dot Adhesive and then adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Whimsy Stamps – Wee One
  • Simon Says Stamp Baby stamp and die
  • Copic Markers: E50, E51, E53, R20 (Skin); RV10, RV11, RV13, RV14, G20, G21, G24 (Buggy); C5, C4, C3 (Wheels); Y02, Y06, Y08 (Bird); YR21, YR23, YR24 (Horse); C1, C2 (Ground); BG000, BG0000 (Background)
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Spellbinders Square Die
  • Berwick Offray 5/16” Green Ribbon
  • ½” Craft Glue Dot
  • Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Hero Arts Bubble Gum Ink

There’s No Such Thing as Too Many Candles Birthday Card

I’m always thinking of cards that can be used for masculine birthday cards.  About half of the birthday cards I send are for people who are senior citizens (over 60).  I really liked the sentiment from My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments “There’s no such thing as too many candles,” and decided to use this as the theme for this card.

I recently purchased Impression Obsession’s Candle Block stamp and die and thought the candles would be the perfect size to put a lot of them on a birthday cake.  So, I searched my dies and decided to use the layered cake from Hero Arts Make a Wish stamp and die.  I cut the cake layers from a scrap of brown cardstock and shaded it with Copic Markers (colors listed below).  The cake stand was cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock.

Since the cake was chocolate, I decided I wanted to have a complimentary patterned paper background.  I found this chevron paper from My Mind’s Eye Adventure Paper Pad and die cut it with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  It was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock using Tombo Mono Glue Runner Dot Adhesive.

The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink on a scrap of the brown cardstock and then heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was adhered to the card front using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

The candles were stamped multiple times with the Memento Inks listed below and then die cut with the matching die.  Candles in the back where adhered directly to the cardbase and the candles in the front with thin strips of 3M 1/2″ Fun Foam.  Gold Stickles was used for the flame of the candles and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Impression Obsession Candle Block
  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments
  • Hero Arts Make a Wish
  • Copic: E49, E47, E55, E57, E53
  • Memento Ink: Danube Blue, Cottage Ivy, Dandelion, Tangelo, Lady Bug
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • My Mind’s Eye Adventure Paper Pad
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Gold Stickles
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Rangers Multi Medium Matte

Power Poppy Rose and Chamomile Pink Tipped White Happy Birthday Card

This is the last card made with the Power Poppy Rose and Chamomile Digital Stamp.  This time I decided on another two-toned rose of white and hot pink.

The image was printed on Neenah Solar White 80# Cardstock with a laser printer.  Copic Markers RV11, RV13, RV14; C00, C0, C1, C2; G24, G94, G99; BG0000, BG10 were used to color the image.

An A2 top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  To add interest to the card it was run through the Big Shot with the Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder with pressure only applied to the top 2/3 of the card.  A Scor-Pal was used to add an embossed line separating the embossed portion of the card from front the bottom of the card.

The sentiment from Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings was stamped on the bottom of the card with Hero Arts Bubblegum Ink.  Butterflies were punched using the Martha Stewart Three Butterflies Punch and then colored in the same way as the rose.  Small white pearls were used for the body of the butterflies.

The focal image was die cut using Spellbinders Classic Square Large Die and then adhered to the dry embossed area of the card front with Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam and Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.