Bright and Colorful Background Stamping

I’ve done this card before but wanted to see how it would blend with pinks and blues.  I love the combination.

00173I stamped Hero Arts Flower Wallpaper Background Stamp on Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink.  I covered the stamped image with Recollections Snow Embossing Powder and heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.

Using Tsukineko Sponge Daubers I applied the following Distress Inks: Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Picked Raspberrry, Spun Sugar, Mowed Lawn, and Shaded Lilac

Once the Distress ink was applied I generously misted it with water to let the colors blend and set it aside to dry.  Afterwards I ran it through the Big Shot with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundled of Stitched Shapes.

The stamped the sentiment from C. C. Designs Amy R. Elegant Greetings Stamp on a strip of WorldWin Papers Vellum in VersaMark Ink, prepping the vellum with an Embossing Buddy to ensure a crisp clean image.  I then heat embossed it with Ranger Silver Embossing Powder with my Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.

I wrapped the vellum around the background image a little to the right so that I could add some rhinestone daisies that I’ve had in my stash forever, so I don’t know the manufacturer.  To keep it in place I simply used Scotch Tape on the back of the panel.

I cut a piece of white craft foam 1/4″ smaller than the panel and adhered it to the back with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  I then used the same glue to adhere the panel to a top folding Gina K. Designs 120# White Card Base cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • WorldWin Papers Vellum
  • Recollections Snow Embossing Powder
  • Ranger Silver Embossing Powder
  • Distress Inks: Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Mowed Lawn, and Shaded Lilac
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Scotch Tape
  • Darice Foam Sheets
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Marvy Heat Embossing Tool
  • Blue Daisy Rhinestones

 

Sending Hugs & Prayers

This clean and simple card could be used for a sympathy card or just to give encouragement to someone who is having a hard time.

00164This is a simple card that doesn’t take very long to make.  I used my Inkadinkado Embossing Buddy to removing any oils from the Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper  prior to stamping the rose from Clearly Besotted Happy Everything Stamp with VersaMark Ink.  Next I embossed the image with Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.  Embossing the image makes watercoloring quick and easy as it ensures the color stays within the raised lines.

For my palette I have a piece of white cardstock that I have laminated.  Using my mini Distress Ink pads I smooshed some Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive onto the palette.  I applied the color with my Kuretake Waterbrush.

Once the watercolor panel was completely dry I ran it through my Big Shot with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  Because I was stamping on watercolor paper I stamped the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Friendship Blooms Sentiment Stamp using my MISTI so I could stamp multiple time for a clear impression.

I applied the focal image with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to a Top Folding Gina K. Designs 120# White card base, cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ and the card was done.

Supplies Used:

 

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardbase
  • Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Clearly Besotted Happy Everything Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp Friendship Blooms Sentiment Stamp
  • Distress: Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry
  • Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Inkadinkado Embossing Buddy

You’re In My Prayers

We all need sympathy cards at times and I like those that are simple and elegant.

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The flowers in Altenew’s Beautiful Day Stamp are beautiful.  I stamped the image with VersaMark Ink on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper and embossed it with Ranger’s Platinum Embossing Powder.  Be sure to prep the surface with an embossing buddy tool to ensure the powder only clings to the VersaMark ink.  To color the image I used Winsor & Newton Winsor Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Olive Green, keeping the colors light by diluting them with a lot of water.

Once the watercolor was completely dry I ran it through my Big Shot with the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  I cut a piece of Paper Accents Mirror Gold Paper slightly larger, which added a lovely accent to the edges of the focal piece and adhered them together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

I then stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Prayers with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Platinum Embossing Powder.

All was adhered it to a cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper
  • Paper Accents Mirror Gold Paper
  • Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp
  • Hero Arts Prayers Stamp
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Platinum Embossing Powder
  • Inkadinkado Embossing Buddy
  • Winsor & Newton Winsor Watercolor: Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Olive Green
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles Die
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Sizzix Big Shot

 

Happy Father’s Day Sweetheart

I have the most incredible husband. Patient, kind, trustworthy, hardworking, with a sense of humor to add a little spice. My children and I are blessed every day by this amazing man. I hope he has a Father’s Day worthy of the husband and father that he is.

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This card was simple in design and was inspired by a card found on the Winnie & Walter web site using the word love from the Winnie & Walter the Big the Bold & the Happy stamp set. (https://www.winniewalter.com/products/the-big-the-bold-and-the-happy).

Using Simon Says Stamp Bundled of Stitched Shapes I cut a rectangle from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Since my husband’s favorite color is blue I stamped the “happy” from Winnie & Walter the Big the Bold & the Happy multiple times in different colors of blue using Altnew Inks: Artic, Caribbean Sky, Prussian Blue, and Sapphire.  I then stamped “father’s day” from the same stamp set in Hero Hues Black ink.  I die cut silver glitter hearts with Simon Says Stamp Holiday Shapes Large and Small and scattered around the words using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

The cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Navy 120# cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″.  The panel was adhered to the front of the card with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to add dimension.

A second panel of white cardstock was die cut and stamped onceith the words “You are amazing” from Winnie & Walter The Big the Bold and You stamp set.  This panel was adhered to the inside of the card with my Scotch ATG glue gun and the card was done.

Products used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Navy Cardstock
  • The Paper Studio Silver Glitter Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundled of Stitched Shapes die
  • Simon Says Stamp Holiday Shapes Large and Small dies
  • Winnie & Walter the Big the Bold & the Happy stamp set
  • Winnie & Walter The Big the Bold and You stamp set
  • Altenew Inks:
    • Artic
    • Caribbean Sky
    • Prussian Blue
    • Sapphire
  • Scotch Advanced Tape Glider
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Scor Buddy

A Flurry of Hearts

This card was inspired by one I saw a few years ago by Dana Seymour. You can see her card at: http://forum.papertreyink.com/forum/gallery2.php?g2_itemId=76070.

There are times when I want to give my husband or children a card letting them know how much I love them.  I really like how this one turned out. It is clean and simple, yet elegant.

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The hearts are from Papertrey Ink Heart Prints and were cut with the matching dies. I stamped them on Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock with VersaMark ink, applied Ranger Platinum Embossing Powder, and heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.

The cardbase is also Gina K. Design 120# Ivory Cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and folded at 5 1/2″.  The hearts were scattered on the lefthand side of the card front.  Two were adhered directly to base with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the others were adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to add dimension.

For the sentiment I used a scrap of cardstock and completely covered it with VersaMark ink and applied Ranger Platinum Embossing Powder twice to give it a smooth finish.  I then cut the word love from Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Love die three times and adhered them together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue. Before adhering the die cut I stamped the phrase “SENDING YOU” from the same stamp set and then adhered the word below.

Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink Heart Prints stamp and die
  • Ranger Platinum Embossing Powder
  • Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Love
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Sizzix Big Shot Machine
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool

 

CTD 395: Thankful

Today I decided to participate in the Color Throw Down Challenge #395 and I just couldn’t get things right.  I started with some Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper and stamped Simon Says Stamp Leaves Background in Hero Hues Green Hills and Soft Olive.  I then stamped the sentiment from Penny Black Special Wishes in Hero Hues Black.  It looked good to begin with and I was off to the rest of the card.

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I die cut some Gina K. Designs 140# Ivory with Winnie & Walter’s Audrey Essentials scalloped panel.  I wanted to make it a frame and so I used the third largest Spellbinders Card Creators A die to remove the center of the panel.  I then die cut the leafy background with second largest Spellbinders Card Creator A die and adhered the scalloped frame using 3M 1/2″ foam tape for a little dimension.

I took some heavy weight cream vellum from my personal store and die cut My Favorite Things Fancy Flourish.  I wanted to add a little more interest, so I die cut it again with Grafix 30# Leaf Green Vellum and using a little Multi Medium Matte I adhered them both to the upper left corner of the frame.  Using the same cream vellum I die cut three sets of My Favorite Things Flower and Leaf Trio and glued them together with Multi Medium Matte, adding green Traveni Craft Adhesive Pearls to the center of the flowers and grouped them in the upper left corner, popping up the last flower with a round foam dot I’ve had in my stash forever.

It was at this point that I noticed the sentiment was not crisp and clean. The ink had bled on the watercolor paper, but I decided to complete the card anyway and glued the finished panel to a craft colored card base, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ and the card was done.

I wasn’t happy with the way the sentiment looked so I decided to make another card with a similar design.  I took the center of the Gina K. Design 120# Cardstock leftover from cutting out the center of the previous frame. I cut two My Favorite Things Fancy Florish dies from the Grafix 30# Leaf Green Vellum and adhered them to the upper left corner as before.  This time I used My Favorite Things Prima Donna Petals to create a flower embellishment.  I adhered the layers together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and added a lime green rhinestone to the center.

I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings in Hero Hues Green Hills ink using my MISTI. I cut a scallop frame in green cardstock with the Winnie & Walter’s Audrey Essentials large scallop panel, running it through the Big Shot twice to make it a little smaller.  I glued the two together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

I made a top folding card from Simon Says Stamp Craft cardstock, cutting it to 4 1/2″ x 11″ and scoring it at 5 1/2″.  I added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back of the scalloped frame and placed it in the center of the cardbase and it was done.

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Neither of these cards are my favorites, but I have participated in my first card challenge and that was a success.

Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper
  • Simon Says Stamp Craft Cardstock
  • Grafix 30# Leaf Green Vellum
  • WorldWin Papers Vellum
  • Simon Says Stamp Leaves Background Stamp
  • Penny Black Special Wishes Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings Stamp
  • Hero Hues Ink: Green Hills, Soft Olive, Black
  • Winnie & Walter’s Audrey Essentials Die
  • Spellbinders Card Creators A Die
  • My Favorite Things Flower and Leaf Trio Die
  • My Favorite Things Prima Donna Petals Die
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Sizzix Big Shot

Happy Happy Birthday to You

The fourth card I made with background stamps was my favorite.  I used Hero Arts Flower Wallpaper stamp on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper, stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Stampin Stuff Clear Embossing Powder.

I applied Distress inks with Tsukineko Sponge Daubers. The following inks were used: Picket Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Spun Sugar, Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, and Mustard Seed. Using a water bottle a fine mist of water was added to the watercolor paper to help the colors blend.  The results were a bright and colorful background.

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Once the background was dry a panel was cut with the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle die.  The flowers received a coating of Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.  Using the same die as the front panel a strip of heavy weight white vellum was run through the Big Shot twice so that it measured 1 3/8″ x 5 1/2″. The vellum was prepped with an anti-static bag and the sentiment from C. C. Designs Amy R. Great Birthday Greetings was stamped with VersaMark ink, sprinkled with Recollections Snow Embossing Powder and heat set with my Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.  The vellum greeting was centered on the bottom of the front panel, wrapped around the edge,s and taped in place with Scotch Tape.

3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the panel, which was then adhered to a cardbase 4 1/4″ x 11″ made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and scored at 5 1/2″ for a  top folding card.

On the inside of the card a sentiment from My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings was stamped with Hero Hues Black ink. A strip of the watercolor background was added to the bottom of the page and the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor
  • Gina K. Design 120# White Cardstock
  • Heavy Weight White Vellum
  • Hero Arts Flower Wallpaper stamp
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings stamp
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Hero Hues Black Ink
  • Distress Ink as Listed Above
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle die
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Scotch Tape
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape

 

What a Wonderful Day

The third card I made with background stamps used Hero Arts Lotus stamp on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper, stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Stampin Stuff Clear Embossing Powder.  Distress inks used were Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, and Picked Raspberry and blended with Ranger’s round blending tool.  Using a spray bottle of water a fine mist of water was added to the watercolor paper to help the colors blend.

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This card was for my nephew Devin’s wedding to his fiancee Mandy. It turned out beautiful and elegant. Once the background was complete I used the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle to cut the watercolor background to a panel 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and adhered it with Be Creative 5/8″ tape to a 4 1/4″ x 11″ cardbase, scored at 5 1/2″.

I wanted the background to take center stage so I cut a label from a leftover piece of Strathmore Watercolor paper with My Favorite Things Well-Worn Greetings die and stamped the sentiment from Penny Black’s Special Wishes with Hero Hues Black ink using my MISTI. 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the label for dimension.

For embellishment I cut My Favorite Things Fancy Flourish die from heavy weight white vellum and curved it along the left edge of the label. Flowers were cut using My Favorite Things Flower and Leaf Trio die from Doodlebug Sprinkles White Vellum. The flowers were layered on top of each other and adhered with Micro Glue Dots. A pearl from Michaels Rhinestone Stickers was added to the center of the flower with Micro Glue Dot. To add dimension to the flower it was adhered to the label with a 3/8″ Zots Medium Glue Dot.

For the inside of the card I printed a quote from Elizabeth Browning; “Love doesn’t make the word go round, Love is what makes the ride worthwhile” on Gina K. Design 80# White Cardstock and cut it with the same My Favorite Things Well-Worn Greetings die as was used on the front. Another flourish and flower were added as well. A strip of the background was added to the bottom of the inside card and to the bottom of the envelope and the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Sprinkles White Vellum
  • Heavy Weight White Vellum
  • Hero Arts Lotus stamp
  • Penny Black Special Wishes stamp set
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Stampin Stuff Clear Embossing Powder
  • Distress Ink: Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, and Picked Raspberry
  • Lawn Fawn Largest Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles die
  • My Favorite Things Well-Worn Greetings die
  • My Favorite Things Fancy Flourish die
  • My Favorite Things Flower and Leaf Trio Die
  • Michaels Rhinestone Stickers Pearl
  • Micro Glue Dots
  • Zots 3/8″ Medium Glue Dot

Make a Wish

The second card I made with background stamps used Hero Arts Tiny Flags. The background was stamped on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper and heat embossed with Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder.  This time I wanted a rainbow of colors.  In order to keep the ink to a smaller area I used Tsukineko Sponge Daubers with Ranger Distress inks.  Using a spray bottle of water a fine mist of water was added to the watercolor paper to help the colors blend.

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Colors used were:

  • Mustard Seed
  • Mowed Lawn
  • Salty Ocean
  • Wilted Violet
  • Seedless Preserves
  • Candied Apple
  • Spiced Marmalade

I cut two balloons from Lawn Fawn Party Balloons and colored them with Salty Ocean and Mowed lawn, the balloon strings were colored with Mustard Seed.  To add some sparkle I used Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Make a Wish stamp set and was stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Recollections Snow Embossing Powder.

The cardbase was Gina K. Designs 120# White cardstock, cut to 4 1/4 x 11? and scored at 5 1/2″.  The Tiny Flags background was cut with Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and adhered directly to cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  I really like this rectangle because it leaves a small border around the panel.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was placed on the back of the green balloon and again on the blue ballon, with a double thickness added to the left side  to raise it above the first balloon.

For the inside of the card and the bottom of the envelope a small strip of watercolor Tiny Flags Background with Distress Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean was glued to the bottom with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday to complete the card.

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Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Hero Arts Tiny Flags stamp
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons die
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday stamp set
  • Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade
  • Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
  • Recollections Snow Embossing Powder
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

 

Tomorrow is a New Day

It seems that each time I watch a new instructional video I have to get the latest stamp or die. The hard part is to use them all.  I have been trying to challenge myself to use the stamps that I have purchased. This past week I used some of my background stamps with clear embossing powder and Distress inks to create some simple cards.

The first card I made used Hero Arts Floral Backgound.  I stamped with with VersaMark ink on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper, added Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it with my heat gun.

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Next I took three Distress inks and Ranger Round Blending Tools and blended Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough, and Cracked Pistachio to reveal the beautiful leafy background.  Using a spray bottle of water a fine mist of water was added to the watercolor paper to help the colors blend.

I wanted the background to take the entire card front so once it was dry I cut it with the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles and adhered it to a 4 1/4″ x 11″ Gina K. Designs White Cardbase with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

I wanted to let the background take center stage so I cut a label from Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two and stamped the sentiment from Papertrey Ink A Year of Flowers Marigold.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the tags to add dimension. To add a little glam I added two Queen & Co. pearls.

For the inside of the card I created a small panel of the same background and adhered it to the bottom of the card.  I also stamped the image to the bottom of an envelope and the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Ranger Distress Inks: Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles
  • Hero Arts Floral Background
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Stampin Stuff Clear Embossing Powder
  • Queen & Co. Pearls
  • Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two
  • Papertrey Ink A Year of Flowers Margold stamp set