MASCULINE HELLO

I’ve mentioned before that I create welcome cards for people who move into my church.  Well this last month there were several single guys that I needed to make cards for.  I always find it challenging to make masculine cards.  In my stash of cardstock I found this beautiful paper from the Craft Smith Indigo Gold Paper pack.  The following three cards were made from this paper.

00253wI cut the patterned paper with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes, but I it through a second time to make it narrower.  This allowed room for a strip of mirror gold cardstock on the left, which was cut with the same die to have the stitching on the edges.  The strip of gold mirror cardstock was adhered directly to a top folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut to 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”.  The diagonal striped paper was adhered using some Creative Hands Peel and Stick Foam Sheets, cut just smaller than the panel, with Tombo Mono Multi Glue added to the back.  The sentiment was from the Hero Arts Hello stamp set and was cut from gold mirror cardstock and an additional three more times out of navy cardstock.  Each were glued together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then adhered to the bottom right of the card, and the third card was done.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Craft Smith Indigo Gold Paper Pack
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Hero Arts Hello
  • VersaMark Pen
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes (cut twice to make narrower)
  • Creative Hands Peel and Stick Foam Sheets

00251wThis card was very simple, I cut the gold and navy cardstock with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  I then cut a 1 ½” strip of cardstock from matching navy cardstock from the paper pack and stamped the welcome from Hero Arts Little One with VersaMark Ink and embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The rectangle was adhered with 3M ½” Foam Tape to a Gina K. Design 120# White Cardstock, cut to 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½” and the card was done.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Craft Smith Indigo Gold Paper Pack
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • SSS Bundles of Stitched Shapes
  • Hero Arts Little One
  • Creative Hands Peel and Stick Foam Sheets

00252wThis last card was made from the same paper pack.  I cut the patterned paper with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  This time I hand cut some of the hexagon and added dimension with 3M ½” Foam Tape.  I used a VersaMark Marker Pen to add circles to the center of the hand cut hexagons and added Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I randomly placed them on the patterned paper using 3M ½” Foam Tape.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Hello and cut from gold mirror cardstock and again three more times out of white cardstock.  Each hello was glued together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then adhered to the bottom right of the card and the second card was done.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Craft Smith Indigo Gold Paper Pack
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Hero Arts Hello
  • VersaMark Pen
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Creative Hands Peel and Stick Foam Sheets

 

HELLO BOUQUET

This card was created using Silhouette Cameo Outline Cutouts for Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetings.  The large flower and leaves were colored with Copic Markers Y06, Y19, Y38 / G43, G94.  The smaller flowers were stamped with the Altenew inks listed below.

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The cardbase is from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut to 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”.  It was then run through the Sizzix Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder.  To frame the flowers a circle was cut from the same cardstock with a Spellbinders Large Circle die, and a yellow scalloped circle was also cut from Spellbinder Large Scalloped Circle die.  The two circle dies were adhered together using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The flowers were arranged to determine the desired placement for the sentiment, which is from the Inky Antics Rose stamp set.  Before stamping the sentiment the flower arrangement was removed using Press and Seal, as shown in a video from Jennifer McGuire.  This keeps the flowers in the arrangement you had determined, rather than taking a photo and having to arrange them again.  The sentiment was stamped with Hero Hues Black.  The flower arrangement was turned over and Tombo Mono Multi Glue was added to the flowers at the back and then adhered to the circle dies.  A few of the top flowers were some given added dimension with 3M ½” Foam Tape.  Some of the flowers were then embellished with gold rhinestones.  The yellow scalloped circle was placed on the cardbase with 3M ½” Foam Tape and the card was done.

SUPPLIES USED

  • Inky Antics Rose (Sentiment)
  • Spellbinders Large Circle and Scallop Dies (#2)
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • Ink: Altenew Coral Berry, Cotton Candy, Ocean waves, Forest Glade, Frayed Leaf, Warm Sunshine, Lavender Fields; Memento Tuxedo Black; Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Copic Markers: Y06, Y19, Y38; G43, G94
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Gold Rhinestones

HAPPY-HAPPY-HAPPY BIRTHDAY

This card was made with several outline images from my Silhouette Cameo using Penny Black Big Wish Stamp set.  The images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with the Copic Markers listed below.

00256A rectangle was cut with Memory Box Stitched Rectangles from some blue cardstock I had in my stash.  I then cut a second rectangle from Gina K. Designs 80# white cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot twice to make it slightly smaller, then I used the Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  The two rectangles were adhered together using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then adhered to a top folding cardbase from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut to 4 ¼” x 11”  and scored 5 ½” with 3M ½” and Foam Tape.

The focal images were adhered to the front of the white rectangle with 3M ½” Foam Tape.  I didn’t like were the cat was placed and so I stamped a present box from Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday Stamp with Memento Danube Blue and filled in the polka dots with Copic Y08.  This was a cute perch for the cat to sit on and I like that much better.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Penny Black Big Wish Stamp (Cut with Silhouette)
  • MFT Celebrate You Sentiment Stamp (top line only)
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday Stamp (present for cat to sit on)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink; Danube Blue for Present; Altenew Sapphire for Sentiment
  • Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder
  • Memory Box Stitched Rectangles (largest run through twice to make smaller)
  • Copic Markers: B32, B34, B37 (Hat, Dress, Butterfly); Y02, Y06, Y08 (Balloon, Butterfly, Dots on Flowers, Present, Hat); RV 14, RV11 (Flower, Butterfly Antennae); E000, E00, E01, R20 (Skin); E50, E31, E25 (Hair); Y23, YR23, YR24, E49 (Cat); G24, G28 (Cat’s Hat)

HAVE A LOVELY BIRTHDAY

This is another image that I stamped on an outline cutout from my Silhouette Cameo software using my MISTI, with a little repositionable tape on the back of the outline to hold it in place.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black for ink, since it is Copic friendly and then I colored the image using the Copic Marker colors listed below.

00255I die cut a circle using My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX dies and then run it through my Sizzix Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  I found some matching peach cardstock in my stash and cut it using the Avery Elle Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  I prepared the bottom of the rectangle with my Embossing Buddy to ensure the embossing powder would only stick where I wanted it to and stamped the sentiment from My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings Sentiment stamp with VersaMark Ink and then sprinkles some Recollections Snow Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Tool.

I created a card base from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cutting it to 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”.  I adhered the peach rectangle using Tombo Mono Multi Glue, which gives you a little time to position it perfectly on the cardbase.  The focal image was adhered to the circle die cut with 3M ½” Foam Tape, and then the circle was adhered to the peach rectangle with some more 3M ½” Foam Tape and the card was done.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Penny Black Big Wish Stamp (Cut with Silhouette)
  • MFT Birthday Greetings Sentiment Stamp
  • MFT Big Birthday Greetings (Inside)
  • Copic Markers: E55, E59 (Frosting); E77, E59, E57 (Hair); E00, R00 (Skin); R20, R21, R22 (Dress, Cake, Bows); Y02, Y08 (Flames)
  • Recollections Snow Embossing Powder
  • Peach Cardstock (in stash)
  • MFT Pierced Circle STAX
  • Avery Elle Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • K. Success Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCESS WITH SILHOUETTE CAMEO CUTOUTS

I really like the look of an image cut out with matching dies, but I have a lot of stamps that don’t have any dies available, so I decided to use my Silhouette Cameo to create cut files for these stamp sets.  The method for creating these files is as follows:

  1. I Stamped the image on white cardstock using a dark black ink, I used Hero Hues Black
  2. I scanned the image with my multi use scanner and saved it as a .jpg image
  3. I started my Silhouette Studio software and opened the .jpg image
  4. I used the Trace Window to trace around the image – be sure to turn off High Pass Filter – I used a Threshold between 80-90% and selected trace outer edge
  5. The image will now have a red cut line around it – You can now delete the .jpg image leaving only the cut lines, or you can leave it, whichever you prefer, but be sure that you have selected the cut image and open the Offset Window. Once you select offset the default is .125, but that is too large, I change the offset to be .035.  Sometimes I may have a slightly larger offset (.045) to capture other embellishments that are part of the image, such as the stars and confetti that were part of the image above.
  6. Delete the inside smaller cut image, leaving behind only the offset cut image and send it to your cameo for cutting – Be sure and use Copic Friendly paper, I used Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and to conserve paper I filled the page with multiple images.

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If the image has embellishments some of them may not join together when you offset.  Sometimes, if necessary you can double click on the cut image and the Point Editing Window will open.  You can zoom into the image to see individual points that are created for cut the image.  You can use this tool to delete some of the points to ensure that small items like a star or confetti are joined to the cut image, or to eliminate little areas that have been selected to cut that would just tear your paper they are so small.  You can also use the erase tool to get rid of these extra embellishments to the image.  You could leave them, but I don’t think you want to try and line up small cutouts of extra confetti when it is part of one stamp.  When working with these cut files keep in mind that once you erase something from the cut image the Point Editing Tool will no longer work.   I have found that, while a little time consuming, deleting the points works best.  There are good instruction videos on YouTube that can help if you have questions, or send me an email and I’ll try and walk you through it.

For this card I cut the outline for Penny Black Big Wish Stamp set from Gina K. Designs 80# Cardstock.  This is a clear photopolymer stamp and so I used a little removable adhesive to the back of the cut file and placed it in my MISTI, aligned the matching stamp, and used Copic Friendly Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  If I am working with a rubber stamp I use a stamp positioner (I have the stamp-a-ma-jig) to ensure proper alignment.

Once the image was stamped I used Copic Markers to color the image, colors are listed below.  I die cut a Sizzix Rounded Tag from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and adhered the focal image in the center with 3M ½” Foam Tape.  I then cut a larger Sizzix Rounded Tag from matching pink cardstock I had in my stash and stamped the top line only from MFT Celebrate You Sentiment Stamp set with VersaMark Ink and embossed it with Recollections Snow Detailed White Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.

I wanted the cardbase to match the arch of the Sizzix Tag, but I didn’t have a die in the size that was needed.  I took some Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and cut it to 4 ¼” x 11” and scored it at 5 ½” to create a top folding A2 size cardbase.  I used the Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder on the front of the cardbase and then fussy cut a matching arch.  The focal image was adhered to the front of the cardbase with 3M ½” Foam Tape and the card was complete.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Penny Black Big Wish Stamp (Cut with Silhouette)
  • MFT Celebrate You Sentiment Stamp (top line only)
  • Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder
  • Sizzix Rounded Tags Die
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Copic Markers: YR21, E97, E99 (Hair); G20, G21, G24, G28 (Present and Cupcake Wrapper); Y02, Y06, Y08, Y15, Y19 (Ribbons and Stars); YR23, Y19 (Crown); E000, E00, E01 (Skin); RV10, RV11, RV13, RV14 (Dress, Present, Cupcake, Bow); RV29, RV13 (Cherry)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

This cute image is from C. C. designs Heidi Among the Flower stamp set.  I prepared some Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with an anti-static pad and stamped the image with VersaMark Ink.  I then used Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Tool.  Using an anti-static pad ensure that the embossing powder only sticks to the VersaMark Ink and give you a crisp impression.

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I enjoy using watercolor.  I think it is must faster than coloring with Copic Markers, and I like the variation in colors that can be achieve by mixing different colors.  I used Winsor & Newton Lightweight Sketchers’ Box Half Pan Set of 24.  Once the watercolor was dry I die cut the image using Avery Elle Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  I then stamped the sentiment from Avery Elle Cake and Candles Sentiment stamp set with VersaMark Ink and covered it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it with my embossing tool.  I cut a slightly larger piece of gold glitter cardstock and adhered the two together using Tombo Mono Multi Glue, which give you a little bit of time to  adjust for a perfect, even border.

The cardbase is made with Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut to 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼”.  I adhered the focal image using Darice White Adhesive Fun Foam and applied it to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was complete.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • C. Designs Heidi Among the Flowers Stamp
  • Avery Elle Cake and Candles Sentiment Stamp
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Avery Elle Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Winsor & Newton Lightweight Sketchers Box Half Pan Set of 24

TIME TO PARTY

This card was made using La-La-Land Crafts Sweetheart Stamp.  It was stamped on 140# Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  Whenever you are embossing, be sure and prepared your cardstock with an anti-static tool to remove any oils from the card that would cause the embossing powder to stick to unwanted areas.  Once the embossing powder is melted using a heat gun you are ready to watercolor your image.  I used Winsor & Newton Lightweight Sketchers’ Box Half Pan Set of 24.  I mix my colors to get the right shade.

00247wAfter the watercolored image was dry I die cut it using Spellbinders Rectangle dies.  I created a background with Pink Paislee Pen Pals Correspondent Paper with Avery Elle Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles and applied the focal image with Darice White Adhesive Fun Foam, cut just smaller than the background paper.  Using another pattern from the same paper pack I cut a 1” strip of striped paper.  I small strip of gold glitter cardstock was also cut.  Both were applied to A2 Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock (4 ¼” x 11” scored at 5 ½”) using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The focal image was then adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

A small circle was die cut using MFT Pierced Circle STAX die and stamped with Amy R. Great Birthday Greetings stamp using Memento Paris Dusk Ink and adhered with 3M ½” Foam Tape and the card was done.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • La-La-Land Crafts Sweetheart Stamp
  • Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
  • Pink Paislee Pen Pals Correspondent Paper
  • Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Avery Elle Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Spellbinders Rectangle Die
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • MFT Pierced Circle STAX
  • Winsor & Newton Lightweight Sketchers’ Box Half Pan Set of 24

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CUPCAKE

This cute image is from the C. C. Designs Cupcake Emma Stamp.  I stamped it on 140# Canson Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and covered it in Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The image was colored with Winsor & Newton Lightweight Sketchers’ Box Half Pan Set of 24.  I mix colors to get just the right shade.

00246wThe sentiment is from Avery Elle Cake & Candles stamp set, it too was embossed with the same embossing powder.  I used Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles to cut a frame from matching paper that I had in my stash.

The watercolored focal image was cut with Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles and the frame was adhered using 3M ½” Foam Tape, cut to be narrow enough to not be seen.  I cut a piece of Darice Adhesive White Fun Foam to be slightly smaller than the focal image to add dimension.  Then it was adhered with Tombo Mono Multi Glue to a Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut to 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½” for a standard A2 cardbase, and the card was done.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • C. C. Designs Cupcake Emma Stamp
  • Avery Elle Cake & Candles Sentiment Stamp
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles Frame
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Winsor & Newton Lightweight Sketchers’ Box Half Pan Set of 24

CELEBRATE YOU BIRTHDAY CARD

Penny Black’s Make a Wish Stamp has so many cute little girls for birthday cards.  I really enjoy make cards with them.  I stamped on of the images on Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and then heat embossing the image with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, preparing the paper with an embossing buddy to remove any oils from the cardstock, which ensures the embossing powder only sticks to where the image has been stamped.  The image was then colored with Winsor & Newton Lightweight Sketchers’ Box Half Pan Set of 24.

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Once the image was dry I die cut it with Spellbinders Square die.  A piece of Gina K. Designs Red Cardstock was cut to be 1/8” larger and then the focal image was adhered using 3M ½” Foam Tape.  The focal image was adhered to a card base is 120# Gina K. Design White Cardstock, cut to 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½” with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The celebrate word die is from Penny Black Doodles die set.  It was cut from the same red cardstock and adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The word you is from the Winnie and Walter The Big, the Bold, and You stamp set, stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Penny Black Make a Wish Stamp
  • Penny Black Doodles Die
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and You Stamp
  • Spellbinder Square Die
  • Avery Elle Double Pierced Square Die (Cut twice to make smaller)
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Winsor & Newton Lightweight Sketchers’ Box Half Pan Set of 24

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – PENNY BLACK MAKE A WISH

I began this card by stamping one of the images from Penny Black Make a Wish on Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and then heat embossing the image with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  Remember, when working with embossing powder be sure and prepare your paper prior to stamping with an embossing buddy to remove any oils from the cardstock.  This will ensure the embossing powder only sticks to where the image has been stamped.

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I colored the image using Winsor & Newton Lightweight Sketchers’ Box Half Pan Set of 24.  When I am watercoloring I mix my paints so that I have unique colors and get just the look I desire.  Once the watercolored image was dry I cut it into a circle using Spellbinders Circle Die.  To accent the color of the dress and frosting I die cut Spellbinders Small Scallop Circle Die and adhered it to the back of the focal image watercolored piece.

My card base is 120# Gina K. Design White Cardstock, cut to 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”.  I die cut some orange and white chevron paper from Recollections Bright & Basic 6 x 6 Paper Pack with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Stitched Basic Shapes and adhered it with Tombo Mono Multi Glue to the cardbase.  The focal image was adhered to the top of the card front with 3M ½” Foam Tape to add dimension.  The sentiment is from the Penny Black Celebrations Die, cut in both Gold Glitter Cardstock and Green Cardstock.  They were adhered together a little offset so you could see both colors.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Recollections Bright & Basic 6 x 6 Paper
  • Spellbinders Small Circle Die
  • Spellbinders Small Scallop Circle Die
  • Penny Black Big Wish Stamp
  • Penny Black Celebrations Die
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Winsor & Newton Lightweight Sketchers’ Box Half Pan Set of 24