Big Birthday Wishes Josh

So here I am in Texas and I forgot to bring my grandson Josh’s birthday card with me. He will be turning 19 on the last day of August and we will be on the road again with our 5th wheel. So, I needed to find something to create a birthday card for him.

I had brought the new die from My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes and decided to use it for Josh’s card. His favorite color is blue, so it was off to Hobby Lobby to find some paper product to create his card. I was surprised there wasn’t a lot of selection. Maybe it’s because of Covid, but it was hard to find something masculine that would work. I finally settled on this blue gingham and some blue and white glitter cardstock. I think it turned out good.

I cut down the gingham paper with the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase. This left a thin white border around the gingham.

I cut the die cut sentiment from the glitter cardstock and three more times from white cardstock to stack the letters for dimension. It was just a little too plain and so I pulled out some stitched balloons to add to the card front. I didn’t have any white thread and I wasn’t going back to the store, so I rummage through what Aimee had on stock and found this thin organza ribbon that worked well.

PRODUCT USED:

  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes
  • Birch Press Designs Party Balloons
  • Copic Markers: B39, B37, B34, B32
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • The Paper Studio Blue Gingham Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Design White, Navy  and Blue Jean Glitter Cardstock
  • 1/8” White Organza Ribbon
  • Darice Foam Sheet
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 4 Bold Sentiments

Jenn Shurkus was the second guest designer for day four of the Online Line Card Class Spring Card Camp 2. Her technique was to use big, bold sentiments on a card. I don’t have a lot of really big sentiments, but I finally decided to use Honey Bee Stamp’s Hooray die.

I was actually behind in the classes and the next days taught about shading stencils, so I kind of combined these two techniques. I ink blended a quarter sheet of 80# cardstock Hero Arts Circle and Squares Stencil with blue inks from Gina K. Designs. I then took a mini blending tool and added dark blue to the dots in each of the diamonds. I think it turned out very eye catching. I cut it down using a stitched rectangle.

The “hooray” die from Honey Bee has three different layers. I used white for the largest stitched background layer since the background is pretty busy. I then ink blended some white cardstock with the light and darker inks used on the stencil for each of the other layers of the sentiment,using the second darkest ink for the top layer. I used the second layer to cut some sticky back fun foam to add behind the sentiment, giving is dimension on the busy panel. For the secondary sentiment I ink blended a scrap of cardstock with the darkest blue used on for the dots the stencil and dried it using my heat tool. I then stamped the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it white. Foam tape was added to the back for dimension.

I decided to add a small focal image to the card front and pulled out the Birthday Press Designs Party Balloons and ink blended some cardstock in a light and mid blue to cut the balloons from. I added white die cut balloon strings, adhered to the two balloons together with liquid glue, and added foam tape to the back for dimension.

It was now time to assemble the card. The stenciled panel was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive. I laid the bold sentiment on the card front to determine where to adhere the balloons. The strings were adhered with liquid glue, but the balloons were adhered with foam tape. The bold sentiment was then adhered with the foam tape that had been added and liquid glue. The secondary sentiment was adhered below the bold sentiment die cut.

As a final embellishment, Ranger Glossy Accents were added to the balloons.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Circle and Squares Stencil
  • Honey Bee Stamps Hooray Die
  • My Favorite Things You Wow Me
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Powder Blue, Blue Denim, In the Navy
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Birch Press Designs Party Balloon Dies
  • Penny Black Uplifting Balloons
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Spring Card Camp Day 18 Mask and Ink Blended Stripes

Shari Carroll was the guest designer for Day 18 of Spring Card Camp. Her technique was to ink blend a rectangle at the same time ink blended strips of paper, which can be used to create a second rectangle.

I didn’t do it exactly as Shari did. I cut long strips of paper 3/4″ wide and had a half sheet of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock. I secured the 1/2 sheet of paper to my work surface with purple tape on the top, bottom, and sides. Next I made tick marks with a pencil at 3/4″ intervals. I took the first strip of paper and held it in place with purple tape on each end 3/4″ from the bottom of the half sheet of paper and ink blended my first color. I protected my half sheet above the strip with a piece of printer paper. I removed the first strip of paper and then taped down the second strip of paper 1-1/2″ from the bottom of the half sheet of paper and ink blended my second color. I did this two more time, moving the the strip of paper up 3/4″ each time. When the ink blended was complete I die cut a rectangle using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched die. For the second panel I adhered the strips of ink blended cardstock to some printer paper and then die cut it with the same stitched rectangle. I matted each rectangle with black cardstock.

For the sentiment I pulled out Honey bee Stamp’s Hooray word die which has three different layers. I used the top layer and the first outline dies. The outline was cut from black cardstock and the top layer from white cardstock and the two were adhered together with liquid glue. A secondary sentiment was stamped onto black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. The smallest Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label was used to die cut it into a sentiment strip.

I wanted to add some visual interest to these birthday cards so from leftover ink blended cardstock I cut a medium and small stitched balloon. For the strings on the balloons I used Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet.

It was now time to assemble the card. Shari Carroll had used some black and white cardstock from Honey Bee and I had that on hand as well. I found one that I thought would add visual interest, but not be too busy as a background to the focal image rectangle. The “hooray” word was placed on the ink blended rectangle to determine placement for the balloons. They were adhered with liquid glue and then the “hooray” sentiment was adhered in place with the same glue. The secondary sentiment strip was adhered with liquid glue below the “hooray” die cut.

The black and white cardstock was cut down to 5-1/2″ by 4-1/4″ and adhered to a side folding cardbase. Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut just smaller than the ink blended rectangle to add dimension and it was adhered to the card front. The final embellishment was to add some sequins and the card was done.

Below is the card with the ink blended strips.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Hooray
  • Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Birthday
  • Birch Press Designs Party Balloons
  • Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet
  • Honey Be Back to Basics 6×6 Paper Pack
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Carved Pumpkin, Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Buttons Galore Gold Mix Sequins

Spring Card Camp Day 13 Celebrate Take II

Day 13 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp was with Cathy Zielske. I love her clean and simple style. In her cards she created some rainbow paper with ink blending and add Gina K. Designs White Glitz Glimmer Gel to make a sparkly background. She then die cut a sentiment from a rectangle of white cardstock and added it over the rainbow background with foam tape. For her second card she took some patterned paper and added the die cut sentiment to the front.

I had seen a video recently by Laura Bassen where she created a very soft rainbow and decided to use that soft palette for my card. I ink blended two panels of cardstock with the ink, since I couldn’t find a patterned paper that I wanted to use for my second card. I didn’t have Gina K. Designs glitter paste, but I did have Nuvo Glimmer Paste and it worked beautifully. It lets you create your own glitter paper, just the colors that you want. I added it to my rainbow rectangles and then walked away for several hours to let it completely dry.

For this card I used the positive die cut word and balloon from my previous card for this day. I added the die cut sticky back foam to the back of each and this time it worked perfectly. I did have to cut another balloon string, since on my previous card I only cut a portion of it.

I die cut the rainbow glitter paper down with a stitched rectangle and adhered it to a side folding A2 cardbase. Next, I adhered the sentiment and balloon with liquid glue. I placed a couple of large stamp block on top to let the glue adhere well to the glitter background. Once again I scattered Studio Katia Crystal Rainbow Confetti on the card front and the card was done. This is my favorite from the two cards. I love the pretty rainbow background.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Celebrate Die
  • Birch Press Designs Party Balloons
  • Penny Black Uplifting Balloons
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Glimmer Paste
  • Studio Katia Crystal Rainbow Confetti
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

Spring Card Camp Day 13 Celebrate

Day 13 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp was with Cathy Zielske. I love her clean and simple style. In her cards she created some rainbow paper with ink blending and add Gina K. Designs White Glitz Glimmer Gel to make a sparkly background. She then die cut a sentiment from a rectangle of white cardstock and added it over the rainbow background with foam tape. For her second card she took some patterned paper and added the die cut sentiment to the front.

I had seen a video recently by Laura Bassen where she created a very soft rainbow and decided to use that soft palette for my card. I ink blended two panels of cardstock with the ink, since I couldn’t find a patterned paper that I wanted to use for my second card. I didn’t have Gina K. Designs glitter paste, but I did have Nuvo Glimmer Paste and it worked beautifully. It lets you create your own glitter paper, just the colors that you want. I added it to my rainbow rectangles and then walked away for several hours to let it completely dry.

For this card I die cut a rectangle with a stitched rectangle die from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock. I pulled out several different word dies and actually cut them from cardstock to lay them on the glitter paper to see what I liked best. I set aside the ones I didn’t use for other card projects. For these cards I decided to use My Favorite Things Celebrate. I also decided that I wanted a balloon in the upper left of the card and pulled out the Birch Press Designs Party Balloons, using the second smallest. I needed a string for my balloon and used one from Penny Black’s Uplifting Balloons. I placed the word and balloon dies on my rectangle and ran then through the big shot. I then ran it through again to die cut the balloon string. I only needed a small portion of the tail and so I slide it behind the word die cut and also did partial die cutting so it would only cut the portion of the string I needed.

I die cut a rectangle of sticky back foam and tried to die cut things to line up, but I just didn’t get good placement so I reverted back to adding 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape behind the die cuts to add dimension.

I die cut the rainbow cardstock I had created with a slightly smaller rectangle and removed the paper from the back of the foam tape, turned the focal image over and adhered the rainbow rectangle over it. I added the inside of the letters with liquid glue. It had a hard time sticking to the glitter background, so I placed a couple of large stamp block on top and left it there for several minutes until the glue had time to dry. I love the way the word and balloon looks behind the die cut rectangle.

For a final embellishment I pulled out Studio Katia’s Crystal Rainbow Confetti and scattered it around the card front. I had a small spot inside the balloon that I missed with the glitter paste and so I added a couple of confetti sequins inside the balloon and it covered my mistake.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Celebrate Die
  • Birch Press Designs Party Balloons
  • Penny Black Uplifting Balloons
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Glimmer Paste
  • Studio Katia Crystal Rainbow Confetti
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

Spring Card Camp Day 9 Stenciled Birthday Cards

Channin Pelletier was the guest designer for day 9 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp. She had a very unique technique to create two for one cards. You would use a stencil and heavily ink blend it onto white cardstock with Distress Oxide Inks. The oxide inks would leave a residue of ink on the stencil that you would spray with water and lay a watercolor cardstock over the top creating a lighter pattern on the paper.

I tried this several times and was not very successful in creating the second image. This is the only set of cards that worked well enough that you could see the pattern.

For these cards I used Simon Says Stamp Diamond Stencil. I love the graphic look to this stencil, which has diamonds and circle depending on how you are looking at it. I ink blended with three blue oxide inks and love the way the first stenciling looked.

I paired it with Honey Bee Stamps Hooray Die. Because the background had so much white in the pattern the large sentiment die got lost, so I used the other layers to the die. The first shade I ink blended with the lightest blue ink and the second larger stitched shadow I cut from vellum. I layered everything together with liquid glue. I also decided to add some balloons. I cut the largest from vellum and then ink blended the medium and small balloons with some of the inks used in the background. I cut the balloon strings from vellum as well. I adhered the two smaller balloons together with liquid glue and added foam behind them for dimension. They were adhered to the vellum balloon. This gave you someplace to add glue to adhere the vellum balloon. As a finally embellishment I added some details to the two smaller balloons with Ranger Crystal Stickles.

For the second card I had already tried this before and it didn’t work out well, so after removing the stenciled background I pounced the ink onto the surface of the stencil again before spraying with water. The pattern is very light, but discernible.

Since the pattern was so light I cut it down to a smaller rectangle with a stitched die and added a mat of blue behind. I pulled out my KB Riley Happy Birthday Die because it is large and would become the focal image to the card. I ink blended it with the three blues used on the stencil. I cut it again from Darice Sticky Back Foam and adhered the two together and then added it to the card front. A secondary sentiment was stamped on ink blended paper and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Darice Foam Strip was added for dimension and it was adhered below the main sentiment. A few blue sequins were scattered around the sentiment and the card was done.

Happy Birthday Zachary

My oldest grandson is turning 21. How did that happen? I only feel 30 most of the time, until my knee back begins to hurt, sigh.

Zachary’s favorite colors are black and red. I searched through my cardstock and found this great black and white paper. I cut it down with a stitched rectangle so that it was slightly smaller than a card front.

I pulled out some back and red mirror cardstock for the balloons and cupcake. I also decided to make the frosting a shaker card and the pouch from My Favorite Things makes that really easy. I also decided to cut “21” from the largest red balloon and inlaid the cutout with black mirror. I glued the largest black balloon directly to the patterned paper and the red and smaller black were adhered with foam tape.

There was only a small amount of space at the bottom of the card for a sentiment and pulled out the Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday Line Border and die cut it from black mirror cardstock underneath the cupcake.

The focal image panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive.

PRODUCT USED:

  • My Favorite Things Cupcake & Sprinkles
  • Birch Press Designs Party Balloon
  • Penny Black Uplifting Balloons
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday Line Border
  • My Favorite Things Little Numbers
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Mikuki Seed Beads Ruby and Apparition Mix
  • Pretty Pink Posh Charcoal Sequins
  • Honey Bee Stamps Back to Basics 6×6 Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Red Mirror Cardstock
  • MFB Black Mirror Cardstock
  • Black Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Happy Birthday Quilt

I had some leftover square from the previous card and decided to put four of them together to create a 5″ x 5″ card. The squares were adhered together using Scotch Tape.

I looked through my dies and stamps to add some focal images for three of the squares. The cake die cut had gold mirror cardstock added behind the cake and candles. Ranger Gold Stickles were added to the cupcake. Nuvo Crystal Drops were added to the polka dot patterned paper.

A sentiment was stamped on the fourth square. The four square block were added to a 5 1/4″ square cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Birch Press Designs Party Balloon
  • Spellbinders Celebrate with Cake
  • Avery Elle Bring on the Cake
  • Altenew Birthday Greetings
  • Reverse Confetti Warm Heart 6 x 6 Patterned Paper
  • Light Blue and Dark Blue Cardstock from Scraps
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Midnight Blue
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Gina K. Designs In the Navy Ink
  • Avery Elle Pierced Square Die
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Many More Fantastic Years

For this card I used the Echo Park Balloons Stencil again, but this time in simply ink blended the stencil using three colors of teal ink from Gina K. Designs. I used a small blending brush so that I could create an ombre effect on the balloons.

For the focal image balloon and sentiment I used the same inks to ink blend some cardstock with the same colors, making the sentiment strip a little darker so the white embossed sentiment would stand out well.

The balloon was cut using an Birch Press Design Party Balloon. A sentiment was stamped on the balloon with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. The same embossing powder was used on the sentiment strip. I used a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label die to cut the sentiment into a thin strip. I added fishtail ends to the strip by hand. Both were adhered to the stenciled background using sticky back foam.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Echo Park Balloons Stencil
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Penny Black Smile Today
  • Birch Press Designs Party Balloons
  • Gina K. Designs Tranquil Teal, Ocean Mist, and Sea Glass Inks
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Kraft Base Weight Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Cousins Iridescent Silver Cord

Striped Happy Birthday Balloon

I love the colors in this striped cardstock from Reverse Confetti. I pulled out the medium size Birch Press Designs Party Balloon and cut it on the diagonal. From the leftover cardstock I cut the stitched outline die. The secondary outline was cut from a scrap of mint cardstock and the “birthday” was cut from navy and all where adhered together.

A rectangle of white cardstock was cut using a stitched rectangle. Foam tape was added to the balloon. Some platinum embossing floss was added to the balloon and it was wrapped around the white rectangle. The sentiment die cut was added to the underneath. The word happy was stamped above with navy ink. Added some matching sequins.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Birthday Die
  • Avery Elle Bring on the Cake
  • Birch Press Designs Party Balloon
  • Gina K. Designs In the Navy Ink
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Reverse Confetti Warm Heart Patterned Paper
  • Mint Cardstock from Scraps
  • Gina K. Designs In the Navy Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • DMC Mouline Embroidery Floss Platinum
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Neat & Tangled Starry Night Sequins