When I was recently at a friends house I noticed that her shower curtain was lovely. It had coral and brown as the color scheme and I decided to try that with a card.
I recently purchased Altenew’s Fine Bouquet die. I cut it three times from Strathmore Bristol Smooth and again for gold mirror cardstock. I die cut a scalloped rectangle from Bristol Smooth and glued one of the Bristol Smooth outlines onto the rectangle. Altenew’s 36 Pan Watercolors to colors were used to color the inside of the die cut. It didn’t matter if I got watercolor on the outline since it would be covered up with the other layers of the die.
I die cut the word “happy” from gold mirror cardstock and three times from Bristol Smooth and adhered them together with liquid glue. Before gluing in place I determined placement and stamped a secondary sentiment with Gina K. Designs Innocent Pink Ink, which has a coral hue, and then adhered the die cut happy using liquid glue.
I’m always looking for good images for masculine cards and ran across this Gone Fishing stamp from Whimsy Stamps. I know a lot of fishermen and thought it would make a great card.
I stamped this image with Memento Tuxedo Black because I planned to color it with Copic Markers. Once the coloring was done I decided to make a smaller rectangle die cut so that I could add a wood embossed background using Sizzix’s Lumber 3D Embossing Folder. I ran Distress Oxide Vintage Photo Ink over the embossing to bring out the look of the wood. I matted it on a dark chocolate rectangle and then adhered it to a kraft cardbase.
I love the 3D dies from Altenew. They beautiful cards. This time I decided that I want a deep purple red and green, so I pulled out my Daniel Smith Watercolors. I find that I can get a richer more vibrant watercolor with them.
I first cut the flower layers from Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock and then watercolored the individual layers for different depth of color. They layers were adhered together using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.
I like adding visual interest to my background panels. This time I used a Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangle, but felt it needed a little something more than putting it on a white cardbase, so I watercolored the edges of another rectangle to match the flower and added it behind to make the stitched detail pop.
I don’t often use splatters on my cards, but it did with the card, using all the colors I had used in the flowers and leaves and adding some FineTec Inca and Pearl Gold.
Rose Flurries 3D
& Walter Sentimental Birthday
Smith Watercolors: Quinacridone Rose, Cerulean Blue Chromium, Hansa Yellow
I had all these flowers from using the Altenew Spring Showers Cover Die on another card and decided to use them for a card. I pulled out my Altenew Versatile Vases dies and cut one from Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock.
The flowers and vase were watercolored with Altenew’s 36 Pan Watercolors. I arranged the flowers in the vase and then used Press and Seal to pick up the arrangement. Before placing I die cut a scalloped rectangle and placed the flower arrangement in place to determine where to stamp the sentiment. I decided to add some visual interest by embossing the rectangle with the Lifestyle Crafts Chain Embossing Folder.
Having the arrangement picked up with the Press and Seal allows you to add glue to the back flowers and leaves and place them on the rectangle. The top leaves and flowers were adhered with small pieces of 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.
Since I didn’t stamp the corresponding image on the die it needed something to make it look more like a vase, so I used a hillside border die to cut some curved strips of gold mirror cardstock and added them to the vase. I added small gold rhinestones to the center of the flowers. I like the way it turned out.
There are several ways that this cover die can be used. You remove the background and leave only the flowers behind. You can take the flowers and layer them together. Or you can do as I did and keep the flowers and background together. The easiest way to do this is to turn the panel over after die cutting and add a panel to the back holding all the pieces together. To color the flowers and leaves I did a very messy watercolor, going outside of the lines. This makes the coloring go very quickly. For a finished look the panel was die cut again and the flowers and leaves removed, leaving only the back behind. It was sprayed with Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive and placed over the messy watercolored panel, leaving behind and crisp and clean panel.
A frame was created by cutting a scalloped rectangle and then using another A2 stitched rectangle to cut out the center of the frame. It was adhered using foam tape around the edges.
The sentiment was stamped on black cardstock and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.
This card designs is entirely based on a card created by Shari Carroll for Simon Says Stamp, the only difference is she used acrylic paints and I used Altenew 36 Pan Watercolors. I love the lovely soft colors used and the way the background behind the Altenew Watercolor Stripes Cover Die enhances and provides a beautiful backdrop for the flowers and leaves.
I make a lot of cards with girl images for the young women at church. I try to find an image that looks a little like them and then color it with their hair color and favorite color for their clothes. This one is for Becca.
For this card I took the My Favorite Things Mini Delicate Doilies and placed them randomly on the paper and embossed them. I had to do this a couple of time to cover the rectangle. At first I just added a strip of teal for the sentiment, but I didn’t like the way it looked, so I die cut one of the doilies, backed it with white, and added it to the right of the sentiment.
My Favorite Things Mini Delicate Doilies
Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
Ranger Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder
3M ½” Foam Tape
Darice Sticky Back Foam
Gina K. Designs Base Weight Tranquil Teal Cardstock
Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
This is the way the card looked before adding the small cutout doilie.
This is the last card I made with the Frantic Stamper Woven Ribbons Card Panel die. I love the plaid paper in the pattern. I used Copic Markers to make a ombre look to the birthday die cut, paired it with some Lawn Fawn Party Balloons and really liked the way it turned out.
Happy Birthday Die
& Walter the Big the Bold and Party
Fawn Party Balloons
Stamper Woven Ribbons Card Panel Die
Markers: YR24, YR18, YR14, Y17
Fawn Perfectly Plaid SSS October Card Kit 2016