Sparkled Happy Birthday

I recently purchased this new stamp from Altenew called Sparkled. It is a large layering flower stamp that has a lot of open area. For this first card I decided to stamp it on colored cardstock. I went through my stash and find a light pink cardstock. I then stamped the layers in darker pink inks for the flower petals and a golden yellow for the flower centers. The leaves were stamped onto green cardstock from scraps I had on hand.

Once the stamping was complete I die cut the flowers and leaves with the coordinating die and laid them out to determine how I wanted them arranged. If I had to do it again I don’t think I would use as many leaves.

I decided to used Kraft cardstock for the base of my card, but I didn’t like the way it looked. So I decided to add some texture and visual interest behind the arrangements. I dry embossed a panel of Kraft Cardstock using the Sizzix 3D Lumber Embossing Folder and cut it down 1/4″ inch smaller the the card front. A blending brush was used to apply Distress Oxide Vintage Photo Ink to the edges. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was used to adhered the embossed panel to the card.

The leaves and back flower were adhered using liquid glue. The top flower was adhered using foam tape. The sentiment was stamped on a scrap of Kraft Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. It was adhered using foam tape as well.

The final embellishment was to add Nuvo Copper Penny Crystal Drops to the flower centers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Sparkled
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Amalgam, Coral Reef, Faded Brick, Sweet Corn, Prickly Pear
  • Altenew Inks: Fresh Leaf, Lime
  • Distress Oxide Vintage Photo Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Labels
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Copper Penny

Sunflower Happiest of Birthdays

This is the second flower I created using the pretty sunflower image from Twinkle Lane Designs. This time I colored the secondary flowers pink and turned the image to be a portrait design.

The image was printed with a laser printer and colored with Copic Markers, then fussy cut so that foam tape could be added to the back to add dimension to the card.

For this card a panel of white cardstock was cut with a stitched rectangle and embossed with Stampin’ Up’s Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder. A mat of black cardstock was adhered to the back with liquid glue and then adhered to a top folding cardbase. The sunflower image was adhered to the card front with Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape. The sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white and then adhered over the flower image with foam tape.

The final embellishment was to add glossy accents to the ladybug on one of the leaves.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Twinkle Lane Designs Sunflowers
  • Winnie & Walter Sentiment Birthday
  • Copic Markers: Y17, Y08, Y06, Y23; R29, R24; BG57, BG53, BG11; G99, G94, G17, G05; YG17, YG05, YG03, YG01; E29, E57, E55
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Stampin’ Up Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Dandelion Yellow

Lovely Lilacs Happy Birthday

This is another Penny Black Stamp that works best when you use a watercolor medium and spritz it with water after adding the color and then stamping onto watercolor paper. You do this several times until the image has the depth and detail that you want. For this card I used Distress Mini Ink Cubes in Wilted Violet, salty Ocean, and Peel Paint.

If I were to do this card again I would add more lilac stems in the background, but I love lilacs and the combination of the blue and violet really make a pretty flower.

When the stamping was done I used Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass to ink blend the background.

The sentiment was stamped onto black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. It was cut into a thin strip and an angled edge.

The panel was cut to be slightly smaller than an A2 cardbase using a stitched rectangle die. Sticky back foam was added to the back of the panel for dimension and it was then adhered to a side folding cardbase with liquid glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Lovely Lilacs
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Distress Inks: Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint
  • Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

Unforgettable Happy Birthday

I love this pretty flower bouquet from Penny Black. I wanted a soft look to the card and so I decided to use my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I stamped the image with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. This is the easiest way to watercolor. The embossing creates little wells were you can add your color and it won’t bleed into the adjacent petals.

I watercolored the background, but it was a little splotchy and so I ink blended it with Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass, which gave a smoother look.

The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter’s Sentimental Birthday set and was stamped and embossed as well in the lower right of the card.

I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle and added sticky back foam to the back for dimension. It was then adhered to a side folding cardbase and the card was done. Very quick and easy card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Unforgettable
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • ZIG Clean Color Markers: 054 Pale Orange, 050 Yellow, 095 Dark Gray, 096, Mid Gray, 024 Wine Red, 075 Brick Beige, 043 Loive Green, 046 Mid Green 302 Haze Blue
  • Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Spring Card Camp 2 Easy Watercolor Washes Celebrate You

For day 16 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 Ashlea Cornell was the guest designer and her technique was watercolor washes, creating beautiful, vibrant background with different mediums.

ZIG Clean Color Read Brush Markers were used for this color wash, which used purple, pink, and yellow. After it was dry a pearl shimmer spray was added to the wash.

For this card I decided to use the background panel from the watercolor wash. I used the My Favorite Things Flower Fusion Coverup Die. Rather than adhering it to white cardstock I decided to use white glitter paper behind the die cut flowers and cut a rectangle the same size as the background die. Since glitter paper has a rough texture a fair amount of liquid glue was added to the back of the panel to adhered the two together.

It took me a while to decide what I wanted to do for a sentiment. I cut the “celebrate” word first from black cardstock and didn’t like that at all with the soft colors of the background. I knew I had a light yellow glitter paper in my stash and decided to cut the sentiment from it. However, it got lost when placed over the yellow at the bottom of the card and I didn’t like it over the purple at the top. So I decided to cut an outline/shadow for the die using my Silhouette Cameo. I placed the black die cut on my PIXScan Mat and imported the image into my software and created a .6 outline of the die cut. I pulled out some bubblegum pink glitter cardstock for the shadow. When I placed the pink outline on the card front it was too pink, so I pulled out a V04 Copic Marker and colored the cardstock to tone it down a bit and make it match the background better. The sentiment and shadow were adhered together with liquid glue. I decided to cut the shadow two more time from 110# cardstock and stacked them together to add a little more dimension to the sentiment die. For the secondary sentiment I used a Copic Marker to color a scrap of watercolor paper and then stamped the work with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it white. This was placed over the last two letters of the word die cut.

Enamel dots were added to the center of the flowers and the watercolor die cut panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Flower Fusion Coverup Die
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate
  • Winnie & Walter The Bold & Party
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 080 Violet,025 Pink, 050 Yellow
  • Blick Liquid Watercolor Pearl Simmer
  • Various Enamel Dots from Doodlebug and Recollections
  • Neena Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Lily White Sugar Coated Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Vanilla Sugar Coated Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Bubblegum Sugar Coated Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Copic Markers: V4, R81
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder

Spring Card Camp 2 Easy Watercolor Washes Fantasy Floral Birthday

For day 16 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 Ashlea Cornell was the guest designer and her technique was watercolor washes, creating beautiful, vibrant background with different mediums.

For this background I used a mix of red, orange, and yellow Distress Inks on Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper. These were a little harder to get a smooth blend than using the Tombo Watercolor Pens, but I think they turned out pretty. I decided to use them to die cut a couple of Altenew 3D Fantasy Florals.

I arranged the flowers and leaves in the lower left of a stitched rectangle panel that was embossed using the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder. Adhering them directly to the panel with liquid glue. For the top flower I used a little bit of low loft foam tape on the right of the flower to keep it even with the stacked flower it was resting on.

I wanted a sentiment that wouldn’t cover up too much of these lovely flours and decided on one from Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday, stamped on black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. It was cut into a strip using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Lable. Low loft foam tape was added to the back of the strip on the right to keep it level with the portion resting on the flower.

I always love cards created with these beautiful 3D flowers.

PRODUCTS USED

  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Altenew Fantasy Floral 3D
  • Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, Barn Door, Forest Moss, Bundled Sage
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M .125” Low Loft Foam Tape

Teal Butterfly Birthday Wishes

Whenever I create a card I always create a matching envelope. I had just created a stenciled butterfly card for the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 and wanted to die cut a butterfly to add to the corner of an envelope. I had a small stitched rectangle in my drawer where I keep my 80# cardstock and pulled it out to cut the butterfly for the envelope. The butterfly was so pretty in the center of the small rectangle that I decided to use it on a card instead.

I took a small rectangle of leftover cardstock and ink blended it with some turquoise blue inks. Foam tape was added to the back of the butterfly rectangle and it was adhered to the ink blended background. The sentiment was stamped in the lower right of the butterfly panel with the same turquoise ink. Matching sequins were adhered scattered around the butterfly.

Whenever I am adding white on white to a card I like to add visual interest with an embossing folder. I cut a rectangle of cardstock 1/4″ smaller than a cardbase with a stitched rectangle and embossed it using the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. It was adhered to a side folding white cardbase. The focal image butterfly rectangle was then adhered to the center of the card with liquid glue and the card was done.

A pretty card made while cutting a decorative element for an envelope. The butterfly was cut again twice to add to envelopes, once for this card, and again as intended to begin with.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Memory Box Willoughby Butterfly
  • Gina K. Designs Ocean Mist and Turquoise Sea Ink
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Hero Arts Blue/Green Droplets
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

Spring Card Camp Day 20 Mass Producible Cards: Ditsy Prints ZIG Watercolor

For the last day of Spring Card Camp Ashlea Cornell taught about stamping images multiple time to get different cards. I didn’t have anything like what she used in her cards, but she did use some layering stamps and stamped it with different colors and also stamped it again and colored it using Copic Markers.

I went through my stamps to see what I could use to make a background and color it with different mediums. I had purchased this small flower cluster layering stamp from Altenew and decided to use it for my backgrounds. For this last card I had stamped it with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock because I wanted to watercolor it with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

I really like how bright and colorful the background turned out. There were open spots from stamping the smaller flower cluster and I used My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms to fill in those spaces. I used Gina K. Designs Sea Glass Ink to add the dots, but when it dried it was too light and I didn’t like it. So, I pulled out my Nuvo Crystal Drops in Caribbean Ocean and covered the up and liked it much better. For the flower centers I used both Gold and Golden Rod Stickles from Ranger.

Once everything was dry I die cut the background using a My Favorite Things Tag Corner Rectangle Die and matted it with black cardstock, cutting it into the same shape with tagged corners.

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things and was cut from black cardstock. However when I laid both the word “Happy” and “Birthday” on the front of the background it covered up too much of the pretty flowers, so I decided to stamp the word “happy” onto black cardstock with VersaMark Ink, heat emboss it white, and cut it into a thin strip with the smallest Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Labels. I liked this much better.

The background was adhered to a side folding cardbase, but I don’t like the way the tagged corners look on a regular cardbase, so I cut the cardbase to match the tagged corners and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Ditsy Prints
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • My Favorite Things Happy Birthday Die
  • My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 032 Persian Blue, 024 Wine Red, 202 Peach Pink, 201 Pink Haze, 026 Light Pink, 052 Bright Yellow, 050 Yellow, 041 Light Green, 043 Olive Green, 047 May Green
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Cherry Red and Sea Glass Inks
  • Ranger Gold and Golden Rod Stickles
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Caribbean Ocean
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Tagged Corner Rectangle
  • Black Sticky Back Foam
  • Darice Thin Strip Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Spring Card Camp Day 19 First and Second Generation Stamping: The Happiest of Birthdays

This card uses leftover images from the previous cards made and includes both first and second generation stamping. I like the lighter color of the yellow flowers.

The flowers and leaves were arranged and then picked up with Press ‘n Seal to hold them together until they could be adhered to the card front.

A decorative rectangle was cut using the Little B Frames Die. I love the pretty shape to this die. It is easy to lay the flower arrangement onto the decorative rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiment because they are held together with the Press ‘n Seal. Once the sentiment was stamped the flowers and leaves were adhered with liquid glue and foam tape.

Before adhering the decorative panel to a side folding cardbase the front was embossed with Stampin’ Up’s Subtle Embossing Folder. It adds a love visual interest to the card.

Pink and yellow sequins were scattered around the flower arrangement and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Layered Daisies
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Altenew Inks: Fuchsia, Magenta, Maple Yellow and Honey Drizzle (Second Generation), Lime
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Little B Frames Die
  •  Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle 3D Embossing Folder
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sweetheart Mix
  • Yellow Mix Sequins
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock

Spring Card Camp Day 1 – Pink Embossed Background The Happiest of Birthdays

So I decided to revisit the technique Jennifer McGuire shared on the first day of this card class. This time I selected a background stamp and was very happy with the results from the layered embossing.

Details on how to create a multi-layered embossed image that can be used to emboss other cardstock please see my Orange Rose Bowl Embossed Thinking of You Card.

This time the embossed background created lovely dimension on my cards. I tried to mix up different of images used for each card.

For this first card, which was embossed onto light pink cardstock I ink blended Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry to bring out the debossed background. I wanted that pretty background to enhance my focal image so I pulled out Altenew’s Beautiful Day and stamped some of the images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with Copics.

I decided to stamp the sentiment onto a strip of black, added foam tape behind and added it to the front of the card. The sentiment strip grounded the focal image. I think it turned out very pretty and the background is lovely behind the flowers.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Lotus Background
  • Altenew Beautiful Day
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Distress Oxide Inks Picked Raspberry
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers: RV25, RV23, RV02, RV000; R89, R85, R83; G03, G02, G00; G46, G24, G20; C9
  • Simon Says Stamp Cotton Candy Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle