Thank You For Being So Sweet: Stenciled flower using two-layer stenciling technique

 

This is a sweet thank you card for a very sweet person.

I love stencils and the fact that they are a simple, low-tech craft supply that you can use to great advantage. You can ink up a stencil, apply embossing paste, sprays and even use them as an embossing folder! Also, they are very reasonable priced.

How I made this project:

  • I used a floral stencil by Altenew that has layering image options. I placed the main floral image on an A2-sized card front and then started to ink the flower and leaves using a round foam sponge on a round mini ink blending applicator.
  • I used Distress Oxide inks because I wanted to create a soft watercolor look. The ink had to be applied carefully since the stencil has delicate details in some parts and I didn’t want to rip or bend the stencil. I used more of a pouncing motion on the stencil to ink up the images with the foam applicator.
  • When the image was dry, I lined up the other shadow images over the main image to add shadows to the leaves and flower and inked the images with darker inks. This technique could be called a two-step stencil layering process, like two-step stamp layering.
  • I then again let the ink dry because I was going to heat emboss my sentiment and didn’t want the embossing powder to stick onto any of the damp inked images.
  • I noticed that after the shadow layer of ink on the flower had dried, the ink dried so that there was no shadow distinction. Therefore, to create more shadow, I reinked the shadow area with a much darker ink (not using a Distress Oxide). When the flower dried, the shadow was now more distinct from the layer underneath.
  • I stamped the sentiment using Versamark ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder and then trimmed down the card front to 4” x 5.25”. I placed foam tape on the back of the card front and adhered the front to an A2 mat of gold sparkle paper. Then the entire front was adhered to an A2 card base.

Supplies used in creating this project:

  • Stamps: Altenew: Folksy Florals stamp set (for the sentiment).
  • Stencils: Altenew: Watercolor Bouquet stencil.
  • Inks: Distress Oxide Inks: Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry (flower); Twisted Citron (stems & leaves), Cracked Pistachio (shadowing of leaves); Catherine Pooler Inks: Party Dress (deepen shadow of flower); Versamark Ink for heat embossing;
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base; Gold glitter paper for mat behind card front.
  • Other: Brutus Monroe embossing powder in Gilded; Ranger round ink blending applicator and Ranger round blending foam.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

You Really Are Extraordinary

 

I love hydrangeas and have been waiting to do my take on a hydrangea plant. I was intimidated by the cluster of small perfect flowers and how to color and shade them for variation. So here is my result.

This project was also inspired by the current Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge.

I took my inspiration from the flowers and the color palette. I chose the light purples (lavenders), soft yellow, soft green and a light touch of pale lilac to color the hydrangeas. All coloring was done using Copic markers.  To make the flowers pop, I adhered them to a rich navy-colored piece of cardstock. I think the navy brought out the blues and made the pale color of the flowers pop.

How I made this project:

  • Stamped the hydrangea flowers and the cluster onto white cardstock using a Copic-friendly ink (Memento Tuxedo Black).
  • Colored the flowers using the selected Copic marker colors (listed below in the supplies). Blending was very important since I wanted a soft look for the flowers. I started with the lightest BV0000, coloring each petal with this color to wet the flower and then added the other darker shades of the BV family for shading. I also added a little V12 (Pale Lilac) for a pinker, yet subtle, more vibrant look. I used BV01 and BV0000 for blending the colors together as well.
  • Die-cut the colored flowers.
  • Arranged the die-cut flowers onto the A2 navy cardstock. Let flowers overhang the A2 navy card front and trim them later, once the flower placement is the way you want it. Make sure to leave adequate room for the placement of a sentiment.
  • Heat embossed the sentiment using gold embossing powder BEFORE you adhere the flowers to the card front.
  • Placedfoam squares on the back of the flowers and place them on the navy card front in the placement that you’ve determined.
  • Adhered the completed card front to a card base.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: (all stamps by Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen stamp line): Mondo Hydrangea (flower images), Totally Random Sayings Vol. 2 (sentiment: ‘you really are’), Mondo Sakura (sentiment: ‘extraordinary’).
  • Dies: Essentials by Ellen coordinating die set to Mondo Hydrangea stamp set.
  • Inks: Versamark; Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Copic Markers: BV0000 (Pale Thistle), BV01 (Viola); BV13 (Hydrangea Blue), V12 (Pale Lilac) for flower petals; Y02 (Canary Yellow) for flower centers; YG11 (Mignonette) for flower stems.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (for stamping flower images); Papertrey Ink: Dark Indigo cardstock for card front mat; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.
  • Other: Brutus Monroe Metallic Embossing Powder in Gilded.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

Kindness Begins With Love

The Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #98 requires using any kind of embossing on your project.

I employed an emboss resist technique, with ink blending using Distress Oxide Inks. My aim was to create a bright, but soft look.

How I made this project:

  • Prep a piece of A2 Distress Watercolor Cardstock with anti-static powder (e.g. Embossing Buddy bag).
  • Stamp the floral images onto the watercolor card stock using Versamark ink.
  • Cover the stamped images with white embossing powder, tapping the paper to remove any excess, and heat emboss with a heat tool.
  • Blend Distress Oxide inks over the embossed images, making sure that there is a slight blending between the colors.
  • Use a sponge dauber to color and blend the center of the floral images with a slightly darker ink in the same color family as the colored flower.
  • Blend light ink in the middle of the cardstock where the sentiment will be stamped.
  • After blending the colors, sprinkle water drops onto the card front and blot excess water with a paper towel.
  • Dry the entire card front with a heat tool.
  • Trim the card front to 4” x 5.25”.
  • Stamp the sentiment onto the card front.
  • Adhere crystal heart drops to the card front.
  • Adhere a piece of fun foam to the back of the card front.
  • Mount card front onto an A2 portrait-oriented, top-folding, black card base.

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Look for the Miracles stamp set (flowers; Simon Says Stamp: Kind Flowers stamp set (sentiment).
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Broken China, and Mermaid Lagoon.
  • Other Inks: Versamark (for embossing); Versafine Pigment Ink in Onyx Black (sentiment).
  • Other Supplies: Studio Katia: Clear Hearts; Hero Arts White embossing powder.
  • Cardstock: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock (card front); Papertrey Ink: True Black cardstock (card base).

For this project, I cut up a sentiment from the Kind Flowers stamp set so that the words ‘begins with love’ could be stamped alone.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

Have a Beautiful Day – Butterflies

This card was made to offset the cold, rainy weather that doesn’t seem to want to go away. The calendar says late May, but where I live, the cooler weather seems to be hanging on forever!

How I made this project:

  • Tape down the leafy stencil over a 4” x 5.25” piece of Bristol smooth cardstock.
  • Using a stencil brush, blend green ink over the stencil, blending and softening as the ink is applied and the desired intensity is achieved.
  • Stamp butterfly images onto a piece of white cardstock using a Copic-friendly ink. The butterfly images will be colored with Copic markers.
  • Color butterfly images with Copic markers.
  • Die-cut (if you have coordinating dies) or hand fussy-cut the butterflies.
  • Stamp sentiment in the middle of the blended, stenciled background.
  • Arrange the butterflies around the sentiment, raising them with foam squares.
  • Adhere the card front onto a piece of green 4.25” x 5.5” (A2-sized) piece of cardstock.
  • Mount the entire card piece to a horizontal A2-sized card base.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Beautiful Day stamp set (butterflies and sentiment).
  • Stencils: Simon Says Stamp: Leafy Frame stencil.
  • Inks: Simon Says Stamp: Jellybean ink (leafy frame background); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (outline of butterfly images); Versafine Onyx Black ink (sentiment).
  • Copic Markers: RV09, RV17, RV19, RV21, RV34, RV66.
  • Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Beautiful Day coordinating die set (butterflies).
  • Cardstock: Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock (card front); Neenah Solar White 80# (stamped butterflies); Papertrey Ink: New Leaf cardstock (mat); Neenah Solar White 110# (card base).
  • Other: Stencil brush.

Notes:

  • I prefer to use a stencil brush with a delicate stencil such as the Leafy Frame stencil because you have more control in blending and softening the color when creating a fade-out background. Also, the brush is easier to use on a delicate stencil. There is less chance of “bending” the cut-out areas on the stencil while blending the background.

Hope you like this project! Have a great day!

 

 

Hey, Wasabi?

 

I love using die-cuts that create openings. The openings serve as frames for my stamped images.

For this whimsical card, I chose a theme to tie several stamp images and a sentiment together. I’m sending it to a friend as a hello card.

How I made this project:

  • For this project, I used a die cut that cuts 6 round openings. I cut the openings using a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of white cardstock
  • I stamped 5 images that were all thematically related to sushi and ramen (I was hungry at the time!), colored the images with Copic markers and then cut out the colored images using the coordinating die set.
  • For the assembly of the card, I used a teal-colored piece of 4.25″ x 5.5″ (A2) as my mat. I centered and adhered the white die-cut piece onto the teal-colored mat. I stamped a sentiment on the bottom, right opening.
  • I then adhered all the images using foam squares onto the remaining 5 openings.  I then adhered the card front onto an vertical-oriented card base.
  • Note: All images and the sentiment were from the same stamp set.

Supplies used in this project:

  • Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Wasabi stamp set.
  • Dies: Essentials by Ellen: Wasabi die set (coordinates with stamp set by the same name); Simon Says Stamp: Repeating Circles wafer die.
  • InksMemento Tuxedo Black (Copic-friendly ink; used for the stamped images that were colored using Copics); Versafine pigment ink: Onyx Black (for sentiment); Taylored Expressions: Early Grey ink (for nori skins on the sushi).
  • Copic Markers: R12, R22, R01, YG11, YB23, Y35.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (die-cut openings); Papertrey Ink: Tropical Teal (for mat); Neenah Solar White 110#.

 

Hope you like this card. Have a great day!

You Are Enough: Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge

 

This month’s inspiration board for the Pin-Sights Challenge over at Ellen Hutson’s classroom features a lot of beautiful colors and images shown below.

I decided to go simple and used just three colors to create my focal image. The colors are teal, a dark blue, and a gray from Tsukineko’s Versafine Clair collection of ink pads. The colors stamped beautifully.

The focal image took inspiration from the arrangement of succulents in the inspiration board.

How I made this project:

  • On a 4.00”x5.25” piece of white cardstock, I stamped a flower several times to form a cluster.
  • Using another stamp from the same stamp set, I stamped the centers of the flowers in gray.
  • Using a darker blue color, I used a coordinating stamp for the flower to stamp the flower folds.
  • The leaves for the flower cluster were stamped around to cluster for balance. Note: I didn’t use masking when I stamped the leaves. I inked the leaves stamp in gray and then wiped ink away using my finger on the portion(s) of the leaves so that the leaves looked like they were coming from behind the flower(s).
  • The sentiment was stamped in the same gray ink as the leaves.
  • The card front was then matted against a gray, metallic shimmer card. The mat was 4.25”x5.5” so there was an eighth-inch border all around.
  • The card front with mat was mounted onto a 4.25”x5.5” card base.
  • Clear gemstones were added for some soft bling.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Courage Stamp Set (flowers and leaves); Essentials by Ellen: Lovely stamp set (sentiment).
  • Inks: Tsukineko’s VersaFine Clair inks: Warm Breeze (flower); Blue Belle (flower folds); Morning Mist (leaves and sentiment).
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (card front); Silver metallic cardstock in a gunmetal gray from my stash (mat); Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.
  • Other: Hero Arts Smooth Clear Gemstones.

The overall look of the card is clean and simple. The style of the card matches the sentiment in a way—just enough, not fussy.

Hope you like the card. Have a great day!

Hey There: Emoji Faces Card

 

This is such a simple card to make! The clean and simple style lends itself to being a gender-neutral card. Just send this to a friend to say hello!

I  used a die-cut that had 6 circle openings and puffy stickers. The puffy stickers were really cute, I found them at a Paper Source store and couldn’t resist buying them!

The only stamping was done with the sentiment.

How I made this card:

  • Die-cut openings onto a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of white cardstock.
  • Glue the die-cut opening piece onto a 4.25″ x 5.5″ (A2-sized) piece of colored cardstock. A lavender-colored piece of cardstock was used here.
  • Adhere the puffy stickers in the middle of each opening, leaving one opening free to stamp the sentiment.
  • Stamp the sentiment in the middle of the sixth opening.
  • Adhere the card front to an A2 card base.

Supplies used in making this card:

  • Stamps: Hey There stamp – sorry it is from my stash of small sentiments and I can’t remember the maker or the name of the stamp set it came from. However, you could use any small sentiment to convey the message you want to the sender.
  • Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Repeating Circles wafer die.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for die-cutting opening; lavender cardstock from my stash; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.
  • Ink: Versafine ink in Onyx Black for sentiment.
  • Stickers: Emoji Face Puffy Stickers by Meri Meri (found at Paper Source store).

Hope you like this card. Have a great day!