Thinking of You Peonies

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Peonies are one of my favorite flowers. Their blooms are so full and beautiful. This card is an homage to them.

All the coloring of the peonies and leaves was done using Copic Markers. The die cover plate used as a mat behind the peonies adds some additional texture and interest to the card. I’m happy with how the elements all came together. The card has a very feminine look to it and would make a perfect Mother’s Day card using a different sentiment.

Hope you like the project. Have a great day!

How I made this project:

  • Stamp all three peonies from the Altenew Beautiful Peony stamp set onto a piece of white Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock. Use a Copic-friendly black ink to stamp the flower images.
  • Stamp the leaves from the same stamp set onto Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock. Note: I stamped all the leaves and then determined which ones I wanted to use for my arrangement later.
  • Color and shade the peonies and the leaves using Copic makers (the color markers I used are listed in the supply list below).
  • Die-cut the flowers and leaves using the coordinating dies or fussy-cut them if you don’t have the dies.
  • Using the cover plate (listed below in the supplies), die cut the scalloped-patterned mat from a 4.25” by 5.5” piece of white cardstock and then trim it down to 4” by 5.25”.
  • Adhere a 3.75” by 5” piece of fun foam to the back of the scalloped-patterned mat. This will raise the card front against the card base.
  • Adhere the scalloped mat to an A2 card base in a color that coordinates with the color of the peonies. The card base will form a frame around the mat.
  • Arrange and adhere the three peonies and the leaves near the bottom of the card front.
  • For the sentiment: Stamp the sentiment onto a piece cardstock in the same color as the card base and cut it out in a rectangle or use a banner die to cut the sentiment piece. Adhere the sentiment.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Altenew: Beautiful Peony stamp set (flowers and leaves); Altenew: Floral Shadow stamp set (sentiment).
  • Dies: Altenew Beautiful Peony coordinating die set (flowers and leaves); Altenew: Dotted Scales cover plate.
  • Inks: Memento: Tuxedo Black (Copic-friendly ink for stamped flower and leaf images); Versafine Onyx Black (sentiment).
  • Copic Markers: For the flowers (from lightest to darkest): R01, R21, R22; For the leaves (lightest to darkest): YG11, YG25, YG13.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock; Papertrey Ink: Pale Peony (for card base and sentiment strip).

 

Lavender Bud Thanks

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I love clean and simple card designs. However, for me they are difficult to achieve. I think the difficulty in making such cards lies in knowing that more is not better and there is a fine line between sparse and just enough.

I liked the results of this card. There is a single image of a lavender bud, a simple sentiment, and a little bit of background for the bud so that things don’t look too sparse or unfinished.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

 

How I made this project:

  • Stamp the lavender bud and its green stem onto a piece of white cardstock.
  • Die-cut or fussy cut the stamped image.
  • Adhere foam tape to the back of the image for some dimension.
  • Stamp the distressed circle and sentiment onto a 4-inch by 5.5-inch piece of white cardstock.
  • Adhere the 4-inch by 5.5-inch stamped circle onto a 4.25-inch by 5.5 inch (A2 size) of colored cardstock (in the same color as the stamped distressed circle).
  • Adhere the lavender bud over the distressed circle.
  • Mount the entire card front onto an A2-sized card base.

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: Altenew: Lavender Bud (flower and sentiment); Altenew: Watercolor Frames (distressed circle).
  • Inks: Altenew: Midnight Violet (bud) and Parrot (stem); Catherine Pooler Inks: Shea Butter (distressed circle).
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar white 110# (for stamped images and card base; Papertrey Ink: Summer Sunrise for mat.

 

Hello Spring with a Floral Frame

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Spring is creeping slowly into our lives again in the Midwest. The sun sets a little later each day and on somedays (though not all) the temperature low is above freezing! Yay! I hope this card gives you a  taste of the Spring to come.

I chose bright pinks, yellows and greens as the color combination for this card and blended the colors together using ink daubers and Distress Oxide Inks.

How I made this project:

  • Die cut the floral frame from Bristol Smooth cardstock. This cardstock makes it easier to ink blend colors. The ink seems to sit on top of the paper longer so you cs
  • Use sponge ink daubers to do the blending. One dauber for each of the colors used. Note: When coloring the frame, I dabbed the inked dauber onto the frame with a tapping motion so that I wouldn’t tear the delicate die-cut frame. As you dab on the colors, begin dabbing the flowers or leaves and then work out to the edge of the frame. I daubed all the flowers in pink, the circles in yellows (with 2 yellow inks), and the leaves in green (first using a light green then adding a deeper green for more depth).
  • Blend inks on the edge of the frame with a bit of yellow to blend out any harsh color distinctions.
  • Wait for the inked floral frame to dry.
  • Stamp the sentiment and butterflies onto an A2 (4.25” by 5.5”) piece of white card. You may want to lay the floral frame over the white card piece to determine proper placement of the sentiment and butterflies so that they aren’t covered by the frame.
  • Adhere the floral frame over the sentiment piece with either liquid or dry (tape runner) adhesive.
  • Adhere the entire floral/sentiment piece to an A2-sized card base.

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: Neat & Tangled: Hello Spring stamp set (‘Hello Spring” sentiment); Paper Smooches: Graceful Beauties (small butterfly image, small heart image).
  • Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Outline Floral Frame Die
  • Inks: Catherine Pooler Inks in the following colors: Be Mine, Lime Rickey, Limoncello, Tiara; Distress Oxide Inks in the following colors: Squeezed Lemonade; Cracked Pistachio.
  • Cardstock: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 100# cardstock for the floral frame; Neenah Solar White #8 (behind the frame); Neenah Solar White 110# (for the card base).
  • Other: Sponge daubers.

Hope you like the project. Have a great day!

Hooray and Smile: A Cheerful Card

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I created a cheerful card to brighten someone’s day. The card is gender-neutral so it is appropriate for anyone. You can use different color palettes or combos depending on your own tastes or the tastes of the card recipient. I love cards that can be sent to anyone with just a few minor changes!

The stamps and dies I used are all by Altenew. Though Altenew’s specialty are gorgeous floral stamps, they have some great graphic stamp sets as well. I used two of them to make this card (the name of the sets is listed below in the supply list).

I used two colors in the same color family for this project. A light orange/coral to stamp the background and a darker orange/coral to stamp the small images over the dots of the background stamp.

Hope you like this project. Smile and stay happy. Have a great day!

How I made this project:

  • Stamp the Watercolor Dots background stamp onto a piece of 4-inch by 5.25-inch white cardstock. Make sure that the background stamp pattern is centered onto the piece white cardstock. This means that the dots on the background don’t hang over the edge of the cardstock. (Note: I used the MISTI stamp positioner to stamp the background to ensure even ink coverage.)
  • Stamp the small images include in the background stamp set over the background dots. You can stagger the pattern of the images, use only a few images in the set. I chose to use the asterisk, scattered dots and flower images and alternated them across the dots in the following order: asterisk, scattered dots, flower. I repeated this across each row of dots and then started with the next image of my pattern on the next row of dots (e.g. if the row ended with an asterisk image, I started the next row with the scattered dots image and then continued with the pattern.).
  • Stamp the speech bubble sentiments with the darker shade of orange/coral and die-cut them using the coordinating dies. If you don’t have the dies, then fussy-cut the speech bubbles.
  • Adhere the speech bubbles to the background dots card front.
  • Cut a 3.75-inch by 5-inch piece of fun foam to the back of the card front. This will give the card front added dimension.
  • Mount the background piece onto a mat in the same tone as the darker ink.
  • Adhere the entire card front to an A2 (4.25-inch by 5.5-inch) card base.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Altenew: Watercolor Dots background stamp set; Altenew: Speech Bubbles stamp set.
  • Dies: Altenew: Speech Bubbles coordinating die set.
  • Inks: Catherine Pooler Inks: Bellini (lighter orange/coral); Samba (darker orange/coral).
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110# (card front and card base); Papertrey Ink: Berry Sorbet cardstock (mat).

 

Smile with a Floral Background

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Winter is hanging on way to long! So, I hope this springtime bouquet is something you enjoy while waiting for more sun, and less snow and cold.

How I made this project:

  • Create a floral bouquet with some of your favorite floral stamp onto an A2-sized piece of white cardstock. (Note: use the largest floral stamps first and stamp them to form a floral arrangement with open spaces between them, then fill in the open spaces around the larger flower images with small ones or dots until the arrangement looks nice and full).
  • Trim down the A2 floral card front to 1/8 inch on all sides so that the final size is 4.0” by 5.25”.
  • Mat the floral card front to a piece of colored cardstock that picks up one of the main colors in the stamped floral arrangement.
  • Mount the entire piece on to a horizontal A2 card base.
  • For the sentiment:
    • Die-cut the sentiment 4 times from the same cardstock used to mat the floral arrangement.
    • Adhere each of the 4 sentiment pieces together (I like to use liquid adhesive). Let the sentiment piece dry.
    • Adhere the raised sentiment piece to a piece of vellum (I used micro-sized glue dots behind the sentiment). The vellum piece should be cut to a size slightly large than the die-cut sentiment.
    • Adhere the vellum piece to the center of the card. (Note vellum was used behind the die-cut sentiment to make the sentiment stand out and mute the floral pattern behind it).

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Concord and 9th: Peek Through Patterns (floral shapes); Concord & 9th: Love You, Mean It (tiny flowers and dots).
  • Dies: WPlus9: Basic Greetings dies (‘smile’).
  • Inks: Versafine Clair in Charming Pink, Glamorous, Purple Delight, Verdant, and Cheerful.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110#; Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz (mat and die-cut sentiment)

 

Hope you like this project. Have a great day. Spring can’t be far away!

 

Happy Birthday for a Friend

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I love creating birthday cards for family and friends. I chose to make this card using some bright floral-patterned paper. It was something to help me get out of the winter doldrums and believe me, this Midwest winter has been far too harsh and LONG. I can hardly wait until Spring comes! This card will have to do for now.

This card design was inspired by one of my favorite card makers, Jennifer McGuire and her YouTube video titled “Rethinking Dies and Stamps”. This video is great and served as a reminder of how I can use my stamps and dies in conjunction to create some fresh designs. Jennifer made 22 amazing cards to prove her point. The card I made is just a small example of some of the ideas I learned from the video. If fact, I “cheated” a bit by using a piece of patterned paper for the background against my giant sentiment die. The die I used is big and cuts out the word ‘friend’, but leaves it attached to the top and bottom of the card piece you use. Thanks Concord & 9th for such a great die!

 

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

 

How I made this project:

  • Take an A2-sized (4.25” by 5.5”) piece of cardstock. Use a color that will coordinate or accent the pattern that you will be using for the background. In this case, there were dark blue flower and leaf accents in my patterned piece, so I chose a dark piece of cardstock to make the patterned paper “pop” against the dark, but still pull together the entire card front. Note: I apologize if the cardstock here looks black. The photograph made the dark indigo color show up as black.
  • Die cut the cardstock using the die.
  • Adhere the patterned cardstock behind the die-cut card front. Note: the pattern can be from a piece of patterned paper or a pattern that you’ve stamped yourself. Also, the pattern doesn’t have to be a full A2-sized piece, but it must be big enough to completely cover the opening of the die cut card front.
  • For the sentiment: Chose a sentiment suitable for the occasion you want to express. In my case, I wanted to say happy birthday to my friend. I stamped my sentiment in embossing ink and then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.
  • Embellishments: The card looked plain, so I used small flower punches to punch out flowers and adhere them to the card front. The flowers happened to coordinate with the complement the flowers in the patterned paper. I also added little dots in gold ink to the centers of the punched flowers to repeat the theme of dots in the flower centers of the patterned paper. This helped to tie everything together.
  • Adhere the completed card front to an A2 card base.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps:
    • WPlus9: And Many More (‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ sentiment).
  • Dies:
    • Concord and 9th: Peek-Through Pattern Dies (‘friend’ die used here).
  • Punches:
    • Small flora punches from my stash.
  • Cardstock:
    • Papertrey Ink: Dark Indigo (for die-cut card front piece), Hibiscus Burst (for small punched flower).
    • Patterned paper by Pebbles: Girl Squad collection (pattern behind the die-cut card front).
    • Neenah Solar White 110#: for card base and the white punched flowers.
  • Other:
    • Pilot Gold Marker (Extra Fine Point).
    • Brutus Monroe Metallic Embossing Powder in Gilded.

I Loaf You: Valentine’s Day Card for Carb Lovers

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all you lovers of carbs! This card is just for you.

This card was made using a cute stamp set that has loads of sentiment puns. I just love the set (I’ve notated the brand and stamp set name below).

How I made this project:

  • Lightly ink blend a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock in pale pink ink. The piece should be large enough to die-cut heart from a heart die.
  • Die-cut the pink-blended cardstock with the heart die. Adhere craft foam or foam tape to the back of the die-cut heart.
  • Stamp the bread loaf and slice of bread in Copic-friendly ink onto white cardstock. Color the images and die-cut or fussy cut them out. Place foam tape on the back of these colored images.
  • Layout your Copic-colored images on top of the die-cut heart. Leave room for the placement of the sentiment.
  • Stamp the sentiment onto the heart in the desired location.
  • Adhere the images (bread loaf and slice) to the heart.
  • Add small red hearts (die-cut from a punch, etc.) or sequins to the heart.
  • For the card mat:
    • Cut a piece of A2 cardstock (4.25” x 5.5”) from red cardstock.
    • If you are using a rectangular stitched die like I used, then die-cut the red A2 piece using the stitched die.
    • Mount the heart onto the red mat cardstock.
  • Mount the card front (heart & red mag piece) onto the front of an A2-sized card base. Note: If you have die-cut the red cardstock using a stitching die like I did, you may have to trim the entire card down to a size less than A2.
  • Supplies used in making this project:
  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Breakfast Buddies (images and sentiment).
  • Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Breakfast Buddies coordinating dies (loaf of bread and slice); Simon Says Stamp: Wonky Heart craft dies (second from the largest of the dies in this set); My Favorite Things Die-namics: Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX (largest rectangle).
  • Inks: Versafine Ink: Onyx Black (for sentiment); Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black for images that were colored with Copic Markers; Distress Oxide Ink: Spun Sugar (for soft color blending of heart).
  • Copic Markers: E13, E53, and E50 for bread; Y17 (butter).
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110# (card base and stamped images); Papertrey Ink: Pure Poppy (card mat and red punched hearts); Strathmore Bristol Smooth for heart and ink blending.
  • Other: Heart Border punch (for the small red heart embellishments).