Happy Autumn Leafy Frame Border

This is another “Happy Autumn” card made. I made if from the leafy die frame that came with the Hero Arts  September My Monthly Hero (MMH) card kit.

There are lots of beautiful stamp images with this kit. However, I chose to use the leafy die frame that came in the kit and run with it. The frame was colored with Hero Arts inks and a sponge dauber. I also used the “Happy Autumn” sentiment that came in the MMH stamp set.

I first matted the finished leaf frame against a cream-colored cardstock, but it looked bland. More texture was needed, so I used a background cover die to add a woodgrain texture.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

How I made this project:

  • Die cut the leafy frame from a piece of Bristol Smooth paper. I did this because I intended to do a lot of ink blending and Bristol Smooth really helps achieve a very blended ink look.
  • Dab inks in autumn colors around the leaf frame using sponge daubers. Blend the inks as you go around the frame until you get the desired effect. Set the frame aside.
  • Die-cut an A2 (4.25” x 5.5”) piece of cream-colored cardstock using a wood-grain patterned cover die.
  • Trim the A2 cream-colored mat down to 4.00” x 5.25” (trim an eighth of an inch off on all sides).
  • For the sentiment:
    • Die-cut a sentiment banner from the same cream-colored card stock. It should be slightly longer than the width of the sentiment.
    • Heat emboss the sentiment using Versamark ink and rose gold embossing powder.
    • Set sentiment aside.
  • For the tiny leaf and acorn embellishments:
    • Punch out tiny leaves and acorn using a leaf border edge punch from copper and bronze metallic papers.
  • For the final assembly of the card:
    • Adhere the leafy frame to the cream-colored, woodgrain mat with liquid adhesive.
    • Adhere foam tape to the back of the sentiment banner and place it on the matted frame piece.
    • Adhere the tiny leaves and acorn to the card front as show in the photo.
    • Mount the card front (matted frame piece) to an A2, horizontal-oriented, top-folding card base cut from rust-colored cardstock.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: My Monthly Hero Card Kit of September 2018 – stamp set (‘Happy Autumn’ sentiment for this kit).
  • Dies:
    • Hero Arts MMH September 2018 card kit: leafy border/frame.
    • Lawn Fawn: Woodgrain Backdrop die.
    • MFT Die-namics Sentiment Strips die – This particular die set may no longer be available.
  • Inks: All inks are by Hero Arts: Mulled Wine, Moss, Butter Bar, Just Rust, Royal Red.
  • Punches: EK Success: EK Tools Edge Paper Punch: Falling Leaves. (love the tiny images from this border punch!)
  • Cardstock:
    • Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper (100#) – for the leaf frame.
    • Neenah Classic Crest cardstock in Natural White (this cardstock is a very subtle cream color) 80# (for sentiment strip and woodgrain mat).
    • Papertrey Ink: Terracotta Tile 100# cardstock for card base.
    • Metallic paper in bronze and copper (from my stash).
  • Other: Rose Gold embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp.

Happy Autumn: Leafy Background in Autumnal Colors

Autumn arrives tomorrow technically and where I live, the cooler Fall weather has arrived today! YAY!

Spring and Autumn are my favorite season, followed by Winter. This is mainly because I’m a creature that despises heat and humidity and I live in a place in the Midwest where we have plenty of that in the summer.

Spring is wonderful because things become alive and start blooming. Fall is wonderful because of what I’ve mentioned previously. Winter is great because I love wearing sweaters and it’s too cold outside to do anything but craft and make cards!

I love rich color and Autumn is the time of year where Nature’s rich textures and golden sunlight come into play. I hope this card captures some of the rich colors.

The card was easy to make as far as techniques go, just randomly stamped leaves using rich autumnal colors.

Hope you like this project. Have a great Fall day!

How I made this card:

  • Stamp a pattern onto a piece of white cardstock cut to 4” by 5.25” using various leaf stamps in autumnal colors.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Versamark ink onto a burgundy piece of cardstock.
  • Heat-emboss the sentiment using gold embossing powder.
  • Trim down the sentiment piece to 2.5” wide and 3.75” long
  • Adhere the sentiment piece to the leaf-patterned card front with foam tape.
  • Adhere the card front to a burgundy A2 landscape-oriented card base.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps:
    • Hero Arts: Textured Leaves clear stamp set (leaf background)
    • Altenew: For All Seasons clear stamp set (sentiment)
  • Inks:
    • Hero Arts Bold Inks in Mulled Wine, Moss.
    • Hero Arts Shadow Inks Mid-tone: Pumpkin, Cup o’ Joe.
    • Catherine Pooler Inks: Mandarin Spice.
    • Versamark ink (for embossing).
  • Cardstock:
    • Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock (for leaf background).
    • Papertrey Ink: Scarlet Jewel cardstock (for sentiment and card base).
  • Other:
    • Wow Metallic Embossing Powder in Gold Rich Pale.

 

Gulls’ Night Out

I often buy cute stamps sets and then struggle with using them in projects other than the one’s that are already  demonstrated. I think that is the challenge for every card maker. We don’t want to copy, we want to be inspired and then go from there.

Here is a project I thought of on my own.

The sentiment is created by me, though I’m sure someone else in the universe has thought of this punny (and funny) phrase at one time or another. I typed the sentiment on my laptop, printed it, and then die-cut it with a sentiment strip die. This sentiment strip was from a set of slanted sentiment strips that I received with my order from My Favorite Things. Thanks, MFT!

By the way, all the stamps (other than the sentiment) and dies used to make this project are from My Favorite Things! Unfortunately, two of the dies used to create this project are no longer available at MFTSTAMPS.com but you may be able to find them at other online stores via a GOOGLE search.

Hope you like my project. Have a punny day!

How I made this project:

  • Die-cut an A2-sized (4.25” x 5.5”) piece of navy cardstock using the stars die. This piece will serve as your card front.
  • Adhere a strip of gold glitter cardstock behind the die-cut star openings of the card front. This will create the twinkling stars in the sky.
  • Using a piece of black card stock, die-cut the city silhouette using the skyline die. (Note: you will have to use partial die-cutting technique for this.)
  • Trim the height of the skyline to 3.25”. The width of the skyline should be 5.5” (the width of the card front).
  • Adhere the skyline to the bottom of the navy card front.
  • Using white cardstock, stamp the seagulls in Copic-friendly ink and color them using Copics.
  • Die-cut or fussy cut them.
  • Draw tiny eyelashes to each of the gull’s eyes using a fine line black ink pen.
  • Die-cut the shadow oval on which the seagulls will stand. I used light gray cardstock, but white can be used.
  • Arrange and adhere the gulls to the shadow oval and add dimensional tape to the back of the piece.
  • Type up the sentiment on your computer and print on cardstock. Cut out the sentiment and adhere dimensional tape to the back.
  • Adhere the gulls/shadow oval and sentiment strip to the card front.
  • Adhere the card front to a horizontal card base.

 

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: My Favorite Things: Seaside Seagulls stamp set.
  • Dies:
    • MFT Die-namics: Seaside Seagulls coordinating dies.
    • MFT Dies-namics: Stars in the Sky (Horizontal) die.
    • MFT Die-namics: Skyline Border (no longer sold at MFT) but 2 possible dies could be used and are currently available through MFT. They are: New York Skyline and Our Town.
    • MFT Die-namics: Oval Shadows die set. Note: This die set is no longer available. However, you could use an oval punch or die to create the same effect.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80#, black cardstock from my stash, navy cardstock from my stash, gold glitter cardstock from my stash.
  • Inks: Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black.
  • Copics: Seagull bodies: C0, C1, C3, BV11; Seagull beaks: Y17.

Autumn Cosmos Flower

I’ve mentioned this before. Fall is my favorite time of year because of all the rich colors nature displays. Though it’s sad to think of plants and trees dying or at least going dormant, Nature is giving us one last burst of glorious color before going to sleep. It’s nice to know that autumn is such a beautiful part of the cycle of life.

My project for today is my celebration of autumnal colors. Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

How I created this project:

  • Wet, but do not over saturate an A2-sized (4.25”x5.5”) piece of watercolor paper with water.
  • Drop in the chosen Distress Inks using a large wet mop brush and let the colors move on their own. You may want to blot very wet areas with a dry paper towel if some areas are becoming to wet or intense for the effect you want.
  • Allow the water-colored background to dry thoroughly.
  • Die-cut the flower onto an A2-sized piece of metallic bronze-colored cardstock using a metal shim. Metallic cardstock is thick, and the die-cut is detailed. Therefore, you may want to run the die back and forth in your die-cut machine to insure everything cuts through.
  • Cut down the dried water-colored background to be slightly larger than the opening of the die-cut flower window. Save the scraps from the water-colored background.
  • Use strong adhesive on the back of the die-cut flower panel around the window opening of the flower. I used a combination of scor-tape and dots of liquid adhesive on the die-cut flower panel. Strong adhesive is needed to secure the slightly warped watercolor panel.
  • Carefully place the water-colored background onto the back of the die-cut flower panel behind the die-cut flower area.
  • Adhere entire panel to a brown A2 card base.
  • Die-cut the word ‘Autumn’ three times and adhere each of the three words together to give the word a dimensional look.
  • Adhere the word to the front panel, just below the window. I used liquid glue for this.
  • Punch tiny leaves cut from the scraps saved when the watercolor background was cut.
  • Add gold sequins to finish off the card.

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Dies:
    • Simon Says Stamp: Cosmo Flower Frame wafer die.
    • Simon Says Stamp: Four Seasons die set (‘Autumn’)
  • Distress Inks:
    • Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed.
  • Cardstock:
    • Distress Watercolor Card Stock (for background behind the flower window).
    • Stardream metallic cardstock in Bronze (for cutting the Cosmo flower frame.
    • Papertrey Ink: Dark Chocolate (for card base)
  • Other:
    • EK Success Tools Edge Paper Punch: Falling Leaves
    • Pretty Pink Posh gold sequins (4mm and 6mm).

Birthday Floral Wreath

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I’ve been fascinated by all the card making demos on YouTube that feature the use of the Gina K Designs Wreath Builder template. I finally caved and purchased the GKD’s initial bundle which included stamps and the templates. However, I used tiny stamps for another stamp set to show that any stamp set with small images will work. The wreath template is pure genius and so easy to use!

Thanks to Jennifer McGuire (can’t get enough of her videos), I took inspiration from her cards using the wreath builder template and  created a birthday card for a friend. Jennifer currently has three videos using the wreath builder. These videos are all fabulous. You can also see videos of how to use the product by the creator, herself, Gina K on her Stamp TV page. Go to the Gina K Designs website and click on the ‘Go to Stamp TV’ option on the top right of the home page. You will find instructions on how to use the Wreath Builder System.

I won’t go into the actual details of how I made the card. There are plenty of YouTube videos for that. However, I used the 4-inch template for this project. I cut the final floral wreath in half and placed one half of the wreath at the top of an A2 card front and the other half on the bottom of the card front. I then cut a 2-inch strip of coordinating cardstock (2 inches tall by 4.25 inches wide stamped the sentiment onto it. I adhered the sentiment strip in the middle of the card front to hide the gap.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:  Hero Arts: Make a Wish Birthday stamp set (flowers & leaves); Papertrey Ink: Mini Blooms stamp set (dot images in this set); Papertrey Ink: Splits: Happy Birthday mini stamp set (sentiment).

Inks:  For the wreath, all inks are by Catherine Pooler. The colors are: Party Dress, Fiesta Blue, Lime Rickey, Tiara and Sauna. Tsukineko Versafine Ink in Onyx Black (for the sentiment).

Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock used to stamp the wreath; Papertrey Ink: Hawaiian Shores for the sentiment strip and card mat; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

Other:  Gina K Wreath Builder template. The 4-inch sized template was used in making this card. EK Success small floral punches; blue sequins from my stash.

 

 

Birthday Wishes with a Bright Floral Border

I thought I’d go for a bright and colorful, graphic flower look for this birthday card. It was created for the # 103 Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge! The theme was a birthday theme.

Note: When I made the card I didn’t know that the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Flowers may no longer be available. I apologize if it isn’t. However, two currently available SSS stamp sets that would work with this design are the Bold Flowers stamp set and the Wild Beauty stamp set.

Creating this card was simple. No layers were involved, only stamping a floral image all around the edge of the card front and then stamping the sentiment in the center and adding a couple of leaves around the sentiment. The only difficulty was choosing the right colors for the flowers. I decided to go with a bright summery color palette (after all it still is summer even though everyone is preparing to go back to school).

You could call this card a one-layer card, but I put foam tape on the entire back of the card front before adhering it to the black card base. I never miss a chance to add a little bit of dimension to my cards unless I can help it!

Hope you like the project. Have a bright and flowery day!

How I made this project:

  • Stamp the solid floral image around the perimeter of an A2-sized piece of white cardstock. Note: Clean off your stamp thoroughly after stamping each flower to ensure that you get a solid and clean color for each flower.
  • After stamping the entire perimeter of the card. Go back and stamp the flower centers in a color that will show enough contrast against the solid flower image. Again, remember to clean off your stamp after each stamping to insure no cross-contamination of ink color.
  • Stamp the sentiment in the middle of the card front.
  • Stamp additional leaf images around the sentiment for a more finished look.
  • Trim the completed A2 panel one-eighth of an inch on all sides. The final dimensions of the card front will be 4-inches by 5.25-inches.
  • Mount the card front onto an A2 card base.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Birthday Flowers stamp set.
  • Inks: All by Catherine Pooler Inks (love the coverage of this ink, especially when stamping a solid image!). Note for each color pairing listed, the first ink is the ink used to stamp the solid flower image, the second is the ink used for the flower center.
    • Party Dress/Rockin’ Red
    • Tiara/Bellini
    • Fiesta Blue/Daydream
    • Orange Twist/Rockin’ Red
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for the card front; Papertrey Ink cardstock in True Black for the card base.

Mermaid Tails: Keep on Swimming

I made this card for the Ellen Hutson’ July Challenge using Pantone’s color palette called Quietude. The color palette and inspiration images are shown below:

I love the various shades of soft pinks, mauves and taupes. They make for a very subtle, subdued, yet sophisticated color palette. The palette is also quite feminine.

I decided to create a mermaid-themed card using graceful mermaid tales colored in pink and mauve tones with a touch of soft aqua for the sea. The delicate pinks and aqua decorations on the side of one of the birthday cakes also reminded me of the scales on the mermaid tails. So, my inspiration for the card was complete.

How I made this project:

  • Stamp two mermaid tails, and a seashell onto a piece of white cardstock using a Copic-friendly ink.
  • Color the images with Copic markers (the colors are listed in the supply list below).
  • Die-cut or fussy-cut all the colored images (the mermaid tails and seashell).
  • Die-cut a banner using a stitched fishtail sentiment strip die from aqua cardstock.
  • Using the quilted stitched spirals cover die, die-cut the pattern onto an A2-sized (4.25 inch by 5.5 inch) piece of aqua cardstock and an A2-sized piece of white cardstock.
  • Trim the white cardstock piece down an eighth of an inch on all sides (final size will be 4 inches by 5.25 inches).
  • Arrange the mermaid tails on to the trimmed piece of white cardstock.
  • Stamp the sentiment onto the fishtail sentiment strip to the far left on the strip.
  • Determine the placement of the aqua-colored stitched fishtail sentiment strip onto the white card front. The right side of the sentiment strip will be trimmed off once the placement is determined.
  • Final assembly of card:
    • Adhere the white (4-inch by 5.25 inch) piece of cardstock to the A2 aqua piece
    • Adhere double-sided adhesive foam tape to the mermaid tails and sea shell.
    • Position all images and sentiment as show in the photo of the finished project and adhere them to the card front. Note: Before adhering the sentiment strip, trim of the excess strip so that the right end of the strip is flush to the white cardstock edge (refer to the final photo).
    • Mount the finished card front onto an A2-sized card base.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Inner Mermaid stamp set (mermaid tail and seashell); Essentials by Ellen: Mermaid’s Tail (sentiment).
  • Dies: Essentials by Ellen: Inner Mermaid coordinating dies (mermaid tail and seashell); Lil’ Inker Designs: Quilted Stitched Spiral cover die; My Favorite Things Die-namics: Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips (smallest one).
  • Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Copic-friendly) for all the stamped images; Versafine pigment ink in Onyx Black for the sentiment.
  • Copic Markers: Mermaid tail: R30, RV93; Mermaid body: RV93, RV63; Seashell R30, E13.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock (for stamped images and the white swirl-stitched cover-die mat); Papertrey Ink: Aqua Mist cardstock (for card mat and the sentiment strip); Neenah Solar White 110# (for the card base).