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.

Happy, Happy Birthday: Unicorns and Birthday Cake!

What could be any more wonderful than having a unicorn and pink cake for your birthday!

I got the inspiration for this whimsical card from several Essentials by Ellen stamps. I think the leaping unicorn is so cute and the fine lined images all coordinate well with each other even though they are from different stamp sets.

How I made this project:

  • Stamp the images onto Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink or any Copic-friendly black ink.
  • Color the images using Copic markers.
  • Die-cut the unicorn, cake, candles and stars from their respective stamp sets.
  • Onto an A2-sized piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper, lightly blend a background using Distress Oxide ink and a foam ink blending tool.
  • Arrange the die-cut images on the card, but don’t adhere. This must be done to determine the placement of the birthday sentiment at the bottom of the card.
  • Once the sentiment location has been determined, stamp the sentiment in black ink.
  • Adhere all the image pieces using foam tape for dimension.

 

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: All stamps by Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen stamp line:
    • Unicorn and Rainbows stamp set (unicorn and stars)
    • Wish Big (birthday cake and candles)
    • Sock Monkey Surprise (sentiment)
  • Dies: All dies by Essentials by Ellen coordinating die sets:
    • Unicorn and Rainbows die set (unicorn and stars die)
    • Wish Big die set (birthday cake and candles)
  • Inks:
    • Distress Oxide Ink in Tumbled Glass (background)
    • Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Copic-friendly) for stamping images
    • Versafine Clare pigment ink in Nocturne (sentiment)
  • Copic Markers:
    • Unicorn – B02,BG07 and V17 (hair); C1 (body light shading); Y08 (horn and hooves)
    • Birthday cake: RV52, RV55
    • Birthday candles: Y08
  • Cardstock:
    • Neenah Solar White 80# for stamped images
    • Strathmore Bristol Smooth 100# paper for blended background
    • Neenah Solar White 110# for card base

Hope you like the project. Have a great day filled with unicorns, cake and stars. Unfortunately, I left out the sprinkles, but you can add them on your own!

Ellen Hutson/Altenew Pin-Sights Challenge: Have a Fabulous Birthday

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Ellen Hutson’s October Mix It Up Challenge incorporates products from Essentials by Ellen and Altenew.

I decided to use the Floral Shadow stamp set from Altenew. It features large, solid floral and foliage images.  I chose two ot the floral and leaf images as my focal point and stamped them in a bold, deep raspberry ink. I used my MISTI stamping tool when I inked and stamped them a couple of times. I wanted to insure that I had good, solid impressions.

The color of the flowers is rich and bold, so I decide not to add other colors or things that might detract from the design. I wanted the flowers to really pop against the front of the card, so I emphasized this by matting the card front against black cardstock.

I love the sophisticated look of the handwritten “fabulous” sentiment die. I die-cut the word three times from the same black cardstock and glued all three pieces on top of each other for more dimension before adding it to card. I also added 2 small label sentiments, stamped in black, to complete my sentiment.

A few clear, sparkling sequins were added for a slight bit of shimmer and I “colored” the flowers using a clear, Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to up the glitz a little more.

I’m really happy with the results, my project is bold and striking and uses a minimum amount of color and fuss.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

Stamps:

  • Altenew: Floral Shadow Stamp
  • The Ton: Basic Labels (sentiment)

Dies:

  • Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies: Totally Fabulous

Inks:

  • Hero Arts: Raspberry Jam Mid-Tone Shadow Ink
  • Tsukineko: Versafine Ink: Onyx Black

Cardstock:

  • Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock (card front)
  • Bazzill: Licorice Twist (black) cardstock (mat)
  • Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock (card base)

Other:

  • Wink of Stella Glitter Brush in Clear.
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins (assortment).

HB2U HB2U – Birthday Card

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Life has been pretty busy this summer. Time is flying by while friends and family are having birthdays and other celebrations.

I have “resigned” myself to making birthday cards with a little help from my stash of patterned paper packs. I tend to hoard my patterned paper and this helps me reduce my stash, so I have more room to buy more patterned paper! LOL! Help, I’m in a buyer/hoarder loop!

Using patterned paper relieves me from the stress of choosing a color scheme. I just pick up the colors from the patterned paper in my inks and solid cardstock. The patterned paper also saves me time in stamping a background.

When I first started making cards, I felt that I had to create everything from scratch from the color scheme to the patterned background if I was using one. But as time went on, I saw the folly in this belief. Card making is all about putting different design elements together to create something that is pleasing to the eye. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if you get a little help from patterned paper, store-bought embellishments, stickers, etc. I’m sure this revelation is nothing new to other card makers, but it took a while for this to come to me.

How I made this project:

I used a 6×6 patterned paper from Pinkfresh Studio’s Felicity collection. I love the particular color combination because it is bright and cheerful. Since the pattern was a little busy, I decided to partially cover it using a cover up die from My Favorite Things. The openings in this cover up die still allow the pattern to show through, but not so much of it as to be distracting. The cover up die cuts out an area that is slightly smaller than an A2-sized card, so I cut the patterned paper down to the same dimensions as the cover up die. The patterned paper was adhered to the back of the cover up piece. I found a piece of pale blue cardstock from my stash that matched the blue in the pattern and used it to mat the card front.

The 2 speech bubble sentiments were stamped in inks that were similar to the colors in the patterned paper. I die cut the 2 stamped speech bubbles using their coordinating die and mounted it to the front of the card with foam tape.

The entire front and mat were adhered to a top-folding, portrait-oriented, A2-sized card base.

I was pleased with the result and so was the recipient. Hope you like this card!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: My Favorite Things: Birthday Speech Bubbles stamp set.

Dies: My Favorite Things – Die-namics: Birthday Speech Bubbles die set; My Favorite Things – Die-namics: Bold Stripes Cover Up die,

Inks: Papertrey Ink: Aqua Mist and Harvest Gold.

Paper: Patterned paper from Pinkfresh Studio: 6×6 Felicity paper pack; Neenah Solar White 80# for cover up die; for the mat for the card front, I found a piece of scrap that matched the blue in the pattern; for card base: Neenah Solar White 110#.

Floral Background Birthday Wishes

B-Day-Flowers

 

This card represents some of my favorite go-to techniques. I made this card for the SSS Flickr Challenge #71 which requires you to make a project using your favorite technique(s).

I’m not really a heavy user of a lot of different tehnqiues. I love what others can do with the latest techniques, but I’m usually slow to adapt to the latest cardmaking trends. Some of these trends such as watercoloring take a lot of time to master and do effectively. I love watercolor techniques, but I’m still trying to develop my eye for watercoloring.

Several of the techniques I rely on often are represented in the card above. I love the emboss resist technique and die-cuts!

Details of this project:

Stamps:

  • My Favorite Things (MFT) Bundles of Blossoms Background stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp (SSS) Birthday Bits stamp set (sentiment)

Dies:

• MFT Die-namics: Stitched Flowers
• PTI Limitless Layers 2.5” Circle Die Collection

Inks:

• Versamark Ink
• SSS Rose Apple Dye Ink

Cardstock

• Neenah Solar White 110# card base
• Rose/Coral cardstock (from stash) for mat
• Papertrey Ink (PTI): Rustic Cream cardstock (die-cut flowers)
• Ranger 8.5×11 Mixed Media Cardstock (card front)
• Bazzill 40lb Vellum cardstock

Other:

• Hero Arts white embossing powder
• WOW Embossing Powder in Gold Rich Pale
• Pretty Pink Posh: Metallic Gold Sequins (4mm and 6mm)

How I Made this Project:

1. Using an A2 sized piece of Ranger Mixed Media cardstock, I stamped the card with MFT’s Bundles of Blossoms background stamp with Versamark ink and then heat embossed the image with Hero Arts white embossing powser.
2. I then used the embossed-resist technique to color the background using SSS Rose Apple dye ink. The ink was applied lightly to the center of the background, and then more heavily moving outward to the edges.
3. Using a die from the PTI Limitless Layers Circle die collection, I die-cut the circle piece from vellum and heat embossed the sentiment onto it using WOW gold embossing powder
4. Three dies from the MFT Die-namics Stitched Flower die set were used to cut out flowers from PTI Rustic Cream cardstock. These flowers were adhered onto the vellum sentiment circle using micro glue dots.
5. For assembly of the final card:
• I cut down the A2 embossed-resist card panel to around ¼ inch on all sides.
• Matted this to full A2-sized card panel in a rose-coral piece of cardstock from my stash.
• The center sentiment piece was adhered to the card front using micro glue dots placed behind the small die-cut flowers.
• Gold sequins were adhered to the centers of the die-cut flowers.
• The entire finished card front was adhered to a top-folding, portrait-oriented card base.

WPlus9 Watercolored Anemones: CAS B-day Card

Happy-Birthday-Flowers

Love this stamp set Watercolored Anemones by WPlus9 and its matching set of dies. There are many different stamp pieces for each of the individual flowers and leaves. This only gives all the images more depth and dimension if you care to use all the layers.

I have been playing with this set for a while trying to get the hang of layered stamping. I know everyone else is way ahead of me in their layered stamping techniques.I tend to worry that my stamping of the layers is always a little bit off, but I think that is also the beauty of layered stamping.

For this card, I chose to simply focus on layering the flower images. I keep the background foliage simple by only stamping the major foliage image once in a mid-tone green.

This card itself is a pretty straightforward design borrowing from the clean and simple style. The focal point is the flowers which I stamped in pretty pink/pinky coral shades. The flowers are place against a background of leafy bouquet foliage.  The flowers have been inked, die-cut and then raised using foam tape to give the focal point added interest and dimension.

A simple birthday greeting from the Altenew stamp set: Birthday Greetings completes the front of the card.

The original card front was 4.25”x 5.5”, but was trimmed down to 4” x 5.5”. The card front was then matted to the right onto 4.25”x5.5” pinky coral cardstock using 3M foam tape. This in turn was mounted onto a top-folding A2 portrait-oriented card base. Sequins were added in a pink/coral color and a cream color.

Hope you like this CAS card! Have a great day!

 

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:  WPlus9 Watercolored Anemones; Altenew: Birthday Greetings.

Dies: Wplus9 matching dies to Watercolored Anemones stamp set.

Inks: WPlus9 dye inks (listed from lightest to darkest): Little Piggy, Sweet Nectar, Sweet Gelato for flowers and New Leaf for background foliage.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for card front; Papertrey Ink: Berry Sorbet cardstock (100#) for matting for card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

Others: Neat and Tangled Sequins in Cotton Candy and Buttercream.

 

Happy B-Day: SSS Flickr Challenge #52

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The Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge #52  theme is “CUT IT OUT!” This means creating a card using some die-cutting.

Wallis Simpson (formerly the Duchess of Windsor) once said, “You can never be too rich or too thin.”, however my take on the quote is, “You can never have too many stamps or too many die-cuts.” LOL

That being said, I tried to use NO stamping and only die-cutting on this project. However, I wimped out a bit on this when I realized I need a little texture for the background. So I used a background stamp.

The SSS Hexagon Pattern Circle die reminds me of a honeycomb and bees, so I decided the card was going to be a B-day card.

I used the SSS Painted Happy Birthday wafer die and cut it out of black cardstock. To emphasize the “bee” or “B” theme, I cut apart the word birthday so I only used the “B” and the “day” for the birthday part of the sentiment.

I realized as I planned the layout of the card, it kind of looked plain. So I used one of my new background stamps from Concord & 9th (absolutely love their stamps) to simulate the wood you would find in those wooden beehives in apiaries.

The structure of the card was simple after die-cutting all the pieces. I used a piece of A2 sized orange colored cardstock and stamped the wood background onto it with some orange ink for a more subtle tone-on-tone pattern. I later cut this down by a quarter of an inch on each of the dimensions so that it was 4-inches by 5.25-inches.

Using the solid circle die that comes with the Hexagon circle die set, I cut a circle in the exact spot I wanted the open hexagon circle to be. I mounted the solid circle piece to the back of the hexagon circle and this was mounted onto black fun foam for dimension.

The orange wood background piece was mounted onto a top-folding A2 portrait-oriented card base and then the entire circle piece was placed over the die-cut hole in the card front. I made sure that the woodgrain behind the circle lined up with the wood background piece before adhering it to the front of the card.

I die cut a cute bee from black cardstock with Paper Smooches’ Bee Dies. There are two bees in that die set and I used the one that was carrying a little heart. The black outline of the bee was used and I also die cut the same bee from some bright yellow cardstock scrap and used that for the bee’s stripes and wings. The black-outlined bee was adhered to the bottom left of the circle and I then glued the little stripe and wing pieces in using a glue pen. The heart at the bottom of the bee’s feet was die cut from a scrap of yellow/gold glitter paper from my stash. I added a tiny black enamel dot for the bee’s eye (also from my stash).

The “Happy”, “B,” and “day” word pieces were mounted onto black fun foam and then glued to the front of the hexagon circle.

There is a lot of assembly involved when making a card using mostly dies, but it is rewarding once the final project is complete. I like the dimension on the card created by the raised sentiment and different die cut pieces.

Hope you have a bee-you-tiful day!

 

Supplies used in making this project:

Dies:  Simon Says Stamp: Hexagon Circle wafer die set, Painted Happy Birthday wafer die; Paper Smooches: Bees die.

Stamps:  Concord & 9th: Barnwood Background stamp.

Ink:  Simon Says Stamp: Orange Peel.

Cardstock: Simon Says Stamp Cardstock: Burnt Orange (for the hexagon circle); Orange Peel (for the card front); Black (for the sentiment, bee outline piece, and card base); yellow scrap cardstock from my stash (stripes on the bee’s body and wings).

Other: Small black enamel dot (for bee’s eye) from my stash; yellow/gold glitter paper (for bee’s body stripes) from my stash.