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

Have-a-Fabulous-Birthday

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

HB2U-HB2U

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

Happy-B-Day-SSSFlickrChallenge52

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.

Brushstroke Happy Birthday

Brushstroke-Happy-Birthday

 

I’m very happy when I can make a masculine appropriate card that does not involve fishing, golfing or some other kind of sport. LOL!

For this card I used more subdued shades of green and a kraft-colored ink to slightly brighten up things. I love the artsy look of the brushstroke stripes in these colors. The stripes slightly overlap each other and are paired with the brushstroke “happy birthday” sentiment from Avery Elle. I stamped the birthday sentiment and ink blots (also from the same Avery Elle stamp set) in Versamark ink and then heat embossed them using gold embossing powder. The two stamp sets really complement each other and the gold embossing powder gives the card a richer look.

My inspiration for this card came from Maile Belles. She is on the design team for Papertrey Ink and she designed the brush stroke stamps I used for this card. I love Maile’s creations. She has a very identifiable style which I can’t fully describe. It’s part graphic, simple and straightforward. She has a great eye for just the right placement of all the elements she uses on her cards. Love her style. Maile is definitely one of several card makers who are my source for inspiration.

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Watercolor Wonder stamp set; Avery Elle: Brushed stamp set (happy birthday sentiment and ink splats)

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for card front; Papertrey Ink: Pinefeather for card front mat; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base.

Inks: Papertrey Ink: Ocean Tides, Classic Kraft, Aqua Mist, and Pinefeather; Versamark ink.

Other: WOW embossing powder in Gold Rich Pale (for the sentiment and ink splats).

 

Super Duper Birthday Card

Super-Duper-Birthday

 

This birthday card was made for one of my daughters.  Though she is not a child any more, she still appreciates receiving whimsical, fun cards from her Mom. Love that bit of child that is still in her!

Love these Tiny Heroes stamp set from Mama Elephant. The images are so cute and perfect to color. I used my Copic markers to color the super hero and the curved skyline. Though I used a skyline stamp from an old obsolete Studio Calico stamp set, I think you could use any of the more current skyline stamps to create a similar look.

The female hero was stamped, colored and then die-cut using the coordinating die set for the Tiny Heroes stamps and then mounted using foam tape to add a bit of dimension.

I used primary colors of red, blue, yellow and green to convey the look and feel of a comic book character.

I created the sentiment for this card from a couple of stamp sets. The “Super Duper” was from the Tiny Heroes stamp set. I inked the” Super Duper” separately, masking off all the other words from the sentiment using painters tape before inking and then removing the tape before stamping onto the cardstock. I then used the individual words “have”, “a” and “birthday” from an Impression Obsession clear stamp word set called Sentiments I. I placed these words on small acrylic blocks and stamped them separately.

I love this stamp set for two reasons. Firstly, the individual words are in a nice font, and secondly, there are lots of different words. These two reasons make it so versatile that you can create your own sentiment or alter a sentiment from another stamp set, like I did here to make a completely new sentiment.

Impression Obsessions has another word set, Sentiments II the words in that set are all in caps, in a block font and focus more on holidays and occasions. It’s a great set to have as well. I love it when I can use some basic stamp sets to help me stretch my stamps.

Hope you have a super duper day!

 

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps: Mama Elephant: Tiny Heroes stamp set; Studio Calico: curved skyline (don’t know the name; the stamp set is from an old monthly card kit).

Inks: Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black, Versafine Ink in Onyx Black for the sentiments.

Dies:  Mama Elephant: Tiny Heroes Creative Cuts (the coordinating die set to the Tiny Heroes stamps set).

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110# for card base; Neenah Solar White 80#; Stampin’ Up: Real Red cardstock for mat.

Other:  Copic markers, 3-M foam tape.