Stay Strong

 

Stay strong! I cannot emphasize this enough in these times. I wanted to make a card that was positive and calming. I hope I achieved that.

I find that being near water is very calming for me, so I tried to create that feeling here. I love the different shades of blue used here to mimic waves and how the sea can change in color. This effect was achieved using watercolors and layering the shades of blues on top of each other. It was one of the techniques introduced in Online Card Classes’s Spring Card Camp 2 by Kristina Werner. There is also a Spring Card Camp 1. They are both great classes to take while you are staying in place.

Hope you liked this project and I wish everyone strength, calm and positivity in these difficult times.

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: Altenew: All Things Orange stamp set (for the seagulls, clouds, and sentiment).
  • Dies: Altenew: All Things Orange coordinating die set (dies used for seagulls and clouds).
  • Inks: Versafine: Onyx Black
  • Watercolors: Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set (36 colors in all; only shades of blue were used and black at the very bottom).
  • Papers & Cardstock:
    • Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper in 140 lb. (for card front)
    • Papertrey Ink in Dark Indigo (for mat around the card front)
    • Neenah Solar White 110# (for card base)

Note: the final card size is A2 (4.25” x 5.5”)

Take a Deep Breath

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Staying calm and focused on the positive is always a good idea. The little cutie in this card is doing just that. She’s taking a minute or two to relax and rejuvenate herself. Please do the same. You need it to stay strong!

Stay healthy and safe.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps:
    • MFT Stamps: Pure Innocence: Serenity stamp set
  • Embossing Folders:
    • We R Memory Keepers Next Level Embossing Folder: Gemstone (used for the background of the card front)
  • Dies:
    • MFT Die-namics: Coordinating dies for MFT Stamps: Pure Innocence: Serenity stamp set
    • MFT Die-namics: Say It in a Starburst (used for the circle around the little cutie).
    • Hero Arts Infinity Dies: Circles (fifth die from the largest – used to cut out the starburst)
    • MFT Die-namics: Oval shadows (for ground underneath little cutie). This may stamp set may no longer be available.
    • Honey Bee Stamps: Banners die set (used for stamping the sentiment)
  • Inks:
    • Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black (Copic-friendly ink) for stamping little cutie image
    • Versafine Ink in Onyx Black (sentiment).
  • Cardstock:
    • Neenah Solar White 110# (used for little cutie and card base)
    • Papertrey Ink in Lemon Tart (used for dry embossed background and sunburst)
    • Papertrey Ink in Amethyst Allure (used for the ground little cutie is sitting on)
  • Copic Markers:
    • Hair: E17, E74
    • Clothes: Top: V05; Slippers: V05, V15; Tights: V12
    • Skin tones: E51 (for base), E02 (for shading); E93 (for cheeks)

Note: I popped up the image of little cutie with foam squares.

Always Stronger Together

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I’m posting a card I made for two people in NYC who are near and dear to me. I’m sending prayers and nothing but good vibes to them and their fellow New Yorkers as they go through the pandemic together. Be brave, be strong, have faith things will get better!

To everyone out there who stumbles on this post, stay safe and healthy!

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps:
    • MFT Stamps: You’re Super and Super Boy stamp sets (girl and boy super heroes, respectively).
    • Altenew: Sketchy Cities stamp set (NYC skyline)
    • Simon Says Stamp: Stronger Together stamp set (sentiment)
  • Stencils:
    • Newton’s Nook: Clouds stencil
  • Dies:
    • MFT Die-namics: Coordinating dies for the You’re Super and Super Boy stamp sets.
    • MFT Die-namics: Oval shadows (for ground underneath superheroes). This may stamp set may no longer be available.
  • Inks:
    • Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black (Copic-friendly ink) for stamping super heroes and skyline
    • Versafine Ink in Onyx Black (skyline and sentiment).
  • Copic Markers:
    • For super hero outfits: Belt: Y423, Y35; Boots R29, R89; Cape: R29 (outside); R89 (inside);
    • For super hero skin tones: E51, E53, E02
    • For super hero hair: Girl: Y11, U21; Boy: C7 (leave small areas white (uncolored);

A Little Kindess In These Times Goes a Long Way

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Hello,

These are difficult times for everyone around the world.

If you are not on the front lines with those people who are trying to understand and fight Covid-19, care for those stricken by the virus or those that can’t work from home because their jobs are important in maintaining important functions to keep everyone supplied with food, services, etc. remember to say a prayer of gratitude and safety for them.

You can reach out to others via texting, Facebook, Instagram, Zoom, Facetime or any other technology that helps us all stay connected. Be there for others emotionally and psychologically since we can’t be there physically. Be supportive, kind and hopeful because we all can use that now. We are all in this together facing a common enemy.

Stay safe, healthy and positive.

Keep Smiling: It’s Rainbow Colored Butterflies!

Hi everyone! This card was created using a stencil and one of my favorite coloring mediums, Distress Oxide Inks. I love the softness and opaqueness of these inks.

I chose bright colors because it is Summer and stenciled these butterflies in rainbow colored order.

Due to the size of the stencil butterfly and the fact that I wanted six colors for my rainbow I had to create an A6 card. The dimensions of an A6-sized card are 4.5” x 6.25”. This is the overall dimensions of my card, but the center butterfly panel is smaller as you can see. I needed the added length of an A6 card so that I could include the purple butterfly. I love the color purple!

The butterfly panel is raised with the help of a panel of craft foam and then adhered to the black A6-sized card base.

Hope you like this project. Keep smiling and have a great day!

 

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps : Simon Says Stamps: Beautiful Day (sentiment).
  • Stencils: Simon Says Stamp: Butterfly Stencil (the mid-sized patterned butterfly on the stencil was used).
  • Inks: Versafine ink: Onyx Black (sentiment)
  • Distress Oxide Inks: From top to bottom butterfly: Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Broken China, and Wilted Violet.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110# (for the butterfly panel); Wplus9: Black cardstock (it is 100# weight).

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!