Sending Happy Thoughts: and a Floral Arrangement

I love making cards that combine several different product types. In this case, I used a floral stamp, a cover plate and a label/frame die for the sentiment. I think all these different elements combine to make a pleasing and cheery card.

The flowers were stamped in a Copic-friendly ink, colored using Copic markers and then die-cut with their coordinating die. The sentiment was cut from a two-piece label/frame die set, one oval and the back a nicely scalloped piece.

The background was debossed using a beautiful color plate with a swirly pattern on a 4-inch by 5.25-inch piece of white card stock and then centered and matted onto a 4.25-inch by 5.5-inch piece of hot pink cardstock. The final card front is adhered to a standard A2 card base.

Hope you like this card. Hope you have many happy thoughts throughout your day.

 

Supplies used in making this card:

  • Stamps: Altenew: Weekend Doodles stamp set (for floral cluster and sentiment).

 

  • Dies:
    • Altenew: Weekend Doodles coordinating stamp set (for flora cluster)
    • Altenew: Dotted Swirls Debossing Cover Plate
    • Papertrey Ink: Limitless Layers 2.5-inch Ovals (for sentiment label)
  • Inks:
    • Memento Tuxedo Ink (Copic-friendly)
    • Altenew: Obsidian Pigment Ink

 

  • Copic Markers:
    • Flowers: RV00, RV11, RV17 (all blended together).
    • Leaves: YG25, YG17
    • Flower centers: Y02

 

  • Cardstock:
    • Neenah Solar White 80# (for debossed card front, stamped floral cluster, stamped sentiment oval)
    • Simon Says Stamp: Doll Pink (mat frame)
    • Neenah Solar White 110# (card base)

Mom Love You: Mother’s Day Card with Floral Borders

Mother’s Day always brings thoughts of Spring, pastel colors and flowers. This project was created for a Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge. Using at least one SSS product, the challenge involved created a card with flowers or a Mother’s Day using floral designs. I’ve posted the picture on Flickr and Instagram.

So, to all mothers and women who raise and nurture others (you are motherly!), Happy Mother’s Day!

Hope you like this project! Have a great day!

 

How I made this project:

  • Using a stamp set with floral images, stamp a border pattern onto an A2-sized (4.25”x5.5”) piece of white cardstock along the horizontal-oriented top and bottom of the piece. I used a MISTI stamping tool for this to insure good, stamped images. Also, stamp with a Copic-friendly ink since the images will be colored with Copic markers.
  • Color the images with Copic markers.
  • Die-cut the letters M-O-M from pink sparkle cardstock. Cut the letters two additional times in plain cardstock.
  • Adhere the letters cut from pink cardstock to the back of the pink-glittered letters. Note: There will be a total of 3-layers for each letter. This is done for added dimension.
  • Center the letters to form the word Mom in the middle of the card front as show in the picture.
  • Stamp the sentiment phrase “LOVE YOU” underneath the word ‘MOM’.
  • Trim the top and bottom of the floral card front piece by 1/8-inch. The card front will be 4.00” by 5.25”.
  • Adhere the card front to an A2-sized mat of pink cardstock.
  • Adhere the completed card front to an A-2 sized, horizontal-oriented card base.

Supplies I used to make this project:

  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Spring Flowers stamp set (large and small flowers; leaves); SSS: Mom and Dad Icon stamp set (for phrase ‘LOVE YOU’); SSS: Koalaty Friend (small butterfly image).
  • Dies: SSS: Mom and Dad Icon wafer die set (for letters spelling ‘MOM’).
  • Inks: Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black (Copic-friendly); Versafine Pigment Ink in Onyx Black (‘LOVE YOU’).
  • Copic Markers:
    • For large flower petals: RV11-Pink; flower centers: Y35-Maize.
    • For small flowers: BG11-Moon White.
    • For leaves with dotted lines: YG25-Celadon Green.
    • For solid-outlined leaves: combination of YG13-Chartreuse and YG25-Celadon Green.
    • For butterflies: Y32-Cashmere.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for card front; SSS: Cotton Candy (mat for card front); Neenah Solar White 110# for card base; Mirri Sparkle cardstock: Pink Sapphire (for word ‘MOM’)

Three Cards Using Same Floral Stamp Arrangement

Altenew is a stamp company that appreciates their customers. I received a lovely stamp set from them as a gift. Thanks, so much Altenew! The gift set which is shown below is similar to Altenew’s Billowing Blossoms stamp set with just a few other images added.

I created a layout from one of the flowers and one of the leaf clusters from the set and used the same floral/leaf arrangement to create three different cards.

While the floral/leaf arrangement is the same in all three cards, I varied the ink colors, sentiments and backgrounds for each card for different looks.

No special techniques were used. I stamped the floral/leaf arrangement using my MISTI on A2-sized (4.25”x5.5”) white cardstock, stamped a sentiment, die-cut the focal image, and then mounted it onto a background. Each card front was then mounted onto an A2 card base.

Hope you like these projects. Have a great day! Thanks again Altenew for the lovely gift!

Supplies used in making these projects:

For the Hugs card:

  • Stamps: Altenew gift stamp (flower and leaf); Altenew: Floral Garden stamp set (word: ‘Hugs’). Note: The Floral Garden stamp set is retired (sorry about that).
  • Dies: LifeStyle Crafts: Nesting Hexagon dies (no longer available), but there are other nesting hexagon die sets you can use.
  • Inks: Altenew Crisp Die Inks: (from darkest to lightest shade) Ultraviolet, Hydrangea, and Wisteria used for the flowers, Limeade for the leaves; Versafine pigment ink: Onyx Black for the sentiment.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110#; metallic cardstock in violet from my stash (hexagon mat for the focal image).
  • Other: We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder: Waves (card background); Pretty Pink Posh sequins in Amethyst.

For the Hope Your Day is Wonderful card:

  • Stamps: Altenew gift stamp (flower and leaf); Altenew: Floral Garden stamp set (word: ‘Hugs’). Note: The Floral Garden stamp set is retired (sorry about that).
  • Dies: Hero Arts: Infinity Dies: Postage Stamp dies .
  • Inks: Altenew Crisp Die Inks: (from darkest to lightest shade) Magenta, Fuchsia, and Baby Pink used for the flowers, Lime for the leaves; Versafine pigment ink: Onyx Black for the sentiment.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (focal image) and 110# (card base); plum cardstock from my stash (mat for the postage stamp piece).
  • Other: We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder: Waves (card background); Pretty Pink Posh sequins in Amethyst.

For the Smile card:

  • Stamps: Altenew gift stamp (flower and leaf); Altenew: Geo Frames stamp set (word: ‘Smile’).
  • Dies: Lawn Fawn: Quilted Backdrop (cover die for card front background).
  • Inks: Altenew Crisp Die Inks: (from darkest to lightest shade) Marigold, Snapdragon, and Chamomile used for the flowers, Lime for the leaves; Versafine pigment ink: Onyx Black for the sentiment.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (oval focal image) and Papertrey Ink: Summer Sunrise for quilted background and card base.

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!

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!

 

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).