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 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.

A Happy Hello: Tropical Flower

Tropical temperatures and summer go hand in hand where I live. Currently, we are having a respite from the heat, but I’m sure the hot and humid weather will come back soon to Chicago.

This card is bright and cheery and is meant to perk up anyone who is dealing with hot temperatures wherever they may live.

How I made this project:

  • Stamp tropical flower and palm leaves images (twice for the large leaf image and once for the smaller leaf image for a total of 3 stamped leaf images) onto Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Ink or any Copic-friendly ink.
  • Color the images with Copic markers.
  • Die-cut the images using their coordinating dies, or fussy cut them.
  • Onto a 4” x 5.25” piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper (140#), blend and fade yellow ink onto the lower left area of the paper and the upper right area. Use a foam blending tool for this.
  • Arrange the leaf images behind the flower image. Tape the leaf images together.
  • Adhere the flower image with foam tape onto the bed of leaves.
  • Adhere the entire flower/leaves images to the Bristol Smooth paper.
  • Stamp the sentiment in the upper-right area of the card front.
  • Mount the card front onto an A2-sized green-colored mat.
  • Mount the final card front onto an A2-sized card base.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: WPlus9: Tropic Fever stamp set (tropical flower and large and smaller palm leaves); WPlus9: Hand-lettered Hello (sentiment).
  • Dies: WPlus9: Tropic Fever coordinating die set.
  • Inks: Memento: Tuxedo Black; Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink; Papertrey Ink: Harvest Gold (for blended/faded background)
  • Cardstock: Strathmore: Bristol Smooth paper (140#); Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock (stamped images); Papertrey Ink: New Leaf cardstock (mat); Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock for card base.
  • Copic Markers: Leaves: YG06, YG23; Flower: Y32, Y35, Y38.

 

Hope you like this project. Have a great and cool day!

 

Congrats! A Starry Flowers Bouquet

I love the vibrant pink and reds in this congratulations card! The card was inked/water colored using Distress Inks re-inkers. I placed a few drops of each of my chosen colors into separate wells of a small plastic palette and used them as if they were watercolors.

The gold centers of the flowers coordinate the thin gold stripe and sentiment. I’m really pleased with the overall results.

How I made this project:

  • For the fuchsia-toned background, I started with watercolor cardstock (Tim Holtz), wet the cardstock, and then used a paint brush to swipe color onto the cardstock. I started with my lightest color first and then gradually switched to dark shade and then darker shade of pink/red. I used 3 colors in all for the background and they are listed below in the supplies. The paper was well saturated with water and watercolor and I turned the piece of watercolor on its end vertically to let the lightest color run down into the darker colors. I also swiped the running colors with my paintbrush, so the cardstock was fully covered with color. I put the watercolor cardstock to the side to dry and later used a heat tool to make sure it was fully dried before assembling the final card.
  • For the floral image:
    • Stamp the floral image onto watercolor cardstock using a waterproof ink or one that is appropriate for water coloring.
    • Color the images with the chosen colors. The watercolor cardstock was dry, only the brush was wet with watercolor.
    • After the flower image is completely dry, add gold watercolor ink to the centers of the flowers.
  • For the sentiment: Die-cut the sentiment from gold foil cardstock three times. Adhere the three sentiments on top of each other for a raised, dimensional effect.
  • Final card assembly:
    • Cut a piece of white A2 cardstock on the vertical (longer) diagonal (from corner to corner).
    • Use one of the diagonal cut pieces for the top half of the card.
    • Cut a strip of gold foil cardstock and adhere it to the back of the white diagonal piece.
    • Die-cut the water-colored floral piece using the coordinating die. If you don’t have the die, just fussy-cut the piece.
    • Mount foam tape to the back of the cut out floral piece.
    • Adhere the white diagonal piece to the top part of the water-colored background. Note: decide which side of the water-colored background you want to be visible.
    • Adhere the floral piece to the white diagonal piece.
    • Adhere the dimensional sentiment to the bottom part of the card front.
    • Adhere the completed card front to a card base.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Altenew: Starry Flowers stamp set.
  • Dies: Altenew: Starry Flowers coordinating die set; Papertrey Ink: Wet Paint Cuts III die set (word “congrats”).
  • Inks and Watercolors: For the card front background: Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick and Picked Raspberry. For the floral piece: Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Picked Raspberry and Barn Door. For the floral stem: Cracked Pistachio. For stamping the floral image: Versafine Ink in Onyx Black. For centers of the flowers: Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors set (Light Gold color).
  • Cardstock: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock; Neenah Solar White 80# (white diagonally cut piece); gold foil cardstock (from my stash). Neenah Solar White 110# (card base).

Hope you like the card. Have a great day!