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!

 

You Really Are Extraordinary

 

I love hydrangeas and have been waiting to do my take on a hydrangea plant. I was intimidated by the cluster of small perfect flowers and how to color and shade them for variation. So here is my result.

This project was also inspired by the current Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge.

I took my inspiration from the flowers and the color palette. I chose the light purples (lavenders), soft yellow, soft green and a light touch of pale lilac to color the hydrangeas. All coloring was done using Copic markers.  To make the flowers pop, I adhered them to a rich navy-colored piece of cardstock. I think the navy brought out the blues and made the pale color of the flowers pop.

How I made this project:

  • Stamped the hydrangea flowers and the cluster onto white cardstock using a Copic-friendly ink (Memento Tuxedo Black).
  • Colored the flowers using the selected Copic marker colors (listed below in the supplies). Blending was very important since I wanted a soft look for the flowers. I started with the lightest BV0000, coloring each petal with this color to wet the flower and then added the other darker shades of the BV family for shading. I also added a little V12 (Pale Lilac) for a pinker, yet subtle, more vibrant look. I used BV01 and BV0000 for blending the colors together as well.
  • Die-cut the colored flowers.
  • Arranged the die-cut flowers onto the A2 navy cardstock. Let flowers overhang the A2 navy card front and trim them later, once the flower placement is the way you want it. Make sure to leave adequate room for the placement of a sentiment.
  • Heat embossed the sentiment using gold embossing powder BEFORE you adhere the flowers to the card front.
  • Placedfoam squares on the back of the flowers and place them on the navy card front in the placement that you’ve determined.
  • Adhered the completed card front to a card base.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: (all stamps by Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen stamp line): Mondo Hydrangea (flower images), Totally Random Sayings Vol. 2 (sentiment: ‘you really are’), Mondo Sakura (sentiment: ‘extraordinary’).
  • Dies: Essentials by Ellen coordinating die set to Mondo Hydrangea stamp set.
  • Inks: Versamark; Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Copic Markers: BV0000 (Pale Thistle), BV01 (Viola); BV13 (Hydrangea Blue), V12 (Pale Lilac) for flower petals; Y02 (Canary Yellow) for flower centers; YG11 (Mignonette) for flower stems.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (for stamping flower images); Papertrey Ink: Dark Indigo cardstock for card front mat; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.
  • Other: Brutus Monroe Metallic Embossing Powder in Gilded.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

Kindness Begins With Love

The Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #98 requires using any kind of embossing on your project.

I employed an emboss resist technique, with ink blending using Distress Oxide Inks. My aim was to create a bright, but soft look.

How I made this project:

  • Prep a piece of A2 Distress Watercolor Cardstock with anti-static powder (e.g. Embossing Buddy bag).
  • Stamp the floral images onto the watercolor card stock using Versamark ink.
  • Cover the stamped images with white embossing powder, tapping the paper to remove any excess, and heat emboss with a heat tool.
  • Blend Distress Oxide inks over the embossed images, making sure that there is a slight blending between the colors.
  • Use a sponge dauber to color and blend the center of the floral images with a slightly darker ink in the same color family as the colored flower.
  • Blend light ink in the middle of the cardstock where the sentiment will be stamped.
  • After blending the colors, sprinkle water drops onto the card front and blot excess water with a paper towel.
  • Dry the entire card front with a heat tool.
  • Trim the card front to 4” x 5.25”.
  • Stamp the sentiment onto the card front.
  • Adhere crystal heart drops to the card front.
  • Adhere a piece of fun foam to the back of the card front.
  • Mount card front onto an A2 portrait-oriented, top-folding, black card base.

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Look for the Miracles stamp set (flowers; Simon Says Stamp: Kind Flowers stamp set (sentiment).
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Broken China, and Mermaid Lagoon.
  • Other Inks: Versamark (for embossing); Versafine Pigment Ink in Onyx Black (sentiment).
  • Other Supplies: Studio Katia: Clear Hearts; Hero Arts White embossing powder.
  • Cardstock: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock (card front); Papertrey Ink: True Black cardstock (card base).

For this project, I cut up a sentiment from the Kind Flowers stamp set so that the words ‘begins with love’ could be stamped alone.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

Have a Beautiful Day – Butterflies

This card was made to offset the cold, rainy weather that doesn’t seem to want to go away. The calendar says late May, but where I live, the cooler weather seems to be hanging on forever!

How I made this project:

  • Tape down the leafy stencil over a 4” x 5.25” piece of Bristol smooth cardstock.
  • Using a stencil brush, blend green ink over the stencil, blending and softening as the ink is applied and the desired intensity is achieved.
  • Stamp butterfly images onto a piece of white cardstock using a Copic-friendly ink. The butterfly images will be colored with Copic markers.
  • Color butterfly images with Copic markers.
  • Die-cut (if you have coordinating dies) or hand fussy-cut the butterflies.
  • Stamp sentiment in the middle of the blended, stenciled background.
  • Arrange the butterflies around the sentiment, raising them with foam squares.
  • Adhere the card front onto a piece of green 4.25” x 5.5” (A2-sized) piece of cardstock.
  • Mount the entire card piece to a horizontal A2-sized card base.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Beautiful Day stamp set (butterflies and sentiment).
  • Stencils: Simon Says Stamp: Leafy Frame stencil.
  • Inks: Simon Says Stamp: Jellybean ink (leafy frame background); Memento Tuxedo Black ink (outline of butterfly images); Versafine Onyx Black ink (sentiment).
  • Copic Markers: RV09, RV17, RV19, RV21, RV34, RV66.
  • Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Beautiful Day coordinating die set (butterflies).
  • Cardstock: Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock (card front); Neenah Solar White 80# (stamped butterflies); Papertrey Ink: New Leaf cardstock (mat); Neenah Solar White 110# (card base).
  • Other: Stencil brush.

Notes:

  • I prefer to use a stencil brush with a delicate stencil such as the Leafy Frame stencil because you have more control in blending and softening the color when creating a fade-out background. Also, the brush is easier to use on a delicate stencil. There is less chance of “bending” the cut-out areas on the stencil while blending the background.

Hope you like this project! Have a great day!

 

 

You Are Enough: Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge

 

This month’s inspiration board for the Pin-Sights Challenge over at Ellen Hutson’s classroom features a lot of beautiful colors and images shown below.

I decided to go simple and used just three colors to create my focal image. The colors are teal, a dark blue, and a gray from Tsukineko’s Versafine Clair collection of ink pads. The colors stamped beautifully.

The focal image took inspiration from the arrangement of succulents in the inspiration board.

How I made this project:

  • On a 4.00”x5.25” piece of white cardstock, I stamped a flower several times to form a cluster.
  • Using another stamp from the same stamp set, I stamped the centers of the flowers in gray.
  • Using a darker blue color, I used a coordinating stamp for the flower to stamp the flower folds.
  • The leaves for the flower cluster were stamped around to cluster for balance. Note: I didn’t use masking when I stamped the leaves. I inked the leaves stamp in gray and then wiped ink away using my finger on the portion(s) of the leaves so that the leaves looked like they were coming from behind the flower(s).
  • The sentiment was stamped in the same gray ink as the leaves.
  • The card front was then matted against a gray, metallic shimmer card. The mat was 4.25”x5.5” so there was an eighth-inch border all around.
  • The card front with mat was mounted onto a 4.25”x5.5” card base.
  • Clear gemstones were added for some soft bling.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Courage Stamp Set (flowers and leaves); Essentials by Ellen: Lovely stamp set (sentiment).
  • Inks: Tsukineko’s VersaFine Clair inks: Warm Breeze (flower); Blue Belle (flower folds); Morning Mist (leaves and sentiment).
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (card front); Silver metallic cardstock in a gunmetal gray from my stash (mat); Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.
  • Other: Hero Arts Smooth Clear Gemstones.

The overall look of the card is clean and simple. The style of the card matches the sentiment in a way—just enough, not fussy.

Hope you like the card. Have a great day!

Hello–Thistle Flowers

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The inspiration for my card shown above, is the picture board for the January Ellen Huston Pin-Sights Challenge show below. I love the understated tones of blues, purples and a touch of green for a color palette. The field of flowers in those shades was another image from the inspiration board that I was attracted to as well. The scene is one of beauty and serenity. This was the feeling I wanted to capture.

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The supplies I used and how I created and assembled the card are listed as the bottom of the blog post.

Hope you like the card! Have a great day!

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps
  1. Essentials by Ellen: Thistle stamp set (flowers & stems).
  2. Essentials by Ellen: Lovely stamp set (sentiment)
  • Dies
  1. Essentials by Ellen: Thistle dies (coordinates with the Thistle stamp set).
  • Inks
  1. Papertrey Ink: Winter Wisteria (flower) and Amethyst Allure (background)
  2. Catherine Pooler Inks: Royal Treatment (flower), Juniper Mist (flower), Green Tea (stems)
  • Cardstock
  1. Strathmore Bristol Vellum (front flower panel)
  2. Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock (flowers & stems)
  3. Papertrey Ink 110# cardstock in Royal Velvet (a deep purple) for the mat
  4. Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock (card base)
  • Other
  1. White Fun Foam
  2. Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen in clear

 

How I made this card:

  • Starting with a 4.25” x 5.5” piece of Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper, I ink-blended a pale amethyst background using a foam ink blending tool. I applied the color starting from the lower left-hand corner and worked upward and out. I gradually lightened the color as I moved outward for a soft fade. I then added a few water droplets to the blended background and blotted them off with a paper towel. I did this to add more texture to the background
  • I stamped and die-cut three flowers in different colors, using the colors from the inspiration board. I also stamped and die-cut three of the flower stems in the same green-tea shade and from the same flower stamp set. All flowers and stems were stamped onto Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock
  • I mounted the flowers and stems onto fun foam (I die cut the fun foam pieces using the same dies from the die set and the arranged them on the front of the blended background.
  • When I arranged the assembled flowers, I noticed that for better placement, the flowers had to run off the edge on the left side.
  • Since they ran of the side, I trimmed down the Bristol panel on the right and top sides so that the total panel was 4” x 5.25”.
  • The flower panel was mounted onto a full-sized A2 (4.25” x 5.5”) deep purple mat. Note: I mounted the panel so that it was flush to the mat on the bottom right corner.
  • A simple, small “Hello” was stamped onto the card front so it wouldn’t distract from the flowers.
  • A little shimmer was added to the flowers with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen.
  • The entire card front was adhered to an A2 top-folding card base.

 

 

Hello Friend – A Graphic-Styled Card

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I am SO behind in posting the cards that I have made.  I made this card in early September, when I purchased the new Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen Paper Pack, Modern Graphics.

I’m a sucker for anything that is graphic in design. This is partly because, I envy those craft product designers who can come up with the most eye-catching designs in patterned paper and stamps. Their patterns and designs always leave me awestruck. I’m always amazed at how different elements that don’t look coordinated can look so interesting and cohesive together.

This is my attempt to imitate those wonderful graphic designers.

This project is a combination of stamping, die-cutting and layering cardstock.

·        I cut the animal-dotted patterned paper from the patterned paper pack down to an A2-sized mat piece.

·        Next, I die-cut a piece of white cardstock using Papertrey Ink’s Brushed Off Rectangle die. I love this die because of the unusual brushed-cut edges. Love the textured edges!

·        I then stamped a graphic leaf image from the Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals stamp set. I chose an olive colored ink from Papertrey Ink and my favorite black ink from Tsukineko. The leaf was stamped several times and I alternated the stamping as well as the two different colored ink.

·        I cut a black piece of cardstock slightly larger than the Brushed Off rectangle to frame the stamped center rectangle, so that it’s edges didn’t get lost against the dotted pattern mat background.

·        I added a small sentiment that was heat embossed with white embossing powder onto black cardstock. The sentiment was raised using foam tape.

·        The entire card front was mounted onto an A2 card base.

Hope you like the look! Have a great day!

 

Supplies used in making this card:

·        Stamps:

o   Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals stamp set.

o   My Favorite Things: Simply Said stamp set (sadly no longer available—set has tiny sentiments in a simple font)

·        Inks:

o   Papertrey Dye Ink in Ripe Avocado

o   Tsukineko Versafine Ink in Onyx Black

·        Cardstock:

o   Neenah Solar White 80# for the center focal panel

o   Bazzill Cardstock in Licorice Twist

o   Essentials by Ellen Modern Graphics cardstock (4 different patterns, this one is the animal dots pattern).

o   Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base

·        Other:

o   Hero Arts White Embossing Powder