Happy Birthday for a Friend

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I love creating birthday cards for family and friends. I chose to make this card using some bright floral-patterned paper. It was something to help me get out of the winter doldrums and believe me, this Midwest winter has been far too harsh and LONG. I can hardly wait until Spring comes! This card will have to do for now.

This card design was inspired by one of my favorite card makers, Jennifer McGuire and her YouTube video titled “Rethinking Dies and Stamps”. This video is great and served as a reminder of how I can use my stamps and dies in conjunction to create some fresh designs. Jennifer made 22 amazing cards to prove her point. The card I made is just a small example of some of the ideas I learned from the video. If fact, I “cheated” a bit by using a piece of patterned paper for the background against my giant sentiment die. The die I used is big and cuts out the word ‘friend’, but leaves it attached to the top and bottom of the card piece you use. Thanks Concord & 9th for such a great die!

 

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

 

How I made this project:

  • Take an A2-sized (4.25” by 5.5”) piece of cardstock. Use a color that will coordinate or accent the pattern that you will be using for the background. In this case, there were dark blue flower and leaf accents in my patterned piece, so I chose a dark piece of cardstock to make the patterned paper “pop” against the dark, but still pull together the entire card front. Note: I apologize if the cardstock here looks black. The photograph made the dark indigo color show up as black.
  • Die cut the cardstock using the die.
  • Adhere the patterned cardstock behind the die-cut card front. Note: the pattern can be from a piece of patterned paper or a pattern that you’ve stamped yourself. Also, the pattern doesn’t have to be a full A2-sized piece, but it must be big enough to completely cover the opening of the die cut card front.
  • For the sentiment: Chose a sentiment suitable for the occasion you want to express. In my case, I wanted to say happy birthday to my friend. I stamped my sentiment in embossing ink and then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.
  • Embellishments: The card looked plain, so I used small flower punches to punch out flowers and adhere them to the card front. The flowers happened to coordinate with the complement the flowers in the patterned paper. I also added little dots in gold ink to the centers of the punched flowers to repeat the theme of dots in the flower centers of the patterned paper. This helped to tie everything together.
  • Adhere the completed card front to an A2 card base.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps:
    • WPlus9: And Many More (‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ sentiment).
  • Dies:
    • Concord and 9th: Peek-Through Pattern Dies (‘friend’ die used here).
  • Punches:
    • Small flora punches from my stash.
  • Cardstock:
    • Papertrey Ink: Dark Indigo (for die-cut card front piece), Hibiscus Burst (for small punched flower).
    • Patterned paper by Pebbles: Girl Squad collection (pattern behind the die-cut card front).
    • Neenah Solar White 110#: for card base and the white punched flowers.
  • Other:
    • Pilot Gold Marker (Extra Fine Point).
    • Brutus Monroe Metallic Embossing Powder in Gilded.

HB2U HB2U – Birthday Card

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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#.

Mother’s Day Cards 2016 #1

Hello!

This is the first of two posts for Mother’s Day cards that I want to share with you. I had to wait to post them because I didn’t want the recipients to see them before Mother’s Day.

Here is the first card:

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I colored plain vellum using a technique I learned from Jennifer McGuire in the Online Card Class: Clear and Sheer. It’s a great class and I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to get more creative mileage from vellum.

I started with an A2-sized piece of vellum. Three different shades of pink were used to color the vellum to create a very subtle ombre effect. I started with the lightest color on the bottom and gradually worked up to the darker pink that you see on top.

After coloring the vellum and making sure it was dry, I used a floral stamp from WPlus9 (Ranunculus) and stamped it twice onto the vellum (upper right corner and then lower left corner) positioning the stamp a little differently each time with Versamark ink. The floral images were then heat embossed in white.

The sentiment strip was die-cut from a stitched strip die from My Favorite Things and then stamped with a Mother’s Day sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed in gold.

The strip was glued to the vellum and used to hide the adhesive need to attach the vellum piece to the card front. One of the many tricks I learned in the Clear and Sheer card class. One thing to note is that I had to cut both ends of the strip because it was a little too long for the width of the card. Pearl embellishments in 2 sizes were added to complete the card.

I love the soft, feminine look of this card.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:  WPlus9: Beautiful Bouquet: Ranunculus (flowers); Papertrey Ink: Keep It Simple: Mother Mini stamp set (sentiment).

Inks:  For background from lightest to darkest:  WPlus9: Little Piggy, WPlus9: Sweet Nectar, Hero Arts: Bubble Gum shadow ink; Versamark Ink.

Dies: My Favorite Things: Horizontal Stitched Strips (die with the smallest width).

Cardstock:  Bazzill Vellum 40#; Neenah Solar White 80# for sentiment strip; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder; Hero Arts large and small pearls.

 

Mother’s Day Card 2016 #2

Here is my second post for Mother’s Day 2016 cards.

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The card front is a single-layer, stamped onto a 4.00” x 5.25” piece of white cardstock which was later glued to an A2-sized colored mat that coordinated with the colors in the flowers and the entire front of the card was mounted onto a top-folding A2 card base.

I used an Altenew layered stamp set (Watercolor Wonders). This is such a beautiful stamp set. The sentiment is from another stamp set by Altenew as well (Wild Hibiscus). After stamping the flowers, I used Versamark ink to stamp the flower centers and then heat embossed them in gold.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I have trouble with the watercolor and layered stamp sets that are so popular now. I don’t seem to be able to get the layered stamping the way I want it or the colors the way I want. I’ve practiced many times, and I think I finally understand how to use the technique and line up the stamps (or at least the Stamping Gods were with me when I made this card).

I love the results.

This is wishing you a happy, belated Mother’s Day!

 

Supplies used in making this project.

Stamps: Altenew: Watercolor Wonders (flowers) and Wild Hibiscus (sentiment)

Inks: WPlus9 dye inks: Little Piggy, Sweet Nectar, and Sweet Gelato (flowers); WPlus9 dye ink: Last Leaf (leaves); WPlus9 dye ink: Black (sentiment); Versamark ink for flower centers (later heat embossed in gold).

Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# for the card front, Stampin’ Up: Pomegranate (obsolete) for card front mat; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

Other Supplies: WOW embossing powder in Gold Rich Pale.

Happy Mother’s Day! and SSS Flickr Challenge #18

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I made this card for my sister-in-law. She is one of the most kind and loving mothers that I know. The card is also part of SSS Flickr Challenge #18.

The flower images are from Simon Says Stamp’s Artful Flowers stamp set. I stamped the flowers (there are 3 flowers in this set) onto some blush pink cardstock using Versamark ink. I then applied gold embossing powder to them. I heat embossed the flowers first and then used the coordinating die set to cut out the flowers.

One of the dies from the Die-namics Stitched Basic Edges set from My Favorite Things was used to cut a stitched piece on which the flowers were mounted with dimensional foam tape. The bottom piece of the card front is a patterned cardstock from My Mind’s Eye Fancy That collection.

The sentiment was stamped in Versamark Ink onto vellum and then heat embossed with the same gold embossing powder that was used for the flowers. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Keep It Simple: Mother Mini Stamp Set (love the different fonts for Mothers’ Day greetings in this set).

Please note that the blush cardstock that I refer to is Stampin’ Up’s cardstock in Blush Blossom. This color is no longer available. I was holding onto this cardstock because it is such a beautiful, delicate shade. It just happened to go well with the Mind’s Eye Fancy That patterned papers that came in my SSS May card kit. What luck! I used the gold-dotted pattern paper from this collection.

I hope you like this card as much as I enjoyed making it!

Supplies used to make this card:

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Artful Flower stamp set; Papertrey Ink’s: Keep It Simple: Mother Mini Stamp Set.

Cardstock: Stampin’ Up: Blush Blossom cardstock (discontinued); My Mind’s Eye: Fancy That 6×6 paper collection (part of SSS May card kit); Bazzill 40 lb. vellum; Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock for the card base.

Inks: Versamark Ink.

Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Designer Flowers Wafer Thin Dies Set; My Favorite Things: Die-namics Stitched Basic Edges.

Other: WOW Embossing Powder in Gold Rich Pale.

Brushstroke Happy Birthday

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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

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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.