It’s Summer and Life’s a Beach!

Hi everyone!

Sometimes life can be a beach, especially in the Summer!

I loved making this card using an Avery Elle stamp I bought last year, but hadn’t used! I found it wedged behind my craft desk and the wall while I was doing a little tidying up of my craft room. (Yes, I do clean my craft room from time to time!).

The sky and the sandy beach were created using a cheaper version of the Picket Fence Life Changing Brushes which I purchased from Amazon. I have to say that ink blending with this kind of brush (really a soft foundation brush) makes the process so easy. I also used Bristol Smooth cardstock. Inks just glide over this type of paper when you use it for ink blending.

The images were stamped with a Copic-friendly ink and colored with Copic Markers and I list the colors below. I die cut the images using the coordinating die set for the stamps and raised the images  with bits of foam tape.

Hope you like this project. Have a great, beachy day!

 

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: Avery Elle: Beside the Sea stamp set
  • Dies: Avery Elle: Beside the Sea dies
  • Stencils: Rosie’s Roadshow Cloud Template (This may be hard to find, but MFT’s Mini Cloud Edges stencil would work).
  • Inks: Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers (for the clouds/sky); Distress Oxide Ink in Tea Dye (for the sand); Versafine Ink in Onyx Black (for the sentiment); Catherine Pooler Inks in Grass Skirt (for the tufts of grass); Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black, a Copic-friendly ink (for stamping the Copic-colored images).
  • Copic Markers: Blue beach house: BG15, BG11, Y19; Orange House: YR19, YR04, Y19; Green/Yellow House: YG07, YG23, YG21; Sun: Y19; Seagull: C1; Sand Pail: YR09: Sand Pail shadow: E33.
  • Cardstock: Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper (for the card front); Neenah Solar White 80# (for the stamped images); Papertrey Ink cardstock in Hawaiian Shores (card mat); Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base.

 

 

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!

Happy Autumn Leafy Frame Border

This is another “Happy Autumn” card made. I made if from the leafy die frame that came with the Hero Arts  September My Monthly Hero (MMH) card kit.

There are lots of beautiful stamp images with this kit. However, I chose to use the leafy die frame that came in the kit and run with it. The frame was colored with Hero Arts inks and a sponge dauber. I also used the “Happy Autumn” sentiment that came in the MMH stamp set.

I first matted the finished leaf frame against a cream-colored cardstock, but it looked bland. More texture was needed, so I used a background cover die to add a woodgrain texture.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

How I made this project:

  • Die cut the leafy frame from a piece of Bristol Smooth paper. I did this because I intended to do a lot of ink blending and Bristol Smooth really helps achieve a very blended ink look.
  • Dab inks in autumn colors around the leaf frame using sponge daubers. Blend the inks as you go around the frame until you get the desired effect. Set the frame aside.
  • Die-cut an A2 (4.25” x 5.5”) piece of cream-colored cardstock using a wood-grain patterned cover die.
  • Trim the A2 cream-colored mat down to 4.00” x 5.25” (trim an eighth of an inch off on all sides).
  • For the sentiment:
    • Die-cut a sentiment banner from the same cream-colored card stock. It should be slightly longer than the width of the sentiment.
    • Heat emboss the sentiment using Versamark ink and rose gold embossing powder.
    • Set sentiment aside.
  • For the tiny leaf and acorn embellishments:
    • Punch out tiny leaves and acorn using a leaf border edge punch from copper and bronze metallic papers.
  • For the final assembly of the card:
    • Adhere the leafy frame to the cream-colored, woodgrain mat with liquid adhesive.
    • Adhere foam tape to the back of the sentiment banner and place it on the matted frame piece.
    • Adhere the tiny leaves and acorn to the card front as show in the photo.
    • Mount the card front (matted frame piece) to an A2, horizontal-oriented, top-folding card base cut from rust-colored cardstock.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: My Monthly Hero Card Kit of September 2018 – stamp set (‘Happy Autumn’ sentiment for this kit).
  • Dies:
    • Hero Arts MMH September 2018 card kit: leafy border/frame.
    • Lawn Fawn: Woodgrain Backdrop die.
    • MFT Die-namics Sentiment Strips die – This particular die set may no longer be available.
  • Inks: All inks are by Hero Arts: Mulled Wine, Moss, Butter Bar, Just Rust, Royal Red.
  • Punches: EK Success: EK Tools Edge Paper Punch: Falling Leaves. (love the tiny images from this border punch!)
  • Cardstock:
    • Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper (100#) – for the leaf frame.
    • Neenah Classic Crest cardstock in Natural White (this cardstock is a very subtle cream color) 80# (for sentiment strip and woodgrain mat).
    • Papertrey Ink: Terracotta Tile 100# cardstock for card base.
    • Metallic paper in bronze and copper (from my stash).
  • Other: Rose Gold embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp.

Happy Autumn: Leafy Background in Autumnal Colors

Autumn arrives tomorrow technically and where I live, the cooler Fall weather has arrived today! YAY!

Spring and Autumn are my favorite season, followed by Winter. This is mainly because I’m a creature that despises heat and humidity and I live in a place in the Midwest where we have plenty of that in the summer.

Spring is wonderful because things become alive and start blooming. Fall is wonderful because of what I’ve mentioned previously. Winter is great because I love wearing sweaters and it’s too cold outside to do anything but craft and make cards!

I love rich color and Autumn is the time of year where Nature’s rich textures and golden sunlight come into play. I hope this card captures some of the rich colors.

The card was easy to make as far as techniques go, just randomly stamped leaves using rich autumnal colors.

Hope you like this project. Have a great Fall day!

How I made this card:

  • Stamp a pattern onto a piece of white cardstock cut to 4” by 5.25” using various leaf stamps in autumnal colors.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Versamark ink onto a burgundy piece of cardstock.
  • Heat-emboss the sentiment using gold embossing powder.
  • Trim down the sentiment piece to 2.5” wide and 3.75” long
  • Adhere the sentiment piece to the leaf-patterned card front with foam tape.
  • Adhere the card front to a burgundy A2 landscape-oriented card base.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps:
    • Hero Arts: Textured Leaves clear stamp set (leaf background)
    • Altenew: For All Seasons clear stamp set (sentiment)
  • Inks:
    • Hero Arts Bold Inks in Mulled Wine, Moss.
    • Hero Arts Shadow Inks Mid-tone: Pumpkin, Cup o’ Joe.
    • Catherine Pooler Inks: Mandarin Spice.
    • Versamark ink (for embossing).
  • Cardstock:
    • Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock (for leaf background).
    • Papertrey Ink: Scarlet Jewel cardstock (for sentiment and card base).
  • Other:
    • Wow Metallic Embossing Powder in Gold Rich Pale.

 

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).

Hello Sunshine, Hello Summer!

Summer’s here! This card is meant to be looked at whenever we have an overcast, sun-less day during the summer. It is a reminder that the clouds are only temporary, and the sun will come out tomorrow, tomorrow! (Please excuse the reference from the musical Annie.)

I wanted to create a cheery summer sky and sentiment to imitate those bright sunny days in the summer when the sky is so blue and only broken up by the occasional puffy, billowy cloud.

These flat-bottomed cloud dies are so cute. They add an interesting graphic shape to the card and are the perfect size for stamping a small sentiment. Unfortunately, these cloud dies are by Simon Says Stamp and are no longer available. However, you could use another cloud wafer die set by SSS or many other cloud dies made by other companies. Also, you could even cut out your own clouds from white cardstock!

 

How I made this project:

  • Stamp the sun circle with the stamp from the stamp set onto white cardstock using yellow ink.
  • Die cut the stamped sun circle.
  • Die cut and it sun rays using coordinating solid and patterned yellow card stock.
  • Adhere/assemble the sun circle and the sun rays together, forming a sunburst.
  • Die cut the clouds from white card stock.
  • Die cut the stitched sun rays cover panel using blue cardstock.
  • Cut an A2 sized mat in coordination yellow card stock.
  • Trim the stitched sun rays panel 1/8-inch on all sides (panel with be 4 inches x 5.25 inches).
  • Adhere the trimmed stitched rays cover panel to A2 yellow card stock mat.
  • For the sun and rays, adhere the sun circle and rays to each other as shown in the card.
  • Stamp sentiment onto the larger of the two puffy, flat-bottomed cloud.
  • Adhere the clouds, sunburst image as shown in the image of the card using foam tape to give the pieces added dimension.
  • Mount the entire card front onto an A2 portrait-oriented card base.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Reverse Confetti: My Sunshine stamp set; Simon Says Stamp: Four Seasons stamp set (sentiment).
  • Dies: SSS: Flat-Bottom Clouds (no longer available), but there are so many other cloud dies on the market that could be substituted; Reverse Confetti Cuts: My Sunshine coordinating dies to the My Sunshine stamp set; Reverse Confetti: Stitched Sun Rays Cover Panel.
  • Inks: Catherine Pooler Inks: Tiki Torch (for the sun); Versafine Ink: Onyx Black.
  • Cardstock:
    • For the sun rays: Papertrey Ink: Summer Sunrise for solid rays and Papertrey Ink patterned paper in Summer Sunrise.
    • For the stitched sun rays panel: Papertrey Ink: Hawaiian Shores.
    • For the mat under the sun rays panel: Papertrey Ink: Summer Sunrise.
    • For the card base: Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.
    • For the sun circle and clouds: Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock.

Hope you like this project. Have a great (and sunny) day!

Cheers! It’s Summer!

Summer is starting to heat up where I live in the Midwest (pun intended). It’s been cooler than average and very rainy but starting to get warmer. I don’t now if the rain will abate though.

This card was created to start off summer. I love the fresh greens and yellows and the overall tropical feel to it. The background stamp is a bold graphic, but you can also use it for a tone on tone effect for a subtler look. I love this background because it has such a distinct pattern and you may be seeing it on other cards I make.

How I made this project:

  • Stamp the background stamp onto an A2-sized piece of white cardstock with green ink.
  • Stamp the tropical leaf, beverage image and the “cheers!” sentiment onto white cardstock.
  • Color the beverage image and the tropical leaf with Copic markers.
  • Die-cut the beverage image, tropical leaf and sentiment if you have coordinating dies for them. Note: the sentiment doesn’t have a coordinating die, so I used a tiny banner die that fit the sentiment perfectly. You may also fussy cut the images if you prefer.
  • Put bits of foam tape behind the tropical leaf, beverage and sentiment banner for added dimension.
  • Adhere the die-cut images and sentiment onto a 3-inch by 4.25-inch piece of vellum.
  • Final assembly of the card front:
    • Cut down the background stamped piece to 4-inch by 5.25-inch.
    • Mat the background piece to an A2-piece of coordinating green cardstock.
    • Mount the vellum piece in the center of the card front (background plus green mat).
    • Adhere the entire card front to an A2 card base.
    • Adhere yellow sequins.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: WPlus9: Tropic Fever stamp set (background and tropical leaf); Newton’s Nook: Cocktail Mixer stamp set (beverage image and sentiment).
  • Dies: WPlus9: Tropic stamp set coordinating die set (for tropical leaf); Newton’s Nook: Cocktail Mixer die set (for beverage); My Favorite Things (MFT): Die-namics Fishtail Sentiment Strips (smallest fishtail strip).
  • Inks: Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black (Copic-friendly ink); Versafine Onyx Black ink (sentiment); Hero Arts Bold Ink (Hybrid Ink): Green Apple.
  • Copic Markers: For the beverage: Y13, Y19, YR12, E12, YG25, BG10, R49; For the tropical leaf: G14, YG25, YG05.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for stamping background and images; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base; Papertrey Ink cardstock in Green Parakeet (for mat); Bazzill Vellum 40#.
  • Other: Hero Arts Ombre Sequins in Sunshine.

 

Hope you like this card. Have a great day!