Merry Christmas Poinsettia

I haven’t posted in a while. But now that Christmas is getting nearer, I’ve started making holiday cards.

This card features a beautiful poinsettia flower. I love the die it was cut from. There is so much detail in it. The embossed lines that are created by the die really add dimension to the flower.

I die cut the flowers and the leaves from metallic shimmer paper because I think the holidays are all about things that shimmer, shine and glow. The border stamp (though it is stamped in the middle of the card front) was stamped with metallic gold shimmer ink. The results are stunning, and the photo doesn’t quite capture it.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day and try to fit in some Holiday crafting!

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Pretty Pink Posh: Winter Borders stamp set; My Favorite Things: Hand Lettered Holiday stamp set (‘Merry’ ‘Christmas’ sentiment/words).
  • Dies: Hero Arts: Paper Layering Poinsettia Fancy Die.
  • Inks: Delicata: Golden Glitz (for the stamped border. Note: this ink is from Tsukineko); Hero Arts: Mid-Tone Shadow Ink in Royal Red (for sentiment).
  • Cardstock:
    • Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream (card front).
    • Poinsettia flower in Red Satin shimmer cardstock (from my stash: brand name unknown).
    • Leaves: Curious Metallic Paper in Botanic.
    • Flower center: Stardream Metallic cardstock in Gold.

I Loaf You: Valentine’s Day Card for Carb Lovers

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all you lovers of carbs! This card is just for you.

This card was made using a cute stamp set that has loads of sentiment puns. I just love the set (I’ve notated the brand and stamp set name below).

How I made this project:

  • Lightly ink blend a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock in pale pink ink. The piece should be large enough to die-cut heart from a heart die.
  • Die-cut the pink-blended cardstock with the heart die. Adhere craft foam or foam tape to the back of the die-cut heart.
  • Stamp the bread loaf and slice of bread in Copic-friendly ink onto white cardstock. Color the images and die-cut or fussy cut them out. Place foam tape on the back of these colored images.
  • Layout your Copic-colored images on top of the die-cut heart. Leave room for the placement of the sentiment.
  • Stamp the sentiment onto the heart in the desired location.
  • Adhere the images (bread loaf and slice) to the heart.
  • Add small red hearts (die-cut from a punch, etc.) or sequins to the heart.
  • For the card mat:
    • Cut a piece of A2 cardstock (4.25” x 5.5”) from red cardstock.
    • If you are using a rectangular stitched die like I used, then die-cut the red A2 piece using the stitched die.
    • Mount the heart onto the red mat cardstock.
  • Mount the card front (heart & red mag piece) onto the front of an A2-sized card base. Note: If you have die-cut the red cardstock using a stitching die like I did, you may have to trim the entire card down to a size less than A2.
  • Supplies used in making this project:
  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Breakfast Buddies (images and sentiment).
  • Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Breakfast Buddies coordinating dies (loaf of bread and slice); Simon Says Stamp: Wonky Heart craft dies (second from the largest of the dies in this set); My Favorite Things Die-namics: Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX (largest rectangle).
  • Inks: Versafine Ink: Onyx Black (for sentiment); Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black for images that were colored with Copic Markers; Distress Oxide Ink: Spun Sugar (for soft color blending of heart).
  • Copic Markers: E13, E53, and E50 for bread; Y17 (butter).
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110# (card base and stamped images); Papertrey Ink: Pure Poppy (card mat and red punched hearts); Strathmore Bristol Smooth for heart and ink blending.
  • Other: Heart Border punch (for the small red heart embellishments).

 

 

Everday Bouquet and XOXOXOXOXO

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Concord & 9th Turnabout stamps are great. A full background or focal point can be created with just four turns of the turnabout stamp.  The tricky part of using a turnabout stamp is selecting the four colors of ink to create the look that you want.

I chose the Everyday Bouquet Turnaround stamp by Concord & 9th to create a Valentine’s Day card. I made the bouquet part of the focal point of the card. The colors I chose were in the red, pink, and gray shades. In fact,  I chose a shade of gray ink and stamped it one turn and then double-stamped it on another turn so that it looks as those two different shades of gray were used.

You don’t have to use four different colors of ink, you could use the same colors for all four turns, or just use two or three inks. It all depends on the look you want.

I won’t go into how to use a turnabout stamp, you can go to the Concord & 9th  turnabout page for information.

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: Concord & 9th: Everyday Bouquet Turnaround; Simon Says Stamp: Simple Sentiments 2 (XO sentiment)
  • Inks: Catherine Pooler Inks: Peppermint Scrub, Rose Petals, and Twilight; Versamark Ink (for embossing).
  • Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Windows to My Heart wafer die (used one heart from this die set); Honey Bee Stamps: Sentiment Banners dies.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110# for card front and card base; Papertrey Ink: Autumn Rose (die cut heart, and mat for card front). Note the card front was trimmed down from 4.25” by 5.5” to 4” by 5.5”.
  • Other: Brutus Monroe Ultra Fine Embossing Powder in Sterling.

Hope you like this project! Have a great day and XOXOXOXOXO!

A Billowing Blossoms Hello

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This card was created from a gift stamp from Altenew. I received it for being a loyal customer. I just love it when stamp makers reward customers for being dedicated.

Thanks, Altenew for the gift and the great products you make!

By the way, this is not a paid advertisement for Altenew. The company’s products are amazing and extensive, but I receive no compensation from Altenew, other than a gift stamp for being a loyal customer.

Anyway, I decided to make a floral wreath with the gift stamp set (Billowing Blossoms) on a 4-inch square of white cardstock. The flowers were stamped in a plum-colored ink. The leaves from the same stamp set filled in the empty areas in the wreath. Note: The wonky stitching around the square was created using a die from an MFT die set.

The center of some of the flowers, sentiment and heart were stamped in Versamark ink and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I then layered a 4.25-inch square of gold glitter cardstock followed by a 4.50-inch piece of  plum-colored card stock behind that as matting for the card front. I liked the layers and the finish it gave to the front of the card. The entire front piece was mounted onto a 4.50-inch card base.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Altenew: Billowing Blossoms (gift stamp set); Altenew: Floral Shadow stamp set (‘hello’ sentiment); Altenew: Charmed stamp set (heart image).
  • Dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics: Wonky Stitched Square STAX.
  • Inks: Altenew inks in Razzelberry (flowers) and Parrot (leaves); Versamark ink (for embossing).
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (card front) and 110# (card base); Mirri Sparkle Glitter Cardstock in gold (for layering); Plum card stock (for layering) from my stash.
  • Other: Brutus Monroe Embossing Powder in Gilded.

I hope you like this project!

 

Merry Christmas with a White Holiday Border

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I haven’t posted in a while because life has been so busy. Here is one of the holiday cards that I’ve made recently.

I love how this card turned out. No complicated techniques were used. However, the stamps, red cardstock and gold heat embossing of the sentiment make the card pop!

The holiday border stamped in white really helped frame the sentiment. The border was stamped multiple times using white pigment ink to get a good impression.

The card front was cut down to 4” x 5.25” and matted against a 4.25” x 5.5” (normal A2-size) gold glitter cardstock.

Hope you like this project! Merry Christmas!

Supplies used to make this project:

Stamps:  The Ton: Holiday Border Cling Background; Simon Says Stamped: Stained Glass Greetings stamp set.

Inks:  Hero Arts: Unicorn pigment ink (a white); Versamark Ink (for the embossing).

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink: Pure Poppy (card front); gold glitter cardstock (cut to 4.25”x 5.5”) used as a mat for the card front; Neenah Solar White cardstock 110# (card base).

Other:  Brutus Monroe embossing powder in Gilded.

 

Birthday Floral Wreath

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I’ve been fascinated by all the card making demos on YouTube that feature the use of the Gina K Designs Wreath Builder template. I finally caved and purchased the GKD’s initial bundle which included stamps and the templates. However, I used tiny stamps for another stamp set to show that any stamp set with small images will work. The wreath template is pure genius and so easy to use!

Thanks to Jennifer McGuire (can’t get enough of her videos), I took inspiration from her cards using the wreath builder template and  created a birthday card for a friend. Jennifer currently has three videos using the wreath builder. These videos are all fabulous. You can also see videos of how to use the product by the creator, herself, Gina K on her Stamp TV page. Go to the Gina K Designs website and click on the ‘Go to Stamp TV’ option on the top right of the home page. You will find instructions on how to use the Wreath Builder System.

I won’t go into the actual details of how I made the card. There are plenty of YouTube videos for that. However, I used the 4-inch template for this project. I cut the final floral wreath in half and placed one half of the wreath at the top of an A2 card front and the other half on the bottom of the card front. I then cut a 2-inch strip of coordinating cardstock (2 inches tall by 4.25 inches wide stamped the sentiment onto it. I adhered the sentiment strip in the middle of the card front to hide the gap.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:  Hero Arts: Make a Wish Birthday stamp set (flowers & leaves); Papertrey Ink: Mini Blooms stamp set (dot images in this set); Papertrey Ink: Splits: Happy Birthday mini stamp set (sentiment).

Inks:  For the wreath, all inks are by Catherine Pooler. The colors are: Party Dress, Fiesta Blue, Lime Rickey, Tiara and Sauna. Tsukineko Versafine Ink in Onyx Black (for the sentiment).

Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock used to stamp the wreath; Papertrey Ink: Hawaiian Shores for the sentiment strip and card mat; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

Other:  Gina K Wreath Builder template. The 4-inch sized template was used in making this card. EK Success small floral punches; blue sequins from my stash.

 

 

Thank You For Being So Sweet: Stenciled flower using two-layer stenciling technique

 

This is a sweet thank you card for a very sweet person.

I love stencils and the fact that they are a simple, low-tech craft supply that you can use to great advantage. You can ink up a stencil, apply embossing paste, sprays and even use them as an embossing folder! Also, they are very reasonable priced.

How I made this project:

  • I used a floral stencil by Altenew that has layering image options. I placed the main floral image on an A2-sized card front and then started to ink the flower and leaves using a round foam sponge on a round mini ink blending applicator.
  • I used Distress Oxide inks because I wanted to create a soft watercolor look. The ink had to be applied carefully since the stencil has delicate details in some parts and I didn’t want to rip or bend the stencil. I used more of a pouncing motion on the stencil to ink up the images with the foam applicator.
  • When the image was dry, I lined up the other shadow images over the main image to add shadows to the leaves and flower and inked the images with darker inks. This technique could be called a two-step stencil layering process, like two-step stamp layering.
  • I then again let the ink dry because I was going to heat emboss my sentiment and didn’t want the embossing powder to stick onto any of the damp inked images.
  • I noticed that after the shadow layer of ink on the flower had dried, the ink dried so that there was no shadow distinction. Therefore, to create more shadow, I reinked the shadow area with a much darker ink (not using a Distress Oxide). When the flower dried, the shadow was now more distinct from the layer underneath.
  • I stamped the sentiment using Versamark ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder and then trimmed down the card front to 4” x 5.25”. I placed foam tape on the back of the card front and adhered the front to an A2 mat of gold sparkle paper. Then the entire front was adhered to an A2 card base.

Supplies used in creating this project:

  • Stamps: Altenew: Folksy Florals stamp set (for the sentiment).
  • Stencils: Altenew: Watercolor Bouquet stencil.
  • Inks: Distress Oxide Inks: Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry (flower); Twisted Citron (stems & leaves), Cracked Pistachio (shadowing of leaves); Catherine Pooler Inks: Party Dress (deepen shadow of flower); Versamark Ink for heat embossing;
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base; Gold glitter paper for mat behind card front.
  • Other: Brutus Monroe embossing powder in Gilded; Ranger round ink blending applicator and Ranger round blending foam.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!