Totally Love You Valentine’s Day Card

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I love this Valentine’s Day card made with patterned hearts. The patterns were stamped onto the heart shapes using my MISTI stamping tool. I used a patterned swatch stamp set and a window heart wafer die both by Simon Says Stamp. The patterns in the swatch set are lovely!

How I made this project

  • Cut a piece of white wood-grained cardstock to 4.00” by 5.5”.
  • Center the heart windows wafer die onto the wood-grained cardstock and run this through your die-cutting machine. This will create a panel with 6 heart openings. Note: The hearts that are cut out can be saved for another project.
  • Using the heart window wafer die, and a piece of white cardstock, die-cut another set of hearts using the windows heart wafer die. This set of hearts will be used to stamp the patterns.
  • Stamp the six patterns from the patterned swatch set onto the six die-cut hearts. Note: It’s best to use a stamping tool such as the MISTI to get a good, solid impression on each heart.
  • Center and adhere the wood-grained panel onto an A2 (4.25” by 5.5”) piece of paper that is in a coordinating color as the ink used to stamp the hearts.
  • Adhere foam tape on the back of each of the 6 stamped hearts.
  • Inlay each of the 6 stamped hearts into a heart opening in the woodgrain cardstock piece. Note: the hearts will be slightly raised for dimension because of the foam tape behind each heart.
  • For the sentiment:
    • Heat emboss the sentiment using white embossing powder, onto a scrap piece of cardstock that is the same color as the cardstock used to mat the wood-grained panel.
    • Die-cut the embossed sentiment using a banner die, or hand cut the banner.
    • Adhere the sentiment banner to card front with foam tape.
  • Adhere the final card front onto an A2-sized card base.

 

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Pattern Swatches stamp set; Simon Says Stamp: Simple Sentiments #2.
  • Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Windows to My Heart wafer die; Honey Bee Stamps: Sentiment Banner die set.
  • Inks: Catherine Pooler Inks: Party Dress; Versamark Ink (for embossing).
  • Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz (for mat); wood-grained cardstock; Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock (for stamped hearts and card base).
  • Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

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!

 

Snowman Joy

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I’m posting the Christmas cards that I made kind of late in the season (a couple of days before Christmas. I usually do this because I want to make sure that the people I originally sent the cards received them and didn’t see them ahead of time on the Internet.

I made this card using nothing but die cuts. The only stamping was the sentiment that went on the inside. The inside is not shown here.

The snowman and all of his paraphernalia and the “J” and “Y” were all cut from one MFT Die-namics set and then layered onto an A2-sized piece of cardstock. I used a Concord and 9th scalloped edge with snowflake die to create the edging at the bottom of the red cardstock base so that the final dimensions of the red card front were 3.5″ (along the vertical) x 5.5″ (along the horizontal). This card front was then mounted onto an A-2 white horizontal-oriented card base.

Note: For added detail, the snowman’s face and the “J” and “Y” were cut from white glitter cardstock. The snowman’s hat band was cut from the same red cardstock used for the card front and the scarf was die cut from MFT’s Candy Land paper pack.

This is a pretty chill snowman if I do say so myself. Happy Holidays!

Supplies used to make this project:

Die-cuts: MFT Die-namics: Filled with Joy die set (snowman face, hat, scarf, nose); Concord & 9th: Wintry Edge dies set (there are 2 dies: one cuts the scalloped edge, the other cuts the snowflake border).

Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp: white glitter cardstock; MFT Candy Land paper pack; Papertrey Ink: Pure Poppy (card front/mat, snowman hat band); Papertrey Ink: Terracotta Tile (snowman’s nose); Papertrey Ink: True Black (snowman’s hat and a circular piece (1.25″ diameter) glued behind the snowman’s face for the snowman’s black coal eyes and mouth); Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base.

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.

 

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.