Floral Background Birthday Wishes

B-Day-Flowers

 

This card represents some of my favorite go-to techniques. I made this card for the SSS Flickr Challenge #71 which requires you to make a project using your favorite technique(s).

I’m not really a heavy user of a lot of different tehnqiues. I love what others can do with the latest techniques, but I’m usually slow to adapt to the latest cardmaking trends. Some of these trends such as watercoloring take a lot of time to master and do effectively. I love watercolor techniques, but I’m still trying to develop my eye for watercoloring.

Several of the techniques I rely on often are represented in the card above. I love the emboss resist technique and die-cuts!

Details of this project:

Stamps:

  • My Favorite Things (MFT) Bundles of Blossoms Background stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp (SSS) Birthday Bits stamp set (sentiment)

Dies:

• MFT Die-namics: Stitched Flowers
• PTI Limitless Layers 2.5” Circle Die Collection

Inks:

• Versamark Ink
• SSS Rose Apple Dye Ink

Cardstock

• Neenah Solar White 110# card base
• Rose/Coral cardstock (from stash) for mat
• Papertrey Ink (PTI): Rustic Cream cardstock (die-cut flowers)
• Ranger 8.5×11 Mixed Media Cardstock (card front)
• Bazzill 40lb Vellum cardstock

Other:

• Hero Arts white embossing powder
• WOW Embossing Powder in Gold Rich Pale
• Pretty Pink Posh: Metallic Gold Sequins (4mm and 6mm)

How I Made this Project:

1. Using an A2 sized piece of Ranger Mixed Media cardstock, I stamped the card with MFT’s Bundles of Blossoms background stamp with Versamark ink and then heat embossed the image with Hero Arts white embossing powser.
2. I then used the embossed-resist technique to color the background using SSS Rose Apple dye ink. The ink was applied lightly to the center of the background, and then more heavily moving outward to the edges.
3. Using a die from the PTI Limitless Layers Circle die collection, I die-cut the circle piece from vellum and heat embossed the sentiment onto it using WOW gold embossing powder
4. Three dies from the MFT Die-namics Stitched Flower die set were used to cut out flowers from PTI Rustic Cream cardstock. These flowers were adhered onto the vellum sentiment circle using micro glue dots.
5. For assembly of the final card:
• I cut down the A2 embossed-resist card panel to around ¼ inch on all sides.
• Matted this to full A2-sized card panel in a rose-coral piece of cardstock from my stash.
• The center sentiment piece was adhered to the card front using micro glue dots placed behind the small die-cut flowers.
• Gold sequins were adhered to the centers of the die-cut flowers.
• The entire finished card front was adhered to a top-folding, portrait-oriented card base.

Halloween: Vampire Boo

Vampire-Boo2

Do vampires say boo (maybe mwahahaha)? Or do only ghosts say boo? Anyway, this vampire says boo ( I didn’t have a stamp that said mwahahahha).

This is a whimsical card for Halloween. I created it using products from several of my favorite stamp companies. Please refer to the list below for all the supplies I used.

I think the results are fun! It only goes to show that you can make a funny card using a variety of products from different brands and they will all come together just fine. I made 15 of these puppies and gave them to family and friends for Halloween.

The silhouette of the tree is a die from Lawn Fawn, while Dracula is from My Favorite Things. The moon was cut using a 1.25” circle punch from EK Success. I was too tired to run a circle die through my die-cut machine, so I used my trusty punch. Sometimes the low-tech approach is the way to go, especially when you want to give your die-cutting machine a rest. The bats flying around were also cut from another EK Success punch that had 3 bats in different sizes.

Anyway, construction of this card was fairly easy. The time-consuming part was coloring 15 Draculas. I used Copic markers to color Dracula, using  various shades of cool grays for this. I know Dracula is usually dressed in black, but you lose detail when you color in black and I’m not that adept at coloring with Copics like Sandy Allnock.  She is a great teacher when it comes to showing you how to use Copics. I try to be a good student, but a good student does their homework, which I sadly must admit—don’t do enough of–but I’m getting there!

Hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: My Favorite Things: Frightful Friends (vampire); Hero Arts: Happy Halloween Greeting Stamp Set (CL353 – obsolete unfortunately).

Dies: MFT Die-names: Fright Friends (companion dies to Frightful Friends stamp set); Lawn Fawn: Leafy Tree Backdrop: Portrait.

Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black (for image); Versafine Onyx Black (for sentiment).

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (for stamping vampire/Dracula); Papertrey Ink cardstock: True Black, Royal Velvet, Summer Sunrise.

Copic Markers:  C1, C5, C6, C7 all cool grays, YG25 (Celadon Green), Y08 (Acid Yellow) (, R89 (Dark Red Scarlet)

Other: EK Tools: Circle Punch 1.25” diameter; EK Tools Paper Punch: Bats.

Live Like It’s Spring Every Day

Live-Like-Its-Spring

It’s beginning to feel more and more like spring. I made this card to celebrate the beginning of the new season.

I realized I used a lot of shades of pink in making this card. I think I got carried away, not to mention that that while distress the background the blending got away from me a bit. I wanted the blending to be a lot lighter but made a mistake in using too much ink in one spot of the background and then had to even it out with more distressing. However, the final effect wasn’t bad.

I like the fresh look of the card and the airiness of the butterflies. The large butterfly was first inked using a layered stamp set from Altenew and die cut using a coordinating die and mounted on fun foam for added dimension.

Hope you are enjoying the beginning of Spring.

 

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps:  Altenew: Painted Butterflies; Papertrey Ink: Mini Blooms; Paper Smooches: Luminous Spring (for the sentiment); My Favorite Things: Distressed Patterns (for the scattered ink dots).

Dies: Altenew: Painted Butterflies (coordinating dies for the stamp set by the same name);  My Favorite Things Die-namics dies: Wonky Stitched Rectangles Stax.

Inks:

  • For the background: Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry (dots); Twisted Citron for dots around the sentiment; Papertrey Ink: Bright Buttercup (dots around the sentiment).
  • For the sentiment and smaller butterflies: Ranger Archival Ink: Watering Can.
  • For the large butterfly: Layered stamping using Hero Arts: Holiday Reds by Lia Griffith.

Cardstock:

Neenah Solar White 80# card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base; Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz for matting the card front.

Other:

Fun foam (for backing on large butterfly).

Hello Sunshine Chick: Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge

Hello-Sunshine-Chick

 

Spring is coming. It’s time for more sunshine and brighter colors. I hope the card I created for the Ellen Hutson March Mix It Up Challenge with Pretty Pink Posh reflects this.

I focused on creating a blue sky with a hint of haze from clouds and the fresh green color of spring grass. I added a cute baby chick as well and was going for a bright, but soft fresh look.

The sky and grass were colored using Distress inks in Tumbled Grass and Twisted Citron and a blending tool.

The chick is from Pretty Pink Posh’s Birdie Notes stamp set and is colored with Copics (Y13, Y18, and Y38). The sun smiling down on the chick is from Ellen Hutson’s All Inside stamp set and is stamped onto Papertrey Ink’s Summer Sunrise cardstock and die-cut from the coordinating die.

I have a rubber stamp that has tufts of grass and used it to create more dimension (grass) on the ground. That little stamp comes in very handy at time.

The sentiment is actually from 2 stamp sets. The “hello” is from Ellen Hutson’s All inside and the word “Sunshine” from Pretty Pink Posh’s Rainy Days stamp set. The sentiment was stamped onto a die-cut piece using Pretty Pink Posh’s Stitched Speech Bubbles die set.

I stamped and colored the front of an A2 piece of cardstock and after the coloring was all done, I die-cut the center of the card using a die from My Favorite Thing’s Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle Stax set. I then mounted the cut piece onto foam board and glued it back into place. The foam board raises the center area of the card and gives the card front a nice bit of dimension.

The sun was attached to the raised panel of the card front and embellished with a Wink of Stella pen in clear. Finishing touches wouldn’t be complete without adding some sequins for a bit of glimmer.

Hope you like the card!

Supplies used in this project:

Stamps: Ellen Hutson: All Inside stamp set (for the sun and word “hello”); Pretty Pink Posh: Birdie notes (chick), Rainy Days stamp set (for the word “Sunshine”).

 Inks: Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass (sky), Twisted Citron (grass);  Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black (for the images). Copic Markers in Y13 (Lemon Yellow), Y18 (Lightning Yellow), Y38 (Honey) for the chick.

Dies: Ellen Hutson coordinating dies to the All Inside stamp set; Pretty Pink Posh: Stitched Speech Bubbles die set; My Favorite Things: Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle Stax.

Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# (card front) and 110# cardstock (card base); Papertrey Ink: Summer Sunrise.

Other: Wink of Stella (clear); Pretty Pink Posh Sequins (clear).

Believe-Dream: Ellen Hutson Challenge

Believe-Dream

I really enjoy making and giving cards that are inspirational. This is especially true when someone I know is going through some difficult times. I want them to know that they are not alone and that I’m thinking of them. This is true for all card makers, part of the satisfaction of our hobby is making someone smile, feel comforted, or appreciated.

This card is made for anyone who ever wonders if they’ll ever achieve their life’s dream. I know several people in my life who have really worked hard at finding and following their life’s purpose. So this card is for them and all those like them. Keep believing and working toward your dream because “if you can dream it, you can do it”.

Part of the sentiment on this card is a quote from Walt Disney. He was a master of turning his dreams into reality.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:

  • Essentials by Ellen: Brushstroke Christmas
  • WPlus9: Dream Believer stamp set, Luck Stars stamp set
  • My Favorite Things: Jumbo Abstract Art

Inks:

  • Versafine ink: Onyx Black
  • Hero Arts Shadow Inks in Pool and Soft Pool
  • Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz Metallic Ink

Cardstock:

  • Neenah Solar White 80# (card front), 110# (card base)
  • Papertrey Ink: Enchanted Evening (mat for card front)

You Are My Sunshine: SSS Flickr Challenge #29

You-Are-My-Sunshine

 

Simon Says Stamp’s Flickr Challenge #29 requires that the project you create incorporate the colors black, yellow and white.

My project for this challenge is a rather bold black and white background behind a white frame with the addition of yellow flowers to soften the look of the card. I stamped SSS’s Leaves background stamp in black ink on white cardstock. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink for this because the ink leaves a really solid and detailed image. I really wanted the tangle of vines and leaves to really stand out against the white cardstock.

Since the background stamp is such a busy and bold pattern, I softened it somewhat by using a die-cut frame die called Stitched Cover-Up Companion Die from  My Favorite Thing’s Die-namics line. It is currently my favorite stitched frame die. I like the 2 windows that the die creates. The frame was cut from white cardstock and layered over the black and white cardstock. Yellow flowers with black centers were inked from SSS’s Flowers on My Mind and die-cut using the set’s coordinating dies. The flowers were arranged in a cluster on the white frame. A sentiment was stamped onto the frame in Versafine Onyx Black ink,

The entire card front was mounted onto black card stock and then adhered to a top-folding, A2 portrait-oriented card base of white cardstock.

There you have it, my submission for challenge #29. Hope you like it!

 

Summary of supplies used in this project:

Stamps: SSS: Leaves background stamp; SSS: Flowers on My Mind stamp set; SSS My Sunshine stamp set (sentiment).

Dies: My Favorite Things, Die-namics: Stitched Cover-up Companion Vertical Die.

Inks: Versafine ink: Onyx Black; WPlus9 Pure Color Inks: Hayride and Falling Star.

Cardstock:   Neenah Solar White 80# (card background & frame) and 110# (card base); Papertrey Ink: True Black (as mat for card front).

Thinking of You: Flower, Sun and Cloud

Thinking-of-You-Sun-Cloud-Flower

This card was made for a dear friend who is under the weather at the moment. I thought that the Spring scene and the sun would reminder her that Spring is coming soon. We’ve had a long cold winter here in the Midwest.

For this card, I created my own stencil using My Favorite Things (Die-namics) Snow Drifts die set. There are 2 curvy snow drifts in this set and I chose the more gently curving drift. I die cut the drift from a sheet of acetate from some packaging and used this cut out piece to create the illusion of a hill in the background. I’m really happy when I can extend the use of my dies!

The other elements are pretty much die cut and placed as you see. I don’t know what I’d do without my Vagabond machine. The cute stitched tag is from Pretty Pink Posh. As you can see the landscape goes across the card front and onto the tag for visual interest. I also raised the tag using foam tape and hung the sun and cloud off the edge of the tag for additional dimension.

Hope you like the card and Spring can’t come soon enough for all of us in the Midwest.

 

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Flower Fusion #7.

Dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics: Flat-Bottomed Clouds die set (larger cloud), Snow Drifts die set (to create the stencil used for the hill); Lil’ Inker Designs: Sunshine Dies (larger sun); Papertrey Ink: Flower Fusion #7 coordinating die (flower and sentiment); Pretty Pink Posh: Stitched Duo #1 tag.

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Lemon Tart (for the sun); Neenah Solar White 80# for card front and tag; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base.

Inks: Stampin’ Up: Melon Mambo for the flower, Pear Pizzazz for flower stem; Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist (for cloud and hill);

Other: Hot pink flat-bottomed dot from my stash