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.

Hello Spring: SSS Flickr Challenge #42

Hello-Spring

The theme for the forty-second Simon Says Challenge is things that remind us of spring.

Bright colored flowers always remind me of spring. Spring colors are always so fresh and vivid which is such a contrast from the gray days of winter. I used bright colors for my flowers and bright green for the stems. I imitated the bright flower beds I see planted in the spring.

I added butterflies that were punched out of bright pink cardstock using an old Martha Stewart’s punch.

This card is fairly simple no special stamping techniques and I didn’t add any special background because I just wanted all the flowers and butterflies to pop.

Hope you like the card.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Birthday Flowers stamp set.

Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Painted Hello.; Martha Stewart butterflies punch (obsolete).

Inks: Papertrey Ink:  Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise, Bright Buttercup, and New Leaf.

Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# for the card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base; Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz for the punched butterflies, New Leaf for matting the card front.

 

 

 

All My Love: Ellen Hutson Pin Sight Challenge

All-My-Love

The inspiration for Ellen Hutson’s March Pin Sights Challenge incorporates lots of shades of green with gold. Here are the images for this challenge:

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Since I knew I wanted a water-colored background, I decided to use the smooth side of a sheet of Tim Holtz’s Distress Watercolor Cardstock for the card front. Stamping on the smooth side would give me crisper embossed images.

I first inked my flower images and their stems with Versamark and then heat embossed them with gold embossing powder. I then did the same for the butterfly image and the sentiment.

While I love the greens, the only green inks I had were from Papertrey Ink so I used greens that were similar to the inspiration images.  In order to get the blended greens in the background, I placed my ink pad face down onto a plastic palette and “smooshed” the inks onto the surface. I then watered down the colors with a lot of water from my paint brush and then painted the background with the inks.

The butterfly was colored using the same green inks in a less-watered down version and a wet brush.

I mounted the finished card front onto fun foam to even out the warping from the heat embossing and then matted that on top of forest green cardstock.

 

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps:  Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen: Up the Happy; Bold Blooms; Love You So (sentiment).

Inks: Papertrey Ink: Ocean Tides and Mint Julep; Versamark for embossed images.

Cardstock: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor cardstock; Papertrey Ink: Pinefeather as a mat for the card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base.

Other: WOW embossing powder in Gold Rich Pale.

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).

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.

Hello Beautiful Spring: SSS Flickr Challenge #15

Hello-Beautiful-Spring: SSSflickrchallenge#15

 

This card was made for Simon Says Stamps’ Flickr challenge #15. The theme for this challenge was to create a project that symbolized spring.

Spring for me is difficult to pinpoint in Chicago. The season usually starts with slight, very slight, hints of days of sunshine and warmer temperatures. Then for some reason, just as the last bits of winter snow have melted, we get another dusting of snow which usually last for a few days and then disappears as temperatures start to warm up again. Early spring is such a tease in Chicago. It never makes you feel fully assured that it is on its way and wants to stay.

So to bring a little spring that lasts, you have to be content with making cards that are bright, sunny and warm your imagination of more pleasant days ahead.

I made this card by creating a soft blended background of water color washes in yellows, spring sky blues and greens on watercolor cardstock. I then used a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called Summer Garden and stamped the largest flower and a few leaves from the set. The images were stamped on watercolor cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink and then colored using watercolor shades that remind me of what spring should be. The flowers and leaves were die cut using the coordinating dies for the stamp set. The sentiment “hello, beautiful” was also part of the set. That was stamped in a green ink. I added the die cut word “spring” from Winnie & Walter for emphasis and covered the word with shimmer using Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.

Everything was then mounted as you see and matted against a 4.25”x5.5” piece of wood grained-cardstock and then mounted on an A2 horizontal top-folding card base.

Hope Spring likes this card so much that it decides to stay.

 

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp: Summer Garden

Dies:  Simon Says Stamp: Summer Garden craft dies; Winnie & Walter: The Big, the Bold and Seasons Cutaways (dies).

Inks and watercolors: Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx  Black Ink; Papertrey Ink: New Leaf dye ink; Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi 35 color set (watercolors)

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink: New Leaf 110 lb. (for die-cut “spring”); water color card stock; Neenah Solar White 110 lb (card base); Essentials by Ellen wood grain cardstock.

Other:  Wink of Stellar clear glitter pen.

All My Love: Ellen Hutson’s Pin-Sights Challenge

All-My-Love: Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge

 

I created the card above for the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge. The inspiration for this challenge came from a Pinterest picture below:

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I love the pairing of the black, and white with the gold in this picture. It’s very striking and full of bling!

I was very pleased with the way my card turned out. I think it captures a lot of the elements from the inspiration picture and I incorporated dies and sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen winter release. There are a lot of great brushstroke images and sentiments in the release.

Hope you like the card!

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen: Love You So stamp set (for the sentiment “all my love”).

Dies:  Essentials by Ellen: Folk Hearts (the largest and second smallest hearts were used); Papertrey Ink: Stripes Diagonal Cover Plate (cut from black cardstock).

Inks: Versamark Ink.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink:  True Black 110 lb.; Recollections: gold metallic cardstock from their Metallic paper pack (gold background underneath the black diagonal stripes); Bazzill 40 lb. vellum.

Other: Pretty Pink Posh: gold sequins; Gold thread (from my stash); WOW Metallic Gold Rich Pale embossing powder; Glue Dots.