I love gold embossing powder! Using it really dresses up a card and adds a bit of elegance when paired with a sophisticated background stamp like the one I used for this project.
I took inspiration for this card from the recent bi-monthly Yippee for Yana video on the Simon Says Stamp YouTube channel. This month’s Yippee for Yana video features an elegant one-layer masked floral card.
Yana Smakula’s designs are so wonderful and her style runs the gamut from whimsical to sophisticated. I love the versatility in her card making. She is always a constant source of inspiration.
My project uses Yana’s basic techniques shown in the video. The only obvious difference is the background stamp and sentiments that we each chose and perhaps the specific brands of embossing powders used. I also did not ink blend the edges of the embossed background with the same color of ink but chose a similar color from my ink pad stash.
One other difference is that I masked off a section in the middle by die-cutting a label from a rounded-corner label die using masking paper. After removing the label mask, I heat embossed a sentiment in the same gold embossing powder.
Hope you like my project. Hope you have a great day!
Supplies used to make this project:
- Simon Says Stamp: Pretty Peonies background stamp
- Simon Says Stamp: Uplifting Thoughts (sentiment)
- Pinkfresh Studio dies: Essentials Basic Label Frames set
- Versamark Ink for heat embossing
- Catherine Pooler Inks: Icing on the Cake (light ink-blending around edges of card)
- WPlus9: Coal Mine (very similar to SSS’s Slate cardstock) for the card front
- Neenah Solar White 110# (card base)
- Brutus Monroe embossing powder: Gilded
Mother’s Day always brings thoughts of Spring, pastel colors and flowers. This project was created for a Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge. Using at least one SSS product, the challenge involved created a card with flowers or a Mother’s Day using floral designs. I’ve posted the picture on Flickr and Instagram.
So, to all mothers and women who raise and nurture others (you are motherly!), Happy Mother’s Day!
Hope you like this project! Have a great day!
How I made this project:
- Using a stamp set with floral images, stamp a border pattern onto an A2-sized (4.25”x5.5”) piece of white cardstock along the horizontal-oriented top and bottom of the piece. I used a MISTI stamping tool for this to insure good, stamped images. Also, stamp with a Copic-friendly ink since the images will be colored with Copic markers.
- Color the images with Copic markers.
- Die-cut the letters M-O-M from pink sparkle cardstock. Cut the letters two additional times in plain cardstock.
- Adhere the letters cut from pink cardstock to the back of the pink-glittered letters. Note: There will be a total of 3-layers for each letter. This is done for added dimension.
- Center the letters to form the word Mom in the middle of the card front as show in the picture.
- Stamp the sentiment phrase “LOVE YOU” underneath the word ‘MOM’.
- Trim the top and bottom of the floral card front piece by 1/8-inch. The card front will be 4.00” by 5.25”.
- Adhere the card front to an A2-sized mat of pink cardstock.
- Adhere the completed card front to an A-2 sized, horizontal-oriented card base.
Supplies I used to make this project:
- Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Spring Flowers stamp set (large and small flowers; leaves); SSS: Mom and Dad Icon stamp set (for phrase ‘LOVE YOU’); SSS: Koalaty Friend (small butterfly image).
- Dies: SSS: Mom and Dad Icon wafer die set (for letters spelling ‘MOM’).
- Inks: Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black (Copic-friendly); Versafine Pigment Ink in Onyx Black (‘LOVE YOU’).
- Copic Markers:
- For large flower petals: RV11-Pink; flower centers: Y35-Maize.
- For small flowers: BG11-Moon White.
- For leaves with dotted lines: YG25-Celadon Green.
- For solid-outlined leaves: combination of YG13-Chartreuse and YG25-Celadon Green.
- For butterflies: Y32-Cashmere.
- Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for card front; SSS: Cotton Candy (mat for card front); Neenah Solar White 110# for card base; Mirri Sparkle cardstock: Pink Sapphire (for word ‘MOM’)
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!
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:
- 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.
- 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)
- EK Success Tools Edge Paper Punch: Falling Leaves
- Pretty Pink Posh gold sequins (4mm and 6mm).