I needed a card for a friend, and I needed it pretty quickly. I hadn’t made a card in quite a while (home improvements are top of my list lately). I decided to use one of my “go-to” card designs.
I started by masking off a rectangle on the right side of a 4 x 5 1/4″ piece of Bristol paper. Ink blending was definitely in order, so I pulled out some of my favorite Distress Oxide inks. They just blend so beautifully. I used Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron and Broken China. I let that dry for a few minutes before I stamped Technique Tuesday’s Wild Clover on top in Versafine Onyx Black ink. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.
Because of the right-sidedness (is that even a word) of this piece, I knew that I also wanted to adhere it to the right side of a vertical, top folding A2 card base. To balance the black stamped images, I matted the stamped piece with black card stock and then attached it to the right side of my card base.
That’s all there is. I told you it was a quick and easy card.
Ever since I saw Jennifer McGuire video on this technique, I’ve wanted to give it a try. Pretty Pink Posh’s Cherry Blossoms stamp set was the perfect set to use.
Abandoned Coral is one of my favorite Distress Oxide colors. Using my ink blending tool and a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Bristol paper, I blended the ink darker on top fading to a lighter layer (kind of ombre-looking) at the bottom edge. Once that piece was dry (remember, Distress Oxide ink stays wet a bit longer than traditional inks), I white heat embossed the cherry blossoms. I used my waterbrush to paint the petals with water which removed a bit of the ink from those areas. I repeated this two or three more times just to get enough of a contrast to make it more noticeable.
Once that was dry, I trimmed the bottom edge with My Favorite Things Pinking Edge die. For the sentiment, I white heat embossed a greeting from Pretty Pink Posh’s Thoughtful Greetings stamp set onto a strip of velum. Attaching velum is always tricky. I’ve been using spray adhesive and really like how it’s been working.
All that was left was to attach this piece to the card base with foam tape. I placed a few pearls on the card front and called it done.
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I fell in love with Impression Obsession’s “Sprinkles Make Everything Better” stamp when I first saw it. I thought it would be really cute paired with some tiny cupcakes. I haven’t made a single layer stamped card in a quite a while, so I thought this would be the perfect design for this card.
To make it easier to stamp my cupcakes, I started by stamping the sentiment in the center with Versafine Onyx Black ink. Concord & 9th’s Sprinkles Turnabout Stamp has some darling cupcakes, muffin paper designs and sprinkles. They were perfect for my card. I stamped the cupcakes with Versafine Onyx Black ink and then stamped the colorful pieces using my favorite Distress Oxide inks–Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Broken China and Twisted Citron.
That’s it. Definitely a very simple, but colorful card. I hope you like it!
I’ve seen so many famous card makers do this beautifully on their cards, so I thought that I’d give it a try. This card background is a piece of Bristol paper that is ink blended using Distress Oxides Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet. To get the bokeh effect, I stamped a heart stamp from Simon Says Stamp’s Tons of Hearts stamp set with Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink. Before stamping on the paper, I stamped it first on a piece of scrap paper (I believe that this is called second generation stamping.) because I wanted the bokeh hearts to be very soft. Because they were stamped with pigment ink, I set it aside to dry for a bit before putting the card together.
The butterfly was die cut using Poppy Stamps Ornamental Butterflies dies and colored with an orange Copic marker (no color blending here). The black details were added with a fine tip black Sharpie marker. The sentiment, from an older Teresa Collins Now & Then stamp set, was white heat embossed onto a strip of black card stock. To give it a bit of character, I fishtailed the ends using a small square punch.
I used foam tape to adhere the butterfly and sentiment banner to the bokeh background and then used the same foam tape to attach it to my card base.8
Happy Spring everyone!
I have had Neat & Tangled’s Koalifications stamp and die set for just a little while, and I can’t believe that it’s taken me this long to use it. This koala is just precious. I knew that I wanted to make him the highlight of my next card.
After stamping and cutting him out with the matching die, I colored him with Copic markers. I’m really just a beginner at using Copics, so this coloring was very simple—RV02 for the slightly rosy cheeks and C0, C1, C3 and C5 for the rest of him. (I always like to either restamp the image or use a black fine tip marker to go over the outlines after coloring.) I used one of the sentiments from the same stamp set that fits perfectly on the banner.
Next…making the perfect background for this little guy. Like many card makers, I just can’t resist bright rainbow colors. I taped off the stripe areas with 1/2″ micropore tape, and then I ink blended the stripes with Distress Oxides (Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean). I adhered the cutie-patootie koala to the background with foam tape. The card needed just a bit more punch, so I cut some small hearts using the heart die from the same die set. To get the hearts to match the colors of the stripes, I simply blended some of the colors onto some white card stock scraps. Voila…perfect color match to the stripes.
I hope this little guy makes you smile just a bit!
Let me start by saying that I’m not the best at watercoloring anything, but I just love using Distress Oxides and heat embossing to create some “easy to color” images. Anyone can color within the lines, right?
Here is my latest card…
I started by gold heat embossing and masking many times the rose from Altenew’s Penned Rose stamp set on a piece of Bristol paper. For the watercolors, I used Peacock Feathers and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides and a waterbrush. Once that was dry, I cut it on a diagonal to fit a top folding horizontal A2 card base. Before adhering it, I covered the whole card base with yellow paper that matched the yellow portions of my watercolor piece. I attached my diagonal watercolor portion, and added a happy birthday die cut using Lawn Fawn’s Happy Birthday Line Border die and the scrap from my watercolor piece. Because that scrap wasn’t long enough to cover the whole diagonal line, I simply cut the tail end after “birthday” off.
That’s all there was to it…a pretty simple and colorful birthday card.
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I love the latest sketch on the Freshly Made Sketches site. It gives just enough structure, but allows for a lot of creativity.
Here’s my take on this sketch…
To create the background, I taped off a section of the card base and blended Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink over the Tim Holtz Dot Fade Layering Stencil. This is the first time that I’ve used this stencil. I can see it’s going to be a new favorite!
Using Simon Says Stamp’s What’s Brewing stamp set, the coffee cup was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Faber Castell Aquarelle watercolor pencils. The heart accent was stamped with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink to coordinate with the stenciled background, and the sentiment was white heat embossed on black card stock. After fussy cutting the coffee mug and using a circle punch to cut out the heart accent, I was ready to put my card together.
To finish, I glued the sentiment strip onto the stenciled area and adhered the coffee mug with foam tape to give it a little dimension.
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