Just Because Cards

A Day Without Coffee Is Like…


Happy Monday!  I hope your week is getting off to a great start!

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I seem to post coffee-themed cards on Mondays.  I’m always sluggish in the mornings, but Mondays always present a special challenge!  Here’s another coffee card one using the Let’s Chat stamp set from Concord and 9th and the Coffee by One Little Bird stamp set from Studio Calico.

I started by heat embossing the cup and spoon images using Versafine Black Onyx ink and Hero Arts Ultra Fine embossing powder, which is clear, onto Ranger Distress Watercolor cardstock.  The heat embossing creates ridges that contain watercolor and I knew I would find it challenging to watercolor the narrow areas of the cup and spoon.

I did some very quick watercoloring using three Mijello Mission Gold colors: Burnt Umber for the coffee, Prussian Blue for the cup, and Ivory Black for the spoon.  I helped speed up the drying process with a heat gun and then used my anti-static powder tool to make sure that the coffee image was ready for heat embossing.

20180429_224401.jpgThe heart was stamped in VersaMark ink and this time I heat embossed with Hero Arts White Puff embossing powder which has a great texture that I know will come in handy around the holidays.

I cut out the cup and spoon using a Brother ScanNCut2 and set them aside.

For the card front, I trimmed a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock with the largest die from the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangles die set.  Then I stamped the saucer and sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink.

To assemble the card, I used liquid adhesive to adhere the spoon flat to the card and then I popped up the coffee cup with foam tape.   Finally, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized piece of gray Recollections Kraft cardstock and then in turn adhered that to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks for stopping by!




Feel Good Cards

You Are One of a Kind


Hi there!  I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

Today’s card uses the Kind Flowers stamp set from Simon Says stamp and Mission Mijello Gold watercolors.

I started by heat embossing the large group of flowers onto Canson XL watercolor paper using VersaMark ink and Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  Then I used a round 4 brush to paint the flowers and leaves (Red Violet and Bright Clear Violet for the flowers and Sap Green for the leaves).  I also added splatter using the same green.

I heat embossed the Kind sentiment using the same embossing powder and painted the letters with Bright Clear Violet.  I let it dry and then die cut it and set it aside.

The “You are one of a” sentiment is heat embossed with the same powder onto Recollections Kraft cardstock.

When the card front was dry, I used the largest die from the My Favorite Thinks Wonky  Stitched Rectangles die set.  I adhered the two sentiment pieces using foam tape, and then adhered the card front to an A2-sized piece of kraft cardstock.  Finally, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.

Thank you for visiting!


Feel Good Cards, Love Cards

You Make Me Ridiculously Happy


Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I’m sharing a card using the Mondo Hydrangea stamp from Ellen Hutson and the Ridiculously Happy stamp from Honey Bee Stamps.

I started by stamping the hydrangea twice using VersaMark ink onto Canson XL watercolor paper.  I poured Hero Arts white embossing powder over the top, tapped off the excess, and hit it with my heat gun.  I then used Carbazole Violet and Quinacridone Violet watercolors from Daniel Smith to paint the petals.  I added just a touch Hooker’s Green to the stem, used Rose of Ultramarine (loosely mixed with the leftover violets from the petals) for the background and then set the card front aside to dry.

The sentiment was stamped in VersaMark ink on vellum and heat embossed using Ranger Gold Superfine embossing powder.  I trimmed the strip and wrapped it around the dry card front, using a Tombow Mono Dots Adhesive tape runner to adhere the ends of the strip to the back of the card front.

At the last minute I decided to add a few more gold accents by painting the centers of the blooms with Gansai Tambi Blue Gold watercolor.

To finish, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks for coming by!


Animal Cards, Thank You Cards

Thanks a Ton


Happy Friday!  I’m doing an extra little happy dance because not only is my stressful work week over in ten or so hours, but I also have a friend coming over tomorrow to craft with me.  I have a few crafty friends, but only one who has joined me in card making.  Where are all the card makers hiding?!

Today’s card features one of the sweet whales from Ellen Hutson’s Essentials By Ellen S’Whale set.  I have been seeing a lot of photos of people on cruises lately and I was inspired to make something blue.

20180425_222159.jpgI started with an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I smooshed three colors Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Mermaid Lagoon) of distress ink onto an acrylic block, overlapping, but not mixing, the colors very slightly.  I then sprayed the block seven times with a fine mist using a Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer, though any sprayer with a fine mist will do.  I sprayed from about a foot away so as not to disturb the ink too much.

20180425_222338.jpgI then turned the block over, ink side down, and placed it onto the center of the watercolor paper.  When I use this technique, I usually weigh down the block with something heavy which helps force the colors to blend and smoothes them out, but when I saw the beautiful droplets of blue, I realized that I wanted a more textured look for this card so I didn’t put anything on top of the block.

I waited nine minutes (usually I wait five) and then removed the block, lifting at an angle so that the last part of the block touching the paper was over the area with the darkest color.  This was important because the inky water tends to pool at the last point of contact and if that point of contact had been over a light part of the blend, then I would have gotten a splotch of a dark color in that light area.

I dried the card front with a heat tool until it was just slightly damp and then I put it between two sheets of typing paper and placed it under a heavy book.  I find that doing this helps the piece dry a bit flatter than if I had left it out.

While the card was drying, I stamped the whale in Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink onto a piece of Neenah Solar White #80 cardstock.  Using N0, C1, and C3, I did some very simple Copic coloring and blending.  I die cut the whale and set her aside.

The sentiment is heat embossed onto a piece of black Recollections 110# cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment in Versafine ink, sprinkled it with Hero Arts white embossing powder, and then hit it with a heat gun.

When the card front was dry, I adhered it to an A2-sized card base and then adhered the whale and sentiment strip using foam tape for dimension, and that finished up today’s card.

I hope you had a wonderful week and that your weekend gets off to a great start.  Thanks a ton for dropping by!


Encouragement Cards, Just Because Cards

Chin Up Buttercup


Hello there, lovely!

On Wednesdays I celebrate the fact that I’m halfway through my work week and so “Chin up buttercup” seemed like the perfect sentiment for today’s card.

This sentiment, as well as the flowers, come from The Ink Road’s Chin Up Buttercup stamp set.

The A2-sized card front is a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I used Daniel Smith’s New Gamboge to create this warm yellow background.  There’s no special technique here, I just used an 8 round brush to add color to dry paper and created a yellow area large enough to contain the sentiment.

When the card front was dry, I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink using a Misti stamping tool.  Since watercolor paper is usually textured, I knew that I’d probably have to stamp the sentiment multiple times to get a crisp image so having a stamp positioning tool like the Misti came in handy.

The flowers were leftovers from a previous project, What a Lovely Face, and I thought the red/pink went well with the yellow background.  I adhered the larger flowers flush to the card front, and popped up the smaller flowers using foam tape.

Finally, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base to finish the card.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a lovely day!


Animal Cards, Celebration Cards



Hi there! I hope your week has gotten off to a nice start!

I made today’s card for a friend who just accepted a position at a new company. She has a dog that she adores so I knew I wanted to use one of the sweet dogs from Pinkfresh Studio’s Playful Animal Friends 2 stamp set.

I used Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock for this project and started by stamping the dog in Versafine Black Onyx ink. Then I stamped the banner image in Altenew Aqualicious dye ink, and then stamped the sentiment in the same black ink as the dog. I cut out the images using a Brother ScanNCut2 and set them aside.

For the card front I trimmed another piece of Neenah using the largest die from the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangles die set. Then I stamped the flower images in the same black ink, and the small bird in the same blue ink. I did some very simple coloring using Copics (R24 and R29 for the flowers, and BG02 for the leaves), and added dots of white Sakura Gelly Roll pen to the centers of the flowers. I also added a dot of black Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pen to the dog’s eye, to give just a hint of dimension and shine.

I then adhered the banner flush to the card, and popped up the dog using foam tape. Finally, I adhered the entire card front to an A2-sized card base and that finished up today’s card.

Thanks for visiting!