Encouragement Cards, Feel Good Cards

Something Amazing Awaits You On The Horizon

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Hi there, I hope you’re having a lovely start to the weekend!

Today’s card features the Stay Salty stamp set by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen line.  I was really drawn to the sailboat and waves in this set, as well as the sassy sentiments (including “Holy Ship! It’s your birthday!”).

I started by smooshing three Distress Inks (Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China, and Tumbled Glass onto an acrylic block , making sure to overlap the colors slightly.  Then I sprayed the block with water using the Ranger Distress Sprayer (any fine misting spray bottle will work) seven times, from about a foot away.  I turned the block ink-side down and placed it onto an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I used the smooth side of the watercolor paper to get a lovely smooth finish and to have an easy surface to stamp on.

I weighed the block down under a few heavy books and set a timer for five minutes.  When time was up, I removed the books and picked up any excess inky water with a paper towel.  I set aside the panel to dry.

On some scrap pieces of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock, I stamped the sailboat, waves, and cloud images in Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink.  I did some basic coloring using YR68, Y38, and Y35 for the boat’s sails, E35 and E31 for its hull, and BG07, BG05, and BG02 for the waves.  I left the clouds white and then cut out all of the images using my Brother ScanNCut2.

When the background was dry, I adhered the boat using liquid adhesive and then adhered the waves and clouds using foam tape for a bit of dimension.  Then, I used a Misty stamping tool to stamp the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink.  To finish, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.

Thank you so much for visiting!

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Encouragement Cards

Have Courage

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Hi there!

Today’s card uses the Have Courage stamp set from Neat and Tangled.

I started by stamping the largest ginkgo leaf image onto a piece of A2-sized Canson XL watercolor paper, and the second largest image onto separate piece of watercolor paper, using Versafine Black Onyx ink.  I did some very basic watercoloring using Mission Mijello Gold watercolors (Yellow Ochre, Permanent Yellow Light, and Hooker’s Green), adding the yellows first, and then dropping in just a hint of green near the stems.  In fact, it was such a small amount that it’s hardly noticeable in the photos.  When the paint was dry, I cut out the smaller image using a Brother ScanNCut2 and set it aside.

I trimmed the card front using the largest die from the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangles stamp set and then treated the entire piece with an anti-static powder tool.  I stamped the sentiment in the same black ink and then poured Hero Arts clear embossing over the top of the sentiment and heat it with a heat gun.  I really like using this clear embossing powder over black ink as it gives a less shiny finish and is not as messy as black embossing powder.

I popped up the smaller set of leaves with foam tape and then adhered the card front to an A2-sized piece of Recollections kraft cardstock.  Then I adhered the whole thing to an A2-sized card base to finish of today’s card.

Thanks for visiting!

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Encouragement Cards, Feel Good Cards

Don’t Give Up

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Hi there!

Today’s card uses a few products from Simon Says Stamp as well as a few colors of Nuvo Shimmer Powder.  I’m really in love with these powders and am having a great time playing with them!

I started by stamping the Center Cut Heart background stamp using VersaMark ink onto a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I poured Hero Arts white embossing powder over top, tapped off the excess, and hit it with my heat gun.

I then used painter’s tape to tape down the background to a flat surface.  Using a flat paintbrush, I added clean clear water all over the card, getting it quite wet.  I also had a mister on hand, ready to add more water as needed.

I gently tapped some Cherry Bomb powder into the heart area, and then added a bit of Catherine Wheel powder around that.  Then I added Solar Flare powder to the corners.  Using a small round 4 paint brush, I gently moved the colors around to overlap them slightly and too make sure that the entire panel was covered.  The Catherine Wheel color has a mix of colors in it, so it provided a nice transition between Cherry Bomb and Solar Flare.  I misted a bit of water onto the panel when I wanted to lighten the color, or to move the colors around.

I also splattered a bit of Gansai Tambi Yellow Gold watercolor onto the panel while it was still very wet.  The gold bloomed into the rest of the inky water and adds additional shine.

While the background was drying, I heat embossed the sentiment, from the You Got This stamp set, on a piece of yellow-orange Recollections cardstock.

I trimmed the background to 4″x5.25″ and adhered it to an A2-sized card base.  Then I used foam tape to adhere the sentiment and that finished up today’s card.

Thanks for swinging by!

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Encouragement Cards

Stay Strong

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Hello there, I hope you’re having a wonderful Saturday!

Today’s card is a quick and easy one using the Be Strong stamp set from Ellen Hutson’s Essentials By Ellen line.

I started with an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I smooshed three colors of Distress Ink (Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick, and Spun Sugar) onto an acrylic block, slightly overlapping the colors, and then spritzed the block seven times with a Ranger Distress Sprayer (any fine misting sprayer will do) from about a foot away.  I then turned the block onto the smooth side of the watercolor paper, weighed the block down with a heavy book, and set a timer for five minutes.  When time was up, I slowly removed the block at an angle, lifting from the light pink area first to avoid dragging any dark inky water into the light area.  Then I mopped up some small pools of inky water using a paper towel.

I let the background dry, helping it a long with a heat tool when I got impatient.  Then I trimmed the piece down to about 3.75″ x 5″.  I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Black Onyx ink, and then added foam tape to the back to pop it up from the A2-sized card base that I adhered it to.  And that finished up today’s card.

Thank you for coming by!

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Encouragement Cards, Feel Good Cards

You Grow Through What You Go Through

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Happy Friday! I’m really looking forward to the weekend, how about you?

Today’s card uses stamps from two Simon Says Stamps sets: Even More Spring Flowers and You Got This.

When I started this card, I really had no plan. I just knew that I wanted to play around with watercolor block stamping and so I made a few different backgrounds and decided to use this one for today’s card.

I used three Distress Oxide inks: Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, and Lucky Clover. I smooshed these onto an acrylic block, overlapping the colors slightly, and spritzed it seven times with a Ranger Distress Sprayer (any fine misting sprayer will do) from about a foot away. Then I turned the block over onto an A2-sized pieces of Canson XL watercolor paper (I used the smooth side of the paper) and weighed down the block with a book for eight minutes. After time was up, I removed the block slowly, lifting at an angle and from the end over the lightest color so that the last part of the block making contact with the paper was over the darkest color. I do this because the inky water tends to drag and I didn’t want to drag the dark color over the light part of the card. I set the background aside to dry, though I did end up helping it along with a heat gun.

The flowers and leaves are stamped in Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink onto Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock. I colored the images in with Copics, doing some very loose blending. I picked colors from my stash that that are closest to the Distress Ink colors: Y11 and Y15 for the flower, and YG25 and G03 for the leaves. I cut the images out using a Brother ScanNCut2 and set them aside.

The sentiment is actually a single-line long stamp but I masked off one side and then the other in order to stamp in two lines. You can safely cut acrylic stamps, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink onto black Recollections 110# cardstock, sprinkled Hero Arts white embossing powder over top, and then hit it with my heat gun.

Then it came time to assemble the card. I adhered the background onto an A2-sized card base and then arranged the flowers and sentiment into the composition I wanted. Holding the group of flowers and leaves down with one hand, I used the other slide Zots Miniscule Adhesive Dots beneath various leaves and petals, pressing the images down onto the dots, and then pulling out the release paper. I like to use adhesive dots when I want some parts of the image to be loose from the paper I’m adhering to. They have a very strong hold so I only needed to use seven small dots for this card.

Finally, I adhered the sentiment strip using foam tape for added dimension, and that finished up the card.

Thank you for stopping by!

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Encouragement Cards, Feel Good Cards, Just For Fun Cards

You’re A Whole Lot Of Lovely

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Hi there!

Today’s card is a quick and easy card using Concord and 9th’s Lovely stamp set and three Distress Ink colors: Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, and Carved Pumpkin.

I started by smooshing the inks onto an acrylic block in a loose diagonal pattern, making sure to overlap the colors slightly.  Then I sprayed the block with water using the Ranger Distress Sprayer (any fine misting spray bottle will do) seven times, from about a foot away.  I turned the block ink side down and placed it onto an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I chose to use the smooth side of the watercolor paper to get a lovely smooth finish and to have an easy surface to stamp on.

I weighed the block down under a few heavy books and set a timer for five minutes.  When time was up, removed the books and slowly removed the block at an angle so that the last part of the block touching the paper was against the darkest color (pink, in this case).  I did this because the inky water tends to pool at the last point of contact and I didn’t want to have a blotch of pink over the orange.  I picked up excess water with a paper towel and then let the piece dry, helping it along by using my heat tool, and then letting it sit under the heavy books again to help flatten it out.

When it was dry, I used a Misti stamping tool to stamp the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink.  To finish, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.

I used this watercolor block stamping technique on another recent card where I didn’t weigh down the block with books which results in a more textured finish.  You can read about that here, as well as see pictures of the inked up block.

Thanks for visiting!

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Encouragement Cards, Just For Fun Cards

Chin Up Buttercup

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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!

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