Feel Good Cards, Love Cards

Miss You


Hi there, I hope your week is going well!

Today’s card features the Center Cut Kaleidoscope background stamp and the Miss You die, both from Simon Says Stamp.  I also used, for the first time, Nuvo Shimmer Powder which has completely enchanted me!

To start, I stamped the background stamp in VersaMark ink onto a just-larger-than A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I poured Hero Arts white embossing over top and hit it with a heat tool.

I taped the background down to a flat surface using painter’s tape and then liberally spritzed it with clean clear water.  I used a flat wash brush to spread the water evenly and then started tapping Nuvo Shimmer Powder over it.  The color I used is Atlantis Burst which has several shades of green and aquas as well as a beautiful blue-green shimmer.  When adding the shimmer powder, a little goes a very long way and you truly just want to barely tap the side of the bottle to get a little puff of powder to fall onto your paper.  Once the powder hits the wet paper, the color starts moving.  When it stalled, I helped it along by adding additional spritzes of water and, occasionally, used a Pentel Aquash water brush for more targeted adjustments.  My goal was complete coverage, but I wanted to maintain some variation so I tapped more powder in several areas to intensify the color.

I set the panel aside to dry for a few minutes before I got impatient and helped it along with a heat gun.  When it was dry, I used a very slightly damp paper towel to gently buff the heat embossing to restore it to white since some of the color from the powder had settled on top.  Then, to flatten the panel which had warped a bit, I sandwiched it between two pieces of copy paper and ran it through my Big Shot machine.

I die cut the sentiment from a piece of scrap Recollections 110# cardstock.  Before I separated the sentiment from the negative cut, I colored it using a Copic marker (BG49).  I find it easier to color sentiment die cuts when they’re still sitting in their negative cut.  I used even strokes to go over the entire sentiment area, as if I was just coloring a rectangle, which results in a more even layer of color than if I were to follow along the lines of the sentiment.

I also die cut a stitched circle, out of the same white paper, using the fourth largest die from the My Favorite Things Inside and Out Stitched Circle die set.  Then I adhered the sentiment.

To finish up, I trimmed the background to 4″ by 5.25″ and adhered it to an A2-sized card base.  Then I adhered the stitched circle with sentiment to the center and that completed today’s card.

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!


Love Cards

Love You Always


Hello there!

I’m finally getting around to using the Center Cut Flowers background stamp from Simon Says Stamp.  I had a couple of false starts with different papers and markers, but I finally settled on using Tombow Dual Brush markers.

I started with an A2-sized pieces of Ranger Distress Watercolor cardstock which I save for occasions when I want a nice bright water watercolor paper.  I heat embossed the background stamp using VersaMark ink and Hero Arts White embossing powder.

Then I used three colors of Tombow Dual Brush pens to color in the image: 025 (Light Orange), 933 (Orange), and 126 (Light Olive Green).  I added Light Orange to the parts of the petals that I wanted to be darker, and then used a Pentel Aquash Water Brush pen to pull the colors out to the rest of the petal.  These brush pens are water based and when you wet them you can reactivate and move the color, much like a watercolor.  I did the same with the leaves, and then colored the centers of the flowers, and the dots, with the Orange Pen.

As the card front was drying, I die cut the “love” sentiment from watercolor paper and colored it with the Orange pen.  The shadow sentiment is cut from a piece of scrap white cardstock.  I added liquid adhesive to the back of the sentiment using a Zig 2 Way Glue pen and then adhered it to the shadow sentiment.

I stamped the “you always” on another piece of scrap white cardstock using Altenew Orange Cream ink which happens to be a good match to the Tombow Orange.

When the card front was dry, I adhered it to an A2-sized card base and then adhered the “love” sentiment flush to the card.  I popped up the “you always” with foam tape and that finished up today’s card.

Thanks for swinging by!


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!


Feel Good Cards, Just For Fun Cards, Love Cards

You + Me = Awesome


Good morning, I hope you’re having a great week!

Let me start by apologizing for any duplicate blog post emails you may have received over the past couple of days.  I’m still learning about this blog platform and I made a couple of mistakes that caused the extra emails.  Thanks for your patience!

Today I have something a little different.  I felt challenged by this Simon Says Stamp You + Me set which has a lot of linear elements and bold sentiments.  I decided that I wanted to use the “You + Me = Awesome” sentiment and then somehow weave together strips to resemble a knot, or “we.”

20180402_205101.jpgI started with Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock and stamped the L-shaped strips (the stamp has three stripes) four times in Altenew inks (Rose Quartz, Puffy Heart, and Purple Wine).

I fussy cut the strips and then wove them together, using washi tape to temporarily hold everything still while I got all four pieces spaced and lined up properly.

20180402_205529.jpgFor the background, I created a pink splatter on an A2-sized piece of Neenah Solar White.  I started by smooshing my Picked Rasberry Distress Ink mini ink pad onto an acrylic block, and then I used a Pentel Aquash Water Brush to mix a bit of water into the ink and to pick up some of the color.  Holding the brush over the paper, as if I was turning a key in a lock, I used a finger of my other hand to tap the middle brush and splatter ink onto the card front.  By moving closer or farther from the paper, I was able to create splatter drops of varying sizes.

To finish, I adhered the “knot” to the card front and then removed the washi tape.  I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Black Onyx ink and then adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks for stopping by!