Condolence Cards, Encouragement Cards, Feel Good Cards

Sending Hugs

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Happy weekend!

Today I’m sharing a card using the Bouquet Builder 1 stamp set from Waffle Flower and the No Words stamp set from Neat & Tangled.

I started by stamping the largest flower image multiple times onto an A2-sized piece Strathmore Bristol Smoothe using Versafine Black Onyx ink.  I let the ink dry thoroughly and then began coloring using Arteza Violet and Pea Green Watercolor Real Brush Pens.  I applied the purple to the base of the flowers, flicking outwards, and then I used a Pentel Aquash Water Brush to pull the color out to the edges of the image.  I did the same for the leaves and then went back and added more color to intensify the areas where I wanted darker color.   To finish the card front, I scribbled the Violet pen onto an acrylic block, added a tiny bit of water, and then splattered the mixture onto the background using a small 2 round brush.

I’ve seen other cardmakers use Bristol Smoothe with watercolor brush pens so I thought I’d give it a shot, but next time I’ll use watercolor paper as I found it challenging to get the colors to move.

Using the same black ink, I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap piece of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock.  Since Versafine ink has pigment properties that allow it to stay wet longer than dye inks, I was able to sprinkle clear Hero Arts embossing powder onto the sentiment and then hit it with my heat gun to add a bit of dimension and shine.

I trimmed the sentiment using a small die from the Hero Arts Infinity Nesting Rectangles die set and did the same to a piece of black Recollections cardstock, using a slightly larger die from the same die set.  I adhered the two pieces together using liquid adhesive.

To finish, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base and then adhered the sentiment, popping it up with foam tape.

Thanks for visiting!

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Encouragement Cards, Feel Good Cards, Just For Fun Cards

You Were Born To Sparkle

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Hi there!

Today’s card features the new Center Cut Star background stamp from Simon Says Stamp and the Born to Sparkle stamp set from Sunny Studio.  I just love the star shape of this background!

I started using Versamark ink and Hero Arts white embossing powder to heat emboss the background onto a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smoothe paper.

For the watercoloring, I used Champagne Gold from the Gansai Tamby Starry Colors set, and a pink Arteza Real Brush Pen marker.  I used a small Pentel Aquash waterbrush, but a regular small paint brush would have worked just as well.

While the paint was drying, I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark Black Onyx ink onto a strip of vellum, sprinkled it with Hero Arts Super Fine clear embossing powder, and hit it with my heat gun.

I trimmed the card front down to 4″ x 5.25″ and then wrapped the vellum piece around it, adhering the ends of the vellum to the back side of the card front using a Tombow Mono Dots Adhesive tape runner.

Then I used liquid adhesive to adhere the card front to an A2-sized card base and that finished up today’s card.

Thanks for swinging by!

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