Encouragement Cards, Feel Good Cards, Friendship Cards

Send You A Hug

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Hi there, I hope you’re enjoying the first Saturday of summer!

Today’s card features the Lovely Blooms stamp set from Studio Katia with a sentiment from the You Got This stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  I’m using colors inspired by The Color Throwdown Challenge #498. Continue reading “Send You A Hug”

Feel Good Cards, Just Because Cards

Hello Lovely

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Hello, lovely!

Today’s card is my submission to the Color Throwdown Challenge as this week’s Guest Star Stamper.  I’m super excited that my card is being shared as an inspiration card for this week’s color palette, alongside some of my favorite card makers like Amy Rysavy and Barbara Anders.  How did I get to be a Guest Star Stamper?  A random number generator picked my submission to an earlier challenge :p

Today’s card uses flowers and leaves from the Altenew Adore You stamp set and a sentiment the Concord and 9th Hello Lovely stamp set.

20180415_231514.jpgI started by stamping the flowers and leaves onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock using Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink.  Then, using Copic Sketch markers, I did some very basic blending.  I added some white detail to the centers of the flowers using a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen.  I cut out the images using a Brother ScanNCut2 and set them aside.

For the card front I cut down a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock with the largest die from the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle die set.  I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx Ink.  It was looking a little sparse so I smooshed some Mowed Lawn Distress Ink onto an acrylic block, added just a touch of water, and then used a small 2 round paint brush to create green splatters on the card front.

I went back to the flowers and leaves and played around until I settled on an arrangement.  Then I used a few strips of Post-It tape to temporarily hold the arrangements together so that I could easily move each arrangement around as a single piece.  I flipped each piece over and added liquid adhesive to the backs of the pieces that I wanted to sit flush against the card.  Then I flipped the piece right-side up, laid it over my card, and gently removed the Post-It Tape.  The remaining flowers are popped up using foam tape.  Finally, I adhered the entire card front to an A2-sized card base to finish off the card.

Thank you for visiting!

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Animal Cards, Spring Cards, Thank You Cards

Thank You – Pinkfresh Studios

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Happy Friday! Even though I’m taking today off work, it sure felt like a long work week. I hope you had a good one and that you have some time to do something nice for yourself this weekend!

Today I’m sharing my first submission to a challenge. When I saw the colors for the Color Throwdown Challenge #487, I knew I wanted to play along. I just love these shades together!

I started by stamping flower images from Pinkfresh Studio’s Fleur 1 stamp set onto Neenah Solar White #80 Classic Crest cardstock using Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink. Then I stamped the bird from their Bird With Flowers stamp set (the Thank You sentiment also came from this set).

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I colored the images using R22, R24, and R29 for the flowers, and BG45 and BG49 for the leaves and bird. I also used just a touch of W7 for the bird’s beak, though I could have easily used black or any other dark brown or gray. I did not take much care in blending since these are such small images.

Then I cut everything out using my new Brother ScanNCut2. I checked the cut lines and as far as I can tell, the Fleur 1 die set cuts these three flower images very similarly to the ScanNCut2. The Bird With Flowers set doesn’t have coordinating dies and since I’m a terrible fussy cutter, I’m glad I decided to splurge on the ScanNCut2. It have a feeling it’s going to come to my rescue on a regular basis.

I created a card front by die cutting another piece of Neenah cardstock with the largest die from the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables. This added the pretty stitching along the borders.

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The bunch of flowers was a little hard to manage so I used Post-It Tape to temporarily hold the individual flowers in place while I arranged them. This has become one of my favorite tricks. It’s like having an extra pair of hands! Once I had the flowers in place, I flipped the bunch upside down (still held together by the tape) and applied liquid adhesive to glue them all together.

At this point, I pulled out my Misti stamping tool, experimented with the placement of the flowers and sentiment, and then stamped the Thank You sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Then came time to assemble the card. I added liquid adhesive to the back of the bunch of flowers and adhered them to the card front. I avoided adding glue to the tulip shaped flowers since I wanted those to stand up a bit from the card. Once the glue took hold, I gently removed the Post-It Tape. Then I added foam tape to the back of the little bird and adhered her on top of the flowers. At the last minute I touched a black Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pen to the eye of the bird to give it the tiniest bit of shine and dimension.

Finally, I adhered the card-front to an A2-sized side-folding card base and that finished off today’s card.

Thanks for visiting!

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