Feel Good Cards, Just For Fun Cards

If Friends Were Flowers, I’d Pick You

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Hello, friend!

Today’s card features the Pretty Pansies stamp set from Clearly Besotted.  This set has a few sentiments, and two larger stamps of flower bunches that make it easy to fill up a card.

I started with an A2-sized piece of Neenah Solar White #80 Classic Crest cardstock which I placed into a Misti stamping tool.  The stamping tool isn’t necessary for this card, but it was helpful to create symmetrical stamping.  In hindsight, since I was just making one card, it would have been just as quick and easy to hand stamp.

I position a flower stamp at the corner of the card, with part of it extending off the card.  I stamped the image in Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink, and then rotated the card 180 degrees to stamp the image again, in the opposite corner.

Then I rotated the card 90 degrees, removed the stamp and positioned the other flower stamp to fill in the empty corner.  I stamped the image and then rotated the card 180 degrees to stamp in the opposite, and last open, corner of the card.

For coloring, I used five Copics: RV63, RV66, and RV69 for the pansies, and YG23 and YG17 for the leaves.  For both flowers and leaves, I started by adding a solid layer of the lightest color, and then adding flicks of the darker colors from the center, outwards.  Then I went back in with the lightest color to blend a little.

With the coloring done, I went back to the Misty and stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink, a pigment ink that remains wet for a little bit.  I sprinkled Hero Arts clear embossing powder over the top, and hit it with my heat gun.

I trimmed the panel down to 4″ x 5.25″ inches and then added foam tape to the back before I adhered it to an A2-sized card base.  To finish, I added drops of Dandelion Yellow Nuvo Crystal Drops to the centers of each of the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by!

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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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Feel Good Cards, Just For Fun Cards

So Good To See You

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Happy Friday!

Today’s card uses the small Good to See You stamp set from Neat and Tangled. I had a vision for how I’d use this set but I ended up with something completely different.  I hate to give up on a card!

I started by trimming 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 flower image twice, at 2 o’clock and 8 o’clock, using Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink.  I used a Misti Stamping tool to do this, rotating the card 180 degrees so that I didn’t have to re-position the stamp.  I also stamped the image twice more onto scrap pieces of the same cardstock.

I did some very quick and simple Copic coloring using RV17 and RV69 for the flowers, and YG17 and YG23 for the leaves.  I filled in the very small circles around the flowers using RV11.  I cut out the two flower bunches that were stamped on scrap cardstock using a Brother ScanNCut2 and set them aside.

I heat embossed the sentiment using VersaMark ink and Ranger Liquid Platinum.  Then I adhered the cut leaves using foam tape for some added dimension.

Last, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized piece of Recollections kraft cardstock, and in turn adhered that to an A2-sized card base, and that finished up today’s card.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great start to your weekend!

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Feel Good Cards, Love Cards

Miss You

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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!

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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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Birthday Cards, Feel Good Cards, Just For Fun Cards

Hope Your Day Is Sprinkled With Every Happy Thing!

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Hi there, I hope your day is going well!

Today’s card uses the Sweet Sprinkles from Concord and 9th, made especially for Essentials by Ellen.  I love the large cupcake image and the set also includes an ice cream cone for versatility.

I started by stamping the wide sprinkles stamp multiple times onto an A2-sized piece of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock.  I used a rainbow of Altenew inks: Crimson, Orange Cream, Fresh Lemon, Parrot, Tide Blue, and Deep Iris.  Then I trimmed the piece down to 4″ x 5.25″ and set it aside.

I trimmed another piece of cardstock using the second-largest die from the My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangles die set, and stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink.

On a third piece of cardstock, I stamped the cupcake wrapper and the frosting in two Altenew colors: Blush for the wrapper, and Crimson for the frosting.  Then I used three Copic markers (RV23, RV25, and RV29) to add some hint of depth and swirl to the frosting.  The white sprinkles are stamped in Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink, and enhanced with a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen.  I cut out the images using a Brother ScanNCut2 (though dies do come with the stamp set) and adhered the wrapper flush to the white background, and popped up the frosting with foam tape.

To finish, I adhered the white background to the rainbow background and then adhered that, in turn, to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks for visiting!

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Feel Good Cards, Thank You Cards

Thanks Just For Being You

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Hi there!

Today I’m sharing a card with one of my favorite sentiments.  I’m using the Kind Thanks stamp set and the Twice the Thanks die set from My Favorite things, along with the Bouquet Builder 1 stamp set from Waffle Flower.

The card front is a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock trimmed to 4″ x 5.25″. I stamped the leafy image multiple times using Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink.  I colored in the leaves with YG25 and the stems with YG17.  I also added some flicks of YG17 over the leaves to add just a bit of shading and dimension.  To break up all of the white space, I used one of the very small circle stamps from Simon Says Stamps’ Lots of Dots stamp set to stamp random dots in Simon Says Stamp Fog ink which is a very light gray.

I stamped the butterfly using the same ink and paper, and did some quick coloring by blending Y15, YR15, and YR68.  Then I cut out the butterfly with a Brother ScanNCut2 and set it aside.

The sentiment is die cut from Recollections 110# black cardstock four times.  I stacked and adhered the die cuts together to create a chipboard-like embellishment.  I also stamped the sentiment onto a piece of scrap white cardstock and used the Brother ScanNCut2 to cut the sentiment shadow layer.  I adhered the die cuts on top of the shadow layer and then adhered that to the card front.

The “just for being you” sentiment was stamped onto the same black cardstock using Versamark ink.  I sprinked Hero Arts white embossing powder over top, tapped off the excess, and hit it with a heat gun.  Then I adhered the sentiment strip to the card front using foam tape for extra dimension.  I did the same for with the butterfly, and then adhered the entire card front to an A2-sized card base to finish up the card.

Thank you for stopping by!

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