Just For Fun Cards

I Like Big Cups, And I Cannot Lie

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Hi there!

It’s Monday morning and I have another coffee-themed card, which I also happen to be entering in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  This week’s prompt is “Inspired by a Song.”

For this card I used the Starburst Cover A Card background stamp from Impression Obsession, the Coffee Cup die set from My Favorite Things, and the Sassy Coffee stamp set from Technique Tuesday.

I started by using Versamark ink and Hero Arts white embossing powder to heat emboss the background onto an A2-sized piece of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock.  Then I blended on three colors of Distress Oxide inks (Carved Pumpkin, Wild Honey, and Squeezed Lemonade), starting with the darkest color from the center and radiation out to the lightest color at the edges.  I trimmed the panel to 4″ x 5.25″ and set it aside.

For the coffee cup, I used scrap pieces of white and craft cardstock.  I die cut each of the pieces (the cup, lid, sleeve, and heart) and blended Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink over the heart.  Then I glued them together and then onto the background.

I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink onto another piece of white cardstock and adhered it to the background using foam tape for dimension.  Finally, I adhered the entire the entire card front to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks for coming by!

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Celebration Cards, Feel Good Cards

Wishing You Both Joy

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Hello there, I hope you’re having a lovely day!

Today’s card features the Cora Background, the Sending and Wishing stamp set, and the Wishing die cut, all from Simon Says Stamps.

I started with an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I stamped the background image in Versamark ink, poured Hero Arts white embossing powder over top, tapped off the excess powder, and heat embossed with a heat gun.

Then I taped down the panel to a flat surface and wet the entire background with a flat brush.  Using a round 6 brush, I dropped in a blue Winsor and Newton Cotman watercolor and randomly painted over the card, leaving some areas with more color than others.  When the panel was dry, I lightly rubbed over the background with a very slightly damp paper towel to remove any watercolor sitting on top of the heat embossing.

I die cut the “Wishing” sentiment from a piece of navy Recollections cardstock.  I also heat embossed the “you both joy” sentiment onto the same cardstock using the same white embossing powder from Hero Arts.

To assemble the card, I adhered the background onto an A2-sized card base and then adhered both sentiment pieces using liquid adhesive.  And that finished up today’s card.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Feel Good Cards, Just For Fun Cards

Hello

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Hi there!

Today’s card uses the Botanic Hello stamp from Mama Elephant.  I love this giant stamp which stamps the entire image you see here.

I started by trimming an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper with the largest die from the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangles die set.  Then I stamped the image in Versafine ink, poured Hero Arts white embossing powder over top, tapped off the excess, and hit it with a heat gun.

For watercolors, I used colors from the Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Color Pocket Plus Set of 24 Half Pans.  I used Alazarin Crimson Hue for the flowers, and Sap Green for the leaves.  The sentiment is Payne’s Gray.  I did some very basic watercoloring, going back in to add some details with the same color once the base layer had dried a bit.

When the panel was dry, I adhered it to an A2-sized piece of Recollections gray kraft cardstock and then adhered that, in turn, to an A2-sized card base.  And that finished today’s card.

Thanks for swinging by!

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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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Birthday Cards

Wishing You A Happy Birthday And Many More To Come

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Hi there, I hope you’re having a great week!

Sometimes, when my mojo is lacking and I just want to play with color, I fall back on a big sentiment that can stand on its own.  Today’s card uses the Wishing You stamp set from Mama Elephant which has a beautiful scripty sentiment and a number of supporting smaller sentiment stamps.

I started by trimming an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper using the largest die from the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle die set.  Then I stamped the sentiments using VersaMark ink and heat embossed them using Hero Arts white embossing powder.

I used a foam blending tool to blend three colors of Distress Inks at a diagonal, blending the colors into each other.  The colors are Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, and Squeezed Lemonade.  I used a very slightly damp paper towel to wipe away any ink that was sitting over the embossing, to restore its bright white.  Then, I flicked clean clear water onto the panel and let it sit for about 10 seconds before dabbing it up with a paper towel.

Finally, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base and that finished up today’s quick and easy card.

Thanks for coming by!

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Just For Fun Cards

A Day Without Coffee Is Like…

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Happy Monday!  I hope your week is getting off to a great start!

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I seem to post coffee-themed cards on Mondays.  I’m always sluggish in the mornings, but Mondays always present a special challenge!  Here’s another coffee card one using the Let’s Chat stamp set from Concord and 9th and the Coffee by One Little Bird stamp set from Studio Calico.

I started by heat embossing the cup and spoon images using Versafine Black Onyx ink and Hero Arts Ultra Fine embossing powder, which is clear, onto Ranger Distress Watercolor cardstock.  The heat embossing creates ridges that contain watercolor and I knew I would find it challenging to watercolor the narrow areas of the cup and spoon.

I did some very quick watercoloring using three Mijello Mission Gold colors: Burnt Umber for the coffee, Prussian Blue for the cup, and Ivory Black for the spoon.  I helped speed up the drying process with a heat gun and then used my anti-static powder tool to make sure that the coffee image was ready for heat embossing.

20180429_224401.jpgThe heart was stamped in VersaMark ink and this time I heat embossed with Hero Arts White Puff embossing powder which has a great texture that I know will come in handy around the holidays.

I cut out the cup and spoon using a Brother ScanNCut2 and set them aside.

For the card front, I trimmed 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 saucer and sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink.

To assemble the card, I used liquid adhesive to adhere the spoon flat to the card and then I popped up the coffee cup with foam tape.   Finally, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized piece of gray Recollections Kraft cardstock and then in turn adhered that to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Feel Good Cards

You Are One of a Kind

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Hi there!  I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

Today’s card uses the Kind Flowers stamp set from Simon Says stamp and Mission Mijello Gold watercolors.

I started by heat embossing the large group of flowers onto Canson XL watercolor paper using VersaMark ink and Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  Then I used a round 4 brush to paint the flowers and leaves (Red Violet and Bright Clear Violet for the flowers and Sap Green for the leaves).  I also added splatter using the same green.

I heat embossed the Kind sentiment using the same embossing powder and painted the letters with Bright Clear Violet.  I let it dry and then die cut it and set it aside.

The “You are one of a” sentiment is heat embossed with the same powder onto Recollections Kraft cardstock.

When the card front was dry, I used the largest die from the My Favorite Thinks Wonky  Stitched Rectangles die set.  I adhered the two sentiment pieces using foam tape, and then adhered the card front to an A2-sized piece of kraft cardstock.  Finally, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.

Thank you for visiting!

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