Thank You Cards

Thanks

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Hi there!

Today’s card uses the Center Cut Flowers background stamp from Simon Says stamp, as well as the Big Thanks dies from Honey Bee Stamps.

I started by stamping the background stamp in VersaMark ink onto an A2-sized piece of Stratchmore Bristol Smooth cardstock.  I poured Hero Arts white embossing powder over the top, tapped off the excess, and hit it with my heat gun.

Then I began coloring the flowers and the leaves.  I used three water-based Tombow Dual Brush Pens: Deep Magenta (685) for the flower petals, Light Orange (025) for the centers of the flowers and the small circles, and Light Olive Green (126) for the leaves.  I added bits of color to the areas of the images that I wanted to be darker, and then used a Pentel Aquash brush to pull the color to fill in the rest of the image, much like watercolor.

For the sentiment, I die cut the word from a piece of yellowish-orange Recollections cardstock, and the shadow from a pieces of scrap white cardstock.  I adhered the two together using a Zig 2-way Glue pen.  I’m finding the Zig glue pens to be very useful when I need to add liquid adhesive to an intricate die cut.

To finish, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base, and then adhered the sentiment.

Thank you for coming by!

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Just For Fun Cards

First I Drink The Coffee, Then I Do The Things

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

I just love this bunny from Honey Bee Stamps’ Blah Humbunny stamp set.  Today I’ve paired it with the Coffee by One Little Bird stamp set from Studio Calico to create this card that perfectly captures how I usually feel on Monday mornings.

I started by stamping the bunny and coffee cup onto Neenah Solar White #80 Classic Crest cardstock using Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink.  I did some basic coloring using E31 and E35 for the bunny’s fur, E30 for the bunny’s foot pads and inner ears, and E50, E53, B32, and B34 for the coffee cup.  I filled in the bunny’s eyes with a black Saruka Glaze pen and then added little white dots with a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen.  Then I cut out the images using a Brother ScanNCut2 and set them aside.

For the card front I trimmed another piece of Neenah Solar White to 4″ x 5.25″ and stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink.  I adhered the bunny and then popped up the coffee cup using foam tape.  Finally, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base to finish up today’s card.

Thanks for swinging by!

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Thank You Cards

Bright and Sunny Thanks

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It’s been unusually cool and rainy in Oakland for this time of year and so I felt like making my own sunshine.  I started by laying the Emma Background Stamp from Simon Says Stamp on my work surface, etched side facing up.  I inked it up with VersaMark ink, and then laid a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock over the top, offsetting it just a bit to get the composition I wanted.  Then I laid a sheet of scrap typing paper over that to keep my hands clean while I rubbed over the top to make sure I got a nice stamped image. With that done, I sprinkled Hero Arts white embossing powder over the image and heat set it.

Then it was time for the fun part.  I used three colors of Distress Oxide ink: Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, and Spiced Marmalade.  Starting in the middle of the embossed image with Fossilized Amber, I blended outwards into the darker colors.  I went heavy with the ink for vibrant color.  At this point I realized that I really do “need” the new Squeezed Lemonade color because the Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey didn’t give me the quite contrast I was hoping for. I did take a water brush to the very center of the image to pick up a bit of the Fossilized Amber hoping to lighten that area a bit, but I don’t think the result is noticeable.

With the inking done, I moved on to the sentiment using the Large Thanks die set from Honey Bee Stamps.  I tried several different colors (yellow, orange, and white) for the shadow layer and settled on using a light gray cardstock which I felt gave enough contrast to make the sentiment readable against the white embossed pattern, and didn’t distract from the rest of the card.  I like to use Recollections cardstock from Michael’s because you can easily collect a rainbow of colors without breaking the bank.

I glued the sentiment pieces together, and then to the card front, with Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue.  Then I glued the entire thing to a card base to finish this A2-sized card.

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