Encouragement Cards

Have Courage


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.

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Just For Fun Cards

A Day Without Coffee Is Like…


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.

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Feel Good Cards

You Are One of a Kind


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.

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