Feel Good Cards, Just For Fun Cards

I Love You More Than Coffee

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Happy Monday!ย  Another Monday, another coffee-themed card.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s card uses the Perfect Blend stamp set from Neat and Tangled.

I began by stamping the coffee cup and saucer image onto a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock in Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink.ย  I did some quick coloringย  using BV11 and BV for the cup, and C1 for the shading around the cup.ย  I also used a Copic Multiliner pen to fill in the saucer line which is actually two fine lines very close together but which I had trouble getting to stamp as two separate lines. I then stamped the brown coffee and hearts image in Hero Arts Cup O’ Joe ink and fussy cut around the saucer.

I took a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock and trimmed it with the largest die from the My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangles die set.ย  Using a foam blending tool, I blended a very soft cloud of Shaded Lilac Distress Ink around the center of the card.ย  It’s so soft that it was very hard to photograph!ย  To create a splatter effect over the purple halo I also sprinkled some water over the card, let it sit for a few seconds, and then dabbed it up with a paper towel.

Using a Misti stamping tool, I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink, and then stamped the set of hearts in Altenew Lavender Fields ink.

Finally, I popped up the saucer and mug using foam tap and then adhered the card front to an A2-sized piece of Recollections gray kraft paper which I in turn adhered to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks for stopping 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.ย  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.ย  In fact, it was such a small amount that it’s hardly noticeable in the photos.ย  When the paint was dry, I cut out the smaller image using a Brother ScanNCut2 and set it aside.

I trimmed the card frontย 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.ย  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.ย  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.ย  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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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.ย  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.ย  Then I stamped the flower image twice, at 2 o’clock and 8 o’clock, using Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink.ย  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.ย  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.ย  I filled in the very small circles around the flowers using RV11.ย  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.ย  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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Thank You Cards

With Thanks

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Hello! I hope your weekend is going well and that the sun has been shining for you!

Today’s card uses the Neat & Tangled Flower Medallion Builder stamp set and the colors were inspired by this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge #491 (CTD491).

I started by stamping the pink layer multiple times using Altenew Rouge ink onto a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock. I had originally intended to create a patterned background but didn’t like what I was seeing so I decided to cut out the images and play with those instead. Before I cut them out using a Brother ScanNCut2, I stamped the fill-in pattern with Altenew Parrot ink. I also stamped one of the small circle stamps from the set in the same green ink.

I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink onto a scrap piece of Recollections kraft cardstock, and then heat embossed it with Hero Arts white embossing powder. I trimmed a scrap piece of Neenah Solar white cardstock and adhered it to the back of the sentiment to create a frame and then set it aside.

For the card front, I used a piece of kraft cardstock trimmed to 4″ x 5.25″. I arranged five of the leaf shapes into a pentagon and then used a piece of Post-It Tape to temporarily hold the pieces in together and in place. This allowed me to easily turn all five pieces over at once to add liquid adhesive and then turn them back over to adhere them to the card all at the same time and in the same arrangement. I did the same for the second layer of leaves, except this time I used foam tap for dimension. I also used foam tape to pop up the little green circle in the center of the design and the sentiment strip.

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

Thanks for visiting!

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Condolence Cards, Encouragement Cards, Feel Good Cards

Sending Hugs

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Happy weekend!

Today I’m sharing a card using the Bouquet Builder 1 stamp set from Waffle Flower and the No Words stamp set from Neat & Tangled.

I started by stamping the largest flower image multiple times onto an A2-sized piece Strathmore Bristol Smoothe using Versafine Black Onyx ink.ย  I let the ink dry thoroughly and then began coloring using Arteza Violet and Pea Green Watercolor Real Brush Pens.ย  I applied the purple to the base of the flowers, flicking outwards, and then I used a Pentel Aquash Water Brush to pull the color out to the edges of the image.ย  I did the same for the leaves and then went back and added more color to intensify the areas where I wanted darker color.ย  ย To finish the card front, I scribbled the Violet pen onto an acrylic block, added a tiny bit of water, and then splattered the mixture onto the background using a small 2 round brush.

I’ve seen other cardmakers use Bristol Smoothe with watercolor brush pens so I thought I’d give it a shot, but next time I’ll use watercolor paper as I found it challenging to get the colors to move.

Using the same black ink, I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap piece of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock.ย  Since Versafine ink has pigment properties that allow it to stay wet longer than dye inks, I was able to sprinkle clear Hero Arts embossing powder onto the sentiment and then hit it with my heat gun to add a bit of dimension and shine.

I trimmed the sentiment using a small die from the Hero Arts Infinity Nesting Rectangles die set and did the same to a piece of black Recollections cardstock, using a slightly larger die from the same die set.ย  I adhered the two pieces together using liquid adhesive.

To finish, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base and then adhered the sentiment, popping it up with foam tape.

Thanks for visiting!

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Apology Cards, Condolence Cards

I Am So Very Sorry

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I am in love with this Emma background stamp from Simon Says Stamp! It’s beautifully intricate but the way the pattern loosens at the edges is what I think sets this stamp apart from similar backgrounds.

I stamped the background onto Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock using VersaMark ink. I then poured Hero Arts white embossing powder over it, tapped off the excess, and hit it with a heat gun.

In contrast to the bright colors I used two days ago, I wanted to use some pretty blues and purples. I blended three colors of Distress Oxide inks (Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet, and Faded Jeans), radiating out from the center of the pattern. I love that Distress Oxides allow you to quickly apply a rich layer of color. And, they’re so easy to blend!

With the background complete, I moved on to this beautiful sentiment from Neat & Tangled’s No Words stamp set. I trimmed a piece of vellum to be just wider than the card front and then stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink. Since ink won’t dry on vellum, I poured Hero Arts clear embossing powder over the ink and then heat embossed it. This seals in the ink and gives a bit of a dimension. Another option would have been to use VersaMark ink and black embossing powder, but I find the combination of black ink and clear powder to give more subtle and less shiny dimension. Since this is a condolence or apology card, I didn’t want too much shine.

I finished by laying the vellum strip over the card front and folding the ends of the strip over the back where I adhered them with a bit of tape runner adhesive. Then I glued the entire card front to an A2-sized card base.

The next time I use this background for heat embossing, I’ll be sure to use my anti-static pouch to prevent embossing powder from sticking to where it shouldn’t. But in my mind, handmade beats perfection.

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