Encouragement Cards, Feel Good Cards

Don’t Give Up


Hi there!

Today’s card uses a few products from Simon Says Stamp as well as a few colors of Nuvo Shimmer Powder.  I’m really in love with these powders and am having a great time playing with them!

I started by stamping the Center Cut Heart background stamp using VersaMark ink onto a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I poured Hero Arts white embossing powder over top, tapped off the excess, and hit it with my heat gun.

I then used painter’s tape to tape down the background to a flat surface.  Using a flat paintbrush, I added clean clear water all over the card, getting it quite wet.  I also had a mister on hand, ready to add more water as needed.

I gently tapped some Cherry Bomb powder into the heart area, and then added a bit of Catherine Wheel powder around that.  Then I added Solar Flare powder to the corners.  Using a small round 4 paint brush, I gently moved the colors around to overlap them slightly and too make sure that the entire panel was covered.  The Catherine Wheel color has a mix of colors in it, so it provided a nice transition between Cherry Bomb and Solar Flare.  I misted a bit of water onto the panel when I wanted to lighten the color, or to move the colors around.

I also splattered a bit of Gansai Tambi Yellow Gold watercolor onto the panel while it was still very wet.  The gold bloomed into the rest of the inky water and adds additional shine.

While the background was drying, I heat embossed the sentiment, from the You Got This stamp set, on a piece of yellow-orange Recollections cardstock.

I trimmed the background to 4″x5.25″ and adhered it to an A2-sized card base.  Then I used foam tape to adhere the sentiment and that finished up today’s card.

Thanks for swinging by!


Feel Good Cards, Love Cards

Miss You


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!