Encouragement Cards, Just For Fun Cards

Chin Up Buttercup

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Hello there, lovely!

On Wednesdays I celebrate the fact that I’m halfway through my work week and so “Chin up buttercup” seemed like the perfect sentiment for today’s card.

This sentiment, as well as the flowers, come from The Ink Road’s Chin Up Buttercup stamp set.

The A2-sized card front is a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I used Daniel Smith’s New Gamboge to create this warm yellow background.  There’s no special technique here, I just used an 8 round brush to add color to dry paper and created a yellow area large enough to contain the sentiment.

When the card front was dry, I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink using a Misti stamping tool.  Since watercolor paper is usually textured, I knew that I’d probably have to stamp the sentiment multiple times to get a crisp image so having a stamp positioning tool like the Misti came in handy.

The flowers were leftovers from a previous project, What a Lovely Face, and I thought the red/pink went well with the yellow background.  I adhered the larger flowers flush to the card front, and popped up the smaller flowers using foam tape.

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

Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a lovely day!

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Feel Good Cards, Just For Fun Cards

What A Lovely Face

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Hello lovely!

We’re due for some heavy rain in the next few days so I was inspired to create something bright and summery to offset the gray skies.

This card uses elements from two stamp sets from The Ink Road stamps: Frond of You and Chin Up Buttercup. A note about The Ink Road is at the bottom of this post.

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I started by stamping multiple solid leaves and fronds in three shades of Altenew ink (Bamboo, Parrot, and Olive) onto a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock. Then I stamped a few flowers in Peach Bellini ink from Gina K. Designs. The flower stamps were outline stamps, so I used a few shades of Copic Sketch markers to fill them in and add some detail. I used R20 for the center of the flower, R22 for the petals, and then I added flicks of R24, the darkest of the colors, on the petals as well as a few dots in the center of the flowers. In hindsight, the R20 isn’t noticeable so I could have used just two colors. I also added some dots to the centers of the flowers using a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

Since these stamp sets don’t have coordinating dies, I put my new toy to use. I recently splurged on a Brother ScanNCut2 so that I could cut out images without needing dies. I ran the sheet of stamped images through the machine and wound up with beautifully cut elements.

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I used Post-It Tape to help temporarily hold the leaves in place while I arranged them in the pattern that I wanted. Because they were all held together, I was able to easily flip them over and add small pieces of Scotch Tape to adhere them together. Then I added some liquid adhesive and adhered the entire set of leaves to the front of an A2-sized card base before removing the Post-It Tape.

For the sentiment, I stamped in VersaMark ink onto black cardstock and then sprinkled gold Ranger Super Fine embossing powder over it. I tapped off the excess and hit it with a heat gun to melt the powder. I trimmed and adhered a piece of scrap white cardstock to create a mat for sentiment, and then adhered the flowers in place using liquid adhesive. I re-used the Post-It tape to temporarily hold everything in place while I was arranging the flowers and gluing them to the sentiment.

Then I added foam tape to the back of the sentiment/flower strip and then adhered it to the card base and that finished up the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

A note about The Ink Road: I placed my first order with them last week using a special link that someone shared on Instagram. That link gave me 50% off my first order and I was able to find some great deals, including the stamp sets that I used today (with the 50% off they were $3.50 each!). When I received my order, I was pleasantly surprised to see a hand-written thank you note from Lara, the owner, as well as a bonus full-sized ink pad and some beautiful sequins. Lara offers many ways to save on orders and one is by providing a referral link. I’ve posted my referral link at the top right of this page which can be used for 50% off your first order (as the referrer, I would receive a $5 credit to the shop). Please visit The Ink Road for ways to save without using the referral link.

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Feel Good Cards, Just For Fun Cards

You Are Crazy Beautiful

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Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

I just received my first order from The Ink Road Stamps and I couldn’t wait to use this sentiment from the Compliments Volume I stamp set.  I just love the expression and the simple, open font.  Because the font is so uniform, I wanted to pair it with a softer image so I chose this large spray of flowers from Concord and 9th’s Hello Lovely stamp set.

Because this flower stamp is so large, I used my Misti stamping tool so that I would be able to re-stamp the image in the exact same place if I didn’t get a perfect impression the first time.  I used Hero Arts Extreme Black ink, which is Copic-friendly, and Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock.

20180401_140749.jpgI chose colors and a coloring technique inspired by (copied from, really) this post by Kay Miller.  I’m not great at coloring so I liked that her coloring has distinct strokes and doesn’t require perfect blending.   I used three colors from three color group (I don’t own much more than that) but I think I could have gotten away with using just two colors from each group.  I started with the lightest colors, then added the middle and then darker colors, and then returned to add more of the lightest colors to do a bit, but not much, blending.  The colors I used were YG17, YG25, YG67, RV29, R22, R24, Y11, Y15, and Y19.

I then stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink onto a strip of vellum.  I poured Ranger Super Fine Gold embossing powder over it, tapped of the excess, and hit with a heat gun to melt the embossing powder.  Since you can see a lot of the flower image through the vellum, I felt that the sentiment was a bit hard to read so I flipped it over and colored in the letters with R29, another red Copic marker.  I colored on the back of the vellum because I’ve read that using Copics directly on heat embossing can damage the markers.  I’ve also seen some crafters not heed that warning with no ill effect on their markers.  I just prefer to not to risk damaging my markers since they’re already a bit of a splurge.

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.

Thanks for visiting!

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