Belated Birthday Card

It happens to us all, you get just so wrapped up in the day to day of the day to day that you let something slip. Yep, my normally “on it” routine got thrown for a loop when I forgot a birthday. I needed a  birthday card quickly  and thus today’s card was born. This belated birthday card is for a very special person who’s special day just zipped past me.

Quick and easy card for a late birthday.
Quick and easy card for a late birthday.

I grabbed  sheets of teal and Gable Green paper and got to work. I started by die cutting the largest shape from the Spellbinders Elegant Labels 4 Card Creator Dies in the teal and then I cut the next die in Gable Green. I then cut the smallest shape in white. I added a little Peacock Feathers ink to the two smaller shapes.

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I then adhered the two largest shapes to another piece of Gable Green and trimmed it down to the size of the largest die. Next, I added the stamped box and sentiment; these are both from the Fancy Phrases Stamp Set by Waltzing Mouse Stamps.

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Next, I created the little zebra accent. I stamped the zebra pattern from the Simply Safari Stamp Set from Stampendous on white cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then trimmed the paper to fit in the “slots” of my small tag. Next I added Peacock Feathers ink over the strip so I could have a teal zebra banner.

Lime & Teal Belated Birthday Wishes.
Lime & Teal Belated Birthday Wishes.

I added my zebra band to the card and then I went a little crazy with the Prima flowers.  I usually make my own flowers but I was in a hurry and I wanted to get this baby out the door!

I glued my flowers down and added the gems for accent. This all went on a 5″X7″ card base and it  was complete. That was really all there was for this little late birthday card.

Thanks for visiting!

Materials

Stamps: Simply Safari – Stampendous & Fancy Phrases – Waltzing Mouse Stamps

Paper: Teal – Bazzill, Gable Green – Stampin’ Up & Neenah Solar White

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento – Tsukineko, Peacock Feathers & Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink – Ranger

Other: 5×7 Elegant Labels 4 Dies – Spellbinders, Gems – Little Yellow Bicycle & Mark Richards

Make it Monday #250: Masked Background

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Today I am playing along with the Papertrey Ink  Make it Monday Challenge #250: Masked Background.  I was really working on making a simpler little card with a single layer. This was really neat challenge and I feel like that it makes you work backwards. So you have to start with the top images since you ink over the central image. I also created a  video of the process:

 

Background Masking & Resist Embossing
Background Masking & Resist Embossing

On to this cute card for today. I started with a white base in my favorite Neenah Solar White and stamped my feathers using Verasmark and then I applied Clear Embossing Powder. I used my EK Success Powder Tool to prep my surface before I stamped, I also drew a tiny mark to give my self a guide for keeping my stamps in the rectangle. I did apply my masking tape mask to the lower edge so my feather could be stamped partially out of frame. I didn’t do this for the whole image since I had to heat emboss the stamping and I find that masking tape can act a little funny if you get it hot.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Papertrey Ink

After stamping and applying the embossing powder I set the powder with my heat gun. At this point I applied my masking tape. I found that my tape’s tackiness was a little too intense, so before I stuck it to my paper I placed the tape on my pants and pulled it off. This decreases the tack just enough, it will stick and give a good seal but won’t tear the paper when I pull it off. I probably could have used painters tape but I just couldn’t find any in the house; so I just “Made it Work.”

White feathers falling
White feathers falling

At this point I started creating my background, using Distress Inks and the round ink blending tools. I used Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon and Candied Apple. After that was completed I stamped the circle accents over the feather and wiped the excess off of the feathers where it was inked on the feathers.  I also stamped two sized of lined circles using the Candied Apples over the background.

Background Masking & Emboss Resist Techniques
Background Masking & Emboss Resist Techniques

I then stamped the sentiment after removing the tape mask. I used Jennifer McGuire’s technique to get a clear impression. First you ink your stamp with Versamark and then you light wipe it off then apply your color, in this case I used Tuxedo Black Memento.

A view inside the card
A view inside the card

My last step was adding a single feather in Ripe Persimmon on the inside of the card.

That was it! Thanks for stopping by today!

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

Materials

Stamps: Feather Finery – Papertrey Ink

Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon & Candied Apple Distress Inks – Ranger, Versamark & Tuxedo Black Memento -Tsukineko

Paper: Neenah Solar White

Other: Clear Embossing Powder – stampin’ Up, Powder Tool – EK Success

 

Birthday Wish Card

Good evening!

My card for today is a very quick and simple birthday card. This week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Make A Wish. Well, a few of the samples featured birthday cards and as there seem to be a rash of those around here I thought that I might take up the Birthday Wish theme. Not to mention that in the morning I had gotten an e-mail from The Greeting Farm extoling the virtues of “Keeping it Simple.” As you know, I have a tendency towards the complex and thought that it might be a good challenge for me to try something a little “less.”  The final result is this little Birthday Wish card featuring a darling unicorn from The Greeting Farm’s Magical Friends stamp set.

Birthday Wish by Jennifer Miner
Birthday Wish by Jennifer Miner

I started with a piece of cardstock and I stenciled the “V” shape directly onto the front using Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers. Next, I pulled out a piece of watercolor paper and stamped my unicorn from the Magical Friends set using Antique Linen Distress Ink. Since the Distress Ink is water reactive this allows you to create the “no-line watercolor” look.

Birthday Wish. Stamp - Magical Friends from The Greeting Farm
Birthday Wish. Stamp – Magical Friends from The Greeting Farm

I used the Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers to paint my little unicorn’s body. I used Zig Clean Color markers to color the horn and to add a little blue glow outside the unicorn. I then used my Spellbinders Nested Circle Die to cut around my stamp, once it was totally dry. I then added a touch of Stickles to the horn.

By Jennifer Miner
No-line Watercolor

I then stamped the sentiment in Peacock Feathers, the sentiment is from the Waltzing Mouse stamp set; Fancy Phrases. I added some foam dots to my circle and then added the round adhesive gems to complete this little card.

The Greeting Farm's Magical Friends and Distress Ink
The Greeting Farm’s Magical Friends and Distress Ink

This was so fun to create and I think that I’ll have to add more “easy” cards to the line-up. As always, I thank you for your time and if you make to this part of the entry you are a true “Rock Star.”

Materials

Stamps: Magical Friends – The Greeting Farm & Fancy Phrases – Waltzing Mouse Stamps

Ink: Antique Linen, Cracked Pistachio & Peacock Feathers Distress Ink

Paper: Watercolor paper – Strathmore & Neenah Solar White

Other: Spellbinders Nested Dies – Circle, Round Adhesive Gems – Hero Arts, V-Pattern Stencil – Studio Calico & Zig Clean Color Markers

 

 

Lego Birthday Card

We have had a lot of birthday parties this year, where there are birthday parties there are birthday cards! The card today is Lego inspired as the Birthday Day boy is a big fan.

Lego Card by Jennifer Miner
Lego Card by Jennifer Miner

I used my Silhouette Cameo and a 1/4″ Hole Punch to create this card. I started with the green base and trimmed a piece of white cardstock to serve as the foundation of my Lego block. Each block is 3/4″ square. Once I had my blocks glues down I added the smaller circles.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the Lego squares because I really had a lot of trouble using either of my paper trimmers and I mounted them on a rectangle so they would line up a little better. For some reason it was really hard to get everything squared and lined up.

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I used my 1/4″ hole punch to punch a lot of tiny circles. There were tiny circles everywhere. I glued these to the individual blocks and then adhered the multi-colored panel to my green base. I added the green circles to complete my Lego baseplate. Now, I would like to tell you at this point I drew the light glints with my white gel pen at this point, which would have been the easier choice but instead I added my sentiment panel and then drew the light glints.

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To create the sentiment panel I used the print and cut feature in my Silhouette Software. Cut the name out of red cardstock and adhered it to my sentiment panel. I added a layer of Glossy Accents on top and let it dry. This went on a piece of black and then a piece of red cardstocks. Then, as mentioned, above this all went on to the bricks.

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Once again, I ended up with an off sized envelope so I made my own, this time out of a sheet of Gable Green cardstock. You can view my video on envelope making here. I was thinking about making one with my scoreboard but  per usual I had a ton of things on my plate.

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I added the photo below to show how well the card fit in the envelope. While this is a fairly simple card the dot adhering took just a little bit of time. It was really fun to make this card.

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Thank you as always for stopping by and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

Materials

Paper: Gable Green & Brilliant Blue – Stampin’ Up, Yellow – Bazzill, Pure Poppy – Papertrey Ink, Black – Recollections, Neenah Solar White

Other: Foam Adhesive – Recollections, White Gel Pen – Sakura, Glossy Accents – Ranger

Graduation Card

Happy Sunday! I have another graduation card for you today. This one is for a recent graduate headed off to school at the University of Wyoming. I used my awesome Silhouette Studio software and my Silhouette Cameo to create the school logo on this card. I do have the Designer Edition of the Silhouette Software and I really feel like the upgrade price was really worth it for me. “Show Crosshairs” is a must have for me when I am designing.

University of Wyoming Graduation Card
University of Wyoming Graduation Card

I started by importing the UW logo into my software and then I used the Trace feature to create the outline. I then used the Offset feature to create the mat. I cut these out of brown and yellow cardstock.   I am constantly amazed with how detailed the Cameo can cut things out. The “Wyoming” came out perfect.

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I created a card base that had an asymmetrical fold for this one. I used pieces of cardstock to create the color blocking on the front and back. The “Congrats” was cut out using the QuicKutz Rockstar die alphabet.

UofW Congrats-6 I popped the logo up with a few foam dots. You will notice that there is not a single flake of glitter on this card, not one. It was a little weird for me.

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I added a “Go Pokes” on the inside again with the Rockstar dies. I really don’t love the “p” in Pokes but I decided to leave it versus cutting off the tail or something.

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That was it for this card. I really wanted to keep it pretty simple since the logo is so complex, I just thought that it didn’t really need anything else.

Materials

Paper: Brown & Yellow Cardstock – Bazzill

Dies: Rockstar – QuicKutz

Other: Foam Dots – Recollections

Thanks for stopping by today!

Graduation Pop-Up Box Card

Hi All!

School is winding down here and this weekend we have more graduation celebrations. This pop-up box card was commissioned by a friend for a mutual friend. She gave me free rein with this one which was really nice and I think that she’ll be happy with the finished product.

Pop-up Graduation card by Jennifer Miner
Pop-up Graduation card by Jennifer Miner

I started by creating a black base for the card. I followed this template to create the card box. I think that this is a really well written tutorial and the end result looks way more complicated then it really is. If you haven’t tried this you totally should, it isn’t hard, I promise.

Class of 2016 - Pop-up Box Card
Class of 2016 – Pop-up Box Card

I used Rose Red cardstock from Stampin’ Up the inner and outer panels. I then trimmed the Designer Paper from Kaiser Kraft for my focus paper. Inside the box there are two strips of paper that I used to adhere my embellishments. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out all of the accents. Then each of the pieces was adhered to a piece of acetate and then to the box.

Graduation Card by Jennifer Miner
Graduation Card by Jennifer Miner

I used the print and cut feature for the Dr. Seuss quote. This was added to a black mat and then added to my box with foam tape. I love this quote and it is so appropriate for a graduation. I can remember being excite to head off to college and then the rest of life. It is a time filled with so much possibility and promise.

Pop Up Grad-2I added Stickles and gems to complete the card, box, box card, card box. Whatever you know what I mean.  One of the coolest things about this project is that it folds flat to fit in the envelope.

Pop Up Grad-5My finished size for this project was 5.5″x6.5″ and I didn’t have an envelope that would fit it. So, I made my own envelope. I have a Martha Stewart Score Board with the envelope tool, but it didn’t have the dimensions for the size I needed. I burned through two sheets of 12×12 before I wised up and created a template out of copy paper. I taped two pieces together to get a sheet of 11″x11″ paper. I had a little trial and error to get my envelope just right.

Pop Up Grad-6I ended up cutting a piece of cardstock 11″x11″ and scoring two opposite sides at 4.25″ and the other two sides at 4.75.” This worked perfect. I then used my QuicKutz font Magnolia to create the lettering. Once I had adhered this to my envelope I added more Stickles for oomph.

This was a really fun project and I am sure that the graduate will appreciate it!

Materials

Paper: Black – Bazzill & Stampin’ Up, Rose Red – Stampin’ Up, DP – Kaiser Craft

Other – Fruit Punch & Crystal Stickles – Ranger, Magnolia Alphabt – QuicKutz, Gems – TCP & Mark Richards

Felt Seahorse Card

Hiya!

I hope that you are all having a wonderful Wednesday. We are in our last week of school here and I am so not really ready for it! This week’s challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is Felt That. I have never worked with felt on a card so this was a great challenge. I had some felt lying around and I just purchase the Tim Holtz Sand and Sea die and was trying to think of a way to use it. All this came together for this fun sea inspired card.

Seahorse & starfish felt die cuts
Seahorse & starfish felt die cuts

The stenciled strip of paper is actually a scrap from an earlier card. I didn’t pick-up the trimmings right away and it was lying on top of the sandy colored paper, also from a previous project. When I saw it lying there I knew a pop of orange would really look nice with those two. Then came the felt challenge and everything really came together.

Close-up Felt embellishments
Close-up Felt embellishments

I started by trimming the teal paper down to fit my card and then I added a scrap of orange cardstock. This was then adhered to the card base.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

Next, I die cut the seahorse and starfish. My felt was white and it cut out so easily and cleanly. Once I had my pieces I added color with a variety of color sprays. For the seahorse, I used Bahama Blue and Patina Glimmer Mist and also Peacock Feather Distress Spray. For the starfish, I used Sunlight and Apricot Jelly Glimmer Mists. I sprayed the felt and then set them aside to dry.

Teal & Orange Sea Card
Teal & Orange Sea Card

Next, I create the sentiment. For this I cut an oval using my Spellbinders Nested Ovals and stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up using Peacock Feathers. The little heart below is from an All Night Media set and was stamped using Spiced Marmalade. I added a light application of Spiced Marmalade on the edge of my oval. I then added adhesive foam circles and layered this over my stenciled strip.

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Next, I glued my felt pieces to my card and added the adhesive gems. I then added a touch of glitter by applying Orange Slice Stickles to my little starfish.

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I really liked working with the felt and I was really surprised with how well I was able to cut it out. Thank you for stopping by!

Materials

Stamps: Sincere Salutations – Stampin’ Up & Hearts – All Night Media

Paper: Almond Cream & Tangerine Burst – Bazzill & Neenah Solar White

Color Sprays: Apricot Jelly, Sunlight, Bahama Blue & Patina Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels & Peacock Feather Distress Spray – Ranger

Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Lucky Clover & Peacock Feathers Distress Ink – Ranger

Other: Sand and Sea Die by Tim Holtz – Sizzix, Classic Felt in White – Ecofi, Foam Circles – Recollections, Adhesive Gems – Hero Arts, Orange Slice Stickles – Ranger, Square Lattice Stencil – Heidi Swapp

 

 

Fairy Door Card – Part Two

Remember when I made my first Fairy Door, here it is, just in case you forgot. I really liked that little card and so I was inspired to make another! Here is my new Fairy Door Card.

Fairy Door Card by Jennifer Miner
Fairy Door Card by Jennifer Miner

I started this card by working up a little template for the door using copy paper. I thought about creating the template in my Silhouette Software but this time I did it by hand. I am sure that it would have been a little neater but I kind of like the “rough and handmade” look it has. I then created the wooden panels. To do this I started with Sahara Sand cardstock and stamped the Hardwood background stamp using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

By Jennifer Miner
By Jennifer Miner

I then cut apart my wooden background and used my Edge Distressing tool to rough up the edges. I then inked my individual panels using Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks. Next, I adhered my individual wooden planks to the front of my door. I added a little more Distress Ink, just to make it a little darker and to be sure that the colors were close on both sides.

Right Door Panel
Right Door Panel

Next, I cut out the hearts. I used a cardstock heart I had cut out for a previous project as my template and traced my guidelines on the door then simply cut them out. I glued a larger pink heart behind my doors and filled them in using Red Stickle.

A hidden door hiding a secret.
A hidden door hiding a secret.

Then came the door hinges and door knobs. I searched the internet for some silhouettes of hinged and found these. I brought the image into my Silhouette Software and then cut them out of white cardstock. The knobs were created using a nested shape I purchased via the Online Design Store at Silhouette America and then two center pieces are simply a rectangle and circle. I also cut these out using my Silhouette Cameo on white cardstock.

Next, I added the coloring to my little door hardware. I used Stormy Sky, Evergreen Boughs and Iced Spruce Distress Inks sponged on the individual pieces. I then used the splatter stamp from Stampin’ Up’s Gorgeous Grunge over the link. I used Rusty Hinge, Stormy Sky and Evergreen Bough. Then I applied a little Vintage Photo and Peacock Feather over the stamping. Everything was glued in place on the door. To create the nails or fasteners on the door, I added tiny little blobs of Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearls.

Left Door
Left Door

Next came the vine. These are another shape purchased via the Design Store and cut out with the Silhouette Cameo. I inked these with Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers and Lucky Clover Inks. The I simple glued them on and trimmed to fit.

I then created the inner image. Using my card as a guide, I cut out another piece of white cardstock then I stamped the sentiment and fairy using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. This fairy stamp does not really stamp cleanly so I filled in my gaps of color with a Pigma Micron 05 pen.

Inner Message
Inner Message

I then used a post-it note and 1″ paper punch to create a mask for the moon. I then applied in in Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves. I then adhered my  inner panel to the card.

I added a tiny touch of White Wink of Stella on the moon, after removing the mask of course and that was it! This card seemed to be on its own path today and I nearly walked away but I am happy with where the process took me today.

Materials

Stamps: Hardwood & Gorgeous Grunge – Stampin’ Up. Dream Believer – WPlus9, Moonlit fairy – Rubber Stampede

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Sahara Sand & Rose Red – Stampin’ Up

Ink: Gathered Twigs, Stormy Sky, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, Iced Spruce, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, Tuxedo Black Memento – Tsukineko

Other: Red Stickles – Ranger, Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearls – Ranger, Pigma Micron 05, & White Wink of Stella

Thank you for stopping by, I hope that you have a magical day!

 

 

Hot Pink & Roses Graduation Card

Hiya!

It is graduation time in these parts and I have a few cards in the works for our graduates. Today’s card is a super girly one of one of my favorite people. I went with something very girly and feminine.  I have a little pink lover in my house and she definitely approves, in fact, she was a little upset that this card wasn’t for her. I may have to make another one for her.

Distress Ink Congratulations Card by Jennifer Miner
Distress Ink Congratulations Card by Jennifer Miner

I started with my quatrefoil panel which began the morning as a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ piece of white cardstock. I applied Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks using my Ink Blending Tools. I then stamped the quatrefoil image using Encore Gold Metallic Ink. The stamp was smaller then the panel so I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to get it lined up. I ended up stamping four times to cover the background.

Card features two handmade roses.
Card features two handmade roses.

Once I had that done, I set that panel aside and went to work on the gold mat. This also started life a piece of white cardstock. I used my Gold ink pad and applied the ink directly to the edges of my paper. I made sure just to cover the edges that would be showing. Next, I tackled the bright pink paper.  I cut a piece of white cardstock, this time I painted the panel using Hot Pink Color shine. To do this I simply spritzed a puddle of color onto my craft mat and used a paintbrush to paint the edges of the paper.

Hot Pink rose colored with Color Shine
Hot Pink rose colored with Color Shine

Next, came the sentiment panel. I cut out the larger frame using black cardstock and then a smaller label in white cardstock. I inked the plain label with Picked Raspberry Ink. I then created the sentiment. For this I cut out the letters using the Cotton Candy dies from QuicKutz. I cut these out of white cardstock because I was apparently making things difficult for myself. 🙂 I then colored these with Black Velvet Color Shine. I set my letters aside to dry.

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In the mean time, I created my two roses. I made the lighter rose by cutting my petals out using my McGill Paper Blossoms punches and then inking them with Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks. For the dark pink rose, I cut out my petals and then spritzed them with the Hot Pink Color Shine. I actually made these up ahead of time since they needed to dry overnight. Once everything was inked and dried I shaped and then assembled my flowers. I added the two ribbons to my card base and assembled my elements. I stamped the decorative element below my sentiment using the same gold ink and once everything was glued down I added Black Diamond Stickles to my “Congrats.” I added a few adhesive gems and once everything was given time to dry and that was it.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I am going to have to create a little box for this puppy and I will share photos if that gets done in time. As it happens this week’s challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Flowers so I will be adding my little card today.

Materials

Stamps: Quatrefoil Background – Stampabilities & Scallop Scroll – Stampedous

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Black & Green – Bazzill

Color Sprays – Hot Pink & Black Velvet Color Shine – Heidi Swapp

Inks: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry & Vintage Photo (on the rose leaves)

Dies: Cotton Candy – QuicKutz, Labels Four & Elegant Labels 4 – Spellbinders

Punches: Dogwood, Starflower & Birch – McGill Paper Blossoms

Other: Black Diamond Stickles – Ranger, Pink Adhesive Gems – Hero Arts, Clear Gems – Mark Richards, 3/8″ Pink Satin Ribbon  & 5/8″ Black Grosgrain Ribbon – Michaels

 

 

Mother’s Day Card – Paper Gardenia & Stenciling

Sunday was Mother’s Day and I shared my striped wreath, but today I am sharing the card I made for my mother. well, this isn’t something that could only be for Mother’s Day so I guess that’s okay. My mother’s favorite flower and fragrance has always been gardenia. They are very fragile flowers and don’t last for long and we do not live in a climate that would be very friendly to these delicate flowers. Thank goodness for paper flowers. I have long looked for a good tutorial and I finally found this on DIY Network. It is from Lia  Griffith, who has some beautiful flower tutorials on her website.

Gardenia Mother's Day Card by Jennifer Miner
Gardenia Mother’s Day Card by Jennifer Miner

I created my background first. I started by sponging Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peacock Feathers and Lucky Clover over my Heidi Swapp Square Lattice stencil. The cardstock is Neenah Solar White in 80lbs. I trimmed my panel and then inked a slightly larger piece of white cardstock with Work Lipstick and Abandoned Coral Distress Ink. This created the coral colored mat for my card.

By Jennifer Miner
By Jennifer Miner

I adhered my stenciled panel to the coral panel and trimmed my base to be 4″ x 6.” Next I created the bellyband.

Gardenia card
Gardenia card

I stared with a strip of white cardstock and I applied the Worn Lipstick and Abandoned Coral. Then I added a thinner strip in white. Next, I used a thin strip of white cardstock that I inked with Peacock Feather Distress Ink. I added these all to my card with my ATG gun.

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Next I added Stickles, I don’t think that I could stop myself, even if I wanted to. I used Peacock, Crystal and Orange Peel Stickles on the tri-colored band. I also accented two square with Crystal Stickles, one above and one below the band.

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At this point I set my wet panel aside to dry and got started on my flower. In the tutorial you have six pieces to create the flower. I simply printed out the template on to a piece of white cardstock and then cut out the petals.

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I then shaped the petals as detailed in the instructions. As I started assembling my flower I found that I wanted a larger central bud so I cut out an extra shape. This was piece two in the pattern. I used my trusty hot glue gun to glue my flower together.

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This is a very well-written and easy to follow tutorial. so the creation of the flower went pretty quickly. I then cut out two of the lead shapes in white cardstock and used my Peacock Feather Distress Ink to color them. I shaped these and the glued the flower and leaves to my card.

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As is usually the case for my I felt like my card needed more shine and shimmer. So, I lightly spritzed my card, focusing on the flower with Perfect Pearls Spray in Perfect Pearl. It was perfect, just the right amount of shimmer. I really should have sprayed the flower before it was glued to the card but it still worked out.

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My last step was to add the four gems. Since the flower is pretty large I made my white cardstock base using 110lb paper. I hand delivered this card on Mother’s Day so I didn’t make an envelope.

Materials

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80lb & 110lb

Ink: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Lucky Clover, Worn Lipstick & Abandoned Coral Distress Inks – Ranger

Other: Square Lattice Stencil – Heidi Swapp, Orange Peel, Crystal & Peacock Stickles – Ranger, Gems – Recollections, Perfect Pearls – Perfect Pearl – Ranger

I really like the way this card turned out and my mom seemed to like it too. Cheers!