This post is all about dads! Well, the birthday cards I made for my dad and my father-in-law. I am lucky in that their birthdays are within a few days so that means that I get to hit two birds with one stone this year and make similar cards. Last year, I made my father-in-law a very special Cubs card. I am not going to say that was why they won, but I can’t say that it didn’t help.
Well, on to our Steampunk Birthday Cards. These were so much fun and involved lots of supplies. All of the paper I used in these cards started as either white or black cardstock and they ended up at 5″x7″. I just loved how they turned out. As you may have noticed, I haven’t done a ton of cards this summer but it was great to get back into the swing of things.
I was really channeling the pickers on these, I was imagining vintage signs with rust and peeling paint. I felt like I had half of my drawers on my workspace when I finished.
When I was creating the cards, I tried to keep to that vintage feel and there is no better product line than Tim Holtz for that. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the gears and the sentiment frame.
I will have a complete list of the products I used to create these birthday cards below.
We are getting ready for the beginning of birthday season, our first birthday party is officially set for the 11th of December and for a change I actually have the card ready. This time I won’t be frantically coloring, gluing, or stamping just minutes before the card is whisked out the door. I make no promises about the other celebrations.
I went with a shaker card, I’ve done a kiddo birthday that featured a shaker before. This time I went with a unicorn from The Greeting Farm.
I started by stamping the single unicorn on a scrap of white cardstock using Memento Ink in Jet Black. Then I colored her in using Copic Markers. I will list all of the colors I used below. Once the coloring was complete I fussy cut her out and applied a coat of Wink of Stella in Clear on her body. She also received a heavy dose of glitter in the form of Crystal Stickles on her main and tail and then Blue Stickles for her horn.
Now, I started on the shaker. I used my Spellbinders Circle Dies to create one solid circle, a ring, and a solid circle of clear acetate. I inked the ring with Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks. The ring was a little too plain so I also added a few butterflies from the same stamp set. At this time, I assembled my shaker portion by gluing my ring to the acetate and the adding a ring of foam adhesive under the solid portion. I then added blue and clear micro beads and a touch of glitter and allied the solid cardstock background.
Next came the background, I used Salty Ocean to stamp the unicorn and butterflies. I did second generation stamping to achieve the lighter color stamping. Once I had everything how I wanted it, I added a little Tumbled Glass ink over my stamping. At this point, I adhered all me pieces together using ATG and foam tape.
The very last element was the sentiment, I cut a thin piece of cardstock and used a corner rounder punch to create the edges. I then stamped the sentiment in Salty Ocean Ink . Next, I then applied a layer of VersaMark Ink and heat embossed using Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. I used Glossy Accents to adhere the sentiment to the shaker. This card makes me feel like I need to buy more of The Greeting Farms “Ponies” set.
Stamps: Magical Friends – The Greeting Farm & Saying Stuff – Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous
Ink: Salty Ocean & Tumbled Glass Distress Ink – Ranger, Memento in Tuxedo Black – Tsukineko
Hi All – I am back again today with a Thanksgiving card. So, my last card featured one die cut word and so does this one. While these cards have that in common, I think that you’ll find that they are very different!
I was inspired by this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Thanks/Thanksgiving. This card features the Technique Tuesday Handful of Henna Stamp Set. You can watch a video of the creation below.
I started with a piece of white cardstock and stamped my background images using VersaMark and Copper Embossing Powder and then heat set. I did one at a time because I was afraid that I would smudge the images if I didn’t do it that way.
Once everything was stamped, I began the application of Distress Ink. I started at the top and worked my way down using Mustard See, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, and Seedless Preserves. I always go over each shade a few times to help blend everything together.
Next, I applied a little Vintage Photo and Brushed Corduroy around the edges.
Next, I created my sentiment band. For the banner, I broke out my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo and die cut the sentiment using the font QK Indigo. I then took a piece of white cardstock and applied a coat of Fired Brick Distress Ink. I then gave it a healthy coat of Glitter Adhesive and applied Red Wow! Glitter. I inked my “Thankful” banner with Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, and Fired Brick inks.
Once my red glitter was dry, I adhered the “Thankful” banner using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive. Again, it was time to let it dry. I then adhered my banner to my background and added the Glitter Domes. I created the orange mat by applying Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick Distress Inks to another piece of white cardstock. Everything went on an A2 card base. I really love this stamp set but I find that it is hard to use, and so I am so glad that it works on this one!
Thank you as always for stopping by my little corner of the web. I am both grateful and thankful.
Today I’ll be sharing a little easy card I made this week. I was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is Thanks/Thanksgiving. I knew that I wanted to do something with copper glitter and just the word “Grateful.”
I started this card by die cutting the word “Grateful” using the Heidi Swapp Handwriting Font from the now defunct QuicKutz. I picked this die up off the sale table awhile back. Then I colored my letters using Tarnished Brass Distress Stain. I am always worried that you will see white behind the glitter if I don’t do this, however, for this project I am not sure that it made a huge difference. I the adhered my letters to a piece of white cardstock.
First I “painted” my letters with glitter adhesive and applied the fine copper glitter. Once each letter was glittered and glued they were allowed to dry. Once dry I applied a coat of Glossy Accents. I took my background paper and placed a 1/4″ strip of Scor-Tape along the top of my card and applied more of the glitter, then I applied more Glossy Accents.
I then created the very back mat for my card, again I used Scor-Tape and copper glitter and, of course, more Glossy Accents. I feel that the Glossy Accents hold the glitter in place without taking away from the overall glitter “feel.”
While I was allowing my Glossy Accents time to dry I made my little embellishment. I grabbed an off-white button and ran the leaf brad through one of the holes. Then I made a little nest using a gold cord. I used glue dots to adhere all of the parts together. I then plopped the whole thing on my card front. I’ll admit, I did not wait for my Glossy Accents to dry and managed to stick a finger in a puddle. So as usual, I suggest to not do what I do and wait for it to dry. Then I really let everything dry and used foam tape to adhere my card front to the glittered mat. and then all of that to a card base.
You could easily change the color of glitter of the word and have a totally different feel. The font is really the star of the card and of course all that lovely copper glitter. Thank you for stopping by – have a great day!
I am back with another card today, this one features damask and Tim Holtz’s darling layered bee die. This was another fun venture into Distress Ink and layer after layering!
I started this card by creating the stenciled damask layer. I started by covering my paper with Distress Ink in Wild Honey. Once I had that as I wanted it, I then inked with Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Peacock Feather Distress Ink through the Tim Holtz Gothic Stencil. Next, I stamped the French Script Background Stamp over my damask using Peacock Feathers. The last step for this layer was a quick spritz with Glimmer Mist in Sunlight.
Next, I started on the bee. I used the Tim Holtz Layered Bee Die and Texture Fade (aka embossing folder) to add the detail using white cardstock. I then spritzed my bee with Mustard Color Shine and Dragonfly Glimmer Mist. I had cut an extra bee shape, one without texture since this was to be the bee’s shadow. I colored this using Walnut Stain Distress Stain and Glimmer Glam in Hay Ride this gave the shadow a little shimmer. The bee and shadow had some quiet time to dry.
Then it was on to the background. This was inked with Tea dye, Vintage Photo, and Brushed Corduroy. I then added the damask stamp in Brushed Corduroy over this. I gave my stamp a blotchy application for a more distress look.
I then cut two curvy squares from white cardstock. The larger was inked with Wild Honey. The small of the two was inked with Antique Linen and then I stamped the same damask stamp this time using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.
Next, I created the sentiment banner, I stamped the frame and then sentiment on a scrap of paper and then fussy cut them out. Next, I added an application of Antique Linen ink. I adhered my squares together and added my banner with a set of copper brads. I then assembled my card, added a little additional distressing with my Edge Distressing tool. I added the ribbon detail using an adhesive strip of lace over a satin ribbon. I then added the Prima paper flowers, adhesive pearls, and adhesive gems. The top layer of the bee die was adhered using pop-dots. Thank you for popping by today. have a wonderful day.
Today’s card was inspired by the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Think Pink. This was in honor of October’s status as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I dug out a retired stamp set from Stampin’ Up called Hope Is. . . I paired this with another oldie but goodie, In the Garden stamp set from Fancy Pants Design. I love these large 12×12 sets from Fancy Pants and I really wish that they made more stamp sets. I have also made a quick video for this card. For some reason, I could not remember the name and color of Liquid Pearls in White Opal while I was recording. So, I shall be sure that you all know what that product is called. You may also notice that I added some captions in the video to that effect. If you can “Peanut Gallery” yourself I think that I just did. Without further ado, here is my card for today.
I started this card with a quarter sheet of white cardstock which I stamped the first large stamp image. I used Festive Berries Distress Ink and my MISTI to accomplish this. Next, I stamped a flourish using Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. I also added another small flourish in Festive Berries. Last, but not least I added the sentiment using Festive Berries.
Now that I had my stamping done, I added the direct-to-paper ink in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and a tiny bit of Festive Berries on the very edge. I also went back over the Festive Berries with Worn Lipstick to smooth out the color transition.
Once, the ink was dry I added tiny Liquid Pearl accents. I followed the natural lines and curves in my stamping to accent the shapes. I also added just a bit of Stickles in Glam Pink and Fruit Punch. I should mention that I was able to take a trip to my closest independent scrapbook store and came home with more Stickles this weekend. I think I might be part magpie, the shiny and glitter just gets to me. I let the Stickles dry overnight and then added round adhesive gems and small adhesive pearls.
The whole card was mounted to a piece of Rose Red cardstock which I trimmed down to give it a very narrow border. This all went to a top fold card and that was it. I like the monochromatic feel of this card.
Stamps: In The Garden – Fancy Pants Designs & Hope Is. . . – Stampin’ Up
Ink: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Festive Berries
Other: Glam Pink & Fruit Punch Stickles – Ranger, Liquid Pearls in White Opal – Ranger, Adhesive Pearls – Recollections, Pink Round Gems – Elements by Mark Richards
Paper: Neenah Solar White & Rose Red – Stampin’ Up
I was finally able to get in touch with tech support this morning and they got me fixed up. So, I am back to work and ready to share a fun card.
My husband has a friend that is getting married and he requested that I make a Pop-Up Box Card for her. I went with a very non-traditional color palette and I think that it turned out just right. I have made a few of these pop-up box cards before, here and here. I followed the same basic tutorial which can be found at Splitcoast Stampers, here.
I started with a sheet of Old Olive cardstock which I cut to size and scored. I then cut my pattern paper to fit on each of the squares. This paper is from My Minds Eye and is called Flirty Lil’ Girl. It was really the inspiration for my color palette.
Once I had my box assembled and the pattern paper panels adhered to the outside, I started creating the embellishments. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the hearts, butterflies, and banner.
For the main heart, I started by creating the outer heart, This was inked with Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Festive Berries Distress Ink. I then applied a coat of VersaMark and embossed the heart using Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. I then made the smaller heart, but instead of Iridescent Ice, I used Clear Embossing Powder. I then cut out the banner. I used my Silhouette Software to print out the “congratulations” banner, which I then cut out. I inked back part of the banner with Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord.
All of the other butterflies and hearts were colored using color mists. The yellow elements were colored with Sunlight Glimmer Mist and Gold Color Shine. The pink were colored with Cherry Color Shine and Scarlet Glimmer Mist. The green elements were colored with Money Bags and Bahama Blue Glimmer Mists.
I spritzed them all at one time and then let them dry. Once everything had dried I added a little flourish stamp in Festive Berries to a few butterflies and started adding everything to the box.
The elements that are “popping out” of the box were glued to thin strips of clear acetate. I lightly shaped the butterflies with my fingers to give them a little texture.
I used glue and pop dots. I then let everything dry overnight. The next day, I came back and went a little crazy with Stickles! I added Eucalyptus, Crystal, and Yellow to the corresponding shapes.
My last step was to add a few adhesive gems. I actually even let the Stickles dry before I jumped right into adding the gems. Normally I would have ended up with glitter everywhere.
I will need to whip-up an envelope since it ended up a slightly unusual size. Thank you for stopping by!
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Pattern Paper – My Minds Eye Flirty Lil Girl
If you ready my post yesterday you would know that this card took a little while longer then I was hoping but it is finally done! This is my tribute to Prince. His music was truly the soundtrack of my youth. I was lucky enough to see him in concert and it was amazing how one man could control an arena full of people with only the raise of an eyebrow. He was creative and talented and his music will last forever. I was a little surprised at the strength of my reaction to the news of his passing but I cannot look back at my life without there being a place in it for his music.
When I was 15, I went on a school trip to France and England. It was a life changing opportunity for me and it helped to make me who I am today. One memory from that trip that stands out was a moment that showed me how universal music is and how it can color a moment forever. Our group was traveling via the Metro, the Parisian subway and were changing trains at an above ground station. It was a beautiful Spring day and across the tracks there was a street musician with an acoustic guitar. While he was on the other side of the platform the station was quiet and we could hear him playing and singing Purple Rain. It was one of the most beautiful moments that I have ever had. When I think of Paris, I think of Purple Rain, always. It is something that I will carry with me for the remainder of my life and when I hear that song I am back on the platform listening to a Parisian musician on a trip that changed me.
I also made a video for this one. I am really not loving my narration today but this was my fifth attempt and I really didn’t want to start again. The quality isn’t great so I may have to start looking for a new microphone.
And so without further ado, here is the process that I used to create my card for you today. I started by creating the brick background. I used a piece of white cardstock as my base and use the Tim Holtz Brick stencil. I mixed some Golden Molding Paste mixed with Naphtol Crimson and Iridescent Bronze acrylic paint. I thoroughly mixed in my red but left my mixture not totally incorporated once I added the bronze. I applied my mixture over the stencil. I allowed this to dry over night. I decided to “paint” over my bricks. I first applied Picket Fence Distress Paint to my craft sheet and added a little water, I then pressed my brick panel into my puddle of paint. This wasn’t giving me quiet enough coverage so I also applied paint directly to my panel and spritzing it with water. I also gave it a few spritzes with Perfect Pearls.
While I liked how the paint over the bricks looked, it needed more so I applied a heavy coat of Distress Crackle Paint in Picket Fence. It was heavy because my paint was nearly dried up so I added a little water and tried to make it work.
Then I started work on my heart. I went to my spare parts box and found a heart in the size I was looking for. I had previously used my Silhouette Cameo to cut this card out of burgundy cardstock. Clearly, this was not the color I was wanting so I simply painted the heart using Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint. Once that was dry I added a coat of Purple Stickles and then on top of that a coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles.
At this point I trimmed down my brick panel and did a little distressing with Old Paper & Vintage Photo Distress Inks and a very light sanding.
Next, I started working on my damask panels. I used another of Tim Holtz’s stencils this time it was the Gothic Stencil. I sponged on Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks. I trimmed my panels and then added Antique Linen and Vintage Photo to distress. Next, I tore the center of the damask panels to allow the brick to show through and then added Vintage Photo and Wilted Violet along the torn portion.
Next, trimmed everything up and mounted my purple heart with foam tape, adding the wings by sandwiching them between the adhesive. I then added Diamond Glaze over my heart. I have done this on a few other cards and I really like the look of the glaze over glitter.
Next, came the crown. This was another little treasure from my spare parts box. It was cut out with my Silhouette Cameo and then colored with Black Distress Paint and a few coats of Glimmer Glaze in Champagne on top. I added tiny 2mm purple Gems from Hero Arts to accent the crown and then added it to the card using foam dots.
I then created the rusty hinges. I started with grungeboard hinges from Tim Holtz then I inked them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Then I applied a heavy coat of Embossing Ink and applied a generous application of Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder over top. This was then heat set and once cool I rubbed off the excess material from the embossing powder. This powder has crystals in it that do not melt when heated so that you can rub them off to create a distressed look. That makes it important to shake up your powder before applying it to distribute the crystals. Once I was don’t with that I applied inked over the hinges with Walnut Stain. I applied these to my card using glue and then I added a few Tim Holtz brads.
Next, I added the distress grunge brads to my wings. I really should have added these before I put the wings on the card but since I didn’t I used a series of stick pins to create holes to place the brads. Not totally recommended but I think that they really make a statement so I wasn’t leaving them off.
Now I created my sentiment, I created the label in my handy dandy Silhouette Software and used the print and cut feature to generate the label. The quote says ” A strong spirit transcends rules.” and is a quote from Prince. I used the font Jellyka Saint-Andrew’s Queen, I love this font it looks hand written. I distressed my sentiment label using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I cut a mat from a piece of texture brown cardstock and then mounted this to my card using foam dots.
To create the dark purple flowers I used paper flowers from Prima and spritzed them with Fully Purple Glimmer Mist. The more violet colored flower came in the shade. Once the flowers were dry I glued them on and added the Pewter Adhesive Pearls from Kaiser Scrapbook. I added a brown mat from the same paper as my sentiment and I added one more layer in dark purple.
The finished size of this card is 5 1/2″ x 7″ so I created the card base with two pieces of cardstock. Once I added the card front to the base I was finished! This was a true labor of love that had quite a few starts and stops and almost didn’t make to a finished product. I know this is a long post and so if you made it this far – You ROCK!!
Paper: Neenah Solar White 80lbs & 110lbs, Suede Brown Dark & Pansy – Bazzil
Wahoo it is Friday and today I am sharing a card that I have been holding onto for awhile. I didn’t really do it on purpose it was just one that sat in my studio, unfinished for awhile. Well, no more here is it in all it’s glory; dark Damask. I think that it is no secret that I adore damask in my card making and really in all things. I might actually use in every card if I wasn’t worried that you all might get bored with it.
Two of my favorite pieces of this card are; the iridescent violet embossing powder and the top garden rose which I watercolored. It just has a neat matte look to it and I really like the two different colors.
I knew that I wanted to create a grey. black and purple card with a wallpaper feel to it. I started by stamping my background on a piece of grey cardstock knowing that I was going to cut it apart later. I stamped the black damask shape using VersaMark and heat embossing with Black Embossing Powder from Ranger.
Then I began to layer up the background. I used Ornaments from BoBunny, Papillon from Stampers Anonymous, French Foliage and Gorgeous Grunge from Stampin’ Up, and Bella Brush from Fancy Pants Designs. I used a variety of inks; VersaMark, Hickory Smoke and Weathered Wood Distress Inks. I allowed my background to dry overnight so I could stamp the flourish from the Pollen Dust set by Fancy Pants Designs on the left-hand side using VersaMark and the Violet Satin Pearl Embossing Powder. This powder is awesome and is very iridescent. I was glad the lighting was good when I photographed it. When I create a background like this I just keep working and adding things as I go along.
I distress my edges using Broken China, Weathered Wood, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Inks. I then cut my background into somewhat equal strips and the distressed those edges with the Hickory Smoke and Black Soot. I then did a little physical distressing with my Edge Distresser. I really wanted my wallpaper to be peeling off.
At this stage I went ahead and adhered my stamped panels to a piece of 7 1/4″x 5 1/4″ black cardstock. I then die cut the damask border using my Epic 6. This is a retired die from QuicKutz. I used black cardstock and used VersaMark and Black embossing Powder to give it the shiny finish.
Next, I created the sentiment label. I cut out one shape in white cardstock and one in gray. I repeated my damask flourish shape; this time in Hickory Smoke. Once I allowed that to dry, I stamped my sentiment from Think Big Favorites #3 from Papertrey Ink using VersaMark and then heat emboss with my Ranger Black Embossing Powder. I added a little Black Soot Ink to my gray label and then adhered the newly stamped sentiment on top. I used foam tape to layer this over my damask die cut. I added two adhesive pearls from Kaiser to complete the label.
Now on to my roses! I started with my gray rose. You can see my tutorial on this process here. These are created using the McGill Paper Blossoms punches and shaped with the McGill Tools. I wanted something that was at least a little realistic so I did an internet search and found this page with grey roses. To create the two tone look I used watercolor paints on the petals before I shaped them.
The large purple rose was created in the same way but instead of watercolor I used Wilted Violet Distress Ink on the edges. I also created the tiny light lavender flower using my McGill Punches. These were assembled and adhered using hot glue.
Whew – I think that is it. I am certain to have forgotten some step somewhere along the way but I really tried to remember everything.
As I mentioned we went to another birthday party last weekend and the theme was Barbie. The party even featured a visit from Barbie herself. I made card to complement the Barbie theme. I think that this Barbie Birthday Card has a cute vintage feel.
I did a little internet search and found a silhouette of Barbie that I traced in my Silhouette Software. The frame is a shape I purchase from the Silhouette Design Store here. I cut the head silhouette and frame out of glittery black cardstock. I was really surprised how well my Cameo cut through the glitter cardstock. Other then making a trail of glitter everywhere, it was really easy. Next I cut the center in white.
I cut the name out of pink cardstock using the font Dollie. You can download this font here. I used a DP from SEI for the background and glued all of my pieces together. Once I had the name adhered to the frame I added Stickles in Glam Pink.
Once everything was dry I added the Prima flower and pearl adhesive. I then added the pink gems from Hero Arts at the top. I apologize for not getting more photos of these but, as usual, I was running a tiny bit late and just barely had time to let the card dry before it headed out the door.
Paper: Glitter Black 12×12 – The Paper Company, Neenah Solar White, DP – SEI, Black – Recollections, Rose Red – Stamping’ Up
Other- Round Pink Gems – Hero Arts, Adhesive Pearl – Recollections, Glam Pink – Stickles, Paper Flower – Prima
I am hoping to get back to making more videos soon. There has just been so very much going on and they do take awhile. I have also been trying to decide the direction to take my blog and crafting in general. I would really love to have this blog support itself as I love what I do here and creating is a huge part of my life. So, you may see a few changes to the site in the months to come to help my little home on the web grow.
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