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Mandala & Nautical Thank You Cards

Mandala & Nautical Thank You Cards

 

Today’s project is a set of thank you cards that I created as a gift. My aunt writes the thank you cards for her local food bank and I thought that she might like to send out some handmade cards. She is herself, a wonderful card maker and is actually how I came to card making. There was, and still is, something so very special about receiving a handmade card. Working on multiples of the same card is quite a different process from creating one-of-a-kind cards.

I created two very different styles of cards; one nautical and one with mandalas. Let’s start with the mandalas.

Created with Mehndi Medallion Stamp Set from Papertrey Ink
Created with Mehndi Medallion Stamp Set from Papertrey Ink

I started by stamping the sentiment in the center of my card. I placed an oval cut from scrap paper over my sentiment and then stamped the medallion images over the top.  These images are from two sets; Mega Mehndi Medallion and Mehndi Medallion Mini Stamp Sets from Papertrey Ink.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I used Grape Jelly Memento Ink, Blueprint Sketch, Picked Raspberry and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks. Each card is slightly different but have an overall similar look to them.

Gemtone Mandala Card
Gem tone Mandala Card

Once the inks were dry, I added Stickles. I just had to add a little bit of shine to these. This added just the right “pop” to the cards. Once the glitter was dry I mounted the stamped panel a piece of Orchid Opulence cardstock.As you may know, I really have to “stop” myself when it comes to adding glitter, sparkle, or gems to cards.

By Jennifer Miner
By Jennifer Miner

I love the way the colors and glitter came together on these cards. The are a nice contrast to the nautical set that I also created.

Thank You Set-7

For this card, I started by stamping the anchor using Versamark and Chipped Saphire Distress Ink in the center. I will admit that I normally just “eyeball” my stamping but since this was a fairly simple design I felt like it needed to be more accurate. I marked the center of each panel before stamping and I was really glad that I did.  I then embossed the anchor with Navy embossing powder from Stampin’ Up. Next came the silver rope, this was stamped with Versamark and then embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.

By Jennifer Miner
By Jennifer Miner

I stamped the sentiment below using Chipped Saphire Distress Ink. This was then added to a piece of Night of Navy cardstock. At this point, it looked a little plain. So I added the 1/4″ strips of navy cardstock above and below.

Ocean Bound Stamp Set from Waltzing Mouse Stamps.
Ocean Bound Stamp Set from Waltzing Mouse Stamps.

This was just the right touch. I tried a few other options but the strips of cardstock were just right. I made 12 of these and 13 of the Medallion cards. When you are making multiples of cards I think that it is important to create a project that can be repeated without too much hassle. I usually work in an assembly line style, but not always. I like to have to have a safe place to put your cards to dry, which sometimes means that end-up taking over the dining room table. Lucky for me, my family is used to my projects creeping all over the house.

Thank You Set-8

I had a really nice time creating these cards and I hope that they bring a smile to the recipients. Thank you for stopping by today!

Materials

Anchor Thank you

Stamps: Ocean Bound – Waltzing Mouse Stamps &Thank You –  Wordsworth

Ink: Chipped Saphire Distress Ink – Ranger & VersaMark – Tsukineko

Paper: Night of Navy – Stampin’ Up & Neenah Solar White

Other: Navy & Sterling Sliver Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up

Mandala

Stamps: Mega Mehndi Medallion & Mehndi Medallion Mini – Papertrey Ink & Thank You – Wordsworth

Ink: Grape Jelly Memento, Blueprint Sketch, Picked Raspberry, & Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks – Ranger

Stickles: Peacock, Crystal, Glam Pink & Purple – Ranger

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Orchid Opulence – Stampin’ Up

More roses

Howdy!

I was really planning to have a post for you all on Sunday but I had the worse case of creative block. I had the house to myself and I just couldn’t get anything going. Sometimes I can force it, just kind of start working on something and everything will just click. Sunday I just couldn’t find it. So I finally gave up and finished painting my daughter’s room. The good news is that I have been working on a really fun project that I am super excited to share with you all in the next few days. It is another Steampunk creation and I am loving it and hope you’ll enjoy it too.

My card for today is one that I made a little while ago but I still really like it and it is still my “style.” I don’t know if any of you go back and look at old project and see a clear shift in style but I know that I sure do.

There are lots of Tim Holtz grunge product on this card.  The bird and cage were cut out of grunge paper using the Tim Holtz die from Sizzix called Caged Bird. The cage was embossed using Distress Embossing powder in Black Soot. The bird was colored with Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks.

Grunge paper and another paper flower
Grunge paper and another paper flower

The rose was created with McGill punches. It isn’t really intended to be any specific flower. The background was stamped with Versamark Ink and the damask stamp from Great Impressions was heat embossed with Candy Violet embossing powder from My Sentiments Exactly. I then sponged on a variety of purple inks.

Close-up
Close-up

Here you can see a close of the card.  The bars wouldn’t lay flat but I know of like the texture.

Materials

Paper: Nennah Solar White, Basic Black & Vintage Violet – Stampin’ Up, Grunge Paper – Ranger

Dies/Punches: Caged Bird – Sizzix, Large Highland Snowflake, Large Geranium Leaf & Small Geranium Leaf – McGill Inc.

Ink: Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint & Seedless Preserves Distress Ink – Ranger, Versamark

Misc.: Candy Violet – My Sentiments Exactly & Black Soot Distress Ink – Ranger

More soon! Thanks for spending time here!

A Floral Thank You & Be Happy

Hi-ya!

Sometimes I feel like I am always a little behind but I finally got thank you cards out today. I am sharing those thank you cards today. I often get really involved in my cards but I was so late in getting these out and I needed to make six so that led me to make these pretty simple. Having said that I still think that they have a lot of punch and I love the color combination.

With Love exterior of card
With Love exterior of card

I used the Pollen Dust stamp set from Fancy Pants Designs for all of the flowers. I really adore this set and wish that Fancy Pants would do more sets like this one. It is a go-to in my collection. When I am making multiples of the same cards I tend to have two ways to accomplish this. If I have a pretty good idea in my head of the finished product I will make them side by side. That is to say I cut the paper and stamp each at the same time. My other method is to create one card and then replicate it. This is how I made these cards. Once I had my road map I could stamp the flowers in each color much more quickly. So, I stamped the large pink flower on all of the front and inner panels and then the small pink flower and so on.

Inner panel of card.
Inner panel of card.

I also added an inner stamped panel to the card. While it is a little hard to see the flowers have  Stickles or gem embellishments. I had a little trouble with my light to photograph these since it has been rainy and overcast, it feel weird to say that in Colorado but there you are. I may just have to purchase another light for my light box.

Materials

Stamps: Pollen Dust – Fancy Pants Designs, Affection Collection – Stampin’ Up, Fancy Phrases – Waltzing Mouse stamps

Paper: Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Teal Cardstock – Recollections

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Cool Caribbean, Bermuda Bay – Stampin’ Up

Misc.: Cotton Candy, Orange Peel, Crystal – Stickles, Peacock – Recollections Glitter Glue, Pink Gems – Me & My Big Idea, Clear Gems – Hero Arts, Orange Gems – Mark Richards

Glitter and Gold - Be Happy
Glitter and Gold – Be Happy

I am really loving the gold foil fad that is kicking around. For my second card today I used black glitter cardstock and metallic gold cardstock to make a background. I then cut a circle with the text “Be Happy” using my Silhouette Cameo out of another sheet of gold cardstock and mounted that to a plain white sheet. There is a fat glue dot between the layers to give the separation.

I used the Mini Petals McGill punch to cut out the flowers using white cardstock. I colored the flower using my Tim Holtz Distress Markers. Glued them on and added gems.

Materials

Paper: Nennah Solar White, Black Glitter – Recollections, Metallic Antique Gold – Stardream

Misc.: Mini Floral Punch – McGill Inc, Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Gems – Hero Arts

That is it for today – thank you for spending time with me and have a great day.

Anglophiles Unite

Anglophile

n. Noun

1. One who admires England, its people and its culture.

I am an Anglophile. I have always loved all thing British. I don’t know if it started with the accent or because of the horse culture but I just simply love it. Today’s cards were inspired by that very interest. They are simple and didn’t require a lot of supplies but I think that they have a big impact.

Monochromatic Union Jack
Monochromatic Union Jack

My fist card was made with the British flag all in black with a few rhinestones. I was inspired by some cards I saw made by Sarita of The Little Princess Cards. It looks like she is no longer active online but her cards are stunning. Naturally I cut my flag using my Silhouette and the rhinestones are from Hero Arts.

Keep Calm & Carry On Card
Keep Calm & Carry On Card

Another simple Silhouette card. The crown image is from the Silhouette Online Store and the font is Clarendon-Light-DTC. Rhinestones are from Hero Arts. I know that there are a lot of “Keep Calm” products and signs out there but I think that the sentiment is so very impactful and striking so I kept it traditional.

Keep Calm & Monochromatic Union Jack Cards
Keep Calm & Monochromatic Union Jack Cards

While a lot my cards take hours to create these were quick and went together pretty quickly. Sometimes less is more.

I am deep in preparations for a baby shower this weekend, which of course features lots of hand-crafted goodies. I will be sharing after the party. Have a wonderful week. Now I am off to the kitchen to try my hand at French Macaroons!

Purple Peony

A chilly hello! We are expecting a high of 20 degrees today so I am not planning on doing too much outside! It snowed all day yesterday but didn’t really amount to too much actual snow. While it is very cold the sun is out and has melted most of the new snow on the sidewalks and roads.

I am calling today’s card Purple Peony, which is uncreative but is at least is accurate! This card features a retired set from Stampin’ Up called Bliss. It was a popular Sale-A-Bration so I’d bet you could find it on eBay if you were looking to purchase it. There are also a ton of damask stamps out there that could be substituted for the set.

Front View of the Purple Peony card featuring the Bliss stamp set.
Front View of the Purple Peony card featuring the Bliss stamp set.

This card features another McGill Paper Blossom Flower. This time I went with a dark purple peony. I don’t always add the leaves to the card but I felt like they added to this card.

Side View of the Purple Peony card featuring the Bliss stamp set.
Side View of the Purple Peony card featuring the Bliss stamp set.

 

Close-up of the peony
Close-up of the peony

I wanted to make mention about the adhesive I use to make these paper flowers. The product that works the best (in my opinion) is Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives. It holds very quickly and is clear. Having said that it smells pretty strong and it dries out quickly both on the craft mat and in the bottle. I make a lot of flowers and even with the smallest bottle it is gummy and nearly useless the next time I go to use it. It says on the bottle that you can thin it with acetone, which I have done and did not have any luck. So, if I don’t have a fresh bottle of Fabri-Tac I use  Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive. I use that adhesive on almost all of my projects and it works okay on the paper flowers. You do have a slower drying time and I will find my petals moving out of place if I don’t hold it long enough. I am also a little messy and I sometimes get  glue globs on my petals if I am not very careful to get the glue off my fingers before I hold a petal. I have seen people use hot glue but I have yet to find a glue that really works on the paper.

Cheers!

Materials

Stamp: Bliss – Stampin’ Up

Dies: Labels Four – Spellbinders

Punches: Geranium, Grape Leaf, Large Highland snowflake, Sun, Small Geranium leaf, Highland Snowflake – McGill Inc.

Ink: Crumb Cake & Elegant Eggplant – Stampin’ Up

Misc.:  Eyelets – Stampin’ Up, Gems – Hero Arts, Ribbon – Impression Obsession, Embossing Powder – Clear

 

 

Black Rose Card with Box

I wanted to send a very special “thank you” to our family after the holiday season so I worked up four of these “Grateful” cards. Once I had the actual card completed, I had a problem because I knew it would not survive mailing in a normal envelope but it would look funny to send it in a big box. I have frequently struggled with sending multi-layered three-dimensional cards through the mail.  I love the look of major 3D elements but the practical piece of mailing a piece can be a challenge. For these cards I decided that I should create a  coordinating presentation box to justify the mailing it in a box and shipping cost. The card and presentation box fit perfectly in a USPS small flat-rate box.

Presentation Box for the Black Rose Card
Presentation Box for the Black Rose Card

 

Card (Right) with Presentation Box.
Card (Right) with Presentation Box.

The roses, butterflies, flourish, frame and foundation for the presentation box were all cut with my Silhouette Cameo. All are available from the Silhouette store.

Color: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and Heidi Swapp Color Shine various colors

Ink: Distress Inks,  Papertrey Ink – Dye Ink in True Black

Stamps: Papillon from Stampers Anonymous by Tim Holtz, Papertrey Ink – Postmarks (tiny butterfly)

Other: Gems – Hero Arts, Ribbon – Stampin’ Up!, Brads – Creative Impressions

That is it for today check back soon for more.

-Jennifer