Inspired By // Two Clean and Simple Masculine Cards

Every once in a while I end up in a little card making rut. During these times I just don’t feel especially motivated or inspired to create. When this happens, I sometimes have to force myself to get in my craft room and crank something out (especially if I need to make a card for a special occasion coming up!). Enter Pinterest. I usually stop there first to search my pinboards for various cards I’ve pinned in the past, to see which catch my eye and which ones I think I can take a bit of inspiration from. It usually works really well, and this time is no exception. So, here are two cards inspired by ones made by Therese Calvird and Laura Bassen.

Masculine cards

First up is this birthday card, which uses a repeating “pattern” of sentiments from Altenew’s Label Love set. Since I was making this card for a male recipient, I chose a masculine color theme that is pretty close to the color scheme used in the original inspiration card. The inks I used were Wild Mango, Lake House, High Dive, Fog and Green Apple. Thee sentiment was made with the SSS Painted Happy Birthday die.

Masculine cards

The second card is a get well soon card, made with the same color scheme. I used Mama Elephant Brush Strokes stamps to create the design, based on the original Laura Bassen card I used for inspiration. I love how clean and modern-looking it turned out!

Masculine cards

The die cut sentiment is from the SSS Sending wafer die, and the sub-sentiment on black cardstock is from the Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set.

Masculine cards

Now that I’m feeling more inspired and creative, I’ll be back in my craft room making some more cards as soon as I get the chance!

So, I’m curious, what do you do when you feel like you’re in a creative rut? Do you search for inspiration in Pinterest? Seek inspiration from nature? Browse instagram? I’d love to know!

kimberly

Thinking of You // Blue Flowers and Black Dots

Thinking of you

Last week I took a few days off of work and stayed at my parents house to hang out with my grandmother while my parents went on a cruise to Bermuda (I’m still jealous!). During that time, I tried to do a lot of relaxing and figured I’d just take a week off from card making and blogging and I’d be right back at it the following week. The universe had other plans though, and last Friday I came down with some kind of fantastic cold that is still kicking my butt a week later! I muscled through a few days of work this week, but threw in the towel today and stayed home to drink up the last of my DayQuil and binge watch The Americans.

A sick day means I can write a short post about this card – silver linings.

This is a pretty simple one, using the Thinking of You sentiment from the SSS Sending Happy Thoughts set, stamped in VersaMark Onyx Black ink. On separate cardstock, I stamped some Painted Flowers, using Moon Rocks for the outline and Sea Glass and Ocean Waves inks for the interior layers of the flowers. I stamped an inner layer of each leave with some fog ink. I then cut the images out and arranged them on my A2-sized panel. For a finishing touch, I added a whole bunch of black dots using a black Pico Embellisher.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

kimberly

Pretty Floral Patterns // Mother’s Day Card Post #3

This is the final post for my little Mother’s Day “series.”

Mother's Day card

These last few cards were made using a floral stamp from Altenew’s Beautiful Day stamp set. For this first card, I just stamped out a simple pattern on some watercolor paper. I then went with a pink, blue and green pastel color pallet and painted the design very loosely. I think the color scheme and the floral image gives the card a very vintage feel over all.

Mother's Day card

I then decided to keep the rest of the card very simple by just adding “Mom” to the lower right hand corner. I did this using those good old Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas and some multi medium matte glue.

Mother's Day card

I followed the same general design guidelines for the next card, except I masked off some space at the bottom, and decided to use my Copics to color this one in. I tried to stick to a similar color scheme, too. I used the Journaling Alphas again for part of the sentiment, and then stamped “you make my world brighter” from my Hello Sunshine stamp set as well.

Mother's Day card

These two card’s aren’t exactly a matched set because of the differences in coloring mediums, but I like the vintage-y feel that both of the cards have.

Two Mother's Day cards

And lastly, here’s a bonus card! Again, I used the same image from the Beautiful Day stamp set, but stamped it using Pale Blush Pink ink. I masked off the lower portion of the card so that I’d have some white space at the bottom, and also embossed that line of demarcation using some gold embossing powder.

Mother's Day card

For the sentiment, I cut a medium-sized circle (using this die) and then stamped a sentiment from Wplus9’s Strictly Sentiments 4 set. I then embossed the edges of the circle with gold embossing powder, to tie everything together. I adhered the circle to the lower right of the card using some foam tape.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend – and a great Mother’s Day!

kimberly

You Make My World Brighter // Mother’s Day Card Post #2

Here we are for the second Mother’s Day card post of the week! Today, I’m sharing a card that is basically a re-make of a thank you card I made not too long ago.
Mother's Day card

To read more about the technique for this kind of card, check out that post. Suffice it to say here, though, that I just stamped out a pattern using Intense Black Ink using several images from the Hello Sunshine stamp set. I then mixed up some red and white watercolor paints to make a pink-ish tone, that I painted all over the watercolor paper panel, in several layers. I ended up re-outlining each image with a black multiliner pen after the panel was dry.
Mother's Day card

For the sentiment, I cut some M’s and O’s using Neat & Tangled’s Journaling Alphas. I’m so in love with those! I then used a sentiment from the Hello Sunshine set again, which I just stamped in black onto a strip of white paper. First, I tucked a piece of vellum behind my white sentiment strip, and then attached that to my card with a tiny staple. I then stacked up several M’s and O’s for dimension, and adhered “MOM” with some Multi Medium Matte glue.

Mother's Day card

Some baby pink sequins as a final touch, and this card was finished! I think if I were to re-create this card, I might stamp the flowers in a lighter color – maybe a brown or a darker pink shade – to add a bit more softness to the card. What do you think?

kimberly

 

 

Creating Simple Backgrounds with Watercolor Stripes // Two Mother’s Day Cards

I’ve got big plans for this week! I’m going to share three different posts over the next few days full of Mother’s Day card ideas. First up: two cards I put together using the simple background technique of painting some stripes onto a panel.

Watercolor stripes Mother's Day cards

I used two different paint brushes to add stripes to my panel – one large brush and one much smaller, and you can see that this allowed me to create two different striped patterns on each card. From there, layout and assembly was pretty much the same for each card.

Watercolor stripes Mother's Day cards
For each card, I stamped and heat embossed several of the outline images from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set onto some heavyweight vellum paper using VersaMark ink and gold embossing powder. For the skinny-stripes card, I also heat embossed the Antique Rose stamp from Hero Arts with the same gold embossing powder.

Watercolor stripes Mother's Day cards

Once I’d finished stamping and embossing the floral images, I arranged them in a cluster at the bottom left of each card. I used foam tape (placed strategically so that you can’t see it through the vellum) to add dimension to the larger central flower, and then used glue dots to adhere the foliage around the central image.
Watercolor stripes Mother's Day card

I followed the same “rules” for this card, except used a smaller flower from the Beautiful Day set for the focal point. Each sentiment comes from the Wplus9 Strictly Sentiments 4 set, and I stamped each one with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I used my Mini Misti for this as well. Because watercolor paper can have a bit of texture to it, getting a clean impression the first time can be difficult. So, having a stamp positioner that allows you to stamp in the same exact place more than once, if needed, can come in really handy!

Mother's Day cards

I also added a few clear droplets onto the wide-stripe card, just to finish it off. Thinking about it now, I might also go back and add some clear droplets or sequins to the other card, too!

Have a great week! I’ll be back with more Mother’s Day cards on Wednesday!

kimberly

Best Wishes on Your Retirement

For some reason, it’s been slow goings on the card making front for me lately. I’m not sure what that’s about. I think there are just too many other things calling my name – like gardening and yard work. I have some tulips in my yard that were just blooming this morning, so I feel the need to fiddle around and get the rest of the yard looking just as pretty as the one spot where the tulips are!  At any rate, this cheery (and flowery) retirement card fits the mood, I think.

Retirement card

I used one of my favorite floral sets to embellish this card – Painted Flowers by Altenew. The images are just so pretty, and the flowers are just the right size for creating nice focal points. I also used several yellow ink colors from the Summer Afternoon mini ink cube set to ink up the flowers which I wanted to be yellow to match my yellow watercolor-wash background.

Retirement card

You’ll also notice that this card is not the normal size (which meant I also had to fashion a custom envelope). It measured about 8″ long by 4.25″ tall. I had to make it so long to accommodate the word “retirement” across the front (for which I used Neat & Tangled’s Journaling Alpha dies). I cut out the letters several times and stacked all the R’s E’s T’s, etc. on top of each other to give the letters some dimension. I used Multi Medium Matte glue for this.

Retirement card

The rest of the sentiment, the “best wishes on your” part, is just some good old fashioned handwriting. I couldn’t find a sentiment in my stash that seemed right, so I used a pencil and took a very (very) long time to draw out the letters the way I liked them. I looked at several different calligraphy fonts for reference. Once it looked halfway decent, I drew over the pencil with a copic multiliner pen. With the sentiment was taken care of, I arranged my paper flowers here and there, and affixed them with Multi Medium Matte and finally added a few clear droplets. Finished!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

kimberly

One Layer Watercolor Thank You Card

Just a quick post today to share with you this one-layer thank you card I put together. I fell in love with this card I made not too long ago, and used that as inspiration for this one.
Thank you card

I used the outline flower image from the Beautiful Day stamp set and some masking paper, to create a focal point of layered flowers at the bottom right of my watercolor panel. I then added a whole lot of pink and purple-toned watercolor in several layers. I made sure that the highest saturation of color was focused on the flowers themselves, but that was about as fussy as I got with it.

Thank you card

When the panel was dry, I cut it down to 4.25″ x 5″ size using a stitched rectangle die. Then, I stamped my sentiment from the SSS Handwritten Floral Greetings set using Intense Black Ink (I also used this ink for stamping the flowers because it’s waterproof). At this point I realized I need to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to the card, so I masked off my sentiment and added some black ink splatters here and there. I also used my Pico Embellisher in black to add some life back to the flower centers, which had gotten lost underneath all of the watercolor.

I hope everyone’s week is off to a wonderful start!

kimberly