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Concord & 9th November Release // Darling Petals

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing two pretty floral cards made with two new Concord & 9th products, the Darling Petals Turnabout Stamp and Darling Petals Die sets.

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I decided to stamp elements from the Darling Petals stamp set on craft paper for the first card. I started by stamping solid images in white pigment ink so that the colors I stamped on top would show up a little better. I stamped the other flower layers on top of the white images using an assortment of ink colors. I used the die set for the darling sentiment and then stamped “to my” and “friend” in Versafine vintage sepia ink.

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Since the pattern on the card was a little bottom heavy, I added a little twine bow to the top of the card, plus a few clear droplets to add some sparkle.

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I was excited to try a turnabout stamp for the second card I made. I had to do it the hard way, though, because I don’t yet have a stamp positioner large enough to accommodate the stamp! So, I marked the middle of a 6×6 card panel and the middle of the turnabout stamp and lined everything up by sight as I went. I think it came out ok for having to do it manually! However, you don’t have to be like me! Especially if you have a full-sizeMmisti or other stamp positioner. There are lots of good youtube tutorials on how to use this particular kind of stamp, and you can find Angie’s video for the Darling Petals turnabout stamp here.

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So, I started by stamping the background, then cut it down to a size I liked. I added the sentiment elements in the same way I did for the first card, except that I popped up the hello on a piece of craft with some foam tape.

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Since I didn’t have colored card stock to match my background, I just swiped some ink from an ink pad directly onto some white card stock to match my color scheme a little better.

Both cards came together quickly and easily, which to me is the sign of a great stamp set! And I think the elements here are nice and versatile – you can quickly create a nice, pretty background with the turnabout stamp, but the other elements of the set free you up to make your own patterns or focal points, too!

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Have a great weekend!

kimberly

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Cas(e) This Sketch #211 Guest Designer

Sending love card
I’m so excited to announce that I’m a guest designer for this week’s Cas(e) This Sketch challenge! If you’ve never participated in the challenge before, it’s great fun! Every week there is a new sketch to inspire your creativity. Here is this week’s sketch:
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For my card, I decided to stamp a few images from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set with Versa Mark Ink and then emboss them with white embossing powder. I then added several layers of a watercolor wash in some blue and green tones, letting each layer dry in-between.  Sending love floral watercolor

Once my panel was dry, I embellished the edges using a stitched rectangle die. I then die-cut a sentiment using a Sending die and some slate gray card stock. Before I adhered the sentiment, I stamped the word love from a Wplus9 Hand Lettered Hello stamp set with Versa Fine Onyx Black ink. I popped the Sending part of the sentiment on using multi matte medium glue. That stuff never does me wrong.

I added a few clear droplets to finish everything off.

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I can’t wait to see what everyone creates for the challenge this week!

Sending love card

kimberly

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Happy Birthday Card // Copic Airbrush

This is the last card I’ll be making with my copic airbrush system for a while -because I ran out of compressed air! I’ll have to pick up a refill soon, because I love creating cards using this masking & airbrushing technique – especially with this doodle buds set (as you can see here!).

Die cut making - Wplus9 doodle buds

For this card, I first stamped a pattern with several images from the Doodle Buds set using Versafine Onyx Black Ink. I then cut dies from inkadinkadoo making paper using the coordinating dies. I then loaded my copic airbrush with my BG15 and then my BG13 copic markers and started airbrushing the panel. You can see, toward the top, that I was really running out of air, but it kind of created an ombre effect  so I’d call that a happy accident! When that was finished, I got to work on the sentiment.

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I used the Winnie & Walter In a Word: Happy cutaway die, and cut it from some black card stock several times, then stacked the die cuts on top of each other, gluing each layer together with some spray adhesive. I cut a strip of white paper and cut a notch into each end to create a banner and stamped the word “birthday” with some Onyx Black ink. I’m not sure what stamp set that sentiment came from – all I can remember is that I hunted through my stash for quite a while just to find a nice birthday sentiment to match the diecut.

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I added a strip of vellum behind the banner before attaching the banner with some foam tape, and then adhered the whole thing to an A2-sized card base and added a few sequins!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

kimberly

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Welcome to Brooklyn // a custom card project

I’ve been working on a custom card order for the last few weeks. I was asked to make about 50 small note cards for a friend who rents out their Brooklyn apartment on airbnb. I thought I’d share some of the process of creating the cards here.

Distress ink and stencil

After seeing some photos of the listing, I tried to tie in some of the decor, paint colors and the mid-century modern feel of the space. I was a little limited with some of the stencils and other supplies I had, so I had to get creative – sketching out some ideas and dusting off my Silhouette Cameo.

Brooklyn brainstorm

After some brainstorming (and my persistence about my love of a good watercolor wash background), we settled on a design that incorporated the Brooklyn Bridge and the sentiment “Welcome to Brooklyn.” I downloaded a font called Beyond the Mountains from dafont.com and cleaned it up a bit in my Silhouette software and set my cameo to work. I had it cut the word “welcome” for me and I then pieced  the letters together on the card. The “to Brooklyn” part of the sentiment I created quite easily in Word using another font I downloaded called Champagne & Limousines.

Welcome to Brooklyn

Miraculously, I also found a Tim Holtz NYC stamp that worked perfectly. This made it so that I wouldn’t have to sketch a scene of the bridge on each card, which was the original idea. Instead, I could just stamp, stamp, stamp.

Welcome to Brooklyn

I really like the final result! I love that each one is slightly different, and I think they turned out sufficiently Mid-Century modern-looking.

Welcome to Brooklyn

Only 40-something left to make!

Welcome to Brooklyn

kimberly

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Cheers!

Cheers

Lately I’m loving a big, bold sentiment on a card. I’ve been playing around with several Winnie & Walter dies and they do not disappoint!

Cheers Winnie & Walter

For this card, I first stamped the Mini Scenery: Do You See What I See stamp with versamark ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder onto a panel (I used a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die to give the edges some interest). I choose to watercolor the panel with a nice cheery (ha) yellow. Then, I die cut several of In a Word: Cheers Cutaway sentiments and stacked them on top of each other to give the word some dimension. I adhered it to my watercolor panel and mounted the whole thing onto a card base.

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I hope everyone is having a cheerful week!

kimberly

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Tiny Cards

I was recently asked to make some business card sized cards – basically cards that are the same size as those that come attached to a bouquet of flowers from the florist. They were a lot of fun to make for many reasons, not least of which was the fact that the smaller size made it really easy to assemble just a few elements together to create a pretty little card. Plus they’re just so tiny and sweet!

Tiny cards

I tested out all different designs and techniques on the cards – some watercolor with emboss resist (a favorite of mine!), some ink blending with texture paste and stencils, and some simple stamping and copic coloring. Each card front measures about 3″x2.25″ meaning each card started with a 3″x4.5″ card base folded in half.

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I’m really loving the look of bold black sentiments lately, so you see a lot of those here. Cut from black cardstock, the black sentiments are made from dies by Simon Says Stamp – Smile, Enjoy, and Hello.

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The Smile stamp comes from the SSS Happy and Smile stamp set while the thank you sentiment comes from my trusty Wplus9 Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set.

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I think this hello card is my favorite. Something about the colors of the watercolor wash and that bold, black sentiment!

I hope everyone has an great weekend!

kimberly

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Father’s Day Card

Popping in today to share a Father’s Day card I made for a friend. I mentioned in my last post that I’m obsessed with clear embossing on watercolored panels so here we go again!

Father's Day card

I used a Winnie & Walter Mini Scenery: Do You See What I See background stamp for the panel. I stamped it with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder. I then added an orange-y watercolor wash over the top.

Father's Day card

For the sentiment, I die cut “dad” from my set of Louie’s ABC dies . I created a custom sentiment by pairing it with “you’re the best” from a Wplus9 Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set, which I stamped onto a strip of black cardstock. I heat embossed that part of the sentiment with white embossing powder and gave the whole sentiment some dimension by adding fun foam underneath the letters and the black cardstock before gluing it all to the panel.

Father's Day card

I then cut a piece of orange cardstock slightly bigger than my watercolor panel to mount the panel to before adhering everything to the card base. I decided the orange cardstock was a bit too bright and distracting, so I layered a piece of vellum on top of it to soften everything a bit.

Father's Day card

Voila! Another quick card on a watercolored panel. I’m kind of obsessed with the look. I hope you don’t mind! :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

kimberly