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

Nautical Theme Card Set

Here we are in the middle of winter and I’m making card sets with sea turtles and jelly fish on them. Probably because I’m already pretty sick of shoveling. I’m looking forward to warmer weather soon!

Have a beautiful day card set

This set of cards is heavily inspired by a card made by Joan over at Dear Paperlicious. I recently discovered her blog and I love all of the cards she makes! When I saw the almost-one-layer card she made with similar stamps (with a beautiful cobalt-colored ink that I was wishing I had in my stash!) I couldn’t resist stamping a similar card of my own.

Have a beautiful day card set

I chose four colors of ink for the four cards I planned to make: Fog, High Dive, Soft Navy and Teeny Bikini. I then masked off my already-cut A-2 card bases with some painter’s tape, so that I could stamp my pattern but leave a large white space at the bottom of each card for the sentiment that I’d add later on.

Have a beautiful day one layer card

I loaded up some acrylic blocks with several of the smallest images from the July My Monthly Hero kit by Hero Arts (sadly, it’s now sold out – but this design will work with any small stamps!). I stamped all over the un-masked area of my cards and really packed those images in there! I made sure to clean off my stamps really well before switching to a different color for the next card. Although the process of stamping the pattern one image at a time was a bit tedious, I found it quite relaxing – which is probably why I made several of these!

Have a beautiful day card

Once I’d finished stamping, I would remove the painter’s tape to reveal a nice white space on the lower third of the card. I wanted to delineate the space a bit more, so I used my VersaMarker and a ruler to draw a line across the card where the stamping stopped and the white space began. Then I added some Liquid Platinum embossing powder and used a dry paintbrush to brush away some bits here and there so the line was a little less perfect. Finally, I used my heat tool to emboss the jagged little line I had made, and I think that little detail helped to add some interest and balance to the card. I then found a very simple sentiment (also part of the July Hero kit) and stamped that in VersaFine Onyx Black ink below the line I’d just made. VersaFine ink is my favorite for stamping sentiments!

Have a beautiful day one layer card set

I ended up chopping off about a quarter inch from the bottom of each card because I felt the white space I had left was a little too much, but there you have it! A simple one-layer card in a style that lends itself to any kind of little stamps – not just fish and sea turtles and coral! I think I’ll box these up in a set and gift them to a friend.

I hope everyone is having an excellent weekend!

kimberly

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.

Die cut making - Wplus9 doodle buds

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.

Die cut making - Wplus9 doodle buds

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

Poinsettia Christmas Card

My first Christmas card of the season!
Mama Elephant poinsettiaI made this card using the Mama Elephant Poinsettia stamp set & coordinating dies, and got my design inspiration from the Case(e) This Sketch blog! This is this week’s sketch:

As you can tell, I flipped the sketch horizontally for my card. I used watercolor for the background, and painted the poinsettia with Copic markers before die-cutting it and mounting it to the front of my card with foam adhesive.

Mama Elephant Poinsettia Holiday Card

I added the Happy Holidays sentiment from a the Simon Says Stamp Gifts of Love stamp set. I stamped it with Versa Fine Onyx Black ink, which is my favorite black ink for stamping sentiments.

Mama Elephant Poinsettia Holiday Card

I pulled out some Christmas decorations today, too, so I’m slowly getting into the holiday spirit! Mama Elephant Poinsettia Holiday Card

kimberly

Masking + Ink Blending

Hi! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and long weekend!

Today I’m sharing two cards I made for the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge that involve the same masking technique. I measured out evenly spaced and evenly sized squares across the card panel and then made some masks. I masked off each square and I also made a mask from a die (that coordinated with a stamp set that I already had) to save some white space for the stamped image, which I added later. I first saw this technique on Debby Hughes’ blog Lime Doodle Design – for a link to her post and video, click here. If you don’t know her work already, I strongly urge you to check out her blog – she’s fabulous!

#thedailymarker30day
For the first card, I used little finger daubers to blend distress ink over each square in coordinating colors masking off each rectangle as I went.  I used feathers from the Dream Believer stamp set, and coordinating dies for masks. I stamped the feathers in fog ink (I think if I did this again I would use a different color) and then used a Wink of Stella marker to add a ton of sparkle to each feather image.  I off-set the sentiment a bit, ran the panel through my die cutting machine with a stitched rectangle die to give some interest to the edge, and mounted the panel to a card base.
Day 22 #thedailymarker30day

For the cupcake card (stamped with Wplus9 Sweets and Treats stamps and masked with the coordinating dies) I followed the same technique, but used Copic markers to color the images. I think I like how this one turned out best – I found that the Altenew inks I used for this card blended nicely for me. I didn’t cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die, but instead heat-embossed the edges with some clear embossing powder. Unfortunately, you can’t see that in the photograph, but in person it gives the panel a bit more interest. I definitely want to try this technique again, with some different images and maybe some softer colors. I think it’s a great way to make an interesting one-layer card, especially since I don’t make many of those!

kimberly

More Doodle Buds

I feel a little strange about not having made a single Christmas card yet. I suppose it’s because I have a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit until after Thanksgiving, so I’m hoping once Friday hits I’ll be good to go and you’ll see some Holiday cards here on the blog (fingers crossed)! So, now that I’ve lamented that issue, how about a nice card that reminds me of spring? ha.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds

I think we can officially say that Wplus9’s Doodle Buds stamp set is one of my favorites (see here, and here!). For these two cards, I stamped out a few of the flowers, created masks with post-it notes, and continued building a scene with the stamps.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds

I made sure to stamp on some nice watercolor paper (I tend to use Canson brand)with Intense Black Ink (it’s waterproof so it’s perfect for this). I then painted everything with my Gansai Tambi watercolor paints. I added a simple sentiment at the top right of each card. For the first card (4bar size with the blue background) I decided to give it a bit more interest by cutting a stitched rectangle out of the panel and popping the center part up onto some fun foam. When I mounted it onto a card base, I made sure the images that made up the frame and center panel lined up.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds

I used the same stamping and masking technique for the second card, but decided on a yellow background. I used a large stitched rectangle die (the largest in the Lawn Fawn set) to cut a boarder into the panel and then mounted it onto a A2-sized card base.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds

I think I like the larger, yellow card best, but both are fun.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? Or just hoping to get through Thanksgiving, like me? At any rate, I hope all of you who celebrate have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

kimberly