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Sea Jellies

Back in July, I purchased a My Monthly Hero kit. It was the first thing I ever purchased from Hero Arts, and I couldn’t resist. I was in love with several of the images in the stamp set. The jellyfish image turned out to be my favorite. There’s something about how ethereal jellyfish are. I never like to run into them in the ocean, but I can certainly appreciate them from a safe distance, especially if they’re just on paper.

Hero Arts - Jellyfish

Several years ago I took a trip to the New England Aquarium in Boston and saw their Jellyfish exhibit. Many different kinds of jellyfish (or Sea Jellies) swim around in glass tanks in a darkened room while various colors of light illuminate the tanks. I fell in love with the exhibition – it was so peaceful and so calming to watch the jellies float around in the tanks. Making these panels definitely took me back to that experience.
Hero Arts - Jellyfish
With the aquarium exhibition floating around (ha!) in mind, I found that the image would be perfect for an emboss-resist technique on some watercolor paper.¬† I cut up some Canson watercolor paper into 4.25″X5″ pieces and used my versamark ink pad, clear embossing powder and my heat tool to heat emboss jellyfish onto several of the watercolor panels.

Hero Arts - Jellyfish

I painted with my Gansai Tambi watercolors, using various colors in various intensities on each panel, but sticking to a monochromatic look overall. And once I started, I couldn’t stop! I ended up with sea jellies painted in just about every color. I still haven’t turned many panels into cards yet, but I did decide that I’d like to frame one of the panels. So, a few jellyfish now hang on the wall in my living room in a frame I picked up at Target.
Hero Arts - Jellyfish
I never thought I could love jellyfish so much! :)

kimberly

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Neat + Tangled Journaling Alphas // A custom newborn card

A coworker of mine gave birth to a beautiful baby boy a few weeks ago. A little peanut with a full head of hair, he is seriously so cute!

Welcome Baby Francis - Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas

I was asked to make this custom card, inspired by this one, for people at work to sign to welcome little baby Francis.
Welcome Baby Francis - Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas

I used Neat & Tangled Journaling Alpha dies which I LOVE. I inked up the bottom half of each letter with some Versamark ink and then added some Liquid Platinum embossing powder over the ink and heat embossed the letters. I also cut the same letters from fun foam and mounted my heat embossed letters on top, to give a bit of dimension. I stamped the rest of the sentiment in SSS Intense black ink using the Simon Says Stamp Celebrate stamp set.

Welcome Baby Francis - Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas

I also die cut the panel using the a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die. Before I adhered the panel to my card base, I added some patterned paper (from a Studio Calico kit I purchased ages ago) to the card base. I also piped a bead of Liquid Pearls in the color onyx around the outer edge of the sentiment panel, to separate it from the patterned paper a bit.

Welcome Baby Francis - Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas

The card needed a bit of something else, so I added a few copper-colored chip board (I think?) stars to finish it off.
Welcome Baby Francis - Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas

I hope Francis liked his card!

kimberly

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Merci Beaucoup!

Sometimes a simple distress ink-blended background and a big and bold sentiment are all it takes to put together a nice thank you card!
Merci Beaucoup - Mama Elephant

The two cards were made for two college students who worked for me (at my day job!) this summer. They were such a great help to me that I was really sad to see them go. Somehow bright, colorful handmade cards eased the pain just a bit. :)

Merci Beaucoup - Mama Elephant

I had an ink blended panel kicking around my craft room, that I had made during¬† #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge. To make the panel, I blended an assortment of distress inks onto some white 80lbpaper in rough rainbow order. I then added some water droplets which bleached out certain areas and created what looks to me like a nice bokeh effect. I then used a 5″x 3.75″stitched rectangle die to cut two panels from the larger piece.

Merci Beaucoup - Mama Elephant

I used my Mini Misti and Versa Fine onyx black ink to stamp the sentiment from the Mama Elephant Merci stamp set. Then, I attached each panel to an A2 sized card base. I resisted the urge to glue some sequins onto the cards, though I think that might have been a nice finishing touch.

Merci Beaucoup - Mama ElephantI really love how these turned out. I hope you like them, too!

kimberly

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A Masculine Birthday Card

Masculine birthday card

Making cards that are suitable for a male recipient can be difficult sometimes. When I need to make a card for a guy, I usually go straight for a Tim Holtz blueprint sketch stamp. The sketchy, architectural feel to them makes them perfect for masculine cards. For this card, I stamped the present image on some white cardstock, colored the box and the bow with copics and cut them out. I then stamped the image again on some vellum and adhered the colored-in box and bow on top of the vellum. I popped the colored image up with a bit of foam tape to give the card some added dimension.
Masculine birthday card

I recently purchased a Papertrey Ink horizontal stripes cover plate die and I can’t get enough of it. I think 9 of the last 10 cards I’ve made have included some horizontal background stripes, and I see no signs of stopping. I love how it adds a little extra somthin’ somethin’, so I used the negative cut from the die and popped that up onto my card base before I added my vellum panel and sentiment. The sentiment is from the Altenew Label Love stamp set.

Masculine birthday card

Quick and easy, and totally manly. :)

kimberly

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Rainbow Happy Birthday

Rainbow Happy Birthday Card

Continuing with the insane amounts of watercolor painting I’ve been doing lately, I’m sharing a rainbow-colored birthday card today. To create the watercolor panel, I first stamped a Simon Says Stamp Grid Background stamp in VersaMark ink and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then painted a watercolor wash over the top with various bright colors in rainbow order.

Rainbow Happy Birthday Card

My panel was a bit too large for an A2 card base, so I used a stitched rectangle die to cut it down a bit and add some interest to the border. I used the SSS Painted Happy Birthday die (cut from black licorice paper) for the sentiment.

Rainbow Happy Birthday Card

I glued the sentiment on and added some coordinating sequins before attaching everything to a card base.

Have a great weekend!

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