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Masculine Retirement Card

Retirement card

Just stopping by today to share another retirement card. This is another one that I made by heat-embossing a background and adding a watercolor wash.

Retirement card

For the background, I stamped the Simon Says Stamp Abstract Triangles stamp with VersaMark ink and used clear embossing powder and my heat tool to heat emboss the design. I then used several blues from my Gansai Tambi watercolors to add a wash over the top. To piece together the sentiment, I used the Winnie & Walter In a Word: Happy Cutaway die. I cut the word out several times from some white card stock and stacked it up to give it some dimension. It’s not so easy to find a word die for the word “retirement” (who knew?) so I created a custom sentiment on my computer and cut it out using my Silhouette Cameo. I don’t use that awesome little machine nearly enough! I added a strip of slate cardstock and some vellum behind the word just to ground it a bit – it was getting lost among all the triangles!

Retirement card

I tried to make this card appropriate for a male recipient, and I think it worked out pretty well! I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of a good emboss-resist and watercolor background.

Happy Hump Day!

kimberly

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Feeling Grateful

I  begrudgingly put on tights this morning.

I have to finally admit to myself that Fall is here, and the cooler temperatures are coming. But, I do love, love, love Autumn in New England. The trees are starting to turn and I’m enjoying the occasional hot chai latte in the morning (no pumpkin spice for me)! As much as I love the fall, it does make me a little sad that summer seemed so fleeting! But, now I can look forward to cooler temps, cozy fires, all my favorite fall colors, all the food I get to eat on Thanksgiving (!!), and fun stamp sets like the one I used to make this card!

Concord & 9th Grateful

The card I’m sharing today was made using the beautiful fall-themed Concord & 9th  Lace Leaf stamp set and the Grateful Leaf die. I also used a SSS grid background stamp and some white embossing powder to create an emboss-resist background on the card. I painted over the embossing with several greenish-blue shades from my Gansai tambi watercolor set.

Concord & 9th GratefulI cut the grateful sentiment from the die set out of both white cardstock and some fun foam, and layered them up to give the word some dimension. The word “feeling” I heat-embossed in white on some black cardstock, and I also stamped and die cut two small leaves in different shades of gray and attached those to the card as well. I finished everything off with some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets.

Concord & 9th GratefulEven though I’m sad to be officially transitioning to tights and heavy jackets, Fall is my favorite season. What about you? Are you sad to see summer go? Or, are you looking forward to scarves and hats?

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