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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!

Retirement card

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

kimberly

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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.

Thank you card

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

kimberly

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Simple Watercolor Wash Thank You Card

Last week we got a bit of snow here in central Massachusetts. Fourteen and a half inches, to be exact. It was quite a lot of snow for one storm, especially in March, and especially when you have a long driveway and are armed only with a shovel!
Thank you card

Thankfully, many of my neighbors have snow blowers, and during this last storm, several of them were kind enough to help me out by snow-blowing parts of my sidewalk and driveway. You know that dreaded area at the end of the driveway where the snow is super high because the plow has pushed all of that extra snow into it? That’s always the worst place to shovel, and I’m so glad we didn’t have to shovel it this time, because a snow-blowin’ neighbor helped with that! So, I whipped up some thank you cards to drop in their mailboxes.

Thank you card

This card was fairly simple and straight forward. I started by stamping several floral images from the Hello Sunshine stamp set, using Intense Black ink on to Canson watercolor paper that I had but to about 4.5″ x 6″ or so. I then painted a watercolor wash over the top and cut out a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel using a stitched rectangle die. I used the Hand Lettered Thanks die by Wplus9 for the sentiment, along with a secondary sentiment from the coordinating stamp set (which I stamped with embossing ink on black paper and heat embossed in white).

Thank you card

After arranging everything on the panel, I decided the sentiment needed a bit more separation from the panel itself, so I die-cut a circle of vellum and then embossed the edge with some white embossing powder, and added it underneath my sentiment arrangement. A few sequins and I was finished!

Thank you card

In related news, I’m asking for a snow blower for my birthday.

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.

Sending love SSS altenew

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.

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

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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

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Cards for Mother’s Day

A collection of Mother’s Day cards today! A co-worker asked me to make him a card for his mother, and I ended up making several for him to choose from. After he chose one, I could use the rest to give to my mom, grandmother, and friends who are moms.

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First I started with a water-colored background, a Wplus9 Happy Mother’s Day sentiment and a cute little bird I salvaged from an Online Card Classes practice sheet I colored way back when. I used a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die to create a border around the panel, mounted the panel to some mint cardstock and added some yellow and clear sequins to finish it off.

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For the next few cards I used the SSS Spring Flowers stamp set. I embossed several images from the set with clear embossing powder and then did some ink blending with distress ink on top of the heat embossed flowers and foliage. I cut everything out leaving a bit of a border around the edges and then arranged them on the cards.

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I used a stitched circle die to create a recessed area for my sentiment (I popped the rectangular stitched panel up using some foam tape, and again used the Wplus9 Happy Mother’s Day sentiment. Once I had the flowers arranged how I liked, I attached some with glue and some with foam tape for extra dimension. I jazzed everything up with some moonshine sequins and mounted the panel onto a Fog cardstock base.

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The next card is a bit simpler and has some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets (I LOVE these) instead of sequins. This card is mounted onto a Cotton Candy card base.
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This last card is probably my favorite of the bunch. Many of the same elements, but this time I used a Papertrey Ink horizontal stripes coverplate die and built up from there. I embossed the sentiment onto vellum using liquid platinum embossing powder and arranged some flowers and added some more clear droplets.

I hope all the moms out there have an excellent Mother’s Day!

kimberly