Inspired By // Two Clean and Simple Masculine Cards

Every once in a while I end up in a little card making rut. During these times I just don’t feel especially motivated or inspired to create. When this happens, I sometimes have to force myself to get in my craft room and crank something out (especially if I need to make a card for a special occasion coming up!). Enter Pinterest. I usually stop there first to search my pinboards for various cards I’ve pinned in the past, to see which catch my eye and which ones I think I can take a bit of inspiration from. It usually works really well, and this time is no exception. So, here are two cards inspired by ones made by Therese Calvird and Laura Bassen.

Masculine cards

First up is this birthday card, which uses a repeating “pattern” of sentiments from Altenew’s Label Love set. Since I was making this card for a male recipient, I chose a masculine color theme that is pretty close to the color scheme used in the original inspiration card. The inks I used were Wild Mango, Lake House, High Dive, Fog and Green Apple. Thee sentiment was made with the SSS Painted Happy Birthday die.

Masculine cards

The second card is a get well soon card, made with the same color scheme. I used Mama Elephant Brush Strokes stamps to create the design, based on the original Laura Bassen card I used for inspiration. I love how clean and modern-looking it turned out!

Masculine cards

The die cut sentiment is from the SSS Sending wafer die, and the sub-sentiment on black cardstock is from the Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set.

Masculine cardsNow that I’m feeling more inspired and creative, I’ll be back in my craft room making some more cards as soon as I get the chance!

So, I’m curious, what do you do when you feel like you’re in a creative rut? Do you search for inspiration in Pinterest? Seek inspiration from nature? Browse instagram? I’d love to know!



Happy 21st Birthday!

I’m really excited to share this card with you today, because I’m so happy with how it turned out! First, I should give credit where credit is due, and tell you that this card is almost a carbon copy of this one, which I stumbled upon after doing some google searching for a good 21st birthday card idea.

21st birthday cardThis card uses one of my favorite techniques, die cut masking (see here, here, and here!), and was made for my cousin’s 21st birthday (for which I got to tag along for the evening’s events!).

21st birthday card

You can read the “how to” on the post for the inspiration card, but I’ll tell you what I did here, too. Firstly, I cut a bunch of numbers using the Number It die from Mama Elephant and some inkadinkadoo masking paper. I arranged them onto my card panel in a way that I liked, and stuck them down accordingly. I then used distress inks and an ink blending tool to blend ink onto the panel and around the masks. The distress ink colors I used were: Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Abandoned Coral and Seedless Preserves. Then, I removed the masks and lightly blended some more ink over the masked areas to soften up the design. Lastly, I added a few droplets of water onto the panel to activate the distress ink and then lifted the water away with a paper towel. You can’t really tell in the photos, but it gave the panel a bit more interest and texture –Β  I didn’t want to go crazy with it, though!

21st birthday card

For the sentiment, I stamped happy birthday (with enough room to fit my numbers in between) onto the panel using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink. Then, I cut more numbers using the Number It dies, stacked them on top of each other and glued them to the panel between Happy and Birthday.

21st birthday card

I added a few clear droplets as a finishing touch and she was finished!

I think I might make one of these in every color!

Kim and Kam
Happy 21st Birthday…Kam! :)

(Did I mention we could be twins?)


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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 effectΒ  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!


Painted Happy Birthday

Birthday cardI’ve said it once (probably more than once, actually) and I’ll say it again: you can never have too many birthday cards layin’ around. This one features the Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday wafer die.

Birthday cardFirst, I stamped the Abstract Triangles background stamp in Versamark ink onto a watercolor panel and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then added a watercolor wash in various shades of purple over the top. You should all know by now how much I love a good emboss-resist watercolor background!
Birthday card

Once the panel was dry, I was about ready to place the Happy Birthday die cuts on top but I felt like they were getting a little bit lost in the lines of the background stamp. To fix that problem I decided to add a square of vellum between the words and the background layer. I added a little heat embossing (in Liquid Platinum) around the edge of the vellum to give it a bit more separation, and adhered all my layers. A few clear sequins here and there finished it all off!

Happy Hump Day!


Blended Background Birthday Card

Birthday cardThis one might be a new favorite! I tried a new-to-me technique with distress ink blending for the background on this card and I love the effect. Birthday cardI started by blending a mix of Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries and Abandoned Coral distress inks onto a piece of Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper. I then created the mottled/washed-out effect (I just made that term up) onto the panel by adding puddles of water here and there and letting the water dry on its own instead of picking up the color with a paper towel right after, as I normally do. It’s not a novel concept by any means, but it was the first time I’d tried it out and I love the softer, more diffused effect it gives. I was turned onto the technique after reading a post over on the Wplus9 blog (watch the video, too!).
Birthday cardWhile the panel dried, I stamped (with Versamark ink) and heat embossed a flower and some foliage from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set onto a piece of vellum. I used the coordinating dies to cut out the images and then arranged them on the dried watercolor panel. Did I mention I used a stitched frame die to add some detail to theΒ  panel? I did that, too, before I adhered the floral images with some strategically-placed glue dots. Birthday card

I also die cut the word Happy with the Winnie & Walter Happy die from some white cardstock and fun foam. I heat embossed the birthday part of the sentiment in white onto a piece of black cardstock. I adhered the panel to an A2-sized white card base and finished everything off with – you guessed it – some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets! Birthday cardI took quite a few photos of this card…I think because I like it so much. I hope you like it, too!


Birthday Wishes & Watercolor Washes

SSS Birthday WishesComing at you today with a two quick cards. I stamped and stamped some images on some watercolor paper and then did quick washes over the top. No masking, no frills.
SSS Birthday WishesOnce I’d stamped all of my balloons (using the SSS Birthday Bits stamp set) with Intense Black ink, I painted one quick watercolor wash, let it dry, and then darkened up some areas here and there with the same color of paint. I used my gansai tambi watercolors for this. It seems like I use nothing else lately! After everything dried a second time, I added a few splatters of paint on top with white paint. In the case of the blue/green colored card, I also added some very dark splatters with the same blue/green color I used for the overall wash.

SSS Birthday WishesWhen all that dried, I stamped my sentiment from the same set, using my mini misti tool to make sure it stamped evenly. I then cut the panel into a 4.25″x5.5″ size using a stitched rectangle die. I adhered the panels to card bases, and added some sequins here and there for a finishing touch.
SSS Birthday WishesHappy Monday, everyone!


Ninety Years

Last week, my lovely grandmother turned 90 years old. Ninety! Her kids, grand kids and great-grand kids all got together last weekend to celebrate her.


Isn’t she the cutest?! She’s one of the most gentle, kind and caring people I know. She has shared with me her love of flowers and gardening, and her insatiable sweet tooth so this card seemed like a good fit.
90th birthday card
I absolutely adore the Happy Day stamp set from Concord & 9th. I stamped out the cake in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with copics. I also stamped out the little flags and made a custom 9-0 cake copper. I popped the image up on some fun foam and adhered it onto a water colored panel.

90th birthday card

I finished off the card with some pale pink sequins. I used the Sophisticated Script stamp set (also from Concord & 9th) to customize Grandma’s envelope.

90h birthday cardI hope she sticks around for another 90 years!