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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 the  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!

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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!

kimberly

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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.

Grandma

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!

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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More Die Cut Masking

I’ve been making a lot of cards using the die-cut masking technique I talked about in my previous post. I thought I’d share a few more of those cards with you today.

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Instead of using my copic airbrush for this card, I decided to do some ink blending with distress inks. You have to be a bit more gentle with this technique, however, because all of the blending can cause you to accidentally pull up one (or more) of your masks – ask me how I know. For the most part it works just fine.

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For this card I used the Wplus9 Sweets and Treats stamp and die set for the stamps and masks. Once I finished ink blending, I added some water droplets onto the card and quickly soaked them up with a dry paper towel – that’s what gives the nice bleached out effect in some areas; One of the many reasons why I love distress inks. I popped up the sentiment on a circle die cut and added a little embossing around the edges and a circle of vellum behind. lastly, I added a stitched rectangle frame for a bit of added interest, before adhering everything onto a 4bar-sized card base.

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I wasn’t quite finished with my copic airbrush system yet, though, so I also made some 4bar get well soon cards using the same masking technique but changed it up a bit with some patterned paper and a little gathering of thread behind the sentiment. I used the Lawn Fawn Get Well Soon stamps and dies for these.  Did I mention that I first got the idea for this technique from Dawn of Wplus9? She has a great YouTube tutorial on her channel that you can check out here!

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A Simple (and Pink) Birthday Card

Wishing You The Happiest Birthday CardIt’s official. I can’t stop making cards.

Happiest Birthday CardThis one is one of my favorites, and I let a piece of patterned paper do most of the work! I used my Wishing die once again and layered several of the die cuts to make that part of the sentiment really stand out (I also added a small piece of vellum behind the word to give it some extra pop. For the panel, I cut down a 6×6 piece of patterned paper (I love those irregular pink ombre dots) to the size of my card, but then chopped it apart toward the bottom to create some blank space inside of which I stamped my sentiment. I mounted everything on an A2 size card base, and added a little enamel dot to the left of the sentiment to finish it off.

Birthday Card

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Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

Happy Birthday CardAnother birthday card! This one was created for one of my girlfriends so I wanted it to be cute and feminine. Made with fun washi tapes and the birthday tags stamp set and tag, you’re it and stitched rectangles dies from Lawn Fawn, was inspired by this card that I saw on one of my favorite card making blogs, A Blog Called Wanda.

Happy Birthday CupcakeAfter cutting out the tag die, I stamped out the cupcake, candle and happy birthday sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink. I colored the cupcake with copic markers, added some pink twine, and set it aside. I took the stitched rectangle panel and added the three strips of washi tape, and mounted the tag on top of the panel using foam tape to give it a bit of dimension. I centered the panel onto a slightly larger cut piece of pink paper, then mounted the whole thing onto a card base. I probably could have left it as is, but decided to add a few sequins here and there to add a bit of embellishment. I adhered those with ranger multi medium matte glue. I love how cute the card came out, and putting it all together was quick and easy. And it’s a fun use for washi tape (of which I now have many rolls)!

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