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Creating Simple Backgrounds with Watercolor Stripes // Two Mother’s Day Cards

I’ve got big plans for this week! I’m going to share three different posts over the next few days full of Mother’s Day card ideas. First up: two cards I put together using the simple background technique of painting some stripes onto a panel.

Watercolor stripes Mother's Day cards

I used two different paint brushes to add stripes to my panel – one large brush and one much smaller, and you can see that this allowed me to create two different striped patterns on each card. From there, layout and assembly was pretty much the same for each card.

Watercolor stripes Mother's Day cards
For each card, I stamped and heat embossed several of the outline images from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set onto some heavyweight vellum paper using VersaMark ink and gold embossing powder. For the skinny-stripes card, I also heat embossed the Antique Rose stamp from Hero Arts with the same gold embossing powder.

Watercolor stripes Mother's Day cards

Once I’d finished stamping and embossing the floral images, I arranged them in a cluster at the bottom left of each card. I used foam tape (placed strategically so that you can’t see it through the vellum) to add dimension to the larger central flower, and then used glue dots to adhere the foliage around the central image.
Watercolor stripes Mother's Day card

I followed the same “rules” for this card, except used a smaller flower from the Beautiful Day set for the focal point. Each sentiment comes from the Wplus9 Strictly Sentiments 4 set, and I stamped each one with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I used my Mini Misti for this as well. Because watercolor paper can have a bit of texture to it, getting a clean impression the first time can be difficult. So, having a stamp positioner that allows you to stamp in the same exact place more than once, if needed, can come in really handy!

Mother's Day cards

I also added a few clear droplets onto the wide-stripe card, just to finish it off. Thinking about it now, I might also go back and add some clear droplets or sequins to the other card, too!

Watercolor stripes Mother's Day card

Have a great week! I’ll be back with more Mother’s Day cards on Wednesday!

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:
cts_211
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.ย  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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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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Hey There, Cupcake!

Hey There Cupcake Card

Today’s card features all kinds of fun techniques – heat embossing on the cupcake sentiment, dry embossing on the panel with cute little polka dots, masking to color the area behind the cupcake with distress inks, and partial die-cutting to create the circle window for my cupcake to sit in. Phew.

Wplus9 Cupcake Card

I colored the cupcake and stand with Copic markers, and then used a Wink of Stella pen to add some glitter to the cupcake frosting, and glossy accents to embellish the pink parts of the cupcake stand.

Hey There Cupcake

I can’t decide if this is a birthday card or just a cute note card. Either way, it’s making me hungry.

kimberly