Happy 21st Birthday!

21st birthday card

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 –  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.

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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?)

kimberly

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A Birthday Card for Jake

Happy Birthday distress inkIt’s turning into a bit of a tradition that every year my godson Jake and I spend the day together to celebrate his birthday. Because I can rarely get my act together on time (and because he has a busy social calendar) this day usually takes place about a month after his actual birthday, but it happens! This past weekend, we went out to lunch, played with my kittens, and saw a movie together (we saw Sing, which was really cute).

Happy Birthday distress ink card

Each year the card I make him incorporates some blues and greens, since that seems to be the easiest way for me to end up with a boy-suitable card. I stayed in my comfort zone for this one, too: geometric shapes and bold sentiments. An 8 year old’s birthday might have been a good time for me to bring out the cutesy critter stamps and dies. Maybe next time!

Happy Birthday distress ink

I stamped my abstract triangles stamp in VersaMark ink on a piece of Bristol paper, and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder and my heat tool. I then did some ink blending with a combination of Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron distress inks. I added some water droplets and some white and black watercolor paint splatters as well. Once I was happy with that, I put a piece of printer paper on top of the panel and pressed a hot iron on top to remove the embossing powder, just to give the card a flat look. I then cut out the panel with a stitched rectangle die.

Happy Birthday distress ink card

Then got to work on my sentiment. I used Winnie & Walter’s Happy Cutaway die and cut that from some white card stock several times and stacked it up to give it a chip board quality. Like I always do, I rooted around through my stash for a simple “birthday” sentiment and then heat embossed that in white on a strip of black card stock. I positioned that under, around and through the happy and attached it to the bristol paper with some tiny staples. Lastly, I mounted the panel onto a piece of teal card stock cut to about 4.25″ x  5.5″  and then onto a card base of the same size.

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I think Jake liked the card! There was a gasp and a “you made this?!” when I told him it was handmade, so I was feeling pretty good about myself for the rest of the afternoon. :)

I also entered this card into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge (SSSflickrchallenge#65). You can read more about that, here.

kimberly

Masking + Ink Blending

Hi! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and long weekend!

Today I’m sharing two cards I made for the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge that involve the same masking technique. I measured out evenly spaced and evenly sized squares across the card panel and then made some masks. I masked off each square and I also made a mask from a die (that coordinated with a stamp set that I already had) to save some white space for the stamped image, which I added later. I first saw this technique on Debby Hughes’ blog Lime Doodle Design – for a link to her post and video, click here. If you don’t know her work already, I strongly urge you to check out her blog – she’s fabulous!

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For the first card, I used little finger daubers to blend distress ink over each square in coordinating colors masking off each rectangle as I went.  I used feathers from the Dream Believer stamp set, and coordinating dies for masks. I stamped the feathers in fog ink (I think if I did this again I would use a different color) and then used a Wink of Stella marker to add a ton of sparkle to each feather image.  I off-set the sentiment a bit, ran the panel through my die cutting machine with a stitched rectangle die to give some interest to the edge, and mounted the panel to a card base.
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For the cupcake card (stamped with Wplus9 Sweets and Treats stamps and masked with the coordinating dies) I followed the same technique, but used Copic markers to color the images. I think I like how this one turned out best – I found that the Altenew inks I used for this card blended nicely for me. I didn’t cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die, but instead heat-embossed the edges with some clear embossing powder. Unfortunately, you can’t see that in the photograph, but in person it gives the panel a bit more interest. I definitely want to try this technique again, with some different images and maybe some softer colors. I think it’s a great way to make an interesting one-layer card, especially since I don’t make many of those!

kimberly

Merci Beaucoup!

Sometimes a simple distress ink-blended background and a big and bold sentiment are all it takes to put together a nice thank you card!
Merci Beaucoup - Mama Elephant

The two cards were made for two college students who worked for me (at my day job!) this summer. They were such a great help to me that I was really sad to see them go. Somehow bright, colorful handmade cards eased the pain just a bit. :)

Merci Beaucoup - Mama Elephant

I had an ink blended panel kicking around my craft room, that I had made during  #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge. To make the panel, I blended an assortment of distress inks onto some white 80lbpaper in rough rainbow order. I then added some water droplets which bleached out certain areas and created what looks to me like a nice bokeh effect. I then used a 5″x 3.75″stitched rectangle die to cut two panels from the larger piece.

Merci Beaucoup - Mama Elephant

I used my Mini Misti and Versa Fine onyx black ink to stamp the sentiment from the Mama Elephant Merci stamp set. Then, I attached each panel to an A2 sized card base. I resisted the urge to glue some sequins onto the cards, though I think that might have been a nice finishing touch.

Merci Beaucoup - Mama ElephantI really love how these turned out. I hope you like them, too!

kimberly

Sunshine Shaker

I can’t believe there are only two more weeks of August left! As usual, summer has flown by and, as usual, I’m just about ready for some cooler fall weather.However, I have certainly enjoyed the summer of 2016, making lots of extra trips to the beach this year and enjoying what’s left of what was a pretty great tan.

Sunset shaker card

Today I’m sharing a card project that came out of some experimenting I did as part of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Just for kicks, I did some ink blending on a cardstock panel and added some water splatters – which showed up pretty well because I used cardstock and not watercolor paper, but I ended up with a bit of warping, too. You win some, you lose some. The panel looked like a summer sunset to me, so I ran with it.

Sunshine shaker card

I cut the panel down and stamped the Hello sentiment from the SSS Flip Flop Season stamp set. I used a sheet protector and my fuse tool to turn the panel into a shaker card – adding lots of seed beads and sequins inside. I also stamped some flip flops on a piece of scrap from the ink blended panel and mounted those on the outside of the shaker.

Sunset shaker card

I hope everyone enjoys these last few weeks of summer!
kimberly

Sail Away With Me / #thedailymarker30day

Just popping in quickly today to share a card I made for the Daily Marker 30 Day challenge that I’m participating in this month. The 30 day challenge asks people who play along to color for at least 30 minutes a day and then share their results on social media using the hashtag #thedailymarker30day. You can read more about the challenge here.

Sail away with me I’ve participated in almost all of the 30 day challenges now and I find that they really help me with my creativity – I try out mediums and color combinations I wouldn’t normally try, and there’s no pressure to turn the coloring into the card or to even get it right the first time. You can follow along with me over on instagram @kimberly.pelkey   The design for this card was inspired by Yana Smakula, who makes beautiful cards (so definitely check out her blog)! I used a sailboat die and the Sailing stamp set from Simon Says stamp to create the card.

Sail Away With Me
After die cutting a bunch bunch of sailboats from a white panel (that I adhered to some fun foam before die cutting to give the panel some extra dimension), I did some ink blending on another panel to go behind the cut outs. I used Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers for the blending, then added some water droplets and glitter embossing powder over the top to give it some texture.
Sail Away With Me
For the sentiment I used white embossing powder on “Sail Away” and then stamped “with me” in Versa Mark ink on some fog-colored card stock. I also added some strips of paper and vellum behind the sentiment circle and finished everything off with some clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.

Sail Away With Me

Are you participating in the challenge, too? Let me know so I can follow you!

kimberly

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