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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.

Happy Birthday distress ink

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.

Happy Birthday distress ink card

kimberly

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Coffee Love Card Set

Coffee card set

Are any of you big coffee drinkers? I will say that I’m not a big lover of the caffeinated beverage, but I do indulge in some coffee every once in a while – as long as it has a lot of cream and sugar in it! Even though I’m not an every day coffee drinker, I love the illustrated/line drawing quality of this stamp set, so I made sure to order it a few weeks ago!

Coffee cards

And for this small set of 4.25″x4.25″ cards, I did what I generally like to do – stamp a few images and add a watercolor wash. I find it’s a good way for me to “break in” a new stamp set lately. So, I cut my watercolor panels (I like Canson watercolor paper) and stamped a few different images and sentiments on each panel from the Coffee Love stamp set. I used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink for this, because it’s waterproof.

Love you more than coffee

I used my Gansai Tambi Watercolor set and various cool and warm brown tones to create different colored washes on each panel. Once they were all dry, I used a stitched square die to cut each panel a bit smaller, and then mounted each onto a card base cut from Neenah Desert Storm card stock. Altenew coffee card set

I added some clear sequins to each panel to finish everything off!

Coffee card set

Make it a great week! :)

kimberly

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Hello Sunshine // Air Plant Love

My love affair with air plants continues. So much so that I fashioned an air plant out of an image from the LLD Sweet Succulents stamp set for this card!

Hello Sunshine mft sweet succulents

To start, I stamped one of the succulents from the stamp set, colored it with my copics and cut it out using it’s coordinating die.  I then separated some twine into very thin strands and affixed three strands to the back of the succulent image with some tape. I made it so that two of the strands came down around the bottom of the succulent and could then be pulled up so that they laid on top of the image. The third strand stayed at the back. This way, when I collected the three strands together it looked as if the succulent was hanging in the air, supported by the strings.

Hello Sunshine

I got out some of my scalloped-edge paper from Paper Source and stamped the Hello Sunshine sentiment (from the Altenew Hello Sunshine set) in my favorite VersaFine Black Onyx ink.I then affixed the succulent to the card with some foam tape and gathered up the strings. I tied a knot toward the top, just for a little added interest, and affixed the rest of the twine onto the back of the card with some tape. I tied a bit of extra string around where the knot was so that some loose ends of string hung down.

MFT sweet succulents hello sunshine card

I mounted the scalloped panel onto a card base cut from Neenah Desert Storm card stock. I decided it looked a little to plain, so I added a bunch of random dots here and there using a Pico Embellisher in Tuxedo Black. I contemplated adding sequins, but I figured I should leave well enough alone!

Hello Sunshine mft sweet succulentskimberly

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Simple & Soft Sympathy Card

Sympathy card

It’s never fun to have to make a sympathy card, but from time to time it has to be done. I usually struggle with these, because you want to convey so much through a simple card. I often find that keeping it simple and soft is the best way to go.

Sympathy card

I started this card with a simple watercolor wash (using my Gansi Tambi watercolors). Once the panel dried, I used my largest stitched rectangle die to cut it into a 4.25″x5″ panel. I then stamped the lace leaf with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with some liquid platinum embossing powder. I also used the VersaMark ink and liquid platinum embossing powder around the edges of the card panel to give the card a bit of extra detail.

Sympathy card

The sentiment is cut from the With Sympathy die – I stacked a few of these for some dimension and adhered them to the card with some multi medium glue in the matte finish. This is such a delicate die, and I am forever getting glue all over the place, so the matte-finish glue is a must for me! I mounted everything onto a card base with some double sided tape to finish it off.

Sympathy card

kimberly

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Sweet Succulents

Today I’m excited to share with you a little card set I made over the weekend.

MFT sweet succulents card set

Lately, I’m turning into somewhat of a plant lady. I have houseplants scattered all over my house, and I’m especially in love with succulents and air plants. So, when I saw the LLD Sweet Succulents stamp set, I knew I wanted to make some cute cards with it.
MFT sweet succulents card set

I wanted to create a cluster of potted plants on each card, so I started by making masks using my inkadinkadoo masking paper. Using masks allows you to build up a scene by first stamping whatever you want to be in the foreground (in my case, the central pot), then masking that image off, then stamping your next image (in my case, the plant that would be in the central pot), then adding a mask to that, and so on. Anything you stamp on top of a masked image will end up in the background. The best part is removing all of your masks at the end to reveal the scene!
MFT sweet succulents card set

I stamped on some A2-size scallop cards that I picked up from the clearance section at Paper Source. I thought the rounded edges of the paper would be a nice contrast to the visual spikey-ness of the cactus plants.
MFT sweet succulents card set

I made four cards, and decided to make each scene a little bit different, so I used and re-used my masks a lot. Even though the arrangement of plants differed on each card, I made sure to use the same grouping of three pots in the lower left, and stuck to the same color scheme for each card as well.

MFT sweet succulents card set

I used my copic markers to do most of my coloring on each card. You’ll notice that certain plants and certain pots retain the same color scheme across each card, which I think helps to tie everything together so that it all looks like one complete set. Doing this also kept me from having to put a lot of extra thought into my coloring.

MFT sweet succulents card set

There is some variation from one to the next, but that’s the beauty of handmade cards! To finish up, I added some extra shading here and there with a few Prismacolor colored pencils. It seemed to give everything a bit of an extra pop. I also made sure to add a light shadow under each pot, to ground the images.

MFT sweet succulents card set

When it came time to add a sentiment, I went with “Hope you have a beautiful day” from the Doodle Buds stamp set. I thought this particular sentiment went nicely with the overall look I was going for.
MFT sweet succulents card set

Once that was all set, I adhered some fun foam to the back of each scalloped panel, and then mounted all my finished panels onto card bases that I cut from some gray card stock.

MFT sweet succulents card set

Voila! I hope you like these as much as I do!

MFT sweet succulents card set

kimberly

 

 

P.S. As I said before, I’m a sucker for succulents (ha!) and I’m trying to learn to identify them by name. One of my favorites are Haworthia. Especially good for me because they are very tolerant if I forget to water them for a day or too… :) I’d love to hear what your favorite types of succulents are!

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Masculine Retirement Card

Retirement card

Just stopping by today to share another retirement card. This is another one that I made by heat-embossing a background and adding a watercolor wash.

Retirement card

For the background, I stamped the Simon Says Stamp Abstract Triangles stamp with VersaMark ink and used clear embossing powder and my heat tool to heat emboss the design. I then used several blues from my Gansai Tambi watercolors to add a wash over the top. To piece together the sentiment, I used the Winnie & Walter In a Word: Happy Cutaway die. I cut the word out several times from some white card stock and stacked it up to give it some dimension. It’s not so easy to find a word die for the word “retirement” (who knew?) so I created a custom sentiment on my computer and cut it out using my Silhouette Cameo. I don’t use that awesome little machine nearly enough! I added a strip of slate cardstock and some vellum behind the word just to ground it a bit – it was getting lost among all the triangles!

Retirement card

I tried to make this card appropriate for a male recipient, and I think it worked out pretty well! I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of a good emboss-resist and watercolor background.

Happy Hump Day!

kimberly

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Woodland Basics Spinner Card!

Wplus9 woodland basics spinner card

My 90 year old grandmother once told me that cardinals (one of her favorite birds) represent visits from loved ones. So, whenever one catches my attention, I always like to think that someone I’ve lost is paying me a special visit in that moment. I suppose that’s why I decided to cut the bird image from Wplus9’s Woodland Basics die set from some red card stock to create a spinner card that focused on a pretty cardinal image.

Spinner card with Wplus9 Woodland basics

This is the first spinner card I’ve ever made, so I decided I should keep it pretty simple. I first cut a 4.25″x5″ panel of card stock and used a stitched circle die to cut out a circle from the front of the panel. I also cut a circle out of the A2-sized card base in the same position, so that I could layer the panel on top of the base to sandwich the spinner string (more on that later). I then cut a bunch of images from the Woodland basics set in various colors of green and from some red and craft card stock.

Spinner Card

I cut the bird twice so that I could adhere a thin piece of string between the two layers. I then pulled the string taught, from the top and bottom parts of the bird, and affixed the ends of the string to the edges of the circle window with some double sided tape. I then adhered the panel onto the card base. I feel like I’m not doing a great job of explaining the process, so here’s a link to a good how-to spinner card video! After I had the bird positioned, I arranged the rest of my floral elements around the circular window.

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When you’re ready to give the card to the recipient, just twist the spinner element around and close the card. When the recipient opens it, the spinning starts!

Spinner Card

Happy weekend, ya’ll!

kimberly