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Keeping it Simple // Happy Birthday Card

Birthday card

I’ve been having some trouble making cards that I actually LIKE lately, so I was happy when this one turned out to be a keeper.ย  I kept it simple and worked within my comfort zone: pretty watercolor and a bold sentiment.

Birthday card

My Gansai Tambi watercolors are so well loved at this point that I clearly need to think about re-ordering a few colors, especially this sea-green. I love it.

The sentiment is cobbled together using this happy die and a “birthday” sentiment that I grabbed from a studio calico stamp set (that doesn’t seem to be available anymore). But really, you could substitute from lots of different stamp sets here. I embossed it in white on slate gray card stock.

Birthday card

Slapped it onto a card base, added a few clear sequins here and there and I was finished. I really like how it turned out. Sometimes keeping it really simple can help to bring the mojo back (I hope)!

Birthday card

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You Are…

Hello Friends! The summer seems to be winding down here, which means the summer staffers who’ve worked for me this summer are headed back to school in a few weeks. It’s always tough to say goodbye to them, but so great to have been a part of their summer job experience. Lately, every year, I’ve made cards for the two summer staffers, and we have a nice BBQ celebration to mark the end of a busy summer and to celebrate their efforts. This year is no different, and I’m really looking forward to some burgers and hot dogs on the grill!

Appreciation cards

These two are pretty match-y, but are obviously different colors with different sentiments. I heat embossed the Mini Scenery: Madison stamp in white onto each panel, and created watercolor washes over top, as ya’ll know I love to do.

Appreciation cards

The YOU part of the sentiment was cut using Journaling Alphas dies, and the sub sentiments, embossed in white on black cardstock strips, came from the Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set.

Appreciation cards

A few sequins on each to finish them off (and some confetti tossed around) and they were finished!

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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″ xย  5.5″ย  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

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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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Father’s Day Card

Popping in today to share a Father’s Day card I made for a friend. I mentioned in my last post that I’m obsessed with clear embossing on watercolored panels so here we go again!

Father's Day card

I used a Winnie & Walter Mini Scenery: Do You See What I See background stamp for the panel. I stamped it with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder. I then added an orange-y watercolor wash over the top.

Father's Day card

For the sentiment, I die cut “dad” from my set of Louie’s ABC dies . I created a custom sentiment by pairing it with “you’re the best” from a Wplus9 Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set, which I stamped onto a strip of black cardstock. I heat embossed that part of the sentiment with white embossing powder and gave the whole sentiment some dimension by adding fun foam underneath the letters and the black cardstock before gluing it all to the panel.

Father's Day card

I then cut a piece of orange cardstock slightly bigger than my watercolor panel to mount the panel to before adhering everything to the card base. I decided the orange cardstock was a bit too bright and distracting, so I layered a piece of vellum on top of it to soften everything a bit.

Father's Day card

Voila! Another quick card on a watercolored panel. I’m kind of obsessed with the look. I hope you don’t mind! :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

kimberly

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Wishing You Only the Best

A dear coworker of mine moved on to bigger and better things last week, and it was so sad to see her go! Naturally, I had to make her a going away card for all of us to sign.

Wishing you the best

I started by stamping the Winnie & Walter Mini Scenery: Madison stamp on a watercolor panel and heat embossing it with clear embossing powder. Then I did a purple watercolor wash over the top. I love how embossing powder resists watercolor. I’ve been creating tons of these panels lately.

Going away card

I used the Wishing die from SSS for part of the sentiment – cutting it out from 80lb Neenah solar white card stock and also from some fun foam. I glued the cardstock die cut on top of the fun foam to give that part of the sentiment some dimension.

Wishing you only the best

The rest of the sentiment I stamped (with the Sending and Wishing stamp set) on a strip of black cardstock and heat embossed in white. I used a tiny attacher to staple it onto my card front after slipping some vellum underneath. I love those teeny-tiny staples!

Going away card

I mounted my panel on top of a piece of vellum and a piece of doll pink cardstock cut slightly bigger than the panel and offset just a bit. I finished everything off with my favorite clear droplets!

Wishing you only the best

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

kimberly