Sweet and Simple Note Cards

Antique rose note cards

Well, summer has finally arrived here in New England! After weeks of some very uncooperative whether (hot, cold, rain, cold, warm, hot…etc., etc.) my flowers are all blooming and my vegetable garden is in full swing! And (!) I’m headed to the beach this weekend to celebrate my birthday, which is this Saturday. :)

Antique rose note cards

These cards represent that nice summer-y feeling to me. I put them together pretty quickly, cutting some panels to about 4″ x 5″ and stamping an antique rose onto the bottom left corner of each card in various colors (Hot Mama, High Dive and Onyx Black). Then I cut each panel a bit smaller with a stitched rectangle die and stamped a greeting in a coordinating color.

Antique rose note cards

The sentiments all come from my Doodle Buds stamp set (if you’ve been here a while, you know it’s one of my favorites!), and I thought the font matched the floral image nicely.

Antique rose note cards

I mounted each stamped panel onto a white 4bar-sized card base. I kept these nice and simple – no sequins and just one layer. I really love how they turned out!

Antique rose note cards

Some of these guys will be available in the shop soon!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

kimberly

Pretty Floral Patterns // Mother’s Day Card Post #3

This is the final post for my little Mother’s Day “series.”

Mother's Day card

These last few cards were made using a floral stamp from Altenew’s Beautiful Day stamp set. For this first card, I just stamped out a simple pattern on some watercolor paper. I then went with a pink, blue and green pastel color pallet and painted the design very loosely. I think the color scheme and the floral image gives the card a very vintage feel over all.

Mother's Day card

I then decided to keep the rest of the card very simple by just adding “Mom” to the lower right hand corner. I did this using those good old Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas and some multi medium matte glue.

Mother's Day card

I followed the same general design guidelines for the next card, except I masked off some space at the bottom, and decided to use my Copics to color this one in. I tried to stick to a similar color scheme, too. I used the Journaling Alphas again for part of the sentiment, and then stamped “you make my world brighter” from my Hello Sunshine stamp set as well.

Mother's Day card

These two card’s aren’t exactly a matched set because of the differences in coloring mediums, but I like the vintage-y feel that both of the cards have.

Two Mother's Day cards

And lastly, here’s a bonus card! Again, I used the same image from the Beautiful Day stamp set, but stamped it using Pale Blush Pink ink. I masked off the lower portion of the card so that I’d have some white space at the bottom, and also embossed that line of demarcation using some gold embossing powder.

Mother's Day card

For the sentiment, I cut a medium-sized circle (using this die) and then stamped a sentiment from Wplus9’s Strictly Sentiments 4 set. I then embossed the edges of the circle with gold embossing powder, to tie everything together. I adhered the circle to the lower right of the card using some foam tape.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend – and a great Mother’s Day!

kimberly

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!

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

kimberly

Simple Watercolor Wash Thank You Card

Last week we got a bit of snow here in central Massachusetts. Fourteen and a half inches, to be exact. It was quite a lot of snow for one storm, especially in March, and especially when you have a long driveway and are armed only with a shovel!
Thank you card

Thankfully, many of my neighbors have snow blowers, and during this last storm, several of them were kind enough to help me out by snow-blowing parts of my sidewalk and driveway. You know that dreaded area at the end of the driveway where the snow is super high because the plow has pushed all of that extra snow into it? That’s always the worst place to shovel, and I’m so glad we didn’t have to shovel it this time, because a snow-blowin’ neighbor helped with that! So, I whipped up some thank you cards to drop in their mailboxes.

Thank you card

This card was fairly simple and straight forward. I started by stamping several floral images from the Hello Sunshine stamp set, using Intense Black ink on to Canson watercolor paper that I had but to about 4.5″ x 6″ or so. I then painted a watercolor wash over the top and cut out a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel using a stitched rectangle die. I used the Hand Lettered Thanks die by Wplus9 for the sentiment, along with a secondary sentiment from the coordinating stamp set (which I stamped with embossing ink on black paper and heat embossed in white).

Thank you card

After arranging everything on the panel, I decided the sentiment needed a bit more separation from the panel itself, so I die-cut a circle of vellum and then embossed the edge with some white embossing powder, and added it underneath my sentiment arrangement. A few sequins and I was finished!

In related news, I’m asking for a snow blower for my birthday.

kimberly

 

 

 

Smile Three Times // Second Generation Stamping

Three happy cards seem like a good recovery from last week’s sympathy card post, don’t you think?

Smile Wplus9 Punny Produce

I have been making lots of card sets lately (see here, and here…and here) and this Punny Produce: Pear set from Wplus9 was so cute and simple I couldn’t stop with just one card, so I made three! I started by stamping the pear outline in a medium-tone brown ink onto three different scallop-edge card panels. Next, I chose three colors of ink and stamped the solid image inside each outline.  I did something a little different for the stamping this time, though! I used second generation stamping for each solid filler image. So, I’d stamp off once (using varying amounts of pressure) onto some scrap paper before stamping the image onto my project. This created a nice effect along with some variation of tone on each image, which I really like.The ink colors I used were: Appletini, Old Gold and Cranberry Crush, all of which are dye inks from Wplus9.

Smile Wplus9 Perfect Pear

The stamp set also includes a solid image to fill in the stem and leaf outline, but I decided to skip it for this design.

Smile Wplus9 Punny Produce

I kept the sentiment fairly simple, using only the Smile Circle wafer die and some vellum (cut into a circle using this die set). I cut the die twice for each card, and sandwiched the circle of vellum between each smile die cut with some Multi Medium Matte glue before adhering it to my panel with the same adhesive.

Smile card set

I mounted each panel onto an A2-sized card base made of Neenah Desert Storm card stock and then added a few sequins in coordinating colors to finish each card!

kimberly

Purple Watercolor Card + a Video!

It seemed to me that the first post after the name change should be a watercolor one, and I’ve had some requests to show a bit more of my water coloring process, too. I thought the best way to do that was to make another of my most favorite doodle buds watercolor cards and to capture a bit of the process in a video!

Watercolor doodle buds

I followed the same technique that I outlined in my previous post, stamping multiple images from the doodle buds set onto Canson Watercolor Paper and not worrying about making them off before I layered images on top of each other. Then I got out my Gansai Tambi watercolors.

Watercolor doodle buds

All the while, I had my camera and tripod set up on the top of my desk so that I could capture what I was doing. Basically, the video is evidence that I have a very disorganized and erratic way of stamping and painting (but I edited out most of those parts, haha). Once I was finished, I mounted my panel to an A2 card base and took some still shots. Then I got to editing the video…

Watercolor doodle buds

….And I basically had no idea what I was doing, which made me feel very un-hip! It took me quite a while to snip and rotate and condense everything into a video that is about one minute long. I also sped up the video quite a bit, to fit the bulk of the painting process in. And then I inadvertently ended up with a YouTube channel so that I could share the video here. Phew. Overall, I had fun making the video and I’m sure the whole process will get much less frustrating if I have a bit more practice. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Weekend!

kimberly

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!

Happy weekend, ya’ll!

kimberly