I’ve got an easy one layer card over at Where Creativity Meets C9 today. Come check it out. As long as you’re not my Mother, this is her Mother’s Day card. Shhhh.
Here’s how I made this card:
- Folded a piece of heavyweight cardstock in half lengthwise.
- Place that in my Misti and figure out where I want to stamp Hello Lovely. I knew I wanted to stamp this in the same place on both ends of the card. I recommend testing this on scrap paper. Ask me how I know.
- Stamp the floral image in antique linen distress ink. Leave the stamp in the Misti.
- Color using Copic markers. This is somewhat of a no-line coloring technique. But when it’s been too long since you’ve used your Copics and you’re rusty, you get to improvise. See next step.
- Cover your colored images with powder to prevent stray embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it to stick.
- Stamp the floral image again, over your coloring, with versamark. Apply embossing powder and heat emboss.
- Color the florals, not the leaves, with shimmer pen.
- Use the Say Hello dies to cut out two die cuts from white cardstock. Adhere those to each other and cover the top of them with versamark ink. Apply the same embossing powder and heat emboss.
- Use the same die to cut out the word Hello from the front of your card. Try not to get too anxious that you’re totally going to mess this up. I can’t be the only one that does that. Please tell me it’s not just me?
- This is the point where I realized that there is no way this card is going to be one layer. Because I need to adhere that die cut to something to make sure the card can get opened.
- Fail the one layer challenge.
- Stamp “Happy Birthday to You” on the inside of the card because this is actually your Mom’s birthday card. Better get that in the mail with her gift!
Lessons learned from this challenge:
- Even though I’m very clean and simple, one layer cards are not my forte.
- I must spend much more time with my Copics. The last day of Kathy Racoosin’s coloring challenge was not the best day to realize that.
- I type just like I talk.
- I need more Happy Birthday sentiments. Or even this die in “Happy”. Concord & 9th, can you please do that for me? Thanks!
If you’ve made it this far, thank you so much! You should probably join our challenge. Remember, it’s one layer. Seriously, we’re sticklers for the rules, so stick to them! There is a $25 gift certificate to Concord & 9th up for grabs and also a guest design gig!
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Why, Hello Sunshine!
It’s gorgeous, right? I love the colors, and the cascading hearts. I didn’t have this stamp set, so I made do with some various floral elements, but I call them fireworks. Might be because I grew up in Philadelphia, and we take our fireworks very seriously in my hometown.
As you can see, I made a few versions of this card, in three color schemes. I wasn’t sure which one I would like, so I played around a bit, and ended up liking and finishing all of them. I really must play more often with Distress Inks, they’re so much fun and basically make you look like a crafting genius.
The first thing I did was blend three colors of distress inks onto a piece of watercolor paper. Then I found a coordinating ink color to stamp my fireworks. I did this stamping randomly, and just tried to have them fade down to the bottom. I may or may not have succeeded with that, but I am very happy with them. By the way, the green ink above is the new Fresh Lawn by Hero Arts, and I’m pretty sure everyone needs to have that in their stash. I think I’m going to just leave it on my desk, not even put it away. It’s that luscious.
I cut the Hello die three times for each card. Once I layered them all together I smooshed some versamark on top and then used the Ranger Gold Tinsel embossing powder. Which I love, and always forget I have. I like how it’s not perfectly smooth when melted, and in this case, I think it ends up looking like gold rope. As if I formed that hello freehand. I feel like I might spend some time making more of these hellos just to have on hand as an easy embellishment.
As a last step, I used the Spectrum Noir clear overlay marker to add some glitter to the stamped fireworks. It’s incredibly hard to capture with a camera, at least for me, so please imagine you can see it in this picture.
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Yes, I do make a lot of baby cards. Must be the season or something, but I’m a regular old factory here churning out baby blankets, and therefore I need baby cards. This one is made with some great new products from Concord & 9th. Click on the picture for all of the details.
I needed to make a Valentine’s Day card for my husband. We have a “tradition” for cards for Valentine’s and our anniversary, where I make a card, write it out to him, and then he writes back in it to me. I know, goofy, But I love it. So I like to keep them simple, and easy to write in on the inside. So nothing super dimensional on the front so the inside front isn’t lumpy.
I used my stash of bamboo felt and die cut two hearts each out of three colors. I figured out where they’d go on the front of the card and then stamped my sentiment beneath. Wow, that Perfectly Penned stamp set is very forgiving. I think I might be in love with it! I used versafine ink and then clear embossed over it; I figured this would help me cover up any mistakes I might have made.
Once the sentiment was finished I adhered the same color felt hearts to each other, on one side of the center, using a glue dot. Then I used another glue dot on the bottom, also to one side of the center, to adhere it to the kraft card stock. This was to keep them in place for sewing. Which is not my forte. Ahem. Let’s just say that there is a lot of muttering when it comes to me and sewing machines. And that’s just to get it threaded. Ahem ahem.
Sewed the hearts on, and removed the glue dots. I had planned to puff the hearts up with either some foam or a 3d glue dot, but after all the futzing I did with them, they were more than happy to just stick up on their own. I then used some foam tape to adhere the card front to a card base that I had stamped with the Barnwood background stamp.
And that’s my card. I love it. And it was simple enough where if you need to make multiples for kids or relatives, it would be very easy to do so.
I hope you have a month full of Love. Let’s just go big, a lifetime full of love. 🙂
I’ve got a pretty card over at Where Creativity Meets C9 today. I liked the front so much I didn’t even add a sentiment. Ha!
The first new thing for my card is the stamp set! Have you seen the new release from Concord & 9th? It’s fantastic, as always. And requires a thorough browsing. 🙂 This set is called Best Banners. And it is awesome. So many things you can do with it, and the coordinating dies? To die for. Get it? I can tell that I’ll be reaching for these dies over and over.
For this card I used two of the banner stamps, and created a repeating background pattern, using some different colored inks. Easy, and somewhat meditative, at least for me. Then I cut the banner out of black card stock three times. Adhered those to each other, covered with some glitter marker, and then a layer of glossy accents, to finish it off.
Now, here’s the second “Try Something New” part of this card. I knew that I wanted to use a piece of vellum on this, and I needed to use vellum for two reasons. One, is that I wanted to get the rest of the sentiment somewhere on the card without distracting from that background. And two, ahem, is that I might have had a little ink boo boo from when I was positioning those banner stamps in the background. Okay, I did have an ink boo boo. It’s directly underneath the loop in the “b”. Can you see it? Nope, I didn’t think so.
How would I get the vellum to stick to the card base? That is the million dollar question in our hobby, and I had an idea.
I cut another banner from black card stock, after I applied Stick-it adhesive to both sides of the card stock. This would give me a banner with adhesive on both the front and back of the die cut.
Here’s what I did:
- Stamped the rest of the sentiment onto the vellum with black versafine ink and then used clear embossing powder on it, to make sure it didn’t smear on the vellum.
- Adhered the layered die cut in place on the vellum with Ranger matte medium.
- Turned this piece of vellum over and then removed the front adhesive from the front of that additional die cut.
- Placed that onto the back of the vellum directly over the already placed die cut.
- Removed the adhesive from the back of the die cut and adhered to the card front!