Masquerade Greeting Card

I love a parade…err, masquerade!

For the woman who likes to dress up, perhaps be a little mysterious, I created this masquerade card. Don’t you love this fashion image from Stamping Bella? It’s called Uptown Girl Marcella Goes to the Masquerade.

Masquerade card

A fashion greeting card featuring a masquerade mask.

I stamped it in Versafine Black Onyx ink onto watercolor paper and then colored it with Tim Holtz Distress Markers in a variety of shades with my water brush. I created an ombre effect on the bottom portion of her dress and overlaid diamond Stickles for some sparkle there and in her eye mask.

The bodice of her dress is paper-pieced using a 6″ x 6″ DCWV peach-colored glitter paper from the Glitter Basics stack. I love adding a little bit of pattern to a design this way! Just be sure to edge the paper with a black marker so it blends in with the stamped image.

It’s hard to tell in the photo, but I created a soft blue background using lots of water and a couple of blue Distress Markers. A darker shade makes a floor for her to stand on.

As a final touch, I ran some clear Versamark embossing ink around the edge of the paper and then heat-embossed using some really cool pink and gold embossing powder from Stampendous. And then I added my go-to rhinestone in the upper corner to balance things out.

I wanted the focus to be on the image, so I adhered it with foam tape to an off-white cardstock panel, folded at the top. On the inside is the corresponding message, “Dance through the masquerade of life without wearing a mask for being yourself is the most beautiful thing, author unknown.”

What an interesting sentiment! Here’s to living life without a mask!

Christmas Card: Stamping Bella’s Three Amigas

As one of three girls, I was immediately drawn to Stamping Bella’s Three Amigas stamp featuring three fashionistas celebrating the holidays.

Three Christmas Card versions of Stamping Bella's Three Amigas fashionistas.

Three Christmas Card versions of Stamping Bella’s Three Amigas fashionistas.

I’m always on the look-out for stamps, cards and other items featuring three of anything – cats, dogs, babies – to give my mother. When we were little kids, she used to recite the “three little kittens” rhyme to us all the time. Now it’s a running joke to see what “three little kitten” item I will give her each year.

Of course, I had to create three versions of the same card, one for my mom and one each for my two sisters. I stamped them on watercolor paper and used Distress Markers to color them. Then I paper-pieced the outfits and switched them out for each version. One version uses Stampendous’ embossing powder in a sparkly blue around the edges and for the snow while another uses the pink version. The third one uses a clear sparkly embossing powder, so I lightly watercolored the background in blue to make it stand out.

I think they’re really cute, and I’m hopeful my family will love them.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Cards with Penny Black Fashion Stamps

I challenged myself to send out only handmade Christmas cards this year, and I completed it! My list wasn’t quite as long, and I took a few shortcuts, but overall I am pleased with the results.

I love the Christmas fashion stamps by Penny Black. I’ll update soon with the stamp set names.

I stamped in black and clear-embossed the images on Bristol paper. I used my Distress Markers in shades of red, pink and green to color them with a water brush. Some of the cards have a dry-embossed layer from a Spellbinders Christmas ornament design, while others I adhered directly onto a preprinted card base. I added a touch of bling with rhinestones, and then I was done!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Happy Birthday Present Card

I just got some Penny Black stamps and decided to make this colorful birthday card for a friend.

Penny Black fashion stamps from Fashion Tweet and Reflection sets.

Penny Black fashion stamps from Fashion Tweet and Reflection sets.

I created the orange card base from Bazzill Card Shoppe 100# card stock, folded from the top. The striped background layer comes from a 6 x 6 paper pad from Little Azalea called Embellish by Dena. I used my corner chomper to round the quarters one-quarter inch. I stamped the happy birthday sentiment from Penny Black’s Reflection set directly onto the bottom portion of the paper.

Next I made a tag out of watercolor paper using a Sizzix die and my Big Shot die cutting machine. The stamp of the cute female holding the present comes from the Penny Black set called Fashion Tweet. Using my water brush and the seasonal Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers, I colored the image using a bright combination of pink, orange and blue, with a little bit of yellow. I also edged the tag using the pink raspberry marker.

I tied an orange organza ribbon to the top of the tag and adhered it at an angle using foam tape. The final touch was three clear rhinestones right about the sentiment (conveniently covering up an ink mistake, LOL).

I think it will be a fun birthday card for a friend. Please let me know what you think.

Thanks for looking!

Fashion and wine card: May your glass always be half full

For both my fashion and wine loving friends, I created a quick greeting card using watercolor paper and this fun stamp from Stamping Bella called Uptown Girl, Opal the Optimist.

A fashion and wine greeting card: May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

A fashion and wine greeting card: May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

It’s a top-folding card created from Bazzill Card Shoppe heavy weight card stock. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink on the image and Tim Holtz Distress Ink markers and a water brush to color the image in shades of green and pink.

As a special touch, I used Glossy Accents on the wine bottle and wine glass to make it shine like the real thing. After rounding the corners with my Corner Chomper, I adhered a clear rhinestone in the corner for a little sparkle. Then I attached it with foam tape for some dimension.

What do you think? I love the sentiment: May your glass always be half full. I’m thinking it can be used as an all-occasion card, whether for a birthday or a simple hello.

Thanks for looking!

Valentine’s Cards: Fashion Box of Chocolates

In my final Valentine’s Day card post, here are a couple of cards that I created with a “fashion” twist.

A fashionable Uptown Girl with her Valentine's Day box of chocolates.

A fashionable Uptown Girl with her Valentine’s Day box of chocolates.

It’s another simple design with a focus on this adorable stamp from Stamping Bella, Uptown Girl Catherine Nibbling Chocolate. I think it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day–and my two fashionable nieces, Jessica and Hayley.

For both, I stamped the image in black Versafine ink on white Bristol paper so I could use a little bit of watercolor but keep it bright. I used a combination of Distress Ink markers and gelatos with my water pen. Then I mounted the images with foam tape for a little dimension.

Hayley loves purple, so I colored her girl’s dress with a purple distress marker, accented with a sparkly gold gelato. I like the untraditional color combination, mounted on a purple card base from Bazzill.

For Jessica, I went with a more conventional color combination of pink and red. It might be hard to see, but the pink gelato on her dress leaves a slight glittery sheen, which is really pretty in real life. I went with a simple white card base, though I think it would look cute with a pink card base, too.

I didn’t bother with a sentiment, since I will write a Valentine’s Day message inside. I wanted to keep the attention on the adorable girl with her yummy box of chocolates. It reminds me of when I was a little girl and my dad would bring home heart-shaped chocolate boxes for his three little girls. We were so excited!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day–and your own delicious goodies to eat. Thanks for looking!

La Soiree Celebration Card

Sometimes you need a simple, stylish card for a happy occasion, whether a birthday, anniversary or other celebration. I think this card fits the bill.

A clean, simple and fashionable card for any celebration.

A clean, simple and fashionable card for any celebration.

I was thrilled to get this Penny Black La Soiree wood stamp in the mail. I found a great deal at an Etsy shop that carries lots of Penny Black stamps.  I just wanted to see how it stamped, and before you know it, I had a card.

To elevate the design, I went for an embossed image, using Versamark clear embossing ink and black superfine embossing powder by Ranger. Because I wanted to add watercolor but still wanted a bright white background, I chose Bristol paper. Though it’s not as conducive to watercoloring as watercolor paper, it can still hold up against pilling if you don’t use too much water.

I matched my teal Bazzill Candy Shop card stock with a similar teal Inktense pencil. Using just a little water from my water brush, I colored in various shades of the tint at the shoes, the bow on the bag, her dress and some balloons. Especially with the balloons, I varied the amount of water and even colored in a couple balloons twice after the first layer dried. I used a heat tool to speed up the process, but it’s not necessary if you have enough time.

As finishing touches, I rounded the bottom corners of the image with my Corner Chomper and added a clear rhinestone in the upper corner.

In addition to having a clean and simple look, it really is pretty easy and fast to make. That’s not always the case with simple cards; I find sometimes they take me twice as long to get them just right!

I am very happy with the outcome. I think this design will appeal to a lot of my women friends, especially if I create them in a variety of colors. Actually, I think I might create a set in different shades to give as a gift.

I would love to hear what you think about the card. Do you like it?

Thanks for looking!

Fashion Birthday Card

Here’s yet another take on a birthday card. This one is fashion-themed for my friend Tracy’s upcoming birthday. She loves pink so I used a corally pink card base from Bazzill.

A simple and girly birthday card for my friend.

A simple and girly birthday card for my friend.

I love this girly stamp from the Penny Black “A Little Bird” stamp set. I used black onyx ink from Versafine on watercolor paper. I took my Tim Holtz Distress Markers in a variety of colors, along with my waterbrush, to color her in. I find that the Tattered Rose shade makes for a lovely skin color.

To make sure the focus was on the image, I took a cue from a recent Online Card Class, His & Hers, to create the sentiment. I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment, from Stampendous, with Versamark embossing ink on a narrow strip of vellum. Then I heat embossed it with my heat gun and white embossing powder. The vellum is secured on the back sides with a little adhesive. I’m not sure if the full effect is clear through the photo, but I really like how the image can be seen through the sentiment.

For the finishing touches, I used my Sakura Jelly Roll pen to add a tiny bit of shimmer to the birthday candles and bow on the present. Then I added three rhinestones and rounded all four corners of both the image and the card base with my Corner Chomper.

Now I just need to add a personal note on the inside. I think Tracy will love it!

What do you think? Thanks for looking!

 

My Party Dress Card

This summer is a busy one for birthdays, at least for me! One of my longtime friends will celebrate a milestone birthday this month by throwing a fabulous fashion-themed party. So this is a perfect time to experiment with my dress form stamps and dies.

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A fun collage of patterns for this fashion-themed birthday card.

This design is loosely based on a Shari Carroll design from an Online Card Class, His and Hers. I trimmed an inch off the right side of the card and adhered two different patterned papers from my go-to feminine paper pad, All About Girls from DCWV. I love how the different patterns coordinate with similar colors.

All the other papers come from the same pad, with the exception of the yellow stripe. The dress is a die-cut from Spellbinders Decorative Dress Forms dies, popped up with foam squares. Isn’t it cute? I also used the matching Cindy Echtinaw Designs All Dolled Up stamp set to stamp the dress form base in Staz On brown ink and the “My Party Dress” sentiment on a horizontal banner, which I cut by snipping a triangle from the right end. I made the little flower with a Martha Stewart punch and a turquoise enamel dot from My Mind’s Eye in the center.

The final touch? A tiny wire hanger from 7 Gypsies, adhered with Glossy Accents, and four rounded corners with my Corner Chomper. You can’t see it here, but I added a happy birthday sentiment on the inside.

So, is this card ready to grace the pages of Vogue? I’m not sure Anna Wintour would agree, but I think my fashion-forward friend will like it.

Please tell me what you think. Thanks for looking!