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!

Sunshine and Fireworks Card

I’ve been wanting to make a summer card and play up the idea of Florida sunshine. Though my intention was for this card to mimic the sun and its rays, I think it could also work as a Fourth of July fireworks card.

Sunshine or fireworks? You choose!

Sunshine or fireworks? You choose!

The design is another variation of my Valentine’s Day card that used a cloud bubble die cut. The original idea came from an Online Card Classes lesson from Debby Hughes using a die cut in a clean and simple design. This one uses the sun die from Lil Inkers Design. I like the tiny dashes in the design.

I used 80# white card stock for both the card base and the first layer, which is trimmed a quarter inch from the edge and popped up with foam tape. In the middle I ran the sunshine die cut and layered a small piece of orange patterned paper as the background. Using the same die and various patterned papers in yellow from the Paper Studio’s A Day at the Beach pad, I created two more suns to flank the negative die cut on the diagonal.

It was a challenge to find an appropriate sentiment that was small enough to fit in the sun’s center. I ended up using one of the “be” sentiments from Simon Says Stamp “Be” set and the “happy” sentiment from Simon’s Absolutely on the Edge set.

The final touch was scattering some enamel dots in warm shades around the card.

What do you think? Does it look more like a sun or fireworks?

Either way, I think it’s a fun, happy card for a friend or family member. Have a great summer — and a Happy Fourth of July!

Elephant card for my Alabama niece

Here’s a quick card I created for my niece who turns 21 today. She’s a huge Alabama Crimson Tide fan, so I had to go for an elephant theme.

A birthday card for an Alabama fan.

A birthday card for an Alabama fan.

The stamp is a cling one called African Elephant from Deep Red. I heat embossed it on white card stock using Tim Holtz Distress embossing powder in Fired Brick. The happy birthday sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp’s Happy set, also embossed.

Although it’s not an exact replica of Alabama’s elephant mascot, I think it’s close enough. I love all the detail, and of course I had to use the Alabama colors of white and crimson.

The final touch was rounding the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper and adding a red rhinestone in the upper right hand corner. A clean and simple card. Easy peasy!

Happy birthday to my wonderful niece Jessica!

Birthday card: Floral Doodle Stamp and Punch

Recently I needed to create a quick birthday card, and I was looking for something that looked harder to make than it actually was. LOL!

Kraft card stock and pink images for a feminine birthday card.

Kraft card stock and pink images for a feminine birthday card.

This EK Tools stamp and punch set, Floral Doodle, came to the rescue. I picked this up at Michael’s awhile ago. It consists of several foam stamps of flowery doodles and sentiments. The stamps coordinate and can be layered over one another. It also includes a punch of the main flower image.

The box contains several photo examples, and I mimicked one in my time crunch. I used Neenah Desert Storm for the card base and the main flower that’s popped up with foam adhesive in the center. To keep some feminine flair, I used Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Bubblegum to stamp the images in a bright pink shade.

I used three stamps in the set: the squared-off doodle on the card base itself; the bigger flower that I stamped and punched out on another layer; and the smaller flower that I stamped and fussy-cut for the flower center.

To create a little more depth, I edged the main flower with the same pink ink, using the edge of the ink pad directly to the paper. I added an organza pink ribbon and some pink rhinestones as accents.

The final touch was to add the happy birthday sentiment from Simon Says Stamp and rounding the corners with my Corner Chomper.

It ended up being an unusual size as I got a little messy with my ink and had to trim off the mistake. Oh, well. I think it still works!

Please let me know what you think. 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!

Valentine Card: Love Ya Heart Stamps

Here’s another Valentine’s Day card that uses some Martha Stewart heart stamps that I’ve been meaning to use for a long time.

Lots of hearts for this Valentine card.

Lots of hearts for this Valentine card.

I based this design on an Online Card Classes lesson from Kristina Werner. I like incorporating both patterned paper and my stamps in different ink colors.

I used a vertical white card base and rounded the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper. I adhered a square piece of heart patterned paper from K & Company, Valentine Sweetheart. I used an EK Success punch on the right edge to punch a row of small scalloped hearts.

The focal point is a vertical white strip of card stock stamped in various shades of red, pink and purple inks. The large, intricate hearts are from a Martha Stewart clear stamp set (sorry, it’s an old one and I don’t have the name). The smaller hearts are from a Simon Says Stamp clear set.  The Love Ya sentiment is from the same set.

I rounded the bottom corners of the vertical strip and adhered a small strip of lavender pattern paper from the same paper pad. The final touch was to adhere a small rhinestone heart for a little dimension.

What do you think? It’s definitely a girly card. Maybe I’ll give it to one of my sisters?

Thanks for looking. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thanksgiving Cards: Cat in the Hat and Fall Leaves

Just in time for Thanksgiving, I created these two simple cards to send to family.

Thanksgiving cards

Simple cards for Thanksgiving.

On both cards I used a wood grain embossing folder to create some natural texture.

The first card is extra clean and simple with a tone-on-tone cream card base and layer. On a separate piece of kraft card stock, I stamped the cat from Lawn Fawn’s Critters in in the Burbs stamp set. I used a Distress marker in Vintage Photo to add some quick  stripes. I also stamped on white card stock the pilgrim hat from Lawn Fawn’s Hats Off to You stamp set. I colored it with Distress markers and a little bit of  water in a water brush.

I cut both out, edged them with a black marker, and adhered them to the bottom corner with dimensional tape. Ta-da, a Thanksgiving kitty! The final touch was a brown piece of twine wrapped vertically, and on the inside, a Happy Thanksgiving sentiment in brown ink from the Hats Off to You stamp set.

For the second card, I was inspired by Lawn Fawn’s recent blog post that used die-cut fall leaves on a simple card. I used my Spellbinders leaves die set to cut out these leaves in a variety of shapes using textured paper in yellow, green and red. I used a sponge dauber in Vintage Photo Distress Ink to add an aged look.

I adhered these to a card base from Neenah Desert Storm, with the front panel embossed in wood grain. For the sentiment, I stamped the Happy Thanksgiving greeting in brown Staz On ink on a strip of vellum. I adhered the sides with tape, which I covered with two brown buttons to hide the adhesive. I also created faux stitch lines around the card using my Distress Marker in Vintage Photo.

What do you think? Which card do you like better? I think the cat one is my favorite – so cute with the hat that is slightly too big and askew!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Masculine Card: Blueprint Cupcake

Here’s a birthday card that’s appropriate for a guy, featuring Tim Holtz paper and blueprint stamps:

A masculine card for my nephew.

A masculine card for my nephew.

In this case, it’s my nephew’s birthday today. He’s 23 years old now. Makes me feel old!

I used my Hero Arts Envelope Line wood stamp to create the background on the card, using Distress Ink in Forest Moss on Neenah Desert Storm card stock. I used that same stamp to create the center focal panel on off-white card stock, using Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade for subtle texture.

I adhered the card front made from a Tim Holtz paper pad featuring typeset letters. To that I adhered the focal piece, along with two thin strips of card stock painted green using Distress Paint in Peeled Paint. I stamped the Tim Holtz blueprint cupcake stamp and the sentiment from another Tim Holtz set, “Wishing You All You Are Wishing For…”

I borrowed the idea for the paper-pieced cupcake from the Watercooler Love blog. I stamped the cupcake stamp three more times on white card stock to which I had applied three shades of Distress Paints in Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint and Mustard Seed. I had dried the paint swatches with my heat tool and used Staz On ink in brown to stamp the image.

Then I cut out the individual pieces, with the green for the cupcake wrapper and candle, the brown for the chocolate icing and the yellow for the candle flame. I pasted these over the original cupcake image, using foam tape for dimension.

The final touch was to wrap a piece of brown embroidery twine around the center panel.

What do you think? Is it masculine enough?

I think my nephew will like it. Thanks for looking!

Halloween Card: Trick or Treat Cat

Happy Halloween! For my last Halloween card this year, here’s an ode to spooky black cats (on a broom, no less!).

A spooky black cat flying on a broom.

A spooky black cat flying on a broom.

I borrowed this idea from a Lime Doodle blog post. I heat embossed in fine black embossing powder this awesome stamp of a cat flying away on a broom. (It’s a wooden stamp given to me as a gift by another crafty friend.)

Then I created an easy circle mask, using my Martha Stewart circle cutter on a sheet of Eclipse masking paper (it has a sticky back so that you are basically creating a big sticker that you cut out in the desired shape and size). I sized the circle to be slightly larger than my image. Then I placed the entire sheet, minus the circle, over a white card stock layer sized at 4″ x 5.25″.

Using a sponge blending tool, I shaded the now-exposed circle with three shades of orange and purple Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade and Dusty Concord. I left the center mostly white as a highlight. When you remove the mask, you have a cool circle in the colors of your choice. Plus, the inks resist the embossed image,

For the sentiment, I heat embossed in white embossing powder on black piece of card stock the words, “Trick or treat,” from a Recollections Halloween stamp set. I die cut the sentiment using a banner die from Simon Says Stamps and used foam adhesive to raise the banner center.

The finishing touches include adding purple enamel dots from Hero Arts, rounding the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper, and adhering it to a purple card base from Bazzill.

What do you think? Enjoy your Halloween. Hope you get lots of treats, not tricks!

Thanks for looking.

Gelatos Card: Wishing You a Perfect Day

This is my first attempt at using gelatos (or gel sticks) on cards. I refuse to buy expensive Copic markers, so I decided to explore my options when it comes to watercoloring. I took the plunge at my local craft store and bought this Faber Castell set of 10 gelato colors that includes a foam stamp, stencil and other accessories.

Two shades of pink gelatos make up this card background.

Two shades of pink gelatos make up this card background.

Using the floral stamp in the set, I spritzed it with water and applied the lighter shade of pink gelato that comes in the kit. I stamped it multiple times on a piece of Neenah Desert Storm craft card stock, Then I applied the brighter shade of pink to the stamp, sprayed it with water, and applied it slightly offset from the light pink image. I let it dry and then cut it down to roughly 4 inches by 5.25 inches vertically.

The colors definitely stayed bright! To tone it down a bit, I adhered a smaller rectangle of vellum to the front. I heat embossed in gold a small flower and the sentiment, “Wishing You a Perfect Day,” from the Hero Arts Perfect Day stamp set. The vellum warped a bit from the heat tool, so I decided to leave the bottom loose. I adhered the top part of the vellum under a strip of the same card stock that I colored with the bright pink gelato.

The finishing touch? A few pink sequins to jazz it up.

I like the contrast of the bright pink against the neutral background. I had fun playing with the gelatos and found them easy to work with. I am thinking they will work best to quickly color backgrounds for cards and mixed media projects. Do you have any ideas or suggestions for working with gelatos?

Thanks for looking!