Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Bella's Birthday Card by Wild Rose Studio


I have several Wild Rose Studio stamps but haven't really made much with them yet. This one is an image of Bella, a sweet little elephant. The company also makes matching papers. I used one of the patterned sheets for this card but they have a couple sheets featuring Bella as well (I can easily see myself hoarding these). I am also trying out my QOR watercolors for the first time (other than just making swatches). The colors are very intense. They tended to stain the paper (Arches Hot Press) so lifting was difficult - not sure if this was due to the watercolor, the paper itself, or the combo. I'll be doing some more testing!

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Making the Card

1. Cut pink cardstock to 7 x 10 inches; fold in half to form a 5 x 7 card base.

2. Cut watercolor paper to about 4 1/2 inch square. Stamp Bella's Birthday in the center with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Let dry completely and/or heat set. Watercolor image. I used QOR watercolors.

3. Die cut watercolored image using largest MFT Inside/Out Stitched Square (or other stitched square die... be sure to measure it for mat). Cut blue cardstock mats: 4 3/4 x 6 1/8 inches and 4 x 4 inches (i.e. 1/8 inch larger than your stitched die). Cut Bella's Birthday patterned paper with dotted circles 4 5/8 x 6 inches. Adhere patterned paper to 4 3/4 x 6 1/8 inch blue cardstock. Adhere watercolored image to other (be sure to use strong tape, especially if the image warped). Hint: if the paper warped a lot, you may lightly mist on the back, place face down on a craft mat, and place weights on the back (I used my acrylic block and a book on top of that). Cover balloon in Glossy Accents. Add Wink of Stella to butterfly wings.


4. Punch butterfly from white cardstock. Watercolor in same colors as butterfly in watercolored image. Use a black marker (e.g. Memento Tuxedo Black) to add details as shown. Be sure to go around the edges from the back side with the brush tip. Color wing areas with Wink of Stella.

5. From pink cardstock, die cut two copies of "happy birthday" using Sizzix Celebration Words: Script dies. You may cut more if you would like a thicker stack. Line up and glue the like words together in a stack. Ink the bottoms using Memento Rose Bud ink and an ink blending tool. Follow up with VersaColor Baby Blue at the bottoms of the letters.  Cover with Wink of Stella. Coat with Glossy Accents.

6. Adhere red satin ribbon around matted patterned paper where shown. Adhere to card base. Adhere matted watercolored image to card base, using dimensional tape, as shown. Glue letters to ribbon as shown. Carefully bend each side butterfly wing slightly up (try to leave the body flat). Glue butterfly where shown.


Supplies
  • Cardstock: Blue, Pink, White
  • Patterned Paper: Bella's Birthday 6x6 Paper Pack (Wild Rose Studio PP035)
  • Stamp: Bella's Birthday
  • Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Rose Bud, VersaColor Baby Blue
  • Ink Blending Tool
  • Marker: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Watercolors: QOR (Phthalo Blue - Green Shade, Ultramarine Blue, Dioxazine Purple, Quincridone Magenta, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Purrole Red Light, Transparent Pyrrole Orange, Indigo, Paynes Gray), Winsor & Newton Gouache Ivory Black
  • Brushes: 2 (Travel), 4, 8 Black Velvet by Silver Brush Ltd.
  • Watercolor Paper: Arches Hot Press
  • Dies: Die-Namics Inside/Out Stitched Squares (My Favorite Things MFT-850) or other stitched square dies, Sizzix Celebration Words: Script (660223)
  • Punch: Martha Stewart 3-in-1 Butterfly
  • Glossy Accents
  • Wink of Stella
  • Red Satin Ribbon
  • Dimensional Tape
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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Tim Holtz Distress Bloom Cards with Texture Paste


Tim Holtz Distress Ink Oxide Brushstroke Flowers

I love the light textures and soft distressed look of these cards. Be sure to check out the photos below to see more of the texture paste, which shows much better when the light is coming from above. I was inspired by some of the makers from the Tim Holtz team as well as the man himself. I haven't had much time to create in the past year or so. I finally tried breaking up creating into shorter sessions. On one day I made some of my own distressed cardstock in different colors - red, green, yellow - to have on hand for die cutting at a later date. On another day I sat in front of the TV and did some die cutting and gluing. Finally, I spent some time in my craft room creating the backgrounds above, then put together my cards!

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 for even more details.

Making the Cards

I created two cards at the same time. Although they are similar, the do have slight differences - the biggest difference being how I did the sentiment on each card. I cut out the word "THANKS" from the label for one sentiment and used the letters themselves as the sentiment on the other card.

1. You will create three distress backgrounds for the flowers, one each in red, green, and yellow. Be sure to vary each one across its sheet so you may die cut different shades in the next step. To do this, start by using a blending tool to ink up 3 half sheets of White Heavystock with various shades of red, green, or yellow Distress Inks - one sheet per color but several ink colors per sheet (or just vary the amount so you get lighter and darker shades). Splatter each with water, dab with paper towel to create lighter splats. Using one color at a time, tap ink pad(s) on craft sheet, spray with water, break up by running your fingers through it to create droplets, then tap paper into it. Dry with heat tool and repeat. You may do each step again until you get a very distress background with varied areas of each color.



2. Using Bloom Colorize dies, cut two sets of roses from different areas of the red distressed background. I used the lighter areas for the upper layers on everything. Similarly, die cut two sets of flower buds from yellow and leaves from green. Assemble as shown then set aside.

3. Cut light pink cardstock into two 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch pieces (I actually used two different shades of light pink because I had scraps); fold in half to create two 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card bases. Set these aside for now. For the backgrounds, cut two pieces of light pink cardstock to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches (these will be cut down another 1/4 inch later, although you can start with the smaller size if you don't want to cut them down after inking, etc.).

4. Optional: stamp backgrounds with Picket Fence Distress Ink using Stampers Anonymous Scrollwork stamps. Dry with heat tool. This will give it a very subtle pattern below the stenciling.

5. Using a blending brush, lightly ink over opposite areas with a light pink Distress Ink or Distress Oxide Ink such as Tattered Rose or Spun Sugar. See photos. Do the same on the reverse areas with a light blue ink such as Tumbled Glass or Speckled Egg. You are just creating a light color as the base for the next step.

6. Using a blending brush, ink small random sections through Mini Set 49 Layering Stencil THMS148 in similar pink and blue colors but in slightly darker shades (or heavier application). Note: I extended the blue area over to where I planned to put the die cut "THANKS" later. Optional: splatter same color Distress Stains across the backgrounds.

7. Using Field Notes stamps, stamp in various areas using contrasting or slightly darker Distress Inks.

8. Apply texture paste through Gothic Layering Stencil to random sections. Set aside to dry.

9. Using oval label from Vintage Labels, apply Speckled Egg Distress Archival Ink by tapping gently over label die (cutting side), making sure to cover it well. Place a piece of pink cardstock, larger than label die, onto cutting pad. Carefully place inked die on pink cardstock making sure ink only touches once and does not shift; temporarily tape in place, then die cut. Arrange the letters THANKS from Alphanumeric Label dies onto the edge of a Post-it note or washi tape, cutting side up, making sure they are straight. I only put the bottom half on the tape to make it easier to center on the label. Line up on die cut label and run through die cutting machine, making sure to keep the letters.

10. Trim backgrounds to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches. Adhere to card bases. Adhere flowers and label to one card as shown. Adhere flowers and letters to other card as shown.


Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Sending Hugs to Ukraine for Support


Makers from all over the world are using their creativity to show support for the Ukraine people by posting with the hashtag #cardsforukraine on social media. This is my small contribution.

I chose to make my card with blue and yellow to represent the colors of the Ukraine flag. Here are a few Ukraine facts (many from theFACTfile):
  • National flower is the Sunflower.
  • Population is just under 44 million.
  • Ukrainian civilizations date back to 4800 B.C. The country is located in an area where Trypillian and Scythian civilizations thrived.
  • Ukrainians wear their wedding rings on their right hands.
  • National costume is the Vyshyvanka, decorated with ornamental hand woven embroidery in floral detail. Both women and men wear the costume on various occasions.
  • The world’s longest musical instrument, the Trembita, originates from Ukraine.
  • With up to 1,500 cafes, Lviv is has the highest number of cafes per capita in the world.
  • Locals enjoy drinking stewed fruit, called Kompot, a non-alcoholic sweet beverage.
  • Ukraine has the fourth highest literacy rate in the world.
  • Lviv was the birthplace of the first gas lamp.
  • The lowest point in the country: Black Sea at 0 m.
  • Ukrainians drive on the right.
We all live on this planet together; let's treat each other with kindness and all strive for peace.

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Making the Card

1. Cut blue cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base.

2. Cut white cardstock 4 x 5 1/4 inches; I recommend a smooth one that is good for ink blending. Stamp world from Globe Greetings (Concord & 9th) using Mustard Seed Distress Oxide Ink. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder using a heat tool.

3. Using a blending brush, apply Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide Ink over and just outside the stamped world image. Wipe excess with dry paper towel or cloth.

4. Using a blending brush, apply Black Soot Distress Ink (not Oxide) over the entire white background, blending gently into the blue around the world, but not into it.


5. Optional: cut a 2.5" circle die from masking paper or Post-it Tape (may have to overlap tape to get right width; if using a regular Post-it be sure to include some of the sticky area to help keep it in place). Place mask over world. Use a spray bottle, brush, or your fingers to drip some small water droplets across the background. Dab with a dry paper towel to lift a little of the color. Don't worry if a little gets under the mask, it just adds a little more texture. Let dry. Next mix up some white gouache or white acrylic paint to a sort of milky consistency. Use a splatter brush to flick very small white dots across the sky. Add extra stars with a white gel pen.

6. Using VersaMark ink, stamp "SENDING" from Waffle Flower Oversized Hugs stamp set on blue cardstock strip and emboss in white with heat tool. Trim if necessary. Also with VersaMark, stamp each letter of "TO" and "Ukraine" on a strip of blue cardstock, using the Concord & 9th Perfectly Penned stamp set. Emboss in white and trim as necessary.

7. Using Waffle Flower Oversized Hugs die, die cut 4 or 5 copies from blue (or black) cardstock and one copy from yellow cardstock. With the yellow copy on top, glue each of the die cuts together in a stack, making sure to line them up carefully. Place on card as shown (don't adhere yet) - adhere "TO Ukraine" just under the "g" in hugs as shown. Next glue the hugs. Finally, adhere "SENDING" where shown using dimensional tape where it doesn't overlap the hugs.

8. Optional: Adhere star embellishments (note: I couldn't find the ones I have; I bought them quite some time ago and don't know the brand). I found these as well (see the link image at the bottom for the best match) - some look very close to the ones I bought.


Supplies

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Doodlebug Design Quick Card - Stuck on You

Doodlebug Design Quick Card - Stuck on You

Here's another fairly quick card using Doodlebug Design papers. So Much Pun is part of their "punny" collection, along with So Punny. They have a page or two in each pack that can be cut apart for easy additions to cards. I made this particular card for my husband. I just love how cute and colorful Doodlebug Design products are!

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Making the Card

1. Cut red cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base. Cut black cardstock 4 x 5 1/4 inches for mat; set aside. In the So Much Pun 6x6 paper pad, find the page with the smiling bandages.  Cut to 3 7/8 inches tall first, watching orientation of bandages (i.e. cut off top or bottom). Next cut to 5 1/8 wide, keeping the leftover strip of bandages for the inside of the card. Adhere to black mat then adhere to card base.

2. From red cardstock, die cut Linked Hearts. Adhere where shown on card base. You may want to wait until you do step 3 before placing and gluing hearts. Note: the hearts I used have been discontinued but I put an alternative in the Supplies list; you may have to change the orientation of these hearts and the pun in step 3.

Doodlebug Design Quick Card - Stuck on You

3. In the So Much Pun 12x12 Paper Pack, find the sheet of square puns and cut out the "I'm stuck on you" pun. Cut black cardstock slightly larger (I just put the pun in a corner of the cardstock, with the amount of space I wanted on the cut sides, then put pencil marks on the other sides to match, and cut). Use the Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper Tool to round the corners 1/4 inch on both the pun and the black cardstock; adhere together. Adhere to card base as shown using dimensional tape.

4. Optional, use Wink of Stella on main bandage. Once dry, add Glossy Accents over same bandage.

5. From white glitter cardstock, die cut triple hearts using Coffee Charms die. Adhere where shown.

6. Cut red paper with Envelope Liner die for A2 card (sorry, inside liner is not shown). Set aside small red hearts. Make an A2 envelope from white paper using Envelope Board - leave unassembled (assembly in step 7). Stamp bandage and face on front bottom left corner with Memento Tuxedo Black ink (may want to fold envelope temporarily to note where to stamp but lay it all flat again for stamping). Color image with colored pencils.

Doodlebug Design Quick Card - Stuck on You

7. Adhere liner to inside envelope then assemble envelope. Use a bone folder to help with folds.

8. For the inside of the card (image further below), cut a black mat slightly larger than the saved strip of bandages. Adhere together than to inside of card where shown. In the So Much Pun 6x6 Paper Pack, find the sheet of square puns (matching the 12x12 for the front of the card) and cut out the "I'm stuck on you" pun. Cut black cardstock slightly larger; adhere together then adhere inside of card where shown.

9. To add a little more detail to the small bandages on both the front of the card and on the inside strip, glue small red hearts (saved from step 6) as shown. You may have to look closely to see them. Your pattern may vary somewhat depending on how the pattern was printed and cut on your particular sheet. I recommend placing all hearts first then gluing then down once you like the placement. I put 5 on the front and 3 inside the card.