Birthdays, Cards, Celebrations

Rainbow Birthday Card featuring Simon Says Stamp Trio Window Die.

Hi friends. This fun and colorful card was made using the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Trio Window Wafer Die and Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Inch Window Frames clear stamp set included in the Simon Says Stamp February 2020 Card Kit. All the items from the kit are sold seperately so no need to fret if you don’t have the kit.

I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base. Then I cut another piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4” to create top panel.

I diecut the trio window using the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Trio Window Wafer Die from the top panel, offsetting it from the center slightly.

I stamped the balloon border from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Inch Window Frames clear stamp set around the windows and also some extra balloons with the additional balloon and string stamp included in the stampset using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. To stamp balloons that look like they are behind the balloons around the windows, I stamped the balloon border on to Masking Paper, fussycut it out, and placed it over the balloon border image before stamping additional balloons. I stamped some of the confetti pieces around the card to fill up the white space. I wanted this card to look like a party on paper!

I also stamped some balloons in the inside of the windows so it looks like balloons continue on the inside. To do this, I just lined up the stamp on the card panel using my Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Travel Stamp Platform, removed the top panel, and stamped in the card base. I also stamped additional balloons onto scraps of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, which I will pop up later with foam squares.

Before I started coloring all the images, I stamped some of the tiny sentiments in between the windows using the same Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (COPIC-friendly ink). I used COPICS in R17 and R27, R81 and R85, YR12 and YR16, Y06 and Y18, G07 and G14, BG000 and BG01, B95 and B37, and V06 and V09. Not gonna lie, this took a long time to color but I usually just watch a movie or Youtube videos while doing it so it makes it more fun. Once colored I all the images, I adhered the panel to the card base with 3M Foam Tape and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhered some of the additional balloons.

Closeup

Lastly, I stamped the “happy birthday” sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Inch Window Frames clear stamp set onto a scrap of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and fussycut it out, separating the two words. I also used white alphabet stickers from my stash for the “50”. Since they were white I colored them with a black marker and addded them to the card in the middle window. If you have black Alphabet stickers that you like and fit inside the window, you can use those. I finished off the card by adding some highlights with my White Uni-Ball UM 153 Signo Broad Point Gel Pen and some splatters with Craft Smart Acrylic Paint in Black. And of course, no card is complete without some Nuvo Drops. I used Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black. It’s now a fun and colorful rainbow card. Doesn’t it just scream “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!?!”

Dimensions

Supplies

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give this card a try for yourself. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Birthdays, Celebrations, Spring

Getting the Most From Your Dies, Featuring Simon Says Stamp Dies

Hi friends. Today I’m bringing you two cards featuring the Simon Says Stamp Dazzling Circle and Blooming Circle Dies. One card uses the dies in the way they were intended but the second card uses it in a different way — using the positive diecuts to create a background. This is an easy way to create a background.

Traditional Use of Die

For the first card I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″. Then I cut a piece of green gingham paper (from the Birthday paper pack included in the Crafty Parcel) to 4 x 5-1/4” and diecut the wreath in the top center of the panel using the Simon Says Stamp Dazzling Circle Die (no longer available as it was part of the Stamptember release). I added some 3M Foam Tape to the back of the panel and adhered a square piece of Stampin’ Up! Granny Apple Green 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock on the card base behind the wreath. The easiest way to do this is to add the foam tape to the wreath panel and then attaching the green square piece behind that and then adhering it to the card base.

I diecut a bunch of flowers from 6 different colored scraps of cardstock using the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Circle Wafer Dies and adhered them to the wreath using Tombow Mono Multi-liquid Glue.

For the sentiment, I diecut ‘Celebrate’ from the Sentiment Stacker Dies #1 with some Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ for the sentiment and pink glitter foam from Queen & Company’s Glitter Fun Foam – Rainbow for the shadow. I finished it off the by adding some Love from Lizi Peel-offs in Clear Iridescent Pink Glitter and some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White.

On the inside of the card, I cut a strip of Green Gingham paper (from the Birthday paper pack included in the Crafty Parcel) to 1 x 4-1/4″. I stamped a greeting from the Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval Young at Heart Collection stampset (I don’t think this is available in her shop anymore) in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Catherine Pooler Party Dress Ink. I finished it off by adding some additional flowers.

Dimensions

  • Card Base = 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″
  • Top Panel = 4 x 5-1/4” Green Gingham paper (from the Birthday paper pack included in the Crafty Parcel)
  • Inside Strip = 1 x 4-1/4″ Green Gingham paper (from the Birthday paper pack included in the Crafty Parcel)

Creating a Background Using Just Dies

For the second card I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ and a piece of Neenah 80lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4”. I diecut the several leaves from Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Cardstock using the Simon Says Stamp Dazzling Circle Die (no longer available as it was part of the Stamptember release). I think I diecut about 3 wreaths with the die. I diecut flowers from 6 different colored scraps of cardstock using the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Circle Wafer Dies.

Card Front

I adhered the leaves and flowers to the front panel using Tombow Mono Multi-liquid Glue, creating a pattern. I coated it with Matte Gel Medium to seal it because the images are so small they might come unglued without it. Next I stamped a sentiment from the Newton’s Nook Designs Newton Loves Cake with Catherine Pooler Designs Royal Treatment Ink Pad onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and diecut it using a Studio Katia Stitched Square Nested Die set. I used the smaller square in the set. I adhered it to a piece of Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Cardstock and fussycut around it, creating a mat layer. I popped it up on my card with some 3M Foam Tape. I added a small bow made from 1/4” Lavender Double-Faced Satin Ribbon from my stash and a little flower to the sentiment area. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Drops in Ivory Seashell to the centers of the larger flowers.

On the inside of the card, I just added some flowers. And that completes this card.

Card Inside

Dimensions

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give your old stand-alone dies a second look and try some new techniques with them. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Birthdays, Cards, Christmas

3 Techniques Using 1 Stamp

Hello friends. Today I’m focusing on using distress markers, ink and watercolors to create different looks using one stamp. I bought this Tim Holtz Wood Mount Iced Coffee Sketch Stamp several months ago and was saving it for the holidays because I don’t know about you but I’m all about specialty coffees during the holidays. These are available in my shop for purchase If you’re interested.

For the first card, I stamped the coffee cup image onto a piece of Montval Acid Free Coldpress Watercolor Paper, measuring 3-3/4 x 5” with Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink and colored the image with Distress Markers. I love distress markers and don’t use them enough! I used Pumice Stone and Picket Fence for the whipped cream, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint for the straw, Antique Linen and Ground Espresso for the coffee cup, Candied Apple and Fired Brick for the sleeve and Tumbled Glass for the background.

I cut a piece of Stampin’ Up! Real Red 8 1/2 x 11” Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4-1/4″ to make a card base. I cut a piece of red and white striped pattern paper from my stash to 4 x 5-1/4” and adhered it to the card base. I stamped a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Simply Winter Sentiments with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink to the top and adhered it to the card. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Bottle Green.

On the inside of the card, I added a strip of the same red and white striped pattern paper, measuring 1 x 5-1/4” and stamped another greeting in Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink from the same stampset.

Dimensions


For the second card, I stamped the coffee cup image onto a piece of Montval Acid Free Coldpress Watercolor Paper, measuring 3-3/4 x 5” with Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink and colored the image with my Kuretake Gansai Tanbi 36 Watercolor Set. I taped the image panel down to my glass mat with some Blue Painters Tape and I used 20, 10, 64 and 95 for the whipped cream, 63 and 10 for the lid, 30 and 36 for the straw, 43, 47 and 10 for the coffee cup, 51 and 54 for the sleeve, and 50, 64, and 10 for the background. I added splashes with some of the gold watercolor from the set.

I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4-1/4″ to make a card base. I cut a piece of Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash METALLIC KRAFT STOCK to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2” and adhered it to the card base. While the watercolor panel dried, I stamped a sentiment from the Honeybee Stamps Shake-It Off Stampset, fussycut it and adhered it to the panel, then adhered it to the card base. I stamped the coffee bean from the Honeybee Stamps Shake-It Off Stampset with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink, fussycut it and adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Metallic Bright Gold.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a birthday greeting in from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy stampset with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink.

Dimensions


For the third card, I stamped the coffee cup image onto a piece of Montval Acid Free Coldpress Watercolor Paper, measuring 4 x 5-1/4” with WOW Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder and Versamark Clear Embossing Ink. I used distress Inks and daubers to color the image. I used Pumice Stone for the whipped cream, Tumbled Glass for the lid, Mowed Lawn for the straw and Iced Coffee sign, Antique Linen and Walnut Stain for the coffee cup, and 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 Apple, Fired Brick for the sleeve, and Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Salty Ocean for the background. I sprayed water on the background to create spots.

With a black permanent marker, I colored in the middle section of the sleeve and added tiny square I fussycut from Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash METALLIC KRAFT STOCK and adhered it to the sleeve.

I then created a snowy hill from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ by cutting a curve by hand along one edge, then used Tumbled Glass to color the snow. I adhered it to the panel with some 3M Foam Tape.

I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4-1/4″ to make a card base. I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp Cardstock WHITE GLITTER Paper to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2” and adhered it to the card base. I adhered the card panel and hillside to the glitter paper with Tombow Mono adhesive. I stamped OH from Honeybee Stamps Shake-It Off Stampset upside down to create HO HO HO with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink, fussycut it out and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I stamped 3 coffee beans from the Honeybee Stamps Shake-It Off Stampset with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink, fussycut them and adhered them to the snow. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a holiday greeting in from Lawn Fawn Simply Winter Sentiments with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink.

Dimensions

https://linkdeli.com/widget.js?1559654439292

Thanks for reading this post and I hope I’ve inspired you to give these cards a try on your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Birthdays, Cards, Spring

Cute Interactive Pop Up Cards

Hello friends. I’m back with two adorable pop up cards created using the Lawn Fawn STITCHED HILLSIDE POP UP Lawn Cuts Dies. Currently this is in the lead for my favorite interactive die! I seriously just want to make everything a pop up card now!!! LOL it can be a little fiddly if you don’t adhere the inside tabs properly but it’s still tons of fun to create with this die.

Oh Gnomes! Happy Birthday

I created a little scene using the Lawn Fawn LEAFY TREE BACKDROP LANDSCAPE Lawn Cuts Dies, Lawn Fawn Mushroom House Die Cuts , Lawn Fawn Mushroom Border Die,
and the little girl gnome from Lawn Fawn’s Set Oh Gnome!. I’m loving all the mushroom dies, especially that mushroom house. I mean, look how cute it is. Adorable! Using mostly dies to create this card also made it come together a lot faster than expected. I cut off the border on the Leafy Tree Backdrop Die so the tree appears much taller than the little gnome. I also took apart the mushroom border and used the individual mushrooms scattered around both scenes. You don’t have to use the border dies as is. Don’t be afraid to cut apart your border die-cuts or any die-cuts (not the dies themselves however) for that matter. I used the My Favorite Things CLOUD Mix-ables Stencil to create the sky with Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass.


Oh Gnomes! Happy Birthday Card_Front

I continued the scene on the inside of the card using the same dies and stamps again. I used the Lawn Fawn STITCHED HILLSIDE POP UP Lawn Cuts Dies to create the pop-up mechanism. For the forest in the background I used the whole tree die but cut them down to look larger than the gnomes again. And I repeated the same technique I used on the front of the card for the inside sky.

Oh Gnomes! Happy Birthday Card_Inside
Oh Gnomes! Happy Birthday Card_Inside Greeting

The greeting was from the Lawn Fawn HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Clear Stamps. I finished off the card with some white accents using my Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point White Gel Pen and added some sparkle to the windows on both the front and inside of the card using my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Fine Glitter Brush Pen .

Supplies

Enjoy the Little Things Pop Up Card

And because I can’t get enough of the Lawn Fawn STITCHED HILLSIDE POP UP Lawn Cuts Dies, I used it again to create a second card. Again using Lawn Fawn products (cuz I’m addicted and I ain’t afraid to admit it. LOL), I made a scene on the front of the card. This time I combined Lawn Fawn VILLAGE SHOPS, and Lawn Fawn HAPPY VILLAGE stampsets.

Enjoy the Little Things Pop Up Card_Front

The first scene features images from the Lawn Fawn HAPPY VILLAGE stampset and a greeting from the Lawn Fawn VILLAGE SHOPS. I used the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Spring 6×6 inch Petite Paper Pack for the sky and the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6×6 inch Petite Paper Pack for the grass. I cut out the grass using the Lawn Fawn Grassy Hillside Borders Die and ink blended some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Mowed Lawn to the mute the grass.

Using pattern paper is a great way to build a scene. It makes for a quick and easy background but it doesn’t have to look flat. You can add depth to it by simply using ink or alcohol markers to add some color to it. One note however, if you choose to use markers make sure they are blendable or it will look streaky. So water-based markers will probably not work because they don’t move on the paper.

Enjoy the Little Things Pop Up Card_Front

On the inside I again used the Lawn Fawn STITCHED HILLSIDE POP UP Lawn Cuts Dies with the same pattern papers as the front, again applying some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Mowed Lawn to darken the bottoms edges of the hillsides and give them dimension.

The inside scene features images from the Lawn Fawn VILLAGE SHOPS Clear Stamps as well as a greeting from the same stampset.

Before I glued the images to the inside of the card, I added highlights with my Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point White Gel Pen. I also added the rest of the sentiment inside the cards.

Supplies

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to make some adorable cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Just a quick side note: I have no affiliation or do I profit from promoting Lawn Fawn products. I promote any product that I love and I LOVE their products.

Birthdays, Cards

Sweet Birthday Friends Card

Happy Humpday everyone! It’s finally Wednesday and time for sweets. This card lets you indulge in sweets without the calories. Woot woot! No guilt here. LOL. This card is available for purchase in my Etsy shop if you prefer not to make your own.

Anyway this card was super easy to make. Let’s get into it then. First, all the stamping needs to be done so it has time to dry. I cut a panel of Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4″. I stamped the background using my stamping platform (Stamparatus by Stampin’ Up!) and Lawn Fawn Sweet Friends with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Set the panel aside to dry. Then I stamped all my cute images and set that aside to dry.

In the meantime, I stamped the images from Lawn Fawn Sweetest Flavor and Lawn Fawn Sweet Friends with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and
let those dry. Then, I stamped the sentiment strips onto
Simon Says Stamp Black Card stock with Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Sentiments, Versamark clear embossing ink and Wow white embossing powder and heat embossed.

Next, I worked on the diecut SWEET. Diecut the letters out from the center of the stamped card panel as well as 3x from black cardstock using Honey Bee Bee Bold Alphabet. Then I created an ombre effect by blending on some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick. The bottom half has more Picked Raspberry.

While that dries I colored the images with my Copic alcohol markers and diecut them with the coordinating cookie cutter dies. You can also color these with pencils or watercolors or water-based markers as well. Just be sure to use the appropriate ink so it doesn’t bleed.

Time for assembly. I cut a piece of Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow 6 x 6 Paper, a pink stripe to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″and a panel of Simon Says Stamp Black Card stock to 3 7/8 x 5 5/8″ and adhered the patterned piece to the black one. Next, I adhered both to the card base (4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock). I added some double-sided tape to the back of the white panel and adhered it to the black cardstock panel. The SWEET sentiment can now be easily adhered to the panel since it has the tape behind it. Its easier to adhere the 3 black alphabet layers together first then add the pink ombre letters with glue to those. Now we can add it to the card panel. To add shine I added Ranger Glossy Accents Glue Dimensional Adhesive over the letters and let it DRY. Can’t stress this enough. LET IT DRY.

Once the glossy accents are completely dry, I adhered the sentiment strips and the images to the card. And because I can’t resist using Nuvo drops, I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew. Then I cut a strip of the pink striped paper to 1 1/4 x 5 1/2″ and added two of the Sweet Friends images.

Dimensions:

Supplies:

Hope you’ve enjoyed this process post and I hope I’ve inspired you to create some cards of your own. Thanks for stopping by and once again please leave questions in the comments or feel free to email me if you prefer.

Birthdays, Cards

Sweet Friends Interactive Card

Hello friends. This fun A2 size interactive birthday card features the Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel dies and Lawn Fawn Sweet Friends. It’s a cute interactive card. Four words In the rotating window complete the sentiment. This card is available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

Views of all 4 words in sentiment

Supplies:

Hope you’ve enjoyed this process post and I hope I’ve inspired you to create some cards of your own. Thanks for stopping by and once again please leave questions in the comments or feel free to email me if you prefer.