Birthdays, Cards, Fall, Fall, Thanksgiving

2 cards Using One Stampset and Easy Watercolor Backgrounds

Hello friends. Do you need some last minute Fall or Thanksgiving cards or perhaps a Birthday card?? The Honey Bee Stamps Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set is great for such cards! I created very simple watercolor backgrounds using one color of distress ink. These cards also use minimal supplies. And while I used my Copics and added shadowing and highlights to the images, you can color them flat and make it simpler. They would still look great!

For my 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 to create the card base. I cut a piece of Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Paper to 4 x 5-1/4″. I used Ranger Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink to watercolor the background and added splatters using Tim Holtz GROUND ESPRESSO Distress Paint and set it aside to dry.

I stamped the images from the Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, colored them with Copic Markers and die cut them with the coordinating Honey Cuts Treat Yo Self Dies. I used Y18 + YR04 + YR09 and YG03 + YG05 + G07 for the pumpkins; E25 + E29 + E49 (chocolate syrup), BG10 + 0 (lid), YG03 + YG05 + G07 (cup), N2 + 0 and YR04 + YR09 (straw) on the cup; and YR00 + YR14 + Y04 + Y09 (filling), N1 + 0 (whipped cream), E33 + E25 + E29 (crust and coffee beans/nuts) for the pie.

I adhered the watercolored panel to the card base using wet glue and the images using wet glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals. I die cut the ‘Autumn’ word and the largest shadow using the Honey Bee Autumn Buzzword Dies. I used Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock (retired) for the word and Simon Says Stamp Vellum for the shadow. I stamped a sentiment from the Honey Bee Autumn Buzzword Stamp Set onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink and cut it down to 3/8 x 1-3/4″. I adhered all the sentiment pieces to the card using wet glue. To finish off the card I added highlights using a Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point White Gel Pen, shimmer to the ‘Autumn’ buzzword with Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen, and added Ranger Glossy Accents to the lid.

The inside of the card was left blank.

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For my 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 to create the card base. I cut a piece of Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Paper to 4 x 5-1/4″. I used Ranger Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Ink and Tim Holtz Crushed Olive Distress Ink to watercolor the background and added splatters using Tim Holtz GROUND ESPRESSO Distress Paint and set it aside to dry.

I stamped the images from the Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, colored them with Copic Markers and die cut them with the coordinating Honey Cuts Treat Yo Self Dies. I used BG11 + BG15 (mug), N2 + 0 (whipped cream), E37 + E29 + E49 (chocolate frosting), and RV10 + R83 (flower); E15 + E37 + E29 (crust and beans/nuts), N2 + 0 (whipped cream), R81 + R83 + R85 (filling) for the pie slice; E37 + E29 + E49 for the beans; and R83 + RV10 (frosting), E37 + E29 (cake), R17 + R27 + R29 (ribbon) and N2 + 0 (popsicle stick) for the cake pop.

I adhered the watercolored panel to the card base using wet glue and the images using wet glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals. I stamped a sentiment from the Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink and die cut it with the coordinating Honey Cuts Treat Yo Self Dies. I adhered the the sentiment to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish off the card I added Nuvo Sea Breeze Jewel Drops.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn Village Shops and the cake pop from Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink. And that completes this card.

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

Birthdays, Cards, Celebrations

Creating a Coffee Themed Birthday Gatefold Card featuring Honey Bee Stamps

Honey Bee Stamp’s new release includes this many coffee themed items so of course I was all in! I’ve seen many people stack the images from the Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set to create their cards so I thought how fun would it be to make a gatefold card with stacked coffee treats. What I really love about this stampset is how large the images are. And of course, Honey Bee Stamps also release sentiment stamps and dies to go with this coffee collection. What could be better I ask?!?! I won’t be using those on this card but stay tuned because there will be more cards coming using this collection.

I started by cutting a piece of Montval Acid-Free Cold Press Watercolor Paper to 5-1/2 x 11-1/2″ and scored at 4″ and 8-1/2″ on the long side. I used watercolor paper instead of my traditional Neenah 110lb because distress inks blend beautifully on it. More on that later…

I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso to ink up the left flap on the card, creating an ombre effect. Then I stamped all the coffee beans from the Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink. Then I cut a piece of Stampin’ Up!’s Irresistibly Yours DSP (discontinued) to 3 x 5-1/2″ and used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China and Vintage Photo to create another ombre, revealing the embossed areas on these papers and adhered it to the card. Stampin’ up needs to bring these papers back because they are great for easy backgrounds and you can color them with anything you want.

I stamped four images from the Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″. I colored them with COPICS markers. I used R32 + R37, G07 + G09, C1 + 0, BG000 + 0 and E37 + E27 for the first cup; BG000 + BG01, G07 + G09, and C1 + 0 for the second cup; R32 + R37, E37 + E29, C1 + 0 and BG01 for the third cup; and E23 + E37, R30, R32 + R37, E23 + E29 and C1 + 0 for the pie. I diecut them using the Treat Yo Self coordinating dies.

I adhered the three coffee cups to the card and trimmed off the excess of the card flap. I stamped a sentiment from the Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set with Tim Holtz’s Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink and cut it with the coordinating die. I added it to the card with some Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished it by adding Love from Lizi Pin Stripe Peel-Off Stickers in Brown Mirror to the right panel and some Fresh Brewed Sequin Mix to the front of the card.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn Village Shops and coffee beans from Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink and added the pie image. And that completes this card.

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Cards, Hello, Just Because, Love & Friendship

Four Easy Cards Featuring Stampin’ Up’s Nothing’s Better Than Stampset

Hello Friends. Happy Monday! The Nothing’s Better Than Bundle from Stampin’ Up! is a great set to create a variety of cards for any season or occasion. It has an outline stamp as well as the solid stamp for each image so if you don’t like coloring this set will work well for you. I made four similar cards using this bundle and the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and the Delightful Tag Topper Punch. I don’t often say this about punches but I love these tag dies. I think part of it is that I a few months ago I discovered junk journaling and have been making tags and pockets and things for it. So when I saw these punches I said (to myself) “YES PLEASE!”. LOL And now I am obsessed with making tags.

For the first card, I started by cutting a piece of Magenta Madness 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base. I also cut a piece of Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 4 x 5-1/4″. I stamped the outline image of the cocktail from the Nothing’s Better Than Stampset with Magenta Madness Classic Stampin’ Ink onto the card base as well as the Whisper White panel I had previously cut. I added some ink splatters with Mango Melody Classic Stampin’ Ink and Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Ink. You can also use the ink refills if you have them; I do not have them yet. I just smooshed some of the ink onto a stamp block, added some water and used a small brush to splatter it on. As an alternative, you can use a Water Painter. Once dried, I adhered the panel to the card base with Tombow Mono Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

I stamped the outline image of the cocktail again as well as the sentiment onto a scrap piece of Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I used the solid stamps with Magenta Madness Classic Stampin’ Ink and Mango Melody Classic Stampin’ Ink to create an ombre effect for the drink. I used a Sponge Dauber to soften the line between the two colors on the stamp before stamping. I used Magenta Madness Classic Stampin’ Ink for the fruit and Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Ink for the umbrella. I diecut the image using the coordinating Love You More Than Dies.

I diecut the word “Cocktails” from Mango Melody 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock using the dies included in the Love You More Than Dies. Then I cut a piece of Coastal Cabana 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 1-1/2 x 3-3/8″ and a piece of Basic Black 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 1-1/2 x 3-3/4″ and used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to cut the ends of both. I stacked them on top of each other and the sentiment piece, which I cut to 1-1/4 x 2″. I adhered the cocktail image and the word “Cocktails” flat onto the sentiment piece and popped the whole piece up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside of the card, I cut a piece of Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 4 x 5-1/4″ and adhered it with Tombow Mono Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I stamped another sentiment from the Nothing’s Better Than Stampset with Magenta Madness Classic Stampin’ Ink and the cocktail outline image with Mango Melody Classic Stampin’ Ink.

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For the second card, I started by cutting a piece of Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base. I stamped the outline image of the coffee cup and the little asterisk from the Nothing’s Better Than Stampset with Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Ink onto the card base.

I stamped the outline image of the coffee cup and the steam onto a scrap piece of Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I used the solid stamp with Mint Macaron Classic Stampin’ Ink and diecut the image using the coordinating Love You More Than Dies. I diecut the “Coffee” word from the same dieset from Mint Macaron 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and adhered them together offset.

I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and cut it down to 1-1/2 x 2-3/8″. I adhered it to a piece of Crumb Cake 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock, measuring 2 x 3-3/4″ (I punched the sides with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch). I adhered the coffee cup image and the “Coffee” word diecut to the sentiment piece and using Stampin’ Dimensionals added it to the card base.

To finish it off I added sparkle to the word “Coffee” with a Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush and a bow made from colored white satin ribbon ( I used Mint Macaron Classic Stampin’ Ink). I just lay the ribbon down on some paper and swiped the ink pad over the ribbon. If you spray some water on the ribbon first it will help the ink sink into the ribbon better. Also, it takes a while to dry if you put a lot of ink on it. You can also use an ink refill and water to do the same.

For the inside of the card, I cut a piece of Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 4 x 5-1/4″ and adhered it with Tombow Mono Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I stamped another sentiment from the Nothing’s Better Than Stampset, as well as the coffee cup and steam outline images with Mint Macaron Classic Stampin’ Ink.

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For the third card, I started by cutting a piece of Merry Merlot 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base. I stamped the outline image of the chocolates from the Nothing’s Better Than Stampset with Merry Merlot Classic Stampin’ Ink onto the card base.

I stamped the outline image of the chocolates onto a scrap piece of Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I used the solid stamp with Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Ink and diecut the image using the coordinating Love You More Than Dies. I diecut the “Chocolate” word from the same dieset from Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock which I then used a direct-to-paper technique with Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Ink to color it.

I stamped the sentiment from the Nothing’s Better Than Stampset onto a scrap of Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock with Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Ink and cut it down to 1-1/8 x 3-1/8″. I adhered it to a piece of Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock, measuring 1-3/4 x 3-3/4″ (I punched one side with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch). I adhered the chocolates image using Stampin’ Dimensionals and the “Chocolate” word diecut flat onto the sentiment piece and adhered it to the card base.

To finish it off I added a bow made from chocolate satin ribbon.

For the inside of the card, I cut a piece of Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 4 x 5-1/4″ and adhered it with Tombow Mono Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I stamped another sentiment from the Nothing’s Better Than Stampset, as well as the chocolates outline image with Mint Macaron Classic Stampin’ Ink.

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For the last card, I started by cutting a piece of Crumb Cake 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base. I stamped the outline image of the cookie from the Nothing’s Better Than Stampset with Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Ink onto the card base.

I stamped the outline image of the cookie onto a scrap piece of Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I used the solid stamp with Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Ink and diecut the image using the coordinating Love You More Than Dies. I diecut the “Cookies” word from the same dieset 2x from Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock which I then used a direct-to-paper technique with Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Ink to color one of them. I adhered them together offset (white on the bottom).

I stamped the sentiment from the Nothing’s Better Than Stampset onto a scrap of Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock with Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin’ Ink and cut it down to 1 x 2-3/8″. I adhered it to a piece of Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock, measuring 1-1/2 x 3-3/8″, which I colored using a direct-to-paper technique with Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin’ Ink (I don’t have the cardstock) and then punched both sides with the Delightful Tag Topper Punch. I adhered the cookie image (I used Stampin’ Dimensionals) and the “Cookies” word diecut to the sentiment piece and adhered the piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the card base.

To finish it off I added 3 Pearls which I colored using Blackberry Bliss Light Stampin’ Blend Marker.

For the inside of the card, I stamped another sentiment from the Nothing’s Better Than Stampset, as well as the chocolates outline image with Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin’ Ink and the cookies with Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Ink.

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to try these easy and fun cards for yourself! Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me. If you want to share you creations with me tag me on instagram @kittieslovecrafting. If you would like a Stampin’ Up! catalog, please email me as well. All current catalogs can be found on the right side of this post and the Stampin’ Up! page. All news and fun stuff happening at Stampin’ Up! are listed there!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.