Cards, Easter, Holidays 2020, Spring

2 Cards Featuring Simon Says Stamp’s Hello Easter Stampset

Happy Monday friends! Easter is fast approaching and even though we may not gather with all our families this year, we can still share happy sentiments with our loved ones by sending cards and gifts. We are going to have to get creative this year folks! Maybe instead of a community Easter Egg Hunt, try one in your back yard or inside your house. Decorate some cookies with your kids. For thedr two cards I used the very cute Hello Easter stampset from Simon Says Stamp. I like that the images are nice and big so they are easy to color and fill up more space on a card.

For the first card I started by cutting a piece of Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# 8 1/2 x 11″ Ivory to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ for a card base. Then I used the Tags, Etc. Dies by Catherine Pooler to cut a piece of Canson Montval Acid-Free Cold Press Watercolor Paper, 140 lb, 18 X 24 in, Natural White as well as a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″. Next I used the Lawn Fawn Simple Grassy Hillsides Lawn Cuts Dies to cut out a grassy hillside from the piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ that already has a scallop edge. I made it about 2-1/4″ in height so this piece will measure 2-1/4 x 4″.

Card front

Once everything was diecut, it was time to ink the background. I used the My Favorite Things Mini Cloud Edges Mix-ables Stencil in combination with Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink and Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink and my Ink Blenders to add clouds to the top 2/3 of the panel. I sprayed some water using my Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer by Ranger to add texture. Once it dried, I ran the panel through a diecutting machine using Taylored Expressions Raindrops Embossing Folder to add some raindrops.

Then I used Tim Holtz TWISTED CITRON Distress Oxide Ink and Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Ink for the grassy hillside. I again used the Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer by Ranger to add water droplets and create more interest. I let that dry and then adhered both pieces to the card base. I popped up the grassy hillside with 3M Foam Tape.

I stamped the ducky, large Easter egg, and the chickadee with 3 eggs from all the images I needed from Hello Easter stampset from Simon Says Stamp and the two eggs from SSS Some Bunny (not available anymore I believe) with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″. Once dried, I colored the images with COPIC markers. I used BG000 + 0 Blender for mini eggs and YG05 + YG07 for the grass; Y06 and Y18 for the both chicks; RV000 + RV11 for the chick’s bow; YR12 + YR16 for the chock beaks and feet; V06 + V09 for the umbrella top and BV08 + V09 for the umbrella underside, YR12 +YR07 + YR16 for the umbrella bow; Y06 + Y18 for the umbrella medallion; RV09 + RV14 + RV19 for the large egg, BG000 + BG01 + BG02 for the egg’s stripes and Y06 + Y18 for the egg’s bow; YR12 + YR16 and V06 + V09 for the small polka egg; and RV000 + RV11 and BG000 + BG01 for the small stripe egg. I fussycut the images out and adhered them to the card. I added 3M Foam Tape behind the images that hung over the edge of the grass.

Card closeup

I finished the card by adding some white highlights to the images with a White Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point Gel Pen and shimmer to the umbrella bow, the chick’s bow and the small eggs with Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Fine Glitter Brush Pens. I also added Ranger Glossy Accents Glue Dimensional Adhesive to the small egg trio.

On the inside of the card, I stamped “Happy Easter” and the chick from the Hello Easter stampset from Simon Says Stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored in the chick’s feet and beak and added some pink for the cheeks.

Card inside

Dimensions


For the second card I started by cutting a piece of Simon Says Stamp Cornflower Blue 8.5×11 cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ for a card base. I cut a piece of light aqua scallop paper from Lawn Fawn REALLY RAINBOW SCALLOPS 6×6 Petite Paper Pack to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″ and 2 pieces of the green plaid paper from Lawn Fawn 6×6 Perfectly Plaid Spring Petite Paper Pack to 2 x 4-1/4″ and then used one of the Lawn Fawn Simple Grassy Hillsides Lawn Cuts Dies on both. I used some Tim Holtz PEELED PAINT Distress Mini Ink to ink around the edges of the grassy edges.

I diecut a piece of Stampin’ up! Vellum 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock with the My Favorite Things PEEK A BOO POLKA DOTS Die-Namics. I adhered the vellum piece to the aqua scallop paper and those to the card base.

Card front

Then I stamped the bunny, 2 tulip bundles and 1 daffodil from the Hello Easter stampset from Simon Says Stamp and the eggs from the SSS Some Bunny (not available anymore I believe) with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″. I colored the images with COPIC markers. I used N1 + N2 + N5 for the bunny, R20 + R32 for the bunny ears, cheeks and nose, R05 + R08 + R59 for the bunny’s bow; R20 + R32 and R32 + R37 for the tulips; and R08 + R59 and Y06 + Y18 for the daffodil. I fussycut all the images.

Card closeup

Using a stamp platform I stamped “Happy Easter” with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto one of the green plaid grassy hillsides. Then I prepped the piece with my EK Success Antistatic Powder Tool Applicator and restamped the sentiment with Versamark Ink and added WOW CLEAR MATTE DULL Embossing Powder.

I adhered one piece of the grassy areas directly onto the card with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and the one with the sentiment with some 3M Foam Tape. I then adhered all the images, adding 3M Foam Tape behind the striped egg. I finished it off by adding to Ice Blue Mirror Pin Stripe Peel-Off Stickers by Love From Lizi to the top of the card.

For the inside of the card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4″ and adhered it to the inside of the card. I cut a piece of the aqua scallop pattern paper from Lawn Fawn REALLY RAINBOW SCALLOPS 6×6 Petite Paper Pack to 1 x 4″ and the green plaid pattern paper from Lawn Fawn 6×6 Perfectly Plaid Spring Petite Paper Pack to 3/4 x 4″ and adhered them at the bottom of the panel. Lastly, I stamped the bunny with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored his cheeks. And that completes this card.

Card inside

Dimensions

Supplies

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

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DIY Projects, Easter, Wreaths

Quick and Easy Easter Wreath

Easter is around the corner and I finally got around to making my Easter Wreath. Yay! I made this wreath using mostly Dollar Tree supplies. My store didn’t have much so I ordered from their online store and had it shipped to my house. They offer a ship-to-store option too.

A word of caution…if you order flowers online they can arrive crushed as mine did. I ordered 6 stems and only got 5 usable flower heads out of it and those were not that great as you will see in the photos. Keep that in mind.

Anyways,  it was super easy and quick to make. I started off with a 10-inch straw wreath form. I got mine from Hobby Lobby, but they are readily available at other craft stores and online. Check Amazon, Michaels, Joann Fabrics, Walmart and Dollar Tree. My local store did not carry it but I’m guessing others might. I carefully removed the clear plastic wrap around it as it tends to shed. Nor,ally I would normally leave the plastic wrap on it but since I wanted this to look natural and .organic, I removed it.

After cleaning the straw debris from my desk, i wrapped some 5/8 inch wide lavender satin ribbon around the wreath, creating a stripe pattern. I get most of my ribbon from the Ribbon Retreat. This color is called purple haze. A tiny dab of hot glue on each of the ribbon ends secure it to the wreath.

I added the moss next. I used Green Spanish Moss I hot glued it onto the bottom half of the wreath. Once I had enough of the area covered, I wrapped Green Floral Wire, 22 Gauge around the moss to secure it further. Ok the hard part is done. Time to decorate.

I added 5 Green Gerbera Daisies. 6 Speckled Easter Eggs, and 3 3 inch Salisbury Butterflies.To finish it off , i added 3 Pearl Corsage Pins to each ribbon stripe. That’s it. Add a ribbon to hang it and your wreath is complete. Easy peasy. Quickest wreath I’ve ever made.IMG_0526_watermarked

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

Cards, Easter, Watercolor techniques

Easy Watercolor Backgrounds Using Distress Inks

Today’s topic is watercolor backgrounds. Whenever I want a quick and easy background for a card, I go with a watercolor background. You don’t need to know how to watercolor like a pro, you just need some good watercolor paper. The paper makes the difference in the results you get. I used Canson XL Series Watercolor Paper Pad (140 Pound, 9 x 12 Inch). The great thing is, that this technique can be achieved with dye inks, stains, sprays, or watercolors (high end or inexpensive). I used Distress Ink Stains for my backgrounds. I originally pulled out my Distress Ink Pads but then decided that my Distress Ink Stains haven’t been getting enough love so I decided to use those instead. These can be dabbed on or sprayed. These now are sold in spray bottles but if you’re like me and have the original bottles, Ranger sells a spray bottle lid. I used mine straight out of the bottle like watercolor though.

Watercolor Background Supplies

Ok, so let’s get started. First, I taped down my watercolor paper piece (4 1/4 x 5 1/2″) with some ScotchBlue Painters Tape to a hard surface. Protect your surface before you begin because this will be messy. With a clean brush, add some water to your surface, covering the whole area. Then dispense some of ink onto a clear block, craft mat, etc. (I used my glass mat) and then dab/pounce it your paper. If the surface is too dry, add some more water. You can add more ink to certain areas to get darker areas. Alternatively, you can add more water and blot certain areas to subtract color. Stick to one color if you are not comfortable mixing multiple colors together. Keep playing with adding color until you are satisfied.

Let your piece dry in between layers. This will yield a better result, in the end. You can let it air dry or use a heat tool (if you are not patient like me. :)) Once the piece was almost dry I added some splashes using the same ink color for each. I usually do this inside a box since I don’t want my desk and surrounding areas to stained. Let it dry completely before moving onto the next step. And if you want to stop here, you totally can; they look great as is. I wanted to enhance mine by adding another level of texture.

Watercolor Panels

I added texture to only two of the panels by embossing them. On the first panel (blue one), I stamped the Easter eggs from the Newton’s Nook Designs Newton’s Easter Basket Stamp (no longer available) with Versamark clear embossing ink and added Wow white embossing powder. On the third panel (yellow one), I used a the Tim Holtz MINI STENCIL SET 27 MST027 with Ranger Texture Paste Transparent Gloss to add texture. I used only portions of the stencil around the page. Then before it dried, I sprinkled on some Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter. Any white glitter will do however. These are now ready to become cards!

Watercolor Panels With Embossing

I made Easter cards with these backgrounds. I used Newton’s Nook Designs Newton’s Easter Basket Stamp on all 3 cards for the images.

I used Simon Says Stamp Some Bunny for the sentiment on the first card and the Lawn Fawn Straight Flower Border Die Cut to build the scene. And finished it with Nuvo drops in different colors. The second card features the Pretty Pink Posh Happy Easter Script Die cut out of 4 layers of cardstock (3 black and one white), stacked up to create the sentiment. The third card showcases the Easter egg kitty by putting him in ovals diecut using Stampin’ Up! Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. I added a sentiment from Newton’s Nook Designs Newton’s Easter Basket Stamp. I created card bases from Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant (retired), and Stampin’ Up! Crushed Curry 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock, respectively. And finally, on the inside I added a piece of white 80lb cardstock so I can later write a message inside my cards.

Supplies

Thanks for stopping by. I hope this was helpful and I’ve inspired you to create some fun watercolor backgrounds of your own. Feel free to email me with questions or leave a comments below.

Cards, Easter, Holidays 2019, Mother’s Day, Spring, Thank Yous

Spring Cards 2

3 Cards using SSS Blooming Circle and Blooming Wave Wafer Dies

Hi friends. Continuing on with some Spring inspired cards, I pulled out the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Circle Wafer Dies and Simon Says Stamp Blooming Wave Wafer Die to create 3 different cards. It was a little time-consuming to inlay all the flowers and leaves but the results are well worth it

This Easter card combines the Simon Says Stamp Some Bunny stamps and Newton’s Nook Designs Newton’s Easter Basket stamps with the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Circle Wafer Dies. I added patterned paper from both the Doodlebug 6 x 6 Double-sided Paper Pad-Easter Express (discontinued), and Queen & Co Flirty Florals 6 x 6 Mat Stack. Images were colored with Copic markers and fussycut. I inlaid the flowers after diecutting several pieces of scrap rainbow color cardstock. Finished it off by adding some Nuvo Crystal Drops in White Gloss.

Card 2 turned into a Mother’s Day Card. When I started working on these cards I had no idea what the theme would be so I didn’t pick sentiments. But after adding the daisy pattern paper (from Doodlebug 6 x 6 Double-sided Paper Pad-Easter Express (discontinued)), I decided to make into a Mother’s Day card. I used the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Wave Wafer, to create a border then inlaid the flowers after diecutting several pieces of scrap yellow and green cardstock. I used Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Sentiments and the Lawn Cuts Happy Happy Happy to creqte this dimensional sentiment. Finished it off by adding Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ivory Seashell.

And for this 3rd card, I wanted to make it look like rings so I diecut the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Circle Wafer Dies and diecut 3 flower circles, centering one of them. Once again I ran the die through with several color cardstock in rainbow colors. I added a sentiment to the center wreath using Catherine Pooler Designs Good Stuff Inside.Finished it off by adding Nuvo Crystal Drops in White Blizzard Glitter Drops.

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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.