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.

Cards, Fall, Fall

Fall House Card and How to Make It Into A Box featuring Honey Bee Stamps

Ok, let’s talk about how much I love the House Builder Card Base Dies from Honey Bee Stamps!!! It is sooo much fun making houses and decorating them. There are probably a million combinations you can use with these dies. The add-on dies also allow you to expand you creativity; more on those later.

For the first card, I started by diecutting the house card base 2x, chimney, and 2 gables from Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and the roof, gable roof and stairs from Simon Says Stamp Slate 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock. I adhered the two houses with the pre-scored strip that comes in the dieset to create the card base. Be sure to use double-sided tape or something very strong so they don’t come apart.

I diecut all the window frames, window boxes, shutters (from the Gingerbread House add-on) and fence from Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb Solar White. I used aqua cardstock from my stash for the door and a silver cardstock for the door handle, yellows and oranges for all the bushes and dark orange, yellow, orange and aqua for the flowers in the flower pots. I backed all the windows with a light aqua cardstock and used Lawn Fawn 6×6 Perfectly Plaid Fall Petite Paper Pack to diecut curtains for the bottom windows. I created the wreath by diecutting several of the leaf vine and stacking them on top of the wreath from the Gingerbread House add-on. I also diecut a pumpkin from the Haunted House Add-on.

On the inside of the card, I stamped the “Happy” sentiment from the Honey Bee Stamps Happy Fall Y’all 4×6 Stamp Set with Catherine Pooler Black Jack Ink and diecut the “Fall” from Happy Fall Y’all Honey Cuts with orange cardstock from my stash and adhered it under the “Happy”. Love this card!


Next, I wanted to see if I could turn this card into a box easily because it could house some fun gifts for the holidays or just anytime really. And it turns out you can. I’m sure there are some other ways to do this but I chose the simplest with the least amount of cutting. The process is exactly the same as the card except, you need to decorate 2x and add the sides and bottom piece.

I started by diecutting the house card base 2x again, 2 chimneys, and 2 gables from Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and 2 roofs, 2 gable roofs and 2 stairs from Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock. I decorated the two houses before I adhered them to the side pieces for the box. This one was decorated much like the previous card, with the following exceptions: I used a red cardstock for the door, a different pattern for the curtains from Lawn Fawn’s 6×6 Perfectly Plaid Fall Petite Paper Pack, diecut the tree from the Haunted House Add-on with Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and added several pumpkins, diecut from the same set. I did the same thing to both houses.

Ok, let’s turn these into a box! This will require just one piece of letter or A4 cardstock. First, I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock (same as the houses) to 3 x 9-7/8″and one to 3 x 4-1/4″. Then scored both pieces 1/2″ in from each side on the short side (holding your paper vertically) and 1-1/2″ (only scored the first section of the longer piece) and diagonal score lines from the 1-1/2″ score line to the left and right corners (see diagram below). I turned the longer (9-7/8″ long) piece 90 degrees and scored at 4-1/4″, and 9-3/8″. Folded and burnished all the scorelines and to make it easier to assemble, making sure to fold the center and diagonal score lines in both directions. This will allow the box to fold in on each side like an accordian.

I cut a little triangle 1/2″ in on the flaps where the score lines fall and the end flaps as well but only on the longer piece. I’ve included a PDF of the below diagram that you can download and print.

I used double-sided tape to adhere the sides and bottom of the box together and to the cards. I folded up all the tabs and adhered the two pieces together. You will want to adhere the second side piece to the side of the longer piece that has a 1/2″ tab (labeled bottom on diagram) then adhere your houses on either side of the box (you can see on the first of four images below how it sits against the side piece. Once the box was assembled, I used an 1/8″ punch to punch a hole in the top center of the two sides of the box and tied it with some 1/4″ red satin ribbon.

I also made a cute tag to go with it. I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 2 x 3-1/2″ and use the Stampin’ Up! Scalloped Tag Topper Punch on one end. I diecut a fence and one bush from House Builder Card Base Dies and adhered it to the tag. I stamped the “Happy” sentiment from the Honey Bee Stamps Happy Fall Y’all 4×6 Stamp Set with Catherine Pooler Black Jack Ink and diecut the “Fall” from Happy Fall Y’all Honey Cuts with red cardstock from my stash and adhered it under the “Happy”. I love how this came out!

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to try out these adorable House Builder dies and make some fun cards and gift boxes! Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.