Anniversary Card for a Wife

So… I was asked to make a nice card for someone’s wife on their 40th wedding anniversary. Now… I went through elaborate card design possibilities… Inlay dies, watercolour, ink blending, etc., but ultimately I settled on a simple die cut with a stencil detail. Here’s the kicker… I used alcohol markers! Now… I NEVER or rather Rarely whip out my markers. I struggle so badly with colouring using alcohol markers, but I thought it’s a simple stamp design, why not?

So I started off by stamping Altenew’s beautiful Lady stamp on scrap Neenah White cardstock using Gina K’s Amalgam black ink. This ink is great for your stash as it’s compatible with other Inks, watercolour and alcohol markers and its a really nice crisp black.

Then I grabbed my alcohol markers and got to it. Unfortunately I didn’t take any in process shots as I really wasn’t confident it was going to come out properly :/

I tried all the fancy colour blending techniques (kind of). But really only used 3 colours for the flowers (purple shades) and two for the greenery. Than I ran the image though my die cut machine using the coordinating die.

Then in to the background. I gtabbed Altenew’s Elegant Swirls stencil, picket fences life changing blender brushes, and Altenew’s Buttercream crop Dye ink. I taped the stencil down to my panel using purple tape and then lightly brushed the colour on starting in the top left corner , gradually darkening the colour as I moved towards the bottom right corner.

I stamped ‘for my Beautiful wife’ using bits and pieces from the Beautiful Lady stamp set.

I trimmed my sentiment panel down to approximately 3.75x5inches and adhered my die cut flower using foam squares for some dimension. I cut down a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s white glitter cardstock to approximately 4×5.25 inches and then adhered my floral panel to it. Then I put everything onto an A2 card base.

For a little extra Sparkle, I added a few jewels. That’s about it really! Not bad for a non marker person I think 🙂

Products Used:

Altenew Stamps:

– Beautiful Lady

– Elegant Swirls Stencil

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Buttercream

– Altenew Artist Markers

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s White Glitter Cardstock

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Tools:

– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

Tag! You’re It! – Papercraft Challenge #23 (New DT)

So I’ve been accepted by an awesome design team at Papercraft Business Challenge. It’s a great monthly challenge for paper crafters and definitely a way for me to think outside my usual box. I’m beyond excited! One way to help keep track of dates for this as well as other challenges grab a Challenge Planner! They’re handy and stylish.

The October challenge #23 is Tags! Check out the blog at Papercraft Business Challenge for all the details and to submit your entry!

My entry for this month is a Halloween inspired card using a tag.

It’s a pretty simple card but I thought it was really cute. I started off with Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Jack O Lanterns’ stencil, Spectrum Noir Midus Pigment ink in Silver and Pickett Fence’s Life Changing Blender Brushes and stencilled faces on the black cardstock tag.

I repeated that several times using different faces from the stencil until the tag was filled. Then I used Clearly Besotted’s ‘Spooky Spirits’ stamp and die set to stamp and cut out several ghosts.

I cut a sheet of zig zag patterned paper measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches from Tim Holtz’s Ideology Halloween Kraft Stock Paper Pad. I adhered the tag using a 3M neon orange washi tape and stamped a sentiment across the bottom using Gina K Amalgam Ink.

I added the ghosts using some foam squares around the tag.

Then to add a smidge of dimension I used Nuvo Drops in ebony black on the eyes of each of the ghosts.

I then added the panel to a card base measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches and my Challenge card is complete!

Stamps/Stencils:

– Clearly Besotted ‘Spooky Spirits’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Jack O’ Lanterns ‘ Stencil

Inks:

– Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink – Black

– Spectrum Noir Silver Midas Metallic Pigment Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Fog

– Tim Holtz Ideology Halloween Kraft Stock Paper Pad

– Tonic Nuvo Drops – Ebony Black

– Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen – Glitter

– Scotch 3M Xpressions Washi Tape

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

– Scrapbook Adhesive 3D Foam Squares

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

– Pickett Fence’s Life Changing Blender Brushes

Simple Anniversary Card

I thought this would be a cute anniversary card. I absolutely love The Colorado Craft Company’s Lovely Legs Stamp’s… AMAZING! I Wanted to add a little more to it. So I opted to do a light heart stencil.

I used Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Heart Layers’ Stencil, The Stamp Market’s Blending Brush and Altenew’s Heart Beat Crisp Dye Ink for the stenciling. I taped down the stencil to a panel of a neenah Solar white cardstock using some purple tape. The stencil wasn’t big enough to cover my entire panel, so I had to shift the stencil a couple of times to get full coverage but this stencil is extremely easy to line up.

After finishing with the stencil, I let it dry for a minute and then usedmy anti-static powder bag and covered the panel. I took the The Colorado Craft Company’s ‘Lovely Legs – Happy Valentine’s day’ stamp set and Versamark Ink and stamped unto the panel. Then I uwed Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder and heat embossed the image.

I stamped the inside of an A2 card base using the same Colorado Craft Company’s Happy Valentine’s Day stamp set and Simon Says Stamp’s Intense Black Dye Ink.

I wanted a bit more colour, so I took a couple stripes of Gina K Designs Cardstock in Red Hot and adhered them to either side of the panel. Then I adhered my stamped panel. T the fro t of the card base.. Finishing the card.

To add a little colour to the envelope I added two strips of heart washi tape.

I cut the edges off of the washi tape that hung over the sides of the envelope and voila!

Stamps/Stencils:

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Heart Layers’ Stencil

– Colorado Craft Company’s ‘Lovely Legs – Happy Valentine’s day’ stamp set

Inks:

– Simon Says Stamp’s Intense Black Dye Ink

– Altenew’s Heart Beat Crisp Dye Ink

-Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Gina K Designs Cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Tools:

– The Stamp Market’s Blending Brush

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Celebration: Stencil Techniques

A beautiful anniversary card for a special couple. I love stencils as I find they’re easier to control colour on for me. For some reason I’ve been hesitant to try new things with stencils, however as a part of Altenew’s Celebration: Stencil Techniques class I’ve been pushed to try more. I’m very glad I did!

I started off with Altenew’s Floral Garden Stencil. A unique component of this stencil is that. It layers and lines up perfectly to make colouring very easy. I taped down the stencil to my panel and stenciled the first layer using Altenew’s Coral Bliss Crisp Dye Ink.

After completing the flowers, I rotated the stencil and brushed on the second layer of the leaves using Forest Glades. To ensure that I didn’t brush the green on the stamens I taped over those portions first. After completing the leaves, I removed the tape and used Citrus Burst for the stamen.

After completing all layers of the stencil I let the ink completely dry. Then I places the stencil back to line up with the flowers. Using Tonic’s silicone spatula and Tonic Nuvo Glitter Paste in Moonstone I covered the stencil and smoothed it out, returning any extra to the bottle.

I removed the stencil, washed it and. The Spatula with warm soapy water and allowed the panel to dry fully. I trimmed the panel down to 3.75 x5 inches.

I used Altenew’s Geometric Frames Die and cut a frame out of Gold Foil Cardstock and the panel portion from Simon Says Stamp’s vellum.

I treated the vellum with an anti static powder bag and then heat embossed Happy Anniversary on the vellum using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing powder and Altenew’s Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink.

I adhered the gold frame to the sentiment panel and glued it to the floral panel. I cut a panel using Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Cotton Candy to 4×5.25 inches and used it to back the floral panel. I attached everything to an A2 card base measuring 4.25×5.5 inches. I decorated the envelope to match the card and its complete.

Altenew Stamps/Stencil/Dies:

Floral Garden Stencil

Cake Love Stamp Set

Geometric Frames Die

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Coral Bliss

Citrus Burst

Forest Glades

Enchanted Gold

Other Supplies:

– Tonic Nuvo Glitter Paste – Moonstone

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing powder

– Recollections Gold Foil Cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

Tools:

– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Tonic Silicone Spatula Set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – All About Layering 2

I’ve had Altenew’s Handpicked Bouquet stamp set for a while and I absolutely love it. It’s a really great Layering stamp that is a large floral piece. This makes it easier to Stamp without taking away the beauty of the stamp.

As sad as it is there will always be a need for a Sympathy card. So why not use a beautiful stamp set like this one to provide a bouquet that won’t fade and hopefully will provide a touch of comfort.

I started off stamping Altenew’s Handpicked Bouquet on a panel. Of Neenah Solar White cardstock using Altenew’s Crisp Dye Inks in Jet Black.

I opted for a yellow theme. For the flowers and stamped all od thr flower layers using Citrus Burst, Maple Yellow and Honey Drizzle. I completed the Stamp’s greenery layers using ‘Firefly’ and ‘Grass Field’.

I used the coordinating die to cut out the Handpicked Bouquet so I could use it as a riased element on the final card. I love Thermoweb’s purple tape to hold my dies in place when running through my die cutting machine for security.

I wanted an other element on my card but wanted something subtle. I used Altenew’s Wavy Grid Stencil, Morning Frost Dye Ink and Pickett Fence’s Blender Brushes to create a diagonal ‘glow’ that will be behind the floral bouquet on the final card.

I added a sentiment using Altenew’s Build A Flower: Sakura Blossom stamp set.

To add a raised element I added bits of Simon Says Stamp’s Big Momma Foam Adhesive Roll to the back of the die cut Bouquet and strategically placed it diagonally across the main panel measuring approximately 3.75×4.75 inches.

I adhered this to a panel of iridescent cardstock measuring approximately 4×5 inches. Finally I popped the panel up using some craft foam and adhered it to a card base measuring approximately 5.25×4.5 inches. Hopefully this card will bring some peace to a family in mourning.

Featuring:

Altenew Stamp Sets/Stencil:

– Build-A-Flower: Sakura Blossom

– Handpicked Bouquet

– Wavy Grid Stencil

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Jet Black

– Citrus Burst

– Maple Yellow

– Honey Drizzle

– Firefly

– Grass Field

– Morning Frost

Other Supplies:

-Thermo Web 0.5 inch Purple Tape

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Craft Foam

– Simon Says Stamp’s Big Momma roll Foam Tape

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Block

– Pickett Fence’s Life Changing Blender Brushes

AAA Card Clean and Simple Challenge #143 – Corner + Optional Flower Twist (Entry 2)

I’ve opted to enter the AAA Card Challenge #143 with a seco d card using the theme: Corner with Optional Flower Twist.

This is my entry using a beautiful floral stencil:

Featuring:

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Bouquet of Roses’ stencil

– Hello bluebird’s ‘Send Flowers’ stamp set

– Tim Holtz’s Distress Oxide for Ranger

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

-Brutus Monroe’s ‘Sterling’ Embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Allsorts Challenge #518: Pretty In Pink / Watercooler Wednesday Challenge WWC220: All About Occasions/ Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge SSSWC: For A Special Lady – Mother To Be Day

I wanted a cute Mother’s Day card for a very good friend of mine who is expecting a baby. So I leveraged this week’s folloqing challenges for aome inspiration:

Allsorts Challenge 518: Pretty In Pink

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge 220: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge

Here is my entry:

Featuring:

– Altenew’s ‘Flowing Drops’ Stencil

– Distress Oxide Inks

– The Colorado Craft Company’s Tired as A Mother’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye inks

– Sizzix for Stampin Up ‘Layering Ovals Framelits’ dies
– Versafine’s Black Onyx Ink

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Sterling’ Embossing powder

-Simon Says Stamp’s Clear embossing powder

– Stampin Up’s ‘Wonderful Moments’ stamp set

Card Sketch Challenge: FMS377

I opted to give the Freshly Made Sketches Card Sketch Challenge a try this week.

Sketch (FMS377) :

My Submission, using MFT’s Wildflowers Stamp Set (CS-331), Joy Claire’s Hello Sentiments stamp set (CLR-02110), Simon Says Stamp’s Dye inks (SSS), Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Pen, Memory Box’s Dot Grid stencil and some embelishments.