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Friday, February 15, 2019

Fast and Fun Birthday Cards Part 1

This post will partly be a walk down memory lane, and I have provided some examples of previous cards, plus some links to past posts using the featured techniques.

I still need to replenish my supply of Birthday cards; I have so many friends and relatives that I want to send a card to on their special day. You will see a lot of Birthday sentiments on my cards for a while now.  I think that a sentiment like "Have a Beautiful Day can work for a Birthday card, or for lots of special occasions, or even just saying Thinking of You.


I recently acquired this great set of Tim Holtz Multi-Media #5 dies by Sizzix (662688). I like to make pretty backgrounds, so I love dies like this. If you have lots of nice backgrounds, putting the card together is pretty simple. There are three dies in this set. I cut the background panels to 5.25" x 4", and the white panel that I die-cut was cut to 5" x 3.75" using the largest size die in the  Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables. The sentiment is from Magenta, and was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I started with some backgrounds that I had previously made while playing with various techniques.


The top left and bottom right backgrounds shown above were made by "stencil stamping." I have several posts on this technique, here, here (please scroll down for the stencil stamped cards), here, here, here, and here. This has been a favorite technique for a long time, and I used to really enjoy demo'ing it when I worked at Art 'n Soul.

Here is an example of a previous card using stencil stamping.

You can find the original post for this card here

The bottom left panel is just blended Distress Oxide ink with some splatters of water thrown on it. If you want to see my Distress Oxide overview post, packed with lots of information about using Distress Oxide inks, please go here. I also have fun techniques with Oxide inks here, herehere and here.

Here is an example of a card using blended Oxide inks

You can find the original post for this card here

The panel in the upper left of the photo showing the different backgrounds was done with one of the most popular techniques I have ever shown on my blog. It's a technique with Oxide inks, using Distress glaze over the Oxide. For a tutorial on how to do this technique, please go here. For some other posts with cards using this technique, go here, here and here.

Here is an example of a card using the Distress Oxide glaze technique

You can find the original post for this card here


The final panel above, that is already covered with a die-cut (the orange one) was made using Nuance. Nuance is a fabulous powdered color from Magenta, and is lots of fun to use. If you search for Nuance on my blog, you will see lots of posts for many techniques using it. Here is a card using Nuance.

You can find the original post for this card here

Here's a look at all of the finished cards I made from this one die, and all of the beautiful backgrounds I chose out from my stash. I will have a second post using another die from this set soon.



Magenta Products Used:

07.969.F have a Beautiful day!

Other Products Used:
Tim Holtz Multi-Media #5 dies by Sizzix 662688
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle die set
Versafine Onyx Black ink

For products used to make the various backgrounds, please 
refer to the original posts for those techniques.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Magenta Super Saturday - It's Love!

This card is on the Magenta blog today, and you can see that post here.

Since Valentine's Day is coming up, I thought I would make a sweet Valentine card, and use the Doodled Heart stamp that I designed for Magenta. I wanted to use it in a new way, and not center it on my card like I usually do. You can see previous posts using this stamp here (scroll down), and here.


This time I used a stamp platform to position two of my stamps, one on either side of my card panel. I stamped with white ink, and then colored them with Prismacolor pencils.


After coloring, I stamped them again in Versamark ink and embossed them and the sentiment with silver embossing powder. The sentiment looks white in my photo, but it's silver in real life.

If you don't have two stamps like I do, you can stamp them in Versamark to begin with, and emboss them before you start coloring. You can also choose not to emboss them.

Here's what they look like before embossing, while I was still coloring.



Speaking of Love, I want to introduce our newest grandson Asa. He was born on January 5th at 9:06 p.m. By the time this posts, he will be 5 weeks old, and he is in our hearts forever.


Magenta Products Used

44.014.N Doodled Heart
07.597.H It's Love

Other Products Used:
Prismacolor Pencils:
PC992 Light Aqua, PC905 Aquamarine, PC105 Cobalt Turquoise,
PC1014 Rose Deco, PC929 Pink, PC926 Carmine Red, 
PC921 Pale Vermillion, PC922 Poppy Red, PC944 Terra Cotta,
PC1005 Limepeel, PC912 Apple Green, PC911 Olive Green,
PC937 Dark Purple, PC956 Lilac
Deep Blue Cardstock from The Paper Cut
Hero Arts Unicorn White ink
Versamark ink
JudiKins Detail Silver embossing powder

Friday, January 18, 2019

Magenta Super Saturday: Happy Birthday Dear Friends!

This post appears on the Magenta blog today. To see it there, please click here.
I wanted to make a couple of birthday cards for some dear friends, and my plan was to make them with a stamp I designed for Magenta. I wanted to make them look really nice, so I decided on my favorite color pencil technique using Prismacolors. You can find other cards I made with this technique here, here, here, and here.


The Floral stamp was designed by me and the beautiful Happy Birthday stamp is by Sally Penley. This is the technique where I stamp in the corner and leave the stamp in the stamp positioner. Once I finish coloring, I come back and stamp again with Versamark and emboss. I stamp and emboss the sentiment in this step also. I know it looks white in the above picture, but this embossing was done with silver embossing powder.


For this second one, I embossed around the flowers in silver, but the sentiment is stamped and embossed in Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide.

I'm super happy with how the colors turned out, and I hope the recipients like them! Believe it or not, I used the same pencil colors for both cards!

Magenta Products Used:
(The links below will take you directly to the Magenta online shop)
44.024.Q Zen Bouquet

07.975.I Happy Birthday Large

Other Products Used:

Prismacolor Pencils: 
PC992 Light Aqua; PC905 Aquamarine; PC105 Cobalt Turquoise; 
PC956 Lilac; PC1008 Parma Violet PC931 Dark Purple; 
PC911 Olive Green; PC912 Apple Green; PC1005 Limepeel; 
PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse; PC1011 Deco Yellow; 
PC921 Pale Vermillion; PC1001 Salmon Pink

JudiKins Silver Detail Embossing Powder
JudiKins Clear Detail Embossing Powder
Hero Arts Unicorn White ink
Versafine Smokey Gray ink
Versamark ink
Ranger Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide ink
Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 Die set
Deep Blue cardstock from The Paper Cut
Strathmore Mixed Media Gray Tone paper
So Silk Passion Purple cardstock
So Silk Glamour Green cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock




Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year!

I wish for all of you a happy and healthy New Year! 

2019 is the year my baby will have a baby! Our new grandson will be born in the first month of the new year, and we could not be more pleased. What a great way to start out the year. Cheers!



Magenta Products Used:
07.974.G Cheers!
Other Products Used:
Basics Acrylic Paints
Golden Fluid Acrylics
Deco Foil - Gold
Sharpie marker
Lucy's Little Gems
Versamark ink
WOW Rich Gold embossing powder
Papertrey Ink True Black cardstock
Tim Holtz watercolor paper
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock

Friday, December 21, 2018

Magenta Super Saturday - Last Minute Cards and Tags

Christmas is getting close, and if you still have a card or some tags to make, it's best to keep it simple and fast. This post appears on the Magenta blog today, and you can see it here.


This card turned out so pretty, and yet it was really fast to make. I love this Trio of Poinsettias stamp from Magenta. It's not new, but I chose it because it goes so well with the new Calligraphy stamps designed by Sally Penley for Magenta. The Poinsettias and the Calligraphy stamps are so classic they will never go out of style.

I stamped the poinsettias with Versamark ink and embossed them with gold embossing powder. I did the same with the sentiment, and they were all stamped and embossed twice to get that beautiful thick, fluid gold look.

I pressed some Distress Inks onto my mat and painted them onto the flowers. This actually goes really fast, and I love the look. You can see more examples where I have done this here and here. I tend to go to Distress Inks to paint quite a bit because I'm so familiar with the colors, and so I find it fast to do.

The white dots were added with Pico Embellisher. At the end I scattered some gems, matted the panel with red and mounted it onto a base card.

I liked the pairing of these two stamps so much that I also made a tag with them


This was easy and fun to make, and could be mass produced very quickly. For the "To" and "From" on my tags, I usually print out current pictures of intended recipients and punch them out with a circle punch. You can see this here.

Magenta Products Used:

02.273.L Trio of Poinsettias
07.989.G Merry Christmas

Other Products Used:
Distress Inks: Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn,
Peeled Paint
Versamark Ink
JudiKins Gold Detail Embossing powder
Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Various gems
Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
Stardream Jupiter cardstock
Neenah Solar White #110 cardstock


Friday, November 30, 2018

Magenta Super Saturday - Season's Greetings

I'm still making a few more Christmas cards leading up to Christmas, and I have been wanting to use this great new Magenta stencil, Evergreen Ornaments. This post is on the Magenta blog today, and you can see it here.

I started with a panel that I had made with alcohol inks. I floated some alcohol ink on a container of water, and dipped watercolor cardstock into the water. This particular panel came out in light shades of pink and blues.


I used Distress Ink through the stencil, in greens for the evergreen branches, and in red for the ornaments and flower.

To decorate some of the ornaments, I used a few other stencils and used Distress Ink to add the patterns. Although this is a color palette that is outside of my comfort zone, since it appears so pink, I did enjoy making this card. I loved how the different stencils made pretty patterns on the ornaments. I stamped the sentiment with the Festive Berries Distress Ink.

I ended by adding some gems and coloring some of the ornaments and the flower with a clear glitter Wink of Stella pen.

Magenta Products Used:

TM281 Evergreen Ornaments
TM256 Stylized Vine
TM260 Flower Branch
TM264 Small Old Lace
07.994.F Season's Greetings
Other Products Used:
Distress Inks: Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn
Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock
Stardream Jupiter cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Thanks to Our Veterinarians

My son asked me to make a card as a thank you to his Veterinarian. His cat had kittens and the Vet helped a lot and really went above and beyond. I loved being asked to make a card!


First I made a background by blending Distress Oxide inks onto some white cardstock, and flicked water onto the blended colors to make speckles. You can see where I talk about Distress Oxides and show blending here.

I stamped the Kitty Flourish stamp in Black Versafine ink, and then stamped the Small Thank You above.

I cut a piece of Paper Accents white cardstock to slightly smaller than the colored panel, and cut an oval window in the center of the panel using a Die-namics Inside/Outside Stitched Oval die.

This was a pretty easy card to put together, but I loved how it turned out, and I hope the Vet's office also liked it.

A an added bonus, here are some kitten pictures


This is Lucy, the Mom


This cutie's kitten name is Ziggy Stardust


Axl - the only boy!


Alaska and Boga


All five of them - milk coma


Sister and Brother, Alaska and Axl
They are about 4 weeks old now and so cute!

Magenta Products used:

13.153.M Kitty Flourish
07.977.E Small Thank You!

Other Products used:
Distress Oxides: Peacock Feathers,
Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey,
Seedless Preserves
Onyx Black Versafine ink
Die-namics MFT-846 Inside/Outside Stitched Ovals die set
Paper Accents white cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock









Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Happy You're My Friend

One of my dearest friends here is moving very far away, and I don't know if I'll ever see her again. This is a happy move for her, so I'm glad for her, but I will miss her! I made this card with a stamp set that I recently got from Simon Says Stamp


I really want to get out my watercolors and play with them, but when I'm in a hurry, it's always my Distress inks, because I know the colors so well.


I stamped and embossed the image with gold embossing powder onto watercolor cardstock first. Then I applied Distress ink to several acrylic blocks and added a little water to paint with them. At the end I flicked a little color and stamped the sentiment, also from the same set.

I added a few gems and that's it! I think there is a lot you could do with this set, and I plan to use it more in the future.

Products Used:
SSS101830 Sketched Flowers
Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Distress inks: Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron,
Peeled Paint, Barn Door, Rusty Hinge,
Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed
JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder
Curious Metallics Super Gold cardstock
Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock



Friday, November 9, 2018

Magenta Super Saturday - Coloring Hellebores with Prismacolors

I am coloring with my Prismacolors again, and this time I'm using the new Magenta Flower Corner stamp. This stamp was drawn by the very talented Nathalie Metivier, and the flowers are Hellebores. Hellebores are a beautiful winter flower, and often appear in Holiday bouquets. I think this stamp could be used all year round, and for any occasion.


I first cut 6 panels from different colors of cardstock, using the Lawn Fawn die LF768. The largest die of this set cuts a nice stitched edge panel that is 3.75" x 5". I placed the first panel into my MISTI and arranged the stamp in a corner. I stamped, and then flipped the panel and stamped again in the opposite corner. I did the same on each panel.


I stamped the dark cardstock panels with white ink, and the others were stamped with light colors of ink that went with the colors I was going to use on the flowers. The important thing is that you can see what you are coloring. This ink will be covered up later.

I have done this technique with different stamps before, and you can see those posts here and here. I like to stamp a lot of panels when I do this to make multiple cards. Once you have it set up, it's easy to do. One tip is that you should leave your stamp in your stamp platform until you have finished coloring all of your cards.


I have been experimenting with colors, and have found that I like certain ones on different colors of cardstock. I really like the purple on black, red on Kraft, and so on. The combinations I have here are some of my favorites, and you can find details about them in the product information below. I'm still tinkering with combinations, but when I have finally figured out my very favorites I will do a post about them.


Once I finished coloring each panel, I put each one back into the MISTI (I never moved my stamp) and stamped on each of the previously stamped and colored corners with Versamark Ink. It's very important to use a powder bag or some sort of anti-static tool before you stamp with the Versamark. Embossing powder really likes to stick to the Prismacolor.


After stamping with Versamark, I applied embossing powder to each one, according to what I thought would look good with the coloring and the color of the cardstock. In all, I used white, gold and silver.


After embossing the flowers, I went back and stamped and embossed the sentiments. I think that Magenta's Sally Penley calligraphy stamps go very well with this type of card design.


On all of the first 5 cards shown above, I stamped with Versamark ink and embossed using the same embossing powder on the sentiment as I used on the flowers. On this 6th card, I thought the silver would not show up well enough, so I searched for the right color of blue. I discovered I have a lot of blues.


Sorry for the not so great photos here, but I thought you would like to see my process. I realize I'm obsessive, but I wanted to get the best color for the sentiment that I could. I spent a lot of time coloring these panels, and I didn't want to ruin one by having a poorly matching color.


Weird shadows and lighting on both of these, but you get the idea. All of them were stamped and then embossed with clear embossing powder onto the front and back of a strip that I had saved of the same cardstock used in the panel. I ended up using Blueprint Sketch Oxide ink for this sentiment. I'm going to save this strip in case I need to refer to it in the future. (And yes, I have more blues but I stopped with these since I found my match).


Here are all of them ready to be matted. I wanted to finish them all for this post, but I also think it would be good to stamp, color and emboss the panels, and then wait to stamp the sentiment until you need a card for a particular occasion. I think this design and these stamps could be used for lots of kinds of cards such as Thank You, Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, Thinking of You, Mother's Day, and Sympathy.

I hope you like these and will try out this technique.

Magenta Products Used:
14.669.L Flower Corner
07.989.G Merry Christmas
07.975.I Happy Birthday Large
07.979.G Thank You Medium
07.980.E Thanks Small

Other Products Used:

Card #1 Merry Christmas:
Prismacolors: PC924 Crimson Red
PC923 Scarlet Lake, PC1014 Deco Pink,
PC911 Olive Green, PC912 Apple Green,
PC1005 Limepeel, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse
JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder
Tea Dye Distress Ink
Versamark Ink
Lawn Fawn die LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Strathmore Tan Tone Mixed Media cardstock
Malmero Pearl Red cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock

Card #2 Purple Happy Birthday
Prismacolors: PC931 Dark Purple,
PC1008 Parma Violet, PC956 Lilac,
PC1026 Greyed Lavender,
PC911 Olive Green, PC912 Apple Green,
PC1005 Limepeel, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse
JudiKins White Opaque embossing powder
Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink
Versamark Ink
Lawn Fawn die LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Papertrey Ink True Black cardstock
So Silk Passion Purple cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock

Card #3 Turquoise Thank You
Primacolors: PC105 Cobalt Turquoise,
PC905 Aquamarine, PC992 Light Aqua
PC911 Olive Green, PC912 Apple Green,
PC1005 Limepeel, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse
JudiKins White Opaque embossing powder
Versafine Smoky Gray pigment ink
Versamark Ink
Lawn Fawn die LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Strathmore Gray Tone Mixed Media cardstock
So Silk Glamor Green cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock

Card #4 Orange Happy Birthday
Prismacolors: PC944 Terra Cotta,
PC921 Pale Vermillion, PC1001 Salmon Pink,
PC1011 Deco Yellow,
PC911 Olive Green, PC912 Apple Green,
PC1005 Limepeel, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse
JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder
Tea Dye Distress Ink
Versamark Ink
Lawn Fawn die LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
White Stonehenge cardstock
Stampin' Up Cajun Craze cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock

Card #5 Turquoise Happy Birthday
Primacolors: PC105 Cobalt Turquoise,
PC905 Aquamarine, PC992 Light Aqua
PC911 Olive Green, PC912 Apple Green,
PC1005 Limepeel, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse
JudiKins White Opaque embossing powder
Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink
Versamark Ink
Lawn Fawn die LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Deep Blue cardstock from The Paper Cut
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock

Card #6 Blue Thank You
Prismacolors: PC901 Indigo Blue,
PC902 Ultramarine, PC1097 Powder Blue,
PC911 Olive Green, PC912 Apple Green,
PC1005 Limepeel, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse
JudiKins Detail Silver embossing powder
JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder
Versafine Smoky Gray pigment ink
Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch ink
Versamark Ink
Lawn Fawn die LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Strathmore Blue Tone Mixed Media cardstock
Malmero Pearl Blue cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock