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Monday, August 13, 2018

Coloring to Podcasts

I have said before that I really enjoy coloring and listening to podcasts. You can find numerous streaming podcasts online on most any subject. My first and all time favorite is "This American Life".  You can find 23 years of archived podcasts at their site here, and they are all good. I am also a Science Fiction fan, and have been really enjoying "Lightspeed Magazine." You can find it here, and they have 37 pages of archived podcasts. I am working my way backwards through all of them. Another good Sci Fi one is "Clarke's World" that you can find here. I love when the host says "Sit back and let me tell you a story." Audiobooks are also fun, and some of these can be found at the Public Library. Even before I was retired, I enjoyed podcasts, and coloring while listening really helps me wind down in the evenings.

I stamped the sentiment on this one twice to give it a drop shadow

My favorite technique that I use to produce lots of panels to color is the one I have shown you before here and here, where I prepare several panels to stamp on. My favorite cardstocks to use are Neenah Solar White 80#, Kraft, Dark Blue, Black, and a newish favorite - Strathmore Gray Tone in Mixed Media.

I cut these out using the stitched rectangle die in the MFT Blueprints 13 die set, which cuts out a 4" x 5.25" stitched rectangle. I put a stamp (usually floral) into a stamp positioner and stamp with a light ink on each panel, and flip the panel around and stamp again, with the stamp in the same place in the positioner. With these cards, my placement gives me stamping in the top right and bottom left of the panel. After stamping, I choose colored pencil combinations and then spend blissful hours coloring away. You don't have to use colored pencils, of course. If you prefer to color with markers, then this technique still works very well.


After coloring, I stamp again with Versamark (after using a powder tool - this is an important step since the powder does like to cling to the color penciling) I emboss each one with whatever embossing powder I think will go well with the color combination.


I end up with lots of colored panels that I can turn into cards then, very easily. These cards can be for almost anything. Even though they are usually floral, I think they can still be a nice guy card, depending on the colors used.


Now that I have Sally Penley's beautiful calligraphy stamps, I have enjoyed using them to make these panels into cards.


But you could certainly easily add a die cut sentiment instead


Here's the first card before I embossed it with white. I also used white Pico Embellisher on the stamens in the center, and it brightened the whole thing up a lot.


I used gold embossing on this one, and when I added the sentiment, I matched the embossing powder. I used white pico embellisher on the stamens.


Here are some of them getting put together. choosing a good color of cardstock to mat them with is also important.

I hope you'll take the time to try this. I absolutely love this Magenta stamp for this technique. It's called Apple Blossom Bouquet (by Nathalie). It's not in the newest release with these sentiments, but it's available at Magenta, and it's one I will continue to use again and again. It's so beautiful and fun to color.

All Cards:
Magenta Products used:

14.655.P Apple Blossom Bouquet

Card #1: Sending you warm thoughts
Additional Magenta Products used

07.973.G Warm Thoughts - Speedy Recovery

Other Products used:
Prismacolor Pencils: PC 906 Copenhagen Blue,
PC 903 True Blue, PC 919 Non-Photo Blue, 
PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse, PC1005 Limepeel,
PC 911 Olive Green
Versamark ink
Versafine Deep Lagoon ink
JudiKins Detail Silver embossing powder
Imagine Crafts Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher
Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Strathmore Gray Tone Mixed Media cardstock
So Silk Fair Blue cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock

Card #2: Happy Birthday
Additional Magenta Products used

07.975.I Happy Birthday Large

Other Products used:
Prismacolor pencils: PC 926 Carmine Red,
PC 929 Pink, PC 927 Light Peach, 
PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse, PC1005 Limepeel,
PC 911 Olive Green
Versamark ink
JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder
Imagine Crafts Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher
Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Papertrey Ink True Black cardstock
Curious Metallics Super Gold cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock

Card #3: With Sympathy
Additional Magenta Products used

07.984.E With Sympathy

Other Products used:
Prismacolor pencils: PC 992 Light Aqua,
PC 905 Aquamarine, PC 103 Cobalt Turquoise
PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse, PC1005 Limepeel,
PC 911 Olive Green
Versamark ink
JudiKins White Opaque embossing powder
Imagine Crafts Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher
Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Deep Blue cardstock from The Paper Cut
Light blue cardstock from Impress
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock

Card #4: Thank You
Additional Magenta Products used

07.979.G Thank You Medium

Other Products used:
Prismacolor pencils: PC 1003 Spanish Orange,
PC 1002 yellowed Orange, PC1032 Pumpkin Orange,
PC 922 Poppy Red, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse,
PC1005 Limepeel, PC 911 Olive Green
Versamark ink
JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder
Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Paper Accents Natural Kraft Cardstock
Stampin Up Cajun cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock

Card #5: Thinking of You
Other Products used:
Prismacolor pencils: PC 932 Violet,
PC1008 Parma Violet, PC 956 Lilac,
PC 1026 Greyed Lavender, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse,
PC1005 Limepeel, PC 911 Olive Green
JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder
Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Papertrey PTD 1068 Big Basics: Thinking of You die
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock
So Silk Passion Purple cardstock




Friday, August 10, 2018

Hellebore Christmas Tags

I was kind of waiting for the new Magenta Christmas stamps to do the tags I was supposed to do in June. It was my plan to start the year with making 17 Christmas cards every other month, and 20 Christmas tags every other month. That way, I can stop in October and have all I need for the Holidays. I stay "mostly" caught up...ok I stay a little behind, but not too bad. These tags were for June, but I actually did them in July. For those who are keeping count, the July cards were finished in July; that post is here, and yes I got to use new Magenta Christmas stamps for those also.


These are super simple tags, but I love them. The flowers are a new Magenta stamp, and they are a beautiful drawing of Hellebore flowers by Nathalie. Hellebores are a winter flower; but this stamp could certainly be used all year round.

The red and green rectangles came from a previous Christmas card, where they were cut out of the center of a frame. That post from May is here, and I knew then that these leftover pieces would be used as tags.


The flowers and sentiment, both designed by Nathalie, were simply stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with JuidKins White Detail embossing powder. I rounded the corners with a corner rounder. There is no need for a to/from on our tags, since we put a photo of the recipient on each tag. How we do that is shown here. However, it would be easy to write on the backs of these also.



Magenta Products Used:
14.669.L Flower Corner

07.993.F Merry Christmas

Other Products Used:
Versamark ink
JudiKins Detail White embossing powder
Hopsack Red cardstock from The Paper Cut
Emerald Green Linen cardstock from The Paper Cut
Crop A Dile Corner Chomper 1/4" round




Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Quick and Easy Birthday Card

In my last post, I showed you a super quick and easy Thank You card, using the beautiful new Sally Penley extra large Thank You stamp by Magenta. If you missed it, you can see that post here. Today I'm using the new extra large Happy Birthday stamp, also by Sally Penley for Magenta. I'm certain that I will get a lot of use out of having these two basics in my stash.


One of the things I love about these stamps is that you can pull a background out of your stash, stamp the sentiment and you are good to go.

This background is one from a master sheet I made in a class by Sally Penley, "Foam Brush Painting." All of the swipes and lines on it were made with a foam brush and metallic watercolors from Artquest. When I cut this piece out of the master, I knew immediately it would be for a Birthday card. What a great coincidence that it would be done with Sally's fabulous calligraphy stamp!

Magenta Products used:

07.999.N Happy Birthday Extra Large

Other Products Used:
US Artquest Watercolor Palette
Small foam brush
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Tim Holtz watercolor paper
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables die




Friday, August 3, 2018

Magenta Super Saturday with Dianne

After a hiatus from posting on the Magenta blog, I am back, and very excited about the new Magenta Autumn-Christmas 2018 collection. This collection is not just seasonal, but includes beautiful year round designs from Sally Penley's calligraphy, Ellie Knol, Nathalie and Helene. I have already been posting a few things using the new designs, and I really do love them all.


This latest card is a very quick and easy one. If you need a 5 minute card, this is it! I die-cut a panel of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock (I like it because it's really white), using the Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables (the largest die cuts a panel 3.75" x 5")

For the background, I took out one of the Tim Holtz acrylic blocks from his pack of 9 different sizes of blocks. These blocks all have a grid etched into them, and one of them is the perfect size for a card. I smooshed Distress ink onto the block (Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade) and spritzed it with pearly water (mixture of water and perfect pearls powder). I then stamped the block onto the watercolor cardstock, taking care to place it in the middle of the panel.

You can check out this technique in previous posts on my blog here, here, here, and a number of other places also. Just search for "Acrylic Block Stamping" on my blog if you are interested in additional examples.

After the background had dried completely, I stamped the Magenta "Extra Large Thank You" sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink. This stamp, designed by Sally Penley is just the right size to cover the card. You really don't need to do anything else! Be sure to check out the "Extra Large Happy Birthday" stamp by Sally as well. You can find it right here. Another great stamp for an instant card.

This post appears on the Magenta blog today, and I will be posting there about every third Saturday. Be sure to check it out! And if you have not already, subscribe to the Magenta blog by email. I think you will love their fresh new look. You can find them here.

Magenta Products used:

07.978.N Thank You Extra Large

Other Products used:
Tim Holtz acrylic block set with grid lines
Distress inks: Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade
Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
Lawn Fawn die LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Versafine Onyx Black ink
So Silk Beauty Pink cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Magenta Christmas: Poinsettia Corner

I think of all of the new Magenta collection, not counting Sally Penley's beautiful calligraphy stamps, I love the Poinsettia Corner the most. I can actually see this beautiful floral stamp being used all year round; it could almost be for any season.


I stamped the Poinsettia Corner stamp with Versamark ink and embossed it with JudiKins Gold Detail embossing powder. I watercolored the petals and berries with Candied Apple Distress ink, and the leaves with Mowed Lawn Distress. I was trying to keep this simple, because this will be one of my actual Christmas cards this year; I love how it looks.

I stamped and embossed the beautiful Sally Penley Merry Christmas sentiment with Versamark and embossed it in Gold as well. I think these two stamps work so perfectly together.

The panel was die cut out of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock, using the Lawn Fawn die set LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables. The largest die of that set cuts a panel to 3.75" x 5". The panel was matted with Hopsack Red cardstock from The Paper Cut.

This card counts as my July Christmas card. I didn't do the June tags yet, but I still plan to!

Magenta Products Used:

02.316.P Poinsettia Corner

07.989.G Merry Christmas

Other Products Used:
Distress ink: Candied Apple; Mowed Lawn
Versamark ink
JudiKins Gold Detail embossing powder
Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
Hopsack Red cardstock from The Paper Cut
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock
Lawn Fawn die LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables


Saturday, July 28, 2018

More Magenta New Collection

I love this new daisy design by Ellie Knol, who is a talented Dutch designer for Magenta, and is also on the Magenta design team. I really like that it was made in two sizes. It makes them so versatile. I have four cards today, and I stamped them all the same. I stamped the larger daisy first, and then masked it and stamped the small one twice.  I love doing this on different colors of cardstock and then coloring them with colored pencils.


I love these daisies paired with Sally Penley's beautiful calligraphy! This sentiment was stamped with  Distress Oxide ink and embossed with iridescent sparkle embossing powder from JudiKins. You can't see the sparkle in the photo, but it makes such a happy card.


I kept the large daisy stamp in my stamp platform and when I was finished coloring on this one, I stamped it again and embossed with silver. The greeting was also stamped and embossed in silver. Another Sally Penley beauty!


I think that these beautiful daisies can be used for almost any occasion. The above was done on a dark blue cardstock, and I think it could definitely be a guy card, even though it's flowers. It's hard to tell here, but the sentiment is embossed in silver.


I love the purple on black. This could be used for a sympathy, birthday, or just any occasion.

Magenta Stamps Used:

48.018.N Large Daisy
48.017.K Small Daisy
07.975.I Large Happy Birthday
07.976.G Hello!
07.983.I Thinking of you

Other Products used:

Card #1:
Prismacolor Pencils: PC943 Burnt Ochre, 
PC1032 Pumpkin Orange, PC918 Orange,
PC921 Pale Vermillion, PC1011 Deco Yellow
Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink
JudiKins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder
Lawn Fawn die LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Card #2
Prismacolor Pencils: PC992 Light Aqua,
PC905 Aquamarine, PC105 Cobalt Turquoise
Versamark ink
JudiKins Detail Silver embossing powder
Lawn Fawn die LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Card #3
Prismacolor Pencils: PC1087 Powder Blue,
PC903 True Blue, PC902 Ultramarine
Versamark ink
JudiKins Detail Silver embossing powder
Lawn Fawn die LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Card #4
Prismacolor Pencils: PC1026 Greyed Lavender
PC956 Lilac, PC1008 Parma Violet, PC932 Violet
Versamark ink
JudiKins White Opaque embossing powder
Lawn Fawn die LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables




Friday, July 20, 2018

Sally Penley Calligraphy Stamps by Magenta

I am so thrilled to tell you that the new Magenta Autumn-Christmas collection is available at their online store. You can access the collection here and you can click on Stamps or Stencils to view the new products. You will want to look at all of them because there are lots of great stamps AND stencils in this release.

Not all of the stamps and stencils in this release are just for Autumn and Christmas either! There are a lot of things that you can use year-round, like many of the great calligraphy stamps by Sally Penley. Sally is a graphic designer with a BFA in Design. She has been doing beautiful calligraphy for 40 years, and she is graciously sharing some of her work with us in the form of rubber stamps. Now the many of us who cannot pen these words so beautifully on our own can at least purchase her stamps and use them to make amazing cards.

One of the other artists who has designs in this release is Ellie Knol, a Dutch designer who has been on the Magenta design team for many years. Some of my very favorite stamps were designed by Ellie. In this release, she has some beautiful flowers (daisy and rose) in two sizes, and a fabulous new floral background stamp that you will love. There are also new designs from Helene and Nathalie Metivier, who have designed for Magenta from the beginning, and have some really beautiful new designs for you. You are going to love this release!


I have four mini masterpiece cards for you today. The style of these cards is based on a design by Sally Penley. Sally teaches classes in the Olympia Washington area on making mini masterpieces, and also on calligraphy, and many other beautiful techniques. For more information on Sally, go to her website here. You can see my previous posts on mini masterpieces here, here, here, and some die-cut mini masterpieces here, here, here, here, and here. The possibilities for this style of card are really endless.

The first card above features one of Sally's "Thinking of You" stamps. I love this stamp for its classic look, and it's the perfect size for a mini masterpiece. It would really be beautiful on any card. On all of the cards shown here, the colored squares are made with paint colors that were chosen from the Liquitex Basics acrylics line of paints. I also added some fluid Golden acrylic in Pearl, some scribbling with a sharpie pen, and some stickles.


On the second card I used one of Sally's beautiful Happy Birthday stamps. I also added the new Magenta "Firework" stamp that I stamped using Versafine Clair Tulip Red. Do you see it peeking out there? I love how it looks on this card. That stamp just says "celebrate!" to me. On some of these cards I also ironed a little silver foil onto the thicker areas of acrylic.


On the third card, I again use the "Thinking of You" stamp. I think that this stamp is so versatile. You can use it for Birthday, Sympathy, or just to send a note to a friend.


The last card has a stamp that is dear to my heart. It's not a Sally Penley stamp, but it's one that I have been requesting for a little while. It's similar to another stamp from Magenta that is laid out in two lines, and so is very long and has to be used on a larger card or in a landscape orientation. I have wanted one that is stacked up into 3 lines and can be used on a portrait style card. I was using it that way anyway, but I had to do some fancy stamping with a stamp positioner to accomplish it. Magenta kindly agreed to make it this way for me, and I couldn't be happier! I hope you all agree, this is a great stamp. I also like it because it does not order someone to get well. In fact, lots of people who need a card like this are not really sick, but recovering from surgery or something that is not an illness. I know I will use it a lot.

I will have lots more sample cards using the new Magenta collection in the coming days, so stay tuned! Be sure to check out the Magenta store to view all of the new collection. A digital brochure will also be available soon.

Magenta Products Used


07.975.I Large Happy Birthday

07.973.G

18.091.G


Other Products Used:
Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paints
Golden fluid acrylic paint in Pearl
Black Sharpie pens in thin, medium and thick
Silver Deco foil
Craft iron (seam presser)
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Versafine Clair Tulip Red ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Stickles
Various colored cardstock from my stash
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80# & 110#




Sunday, July 1, 2018

Magenta Collection Sneak Peek including Sally Penley Stamps

Sorry I have been absent for so long. I've been super busy, but I should have some things for you soon. In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that Magenta Stamps will soon be offering stamps with Sally Penley's amazing calligraphy! This has been a goal for some time, and I am so thrilled with the results. If you are not familiar with Sally's work, she is a graphic designer and lettering artist who has been a calligrapher for 40 years. Sally holds a BFA in Design and you can access her website here.

Panel by Helene Metivier with mask by Nathalie Metivier and sentiment stamp by Sally Penley

You are going to absolutely love every one of the stamps, stencils and masks in Magenta's newest release. Sally's words will be part of a stunningly beautiful collection that Magenta will be releasing VERY soon. Besides the gorgeous calligraphy there will be Summer and Winter stamps, stencils and masks from Nathalie, Ellie and Helene. I got a sneak peek at the collection, and these are some of the finest designs I have seen. I'm so excited about this release.

You can access Magenta's blog here, and their online store here. There will be an announcement when the release goes live, so stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Botanical Christmas Cards

I hope you aren't tired of seeing Christmas things from me. I am trying to get caught up, and I finally am! When I did this post with the Botanical Christmas tags, I said that I would probably use the same stamp set for Christmas cards, and I did! This Botanical Blocks IV is not a new set from Papertrey Ink. I've had it a while, and it's finally the year I use it in a big way!


The sentiment is from a Memory Box set, CL-5181 Scribble Christmas 

Instead of using color pencils on these cards, I decided to go with watercoloring them using Distress inks. I just pressed my ink pads onto an acrylic block, and added some water mixed with Perfect Pearls powder. These images have a beautiful shimmer in real life.


To stamp these cards, I put each of the two main stamp images in turn, into my MISTI stamping tool. Taking a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock 4.25" x 5.5" (I like the TH cardstock for cards like this because it's white and matches the rest of my card) I stamped the image using Versamark ink, first on one side, then turned it 180 degrees and stamped the image again. I embossed the images with JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder. I stamped 5 pieces of cardstock this way for each image, giving me 10 of each image to paint.

I had a lot of fun painting these in the evenings while listening to podcasts, like I do when I color anything. 

To make the cards, I cut 20 pieces of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock to 3.75" x 5". I die cut a rectangle from the upper center of the panel (leaving enough room at the bottom for the sentiment) using the Die-Namics MFT-847 Inside/Outside Stitched Rectangle die set. This leaves a window with a nice stitched edge. I stamped the sentiment from Memory Box CL5181 Scribble Christmas at the bottom of each white panel and embossed it with JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder.


The colored panels needed to be cut as precisely as possible so that the openings in the centers would be in the right place; and I had to cut 20 of them. To do this, I used a jig that my husband made for me. A friend asked me what a jig is, and I found this description "jig's primary purpose is to provide repeatability, accuracy, and interchangeability in the manufacturing of products" 

Here's a photo of my jig in use. This is how I lined up the die I used (from Hero Arts DI198 Infinity Stitched Rectangles)




First I put the red panel (cut to 4" x 5.25") in the corner formed by the 2 wood sticks (in the top left). Then I put the piece of chipboard down over the red panel. The chipboard piece was the same size as my red panel, and has a cutout that just fits my die, in just the right place. It also has little tabbed cutouts to allow me to tape the die in place. This helped me to cut all 20 colored panels (10 red, and 10 green) in exactly the same place each time.

To finish off the cards, I adhered the white panel with the sentiment onto the colored panel with the center cut out. I cut apart the watercolored pieces and adhered one each in the openings of the colored panels. The whole thing was adhered onto a white base card of 110# Neenah Solar White.

Do you see the pile of rectangles that were cut out of the centers of the colored panels? I have 10 each of green and red. I also have some very sweet white pieces with stitched edges that I cut out of the white panels. June is Christmas tag month for me, so I have a feeling you will be seeing those pieces as tags in the near future!

Products Used:

Both cards:
Papertrey Ink Botanical Blocks IV
Die-Namics MFT-847 Inside/Outside Stitched Rectangle die set
Hero Arts DI198 Infinity Rectangles die set
Memory Box CL5181 Scribble Christmas (for sentiment)
JudiKins Gold Detail embossing powder
Perfect Pearls Powder
Versamark Ink
Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock

Poinsettia card:
Distress inks: Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick,  Mowed Lawn
Hopsack Red cardstock from The Paper Cut

Holly card:
Distress inks: Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn
Emerald Green cardstock from The Paper Cut

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Easy Stamping for Multiple Cards Technique

I have 5 cards for you today, and the technique I use is easy and fun! All of these images were colored with Prismacolor pencils.


I have discovered that I really enjoy listening to podcasts in the evening. There are SO many out there now that are entertaining, interesting, and educational. But I don't like to just sit and listen; I prefer to also be doing something else. The perfect something else to do is something with my favorite hobby, papercrafting. I can sit for hours in the evening, coloring. I have also learned that listening to podcasts is the perfect activity when I have a boring organizational task to do; or when I am making multiples of cards and am putting all of the parts together.


When making these cards, I chose Prismacolor coloring. I started by die-cutting 5 panels from different colors of cardstock, and arranged this beautiful floral stamp from Gina K Designs across the top of one of the panels. This technique works best if you use a stamp platform. In this case, I used the MISTI.



I stamped the top of each panel using a light color of ink. I don't think it matters what color you used, but I chose Distress inks in colors that coordinated with the Prismacolor palette I would use.

I flipped the panel around 180 degrees and stamped it again, so that I had it stamped on both the top and bottom. I chose Prismacolor pencils in 5 different color palettes, plus greens for the leaves and started coloring. Oh, and be sure to LEAVE THE STAMP IN YOUR STAMP PLATFORM. Do not move your stamp. This is crucial for the last step.

Work in Progress
I kind of like how the coloring looks at this point - almost like no-line coloring, but I'm not stopping here. Once all the coloring is finished, I put each panel back into the MISTI, where the stamp is still in place, and stamped the images (top and bottom) again with Versamark ink. I then embossed each one with different embossing powders.

By the way, this one was done on Strathmore Mixed Media paper in Gray Tone. I love this cardstock, it's very heavy (146#) and I love the gray. I'll be using it quite a bit in the future.


I love, love, love how these turn out, and how easy they are to make. I enjoy coloring anyway, and listening to podcasts makes the time fly and before I know it, I've finished another one.

If colored pencil coloring is not your thing, you can make these cards with markers, watercolors, pan pastels, or your medium of choice.

To complete the cards, I either stamped and embossed a sentiment, or used a die-cut sentiment in the center. Looking at my stash of cards, I was low on Birthday and get well cards, so now I have quite a few! Each panel was mounted on a coordinating mat and then on a base card, and done!


By the way, this stamp (Magenta 07.806.K Sending You) is one of my favorite get well sentiments (I don't like to command people to get well - they are doing their best to on their own; also, not everyone who isn't well is sick - sometimes they are recovering from an injury or surgery). This stamp however is very long and only fits on a card in the horizontal position. I often split it apart as I have done here. In fact, I have now actually cut it apart to make it easier to position just the way I want.

I hope you'll try this technique. Using a stamp platform and being able to flip the card around and stamp it twice made this very easy to do. I am going to look through all of my stamps to find more that will lend themselves to this style. I'm sure I have quite a few! Even if your stamp is large, you only need to use part of it and stamp off the panel. I'll be using this same technique to make some Christmas cards that I will be showing soon.

Products used:
Card #1 Happy Birthday Blues
Gina K Designs 4365 You Make Me Smile (Floral)
Papertrey Ink Think Big Favorites 13 (Happy Birthday)
Die-Namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set (stitched rectangle)
Prismacolors: PC992 Light Aqua, PC905 Aquamarine, 
PC1027 Peacock Blue, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse, PC1005 Limepeel, 
PC911 Olive Green, PC908 Dark Green
Versamark Ink
JudiKins Silver embossing powder
Stardream Silver cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock

Card #2 Happy Birthday Oranges on White
Gina K Designs 4365 You Make Me Smile (Floral)
Savvy 10221 Happy Birthday die
Die-Namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set (stitched rectangle)
Prismacolors: PC921 Pale Vermillion, PC1002 Yellowed Orange,
PC1003 Spanish Orange, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse, PC1005 Limepeel, 
PC911 Olive Green, PC908 Dark Green
Versamark Ink
JudiKins Gold embossing powder
Stardream Fairway cardstock
Gold Polish cardstock
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80# & 110#

Card #3 Birthday Kraft and Red
Gina K Designs 4365 You Make Me Smile (Floral)
Papertrey Ink Think Big Favorites 13 (Happy Birthday)
Die-Namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set (stitched rectangle)
Prismacolors: PC928 Blush Pink, PC926 Carmine Red,
PC924 Crimson Red, PC925 Crimson Lake, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse,
PC1005 Limepeel, PC911 Olive Green, PC908 Dark Green
Versamark Ink
JudiKins Gold embossing powder
Paper Accent Natural Kraft cardstock
Stardream Jupiter cardstock
Neenah Solar White cardstock 110#

Card #4 Speedy Recovery Blues
Gina K Designs 4365 You Make Me Smile (Floral)
Magenta 07.806.K Sending Warm Thoughts
Die-Namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set (stitched rectangle)
Prismacolors: PC919 Non-Photo Blue, PC903 True Blue,
PC906 Copenhagen Blue, PC901 Indigo Blue, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse,
PC1005 Limepeel, PC911 Olive Green, PC908 Dark Green
Versamark Ink
Distress Oxide Salty Ocean ink
JudiKins Clear Detail embossing powder
Blue Malmero Pearl carstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock
Strathmore Mixed Media paper in Toned Gray

Card #5 Speedy Recovery Purples and Black
Gina K Designs 4365 You Make Me Smile (Floral)
Magenta 07.806.K Sending Warm Thoughts
Die-Namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set (stitched rectangle)
Prismacolors: PC996 Black Grape, Pc1008 Parma Violet, PC956 Lilac,
PC934 Lavender, PC938 White, PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse,
PC1005 Limepeel, PC911 Olive Green, PC908 Dark Green
Versamark Ink
JudiKins Opaque White embossing powder
Papertrey Ink True Black cardstock
So Silk Passion Purple cardstock
Neenah Solar White cardstock