Sunday, February 24, 2019

Fast and Fun Birthday Cards Part 2

This is the second post showing cards I made using a new die set I acquired, Tim Holtz Multi-Media #5 dies by Sizzix (662688). I used two of the dies in the set. Dies like this make fast and easy cards if you're like me and love making lots of different backgrounds that you keep in your stash.

This second die looks more like a cherry blossom branch, and not only is it a lovely die, it shows the colors of the panel behind it very nicely.

I made 5 more cards - 4 Birthday cards and 1 Thank You card thrown in.

These are the panels I used for this set of cards. Some of them look familiar because they are like other background panels that I used in Part 1 of this 2-part series. Please go here for Part 1 of you did not see it. I give links to posts using the techniques for the different panels. All of the background panels above except one were made using stencil stamping. The top center panel was made using Nuance powdered color.

The background panels were cut to 4" x 5.25", and the white die-cut panels were cut to 3.75" x 5", with a stitched edge, using Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables.

Here are all of the die-cut panels on top of the backgrounds. I really think that almost any background would look great with these dies. The Thank You card happened because this is the perfect size stamp to stamp beside the die-cut image. I love how this stamp fits horizontally next to an image that takes up 2/3 of the rest of the panel.

Here are 4 of the finished cards. One had already been sent away before I photographed all of them together. I will be using these dies a lot in the future! I can quickly make a whole set of cards for a gift.

Magenta Products used:

07.975.I Happy Birthday Large

07.969.F have a Beautiful day!

07.882.I Thank You Multilingual

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 links to the techniques used on the background pieces for these cards, please go to Part 1 here

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