Birthday Hi

Happy Sunday everyone!  Today I am sharing another super CAS birthday card with Buddy. The stamp set was still sitting out on my desk, and since I still need to make more birthday cards, I made this.

Buddy was stamped in the upper right corner of a white A2 stitched rectangle panel with Intense Black ink and coloured with Copics.  I then masked him and used a DIY cloud stencil and blending tool to crelate the sky background with Tumbled Glass distress ink.

The sentiment was die cut twice from white cardstock to stack them for dimension.  They were Ombré coloured with Copics and highlights were added with a white gel pen.  To make the sentiment the focus and really stand out, I die cut another sentiment from black cardstock and offset them to get a shadow effect.

The panel was adhered to a white top folding card base and glossy accents was added to the balloon and sentiment as a finishing touch.  As you can see, I made two cards but added a stamped sentiment to the other one.

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown – #330 Say It With Words
The Paper Player – PP332 Use a Sentiment as Your Focal Point
Less is More – #316 Alphabet
CAS(E) this Sketch – #209 Sketch

Birthday with Buddy

Hi there.  Just dropping in quickly to share a CAS birthday card.

I stamped the Buddy image on a white A2 X-Press It piece of paper with Memento black ink and coloured with Copic markers.  For some shimmer, I added clear glitter to the bow/ribbon on the present with my new Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.

Next I masked off the image and lightly sponged some Real Red ink for the background.  I removed majority of the ink off on a scrap piece of paper before applying to get a soft look.  The A2 piece was then die cut out with a Wonky Stitched Rectangle.  I lightly sponged the edge as well.

The sentiment was white heat embossed on a black fishtail banner.  The stitched piece was mounted to a white top folding card base and a few sparkling clear sequins were added to finish.

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:

Cupcake Inspirations – CIC394 Black, White & Red
Addicted to Stamps and More – #229 CAS
STAMPlorations – February CAS optional twist Hot Pink

 

Space Love

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I must admit I prefer to create a love/loving theme card when it comes to Valentine’s cards. That way, they can be used beyond one day. As you can see from my non-traditional one layer Valentine’s card, this card can easily be given to a friend for a variety of occasions.

First, I cut the top folding card base from Bristol smooth paper.  I wanted to create a selfie card and to keep it one layer I used the masking and reverse masking techniques.  I created a reverse square mask with a square die and masking paper.  I positioned the reverse mask onto the card base and stamped the astronaut and alien with Intense Black ink.

They were then masked before the outer space distress ink background was created (Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers, Black Soot).  To complete the look, it was spritz with water and splattered with white pigment reinker.

The masks were removed and the images were coloured with Zig markers and a watercolor brush.  I used a ruler and black Copic multiliner to draw a border around the square. I used a rectangle die to trace the rectangle.  I also used the masking technique to customize the sentiment.  The hearts were stamped with Real Red ink.

To give it some depth, I masked the rectangle and blended really “toned” down Black Soot around it.  For a little shimmer, I added clear Wink of Stella to the space background.  To finish, a few silver sequins were added.

 

 

Update: Some of you are in disbelief that this is truly a one layer card, so I recorded a short video which I hope will clear things up. 😉

 

 

 

 

I am linking to the following challenges:

Less is More – #315 One Layer Opposites Attract (human/alien, blu/orange, right-handed/left-handed)
Gerda Steiner Designs – #29 Share Your Design (use GSD products)
Time Out – #76 Inspired by Words (distance)
MarkerPop –  #114 Be My Valentine

 

Eturtle Love

Hi everyone.  I’m back today with a second punny CAS turtle Valentine’s/love card. Once you see the sentiment, you’ll know where my inspiration came from. 😂 I had so much fun with my turtle Valentine’s card yesterday that I decided to break out another NBUS set with a turtle.  And here’s my card.

On a white A2 size piece of X-press It paper, I stamped the turtles with Memento black ink and coloured with YG01, YG03, YG17, G99 Copic markers.  I then masked them and blended Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch distress inks for a watery background.  For texture I spritz with water, then dabbed with a paper towel to lift some colour.

 

With some creative masking and my MISTI, I customized the eturtle sentiment and white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock.  I cut around the right flipper of the right turtle to tuck the sentiment strip under.

Next I die cut the piece with a Stitch Rectangle before adhering it on a white top folding card base.  To finish, I added clear Wink of Stella to the heart-shaped shells and added a few clear droplets because I thought they kinda look like bubbles.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Less is More – #314 Colour Wheel 3 Adjacent Colours (blue, aqua, green)
Create a Smile – February Lovely
AAA Cards – #83 Shape Your Love
Addicted to Stamps and More – #228 Holiday (Vantine’s)
Addicted to CAS – #104 Pets

 

 

 

Turtley Go Together

Hi there.  I have a CAS Valentine’s card to share today. I didn’t have any turtle stamps and then after last month I now have three. 😂 So guess what image card I am sharing today?  Although I intended it as a Valentine’s card, I think it could work for any love occasions too.  And I got to knock off three more stamp sets from my NBUS list!  And here’s my card.

On a white Stitched Rectangle panel, the turtles were stamped with Memento black ink and coloured with YG Copic markers.  They were then masked off, and Spun Sugar distress ink was blended on for the background.  The hearts were stamped next also with Memento black ink and Ombré coloured with RV Copic markers.

The we go together part of the sentiment was masked, inked, stamped then masked, inked, stamped with black Memento ink to create a space for the turtley part of the sentiment. Turtley was stamped with Picked Raspberry distress ink.

The panel was adhered to a white top folding card base. To finish, glossy accents was added to the turtles’ shells and clear Wink of Stella was added to the hearts.

Just for fun, I made a second card using unconventional colours.

 

 

 

 

I am linking to the following challenges;

AAA Cards – #83 Shape Your Love
Addicted to CAS – #104 Pets
The Paper Players – PP330 Will Ypu Be My Valentine
STAMPlorations – February Anything CAS Goes optional Hot Pink

 

Balloon Wishes

Happy Groundhog Day everyone!  It’s so nice to finally be back crafting after fighting the flu/cold since last week.  And now that it’s February, I really need to get some birthday cards completed as I have 7 family birthdays alone!  So today, I have a CAS birthday card to share.


The balloons were die cut from white cardstock and retired resist polka dot paper using NBUS Birthday Smiles die set.  The strings and stars were also die cut from white cardstock.  Blueprint Sketch distress ink and a blending tool were used to add colour to them.

The first part of the sentiment was white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock.  The Ombré wishes was done by inking just the bottom portion and stamping repeatedly using the MISTI.  It was then die cut out with the NBUS matching die.  Another was die cut from fun foam and stacked for dimension.

I lightly added some Blueprint Sketch distress ink for the background on a white A2 stitched rectangle panel.  The panel was adhered to a top folding white card base before the card was assembled.  Forgot to mention that Perfect Pearls was added to the balloons for some sheen

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Darnell’s NBUS – #10 Use NBUS
Less is More – #313 Balloons
Addicted to CAS – #103 Wish
Inkspirational – #127 Polka Dots
Happy Little Stampers – February CAS Blue

Chilly Icicles.

Hi everyone.  I guess I’m not ready to put my winter-themed products away yet because I am back today to share another CAS Winter card.

The icicle border was die cut from a scrap of white cardstock, covered with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  On an A2 Whisper White panel, I stamped the snowflakes and falling snow with VersaMark then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  On the upper half of the panel, I blended distress inks in a “peak” pattern to accentuate the hanging icicles. I used Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire distress inks.

The panel was spritz with a DIY shimmer mist to give it more of a chilly, icy feel. I did the Camouflage Die Cut technique for the sentiment using NBUS Let It Snow die. For dimension, I also die cut one from white fun foam and stacked them.

The icicle diecut border was mounted with foam tape and the panel was adhered to a white top folding card base.  The card is sparkly IRL so it didn’t need any bling or other embellishments.

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:
Curtain Call – Icicle
AAA Cards – Game #82 Winter Chill
NBUS – #9 with optional Camouflage Die Cut or CASEing
Happy Little Stampers – January Anything Goes with Dies
STAMPlorations – January Anything Goes CAS with optional Gray or Silver

 

 

 

Tropical Cheers

Hi everyone.  As some of you know, I’ve been slowly working on my lengthy NBUS list as part of my crafty resolutions.  So imagine my excitement when I found out that Darnell is running her 8th NBUS Challenge this week to celebrate her 5-year blog anniversary.  In fact, she is running three back-to-back NBUS challenges.  As I was deciding which NBUS item to use, I came across a NBUS pack of Gina K Designs 120 lb. Pure Luxury White cardstock that I had purchased well over 8 years ago!  I would link to it, but it looks like it’s no longer available.  I remember buying it because supposedly, there is no bleed through when using with alcohol markers.  I didn’t own any Copics back then to test that out.  Anyway, now that I found it and have Copic markers, I wanted to do the ultimate test and create a one layer card.  And it just so happens Less is More challenge this week is one layer cards with theme favourite drink/beverage.  And luck wouldI have it, I have a NBUS stamp set that fits this theme!  So here’s my one layer card.

My first tropical drink was a virgin Pina Colada (was underage), and to this day it’s a favourite still.  I stamped, masked and coloured the images as I usually would with Copics and am pleasantly shocked to report that there was no bleed through! I guess I’ll have to hoard my stock and use it sparingly. 😏

I blended Mustard Seed distress ink through a DIY sunburst stencil for the background. I used a black Copic multiliner and a Stitched Rectangle die to trace a border. A few NBUS Crystal Clear sequins were added as a finishing touch.

Because this is a heavy weight cardstock, it makes a nice sturdy one layer card.

 

Update: it was brought to my attention (thank you CC) that Gina K Designs does carry 120 lb. white cardstock.  However, I’m not sure if this current product is Copic/alcohol marker friendly and will not bleed through

 

 

I am linking to the following challenges:

Darnell’s NBUS – #8 Use NBUS Optional Color on Kraft with Pencils
Less is More – #311 One Layer Favourite Drink/Beverage
Happy Little Stampers – January CAS Stencil

Love You

Hi there.  Today I am sharing a really CAS Mix Media card I made with my husband in mind.  He’s been feeling under the weather the last couple of days and I wanted to make a card to let him know I am here for him no matter how awful he looks, feels and looks.  Oops, did I say that twice? *lol* 😂  Actually, he looks the same to me.  Anyway, in keeping with my crafty resolution to use what I buy at least once, I used another two NBUS stamp sets for today’s card.

First, I die cut a Stitched Rectangle panel from white cardstock.  Then I created a mask with masking paper and the beautiful Heartstrings die.  Spun Sugar distress ink was blended through the mask to create the background.  I added Perfect Pearls to give it some shimmer.  It was difficult to capture it in a photo, but it is pretty IRL

I stamped the image with Versafine black ink several times using my MISTI to get a good solid impression, then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

The sentiment was white heat embossed on a black cardstock strip and mounted with foam adhesive. For more shimmer I added clear Wink of Stella to the strip.  The stitched panel was adhered to a white top folding card base and a few NBUS clear droplets were added to finish.

I actually created the monochromatic card first with Smoky Slate ink because I know my hubby is not a fan of pink or colours for that matter.  I thought the gray felt a little cold and a subtle colour would soften it up.  And I callied it… my hubby liked the gray and disliked the pink.

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:
CAS on Sunday – #99 Black, White and One Chosen Color
CAS(E) this Sketch! – CTS#204
STAMPlorations – January Anything CAS with optional gray or silver
Happy Little Stampers – January CAS Stencil
STAMPlorations – January Theme Stamps and Mix Media
STAMPlorations – Never-ending Anything Goes

 

Hello Gorgeous

Hi everyone.  My card today uses two more new stamp sets (Freehand Florals, Hello Gorgeous) that I’ve had for a while now.  My card was based on this inspiration photo.

I was inspired by the polka dots, flowers, gold colour and hello sentiment.  My card would’ve been CAS except for the pattern background.  So I guess it now falls in the classy and elegant category.

So the polka dot background is recycled packing paper from my Studio Katia order.  It’s actually gift wrap tissue paper they used and I felt it was too pretty to toss into recycling.  I adhered the tissue paper to white cardstock, then die cut it out with a Stitched Rectangle die.

I stamped the layering flowers with Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink (retired) and Melon Mambo inks.  They were die cut out with the matching dies, then clear Wink of Stella was added for some shimmer.  The leaves were stamped with gold pigment ink.  The inner vein layer was heat embossed with gold glitter embossing powder for some sparkle.  I made sure the solid image was completely dry before doing that step.

The sentiment was heat embossed with the same gold glitter embossing powder on a Stitch Strip die cut from black cardstock.  The polka dot piece was adhered to a top folding white card base before all elements were assembled. I was tempted to add some shiny gold sequins, but held off because they would have competed with the tissue paper.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

The Card Concept – #64 Pretty Things photo inspiration
The Paper Players – Theme #326 Going Green use a recycling item
City Crafters – #344 Blue Monday make a card to cheer someone up
A Blog Named Hero – New to Me