Category Archives: fun with paper and ink

Mice Birthday

July 13, 2016

This card was inspired by a Leslie Oman card. I loved the card and have a friend who also loves anything to do with cheese, so I made her a birthday card.

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Details

Size: Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by die cutting a stitched rectangle from water color paper. Then, I die cut stitched circles in three sizes. I used each of the sizes a few times. I saved the positive circles as well. Then I added some Distress ink. I used an ink blending tool to add a variety of yellows to the rectangles layer. I made the circles a darker shade of yellow.

As the inked panels dried, I stamped the mice and other images on a separate piece of water color paper. I used more Distress Inks to water color them in. Once they were dry, I fussy cut them out and painted the edges with a black marker.

Next, I started assembling the card. I used a light grey cardstock for the card base. I popped the rectangular inked panel up on fun foam. I glued the circles flat to the card base. Then, I started gluing down the mice. I added tails on with a thin black Sharpie marker. Lastly, I added a banner with the sentiment. I also added an extra mouse on the banner.

Challenges: I am entering this card in Lawnscaping Challenge #133 Mood Board.

I wasn’t planning on entering this card. Once i looked at the finished card, I noticed that the colors and shapes reminded me on this mood board.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Flora and Fauna

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=5799

I just found this challenge blog and thought it would be fun to try.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp’s Merry Christmouse,

Lawn Fawn’s Lovable Legends, To a Fungi

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Rectangles

Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Paper: Simon Says Stamp Smoke cardstock

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Hickory Smoke, Mermaid Lagoon, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, and Tattered Rose

Hope you enjoyed the card

Thank You Card using Left Overs

July 13, 2016

I made two thank you cards yesterday, and they got me thinking about other thank you card layouts. This card uses a lot of scrap pieces I had lying around. The Scripty Thanks die cut is left over from the Watercolor Thank You Card Set. The embossed panel was my practice piece from when I first bought the Stitched Borders Dies. The light blue card base is the second half of the sheet I used for the Purple Cow card.

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Details

Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by digging through my scrap collection. I pulled out a few pieces that I thought would work well together. I wanted to add some interest to my card base, so I stamped an Interlocking Backdrops pattern in Simon Says Stamp Fog ink on it. It did not stamp perfectly but I think that adds to the interest. At least that is what I am telling myself. After playing with the card layout a bit, I decided this card needed some sparkle, so I grab some silver glitter paper. I cut a strop slightly wider than my embossed strip. I also die cut the Scripty Thanks from the silver glitter paper to layer behind the water colored Thanks. It is hard to see but it is there. I also added some Distress ink to the corners of the embossed piece. Then I adhered everything together.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Interlocking Backdrops

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Scripty Thanks and Stitched Borders dies

Ink: Simon Says Stamp’s Fog ink

Distress ink in Tumbled Glass

Hope you enjoyed the card

Thanks in Many Languages

July 12, 2016

I just got another order from Lawn Fawn. Yay!! The free mini stamp was Gracias. I love the free mini stamps and that they have so many ways to say thank you. I wanted to combine them all to make a thank you card. It turned out that I made two thank you cards. Love when that works out.

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Card One

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Card two: This panel is popped up on fun foam.

Details

Size:  Horizontal side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a 4.25 x 5.5” panel of white card stock. I stamped thanks in diagonal rows. I used all the thanks sentiments I could find in my Lawn Fawn Stamp sets, including the freebie stamps. I wanted to include some other languages as well, so I used my alpha stamps. I used Distress Inks to stamp because I have the most colors of those. After the panel was complete, I die cut it with a stitched rectangle and the Scripty Thanks die.

I used dark blue cardstock for both card bases. I added some interest my stamping chevrons in VersaMark ink on the card bases. Then I adhered everything together.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s A Good Apple, Chevron Backdrops, Clark’s ABCs, Good Fortune, Riley’s ABCs, Sally’s ABCs, Sophie’s Sentiments, and Summertime Charm

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangles and Scripty Thanks

Ink: VersaMark

Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Shaded Lilac, and Tumbled Glass

Hope you enjoyed the card

Purple Cow

July 11, 2016

I just got a chance to play with Lawn Fawn’s Critters on the Farm. One of my brother’s favorite poems when he was little was Purple Cow by Gelett Burgess. I couldn’t help myself but to color this cow purple at least once. His birthday is also coming up soon, so I made him a card featuring the purple cow.

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Details

Size: Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by stamping the cow and water coloring it with Distress Inks. After the cow was painted and dry, it took me a few days to decide on the card layout. I decided I wanted to include the poem, so I looked at the alpha stamp sets I own and picked the one that had the most copies of the most letters. There are a lot of E’s in this poem. I stamped School House Backdrops on the card base first to give myself a guideline. Then I started stamping out the poem one line at time. I started a few line a little of the edge of the card and let a few words hang off the opposite edge, to give it more of a patterned paper feel. I used some masking to stretch one of the Flirty Frames stamps so the whole cow could fit. I used a think black Sharpie marked to connect line and fill in any missing areas. More masking and some ink blending created the simple background behind the cow. I adhered the cow the frame and popped the frame up on fun foam.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Clark’s ABCs, Critters on the Farm, Flirty Frames and School House Backdrops

Dies Used: Grassy Border Die to create a mask

Ink:  Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Tattered Rose, Tumbled Glass, and Twisted Citron.

Memento Dew Drop Dye Inks in Bahama Blue

Hope you enjoyed the card

Monograms and Flowers

July 10, 2016

I am entering this card in the Lawnscaping Challenge #133: Mood Board Inspired.

I saw all the monograms on this mood board and wanted to do something with a monogram. I ended up making two cards. I used the color combination from the mood board on one of the cards. The other is a first anniversary card, so I used the colors from the happy couple’s wedding instead.

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The color combo from the mood board

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The same design with a different color combo

Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  Both cards are one layer cards, so I started by creating my card bases out of white card stock. I stamped the frame in a light grey ink in the middle of both card bases. I stamped the lines on the side also in light grey ink. Obviously, one set of lines worked out better than the other set. I added the monograms in the center of the frame. The T on the purple/green card is from the large THANKS in the A Good Apple stamp set. I added hearts to the purple/green card as this is the first anniversary card. Then I started added flowers and leaves all around the edge of the card front. One the blue/yellow card I used the same blue ink to water color the frame in for added interest.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s A Good Apple, Flirty Frames, Penelope’s Blossoms, Riley’s ABCs, Sally’s ABCs, and School House Backdrops

Ink: Simon Says Stamp Slate and Smoke inks

Distress inks in Dusty Concord, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, and Squeezed Lemonade

Versa Magic Chalk inks in Purple Hydrangea, Spanish Olive, and Perfect Plumeria

Hope you enjoyed the card

Carnival Thanks

July 9, 2016

One of my favorite parts of making cards is personalizing the card for the recipient. My family spent the Fourth of July weekend at my in-laws. They took my kids to a small local carnival; where they ate pizza and fried dough rode a bunch of rides and won some balloons. We did not eat any cotton candy but the card looked funny without it.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by stamping all of the images on water color paper. The fried dough is just the inside of the pizza. After the ink was dry, I used my Distress Inks to color everything in. After that was dry, I fussy cut everything thing out and painted the edges with a black marker. I added some cheese to the pizza by stamping with some of the same distress inks I water colored with. I tried to add powdered sugar to the fired dough by dabbing some white pigment ink on with a paper towel.

After figuring out a layout, I started adhering everything to the kraft card base. The tickets in the front on popped up on DIY foam squares. The card was still looking a little bare, so I added a frame with my gold gel pen. Then I highlighted it with dots in white pigment ink. I also added some gold gel pen dots to my fried dough.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Admit One, Deck the Halls, Pizza My Heart, and Wood grain Backdrops

Ink: Lawn Fawn’s Yeti White Pigment ink

Versa Fine

Distress inks in Abandoned Coral, Brushed Corduroy, Fired Brick, Hickory Smoke, Mermaid Lagoon, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Scattered Straw, Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain.

Hope you enjoyed the card

Jar of Fireflies

July 6, 2016

I am entering this card in the Lawnscaping Challenge #133; Mood Board Inspired.

I needed a sympathy card and wanted to do something with lots of white space and soft colors. The Mood Board for this challenge has both of those things. Here is what I created.

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Details

Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by making my card base. I wanted a fairly simple card so I opted for a one layer card. I stamped the jar and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. I then added the fireflies and their glows. I embossed these in gold. I also forgot to use my embossing powder tool so the gold embossing is a bit of a mess. But, they are glowing fireflies, so I didn’t mind too much.

After the embossing powder was cool, I added color with Distress Inks. I used a water brush to add the color in the spots I wanted. I did use a paper towel to blot some of the color off, once I applied it. I wanted very soft colors.

I stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the card. I did some masking to get rid of the words “love and” in Lawn Fawn’s Scripty Saying. I wanted a shorter sentiment. Lastly, I blended some blue ink onto the edges of the card base. It is very light and may be hard to see in the pictures, but the card wouldn’t be complete without it.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Summertime Charm and Scripty Sayings  

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Versa Mark

Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, and Squeezed Lemonade.

Hope you enjoyed the card

Spinning Kraken

July 8, 2016

This card was featured on Lawn Fawn’s Fawny Flickr Friday. It was one of two of my cards featured.

The link: http://lawnfawn.blogspot.com/2016/07/fawny-flickr-friday-7816.html

 

July 5, 2016

One of my daughter’s best friends has a birthday this month and so do her little sister and her little brother. My daughter wanted to make something special for her friend, so I knew I needed to make something for the younger siblings as well. We made color your own birthday cards for each of the girls. Baby brother will only be one year old and will not enjoy a coloring book. So, I tried something new and made him a spinner card.

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The card all closed up. Don’t mind the binder clip, this card just would not stay closed.

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The front panel opened up.

Details

Size:   Vertical tri-fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I made a tri-fold card because I wanted room to write to the birthday boy and I wanted more space to use all the fun stamps I pulled out. I started with a full sheet of water color paper. I cut it down to one A2 sized card base one 4.25 x 5.5”band one 5.5 x 4.75” panel. I scored the card base as usual. I scored the panel at 5/8th of an inch to create a flap to attach it to my card base. Next, I die cut circles from the front of the card base and the 4.25 x 5.5” panel. At this, point I decided I wanted some sand at the bottom of my card, so using the left over strips of water color paper and the Speech Bubble die I made small hills.

After most of the die cutting was done I started stamping. I stamped the kraken on the leftover circles. I stamped the kraken twice to make the spinner part of the card. I used mirror stamping to get them to line up perfectly on the card. I stamped all the black line images in Versa Fine ink and added clear embossing powder. For the color images, I first tapped my stamp on my Versa Mark ink pad, and then in a colored ink pad. I added clear embossing powder to those as well. Then I heat set everything.

Now the fun part; water coloring! I used Distress Inks for my water colors today. I started by coloring all the images in. If I ever make this card again, I would start with the background. It would make fixing mistakes easier. After all the cute little critters were dry, I started on the backgrounds. The sand was just a simple wash of color. The ocean was another story. I started by adding a strip of four different blue Distress Inks. Then, I played with getting them to blend together a bit. After letting the ink dry a bit, I drew wavy lines in with a thin fairly dry brush. At this point, I thought the lines were too harsh, so using a wide brush I swiped clean water over the whole think to blend the lines out a bit. Lastly, I splattered some water drops on everything.

Finally, it was time to assemble the card. First, I die cut the kraken. One could be die cut in the usual manner. The reverse image had to be die cut from the back. I lined up the die with the image by holding it up to a window. It took me two tries but I got it right in the end. I cut a length of light blue thread and folded it over a few times. I sandwiched that between the two krakens using lots of Scor tape. I added Scor tape around both of the circle cut outs. I place the kraken in the circle and sandwiched the two pieces together. I added some score tape to the scored fold on the 4.75 x 5.5” panel and attached it to the right edge of the card.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fintastic Friends, Loveable Legends, Mermaid for You, and So Jelly

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Speech Bubble Border die and Loveable Legends die

Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Paper: water color paper

Ink: Versa Fine and Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Brushed Corduroy, Chipped Sapphire, Cracked Pistachio, Dusty Concord, Hickory Smoke, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, and Vintage Photo

Memento Dew Drop Inks in Pear Tart, Lady Bug and Dandelion

Hope you enjoyed the card

Super Alice’s Color Your Own Birthday Card

July 4, 2016

One of my daughter’s best friends has a birthday this month and so does her little sister. My daughter wanted to make something special for her friend and I knew that I had to make one for the little sister also. We decided to make her a Color Your Own Birthday Card like we did for her big sister. Alice (the little sister) loves all thing super heroes, so I made a comic book. I LOVE the way this turned out.

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The front of the Color Your Own Birthday Book

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Pages 1 and 2. The text reads “It was a quiet day for Super Alice. She was hoping for a nice relaxing Birthday. But…HELP.”

“All bow to you new leader.”

“Oh, no you don’t”

Eek! It’s Super Alice, run! We will meet again.”

“AAhh”

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Pages 3 and 4. The text reads “I am your new leader.”

“Get out of here!”

“Heheheh…. I’ll be back”

“Arrg”

“Leader”

“You again?!?!”

“Mwhahahah”

“HELP”

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Pages 5 and 6. The text reads “Heheheh. Almost ready.”

“How could he lead us if water makes him rust?”

“What are those robots up to?”

“Do you think Alice knows the plan?”

“Nah”

“There those bad robots are”

“Is she following us?”

“Yup… This is gonna be great.”

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The last page

Details

Size:  Vertical side fold 4.5 x 6” card

Extra Details:  I started by cutting two sheets of water color paper in half. I scored each to create my book. I made a rough story board, so that I would know which stamps I would need for which pages. First I drew out my panels with a pencil and ruler. Then, I traced them with a thick black Sharpie Marker. Working one page at a time, I created my scenes. There was a lot of masking involved. I also did some mirror stamping, because I didn’t plan my panels out as well as I thought. I wanted this to be a coloring book. So, for some of the solid images I used, I stamped them in Fog ink, and outlined them with the thin black Sharpie. I wrote most of the text in my own handwriting. I added a few extra details with the same thing black Sharpie; the speech bubbles and the horizon lines. Lastly, I had sewed the two layers together to create the book.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Baked with Love, Beep Boop Birthday, Critters from the Past, Critters in Costume, Critters on the Farm, Happy Summer, Into the Woods, Lovable Legends, Love You S’more, Mermaid for You, Sally’s ABCs, So Jelly, Starry Backdrop, Year Two, and You’re a Hoot

Paper: water color paper

Ink: Versa Fine

Simon Says Stamp Fog ink

Hope you enjoyed the card

Lucy’s Magical Birthday Book

July 3, 2016

One of my daughter’s best friends is turning six this month. My daughter wanted to make something special for her. We decided to make her a Color Your Own Birthday Card. It soon became a whole story that wouldn’t fit on just four panels, so it turned into a Color Your Own Birthday Book.

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The front of the Color Your Own Birthday Book

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Pages 1 and 2. The text reads “Lucy the Fairy is turning 6 today. All of her friends are getting ready for her party. The mice are in charge of the cupcakes.”

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Pages 3 and 4. The text reads “The mermaids are finding decorations for the party.”

 

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Pages 5 and 6. The text reads “Bigfoot and the forest animals help put up the decorations.”

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The last page

Details

Size:  Horizontal side fold 4.5 x 6” card

Extra Details:  I started by cutting two sheets of water color paper in half. I scored each to create my book. I made a rough story board, so that I would know which stamps I would need for which pages. First, I stamped the decorative stamps on the corners and between the panels. I used Lawn Fawn’s Frosties stamps. Using a thin black sharpie, I connected parts of the snowflakes to make them look more like flowers. Working one page at a time, I created my scenes. There was a lot of masking involved. I wanted this to be a coloring book. So, for some of the solid images I used, I stamped them in Fog ink, and outlined them with the thin black Sharpie. I wrote most of the text in my own handwriting. I added a few extra details with the same thing black Sharpie; the apron on the mouse in the frame, the horizon lines, and the pile of decorations. Lastly, I had sewed the two layers together to create the book. I did add some pink marker to the title to help it stand out.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Baked with Love, Dad + Me, Fairy Friends, Fintastic Friends, Flirty Frames, Frosties, Into the Woods, Lovable Legends, Mermaid for You, Merry Christmouse, Milk and Cookies, Mom + Me, Peace Joy Love, Sally’s ABCs, To a Fungi, and Year Two

Paper: water color paper

Ink: Versa Fine

Simon Says Stamp Fog ink

Hope you enjoyed the card