Faux Metal Leaves for Father’s Day

Faux Metal Leaves for Father’s Day

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(inside: wishing you the wonderful day you deserve)

In my family, late spring/summer is the start of a busy “masculine card season” so I thought I’d better start playing with some Father’s Day and masculine birthday card designs!

The leafy branches were made with the “Fresh Foliage” die from Memory Box and Prima Marketing “Brown Rust” Rust Effect Paste.  I dabbed the paste on my die cut after it was cut from plain white card stock, and it dried with a gritty, “rusty metal” finish.

The greeting is from the “Masculine Tags” stamp set (retired?) from Gina K Designs.  I also used the “French Script” and “Linen” background stamps from Stampin’ Up (both retired?) for the two small panels behind the leaves.  The inside stamp is an unmarked wood-mount rubber stamp.  All the stamping and inking was done with Gina K Designs Dark Chocolate ink.

I used the “Subtle” 3D embossing folder from Stampin’ Up for the larger cream panel.  (It is recommended that you use Stampin’ Up’s 3D Embossing Folder Plate with their 3D folders.)

The darker card stock all came from the “Nostalgia” paper pack, and the heavyweight ivory card stock came from the “Coffee and Cream” pack – both from Recollections/Michaels.

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Happy Henna

Happy Henna

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This card features the “Henna” embossing folder by Darice, a pretty folder I have had for a long time but hadn’t used before.  I love the detail of the design and am really glad I “discovered” it in my drawer today – lol!

I embossed a piece of white card stock, and then I lightly sponged Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves Distress Ink over the entire surface with a blending tool.  I cut the purple “happy” from the center of the inked, embossed panel using the “In a Word: Happy Cutaway” die by Winnie & Walter (no longer in business).  The hole was eventually covered with the greeting panel.

I cut a second “happy” from black and offset the two die cuts for a shadow effect.  I created a mask to stamp just the “birthday” part of a “happy birthday” stamp and paired that with my layered die cuts on a white panel.

Thin, black mats and a white card base, and this card was done…

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Wishing You a Wonderful Day – Speed Stamping!

Wishing You a Wonderful Day – Speed Stamping!

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This card took just under 5 minutes to complete; sometimes a stamp set is just that good – lol!!  This “Layered Vase” stamp set from Stamplorations has 8 stamps (the large outline image, the greeting, and the 6 solid stamps to add the color), and since the stamps are not meant to layer/line up perfectly, they are really easy to position.  I originally saw (and loved) this set used by Verna; thanks for the inspiration!

Over at the As You See It Challenge, we are encouraged to create a flower themed card in 10 minutes or less (AYSI224 – Fleet Florals).

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After my card design was planned and all my stamps, blocks, inks, and tools were placed on my desk, I started the timer.  All the paper cutting, stamping, spritzing, and assembly took exactly 4 minutes 53 seconds.  (Thanks, Gayle, for introducing me to this challenge site!)

I used my MISTI stamp positioner and Gina K Designs Black Amalgam ink for the outline image and the greeting.   For the layers, I used acrylic blocks and Stampin’ Up Blackberry Bliss and GKD Fresh Asparagus and Powder Blue inks which were all “stamped off” first to keep the colors soft/light.

To finish off the card, I added black speckles with a black Spectrum Aqua marker and my Tim Holtz Marker Spritzer tool.

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I originally used acrylic blocks for the layers, but after I finished the first card, I placed the stamps my on MISTI and created a few more cards:

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For this one, I added some Nuvo Ebony Black drops that I “flattened” to look like enamel dots (a tip I learned from Julie Ebersole (day 17) in the online Spring Card Camp I – 2020).  I also cut 2 pieces from the stamped panel using dies from the “Basic A2 Panels Nesting Dies” set from Stamplorations and matted them in black.

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Here, I used Gina K Designs Sweet Mango, Tangerine Twist, and Tomato Soup Inks for the tulips, Fresh Asparagus and a touch of Sweet Mango for the leaves, and Powder Blue and Soft Stone for the vase (stamped off and layered).

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Floral Swing Card

Floral Swing Card

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(inside: Happy Mother’s Day)

Recently, I posted a project using the Vase Builder Punch and stamps from the “Varied Vases” set, both from Stampin’ Up.  While I had these on my desk, I thought I’d play around with some paper piecing and the Sizzix “Square Flip-its #2” die set to create a swing card.

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The patterned paper is from the DCWV “Posh & Pink” premium stack.  I used the punch for the vase but had to “fussy cut” the blooms.  (This punch coordinates with a few of the stamps in the “Varied Vases” stamp set but not all.)

The inside sentiment is from the “Lovely Little Wreath” set which was part of the Stampin’ Up Paper Pumpkin April 2016 kit.  It (and the flowers on the front) were stamped with GKD Soft Stone ink.

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The Flip-its die set cuts (and scores) the base and the decorative panels so this card went together pretty quickly.  I like  way the center panel swings over when the card is opened, but I’m not sure how I feel about the way this card looks when it sits on a table to be displayed.  Hmmm…

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Mother’s Day Tulips

Mother’s Day Tulips

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This vase of tulips was made with the Vase Builder Punch and stamps from the “Varied Vases” set, both from Stampin’ Up.

The background panel was embossed with the “Spring Tulips” folder by Darice.

I used Scarlet Jewel ink and card stock from Papertrey ink along with Dark Sage ink from Gina K Designs.  Foam dots were used to raise up a few of the blooms and the vase.  The greeting is from the “Dressed to Impress” set from Stampin’ Up.

I didn’t have matching ribbon, so I created a faux ribbon with card stock and the Alison’s Ribbons Die from Cheery Lynn Designs (no longer available?).  Circles were cut with Spellbinders dies from the large and small circles sets.

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