Autumn Birthday with Smooshed Background

Autumn Birthday with Smooshed Background

This card started with no plan at all! I figured I’d slop some ink down on the craft mat on my desk and see where that led me….

I ended up with several panels made by “smooshing” Rusty Hinge and Gathered Twigs Distress inks, Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink, and water on heavy weight white card stock panels. The key to layering colors (if you want to see all the individual colors) is to make sure the ink is dry before adding the next layer. (If you add wet ink to wet ink, it blends.) I used my Tim Holtz heat tool to speed the drying along before adding more layers of ink.

Once the ink was layered, I spritzed the panels with a Walnut Stain distress marker and Spritzer tool.

I used one of the panels for the background on this card and will share the cards I made with the other panels shortly.

The “happy” greeting was cut with the Walter & Winnie “In a Word: Happy Cutaway” die (no longer available) and was stamped with the Stampin’ Up “Cheese Cloth” background stamp (retired) and GKD Kraft ink to add some interest. On that, I layered the “birthday” panel from the Stampin’ Up “Label Me Bold” stamp set (retired) and GKD Chocolate Truffle Amalgam ink.

The 1 inch leaf and 5/8 inch leaf punches are by Recollections.

The card stock used is Papertrey Ink Fine Linen card stock, Gina K Designs Charcoal Brown, and heavy weight white (for the smooshing).

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A Few More Autumn Designs…

As I recently mentioned, I created a BUNCH of panels when creating my Autumn Triangle Gatefold card, and here is another one of the cards I made with them.

On this sample, I used only the stitched hexagon from the “Triangle Gatefold” die set from Creek Bank Creations, the framed leaf die by Mosaic Moments, the “Fall Leaves” embossing folder by Darice, and a greeting from the”Wild Blossoms” stamp set with Charcoal Brown ink both from Gina K Designs.

Here are a few more…

(Poppystamps Maple Leaf Side Strips and Stencil die #2236; CC Designs “Just Fore You” stamp set (retured?); Gina K Designs Honey Mustard card stock swiped with Honey Mustard ink; Recollections Nostalgia paper pack)

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(unbranded Happy Birthday die; Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream, Stampin’ Up Mint Macaron, and Gina K Designs Tranquil Teal card stock)

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(unbranded Happy Birthday die; Stampin’ Up “Stripes” embossing folder (retired); Recollections Nostalgia paper pack)

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To create the handmade patterned paper on all of these cards, I use a gel plate, a brayer, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, and Wild Honey Distress Oxide inks, spritzes of water, the Stampendous! Decor Cling Leaves Rubber Stamp – DCR101, and the French Script background stamp from Stampin’ Up (retired?). 

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A Kokopelli Birthday Wish

A Kokopelli Birthday Wish

My husband and I saw artwork, trinkets, and images of the Kokopelli quite a bit on our trip to Sedona, Arizona back in March. According to ancient South-West Native American legends, the Kokopelli was a symbol of fertility, joy, feast, and long life.  It was believed that he possessed the wisdom of age, and he brought good fortune and prosperity to anyone who would listen to his songs.  I just think he’s cute – lol! !

The Kokopelli was cut with a die from the “Kokopeli and Zia” die set and the cactus was cut with the “Cactus Edgers” die, both by Frantic Stampers.

I created the easel card base and decorative panels with dies from the “Circle Flip Die” set from Creek Bank Creations (#708). 

The “Happy Birthday Chunky Sentiment Die” set is also from CBC. The embossing folder used for the inside panel is called “Southwest” by Darice.

The metallic bronze card stock is Recollections from Michaels.  I also used several sheets from a Momenta 6×6 pad (lot 0005593) and some ivory and white card stock.

This A2 card folds flat for mailing.

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Love Birds – Napkin Anniversary Card

Love Birds – Napkin Anniversary Card

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(inside: You’re living proof that dreams come true.)

My husband is an avid birdwatcher so when I saw this napkin design with the pair of birds, I immediately thought it would make a great anniversary card for him.  (He got two cards from me this year – lol!)

I used my Minc foiling machine, the napkin, and some freezer paper to create the panel for my card front.  (This post includes instructions on how I did this.)

I always struggle with layout ideas when I use a napkin with a scene for a card panel.  Do I cut it apart, add a bunch of stuff to it, or leave it as is?  Here is one version I did where I simply matted the whole napkin panel, layered the die cut greeting, and let the beautiful image do all the work.  (This card is 5 1/2 inches square.)

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(inside: An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.)

For the sample at the top of this post, I used the Mosaic Moments 4 x 6 Crisscross die to cut the frame and the napkin panel and pieced them together.  The die is large (made to cut a 4 x 6 or 5 x 7 inch photo), and my napkin was only 5 1/2 inches square, so I added an embossed panel behind the frame (made with the 5 x 7 “Basket Weave” embossing folder by Darice) to fill in the holes.  The greeting was cut (3 times and stacked) with the “Mini Expressions – Happy Anniversary” die by Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions.

The inside sentiments on both cards are from the “Anniversary 2 Celebrate” set by The Stamps of Life.

The first card ended up being 4 5/8 x 6 7/8, and while it would fit in an A7 sized envelope (for 5 x 7 cards), I used my We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board to create a custom envelope that was a better fit.  I needed to create an envelope for the square card as well.

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Autumn Leaf Frame

Autumn Leaf Frame

This card features the Poppystamps Autumn Leaves Sidekick Frame and Stencil set over one of the MANY panels I created when making my Autumn Triangle Gatefold Card.

I cut the frame and greeting panel from Gina K Designs Honey Mustard card stock pounced with Honey Mustard ink and added the tiny ink spots with a Walnut Stain distress marker and Spritzer tool.

The greeting was cut with an unbranded Happy Birthday die from Bazzill Butter Mints card stock; I layered two of these to make it thicker and offset it on a third cut from Rich Razzleberry card stock from Stampin’ Up. The greeting panel that was popped up with foam tape over a “tangle” of gold cord.

Here’s another sample with the same frame die:

For this one, I used the Stampendous “Delightful Birthday” stamp #CRH306) with GKD Warm Cocoa ink.

The background panels were made with Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, and Wild Honey Distress Oxide inks, spritzes of water, the Stampendous! Decor Cling Leaves Rubber Stamp – DCR101, and the French Script background stamp from Stampin’ Up (retired?).

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