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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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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Xavier Zebra Spinner Flip Card with Mirror Stamping

Xavier Zebra Spinner Flip Card

My fifth (and final!) card variation made with the Circle Flip Die Set from Creek Bank Creations is a Spinner Flip Card. This card base is basically a flip card, but the inner part of the circle is “removed” so an element has a place to spin.

(If you wind up the spinner element before putting the card in the envelope, it will spin like this when the recipient opens the card for the first time.)

The adorable zebra image is from the “Xavier Zebra” stamp set from Gina K Designs (retired?). The set comes with one zebra stamp, but I needed a second, reversed image so the back of the spinner was not blank. To do this, I did some mirror stamping using my Stampin’ Up Silicone Craft Sheet (as demonstrated HERE), but you could also use a sheet of acetate (as demonstrated HERE) or a flat, solid stamp (as demonstrated HERE). Several companies sell “Mirror Stamping” stamps/tools specifically for this technique as well.

To make the spinner element, I stamped him on two die cuts (front and back) that I made with my Silhouette and sandwiched a long piece of clear thread between the layers before gluing them together. Here is a video (starting at the 2:25 mark) showing how to create this type of card.

I used Versafine Onyx Black ink for all of my stamping. Forgetting that Versafine takes a little longer to dry than dye inks, I got smudges in several spots on the yellow panel. Strategically placed stars solved that problem (for the most part)!

The black frame was cut with a die from the “Stitched Circle Rings Die Set” and the inside greeting is the “Circle Stamp Happy Birthday” stamp which are both from Creek Bank Creations. I didn’t want the center words (from the circle stamp) to be visible when the card is closed so I masked the Happy Birthday portion of the circle stamp and used a smaller greeting from the “Tiny Words #SSS101883” set from Simon Says Stamp instead and positioned it behind the zebra.

The black and white striped panel is digital paper by TheMockupLoft that I purchased on Etsy. The yellow paper is Bold Yellow Stripe by Recollections. Heavy weight black and white card stock was also used.

I have to say, I am excited that I was able to try all of the styles shown in the videos for this set and now have 5 different card base ideas on which to build for future card projects. (I hope you didn’t get tired of looking at so many circles this week!)

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