More Copper and Kraft (Valentine’s Day and Sympathy Cards)

More Copper and Kraft (Valentine’s Day and Sympathy Cards)


I loved the combination of copper and Kraft so much and still had the supplies out on my desk after making my Copper Leaves card, so I decided to make a few more cards…

The sympathy card above was made with the “Magnolia Blossoms” stencil by Crafters Workshop (#TCW6X6-815S), gel medium, and Hero Arts Copper embossing powder.  The greeting is from the “Sympathy Duo” stamp set from Gina K Designs (retired?) and was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  The Kraft card stock was also from Gina K Designs.



This Valentine’s Day card was done by placing the “Flourish” stencil by Tim Holtz (THS-032) over a heart shaped mask cut with a die from the Ecstacy Crafts/Nellie Snellen Heart set MFD060 before applying the gel medium and copper embossing powder.  The greeting is from a stamp set called “Sealed with a Kiss” by Paper Pretties (no longer available).

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Ho Ho Ho with Distress Oxide Inks (and a few other samples)

Ho Ho Ho with Distress Oxide Inks (and a few other samples)


After trying alcohol inks the other night in the course I am teaching through the Haddonfield Adult School (as I mentioned in my previous post), we then played with Distress Oxide inks .  I used these inks for the first time while preparing samples for this lesson.  (I had watched several tutorial videos back when the inks were first introduced but hadn’t actually tried them until now.  Not sure what I was waiting for!!)  I love how cool the ink looks when it dries, how it reacts with water, and how easy (and fun!) it is to layer colors.

The background on this one was “smooshed” with Tim Holtz Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide inks.  I didn’t add water to my inked surface on this card because I wanted to see how the layered inks looked after they dried without the oxidized look.

The die cut is called “Ho Ho Ho Square” (#590-ZZ) from Impression Obsessions.

Here are two more samples made with the “smooshing” technique using Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Wild Honey, and spritzes of water between layers.


The floral die cut on this one can be found in the “Floral Square” die set (PFSA0118) by Pinkfresh Studio.  (The “thanks” die was unbranded, but I’ve since found and purchased the “Gallery Frame 2” die set from Hello Bluebird which contains this “thanks” die, but bigger.)



The “Fancy Floral 2” die (PFSA0918) is also by Pinkfresh Studio.  (There is also a Fancy Floral 1 which is the same design with thicker lines and could be layered under this one to create an offset mat.  It could also be used on its own.)

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CAS Thinking of You Note Card

CAS Thinking of You Note Card


This “Clean and Simple” card features a stamp from the “Water Color Trio” set from Stampin’ Up (retired) and a greeting from the “Banners” set from Joy! Crafts.

I originally purchased a used, incomplete set of these stamps on ebay (specifically for this stamp), but the greetings (and one of the other images) were not included.  I saw the complete set on ebay when doing this post and immediately ordered the complete set!  I just love those greeting stamps!!  (I guess the seller did too – lol!!!)

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The stamps in this set were designed to look like the images were water colored, so just stamping them makes it look like water was added.  Although not the correct colors for cherry blossoms (which I think these are supposed to be – lol!), I went with GKD Moonlit Fog and Wild Lilac ink on water color paper.  The base is Bazzill Buttermints, and the mats are Wild Lilac.

Back to basics…  just a few stamps and inks!

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Teal Thinking of You (Two-Tone Inking)

Thinking of You (Two-Tone Inking)


I saw this video where Gina K shows an inking technique she calls “Two-tone Inking” to create the look of layering stamps when using a single stamp and thought I’d give it a try.  It is basically a thumping technique, but instead of using markers, you use the edge of an ink pad to “thump” the second, darker color over the lighter ink on a stamp.

This technique will work with any solid or silhouette image stamp.  I used one of the flower images from the “Petal Prints, Two Step Stampin” set from Stampin’ Up (retired?).  (Even though this is a two step stamp set, I only used one of the layers for this card.)  First, I inked the stamp with GKD Sea Glass ink (the lighter color), and then I thumped over it with GKD Tranquil Teal.  It was suggested that you use the smaller ink cubes for this technique, but I only have the full size pad, and it worked fine.

I “smooshed” my background using GKD Seaglass ink and water.  I used some of this with a paintbrush for the splatters as well.  Tranquil Teal card stock was used for the mat panel.  The leaves (from the same Petal Prints stamp set) were “stamped off” with Sea Glass. The greeting can be found in the “Moments of Grace” set from Simon Says Stamp and was stamped with Tranquil Teal.

Over at the Modsquad Challenge Blog, the challenge this week is “A Time for Giving” where we are to “make a card to demonstrate GIVING such as kindness, thankfulness and friendship.”  This “Get Well” card was sent to let the recipient know she was in my thoughts and prayers as she recovered and to offer any help she might need until she gets back on her feet.

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A Few Quick Cards to Share…

A Few Quick Cards to Share…


I was cleaning my craft room recently and came across a few quick cards I had made a while back (and had kind of forgotten about!).



For this one, I embossed a piece of brown card stock with the Cuttlebug “Thanks” embossing folder (#37-1134) and then rubbed “Walnut Brown” Viva 3D-Stamp Paint over the whole panel.  Love, love, love the rich, metallic shine!

I cut a rectangle window from the embossed panel and another rectangle for the greeting (PSX E-2266) with dies from the Spellbinders “A2 Matting Basics” (A & B) die sets.  Gina K Designs Dark Chocolate ink was used for the greeting panel along with a Vintage Photo distress marker and a Ranger Distress Marker Spritzer Tool for the splattered dots.



For this next one, I added Gina K Designs Honey Mustard ink and water to my craft mat and dipped/dragged white card stock through it.  Then I used a paint brush to tap/splatter some Dark Chocolate ink and water over the panel.  I sponged the edges and stamped the leaves and greeting from the Momenta “Nature Set” (lot #0005702) with Dark Chocolate ink.  This panel was layered on another piece of white card stock and a Dark Chocolate base.


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For these, I let the patterned paper do all the work…  I used portions of a piece of Recollections “Thoreau Flowers” (#505802) paper along with Stampin’ Up Tip Top Taupe and either Peach Ballini or Edible Eggplant card stock from Gina K Designs.

The birthday stamp is from the “Birthday Bash” set by Fiskars.  The greeting on the second one is from the “Various Verses” set (retired?) by Gina K Designs.  Both greetings were stamped with SU Tip Top Taupe ink.


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