Bougainvillea Print with Foil

Bougainvillea Print with Foil

Here are a few more cards that I made with my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System.

I just LOVE Pinkfresh Studio’s Bougainvillea Print, and there are several coordinating products in this line that can be used to create a variety of card designs. For this one, I used the Bougainvillea Print Hot Foil Plate (and gold foil) along with the coordinating Bougainvillea Print Stencil Set. The greeting is from the Spellbinders Stylish Script Thank You & Happy Birthday glimmer plate set. I added color to the foiled panel with Bubblegum, Passionate Pink, Fresh Asparagus, and Deep Sage inks from Gina K Designs. White and Bubblegum card stock were also used.

And a purple one…

(GKD Lovely Lavender and Wild Lilac; Spellbinders Everyday Sentiments II glimmer plate set)


Here, I used the coordinating Bougainvillea Stamp and added color with the stencils to the stamped image and left the foiled background panel uncolored. The greeting on this one came from the Spellbinders Essential Glimmer Sentiments glimmer hot foil plate set.

The stamped center panel started out as a full stamped/inked panel, and I tried to add the greeting directly to that. As I mentioned in my last post, I was having trouble with perfect placement and the greeting ended up terribly crooked. I tried to trim it down with my trimmer, and it just kept getting smaller and smaller as I tried to get the panel square with the greeting – lol! I should have used a die to cut the panel!!

Anyway, I created another stamped and stenciled panel and just added a separate foiled greeting panel to that one. Leason learned!!!

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Woven Lighthouse Card (and a layered frame sample)

Woven Lighthouse Card (and a layered frame sample)


In one of the Spring Card Camp II online classes I recently viewed, we were encouraged to try weaving on our cards.  The class samples were done with colored strips behind cut-out windows on the card front, but I was curious to see what it would look like to weave a stamped image, and this big scene stamp seemed like a good one with which to try.

Using my MISTI stamp positioner, I stamped the “Lighthouse” stamp from Impression Obsessionon on two (large) pieces of ivory card stock with GKD Chocolate Truffle amalgam ink.  Then I cut each panel into 1/4 inch strips – one vertically and the other horizontally.  After making sure all the strips were in order, I wove “every other” horizontal strip back into the vertical strips to recreate the scene.  (As I am typing this, I am thinking I probably should have stamped a third panel for more vertical strips to create a second card with the horizontal strips I did not use here.  Also wondering if I could have woven blank card stock first and then stamped – eliminating the challenge of lining everything up.  Hmmm…. )

Once the strips were woven together, I adhered them to a scrap of card stock to prevent them from moving around and then trimmed it to size.

My original plan was to place the woven panel behind a cut-out window/frame as shown in the class, but the image was too large so I used the stitched frame die already sitting on my desk to create this next card…


I stamped the same image onto a piece of ivory card stock with the Chocolate Truffle ink.  Then I cut three frames with the frame die;  the first was from the stamped panel, and two more were from Chocolate Truffle card stock.  After stacking and gluing together the three die cut frames,  I put the frames and the other parts of the cut, stamped panel back together on a Tranquil Teal card base.  The greeting is from Gina K Design’s “Love & Prayers” set.

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A “Sassy Stems” Hello

A “Sassy Stems” Hello


(inside: sending hugs)

This card features a stamp from the “Sassy Stems” set from Stampin’ Up (retired) and a greeting from the “Fleur de Lis” set from Gina K Designs.  I love the illustration style of the stamps in this set and how the font of that greeting follows the lines of this image so nicely!

su sassy stems set

The images were stamped on white card stock with Gina K Designs Jet Black amalgam ink and “loosely” water colored with ink from peach, peacock blue, and bud green Spectrum Aqua markers (that I scribbled on a piece of acetate and then added a bit of water with a brush).

The printed card stock came from the DCWV Peri & Peach Premium Stack.  The inside sentiment is from the “Ever So Much” set from Papertrey Ink (retired?).

Recently, a fellow crafter requested “Thinking of You” or “Hello” cards for her 95 year old friend who is in a care home and is feeling lonely and blue.  This is the card I made to send to her.  If you wish to send a card, the information is at the end of her post HERE.

I also needed a birthday card so I changed up the greeting using a stamp from the “Fabulous Flowers” set from Gina K Designs.


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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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