Silhouette Daisies

Silhouette Daisies

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This CAS card features the daisies from the “Various Verses” stamp set from Gina K Designs (retired?) and a greeting from the “Painted Harvest” set from Stampin’ Up.  Both were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink on white card stock matted on black.    A sponged background of Gina K  Ocean Mist and Applemint inks added a pop of color.

Using the same layout, the same mask for the sponging, and the same daisy stamp, I switched up the colors and made a birthday card as well.

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On this version, the images were stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink on white card stock.  (The greeting on this one is also from the “Various Verses” set.)  The ink for sponging and the card stock used was Gina K Peach Bellini and Kraft.

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Heartfelt Thanks

Heartfelt Thanks

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In a recent post, I shared a sympathy card I had made with just the outline stamp of one of the two-step images from the “Heartfelt Thanks” stamp set from Stampin’ Up.  Here is a card I made where I added color with the corresponding solid filler stamp.

I used Tim Holtz Aged Mahogany and Forest Moss distress markers to ink the outline stamps.  The solid stamp and greeting were inked with Forest Moss and Victorian Velvet distress ink.  (I created masks of the stem/leaves and of the petals so I could stamp each part separately to add two colors.)  I spritzed ink from the Forest Moss marker onto the stamped panel with my Tim Holtz marker spritzer tool.

The greeting is from the “Fabulous Flowers” set from Gina K Designs.  Card stock is GKD Dark Sage and white.  The printed paper is “Tan Floral Tapestry” by Paper Pizazz – Hot Off The Press.

The stamped panel was cut and embossed with a die from the Spellbinders “Classic Rectangles Large” set.

Here is a sample without the speckles:

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The greeting on this one is from the “With Love and Prayers” set from Gina K Designs.

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Penn Shaker Thank You Card

Penn Shaker Thank You Card

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I’ve designed several Penn-themed thank you cards over the past few years and found myself needing another one recently.  I decided to go with a shaker card design for this one.

I hand-cut the split P from a piece of a rubber sheet (used to make custom gaskets) and mounted the pieces on EZ Mount Foam.  I stamped the two parts of my hand-made stamp on Gina K ivory card stock with Gina K In the Navy and Cranberry Tart ink.  I used a Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire distress marker and the Tim Holtz marker spritzer tool to create the speckles.

The “thanks” was cut with the “In A Word: Thanks Cutaway” die (#WW031CA) from Winnie & Walter.

I used the “Die-namics Gift Card Window & Frame” die set and a plastic “Gift Card Pouch” to create the shaker portion of the card.

The red and blue paper is called “Patriotic Stripe” from Hot Off The Press and coordinated nicely with the red and blue sequins I found online.  Gina K Ivory and In the Navy card stock was also used.

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Bud Blossom Thanks

Bud Blossom Thanks

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This square note card features one of the stamps from the “Bud Blossoms IV” set (#3757) from Hero Arts.  It was stamped on white card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers (E93, E97, W1, YG93, and 0).  I used my score board to emboss stripes on the background panel.  Black card stock was used for the mats and center strip.

The greeting is from the “Fabulous Flowers” stamp set from Gina K Designs.

Currently, the Mod Squad Challenge is “ready for spring” where we are encouraged to “make a Spring themed card with flowers, bunnies, pastels…anything Spring.”

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Birds of a Feather Center Step Card (and a few more scenic cards)

Birds of a Feather Center Step Card (and a few more scenic cards)

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Over the years, I have purchased quite a few 12″ x 12″ paper pads and packs.  Usually, I buy them for a sheet or two that I need for a particular project, and then the rest of it gets filed away and forgotten about.  I recently pulled a bunch of them out and found some great pieces that made nice card panels.

The above 5″ x 7″ center step card was made with paper called “Birds of a Feather” by 7 Gypsies.  The printed panels were matted on Gina K Faded Brick card stock and a heavy weight ivory card base.  I love the pattern and rich colors on this paper!

To create the greeting, I used the “Thank You 2” die by Cheery Lynn Designs and black card stock.  The background paper was so busy which made it difficult to see the die cut by itself so I created a banner for behind it from Gina K Faded Brick card stock and ink, a leaf stamp from the Stampers Anonymous “Falling Leaves” set by Tim Holtz, and the Banner Triple Punch from Stampin’ Up.  (As you can probably tell from a few of my recent posts, I am loving the “texture” created when you stamp a tone-on-tone image randomly to cover the card stock panel!)

Here is the template for a 5×7 inch center step card:

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I had several sheets of this paper so I made a few more without a greeting so they would be suitable for a variety of occasions and ready to go as needed.

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Here are a few more step cards I came up with using paper from a pad called “Lake Life Is Best” by Paper House.  (The Father’s Day stamp is from a set called “Father’s Day Innies & Outies” by My Sentiments Exactly.)

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These cards practically make themselves; the scenic paper does all the work!  I kind of feel like I’m cheating, but I have SO MUCH paper like this (with a large pattern or scene), and using it on this step card design is a great way to put it to good use.  And you can add as much or as little to the scene; I think it always looks “finished” and awesome.

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